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 PIEDMONT PUBLIC SCHOOLS STUDENT HANDBOOK

2022-2023

        

Piedmont Public Schools Board of Education

Mrs. Katie Cornman, Ward 2

Email: katie.cornman@piedmontschools.org

Mr. Steven Cox, Ward 4

Email: steven.cox@piedmontschools.org

Mr. Derek Jones, Ward 5

Email: derek.jones@piedmontschools.org

Mr. Greg Duffy, Ward 3 

Email: greg.duffy@piedmontschools.org

Mr. Layne Jones, Ward 1

Email: layne.jones@piedmontschools.org

District Leadership Team

Superintendent, Dr. James White

Email: james.white@piedmontschools.org

Assistant Superintendent, Mr. Shawn Blankenship

Email: shawn.blankenship@piedmontschools.org

Assistant Superintendent, Mrs. Lisa Campbell

Email: lisa.campbell@piedmontschools.org

Exec. Director of Secondary Instruction, Mr. Trinity Johnson

Email: trinity.johnson@piedmontschools.org

Chief Technology Officer, Mr. Tommy Buckner

Email: tommy.buckner@piedmontschools.org

Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer, Mrs. Tammy Kuchera

Email: tammy.kuchera@piedmontschools.org

Director of Athletics & Activities, Mr. Matt Bilyeu

Email: matt.bilyeu@piedmontschools.org

Director of Secondary Curriculum & Instruction, Mrs. Michelle Reeves

Email: michelle.reeves@piedmontschools.org

Director of Elementary Curriculum & Instruction, Ms. Brenda Davis

Email: brenda.davis@piedmontschools.org

Director of Transportation, Mr. Joshua Critchfield

Email: joshua.critchfield@piedmontschools.org

Director of Special Services - Compliance & Development, Mrs. Kiley Rios

Email: kiley.rios@piedmontschools.org

Director of Special Services - Instruction & Engagement, Mrs. Kaitlin Smith

Email: kaitlin.smith@piedmontschools.org

District Contacts & Contact Information

Title IX Civil Rights Compliance Coordinators:

Mrs. Michelle Reeves, michelle.reeves@piedmontschools.org

Mr. Matt Bilyeu, matt.bilyeu@piedmontschools.org

Title VI Native American Student Services Coordinator:

Mr. Shawn Blankenship, shawn.blankenship@piedmontschools.org

Child Find Coordinator, Homeless Student & Foster Student Liaison:

Mrs. Kiley Rios, kiley.rios@piedmontschools.org

Section 24-157 Race AND/OR Sex Discrimination Coordinators:

Lead Coordinator, Mr. Trinity Johnson, trinity.johnson@piedmontschools.org

Deputy Coordinator, Mrs. Michelle Reeves, michelle.reeves@piedmontschools.org

School Site Administrators & Contact Information

Piedmont Early Childhood Center | 405-373-5190

Mrs. Jennifer Carver, Principal | Email: jennifer.carver@piedmontschools.org

Ms. Josie Ham, Assistant Principal | Email: josephine.ham@piedmontschools.org

Mrs. Jenna Smith, Counselor | Email: jenna.smith@piedmontschools.org

Northwood Elementary | 405-373-5151 

Mrs. Jennifer Warner, Principal | Email: jennifer.warner@piedmontschools.org

Mrs. Jayme Knox, Assistant Principal | Email: jayme.knox@piedmontschools.org

Mrs. Kelly Barker, Counselor | Email: kelly.barker@piedmontschools.org

Piedmont Elementary | 405-373-2353 

Mrs. Brandi Skokowski, Principal | Email: brandi.skokowski@piedmontschools.org

Mr. Robert Luttmer, Assistant Principal | Email: robert.luttmer@piedmontschools.org

Mrs. Cathy Adams, Counselor | Email: cathy.adams@piedmontschools.org

Stone Ridge Elementary | 405-373-4227

Mr.Tyler Bodell, Principal | Email: tyler.bodell@piedmontschools.org

Mrs. Jennifer Luttmer, Assistant Principal | Email: jennifer.luttmer@piedmontschools.org

Dr. Erin Nation, Counselor | Email: erin.nation@piedmontschools.org

Piedmont Intermediate | 405-373-5155

Mr. James Keeton, Principal | Email: james.keeton@piedmontschools.org

Ms. Christy Woodson, Assistant Principal | Email: christy.woodson@piedmontschools.org

Mr. Paul Hardaway, Assistant Principal | Email: paul.hardaway@piedmontschools.org

Mrs. Jill Holland, Counselor | Email: jill.holland@piedmontschools.org

Mr. Cody Ferguson, Mental Health Professional | Email: cody.ferguson@piedmontschools.org

Middle School of Piedmont | 405-373-1315

Mrs. Erin Pruitt, Principal | Email: erin.pruitt@piedmontschools.org

Mr. Erik Ford, Assistant Principal | Email: erik.ford@piedmontschools.org

Mr. Aaron Dillard, Assistant Principal | Email: aaron.dillard@piedmontschools.org

Mrs. Cindy Attalla, 8th-Grade Counselor | Email: cindy.attalla@piedmontschools.org

Mrs. Amy Dalton, 7th-Grade Counselor | Email: amy.dalton@piedmontschools.org

Mr. Cody Ferguson, Mental Health Professional | Email: cody.ferguson@piedmontschools.org

Piedmont High School | 405-373-5011

Mr. David Jewell, Principal | Email: david.jewell@piedmontschools.org

Mr. Zac Selph, Assistant Principal | Email: zac.selph@piedmontschools.org

Mrs. Mashon Buckner, Assistant Principal | Email: mashon.buckner@piedmontschools.org

Dr. Matt Cook, Assistant Principal | Email: matthew.cook@piedmontschools.org

Mrs. Brandi Bird, A-G Counselor | Email: brandi.bird@piedmontschools.org

Mrs. Rachel Hacker, H-Pg Counselor | Email: rachel.hacker@piedmontschools.org

Mrs. Judie Meier, Ph-Z Counselor | Email: judie.meier@piedmontschools.org

Mr. Jake O’Bannon, Behavioral Health Professional | Email: jacob.obannon@piedmontschools.org

School Site Health & Wellness Committee Representatives

PPS District Coordinator | Mrs.Lisa Campbell, Email: lisa.campbell@piedmontschools.org

Piedmont Early Childhood Center | Mrs. Cindy Lacefield, Email: cindy.lacefield@piedmontschools.org

Northwood Elementary | Mr. Matt Francis, Email: matt.francis@piedmontschools.org

Piedmont Elementary | Mrs. McKenzie Miller, Email: alisha.miller@piedmontschools.org

Stone Ridge Elementary | Mr. Riley DeLong, Email: riley.delong@piedmontschools.org

Piedmont Intermediate | Mrs. Toshia Riddle, Email: toshia.riddle@piedmontschools.org

Middle School of Piedmont | Mr. Dayton Whiteman, Email: dayton.whiteman@piedmontschools.org

Piedmont High School | Mrs. Emily Johnson, Email: emily.johnson@piedmontschools.org

Enrollment Requirements

Eligibility:

Requirements:

AND

Parents unable to provide proof of residence because they are currently residing with a friend or relative on a temporary or permanent basis will be required to complete a Residency Affidavit. Residency Affidavits are available at the Piedmont Schools Administration Building. An appointment is required and both the parent/guardian and homeowner/lessee must be in attendance. Call 373-2311 for more information.

Immunization Requirements

Age

Required Immunizations

Additional Information

5th and 6th Grade

*5 DTaP

2 MMR

1 Varicella

**4 IPV

2 Hep A

3 Hep B

*If the 4th dose of DTaP is administered on or after the child’s 4th birthday, then the 5th dose of DTaP is not required.

**If the 3rd dose of IPV is administered on or after the child's 4th birthday and at least six months from the previous dose, then the 4th dose of IPV is not required.

***Students 11 through 15 years of age who have not received Hep B vaccine may receive a 2 dose series of Merck® Adult Hepatitis B vaccine to comply with this requirement. All other children (younger or older) must receive 3 doses of pediatric hepatitis B vaccine.

7th through 12th Grade

1 Tdap

*5 DTaP

2 MMR

1 Varicella

**4 IPV

2 Hep A

***3 Hep B

Directory Information

The school district designates the following personally identifiable information as “directory information”:

 

Directory information can be released by the district or posted on the school district’s website. If a parent wants to prohibit the release of directory information, the school must be notified in writing by September 4th. If the release of directory information is prohibited, the student’s information cannot be sent to the newspaper for awards or be in the yearbook.

Permanent Records

A student’s permanent record is of utmost importance. We take every precaution to safeguard it. The permanent record contains:

Custody Concerns

It is the policy of the Piedmont School Board of Education that a parent who is awarded legal custody of a child by court action must file a copy of the court decree awarding such custody with the school before it can be enforced.

 

Absent a court decree to the contrary, both natural parents have the right to view the student’s school records, receive school progress reports, participate in parent/teacher conferences, and check the child in or out of school. For the safety of the child, disputes concerning the release of a student will result in notification of local law enforcement. The student(s) will not be released to any party until law enforcement resolves the dispute.

Request by Non-Custodial Parent for Records

It is common for the school to receive requests from non-custodial parents for copies of report cards, standardized test results, and attendance records. State law allows for this provision providing no legal documentation to withhold such information on file. Court documents revoking parental rights must be on file at the school or requests for records will be granted to non-custodial parents. Parents requesting documents will furnish stamped self-addressed envelopes for items to be mailed and can be charged .25 per page for copies.

Schedule Changes

PI: Students desiring to make changes in their class schedule should make their request at the counselor’s office. If a change is approved, the student will be given instructions for making the necessary change. No changes in schedules may be made after the first week of each semester, except with the approval of the principal.

MSP: Students desiring to drop a course or make some other change in their class schedule should make their request at the counselor's office. If a change is desired, the student will be given instructions for making the necessary change in the schedule. No Changes in schedules may be made after the first week of each semester, except with the approval of the principal.

PHS: Students desiring to drop a course or make some other change in their class schedule should make their request at the counselor's office. If a change is desired, the student will be given instructions for making the necessary change in the schedule. No changes in schedule may be made after the second week of school except at the request of the teacher or the counselor and with the approval of the principal. **

*IMPORTANT* Schedule changes are made on a case by case basis with administrator discretion. Class sizes, openings, test scores, and grades will all factor into decisions on a schedule change.

Homework

Elementary Students

Homework may consist of school work that was not finished during the school day, or it may include specifically designed tasks to do at home, designed to reinforce skills and concepts covered at school. Reading with your child is recommended on a daily basis. The amount of homework a student has varies with the individual. Parents can help with homework by providing the right atmosphere for study:

Grading Scale

Pre-Kindergarten through Fourth Grade utilize a Standards-Based Grading System:

A Standard-based report card highlights the skills a student should master in his/her grade level. Instead of a single overall percentage grade, this type of evaluation breaks down the subject matter into smaller “learning targets.” Each target is a teachable concept that students should master by the end of the course. Throughout the term, student learning on each target is recorded. Teachers track student progress, give appropriate feedback, and adapt instruction to meet student needs. Parents and students have a clear understanding of student progress. Together-- teachers, students, and parents, can work to address challenges and provide support.

A number of 3 reflects mastery of a certain learning target. A 3 is the goal number for every student.

Grading Scale Continued

Fifth through Twelfth Grade utilize a traditional grading system:

Performance

Letter Grade

Range

Superior

A

90-100

Above Average

B

80-89

Average

C

70-79

Below Average

D

60-69

Failing

F

Below 60

Zero Policy

Piedmont Public Schools strives to ensure that all students experience academic success. As a result, the goal of student work is to monitor student progress toward meeting established learning goals and academic objectives. Grades should reflect the degree to which students are meeting those goals and objectives. The classroom teacher should notify the parent immediately if the student is failing the class.

Gradebook-- Secondary

• All teachers will put a ‘1’ (one) in the grade book for each assignment that was not turned in on time and the student still has the opportunity to make the assignment up for 100% credit.

• Students will be assigned ZAP for any assignment that is not turned in. ZAP does not apply to in-class assignments due on the same day, at the end of the hour. Parents are notified their student is assigned ZAP via text/email through the ICU notification system.

PI/MS: Students will have until the unit assessment to turn in the assignment for full credit. Teachers will change to the appropriate grade when the student turns in the late assignment. If they do not turn in the assigned work by the time of the unit assessment, the teacher will change the grade to a zero which will signify that the assignment cannot be turned in for any credit. 

PHS: Students will have until the following Monday to turn in the assignment for full credit. Teachers will change to the appropriate grade when the student turns in the late assignment. If they do not turn in the assigned work within the Monday-Monday time frame, the teacher will change the grade to a zero which will signify that the assignment cannot be turned in for any credit.

Parent Computer Access to Student Grades

Parents of students in grades 3-12 will be provided with login information to access their child’s grades online through our PowerSchool student accounting system. This program allows parents to view live grading data entered by the teacher in all subject areas. Parents have the option to sign up for the automatic daily or weekly progress reports emailed to the email address of their choice.

Progress Reports / Report Cards

At the midpoint of each grading period, progress reports are given in grades first through sixth to inform parents of the student’s progress. Report cards are sent home at the end of each 9-week grading period for grades Pre-K through grade 6. Parents are requested to sign and return the report to their student’s teacher. Parents of Middle School and High School students can access student grades via the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Parents are encouraged to contact the teacher at any time to check on their child’s progress.

Clubs and Leadership Opportunities

Numerous clubs and organizations are offered at each school. Please see your schools webpage for a complete list of these offerings.

Students who participate in afterschool clubs and programs must be picked up promptly. Prior arrangements must be made for pick up.

Parent Engagement

The board of education, in consultation with parents, teachers, and administrators, has developed and adopted this policy to promote and encourage the involvement of parents and guardians of children within the school district. Parent participation in the schools is encouraged to improve parent/teacher cooperation in such areas as homework, attendance, and discipline. At the beginning of each school year, each teacher shall provide parents with contact information so the parent has the opportunity to contact the teacher or administration to address concerns related to homework, attendance and discipline.

Conferences

Two Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled throughout the school year. Other conferences may be scheduled throughout the year to discuss any teacher or parent concerns or questions.

Counseling Services

Each school has a counselor serving as a support person in partnership with all students, staff, and parents to help every child have a successful and positive school experience. As part of the counseling program, classroom guidance lessons are offered on a rotating schedule. Topics that are taught include bullying prevention, peer pressure, career exploration and study skills. Counselors also see students individually and in small groups.

As the need for support for student mental health grows, Piedmont Public Schools has hired two Behavioral Health Professionals. The role of this individual is to help the student navigate difficult situations and to connect students and families to outside resources to improve mental health.

Student Placement

A team of school professionals will carefully place students in classes. This team considers a variety of factors when placing each child, including: learning strengths, learning needs, special programs, relationships between students, general behavior strengths or difficulties, and special physical requirements. The team’s goal is to create a balanced classroom mix of children with different needs and strengths, which will best serve each child. Parent concerns regarding placement must be submitted in writing to the principal. Piedmont Public Schools adheres to the requirements of the Reading Sufficiency Legislation, which requires third grade students to demonstrate reading proficiency at grade level. Fourth grade students who are new to Piedmont Public Schools must have documented evidence of grade level reading proficiency as measured by the state assessment or district approved alternative assessment.

Classroom Placement Change

From time to time it may become necessary to move a child to a different classroom. A decision as to whether to change placement will only be made by the principal after every effort has been made to resolve the problem. Consideration will not be given until a series of meetings is held between the parent, teacher and principal and a specific action plan is developed and implemented.

Special Student Concerns

Parents must inform teacher(s), nurse, and/or the counselor at the beginning of the school year, or as the need arises, of any particular problem which their child has, such as asthmatic condition, need for frequent restroom breaks, a heart condition, food allergies, anxiety or emotional difficulties, changes in family dynamics and other special needs of which teachers need to be made aware.

Withdrawal from School

If you plan to withdraw your child from school, please notify the office one (1) week prior to withdrawal. All state and school-owned textbooks, technology including but not limited to Chrome Books or tablets, library books, and lunch funds must be cleared before a school release form can be obtained. Withdrawal procedures must be completed at the District Administration Enrollment Center, 615 Edmond Rd NW or by emailing your request to enrollment@piedmontschools.org.

Wildcat Wake-Up

Each elementary school hosts Wildcat Wakeup assemblies. Students are recognized for special achievements and efforts. Announcements, presentations by individual students, classes or special guests are given. Parents may send a brief note or email to the principal describing a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place award (not honorable mention or participation awards) that their child has received at an outside activity such as sports, dance, piano, etc. Contact your school principal for more information.

Early Childhood and Elementary Celebrations

Class Parties

Each elementary school will have class parties three times during the school year. Homeroom parent coordinators work with the teacher and parents to ensure an enjoyable environment for students.

Party Invitations

Party invitations may be handed out at school, provided that every child in the class receives one.

Birthday Treats

Parents are welcome to provide a treat to share with the class for their child’s birthday -- non-food items are encouraged (stickers, stamps, erasers, pencils, etc). Kindly consider any special food allergies involving any student in the class when selecting treats. Individual servings, plates and/or napkins, are required for food treats. The treat will be dropped off at the office. The teacher will be notified and will share the treats with the children at the time of day they deem best. *Only store-bought, packaged items with the ingredients listed are allowed.

Emergency Health Plan

A. Student becomes ill - non-emergency:

1. Student reports to office

2. Office attempts to notify a parent

a. Parent contacted and advises action to be taken

b. Parent not available - student rests with supervision until a parent is contacted.

B. Student becomes ill - emergency:

1. First aid rendered immediately

2. 9-1-1 is called, when appropriate.

3. Office is notified

4. Attempt is made to contact a parent

a. Parent contacted, advises action to be taken,

b. Parent unavailable, emergency aid obtained in accordance with the information given on enrollment sheet

c. Parents unavailable and no emergency information entered on the enrollment sheet, aid will be obtained at the nearest appropriate facility.

In all cases of emergency, a school employee shall be designated to accompany the student if a parent is not available.

Health and Hygiene

Students with fever or vomiting should not be sent to school; students with fever or vomiting will be sent home. A student needs to be fever and vomit free for 24 hours before returning to school. 

Students with infectious diseases such as chicken pox, impetigo, measles, mumps, conjunctivitis (pink eye), etc. should not return to school until they are no longer contagious. The district School Nurse will have final authority on judgment as to whether a student will be sent home due to illness.

COVID-19

Individuals with a positive test or who are showing symptoms after being in close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual are required to quarantine for 5 days from the start of symptoms or from the date of the positive test. The first day is day 0. These individuals may return to school on day 6 as long as symptoms are improving and they are fever free for 24 hours without medication.

These students should be marked DVP and should work from home via Schoology/Seesaw/Clever. To be marked DVP, proof of the COVID positive diagnosis is required. This can be a photo of an at-home test or results from your doctor's office.

**We do not require students/staff to quarantine due only to exposure.**

Students recovering from DOCUMENTED (by a physician/provider) significant illness/surgery should be marked DVP and should access assignments via Schoology/Seesaw/Clever.

Students with DOCUMENTED (by a physician/provider) short-term illness will be marked DA (documented absence). If the absence exceeds three days, the student will be marked DVP for days 4+. The documentation should include a release/return date.

If a student is sent home due to illness, he/she should be marked DA, because the school required the student to go home.

Students may NOT be marked DVP for vacations and trips.

Head Lice

Oklahoma State Law requires that students be examined by a health professional (i.e., your doctor, school nurse, or health department professional) and documented to be free of lice before returning to school. Free of lice means no nits and no dead/live lice. Students are encouraged to form good health habits of using only their own comb or brush and not wearing head garments belonging to someone else.

 

Meningococcal Meningitis

Oklahoma State Law requires school districts to provide information about the health risk of Meningococcal Meningitis to parents and guardians of students. Please review the information regarding the virus on our website.

Allergy Aware

The Piedmont School District’s Allergy Awareness District Policy (Review Board Policies in full on our website) provides guidelines to create a balanced, low-risk environment where all schools are “allergy aware”, but not nut-free. Each school site takes every precaution to ensure students with nut allergies can participate and feel included, without the threat of allergens. All schools, Pre-K through sixth grade, only serve nut-free items through the cafeteria line. Secondary schools do not have open peanut butter containers or peanut oils in school kitchens. In addition, schools provide nut-free lunch tables for students who need them. These tables welcome all students with “tray” lunches, so that nut allergic students do not feel isolated. In addition, only store-bought, sealed items with nutritional information provided may be brought to share with classmates for celebrations.

Administering Medication to Students

All medicine, prescription and non-prescription, is to be administered by the school nurse, site principal or his/her designee. (Any person designated to administer medicine must be a school employee.)

 

If a child is required by a physician to take medication during school hours and the parent or guardian cannot be at school to administer the medication, the medication will be administered as follows:

 

Prescription Medication

 1. Prescription medication must be in the original container labeled with the following:

2. Sample drugs must be accompanied by a parent’s written order and contain all the information described in number 1.

3. A written authorization and instructions from the parent or guardian must accompany all over the counter medicines sent to school. These meds will only be given as directed by the manufacturer’s label.

4. All medicines must be brought to the school office by a parent.

5. Any medicine carried by a student during the school day must be accompanied by a note from the parent or guardian and the physician stating that it is necessary for the medicine to remain with the student at all times.

6. Send only ONE month’s supply of medication.

 

Emergency Self-Administration of Medicine

Self-administration of inhaled asthma medication by a student for treatment of asthma is permitted with written parental authorization and a statement from the physician treating the student that the student is capable of and has been instructed in the proper method of self-administration of medicine. There is a school form for this documentation that is effective for one school year. The parent must provide the school with an emergency supply of the student’s medication for the office along with the one that the student may possess. (Review Board Policies in full on our website)

Medical Marijuana

Students whose medical condition requires the use of medical marijuana are allowed to access and utilize marijuana in accordance with state law. School personnel are not legally permitted to administer medical marijuana to students. The district will provide a private location for a caregiver to administer medical marijuana to students at school. Oklahoma law limits who may act as a caregiver and any caregiver will have a medical marijuana license designating them to act on behalf of a student. The caregiver is responsible for bringing the medical marijuana to the qualifying student and promptly removing the medical marijuana from the premises after consumption or use. Upon arriving at school, the caregiver will follow district protocol with regard to check in and departure. There will be no smoking on school premises of any substance 24/7 in accordance with the state’s no smoking act. At no time will marijuana be grown or stored on school premises.

(Review Board Policies in full on our website)

Building Guidelines

  1. Students may not have visitors during the school day without authorization by the school office.
  2. All visitors must report to the school office. Juveniles not enrolled in Piedmont Schools will not be allowed to visit classes.
  3. Each student must respect the rights, property and safety of others.
  4. Proper conduct in the halls is required.
  5. Public displays of affection are not permitted.
  6. Students may not sit on the floor, tables, or counters in the halls or foyers.
  7. We have closed parking lots. No student is allowed to visit cars without permission from the teacher or the office.
  8. Students are not allowed on school property after school hours without proper supervision.

Visitors

All outside doors and classrooms will remain locked throughout the day. Visitors must enter through the main entrance at all school sites. It is protocol for every guest to utilize the School Safe ID system. In order to access the system, a valid ID is required.

Closed Campus: PHS Only

Piedmont Schools does not allow students to leave campus during normal school hours unless checked out by a parent, or those persons authorized by the parent on the enrollment card, through the office. Students may only be checked out to leave campus with a sibling (who is also a student) when the parent is present.

Authorized locations for students on the school grounds -- No students are authorized to be at any school other than their own, unless they have obtained permission from the principal of their school.

Severe Weather School Closing

In case of severe weather, snow, or low temperatures, the official announcement for school closing will be made by district-wide telephone call. Closings may be heard over the radio, television stations, and/or social media. Please consult local stations after 6:00 a.m. for this announcement.

Disaster Plan

Parents may pick up their children during a threat of an impending disaster, (i.e. tornado warning) after they have notified the office they are picking up their child. In case of a threat of an impending disaster at the close of the school day, students, as well as personnel, will not be dismissed until the danger has passed. Students are not released when sirens are sounding.

Emergency Evacuation

In the event a disaster occurs and the building should become unusable as determined by the administration, arrangements have been made for teachers and students to walk or be bused to an alternative site. Information concerning where students can be picked up will be sent out through the school messenger, e-mail, and posted to the website. Authorities will also be at the main site to provide directions.

Regular bus schedules will be followed or parents may pick up their children at the alternate site. Be prepared to have to sign your student(s) out. Students will only be released to the parent/guardian in emergency situations.

Emergency Drills

Emergency drills such as Tornado, Fire, Lock Down, Intruder, etc. are practiced routinely in accordance with the Oklahoma State Department of Education regulations.

Asbestos Report

All asbestos reports have been completed and filed with the Oklahoma State Department of Health. All copies of these reports are kept on file at the District Administration Office. All reported asbestos has been found to be in excellent condition. Piedmont Public Schools contain no friable asbestos. 

Water Supply

All tests for lead in the water supply have been performed and documented with the Oklahoma State Department of Health. All test results have been filed at the District Administration Office. Testing of lead in the water at Piedmont Public Schools has indicated negative results.

Surveillance Cameras

Piedmont Public Schools are under 24 hour surveillance. The cameras are designed for administrator use only to help with discipline situations, vandalism, and security of the building. Cameras are also in use on school buses.

Field Trips

Students must have permission from parents to go on all school trips. Permission may be given on pre-registration/enrollment consent form or by express permission for specific field trip. All students must ride the bus to the field trip location and should return to school on the bus unless checked out by a parent at the field trip location. Many times field trips require extra adult supervision; therefore, no preschool children are allowed to accompany parents on school sponsored trips. All adult sponsors are required to have background checks before attending the trip. 

Money Brought to School

All money brought to school should be in a sealed envelope with the child’s first and last name and purpose for which it is sent clearly marked on the outside.

Toys

Toys should not be brought to school as they are not conducive to the educational process. The school will not be responsible for any personal items brought to school.

Lost and Found

The school will maintain a lost and found area throughout the school year. Any unclaimed items will be donated to charity at the end of each quarter.

Pets

Due to allergy concerns, and the risk to student safety, pets will not be allowed at school.

Textbooks

Our school furnishes all state-adopted books. All textbooks issued are the student's responsibility. Students must pay or make arrangements for lost or damaged books PRIOR to the release of any school record.

Lockers

Limited lockers may be assigned to students upon request. Students may not exchange lockers. Lockers should be kept neat and clean at all times and doors should be closed quietly. A student has full responsibility of the security of the locker and is responsible for making certain that it is locked and the combination is not available to others. Lockers are the property of the school and may be inspected at any time. No items should be placed on the outside of the locker. No stickers are allowed inside or outside the locker.

Hall Passes

Every student is required to ask and follow the teacher’s procedure for leaving class. No student may leave the classroom without permission of the teacher. All students should be where they are scheduled to be during the school day. Otherwise, students will need a permit from the teacher or office to account for presence elsewhere.

MSP/PHS: Hall passes are not permissible the first 10 minutes and/or the last 10 minutes of the class period.

Cafeteria and Lunch Cards

Our cafeteria will be in operation for student use and benefit. All meals, whether you bring your lunch or buy it, shall be eaten in the cafeteria. No drinks or food will be eaten elsewhere in school, in the gym, or on the grounds unless specified by the Principal.

Lunch Cards/IDs

PI: It is the student's responsibility to keep up with his/her ID. It is not permissible for students to use lunch cards other than their own.

MSP/HS: Students will scan their ID at the lunch kiosk. It is not permissible for students to use a student number other than their own.

The School District offers nutritious school meals to students at a minimal cost. In order to avoid adversely affecting the school lunch program financially, the School Board establishes a policy regarding the charging of school lunches. Negative student balances affect the ability of the lunch program to operate in a fiscally responsible manner.

The District discourages the charging of student lunches. Students that have charged meals shall not exceed $25.00 in unpaid charges. Charging is not allowed at our high school campus. Only standard meals may be charged, no a la carte items. (Review Board Policies in full on our website)

National School Lunch Program

The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946.

A new application must be completed each year to receive free or reduced meal benefits. To ensure that each and every Piedmont Schools family has the opportunity to apply for assistance with school breakfast and lunch, the link for completing an application is provided below:

Cafeteria Expectations

In order to have a pleasant situation while eating, we suggest that students act with a courteous manner at all times:

Transportation

Bus Procedures, Information and Rules

Piedmont Schools provides modern, safe transportation to and from school and home for students in our school district. Students may only ride to their home. PPS does not transport to places of business. Students may not ride home with friends. 

IMPORTANT: A parent or responsible individual must be present to receive a Piedmont Early Childhood Center (PK-K) student at his or her bus stop.

In order to provide for the safety of all students, certain rules and regulations must be followed on a daily basis. If conditions warrant, administrative staff will modify, add or delete rules as needed. Call 373-2311 with questions and concerns regarding bus transportation.

 

Bus Tardies & Absences

No penalty shall be assessed against a student if:

In cases where the school bus does not make its run for the day, the students shall be required to make up the work missed and shall receive full credit for the made-up work. The student shall have one day to make up the work each day missed.

In cases where a student fails to catch the school bus or does not ride the bus when it makes its regular run, the conditions governing “Excused” and “Unexcused” absences shall apply.

 

Bus Rider Rules & Expectations

Riding a school bus is a privilege. This privilege may be removed for not abiding by the bus rider rules for short or long-term based on the students actions or behaviors or the number of student offenses. Typically, students will be granted two warnings for not following the rules on the bus. The third offense will result in loss of bus riding privileges.

Bus Rider Rules & Expectations

Prior to loading, students must:

 

While on the bus, students must:

 

After leaving the bus, students must:

Vehicle Regulations: PHS Only

Students who are qualified may drive to school with no responsibility assumed by the school. In order to retain the privilege of operating/having a vehicle on campus; students will be expected to abide by the following:

Social Media

Piedmont Public Schools utilizes social media to provide information, showcase students and staff, and engage the school community. Our practice is to allow comments and reactions as long as they do not include obscene, defamatory, profane, libelous, threatening, harassing, abusive, hateful language or content that is embarrassing to another person or entity. This includes, but is not limited to, comments regarding Piedmont Public Schools, our employees, partners, students, teachers, parents, staff, and administrators. We do not allow personal attacks on employees, authors, parents, vendors, or stakeholders.

The district and school sites have Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts. Pictures and information about school events and instructional activities will be posted on these accounts. Parents MUST notify the school in writing if they have an objection to their child’s picture or video being posted through class, school, and district social media accounts.

Collections of Funds and Sales

No person may solicit, collect refunds, or offer to sell any item on school property without permission of the administration.

Physical Education

Students participating in physical education units in the gymnasium will be required to wear clean, rubber-soled tennis shoes. Any other type of shoe is not appropriate for PE.

Safe School Environment Responsibility

STOPit is a mobile app that empowers any student to anonymously report school safety issues. Students can reach out for help if they or a peer are facing a personal crisis or experiencing situations such as bullying, theft, mental health concerns, violence, sexual harassment, substance abuse, or any other student safety concern. This app is available to students 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The STOPit app has two important features:

No student information is needed to use STOPit. The only way personally identifiable information will be accessible through STOPit is if a student voluntarily includes it within the content of a report or message. Each Piedmont school site has a unique code for students to enter to ensure their anonymous report is instantly delivered to the appropriate school administrators.

Students are the most important first responders of school safety, as they are the eyes and ears of what is happening before, during, and after school. Offering this communication tool enhances school safety and gives Wildcats a voice when it may be difficult to speak up. Each of our sites has a designated STOPit account. Simply visit their website or download the app and search for your organization or enter the access code.

Sites and Access Codes:

Piedmont ECC

Northwood

Elementary

Piedmont Elementary

Stone Ridge Elementary

Piedmont Intermediate

Middle School

Piedmont High School

ECC73078

NW73078

ES73078

SR73078

PI73078

MSP73078

PHS73078

Felony Statement

Making a verbal or written threat joking or not joking about creating physical harm towards individuals or property, real or personal is considered a felony by state statutes. All threats (by students,staff or others) must be reported to law enforcement. Additional consequences could be given by administrators.

Dress Code

The intent of these guidelines is to encourage the student to develop pride in schools and pride in self.  Choosing to dress appropriately while attending Piedmont Schools and representing Piedmont Schools is a positive reflection of our beliefs. Apparel worn at school will be chosen to reflect good taste, modesty, and respect for yourself and others in our school. The administrator’s decision is final. 

 

Avoid, from the following examples of inappropriate apparel:

Telecommunications/Electronic Device Policy

The expectation is that electronic devices such as cell phones, ipads, smart watches, etc. may not be used during class time (bell to bell). Telecommunications and electronic devices are allowed before school and at lunch.

(Review Board Policies in full on our website)

 

24/7 Tobacco/Vape Free Environment Policy

The Piedmont Board of Education understands the concern of parents, educators, students, and community members regarding the adverse effects of tobacco and second-hand smoke. We want to provide a safe and healthy environment for our students, staff, and community and set the proper example for our students. Therefore, tobacco in any form will not be used by anyone, anywhere, anytime (including non-school hours and days) on school grounds, property, vehicles and during any school sponsored functions held off campus. This policy is intended to improve the health and safety of all individuals using the schools.

 

“Tobacco” is defined as cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco and all other kinds and forms of tobacco prepared in such a manner to be suitable for chewing, smoking or both, and includes e-cigarettes/ vaping devices or any other product packaged for smoking or the simulation of smoking.

 

This regulation applies to employees of the school district, students, and visitors. This regulation also applies to all public school functions (ball games, concerts, etc.) and any outside agency using the district’s facilities, including stadiums. This regulation is in effect 24 hours per day, seven days per week. (Review Board Policies in full on our website)

Alcohol, Tobacco, and/or Drug Abuse

Alcohol, Tobacco, and/or drug abuse shall be defined as sale, distribution, possession, use and/or appearing to be under the influence while under the supervision of the school or it attendance at any school related function, of any intoxicating beverages, alcohol, controlled dangerous substance or any compound, liquid, chemical, narcotic, drug, vegetable or other substance which: (1) Contains ketone, aldehydes, organic acetones, ether, chlorinated hydrocarbons (e.g., gasoline, glue, fingernail polish, etc.) or some other solvent releasing toxic vapors, or ammonium sulfide, or (2) Causes or can cause conditions of intoxication, inebriation, excitement, elation, stupefaction, paralysis, irrationality, dulling of the brain or nervous system or otherwise changes, distorts or disturbs the eyesight, thinking process, judgment, balance or coordination of any individual. (3) Any substance, which is represented to be drugs (4) Any violation of the above policy is subject to a long-term suspension (10 days or longer).

The long term suspension will run continuously and will carry over from semester to the next or from one school year to the next school year. All long term suspensions must follow the policies set forth in regards to assignments and exams and are not allowed to attend any school function for the duration of the suspension. Students may appeal the long term suspension and must follow the appeal procedures set forth in the student handbook. (Review Board Policies in full on our website)

*Please note: Possession of paraphernalia or being under the influence may result in a minimum of a 45 day suspension. Distribution of tobacco, alcohol and/or drugs may result in a minimum of a 180 day suspension.

Activity Student Drug Testing Policy

Participation in school-sponsored interscholastic extracurricular activities at the Piedmont Public School District is a privilege. Students who participate in these activities are respected by the student body and are representing the school district and the community. Accordingly, students in extracurricular activities carry a responsibility to themselves, their fellow students, their parents and their school to set the highest possible examples of conduct, sportsmanship, and training, which includes avoiding the use or possession of illegal drugs.

Each activity student shall be provided with a copy of the “Student Drug Testing Consent Form” through the RankOne athletics platform which shall be read, signed and dated by the student, parent or custodial guardian and coach/sponsor before such student shall be eligible to practice or participate in any extra-curricular activities. The consent requires the activity student to provide a urine sample when the activity student is selected by the random selection basis to provide a urine sample and at any time when there is reasonable suspicion to test for illegal drugs. (Review Board Policies in full on our website)

A participating student, who refuses to submit to a drug test authorized under this policy, shall not be eligible to participate in any activities covered under this policy including all meetings, practices, performances and competitions for the remainder of the school year or eighty-eight (88) school days whichever is the longer. Additionally, such students shall not be considered for any interscholastic activity honors or awards given by the school. (Review Board Policies in full on our website)

Weapons

It is the policy of the Piedmont Board of Education that possession of dan­gerous instruments or weapons on school property, at school-spon­sored functions, or while in any school bus or vehicle used by the school for transportation of students or teachers is forbidden. Dangerous instruments or weapons include, but are not limited to, firearms (guns), fire-works, explosives, knives, razors, clubs, chains, turnkey or imitation weapons, or other instruments used for assault or injury. No one may use any article as a weapon to threaten or injure another person. Students found to be in violation of this policy will be suspended up to 365 days and law enforcement will be notified. (Review Board Policies in full on our website)

Student Detention

Rules for detention are as follows:

 

Student Searches

Piedmont Public Schools reserves the right to search lockers, backpacks, vehicles, cell phone contents, and individuals if reasonable suspicion exists that endangers the health, welfare, and safety of the student themselves, or other students and staff at Piedmont Public Schools. (Review Board Policies in full on our website)

Discipline

The Piedmont Board of Education believes that the school's primary goal is to educate, not to discipline. However, education includes establishing norms of social behavior and assisting students in understanding and attaining those norms. Occasionally, corrective actions are nec­es­sary for the benefit of the individual and the school. The teacher in a public school has the same rights as a parent or guardian to control and discipline a child while the child is in attend­ance, in transit to or from school, or partici­pating in any authorized school function. Further, it is the policy of the district that students may be disciplined for any misconduct related to the programs or activities of the district. No teacher or adminis­trator will administer formal discipline to his or her own child on behalf of the school except in cases of disruption in the classroom or common areas. Disciplinary matters concerning chil­dren of school employees will be handled by the appropriate principal or the superintendent or the superintendent's designee. The superintendent’s child will be disciplined by someone other than the superintendent.

 

Each student shall be treated in a fair and equitable manner. Disciplinary action will be based on a careful assess­ment of the circumstances surrounding each infraction. The following are some examples of these circumstances:

Standards of behavior for all members of society are generally a matter of common sense. The following examples of behavior are not acceptable in society generally, and in a school environment particularly. The involvement of a student in the kind of behavior listed below will generally require remedial or corrective action. These examples are not intended to be exhaustive and the exclusion or omission of unacceptable behavior is not an endorsement or acceptance of such behavior. When, in the judgment of a teacher or administrator, a student is involved or has been involved in unacceptable behavior, appropriate remedial or corrective action will be taken.

In considering alternatives of corrective actions, the faculty/administration of the school district will consider those listed below. However, the school is not limited to these alternative methods, nor does this list reflect an order or sequence of events to follow in disciplinary actions. The board of education will rely upon the judgment and discretion of the administrator to determine the appropriate remedial or corrective action in each instance.

(Review Board Policies in full on our website)

ALL FORMS OF CONSEQUENCE SHALL BE ADMINISTERED ACCORDING TO THE SEVERITY OF THE OFFENSE. DISCIPLINE SHOULD BE PROGRESSIVE IN NATURE.

Bullying, Harassment or Intimidation

It is the policy of this school district that threatening behavior, harassment, intimidation, and bullying of students by other students, personnel, or the public will not be tolerated. Students are expected to be civil, polite, and fully engaged in the learning process. Students who act inappropriately are not fully engaged in the learning process. This policy is in effect while the students are on school grounds, in school vehicles, at designated bus stops, at school-sponsored activities, or at school-sanctioned events, and while away from school grounds if the misconduct directly affects the good order, efficient management, and welfare of the school district. Threatening behavior, harassment, intimidation, and bullying of students by electronic communication is prohibited whether or not such communication originated at school or with school equipment, if the communication is specifically directed at students or school personnel and concerns harassment, intimidation, or bullying at school. The school district is not required to provide educational services in the regular school setting to any student who has been removed from a public school or private school in Oklahoma or another state by administrative or judicial process for an act of using electronic communication with the intent to terrify, intimidate or harass, or threaten to inflict injury or physical harm to faculty or students.

Harassment is intimidation by threats of or actual physical violence; the creation by whatever means of a climate of hostility or intimidation; or the use of language, conduct, or symbols in such manner as to be commonly understood to convey hatred, contempt, or prejudice or to have the effect of insulting or stigmatizing an individual. Harassment includes but is not limited to harassment on the basis of race, sex, creed, color, national origin, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

As used in the School Bullying Prevention Act, "harassment, intimidation, and bullying" means any, written or verbal expression, electronic communication or physical act that a reasonable person should know will harm another student, damage another student's property, place another student in reasonable fear of harm to the student's person or damage to the student's property, or insult or demean any student or group of students in such a way as to disrupt or interfere with the school's educational mission or the education of any student. Harassment, intimidation, and bullying are repeated, intentional behaviors which include, but are not limited to, gestures or written, verbal, or physical acts, or electronic communications. Such behavior is specifically prohibited.

In administering discipline, consideration will be given to alternative methods of punishment to ensure that the most effective discipline is administered in each case. In all disciplinary action, teachers and administrators will be mindful of the fact that they are dealing with individual personalities. The faculty may consider consultation with parents to determine the most effective disciplinary measure.

In considering alternatives of corrective actions, the faculty/administration of the school district will consider those listed below. However, the school is not limited to these alternative methods, nor does this list reflect an order or sequence of events to follow in disciplinary actions. The board of education will rely upon the judgment and discretion of the administrator to determine the appropriate remedial or corrective action in each instance.

1. Conference with student

2. Conference with parents

3. In-school suspension

4. Detention

5. Referral to counselor

6. Behavioral contract

7. Changing student's seat assignment or class assignment

8. Requiring a student to make financial restitution for damaged property 9. Requiring a student to clean or straighten items or facilities damaged by the student's behavior

10. Restriction of privileges

11. Involvement of local authorities

12. Referring student to appropriate social agency

13. Suspension

14. Performing Campus-site services for the school district

15. Other appropriate disciplinary action as required and as indicated by the circumstances which may include, but is not limited to, removal from eligibility to participate or attend extracurricular activities as well as removal from the privilege of attending or participating in the graduation ceremony, school dances, prom, prom activities and/or class trips.

Harassment set forth above may include, but is not limited to, the following:

1. Verbal, physical, or written harassment or abuse;

2. Repeated remarks of a demeaning nature;

3. Implied or explicit threats concerning one’s grades, achievements, etc.;

4. Demeaning jokes, stories, or activities directed at the student;

5. Unwelcome physical contact.

The superintendent, or designee, shall develop procedures providing for: 1. Prompt investigation of allegations of harassment;

2. The expeditious correction of the conditions causing such harassment; 3. Establishment of adequate measures to provide confidentiality in the complaint process;

4. Initiation of appropriate corrective actions;

5. Identification and enactment of methods to prevent reoccurrence of the harassment; and

6. A process where the provisions of this policy are disseminated in writing annually to all staff and students. A copy of this policy will be furnished to each student and teacher in this school district.

REFERENCE: 21 O.S. §850.0 70 O.S. §24-100.2

Racism

Racial discrimination including racial slurs or other demeaning remarks concerning another person's race, ancestry, or country of origin is not tolerated at Piedmont Public Schools.

We, as administrators and educators at Piedmont Schools, strongly feel we have the responsibility to ensure all students have an equal opportunity to quality education, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, or life experiences.

When, in the judgment of a teacher or administrator, a student is involved or has been involved in racial discrimination, the student may be suspended from school. Corrective action will be taken, including a meeting with a PPS behavioral health professional or guidance counselor, and a meeting with the site administrator and the parent or guardian of the student.

Sexual Harassment 

The policy of this school district forbids discrimination against, or harassment of any student on the basis of sex. The Piedmont Board of Education will not tolerate sexual harassment by any of its em­ployees or students. This policy applies to all students and employees including non-employee volunteers whose work is subject to the control of school personnel. (Review Board Policies in full on our website)

For the purpose of this policy, sexual harassment includes:

Verbal or physical sexual advances, including subtle pressure for sexual activity; touching, pinching, patting, or brushing against; comments regarding physical or personality characteristics of a sexual nature; and sexually-oriented "kidding" "teasing," double meanings, and jokes. Any of the aforementioned conduct that effectively deprives a student of access to educational opportunities or benefits provided by the school.

 

Specific Prohibitions:

Administrators and Supervisors

 

Report, Investigation, and Sanctions:

 

PPS Sexual Harassment Reporting Form

Chromebook Agreement

Chromebooks are instructional tools that can help teachers engage students beyond traditional methods. All Chromebook issues have to be taken care of before or after. The following prices outline costs associated with student Chromebooks for the 2022-2023 school year:

Chromebook Student Responsibilities:

Attendance

The Piedmont Board of Education believes that attendance in regularly scheduled classes is a key factor in student achieve­ment. Thus, any absence from those classes represents an educational loss to the student. The board recognizes, however, that the co-curricular program of the school also has educational benefits. Therefore, it shall be the policy of this board to minimize absenteeism from regular classes while providing students the opportunity to participate in co-curricular activities.

 

Students are subject to compulsory school attendance laws, as required by Oklahoma State statutes and the regulations of the State Board of Education. It shall be unlawful for a parent/guardian having custody of a child who is over the age of five and under the age of eighteen, who has not finished four years of high school, to neglect or refuse or to cause or compel such child to attend and comply with the rules of some public, private, or other school, or receive and education by other means for the full term the schools of the district are in session. 70 O.S. §10-105. Truancy officers will conduct an investigation when a student has excessive tardies and/or absences.

 

Each student in grades 5-8 (Review Board Policies in full on our website) is required to attend each class a minimum of 90% of the time. A student who is more than ten minutes late is counted as absent for that period. A maximum of nine days a semester may be missed for excused absences or unexcused absences in any one class. After the ninth absence in a class, students will be assigned detention. In the event a student reaches twenty excused or unexcused absences, the parent/guardian and student will be required to meet with the site Attendance Review Committee. Retention will be considered by the committee.

In accordance with the policy of the board of education, each student in grades 9-12 (Review Board Policies in full on our website) is required to attend each class a minimum of 90% of the time in order to receive credit for that class. A student who is more than ten minutes late is counted as absent for that period. A maximum of nine days a semester may be missed for excused absences or unexcused absences in any one class. After the ninth absence in a class, students will receive no credit for the class.

 

The school will provide notification to the parent/guardian on the fourth and seventh excused or unexcused absence via phone call, email or letter. Additional notification will be made any time a student is to receive No credit due to attendance. No credit notices may be appealed in writing, within five days, to the Assistant Superintendent, Shawn Blankenship.

It is the responsibility of the parent to notify the school by 9:00 AM if a child is to be absent for a Documented Absence reason. Official documentation (ex doctor’s release) must be submitted to the school within three days of the absence. The student may promptly make up all work missed without penalty. It is the responsibility of the student, on the day of return, to make arrangements to see that the work is made up.

 

Excused absence will be granted for the following reasons:

 Unexcused Absences shall include, but not be limited to:

Before an absence may be excused, a note or phone call must be received from the parent. Parents are asked to call the school on the day of students' absence. Students who have been absent from school at any time during the previous day are to report directly to the attendance office prior to class start to obtain an admit. All work or tests missed must be made up in order for the student to receive credit. Any work or tests missed are to be made up at the time and place chosen by the teacher. It is the responsibility of the student to contact the teacher to make arrangements for make-up work. Work or tests not made up within the allotted time will be recorded as “0” grades.

 

Documented Absence shall include, but not be limited to:

Attendance Codes

During a long-term absence with medical documentation, students will be moved to “DVP” (distance learning) on the consecutive third day. A documented absence will be marked as “DA.”

School Activity Absence -- A maximum of ten days a semester may be missed for school activities.

Tardiness

A tardy student is defined as the student not in the assigned, scheduled classroom when the tardy bell sounds at the high school. At the secondary level students who are tardy by 10 minutes or more shall be counted absent.

Leaving School During the Day

Piedmont Schools does not allow elementary school students to leave campus during normal school hours, unless checked out by a parent, or those persons authorized by the parent on the enrollment card, through the office. Anyone checking out a student must provide an ID at the School Safe ID kiosk. If you are picking up your child during school hours, remain in the office until your child is called and arrives. Students who are checked out by a parent are to leave campus and are not to return to campus, until school is out for the day unless the student is returning to class.

Compulsory Attendance

According to Oklahoma State School law any parent, guardian, custodian, child or other person violating any of the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine of not less than Five Dollars ($5.00) nor more than Twenty-five Dollars ($25.00) for the first offense, not less than Ten Dollars ($10.00) more than Fifty Dollars ($50.00) for the second offense, and not less than Twenty-five Dollars ($25.00) nor more than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) for each subsequent offense. Each day the child remains out of school after the written warning has been given or the child has been ordered to school by the juvenile court may constitute a separate offense. At the trial of any person charged with violating the provisions of this section, any authorized employee of the school district may present the attendance records of the child or ward in court.

Student Activities Participation Policy

Any student who is regularly enrolled, who has attended at least 90 percent of the days that he/she has been enrolled, who is academically eligible and who is not under discipline from the office may represent Piedmont Public Schools in any academic, athletic and/or other school sponsored activities. A student who is under discipline from the office will be barred from extracurricular activities if:

Grade Activity Policy

The administration of Piedmont High School strongly believes in student participation in extra-curricular and co-curricular activities. We believe these opportunities are important in the development of young men and women to be productive in today's society.

The administration also believes that a system must be designed to allow sponsors to determine the progress of these young men and women. Most of the activities require the commitment of students to attend activities outside of the school day. Due to the circumstances of these outside activities it will be permissible for sponsors to give grades based on attendance for those groups that receive credit towards graduation.

The only exception to this policy will be in regards to the “No Pass No Play Policy”. If a student is determined to be ineligible under the “No Pass No Play” guidelines of Piedmont Public Schools, he/she cannot be penalized by lowering of their grade for an event that is held during the period that they are ineligible. It is the belief of the administration that this penalizes the student for a situation that he/she has no control over. The sponsor does have the right to make an alternative assignment for the student to complete to replace the grade for the event that they are ineligible to participate in.

Student Eligibility Policy

An “Ineligible List” shall be formulated after the third full week of school and every week thereafter, and become effective on the first school day of every week school is in session. Each student who is not passing every class shall have his/her name listed on this list and be declared on probation for one week. If the following week the student is again on the ineligible list for one or more subjects he/she shall be declared ineligible. The ineligible student shall remain ineligible until the next "ineligible sheet" is available as described and is subject to the same provisions.

A. Students who fail to pass all subjects at the end of a semester shall be ineligible for a six-week period, the ineligible student must be passing all subjects in order to regain a minimum of six weeks of the new semesters a minimum of 6 weeks in the fall).

B. If a student has failed no more than one semester of any one course during the Spring Semester and elects to retake that same course in an approved summer school program, the student, upon satisfactory completion of the failed course, will regain his/her academic eligibility for the Fall Semester.

C. An "Ineligible" student shall be subject to the following restrictions during the time he/she is ineligible.

  1. She/he may attend but not participate in any school sponsored extracurricular activity that takes place after regular school hours.
  2. She/he may NOT attend nor participate in any school-related activity that requires her/him to miss any regularly scheduled classes. (Note: In the event regular classes are not meeting, the student may attend but not participate.)
  3. She/he may not represent the school or any of its organizations in any fashion, nor be allowed to hold any position of responsibility whether elected, selected, or appointed for the duration of the period of ineligibility.

D. Passing or failing status shall be determined with the first class of each semester period. Beginning with the first day of each semester, passing or failing grades shall be determined by the averaging of grades, cumulative, throughout the semester period.

E. Students who are ineligible at the end of the previous semester will be ineligible for a period of six (6) weeks at the beginning of the subsequent semester. This begins on the first day of school, not the first day of practice.

PIEDMONT PUBLIC SCHOOLS ABIDES BY ALL OSSAA RULES AND REGULATIONS.

Piedmont High School Information Guidance

Students are encouraged to see a counselor to discuss the number of units accumulated, course selections, career choices, and college planning. Students should see the designated building counselor for these services. Parents are asked to approve all courses of study and to work with their child in this important process. Course selections will be made for the entire year.

Concurrent Enrollment

Junior and Senior students, enrolled at Piedmont High School, are eligible to participate in the high school and college simultaneously. Permission must be obtained from the Principal, subject to current Oklahoma State Department of Education Regulations.

Concurrent Enrollment Contract

All grades earned through concurrent enrollment will be placed on the transcript and will be computed into the cumulative GPA (as with any regular PHS course). The student has the responsibility of notifying the college and his/her high school counselor when he/she drops or stops attending the concurrent college course. The deadline to turn in concurrent grades to the PHS registrar is the first Friday in January upon return from Winter Break.

A grade of “WP” (Withdrawn Passing) or “WF” (Withdraw Failing) will be entered on the student’s transcript to indicate the student has not successfully completed the college course. All “WP” and “WF” grades will be computed into the student’s transcript the same as “NC” (No Credit) which will compute the same as a failing grade. Students dropping any concurrent course will be enrolled in a regular PHS class and have a full schedule, unless the student enrolls in a concurrent “mini-session” for college credit.

Students who drop any concurrent course within the first twenty days of the semester may enroll in a Piedmont High School course for full credit.

Grade Classification

Sophomore - to have successfully completed six (6) units

Junior - to have successfully completed twelve (12) units

Senior - to have successfully completed nineteen (19) units

*Classification requirements must be met by the first day of classes for the fall semester.

State and Local Requirements for Graduation

The following graduation requirements are in effect for the graduating class of 2021 and after.

Standard Diploma

*College Preparatory Curriculum

Diploma of Distinction

*College Preparatory Curriculum

4 units English

4 units English

3 units Social Studies

4 units Social Studies

3 units Mathematics

4 units Mathematics

3 units Science

4 units Science

2 units Technology OR 2 units Foreign Language

2 units Foreign Language

9 units Electives

8 units Electives

*Fine Arts embedded in English

*Fine Arts embedded in English

24 units Total

26 units Total

A . Freshmen and sophomore students must be enrolled in no less than seven (7) hours a day. Juniors and Seniors, who are on pace for graduation, must be enrolled in no less than six (6) hours a day.

B. No more than four (4) units of music (band or vocal) may be applied toward the 24 units required for graduation.

C. Enrollment in career-technology programs are equivalent to 4 (four) hours. Enrollment in concurrent courses are equivalent to 2 (two) hours per concurrent course.

D. Correspondence courses may be applied toward graduation in compliance with Oklahoma state law and completed by May 1 to be eligible for graduation exercises.

E. Concurrent enrollment is available at Piedmont High School in accordance with Oklahoma state law.

F. Any request for early graduation will be directed to the building principal

Valedictorian Selection

The honor of high school valedictorian will be bestowed on the student(s) who accomplish the following:

The honor of high school valedictorian will be based upon the following criteria, beginning with the graduating class of 2024:

A. Student(s) must have attended Piedmont High School for their entire senior year.

B. Grading scale based on 4.0 for high school classes and 5.0 for advanced placement (AP) and concurrent classes.

C. Only GPA for core classes (math, science, English language arts, and social studies) will be factored into the decision.

D. Complete all non-AP/concurrent course work earning no grade less than an “A” each semester.

E. Complete a minimum of eight (8) advanced placement (AP) classes or concurrent classes from at least two (2) different disciplines of study (i.e. math, science, English language arts, and social studies), earning a grade of no less than a “B” each semester.

The honor of Valedictorian of Distinction will be given to the student with the highest GPA. The Valedictorian of Distinction will speak at the graduation ceremony. In the event of a tie, the students will be recognized as Valedictorians of Distinction and both will speak at the graduation ceremony. All other valedictorians will be recognized in the graduation program and will wear a valedictorian robe and medal at the graduation ceremony. There will be no salutatorian(s).

Testing Program Plan

Elementary Students

Criterion referenced tests required by the state of Oklahoma administered during the spring semester provide information for teachers to plan for each student’s individual needs. State law requires students to participate in state testing. Any parent having questions about the tests or testing program are encouraged to ask the principal, counselor, or any of the teachers.

ACT

AMERICAN COLLEGE TESTING PROGRAM (ACT) is a college entrance examination that is given nationally five times a year. All students are eligible to take the test. Registration forms are available in the counselor’s office. (ACT) is administered to all sophomores for college and career planning.

PSAT/NMQT

NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP QUALIFYING TEST (PSAT/NMQT) is a test given annually in October to underclassmen wishing to participate in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Underclassmen are also encouraged to take the PSAT for test-taking experience.

Proficiency-based Testing

Proficiency based testing is available through district benchmarks, Riverside Testing Company or developmental checklists. Students who demonstrate 90% mastery of the state mandated skills for the current grade level and the social, emotional, and developmental maturity to advance to the next level may be promoted through proficiency testing. The testing window for proficiency testing is one week in June and one week in September. Contact the school counselor for details of this testing. Important note: Any student enrolling from a private school may be given an academic assessment by the school counselor to determine grade placement.

3rd Grade Reading Sufficiency Act Retention Law

Piedmont Public Schools assesses students in grades pre-kindergarten through third grade three times per year, using i-Station, which provides an indication of a student’s potential for reading success. Parents will have access to their student’s potential for reading success. Parents will have access to their student’s scores at the end of each screening period.

A student, in grades K-4, identified at any point of the academic year as having a significant deficiency, which shall be defined as scoring below or well below on benchmark on the screening instrument which meets acquisition of reading skills criteria, the district shall immediately begin an Individualized Plan of Reading Instruction (IPRI).

Under the guidelines of the Reading Sufficiency Act, a student will be promoted to fourth grade by meeting one of the following criteria:

Student Promotion / Retention

Grade level placement in grades kindergarten through eight will be based upon the child’s maturity (emotional, social, mental, and physical), chronological age, school attendance, effort, and grades achieved. Standardized test results can be used as one means of judging progress. The grades earned by the child throughout the year shall reflect the probable assignment for the coming year. Assignment of grade marks will not be used as a means of discipline or reward under any circumstances. Students at the third grade will be promoted or retained pursuant to 70 O.S. § 1210.508C (Reading sufficiency Act).

The teacher or placement committee has the authority to promote or retain a student by state law. Whenever a teacher or placement committee recommends that a student be promoted to the next grade level or retained at the present grade level; the parent(s) or guardian, if dissatisfied with the recommendation, may appeal the decision by complying with the district’s appeal process on or before June 1st, following the decision. See the PPS Board of Education Promotion/Retention policy in its entirety at www.piedmontschools.org..

College Days

Juniors and Seniors are allowed two college visit days per year. These must be approved by the administration/counselor prior to taking the college day and documentation from the college must be brought back to the attendance office when returning.

College Preparation

All freshmen entering a state-supported four (4) year college or university are required to have completed the following school courses for admission:

RECOMMENDED ELECTIVES

ACT/SAT scores and high school grade point averages are required for admission to Oklahoma Public Colleges and Universities.

College Preparation Continued

A. Type of Institution

1. Comprehensive Universities

a. University of Oklahoma

b. Oklahoma State University

2. Regional and special purpose universities

a. University of Central Oklahoma

b. East Central University

c. Northwestern Oklahoma State University

d. Southeastern Oklahoma State University

e. Cameron University

f. Langston University

g. Oklahoma Panhandle State University

h. University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma

3. Two year colleges

B. Admissions Criteria

1. Comprehensive Universities- one of the following three criteria must be met for admission:

a. Minimum ACT composite standard score;

b. Minimum SAT composite standard score;
        c. Minimum high school GPA; or

d. Rank in upper 1/3 of graduating class.

2. Regional and special purpose universities - one of the following three criteria must be met for admission:

a. Minimum ACT composite standard score (enhanced)

b. Minimum SAT composite standard score

c. Minimum high school GPA or rank in the upper 50% of the graduating class

3. Two year colleges - No minimum requirements

Transcripts

Every class a student attempts at Piedmont High School or comes to us from another accredited school will appear on all transcripts released by us. This policy will affect those students who have attempted a course and failed it, and then repeated the course for a passing grade. Both grades will appear on the transcript and be figured into the cumulative grade point average. Transcripts can be ordered at www.parchment.com.

Student IDs

As an added protection and security measure for our students and staff, Piedmont Intermediate, Middle School of Piedmont and Piedmont High School require all students and staff to wear their ID badges at all times. Students that fail to have their ID on and properly displayed will be subject to the following disciplinary action:

Lost Student IDs are replaced at a cost of $5 per ID, available for purchase on www.myschoolbucks.com.

Federal and State Regulations

Legal Notice

The Piedmont school District hereby agrees that it will comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 which states that no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participating in, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. The school district is an equal opportunity employer. It is, therefore, the policy of the Piedmont Independent School District No. I-22 to provide equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, qualified handicap, or veteran status in its educational programs and activities. This includes, but is not limited to admissions, educational services, financial aid and employment. Inquiries concerning application of this policy may be referred to title IX Coordinator. Piedmont Public Schools, 615 Edmond Road NW, Piedmont, Oklahoma 73078; telephone (405) 373-2311.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act affords parents and students over 18 years of age(“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to student’s records

These rights are:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s educational records within 45 days of the day the District receives a request for access. Parents or eligible students should submit to the Superintendent a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The Superintendent will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
  2.  The right to request the amendment of the student’s educational records that the parent or eligible students may ask the District to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write to the Superintendent, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the District decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the District will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.
  3. The right to consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s educational records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the District as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the School Board; a person or company with whom the District has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performance of his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an educational record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Upon request, the District discloses educational records without consent to officials of other school districts or post-secondary schools in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
  4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the District to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:
  1. The right to object to the disclosure of the directory information. Directory Information may be disclosed without prior written consent of a parent or eligible student if the parent or eligible student has not notified the Superintendent in writing at least three weeks after receipt of this Notification of any or all of the items they refuse to permit the District to designate as directory information regarding the student. “Directory Information” shall include: a student’s name, parent’s or guardian’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, weight and height, courses taken, major field of study, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, most recent previous school attended, student statements, photographs, audio or videotapes which identify the students participation in and/or achievements gained in enrolled courses or officially recognized activities and sports, including but not limited to participation in distance learning programs and publication on the internet. Any parent or eligible student’s objection to release of directory information shall be appropriately designated on the student’s educational records.

Confidentiality of Student Files

The Piedmont School Board student records and procedure policy designed to meet the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is kept in the Superintendent's office, each Principal's office, and the High School Counselor's office. Copies may be obtained at the Superintendent's office.

In the course of a child's education, the Piedmont School District will keep records as deemed necessary to provide programs to meet his/her needs and interests. A parent has the right to inspect and review any and all records, files, and data related to his/her child. These records will be available for such review at any time during the regular school day. If you have any concerns regarding the accuracy or appropriateness of any information or record, do not hesitate to inform your child's Principal of the concern.

It is the right of a student's parents or an eligible student to seek to correct parts of the student's education record, which he/she believes to be inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the student's rights. This right includes the right to a hearing to present evidence that the record should be changed if the district decides not to alter it according to the parent or eligible student's request. The procedure for this is part of the student records and procedures policy.

It is the intent of the Piedmont School District to limit the disclosure of the information contained in a student's educational records except:

  1. By the prior written consent of the student's parent or the eligible student;
  2. As directory information;
  3. Under certain limited circumstances, as permitted by the FERPA.
  4. The Piedmont School District proposes to designate the following personally identifiable information contained in a student's educational record as "Directory Information" and it will disclose that information unless the parent(s) notify the Superintendent, Piedmont Public Schools, within three (3) weeks of the start of school, that they wish such information kept in confidence:
  1. The student's name;
  2. The names of the student's parents;
  3. The student's date of birth;
  4. The student's class designation (i.e.; first grade, etc.);
  5. The student's extra-curricular participation;
  6. The student's achievement awards or honors;
  7. The student's weight and height if a member of an athletic team;
  8. The student's photograph; or
  9. The school or school district the student attended before he or she enrolled in the Piedmont School District.

Procedural Safeguards Section 504 Parent and Guardian Rights

  1. Right to file a grievance with the school district over an alleged violation of Section 504 regulations.
  2. Right to have an evaluation that draws on information from a variety of sources.
    Right to be informed of any proposed actions related to eligibility and plan for services.
  3. Right to examine all relevant records.
  4. Right to receive all information in the parents/guardian's native language and primary mode of communication.
  5. Right to an impartial hearing if there is disagreement with the school district's proposed action.
  6. Right to be represented by counsel in the impartial hearing process.
  7. Right to appeal the impartial hearing officer's decision.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

It is the policy of the Piedmont Public Schools to provide a free and appropriate public education to each handicapped student within its jurisdiction, regardless of the nature or severity of the handicap. It is the intent of the district to ensure that students who are handicapped within the definition of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 are identified, evaluated and provided with appropriate educational services.

Notice of Non-discrimination Applicants for admission and employment, students, parents, employees, sources of referral of applicants for admission and employment, and all unions or professional organizations holding collective bargaining or professional agreements with the Piedmont Public District are hereby notified that the Piedmont Public School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability or veteran status in admission or access to treatment or employment in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

Any person having inquiries concerning the Piedmont Public School District’s compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI. (race, color, national origin), The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or / section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is directed to contact:

Kiley Rios, Director of Special Services

Piedmont Public Schools, 615 Edmond Road NW, Piedmont, OK 73078

405-373-5111

kiley.rios@piedmontschools.org

Any person with questions concerning Title IX (sex discrimination) is directed to contact:

Mr. Matt Bilyeu Director of Athletics & Activities

Piedmont Public Schools, 1055 Edmond Rd NW, Piedmont, OK 73078

405-373-5178

matt.bilyeu@piedmontschools.org

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit https://ocrcas.ed.gov/contact-ocr for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

Child Find

The Piedmont School District would like to ensure all children within its jurisdiction who have disabilities and who are in need of special education and related services are identified, located and evaluated. If you know of a child age 0-21*, who may have a disability and has not been identified by this school district, please contact Mrs. Kiley Rios , Director of Special Services, at 373-2311, Piedmont Public Schools Administration Building,Piedmont Public Schools, 615 Edmond Road NW, Piedmont, OK 73078 *Piedmont Schools coordinates with the Sooner Start Early Intervention Program in referrals for children birth through two years.


This handbook is not all-inclusive, other misbehaviors may occur which are not specifically cited here. The Principal shall use his/her discretion in handling such cases, and will use this appendix as a guideline. Some misbehavior may be so severe to warrant a more severe punishment than indicated by the guidelines above.