2017-2018 MS/HS Handbook

PART 1 - GENERAL INFORMATION

BUILDING HOURS        SAFETY DRILLS

LIBRARY INFORMATION        SCHOOL-SPONSORED BUS TRIPS

OFFICE TELEPHONE        USE OF OFFICE MACHINES

VISITORS

PART 2 - ACADEMICS

HIGH SCHOOL GRADE CLASSIFICATION        ACADEMIC/ACTIVITY ELIGIBILITY

CLASS CHANGE        CLASS WITHDRAWAL

GRADING AND GRADING PERIODS        GRADUATION - CAPS AND GOWNS

CURRICULUM GUIDE        SKYLINE GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS                

OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS        HONOR GRADUATES

HONOR ROLL        SCHOLASTIC HONORS

STUDENT ENROLLMENT        WORK PERMIT OR SCHOOL TO CAREER

VOCATIONAL CLASSES AT PCC

PART 3 - ATTENDANCE

ACTIVITY SLIPS/AGENDAS        ADMIT SLIPS

ATTENDANCE GUIDELINES        ATTENDANCE POLICY

BELL SCHEDULE (HS)        COLLEGE VISITATION DAYS                        

LEAVING THE SCHOOL BUILDING        SKIP DAYS

TRUANCY

PART 4 - POLICIES/GUIDELINES

LEVEL I        LEVEL II

LEVEL III        LEVEL IV

OTHER VIOLATIONS        Lunchroom Behavior                                        

Parking Lot        CELL PHONES                                        

AFTER SCHOOL STUDY SKILLS (MS Only)        BUS RULES

WATER, CANDY, GUM, AND POP        DAMAGE TO SCHOOL PROPERTY

HALL PASSES        HAZING AND INITIATION PROHIBITED

LOCKERS        LUNCHROOM BEHAVIOR

FOOD SERVICE POLICY        PARKING LOT

PERSONAL APPEARANCE AND APPAREL        PERSONAL ITEMS

SAFETY IN THE CLASSROOM        SPORTSMANSHIP

TOBACCO, DRUGS AND ALCOHOL        TRAINING RULES AND REGULATIONS

WEAPONS

PART 5 - E-MAIL and INTERNET

E-MAIL POLICY

PART 1 - GENERAL INFORMATION

BUILDING HOURS 

The office hours for students are 7:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Students are encouraged to be in the building after 7:55 a.m. All students must leave the building by 4:00 p.m. unless being directly supervised by a staff member. Students not involved in after school activities are not to remain in the building. Parents will be notified if students do not follow these timelines.

Considerable time and expense has been spent on our landscaping areas in front of the building. Students caught destroying these areas will be disciplined accordingly.

 

SAFETY DRILLS

Fire Drill - will be held once each month for the entire school (K-12).  Exit information will be posted in each classroom for students and teachers to follow.

Tornado Drill - Students will be escorted to the high school locker rooms and outside restrooms. SIGNAL WILL BE INTERCOM or AIR HORN, if electricity is out.  All windows and doors should be closed.  

Intruder/Lockdown Drill - These drills will occur 3 to 4 times a year.

LIBRARY INFORMATION

1. The use of the library is for all students and teachers.

2. The library will be available for use any time the school building is open and supervised.

3. While using the library, students are not to visit or bother library users. Food and candy are not to be eaten in the library.

4. Students disturbing others using the library will be denied the right to use the library except under direct supervision of a teacher.

5. Student assistant librarians may be available to help you locate materials.

6. Books may be checked out for two weeks.

7. Encyclopedias, reference materials, and magazines may be checked out overnight or for a limited period of time.

8. Only librarians, teachers, and student librarians will be allowed behind the checkout counter.

9. Students who lose or otherwise fail to return library materials will pay for replacements.

 

SCHOOL-SPONSORED BUS TRIPS

All students traveling to athletic events, etc. on school buses must return on the bus unless picked up by a parent. In the event that parents need their student to get on or off at a point other than school, parents must send a note to the activity sponsor in charge. Students should have a responsible adult waiting for them and may be dropped off only at the following pre-designated points: Sawyer - Coop Station; Isabel - Post Office; Cullison - Coop; Iuka -Old School; Byers - Byers Church Building.

 

OFFICE TELEPHONE

The telephone in the school offices are business phones and not intended for the student's use except for urgent reasons. Students must receive permission from the teacher, secretary, or administrator before using the school phone. Parents telephoning the building should avoid calling teachers or students while classes are in session. Messages may be given to the secretary for delivery to teachers or pupils. STUDENTS WILL NOT BE CALLED OUT OF CLASS EXCEPT IN EXTREME EMERGENCIES. PARENTS - your student is in class learning, so please avoid sending text messages or calling during normal class hours. Also, we would ask that you please not send upsetting news via cell phone to your child, but to call the main office so that we may pull the student out of class for some privacy. Contacting students before 8 a.m., during their lunchtime, or after 3:45 p.m. is recommended.

 

USE OF OFFICE MACHINES

An amount of five cents (.05) per copy will be charged to the students for personal copies. Office personnel or teachers will help students with copies.

 

VISITORS

All visitors are welcome to Skyline School, providing there is a legitimate reason. All visitors must report to the office first and receive a visitor's pass before seeing or visiting with students. Visitors who cause a disturbance will be asked to leave. Student visitors (appropriate grade-level age) may visit for half (½) day on approval by the administration. Skyline’s doors are locked during the school day. Visitors may enter through the front doors after through an “electronic/buzz in” system.

 

PART 2 - ACADEMICS

(General Information)

The Kansas State Department of Education has classified Skyline High School as an accredited high school. The accreditation is based on several criteria; minimum of 30 units of instruction; relevance of instructional programs to students' needs, abilities, and interests; use of licensed personnel; stated goals and objectives of the school; and staff assignments.

In all of the items above, the staff at Skyline is striving to improve and excel in order to maintain a high-quality educational program for its students. A continual review and evaluation will be made to help meet the needs of young men and women of this district. The employing of highly qualified and competent teachers is of utmost importance in any school, and the staff at Skyline is among the best.

The district has goals and objectives for Human Sexuality education. A  parent or guardian (or student 18 years of age or older) may use the district opt-out provision to remove the student from some portion or all of human sexuality and classes that are included in the district's required curriculum.

INDIVIDUAL PLAN OF STUDY (IPS)

This chart shows some of the possible plans of study, depending on ability and interest, that students can choose.

 

HIGH SCHOOL GRADE CLASSIFICATION

Classification requirements are as follows:

Freshman must have completed the 8th grade or be recommended as a freshman by the principal.

Sophomores must have at least five (5) high school credits.

Juniors must have at least eleven (11) high school credits.

Seniors must have at least seventeen (17) high school credits.

 

ACADEMIC/ACTIVITY ELIGIBILITY

Students wanting to participate in any activities at Skyline must meet a minimum academic standard which includes being current with assignments and making satisfactory progress in all classes. Students not meeting these standards will be placed on a deficiency list and parents notified. Results of a student being placed on deficiency list are:

1. Incomplete work

2. Failing work - for that grading period

Students failing to do the work necessary to be removed from the deficiency list after one week will be placed on the ineligible list for the following week. The first list is run on Friday at approximately 1:00 p.m. Any student on the ineligible list has until 4:00 p.m. to raise a grade. Changes will not be made after 4:00 p.m. on Friday. When a student is placed on the ineligible list, he/she is ineligible for the next week (Monday through Saturday).

Reasons for this practice are as follows:

1. To emphasize that classroom work is the highest priority.

2. To notify students that they are deficient academically.

3. To motivate students to get quality work done on time.

4. To help students learn to accept responsibility for their classroom work.

Academic eligibility is determined on the trimester grading period. Students will start fresh on academic eligibility each trimester period. Academic eligibility is applicable to any activity of public performance, competition or loss of class time. Students who are ineligible may not participate in activities other than regularly scheduled classes. These include, but are not limited to, participation in: Athletics, Music, Drama, Dances, Club and Organization activities other than regularly scheduled business meetings, and Field Trips (only if the field trip is entirely within the hour of the class may an ineligible student participate), Annual, Newspaper, Cheerleading, and Homecoming. If the activity is co-curricular and is for a grade, students shall attend. Individual situations will be determined by the administration. Students may not be voted into Stuco, homecoming attendant, prom server, etc. while on the ineligible list.

 

CLASS CHANGE

Class changes will be allowed only in the first three days of class.

CLASS WITHDRAWAL

A student withdrawing from a class before it is completed will receive an "F" for the semester.

 

GRADING AND GRADING PERIODS

Credit for year or semester courses will be given upon successful completion of the course.    

    Grading scale for classes will be as follows:

    A = 100 - 90

    B = 89 - 80

    C = 79 - 70

    D = 69 - 60

    F = 59 - Below

At the end of a grading period, a student may be given an incomplete ('I') if unusual circumstances exist. The student will be given one week to complete the work. If unusual circumstances exist, the student may have extended time. If the work is not made up at the end of that time, the grade will be changed to an "F".

 

GRADUATION - CAPS AND GOWNS

All students of District 438 who are seniors and have met the requirements for graduation are eligible to participate in the Commencement exercises at Skyline High School.

CURRICULUM GUIDE

SKYLINE GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

The number of credits (units) required to graduate from Skyline High School is twenty-three (23). Included in the 23 credits are 13.5  required units. Eight semesters of high school attendance are required.

Skyline Graduation Requirements

*Required Courses

English

*4 CREDITS

_____ *9th Grade English (1 credit)

_____ *10th Grade English (1 credit)

_____ *11th Grade English (1 credit)

_____ *12th Grade English (1 credit)

_____ Technical Reading/Writing (.5 credit)

_____ Gothic Literature (.5 credit)

Social Studies

*3 CREDITS

_____ *World Geography (9th) (.5 credit)

                                  and/or

_____ *World History (9th) (.5 credit)

_____ *American History (11th) (1 credit)

_____ *American Government (12th) (1 credit)

_____ Sociology (.5 credit)

_____ Current Events (.5 credit)

_____ Economics (.5 credit)

Science

*3 CREDITS

_____ *Physical Science (9th) (1 credit)

_____ *Biology (10th) (1 credit)

               * One of the following:

_____ Advanced Biology (1 credit)

_____ Chemistry (1 credit)

_____ Environmental Science (1 credit)

_____ Physics (1 credit)

Math

*3 CREDITS

_____ Algebra Readiness (1 credit) (.5 credit elective)

_____ *Algebra (1 credit)  (.5 credit elective)

_____ Geometry (1 credit)

_____ Algebra 2 (1 credit)

_____ Consumer Math plus Consumer and Personal Finance  (1   credit)

_____ College Algebra (1 credit)

_____ Statistics (1 credit)

_____ Trigonometry (.5 credit)

Physical Education

*1 CREDIT

_____ *Health and Physical Education (10th) (1 credit)

Fine Arts

*1 CREDIT

_____ Band (1.5 credit)

_____ Choir (1.5 credit)

_____ Photo Imaging (1 credit)

_____ Digital Media Tech/Audio Visual Fund (1 credit)

Other

*1 CREDIT

_____ *Business Essentials (9th) (1 credit)

Foreign Language

_____ Spanish 1 (1 credit)

_____ Spanish 2 (1 credit)

Electives

*7 ½ CREDITS

Any elective class and/or any class taken beyond the required CREDITS listed above

 

OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

HONOR GRADUATES

High school seniors graduating with a 4.0 or better grade point average (GPA) will wear a gold stole and have the opportunity to speak at graduation. Seniors with a 3.75 to 3.99 will wear a silver stole. Seniors with a 3.5 to 3.74 GPA will wear a blue stole at graduation.

Eighth graders promoted with Honors will receive merit medallions, Highest Honors will receive academic achievement medallions, and those with Excellence will receive an excellence medallions.

 

HONOR ROLL

The honor roll will be figured by the office for the 1st and 2nd semesters. Any student receiving a grade of "D" or below regardless of grade-point average, will not be eligible for the honor roll.

Roll of Excellence 4.0 GPA

'A' Honor Roll 3.5 - 3.99 GPA

'B' Honor Roll 3.00 - 3.49 GPA

The following classes have been designated to carry a higher grade point: Algebra II, College Algebra, Trigonometry, Statistics, Pre-Calculus, Advanced Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Advanced Accounting, and Spanish II.

 

SCHOLASTIC HONORS

All students who have remained on the honor roll for the entire year will receive special certificates of achievement awards at the end of the year for their work.

 

STUDENT ENROLLMENT

High School students will enroll in the spring for the following year. The enrollment process, requirements, and course descriptions are found in the Student Curriculum Handbook. Students are urged to study this handbook and maintain a close contact with the principal and Student Success Coordinator regarding their educational plans.

 

WORK PERMIT OR SCHOOL TO CAREER

Work permits will be available to 2nd semester, during 4th 5th and 6th periods. To be eligible for this release, the student must have on file the proper forms, maintain a "C" average, and be passing all classes.  Students on work permit or early dismissal must be off the school grounds 5 minutes after released.  Students with the School to Career Program will be released according to the schedule set between employer, school, and student.

 

VOCATIONAL CLASSES AT PCC

Skyline students have the privilege of taking vocational classes at PCC during their junior and senior years.

Students who wish to attend PCC must meet certain criteria. They must have the maturity to handle the independence that comes with attending PCC, which includes driving to and from schools. They must also arrive to class on time and maintain good grades at both schools.

Student grades, discipline, and attendance records will be reviewed after each PCC semester. Students will need to maintain the following to continue enrollment in the vocational classes at PCC:

1. good attendance at both schools

2. good discipline record

3. passing grades for previous semester at Skyline

4. grades of "C" or better for the previous semester of vocational classes at Pratt Community College

If a student does not meet the above criteria, he/she will not be allowed to attend vocational classes at PCC with tuition paid by Skyline. Students may pay for their own tuition if they choose to enroll.

 

PART 3 - ATTENDANCE

ACTIVITY SLIPS/AGENDAS

Activity slips will be used for school trips, college days, vacations, and athletics when students will miss class time. Coaches and sponsors are responsible for giving out and collecting slips. Teachers will be given a list of students participating in extracurricular activities. If the activity slip is not signed by all teachers, coaches and sponsors shall not let the student attend the event. After these have been collected and checked, slips should be turned into the office. Students are to present these to the teachers and work is to be made up ahead of time to miss classes for an activity unless other arrangements are approved by the teacher.

 

ADMIT SLIPS

Students who are absent from school are to report to the office upon returning to school. Failure to do so may result in ineligibility.

 

ATTENDANCE GUIDELINES

It is the philosophy of Skyline High School to educate the total student and not merely to provide purely academic and/or skills portion of the individual's education. Active and regular attendance in class is a valuable and integral part of the student's total education. Whenever a student is absent from class, whatever the reason, he/she has missed a valuable part of his/her education. This interaction can only partially be regained.

Attendance in school is the responsibility of the student and his/her parents or guardians. The responsibility of the school is to provide instruction and to inform parents/guardians of absence from class.

*In accordance with the Skyline Activities Handbook, students must be on time to in attendance at school by first period in order to participate in activities that day unless their absence has prior administrative approval.

 

ATTENDANCE POLICY

All absences are considered unexcused until such time as:

1. Parent or guardian telephones the school and states the reason for the absence by 10:00 a.m. the morning of the absence.

2. A note is presented to the school office providing the following information: a. Date of note, b. Date (or dates) of absences, c. Reason for absence, and d. Valid signature of parent or guardian

3. If a student is absent due to an illness for three (3) consecutive days, a doctor's note may be required before the student will be readmitted to school.

At this point, the administration will be responsible for determining whether or not an absence is excused. Acceptable criteria for excusing an absence will be:

1. Illness

2. Doctor or dentist appointment (Must have a note from doctor with the date and time or an appointment card).

3. Drivers license exam

4. Court appearance

5. Funeral

6. Extreme need at home

7. Extended family trips - may be excused provided the student has arranged to make-up school work for each class in advance.

Students will receive zero (0) credit for each class during the time that they are absent without excuse.

Students with excessive absences to any class period may be asked to bring a doctor's note for future absences.

 

BELL SCHEDULE (MS/HS)

8:00 First Bell

8:05 - 8:59                   First Period

9:03 - 9:57                Second Period

10:01 - 10:55           Third Period

10:59 - 11:53           Fourth Period

11:53 - 12:23           Lunch

12:23 – 1:17                   Fifth Period

1:21 - 2:15                Sixth Period

2:19-2:40                SEMINAR

2:19-3:13 HS                7th Period

2:42-3:45                Sports/Study Hall

3:17-3:45 HS            SEMINAR

 

COLLEGE VISITATION DAYS

Each senior is permitted two college visitation days if arrangements are made in advance through the Student Success Coordinator. College visitation days may not be used before or after a school vacation. Schoolwork must be made up prior to college visitation.

 

LEAVING THE SCHOOL BUILDING

A student leaving the school building during the day for any reason must present to the office a written request signed by his/her parent/guardian before 8:00 a.m. on the day the student is to leave. If a student becomes ill while at school, the parents/guardian will be contacted before the student is sent home. A student leaving the building at any time, for any reason, must check out through the office with the nurse, secretary, or principal, and check back in upon returning. Failure to check out properly will result in an unexcused absence. The validation of written requests to leave the building will be determined by the principal.

 

SKIP DAYS

Skip days are not approved and will be unexcused absences.

 

TRUANCY

Whenever a student (required by law to attend school) is inexcusably absent from school on either three (3) consecutive days or five (5) or more days in one half (½) of a school year or seven (7) or more days in a school year, he/she is to be considered truant. A student is considered to be inexcusably absent if he/she is absent from school for any period of a day without a valid excuse written and signed by the parent or guardian. School officials are required by law to report such cases to the Social and Rehabilitation Services or county attorney.

 

PART 4 - POLICIES/GUIDELINES

Student Conduct Guidelines

It is the philosophy of the school that all practical means be employed to help each student develop skills in self-discipline. Students should be respectful and courteous to all of their associates whether they be other students or school personnel.

The Board of Education has approved the following principles of good discipline:

1. Teachers will employ such discipline procedures in the school as would be exercised by a kind and just parent in his family.

2. Good discipline is usually positive rather than negative in nature. It involves students being interested and doing things that are constructive.

3. The most effective discipline results from regular definite preparation and interest on the part of the student and teacher.

4. Good discipline is always fair, reasonable, dignified, and in good temper.

5. Courtesy should be practiced at all times by both teacher and student.

6. Not all students respond to positive discipline. Curbing or penalizing of some kind may be required in some instances in order to help correct discipline problems.

7. When a problem does arise, both teacher and student should work to settle it as promptly as possible. If necessary, the parents/guardian will meet for a joint teacher-student conference.

8. The teacher will first attempt to secure discipline on the part of his/her students, but if students fail to respond, then they will be referred to the principal with all pertinent information.

9. When a student will not conform to reasonable standards of discipline or his/her presence is against the general welfare of other students, the principal may suspend a student for a period not to exceed five (5) days.

10. All suspensions will be reported to the superintendent. Written notice will be sent to the parents. Both parents/guardian should appear for the reinstatement of the student. A student may be suspended permanently only by action of the Board of Education, following a hearing with the Board by the parents/guardian, student, and principal.

11. Students riding activity buses will be expected to behave in an orderly manner. Sponsors on these buses are in charge and will not be expected to tolerate unnecessary or unruly behavior on the part of students. Have a good time but also have good judgment. 

Discipline Policy

In order to present a safe atmosphere conducive to learning, discipline guidelines have been established. Skyline promotes self-discipline; and the majority of the students are successful in making choices that show respect to themselves, other students, and staff members. However, rules and consequences have been established for those who need some help making positive choices.

Overview of Office Detentions

Office detention will be held from 4:00 - 5:00. Students will serve detentions on the nearest day to the infraction in order to make transportation arrangements. This option must be discussed with the administrator at the time the detention is assigned. Only administrators may assign or excuse a student from an office detention. Misbehavior during an office detention will result in removal from detention and further disciplinary actions assigned.

Overview of Suspension and Expulsion:

Out-of-School Suspension (OSS)

Repeated or serious misbehavior may result in Out-of-School Suspension or Expulsion. Students who are suspended or expelled out-of-school are not permitted on any school property nor may they participate in any school-sponsored activity during this time. A student who is to receive out-of-school suspension will have his/her parents/guardians notified by phone the day of the suspension. A long-term suspended student’s parents/guardians will also be notified by certified mail. All due process procedures will be followed. A student suspended out-of-school will not receive any credit for work missed. The student will be suspended from participation in all activities while under suspension.

 

LEVEL I

All Level I discipline should have at least two or more teacher interventions take place before a referral is sent to the office. Interventions may include, but are not limited to, verbal warning, team meeting, parent/guardian meeting, student conference, time-out, phone call to parent, and/or detention with teacher. At least one intervention must include a parent/guardian contact. Interventions will be documented and included on the referral. Detentions assigned by teachers are to be served with the teacher. Students who do not serve detentions are not in good standing with the school and will not attend after-school functions.

Consequences:

1st offense - Intervention determined by teacher

2nd offense - Intervention determined by teacher

1st Office Referral - one, 60-minute detention

2nd Office Referral - three, 60-minute detentions

3rd Office Referral - 1 day OSS

4th Office Referral - 3 days OSS

5th Office Referral - 5 days OSS with possible long-term suspension

Failure to attend detentions - time doubling. OSS will be administered.

The gym is not a hallway. Students should avoid walking across the playing floor with shoes worn outside.

1st offense - Warning, student will change into appropriate clothing.

2nd offense - 1 detention, item confiscated, change into appropriate clothing.

3rd offense - 3 detentions, item confiscated, change into appropriate clothing.

Any electronic device not approved by the teacher will not be allowed in the classroom.  Any distracting items are not allowed in the classroom.

Students are required to refrain from using obscene, vulgar language, racial slurs or gestures, or ethnic or sexist slurs.

Includes, but is not limited to: kissing, petting, and any physical contact that is offensive when conducted in public.

Running, excessive noise, pushing, shoving, disrespect to student or staff.

Conduct in the classroom that disrupts the educational process.

Not attending or leaving school without parent/guardian permission (Double the time missed).

Including refusing to participate in group activities.

Student will be removed from the assembly. (Step 2 office referral, forfeit next assembly) Students with two offenses will forfeit the right to attend future assemblies.

People respect others who are impressive for any reason, such as being in authority. You show respect by being polite and kind.

Students arriving late to school or leaving early must check out/in through the office.  This includes trips to a vehicle in the parking lot.

 

LEVEL II

All Level II discipline will result in a referral to the office.

1st offense - three, 60-minute detentions

2nd offense - 1 day OSS

3rd offense - 3 days OSS

4th offense - 5 days OSS with possible long-term suspension

5th offense - long-term suspension

Cheating on any type of assignment.  All students involved will receive an "F".

Classroom disruption or disrespect when a substitute is in class.

Student possession includes lockers (cigarettes, lighters, etc.)

Refusal of a student to follow reasonable requests of a school employee that relate to discipline, school and classroom rules/procedures, or safety guidelines.

Loud offensive, crude, lewd, uncultured, and generally unacceptable language or directed at another student.

Promoting or advocating student misconduct. This includes being with a student or group of students that are violating school rules.

Bullying may be verbal, cyber,  physical, or sexual advances that result in interference with a pupil's academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment.

All participants will be suspended if it is determined that they were involved. "Involved" means that a student returned an action of physical aggression. (OSS day of fight and three, 60-minute detentions on return).

Unauthorized carrying of a potential weapon. Weapon will be confiscated.

The following Level II actions will result in the following:

1st offense - 1 day OSS

2nd offense - skip to 3rd offense on Level II

Stink capsules, spray, or any other materials causing a foul odor.

Taking property without permission.

Disobeying policies described in the E-mail and Internet Policies.

Using any type of cigarettes or smokeless tobacco.

Any type of fireworks, firecrackers, cherry bombs, etc. (second step)

Deliberate destruction or damage of public or private property. Damage will be reimbursed.

Pulling the alarm in any part of the building. This could result in police action (1 day OSS and three 60-minute detentions on return).

 

LEVEL III

All Level III will result in a referral to the office.

1st offense - 3 days OSS minimum

2nd offense - 5 days OSS minimum and possible long-term suspension

Includes but is not limited to alcoholic beverages, cereal malt beverages, illegal drugs, or drugs the students believe to be illegal or material designed to simulate drugs.

Setting off fireworks, firecrackers, smoke bombs, stink bombs, or sprays with foul odor.

Objects or tools used with illegal substances.

Objects that simulate guns, which are used to impress or to intimidate other students or staff.

Using alcoholic beverages, malt beverages, illegal drugs, or substances the student believes is illegal while on school property will result in notification of juvenile authorities. (See Training Rules)

Starting any type of fire in any area of the building is prohibited. Authorities will be contacted.

 

LEVEL IV

All Level IV discipline will result in a referral to the office.

Probable long-term suspension or expulsion and notification of proper authorities.

Distributing alcohol, cereal malt beverages, illegal drugs, or drugs the student believes to be illegal. Also distributing any material designed to simulate the above substances.

Malicious contact against a staff member.

Possession includes personal locker: (expulsion up to 187 days).

Profanity, hand gestures, or actions believed to be used for intimidation or threat.

 

OTHER VIOLATIONS

Anti-Bullying Policy

Behavior

First Time

Second Time

Third Time

Teasing/Exclusion

Verbal Reprimand/ parent contact

Loss of privilege/ parent contact

Office/ Loss of two privileges/ parent meeting

Individual Behavior Plan

Physical Bullying

Loss of privilege/ parent contact

Office/ loss of two privileges/ parent meeting/ call law enforcement

Office/ out of school suspension/ parent meeting

Individual Behavior Plan

Severe Bullying - threats of violence or severe harassment

Office/ out of school suspension/ parent contact/ call law enforcement/ possible expulsion

Office/ out of school suspension/ parent contact/ call law enforcement/ possible expulsion

Office/ expulsion/ parent contact/ call law enforcement

Tardies

Most occasions of tardiness to school or class are avoidable. One tardy will be allowed to first period class each semester. If buses are late due to inclement weather or other emergency conditions, students will not be considered tardy if they ride the bus. The office will make such announcements.

Tardies (per semester)

1st offense - Warning

2nd Offense to the same class - Teacher will assign detention

3rd Offense (all classes) - 60-minute detention

4th offense – two 60-minute detentions

5th offense and beyond – three 60-minute detentions

The principal may substitute disciplinary action other than consequences listed.

 

Lunchroom Behavior

1st Offense - Detention or one-day lunch clean-up

2nd Offense - Parent/Guardian Notification and loss of lunchroom privileges up to one week

3rd Offense - 1-3 detentions plus loss of lunchroom privileges up to one month

4th Offense - lose privileges in lunchroom for the remainder of the year.

 

Parking Lot

1st Offense - Depending on severity: warning up to loss of driving privileges.

2nd Offense – Detention

3rd Offense – Loss of driving privileges

Cell Phones (electronic devices)

CELL PHONES

Cell phones and other electronic devices not authorized by administration are to be

(MS) turned off and put in locked lockers from 8:05 a.m. to 3:45 p.m with the exception of the lunch period.

(HS) turned off and out of sight, with the exception of passing periods and the lunch period. If a teacher approves or provides the use of an electronic device in the classroom for an assignment, students may use the device in the classroom only. If a staff member sees or hears a device that has not been approved for use in the building, the device will be confiscated.

Classroom Teacher

1st offense - phone confiscated and returned at the end of the period

2nd offense - phone confiscated and taken to the office

Office

1st offense -€Warning, electronic device confiscated and returned to student at the end of the day.

2nd offense -€two 60-minute detentions, electronic device confiscated and returned to parent/guardian, phone checked into office daily

3rd offense -€1 day OSS, electronic device confiscated and returned to parent/guardian, electronic device confiscated and returned to parent/guardian, phone checked into office daily

4th offense -€5 days OSS with possible long-term suspension, electronic device confiscated and returned to parent/guardian, electronic device confiscated and returned to parent, phone checked into office daily

 

BUS RULES

The rules for bus conduct are posted on each bus and are distributed to each bus rider. Each student is responsible for learning and obeying the rules. Riding the bus is a privilege, not a right, and this is privilege can be denied by the administration.

1. The bus driver is in charge of all passengers while they are riding, loading, or unloading from the bus and must be obeyed promptly and respectfully.

2. Students are to sit quietly in their seat, facing the front of the bus, keeping feet on the floor and keeping extremities to themselves and out of the aisles. Students are never to sit on feet, books, etc., and must always sit flat on their seat.

3. Pupils must be on time, as the bus cannot wait for those who are tardy. Pupils must walk on the far left side of the road facing traffic when going to the bus stop.

4. Students shall not extend any part of their body out of bus windows, and must be seated when bus is in motion.

5. Students must keep their hands to themselves and not throw anything inside the bus, or out the bus windows.

6. Musical instruments, backpacks, art or shop projects, etc., are to be held in student's lap or placed under student's seat. Students are at no time allowed to sit on items or allow items to obstruct aisle way. Items that will not fit in the student's lap or under the student's seat will not be transported on the school bus.

7. Unnecessary conversation with the driver is prohibited. Students shall not talk in a loud voice, or otherwise distract the driver's attention. REMEMBER, YOUR SAFETY IS IN THEIR HANDS.

8. When leaving bus, pupils must observe directions of driver, and if road must be crossed, shall do so in front of the bus, after making sure highway is clear.

9. Fighting or scuffling is prohibited in or around a bus.

10. All forms of tobacco, alcohol, or weapons, except side arms carried by a Law Enforcement Officer, are strictly prohibited on the bus.

11. During stormy weather, students are advised to listen to local radio stations for storm warnings and notice of school closure or late start.

12. All drinks except water (pop, Koolaid, etc.) are prohibited on the bus except on field or activity trips where prior approval has been given.

13. All candy, gum, sunflower seeds, etc. are prohibited on the bus.

14. A note signed by the parent/guardian must be sent to the teacher and the driver if a child is to be picked up after school instead of riding the bus, is to ride a different bus, or get off at a location other than home.

15. All electronics are prohibited from use on the bus unless except on field or activity trips where prior approval has been given.

Consequences

Step 1: The bus driver will verbally reprimand the student.

Step 2: The student will be assigned a seat for a short term.

Step 3: Repeat offenders will be assigned a seat for a long term, the bus driver will call parents/guardians, and report misbehavior to school administrators.

Step 4: School administration will hold conference with student and parents/guardians.

Step 5: Administration will suspend student from bus for short term.

Step 6: Administration will suspend student from bus for long term.

NOTE: If behavior is of serious enough nature the first four steps maybe by-passed.

 

WATER, CANDY, GUM, AND POP

Students may have water in class. With teacher approval, gum and healthy snacks may be allowed in class. Pop and other snacks will only be allowed on special occasions.

DAMAGE TO SCHOOL PROPERTY

Any pupil who shall intentionally or accidentally destroy or damage any school property, or who shall deface by cutting or with writing or pictures, any furniture, building, fences, or other school property shall immediately compensate or make specific arrangements for compensation for such damage, and upon refusal may be suspended from school until compensation has been made.

 

HALL PASSES

Other personal reasons (locker privileges, restroom, etc.) will be handled by the teacher. These reasons should be of an emergency nature and not because the student necessarily desires to do so. These will be issued on a limited basis, and if abused, the privilege will be withdrawn.

 

HAZING AND INITIATION PROHIBITED

It is the policy of the Board of Education that "parents/guardians, law enforcement officials, school officials, and students are asked to report all violators names to the Probate Judge of the Pratt County Juvenile Court."

The Juvenile Court has priority above the school in determining the penalty for hazing in which abduction or physical force was used. The school has jurisdiction in less serious cases.

Forcing underclassmen to act against their will is a serious offense. This conduct will not be tolerated.

 

LOCKERS

Students are assigned lockers at the beginning of school. The lockers are the property of the school and are loaned to the students. Students are not to change lockers. Locker inspections will be conducted on a regular basis. Items that are not appropriate or in good taste will be removed and disciplinary actions will occur. Students are responsible for any valuables and the school will not assume the responsibility for any loss of personal items in lockers. Sticky labels of any kind will not be allowed on either the inside or the outside of the lockers. Locks that are not securing the locker doors are not to be on the door handle of the locker.

 

LUNCHROOM BEHAVIOR

The following rules of conduct apply to all students in the lunchroom. These rules are not conclusive. Failure to follow these rules of conduct will result in disciplinary action by the administration.

1. Stay in line prior to being served; no cuts.

2. No rude comments about the food to the lunchroom personnel.

3. Loud talking, yelling, pushing, fighting, or other forms of disruptive behavior in the lunchroom are forbidden.

4. Students are expected to pick up and dispose of all trash (napkins, cracker wrappers, milk cartons, straws, etc.) prior to leaving the lunchroom.

5. Eating utensils are to be returned in good condition. Students may be charged or disciplined for failure to do so.

6. Food, napkins, utensils, etc. shall not be thrown at anytime.

FOOD SERVICE POLICY

1.         No food or drink items will be sold to or provided for students prior to or during the designated lunch time except school lunch items, lunch items prepared and brought from home, other food provided by parent/guardian, or items allowed in the All Foods Sold in Schools Standards.  Carbonated beverages and candy are prohibited from the school lunchroom.

2.         All student lunches will be eaten in the designated lunchroom.

 

PARKING LOT

The State of Kansas has authorized the local Board of Education to establish rules and regulations to control speed limits and the parking of vehicles on school grounds. The school may enforce these regulations as it sees fit. Use of vehicles by students during the regular school day is prohibited without first being granted permission from the principal. Students are not to go to cars at any time without permission.

Speeding - Traffic speed is limited to 10 mph. This is absolutely necessary in order to protect the lives and personal property of others.

Lock your car - The school will not be held responsible for articles stolen from cars or other vehicles.

 

PERSONAL APPEARANCE AND APPAREL

Use good taste in choosing clothing for school wear. All students must wear appropriate clothing in the classroom and when representing Skyline at school functions. Tops which expose the bare midriff, tank tops, backless shirts, or sleeveless shirts without a collar will not be acceptable. Sleeveless Dresses are not acceptable. Cut-off clothing (including jeans) is also not considered appropriate for middle school or high school students. It is more important that clothes be neat and clean than expensive. Any manner of dress or hair-style that is detrimental to the learning process will not be allowed. Jeans with holes in them are not acceptable. Shorts, skirts, and dresses should reach mid-thigh. A good test to see if shorts, skirts and dresses are appropriate is this: with arms at side, the shorts, skirts or dresses are longer than fingertip reach. If the shorts, skirts or dresses are longer than the arms and fingertips extended, then the shorts, skirts, or dresses are appropriate for school. Except for special occasions, wearing hats and caps will not be allowed in the school building from 7:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Clothing that pertains to or advertises alcohol, tobacco products, uses obscene language, or is in poor taste (double meanings) are not allowed and will be confiscated and not returned. Any attire that could be considered dangerous, or in poor taste for a K-12 setting will also be confiscated and not returned.

Students representing Skyline High School in elective activities apart from required school programs will be expected to adhere to the dress code set forth by the sponsor and approved by the principal.

 

PERSONAL ITEMS

Students are allowed to bring school materials in book bags or duffel bags. All bags and coats must be stored in lockers from 8:05 a.m.- 3:45 p.m. Students are encouraged not to bring valuables or money to school. If valuables or money are brought to school, the student would be wise to leave them with a teacher or in the office for safe keeping. All personal clothing should be labeled with the student's name. The school will not assume responsibility for the loss of personal items. However, a lost and found department will be maintained in the office. Laser pens are not permitted in the building.

School employees are expected to maintain proper school atmosphere. This responsibility extends beyond classrooms and particular assignment of pupils. Pupils who refuse to comply with reasonable requests of any school employee discharging this responsibility will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action. A student is expected to give his own name if asked for by a school employee who is dealing with a problem situation.

 

SAFETY IN THE CLASSROOM

All students will be required by instructors to use safety glasses when doing experiments or other activities that might endanger the eyesight. Otherwise, reasonable and prudent action should always be observed to prevent possible injury to anyone. 

SPORTSMANSHIP

A school never produces a true championship team unless students, fans, and spectators have exhibited good sportsmanship. Good sportsmanship is contagious and should be among the top priorities of every school.

The acceptable best way to support one's team is to do just that - Cheer For Your Team, Not Against the Opponent!!

Good sportsmanship is resisting any negative behavior that tends to influence the outcome of a contest. Yelling during free throws, obscenities, booing players and officials (chanting YOU! YOU!) are evidence of poor sportsmanship, and are not allowed.

We never get a chance to make a second good first impression. Let us strive to ensure that Skyline High School's sportsmanship is noticeable.

In an effort to make our games more enjoyable for all spectators and athletes, as well as reduce the chance of injury for any person, we ask that all parents take the responsibility of supervision of their children. We ask that students remain in the stands and cheer our team on, except at quarter and half-time of each game. Children will be reminded to stay in the stands. With continued running around, students will be placed with their parents/guardians or parents/guardians will be called to come and pick students up.

 

TOBACCO, DRUGS AND ALCOHOL

The unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students on school premises or as a part of any school-sponsored activity is prohibited. This policy is required by the 1989 amendments to the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, P.L. 102-226, 103 St. 1928.

As a condition of continued enrollment in the district, students shall abide by the terms of this policy. Students shall not unlawfully manufacture, distribute, dispense, possess, or use illicit drugs, controlled substances, or alcoholic beverages on school district property, or at any school-sponsored activity. Any student violating the terms of this policy may be reported to the appropriate law enforcement officials, and shall be subject to the following sanctions:

1. First Offense - A first-time violator shall be subject to the following sanctions:

a. A punishment up to and including short-term suspension;

b. Other sanctions as provided for in board-approved student and athletic handbooks.

2. Second Offense - A second-time violator shall be subject to the following sanctions:

a. A punishment up to and including long-term suspension;

b. Other sanctions as provided for in board-approved student and athletic handbooks.

c. A student placed on long-term suspension under this policy may be readmitted on a probationary status if the student agrees to complete a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.

3. Third and Subsequent Offenses - A student who violates the terms of this policy for the third time, and any subsequent violations, shall be subject to the following sanctions:

a. A punishment up to and including expulsion from school for the remainder of the school year;

b. Suspension from participation and attendance at all school activities for the year.

c. A student who is expelled from school under the terms of this policy may be readmitted during the term of the expulsion only if the student has completed a drug and alcohol education and rehabilitation program at an acceptable program.

Students who are suspended or expelled under the terms of this policy will be afforded the due process rights contained in board policies and Kansas statutes. Nothing in this policy is intended to diminish the ability of the district to take other disciplinary action against the student in accordance with other policies governing student

discipline. In the event a student agrees to enter into and complete a drug education or rehabilitation program, the cost of such program shall be the responsibility of the student and his or her parents/guardians. Drug and alcohol counseling and rehabilitation programs are available for students of the district.

A list of available programs is on file with the board clerk. Parents/guardians or students should contact the directors of the programs to determine the cost and length of the program.

 

TRAINING RULES AND REGULATIONS

See the athletic handbook. A copy of the rules will be given to athletes by their coaches.

 Training Rules

USE OF MOTORIZED VEHICLES

There is a need for some students to drive motorized vehicles to school. There is also a need for safety regulations governing the use of such motorized vehicles on or near school property. The principals shall formulate plans and procedures regulating the driving, parking, and use of student motorized vehicles during the school day. Failure of student drivers to observe the district's regulations governing student use of motorized vehicles may result in disciplinary action.

All rules and regulations concerning use of motorized vehicles on high school property will be submitted to the board for approval.

All such rules and regulations will be given annually to each student driver and his parents/guardians through the student handbook.

Such rules and regulations shall include but will not be limited to the following:

1. Students who are observed driving recklessly on or near school property will be reported by any district employee to the appropriate principal. The principal will warn the driver in the incident at the first opportunity thereafter, and a written notice will be mailed to the parents/guardians of the driver.

2. After a second warning, the student will be reported to the local civil authorities; and

3. Further violation of these rules and regulations may result in disciplinary action by the school pursuant to the disciplinary code.

 

WEAPONS

JCDBB

General Rule

A student shall not knowingly possess, handle, or transmit any object that can reasonably be considered a weapon at school, on school property, or at a school-sponsored event. This shall include any weapon, any item being used as a weapon or destructive device, or any facsimile of a weapon.

Possession of a Firearm

Possession of a firearm shall result in expulsion from school for a period of one calendar year, except the superintendent may recommend this expulsion requirement be modified on a case-by-case basis (see JDC). Expulsion hearings shall be conducted by the superintendent or other certificated employee of the school in which the pupil is enrolled, by any committee of certificated employees of the school in which the pupil is enrolled, or by a hearing officer appointed by the board of education of the school in which the pupil is enrolled.

Students violating this policy shall be referred to the appropriate law enforcement agency(ies) and if a juvenile to SRS.

Definition of Firearms and Descriptive Devices

As used in this policy, the term "firearm" means any weapon which will, or is designed to, or may readily be converted, to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive, the frame of receiver of any such weapon, or any firearm muffler or silencer; or any destructive device.

As used in this policy, the term "destructive device" means any explosive, incendiary or poison gas, bomb, grenade, rocket having propellant charge of more than four ounces, missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of than one-quarter ounce, mine, or other device similar to any of these devices.

Exclusions

As used in this policy, the term weapons does not include with its meaning:

- an antique firearm

- a rifle which the owner intends to use solely for sporting, recreational, or cultural purposes

- any device which is neither designed nor redesigned for use as a weapon

- any device, although originally designed for use as a weapon, which is redesigned for use as a signaling, pyrotechnic, line throwing, safety, or similar device

-Class C common fireworks

Possession of a Firearm-State Law

Criminal possession of a firearm is possession of any firearm by any person, other than a law enforcement officer, in or on any school property or grounds upon which is located a building or structures used by unified school district for student instruction or attendance or extracurricular activities of pupils enrolled in kindergarten or any of the grades 1 through 12 are at any regularly scheduled school sponsored activity or event.

Exceptions

1. Possession of any firearm in connection with a firearms safety course of instruction or firearms education course approved an authorized by the school;

2. Any possession of any firearm specifically authorized in writing by the superintendent of any unified school district;

3. Possession of a firearm secured in a motor vehicle by a parent, guardian, custodian, or someone authorized to act in such persona on€ behalf who is delivering or collecting a student; or

4. Possession of a firearm secured in a motor vehicle by a registered voter who is on school grounds, which contain a polling place for purposes of voting during polling hours on an election day.

Approved: 2/09/88

 

PART 5 - E-MAIL and INTERNET

E-MAIL POLICY

Students shall have no expectation of privacy when using district E-mail or computer systems. E-mail messages shall be used only for approved educational purposes. Students must use appropriate language in all messages. Students are expected to use the system following guidelines approved by teacher or the administration.

Any E-Mail or computer application or information in district computers or computer systems is subject to monitoring by the staff and/or administration. The school retains the right to duplicate any information created by students in a computer system or on any individual computer. Students who violate these rules or any other classroom rules relating to computer use are subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension from school.

Internet Acceptable Use Policy

Skyline Schools, USD 438's, goal in providing Internet access is to promote educational excellence in the district by facilitating resource sharing, innovations, and communication. With access to computers and people from around the world, also comes the availability of material that may not be considered to be of educational value in the context of the school setting. Users should be warned that some material obtained via the Internet may contain items that are illegal, defamatory, inaccurate, or potentially offensive. The school has taken precautions to restrict access to controversial materials. However, on a global network it is impossible to control all materials. An industrious user may discover controversial information, either by accident or deliberately. The school firmly believes, however, that the benefits to students from online access far outweigh the possibility that users may procure material that is not consistent with its educational goals.

The purpose of this agreement is to ensure that use of Internet resources is consistent with the school’s stated mission goals and objectives. The smooth operation of the network relies upon the proper conduct of the students and faculty who must adhere to strict guidelines. These guidelines are provided so that students are aware of the responsibilities they are about to acquire.

To gain access to the Internet, all students under the age of 18 must obtain parent/guardian permission and must have a signed waiver by a parent or guardian. The signature is legally binding and indicates the party who signed has read the terms and conditions carefully and understands its significance.

Acceptable Uses Section

1. Students are responsible for good behavior while they use the school computer networks.  General school rules for behavior and communications apply.

2. The network is provided for students to conduct research and communicate with others.

3. Access to network services is given to students who agree to act in a considerate and responsible manner. Access is a privilege, not a right. That access entails responsibility.

4. Users are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette and conduct themselves in a responsible, ethical, and polite manner while online.

5. Users are expected to follow the direction of staff members.

6. External storage media may be used, but students need approval before accessing such media on school computers.

7. All communication and information accessible via the computer resources shall be regarded as private property. However, administrators/staff who operate the system may review files and messages to maintain system integrity and insure that users are using the system responsibly.

8. Any original materials created by students are owned by those students. Original material will not be posted on district or school Web sites without prior written permission of the student who created the work. The technology coordinator or Web master shall be in charge of monitoring permission to post copyrighted materials.

9. Users must respect all copyright laws that protect software owners, artists, and writers.

10. E-mail messages shall be used only for approved educational purposes. Students shall have no expectation of privacy when using district e-mail or computer systems.

Unacceptable Uses Section

1. Users are not permitted to use the computing resources for commercial purposes, product advertising, political lobbying, or political campaigning.

2. Users are not permitted to transmit, receive, submit, or publish any defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, offensive, or illegal material.

3. Physical or electronic tampering with computer resources is not permitted.

4. Attempts to log on to the Internet as anyone but one's self or any unauthorized access, including so-called hacking and other unlawful activities by minors online, is prohibited.

5. Attempt to circumvent the school's firewall and/or filtering program is prohibited.

6. Users may not question the authority of staff members if the users are directed to leave an Internet site.

7. Specifically, the following activities are not permitted:

a. downloading or uploading large files, such as photos, audio, or video without approval

b. downloading or uploading any applications without approval

c. participating in non-educational online games without approval

d. revealing personal information to unknown sources

e. cyber-bullying in any way, shape, or form

f.  any use deemed inappropriate by staff members.

Violations/Sanctions

Violations of any of the aforementioned uses will result in a suspension, cancellation of privileges, or possible expulsion.

Inappropriate use of the computers, the network, and/or Internet will result in a suspension, cancellation of privileges, possible expulsion, and/or law enforcement involvement.

Unauthorized access on the network or Internet may result in cancellation of user privileges.

Any copyright violations may result in cancellation of privileges, as well as other disciplinary or legal action. Users are considered subject to all local, state, and federal laws.