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Introduction from the Headmaster

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Student Handbook

IV. Student Conduct

The Board of Directors, administration, faculty and staff expect that all students are capable of conducting themselves in accordance with acceptable standards of behavior. Honesty and moral integrity are also expected of every student. Disruptive behavior that interferes with another student's opportunity to learn or interrupts a teacher's right to teach will not be tolerated; therefore, certain disciplinary actions will be utilized as consequences for student misconduct. Disciplinary measures will be recorded and kept on file in the office.

The school administration's main sequence of punishment is as follows: warning and/or loss of privileges, counsel with student and parents, detention, in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension, recommendation for expulsion. Also, there are times when the school administration will deem corporal punishment to be a necessary punishment. The details of each form of punishment is outlined below. Also, descriptions of minor and major infractions are provided below. Note: in the case of major infractions, the school administration has the option to immediately utilize the more serious disciplinary steps, including suspensions and recommendation for expulsion.

Back to TopDETENTION

Wednesday Detention and in-school suspension will be part of the normal method of student discipline. Out-of-school suspension and expulsion are reserved for major infractions of school regulations. Students who receive four infractions will receive detention.  Detention will be held from 7 a.m. until 7:50 a.m. on Wednesday mornings. If late for detention, the student will serve the remaining time and will have to come again the next Wednesday. If a student does not report to detention, he or she will serve the next two Wednesday detentions. More than two Wednesday morning detentions within a semester will result in in-school suspension.

Back to TopCORPORAL PUNISHMENT

  1. "Licks" may be used as consequences for unacceptable behavior.
  2. Parents will be given the option of "licks" or a one-day in-school suspension for their child's unacceptable behavior.
  3. The Elementary Principal will be advised prior to the administration of corporal punishment in the elementary grades.
  4. There will always be a faculty observer present when licks are administered.
  5. Records will be kept in the respective office.

Back to TopIN-SCHOOL SUSPENSION

In-school suspension will be assigned by the Administration. A student must make up work missed in each class during his or her suspension; additionally, he or she is classified as absent. The absence will count as one of the absences allowed each semester. The following point deductions and penalties will occur per day of in-school suspension:

  1. two points from the nine-week average per academic class missed
  2. 10 honors points per day from accumulated honors points for Hall of Fame/Honor Graduate
  3. loss of eligibility of awarding of The Crest's Who's Who

At the next regularly scheduled monthly school board meeting, the Headmaster shall provide a report to the Board of Directors of all In-School Suspensions, with a disciplinary history for the student(s) suspended.

Back to TopOUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION

Students who repeatedly violate school rules and regulations will be subject to suspension from school for a period determined by the severity of the act (not to exceed five days). Each day missed will be counted as an unauthorized absence and result in the following point deductions and penalties:

  1. three points from the nine-week average per academic class missed
  2. 10 honors points per day from accumulated honors points for Hall of Fame/Honor Graduate
  3. loss of eligibility of awarding of The Crest's Who's Who

All work is to be made up. The suspended student will be notified verbally and in writing of the suspension. Parents who seek recourse may appeal first to the Headmaster and then to the Board of Directors. The Headmaster will notify the Board at the earliest date of all suspensions. Prior to re-admittance following an out-of-school suspension, the student and parent(s) will consult with the Headmaster.

At the next regular schedule monthly school board meeting, the Headmaster shall provide a report to the Board of Directors of all Out-of-School Suspensions, with a disciplinary history for the student(s) suspended.

Back to TopEXPULSION

Students whose willful misbehavior endangers the welfare of other students or whose continued disregard for established rules disrupts the school environment are subject to expulsion. Should such conduct arise, the Headmaster will suspend the student and promptly notify the Board of Directors of the action for their consideration. If by majority vote, the Board of Directors votes to expel the student, then Notice of Expulsion shall immediately be mailed to the student's parents and/or guardians that are named on the student's contract. The Notice of Expulsion will entitle the student to a due process hearing before the Board of Directors if the student and/or parents follow the procedure to request a hearing. The Notice of Expulsion shall provide a detailed account of the violation(s). To request a "due process" hearing, the parents and/or guardians shall provide the Headmaster with a request for review, in writing, within ten days of the expulsion. If no hearing is requested within ten (10) days of the Notice of Expulsion being served on the parents/guardians, then the expulsion of the student shall be final.

Back to TopMINOR INFRACTIONS

All teachers are responsible for the enforcement of school policies and procedures. Teachers are required to enforce (as a minimum) the infractions listed below. If problems persist with individual students, the Administration may be called in to address the issue. Examples of minor infractions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Any behavior which interferes with the daily function of the classroom or school;
  2. Excessive tardiness;
  3. Violation of the dress code;
  4. Excessive displays of affection;
  5. Gum chewing;
  6. Eating outside the cafeteria;
  7. Disruption of school functions, programs, and activities.
  8. Littering of the building and the grounds (including the gymnasium)
  9. Inappropriate or ill-mannered conduct with or toward other students
  10. Entering any building at other than specified times without permission
  11. Failure to be at an assigned place at any time during the school day unless permission of the teacher or administrator is obtained (including the gymnasium).
  12. Loitering in the restrooms at any time.

Back to TopMAJOR INFRACTIONS

Major infractions are considered serious and may result in suspension or expulsion from school. Examples of major infractions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Accountability - The school must know where its students are during the school day. Students leaving the campus must sign out.
  2. Truancy - Students who absent themselves from school without permission will be subject to suspension. Repeated incidences may result in expulsion.
  3. Disrespectful behavior - Any student who is guilty of insubordination, disobedience, or the use of obscene or abusive language will be subject to suspension. This includes unsportsmanlike conduct as a participant or spectator at any school-sponsored activity. Repeated incidences may result in expulsion.
  4. Cheating - Students must do their own work. Cheating is an immoral act which will not be tolerated. For the first offense, a grade of zero will be given on the paper or test, a notation will be made on the grade sheet, and a conduct grade of "D will be given. Repeated instances may result in suspension and/or expulsion. All instances of cheating will be reported by the teacher to the Administration and the student's parents. Work may be made-up for partial credit.
  5. Bullying -  North Delta School is committed to a safe and civil educational environment for all students, employees, volunteer and patrons, free from harassment, intimidation or bullying. Harassment, intimidation or bullying means any intentional written, verbal, or physical act, when the intentional written, verbal, or physical act: physically harms a student or damages the student's property; or has the effect of substantially interfering with a student's education; or is severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school. Any student who engages in this behavior will be subject to suspension or expulsion.
  6. Tobacco - The Board of Directors has declared the North Delta campus a tobacco-free environment; therefore, smoking, chewing tobacco, or dipping snuff is prohibited.
  7. Fighting - Fighting or committing any act that promotes fighting will result in automatic suspension. Appropriate legal actions may also be taken.
  8. Vandalism - Any student found in the act of or admitting guilt in the major (those acts of damage in excess of $250) destruction, damage, or defacement of school property shall be immediately suspended and subject to expulsion. Appropriate law enforcement agencies may also be notified. In cases designated "minor" (e.g., writing on walls or desks), general disciplinary actions, detention and/or suspension may be used against the violator.
  9. Stealing - All students are expected to respect the property of others at all times. Students who are found guilty of this action will be suspended and subject to expulsion. Appropriate law enforcement agencies may also be notified.
  10. Alcohol and drugs - Any student found using, having in his/her possession (including vehicle), or being under the influence of any form of drugs, narcotics, or alcoholic drinks on campus or during school events (sporting events, dances, proms, field trips, etc.) shall be immediately suspended and subject to expulsion from school.

NOTE: The Administration reserves the right to request a drug test at any time if the health and welfare of students is suspected. This test would be at school expense, with subsequent test (if needed) at parent expense. Details of this new policy are provided as an attachment to this handbook.

  1. Weapons and fireworks - Any student in possession of weapons, fireworks, or other dangerous implements on campus or at any school function is subject to disciplinary action, including suspension, expulsion, and notification of law enforcement agencies. This policy may be extended to include rubber bands, paper clips, etc.
  2. Automobile infractions - Students may drive their automobiles on campus provided the student's drivers license number, auto tag number, and insurance phone number are registered in the office.

The speed limit on campus is five miles per hour (15 MPH on Green Wave Lane). Violations of parking rules, speeding, or reckless driving on campus is prohibited, and loss of driving privileges on campus, disciplinary action, including suspension, expulsion, and notification of law enforcement agencies may result if violations occur.

  1. Parked Vehicles infractions - NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED TO STAY IN PARKED VEHICLES ON CAMPUS. ONCE ON CAMPUS A STUDENT MUST HAVE PERMISSION TO LEAVE EARLY.
  2. Felony - Any criminal offense that is defined as a felony by state or federal law is obviously considered a major infraction.

Back to TopMARRIED STUDENTS

Married students may not attend North Delta School. Students who marry are considered adults and are no longer under the authority of their parents; therefore, they are not eligible to attend North Delta School.

Back to TopPREGNANCY AND ABORTION

Because of our responsibility and concern for the health and welfare of North Delta's student body, students who are pregnant, or have been pregnant, and students who are responsible for a pregnancy are not eligible to attend North Delta School.

Back to TopBOY-GIRL RELATIONSHIPS

Boyfriend-girlfriend relationships should be guided and chaperoned from the home. School is not the place for outward displays of affection for one's girlfriend or boyfriend. If such a situation occurs and persists, the school will be forced to take appropriate action.

Back to TopDRESS CODE

North Delta School’s dress code, which is for children in K5 through 12th grade, has been implemented to try to eliminate the ongoing clashes between modern fashion with more modest attire that is appropriate for the school setting. Current research clearly indicates that school uniforms help to improve academic focus, decrease student discipline problems and also promote a sense of belonging

 Our uniform provider is Educational Outfitters, the company whose bid was selected based on price and a willingness to offer “pop up” stores on the ND campus.

 Students in grades 6-12 will wear chapel attire on Monday. There will be chapel attire for warm weather and cool weather seasons (cool weather attire begins after fall break, with students going back to warm weather attire after spring break). Chapel attire for boys includes a tie and logoed Oxford shirt and long khaki pants (only available from Educational Outfitters) during cool weather. Chapel attire for boys during warm weather will include logoed green short-sleeve ND shirt and EO khaki shorts or pants. Chapel attire for girls will include plaid skirt, worn with short sleeve white ND polo during warm weather and white princess blouse during cool weather period.

 To maintain our dress code in the classrooms, we require that outerwear come from Educational Outfitters, the school booster club, or authorized team attire or outwear associated with sports teams (i.e. district championship pullovers, cheerleading jackets, etc.).

  Notes:  

  1. Shorts, skirts and skorts must be hemmed to an appropriate length no higher than four inches above the crease at the back of the knee.

**Leggings or knee/crew socks must be solid black, white or dark grey.

  1. For males grades 5-12, shirts must be tucked in and a belt worn with all pants and shorts.

 

  1. Obvious attempts by students to work against the function and purpose of school uniforms through inappropriate choices of shoes will be considered a violation of the school uniform policy.

 

  1. The administration on special occasions may provide the students with a “casual day.” On these days, blue jeans with no holes or tattered hems, and some type of North Delta t-shirt may be worn.

 Disciplinary steps for dress code violations 

  1. First violation: warning recorded in Headmaster’s office and correction of the violation.
  2. Second and subsequent violations: If violations persist, parents will be asked to attend a conference to eliminate the problem. An assignment to Saturday Detention may also be considered appropriate for the violation.

Other dress code and appearance issues:

  1. Boys may not wear earrings. No body parts may be pierced with the exception of girl's ears.
  2. No visible tattoos, permanent or temporary, are allowed.

Disciplinary steps for dress code hair style violations

  1. First violation: warning recorded in Headmaster's office and correction of the violation.
  2. Second and subsequent violations: student will be assigned detention with each violation. If violations persist, parents will be asked to attend conference to eliminate the problem.

Back to TopHAIR STYLES

The only request that is made of the girls' hair styles is that it be kept combed out of the face and that all bangs be kept cut above the eyebrows.

The boys' hair styles should be neatly groomed at all times. The hair should not be combed forward to an extreme (below the eyebrow) nor should sideburns be below the lobe of the ear. The hair should not cover more than below the ear lobe or over any part of the shirt collar. Students will be clean shaven; no beards, goatees, or mustaches are permitted.

Penalty:

  1. the first offense will be a warning recorded in the Headmaster's office
  2. all other offenses will be unexcused until compliance is met and a zero for each class missed will be issued by the teacher whether a daily grade or a test grade

Back to TopUSE OF TELEPHONE AND CELL PHONE POLICY

Students receiving calls will not be called out of class unless there is an emergency. Students in grades 5-12 having to call home due to an illness or an emergency are required to use the main office telephone. The secretary will place this call to the parents. Elementary students will see the elementary secretary or principal.

The use of cell phones and other PDA devices is prohibited during school hours. Students in grades K5-5th grade whose parents wish for them to be in possession of a cell phone will be required to check in their phones with the elementary secretary at the beginning of the school day and retrieve their phones at the end of the school day at the final bell.

For students in grades 5-12, the plan regulating cell phones will work as follows:

Each teacher will have a designated place where students must deposit their cell phones upon entering the classroom. Students will retrieve their cell phones at the end of the class period and place the phone out of sight. Students who violate this rule by using a cell phone during school hours will be subject to the following disciplinary actions and fines:

First violation: Saturday School (parents notified)
Second violation: Saturday School (parents notified)
Third violation: In School Suspension, plus the phone will be kept in school's possession for the remainder of the school year.
Fourth and subsequent violations: Conference with parents, In School Supspension (number of days determined by Headmaster)

Back to TopCAMERA USE

Students may not use cameras, phone cameras, or video cameras without the permission of a teacher or member of the administration. Violation of this policy may be considered a major disciplinary infraction.

Back to TopLUNCH AND BREAK CONDUCT

An optional lunch program is available for students in extended care and grades 1-12. Lunch menus will be available the week prior. Students may also bring a sack lunch. The lunch period is 20 minutes long. Conduct and behavior in the lunchroom should exhibit pleasing and acceptable manners. Students will not leave the lunchroom without special permission. Students are not permitted in the food service area by order of the Health Department. Students are responsible for maintaining a clean and neat break and lunch area. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action. Students will remain in the designated area until dismissed by the bell or by a staff member. Snacks and drinks may be purchased during break time or the lunch period only. No food or drinks should be taken from the cafeteria without the consent of the Administration.

Back to TopLOCKERS

Student lockers are the property of North Delta and are assigned to students as a privilege. Lockers are subject to inspection at the Headmaster's discretion. If a student chooses to put a lock on the locker, an extra key/combination must be kept in the main office. Each student will use only the locker assigned to him. Book bags should be stored in the lockers. Students are responsible for locker appearance and/or damage. Book bags must not be left on the floor.

Back to TopPERSONAL PROPERTY

Students are responsible for the security of their personal property throughout the school day. Items such as radios, games, tape players, sports cards, etc., should not be brought to school unless left in the office during the school day; otherwise, they will be confiscated and returned to the parent. Playing cards not used for academic purposes are not permitted.

Back to TopVISTORS/PARENTS/GUESTS

All parents, visitors, or salespersons must report to the office upon arrival on the campus. Parents may not sit in a classroom while class is being conducted without having been invited by the teacher.

NOTE: All deliveries must be brought to the office. Gifts/flowers should not go directly to a classroom.
 

Back to TopSCHOOL SECURITY

North Delta School reserves the right for its Headmaster and/or administrators to search lockers, automobiles, and any school bags, without the student's knowledge or presence. Reasonable search of students may be necessary for the safety and welfare of our students and faculty. Any means practical may be exercised by North Delta School to ensure a drug-free environment, including the use of specially-trained drug dogs. Guns, knives, or any other instrument that could endanger other students are prohibited on campus and will be confiscated. Furthermore, North Delta utilizes a video surveillance system on its premises at all times.