Russellville High School
2019 - 2020 SCHOOL YEAR
Dear Russellville High School Students and Parents/Guardians:
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our school. As the principal of RHS, I would like to personally invite you to become a vested stakeholder in our school by taking every opportunity possible to participate in your child's academic journey while enrolled in our district.
Our staff and faculty members will strive to provide your child with a safe, civil ,and productive learning environment so that we can ensure that high quality teaching and learning can occur on a consistent and frequent basis. Our expectations for students and faculty members are high and all our leadership team will work to hold all members of our school setting accountable for meeting those expectations.
Please review our student handbook and become familiar with the identified academic and behavioral standards. Doing so will assist both you and your student in becoming familiar with the school's academic and behavioral expectations and our educational beliefs, in addition to the various programs and opportunities available.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the information found within this handbook, please feel free to contact a member of our leadership staff at your convenience. We will strive to make ourselves accessible to you to ensure your child's success at Russellville High School.
Page I. GENERAL INFORMATION AND POLICIES
4 Belief Statements
4 Code of Ethics
6 School Based Decision Making Council(SBDM)
7 Staff Directory
9 Non-Discrimination Statement
13 Attendance Requirements
16 Make-Up Policy
16 Snow Day Procedure
Page II. OFFICE PROCEDURES AND STUDENT SERVICES
18 Office Telephone Use
18 Library/Media Center
18 School Fees
19 Breakfast and Lunch
19 Guidelines for Distribution of Medication to Students
20 School Announcements
20 Emergency Drills
21 Photography/Video and Release of Directory Information
Page III. GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT AND ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
21 Guidance Services
21 Requirements for Admission
22 ILP Development
23 Annual Notice to Parents of Special Education Students
23 Notice of FERPA Rights
25 Child Find System
26 Foreign Exchange Students
26 Transfer Students
27 Grade Level Classification
27 Standard Diploma
27 Kentucky Pre-College Curriculum
27 Dual Credit
28 Advanced Placement Courses
28 Co-op Courses
28 Russellville Virtual Learning Academy
29 Graduation Exercises
29 Principal’s Honor Roll
29 Student Evaluation
30 Schedule Changes
30 Extended School Services(ESS)
30 Youth Service Center
31 Homebound Services
32 School Clubs and Organizations
33 RHS Panther Athletic Teams
33 Policy for Participation in Athletics at Russellville High School
37 Social Events
Page V.. SCHOOL CLIMATE AND SAFETY
38 Rationale and Philosophical Statement
39 Code of Conduct Development
40 Rights and Responsibilities
42 Required Standards
42 RHS Tardy Policy
46 Building Surveillance
46 Student Surveys
Page VI. STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
47 Disciplinary Definitions
47 In School Suspension
47 Out of School Suspension
48 Alternative School Placement
49 Search and Seizure
53 Dress Code
54 10-10 Rule
54 Cell Phones
57 Regulations for Students Riding Buses
59 Driving Privilege
GENERAL INFORMATION AND POLICIES
The mission of Russellville High School is to provide a safe, civil, and productive environment to ensure high quality learning occurs.
School personnel in the Commonwealth shall:
To Education Profession:
RHS Site Based Decision Making Council (SBDM)
The “adoption of school councils for school-based decision making” is required by the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KRS 160.345). School-based decision making councils “shall have the responsibility to set school policy which shall provide an environment to enhance the students’ achievement and help the school meet the goals established by KRS 158.645 and 158.6451.”
“Each participating school shall form a school council which shall be composed of two parents, three teachers, and the principal or administrator.” (KRS 160.345) Since RHS has 8% or more minority population, a minority representative must be on the SBDM Council. If no minority candidate is elected during the regular election, a special election will be held to elect a minority representatives. The RHS SBDM Council was established in 1991.
The council will consist of three teacher members, two parent members and one administrator for the coming school year with the principal remaining as chairman.
Parent representatives are elected annually. All parents/step-parents/guardians of students pre-registered for the coming school year will be eligible to vote in this election. Teacher representatives are elected by their peers.
Some of the areas of responsibility which the school councils must address include the following: number of persons in each job classification; instructional materials and student support services; selection of new principal upon vacancy; curriculum; technology utilization; assignment of staff time; assignment of students; schedule of school day; use of school space; instructional practices; extracurricular programming; discipline and classroom management techniques; budget; assessment of student progress; school improvement plans; professional development plans; parent, community participation; cooperation within district and with other districts; waiver of district policies; record keeping, and appeals to decisions by the council.
RHS Site-Based Decision Making Council Members for the 2019-2020 School Year
Ben Bruni, Principal/Chairman
RHS Staff Directory - Certified
Benton, Mikie ECE
Bivins, Jeremy Math
Booth, Rex Guidance Counselor
Brown, Brian Band & Choral Director
Bruni, Ben Principal
Coursey, Amanda Math
Metcalf, Mike English
Guthrie, Regina District Psychologist
Hargett-Slack, Bethanie 6-12 Literacy Coach, HS English
Holloman, Chris Art
Howard, Jennifer English
Kemp, Pat Math
Link, Juli ECE
Mathis, Vicky ECE
McLean, Andrew Social Studies
McLellan, Robby Science
Meyer, Eve Communications
Mullen, Tanya Science
Naylor, Tacy College and Career Coach
Quarles, Carlos Assistant Principal
Reding, Cassie Instructional Facilitator (6-12)
Ries, Pete Alternative Program
Rogers, Jennifer Spanish
Rose, Lisa Technology Specialist
Sanders, Cyndi FMD
Waters, Corey Social Studies
Yates, Kyle Physical Education, Athletic Director
RJSHS Staff Directory - Classified
Blake, Donna R21C and Guidance Administrative Assistant
Browder, Debbie Youth Services Center
Celsor, Mary Bookkeeper
Duncan, Linda Paraeducator
Faenza, Becky Administrative Assistant
Meacham, Lisa Paraeducator
Powell, Bridgett Paraeducator
Rohrer, Emily Library-Media Assistant
Webster, Brandy Cafeteria Manager
White, Jonathan Paraeducator
STATEMENT OF NON-DISCRIMINATION
As required by law, the Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, sex, genetic information, disability, or limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions in its programs and activities and provides equal access to its facilities to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.
Any persons having inquiries concerning Russellville Independent Schools’ compliance with Title II, Title IV, Title VI and/or Section 504/ADA may contact: Linda Shelton, Russellville Independent Schools, 355 S. Summer Street, Russellville, KY 42276 at (270) 726-8405 or Linda.Shelton@russellville.kyschools.us. Inquiries concerning Title IX compliance contact: Kyle Yates, Russellville Independent Schools, 355 S. Summer Street, Russellville, KY 42276, at (270) 726-8405 or Kyle.Yates@russellville.kyschools.us .
Sexual Harassment / Discrimination Policy
The District prohibits all forms of improper conduct, including sexual harassment and discrimination. A copy of the District’s policy is attached for your information. Please be aware of the following provisions. If you have any questions pertaining to sexual harassment or sexual discrimination, you may contact: Title IX/Equity Coordinator
Russellville Independent School District
355 South Summer Street
Russellville, Kentucky 42276
Telephone: (270) 726-8405
The District will investigate the allegations of harassment/discrimination that you have brought to its attention. The investigation will be conducted by a District administrator or other individual with specific training and/or experience in this area. If you have any questions for the District’s investigator, you may contact him/ her at the address listed above.
During the investigation, you have the right to: (a) provide the District with information and documentation concerning the alleged improper conduct; (b) advise the District of the identity and location of any possible witness(es); (c) exercise all other rights set forth in law or in District policy.
The District interested in knowing what actions you are seeking in response t o your complaint. Although law does not require the District to comply with all requested actions in order to eliminate harassment/discrimination, a collaborative dialogue may be a useful tool in ensuring that it is eliminated.
The District will take reasonable steps to preserve confidentiality and will make every effort to prevent public disclosure of the names of the parties involved, except to the extent necessary to carry out the investigation. The District is interested in knowing your views about confidentiality issues and will try to accommodate them, subject to the District being able to fulfill its commitment to eliminate harassment/ discrimination.
District employees and students who are alleged perpetrators of harassment/ discrimination misconduct may be entitled to due process and may be protected by certain confidentiality rights. Subject to the rights of students or employees, the District will make an effort to keep you advised of the progress of its investigation and of any decisions it reaches concerning the situation. If you have any questions concerning the progress of the investigation or the actions taken by the District to remediate any harassment/discrimination that may have occurred, please feel free to contact the Title IX/Equity Coordinator or the individual assigned to investigate a complaint. If you are dissatisfied with the progress of the investigation, the progress of rendering a decision, or the decision itself, you have the right to appeal to the Board of Education.
If it is concluded following the investigation that the allegations have merit and that action will be taken to remediate the situation, the District may follow up with you to make sure that there is not a recurrence of the improper conduct. If there is any repeat of any improper conduct, we ask you to notify immediately the Title IX/ Equity Coordinator and /or a District administrator.
The District will make every effort to correct the effects of any improper conduct on the complainant and others. Please advise us of the actions you believe the District should take to correct the discriminatory effects of the improper conduct.
Retaliation against an individual who has reported improper conduct by faculty, staff or students, including sexual harassment/discrimination, is strictly forbidden. If you believe that any of those parties is retaliating against you in any way, please notify the Title IX/Equity Coordinator and/or a District administrator immediately.
Harassment/Discrimination is intimidation by threats of or actual physical violence; the creation, by whatever means, of a climate of hostility or intimidation, or the use of language, conduct, or symbols in such manner as to be commonly understood to convey hatred contempt, or prejudice or to have the effect of insulting or stigmatizing an individual.
Examples of conduct and/or actions prohibited under this policy include, but are not limited to:
Students who engage in harassment/discrimination of an employee or another student on the basis of any of the area mentioned above shall be subject to disciplinary action, including but not limited to suspension and expulsion.
Students who believe they have been a victim of an act of harassment/discrimination or who have observed other students being victimized shall, as soon as reasonably practicable, inform administration, who shall provide the student a documented means of reporting and then immediately notify the Superintendent and/or Title IX Coordinator, as appropriate.
Employees who observe prohibited behaviors or with whom students share a complaint shall notify the administration, who shall immediately forward the information to the Superintendent when necessary.
Failure by an employee, immediate supervisor, Principal, and/or Superintendent to report, notify, and/or initiate an investigation of alleged harassment/discrimination as required by this policy, to follow approved procedures, or to take corrective action shall be cause for disciplinary action.
The Superintendent, when notified and taking steps beyond the actions of the school administration, shall provide the following:
The Superintendent/designee, when notified and taking steps beyond the actions of the school administration, may take interim measures to protect complaints during the investigation.
Student Handbooks shall include information to assist individuals in reporting alleged harassment/discrimination. When sexual harassment is alleged, the District’s Title IX Coordinator, as designated in the student handbook, shall be notified.
District employees involved in the investigation of complaints shall respect, as much as possible, the privacy and anonymity of both victims and persons accused of violations.
Upon completion of the investigation and conditions leading to the harassment/ discrimination, any party may appeal in writing any part of the findings and corrective actions to the Superintendent.
If a supervisor in an alleged party in the harassment/discrimination complaint procedures shall also provide for addressing the complaint to a higher level of authority.
No one shall retaliate against an employee or student because s/he files a written grievance, assists or participates in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing regarding the charge of harassment/discrimination of an individual or because he/she has opposed language or conduct that violates this policy.
Upon resolution of allegations, the Superintendent shall take steps to protect employees and students against retaliation.
False or malicious complaints of harassment/discrimination may result in disciplinary action taken against the complainant.
When a complaint is received that does not appear to be covered by this policy, administrators shall review other policies that may govern the allegations, including but not limited to 09.422 and/or 09.426.
Punctuality and regular attendance are an integral part of the academic process; students who are not in class will struggle to learn. Personal responsibility as reflected by good attendance habits is a valuable trait in the workforce.
Students who have good attendance generally achieve higher grades, enjoy school more, and are better adjusted to life in society. The following policies have been developed to encourage the development of good attendance habits. These policies were developed and approved by committees composed of school administrators, teachers, parents, and students. Final approval was given by the SBDM Council.
Statement of Policy
At Russellville High School all student absences will be initially recorded unexcused when the absence occurs. An unexcused absence begins with the first bell of school and continues to be recorded until the time in which a student first becomes present and accounted for in Infinite Campus. (School sponsored activities are not counted as absences). Any part of the day or whole day will be recorded as an unexcused absence for any time missed. The responsibility of having the unexcused absence changed to an excused absence will be the sole responsibility of the student when he/she returns to school after missing all or any part of the school day.
At three unexcused absences, the student is considered a truant. At six unexcused absences the student is considered habitually truant at which time the Director of Pupil Personnel (DPP) may refer the student to the court. The following timeline will take place:
AFD or Armed Forces Day which states that if a student’s parent or guardian is a member of the United States Armed Forces or a member of the National Guard or Reserve is called to federal active duty, the student will be excused for one day when the member is deployed and an additional excused absence for when the service member returns from deployment. Student can make up work and is considered present for calculating average daily attendance.
AFR Armed Forces Rest and Relaxation – A school principal shall give the student excused absences for up to ten days for visitation when the member is stationed out of the country and is granted rest and recuperation.
NO PASS, NO DRIVE 159.051/186.470/09.4294
No Pass–No Drive 159.051 / 186.470 / 09.4294
Students who are sixteen (16) or seventeen (17) years old who become academically deficient or deficient in attendance shall be reported to the Transportation Cabinet for driver’s license permit or driving privilege revocation.
Academic and attendance deficiencies for students age sixteen (16) or seventeen (17) enrolled in regular, alternative, part-time, and special education programs shall be defined as follows:
Students whose driving permits are revoked, but later meet the statutory standards for reinstatement, must then apply to the Director of Pupil Personnel to have their standing confi The District shall make the required report to the appropriate agency.
KRS 159.051, KRS 186.470; 704 KAR 007:050; Student Discipline Guidelines OAG 77-419
All students, after being absent from school (whether for one period, one day, one week, etc.), must check into the office upon their return to school. All work due to absences, excused or unexcused, may be made up within an equal time frame of reasonability.
Snow Day Procedure
When school must be closed for inclement weather, announcement of closure will be made on WRUS radio station and WBKO Channel 13 television prior to 7:00 a.m. If school is in session and it begins to snow, parents may go to their child’s school, follow the sign-out procedure in the principal’s office, and take their children home.
Snow days will be made up at the end of the school year unless the Board specifies make-up days during the year.
Russellville High School
The school office is for school business. Students are requested not to loiter. Student helpers have the responsibility to discourage their friends from visiting and to conduct themselves with proper office decorum.
Office Telephone Use
Students should not ask to use the office or classroom phones unless an emergency exists. Students should inform friends and parents that they will not be called out of class to answer the phone unless an emergency exists.
Library Media Center
The Library Media Center (LMC) attempts to provide current, accurate, and appropriate resources and accessibility to all services and resources for every student and teacher. In order to do this, two simple rules exist:
Lockers are assigned at the beginning of each school year. Students are expected to keep their lockers in good condition. Decals are not to be placed inside or on lockers. Under no circumstances should students leave money or valuables in their locker. Lockers are property of the school and may be inspected at any time.
Lockers will be repaired and reconditioned over the summer as time permits. Cost of time/parts will be assessed to the students to whom the locker was assigned. Students should report any damages at the beginning of school so he/she will not be charged at the end of the year.
An annual 21st Century Learning Fee of $40.00 will be collected from every student at Russellville High School, grades 9-12. This fee will cover the cost of paper supplies and technology access. Students are responsible for supplying their own personal class needs such as notebooks, pencils, gym shoes/clothes, etc. Additional charges may by incurred for damaged items.
Additionally, a $75.00 senior fee will be assessed for all 12th grade students at Russellville High School. These fees will be used to cover the cost of senior week activities, senior trips and graduation.
Students wishing to drive to school may do so as long as a school parking pass has been acquired from the front office.
If a student loses or damages a book, they will be charged the full cost of the book. Grade cards may be held until all books are returned or paid for in full.
Breakfast and Lunch
All students in the Russellville Independent School District will get a free breakfast and free lunch under the USDA’s Community Eligibility Provision. When the new school year begins, each student will receive a Household Income Form. All families, including those who would not have qualified for free and reduced meals in previous school years, are being asked to submit the form. Only one form will need to be completed per family. Those families who believe that their student(s) will be directly certified will need to provide their SNAP or KTAP case number on the form. All information will be kept confidential.
Adult meals, including meals for teachers, will be $3.00. Extra juice and milk will be $.40. A la carte items will still be sold to students who wish to bring extra money for such purchases. Children who have a positive balance left in their lunch accounts from the previous school year may use that money for a la carte purchases or parents may apply to the cafeteria director of their child’s school for a refund.
The weekly menu will be posted each Monday and announced daily on the local radio station. Students may also bring their lunch to school, if desired. Having lunch delivered to school is not an option. All complete meals must be eaten in the cafeteria.
No carbonated drinks are allowed in the lunchroom and no food or drinks may be brought in from the Vo-Tech School to RHS.
No fast food may be brought into the cafeteria or dropped off for the student in the front office. Students may bring drink containers into the building provided it is a plastic bottle with a resealable lid/cap.
Guidelines for Distribution of Medication to Students
Students may be authorized to carry on their person and independently take their own medication (prescription or nonprescription), provided the parent/guardian has written approval on file with school personnel. Such approval shall assure school personnel that the child has been properly instructed in self-administering the medication. If prescription medication is involved, written authorization of the student’s physician/health care provider is also required.
All Other Medications
1. Medication should be given at home when possible. If school personnel are giving medications, they should receive appropriate training and monitoring. Training can be provided by personnel such as, but not limited to: registered nurses, physicians, pharmacists, and/or dentists. (Medical personnel should adhere to the practice standards for their profession as governed by the appropriate licensing authority.)
2. School personnel who dispense medications shall keep the medication in a safe, secure place accessible only to the responsible authorized school personnel and arrange for the child to take the medication at the proper time.
3. Unless otherwise approved, students are to be supervised by a qualified individual with training in first aid when taking medication. The person supervising the administration of medication must keep a written record. For all other questions regarding medication distribution, please access the Russellville Independent Schools website at www.rville.k12.ky.us.
Announcements related to school activities will be made each day. Students who need announcements made may request that this be done via any RHS administrator.
Fire, earthquake, and tornado drills will be held according to state regulations, and each room has a specific pattern of action to follow. Every student and teacher should be familiar with any room they occupy. All alarms are to be followed unless the office indicates otherwise by the public address system.
Russellville High School also has procedures in place to deal with other emergencies such as hostile situations. These procedures are reviewed with all staff at the first faculty meeting of the year.
The School-Based Decision Making Council endorses the concept of volunteerism in the schools. Volunteer personnel shall be recommended by the principal to the superintendent, who in turn will present those individuals to the Board for approval to perform volunteer work. The principal, superintendent, and/or Board reserve the right to accept or refuse the assistance of any individual desiring to volunteer work in the Russellville Independent Schools. Additional information regarding qualifications, job descriptions, duties, etc., may be obtained in the superintendent’s office.
The Council encourages parents, professional educators, and others who have legitimate interests to visit the schools in the Russellville City Schools. To ensure that school personnel are aware of the presence of visitors, all visitors shall report immediately to the principal’s office upon entering the school, identify themselves, and state their purpose for visiting. The principal or his/her designee shall have the authority to grant, deny, and/or limit the visit. Professional educators and citizens who are from other communities and who wish to observe the schools are also welcome. Access by visitors to school premises or to school personnel or students where prior arrangements have not been made will be dependent upon whether interference with the daily operation of the school program will likely result. Students are not allowed to bring friends to school at any time.
Photograph, Release of Directory Information, and Videotaping Notification
Any parent or guardian or a student not wishing to have his/her child’s name released in a student directory, honor roll information provided to the media, or work samples published should notify the principal in writing on or before August 30 each year.
At some time during the school year, your child may be videotaped or photographed while participating in activities or projects. These may be viewed by peers, faculty, administrators, or a general audience. If you do not want your child videotaped or photographed, you should notify the principal in writing by August 30. Although we will make efforts to comply with your request, bear in mind that we cannot monitor all adults at all times, especially during special occasions when other parents may take pictures or may tape an event.
GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT & ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
The Guidance Department offers services to all students in the areas of social and personal counseling, career information, educational counseling, test result interpretation, record clarification and post-secondary information. Students and their parents are invited to talk with the Guidance Counselor at any time concerning student's academic and personal growth.
The Guidance Program at RHS is not a person or one guidance counselor. Every staff member is an advisor to a group of students. The role of the teacher/advisor is to guide and direct small group discussions and activities that will help students build self-confidence, understand themselves and others, evaluate their own progress and develop Individual Learning Plans (ILPs) to enhance future success. Advisors meet with their groups regularly during the school year.
Requirements for Admission
Students being admitted to Russellville High School who have previously been enrolled in the system and who are residents of the district will be admitted upon presentation of a valid transcript from Russellville Middle School and an up-to-date immunization certificate.
Students who wish to enroll from another school district will be admitted only after the following documentation is presented to the principal, assistant principal, or guidance counselor.
The 2006-07 school year was the first in which middle and high school students in Kentucky had a new online education planning tool at their fingertips. The new web-enabled Individual Learning Plan (ILP) helps secondary students (grades 9-12) better focus their coursework on individual goals as they prepare for postsecondary studies and careers. The new ILP system replaces the old paper IGP document used for career planning.
The ILP plays a key role in the advising component of the students’ education. Students engage in advisement and guidance specific to their educational goals based around the ILP. The new tool allows students to upload documents they feel are representative of their educational experiences and level that could be viewed by anyone they wish.
Teachers use this tool to better know their students. Teachers as advisors have the opportunity to record advising topics, notes and reflection that enable more precise advising activities. Teachers quickly access information that will better inform them about the students’ interests and where they need some more attention or advice.
The ILP also helps parents and teachers provide every graduate with an informed plan for transitioning to the next level of learning and ready to perform at a high level in a chosen career field. The ILP gives new relevance to what students learn in the classroom and provides more connectedness to the world that awaits them.
Annual Notice to Parents of Special Education Students
The Russellville Independent School District is pleased to provide qualifying students with the special education and related services specified developed in an Individual Education Plan (IEP). A law has been passed which allows school districts to be Medicaid service providers. The Russellville Independent School District has been approved to be a Medicaid provider. This means we can obtain Medicaid federal funds for school-based health services specified in an IEP and provided to your child. Billing Medicaid for this service will not change your child’s IEP services or your right to receive Medicaid services, as long as your child continues to be eligible for Medicaid services.
The Russellville Independent School District cannot bill Medicaid for school-based health services to your child if you do not want us to do so. If you do not contact the school or return the form included with the enrollment material, we will submit claims. If you are not sure about this request, please call Kim McDaniel at (270) 726-8405 to discuss it. The Russellville Independent School District hopes that you will help us access these Medicaid funds.
Notification of Rights under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and eligible students (students over 18 years of age, who are married, or who are attending a postsecondary institution) the following rights with respect to the student’s education records.
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
600 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-4605
Child Find System
The Child Find system is designed to locate, identify and evaluate any child, age three
(3) to twenty-one (21) years, who resides in a home, facility, or residence within its geographical boundaries, who may have a disability and be in need of special education. This includes children who are not in school; those who are in public, private, or home-school; those who are highly mobile such as children who are migrant or homeless; and those who are advancing from grade to grade, who may need but are not receiving special education.
The district makes sure any child enrolled in the district who has a disability, regardless of how severe the disability, is provided an appropriate education at no cost to the parents of the child.
Parents, relatives, public and private agency employees, and concerned citizens are urged to help the district find any child who may have a disability and need special education services. The district needs to know the name and age, or date of birth of the child; the name, address, and phone number of the parent or guardian; the possible disability; and other information to determine if special education is needed. Letters and phone calls are some of the ways the district collects the information needed. The information the district collects will be used to contact the parents of the child and find out if the child needs to be evaluated or referred for special education services. If you know of a child who lives in the district who may have a disability, and may need but is not receiving special education services, please contact:
Director of Special Education
Russellville Independent School
355 South Summer Street
Russellville, KY 42276
Child Find activities continue throughout the school year. As part of these efforts, the district uses screening information, student records, and basic assessment information collected on all children in the district to help locate those children who have a disability and need special education. Any information the district collects through Child Find is maintained confidentially. Written Policies and Procedures are on file that describes the district’s requirements regarding the confidentiality of personally identifiable information and Child Find activities. Copies are maintained in each school, and in the Board of Education office. Copies of these Policies and Procedures may be obtained by contacting:
Director of Special Education
Russellville Independent School
355 South Summer Street
Russellville, KY 42276
The district office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The district provides a public notice in the native language or other mode of communication of the various populations in the geographical boundaries of the district to the extent feasible. If you know of someone who may need this notice translated to another language, given orally, or delivered in some other manner, please contact the Director of Special Education at the address or phone number above.
Foreign Exchange Students
Foreign exchange students will be accepted at RHS providing the school is notified of the placement by the Host Organization prior to the beginning of school. The principal retains the authority upon his discretion to refuse admittance to any foreign exchange student. Exchange students will be assumed to be ineligible to participate in commencement exercises.
In the event an exchange student wishes to apply for graduation, he/she shall state that intention in writing to the Superintendent by February 1 of the year in which he/she is applying, and present notarized evidence of having received 140 clock hours of instruction and a passing grade in the minimum number of courses within the past four years. Those courses shall include 4 units of English, 4 units of math, 3 units of social studies, 3 units of science, and 1/2 unit each of health and physical education.
In the event an exchange student is required to return to his/her homeland for a final year of pre-college schooling after leaving Russellville High School, he/she will be enrolled at RHS as a junior. Even though enrolled as a junior, foreign exchange students will be permitted to attend the senior prom since it would enhance his/her cultural experience.
Students entering Russellville High School from another school not accredited by the appropriate state agencies shall be tentatively placed at the recommended grade level. Students shall be awarded Carnegie credits according to the following guidelines:
Class of 2020
English 4 credits
Math 4 credits
Social Studies 3 credits
Science 3 credits
Arts/Humanities 1 credit
Health 1/2 credit
Physical Education 1/2 credit
Communications 1 Credit
Sub Total 17 credits
Electives 8 credits
Russellville Ready Completion with a passing score. (non-GPA, non-credit)
Microcredential 2 pass/fail completed credits - 2 sections = 1 credit (non-GPA, non-credit)
Total to Graduate 25 credits
All students must complete a minimum of four calendar years in an accredited high school to graduate unless exempted by the BOE. Students who are completing a 5th year in high school may graduation at mid-year if all requirements are met.
All Graduation Requirements per class may be found on the school website
Grade Level Classification
Grade level classification will be determined by credits received.
Transfer students, upon enrollment at RHS, are subject to the standards and policies of the transferring school in determining entering grade classification.
RHS students may earn a standard high school diploma by completing the minimum graduation requirements set forth by the Kentucky Department of Education and the Russellville Board of Education.
**Foreign language should be taken as an elective credit for anyone considering post secondary education.
Dual Credit classes are college classes offered at RHS to any student who has qualified to take these classes through meeting benchmarks on the ACT or academic performance. Classes taken as Dual Credit are permanent record as College credit hours. Dual Credit classes are offered by RHS on campus and in conjunction with Logan Co. High School.
All students at RHS, beginning their JUNIOR year, are eligible through the State of Kentucky for two FREE Dual Credit classes tuition costs. Students ARE responsible for book and materials costs per class.
Class tuition fees are between $150 and $200 per class for all students not using the two-class-fee-waiver. Financial support is available to any student in grade 10 or higher wishing to take Dual Credit. Students in Grade 10 and up needing financial support should contact the school guidance counselor Rex Booth at email@example.com
No student in grade 10 or higher at RHS should feel that they are not able to take Dual Credit classes due to financial costs.
Financial support is available for up to 100% of the student cost.
Advanced Placement courses are college-level courses that MAY be taught in the secondary school. Students may earn college credit if they elect to take an advanced placement examination given by the College Board and make a score accepted by the college they attend. There is a fee for taking this examination.
Students enrolled in Co-op/Intern courses will be expected to maintain exemplary work habits and performance throughout the school year. Students terminated as a result of non-compliance with expected standards of the school and workplace, will be assigned to another class for the remainder of the school term without credit or personally procure a suitable work assignment for Co-op coursework.
Russellville Virtual Learning Academy
Students may take classes offered at the Learning Academy if:
As determined by school/council policy, students applying for permission to take a virtual course shall complete prerequisites and provide teacher/counselor recommendations to confirm the student possesses the maturity level needed to function effectively in an online learning environment. In addition, the express approval of the Principal/designee shall be obtained before a student enrolls in a virtual course. The school must receive an official record of the final grade before credit toward graduation will be recognized.
No student may participate in Commencement exercises unless, by May 15th (Subject to changes made to the last day of school for students), they have earned the minimum number credits required for THE YEAR IN WHICH THEY GRADUATE or other approved program of study. The principal has the authority to deny any senior the privilege of participating in any part or all of the graduation exercises if previous conduct has been such that is believed, within reason, that the student could at graduation discredit the graduating class or the school.
Academic Awards will be determined by weighted numeric ranking in class, as follows:
All classes will be considered equally based only on the point scale that they are subject to.
Any student making all A’s or A’s and B’s only will be eligible for the Honor Roll. Students receiving an incomplete (I) in any course will not be reported on the honor roll.
Grades are based on daily work, homework, quizzes and formal assessments. Formal assessments for ALL grades 9-12 will count a minimum of 60% during each grading period.
The grading scale for grades 9-12 are as follows:
A = 90-100
B = 80-89
C = 70-79
D = 60-69
F = 59 and below
I = Incomplete
Grades are based on daily work, homework, quizzes and formative assessments. Formative assessments for grades 9-12 will count a minimum of 60% during each grading period.
Per KRS 159.010, the compulsory age requirement for all students in Kentucky is from 6 – 18 years of age. A student may not drop out of school until he/she has reached his/her 18th birthday. Students will be withdrawn from the district once a records request from another district has been received.
Schedule changes will not be allowed unless one of the following reasons exists:
Transfer from one class unrelated to another can only be done within the first 10 days of school, with the exception of A.P. courses. (Refer to the student handbook under A P Policies.)
After that five day period of time has lapsed, the student may elect to transfer (with approval and discussion from faculty, counselor, and parents) but with the loss of credit. No credit will be assigned for the class for that school term, BUT the grade made in the class will be averaged in to determine the student’s GPA.
Extended School Services (ESS)
Extended School Services may be available for all RHS students who meet referral guidelines. ESS is dependent on funding and or need on a yearly basis. Referrals may be made based on standardized test results, teacher referral, or student grades. Times and dates will be established within the first weeks of school and communicated to all students and parents who have been referred to the program.
The parent or student desiring to appeal selection or non-selection for the ESS program may request a meeting with the school ESS committee which includes the principal or designee, the counselor, and the referring teacher. If the matter is not satisfactorily resolved in this way, the parent or student may appeal to the school council who will appoint an appeals board to resolve the issue.
Youth Service Center
The Youth Service Center provides many health and social services to Russellville High School families. Some of the services provided by the Youth Service Center include employment counseling and training, summer and part-time job development, substance abuse services, family crisis services and parenting workshops.
The YSC provides scholarships for various camps, assists with vision, hearing, and scoliosis screenings, provides holiday assistance and school supplies to families in need, and offers pregnancy counseling. Youth Service Center funds are used to provide drug and alcohol prevention speakers, to purchase needed educational videos on topics such as violence prevention, conflict resolution, and anger management, and to assist families with clothing, health, and hygiene needs. The Youth Service Center’s phone number is (270) 726-4799. A Directory of Service Agencies link may be found on the Russellville Independent Schools website.
A teacher for the homebound is available for students anticipating absence from school for extended periods of time for medical reasons. It is the responsibility of the parent to notify the school principal and to obtain a homebound form to be completed and signed by a licensed physician stating that the student’s condition renders attendance at school inadvisable. A student cannot be enrolled in the homebound program until the form is returned to the school. Pursuant to 707 KAR/1:055, Section 9, the condition of pregnancy is not to be considered a physical or health impairment in and of itself. Homebound instruction will include a minimum of two visits per week with one hour of instruction per visit. A student placed on home/hospital instruction may carry all appropriate credits during the first school term of placement. Credits carried during the second term of placement shall be limited to two unless there is verification that the student will be returned to regular school within 20 days of the beginning of the term.
When students are placed on homebound for 20 days or less, the homebound teacher will act as a liaison between the regular teachers and the student – getting assignments, providing assistance, and returning assignments to the regular teacher.
If the homebound period is more than 20 days, the homebound teacher will become the primary teacher. She will make assignments according to the course syllabus. She will grade all assignments and will submit the grades to the guidance office according to the grade reporting schedule.
All co-curricular and extra-curricular activities are open to any student enrolled at Russellville High School. Although there is no limit on the number of activities in which a student may participate, students are encouraged not to spread themselves so thin that they cannot carry their share of the load in the activities in which they are a member. Activities available to students outside, but related to the regular curriculum are as follows:
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Nat. Honor Soc.
RHS Panther Athletic Teams
Russellville High School Athletic Mission Statement and Philosophy
The Athletic Department is an integral part of the total educational process of Russellville Independent Schools. Being involved in athletics provides our students with opportunities to develop leadership skills and to learn the ideals of fair play and ethical behavior which are necessary for competition and cooperation in our society. It should also provide our students with unique opportunities for self-discipline, self-sacrifice, and loyalty to the community, the school, and the team.
Russellville Independent Schools encourage all students to participate in athletics by offering a well-rounded program of interscholastic athletics for both young men and women. Competition and cooperation are prized in our culture, and both are fostered by a well conducted athletic program under competent leadership. Athletics which are regulated to meet educational objectives can provide a major contribution to the physical and moral development of students.
Interscholastic athletics is a voluntary program. Students are not obligated to participate and participation is not required for graduation. Thus, competition in Russellville athletics is a privilege and not a right. Accompanying this privilege is the responsibility to conform to standards established for the athletic program. This privilege may be revoked if the athlete fails or refuses to comply with the rules. Student-athletes, coaches, and parents are called upon to work together in a true spirit of sportsmanship to assist in creating an environment in which positive values can be revealed, tested and proven relevant to both the participants and school community.
Conduct Of An Athlete
The conduct of an athlete is closely observed in many areas of life. It is important that athlete behavior is above reproach in all the following areas:
On the field, court, or in the area of competition, Russellville Panthers will be gracious in defeat and modest in victory .
Proper time management is vital for athletes to have sufficient time to complete their studies to insure acceptable grades. In addition, student-athletes will show respect to other students and faculty at all times.
Grades and Eligibility
Any student who is ineligible academically will be suspended from the team until such ineligibility is corrected. All grades will be checked on Monday. On a weekly basis, a student shall be passing 6 out of 7 classes (Note: this is not the KHSAA ruling). For instance, if an athlete’s grades are checked on Monday and the athlete is failing 2 classes, then the athlete is suspended from participating in any games or contest until the following Monday if the F is raised to a passing grade.
Any student that is ineligible for three weeks during that specific season, will be declared ineligible for the remainder of that sports season. Supervising coaches and the athletic director will be responsible for ensuring that ineligible players do not participate in games, practices, or team travel. Coaches are encouraged to discuss the situation with their athlete and arrange for tutoring or study hall sessions to help the athlete with their academics. Athletes must be in the proper grade level at the beginning of each school year. The must also move with their class to the next grade level.
Regular attendance is expected of all athletes. Athletes must be in attendance for at least half of the school day to participate or compete in a game or practice. The administration reserves the right to review all absences and allow the student to participate if there is, in the administrations judgement, a valid reason for an absence. Attendance at all games and practices is mandatory unless excused by the coach before the competition or practice.
All participants in athletics must provide evidence of a medical exam (pre-participation physical) form that has been approved by the KHSAA that certifies the athlete is physically capable of participating in athletic activities. Please note that documentation of the completed exam must be provided to the coach and athletic director before the student-athlete may participate. The school does not provide funds for the pre-participation exam as this is the family’s responsibility. The exams are valid for one calendar year.
Any student who transfers to Russellville HS with or without a bona fide change of address by his/her parent(s) or legal guardian(s) shall not practice or play until the KHSAA transfer waiver approval process is complete. Transfer students shall meet all the eligibility requirements of the KHSAA and RHS prior to participation.
If a student enrolled at RHS turns 19 years of age before August 1st of a given year, the student-athlete shall be ineligible to compete in athletics. All students must promote with their class in which they are enrolled in at the beginning of the school year in order to participate in sports.
Dropping A Sport
Occasionally, an athlete may find it necessary to drop a sport for a good reason. If an athlete decides to drop a sport, the following procedure must be followed:
If an athlete quits for other than medical reasons, he/she will not be allowed to compete, practice, or train in another activity or sport for the remainder of that sports season. Those individuals selected to any athletic team shall be considered a member of that team through the regular season and post season unless they are removed for disciplinary reasons, ineligibility, or mutual agreement between player and coach.
All equipment and uniforms belong to the school, unless the student purchases them. Students may not keep or give away any item that has been purchased by RHS. Students may not use any school equipment or uniforms for other teams or organizations for any reason at any time. All equipment and uniforms must be accounted for at all times. Student-athletes are responsible for all school equipment and uniforms they receive. The student-athlete is expected to keep the equipment and uniform clean, in good condition and wear it properly at all times. Players have the responsibility to report any equipment or uniform problems to their coach. No player should play or practice with defective equipment. Any piece of equipment or uniform lost by the student-athlete will be replaced by the student-athlete at Russellville Independent Schools bid price. All players must return equipment and uniforms to the head coach after the conclusion of their season. Failure to do so will result in the student-athlete not being allowed to go to another sport.
Return to Play
If a student-athlete is injured or has medical issues that affect his/her participation in an athletic activity to a degree by which the Student Athlete is attended to by a medical professional, that student must be cleared by the RHS athletic trainer and or consulting team physician in order to return to play.
Drugs and Alcohol
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky has deemed that usage by a minor (those under the age of 21) of alcohol and non-prescription narcotics is illegal. Disciplinary action for use, sale or transfer of these items will be as follows (NOTE: Coaches may impose more serious consequences as well as no-tolerance-first-offense dismissal policies):
Drugs 1st Offense - loss of 50% of season with assessment before reinstatement.
2nd offense - expulsion from program.
Alcohol 1st Offense - loss of 50% of season with assessment before reinstatement
2nd offense - expulsion from program.
Student-athletes may practice during the suspension, but may not travel or attend any games. Suspensions may carry over to the next season if the offense occurs at the end of the season. Students may also face other disciplinary action from Russellville High School. The athletic department suspension will be in addition to what the administration decides in regards to school discipline. The athletic department suspension will begin immediately after school discipline has ended.
If a student-athlete is placed in ISS for any of the following offenses, he/she will be suspended from competition for any games that occur during the time served. If no games occur during the time served, the student will be suspended based on the criteria listed below, after time has been served. (NOTE: Coaches may impose additional or more serious consequences for students who receive ISS)
Russellville High School Athletics Social Media Guidelines for Student-Athletes
Playing and competing for Russellville High School is a privilege. Student-Athletes are held in the highest regard and are seen as role models in the community. As leaders you have the responsibility to portray your team, your coaches, our school and yourselves in a positive manner at all times. Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram and other social media sites have increased in popularity globally, and are used by the majority of student-athletes in one form or another.
Student-athletes should be aware that third parties –including the media, faculty, future employers and college officials—could easily access your profiles and view all personal information. This includes all pictures, videos, comments and posters. Inappropriate material found by third parties affects the perception of the student-athlete and our school. This can also be detrimental to a student-athletes future options (i.e. college, profession). Examples of inappropriate and offensive behaviors concerning participation in online communities may include depictions of presentations of the following:
If you are ever in doubt of the appropriateness of your online public material, consider whether it upholds and positively reflects your own values and ethics as well as those of Russellville High School. Remember, always present a positive image and do not do anything to embarrass yourself, the team, your family and Russellville High School.
Russellville High School’s social events are open to Russellville High School students and their invited guests. Any student having 3 or more documented disciplinary referrals to the office, or has been suspended from school in one school term may be denied participation to social events or school assemblies/trips by the trip/event sponsor OR RHS Administration. RHS students should register the name of their invited guests in the school office prior to the day of the event. Guests not pre-registered will not be admitted to the school function. Guests must be in grades 9-12 unless prior approval has been given by the principal. At some events, students may be able to purchase tickets at the door, but this will be announced ahead of time. RHS students and their guest should behave at social events just as they would behave during regular school hours. Violation of school policy during social events will result in disciplinary action.
Rationale and Philosophical Statement
The Russellville Independent Board of Education and Russellville High School, as an auxiliary of the Board, has a primary concern that students who desire to learn can do so in an environment that is conducive to learning. Disciplinary means will be imposed on those who would destroy or disrupt such an environment. The Board of Education employs a professionally trained and certified staff and extends to them the right and responsibility to uphold its policies and procedures. This staff is charged to impose disciplinary means to control the conduct of students and to insure the reasonable progress and performance of students within the educational environment.
Local school officials stand in loco parentis (in place of the parent) and have the responsibility of teaching all students so that they may achieve to their ability level. The Russellville Independent School System has been mandated by the public to improve student achievement and, in order to accomplish this goal, students are expected to do their homework, turn in assignments as directed, and be responsible to each teacher for the subjects involved. Students who fail to complete homework/ daily work and turn in assignments as directed by the professional staff may be disciplined by measures granted local districts.
The Rules and Regulations found in this Code of Conduct originate from various sources including Kentucky Statutes, Attorney General Opinions, State and Federal court decisions, and the Russellville Independent Board of Education’s policies, rules, and regulations. In an attempt to promote a desirable educational climate, a Student Code of Conduct has been developed.
The Code of Conduct provides for consistent treatment of all pupils, fairness as required by the constitutional due process, and an atmosphere of open communication and clearly understood rules, and encourages behavior that will enable the pupils to develop to their fullest potential. Students will be responsible for this code in school, at school-sponsored or related activities, and on school buses.
It is expected that sound, fair, and equitable judgment be considered by pupils, teachers, principals, parents/guardians and others in applying the principles of the Code of Conduct. This policy applies to all students enrolled in Russellville High School.
The best discipline is self-discipline. If each student will discipline himself/herself by showing respect and common courtesy to all citizens of the school, there will be few occasions in which a further measure of discipline on the part of the staff will be necessary.
KRS 161.180, Supervision of Pupils’ Conduct states:
Whenever a teacher or school administrator is functioning in his capacity as an employee of a board of education of a public school system, it shall be unlawful for any person to direct speech or conduct toward the teacher or school administrator when such person knows or should know that the speech or conduct will disrupt or interfere with normal school activities or will nullify or undermine the good order and discipline of the school.
This Code applies to all students in the District while at school, on their way to and from school, while on the bus or other District vehicle, and while they are participating in school-sponsored trips and activities. The Superintendent/designee is responsible for administration and implementation of this Code within his/her school in a uniform and fair manner without partiality or discrimination.
Each school/council must select and implement appropriate discipline and classroom management techniques necessary to carry out this Code and shall provide a list of the school’s rules and discipline procedures in the school handbook.
Teachers and other instructional personnel are responsible for administering Code standards in the classroom, halls, and other duty assignment locations.
This Code establishes minimum behavior standards. Recognizing that each school, grade, or class may require special provisions, school councils, administrators, and teachers have full authority to make rules to enforce these standards in keeping with their areas of responsibility.
Code of Conduct Development
The Code of Conduct was developed by a committee representing schools, the Central Office, the Board of Education, students, parents, and the community. The Code was also reviewed by the Attorney for the Board of Education and was adopted by the Board on May 11, 1999.
Schools have distributed copies of the Code to all students and employees of the district and to parents of students, including those who enroll after the beginning of the school year. The Superintendent has directed that the Code by posted in each school, with the Principal being responsible for seeing that guidance counselors and the other personnel discuss its contents with students in a timely and age- appropriate manner. In addition, each school will reference the Code in the school’s handbook(s). On request, the Principal shall provide help for non-English speaking, blind, deaf, or non-reading students and parents so that they can have access to the information contained in this Code.
Each year, the SBDM will review the Code in preparation for the coming school year. It welcomes suggestions as to how to improve this document. Individuals may send written comments to the school principal who will forward them to the SBDM. Information should be submitted by May of each school year. The Student Code of Conduct has been developed and is reviewed and approved annually by the RHS School Council and adopted by the Board of Education. Students are given a copy at the beginning of the school year and are asked to sign a statement that they have read and understood what was presented in the student handbook. Students are responsible for taking the handbook home to their parents/guardians.
Rights and Responsibilities
Students have the right to engage in activities which do not:
Specifically, students have the right to:
Students have the responsibility to:
Parents have the right to:
Parents/guardians have the responsibility to:
Teachers have the right to:
Teachers have the responsibility to:
Principals have the right to:
The Board expects employees, students, parents/guardians and others associated with the schools to apply the following standards in a reasonable and fair manner:
To promote the full implementation of conduct standards and maximize safety in the school environment, the Board requires all employees to make supervision of ALL students at ALL school activities a top priority among their assigned duties. The younger the child, the greater the need for adult guidance and protection.
A professionally planned and positive school atmosphere is necessary for academic progress and a safe environment. Therefore, students shall not interfere with the orderly environment of the school or school activity. Examples of prohibited behavior include, but are not limited to:
Regular and punctual school attendance is both a privilege and a responsibility of the student. Good attendance is necessary to satisfactory progress and high academic achievement. Examples of attendance violations include, but are not limited to:
RHS Tardy Policy
A Tardy is defined as not being physically in the designated area a student is expected to be in at the sound of the school bell that signals that students are expected to be correctly located. Teachers DO have discretion to expand the rigor of this policy (i.e. Must be in seats).
Once the bell has rung, a student will need to get a Tardy Slip in order to enter class.
A Tardy Sweep teacher will be in the hall for three minutes following the bell. After that, you will need a slip from the school Administration (Principal, AP, or Guidance Counselor).
Students without a tardy slip WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER CLASS
Cumulative Unexcused Tardy Consequences
Note: Student drivers may also lose their drive-to-school privileges for a designated period of time.
Students shall exercise self-control as required by the particular situation and in keeping with school and district rules, or be subject to removal from the regular classroom, setting or transportation system. In addition, a student may be barred from participating in extracurricular activities pending investigation that she/he has violated either the District’s behavior standards or the school council’s criteria for participation. Examples of prohibited behaviors include, but are not limited to:
School property belongs to the community and the state. It must be protected and preserved for educational and community use. Therefore, students shall respect school property and the property of others. Examples of prohibited behaviors include, but are not limited to:
Students shall work cooperatively and productively with each other and with school personnel in a manner that is consistent with standards of respect and courtesy. Examples of prohibited behaviors that would detract from a safe and orderly learning environment include, but are not limited to:
The Board has included samples of prohibited behaviors to help the reader understand how the behavior standard will be enforced. Other behaviors not included in the examples may also by prohibited.
Physical Restraint/Corporal Punishment
Employees are authorized by law to physically restrain students as necessary for the following reasons: to protect themselves, students, or others from physical injury; to get possession of a weapon or other dangerous object, or to protect property from serious harm. The Board does not permit use of corporal punishment as a disciplinary technique at RHS. Guidelines for administering corporal punishment have been established by the Site-Based Decision Making Council.
When principals have reasonable belief that certain violations have taken place, they are required by law to immediately report them to law enforcement officials. Violations on school property or at a school-sponsored function requiring a report to law enforcement officials include:
In addition to violations of this Code, students may also be charged with criminal violations.
Students are NEVER allowed to bring a weapon to school. The Board urges parents and other citizens to make sure that students do not have inappropriate access to weapons.
Both Board policy and the law prohibit the carrying, bringing, using, or possessing of any weapon or dangerous instrument in any school building on school grounds, in any school vehicle or at any school-sponsored activity. Except for authorized law enforcement officials, the Board specifically prohibits the carrying of concealed weapons on school property.
When a student violates the prohibition on weapons, the Principal shall immediately make a report to the Superintendent, who shall determine if charges for expulsion are to be brought before the Board. Unless the Board chooses to consider charges on a case-by-case basis, the penalty for students bringing a firearm or other deadly weapon, destructive device, or booby trap device to school or onto the school campus/property under jurisdiction of the District shall be expulsion for a minimum of twelve (12 months. (The Gun-Free Schools Act of 1994 and KRS 158.150)
District employees must also report to law enforcement officials if they know or have reasonable causes to believe that conduct has occurred that constitutes the carrying, possession, or use of a deadly weapon on the school premises, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored or sanctioned event.
Suspension, Expulsion, and Due Process
For certain violations, administrators, such as the Superintendent and/or Principal, may remove (suspend) a student from school for up to ten (10) days per incident. Unless immediate suspension is necessary to protect persons or property or to avoid disruption of the educational process, students shall not be suspended until they have been given due process (required by law). Due process must be given before educational benefits are taken away and shall include:
A student may be temporarily suspended without the full extent of Due Process if deemed by the administrator that removal of the student from the school/situation is in the best interest of the school environment and student. Due Process MUST be afforded to the student when the situation has stabilized to a degree that both the student and learning environment are operating within a reasonable degree of stability.
A report of the suspension shall be made in writing to the Superintendent and to the parent of the student being suspended.
Following legally required due process, the Board may expel any pupil from the regular school setting for misconduct as defined by law for periods longer than ten (10) days. In cases of expulsion, provision of educational services will be required unless the Board determines, on the record and supported by clear and convincing evidence, that the expelled student poses a threat to the safety of other students or school staff and cannot be placed in a state-funded agency program. Action to expel a pupil shall not be taken until the parent of the pupil has had an opportunity for hearing before the Board.
Regulations for special education students will be followed by school personnel.
Students and parents wishing to express an educational concern or grievance shall observe the following order of appeal:
Information on filing a formal complaint or grievance is available at each school and at the central office.
Complaints not resolved in the above process may be filled with the Office of Civil Rights Complaints must be filed within 60 days after the completion of the appeals process of within 180 days of the grievance.
Principal, Russellville High School
1101 W. Ninth St.
Russellville, KY 42276
Superintendent, Russellville Independent Schools
355 S. Summer St.
Russellville, KY 42276
Russellville High School is monitored throughout by video cameras. All individuals need to be aware that they are subject to being videotaped whenever they are in the building or on campus.
It is the practice of RHS Administration to NOT use video evidence collected on personal devices when making disciplinary decisions unless in cases of severe traumatic incidents in which no school generated video is available and witness accounts are deemed unreliable by the administrator. When used, the source of the video evidence becomes subject to the following statement:
The filming/recording of unacceptable behaviors and actions by RHS students is prohibited and subject to disciplinary measures.
Students in selected grades may be asked to complete an ANONYMOUS survey during the school year. The survey will focus primarily on the prevalence of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, as well as violence and safety issues. Data obtained will be used in planning, programming, and securing funds for the school district. (IF YOU DON’T WANT YOUR CHILD TO PARTICIPATE IN SUCH A STUDY, PLEASE CONTACT THE SCHOOL OFFICE)
In the event that it becomes necessary to administer discipline to control the conduct of the student in the educational environment, insure reasonable progress of the student in the environment or to insure that the educational environment remains conducive to learning, any and/or all of the following disciplinary means may be applied within the guidelines of the Russellville Independent Board of Education policies, rules, and regulations.
In-School Suspension (ISS)
In the case of continual (continued) discipline problems or serious breaches of the rules and regulations of RHS, a student may be placed in ISS for 1 to 20 days per occurrence. Students will be provided an opportunity to correct behavior that has interfered with their educational progress and that of others.
ISS will provide a chance to continue the educational process unimpeded while being removed from the normal day-to-day routines of the school day. This placement will be made by the principal or his designee. In the event that this type of placement is necessary, the principal will confer with the parents/guardians of the student being assigned. STUDENTS WHO DO NOT COMPLY WITH ISS RULES MAY BE ASSIGNED ADDITIONAL DAYS.
Parents are notified in the event of a suspension and this method of discipline is to be considered extremely serious and may result in interruptions to the students normal academic progress.
Suspension shall mean a denial of attendance at a single subject or class, or any full schedule of subjects or classes, or at any other type of activity conducted by or on behalf of the particular school for the stated period of time.
In the event the discipline of a student is to deny attendance from a single class or any portion of a school day or for one or more days, not exceeding ten (10) days, a conference with the school principal or his/her teacher shall first be conducted with the student as follows:
Students who commit serious violations may be recommended for placement in the Alternative School. Recommendations must come from the RHS Principal.
In cases where expulsion has been recommended, the same procedure as that outlined above must be adhered to. In addition:
Expulsion shall mean a denial of the following:
The Russellville Independent Board of Education believes that there is no responsible use of any controlled substance/alcohol at Russellville High School, on its campus, or at any of its activities. Any use, possession, sale or being under the influence of controlled substances or alcohol warrants the following consequence.
Due process includes those rights which accrue to a student accused of violating school regulations and which may be brought to his/her defense at a disciplinary conference or hearing pending possible suspension or expulsion from school.
In the Attorney General’s Opinion, OAG 74-829, the decision was rendered that, in light of three recent court decisions on searching students, students’ lockers, and students’ cars, there is no constitutional prohibition against teachers conducting these searches, if it is done in a reasonable manner and for the welfare of the student and the school.
Therefore, in the event a teacher or professional staff member has reason to believe a student is in possession of a concealed weapon, drugs or any object of substance which may be harmful or dangerous, that teacher is authorized to request that the student, the student’s locker, or the student’s car be searched in the interest of the students’ and school’s welfare. This authorization does not give the professional staff wholesale license to search indiscriminately or on hunches; common sense must prevail, and searches must be of legitimate causes. (Example: A female teacher with an adult female witness should conduct search of female students.)
The Superintendent or his designee may authorize the use of trained dogs to locate controlled substances on school grounds subject to the following conditions:
*Students who fail to cooperate with school authorities during a search when requested to shall be subject to other disciplinary action.
School Wide Behavior Management Procedures
Major Discipline Incidents:
Conduct Warranting Administrative Intervention
Aggressive Misbehavior Toward Any School Employee: Physical contact or threat of physical contact towards school employees with the intention of doing bodily harm by a student or group of students AND/OR the verbalization of the potential or intent to do such action.
Arson or Attempted Arson: Starting a fire within the school or on the school grounds, for any purpose that results in destruction or disruption.
Bomb Threat: Making a threat that a bomb has been placed, or is about to explode in the school.
Burglary: A person is guilty of burglary when:
Criminal Trespass: A person is guilty of criminal trespass when:
Criminal Use of Noxious Substance: A person is guilty of criminal use of noxious substance when he/she lawfully deposits on the land or in the building of another any stink bomb, device, or irritant with the intent to interfere with another’s use of the land, building, or vehicle.
Defamation: Harming another person’s character or reputation by saying things which are untrue and which are intended to bring harm.
Defiance of Authority: Refusal to comply with reasonable requests of school personnel or purposely disobeying any general rule of school conduct.
Disrespect of Authority: Disrespectful language or gestures towards any school personnel or adults in charge.
Extortion: The solicitation of money, or something of value, from another student, regardless of the amount, in return for protection, or in connection with a threat to inflict harm.
False Fire Alarm: Falsely alerting the Fire Department, or school, to a non-existent fire.
Fighting: Students who willingly engage in physical contact for the purpose of inflicting harm on the other person AND/OR students who perpetuate such behaviors through verbal or gesture based taunting or exchanges.
A person who finds himself the victim of an assault has the right to defend himself against the attack and use such force in defense as to be reasonably necessary. This DOES NOT excuse the attackee from consequences IF it is determined that the attackee had reasonable opportunity to seek adult (teacher, staff, administration) intervention and did not do so.
Gambling: Participating in games of chance for the express purpose of exchanging money.
Gang/Cult Related Activities: A student is guilty of gang/cult related activities if observed or involved in any of the following as related to gang membership:
Harassment: A person is guilty of harassment when, with intent to harass, annoy, or alarm another person, he/she:
Hazing: To initiate or discipline by forcing students to do humiliating or painful things.
Intimidation of Witness: Any physical or verbal intimidation of any witness to any school violation.
Loitering by Unauthorized Students: Being on school grounds or in the school without authority or permission of school personnel. This would include students on shortened programs, suspended students, and students that have been expelled. A petition/warrant will be signed.
Malicious Remarks: To willfully intimidate, insult, or in other manner abuse verbally or in writing any member of the school’s staff or student body.
Misrepresenting Facts: Knowingly deceiving school administrators and/or staff.
Non-School Day Violations / Criminal offenses: Students will be subject to school discipline for any violation of this code or criminal offenses with regard to school personnel, students and property during non-school time if committed in conjunction within reason of a school based activity.
Any misconduct or malicious behavior that significantly disrupts the educational process or that could potentially cause harm to self or others.
Possession of And/Or Use of Weapons on school property: A person is guilty of unlawful possession of a weapon on school property when he knowingly deposits, possesses, or carries, whether openly or concealed, for purposes other than instructional or school-sanctioned ceremonial purposes, any firearm or other deadly weapon, destructive device, or booby trap device in any public or private school building or bus, on any public or private school campus, grounds, recreation area, athletic field, or any other property owned, used, or operated by any board of education, school, board of trustees, regents, or directors for the administration of any public or private educational institution. The provisions of this section shall not apply to institutions of postsecondary or higher education. Unlawful possession of a weapon on school property is a Class D felony.
Profanity: Cursing and the use of excessively vulgar, suggestive or offensive language is prohibited.
Repeated Multiple Violations: Repeatedly failing to comply with the directives of school personnel or having multiple violations of the code of conduct.
Robbery: A person is guilty of robbery when, in the course of committing theft, he/ she uses or threatens the immediate use of physical force upon another person with intent to accomplish the theft.
Sexual Activity on School Property or at a School Related Event: Indecent exposure, masturbation and/or sexual relations will not be tolerated on school property before, during or after school hours or at school related events.
Skipping School/Truancy: Purposefully missing a day or portion of a day of school when a student is thought to be attending school.
Terroristic Threatening: A person is guilty of terroristic threatening when:
Theft and Related Offenses: The taking of property of others (students, teachers, visitors, etc.) without their consent. Possession of stolen property.
Unlawful Assembly: A person is guilty of unlawful assembly when:
Use/Possession of Tobacco Products: Students are not to possess, use, sell or distribute tobacco products on school property, including buses and all school sponsored activities.
Vandalism: The unprovoked or willful destruction, defacing, or marring of property located on school premises.
Wanton Endangerment: A person is guilty of wanton endangerment when he/she wantonly engages in conduct which creates a substantial danger of physical injury to another person.
Miscellaneous Conduct Policies
Cheating involves one or more of the following actions:
Consequence: Cheating will result in the student receiving a zero on the homework, test, theme, research paper, project, or other graded item. Circumstances may warrant additional consequences as determined by the teacher or administration.
In cases of suspected cheating, the administration will support the professional opinions of faculty and staff when evidence is presented in support of these suspicions.
Publications which are not officially sanctioned by the school shall not be circulated or posted without the review of school authorities and then only at such time and places designated. In the case of official publications, i.e., where the paper or magazine is described as “published” by the school, and/or the school provides a faculty advisor and/or the funds for printing and distributing, the school, the student authors, and the student editors, are liable and accountable for whatever is published. Accordingly, the school has a paramount right to ensure that, whatever is published observes the strictures against malicious injury, defamation, obscenity, and incitement to disorder, injury, or illegal acts.
*The administrative staff reserves the right to deny any attire or adornment that they determine to be inappropriate for school or a safety hazard.
The student may:
A Dress Code Violation becomes a Discipline Referral When:
A student who leaves school to correct a dress code violation will be counted as an unexcused absence during their time from sign out to sing back in, or the beginning of the following day present.
The teachers’ lounge is off-limits to students, unless accompanied by a RHS employee.
No student will be allowed to leave the classroom during the first and last 10 minutes of class within reason. The teacher has the right to determine if it is an emergency and may allow the student into the hallway ONLY with a valid Hall Pass.
Any student who must be in the hall while class is in session must obtain a hall pass before leaving the classroom. Students will obtain a hall pass before leaving the class or special area.
Hall Passes in the High School are color coded and students are to stay within the zones of their hall passes.
Students with the wrong color Hall Pass will be asked to return to their designated area.
CELL PHONES & ALL MEDIA DEVICES
A cellular and/or media device is a PRIVILEGE to have at RHS.
RHS reserves the right to prohibit the possession of a cellular and/or media devices to any student when it has been determined that such devices are an impediment to the learning environment or opportunity for student success.
Inappropriate Public Display of Affection
Public displays of affection is limited to “hand holding” in the school building.
At all times, the student’s behavior should be refined and courteous. An indication of the cultural level of the school is the conduct of its student body at an assembly. Whether guests are present or not, each student is personally responsible for the impression made by the school as a whole. Unacceptable conduct would include whistling, uncalled-for clapping, boisterousness, and talking during a program. Students will be removed from the program and may be barred from further assemblies for inappropriate behavior.
Students must be aware that any extra-curricular activities such as field trips, ball games, etc., are an extension of the school day, and students have the same responsibility for behavior as during the regular school day. Teachers and administrators have authority over the student at any and all extra-curricular activities. A student present at a school function falls under all of the same rules of conduct and behavior as during the school day. Misconduct on out-of-town trips will be handled in accordance with school procedures.
All students who arrive at school before the first bell should enter the building by the main entrance and wait in the lobby. RHS students eating breakfast shall do so in the RHS lobby. No students are permitted down the hallway until the 7:55 bell rings, unless a previous appointment has been made with a teacher as indicated in a signed note or if a club is meeting. The school building will open each day at 7:30 a.m.
Students not involved in after-school activities, such as ESS, sports, or club meetings are required to leave the building by 3:20 p.m. unless supervised by a member of the staff. No team or group practices may be held on school property without proper supervision.
Regulations for Students Riding Buses
The right of all pupils to ride in the conveyance is conditional on their good behavior and observance of the following rules and regulations. Any pupil who violates any of these will be reported to the school principal and is subject to temporary or permanent removal.
If such action becomes necessary, the driver shall make every attempt to remove the student near a house of open business establishment. The driver shall immediately notify the principal or the Superintendent as well as the student’s parent or guardian.
These are suggested procedures to follow for bus violations:
Smoking on the bus
Vandalism - Damaging the vehicle, such as cutting seats, breaking windows
Abusive Cursing Directed Personally at the Driver
Unidentified Vehicles are subject to Towing