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Isna Wica Owayawa

Staff Handbook


Isna Wica Owayawa

PO Box 50

Oglala, SD  57764

PHONE:  (605) 867-6875

FAX:  (605) 867-5109 or (605) 867-1363

School Board Approved: 12 September, 2017

Mission Statement

Loneman School, in partnership with the Lakota Nation, will build, strengthen, and preserve cultural values while empowering each individual to achieve a passion for education and lifelong learning in a changing global society.


All employees will have access to a current electronic copy of Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School Policy and Procedures Handbook, Faculty and Staff Handbook, and Parent / Student Handbook at the commencement of each school year. All employees will sign a document verifying electronic receipt of the current handbooks. All employees will acknowledge personal responsibility to read each handbook. These will be the only handbooks utilized during the 2017-2018 school year. All previous handbooks are considered null and void. If this Handbook is in conflict with the Isna Wica Owayawa Policies and Procedures Manual, then the Manual supersedes this Handbook.  The Articles and By-laws and the Policy manual supersede all Handbooks, which are for your convenience.


Faculty and Staff Procedures


Arrival and Departure


Attendance /Student Records



Classroom Curriculum Exceptions

Behavior Management Policy

The School Board and the Administration at Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School support a proactive educational environment for all students, faculty, and staff. Behaviors that interfere with any student opportunity to learn, staff opportunity to complete assigned job duties, and/or any faculty opportunity to educate, will not be tolerated. Therefore, all faculty and staff will document negative student behaviors, on NASIS.


This policy is implemented with the desire to eliminate habitual negative behaviors that impede the educational goals set forth by Isna Wica Owayawa/Loneman School officials. Although this policy may not be specific to each behavioral incident that could occur, the following list will serve as a guide for implementing behavioral consequences.


Behavior Management policy imposes automatic punishment for the following infractions and/or any ‘Major’ infractions that are not sanctioned by the school officials:

  1. Physical Fighting

  1. “Sexting”, cyber bullying, and or bullying
  2. Repeated Willful disobedience, refusal to follow school rules, regulations, and/or direction from any school employee
  3. Profanity and/or verbal abuse
  4. Repeated Disruption of any school or classroom activity
  5. Possession of any weapon, firearm, imitation firearm18.   Smoking, possession of smokeless tobacco, vapor cigarettes, e-cigarettes
  6. Use and/or sale of drugs and/or drug paraphernalia
  7. Possession, sale, and/or being under the influence of any controlled substance, legal or illegal.
  8. Robbery, stealing, and/or extortion
  9. Willful damage to school and/or another person’s property
  10. Sexual harassment, sexual assault, threats, terrorists threats, intimidation, hazing, hate violence
  11. Obscene acts and/or gestures, vulgarity, gang signs, etc. depending on the severity of the incident
  12. Violation of local, county, state, and/or federal law while enrolled at Loneman School

 The following are considered “minor” infractions and are classroom management issues. They should be dealt with according to the teacher’s classroom management plan.

  1. Skipping class
  2. Failure to provide a hall pass when absent from the classroom.
  3. Sleeping in school
  4. Wearing jewelry and/or clothing that promotes profanity, alcohol and/or drugs
  5. Failure to remove hats, hoods, caps, scarves, and/or headbands in the school building
  6. Student use of any personal electronic device during regular school hours (7:30am to 3:30pm), including but not limited to: cellphones, tablets, iPads, iPods, radios, etc
  7. Possession and/or use of laser lights
  8. Internet use in the computer lab that is NOT assigned by faculty
  9. Offensive public displays of affection
  10. Willful disobedience, refusal to follow school rules, regulations, and/or direction from any school employee
  11. Disruption of any school or classroom activity
  12. Obscene acts and/or gestures, vulgarity, gang signs
  13. Toys and latest trends are not allowed at school. Ie fidget spinners, bottle flipping, cars, dolls, etc.
  14. Possession of lighter, matches and/or any flammable substances

Three (3) minor incidents will equal a “Major” infraction and will be dealt with accordingly. Minor incidents will be documented by the teacher as well as documentation for preventative measures to curb the negative behavior.




The Behavior Management Policy will be implemented as follows:

  1. Students will be allowed 3 (three) documented warnings for any combination of minor behavior(s).
  2. The third documented warning for any combination (must not be the same minor infraction) of minor behavior(s) or the first documented major infraction will result in an immediate suspension.
  3. The student will be suspended for 1 scheduled school dayat the discretion of the Principal and/or Dean of Students.
  4. Parent(s) and/or Guardian(s) will be required to meet with the Principal, Dean of Students, Classroom Teacher, and the student, following the suspension, and before the student can return to the classroom. A behavior modification plan will be created at this meeting.
  5. Any combination of three (3) minor behaviors (must not be the same minor infraction) or the second documented major infraction, after the first suspension will result in a second suspension for 3 scheduled school days.
  6. Parent/Guardians will be required to meet with the Principal, Dean of Students, Classroom Teacher, Counselor, and the student, following the suspension, and before the student can return to the classroom. Parent(s)/Guardian(s) will complete the appropriate documents requiring the student to utilize the services of the Counselor and Behavior Therapist, provided by the school, and for no less than 1 hour per week. The behavior modification plan will be reviewed and changes recommended as necessary.
  7. Any combination of three (3) minor behaviors (must not be the same minor infraction) or the third documented major infraction after the second suspension will result in a recommendation for an expulsion hearing. The expulsion is for one academic year. Re-enrollment will be at the Administrator’s discretion.8.       Prior to admitting the student back into a classroom, the  Parent(s)/Guardian(s) will be required to meet with the Principal, Dean of Students, Classroom Teacher, Counselor, Behavior Therapist, and the student at least 7 to 10 days before the first scheduled school day of their allowed return date. The Parent(s)/Guardian(s) and the student will be required to present a personal behavior plan to the panel of school officials previously listed. Failure to attend this meeting could result in an expulsion hearing.

Classroom Management


     6.1     Severe Winter Weather

     Teachers are responsible to prepare students to board buses when the announcement is made.

     Teachers will assist students as they board their appropriate bus.


     6.2     Lock Down Procedures

     Teachers are responsible for making sure all of their students are in their classroom.  Once

     safely inside the room, close and lock all windows and doors.  Pull down the shades or close

     the blinds.  Direct students to stay away from doors and windows, use furniture for protection,

     stay low, and remain quiet.  Do not open the door for anyone until directed to do so by school

     or emergency personnel after an announcement is made over the intercom.

     6.3     Demonstrations/Civil Unrest

     Teachers are responsible for making sure all of their students are in their classroom.  Close

     shades if windows face the area of the demonstration.  

     6.4     Neighborhood Threat

     Keep students calm.  Be alert.  Be prepared to shelter, dismiss or evacuate.

     6.5     Power Failure

     Transfer class to lighted room, if directed.  Reassure students.


 6.6     Bus Loading Procedures for Evacuation

     Teachers are responsible for loading their students onto the buses as directed by the team

     member in charge of loading.  You may not be riding with your classroom group.  Make a

     list of all students on the bus with you.  Supervise the students on the bus.

    6.7     Pick Up Area Procedures

     Teachers must work with team members to locate students as parents arrive.  Supervise

     students on the bus with you.  Be alert to any medical needs of the students you are


    6.8     Violence or Assault with Weapons

     If the weapon is not in the room:  Get all students in the classroom.  Follow the lockdown

     procedures.  Instruct students to move away from door and windows.  Use furniture for

     cover.  Lie flat and cover head, remain quiet.  Calm the students.

     If weapon is in the room:  Get students out of the room, if possible.  If students can’t leave,

     order them to use furniture for cover.  Make no attempt to disarm perpetrator unless he/she

     willingly gives up weapon.  Talk in a calm manner to the gunman.  The adult needs to keep

     the gunman’s attention on the adult. “Buy” time until law enforcement arrives. Do as the

     gunman directs.

     6.9     Hostage Situation

  Teachers will get all students into the classroom and follow the” Lockdown” Procedures.                                                                             Follow the Evacuation Procedures if directed to evacuate.  Take class list.  Account for all students. Stay with students until they are picked up by parents or loaded on the buses to go home. Reassure students.   Assist students to cope with fear and grief.

     6.10     Bomb Threat

     Inspect classroom area for unusual objects.  If room is clear, report this to the office.  If there

     is a suspicious object in the room, DON’T TOUCH IT.  Report the object to the office,

     describing it and giving its exact location.  Evacuate the room or building.  Take student

     roster.  Lock the classroom door.  Upon reaching a safe area, take roll.

     Account for all students.  Keep track of all students until they are signed out or loaded on the

     buses to be transported home.

     Prepare to teach in interim location without usual materials, texts, and equipment.  Assist

     students to cope with disruption and fears.

     6.11     Death at School

     Keep students calm.  Discourage speculation and rumors.  Refer grieving students to the

     Counseling department.  Assist students to cope with loss.  Return classroom to normal  


     6.12     Explosion

     Have students duck and cover until explosions cease.  Evacuate when and as instructed by the

     principal or team.  Take student roster.  Close classroom door.  Upon reaching safe area, take


     Account for all students.  Keep track of all students until they are sign out by the parents or

     are loaded on the bus to be transported home.

     6.13     Fire

     Follow Evacuation Procedures.  Do not exit toward smoke.  Take student roster.  Close all

     classroom doors.  Upon reaching safe area, take roll.  Account for all students.  Keep track of

     all students until they are signed out or loaded on buses to be transported home.  Help student

     cope with loss and change.

     6.14     Intruder or Disruptive Student

     If Lockdown is ordered, lock door, keep students away from door and windows.  Pull

     shades.  Reassure students that they are safe.  Return classroom to normal operation.

     6.15     Violence or Assault, No Weapons

     Get all uninvolved students in classrooms and follow Lockdown Procedures.  Give

     students the opportunity to talk about the incident.  Send strongly affected students to

     counselors.  Bring classes back to normal operation.  Watch and listen for revenge activities

     and conflicts.

     6.16     Evacuation Procedures

     When directed to evacuate to safe area:

     Teachers will tell students where to go before anyone leaves the classroom, take class list or

     grade book, follow assigned evacuation path or evacuate as directed, upon arriving at the

     safe area, take roll, notify school emergency team members of any missing student(s) that

     were out of the classroom when you left, and notify team members if you have students with

     disabilities that need extra help during the evacuation.

     When school can be re-entered:

     Teachers will return to room with students, take roll, report any missing students to team

     member or the office, and report any extra student(s) to team members, so they can be

     escorted to the correct classroom.

Cleaning Supplies

Committees and Meetings



Copyrighted Material

Custodial Duties

Daily Lesson Plans

Daily Schedules


 Drug Testing

Duplicating Materials

Emergency Drills

Field Trips

Fire Arms

Grading and Report Cards

Letter Grade



90 to 100


80 to 89


70 to 79


60 to 69


59 and below

Guidance Services

feelings that are personally important.


Hall Rules (Please review with students):

Health Services


Library Services



Moving Classes

Parent Contact/Teacher Conferences

Parent Volunteers and Visitors

This is a FERPA violation. Do not allow parents to enter student grades into Infinite Campus.

Playground Rules

 (Please review with students):

Professional Conferences

Professional Learning Communities

Progress Reports

Purchase of Supplies and Equipment



Room Parties and Classroom Events

Student Release

Faculty and Staff ID's

Suggested Schedules (Minutes per subject)


Teacher Evaluation

Staff Professionalism

Step 1: will be a verbal warning from the supervisor

Step 2: will be a written reprimand from the administrator

Step 3: will be sent home

                                                 Cell Phones

  1. Verbal warning
  2. Written memo and copy in file
  3. Monetary fine of $100 for continued use



Work Days