Student & Parent Handbook 2020-2021
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Millard North

High School

2020 - 2021

Student & Parent Guide

MILLARD NORTH HIGH SCHOOL

1010 SOUTH 144TH STREET

OMAHA, NEBRASKA  68154

http://mnhs.mpsomaha.org

ADMINISTRATION

Mr. Brian Begley………………………………………………….Principal

Ms. Amber Ripa….….………….…Assistant Principal/Grade 9

Mrs. Mary Bayne…………...…..Assistant Principal/Grade 10

Mr. Aaron Bearinger…………...Assistant Principal/Grade 11

Mrs. Susan Marlatt.…………...Assistant Principal/Grade 12

Dr. James Suftin, Superintendent

Don Stroh Administration Center

5606 South 147th Street

Omaha, NE  68137

402-715-8200

BOARD OF EDUCATION

Mr. Dave Anderson…………………………………….Vice-President

Mrs. Stacy Jolley…………………………………………….….Secretary

Mr. Mike Kennedy………………………………………….……..Member

Mrs. Amanda McGill Johnson……………………..…...Treasurer

Mr. Mike Pate………………………………………..…….……….Member

Mrs. Linda Poole………………………………………………..President

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction……………………………………………………………………..2School History………………………………………………………………….3

Responsible, Respectful & Ready..………………………………….4

Class Bell Schedule .……………………………………………………….5

Attendance..…………………………………………………………………….6Reporting Absences.…..…………………………………………………..6

Planned Absence…………………………………………………………….7

Truancy Policy.………….…………………………………………………….7

Mustang Time..……………………………………………………………….7

Tardy Policy..…………………………………………………………………..7

Consequences for Tardies…………….………………………………..8

Make-Up Work...……………………….…………………………………….8

Grading Guidelines..………………………………………………………..8

Class Standings.……………………………………………………………..8

GPA  ………………………………………………………………………………..8

Graduation Requirements .……………………………………………..9

Diploma Paths..……………………………………………………………….9

Honor Cords ..………………………………………………………………….9

Academic Letter .…………………………………………………………….9

Counseling Services..……………………………………………………..9

Withdrawal / Transfer..………………………………………………….10

Ike Pane Library .…………………………………………………………..12

General Guidelines  ……………………………………………………...12

Student Athletics / Activities .……………………………………….14

Eligibility ..……………………………………………………………………..15

Activity Passes ……………………………………………………………..15

Student Rules / Guidelines.…………………………………………..16

Campus Hours……………………………………………………………….16

Use of Tobacco/ E-Cigarette.………………………………………..16

Cell Phones…..……………………………………………………………...17

Closed/Open Campus……..….………………………………………..17

Dress Code……………...……….…………………………………………..17

After School Detentions………………………………………………..18

Study Center…………………………………………………………………..18

Student Parking Guidelines & Security………………………….19

Lunch Regulations.………………………………………………………..20

2020-2021 Calendar……………………………………...……………..21

Notice of Non-Discrimination………………………………………..22

Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Complaint and

     Grievance Procedures…………………………………….…………22

Safe Schools Hotline……………………………………………………..25

District Standards for Student Conduct………………………..30

INTRODUCTION

Dear Students and Parents,

Welcome to Millard North High School! We are excited and proud to have you join our Mustang family for the 2020-2021 school year.

Students and parents are responsible for reading this handbook carefully and being familiar with its contents.  It outlines the basic policies of the Millard Public Schools as approved by the Millard Board of Education, and the specific procedures of Millard North High School.

We expect all students to be kind, positive, productive, and well-behaved. We are counting on you to put

forth a great effort, respect fellow students, cooperate with staff members, follow all school rules, and be a high quality student citizen of Millard North High School. Together, we will work with you and your parents to make sure that you can learn, grow, and achieve great things.

We encourage you to be actively involved in Millard North school life. Usually, the more involved

students are in school, the more success they experience. We will do our best to make sure our school

continues to be a warm, safe, friendly, and caring place where all students feel special.

Have an outstanding school year!

Sincerely,

Brian Begley Principal           

                                                                                           

SCHOOL HISTORY

Millard North High School began our first year as a four-year high school during the 1981-82 school year. Our traditions are well established. Students have compiled an impressive record of honors in academics and activities. Millard North is the first International Baccalaureate high school offering the IB Middle Years and Diploma Programs in the state of Nebraska. Millard North is a winner in the Secondary School Recognition Program sponsored by the United States Department of Education to recognize excellence.

The school, built in two stages, had two wings: one for ninth and tenth grade classes, and the other for eleventh and twelfth grade classes. The ninth and tenth grade wing was the first part of the building to open in 1978 as a 9-10 grade high school called Millard High School, Level I. A second wing was completed in 1981, and the school became a four-year High School named Millard North High School. In August 2016, we opened our new main entrance and connector addition. Furthermore, our campus expanded by nearly 2 acres in the summer of 2017.

Millard North is a modern facility that sits on a nearly fifty-acre tract of land at 144th and Pacific Street. It is a 420,000 square foot building that includes 130 classrooms, a 17,000 volume library, 600 seat auditorium,  pool with a large glassed-in spectator area, double gymnasium that seats 2,600, wrestling, weight training room, athletic fields for baseball (turfed infield), softball, tennis courts, a 400-meter track and a turfed and lighted soccer/football stadium.

School mascot – Mustang

School colors – Royal Blue and Silver with Green as an accent color

School song

When Millard North High Mustangs fall in line

We’re gonna win again one more time

For Millard North I cheer for victory And

a Mustang I am proud to be

So let’s all fight, fight, for every game

And watch the North High Mustangs rise to fame And

Push the enemy off to the side

Let’s Keep that Mustang Pride!

    Mustangs Are:

                  MNHS                                     RESPECTFUL                              RESPONSIBLE                                 READY                                                                      

CAMPUS-WIDE

  • Recognize the authority of adults
  • Use appropriate voice and language
  • Demonstrate appropriate peer relationships
  • Recognize that your words and actions impact others
  • Take responsibility for your educational environment
  • Accept the consequences of your actions
  • Arrive to school on time
  • Have your computer charged
  • Be prepared with all class materials

LOCATION-SPECIFIC EXPECTATIONS

CAFETERIA

  • Be courteous to students and staff
  • Use appropriate voice levels
  • Be inviting
  • Food stays in cafeteria
  • Pick up after yourself
  • Stay in cafeteria until the bell
  • Have payment ready
  • Be to class on time

HALLWAYS

  • Use appropriate language
  • Use appropriate voice levels
  • Walk and talk
  • Stay in your lane
  • Keep hands to yourself
  • Use time wisely
  • Pay attention to surroundings
  • Get to class on time

CLASS BELL SCHEDULE

Second hour is longer to allow for the Pledge of Allegiance to be recited at the beginning of the period each day along with the daily announcements.

Fifth hour includes time for lunch.

ATTENDANCE

Regular attendance at school is the primary responsibility of the student and parent(s). There is no substitute for regular attendance, and many classroom experiences cannot be made up. There are occasions when it is necessary for the student to be absent from school all or part of the day.

School Officials may excuse students from school for the following reasons:

  1.  Personal illness (a physician’s verification is required after four (4) consecutive days of absence for illness)
  2.  Medical or dental appointments for the student, which cannot be scheduled at a time other than during

               school hours

  1.  Death or serious illness of the student’s family member
  2.  Attending a funeral
  3.  Wedding or graduation of the student’s family member
  4.  Legal matters which cannot be arranged at a time other than during school hours
  5.  Observance of religious holidays of the student’s own faith
  6.  College planning visits
  7.  Matters involving student safety
  8.  Matters related to military service
  9.  Personal or family vacations not to exceed five (5) days per school year
  10.  The approval of all excused absences may be subject to review by Student Services

Insufficient Grounds for Excused Absences. Students will be assigned an unexcused absence from school by the principal or the principal’s designee for the following reasons:

  1. Personal recreational activities
  2. Non-school sponsored activities and athletics (e.g., competitive cheer, or club sports)
  3. Babysitting
  4. Birthdays
  5. Work

Reporting Absences

  • Parents/guardians are expected to call each day that the student is to be absent from school unless other arrangements have been made with the attendance office.
  • Any time a student arrives late to school or leaves prior to regular dismissal time, he/she MUST sign in or out in the main entrance.

In cases where a student becomes ill during the school day, he/she MUST report to the school nurse who will make arrangements with a parent or guardian for the student to leave school. Any student who leaves school without signing out (or nurse’s office in the case of illness) will be considered truant and will be referred to an assistant principal.

Parent Request for Dismissal

When parents request that students leave the school campus during the school day, a phone call from the parents will be required and an admit pass to leave must be obtained in the office before leaving the building. Failure to comply with this procedure will result in the student being referred to an Assistant Principal.

  • Students may not remain on campus if parents request them to be dismissed.
  • Students will not be excused from a class or classes to complete homework or work for another class.

Planned Absence

The decision to miss school is the responsibility of the parent and student, in consultation with school officials, and should be made in consideration of the student’s current status in school. A student contemplating a planned absence from school for more than one day should be in communication with his/her teachers to develop a plan for completing missed work. Families should avoid planned absences during semester final exams.

Truancy policy

Truancy is defined as follows:

  • Students who fail to report to class/school and do not have an acceptable excuse
  • Students who miss ten minutes or more of class time without excuse
  • Students who leave the building prior to the attendance office receiving parental permission or who do not check out with the office or nurse (if ill)
  • Teachers may enforce late policies on work due or tests taken during the truancy per the course syllabus

Penalties for truancy are as follows:

A student who is truant may receive a zero (“0”) for class work missed. This includes tests, quizzes and daily work. Additional disciplinary action for truancy from class includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • After Schools
  • Parent or Guardian contact
  • Suspension from school for repeated offenses
  • Removal from the course with a failing grade

“Mustang Time”

An important and supportive relationship with students is made possible through our advisement program called Mustang Time.

The mission of Mustang Time is to create a personalized learning environment by

providing an adult advocate who will foster communication among students, staff, parents, and the community; provide academic guidance; prepare students for transitions through the utilization of college and career readiness skills; and encourage engagement in school.

 

Mustang Time meets between 5th and 6th hour on Monday for students in grades 9-11. Seniors will meet for Mustang Time sessions and activities separately when scheduled. Mustang Time is a regularly scheduled class, and students must attend.  Students who skip Mustang Time are subject to truancy consequences.

Tardy Policy

  • Only through a medical or dental appointment is a student’s lateness to school an excused tardy to his or her first period class. Medical or dental appointments must have verification by the doctor’s office for the tardy to be excused.
  • If a student is not inside the classroom when the tardy bell stops ringing, he/she is tardy.
  • Students who report after 10 minutes have passed in a class period will be considered absent.
  • Punctuality to class is extremely important. Tardies to school are recorded and become part of the permanent record that employers and colleges may request.

  • As a general rule, tardiness can be avoided through proper planning. It is strongly recommended that students plan to arrive at school by at least 7:45 a.m. each day (8:30 a.m. on Mondays). In addition, 6 minute passing periods provide adequate time to travel between any two classrooms in the building.
  • Students should know the expected weather forecast for the upcoming day and plan accordingly with their parents/guardians. Inclement weather is not an excuse for being late to school.
  • The Administration team reserves the right to conduct random tardy sweeps. Any student tardy during a sweep will be assigned a one hour detention.

Consequences for Tardies

  • 5 tardies = Teacher Assigned Consequence
  • Each additional 5 tardies = Office referral to Assistant Principal
  • Students not in class when a tardy sweep is conducted will be assigned a one hour detention either that

day or the next school day.

Makeup Work for Excused Absences/Extended Illnesses

The student will be allowed one day for each day of excused absence to complete makeup work. Some instructional activities will require the student’s presence and may not be able to be made up. It will be the responsibility of the student to contact the teacher(s) involved to determine makeup assignments and establish mutually agreeable times for daily and test makeup.

GRADING GUIDELINES

The Millard Public Schools Grading Policy 6330.1 shall be used to report achievement, academic progress, and compute Grade Point Averages (GPA) and Class Standings where applicable.  Weighted grade points shall be given to those grades received in Advanced Placement (AP) classes or International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) classes.

Class Standings

Summa Cum Laude: 4.0 GPA; Magna Cum Laude: 3.75-3.99 GPA; Cum Laude 3.50-3.74 GPA.

Grade Point Average

A student’s GPA shall be calculated by dividing the total grade points achieved (standard and weighted)

by the total course credits earned. Weighted grade points will apply to AP courses and to IBDP requirements for standard-level or high-level assessment.  Honors and IB MYP courses do not qualify for weighted grade points.

Number Grade

Letter Grade

% Grade Range

Standard Grade Pts.

Weighted Grade Pts.

1

A

100-93

20 grade pts.

25 grade pts.

2

B

92-85

15 grade pts.

20 grade pts.

3

C

84-77

10 grade pts.

15 grade pts.

4

D

76-69

5 grade pts.

10  grade pts.

5

F

68-0

0 grade pts.

0 grade pts.

P

P

Pass

0 grade pts

0 grade pts.

F

F

Fail

0 grade pts.

0 grade pts.

Graduation Requirements

  • All students must earn 230 credits to graduate.
  • Students must also successfully meet the College and Career Readiness metric for the high school Essential Learner Outcomes of College and Career Readiness assessments in math, reading, and writing.
  • Students must have a completed Personalized Learner Plan (PLP).
  • Students not completing all graduation requirements will not be allowed to participate in commencement ceremonies.

Diploma Paths

A world-class school district facilitates student goal-setting. High school students in the Millard Public Schools should choose a diploma path to pursue during their high school years. In addition to the Regular Diploma, there are two categories of diplomas that students may choose.

One diploma path, the Liberal Arts path, specifically addresses the needs of students who plan to earn a

Baccalaureate degree after graduation. The second diploma path, the Specialty path, focuses on the needs of students who plan to specialize in a particular career field. In the Specialty areas, students must complete an

approved sequence of study in a career field. Both paths include incentive categories by which students can achieve

a more rigorous diploma by taking more classes and achieving a higher GPA. These incentive categories are labeled “Commended” and  “Distinguished.”   More information on these diploma paths can be found in the MPS High School Curriculum Handbook.

Honor Cords

In order to recognize achievement at Honors Night and Commencement green and silver honor cords are awarded

to seniors with a 4.0 or above GPA i.e, “Summa Cum Laude” (excluding the 2nd semester of the (graduating year). Those students graduating with a 3.75-3.99 GPA i.e, “Magna Cum Laude” (excluding the 2nd semester of the graduating year) will be awarded with a silver honor cord. Those students graduating with a 3.50-3.74 GPA i.e, “Cum Laude” (excluding the 2nd semester of the graduating year) will be awarded with a green honor cord.

Academic Letter

Academic letters are awarded every year to those students who receive a GPA of 3.50 or above 1st and 2nd semester of the same school year. Students will be recognized in the fall for the prior year’s recipients for grades 9-11.  Seniors will be honored in the spring of their senior year at Honor’s Night for first semester 3.50 or above only.

COUNSELING SERVICES

Schedule Changes

The class schedule students receive at the beginning of the school year is based upon the registration process completed in the spring. Parents, students and the school must consider the spring registration process as being

one of a near contractual agreement. As has been the practice in the past, we do not have the space or ability to

make changes in a student’s schedule for the upcoming year.

Therefore, class schedules are not subject to change in terms of courses selected or class periods scheduled.

PLEASE FOLLOW THE SCHEDULE YOU RECEIVED AT ORIENTATION. Changing schedules for things such as transportation, work schedules, or to move a class to another period or to a different teacher will cause class load imbalances for other students and teaching staff and cannot be accommodated.

  1. A student will only be considered for a schedule change if one of the following conditions exists: health problems, computer error, misplacement, failing prerequisites, or incomplete graduation requirements.
  2. A student will take the completed Schedule Change Request form to each of his/her teachers for signatures

              for the purpose of notification. A Schedule Change Request form will be completed only after a parent  

              contact and availability has been verified and entered in Infinite Campus by the Counselor.

       3.   After the conclusion of the first week of the semester, a student will not be allowed to add any classes to his

              or her schedule.

       4.   The last day students can drop a class with parental permission will be one week after the first and third

              quarter progress reports have been completed.  Should a student and his/her parents decide to drop a class  

              after the date stipulated, the student will receive a withdrawal/fail “WF” as a grade for the class dropped.  

       5.    Schedules will not be juggled or switched so that students may leave early.  Exceptions to this will be for  

              those students involved in a work-study program through the school.

       6.   The last day a student can change an Honors class to a regular class, with parental permission, will be one

              week after progress reports for the 1st quarter and at the semester.  This change is contingent upon whether  

              there is room in the class. No changes will be allowed once the 2nd semester begins.

Withdrawal and Transfer

The procedure for withdrawal or transfer is as follows:

  1. Student must obtain the withdrawal/transfer form from his/her counselor.
  2. Have the withdrawal forms signed by teachers, return all textbooks and school property, and make sure all fees are paid. Take the completed form to the appropriate assistant principal for final clearance.

Curriculum Options Available to Parents

In a diverse society, there may be occasional situations when parents are uncomfortable with the use of a particular book or unit in their child’s school. If a parent should find himself or herself in this position, he/she should be aware that the Millard Public Schools have a long-standing policy that, at the request of parents, students may be excused from using such materials. When such a request is made, the teacher will provide alternative materials for the student. Parents should contact their child’s teacher if they have questions about this policy.

COUNSELOR

ALPHABETICAL ASSIGNMENT

Laurie Stackhouse

A - Ca

Paul Gabel

Ce - Gal

Lindsey Zentic

Gam - Jo

Loel Schettler

Ju - Mei

Jillian Depue

Mej - Ral

Jodi Therkelsen

Ram - Ste

Andy Hahn

Sti - Z

Rachel Vacek

Community Counselor

Counseling Office telephone number is:  402-715-1379.  Fax number is 402-715-1253.

School Counseling Services

Some of the most valuable resources our school has to offer are the services provided by the counseling staff.

Students attending Millard North are assigned a Counselor based on the first letter of the students’ last name.  The assigned Counselor will then work with students and his/her family for all of the student’s high school years. They can assist students in coping with self-understanding and in making important decisions regarding education, career, and personal growth. Specifically the Counselor can assist with:

  • Aptitude and interest testing
  • Explaining graduation requirements
  • Selecting high school courses
  • Explaining summer school opportunities
  • Aiding with college/scholarship resources and application process.
  • Provide career planning tools
  • Coping with personal problems

Wellness Counseling Services

Students and families at Millard North, South, West, and Horizon High Schools are able to access mental health services within their respective school. Children's Respite Care Center (CRCC) is providing a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner at each of the Millard high schools to serve as a Student Wellness Counselor. These positions are fully funded by CRCC. Millard simply provides office space and access to students clients in each high school.

The Student Wellness Counselor will be providing mental health therapy for referred students by appointment only. Referrals will be made per parent request for students not already receiving mental health therapy outside of school. Families will be billed through insurance by CRCC just as they would if they were seeing a therapist outside of school.

Naviance Program

We encourage students to use Naviance Student, a Web-based service designed especially for students and parents. Naviance Student is a comprehensive website that can be used to help in making decisions about courses, colleges, and careers.  Naviance Student is linked with the Counselor’s Office, a service that we use to track and analyze data about college and career plans, so it provides up-to-date information that’s specific to our school.

Naviance Student will allow you to:

  • Complete your PLP – The Personal Learning Plan (PLP) is a graduation requirement and can be found on Naviance. Students must complete various items in order to be eligible for graduation. These items will be completed during Mustang Time, courses students enroll in, and independently.
  • Get involved in the planning and advising process – Build a resume, complete online surveys, and manage timelines and deadlines for making decisions about colleges and careers.
  • Research colleges – Compare GPA, standardized test scores, and other statistics to actual historical data from our school for students who have applied and been admitted in the past.
  • Sign up for college visits – Find out which colleges are visiting our school and sign up to attend those sessions

Naviance Student also lets us share information with parents and students about upcoming meetings and events, local scholarship opportunities, and other Web resources for college and career information.

A personal access code and instructions for accessing Naviance Student will be provided. Once registered, the same account will be used during the entire high school career.

We hope that parents will find this resource helpful. Please contact your Counselor with further questions about Naviance Student.

   

 IKE PANE LIBRARY

The Ike Pane Library will only be open 8:00 AM- 3:15 PM.  

Occasionally, school events or unforeseen circumstances require that our hours be adjusted.  Please listen to the announcements or check the school website for these changes.  

Millard North High School Ike Pane Library assists students by providing materials and services for class assignments and individual learning projects.  

GENERAL GUIDELINES

Messages for Students

Because of the large number of students enrolled, only emergency messages will be delivered to students.

Floral, Gift, Food, and Balloon Deliveries

Parents and students are asked not to send flowers, food, and/or balloon-o-grams to school. The school will not accept delivery of these items and will instruct the vendor to deliver them to the student’s home.  No balloons of any kind will be permitted in school.

Field Trips and Guest Speakers

Students are responsible for any material/information they miss due to attendance at a field trip or guest speaker. Students need to check with teachers whose class(es) they will miss. A teacher may deny a student permission to attend by notifying the student and sponsoring teacher. In the event that a teacher(s) does not give a student permission to attend a field trip or guest speaker, the student will be expected to attend all of his/her class(es) as regularly scheduled. In the event that a student does not receive permission from each teacher prior to leaving for the field trip or guest speaker, the student will be considered unexcused and will be required to make up the time that he/she missed.

Snow Day Procedures

When snow accumulates and the Nebraska wind begins to blow, the Millard Public Schools share with parents a concern for the safety of children. Here are a few guidelines that should help us in working together to assure the safety of students, no matter how bad the weather.

  • If bad weather forces the closing of school, an announcement will be made by 6:00 a.m. on both local and social media.
  • A message will be sent out to all Millard households via a recorded telephone message. This message will be sent out as soon as a decision is made to cancel school.
  • If schools are open during inclement weather, parents should decide whether or not their children should attend school.
  • When extreme weather conditions develop during school hours, it is generally our policy not to dismiss students. Because of a number of working parents in our community, many children do not have adult supervision at home during the day. Children are most often safer inside the school building than on the street.
  • Parents may pick up their children during the school day if they feel it is necessary to do so.
  • Cancellations for surrounding area schools do not in any way apply to the Millard Public Schools.
  • School personnel will remain in the building as long as children are present.

Approved Student Fundraising

Students are not permitted to promote and/or sell merchandise for personal profit at school. All school fundraisers must be pre-approved by the Activities office.

Advertising

According to Millard Board of Education Policies, the facilities, staff, and students shall not be involved during school hours in advertising or promoting the interest or cause of any individual, private or commercial agency, and/or nonprofit agency or institution, except in situations approved by the administration.

Lockers

Lockers will not be assigned at the beginning of the year to allow for as much social distancing as possible.

In the event that lockers are able to be assigned at a later date, students should only use their assigned lockers and keep them locked at all times.  Students are not to change lockers without permission from the administration.  Students should report all locker problems or difficulties to the administration office.  All personal items and books, when not in use, are to be kept in student lockers and book bags. Students should not tamper with another locker or give their combination to another person. The school assumes no responsibility for books or other articles lost or stolen. All students receive a new combination each year they are at Millard North. All gym shoes, notebooks, etc.should be carefully marked so that they can be identified in case they are lost.

Lockers are the property of Millard North High School and may be opened or searched by certificated staff members without notice and without student consent. Dogs may be used to detect illegal drugs and contraband in school lockers at any time, announced or unannounced, and illegal drugs and contraband can be seized.  Students are responsible for cleaning out their lockers at the end of each year or their items will be donated to charity.

Book Fines

Students are responsible for the care of textbooks and other materials checked out to them by a teacher. Students will sign a book card when the book is issued to them. Students should note the condition of the book on the book card.  Lost or damaged books will be assessed a fine according to the age and price of a new book. Fines not paid will result in report cards being held, and students will not be allowed to participate in Fall Registration.

Food and Beverage Items

Students must adhere to individual teacher’s procedures for beverages, food, and candy in classrooms.  Teachers

have discretion in what is allowed in their classroom. Failure to comply with teacher procedures may result in teacher/administrative assigned consequences.

Student Visitations

Because of the size of our enrollment and school safety/security issues, students are not permitted to bring visitors to school. Any exceptions to the rule must be approved by the administration at least one day in advance. If approval is given, a Visitor’s Pass must be obtained from the administration office in advance of the visiting student’s arrival. Students from the metropolitan area will not be allowed to visit Millard North High School during the school year due to the large number of students who are not in school at various times throughout the year.

Lost and Found

Students who find lost articles/books are requested to take them to the office. Students who lost articles/books should check with the office in order to claim any lost items. Periodically, any unclaimed items will be donated.

Fire Drills/Tornado Drills

Fire drills/tornado drills at regular intervals are required by law and are an important safety precaution. It is essential that when the first signal is given, everyone obeys orders promptly and clears the building or takes cover by the prescribed route as quickly as possible.

STUDENT ATHLETICS/ACTIVITIES

Students are encouraged to participate and get involved in our athletic program and to become part of a

winning tradition. It is our desire to continue the tradition of dedication, effort and pride that has been

displayed in our athletes in athletic competition. We believe our Mustang coaching staff will provide the

leadership to continue a winning effort.

The Millard North High School athletic program is highly competitive. Due to the size of our school and

limited opportunities, we are not able to place every child on a team who wishes to participate. While this is

not our desire, it is reality. The hardest thing our coaches have to do is to tell young people they will not be on

a team. Please be sure when your child tries out for a team, both you and your child understand there is a very

real possibility they may not be selected.

A main goal of a competitive athletic program is to put the most talented members of the team in

competition to win the contest. Starting positions and playing time are not guaranteed to seniors making a

team, or anyone else for that matter. Each member of a team is very valuable to the team’s overall

progress. Some members may play a great deal of time in a contest while others may not see what a parent

would consider to be “significant” playing time. Each student should have personal improvement as one of his

or her goals.

By being a member of a team, regardless of time spent in actual competition, a person can learn many valuable

lessons. Among them are the following: citizenship, sportsmanship, appreciating good play by an opponent,

working together to meet team goals, responsibility and commitment to team and school, loyalty, placing

team above self, learning to accept instruction and criticism, respect for others, winning and losing with

dignity, self-control, and being responsible for one’s own actions.

Every attempt will be made to offer the following interscholastic sports at Millard North:

FALL

WINTER

SPRING

Football-9th,Res,JV,Varsity

B/G Basketball-9th,Res,JV,Varsity

B/G Track-9th,Non-Varsity,Varsity

B/G Cross Country-JV, Varsity

Wrestling-9th,JV,Varsity

Baseball-Res,JV,Varsity

Boys Tennis-JV,Varsity

B/G Swimming & Diving

Girls Tennis-JV,Varsity

Girls Golf-Varsity

B/G Soccer-JV, Varsity

Volleyball-9th,Res,JV,Varsity

Boys Golf-Varsity

Softball-JV,Varsity

Unified Bowling

Students planning to participate in competitive athletics must complete the following forms and have them signed by a parent/guardian (and by a physician where appropriate) and returned to the activities office before he/she can practice or compete in any sport:

  1. Pay $65.00 non-refundable Activity/Athletic Participation Fee
  2. A Parent/Guardian Statement of Consent form
  3. A Physical Exam form (to be signed by a physician after May 1)
  4. Proof of Insurance
  5. Paperwork Requirement form
  6. Emergency Information Form
  7. Transportation Guidelines

ALL OF THESE FORMS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE ACTIVITIES OFFICE AND ON THE SCHOOL’S WEBSITE at http://mnhs.mpsomaha.org

Eligibility for Activities

To be eligible, the Millard Schools require that the student be continuously enrolled in at least twenty (20) credit hours of instruction at the school the student represents in interscholastic competition. Millard North High school may determine its own current semester scholastic requirement for eligibility to compete in inter school activities.  The requirements may be more stringent than the Nebraska State Athletic Association but in no case shall the requirements be less restrictive.  Students must also have credit on the

school records for twenty (20) credit hours of instruction for the immediate preceding semester.

Student Activities

Millard North High School would like to encourage students to participate in extracurricular activities.

ACTIVITIES (APPLICATION,TRYOUTS OR CLASS ENROLLMENT REQUIRED)

Band(Concert,Marching,Symphonic)Wind Ensemble

Forensics

Cheer(Varsity,JV,9th)

Journalism(Newspaper, Yearbook)

Choir(Voice,Cantori,Singers)

Mustang Mentoring Program (MMP)

Color Guard

National Honor Society

Dance

Orchestra/Strings

Debate

Show Choir

DECA

Spanish Honor Society

Dramatic Productions(Musical,Winter,& Spring Plays)

CLUBS (OPEN TO ALL)

Interact Club

Junior Class Board

Broadcast Club

Language Clubs(German & Latin)

Chemistry Club

Math Club

Chess Club

Senior Class Board

Diversity Club

Student Council

FCCLA

Skills USA

History Club

Volunteers In Action (VIA)

Millard North supports the initiative of students who wish to propose an idea that would be approved as a Student-Led Group.  Application deadline is October 1st.  See the Activities Office if interested.

Activity Passes

The Student Activity Pass is a means whereby the student may purchase one ticket at a greatly reduced price to attend many functions of Millard North High School. This includes all regularly scheduled home athletic contests (not NSAA tournaments).  The cost of the Activity Pass is $40.00 and can be purchased at orientation.  Any student that goes through orientation and decides to purchase an Activity Pass at a later date will be charged an additional $5.00

for the price of a new ID card. There is a Metro Conference rule that students must have their student ID to receive a student priced admission at AWAY games.

National Honor Society

Membership in National Honor Society at Millard North High School is an honor. Four evaluative categories are used to determine a student’s membership. The four areas are:

  1. Scholarship
  2. Leadership
  3. Character
  4. Service

In order to be eligible for membership in the National Honor Society, a student must meet the requirements of the four evaluative categories by fulfilling the following criteria:

  1. Student is a Junior or Senior
  2. Academically, students must have a GPA of 3.50
  3. As an indication of leadership and service, students must be active in activities within the school and/or community.
  4. Eligible students must complete a student information form.
  5. Final selections will be made by a faculty council.

Student Governments

Student Council

The Millard North Student Council is an organization that is committed to providing engaging and personalized opportunities for all students. By connecting all student-citizens to our student government, the purpose of student council is to unify student activities and promote positive engagement in our school.

Junior Class Board

The Junior Class Board is an organization that is open to all junior students. Its main purpose is to plan and sponsor the Junior-Senior Prom. Officers will be elected by participating members.

Senior Class Board

The Senior Class Board is an organization that is open to all senior students. Its main purpose is to plan and coordinate graduation activities and ceremonies. It also provides service to the school and community by fundraising for various charitable causes. Officers will be elected by participating members.

STUDENT RULES/GUIDELINES

Campus Hours

Students should not be on campus earlier than 7:30 a.m. unless they are attending a zero hour class.  Upon arrival at school, students will report directly to their first hour class.  Students must exit the building following the 3:15 p.m. bell unless they are in a supervised activity. Consequences may be assigned for students who are not following these expectations.

Use of Tobacco/E-Cigarettes

State law prohibits the sale or use of tobacco by persons less than eighteen (18) years of age. Use of tobacco/e-

cigarettes/vaporizers by students is prohibited on school grounds or at activities or functions sponsored by the

Millard Public Schools.

Students are not to carry cigarettes/e-cigarettes/vaporizers or tobacco in any form. Students with cigarettes/e-

cigarettes in hand or handed to them by another student, or picked up off the floor or ground even though they are not lit, will receive a minimum of a 3 day out of school suspension.  Students who obstruct an Administrative Investigation by warning other students who are in violation of the tobacco/e-cigarette policy may receive disciplinary consequences.

Use of Alcohol

Any student appearing on school grounds and/or at a Millard School function, activity, or event, who has consumed alcoholic beverages in any amount, who is under the influence of alcohol, or who has alcohol detected on his/her breath or clothing by any school official will be dealt with as a violation of this section of the Millard North High School Student and Parent Guide, Millard Board of Education Policy, and Nebraska State Statute.

 

Public Display of Affection

Public display of affection has a tendency to create unfavorable impressions and attitudes toward the school and the individuals involved and will not be permitted.  

Cellular Phones & Other Electronic Devices

Cell phones and other electronic devices may be used during passing periods and lunch. Usage in classrooms is up to the discretion of each individual teacher.  Students need to be aware of their teacher’s expectations regarding these electronic devices. If a student is using a cell phone or electronic device in violation of school or classroom rules, the student may have the item confiscated by the teacher and returned at the end of the day. Failure to give the cell phone or other electronic device to a staff member upon request will be considered insubordination resulting in disciplinary action. Repeated infractions of the Millard North cellular phone or other electronic device guidelines will result in escalated consequences.

Closed Campus (Grades 9-11)

Campus for ninth, tenth, and eleventh grade students is closed, and students will not be permitted to leave school during the school day unless they have permission for an excused absence for all or part of the school day from the school principal or principal’s designee as provided in District Policy or Rule.

Open Campus (Grade 12 only)

Open Campus is a privilege for 12th grade students. Twelfth grade students with a non-scheduled period (including lunch periods) may leave the school campus. Parents of seniors not wanting their student to have open campus privileges should contact the administration office. During the non- scheduled period, seniors may not be in academic areas of the building unless they have a pass from a staff member. Seniors must take a minimum of four classes each semester.

The administration reserves the right to refuse/revoke any open campus privileges at any time in the best interest of the student or in the event that the student’s behavior indicates that he/she is not accepting the responsibilities accompanying these privileges.

Dress Code

School is a place for serious work and study. Certain types of clothing and student dress are not appropriate for school.

The administration and faculty of Millard North High School have a responsibility to help students develop habits that contribute to good taste in matters of dress and appearance. What is considered appropriate dress for school and all school related activities and events is at the discretion of Millard North High School Administration.

The following clothing or types of dress are prohibited as noted below:

  1. Clothing that either causes or has the potential to cause either a substantial disruption or material interference with the educational process.
  2. Clothing that is not worn appropriately or considered indecent is prohibited.

a. Upper body articles should cover the body from both shoulders to the waist. Some examples of prohibited dress include: bare backs, midriff tops, tube-tops, halter-tops, and spaghetti straps. Shirt straps must be approximately one inch wide or wider.

b. Lower body - Very short skirts and shorts are not permitted

  1. Clothing that creates or has the potential to create a health or safety problem or risk
  2. Clothing and other personal items which promote, advocate, or advance the use of illegal drugs, or gang affiliation, alcohol, or tobacco, including clothing which displays a logo or trademark of any brand of alcohol or tobacco cannot be worn at school or at athletic/activity events.
  3. Students are prohibited from wearing hats, caps, and hoods inside the school building from the time a student arrives at school until they exit the building. All student hats and ball caps worn to school must be kept in a student’s locker or book bag and is not to be seen until the 3:15 bell dismissing school.
  4. Chains or other objects that could be used as a weapon are not to be worn to school or school activities.
  5. Sagging pants and visible underwear are not appropriate for school. Pants should be worn at or above the hip level. Underwear is not to be visible or able to be seen by others.
  6. Any message on clothing that contains a double meaning or suggests vulgar or offensive words or language, or is sexual in nature are not to be worn to school or a school related activity.
  7. Clothing that is characteristic of a costume or is considered unusual and normally not worn during the school day is prohibited unless approved beforehand by the administration.  Costumes are not allowed on Halloween.
  8. Students are required to wear shoes. Slippers are not to be worn at school.
  9. All group or class T-shirts must be approved by the administration before worn to school or any school-related activities or events.
  10. Pajamas are not allowed during the school day.
  11. No full-face paint is allowed.

Infractions of Millard North High School’s dress codes and standards may result in directing the student to cover-up, sending a student home to change, suspension, or other student discipline depending on the degree of infraction. Dress code infractions and consequences are determined by the administration.

Graduation Apparel

Graduation apparel is limited to appropriate caps, gowns and honorary decorations presented by Millard North High School at Honors Night.  All other apparel is not permissible. Graduates participating in the Commencement ceremony will not be permitted to decorate their cap and gown. The administration reserves the right to disallow anything that is not considered appropriate for the Commencement ceremony.

After Schools Detentions

After Schools that are assigned due to behavior infractions will be held in the Mustang Center from 3:30pm - 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. Students must bring something to work on or read otherwise they will be dismissed and rescheduled for another time. Students who do not follow the rules could receive further consequences.

Study Center

The Study Center will not be available until further notice.

Student Parking

Parking and Driving on School Grounds

Carpooling is strongly encouraged in view of limited parking availability.

  1. Parking permits are available to juniors and seniors.
  2. Parking permits are limited to sophomores who have a driver’s license and 60 credits (A school permit is not proper documentation to park on Millard North’s campus).
  3. Students who wish to park on the Millard North campus must meet the following grade level parameters:

• Seniors must have at least 160 credits and a completed 11th-grade PLP in order to have access to a parking permit.

• Juniors must have at least 120 credits and a completed 10th-grade PLP in order to have access to a parking permit.

• Sophomores must have at least 60 credits and a completed 9th-grade PLP in order to have access to a parking permit.

  1. Students with a valid driver’s license must obtain a parking permit to park on campus if space is available. Registration for a parking permit does not guarantee a parking place. It permits students to look for parking on a first come, first served basis. Students who elect to drive to school and park on campus will be REQUIRED to complete a “Motor Vehicle Registration Form,” present the county Vehicle Registration Certificate, and valid Driver’s License to the administration office.
  2. The charge for a parking permit is $40.00 ($20 after Jan 1), and no refunds will be given.
  3. Parking permits are sold to individual students who register their cars.  Parking permits are non-transferable and cannot be shared with other students/student’s vehicles.
  4. Students temporarily driving any vehicle other than the one registered with the school must sign the daily log book in the administration office, or the vehicle may be ticketed. However, there is a 5-day limit per semester for parking book sign-in. If the unauthorized vehicle must be driven for more than 5 days, a replacement sticker must be purchased. Students are required to DISPLAY the permit inside the upper right corner of the front window of the vehicle which has been registered in the administration office. Students will be REQUIRED to register each vehicle which they plan on driving/parking on campus in the administration office.
  5. Areas for student parking have been designated with WHITE parking stalls. In addition, all students who have been granted the privilege to park on campus will be expected to abide by the following rules.

a. Each vehicle must be registered each year.

b. Each vehicle must have a current parking permit displayed.

c. Vehicles must be parked in assigned areas.

d. Speeding and careless driving on or near school grounds is prohibited.

e. Students are not permitted to sit in vehicles during the school day.

f. Students are not permitted to take more than one parking space.

g. Students are not permitted to park in any yellow parking stalls at any time. These areas are restricted to staff parking only.

  1. Individuals who violate parking rules will receive a $10 fine. In the event that a student receives a parking ticket ($10 fine), he/she needs to report to the bookkeeper to make arrangements for payment. Failure to do so or repeated parking violations may result in the following disciplinary actions in addition to the fine amount:

a. Placement of an immobilization device (boot) on the vehicle

b. Revocation of parking privileges, in which case the student will need to park OFF campus or make other arrangements for transportation to school

c. Loss of open campus privileges (seniors only)

d. Denial of a parking pass the following year

e. Holding of diploma

f. Towing the vehicle at the owner’s expense

    • Upon the accumulation of a third unpaid parking ticket, a student may be suspended from school for insubordination. If a parking permit is purchased and arrangements for the payment of the unpaid tickets are made, a student will avoid the out-of-school suspension.

  1. Parking availability on campus is limited.  Therefore, parking will be on a first come-first served basis.   Any student who cannot find legal, available student parking must park his/her vehicle in a residential area and walk to school.  Students who arrive at school after 1st period or who leave during the day may not find parking available.
  2. Students must be aware that the school is not responsible for any damage, theft, or loss. The parking fee does not insure that a vehicle will not be damaged or items stolen. The school is not responsible for any damage caused by a student who attempts to remove the tire lock or drive the vehicle with the tire lock on.
  3. Students are not to loiter in the parking lot before or after school.
  4. Accidents on school grounds: Current state law prevents the police from making an investigation of an accident on private property. The only exceptions are

a. hit and run, and

b. a personal injury.

In the event of an accident on private property, the student should exchange the following information with the other driver: name, address, phone number, name of insurance company, license number, make/model and year of car. The Security guard has forms available for this purpose.

  1. Vehicles on Millard North High School Property are subject to search by Administration.
  2. Drug detection dogs may be used to determine whether a vehicle contains illegal items or substances, and that illegal items or substances may be seized.
  3. Students must adhere to a 10 mph speed limit on school grounds.

Parking Lot Security

The school has an Outdoor Security Person to assist us in providing safe, orderly parking. The security

person will be on duty from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Security will perform the following duties:

  • Monitor the parking area and visitors entering the lot
  • Assist in enforcing parking regulations and school rules
  • Respond to student/staff  needing emergency assistance.

You should report any information regarding thefts, vandalism, and parking problems to the security person

or the administration office.

LUNCH REGULATIONS

Grade 9-11

Students will be expected to adhere to the following lunchtime regulations:

  1. Students will not be dismissed to have lunch outside the building.
  2. Students may only be in the Cafeteria, Mustang Center and Lecture Halls during lunch.
  3. Students found in unauthorized areas at lunch may receive an After School detention or other disciplinary penalties. Areas where students are not to be during lunch are: Outside the building, classroom areas on both sides of the building, upstairs walkway, gymnasium, pool/music area, locker rooms and library.
  4. Students should sit on a chair or bench. Because of health issues, eating on the floor is not permitted.
  5. Food may not be ordered in. Students may bring a sack lunch or eat food provided by Millard North High School.

Grade 12

Students are expected to adhere to the following lunchtime regulations:

        1. Only senior students with Open Campus are permitted to leave the building during lunch.

        2. Students are not to be outside the building or in the parking lot except when leaving or arriving to school.

        3. Food purchased in the cafeteria may not be taken out of the cafeteria area.

        4. Food may not be ordered in. Students may bring a sack lunch or eat food provided by Millard North High

            School.

It is an expectation that all students who have 3rd lunch will stack their chairs when they are done.

NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION

Annual public notification of the Notice of Non Discrimination shall be made through placement in student and employee handbooks, board policies, newsletters, bulletins, job applications, course offering handbooks, postings, websites, and in other communications required for Title IX, Title VI, and Section 504. The Notice of Non-Discrimination shall read as follows:

The Millard School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, disability, or age, in admission or access to or treatment of employment in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Superintendent of Schools, 5606 South 147th Street, Omaha, NE 68137, (402) 715-8200. The Superintendent may delegate this responsibility as needed. Complaints and grievances by school personnel or job applicants regarding discrimination or sexual harassment shall follow the procedures of District Rule 4001.2. Complaints and grievances by students or parents regarding discrimination or sexual harassment shall follow the procedures of District Rule 5010.2.

PROCEDURES

Non-Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Procedure                                    5010.2

                            

I.        Complaint and Reporting Procedures.

 

A.        All students and parents are responsible for helping the District to prevent unlawful discrimination and unlawful harassment (including sexual harassment).  Students and parents who believe that they, or their children, have been subjected to or have witnessed any conduct by a District employee or student which constitutes unlawful discrimination or unlawful harassment (including sexual harassment) should follow the following complaint and reporting procedures.

 

1.        Students and parents are encouraged to directly advise the offending person that such conduct is offensive and must stop.  If such an effort is unsuccessful or too uncomfortable or the student or parent desires not to directly communicate with the offending person, then the student or parent should report the matter to a teacher, counselor, assistant principal or principal, or any other available District personnel.

 

2.         When a student or parent reports unlawful discrimination or unlawful harassment (including sexual harassment) to a teacher or counselor, the teacher or counselor shall:

a.        If the alleged offending person is a District staff member or other adult, immediately report the matter to the building principal.

b.         If the alleged offending person is a student, depending on the seriousness of the alleged conduct, the teacher or counselor shall either:

(i)        Immediately report the matter to an assistant principal or the building principal, or

(ii)        Immediately investigate the matter in accordance with the District's student discipline procedures and, if it is concluded that a violation of the District's Standards for Student Conduct has occurred, impose discipline sanctions pursuant to the Standards for Student Conduct and undertake other appropriate actions to redress any such conduct and prevent its future recurrence.

3.         When an assistant principal or building principal receives such a report of unlawful discrimination or unlawful harassment (including sexual harassment), they shall:

a.         If the alleged offending person is a District staff member or other adult, immediately report the matter to the District's Associate Superintendent of Human Resources.

b.         If the alleged offending person is a student, the assistant principal or building principal shall immediately investigate the matter in accordance with the District's student discipline procedures and, if it is concluded that a violation of the District's Standards for Student Conduct has occurred, impose discipline sanctions pursuant to the Standards for Student Conduct and undertake other appropriate actions to redress any such conduct and prevent its future recurrence.

4.         When the Associate Superintendent of Human Resources receives such a written report of unlawful discrimination or unlawful harassment (including sexual harassment) by a District staff member, he or she shall follow the procedures outlined in Rule 4001.2.

5.         When any other District personnel receive such a report of unlawful discrimination or unlawful harassment (including sexual harassment), they shall immediately report the matter to an assistant principal or the building principal.

B.        Unless prohibited by law or District policies or rules, the investigation and resolution of the complaint or report will be discussed with the student or parent making the complaint, within ten (10) working days of the alleged discrimination or sexual harassment being reported.

C.        If the student or parent is not satisfied with the resolution of their complaint, they may use the grievance procedures set forth in Section II of this Rule.

 

II.       Formal Complaint Procedures.  Any student or parent who is not satisfied with the resolution of their complaint of unlawful discrimination or unlawful harassment (including sexual harassment)  may initiate the following  formal complaint procedures which are intended to assist students and parents in the fair and prompt resolution of their complaints and concerns regarding discrimination and sexual harassment.

A.        Level 1.  A student or parent shall within ten (10) working days after the occurrence of the event which is the subject of the formal complaint, make an appointment with and meet and discuss the matter with the building principal.  Every effort will be made to resolve the formal complaint at this level.  The building principal shall give the student or parent an oral response within seven (7) working days of such meeting.  Due to the importance of resolving the formal complaint at the building level, the meeting with the building principal is important and essential, and the failure of the student or parent to attend such a meeting will constitute an abandonment of the formal complaint.

B.        Level 2.  If the student or parent is not satisfied with the resolution of their formal complaint at Level 1, they may appeal by filing a formal written appeal with the building principal within seven (7) working days after the building principal's oral response at Level 1.

1.         The written appeal must be signed, contain a complete statement of the facts constituting the appeal, and the reasons why the building principal’s response is not acceptable.

2.         The building principal will notify their supervisor and the Associate Superintendent of Human Resources that they have received such a formal written appeal.  The building principal shall, within seven (7) working days of receipt of the formal appeal, create a written response and forward the written response to the student or parent, and also forward the formal written appeal and their written response to the Associate Superintendent of Human Resources.

3.         Upon receipt of the formal written appeal and the building principal's written response, the Associate Superintendent of Human Resources shall investigate the appeal and attempt to resolve it.  As part of the investigation, the Associate Superintendent of Human Resources may meet with the student or parent, if the student or parent so requests, and undertake any such investigation as the Associate Superintendent of Human Resources deems appropriate.  The Associate Superintendent of Human Resources may, in his or her discretion, designate another District administrator, other than any previously involved supervisor, assistant principal or principal, to conduct the investigation and appeal resolution when appropriate.

a.         The Associate Superintendent of Human Resources or his/her designee shall  complete a written report within ten (10) working days of receiving the formal written appeal and the building principal's written response.  Such written report shall summarize the facts, the determinations made, and to the extent permissible, any corrective actions to be implemented.  The Associate Superintendent of Human Resources shall provide the student or parent with a copy of such written report within two (2) working days of its completion.

C.        Level 3.  If the student or parent is not satisfied with the resolution of their appeal at Level 2, they may appeal to the District's Superintendent by filing a formal written appeal with the Superintendent within seven (7) working days after receipt of the written report at Level 2.

1.         The written appeal must be signed, contain a complete statement of the facts constituting the complaint and appeal, and the reasons the Level 2 resolution is not acceptable.

2.         Upon receipt of the formal written appeal, the Superintendent may, if he/she deems it necessary, investigate the appeal.  As part of any such investigation, the Superintendent may undertake any such investigation deemed appropriate.  The Superintendent may, in his or her discretion, designate another District administrator, other than any previously involved administrator(s), to conduct the investigation and appeal resolution when appropriate.

3.         The Superintendent or designee shall complete a written report within ten (10) working days of receiving the formal Level 3 written appeal.  Such written report shall summarize the facts, the determinations made, and to the extent permissible, any corrective actions to be implemented.  The Superintendent's decision and any action taken shall be final.  The Superintendent shall provide the student or parent with a copy of such final written decision within two (2) days of its completion.

 

III.         General Provisions.

A.        Nothing in this Rule shall be construed as limiting the ability of students or parents who have a complaint regarding unlawful discrimination or unlawful harassment (including sexual harassment) from discussing the matter informally with the building principal or any appropriate District administrators or staff members, or as limiting the involvement of the administration in informally addressing and resolving any such complaints.  Students and parents are encouraged to discuss a contemplated complaint informally with the building principal or other District administrators or staff members prior to filing a complaint.

B.        The time limits in these procedures are for the purpose of insuring prompt action.  If a student or parent does not pursue the next step of a procedure within the time period specified, it shall constitute an abandonment of the complaint.  If an investigating administrator does not respond within the time period specified, the employee may proceed to the next level of the procedure.  Nothing in this Rule shall prohibit the parties from jointly agreeing in writing to extend timelines set forth in this Rule.

C.        No retaliation of any kind will be permitted against any student or parent who makes a good faith complaint pursuant to this Rule, or against any person who in good faith participates in or cooperates with an investigation of alleged unlawful discrimination or unlawful harassment (including sexual harassment).

D.        Information regarding an individually identifiable student or employee will only be shared with a student or parent filing a complaint, or with other persons, if allowed by law and in accordance with District policies and rules.

E.        To the extent permitted by law and in accordance with District policies and rules, the identity of students and parents filing complaints pursuant to this Rule and any documents generated or received pertaining thereto, will be kept confidential.  Information may be disclosed if necessary to further an investigation, complaint, or appeal, or if necessary to carry out appropriate discipline.  The District may disclose information to District personnel, law enforcement authorities, and others when necessary to enforce this Rule or when required or allowed by law.

F.         The proper law enforcement agency will be contacted promptly when there is a reasonable suspicion that a violation of a state or federal criminal law may have been committed.

G.        Working days shall mean:  (i) days when school is in session for students during the school year; and (ii) all weekdays when school is in recess for summer vacation, excluding any national holidays.

 

Related Policies and Rules: 1100.4, 4001, 4001.1, 4100, 4163.3, 5010, 5010.1, 5020, 5020.1, 6002, 6640

Rule Approved:  September 20, 2010

Revised:  July 9, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                               

Safe2Help HOTLINE

1-531-299-SAFE (7233)

www.Safe2helpNE.org

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The Safe2Help Hotline is a 24-hour 7-day a week anonymous reporting system for anyone having information that will protect the lives or safety of our students.  Call the Hotline to report information about bullying, vandalism, theft, potential suicides, weapons, drugs, gangs, threats, or other safety issues. Every call will be taken seriously, investigated, and the appropriate action will be taken.  

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SEARCHES

Certificated staff are authorized to conduct searches of a student’s person, clothing, automobile, and property under a student’s control including, but not limited to:  purses, handbags, book bags, and briefcases. Certificated staff are also authorized to search student lockers. Certificated staff may take into custody any objects or substances that are illegal under federal or state law, or in violation of District Policy or Rule. Refusal of a student to consent or submit to a reasonable search and/or surrender objects or substances found as a result of such search can be grounds for disciplinary action against the student.

STUDENT LOCKERS

Student lockers are the exclusive property of the District and the District does not relinquish its control and ownership of lockers by making them available for students. Student lockers are provided to students only for student convenience, and this privilege may be withdrawn by the District at any time. The search and inspection of lockers and the taking into custody of objects or substances which are illegal or in violation of District Policy or Rule may be conducted at any time by certificated staff without notice and without student consent.

DETECTION DOGS

The District uses a trained detection dog to detect illegal drugs, weapons, or contraband on school property. The purpose of the District’s use of a detection dog is to eliminate illegal drugs, weapons, and contraband on school property, and to maintain a safe school environment conducive to learning. The District may use a detection dog at any time, announced or unannounced. All lockers and all cars parked on school property shall be subject to a drug dog sniff search at any time. All common areas and classrooms are subject to a dog search at any time when students are not present. If illegal drugs, weapons, or contraband are found on a student, or in the student’s car or locker, or at any other place on school property that the student has placed illegal drugs, weapons, or contraband, the student may be subject to discipline and the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s) shall be notified.

ALCO-SENSORS/BREATHALYZERS & DRUG DETECTION AEROSOL SPRAY/SWIPES

The District uses alco-sensors/breathalyzers to detect alcohol or to detect those who have used alcohol at (or prior to) a school or a school related event. Additionally, the District uses drug detection aerosol spray swipes to detect illegal drugs or contraband on school property or at school related events. The purpose of the District’s use of these tools is to eliminate alcohol, illegal drugs and contraband on school property (or at school related events), and to maintain a safe school environment conducive to learning. The District may use these tools at any time there is reasonable suspicion and need for such use. The alco-sensors and breathalyzers which come in many forms may be used on students prior to them entering or exiting a school related event or function such as a dance or prom. The tools will only be used by trained staff members. If positive results are obtained from the alco-sensors/breathalyzers or drug detection aerosol spray swipes, the student may be subject to discipline and the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s) shall be notified. See District Policy 5490 for more details.

STUDENT SUPPORT INTERVENTIONS AND PROGRAMS

The following are examples of student support interventions or programs that may be used in the District to support students and families. For additional information, please contact your child’s counselor or your school’s social worker.

SECONDARY STUDENT PICTURE IDENTIFICATION CARDS

Each student will be issued a student identification card. Students shall be required to carry their card at all times for the purpose of identification when requested by a staff member. The card will also allow students to check out books from the library, purchase bus tickets and ride assigned busses.  

MULTIPLE TIERED SYSTEMS OF SUPPORT FOR BEHAVIOR  (MTSS-B)

Unfortunately, no magic wand single-handedly removes the barriers to learning that occur when student behaviors are disrupting the learning environment. The climate of each school learning community is different; therefore, a “one size fits all” approach is less effective than interventions based on the individual needs of each school and student.

One of the foremost advances in school-wide behavior support is the emphasis on school-wide systems of support that promote proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behavior. Instead of using a piecemeal approach to student behavior management, behavioral support teams offer a continuum of consistent practice for all students within the school. These behavioral interventions are implemented in all areas including both classroom and non-classroom settings. The implementation of school-wide behavioral support programs, focuses attention on creating and sustaining desired behaviors while promoting life skill development.  

SUSPENSION, EXPULSION, MANDATORY REASSIGNMENT, AND EXCLUSION

The Millard School District Rules and Regulations addressing student discipline are based on the Nebraska Student Discipline Act.

The principal (or designee) may determine that it is necessary to exclude a student from school and school functions if the student’s behavior is in violation of the student code of conduct. The decision to exclude is made after the principal has investigated the facts, given the student oral or written notice of the charges against him/her and an explanation of the evidence, and provided the student with an opportunity to present the student’s version. A copy of the Student’s Rights to Due Process is available upon request from your child’s school.

It is the principal’s responsibility to determine the type of exclusion and/or the recommended disciplinary action to be taken unless otherwise specified by Board Policy or state and federal law. Possible exclusions from school include:

  1. Short-term Suspension.  Exclusion from all schools in the District not to exceed five (5) school days.

  1. Emergency Exclusion.  Immediate exclusion if:
  1. The student has a dangerous communicable disease transmissible through normal school contacts and poses an imminent threat to the health and safety of the school community; or
  2. The student’s conduct presents a clear threat to the physical safety of him/her, or others, or is so extremely disruptive as to make temporary removal necessary to preserve the rights of other students to pursue an education.

        An emergency exclusion shall be based upon a clear factual situation warranting it and shall last no longer than is necessary to avoid the dangers necessitating the exclusion.

  1. Long-term Suspension.  Exclusion from all schools in the District for more than five (5) school days but less than twenty (20) school days.

  1. Expulsion.  Exclusion from all schools in the District (except the location designated for alternative education) for a period not to exceed the remainder of the semester in which it took effect with the following exceptions:

  1. If the misconduct occurred within ten (10) school days prior to the end of the first semester, the expulsion shall remain in effect through the second semester; or
  2. If the misconduct occurred within ten (10) school days prior to the end of the second semester, the expulsion shall remain in effect for summer school and the first semester of the following school year subject to the annual review provision of paragraph d below.
  3. The time periods above do not apply to the following infractions which have the following periods of exclusion:
  1. Firearms and/or Dangerous Weapons.  Exclusion from all schools in the District for not less than twenty days of any student who is determined to have knowingly possessed, used, or transmitted a firearm or other gun as provided in (Rule 5400.6 (II)(D)(1) and (2)) on school grounds, in a vehicle owned, leased, or contracted by a school being used for a school purpose or in a vehicle being driven for a school purpose by a school employee or his or her designee, or at a school-sponsored activity or athletic event. This subsection shall not apply to:

  1. The issuance of firearms to or possession of firearms by members of the Reserve Officers Training Corps when training; or
  2. Firearms which lawfully are possessed by the person receiving instruction under firearms.

  1. Personal Injury.  Causing or attempting to cause personal injury to a school employee, school volunteer, or student (unless caused by accident, self-defense, or reasonably taken to protect some other person) shall be excluded for a period not to exceed the remainder of the school year in which it took effect if the misconduct occurs during the first semester. If the expulsion takes place during the second semester, the exclusion may remain in effect for summer school and may remain in effect for the first semester of the following school year.
  2. Sexual Assault.  Students who sexually assault or attempt to sexually assault any person on school grounds shall be excluded for one (1) year. Students who sexually assault or attempt to sexually assault any person off school grounds may be excluded for one (1) year, provided that a complaint must have been filed by a prosecutor in a court of competent jurisdiction alleging that the student has sexually assaulted or attempted to sexually assault any person off school grounds not at a school function, activity, or event, and the student’s presence at school has a direct and immediate effect on maintaining discipline, order, or safety in the school. Sexual assault shall mean sexual assault in the first degree as defined in Neb. Rev. Stat. § 28-319, sexual assault in the second degree as defined in Neb. Rev. Stat. § 28-320, sexual assault of a child in the second or third degree as defined in Neb. Rev. Stat. §28-320.01, or sexual assault of a child in the first degree as defined in Neb. Rev. Stat. §28-319.01, as such statutes now provide or may hereafter be amended.  Neb. Rev. Stat. § 79-267(9).  

  1. Annual Review.  Any expulsion that will remain in effect during the first semester of the following school year shall be automatically scheduled for review before the beginning of the school year by a Hearing Examiner after the Hearing Examiner has given notice of the review to the student and to the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s). The review shall be limited to newly discovered evidence or evidence of changes in the student’s circumstances occurring since the original hearing. This review may lead to the Hearing Examiner’s recommendation that the student be readmitted for the upcoming school year. If the Board of Education (or Board Committee) took the final action to expel the student, the student may be re-admitted only by Board action. Otherwise, the student may be re-admitted by action of the Superintendent.

  1. Mandatory Reassignment.  Transfer to another school in connection with any disciplinary action.

  1. Other Actions.  In addition, administrative and teaching staff may take other actions regarding student behavior, such as counseling, holding parent conferences, rearranging schedules, requiring the student to remain in school after regular school hours to do additional work, or restricting participation in extracurricular activities.

  1. Exclusion from School Grounds and Activities.  During any time period that a student is excluded from school due to short-term suspension, long-term suspension, expulsion, or emergency exclusion, the student will be prohibited from participating in any school activities, being on school property, or attending District extracurricular activities which take place on District property.

  1. Hearing.  In cases involving emergency exclusion for more than five (5) school days, long-term suspension, expulsion, and mandatory reassignment, the student will have the right to a hearing to contest the exclusion. A Request for Hearing form, Student Discipline Act hearing procedures, and appeal procedures for any decision rendered at the hearing will be provided to the student and the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s).

GUIDELINES FOR MAKE-UP WORK FOR SUSPENDED OR EXCLUDED STUDENTS

Students who have received a short-term suspension will have one (1) school day for each day of suspension to make up school work after returning to school, but may be provided homework during the suspension. Students on short-term suspension will not be provided a tutor during the suspension.

Students who receive a 6-9 day long-term suspension will have one (1) school day for each day of suspension to make up schoolwork not to exceed a maximum of seven (7) school days after returning to school. Students who do not make up their work within the prescribed time limits will not receive credit for the work missed. Make up work will be provided when a student returns from the suspension. Providing early or late semester exams is at the discretion of the building principal or the principal’s designee. Students on long-term suspension will not be provided a tutor.

Students who receive a 10-19 day long-term suspension may participate in the District’s approved Alternative Education Program (Ombudsman) to receive credit for missed coursework. A referral form will be completed by an administrator and an intake interview will be scheduled with a parent by the Ombudsman staff.

Suspended and excluded students may not come onto school grounds during the suspension or expulsion unless attending alternative classes as assigned by the administrator or school district.

Students who have received a short-term suspension or long-term suspension will not be permitted to make up instructional activities that require student attendance. Student grades will be based on attendance, classroom performance, test marks, and grades on written assignments.

Students who have been expelled will receive no credit for the semester in which they are expelled except the credit issued for successfully completing the alternative school classes, or programs offered by the District. A District alternative education program (Ombudsman) is available for expelled students and will be arranged by the District’s Student Services Department (402-715-8371).  

If the expelled student’s parent(s) or guardian(s) refuse to permit participation in, or are removed from the alternative school classes, or programs, the District will have no further obligation to the student, parent(s), or guardian(s) with regard to the provision of an alternative school, class, or program during the expulsion.

Students who enroll in other educational institutions during the expulsion period shall not receive credit that would exceed the credit they would have been provided through the District’s alternative program for expelled students. The District’s Student Services Department must approve the courses from other educational institutions prior to the student enrolling in or taking the course before it can be accepted as substitutes for credit through the District’s alternative education program. All costs of such approved courses from other educational institutions shall be the sole responsibility of the expelled student, parent(s), or guardian(s).

Standards for Student Conduct           5400.6                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

I.                 Introduction.

A.        Policy Statement.  Every District student has the right to an education.  The following Standards have been instituted to ensure that right within the context of an orderly and effective educational process.  Each student and their parents are required, on their own, to become familiar with these Standards, and to help provide an atmosphere conducive to learning.        

B.        Grounds for Exclusion.  A student may be excluded from school if there is reasonable  information that the student has committed a prohibited act listed below while on District property, in a vehicle owned, leased, or contracted by a school being used for a school purpose or in a vehicle being driven for a school purpose by a school employee or by his or her designee, or at a school-sponsored activity or athletic event, or any other place where the governing law permits the District to discipline students for prohibited conduct.

C.        Exclusion from School Grounds and Activities.  A student who is excluded from school for a suspension, expulsion, or emergency exclusion shall not enter upon District property, or ride in a vehicle owned, leased, or contracted by the District being used for a school purpose or in a vehicle being driven for a school purpose by a school employee or his or her designee, or participate in or attend a school-sponsored activity or athletic event.  Expelled students and students suspended for ten (10) school days or more may enter upon District property for the sole purpose of attending alternative education at a location and time designated by the Director of Student Services.

D.        Length of Expulsions.  Unless specified otherwise within these Standards, the expulsion of a student shall be for the remainder of the semester in which it took effect unless the misconduct occurred within ten (10) school days prior to the end of the first semester, in which case the expulsion shall remain in effect through the second semester, or within ten (10) school days prior to the end of the second semester, in which case the expulsion shall remain in effect for summer school and the first semester of the following school year.  Neb. Rev. Stat. §79-283(2).

E.        Length of Suspension.  If there are insufficient school days in the first semester to complete the suspension period, the suspension period will be carried over to the second semester.

F.        Contact of Legal Authorities.  The principal of a school or the principal’s designee shall notify as soon as possible the appropriate law enforcement authorities of the county or city in which the school is located, of any act of a student described in Neb. Rev. Stat. §79-267 which the principal or designee knows or suspects is a violation of the Nebraska Criminal Code. Neb. Rev. Stat. §§79-262(1) and 293(1).

G.        Sanction to be Followed.  If minimum and maximum sanctions are not specified for a specific prohibited act, the recommended sanction shall be imposed.

H.        Expulsion as Sanction. Expulsion is specified as a sanction for particular conduct because the District’s Board of Education finds that the type of conduct for which expulsion is specified has the potential to seriously affect the health, safety, or welfare of the student, other students, staff members, or other persons, or to otherwise seriously interfere with the educational process. Neb. Rev. Stat. §79-262(1).

I.        Students with Disabilities.  Disciplinary procedures for students who have disabilities as defined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 shall be subject to the disciplinary procedures set forth in District Rules 5400.2 and 5400.3 and applicable federal and state law.

J.        Mandatory Compliance.  Students and their parent(s) or guardian(s) are hereby notified that compliance with the District’s Standards for Student Conduct is mandatory.  It is the responsibility of all students and their parent(s) or guardian(s) to become familiar with these Standards.

II.               Violations Against Persons.

        A.        Use of Violence.  Use of violence, force, coercion, threat, intimidation or similar conduct in a                         manner that constitutes a substantial interference with school purposes.

                1.         Pushing, Shoving or Physical Contact Related to Non-injurious Behaviors.

                        a.        Maximum Sanction.  Short-term suspension.

                        b.        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during the                                                 time of suspension.

                2.        Fighting.  Mutual attempt to physically harm another person through mutual combative                                 physical contact.

                        a.        First Offense.

                                (1)        Minimum Sanction.  Short-term suspension.  There is no mandated minimum                                         sanction below grade six (6).

                                (2)         Maximum Sanction.  Long-term suspension.

                                (3)        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during                                                         the time of suspension.

                                (4)        Report to  Law Enforcement. Legal authorities shall be contacted if                                                         substantial personal injuries are involved, an involved student or parent                                                         requests that a report to         law enforcement be made, or a report is required or                                                 requested by law enforcement or the county attorney.  Neb. Rev. Stat. §                                                         28-310(2); Neb. Rev. Stat. §§79-262(1), 267(1) and 293.

                        b.         Additional Offenses.

                                (1)        Minimum Sanction.  Long-term suspension.

                                (2)         Maximum Sanction.  Expulsion.

                                (3)        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during                                                         the time of suspension or expulsion.

                                (4)        Report to  Law Enforcement. Legal authorities shall be contacted if                                                         substantial personal injuries are involved, an involved student or parent                                                         requests that a report to         law enforcement be made, or a report is required or                                                 requested by law enforcement or the county attorney. Neb. Rev. Stat. §                                                         28-310(2); Neb. Rev. Stat. §§79-262(1), 267(1) and 293.

                3.        Physical Assault.  Initiation of a violent act against another person through aggressive                                         physical contact.

                        a.        Minimum Sanction.  Long-term suspension.  There is no mandated minimum                                                 sanction below grade six (6)

                        b.        Maximum Sanction.  Expulsion.

                        c.        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during the                                                 time of suspension or expulsion.

                        d.        Report to Law Enforcement. Legal authorities shall be contacted. Neb. Rev. Stat.                                                 §§ 28-308 to 310; Neb. Rev. Stat. §§79-262(1), 267(1) and 293.

        B.        Personal Injury to District Employees, Volunteers, and Students.  Causing or attempting to                                 cause personal injury to an employee, a school volunteer, or to any student.  Personal injury                         caused by accident, self-defense, or other action undertaken on the reasonable belief that it                         was necessary to protect some other person shall not constitute a violation of this provision.                         Neb. Rev. Stat. §79-267(3) and 283(3).

                1.        Sanctions on School Grounds.

                        a.        Maximum Sanction.  Expulsion for the remainder of the school year if the                                                 misconduct occurs during the first semester.  If the misconduct occurs during the                                                 second semester the         expulsion shall remain in effect for summer school and may                                         remain in effect for the first semester of the following school year.  Neb. Rev. Stat.                                         §79-283 (3).

                        b.        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during the                                                 time of suspension or expulsion.

                        c.        Report to Law Enforcement. Legal authorities shall be contacted if substantial                                                 personal injuries are involved.  Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 28-308 to 310; Neb. Rev. Stat.                                                 §§79-262(1), 267(3) and 293.

                2.         Sanctions off School Grounds.

                        a.        Citation during the academic school year or the student admits that he or she has                                         violated subsection II (B).

                        b.        Extracurricular Maximum Sanction.  Curtailment of extracurricular activities for the                                         remainder of the school year if the misconduct occurs during the first semester.  If                                         the misconduct occurs during the second semester the curtailment shall remain in                                         effect for summer school and may remain in effect for the first semester of the                                                 following school year.

        C.        Use of Threats or Intimidation.

                1.         Use of Threats (Verbal and Written).  All threats, including those alleged to be jokes,                                         will always be taken seriously and are subject to the following disciplinary action.

                        a.        Level One Threat (Transient).  Using a threat as part of a common expression or                                                 in a context that the recipient does not feel threatened, frightened, or coerced                                                 (e.g., “Oh, I could just kill you for that” or “I will punch you in the nose”).

                                (1)         Maximum Sanction.  Short-term suspension.

                                (2)        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during                                                         the time of suspension.

                        b.        Level Two Threat (Serious Substantive).  Using an expression or an implied or                                                 veiled threat with the intent of threatening, frightening, or coercing another and the                                 recipient feels threatened, frightened, or coerced (e.g., “I will kill you”).

                                (1)        Minimum Sanction.  Short-term suspension.  There is no mandated minimum                                         sanction below grade four (4).

                                (2)         Maximum Sanction.  Long-term suspension.

                                (3)        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during                                                         the time of suspension.

                                (4)        Report to Law Enforcement. Legal authorities shall be contacted.  Neb. Rev.                                                 Stat. §28-310; Neb. Rev. Stat. §§79-262(1), 267(1) and 293.

                        c.        Level Three Threat (Very Serious Substantive).  Threatening to kill or injure                                                 another person or threatening to damage property with potential for personal                                                 injury, without possessing a weapon or other object that could kill or injure the                                                 threatened or intimidated person, and the student describes how it will be done,                                                 including any threats that concern dangerous chemical substances, biochemical                                                 attacks, or bioterrorism, bombs, or any type of explosive or incendiary device.

                                (1)        Minimum Sanction.  Long-term suspension.  There is no mandated minimum                                                 sanction below grade four (4).

                                (2)        Maximum Sanction.  Expulsion.

                                (3)        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during                                                         the time of suspension or expulsion.

                                (4)        Report to Law Enforcement. Legal authorities shall be contacted.  Neb. Rev.                                                 Stat. §§28-310, 311.01 and 907; Neb. Rev. Stat. §§79-262(1), 267(1) and                                                         293.

                        d.        Threatening with an Object.  Threatening with an object which looks like a weapon                                 or an object that could be used to injure someone.  To qualify as a look-a-like                                                 weapon, the object must closely resemble a real weapon in size, shape, and color                                         even when examined up close.

                                (1)        Minimum Sanction.  Long-term suspension.

                                (2)        Maximum Sanction.  Expulsion.

                                (3)        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during                                                         the time of suspension or expulsion.

        D.        Firearms, Explosives, and Weapons.

                1.        Firearms, Etc.  Knowingly possessing, handling, transmitting, using, intimidating with,                                         or threatening with any firearm, explosive, or destructive device.  For the purposes of                                         this subsection         II(D)(1), firearm means any weapon, including a starter gun, which will                                 or is         designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an                                         explosive, or the frame or receiver of any such weapon, or any firearm muffler or                                         firearm silencer, or any destructive device.  Such term does not include an antique                                         firearm.

                        a.        Sanctions on School Grounds.

                                (1)        Minimum Sanction.  Mandatory expulsion for one (1) year.

                                (2)        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during                                                         the time of expulsion.

                                (3)        Report to Law Enforcement. Legal authorities shall be contacted.  Neb. Rev.                                                 Stat. §§28-1202 to 1204.04, 1215, 1216 and 1220; Neb. Rev. Stat.                                                         §§79-262(1), 267 (5) and 293.

                        b.        Sanctions off School Grounds.

                                (1)        Citation for illegal possession of a weapon during the academic school year                                                         or the student admits that he or she has violated subsection II(D).

                                (2)        Extracurricular Sanction.  Curtailment of extracurricular activities for one (1)                                                         year.

                2.        Use and Possession of Dangerous Weapons. Using, intimidating with, threatening with,                         handling, transmitting, possessing on one’s person or in one’s vehicle any dangerous                                         weapon, including but not limited to any stun gun, paintball gun, airsoft gun, B.B. gun,                                         or pellet gun.

                        a.        Sanctions on School Grounds.

                                (1)        Minimum Sanction.  Twenty (20) day expulsion.

                                (2)        Maximum Sanction.  Expulsion for one (1) year.

                                (3)        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during                                                         the time of expulsion.

                                (4)        Report to Law Enforcement. Legal authorities shall be contacted.  Neb. Rev.                                                 Stat. §§28-1202 to 1204.04; Neb. Rev. Stat. §§79-262 (1), 267 (5) and 293.

                        b.        Sanctions off School Grounds.

                                (1)        Citation for illegal possession of a weapon during the academic school year                                                         or the student admits that he or she has violated subsection II (D).

                                (2)        Extracurricular Minimum Sanction.  Curtailment of extracurricular activities for                                         twenty (20) days.

                                (3)        Extracurricular Maximum Sanction.  Curtailment of extracurricular activities                                                         for one (1) year.

                3.        Other Dangerous Weapons.  Using or threatening with a knife, throwing star, brass                                         knuckles,         chemical substances (including, but not limited to, mace, pepper guns, and                                         bleach), and any other objects that could be used to injure a person.

                        a.        Sanctions on School Grounds.

                                (1)        Minimum Sanction.  Long term Suspension.

                                (2)        Maximum Sanction.  Expulsion for the remainder of the school year if the                                                         misconduct occurs during the first semester.  If the misconduct occurs during                                                 the second semester the expulsion shall remain in effect for summer school                                                         and may         remain in effect for first semester of the following school year. Neb.                                                 Rev. Stat. §79-283 (3).

                                (3)        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during                                                         the time of suspension or expulsion.

                                (4)        Report to Law Enforcement. Legal authorities shall be contacted.  Neb. Rev.                                                 Stat. §§28-1202 to 1204.04; Neb. Rev. Stat. §§79-262(1), 267 (5) and 293.

                        b.         Sanctions off School Grounds.

                                (1)        Citation during the academic school year or the student admits that he or she                                         has violated subsection II (D).

                                (2)        Extracurricular Minimum Sanction.  Curtailment of extracurricular activities for                                         six (6) days.

                                (3)        Extracurricular Maximum Sanction.  Curtailment of extracurricular activities                                                         for the remainder of the school year if the misconduct occurs during the first                                                         semester. If the misconduct occurs during the second semester the                                                         curtailment shall remain in         effect for summer school and may remain in effect                                         for the first semester of the following school year.

                4.        Possession of Certain Prohibited Objects.  Knowingly possessing, handling, or                                         transmitting knives, throwing stars, brass knuckles, or other objects not enumerated                                         above which could cause injury.

                        a.        Minimum Sanction.  Short-term suspension.

                        b.        Maximum Sanction.  Expulsion.

                        c.        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during the                                                 time of suspension or expulsion.

                5.        Possession of Look-a-Like Weapons.  Knowingly possessing a look-a-like weapon. The                         object must closely resemble a real weapon in size, shape, and color even when                                         examined up close.

                        a.        Minimum Sanction.  Short-term suspension.

                        b.        Maximum Sanction.  Long-term suspension.

                        c.        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during the                                                 time of suspension.

                6.        Exception for Certain Firearms.  Subsection II(D) shall not apply to:

                        a.        The issuance of firearms to or possession of firearms by members of the Reserve                                         Officers Training Corps when training;

                        b.        Firearms which may lawfully be possessed by the person receiving instruction                                                 under the immediate supervision of an adult instructor who may lawfully possess                                                 firearms; or

                        c.        Firearms and guns which may lawfully be possessed and used off school                                                 grounds, not at a school function, activity, or event.

        E.        Extortion.  Threatening or intimidating any student for the purpose of or with the intent of                                 obtaining         money or anything of value from such student.

                1.        Maximum Sanction.  Expulsion.

                2.        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during the time of                                         suspension or expulsion.

        F.        Sexual Assault or Attempted Sexual Assault.  Any sexual assault or attempt to sexually                                 assault any person.  Sexual assault shall mean sexual assault in the first or second degree                                 as defined in Section IX (EE) of this Rule and Neb. Rev. Stat. §§28-319 and 320, or sexual                                 assault of a child in the first, second or third degree as defined in Section IX (EE) of this                                 Rule        and Neb. Rev. Stat. §§28-319.01 and 320.01. Neb. Rev. Stat. §79-267(9).

                1.        Sanctions on School Grounds.

                        a.        Minimum Sanction.  Mandatory expulsion for one (1) year and possible                                                 reassignment upon return.

                        b.        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during the                                                 time of expulsion.

                        c.        Report to Law Enforcement. Legal authorities shall be contacted.  Neb. Rev. Stat.                                         §§28-319 to 320.01; Neb. Rev. Stat. §§79-262(1), 267(9) and 293.

                2.        Sanctions off School Grounds.

                        a.        Minimum Sanction.  Curtailment of extracurricular activities for one (1) year.

                        b.        Maximum Sanction.  Expulsion for one (1) year.  A complaint must have been filed                                 by a         prosecutor in a court of competent jurisdiction alleging that the student has                                                 sexually         assaulted or attempted to sexually assault any person off school grounds                                 not at a school function, activity, or event, and the student’s presence at school                                                 has a direct and immediate         effect on maintaining discipline, order, or safety in the                                         school.  Neb. Rev. Stat. §79-267(9).

                        c.        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during the                                                 time of expulsion.

        G.        Sexual Contact.  The intentional touching of another person’s sexual or intimate parts or the                         intentional touching of another person’s clothing covering the immediate area of the other                                 person’s sexual or intimate parts, without the consent of the other person.  Sexual contact                                 also includes the non-consensual touching by the other person of the actor’s sexual or                                 intimate parts or the clothing covering the immediate area of the actor’s sexual or intimate                                 parts when such touching is intentionally caused by the actor.  The sexual contact must be                                 such that it can be reasonably construed as being for the purpose of sexual arousal or                                 gratification of either party.  Neb. Rev. Stat. §§28-318(5) and 320.

                1.        Sanctions on School Grounds.

                        a.        Minimum Sanction.  Short-term suspension.

                        b.        Maximum Sanction.  Expulsion.

                        c.        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during the                                                 time of suspension or expulsion.

                        d.        Report to Law Enforcement.  Legal authorities must be contacted upon the                                                 request of the offended party.  Neb. Rev. Stat. §§79-262(1) and 293.

                2.        Sanctions off School Grounds.

                        a.        Citation during the academic school year or the student admits that he or she has                                         violated subsection II (G).

                        b.        Extracurricular Minimum Sanction.  Curtailment of extracurricular activities for up                                                 to five (5) days.

                        c.        Extracurricular Maximum Sanction.  Curtailment of extracurricular activities for the                                         remainder of the semester unless the misconduct occurred within ten (10) school                                         days prior to the end of the first semester, in which case the curtailment shall                                                 remain in effect through the second semester.

        H.        Sexual Harassment.  Unwanted or unwelcome activity of a sexual nature which materially                                 interferes         with or substantially disrupts the educational process.  This may include, but is not                 limited to, unwanted touching, pinching, patting, verbal comments of a sexual nature, sexual                         name-calling, pressure to engage in sexual activity, repeated propositions, written                                 messages, notes, cartoons or graffiti of a sexual nature, and unwanted body contact.

                1.        Maximum Sanction.  Expulsion.

                2.        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during the time of                                         suspension or expulsion.

        I.        Harassment.  Any intentionally hurtful, demeaning, or disparaging acts, words, symbolic                                 representations, or behavior used by a student or students against another student, students                 or staff member(s) that is disruptive of the educational process.  This includes, but is not                                 limited to, verbal, physical, visual, or graphic actions such as name-calling, taunting,                                 mocking, slandering, humiliating, defaming, teasing, pestering, and making derogatory                                 remarks, demeaning jokes, disparaging drawings or notes.

                1.        Maximum Sanction.  Expulsion.

                2.        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during the time of                                         suspension or expulsion.

        J.        Bullying.  Any ongoing intentionally hostile or offensive verbal, written, graphic,                                 demonstrative, electronic, or physical act used by a student or student(s) against another                                 student or student(s) that has the purpose of exerting domination over another student                                 through the act of intimidating, frightening, oppressing, retaliating, or adversely controlling                                 the student, and that is disruptive of the educational process or any ongoing pattern of                                 physical, verbal, written, graphic, demonstrative or electronic         abuse, on District property, in a                 vehicle owned, leased, or contracted by a school being used for a school purpose by a                                 school employee or his or her designee, or at a school-sponsored activity or athletic event,                                 or any other place where the governing law permits the District to discipline students                                 for prohibited conduct.  This may include, but is not limited to, verbal, graphic, written or                                 electronic activities such as name-calling, taunting, blackmailing, inciting to fight, terrorizing,                         threatening, or         physical or demonstrative activities such as poking, blocking or impeding,                                 following, hair pulling, mock hitting motions, intentionally bumping, tripping, and damaging                                 clothing.

                1.        Maximum Sanction.  Expulsion.

                2.        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during the time of                                         suspension or expulsion.

        K.        Hazing. Any activity by which a person intentionally or recklessly endangers the physical or                                 mental health or safety of an individual for the purpose of initiation into, admission into,                                 affiliation with, or continued membership with or participation in any group or activity. Such                                 hazing activity shall include, but shall not be limited to the following: whipping; beating;                                 branding; forced and prolonged calisthenics; prolonged exposure to the elements; forced                                 consumption of any food, liquor, beverage, drug, or harmful substance not generally                                 intended for human consumption; prolonged sleep deprivation; harassing by exacting                                 unnecessary or disagreeable work, banter, ridicule, or criticism; or any brutal treatment or                                 the performance of any unlawful act which endangers the physical or mental         health or safety                 of any person. Consent to the hazing by the student(s) shall not be a defense to hazing.

                1.        Maximum Sanction.  Expulsion.

                2.        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during the time of                                         suspension or expulsion.

III.        Violations Against Public Health and Safety.

        A.        Possession of Alcohol or other Drugs.  Possession or use of an illegal narcotic drug,                                 controlled substance, marijuana, mood-altering or behavior-affecting substance, or                                 look-a-like substance, or possession or use of a prescribed medication by a student for                                 whom the prescribed medication was not prescribed, or possession or use of drug                                 paraphernalia. Possession or use of alcohol or an alcohol-containing beverage or liquor                                 capable of human consumption.

                1.        Sanctions on School Grounds.

                        a.        First Offense.  Suspension for nineteen (19) school days.  Parents, at their own                                                 expense, may choose to participate in a District-approved suspension reduction                                                 program.  Successful completion of this program may reduce the suspension and                                         curtailment of extracurricular activities by a maximum of nine (9) school days                                                 (results in a total of ten (10) school days suspension and curtailment of                                                 extracurricular activities).

                        b.        Additional Offenses. Mandatory expulsion. Prior violations of subsections III (A),                                                 (B), (C), (D), or (F) will be included as previous offenses.

                        c.        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during the                                                 time of suspension or expulsion.

                        d.        Report to Law Enforcement.  Legal authorities shall be contacted. Neb. Rev. Stat.                                         §§28-416, 53-180 and 180.02; Neb. Rev. Stat. §§79-262 (1), 267(6) and 293.

                2.        Sanctions off School Grounds.

                        a.        Citation during the academic school year or the student admits that he or she has                                         violated subsection III (A).

                                (1)        First Offense.  Curtailment of extracurricular activities for nineteen (19)                                                         school days. Parents, at their own expense, may choose to participate in a                                                         District-approved suspension reduction program.  Successful completion of                                                         this program may reduce the curtailment of extracurricular activities by a                                                         maximum of nine (9) school days (results in a total of ten (10) school days                                                         curtailment of extracurricular activities).

                                        (i)        Students who self-report to a building administrator or coach or                                                                 extracurricular activity sponsor, that he or she has violated subsection                                                                 III(A), by self-reporting         their violation the morning of the next school day                                                         following the violation, or if the next day following the violation is not a                                                                 school day but extracurricular practices, activities, or games are being                                                                 held and the student self-reports to a         building administrator or coach or                                                         sponsor before the extracurricular practices, activities, or games                                                                 commence, then the curtailment of extracurricular activities will be                                                                 reduced to seventeen (17) days with the possibility of reduction to eight                                                         (8) days upon the completion of the District-approved suspension                                                                 reduction program.

                                (2)        Additional Offenses.  Prior violations of subsections III(A), (B), (C), (D), or (F)                                                 on or off school grounds will be included as previous offenses.

                                        (i)        Extracurricular Sanction.  Curtailment of extracurricular activities for the                                                         remainder of the semester unless the misconduct occurred within ten                                                                 (10) school days prior to the end of the first semester, in which case the                                                         curtailment shall remain in effect through the second semester.

        B.        Distribution of Alcohol or other Drugs.  Distribution or attempted distribution to or receipt or                                 attempted receipt from, any other person, of any illegal narcotic drug, controlled substance,                         look-a-like substance, marijuana, mood-altering or behavior affecting substance,  or alcohol.

                1.        Sanctions on School Grounds.

                        a.        Minimum Sanction.  Expulsion.

                        b.        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during the                                                 time of expulsion.

                        c.        Report to Law Enforcement. Legal authorities shall be contacted.  Neb. Rev. Stat.                                         §§28-416, 53-180 and 180.02; Neb. Rev. Stat. §§79-262(1), 267(6) and 293.

                2.        Sanctions off School Grounds.

                        a.        Citation during the academic school year or the student admits that he or she has                                         violated subsection III (B).

                        b.        Extracurricular Sanction. Curtailment of extracurricular activities for the remainder                                         of the semester unless the misconduct occurred within ten (10) school days prior                                                 to the end of the first semester, in which case the curtailment shall remain in effect                                 through the second semester.

        C.        Possession, Use and Transportation of Medications.  The possession, use, and                                 transportation of prescribed and non-prescribed medications shall be in accordance with the                         following rules.

                1.        Possession of Medications (Preschool and Elementary Levels).  Possession of                                         prescribed or non-prescribed medications, or possession of prescribed or                                         non-prescribed medications on school grounds during transportation to and from                                         school, is prohibited.  Elementary school students may possess and use glucose                                         tablets and inhalers according to the provisions of Rule 5600.2.

                        a.        First Offense.

                                (1)         Minimum Sanction.  Short-term suspension.

                                (2)        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during                                                         the time of suspension.

                        b.         Additional Offenses.

                                (1)        Maximum Sanction.  Expulsion.  Prior violations of subsections III (A), (B),                                                         (C), (D), or (F) will be included as previous offenses.

                                (2)        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during                                                         the time of suspension or expulsion.

                2.        Possession of Medications (Middle School Level).  Possession of prescribed or                                         non-prescribed medications, or possession of prescribed medications on school                                         grounds during transportation to and from school, is prohibited.  Middle school students                         may transport non-prescribed medications to and from school but must turn it into the                                         nurse upon arrival at school.  Middle school students may possess and use glucose                                         tablets and inhalers according to the provisions of Rule 5600.2.

                        a.        First Offense.

                                (1)        Minimum Sanction.  Short-term suspension.

                                (2)        Maximum Sanction.  Suspension for nineteen (19) school days.  Parents, at                                                         their own expense, may choose to participate in a District-approved                                                         suspension reduction program.  Successful completion of this program may                                                         reduce the suspension and curtailment of extracurricular activities by a                                                         maximum of nine (9) school days (results in a total of ten (10) school days                                                         suspension and curtailment of extracurricular activities).

                                (3)        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during                                                         the time of suspension.

                        b.        Additional Offenses.

                                (1)        Maximum Sanction.  Expulsion.  Prior violations of subsections III (A), (B),                                                         (C), (D), or (F) will be included as previous offenses.

                                (2)        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during                                                         the time of suspension or expulsion.

                3.        Possession of Medications (High School Level).  Possession of prescribed                                         medications is         prohibited.  High school students may possess non-prescribed                                         medications, but they may not possess prescribed medications except in transport to                                         and from school.  Prescribed medications must be turned into the nurse upon arrival at                                 school.  High school students may possess and use glucose tablets and inhalers                                         according to the provisions of Rule 5600.2.

                        a.        First Offense.

                                (1)        Maximum Sanction.  Suspension for nineteen (19) school days.  Parents, at                                                         their own expense, may choose to participate in a District-approved                                                         suspension reduction program.  Successful completion of this program may                                                         reduce the suspension and curtailment of extracurricular activities by a                                                         maximum of nine (9) school days (results in a total of ten (10) school days                                                         suspension and curtailment of extracurricular activities).

                                (2)        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during                                                         the time of suspension.

                        b.        Additional Offenses.

                                (1)        Maximum Sanction.  Expulsion.  Prior violations of subsections III (A), (B),                                                         (C), (D), or (F) will be included as previous offenses.

                                (2)        Extracurricular Sanction. Suspension from extracurricular activities during the                                         time         of suspension or expulsion.

        D.        Distribution of Prescribed Medications.  Distribution or attempted distribution to or receipt or                         attempted receipt from any other person, of any prescribed medication.

                1.        Minimum Sanction.  Long-term suspension.

                2.        Maximum Sanction.  Expulsion.

                3.         Additional Offenses.

                        a.        Minimum Sanction.  Expulsion.

                4.        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during the time of                                         suspension or expulsion.

                5.        Report to Law Enforcement. Legal authorities shall be contacted.  Neb. Rev. Stat.                                         §28-416; Neb. Rev. Stat. §§79-262(1), 267(6) and 293.\

        E.        Distribution of Non-Prescribed Medications.  Distribution or attempted distribution to or                                 receipt or         attempted receipt from any other person, of any non-prescribed medication.

                1.        First Offense.  Short-term suspension.

                2.        Additional Offenses.

                        a.        Minimum Sanction.  Long-term suspension.

                        b.        Maximum Sanction.  Expulsion.

                3.        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during the time of                                         suspension or expulsion.

        F.        Under the Influence of Alcohol or Other Drugs.  Being intoxicated or under the influence of                                 any illegal narcotic drug, controlled substance, mariajuana, prescribed medication by a                                 student for whom the prescribed medication was not prescribed, mood-altering or                                 behavior-affecting substance, or alcohol.

                1.        Sanctions on School Grounds.

                        a.        First Offense.  Suspension for nineteen (19) school days.  Parents, at their own                                                 expense,         may choose to participate in a District-approved suspension reduction                                                 program.  Successful completion of this program may reduce the suspension and                                         curtailment of extracurricular activities by a maximum of nine (9) school days                                                 (results in a total of ten (10) school days suspension and curtailment of                                                 extracurricular activities).

                        b.        Additional Offenses. Mandatory expulsion. Prior violations of subsections III (A),                                                 (B), (C), (D), or (F) will be included as previous offenses.

                        c.        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during the                                                 time of suspension or expulsion.

                        d.        Report to Law Enforcement. Legal authorities shall be contacted. Neb. Rev. Stat.                                                 §53-180.02; Neb. Rev. Stat. §§79-262(1), 267(6) and 293.

                2.         Sanctions off School Grounds.

                        a.        Citation during the academic school year or the student admits that he or she has                                         violated subsection III (F).

                                (1)        First Offense.  Curtailment of extracurricular activities for nineteen (19)                                                         school days. Parents, at their own expense, may choose to participate in a                                                         District-approved suspension reduction program.  Successful completion of                                                         this program may reduce the curtailment of extracurricular activities by a                                                         maximum of nine (9) school days (results in a total of ten (10) school days                                                         curtailment of extracurricular activities).

                                        (a)        Students who self-report to a building administrator or coach or                                                                 extracurricular activity sponsor, that he or she has violated subsection                                                                 III(A), by self-reporting         their violation the morning of the next school day                                                         following the violation, or if the next day following the violation is not a                                                                 school day but extracurricular practices, activities, or games are being                                                                 held and the student self-reports to a         building administrator or coach or                                                         sponsor before the extracurricular practices, activities, or games                                                                 commence, then the curtailment of extracurricular activities will be                                                                 reduced to seventeen (17) days with the possibility of reduction to eight                                                         (8) days upon the completion of the District-approved suspension                                                                 reduction program.

                                (2)        Additional Offenses.  Prior violations of subsections III(A), (B), (C), (D), or (F)                                                 on or off school grounds will be included as previous offenses.

                                        (a)        Extracurricular Sanction.  Curtailment of extracurricular activities for the                                                         remainder of the semester unless the misconduct occurred within ten                                                                 (10) school days prior to the end of the first semester, in which case the                                                         curtailment shall remain in effect through the second semester.

        G.        Exposure to Bodily Fluids.  Intentionally spitting, throwing, wiping, or otherwise dispersing                                 bodily fluids on or to another student or staff member for the purpose of infecting, inciting,                                 demeaning, or         intimidating that person.

                1.        Maximum Sanction.  Expulsion.

                2.        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during the time of                                         suspension or expulsion.

        H.        Tobacco and E-Cigarette Products.  Possession or use of tobacco products or e-cigarette                                 type         products.

                1.        First Offense.  Suspension for three (3) school days.  Students may choose to                                         complete the District-approved suspension reduction education module.  Successful                                         completion of the module will reduce the suspension and curtailment of extracurricular                                 activities by a maximum of one (1) school day.

                2.         Maximum Sanction.  Long-term suspension.

                3.        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during the time of                                         suspension.

        I.        Possession or Use of Fireworks.  Possession or use of fireworks of any description.

                1.        Maximum Sanction.  Expulsion.

                2.        Extracurricular Sanction. Suspension from extracurricular activities during the time of                                           suspension or expulsion.

IV.        Violations against Public Decency and Good Morals.

        A.        Public Indecency.  Behavior resulting in public indecency (see definition). This subsection                                 shall apply only to students above grade five (5).  Neb. Rev. Stat. §79-267(7).

                1.        Maximum Sanction.  Expulsion.

                2.        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during the time of                                         suspension or expulsion.

        B.        Profanity and Obscenity.  Verbal, written or electronic language, communications, pictures,                                 photos, videos, digital images, drawings or materials of any kind that are reasonably                                 offensive or repulsive to the person hearing, viewing or receiving the same and which is                                 disruptive of the educational process.

                1.        Maximum Sanction.  Expulsion.

                2.        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during the time of                                         suspension or expulsion.

        C.        Pornography.  Any picture, photo, video, digital image, drawing or materials of any kind that                         in the reasonable judgment of school administrators constitute child pornography,                                 pornography, or obscene materials pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 28-807, 808, 1463.02 or                                 1463.03, whether or not a citation is issued by a law enforcement officer or prosecuting                                 authority.

                1.        Maximum Sanction.  Expulsion.

                2.        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during the time of                                         suspension or expulsion.

        D.        Disparaging Language/Symbolism.  Disparaging or demeaning language or symbolic                                 actions of any kind including, but not limited to gestures or language that is intended to                                 disparage, demean, or subject another student or staff member to ridicule.

                1.        Maximum Sanction.  Expulsion.

                2.        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during the time of                                         suspension or expulsion.

        E.        Secret Organizations/Gangs.  Participation or membership in any secret fraternity, sorority,                                 club, association, or organization is prohibited. The wearing of any ring, pin, or insignia of                                 such a secret organization is also prohibited. Organizations or gangs, which initiate,                                 advocate, or promote violence, drug or alcohol use, sex, criminal activity, or activities which                         disrupt the school environment or threaten the safety or well being of persons or property,                                 and which identify themselves through the use of a name, geographic territory, unique                                 appearance, or language, are a substantial disruption to and material interference with the                                 educational environment, and are prohibited. The use of hand signals, graffiti, or the                                 presence of any apparel, jewelry, accessory, or manner of grooming which, by virtue of                                 its color, arrangement, trademark, symbol, or other attributes indicates or implies                                 membership in or affiliation with such a group, constitutes a substantial disruption to and                                 material interference with the educational environment, and are prohibited.

                1.        Maximum Sanction.  Expulsion.

                2.        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during the time of                                         suspension or expulsion.

V.        Violations against Property.

        A.        Damage to Property.  Willfully causing or attempting to cause substantial damage or                                 participating in         behavior that results in negligent damage to property, or repeated damage to                 property.  This shall         include school property lent to the student which the student damages.                          As to any such damaged property, the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s) shall be liable for                                 the damage to the school property. Neb. Rev. Stat. §79-267(2).

                1.        Maximum Sanction.  Expulsion.

                2.        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during the time of                                         suspension or expulsion.

                3.        Report to Law Enforcement. Legal authorities shall be contacted when the value of the                                 property is five hundred dollars ($500.00) or more.  Neb. Rev. Stat. §28-519; Neb. Rev.                                 Stat. §§79-262(1), 267(2) and 293.

        B.        Theft/Larceny.  Stealing or attempting to steal property, or repeated theft of property.  This                                 will include school property lent to a student that is not returned upon demand by an                                 authorized staff member and for which there is no reasonable justification for the failure to                                 return the property. Neb. Rev. Stat. §79-267(2).

                1.        Maximum Sanction.  Expulsion.

                2.        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during the time of                                         suspension or expulsion.

                3.        Report to Law Enforcement. Legal authorities shall be contacted when the value of the                                 property is five hundred dollars ($500.00) or more. Neb. Rev. Stat. §§28-511 and 518;                                         Neb. Rev. Stat. §§79-262(1), 267(2) and 293.

                4.        Sanctions off School Grounds.  Committing burglary or theft which constitutes a felony                                 provided the student has received a citation by a law enforcement officer which                                         involves the offense subject to this subsection or the student admits that he or she has                                 violated subsection V(B).

                        a.        Extracurricular Maximum Sanction.  Curtailment of extracurricular activities for  the                                 the remainder of the semester unless the misconduct occurred within ten (10)                                                 school days prior to the end of the first semester, in which case the curtailment                                                 shall remain in effect through the second semester.

        C.        Arson or False Fire Alarm.  Intentionally starting a fire. Use of any fire causing agents to                                 start or attempt to start a fire.  Purposely or knowingly causing a false fire alarm.  Neb. Rev.                         Stat.        §§28-502 to 504 and 907; Neb. Rev. Stat. §79-267(10).

                1.        Minimum Sanction.  Short-term suspension.

                2.        Maximum Sanction.  Expulsion.

                3.        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during the time of                                         suspension or expulsion.

                4.        Report to Law Enforcement. Legal authorities shall be contacted if it is believed the                                         arson was criminal.  Neb. Rev. Stat. §§28-502 to 504 and 907; Neb. Rev. Stat.                                         §§79-262(1), 267(10) and 293.

        D.        False Alarm or Report.  Purposely making a false alarm or false report, or purposely                                 furnishing false         information or making a communication or statement, whether verbal, written                   or electronic, concerning the existence of any bomb, explosive device, weapon, firearm,                                 dangerous chemical substance, or biochemical or terroristic device, or concerning an intent                         or attempt to be made to kill, injure, or intimidate any individual or to use, possess, or bring                                 on to District property or to any District activity or event any bomb, explosive device,                                 weapon, firearm, dangerous chemical substance, or biochemical or terroristic device, or                                 concerning the need for medical, police, or emergency services or procedures.  Neb. Rev.                                 Stat. §§28-907 and 1221; Neb. Rev. Stat. §79-267(10).

                1.        Minimum Sanction.  Short-term suspension.

                2.        Maximum Sanction.  Expulsion.

                3.        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during the time of                                         suspension or expulsion.

                4.        Report to Law Enforcement. Legal authorities shall be contacted.  Neb. Rev. Stat.                                         §§28-907 and 1221; Neb. Rev. Stat. §§79-262(1), 267(10) and 293.

        E.        Misuse of Technology.  Direct or indirect use of personal technology devices. District                                 computers, computer networks, or computer systems, which involves offensive, personal,                                 commercial, and/or religious messages, or any unauthorized access or use of personal                                 technology devices, District computer, computer network, or computer system         which violates                 District policy or state or federal law.  Neb. Rev. Stat. §§28-1341 to 1348; Neb. Rev. Stat.                                 §79-267(10).

                1.        Maximum Sanction.  Expulsion.

                2.        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during the time of                                         suspension or expulsion.

                3.        Report to Law Enforcement. Legal authorities shall be contacted if the action                                         constitutes a felony.  Neb. Rev. Stat. §§28-1341 to 1348; Neb. Rev. Stat. §§79-262(1),                                 267(10) and 293.

VI.        Violations against School Administration.

        A.        Tardy/Truancy.  Unauthorized absence from school. Neb. Rev. Stat. §§79-201 and 209.

                1.        Maximum Sanction.  Short-term suspension.

                2.        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during the time of                                         suspension.

        B.        Gambling.  Playing any game of chance for money or other stakes. Neb. Rev. Stat.                                 §79-267(10).

                1.        Maximum Sanction.  Expulsion.

                2.        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during the time of                                         suspension or expulsion.

        C.        Dishonesty.  Dishonesty that interferes with the educational process.

                1.        Maximum Sanction.  Expulsion.

                2.        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during the time of                                         suspension or expulsion.

        D.        Dress Code Violation.  Failure to comply with the established building dress code.

                1.        Maximum Sanction.  Long-term suspension.

                2.        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during the time of                                         suspension.

        E.        Failure to Report.  Failure to comply with assigned discipline consequence.

                1.        Maximum Sanction.  Long-term suspension.

                2.        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during the time of                                         suspension.

        F.        Failure to Comply.  Failure to follow established building rules and procedures.

                1.        Maximum Sanction.  Long-term suspension.

                2.        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during the time of                                         suspension.

        G.        Open Campus/Unauthorized Area Violation.  Violating established open campus rules                                 and/or being in an unauthorized location without permission.

                1.        Maximum Sanction.  Long-term suspension.

                2.        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during the time of                                         suspension.

        H.        Cheating or Plagiarism. Cheating on examinations including but not limited to ELO                                 examinations.          Plagiarism on projects including but not limited to reports, research papers,                                 and portfolios.

                1.        Maximum Sanction.  Long-term suspension.

                2.        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during the time of                                         suspension.

        I.        Insubordination/Defiance/Non-Compliance.  Disrespect for, defying authority of, or refusing                                 to obey requests or         directions of teachers, school officials or school employees.

                1.        Maximum Sanction.  Expulsion.

                2.        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during the time of                                         suspension or expulsion.

        J.        Disruptive Behavior.  Behavior or possession of any item that materially interferes with or                                 substantially disrupts class work, school activities, or the educational process.

                1.        Maximum Sanction.  Expulsion.

                2.        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during the time of                                         suspension or expulsion.

        K.        Nuisance Items.  Any item in a student’s possession that is sufficiently annoying, offensive,                                 unpleasant, or obnoxious that it substantially interferes with or materially interrupts the                                 educational process.  These items may include, but are not limited to all electronic devices.

                1.        Maximum Sanction.  Expulsion.

                2.        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during the time of                                         suspension or expulsion.

        L.        Unlawful Activity.  Engaging in any unlawful activity not specifically covered herein, which                                 constitutes a danger to other students or school personnel, or interferes with school                                 purposes or the educational process. Neb. Rev. Stat. §79-267(10).

                1.        Maximum Sanction.  Expulsion.

                2.        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during the time of                                         suspension or expulsion.

        M.        False Complaints.  False accusations or complaints against another student or staff                                 member.

                1.        Maximum Sanction.  Long-term suspension.

                2.        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during the time of                                         suspension.

        N.        Student Identification.  Failure of a high school student to present the school approved                                 student identification card upon the request of a District staff member while on District                                 property, in a vehicle owned, leased, or contracted by a school being used for a school                                 purpose or in a vehicle being driven for a school purpose by a school employee or by his or                         her designee, or at a school-sponsored activity or athletic event, or any other place where                                 the governing law permits the District to discipline students for prohibited conduct.

                1.        Maximum Sanction.  Short-term suspension.

                2.        Extracurricular Sanction.  Suspension from extracurricular activities during the time of                                         suspension.

VII.        Repeated Offenses or Series of Prohibited Conduct.

        A.        Two (2) or more violations of prohibited conduct or violation of two (2) or more of the acts                                 prohibited herein within the current building level, which constitute a substantial interference                         with school purposes. Neb. Rev. Stat. §79-267(11).

                1.        Sanction.  Unless otherwise provided herein, prohibited conduct otherwise subject to                                         short-term suspension may be subject to long-term suspension; conduct otherwise                                         subject to long-term suspension may be subject to expulsion; prohibited conduct                                         initially subject to expulsion may be again subject to expulsion.

VIII.        Curtailment of Extracurricular Activities.

        A.        General Statement.  When reasonably necessary to aid the student, further school                                 purposes, or prevent interference with the educational process, the District shall curtail a                                 student’s participation in District         extracurricular activities.  Students shall not be permitted to                         be on District property or participate in or attend District-sponsored extracurricular activities                                 during the time period that the student is excluded from school for disciplinary reasons.  In                                 addition, students may be curtailed from extracurricular         activities for misconduct taking place                 off school grounds and not at a school function, activity, or event. Curtailment may also                                 occur outside the academic school year if the misconduct takes place on District Property or                         during a school sponsored activity pursuant to the provisions of this section.

        B.        Period of Ineligibility for Conduct on School Grounds.

                1.        Period of Ineligibility.  During any time period that a student is excluded from school                                         due to short-term suspension, long-term suspension, expulsion, or emergency                                         exclusion for conduct occurring on District property, in a vehicle owned, leased, or                                         contracted by a school being used for a school purpose or in a vehicle being driven for                                 a school purpose by a school employee or by his or her designee, or at a                                         school-sponsored activity or athletic event, or any other place         where the governing law                                 permits the District to discipline students for prohibited conduct, the student so                                         excluded shall also be ineligible for participation in extracurricular activities for the                                         entire period of exclusion from school, and will also be prohibited from being on District                                 property or attending any District-sponsored extracurricular events during the period of                                 exclusion         from school.

        C.        Period of Ineligibility for Conduct off School Grounds.

                1.        Period of Ineligibility.  The prohibited conduct contained in Sections II (B), (D), (F), and                                 (G), III (A), (B), and (F), and V (B) of this Rule, shall subject the student to the periods                                         of ineligibility for extracurricular activities therein provided for conduct occurring off                                         school grounds and not at a school event during the academic school year.

        D.        District Events During Ineligibility Period.  Students who are ineligible for participation in                                 extracurricular activities will also be prohibited from attending any District-sponsored                                 extracurricular         events during the ineligibility period.

        E.        Effective Following Semester if Necessary.  The ineligibility period shall remain in effect                                 during the following semester (including the following school year) if there are insufficient                                 school days in the semester to complete the ineligibility period.

        F.        Extracurricular Commutation.  Penalties assigned under this Section may be reduced by the                         Superintendent or Superintendent’s designee upon the successful completion of counseling,                 community service, or other alternatives to curtailment set by the District.  The District shall                                 have the sole discretion in determining whether the student is eligible for commutation, and                                 what form the counseling, community service, or other alternatives to curtailment must be                                 successfully completed before commutation may take place.  Any costs associated with                                 counseling, community service, or other alternatives to curtailment shall be borne by the                                 student or the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s).

        G.        Effective Date.  The effective date of the curtailment of extracurricular activities shall be the                                 date that the principal or principal’s designee provides the student with the oral or written                                 notice of the charges, except the principal shall not issue a letter of curtailment until there is                         a student admission, court decision or citation.

IX.        DEFINITIONS.

        A.        “Academic school year” shall mean the time students are in school during the dates and                                 times set by the school calendar and adopted by the Board, including summer school.

        B.        “Alcoholic beverage” shall mean any substance subject to the jurisdiction of the Nebraska                                 Liquor Commission.

        C.        “Citation” shall mean a written complaint, writ, summons, requirement to appear, ticket,                                 uniform citation form, decree, notice, warrant, indictment, information, or other legal process                         issued by a law enforcement officer or prosecuting authority, which charges the student with                         committing an offense against the law, whether given directly to the student or the student's                         parent or guardian, or forwarded to a federal, state, county, or municipal attorney,                                 prosecutor, or prosecuting authority.

        D.        “Controlled substance” shall mean opiates, opium derivatives, depressants, stimulants, and                         the substances and derivatives as defined by Neb. Rev. Stat. §28-401(4) including, but not                                 limited to, “uppers”, “downers”, barbiturates, amphetamines, LSD, heroin, hashish,                                 hallucinogenic substances, cocaine, and substances such as glue, to the extent any such                                 substance is used for the purpose of mood or behavior alteration by a student, and any                                 other substance which alters the mood or behavior and which is not taken for medical                                 purposes        (e.g., steroids).

        E.        “Current building level” shall mean the current education level in which the student is                                 enrolled (i.e., grades 9-12 are the high school building level, grades 6-8 are the middle                                 school building level, and grades K-5 are the elementary school building level).

        F.         “Curtailment of extracurricular activities” shall mean that the student is ineligible for                                 participation in         or attending any extracurricular activities.  During any time that a student is                                 excluded from school for conduct occurring while within school jurisdiction, the student is                                 ineligible for participation in or attending any extracurricular activities.

        G.        “Destructive device” shall mean (1) any explosive, incendiary, chemical or biological poison,                  or poison gas-bomb, grenade, rocket having a propellant charge of more than four (4)                                 ounces, missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than one-quarter ounce,                                 mine, booby trap, Molotov cocktail, bottle or pipe bomb, vessel or container intentionally                                 caused to rupture or mechanically explode or device similar to any of the devices described                         in the proceeding clauses; (2) any type of weapon (other than a shotgun shell which is                                 generally recognized as particularly suitable for sporting purposes) by whatever name                                 known which will, or which may be readily converted to expel a         projectile by the action of an                         explosive or other propellant, and which has any barrel with a bore of more than one-half                                 inch in diameter; and (3) any combination of parts either designed or intended for use in                                 converting any device into any destructive device or from which a destructive device may be                 readily assembled.

        H.        “Distribution or attempted distribution to or receipt or attempted receipt from, any other                                 person” shall mean all actions, activities, and communications, whether verbal, written, or                                 electronic, involved with the transfer or attempt to transfer, or the receipt or attempt to                                 receive any illegal narcotic drug, controlled substance, marijuana, look-a-like substance,                                 mood-altering         or behavior affecting substance, alcohol, prescribed medications, or                                 non-prescribed medications.  These terms shall be broadly construed and interpreted to                                 include, but not be limited to, any and all actions, activities, and communications concerning                         the sale, transfer,trading, offering, gifting, receiving, purchasing, soliciting, and/or                                 acceptance of the aforesaid substances, whether or not a transfer is actually made, and                                 whether or not the student comes into actual possession thereof.

        I.        “Drug paraphernalia”  shall mean all equipment, products, materials, and items which are                                 used, intended for use, altered for use, or designed for use, in manufacturing, injecting,                                 ingesting, inhaling, vaporizing, or otherwise introducing into the human body any controlled                                 substance.

        J.        “Exclusion” shall mean that time period a student is excluded from school during short-term                         suspension, long-term suspension, emergency exclusion, or expulsion.  It may also mean                                 that time period that the student is mandatorily reassigned.

        K.        “Expulsion” shall mean exclusion from all schools in the District (except the location                                 designated for         alternative education).

        L.        “Extracurricular activities” shall mean all athletic teams, activities, groups, clubs,                                 homecomings, proms, dances, graduation ceremonies, and all other organizations or events                 sponsored by or associated with the District which are not part of the District curriculum.

        M.        “Firearms” shall mean (1) any weapon (including a starter gun) which will or is designed to                                 or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; (2) the frame                         or receiver of any such weapon; (3) any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; or (4) any                                 destructive device.  Such term does not include an antique firearm.

        N.        Illegal narcotic drugshall mean the illegal substances as defined by Neb. Rev. Stat.                                 §28-401(15).

        O.        “Ineligibility period” shall mean that period of time that a District student is prohibited from                                 participating in and/or attending any District extracurricular activities.

        P.        “Injury” shall mean damage to a person that results in a specific wound or wounds that                                 requires first aid treatment or a physician’s care.

        Q.        Long-term suspension shall mean exclusion from all schools in the District for more than                                 five (5) school days but less than twenty (20) school days.  If there are insufficient school                                 days in the first semester to complete the suspension period, the suspension period will be                                 carried over to the second semester.

        R.        “Look-a-like substance” (also known as imitation controlled substance) shall mean any                                 substance which is not a controlled substance, but which by its appearance (including, but                                 not limited to, color,         shape, size, markings, or packaging) or by representations made,                                 induce or are intended to induce, persons to believe that the substance is a controlled                                 substance.  “Look-a-like substance” shall include any beverage containing alcohol or a                                 beverage that is represented to contain alcohol.

        S.        Medication shall be broadly defined and shall mean all prescribed medications, over the                                 counter and other non-prescribed medications, and all chemical substances, compounds,                                 homeopathic substances, herbs, vitamins, and/or devices, which purport to aid in a person’s                         health or well-being or are intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or                                 prevention of diseases, or are intended to affect the structure or any function of the body;                                 and any device, instrument, apparatus, implement, machine, contrivance, implant, or other                                 similar or related article, including any         component part or accessory, which is prescribed by                         a physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse, and dispensed by a                         pharmacist or other person authorized by law.

        T.        Non-prescribed medicationshall mean all medications which are available without a                                 prescription or order from a person who is licensed under the laws of Nebraska to prescribe                         medications.

        U.        “On school grounds” shall mean on District property, in a vehicle owned, leased, or                                 contracted by the District being used for a school purpose or in a vehicle being driven for a                                 school purpose by a school employee or his or her designee, or at a school-sponsored                                 activity or athletic event, or any other place where the governing law permits the District to                                 discipline students for prohibited conduct.

        V.        One year shall mean the three hundred sixty-five (365) days that follow the acts at issue.

        W.        “Possession of a substance” shall mean situations where a student has on his or her person,                 within his or her personal property, within his or her vehicle, within school property assigned                         to him or her or under his or her control, a substance prohibited under this Rule, while on                                 school property or at a school sponsored or school-related activity or event.  Small or trace                                 amounts of a prohibited substance constitute possession of a substance, and positive                                 results from alcohol or other drug screening and testing technology are evidence of the                                 possession of prohibited substances.

        X.        Prescribed medicationshall mean all medications which are available only with a                                 prescription or         order from a person who is licensed under the laws of Nebraska to prescribe                         medications.

        Y.        “Prior violations” shall mean violations of the cited subsections, which occurred while the                                 student is in the current building level.  Student conduct violations which occurred in another                 school district at the current building level shall be included as prior violations.  For                                 suspension, expulsion, or reassignment purposes, prior violations shall only include previous                 student conduct violations which occurred on school grounds.  For curtailment of                                 extracurricular activities purposes, prior violations shall include previous student conduct                                 violations which occurred on or off school grounds.

        Z.        “Public indecency” shall mean performing, procuring, or assisting any other person to                                 perform, in a public place and where the conduct may reasonably be expected to be publicly                 viewed:  (1) An act of sexual penetration; (2) An exposure of the genitals, female breasts or                         buttocks of the body done with         intent to affront or alarm any person; or (3) A lewd fondling or                 caressing of the body of another person of the same or opposite sex.

        AA.        “Reasonable information that the student has committed a prohibited act” shall mean such                                 amount of information from which a reasonable school administrator who is not acting based                 on improper motives such as discrimination, retaliation, revenge, or retribution, could                                 reasonably conclude that the student engaged in the prohibited acts in question.  Such                                 amount of information shall not be evidence beyond all reasonable doubt, or clear and                                 convincing evidence, or even a preponderance of the evidence. Such reasonable                                 information shall be evaluated within the context of an orderly and effective educational                                 process, and shall not be evaluated within the context of any laws, regulations, rules,                                 practices, or procedures which may be applicable in any criminal or civil judicial                                 proceedings, administrative officer proceedings, law enforcement or administrative agency                                 investigation proceedings, or formal evidentiary proceedings.

        BB.        “School day” shall mean any day that school is in session and students are attending                                 academic courses. It does not include days that practices for extracurricular activities are                                 held during the summer, or weekends and vacations that occur during the academic school                         year.

        CC.        “School jurisdiction” shall mean on District property, in a vehicle owned, leased, or                                 contracted by the District being used for a school purpose or in a vehicle being driven for a                                 school purpose by a school employee or his or her designee, or at a school-sponsored                                 activity or athletic event, or any other place where the governing law permits the District to                                 discipline students for prohibited conduct.

        DD.        “Semester” shall mean the equivalent of one half of the required student instructional days.

        EE.        “Sexual assault” shall mean sexual assault in the first degree or second as defined in Neb.                                 Rev. Stat. §§28-319 and 320, or sexual assault of a child in the first, second or third degree                         as defined in Neb. Rev. Stat. §§28-319.01 and 320.01, as such statutes now provide or may                         hereafter be amended. Sexual assault in the first degree occurs when a person subjects                                 another person to sexual penetration without the consent of the victim, or when a person                                 who is nineteen years of age or older subjects         another person who is at least twelve but less                 than sixteen years of age to sexual penetration. Neb.         Rev. Stat. §28-319.  Sexual assault in                         the second degree occurs when a person subjects another person to sexual contact without                         the consent of the victim and the actor causes serious personal injury to the victim. Neb.                                 Rev. Stat. §28-320.  Sexual assault of a child in the first degree occurs when a person who                                 is nineteen years of age or older subjects another person under twelve years of age to                                 sexual penetration. Neb. Rev. Stat. §28-319.01.  Sexual assault of a child in the second                                 degree occurs when a person who is nineteen years of age or older subjects another person                 fourteen years of age or younger to sexual contact and the actor causes serious personal                                 injury to the victim. Neb. Rev. Stat.        §28-320.01.  Sexual assault of a child in the third degree                         occurs when a person who is nineteen years of age or older subjects another person                                 fourteen years of age or younger to sexual contact and the actor does not cause personal                                 injury to the victim. Neb. Rev. Stat. §28-320.01.

        FF.         “Sexual or intimate parts” shall mean the genital area, groin, inner thighs, buttocks or                                 breasts.

        GG        “Short-term suspension” shall mean exclusion from all schools in the District not to exceed                                 five (5) school days.  If there are insufficient school days in the first semester to complete                                 the suspension period, the suspension period will be carried over to the second semester.

        HH.        “Under the influenceshall mean the manifestation of physical and physiological symptoms                         or reactions caused by the use of any illegal narcotic drug, controlled substance, marijuana,                         mood-altering or behavior affecting substance, prescribed medication by a student for                                 whom the prescribed medication was not prescribed, or alcohol.  Factors which may be                                 taken into consideration are: the odor of a prohibited substance on the student’s breath or                                 clothes, glassy eyes, slurred speech, physical mobility, and such other factors which the                                 training of school administrators indicates as being evidence of the use of prohibited                                 substances or being under the influence of the same.  Positive results from alcohol or other                         drug screening and testing technology are evidence of the use and possession of prohibited                         substances or being under the influence of the same.

        II.        “Use of substance” shall mean situations where there is reasonable suspicion to believe a                                 student has assimilated a prohibited substance or is under the influence of the same while                                 on school property or in attendance at a school-sponsored or school-related activity or                                 event.  Factors which may be taken into consideration are: the odor of a prohibited                                 substance on the student’s breath or clothes, glassy eyes,         slurred speech, physical mobility,                         and such other factors which the training of school administrators indicates as being                                 evidence of the use of prohibited substances or being under the influence of the same.                                  Positive results from alcohol or other drug screening and testing technology are evidence of                         the use and possession of prohibited substances or being under the influence of the same.

Legal Reference: Neb. Rev. Stat. §§28-319, 319.01, 320 and 320.01

Neb. Rev. Stat. §28-401

Neb. Rev. Stat. §§28-502 and 504

Neb. Rev. Stat. §§28-511, 518 and 519

Neb. Rev. Stat. §28-907

Neb. Rev. Stat. §28-1202 et seq.

Neb. Rev. Stat. §28-1341

Neb. Rev. Stat. §79-254 et seq.

 

Related Rules:         5300.3, 5400.1, 5400.2, 5400.3, 5400.4, 5400.5, 5410.1,  5470.1, 5480.1, 5490.1, 5600.2

 

Rule Approved:  May 7, 2001                                                                                                                                   

Revised:  April 15, 2002; May 5, 2003; March 15, 2004; June 5, 2006                                                                        

July 9, 2007; June 2, 2008; February 2, 2009; May 18, 2009; May 17, 2010                                     

April 4, 2011, April 16, 2012; April 22, 2013; November 4, 2013; January 6, 2014;                                          

April 21, 2014; April 20, 2015; April 18, 2016; April 17, 2017; May 6, 2019; April 20, 2020

 

Attendance, Tardiness, and Excessive Absenteeism                                                                     5200.1  

 

I.        Attendance.

        A.        Attendance Accounting. Attendance accounting shall be accomplished in secondary schools                 by         recording students’ attendance period-by-period, in elementary schools by recording                         students’ attendance in the morning and afternoon, and in summer school by recording                         secondary students’ attendance period-by-period and elementary students’ attendance by                         the hour.

        B.        Grounds for Excused Absences. Students will be granted an excused absence from school                         by the principal or the principal’s designee for the following reasons:

                1.        Personal illness (a physician’s verification is required after four (4) consecutive days of                                 absence for illness).

                2.        Doctor or dental appointments for the student, which cannot be scheduled at a time                                 other than during school hours.

                3.        Death or serious illness of the student’s family member.

                4.        Attending a funeral.

                5.        Wedding or graduation of the student’s family member.

                6.        Legal matters which cannot be arranged at a time other than during school hours.

                7.        Observance of religious holidays of the student's own faith.

                8.        College planning visits.

                9.        Matters involving student safety.

                10.        Matters related to military service.

                11.        Personal or family vacations not to exceed five (5) days per school year.

                12        Pregnancy and parenting related appointments and/or conditions pursuant to District                                 Rule 5200.3 (I).

                13.        The approval of all excused absences may be subject to review by Student Services.

        

        C.        Insufficient Grounds for Excused Absences.  Students will be assigned an unexcused                         absence from school by the principal or the principal’s designee for the following reasons:

                1.        Personal recreational activities.

                2.        Non-school sponsored activities and athletics (e.g., competitive cheer, club sports, or                                 theater caravans).

                3.        Babysitting.

                4.        Birthdays.

                5.        Work.

        D.        Rules Governing Absences.

                1.        Individuals who are authorized to submit written excuses for absences are a parent or                                 guardian, the student if age nineteen (19), or the student if emancipated. Written                                 excuses must be provided to the principal or the principal's designee.

                2.        The student's parents or guardians must call within the time specified by the school's                                 guidelines and provide the following information: the date(s) and/or time of the absence                         and the reason for the absence. Failure to call within the required time frame will result                                 in the absence being recorded as unexcused.

                3.        The District reserves the right to require verification from a doctor or dentist when an                                 absence is for medical or dental reasons.

                4.        A written excuse, which is forged or contains factual misrepresentations, will subject                                 the student to discipline under District Rule and the absence(s) will be recorded as                                 unexcused absences.

        E.        Make-up Work for Excused and Unexcused Absences.

                1.        Schoolwork missed due to an excused or unexcused absence, must be completed to                                 the satisfaction of each teacher whose class was missed.

                2.        Students will have a minimum of one (1) school day for each day of absence, to make                                 up missed schoolwork. Students who do not make up their work within the prescribed                                 time limits will not receive credit for the work missed.

                3.        Make-up work may be provided prior to a planned absence if the lessons and                                         assignments have already been planned for and prepared by the teacher in the context                         of having created the weekly lesson plans.  Make-up work provided to a student in                                 advance of their absence does not guarantee that no additional work may need to be                                 completed upon their return to school.         Students who do not request missed work in                                 advance will be provided all assigned work when the student returns from an absence.

                4.        Providing early or late semester exams is at the discretion of the building principal or                                 the principal’s designee.

                5.        During prolonged absence due to illness, the parent may call the school office to make                                 arrangements for picking up the missed work.

                6.        When the school administration has given approval for a student to participate in                                 school sponsored programs such as High Ability Learners (HAL) Seminars, music                                 programs, dramatics, or athletics, the student should not be penalized for not being                                 present to take tests and participate in the daily work.  The student shall be given an                                 opportunity to make up any work missed.

II.        Tardiness.

        A.        Rules.  The following rules shall apply to tardiness.

                1.        Students tardy to school will not be admitted to class unless the student has the                                 permission of         the principal or principal's designee.

                2.        Tardies will be excused or unexcused as determined by building principal or the                                 principal’s designee.

                3.        Each school shall adopt a set of guidelines to be used to avoid or minimize student                                 tardiness and         publish it in their student handbook.

III.        Excessive Absenteeism.

        A.        Rules. The following rules shall apply to excessive absenteeism.

                1.        At least one (1) attendance officer shall be appointed by the District’s Board who shall                                 enforce the provisions of Nebraska's mandatory attendance laws. If the                                         Superintendent, a principal, a         teacher, or a Board member knows of a violation of                                 Nebraska's mandatory attendance laws they shall within three (3) days report such                                 violation to the District’s attendance officer who shall immediately investigate the                                 violation.  When of his or her personal knowledge or by report or complaint from any                                 resident of the District, the District’s attendance officer believes that there is a violation                                 of Nebraska’s mandatory attendance laws, the attendance officer shall immediately                                 investigate such violation.

                2.        If a student has accumulated eight (8) absences in a school year or the hourly                                         equivalent, the District may render all services to address barriers to attendance.  Such                         services shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

                        a.        Verbal or written communication by District officials with the person or persons                                         who have legal or actual charge or control of any student.

                        b.        One or more meetings between, at a minimum, a school attendance officer, a                                         school social worker, or a school administrator or his or her designee, the person                                         who has legal or actual charge or control of the student, and the student, when                                         appropriate, to attempt to address the barriers to attendance.  The result of the                                         meeting or meetings shall be to develop a collaborative plan to reduce barriers                                         identified to improve regular attendance.  The plan shall consider, but not be                                         limited to:

                                i.        Illness related to physical or behavioral health of the student;

                                ii.        Educational counseling;

                                iii.        Educational evaluation; and

                                iv.        Referral to community agencies for economic services, family or individual                                                 counseling, or assisting the family in working with other community services.

                                v.        Prevention and early intervention procedures, service coordination,                                                         cooperative efforts, and information sharing, in accordance with the                                                         Superintendent’s Plan pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. § 79-2121.

                3.        Absences due to pregnancy, or pregnancy related conditions, or care for an ill child, do                                 not count towards the excessive absenteeism accumulated absences in a school year                                 or the hourly equivalent.

        B.        Notification.

                1.        If a student has accumulated eight (8) absences in a school year or the hourly                                         equivalent, the District will send written notice to the student’s parents or guardians                                 regarding the State mandatory attendance and excessive absenteeism laws.  If any of                                 the absences are due to illness, the notice to the student’s parents or guardian shall                                 indicate the number of absences due to such.

                2.        If a student has accumulated fifteen (15) absences in a school year or the hourly                                 equivalent, the District will send written notice to the student’s parents or guardians                                 regarding the State mandatory attendance and excessive absenteeism laws.  If any of                                 the absences are due to illness, the notice to the student’s parents or guardians shall                                 indicate the number of absences due to such.

                3.        If a student is absent more than twenty (20) days in a school year or the hourly                                         equivalent, the attendance officer may file a report with the county attorney of the                                 county in which the student resides.  The District shall notify the student’s family in                                 writing prior to referring the student to the county attorney.  The report shall state that                                 the District has made the efforts required by Section III(A)(2) of this Rule and that the                                 collaborative plan to reduce barriers identified to improve regular attendance has not                                 been successful and the District recommends county attorney intervention.  The report                                 shall include the student's and parents’ names, address, number of excused and                                 unexcused absences, number of absences due to illness documentation that the                                 District has made the efforts required by Section III(A)(2) of this Rule, and copies of all                                 other relevant information regarding the student’s attendance and excessive                                         absenteeism.

                4.        If a student has a history of being chronically absent from school, the District shall                                 render any and all services in the District’s power to compel the student to attend                                 school.

        C.        Students on Probation.  If a student on probation who has previously been expelled from the                 District is attending school pursuant to Nebraska law governing students on probation, prior                         to the readmission of the student to the school, school officials shall meet with the student's                         probation         officer and assist in developing conditions of probation that will provide specific                         guidelines for behavior and consequences for misbehavior at school as well as educational                         objectives that must be achieved. The school may expel such a student for subsequent                         actions which violate District Rule 5400.6. Such a student shall be screened by the District                         for possible disabilities and, if the screening so indicates, the student shall be referred for                         evaluation for possible placement in a District special education program.

IV.        Students Exempt from the Mandatory Attendance Laws. Students who are exempt from the                 mandatory attendance laws are:

        A.        Students who have obtained a high school diploma;

        B.        Students who have completed the program of instruction offered by a school which elects                         pursuant to state law not to meet accreditation or approval requirements;

        C.        Students who have reached eighteen (18) years of age;

        D.        Students who have reached sixteen (16) years of age, but are not yet eighteen (18) years of                         age, and whose withdrawal from school before graduation and exemption from the                                 mandatory attendance requirements has been completed in accordance with state law and                         District Rule 5120.2.

        E.        Students who will reach six (6) years of age prior to January 1 of the then current school                         year, and         their parent or guardian has discontinued enrollment in accordance with District                         Rule 5100.2(III)(A); and

        F.        Students who will not reach six (6) years of age prior to January 1 of the then current school                         year, and their parent or guardian has discontinued enrollment in accordance with District                         Rule 5100.2(III)(B).

V.        Student Discipline. Students who violate the provisions of this Rule, or the District’s Standards for         Student Conduct, or the guidelines of the building principal or principal's designee, may be                 subject to student discipline. Students who have excessive absences or tardies may also be                 subject to student discipline.

VI.        Definitions.

        A.        "Emancipated student" shall mean any student, under the age of nineteen (19), who is either                 married, or is enlisted in the military service, or unmarried and has voluntarily left home                         without financial support from the student's parent(s), or the student has been declared                         emancipated by a court of law and the conditions leading to that declaration remain                                 unchanged.

        B.        “Excessive absences” shall mean eight (8) or more absences from school in a school year                         or the hourly equivalent.

 

Legal Reference:  Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 29-2270 through 29-2273

Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 79-201 through 79-210, and 79-2121

Nebraska LB 427 (2017)

 

Related Policies & Rules:  5200, 5200.2, 5200.3, 5400.6 

 

Rule Approved:                                                                                                                                                           

Revised: July 20, 1987; September 19, 1994; September 8, 1998;                                                                    

September 11, 2000; June 20, 2005; February 16, 2009; April 18, 2011;

August 15, 2011; December 5, 2011; July 2, 2012; December 17, 2012; May 19, 2014;

May 21, 2018

STUDENT HEALTH AND SAFETY

In        

                 In order to ensure the safety of every student, the Millard Public School’s safety and security practices are rooted in the four phases of emergency management 1) Mitigation, 2) Preparedness, 3) Response, and 4) Recovery. All schools have been established and customized emergency response plans and procedures designed to protect the well-being of students and staff during emergency situations. The Incident Command Team in each school is responsible for conducting emergency response drills and training on a regularly scheduled basis. Students are expected to follow designated Standard Response Protocols when announced. The four standard responses protocols are described below:

In the event of a school-wide emergency, school officials will communicate with parents in every form possible. In the event of an off-campus evacuation, please do not immediately proceed to the school, a re-unification site will be established by the school or first responders and the location will be communicated to parents as soon as possible.  

Restraint and Seclusion

As a part of the emergency procedures within the Millard Public Schools, any student who poses a significant imminent risk of injury to him/herself or others may be physically restrained and/or placed in seclusion by school staff in accordance with District Rule 5495.2. Significant violations of the law including assaults on students and staff will be reported to the police. The building administrator or designee will make reasonable efforts to notify the parent/guardian no later than the end of business on the school day on which the physical restraint/seclusion occurred. The parent should be notified of the circumstances leading up to the physical restraint/seclusion and be given a point of contact for additional information. District Rule 5495.2 is available to all parents electronically via the District’s website or as a hard copy on request.

Dating Violence                                                                                                                 5300.4

I.        Dating Violence Prohibited. The District provides physically safe and emotionally secure environments for all students. Positive behaviors are encouraged in the educational program and are required of all students. Inappropriate behaviors, including but not limited to, dating violence, will not be tolerated and must be avoided by all students.

II.        Dating Violence Training. Strategies and practices will be implemented to reinforce positive behaviors and to discourage and protect others from inappropriate behaviors. Dating violence training, as defined by Neb. Rev. Stat.79-2,141(4,) shall be provided to staff deemed appropriate by the administration. Training shall include, but not be limited to, basic awareness of dating violence, warning signs of dating violence, and the District's dating violence policy.

III.        Dating Violence Information. The District shall inform the students' parents or legal guardians of the District's dating violence policy on an annual basis via the Student Handbook. If requested, the District shall also provide the parents or legal guardians a copy of the District's dating violence policy and other relevant information.

IV.        Definitions.

A.   Dating Violence shall mean a pattern of behavior where one person uses threats of, or actually uses, physical, sexual, verbal, or emotional abuse, to control his or her dating partner.

B.   Dating Partner shall mean any person, regardless of gender, involved in an intimate relationship with another person primarily characterized by the expectation of affectionate involvement whether casual, serious, or long term.

Related Policies and Rules: 5300, 5300.1, 5300.2, 5300.3

Legal Reference: Neb. Rev. Stat. § 79-2,141

Date of Adoption: May 17, 2010

Revised: December 5, 2016

Reaffirmed: March 2, 2020

                             

                                                                     

Student Health

Among the health services provided for students by the Millard Public School District are screening tests for vision and hearing. Hearing tests are given to students in preschool, kindergarten, first, second, seventh, and tenth grades, and to new students and those who have had previous hearing losses. Vision screening is done each year in all pre-school through 4th grade, 7th, and 10th grades, except for those students who have evidence of having been screened for vision and hearing within the preceding six (6) months. Dental screenings are completed each year at all pre-school through 4th grade, 7th, and 10th grades, except for those students who have evidence of having been seen by a dentist within the preceding six (6) months.  

None of these routine health screenings are intended to replace regular physical examinations by a medical specialist. Parents/guardians are notified if the screenings indicate the potential for any type of problem. School personnel do not diagnose health problems. If health problems are detected, parents/guardians are then encouraged to consult their family medical specialist, but the schools cannot assume the cost of the medical specialist’s examination.

Parents/guardians are asked to inform the school of any changes in a student’s general health or physical limitations.  This information will be helpful to school personnel in working with the student.

If a student has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, parents/guardians will be contacted. The student will be sent home as soon as proper arrangements can be made. Students will be excluded from school for the following conditions:  contagious or infectious disease, including chicken pox, measles and mumps; pink eye; suspicious rash; vomiting, diarrhea, seizure activity, skin eruptions or live head lice. Students may not return to school until they are fever free for twenty-four (24) hours and/or bring a doctor’s note granting permission to return, or until all evidence of the condition is gone.

PHYSICAL EXAMINATION, IMMUNIZATION AND INSPECTION

  1. Physical Examination. Prior to the entrance of any student into kindergarten and the seventh grade or, in the case of a transfer from out of state to any other grade in any District school, the parents/guardians must submit written evidence of a physical examination of the student by a physician, physician assistant, D.O., or advanced practice registered nurse.
  1. The physical examination must have been performed within six (6) months of the date of enrollment. FOR 7th GRADE ONLY, if the student is participating in sports the physical must be completed after May 1st. FOR 6th GRADE ONLY, if the student is participating in cross country a sports physical must be completed after May 1st.
  2. The cost of such physical examination is to be assumed by the parents/guardians of each child examined.
  3. No physical examination shall be required of any student whose parents/guardians object in writing.
  4. In accordance with Nebraska Revised Statute 79-214, all kindergartners and out of state transfer students are required to have an eye exam by a Physician, PA, D.O., APRN, Ophthalmologist or Optometrist within six months prior to admission. The eye exam can be done at your doctor’s office at the same time as your child’s school physical.

  1. Immunization. In accordance with Neb. Rev. Stat. 79-219, all students are required to be protected by immunization against measles/mumps/rubella (MMR), varicella, poliomyelitis (Polio), diphtheria (D), pertussis (P), tetanus (T), and Hepatitis B prior to enrollment and in accordance with the immunization standards prescribed in Title 173, Nebraska Administrative Code, and Chapter 3-007.  FOR 7th GRADE ONLY, 1 dose of Tdap (must contain Pertussis Booster.) The Tdap may be done any time after 10 or 11 years of age depending on which brand of vaccine is received.

  1. Any student who does not comply with this provision shall not be permitted to continue in school until the student complies unless the student falls within the two exceptions stated below in paragraph C.
  2. Unless exempted by state law, the cost of such immunization shall be done by the parents/guardians of each student who is immunized or by the Department of Health and Human Services for those students whose parents/guardians are unable to meet such cost.
  3. Immunizations shall not be required for enrollment if either of the following is submitted to the District:
  1. A statement signed by a physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse stating that, in the health care provider's opinion, the immunizations required would be injurious to the health and well-being of the student or any member of the student's family or household; or
  2. A notarized affidavit signed by the student or, if the student is a minor, by a legally authorized representative of the student, stating that the immunization conflicts with the tenets and practice of a recognized religious denomination of which the student is an adherent or member or that immunization conflicts with the personal and sincerely followed religious beliefs of the student.
  3. The physician's statement or affidavit shall be kept in the student's cumulative file.

  1. A student may be provisionally enrolled in the District in the following circumstances:
  1. The student has begun the immunizations required by state law and the student is receiving the necessary immunizations as rapidly as is medically feasible and in accordance with the requirements of Title 173, Nebraska Administrative Code, Chapter 3-009.02; or
  2. The student is the child or legal ward of an active member of the military services of the United States or of his or her spouse, and the student is enrolling in the District following residence in another state or in a foreign country, and the parents/guardians of the student provide the District with a signed written statement certifying that the student has completed the immunizations required by state law. The student’s parents/guardians must thereafter provide the District with written evidence that the student has completed the immunizations required by state law, and if such written evidence is not provided to the District within sixty (60) days of the date of the provisional enrollment, then the student shall not thereafter be permitted to continue in school until such written evidence of compliance is provided.

  1. Required Evidence of Immunization. For the purposes of compliance with the immunization requirements of state law, the student’s parents/guardians shall be required to present to the District the following evidence of immunization:
  1. An immunization history containing the name of the vaccine, the month and year of administration (the month, day, and year for MMR vaccine), the name of the health practitioner, the agency where the immunization was obtained, and the signature of the physician, parent, guardian, or of such other person maintaining the immunization history of the student, verifying that the student has received these vaccines; or
  2. Laboratory evidence of circulating antibodies for measles, mumps, or rubella shall constitute evidence of immunity against those diseases provided the following information is supplied:  name of test, test result, test date, signature of laboratory technician performing the test or of the laboratory director, and date of signature.
  3. For purposes of compliance with this Rule, clinical history of measles, mumps, or rubella without laboratory or epidemiologic confirmation does not constitute evidence of immunity.  Epidemiologic confirmation of a diagnosis means that the clinical history of measles, mumps, or rubella is corroborated by association with laboratory proven case(s) and that such epidemiologic case(s) have been reported to and counted by the Department of Health and Human Services.

IV.        Inspection. Qualified District personnel shall separately inspect District students to ascertain if any student is suffering from defective sight or hearing, dental defects, or other conditions as prescribed by the Department of Health and Human Services Regulation and Licensure.

  1. If such inspection determines that any student has such condition, the District shall notify the parents/guardians in writing of the condition and explain the necessity of professional attendance or professional assistance for such student.
  2. When a student apparently shows symptoms of any contagious or infectious disease, such student shall be sent home immediately, or as soon as safe and proper transportation can be found, and the District’s Director of Student Services shall be notified immediately.
  3. No student shall be compelled to submit to a physical examination other than the District inspection over the written objection of the student's parents/guardians, delivered to the District.  Such objection shall not exempt the student from the state's quarantine laws nor prohibit an examination for infectious or contagious diseases.
  4. The District's inspections shall be conducted during the first quarter of each school year for students currently in attendance. Thereafter, as students enter the District during the year, such inspections shall be made immediately upon their entrance.

  1. Parental Notification and Opportunity to Opt out of Participation. Pursuant to the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment, 20 U.S.C. § 1232h, the District shall provide reasonable notice directly to the parents and guardians of students enrolled in District schools, of the specific or approximate dates of any non-emergency invasive physical examination or screening that is required as a condition of attendance and administered by the District and scheduled in advance, and which is not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of the student or other students.
  1. An invasive physical examination is any medical examination that involves the exposure of private body parts, or any act during such an examination which includes incision, insertion, or injection into the body, but does not include a hearing, vision, dental, or any physical examination or screening permitted or required by State law.
  2. Parents, guardians, and students who are eighteen (18) years old or emancipated under State law, may opt out of participation in any such invasive physical examination by providing the District with a signed written statement which declines participation in any such invasive physical examination.

  1. Physical Examinations for Student Athletes. Students participating in activities sponsored by the Nebraska Schools Activities Association athletics, cheerleading, or dance team, shall obtain a physical examination by a physician after May 1st, and shall submit the same to the District prior to participation.
  1. The requirement of obtaining and submission of a physical examination will be in force each year a student participates in student athletics.
  2. Student athletes must also be covered by accident insurance prior to participation on any team. Student athletes may be eligible to purchase insurance through the “Kids Connection” program made available by the Nebraska Health and Human Services System. Insurance through “Kids Connection” is available for families whose income is 185 percent of the federal poverty level or below. Applications are available at all school offices and also the Student Services Department in the Don Stroh Administration Center. Student athletes who are not eligible for insurance through the “Kids Connection” program are eligible to purchase insurance made available by the District insurance program, “K-12 Student Accident Insurance” at www.studentinsurance-kk.com.

  1. Definitions.
  1. Student Athletics. Student athletics shall mean extracurricular school sponsored competitive interscholastic sports.
  1. Physician. Physician shall mean individuals who are licensed by the Department of Health and Human Services Regulation and Licensure such as:
  1. Medical Doctors (M.D.) who practice medicine and/or surgery; or
  2. Osteopathic Physicians (D.O.) who are also authorized to prescribe medications.
  1. Physician Assistant. Physician assistant shall mean individuals who are licensed under Neb. Rev. Stat. Sections 71-1, 107.15 through 71-1, 107.30 to perform medical services under the supervision of a licensed physician.
  2. Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). Advanced Practice Registered Nurse shall mean individuals who are licensed and practicing under and in accordance with the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Act.

Possession and Use of Medication

  1. General Statement. Prescribed medication shall not be brought to school unless the written directions of a physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse state that the prescribed medication must be taken during school hours or during school activities.

  1. Rules for all Medications.  
  1. Preschool, Elementary and Middle School Levels. The following rules shall apply to the use, application, and transportation of all medications at the preschool, elementary school, and middle school levels.
  1. Non-Prescribed Medication. A written authorization must be signed by the student's parents or guardian and filed with the school nurse or principal permitting the use of non-prescribed medication. Elementary students must turn in cough drops/lozenges to the school nurse. Middle school students may carry cough drops/lozenges with a parent permission note.  

2.        Prescribed Medication. The student or the student's parents or guardian must provide the school nurse or principal with a written order of a physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse that prescribes the type and amount of medication. A current prescription label will satisfy the requirements of this paragraph. In addition, a written authorization permitting the use of medication must be signed by the student's parents or guardian and filed with the school nurse or principal.

  1. Taking of Non-Prescribed and Prescribed Medication. The ingestion, taking, or application of non-prescribed and prescribed medications, including nebulizers, shall be performed under the direct supervision and observation of the school nurse, principal, or principal's designee, who shall have successfully completed a District competency assessment pursuant to the Medication Aide Act and applicable state rules and regulations, will be administered as directed on the manufacturer’s label, as directed by the student's physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse. The health professional or paraprofessional may assist a student with eye drops or ear drops if the school nurse or health room paraprofessional deems it appropriate or the student is unable to effectively administer such. If the student’s parents or guardian have given written authorization, students will be allowed to possess and/or ingest glucose tablets as needed anywhere on school grounds.  
  2. Homeopathic Substances, Herbs, and Vitamins. Homeopathic substances, herbs, and vitamins shall not be administered by school staff unless prescribed by a physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse and dispensed by a pharmacist or other person authorized by law.  Homeopathic substances, herbs and vitamins, whether prescribed or non-prescribed, shall be subject to the same restrictions and requirements as prescribed medications.
  3. Transporting Medications to and from School.  
  1. Preschool and Elementary Schools. In the preschool and elementary schools, students shall not be allowed to transport non-prescribed or prescribed medications to and from school with the exception of glucose tablets.  Elementary school students may possess and use inhalers according to the provisions of Section II (E.1). Non-prescribed or prescribed medications must be transported by the student’s parents or guardian or by an adult designated in writing by the parents or guardian, and must be delivered to the school nurse, principal, or the principal’s designee.
  2. Middle School. Middle school students will not be allowed to transport prescribed medications to and from school with the exception of glucose tablets. Middle school students may possess and use inhalers according to the provisions of Section II (E.1). Prescribed medications must be transported by the student’s parents or guardian or by an adult designated in writing by the parents or guardian. Non-prescribed medications may be transported by middle school students to and from school but must be delivered to the school nurse, principal, or the principal’s designee.

  1. High School. The following rules shall apply to the use and application of medications at the high school level.

1.        Non-Prescribed Medication. No written authorization shall be required for non-prescribed medication. However, if a teacher, principal or school nurse observes frequent or inappropriate use by a student of non-prescribed medication, the school may require the following:

a.        Written authorization by the student's parents or guardian permitting the possession and use of the non-prescribed medication; and/or

b.        A written statement signed by a physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse permitting the use of the non-prescribed medication.

2.        Prescribed Medication. If prescribed medication is to be ingested, taken or applied, the following shall be required:

a.        The medication shall be delivered in the original packaging to the school nurse, principal, or principal's designee;

b.        A written authorization signed by the student's parents or guardian permitting the possession and use of the medication shall be filed with the school nurse or principal;

c.        The school nurse or principal shall be provided with the written order of a physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse prescribing the medication, and its dosage; and

d.        The ingestion, taking or application of prescribed medication, including nebulizers, shall be performed under the direct supervision and observation of the school nurse, principal, or principal's designee, who shall have successfully completed a District competency assessment pursuant to the Medication Aide Act and applicable state rules and regulations, and as directed by the physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse. If the student’s parents or guardian have given written authorization, students will be allowed to possess and/or ingest glucose tablets as needed anywhere on school grounds and to possess and administer inhalers according to the provisions of Section II (E.1).

  1. Homeopathic Substances, Herbs, and Vitamins. Homeopathic substances, herbs, and vitamins shall not be administered by school staff unless prescribed by a physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse and dispensed by a pharmacist or other person authorized by law. Homeopathic substances, herbs and vitamins, whether prescribed or non-prescribed, shall be subject to the same restrictions and requirements as prescribed medications.

  1. Transporting Medications to and from School.  
  1. High school students will be allowed to transport prescribed medications to and from school. Prescribed medications must be transported directly to the nurse’s office with parental notification and instruction. High school students may possess and use inhalers according to the provisions of Section II (E.1).

 

  1. Administration of Injections. Only school nurses and school personnel who have been trained to administer the Epi-Pen or Glucagon and are giving injections in emergency life-saving situations may administer injections at school.

  1. Glucagon Injections. If a student requires administration of Glucagon in an emergency diabetic attack, school personnel will call 911. The Glucagon will be provided by the student’s parents or guardian. School personnel other than the school nurse may administer Glucagon injections only in emergency situations if they are trained by qualified personnel.

  1. Epi-pen Injections. Students may use/carry Epi-Pens without supervision or monitoring by the school nurse or principal. The Epi-Pen must be a prescribed medication and the school nurse or principal shall have received written permission from the student's parents or guardian as well as a physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse. All other Emergency Epi-Pen injections that are given in response to an emergency should be given by a school nurse if available. Emergency medical personnel and the student's parents or guardian shall be called.

  1. Other Injections. If a student requires any injections during the school day, students may administer injections in the nurse’s office or in an area designated by the principal or the principal’s designee. Parents may request that a school nurse administer injections if the student is incapable of self-administration. Parents shall submit requests to the Director of Student Services.

  1. Record Keeping.  

  1. Authorization and Medical Directions File. The school nurse, principal, or principal's designee for each school shall keep a file which shall contain the following:

a.        All authorizations required under this Rule;

b.        All orders or instructions from a physician, physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse;

c.        The dates that authorizations and/or orders of a physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse are received; and

d.        The date that medication is delivered to the nurse, principal, or principal's designee.

2.        Daily Medication Documentation. In each school, a daily medication log shall be kept which shall contain the following:

a.        The student's name;

b.        The type of medication the student is authorized to have;

c.        The dosage or directions for ingestion, taking, or application of the medication;

  1. The name of the person supervising the student who is taking the medication;
  2. The time the medication is administered; and
  3. Any refusal by the student to take and/or receive the medication.

  1. Medical Information to be Provided to the District.  

1.        Medical Allergies, Seizures, and Susceptibility to Illness. If a student is either allergic to a certain medication or is prone to seizure or other illness, the student's parents, guardian, physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse shall provide the District, in writing, with the following information on or by the first day of school:

a.        The name of the medications to which the student is allergic;

b.        The serious illnesses to which the student is susceptible; and

c.        If the student is susceptible to an illness, what steps are to be taken by school personnel in the event the illness occurs.

2.        Injections for Medical Emergencies. If a student is required to receive an injection for a medical emergency, the student's parents, guardian, physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse shall notify the school, in writing, and provide the following information on or by the first day of school:

a.          The name of the medication, its dosage, and

  1. The method of administration (subcutaneous, intramuscular, intravenous, etc.).

  1. Miscellaneous Provisions.

1.        Inhalers. Students may use/carry inhalers without supervision or monitoring by the school nurse or principal. The inhaler must be a prescribed medication and the school nurse or principal shall have received written permission from the student's parents or guardian as well as a physician, physician assistant, D.O., or advanced practice registered nurse. This statement shall also include directions of appropriate inhaler usage. If school personnel observe a student using an inhaler in excess of the directions on the inhaler or with a frequency which would be considered unreasonable, it shall be reported to the school nurse or principal in which case the student’s use of the inhaler shall be supervised by the school nurse or principal.  

2.        Containers. All medication shall be kept in its original container with its original label which describes the ingredients of the contents, recommended dosage, and appropriate warnings. The label must be legible and be written in English, or provide English translations.  

3.        Custody, Storage, and Disposal. All medication delivered to the school nurse or principal shall be stored in a container or refrigerator in the nurse's office, principal's office, or other area designated by the school principal. The storage area shall either be locked or under the control of a designated school employee. All prescription medication must be picked up before the last day of school. Any medication left behind will be discarded.

4.        Quantity. No more than a thirty (30) day supply of prescribed medication shall be provided and delivered to the school by the student, student's parents or guardian, unless there is a written order by a physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse requiring a greater supply.

5.        Transfer to Other Students. Students are prohibited from transferring, delivering, or receiving any medication to or from other students. Violation of this subsection will authorize the confiscation of the medication by the District, and subject the students to discipline.  

6.        Finger Stick Blood Test. Students who have been taught finger stick blood tests shall follow those procedures that they have been taught. Parents of students who have diabetes, and students who have diabetes, should notify the school nurse or principal at the beginning of the school year that the student is diabetic, and should provide the school nurse or principal with all information required under this Rule. Students may administer the finger stick blood test in the nurse’s office or any other area.

  1. Student Discipline. If a student violates a provision of the rules for medication, the student shall be subject to discipline.  

  1. In addition, where appropriate, the following people shall be immediately notified of a violation of this Rule:
  1. The school nurse, principal, or principal's designee;
  2. The student's parents or guardian; and
  3. The physician, physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse prescribing the medication if deemed necessary.

  1. While notifications are being given, the student shall remain in the custody of the school nurse, principal, or principal's designee until necessary notifications have been made and until actions have been taken to eliminate any possible threat to the student or other students.

  1. If medications have been improperly dispensed or ingested by the student or other students, the student’s physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse shall be requested to give the proper medical directions to be followed by the school staff. Unless otherwise directed by the physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse, the school nurse, and principal or principal’s designee shall determine what action if any shall be followed to insure the student(s)’ safety.

  1. If the physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse cannot be reached and the school nurse or principal determines that an emergency exists, emergency medical personnel shall be immediately called. The parents or guardian shall be notified of any action being taken.  
  1. Definitions.

A.        Emergency medical personnel. Emergency medical personnel shall mean medical personnel that can respond to a medical emergency.

  1. Medication. Medication shall be broadly defined and shall include:

  1. All prescribed medications, over the counter and other non-prescribed medications, and all chemical substances, compounds, homeopathic substances, herbs, vitamins, and/or devices, which purport to aid in a person’s health or well-being or are intended for use in the diagnoses, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of diseases, or are intended to affect the structure or any function of the body; and

  1. Any device, instrument, apparatus, implement, machine, contrivance, implant, or other similar or related article, including any component part or accessory, which is prescribed by a physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse and dispensed by a pharmacist or other person authorized by law.

C.        Physician. Physician shall mean individuals who are licensed by the Department of Health and Human Services Regulations and Licensure as:

        

  1. Medical Doctors (M.D.) who practice medicine and/or surgery; or
  2. Osteopathic Physicians (D.O.) who are also authorized to prescribe medications.

  1. Advanced practice registered nurse. Advanced practice registered nurse shall mean individuals who are licensed and practicing under and in accordance with the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Act.

  1. Physician assistant. Physician assistant shall mean individuals who are licensed under Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 38-2046 through 38-2055 to perform medical services under the supervision of a licensed physician.

  1. Qualified personnel. Shall mean people who have met an educational or legal requirement necessary to administer emergency injections.

Pandemic Plan

According to the World Health Organization (WHO): “An influenza pandemic occurs when a new influenza virus appears against which the human population has no immunity, resulting in several simultaneous epidemics worldwide with enormous numbers of deaths and illness. With the increase in global transport and communications, as well as urbanization and overcrowded conditions, epidemics due to the new influenza virus are likely to quickly take hold around the world.”

It is important to note that there are numerous variables pertaining to pandemics that cannot be determined. However, the Millard Public Schools Pandemic Plan includes a system to assist in managing the impact of an influenza pandemic, if one should transpire. The plan focuses on two main strategies which include, sustaining educational functions and reducing the spread of the virus within school facilities. Communication to schools from external sources regarding a pandemic virus and internal communications within the school are also addressed.

Accidents

In case of an accident at school, the student will be made comfortable and not moved until attended by District personnel who have been trained in first aid. The principal or the school health professional will be notified. Emergency first aid will be administered by District personnel who have been trained in first aid, and parent(s) or guardian(s) will be notified. If the school is unable to reach a parent/guardian, emergency phone numbers will be used.  911 will be called immediately when in the judgment of the principal, the school nurse, or a staff member trained in first aid, determines the injury requires the attention of emergency medical personnel. District personnel will remain with the student whenever practical until relieved or excused by emergency medical personnel. Emergency medical personnel are dispatched by city or county officials according to the location of the school, and are usually required to take patients to the nearest hospital. The schools have no control over these decisions. Law enforcement officials will be notified, if deemed appropriate and in all cases involving injury caused by vehicles.

Asthma/Severe Allergy Action Plan

  1. Increasingly, asthma is becoming a medical condition that is affecting students at school. With no prior notice, life-threatening asthma attacks or systemic allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) that leave only minutes to save a life could necessitate an emergency response by school personnel. To maximize the chances that such an emergency response will result in full recovery, trained designated school personnel will follow the Asthma/Anaphylaxis Intervention, Resources and Education (AIRE) Nebraska procedures.

  1. A Student Asthma/Allergy Action Plan Form must be completed and signed by a physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse. The Action Plan Form must also be signed by a parent. The Action Plan Form will provide information about the severity of the asthma condition, medication needed, and what triggers attacks.

  1. Epi-pens and nebulized Albuterol can be administered in emergency conditions to students in life-threatening situations by approved staff members who have been trained to administer these drugs. Emergency supplies may not be used for routine medication purposes. 911 will be called with the administration of an Epi-pen.

  1. Epi-Pens and nebulizers for emergency use will be distributed to every school within the District. Each District school will have Epi-Pens and nebulizers readily accessible in the health room or other designated area; these medications will be secured in a manner approved by the Director of Student Services to prevent unauthorized access.

  1. Standing orders for District emergency supplies of Epi-Pens and albuterol will be signed by at least one (1) physician from the District’s Medical Advisory Committee.

  1. Selected school personnel will be trained by qualified personnel to administer emergency nebulized albuterol and Epi-Pen injections under the supervision of the registered school nurse.

  1. Parents, guardians, and emancipated students will be notified on the District's Emergency Health Form that Epi-Pens and nebulizers may be administered to students for life-saving purposes.

  1. If parents, guardians, and emancipated students are aware of any medical condition that causes an Epi-Pen or nebulizer to be dangerous to a student, they should indicate on the Emergency Health Form the exact nature of the danger, and provide the District with the name and address of the medical provider who has made this determination.

Homemade Foods

All food brought into the District for classroom use (i.e. parties, birthdays, general treats, etc.) must be store bought, unopened, and include an ingredient label on the package. However, some course curriculums may include projects that involve Student or Parent prepared foods made at home. In order to help ensure student health and safety please consult school administration for approval.

Diabetes

  1. Planning and Communication

  1. The parent(s)/guardian(s) will complete the Health Emergency form indicating the student is diabetic.
  2. A meeting will be held with the parent(s)/guardian(s), school nurse, health paraprofessional, the teacher(s), the student and any other staff deemed appropriate: 
  1. To identify the health care services the student may receive at school relating to such conditions.
  2. Share information provided by the physician.
  3. Review the physician’s instructions.
  4. Determine any specific procedures unique to that student.
  5. Discuss parental/staff concerns.
  6. Decide which basic care procedures the parent will assume responsibility for and which procedures school personnel will be responsible.
  7. Develop a care plan, and distribute copies to parents and staff.
  8. Discuss training requirements.

  1. Treatment and Management
  1. Parents are responsible to provide the schools with diabetic supplies except for the sharps container that will be supplied by the District.
  2. Students may carry their diabetic testing kits (must be in an enclosed case) with them at school.
  3. Finger Stick Blood Test. Students who have been taught finger stick blood tests shall follow those procedures that they have been taught. Parents of students who have diabetes, and students who have diabetes, should notify the school nurse or principal at the beginning of the school year that the student is diabetic, and should provide the school nurse or principal with all information required under this Rule. Students may administer the finger stick blood test in the nurse’s office or any other area.
  4. Students may perform the finger stick test in the classroom. The parent(s)/guardian(s) must notify the school in writing if they wish the student to test in the classroom. Procedures for testing in the classroom:
  1. A specific place will be designated in the classroom by the principal.
  2. A sharps container will be provided by the school and kept locked away by the teacher when not in use.
  3. The student is responsible for disposal of sharps and test strips in the sharps container.
  4. The meter kit is to be closed and put away when not in use and the testing area will be clean of contaminates.
  5. The principal will inform parents if the student repeatedly violates procedures, and if necessary, suspend classroom-testing privileges.

  1. Students who self-manage diabetic care without the oversight of the school nurse shall be responsible for communicating test results to parent(s)/guardian(s). Treatment based on results is to be determined by students and parent(s)/guardian(s).

  1. The school and its employees and agents are not liable for any injury or death arising from a student's self-management of his or her diabetic condition.

  1. Snacks in the classroom.
  1. Students will have the option to bring peanut-safe snacks and consume them in the classroom.
  2. Students will not be required to bring or consume snacks if it interferes with the student’s established diabetic care routines.

  1. Diabetic children who use school transportation.
  1. The parent(s)/guardian(s) will inform the bus driver that their child has diabetes.
  2. The parent(s)/guardian(s) will give the bus driver a packet that includes information on diabetes in general and specifically includes signs and symptoms.  They will also furnish snacks if needed.

  1. Diabetic students on field trips.
  1. No student will be prohibited from going on a field trip because of diabetes.
  2. Personnel trained in the student’s diabetic care will accompany the student if the parent cannot.
  3. The parent(s)/guardian(s) is responsible for providing the glucagon medication if it is needed.
  4. The parent(s)/guardian(s) may give written permission for the student to go on a field trip without glucagon.
  5. The parent(s)/guardian(s) or other person deemed appropriate is encouraged to accompany their diabetic student on a field trip.
  6. The care plan must specify how field trips will be handled.

  1. Insulin Injections.
  1. Insulin injections should not be given around other students.
  2. The administration of insulin injections is managed by the school nurse and communicated to the building principal.

  1. Glucose Tablets.
  1. Students may carry and take glucose tablets anywhere in school if the parent has provided written permission for the student to do so.

  1. Insulin Pumps.
  1. Training and materials on insulin pumps will be provided at the initial meeting with staff and parent(s)/guardian(s).
  2. Teachers should be informed that the student has an insulin pump.
  3. Students will be allowed to maintain the insulin pump in the classroom, if needed.

  1. After School Activities

  1. The parent(s)/guardian(s) are responsible for management of the student’s diabetes during after-school activities.

  1. Activity sponsors and coaches will be informed of diabetic students who are participating in their after-school activity. The parent(s)/guardian(s) will provide the care plan to sponsors/coaches. If needed, the sponsor/coach or trainer will hold testing kits and other necessary supplies for diabetic students.

Automated External Defibrillators

Cardiac arrest is always a threat for students, staff, or visitors to our schools and when it occurs, can leave only minutes to save a life. To maximize the chances that emergency response will result in full recovery, Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) will be placed in each school, and trained designated school personnel will use AEDs according to procedures that have been approved by the Director of Student Services or designee. AEDs will not be taken on field trips or other activities away from the school building unless an extra AED is solely dedicated for that purpose, the AEDs absence does not affect coverage at school, and the AED is under the constant direct supervision of a staff member trained in its use.

Head Lice Alert

Millions of American school children will have head lice sometime this year. Since this is a definite concern among parents/guardians, the following facts are presented.

Head lice are small but annoying insects, which spend most of their approximate two-month life span on a person’s scalp. Itching is the most common symptom of lice infestation. The best way to confirm a lice infestation is to look for nits (lice eggs, which are teardrop in shape and about 1/32 of an inch long). Close examination of the hair, especially at the nape of the neck and above the ears, may reveal the small grayish-white eggs. Each egg is attached to a hair shaft a short distance from the scalp. These nits can sometimes be mistaken for dandruff. However, nits cannot easily be brushed away like dandruff because lice attach nits to the hair shafts with a waterproof like substance.

Although head lice infestation is normally not considered a serious medical condition, it is a nuisance that can be very upsetting, causing undue anxieties for many families. Head lice can happen to anyone, it is not a sign of having poor health habits or being dirty.

Proper treatment is most effective in ridding head lice from the scalp. If lice/nits are found/suspected by a parent in their child’s hair, the parent is encouraged to contact their family physician or pharmacist for treatment at their expense.

Students who have live head lice will be sent home until live head lice are eliminated. Upon returning to school, students will be inspected by the health room staff to insure that live head lice do not remain. Students must be nit free before returning to school after having been sent home for the third time for live head lice infestation.

School Health Rooms Provide Limited Services

All of the District’s schools include a health room through which limited health services are provided. Primary services include maintenance of students’ health records; vision, hearing, dental and minor first aid services. Students who must take prescription medications at school are also monitored through the health rooms. Health room personnel check to ensure students are vaccinated and that parent’s obtain the physical examinations for students as required by state law or that they sign waivers indicating they do not want their students examined. Most days health rooms are staffed by paraprofessionals who have received certified First Aid training, asthma/ anaphylaxis and CPR/AED training. Most of these paraprofessionals have clerical duties in addition to their health room responsibilities. A registered nurse generally spends one (1) day a week in each elementary school, three (3) days a week in each middle school, and every day in each high school to provide supervision of the health services provided.

Health room staff does not diagnose diseases or illnesses, but they do report signs and symptoms of health problems to parents and encourage them to have their children seen by their own family health care providers for diagnosis and treatment.  Please remember, the health room is not meant to be used in place of family health care providers.

Child Health & Welfare Reporting

According to law, school employees and all other persons are required to notify Child Protective Services and law enforcement officials if they believe a student has been subjected to abuse or neglect. The school cooperates in the investigation of such cases.

Student Health Insurance

A law passed in 1998 requires that schools provide “Kids Connection” information to all families in the school district. This program which is governed by the Department of Health and Human Services provides eligible students, who are uninsured, health care coverage. Health care through “Kids Connection” will be available for families whose income is 185 percent of the federal poverty level or below. The program is designed to provide routine, preventive health care and basic hospitalization of students needing coverage. For students who are not eligible for insurance through the “Kids Connection” program, the District has a group pupil accident insurance plan available for purchase through, “K-12 Student Accident Insurance” at www.studentinsurance-kk.com.

STUDENT TRANSFER

K-12 Transfer of Students Within the District        5110.1

I.        K-12 Within-District Transfers

A.        A parent of a Kindergarten through twelfth grade student who is currently enrolled in the District may submit a request to have his/her student attend a different school or special program during the current or next school year. Such requests shall be made in accordance with the following procedures.

II.        Student Eligibility for Within-District Transfers

A.        Any K-12 student whose parents reside in the District attendance area.

B.        Any K-12 student who is currently attending the District under Option Enrollment.

C.        Any K-12 student who has been accepted into a specific building under the Open Enrollment provision as long as the request is for the subsequent year in which enrollment was granted.

III.        Limitations and Restrictions on Student Eligibility

A.        Students will not be allowed to transfer to another school during suspension or                         expulsion. A

student’s disciplinary record will be considered and students with extensive disciplinary records

will not be considered for transfer unless it is determined to be in the best interests of the student or the school.

B.        The within-district transfer policy will not apply to or alter a student’s mandatory                         reassignment.

C.        If the student is in a special education program, the approval recommendation of the Director of Special Education will be based upon the student’s individualized education program and educational needs; class size; related service needs; transportation arrangements as may be required by law; the allocation of specially trained staff and personnel; facility issues; and the allocation of equipment or materials necessary to provide an appropriate education program.

D.        If the student receives ELL services, the recommendation of the Superintendent or designee will be based upon the student’s educational needs and the allocation of specially trained staff and personnel.

IV.        Conditions of Transfers

A.        Student Withdrawal from Special Program: Any student approved for a within-district transfer to attend a special program in the District who subsequently withdraws from participation in such program shall have his/her within-district transfer approval revoked. Such student shall be reassigned to the school he/she would have attended if the within-district transfer had not been approved.

B.        Students of parents who move from one school's attendance area to that of another within the District during the school year may continue attending the original school for the remainder of the current school year and start attendance at the assigned school with the commencement of the next school year. If the parents would like the student to remain at the original school to complete the level a Within District Transfer Form is required. Approval of such a Within District Transfer Request will be in accordance with the factors outlined in Sections IX and X of this Rule.  

C.        Once a student is transferred to a particular school, the parents need not re-apply unless they want the student to transfer back to the student's home school or to another school at the same level (elementary school, middle school, or high school) in the District.

D.        Within-district transfers are only for the educational level (elementary school, middle school, or high school). As the student moves from elementary in to middle school or from middle school into high school, another within-district transfer must be filed. If not, the student will attend their assigned school.

E.        The Superintendent or designee may reassign a student should it be determined that circumstances justify such reassignment.

F.        Once a transfer is approved, every effort will be made to make the transfer permanent; however, the District reserves the right to reassign transferred students back to their home school.

G.        Unless special safety, health, or program issues are involved, no student will be granted more than one transfer per school year.

V.        Transportation

A.        Transportation for students who transfer within the District must be provided by the student's parents or legal guardian unless as otherwise required by law.

VI.        Within-District Transfer Applications

A.        A Within-District Transfer Request Form should be completed and returned to the Office                 of Student Services.

B.        Students who desire to attend a special program may be required to complete a                         Within-District

Transfer Form in the event that a program waitlist is necessary.

C.        Only one Within-District Transfer Request Form may be completed at any given time for an individual student.

VII.        Determination of Schools Open to Within-District Transfers

A.        The Superintendent or designee will recommend which schools, programs, grades or classes are to be considered open to within-district transfers.

B.        The Superintendent or designee will base recommendations on available space, curriculum, class size, personnel and staffing requirements, facility issues, the allocation of equipment and materials, and anticipated growth for the school, program, grade, or class.

C.        The Board will approve annually any schools, programs, grades or classes that are to be open to within-district transfers.

VIII.        K-12 Within-District Transfer Requests for the Subsequent School Year

A.        Application Timeline

1.        Applications Open: Parents may submit applications for within-district transfers to the Office of Student Services any time after September 1 of the year proceeding the school year in which the transfer would take effect if approved.

2.                Applications Deadline: Applications for within-district transfers must be delivered by U.S. mail postmarked on or before February 15 of the preceding school year or by personal delivery, received no later than 5:00 p.m. on February 15 of the preceding school year.  Applications must be completed by the parent, legal guardian or emancipated minor student.

3.                The application period for within-district transfers will re-open after the option enrollment application process is completed. Within-district transfer applications will be accepted on a first come-first serve basis.

B.        Approval Process

1.        Applications for within-district transfers will be approved for a specific building or program based upon the order outlined in Section VIII (C) below.

2.        If requests for within-district transfers exceed capacity, a random drawing in the order outlined in Section VIII (C) below will determine which applications are approved.

C.        Order of Approval

1.        School Attendance Area Students

a.        Special Programs by Grade

2.        Other District Resident Students

a.        Millard Resident Siblings

b.        Special Programs by Grade

c.        Regular Program by Grade

3.        Non-Resident Open Enrollment Students

a.        Special Programs by Grade

b.        Regular Program by Grade

4.        Non-Resident Option Enrollment Students

a.        Special Programs by Grade

b.        Regular Program by Grade

5.        All other Non-Resident Students

a.        Special Programs by Grade

b.        Regular Program by Grade

D.        Notification to Parents: The District shall notify the parents of the approval or denial of                 their student’s  request for within-district transfer on or before March 1 of the preceding                 school year.

E.        Acceptance by Parents: After receiving notification of approval of a within-district                 transfer, the parent shall accept such transfer in writing by completing the District’s                 enrollment process for the student on or before noon on March 10 (or noon the                         following Monday if March 10 is on a weekend) of the preceding school year.

IX.        K-12 Within-District Transfers for the Current School Year

A.        Parents may submit applications for within-district transfers for the current school year to         the Office of Student Services after the first day of school and prior to January 15 of the                 current year.

B.        The Superintendent or designee will determine whether the transfer request will be         granted or denied after considering the following factors:

  1. The reasons for the within-district transfer request.
  2. The time of year the transfer request is made.
  3. Personnel and staffing requirements, building or program capacity, curriculum, and facility issues affecting the building to which the student wishes to transfer.
  4. The student’s educational program including, but not limited to, course credits and graduation requirements.

C.        The District shall notify the parents of the approval or denial of their student’s request for within- district transfer.

X.        Extenuating Circumstances.

A.        The Superintendent may in his/her discretion allow students to transfer to closed schools when extenuating circumstances warrant.

B.        The Superintendent may in his/her discretion determine that transfer order of approval for certain schools be prioritized for relieving overcrowding.

XI.        Special programs shall mean the District’s Core Program, Montessori Program, and International

Baccalaureate Programmes.

Related Policies and Rules: 5110

Legal Reference: Neb. Rev. Stat. §§79-520 and 26

Rule Approved: October 5, 1992                                                                                              

Revised: January 8, 1996; March 17, 1997; February 16, 1998; September 11, 2000; March 3, 2003; March 6, 2006; January 8, 2007; October 19, 2009; December 7, 2009; January 11, 2010; November 21, 2011; April 16, 2012; June 4, 2012; November 5, 2012; October 20, 2014, November 7, 2016

Reaffirmed: June 1, 2009.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS OF TEACHERS

Parents may, upon request, receive information regarding the professional qualifications of the student’s classroom teachers.  The following information may be acquired:  

  1. Whether the teacher has met state licensing criteria for the grade level(s) and subject area taught.
  2. Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or provisional status through which state licensing criteria has been waived.
  3. The undergraduate degree major of the teacher, and any graduate certification degree held by the teacher, including the field of discipline of the certification or degree.
  4. If the child is provided services by paraprofessionals, their qualifications.

REPORTING TO PARENTS/GUARDIANS

Academic Progress.  Parent notification about unsatisfactory student academic progress is the responsibility of the teacher. The progress report shall reflect the educational growth of the student in relationship to his or her ability and achievement. This responsibility is to be carried out as follows:

  1. At the end of the first four (4) weeks of each quarter or the midpoint of each marking period, parents/guardians of students doing failing or near-failing work are to be notified in writing by the teacher with a copy of this information given to the counselor or principal. For students attending middle schools that operate with hexters, those parents will be notified every three weeks or as determined by the building principal.
  2. At least two (2) weeks before the end of each marking period if failing or near failing work persists, the teacher should again give written notice to the students’ parents/guardians concerning the students’ unsatisfactory work with a copy of this information given to the counselor or principal.

Parent-teacher conferences are held at least twice a year. However, parents/guardians should feel free to call their child’s teacher or principal for an additional conference at any time during the year. Parents/guardians will be notified of their scheduled conference time. Conferences are designed to inform parents/guardians of their child’s progress, and to give parents/guardians an opportunity to ask questions about their child’s work and the school program.

District Assessments. District assessments are reported to students and parents/guardians according to the District’s timeline. By Board policy, achieving mastery levels in reading, math, writing, science and social studies at the high school level are required for graduation.

STUDENT RECORDS

Parents, guardians, and eligible students have the right to consent to disclosures of student records and personally identifiable information contained in the student’s educational records, except to the extent that federal and state statutes and regulations, and District rules, authorize disclosure without consent. Among other things, consent is not required for the release or disclosure to school officials, including District teachers, who have been determined by the District to have legitimate or lawful educational interests, including the educational interests of the student for whom consent would otherwise be required. Legitimate educational interests are either a direct involvement whether for reasons of testing, analyzing, teaching, disciplining, evaluating or similar involvement in the education of the student or that a school has to review and educational record in order to fulfill his or her duties. The District and/or the school has request and release forms available for use by parents, guardians, and eligible students.

Both parents (including the non-custodial parent) have the right of access to and copying of their child’s student records unless the District has been provided with evidence that there is a court order, state statute, or legally binding document relating to such matters as divorce, separation, or custody that specifically revokes such rights. To obtain access to a student’s records, the following procedures must be followed:

  1. A written request or release form must be obtained and submitted to the building principal or principal’s designee.
  2. The requested records shall be made available within forty-five (45) days of receipt of the request unless the request is denied.
  3. Within five (5) school days of receipt of the request, the principal or principal’s designee shall notify the person making the request of the time and place for compliance with the request.  
  4. Access shall be provided during regular business hours of the school day.
  5. A record of access shall be maintained and kept with the student’s records and made available only to the student’s parents/guardians and eligible student, to the school official and the school official’s assistants who are responsible for the custody of such records, or other persons authorized by applicable law. Such record shall identify the party requesting or obtaining access to the student’s records, and the legitimate or lawful interest that each such person, agency, or organization has in obtaining this information. Access by District personnel who have a legitimate educational interest in the record need not be recorded.

Students Attaining Age Eighteen or Postsecondary Enrollment.  Once a student has attained eighteen (18) years of age or is attending an institution of postsecondary education, the permission and/or consent required of and the rights accorded to the student’s parents/guardians shall be accorded to the student. If the student is disabled, the type and severity of the disability shall be taken into consideration before these rights are granted to the student.

Academic and Disciplinary Matters. All student records shall be maintained in a manner which separates academic and disciplinary matters. Disciplinary materials shall be removed and destroyed after a student’s continuous absence from the District for a period of three (3) years unless otherwise provided for by applicable law. Nothing in this Rule shall prohibit the District from including appropriate information in the disciplinary record of any student concerning disciplinary action against such student for conduct that posed a significant risk to the safety or well-being of that student, other students, or other members of the school community; or disclosing such information to teachers and school officials in other schools who have legitimate educational interests in the behavior of the student.

FORWARDING OF RECORDS ON STUDENT TRANSFER

A copy of the student’s files or records shall be provided at no charge, upon request, to any public or private school to which the student transfers.

DIRECTORY INFORMATION

The District may publish in only the manners hereinafter provided, or may make available to the public in response to a request therefore, the categories of personally identifiable information which the District has specifically designated as directory information pursuant to 20 U.S.C. §§ 1232g(a)(5)(A) and (B), without the prior written consent of parents. Such directory information for a student shall not be published and shall not be made available to the public in response to a request therefor, if the student’s parents, guardians, or the eligible student him/herself, present to the school principal a written and signed request, not to publish or not to make available to the public in response to a request therefor, such directory information without the parent’s, guardian’s, or the eligible student’s prior consent.  The principal must receive the written and signed request by no later than the last Friday in September, preceding the upcoming school year. 

  1. The directory information which, pursuant to 20 U.S.C. §§1232g(a)(5)(A) and (B) the District designates for the purpose of making available to the public in response to a request therefore, only includes students’ names.
  2. The directory information which, pursuant to 20 U.S.C. §§1232g(a)(5)(A) and (B) the District designates for the purpose of publishing in only the manners hereinafter provided, includes the student’s name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, date and place of birth, major field of study, current grade level, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student, photographs, and other similar information.

  1. The directory information designated in the immediately preceding paragraph may be published by the District in only the following manners:
  1. In accordance with District Rule 5710.1 (IV).
  2. In District publications and materials, which are associated with District and/or student activities and events, including, but not limited to, yearbooks, annuals, newsletters, newspapers, activity and event programs, community communications, parent communications, student communications, and notices.
  3. In District press or media releases.
  4. In accordance with District Rule 7305.1(II) (D) regarding web publishing and directory information.
  5. To District agents or contractors, or to District-affiliated organizations the purpose of which is to enrich or supplement the educational, instructional, curriculum, or administration programs of the District.
  6. To government agencies and other educational institutions.

  1. Military recruiters and institutions of higher education shall be provided on request, with access to secondary school students’ names, addresses, and telephone numbers as required by 10 U.S.C. §503c and 20 U.S.C. §7908. A secondary school student’s name, address, and telephone number shall not be released to such military recruiters or institutions of higher education, if the student or the parent of the student present to the school principal a written and signed request, not to release such information without their prior written consent. The principal must receive the written and signed request no later than the last Friday in September, proceeding the upcoming school year.

RECORD AMENDMENT PROCEDURES

Parents or eligible students may request a hearing to challenge the content of the student’s records in order to ensure that the records are not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the privacy or other rights of the student, and to provide an opportunity for the correction or deletion of any such inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise inappropriate data contained therein and to insert into such records a written explanation by the parents regarding the contents of such records. The following procedure shall be followed:

  1. The proposed correction or deletion shall first be presented in writing, to the principal or designee. The principal or designee shall meet with all parties concerned within five (5) school days of the receipt of the request. Within three (3) school days of the meeting, the parties involved shall be notified in writing of the principal’s decision, and of the right to a hearing if they disagree.
  2. If the parties involved are dissatisfied with the decision rendered by the principal, they can, within ten (10) school days of receipt of the written decision of the principal, present the challenge to the Superintendent or Superintendent’s designee. The Superintendent or Superintendent’s designee shall hold a hearing with all parties concerned within five (5) school days of the receipt of the request. The parents or eligible student shall be notified two (2) days prior to the hearing of the date, time, and place of the hearing. The hearing will be conducted by any individual who does not have a direct interest in the outcome of the hearing. All persons attending the hearing will keep confidential the information contained in the student records.
  3. Within three (3) school days following the hearing, the Superintendent or Superintendent’s designee shall render a decision and send notice thereof in writing to the parties involved which will comply with the following:

  1. If it is determined that the information is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the privacy or other rights of the student, the record will be amended accordingly and the parents or eligible student shall be provided with a copy of the written amendment.
  2. If it is determined that the information is not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the privacy or other rights of the student, the parents or eligible student shall be informed of their right to place a statement in the record commenting on the contested information and/or stating why there is disagreement with the Superintendent’s decision.

Parents/guardians or eligible students also have a right to reasonable requests for explanations and interpretations of student records.

Federal law permits a parent/guardian or eligible student to file a complaint with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Office concerning alleged failures of the District to comply with the federal regulations governing disclosure of student records. The address of the FERPA Office may be obtained from the office of the Director of Student Services.

Copies of District Policy and Rule regarding student records may be obtained by contacting the office of the Director of Student Services, 5606 South 147th Street, Omaha, NE 68137. Photocopying cost for parents, guardians, or eligible students who desire copies of student records is set by District Rule.

RIGHTS OF NON-CUSTODIAL PARENTS TO SCHOOL INFORMATION

This is a summary of the District’s Rule 5730.1, regarding the rights to school information of parents who do not have custody of their children:

School Records

Non-custodial parents shall have the same right of access to their child's student records and contact with their child as custodial parents unless restricted by District policy or rule or by law or court order. Upon request, non-custodial parents shall be entitled to exercise all parental rights regarding student records, including the right to request that the records be forwarded to other parties, unless restricted by law or court order.

Conferences and Information

Non-custodial parents shall have the same right as custodial parents to attend regularly scheduled teacher conferences, IEP conferences, and to obtain copies of records of conferences unless the non-custodial parent is restricted by law or court order. If divorced or separated parents request separate teacher conferences, the principal shall have the discretion to grant or deny such a request. Non-custodial parents shall also have the same rights as custodial parents in obtaining general notices such as menus, parent organizations, announcement of teacher conferences, and school pictures.

Other Contacts

During or after the school day or school activity, children will be released only to the custodial parent or to law enforcement officers unless the custodial parent has granted permission for children to be released to someone else.

If custody has not been decided, the student may leave with either parent unless a court order to the contrary has been provided.

District participation in surveys. The District will conduct all surveys of students required by law. The District will also participate in surveys of students conducted for educational purposes or which are reasonably related to the same.

Protections of personal information and student privacy. No surveys shall be conducted which require the disclosure of personally identifiable information unless the survey is required by law, District Policy, or Board authorization. Survey results shall not disclose personally identifiable information unless such disclosure is required by law, District Policy, or Board authorization.

Notification and consent. No student shall be required to submit to a survey, analysis, or evaluation that reveals information concerning political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent; mental or psychological problems of the students or the student’s family; sex behavior or attitudes; illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior; critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondents have close family relationships; legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians, and ministers; religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or student’s parent; income (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such program); or which originates outside the District, without the prior written consent of the parent or without the prior consent of the student if the student is an adult or an emancipated minor. The District shall provide for reasonable notice of the adoption or continued use of this Rule directly to the parents of students enrolled in the District at least annually at the beginning of the school year, and within a reasonable time after any substantive change in this Rule. The District shall directly notify the parents of students at least annually at the beginning of the school year, of the specific or approximate dates during the school year when such surveys are scheduled or expected to be scheduled.

Right to inspect surveys and to opt out. The parents of District students have the right to inspect any survey before the survey is administered or distributed, including all instructional materials, teacher’s manuals, films, tapes, and other supplementary materials which will be used in connection with any such survey. A parent shall be provided reasonable access to a survey within a reasonable period of time after a request to inspect is received. Parents, adult students, and emancipated students, may opt out of participation in any such survey by not providing the required prior consent, or by revoking any previously provided consent.

Personal information for marketing or sale. The District does not collect, disclose, or use personal information collected from students for the purpose of marketing or for selling that information or otherwise providing that information to others for that purpose. The District may engage in the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information collected from students for the exclusive purpose of developing, evaluating, or providing educational products or services for, or to:

  1. Students;
  2. Educational institutions, such as college or other post-secondary education recruitment; book clubs, magazines, and program providing access to low-cost literary products;
  3. Curriculum and instructional materials used by elementary and secondary schools;
  4. Tests and assessments used by elementary schools and secondary schools to provide cognitive, evaluative, diagnostic, clinical, aptitude, or achievement information about students (or to generate other statistically useful data for the purpose of securing such tests and assessments) and the subsequent analysis and public release of the aggregate data from such tests and assessments; and
  5. The sale by students of products or services to raise funds for school-related or education-related activities; or student recognition programs.

STUDENT FEES

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment - Student Fees                                                      6750.1

 

Pursuant to Policy 6750 and Neb. Rev. Stat. §79-2,135 et seq., the District may, and hereby does, require and collect fees or other funds from or on behalf of District students or require District students to furnish or provide, supplies, equipment, or attire as provided for herein below.

 

I.            Elementary School Fees:

 

A.     Extracurricular Activities*

 

1.          All Clubs: Students pay a fee of up to $30 (but not to exceed actual cost of conducting the club activities) for membership and activities in each club.

2.          All Clubs: Students pay a fee of up to $15 (but not to exceed actual cost) for screen-printed club t-shirt.

3.          School will not fund competition beyond the state level.

4.          Choir: Students pay a fee of up to $15 (but not to exceed actual cost) for screen-printed choir t-shirt.

 

B.     Special Transportation

 

1.          §79-241 (option enrollment students): n/a

2.          §79-605 (tuition students): n/a

3.          §79-611 (students within 4 miles and open enrollment students): n/a

 

C.     Copies of Files/Records

 

1.          Students pay 10 cents per page.

 

D.    Lost/Damaged Property

         

1.          Students pay for repair or replacement cost of property.

 

E.      Before/After School

 

1.          Mini-Classes:  Students pay up to $60 per class, including materials (6-8 sessions, but not to exceed actual cost).

 

F.      Summer/Night School*

 

1.          District Summer School: Students pay up to $155 (for no more than up to 3 instructional hours per day for 12 days in June).

2.          Building Level Summer School:  Students pay up to $4 per hour, including materials.

 

G.      Breakfast/Lunch Programs*

 

1.          Students pay for breakfast (i.e., current cost of breakfast $1.50).

2.          Students pay for lunch (i.e., current cost of lunch $2.85).

3.          Students pay for dinner (i.e., current cost of dinner $3.10)

 

H.     Non-Specialized Attire

 

1.          PE:  Students provide tennis shoes.

2.          Art:  Students provide a paint shirt.

 

I.      Musical Instruments (Optional Courses, Non-Extracurricular) *

 

1.          Band & Strings:  Students provide their own instruments.

 

*The requirements marked with an asterisk (*) may be waived for students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches.

 

II.          Middle School Fees:

 

A.      Extracurricular Activities*

 

1.          Montessori Immersion Experiences: Students pay up to a total of $ 500 (but not to exceed actual cost) for up to four trips.

2.          School will not fund competition beyond the state level.

3.          Sixth Grade Outdoor Education: Students pay up to $50.

4.          All Clubs: Students pay $0 to $140 (not to exceed the cost of conducting club activities) for membership and activities in each club.

5.          Athletics:  Students pay a $50 participation fee for football. Students pay a $40 participation fee for interscholastic sports. Students pay a $25 participation fee for each intramural sport.

6.          All Sports: Students provide elastic waist shorts, t-shirt, socks, shoes and cold weather attire as needed.

7.          Football:  Students provide appropriate athletic shoes.

8.          Volleyball:  Students provide appropriate athletic shoes for use indoors only.

9.          Basketball:  Students provide appropriate athletic shoes for use indoors only.

10.        Wrestling:  Students provide appropriate athletic shoes for use indoors only.

11.        Track:  Students provide appropriate athletic shoes.

12.        Other Requirements: Students who participate in athletics and/or the Cross Country Club are required to have a sports physical (except for intramural basketball/volleyball) and must be covered by health insurance.  Health insurance is available through private carriers, or, for those who qualify, the State of Nebraska.

 

B.      Spectator Admission/Transportation

 

1.          Students pay an admission fee to activities, not to exceed $10 per person per event.  The site administrator shall determine the admission charges to each “home” middle school event.

 

C.      Special Transportation

 

1.          §79-241 (option enrollment students): n/a

2.          §79-605 (tuition students): n/a

3.          §79-611 (students within 4 miles and open enrollment students): Transportation for students whose residences are two miles or more from school is provided through Student Transportation of America at $1.50 per trip (with the balance of the cost paid by the District).

 

D.     Copies of Files/Records

                   

1.          Students pay 10 cents per page.

 

E.      Before/After School

 

1.          Mini-Classes:  Students pay up to $40 per class, including materials (6-8 sessions, but not to exceed actual cost).

 

F.       Lost/Damaged Property

 

1.          Students pay for repair or replacement of property.

 

G.      Summer/Night School*

 

1.          District Summer School:  Students pay up to $155 (for no more than 3 instructional hours per day for 12 days – one course); $400 (for no more than 6 instructional hours per day for 12 days – one course); $134 for mini-courses (no more than 3 instructional hours per day for 4 days for each mini-course.)

2.          Middle School After-School Program:  Students pay up to $30 (for up to one hour per day for one week); up to $60 (for 2 to 3 hours per day for one week).

3.          Summer Opportunities instruction for students – no more than $150 (per opportunity per student).

4.          Transition Programs:  $10.

 

H.      Breakfast/Lunch Programs*

 

1.          Students pay for breakfast (i.e., current cost of breakfast $1.70).

2.          Students pay for lunch (i.e., current cost of lunch $3.05).  A la carte selections vary in price.

3.          Students pay for dinner (i.e., current cost of dinner $3.05).

 

I.       Non-Specialized Attire

 

1.          PE:  Students provide athletic shoes, elastic waist shorts, t-shirt, and cold weather attire as needed.

 

J.      Musical Instruments (Optional, Non-Extracurricular) *

 

1.          Band & Strings: Students provide their own instruments.

 

K.           Music Items (Extracurricular)*

                   

1.          Swing Choir & Jazz Band:  Students provide their own instruments and attire.  Required performance attire will not exceed a cost of $125.

 

*   The requirements marked with an asterisk (*) may be waived for students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches.

 

III.           High School Fees

 

A.           Extracurricular Activities*

 

1.          All Clubs:  Students pay up to $800 (not to exceed the cost of conducting club activities) for membership and activities in each club.

 

2.          All Activities:  Students pay a $65 fee for participation in athletics and activities governed by the Nebraska School Activities Association (fee includes an Athletic Admission Ticket for “home” school events). (Journalism, Concert Choir, and Orchestra are excluded.)

3.          Curriculum Related Activities (i.e., Marching Band, DECA, SkillsUSA, HOSA, FCCLA, Debate, Forensics, and FCS):  The District does not fund competitive activities for students beyond the state level.  After approval from principal or designee, fundraising and/or donations must cover the cost of competition beyond the state level.

4.          Graduation Materials:  Students purchase selected cap and gown.

5.          Drama Club:  Students pay $25 for supplies, materials, and services.

6.          Athletics, Cheerleading and Dance:  Students are required to have a physical and must be covered by health insurance to participate.  (Health insurance is available through private carriers, or, for those who qualify, the State of Nebraska.)

7.          All Athletics:  Students provide elastic waist shorts, t-shirt, socks, shoes, towels and cold weather attire as needed.

8.          Football:  Students provide appropriate athletic shoes and practice jersey.

9.          Volleyball:  Students provide appropriate athletic shoes and knee pads for use indoors only.

10.        Basketball:  Students provide appropriate athletic shoes for use indoors only and practice jersey.

11.        Cross Country:  Students provide appropriate athletic shoes.

12.        Tennis:  Students provide tennis racquet and appropriate athletic shoes and pay indoor court fees up to $30 per season.

13.        Golf:  Students provide golf clubs, golf bag, golf balls, and appropriate athletic shoes and pay range or green fees up to $30 per season.

14.        Softball:  Students provide softball glove, bat appropriate athletic shoes, and colored socks.

15.        Baseball:  Students provide baseball glove, bat, appropriate athletic shoes, and colored socks and pay indoor facilities fees up to $30 per season.

16.        Soccer:  Students provide shin guards, appropriate athletic shoes, and colored socks and pay indoor facilities fees up to $30 per season.

17.        Wrestling:  Students provide appropriate athletic shoes for use indoors only.

18.        Swimming:  Students provide swimsuits, towels, goggles and fins.

19.        Track:  Students provide appropriate athletic shoes.

20.        Dance Team/Cheerleading/Show Choir:  Students purchase selected uniforms and pay fees to a summer camp.

21.        Intramurals:  Students pay intramural fees, not to exceed $25 (per intramural activity, per person), for intramural participation.  The site administrator shall determine the fee for each intramural activity.

22.        Unified Sports: Students provide appropriate athletic shoes.

 

B.           Spectator Admission/Transportation

 

1.          Students pay admission fees, not to exceed $30 (per event, per person), to school activities. The site administrator shall determine the admission charges to each “home” high school event.

2.          Athletic Admission Ticket:  Students pay $40 for admission to all “home” high school athletic events (non-tournament competitions).

 

C.           Post-Secondary Education

 

1.          Post-Secondary Education costs:  Students pay the cost of tuition and other fees only associated with obtaining credits from a post-secondary educational institution if the student chooses to apply for post-secondary education credit (i.e., $38 per credit for courses that require a Metropolitan Community college (MCC) instructor, $50 per Early College course through MCC, $250 per course at University of Nebraska–Omaha (UNO). University of Nebraska High School $200 per five credit course and $50 administrative fee per course (online classes).

2.          Advanced Placement Exams Fees:  Students may pay the cost of each exam (i.e., currently $94 per exam) pending other available resources.

3.          International Baccalaureate Exams Fees:  Students may pay for the cost of exams (i.e., currently approximately   $850 for two years of testing).  Students pay IB Registration Fees (currently $160) pending other available resources.

 

D.      Special Transportation

 

1.          §79-241 (option enrollment students): n/a

2.          §79-605 (tuition students): n/a

3.          §79-611 (students within 4 miles and open enrollment students): n/a

 

E.      Copies of Files/Records

 

1.  Transcript fee:  Students pay $5.

2.  Other Requests:  Students pay 10 cents per page.

 

F.       Lost/Damaged Property

1.  Students pay for cost of repair or replacement of property.

 

G.     Before/After School

1.  Mini-Classes:  Students pay up to $40 per class, including materials (6-8 sessions, but not to exceed actual cost).

 

H.      Summer/Night School*

 

1.  District Summer School:  Students pay up to $175 (for 3 instructional hours per day for 24 days, 1 one-semester course); $350 (for 6 instructional hours per day for 24 days, 2 one-semester courses); $140 (for up to 3 instructional hours per day for 14 days, noncredit or special program course); $155 (for up to 3 instructional hours per day for 15 days, noncredit step-up to high school course).

 

2.  Summer Opportunities instruction for students - no more than $40 (per opportunity per student).

 

3.  Night School:  Students may pay up to $170 for 5 credit semester offering for credit recovery courses only.

 

I.      Breakfast/Lunch Programs*

 

1.  Students pay for breakfast (i.e., current cost of breakfast $1.95).

2.  Students pay for lunch (i.e., current cost of lunch $3.55).  A la carte selections vary in price.

3.  Students pay for dinner (i.e., current cost of dinner $3.05).

 

J.      Parking Permit

 

1.  Students wishing to park in school lots during the school day must obtain a parking permit for $40.

2.  Students who accrue parking lot violations during the school day may be charged up to $10 per violation.

K.      Non-Specialized Attire

 

1.  PE:  Students provide athletic shoes, socks, swimsuit, towel, elastic-waist shorts, t-shirt, and cold weather attire as needed.

2.  Lifeguarding:  Students provide a CPR mouth guard.

 

L.        Musical Instruments (Optional, Non-Extracurricular) *

 

1.  Band and Strings:  Students provide their own instruments including drum sticks and mallets for percussion.

 

M.     Music Items (Extracurricular)*

 

1.  Pep Band:  Students provide a colored polo shirt (general description by band instructor).

2.  Band:  Students may provide black or white leather shoes as generally described by band instructor.

 

N.       Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training

1.  Students will purchase additions to their uniform (cords, ribbon holder, ribbons) not to exceed $40.00 per year.

2.  Students will pay a uniform cleaning fee not to exceed $135 a year.

 

*  The requirements marked with an asterisk (*) may be waived for students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches

 

IV.        Student Fee Fund:

 

A.      The District shall establish a Student Fee Fund, which shall be a separate fund not funded by tax revenue.

 

B.      All money collected from students pursuant to §79-2,127(1) (related to extracurricular activities), §79-2,127(3) (related to post-secondary education costs), and §79-2,127(8) (related to summer school and night school) shall be deposited into the Student Fee Fund.  Money expended from such fund shall be for the purposes for which it was collected from students.

 

* The requirements marked with an asterisk (*) may be waived for students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches.

 

V.          Waiver of Fees and/or Requirements:

 

A.      Students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches under the USDA child nutrition programs may have fees and requirements waived for the following:

 

1.  §79-2,133 Related to participation in extracurricular activities.

2.  §79-2,131 Related to optional music courses and extracurricular music activities.

 

B.      Participating in a free or reduced-price lunch program shall not be required for students to qualify for a waiver of fees and/or requirements.

 

C.      Any qualified student desiring a waiver of fees and/or requirements shall complete and submit a Request for Waiver of  Fees and/or Requirements form to the building principal (or his/her designee).  Once the Request is processed, the principal (or his/her designee) shall inform the student as to whether the Request was approved or denied.

 

Legal References: Neb. Rev. Stat. §79-2,125 et seq.

Related Policies & Rules: 6750

Rule Approved: July 15, 2002                                                                                  

Revised: April 21, 2003; July 21, 2003; May 17, 2004; June 6, 2005; April 17, 2006; April 23, 2007; April 21, 2008; April 13, 2009; November 2, 2009; February 15, 2010; April 5, 2010; September 7, 2010; March 21, 2011; July 11, 2011; May 7, 2012; May 20, 2013;  July 1, 2013; May 5, 2014; May 4, 2015, May 2, 2016; May 1, 2017; May 7, 2018; May 6, 2019, May 4, 2020

FREE AND REDUCED PRICED MEALS PROGRAM APPLICATION INFORMATION

All principal’s offices at Millard Public School District will have the current version of the Free and Reduced Priced Meals Program applications available in both English and Spanish from August before school begins through the entire school year. Parents/Guardians can apply at any time during the school year to see if their family qualifies for this program. Applications for households equal or less than 8 people are also available online at www.mpsomaha.org under the Food Service link from early August (before school begins) and throughout the school year.

FAMILIES: Only one application should be completed for an entire family, even if there are children in more than one Millard school.

FOSTER CHILDREN: Foster parents need to fill out one application listing all foster children in their care. If a foster care-providing family also wants to see if their own family qualifies for the program they can list everyone living at their address, including all foster care children, on one application with all the household income information as well.

Original signatures are required on the applications (no faxes). Applications can be mailed or delivered to any Millard school office or can be sent to:  

Millard Public Schools

Food Service Department

13906 F Street

Omaha, NE 68137

If you have questions you can call the Food Service Office at (402) 715-1433 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Non-Discrimination Statement: This explains what to do if you believe you have been treated unfairly.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

As stated above, all protected bases do not apply to all programs. The first six protected bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability and sex are the six protected bases for all applicants and recipients of the Child Nutrition Programs.

TECHNOLOGY

Access Control and Video Management

The Board of Education has the responsibility to maintain and protect the property of the Millard Public Schools and to provide for the safety and security of its students, staff, and visitors. To meet this responsibility, the District may utilize access control and video management systems at its facilities and in school buses and vehicles used by the District.

Internet and Technology Use Guidelines

Internet Access is available to students in all District buildings. The goal of this service is to provide students with additional opportunities for accessing information and using curriculum resources throughout the school day. The use of the Internet, the District’s technology network, and computers is a privilege and must be consistent with educational objectives. It is the student’s responsibility to access only authorized sites appropriate for educational purposes. Inappropriate use of the Internet, the District’s technology network, or computers will result in the restriction or cancellation of those privileges and/or other disciplinary action.

The following are guidelines for Internet, Network, and Computer Technology usage:

  1. The District may sponsor or work with a company to provide student email accounts for student usage. The identified company may provide students, along with an email account, the opportunity to use blogs, message boards and other forms of electronic communication in a filtered/monitored environment.
  2. Chat rooms, instant messaging, or news groups may be filtered for inappropriate content.
  3. The transmission of any material in violation of any Federal or state law is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, messages, or pictures.
  4. The use of obscene language or language that is intended to harass, bully, insult, or attack others is prohibited.
  5. Misuse of, damage to, and/or any attempt to access, hack, or circumvent District equipment settings and network protocol, including Internet filtering is prohibited.
  6. Accessing in another individual’s folders, or files without permission is prohibited.
  7. Use of another individual’s username and/or password is prohibited.
  8. Altering or deleting files, other than the student’s own, without permission is prohibited.
  9. Students may not use the network or other District technology for commercial purposes.

Student Portal Website for Student Information

The Millard Public Schools is pleased to provide students with access to their own information as contained in the District’s student information system (Infinite Campus). Available information includes: daily attendance, student schedules, grade book information, progress reports, and unofficial high school transcripts. All data are encrypted and secured. Students may access their information using District provided network usernames and passwords. The student portal may be found at https://www.campus.mpsomaha.org/campus/portal/millard.jsp. You may also download the Millard Public Schools mobile app by going to your app store and searching for Millard Public Schools