STUDENT HANDBOOK

2018-2019

Monroe County

Achievement Center

Dear Parent(s) and Students:

Welcome to the Monroe County Achievement Center.  We pride ourselves on working with students in their pursuit of excellence.  Our quest is to find and nurture the hidden talent in each and every student.  The journey of being successful requires many tools.  The greatest of those tools being a firm sense of ambition, determination, hope, responsibility and respect.  We will spend time during the year focusing on these characteristics in efforts of bringing out the best in each student.

The mission of Monroe County Achievement Center is to provide a learning environment that embodies academic instruction, social development and community partnership, while affording each student the opportunity to develop the skills needed to earn a diploma and become productive citizens in our community and society at large. Each student is expected to attend school regularly. Moreover, students are expected to work diligently to complete all course assignments in a timely manner, and exhibit responsible, respectful and safe behaviors.  

Student success remains the focal point for our school and our school system.  The faculty and staff of Monroe County Achievement Center are committed to meeting the needs of our students and our community as we prepare for another school year. We will continue to set the standard for all alternative education programs in the state of Georgia.

Respectfully,

Grady L. Caldwell III

Grady L. Caldwell III, Principal

Table of Contents

Principal’s Message

2

Vision

5

Mission Statement

5

Belief Statements

5

Non-Discrimination Policy

6

Section 504 Parent Rights

6

Classroom Observations

6

Diabetes Medical Management Plans

7

Use of Tobacco

7

Program Description

7

School Address, Telephone Number, and Website Address

7

Faculty and Staff

8

Parents’ Right to Know

8

School Visitor/Volunteer Procedures

8-9

Mandated Reporting

9-10

Returned Checks Policy

11

School Calendar

12

Frequently Asked Questions

13-14

Collaborative Board Members

14

School Schedule

15

Entering and Leaving the School Building

15

Delivery of Floral Items to Students

15

Progress Reports and Report Cards

15-16

Report Card Dates

16

Infinite Campus Parent Access

16

Grading Scales

16

Grading Percentages

16

Cheating

16

Grade Promotion and Retention

17

Graduation Requirements

18

Junior Reserve Officer Training (JROTC)

18

Graduation Participation

17

State Mandated Tests

18

Georgia Milestones Assessment

18

ASVAB

18

PSAT

18

SAT/ACT

18

HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship

19

Transportation

19

School Bus Stop

19

Monroe County Guide to Pupil Transportation

20-21

Bus Cameras

21

Food and Meals

21-22

Illness at School

22

Medication

22

Dress Code

22-24

Books and Book Bags

25

Non-School Related Items

25

Valuables

25

Tobacco

25

Alcohol and Drugs

26

School Surveillance Camera

26

Weapons

26

Contraband Items

26-27

Cigarette Lighter and Matches

27

Electronic Communication Devices

27

Buying, Selling, and Gambling

27

Fighting

27

Bullying

27-29

Disrupting Public Schools

29

Gang Related Activity

29

Inappropriate Sexual Behavior or Physical Contact

30

Attendance Policy (Per Monroe County Board Policy JBD)

30-31

Monroe County School Attendance Council

31

Pre-Approved Absences

32

Withdrawal from School

32

Certificate of Attendance for Driver’s License

32

Work Permits

32

Twelve For Life Program

32

PBIS

32-33

Discipline Policy

33

Discipline Points

33

Behavior Referrals

33-34

Out of School Suspension

34

Tribunal

34

Extracurricular Activities

35

Off Campus Behavior

35

Student Grievances

35

Authority of Principal

35

Progressive Discipline

35

Student Support Process

35

Parent Involvement

36

Exit Procedures

36

Monroe Schools Acceptable Use Policy

36-37

Student/Parent Online Learning Procedures

38-39

Appendix

40

Monroe County Acceptable Use Policy Agreement Form

41

Point System

42

Handbook Signature Form

43

Monroe County Achievement Center

Committed to Excellence and Focused on Achievement!

Vision

The vision of Monroe County Achievement Center is to instill in our students a strong work ethic, as well as academic and social skills applicable to becoming a successful member of a society.

Mission Statement

The mission of Monroe County Achievement Center is to provide a learning environment that embodies academic instruction, social development and community partnership, while affording each student the opportunity to develop the skills needed to earn a diploma and become productive citizens in our community and society at large.

Belief Statements

1). We believe our chief priority is to give ALL students the opportunity to learn, grow, & succeed.

2). We believe students benefit academically in a safe, supportive, and motivating environment.

3). We believe education is a shared responsibility involving a relationship amongst students, parents, teachers, and community.

4). We believe students’ learning, attendance, and behavior improve when they are actively engaged in meaningful work.

5). We believe the ultimate goal for ALL students is to graduate with the skills and tools necessary to be college and career ready.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The Monroe County School District does not discriminate against persons on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, sex, or genetic information.   It is the policy of the Board of Education to comply fully with the requirements of Title VI, Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act and all accompanying regulations.  As a result, the following people have been appointed to oversee specific areas.

Title II, Adult 504, Adult Title IX

Dr. Mike Hickman

25 Brooklyn Avenue, Forsyth, GA 31029

478-994-2031

Student and Athletic Title IX

Dr. Mike Hickman

25 Brooklyn Avenue, Forsyth, GA 31029

478-994-2031

Student 504

Jenny Rooks

433 Highway 41 South, Forsyth, GA 31029

478-994-2031

Any employee, student, or parent can submit a complaint regarding equal opportunity to the Director of Personnel and Testing.  If the employee is dissatisfied with the disposition of the matter by the Superintendent, s/he can have the complaint referred to the Board of Education.  For details regarding the grievance procedures related to equal opportunity, refer to the Board Policy Manual.

Student Data Privacy

 

Annual Notification

Parental Rights under Family Education Rights Privacy Act

For Elementary and Secondary Schools

 

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) afford parents and students over the age of 18 years or older certain rights with respect to the student’s education records.  Details of rights contained with the above noted act are available on the system website at http://www.monroe.k12.ga.us.

 

PARENT/ELIGIBLE STUDENT DATA PRIVACY COMPLAINT PROCEDURE

 

The Georgia Student Data Privacy, Accessibility, and Transparency afford parents and students who are 18 years of age or older the right to file a complaint with their local school system regarding a possible violation of rights under OCGA 20-2-667 or under other federal or state student data privacy and security laws. Any such complaint should be submitted to the attention of the Superintendent Monroe County Schools 25 Brooklyn Avenue Forsyth, Georgia 31029.

In accordance with OCGA 20-2-667, the complaint form is as an addendum to this handbook, and it is available via the system website at http://www.monroe.k12.ga.us.

Section 504 Parent Rights

Any student or parent or guardian (“grievant”) may request an impartial hearing due to the school system’s actions or inactions regarding your child’s identification, evaluation, or educational placement under Section 504.  Requests for an impartial hearing must be in writing to the school system’s Section 504 Coordinator; however, a grievant’s failure to request a hearing in writing does not alleviate the school system’s obligation to provide an impartial hearing if the grievant orally requests an impartial hearing through the school system’s Section 504 Coordinator. 

The school system’s Section 504 Coordinator will assist the grievant in completing the written Request for Hearing.  The Section 504 Coordinator may be contacted through the school system’s central office.  Copies of the 504 Procedural Safeguards and Notice of Rights of Students and Parents under Section 504 may be found at the system website or may be picked up at the central office or at any of the school offices.

RTI (Response to Intervention) Program:

The RTI (Response to Intervention) Program identifies students eligible for instructional and/or behavioral supports. RtI identifies students eligible for instructional and/or behavioral supports.  RtI identifies areas of ability and deficiency requiring acceleration and/or remediation.  Student progress is closely monitored and frequently assessed through the use of research or evidence-based programs to improve areas of weakness.  A component of RtI is the Student Support Team (SST).  This team may consist of teachers, counselors, administrators, specialists, and parents who work together to develop research or evidence-based methods for helping all students succeed in school.  

Classroom Observations

Parents who desire to observe in their student’s class must contact the building principal or the principal’s designee to request an observation at least 48 hours in advance. The observations will last for no more than 45 minutes. During the observation, parents are asked not to interact with the class or disturb the learning environment in any way.

Diabetes Medical Management Plans

Upon written request of a student’s parent or guardian and if authorized by the student’s diabetes medical management plan, a student with diabetes shall be permitted to perform blood glucose checks, administer insulin through the insulin delivery system the student uses, treat hypoglycemia, and otherwise attend to the monitoring and treatment of his or her diabetes in the classroom, in any area of the school or school grounds, and at any school related activity, and he or she shall be permitted to possess on his or her person at all times all necessary supplies and equipment to perform such monitoring and treatment functions.            

Use of Tobacco

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Beginning July 1, 2010 no student, staff member or school visitor is permitted to use any tobacco product at any time, including non-school hours 24 hours per day, seven days per week while:

Program Description

The Monroe County Achievement Center provides alternative school services for students in grades 7 through 12 who are considered at-risk of not completing the requirements for high school graduation.  The program targets students who are chronic offenders in regard to school policies and who display disruptive, rebellious, and/or aggressive behaviors; students who are two or more years behind their graduating class as a result of failure and are receiving special education services; and students who return to school from YDC, RYDC, or after having voluntarily dropped out of school for an extended period of time.

The school combines educational and social support systems to create a learning environment in which student needs are met. The major objective of the instructional component is self-paced completion of core requirements while the support system focuses on self-image enhancement, attitude improvement, and goal setting.

School Address, Telephone Number, & Website Address

Address

Mailing Address

Phone

Fax

Web address

433 Highway 41 S Forsyth, GA 31029

P.O. Box 1308

478-994-7072

478-994-7074

www.monroe.k12.ga.us

Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff are listed below by position.  All personnel can be contacted through email by typing the prefix followed by @mcschools.org

Name

Position

Email Prefix

Grady L. Caldwell III

Principal

grady.caldwell

Danita Harvey

Administrative Assistant

danita.harvey

Vanessa Jones

Paraprofessional

vanessa.jones

Randall Bigham

Math Teacher

randall.bigham

Lisa Lee

Science Teacher

lisa.lee

Adrienne Love-Tucker

English Teacher

adrienne.love-tucker

Reneshi Dixon

Special Ed. Teacher

Reneshi.dixon

Juliana Smith

Social Studies

juliana.smith

Lesli Nelson

Special Education

lesli.nelson

Hannah Fleckenstein

Paraprofessional

hannah.fleckenstein

Rhonda Myrick

Facilities Support

rhonda.myrick

Danny Brantley

Facilities Support

danny.brantley

Parents’ Right to Know

Dear Parents:

In compliance with the requirements of the Every Students Succeeds Act, Monroe County Schools would like to inform you that you may request information about the professional qualifications of your student’s teacher(s) and/or paraprofessional(s). The following information may be requested:

Whether the student’s teacher –

● Has met state qualifications and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction;

● Is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived; and

● Is teaching in the field of discipline of the certification of the teacher.

Whether the student is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications. If you wish to request information concerning the qualifications of your student’s teacher and/or paraprofessional, please contact the principal at your child’s school.

School Visitor/Volunteer Procedures

We are implementing procedures to conduct criminal background checks and fingerprinting on volunteers for Monroe County Schools.

Visitor

A visitor may not have unsupervised, individual, and direct contact with students and is not involved in a supervisory role with students. Examples of visitor include:

No background check is required for visitors.

Students are not allowed to have visitors during school.  Parents/guardians or other appropriate individuals MUST report directly to the front office.

Classroom Observations

Parents who desire to observe in their student’s class must contact the building principal or the principal’s designee to request an observation at least 48 hours in advance. The observations will last for no more than 45 minutes. During the observation, parents are asked not to interact with the class or disturb the learning environment in any way.

Volunteer

A volunteer is a person that has direct interaction with students, with or without other adults present at all times. This would include direct interaction with students off campus at overnight events as well. Volunteers would volunteer to work one-on-one with students, volunteer on a regular, on-going basis, volunteer to provide instructional assistance, or be chaperones for school activities, etc. Examples of a Volunteer include:

Volunteers must clear and complete the following before the start of volunteering in MCS:

All prospective volunteers will complete a Volunteer Assurances Form and submit it to the Parent Involvement Specialist/Graduation Coach at the school level. The Principal or Director would be required to assign the level based on the request and/or use of the volunteer. They would need to complete the Background Check Consent Form, a copy of which may be obtained from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department. All background checks and fingerprinting will be processed with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department.  

The Personnel Office will maintain a database of approved volunteers. Only volunteers on the database will be allowed to volunteer in any capacity within any MCBOE School.

Weapons will not be allowed on school property at any time.

Volunteers will be required to renew their request for volunteer annually. Background checks will be required every two (2) years after the initial background check is complete.  

MANDATED REPORTING OF CHILD ABUSE AND/OR NEGLECT

{OCGA 19-7-5} became effective July 1, 2012

Mandated reporters are individuals who work or volunteer in agencies or organizations that serve children and families.  This is a broad category to include those who have the most frequent contact with children in their professional or volunteer lives.  They are often the first adults to notice signs of child abuse and neglect.  They protect children who cannot protect themselves by reporting suspected child abuse or neglect to the proper authorities.

School volunteers fall into this population and now are mandated reporters of child abuse in Georgia.   All school volunteers must complete a Child Abuse Mandated Reporting Protocol training PRIOR to beginning any volunteer work.  Examples of volunteering include, but are not limited to, individuals who chaperone school field trips, act as Room Parents, volunteer with PTA/PTO/TAPS, visit or assist in classrooms, serve as mentors or help with extra-curricular activities.

Monroe County Schools is offering the mandatory training online through a special video accessible on our websites under Parents/Volunteers. 

 Volunteers have the option of viewing the video online at home and then submitting the Volunteer Child Abuse Training Completion Form and Volunteer Safety Information Form to the school PRIOR to the scheduled activity/event.  Parents also have the option of scheduling a time to view the training video and complete the paperwork at a designated school.  Please be advised that these forms become the property of Monroe County Schools.  Contact the Parent Involvement Specialist or Graduation Coach for additional details.

Each volunteer will be required to:

  1. View training video in its entirety
  2. Complete Volunteer Assurances Form
  3. Complete Volunteer Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Training Form
  4. Complete Volunteer Safety Information Form
  5. Print Volunteer Code of Conduct Form (Volunteer retains for his/her records)
  6. Return completed Volunteer Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Training Form and Volunteer Safety Information Form to school’s Parent Involvement Specialist
  7. Parent Involvement Specialist will retain signed documents on file at the school level

Training video and all necessary forms can be accessed under the Parents Tab on each school’s website.

Administrative Procedure for Excluding Volunteer Based on Background/Fingerprint Check

Volunteers shall be approved by the Superintendent or designee, though any applicants to become volunteers shall be excluded from participation upon the following grounds:

1.  A personal history or background check reveals any conviction, plea of adjudication, without regards to adjudication of first offender status, showing the applicant has engaged in a crime of violence to persons or property, or illegal drug use, possession, sale or other illegal drug involvement, whether a misdemeanor or felony, within the last ten (10) years.

2.  If a personal history or background check reveals any conviction, plea or adjudication, without regard to first offender status, of any felony or misdemeanor involving a crime of moral turpitude within the last ten (10) years.

3.  If the applicant has two (2) charges for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs within the last twenty-four (24) months or three (3) such charges in the preceding forty-eight (48) months.

4.  If the applicant has engaged in any other conduct, as revealed by a criminal background check or personal history evaluation or other information brought to the attention of the school, which did not result in a criminal charge, plea, conviction or adjudication, that in the discretion of the Superintendent or designee, would be of such serious nature or character that it may negatively impact the ability of the volunteer to serve as a role model for children or otherwise disrupt the safe and orderly operation of the school.  Such conduct would include but not limited to, issues of cruelty, abuse, child neglect, or deprivation.

The accompanying basic procedures establish the purpose and parameters of the volunteer program. The MCBOE reserves the right to reject any individual applicant for any volunteer status listed above when determined to be in the best interest of the students and in the discretion of the Superintendent or their designee. Similarly, any previously approved status may be immediately revoked without further notice when determined to be in the best interest of students by the Superintendent. Each school principal will ensure that all volunteers receive an orientation to the school and to the specific responsibilities for which they have volunteered.  This orientation will include review of these procedures with a copy provided to each volunteer.

Returned Checks Policy

In an effort to curb the internal cost that our district bears each year for returned checks (Nonsufficient Funds, NSF, Account Closed, Fraud and Stop Payment), we have contracted with CHECKredi Check Services.

All checks accepted for payment in the Monroe County School System are accepted with the understanding that the Parents or Guardians’ banks will pay those checks when deposited into the School’s account.  Please do not post-date a check when delivering one to the schools.

CHECKredi provides this service and will be in charge of collecting checks for our system that are not honored by the check writer’s bank.  In addition to the face value of the check, CHECKredi will also add service charges and fees to each returned check including a bank fee charge based on the laws of the State of Georgia.

CHECKredi receives all returned checks when they are not accepted by the bank.  This allows our staff to focus on other duties that are more productive and beneficial to our Students.  It also allows Parents/Guardians the opportunity to pay for any inadvertent returned item without the potential embarrassment that may be associated with paying it at the school.

Please refer to the following notice provided by CHECKredi and feel free to contact them if you have additional questions, toll free at 1-800-239-1222

2018-2019 School Calendar

July

30-31                Pre-Planning

August

1-2                Pre-Planning

3                First Day of School for Students

September

3                Labor Day Holiday (No School)

6                Progress Reports

October

12-15                Fall Break (No School)        

18                Progress Reports

25                Parent Conferences

November

15                Progress Reports

19-23                Thanksgiving Holidays (No School)

December

15                End of 1st Semester

19                Teacher In-Service Day (No School)

20-31                Christmas Holidays (No School)

January

1-2                New Year’s Holiday (No School)

3-4                Teacher In-Service Days (No School)

7                        First Day of Second Semester

10                First Semester Report Cards

21                Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (No School)

February

14                Progress Reports

18                Winter Break (No School)

                                

March

8                Teacher In-Service Day (No School)

14                Progress Reports

21                Parent Conferences

April

1-5                Spring Break (No School)

18                Progress Reports

May

22                Last Day of School

23                Post-Planning

24                Post-Planning/Graduation

27                Memorial Day Holiday

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What do I do if I…

HAVE BEEN ABSENT?

Before admission to class or returning to school following an absence, a student must report to the office with a written excuse from a parent, guardian, physician, or legal authority stating the reason for the absence.  In accordance with the School Attendance Council, the school cannot accept more than four “parent notes”, per semester.  After this limit is reached, all absences must be excused by a physician or legal authority.

Absences are excused based on the policies and regulations of the Monroe County Board of Education that are based on the compulsory attendance law.

Students shall be given a reasonable opportunity, three (3) days, to make up work or tests which were missed because of an excused absence from school.  Failure to make up work after a reasonable time will result in a grade of 0.

NEED TO LEAVE SCHOOL EARLY

In order for a student to be dismissed early, written request containing the reason, time of dismissal, and a parent signature must be presented to the office by 8:30 a.m.

Although parent requests for student dismissals may be honored, early dismissals will be classified excused or unexcused by the administration, and the teacher will be notified regarding the status of the dismissal.

During assembly programs no checkouts will be allowed.

There will be no student check-outs after 2:30 p.m.

TARDY TO SCHOOL?

Students are allowed four (4) tardies to school per semester, no questions asked.  In accordance with the School Attendance Council, students must report to a member of the administrative team on the fifth tardy.

Students who arrive after 8:00 a.m. are tardy.

NEED FIRST AID, MEDICAL ATTENTION OR MEDICATION?

Medication that a student needs to take during the day must be given to the administrative assistant with a Medical Authorization Form signed by the parent or guardian.  The student will be given the dosage as indicated on the prescription bottle and will be required to sign when this is received.

ARRIVE AT SCHOOL EARLY

Students arriving to school before the school day starts must report to a designated area in the school building.

Students should not be dropped off before 7:30 a.m. each day.

REMAIN AFTER SCHOOL

Students staying after school must be engaged in supervised instruction.  Students will not be allowed to loiter on the school campuses without a preapproved reason.

NEED TO SEE MY COUNSELOR?

Counselor: Holly Hamlin

Graduation Coach: Reye McLuen

NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CLASS PROGRESS?

Parents/Guardians have access to their students’ grades through Infinite Campus ParentAccess.  Parents may request a parent/teacher conference at any time by contacting the designated counselor to schedule an appointment.

HAVE A CELL PHONE?

Cell phones should be powered off during school hours. If a cell phone is confiscated, a parent must pick it up from the principal.

NEED TO USE THE TELEPHONE?

Telephones are available for use in the office before and after school and in extreme emergencies.  Students who are sick and need to call home will report to the front office.  Only in extreme cases such as family emergencies and/or serious illness or death in the immediate family will the office give students telephone messages or allow them to use the office telephone.

NEED TO DEPOSIT MONEY IN CAFETERIA ACCOUNT?

Students may deposit money into their cafeteria account during breakfast and/or lunch time.  Checks or cash are acceptable forms of payments.  Please make checks payable to School Nutrition Program.  Parents may also make online deposits by accessing www.mypaymentsplus.com.  The price of student breakfast is $1.60.  The price of student lunch is $2.60.  Reduced breakfast meals price is $.30. Reduced lunch meals is $.40.  No food from outside eating establishments can be brought into the cafeteria.

Collaborative Board Members

The Monroe County Achievement Center Collaborative Board Members is composed of representatives from the Board of Education, the local business community, community service agencies, and includes a parent and a student from the local school system.  The purpose of the collaborative is to assure program policies and procedures, establish working community relationships, and provide coordinated services to the alternative school students and their families.  The following is a list of the Monroe County Achievement Center Collaborative Members:

Dr. Mike Hickman

Monroe County Board of Education

Jan Humphrey

Monroe County Care Cottage

Sgt. Richard Coughenour

Monroe County Sherriff’s Department

Kevia Jackson

River Edge Behavioral Health Center

Vickie Nickel

Monroe County Family Connections

Reye McLuen

Mary Persons High School

Gwendolyn Byrd

Monroe County Board of Education

Reginald Jones

Department of Juvenile Justice

Keith Corley

Community Representative

Department of Family and Children Services

Whitney Lovett

Monroe County Health Department

Sherondah Strode

Monroe County Middle School

W.C. Lynwood

Department of Juvenile Justice

Sandy Colwell

Monroe County Board of Education

Dr. Margie Bryant

Retired Educator

TBA

Parent Representative

TBA

Student Representative

General Information

School Schedule

7:30-7:55

Breakfast Club-Students who arrive after 8:00 are tardy

8:00-9:25

1st Block

9:25-9:28

Announcements

9:29-9:54

Tools for Success

9:55-10:45

2nd Block (Restroom Break)

10:50-11:20

Lunch

11:25-12:00

2nd Block

12:01-1:26

3rd Block

1:27-2:51

4th Block

2:51

Dismissal

Entering and Leaving the School Building

When students arrive on campus they are to go immediately to the general meeting room.  Students may not congregate or wait outside the building or in the hallways.  Students may not leave campus once they arrive at school.  The general meeting room is available for breakfast at 7:30AM and students must be accompanied by a teacher when entering the general meeting room.

Students are dismissed at 2:51PM and are expected to leave campus at that time.  Students participating in afterschool coursework are allowed to remain in the building until 4:30PM.  Parents or guardians are responsible for student transportation.  If students are waiting for a ride, they must wait with a teacher until their ride arrives. The car has to pull up in front of the MCAC around front circle so staff can see approved pick up person.  There will be no loitering or waiting in undesignated areas.  Students are not allowed to go to other school campuses unless they receive written permission from the Monroe County Achievement Center Principal.  During bus transfer, students are not allowed in the Mary Persons Freshman Campus or Mary Persons High School building(s) unless authorized by MCAC personnel.   Violation of this policy will result in school suspension.

Delivery of Floral Items to Students

While the Monroe County Board of Education and Administration of Monroe County Schools realizes and appreciates the contribution local florists make to the school program, they also recognize the delivery of gifts such as floral arrangements and balloons to students may create disruptions to the academic environment, safety issues in buildings and on buses, and management concerns given the number of students in each of the buildings. As a result, schools shall not accept the delivery of floral arrangements and balloons on behalf of students at any time during the school year.

Progress Reports & Report Cards

Student achievement and behavior is reported to parents/guardians on a regular basis.  A summary report indicating the number of assignments given, grades earned, and student attendance will be included on progress reports.  Questions concerning the report or student progress may be directed to the classroom teacher.  Student reviews are held weekly by teachers, counselors, and the principal.

Progress reports & Report cards will be sent home with students at 4 ½ weeks, 9 weeks, and 13 ½ weeks. Parent/guardian signatures are required on all progress reports and report cards.  Failure to return them signed will result in disciplinary action: A student will receive three (3) points for not turning in the signed progress report or report card.  Official transcripts for high school students are at Mary Persons High School.

Report Card Dates

Progress Reports

Report Cards

  Parent Teacher Conference

September 6, 2018

October 25, 2018

October 18, 2018

November 15, 2018

January 10, 2019

March 21, 2019

February 14, 2019

March 14, 2019

April 18, 2019

Parent Access

Parents and students are encouraged to use the Infinite Campus portal application available for Android, Apple, or desktop computers. This application is free, and it provides important information regarding your student's grades, attendance, and schedule. With the Infinite Campus portal, users can check grades, monitor attendance, and see schedule changes once released by the school.

Grading Scales

Middle School

High School

A  90-100

A  90-100

B  80-89

B  80-89

C  72-79

C  70-79

D 70-71

F Below 70

F Below 70

I= Incomplete

NC=No Credit

Grading Percentages

For all students in Middle School:

 

50%                Assessment

40%                Daily        

10%                Projects/Notebooks/Exams

For all students in High School:

20%                End-of-Course Test or Final Exam

40%                Formative Assessment

                          (daily grades, quizzes, homework)

40%                Summative Assessment

                          (unit tests, major essays, projects)

Cheating

The sharing of any assessment material is not permissible.  Students should not share information electronically or by written form.  If an instance of academic dishonesty occurs, a full investigation will be completed by the principal.  The following disciplinary actions will occur:

First Offense:                                        Ten (10) day suspension

Second Offense        :                                Disciplinary Tribunal

Grade Promotion and Retention

Middle School Students:

Students in grades 6 through 8 will be automatically promoted to the next grade if they meet all of the following criteria:

1. Satisfy the attendance requirement by missing no more than 15 unexcused days in any one school year.

2. Have passing grades of 70 in all courses, with English Language Arts and Math being two of the required courses that students must pass.

3. Must meet or exceed on the Reading and Math portion of the Georgia Milestones End of Grade Assessment. Score at an acceptable level on the Georgia Milestones, where applicable.

A placement committee will convene to review the records of each student who fails to meet any of these criteria. The placement committee will consist of one or more current teacher(s), one or more teacher(s) in the next grade, a school administrator, the school SST chairperson and the parent(s). For students with disabilities, promotion decisions will be determined through the IEP process. (See MCS BOE policy IHE for more details).

High School Students:

Students entering 9th grade are promoted to the next grade according to the following criteria:

Number of Carnegie units:

9th to 10th                                     5 units

10th to 11th                                 12 units

11th to 12th                                 18 units

To graduate                    24 units

**To obtain a Carnegie unit, students must meet the academic requirement of posting a 70 or higher as the final semester average.  Carnegie units are accumulated in ½ units.

**To obtain a Carnegie unit, students must adhere to the attendance policy.  Students in grades 9-12 who exceed five (5) unexcused absences in any course during a semester will not receive credit for the course.  Georgia law allows for absences to be excused only for personal illness, illness in immediate family, death in family, recognized religious holiday, absence mandated by other government agencies such as court order, serving as a legislative page, doctor appointments required during school hours, or prearranged absences for other reason and/or extreme hardship at the approval of an administrator.  Prearranged absences are not automatically excused.

Graduation Requirements:

        Areas of Study

Units Required

English/Language Arts*

4

Mathematics*

4

Science*

4

Social Studies*

4

Health and Physical Education

1

CTAE and/or Fine Arts and/or Foreign Language

3

Electives

4

Total Units (Minimum)

24

*REQUIRED COURSES and/or CORE COURSES

Coursework to fulfill graduation requirements must be taken in accordance to MCBOE policy IHF (4).

Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC)

It is the expectation that all students enrolled at Monroe County Achievement Center participate in JROTC and abide by all guidelines and expectations for satisfactory completion of the JRTOC Course.

Graduation Participation

Students meeting all requirements for the high school diploma or special education diploma will be allowed to participate in graduation exercises.

Students who are seeking a high school diploma but have not completed all of the required State assessments will not be allowed to participate in graduation exercises.  

State Mandated Tests

CELL PHONE USE ON GEORGIA STANDARDIZED ASSESSMENTS

Students are not permitted to use, or bring into the testing environment, any electronic device that could allow them to access, retain, or transmit information (e.g., cell phone, smartphone, PDA, electronic recording, camera, or playback device, etc.). Possession or improper use of such devices during testing may result in disciplinary action in accordance with the system's student code of conduct and/or test invalidation. Devices such as those mentioned above that are brought into the testing environment must not remain in the student’s possession during testing

The Georgia Milestones Assessment___________________________________________________

Students in grades 6-7 will be administered the Math and ELA portions of the Georgia Milestones End of Grade (EOG) Assessment. Student in grade 8 will be administered the Math, ELA, Social Studies, and Science portions of the Georgia Milestones End of Grade (EOG) Assessment. Students in grades 9-12 will be administered the Georgia Milestones End of Course (EOC) Assessment in the following courses: 9th Grade Literature, Algebra, Biology, Geometry, Physical Science, US History, American Literature, and Economics.  The EOC will count 20% of the grade for the course.

ASVAB

All eleventh grade students are eligible to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery. Seniors may take the ASVAB with written permission from a military recruiter.  The test is given by a test administrator from the Federal Government with the assistance of representatives from the various branches of the armed services.  Results give students an idea of their abilities and potential for success in career areas.

PSAT

The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test measures reasoning abilities important to academic performance in college.  This test is funded by the state of Georgia and will be given each year to all sophomores. Juniors, who opt to take the PSAT, are eligible for the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Program, which enables students to compete for scholarships, Juniors are required to pay the expense if they desire to take the PSAT.

SAT/ACT

The Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT) of the College Board will be given seven (7) times during the school year.  Registration is available on-line at www.collegeboard.com.  The SAT will be given at Mary Persons High School every May and June. The American College Testing (ACT) assessment is given six (6) times during the school year.  Registration is available on-line at www.actstudent.org.

HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship

Georgia residents have many options for getting an education through the HOPE (Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally) Scholarship.  A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the following subject areas is required:  English, math, science, social studies and foreign language.  Beginning with the class of 2015, refer to www.gacollege411.org for specific rigor requirements.  

To qualify for the Zell Miller Scholarship, students must graduate from an eligible high school with a minimum 3.7 grade point average combined with a minimum score of 1200 on the math and reading portions of the SAT test or a 26 composite score on the ACT test in a single test administration.  Additional criteria can be found at www.gacollege411.org.  Contact your counselor or visit www.gacollege411.org for additional information.

Transportation

Students are expected to arrive to school and depart school on time.  Excepted modes of transportation are bus, parent pick-up, or personal vehicle. Students who ride the bus in the afternoon will be transported to Mary Persons High School to transfer to their regular assigned bus route.  

Driving to school is a privilege. No student is allowed to drive personal vehicles without prior permission from the principal.  Students must show proof of vehicle registration, valid driver’s license, insurance, and pay $25 parking fee in order to drive.   Students that are placed at the Achievement Center for punitive reasons are not allowed to drive.  When a student has been given permission to drive no other student is allowed to ride with that student. 

Students will lose the privilege of driving to school under the following circumstances:

Students may lose the privilege of riding the school bus under the following circumstances:

        

        Information.

A student must ride their assigned school bus route to and from school.  Parents/Guardians should not request that a child be allowed to ride a bus on which he/she is not regularly assigned except in emergency situations.  When a student will not be following the usual routine after school, a note stating the change is required from the parents.  The note should be given to the office upon arrival at school and include a daytime phone number to reach the parents.  The bus change must be approved by the principal.  For the safety of all students, transportation changes will not be taken by telephone or fax.

Students are not allowed to go to other school campuses unless they receive written permission from the Monroe County Achievement Center Principal.  During bus transfer, students are not allowed in the Mary Persons Freshman Campus or Mary Persons High School building(s) unless authorized by MCAC personnel.  Violation of this policy will result in school suspension.

School Bus Stop

Middle Safety Zone

● Students should be at the bus stop 5 minutes before the bus arrives, waiting in a safe place, clear of traffic and 12 feet from where the bus stops.

 DFACS Guidelines

 

● For the safety and well-being of our children, Monroe County's Student Transportation Department follows Georgia Department of Family and Children's Services (DFACS) guidelines in the bus delivery of younger students to their homes at the end of the school day.

Under DFACS guidelines:

* Children 8 years and younger cannot be left alone. Therefore, a bus driver must make      visible contact with a parent or guardian before leaving the child at home.

* Children 9-12 years old can be left alone for up to two hours.

* Children 13 and older can be left alone without adult supervision.

In delivering younger children to their homes in the afternoon, bus drivers communicate with school personnel to determine safe drop-off conditions.

Should a bus driver deem they cannot leave a child in a safe situation, the driver will contact school personnel, attempts will be made to contact the parent or guardian, and if necessary the child will be returned to their home school.

Parents with questions or concerns about these guidelines may contact the MCS Student Transportation Department, MCS School Social Worker Gwen Byrd, or their child's school administrators.

High Safety Zone

 ● Students should be at the bus stop 5 minutes before the bus arrives, waiting in a safe place, clear of traffic and 12 feet from where the bus stops.

Monroe County Guide to Pupil Transportation

In serious matters, even on the first violation, a student may be refused all bus transportation.  Gross disobedience or misconduct providing grounds for suspension from riding the school bus includes:

  1. Willful injury or threat of injury to a bus driver or to another rider.
  2. Willful and/or repeated defacement of the bus
  3. Willful and/or repeated use of profanity.
  4. Repeated willful disobedience of the bus driver’s directives.
  5. Such other behavior as the administration deems to threaten the safe operation of the bus/or its occupants.

Class One Violations:

All incidents involving the police.

  1. Assaults or threat of assault on the school bus driver or other riders
  2. Chasing or running beside a moving bus.
  3. Fighting
  4. Holding onto/or attempting to hold onto any portion of the exterior of the bus.
  5. Possession or ignition of any type of fire, matches, lighters, or detonation of a pyrotechnic device on the school bus.
  6. Making false accusations against the bus driver.
  7. Opening any emergency exit, or exiting, or attempting to exit from a moving bus.
  8. Possession of a handgun, knife, other weapon, ammunition, or look-a-like weapon.
  9. Sexual harassment in any form including but not limited to words, gestures, or actions.
  10. Tampering with, or vandalism (in excess of $50) of the school bus (restitution will be made.)
  11. Theft or robbery.
  12. Unacceptable sexual conduct.
  13. Using or possessing alcohol, tobacco, non-prescription drugs or paraphernalia.

Class Two Violations:

  1. Excessive horseplay (mischief)
  2. Failure to cross ten feet in front of the bus.
  3. Leaving seat/standing while the bus is in motion
  4. Shouting, yelling, screaming, or excessive noise.
  5. Tripping or pushing a student on board the school bus.
  6. Extending head, arms, or legs out of the window while the bus is in motion.
  7. False identification and/or information or refusal to provide the driver with the student’s name.
  8. Occupying more spaces in a seat than is needed, and refusing to allow another passenger to sit down.
  9. Pushing or shoving another student at or near, a moving bus.
  10. Tampering with emergency equipment including lighting system, radio, and fire extinguisher.
  11. Throwing or shooting an object, or objects, in the bus, at the bus driver or out the bus window.
  12. Willful damage to the property of other students.
  13. Open opposition to and defiance of the bus driver (argumentative, insubordination, or disrespectful behavior).
  14. Unacceptable language or gestures.

Class Three Violations:

  1. Failure to follow the driver’s instructions.
  2. Blocking the school bus aisle.
  3. Bothering (poking, pushing, annoying behavior, etc.) other bus riders.
  4. Eating or drinking on the bus.
  5. Leaving or throwing paper or other debris on the bus.
  6. Not meeting the bus promptly.
  7. Possession of radios, tape recorders, or electronic games.
  8. Putting arms, hands or heads outside the windows while bus is stopped.
  9. Riding unassigned bus without permission or using unassigned bus stop.
  10. Riding while under the suspension of transportation privileges.
  11. Dress Code Violation.

Investigation of Student Misconduct:

Due to the fact that we cannot predict all possible violations, any violation not addressed will be evaluated on a case by case process.  The school administrator will determine the class of the violation. The principal is primarily responsible for investigating behavior problems, which occur while the pupils are en route to and from school.  The principal or designees may conduct an investigation of the pupil or pupils involved in the bus problems and, if necessary the bus driver, if a student commits offenses of

Different classes during the same incident, the consequences associated with the more serious class of offense will be applied.

Bus Cameras

Most of our buses are equipped with digital video cameras.  At times, some bus rides are monitored to help control discipline.  Parents must produce written request within three days of the student’s discipline to view the video only when it is used as evidence in determining the innocence or guilt of the student.  School bus video will only be viewed by the school system transportation director, appropriate administrative personnel, the bus driver, and school resource officer, or other appropriate law enforcement agencies.  Video segments revealing unlawful actions may be brought to the attention of law enforcement agencies.  

Parents must not board the school bus for any reason.  It shall be unlawful for any person to disrupt or interfere with the operation of any public school.  This includes the operation of the school bus.  Penalty for disrupting public school:  Any person found guilty of a misdemeanor.  The bus is an extension of the classroom.  Persons who have been advised that minor children are present and who continue to berate, insult, or abuse any public school teacher, public school administrator, or public school bus driver in the presence and hearing of a pupil while on the premises of any public school or public school bus may be ordered by any of the above designated school personnel to leave the school bus, and upon failure to do so such person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not exceed $500.00.

Food and Meals

Breakfast is served between 7:30 a.m. – 7:55 a.m.  Only bus riders arriving after 8:00 a.m. will be allowed to eat breakfast.  Lunch is served from 11:44 a.m. –12:14 p.m.  Students are not allowed to bring food from outside establishments in the eating area.  Students are not allowed to bring in soft drinks.  Milk and water are available in the cafeteria. Candy, gum, or snacks are not allowed.

The price of student breakfast is $1.60 and student lunch is $2.60.  The price for reduced breakfast is $0.30 and reduced lunch is $0.40. Students receiving free or reduced lunches must complete the proper forms at the beginning of each school year.

Meal Charge Procedure:

  1. Students/Guardians are responsible for payment of food service debts
  2. Students are allowed to charge one meal
  3. No a la carte items may be charged
  4. Once a meal is charged, if the charge is not paid in full, students will be offered an alternative meal consisting of a sandwich, fruit, and mill for lunch or cereal and milk for breakfast
  5. Students are not allowed to charge the last two weeks of school

A breakfast and lunch program are offered to all students. Monroe County Schools Nutrition Program adheres to an Offer vs. Serve option at both meal services which provides the students the ability to choose from various entrees and sides. No child shall be denied the opportunity to participate in the School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program.

In accordance with the Monroe County Schools Wellness Policy, foods of minimal nutritional value (sodas, fast food, sugary snacks, etc.) cannot be sold during the scheduled meal service times for breakfast and lunch. Additionally, foods of minimal nutritional value are highly discouraged from being brought in from home or fast food restaurants during meal service at breakfast and lunch times. It is the objective of the Monroe County Schools Nutrition Program to promote a healthy environment within the school building and surrounding community. Students who bring their breakfast or lunch to school should not pack food items that require reheating. Teachers are not responsible for heating food in microwaves for students.

Illness at School

In the event a student becomes ill or injured at school, a designee or principal will contact the parent or guardian.  In non-critical situations where a parent or approved contact person cannot be reached and time is not a factor, the student will remain at school while efforts to reach the parents continue.  If the student does not have a telephone contact, the principal or the system resource officer may transport the student home or to the home of the emergency contact person.

In critical situations where a parent or emergency contact person cannot be reached, the principal will be informed.  Students with severe injuries will be transported by ambulance to emergency facilities.  Otherwise, the principal will make the necessary arrangements to secure transportation to emergency facilities.

Medication

Please keep the school informed about allergies, diseases, or other medical conditions to which your child may be exposed.  The school should have a written record of your child’s condition and specific instructions for their care.  Medication that a student needs to take during the day must be turned in to the front office and taken in the presence of the principal or designee.  Cough drops are to be left in the office. Students will be issued cough drops via office personnel.  All medications, prescription and over-the-counter, require a Medical Authorization Form signed by the parent or guardian

Dress Code

In efforts to promote student achievement and academic success, scholarly dress will be emphasized.  Dressing for success is essential as our students prepare themselves for successful career paths of the future.

Students must come to school prepared to learn and dressed to meet with success.  Hair and clothing must not distract from the learning process by appearance, statement, color, or style.  The dress code for the Monroe County Achievement Center gives clear guidelines for acceptable and reasonable expectations for student appearance.

Generally, student attire will consist of tailored or khaki style pants that are tan in color, a belt, and a plain white, gray, or black collared polo style shirt or blouse (white only).  Plain white button down shirts are allowed. Students may wear a necktie. Designer faded jeans and low rise jeans are not allowed.  Shirts must be tucked in and belts must be seen at all times.  Girls may wear tailored pants or khaki style pants/skirts that are tan in color.  Specific attire and guidelines are given in the following descriptions.

The dress code policy will be enforced on school grounds and on the school bus.

The interpretation of acceptable attire will be made by the faculty and/or administration.  Parents are expected to monitor clothing before the student leaves for school in the morning.

Note:  All clothing, book bags, suitcases, etc. brought into the school building are subject to search.  Coats, jackets, and book bags which are checked in at the office are subject to search each day.

Headgear

Students are not allowed to wear any headgear including hats, scarves, bandanas, combs, picks, barrettes, etc. in school.  Plain black rubber bands or ponytail holders may be used to secure hair that is braided according to the hair policy as stated below.

Outerwear

Students may not wear coats, jackets, hooded shirts or hooded sweatshirts during class time.  These items, when worn to school, must be checked in at the office upon arrival and may be retrieved at the end of the school day.

Hair

The student’s hair should not distract from the learning process by appearance, statement, color, or style.  Hair should be neat and clean at all times.  Hairstyles should be appropriate for both classroom and exercise (physical education), i.e., hair should not cover the student’s face or eyes or require combing during the day.  Since combs are not allowed at school, students must be able to maintain and manage their hair with minimum care.  Braids are allowed if hair is braided neatly next to the scalp.  Ponytails are acceptable only when hair is six inches or longer.  Rubber bands and ponytail holders must be plain black in color.  All hairstyles must be neat, appropriate for school, and professional in appearance.

Shirts/Blouses

Only plain white, gray, or black polo style collared shirts and collared blouses are allowed.  Shirts and blouses must have sleeves.  Brand or logo names/symbols (e.g. Duck, Polo, Nike, etc.) must be pocket size or smaller (4 inch maximum).  No other picture, symbol, statement, or advertisement on clothing is allowed.  Blouses for young ladies should not be low cut or form fitting.

Shirts and blouses must be tucked in so that top of pants or skirt is visible at all times.

Plain white (t-shirts) only may be worn under a collared shirt.  The outer shirt must remain buttoned.  Plain gray sweatshirts are allowed but must have a white, gray, or black collared shirt underneath it.

Male students are allowed and encouraged to wear solid white buttoned down dress shirts with ties.  No plaid or stripe shirts are allowed.  Female students are allowed and encouraged to wear decorative scarves with white button down blouses

Pants

Pants must be tailored or khaki style and tan in color only.  Cargo style pants are not allowed. Jogger style pants are not allowed.  All pants must be hemmed and the bottoms of the legs cannot be unraveled.  

No bib overalls or oversized clothing is allowed.  Shorts are not allowed.

All pants must have belt loops. No elastic waist band pants allowed.  Pants must be sized to fit the natural waistline and worn at the natural waistline (no more than 2 inches below belly button).  No part of any student’s anatomy should be visible when seated.   Pant legs must be of equal length and may not touch the floor.

At the discretion of the principal, students may be allowed to wear jeans on some Fridays.  This designation will be made to reward academic achievement and or meeting/exceeding behavioral expectations.  Jeans must be blue or black with no designed embellishments.  Jeans may not be designer faded jeans, hip-huggers, low rise; no cut or torn pants.

Belts, Suspenders

Pants, jeans, and skirts with belt loops must be worn with a belt or suspenders.  Acceptable colors for belts and suspenders are black, brown, or tan.  Belts must be appropriate waist size (no more than 4 inches at student’s waist); belts may not be unbraided.

Skirts

Skirts must be solid tan in color. No designer faded denim is allowed. Brand or logo names/symbols (e.g. Duck, Polo, Nike, etc.) must be pocket size or smaller (4 inches maximum). No other picture, symbol, statement, or advertisement is allowed.  

The hemline of skirts must be no more than 4 inches above or below the knee.  Slits, vents, or openings on skirts may be no more than 4 inches above the knee.  Measurements are taken from floor to hemline in kneeling position.

Shoes

Athletic shoes or dress/work shoes must be worn at all times.  Shoes must be worn as designed with laces tied, fasteners fastened, etc. Open-toed sandals are permissible in the black or brown for young ladies only.  No flip flops or shower shoes are allowed.  Heels and soles may be no more than 2 inches high or thick on any shoes.  Socks must be white or black. Design socks are not allowed.  Hosiery must be black, white, or brown.

Dress Code Accommodations

Students with injury may need accommodations to the dress code.  These accommodations shall be considered for approval upon receipt of notification from a doctor describing the need.

Jewelry

Students are not allowed to wear articles of adornment. (ie., necklaces, tongue rings, rings, bracelets (metal/rubber), chains, pins, or any items of decorative nature). The only jewelry items allowed at the Monroe County Achievement Center are a Mary Persons class ring, wedding ring (married students only), watch, and earring in ear or nose (limited to a stud). All unauthorized jewelry will be confiscated and returned to the parent.

Other Accessory Items

Tattoo(s)

If a student has a tattoo it must not be visible.  The tattoo must be covered at all times.

Consequences for non-compliance with dress code

If a student’s attire does not conform to dress code, the following consequences can be expected:

  1. Student will remove or change the article(s) which does not conform to dress code.  Example, student wears jewelry or brings comb to school and turns it in at the office. (three (3) points)

  1. Student must call home to have a parent bring a change of clothes. Example, student wears bib overalls to school. (five (5) points)

  1. Student needs constant reminding to conform to dress code.  Example, student must be told to “pull your pants up” more than once per day. (three (3) points each reminder)

  1. Student refuses to conform to dress code.  Example, student argues or refuses to change when told to do so.  (immediate suspension)

Hall Passes

Students are expected to remain in their classes during the entire instructional period. Students who need to leave the classroom for an emergency or who are called to the office must have a teacher’s hall pass.  Students in the hall must have passes visible at all time.  

Books and Book Bags

Students are encouraged not to bring in book bags.  All books are the property of the Monroe County Board of Education and are the responsibility of the student.  Lost or damaged books must be replaced at the student’s expense.

Cell Phones/Electronic Communication Devices

Students are allowed to have cell phones in their possession; however phones should be powered off to preserve instructional time and minimize disruptions, the use of cellular phones and other electronic communication devices during the school day is prohibited. Failure to comply with this will result in discipline consequences. Telephones are available for use in the office before and after school and in extreme emergencies. Students who are sick and need to call home will report to the office. Only in extreme cases such as family emergencies and/or serious illness or death in the immediate family will the office give students telephone messages or allow them to use the office telephone.

During state mandated testing, cellular phones and other electronic devices are not allowed in the testing location. The school is not responsible for stolen or lost cell phones.

If any of these items are confiscated the following disciplinary action will occur:

The 1st offense the student will receive 5 discipline points and confiscation for 1 school day. (The phone will be returned to the parent only at the end of the next school day.) Students cannot refuse to turn over a cellphone to the teacher.  Note: During administrative action, any student refusing to hand over their cell phone will be subject to insubordination.  The consequence will be elevated to 2 days OSS.

The 2nd offense the student will receive 10 discipline points and confiscation for 3 school days. (The phone will be returned to the parent only at the end of the consequence). Students cannot refuse to turn over a cellphone to the teacher.  Note: During administrative action, any student refusing to hand over their cell phone will be subject to insubordination.  The consequence will be elevated to 3 days OSS.

The 3rd offense the student will receive 15 discipline points and confiscation for the remainder of the school year. (The phone will be returned to the parent at the end of the school year). Students cannot refuse to turn over a cell phone to the teacher: Note: During administrative action, any student refusing to hand over their cellphone will be subject to insubordination.  The consequence will be elevated to OSS until the phone is confiscated.

Valuables

Students are encouraged to leave all personal items of value at home.  Students should never carry large amounts of cash.  Students are allowed to have no more than $20 (twenty) at school.

Tobacco

Students are not allowed to smoke, use or possess tobacco or vaping devices of any kind before, during, or immediately after school hours in the school buildings, on the school grounds, or on the school bus.  Students leaving campus without permission to use tobacco or vaping devices are subject to the provisions of this policy.  The use or possession of simulated tobacco or vaping products, such as Mint Snuff, shall be a violation of this policy.

Disciplinary action for violation of this policy is as follows:

        First Offense-                One (1) day out-of-school suspension.

Second Offense-        Two (2) days out-of-school suspension.  The student must be

                                accompanied by a parent or guardian for a conference with

                                the principal on the day following the offense.  The

                                student may not return to school until this conference occurs.

Third Offense-                Three (3) days out-of-school suspension.  At this time, the

                                student, accompanied by a parent or guardian, must attend

                                the next Collaborative Board meeting following the offense.

                                The student’s enrollment status maybe affected if the meeting is

                                not attended.

        Fourth Offense-                A fourth offense will likely result in the student’s

          long-term suspension or possible expulsion.

Offenses will not be carried over from year to year unless the student reaches the third offense status.  Violations of this policy by students reaching the third offense status in a single year will result in severe disciplinary action.

Alcohol and Drugs

No student shall possess, sell, use, transmit or be under the influence of any drug, alcohol, or intoxicant of any kind or anything that may be represented as drugs, narcotics, or alcohol:

                -on any property owned by the Monroe County Board of Education;

                -off the school property at a school activity function or event;

                -en route to and from school;

                -en route to and from school functions, activities, or events.

Students in violation of this alcohol/drug policy will be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency and are subject to the following disciplinary procedures:

First offense:                Automatic suspension from school for a period of ten (10) days and an

                        appearance before a tribunal.

Second offense:        Automatic suspension from school and referral to the Monroe

                        County Board of Education for an official hearing.

This offense may subject a student to expulsion from school.  Reinstatement of the student to school will depend upon action taken by the Board of Education.

Note:        Use of a drug authorized by a medical prescription from a registered physician shall not be considered a violation of this policy.  All prescription medicine must be turned in to the office before class begins in the morning.

School Camera Surveillance

Portions of some of our schools are equipped with digital video cameras.  Occasionally, video segments are used in student disciplinary investigations.  Parents may produce a written request within three days of the student’s discipline to view the video only when it is used as evidence in determining the innocence or guilt of the student.  These videos can only be viewed by appropriate administrative personnel, school resource officer, or other appropriate law enforcement agencies.  Video segments revealing unlawful actions may be brought to the attention of law enforcement agencies.

Weapons

The presence of weapons on school property is detrimental to the welfare and safety of the students and school personnel and is a violation of state law.

No person shall carry, possess, or have under such person’s control any weapon or explosive compound within a school safety zone, or in any school building, on school premises, at any school sponsored function or activity, including football games, basketball games, track contests, and other similar or related functions; in any school related vehicle or bus; or in a private vehicle parked on school property, or on other public or private property in proximity to school property while attending school or a school sponsored or school related function.

It is a violation of this policy for any Monroe County student to carry, possess, or have under his control any toy or other item which closely resembles a weapon at a school building, school function, or on school property or on a bus or other transportation furnished by the school system.  Students violating this section of the policy are subject to suspension or expulsion.

Contraband Items

Students are not permitted to possess contraband items while on school system property or while

in attendance at any school-sponsored event.  Any contraband item found on a student will be

taken from the student and shall not be returned to the student.  Parents may personally claim contraband items from the school principal or designee.  Students wearing inappropriate clothing

under this policy will be isolated from the rest of the student body until an appropriate change of clothing can be secured.  Any contraband item that is illegal for the student to possess on school system property or at a school-sponsored event will be turned over to the proper law enforcement officials.

These contraband items include, but are not limited to:

1.        Weapons as defined by the Board Policy JCD, Student Code of Conduct;

O.C.G.A 16-11-127; and/or 16-11-127.1;

2.        Pornographic materials;

3.        Materials which advocate violence, the overthrow of the government of the United States, or are otherwise terroristic in nature;

4.        Gang related materials;

5.        Materials which if loaded on a computer could disrupt the computer or the computer network;

6.        Controlled substances, prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications with the

        exception of those prescription drugs and over-the counter medications that are allowed under the provision established by Board Policy JGCD-medicines;

7.        Alcoholic beverages;

8.        Tobacco products;

9.        Clothing which incites other students or is otherwise so distractive that its presence

        interferes with the teaching and learning process and/or the orderly school environment.

  1. Pepper Spray, mace, or other dangerous chemicals and irritants

In addition to having contraband taken from the student, the student will also be disciplined under the provisions of Monroe County Board of Education Policies and Administrative Procedures.

Cigarette Lighters and Matches

Cigarette lighters, matches, or any such items are not allowed at school.  Penalty for possession is immediate suspension

Buying, Selling, and Gambling

Students are strictly forbidden to buy, sell, or trade goods, etc. at school at anytime.  All forms of gambling are prohibited at school.  This includes rolling dice, matching coins and throwing to the

line or any type of game in which money is involved.

Fighting

Fighting, pushing, hitting, tripping, bullying, or any form of aggressive behavior is strictly prohibited.

At the discretion of the Principal or designated authority, punishment for any student involved will be the same unless it can be clearly proven through investigation that one party was undeniably the aggressor.  Students involved in fighting will be charged with disrupting a public school and may be subject to long-term suspension or expulsion from school.

Bullying

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The Monroe County Board of Education believes that all students have a right to a safe and healthy school environment.  All schools within the district have an obligation to promote mutual respect, tolerance, and acceptance among students, staff, volunteers and visitors.  Behavior that negatively impacts the safety of any student will not be tolerated.  A student shall not bully, harass, or intimidate another student through words or actions.

 

Bullying is defined as an act which occurs on school property, on school vehicles, at designated school bus stops, or at school related functions or activities, or by use of data or software that is accessed through a computer, computer system, computer network, or other electronic technology of the Monroe County school system, that is:

 

(1) Any willful attempt or threat to inflict injury on another person, when accompanied by an apparent present ability to do so;

 

(2) Any intentional display of force such as would give the victim reason to fear or expect immediate bodily harm; or

 

(3) Any intentional written, verbal, or physical act, which a reasonable person would perceive as being intended to threaten, harass, or intimidate, that:

 

  1. Causes another person substantial physical harm within the meaning of Code

Section 16-5-23.1 or visible bodily harm as such term is defined in Code

Section 16-5-23.1;

 

      (B) Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student's education;

 

      (C) Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or

           threatening educational environment; or

 

      (D) Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.

 

Such behavior includes but is not limited to: Direct physical contact such as hitting or shoving; verbal assaults such as teasing or name-calling; the use of electronic methods to harass, threaten or humiliate; and social isolation and/or manipulation.  This prohibition of bullying shall be included in the student handbooks of all Monroe County schools.

 

All students and/or staff shall immediately report incidents of bullying, harassment and intimidation to the school principal or designee.  School staff members are expected to immediately intervene when they see a bullying incident occur.  Each complaint of bullying shall be promptly and thoroughly investigated.  This policy shall apply to students on school grounds, while traveling on a school bus to or from school, at a school bus stop, at a school-sponsored event and during any school-sponsored activity.  Any form of electronic bullying (cyberbullying) using school equipment, school networks, e-mail systems or that are committed at school are strictly prohibited. The Board prohibits retaliatory behavior against any complainant or any participant in the complaint process.

 

Bullying, harassment or intimidation will not be tolerated.  Disciplinary action as established in the Student Code of Conduct shall be taken after each incident of bullying upon a finding of guilt.

 

School system staff shall also involve other school system professionals such as social workers and counselors and shall use other interventions if needed to address the social-emotional, behavioral, and academic needs of students who are the victims of bullying and students who commit the offense of bullying.

 

Students, parents/guardians and any other person may directly report incidents of bullying to an administrator, teacher, counselor or other staff member.  If a staff member receives the report, the report shall be immediately forwarded to the school principal or designee.  Reports of bullying can also be made by calling the Georgia Department of Education’s 1-877-SAY-STOP (1-877-729-7867) School Safety Hotline.

 

School staff shall take the following actions when an incident of bullying is reported:

 

1. Investigate

 

Upon receipt of any report of bullying, the staff member shall immediately notify the principal.  The principal or his or her designee shall direct an immediate investigation involving appropriate personnel.  The investigation should begin no later than the next school day following the report of bullying.  The investigation should include, among other actions as needed, interviewing the alleged perpetrator(s) and victims(s), witnesses, teachers and staff members and reviewing video surveillance if available.  School counselors, school social workers and/or other support staff should be utilized for their expertise as determined by the circumstances of the matter and the person directing the investigation.  Law Enforcement officials shall be contacted as required by the circumstances of the mater.

 

2.   Notify

 

At an appropriate time during or after the investigation, parents/guardians of the accused and the victim must be notified of the reported incident.  If the incident involves an injury or similar situation, appropriate medical attention should be arranged and the parent/guardian should be notified immediately.

 

3.   Discipline

 

Upon confirming that bullying has occurred, the principal or his or her designee shall charge the accused student with bullying and shall be given an age-appropriate consequence which shall include, at minimum and without limitation, disciplinary action or counseling as appropriate and as otherwise consistent with this policy and the student Code of Conduct.  Students in grades six through twelve who have been found to have committed the offense of bullying for the third time in a school year shall be assigned to an alternative school through appropriate due process by disciplinary hearing officer, panel or tribunal.

 

4.   Follow Up

 

Follow up is important to the accused and the victim.  Staff should implement a method to provide follow up consultation to the victim and the accused.

Disrupting Public School

It is unlawful for any person to disrupt or interfere with the operation of any public school.  Any person violating this law shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature (Ga. L. 1976, p. 480; Ga. L. 1994, p.1012

Gang Related Activity

The Monroe County Achievement Center has zero tolerance for gang activity.  Students who advertise an affiliation with a particular gang or alliance will be subject to suspension.  The following examples are gang related activities which will not be tolerated:

        -Hand signs, “flashing,” or “stacking.”

        -Wearing articles of clothing in certain way or color scheme to represent a gang.

        -Gang graffiti-includes personal and school property.

        -Gang-like behavior is when two or more students are fighting another

        student or two more are fighting each other; it is considered gang-like behavior.

        -If a student has a tattoo it must not be visible.  The tattoo must be covered at all times.

        -Eyebrow notching (slits in the eyebrow)

The interpretation of gang-related activity will be made by the faculty and/or Principal.

Inappropriate Sexual Behaviors or Physical Contact

Any behavior which is sexual in nature is strictly forbidden on school grounds during, before, or after school hours; off the grounds at any school activity, function or event; or at any event which is subject to jurisdiction of school authorities.

Students who demonstrate provocative, flirtatious, or sexually-oriented behaviors before, during, or after school will be suspended for a minimum of one (1) day and subject to tribunal.

Attendance Policy (Per Monroe County Board Policy JBD)

Research shows that there is a direct correlation between student achievement and school attendance.  It is therefore; most important that students be in school unless there are legitimate reasons why they must be absent.  Georgia law places the responsibility on each student to attend school on a daily basis and the responsibility on each parent or guardian to send his/her child to school on a daily basis.

Before admission to class or returning to school following an absence, a student must report to the school principal or his/her designee with a written note from a parent, guardian, physician, or legal authority stating the reason for the absence.  The principal or designee will determine whether an absence is excused in accordance with policies and regulations of the Monroe County Board of Education that are based on the compulsory attendance law.  The principal or designee may at his/her discretion; require supporting documentation from a doctor, dentist, clinic, court, and funeral home, etc.  The decision of the principal or designee with respect to the justification and validity of documentation for an absence is final.

Student absences may be excused for the following reasons:

  1. When a student is personally ill and when attendance in school would

        endanger his/her health or the health of others;

  1. When in a student’s immediate family there is a serious illness or death which

        would reasonably necessitate absence from school;

  1. On special and recognized religious holidays observed by his/her faith;
  2. When mandated by order of government agencies such as court order (a note

        from court must be presented);

  1. When serving as a legislative page;
  2. When there is a doctor’s appointment required during school hours (a note

        from the doctor must be presented;

  1. When there is a pre-arranged absence for other reasons and/or extreme

        hardship at the approval of an administrator.  Prearranged absences are not

        automatically excused.

  1. Official military visits for enlistment purposes.
  2. Visitation of college campuses.  The number of visits should not exceed two

Two and must be documented on college letterhead.

Students who desire to document an absence shall present a written excuse signed by a parent or guardian within three (3) days of returning to school.  Documentation may not be sent by Fax, e-mail, or telephone.

Students shall be given a reasonable opportunity, three (3) days, to make up work or tests which were missed because of an excused absence from school.  Failure to make up work after a reasonable time will result in a grade of 0.  Students in grades 9-12 who exceed five (5) unexcused absences will not receive credit for the course.

For state attendance purposes a student must be in attendance for a minimum of one-half the required instructional day for the student to be counted as present.

Absences resulting from disciplinary suspensions shall be excused for purposes of this policy.  Student will receive a grade of 0 for any daily work, which is missed.  However, students may make up test or long-term assignments with in the regular make up work guidelines.

        Parents are asked to make dental, medical, and other appointments, as well as planned family trips after school and on Saturdays, if at all possible.  Should a student have an appointment during the school day, the parent should sign his/her child out in the office and sign him/her back in upon arrival back at school.

Monroe County School Attendance Council

The Monroe County School Attendance Council (SAC) is a collaborative effort formed to address school attendance problems.  The protocols of the Monroe County School Attendance Council are in accordance with the requirements of House Bill 1190 section 10-11.  The law places the responsibility of attendance directly into the hands of the parents.  

Monroe County Schools in partnership with Family Connections, Department of Family and Children Services, Sheriff’s Department, Police Department, Department of Juvenile Justice, River Edge Behavioral Health Center and the Towaliga District Juvenile Court will address chronic school absences in the following manner:

Tardies and Early Checkouts—There will be no intervention for up to 4 tardies or early check-outs per semester.  On the 5th tardy or early check-out, per semester, the student or parent must see the principal.  If a student exceeds 10, there will be a referral to the SAC.

Pre-Approved Absences

Extenuating circumstances may require a student to gain approval prior to an absence.  A pre-approved absence form must be obtained from the administrative assistant and returned two days prior to the absence.  All forms are subject to approval by the principal.  Not all requests will be granted approval.

Withdrawal from School

A parent should request the withdrawal at least a day in advance.  The school will withdraw students who have missed ten (10) or more consecutive days of school without notifying the school of any extenuating circumstances.  Parents/guardians are encouraged to withdraw students between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Certificate of Attendance for Driver’s License

Students who need a Certificate of Attendance in order to obtain a Georgia Driver’s License should notify the administrative assistant in the front office.

Work Permits

Any student under the age of 18 must obtain a work permit.  Work permits can be obtained in the

front office.  The administrative assistant at Monroe County Achievement is responsible for students receiving signed work permits.

Twelve for Life Program

Students must apply to participate in a collaborative work-based learning partnership between the Monroe County School System and the Department of Corrections. This gives students the opportunity to earn wages while earning credit toward their high school diploma.  The following requirements must be met before an application can be accepted:

Early work releases will be available only for those students enrolled in Work Based Learning (WBL).  Only juniors and seniors may be eligible for early dismissal to work.  Student participating in work release programs must be able to provide their own transportation.  Students must be on track to graduate to be considered for WBL.  

PBIS

All students at the Monroe County Achievement Center will participate in a positive behavior program. The Positive Behavior and Intervention Support (PBIS) plan incorporates effective teaching, positive rewards, positive reinforcement, consistent procedures and rules, and logical consequences to teach students appropriate behavior necessary to be successful in school and throughout life.

There are three types of referral forms that you may receive for your child.  Become familiar with each of these forms in order to better support your child in his/her success.  The three types of forms are:

  1. Positive Referral Form:  The positive referral form recognizes and lets you know that your child has done something exceptional at school.
  2. Classroom Referral Form:  The classroom referral form is sent home by your child’s teacher to inform you about a specific behavior your child has shown at school and the consequences for the behavior.  
  3. Office Referral Form:  The office referral form is used when your child has been referred to the Principal’s Office for further support and additional consequences.

Please take this opportunity to spend time with your child discussing the importance of cooperation, academic excellence, respect for others, and safety procedures at school and at home.  Your support is appreciated as we work together to ensure your child’s success in a respectful, responsible, and safe environment.

Discipline Policy

The following sequence of events will alert students and parents/ guardians to the frequency and seriousness of a student’s behavior:

Discipline Points

A point system is used to identify inappropriate classroom behaviors.  The points range from three (3) to fifteen (15), depending upon the seriousness of the offense.  Points start at zero (0) each Friday and are kept on a daily and weekly basis.  Each time a high school student acquires fifteen (15) or more points a behavior referral is issued and the student will receive consequences.  The parent will receive a copy of all behavior referrals.  Before returning to school the parent and student must meet with the teacher or principal.  Because all conferences with teachers and administrators are scheduled conferences, all parents are strongly encouraged to schedule a conference with the principal or teacher.  Conferences can be scheduled in the morning from 8:00 a.m. until 8:30 a.m., or in the afternoon from 3:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.  

                

The First Office Behavior Referral will result in one (1) in-school detention for each fifteen (15) points for all students.     

The Second Office Behavior Referral will result in one (2) days in-school detention for each fifteen (15) points for all students.  

The Third Office Behavior Referral will result in one (1) day out of school suspension for each fifteen (15) points for all students.  A required parent/student/principal conference must occur before the student returns to school.   

The Fourth Office Behavior Referral will result in one (1) day out of school suspension for each fifteen (15) points for all students.  A required parent/student/principal conference must occur before the student returns to school.  A student behavior contract will be put into place.

The Fifth Office Behavior Referral will result in one (1) day out of school suspension for each fifteen (15) points for all students.  A required parent/student/principal conference must occur before the student returns to school.  The student contract will be reviewed and student support services will be reviewed.  

The Sixth Office Behavior Referral will result in a two (2) day out of school suspension for each fifteen (15) points for all students.   A required parent/student/program conference must occur before the student returns to school.  The student contract and student supports services will be reviewed.  

The Seventh Office Behavior Referral will result in a two (2) day out of school suspension for each fifteen (15) points for all students.   A required parent/student/program conference must occur before the student returns to school.  The student contract and student supports services will be reviewed.  

The Eighth Office Behavior Referral will result in a three (3) day out of school suspension for each fifteen (15) points for all students.   A required parent/student/program conference must occur before the student returns to school.  The student contract and student supports services will be reviewed.  

The Ninth Office Behavior Referral will result in a three (3) day out of school suspension for each fifteen (15) points for all students.   A required parent/student/program conference must occur before the student returns to school.  The student contract and student supports services will be reviewed.  

The Tenth Office Behavior Referral will result in an out of school suspension pending the outcome of a Tribunal Hearing.

Out-Of-School Suspensions

Out-of-school suspensions are the result of serious or continuous violation of school behavior policies.  Students suspended from school are counted absent for the number of days for which they are suspended.  Students are not permitted on any school campus at any time during a suspension.  Students suspended from school are not allowed to attend any school or social function connected with the Monroe County School System, whether it is on or off campus.  For example, if a student is suspended from the Monroe County Achievement Center, he/she cannot attend football games.   Students may be suspended or removed from school during the school day if behaviors are out of control, severely disruptive, or of a threatening nature.  When actions warrant, a parent or guardian may be contacted and required to come to school to pick up the student or local law enforcement may be contacted to remove a student from school property.  If a parent or guardian cannot be reached, the student may be held by a local law enforcement agency until a parent or guardian can be reached. A re-entry conference must be held with the principal at the end of the suspension in order for the student to continue with their normal schedule of classes.

Formal charges or complaints may be filed with the local law enforcement agency on any student involved in disruption, bullying, fighting, or threatening a teacher or administrator.

Afterschool detention / work study may be given by administrator when deemed necessary.

Tribunal

A student may be referred to a tribunal under the following conditions:

  1. As a result of any action which places students or school personnel in danger of personal safety.
  2. When a recommendation is made by the Collaborative Student Review Committee.
  3. If the infraction is of a serious nature.
  4. If a student has a record of continuous disruptive behaviors or an excessive number of referrals.

If the Tribunal determines that there is sufficient evidence to substantiate the offense(s) committed by the student, the student may face permanent expulsion.  It is understood that when a student fails to successfully complete an assignment at the Monroe County Achievement Center, he or she is not allowed to enroll in any school in the Monroe County Public School System.

Extracurricular Activities___________________________________________________________

Students that are enrolled at the Monroe County Achievement Center are not eligible to participate in any extracurricular activities associated with their base school.  

Any student enrolled at the Monroe County Achievement Center for punitive reasons are not allowed to attend any school or social function connected with the Monroe County School System, whether it is on or off campus.  For example, he/she cannot attend football games.

Any student enrolled at the Monroe County Achievement Center for credit recovery purposes are not allowed to participate in any extracurricular activities associated with their base school, however they are allowed to attend any events as a spectator.

Off Campus Behaviors

We encourage parents and guardians to inform their children on the consequences, including potential criminal penalties, of underage sexual conduct and crimes for which a minor can be tried as an adult.

Students may be disciplined for off-campus, out-of-school behavior if the results of this behavior could disrupt the school day or school activities.  In this case, the Director will consult with the Superintendent before disciplinary action is imposed.

Student Grievances

The Monroe County Board of Education has established procedures for addressing student complaints filed on the basis of race, sex, and disability.  This includes complaints involving racial and sexual harassment.  Victims are encouraged to come forward with such claims.  Students may access the provisions of Monroe County Board of Education policies JCED (Students: Sexual Harassment) and JCE (Student Grievance Procedure) by complaining directly to a director, guidance counselor, or any other individual designated to receive such complaints.

Authority of the Principal

The Principal is the designated leader of the school and, in concert with the staff, is responsible for the orderly operation of the school.  In cases of disruptive, disorderly, or dangerous conduct not covered in the Code, the director may undertake corrective measures which he or she believes to be in the best interest of the student and the school provided any such action does not violate school board policies or procedures.

In cases of misbehavior not covered in this policy, the administration, under the direction of the director and the superintendent, may enact corrective measures which are in the best interest of the school and the students involved.

Progressive Discipline

When it is necessary to impose discipline, school administrators and teachers will follow a progressive discipline process.  The degree of discipline to be imposed by each school official will be in proportion to the severity of the behavior of a particular student and will take into account the student’s disciplinary history, the age of the student, and other relevant factors, such as an IEP or other behavioral plan.

The Student Behavior Code provides a systematic process of behavioral correction in which inappropriate behaviors are followed by consequences.  Disciplinary actions are designed to teach students self-discipline and to help them substitute inappropriate behaviors with those that are consistent with the character traits from Georgia’s Character Education Program.

Student Support Process

The Monroe County Board of Education provides a variety of resources at every school to help address student behavioral problems.  The school discipline process will include appropriate consideration of support processes to help students resolve such problems.  These resources include Student Support Teams, school counselors, and chronic disciplinary student plans.

Parental Involvement

The student behavior code is based on the expectation that parents, guardians, teachers, and school administrators, will work together to improve and enhance student behavior and academic performance and will express freely their concerns about, and actions in response to, student behavior that detracts from the learning environment.  School administrators recognize that two-way communication through personal contacts are extremely valuable, therefore, they provide information to parents as well as ongoing opportunities for school personnel to hear parents’ concerns and comments.

Parents and students should contact the principal of the school if specific questions arise related to the Student Behavior Code.

Each school’s Code of Conduct specifies within its standards of behavior violations which may result in a school staff member’s request that a parent or guardian come to school for a conference.  Parents are encouraged to visit the schools regularly and are expected to be actively involved in the behavior support processes designed to promote positive choices and behavior.

Georgia law mandates that anytime a teacher or principal identifies a student as a chronic disciplinary problem student, the principal shall notify by telephone call and by mail the student’s parent/guardian of the disciplinary problem. The principal shall invite the parent/guardian to observe the student in a classroom situation and request at least one parent/guardian to attend a conference for devising a disciplinary and behavioral correction plan.

The law allows a local board of education to petition the juvenile court to require a parent to attend a school conference.  If the court finds that the parent/guardian has willfully and unreasonably failed to attend a conference requested by the principal pursuant to the laws cited above, the court may order the parent or guardian to attend such a conference, order the parent/guardian to participate in such programs or such treatment as the court deems appropriate to improve the student’s behavior or both.  After notice and opportunity for hearing, the court may impose a fine, not to exceed $500.00, on a parent/guardian who willfully disobeys and order of the court under this law.

Exit Procedures

Students are referred to the middle and high school by the Monroe County Achievement Center Principal when the following conditions are met:

        The student has successfully completed the stipulations deemed in the disposition      letter.

        The student has shown adequate academic progress as deemed by teachers, counselor, and principal.

                The student demonstrates regular and prompt school attendance.

                The student/ parent must attend a required conference with the principal.

Students who meet the above conditions may petition to return to the regular school.  The Monroe County Achievement Center Principal will recommend the student’s transfer to the school principal.  Under normal circumstances, transfers will be made at the end of a grading period.

Hospital Homebound Services

Students eligible to be served under this program are those who attend the public schools of Monroe County and who have a medically diagnosed physical condition which is non-communicable and restricts the student to home or hospital for a period of time (2 weeks or more) which will significantly interfere with the student’s education.  These students will not be allowed to exempt exams.  Students should see a counselor for additional information. NOTE: Students being served hospital homebound are ineligible to participate or attend extra-curricular activities.

Monroe County Schools Acceptable Use Policy

An individual’s use of the computing resources of the Monroe County Schools is not an absolute, personal right.  Rather, it is a privilege conditional on the individual’s compliance with state and federal laws, Board and school regulations, and satisfactory behavior.  This document provides guidelines for what typically constitutes acceptable and unacceptable use of the Monroe County Schools computing facilities.

By using the computing resources of the Monroe County Schools, the user agrees to abide by the following guidelines and rules.  The Monroe County Schools reserves the right to review any account and files created through its resources.

The State of Georgia has passed laws, which govern the use of computers and related technology.  The Georgia Computer Systems Protection Act specifically forbids computer misuse and abuse in State Sections 4 and 6.

For employees and students of Monroe County Schools, this law means that the computing resources of Monroe County Schools are provided strictly in support of the schools’ academic, administrative, and support activities.  Any other use is forbidden.  Below is a list of guidelines for the use of computing resources at any Monroe County   School.

Examples of things you MAY do with the Monroe County computing resources:

  1. Use related to instruction (Highest Priority).
  2. Use related to administrative or other support functions.

Examples of things you MAY NOT do with the computing resources of Monroe County Schools:

  1. Use the resources for business or profit.
  2. Use any account or password other than your own, unless explicitly authorized by an appropriate staff member of the Monroe County Schools.
  3. Impair the usability of any computer or related system.  This includes:
  1. Deliberately degrading or altering the performance of a computer or communications system.
  2. Deliberately destroying or altering the files of another user.
  1. Use any resource for which you do not have specific authorization.  This includes:
  1. Deliberately viewing or taking the files of another user.
  2. Deliberately taking or illegally copying school software.  
  1. Access material that is obscene, pornographic, harmful to minors, or otherwise inappropriate for educational use.
  2. Reproduce or distribute any copyrighted material without first gaining permission of the owner.
  3. Overuse or waste of computing resources.
  4. Use obscene or threatening language or otherwise harass users with obscene or threatening materials.
  5. Play games, including MUDS, and access network resources, including Web and Gopher sites and News groups, that are not directly related to instruction.
  6. Disguise or hide your identity.  This includes changing your name on the system.  Only the System Operator may change a user name and account.
  7. No equipment can be removed from its assigned location without administrative approval and notification of its assigned use.

As with any other type of student or employees misconduct, computer misuse and abuse is dealt with in accordance with the judicial policy outlined in the appropriate student and employee handbooks.  Punishments may include fines, academic suspension, expulsion, termination of employment, and possible incarceration.

Monroe County Schools uses network utilities, which trace most activities on its computer systems and can, therefore, detect improper use.  Willful misuse or abuse of computer resources is almost obvious and unambiguous, and Monroe County Schools will not tolerate it.

Technology

“Examples of things you MAY NOT do…”

● Use artwork, and/or pictures of other people for the @mcschools.org account. Images used must be only the student’s own appropriate picture or likeness.

● Use student email for purposes other than education. No social media accounts should be associated with a school-issued @mcschools.org account.

● Use of "Reply to all" features from a student email account is inappropriate. Any spam created within the @mcschools.org account will be dealt with as a violation of the terms of the acceptable use agreement each student signs.

Appendix

        

Monroe County Schools

Acceptable Use Policy

Agreement Form

Student & Parent Contract

Directions:  After reading the Monroe County Schools Acceptable Use Policy, please complete following contract.

STUDENT:

I have read the Monroe County Schools Acceptable Use Policy; I understand and will abide by the stated policies.  (Policies may be added or amended as the need arises.)  I further understand that violation of these policies is unethical and may constitute a criminal offense.  Should I commit any violation, my access privileges may be revoked and school disciplinary action may be taken.  Disciplinary actions may include expulsion and/or appropriate legal action.

Student Name:____________________________________________________

Student Signature:_________________________________Date:____________

PARENT OR GUARDIAN

As the parent or guardian, I have read the Monroe County Schools Acceptable Use Policy.  I understand that this access is designed for educational purposes ONLY.

Check one:

_____________I DO accept these conditions and WILL ALLOW my child internet access.  I will not hold the Monroe County Achievement Center or Monroe County Board of Education responsible for materials acquired on the internet.  I hereby give my permission to allow my child internet access and certify that the information contained on this form is correct.

_____________I DO NOT accept these conditions and WILL NOT ALLOW my child Internet access.

Parent or Guardian

(please print)_______________________________________________________

        

Signature:_______________________________________Date_______________

Point System

 

Behavior

Points Assigned

1

Chewing gum, eating, or drinking outside cafeteria

3

2

Disrespect toward another student

5

3

Disrespect toward teacher/supervisor/authority

10

4

Destroying or damaging school property or supplies; must pay restitution

10

5

Disturbing the class (Talking unless documented diff. each reminder)

3

6

Drawing or displaying inappropriate signs/symbols (gang-related)

15

7

Dress Code violation(follow with specific violation) 

 

CA(Change Articles of clothing in nonconformity)

3

 

CH(Call home to have clothes brought to school)

5

 

CR(Constant Reminding to conform to dress code)

3 (each reminder)

 

Ref(Refusal to conform to dress code)

immediate suspension

8

Fighting

Long term suspension/expulsion/Charges pressed

9

Gross Insubordination/Blatant Disrespect (profanity or obscene comment directed at adult

Immediate Suspension

10

Ignoring or not following teacher instructions

5

10b

Talking in Hall

3

11

Inappropriate language (each profane word)

5

12

Inappropriate physical contact (nonsexual)

5

13

Leaving class without permission

immediate suspension

14

Leaving physical activity time

5

15

Leaving school without permission

immediate suspension

16

Possession of illegal or forbidden items

 

 

Tobacco

1-4 offenses (see handbook)/suspension

 

Alcohol/Drugs

2 offenses (see handbook)/Tribunal

 

Weapons

suspension or expulsion

 

Cigarette(s)

 1-4 offenses (see handbook)/suspension

 Lights/matches

immediate suspension

 

Cell phone (MCBOE policy)

1st violation: confiscated for  24 hours

5

 

 

2nd violation : confiscated for 5 days

10

 

 

3rd violation: confiscated for remainder of year

15

17

Refusing to do classroom work (each reminder)

5

17b

Sleeping

 

 

Offense 1

Warning

 

Offense 2

5 points for each offense

18

Sexual misconduct

suspension or expulsion/

 

 

possible charges pressed

19

Slamming, throwing or kicking anything

10

20

Threatening language or actions toward another student

suspension or expulsion/possible charges pressed

21

Threatening language or actions toward teacher

suspension or expulsion/possible charges pressed

22

Unexcused tardy  (points given by office personnel)

 3

Follow SAC guidelines

23

Entering another school building/getting off assigned bus

immediate suspension

24

Inappropriate website

15

24a

Unauthorized website

10

25

 Change to computer hardware or software

immediate suspension

25a

Change setting appearance

5

26

Transportation Change without permission

immediate suspension

27

Cheating

(see handbook)

28

Theft by Taking

Immediate suspension

Monroe County Achievement Center-Student Handbook Signature Form

                                                         

Student/Parent Handbook Agreement

2018-2019

Student Agreement

I have completed the student orientation and understand the policies set forth in this 2018-2019 edition of the Monroe County Achievement Center Student Handbook.  Furthermore, I agree to abide by these policies.

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STUDENT PRINT NAME

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STUDENT SIGNATURE

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DATE

Parent/Guardian Agreement

We have set through the student orientation and understand the policies set forth in the 2018-2019 edition of the Monroe County Achievement Center Student Handbook.  We expect our son/daughter to abide by these policies.

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PARENT/GUARDIAN PRINT NAME

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PARENT/GUARDIAN SIGNATURE

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DATE