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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students."

  • Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student's education records maintained by the school. Schools are not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the records. Schools may charge a fee for copies.
  • Parents or eligible students have the right to request that a school correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if the school still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested information.
  • Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student's education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):
    • School officials with legitimate educational interest;
    • Other schools to which a student is transferring;
    • Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;
    • Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;
    • Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;
    • Accrediting organizations;
    • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;
    • Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and
    • State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law.

 

Schools may disclose, without consent, "directory" information such as a student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them. Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. The actual means of notification (special letter, inclusion in a PTA bulletin, student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school.

For additional information, you may call 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327) (voice). Individuals who use TDD may use the Federal Relay Service.

Or you may contact us at the following address:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-8520

 

Welcome Students!

 

 

        Thayer Central School extends a hearty welcome to each of you.  We trust that each of you will take a place in our program of studies and activities that will be of benefit to you, to your school, and to society.

        This handbook has been designed for both the students and the parents.  We encourage you to become familiar with the contents so that you may understand what is expected of you.  Thayer Central School offers a great deal and it expects a great deal in return.  This handbook is designed to explain certain policies of the school so that students can benefit to the utmost the educational advantages offered them.  The Thayer Central Community Schools Board of Education and the Superintendent of Schools are helping to provide this educational system accredited by the State of Nebraska. You, as an individual, can do your part by reading carefully and obeying the regulations and policies stated within.

 

Administrative Organization

 

Board of Education

Curt Mumm..........President

Nate Casey……..Vice President

Mike Prellwitz……….Secretary

Deb Craig……….Member

Rick Hintz……….Member

Brad Cooper……..Member

                             

Administration

Mr. Drew Harris..........Superintendent

Dr. Tom Kiburz……….Principal

Mrs. Kathy Brzon..........Counselor

Mr. Dan Desmond..........Activities’ Director

 

Notice Concerning Staff Qualifications

     The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 gives parents/guardians the right to get information about the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teachers.  Upon request, Thayer Central Community School will give parents/guardians the following information about their child’s classroom teacher:

 

  1. Whether the teacher has met State qualifications and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction.
  2. Whether the teacher is teaching under an emergency or provisional teaching certificate.
  3. The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher.  You may also get information about other graduate certification or degrees held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree.  We will also, upon request, tell parents/guardians whether their child is being provided services by a paraprofessional and, if so, the qualifications of the paraprofessional.  The request for information should be made to an administrator in your child’s school building.  The information will be provided to you in a timely manner.  Finally, Thayer Central Community School will give timely notice to you if your child has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who does not meet the requirements of the Act.

 

                                                                                         

 

 

 

 

 

Academic Organization

 

Requirements for Graduation

        All students must earn in grades nine through twelve 225 hours of credit to graduate.  Among these 225 hours, a student must take 40 hours of English, 30 hours of Science, 10 hours of World History, 10 hours of Geography, l0 hours of U.S. History, and 10 hours of American Government, 30 hours of Math, l0 hours of Physical Education and Health, and 5 hours of Computer Applications.

 

Classification of Students

At the beginning of the fall term:

        Sophomores ...... 60 hours

        Juniors............. 120 hours

        Seniors............. 180 hours

Class Load

        A normal load is considered to be a combination of eight classes.

        Academically talented students may enroll for heavier loads with permission.  The student’s ability and interest will be a prime consideration in determining his/her load.  Students are encouraged to participate in at least one school activity or organization.

        Students are expected to attend school the full school day, unless excused to participate in the work-study program for attendance in another school, or for some other reason which has been approved by the school and the student’s parents.

 

Grade       Percent

    A........... 93 - 100........... Superior Work

     B........... 85 -  92............ Above Average

     C........... 78 -  84............ Average

    D........... 70 -  77............ Below Average

     F........... 69 or below..... Failing

     I...................................... Incomplete

(The incomplete turns to an “F” if not made up.)

 

Honor Roll

Students must be enrolled for twenty-five credits per semester in order to qualify for honor roll.

Superior Honor Roll

        A student must receive all A’s for the grading period.

Honor Roll

        A student must receive all A’s and/or B’s for the grading period.

 

Dual Credit and Independent Study Classes

     Dual Credit and Independent Study Classes do count towards class rank, GPA, and graduation credit.

 

Down List

        A list will be compiled between grade report periods (each three weeks) for reporting of failing students.  It is hoped that this will spur the student on to greater effort while there is still time for him/her to make up the work.  A report of unsatisfactory progress is sent to parents when a student is reported failing work to date or is experiencing serious academic difficulty.

 

After School Tutoring and Study Time

     Students in grades 7-12 who are failing a class after the first two weeks of each quarter will be required to stay after school two days a week until the grade is above passing.   Tuesdays and Thursdays will be the days that students are required to stay until 4:15pm.  Teachers will be available to work with and tutor students in order to get their grade to a passing level.  School transportation will be provided to students who require it. Students who fail to report after school for study time and tutoring may be assigned a “Saturday School” that week.   

 

 

 

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

INCLEMENT WEATHER

The following Board policy has been established by the Thayer Central Board of Education regarding the closing for weather or other unforeseen reasons:

1.    Should, in the judgment of school officials, it become necessary to close school because of bad weather, this announcement will be made over KOLN-TV Channel l0 from 6:00 a.m. on.  Parents will also be notified by the school’s automated calling system so please make sure updated phone numbers are on file at the school office.

2.    If road and weather conditions are such that buses cannot run, there shall be no school for all pupils, grades K-12.  Days lost due to stormy weather and bad roads will be made up at a later date chosen by the Board of Education.  However, in periods of prolonged bad roads, the Board may, at its discretion, decide to go ahead with school for those who can get there.

3.    If it becomes advisable, because of impending storm, or other reasons, to close school during the school day, this information will be given out over the above listed stations GIVING THE TIME SCHOOL WILL BE DISMISSED AND WHEN THE BUSES WILL LEAVE ON THEIR ROUTES.

 

        A.    Students who drive are urged to call home under these circumstances before leaving school.

        B.    Bus drivers will use their judgment in letting grade school children off the buses, and if the parents or older members of the family are not home, they are advised not to leave them home alone unless specifically told to do so by the parent.

4.    Please do not call the school unnecessarily under these circumstances as it just ties up the line for others.

5.    YOUR ADVISEMENT OF ROAD AND OTHER CONDITIONS UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES WILL BE APPRECIATED BY THE SUPERINTENDENT.

6.    Any day that school is in session, regardless of weather or travel conditions, a student must be in attendance or he will be counted absent.

 

 

STUDENT ACCOMODATIONS

 

ACTIVITY FUNDS

        All activity funds will be handled through the school activities account. In addition, the treasurers of all organizations will keep financial record receipts for all money turned into the office. A student making a purchase from any school account must first pick up a purchase order form from the office and have both the principal and a sponsor sign the order before making the purchase.

        In raising funds for the benefit of school activities, the solicitations of business places or of individuals on behalf of school organizations are not permitted, except in the case of yearbook ads.  All activities of the school organizations which involve fund raising must be officially approved by the school administration.

 

ACTIVITY TICKETS

        Activity tickets can be purchased for a price of $15.00.  Any junior or senior high school student participating in athletics must purchase an activity ticket. A holder of a TCHS-HI activity card will be allowed to attend athletic contests and assembly programs free of charge.  A considerable savings can be made by purchasing an activity ticket as compared to the total cost of single admission tickets.  Students are held responsible to have their activity ticket in their possession at all times.  If this ticket is lost or destroyed, contact the office.

 

BOOK COVERS

        Students will be issued covers for their books the first week of school.  From this time on it will be the student’s responsibility to keep covers on these books.  A minimum charge may be assessed for replacement covers.

 

 

BULLETIN BOARD

        Any item placed on the bulletin boards throughout the building must have the principal’s approval.

 

 

BULLETIN

        The daily bulletin is an important publication in the school.  It will be read over the P.A. system at the beginning of third period.  The bulletin contains official announcements and communications, and students are held responsible for having heard all notices or regulations that may appear in it.  If for any reason you miss its reading during the third period, you may find an additional copy at designated places throughout the building.  Notices must be approved by the supervising teacher and handed to the office secretary before the close of school.

 

CLASS MEETINGS

        No specified time or date has been set aside for class meetings.  If classes wish to hold a class meeting; first get the approval of your sponsors, then notify the principal at least 24 hours in advance.

 

FIRE DRILL

        There shall be at least two fire drills the first two weeks of school and then eight additional fire drills a year.  Fire drills are held once a month.  Any unannounced fire alarm should be treated by everyone as the real thing and the building should be evacuated immediately under the supervision of the teachers and custodians regardless of the inconvenience or discomfort.  There is no excuse at any time for anyone to remain in the school building during a fire drill, or to return to his room before the bell rings to signal that students may re-enter.  Specific instructions for fire drills are posted in each room, but basically the evacuation procedure consists in leaving the building calmly by the most practical route.

 

 

HELP FROM TEACHERS

        Any student who requires additional time at school under the direction of a teacher to adequately master his work may arrange such sessions with teachers.  If it seems advisable for the welfare of the students, teachers have the authority to require students to come for extra sessions of supervised study.  Each teacher is assigned a conference period.  (Students are asked to use this time for help and for discussions about the subject.)

 

LOCKERS

        School lockers are school property, classified as public property not private property, made available to the student for his/her convenience.  Therefore, school officials reserve the right to search lockers if they deem it necessary.  Each of you will have an assigned locker for your books and personal belongings.  When you come to school in the morning and at noon, go to your locker and check carefully for all the materials needed for the half-day work, and see that you have them with you.  The school cannot be held responsible for items missing from lockers. Keep your lockers locked at all times. Money or valuables may be kept in the office if desired.  Students are not to be in any locker other than the one assigned to them.

 

OFFICE

        All business with the office will be done through the window.  Transactions should take place before school begins, during the noon hour or after school.

 

REGISTRATION CHANGE

        A student may change registration with the consent of the principal or guidance counselor.  Forms of these changes can be picked up at the office.  No changes will be permitted after Tuesday, August 25th, Second semester changes must be made at least a week before the second semester starts.

 

TELEPHONE

        The telephone in the school office is for school business. Students will not be called out of class to answer the phone except in cases of emergency.  The office secretary will take messages and calls can be placed after school or during the noon hour.  Students using the school phone for long distance calls for school business must have written authorization from their sponsor or the principal. 

 

 

 

 

 

POSSESSION AND USE OF ELECTRONIC DEVICES

     Students are permitted to possess and use cell phones and other electronic devices under the following protocol.

Red Zone—Cell phones and other devices should not be used: bathrooms, locker rooms, hallways during class time.

Yellow Zone—Cell phones and other devices may be used at the teacher/supervisor’s discretion: (classrooms and library).  Students must adhere to classroom teacher’s policy if they bring the device to their class.

Green Zone—Cell phones and other devices allowed: lunchtime, hallways during passing periods, before and after school.

 

Any violation of these rules will be grounds for having the device confiscated. 

 

Student Services

 

LIBRARY REGULATIONS

        Students will go to the library only after receiving a pass from the study hall teacher or from their classroom teacher.

        Books are to be checked out for a period of two weeks.  Fines of two cents per school day will be charged to students for overdue books.  Books are due back in the library by the end of the school day of the due date.  Any library book that is lost should be reported to the librarian immediately, and if not found, the borrower must pay for the book as it is evaluated by the librarian.

        Reference books are to be used in the library.  Periodicals and newspapers are reference sources too.  Reference materials used in the library should be replaced in their proper location.  Current magazines and newspapers will be kept in the library, and can be checked out at the library desk.  They must be returned to the library, and checked in by the end of the period.

        The magazines in the back workroom of the library are to be used for research purposes only.  Only the librarian or the student assistants are allowed in this back room, and they will secure the magazines needed for each student’s use.  These magazines may be checked out for a week and a student is allowed to take three at a time.

 

INSURANCE

        A student accident insurance plan is being offered by the school to all students.  The plan has been through Student Assurance Services, Inc. (and is subject to change), and is strictly on a voluntary basis for students.  Brochures are sent home in the first day packet or can be picked up at the office.

 

GUIDANCE SERVICES

        Cumulative records are on file for each student in the Guidance Office.  Each student has a cumulative record folder which gives evidence of past achievements, interests, goals, aptitude, health, vocational and educational plans.  This file shall be accessible to the student, his parents or legal guardian; and teachers, counselors, administration, and school personnel who have a need regarding the student.  No other person shall have access to the file except by written request of the post high school institutions for his cumulative scholastic record.

        Information of every kind to meet your vocational, educational, and personal needs is available to you in the Guidance Department—Occupational briefs, army service materials, college catalogs, college entrance examinations and scholarship information.  The counselor is always glad to review some of these materials with you.  Use freely these information materials and services.

        TCHS-HI offers a complete testing program that is required by many of the colleges and universities for admission into their program.  Arrangements should be made with the guidance counselor to help you register for these tests well in advance.  Notices of upcoming tests will be published in the daily bulletin.

 

CAFETERIA

        A cafeteria is operated by the school where lunches are served to pupils and teachers on a nonprofit basis.  It is associated with the National School Lunch Program which makes it possible to serve well-balanced meals at a very minimal cost.

 

STUDENT MEALS

        The hot lunch count will be taken at the beginning of first period.  Those eating a hot lunch are asked to notify their teacher at this time.  Thayer Central School offers two lines of service for lunch.  Students are required to enter these lines from the outer halls.  Each student will enter their ID number.  The operator will then enter the type of meal and verify the student’s name.  Food and drink are allowed only in the cafeteria.

        The cost of each meal is $2.75.  Payments are required to the student’s lunch account when needed.

        Breakfast will be served from 7:45-8:15 each morning.  The price is $1.60 for junior and senior high school students.

 

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department Of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

 

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TTY).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

 

STUDENT HEALTH SCREENINGS

 

Health screenings will be done annually and organized by the school nurse as outlined by state school regulations. All students in grades 7-12 will be screened for vision, hearing, and dental. Additionally, each student will be given a BMI (Body-Mass Index) based on their height, weight and age to better inform the parent/guardian on the overall health of their child(ren).

 

ASSEMBLIES

        Interesting programs are held during the year for student enrichment and entertainment.  These will include both local and outside talent.  The frequency of our programs depends upon pupil conduct.  Students should go directly to their seats and all conversation should cease when anyone steps to the platform.  Consideration and courtesy should be in evidence.  Applause should be hearty but not boisterous.  Whistling is not a proper method for showing your approval.  The more appreciative and courteous the audience the easier it is to get good programs.  Talking and other forms of disturbance show a lack of respect to the performers and reflects unfavorably on the Thayer Central School.  A studyhall will be run in conjunction with every assembly.  If you cannot conduct yourself in the proper manner, you will be assigned to studyhall.

 

School Regulations

 

ATTENDANCE

        State Law (79-201) requires that all students be in school every day unless excused by the school because of illness or family emergency.  Regular attendance is necessary to keep up with lessons and receive the intended benefits of a formal education.  Excessive absenteeism may be cause for student failing to achieve credit.

        Students are expected to attend all classes and to be present at assigned studyhalls throughout the school day.  They may not excuse themselves from class or studyhall.  Students may not leave the building at any time for any reason unless excused by the office.  They are to present to the office a written request from their parent or guardian for an “early excuse” and must be granted permission from the principal before leaving.

        By law, Thayer Central School keeps daily attendance records on all students.  These records are important to help school officials account for the student’s daily participation in the school’s class program.  They are also necessary to obtain financial aid from the State of Nebraska.  This aid amounts to a sizeable percentage of the school’s annual operating budget.

        Your attendance is shown on your grade report card indicating the number of times you were absent from class for any reason, excluding school activities.  Absences for school approved activities are not recorded on your permanent record.

        If any pupil develops symptoms of an illness or is injured at school, the parent, guardian, or any person designated on the pupil’s enrollment card will be notified immediately. If deemed advisable by the school, such person will be requested to come to school and get the pupil.  If that is not possible, the pupil will be taken home or for medical attention by a representative of the school.  Students who go home ill at noon are asked to notify the office of their illness before leaving or have a parent call the school to notify them that you will not return after lunch.

 

 

ATTENDANCE POLICY

 

1.    Students who are absent from school more than ten (10) days or who miss a class more than ten (10) times in a semester will be placed in a noncredit status.  Grades will be recorded for classes, but the student will not receive credit toward graduation.  Any student missing more than 10 days per semester in a class may be required to make up the time missed that has exceeded the 10 day limit.

2.    A record of a student’s absences will begin upon the first day of enrollment in school.  Students who attended the Thayer Central Public School system at the end of the previous school year will be considered enrolled on the first day of school.

3.    Absences from classes for school activities will not count toward the ten (10) day limit.  Students must make up work for classes prior to being excused for these activities.  Absences caused by the administration, counselor or teachers will not count unless the absence is due to disciplinary problems.  The principal will make the final determination if the absence is to count as one of the ten days.

4.    Parents or guardians of high school students will be notified by mail of the possibility of loss of credit after their son/daughter has missed five days of school in a semester.

5.  Following the sixth absence in a semester, a mandatory meeting will be held with the student, parent(s)/guardian(s), principal, and classroom teacher(s) to discuss the reasons for the absences and complete an attendance improvement plan.

6.    A student placed in a noncredit status may appeal his/her academic status to the teacher of the class.  The student and/or parent must file the appeal on the form available in the principal’s office.  The final determination for the student to receive credit will be made by the principal if the teacher recommends that the student receive credit.

 

ABSENCES

        There are two kinds of absences from all or any part of the school day:

 

Excused Absences (Reasons for absences which are considered valid include):

 

1.    Serious illness of the student which causes him to remain home, illness which prompts the school to send him home, or a serious illness in the family demanding the student’s presence at home (acute situation).

2.    Death in the family or death of a near relative.

3.    Absences due to medical and dental appointments, and special requests from parents will be considered excused if cleared through the office in advance.  Makeup work must be completed before the intended absence.

4.    Absences that are requested for at least 24 hours in advance and approved by the school administration with makeup work completed in advance.

 

        The school has the authority to exclude any student from school who has a communicable disease or parasites as described by the State Department of Health guidelines.

 

 

 

Unexcused Absences:

        Unexcused absences include truancy or nonattendance for any reason other than those listed in the excused absence policy.  Absences considered unexcused will require makeup time.

       

        Absences due to minor causes such as pleasure trips, shopping trips, and social engagements, which should occur after school, are regarded as unexcused.  Should you be absent for such cause, you will not be allowed to make up for credit the missed work except under special consideration requested through prior arrangements.  Unexcused absences on days of tests or examinations may easily result in failure of a course.

        The proper procedure for being readmitted to school when absent is as follows:

 

1.    Parents are required to call the high school office (768-6117) between 7:45 and 9:00 a.m. to verify student’s absence from school.

2.    The student is to bring a written excuse to the office signed by parent or guardian, stating the exact cause for the absence and the date(s) the student was absent.

3.    The principal or an individual designated by the principal will issue an admit slip.  The admit slip is to be presented to each classroom teacher during the entire day.  The teacher will indicate your makeup work to be completed and will initial the slip indicating that you have obtained your assignments.

4.    Upon receiving all assignments and having your teachers initial your admit slip, turn your completed admit slip into the office.

5.    Students are responsible to obtain assignments and see that assignments are completed in the time allotted and turned into teachers to receive full credit when absent.

 

MAKE-UP WORK

        School work missed for being absent should be made up as soon as possible.  The generally accepted practice is to permit two days to make up the work missed on the first day absent and one additional day for each day in excess of one day absent.  IT IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE STUDENT TO GET ALL WORK CAUGHT UP IN AS SHORT OF PERIOD OF TIME AS POSSIBLE.  Teachers are asked to record a failing grade for work not completed within the designated period.

 

LEAVING SCHOOL DURING THE DAY

        Students are not permitted to leave school during the school day unless permission is granted from an administrator or by the school nurse.  Students will not be permitted to leave the school grounds unless contact with a parent or guardian has previously been made.  Any student leaving the premises during the school day must sign out through the office.  Students leaving without permission will be considered truant and subject to penalty.

 

ABSENCES FOR ACTIVITIES

        Students who will be gone from school for school activities are expected to be responsible to get assignments for the class time being missed.  These are to be picked up and turned in to teachers before leaving for the activity.  Students failing to take care of this responsibility jeopardizes their eligibility for participation in any future activities.

 

TARDY POLICY

        Any student reporting late for school, after the beginning of the first period; or late to class, will be considered tardy.  You are to report directly to the office.  A student must have a pass to be considered “excused.”  Students will be permitted three tardies per semester.  The fourth tardy and those thereafter, will result in a detention period.  Students who are chronically tardy may be suspended from school.

 

TRUANCY

        A truant is any student who has been absent from school for reasons that the school administration feels is detrimental to sound educational policies and practices.  Truancy includes such things as being absent from school without a parent’s knowledge or falsifying an excuse either by phone or in writing.

        Truancy is the worst entry on a student’s attendance record, and students who are truant shall be treated in the following manner:

 

1.    Parents will be notified immediately and a conference arranged if appropriate.

2.    Time missed will be made up and work missed may be required to be made up.

3.    Conditions for re-entry into school in good standing will be set up.

4.    Alleged misconduct may be recorded on the student’s permanent record.

5.    Students being truant may be suspended.

 

COLLEGE VISITATION

        Seniors who plan on furthering their education may visit the school of their choice on a school day by completing the School Visitation Form and making application to the school in advance.  These are available in the guidance counselor’s office.  These must be signed by your parents and the guidance counselor, and permission will be granted.  In addition, at least one parent of the student(s) going must accompany you to the college.  All parents are strongly encouraged to accompany their son or daughter on the visitation.

        With proper preparedness and all work made up in advance, this visitation day will not count as a day absent from school.  No more than two (2) college visitations will be allowed with absences not recorded.

 

AUTOMOBILES AND MOTOR BIKES

        All students who drive automobiles or motor bikes to school, whether from the country or town, will not drive their vehicles during the noon hour.  Once these vehicles are parked on the school grounds in designated areas, they will remain there until school is dismissed at the end of the day.  Students are not allowed to sit in or on vehicles during school hours.

        Students are not allowed to ride in or on any vehicles during the noon hour except those driven by a parent or guardian.

        All students driving to school must register their car with the office. 

SEE SCHOOL BOARD POLICY REGARDING TRAFFIC AND

USE OF THE SCHOOL PARKING LOT.

 

SCHOOL BUSES

        Students who become a disruptive factor on the school buses shall be suspended from riding the bus for one week.  Further violations must result in permanent suspension from riding the school bus.  This applies to both routes and activity trips.

 

CARE OF PROPERTY

        Each student must build a set of values concerning respect for others and their property and that which is jointly owned, such as school property.  We are especially proud of the care our students give the building and the fixtures and supplies in the building. Any pupil who damages any real or personal property is liable for suspension, and in addition the student will be assessed the cost of repair and/or replacement of the damaged item.

 

SCHOOL DANCES

        All organizational affairs must have the sponsors present.  For an all-school affair, there are to be at least two faculty members and one set of parents.

        No one (THIS INCLUDES DATES) may leave the building during the dance and return again.  To be admitted, students must arrive at the dance in the first half hour or make arrangements beforehand with the principal.  School dances will not be held on school nights.

        Hours of school dances are:

               Prom & Homecoming    12:00 p.m.

               Other  HS Dances           11:30 p.m.

               Junior High Dances       10:00 p.m.

        Any changes in the hours of school dances must be made in advance with the principal.

        All arrangements for dances must be made by 4:00 o’clock on Wednesday.  All dances, except prom, must be scheduled on the same nights as some other activity.  Example:  following an athletic contest.

 

SPONSORS

        Besides having sponsors for all extracurricular activities, there must be a sponsor in charge of any group that is not in a classroom during their regular school day, noon hour, or after school.

        A sponsor must be in each car or bus that leaves the school on a school sponsored trip.  The interpretation of a sponsor, other than a member of the faculty,  in that situation is defined as a  person 25 years of age or older and approved by the school officials

 

SCHOOL TRIPS

        Any student participating in any school sponsored activity must travel to the event and back in the vehicle designated by the school.  The only exception to this rule is that a parent may pick up their son or daughter at the activity if they notify the sponsor in advance in writing, and they appear at the time of departure in person to the faculty sponsor.

        Students are to remain in the bleachers during the game.

 

VENDING MACHINES

        The State Board of Education states that there will be no sale of carbonated sweet drinks (pop), carbohydrates, or empty caloric snacks, during the serving of lunch and until after 1:00 p.m.  Any violations of this policy will result in the State Department of Education withholding state and Federal reimbursements to this school and the removal of the vending machines. (Breakfast?)

 

STUDENT CONDUCT

        The basis for a junior high and high school education is to prepare students for the demands, challenges and problems of the adult world.  Foremost among these challenges is a respect for the rights and property of every other individual.  We expect each Thayer Central School student to accept complete responsibility for their personal conduct.

        Good manners are extremely important.  Schools develop either a good or bad reputation through the conduct of their personnel.  Our students shall conduct themselves in a courteous manner to visiting teams, pep clubs, or any other school visitors as well as during school-sponsored activities away from home.  Tradition has built a very favorable image for our school — let’s proudly uphold it.

        A student may be suspended from school by the principal, or his representative, on presentation of sufficient evidence that strongly implicates the student in any of the following behaviors which are in direct violation to the accepted codes of conduct of the Thayer Central Public Schools while attending or participating in any school related activity.

   1.  Gross disrespect for any or all school officials or employees.

   2.  Chronic absenteeism or tardiness.

   3.  Truancy

   4.  Lewdness

   5.  Theft or vandalism

   6.  Failure to pay outstanding school financial obligations (fines, class fees, etc.)

   7.  Possession or use of tobacco on school property, adjacent school parking areas or at school sponsored

        activities. Tobacco means any tobacco product (including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, chewing

        tobacco, etc.), alternative nicotine products (e-cigarettes and vapor pens), tobacco product look-alikes,  

        and products intended to  replicate tobacco products either by appearance or effect, regardless of

        whether such products contain nicotine.

   8.  Behavior that seriously interferes with classroom instruction or other activities associated with the school.

   9.  Unsportsmanlike activities involving visiting school teams and their representatives, or officials of such contests.

l0.  Fighting

11.  Insubordination (refusal of student to cooperate within reasonable requests of a staff member)

12.  Possession of, use of, transmitting of, or under influence of any drug paraphernalia, narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant of any kind.  (The only exception to this would be the student who is taking prescription medicine under a doctor’s direction.)

13.  Failure to comply with bus transportation rules.

14.  A Court of Law finds the accused guilty of a felony or an immoral sex act.

15.  Driving during the school day or noon hour without permission being granted by the principal.

 

        (See guidelines for short/long term suspension under “Students’ Rights and Responsibilities”)

        All teachers are directed to be alert for any student activity that may be in violation of good student behavior.  Students are to be aware that all school personnel at Thayer Central School have the authority to correct misconduct at any time.

        All Thayer Central School activities are considered to be an extension of the school day regardless of the location.

        The administration may authorize or order the suspension of any pupil from school because of gross misdemeanors, immorality, persistent disobedience, or for violation of the regulations, rules, or policies established by the board of education, or when the presence of the pupil is detrimental to the best interests of the school.

 

Conduct in the building

        Horseplay, rowdiness, or any activity which is disruptive or a threat to other people’s welfare is prohibited in the school building.  An example would be running in the halls, throwing any object, fighting or shoving, swearing and vulgarity.

 

Alcohol Use/Drug Abuse by Students

        The use or possession of mood altering chemicals, including alcohol, are prohibited on school property or at school-sponsored activities or events.  Disciplinary action will be taken in instances of violation of this policy.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA GUIDELINES

Information for Students

The purpose of this article is to give students information about the risks of using Facebook, and similar social networking sites and apps.

 

These sites are public sources of information. The information may be seen by your school administrators, your parents, and law enforcement.  It is also accessible to people who you don’t even know now, but may later want to impress—such as university admissions and scholarship officials and prospective employers. In fact, many large companies now search the internet as a means of conducting background checks on job applicants.  What you say now on Facebook may affect you years later.

 

What you say now on Facebook may also affect you right now.  Pictures or writings that show that you have violated student conduct rules may result in school discipline.  A picture of a student drinking a beer may very well lead to a suspension from activities or other disciplinary action if the school learns about it.  Criminal charges may be filed against you based on information posted on Facebook

 

Here are some common sense guidelines that we urge students to follow when using social networking sites and the Internet in general:

  • Don’t forget that your profile and internet forums are public spaces. Don’t post anything you wouldn’t want the world to know (e.g., your phone number, address, IM screens name, or specific whereabouts).
  • Avoid posting anything that would make it easy for a stranger to find you, such as where you hang out every day after school.
  • People aren’t always who they say they are. Be careful about adding strangers to your friends list. It’s fun to connect with new Facebook friends from all over the world, but avoid meeting people in person whom you do not fully know. If you must meet someone, do it in a public place and bring a friend or trusted adult.
  • Harassment, hate speech and inappropriate content should be reported. If you feel someone’s behavior is inappropriate, react. Talk with a trusted adult, or report it to Facebook or the authorities.
  • Don’t post anything that would embarrass you later. Think twice before posting a photo or info you wouldn’t want your parents or boss to see!
  • Don’t mislead people into thinking that you’re older or younger. If you lie about your age, your profile/account will be deleted.
  • Students participating in extracurricular activities need to be aware of the higher expectations for them regarding social media use.  These can be found on page 30 of this handbook.

We urge all students to following these common sense guidelines!!

 

Board Policy Regarding Access to the Internet by Students

 

Students accessing Internet services provided by Thayer Central Community Schools at any time that school is in session, in a school related activity, at any time when at a district owned facility, or while representing the School at any function shall be subject to the following rules and regulations.

 

  1. Students shall not access or print material that is obscene, child pornography, harmful to minors, hate-motivated, encouraging of destructive or threatening behavior, or that is otherwise inappropriate for assigned educational purposes.
  2. Students shall not use Thayer Central technology or Internet resources to engage in hacking or attempts to otherwise compromise any computer or network systems security.
  3. Students shall not engage in any illegal activities on the Internet, neither shall a student log on with an unauthorized ID.
  4. Students shall not disclose personal identification information on the Internet.
  5. Students shall not bring onto campus or have possession of any software or technological device that could disrupt the instructional process of the school.
  6. Students shall not enter, from any location, a district computer or data system or Web site for any reason without specific authorization when school is in or out of session, or use any unauthorized software which disrupts school activities, introduce a virus or alter or destroy computer equipment, configurations, or file contents set by the district.

 

 

THAYER CENTRAL COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Progressive discipline steps for inappropriate use of technology

INFRACTION                                                                              CONSEQUENCE

                                                                                                         Grades 6-12

 

On-screen viewing of lewd, profane,                                         One class period suspension; loss of

vulgar or pornographic sites.                                                      access for one month; probation status.

Inappropriate use of e-mail.

 

LEVEL ONE

 

Downloading or printing of lewd, profane,                               One-day suspension (ISS, Saturday school,

vulgar or pornographic materials; hate-                                    home suspension); parent conference; loss

motivated materials or instruction in or                                    of access for the remainder of the semester

encouragement of, destructive or                                                              or one-month minimum; probation status.

threatening behavior.

 

LEVEL ONE

 

The use of any district equipment to produce                                         One-to-three-day suspension; parent

send (e-mail) or publish lewd, profane, vulgar,                       conference; loss of access one to two

pornographic, hate-motivated, libelous or                                semesters; probation status.

threatening materials in print or via

computers; the possession of, or bringing on to

campus, any software or technological device

that could disrupt the instructional process.

 

LEVEL TWO

 

The act of entering, from any location, into                                            One-to three-day suspension; parent

a district computer or data system or Web                               conference; loss of access up to one

Site for any reason without authorization, or                                          calendar year; probation status; restitution;

use of unauthorized software which disrupts                                          possible police contact.

school activities; the altering of computer

equipment or configurations set by the

district.

 

The unauthorized act of entering from any                              One-to five-day suspension; possible

location, into a district computer or data                                  expulsion recommendation; restitution; loss

system or Web site for the purpose of                                       of access for one calendar year or more;

altering or destroying data or introducing                                law enforcement contact; probation status.

into that system any virus  or program that

disrupts school activities.

 

A violation of any of these standards by a                               Any consequence above including possible

student enrolled in a computer-based class.                                            drop from the class with a failing grade.

 

Assisting any person in the act of any of the                                           Any consequence above depending upon

above infractions.                                                                                        involvement.

 

  • Level Two infractions involved damage to systems, requiring repair.
  • Probation Status would last through graduation.  A second offense during this time would be

              considered a serious discipline matter and more extreme consequences would be in order.

  • Loss of access would deny student use of any networked computer or technology available

       through the school, on or off campus.

Board Policy Regarding Parking Area and Traffic

 

        In the interest of safety and to insure the orderly flow of traffic in the high school parking areas, the following policy is set forth:

 

A.    BUSES

               When loading and unloading students for the routes, school buses shall use that area designated for them on the south side of the Intermediate school and the east side of the north wing of the high school.  Students are not to pass any parked bus when the stop arm is extended.

B.    STOP SIGNS

               A stop sign shall be placed at the west exit.

C.    FLOW OF TRAFFIC

               Normal traffic flow shall prevail.

                South Drives: The east drive shall be used as an entrance.  The west drive shall be used as an exit.

               West Drive:  Shall be used to both enter and exit the north parking lot.

D.    SPEED LIMIT - OPERATION OF VEHICLES

               Speed shall not exceed 12 miles per hour in all parking lot areas.  Vehicles shall be operated in a careful manner at all times so as not to endanger life or property.

E.    FACULTY & EMPLOYEE PARKING

               Faculty and employees of the school district shall use the parking area north of the gym in the north parking lot and on the northwest side of the north parking area.

 

F.    STUDENT PARKING

               Student parking shall be in the designated parking stalls in the east parking area, both center isle and east and west curbs, and in the parking area on the south side of the school grounds. Students participating in after school activities are encouraged to park in the north parking lot. The parking spots in the north parking lot adjacent to the gym are reserved for faculty. There shall be NO parking on the adjoining streets unless expressed permission is granted by the principal in advance. 

G.    PARKING OF VEHICLES

               All students who drive automobiles or motor bikes to school, whether from the rural area or in town are not allowed to drive their vehicles during the noon hour.  Once these vehicles are parked on the school parking areas in the morning, they will remain there until school is dismissed at the end of the day.

H.    COMPLIANCE

               Prior to being allowed to drive a car to the Thayer Central Public Schools, every student shall be given a copy of this policy and shall further certify that they have read these rules, will comply to the best of their ability, and are fully aware of the penalties for violation of them.  Anyone who is planning to drive to school at any time must sign up at the office and pick up a copy of the board policy regarding parking area and traffic.  This must be signed and turned back into the office by the end of the first week of school.

 

I.     PENALTY FOR VIOLATION

 

        1.    First Offense:             Verbal warning, with written warning being sent to both the parents and student, stating offense, penalty, and penalties for future violations.  After, school detention assigned.

 

J.     ENFORCEMENT

        It shall be the duty of each student, employee and faculty member to report violations to the proper authorities.

 

 

 

 

Student Rights and Responsibilities in Thayer Central Public Schools

 

        The basis for an education is to prepare the student for the demands of the adult world, its challenges and its problems.  The information in this handbook is intended to provide the general guideline of conduct which is expected of our students and to describe the responsibilities of the students in the Thayer Central Public School System.

        In order to function properly, public school education must provide an equal learning opportunity for all students.  In addition to the regular curriculum, principles and practices of good citizenship must be taught and demonstrated.  This includes an appreciation for the right of others.  However, no school or school system can discharge these responsibilities if students act in an objectionable manner or disregard rules and regulations adopted for the benefit of all.

        The rules and standards in this handbook apply to all school buildings or any school ground during, immediately before, or immediately after school hours.  They also apply to any school sponsored function or event whether on or off school grounds.  This handbook does not define all types and aspects of student conduct; however, the Board of Education has the responsibility to set forth policies, rules, and regulations to help students conduct themselves in a proper manner as good citizens of the school community.

 

 

I.     Establishment of Policies, Rules, and Regulations

        The Board of Education establishes written policies, rules, and regulations of general application governing student conduct in all schools.  Principals within their buildings may establish certain written rules and regulations not inconsistent with those established by the Board of Education.

 

II.   General Standards of Behavior

               Any conduct which causes or which creates a reasonable likelihood that it will cause a substantial disruption in or material interference with any school function, activity, or purpose, or that interferes or creates a reasonable likelihood that it will interfere with the health, safety, or well being of the rights of other students is prohibited.

               Nothing herein is intended to restrict the exercise of constitutional rights.

               The general standard of behavior outlined in this document will be followed throughout our school system.  We have not attempted to itemize all acts or possible misconduct which could occur during the course of a school year.  Violations of any of the rules and regulations described in this document may result in temporary suspension from school for up to five (5) days and, in extreme cases, exclusion from school for up to the remainder of the current semester.

 

 

SHORT TERM SUSPENSIONS

        Any student may be excluded from the Thayer Central Public Schools for a period of time not to exceed five school days in the following circumstances provided that the suspension is assigned under the guidelines provided by Nebraska State Law.

 

1.    If the student has a dangerous communicable disease transmittable through normal school contacts.

2.    If the student is infected with or can be proved to be a carrier of external parasites (such as head lice) which may be transmittable through normal school contacts.

 

 

3.    If the student is involved in behavior or activities which interfere with any educational function or which infringe upon the rights of other students to pursue an education.  Some of the activities or behaviors which could result in short-term suspension are as follows:

 

  1. Possession or use of tobacco on school property or at school sponsored activities

*Selling, using, possessing, or dispensing of tobacco or any tobacco product on school property or or at school sponsored activities.  *Tobacco means any tobacco product (including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, etc.), alternative nicotine products, e-cigarettes, tobacco product look-alikes, and products intended to replicate tobacco products either by appearance or effect, including non-medical vapor and vapor dispensers, regardless of whether such products contain nicotine.

       b.     Gross disrespect for any or all school officials or employees.

        c.     Insubordination (refusal of student to cooperate within reasonable requests of a staff member.)

        d.    Use of abusive or profane language.

        e.     Chronic absenteeism or tardiness.

        f.     Truancy

        g.     Vandalism of property belonging to the school district, school staff or students.

        h.    Theft or pilferage of property belonging to the school district, the school staff, or students.

        i.     Fighting

        j.     Unsportsmanlike activities involving visiting school teams and their representatives, or officials of such contests.

        k.    Failure to comply with bus transportation rules.

        l.     Driving during the school day or noon hour without permission being granted by a school staff member.

        m.   Possession of, use of, transmitting of, or under influence of any drug paraphernalia, narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant of any kind.  (The only exception to this would be the student who is taking prescription medicine under a doctor’s direction.)

        n.    Failure to pay outstanding school financial obligations.

        o.    A court of law finds the accused guilty of a felony or an immoral sex act.

        p.    Knowingly possessing, handling, or transmitting any object or material that is ordinarily or generally considered a weapon.

 

4.    If the student’s conduct presents a clear threat to the physical safety of himself, herself, or others, or is so disruptive as to make temporary removal necessary to preserve the rights of other students to pursue an education.

5.    Conduct constituting ground for expulsion or long-term suspension as set forth in Nebraska Law.

6.    Any of the foregoing policies may be grounds for consideration for long term suspension or expulsion depending upon the severity of the act.

 

        All school activities are considered to be an extension of the school day, regardless of the location, so regular school policies should reflect student behavior at such activities.

 

PROCEDURE TO BE FOLLOWED FOR SHORT TERM SUSPENSIONS

        The school principal or his representative may suspend a student for as many as five school days for any of the afore named circumstances.  The following procedure will be followed for short-term suspensions:

 

        a.     The principal or his representative shall investigate.

        b.    The student will receive oral or written notice of the charges and the reasons for the suspension.

        c.     The student shall be told the basis of the evidence used to make the decision.

        d.    The student shall be given an opportunity to present his/her version of the story.

        e.     Parents or guardians shall be sent in writing within 24 hours or as soon as reasonably possible notification of suspension.

        f.     The principal or his representative shall try to hold a conference with the parents or guardian before or at the time the student returns to school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LONG-TERM SUSPENSION AND EXPULSIONS

      Long-term suspensions shall mean the exclusion of a student from attendance in all schools within the Thayer Central Public School System for a period of time exceeding five (5) school days but less than twenty (20) school days.  Expulsion shall mean exclusion from attendance in all schools within the system for a period of time not to exceed the remainder of the semester in which it took effect. 

        The following conduct constitutes grounds for long-term suspension, expulsion, or mandatory reassignment, subject to the procedural provisions of the Student Discipline Act, Neb. Rev. Stat. § 79-254 through 79-296, when such activity occurs on school grounds, in a vehicle owned, leased, or contracted by a school being used for a school purpose or in a vehicle being driven for a school purpose by a school employee or by his or her designee, or at a school-sponsored activity or athletic event:

 

  1. Use of violence, force, coercion, threat, intimidation, or similar conduct in a manner that constitutes a substantial interference with school purposes;
  2. Willfully causing or attempting to cause substantial damage to property, stealing or attempting to steal property of substantial value, or repeated damage or theft involving property;
  3. Causing or attempting to cause personal injury to a school employee, to a school volunteer, or to any student. Personal injury caused by accident, self-defense, or other action undertaken on the reasonable belief that it was necessary to protect some other person shall not constitute a violation of this subdivision;
  4. Threatening or intimidating any student for the purpose of or with the intent of obtaining money or anything of value from such student;
  5. Knowingly possessing, handling, or transmitting any object or material that is ordinarily or generally considered a weapon (see also board policy on weapons and firearms);
  6. Engaging in the unlawful possession, selling, dispensing, or use of a controlled substance or an imitation controlled substance, as defined in section 28-401, a substance represented to be a controlled substance, or alcoholic liquor as defined in section 53-103.02 or being under the influence of a controlled substance or alcoholic liquor (note:  the term “under the influence” for school purposes has a less strict meaning than it does under criminal law; for school purposes, the term means any level of impairment and includes even the odor of alcohol on the breath or person of a student; also, it includes being impaired by reason of the abuse of any material used as a stimulant);
  7. Public indecency as defined in section 28-806, except that this prohibition shall apply only to students at least twelve years of age but less than nineteen years of age;
  8. Engaging in bullying as defined in section 79-2,137 and in these policies;
  9. Sexually assaulting or attempting to sexually assault any person if a complaint has been filed by a prosecutor in a court of competent jurisdiction alleging that the student has sexually assaulted or attempted to sexually assault any person, including sexual assaults or attempted sexual assaults which occur off school grounds not at a school function, activity, or event. For purposes of this subdivision, sexual assault means sexual assault in the first degree as defined in section 28-319, sexual assault in the second degree as defined in section 28-320, sexual assault of a child in the second or third degree as defined in section 28-320.01, or sexual assault of a child in the first degree as defined in section 28-319.01, as such sections now provide or may hereafter from time to time be amended;
  10. Engaging in any other activity forbidden by the laws of the State of Nebraska which activity constitutes a danger to other students or interferes with school purposes; or
  11. A repeated violation of any of the following rules if such violations constitute a substantial interference with school purposes:
    1. The use of language, written or oral, or conduct, including gestures, which is profane or abusive to students or staff members.  Profane or abusive language or conduct includes, but is not limited to, that which is commonly understood and intended to be derogatory toward a group or individual based upon race, gender, national origin, or religion;
    2. Dressing or grooming in a manner which violates the school district’s dress code and/or is dangerous to the student's health and safety, a danger to the health and safety of others, or which is disruptive, distracting or indecent to the extent that it interferes with the learning and educational process;
    3. Violating school bus rules as set by the school district or district staff;
    4. Possessing, using, selling, or dispensing tobacco, drug paraphernalia, or a tobacco imitation substance or packaging, regardless of form, including cigarettes, chewing tobacco, and any other form of tobacco or imitation, such as electronic cigarettes, vapor pens, etc.;
    5. Possessing, using, selling, or dispensing any drug paraphernalia or imitation of a controlled substance regardless of whether the actual substance possessed is a controlled substance by Nebraska law;
    6. Possession of pornography;
    7. Sexting or the possession of sexting images (a combination of sex and texting - the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photos electronically);
    8. Engaging in hazing, defined as any activity expected of someone joining a group, team, or activity that humiliates, degrades or risks emotional and/or physical harm, regardless of the person's willingness to participate.  Hazing activities are generally considered to be:  physically abusive, hazardous, and/or sexually violating and include but are not limited to the following: personal servitude; sleep deprivation and restrictions on personal hygiene; yelling, swearing and insulting new members/rookies; being forced to wear embarrassing or humiliating attire in public; consumption of vile substances or smearing of such on one's skin; branding; physical beatings; binge drinking and drinking games; sexual simulation and sexual assault;
    9. Bullying which shall include cyber-bullying, defined as the use of the internet, including but not limited to social networking sites such as Facebook, cell phones or other devices to send, post or text message images and material intended to hurt or embarrass another person.  This may include, but is not limited to; continuing to send e-mail to someone who has said they want no further contact with the sender; sending or posting threats, sexual remarks or pejorative labels (i.e., hate speech); ganging up on victims by making them the subject of ridicule in forums, and posting false statements as fact intended to humiliate the victim; disclosure of personal data, such as the victim's real name, address, or school at websites or forums; posing as the identity of the victim for the purpose of publishing material in their name that defames or ridicules them; sending threatening and harassing text, instant messages or emails to the victims; and posting or sending rumors or gossip to instigate others to dislike and gang up on the target;
    10. Violation of the district’s computer acceptable computer use policy are subject to discipline, up to and including expulsion; and
    11. Any other violation of a rule or regulation established by a school district staff member pursuant to authority delegated by the board.

 

PROCEDURES TO BE FOLLOWED FOR LONG-TERM SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION

        If the school administration feels that an action on the part of the student results in a condition which calls for an exclusion from school beyond the short-term suspension, the following procedure shall be adhered to:

 

1.    On the date of the decision, a written charge and a summary of the evidence supporting such charge shall be filed with the superintendent.  The school shall, within two days of the decision, send written notice by registered or certified mail to the student and student’s parents or guardian, informing them of the rights established under this law.

2.    Such written notice shall include the following.

 

        a)    The rule or standard of conduct allegedly violated and the acts of the student alleged to constitute a cause for long-term suspension or expulsion, including a summary of the evidence to be presented against the student.

        b)    The penalty, if any, which the principal has recommended in the charge, and any other penalty to which the student may be subject.

        c)    A statement that, before long-term suspension or expulsion for disciplinary purposes can be invoked, the student shall have a right to a hearing upon request on the specified charges.

        d)    A description of the hearing procedures provided by this act along with procedures for appealing any decision rendered at the hearing.

        e)    A statement that the principal, legal counsel for the school, the student, the student’s parents, or the student’s representative or guardian shall have the right (1) to examine the student’s academic and disciplinary records and any affidavits to be used at the hearing concerning the alleged misconduct, and the right (2) to know the identify of the witnesses to appear at the hearing and the substance of their testimony.

       

 

f)     A form on which the student, student’s parents or guardian may request a hearing to be signed by such parties and delivered within five (5) school days in person, or by registered or certified mail to the principal or superintendent.

        g)    Nothing in this law prevents the student, student’s parents or guardian from settling the matter with school officials without a hearing or prior to the hearing.

 

3.    If a hearing is requested within five school days of the student’s receipt of written notice, the following procedure shall be followed.

 

        a)    The superintendent shall appoint a hearing examiner.

        b)    Within two (2) school days of being appointed, the hearing examiner shall issue written notice of hearing to be held within five (5) school days of the school’s receipt of the request.

        c)    The recommended punishment shall not go into effect; however, the school may exclude a student on an emergency basis or suspend a student for as many as five (5) school days and concurrently initiate procedure for long-term suspension or expulsion.

        d)    If a hearing is not requested within five days of receipt of written notice, the punishment shall go into effect.

        e)    If a hearing is requested after five (5) school days of receipt of written notice but before thirty (30) calendar days, a hearing shall be held and the punishment shall continue in effect pending a final determination.

        f)     Before the hearing, records and statements of witnesses must be made available for examination.  The principal shall give the hearing examiner statements, in affidavit form of persons with information about the student’s conduct, but not unless these statements have been made available to the student, the student’s parents, guardian, or representative prior to the hearing.  Witnesses may be asked to attend the hearing by the student, the parents, guardian, representative, principal, or hearing examiner.

        g)    At the hearing the proceedings need not be conducted by the rules of evidence.  The hearing examiner shall be in charge and may exclude disorderly persons.

        h)    The hearing examiner, student, the student’s parents or guardians, the student’s representative, and counsel for the Board of Education (and the hearing examiner may request the advise of legal counsel) shall attend the hearing.  Legal counsel for the board may advise the hearing examiner in the conduct of the hearing or act as the principal’s designee, but the same person may not serve both functions.  The student may bring a representative and that person may be an attorney.

        i)     Witnesses may be questioned by the student, parents, guardian or representative, the principal, the school’s legal counsel, or the hearing examiner.  Witnesses shall be present only when giving information and shall give testimony under an oath administered by the hearing examiner.  All persons giving evidence shall have the same immunity as a person testifying in a court case.

        j)     The student may be excluded from the hearing, at the discretion of the hearing examiner, when the student’s psychological evaluation or emotional problems are being discussed.

        k)    Students may be given a group hearing when the facts and charges in each of their situations are substantially the same.

        l)     The school district shall record the hearing at its own expense.

        m)   The decision of the hearing examiner will be in written report form and shall include his findings and recommendations for actions in light of the needs of the student and the school.  The decision must be based on the evidence at the hearing.

        n)    The hearing examiner’s report shall be reviewed by the Superintendent of schools who may change or reduce the penalty but may not increase it.

        o)    The decision of the Superintendent and the findings of the hearing examiner shall be communicated to the student, student’s parents or guardian by mail or personal delivery and will take effect upon delivery.

        p)    The student, student’s parents or guardian may appeal the superintendent’s determination to the Board of Education by written request filed with the secretary of the board or the Superintendent within seven school days following the disciplinary hearing.

        q)    Any aggrieved party may appeal a final decision in a contested case to the district court of the county where the action was taken.  The appeal must be filed within 30 days after service of the final decision by the Board of Education

        r)     Final action of the board shall be evidenced by personal delivery or by certified mail a copy of the deliberated bodies decision to the student and student’s parent or guardian.

 

IMMEDIATE REMOVAL BY THE PRINCIPAL

        The Principal may suspend a student immediately, regardless of the fact that a hearing was requested within five days of notice of expulsion or long-term suspension by the school, if the Principal determines that such immediate suspension is necessary to prevent or substantially reduce the risk of; (a) interference with an educational function or school purpose, or (b) personal injury to the student, other students, school employees, or school volunteers.  Although the preferable practice is that the Principal make such determination in writing, nothing in this policy shall so require.  If no hearing is requested, the immediate suspension will continue until the date the long term suspension, expulsion, or mandatory reassignment takes effect.  If a hearing is requested, the suspension will continue until the date the hearing examiner files the report of his or her findings with the Superintendent, if the Principal has made a determination as above described.

 

MAXIMUM LENGTH OF EXPULSION

A.    In General.

               Except as herein otherwise provided, the expulsion of a student shall be for a period not to exceed the remainder of the semester in which the expulsion took effect.  However, if the misconduct occurred within l0 school days prior to the end of the first semester, the expulsion may remain in effect through the second semester.  If the misconduct occurred within l0 school days prior to the end of the second semester, the expulsion may remain in effect for summer school and for the first semester of the following year.

B.    Expulsion for Causing Personal Injury or For Possessing A Dangerous Weapon.

               If a student is expelled for the use of force, or causing or attempting to cause personal injury to another individual, or for knowingly and intentionally possessing or transmitting a firearm or a dangerous weapon, the expulsion shall be for a period not to exceed the remainder of the school year in which it took effect if the misconduct occurs during the first semester.  If the expulsion takes place during the second semester, the expulsion shall remain in effect for summer school and may remain in effect for the first semester of the following school year.

C.    Automatic Review of Expulsions Which Continue During the First Semester of the Following Year.

               Any expulsion that will remain in effect during the first semester of the following school year shall be automatically scheduled for review and shall be reviewed by the Hearing Examiner before the beginning school year.  The review shall take place after the Hearing Examiner has given notice of the review to the student and the student’s parent or guardian.  The review shall be limited to newly discovered evidence or evidence of changes in the student’s circumstances occurring since the original hearing.  If there is not such evidence the Hearing Examiner need not provide a hearing in order to complete his or her review.  The Hearing Examiner may make a recommendation that the student be readmitted for the upcoming school year.  The student may be readmitted by action of the Superintendent unless the Board of Education took the final action to expel the student.  Under such circumstances, the student may be readmitted only by action of the Board.

 

SUSPENSION OF THE ENFORCEMENT OF EXPULSION

        Once a student has been expelled, the school district may suspend the enforcement of such expulsion as long as such suspension does not extend beyond the end of the full semester after the semester in which the expulsion took effect.  During the period of time that the expulsion is suspended, the school district may assign the student to a school, class, or program which it deems appropriate for rehabilitation of the student.  This district is by this policy herewith authorized to join together with another district or districts as the Superintendent may decide in providing such rehabilitation.  This district may, by agreement with another district, send its suspended or expelled students to any school, class, or program operating in the other district.  The rehabilitation program if offered may be a community-centered classroom and may include experiences for the student as an observer or aide in governmental functions, as an on the job trainee, or as a participant in specialized tutorial experiences or individually prescribed educational and counseling programs.  Such programs shall include an individualized learning program to enable the student to continue academic work for credit towards graduation.  If, at the end of the period of suspension of enforcement, the student has satisfactorily participated in the rehabilitation program, the district shall permit the student to return to the school of former attendance or to attend other programs offered by the district.  However, if the student’s conduct has been unsatisfactory, the district shall enforce the expulsion action.  If the student is reinstated, the Superintendent may also take action to expunge the record.

       

 

Nothing in this section shall be construed to require the District or the Administration to suspend the enforcement of any expulsion nor to require the District to enter into any contract or other arrangement with another school district or districts to provide any programs as are described in this section of the policy.

 

REPORTS TO LAW ENFORCEMENT

        In the event the Principal knows or suspects a violation of the Nebraska Criminal Code on school property or off school property, at a school function, the Principal shall notify the County Sheriff.  Before making such a report, the Principal shall undertake reasonable efforts to ascertain the truth or falsify of the event. Nothing in this section shall be construed to require the reporting of any law violation by the Principal except if the criminal act to be reported occurred on the school grounds of the district or during an educational function or event in which the district is involved, but off school grounds.

 

RELEASE TO PEACE OFFICER

        Consistent with any other lawful policy of the district, when a Principal or other school official releases a minor student to a sheriff, coroner, jailer, marshal, police officer, state highway patrol officer, member of the national guard on active service by direction of the Governor during periods of emergency, or any other person with similar authority to make arrests, the Principal or other school official shall take immediate steps to notify the parent, guardian, or responsible relative of the minor regarding the release of the minor to such officer.  The Principal shall inform the parent, guardian, or responsible relative of the place to which the minor is reportedly being taken unless the minor has been taken into custody as a victim of suspected child abuse, in which case, the Principal or school official shall provide the authority by whom the minor has been taken into custody with the address and telephone number of the minor’s parent or guardian or other responsible relative.

 

DETENTION

Detention period is a time when the student is assigned to stay after school for an infraction of acceptable behavior or failure to complete assignments. Detention period will be scheduled on Monday thru Thursday between 3:40 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. in the library.

        Detentions will be issued through the office only. A teacher may issue a detention but will also be expected to administer that detention.

 

Detention Period Rules:

1.    Detention hall will be held in the library.  The student is expected to be in the library by 3:40 p.m.

2.    If a student shows up after 3:40 p.m. without the Principal’s approval, he/she will be asked to report the next two (2) school days for detention.

3.    Detention will be used to work on academic work. 

4.    Students will be silent the entire 20 minutes.

5.    Students will not be allowed to leave the detention room without the permission of the monitor.  (Emergencies only)

6.    Failure to attend an assigned detention period, without prior approval of the Principal, will automatically result in two (2) additional detention periods.

7.    Students who fail to report for two (2) consecutive detention periods or who are assigned four (4) consecutive detention periods will be suspended, in-school, for one to five days.  Suspension will not cancel assigned detentions.

8.    Bus riders shall not be exempt from detention periods.  They shall, however, be allowed one day to make arrangements for a ride home before they make up their detention periods.

9.    Students not responding properly to their detention obligations will be assigned to attend Saturday School, and abide by "Saturday School Criteria."

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY SCHOOL CRITERIA

Any student not responding to detention responsibilities or exhibiting inappropriate behaviors that require intermediary discipline will be assigned Saturday School by the principal or his designee.  Students must attend Saturday School on the assigned day and time and be on task the entire session.  Students failing to attend or conduct themselves appropriately when attending Saturday School will be suspended from school the following day that school is in session.  They will also be rescheduled to the next day that Saturday School is in session.  Other criteria used in Saturday School will include:

 

1.    Students must be prompt.  The doors to the school will be locked at approximately 7:10 A.M.

2.    The minimum amount of time that any student will attend Saturday School is two hours.

3.    Students must be on task the entire time with absolutely NO talking.

4.    Students assigned to Saturday School will be charged a $5.00 fee.

5.    No excuses for not attending Saturday School will be allowed.  Each student will have had multiple chances to serve their assigned detention(s) by this point in time.  Only documented, unforeseen, extenuating circumstances approved by administration will be considered.

6.    Three strikes and you're out rule applies.  If you are assigned for three Saturday School sessions during any semester you will be suspended or expelled from school or placed in an alternative educational setting.

 

        As serious problems occur, students are encouraged to discuss their problems with Mrs. Brzon or Dr. Kiburz.  Each will listen and look for possible solutions.

        If your problem involves an assigned detention, Dr. Kiburz will listen if the matter is discussed before the detention is to be served. Detentions are very rarely overruled or postponed. However, some emergencies may merit a postponement.

 

STUDENT DRESS CODE

        One of the responsibilities of the school is to establish an environment conducive to learning.  In so doing it is felt that student dress is an important part of the environment and that administrative guidelines are necessary and proper to insure that student appearance does not detract from the learning experience.

        The school also recognizes that parents are basically responsible for their child’s dress and general appearance.  The role of the school is one of guidance for pupils in an effort for total education.

        Student dress and general appearance will be considered acceptable if it does not violate any of the following principles:

 

  1. Clothing and general appearance is to be such as not to constitute a health or safety hazard
  1. Clothing and general appearance is not to be of the type that would cause a disturbance or interfere with the instructional program.

              

AS A GUIDELINE, THE FOLLOWING MINIMAL STANDARDS ARE SET FORTH:

 

   1.  Cleanliness shall be required of all students at all times.

   2.  Shoes shall be worn.

   3.  Shirts shall be properly closed and/or buttoned.

   4.  Clothing, not commonly worn as outer clothing, shall be prohibited from being worn as such.  (An example:  Vest type underwear being worn as a “tank top” type shirt.)

   5.  Ragged, torn, or otherwise unsightly clothing and clothing with lewd, obscene, suggestive or otherwise objectionable writing and/or pictures or drawings on it shall be prohibited.

   6.  Clothing worn shall properly and adequately cover the person’s body.  Examples:  Bare midriff clothing shall not be worn. Very short shorts are not allowed.

   7.  No bandanas shall be worn.

   8.  Hats are not to be worn in the school building.

   9.  No shoes with rubber cleats will be allowed in the building.

10.  No chains worn on clothing.

11.  No baggy pants.

12. No tube tops allowed.

13.  No spaghetti strap attire.

14.  No halter tops allowed (backs must be covered).

15.  No jeans shall be worn with holes above the knee.

16.  If your grandmother wouldn't approve, don't wear it!

        The Board of Education delegates the authority to make such initial decisions with respect to carrying out of this policy to the school administration.

 

RULE RELATING TO HATS AND CAPS

             While hats and caps appear to be a popular fashion statement, they are also considered by many as a statement concerning good manners and appropriate discipline.  Therefore, we expect all students to remove their hats (including stocking caps) upon entering the school building and not wear while in the building.  When students attend a school-sponsored event, they will be expected to remove their hats upon entering a building, both at home events and away.  Hats or caps may be worn with special permission from the administration, such as dress up day for homecoming, etc.  Remember to remove your hat or cap when the National Anthem is played during an outside event.

 

STUDENT WITHDRAWAL

        If it becomes necessary to withdraw from school, students should do the following:

 

1.    Report to the Principal and receive a clearance blank to take to the teachers.

2.    Return this blank to the office with the signatures of the librarian and teachers, indicating that all books and supplies have been returned to them and that all fines and outstanding bills have been paid.

 

NO TRANSCRIPT OF CREDITS WILL BE SENT TO SCHOOLS, ARMED FORCES, OR ANYONE ELSE REQUESTING SUCH UNLESS THE ABOVE CONDITIONS HAVE BEEN MET.

 

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE IN COMPLIANCE WITH TITLE IX

        Any student of this district who believes he or she has been discriminated against, denied a benefit, or excluded from participation in any district education program or activity, on the basis of sex in violation of this policy, may file a written complaint with the principal.  The principal shall cause a review of the written complaint to be conducted and a written response mailed to the complainant within ten working days after receipt of the written complaint.  A copy of the written complaint and the principal’s response shall be provided each member of the Board of Education.  If the complainant is not satisfied with such response, he or she may submit a written appeal to the Board of Education indicating with particularity the nature of disagreement with the response and his or her reasons underlying such disagreement.

        The Board of Education shall consider the appeal at its next regularly scheduled Board meeting following receipt of the response.  The Board of Education shall permit the complainant to address the Board in public or closed session, as appropriate and lawful, concerning his or her complaint and shall provide the complainant with its written decision in the matter as expeditiously as possible following completion of the hearing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOARD POLICY REGARDING STUDENT-TO-STUDENT HARASSMENT

 

Harassment of students, staff or visitors by other students will not be tolerated in the Thayer Central School District.  This policy is in effect while students are on school grounds, school district property, or on property within the jurisdiction of the school district; while on school-owned, contracted transportation; while attending or engaged in school activities; and while away from school grounds if the misconduct directly affects the good order, efficient management and welfare of the school district.

 

Harassment prohibited by the school district includes, but is not limited to, harassment on the basis of race, sex, creed, color, national origin, religion, marital status or disability.  Students whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to the investigation procedure which may result in discipline, up to and including, suspension and expulsion.

 

Sexual harassment means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

 

  • submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of a student’s education or of an individual’s participation in school programs or activities;
  • submission to or rejection of such conduct by a student is used as the basis for decisions affecting the student; or
  • such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s performance or creating an intimidating, offensive or hostile learning or work environment.

 

Sexual harassment as set out above, may include, but is not limited to the following:

 

  • verbal or written harassment or abuse, or unwelcome communication implying sexual motives or intentions;
  • pressure for sexual activity; repeated remarks to a person with sexual or demeaning implications;
  • unwelcome touching
  • unwelcome and offensive public sexual display of affection;
  • suggesting or demanding sexual involvement, accompanied by implied or explicit threats concerning one’s grades, achievements, etc.

 

Harassment on the basis of  race, creed, color, religion, national origin, marital status or disability means conduct of a verbal or physical nature that is designed to embarrass, distress, agitate, disturb or trouble individuals when:

 

  • submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of a student’s education or of an individual’s participation in school programs or activities;
  • submission to or rejection of such conduct by a student is used as the basis for decisions affecting the student; or
  • such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s performance; or
  • creating an intimidating, offensive or hostile learning or work environment.

 

Harassment as set forth above may include, but is not limited to the following:

 

  • verbal, physical or written harassment or abuse;
  • repeated remarks of a demeaning nature;
  • implied or explicit threats concerning one’s grades, achievement, etc.;
  • demeaning jokes, stories, or activities directed at an individual.

 

The district will promptly and reasonably investigate allegations of harassment.  The building principal will be responsible for handling all complaints by students alleging harassment.

 

Retaliation against an individual because the individual has filed a harassment complaint or assisted or participated in a harassment investigation or proceeding is also prohibited.  A student who is found to have retaliated against an individual in violation of this policy will be subject to discipline, up to and including, suspension and expulsion.

 

         

 

Thayer County Schools Policy on Student use of Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco

I.  Objective of the Policy

Thayer Central Community Schools recognizes the illegal use and misuse of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco is a common problem in our community and society.  The school further recognizes that any and all use of theses substances is prohibited to minors by laws of the State of Nebraska.

Thayer Central Community Schools has established a drug abuse policy to provide a drug, alcohol and tobacco free school environment for its students that helps to ensure the highest possible standards of learning, safety, health and well-being of the students.  Thus, the purpose of this policy is to provide a clear message to parents, students, and citizens of the community that the use, possession, distribution, or being under the influence of illegal drugs will not be tolerated in school, on school property, or during school-related functions (home or away).  It is important for any reader of this policy to understand that the use of the word “drug” includes alcohol and tobacco.  The only drugs permitted are prescription medications used appropriately.

II.  Philosophy of the Policy

  1. To educate the students about the dangers and consequences of the use of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco
  2. To encourage the students to live in accordance with the laws of the state concerning alcohol, drugs, and tobacco
  3. To develop the life skills that will prepare students to better handle the social pressures that prevail
  4. To provide help and guidance for alcohol and chemically dependent students
  5. To continue to provide, without penalties, assistance to any student voluntarily seeking alcohol and drug treatment or advice.
  6. To establish and enforce rules prohibiting the use of alcohol, drugs and tobacco for all students.

 

 

 

 

III.  Purpose of the Policy

The following rules and guidelines are provided to give teachers, parents and students a process for governing students’ misuse of alcohol, drugs and tobacco.  These rules and guidelines pertain to the school year and school-related functions.

 

BASIC RULE: 

IT SHALL BE UNLAWFUL FOR A STUDENT TO USE TOBACCO, DRUGS (OTHER THAN PRESCRIBED BY A PHYSICAN) OR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES.

 

 

 

 

IV.  Definition of Consumption / Use

 Consumption / Use shall be defined as:

  1. Consumption
  2. Possession shall mean “on the person” or “on property owned and/or used by that person”
  3. Intoxication evidenced by abnormal and/or disruptive behavior
  4. Physical presence in a situation in which alcohol or drugs were / are being used or illegally possessed

 

 

 

V.  Apprehension of Violators

A student may be turned in for violating the above rule by:

  1. Parents/guardian of said student
  2. Coach or moderator
  3. Officer of the Law
  4. Admission of student
  5. Apprehension by a person other than those above will be used only if the accuser agrees to sign an affidavit confirming the accusations.  At this point, the matter will be taken up by the administration in accordance with the manner described below.

 

 

VI.  Definitions of Class I and Class II Violations

 

CLASS I VIOLATIONS – The possession of, the use of, or having under his/her control any substance with the intention of selling, giving away or otherwise distributing the same ON SCHOOL GROUNDS, OR WHILCE IN ANY / OR AT ANY SCHOOL FUNCTION OR ACTIVITY (HOME OR AWAY).

 

CLASS II VIOLATIONS – The possession of, the use of, or having under his/her control any substance with the intention of selling, giving away or otherwise distributing the same, but which DOES NOT occur on school grounds, or while in any /or at any school function or activity.

 

 

VII. Procedures for Class I Violations

  The following procedures will be used in dealing with Class I violations:

 

  1. The Administration will be notified
  2. The Administration will verify the incident with parties involved and will discuss concerns with the student
  3. The Principal will attempt to notify the parents/guardian by phone to explain the incident and arrange a conference
  4. The Principal will notify local law enforcement and turn over any evidence to law enforcement.
  5. The Principal will administer an out-of-school suspension for five (5) days.
  6. The Principal will notify the parents/guardians, in writing, of the suspension

 

VIII.  Suspension Process for Class I Violations

 

               First Time Offender – Class I

  1. For a first time offender, the out of school suspension of a student who agrees to be evaluated and treated will be commuted; however, a five (5) day in-school suspension will be required.  See Waiver of five (5) day suspension below
  2. The student and parents will be responsible for contacting the treatment/counseling agency
  3. Upon proper authorization, the agency will notify the school; and the out-of-school suspension will be commuted at that time.
  4. Extracurricular Activity Code of Conduct Penalties also apply:  See Below

 

 

Second Time Offender – Class I

Will be given a choice of the following options:

Option A:  Long Term Suspension up to twenty (20) school days

Option B:  A five (5) day out-of-school suspension in addition to participation in a school approved rehabilitative/counseling program.

Extracurricular Activity Code of Conduct Penalties also apply:  See Below 

 

Subsequent Violations – Class I

Handled in the same manner as above, with the exception that expulsion from school will be recommended.  Extracurricular Activity Code of Conduct Penalties also apply:  See Below

 

Waiver of  Five Day Out of School Suspension – Class I

Thayer Central Community Schools strongly recommends that students with chemical abuse problems seek professional evaluation and treatment from a trained chemical dependency counselor or a licensed physician trained in chemical dependency.  Because we believe that chemical dependency is preceded by misuse, we fill confident such early intervention can benefit the student before significant harm or dependency results.  Students agreeing to be evaluated, educated and treated will be able to have their suspension commuted upon completion of such programs according to school guidelines.  Fees, transportation, etc. for this assessment and treatment are the responsibility of the student and parents.

 

IX. Procedures for Class II Violations

The following procedures will be used in dealing with Class II violations:

  1. The Administration will be notified
  2. The Administration will verify the incident with parties involved and will discuss concerns with the student
  3. The Principal will attempt to notify the parents/guardian by phone to explain the incident and arrange a conference
  4. The principal will suspend the student with an in-school suspension.  See First Time / Second Time / Subsequent Offenders Below
  5. The principal will arrange an in-school counseling session for the student.

 

First Time Offender – Class II

  1. The principal will issue the student with a one (1) day in-school suspension.  For a first time offender, the suspension of a student who agrees to be evaluated and treated will be commuted.  See Waiver of Suspension Below.
  2. The student and parents will be responsible for contacting the treatment/counseling agency
  3. Upon proper authorization, the agency will notify the school; and the suspension will be commuted at that time.
  4. Extracurricular Activity Code of Conduct Penalties also apply:  See Below

 

Subsequent Offender – Class II

  1. The Principal will issue the student with a three (3) day in-school suspension.  For a second time offender, the suspension of a student who agrees to be evaluated and treated will be commuted.  See Waiver of Suspension Below.
  2. The student and parents will be responsible for contacting the treatment/counseling agency
  3. Upon proper authorization, the agency will notify the school; and the suspension will be commuted at that time.
  4. Extracurricular Activity Code of Conduct Penalties also apply:  See Below

 

Waiver of Suspension – Class II

Thayer Central Community Schools strongly recommends that students with chemical abuse problems seek professional evaluation and treatment from a trained chemical dependency counselor or a licensed physician trained in chemical dependency.  Because we believe that chemical dependency is preceded by misuse, we fill confident such early intervention can benefit the student before significant harm or dependency results.

 

Students agreeing to be evaluated, educated and treated will be able to have their suspension commuted upon completion of such programs according to school guidelines.  Fees, transportation, etc. for this assessment and treatment are the responsibility of the student and parents.

 

 

 

XI.  Extracurricular Activity Code of Conduct Rules

 

Explanation:  Thayer Central Community Schools are dedicated to the concept of extracurricular activities being an important and vital educational component of a total education.  These activities will be a positive learning experience for our students if they can recognize that they may achieve their highest personal potential only by embracing a lifestyle dedicated to competition, integrity, and self-discipline.  In addition, selection to a team, organization or club is both an honor and a privilege; and as visible representatives of Thayer Central Community Schools, these students have the obligation to conduct themselves in an exemplary manner at all times.  This is the reason for establishing the Activity Code of Conduct.

 

Training rules are a matter of self and team discipline.  The best performance that the individual is capable of producing comes only after the body and mind have been conditioned through a regular training program.  This code is to be followed by all students and is to be in effect for the school year and related functions.  When a student participates in extracurricular activities, his/her responsibilities go beyond the school grounds, facilities, and school related functions.  Policies on tobacco, alcohol and other drugs are in effect for athletes and activity participants at all times in all places.

 

XI. Extracurricular Activity Code of Conduct Penalties

               The following penalties for Class I and Class II violations will apply:

 

First Violation:  Athletics

Option A:  Suspension for 33% of the scheduled varsity contest immediately following the infraction.  The 33% means, of the varsity contests and including any other contests at any level during the duration of the suspension.  If the violation occurs between seasons or when a student is not involved in athletics, the disciplinary action will not start until the day of the interscholastic contest in which the student could participate.  If a student’s suspension is not completed by the end of the interscholastic contest season, the count will be discontinued until the day of the next scheduled interscholastic contest in which the student participates.  He/she will be expected to practice during the suspension.

 

Option B:    The same as Option A except students agreeing to be evaluated, educated, and treated will be suspended for 22% of the scheduled varsity contests instead of the 33% of the scheduled varsity contests.

 

The suspension will be lowered from 22% of the scheduled varsity contests to 11% of the scheduled varsity contests under the following conditions:

  1. The student and/or the parent report the violation within 48 hours of the infraction, violation or citation.
  2. The report MUST be made to the Superintendent or Secondary Principal.  Reporting to a coach, teacher, guidance counselor or any other school employee will NOT satisfy this requirement.

 

First Violation:  Non-Athletics (Activities)

  1. A fourteen (14) calendar day suspension from participation in all Activities
  2. The loss of any elected office
  3. Ineligibility of being elected to office for the remainder of the school year.

 

First Violation:  Organizations

    Option A:

  1. Loss of membership for one (1) calendar year from the date of the violation.
  2. See National Honor Society Policy for NHS ruling.

 

Option B:

  1. Students agreeing to be evaluated, educated, and treated will be able to have their loss of membership commuted upon completion of such programs, according to school guidelines.  This option must begin within five (5) school days.
  2. See National Honor Society Policy for NHS ruling.

 

First Violation NOTE:  A student serving a suspension for a first violation must successfully complete the season of the sport/activity that the suspension is served in.  Failure to do so will result in the suspension being served during the next sport/activity in which the student participates.

 

*Sports King and Queen/Most Valuable Player

 Students violating the extracurricular code of conduct during high school will not

 be eligible for selection as Sports King or Queen.  They are also not eligible for

 Most Valuable Player awards for that season.

 

Second Violation:  Athletics

Suspension from all Athletics for one calendar year from violation date.

 

Second Violation:  Non-Athletics (Activities)

Suspension from all Activities for one calendar year from violation date.

 

Second Violation:  Organizations

Loss of membership from all Organizations for one calendar year from violation date.

 

Subsequent Violations - Activities/Athletics/Organizations:

Suspension from all extracurricular programs for one year from violation date.

* A student serving a suspension for a first violation must successfully complete the season of the sport/activity that the suspension is served in.  The failure to do so will result in the suspension being served during the next sport/activity that the student participates in.

Some activities which are covered under the training rules include, but are not limited to:

Athletics: Football (JH/HS), VB(JH/HS), Cross Country, Basketball (JH/HS), Wrestling (JH/HS), Softball, Track (JH/HS), Cheerleaders, Student Managers, etc.

Activities: (Interscholastic):Pep Band/Band/Chorus, Drama, Clinics, Plays, Speech Contest, Interscholastic Academic Contests, Field Trips, etc.

Organizations: Letter Club, National Honor Society, FFA, Mu Alpha Theta, Student Council, etc.

 

 

        *These rules include any activity/function that requires time beyond the typical school day or is of a     competitive nature.  This includes any activity involving other schools or transportation to other sites.

Also, the Activity Code of Conduct includes taking disciplinary action against students who demonstrate:

                  Unsportsmanlike conduct

                  Fighting

                  Profanity

                  Lewdness

                  Disrespect for teachers, school officials, or other school employees

                  Absences or tardiness from practices and sessions without acceptable excuse

        Any other action which reflects poorly on the Thayer Central School, the student body or the community.

                  Vandalism to school property or personal property

                  Disregard for curfews.

 

Action to be taken in the above circumstances is determined by the sponsor and/or the administration.

 

        All athletes should be home the night before an athletic event at a reasonable hour.  An athlete violating this curfew will not be allowed to participate in the next day’s contest.  Reasonable hours will be determined by the head coach of that sport.

        Students that drop from one sport will not be allowed to transfer to another sport during that year except by mutual agreement between the coaches and the Athletic Director.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA GUIDELINES FOR EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Thayer Central Schools recognizes and supports a student’s right to free speech, expression, and association, including the use of social networks.  In this context, however, each student must remember that playing and competing for Thayer Central Schools is a privilege.  Students are representing the school district and you are expected to portray yourself, your team, and your school in a positive manner at all times.  Thayer Central Schools will not tolerate disrespectful comments and behavior online, such as:

 

  • Derogatory language or remarks that are directed at teammates or coaches; other Thayer Central

   students, teachers or coaches; and students, coaches or representatives of other schools,

   including comments that may be disrespectful to opposing teams and players.

  • Photos or statements depicting violence, hazing, sexual harassment; nudity; inappropriate     

   gestures: vandalism; stalking; underage drinking, selling, possessing, or using controlled       

   substances; or any other inappropriate behavior (including the use of profanity).

  • Creating a danger to the health or safety of another person or making a credible threat of

          physical or emotional injury to another person.

  • Indicating knowledge of an unreported school or team violation—regardless if the violation was

   unintentional or intentional.

 

Action to be taken in the above circumstances is determined by the sponsor/coach and/or the

administration. A list of extracurricular activities is found on page 29 of this handbook.

 

Students will be given a summary of the alleged violation and an opportunity to share their version of

events before facing consequences under this provision.

 

HIGH SCHOOL EXTRACURRICULAR ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

The school follows the eligibility requirements established by the NSAA and the Thayer Central Board of Education.  A student must be taking at least 20 semester hours per week and doing passing work in 20 semester hours for the current semester.  A student shall have credit on the school records for 20 semester hours of school work for the immediate pre-ending semester.

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR ACTIVITIVES PROGRAM GRADES 7-12

Grades in all subjects, including non-core classes, will be reported each Monday beginning the second week of each quarter (nine week grading period). Any student failing two classes in any single week will be ineligible to represent Thayer Central Schools.  The period of ineligibility, following the reported Monday of failing two or more classes, which results in attained ineligibility status, will be from that Tuesday to Monday inclusive. The first time each quarter that a student fails to meet the criteria for eligibility, the student will be extended a one-week “grace period” of eligibility to raise his/her grades to meet this policy. Participants will be given one “grace period” per quarter. Failing two or more classes at the end of the “grace period” during the quarter will result in ineligibility. Ineligible students will not be allowed to participate in any NSAA competitions which include but are not limited to the following: football, volleyball, cross country, softball, basketball, wrestling, track, golf, speech, one act, yearbook, journalism, and student council. Exceptions to NSAA competitions are district large group vocal and instrumental music due to the fact of students receiving a performance grade. Also, ineligible students will not be able to participate in FBLA, FCS, Quiz Bowl, NHS, and any other student clubs or organizations that may be formed or exist that requires student participation outside the normal school day that would result in missed school time. Students are expected to practice with their team or group during the ineligibility period.

 

Mandatory After School Study Hall

The office will run an “Eligibility List” every Monday (or first day of the week that school is in session) after the completion of the second week of each quarter. Students who are failing two or more classes will be listed as “Ineligible.” Students failing any class for the week will be required to attend After School Study Hall on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:40pm to 4:15pm until all grades are at a passing level.   After school study hall will be supervised by teachers who will be able to assist students if needed. Students who are down should take advantage of this study time and do their best to raise their grades to a passing level.

Students may not participate in any activity, performance or practice while serving an out of school suspension, long-term suspension or expulsion from school.  Students serving an in-school suspension may practice, but may not participate in any performance, practice, or competition on the days they are serving an in-school suspension.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

        All athletes must meet the following requirements before they start practice:

 

1.    Return a medical physical form to the head coach of each sport.  This form must have a doctor’s signature before they will be accepted.

2.    Parent must sign a parental consent form giving permission to participate in sports.

3.    Each athlete must be covered by accident insurance.  The school will make available a group policy at a nominal fee for all athletes.  Parents’ signature on a proof of insurance coverage for each participant is required.

4.    Athletes must read and sign the athletic guidelines required by the school.

 

        If an athlete is under medical advice not to participate, he/she will not be allowed to do so regardless of feelings of the athlete’s parents or coaches.  Upon returning to practice, he/she must have doctor’s permission to participate.

        A team member is not allowed to compete on a day he/she is unable to be in school because of illness, marginal, or unexcused absence, unless participation is expressly excused in advance by the principal.

        There will be no mandatory practice sessions held on days when school has been called off because of inclement weather.  If practice is held, the coach should encourage the student to call for notification.

        No athlete will ever work out using school facilities unless he/she is under the direct sponsorship of a coach.

        If an individual is dropped from a squad because of disciplinary reasons, by the coaching staff, they may not practice for the next sport season using school facilities or under the supervision of a coach until the sport which he dropped is completed.

        Nothing will ever be done by any coach or athlete to take away from the sport in season.

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAYS

        According to the NSAA, no athletic contests may be scheduled on Sunday.  In addition to this, the school wishes to work cooperatively with the churches of the community.

        The policy of the Board of Education states:  That Wednesday nights on the school calendar are reserved as church night and that school activities shall be concluded by 6:00 P.M.  Exception:  An activity is dictated by events not controlled by this school (Example:  conference, district, or tournament competition).  In these cases, the churches must be notified in advance of the nature of the event and the reason why it was scheduled. (Reference: Board Policy 506.12)

 

 

 

TEAM TRAVEL

A.    Transportation:  Any student participating in any school sponsored activity, must travel to the event and back in the vehicle designated by the school.  The only exception to this rule is that a parent may pick up their son or daughter at the activity, if they notify the sponsor in advance in writing, and they appear at the time of departure in person to the faculty sponsor.

B.    Dress:  Dress of team members should be clean, neat, and in good taste.  We discourage the wearing of such items as blue jeans, etc. on athletic trips.

C.    Bus:  While on the bus, athletes should show every courtesy to the driver.  They are responsible for cleaning up their own mess before they get off.  There is never to be anything sticking out the windows while traveling.

 

 

EQUIPMENT

        The athletic department tries to furnish the athlete with as much of the equipment needed as is feasible.  We are confident that we have good equipment and in the case of contact sports, our athletes are well protected.

        All equipment will be checked out to individuals at the beginning of the season by the coach in charge.  The athlete will be responsible for this equipment and should be prepared to pay for the cost of replacement if it is not checked in at the end of the season in reasonable condition.

        It is the responsibility of the athlete to check in the equipment at the end of the season or immediately should he/she quit a sport.  If an athlete fails to check in their equipment immediately at the designated time, they will be expected to pay for the cost of replacement.

        At no time should an athlete wear equipment checked out to him except for practice and contests.  Any athlete found to be wearing school equipment outside of practice or possessing property owned by the school can expect to be treated as if the property was stolen.

 

DRESSING ROOM POLICIES

        All athletes will be under the direct supervision of the coach in charge while dressing.  An athlete must not linger in the dressing room, be rowdy or endanger the safety of others.  All cases of misconduct will be dealt with by the coach in charge.

        Athletes are always to respect all equipment and supplies provided to them.  Pilfering of a locker or theft of property belonging to the school, another school, or an individual will be considered grounds for dismissal from that activity or sport.

        Coaches office and equipment room are off-limits to all athletes except student managers.  Exception:  The athlete is asked to enter for a conference by a coach.

 

LETTERING REQUIREMENTS

        Each time an individual letters, they will be awarded a letter certificate by the coach of that sport at the conclusion of the year.  The first time that an athlete has won a letter, he will be given the large chenille letter.  On any year in which he is a repeat letterman, there will be no second letter awarded.

        The head coach of each sport will establish the requirements to letter.  In addition to these requirements, in all cases the athlete must finish the season to the satisfaction of the coach and must have his recommendation.  Also, the coach has the right to waive the requirements in the case of an athlete who has contributed a great deal to the team.

 

 

 

 

LETTER CLUB

        The Letter Club is Thayer Central School’s honorary club for letter persons in any sport.  Students who wish to be members must submit an application to the club’s secretary and agree to abide by the club’s constitution and bylaws.

        There are no dues and no social functions.  The club is honorary and functions for the improvement of Thayer Central athletics.  The club has and will continue to purchase additional items that can be used in the athletic program.

       

       

 

 

Procedure for Due Process

 

        Due process is a procedure which the courts of law recognize as a necessary part of any rules and regulations.  Due process, furthermore, and of primary importance, recognizes the rights of the individual since it outlines his/her recourse in the event he/she feels a wrong decision has been made.  The due process steps outlined hereafter is the procedure for an athlete and his/her parents to follow in appealing decisions relating to eligibility to participate in activities sponsored by the Nebraska School Activities Association.  It should be understood that athletes and parents will be expected to follow the due process steps in the event legal action should be initiated at some later date.

        Steps one through nine should be followed in the enforcing of all rules and regulations adopted by the Board of Education concerning the conduct and eligibility of students participating in interschool activities.

        If the alleged infraction involves the possible violation of the Constitution, By Laws or Approved Rulings of the Nebraska School Activities Association, steps one through eleven should be followed.

1)    The school administration and activity sponsors should recommend rules and standards to govern the students of their school who participate in interschool activities.  These rules and regulations should be reasonable, should not be discriminatory, and should be related to the purpose of the activity.

2)    The rules and standards governing the students participating in interschool activities should be adopted by the school district’s Board of Education.  The rules and standards should become a part of the Board of Education’s written policy.

3)    The school administration must inform all participants in interschool activities of the rules and standards regarding conduct and their eligibility to participate as well as the penalty if these rules and standards are violated.

4)    All rules and regulations should be enforced without exception.

5)    In event of an alleged infraction, an administrator in the schools in which the alleged infraction occurred shall investigate the alleged infraction.

6)    If the investigation discloses the probability of an infraction, a hearing should be held by a school administrator.  Notice of the hearing should be given to the student.  The notice should contain an outline of the alleged infraction.  Witnesses should testify, the student should be given an opportunity to confront such witnesses, the student may be allowed counsel if he/she desires it, and the student be given the opportunity to call witnesses.

7)    A statement of findings of facts from the hearing shall be compiled and the student and parents provided a copy.

8)    The administration should make a decision on the case and inform the student of such.  A written statement should be given to the student and parents.  (A request for information from the Executive Secretary may be made, but he will not give a ruling.)

9)    If the athlete and his/her parents are not satisfied with the findings of the hearing, a second hearing may be requested before the next highest administrative level of the school system (building principal, superintendent, Board of Education).  The school administrator must receive in writing a request for such a second hearing within fourteen days of the notification of the decision of the first hearing.

 

        a)    The student will be provided with an opportunity to testify, question, and present other evidence on his/her behalf at the hearing.  A counsel may be present.

        b)    Proceedings of the hearing, including the decision, will be put in writing and a copy of these proceedings will be mailed to the athlete and his/her parents.

10)   If the athlete and his/her parents remain dissatisfied with the findings of the second hearing, a review by the Executive Secretary of the Nebraska School Activities Association may be requested through the school.  The school administrator must receive in writing a request for such review by the Executive Secretary of the NSAA, within fourteen days of the mailing of the outcome of the second hearing.  The school administrator, in forwarding the appeal letter of the athlete and his/her parents to the Executive Secretary of the NSAA, shall also enclose a copy of the (a) original appeal letter from the athlete and parents; (b) school’s formal reply outlining violation or infraction leading to ineligibility status; and (c) proceedings of both hearings.

 

         a)      The Executive Secretary of the NSAA will inform the administration of the school as to the outcome of his review within seven days after receiving from the school the written appeal of the student and his/her parents.

         b)      The athlete and his/her parents will be mailed a copy of the outcome of the review from the Executive Office of the NSAA.

11)   If the athlete and his/her parents remain dissatisfied with the findings of the review by the Executive Secretary of the NSAA, they may appeal in writing through the school for either a review by or a hearing before the Board of Control of the Nebraska School Activities Association through the written request for such a review or hearing within fourteen days of the mailing of the review by the Executive Office of the NSAA.

 

         a)      The Board of Control will act on a request for a hearing not later than its first regularly scheduled meeting after receiving the written appeal through the school.

         b)      The student will be provided with an opportunity to testify and present other evidence on his/her behalf at the hearing.  Such persons are entitled to be represented by counsel.

         c)      Proceedings of the hearing, including the decision, will be put in writing and a copy of these proceedings, including the decision, will be provided the student, his/her parents, and the concerned school by certified mail.

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY

        Members of this organization are selected by the faculty.  Scholarship alone is not enough for selection into this organization. Other traits that exemplify the members of the National Honor Society are character, leadership and service.

 

STUDENT COUNCIL

        The Student Council, one of the most active organizations in our school, is designed to develop attitudes of, and practices in, good citizenship, promote harmonious relations throughout the entire school, improve student-teacher relationships, improve school morals, provide a forum for student expression, assist in the management of the school, provide orderly direction of school activities, and promote the general welfare of the school.

 

SCHOOL POLICY

        Additions and changes may occur in these policies at any time during the year.  Any policy or regulation that appears in the daily bulletin or on a bulletin board and is stated as a student handbook regulation, whether it appears in the handbook or not, is regarded as school policy and will be adhered to by all students.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JOINT PARENT/GUARDIAN AND STUDENT FORM

INDICATING BOTH PARTIES UNDERSTAND

THE PARENT/GUARDIAN STUDENT HANDBOOK

2016-2017

 

 

We  have read the Parent/Guardian/Student Handbook for the 2013-14 school year.

 

We, the undersigned, understand the procedures, policies and regulations at Thayer Central Community High School, and that the information contained in this handbook is the administrative policy by the Board of Education.

 

 

 

 

_____________________________                       __________________________

Parent/Guardian Signature(s)                                                      Student’s Signature

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We need your signature below to release honor roll information to the newspaper.

 

Thayer Central Community School has my/our permission to release my/our child(ren’s) name(s) to the public (radio/newspaper) should he/she/they make the honor roll this school year.  Your permission is required due to the Buckley Amendment (Privacy Act).  WE WILL BE UNABLE TO RELEASE YOUR STUDENT(S) NAME(S) WITHOUT YOUR SIGNATURE BELOW.

 

 

 

_____________________________                       ___________________________

Parent/Guardian Signature(s)                                                      Student’s Name

 

PLEASE SIGN A PERMISSION FORM FOR EACH STUDENT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students."

  • Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student's education records maintained by the school. Schools are not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the records. Schools may charge a fee for copies.
  • Parents or eligible students have the right to request that a school correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if the school still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested information.
  • Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student's education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):
    • School officials with legitimate educational interest;
    • Other schools to which a student is transferring;
    • Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;
    • Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;
    • Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;
    • Accrediting organizations;
    • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;
    • Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and
    • State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law.

 

Schools may disclose, without consent, "directory" information such as a student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them. Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. The actual means of notification (special letter, inclusion in a PTA bulletin, student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school.

For additional information, you may call 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327) (voice). Individuals who use TDD may use the Federal Relay Service.

Or you may contact us at the following address:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-8520

 

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