LINCOLN CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL DISTRICT

 HANDBOOK FOR STUDENT CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE

Adopted: July 16, 2018

BOARD OF EDUCATION

Kendra Moore, President

Connie Meyer, Vice President

Tera Thompson, Secretary/Treasurer

Oleta Danforth, Member

Kenneth Allbright, Member

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Mary Ann Spears

Superintendent of Schools

Lincoln Consolidated School District

107 East School Street

Lincoln, AR 72744

Telephone: 479.824.7300 Website: www.lincolncsd.com

Courtney Jones

 High School Principal

1392 East Pridemore Drive

Lincoln, AR 72744

479.824.7451

Michele Price

Middle School Principal

201 East School Street

Lincoln, AR 72744

479.824.7400

Jill Jackson

Elementary Principal

613 County Avenue

Lincoln, AR 72744

479.824.7350


FORWARD

As your partner, I share your deep commitment to ensuring your child and every learner is inspired, challenged, and engaged in their educational journey with the Lincoln Consolidated School District. The essential component of effective, positive discipline is that it preserves the time needed for meaningful instruction necessary for student achievement.

The 2018-2019 Parent/Student Handbook for Student Conduct and Discipline is designed for students, parents, principals, and teachers. Its main purpose is to set forth clearly the standards and limits for behavior established by state law and the Board of Education.  It also describes the administrative actions to be taken when standards of behavior are violated. The Handbook is annually reviewed and revised as needed by parents, students, and district personnel.

We sincerely hope that all who use this Handbook do so realizing the importance of the student’s responsibility for his own acceptable behavior and the protection of the student’s personal rights to due process and fair treatment.

We are fortunate to have a community and Board of Education that strongly support our schools. We are also fortunate to have highly qualified teachers who put kids first. The support of community members, parents, students, administrators, teachers, and support staff are essential to the education of our youth.

Thank you for your support!

 Mary Ann Spears

 Superintendent

Board of Education Disclaimer Statement

Use of the masculine pronoun throughout the policies adopted by this Board is for the sole purpose of ease in sentence construction and should not be construed as Board intention to discriminate against females in either its written materials or its practices. The feminine pronoun will be used only in those policies where the masculine form would be totally inappropriate.

For Your Information

The Handbook is available for review at www.lincolncsd.com.  Students’ in grades 4th-12th can find grades and attendance on this website under Parents, View Grades. Parents can also get a login for the Home Access Center to view classes and grades. Instructions can be found under “Directions for Viewing Grades On-Line”.


Dear Parents/Guardians and Lincoln Consolidated School District Students:

Welcome to Lincoln Consolidated School District! We are very excited that you are here and want to make your experience here is productive and rewarding.

The purpose of this handbook is to inform you about applicable policies and procedures, and the philosophy of the school. In order for this handbook to be used effectively, we as parents/guardians, students, and school officials must work together for the success of our students. It is vital to our school that handbook rules and policies are enforced and your support will make this endeavor successful.

In this handbook, you will find the discipline policies of all schools in the Lincoln Consolidated School District. A.C.A. § 6-18-502 (d)(e) requires school districts to advise and provide written notification to parents and students of the district's student discipline policies.

Act 104 also requires that you have received documentation of these policies. Please sign and return to your child’s teacher immediately. Your signatures do not indicate your agreement with the policies-only that you have received them.

Thank you for your assistance in helping us comply with A.C.A. § 6-18-502 (d)(e).

Please take the time needed to thoroughly review this handbook. All students are expected to comply with the policies and procedures found herein.

We look forward to the upcoming school year and having the opportunity to work with your child.

Sincerely,

Courtney Jones, Principal Lincoln High School

Michele Price, Principal Lincoln Middle School

Jill Jackson, Principal Lincoln Elementary School


LCSD Handbook Committee for 2017-2018

Jill Jackson - Administrator

Becki Griscom - Teacher

Traci Birkes - Teacher

Sarah Phillips–MS Nurse

Kara Mayberry -Parent

Gina McClellan- Teacher

Jennifer Huffmaster -Teacher

Tonya Umberson -Parent

Lindsey Bounds -Teacher

 Michele Price –Administrator

  Rami Hutchens –Staff

Emily Jones-MS Counselor

Deon Birkes-Director of Athletics and Transportation

Anita Calico -Parent

Stan Karber-MS Dean of Students

Tammy Brown-Teacher

Kandi Newby - Teacher

Courtney Jones-Administrator

Amara Kidd-Parent

Wes Newby- Parent 

Sarah Simmons-Teacher

Emily Stephens-HS Nurse

Student Council-Students

Ashley Kersey-HS Counselor


Our Vision

“The mission of our school district is to provide an environment of educational excellence where all belong, all learn, and all succeed!”


NOTICE TO PARENTS

To:        All Parents

From:        Lincoln School District

As the parent of a student in the Lincoln School District, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers who instruct your child. Federal law allows you to ask for certain information about your child’s classroom teachers and requires us to give you this information in a timely manner if you ask for it. Specifically, you have the right to ask for the following information about each of your child’s classroom teachers:

If you would like to receive any of this information, please (479) 824-7310.

NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY

It is the policy of this educational institution to provide equal opportunity without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or qualified disability in its educational programs and activities. This includes, but is not limited to admissions, educational services, financial aid and employment.

This educational institution will disseminate nondiscriminatory policies to students, parents, employees and the general public prior to the beginning of each school year.

Committees will be selected in a fair and equitable manner and will reflect the diversity of the district in terms of sex, race, socio-economic level, disability, national origin and other population.

Inquiries regarding SPECIAL EDUCATION and SECTION 504 issues should be directed to: Mary Ann Spears, Superintendent

107 E. School Street, Lincoln, AR 72744

Telephone (479) 824-7303.

Inquiries regarding ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE issues should be directed to:

Mary Ann Spears, Superintendent

107 E. School Street, Lincoln, AR 72744

Telephone (479) 824-7303.

Inquiries regarding EQUITY, TITLE VI and TITLE IX issues should be directed to:

Jana Claybrook, Director of Federal Programs

107 E. School Street, Lincoln, AR 72744

Telephone (479) 824-7306.

Staff Directory

Michele Price, Principal

824-7400

mprice@lincolncsd.com

Stan Karber, MS Dean of Students

824-7400

skarber@lincolncsd.com

Emily Jones, MS Counselor

824-7400

ejones@lincolncsd.com

Courtney Jones, HS Principal

824-7451

cjones@lincolncsd.com

Deon Birkes, Athletic Director

824-7451

dbirkes@lincolncsd.com

Ashley Kersey, HS Counselor

Jill Jackson, Principal

Rachel Morgan, ES Counselor

Brian Key, Resource Officer

824-7454

824-7350

824-7363

824-7450

akersey@lincolncsd.com

jjackson@lincolncsd.com

rmorgan@lincolncsd.com

bkey@lincolncsd.com

PHILOSOPHY

The Lincoln School District assumes the responsibility of providing students attending its schools a high quality education that challenges each student to achieve their maximum potential. The District shall endeavor to create the environment within the schools necessary to attain this goal. The creation of the necessary climate shall be based on the following core beliefs:

STUDENT AND PARENT HANDBOOK

It shall be the policy of the Lincoln School District that the most recently adopted version of the Student Handbook be incorporated by reference into the policies of this district. In the event that there is a conflict between the student handbook and a general board policy or policies, the more recently adopted language will be considered binding and controlling on the matter provided the parent(s) of the student, or the student if 18 years of age or older have acknowledged receipt of the controlling language.

Principals shall review all changes to student policies and ensure that such changes are provided to students and parents, either in the Handbook or, if changes are made after the handbook is printed, as an addendum to the handbook. Principals and counselors shall also review Policies.

RESIDENCE REQUIREMENTS

Definitions:

  1. “Reside” means to be physically present and to maintain a permanent place of abode  for an average of no fewer than four (4) calendar days and nights per week for a primary purpose other than school attendance.
  2. “Resident” means a student whose parents, legal guardians, persons having legal, lawful control of the student under order of a court, or persons standing in loco parentis reside in the school district.
  3. “Residential address” means the physical location where the student’s parents, legal guardians, persons having legal, lawful control of the student under order of a court, or persons standing in loco parentis reside. A student may use the residential address of a legal guardian, person having legal, lawful control of the student under order of a court, or person standing in loco parentis only if the student resides at the same residential address and if the guardianship or other legal authority is not granted solely for educational needs or school attendance purposes.


  1. The schools of the District shall be open and free through the completion of the secondary program to all persons between the ages of five (5) and twenty-one (21) years whose parents, legal guardians or other persons having lawful control of the person under an order of a court reside within the District and to all persons between those ages who have been legally transferred to the District for educational purposes.
  2. Any person eighteen (18) years of age or older may establish a residence separate and apart from his or her parents or guardians for school attendance purposes. In order for a person under the age of eighteen (18) years to establish a residence for the purpose of attending the District’s schools separate and apart from his or her parents, guardians or other persons having lawful control of him or her under an order of a court, the person must actually reside in the Lincoln School District for a primary purpose other than that of school attendance.
  3. The children or wards of any person who is at least a half-time employee of this district, but resides in another district, is eligible to enroll in Lincoln District schools.
  4. Children whose parent or legal guardian relocates within the state due to a mobilization, deployment, or available military housing while on active duty in or serving in the reserve component of a branch of the United States Armed Forces or National Guard may continue attending school in the school district the children were attending prior to the relocation or attend school in the school district where the children have relocated. A child may complete all remaining school years at the enrolled school district regardless of mobilization, deployment, or military status of the parent or guardian.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

  1. To enroll in a school in the District, the child must be a resident of the District as defined in District policy (RESIDENCE REQUIREMENTS) or meet the criteria outlined in policy

 HOMELESS STUDENTS, or STUDENTS WHO ARE FOSTER CHILDREN, be accepted as a transfer student under the provisions of policy 4.4, or participate under a school choice option and submit the required paperwork as required by the choice option.

  1. Students may enter kindergarten if they will attain the age of five (5) on or before August 1 of the year in which they are seeking initial enrollment. Any student who has been enrolled in a state-accredited or state-approved kindergarten program in another state for at least sixty (60) days, who will become five (5) years old during the year in which he/she is enrolled in kindergarten, and who meets the basic residency requirement for school attendance may be enrolled in kindergarten upon written request to the District.

 

  1. Any child who will be six (6) years of age on or before October 1 of the school year of enrollment and who has not completed a state-accredited kindergarten program shall be evaluated by the district and may be placed in the first grade if the results of the evaluation justify placement in the first grade and the child’s parent or legal guardian agrees with placement in the first grade; otherwise the child shall be placed in kindergarten.

 

  1. Any child may enter first grade in a District school if the child will attain the age of six (6) years during the school year in which the child is seeking enrollment and the child has successfully completed a kindergarten program in a public school in Arkansas.

 

  1. Any child who has been enrolled in the first grade in a state-accredited or state-approved elementary school in another state for a period of at least sixty (60) days, who will become age six (6) years during the school year in which he/she is enrolled in grade one (1), and who meets the basic residency requirements for school attendance may be enrolled in the first grade.

  1. Students who move into the District from an accredited school shall be assigned to the same grade as they were attending in their previous school (mid-year transfers) or as they would have been assigned in their previous school.  Private school students shall be evaluated by the District to determine their appropriate grade placement. Home school students enrolling or re-enrolling as a public school student shall be placed in accordance with policy HOME SCHOOLING. The district shall make no attempt to ascertain the immigration status, legal or illegal, of any student or his/her parent or legal guardian presenting for enrollment.
  2. Prior to the child’s admission to a District school:
  1. The parent, guardian or other responsible person shall furnish the child’s social security number, or if they request, the district will assign the child a nine (9) digit number designated by the Department of Education.
  2. The parent, guardian or other responsible person shall provide the district with one
  1. of the following documents indicating the child’s age:
  1. A birth certificate;
  2. A statement by the local registrar or a county recorder certifying the child’s date of birth;
  3. An attested baptismal certificate;
  4. A passport;
  5. An affidavit of the date and place of birth by the child’s parent or guardian;
  6. United States military identification; or
  7. Previous school records.
  1. The parent, guardian or other responsible person shall indicate on school registration forms whether the child has been expelled from school in any other school district or is a party to an expulsion proceeding. If a student has been suspended or expelled, the District can elect to wait until that period of suspension or expulsion has been served before registering that student.
  2. In accordance with the Policy IMMUNIZATIONS, the child shall be age appropriately immunized or have an exemption issued by the Arkansas Department of Health.

Uniformed Services Member's Children:

For the purposes of this policy, "active duty members of the uniformed services" includes members of the National Guard and Reserve on active duty orders pursuant to 10 U.S.C. Section 1209 and 1211; "uniformed services" means the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Public Health Services; "veteran" means: a person who served in the uniformed services and who was discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable.

“Eligible child” means the children of:

An eligible child as defined in this policy shall:

  1. be allowed to continue his/her enrollment at the grade level commensurate with his/her grade level he/she was in at the time of transition from his/her previous school, regardless of age;
  2. be eligible for enrollment in the next highest grade level, regardless of age if the student has satisfactorily completed the prerequisite grade level in his/her previous school;
  3. enter the District's school on the validated level from his/her previous accredited school when transferring into the District after the start of the school year;
  4. be enrolled in courses and programs the same as or similar to the ones the student was enrolled in his/her previous school to extent that space is available. This does not prohibit the District from performing subsequent evaluations to ensure appropriate placement and continued enrollment of the student in the courses/and/or programs;
  5. be provided services comparable to those the student with disabilities received in his/her previous school based on his/her previous Individualized Education Program (IEP). This does not preclude the District school from performing subsequent evaluations to ensure appropriate placement of the student;
  6. make reasonable accommodations and modifications to address the needs of an incoming student with disabilities, subject to an existing 504 or Title II Plan, necessary to provide the student with equal access to education. This does not preclude the District school from performing subsequent evaluations to ensure appropriate placement of the student;
  7. be enrolled by an individual who has been given the special power of attorney for the student's guardianship. The individual shall have the power to take all other actions requiring parental participation and/or consent;
  8. be eligible to continue attending District schools if he/she has been placed under the legal guardianship of a noncustodial parent living outside the district by a custodial parent on active military duty.

COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS

Every parent, guardian or other person having custody or care of any child age five (5) through seventeen (17) years on or before August 1 of that year who resides, as defined by policy, within the District shall enroll and send the child to a District school with the following exceptions:

  1. The child is enrolled in private or parochial school.
  2. The child is being homeschooled and the conditions of the home school policy have been met.
  3. The child will not be age six (6) on or before August 15 of that particular school year and the parent, guardian or other person having custody or charge of the child elects not to have him/her attend kindergarten. A kindergarten waiver form prescribed by regulations of the Department of Education must be signed and on file with the District administrative office.
  4. The child is age sixteen (16) or above and is enrolled in a post-secondary vocational- technical institution, a community college or a two-year or four-year institution of higher education.
  5. The child is age sixteen (16) or seventeen (17) and has met the requirements to enroll in an adult education program as defined by A.C.A. § 6-18-201 (b).

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS (Grades K-8)

Act 867 of 2017 repealed the statutory authority for this policy. We have repealed the policy language but are retaining the policy number for future use. 

  1. Students in grades Kindergarten through eighth (K-8) are required to schedule and attend at least 360 minutes of regularly scheduled class time daily.
  2. In rare instances, students may be granted waivers from the mandatory attendance requirement if they would experience proven financial hardships if required to attend a

full day of school. For the purpose of this policy, proven financial hardships is defined as harm or suffering caused by a student's inability to obtain or provide basic life necessities of food, clothing and shelter for the student or the student's family. The superintendent shall have the authority to grant such a waiver, on a case-by-case basis, only when convinced the student meets the definition of proven financial hardships.

  1. In any instance where a provision of a student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) conflicts with a portion(s) of this policy, the IEP shall prevail.

HOMELESS STUDENTS

The Lincoln Consolidated School District will afford the same services and educational opportunities to homeless children as are afforded to non-homeless children. The Superintendent or his/her designee shall appoint an appropriate staff person to be the local educational agency (LEA) liaison for homeless children and youth whose responsibilities shall include, but are not limited to:

Receive appropriate time and training in order to carry out the duties required by law and this policy;

To the extent possible, the LEA liaison and the building principal shall work together to ensure no homeless child or youth is harmed due to conflicts with District policies solely because of the homeless child or youth’s living situation; this is especially true for District policies governing fees, fines, and absences.

Notwithstanding Policy 4.1, homeless students living in the district are entitled to enroll in the district’s school that non-homeless students who live in the same attendance area are eligible to attend. If there is a question concerning the enrollment of a homeless child due to a conflict with Policy 4.1 or 4.2, the child shall be immediately admitted to the school in which enrollment is sought pending resolution of the dispute, including all appeals. It is the responsibility of the District’s LEA liaison for homeless children and youth to carry out the dispute resolution process.

For the purposes of this policy “school of origin” means:

The District shall do one of the following according to what is in the best interests of a homeless child:. Continue the child's or youth's education in the school of origin for the duration of homelessness:

  1. Enroll the child or youth in any public school that non-homeless students who live in the attendance area in which the child or youth is actually living are eligible to attend.

In determining the best interest of the child or youth, the District shall:

If the District determines that it is not in the child's or youth's best interest to attend the school of origin or the school requested by the parent or guardian, or (in the case of an unaccompanied youth) the youth, the District shall provide the child's or youth's parent or guardian or the unaccompanied youth with a written explanation of the reasons for its determination, in a manner and form understandable to such parent, guardian, or unaccompanied youth, including information regarding the right to appeal. For an unaccompanied youth, the District shall ensure that the LEA liaison assists in placement or enrollment decisions, gives priority to the views of such unaccompanied youth, and provides notice to such youth of the right to appeal.

The homeless child or youth must be immediately enrolled in the selected school regardless of whether application or enrollment deadlines were missed during the period of homelessness.

The District shall be responsible for providing transportation for a homeless child, at the request of the parent or guardian (or in the case of an unaccompanied youth, the LEA Liaison), to and from the child’s school of origin.

For the purposes of this policy, students shall be considered homeless if they lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and:

  1. Are:
  1. Have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;
  2. Are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and
  3. Are migratory children who are living in circumstances described in clauses (a) through (c).

In accordance with Federal law, information on a homeless child or youth’s living situation is part of the student’s education record and shall not be considered, or added, to the list of directory information in Policy 4.13.

STUDENTS WHO ARE FOSTER CHILDREN

The District will afford the same services and educational opportunities to foster children that are afforded other children and youth. The District shall work with the Department of Human Services (“DHS”), the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), and individuals involved with each foster child to ensure that the foster child is able to maintain his/her continuity of educational services to the fullest extent that is practical and reasonable.

The Superintendent or his/her designee shall appoint an appropriate staff person to be the local educational liaison for foster children and youth whose responsibilities shall include ensuring the timely school enrollment of each foster child and assisting foster children who transfer between schools by expediting the transfer of relevant educational records.

The District, working with other individuals and agencies shall, unless the presiding court rules otherwise or DHS grants a request to transfer under Foster Child School Choice, ensure that the foster child remains in his/her school of origin, even if a change in the foster child’s placement results in a residency that is outside the district. In such a situation, the District will work with DHS to arrange for transportation to and from school for the foster child to the extent it is reasonable and practical.

Upon notification to the District’s foster care liaison by a foster child’s caseworker that a foster child’s school enrollment is being changed to one of the District’s schools, the school receiving the child must immediately enroll him/her. Immediate enrollment is required even if a child lacks the required clothing, academic or medical records, or proof of residency.

A foster child’s grades shall not be lowered due to absence from school that is caused by a change in the child’s school enrollment, the child’s attendance at dependency-neglect court proceedings, or other court-ordered counseling or treatment.

Any course work completed by the foster child prior to a school enrollment change shall be accepted as academic credit so long as the child has satisfactorily completed the appropriate academic placement assessment.

If a foster child was enrolled in a District school immediately prior to completing his/her graduation requirements while detained in a juvenile detention facility or while committed to the Division of Youth Services of DHS, the District shall issue the child a diploma.

Foster Child School Choice

If DHS approves a request from a foster parent, or the foster child if the foster child is eighteen (18) years of age, to transfer to another school in the District or into the district as being in the best interest of the foster child, the District shall allow the foster child to transfer to another school in the District or into the District if the foster parent, or the foster child if the foster child is eighteen (18) years of age, submits a request to transfer on a form approved by ADE that is postmarked by no later than May 1 of the year the student seeks to begin the fall semester at another school in the District or in the District.

 

By July 1 of the school year in which the student seeks to transfer under this section, the superintendent shall notify the foster parent, or the foster child if the foster child is eighteen (18) years of age, in writing whether the application has been accepted or rejected. If the application is accepted, the superintendent shall state in the notification letter a reasonable deadline for the foster child to enroll in the new school or the District and that failure to enroll by the date shall void the school choice acceptance. If the application is rejected, the superintendent shall state in the notification letter the reason for the rejection and that the foster parent, or the foster child if the foster child is eighteen (18) years of age, may submit a written appeal of the rejection to the State board within ten (10) days of receiving the notification letter.

 

The District shall only reject a Foster Child School Choice application if:5

1.         The public school or District has reached the maximum student-to-teacher ratio allowed under federal law, state law, rules for standards of accreditation, or other applicable rule or regulation; or

2.         Approving the transfer would conflict with a provision of an enforceable desegregation court order or a public school district’s court-approved desegregation plan regarding the effects of past racial segregation in student assignment.

 

A foster child whose application is rejected by the District may submit a written request within ten (10) days following the receipt of the rejection letter from the superintendent to the State Board of Education for the State Board to reconsider the transfer.

 

A Foster Child School Choice transfer shall remain in effect until the foster child:

·      Graduates from high school; or

·      Transfers to another school or school district under:

o   The Foster Child School Choice Act;

o   Opportunity Public School Choice Act of 2004;

o   The Public School Choice Act of 2015; or

o   Any other law that allows a transfer.

 

The District shall accept credits toward graduation that were awarded by another public school district.

 

When a foster child transfers from the foster child’s school of origin to another school in the District or into the District, the foster child or the foster parent is responsible for the foster child’s transportation to and from the school the foster child transferred to. The District and the foster parent, or the foster child if the foster child is eighteen (18) years of age, may enter into a written agreement for the District to provide the transportation to and from the school the foster child transferred to.

EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY

No student in the Lincoln School District shall, on the grounds of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or disability be excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity sponsored by the District. The District has a limited open forum granting equal access to the Boy Scouts of America and other youth groups.

Inquiries on nondiscrimination may be directed to Jana Claybrook, who may be reached at (479) 824-7300.

For further information on notice of non-discrimination or to file a complaint, visit http://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/CFAPPS/OCR/contactus.cfm. For the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

STUDENT HANDBOOK

It shall be the policy of the Lincoln School District that the most recently adopted version of the Student Handbook be incorporated by reference into the policies of this district. In the event that there is a conflict between the student handbook and a general board policy or policies, the more recently adopted language will be considered binding and controlling on the matter provided the parent(s) of the student, or the student is eighteen (18) years of age or older have acknowledged receipt of the controlling language.

SCHOOL CHOICE

Standard School Choice

Exemption

The District is under an enforceable desegregation court order/court-approved desegregation plan  regarding the effects of past racial segregation in student assignment that explicitly limits the transfer of students between school districts and has submitted the appropriate documentation to the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE). As a result of the desegregation order/desegregation plan, the District is exempt from the provisions of the Public School Choice Act of 2015 (Standard School Choice) and the Arkansas Opportunity Public School Choice Act of 2004 (Opportunity School Choice). The District shall notify the superintendents of each of its geographically contiguous school districts of its exemption. The exemption prohibits the District from accepting any school choice applications from students wishing to transfer into or out of the District through standard School Choice or Opportunity School Choice.

Definition

"sibling" means each of two (2) or more children having a common parent in common by blood, adoption, marriage, or foster care.

Transfers Into the District

Capacity Determination and Public Pronouncement

The Board of Directors will adopt a resolution containing the capacity standards for the District. The resolution will contain the acceptance determination criteria identified by academic program, class, grade level, and individual school. The school is not obligated to add any teachers, other staff, or classrooms to accommodate choice applications. The District may only deny a Standard School Choice application if the District has a lack of capacity by the District having reached ninety percent (90%) of the maximum student population in a program, class, grade level, or school building authorized by the Standards or other State/Federal law.

The District shall advertise in appropriate broadcast media and either print media or on the Internet to inform students and parents in adjoining districts of the range of possible openings available under the School Choice program. The public pronouncements shall state the application deadline and the requirements and procedures for participation in the program.

Such pronouncements shall be made in the spring, but in no case later than March 1.

Application Process

The student's parent shall submit a school choice application on a form approved by ADE to this district. The transfer application must be postmarked or hand delivered on or before May 1 of the year preceding the fall semester the applicant would begin school in the District. The District shall date and time stamp all applications as they are received in the District's central office. It is the District’s responsibility to send a copy of the application that includes the date and time stamp to the student’s resident district within ten (10) days of the District receiving the application. Applications postmarked or hand delivered on or after May 2 will not be accepted. Statutorily, preference is required to be given to siblings of students who are already enrolled in the District. Therefore, siblings whose applications fit the capacity standards approved by the Board of Directors may be approved ahead of an otherwise qualified non-sibling applicant who submitted an earlier application as identified by the application's date and time stamp.

The approval of any application for a choice transfer into the District is potentially limited by the applicant's resident district's statutory limitation of losing no more than three percent (3%) of its past year's student enrollment due to Standard School Choice. As such, any District approval of a choice application prior to July 1 is provisional pending a determination that the resident district's three percent (3%) cap has not been reached.

The Superintendent will consider all properly submitted applications for School Choice. By July 1, the Superintendent shall notify the parent and the student’s resident district, in writing, of the decision to accept or reject the application.

Accepted Applications

Applications which fit within the District's stated capacity standards shall be provisionally accepted, in writing, with the notification letter stating a reasonable timeline by which the student shall enroll in the District by taking the steps detailed in the letter, including submission of all required documents. If the student fails to enroll within the stated timeline, or if all necessary steps to complete the enrollment are not taken, or examination of the documentation indicates the applicant does not meet the District's stated capacity standards, the acceptance shall be null and void.

A student, whose application has been accepted and who has enrolled in the District, is eligible to continue enrollment until completing his/her secondary education. Continued enrollment is conditioned upon the student meeting applicable statutory and District policy requirements.

Any student who has been accepted under choice and who either fails to initially enroll under the timelines and provisions provided in this policy; or who chooses to return to his/her resident district; or who enrolls in a home school or private school voids the transfer and must reapply if, in the future, the student seeks another school choice transfer. A subsequent transfer application will be subject to the capacity standards applicable to the year in which the application is considered by the District.

A present or future sibling of a student who continues enrollment in this District may enroll in the District by submitting a Standard School Choice application. Applications of siblings of presently enrolled choice students are subject to the provisions of this policy including the capacity standards applicable to the year in which the sibling's application is considered by the District. A sibling who enrolls in the District through Standard School choice is eligible to remain in the District until completing his/her secondary education.

Students whose applications have been accepted and who have enrolled in the district shall not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, national origin, race, ethnicity, religion, or disability.

Rejected Applications

The District may reject an application for a transfer into the District under Standard School Choice due to a lack of capacity. However, the decision to accept or reject an application may not be based on the student’s previous academic achievement, athletic or other extra curricular activity, English proficiency level, or previous disciplinary proceedings other than a current expulsion.

An application may be provisionally rejected if it is for an opening that was included in the District's capacity resolution, but was provisionally filled by an earlier applicant. If the provisionally approved applicant subsequently does not enroll in the District, the provisionally rejected applicant could be provisionally approved and would have to meet the acceptance requirements to be eligible to enroll in the district.

Rejection of applications shall be in writing and shall state the reason(s) for the rejection. A student whose application was rejected may request a hearing before the State Board of Education to reconsider the application which must be done, in writing to the State Board within ten (10) days of receiving the rejection letter from the District.

Any applications that are denied due to the student’s resident district reaching the three percent (3%) limitation cap shall be given priority for a choice transfer the following year in the order that the District received the original applications.

Transfers Out of the District

All Standard School Choice applications shall be granted unless the approval would cause the District to have a net enrollment loss (students transferring out minus those transferring in) of more than three percent (3%) of the average daily membership on October 15 of the immediately preceding year. By December 15 of each year, ADE shall determine and notify the District of the net number of allowable choice transfers. For the purpose of determining the three percent (3%) cap, siblings are counted as one student, and students are not counted if the student transfers from a school or district in:

If, prior to July 1, the District receives sufficient copies of requests from other districts for its students to transfer to other districts to trigger the three percent (3%) cap, it shall notify each district the District received Standard School Choice applications from that it has tentatively reached the limitation cap. The District will use confirmations of approved choice applications from receiving districts to make a final determination of which applications it received that exceeded the limitation cap and notify each district that was the recipient of an application to that effect.

Facilities Distress School Choice Applications

There are a few exceptions from the provisions of the rest of this policy that govern choice transfers triggered by facilities distress. Any student attending a school district that has been identified as being in facilities distress may transfer under the provisions of this policy, but with the following four (4) differences.

Opportunity School Choice Transfers Into or Within the District

For the purposes of this section of the policy, a “lack of capacity” is defined as when the receiving school has reached the maximum student-to-teacher ratio allowed under federal or state law, the ADE Rules for the Standards of Accreditation, or other applicable rules. There is a lack of capacity if, as of the date of the application for Opportunity School Choice, ninety-five percent (95%) or more of the seats at the grade level at the nonresident school are filled.

Unless there is a lack of capacity at the District’s school or the transfer conflicts with the provisions of a federal desegregation order applicable to the District, a student who is enrolled in or assigned to a school classified by the ADE to be in academic distress or in a district classified by ADE as in need of Level 5 Intensive Support is eligible to transfer to the school closest to the student’s legal residence that is not in academic distress or in a district classified as in need of Level 5 Intensive Support. The student’s parent or guardian, or the student if over the age of eighteen (18), must successfully complete the necessary application process by July 30 preceding the initial year of desired enrollment.

Within thirty (30) days from receipt of an application from a student seeking admission under this section of the policy, the Superintendent shall notify in writing the parent or guardian, or the student if the student is over eighteen (18) years of age, whether the Opportunity School Choice application has been accepted or rejected. The notification shall be sent via First-Class Mail to the address on the application.

If the application is accepted, the notification letter shall state the deadline by which the student must enroll in the receiving school or the transfer will be null and void.

If the District rejects the application, the District shall state in the notification letter the specific reasons for the rejection. A parent or guardian, or the student if the student is over eighteen

(18) years of age, may appeal the District’s decision to deny the application to the State Board of Education. The appeal must be in writing to the State Board of Education via certified mail, return receipt requested, no later than ten (10) calendar days, excluding weekends and legal holidays, after the notice of rejection was received from the District.

A student’s enrollment under Opportunity School Choice is irrevocable for the duration of the school year and is renewable until the student completes high school or is beyond the legal age of enrollment. This provision for continuing eligibility under Opportunity Choice does not negate the student's right to apply for transfer to a district other than the student's assigned school or resident district under the Standard School Choice provisions of this policy.

The District may, but is not obligated to provide transportation to and from the transferring district.

Transfers out of, or within, the District

If a District school has been classified by the ADE as being in academic distress or the District has been classified by ADE as in need of Level 5 Intensive Support, the District shall timely notify the parent, guardian, or student, if the student is over eighteen

  1. years of age, as soon as practicable after the academic distress or in need of Level 5 Intensive Support designation is made of all options available under Opportunity Choice. The District shall offer the parent or guardian, or the student if the student is over eighteen (18) years of age, an opportunity to enroll the student in any public school or school district that has not been classified by the ADE as a public school or school district in academic distress or school district in need of Level 5 Intensive Support.

Additionally, the District shall request public service announcements to be made over the broadcast media and in the print media at such times and in such a manner as to inform parents or guardians of students in adjoining districts of the availability of the program, the application deadline, and the requirements and procedure for nonresident students to participate in the program.

Unsafe School Choice Program

 

Any student that becomes the victim of a violent criminal offense while in or on the grounds of a District school or who is attending a school classified by ADE as a persistently dangerous public school shall be allowed to attend a safe public school within the District.

STUDENT TRANSFERS

The Lincoln School District shall review and accept or reject requests for transfers, both into and out of the district, on a case by case basis at the July and December regularly scheduled board meetings.

The District may reject a non resident's application for admission if its acceptance would necessitate the addition of staff or classrooms, exceed the capacity of a program, class, grade level, or school building, or cause the District to provide educational services not currently provided in the affected school. The District shall reject applications that would cause it to be out of compliance with applicable laws and regulations regarding desegregation. Any student transferring from a school accredited by the Department of Education to a school in this district shall be placed into the same grade the student would have been in had the student remained at the former school. Any grades, course credits, and/or promotions received by a student while enrolled in the Division of Youth Services system of education shall be considered transferable in the same manner as those grades, course credits, and promotions from other accredited Arkansas public educational entities.

Any student transferring from a school that is not accredited by the Department of Education to a District school shall be evaluated by District staff to determine the student’s appropriate grade placement.  A student transferring from homeschool will be placed in accordance with Policy HOME SCHOOLING. 

The Board of Education reserves the right, after a hearing before the Board, not to allow any person who has been expelled from another district to enroll as a student until the time of the person’s expulsion has expired.

Except as otherwise required or permitted by law, the responsibility for transportation of any nonresident student admitted to a school in this District shall be borne by the student or the student’s parents. The District and the resident district may enter into a written agreement with the student or student’s parents to provide transportation to or from the District, or both.

HOME SCHOOL

Enrollment in Home School

Parents or legal guardians desiring to provide a home school for their children shall give written notice to the Superintendent of their intent to homeschool. The notice shall be given:

1.     At the beginning of each school year, but no later than August 15;

2.     Fourteen (14) calendar days prior to withdrawing the child (provided the student is not currently under disciplinary action for violation of any written school policy, including, but not limited to, excessive absences) and at the beginning of each school year thereafter; or

3.     Within thirty (30) calendar days of the parent or legal guardian establishing residency within the district during the school year.

 

Written notice of the parent or legal guardian’s intent to homeschool shall be delivered to the Superintendent through any of the following methods:

·      Electronically, including without limitation by email;

·      By mail; or

·      In person.

 

The notice shall include:

a.         The name, sex, date of birth, grade level, and the name and address of the school last attended, if any;

b.     The mailing address and telephone number of the home school;

c.     The name of the parent or legal guardian providing the home school;

d.     Indicate if the home-schooled student intends to participate in extracurricular activities during the school year;

e.     A statement of whether the home-schooled student plans to seek a high school equivalency diploma during the current school year;

f.      A statement if the home-school student plans to seek a driver's license during the current school year;

g.     A statement that the parent or legal guardian agrees that the parent or legal guardian is responsible for the education of their children during the time the parents or legal guardians choose to homeschool; and

h.     A signature of the parent or legal guardian, which must be notarized if the home-schooled student plans to seek a driver’s license during the school year.

 

To aid the District in providing a free and appropriate public education to students in need of special education services, the parents or legal guardians homeschooling their children shall provide information that might indicate the need for special education services.

 

Enrollment or Re-Enrollment in Public School

A homeschooled student who wishes to enroll or re-enroll in a District school shall submit:

·      A transcript listing all courses taken and semester grades from the home school;

·      Score of at least the thirtieth percentile on a nationally recognized norm-referenced assessment taken in the past year; and

·      A portfolio of indicators of the home-schooled student's academic progress, including without limitation:

o   Curricula used in the home school;

o   Tests taken and lessons completed by the home-schooled student; and

o   Other indicators of the home-schooled student's academic progress.

 

If a homeschooled student is unable to provide a nationally recognized norm-referenced score, the District may either assess the student using a nationally recognized norm-referenced assessment or waive the requirement for a nationally recognized norm-referenced assessment score.

 

A homeschooled student who enrolls or re-enrolls in the District will be placed at a grade level and academic course level equivalent to or higher than the home-schooled student's grade level and academic course level in the home school:

1.     As indicated by the documentation submitted by the home-schooled student;

2.     By mutual agreement between the public school and the homeschooled student's parent or legal guardian; or

3.     If the home-schooled student fails to provide the documentation required by this policy, with the exception of the nationally recognized norm-referenced assessment score, the District may have sole authority to determine the homeschooled student's grade placement and course credits. The District will determine the homeschooled student’s grade placement and course credits in the same manner the District uses when determining grade placement and course credits for students enrolling or re-enrolling in the District who attended another public or private school.

 

The District shall afford a home-schooled student who enrolls or re-enrolls in a public school the same rights and privileges enjoyed by the District’s other students. The District shall not deny a homeschooled student who enrolls or re-enrolls in the District any of the following on the basis of the student having attended a home school:

a.     Award of course credits earned in the home school;

b.     Placement in the proper grade level and promotion to the next grade level;

c.     Participation in any academic or extracurricular activity;

d.     Membership in school-sponsored clubs, associations, or organizations;

e.     A diploma or graduation, so long as the student has enrolled or re-enrolled in the District to attend classes for at least the nine (9) months immediately prior to graduation; or

f.      Scholarships.

4.56.2F2— HOME SCHOOLED STUDENTS' LETTER OF INTENT TO PARTICIPATE IN AN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY AT RESIDENT DISTRICT

 

Student’s Name (Please Print)

___________________________________________________________________________

Parent or Guardian's Resident Address

 

Street ________________________________________________ Apartment _____________

 

City _________________________________________  State _____   Zip Code_____________

 

Student's date of birth  __/__/__          Last grade level the student completed  ____________

 

Student has demonstrated academic eligibility by obtaining a verifiable minimum test score of the 30th percentile or better in the previous 12 months on the Stanford Achievement Test Series, Tenth Edition, or another nationally recognized norm-referenced test approved by the State Board of Education.___________

 

Name of test, Date taken, and score achieved_______________________________________

Extracurricular activity(ies) the student requests to participate in

 

____________________________________________________________________________

 

Course(s) the student requests to take at the school

_____________________________________________________________________________

 

Proof of identity ____

 

Date Submitted  __/__/__

 

Parent's Signature  ______________________________________________________________

 

As the superintendent of the above student’s resident district, I agree that the above student may participate in extracurricular activities at __________________________ School District.

 

Resident Superintendent’s Signature:  _______________________________________________

 

As the superintendent of the ___________________ School district, where the above student desires to participate in extracurricular activities, I agree to allow the student to participate in extracurricular activities at ___________________ School District.

 

Non-resident Superintendent’s Signature: ____________________________________________

ACADEMIC COURSE ATTENDANCE BY PRIVATE SCHOOL AND HOME SCHOOL STUDENTS

 

The District allows private school and home school students whose parents, legal guardians, or other responsible adult with whom the student resides are residents of the District to attend academic courses offered in grades 7-121. The District will place a list of courses that a private school or home school student may request to attend on its website by:2

1.     June 1 for courses to be offered during the Fall semester; and

2.     November 1 for courses to be offered during the Spring semester.

 

A private school or home school student who desires to attend one or more of the available academic courses shall submit a written request to attend the academic course(s) to the superintendent, or designee, no later than:2

a.     August 1 for Fall semester courses; or

b.     December 1 for Spring semester courses.

 

The District may reject a private school or home school student’s request for attendance if the District’s acceptance would:

·          Require the addition of staff or classrooms;

·          Exceed the capacity of a program, class, grade level, or school building;

·          Cause the District to provide educational services the District does not currently provide; or

·          Cause the District to be out of compliance with applicable laws and regulations regarding desegregation.

 

Requests to attend an academic course will be granted in the order the requests are received. Upon the receipt of a private or home school student’s request to attend academic course(s), the District will date and time stamp the request for attendance. If a private school or home school student is denied attendance based on a lack of capacity and an opening in the requested course occurs prior to the start of the course, the District will use the date and time stamp on the request for attendance to determine the private school or home school student who will be notified of an opening in the requested course.

 

As part of the request to attend academic courses in the District, a private school or home school student shall:

o   Indicate the course(s) the private school or home school student is interested in attending;

o   If the course(s) the private school or home school student is interested in attending is being offered by the District in both a physical and a digital format, whether the private school or home school student intends to attend the physical course or the digital course;

o   Agree to follow the District’s discipline policies; and

o   Submit immunization documentation required by Policy 4.57—IMMUNIZATIONS. In addition to the documentation methods provided in Policy 4.57, a home school student may submit a letter to the superintendent, or designee, stating an objection to immunizations and listing the immunizations the student has received, if any.

 

A private school or home school student who fails to attend an academic course by the eleventh (11) day of class shall be dropped from the course.

 

The responsibility for transportation of any private school or home school student attending academic courses in the District shall be borne by the student or the student’s parents.

 

The opportunity provided to home school students under this policy is in addition to the opportunity provided in Policy 4.56.2—EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY ELIGIBILITY FOR HOME SCHOOLED STUDENTS.

ABSENCES

If any student’s Individual Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan conflicts with this policy, the requirements of the student’s IEP or 504 Plan take precedence.

Education is more than the grades students receive in their courses. Important as that is, students’ regular attendance at school is essential to their social and cultural development and helps prepare them to accept responsibilities they will face as an adult. Interactions with other students and participation in the instruction within the classroom enrich the learning environment and promote a continuity of instruction which results in higher student achievement.

Absences for students enrolled in digital courses shall be determined by the online attendance and time the student is working on the course rather than the student’s physical presence at school. Students who are scheduled to have a dedicated period for a digital class shall not be considered absent if the student logs the correct amount of time and completes any required assignments; however, a student who fails to be physically present for an assigned period may be disciplined in accordance with the District’s truancy policy.

If a student misses class more than 10 minutes it will count as an absence. This will include late check in and early check out of class.

Excused Absences

Excused absences are those where the student was on official school business or when the absence was due to one of the following reasons and the student brings a written statement to the principal or designee upon his/her returns to school from the parent or legal guardian stating such reason. A written statement presented for an absence having occurred more than five (5) school days prior to its presentation will not be accepted.

  1. The student’s illness or when attendance could jeopardize the health of other students. A maximum of six (6) such days are allowed per semester unless the condition(s) causing such absences is of a chronic or recurring nature, is medically documented, and approved by the principal.
  2. Death or serious illness in their immediate family;
  3. Observance of recognized holidays observed by the student's faith;
  4. Attendance at an appointment with a government agency;
  5. Attendance at a medical appointment;
  6. Exceptional circumstances with prior approval of the principal; or
  7. Participation in an FFA, FHA, or 4-H sanctioned activity;
  8. Participation in the election poll workers program for high school students.
  9. Absences granted to allow a student to visit his/her parent or legal guardian who is a member of the military and been called to active duty, is on leave from active duty, or has returned from deployment to a combat zone or combat support posting. The number of additional excused absences shall be at the discretion of the superintendent or designee.
  10. Absences granted, at the Superintendent's discretion, to seventeen (17) year-old students who join the Arkansas National Guard while in eleventh grade to complete basic combat training between grades eleven (11) and (12).
  11. Absences for students excluded from school by the Arkansas Department of Health during a disease outbreak because the student has an immunization waiver or whose immunizations are not up to date.

Students who serve as pages for a member of the General Assembly shall be considered on instructional assignment and shall not be considered absent from school for the day the student is serving as a page.

It is the Arkansas General Assembly’s intention that students having excessive absences be given assistance in obtaining credit for their courses. Excessive absences may, however, be the basis for the denial of course credit, promotion, or graduation.

Unexcused Absences

Absences not defined above or not having an accompanying note from the parent or legal guardian, presented in the timeline required by this policy, shall be considered as unexcused absences. Students with 5 unexcused absences in a course in a semester may not receive credit for that course. At the discretion of the principal after consultation with persons having knowledge of the circumstances of the unexcused absences, the student may be denied promotion or graduation. Excessive absences shall not be a reason for expulsion or dismissal of a student. When a student has 3 unexcused absences, his/her parents, guardians, or persons in loco parentis shall be notified. Notification shall be by telephone by the end of the school day in which such absence occurred or by regular mail with a return address sent no later than the following school day.

Whenever a student exceeds 5 unexcused absences in a semester, the District shall notify the prosecuting authority and the parent, guardian, or persons in loco parentis shall be subject to a civil penalty as prescribed by law.

At any time prior to when a student exceeds 5 unexcused absences permitted by this policy, the student, or his/her parent, guardian, or person in loco parentis may petition the school or district’s administration for special arrangements to address the student’s unexcused absences. If formal arrangements are granted, they shall be formalized into a written agreement which will include the conditions of the agreement and the consequences for failing to fulfill the agreements requirements. The agreement shall be signed by the student, the student’s parent, guardian, or person in loco parentis, and the school or district administrator or designee.

Students who attend in-school suspension shall not be counted absent for those days.

Days missed due to out-of-school suspension or expulsion shall be unexcused absences. The District shall notify the Department of Finance and Administration whenever a student fourteen (14) years of age or older is no longer in school. The Department of Finance and

Administration is required to suspend the former student’s operator’s license unless he/she meets certain requirements specified in the statute.

Applicants for an instruction permit or for a driver's license by persons less than eighteen (18) years old on October 1 of any year are required to provide proof of a high school diploma or enrollment and regular attendance in an adult education program or a public, private, or parochial school prior to receiving an instruction permit. To be issued a driver's license, a student enrolled in school shall present proof of a “C” average for the previous semester or similar equivalent grading period for which grades are reported as part of the student’s permanent record.

TARDIES

Promptness is an important character trait that District staff is encouraged to model and help develop in our schools’ students. At the same time, promptness is the responsibility of each student. Students who are late to class show a disregard for both the teacher and their classmates which compromises potential student achievement.

TARDY POLICY GRADES K-3

Unexcused Tardy: Students entering class after 8:05 will be counted as tardy.  Any student entering the building late will need to report to the office to get a tardy slip.

Tardies will become an “absence,” after (10) minutes of class.

After 10 tardies the parent or guardian will be notified and a conference may be requested.

TARDY POLICY GRADES 4-7

Unexcused Tardy: Student entering class after the tardy bell without a written excuse from a staff member. Students must be in the classroom when the tardy bell rings.

Tardies will become an “absence,” after (10) minutes of class. (This will be recorded as a tardy and an absence)

Tardies will be reported each period.

Tardies will be tallied cumulatively and collectively in Periods 1 through 8 per semester.

The following disciplinary steps will be enforced: 1st, 2nd – Teacher warning

3rd, 4th tardy within a semester  - WARNING

5th, 6th tardy within a semester - 1 day in-school suspension on the 5th and then on the 6th. 7th, 8th tardy within a semester - 2 days in-school suspension on the 7th and then on the 8th. 9th, 10th tardy within a semester - 3 days in-school suspension on the 9th and then on the 10th.

Each tardy exceeding the 10th tardy within a semester - 3 days out-of-school suspension

TARDY POLICY- GRADES 8-12 ONLY

Unexcused Tardy: Student entering class after the tardy bell without a written excuse from a staff member will be counted tardy.

Tardies will become an “absence,” after (10) minutes of class. (This will be recorded as an absence)

Tardies will be reported each period.

Tardies will be tallied cumulatively and collectively in Periods 1 through 8 per semester.

Excessive Tardies will be dealt with throughout the semester and use of Saturday school will be utilized upon 7 or more tardies.

TRUANCY

Truancy is unexcused and defined as a student that is not present at school or in assigned class or assigned area without the prior consent of parents and/or without permission from the office of the principal. Consequences will be determined by the building principal or designee.

STUDENTS LEAVING SCHOOL DURING THE SCHOOL DAY

  1. Parents/guardians must call before a student will be permitted to leave the school campus either by themselves or with someone other than the parent/guardian. Blocked calls are unacceptable. Photo identification will be required by the adult.
  2. School trips will be supervised by a teacher, coach, or school official. Students will be required to ride the bus to the trip destination. Only the parent/guardian may sign the student out at the end of school activity trip.
  3. Leaving school during semester exams will require a written note from parent/guardian. The student will not be allowed to leave until the exam period has concluded. No phone calls accepted during the days of semester exams.

MAKE-UP WORK

Students who miss school due to an excused absence shall be allowed to make up the work they missed during their absence. Under the following rules:

  1. Students are responsible for asking the teachers of the classes they missed what assignments they need to make up.
  2. Teachers are responsible for providing the missed assignments when asked by a returning student.
  3. Students are required to ask for their assignments on their first day back at school or their first class day after their return.
  4. Make-up test are to be rescheduled at the discretion of the teacher, but must be aligned with the schedule of the missed work to be made up.
  5. Students shall have one class day to make up their work for each class day they are absent.
  6. Make-up work which is not turned in within the make-up schedule for that assignment shall receive a zero.
  7. Students are responsible for turning in their make-up work without the teacher having to ask for it.
  8. Students who are absent on the day their make-up work is due must turn in their work the

day they return to school whether or not the class for which the work is due meets the day of their return.

  1. As required/permitted by the student’s Individual Education Program or 504 Plan.

Work may not be made up for credit for unexcused absences unless the unexcused absences are part of a signed agreement as permitted by policy ABSENCES.

WORK MISSED WHILE A STUDENT IS EXPELLED FROM SCHOOL MAY NOT BE MADE UP FOR CREDIT AND STUDENTS SHALL RECEIVE A ZERO FOR MISSED ASSIGNMENTS.

In lieu of the timeline above, assignments for students who are excluded from school by the Arkansas Department of Health during a disease outbreak are to be made up as set forth in IMMUNIZATIONS.

DAILY ATTENDANCE FOR PARTICIPATION

Students that miss more than four periods of the regular school day, are ineligible to participate in games, practices, performances, contests or credited work programs unless the absence is approved by the building principal in advance.

APPOINTMENTS AND EARLY CHECKOUT

We encourage you to make health-related appointments after school hours. The success of the students is dependent on their being in class.  We discourage any early checkout if possible.

Excessive early checkouts may result in your child being RETAINED or LOSING CREDIT IN THE CLASS. Missing more than 10 minutes of a class is considered an absence. Early checkout notes need to be turned in to the office by 9:00am on the day of checkout.

COLLEGE (Post-secondary Institutions) DAYS

Seniors are allowed two days to visit post-secondary institutions during their senior year and must be pre-approved by the principal. Juniors are allowed 1 day to visit a post-secondary institution during their junior year and must be pre-approved by the principal. Only the designated number of days will be considered school business. All college days MUST be taken by April 15th. Students will also make arrangements with his/her teachers for the days they are planning to be absent and must secure a letter from the Admissions Office of the college concerned stating that the student visited on a given date. The student will then present this statement to the Principal or Assistant Principal the following day for it to be considered school business. Failure to present the statement the day following the visit causes it to be counted as an absence.

SCHOOL SPONSORED TRIPS

  1. School trips will be supervised by a teacher, coach, or school official. Students will be required to ride the bus to the trip destination. Only the parent/guardian may sign the student out at the end of school activity trip.
  2. Students shall be permitted to return from school sponsored events with parents upon request of the parents.  The parent will sign out the student at the school event.

  1. A student may not be allowed to go on school-sponsored trips that do not meet the AAA academic requirements.
  2. A student may not be allowed to go on school-sponsored trips that have served ISS or OSS (see discipline).
  3. Students absent for school-sponsored trips must get their assignments before the trip. Students are responsible for all deadlines as assigned regardless of school absence.
  4. Parents should understand that signing the handbook responsibility form gives their consent for the student to travel on these trips.

SCHOOL TELEPHONE

  1. The telephone is a business phone. Students are not to use it for making social arrangements or unnecessary calls. Messages will be delivered to students in case of emergencies. Students are not taken out of class to talk on the phone unless it is an extreme emergency. NOTE: Only the phone in the nurse’s office/office shall be used to call home due to an illness.
  2. Parents/guardians and students are asked to make necessary arrangements for after school transportation while at home each morning before coming to school.
  3. Remember to plan ahead for emergencies, because plans often must change. Be sure your child knows what to do on those occasions!

DAILY SCHEDULE

Buildings will be opened for the entrance of students at 7:30 a.m. School buildings will not be opened to the students without a teacher in charge.

Lincoln Elementary School (K-3)

Instruction Begins……...7:50 a.m.

School Dismisses…………..3:00 p.m.

Lincoln Middle School (4-7)

Instruction Begins………7:55 a.m.

School Dismisses……….3:15 p.m.

Lincoln High School (8-12)

Instruction Begins………7:50 a.m.

School Dismisses……….3:28 p.m.

SUPPLIES AND TEXTBOOKS

  1. Each student will furnish his/her own school supplies. Parents/guardians should check with their student periodically to determine if additional supplies are needed.
  2. Textbooks and computers are provided for student use free of charge. Students are responsible for lost or damaged books/ computers and will be expected to pay for replacements.

    C)   Elementary and Middle School supply fee is $25.00 and must be paid prior to the first day of school.  

PERIOD OF SILENCE

Students shall observe a one (1) minute period of silence at the beginning of each school day. During the period of silence a student may, without interfering with or distracting another student: reflect; pray; or engage in a silent activity.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

  1. The Pledge of Allegiance shall be recited during the school day. Those students choosing to participate shall do so by facing the flag with their right hands over their hearts, or in an appropriate salute if in uniform, while reciting the Pledge. Students choosing not to participate shall be quiet while either standing or sitting at their desks.
  2. Students shall not be compelled to recite the Pledge, but students who choose not to recite the Pledge shall not disrupt those students choosing to recite the Pledge.
  3. Students choosing not to recite the Pledge shall not be subject to any comments, retaliation or disciplinary action.

VOLUNTEERING (K-3)

All volunteers are required to complete a form located in the elementary office.  The form will contain the guidelines for volunteering.

FOOD SERVICE

PREPAYMENT

Meal Charges: Students may charge meals only on occasions when money is unavailable and the student would have to miss meal service. This is a courtesy extended to the student and should not occur on a regular basis. Students whose accounts show a deficit amount will be informed by the cashier as they go through the line and a note will be sent home to the parent/guardian. Students will be allowed to continue to charge up to -$15.00. Once the account exceeds the deficit of -$15.00 an alternative method for meal service and account collection will occur. Elementary School students will not be able to purchase extra items if they do not have a sufficient positive balance. Elementary students must also have a form on file permitting them to purchase extra items.

Staff and other adults will not be allowed to charge meals.

Payment for Meals: You may send cash or check to pay for your student’s breakfast or lunch purchase. It makes providing for your student’s lunch easy. Your student’s account balance is completely maintained in the system, including cash on account and purchasing history. You can deposit money on your student’s account by sending a check or cash to school, or payments can also be made online at: https://www.myschoolaccount.com

Please make all lunch account checks payable to your student’s school. If you are sending one check for more than one student please indicate how much money you want you want deposited into each student’s account. And include student’s lunch account number on check.

30 Day Correction Policy for Meal Charges Lincoln Consolidated Schools Nutrition Services will make adjustments to accounts that are found to be in error within 30 school days of when the error occurred. When notified by the parent or student and approved by the nutrition service administrator the correction may occur. Parents may keep track of their student’s accounts by creating an account on https://www.myschoolaccount.com. Or if you have question you may call your student’s school cafeteria or the Nutrition Service office at 479-824-7311.

Notifications – Notes/Calling System: Elementary school students will receive a note notification when their lunch account balance becomes negative. This will serve as a reminder for parents to make a deposit into their student’s account. Cashiers will continue to remind students of low or negative balances in the lunch line. Low balance and negative balance will be sent out through the district’s automated system every Saturday as a courtesy reminder to the parents.

School Meal Accommodations for Students with Disabilities: The district will provide meal substitutions for students meeting the definition of a disability as defined in USDA regulations. Students meeting these requirements must have a Certificate of Disability for Special Dietary Needs Form on file. Parents may request this form from the district’s Child Nutrition Director. This form must be completed by a licensed physician.

Free and Reduced Priced Meals: If you think you may qualify, please contact the Nutrition Services office to find out how to apply. If you are the parent or guardian of a student who participates in free or reduced-priced meals you MUST reapply at the beginning of every school year, as the prior year’s application is only valid for the first 30 days of school. After 30 days, all students pending approval for free/reduced meals are required to pay full price. Meals may be packed and brought in from home or money put into the student’s account to cover meals while your application is being processed. If your circumstances change, you may apply/reapply at any time during the school year for financial consideration. Looking for additional information about meal assistance applications? View this on the Internet: www.mealsense.org/lincoln

Meal Pattern/Offer vs Serve: Our meals meet USDA school breakfast and lunch guidelines. We offer five different food components to choose from daily: a meat or protein, grains and bread, fruits, vegetables, and milk. Federal guidelines do not require students to take every item that is offered for breakfast or lunch. However, Nutrition Services encourages students to take at minimum, three items for breakfast and three items for lunch that are offered to ensure a well-balanced meal.

Lunch: Each student selects the appropriate number of food items for a reimbursable meal. At lunch a five components are offered: meat or meat alternate, grain (most entree include the meat/meat alternate, and grain), fruit, vegetable, and fluid milk. Our goal is to offer a minimum of three entrees and two fruits and vegetables. Students must select a fruit or vegetable and two full components.

Breakfast: Each Student selects the appropriate numbers of food items for a reimbursable meal. Students are offered varied combination of the four components at breakfast, a meat or meat alternate, grain items, fruit, and fluid milk. They must take fruit with every meals: they may decline a minimum of one of the other items offered.

Monthly Menus and Nutritional: Monthly menus are posted in each cafeteria, as well as on the District Website. Menu nutritional information can be obtained from the nutrition service office.

Nutrition Rules/Guidelines: Arkansas ACT 1220 established certain rules regarding student nutrition as well as the existence and limitation of foods and beverages in the public schools. As part of these rules, parents may provide foods of minimal nutritional value or candy to their own child but may NOT provide these foods for other children. Each school may provide any food or beverage item to students during the school day for up to nine different events each school year. These nine events are determined by the campus administration. Foods or beverage items that are a part of the instructional program and used to promote student learning are allowed.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement: In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

SCHOOL MEAL MODIFICATIONS

The district only provides modified meal components on menus to accommodate students with a disability. A parent/guardian wishing to request dietary accommodations for their student with a disability must submit to the district’s Director of Child Nutrition, Valerie Dawson, a Certification of Disability for Special Dietary Needs Form completed by a State licensed healthcare professional, which includes:

The medical statement should include:

1.         A description of the student’s disability that is sufficient to understand how the disability restricts the student’s diet;

2.         An explanation of what must be done to accommodate the disability, which may include:

a.     Food(s) to avoid or restrict;

b.     Food(s) to substitute;

c.     Caloric modifications; or

d.     The substitution of a liquid nutritive formula.

 

If the information provided in the medical statement is unclear, or lacks sufficient detail, the district’s Director of Child Nutrition shall request additional information so that a proper and safe meal can be provided.

 

When choosing an appropriate approach to accommodate a student’s disability, the District will consider the expense and efficiency of the requested accommodations. The District will offer a reasonable modification that effectively accommodates the child’s disability and provides equal opportunity to participate in or benefit from the program, which may include a generic version of a product.

 

Parents may file a grievance regarding the request for accommodations with the District’s 504 Coordinator, who will schedule a hearing on the grievance to be held as soon as possible. The 504 coordinator shall provide a copy of the procedures governing the hearing, including that the parent has the right to be accompanied by counsel, and the appeal process upon request. 

The district will not prepare meals outside the normal menu to accommodate a family’s religious or personal health beliefs.

LOST AND FOUND

The school cannot assume responsibility for loss of personal items. However, if it is reported immediately, every effort will be made to help locate the lost item. ALL PERSONAL ITEMS SHOULD BE CLEARLY MARKED FOR IDENTIFICATION. ITEMS NOT NEEDED FOR SCHOOL WORK SHOULD BE LEFT AT HOME.

SCHOOL PROPERTY

As good citizens, students are obligated to respect and protect all school property and help keep the building, furniture and school equipment as attractive as possible. If a student is guilty of defacing or destroying school property, he/she will be expected to pay for the property to the extent of replacing as new or as good as new and face disciplinary action.

STUDENT VEHICLES (8-12)

  1. A student who has presented a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance to the appropriate office personnel may drive his/her vehicle to school. Vehicles driven to school shall be parked in the area designated for student parking.
  2. Students are not permitted to loiter in parking areas and are not to return to their vehicles for any reason unless given permission to do so by a school administrator.
  3. It is understood that there is no expectation of privacy in vehicles in parking areas. Drivers of vehicles parked on a school campus will be held accountable for illegal substances or any other items prohibited by District policy found in their vehicle. Any student parking a vehicle on campus is granting permission for school or law enforcement authorities to search that vehicle.
  4. Rental for a parking space is $5.00 per year.
  5. Vehicles parked anywhere but in its assigned spot without prior permission from an administrator will be subject to a parking fine or loss of parking privileges, or towed at owner’s expense.
  6. Only students enrolled in grades 9th through 12th shall be able to purchase a parking space.
  7. Lincoln High School and the Lincoln School District are not responsible for damage or theft while vehicles are parked on Lincoln School District Property.
  8. Parking on school property is a privilege which may be denied to a student for any disciplinary violation, at the discretion of the student's building principal.

SMART CORE CURRICULUM AND GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CLASS OF 2018 AND THEREAFTER

If a conflict exists, the Principal and/or Counselor shall notify the Superintendent and Curriculum Coordinator immediately, so that corrections may be made and notice of the requirements given to students and parents.

SMART CORE CURRICULUM AND GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CLASSES OF  2019 AND 2020

 

All students are required to participate in the Smart Core curriculum unless their parents or guardians, or the students if they are eighteen (18) years of age or older, sign a Smart Core Waiver Form to not participate. While Smart Core is the default option, both a Smart Core Informed Consent Form and a Smart Core Waiver Form will be sent home with students prior to their enrolling in seventh (7th) grade, or when a seventh (7th) through twelfth (12th) 7-12 grade student enrolls in the district for the first time and there is not a signed form in the student’s permanent record. Parents must sign one of the forms and return it to the school so it can be placed in the students’ permanent record.1 This policy is to be included in student handbooks for grades six (6) through – twelve (12) and both students and parents must sign an acknowledgement they have received the policy. Those students not participating in the Smart Core curriculum will be required to fulfill the Core curriculum or the requirements of their IEP (when applicable) to be eligible for graduation. Counseling by trained personnel shall be available to students and their parents or legal guardians prior to the time they are required to sign the consent forms.

 

While there are similarities between the two curriculums, following the Core curriculum may not qualify students for some scholarships and admission to certain colleges could be jeopardized. Students initially choosing the Core curriculum may subsequently change to the Smart Core curriculum providing they would be able to complete the required course of study by the end of their senior year.2 Students wishing to change their choice of curriculums must consult with their counselor to determine the feasibility of changing paths.

 

This policy, the Smart Core curriculum, and the courses necessary for graduation shall be reviewed by staff, students, and parents as a part of the annual school district support plan development process to determine if changes need to be made to better serve the needs of the district’s students. The superintendent, or his/her designee, shall select the composition of the review panel.

 

Sufficient information relating to Smart Core and the district’s graduation requirements shall be communicated to parents and students to ensure their informed understanding of each. This may be accomplished through any or all of the following means:4

·      Inclusion in the student handbook of the Smart Core curriculum and graduation requirements;

·      Discussion of the Smart Core curriculum and graduation requirements at the school’s annual public meeting, PTA meetings, or a meeting held specifically for the purpose of informing the public on this matter;

·      Discussions held by the school’s counselors with students and their parents; and/or

·      Distribution of a newsletter(s) to parents or guardians of the district’s students.

 

Administrators, or their designees, shall train newly hired employees, required to be licensed as a condition of their employment, regarding this policy. The district’s annual professional development shall include the training required by this paragraph.5

 

To the best of its ability, the District shall follow the requirements covering the transfer of course credit and graduation set forth in the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children for all students who meet the definition of “eligible child” in Policy  ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS.

 

 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

The number of units students must earn to be eligible for high school graduation is to be earned from the categories listed below. A minimum of twenty-two (22) units is required for graduation for a student participating in either the Smart Core or Core curriculum. There are some distinctions made between Smart Core units and Graduation units. Not all units earned toward graduation necessarily apply to Smart Core requirements.

 

All students must receive a passing score on the Arkansas Civics Exam in order to graduate.

 

Digital Learning Courses

The District shall offer one or more digital learning course(s) through one or more District approved provider(s) as either a primary or supplementary method of instruction. The courses may be in a blended learning, online-based, or other technology-based format. In addition to the other graduation requirements contained in this policy, students are required to take at least one (1) digital learning course for credit while in high school.

 

SMART CORE: Sixteen (16) units

 

English: four (4) units – 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th

 

Oral Communications: one-half (½) unit

 

Mathematics: four (4) units (all students under Smart Core must take a mathematics course in grade 11 or 12 and complete Algebra II.)

1)        Algebra I or Algebra A & B* which may be taken in grades 7-8 or 8-9;

2)    Geometry or Investigating Geometry or Geometry A & B* which may be taken in grades 8-9 or 9-10;

*A two-year algebra equivalent or a two-year geometry equivalent may each be counted as two units of the four-unit requirement for the purpose of meeting the graduation requirement, but only serve as one unit each toward fulfilling the Smart Core requirement.

3)    Algebra II; and

4)    The fourth unit may be either:

·      A math unit approved by ADE Algebra II; or

·      A computer science flex credit may be taken in the place of a fourth math credit.

 

Natural Science: a total of three (3) units with lab experience chosen from

One unit of Biology; and either:

Two units chosen from the following three categories (there are acceptable options listed by the ADE for each):

·      Physical Science;

·      Chemistry;

·      Physics; or

One unit from the three categories above and a computer science flex credit may be taken in the place of a third science credit.

 

Social Studies: three (3) units

·      Civics one-half (½) unit

·      World History - one unit

·      American History - one unit

Other social studies - one-half (½) unit

 

Physical Education: one-half (½) unit

Note: While one-half (½) unit is required for graduation, no more than one (1) unit may be applied toward fulfilling the necessary units to graduate.

 

Health and Safety: one-half (½) unit

 

Economics – one half (½) unit – dependent upon the licensure of the teacher teaching the course, this can count toward the required three (3) social studies credits or the six (6) required Career Focus elective credits.8

 

Fine Arts: one-half (½) unit

 

CAREER FOCUS: - Six (6) units

All career focus unit requirements shall be established through guidance and counseling based on the student’s contemplated work aspirations.  Career focus courses shall conform to the curriculum policy of the district and reflect state curriculum frameworks through course sequencing and career course concentrations where appropriate.

 

A student who enlists in a branch of the United States Armed Forces or the National Guard through the military delayed entry program, the National Guard Split Training Option, or other similar early entry program and completes basic training before graduating from high school shall receive two (2) units of the Career Focus graduation requirements.

A student who completes at least seventy-five (75) clock hours of documented community service in grades nine (9) through twelve (12) at any certified service agency or a part of a service-learning school program shall receive one (1) Career Focus credit.

 

CORE: Sixteen (16) units

 

English: four (4) units – 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th

 

Oral Communications: one-half (½) unit

 

Mathematics: four (4) units

·      Algebra or its equivalent* - 1 unit

·      Geometry or its equivalent* - 1 unit

·      All math units must build on the base of algebra and geometry knowledge and skills.

·      (Comparable concurrent credit college courses may be substituted where applicable)

·       A computer science flex credit may be taken in the place of a math credit beyond Algebra I and Geometry

*A two-year algebra equivalent or a two-year geometry equivalent may each be counted as two units of the four (4) unit requirement.

 

Science: three (3) units

·      at least one (1) unit of biology or its equivalent; and

Two units chosen from the following three categories:

·      Physical Science;

·      Chemistry;

·      Physics; or

One unit from the three categories above and a computer science flex credit may be taken in the place of a third science credit.

 

Social Studies: three (3) units

·      Civics one-half (½) unit

·      World history, one (1) unit

·      American History, one (1) unit

 

Physical Education: one-half (½) unit

Note: While one-half (½) unit is required for graduation, no more than one (1) unit may be applied toward fulfilling the necessary units to graduate.

 

Health and Safety: one-half (½) unit

 

Economics – one half (½) unit – dependent upon the licensure of the teacher teaching the course, this can count toward the required three (3) social studies credits or the six (6) required Career Focus elective credits.8

 

Fine Arts: one-half (½) unit

 

CAREER FOCUS: - Six (6) units

All career focus unit requirements shall be established through guidance and counseling based on the student’s contemplated work aspirations.  Career focus courses shall conform to the curriculum policy of the district and reflect state curriculum frameworks through course sequencing and career course concentrations where appropriate.

 

A student who enlists in a branch of the United States Armed Forces or the National Guard through the military delayed entry program, the National Guard Split Training Option, or other similar early entry program and completes basic training before graduating from high school shall receive two (2) units of the Career Focus graduation requirements.

A student who completes at least seventy-five (75) clock hours of documented community service in grades nine (9) through twelve (12) at any certified service agency or a part of a service-learning school program shall receive one (1) Career Focus credit.

SMART CORE CURRICULUM AND GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CLASSES OF 2021 AND THEREAFTER

 

All students are required to participate in the Smart Core curriculum unless their parents or guardians, or the students if they are eighteen (18) years of age or older, sign a Smart Core Waiver Form to not participate. While Smart Core is the default option, both a Smart Core Informed Consent Form and a Smart Core Waiver Form will be sent home with students prior to their enrolling in seventh (7th) grade, or when a seventh (7th) through twelfth (12th) grade student enrolls in the district for the first time and there is not a signed form in the student’s permanent record. Parents must sign one of the forms and return it to the school so it can be placed in the students’ permanent record. This policy is to be included in student handbooks for grades six (6) through twelve (12) and both students and parents must sign an acknowledgement they have received the policy. Those students not participating in the Smart Core curriculum will be required to fulfill the Core curriculum or the requirements of their IEP (when applicable) to be eligible for graduation. Counseling by trained personnel shall be available to students and their parents or legal guardians prior to the time they are required to sign the consent forms.

 

While there are similarities between the two curriculums, following the Core curriculum may not qualify students for some scholarships and admission to certain colleges could be jeopardized. Students initially choosing the Core curriculum may subsequently change to the Smart Core curriculum providing they would be able to complete the required course of study by the end of their senior year. Students wishing to change their choice of curriculums must consult with their counselor to determine the feasibility of changing paths.

 

This policy, the Smart Core curriculum, and the courses necessary for graduation shall be reviewed by staff, students, and parents as part of the annual school district support plan development process to determine if changes need to be made to better serve the needs of the district’s students. The superintendent, or his/her designee, shall select the composition of the review panel.

 

Sufficient information relating to Smart Core and the district’s graduation requirements shall be communicated to parents and students to ensure their informed understanding of each. This may be accomplished through any or all of the following means:

·      Inclusion in the student handbook of the Smart Core curriculum and graduation requirements;

·      Discussion of the Smart Core curriculum and graduation requirements at the school’s annual public meeting, PTA meetings, or a meeting held specifically for the purpose of informing the public on this matter;

·      Discussions held by the school’s counselors with students and their parents; and/or

·      Distribution of a newsletter(s) to parents or guardians of the district’s students.

 

Administrators, or their designees, shall train newly hired employees, required to be licensed as a condition of their employment, regarding this policy. The district’s annual professional development shall include the training required by this paragraph.

 

To the best of its ability, the District shall follow the requirements covering the transfer of course credit and graduation set forth in the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children for all students who meet the definition of “eligible child” in Policy ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS.

 

 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

The number of units students must earn to be eligible for high school graduation is to be earned from the categories listed below. A minimum of twenty-two (22) units is required for graduation for a student participating in either the Smart Core or Core curriculum. There are some distinctions made between Smart Core units and Graduation units. Not all units earned toward graduation necessarily apply to Smart Core requirements.

 

All students must receive a passing score on the Arkansas Civics Exam in order to graduate.

 

Digital Learning Courses

The District shall offer one or more digital learning course(s) through one or more District approved provider(s) as either a primary or supplementary method of instruction. The courses may be in a blended learning, online-based, or other technology-based format. In addition to the other graduation requirements contained in this policy, students are required to take at least one (1) digital learning course for credit while in high school.

 

Personal and Family Finance

In tenth (10th), eleventh (11th), or twelfth (12th) grade, all students shall receive credit in a course covering the Personal and Family Finance Standards.

 

SMART CORE: Sixteen (16) units

 

English: four (4) units – 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th

 

Oral Communications: one-half (½) unit

 

Mathematics: four (4) units (all students under Smart Core must take a mathematics course in grade 11 or 12 and complete Algebra II.)

1)    Algebra I or Algebra A & B* which may be taken in grades 7-8 or 8-9;

2)    Geometry or Geometry A & B* which may be taken in grades 8-9 or 9-10;

*A two-year algebra equivalent or a two-year geometry equivalent may each be counted as two units of the four-unit requirement for the purpose of meeting the graduation requirement, but only serve as one unit each toward fulfilling the Smart Core requirement.

3)    Algebra II; and

4)    The fourth unit may be either:

·      A math unit approved by ADE beyond Algebra II; or

·      A computer science flex credit may be taken in the place of a fourth math credit.

 

Natural Science: a total of three (3) units with lab experience chosen from

One unit of Biology; and either:

Two units chosen from the following three categories (there are acceptable options listed by the ADE for each):

·      Physical Science;

·      Chemistry;

·      Physics; or

·      One unit from the three categories above and a computer science flex credit may be taken in the place of a third science credit.

 

Social Studies: three (3) units

·      Civics - one-half (½) unit

·      World History - one unit

·      American History - one unit

Other social studies - one half (½) unit

 

Physical Education: one-half (½) unit

Note: While one-half (½) unit is required for graduation, no more than one (1) unit may be applied toward fulfilling the necessary units to graduate.

 

Health and Safety: one-half (½) unit

 

Economics – one half (½) unit – dependent upon the licensure of the teacher teaching the course, this can count toward the required three (3) social studies credits or the six (6) required Career Focus elective credits.9

 

Fine Arts: one-half (½) unit

 

CAREER FOCUS: - Six (6) units

All career focus unit requirements shall be established through guidance and counseling based on the student’s contemplated work aspirations.  Career focus courses shall conform to the curriculum policy of the district and reflect state curriculum frameworks through course sequencing and career course concentrations where appropriate.

 

A student who enlists in a branch of the United States Armed Forces or the National Guard through the military delayed entry program, the National Guard Split Training Option, or other similar early entry program and completes basic training before graduating from high school shall receive two (2) units of the Career Focus graduation requirements.

A student who completes at least seventy-five (75) clock hours of documented community service in grades nine (9) through twelve (12) at any certified service agency or a part of a service-learning school program shall receive one (1) Career Focus credit.

 

CORE: Sixteen (16) units

 

English: four (4) units – 9th 10th 11th and 12th

 

Oral Communications: one-half (½) unit

 

Mathematics: four (4) units

·      Algebra or its equivalent* - 1 unit

·      Geometry or its equivalent* - 1 unit

·      All math units must build on the base of algebra and geometry knowledge and skills.

·      (Comparable concurrent credit college courses may be substituted where applicable)

·       A computer science flex credit may be taken in the place of a math credit beyond Algebra I and Geometry

*A two-year algebra equivalent or a two-year geometry equivalent may each be counted as two units of the four (4) unit requirement.

 

Science: three (3) units

·      at least one (1) unit of biology or its equivalent; and

Two units chosen from the following three categories:

·      Physical Science;

·      Chemistry;

·      Physics; or

One unit from the three categories above and a computer science flex credit may be taken in the place of a third science credit.

 

Social Studies: three (3) units

·      Civics one-half (½) unit

·      World history, one (1) unit

·      American History, one (1) unit

Other social studies - one-half (½) unit

 

Physical Education: one-half (½) unit

Note: While one-half (½) unit is required for graduation, no more than one (1) unit may be applied toward fulfilling the necessary units to graduate.

 

Health and Safety: one-half (½) unit

 

Economics – one half (½) unit – dependent upon the licensure of the teacher teaching the course, this can count toward the required three (3) social studies credits or the six (6) required Career Focus elective credits.9

 

Fine Arts: one-half (½) unit

 

CAREER FOCUS: - Six (6) units

All career focus unit requirements shall be established through guidance and counseling based on the student’s contemplated work aspirations.  Career focus courses shall conform to the curriculum policy of the district and reflect state curriculum frameworks through course sequencing and career course concentrations where appropriate.

 

A student who enlists in a branch of the United States Armed Forces or the National Guard through the military delayed entry program, the National Guard Split Training Option, or other similar early entry program and completes basic training before graduating from high school shall receive two (2) units of the Career Focus graduation requirements. 

A student who completes at least seventy-five (75) clock hours of documented community service in grades nine (9) through twelve (12) at any certified service agency or a part of a service-learning school program shall receive one (1) Career Focus credit.

AIP STATEMENT

  1. Students who do not score proficient or advanced on ACT Aspire will be placed on an Academic Improvement Plan (AIP) developed by student, parent, and teachers. The AIP will address deficiency areas from the exams.
  2. Students who do not participate in scheduled remediation will be retained or will lose credit in the tested course.

ATHLETICS FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION CREDIT

  1. To receive physical education credit for participation in athletics, a student must be enrolled in a program that receives credit in physical education, subject to course approvals.
  2. The student will receive credit only if he participated in a given sport in lieu of participation in his normal physical education class and would receive credit for that semester, subject to course approvals.
  3. Physical education can only count as one unit towards graduation.

GRADING POLICY

  1. The following grading scale shall be used at Lincoln Middle School and Lincoln High School:

  1. 90 – 100        A = 4 points
  2. 80 – 89        B = 3 points
  3. 70 – 79        C = 2 points
  4. 60 –69        D = 1 point
  5. 59 and below        F = 0 points

   

Progress reports will be sent according to the district calendar to parents/guardians of those students who are failing or are not working up to capacity.

  1. Grades assigned to students reflect only educational objectives and are consistent with laws and regulations.
  2. If a student is having difficulty in class, the teacher(s) may call the parent/guardian for assistance in helping the student.
  3. Final grades for students who transfer in for part of a semester will be determined by blending the grades earned in the district with the grades earned outside the district. Each final grade will be the sum of the percentage of the days in the grading period transferred from outside the district times the transferred grade from outside the district plus the percentage of days in the grading period while in the district times the grade earned in the district.
  4. The following grading scale will be utilized in each grade K-3:

4=Advanced: Student demonstrates superior performance beyond proficient grade-level.

3=Proficient: Solid academic performance (meeting the grade level standard)

2=Basic: Partial mastery/Emerging (making progress toward the grade level standard)

1=Below Basic: Making minimal progress toward the grade level standard

     F)   School will have two parent/teacher conference days each year.  Parent-teacher conferences       are encouraged. Additional conferences may be requested by parents, guardians, or teachers.  

ADVANCED PLACEMENT and CONCURRENT COLLEGE CREDIT

  1. Students who take advanced placement courses, International Baccalaureate, or ADE approved honors courses for weighted credit by the Arkansas Department of Education shall be graded according to the following schedule:

  1. 90 – 100        A = 5 points
  2. 80 – 89        B = 4 points
  3. 70 – 79        C = 3 points
  4. 60 –69        D = 2 point
  5. 59 and below        F = 0 points

  1. Students who transfer into the district will be given weighted credit for the Advanced Placement courses, honors courses approved by the Arkansas Department of Education, and taken for weighted credit at his/her previous school(s) according to the preceding scale.
  2. Weighted credit for AP or IB courses is pursuant to the student taking the appropriate AP or IB test and to the teacher being appropriately trained to teach the course. Credit shall be given for each grading period during the course of the year, but shall be retroactively removed from a student’s grade for any course in which the student fails to take the applicable AP or IB exam. Students who do not take the AP or IB exam shall receive the same numeric value for the grade he/she received in the course as if it were a non AP or IB course.

REPLACEMENT CREDIT

  1. A ninth through twelfth grade student who successfully completes a college course(s) from an institution approved by the Arkansas Department of Education shall be given credit toward high school grades and graduation at the rate of one-half (1/2) high school credit for each three (3) semester hours of college credit. Unless approved by the school’s principal, prior to enrolling for the course, the replacement credit shall be applied toward the student’s graduation requirements as an elective.
  2. Students will retain credit applied toward a course required for high school graduation from a previously attended, accredited, public school.
  3. Any and all costs of higher education courses taken for replacement credit may be the student’s responsibility.
  4. Students are responsible for having the transcript for the replacement credit course(s) they’ve taken sent to Lincoln High School in order to receive credit for the course(s). Credit for replacement credit courses will not be given until the transcript is received. Transcripts for students who take concurrent credit courses as partial fulfillment of the required full day of class for students in grades 9-12 are to be received by the school within ten (10) school days of the end of the semester in which the course is taken. Students may not receive credit for the course(s) they took or the credit may be delayed if the transcripts are not received in time, or at all. This may jeopardize students’ eligibility for extracurricular activities, graduation, or promotion.
  5. Remedial classes and math classes lower than College Algebra shall not receive   credit.

HONORS PROGRAM PARTICIPATION

  1. Participants must be enrolled at Lincoln High School for the full two semesters of their senior year for Highest Honor status. Transfer students will be allowed to graduate in the Honors Program and receive an Honors Diploma if all program requirements have been met.
  2. Students must complete all requirements for graduation of the Arkansas Department of Education and the Lincoln School District.
  3. For Highest Honors Graduate, Superior status, students must have a cumulative 4.01 or above GPA after eight semesters.
  4. For High Honors Graduate status, a participant must have a cumulative 3.50-4.0 GPA after eight (8) semesters.
  5. For Honors Diploma, a participant must have a cumulative 3.25-3.49 GPA after eight (8) semesters.
  6. Advance Placement (AP) and Honors Courses that call for prerequisite requirements must be met.
  7. The following courses will be Honors Courses. Each course is weighted. Each will be counted only one (1) time for Honors credit.

  1. The following college-level classes for concurrent credit are offered at Lincoln High School:

Composition I, Composition II, College Oral Communications, College U.S. History, College Algebra, College Math, College Biology, and College Agriculture.

  1. The GPA shall be derived from courses deemed for high school credit taken in public schools in grades seven (7) through twelve (12).

VALEDICTORIAN AND SALUTATORIAN

  1. The graduating senior with the highest overall GPA, (carried out four (4) decimal points) based on eight (8) semesters, who has been enrolled in Lincoln High School for his/her entire senior year shall serve as the valedictorian of his/her graduating class. The Valedictorian may give a speech at graduation.
  2. The graduating senior with the second highest overall GPA, (carried out four (4) decimal points) based on eight (8) semesters, who has been enrolled in Lincoln High School for his/her entire senior year shall serve as the salutatorian of his/her graduating class. The Salutatorian may give a speech at graduation.

FINAL TEST EXEMPTION (GRADES 8-12)

All 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students may be exempt from their final tests during the spring semester only.  All Semester Tests for the Fall Semester will be taken by all students. The following qualifications for exemptions will apply:

  1. Exemptions will be based on academic performance, absenteeism, and disciplinary actions during the semester/school year.
  2. Students may take final exams in lieu of exemptions in an attempt to raise grade averages, but it will not lower the grade.
  3. Criteria for exemption will be:
  1. A grade average during the Spring semester of an "A" in the individual class, AND no more than three (3) absences (school absences do not count against you) in the individual class during the semester or six (6) absences for the year.
  2. A grade average during the Spring semester of a “B” in the individual class AND having no more than two (2) absences in the individual class during the semester or four (4) absences for the year.
  3. A grade average during the Spring semester of a “C” in the individual class AND having no more than one (1) absence in the individual class during the semester or two (2) absences for the year.
  4. Students that have served ISS or OSS during the school year will NOT be exempt from any class.
  1. If a student wishes to take the exemption, their grades will be figured by the average of the two (third and fourth) quarter grades.
  2. 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students would be excused from school only during the time of the test or tests from which they are exempt are being administered.
  3. Students will not be allowed to check out during a testing period. When a student does check out, a written note from a parent/guardian is required and must be presented to the office before the first exam.

HOMEWORK POLICY

Homework is considered to be part of the educational program of the District. Assignments shall be an extension of the teaching/learning experience that promotes the student’s educational development. As an extension of the classroom, homework must be planned and organized and should be viewed by the students as purposeful.

PROMOTION / RETENTION

A disservice is done to students through social promotion and is prohibited by state law. The District shall, at a minimum, evaluate each student annually in an effort to help each student who is not performing at grade level. Parents or guardians shall be kept informed concerning the progress of their student(s). Notice of a student’s possible retention or required retaking of a course shall be included with the student’s grades sent home to each parent/guardian or the student if 18 or older. Parent-teacher conferences are encouraged and may be held as necessary in an effort to improve a student’s academic success.

At least once each semester, the parents and teacher(s) of a student in kindergarten through eighth (8th) grade shall be notified in writing of the student’s independent grade-level-equivalency in reading.

Any grades, course credits, and/or promotions received by a student while enrolled in the Division of Youth Services system of education shall be considered transferable in the same manner as those grades, course credits, and promotions from other accredited Arkansas public educational entities.

Promotion or retention of students, or their required retaking of a course shall be primarily based on the following criteria. If there is doubt concerning the promotion or retention of a student or his/her required retaking of a course, a conference shall be held before a final decision is made that includes the following individuals:

  1. The building principal or designee;
  2. The student’s teacher(s);
  3. School counselor
  4. A 504/special education representative (if applicable); and
  5. The student’s parents.

The conference shall be held at a time and place that best accommodates those participating in the conference. The school shall document participation or non-participation in required conferences. If the conference attendees fail to agree concerning the student’s placement or receipt of course credit, the final decision shall rest with the principal or the principal’s designee.

Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, each student shall have a student success plan (SSP) developed by school personnel in collaboration with the student’s parents and the student that is reviewed and updated annually. A student’s SSP shall use multiple academic measures to personalize learning in order for students to achieve their grade-level expectations and individual growth. The SSP will identify if the student is in need of additional support or acceleration. Academic measures to be used in creating and updating a student’s SSP shall include, but are not limited to:

·      Statewide student assessment results;

·      Subject grades;

·      Student work samples; and

·      Local assessment scores.

 

By the end of grade eight (8), the student’s SSP shall:

o   Guide the student along pathways to graduation;

o   Address accelerated learning opportunities;

o   Address academic deficits and interventions; and

o   Include college and career planning components.

 

Based on a student’s score on the college and career assessment:

 

An SSP shall be created:

1.         By no later than the end of the school year for a student in grade eight (8) or below who enrolls in the District during the school year; or

2.         As soon as reasonably possible for a student in grade nine (9) or above who enrolls in the District at the beginning or during the school year.

 

A student’s individualized education program (IEP) may act in the place of the student’s SSP if the IEP addresses academic deficits and interventions for the student’s failure to meet standards-based academic goals at an expected rate or level and includes a transition plan that addresses college and career planning components. Promotion/retention or graduation of students with an IEP shall be based on their successful attainment of the goals set forth in their IEP.

Students who either refuse to sit for a Statewide assessment or attempt to boycott a Statewide assessment by failing to put forth a good faith effort on the assessment as determined by the assessment administrator/proctor, or whose parents do not send their student to school on the dates the assessments are originally administered or scheduled as make-up days shall not be permitted to participate in any non-curriculum related extracurricular activity, including school dances, prom, homecoming, senior events, and may be prevented from walking or participating in graduation exercises. The student shall remain ineligible to participate until the student takes the same or a following Statewide assessment, as applicable. The Superintendent or designee may wave this paragraph's provisions when the student’s failure was due to exceptional or extraordinary circumstances. Students falling under the provisions of this paragraph shall be permitted to attend curriculum related field trips occurring during the school day.

CREDIT RECOVERY

Beginning the 2015-16 school year, students who fail a core class will be required to make-up the credit through Odyssey, a web-based program. Core classes are required in order to graduate and must be completed the following year after failing. Remediation must be finished the year following the state testing.

Students who have failed 3 or more semester core classes, will be referred to ALE. The principal must approve all extenuating circumstances.

If a virtual core class has been failed, the student will be required to take the class with an on- site teacher the following year.

SPECIAL EDUCATION (Should be a flag)

The district shall provide a free appropriate public education and necessary related services to all children with disabilities residing within the district, as required under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans With Disabilities Act, and Arkansas Statutes.

It is the intent of the district to ensure that students who are disabled within the definition of Section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 are identified, evaluated and provided with appropriate educational services. Students may be disabled within the meaning of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act even though they do not require services pursuant to the IDEA.

For students eligible for services under IDEA, the District shall follow procedures for identification, evaluation, placement, and delivery of services to children with disabilities provided in the state and federal statutes  governing special education. Implementation of an Individualized Education Program (IEP) in accordance with the IDEA satisfies the district’s obligation to provide a free and appropriate education under Section 504.

The Board directs the superintendent to ensure procedures are in place for the implementation of special education services and that programs are developed to conform to the requirements of state and federal legislation. The superintendent is responsible for appointing a district coordinator for overseeing district fulfillment of its responsibilities regarding students with disabilities. Among the coordinator’s responsibilities shall be ensuring district enforcement of the due process rights of students with disabilities and their parents.

Note: The office of Civil Rights prefers that the name of the coordinator, or at least a contact person or phone number to call to get the name of the coordinator, is made readily available to the public. 34CFR104.32 stipulates that as part of “child find” responsibilities, districts take appropriate steps to notify handicapped persons and their parents or guardians of the district’s child find duty.

ALTERNATIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

  1. The district shall have an alternative learning environment (ALE) which shall be part of an intervention program designed to provide guidance, counseling, and academic support to students who are experiencing emotional, social, or academic problems.
  2. The superintendent or his/her designee shall appoint an Alternative Education Placement Team, which shall have the responsibility of determining student placement in the ALE. The team should consist of at least a school counselor, principal, a parent or legal guardian, and a regular classroom teacher.
  3. Students who are placed in the ALE shall exhibit at least two of the following characteristics:
  1. Disruptive behavior
  2. Drop-out from school
  3. Personal or family problems or situations
  4. Recurring absenteeism
  5. Transition to or from residential programs
  1. For the purposes of the ALE, personal or family problems or situations are conditions that negatively affect the student’s academic and social progress. These may include, but are not limited to:
  1. Ongoing, persistent lack of attaining proficiency levels in literacy and mathematics
  2. Lack of credit toward graduation
  3. Abuse: physical, mental, or sexual
  4. Frequent relocation of residency
  5. Homelessness
  6. Inadequate emotional support
  7. Mental/physical health problem
  8. Pregnancy
  9. Single parenting
  1. The Alternative Education Placement Team shall determine exit criteria for students assigned to the district’s ALE on which to base the student’s return to the regular school program of instruction.
  2. The district’s ALE program shall follow class size, staffing, curriculum, and expenditure requirements identified in the ADE Rules Governing the Distribution of Student Special Needs Funding and the Determination of Allowable Expenditure of These Funds.

FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENT PROGRAM

Lincoln High School will operate its Foreign Student Exchange Program under the following guidelines:

  1. All students from foreign student exchange programs accepted by the Lincoln School District must be from a program accredited by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel.
  2. There shall be no more than two students from the same home country.
  3. There shall be no more than four students from the same accredited organization during any one school year.
  4. There shall be no more than three students allowed per grade level. No more than six total.
  5. Students and/or the foreign student exchange program shall furnish a transcript written in the English language upon entering the school. The transcript shall include the following information:
  1. Course titles for each subject taken.
  2. The school year each class was taken.
  3. Number of class meetings for each subject per week.
  4. Number of minutes in each class meeting.
  5. Grade earned for each class (the grade will be converted to the Lincoln School District system).
  1. Credit will not be awarded to students who are not proficient in the English language. These students will be considered for a cultural experience only.
  2. Students must be permanently placed in an American host family prior to enrollment, and the host family will be domiciled in the Lincoln School District.
  3. All students must be enrolled in one-year study programs.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

(See Appendix A for forms and policy)

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES – SECONDARY SCHOOLS

Definitions:

“Academic Courses” are those courses for which class time is scheduled, which can be credited to meet the minimum requirements for graduation, which is taught by a teacher required to have State licensure in the course or is otherwise qualified under Arkansas statute, and has a course content guide which has been approved by the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE). Any of the courses for which concurrent high school credit is earned may be from an institution of higher education recognized by ADE. If a student passes an academic course offered on a block schedule, the course can be counted twice toward meeting the requirement for students to pass four (4) academic courses per semester as required by this policy.

“Extracurricular activities” are defined as: any school sponsored program where students from one or more schools meet, work, perform, practice under supervision outside of regular class time, or are competing for the purpose of receiving an award, rating, recognition, or criticism, or qualification for additional competition. Examples include, but are not limited to, inter/intrascholastic athletics, cheerleading, band, choral, math, or science competitions, field trips, and club activities.

“Field Trips” are when individual students or groups of students are invited to programs or events when there is no competition and the students are not interacting with each other for the purpose of planning, qualifying, or arranging for future programs or for the purpose of receiving recognition.

“Interscholastic Activities” means athletic or non-athletic/academic activities where students compete on a school vs. school basis.1

“Intrascholastic Activities” means athletic or non-athletic/academic activities where students compete with students from within the same school.1

“Supplemental Improvement Program (SIP)” is an additional instructional opportunity for identified students outside of their regular classroom and meets the criteria outlined in the current Arkansas Activities Association (AAA) Handbook.

Extracurricular Eligibility

The Board believes in providing opportunities for students to participate in extracurricular activities that can help enrich the student’s educational experience. At the same time, the Board believes that a student’s participation in extracurricular activities cannot come at the expense of his/her classroom academic achievement. Interruptions of instructional time in the

classroom are to be minimal and absences from class to participate in extracurricular activities shall not exceed one per week per extracurricular activity (tournaments excepted)2.

Additionally, a student’s participation in, and the District’s operation of, extracurricular activities shall be subject to the following policy. All students are eligible for extracurricular activities unless specifically denied eligibility on the basis of criteria outlined in this policy.

Any student who refuses to sit for a Statewide assessment or attempts to boycott a Statewide assessment by failing to put forth a good faith effort on the assessment as determined by the assessment administrator/proctor, or whose parents do not send their student to school on the dates the assessments are administered or scheduled as make-up days shall not be permitted to participate in any non-curriculum related extracurricular activity. The student shall remain ineligible to participate until the student takes the same or a following statewide assessment, as applicable. The superintendent or designee may wave this

paragraph's provisions when the student’s failure was due to exceptional or extraordinary circumstances.3 Students falling under the provisions of this paragraph shall be permitted to attend curriculum related field trips occurring during the school day. 4

A student who enrolls in the district and meets the definition of “eligible child” in Policy 4.2— ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS shall be eligible to tryout for an extracurricular activity regardless of the date the student enrolls in the District so long as the student meets all other eligibility requirements and the extracurricular activity is still ongoing.

A student and the parent or legal guardian of the student shall sign and return an acknowledgement of receipt and review of an information sheet regarding signs and symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest before the student may participate in an athletic activity and before each school year the student participates in an athletic activity.

At the same time, the Board believes that a student’s participation in extracurricular activities cannot come at the expense of his/her classroom academic achievement. Interruptions of instructional time in the classroom are to be minimal and absences from class to participate in extracurricular activities shall not exceed one per week per extracurricular activity (tournaments excepted).

Students receiving assignment to ISS or OSS shall not be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities beginning on the day of the infraction through the period of ISS or OSS.

Students that receive an Out-of-school Suspension (OSS) or have accumulated more than five

(5) days of In-school Suspension (ISS) may not be eligible for field trips, school dances, prom, or exemptions from final exams, etc.

Interscholastic Activities

Each school in the District shall post on its website its schedule of interscholastic activities, including sign-up, tryout, and participation deadlines, at least one semester in advance of those activities. A hard copy of the schedule shall be available upon request.5

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS: Junior High

A student promoted from the sixth to the seventh grade automatically meets scholarship requirements. A student promoted from the seventh to the eighth grade automatically meets scholarship requirements for the first semester. The second semester eighth-grade student meets the scholarship requirements for junior high if he/she has successfully passed four (4)

academic courses the previous semester, three (3) of which shall be in the core curriculum areas specified by ADE’s Standards for Accreditation of Arkansas Public Schools.

The first semester ninth-grade student meets the scholarship requirements for junior high if he/she has successfully passed four (4) academic courses the previous semester, three (3) of which shall be in the core curriculum areas specified by ADE’s Standards for Accreditation of Arkansas Public Schools.

The second semester ninth-grade student meets the scholarship requirements for junior high if he/she has successfully passed (4) academic courses the previous semester which count toward his/her high school graduation requirements.

Ninth-grade students must meet the requirements of the senior high scholarship rule by the end of the second semester in the ninth grade in order to be eligible to participate the fall semester of their tenth-grade year.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS: Senior High

In order to remain eligible for competitive interscholastic activity, a student must have passed

(4) academic courses the previous semester and either:

  1. Have earned a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 from all academic courses the previous semester; or
  2. If the student has passed four (4) academic courses the previous semester but does not have a 2.0 GPA the student must be enrolled and successfully participating in an SIP to maintain their competitive interscholastic extracurricular eligibility.

STUDENTS WITH AN INDIVIDUAL EDUCATION PROGRAM

In order to be considered eligible to participate in competitive interscholastic activities, students with disabilities must pass at least four (4) courses per semester as required by their individual education program (IEP).

ARKANSAS ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATION

In addition to the foregoing rules, the district shall abide by the rules and regulations of AAA governing interscholastic activities. AAA provides catastrophic insurance coverage for students participating in AAA governed extracurricular activities who are enrolled in school. As a matter of District policy, no student may participate in a AAA governed extracurricular activity unless he or she is enrolled in a district school, to ensure all students are eligible for AAA catastrophic insurance. 6

Intrascholastic Activities AAA Governed Activities

Students participating in intrascholastic extracurricular activities that would be governed by AAA if they were to occur between students of different schools shall meet all interscholastic activity eligibility requirements to be eligible to participate in the comparable intrascholastic activity. The District will abide by the AAA Handbook for such activities to ensure District students are not disqualified from participating in interscholastic activities.7

Non-AAA Governed Activities

Unless made ineligible by District policies, all students shall be eligible to participate in non-AAA governed intrascholastic extracurricular activities. Intrascholastic activities designed for a particular grade(s) or course(s) shall require the student to be enrolled in the grade(s) or course(s).

Last Revised: July 2016

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY ELIGIBILITY FOR HOME SCHOOLED STUDENTS

Home-schooled student means a student legally enrolled in an Arkansas home school and who meets or has met the criteria for being a homeschooled student, as established by A.C.A. § 6- 15-503.

Interscholastic activity means an activity between schools subject to regulations of the Arkansas Activities Association that is outside the regular curriculum of the school district, such as an athletic activity, fine arts program, or a special interest group or club.

Each school in the District shall post on its website its schedule of interscholastic activities, including sign-up, tryout, and participation deadlines, at least one semester in advance of those activities. A hard copy of the schedule shall be available upon request.

Home-schooled students whose parents or guardians are legal residents of the school district will be permitted to pursue participation in an interscholastic activity in the student's resident school zone as permitted by this policy. Although not guaranteed participation in an interscholastic activity, home-school students who meet the provisions of this policy, AAA Rules, and applicable Arkansas statutes shall have an equal opportunity to try out and participate in an interscholastic activities without discrimination.The District shall provide a reasonable alternative to any prerequisite for eligibility to participate in an interscholastic activity that the home-schooled student is unable to meet because of his or her enrollment in a home school.

Home-schooled students whose parent or legal guardian are not residents of the school district will be permitted to pursue participation in an interscholastic activity in the District if the superintendent of the student’s resident district and the superintendent of the District both agree in writing to allow the student to participate in interscholastic activities at the District.

To be eligible to tryout and participate in interscholastic activities, the student or the parent of a student shall mail or hand deliver the student's request to participate to the student's school's principal before the signup, tryout or participation deadline established for traditional students. Additionally, the student shall demonstrate academic eligibility by obtaining a minimum test score of the 30th percentile or better in the previous 12 months on the Stanford Achievement Test Series, Tenth Edition; another nationally recognized norm-referenced test; or a minimum score on a test approved by the State Board of Education.

A student who meets the requirements for eligibility to participate in an interscholastic activity is required to register for no more than one course in the District's school where the student is intending to participate in an interscholastic activity.

The student shall regularly attend the class in which the student is registered beginning no later than the eleventh (11th) day of the semester in which the student's interscholastic activity participation is desired. The student must attend the practices for the interscholastic activity to the same extent as is required of traditional students.

A student and the parent or legal guardian of the student shall sign and return an acknowledgement of receipt and review of an information sheet regarding signs and symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest before the student may participate in an athletic activity and before each school year the student participates in an athletic activity

A homeschooled student who has met the try out criteria; and who has been selected to

participate in the interscholastic activity shall meet the following criteria that also apply to traditional students enrolled in the school:

A homeschooled student who is not a resident of the District may begin participating in interscholastic activities:

a.     Immediately upon being approved for participation for all interscholastic activities other than athletic activities; and

b.     One (1) calendar year after being approved to participate in interscholastic activities that are athletic activities unless the approval is prior to July 1 of the school year the student would have been enrolled in seventh (7th) grade if the student were enrolled in public school.

 

A homeschooled student who is not a resident of the District and is prohibited under this policy from participating in an interscholastic activity that is an athletic activity for one (1) calendar year may immediately participate in rehearsals, tryouts, practices, auditions, classes, or other endeavors associated with the interscholastic activity.

Students who participate in extracurricular or athletic activities under this policy will be transported to and from the interscholastic activities on the same basis as other students are transported.

A student who withdraws from an Arkansas Activities Association member school to be home- schooled shall not participate in an interscholastic activity in the resident school district for a minimum of three hundred sixty-five days after the student withdraws from the member school.

  1. F— HOMESCHOOLED STUDENTS' LETTER OF INTENT TO PARTICIPATE IN AN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY

Student’s Name (Please Print) _        

Parent or Guardian's Resident Address

Street        Apartment  _        

City  _        


State  _        


Zip Code _        

Student's date of birth      /    / _        Last grade level the student completed   _        

Student has demonstrated academic eligibility by obtaining a verifiable minimum test score of the 30th percentile or better in the previous 12 months on the Stanford Achievement Test Series, Tenth Edition, or another nationally recognized norm-referenced test approved by the State Board of Education. _        

Name of test, Date taken, and score achieved _        

Extracurricular activity(ies) the student requests to participate in

Course(s) the student requests to take at the school  _        

Proof of identity  _        

Date Submitted       /   / 

Parent's Signature   _        

Date Adopted:

Last Revised: July 2016

USE OF STUDENTS BY COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

Community organizations wishing to use students in speeches, programs, etc. shall make their requests known to the appropriate principal at least one day in advance. These students shall be excused only when the permission of the parent is given. The principal shall ensure that a minimum of classes will be missed by the student.

WEBSITE PRIVACY POLICY

  1. The Lincoln School District operates and maintains a web site for the purpose of informing the citizens of the district about its activities. The web site does not use “cookies” or ISP addresses to collect or retain personally identifying information about visitors to its web site nor is any such information given to “third parties.” Any data collected is used solely for the purpose of monitoring site activity to help the district improve the usefulness of the site to its visitors.
  2. The site serves no commercial purpose and does not collect any information from individuals for such purpose.
  3. The site provides for email communication between the District and individuals for the purpose of exchanging information regarding the District and its activities or between teachers and their students. The site may also provide for password-protected communication between the District and its staff.
  4. It is the policy of LCSD that students are NOT identified by name on the Lincoln School District Web Page. However, names are sometimes listed (not identified) in conjunction with photographs or video clips. It is understood, however, that once the photographer video clip is displayed on a web site, the District has no control over how the photograph or video clip is used or misused by persons with computers accessing the District’s website.

DISTRIBUTION OF LITERATURE

The school principal or designee shall establish reasonable regulations governing the time, place, and manner of student distribution of any non-school materials.

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS/EQUAL ACCESS

  1. Non-curriculum related secondary school student organizations wishing to conduct meetings on school premises during non-instructional time shall not be denied equal access on the basis of the religious, political, philosophical or other content of the speech at such meetings.  Such meetings must meet the following criteria.
  1. The meeting is to be voluntary and student initiated.
  2. There is no sponsorship of the meeting by the school, the government or its agents or employees.
  3. The meeting must occur during non-instructional time.

  1. Employees or agents of the school are present at religious meetings only in a non- participatory capacity.
  2. The meeting does not materially and substantially interfere with the orderly conduct of educational activities within the school.
  3. Non-school persons may not direct, conduct, control or regularly attend activities of student groups.
  1. All meetings held on school premises must be scheduled and approved by the principal. The school, its agents and employees retain the authority to maintain order and discipline, to protect the well-being of students and faculty, and to assure that attendance of students at meetings is voluntary.
  2. Fraternities, sororities and secret societies are forbidden in the District’s schools. Membership to student organizations shall not be by a vote of the organization’s members, nor be restricted by the student’s race, religion, sex, national origin or other arbitrary criteria. Hazing, as defined by law, is forbidden in connection with initiation into, or affiliation with, any student organization. Students who are convicted of participation in hazing or the failure to report hazing shall be expelled.

PRIVACY OF STUDENTS’ RECORDS / DIRECTORY INFORMATION

Except when a court order regarding a student has been presented to the district to the contrary, all students’ education records are available for inspection and copying by the parent of his/her student who is under the age of eighteen (18). At the age of eighteen (18), the right to inspect and copy a student’s records transfers to the student. A student’s parent or the student, if over the age of 18, requesting to review the student’s education records will be allowed to do so within no more than forty five (45) days of the request. The district forwards education records, including disciplinary records, to schools that have requested them and in which the student seeks or intends to enroll, or is already enrolled so long as the disclosure is for purposes related to the student's enrollment or transfer.

The district shall receive written permission before releasing education records to any agency or individual not authorized by law to receive and/or view the education records without prior parental permission. The District shall maintain a record of requests by such agencies or individuals for access to, and each disclosure of, personally identifiable information (PII) from the education records of each student. Disclosure of education records is authorized by law to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A personal record kept by a school staff member is not considered an education record if it meets the following tests.

For the purposes of this policy a school official is a person employed by the school as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the school board; a person or

company with whom the school has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.

For the purposes of this policy a school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility, contracted duty, or duty of elected office.

In addition to releasing PII to school officials without permission, the District may disclose PII from the education records of students in foster care placement to the student’s caseworker or to the caseworker’s representative without getting prior consent of the parent (or the student if the student is over eighteen (18)). For the District to release the student’s PII without getting permission:

The District discloses PII from an education record to appropriate parties, including parents, in connection with an emergency if knowledge of the information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals. The superintendent or designee shall determine who will have access to and the responsibility for disclosing information in emergency situations.

When deciding whether to release PII in a health or safety emergency, the District may take into account the totality of the circumstances pertaining to a threat to the health or safety of a student or other individuals. If the District determines that there is an articulable and significant threat to the health or safety of a student or other individuals, it may disclose information from education records to any person whose knowledge of the information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals.

For purposes of this policy, the Lincoln School District does not distinguish between a custodial and noncustodial parent, or a non-parent such as a person acting in loco parentis or a foster parent with respect to gaining access to a student’s records. Unless a court order restricting such access has been presented to the district to the contrary, the fact of a person’s status as parent or guardian, alone, enables that parent or guardian to review and copy his child’s records.

If there exists a court order which directs that a parent not have access to a student or his/her records, the parent, guardian, person acting in loco parentis, or an agent of the Department of Human Services must present a file-marked copy of such order to the building principal and the superintendent. The school will make good-faith efforts to act in accordance with such court order, but the failure to do so does not impose legal liability upon the school. The actual responsibility for enforcement of such court orders rests with the parents or guardians, their attorneys and the court which issued the order.

A parent or guardian does not have the right to remove any material from a student’s records, but such parent or guardian may challenge the accuracy of a record. The right to challenge the accuracy of a record does not include the right to dispute a grade, disciplinary rulings, disability placements, or other such determinations, which must be done only through the appropriate teacher and/or administrator, the decision of whom is final. A challenge to the accuracy of material contained in a student’s file must be initiated with the building principal, with an appeal available to the Superintendent or his/her designee. The challenge shall clearly identify the part of the student’s record the parent wants changed and specify why he/she believes it is inaccurate or misleading. If the school determines not to amend the record as requested, the school will notify the requesting parent or student of the decision and inform them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amending the record. The parent or eligible student will be provided information regarding the hearing procedure when notified of the right to a hearing.

Unless the parent or guardian of a student (or student, if above the age of eighteen [18]) objects, "directory information" about a student may be made available to the public, military recruiters, post-secondary educational institutions, prospective employers of those students, as well as school publications such as annual yearbooks and graduation announcements.4 “Directory information” includes, but is not limited to, a student’s name, address, telephone number, electronic mail address, photograph, date and place of birth, dates of attendance,5 his/her placement on the honor roll (or the receipt of other types of honors), as well as his/her participation in school clubs and extracurricular activities, among others. If the student participates in inherently public activities (for example, basketball, football, or other interscholastic activities), the publication of such information will be beyond the control of the District. "Directory information" also includes a student identification (ID) number, user ID, or other unique personal identifier used by a student for purposes of accessing or communicating in electronic systems and a student ID number or other unique personal identifier that is displayed on a student's ID badge, provided the ID cannot be used to gain access to education records except when used in conjunction with one or more factors that authenticate the user's identity, such as a personal identification number (PIN), password or other factor known or possessed only by the authorized user.

A student’s name and photograph will only be displayed on the district or school’s web page(s) after receiving the written permission from the student’s parent or student if over the age of 18.

The form for objecting to making directory information available is located in the back of the student handbook and must be completed and signed by the parent or age-eligible student and filed with the building principal’s office no later than ten (10) school days after the beginning of each school year or the date the student is enrolled for school. Failure to file an objection by that time is considered a specific grant of permission. The district is required to continue to honor any signed-opt out form for any student no longer in attendance at the district.

The right to opt out of the disclosure of directory information under Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) does not prevent the District from disclosing or requiring a student to disclose the student's name, identifier, or institutional email address in a class in which the student is enrolled.6

Parents and students over the age of 18 who believe the district has failed to comply with the requirements for the lawful release of student records may file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) at:   Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20202

STUDENT PUBLICATIONS

All publications that are supported financially by the school or by use of school facilities, or are produced in conjunction with a class shall be considered school-sponsored publications. School publications do not provide a forum for public expression. Such publications, as well as the content of student expression in school-sponsored activities, shall be subject to the editorial control of the District’s administration whose actions shall be reasonably related to legitimate pedagogical concerns and adhere to the following limitations:

  1. Advertising may be accepted for publications that does not condone or promote products that are inappropriate for the age and maturity of the audience or that endorse such things as tobacco, alcohol, drugs, or political endorsements or advertisements.
  2. Publications may be regulated to prohibit writings which are, or perceived to be, in the opinion of the appropriate teacher and/or administrator, grammatically incorrect, poorly written, inadequately researched, biased or prejudiced, vulgar or profane, or unsuitable for immature audiences.
  3. Prohibited publications include:
  1. Those obscene to minors.
  2. Those libelous or slanderous, including material containing defamatory falsehoods about public figures or governmental officials, which are made with knowledge of their falsity or reckless disregard of the truth.
  3. Those that constitute an unwarranted invasion of privacy as defined by state law.
  4. Publications that suggest or urge the commission of unlawful acts on the school premises.
  5. Publication suggesting or urging the violation of lawful school regulations.
  6. Hate literature that scurrilously attacks ethnic, religious or racial groups.

Student Publications on School Web Pages

Student publications that are displayed on school web pages shall follow the same guidelines as listed above; plus they shall:

  1. Not contain any non-educational advertisements. Additionally, student web publications shall;

  1. Adhere to the restrictions regarding use of Directory Information as prescribed in Policy

4.13 including not using a student’s photograph when associated with the student’s name unless written permission has been received from the student’s parent or student if over the age of 18.

  1. State that the views expressed are not necessarily those of the School Board or the employees of the district.

Student Distribution of Non-school Literature, Publications, and Materials

A student or group of students who distribute ten (10) or fewer copies of the same non-school literature, publications, or materials (hereinafter “non-school materials”), shall do so in a time, place, and manner that does not cause a substantial disruption of the orderly educational environment. A student or group of students wishing to distribute more than ten (10) copies of non-school materials shall have school authorities review their non-school materials at least three (3) school days in advance of their desired time of dissemination. School authorities shall review the non-school materials, prior to their distribution and will bar from distribution those non-school materials that are obscene, libelous, pervasively indecent, or advertise unlawful products or services. Material may also be barred from distribution if there is evidence that reasonably supports a forecast that a substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the school or educational environment will likely result from the distribution. Concerns related to any denial of distribution by the principal shall be heard by the superintendent, whose decision shall be final.

The school principal or designee shall establish reasonable regulations governing the time, place, and manner of student distribution of non-school materials.

The regulations shall:

  1. Be narrowly drawn to promote orderly administration of school activities by preventing disruption and may not be designed to stifle expression;
  2. Be uniformly applied to all forms of non-school materials;
  3. Allow no interference with classes or school activities;
  4. Specify times, places, and manner where distribution may and may not occur, and
  5. Not inhibit a person’s right to accept or reject any literature distributed in accordance with the regulations.
  6. Students shall be responsible for the removal of excess literature that is left at the distribution point for more than 5 days.

The Superintendent, along with the student publications advisors, shall develop administrative regulations for the implementation of this policy. The regulations shall include definitions of terms and timelines for the review of materials.

TRANSPORTATION

The Lincoln School District will provide the best transportation program possible for the greatest number of students. Only those students residing in the school district who are attending school are eligible for bus transportation.

All students will be assigned a section of the bus in which to sit, beginning with Lincoln Elementary students in the first rows, followed by LMS and LHS, in that order. The first row of the bus may be used to assign seats to students from any school requiring close supervision.

General rules for riding the school bus:

  1. Be at your bus stop five minutes prior to your estimated pickup time and stand a safe distance from the road.
  2. Do not play on the roadways while waiting for the bus.
  3. Wait until the bus stops and the driver signals it is safe to approach or cross in front of the bus.
  4. Always cross the road in front of the bus where the driver can see you. Never cross the road behind the bus.
  5. Wait until the bus leaves the area before you cross the road to check the mail.
  6. If you miss the bus, do not hitchhike to school.
  7. Enter and leave the bus quickly and orderly.
  8. The school bus is an extension of the classroom and all classroom rules of conduct apply.
  9. While riding the bus:
  1. All students are to follow the directions of the bus driver at all times.
  2. Respect your driver.
  3. Act 814 of 1997 makes it unlawful for any person or persons to threaten curse or use abusive language to a school bus driver in the presence of students.
  4. Respect the rights of other riders - no harassment or intimidation of other riders will be tolerated.
  5. Find your seat and remain seated and facing forward while the bus is moving.
  6. Keep bus aisle clear of books, bags, feet, legs, etc. at all times.
  7. No balloons, flowers or other items that cannot be stored in a backpack will be permitted on the bus.
  8. Speak softly; no loud or distracting noises are allowed.
  9. Any act that jeopardizes the safety of students on the bus is prohibited.
  10. No food, drinks, candy or gum will be allowed on the bus, except for water.
  11. Do not bring water guns, rubber bands or any shooting devices on the bus.
  12. Do not put hands, arms, legs or head out the windows or doors.
  13. Do not throw objects in the bus or out the windows of the bus.
  14. No drugs, alcohol or tobacco product of any kind is allowed on the bus.
  15. No matches, lighters or other flammable materials are allowed on the bus.
  16. Do not tamper with emergency windows, doors and other safety equipment on the bus.
  17. The use of cell phones is prohibited on school buses transporting students to and from school during the defined school day
  18. No vandalism to school or personal property is allowed. Act 36 of 1987 makes the parents of a minor child responsible for reimbursing the school for any damages caused by the minor child up to $5,000.00.

NOTICE! Buses will NO longer be able to transport other students that are NOT regularly assigned to that route due to occupancy levels on the buses. Example: Students going home

with others for sleep-overs, babysitting, etc., will NOT be allowed. The buses will only transport regularly assigned students. This does not include current daycare centers. If your child rides a regular route to and from a daycare or babysitter, that will still be allowed.

CONDUCT TO AND FROM SCHOOL

  1. Students are subject to the same rules of conduct while traveling to and from school as they are while on school grounds. Appropriate disciplinary actions may be taken against commuting students who violate student code of conduct rules.

  1. The preceding paragraph also applies to student conduct while on school buses. The driver of a school bus shall not operate the school bus until every passenger is seated. Disciplinary measures for problems related to bus behavior shall include suspension or expulsion from school, or suspending or terminating the student’s transportation privileges. Transporting students to and from school who have lost their transportation privileges shall become the responsibility of the student’s parent or legal guardian.



STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES

  1. The district shall provide a health service program under the direction of a licensed nurse. The program shall include screening, referral and follow-up procedures for all students. Facilities, equipment and materials necessary for the operation of the program shall be provided at each school. Current health appraisal records for all students will be maintained in accordance with guidelines provided by the Arkansas Department of Education.

  1. Each school shall take proper measures to ensure the safety of all students and protect those students against injuries which may occur in or on the school facilities or site.

IMMUNIZATIONS

Definitions

"In process" means the student has received at least one dose of the required immunizations and is waiting the minimum time interval to receive the additional dose(s).

“Serologic testing” refers to a medical procedure used to determine an individual’s immunity to Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Varicella.

General Requirements

Unless otherwise provided by law or this policy, no student shall be admitted to attend classes in the District who has not been age appropriately immunized against:

The District administration has the responsibility to evaluate the immunization status of District students. The District shall maintain a list of all students who are not fully age appropriately immunized or who have an exemption provided by ADH to the immunization requirements based on medical, religious, or philosophical grounds. Students who are not fully age appropriately immunized when seeking admittance shall be referred to a medical authority for consultation.

The only types of proof of immunization the District will accept are immunization records provided by a:

  1. Licensed physician;
  2. Health department;
  3. Military service; or
  4. Official record from another educational institution in Arkansas.

The proof of immunization must include the vaccine type and dates of vaccine administration. Documents stating “up-to-date”, “complete”, “adequate”, and the like will not be accepted as proof of immunization. No self or parental history of varicella disease will be accepted. Valid proof of immunization and of immunity based on serological testing shall be entered into the student’s record.

In order to continue attending classes in the District, the student must have submitted:

  1. Proof of immunization showing  the student to be fully age appropriately vaccinated;
  2. Written documentation by a public health nurse or private physician of proof the student is in process of being age appropriately immunized, which includes a schedule of the student’s next immunization;
  3. A copy of a letter from ADH indicating immunity based on serologic testing; and/or
  4. A copy of the letter from ADH exempting the student from the immunization requirements for the current school year, or a copy of the application for an exemption for the current school year if the exemption letter has not yet arrived.

Students whose immunization records or serology results are lost or unavailable are required to receive all age appropriate vaccinations or submit number 4 above.

Temporary Admittance

While students who are not fully age appropriately immunized or have not yet submitted an immunization waiver may be enrolled to attend school, such students shall be allowed to attend school on a temporary basis only. Students admitted on a temporary basis may be admitted for a maximum of thirty (30) days (or until October 1st of the current school year for the tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, and meningococcal vaccinations required at ages eleven (11) and sixteen

  1. respectively if October 1st is later in the current school year than the thirty (30) days following the student’s admittance). No student shall be withdrawn and readmitted in order to extend the thirty (30) day period. Students may be allowed to continue attending beyond the thirty (30) day period if the student submits a copy of either number 2 or number 4 above.

Students who are in process shall be required to adhere to the submitted schedule. Failure of the student to submit written documentation from a public health nurse or private physician demonstrating the student received the vaccinations set forth in the schedule may lead to the revocation of the student’s temporary admittance; such students shall be excluded from school until the documentation is provided.

The District will not accept copies of applications requesting an exemption for the current school year that are older than two (2) weeks based on the date on the application. Students who submit a copy of an application to receive an exemption from the immunization requirements for the current year to gain temporary admittance have thirty (30) days from the

admission date to submit either a letter from ADH granting the exemption or documentation demonstrating the student is in process and a copy of the immunization schedule. Failure to submit the necessary documentation by the close of the thirty (30) days will result in the student being excluded until the documentation is submitted.

Exclusion From School

In the event of an outbreak, students who are not fully age appropriately immunized, are in process, or are exempt from the immunization requirements may be required to be excluded from school in order to protect the student. ADH shall determine if it is necessary for students to be excluded in the event of an outbreak. Students may be excluded for twenty-one (21) days or longer depending on the outbreak. No student excluded due to an outbreak shall be allowed to return to school until the District receives approval from ADH.

Students who are excluded from school are not eligible to receive homebound instruction unless the excluded student had a pre-existing IEP or 504 Plan and the IEP/504 team determines homebound instruction to be in the best interest of the student. To the extent possible, the student’s teacher(s) shall place in the principal’s office a copy of the student’s assignments:

It is the responsibility of the student or the student’s parent/legal guardian to make sure that the student’s assignments are collected.

Students excluded from school shall have five (5) school days from the day the student returns to school to submit any homework and to make up any examinations. State mandated assessments are not included in “examinations” and the District has no control over administering state mandated make-up assessments outside of the state's schedule. Students shall receive a grade of zero for any assignment or examination not completed or submitted on time.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASES AND PARASITES

Students with communicable diseases or with human host parasites that are transmittable in a school environment shall demonstrate respect for other students by not attending school while they are capable of transmitting their condition to others. Students whom the school nurse determines are unwell or unfit for school attendance or who are believed to have a communicable disease or condition will be required to be picked up by their parent or guardian. Specific examples include, but are not limited to: Varicella (chicken pox), measles, scabies, conjunctivitis (Pink Eye), impetigo/MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), streptococcal and staphylococcal infections, ringworm, mononucleosis, Hepatitis B or C, mumps, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever (100.4 F when taken orally). A student who has been sent home by the school nurse will be subsequently readmitted, at the discretion of the school nurse, when the student is no longer a transmission risk. In some instances, a letter from a

health care provider may be required prior to the student being readmitted to the school.

To help control the possible spread of communicable diseases, school personnel shall follow the District's exposure control plan when dealing with any blood borne, food borne, and airborne pathogens exposures. Standard precautions shall be followed relating to the handling, disposal, and cleanup of blood and other potentially infectious materials such as all body fluids, secretions and excretions (except sweat).

The District shall maintain a copy of each student's immunization record and a list of individuals with exemptions from immunization which shall be education records as defined in policy 4.13. That policy provides that an education record may be disclosed to appropriate parties in connection with an emergency if knowledge of the information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals.

A student enrolled in the District who has an immunization exemption may be removed from school at the discretion of the Arkansas Department of Health during an outbreak of the disease for which the student is not vaccinated. The student may not return to the school until the outbreak has been resolved and the student's return to school is approved by the Arkansas Department of Health.

The parents or legal guardians of students found to have live human host parasites that are transmittable in a school environment will be asked to pick their child up at the end of the school day. The parents or legal guardians will be given information concerning the eradication and control of human host parasites. A student may be readmitted after the school nurse or designee has determined the student no longer has live human host parasites that are transmittable in a school environment.

Each school may conduct screenings of students for human host parasites that are transmittable in a school environment as needed. The screenings shall be conducted in a manner that respects the privacy and confidentiality of each student.

STUDENT MEDICATIONS

Prior to the administration of any medication to any student under the age of eighteen (18), written parental consent is required. The consent form shall include authorization to administer the medication and relieve the Board and its employees of civil liability for damages or injuries resulting from the administration of medication to students in accordance with this policy. All signed medication consent forms are to be maintained by the school nurse.

Unless authorized to self-administer, students are not allowed to carry any medications, including over-the-counter medications or any perceived health remedy not regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration, while at school. The parent or legal guardian shall bring the student’s medication to the school nurse. The student may bring the medication if accompanied by a written authorization from the parent or legal guardian. When medications are brought to the school nurse, the nurse shall document, in the presence of the parent, the quantity of the medication(s). If the medications are brought by a student, the school nurse

shall ask another school employee to verify, in the presence of the student the quantity of the medication(s). Each person present shall sign a form verifying the quantity of the medication(s). Medications, including those for self-medication, must be in the original container and be properly labeled with the student’s name, the ordering provider’s name, the name of the medication, the dosage, frequency, and instructions for the administration of the medication (including times). Additional information accompanying the medication shall state the purpose for the medication, its possible side effects, and any other pertinent instructions (such as special storage requirements) or warnings. Schedule II medications that are permitted by this policy to be brought to school shall be stored in a double locked cabinet.

Students with an individualized health plan (IHP) may be given over-the-counter medications to the extent giving such medications are included in the student's IHP.

Students taking Schedule II medications methylphenidate (e.g. Ritalin or closely related medications as determined by the school nurse), dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine), and amphetamine sulfate (e.g. Adderall or closely related medications as determined by the school nurse) shall be allowed to attend school. Students taking Schedule II medications not included in the previous sentence shall be allowed to bring them to school under the provisions of this policy and shall be permitted to attend and participate in classes only to the extent the student's doctor has specifically authorized such attendance and participation. A doctor's prescription for a student's Schedule II medication is not an authorization. Attendance authorization shall specifically state the degree and potential danger of physical exertion the student is permitted to undertake in the student's classes and extracurricular activities. Without a doctor's written authorization, a student taking Schedule II medications, other than those specifically authorized in this policy, shall not be eligible to attend classes, but shall be eligible for homebound instruction if provided for in their IEP or 504 plans.

The district's supervising registered nurse shall be responsible for creating both on campus and off campus procedures for administering medications.

Students who have written permission from their parent or guardian and a licensed health care practitioner to self-administer either an rescue inhaler or auto-injectable epinephrine, or both and who have a current consent form on file shall be allowed to carry and self-administer such medication while in school, at an on-site school sponsored activity, while traveling to or from school, or at an off-site school sponsored activity. Students are prohibited from sharing, transferring, or in any way diverting his/her medications to any other person. The fact that a student with a completed consent form on file is allowed to carry an rescue inhaler or auto- injectable epinephrine, or both does not require him/her to have such on his/her person. The parent or guardian of a student who qualifies under this policy to self-carry a rescue inhaler or auto-injectable epinephrine, or both on his/her person shall provide the school with the appropriate medication which shall be immediately available to the student in an emergency.

Students may be administered Glucagon in emergency situations by the school nurse or, in the absence of the school nurse, a trained volunteer school employee designated as a care provider, provided the student has:

for the administration of Glucagon in emergency situations; and

When the nurse is unavailable, the trained volunteer school employee who is responsible for a student shall be released from other duties during:

  1. The time scheduled for a dose of insulin in the student’s IHP; and
  2. Glucagon or non-scheduled insulin administration once other staff have relieved him/her from other duties until a parent, guardian, other responsible adult, or medical personnel has arrived.

A student shall have access to a private area to perform diabetes monitoring and treatment functions as outlined in the student's IHP.

Emergency Administration of Epinephrine

The school nurse or other school employees designated by the school nurse as a care provider who have been trained and certified by a licensed physician may administer an epinephrine auto-injector in emergency situations to students who have an IHP developed under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 which provides for the administration of an epinephrine auto-injector in emergency situations.

The parent of a student who has an authorizing IHP, or the student if over the age of eighteen (18), shall annually complete and sign a written consent form provided by the student's school nurse authorizing the nurse or other school employee certified to administer auto-injector epinephrine to the student when the employee believes the student is having a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction.

Students with an order from and a licensed health care provider to self-administer auto- injectable epinephrine and who have written permission from their parent or guardian shall provide the school nurse an epinephrine auto-injector. This epinephrine will be used in the event the school nurse, or other school employee certified to administer auto-injector epinephrine, in good faith professionally believes the student is having a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction and the student is either not self-carrying his/her /epinephrine auto- injector or the nurse is unable to locate it.

The school nurse for each District school shall keep epinephrine auto-injectors on hand that are suitable for the students the school serves. The school nurse or other school employee designated by the school nurse as a care provider who has been trained and certified by a licensed physician may administer auto-injector epinephrine to those students who the school nurse, or other school employee certified to administer auto-injector epinephrine, in good faith professionally believes is having a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction.

The school shall not keep outdated medications or any medications past the end of the school year. Parents shall be notified ten (10) days in advance of the school’s intention to dispose of any medication. Medications not picked up by the parents or legal guardians within the ten (10) day period shall be disposed of by the school nurse in accordance with current law and regulations.

A partial, but not all-inclusive listing of Schedule II medications not specifically permitted

includes Opium, morphine, codeine, hydromorphone (Dilaudid), methadone, meperidine (Demerol), cocaine, oxycodone (Percodan), amobarbital, pentobarbital, sufentanile, etorphine hydrochloride, phenylactone, dronabinol, secobarbital, and fentanyl.

The specific authorization should be provided on the doctor's letterhead along with the completed Medication Administration Consent Form (4.35F).

A student who had surgery or was in an accident and is taking a Schedule II medication may be told by his/her doctor to not attend class. In such a case, a 504 plan can be developed to cover the duration of the student's recovery. The plan could include homebound instruction.

STUDENT ILLNESS / ACCIDENT

  1. If a student becomes too ill to remain in class and/or could be contagious to other students, the principal or designee will attempt to notify the student’s parent or legal guardian. The student will remain in the school’s health room or a place where he/she can be supervised until the end of the school day or until the parent/guardian can check the student out of school.
  2. If a student becomes seriously ill or is injured while at school and the parent/legal guardian cannot be contacted, the failure to make such contact shall not unreasonably delay the school’s expeditious transport of the student to an appropriate medical care facility. The school assumes no responsibility for treatment of the student. When available, current, and applicable, the student’s emergency contact numbers and medical information will be utilized. Parents are strongly encouraged to keep this information up to date.

PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS OR SCREENINGS

  1. The Lincoln School District may provide from time to time for the administration of physical exams, screenings, or Body Mass Index testing of its students. The intent of the exams or screenings shall be to detect contagious or infectious diseases or defects in hearing, vision or other elements of health that would adversely affect the student’s ability to achieve to their full potential.
  2. The district shall notify parents, at least annually, of the specific or approximate dates of any non-emergency, physical examination or screening that is:
  1. required as a condition of attendance.
  2. administered by the school and scheduled by the school in advance.
  3. not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of the student, or of other students.
  1. Except in instances where a student is suspected of having a contagious or infectious disease, parents shall have the right to opt their student out of the exams or screenings by providing certification from a physician that he/she has recently examined the student.
  2. A student may be required to pass a physical exam before being allowed to participate in certain extracurricular activities to help ensure they are physically capable of withstanding the rigors of the activity. It is understood that students who refuse to take such an exam will not be allowed to participate in the desired activity. The rights provided to parents under this policy transfer to the student when he/she turns eighteen (18) years old.

LEGAL NAMES AND PERMANENT RECORDS

  1. Students must use their legal birth names for all official school documents. Name changes will only be accepted upon receipt of a court order.
  2. Permanent school records, as required by the Arkansas Department of Education, shall be maintained for each student enrolled in the District until the student receives a high school diploma or its equivalent or is beyond the age of compulsory school attendance. A copy of the student’s permanent record shall be provided to the receiving school district within ten

(10) school days after the date a request from the receiving school district is received.

  1. In addition, school records will be maintained for graduates due to the potential for future need of the records by students for college admissions, security clearances, background checks, etc.

SOLICITATIONS-STUDENTS

  1. Participation in any fundraising or charity drive sponsored by the school or outside agency shall be entirely voluntary as far as each student is concerned. There shall be no cause for embarrassment to those who do not or cannot participate or contribute.
  2. All fundraising and charity drives sponsored by a school must receive the approval of the principal. In no case will approval be given for such activities during the regular school day.

VISITS AND CONFERENCES

  1. Parents/Guardians wishing to visit their children during the school day shall register first with the office. Visitors in the classroom can be disruptive to the educational process. Any visitation to the classroom shall be allowed only with the permission of the school principal, and requested in advance of the classroom visit.
  2. If there is any question concerning the legal custody of the student, the parent shall present documentation to the principal or his/her designee establishing the parent’s custody of the student or legal right of visitation. It shall be the responsibility of the custodial parent to make any visitation restrictions regarding the non-custodial parent known to the principal by presenting a copy of a file-marked court order. Estranged parents may visit their child during school hours with the consent of the custodial parent.

CONTACT WITH STUDENTS WHILE AT SCHOOL

Parents wishing to speak to their children during the school day shall register first with the office.

CONTACT BY NON-CUSTODIAL PARENTS

If there is any question concerning the legal custody of the student, the custodial parent shall present documentation to the principal or the principal’s designee establishing the parent’s custody of the student.

It shall be the responsibility of the custodial parent to make any court ordered “no contact” or other restrictions regarding the non-custodial parent known to the principal by presenting a copy of a file-marked court order. Without such a court order on file, the school will release the child to either of his/her parents. Non-custodial parents who file with the principal a date- stamped copy of current court orders granting visitation may eat lunch, volunteer in their child’s classroom, or otherwise have contact with their child during school hours and the prior approval of the school’s principal. Such contact is subject to the limitations outlined in Policy 4.16, Policy 6.5, and any other policies that may apply.

Arkansas law provides that, In order to avoid continuing child custody controversies from involving school personnel and to avoid disruptions to the educational atmosphere in the District’s schools, the transfer of a child between his/her custodial parent and noncustodial parent, when both parents are present, shall not take place on the school’s property on normal school days during normal hours of school operation. Unless a valid no-contact order has been filed with the student’s principal or the principal’s designee, district employees shall not become involved in disputes concerning whether or not that parent was supposed to pick up the student on any given day.

CONTACT BY LAW ENFORCEMENT, SOCIAL SERVICES, OR BY COURT ORDER

State Law requires that Department of Human Services employees, local law enforcement, or agents of the Crimes Against Children Division of the Department of Arkansas State Police, may interview students without a court order for the purpose of investigating suspected child abuse. In instances where the interviewers deem it necessary, they may exercise a “72-hour hold” without first obtaining a court order. Except as provided below, other questioning of students by non-school personnel shall be granted only with a court order directing such questioning, with permission of the parents of a student (or the student if above eighteen [18] years of age), or in response to a subpoena or arrest warrant.

If the District makes a report to any law enforcement agency concerning student misconduct or if access to a student is granted to a law enforcement agency due to a court order, the principal or the principal’s designee shall make a good faith effort to contact the student’s parent, legal guardian, or other person having lawful control by court order, or person acting in loco parentis identified on student enrollment forms. The principal or the principal's designee shall not attempt to make such contact if presented documentation by the investigator that notification is prohibited because a parent, guardian, custodian, or person standing in loco parentis is named as an alleged offender of the suspected child maltreatment. This exception applies only to interview requests made by a law enforcement officer, an investigator of the Crimes Against Children Division of the Department of Arkansas State Police, or an investigator or employee of the Department of Human Services.

In instances other than those related to cases of suspected child abuse, principals must release a student to either a police officer who presents a subpoena for the student, or a warrant for arrest, or to an agent of state social services or an agent of a court with jurisdiction over a child with a court order signed by a judge. Upon release of the student, the principal or designee shall give the student’s parent, legal guardian, or other person having lawful control by court order, or person acting in loco parentis notice that the student has been taken into custody by

law enforcement personnel or a state’s social services agency. If the principal or designee is unable to reach the parent, he or she shall make a reasonable, good faith effort to get a message to the parent to call the principal or designee, and leave both a day and an after-hours telephone number.

Contact by Professional Licensure Standards Board Investigators

Investigators for the Professional Licensure Standards Board may meet with students during the school day to carry out the investigation of an ethics complaint.

STUDENT VISITORS

The board strongly believes that the purpose of school is for learning. Social visitors, generally, disrupt the classroom and interfere with learning that should be taking place. Therefore, visiting with students at school is strongly discouraged, unless approved by the principal and scheduled in advance. This includes visits made by former students, friends, and/or relatives of teachers or students. Any visitation to the classroom shall be allowed only with the permission of the school principal and all visitors must first register at the office and present a state issued ID.

CLOSED CAMPUS

All schools in the District shall operate closed campuses. Students are required to stay on campus from their arrival until dismissal at the end of the regular school day unless given permission to leave the campus by a school official. Students must sign out in the office upon their departure.

SEARCH, SEIZURE AND INTERROGATIONS

  1. The district respects the rights of its students against arbitrary intrusion of their person and property. At the same time, it is the responsibility of school officials to protect the health, safety and welfare of all students enrolled in the District in order to promote an environment conducive to student learning. The Superintendent, principals, and their designees have the right to inspect and search school property and equipment. They may also search students and their personal property in which the student has a reasonable expectation of privacy, when there is reasonable and individualized suspicion to believe such student or property contains illegal items or other items in violation of Board policy or dangerous to the school community. School authorities may seize evidence found in the search and disciplinary action may be taken. Evidence found which appears to be in violation of the law shall be reported to the appropriate authority.
  2. School property shall include, but not be limited to, lockers, desks, and parking lots, as well as personal effects left there by students. When possible, prior notice will be given and the student will be allowed to be present along with an adult witness, however, searches may be done at any time with or without notice or the student’s consent. A personal search must not be excessively intrusive in light of the age and sex of the student and the nature of the infraction.
  3. The Superintendent, principals, and their designees may request the assistance of law enforcement officials to help conduct searches. Such searches may include the use of specially trained dogs.
  4. A school official of the same sex shall conduct personal searches with an adult witness of

the same sex present. State Law requires that Department of Human Services employees, local law enforcement, or agents of the Crimes Against Children Division of the Department of Arkansas State Police, may interview students without a court order for the purpose of investigating suspected child abuse. In instances where the interviewers deem it necessary, they may exercise a “72-hour hold” without first obtaining a court order. Other questioning of students by non-school personnel shall be granted only with a court order directing such questioning, with permission of the parents of a student (or the student if above eighteen [18] years of age), or in response to a subpoena or arrest warrant.

  1. If the District makes a report to any law enforcement agency concerning student misconduct or if access to a student is granted to a law enforcement agency due to a court order, the principal or the principal’s designee shall make a good faith effort to contact the student’s parent, legal guardian, or other person having lawful control by court order, or person acting in loco parentis on student enrollment forms.
  2. In instances other than those related to cases of suspected child abuse, principals must release a student to either a police officer who presents a subpoena for the student, or a warrant for arrest, or to an agent of state social services or an agent of a court with jurisdiction over a child with a court order signed by a judge. Upon release of the student, the principal or designee shall give the student’s parent, legal guardian, or other person having lawful control by court order, or person acting in loco parentis notice that the student has been taken into custody by law enforcement personnel or a state’s social services agency. If the principal or designee is unable to reach the parent, he or she shall make a reasonable, good faith effort to get a message to the parent to call the principal or designee, and leave both a day and an evening telephone number.

ACADEMIC HONESTY

Academic honesty should be a concern of the entire school community, and a commitment to it must involve students, faculty, and administrators. Students must understand what academic integrity is and what the most common violations are. With that understanding they must commit themselves to the highest standards for their own, as well as for their peers', academic behavior.

Definitions:

Academic dishonesty involves acts that may subvert or compromise the integrity of the educational process. Included is an act by which a student gains or attempts to gain an academic advantage for himself or herself or another by misrepresenting his or her or another's work or by interfering with the completion, submission, or evaluation of work. These include, but are not limited to, accomplishing or attempting any of the following acts:

  1. Altering of grades or official records.
  2. Using any materials that are not authorized by the instructor for use during an examination.
  3. Copying from another student's paper during an examination.
  4. Collaborating during an examination with any other person by giving or receiving information without specific permission of the instructor.

  1. Stealing, buying, or otherwise obtaining information about an unadministered examination.
  2. Collaborating on laboratory work, take-home examinations, homework, or other assigned work when instructed to work independently.
  3. Substituting for another person or permitting any other person to substitute for oneself to take an examination.
  4. Submitting as one's own any theme, report, term paper, essay, computer program, other written work, speech, painting, drawing, sculpture, or other art work prepared totally or in part by another.
  5. Submitting, without specific permission of the instructor, work that has been previously offered for credit in another course.
  6. Plagiarizing, that is, the offering as one's own work the words, ideas, or arguments of another person without appropriate attribution by quotation, reference, or footnote. Plagiarism occurs either when the words of another are reproduced without acknowledgement, or when the ideas or arguments of another are paraphrased in such a way as to lead the reader to believe that they originated with the writer. It is the responsibility of all students to understand the methods of proper attribution and to apply those principles in all materials submitted.
  7. Forms of plagiarism range from failing to cite an author for ideas incorporated into a student's paper to cutting and pasting paragraphs from different websites to handing in a paper downloaded from the internet. All are plagiarism. Students should be aware that all teachers have access online tools that are very effective resources for catching plagiarism.
  8. Sabotaging of another student's work.
  9. Falsifying or committing forgery on any form or document.
  10. Committing any willful act of dishonesty that interferes with the operation of the academic process.
  11. Facilitating or aiding in any act of academic dishonesty.

Consequences for Academic Dishonesty work will range from receiving no credit, to receiving no credit and ISS, to receiving no credit and OSS. Consequences are at the discretion of the principal or designee.

REPORTS TO PARENTS / GUARDIANS

  1. Report cards will go home at the end of each 9-week grading period. Progress reports may be sent home at the midpoint in each grading period.
  2. Non-custodial parents with visitation rights may request current scholastic records.
  3. Grades may be checked online at www.lincolncsd.com.

POSSESSION AND USE OF CELL PHONES, AND OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Students are responsible for conducting themselves in a manner that respects the rights of others. Possession and use of any electronic device, whether district or student owned, that interferes with a positive, orderly classroom environment does not respect the rights of others and is expressly forbidden.

To protect the security of statewide assessments, no electronic device, as defined in this policy, shall be accessible by a student at any time during assessment administration unless specifically permitted by a student's individualized education program  (IEP) or individual health plan, this means that when a student is taking an AESAA assessment, the student shall not have his/her electronic device in his/her possession. Any student violating this provision shall be subject to this policy's disciplinary provisions.

As used in this policy, “electronic devices” means anything that can be used to transmit or capture images, sound, or data.

Misuse of electronic devices includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Using electronic devices during class time in any manner other than specifically permitted by the classroom instructor;
  2. Permitting any audible sound to come from the device when not being used for reason

#1 above;

  1. Engaging in academic dishonesty, including cheating, intentionally plagiarizing, wrongfully giving or receiving help during an academic examination, or wrongfully obtaining test copies or scores;
  2. Using the device to take photographs in areas where a general expectation of personal privacy exists, including but not limited to locker rooms and bathrooms;
  3. Creating, sending, sharing, viewing, receiving, or possessing an indecent visual depiction of oneself or another person.
  4. Videoing, sharing, receiving, possessing or publishing material which may include assaults, verbal altercations, or fighting between students is prohibited.

Use of an electronic device is permitted to the extent it is approved in a student’s IEP or it is needed in an emergency that threatens the safety of students, staff, or other individuals.

Before and after normal school hours, possession of electronic devices is permitted on the school campus. The use of such devices at school sponsored functions outside the regular school day is permitted to the extent and within the limitations allowed by the event or activity the student is attending.

 A parent shall obtain approval from the student’s building principal before operating a  student-tracking safety device at school or at a school-sponsored event if the device has recording or listen-in capability. The District requires the device’s recording and listen-in technology to be disabled while the device is on the campus or at the school-sponsored event because of student privacy concerns. The District prohibits unauthorized audio or visual recordings or transmission of audio or images of other students. The student’s parent shall agree in writing to the requirement for the device’s recording and listening-in technology to be disabled and that the District may prohibit future use of the device on campus or at a school-sponsored activity if it is determined that the device’s recording or listening-in capabilities were used in violation of this policy before the student safety tracking device may be on campus or at a school-sponsored event.

The student and/or the student’s parents or guardians expressly assume any risk associated with students owning or possessing electronic devices. Students misusing electronic devices shall have them confiscated. Confiscated devices may be picked up at the school’s administration office by the student’s parents or guardians. Students have no right of privacy as to the content contained on any electronic devices that have been confiscated. A search of a confiscated device shall meet the reasonable individualized suspicion requirements of Policy: SEARCH, SEIZURE, AND INTERROGATIONS.

Students who use a school issued cell phones and/or computers for non-school purposes, except as permitted by the district’s Internet/computer use policy, shall be subject to discipline, up to and including suspension or expulsion. Students are forbidden from using school issued cell phones while driving any vehicle at any time. Violation may result in disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.

No student shall use any wireless communication device for the purposes of browsing the internet; composing or reading emails and text messages; or making or answering phone calls while driving a motor vehicle that is in motion and on school property. Violation may result in disciplinary action up to and including suspension. Penalty:  Warning – Expulsion

STUDENT DISCIPLINE

The Lincoln School District Board of Education has a responsibility to protect the health, safety and welfare of the District’s students and employees. To help maintain a safe environment conducive to high student achievement, the Board establishes policies necessary to regulate student behavior to promote an orderly school environment that is respectful of the rights of others and ensures the uniform enforcement of student discipline. Students are responsible for their conduct that occurs at any time on the school grounds, off school grounds at a school- sponsored function, activity, or event, and going to and from school or a school activity.

The District’s administrators may also take disciplinary action against a student for off-campus conduct occurring at any time that would have a detrimental impact on school discipline, the educational environment or the welfare of the students and/or staff. A student who has committed a criminal act while off campus and whose presence on campus could cause a substantial disruption to school or endanger the welfare of other students or staff is subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.  Such acts could include, but are not limited to a felony or an act that would be considered a felony if committed by an adult, as assault or battery, drug law violations or sexual misconduct of a serious nature. Any disciplinary action pursued by the District shall be in accordance with the student’s appropriate due process rights.

The District’s personnel policy committee shall review the student discipline policies annually and may recommend changes in the policies to the Lincoln School Board. The Board shall approve any changes to student discipline policies.

The District’s student discipline policies shall be distributed to each student during the first week of school each year and to new students upon their enrollment. Each student’s parent or legal guardian shall sign and return to the school an acknowledgement form documenting that they have received the policies.

It is required by law that the principal or person in charge, report to the police any incidents the person as personal knowledge or has received information leading to a reasonable belief that a person has committed or threatened to commit an act of violence or any crime involving a deadly weapon on school property or while under school supervision. If the person making the report is not the Superintendent, that person shall also inform the Superintendent of the incident. Additionally, the principal shall inform any school employee or other person who initially reported the incident that a report has been made to the appropriate law enforcement agency. The Superintendent or designee shall inform the Board of Directors of any such report made to law enforcement.

  1. The minimum penalty for student misconduct will be a verbal warning and the maximum
    penalty will be expulsion by the Board and/or legal action dependent upon the severity and frequency of the misconduct.

  1. Any student who gives false information or wrongfully accuses another student or staff member may be subject to disciplinary action.

DEFINITIONS REGARDING DISCIPLINE

  1. EXPULSION: Dismissal from school for a period of time that exceeds ten (10) days. Prohibition of a student from entering the school property, with the exception of a prearranged conference with an administrator, for a period of time that exceeds ten

(10) days. All decisions concerning expulsion will be preceded by a recommendation to the Superintendent and a majority vote by the Lincoln Board of Education. The superintendent may recommend the expulsion of a student for more than ten (10) days for violation of a school district’s written discipline policies, subject to the appeal to the board of education and to requirements of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Expulsion carries with it loss of credit.

  1. ALTERNATIVE TO EXPULSION (ATE) (SUSPENDED EXPULSION): Students who have violated the Student Code of Conduct for which suspension and recommendation for expulsion are made, may be offered an Alternative to Expulsion (ATE); unless otherwise prohibited by law. The school may offer an ATE more than once during a student’s school career, but is under no obligation. Should the student not satisfactorily complete the program, he/she will face original expulsion.

Requirements for Participation in ATE:

  1. Parents or legal guardian and the student must agree to the concept and terms of the Alternative to Expulsion agreement. This may include additional expectations or restrictions.
  2. The student and parents must comply with all recommendations of Alternative to Expulsion agreement or face expulsion.
  3. In the event that a referral to an outside agency is involved, the parents or legal guardians will be responsible for the cost for the entire program regardless of attendance or successful completion.

All decisions concerning Alternative to Expulsion (ATE) will be preceded by a recommendation to the Superintendent and a majority vote by the Lincoln Board of Education. The superintendent may recommend the expulsion of a student for more than ten (10) days for violation of a school district’s written discipline policies, subject to the appeal to the board of education and to requirements of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

  1. OUT OF SCHOOL SUSPENSION (OSS): Prohibition of a student from entering the school or school grounds, except for a prearranged conference with an administrator, for a period of time set by the principal of the school or the superintendent. Suspensions normally will not be longer than ten (10) school days, unless it is deemed a long-term suspension which must be determined by the Board of Education only. Suspension carries with it no makeup work for a grade for the time of suspension. Long term suspension recommendations guarantee the right of due process. During the period of their suspension, students serving out-of- school suspensions shall not be permitted on campus except to attend a student/parent/administrator conference.

  1. IN SCHOOL SUSPENSION (ISS): Prohibition of a student from attending regularly scheduled classes. Students will remain in the ISS room for the duration of ISS assignment. In-school suspension will not be longer than ten (10) school days per infraction. All classroom assignments will be collected from the student’s teachers to be completed in ISS. All ISS assignments are from 7:50 to 3:28. Students in ISS will NOT be counted absent towards loss of credit, but WILL count against the students when determining exemption. A student is not eligible to attend or participate in any school sponsored activity during or after school hours while serving ISS or OSS or Expulsion.

  1. AFTER SCHOOL DETENTION (ASD): Students may be assigned after-school detention.

  1. CLASS DETENTION: Removal from a class for a specific period.

  1. INSUBORDINATION: Resistance to authority, disobedience.

  1. REASONABLE FORCE: The minimum amount of force necessary to stop or restrain a student from conducting himself in an inappropriate manner or in a manner which could cause physical injury to an individual.

  1. PARENT: The term parent will include every parent, guardian or person in parental relation having control or charge of any student in attendance in the schools of this district.

  1. REASONABLE SUSPICION: Reasonable grounds for suspecting that a search will turn up evidence that the student has violated or is violating either the law or school rule.

  1. SATURDAY SCHOOL (8th-12th grades only): The Saturday School is an alternative for the students and parents in place of In-school suspension or Out-of-school suspensions. Class time is disrupted as little as possible. Saturday School will be offered Saturday’s, as needed, during the school year excluding holiday weekends (Usually once a month) The placement of a student in Saturday will be at the discretion of the parent and school administrator. Saturday School dates are set at the discretion of administration.

All sessions will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 12:00 noon. One session constitutes a 1-day assignment or suspension. There will be two 10-minute breaks per session (9:20-9:30 a.m. and 10:50-11:00 a.m.)

SUSPENSION FROM SCHOOL

Students who are not present at school cannot benefit from the educational opportunities the school environment affords. Administrators, therefore, shall strive to find ways to keep students in school as participants in the educational process. There are instances, however, when the needs of the other students or the interests of the orderly learning environment require the removal of a student from school. The Board authorizes school principals or their designees to suspend students for disciplinary reasons for a period of time not to exceed ten (10) school days,1 including the day upon which the suspension is imposed. The suspension may be in school or out of school. Students are responsible for their conduct that occurs:

A student may be suspended for behavior including, but not limited to that which:

  1. Is in violation of school policies, rules, or regulations;
  2. Substantially interferes with the safe and orderly educational environment;
  3. School administrators believe will result in the substantial interference with the safe and orderly educational environment; and/or
  4. Is insubordinate, incorrigible, violent, or involves moral turpitude.

Out-of-school suspension (OSS)shall not be used to discipline a student in kindergarten through fifth (5th) grade unless the student's behavior:

a.         Poses a physical risk to himself or herself or to others;

b.         Causes a serious disruption that cannot be addressed through other means; or

c.         Is the act of bringing a firearm on school campus. 

OSS shall not be used to discipline a student for skipping class, excessive absences, or other forms of truancy.

The school principal or designee shall proceed as follows in deciding whether or not to suspend a student:

  1. the student shall be given written notice or advised orally of the charges against him/her;
  2. if the student denies the charges, he/she shall be given an explanation of the evidence against him/her and be allowed to present his/her version of the facts; and
  3. if the principal finds the student guilty of the misconduct, he/she may be suspended.

When possible, notice of the suspension, its duration, and any stipulations for the student’s re- admittance to class will be given to the parent(s), legal guardian(s), or to the student if age eighteen (18) or older prior to the suspension. Such notice shall be handed to the parent(s), legal guardian(s), or to the student if age eighteen (18) or older or mailed to the last address reflected in the records of the school district.

Generally, notice and hearing should precede the student's removal from school, but if prior notice and hearing are not feasible, as where the student's presence endangers persons or property or threatens disruption of the academic process, thus justifying immediate removal from school, the necessary notice and hearing should follow as soon as practicable.

It is the parents’ or legal guardians’ responsibility to provide current contact information to the district, which the school shall use to immediately notify the parent or legal guardian upon the suspension of a student. The notification shall be by one of the following means, listed in order of priority:

The district shall keep a log of contacts attempted and made to the parent or legal guardian.

During the period of their suspension, students serving OSS are not permitted on campus except to attend a student/parent/administrator conference.

During the period of their suspension, students serving in-school suspension shall not attend or participate in any school-sponsored activities during the imposed suspension.

Suspensions initiated by the principal or his/her designee may be appealed to the Superintendent, but not to the Board.

Suspensions initiated by the Superintendent may be appealed to the Board.

SATURDAY SCHOOL (8-12)

RULES FOR SATURDAY SCHOOL

  1. At least one parent/guardian must bring the student to Saturday School and check the student in, unless otherwise prearranged. Parents and students will enter through an assigned door. There must be an emergency phone number left with the supervisor before the parent leaves.

  1. Upon checking in, each student must have all materials present (NO MAGAZINES OR NEWSPAPERS WILL BE ALLOWED). Students will not be allowed to go to the classroom for materials. This must be taken care of before entering the building.

  1. Appropriate school clothing must be worn. The school dress code will be strictly enforced.

  1. A Saturday School assignment must be attended on the date assigned unless prior arrangements have been made with the principal/assistant principal/dean of students. If the student does not attend as required, the school has no choice but to assume that the parents disagree with this system of corrective measures. When this occurs, the student will be suspended for one (1) day. (THE STUDENT WILL RECEIVE NO CREDIT FOR WORK MISSED).

  1. Each session begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. Students must arrive prior to 8:00 a.m. Doors will be locked at this time, and no one will be permitted to enter late.

  1. Assignments will be given to all students for each session. Students will not be permitted to sleep or lay their heads on the desk. Students will receive additional assignments from the supervisor if necessary.

  1. If a student attends Saturday School and does not work as required or creates a disturbance, the student will be assigned an additional date. On this second date, it will be requested that a parent, grandparent or guardian accompany the student during this assignment.

CHARACTER BUILDER PROGRAM

In place of ISS or OSS a student or parent is allowed to choose to attend this program. The student would spend a 4 Hour session with the Army recruiters doing fitness and character building activities. This will be an option offered in the place of ISS/OSS/SATURDAY SCHOOL. This will take place on Saturdays throughout the year and may not always be an option.

PROHIBITED CONDUCT - RULES FOR BEHAVIOR

Students and staff require a safe and orderly learning environment that is conducive to high student achievement. Certain student behaviors are unacceptable in such an environment and are hereby prohibited by the Board. Prohibited behaviors include, but shall not be limited to the following rules:

  1. Refusal to Follow School and/or Classroom Rules

Students shall comply with reasonable instructions from administrators, teachers, instructional assistants, school bus drivers or any other authorized school district employee. Penalty: Warning to Expulsion.

  1. Academic Dishonesty (See ACADEMIC DISHONESTY)
  2. Defiant Behavior

Open defiance or blatant refusal to follow the reasonable directives of any authorized school district employee. Penalty:  Warning – Expulsion

  1. Truancy (Skipping School or Class)

A student will not be absent from school or class without parent or school authorities’ prior knowledge and consent. A student absent from his classroom or other assigned learning station without permission from school authorities will be considered as truant. Each truancy will be treated as an unexcused absence. Students found to be truant will not be allowed to make up tests and assignments. The Board of Education does not approve of skip days, and students who participate in skip days will be charged with truancy. Penalty: Suspension to Expulsion

  1. Leaving Campus or Designated Area without Permission

After arrival on the school campus, a student will not leave the campus or designated area without permission from school authorities. Penalty:  Suspension to Expulsion

  1. School Bus Rules and Regulations

All students shall conduct themselves in accordance with the conduct code governing student behavior in school and in accordance with school bus regulations when on the bus or at the bus stop area. See Transportation Policy. School Rules for Behavior also apply with consequences.

  1. Tobacco and tobacco products

Smoking or use of tobacco or products containing tobacco in any form (including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, and snuff) in or on any real property owned or leased by a District school, including school buses owned or leased by the District, is prohibited. Students who violate this policy may be subject to legal proceedings in addition to student disciplinary measures.

With the exception of recognized tobacco cessation products, this policy’s prohibition includes any tobacco or nicotine delivery system or product. Specifically, the prohibition includes any product that is manufactured, distributed, marketed, or sold as e-cigarettes, e- cigars, e-pips, or under any other name or descriptor. Penalty: Suspension – Expulsion

  1. Gambling

Students shall not gamble while on school property, school buses or at school- sponsored events.  Penalty:  Warning – Suspension

  1. Forgery or Falsification of Information or Failure to Provide Identification

No student shall falsify signatures or information on official school records, refuse to give identification or give false identification when identity is requested by a staff member. Penalty:  Suspension – Legal action

  1. Fighting

When students fight, it may be difficult to determine who is at fault. When a cooling off period is needed, both students may be immediately suspended until an effort to determine fault is made. If a student is found to have not initiated the fight, he may or may not be suspended. Alternate punishment may be applied with regard to actual involvement. Penalty:  Warning – Expulsion

  1. Profanity, Verbal Harassment, Obscene Gestures

A student will not use in verbal or written form profane, violent, vulgar, abusive, insulting, sexual or disrespectful language at any time. A student will not use physical gestures that convey a connotation of obscene or disrespectful acts, infringe upon the rights of others or cause or begin an overt and immediate disruption of the educational process. Penalty: Warning – Expulsion

    12. Theft of  another individual’s personal property. Penalty: Warning – Expulsion

    13. Operating a vehicle on school grounds while using a wireless communication device.                     Penalty: Warning – Loss of Driving privileges

  1. Bullying

Respect for the dignity of others is a cornerstone of civil society. Bullying creates an atmosphere of fear and intimidation, robs a person of his/her dignity, detracts from the safe environment necessary to promote student learning, and will not be tolerated by the Board of Directors. Students who bully another person shall be held accountable for their actions whether they occur on school equipment or property; off school property at a school sponsored or approved function, activity, or event; going to or from school or a school activity in a school vehicle or school bus; or at designated school bus stops.

A school principal or his or her designee who receives a credible report or complaint of bullying shall promptly investigate the complaint or report and make a record of the investigation and any action taken as a result of the investigation.

Definitions:

Attribute means an actual or perceived personal characteristic including without limitation race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, socioeconomic status, academic status, disability, gender, gender identity, physical appearance, health condition, or sexual orientation;

Bullying means the intentional harassment, intimidation, humiliation, ridicule, defamation, or threat or incitement of violence by a student against another student or public school employee by a written, verbal, electronic, or physical act that may address an attribute of the other student, public school employee, or person with whom the other student or public school employee is associated and that causes or creates actual or reasonably foreseeable:

Electronic act means without limitation a communication or image transmitted by means of an electronic device, including without limitation a telephone, wireless phone or other wireless communications device, computer, or pager that results in the substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the school or educational environment.

Electronic acts of bullying are prohibited whether or not the electronic act originated on school property or with school equipment, if the electronic act is directed specifically at students or school personnel and maliciously intended for the purpose of disrupting school, and has a high likelihood of succeeding in that purpose;

Harassment means a pattern of unwelcome verbal or physical conduct relating to another person's constitutionally or statutorily protected status that causes, or reasonably should be expected to cause, substantial interference with the other's performance in the school environment; and

Substantial disruption means without limitation that any one or more of the following occur as a result of the bullying:

Cyberbullying of School Employees is expressly prohibited and includes, but is not limited to:

Examples of "Bullying" may also include but are not limited to a pattern of behavior involving one or more of the following:

Students are encouraged to report behavior they consider to be bullying, including a single action which if allowed to continue would constitute bullying, to their teacher or the building principal. The report may be made anonymously. Teachers and other school employees who have witnessed, or are reliably informed that, a student has been a victim of behavior they consider to be bullying, including a single action which if allowed to continue would constitute bullying, shall report the incident(s) to the principal. Parents or legal guardians may submit written reports of incidents they feel constitute bullying, or if allowed to continue would constitute bullying, to the principal. The principal shall be responsible for investigating the incident(s) to determine if disciplinary action is warranted.

The person or persons reporting behavior they consider to be bullying shall not be subject to retaliation or reprisal in any form.

Students found to be in violation of this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion. In determining the appropriate disciplinary action, consideration may be given to other violations of the student handbook which may have simultaneously occurred. Penalty:  Warning – Expulsion

STUDENT DRESS AND GROOMING

Students that fail to follow the dress code will be given alternate appropriate clothing for the remainder of the day to be returned at the end of the day. If they repeat the offences they will be placed in in-school suspension for the remainder of the day. Repeated offenses will result in additional consequences. Penalty: Warning – Expulsion

Professional attire will be required academically for some assignments and presentations. Remember: Two illegal pieces do not make the attire legal. (For example, a see-through shirt over a camisole is not legal) A Powerpoint has been provided on the website for clarification. www.lincolncsd.com

  1. Gangs and Gang Activity

The Board is committed to ensuring a safe school environment conducive to promoting a learning environment where students and staff can excel. An orderly environment cannot exist where unlawful acts occur causing fear, intimidation, or physical harm to students or school staff. Gangs and their activities shall not be allowed on school grounds or at school functions.

The following actions are prohibited by students on school property or at school functions:

Students found to be in violation of this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.

Students arrested for gang related activities occurring off school grounds shall be subject to the same disciplinary actions as if they had occurred on school grounds. Penalty: Warning – Expulsion

  1. Violation of Parking and Driving Regulations

A student using any type of vehicle (bicycle, motorcycle, automobile, truck) as a means of transportation to and from school will not violate the rules and regulations set forth by the principal of the school. Students with a valid driver’s license may drive cars and trucks to school and these vehicles must be parked in the assigned area on the campus, be registered with the school and display a current decal. Operating a vehicle on school grounds while using a wireless communication device. Students are prohibited from sitting in parked vehicles during school hours. Penalty:  Parking fine/loss of parking

privilege – suspension

  1. Public Display of Affection

Public display of affection includes, but is not limited to, kissing, hugging, and inappropriate touching. Public display of affection is inappropriate school behavior. Failure to comply with reasonable expectations of school staff will lead to disciplinary action.  Penalty:  Warning – Expulsion

  1. Loitering by Suspended or Expelled Student

A suspended or expelled student shall not linger on school grounds or within 100 feet of the school without permission of the school administrator, nor shall they go on school district property for any purpose while serving suspension/expulsion. The parent may be notified and student may be referred to legal authorities. Penalty: Suspension – Expulsion

  1. Loitering on an Unassigned Campus

No student from another campus is allowed on another school’s campus during school hours without permission of school officials. Penalty:  Warning – Expulsion

  1. Possession of Paging Devices, Lasers and/or Other Electronic Communication Devices Students are forbidden from having any paging device, beeper, or lasers. Exceptions may be made by the building principal or his/her designee for health or other compelling reasons. Penalty:  Seizure of device – Suspension
  2. Possessing, Using or Being under the Influence of Alcohol or Illegal Drugs

It is the intent of Lincoln Consolidated Schools to provide a safe and drug/alcohol free environment for all students. It is our goal that each individual student be drug and alcohol free.

An orderly and safe school environment that is conducive to promoting student achievement requires a student population free from the deleterious effects of alcohol and drugs. Their use is illegal, disruptive to the educational environment, and diminishes the capacity of students to learn and function properly in our schools.

Therefore, no student in the Lincoln School District shall possess, attempt to possess, consume, use, distribute, sell, buy, attempt to sell, attempt to buy, give to any person, or be under the influence of any substance as defined in this policy, or what the student represents or believes to be any substance as defined in this policy. This policy applies to any student who; is on or about school property; is in attendance at school or any school sponsored activity; has left the school campus for any reason and returns to the campus; is en route to or from school or any school sponsored activity.

Prohibited substances shall include, but are not limited to, alcohol, or any alcoholic beverage, inhalants or any ingestible matter that alter a student’s ability to act, think, or respond, LSD, or any other hallucinogen, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, or any other narcotic drug, PCP, amphetamines, steroids, “designer drugs,” look-alike drugs, or any controlled substance.

Selling, distributing, or attempting to sell or distribute, or using over-the-counter or prescription drugs not in accordance with the recommended dosage is prohibited.

Possession, use, sale, intent to sell, or distribution of illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, narcotic substances, and/or intoxicating liquor (e. g. beer, wine, and other alcoholic beverages) or pretension of possession, use, sale, or intent to sell illegal drugs, narcotic substances, and/or alcoholic beverages is prohibited in school buildings, on school grounds, on school buses, en route to and from school sponsored activities, and other locations under school control.

  1. Student shall not possess, attempt to possess, sell, buy, attempt to buy, give, use, transmit or be under the influence of any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, alcoholic beverage, any other controlled substance or any prescription or over-the-counter medication including supplements, as defined by law except as allowed by the student medication section of this student handbook.

  1. The principal, or designee, upon establishing reason to suspect that a student is in possession of illegal drugs or alcoholic beverages on school property will investigate the suspicion. This investigation may include personal searches, searches of locker and/or personal property, including vehicles, and questioning of the suspected student. The student shall be advised of the principal’s obligation to inform the parents. Students of the school should be aware that school district officials have access to a registered drug dog, which has been trained to locate marijuana and other illegal drugs in backpacks, purses, and automobiles. Periodic, unannounced visits to the school and activities may be made by the dog and handler in an effort to prevent possession of drugs on the campus. Students are responsible for the contents of their backpacks and automobiles. Should contraband be located, the responsible student will be subject to school district policies, local, state, and federal laws.

Students shall not possess, use or be under the influence of drugs or alcohol at school or school-related activities. The student may be reported to legal authorities. Penalty: Suspension- Expulsion

  1. Possessing or Using Drug Paraphernalia

Students may not possess, use or transmit any objects which could reasonably be considered drug paraphernalia (pipes, clips, papers). Penalty: Suspension – Expulsion

  1. Possession of Fireworks

No student shall possess, use or threaten to use any fireworks. Penalty:  Warning – Expulsion

  1. False Emergency Alarm/Calling 911

A student shall not circulate a story of a fire, bombing, bomb threat or other catastrophe when that student knows the story to be untrue. If injury results to any person as a result of the false alarm, the student will be reported to law enforcement agencies. Penalty: Suspension – Expulsion

  1. Simple Assault or Simple Terrorist Threat

A student shall not engage in conduct which creates a substantial risk of physical injury to another student or threaten another student, making that student fear imminent physical harm, duty to report all threats and acts of violence). Note: Threats conveyed with a weapon or with the use of a weapon shall be reported to the police immediately by the administrator. Also, threats to cause death or serious physical injury or threats to cause physical injury to teachers or employees are a “D” Felony. Penalty:  Suspension – Expulsion

STUDENT ASSAULT OR BATTERY

A student shall not threaten, physically abuse, or attempt to physically abuse, or behave in such a way as to be perceived to threaten bodily harm to any other person (student, school employee, or school visitor). Any gestures, vulgar, abusive or insulting language, taunting, threatening, harassing, or intimidating remarks by a student toward another person that threatens their well-being is strictly forbidden. This includes, but is not limited to, fighting, racial, ethnic, religious, or sexual slurs.

Furthermore, it is unlawful, during regular school hours, and in a place where a public school employee is required to be in the course of his or her duties, for any person to address a public school employee using language which, in its common understanding, is calculated to:

  1. cause a breach of the peace;
  2. materially and substantially interfere with the operation of the school;
  3. arouse the person to whom it is addressed to anger, to the extent likely to cause imminent retaliation. Students guilty of such an offense may be subject to legal proceedings in addition to student disciplinary measures.

  1. Disorderly Conduct

No student shall engage in inappropriate behavior that substantially disrupts or interferes with, or is likely to disrupt or interfere with, any school function, activity or school program. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, fighting, threats, excessive noise, abusive language, obscene gestures, exposing private parts, disrupting lawful assembly of person. Penalty:  Warning – Expulsion

  1. Battery – Minor Physical Injury

A student will not threaten or attempt to cause injury or physical harm to another student, nor will a student strike or beat another student. Penalty:  Warning – Expulsion

  1. Sexual Indecency

Students shall not commit sexual indecency on school property, in school vehicles or on school related trips.  Penalty:  Suspension – Expulsion

  1. Indecent Exposure

Students shall not expose their private parts in a public place or in public view or under circumstances knowing the conduct is likely to cause affront or alarm (A.C.A. §5-14-112, indecent exposure, “A” Misdemeanor) NOTE: Exposing private parts is disorderly conduct. (See Rule 26). Penalty:  Suspension – Expulsion – Legal Action

  1. Criminal Mischief/Vandalism – Relatively Minor Damage

No student shall destroy or damage any property of another or that belonging to the school district. The parent/guardian shall be responsible for all damages to property caused by his/her child. Penalty:  Restitution and Suspension – Expulsion

  1. Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is unwanted verbal, written or physical behavior of a sexual nature. Such behavior is illegal if it created an environment that is hostile or intimidating. Typical examples of sexual harassment include sexually oriented gestures, jokes or remarks that are unwelcome; repeated and unwanted sexual advances; touching or other unwelcome bodily contact; physical intimidation and mockery or scorn based on perceived sexual orientation. Penalty:  Suspension – Expulsion

  1. Misdemeanor Theft

Students shall not take or possess property that does not belong to them (A.C.A. §5-36- 103; A.C.A.§5-36-106; less than $500). The parent must make restitution. Penalty: Restitution and Suspension – Expulsion

  1. Extortion/Bribery

No student will obtain or attempt to obtain something of value from another person either by physical force or by threat (illegal acts). Penalty:  Warning – Expulsion

  1. Membership in Fraternities, Sororities, Secret Clubs, Gang Activities or Associations The Board is authorized to suspend or expel any student of the District who joins or promises to join or who solicits other persons to join or pledge to become a member of a public school fraternity, sorority, secret society or gang activity or association or to wear or display any insignia of such fraternity, sorority, secret society or gang activity or association while in and attending District schools.

Gangs which initiate, advocate or promote activities which threaten the safety or well- being of persons or property on school grounds or school-sponsored activity or which disrupt the school environment and/or school activity are harmful to the education process. The use of hand signals, graffiti, or the presence of any apparel, jewelry, accessory or manner of grooming which, by virtue of its color, arrangement, trademark, symbol or any other attribute which indicates or implies membership or affiliation with such a group, presents a clear and present danger. This is contrary to the school environment and educational objectives and creates an atmosphere where unlawful acts or violations of school regulations may occur. Penalty:  Suspension – Expulsion

  1. Computer Use Violation

The use of any district technology is a privilege and not a right. Students are expected to use their computer in accordance with the Laptop/Computer Acceptable Use Policy and any applicable laws. Students violating the Laptop/Computer Acceptable Use Policy are subject to disciplinary action up to and including out of school suspension or expulsion depending on the frequency and severity of the offence, in addition to loss of

laptop/computer privileges. Students assigned to OSS (Out-of-School Suspension) for whatever reason will turn in their laptop, chargers, and laptop case. Students withdrawing from school will turn in their laptop, chargers, and laptop case. Penalty: Loss of computer use privileges and Suspension – Expulsion

Students who leave the District and fail to check in their laptops and related equipment will have felony theft charges filed against them immediately upon the District’s knowledge of such an event. The District will prosecute the occurrence to the fullest extent of the law.

  1. Persistent Disregard for School or Classroom Rules

A student who persists in acts of misconduct after the school has made and documented reasonable efforts to secure his adherence to established rules will be recommended for expulsion. Efforts toward behavior modification will be made prior to recommendation for expulsion except when the student has committed an offense so serious in nature that immediate expulsion is necessary. Penalty:  Parent conference – Expulsion

  1. Weapons and Dangerous Instruments

No student shall possess a weapon, display what appears to be a weapon, or threaten to use a weapon while in school, on or about school property, before or after school, in attendance at school or any school sponsored activity, en route to or from school or any school sponsored activity, off the school grounds at any school bus stop, or at any school sponsored activity or event. Military personnel, such as ROTC cadets, acting in the course of their official duties are exempted.

A weapon is defined as any firearm, knife, razor, ice pick, dirk, box cutter, numchucks, pepper spray, mace, or other noxious spray, explosive, taser or other instrument that uses electrical current to cause neuromuscular incapacitation; or any other instrument or substance capable of causing bodily harm. For the purposes of this policy, "firearm" means any device designed, made, or adapted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or any device readily convertible to that use.

Possession means having a weapon, as defined in this policy, on the student’s body or in an area under his/her control. If a student discovers prior to any questioning or search by any school personnel that he/she has accidentally brought a weapon, other than a firearm, to school on his/her person, in a book bag/purse, or in his or her vehicle on school grounds, and the student informs the principal or a staff person immediately, the student will not be considered to be in possession of a weapon unless it is a firearm. The weapon shall be confiscated and held in the office until such time as the student’s parent/legal guardian shall pick up the weapon from the school’s office. Repeated offenses are unacceptable and shall be grounds for disciplinary action against the student as otherwise provided for in this policy.

Except as permitted in this policy, students found to be in possession on the school campus of a firearm shall be recommended for expulsion for a period of not less than one year.

The superintendent shall have the discretion to modify such expulsion recommendation for a student on a case-by-case basis. Parents or legal guardians of students expelled under this policy shall be given a copy of the current laws regarding the possibility of parental responsibility for allowing a child to possess a firearm on school property.

Parents or legal guardians shall sign a statement acknowledging that they have read and understand said laws prior to readmitting the student. Parents or legal guardians of a student enrolling from another school after the expiration of an expulsion period for a firearm policy violation shall also be given a copy of the current laws regarding the possibility of parental responsibility for allowing a child to possess a firearm on school property. The parents or legal guardians shall sign a statement acknowledging that they have read and understand said laws prior to the student being enrolled in school.

The mandatory expulsion requirement for possession of a firearm does not apply to a firearm brought to school for the purpose of participating in activities approved and authorized by the district that include the use of firearms. Such activities may include ROTC programs, hunting safety or military education, or before or after-school hunting or rifle clubs. Firearms brought to school for such purposes shall be brought to the school employee designated to receive such firearms. The designated employee shall store the firearms in a secure location until they are removed for use in the approved activity.

The district shall report any student who brings a firearm to school to the criminal justice system or juvenile delinquency system by notifying local law enforcement.

WARNING!! Illegal possession or use of prohibited weapons on school property or upon a school bus by a student shall result in suspension of driver’s license. (A.C.A. 5- 73-128.) Penalty:  Suspension – Expulsion – Legal Action

  1. Terrorist Threatening – Threats of Serious Physical Injury or Property Damage/Threats to Teachers/Staff. Students shall not, with the purpose of terrorizing another person, threaten to cause death or serious physical injury or substantial property damage to another person or threaten physical injury to teachers or school employees (A.C.A.

§6-17-113, duty to report all threats and acts of violence). Penalty: Restitution and Suspension – Expulsion

  1. False Bomb, Fire Alarm/Threat

A student shall not activate a fire alarm or cause an evacuation. Penalty:  Suspension – Expulsion – Legal Action

  1. Assault/Battery with Substantial Risk of Death or Serious Physical Injury

A student shall not engage in conduct which creates a substantial danger of death or serious physical injury to another person. Penalty:  Suspension – Expulsion – Legal Action

  1. Assault/Battery on Staff

No student shall strike or attempt to strike a teacher or other school personnel (A.C.A.

§5- 13-201, Battery I; A.C.A. §5-13-202 – “serious physical injury,” Battery II which also includes intentionally causing “physical injury” to teacher or employee). Penalty: Suspension – Expulsion – Legal Action

  1. Sexual Abuse or Rape

Students shall not engage in sexual conduct with another person by forcible compulsion or engage in sexual contact with another person who is incapable of consent because he/she is physically/mentally helpless; nor shall students engage in sexual intercourse or deviant sexual activity with another person by forcible compulsion or with another person who is incapable of consent because he is physically/mentally helpless. Penalty:

Expulsion – Legal Action

  1. Robbery

Students shall not take property belonging to another person or the school by force, threat of forces or with the use of a deadly weapon. Penalty: Expulsion –Legal Action

  1. Felony Theft – Personal Property

Students shall not take the property of another person or be in possession of property belonging to another without that person’s permission. If a student steals or is in possession of property belonging to another person worth $500 or more, that student has committed a more serious crime. Penalty:  Restitution and suspension – Expulsion

  1. Felony Theft – Student Property

A student shall not take possession of property that belongs to the school without permission. If a student takes or is in possession of school property worth $500 or more without permission, parents must make restitution. Penalty:  Restitution and suspension

– Expulsion

  1. Selling, Attempting to Sell/Distribute or Purchase Drugs/Alcohol

A student who sells or attempts to sell distribute or purchase illegal drugs (or any substance he claims to be a controlled substance) or alcohol, shall be reported to legal authorities. Penalty: Expulsion – Legal action

Sentences for sale of controlled substances within 1,000 feet of public or private schools shall be enhanced by two (2) years and a fine of no less than $1,000 (A.C.A. §5- 64-401). Prohibited substances shall include any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, or other controlled substance or beverage containing alcohol or intoxicant of any kind.

Students of Lincoln School District should be aware that school district officials have access to a registered drug dog. The dog, while gentle, has been specially trained to locate marijuana, alcohol and other illegal drugs. Periodic, unannounced visits to all District schools and school-sponsored activities will be made by the dog and its handler. Lockers, automobiles and other areas of the building will be searched. Students will be held responsible for any prohibited items found in their lockers, automobile or belongings at school. Should prohibited items be found, the violators will be disciplined

under District policies and may be prosecuted under local, state or federal laws.

  1. Criminal Mischief/Vandalism – Major Damage

No student shall purposely and without legal justification destroy or damage any property of another or that belonging to the school district. The parent/guardian shall be responsible for all damages to property caused by the student. Penalty: Restitution and Expulsion

  1. Arson

No student shall deliberately burn or attempt to burn school property. Penalty:  Expulsion – Legal action

  1. Sharing, diverting, transferring, applying to others (such as needles or lancets), or in any way misusing medication or any medical supplies in their possession. Penalty: Suspension  - Legal Action

  1. Behavior Not Covered

Lincoln School District reserves the right to pursue disciplinary or legal action for behavior which is subversive to good order and discipline in the schools even though such behavior is not specified in written rules.

DISRUPTION OF SCHOOL

  1. No student shall by the use of violence, force, noise, coercion, threat, intimidation, fear, passive resistance, or any other conduct, intentionally cause the disruption of any lawful mission, process, or function of the school, or engage in any such conduct for the purpose of causing disruption or obstruction of any lawful mission, process, or function. Nor shall any student encourage any other student to engage in such activities.
  2. Disorderly activities by any student or group of students that adversely affect the school’s orderly educational environment shall not be tolerated at any time on school grounds. Teachers may remove from class and send to the principal or principal’s designee office a student whose behavior is so unruly, disruptive, or abusive that is seriously interferes with the teacher’s ability to teach the students, the class, or with the ability of the student’s classmates to learn. Students who refuse to leave the classroom voluntarily will be

escorted from the classroom by the school administration. Local law enforcement will be contacted in the event the student refuses to leave the classroom voluntarily with the school administrator.

COMPREHENSIVE TOBACCO POLICY

Policy Statement: The Lincoln Consolidated School District shall be a Tobacco Free Environment.

This policy shall apply to:

Tobacco products may be included in instructional activities in public school buildings if the activity is conducted or supervised by the faculty member overseeing the instruction and the activity does not include smoking, chewing, or otherwise ingesting the tobacco product.

Rationale: The Lincoln Consolidated School District believes it has an obligation to provide a safe and healthy environment for all students, parents, employees and visitors.

The Board supports current literature and research that tobacco use is considered the chief preventable cause of premature disease and death in the United States. In addition, second hand smoke is a health hazard to others. The Board also believes that allowing tobacco use on school property is in conflict with prevention messages within the curriculum and the classroom. The Board acknowledges that adult employees and visitors serve as role models for students. The Board recognizes that it has an obligation to promote positive role models in school and promote a healthy learning and working environment.

Also, in addition to the philosophical reasons, schools may face liability issues by allowing tobacco use on their premises, particularly in light of laws that intentionally limit access and sales of tobacco products to youth.

This policy is in support of our comprehensive school health programs designed to help students learn and foster healthy lifestyles by providing them with knowledge, skills, social support, and environmental reinforcement.

Definition: For the purposes of this policy, “tobacco product” is defined to include lighted or unlighted cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, blunts, bidis, pipes, chewing tobacco, snuff, and any other items containing or reasonably resembling tobacco or tobacco products. “Tobacco use” includes smoking, chewing, dipping, or any other use of tobacco products.

Tobacco Promotion: Tobacco promotional items, including clothing, bags, lighters and other personal articles, are not permitted on school grounds, in school vehicles, or at school

sponsored events. Tobacco advertising, sponsorship, marketing or giveaways shall be prohibited in all school-sponsored publications and at all school sponsored events.

Closed Campus: No student may leave the school campus during breaks in the school day to use tobacco products.

Violations: A person shall be considered in violation of this policy when he/she is observed:

Exception: With the exception of recognized tobacco cessation products, this policy includes any tobacco or nicotine delivery system or product.

Enforcement for Students: Consequences for students engaging in the prohibited behavior will be in accordance with the school’s student prohibited conduct – rules for behavior policy.

Students who violate the school district's tobacco use policy will be referred to the guidance counselor, school nurse, or other health or counseling services for all offenses for health information, counseling, and referral along with the disciplinary consequences.

Enforcement for Staff and Visitors: Consequences for employees who violate the tobacco use policy will be in accordance with personnel policies and may include verbal warning, written reprimand, or termination. Visitors using tobacco products will be asked to refrain while on school property or leave the premises. Law enforcement officers may be contacted to escort the person off the premises or cite the person for trespassing if the person refuses to leave school property.

Opportunities for Cessation: The administration will consult with the county health department or other appropriate health organizations to provide students and employees with information and access to support systems, programs, and services to encourage them to abstain from the use of tobacco products.

Prevention Education: Tobacco use prevention education shall be integrated within the pre-K – 12th grade health education program to provide opportunities for students to gain greater understanding of the health hazards of tobacco use and the impact of tobacco use. The educational program shall be based on theories and methods that have been proven effective by published research and consistent with Arkansas Health Education Curriculum standards and framework.

Communication of Policy: The Board/Superintendent/Principals shall notify students, families, educational personnel and school visitors of the Tobacco Free Policy through student and employee handbooks, web pages, signage and other appropriate methods of communication.

Smoking or use of tobacco or products containing tobacco in any form (including, but not limited to, cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, and snuff) in or on any real property owned or leased by a District school, including school buses owned or leased by the District, is prohibited. Students who violate this policy may be subject to legal proceedings in addition to student disciplinary measures.

With the exception of recognized tobacco cessation products, this policy’s prohibition includes any tobacco or nicotine delivery system or product. Specifically, the prohibition includes any product that is manufactured, distributed, marketed, or sold as e-cigarettes, e-cigars, e-pips, or under any other name or descriptor.

EMERGENCY DRILLS

All schools in the District shall conduct fire drills at least monthly. Tornado drills shall also be conducted not fewer than three (3) times per year with at least one each in the months of September, January, and February. Students who ride school buses, shall also participate in emergency evacuation drills at least twice each school year.

The District shall annually conduct an active shooter drill and school safety assessment for all District schools in collaboration with local law enforcement and emergency management personnel. The training will include a lockdown exercise with panic button alert system training. Students will be included in the drills to the extent that is developmentally appropriate for the age of both the students and grade configuration of the school.

Drills may be conducted during the instructional day or during non-instructional time periods.

Other types of emergency drills may also be conducted to test the implementation of the District's emergency plans in the event of violence, or terrorist attack, natural disaster, or other emergency, or the District’s Panic Button Alert System. Students shall be included in the drills to the extent practicable.

DISTRICT TECHNOLOGY ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY

Lincoln Consolidated School District agrees to allow the student to use the district’s technology to access the Internet under the following terms and conditions:

  1. Conditional Privilege: The student’s use of the district’s access to the internet/computer is a privilege conditioned on the student’s abiding to this agreement. No student may use the district’s technology unless the student and his/her parent or guardian have read and signed this agreement.
  2. Acceptable Use: The Student agrees that he/she will use the District’s devices and internet access during the instructional day for educational purposes only. In using the internet, the student agrees to obey all federal and state laws and regulations. The Student also agrees to abide by any internet use rules instituted at the student’s school or class, whether those rules are written or oral.
  3. Misuse of the District’s access to the internet includes, but is not limited to, the following:
  1. Using the internet during the instructional day for other than educational purposes;
  2. Gaining intentional access or maintaining access to materials which are “harmful

to minors” as defined by Arkansas law or school faculty and staff;

  1. Using the internet for any illegal activity, including computer hacking and copyright or intellectual property law violations;
  2. Making unauthorized copies of computer software;
  3. Accessing “chat lines” unless authorized by the instructor for a class activity directly supervised by a staff member;
  4. Using abusive or profane language in private messages on the system; or using the system to harass, insult, or verbally attack others;
  5. Using encryption software;
  6. Wasteful use of limited resources provided by the school including paper;
  7. Causing congestion of the network through lengthy downloads of files;
  8. Vandalizing, deleting, or reading data of another user;
  9. Obtaining or sending information which could be used to make destructive devices such as guns, weapons, bombs, explosives, or fireworks;
  10. Gaining or attempting to gain unauthorized access to resources or files;
  11. Identifying oneself with another person’s name or password or using an account or password of another user without proper authorization;
  12. Divulging personally identifying information about himself/herself or anyone else either on the internet, email, or other social media. Personally identifying information includes full names, address, and phone number, etc...
  13. Using the network for financial or commercial gain without district permission;
  14. Theft or vandalism of data, equipment, or intellectual property;
  15. Attempting to gain access or gaining access to student records, grades, or files;
  16. Introducing a virus to, or otherwise improperly tampering with the system;
  17. Degrading or disrupting equipment or system performance;
  18. Creating a web page or associating a web page with the school or school district without proper authorization;
  19. Providing access to the District’s internet to unauthorized individuals;
  20. Failing to obey school or classroom internet use rules;
  21. Taking part in any activity related to internet use which creates a clear and present danger of substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the district or any of its schools;
  22. Installing or downloading software on district computers without prior approval of technology director or his/her designee.
  1. Liability for debts: Students and their cosigners shall be liable for any and all costs (debts) incurred through the student’s use of the computers or the Internet including penalties for copyright violations. This also includes the loss, theft, and/or damage of the students assigned laptop, desktop, tablet, charger, and/or other computer accessories.
  2. No Guarantees: The District will make good faith efforts to protect children from improper or harmful matter which may be on the internet. At the same time, in signing the computer use agreement, the parent and student recognize that the District makes no guarantees about preventing improper access to such materials on the part of the student, and the student is completely liable for any inappropriate use on any device owned by the school.

GENERAL CARE OF THE LAPTOPS

GENERAL USE OF LAPTOPS/COMPUTERS AND NETWORK

Lincoln Consolidated School District fully expects that all members of the school community will use their school owned device in a responsible, appropriate, and legal manner. Use the following regulations as a guide when working with the District's technology and/or network.

other staff member immediately.

DAILY PREPARATION TASKS

  1. Recharge the laptop battery every night. If you are unable to recharge it yourself, check the laptop into the Technology Department for recharging before leaving school for the day.
  2. Bring the laptop to school every day and have it ready to work at the beginning of each class.
  3. Students who do not have permission to take their laptop home may pick up their laptop in the designated teacher’s room or technology office each morning, and are required to return their laptop at the end of each day.

USING THE COMPUTER FOR INTERNET AND E-MAIL

Students and parents/guardians understand that Lincoln Consolidated School District does not have control over information found on the internet. While every attempt is made to block access from inappropriate material and monitor computer activities, the student is ultimately responsible for the usage of any school owned device. It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to supervise the information that a student is accessing from the internet while at home.

Students should be aware that internet access and e-mail, and other media that are accessed, created or stored on their computers are the sole property of the District. The District has the right to review these items for appropriateness, and to limit or revoke a student’s access to them at any time, and for any reason.

NO EXPECTATION OF PRIVACY

The student and parent/guardians agree that if the student uses the internet through the district’s access or using school owned technology, that the student waives any right of privacy the student may have for such use. The student and the parent/guardian agree that the district may monitor the student’s use of the district’s internet access and may also examine all system activities the student participates in, including but not limited to e-mail, voice, and video transmissions, to ensure proper use of the system. The district may share such transmissions with anyone, including the student’s parents/guardians, school administration, and local law enforcement.

LOSS, THEFT, & DAMAGES TO DEVICES

The cost of the lost, stolen, or damaged device will be based on the actual cost of repair/replacement. The following occurrence cost caps are set to provide financial support for costs that students may incur during the loss, theft, or damage of his/her school issued device. If the actual cost of repair is less than the predetermined caps, then the repair will not count towards the student’s first, second, or third occurrence.

FIRST OCCURRENCE: The actual cost of repair/replacement or $150--money is due immediately following occurrence.

SECOND OCCURRENCE: The actual cost of repair/replacement or $300--money is due immediately following occurrence.

THIRD OCCURRENCE: The actual cost of repair/replacement or $500--money is due immediately following occurrence.

Any disciplinary actions can be taken, at the discretion of the building level disciplinarian, for any occurrence or technology misuse.

INTENTIONAL DAMAGE: The actual cost of repair. Student loses device privileges until the financial obligations are taken care of and a campus committee devises a plan for the student’s possible further use of the equipment. Administration and the technology department shall determine whether damage to the computer was intentional. If your school owned device has been lost or stolen then you should report it to the school Administration and/or technology department, and a police report will be filed for the missing device. The student and parent/guardian is responsible for replacing any lost or stolen items if school Administration and the technology department determine that the item is missing due to user negligence.

Students and parents/guardians agree to pay ALL fines (Library, Lunch, Tech, textbooks, etc.) before receiving school owned technology.

CONSEQUENCES OF INAPPROPRIATE USE

The use of any district technology is a privilege and not a right. Students are expected to use their computer in accordance with the District Technology Acceptable Use Policy and any applicable laws. Students violating the District Technology Acceptable Use Policy are subject to disciplinary action up to and including out of school suspension or expulsion depending on the frequency and severity of the incident in addition to loss of device privileges. Students assigned to OSS (Out-of-School Suspension) for whatever reason will turn in any school owned technology. Students withdrawing from school will also be required to turn in any school owned technology.

Students who leave the District and fail to check in their laptops and related equipment will have felony theft charges filed against them immediately upon the District’s knowledge of such an event. The District will prosecute the occurrence to the fullest extent of the law.

COMPLAINTS AND GRIEVANCES

  1. The Lincoln School District's grievance procedure, including steps to be followed by students to resolve a grievance is as follows. The following procedures will be used for filing, processing and resolving alleged Title VI (race), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (handicap) and discrimination complaints of students.
  2. Every student of the Lincoln School District is guaranteed the right to present his grievance, in accordance with the provisions of this policy, free from interference, coercion, restraint, discrimination or reprisal.
  3. DEFINITIONS
  1. Discrimination Complaint: A complaint alleging any policy, procedure or practice which discriminates on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, qualified handicap or age.
  2. Student Grievant: A student of the Lincoln School District who submits a complaint alleging discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex or qualified handicap.

  1. Equity Coordinator: The person(s) designated to coordinate efforts to comply with and carry out responsibilities under the civil rights laws and other state and federal laws addressing equal educational opportunity. The Coordinator is responsible for processing complaints.
  2. Respondent: The person alleged to be responsible for the violation alleged in a complaint. The term may be used to designate persons with responsibility for a particular action or those persons with supervisor responsibility for procedures and policies in those areas covered in the complaint.
  3. Day: Means a working day. The calculation of days shall exclude Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
  1. Filing and Processing Discrimination Complaints
  1. Step I - The grievant submits complaint to the Equity Coordinator, stating name, nature and date of alleged violation; names of persons responsible (where known); and requested action. Complaint must be submitted within thirty (30) days of alleged violation. Complaint forms are available in the school office or the Equity Coordinator's office. The Equity Coordinator issues a decision to the student or employee. If the grievant or respondent is not satisfied with the decision, they must notify the Equity Coordinator and request a hearing with the Superintendent.
  2. Step II - The Equity Coordinator schedules a hearing with the grievant and Superintendent. The Superintendent issues a decision following the hearing. If the grievant or respondent is not satisfied with the decision, they must notify the Equity Coordinator and request a hearing with the governing board.
  3. Step III - The Equity Coordinator notifies the governing board after receiving the request. The Equity Coordinator schedules a hearing with the governing board. A hearing is to be conducted within thirty (30) days from the date of notification to the governing board. The governing board issues a final written decision after the hearing regarding the validity of the grievance and any action to be taken.
  1. General Provisions
  1. Extension of Time: Any time limits set by these procedures may be extended by mutual consent of parties involved. The total number of days from the date that complaint is filed until complaint is resolved shall be no more than 180 days.
  2. Access to Records and Regulations: The Lincoln School District shall provide copies of all regulations prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, qualified handicap or veteran upon request. All parties to the grievance procedure shall have the right to examine any and all records relating to the complaint.  For the purpose of confidentiality, names may be omitted.
  3. Confidentiality of Records: Complaint records will remain confidential unless permission is given by the parties involved to release such information. No complaint record shall be entered in the permanent record file. Complaint records shall be maintained on file for three years after complaint resolution.
  1. All parties will be provided with an appropriate amount of time, as established by the governing board, for a general presentation of the situation.
  2. Each party will be provided with the opportunity to provide witnesses and evidence and the right to question opposing witnesses concerning the situation.
  3. Each party will have the right to be represented in whole or in part by a person of his/her own choosing.

  1. The grievant will have the right to a confidential or public grievance hearing.

VIDEO SURVEILLANCE AND OTHER STUDENT MONITORING

  1. The board has a responsibility to maintain discipline, protect the safety, security, and welfare of its students, staff, and visitors while at the same time safeguarding district facilities, vehicles, and equipment. As part of fulfilling this responsibility, the board authorizes the use of video/audio surveillance cameras automatic identification technology, data compilation devices, and technology capable of tracking the physical location of district equipment, students, and/or personnel.  The placement of video/audio surveillance cameras shall be based on the presumption and belief that students, staff, and visitors have no reasonable expectation of privacy anywhere on or near school property, facilities, vehicles, or equipment, with the exception of places such as rest rooms or dressing areas where an expectation of bodily privacy is reasonable and customary.
  2. Signs shall be posted on campus buildings and in district vehicles to notify students, staff, and visitors that video cameras may be in use. Parents and students shall also be notified through the student handbook that cameras may be in use in school buildings, on school grounds and in school vehicles. Students will be held responsible for any violations of school discipline rules caught by the cameras or other technologies authorized in this policy.
  3. The district shall retain copies of video recordings for a minimum of two (2) weeks before they are erased which may be accomplished by either deletion or copying over with a new recording. Parents wishing to view a video recording need to be aware that it may not be available after the two-week period unless the video contains evidence of misconduct.
  4. Video, automatic identification, data compilation recordings shall be considered student education records and any release or viewing of such records shall be in accordance with current law. Videos containing evidence of a violation of student conduct rules and/or state or federal law shall be retained until the issue of the misconduct has been settled.
  5. Students who vandalize, damage, disable, or render inoperable (temporarily or permanently) surveillance cameras and equipment, automatic identification, or data compilation devices shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action and referral to appropriate law enforcement authorities.

ACCIDENT INSURANCE FOR STUDENTS

The following facts should be fully understood by the parents and guardians of all Lincoln School District Students.

  1. The Lincoln Consolidated School District has entered into a contractual agreement with K & K Insurance, for students during the regular school day, athletic and school sponsored extracurricular activities in grades K through 12.
  2. The Lincoln Consolidated School District assumes no responsibility as a result of injuries that occur during school hours or at an after school hours sponsored athletic, AAA, or extracurricular event; however, this insurance is provided at school expense. This is SECONDARY INSURANCE to whatever health insurance the parent or guardian has for their children, and all claims should be filed with the primary health insurance company and with K & K Insurance. You will need to indicate on the K & K Insurance claim form the name and address of your regular insurance carrier.
  3. If the student has no other insurance coverage, K & K Insurance will become the primary carrier and will pay accordingly. The parent or guardian should indicate on the claim form if they have no other health insurance.
  4. All policies have limitations. Parents will be responsible for any amounts remaining after the primary health insurance and/or K & K Insurance Student Resources limitations have been reached. As with any policy, there are exclusions.
  5. The Lincoln Consolidated School District and its employees are NOT responsible for any costs for treatment to your child due to any medical procedure.
  6. In case of an injury, it is the responsibility of the parent to obtain and file a claim form. No Lincoln Consolidated School District employee is responsible for filing your claim. You may pick up a form at the Administration Office or call 479-824-3010, to request a form be mailed to you.
  7. Treatment must begin within 30 days from the injury and claims must be filed within 90 days of the injury. Benefits may be paid for covered expenses incurred within 52 weeks from the date of the accident.
  8. Since the insurance is for school hours or AAA sponsored events only, you may wish to purchase the additional insurance that is available to your child. This should be purchased at the beginning of the school year and is the same basic coverage as named above. The AT School Coverage provides coverage for injuries that occur at school or during school-sponsored activities during the regular school year. The 24- HourCoverage provides coverage 24 hours a day until the first day of the following school year. If you have questions feel free to call K & K Insurance, 1-800-441-3994, ext.5886.


APPENDIX A

EXTRACURRICULAR FORMS AND DRUG TESTING FORMS

Lincoln Consolidated School District Athletic & Extra Curricular Activities Participation

Agreement

Student’s Name: _                Grade:  7  8  9  10  11 12

Participating in athletics and/or extracurricular activities at Lincoln Consolidated School District is an honor and privilege. When a student puts on his/her uniform he/she represents the student body at Lincoln Consolidated School District as well as the entire community. Students who participate in athletics and extracurricular activities are leaders and role models and must conduct themselves as such. It is the responsibility of the parents, coaches, sponsors, and school administrators to ensure that our students who participate in athletics and extracurricular activities always conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the highest level of sportsmanship, character, and honor. To this end the following code of conduct will apply to every student participating in a sport and/or extracurricular activity at Lincoln Consolidated School District.

CODE OF CONDUCT

I will conduct myself such that my parents, school, and community are proud to have me represent them on the field of competition. I will strive to be an example for other students at Lincoln Consolidated School District both on and off the field. I will set the highest level of sportsmanship possible at all times.

I understand that, should I conduct myself inappropriately (as described in our student handbook) during an athletic contest and/or extracurricular activity, I will be disciplined for my behavior. This disciplinary action may include In School Suspension, Out of School Suspension, and removal from the team or organization. (The same standards and expectations for school will be applied to behavior at said events).

Lincoln Consolidated School District Board Policy Page 29

33. Membership in Fraternities, Sororities, Secret Clubs, Gang Activities or Associations

The Board is authorized to suspend or expel any student of the District who joins or promises to join or who solicits other persons to join or pledge to become a member of a public school fraternity, sorority, secret society or gang activity or association or to wear or display any insignia of such fraternity, sorority, secret society or gang activity or association while in and attending District schools.

Gangs which initiate, advocate or promote activities which threaten the safety or well-being of persons or property on school grounds or school-sponsored activity or which disrupt the school environment and/or school activity are harmful to the education process. The use of hand signals, graffiti, or the presence of any apparel, jewelry, accessory or manner of grooming which, by virtue of its color, arrangement, trademark, symbol or any other attribute, which indicates or implies membership or affiliation with such a group, presents a clear and present danger. This is contrary to the school environment and educational objectives and creates an atmosphere where unlawful acts or violations of school regulations may occur. Lincoln Consolidated School District’s official position is that anyone found to be involved in any organization, group, club, etc. that is in direct violation of the above policy can forfeit the right to represent Lincoln Consolidated School District in any sport and/or extra-curricular activities.

It is the responsibility of players and parents to provide medical/health insurance during athletic participation.

Student’s Signature: _                Date: _        

Parent’s/Guardian’s Signature: _                Date: _        


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

Lincoln Consolidated School District

STUDENT DRUG TESTING POLICY

Because of the ever-increasing incidence of drug use and addiction among the youth of our society, the Lincoln Consolidated School District Board of Education  has determined that it has a compelling interest in the protection and safety of its students who are involved in athletics and extracurricular activities.

The Board of Education recognizes that adolescence is a time when the physical, psychological, and addictive effects of drugs are most severe and their use can lead to immediate physical harm or injury of a student or others engaged in athletics and extracurricular activities. The Board further acknowledges that interscholastic athletics and extracurricular activities play an important part in the lives of many students and are significant events in creating the culture and climate of the school. The positive lessons learned in athletics and extracurricular activities are beneficial to students, not only during their school years, but also long after they leave school. Athletics and extracurricular activities provide students with special opportunities to develop skills and attitudes and to be recognized for their accomplishments. Their peers and younger students in the community consider participants in athletics and extracurricular activities role models.

Because interscholastic athletics, extracurricular activities, driving and parking cars on campus are elective opportunities, and because of the potential risk of physical harm to students engaged in drug use, and because those who choose to become involved in athletics, extracurricular activities, driving and parking cars are visible representatives of Lincoln Consolidated School District as well as role models, the Lincoln Consolidated School District Board and Lincoln Consolidated School District adopts this resolution as a statement of purpose concerning the drug testing of students involved in athletics, extracurricular activities, driving and parking cars are as a statement in support of such testing.

Lincoln Consolidated School District

Athletic / Extracurricular Activity Drug Testing Policy

POLICY Statement:

Lincoln Consolidated School District is conducting a mandatory drug-testing program for all students who participate in athletics and/or extracurricular activities including driving and parking on school properties. Its purposes are threefold: (1) to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of all students who participate in athletics and/or extracurricular activities; (2) to undermine the effects of peer pressure by providing a legitimate reason for students to refuse to use illegal drugs; and (3) to encourage students who use drugs to participate in drug treatment programs.

DEFINITIONS:

DRUG: Amphetamines (Methamp, XTC), cocaine, marijuana, opiates, and phencyclidine, Barb’s., Bzo’s, MTD, OXY, PPX, ETG, Alcohol, or Any substance considered illegal by Arkansas Statutes or which is controlled by the Food & Drug Administration unless prescribed by a licensed physician and the misuse of legal drugs and medications or tobacco product described by state statutes.

Student Participant: Any person participating in interscholastic athletic programs and/ or events sponsored AAA and/or by Lincoln Consolidated School District (prom, dances, sporting events, contests, Etc.). Any student driving a vehicle on campus and parking on campus.

Athletic Season: Fall, winter, and spring seasons begin on the first day of practice allowed by the AAA and end the day prior to the beginning date of practice of the next season. School Year: As mandated by the Lincoln Consolidated School District

PROCEDURES FOR STUDENT PARTICIPATION:

CONSENT:

Each student wishing to participate in any athletic and/or extracurricular activity and the student’s custodial parent(s) or guardian(s) shall consent in writing to drug testing pursuant to Lincoln Consolidated School District’ drug testing program. Written consent shall be in the form attached to this policy as Form “A” or Form “E”. No student shall be allowed to participate in any athletic and/or extracurricular activity program absent such consent.

STUDENT SELECTION:

At the option of Lincoln Consolidated School District, all students participating in any athletic and/or extracurricular activity program or driver of a vehicle or parking of a vehicle on school properties, or any parent that has a student at Lincoln Consolidated School District between the 7th and 12th grade that has opted to voluntarily allow the student to be involved may be tested at the beginning of School Year or any athletic season, randomly each month, or for any reasonable suspicion of drug or alcohol use. In addition, random testing may be conducted during the school year. Selection for random testing will be by the use of a random number generating computer program. Lincoln Consolidated School District shall be denominated as a test group for all such purposes herein. Lincoln Consolidated School District shall take all reasonable steps to including, but not limited to, assuring that the names of all participating students are in the appropriate test group, assuring that the person matching names to computer generated numbers has no way of knowingly choosing or failing to choose particular students for testing, assuring that the identity of students selected for testing is not known to those involved in the selection process and assuring direct observation, as further described below, of the selection process by at least two (2) persons.

SAMPLE SELECTION:

Samples will be collected at a designated restroom and time on the same day the student is selected for testing or, if the student is absent on that day, on the day of the student’s return to school. If a student is unable to produce a sample at any particular time, the student will be allowed another opportunity within a reasonable time on that same day to provide a sample. All students providing samples will be given the option of doing so alone in an individual stall with the door closed. *NOTE: Any student not able to produce a sample within a reasonable time on that test day/date will be verified as a positive result for that test.

TESTING PROCEDURES:

1) The examinee will be positively identified. 2) The observer will ask the individual to remove any unnecessary outer garments (i.e., coat, jacket, etc.) that might conceal items or substances that could be used to tamper with or alter the urine specimen. All personal belongings (i.e., purse, backpack, etc.) must remain with the outer garments. The observer will note any unusual behavior or appearance. 3) The student will not be outside of the presence of the observer and not have access to faucets, soap dispenser, or cleaning agents until after specimen has been provided and sealed. 4) The student will be allowed to provide the specimen n a stall or other partitioned area that allows for individual privacy. After the specimen has been provided, the student should leave the stall. 5) At the collection site, toilet bluing agents will be placed in the toilet tanks whenever possible. No other source of water will be available in the enclosure where urination occurs. 6) If a student fails to provide the necessary amount of urine for valid specimen, the student will be given reasonable amounts of water for drinking and extra time to produce an adequate sample. During this time the student will remain in the vicinity of the collection area and under the observation of the district staff. 7) Immediately after collection, the observer will check the temperature of the specimen and inspect the specimen for color and signs of contaminants. 8) Both the observer and student being tested will keep the specimen in view at all times prior to its being sealed and labeled.

PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION:

Students who are taking prescription medication may provide a copy of the prescription or a doctor’s verification in a sealed envelope to school personnel at the time a sample is collected, or within five

(5) business days of notification of a positive result. That envelope will be forwarded unopened to a designated Medical Review Officer (MRO) with the sample, with instructions for the MRO to consider the student’s use of such medication to assure the accuracy of the results. Such information provided by the student will not be disclosed to any school official. Students who refuse to provide verification and test positive will be subject to the actions specified below for “positive test.”

SCOPE OF TESTS:

The testing lab will be instructed to test for one or more of the listed drugs. Lincoln Consolidated School District shall decide which drugs shall be screened, but in no event shall that determination be made after selection of students for testing. Student samples will not be screened for the presence of any substances other than a listed drug or for the existence of any physical condition other than drug intoxication.

ANALYSIS PROCESS:

Testing protocol involves on-site collection and testing of urine samples. If a sample initially tests positive for any substance, that sample will be immediately retested. In the event that a second test reports negative, the sample will be considered negative for reporting purposes. A second positive test will result in the sample’s being immediately delivered to a SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) certified laboratory for GC/MS (Gas chromatography–mass spectrometry is a method that combines the features of gas-liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry to identify different substances within a test sample) confirmation with results provided

to the school in one or two days.

LIMITED ACCESS TO RESULTS:

The testing lab will be authorized to report results only to(one of the following) the Principal, Assistant Principal/Dean of Students or Athletic Director or to such person(s) as the Principal, Assistant Principal/Dean of Students and Athletic Director may designate in the event the Principal, Assistant Principal/Dean of Students or Athletic Director is absent.

PROCEDURES IN THE EVENT OF A POSITIVE RESULT:

Whenever a student’s test result indicates the presence of illegal drugs or the misuse of legal or prescription drugs (“positive test”), the following will occur:

If the sample tests positive, a custodial parent or legal guardian will be notified and a meeting will be scheduled with the superintendent or his/her designee, the student, the custodial parent or legal guardian, and the student’s principal and head coach or sponsor. (Forms B,C,D)

FIRST POSITIVE RESULT:

The student athlete will be suspended from participation in interscholastic athletics and/or extracurricular activities for a period of thirty (30) School days, will be required to successfully complete a re-entry drug test at student’s expense, and will be subject to all random drug-tests for the remainder of the academic year. In addition, the student will be given the option of participation in a drug assistance program or suspension from participation in interscholastic athletics and/or extracurricular activities for one (1) calendar year. Students who refuse to participate in the random drug-testing program will be considered as having a positive result. In the event there is not enough days left in school year the suspension period will carry forward to the following school year. Students participating in a sport or activity that requires a physical must have doctor’s approval to continue practicing during the suspension period.

SECOND POSITIVE RESULT:

For the second positive result, the student will be suspended from participating in interscholastic athletics and/or extracurricular activities for one school year, one hundred seventy-eight school days. The student may be re-admitted to participation in interscholastic athletics and/or extracurricular activities upon successful completion of a drug assistance program and a re-entry drug test at student’s expense, and will be subject to all random drug-tests for the remainder of the academic year. In the event there is not enough days left in school year the suspension period will carry forward to the following school year. Students participating in a sport or activity that requires a physical must have doctor’s approval to continue practicing during the suspension period.

THIRD POSITIVE RESULT:

For the third positive result, the student will be suspended from participating in interscholastic athletics and/or extracurricular activities for rest of time at Lincoln Consolidated School District.

EXCEPTIONS:

A student must be retested on day thirty-one (31) or day ninety-one (91). However, certain chemicals that take more than thirty days to leave the student’s system will be considered if a doctor’s written details state the test value is from the residual effects of that particular substance.

NON-PUNITIVE NATURE OF POLICY:

No student shall be penalized academically for testing positive for illegal drugs. The results of drug tests pursuant to this policy will not be documented in any student’s academic records. Information

regarding the results of drug tests will not be disclosed to criminal or juvenile authorities absent legal compulsion by valid and binding subpoena or other legal process, which Lincoln Consolidated School District shall not solicit. In the event of service of any such subpoena or legal process, the student’s custodial parent or legal guardian will be notified at least 24 hours before response is made by Lincoln Consolidated School District.

OTHER DISCIPLINARY MEASURES:

By accepting this policy, the district is not precluded from utilizing other disciplinary measures set forth in the Student Discipline Policy. Likewise, this policy does not preclude the district from following its disciplinary procedure and resulting action when founded upon reasonable belief and suspicion that a student has participated in drug-related activities.

If a student exhibits physical manifestations in which administration determines to be as a result of drug or alcohol use, the student will be subject to the consequences listed in the Drug and Alcohol Policy defined in section 20. Page 28-29 of the Student Handbook.

CUMULATIVE TEST RESULTS:

Tests are cumulative during a student’s career at Lincoln Consolidated School District from time they enter 7th grade

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PROCEDURES FOR TOBACCO VIOLATIONS FIRST OFFENSE:

A minimum of 10 % of season suspension from participation in the activities program will be assessed, notification of parent/guardian, and referral to a counselor for a tobacco education program.

SECOND OFFENSE:

A minimum of 20% of season suspension from participation in the activities program will be assessed, notification of parent/guardian, and referral to a counselor for a tobacco education program.

THIRD OFFENSE:

Removal from the activities program for remainder of school year.

MONITORING AND SUPERVISION:

The Superintendent, Athletic Director, and Principals, or their designees will monitor the district’s extracurricular activities program. The School also believes that consistent administration of this policy is important from school to school, and from activity to activity, and that appropriate due process procedures must be followed before any student is suspended from participation.

Each individual coach or sponsor, after consulting with the principal or his/her designee, has the authority to decide whether or not a student will be allowed to practice with a team or school sponsored group while that student’s eligibility is suspended.

Principal  _        

Athletic Director/Dean of Students  _        

Lincoln Consolidated School District

CONSENT TO PERFORM URINALYSIS FOR DRUG TESTING

I hereby consent to have a sample of my urine collected and tested for the presence of drugs in accordance with the Lincoln Consolidated School District Department of Athletics Drug Program and / or Extra-Curricular Activities.

I understand that testing will occur at such time or times as deemed appropriate by the administrator assigned to the drug education and testing program.

I understand that urine samples will be sent only to a licensed medical laboratory for actual testing, and that the samples will be coded to provide confidentiality.

I hereby authorize the release of such urine test results to the administrator assigned to the drug education and testing program. If I test positive and I agree to continue in the program and Lincoln Consolidated School District Athletics and/or extra – curricular activities, the principal, head coach, sponsor, and counselor may be notified as deemed necessary for appropriate prevention and treatment.

I understand that I am free to withdraw this consent for drug testing. However, I also understand that should I refuse to submit to testing at the time requested, I will not be permitted to participate in any sporting program or extra-curricular activities until such time as the principal and athletic director shall deem appropriate.

I hereby authorize the release of results of such testing to my parent(s)/ guardian(s) upon the receipt by the High School of a specific request by my parent(s) / guardian(s).

I hereby release the Lincoln Consolidated School District Board of Education, Lincoln Consolidated School District administration and staff and the team physician from any legal responsibility or liability for the release of such information and records as authorized by this form.

Date: _                Student:  _        

(Signature of Parent(s) / Guardian(s)        (Relation to Student-Athlete)


Lincoln Consolidated School #48 Drug Testing Policy General Authorization Form A

*Mandatory for Participation in Extracurricular Activities

I understand that my performance as a participant and the reputation of my school are dependent, in part, on my conduct as an individual. I have read and understand the contents of the Lincoln Consolidated School District Drug Testing Policy. I hereby agree to accept and abide by the policies, standards, rules and regulations set forth by the Lincoln Consolidated School

#48 Board and the sponsors for the activity in which I participate.

I also authorize Lincoln Consolidated School District to conduct a breath scan or a urinalysis to test for drugs and/or alcohol use. I also authorize Lincoln Consolidated School #48 to conduct random tests during the current school year. I authorize the release of information concerning the results of such a test to Lincoln Consolidated School District and to the parents and/or guardians of the student.

Use only ONE of the areas below to indicate your choice regarding student drug testing.

Form B

Preliminary Notification of Violation of Drug Screen Testing

I, _        the custodial parent / guardian of

 _        , a student in the Lincoln Consolidated

School District have been notified by officials of Lincoln Consolidated School District that

 _         (student’s name) has tested positive during the drug

test administered under the provisions set by the Lincoln Consolidated School District.

Custodial Parent/Legal Guardian        Date        School Official


Form  C Notification of Initial Violation of Drug Screen Testing Policy

I, _        the custodial parent / guardian of

 _        , a student in Lincoln Consolidated School District have been notified by officials of Lincoln Consolidated School District that

(Student’s name) has tested positive during the drug test administered under the provisions set by Lincoln Consolidated School District.

The student is hereby recommended for counseling. If any charge is incurred, it will be the responsibility of the parents. The student will also be placed on probation and not be allowed to participate in competitions, presentations, activities and driving privileges of Lincoln Consolidated School District for a period of thirty (30) School days.

On day thirty-one, the student will be able to be retested (at the expense of the parent /guardian) under the guidelines set for in the Drug Testing Policy. I, the custodial parent/legal guardian, understand that if the retest results are found to be negative, the so named student will again become eligible for competitions, presentations, activities and driving privileges relating to Lincoln Consolidated School District. I also understand that the student must submit to a mandatory drug screen or lab test on a monthly basis at the expense of the parent/guardian for the next three consecutive months when school is in session.

If any of the subsequent test results are positive, the so named student will be suspended from competition, presentations, activities and driving privileges relating to Lincoln Consolidated School District for one calendar year. In addition to the suspension, the student will be immediately referred for professional counseling and rehabilitation at the expense of the parent.

Custodial Parent/Legal Guardian        School Official

Custodial Parent/Legal Guardian        Date


Form D

Notification of Second Positive Results of Drug Screen Test

I, _        custodial parent/legal guardian of

 _                 a student in the Lincoln Consolidated School District, was notified on _        (Date) of the first positive drug screen test results of the so named student by _                (School Official).

At the time, I understood that the student would be on probation and not be allowed to participate in competitions, presentations, and activities of Lincoln Consolidated School District for a period of thirty school days. I understood that on day thirty-one, at my own expense, I could request a second test administered under the guidelines set forth in the Lincoln Consolidated School District’s Drug Testing Policy.

I, _        , custodial parent/legal guardian of the so named student, was notified of the second positive test results on the date of

 _        by

 _         (School Official).

I understand that under the Lincoln Consolidated School District’s Drug Abuse Policy, which I, the custodial parent/guardian consented to when I signed the consent form, the so named student will be suspended from competitions, presentations, and activities for one calendar year. I also understand that I should seek professional counseling and rehabilitation for the named student.

Custodial Parent/Legal Guardian        Custodial Parent/Legal Guardian

School Official        Date


Form E

Parental Request for Drug Testing

I am requesting that my child be drug tested at the next testing date.

I understand that this will not be a random drawing (the student will be added to the random list) and that if my child tests positive they will fall under the rules of the random drug testing program (if involved in any activities or driving on campus) and that I am responsible for any expense incurred.

Student Name        Grade

Legal Custodial Parent Signature        Date


HOME SCHOOLED STUDENTS' LETTER OF INTENT TO PARTICIPATE IN AN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY

Student’s Name (Please Print)

Parent or Guardian's Resident Address

Street _        Apartment  _        

City _        State _        Zip Code _        

Student's date of birth _        / _        / _        Last grade level the student completed   _        

Student has demonstrated academic eligibility by obtaining a verifiable minimum test score of the 30th percentile or better in the previous 12 months on the Stanford Achievement Test Series, Tenth Edition, or another nationally recognized norm-referenced test approved by the State Board of Education. _        

Name of test, Date taken, and score achieved _        

Extracurricular activities the student requests to participate in

Course(s) the student requests to take at the school

Proof of identity  _        

Date Submitted _        / _        / _        

Parent's Signature   _        


4.5F—SCHOOL CHOICE CAPACITY RESOLUTION

Whereas:

THEREFORE, let it be resolved that these shall constitute the School Choice openings at the beginning of the School Choice enrollment period for the school-year _        .

Board President        Board Secretary

Date _                Date  _        


4.5F2--SCHOOL CHOICE PROVISIONAL ACCEPTANCE LETTER

Dear Parent's name,

The application you submitted for student's name has been provisionally accepted. While the school's name looks forward to welcoming student's name as a student, to further the application process and to better assist the district in determining the proper placement of student's name, please submit the information listed below to district or school's address by enter date. Failure to submit the information requested by the date specified shall void and nullify this letter's provisional acceptance. In addition to the information you submit, records may be requested from the student's current district/school, and final acceptance may depend on the content of those records as to appropriate grade placement, program placement or services required. A student who has not previously attended an Arkansas public school or did not attend an Arkansas public school in the previous academic year may be evaluated by the district prior to final acceptance, and the results of that evaluation could impact final acceptance.

  1. For students applying to enroll in first grade or higher: a copy of the student's transcript from the school where the student is currently enrolled. The student’s permanent record, including the original transcript, will be requested from the school immediately following the student’s actual enrollment in our district.
  2. Proof of the student's age; This can be a 1) birth certificate; 2) A statement by the local registrar or a county recorder certifying the child’s date of birth; 3) An attested baptismal certificate; 4) A passport; 5) An affidavit of the date and place of birth by the child’s parent or guardian; 6) United States military identification; or 7) Previous school records.
  3. The student’s health care needs at school.
  4. Student's name age appropriate immunization record or an exemption granted for the previous school-year and a statement of whether or not the parent is intending to continue the exemption for the upcoming school year.

After reviewing the submitted documentation the District will determine if the applicant meets the District's capacity standards and notify you of its decision by insert date. Please note that the acceptance of an application can be reversed if it is determined that the application is in violation of student's name's resident district's limitation cap for available school choice transfers or if the resident district has reached its statutory cap for transfers out of its district.

Respectfully,

Insert name

Insert position/title

4.5F4--SCHOOL CHOICE REJECTION LETTER

Dear Parent's name,

I am sorry, but the application you submitted for student's name has been rejected for the following reason(s).

 _          Your child's resident district has declared itself exempt from the provisions of the School Choice Law due to it being under an enforceable desegregation order.

 _         Your child's resident district has reached its limitation cap for allowable transfers and we cannot accept any additional school choice transfers from that district.

 _          Your child does not meet the openings identified for the coming school-year identified in the Board of Directors Resolution adopted on insert date.

The specific reason for rejection is that acceptance would cause the district to have to add:

 _          Staff

 _          Teachers

 _          classroom(s)

 _          the insert the name of the program, class, grade level, or school building's capacity

As noted in your original application, you have ten (10) days from receipt of this notice in which to submit a written appeal of this decision to the State Board of Education.

Respectfully,

Insert name

Insert position/title


OBJECTION TO PUBLICATION OF DIRECTORY INFORMATION

(Not to be filed if the parent/student has no objection)

I, the undersigned, being a parent of a student, or a student eighteen (18) years of age or older, hereby note my objection to the disclosure or publication by the Lincoln School District of directory information, as defined in Policy No. 4.13 (Privacy of Students’ Records), concerning the student named below. The district is required to continue to honor any signed opt-out form for any student no longer in attendance at the district.

I understand that the participation by the below-named student in any interscholastic activity, including athletics and school clubs, may make the publication of some directory information unavoidable, and the publication of such information in other forms, such as telephone directories, church directories, etc., is not within the control of the District.

I understand that this form must be filed with the office of the appropriate building principal within ten

(10) school days from the beginning of the current school year or the date the student is enrolled for school in order for the District to be bound by this objection. Failure to file this form within that time is a specific grant of permission to publish such information.

I object and wish to deny the disclosure or publication of directory information as follows:

 _        Deny disclosure to military recruiters

 _        Deny disclosure to Institutions of postsecondary education

 _        Deny disclosure to Potential employers

 _        Deny disclosure to all public and school sources

Selecting this option will prohibit the release of directory information to the three categories listed above along with all other public sources (such as newspapers), AND result in the student’s directory information not being included in the school’s yearbook and other school publications.

 _        Deny disclosure to all public sources

Selecting this option will prohibit the release of directory information to the first three categories listed above along with all other public sources (such as newspapers), but permit the student’s directory information to be included in the school’s yearbook and other school publications.

Name of student (Printed)        Signature of parent (or student, if 18 or older)

Date form was filed (To be filled in by office personnel)

Note: your district does not have to include the separate options listed on this form, but students do have the right to opt out of either category separately.


MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION CONSENT FORM

Student’s Name (Please Print)  _        

This form is good for school year _        . This consent form must be updated anytime the student's medication order changes and renewed each year and/or anytime a student changes schools.

Medications, including those for self-administration, must be in the original container and be properly labeled with the student’s name, the ordering provider’s name, the name of the medication, the dosage, frequency, and instructions for the administration of the medication (including times). Additional information accompanying the medication shall state the purpose for the medication, its possible side effects, and any other pertinent instructions (such as special storage requirements) or warnings.

I hereby authorize the school nurse or his/her designee to administer the following medications to my child.

Name(s) of medication(s)

Name of physician or dentist (if applicable) Dosage

Instructions for administering the medication _        

Other instructions

I acknowledge that the District, its Board of Directors, and its employees shall be immune from civil liability for damages resulting from the administration of medications in accordance with this consent form.

Parent or legal guardian signature  _        

Date  _        


MEDICATION SELF-ADMINISTRATION CONSENT FORM

Student’s Name (Please Print):  _        

This form is good for school year _        . This consent form must be updated anytime the student's medication order changes and renewed each year and/or anytime a student changes schools.

The following must be provided for the student to be eligible to self-administer rescue inhalers and/or auto-injectable epinephrine. Eligibility is only valid for this school for the current academic year.

If the school nurse is available, the student shall demonstrate his/her skill level in using the rescue inhalers and/or auto-injectable epinephrine to the nurse.

Rescue inhalers and/or auto-injectable epinephrine for a student's self-administration shall be supplied by the student’s parent or guardian and be in the original container properly labeled with the student’s name, the ordering provider’s name, the name of the medication, the dosage, frequency, and instructions for the administration of the medication (including times). Additional information accompanying the medication shall state the purpose for the medication, its possible side effects, and any other pertinent instructions (such as special storage requirements) or warnings.

Students who self-carry a rescue inhaler or an epinephrine auto-injector shall also provide the school nurse with a rescue inhaler or an epinephrine auto-injector to be used in emergency situations.

My signature below is an acknowledgment that I understand that the District, its Board of Directors, and its employees shall be immune from civil liability for injury resulting from the self-administration of medications by the student named above.

 _        Date  _        

GLUCAGON AND/OR INSULIN ADMINISTRATION CONSENT FORM

Student’s Name (Please Print)  _        

This form is good for school year _        . This consent form must be updated anytime the student's medication order changes and renewed each year and/or anytime a student changes schools.

The school has developed an individual health plan (IHP) acknowledging that my child has been diagnosed as suffering from diabetes. The IHP authorizes the school nurse to administer Glucagon or insulin to my child in an emergency situation.

In the absence of the nurse, trained volunteer district personnel may administer to my child in an emergency situation:

Glucagon         _        

Insulin         _        

I hereby authorize the school nurse to administer Glucagon and insulin to my child, or, in the absence of the nurse, trained volunteer district personnel designated as care providers, to administer the medication(s) I selected above to my child in an emergency situation. I will supply the medication(s) I selected above to the school nurse in the original container properly labeled with the student’s name, the ordering provider’s name, the name of the medication, the dosage, frequency, and instructions for the administration of the medication (including times). Additional information accompanying the medication shall state the purpose for the medication, possible side effects, and any other pertinent instructions (such as special storage requirements) or warnings.

I acknowledge that the District, its Board of Directors, its employees, or an agent of the District, including a healthcare professional who trained volunteer school personnel designated as care providers shall not be liable for any damages resulting from his/her actions or inactions in the administration of Glucagon or insulin in accordance with this consent form and the IHP.

Parent or legal guardian signature

Date  _        


EPINEPHRINE EMERGENCY ADMINISTRATION CONSENT FORM

Student’s Name (Please Print)  _        

This form is good for school year _        . This consent form must be updated anytime the student's medication order changes and renewed each year and/or anytime a student changes schools.

My child has an IHP developed under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 which provides for the administration of epinephrine in emergency situations. I hereby authorize the school nurse or other school employee certified to administer auto-injectable epinephrine in emergency situations when he/she believes my child is having a life- threatening anaphylactic reaction.

The medication must be in the original container and be properly labeled with the student’s name, the ordering provider’s name, the name of the medication, the dosage, frequency, and instructions for the administration of the medication (including times). Additional information accompanying the medication shall state the purpose for the medication, its possible side effects, and any other pertinent instructions (such as special storage requirements) or warnings.

Date of physician's order    _        

Circumstances under which Epinephrine may be administered

Other instructions

I acknowledge that the District, its Board of Directors, and its employees shall be immune from civil liability for damages resulting from the administration of auto-injector epinephrine in accordance with this consent form, District policy, and Arkansas law.

Parent or legal guardian signature

Date  _        


OBJECTION TO PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS OR SCREENINGS

I, the undersigned, being a parent or guardian of a student, or a student eighteen (18) years of age or older, hereby note my objection to the physical examination or screening of the student named below.

Physical examination or screening being objected to:

          Vision test

 _         Hearing test

 _         Scoliosis test

 _         Other, please specify

Comments:

Name of student (Printed)

Signature of parent (or student, if 18 or older)

Date form was filed (To be filled in by office personnel)