Whitehall

Jr. / Sr. High School

Student Handbook

2017-18

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BELL SCHEDULE 

Warning Bell        7:55

Period 1                8:00 - 8:43

Period 2                8:43 - 9:30

Period 3                9:30 - 9:42 Breakfast

                        9:42 - 10:14  Homeroom

Period 4                10:18 - 11:01

Period 5                11:05 - 11:48

Period 6                11:52 - 12:35

LUNCH                12:35 - 1:05

MS Lunch  (ELEM. COMMONS)

HS Lunch  (HS COMMONS)

Period 7                1:07 - 1:50

Period 8                1:54 - 2:37

Period 9                2:41 - 3:24

ACTIVITY TICKETS – Activity tickets are an optional purchase.  Students that attend a large number of athletic events can save money by purchasing the activity ticket.  Students who choose not to purchase a ticket will need to pay as they go for any athletic event they attend.  The activity ticket is good for regular season home events only and not for away games or tournament games.  The cost for activity tickets is $17 for high school students and $12 for students in grades 7-8.

VOTER REGISTRATION - All students eighteen years of age and older have the opportunity to vote in local, state, and national elections.  If you have any concerns or questions about this please feel free to contact the high school office.

LOCKERS - Students are assigned lockers upon entering school.  They will also be assigned a locker and a lock for physical education.  These are to be kept locked at all times.  We strongly discourage any students from giving out their combinations as, regretfully; there have been cases of theft and vandalism.  The school district is NOT RESPONSIBLE for any items lost or stolen from lockers -- including physical education lockers.  The school maintains the right to check lockers.  The school district retains ownership and possessory control of all student lockers.  An official, employee or agent of the school may search a student's locker as determined necessary or appropriate without the consent of the student, without notifying the student, and without obtaining a search warrant as per state statute 118.325. Policy 446.1 Locker Searches

WORK PERMITS - Students who desire official work permits can obtain them from the permit officer at the district office.  State law requires that every employer must have a work permit before allowing a minor less than sixteen years of age to work.  Domestic service and agricultural work are exceptions.  Before a work permit can be issued, the following requirements must be presented to the permit officer:

  1. Proof of age - birth record or baptismal certificate
  2. Letter from employer stating his/her intention to employ a minor

3.     Letter from parent or guardian consenting to the employment

4.     Required fee  -- $10.00

5.     Social Security Card

BREAKFAST PROGRAM -  The school district offers a breakfast program from 9:30 a.m. – 9:42 a.m.  Students who qualify for reduced or free lunch also qualify for the breakfast program.  

LUNCH PROGRAM - Policy 761 Free and Reduced Price Meals   The school district offers a hot lunch program to all students of the district.  Reduced and free lunches are available to those families that qualify under federal standards.  Forms to apply for reduced or free hot lunch may be picked up in the high school office.  Each student will be issued a lunch account number.  It is important to keep a positive balance in the lunch account.  If students have a negative balance in their lunch account they may be asked to take a carton of milk and make themselves a peanut butter sandwich instead of being allowed to eat a regular meal.  Students that have a negative balance will not be allowed to eat from the ala carte line.  It is recommended that you deposit a minimum amount of two weeks of lunch money at a time.  Keep in mind that students are allowed to purchase items from the "ala carte" line.  These purchases are deducted from their regular lunch account.  If you have any questions concerning the ala carte line or any other aspect of the lunch program please contact the high school office.  The price of the lunch program is established by the Board of Education.  Students are not allowed to leave the school grounds during their lunch period.  It is understandable that on occasion a parent may request that their child run an errand for them during noon hour.  When this occurs we request a signed note from the parent and the student must receive a signed pass from the office.

FOOD IN ROOMS - Students are not allowed to have food and/or beverages in classrooms without specific permission of a supervising staff member.  The commons is available for students to eat snacks during specified breakfast or lunch times.

YOUTH OPTIONS Policy 343.2 Youth Options Program Wisconsin's youth options program allows public high school juniors and seniors who meet certain requirements to take postsecondary courses at a UW institution, a Wisconsin technical college, one of the state's participating private nonprofit institutions of higher education, or tribally-controlled colleges. Approved courses can count toward high school graduation as well as for college credit.  Since all public high schools participate in the Youth Options program, all juniors and seniors in Wisconsin public schools who meet the program requirements are eligible. To qualify for the program, a student must; have completed the 10th grade, be in good academic standing and have no record of disciplinary problems to attend a technical college;  Apply to the college in the school semester prior to the one in which the student plans to attend the postsecondary course;  Notify the school board (complete form PI-8700A) of the student’s intention of enrolling in a college no later than March 1 for a course to be taken in the fall semester or October 1 for a course to be taken in the spring semester.  For more information or questions please contact the high school guidance counselor or principal.

TWO-WAY COMMUNICATION/PAGING DEVICE – Policy 443.5 Student Use of Electronic Communication DevicesThe district policy on electronic / two-way devices is currently evolving.  The use of cell phones, pagers, Blackberries, I-Pods, MP3 players, and other two-way or digital devices will not be permitted during class times, unless specifically approved by a staff member for educational purposes.  If devices are left in lockers they should be shut off during the day.  Electronic items used that violate this policy will be confiscated and may be held until a parent or guardian contacts the school and gives permission for their return.  Students are reminded that these devices are expensive and should be secured carefully if brought to school.  Students are also reminded that any and all use of school District networks or electronic devices can and will be monitored by school personnel.  The school district is not responsible for lost or stolen electronic devices.

STUDENT GUESTS - Students are strongly discouraged from bringing guests to school as it tends to be disruptive to the classroom setting.  Any guests must receive written permission from the principal at least 24 hours in advance.

APPROPRIATE DRESS Policy 443.1 Student Dress Although students may wear hats / hoods to school they are not allowed to wear them in the school building.  When students arrive at school, they should remove their hats upon entering the building and place them in their locker.  At the end of the school day, students may get their hats from their lockers.  Articles of clothing that advertise alcohol, drugs, tobacco, have inappropriate sayings on them, gang symbols or are suggestive in anyway are not allowed to be worn during the school day or at school sponsored activities.  Items such as halter-tops, cut-offs that are too short, etc. should not be worn to school.  Any type of clothing that is too revealing is not allowed. Chains hanging off clothing will not be allowed.  If inappropriate clothing is worn to school it will result in a conference with the principal, possible loss of the article of clothing in question, and the possible assigning of detention and/or suspension.  If students are wearing clothing that is deemed to be inappropriate by teachers or administrative staff they will be asked to call home to get a change of clothing.

SCHOOL TELEPHONES - The school telephones may only be used by students with permission from supervising school personnel.

EXCEPTIONAL EDUCATION Policy 342.1 Programs for Students with Disabilities As a student of the Whitehall School District you have the right to seek help from the school if you are experiencing learning difficulties, emotional frustrations, or social problems.  The school district can provide you with assistance in identifying the problems and will work with you regarding solutions and recommendations.  You may refer yourself to the counselor or to one of your teachers for this kind of assistance.  If parents have concerns, they can also request this assistance for you by contacting the high school principal.

SCHOOL CLOSING - If, due to inclement weather conditions, school either has to start late, close early, or be canceled altogether, the following radio or TV stations will be informed.  All attempts will be made to notify these stations by 6:00 A.M. and generally we will attempt if possible to only delay the opening of school.

         Station                                                                   City

        WHTL 102.3 FM        Whitehall

        WAXX 104.5 FM; WAYY 790 AM; I-94 @94.1 FM        Eau Claire

        WEAU TV 13        Eau Claire

        WXOW TV 19        La Crescent

        WKBT TV 8        La Crosse                                

STUDENT INSURANCE - The school district does not provide any type of health or accident insurance for injuries incurred by students.  We encourage parents to review your present health and accident insurance program to determine if your coverage is adequate.  If you do not feel your insurance is adequate because of a deductible or a co-insurance clause, of if you do not have insurance, we encourage you to review the student insurance program.  The school has accident insurance available that you can purchase directly from Student Assurance Services, Inc. of Stillwater, MN.  This plan will provide benefits for medical expenses incurred because of an accident.  If you would like more information on this, please contact the high school office.

SCHOOL COUNSELING  DEPARTMENT - Policy 364 Guidance and Counseling Programs The School Counseling office is available to each student in the school to help him or her better understand his or her strengths and weaknesses and in this way help in planning and attaining realistic goals.  The primary means of accomplishing this is through conferences aimed at helping students to better understand themselves in relation to the rapidly changing world.  Students are encouraged to come to the school counseling office for help in situations that confront them.  Many times personal matters arise which can greatly affect the comfort and academic progress of a student.  Often the school counselor can be a resource to assist the student in working toward an early solution.  Students should make every effort to schedule school counseling appointments during study halls.  In the event this is not possible, students are to receive a pass from the office in advance or stop at the school counseling office between classes to check if the counselor is available.  If the counselor is busy, students should report to his/her assigned class.  Student requests to see a counselor during class time will be handled by the teacher calling the school counseling office by phone to check for availability before issuing a pass.  Failure to follow the above policy may result in the student receiving an unexcused absence.  

NURSES ROOM - The health room is available to students and staff during the school day for health related problems illness, or injury.   Students should report to the office secretary for health services when the nurse is not present in the school.  Nursing services are available in the areas of health promotion and prevention, health consultation for staff and students, maintenance of health records, emergency and first aid procedures, classroom resource, health materials resource, screening programs (vision, hearing, scoliosis, etc.), and a coordinator for community health related services.  Individual counseling is encouraged for any students with health concerns.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS - Please refer to the  Course Descriptions / curriculum guide that is distributed in the spring of every year.

Policy 345.6 Graduation Requirements

GRADING  SCALE

A        4.0

A-        3.66

B+        3.33

B        3.0

B-        2.7

C+        2.33

C        2.0

C-        1.7

D+        1.33

D        1.0

D-         .66

F        0

HONOR ROLL -   345.5 Honor Roll  Honor roll will be published every semester for high school and every quarter for junior high.  The honor roll is based on a 4-point system.  In order to qualify for the A honor roll a student must acquire a grade point average of 3.66.  To qualify for the B honor roll you must have a grade point average of 2.66.  The Whitehall School Board has eliminated the calculation of "Class Rank."  However, if a student needs some type of a "rank" for a scholarship and/or post-secondary application the high school office will be able to provide assistance.  

FAILING CLASSES - Any junior high or high school student (grades 9-12) that earns an “F” in a required course will retake that failed course during  summer school (that following summer)  at Whitehall or through a board approved educational facility.

SUMMER SCHOOL Policy 351 Summer School

JR. HIGH SUMMER SCHOOL - Any Jr. High School student (grades 7-8) who fails a class(es) equaling or exceeding one year of coursework (e.g. an all-year course, two semester courses, one semester course and two quarter courses, etc.) will be required to attend summer school in accordance with the following:  failure of one or more credits - student must attend one summer school session, failure of two or more credits - student must attend two summer school sessions, Failure of three or more credits - student must attend three summers school sessions, etc.  All summer school sessions must be completed prior to high school graduation or the students will not be allowed to graduate.  A student who fails to attend the required junior high summer school may attend summer school as a high school student and receive middle school credit.  A middle school summer session may also be made up by attending a board-approved summer school at another educational facility.  Upon completion the student will be required to submit proof of successful progress and attendance at the alternative educational facility in order to receive credit.  Band, chorus, and physical education will not be used in determining whether or not a student will attend summer school.  Students who transfer from another district with failing grades will be required to attend Whitehall's summer school, if they meet the criteria.  If a student transfers into the district after it is too late to enroll in the summer school program the circumstances of the individual student or students will be considered.  Parents will be contacted in the spring with specific times, dates, and other pertinent information.  Students are required to attend every day of the summer session, although one (1) excused absence will be allowed without penalty.  As usual, parents will be required to notify the school in the morning to report their child will be absent.  Tardies will be counted as well, with three (3) tardies equaling one day of absence.  If the day of absence has been used, no absence or tardy will be excused for any reason.  Students will be evaluated on a pass/fail basis.  In addition to the summer school attendance requirements, students will also be expected to follow regular school policies regarding dress, behavior, etc.  If an instructor is forced to remove a student from class two (2) times for any violation of improper conduct, that student will be expelled from the summer school and will need to repeat summer school the following year.

HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER SCHOOL - The Whitehall School District offers a school summer school program for students in grades 9 - 12 for remediation.  Students that are behind in credits towards graduation will be eligible for this program and students who fail a required course are required to attend.  Students will be notified as soon as second semester grades have been mailed out.  Details of the program will also be included in this notification.  Students who attend summer school will receive a pass or fail depending on their performance.  High school credit may also be made up by attending a board-approved summer school or evening class at another educational facility.  Upon completion the student will be required to submit proof of successful progress and attendance at the alternate educational facility in order to receive credit.  High school students who fail to attend summer school or otherwise make up course credit will not be allowed to graduate.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY - Students must maintain a grade point average of 1.66 on the 4 point scale, which is equivalent to a C- average.  If a student receives one or more "F's" the student will be academically ineligible regardless of their grade point average.  The G.P.A. is assessed at every grading period.  It should be noted that nine weeks grades will be used at the end of the grading term.  If a student does not maintain a G.P.A. of 1.66 on the 4 point scale  during a particular grading period, he or she will be ineligible to participate in any extra-curricular activity for a minimum time of fifteen school days.  At this time, the student will be reevaluated and if his/her grades meet the minimum standard they will then be eligible until the next grading period.  If they do not attain the minimum standard after fifteen days they will remain ineligible until the next grading period. Students attending summer school and successfully completing required work will be eligible to begin extra-curricular activities for fall sports, provided they did not have more than one failed class in the previous semester. Keep in mind that incompletes are recorded as an "F" for eligibility purposes.  However, as soon as the incompletes are taken care of a student regains eligibility status as long as all other requirements are met.  Please refer to the extra-curricular code for more details.

VEHICLE USE/PARKING LOT -  Policy 455.2 Student Motor Vehicle Use  It is very clear that it is advantageous for many students to be able to drive or ride to school in a vehicle.  Students who need transportation to a part-time job after school, transportation home after an extra-curricular event and/or practice, and students who run errands for their families are just a few of the legitimate reasons for driving or riding to school.  The following guidelines should be followed:

  1. The parents have the responsibility to determine the necessity of their son or daughter driving to school.
  2. The parent should remove school driving privileges if in any way it is a hindrance to academic performance.
  3. If driving is determined to be a necessity the following provisions will need to be followed:

a.  All student vehicles (including motorcycles and snowmobiles) must be registered in the high

school office using the proper registration form.

f.        It is strongly recommended that students driving to and from school do not have passengers, except in the case of other family members.

  1. Students who disregard the provisions of this policy or school driving rules will be subject to the following guidelines:
  1. First violation:  Conference with the high school principal, possible detention/1 day suspension, and/or loss of driving privileges for up to two weeks.

B.  Second violation:  Conference with the high school principal, possible 1 to 3 days suspension, and/or loss of driving privileges for

up to five weeks.

        C.  Third violation:  Conference with the high school principal, possible 1 to 5 days suspension, and/or loss of driving privileges for

the remainder of the year.

5.  Students who ride in a vehicle without permission will be subject to the guidelines listed in item 4 above.

ATTENDANCE / TRUANCY POLICY

  1. Student Absences Policy 430 Attendance
  1. The responsibility for regular school attendance for a student rests upon the student's parents or guardian.
  2. Excused Absences:  All excused absences require parent/guardian verification prior to the absence taking place.  A student may be excused by the parent/guardian under this provision for not more than ten (10) days in a school year.  This would include, but is not limited to, absences for family vacations, state tournament attendance, campus visits, court appearances, needed at home, hunting, and any other reasons not included in item 1.C listed below.
  3. The school attendance officer or designee will be allowed to excuse absences for the following reasons:
  1. Evidence that the student has been ill.  If it is determined that illness is being used to circumvent attendance at school, the district may request the parent/guardian to obtain a written statement from a doctor or licensed practitioner as proof of illness.
  2. An emergency in the family or other crisis which requires the absence of the student because of family responsibilities.
  3. Special circumstances that show good cause which are approved by the school attendance officer or designee.
  1. Truancy  Policy 431 Compulsory School Attendance
  1. The state compulsory school attendance laws require that all students under the age of 18 be in attendance.  Truancy is defined as being absent part or all of one or more days of school during which the school has not been notified of the reason for the absence.  Habitual truant means a student who is absent from school without an acceptable excuse for five or more days on which school is held during a semester.
  2. If it is determined that a student is habitually truant, the parent/guardian shall be notified by certified or registered mail.  The notice shall include the following:
  1. A statement of the parent/guardian's responsibility under State Law 118.15(1)(a) to cause the child to attend school.
  2. A statement that the parent/guardian or child may request program or curriculum modifications for the child under State Law 118.15(1)(d) and that the child may be eligible for the school district At-Risk program.
  3. A request that the parent/guardian meet with school personnel to discuss the child's truancy.  A notice must include the name of the school personnel with whom the parent/guardian should meet, a date, time, and place for the meeting and the name, address, and telephone number of a person to contact to arrange a different date, time, or place.  The date for the meeting must be within five school days after the date the habitual truancy notice has been sent to the student's parent/guardian.  With the consent of the student's parent/guardian, however, the date for the meeting may be extended an additional five(5) school days.
  4. A statement of the penalties under State Law 118.15.(5) that may be imposed on the parent/guardian if he/she fails to cause the child to attend school regularly as required.

SCHOOL BUS REGULATIONS -    Policy 443.2 Student Conduct on Buses The school bus is considered to be an extension of the school.  Therefore any rules, regulations, and/or policies that apply while on school property also apply while students are on the bus.  The bus driver will report any acts of inappropriate behavior to the high school office.  A conference will be held with the student concerning the incident and may result in detention or loss of bus riding privileges for one to three days.  A second infraction may result in loss of bus riding privileges for up two weeks.  A third infraction may result in loss of bus riding privileges for the remainder of the school year.  Depending upon the seriousness of the infraction, detentions, and/or suspensions may also be issued.  

STUDENT BUS TO ATHLETIC EVENTS - Advance sale of bus and game tickets can be purchased in the office.  Arrangements for fan buses must be made by the end of the noon hour on the day prior to the event.  The cost of the bus ride will be based on the distance of the trip.  There must be minimum of twenty-five students in order to reserve a bus.  All students who ride the bus to an event MUST RETURN on that same bus.  The only exception is if a parent should request that their student be allowed to return home from the event with a responsible adult.  This request must be made to the principal prior to the bus leaving for an event.  If students violate this rule they will not be able to ride the student bus for the remainder of the school year.  All rules and regulations that govern students at their own school are also enforced at visiting schools.

STUDENT CONDUCT Policy 443 Student Conduct   (Also see Code of Student Conduct below)  - All students are expected to conform to reasonable standards of conduct, including language.  Inappropriate conduct will be determined by the faculty, support staff, and/or administration.  General guidelines to determine inappropriate conduct include acts that violate or impair the rights of others or activities.  Students who violate these general guidelines will be subject to detention, suspension, permanent removal from class, or expulsion.  Any conduct that violates a state statute (smoking, disorderly conduct, theft, et.) will be referred to the appropriate local authority.

CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT Code of Student Conduct- Students are expected to come to school, and to every class, ready and willing to learn.  Parents should be aware of their children’s activities, performance and behavior in school, and are asked to cooperate and consult with the school to prevent or address problems.  The district has a legal duty to make its schools as free as possible of the dangers of violence, weapons, drugs, and other behavior harmful to the educational environment.  This duty is enforced through the district’s policy on suspension and expulsion, which provides procedures by which students may be removed from the school community either temporarily, or in the case of certain expulsions, permanently.  A teacher employed by the district may temporarily remove a pupil from the teacher’s class if the pupil violates the terms of this Code of Student Conduct (the “Code”).  In addition, long term removal of a student will be possible if the building administrator upholds a teacher’s recommendation that a student be removed from the class for a longer period of time.  Removal from class under this Code does not prohibit the district from pursuing or implementing other disciplinary measures, including but not limited to detentions, suspension, or expulsion, for the conduct for which the student was removed.  Removal is a serious measure, and should not be imposed in an arbitrary, casual or inconsistent manner.  Behavioral expectations are always more constructive and more likely to be followed, where their terms are communicated as clearly as possible to students and staff.  However, it is neither possible nor necessary to specify every type of improper or inappropriate behavior, or every inappropriate circumstance, which would justify removal under this Code.  A teacher’s primary responsibility is to maintain an appropriate educational environment for the class as a whole.  Therefore, notwithstanding the provisions of this Code, in every circumstance the teacher should exercise his or her best judgment in deciding whether it is appropriate to remove a student temporarily from class.

WHAT ARE THE GROUNDS FOR DISCIPLINARY REMOVAL FROM CLASS?

         A.)  Behavior that violates the district’s policies on suspension and expulsion.

        The district policies regarding suspension and expulsion are set forth in Wisconsin Statutes 120.13(1).  It should be noted that building administrators make decisions regarding suspension, and recommendations for expulsion are made by the district’s administration.  Thus, a teacher’s decision to remove a student from class for behavior that violates the district’s policies regarding suspension and expulsion, may, but does not necessarily, mean that the student will also be suspended or expelled.  Students recommended for expulsion must appear at a hearing before the District School Board.  The School Board has the final decision in matters of expulsion.

B.)  Behavior that violates the behavioral rules and expectations in the Student Handbook.

        The Student Handbook contains behavioral expectations for the individual schools in the district.  These rules and expectations are generally explained and discussed with the students near the beginning of each school year.  Such discussions should include an explanation of this Code, and the district’s policy regarding removal.  In addition, parents will be informed of this policy.

C.)  Behavior which is disruptive, dangerous or unruly.

        For the purposes of this Code the following behaviors may be determined to be disruptive, dangerous and may result in removal from class:

D.)  Behavior which interferes with the ability of the teacher to teach effectively.

        Students are required to cooperate with the teacher by listening attentively, obeying all instructions promptly, and responding appropriately when called upon.  A student’s non-compliance may, in turn distract others either by setting a bad example or by diverting the class from the lesson to the student’s inappropriate behavior.

NON-DISCIPLINARY REASONS FOR REMOVAL OF A STUDENT FROM CLASS. - In some cases, a teacher may believe that a student should be removed from the class for the good of the student and in the best interests of the class as a whole.  Any student may be temporarily removed from class under this Code by a teacher of that class.  For the purpose of this Code, “student” means any student enrolled in the district, Coop Student (Vocational, Project Circuit, and Special Education), exchange student, or student visitor to the district’s schools. (Removal of Special Education Students shall follow procedures as set forth in IDEA rules and regulations).  Any student may be removed on a long-term basis from a class based upon the request of a teacher as upheld and implemented in the discretion of the building administrator. For the purpose of this code, “building administrator” means a principal of a school, or other individual duly designated by the building administrator or District Administrator.  

For the purposes of this code, a “class” is any class, meeting or activity, which students attend, or in which they participate while in school under the control or direction of the district.  This definition of “class” includes, without limitation, regular classes, special classes, resource room sessions, labs, library time, counseling groups, assemblies, study halls, lunch or recess.  “Class” also includes regularly scheduled district-sponsored extracurricular activities, either during or outside of school hours.  Such activities include, by example and without limitation, district sponsored field trips, after-school clubs, and sporting activities involving students as participants or spectators.  A “teacher” is any certified instructor, counselor, nurse or administrator employed by the district.  A “teacher of that class” means the regularly assigned teacher of the class, or any teacher assigned to teach, monitor, assist in or oversee the class.  This definition includes, without limitation, an assigned substitute teacher, proctor, monitor, or group leader.  Where there is more than one teacher in a class, any teacher may remove a student from that class upon informing the other teacher(s) of his/her intent to do so.  Except where the behavior is extreme, a teacher should generally warn a student that continued misbehavior may lead to temporary removal from class.  When the teacher determines that removal is appropriate, the teacher should take one of the following courses of action:

A.)  Instruct the student to go to the Middle or High School Principal’s Office for the period of removal.  In such case the teacher should call the office and/or send a note with the student.

B.)  Obtain coverage for the class and escort the student to the Middle School or High School Principal’s Office.

C.)  Seek assistance from the Middle School or High School Principal’s office or other available staff.  When assistance arrives, the teacher, or the other adult should accompany the student to the main office.

When the student arrives at the Middle or High School Principal’s Office, the building administrator or designee should give the student an opportunity to briefly explain the situation.  If the building administrator or designee is not available immediately upon the student’s arrival, the administrator or designee should speak to the student as soon as practicable thereafter.  For the purposes of short-term removal, it is not necessary to obtain witnesses or to otherwise verify the student’s or teacher’s accounts of the situation.  Within twenty-four (24) hours or the next school day following the removal, the teacher shall submit to the building principal or designee a written explanation of the basis for the removal.  Within twenty-four (24) hours of the removal, the teacher shall inform the student’s parents that the student was removed from class.  It is preferred that this first notification of removal be a phone call to the parent. The teacher shall also provide written notice to the parents of the student of the removal postmarked within two (2) school days of the removal.  Such written notice shall specify the class from which the student was removed, the duration of removal, and the basis for the removal as stated by the teacher.  The teacher shall provide a copy of the written notification, to the Middle or High School Principal for purposes of record keeping.

WHERE SHOULD STUDENTS BE SENT PENDING AND DURING SHORT TERM REMOVAL FROM CLASS? - Each building administrator shall designate a room or other suitable place where students shall remain during any period of removal from the classroom in the Middle School or High School Principal’s Office (“short term removal area”). Middle or High school students who are removed by their teachers, must immediately and directly go, or be taken to the short-term removal area.  For the duration of the removal, the student shall stay in the short term removal area.  In the discretion of the building administrator or designee, the student may instead be sent to another appropriate class, program or educational setting, provided the student is supervised in such an alternative setting.  The building administrator should also take steps to ensure that the students are supervised while in the short-term removal area.  In general, students should be required to do work of an academic nature while in the short-term removal area.  Such work should ordinarily be related to the work in the class from which the student was removed, or may be related to the student’s misconduct (i.e. writing an apology or account of the situation). 

HOW LONG SHALL A SHORT TERM REMOVAL LAST? - Removal is a serious matter, and should not be taken lightly either by the teacher or the student.  In most cases, a student shall remain in the short-term removal area for at least the duration of the class or activity from which she/he was removed, or for at least forty-five (45) minutes.  Prior to allowing the student to resume his/her normal schedule, the building principal or designee shall speak to the student to determine whether the student is, or appears to be, ready and able to return to class without a recurrence of the behavior for which the student was removed.  In the event that it is not deemed appropriate to return the student to regular classes, the building administrator or designee shall either retain the student in the short-term removal area or where appropriate, shall take steps to have the student sent home.

WHAT ARE THE PROCEDURES FOR LONG-TERM REMOVAL? - Long-term removal is an extremely serious step.  Long-term removal should not ordinarily be considered or implemented except after a thorough consultation, including a thorough consideration of alternatives between the teacher(s), the building administrator or designee, and the parent.  For the same reason, long-term removal should not ordinarily be considered on the basis of a single incident.  Unlike short-term removal the ultimate decision regarding long-term removal rests with the building administrator.  Where a teacher believes that the best interests of the student and/or the class require long term removal, the teacher shall so notify the building administrator in writing.  Such statement shall set forth as clearly and completely as possible the following information:

A.        The basis for the removal request.

B.        The alternatives, approaches and other steps considered or taken to avoid the need for the removal.

  1. The impact, positive and negative, on the removed student.
  2. The impact, positive and negative on the rest of the class.

Upon receipt of such information, the building administrator may, in his/her discretion, consult with the teacher and/or other district staff.  In most cases, it is appropriate to inform and consult with the parents of the student and the student involved in the request for long-term removal.  Following consideration of the teacher’s statement and any other information, the building administrator shall, in his/her discretion, take one of the following steps:

A.)        Place the student in an alternative education program as defined by law.

B.)        Place the student in another class in the school, or in another appropriate place in the school.

C.)        Place the student in another instructional setting.

D.)        Review the district’s policies on suspension and/or expulsion and determine applicability to the individual student situation.

E.)        Return the student to, or retain the student in, the class from which he or she was removed or proposed to be removed.

In any event, a student in long-term removal must continue to receive an educational program and services comparable to, though not necessarily identical with those of the class from which he/she was removed.  Such program need not be in the precise academic subject of the student’s former class.  It will be the teacher’s responsibility to provide educational materials for this student in the subject area for long-term removal.  Long-term removal is an administrative decision not subject to a formal right of appeal.  However, the parent(s) of the student and/or the student, shall have the right to meet with the building administrator and/or the teacher(s) who made the request for removal.  Where possible, such meeting shall take place within three (3) school days of the request for a meeting.  At the meeting, the building administrator shall inform the parent(s) and/or student as fully as possible regarding the basis for the removal, the alternatives considered and the basis for any decision.  However, nothing in the Code shall prevent the building administrator from implementing a removal to another class, placement or setting prior to any meeting, and notwithstanding the objection of the parent(s) or student.

TO WHAT EXTENT IS REMOVAL APPLICABLE TO STUDENTS IDENTIFIED AS DISABLED UNDER THE IDEA?

Some different rules and considerations apply for students identified as requiring special education services under the IDEA or Section 504.  In particular, placement for such students is a decision of the student’s IEP team, subject to stringent procedural safeguards, and cannot be made unilaterally by teachers or the administration.  In addition, most students covered by the IDEA should have a behavior plan, which will address (a) whether and to what extent the student should be expected to conform to the behavioral requirements applicable to non-disabled student; and (b) Alternative consequences or procedures for addressing behavioral issues.  It is highly advisable that all IEP teams address these issues, and this Code, at least annually, setting forth the consensus of the IEP team regarding behavioral expectations and consequences.  Notwithstanding these issues, students identified as requiring special education services under the IDEA or Section 504 may, in general, be temporarily removed from the class under the same terms and conditions as non-disabled students.  For the reasons noted above, no change in placement for more than ten (10) school days may be made for a student with disabilities outside of the IEP process.  This ten (10) day limit applies to out of school suspensions as well as days of removal.

DETENTION

  1. A student may be issued a detention by the office or by a teacher for inappropriate behavior that takes place in school or during a school sponsored activity.
  2. The student will serve their dentition the same day of the incident.
  3. All detentions will be served in the MS/HS library from 3:30-4:00.
  4. The individual who issued the detention must contact the student's parent.
  5. A detention form must be completed on the same day that the detention is issued.

REMOVAL FROM CLASS

If detention does not correct the behavior problem staff members may remove the student from the class and send them to the office.

DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR/SUSPENSION AND/OR EXPULSION  Policy 447.3 Student Suspensions/Expulsions(Also see Code of Conduct) - On occasion student's emotions escalate.  This sometimes results in disciplinary action by a teacher or other school official.  If a student is suspended for an infraction of school policies he or she may, at the discretion of the school official, serve that suspension in or out of school.  When placed on an in-school suspension the student will be placed in the school office and be given schoolwork to complete. If the student is issued an in school or out-of-school suspension it should be noted that the absences are unexcused.  It should also be noted that out-of-school suspensions may be used for the purposes of filing truancy.  If the infraction is serious enough the disciplinary action may include notification of law enforcement officials for additional consequences.  Any student who repeatedly violates school laws may be brought before the School Board for an expulsion hearing.  Expulsion is defined as being permanently removed from school for a pre-determined amount of time.  

ALCOHOL, DRUG OR DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, OR TOBACCO PRODUCT USE OR POSSESSION 

Policy 443.3 Tobacco and E-Cigarette Use by Students

Policy 443.4 Student Alcohol and Other Drug Use

Students are prohibited from being involved in: the use, or possession, distribution, manufacture, or sale of alcohol, controlled substances (including all illegal drugs), prescription drugs (for uses other than prescribed) and/or tobacco products; being under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances; possession, exchange, use or sale of drug paraphernalia (as defined by local, state, and federal statutes); possession, exchange, or sale of look-alike drugs or alcohol (such as non-alcoholic beer) in or on school property, in any district-owned or contracted vehicle or at school sponsored activities in accordance with the District's policy on alcohol and/or other controlled substance use and use of tobacco products.  Violation of this nature may result in possible suspension and/or expulsion from school.

CHILDREN-AT-RISK   Policy 342.4 Programs for Children at Risk- Children-At-Risk are defined as students that are in danger of not having a successful educational experience.  Some examples of students that may be at-risk are if they are truant from school, school age parents, and/or adjudicated delinquents.  If you feel that your child may be at-risk, please contact the high school office for more information.

 

PROCEDURES FOR DEALING WITH CHEATING  Policy 443.9 Academic Honesty/Cheating

The Whitehall Middle and High School acknowledges that cheating by students completing homework, papers and tests has become a serious problem in school.  In order to determine how individual students are progressing in the curriculum, it is necessary for teachers to get an accurate picture of which students understand the material and which students need further assistance.  The faculty advisory committee has come up with a uniform procedure to deal with cheating in the school.  Please read over these procedures with your son/daughter to make sure that you have a clear understanding of what the consequences will be for cheating on schoolwork.

1.          Daily work:  Students caught copying daily work by any faculty member will have the work taken away.  This work will be given to the teacher that has the student for the class that was being copied.  The teacher will evaluate the circumstances as reported by the referring staff member.  The teacher will decide what the consequences are for that particular incident.  The teacher will notify the parent of the incident with a phone call and follow-up with written communication regarding the incident.  Repeated incidents will result in more severe consequences.  All incidents will be reported to the School Principal.

2.          Technology theft:  Students caught entering other student’s files on the server, copying and turning in work that belongs to another student, will at minimum, receive a zero on the assignment.  The teacher has the discretion to have the student repeat the assignment to earn back partial credit on the assignment.  The student could earn one to two grades less on the assignment once the final grading is complete.  The teacher will evaluate both students involved and make a decision to determine if both students were equally involved or if the student copying information from another student’s file did so without the other student’s knowledge.  Students hacking into another student’s file will be removed from use of school computers for a minimum of two weeks for the first offense.  Removal will be longer for repeated incidents of technology theft.  The staff member will notify the parent by phone call and follow-up with a written communication of the incident and the consequences.  All incidents will be reported to the School Principal.

3.          Plagiarism:   At times students will decide to copy word-for- word or cut and paste information from the internet and place it in their paper representing it as their own work.  If this occurs, the student will at minimum receive a zero on the paper.  The teacher has the discretion to have the student repeat the assignment to earn back partial credit on the assignment.  The student could earn one to two grades less on the assignment once the final grading is complete.  When students do research papers, the purpose is to find information relevant to their topic and present that paper in a form that summarizes the information they have collected.  Parents will be notified by phone call and follow-up written communication.  All incidents will be reported to the School Principal.

4.          Cheating:  Students caught cheating on tests, quizzes or final exams in any manner will receive a zero on the test. Students should be aware that failing a major test or exam could result in failing the class for a particular grading period.   Receiving a zero could have a severe impact on their grade.  The teacher will notify the parent by phone and follow up with written communication. Students will be referred to the office for additional disciplinary action that may include suspension from school.  All incidents will be reported to the School Principal.

5.        Incidents of cheating will be recorded on a database accessible to all faculty members.  When a student is caught cheating, the faculty member will enter this record on the database.  Students with repeated incidents in cheating may have more severe consequences and may even be referred to the Extra-Curricular Council for further disciplinary action that could penalize participation in extra-curricular activities.

 

6.        Students should be aware that failing a major test or exam could result in failing the class for a particular grading period.  Receiving a zero could have a severe impact on their grade.  The teacher will notify the parent by phone and follow up with written communication.  Students will be referred to the office for additional disciplinary action that may include suspension from school.  All incidents will be reported to School Principal.

Incidents of cheating will be recorded on a database accessible to all faculty members.  When a student is caught cheating, the faculty member will enter this record on the database.  Students with repeated incidents in cheating may have more severe consequences and may even be referred to the Extra-Curricular Council for further disciplinary action that could penalize participation in extra-curricular activities.

 

STUDENT RECORDS -   Policy 347 Student Records/Recruiter Access to Student Records Parents or adult students have the right to:  (1) inspect and review their student’s education records; (2) seek amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or adult student believes to be inaccurate; (3) consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except that FERPA (Family Education Rights and Privacy Act) and state laws authorize disclosure without consent.  This would include the transfer of a student’s education records to another school district.  School officials that have direct education contact with a student will also have access to student education records; (4) file a complaint with the Family Policy Compliance Office of the U.S. Department of Education alleging educational agency or institution non compliance with FERPA requirements.  Further, the Whitehall School District has designated the following student record information as directory data:  student’s name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, photographs, degrees and awards received, and name of school most recently previously attended by the student.  This information may be disclosed to any person unless the adult student, parent, legal guardian, or guardian ad litem of minor student informs the school district that all or any part of the directory data may not be released without the prior consent of the adult student, parent, legal guardian, or guardian ad litem.  The district will not release data earlier than two weeks (14 days) after the opening of school or receipt of this notice.

MILITARY RECORDS - The Federal Government passed the "No Child Left Behind Act" in 2001.  This act requires that school districts provide military recruiters and institutions of higher education a list of all juniors and seniors.  This list must include their name, address, and telephone number.  If you do not want your name to be included in this list you must contact the high school office and request that it be removed.  If law allows, the student’s name will be removed.

TARDIES - Students are expected to arrive on time to school and to their classes.  Any students that arrives late (unexcused) to class or school will be issued an unexcused tardy by the classroom teacher or office and have to serve a detention that day. 

LEAVING SCHOOL   Policy 434 Released Time for Students- Any students that need to leave the building during the school day must have prior permission from the high school office.  Any students violating this policy will be required to:

        1st Offense - Make up time missed and/or be issued a detention

        2nd Offense - Make up time missed and/or serve a one - three day suspension

        3rd Offense - One - five days of suspension

        Additional Violations - Three - five days of suspension

STUDENT HARASSMENT Policy 443.7 Threats to or by Students,  Policy, Policy 443.71 Anti-Bullying,  Policy 443.72 Hazing,   Policy 411.1 Student Harassment and Complaint Form- The Whitehall School District does not tolerate student harassment in any form and will take all necessary and appropriate action to eliminate it, up to and including recommendation for expulsion.  Student harassment means behavior towards

students based, in whole or in part, on sex, race, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability which substantially interferes with a pupil's school performance or creates an intimidating hostile or offensive school environment.  It is the policy of the school district to maintain and insure a learning environment free of any form of student harassment or intimidation toward and between students.  Harassment may include, but is not limited to unwelcome conduct (verbal or physical), actions, words, jokes, or comments based on an individual's protected status.  In addition to this, sexual harassment may include, but is not limited to unsolicited verbal sexual comments and gestures, subtle pressure for sexual activity, repeated offensive sexual flirtations, advances of propositions, sexist remarks about a person's body or sexual activities, patting, pinching, or unnecessary touching, sexually or racially oriented jokes, stories, and materials (calendars, posters, magazines, etc.), demanding sexual favors accompanied by implied or overt threats, Teachers, support staff, and administration will be encouraged to spend more time in the hallways in an attempt to eliminate student harassment.  Any students that feel they are the victims of harassment can file a formal complaint in the high school principal’s office.  Please see School Board Policy 1032 for more details.

NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY   Policy 411 Nondiscrimination- It is the policy of the school district that no person be denied admission to any public school in this district or be denied participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be discriminated against in any curricular, extracurricular, pupil service, recreational or other program or activity because of the person's sex, race, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability as required by section 118.13 of the statutes.  This policy also prohibits discrimination as defined by Title IX of the Education Amendments of the 1972 (sex), Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (race, color, national origin), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (handicap), Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (disability).  The district shall provide appropriate educational services programs for students who have been identified as having a handicap or disability, regardless of the nature or severity of the handicap or disability.  The district shall also provide for the reasonable accommodation of a student's sincerely held religious beliefs with regard to examination and other academic requirements.  Requests for religious accommodations shall be made in writing and approved by the building principal.

STUDENT DISCRIMINATION/COMPLAINT PROCEDURE POLICY   Policy 411 Rule:  Student Discrimination Complaint Procedure 

Any complaint regarding the interpretation or application of the district's student nondiscrimination policy shall be processed in accordance with the following complaint procedures:

  1. The District encourages informal resolution of complaints when possible.  However, parents, students or residents of the district complaining of discrimination on the basis of age, sex, race, religion, national origin, color, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, physical, mental, emotional or learning disability or handicap status in school programs or activities may file a formal discrimination complaint with the district administrator.  The complaint must be in writing and sent to the district administrator at the following address:  19121 Hobson Street, Whitehall, WI  54773-0037.  Telephone number - 715-538-4374
  1. Discrimination complaints and appeals relating to the identification, evaluation, educational placement or the provision of free appropriate public education of a child with a disability shall be processed in accordance with established appeal procedures outlined in the district's special education handbook.
  2. Discrimination complaints relating to programs specifically governed by federal law or regulation (e.g., EDGAR complaints) shall be referred directly to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
  1. The district administrator, upon receiving such a written complaint, shall immediately undertake an investigation of the suspected infraction.  The district administrator will review with the building principal or other appropriate persons, the facts comprising the alleged nondiscrimination.  The district administrator shall decide the merits of the case, determine the action to be taken, if any, and report in writing the findings and the resolution of the case to the complainant.  Written acknowledgement of the complaint will be made within 45 days of receipt of the written complaint and a determination of the complaint will be made in writing within 90 days of receipt of the written complaint unless the parties agree to an extension of time.
  2. The complainant shall be notified of the right to appeal a negative determination by the district administrator to the school board within five business days of the district administrator's response.  This request must be in writing.
  3. The complainant shall be notified of the right to appeal a negative determination by the District Administrator to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction within 30 days of the decision.  Appeals should be sent to:  State Superintendent, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 125 South Webster Street, Box 7841, Madison, WI  53707-7841.  Nothing in these procedures shall preclude individuals from filing a complaint directly with the Office of Civil Rights as authorized by federal law.

LMC CIRCULATION PROCEDURES Books (General Circulation) - Books from the general collection may be checked out for two weeks.

They may be renewed as long as no one else needs them.  Out of common courtesy to your fellow students, please return materials promptly when you’ve finished using them.  LMC LOST AND DAMAGED MATERIALS - The replacement price of books and other materials is charged for all lost or damaged items.  Please report lost items immediately.  LMC FINE SCHEDULE - Books/magazines/pamphlets - General collection - $.03/school day/item.  Reference materials - $.05/school day/item.

CLASS OFFICERS  Students may only hold one class office at a time, must have been a student at WHS for at least one-semester and meet extra-curricular code eligibility requirements.  Offices to be filled for each class are President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.  

RESPONSIBLE USE OF THE INTERNET (Staff and Students)  Policy 363.2 Internet Safety and Acceptable Use

In-school use of the internet and computers is intended to further student learning in the Whitehall School District.  Students and staff have the responsibility to use the internet, other software, and hardware in a responsible and informed way, conforming to network etiquette, customs and courtesies.   Failure to adhere to these guidelines will result in disciplinary action, including referrals and suspension of privileges.  Whitehall School District is not responsible for damages to personal digital technologies or electronic communication devices.  

EXPECTATIONS

Be Responsible

Be Respectful

Be Safe

Parental Permission/Opt-Out Provision  Policy 3632. Internet Parental Permission/Opt-out Provision

The District will provide students access to technology resources, including the internet, unless the parent/guardian notifies the building principal in writing that he District should prevent access to technology resources for his/her student(s).  The District will also include appropriate photos and student based information on its professionally maintained social media accounts.  Parents or legal guardians have the right to view contents of their child’s user account or network activity, if possible, accessible and within the confines of applicable law, to revoke their child’s technology permissions, or to request that the District not use photos and/or student based information specific to their child, upon written request.