LINCOLN CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL DISTRICT

HANDBOOK FOR STUDENT CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE

Adopted: 07/20/20

BOARD OF EDUCATION

Connie Meyer, President

Oleta Danforth, VicePresident

Kenneth Allbright, Secretary/Treasurer

Kendra Moore, Member

Tera Thompson, Member

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Mary Ann Spears

Superintendent of Schools

Lincoln Consolidated School District

107 East School Street

Lincoln, AR 72744

Telephone: 479.824.7300

Website: www.lincolncsd.com

Stan Karber

 High School Principal

1392 East Pridemore Drive

Lincoln, AR 72744

479.824.7451

Michele Price

Middle School Principal

201 East School Street

Lincoln, AR 72744

479.824.7400

Traci Birkes

Elementary Principal

613 County Avenue

Lincoln, AR 72744

479.824.7350

FORWARD

As your partner, I share your deep commitment to ensuring your child and every learner is inspired, challenged, and engaged in their educational journey with the Lincoln Consolidated School District. The essential component of effective, positive discipline is that it preserves the time needed for meaningful instruction necessary for student achievement.

The 2020-21 Parent/Student Handbook for Student Conduct and Discipline is designed for students, parents, principals, and teachers. Its main purpose is to set forth clearly the standards and limits for behavior established by state law and the Board of Education.  It also describes the administrative actions to be taken when standards of behavior are violated. The Handbook is annually reviewed and revised as needed by parents, students, and district personnel.

We sincerely hope that all who use this Handbook do so realizing the importance of the student’s responsibility for his own acceptable behavior and the protection of the student’s personal rights to due process and fair treatment.

We are fortunate to have a community and Board of Education that strongly support our schools. We are also fortunate to have highly qualified teachers who put kids first. The support of community members, parents, students, administrators, teachers, and support staff are essential to the education of our youth.

Thank you for your support!

 Mary Ann Spears

 Superintendent

Board of Education Disclaimer Statement

Use of the masculine pronoun throughout the policies adopted by this Board is for the sole purpose of ease in sentence construction and should not be construed as Board intention to discriminate against females in either its written materials or its practices. The feminine pronoun will be used only in those policies where the masculine form would be totally inappropriate.

For Your Information

The Handbook is available for review at www.lincolncsd.com.  Students’ in grades 4th-12th can find grades and attendance on this website under Parents, View Grades. Parents can also get a login for the Home Access Center to view classes and grades. Instructions can be found under “Directions for Viewing Grades On-Line”.


Dear Parents/Guardians and Lincoln Consolidated School District Students:

Welcome to Lincoln Consolidated School District! We are very excited that you are here and want to make sure that your experience at Lincoln is productive and rewarding.

The purpose of this handbook is to inform you about applicable policies and procedures, and the philosophy of the school. In order for this handbook to be used effectively, we as parents/guardians, students, and school officials must work together for the success of our students. It is vital to our school that handbook rules and policies are enforced and your support will make this endeavor successful.

In this handbook, you will find the discipline policies of all schools in the Lincoln Consolidated School District. A.C.A. § 6-18-502 (d)(e) requires school districts to advise and provide written notification to parents and students of the district's student discipline policies.

Act 104 also requires that you have received documentation of these policies. Please sign and return to your child’s teacher immediately. Your signatures do not indicate your agreement with the policies-only that you have received them.

Thank you for your assistance in helping us comply with A.C.A. § 6-18-502 (d)(e).

Please take the time needed to thoroughly review this handbook. All students are expected to comply with the policies and procedures found herein.

We look forward to the upcoming school year and having the opportunity to work with your child.

Sincerely,

Stan Karber, Principal Lincoln High School

Michele Price, Principal Lincoln Middle School

Traci Birkes, Principal Lincoln Elementary School


LCSD Handbook Committee for 2020-2021

Traci Birkes - ES Principal

Becki Griscom - ES Dean of Students

Sarah Phillips - MS Nurse

Kara Mayberry - Parent

Gina McClellan - Teacher

Jennifer Huffmaster -Teacher

Tonya Umberson - Parent

Lindsay Bounds - MS MCL/Dean of Students

Michele Price - MS Principal 

Rami Hutchens - Staff/Parent

Karen Eubanks - MS Counselor

Deon Birkes - Transportation & Athletic Director

Stan Karber - HS Principal

Emilianne Cox- HS Assistant Principal

Tammy Brown -Teacher

Kandi Newby - Teacher

Amara Kidd - Parent

Wes Newby - Teacher

Sarah Simmons - Teacher

Emily Robbins - HS Nurse

Student Council - Students

Principal Advisory - Students

Ashley Kersey - HS Counselor

Matt Hudgens- Technology Director

Nathan Hudgens- Maintenance Director


Our Vision

“We are the Wolfpack! Inspired to be the best through compassion, pride for our community, and passion for success!!”


NOTICE TO PARENTS

To:        All Parents

From:        Lincoln School District

As the parent of a student in the Lincoln School District, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers who instruct your child. Federal law allows you to ask for certain information about your child’s classroom teachers and requires us to give you this information in a timely manner if you ask for it. Specifically, you have the right to ask for the following information about each of your child’s classroom teachers:

If you would like to receive any of this information, please (479) 824-7310.

NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY

It is the policy of this educational institution to provide equal opportunity without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or qualified disability in its educational programs and activities. This includes, but is not limited to admissions, educational services, financial aid and employment.

This educational institution will disseminate nondiscriminatory policies to students, parents, employees and the general public prior to the beginning of each school year.

Committees will be selected in a fair and equitable manner and will reflect the diversity of the district in terms of sex, race, socio-economic level, disability, national origin and other population.

Inquiries regarding SPECIAL EDUCATION and SECTION 504 issues should be directed to:

Mary Ann Spears, Superintendent

107 E. School Street, Lincoln, AR 72744

Telephone (479) 824-7303.

Inquiries regarding ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE issues should be directed to:

Mary Ann Spears, Superintendent

107 E. School Street, Lincoln, AR 72744

Telephone (479) 824-7303.

Inquiries regarding EQUITY, TITLE VI and TITLE IX issues should be directed to:

Jana Claybrook, Learning Services Director

107 E. School Street, Lincoln, AR 72744

Telephone (479) 824-7310

Staff Directory

Michele Price, Principal

824-7400

mprice@lincolncsd.com

Lindsay Bounds,MS Dean of Students

824-7400

lbounds@lincolncsd.com

Karen Eubanks, MS Counselor

824-7400

keubanks@lincolncsd.com

Stan Karber, HS Principal

Emilianne Cox, HS Ast. Principal

824-7451

824-7451

skarber@lincolncsd.com

eslamons@lincolncsd.com

Deon Birkes, Athletic Director

824-7451

dbirkes@lincolncsd.com

Ashley Kersey, HS Counselor

Traci Birkes, Principal

Rachel Morgan, ES Counselor

William Redfern, Resource Officer

824-7454

824-7350

824-7363

824-7450

akersey@lincolncsd.com

tbirkes@lincolncsd.com

rmorgan@lincolncsd.com

PHILOSOPHY

The Lincoln School District assumes the responsibility of providing students attending its schools a high quality education that challenges each student to achieve their maximum potential. The District shall endeavor to create the environment within the schools necessary to attain this goal. The creation of the necessary climate shall be based on the following core beliefs:

STUDENT HANDBOOK

It shall be the policy of the Lincoln School District that the most recently adopted version of the Student Handbook be incorporated by reference into the policies of this district. In the event that there is a conflict between the student handbook and a general board policy or policies, the more recently adopted language will be considered binding and controlling on the matter provided the parent(s) of the student, or the student if 18 years of age or older have acknowledged receipt of the controlling language.

Principals shall review all changes to student policies and ensure that such changes are provided to students and parents, either in the Handbook or, if changes are made after the handbook is printed, as an addendum to the handbook.

 

Principals and counselors shall also review Policies 4.45—SMART CORE CURRICULUM AND GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS and the current ADESE Standards for Accreditation Rules to ensure that there is no conflict. If a conflict exists, the Principal and/or Counselor shall notify the Superintendent and Curriculum Coordinator immediately, so that corrections may be made and notice of the requirements given to students and parents.

4.1 RESIDENCE REQUIREMENTS

Definitions:

  1. “In loco parentis” means relating to the responsibility to undertake the care and control of another person in the absence of:
  1. Supervision by the person's parent or legal guardian; and
  2. Formal legal approval.
  1. “Reside” means to be physically present and to maintain a permanent place of abode  for an average of no fewer than four (4) calendar days and nights per week for a primary purpose other than school attendance
  2. “Resident” means a student whose parents, legal guardians, persons having lawful control of the student under or persons standing in loco parentis reside in the school district.
  3. “Residential address” means the physical location where the student’s parents, legal guardians, persons having lawful control of the student or persons standing in loco parentis reside. A student may use the residential address of a parent, legal guardian, person having lawful control of the student or person standing in loco parentis only if the student resides at the same residential address and if the guardianship or other legal authority is not granted solely for educational needs or school attendance purposes.
  4. The schools of the District shall be open and free through the completion of the secondary program to all persons between the ages of five (5) and twenty one (21) years whose parents, legal guardians, persons having lawful control of the student, or person standing in loco parentis reside within the District and to all persons between those ages who have been legally transferred to the District for educational purposes.
  5. Any person eighteen (18) years of age or older may establish a residence separate and apart from his or her parent, legal guardian, person having lawful control of the student, or a person standing in loco parentis for school attendance purposes.
  6. In order for a person under the age of eighteen (18) years to establish a residence for the purpose of attending the District’s schools separate and apart from his or her parent, legal guardian, person having lawful control of the student, or a person standing in loco parentis, the student is required to reside in the District for a primary purpose other than that of school attendance. However, a student previously enrolled in the district who is placed under the legal guardianship of a noncustodial parent living outside the district by a custodial parent on active military duty may continue to attend district schools. A foster child who was previously enrolled in a District school and who has had a change in placement to a residence outside the District, may continue to remain enrolled in his/her current school unless the presiding court rules otherwise.
  7. Under instances prescribed in A.C.A. § 6-18-203, a child or ward of an employee of the district or of the education coop to which the district belongs may enroll in the district even though the employee and his/her child or ward reside outside the district.
  8. Children whose parent or legal guardian relocates within the state due to a mobilization, deployment, or available military housing while on active duty in or serving in the reserve component of a branch of the United States Armed Forces or National Guard may continue attending school in the school district the children were attending prior to the relocation or attend school in the school district where the children have relocated. A child may complete all remaining school years at the enrolled school district regardless of mobilization, deployment, or military status of the parent or guardian.

4.2 ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

  1. To enroll in a school in the District, the child must be a resident of the District as defined in District policy (RESIDENCE REQUIREMENTS) or meet the criteria outlined in policy HOMELESS STUDENTS, or STUDENTS WHO ARE FOSTER CHILDREN, be accepted as a transfer student under the provisions of policy 4.4, or participate under a school choice option and submit the required paperwork as required by the choice option.
  2. Students may enter kindergarten if they will attain the age of five (5) on or before August 1 of the year in which they are seeking initial enrollment. Any student who has been enrolled in a state-accredited or state-approved kindergarten program in another state for at least sixty (60) days, who will become five (5) years old during the year in which he/she is enrolled in kindergarten, and who meets the basic residency requirement for school attendance may be enrolled in kindergarten upon written request to the District. Any student who was enrolled in a state-accredited or state-approved kindergarten program in another state or in a kindergarten program equivalent in another country, becomes a resident of this state as a direct result of active military orders or a court-ordered change of custody, will become five (5) years of age during the year in which he or she is enrolled in kindergarten, and meets the basic residency requirement for school attendance may be enrolled in kindergarten upon a written request to the District.
  3. Any child who will be six (6) years of age on or before October 1 of the school year of enrollment and who has not completed a state-accredited kindergarten program shall be evaluated by the district and may be placed in the first grade if the results of the evaluation justify placement in the first grade and the child’s parent or legal guardian agrees with placement in the first grade; otherwise the child shall be placed in kindergarten.
  4. Any child may enter first grade in a District school if the child will attain the age of six (6) years during the school year in which the child is seeking enrollment and the child has successfully completed a kindergarten program in a public school in Arkansas.
  5. Any child who has been enrolled in the first grade in a state-accredited or state-approved elementary school in another state for a period of at least sixty (60) days, who will become age six (6) years during the school year in which he/she is enrolled in grade one (1), and who meets the basic residency requirements for school attendance may be enrolled in the first grade.
  6. Students who move into the District from an accredited school shall be assigned to the same grade as they were attending in their previous school (mid-year transfers) or as they would have been assigned in their previous school.  Private school students shall be evaluated by the District to determine their appropriate grade placement. Home school students enrolling or re-enrolling as a public school student shall be placed in accordance with policy HOME SCHOOLING. The district shall make no attempt to ascertain the immigration status, legal or illegal, of any student or his/her parent or legal guardian presenting for enrollment.
  7. Prior to the child’s admission to a District school:
  1. The parent, legal guardian, person having lawful control of the student, or other responsible person standing in loco parentis shall furnish the child’s social security number, or if they request, the district will assign the child a nine (9) digit number designated by the Department of Division of Elementary and Secondary education.
  2. The parent, legal guardian, person having lawful control of the student,  or other responsible person shall provide the district with one of the following documents indicating the child’s age:
  1. birth certificate;
  2. A statement by the local registrar or a county recorder certifying the child’s date of birth;
  3. An attested baptismal certificate;
  4. A passport;
  5. An affidavit of the date and place of birth by the child’s parent, or legal guardian, person having lawful control of the student, or person standing in loco parentis;
  6. United States military identification; or
  7. Previous school records.
  1. The parent, legal  guardian, person having lawful control of the student, or other responsible person standing in loco parentis shall indicate on school registration forms whether the child has been expelled from school in any other school district or is a party to an expulsion proceeding. Any person who has been expelled from any other school district shall receive a hearing before the Board at the time the student is seeking enrollment in the District. The Board reserves the right to not allow the enrollment of such students until the time of the person’s expulsion has expired following the hearing before the Board.  If a student has been suspended or expelled, the District can elect to wait until that period of suspension or expulsion has been served before registering that student.
  2. In accordance with the Policy IMMUNIZATIONS, the child shall be age appropriately immunized or have an exemption issued by the Arkansas Department of Health.

Uniformed Services Member's Children:

For the purposes of this policy:

  1. “Activated reserve components” means members of the reserve component of the uniformed services who have received a notice of intent to deploy or mobilize under Title 10 of the United States Code, Title 32 of the United States Code, or state mobilization to active duty.
  2. “Active duty”  means full-time duty status in the active, uniformed services of the United States, including without limitation members of The National Guard and Reserve on active duty orders under 10 U.S.C. §§ 1209, 1210, and 1211. 
  3. “Deployment” means a period of time extending from six (6) months before a member of the uniformed services' departure from their home station on military orders through six (6) months after return to his or her home station.
  4. “Eligible child” means the children of:
  1. Active duty members of the uniformed services;
  2. Members of the active and activated reserve components of the uniformed services
  3. Members or veterans of the uniformed services who are severely injured and medically discharged or retired for a period of one (1) year after medical discharge or retirement; and
  4. Members of the uniformed services who died on active duty or as a result of injuries sustained on active duty for a period of one (1) year after death.
  1. “Uniformed services”means the United States Army, United States Navy, United States Air Force, United States Marine Corps, United States Coast Guard, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps, the United States Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Services, and the state and federal reserve components of each of these bodies.
  2. “Veteran” means an individual who served in the uniformed services and who was discharged or released from the uniformed services under conditions other than dishonorable.

 

The superintendent shall designate an individual as the District’s military education coordinator, who shall serve as the primary point of contact for an eligible child and for the eligible child’s parent, legal guardian, person having lawful control of the eligible child, or person standing in loco parentis. The individual the superintendent designates as the District’s military education coordinator shall have specialized knowledge regarding the educational needs of children of military families and the obstacles that children of military families face in obtaining an education.

An eligible child as defined in this policy shall:

  1. Be allowed to continue his/her enrollment at the grade level commensurate with his/her grade level he/she was in at the time of transition from his/her previous school, regardless of age;
  2. Be eligible for enrollment in the next highest grade level, regardless of age if the student has satisfactorily completed the prerequisite grade level in his/her previous school;
  3. Enter the District's school on the validated level from his/her previous accredited school when transferring into the District after the start of the school year;
  4. Be enrolled in courses and programs the same as or similar to the ones the student was enrolled in his/her previous school to the extent that space is available. This does not prohibit the District from performing subsequent evaluations to ensure appropriate placement and continued enrollment of the student in the courses/and/or programs;
  5. Be provided services comparable to those the student with disabilities received in his/her previous school based on his/her previous Individualized Education Program (IEP). This does not preclude the District school from performing subsequent evaluations to ensure appropriate placement of the student;
  6. Make reasonable accommodations and modifications to address the needs of an incoming student with disabilities, subject to an existing 504 or Title II Plan, necessary to provide the student with equal access to education. This does not preclude the District school from performing subsequent evaluations to ensure appropriate placement of the student;
  7. Be enrolled by an individual who has been given the special power of attorney for the student's guardianship. The individual shall have the power to take all other actions requiring parental participation and/or consent;
  8. Be eligible to continue attending District schools if he/she has been placed under the legal guardianship of a noncustodial parent living outside the district by a custodial parent on active military duty.
  9. In the event that official copies of an eligible child’s education records are not available at the time the eligible child is transferring, then the District shall:
  1. Pre-register and place an eligible child based on the eligible child’s unofficial education records pending receipt of the eligible child’s official records; and
  2. Request the eligible child’s official education records from the sending district.

4.3 COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS

Every parent, legal guardian, person having lawful control of the child or person standing in loco parentis of any child age five (5) through seventeen (17) years on or before August 1 of that year who resides, as defined by policy, within the District shall enroll and send the child to a District school with the following exceptions:

  1. The child is enrolled in private or parochial school.
  2. The child is being homeschooled and the conditions of the home school policy have been met.
  3. The child will not be age six (6) on or before August 15 of that particular school year and the parent, legal guardian, person having lawful control of the child,  or person standing in loco parentis of the child elects not to have him/her attend kindergarten. A kindergarten waiver form prescribed by regulations of the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education must be signed and on file with the District administrative office.
  4. The child is age sixteen (16) or above and is enrolled in a post-secondary vocational- technical institution, a community college or a two-year or four-year institution of higher education.
  5. The child is age sixteen (16) or seventeen (17) and has met the requirements to enroll in an adult education program as defined by A.C.A. § 6-18-201 (b).

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS (Grades K-8)

Act 867 of 2017 repealed the statutory authority for this policy. We have repealed the policy language but are retaining the policy number for future use.

  1. Students in grades Kindergarten through eighth (K-8) are required to schedule and attend at least 360 minutes of regularly scheduled class time daily.
  2. In rare instances, students may be granted waivers from the mandatory attendance requirement if they would experience proven financial hardships if required to attend a full day of school. For the purpose of this policy, proven financial hardships is defined as harm or suffering caused by a student's inability to obtain or provide basic life necessities of food, clothing and shelter for the student or the student's family. The superintendent shall have the authority to grant such a waiver, on a case-by-case basis, only when convinced the student meets the definition of proven financial hardships.
  3. In any instance where a provision of a student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) conflicts with a portion(s) of this policy, the IEP shall prevail.

HOMELESS STUDENTS

The Lincoln Consolidated School District will afford the same services and educational opportunities to homeless children as are afforded to non-homeless children. The Superintendent or his/her designee shall appoint an appropriate staff person to be the local educational agency (LEA) liaison for homeless children and youth whose responsibilities shall include, but are not limited to:

  1. Receive appropriate time and training in order to carry out the duties required by law and this policy; 
  2. coordinate and collaborate with the State Coordinator, community, and school personnel responsible for education and related services to homeless children and youths;
  3. Ensure that school personnel receive professional development and other support regarding their duties and responsibilities for homeless youths;
  4. Ensure that unaccompanied homeless youths:
  1. Are enrolled in school;
  2. Have opportunities to meet the same challenging State academic standards as other children and youths; and
  3. Are informed of their status as independent students under the Higher Education Act of 1965 and that they may obtain assistance from the LEA liaison to receive verification of such status for purposes of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid;
  1. Ensure that public notice of the educational rights of the homeless children and youths is disseminated in locations frequented by parents or guardians of such youth, and unaccompanied homeless youths, including schools, shelters, public libraries, and soup kitchens, in a manner and form that is easily understandable.

To the extent possible, the LEA liaison and the building principal shall work together to ensure no homeless child or youth is harmed due to conflicts with District policies solely because of the homeless child or youth’s living situation; this is especially true for District policies governing fees, fines, and absences.

Notwithstanding Policy 4.1, homeless students living in the district are entitled to enroll in the district’s school that non-homeless students who live in the same attendance area are eligible to attend. If there is a question concerning the enrollment of a homeless child due to a conflict with Policy 4.1 or 4.2, the child shall be immediately admitted to the school in which enrollment is sought pending resolution of the dispute, including all appeals. It is the responsibility of the District’s LEA liaison for homeless children and youth to carry out the dispute resolution process.

For the purposes of this policy “school of origin” means:

  1. The school that a child or youth attended when permanently housed or the school in which the child or youth was last enrolled, including a preschool; and
  2. The designated receiving school at the next grade level for all feeder schools when the child completes the final grade provided by the school of origin.

The District shall do one of the following according to what is in the best interests of a homeless child:

  1. Continue the child's or youth's education in the school of origin for the duration of homelessness:
  2. In any case in which a family becomes homeless between academic years or during an academic year; and 
  3. For the remainder of the academic year, if the child or youth becomes permanently housed during an academic year; or
  4. Enroll the child or youth in any public school that non-homeless students who live in the attendance area in which the child or youth is actually living are eligible to attend.

In determining the best interest of the child or youth, the District shall:

  1. Presume that keeping the child or youth in the school of origin is in the child's or youth's best interest, except when doing so is contrary to the request of the child's or youth's parent or guardian, or (in the case of an unaccompanied youth) the youth;
  2. Consider student-centered factors related to the child's or youth's best interest, including factors related to the impact of mobility on achievement, education, health, and safety of homeless children and youth, giving priority to the request of the child's or youth's parent or guardian or (in the case of an unaccompanied youth) the youth.

If the District determines that it is not in the child's or youth's best interest to attend the school of origin or the school requested by the parent or guardian, or (in the case of an unaccompanied youth) the youth, the District shall provide the child's or youth's parent or guardian or the unaccompanied youth with a written explanation of the reasons for its determination, in a manner and form understandable to such parent, guardian, or unaccompanied youth, including information regarding the right to appeal. For an unaccompanied youth, the District shall ensure that the LEA liaison assists in placement or enrollment decisions, gives priority to the views of such unaccompanied youth, and provides notice to such youth of the right to appeal.

The homeless child or youth must be immediately enrolled in the selected school regardless of whether application or enrollment deadlines were missed during the period of homelessness.

The District shall be responsible for providing transportation for a homeless child, at the request of the parent or guardian (or in the case of an unaccompanied youth, the LEA Liaison), to and from the child’s school of origin.

For the purposes of this policy, students shall be considered homeless if they lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and:

  1. Are:
  1. Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason;
  2. Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations;
  3. Living in emergency or transitional shelters;
  4. Abandoned in hospitals; or
  5. Awaiting foster care placement;
  1. Have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;
  2. Are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and
  3. Are migratory children who are living in circumstances described in clauses (a) through (c).

In accordance with Federal law, information on a homeless child or youth’s living situation is part of the student’s education record and shall not be considered, or added, to the list of directory information in Policy 4.13.

4.52 STUDENTS WHO ARE FOSTER CHILDREN

  1. The District will afford the same services and educational opportunities to foster children that are afforded other children and youth. The District shall work with the Department of Human Services (“DHS”), Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), and individuals involved with each foster child to ensure that the foster child is able to maintain his/her continuity of educational services to the fullest extent that is practical and reasonable.
  2. The Superintendent or his/her designee shall appoint an appropriate staff person to be the local educational liaison for foster children and youth whose responsibilities shall include ensuring the timely school enrollment of each foster child and assisting foster children who transfer between schools by expediting the transfer of relevant educational records.
  3. The District, working with other individuals and agencies shall, unless the presiding court rules otherwise or DHS grants a request to transfer under Foster Child School Choice, ensure that the foster child remains in his/her school of origin, even if a change in the foster child’s placement results in a residency that is outside the district. In such a situation, the District will work with DHS to arrange for transportation to and from school for the foster child to the extent it is reasonable and practical.
  4. Upon notification to the District’s foster care liaison by a foster child’s case worker that a foster child’s school enrollment is being changed to one of the District’s schools, the school receiving the child must immediately enroll him/her. Immediate enrollment is required even if a child lacks the required clothing, academic or medical records, or proof of residency.
  5. A foster child’s grades shall not be lowered due to absence from school that is caused by a change in the child’s school enrollment, the child’s attendance at dependency-neglect court proceedings, or other court-ordered counseling or treatment.
  6. Any course work completed by the foster child prior to a school enrollment change shall be accepted as academic credit so long as the child has satisfactorily completed the appropriate academic placement assessment.
  7. If a foster child was enrolled in a District school immediately prior to completing his/her graduation requirements while detained in a juvenile detention facility or while committed to the Division of Youth Services of DHS, the District shall issue the child a diploma.

Foster Child School Choice

  1. If DHS approves a request from a foster parent, or the foster child if the foster child is eighteen (18) years of age, to transfer to another school in the District or into the district as being in the best interest of the foster child, the District shall allow the foster child to transfer to another school in the District or into the District if the foster parent, or the foster child if the foster child is eighteen (18) years of age, submits a request to transfer on a form approved by DESE that is postmarked by no later than May 1 of the year the student seeks to begin the fall semester at another school in the District or in the District.
  2. By July 1 of the school year in which the student seeks to transfer under this section, the superintendent shall notify the foster parent, or the foster child if the foster child is eighteen (18) years of age, in writing whether the application has been accepted or rejected. If the application is accepted, the superintendent shall state in the notification letter a reasonable deadline for the foster child to enroll in the new school or the District and that failure to enroll by the date shall void the school choice acceptance. If the application is rejected, the superintendent shall state in the notification letter the reason for the rejection and that the foster parent, or the foster child if the foster child is eighteen (18) years of age, may submit a written appeal of the rejection to the State board within ten (10) days of receiving the notification letter.

 

The District shall only reject a Foster Child School Choice application if:5

  1. The public school or District has reached the maximum student-to-teacher ratio allowed under federal law, state law, rules for standards of accreditation, or other applicable rule or regulation; or
  2. Approving the transfer would conflict with a provision of an enforceable desegregation court order or a public school district’s court-approved desegregation plan regarding the effects of past racial segregation in student assignment.

 

A foster child whose application is rejected by the District may submit a written request within ten (10) days following the receipt of the rejection letter from the superintendent to the State Board of Education for the State Board to reconsider the transfer.

 

A Foster Child School Choice transfer shall remain in effect until the foster child:

  1. Graduates from high school; or
  2. Transfers to another school or school district under:
  1. The Foster Child School Choice Act;
  2. Opportunity Public School Choice Act of 2004;
  3. The Public School Choice Act of 2015; or
  4. Any other law that allows a transfer.

 

The District shall accept credits toward graduation that were awarded by another public school district.

 

When a foster child transfers from the foster child’s school of origin to another school in the District or into the District, the foster child or the foster parent is responsible for the foster child’s transportation to and from the school the foster child transferred to. The District and the foster parent, or the foster child if the foster child is eighteen (18) years of age, may enter into a written agreement for the District to provide the transportation to and from the school the foster child transferred to.

4.11 EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY

No student in the Lincoln School District shall, on the grounds of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or disability be excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity sponsored by the District. The District has a limited open forum granting equal access to the Boy Scouts of America and other youth groups.

Inquiries on nondiscrimination may be directed to Jana Claybrook, who may be reached at (479) 824-7300.

Any person may report sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, to the Title IX Coordinator in person or by using the mailing address, telephone number, or email address provided above. A report may be made at any time, including during non-business hours, and may be on the individual’s own behalf or on behalf of another individual who is  the person alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute sex discrimination or sexual harassment.

For further information on notice of non-discrimination or to file a complaint, visit http://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/CFAPPS/OCR/contactus.cfStudent handboom; for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

4.42 STUDENT HANDBOOK

It shall be the policy of the Lincoln School District that the most recently adopted version of the Student Handbook be incorporated by reference into the policies of this district. In the event that there is a conflict between the student handbook and a general board policy or policies, the more recently adopted language will be considered binding and controlling on the matter provided the parent(s) of the student, or the student is eighteen (18) years of age or older have acknowledged receipt of the controlling language.

4.5 SCHOOL CHOICE

Standard School Choice

Exemption

The District is under an enforceable desegregation court order/court-approved desegregation plan  that explicitly limits the transfer of students between school districts and has submitted the appropriate documentation to the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). As a result of the desegregation order/desegregation plan, the District is exempt from the provisions of the Public School Choice Act of 2015 (Standard School Choice) and the Arkansas Opportunity Public School Choice Act (Opportunity School Choice). The District shall notify the superintendents of each of its geographically contiguous school districts of its exemption. The exemption prohibits the District from accepting any school choice applications from students wishing to transfer into or out of the District through standard School Choice or Opportunity School Choice.

Definition

"Sibling" means each of two (2) or more children having a common parent in common by blood, adoption, marriage, or foster care.

Transfers Into the District

Capacity Determination and Public Pronouncement

The Board of Directors will adopt a resolution containing the capacity standards for the District. The resolution will contain the acceptance determination criteria identified by academic program, class, grade level, and individual school. The school is not obligated to add any teachers, other staff, or classrooms to accommodate choice applications. The District may only deny a Standard School Choice application if the District has a lack of capacity by the District having reached ninety percent (90%) of the maximum student population in a program, class, grade level, or school building authorized by the Standards or other State/Federal law.

The District shall advertise in appropriate broadcast media and either print media or on the Internet to inform students and parents in adjoining districts of the range of possible openings available under the School Choice program. The public pronouncements shall state the application deadline and the requirements and procedures for participation in the program; and include contact information for the primary point of contact at the District for school choice questions. Such pronouncements shall be made in the spring, but in no case later than March 1.

Application Process

  1. The student's parent shall submit a school choice application on a form approved by ADE to this district along with a copy to the student’s resident district. Except for students who have a parent or guardian who is an active-duty member of the military and who has been transferred to and resides on a military base, the transfer application must be postmarked or hand delivered on or before May 1 of the year preceding the fall semester the applicant would begin school in the District. The District shall date and time stamp all applications the District receives as both the resident and nonresident district as they are received in the District's central office. Except for applications from students who have a parent or guardian who is an active-duty member of the military and who has been transferred to and resides on a military base, applications postmarked or hand delivered on or after May 2 will not be accepted. Statutorily, preference is required to be given to siblings of students who are already enrolled in the District. Therefore, siblings whose applications fit the capacity standards approved by the Board of Directors may be approved ahead of an otherwise qualified non-sibling applicant who submitted an earlier application as identified by the application's date and time stamp.
  2. Students who have a parent or guardian who is an active-duty member of the military and who has been transferred to and resides on a military base may submit an application and transfer at any time if the student’s application:
  1. Is filed with the nonresident school district within fifteen (15) days of the parent's or guardian's arrival on the military base;
  2. Includes the parent's or guardian's military transfer orders; and
  3. Includes the parent's or guardian's proof of residency on the military base
  1. The approval of any application for a choice transfer into the District is potentially limited by the applicant's resident district's statutory limitation of losing no more than three percent (3%) of its past year's student enrollment due to Standard School Choice. As such, any District approval of a choice application prior to July 1 is provisional pending a determination that the resident district's three percent (3%) cap has not been reached. The superintendent shall contact a student’s resident district to determine if the resident district’s three percent (3%) cap has been met.
  2. The Superintendent will consider all properly submitted applications for School Choice. By July 1, the Superintendent shall notify the parent and the student’s resident district, in writing, of the decision to accept or reject the application.

Accepted Applications

  1. Applications which fit within the District's stated capacity standards shall be provisionally accepted, in writing, with the notification letter stating a reasonable timeline by which the student shall enroll in the District by taking the steps detailed in the letter, including submission of all required documents. If the student fails to enroll within the stated timeline, or if all necessary steps to complete the enrollment are not taken, or examination of the documentation indicates the applicant does not meet the District's stated capacity standards, the acceptance shall be null and void.
  2. A student, whose application has been accepted and who has enrolled in the District, is eligible to continue enrollment until completing his/her secondary education. Continued enrollment is conditioned upon the student meeting applicable statutory and District policy requirements.
  3. Any student who has been accepted under choice and who either fails to initially enroll under the timelines and provisions provided in this policy; or who chooses to return to his/her resident district; or who enrolls in a home school or private school voids the transfer and must reapply if, in the future, the student seeks another school choice transfer. A subsequent transfer application will be subject to the capacity standards applicable to the year in which the application is considered by the District.
  4. A present or future sibling of a student who continues enrollment in this District may enroll in the District by submitting a Standard School Choice application. Applications of siblings of presently enrolled choice students are subject to the provisions of this policy including the capacity standards applicable to the year in which the sibling's application is considered by the District. A sibling who enrolls in the District through Standard School choice is eligible to remain in the District until completing his/her secondary education.
  5. Students whose applications have been accepted and who have enrolled in the district shall not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, national origin, race, ethnicity, religion, or disability.

Rejected Applications

  1. The District may reject an application for a transfer into the District under Standard School Choice due to a lack of capacity. However, the decision to accept or reject an application may not be based on the student’s previous academic achievement, athletic or other extra curricular activity, English proficiency level, or previous disciplinary proceedings other than a current expulsion.
  2. An application may be provisionally rejected if it is for an opening that was included in the District's capacity resolution, but was provisionally filled by an earlier applicant. If the provisionally approved applicant subsequently does not enroll in the District, the provisionally rejected applicant could be provisionally approved and would have to meet the acceptance requirements to be eligible to enroll in the district.
  3. An application may be provisionally rejected if the student’s application was beyond the student’s resident district’s three percent (3%) cap. The student’s resident district is responsible for notifying this District that it is no longer at its three percent (3%) cap. If a student’s application was provisionally rejected due to the student’s resident district having reached its three percent (3%) cap and the student’s resident district notifies this District that it has dropped below its three percent (3%) cap prior to July 1, then the provisional rejection may be changed to a provisional acceptance and the student would have to meet the acceptance requirements to be eligible to enroll in the District.
  4. Rejection of applications shall be in writing and shall state the reason(s) for the rejection. A student whose application was rejected may request a hearing before the State Board of Education to reconsider the application. The request for a hearing must be submitted in writing to the State Board within ten (10) days of receiving the rejection letter from the District.
  5. Any applications that are denied due to the student’s resident district reaching the three percent (3%) limitation cap shall be given priority for a choice transfer the following year in the order that the District received the original applications.

Student Transfers Out of the District

  1. The policy of Lincoln Consolidated School District is that the district will serve all students who are legal residents of the district and those who have been legally transferred to the district.
  2. A legal transfer requires that the school district where that student resides agrees to release the student to attend school in a different school district, and the district where the student wants to go agrees to take the student. The Lincoln Board of Education will consider requests for the legal transfer of non-resident students into the Lincoln District. The general policy is that the Lincoln Board of Education will not approve requests for legal transfers out of the district but may make exceptions to this general policy in extraordinary circumstances upon the recommendation of the superintendent.  

Facilities Distress School Choice Applications

  1. There are a few exceptions from the provisions of the rest of this policy that govern choice transfers triggered by facilities distress. Any student attending a school district that has been identified as being in facilities distress may transfer under the provisions of this policy, but with the following four (4) differences.
  1. The receiving district cannot be in facilities distress;
  2. The transfer is only available for the duration of the time the student's resident district remains in facilities distress;
  3. The student is not required to meet the May 1 application deadline; and
  4. The student's resident district is responsible for the cost of transporting the student to this District's school.

Opportunity School Choice

Transfers Into or Within the District

  1. For the purposes of this section of the policy, a “lack of capacity” is defined as when the receiving school has reached the maximum student-to-teacher ratio allowed under federal or state law, the DESE Rules for the Standards for Accreditation, or other applicable rules. There is a lack of capacity if, as of the date of the application for Opportunity School Choice, ninety-five percent (95%) or more of the seats at the grade level at the nonresident school are filled.
  2. Unless there is a lack of capacity at the District’s school or the transfer conflicts with the provisions of a federal desegregation order applicable to the District, a student may transfer from the student’s assigned school to another school in the District10 or from the student’s resident district into the District if:·          
  1.  Either:
  1. The student’s resident district has been classified by the state board as in need of Level 5 — intensive support; or
  2. The student’s assigned school has a rating of "F"; and
  1. By May 1 of the year before the student intends to transfer, the student’s parent, guardian, or the student if the student is over eighteen (18) years of age has submitted an application of the student’s request to transfer to the:
  1. DESE;
  2. Sending school district; and
  3. Receiving school district.
  1. A student is not required to meet the May 1 application deadline if the student has a parent or guardian who is an active-duty member of the military and who has been transferred to and resides on a military base. The student may transfer at any time if the student’s application:
  1. Is filed with the nonresident school district within fifteen (15) days of the parent's or guardian's arrival on the military base;
  2. Includes the parent's or guardian's military transfer orders; and
  3. Includes the parent's or guardian's proof of residency on the military base.
  1. Within thirty (30) days from receipt of an application from a student seeking admission under this section of the policy, the Superintendent shall notify in writing the parent or guardian, or the student if the student is over eighteen (18) years of age, whether the Opportunity School Choice application has been accepted or rejected. The notification shall be sent via First-Class Mail to the address on the application.
  2. If the application is accepted, the notification letter shall state the deadline by which the student must enroll in the receiving school or the transfer will be null and void.
  3. If the District rejects the application, the District shall state in the notification letter the specific reasons for the rejection. A parent or guardian, or the student if the student is over eighteen (18) years of age, may appeal the District’s decision to deny the application to the State Board of Education. The appeal must be in writing to the State Board of Education via certified mail, return receipt requested, no later than ten (10) calendar days, excluding weekends and legal holidays, after the notice of rejection was received from the District.
  4. A student’s transfer under Opportunity School choice is effective at the beginning of the next school year and the student’s enrollment is irrevocable for the duration of the school year and is renewable until the student completes high school or is beyond the legal age of enrollment. This provision for continuing eligibility under Opportunity Choice does not negate the student's right to apply for transfer to a district other than the student's assigned school or resident district under the Standard School Choice provisions of this policy.

The District may, but is not obligated to provide transportation to and from the transferring district.

Transfers out of, or within, the District

  1. If a District school receives a rating of “F” or the District has been classified by the State Board as in need of Level 5 Intensive Support, the District shall timely notify parents, guardians, or students, if over eighteen (18) years of age, as soon as practicable after the school or district designation is made of all options available under Opportunity Choice. The District shall offer the parent or guardian, or the student if the student is over eighteen (18) years of age, an opportunity to submit an application to enroll the student in school district that has not been classified by the State Board as in need of Level 5 Intensive Support or in a public school that does not have a rating of “F”.
  2. Additionally, the District shall request public service announcements to be made over the broadcast media and in the print media at such times and in such a manner as to inform parents or guardians of students in adjoining districts of the availability of the program, the application deadline, and the requirements and procedure for nonresident students to participate in the program.

Unsafe School Choice Program

  1.  Any student that becomes the victim of a violent criminal offense while in or on the grounds of a District school or who is attending a school classified by DESE as a persistently dangerous public school shall be allowed to attend a safe public school within the District.

STUDENT TRANSFERS

  1. The District may reject a non resident's application for admission if its acceptance would necessitate the addition of staff or classrooms, exceed the capacity of a program, class, grade level, or school building, or cause the District to provide educational services not currently provided in the affected school. The District shall reject applications that would cause it to be out of compliance with applicable laws and regulations regarding desegregation. Any student transferring from a school accredited by the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to a school in this district shall be placed into the same grade the student would have been in had the student remained at the former school. Any grades, course credits, and/or promotions received by a student while enrolled in the Division of Youth Services system of education shall be considered transferable in the same manner as those grades, course credits, and promotions from other accredited Arkansas public educational entities.
  2. Any student transferring from a school that is not accredited by DESE to a District school shall be evaluated by District staff to determine the student’s appropriate grade placement.  A student transferring from homeschool will be placed in accordance with Policy HOME SCHOOLING.
  3. The Board of Education reserves the right, after a hearing before the Board, not to allow any person who has been expelled from another district to enroll as a student until the time of the person’s expulsion has expired.
  4. Except as otherwise required or permitted by law, the responsibility for transportation of any nonresident student admitted to a school in this District shall be borne by the student or the student’s parents. The District and the resident district may enter into a written agreement with the student or student’s parents to provide transportation to or from the District, or both.

4.6 HOMESCHOOL

Enrollment in Home School

  1. Parents or legal guardians desiring to provide a home school for their children shall give written notice to the Superintendent of their intent to homeschool. The notice shall be given:
  1. At the beginning of each school year, but no later than August 15;
  2. Fourteen (14) calendar days prior to withdrawing the child (provided the student is not currently under disciplinary action for violation of any written school policy, including, but not limited to, excessive absences) and at the beginning of each school year thereafter; or
  3. Within thirty (30) calendar days of the parent or legal guardian establishing residency within the district during the school year.
  1. Written notice of the parent or legal guardian’s intent to homeschool shall be delivered to the Superintendent through any of the following methods.
  1. Electronically, including without limitation by:
  1. Use of the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) online system;
  2. Email; or
  3. Facsimile;
  1. By mail; or
  2. In person.
  1. The notice shall include:
  1. The name, sex, date of birth, grade level, and the name and address of the school last attended, if any;
  2. The mailing address and telephone number of the home school;
  3. The name of the parent or legal guardian providing the home school;
  4. Indicate if the home-schooled student intends to participate in extracurricular activities during the school year;
  5. A statement of whether the home-schooled student plans to seek a high school equivalency diploma during the current school year;
  6. A statement that the parent or legal guardian agrees that the parent or legal guardian is responsible for the education of their children during the time the parents or legal guardians choose to homeschool; and
  7. A signature of the parent or legal guardian
  1. To aid the District in providing a free and appropriate public education to students in need of special education services, the parents or legal guardians homeschooling their children shall provide information that might indicate the need for special education services.

 

Enrollment or Re-Enrollment in Public School

  1. A homeschooled student who wishes to enroll or re-enroll in a District school shall submit:
  1. A transcript listing all courses taken and semester grades from the home school;
  2. Score of at least the thirtieth percentile on a nationally recognized norm-referenced assessment taken in the past year; and
  3. A portfolio of indicators of the home-schooled student's academic progress, including without limitation:
  1. Curricula used in the home school;
  2. Tests taken and lessons completed by the home-schooled student; and
  3. Other indicators of the home-schooled student's academic progress.
  1. If a homeschooled student is unable to provide a nationally recognized norm-referenced score, the District may either assess the student using a nationally recognized norm-referenced assessment or waive the requirement for a nationally recognized norm-referenced assessment score.
  2. A homeschooled student who enrolls or re-enrolls in the District will be placed at a grade level and academic course level equivalent to or higher than the home-schooled student's grade level and academic course level in the home school:
  1. As indicated by the documentation submitted by the home-schooled student;
  2. By mutual agreement between the public school and the homeschooled student's parent or legal guardian; or
  3. If the home-schooled student fails to provide the documentation required by this policy, with the exception of the nationally recognized norm-referenced assessment score, the District may have sole authority to determine the homeschooled student's grade placement and course credits. The District will determine the homeschooled student’s grade placement and course credits in the same manner the District uses when determining grade placement and course credits for students enrolling or re-enrolling in the District who attended another public or private school.
  1. The District shall afford a home-schooled student who enrolls or re-enrolls in a public school the same rights and privileges enjoyed by the District’s other students. The District shall not deny a homeschooled student who enrolls or re-enrolls in the District any of the following on the basis of the student having attended a home school:
  1. Award of course credits earned in the home school;
  2. Placement in the proper grade level and promotion to the next grade level;
  3. Participation in any academic or extracurricular activity;
  4. Membership in school-sponsored clubs, associations, or organizations;
  5. A diploma or graduation, so long as the student has enrolled or re-enrolled in the District to attend classes for at least the nine (9) months immediately prior to graduation; or
  6. Scholarships

4.56.2F2— HOME SCHOOLED STUDENTS' LETTER OF INTENT TO PARTICIPATE IN AN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY AT RESIDENT DISTRICT

 

Student’s Name (Please Print)

___________________________________________________________________________

Parent or Guardian's Resident Address

 

Street ________________________________________________ Apartment _____________

 

City _________________________________________  State _____   Zip Code_____________

 

Student's date of birth  __/__/__          Last grade level the student completed  ____________

 

Student has demonstrated academic eligibility by obtaining a verifiable minimum test score of the 30th percentile or better in the previous 12 months on the Stanford Achievement Test Series, Tenth Edition, or another nationally recognized norm-referenced test approved by the State Board of Education.___________

 

Name of test, Date taken, and score achieved_______________________________________

Extracurricular activity(ies) the student requests to participate in

 

____________________________________________________________________________

 

Course(s) the student requests to take at the school

_____________________________________________________________________________

 

Proof of identity ____

 

Date Submitted  __/__/__

 

Parent's Signature  ______________________________________________________________

 

As the superintendent of the above student’s resident district, I agree that the above student may participate in extracurricular activities at Lincoln Consolidated School District.

 

Resident Superintendent’s Signature:  _______________________________________________

 

As the superintendent of the Lincoln Consolidated School District, where the above student desires to participate in extracurricular activities, I agree to allow the student to participate in extracurricular activities at Lincoln Consolidated School District.

 

Non-resident Superintendent’s Signature: ____________________________________________

ACADEMIC COURSE ATTENDANCE BY PRIVATE SCHOOL AND HOME SCHOOL STUDENTS

 

  1. The District allows private school and home school students whose parents, legal guardians, or other responsible adult with whom the student resides are residents of the District to attend academic courses offered in grades 7-121. The District will place a list of courses that a private school or home school student may request to attend on its website by:2
  1. June 1 for courses to be offered during the Fall semester; and
  2. November 1 for courses to be offered during the Spring semester.
  1. A private school or home school student who desires to attend one or more of the available academic courses shall submit a written request to attend the academic course(s) to the superintendent, or designee, no later than:2
  1. August 1 for Fall semester courses; or
  2. December 1 for Spring semester courses.
  1. The District may reject a private school or home school student’s request for attendance if the District’s acceptance would:
  1. Require the addition of staff or classrooms;
  2. Exceed the capacity of a program, class, grade level, or school building;
  3. Cause the District to provide educational services the District does not currently provide; or
  4. Cause the District to be out of compliance with applicable laws and regulations regarding desegregation.
  1. Requests to attend an academic course will be granted in the order the requests are received. Upon the receipt of a private or home school student’s request to attend academic course(s), the District will date and time stamp the request for attendance. If a private school or home school student is denied attendance based on a lack of capacity and an opening in the requested course occurs prior to the start of the course, the District will use the date and time stamp on the request for attendance to determine the private school or home school student who will be notified of an opening in the requested course.
  2. As part of the request to attend academic courses in the District, a private school or home school student shall:
  1. Indicate the course(s) the private school or home school student is interested in attending;
  2. If the course(s) the private school or home school student is interested in attending is being offered by the District in both a physical and a digital format, whether the private school or home school student intends to attend the physical course or the digital course;
  3. Agree to follow the District’s discipline policies; and
  4. Submit immunization documentation required by Policy 4.57—IMMUNIZATIONS. In addition to the documentation methods provided in Policy 4.57, a homeschool student may submit a letter to the superintendent, or designee, stating an objection to immunizations and listing the immunizations the student has received, if any.
  1. A private school or home school student who fails to attend an academic course by the eleventh (11) day of class shall be dropped from the course.
  2. The responsibility for transportation of any private school or home school student attending academic courses in the District shall be borne by the student or the student’s parents.
  3. The opportunity provided to home school students under this policy is in addition to the opportunity provided in Policy 4.56.2—EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY ELIGIBILITY FOR HOME SCHOOLED STUDENTS.

4.7 ABSENCES

  1. If any student’s Individual Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan conflicts with this policy, the requirements of the student’s IEP or 504 Plan take precedence.
  2. Education is more than the grades students receive in their courses. Important as that is, students’ regular attendance at school is essential to their social and cultural development and helps prepare them to accept responsibilities they will face as an adult. Interactions with other students and participation in the instruction within the classroom enriches the learning environment and promotes a continuity of instruction which results in higher student achievement.
  3. Absences for students enrolled in digital courses shall be determined by the online attendance and time the student is working on the course rather than the student’s physical presence at school. Students who are scheduled to have a dedicated period for a digital class shall not be considered absent if the student logs the correct amount of time and completes any required assignments; however, a student who fails to be physically present for an assigned period may be disciplined in accordance with the District’s truancy policy.
  4. If a student misses class more than 10 minutes it will count as an absence. This will include late check in and early check out of class.

Excused Absences

  1. Excused absences are those where the student was on official school business or when the absence was due to one of the following reasons and the student brings a written statement to the principal or designee upon his/her return to school from the parent or legal guardian stating such reason. A written statement presented for an absence having occurred more than five (5) school days prior to its presentation will not be accepted.
  1. The student’s illness or when attendance could jeopardize the health of other students. A maximum of six (6) such days are allowed per semester unless the condition(s) causing such absences is of a chronic or recurring nature, is medically documented, and approved by the principal.
  2. Death or serious illness in their immediate family;
  3. Observance of recognized holidays observed by the student's faith;
  4. Attendance at an appointment with a government agency;
  5. Attendance at a medical appointment;
  6. Exceptional circumstances with prior approval of the principal; or
  7. Participation in an FFA, FHA, or 4-H sanctioned activity;
  8. Participation in the election poll workers program for high school students.
  9. Absences granted to allow a student to visit his/her parent or legal guardian who is a member of the military and been called to active duty, is on leave from active duty, or has returned from deployment to a combat zone or combat support posting. The number of additional excused absences shall be at the discretion of the superintendent or designee.
  10. Absences granted, at the Superintendent's discretion, to seventeen (17) year-old students who join the Arkansas National Guard while in eleventh grade to complete basic combat training between grades eleven (11) and (12).
  11. Absences for students excluded from school by the Arkansas Department of Health during a disease outbreak because the student has an immunization waiver or whose immunizations are not up to date.
  1. Students who serve as pages for a member of the General Assembly shall be considered on instructional assignment and shall not be considered absent from school for the day the student is serving as a page.
  2. It is the Arkansas General Assembly’s intention that students having excessive absences be given assistance in obtaining credit for their courses. Excessive absences may, however, be the basis for the denial of course credit, promotion, or graduation.

Unexcused Absences

  1. Absences not defined above or not having an accompanying note from the parent; or legal guardian; person having lawful control of the student; or person standing in loco parentis, presented in the timeline required by this policy, shall be considered as unexcused absences. Students with 5 unexcused absences in a course in a semester may not receive credit for that course. At the discretion of the principal after consultation with persons having knowledge of the circumstances of the unexcused absences, the student may be denied promotion or graduation. Excessive absences shall not be a reason for expulsion or dismissal of a student. When a student has 3 unexcused absences, his/her parents, guardians, or persons in loco parentis shall be notified. Notification shall be by telephone by the end of the school day in which such absence occurred or by regular mail with a return address sent no later than the following school day.
  2. When a student has 5 unexcused absences, his/her parents, legal guardians, persons with lawful control of the student, or persons standing in loco parentis shall be notified. Notification shall be by telephone by the end of the school day in which such absence occurred or by regular mail with a return address sent no later than the following school day.
  3. Whenever a student exceeds 5 unexcused absences in a semester, the District shall notify the prosecuting authority and the parent, legal guardian, or person having lawful control of the student, or persons standing in loco parentis shall be subject to a civil penalty as prescribed by law.
  4. It is the Arkansas General Assembly’s intention that students having excessive absences be given assistance in obtaining credit for their courses. Therefore, at any time prior to when a student exceeds 5 unexcused absences permitted by this policy, the student, or his/her parent, legal guardian, or person with lawful control of the student, or person standing in loco parentis may petition the school or district’s administration for special arrangements to address the student’s unexcused absences. If formal arrangements are granted, they shall be formalized into a written agreement which will include the conditions of the agreement and the consequences for failing to fulfill the agreement's requirements. The agreement shall be signed by the student, the student’s parent, legal guardian, or person with lawful control of the student, or person standing in loco parentis, and the school or district administrator or designee.
  5. Students who attend in-school suspension shall not be counted absent for those days.
  6. Days missed due to out-of-school suspension or expulsion shall be unexcused absences. The District shall notify the Department of Finance and Administration whenever a student fourteen (14) years of age or older is no longer in school. The Department of Finance and
  7. Administration is required to suspend the former student’s operator’s license unless he/she meets certain requirements specified in the statute.
  8. Applicants for an instruction permit or for a driver's license by persons less than eighteen (18) years old on October 1 of any year are required to provide proof of a high school diploma or enrollment and regular attendance in an adult education program or a public, private, or parochial school prior to receiving an instruction permit. To be issued a driver's license, a student enrolled in school shall present proof of a “C” average for the previous semester or similar equivalent grading period for which grades are reported as part of the student’s permanent record.

TARDIES

Promptness is an important character trait that District staff is encouraged to model and help develop in our schools’ students. At the same time, promptness is the responsibility of each student. Students who are late to class show a disregard for both the teacher and their classmates which compromises potential student achievement.

TARDY POLICY GRADES K-3

  1. Unexcused Tardy: Students entering class after 8:05 will be counted as tardy.  Any student entering the building late will need to report to the office to get a tardy slip.
  2. Tardies will become an “absence,” after (10) minutes of class.
  3. After 10 tardies the parent or guardian will be notified and a conference may be requested.

TARDY POLICY GRADES 4-7

  1. Unexcused Tardy: Student entering class after the tardy bell without a written excuse from a staff member. Students must be in the classroom when the tardy bell rings.
  2. Tardies will become an “absence,” after (10) minutes of class. (This will be recorded as a tardy and an absence)
  3. Tardies will be reported each period.
  4. Tardies will be tallied cumulatively and collectively in Periods 1 through 8 per semester.
  5. The following disciplinary steps will be enforced: 1st, 2nd – Teacher warning
  1. 3rd, 4th tardy within a semester  - WARNING
  2. 5th, 6th tardy within a semester - 1 day in-school suspension on the 5th and then on the 6th.
  3. 7th, 8th tardy within a semester - 2 days in-school suspension on the 7th and then on the 8th.
  4. 9th, 10th tardy within a semester - 3 days in-school suspension on the 9th and then on the 10th.
  5. Each tardy exceeding the 10th tardy within a semester - 3 days out-of-school suspension

TARDY POLICY- GRADES 8-12 ONLY

  1. Unexcused Tardy: Students entering class after the tardy bell without a written excuse from a staff member will be counted tardy.
  2. Tardies will become an “absence,” after (10) minutes of class. (This will be recorded as an absence)
  3. Tardies will be reported each period.
  4. Tardies will be tallied cumulatively and collectively in Periods 1 through 8 per semester.
  5. Excessive Tardies will be dealt with throughout the semester and use of Saturday school will be utilized upon 7 or more tardies.

TRUANCY

Truancy is unexcused and defined as a student that is not present at school or in assigned class or assigned area without the prior consent of parents and/or without permission from the office of the principal. Consequences will be determined by the building principal or designee.

STUDENTS LEAVING SCHOOL DURING THE SCHOOL DAY

  1. Parents/guardians must call before a student will be permitted to leave the school campus either by themselves or with someone other than the parent/guardian. Blocked calls are unacceptable. Photo identification will be required by the adult.
  2. School trips will be supervised by a teacher, coach, or school official. Students will be required to ride the bus to the trip destination. Only the parent/guardian may sign the student out at the end of school activity trip.
  3. Leaving school during semester exams will require a written note from parent/guardian. The student will not be allowed to leave until the exam period has concluded. No phone calls accepted during the days of semester exams.

4.8 MAKE-UP WORK

  1. Students who miss school due to an excused absence shall be allowed to make up the work they missed during their absence. Under the following rules:
  1. Students are responsible for asking the teachers of the classes they missed what assignments they need to make up.
  2. Teachers are responsible for providing the missed assignments when asked by a returning student.
  3. Students are required to ask for their assignments on their first day back at school or their first class day after their return.
  4. Make-up tests are to be rescheduled at the discretion of the teacher, but must be aligned with the schedule of the missed work to be made up.
  5. Students shall have one class day to make up their work for each class day they are absent.
  6. Make-up work which is not turned in within the make-up schedule for that assignment shall receive a zero.
  7. Students are responsible for turning in their make-up work without the teacher having to ask for it.
  8. Students who are absent on the day their make-up work is due must turn in their work the day they return to school whether or not the class for which the work is due meets the day of their return.
  9. As required/permitted by the student’s Individual Education Program or 504 Plan.
  1. Work may not be made up for credit for unexcused absences unless the unexcused absences are part of a signed agreement as permitted by policy ABSENCES.
  2. Work for students serving an out-of-school suspension or expulsion shall be in accordance with the District’s programs, measures, or alternative means and methods to continue student engagement and access to education during the student’s period of suspension or expulsion, including offering an expelled student an opportunity for enrollment in digital learning courses or other alternative educational courses that result in the receipt of academic credit that is at least equal to credit the expelled student may have received from the District if the student had not been expelled.6
  3. In lieu of the timeline above, assignments for students who are excluded from school by the Arkansas Department of Health during a disease outbreak are to be made up as set forth in IMMUNIZATIONS.

DAILY ATTENDANCE FOR PARTICIPATION

Students that miss more than four periods of the regular school day, are ineligible to participate in games, practices, performances, contests or credited work programs unless the absence is approved by the building principal in advance.

APPOINTMENTS AND EARLY CHECKOUT

We encourage you to make health-related appointments after school hours. The success of the students is dependent on their being in class.  We discourage any early checkout if possible.

Excessive early checkouts may result in your child being RETAINED or LOSING CREDIT IN THE CLASS. Missing more than 10 minutes of a class is considered an absence. Early checkout notes need to be turned in to the office by 9:00am on the day of checkout.

COLLEGE (Post-secondary Institutions) DAYS

  1. Seniors are allowed two days to visit post-secondary institutions during their senior year and must be pre-approved by the principal.
  2. Juniors are allowed 1 day to visit a post-secondary institution during their junior year and must be pre-approved by the principal.
  3. Only the designated number of days will be considered school business. All college days MUST be taken by April 15th.
  4. Students will also make arrangements with his/her teachers for the days they are planning to be absent and must secure a letter from the Admissions Office of the college concerned stating that the student visited on a given date.
  5. The student will then present this statement to the Principal or Assistant Principal the following day for it to be considered school business.
  6. Failure to present the statement the day following the visit causes it to be counted as an absence.

SCHOOL SPONSORED TRIPS

  1. School trips will be supervised by a teacher, coach, or school official. Students will be required to ride the bus to the trip destination. Only the parent/guardian may sign the student out at the end of school activity trip.
  2. Students shall be permitted to return from school sponsored events with parents upon request of the parents.  The parent will sign out the student at the school even
  3. A student may not be allowed to go on school-sponsored trips that do not meet the AAA academic requirements
  4. A student may not be allowed to go on school-sponsored trips that have served ISS or OSS (see discipline).
  5. Students absent for school-sponsored trips must get their assignments before the trip. Students are responsible for all deadlines as assigned regardless of school absence.
  6. Parents should understand that signing the handbook responsibility form gives their consent for the student to travel on these trips.

SCHOOL TELEPHONE

  1. The telephone is a business phone. Students are not to use it for making social arrangements or unnecessary calls. Messages will be delivered to students in case of emergencies. Students are not taken out of class to talk on the phone unless it is an extreme emergency. NOTE: Only the phone in the nurse’s office/office shall be used to call home due to an illness.
  2. Parents/guardians and students are asked to make necessary arrangements for after school transportation while at home each morning before coming to school.
  3. Remember to plan ahead for emergencies, because plans often must change. Be sure your child knows what to do on those occasions!

DAILY SCHEDULE

Buildings will be opened for the entrance of students at 7:30 a.m. School buildings will not be opened to the students without a teacher in charge.

Lincoln Elementary School (PK-3)

Instruction Begins……...7:50 a.m.

School Dismisses…………..3:00 p.m.

Lincoln Middle School (4-8)

Instruction Begins………7:50 a.m.

School Dismisses……….3:05 p.m.

Lincoln High School (9-12)

Instruction Begins………8:00 a.m.

School Dismisses……….3:16 p.m.

SUPPLIES AND TEXTBOOKS

  1. Each student will furnish his/her own school supplies. Parents/guardians should check with their student periodically to determine if additional supplies are needed.
  2. Textbooks and computers are provided for student use free of charge. Students are responsible for lost or damaged books/ computers and will be expected to pay for replacements.
  3. Elementary and Middle School supply fee is $25.00 and must be paid prior to the first day of school.  

PERIOD OF SILENCE

Students shall observe a one (1) minute period of silence at the beginning of each school day. During the period of silence a student may, without interfering with or distracting another student: reflect; pray; or engage in a silent activity.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

  1. The Pledge of Allegiance shall be recited during the school day. Those students choosing to participate shall do so by facing the flag with their right hands over their hearts, or in an appropriate salute if in uniform, while reciting the Pledge. Students choosing not to participate shall be quiet while either standing or sitting at their desks.
  2. Students shall not be compelled to recite the Pledge, but students who choose not to recite the Pledge shall not disrupt those students choosing to recite the Pledge.
  3. Students choosing not to recite the Pledge shall not be subject to any comments, retaliation or disciplinary action.

VOLUNTEERING (K-3)

All volunteers are required to complete a form located in the elementary office.  The form will contain the guidelines for volunteering.

4.51 FOOD SERVICE PREPAYMENT

  1. Meal Charges:
  1. Students may charge meals only on occasions when money is unavailable and the student would have to miss meal service.
  2. This is a courtesy extended to the student and should not occur on a regular basis.
  3. Students whose accounts show a deficit amount will be informed by the cashier as they go through the line and a note will be sent home to the parent/guardian.
  4. Students will be allowed to continue to charge up to -$15.00.
  5. Once the account exceeds the deficit of -$15.00 an alternative method for meal service and account collection will occur.
  6. Elementary School students will not be able to purchase extra items if they do not have a sufficient positive balance.
  7. Elementary students must also have a form on file permitting them to purchase extra items.
  8. Staff and other adults will not be allowed to charge meals.
  1. Payment for Meals:
  1. You may send cash or check to pay for your student’s breakfast or lunch purchase. It makes providing for your student’s lunch easy.
  2. Your student’s account balance is completely maintained in the system, including cash on account and purchasing history.
  3. You can deposit money on your student’s account by sending a check or cash to school, or payments can also be made online at: https://www.myschoolaccount.com
  4. Please make all lunch account checks payable to your student’s school.
  5. If you are sending one check for more than one student please indicate how much money you want deposited into each student’s account.
  6. Include the student's lunch account number on check.
  7. 30 Day Correction Policy for Meal Charges Lincoln Consolidated Schools Nutrition Services will make adjustments to accounts that are found to be in error within 30 school days of when the error occurred.
  8. When notified by the parent or student and approved by the nutrition service administrator the correction may occur.
  9. Parents may keep track of their student’s accounts by creating an account on https://www.myschoolaccount.com.
  10. Or if you have a question you may call your student’s school cafeteria or the Nutrition Service office at 479-824-7311.
  1. Notifications – Notes/Calling System:
  1. Elementary school students will receive a note notification when their lunch account balance becomes negative.
  2. This will serve as a reminder for parents to make a deposit into their student’s account.
  3. Cashiers will continue to remind students of low or negative balances in the lunch line.
  4. Low balance and negative balance will be sent out through the district’s automated system every Saturday as a courtesy reminder to the parents.
  1. School Meal Accommodations for Students with Disabilities:
  1. The district will provide meal substitutions for students meeting the definition of a disability as defined in USDA regulations.
  2. Students meeting these requirements must have a Certificate of Disability for Special Dietary Needs Form on file.
  3. Parents may request this form from the district’s Child Nutrition Director.
  4. This form must be completed by a licensed physician.
  1. Free and Reduced Priced Meals:
  1. If you think you may qualify, please contact the Nutrition Services office to find out how to apply.
  2. If you are the parent or guardian of a student who participates in free or reduced-priced meals you MUST reapply at the beginning of every school year, as the prior year’s application is only valid for the first 30 days of school.
  3. After 30 days, all students pending approval for free/reduced meals are required to pay full price.
  4. Meals may be packed and brought in from home or money put into the student’s account to cover meals while your application is being processed.
  5. If your circumstances change, you may apply/reapply at any time during the school year for financial consideration.
  6. Looking for additional information about meal assistance applications? View this on the Internet: www.mealsense.org/lincoln
  1. Meal Pattern/Offer vs Serve:
  1. Our meals meet USDA school breakfast and lunch guidelines.
  2. We offer five different food components to choose from daily: meat or protein, grains and bread, fruits, vegetables, and milk.
  3. Federal guidelines do not require students to take every item that is offered for breakfast or lunch. However, Nutrition Services encourages students to take at minimum, three items for breakfast and three items for lunch that are offered to ensure a well-balanced meal.
  1. Lunch:
  1. Each student selects the appropriate number of food items for a reimbursable meal.
  2. At lunch, five components are offered: meat or meat alternate, grain (most entrees include the meat/meat alternate, and grain), fruit, vegetable, and fluid milk.
  3. Our goal is to offer a minimum of three entrees and two fruits and vegetables. Students must select a fruit or vegetable and two full components.
  1. Breakfast:
  1. Each Student selects the appropriate numbers of food items for a reimbursable meal.
  2. Students are offered a varied combination of the four components at breakfast, a meat or meat alternative, grain items, fruit, and fluid milk.
  3. They must take fruit with every meal: they may decline a minimum of one of the other items offered.
  1. Monthly Menus and Nutritional:
  1. Monthly menus are posted in each cafeteria, as well as on the District Website.
  2. Menu nutritional information can be obtained from the nutrition service office.
  1. Nutrition Rules/Guidelines:
  1. Arkansas ACT 1220 established certain rules regarding student nutrition as well as the existence and limitation of foods and beverages in the public schools.
  2. As part of these rules, parents may provide foods of minimal nutritional value or candy to their own child but may NOT provide these foods for other children.
  3. Each school may provide any food or beverage item to students during the school day for up to nine different events each school year.
  4. These nine events are determined by the campus administration.
  5. Food or beverage items that are a part of the instructional program and used to promote student learning are allowed.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement:

  1. In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs).
  2. Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.
  3. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form.
  4. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

SCHOOL                                         School Meal Modifications

  1. The district only provides modified meal components on menus to accommodate students with a disability. A parent/guardian wishing to request dietary accommodations for their student with a disability must submit to the district’s Director of Child Nutrition, Valerie Dawson, a Certification of Disability for Special Dietary Needs Form completed by a State licensed healthcare professional, which includes:
  1. Physicians, including those licensed by:
  2. The Arkansas State Medical Board;
  3. The Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners (Chiropractors);
  4. The Arkansas Board of Podiatric Medicine (Podiatrists);
  5. Nurse Practitioners (APRNs in family or pediatric practice with prescriptive authority);
  6. Physician Assistants (PAs who work in collaborative practice with a physician); and
  7. Dentists.
  8. The medical statement should include:
  1. A description of the student’s disability that is sufficient to understand how the disability restricts the student’s diet;
  2. An explanation of what must be done to accommodate the disability, which may include:
  1. Food(s) to avoid or restrict;
  2. Food(s) to substitute;
  3. Caloric modifications; or
  4. The substitution of a liquid nutritive formula.
  1.  If the information provided in the medical statement is unclear, or lacks sufficient detail, the district’s Director of Child Nutrition shall request additional information so that a proper and safe meal can be provided.
  2.  When choosing an appropriate approach to accommodate a student’s disability, the District will consider the expense and efficiency of the requested accommodations. The District will offer a reasonable modification that effectively accommodates the child’s disability and provides equal opportunity to participate in or benefit from the program, which may include a generic version of a product.
  3.  Parents may file a grievance regarding the request for accommodations with the District’s 504 Coordinator, who will schedule a hearing on the grievance to be held as soon as possible. The 504 coordinator shall provide a copy of the procedures governing the hearing, including that the parent has the right to be accompanied by counsel, and the appeal process upon request.
  4. The district will not prepare meals outside the normal menu to accommodate a family’s religious or personal health beliefs.

LOST AND FOUND

The school cannot assume responsibility for loss of personal items. However, if it is reported immediately, every effort will be made to help locate the lost item. ALL PERSONAL ITEMS SHOULD BE CLEARLY MARKED FOR IDENTIFICATION. ITEMS NOT NEEDED FOR SCHOOL WORK SHOULD BE LEFT AT HOME.

SCHOOL PROPERTY

As good citizens, students are obligated to respect and protect all school property and help keep the building, furniture and school equipment as attractive as possible. If a student is guilty of defacing or destroying school property, he/she will be expected to pay for the property to the extent of replacing as new or as good as new and face disciplinary action.

STUDENT VEHICLES (8-12)

  1. A student who has presented a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance to the appropriate office personnel may drive his/her vehicle to school. Vehicles driven to school shall be parked in the area designated for student parking.
  2. Students are not permitted to loiter in parking areas and are not to return to their vehicles for any reason unless given permission to do so by a school administrator.
  3. It is understood that there is no expectation of privacy in vehicles in parking areas. Drivers of vehicles parked on a school campus will be held accountable for illegal substances or any other items prohibited by District policy found in their vehicle. Any student parking a vehicle on campus is granting permission for school or law enforcement authorities to search that vehicle.
  4. Rental for a parking space is $5.00 per year.
  5. Vehicles parked anywhere but in its assigned spot without prior permission from an administrator will be subject to a parking fine or loss of parking privileges, or towed at owner’s expense.
  6. Only students enrolled in grades 9th through 12th shall be able to purchase a parking space.
  7. Lincoln High School and the Lincoln School District are not responsible for damage or theft while vehicles are parked on Lincoln School District Property.
  8. Parking on school property is a privilege which may be denied to a student for any disciplinary violation, at the discretion of the student's building principal.

4.45 SMART CORE CURRICULUM AND GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

 All students are required to participate in the Smart Core curriculum unless their parents or guardians, or the students if they are eighteen (18) years of age or older, sign a Smart Core Waiver Form to not participate. While Smart Core is the default option, both a Smart Core Informed Consent Form and a Smart Core Waiver Form will be sent home with students prior to their enrolling in seventh (7th) grade, or when a seventh (7th) through twelfth (12th) grade student enrolls in the district for the first time and there is not a signed form in the student’s permanent record. Parents must sign one of the forms and return it to the school so it can be placed in the students’ permanent record. This policy is to be included in student handbooks for grades six (6) through twelve (12) and both students and parents must sign an acknowledgement they have received the policy. Those students not participating in the Smart Core curriculum will be required to fulfill the Core curriculum or the requirements of their IEP (when applicable) to be eligible for graduation. Counseling by trained personnel shall be available to students and their parents or legal guardians prior to the time they are required to sign the consent forms.

  1. While there are similarities between the two curriculums, following the Core curriculum may not qualify students for some scholarships and admission to certain colleges could be jeopardized. Students initially choosing the Core curriculum may subsequently change to the Smart Core curriculum providing they would be able to complete the required course of study by the end of their senior year. Students wishing to change their choice of curriculums must consult with their counselor to determine the feasibility of changing paths.
  2. This policy, the Smart Core curriculum, and the courses necessary for graduation shall be reviewed by staff, students, and parents as part of the annual school district support plan development process to determine if changes need to be made to better serve the needs of the district’s students. The superintendent, or his/her designee, shall select the composition of the review panel.
  3. Sufficient information relating to Smart Core and the district’s graduation requirements shall be communicated to parents and students to ensure their informed understanding of each. This may be accomplished through any or all of the following means:
  1. Inclusion in the student handbook of the Smart Core curriculum and graduation requirements;
  2. Discussion of the Smart Core curriculum and graduation requirements at the school’s annual public meeting, PTA meetings, or a meeting held specifically for the purpose of informing the public on this matter;
  3. Discussions held by the school’s counselors with students and their parents; and/or
  4. Distribution of a newsletter(s) to parents or guardians of the district’s students.
  1. Administrators, or their designees, shall train newly hired employees, required to be licensed as a condition of their employment, regarding this policy. The district’s annual professional development shall include the training required by this paragraph.
  2.  To the best of its ability, the District shall follow the requirements covering the transfer of course credit and graduation set forth in the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children for all students who meet the definition of “eligible child” in Policy ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS.

 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. The number of units students must earn to be eligible for high school graduation is to be earned from the categories listed below. A minimum of twenty-two (22) units is required for graduation for a student participating in either the Smart Core or Core curriculum. There are some distinctions made between Smart Core units and Graduation units. Not all units earned toward graduation necessarily apply to Smart Core requirements.
  2. All students must receive a passing score on the Arkansas Civics Exam in order to graduate.

 

Digital Learning Courses

  1. The District shall offer one or more digital learning course(s) through one or more District approved provider(s) as either a primary or supplementary method of instruction. The courses may be in a blended learning, online-based, or other technology-based format. In addition to the other graduation requirements contained in this policy, students are required to take at least one (1) digital learning course for credit while in high school.

 

Personal and Family Finance

  1. In tenth (10th), eleventh (11th), or twelfth (12th) grade, all students shall receive credit in a course covering the Personal and Family Finance Standards.

 SMART CORE: Sixteen (16) units

  1.  English: four (4) units – 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th
  2.  Oral Communications: one-half (½) unit
  3.  Mathematics: four (4) units (all students under Smart Core must take a mathematics course in grade 11 or 12 and complete Algebra II.)
  1. Algebra I or Algebra A & B* which may be taken in grades 7-8 or 8-9;
  2. Geometry or Geometry A & B* which may be taken in grades 8-9 or 9-10;
  1. *A two-year algebra equivalent or a two-year geometry equivalent may each be counted as two units of the four-unit requirement for the purpose of meeting the graduation requirement, but only serve as one unit each toward fulfilling the Smart Core requirement.
  1. Algebra II; and
  2. The fourth unit may be either:
  1. A math unit approved by ADE beyond Algebra II; or
  2. A computer science flex credit may be taken in the place of a fourth math credit.
  1.  Natural Science: a total of three (3) units with lab experience chosen from
  2. One unit of Biology; and either:
  3. Two units chosen from the following three categories (there are acceptable options listed by the ADE for each):
  1. Physical Science;
  2. Chemistry;
  3. Physics; or
  4. One unit from the three categories above and a computer science flex credit may be taken in the place of a third science credit.
  1.  Social Studies: three (3) units
  1. Civics - one-half (½) unit
  2. World History - one unit
  3. American History - one unit
  4. Other social studies - one half (½) unit
  1. Physical Education: one-half (½) unit
  1. Note: While one-half (½) unit is required for graduation, no more than one (1) unit may be applied toward fulfilling the necessary units to graduate.
  1.  Health and Safety: one-half (½) unit
  2.  Economics – one half (½) unit – dependent upon the licensure of the teacher teaching the course, this can count toward the required three (3) social studies credits or the six (6) required Career Focus elective credits.9
  3.  Fine Arts: one-half (½) unit

 

CAREER FOCUS: - Six (6) units

  1. All career focus unit requirements shall be established through guidance and counseling based on the student’s contemplated work aspirations.  Career focus courses shall conform to the curriculum policy of the district and reflect state curriculum frameworks through course sequencing and career course concentrations where appropriate.
  2.  A student who enlists in a branch of the United States Armed Forces or the National Guard through the military delayed entry program, the National Guard Split Training Option, or other similar early entry program and completes basic training before graduating from high school shall receive two (2) units of the Career Focus graduation requirements.
  3. A student who completes at least seventy-five (75) clock hours of documented community service in grades nine (9) through twelve (12) at any certified service agency or a part of a service-learning school program shall receive one (1) Career Focus credit.

 

CORE: Sixteen (16) units

  1.  English: four (4) units – 9th 10th 11th and 12th
  2.  Oral Communications: one-half (½) unit
  3.  Mathematics: four (4) units
  1. Algebra or its equivalent* - 1 unit
  2. Geometry or its equivalent* - 1 unit
  3. All math units must build on the base of algebra and geometry knowledge and skills.
  4. (Comparable concurrent credit college courses may be substituted where applicable)
  5. A computer science flex credit may be taken in the place of a math credit beyond Algebra I and Geometry
  6. *A two-year algebra equivalent or a two-year geometry equivalent may each be counted as two units of the four (4) unit requirement.
  1.  Science: three (3) units
  1. at least one (1) unit of biology or its equivalent; and
  1. Two units chosen from the following three categories:
  1. Physical Science;
  2. Chemistry;
  3. Physics; or
  1. One unit from the three categories above and a computer science flex credit may be taken in the place of a third science credit.
  2. Social Studies: three (3) units
  1. Civics one-half (½) unit
  2. World history, one (1) unit
  3. American History, one (1) unit
  1. Other social studies - one-half (½) unit
  2.  Physical Education: one-half (½) unit
  3. Note: While one-half (½) unit is required for graduation, no more than one (1) unit may be applied toward fulfilling the necessary units to graduate.
  4.  Health and Safety: one-half (½) unit
  5.  Economics – one half (½) unit – dependent upon the licensure of the teacher teaching the course, this can count toward the required three (3) social studies credits or the six (6) required Career Focus elective credits.9
  6.  Fine Arts: one-half (½) unit

 

CAREER FOCUS: - Six (6) units

  1. All career focus unit requirements shall be established through guidance and counseling based on the student’s contemplated work aspirations.  Career focus courses shall conform to the curriculum policy of the district and reflect state curriculum frameworks through course sequencing and career course concentrations where appropriate.
  2.  A student who enlists in a branch of the United States Armed Forces or the National Guard through the military delayed entry program, the National Guard Split Training Option, or other similar early entry program and completes basic training before graduating from high school shall receive two (2) units of the Career Focus graduation requirements.
  3. A student who completes at least seventy-five (75) clock hours of documented community service in grades nine (9) through twelve (12) at any certified service agency or a part of a service-learning school program shall receive one (1) Career Focus credit.

AIP STATEMENT

  1. Students who do not score proficient or advanced on ACT Aspire will be placed on an Academic Improvement Plan (AIP) developed by student, parent, and teachers. The AIP will address deficiency areas from the exams.
  2. Students who do not participate in scheduled remediation will be retained or will lose credit in the tested course.

ATHLETICS FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION CREDIT

  1. To receive physical education credit for participation in athletics, a student must be enrolled in a program that receives credit in physical education, subject to course approvals.
  2. The student will receive credit only if he participated in a given sport in lieu of participation in his normal physical education class and would receive credit for that semester, subject to course approvals.
  3. Physical education can only count as one unit towards graduation.

GRADING POLICY

  1. The following grading scale shall be used at Lincoln Middle School and Lincoln High School
  1. 90 – 100        A = 4 points
  2. 80 – 89        B = 3 points
  3. 70 – 79        C = 2 points
  4. 60 –69        D = 1 point
  5. 59 and below        F = 0 point
  1. Progress reports will be sent according to the district calendar to parents/guardians of those students who are failing or are not working up to capacity.
  2. Grades assigned to students reflect only educational objectives and are consistent with laws and regulations.
  3. If a student is having difficulty in class, the teacher(s) may call the parent/guardian for assistance in helping the student.
  4. Final grades for students who transfer in for part of a semester will be determined by blending the grades earned in the district with the grades earned outside the district. Each final grade will be the sum of the percentage of the days in the grading period transferred from outside the district times the transferred grade from outside the district plus the percentage of days in the grading period while in the district times the grade earned in the district.
  5. The following grading scale will be utilized in each grade K-3:

        3=Above Mastery: Exceeding the grade level standard

        2=Skill Mastered: Meeting the grade level standard

        1=Skill Not Mastered: Not yet meeting the grade level standard

  1. School will have two parent/teacher conference days each year.  Parent-teacher conferences are encouraged. Additional conferences may be requested by parents, guardians, or teachers.   

        

ADVANCED PLACEMENT and CONCURRENT COLLEGE CREDIT

  1. Students who take advanced placement courses, International Baccalaureate, or ADE approved honors courses for weighted credit by the Arkansas Department of Education shall be graded according to the following schedule:

        90 – 100                A = 5 points

80 – 89                B = 4 points

70 – 79                C = 3 points

60 –69                D = 2 points

59 and below                F = 0 points

  1. Students who transfer into the district will be given weighted credit for the Advanced Placement courses, honors courses approved by the Arkansas Department of Education, and taken for weighted credit at his/her previous school(s) according to the preceding scale.
  2. Weighted credit for AP or IB courses is pursuant to the student taking the appropriate AP or IB test and to the teacher being appropriately trained to teach the course. Credit shall be given for each grading period during the course of the year, but shall be retroactively removed from a student’s grade for any course in which the student fails to take the applicable AP or IB exam. Students who do not take the AP or IB exam shall receive the same numeric value for the grade he/she received in the course as if it were a non AP or IB course.

REPLACEMENT CREDIT

  1. A ninth through twelfth grade student who successfully completes a college course(s) from an institution approved by the Arkansas Department of Education shall be given credit toward high school grades and graduation at the rate of one-half (1/2) high school credit for each three (3) semester hours of college credit. Unless approved by the school’s principal, prior to enrolling for the course, the replacement credit shall be applied toward the student’s graduation requirements as an elective.
  2. Students will retain credit applied toward a course required for high school graduation from a previously attended, accredited, public school.
  3. Any and all costs of higher education courses taken for replacement credit may be the student’s responsibility.
  4. Students are responsible for having the transcript for the replacement credit course(s) they’ve taken sent to Lincoln High School in order to receive credit for the course(s). Credit for replacement credit courses will not be given until the transcript is received. Transcripts for students who take concurrent credit courses as partial fulfillment of the required full day of class for students in grades 9-12 are to be received by the school within ten (10) school days of the end of the semester in which the course is taken. Students may not receive credit for the course(s) they took or the credit may be delayed if the transcripts are not received in time, or at all. This may jeopardize students’ eligibility for extracurricular activities, graduation, or promotion.
  5. Remedial classes and math classes lower than College Algebra shall not receive credit.

HONORS PROGRAM PARTICIPATION

  1. Participants must be enrolled at Lincoln High School for the full two semesters of their senior year for Highest Honor status. Transfer students will be allowed to graduate in the Honors Program and receive an Honors Diploma if all program requirements have been met.
  2. Students must complete all requirements for graduation of the Arkansas Department of Education and the Lincoln School District.
  3. For Highest Honors Graduate, Superior status, students must have a cumulative 4.01 or above GPA after eight semesters.
  4. For High Honors Graduate status, a participant must have a cumulative 3.50-4.0 GPA after eight (8) semesters.
  5. For Honors Diploma, a participant must have a cumulative 3.25-3.49 GPA after eight (8) semesters.
  6. Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors Courses that call for prerequisite requirements must be met.
  7. The following courses will be Honors Courses. Each course is weighted. Each will be counted only one (1) time for Honors credit.
  1. AP United States History
  2. AP Literature
  3. AP Language
  4. AP Biology
  5. AP Psychology
  6. AP Calculus
  7. AP Chemistry
  8. AP Statistics
  9. AP Environmental Science
  1. The following college-level classes for concurrent credit are offered at Lincoln High School:
  1. Composition I, Composition II, College Oral Communications, College U.S. History, College Algebra, College Math, College Biology, and College Agriculture.
  1. The GPA shall be derived from courses deemed for high school credit taken in public schools in grades seven (7) through twelve (12).

VALEDICTORIAN AND SALUTATORIAN

  1. The graduating senior with the highest overall GPA, (carried out four (4) decimal points) based on eight (8) semesters, who has been enrolled in Lincoln High School for his/her entire senior year shall serve as the valedictorian of his/her graduating class. The Valedictorian may give a speech at graduation.
  2. The graduating senior with the second highest overall GPA, (carried out four (4) decimal points) based on eight (8) semesters, who has been enrolled in Lincoln High School for his/her entire senior year shall serve as the salutatorian of his/her graduating class. The Salutatorian may give a speech at graduation.

FINAL TEST EXEMPTION (GRADES 9-12)

  1. All 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students may be exempt from their final tests during the spring semester only.  All Semester Tests for the Fall Semester will be taken by all students. The following qualifications for exemptions will apply:
  1. Exemptions will be based on academic performance, absenteeism, and disciplinary actions during the semester/school year.
  2. Students may take final exams in lieu of exemptions in an attempt to raise grade averages, but it will not lower the grade.
  3. Criteria for exemption will be:
  1. A grade average during the Spring semester of an "A" in the individual class, AND no more than three (3) absences (school absences do not count against you) in the individual class during the semester or six (6) absences for the year.
  2. A grade average during the Spring semester of a “B” in the individual class AND having no more than two (2) absences in the individual class during the semester or four (4) absences for the year.
  3. A grade average during the Spring semester of a “C” in the individual class AND having no more than one (1) absence in the individual class during the semester or two (2) absences for the year.
  4. Students that have served ISS or OSS during the school year will NOT be exempt from any class.
  1. If a student wishes to take the exemption, their grades will be figured by the average of the two (third and fourth) quarter grades.
  2. 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students would be excused from school only during the time of the test or tests from which they are exempt are being administered.
  3. Students will not be allowed to check out during a testing period. When a student does check out, a written note from a parent/guardian is required and must be presented to the office before the first exam.

HOMEWORK POLICY

  1. Homework is considered to be part of the educational program of the District. Assignments shall be an extension of the teaching/learning experience that promotes the student’s educational development. As an extension of the classroom, homework must be planned and organized and should be viewed by the students as purposeful.

4.55 PROMOTION / RETENTION

  1. A disservice is done to students through social promotion and is prohibited by state law. The District shall, at a minimum, evaluate each student annually in an effort to help each student who is not performing at grade level. Parents or guardians shall be kept informed concerning the progress of their student(s). Notice of a student’s possible retention or required retaking of a course shall be included with the student’s grades sent home to each parent/guardian or the student if 18 or older. Parent-teacher conferences are encouraged and may be held as necessary in an effort to improve a student’s academic success.
  2. At least once each semester, the parents and teacher(s) of a student in kindergarten through eighth (8th) grade shall be notified in writing of the student’s independent grade-level-equivalency in reading.
  3. Any grades, course credits, and/or promotions received by a student while enrolled in the Division of Youth Services system of education shall be considered transferable in the same manner as those grades, course credits, and promotions from other accredited Arkansas public educational entities.
  4. Promotion or retention of students, or their required retaking of a course shall be primarily based on the following criteria. If there is doubt concerning the promotion or retention of a student or his/her required retaking of a course, a conference shall be held before a final decision is made that includes the following individuals:
  1. The building principal or designee;
  2. The student’s teacher(s);
  3. School counselor
  4. A 504/special education representative (if applicable); and
  5. The student’s parents.
  1. The conference shall be held at a time and place that best accommodates those participating in the conference. The school shall document participation or non-participation in required conferences. If the conference attendees fail to agree concerning the student’s placement or receipt of course credit, the final decision shall rest with the principal or the principal’s designee.
  2. Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, each student shall have a student success plan (SSP) developed by school personnel in collaboration with the student’s parents and the student that is reviewed and updated annually. A student’s SSP shall use multiple academic measures to personalize learning in order for students to achieve their grade-level expectations and individual growth. The SSP will identify if the student is in need of additional support or acceleration. Academic measures to be used in creating and updating a student’s SSP shall include, but are not limited to:
  1. Statewide student assessment results;
  2. Subject grades;
  3. Student work samples; and
  4. Local assessment scores.
  1.  By the end of grade eight (8), the student’s SSP shall:
  1. Guide the student along pathways to graduation;
  2. Address accelerated learning opportunities;
  3. Address academic deficits and interventions; and
  4. Include college and career planning components.
  1.  Based on a student’s score on the college and career assessment:
  1. The student’s SSP will be updated in order to assist the student with college and career readiness skills, course selection in high school, and improved academic achievement; and
  2.  Provide a basis for counseling concerning postsecondary preparatory programs.
  1.  An SSP shall be created:
  1. By no later than the end of the school year for a student in grade eight (8) or below who enrolls in the District during the school year; or
  2. As soon as reasonably possible for a student in grade nine (9) or above who enrolls in the District at the beginning or during the school year.
  1.  A student’s individualized education program (IEP) may act in the place of the student’s SSP if the IEP addresses academic deficits and interventions for the student’s failure to meet standards-based academic goals at an expected rate or level and includes a transition plan that addresses college and career planning components. Promotion/retention or graduation of students with an IEP shall be based on their successful attainment of the goals set forth in their IEP.
  2. Students who either refuse to sit for a Statewide assessment or attempt to boycott a Statewide assessment by failing to put forth a good faith effort on the assessment as determined by the assessment administrator/proctor, or whose parents do not send their student to school on the dates the assessments are originally administered or scheduled as make-up days shall not be permitted to participate in any non-curriculum related extracurricular activity, including school dances, prom, homecoming, senior events, and may be prevented from walking or participating in graduation exercises. The student shall remain ineligible to participate until the student takes the same or a following Statewide assessment, as applicable. The Superintendent or designee may wave this paragraph's provisions when the student’s failure was due to exceptional or extraordinary circumstances. Students falling under the provisions of this paragraph shall be permitted to attend curriculum related field trips occurring during the school day.

CREDIT RECOVERY

  1. Beginning the 2015-16 school year, students who fail a core class will be required to make-up the credit through Odyssey, a web-based program. Core classes are required in order to graduate and must be completed the following year after failing. Remediation must be finished the year following the state testing.
  2. Students who have failed 3 or more semester core classes, will be referred to ALE. The principal must approve all extenuating circumstances.
  3. If a virtual core class has been failed, the student will be required to take the class with an on- site teacher the following year.

4.49 SPECIAL EDUCATION

  1. In accordance with the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans With Disabilities Act, and Arkansas Statutes, the district shall provide a free appropriate public education and necessary related services to all children with disabilities who reside;
  1. Within the district boundaries; or
  2. Outside of the District boundaries but are enrolled in the District.
  1. It is the intent of the district to ensure that students who are disabled within the definition of Section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 are identified, evaluated and provided with appropriate educational services. Students may be disabled within the meaning of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act even though they do not require services pursuant to the IDEA.
  2. For students eligible for services under IDEA, the District shall follow procedures for identification, evaluation, placement, and delivery of services to children with disabilities provided in the state and federal statutes  governing special education. Implementation of an Individualized Education Program (IEP) in accordance with the IDEA satisfies the district’s obligation to provide a free and appropriate education under Section 504.
  3. The Board directs the superintendent to ensure procedures are in place for the implementation of special education services and that programs are developed to conform to the requirements of state and federal legislation. The superintendent is responsible for appointing a district coordinator for overseeing district fulfillment of its responsibilities regarding students with disabilities. Among the coordinator’s responsibilities shall be ensuring district enforcement of the due process rights of students with disabilities and their parents.

Note: The office of Civil Rights prefers that the name of the coordinator, or at least a contact person or phone number to call to get the name of the coordinator, is made readily available to the public. 34CFR104.32 stipulates that as part of “child find” responsibilities, districts take appropriate steps to notify handicapped persons and their parents or guardians of the district’s child find duty.

ALTERNATIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

  1. The district shall have an alternative learning environment (ALE) which shall be part of an intervention program designed to provide guidance, counseling, and academic support to students who are experiencing emotional, social, or academic problems.
  2. The superintendent or his/her designee shall appoint an Alternative Education Placement Team, which shall have the responsibility of determining student placement in the ALE. The team should consist of at least a school counselor, principal, a parent or legal guardian, and a regular classroom teacher.
  3. Students who are placed in the ALE shall exhibit at least two of the following characteristics:
  1. Disruptive behavior
  2. Drop-out from school
  3. Personal or family problems or situations
  4. Recurring absenteeism
  5. Transition to or from residential programs
  1. For the purposes of the ALE, personal or family problems or situations are conditions that negatively affect the student’s academic and social progress. These may include, but are not limited to
  1. Ongoing, persistent lack of attaining proficiency levels in literacy and mathematics
  2. Lack of credit toward graduation
  3. Abuse: physical, mental, or sexual
  4. Frequent relocation of residency
  5. Homelessness
  6. Inadequate emotional support
  7. Mental/physical health problem
  8. Pregnancy
  9. Single parenting
  1. The Alternative Education Placement Team shall determine exit criteria for students assigned to the district’s ALE on which to base the student’s return to the regular school program of instruction.
  2. The district’s ALE program shall follow class size, staffing, curriculum, and expenditure requirements identified in the ADE Rules Governing the Distribution of Student Special Needs Funding and the Determination of Allowable Expenditure of These Funds.

FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENT PROGRAM

  1. Lincoln High School will operate its Foreign Student Exchange Program under the following guidelines:
  1. All students from foreign student exchange programs accepted by the Lincoln School District must be from a program accredited by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel.
  2. There shall be no more than two students from the same home country.
  3. There shall be no more than four students from the same accredited organization during any one school year.
  4. There shall be no more than three students allowed per grade level. No more than six total.
  5. Students and/or the foreign student exchange program shall furnish a transcript written in the English language upon entering the school. The transcript shall include the following information:
  1. Course titles for each subject taken.
  2. The school year each class was taken.
  3. Number of class meetings for each subject per week.
  4. Number of minutes in each class meeting.
  5. Grade earned for each class (the grade will be converted to the Lincoln School District system).
  1. Credit will not be awarded to students who are not proficient in the English language. These students will be considered for a cultural experience only.
  2. Students must be permanently placed in an American host family prior to enrollment, and the host family will be domiciled in the Lincoln School District.
  3. All students must be enrolled in one-year study programs.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

(See Appendix A for forms and policy)

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES – SECONDARY SCHOOLS

Definitions:

  1. “Academic Courses” are those courses for which class time is scheduled, which can be credited to meet the minimum requirements for graduation, which is taught by a teacher required to have State licensure in the course or is otherwise qualified under Arkansas statute, and has a course content guide which has been approved by the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE). Any of the courses for which concurrent high school credit is earned may be from an institution of higher education recognized by ADE. If a student passes an academic course offered on a block schedule, the course can be counted twice toward meeting the requirement for students to pass four (4) academic courses per semester as required by this policy.
  2. “Extracurricular activities” are defined as: any school sponsored program where students from one or more schools meet, work, perform, practice under supervision outside of regular class time, or are competing for the purpose of receiving an award, rating, recognition, or criticism, or qualification for additional competition. Examples include, but are not limited to, inter/intra scholastic athletics, cheerleading, band, choral, math, or science competitions, field trips, and club activities.
  3. “Field Trips” are when individual students or groups of students are invited to programs or events when there is no competition and the students are not interacting with each other for the purpose of planning, qualifying, or arranging for future programs or for the purpose of receiving recognition.
  4. “Interscholastic Activities” means athletic or non-athletic/academic activities where students compete on a school vs. school basis.1
  5. Intrascholastic Activities” means athletic or non-athletic/academic activities where students compete with students from within the same school.1
  6. “Supplemental Improvement Program (SIP)” is an additional instructional opportunity for identified students outside of their regular classroom and meets the criteria outlined in the current Arkansas Activities Association (AAA) Handbook.

Extracurricular Eligibility

  1. The Board believes in providing opportunities for students to participate in extracurricular activities that can help enrich the student’s educational experience. At the same time, the Board believes that a student’s participation in extracurricular activities cannot come at the expense of his/her classroom academic achievement. Interruptions of instructional time in the classroom are to be minimal and absences from class to participate in extracurricular activities shall not exceed one per week per extracurricular activity (tournaments excepted)2.
  2. Additionally, a student’s participation in, and the District’s operation of, extracurricular activities shall be subject to the following policy. All students are eligible for extracurricular activities unless specifically denied eligibility on the basis of criteria outlined in this policy.
  3. Any student who refuses to sit for a Statewide assessment or attempts to boycott a Statewide assessment by failing to put forth a good faith effort on the assessment as determined by the assessment administrator/proctor, or whose parents do not send their student to school on the dates the assessments are administered or scheduled as make-up days shall not be permitted to participate in any non-curriculum related extracurricular activity. The student shall remain ineligible to participate until the student takes the same or a following statewide assessment, as applicable.
  4. The superintendent or designee may wave this paragraph's provisions when the student’s failure was due to exceptional or extraordinary circumstances.3 Students falling under the provisions of this paragraph shall be permitted to attend curriculum related field trips occurring during the school day. 4
  5. A student who enrolls in the district and meets the definition of “eligible child” in Policy 4.2— ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS shall be eligible to tryout for an extracurricular activity regardless of the date the student enrolls in the District so long as the student meets all other eligibility requirements and the extracurricular activity is still ongoing.
  6. A student and the parent or legal guardian of the student shall sign and return an acknowledgement of receipt and review of an information sheet regarding signs and symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest before the student may participate in an athletic activity and before each school year the student participates in an athletic activity.
  7. At the same time, the Board believes that a student’s participation in extracurricular activities cannot come at the expense of his/her classroom academic achievement. Interruptions of instructional time in the classroom are to be minimal and absences from class to participate in extracurricular activities shall not exceed one per week per extracurricular activity (tournaments excepted).
  8. Students receiving assignment to ISS or OSS shall not be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities beginning on the day of the infraction through the period of ISS or OSS.
  9. Students that receive an Out-of-school Suspension (OSS) or have accumulated more than five (5) days of In-school Suspension (ISS) may not be eligible for field trips, school dances, prom, or exemptions from final exams, etc.

Interscholastic Activities

  1. Each school in the District shall post on its website its schedule of interscholastic activities, including sign-up, tryout, and participation deadlines, at least one semester in advance of those activities. A hard copy of the schedule shall be available upon request.5

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS: Junior High

  1. A student promoted from the sixth to the seventh grade automatically meets scholarship requirements. A student promoted from the seventh to the eighth grade automatically meets scholarship requirements for the first semester.
  2. The second semester eighth-grade student meets the scholarship requirements for junior high if he/she has successfully passed four (4) academic courses the previous semester, three (3) of which shall be in the core curriculum areas specified by ADE’s Standards for Accreditation of Arkansas Public Schools.
  3. The first semester ninth-grade student meets the scholarship requirements for junior high if he/she has successfully passed four (4) academic courses the previous semester, three (3) of which shall be in the core curriculum areas specified by ADE’s Standards for Accreditation of Arkansas Public Schools.
  4. The second semester ninth-grade student meets the scholarship requirements for junior high if he/she has successfully passed (4) academic courses the previous semester which count toward his/her high school graduation requirements.
  5. Ninth-grade students must meet the requirements of the senior high scholarship rule by the end of the second semester in the ninth grade in order to be eligible to participate in the fall semester of their tenth-grade year.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS: Senior High

  1. In order to remain eligible for competitive interscholastic activity, a student must have passed (4) academic courses the previous semester and either:
  1. Have earned a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 from all academic courses the previous semester; or
  2. If the student has passed four (4) academic courses the previous semester but does not have a 2.0 GPA the student must be enrolled and successfully participating in a SIP to maintain their competitive interscholastic extracurricular eligibility.

STUDENTS WITH AN INDIVIDUAL EDUCATION PROGRAM

  1. In order to be considered eligible to participate in competitive interscholastic activities, students with disabilities must pass at least four (4) courses per semester as required by their individual education program (IEP).

ARKANSAS ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATION

In addition to the foregoing rules, the district shall abide by the rules and regulations of AAA governing interscholastic activities. AAA provides catastrophic insurance coverage for students participating in AAA governed extracurricular activities who are enrolled in school. As a matter of District policy, no student may participate in a AAA governed extracurricular activity unless he or she is enrolled in a district school, to ensure all students are eligible for AAA catastrophic insurance. 6

  1. Intrascholastic Activities AAA Governed Activities- Students participating in intrascholastic extracurricular activities that would be governed by AAA if they were to occur between students of different schools shall meet all interscholastic activity eligibility requirements to be eligible to participate in the comparable intrascholastic activity. The District will abide by the AAA Handbook for such activities to ensure District students are not disqualified from participating in interscholastic activities.7

  2. Non-AAA Governed Activities- Unless made ineligible by District policies, all students shall be eligible to participate in non-AAA governed intrascholastic extracurricular activities. Intrascholastic activities designed for a particular grade(s) or course(s) shall require the student to be enrolled in the grade(s) or course(s).

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY ELIGIBILITY FOR HOME SCHOOLED STUDENTS

  1. Home-schooled student means a student legally enrolled in an Arkansas home school and who meets or has met the criteria for being a homeschooled student, as established by A.C.A. § 6- 15-503.
  2. Interscholastic activity means an activity between schools subject to regulations of the Arkansas Activities Association that is outside the regular curriculum of the school district, such as an athletic activity, fine arts program, or a special interest group or club.
  3. Each school in the District shall post on its website its schedule of interscholastic activities, including sign-up, tryout, and participation deadlines, at least one semester in advance of those activities. A hard copy of the schedule shall be available upon request.
  4. Home-schooled students whose parents or guardians are legal residents of the school district will be permitted to pursue participation in an interscholastic activity in the student's resident school zone as permitted by this policy. Although not guaranteed participation in an interscholastic activity, home-school students who meet the provisions of this policy, AAA Rules, and applicable Arkansas statutes shall have an equal opportunity to try out and participate in an interscholastic activities without discrimination.The District shall provide a reasonable alternative to any prerequisite for eligibility to participate in an interscholastic activity that the home-schooled student is unable to meet because of his or her enrollment in a home school.
  5. Home-schooled students whose parent or legal guardian are not residents of the school district will be permitted to pursue participation in an interscholastic activity in the District if the superintendent of the student’s resident district and the superintendent of the District both agree in writing to allow the student to participate in interscholastic activities at the District.
  6. To be eligible to tryout and participate in interscholastic activities, the student or the parent of a student shall mail or hand deliver the student's request to participate to the student's school's principal before the signup, tryout or participation deadline established for traditional students. Additionally, the student shall demonstrate academic eligibility by obtaining a minimum test score of the 30th percentile or better in the previous 12 months on the Stanford Achievement Test Series, Tenth Edition; another nationally recognized norm-referenced test; or a minimum score on a test approved by the State Board of Education.
  7. A student who meets the requirements for eligibility to participate in an interscholastic activity is required to register for no more than one course in the District's school where the student is intending to participate in an interscholastic activity.
  8. The student shall regularly attend the class in which the student is registered beginning no later than the eleventh (11th) day of the semester in which the student's interscholastic activity participation is desired. The student must attend the practices for the interscholastic activity to the same extent as is required of traditional students.
  9. A student and the parent or legal guardian of the student shall sign and return an acknowledgement of receipt and review of an information sheet regarding signs and symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest before the student may participate in an athletic activity and before each school year the student participates in an athletic activity
  10. A homeschooled student who has met the try out criteria; and who has been selected to participate in the interscholastic activity shall meet the following criteria that also apply to traditional students enrolled in the school:
  1. standards of behavior and codes of conduct;
  2. attend the practices for the interscholastic activity to the same extent as is required of traditional students;
  3. required drug testing;
  4. permission slips, waivers, physical exams; and
  5. participation or activity fees.
  1. A homeschooled student who is not a resident of the District may begin participating in interscholastic activities:
  1. Immediately upon being approved for participation for all interscholastic activities other than athletic activities; and
  2. One (1) calendar year after being approved to participate in interscholastic activities that are athletic activities unless the approval is prior to July 1 of the school year the student would have been enrolled in seventh (7th) grade if the student were enrolled in public school.
  1. A homeschooled student who is not a resident of the District and is prohibited under this policy from participating in an interscholastic activity that is an athletic activity for one (1) calendar year may immediately participate in rehearsals, tryouts, practices, auditions, classes, or other endeavors associated with the interscholastic activity.
  2. Students who participate in extracurricular or athletic activities under this policy will be transported to and from the interscholastic activities on the same basis as other students are transported.
  3. A student who withdraws from an Arkansas Activities Association member school to be home- schooled shall not participate in an interscholastic activity in the resident school district for a minimum of three hundred sixty-five days after the student withdraws from the member school.

HOMESCHOOLED STUDENTS' LETTER OF INTENT TO PARTICIPATE IN AN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY

Student’s Name (Please Print) _________________________________________________        

Parent or Guardian's Resident Address__________________________________________

Street _____________________________________Apartment  _____________________        

City_________________State________Zip Code______________

Student's date of birth      /    /         Last grade level the student completed   _________        

Student has demonstrated academic eligibility by obtaining a verifiable minimum test score of the 30th percentile or better in the previous 12 months on the Stanford Achievement Test Series, Tenth Edition, or another nationally recognized norm-referenced test approved by the State Board of Education. _______        

Name of test, Date taken, and score achieved _______________________________________________        

Extracurricular activity(ies) the student requests to participate in

Course(s) the student requests to take at the school  ________________________________________        

Proof of identity  _____________________________________________________________________        

Date Submitted       /   /