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  Student/Parent Handbook

2019-2020

100 W. Hemstead Street

Lexington, NC 27292

336-242-1567

         

Lexington Middle School               School Logo

Office of the Principal

100 W. Hemstead Street

Lexington, NC 27292

(336) 242-1567

August 19, 2019

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

This year we will embark upon Mission Possible: Outstanding Academic Achievement for All. As you have chosen to accept this mission, we will partner to ensure it is accomplished. The vision of Lexington Middle School is “Inspiring a limitless future for all students”. 

We are excited about the new opportunities that await us this year for each grade level. We are working hard to build a positive school culture for our LMS community, and we would love for you to be a part of this positive culture by joining the LMS FTO (Family and Teacher Organization)) which meets monthly.  The dates and times TBA at a later date.

*Parent Conferences – It is imperative that parents keep in close contact with their child’s teachers concerning his/her progress.  Please schedule conferences in advance through the counselor or directly with the teacher for a time that is convenient for all, i.e., before or after school, during teacher planning periods, etc. Our phone number is: 336-242-1567.

*Assistant Principals & School Counselors – As we build relationships and partnerships, please review the listing of grade level administrators and professional school counselors.

 Ms. McMillian – School Counselor

Ms. Holloway – School Counselor

Ms. Holloway – School Counselor:

We will show our students how much we care for them by expecting all of them to succeed and excel.  Bell to bell instruction will begin on the first day of school. School begins at 8:20 a.m., and ends at 3:30 p.m.  From the first day of school through the last day of school, you and your children will know, “LMS Students ARE Special.”

Educationally yours,

Mr. Zaeem

School Requirements under Board Policy 5.7

Title I Parental and Family Engagement

ANNUAL MEETING AND PROGRAM EVALUATION

Each year, school officials must invite parents of students participating in Title I programs to a meeting to explain parental rights, discuss the programs and activities to be provided with Title I funds, and solicit input on the Title I program and this policy. In addition, school officials must provide parents and family members a meaningful opportunity annually to evaluate the content and effectiveness of the Title I programs and the parent and family engagement policies and plans. Information collected from these proceedings will be used to revise Title I programs and parent and family engagement plans.

PARENT AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT EFFORTS

Each school participating in the Title I program shall jointly develop and annually distribute to parents and family members a school-level written parent and family engagement plan that describes the means for carrying out school-level policy, sharing responsibility for student academic achievement, building the capacity of school staff and parents for involvement, and increasing accessibility for participation of all parents and family members of children participating in the Title I programs, including parents and family members who have limited English proficiency, who have disabilities, or who are migratory. School-level plans must involve parents in the planning and improvement of Title I activities and must provide for the distribution to parents of information on expected student achievement levels and the school's academic performance.

In addition, school system officials and Title I school personnel shall do the following:

1. involve parents and family members in the joint development of the Title I Program and school support and improvement and the process of school review and improvement by including parents on the school advisory committee and any committees that review the Title I program;

2. provide coordination, technical assistance, and other support from various central office departments necessary to assist and build the capacity of all participating schools in planning and implementing effective parent and family engagement activities that are designed to improve student academic achievement and school performance;

3.  coordinate and integrate parent and family engagement strategies in the Title I program to the extent feasible and appropriate with parental engagement strategies established in other federal, state, and local laws and programs;

4. with the meaningful involvement of parents, conduct an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the school system parent and family engagement policies and programs in improving the academic quality of the school and assisting students to meet the school system's academic standards;

5. strive to eliminate barriers to parental participation by assisting parents who have disabilities and parents who are economically disadvantaged, have limited English proficiency, are migratory, or have other backgrounds or characteristics that may affect participation; 

6. provide outreach and assistance to parents and family members of children who are participating in Title I programs in understanding the state's testing standards, the assessments used, Title I requirements and all national, state and local standards and expectations through such efforts as community-based meetings, posting information on school websites, sending information home, newsletters, workshops, and newspaper articles;

7. design a parent-student-school staff compact that sets out respective responsibilities in striving to raise student achievement and explains how an effective home/school partnership will be developed and maintained;

8. with the assistance of parents, ensure that teachers, specialized instructional support personnel, principals and other staff are educated in the value of parents as partners in the educational process and understand how to work with, communicate with, and reach out to parents as equal partners in education;

9. distribute to parents information on expected student proficiency levels for their child and the school's academic performance, and provide materials and training to help parents monitor their child's progress and work with educators to improve achievement through such methods as literacy training or using technology, which may include education about the harms of copyright piracy;

10. coordinate and integrate, to the extent feasible and appropriate, parental involvement programs and activities with federal, state, and local programs, including public pre-school programs and conduct other activities in the community that encourage and support parents to more fully participate in the education of their child;

11. strengthen the partnership with agencies, businesses, and programs that operate in the community, especially those with expertise in engaging parents and family members in education;

12. ensure that parents are involved in the school's Title I activities; and 

13. provide such other reasonable support for Title I parental involvement activities

as requested by parents.

NOTICE REQUIREMENTS

School system officials and Title I school personnel shall provide effective notice of the following information as required by law. The notice must be in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand.

1. Program for English Learners 

Each year the principal or designee shall provide notice of the following to parents of English learners identified for participation in a Title I, Part A or Title III funded language-instruction educational program:

a. the reasons for the child's identification;

b. the child's level of English proficiency and how such level was assessed;

c.methods of instruction;

d. how the program will help the child;

e.the exit requirements for the program; 

f. if the child has a disability, how the language instruction educational program meets the

objectives of the child's individualized educational program (IEP);

g. any other information necessary to effectively inform the parent of the program and the

parental rights regarding enrollment, removal, and selection of a program for English learners; and

h. notice of regular meetings for the purpose of formulating and responding to recommendations

from parents.

i. System Report Card

3.  Teacher Qualifications

  1.  opportunities for parents to be involved in the school. written parent and family engagement policy, parents' right to be involved in their child's school, and Each year, the principal or designee of a Title I school shall provide notice to parents of the school's

4. Parental Rights and Opportunities for Involvement

area in which the teacher has been assigned. does not meet applicable state certification or licensure requirements at the grade level or subject student has been assigned to or has been taught for at least four consecutive weeks by a teacher who The principal or designee of a Title I school shall provide timely notice informing parents that their

child (see policy 3.3, Personnel Files).. qualifications of the student's classroom teachers and paraprofessionals providing services to the participating in Title I programs of the right to request certain information on the professional At the beginning of each year, school system officials shall notify parents of students who are

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2019-2020 School Instructional and Support Team

Administrative Staff

Principal

Mr. Abu Zaeem

Assistant Principals

         Mr. Sylvester Hairston

Mr. Andre Mumford

Dean of Students

Mrs. Latrica Davis

Testing

Coordinator

Mr. Sylvester Hairston

Jacket Academy

Director

Ms. Cathy Misenhiemer

master scheduler

Coordinator

      Mrs. Jennifer Brunck

student support

SRO

Officer A. Nance

Counselor

               Mrs. McMillian

Counselor

               Ms. Holloway

Support Staff

                    Secretary

Mrs. Dalton

                    Secretary

Mrs. Ortiz

Main Office Receptionists

Mrs. Dalton

Mrs. Ortiz

Guidance Secretary/Data Manager

Mrs. Brunck

ESL

Coordinator

Mrs. Nolasco

Media

Media Specialist

                   Mrs. Shoaf

Athletics

Director

Mrs. Dalton

Health Services

Nurse

Ms. Crump

Food Services

Supervisor

Mrs.

FTO

Family-Teacher Organization

Mrs. Martika Nelson

President

Attendance:

It is important that your child attends school every day possible. State law allows for certain absences to be excused if satisfactory evidence is presented to and approved by the principal. The school is required to notify you when your child misses 3, 6, and 10 days. Students must bring a written excuse from their doctor or  parent/guardian stating the reason for the absence. Failure to do so will result in the absence being recorded as unexcused. When students have more than 10 unexcused absences, it is a violation of the State Mandatory Attendance Law and parents and students can be taken to Truancy Court. Attendance is part of the Lexington City Schools Promotion/Retention Policy. Students who miss more than 16 days (total excused and unexcused) in a year will not be promoted. Parents can apply to the principal for a medical waiver or to request an opportunity to make up excused absences over 16 to avoid retention. This policy also makes 5 unexcused tardies and/or early dismissals equal to 1 day absent from school. The absence then applies to the state Mandatory Attendance Law and LCS Promotion/Retention Policy.  

Lawful Absences:

Absence from school, including absence for any portion of the day, of pupils who are presently enrolled in public school shall be considered lawful only under the following conditions:
1. Death in the immediate family. The local school system shall determine what relationships constitute the immediate family.
2. Illness of the student. The Principal shall require a physician’s certificate from the parent/guardian of a student reported continuously absent for illness.
3. Court Summons.
4. Hazardous weather conditions. Hazardous weather conditions shall be interpreted to mean weather conditions that would endanger the health or safety of the student when in transit to and from school.
5. Work approved or sponsored by the school, the local school system, or the State Department of Education, accepted by the Superintendent of Schools or the school Principal, or their designees, as reason for excusing the student.
6. Observance of a religious holiday.
7. State emergency.
8. Lack of authorized transportation. This shall not include students denied authorized transportation for disciplinary reasons.
9. Other emergency or set of circumstances which, in the judgment of the Superintendent of Schools or designee, constitutes a good and sufficient cause for absence from school.

Student Conduct and Expectations: see Student Code of Conduct

Birthday Parties:

Student birthday parties cannot take place at school.  Balloons, presents, and other such items    

 cannot be delivered to students at school. This includes cakes, cupcakes and gifts of any kind.

Book Bags: 

Book bags can be used to help transport school materials. Rolling book bags are a safety hazard

with our steps and ramps, so they cannot be used. Book bags must be kept in lockers.

Breakfast:

FREE breakfast will be served to all students from 7:40 to 8:15 in the cafeteria. A Grab n Go breakfast will be available from 8:15 until 8:30 for late arrivers

Bus Riding: 

The school bus is a privilege extended to students who are able to follow the bus rules and ride the bus safely. Our approach to bus discipline is to help students learn from their mistakes so that all students can ride safely. When a child breaks a bus rule, the bus driver will turn in a report to the office. All reports will be investigated by an administrator and appropriate disciplinary measures will be taken. These can include a warning, assignment to the Hive, bus suspension, and/or Jacket Academy. Students who continue to be unsafe will be suspended off the bus for the rest of the school year. In the case of bus suspension, parents are responsible for the timely transportation to and from school daily. LMS staff members are not allowed to take students home when they are suspended from the bus. A report may be filed at Child Protective Services if a student is consistently left at school after the end of the school day. Problems with bus routes or drivers should be made directly to David Burnett, Director of Transportation at 242-1527 or 479-0084.

Calling the School: 

To contact a staff member feel free to call the school office at 242-1567. Because we do not interrupt classroom instruction, your phone message will be placed in the staff member’s box. Staff members check their boxes regularly throughout the day and will return your call at a time when they are not responsible for instruction, during planning or after 3:45. Please write notes or email the teacher when possible for quick and efficient contact in most cases.

Students are not allowed to receive calls directly at school. Students who are sick or who have other emergencies will be allowed to call home from the main office.

Campus Visitors:

LMS welcomes parents/guardians to visit our school.  For safety, all visitors, including parents and guardians, are required to report to the office upon arrival and departure. A “Visitor” badge will be given to each guest, which is to be worn at all times within the building.  

Cancellation of School:

Announcements will be made on:

Local radio stations WGLD, WKZL, WTOB, WSTZ, WKOQ and WLXN

Television stations WGHP Channel 8, WXII Channel 12, WXLV Channel 45 and WFMY Channel 2.

If closing school during the school day is necessary due of bad weather, an announcement will be made on the local radio, TV stations, through an automated phone system and on the www.lexcs.org.

Candy, Gum and Snacks/Food:

Students are not permitted to chew gum at anytime.

Students are not permitted to bring candy to school. Students are NOT allowed to sell gum, candy, or food at school. When discovered, small amounts and any opened candy/gum will be thrown away. However, large amounts of unopened candy will be bagged and logged in the office for parents to pick-up.

Students do not have a snack break, so the food brought from home should be their lunch and must be kept in their lockers until lunch time. Students are not permitted to bring food into the classroom, except in documented medical situations. No outside food may be brought in for lunch or classroom/student celebrations. Clear bottles of water will be permitted in the classroom.

Car Riders:

Morning:

Morning car riders can be dropped off in the cafeteria area behind the school between 7:30 and 8:30am.  Students who arrive after 8:30am must be dropped off at the front of the building to sign in at the office.

Afternoon:

Car riders will be dismissed at 3:30 or once walkers are off campus. Car rider pick-up is in the cafeteria area behind the school. Please stay in your car and pull up close to the cones. All students must be picked up by 4:00. For safety reasons, students are not allowed to be picked up on Hemstead Street or in the staff parking lot. Students are NOT allowed to catch a ride in the high school parking lot. If your child will be riding with someone at the high school, that person must come through the middle school loop to pick up your child.

Cell Phones and Other Electronic Devices:         

The board recognizes that cellular phones and other similar wireless communication devices have become an important tool through which parents communicate with their children. Therefore, students are permitted to possess cell phones and other similar wireless communication devices on school property as long as such devices are not “in use” (turned on, beeping, sounding, etc.), displayed, or visible during the instructional day or as otherwise directed by local school rules or school personnel. The school is not responsible for the loss or theft of any such items and advises that these items should be secured in locked student lockers during the school day.

Parents should not call or text students during the day. Parents should call the front office to leave messages in the event of an emergency.

Phones /devices seen in school or on the bus will be confiscated and turned in to the office.

1st offense: Students may pick-up their phone/device in the office at the end of the day.

2nd offense: Parent is responsible to pick-up phone/device from the office.

In the event a device is confiscated, school administrators may conduct reasonable searches and seize materials subject to the provisions of Section 5.2.3 of the Lexington City School’s School Board policy. The scope of such searches must be reasonably related to the objectives of the search and not excessively intrusive in light of the nature of the suspected infraction. Any student who refuses to give a staff member an electronic device when requested will be subject to disciplinary action.

Child Protective Services:

State law requires any citizen who suspects a child is being abused or neglected make a report to Child Protective Services. On rare occasions, these reports are made from the school- as they are from neighbors, families, and other members of the community. Regardless of where a report is made, social workers are legally permitted to come to the school to interview children about various allegations. The school is not at liberty to discuss any reports made to Child Protective Services since all calls are confidential and many are anonymous. Child Protective Services is in place to make sure all children are safe and taken care of. LMS staff members will work with all parents to address the needs of their children. Staff members will make reports in accordance with the law.

Confiscated Items:

When students bring items to school that are not permitted at school, the items are taken from the student, turned in to the office, and logged in a notebook.  Please protect your investment and make sure students leave these distracting items at home. This includes toys, sunglasses, key chains, playing cards, electronic games, CELL PHONE, candy and other such items that are of no instructional benefit.

1st offense: Students may pick-up their phone/device in the office at the end of the day.

2nd offense: Parent is responsible to pick-up phone/device from the office.

Custody Issues:

If you have a custody situation with your child, it is your responsibility to bring the issue to the attention of the school and to provide legal documentation. A child can (and must) be released to either parent if we do not have a court order specifically prohibiting it. This is the law and must be followed, regardless of what is written on the contact sheet. A court order or police protective custody order is the only things that can limit a parent from picking up or seeing their student at school.

 

Discrimination:

Lexington Middle School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Anitra Wells, (336) 242-1527

Field Trips:

Field trips are extensions of class work and study. When a trip requires transportation, we use school buses. We do not transport students in private cars (unless we request your written permission in advance). Students may be excluded from a trip when his/her safety or the safety of others is placed in jeopardy by his/her presence. We do not allow other children, even if they are brothers or sisters, to go on field trips so that the students in the classroom get the educational experience and supervision required. If you volunteer to chaperone, please make other arrangements for your other children. Chaperones are not allowed to ride the school bus and must follow the bus in their own vehicles.

Grading Policy:

Lexington Middle School’s grading policy will be broken down as follows:

A= 90-100

B= 80-89

C= 70-79

D= 60-69

F= Below 60

Classwork 25%, Homework 15%, Quizzes/Labs 25% and Tests/Projects 35%.

 **The EOC (End of Course) Exam will be averaged in as 20% of your student’s final average as mandated by the State of North Carolina.

Health Problems:

If your child has allergies, asthma, or other chronic medical problems that require special care, please provide the teacher with this important information in writing each year. Please include a description of the problem, how it is to be handled, and emergency contact information. If medication is required, make sure to have a doctor fill out the long-term medication form (available in the guidance office) and bring the medication to the guidance office. We do not have access to any medication for these emergencies except what you provide. If your child is to be excluded partially or completely from physical education, we must have a statement from the physician.

Health Services:

A Health Department nurse will be in our school on designated days. During the year, we will give routine sight and hearing tests to students. The nurse will contact parents when she feels medical attention is needed. Medical care is the responsibility of the home. Upon advice from the nurse, children will be excused from school for an amount of time deemed reasonable by the Principal when they have certain contagious diseases such as Chicken Pox, Impetigo, Strep Infection, Red Measles, Lice, Whooping Cough, German measles, Ringworm, Mumps, and Conjunctivitis (pink eye).

Homework:

The basic objective of homework is the reinforcement and application of previously learned skills. Homework can also provide an essential communication link between school and home. Students are responsible for copying their daily assignments, and we ask that a parent monitors homework time.

Lexington Senior High:

Lexington Middle School students are NOT allowed on the Lexington High School campus before, during, or after school unless they are accompanied by their parent, under the direction of a middle school staff member, or attending an extracurricular activity they are eligible to attend. Students will be given a verbal trespass warning and then will be charged with trespassing if they are found on the campus again. Students who walk have a path around the high school and are not allowed to loiter at or near the high school. Students who need to be picked up by someone at the high school must remain in our car rider area and be picked up in the middle school loop. If you need help to make suitable arrangements, please seek the assistance of an administrator.

Locks/Lockers:

Each student will be assigned a locker and given a school lock. Purses, book bags, cellphones/electronic devices and coats MUST be kept in their locked locker during the day. There will be a $5.00 charge for lost locks. Only locks provided by the school can be used. Students are responsible for their locks, lockers, and all contents. Because the lockers are the property of the school, lockers can be searched when needed. Students are also expected to keep other NON-CLASSROOM personal belongings in their locker, like makeup, lip gloss, deodorant, perfume, combs, brushes, lotion, etc. as these are not permitted or needed in the classrooms.

Lunch:

All students will receive free lunch this year. Each student will still have the option to purchase extra snacks during lunch. Those students who choose to bring their lunch do not have access to a refrigerator or microwave, so please plan accordingly.

Make-up Work:

Students are permitted to make up all work missed during an absence(s). All work must be made up within one day for each day absent following the student's return to school unless the principal/designee determines that extenuating circumstances support an extension of this restriction.

Medications:

The board recognizes that students may need to take medication during school hours. School personnel may administer drugs or medication prescribed by a doctor or over-the-counter medications upon the written request of the parents. To minimize disruptions to the school day, medicines should be taken at home rather than at school whenever feasible. School personnel should not agree to administer any medication that could be taken at home. ALL medication will be secured and administered through our Guidance Office.

A. Standards for Administering Medicines

     1. School employees are authorized to administer drugs or medication when all of the following conditions have been met:

a. The student’s parent or legal custodian has made a written request that school personnel administer the drug or medication to the student and has given explicit written instructions describing the manner in which the drug or medication is to be administered. All prescription medication should be kept in the original Rx bottle with the student’s name and dosage clearly displayed on the bottle. The student's parent or legal guardian is responsible for delivering the medication to school. No medication except emergency or diabetic medication may be transported on the school bus;

b. A physician has prescribed the prescription drug or medication for use by the student;

 c. A physician has certified that administration of the prescription drug or medication to the student during the school day is necessary;

d. For over-the-counter medications the parent provides written permission that the over-the-counter medication be administered during school hours; and

e. The employee administers the drug or medication pursuant to the written instructions provided by the student’s parent or legal custodian.

2. The superintendent is directed to develop procedures for the implementation of this policy. These rules and a copy of this policy must be made available to all students and parents each school year. The superintendent’s procedures should be developed according to the guidelines listed below.         

a. The health and welfare of the student must be of paramount concern in all decisions regarding the administration of medicine.

b. Students with special needs will be afforded all rights provided by federal and state law as enumerated in the Procedures Governing Programs and Services for Children with Special Needs. Students with disabilities also will be accorded all rights provided anti-discrimination laws, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

c. No student can possess, use or transmit any drug or counterfeit drug prohibited by board policy 5.3.3.8, Narcotics, Alcoholic Beverages, Stimulants and Other Drugs.

d. The board generally encourages school personnel to administer medicine from a centralized location. However, in all instances, whether from a centralized location or multiple locations, any medicines maintained by the school district for a student must be kept in a locked and secure place.

e. Any school personnel who will be administering medicines will receive appropriate training. f. Only medications clearly prescribed or intended for the student may be administered by school personnel. If school personnel have concerns regarding the appropriateness of a drug or dosage for a student, a confirmation should be obtained from the student’s doctor or another doctor prior to administering the medicine or allowing a student to self-administer a medicine.

g. Although efforts should be made not to disrupt instructional time, a parent has the right to administer medicines to his or her child at any time while the child is on school property. h. Written information maintained by the school or school personnel regarding a student’s medicinal and health needs is confidential. Parents and students must be accorded all rights provided by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and state confidentiality laws. Any employee who violates the confidentiality of the records may be subject to disciplinary action.

B. Over-The-Counter Medication Consistent with the above requirements, over-the-counter medications will only be given during school hours by school personnel if a medication sheet has been completed with instructions and signed by the parent. Parents who want school personnel to administer over-the counter medication must provide and deliver the medication to school personnel pursuant to the requirements of this policy. C. Emergency Medication Students who are at risk for medical emergencies, such as those with asthma or severe allergies, should have an emergency health care plan developed for them by their doctor and parent or legal guardian to address emergency administration of medicine.

D. Student Self-Administering Asthma Medications

The board recognizes that students with asthma and/or who are subject to anaphylactic reactions may need to possess and self-administer asthma medication on school property. As used in this policy, “asthma medication” means a medicine prescribed for the treatment of asthma or anaphylactic reactions and includes a prescribed asthma inhaler or epinephrine auto-injector. The superintendent is directed to develop procedures for the possession and self-administration of asthma medication by students on school property, during the school day, at school-sponsored activities, and/or while in transit to or from school or school sponsored events.

1. Before a student will be allowed to self-administer medicine pursuant to this section, the student’s parent or guardian must provide to the principal or designee all of the documents listed below.

 a. Written authorization from the student’s parent or guardian for the student to possess and self-administer asthma medication;

b. A written statement from the student’s health care practitioner verifying: 1) that the student has asthma and/or an allergy that could result in anaphylactic reaction; 2) that he or she prescribed medication for use on school property during the school day, at school-sponsored activities, or while in transit to or from school or school-sponsored events; and 3) that the student understands, has been instructed in self-administration of the asthma medication, and has demonstrated the skill level necessary to use the medication and any accompanying device;

 c. A written treatment plan and written emergency protocol formulated by the prescribing health care practitioner for managing the student’s asthma or anaphylaxis episodes and for medication use by the student;

d. A statement provided by the school system and signed by the student’s parent or guardian acknowledging that the board of education and its agents are not liable for injury arising from the student’s possession and self-administration of asthma medication; and e. Any other documents or items necessary to comply with state and federal laws. 2. Prior to being permitted to self-administer medicine at school, the student also must demonstrate to the school nurse, or the nurse’s designee, the skill level necessary to use the asthma medication and any accompanying device.

3. Finally, the student’s parent or guardian must provide to the school backup asthma medication that school personnel are to keep in a location to which the student has immediate access in the event of an emergency. All information provided to the school by the student’s parent or guardian must be kept on file at the school in an easily accessible location. Any permission granted by the principal for a student to possess and self-administer asthma medication will be effective only for the same school for 365 calendar days. It must be reviewed annually. A student who uses his or her prescribed asthma medication in a manner other than as prescribed may be subject to disciplinary action pursuant to the school disciplinary policy. No one may impose disciplinary action on the student that limits or restricts the student’s immediate access to the asthma medication. The student's parent or legal guardian is responsible for making the school aware of any potentially serious medical conditions their child may have (ex. allergic reaction, seizures, etc.). The board does not assume any responsibility for the administration of drugs or medication to a student by the student, the student’s parent or legal custodian or any other person who is not authorized by this policy to administer medications to students. Note Passing When students write and/or pass notes at school, the notes will be taken. In most cases, the notes are thrown away.

Note Passing:

When students write and/or pass notes at school, the notes will be taken. In most cases, the notes are thrown away. However, some notes contain disturbing information that is shared with the guidance office or parents. Please advise your child to use school time to work on school assignments rather than on note writing, especially since these notes will be taken and the contents of the notes may not remain private.

Parent Advisory Board (PAB):

The Board is composed of parents who meet with the Principal in a small group setting to discuss school communication, instruction and environment. If you are interested in attending, please email the Principal at azaeem@lexcs.org. 

Personal Property: 

Please label all personal items (clothing, lunch boxes, etc) with your child’s name. Lost items labeled with a name will be returned promptly. Unclaimed items will be kept in lost and found for three weeks. At the end of three weeks, items will be donated to charity or discarded. Please encourage your child to leave valuable items at home (expensive jewelry, accessories, excess money) since items of value could be stolen or lost.

Phone Use:

Because students always have access to adults and phones while at LMS, students are not permitted to use cell phones during the school day. Students are allowed to use the phone in the front office, with a pass, for emergency/sickness. Students are not allowed to receive calls at school. Student use of phones at school will be limited to sick calls and urgent calls made from the front office.

Problems or Misunderstandings:

 Problems or misunderstandings may occur during your child’s educational experiences. If this happens and the situation deals with the classroom, we ask that you discuss the incident with the teacher and try to resolve the issue. If the conference proves unsatisfactory, please contact an Assistant Principal. It is important to us for you to feel welcome, involved, and respected at LMS, so please allow us an opportunity to work with you in any area of concern. Issues that cannot be resolved with the Assistant Principal should be referred to the lead principal Mr. Zaeem. If we are not able to resolve the issue at the school level, it can be referred to the central office staff for assistance.

Progress Reports and Report Cards:

Progress reports are sent home with students at every 3 weeks of each grading period. We ask that parents call the school for a conference if we can answer any questions.

Purses and bags:

 Due to safety and instructional reasons, student purses and other bags of personal belongings must be kept in the locker with book bags. Female students are allowed to go to their locker to retrieve their purses with a regular bathroom pass if they need to get a feminine product. Students are expected to provide for their own sanitary needs. Pockets should not be filled with “purse” items that are prohibited in the classroom, such as make-up, lip gloss, lotion, etc. Only students with medical documentation and prior administrative approval will be allowed to carry a purse/bag.

Report Cards:

            Report cards are completed at the end of every nine weeks of school.

Safety Drills: 

As required by law, a minimum of one fire drill per month is required to ensure a quick and safe exit of the building in the case of a true emergency. In addition to these drills, procedures for other emergency situations will be rehearsed including monthly Intruder Lockdown Drills and severe weather drills.

School Day: 

The school day officially begins at 8:20 and ends at 3:30.

School Property:

 School Board Policy states that students have a responsibility for proper care of all school property and buildings. Books, equipment, furniture, and supplies destroyed or damaged must be paid for by the person responsible for the damage.

School-Sponsored Events:

Events and Athletic Events School rules and expectations apply to all school sponsored events, regardless of where the event takes place. Poor and disruptive behavior at such events can result in any person being asked to leave, appropriate charges being filed, and follow-up disciplinary action at the school. Students assigned to Jacket Academy may not attend any school sponsored event or athletic event.

Searches/Security Scans:

Dog searches and locker searches will be done as needed, as the lockers remain the property of Lexington City Schools. In situations where we have reason to believe a student is concealing evidence of misconduct (weapons, drugs, other contraband), a pat search may be done by an administrator in the presence of a witness. Our goal is to maintain a very safe environment while respecting the individual dignity and personal rights of each student.

Information Dissemination

School officials will communicate with parents/guardians information concerning the uniform policy through newsletters, parent meetings, parent/student handbooks, media (newspaper, TV, and/or radio), flyers, and posters.

Student Dress Code

    The board believes that the dress and personal appearance of students greatly affect their academic performance and their interaction with other students. The board requests that parents outfit their children in clothing that is conducive to learning. Generally, dress and grooming standards as determined by the student and his or her parents will be deemed acceptable. However, the board prohibits any appearance or clothing that does the following:

  1. violates a reasonable dress code adopted and publicized by the school;
  2. is substantially disruptive (for information on gang-related attire, see policy 5.3.4.10 LSHS Policy on Gangs and Gang Activity);
  3. is provocative or obscene; or
  4. endangers the health or safety of the student or others.

Before Before receiving disciplinary consequences, a student who is not in compliance with this policy or a school dress code will be given a reasonable period of time to make adjustments so that he or she will be in compliance. Disciplinary consequences for a student who fails to comply after being offered this opportunity shall be consistent with Policy 5.3.4 Consequences for Violations of Student Behavior Policies. The superintendent or designee shall list within the Code of Student Conduct the specific range of consequences that may be imposed on a student for violation of the dress code.

A.    Lexington City Schools prohibits clothing which is sexually suggestive, provocative, or revealing or contain suggestive or provocative messages. Examples include but are not limited to:   

  Lexington City Schools prohibits clothing that is unsafe, dangerous, or hazardous to health. This includes but is not limited to:

B.  Lexington City Schools prohibits clothing and jewelry that advertise tobacco, alcohol, drugs or other illegal substances, illegal acts, weapons, or that promote violence.

C.        Lexington City Schools prohibits any outward appearance of gang-related clothing that, upon specific guidance of law enforcement agencies, is considered gang-related. Due to changing trends in gang attire, clothing, jewelry, accessories, and grooming styles, restrictions may change as necessary. Examples include but are not limited to:

The “fingertip” rule will be applied in cases of length garments should be below the student’s finger tips when arms are positioned naturally along the side. This includes shorts, dresses, skirts, and garments worn as a top over leggings and other such apparel.

Exceptions may be made at the elementary level based on principal discretion.

This policy does not apply to school-sanctioned uniforms and costumes approved for  athletics, choral, band, dance, or dramatic performances. Except as specifically noted in this policy based  on an exception or accommodation, this policy applies at all times when students are present on school  property or in attendance at official, school-sponsored event.

The HIVE (Helping Individuals Value Education):

The HIVE is a temporary alternative placement for students when the classroom teacher has exhausted all appropriate classroom discipline strategies. Teachers refer students to an administrator after written notes, parent contacts and/or conferences. Students may be placed in The HIVE from 1 hour to 5 days, or bounced for a portion of a class period. Students in The HIVE may also do work around the school during part of the day. The HIVE is our last resort before referral to Jacket Academy. While in The HIVE, students complete work assigned by the classroom teacher. The HIVE is a highly structured, isolated, quiet working environment. Students are not permitted to interact with one another. Students return to the regular classroom when they have completed their assigned time in a respectful manner. Students who misbehave in The HIVE will be referred to Jacket Academy.

Tardy:

Students are marked tardy when they arrive after 8:20. *LCS has adopted a tardy policy. Every 5 unexcused tardies and/or early sign-outs will equal 1 unexcused absence. The absence will be added to other absences and will count toward the Mandatory Attendance Law and LCS Promotion Policy. The school staff will address habitual tardiness as it interferes with learning.

“Tobacco Free”:

To comply with state and federal law, the board of education adopts the policy that ALL school grounds, in school buildings and facilities, indoor or outdoor athletic areas, in or on any other school property owned or operated by the school board is to be “Tobacco Free”, prohibiting smoking and the use of tobacco products, at all times. For the purposes of this policy, "tobacco product" means any product that contains or that is made or derived from tobacco and is intended for human consumption, including but not limited to cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, electronic cigars, electronic cigarellos, electronic pipes, vapor products, cigars, cigarellos, pipes, bidis, hookahs, smokeless or spit tobacco, or snuff.

Touching:

Hugging, kissing, holding hands, and other forms of intimate touching are not appropriate at school. This includes being rough and physically touching while “playing.”

Toys/Games/CD Players:

Students are not permitted to bring toys of any kind to school. This includes toy watches, key chains, fidget spinner (of any kind), stuffed animals, Pokémon cards, yo-yos, beanie babies, electronic games, CD players, cameras, iPods, MP3 players, and other such items that are of no instructional benefit. Any item that fits in this category seen in school or on the bus will be confiscated and turned in to the office. A parent can pick up items collected on the first offense at the end of the day. On the second offense, items can be picked up at the end of the nine weeks. On the third offense, items can be picked up at the end of the school year. We know that parents spend a lot of hard earned money on popular technologies- please protect your investment and make sure students leave these items at home.

Transportation Changes:

If your child will need to go home a different way than usual, please send a note in with your child. If the note requires a change in buses, the note must be taken to the guidance office for approval during home base. Students will not be allowed to make any changes without a note. In rare emergency situations, you can call the office before 2:00 to request a change. We ask that you keep changes to a minimum for your child’s safety.

Video Surveillance:

As part of our school safety plan, The Lexington Middle School Campus is under video surveillance. There are cameras located in most hallways and common areas. These cameras are only available to school administrators and law enforcement personnel and they can only be viewed in secure locations.

Visitors to the School:

 Parents and other visitors are always welcome at LMS. All guests are required to ring the front bell to gain entrance, check in with the secretary, sign in, and receive a visitor’s badge. You may be asked for identification. Any guest in the building without a badge will be escorted to the office by a staff member to sign in properly. Your child’s safety is important to us! People who are not birth parents and who are not listed on the student’s blue card will NOT be permitted to observe or visit a student. We hope you will appreciate our efforts to keep this a safe and orderly school. To avoid interruption of instruction and avoidable delays, conferences, classroom observations and volunteering must be scheduled in advance through the teacher or office staff. A building administrator will escort all visitors to their desired location. The board encourages the community and parents to be involved in and support the schools and the educational program of the schools.

             A: OPPORTUNITIES TO VISIT THE SCHOOLS

To encourage involvement, the following opportunities are provided to visit the schools.

1. Visitors are welcome to observe and learn about the educational program at each school subject to reasonable rules developed by school administrators.

2. Visitors are encouraged to use school facilities made available to the public, such as media centers or meeting spaces, as provided in policy 2.6, Community Use of Facilities.

3. Visitors are invited to attend school events that are open to the public, such as athletic events, musical programs, and dramatic productions.

B. REQUIREMENTS OF VISITORS TO THE SCHOOLS 

While the school board welcomes visitors to the schools; the paramount concern of the board is to provide a safe and orderly learning environment in which disruptions to instructional time are kept to a minimum. The superintendent and each principal shall establish and enforce reasonable rules to address this concern.

1. All school visitors during the school day must report immediately to the administrative office at the school to request and receive permission to be in the school. Each principal shall ensure that signs are posted in the school to notify visitors of this requirement.

2. School visitors are expected to comply with all school rules and school board policies, including policy 5.3.3.8, Narcotics, Alcoholic Beverages, Stimulants and Other Drugs; 3.14, Use of Tobacco Products/5.3.3.9, Tobacco; and policy 5.3.3.7, Zero Tolerance, Weapons, Bomb Threats, and Clear Threats to Safety 3. Persons who are subject to policy 2.20, Registered Sex Offenders, must comply with the provisions of that policy.

C. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS OF PROBATION OFFICERS 

To minimize disruption to student learning and school operations, the board establishes the following additional requirements for visits by probation officers during the school day:

1. Probation officers may not visit students on school property during school hours unless the visit is conducted through the Division of Community Corrections’ School Partnership Program.

2. Visits by probation officers must be authorized in advance by the school principal or designee or be the result of a request for assistance by a guidance counselor or school resource officer. The principal or designee at each school shall coordinate with probation officers to plan and schedule visits to occur at times least disruptive to the student’s academic schedule and to school operations.

3. To protect the privacy of students, the principal or designee shall designate a private area for probation officers to meet with students away from contact with the general student population. Initial contact with the student will be made by a designated school employee, who shall direct the student to the private area to meet with the probation officer.

4. Probation officers may not initiate direct contact with any student while the student is in class or between classes.

5. All visits must be conducted in accordance with this policy and any additional guidelines developed by the superintendent or designee.

D. UNAUTHORIZED, DISRUPTIVE OR DANGEROUS VISITORS 

If a school employee becomes aware that an individual is on a school property without having received permission or that an individual is exhibiting unusual, threatening or dangerous behavior, the employee must either direct the individual to the administrative office or notify the principal, designee or school resource officer, depending on the circumstances. If a school employee suspects that an individual is on school property in violation of policy 5.20, Registered Sex Offenders, the employee must immediately notify the principal, designee or school resource officer. Students will be instructed to notify a school employee of any unusual or suspicious behavior by visitors. School employees shall inform the principal or designee immediately of a student’s report of suspicious behavior on the part of a school visitor. When an individual disrupts the educational environment, acts in a disorderly manner, damages school property, or violates board policy or the law, the principal or designee has authority to:

1. Order the individual to leave school property;

2. Notify law enforcement; or

3. Take any other action deemed appropriate under the circumstances.

Failure to comply with a request to leave school grounds may result in the filing of trespass charges or other charges as appropriate against the offending individual.

The superintendent, upon recommendation from the principal, may deny an individual permission to come onto school grounds or enter a school facility for up to one school year if the individual is guilty of disruptive or dangerous behavior on school grounds.

        2019-20 Lexington Middle School

Student/Parent Handbook Certification

I have read the 2019-20 Student/Parent Handbook. I understand the information and

certify that I will comply with the printed rules and procedures.

Student Signature___________________________________

Parent Signature____________________________________

Date _____________________________

Return this form to your Homebase Teacher by August 30, 2019