Amelia L. Johnson High School

Student Handbook

Amelia L. Johnson High School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, disability, sex, religion, creed, national origin, or age.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

GENERAL PROCEDURES AND POLICIES

Calendar................................................................... 3

School Day................................................................ 3

Breakfast.................................................................... 3

Lunch........................................................................ 3

Visitors...................................................................... 3

Parent / Teacher Conferences............................................ 3

Medical & Dental Appointments....................................... 4

Telephone & Messages................................................... 4

School Supplies............................................................ 4

Student Transportation................................................... 4

Student Money / Valuables.............................................. 4

Lockers..................................................................... 4

Book bags................................................................... 4

Field Trips.................................................................. 4

Clubs and Organizations................................................. 4

Homecoming Court...................................................... 5

Courtesies................................................................. 5

Food & Drink in the Building.......................................... 5

Care of Building and Grounds.......................................... 5

SAFETY PROCEDURES

Accidents................................................................... 5

Fire Alarms................................................................. 5

Severe Weather Alarms................................................... 5

Inclement Weather......................................................... 5

Lock Down Procedures................................................... 5

ACADEMIC & ATTENDANCE RELATED POLICIES

Absences and Excuses.................................................... 6

Excused Absences......................................................... 6

Check-In / Check-Out..................................................... 7

Tardies to School.......................................................... 7

Tardies to Class............................................................ 7

Textbooks................................................................... 8

Schedule / Courses......................................................... 8

Grading System............................................................. 8

Marengo County Promotion/Retention Policy...................... 9

Exam Exemption Policy.................................................. 9

ADDITIONAL POLICIES CONCERNING STUDENT CONDUCT

Dress Code/Uniform Policy........................................... 9-10

Hall Passes................................................................. 10

Displays of Affection..................................................... 10

Tobacco..................................................................... 10

Electronic Devices, Toys, and Other Items.........   ........... 10

Cell Phones ......................................................... ... 10

Extracurricular Activities....................................  ....... 10

Letters to Parents...................................................... 10

Code of Conduct...... 11

Fighting...... 11

Addendum from the Board of Education.................. ..... 11

Discipline Point System.............................................. 12

Drug Free Policy................................................  ...... 12

Student Handbook Form .................................... ....... 13

School Calendar 2010 - 2011

August 9 First Day for Students

September 6 Labor Day Holiday

October 11 Personnel Workshop / No School for Students

October 9 End of 1st Nine Weeks

October 16 Report Cards Sent Home

November 12 Veterans' Day Holiday

November 22-26 Thanksgiving Holiday

December 17 End of 2nd Nine Weeks / End of First Semester

December 20 Christmas Holidays begin

January 4 Personnel Workshop / No School for Students

January 5 School Reopens for Students

January 8 Report Cards Sent Home

January 17 Martin Luther King Holiday

February 14 Presidents' Day Holiday

March 11 End of 3rd Nine Weeks

March 14-18 Spring Holidays

March 25 Report Cards Sent Home

April 1 Good Friday

May 26 Last Day for Students (if no bad weather days are used)

May 26 End of 4th Nine Weeks / End of Second Semester

May 27 Teacher Work Day

May 28 Graduation

SCHOOL DAY

At 7:45 a.m. a bell will ring for all students to report to their homeroom class. School begins promptly at 7:45 a.m. with homeroom and ends at 3:04 p.m. Students who arrive at school before 7:45 a.m. should report to the gym and remain there until the 7:45 bell rings. Students should not be dropped off at school before 7:15. Students may not leave school without first obtaining permission and signing out through the office. A student is considered to be at school once he/she is on school grounds.

BREAKFAST

The cost for a student breakfast is $1.25 and the reduced student price is $0.30. The price for teachers is $1.50 and visitors will be charged $3.00. The cafeteria will begin serving breakfast at 7:20 a.m. each morning. Students arriving before 7:45 may report to the cafeteria if they wish to have breakfast. Only students who are going to eat breakfast may report to the cafeteria in the morning.

LUNCH

The cost of a school lunch is $1.75 for students. Reduced price lunches are $0.40. Teacher lunches are $2.50 and visitors will be charged $5.00. All students must work toward keeping our lunchroom clean, and no items may be taken from the lunchroom.

VISITORS

All visitors must report to the office before entering any other part of the school building. All visitors will be asked to sign in and be issued a pass from the office. Passes will not be issued to students from other schools for campus visitation during school hours. Any exception will be at the discretion of an administrator. Unauthorized persons on the Amelia L. Johnson High School campus may be subject to Alabama trespass laws.

PARENT / TEACHER CONFERENCES

One of the priorities of Amelia L.  High School is keeping parents informed of their children's progress and needs. If parents wish to talk with their child's teacher, they should call the main office (334-627-3364) to schedule a conference. Conferences will take place before or after school or during the teacher's planning period.

MEDICAL AND DENTAL APPOINTMENTS

Parents are encouraged to make medical and dental appointments for students either after school hours or on those days when school is not in session.

TELEPHONE AND MESSAGES

All school telephones are for the purpose of conducting necessary school business. Students may be permitted to use the office telephone only in case of absolute necessity as determined by school officials. Students who use the office telephone must have permission of office personnel. Students who are granted permission to use the school telephone will pay $0.25. Students will not be called to the telephone nor will students be called out of class to talk with a parent or other person unless the situation is deemed as an emergency by an administrator. Naturally there are emergencies which arise from time to time which necessitate a message to or from a parent or the delivery of an item to a student. The school is happy to cooperate with the delivery of emergency messages, but this becomes very time consuming; therefore, only emergency messages (as determined by an

administrator) will be delivered. Parents should have an understanding with their child as to his/her plans for after school since after school arrangements are not considered to be an emergency.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES

Supplies needed at school other than textbooks must be provided by the parent. This includes paper, pencils, notebooks, workbooks, and other supplies as designated by the teacher. Students should always come to each class with the textbooks and supplies necessary to do all class work as assigned. Pencils, pens, notebooks, notebook paper, and a few other supplies are kept

in the school office as a convenience to students. These supplies are sold during homeroom each morning.

STUDENT TRANSPORTATION

All transported students must abide by the rules and regulations posted in the buses. Students not conforming to these rules will not be allowed to ride the bus. Only students with a valid driver's license will be allowed to drive cars on the school campus and these students must park in designated areas and possess a valid parking permit. Reckless driving on the school campus is

strictly forbidden and students are not to sit in cars during school hours. Students are not to arrive at school until 15 minutes before school takes in. Students who drive should report to the gym until homeroom unless they are eating breakfast. Students that drive to school may not park off campus and then walk to school. Students that drive to school must park on campus.

STUDENT MONEY/VALUABLES

Students should not bring excessive amounts of money to school. Students should also refrain from bringing valuable items to school. The school will not be responsible for lost or stolen items.

LOCKERS

Lockers will be assigned by homeroom teachers at the beginning of the school year. Students in grades 7-12 will pay a $3.00 rental fee for a locker. Lockers must be kept clean at all times. Students are not to change lockers without office approval. There will be a charge of $1.00 to have locks cut off. The school is not responsible for items lost or stolen from lockers. All high school lockers must have a lock.

BOOKBAGS

Only one book bag per child is allowed in the classroom. No rolling book bags or duffel-type bags will be allowed on campus.

FIELD TRIPS

Field trips are designed to enrich student learning, provide opportunities for participation in curriculum-related activities, and assist students in reaching educational goals. Field trips will be monitored and may be disallowed for individual students based on attendance, grades, and behavior. Also, parents may request that a student not accompany a group. In this case, the student will follow their normal schedule and complete assignments for the class which is on the field trip. During such trips, students represent Amelia L. Johnson High School and will act accordingly. Students will follow school rules and the directions of the teachers/chaperons. The dress code applies to all field trips.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

All members of a club or organization will attend each meeting. The sponsors for each club or organization are:

FFA  Club - Mr. David Wagner

FACS Club - Mrs. Leslie May

Library Club - Mrs. Holly Swindle

Beta Club - Ms. Lander Fisher

Science & Math Club - Ms Shari Jones, Ms. Deborah Harper, Miss Mary Robinson

Business Club - Ms Vicki Barnes

Student Government/Council - Mrs. Lynn Smith

Junior Class Advisors - Mrs. Rae Brame, Mrs. Leslie May

Senior Class Advisors - Ms. Para Davis, Coach Mose Jones

HOMECOMING COURT

The Homecoming Court will be elected by the students in grades 9-12. Members of the Court must meet the following guidelines to qualify for the election:

1. Grade point average of at least 2.5 overall for the previous year.

2. No out of school suspensions or referrals to the County Juvenile Officer for the present or previous year.

COURTESIES

Please observe rules of courtesy to everyone at all times. Do not push or shove any person or walk between two people who are talking. Keep to the right in the halls as you change classes. Leave doorways and walkways clear so that those entering and leaving the building may do so. Do not sit on desks or tables.

CARE OF BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS

Every student should have a deep feeling of interest and pride in taking care of our buildings and the school grounds. Our custodial staff works to keep our school clean, but they can't do this work alone. Student cooperation is needed and expected. Writing, marking on, or defacing school property is forbidden. Any abuse or destruction of private or school property will be paid for by the student and/or parents. Be careful to make no marks on furniture, equipment, or walls. The placement of posters in the hall must have office approval. Be sure to clean shoes well before entering the building. Take special care to help keep restrooms clean. All trash should be thrown into a trash can. If you see waste paper on the floors or outside the building, please help by picking it up, even if you didn't put it there.

SAFETY PROCEDURES/ACCIDENTS

Every accident in the school building, on school grounds, at a practice session, or at any athletic event sponsored by the school must be reported immediately to the person in charge and to the school office.

FIRE ALARMS

The signal for a fire alarm is an alternating series of two different tones. Directions for fire drills are posted in each classroom. Students should move quietly, quickly, and calmly, leaving all books behind. Students should keep a safe distance away from the building until instructed by their teacher. Students are to remain with their classroom teacher for roll call during the fire drill.

SEVERE WEATHER ALARMS

The severe weather alarm is a long continuous tone. Directions for designated areas are posted in every classroom. Students are to move quickly, quietly, and calmly to the designated area, sit with their backs to the wall, and place their head between their knees. Students should listen for further instructions from teachers/monitors.

INCLEMENT WEATHER

In case of inclement weather, please listen to local radio and television stations for school information. If school must be dismissed early due to bad weather, regular bus routes will be followed unless other information is given by the media. Parents will be notified through our emergency phone system.

LOCK DOWN PROCEDURES

In case of an intruder or any other cause that would necessitate a lock-down, all students and staff will follow the lock down procedures detailed in the school safety plan. Teachers will immediately lock their doors, close all shades, and have their students sit on the floor against the hall wall clear from any door. All staff and students will remain in those positions until the administration personally comes to your location to tell you otherwise.

ACADEMIC & ATTENDANCE RELATED POLICIES

Amelia L. Johnson High School Attendance Policies for 2010-2011

Amelia L. High School believes that regular attendance is important to students, the school, and the community. Regular attendance by students facilitates development of the skills and knowledge necessary to function in a democratic society. Therefore, the school endeavors to secure, in compliance with Alabama Law, the prompt and regular attendance of students and to secure their proper conduct, and to hold parents/guardians responsible and liable for the children/children's nonattendance or improper conduct. Each child, who is enrolled in an Alabama public school, shall be subject to the attendance and truancy provisions.

I. Absences

School Day Absences: A school day absence is defined as non-attendance for more than fifty percent (50%) of the regularly scheduled school day. To be counted present, a student MUST be present more than fifty percent (50%) of the scheduled school day (7:45 to 11:30 or 11:30 to 3:04.) Class Absences: A class absence is defined as non-attendance for more than fifty percent (50%) of a regularly scheduled class. To be counted present, a student MUST be present more than fifty percent (50%) of the scheduled class time. Students should check STI Home regularly for discrepancies in absences.

A. Excused Absences

All student absences shall be designated as either EXCUSED or UNEXCUSED by the principal or designee.

In accordance with Alabama law, an absence shall be EXCUSED for the following reasons:

· Student is too ill to attend school

· Inclement weather which would be dangerous for students to attend school as determined by the

Superintendent or Principal

· Legal quarantine

· Death in the immediate family

· Doctor visits. We encourage parents to schedule appointments outside of school hours

· Emergency conditions as determined by the Superintendent or Principal

· Pre-arranged absences that the Principal approves. Approval or non-approval will be based upon

attendance and/or grades and the reason for the request

1. Excuses

In accordance with State Law, a parent or guardian MUST explain the cause of every absence,

check-in/check-out, or tardy, of students under his/her control or charge. On the day that the student returns to school, the student MUST bring either a written excuse, signed by his/her

parent/guardian or a doctor's excuse. If a student fails to bring a written excuse, the absence is

marked UNEXCUSED. The student must clean the UNEXCUSED status with a written note,

within two (2) days after returning to school or the absence will be UNEXCUSED and subject

to the penalties for UNEXCUSED absences. The written excuse must contain a phone number for verification and the date(s) of the

absences. **Students at Amelia L. Johnson High School must present an admittance form to the teacher of any class that is missed.

a. Amelia L. Johnson High School

Students may have five (5) excused absences per semester. Any absence in excess of five (5) per

semester must be accompanied by a doctor's excuse.

2. Make-up Work - Excused Absences

If a student is absent for any EXCUSED reason as defined above, the student will be allowed to make up all major assignments and other work missed during said absence or absences at a time agreeable to the teacher(s). Teachers shall not be required to re-teach lessons, but students shall be given a reasonable opportunity to learn the lessons missed due to excused absences. If a student does not bring an acceptable excuse for their absence, it will be considered an unexcused absence and the student may receive a zero for all missed work.

II. Truancy / Unexcused Absences

· Each child, who is enrolled in a public school, shall be subject to the Attendance and Truancy provisions of the State of Alabama and the school system in which he/she is enrolled.

· The following procedures for handling truancies/unexcused absences shall be uniformly administered at Amelia L. Johnson High School.

A. First UNEXCUSED Absence/Tardy

A student absent from school/class for UNEXCUSED reasons will be given an UNEXCUSED ABSENCE LETTER to take to parents/guardians.

B. Second UNEXCUSED Absence/Truancy

A second UNEXCUSED ABSENCE LETTER will be sent to the parent/guardian. The parent/guardian

MUST COME TO THE SCHOOL before 7:40 a.m. and talk to the Principal/Designee. Failure to attend this meeting will result in the filing of a petition/complaint for truancy against the student and parents/guardians.

C. Third UNEXCUSED Absence/Truancy

The school system will file a complaint/petition against the student and/or parent/guardian. (Parents/guardians go to court.)

III. Tardiness

Students are required to report to school no later than the beginning of the school day and to be on time for all classes during the day. A tardy is defined as a student's arrival after the official time set for school or class. Students are to record what time they arrived at school and their reason for tardy.

A. Tardiness

Students that are tardy to homeroom or for a class must go to the office and meet with a principal. A tardy will be recorded as a discipline infraction. Students with three (3) or more discipline infractions will be required to have a parent conference and may be suspended from school.

IV. Checking-In /Checking-Out of School

· Students who leave school for any reason must check out through the school office. Upon returning to school, the student must also check in through the school office. Students at Amelia L. Johnson High School must sign the school's form to check-in or check-out.

· Check-ins/check-outs will be considered UNEXCUSED ABSENCES, from those class periods missed, until evidence is presented to the principal/designee that the check-in-check-out was for an excused reason.

· Students who accumulate five (5) UNEXCUSED CHECK-INS/CHECK-OUTS will be subject to

disciplinary action.

A. Procedures for check-in/check-out: Amelia L. Johnson High School

· Check-ins/check-outs will be considered UNEXCUSED ABSENCES from those class periods

missed until evidence is presented to the principal/designee that that check-in/check-out was for

an EXCUSED reason

· Students who check-in during the day will be given a check-in form to present to each of

his/her teachers.

· The student must bring a note from his/her parent/guardian to explain the check-in/check-out.

This note MUST be given to the homeroom teacher who will issue him/her an attendance admittance form.

B. Leaving School Campus

A student is not permitted to leave the school campus during regular school hours except in

accordance with the provisions that follow:

· A student should bring a written note, stating the specific time of check-out, signed by the

parent/guardian, containing a phone number where the parent can be called to verify the written

note.

· Check-out notes must be given to the homeroom teacher before 8:00 a.m. All written parental

requests shall remain on file in the principal's office for the remainder of the school year.

· A student's parent or guardian may come to the school in person and check his/her child out of

school. A student may not be checked out of school by persons other than his/her

parents/guardians, unless the parent/guardian has made arrangements in advance with the

principal and then sent the request in writing to the principal.

· In emergency situations, the school principal or designee may permit a student to leave the

school campus, based upon a telephone request from the student's parent or guardian. In such

instances, the principal or designee shall attempt to re-contact the student's parent by telephone

to confirm the request. ** Any student violating this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action.

C C. Students Returning to Campus After Checking Out of School

· A student, who checks out of school and then returns to campus, MUST check in through the

office.

TEXTBOOKS

Textbooks issued to ALJHS students must last for six years. It is necessary that students take proper care of their books. Students will be charged for lost or abused books as follows: New books -full price, books 2 years old - 75%, books 3 years old or more -50%, damaged or abused books - cost determined by assistant principal. Students will not be issued any more

books until all previously issued books are accounted for or paid for.

SCHEDULE / COURSES

High school students will be required to take seven subjects each semester. No courses will be added or dropped after the end of the first week of school. Students will be required to attend all courses for which they are registered.

GRADING SYSTEM

The following criteria should be used in evaluating each student:

1. Test scores (should be a minimum of 5)

2. Homework and other assignments

3. Participation

4. Attendance

Parent(s)/guardian of each student who is failing or on the border-line of failing midway through a nine-week grading period should be notified in writing by a progress report. Kindergarten students are issued one of two grades for each subject. Their progress will be indicated as Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory. Semester averages for students in grades 1-6 are calculated by averaging the grades for each of the two nine-week periods in the semester. Their yearly average is obtained by averaging the two semester averages.

Grading scale for grades 1-6: A 90-100

B 80-89

C 70-79

D 65-69

F Below 65

Semester averages for students in grades 7-12 are obtained by averaging five grades, which consist of each of the nine weeks grades counted twice and the semester exam counted once. A yearly average is calculated for students in grades 7 and 8 by averaging the two semester averages for each course.

For students in grades 9-12, each semester average stands alone. If a student fails a class in the first semester and passes the same class during the second semester, the student will receive one half credit for the class.

Grading scale for grades 7-12 A 90-100

B 80-89

C 70-79

D 60-69

F Below 60

A report card is sent home with the pupil at the end of each nine week grading period. The dates for issuing report cards are on the calendar.

MARENGO COUNTY PROMOTION AND RETENTION POLICY

Grades 1-6: Students in grades one (1) through six (6) must successfully complete the grade level reader(s) of the adopted reading series and maintain a passing grade in reading and math as prescribed by the Alabama Course of Study to be promoted to the next grade. A passing report card grade shall be 65. Attendance, teacher observation/judgment, and standardized test data will be considered in conjunction with the above standards.

Grades 7-8: Students in graded seven (7) and eight (8) must have passing report card grades in the core academic subjects (language arts, math, science, and social science). A passing report card grade shall be 60. Attendance, teacher observation/judgment, and standardized test data will be considered in conjunction with the above standards.

Exam Exemption Policy

To be eligible to exempt an exam, the average of the student's grades for the two nine week periods must be 90% or higher. Students in grades 7-12 may exempt exams both semesters for all classes in which they meet the 90% requirement. A student that has attended the alternative school may not exempt an exam.

ADDITIONAL POLICIES CONCERNING STUDENT CONDUCT MAINTAINING DISCIPLINE

In dealing with discipline matters the faculty and administration may use, but are not limited to, any or all of the following consequences:

1. Conference with student

2. Supervised time out

3. Required parent conference

4. Assessment for damages

5. Assignment to break detention

6. Corporal punishment (paddling)

7. Suspension

8. Alternative school assignment

9. Recommendation for expulsion

10. Referral to juvenile probation officers

Parents who would like to request that their child not be subject to corporal punishment (paddling) should submit a letter to the school office indicating their wishes.

DRESS CODESHIRTS (no handwritten words or symbols)

· Polo/Golf style with buttons, short or long sleeve, must be tucked in

· Color must be grey, maroon or white

· Undershirts must be white (no visible writing).

PANTS/SKIRTS (no handwritten words or symbols)

Elementary (K-6)

· Khaki long pants, Capri pants, jumpers, or shorts (longer than the end of your hand) may be worn

High School (7-12)

· Students may wear khaki long pants, Capri pants, jumpers or skirts that cover the knee.

Prohibited (K-12)

· Pants worn below the waist or oversized uniforms

· Overalls

· Pants with zippers or laces on the side or legs

· Denim or jean fabrics

· Anything hanging out of pockets

SHOES (no handwritten words or symbols)

· Brown, black, white or gray shoes may be worn. All shoes must be closed in the front and back. Shoelaces must match the shoes. Shoes are to be tied, buckled and secured. No lighted shoes are allowed.

SOCKS

· Socks are required and must match uniform or shoes.

BELTS

· Brown or black will be required on pants with belt loops. Buckles must be plain. Large buckles or marquee buckles are prohibited.

OUTERWEAR (no handwritten words or symbols)

· Jackets must be black, maroon or white (NO Khaki). ALJHS official school logo or names may be monogrammed on

jackets. Any other school, collegiate or name brand logo is prohibited.

·Black, maroon, gray or white sweatshirts may be worn over a uniform shirt as outerwear. ALJHS official school logo or names may be monogrammed on sweatshirts. Any other school, collegiate, or name brand logo is prohibited.

JEWELRY

· If necklaces are worn; they are to be inside of the shirt at all times. Pierced jewelry is limited to the ears.

HEAD COVERING (no handwritten words or symbols)

· Hats, caps, sunglasses, and other head coverings are not part of the school uniform and are not allowed at school. Cold weather hats, such as toboggans, may be worn on cold days and removed before entering the buildings.

***Students who transfer from other school districts will be given a period of five school days to comply with the ALJHS dress code

HALL PASSES

Students must be in their assigned places unless they have teacher or administrator permission to be in another place. Students must not leave any class or place of assignment without permission. Student must not leave school grounds for any purpose without permission from an administrator. Students who are outside of class during class time must be accompanied by a teacher or have an appropriate hall pass from an authorized staff person.

DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION

Students are not to be involved in displays of affection such as petting, kissing, hand holding, etc.

TOBACCO

Use or possession of tobacco or a tobacco facsimile in any form on school premises, buses, or at extracurricular activities sponsored by the school is prohibited.

ELECTRONIC DEVICES, TOYS AND OTHER ITEMS

Cassette/CD players, radios, sunglasses, IPods, pagers/beepers, hats, toys, and bandannas are not allowed at school. If brought to school, these items will be taken up and kept in the office until the last day of school.

CELL PHONES

Students are encouraged to not bring cell phones to school. Cell phone use is prohibited at school during the day. This includes voice calls, taking photos, or sending and receiving text messages. Students in possession of a cell phone must have it completely turned off (not on silent or vibrate mode) when on campus or on school buses. Cell phones are not to be visible during the school day. They are to be stored out of sight in a secure location (vehicle, pocket, purse, locker, backpack, etc.) Disciplinary action will be taken if a cell phone is visible. First time phone is taken - parent can pick up the phone from the office the next day. Second time phone is taken - parent can pick up the phone from the office after one week. Third time phone is taken - parent can pick up the phone from the office after two weeks. Fourth time phone is taken - parent can pick up the phone at the end of the semester.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Students are under jurisdiction of school authorities at extracurricular functions.

 

LETTERS TO PARENTS

Students are responsible for notifying their parents of all written communications from the school. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action.

 

CODE OF CONDUCT

A code of conduct signed by parents and students must be on file within two weeks of the first day of school. Students enrolling after the first day have one week to turn in a signed code of conduct. Failure to turn in a signed code of conduct will result in suspension.

 

FIGHTING

Fighting is not acceptable on the campus of Amelia L. Johnson High School. Students in grades 7-12 who are fighting on campus may be picked up by the Marengo County Sheriff's Department and assigned to the Alternative School. Parents will be notified that they need to pick-up their child at the Marengo County Detention Center. Students in grades 3-6 who are fighting on campus will be picked up by their parents and assigned to the Alternative School. Students in grades K-2 who are fighting on campus will be required to have a parent conference with an administrator and may be subject to addition discipline.

 

ADDENDUM (Addendum to local school rules and regulations by the Marengo County Board of Education)

All students must be under the supervision of a teacher during the entire school day.

Students committing the following acts shall be subject to disciplinary action including suspension and expulsion:

1. The act of using obscene or profane language, in verbal or written form or in pictures, caricatures, or obscene gestures on any school property.

2. The act of extortion or borrowing or attempting to borrow any money or things of value from a person in the school, unless both parties enter into the agreement freely and without the presence of either an implied or expressed threat.

3. The act of physically assaulting or attempting to do bodily harm to any person on school property or in a school bus, including any activity under school sponsorship.

4. The act of initiating an impending bomb or other catastrophe without just cause.

5. The possession of dangerous weapons by students on school grounds, school buses, or at school sponsored events, during or after regular school hours, is prohibited. Students who are found to be in possession of such weapons are subject to suspension and possible expulsion from the schools of the Marengo County School System. A dangerous weapon is defined as a knife, club, gun, chair, any object deemed dangerous by the school official.

6. Actions and/or behavior associated with gangs may result in suspension. This includes throwing signs, graffiti, etc.

7. Students shall not engage in conduct constituting sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is defined to include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, displays of photographs, pictures, or drawings which are sexually offensive or verbal remarks of a sexual nature.

8. ALCOHOL/DRUG USE Any student found in possession of or in the act of using or selling alcohol, marijuana or drugs (for which student has no prescription from a duly recognized physician) shall automatically be suspended. This policy applies when the act(s) occur at school, on school grounds, on school buses, and/or at any school-sponsored event during or after regular school hours. Expulsion may be recommended.

9. If a student is found to be in possession of a weapon or firearm or a reasonable facsimile of a firearm and presents it as a real firearm, he/she shall be automatically referred to the Board for disciplinary action. If determined by the Board that the student was in possession of a real firearm on school property (including property not owned by the school, but where an official school sponsored activity is held) the student shall be expelled from school for not less than one

(1) academic year. The student shall also be referred to the criminal justice or juvenile justice system.

11. Other acts of misbehavior deemed disruptive to the normal instructional process.

  

Marengo County Board of Education Drug Free School Policy 2010 - 2011 Overview

The Marengo County Board of Education (the "Board") has adopted the Marengo County Board of Education Drug Free School Policy, (the "Policy"), a random alcohol and drug testing policy to promote the safety considerations noted herein and to deter the use of alcohol and drugs among high school students. A copy of this policy will be distributed to all students who participate in extra-curricular activities or students who drive a car on campus. This policy will apply to three categories of students: (1) Activity students, consisting of students participating in athletics or cheerleading (defined as any student, male or female, in grades seven through twelve, who is a member of any Board sponsored school sports team or cheerleading/dance squads), and (b) other school related extra-curricular activities (defined as any student male or female, in grades seven

through twelve, who is a participant of a Board sponsored extra-curricular activity during the school day or after school); (2) Parking students, consisting of students operating or parking of a motor vehicle "at school" as defined herein); and volunteer students who have been voluntarily added to the random pool with the consent of his or her parents. Participation in extra-curricular activities or operating/parking a motor vehicle on campus are privileges, not rights. Students in these activities represent the school and the school system in interscholastic competition, public performances and various other activities. They are role models for other students. Their use or abstinence from the use of alcohol or illegal drugs is likely to influence the choices of other high school students. In addition, the use or abuse of alcohol and/or illegal drugs by athletes or cheerleaders is likely to increase student injuries to the user or others with whom he or she is playing. Student drivers are inexperienced and pose a substantial risk to the safety of themselves and others should they operate a motor vehicle on campus or elsewhere while under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.

 

Amelia L. Johnson High School CODE OF CONDUCT, STUDENT HANDBOOK, & INTERNET ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY FORM

2010 - 2011

Student Name ___________________________________________________________Grade ___________

I, and my parent(s)/guardian, hereby acknowledge by our signatures below that we have received and read, or had read to us, the Marengo County Board of Education Code of Student Conduct and the Amelia L. Johnson High School Student Handbook. We also acknowledge by our signature that we have received and read, or had read to us, the Internet Acceptable Use Policy that is found in the Code of Student Conduct and have indicated below our desires concerning the above listed student's use of the Internet.

 

______ I understand and agree to all the terms as outlined in the Internet Acceptable Use

Policy and agree to allow my child to use e-mail and the Internet while at

school according to the rules outlined.

 

______ I would prefer that my child not use e-mail and the Internet while at school.

 

__________________________________________ __________________________________________________

Student's Signature Parent/Guardian's Signature

___________________________

Date

* TEAR THIS FORM FROM THE STUDENT HANDBOOK AND RETURN TO YOUR HOMEROOM TEACHER