Handbook

Gunnison Valley High School Student Handbook 

 

Mission Statement

Gunnison Valley High School’s mission is to provide quality education and support for students, develop basic competencies, increase effective social skills, and promote good citizenship.

 

                                   Expected Conduct of Gunnison Valley High School Students


  1. Conduct yourself in a manner that contributes to an orderly atmosphere and ensures the rights of all individuals within the school,
  2. Are considerate of others - teachers, staff, fellow students, visitors, etc.,
  3. Become involved in the co-curricular program of the school, and
  4. Give your best effort to your academic and co-curricular pursuits.

Accidents 

When an accident occurs, it must be reported at once to the teacher in charge, who will then report it to the principal and fill out an accident report form. Parents/Guardians will be immediately notified of these accidents.

Affection

Public display of affection will not be tolerated within the building, during school activities, or on the campus. Holding hands is the limit. Respect each other as young men and ladies should.

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drugs

Possession or use of any illegal drug by students is prohibited on any school property or in any building owned or operated by Board of Education or while representing Gunnison High School in an activity, or in any activity while under the supervision of Gunnison High School. Regardless of the student's age, it is illegal to use, or to have in possession alcohol, tobacco (including chew), or illegal drugs. The penalty for possession or use of tobacco is a $50.00 fine, 1 day suspension, and a referral to Juvenile Court. Violations of alcohol and/or drugs will be turned over to the local civil authorities. Violators may also be expelled or suspended from school or placed on a Home School program. Non-Tobacco snuff is not allowed on school property. It will be dealt with as though it were a tobacco product. Gunnison High School follows district policies JHB and JFCI. Tobacco products are not allowed within 1000 feet of the school property.

Assemblies

Assemblies are a regularly scheduled part of the curriculum and are designed to be educational as well as entertaining experiences. They provide one of the few opportunities in school to learn formal audience behavior. Regardless of the type of program, courtesy demands that the STUDENT BODY be respectful and appreciative. Yelling, screaming, whistling, etc., is not appropriate at assemblies. Those students who misbehave during an assembly will be removed immediately from that assembly, and miss the next assembly, also. Attendance at assemblies is MANDATORY for all students and faculty members. Students who sluff an assembly will receive the same punishment as if they had sluffed a class. Students may not sit on the back two rows.

Attendance Policy 

Class attendance is a joint responsibility shared by the student, parent/guardian, and school personnel. The attendance policy is intended to hold the student accountable for his/her attendance. The purpose of this policy is to encourage academic success.

Each teacher has and will enforce a grading policy that addresses attendance and tardies which include negative consequences for excessive absences and tardies. In addition to this policy, teachers will hold a conference with all students who are absent four times in one quarter. If the student is absent an additional two times, he/she will be sent to the assistant principal’s office where they will jointly work with the parents to improve the attendance problem. If efforts fail to improve attendance, the matter will be turned over to the Juvenile Court system.   Students with three or more Tardies will be dealt with in a similar manner.

At any time, the administration reserves the right to impose any proper intervention, including in-school suspension, service hours, out of school suspension, juvenile court, that would have a potential positive effect on the student’s attendance.

Steps to Follow When You Are Absent 

The parent or guardian should phone the school and inform the office of the absence by 9:00 am.

If no phone contact has been made the day of the absence, the parent or guardian must send a signed, dated note excusing his/her child when the child returns to school the next day. (A student will have one school day beyond his/her return to deliver a parental excuse note.) If no note or phone call is received within this one day grace period, the student will be issued a sluff.

All students who arrive at school after it has begun, must report to the office before going to class. These students must account for their late arrival by a signed, dated note and/or a phone call home.

If a student wishes to check out of school once it has started, he/she must report to the office and have a signed, dated note or use the office phone and call home and get excused "BEFORE" leaving the campus. This is especially true when a student becomes sick during the school day. No student may leave school without "PRIOR" parental permission.

In all instances where a student has been in attendance during the morning or afternoon session and leaves the campus without checking out through the office, the absence shall automatically be treated as a sluff. This includes when a student attends school until noon and then does not show up for his/her afternoon classes.  Such absences may not be excused later by a note or phone call. 

Students who are caught using forged notes or making fraudulent phone calls will be issued a sluff.

Monitoring Daily Attendance

Students who are absent from a class without a proper excuse will be issued a sluff. Parents will be notified of a sluff by a phone call or a note sent home through the mail.

To monitor daily attendance, teachers enter attendance every period via computer.

Students are expected to be to class on time. Students who are habitually tardy could be handled by one or more of the following: 1) individually by the teacher, 2) referral to the principal by the teacher followed by a parent conference, 3) temporarily suspended from participating in extra-curricular activities and/or attending activities such as ball games, dances, etc. 4) arrange to make-up time either before or after school, 5) issued a sluff, 6) suspended, 7) making a class or schedule change and/or 8) working service hours for the school.

Students who leave the campus during lunch, are expected to be back to school on time, habitual tardiness after lunch will not be tolerated.

Guidelines for Excessive Absences

The South Sanpete Excessive Absences Program has been established to encourage good attendance and to facilitate the processing of chronically truant students and/or excessively absent students through the juvenile court, DCFS or other agencies. The District has identified excessive absenteeism as 16 days per year. The District will implement and document earnest and persistent efforts to resolve a student’s attendance problems as follows:

Annual notification of the District and school attendance policies shall be provided to the parent/guardian(s) of all students during the time of registration.

Following the 6th absence in a year, the principal or designee shall make a “personal contact” with the parent/guardian(s). A meeting may be held and/or a letter may be sent if deemed necessary by the circumstances. At this time, the parent/guardian and student will be counseled to the importance of school attendance and the legal implications of truancy. Part of the counsel shall also include possible interventions to improve attendance. Documentation of the date, time, and method of communication shall be kept. Also, the school or designee shall review and take into consideration the historical attendance record of the student. This contact shall serve as a warning and indicate future consequences if the problem continues.

Note: If prior arrangements for educational needs of the student were made and/or the absences were determined, by the principal or designee, to be reasonable, no parent contact, meeting or letter may be necessary.

Following the 12th absence in a year, the principal or designee shall make a “personal contact” and send a letter to the parent/guardian and student and arrange for a meeting to discuss the student’s attendance problem and implement interventions. The letter may include a copy of Utah State Law 53A-11-103, the student’s attendance record, academic record, and future consequences if the attendance problem continues. An attendance improvement plan (contract) should be developed at this meeting. Documentation of the date, time, place, people in attendance, and the plan shall be kept by the school. The student and parent/guardian shall be informed that, if the attendance problem continues, that a “non judicial” juvenile court referral may be issued at 16 absences.

Note: If prior arrangements for educational needs of the student were made and/or the absences were determined, by the principal or designee, to be reasonable, no parent contact, meeting or letter may be necessary.

Following the 16th absence in a year, a letter shall be sent and the parent/student shall be notified that the student has been excessively absent/truant and a “non-judicial” referral to juvenile authorities consistent with Section 53A-11-104 (6) shall be made by the individual designated by the school/District. This letter may or may not be “certified.” This “non-judicial” court referral shall include:

  1. Documentation of attendance and academic achievement.
  2. Documentation of school efforts/contacts/interventions/plans, dates, times, etc. which have been done to improve attendance.
  3. Copies of letters, including mailing certificates.
  4. Other student background information (grades, citizenship, behavior, etc.) if requested.

Note: If prior arrangements for educational needs of the student were made and/or the absences were determined, by the principal or designee, to be reasonable, no disciplinary action, parent contact, meeting, or letter may be necessary.

If the student’s absenteeism still continues beyond the 16th day and after the “non-judicial” juvenile court referral, the District shall then make an official referral to the Sixth District Juvenile Court and/or DCFS.

If students with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) or students protected under 504/ADA of the Rehabilitation Act have excessive absences and fall within the criteria of this rule, the student’s IEP team (IDEA) or school team (Section 504) shall ensure that the procedures of this rule apply consistent, with state and federal law and regulations.

The parent/guardian(s) shall have the right to due process and have the right to appeal circumstances in regards to excessive absences and/or truancies, or possible court referral to the School’s Attendance Appeals Committee or to the School Board. Parents/guardians within ten calendar days from when they receive school notification.


Automobiles and Parking Lot

Students who drive a vehicle to school must obey the following rules:

Park in student parking areas. (Obey the signs.)

Speeding or careless driving on the school grounds will not be permitted. Speed is 10 mph on school property.

Do not park in the areas marked in RED or in the handicapped stalls. Violations of parking or improper use of vehicles on school property will be dealt with by civil authorities.

No guns or weapons are allowed in any vehicle on school property.

Student parking areas are designated as those South of school in the main parking lot, West of the gymnasium, and West of the baseball field. (Six parking spots)

Faculty parking areas are the areas between the school and the Seminary building (North, East, and South); those parking spots north of the main building on the west side; and those parking spots east of the auditorium/band room area. Students Are Not Allowed in Faculty Zones.

All areas that have designated as RED ZONES, and those areas designated as HANDICAPPED ZONES, are NO PARKING areas.

Those parking spots located South of the big gym, along the edge of the lawn area used by the P.E. classes, are NO PARKING zones during the school day.

Due to the high incidence of minor traffic collisions, and the possibility for severe pedestrian injury to students accessing the field area during school hours, this area must be kept clear of vehicles from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Students who violate this parking policy will be subject to the same disciplinary measures that accompany sluffing, dress code violations, etc. Students who part or drive on the lawn will be given a ticket.

Parking spaces are adequate at the school for all who drive to the campus. Make sure you are in a proper parking spot, with parking lines on both sides of your vehicle. 

Bus Riding Rules

All buses to games, or field trips are scheduled by the school and each bus is under the direction of a faculty member. All students are required to return to the school on their assigned bus, unless prior arrangements have been made before ever leaving the school. (Students will be released only to parents, not to other students.) Fighting, throwing, yelling, vulgar language, or inappropriate gestures/behavior on any bus will not be tolerated. Violators will not be allowed to ride the bus again and may be suspended from school.

SERIOUS BEHAVIOR is when anyone is endangered in a serious way. Any problem that threatens the immediate safety of students on the bus. The individual student involved will be suspended from the bus. No soda pop or sunflower seeds are allowed on buses.

Cafeteria and Lunchroom

If students choose to eat school lunch, they must abide by the cafeteria rules. Students who throw food, litter, or don't dispose of food/trays properly will be denied services.

Students who bring their own lunch to school must eat it in the lunch room or the Student Lounge.

Students who leave the campus for lunch must be back in time for class. Arriving late to class after lunch hour, will not be tolerated.

Cheating

Whether you give or receive information during an exam or on an assignment, the offense is the same. You will receive a ZERO for the work.

Class Schedule

All students who attend GVHS must be classified as a full-time student. They must have 6 classes plus seminary or 7 classes. No study hours are available. Freshmen and sophomores may not sign up for 2 PE/Weightlifting classes.

 

Classroom

Gum, candy, or pop are not allowed in classrooms. All students are expected to comply with all requests of teachers regarding classroom control and discipline as well as academic work. No student is permitted to leave the classroom without permission of the teacher. If a student does leave without permission, he/she will be given a sluff.

Sunglasses may not be worn in the classrooms or in the school, including on the top of your head.

Students who are kicked out of a class for improper behavior will be sent directly to the vice-principal's office. They will be dealt with in at least one of the following ways: 1) parents will be called. 2) the student will be suspended from school. 3) the student will not participate in the next dance, activity, or game 4) the student will be put on an in-school suspension program 5) the student will be placed on a home school program, etc. Students should respect and obey the request of SUBSTITUTE teachers the same as their regular teachers.

Classroom Interruptions/Cell phones

Students are not permitted to interrupt a classroom for another student without written permission from the office. Students will not be taken out of classroom for a phone call unless it pertains to a family emergency.

Students are not allowed to have cell phones in class. Cell phones will be taken if seen during school hours. They will be returned at the end of the day and a letter sent home. A 2nd violation will result in a contract with the student and parent before the phone is returned. A 3rd violation will result in a four week hold.

Dances

School Dances are a part of the total school program and all rules, regulations and policies that govern us during school will also be in effect at our dances, including the dress code.

  1. Middle School Students (6th-7th-8th) will not be permitted to attend Senior High dances.
  2. Prices for all dances must be approved by the principal. Senior High dances will be $4.00 per person.
  3. Students who leave the dance must pay again to re-enter.
  4. No moshing, slam dancing, body surfing, or any other dangerous or inappropriate activity.
  5. Students involved in a fight at a dance will be referred to Juvenile Court and not allowed to attend the next two dances.
  6. GVHS Dances will be restricted to GVHS students only, unless otherwise advertised.

 

Dress Standards

The following dress standards will be enforced at school, dances, ball games, and all other activities.

I. Wearing apparel should be clean and modest.

II. Hair should be clean and well-groomed. Dyeing or gelling in extreme colors (blue, green, purple, bright red, etc.) is not allowed, nor is outlandish hairstyles.

Specific interpretations of these principles include the following guidelines:

Clothing

1.  All clothing must be clean and modest.

2.  Undergarments must be completely covered at all times.

3.  The length of shorts, skirts, etc. must be modest and close to the knee.

4.  Shirts, blouses, tops, dresses, and other such clothing shall be modest (not see-through) and cover the midriff, back, sides, and undergarments at all times; (as a guideline) have necklines that are not lower than a straight line from the top of the underarm across to opposite underarm;

5.  have sleeves that cover the shoulders; and be worn correctly and buttoned properly.

6.  No mutilated, cut off, frayed or deliberately altered clothing.

7.  No pajamas or other sleeping attire.

8.  No excessively baggy clothing/apparel.

9.  No leggings, tight-fitting spandex-type pants, biker shorts, tights, leotards, etc. may be worn as outer garments.

10.     No advertisements, pictures, references, writings, or promotions of harmful and illegal substances (tobacco, drugs, alcohol, etc.); violent acts; or references to gangs are prohibited on all clothing and personal belongings.

11.     No obscene, lewd, sexual innuendos, racial, ethnic, indecent, vulgar, violent, or inappropriate sayings, writing, diagrams, or pictures are allowed on clothing or personal belongings, e.g., notebooks, backpacks, gym bags, water bottles, lockers, badges, patches, etc.

Head Gear

1.  No head coverings of any kind are allowed to be worn in school buildings during regular school hours. This includes all types of hats, bandanas, hooded shirts or coats, sweat bands, etc.

2.  Students may not wear sunglasses or permanently tinted glasses within the building during regular school hours.

Hair

1.  Hair shall be clean, neatly groomed, off the eyes, free from obscuring the face and free from restricting vision.

2.  Facial hair (beards, mustaches and sideburns) should be well-groomed, neat and clean.

3.  Hair color shall be within the spectrum of natural hair colors.

4.  Hair styles and colors that are so conspicuous, extreme, or odd shall not be allowed when they draw undue attention, distraction, or disruption.

 Footwear

1.  Safe and appropriate footwear must be worn at all times to ensure personal safety and good hygiene.

2.  Shoes, boots, and sandals (with back-straps or heels) are considered appropriate footwear.

3.  No skate shoes, bedroom slippers, or bare feet are allowed at any time.

It is strongly recommended that flip-flops (rubber or plastic-type shower shoes) not be worn to school due to health and safety concerns.

Piercing and Tattoos

1.  Conservative ear piercing is permitted.

2.  No facial piercing, tongue piercing, gauging, or nose piercing.

3.  Extreme piercing and accessories that interfere with the educational process or pose a health or safety issue must be removed and disruptive, offensive tattoos must be covered.

 III.  Administrators, teachers and advisors have the authority to determine or add specific standards as warranted or as the need and discretion arises.

IV. The parents/guardian of any student who fails to observe Dress and Grooming Standards will be notified. The Student will then be required to change to acceptable dress and/or grooming. For the second infraction, the student will be suspended from school. A student may re-enter after a meeting with parents, students, and principal, and after making satisfactory commitment regarding future compliance with the Dress and Grooming Standards.

Expected Outcomes

Under Utah state law, students may be expelled or suspended for the following:

  • frequent disobedience
  • disruptive behavior
  • foul, profane, vulgar, or abusive language
  • willful destruction of school property
  • immediate significant threat to welfare, safety, or morals to students, school personnel, or to operation of school
  • possession, control, or use of an alcoholic beverage
  • offenses against student or staff that occur off school premises

The following incidents require suspension or expulsion:

  • drug, weapon, or other serious offenses occurring at school activities
  • misdemeanor or felony class force or threatened force

Weapon offenses require expulsion for a full calendar year unless modified by the district superintendent on a case by case basis.

Extra-curricular Activities

The following activities at Gunnison Valley High School are considered extra-curricular:

     Volleyball           Football        Basketball  Wrestling         Tennis          FFA              

      FBLA                 FHA              Speech      Band               Chorus        NHS

      Baseball            Drill Team    Track         Softball            Drama        Orchestra

      Field Trips         Upward Bound                Cheerleading    Golf           Soccer

Everyone has something he/she can contribute to the success of our activities, and being a small school, we need this total commitment from the STUDENT BODY. In order for any student to participate and represent Gunnison Valley High School in any extra-curricular activity, he/she must adhere to the following rules:

1.  No student shall be eligible to represent GVHS if he/she fails a class in the preceding grading period. An incomplete "I" grade is considered failing until it is made up. (An incomplete needs to be made up within 2 weeks after the student receives the report card.) A "NG" grade is considered a Failing Grade. No student may represent the school with an "I" or an "NG" or an "F" on their report card.

2.  To be eligible to represent GVHS, a student must earn a 2.0 GPA in the preceding grading period. Seminary grades do not apply.

3. Students and their parents must read and sign the Extra-Curricular Activities Guide before participating. It is the Coaches', Advisors', and/or Athletic Director's responsibility to see that this is done.

4. Transportation will be furnished by the South Sanpete School District to all approved activities in which they participate. No student will be given permission to drive his/her own vehicle to a school-sponsored activity.

5.  Students attending any activity sponsored by the school must go and come back in the same vehicle. Any exception must be cleared before hand by the coach, advisor, and/or principal.

6.  Any student suspended, or who is on probation, will not participate in any activity for the duration of the suspension or probation.

7.  Any student who sluffs will not be allowed to participate in at least one or more of the next scheduled activities or games, as according to the discretion of the administration.

Fighting

Fighting is a dangerous practice that will not be tolerated in the building, on school grounds or at activities. Students involved in fights (first time) will be suspended from school for 1-3 days, and the police will contacted to conduct a police report. This police report will be reviewed by the county attorney who will then determine if charges will be filed for disorderly conduct or assault. In the event that an incident occurs between two students, and it is verified that only one of he two parties actually perpetrated hits, blows, slaps, etc., it will be up to the discretion of the school administration to determine whether to suspend one or other parties involved and the length of the suspension. The second offense for fighting is a 3-5 day suspension and a police referral, a third offense will result in a 5-10 day suspension, a police referral, and/or a referral to the Alternative School.

Fines for Damaged Textbooks

The following fines will be issued to students in regards to district books:

  1. A lost book or destroyed (1-2 yrs. old) a Full Replacement cost of book.
  2. A lost book or destroyed (3-5 yrs. old) a Half Replacement cost of book.
  3. A lost book or destroyed (6 yrs. or older) a Fourth Replacement cost of book.
  4. New books (1-2 yrs old) that are damaged: (torn pages, water, sun, graffiti, etc.) $10.00 However, if the damage is so great that the book is not useable, the student will pay the full replacement cost of the book.
  5. Other books (3 yrs. or older) that are damaged: (torn pages, water, sun, graffiti, etc.) $5.00 However, if the damage is so great that the book is not useable, the student will pay half replacement cost of the book.

Fire Drills

The alarm for a fire is a unique fire siren. At the sounding of the alarm, the building will be evacuated immediately. Students should file out quickly and in an orderly fashion. Teachers will take attendance once the students are outside.

No lighters and/or matches are allowed on school property. These items will be confiscated and not returned.

(NOTE: It is a misdemeanor to set off a false fire alarm. Any person caught setting off a false fire alarm will be referred to juvenile court, fined, and suspended.)

Fund Raising

All fund raising and advertising (selling of ads) must be approved by the principal BEFORE advisors and/or students re allowed to use the school's name. Clubs and other organizations within the school are allowed to run only one fund raiser per school year.

Hazing

Hazing and initiation activities that involve hazing are abusive and illegal behaviors that harm victims and negatively impact school environment by creating an atmosphere of fear, distrust, and mean-spiritedness. Any student who participates in hazing, will face immediate disciplinary action, which may include, but not limited to, verbal reprimand and/or probation, suspension from school, loss of participation or exclusion from extra-curricular activities, and/or expulsion.

Halls

Students are welcome to sit in the halls before school and during lunch hour. Students may not sit in the commons area during class breaks. However, any student who creates an obstacle to those trying to pass through the halls (i.e. legs stretched out, circles of students blocking pathways) will be warned once, and on any subsequent occasion where the violation might occur, will be accorded to the same penalty that accompanies individuals guilty of sluffing. (Loss of activity, etc.) The class officers are responsible to help keep their hall and locker area clean.

Library/Computer Lab/Internet

No food of any kind is allowed in the library/computer lab. To be in the library/lab during class time, a student must have a pass or written note from his/her teacher. Noisy, rowdy behavior will result in loss of privilege to use these rooms. Teachers must accompany their classes to the library/computer lab and supervise them. Parents may not excuse their son/daughter from school to work in the lab/library/shop, etc... The lab is open from 7:45-3:45 M-F. Students must sign an Internet Agreement before being allowed to use it. Misuse of the Internet will be dealt with according to the Internet Agreement listed below.

Penalties for Improper Use of Internet

1.  Any user violating these rules, applicable state and federal laws, posted classroom and district rules, particularly accessing pornographic materials, chat lines, etc.. is subject to loss of network privileges and any other district disciplinary options. The first offense will get an automatic suspension from school for two days, the second offense will be a one year suspension from Internet. On the third offense, the student will lose Internet privileges for the remainder of the school career. (Students who access inappropriate sites containing questionable material, will be given a verbal warning and a one day suspension at the discretion of the teacher/administrator.)

2.  In addition, pursuant to State of Utah law, any unauthorized access, attempted access, or use of any state computing and/or network system is a violation of the Utah Penal Code and/or other applicable federal laws, and is subject to criminal prosecution.

Lockers

Valuables other than books should not be kept in the school lockers. Lockers are rented to the students, and the administration reserves the right for periodic checks. Students are cautioned not to bring large amounts of money to school. No food or drinks (opened or not opened) are allowed in school lockers. Students who abuse their locker, do not follow locker rules, or do not keep it clean will not have a locker.

Quarter Policy 

  1. Classes will be on a quarter basis with 1/4 credit being given each grading period. This includes work-base learning, trade tech, etc..
  2. Students will register for ALL of their classes at the end of each year and receive their schedule before school is out. They will also receive another copy of their schedule a few days before school begins in August. A $10.00 Class Change Fee will be assessed for class changes made after school begins. In most cases, class changes will be difficult due to limited enrollment. All class changes must be verified through a parent/guardian.
  3. Failing Notices will be sent out in the middle of each quarter prior to the parent conference which will be held each quarter for ½ day.
  4. Even though the classes are graded quarterly, all of the classes will be set up on a semester or full year basis. This will make it almost impossible to change classes after 1st or 3rd quarters unless it is teacher initiated and approved by a parent/guardian.
  5. Drill Team, Cheerleading, and Student Government will be held for 1st semester only.
  6. Ed Net classes or other college classes will be on a semester basis. However, if a student is not doing well and drops one of these classes, he/she will be enrolled in a regular high school class for the rest of the quarter or semester.
  7. Students who make class changes after the 2nd day of a quarter will be charged the $10.00 change fee unless the change is teacher or administrator initiated.

Release Time

Students scheduled for seminary must be in attendance and not on the high school premises or at other locations. Students who abuse the privilege to attend seminary will be re-assigned another high school course. Students who take early morning Seminary must still take seven classes at the high school.

Safe Schools

(Adopted October 12, 1994)

I. Philosophy:

This policy is adopted by the Board of Education of South Sanpete School District pursuant to UCA 53A-11-901 through 907. It is the intent of the Board to provide every student in the district with the opportunity to learn in an environment which is safe, conducive to the learning process, and free from unnecessary disruption. Every student is expected to follow rules of conduct, and to show respect for others and to obey persons in authority at the schools.

II.  Policy:

A.  The Board hereby delegates its authority to expel/suspend students to principals and vice-principals in each school in the District for up to ten days.

B.  A copy of this policy shall be posted in each school and discussed with each student.

C. Conduct Resulting in Suspension/Expulsion: A student may be suspended/expelled from school for participation in any of the following prohibited conduct when it occurs in a school building, in or on school property, in conjunction with any school sponsored activity, or when it occurs in the presence of or is directed at or against another student or a district employee:

1.    continued willful disobedience or open and persistent defiance of proper authority;

2.    willful destruction, injury, or defacing of school property;

3.    behavior, or threatened behavior, which poses an immediate and significant threat to the welfare, safety or morals of other students, or school personnel or to the operation of the school; i.e “A threat against taking a life”.

4.    behavior which unreasonably disrupts or interferes with the educational process for other students.

5.    Sells, gives, delivers, transfers, possesses, controls, or distributes alcoholic beverages or tobacco products within 1000 feet of school property or any school sponsored event; is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or controlled substance within 1000 feet of any school property or school sponsored event.

D. Mandatory Expulsion/Suspension: Students must be suspended/expelled from school for participation in any of the following prohibited conduct when it occurs in a school building, in or on school property, or within 1000 feet of school property or within 1000 feet and in conjunction with any school sponsored activity, or when it occurs in the presence of or is directed at or against another student or a district employee:

1.    possession of a weapon, explosive, or flammable material;

2.    the sale, control, deliver, transfer or distribution of a drug or controlled substance as defined in UCA 58-37-2 or by 21 U.S.C. 801;

3.    the sale, control, distribution, deliver, or transfer of imitation controlled substance as defined in UCA 58-37B-2 or by 21 U.S.C. 801;

4.    the sale, control or distribution of drug paraphernalia as defined in UCA 58-37a-3.

5.    Commission of an act involving the use of force or the threatened use of force which, if committed by an adult would be a felony or class A misdemeanor.

6.    Assaults a teacher or other individual. (see also 53A-3-502).

E.  Habitually Disruptive Behavior: A student may be suspended/expelled if he/she is habitually disruptive and has failed or refused to completely comply with the student’s remedial discipline plan.

1.    An “habitually disruptive student” is one who has caused a disruption in a classroom, on school grounds, in a school vehicle, or at school sponsored activities or events more than five times during a school year and whose behavior was initiated, willful and overt and required the attention of school employees to deal with the disruption.

2.    When a student has caused his first disruption such as described in the preceding paragraph, the student’s principal or principal’s designee shall develop a remedial discipline plan to assist the student in altering his/her conduct and avoiding the occurrence of another disruption. The principal or designee will review the essential elements of the plan with the student at the time it is implemented.

F.  Suspension/expulsion of a student for misbehavior that is related to a disability may constitute discrimination. Students identified as disabled must be given special considerations. Students with a disability may be suspended/ expelled for engaging in conduct that would warrant such action for a non-disabled student only if the special education committee determines the misconduct is not related to the handicapping condition or inappropriate placement. 

G.  Drug Testing will be done at the discretion of the district and/or school administration if student behavior so warrants it and in accordance with state and district policies.

Sexual Harassment

South Sanpete School District has the following policy in place which addresses Sexual Harassment:

Sexual Harassment may include but not be limited to the following:

  1.    Verbal harassment or abuse (Stalking).

  2.    Inappropriate patting or pinching. 

  1. Intentional brushing up against another person.
  2. Any unwelcome sexually motivated touching or language.

Harassment complaints should be reported to the Principal or Vice Principal. All complaints will be documented in writing and one or more of the following disciplinary steps will be taken: Verbal warning, suspension from school, expulsion from school, referral to juvenile court, mandatory counseling, notify police, etc.

Skateboards, Lasers, Hackey Sacs, Roller Blade.

These items are not allowed on school property during the day or at evening activities; including ball games, concerts, dances, etc.. Headphones are only allowed before school, during lunch, and after school.

Sluffing (Truancy)

  The following situations will be classified as a sluff:

  1. Absence from school without permission an/or knowledge of parents, guardian, or school.
  2. When a student has been in attendance during the morning or afternoon session and leaves the campus without checking out through the office.
  3. The cutting of an individual class.
  4. Leaving class (without the teacher's permission) after the class has begun.
  5. Leaving school without proper authorization from parent or guardian, (Phone call or note) and checking out through the office.
  6. Attending school until noon and then not returning for the afternoon session. (Students must have "prior" permission to do this either by a note or phone call. (Notes and phone calls will not be accepted at the end of the day or the next day.)
  7. Obtaining a pass or permission to go a certain place and not reporting there.
  8. Leaving the campus during an assembly, activity, etc.
  9. When a student has been absent the entire day and no note or phone call was received by the school within the one day "Grace" period.

 Discipline for Sluffing

Parents will be notified as soon as possible when a sluff occurs. (By phone if possible, if not by a letter.)

 First Offense:

In addition to receiving no credit for the work missed in the class(es) sluffed, he/she will also be disciplined in the following ways:

  1. Miss the next scheduled dance.
  2. Can’t make up work missed.

Second, Third, Fourth, Etc. Offenses:

1.  Each time a student sluffs, he/she will not be allowed to make up the assignments or tests missed.

2.  The punishment for sluffing (truancy) will increase for each additional time a student sluffs. The following disciplinary actions will be used for students who habitually sluff: 

  1. Parents will be required to meet with the principal before the student may return to school.
  2. The student will be suspended (In-School or Out-of-school)for 1-5 days, depending upon number of sluffs. (School work can be made up while a student is suspended, but not the work missed when the sluff actually occurred..)
  3. Participants in extra-curricular activities will be suspended from participating in the next 2 games or activities.
  4. Students not in extra-curricular activities will be suspended from two dances, ball games, activities, etc... at the discretion of the administration.
  5. The student could be placed on 5-10 days of HOME STUDY program. (In this program, the student is sent home to be in the custody of his parent/guardian. The student is permitted to do his school work, but under no condition may the student be on school property during this time.)
  6. A change in class schedule.
  7. In-school Suspension.
  8. Counseling
    1. Other options as deemed appropriate by the principal based upon the individual student's needs.
    2. The student and his parent(s)/guardian(s) must meet with the Superintendent before returning to school.
    3. Provide Service Hours for the school.
    4. A formal referral for truancy will be filed with the juvenile court.
    5. When all options to eliminate the sluffing have failed, the student will be referred to the district’s alternative school.

Speech

Lewd, vulgar, defamatory or otherwise disruptive language is not acceptable on school property. The use of profanity or obscene language and/or gestures will not be tolerated during the school day or at activities. Any such behavior will be grounds for suspension and/or referral to juvenile court.

  Stealing

Any student who commits, or attempts to commit a theft, or breaking and entering a locker, room, or the school, will be suspended and or referred to civil authorities.

Student Body Cards

Student body cards will be issued when students pay their $20.00 Activity Fee. Cards are required for all student activities and must be shown for FREE admittance to HOME activities (excluding tournament games). Students without cards will be charged $4.00 for admittance to each HOME athletic event he/she attends. FOR AWAY GAMES, tickets will be $4.00 with Activity Cards and $4.00 without a card. Lost cards may be replaced for $5.00.

Use of School Buildings

Students may not use the buildings or facilities before or after school hours (7:45 am to 4:00 pm) unless accompanied and supervised by a teacher. Groups planning to use the gym, shop, auditorium, lights, sound system, stage props, or other facilities should arrange to do so through the faculty advisor and/or principal and use them under his direction.

  Because a student can gain access to a building does not give him/her the right to do so, any more than it would give him/her the right to enter a private home if it were not locked or properly secured. Unauthorized people in the building will be treated as breaking and entering.

Vandalism

Vandalism of school property (lockers, books, equipment, etc.) will be dealt with by one or more of the following disciplinary actions:

  1. Pay restitution based upon repair or replacement cost ($10.00 minimum charge for damage done to a locker.)
  2. Suspension from school
  3. Suspension from activities
  4. Referral to Juvenile Court
  5. Provide Service Hours for the school 

Vending Machines

The Student Lounge will be open for students before school, during lunch, and after school.

All pop (whether it is opened or not), food, and candy are not allowed in the halls, in the classrooms, or in the lockers. All drinks and food items are restricted to the lunchroom, student lounge or outside the building.

Use of the vending machines is at the risk of the user. The school does not have access to the vending machines if money is lost.

Use machines at your own risk.    

Visitor Policies

Student visitors attending the school during the day is not allowed. All visitors must check into the office when they first arrive on campus. Visitors who are in the school and who have not been cleared through the office will be viewed as trespassers. Trespassing carries a fine of $50.00.

Weapons

No weapons (guns, knives, etc.) are allowed on school property at any time. Weapons will be confiscated and not returned.   Students who bring weapons on school property will be suspended or expelled (up to one year). Also, a report will be done by the local police and then reviewed by the county attorney to determine further consequences or prosecution. The school will follow the district’s and state’s SAFE SCHOOL POLICY in these matters.

Disclosure

It is the policy of the South Sanpete School district not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, handicap or any other condition as required by various state and federal laws in any educational program or activity.

 The N.C.L.B. requires that military recruiters will be given student addresses upon request unless a parent requests in writing to withhold that information.

South Sanpete School District complies with the No Child Left Behind provision which requires annual notification of educational agencies of their rights and obligations under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

The family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, a federal law, requires that South Sanpete School District, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s education records. However, South Sanpete may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless you have advised the district to the contrary in accordance with district procedures. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the South Sanpete School District to include this type of information from your child’s education records in certain school publications. Directory information, which is information that is not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent’s prior written consent. Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks.

 Section 504 is an Act which prohibits discrimination against persons with a disability in any program that receives federal financial assistance. The Act defines a person with a disability as anyone who:

 Has a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities (major life activities include activities such as caring for one's self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working).

 In order to fulfill its obligations under Section 504/ADA, the South Sanpete School district recognizes a responsibility to avoid discrimination in policies and practices regarding its personnel and students. No discrimination against any person with a disability will knowingly be permitted in any of the programs and practices in the school system.

 Resource Officer

The Resource Officer (RO) may find it necessary to utilize GVHS computer terminal in order to access school records to obtain information on student identification, attendance, and discipline matters.

Therefore: SSSD shall include the designation of the RO as the school’s law enforcement unit in its annual notification of rights to parents and students under the section concerning the disclosure of information to school officials with a legitimate educational interest in the records so that parents and students will know that information from education records may be disclosed for the purpose related to school safety/security.

Gunnison City and the Gunnison City Police Department agree that the RO, in the course of the officer’s work under this agreement, will only access and utilize information available on the school’s computer for legitimate law enforcement purposes related to school safety/security.


Information for Parents Regarding Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

 Section 504 is an Act which prohibits discrimination against persons with a disability in any program that receives federal financial assistance. The Act defines a person with a disability as anyone who:

 Has a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities (major life activities include activities such as caring for one's self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working).

 In order to fulfill its obligations under Section 504/ADA, the South Sanpete School district recognizes a responsibility to avoid discrimination in policies and practices regarding its personnel and students. No discrimination against any person with a disability will knowingly be permitted in any of the programs and practices in the school system.

 The school has specific responsibilities under the Act, which include the responsibility to identify, evaluate and, if the student is determined to be eligible under Section 504/ADA, to afford access to appropriate educational services.

 If the parent or guardian disagrees with the determination made by the professional staff of the school, he/she has a right to a hearing with an impartial hearing officer.

 The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) also specifies rights related to educational records. This Act gives the parent or guardian the right to:

  1. Inspect and review his/her child's educational records;
  2. Make copies of these records;
  3. Receive a list of all individuals having access to those records
  4. Ask for an explanation of any item in the records;
  5. Ask for an amendment to any report on the grounds that it is inaccurate, misleading, or violates the child's rights;
  6. A hearing on the issue if the school refuses to make the amendment.

 If there are questions, please feel free to contact School/District 504/ADA Compliance Coordinator, Lorna Larsen, at 435-835-2261.

 ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNER SPECIAL EDUCATION REFERRAL AND ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES

South Sanpete School District provides special education services to students with disabilities and who are in need of special education and related services. Some of these students may also be English Language Learners (ELL). Every effort is made to determine whether an ELL has special needs that require special education and related services. Procedural safeguards ensure that students whose needs can be appropriately met through an alternative language program are not classified as students with disabilities in need of special education and related services.

South Sanpete School District coordinates Individualized Education Programs for students with disabilities with the Language Development Program, thereby ensuring that students with disabilities who are also ELLS receive an appropriate educational program.

Below is a summary of the major activities that South Sanpete School District staff must undertake to comply with District policies.

  1. Prior to referring a student for special education assessment, staff must document a history of failed classroom interventions and/or programs, which, however appropriate and correctly implemented, proved ineffective. Failure to succeed in an alternative language program shall constitute one failed intervention. At least one grading period of correct implementation of the alternative language program is required unless the student’s physical or cognitive disabilities are apparent.
  2. Referrals for special education assessment must follow South Sanpete School District Special Education Policies and Procedures (February, 2002).
  3. The IEP team will determine student eligibility for special education services.
  4. The IEP team will complete an annual progress review of each student receiving special education services. A new IEP will also be developed annually.
  5. At least every three years, the IEP team will conduct a re-evaluation to determine continued eligibility for special education and related services.

South Sanpete School District is committed to providing English Language Learners meaningful opportunities to participate in special programs and services to the maximum extent appropriate.

Any person having inquiries concerning ELL, please contact the principal of your school.

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