2009 - 2010 Student/Parent Handbook

2009 - 2010 Student/Parent Handbook
Mount Vernon Township High School
320 South Seventh Street
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Phone 618-244-3700
Fax 618-244-8047
Mt. Vernon High we’re loyal to you
Hold your traditions sacred and true
You’ll find us ready
Dauntless and steady
Mt. Vernon here’s to you
Rah Rah
So rise and cheer, Mt. Vernon High
Send your praises afar through the sky
With purpose true
In all we do
We’ll uphold and defend only you
Mt. Vernon High your name we sing
With your honor the echoes will ring
We pledge our all
For ev’ry call
To MT. Vernon our best we bring.
Vernois, Vernois go, go, go
Schedule
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
1st Period
8:20 – 9:10
1st Period
8:20 – 9:10
2nd Period
9:15 – 10:05 2nd Period
9:15 – 10:05
3rd Period
10:10 – 11:00
3rd Period
10:10 – 11:00
4th Period
11:05 – 11:55
Lunch
11:05 – 11:55
Lunch
11:55 – 12:40 4th Period
11:55 – 12:40
5th Period
12:40 – 1:30 5th Period
12:40 – 1:30
6th Period
1:35 – 2:25 6th Period
1:35 – 2:25
7th Period
2:30 – 3:20 7th Period
2:30 – 3:20
ELO
3:20 – 3:40
ELO
3:20 – 3:40
Thursday
1st Period
9:00-9:40
nd
2 Period 9:45-10:25
3rd Period 10:30-11:15
4th Period 11:20-12:10
Lunch 12:10- 12:55
5th
Period 12:55-1:35
th
6 Period 1:40-2:20
7th Period 2:25-3:05
ELO
3:05-3:35
1st Period
9:00-9:40
nd
2 Period 9:45-10:25
3rd Period 10:30-11:15
Lunch 11:15-12:00
4th Period 12:00-12:12:50
5th Period 12:55-1:35
6th Period 1:40-2:20
7th Period 2:25-3:05
ELO 3:05-3:35
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“High achievement always takes place in the framework of high
expectation.”
INDEX
Absence & Tardiness….………18
Interviewing of Students by
Admissions and Reg…………..10
Police……………………………11
Agenda Books …………………. 5
Lost & Found ………………. …19
Asbestos Notice……...………….6
Marks & Reports……………….34
Assemblies……………………..18
Medical/Dental…………………32
Attendance Policy….…………..37
Misconduct……………………..41
Bells & Passing………………...16
Misconduct Penalties………….48
Bilingual Education
Nuclear Disaster Plan…………20
Policy. …………………………...22
Notice……………………………..6
Breakfast & Lunch……………..17
Nondiscrimination Notice……….6
Building Locations……………..12
Operating Lockers……………..13
Bulletin Boards…………………19
Parental Responsibility………..61
Bus Regulations………………10
Parking & Vehicle Reg………...10
Chronic Infections Disease
Penalties for Non-payment of
Policy….………………………...29
Fees……………………………..15
Citizenship Policy……………...34
Personnel………………………...7
Discipline ……………………….40
Philosophy……………………….3
Disclaimer………………………..3
Physical Ed. Excuses………….33
District Copyright Policy……….24
Physical Ed. Exemption……….27
Dress & Conduct……………….47
Physical Ed. Uniforms…………16
Earthquake Plan……………….20
Prescription Drugs……………..56
Educational Objective…………..4
Prescription Drugs Admin…….56
ELO……………………………...35
Responsibilities………………….5
ELO Attendance ………………37
School District Records Policy.24
Expulsion……………………….62
School Resource Officer………11
Extracurricular Activities………57
Search & Seizure………………60
Fees for Students……………...14
Security Cameras……………….6
First Day Procedure…………...12
Semester Exams………………33
First Few Days…………………17
Sexual Harassment …………...23
Food & Snacks…………………17
Sign Out Sheet…………………19
Foreword…………………………3
Student Accident Insurance……9
Gangs & Activities……………..41
Student Exchange Policy……..21
Harassment…………………….22
Student Recourse……………...60
Home-Bound Service………….24
Study Halls……………………..40
Home-Bound Tutoring…………23
Substance Abuse………………51
Homework Policy………………35
Summer School………………..23
ID Cards………………………...21
Suspension……………………..61
In Case of Fire………………….20
Tardiness……………………….36
Individual Competition
Textbooks & Supplies…………15
Lockers…………………………13
Tornado Plan…………………...20
Policy……………………………28
Use of Telephone……………...19
Internet Use Policy…………….24
Visitor Permits………………….20
Weighted Grades………………34
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DISCLAIMER
This handbook is not intended to create a contractual relationship
with the student; rather, it is intended to describe the school, its current
practices, procedures, rules, and regulations [or code of conduct].
Membership or participation in a school-sanctioned activity is a privilege
and not a property right.
FOREWORD
This book is designed to give, in convenient form, important
information about the Mount Vernon Township High School. It is hoped
that it may assist new students in adjusting themselves to the life of the
school and that to all it may be a constant reminder of the school’s general
procedure, ideals, and traditions. Students are urged to read this book
carefully and to keep it for reference throughout the year.
PHILOSOPHY
The following statements are embraced by the Board to serve as a
philosophical base for the educational program conducted by Mt. Vernon
Township High School District No. 201.
We, the educators, citizens, and taxpayers of Mt. Vernon Township
High School, perceive education to be a lifelong process by which an
individual grows intellectually, socially, and emotionally. We believe that
education occurs as experiences are gained. Education must be so
functional and dynamic that it contributes to the development of the
capabilities of all youth to their optimal extent.
Because we believe that our democratic society best enables our
students to develop their creative, intellectual potential, we should strive to
prepare our students for a society of enlightened citizenry that seeks to
perpetuate democracy. The purpose of education is to contribute toward
the development of each student’s mind, body, and character. Mt. Vernon
Township High School is not the sole educator of its students but shares
this responsibility with the home and the community. Because education
is a means to economic success and intellectual development, it is a
public good that should have the support of all citizens.
We believe the purposes of the educational program of Mt. Vernon
Township High School are the development of skills, attitudes, and modes
of inquiry which will allow for lifelong learning, the promotion of
opportunities and environments which contribute toward the selfconfidence and self-respect of each student, and the accumulation and
understanding of a body of knowledge which will allow the student to
function as a responsible and productive adult in the economic, social, and
democratic environment of America.
We believe that the students of Mt. Vernon Township High School
should strive to achieve a quality education that includes the following:
1. The acquisition of the skill and knowledge of the language arts
which are essential for student success in virtually all areas of
the curriculum and are central requirements for the development
of clear expression and critical thinking.
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2. The development of mathematical skills to provide essential
problem-solving tools applicable to a range of scientific
discipline, business, and everyday situations.
3. The study of science which will provide for a conceptual
framework for the understanding of natural phenomena and
their causes and effects.
4. The participation in social sciences which will help students
understand themselves and society by preparing them to
become decision-making citizens in a democracy and by
developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills through
the study of world community complexities.
5. The opportunity to participate in the fine arts as a means to
express themselves creatively; to respond to the artistic
expression of others; and to understand society, history, and
nature.
6. The participation in educational programs in physical
development and health in order to acquire a knowledge and
attitudes necessary to achieve healthful living; to develop
physical fitness, coordination, and leisure skills; and to learn the
effects of drug and alcohol abuse upon the human body.
7. The right to participate in special education, vocational
education, foreign language study, and extracurricular activities
in accordance with the individual’s interests, aptitudes, and
abilities.
We believe that since education continues throughout one’s life, Mt.
Vernon High must adapt and respond to the changing needs of society
and must provide opportunities for continuing education to its citizens.
Education policies of this school district should enhance the capacity of
students to achieve their fullest potential and are best made by
widespread participation of educators and non-educators working
together.
EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES
The Educational Objectives of Mt. Vernon Township High School
District No. 201 will have been achieved when the students of this district
demonstrate their ability to do the following:
1. To develop and utilize the basic language arts skills of reading,
writing, speaking, and critical thinking.
2. To understand and solve the numerical problems of everyday life.
3. To accept the study of science as the quest for objective truth.
4. To accept and appreciate the rights and responsibilities of the
individual and the community.
5. To understand, appreciate, and practice the principles of our
American democracy.
6. To express themselves creatively and to respond to the artistic
expression of others.
7. To develop and maintain sound physical and mental health and
understand the potential effects of drugs and alcohol.
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8. To earn a living, establish realistic vocational goals, and accept the
responsibilities of work.
9. To understand the role of the consumer in the American economic
life and use resources wisely.
10. To practice the principles underlying successful living and family
life.
11. To participate in a program of continued learning experiences.
12. To accept responsibility for one’s own learning.
13. To develop an understanding of humanity’s individual differences,
abilities, and capacities.
14. To examine and understand world cultures and problems in order
to be a contributing member of the world society.
15. To function cooperatively and effectively in relationship to other
individuals in work groups and other social groups.
Mt. Vernon Township High School exists to provide the educational
opportunities within which our students should gain the experiences
necessary to achieve the educational objectives set forth above.
STUDENT AGENDA BOOKS
Students will be issued a MVTHS Agenda Book and it will be
utilized as part of their school day. Students are required to carry their
Agenda Book with them at all times. Agenda Books are intended to assist
students with keeping daily records of homework, quizzes/tests, and
appointments. Any student who loses his/her Agenda Book may purchase
a new one from the Main Office. Agenda Books are available to help all
students be successful at MVTHS.
RESPONSIBILITIES
To assure the students of Mt. Vernon Township High School that
they will have an optimum educational environment within which they will
have opportunities to develop their potential as citizens and as individuals,
we, the educators, citizens, and taxpayers, believe that
1. The programs, courses of study, and extracurricular activities must be
available to all students without regard to sex, race, religion, national
origin, or handicap.
2. Changing scientific, technological, economic, and social developments
require a continual review and possible revision of a relevant, dynamic
curriculum.
3. A working partnership that includes local, state, and federal agencies
must exist in program definition and support if quality instruction is to
be maintained.
4. Staff members must accept responsibility for their continued
professional development and be encouraged and supported in that
pursuit.
5. The educational program must be planned to recognize the differences
among individuals and the variety of competencies needed in
developing responsible citizenship and adequate vocational and
professional skills.
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6. The professional staff, private business and industry, and public
organizations must unite their efforts for the improvement of the
education of our students.
7. The development of morals and values in our students must be a
cooperative effort of home, school, and the community.
8. Adequate facilities, equipment, materials, and resources must be
provided to serve the needs of the students, staff, and community.
9. A continuing evaluation process of the curriculum, personnel, and
community needs must be maintained.
10. Diversified activities in general, academic, vocational, and
extracurricular must be provided to enable our students to explore their
own interests and abilities.
NOTICE
In instances where the singular masculine pronoun (he/his/him) is
used, the term is generic by nature and refers to both male and female
students.
NONDISCRIMINATION NOTICE
Mt. Vernon Township High School District No. 201 of Jefferson
County, Illinois, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national
origin, sex, or handicap in admission or access to or treatment of
employment opportunities in its programs and activities.
No student shall, on the basis of his or her sex, be denied equal
access to programs, activities, services or benefits, or be limited in the
exercise of any right, privilege, advantage, or opportunity.
Dr. Michael Smith, Superintendent, has been appointed by the
Board of Education as the coordinator of non-discrimination. All
complaints or inquiries shall be directed to Dr. Michael Smith, Mt. Vernon
Township High School, 320 South Seventh Street, Mt. Vernon, Illinois,
62864. Phone (618) 244-3700, extension 5908.
Any appeal of a decision given by Dr. Michael Smith may be filed in
writing with the Board of Education at the above address. An appeal must
be filed within fourteen days of receipt of the original decision.
ASBESTOS NOTICE
In accordance with federal and state laws, Mt. Vernon Township
High School has been inspected to determine the location and condition of
asbestos-containing materials and has developed an asbestos
management plan to remove, repair, or maintain asbestos-containing
material as needed to protect the health of students and staff members. A
copy of the district’s management plan is available for inspection.
Questions concerning the asbestos management plan should be directed
to the Superintendent, Dr. Michael Smith.
SECURITY CAMERAS
Maintaining the health, welfare and safety of students, staff and
visitors while on school district property and the protection of school
district property are important functions of the school district. The behavior
of persons who come onto school property is a significant factor in
maintaining order and discipline and protecting students, staff, visitors and
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school district property. The Board of Education recognizes the value of
video/electronic surveillance systems in monitoring activity on school
property in furtherance of protecting the health, welfare and safety of
students, staff, visitors and school district property.
PERSONNEL
BOARD OF EDUCATION
Karen Goodwine………………………………………………………President
Robert Stewart…..……………………………………………….Vice President
Kimberly Alvis, Cynthia Davis, Pat Garrett,
Jon Hawthorne, Carl Miller,
ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF
DR. MICHAEL SMITH……………………………….………...Superintendent
RON DANIELS………………………………………………………….Principal
TAMMY BECKHAM………………………………………...Assistant Principal
ROBERT KNUTSON…………………………………….....Assistant Principal
SUSAN TALLEY………………………………………….…Assistant Principal
DOUG CREEL………………………………………………….Athletic Director
MELANIE GULLEY………………………………………….Guidance Director
STEVE SHIFFLET……………………………Special Education Coordinator
SHIRILYN HOLT………………………………….Superintendent’s Secretary
JANE BROWN………………………………….Treasurer/Business Manager
Jena Allen, Guidance
Kara Andrews, Guidance
Debbie Backes, Special Ed.
Tiffany Bauer-Prost, Math
Nancy Bequette, Special Ed.
Terry Black, Social Science
Brittany Boldt, Child Care
Lance Boldt, Special Ed.
Jeff Bourne, English
Angela Box, Science
Kevin Braddy, Special Ed.
Starla Brieseacher, Special Ed.
Megan Clodi, Special Ed.
Melissa Cockburn, Special Ed.
Kelly Creel, Special Ed.
Holly Davis, English
Tena Dawson, Fam./ Cons. Sci.
Courtney Denton, Physical Ed
Sean Docherty, Social Science
David Edwards, Spanish
Crystal Eldridge, Special Ed.
FACULTY
Christena Elliott, Mathematics
Bill England, Mathematics
Ken Feather, Automotive
Andrea Felty, Special Ed.
Lee Ann Ferguson, Special Ed.
Patti Flick, PASS Program
Scott Gamber, Business
Ann Garrett, Librarian
Mark Goodheart, Special Ed.
Ryan Goodisky, Social Science
Steve Harrison, Special Ed.
Frank Hartman, Social Science
Gary Hatfield, CAD/Drafting
Julie Hayse, Business
Andrea Hedin, Spanish
Tim Holloway, Safety Ed.
Julie Holmes, Foods Sci.
Stacy Hulbert, Mathematics
Laura Ing, Health Occ.
Martha Jones, Special Ed,
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Christi Julius, Special Ed.
John Kabat, Agriculture,
David Kassner, Mathematics
Katelyn Kombrink, Physical Ed.
Judy Knolhoff, Nurse
Erin Livengood, English
Jeff Lonnon, Physical Ed.
Carrie March,Health.
Brandon Martin, English
Tammy Martin, Health Occ.
Jeremy Mays, English
Rolland Mays, Music
Quinn McClure, Safety Ed.
Travis McCollum, Science
Jason McFarland, Ind. Tech.
John McGhee, Music
Holly McKay, Mathematics
Mary Beth Mezo, Special Ed.
Dan Mings, P.E. Teacher
Debbie Nelson, Social Science
Melanie Norman, Special Ed.
Crystal Nowak, Art
Steve Odle, Industrial Tech.
Anne Perry, Art
Jessica Pilson, Social Science
Rob Pipher, Business
Matt Poole, Special Ed.
Paula Pulley, Mathematics
Christine Renth, Social Worker
Tricia Reeves, Attendance
Rebecca Reyling, French
Dalelisa Richardson, Special Ed.
Debra Richardson, Special Ed.
Ryan Robinson, Science
Hannah Rodgers, Art
Cherie Rogier, Agriculture
LeeAnn Schuette, Guidance
Brian Shockley, English
Stacey Simpson, Math
John Spaniol, Science
Sheila Stowers, English
Amber Tieffel, Special Ed.
Kiley Thomas, English
Diane Todd, Science
Bob Tomlin, Electronics, Science
Clint Turner, Physical Ed.
Jamey VanZandt, English
Sarah Watts, Counselor
Andy Wells, Social Science
Frank Winchester, Music
Laura Woods, Spanish
ADMINISTRATIVE SECRETARIES
Jan Brown, Special Education Office
Tami Lovin, Guidance Office
Peggy Payne, Attendance Office
Paula Ramirez, Principal’s Office
Christine Thomas, Career and Technical Education Office
Emily Timmons, Athletic Director’s Office
Emily VanHoorebeke, Federal Programs, Asst. Principal
CLERK/TYPISTS
Leslie Capps, Special Education
Raelyn Capps, Accounts Payable
Jessica Hanke, Attend. Office
Carol Hutchison, Book Room
TECHNICAL ASSISTANTS
Karen Hamilton, Print Shop
Jim Hawkins, Sch. Resource Off.
Kela Johnston, Nurse’s Office
Kathy Elliott, Bursar
Jamie Pearsall, Network Tech.
Patricia Wagner, Asst. to Treas.
AIDES
Valerie Bigley, Study Hall
Betty Eskew, Sp. Ed. Aide
Lillie Bland, Sp. Ed. Aide
Joan Flood, Title I Tutor
Oscar Brown, Aide
Darlene Henderson, Sp. Ed. Aide
Karen Burwell, Sp. Ed. Aide
Karen Hurst, Sp. Ed. Aide
Nancy Deaton, Crisis Class Aide
Cindy Jones, Sp. Ed. Aide
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Jennifer Kassner, Sp. Ed. Aide
Enid Kennedy, Sp. Ed. Aide
Heather Laskowski, Sp. Ed. Aide
Mark Leahy, Sp. Ed. Aide
Lana Moore, Sp. Ed. Aide
Jennifer Morgan, Sp. Ed. Aide
Robin Morgan, Sp. Ed. Aide
Diane Murphy, Sp. Ed. Aide
Edna Pierce, Sp. Ed. Aide
Gary Pierce, Supervisory Aide
Sonja Reynolds, Sp. Ed. Aide
Marty Stowers, Sp. Ed. Aide
Margaret Truitt, Sp. Ed. Aide
Ronda Wieland, Sp. Ed. Aide
PLANT DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL
Brian Rightnowar, Plant Superintendent
MAINTENANCE DEPT.
Mark Drennan
Calvin Hayes, Electrician
Brian Johnson, Heating
Tim Lewis, Painter
Ralph Nabors
Randy Odle, Electrician
Kent Shaw, Plumber
Norman Vance, Carpenter
CUSTODIAL DEPT.
Mario Crowder, Custodian
Steve Fleming, Custodian
Kellie Graves, Custodian
Scott Harris, Custodian
Steve Johnston, Grounds Keeper
Dave Lowery, Custodian
Lee Mays, Custodian
Steve Ramsey, Custodian
James Seals, Custodian
Bobbie Smith, Custodian
Tim Smith, Grounds Keeper
Tonya Stewart, Custodian
CHILD NUTRITION
Mary Fields, Head Cook
Don Bond
Kay Hawkins
Susan Long
Ellen Payne
STUDENT ACCIDENT INSURANCE
Mt. Vernon Township High School has purchased a program of
Accident Coverage Insurance for the current school year. The coverage is
very broad. It will cover medical expenses related to accidental injuries
which are incurred in school programs while under supervision. It does
not cover illnesses or conditions unrelated to an accidental injury. It does
not cover heat exhaustion, hernia, nonprescription drugs, orthopedic
appliances unless prescribed exclusively for rehabilitation (―playing
brace‖), fighting unless as an innocent victim, and the use of continuous
passive motion or any electric bio-mechanical devices.
The limits of the coverage are from the first dollar to a maximum of
$25,000.00 per claim for medical bills that may be incurred within one year
from the original date of accident. It also includes a $1,000.00 accidental
death benefit and a $5,000.00 dismemberment schedule.
The coverage purchased by the district is Supplemental Coverage
on all students being covered. Payment of claims is made only in excess
over any family or employer group insurance or plan that must contribute
its maximum first. The school’s coverage is designed to pick up shortages
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and, if no other coverage is available, to pay the claim to the limits of the
policy. Students belonging to an HMO (Health Maintenance Organization)
or PPO (Preferred Provider Organization) must follow the proper
procedures outlined by their applicable plan before this coverage can
honor any medical expenses.
If an injury is sustained in a school-sponsored and supervised
activity, the student and/or parents should obtain a claim report from the
School Nurse. If the injury is sustained in an athletics activity, claim
reports should be obtained from the Athletic Director.
Admission and Registration
One must be an eighth grade graduate or a transfer student from a
recognized high school.
They are required to register during the preceding spring or
summer at a time set by the high school superintendent. At that time they
select their subjects for the coming year. Information on the selection of
subjects is given in the Course Handbook.
Students who live in the Mt. Vernon Township High School District
do not have to pay tuition. Those who live outside this district will be
required to pay in full the per capita cost at the beginning of school.
All students entering this school for the first time are required to
have physical and dental examinations by their family physicians and
dentists or submit a statement of objection on basis of constitutional
grounds signed by the parent or guardian.
BUS REGULATIONS
Students residing 1 1/2 miles or more from the school are eligible to
ride the bus. All who ride in school buses should occupy seats
immediately upon boarding the bus and remain seated until ready to leave
the bus.
No ―rough housing‖ on a school bus will be tolerated. If a person
cannot behave, he will lose his right to ride the bus. Students will be
informed of the time of departure of their particular bus. If a student is not
on the bus when it is ready to leave, he will be left.
In the event that a road becomes impassable and the bus cannot
travel it, the bus driver will so inform the students the day before and tell
them where to meet the bus. In the case of rain, sleet, or snow hampering
transportation, bus information will be given out by radio station WMIX.
The doors of the buildings will not be opened until 8:10 a.m. Bus
students and other early arrivals should remain outdoors or go to the
library or cafeteria.
PARKING LOT AND MOTOR VEHICLE REGULATIONS
Parking facilities are available for students who intend to drive to
and from school. The parking fee is $20 per year. The school does not
accept the responsibility for guaranteeing students a place to park nor
does it guarantee the security of personal possessions. Therefore,
personal driving is an individual responsibility.
The following rules and regulations are necessary and will be
enforced:
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1. Observe the traffic laws and ordinances of the state and city.
2. Students are to park in designated student parking lots only
(Juniors/Seniors - G/H Lots; Sophomores - L Lot. All vehicles must be
parked with the front end of the car in first and are to be parked
between parking stripes leaving ample room between automobiles to
allow a person to exit without difficulty.
3. Follow the instructions of the parking lot supervisor.
4. Obtain a student parking permit from the Attendance Office. All
student and staff vehicles must be registered.
5. Parking permits must be displayed on the rearview mirror. Permit
number must be displayed right side up and readable.
6. Students are not to be on the parking lot during assigned class
periods.
7. Illegally parked vehicles may be towed at the owner’s expense.
8. School officials may investigate vehicles parked on campus in order to
provide security and to maintain a proper school environment.
Violations of the above regulations will be referred to the Assistant
Principal. Any student found in violation of this policy shall be subject to
the Board’s disciplinary penalties for misconduct.
INTERVIEWING OF STUDENTS BY POLICE
Concerning police interviewing of students, the following guidelines should
be followed: In the event a law enforcement officer wishes to interview a
student about possible criminal conduct, the officer shall attempt to notify
the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s) prior to the interview. In the event
the law enforcement officer has failed to notify the parents, the Assistant
Principal (or the Principal) shall also attempt to notify the student’s
parent(s) or guardian(s). A school administrator shall inform the student
that he/she may request the presence of an administrator during the
interview. If the student requests to have an administrator present, the
administrator shall remain with the student during the interview.
SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER
The School Resource Officer (SRO) is an experienced law
enforcement officer assigned by the Mount Vernon Police Department to
the high school building. The placement of an SRO at the high school is a
proactive approach to deal with the pressures confronting today’s high
school students, including inappropriate peer pressure; gang activity; and
the use of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco. The placement of an SRO in the
Mt. Vernon Township High School has the following goals:
1.
Creating and maintaining a safe, secure and orderly environment
for students, teachers and staff.
2.
Establishing a trusting channel of communication with the students,
parents and teachers.
3.
Serving as a positive role model to instill in the students good moral
standards, good judgment and discretion, respect for other students
and a sincere concern for the school community.
4.
Promoting citizen awareness of the law to enable students to
become better-informed and effective citizens.
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Empowering students with the knowledge of law enforcement
efforts and obligations, and the knowledge of the consequences for
violating the law.
Serving as a source of counseling for students and parents
concerning problems they face as well as providing information on
community resources available to them.
Maintaining and improving the safety of the educational
environment at Mt. Vernon Township High School through the
reduction and prevention of school violence and drug abuse.
While his primary focus is prevention and deterrence, the SRO
conducts all criminal investigations on campus, coordinating his activities
with the Assistant Principal. Although under the direct supervision of the
Police Department, he is considered a member of the school faculty and
as such, works closely with the school administration to determine the
best course of action.
The SRO also serves as a teacher, counselor, role model, and
advocate for students, families, faculty, and staff. He acts as a resource
for students, parents, faculty, administrators and the community
surrounding the school. In the classroom, the SRO presents classes on
topics such as the history of law enforcement, search and seizure,
constitutional rights, criminal law, and drug abuse. The SRO may be
contacted in room 113H.
FIRST DAY PROCEDURE
Registration will be completed preceding the opening of school.
Students will report according to the schedule outlined in the news media.
Buses will not run during the week of registration.
Students are to report to their first period classes at 8:20 a.m. on
the first day of student attendance. During this time announcements are
given and student handbooks reviewed.
Rooms are designated by numbers and letters, as room 305-A.
The letter indicates the building. The eight buildings of the school are
designated by letters A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and H. Building locations can be
learned quickly by studying the map of the campus.
The number preceding the letter is the room number. First floor
rooms are numbered in the 100’s, the second floor in the 200’s, and the
third floor in the 300’s. The basement of Building A is considered a first
floor.
BUILDING LOCATIONS
The high school has eight buildings. Of the three facing west on
Seventh Street, the north one is the Vocational Building or Building F, the
center one is Building A, the south one is Building B. On Sixth Street the
south one is Building C, the center one is the Auditorium or Building D,
and the north one is the gymnasium or Building E. Facing south along
Jordan is Building G. The building opposite Building G along Casey is
Building H.
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In Building A are the offices of the superintendent, principal, the
federal programs coordinator, classrooms and the guidance director. The
cafeteria and restrooms are also found in Building A.
In Building B are located the Special Education office, bookroom,
restrooms, and general classrooms. Located in Building C are the
gymnasium, the library, classrooms, and restrooms. On the first floor of
Building F are the vocational offices and the various shops. On the
second floor are the business education rooms, health occupation
laboratories, drafting room, and data processing room. On the third floor
are the music rooms. On the first floor of Building G are mathematics and
social sciences classrooms, Freshmen Academy, and on the second floor
are the science laboratories and restrooms.
Building H, contains the
Attendance Office, Crisis Classroom, the Nurse’s Office, and various
shops and classrooms.
147 – 187
188 – 322
329 – 368
454 – 483
484 – 620
369 – 453
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1 – 132 133 – 193 100 – 333 334 – 563 1 - 120 121 – 380 -
LOCKERS - BUILDING A
Second floor
Second floor and corridor connecting A and B
Third floor
Third floor
Third floor and corridor connecting A and B
between Buildings A and C
LOCKERS - BUILDING F
East and West Corridor, second floor
North and South Corridor, second floor
LOCKERS - BUILDING G
First floor
Second floor
LOCKERS - BUILDING H
First floor
Second floor
OPERATING LOCKERS
Learn the combination numbers shown in the upper right-hand
corner of your schedule.
2.
To unlock lockers in Buildings A, F, G, and H:
a.
turn knob right two or more complete turns stopping at
the first number of the combination.
b.
turn knob left one complete turn past the first number,
stopping at the second number.
c.
turn knob right to the third number and stop. Raise
handle.
d.
to lock, close locker door and turn knob.
3.
These suggestions should be followed:
a.
A student should not tell others his combination.
b.
A student should keep his locker locked. If a locker is left
unlocked and a student loses his belongings, he should
blame himself, not others.
c.
If a locker does not operate properly, the student should
report the matter to the Main Office.
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1.
FEES FOR STUDENTS
This year registration/textbook fees will be established by the Board
of Education. The parking fee is $20 for the year. Please make check
payable to Mt. Vernon Township High School.
All students taking driver education are required to pay $20.00 to
the Illinois Secretary of State to receive a driving permit. All students
taking driver education behind-the-wheel training will be subject to a
$50.00 district fee. Students taking this training the first semester will need
to pay the fee at registration. The fee will be due at the beginning of
second semester for second semester students. The $50.00 fee should be
paid in the Superintendent’s Office on or before the dates stated above.
Students will need to pay this fee before blue slips (certificates of
completion) will be issued.
Physical education students may incur additional fees. Included in
junior and senior physical education classes is a bowling section. The
students will be taken to Nu Bowl Lanes and the fee is $17.00. Included in
the freshman and sophomore classes is a skating section. The fee will be
$17.00 per student. (The fees may change during the school year.)
Ceramic students will incur additional fees. Included in occupational
design and ceramics I classes are the use of clay, a minimum $25.00 fee
for ceramics supplies will be collected at registration by the
Superintendent’s Office. Additional fees may be assessed as needed for
assignments.
A $25.00 participation fee will be charged to each student who
participates in a team or organization that consistently competes with
other schools or organizations. The teams/organizations that require this
fee are all athletic programs, Chess Team, FBLA, WYSE, Math Team,
Scholar Bowl, Youth and Government, FFA, Mock Trial, and Speech and
Acting or any competitive activity. The $25.00 fee must be paid to the
Superintendent’s Office before the first scheduled competition. The
coaches/sponsors will give more information to the participants regarding
the fee and time-line for payment. Students must pay the $25.00
participation fee for each activity in which they participate. Refunds will be
made only until the first day of competition. There will be a $50 limit per
student.
All music students will be charged a $25.00 uniform fee. The fee
will be collected by the Superintendent’s Office. The instructors will give
more information as to time-lines when this fee must be paid.
If a student is eligible and has been verified for free lunches, the
student may be eligible for book fee waiver, driver education fee waiver,
participation fee wavier, physical education fee waiver, and/or music fee
waiver.
The charge for renting a textbook is $2.00 with $1.00 being
refunded when book is returned. This gives the student an incentive to
bring the book back while charging a fee for the use of the book. For those
students who rent more than one book per class, an escalating schedule
of fees will be charged. Example: 1 book - $2.00 - $1.00 refunded, 2nd
book - $4.00 - $2.00 refunded, 3rd book - $5.00 no refund. After the 3rd
book, the student could be sent to the Principal to assess the problem.
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PENALTIES FOR NON-PAYMENT OF FEES
If a student has an unpaid debt to Mt. Vernon Township High
School, the following restrictions will be applied until the debt is cleared
through the Superintendent’s Office:
1.
Registration for Driver’s Education can be postponed until second
semester of senior year.
2.
Issuance of parking permit.
3.
Attending Homecoming, Sweetheart or Prom.
4.
Participate in commencement (Graduation) ceremony.
TEXTBOOKS AND SUPPLIES
The Textbook Act, Public Act 83-603
Parents of students presently enrolled in Mt. Vernon Township High
School should be aware that PA 83-603, The Textbook Act, requires that
school districts purchase a sufficient number of textbooks and provide
them free of charge to children whose parents are unable to pay for them.
Students of parents receiving public aid and/or qualifying for Free Lunch
Program are eligible to receive these textbooks. The textbooks must be
properly cared for and returned to the school at the end of each semester
of school.
Parents who feel they are eligible for the program should make
application in the Superintendent’s Office at the high school. Parents
whose children are presently enrolled in the high school and who have not
paid the school fees during the time their children have been in high
school may be eligible to have the school fee waived and removed from
the school records. Anyone who may be eligible should provide proper
verification records and make application in the Superintendent’s Office.
Any appeal of a waiver denial must be made to the Superintendent of Mt.
Vernon Township High School within 14 days of the denial.
Extra fees for certain classes are not covered by fee waivers (e.g.
Ceramics). Students that receive a fee waiver for books and do not return
books are still responsible for replacement costs.
All basic texts may be rented from the school at the beginning of
the year and at the beginning of the second semester. All rented books
must be returned when the course is completed. This will be at the end of
the first semester or at the end of the year. Students who would like to
have books for summer study may purchase them from the book room.
Students withdrawing from school must check in their books in the book
room on the day they leave.
The following schedule will be used to issue refunds when a
student withdraws from school during the months indicated:
August — full refund
September — full refund
October — one-half of first semester plus second semester, if paid
November-December — no refund for first semester, but second
semester fees, if paid
January-February — full refund of second semester fees
March — one-half refund of second semester fees
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April until end of school year — no refund
The following schedule will be used to charge fees when a student
enters school during the months indicated:
August through October — full semester fees
November-January (during first semester) — one-half semester
fees
January (during second semester)-March — full semester fees
April-May — one-half semester fees
Refunds will be issued to guardian on record.
Library books and rented textbooks are the property of the school
and must be kept in good condition. There should be no throwing or
tossing of books at any time or any place. Damage done to textbooks or
library books must be paid for by those to whom they are charged. Certain
student privileges may be withheld until payment for lost or damaged
books has been made.
The majority of the students take pride in its appearance and avoid
defacing desks and other property. Students can help by cooperating with
the custodians in keeping the rooms, corridors, and grounds neat and
clean, by making the proper use of school property, and by encouraging
others to be more thoughtful in this respect.
P.E. UNIFORMS
Black running shorts, P.E. uniform t-shirts, and gym shoes are
required. Sweat suits are optional. P.E. uniform t-shirts can be purchased
during registration or through the Athletic Director’s office.
BELLS AND PASSING REGULATIONS
What are the arrangements for passing at the ends of periods?
The following presents the plan for bells:
1.
Preliminary period-morning
a.
1st bell 8:10 — doors open.
b.
2nd bell 8:15 — warning.
c.
3rd bell 8:20 — first block begins.
Between classes —
a.
1st bell — students pass to next block class.
b.
2nd bell — warning bell, two minutes before tardy bell.
c.
3rd bell — tardy bell.
All who go to the vocational shops should enter and leave through
the door which opens from the outside directly into the shop where they
are going. All who are going to the second and third floors of the
Vocational Building should enter through the south door. Those who are
passing from the second and third floors of the Vocational Building should
leave through the northwest door. In other words, except for the shops,
students enter through the south door and leave through the northwest
door.
These general suggestions about passing should also be observed.
In every case unless another plan is announced:
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2.
a.
b.
c.
d.
e.
Keep to the right and move rapidly.
Leave and enter certain rooms (designated by teachers)
single file.
Make long turns at the foot of stairs (second floor corridor,
Building C),
No running.
Conduct yourself as a good citizen at all times.
FOOD/SNACKS
Food items and drinks are not allowed in the classroom except in
situations where the teacher feels they should be permitted.
BREAKFAST & LUNCH
Breakfast
A state approved breakfast will be served in the school cafeteria in
the basement of building A from 7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. each day school is
in session except Thursdays breakfast will be served until 8:55 a.m.
Students must stay in the cafeteria or designated areas while in cafeteria
and follow all school rules. When students are finished eating, they may
stay in the cafeteria or may go outside to wait for the 8:15 bell to ring. The
cost of breakfast for students is $1.50 and the adult cost is $2.50. Fees
will be set by school board. There will also be items for sale a la carte. Any
student who has a letter from the State of Illinois qualifying the student for
the free lunch program will receive breakfast free as well.
Lunch
Mt. Vernon Township High School provides a state approved lunch
each day school is in session and has a lunch period.
Students may only purchase food during their lunch period.
Students should always go to the end of the line, keeping order, and not
cutting in line or playing around. All school rules apply during the lunch
period in the cafeteria and surrounding areas. School personnel do have
the right to step to the front of the line because of their school duties.
Freshmen will remain on campus for lunch. Sophomore,
Juniors, and Seniors may leave campus to eat lunch. Students should eat
at the place of purchase and should not bring sandwich and beverage
containers back onto the campus.
Students and staff may bring their lunches from home. Those who
do prefer to bring their lunch must eat in the cafeteria or designated areas.
Please help to keep your school clean by putting all waste material
in the proper containers.
Students are not to stay in the buildings during lunch periods.
However, students may remain in the lower corridor of Building A & B near
the cafeteria or in Student Lounge, or Library.
THE FIRST FEW DAYS
The following is an outline of important matters having to do with
procedure the first few days of school. All students should master every
detail of it.
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1.
2.
3.
4.
The student should become familiar with:
a. The daily schedule of the school.
b. His individual program and location.
c. The location and combination of his locker.
d. The items in the handbook.
The student should know that:
a. He cannot rent books or purchase supplies before he has his
schedule.
b. All basic texts may be rented from the school.
c. Supplementary material—work books, notebooks, etc.—will be
needed in several courses.
d. Any student who cannot pay his book rental fees at the
beginning of the term can make arrangements with the
Superintendent’s Office to obtain needed textbooks.
The student should carry his schedule with him for several days
and note carefully study hall, physical education, and driver training
periods.
The student should:
a. Resolve to be punctual and regular in attendance.
b. Know that office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
c. Report to his first period class when the 8:15 a.m. bell rings.
d. Start work the first day. If a student needs help he should
arrange a conference with his teacher. The teachers are very
willing to give extra help if requested.
No changes in the schedule will be permitted without the consent of
the Guidance Director and the teacher concerned. Special care is taken
to assist the student in making their schedule. They should not ask that it
be changed except for a very good reason. Students may drop a class
and replace it with another one up to two weeks into the semester. After
two weeks, students who drop a class may take a study hall without a
grade penalty up to four weeks into the semester. Their transcript will
reflect the withdrawal, but not a failing grade. Dropping a class after four
weeks will result in a failing grade (averaged into G.P.A.)
ASSEMBLIES
On assembly days the following procedure will be used:
1.
The assembly will be announced by bell or announcement.
2.
Students must sit in assigned areas.
3.
Assembly is considered class time.
ABSENCE AND TARDINESS
If a student is not ready to work when the final bell rings prior to the
beginning of a class period, he is tardy. Any student who is tardy should
proceed to the scheduled class even though he knows he is late. The
teacher will determine the validity of the student’s excuse for being tardy
and will determine the necessary legal discipline to be invoked.
Parent verification of an absence shall be submitted to the
Attendance Office prior to, or at the time of, a student’s return to school.
Any absence not verified within two school days of the student’s return to
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school shall be classified as a truancy. The school administration may
extend the time to verify an absence in unusual circumstances.
If one is too ill to remain in class, he should get the permission of
his teacher to report to the school nurse, whose office is in Building H.
Any student who leaves school because of illness must first secure
permission through the Nurse’s Office or sign out through the Attendance
Office.
ANY STUDENT WHO LEAVES THE CAMPUS DURING THE
LUNCH HOUR AND BECOMES ILL AND THEN PROCEEDS HOME
MUST HAVE A PARENT OR GUARDIAN TELEPHONE THE
ATTENDANCE OFFICE IMMEDIATELY UPON THE STUDENT’S
ARRIVAL AT HOME.
Students are not permitted to leave their rooms without a pass from
the teacher.
Dental and doctor appointments should be made far enough in
advance in order that the students or parents may schedule these
appointments on Saturdays or non-school days if possible. If not possible,
these may be scheduled during a student’s study period. Only in cases of
emergency should class time be utilized. Parent verification of an absence
should be made via phone call, phone message, or written note with
guardian’s signature to the attendance office 246-5835 prior to, or at the
time of a student’s return to school.
SIGN OUT SHEET
All students must sign out in the Attendance Office or Nurse’s
Office when leaving school. If you fail to follow this procedure, you may
be declared truant and also face disciplinary action.
USE OF TELEPHONE
The telephone in the Attendance Office is to be used for necessary
calls. These, however, are to be limited to three minutes.
Any long distance call should be made collect.
BULLETIN BOARDS
Notices of activities and other bulletins may be found on the bulletin
boards. No notice should be posted until permission has been granted
through the Attendance Office. Notices should be removed by those who
put them up as soon as their purpose has been served. Posters should
never be placed on walls or doors; only bulletin boards should be used.
Bulletin boards are located in front of main office, H lobby and G lobby.
LOST AND FOUND
Although the school will make an effort to recover lost property, it
will assume no responsibility for the same. All students are furnished
lockers with good locks and must assume full responsibility for their
property. To protect their interests, students should use only the lockers
assigned to them, should keep secret their lock combinations, should keep
their lockers locked at all times, and immediately upon finding locks or
lockers defective should report the same to the Principal’s Office so
repairs can be made or new lockers assigned.
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Students should not bring valuables or excessive amounts of
money to school. All articles found should be turned in to the Attendance
Office.
IN CASE OF FIRE
The fire alarm is an automatic horn which emits a continuous ―Bah.‖
When it is given, students should await instructions from teachers before
leaving. Do not stop for books, wraps, or other property, and move
rapidly, but without confusion. Students should follow established
evacuation procedures in classrooms and buildings.
TORNADO PLAN
GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS
In case of a tornado an alert will be announced over the school
public address system. In general, the following precautions should be
taken if there is not time to get to a designated shelter area:
Students should:
1.
Get away from windows or other large areas of glass.
2.
Get under any desks or furniture near you and cover your
head and face with your arms while in the kneeling position.
3.
If time permits, open north and east windows and doors.
NUCLEAR DISASTER PLAN
Since there are not sufficient shelter facilities here at school, it is
assumed that we would receive enough advance warning of nuclear
fallout so that all students and school personnel could be sent to their
homes. If a family does not have a shelter space already prepared and
stocked with food, there will not be sufficient time to do this after the
warning has been received.
EARTHQUAKE PLAN
When an earthquake strikes there is very little time to
respond. Students should follow the basic response of ―drop and cover.‖
DURING THE SHAKING:
1.
If indoors, stay indoors. Hide under sturdy furniture. Stay near the
center of the building. Stay away from glass.
2.
Don’t use candles, matches, or other open flames.
3.
Don’t run through or near buildings where there is danger of falling
debris.
4.
If outside, stay in the open away from buildings and utility wires.
5.
If in a moving car, stop but stay inside.
6.
Stay out of damaged buildings; aftershocks can shake them down.
VISITOR PERMITS
Visitor Permits - Persons wishing to visit the campus of Mt. Vernon
Township High School are expected to obey the following rules and
regulations:
1.
Visitor permits will state the reason for being on campus, length of
time needed, who will be visited, and the part of the campus to be
visited.
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2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
All visitor permits will be issued through the Attendance Office by
an administrator.
No visitor permits shall be issued during the first 2 weeks and last 2
weeks of a semester.
The teacher to be visited must give permission before the visitor
permit is issued.
Visitor permits are to be denied to students who have withdrawn,
are suspended, or are expelled.
Permits can be denied if the reason for visiting is deemed
inappropriate.
If a permit is denied, the visitor may choose a date to visit later.
Any visitor who causes a disturbance or who violates the rules of
Mt. Vernon High will be asked to leave the campus.
Any visitor who fails to obtain a permit to visit or who fails to leave
the campus when told to do so, may be arrested and charged with
trespassing.
Preschool or grade school age children may visit the school to
participate in the child care program; however, arrangements
should be made for them to visit that program only.
STUDENT IDENTIFICATION CARDS
Each student will be issued an identification card. This card is to be
carried at all times during the school day and is to be presented upon
the request of any member of the administration or faculty. The card
also entitles a student to a reduced admission price to certain school
activities. A fee of $4 will be charged to replace a lost card. Students
must have their I.D. for entrance for all extracurricular activities and any
other activities the administration identifies.
STUDENT EXCHANGE POLICY
Mt. Vernon Township High School District No. 201 will accept
students from other countries as full-time students and will grant grades
and credits for all courses in which those students are enrolled if such
students are sponsored by an approved student exchange program or are
residing with a legal guardian or resident within this district.
Such students will be eligible for and entitled to receive a diploma from
Mt. Vernon Township High School providing:
1.
A diploma has not been earned from another high school.
2.
Any student involved is enrolled in Mt. Vernon Township High
School for at least one year.
3.
The minimum numbers of credits and required courses for
graduation have been earned through acceptable transfer credits
and/or while in attendance at Mt. Vernon High. The administration
shall determine if any such student is eligible for a diploma.
Mt. Vernon Township High School District No. 201 will permit students
accepted by a state department approved student exchange program to
spend no more than one school year in study in a secondary school
program in another country. This one year of study may occur during any
year of that student’s enrollment at Mt. Vernon High. Credits earned while
the student is enrolled in that exchange program will be counted toward
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the minimum number required credits for graduation from this school if
those courses and credits are approved by the administration, subject to
review by and/or appeal to the Board of Education. Mt. Vernon students
participating in an approved student exchange program must have
required courses for graduation taken from a North Central Association
approved school to count toward completion of those requirements for
graduation.
Any student who participates in an approved student exchange program
will be eligible for and entitled to a diploma from Mt. Vernon Township
High School providing that student has earned the minimum number of
credits required for graduation while enrolled in Mt. Vernon High or by
approved transfer credits, has successfully completed all required
courses, and has satisfied all other graduation requirements.
A student who is participating in a student exchange program approved by
the administration and/or Board of Education does not have to be
attending classes in this school district during the last semester prior to
graduation in order to receive a diploma from Mt. Vernon High.
BILINGUAL EDUCATION POLICY
It is the policy of the Board of Education of Mt. Vernon Township
High School to provide, in accordance with Article 146 of The School
Code, a locally determined program of transitional instruction for children
of limited English-speaking ability. The program shall be based upon
individual student language assessment and shall provide content area
instruction in a language other than English to the extent necessary to
ensure that each student can benefit from educational instruction and
achieve an early and effective transition into the regular school curriculum.
HARASSMENT
It is the policy of Mt. Vernon Township High School to provide for its
students and employees an educational and employment environment
free from harassment and bullying.
"Bullying" is the use of physical force, threats or intimidation against
another person with the intent of requiring or inducing that person to
engage in acts not desired by that person, or to refrain from acts desired
by that person. Cyber bullying 720 ILCS 5/12-7.5
"Harassment" is words or action provoking or intending to provoke
another to be emotionally upset. Forms of harassment include, but are
not necessarily limited to the following:
Threatening – Intimidating another with promises or threats of
physical harm or harm to that person, another person or
property.
Inappropriate Behavior – Making comments, gestures,
advances or touching that is unwanted by another, which is
intended to injure, demean, humiliate or otherwise harm another
due to the victim’s gender or personality. This behavior may
also constitute sexual harassment. See "Sexual Harassment"
below.
Culture Harassment – Making comments or gestures, or
engaging in behaviors or actions intended to injure, demean,
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humiliate or otherwise harm another due to the victim’s culture,
national origin, religion, race or other identifiable group.
Prohibited behavior also includes the making of hand-signals or
employing symbols which demean or attempt to demean a
particular person because of that person’s culture, religion, race
or group.
Hazing or Initiations – Persecuting or harassing another with
meaningless, difficult, or humiliating tasks; or exacting
humiliating performances from another or playing rough
practical jokes upon another.
Defamation – Spreading false rumors or gossip, whether orally
or in writing, to purposefully injure the reputation of another.
Name Calling – Calling another degrading or disrespectful
names.
Harassment constitutes gross disobedience or misconduct. A
victim of harassment should report harassment immediately to any school
administrator or faculty member.
SEXUAL HARASSMENT
It is the policy of Mt. Vernon Township High School to provide for its
students and employees an educational and employment environment
free of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other
verbal or physical conduct or communications constituting sexual
harassment as defined and otherwise prohibited by state and federal law.
The violation of this policy may result in discipline of employees, including
discharge. Employees, students, or other individuals who feel aggrieved
because of sexual harassment should contact the Superintendent or other
administrative staff.
SUMMER SCHOOL
A summer school program is designated for those students who are
failing to keep up with their classes. Students who plan to attend summer
school should check with their counselor.
HOME-BOUND TUTORING
If a student registered at the Mt. Vernon Township High School is,
because of illness, injury, or for some other justifiable reason, unable to
complete a subject by class attendance, he may be able, after meeting the
following requirements, to complete that subject and get credit:
1.
2.
3.
The administration first must decide if the student shall be allowed
to make a credit in a subject some way other than by class
attendance.
The head of the department of the subject considered must give
permission for the subject to be completed outside of the
classroom.
The teacher from whose class the student has withdrawn for
legitimate reasons (if the student is not in a class, then a teacher
shall be designated by the head of the department) shall consult
with the administration and the head of the department to decide
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4.
5.
6.
what work comparable to regular classroom work shall be
completed by the student to qualify for a credit in that subject.
Tutors for these students must be qualified in the subject to be
taught. The administration not only reserves the right to decide
who is qualified to tutor but also must give its permission for the
tutor.
The students must be given a course of study for the subject. The
work in the subject must be comparable to that of regular class
work.
If the student is taking a course that requires a final examination, he
shall take a final examination made by the classroom teacher in
whose class the student would have been. This examination will be
given by a teacher designated by the high school.
HOME-BOUND SERVICE
Home-bound services offer academic instruction at home during
the period of time when a student is not able to travel to and from school
daily due to medical reason per their physician. In order to be placed on
home-bound a medical statement must give the specific reason why
home-bound services are needed and given to the school nurse.
1.
Home-bound service must be for 2 weeks or more.
2.
This is an educational service offered by the school to provide
consistent, effective and efficient instruction while the student is
unable to attend regular classes.
3.
Home-bound tutor from our district will provide minimum of 5 hours
of tutoring services each week of school.
4.
Pregnancy: Duration of home-bound services is 4 weeks before
EDC and 6 weeks after the birth of the child. Approximately 10
weeks of tutoring is provided, however, length of time is variable if
complications of pregnancy exist.
SCHOOL DISTRICT RECORDS POLICY
It shall be the policy of Mt. Vernon Township High School District
#201, Mt. Vernon, Illinois, to make available, upon written or oral request,
copies of public records maintained by said district in accordance with the
provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, Public Act 83-1013, effective
July 1, 1984.
DISTRICT COPYRIGHT POLICY
It is the policy of Mt. Vernon Township High School, District #201,
to abide by the copyright laws. District employees will be expected to
adhere to the spirit and the letter of such laws. The legal or insurance
protection of the district will not be extended to employees who violate
copyright laws by making, acquiring, or using unauthorized copies.
INTERNET USE POLICY
All use of the Internet shall be consistent with Mt. Vernon Township
High School’s goal of promoting educational excellence by facilitating
resources sharing, innovation, and communication. This Authorization
does not attempt to state all required of proscribed behavior by users.
However, some specific examples are provided. The failure of any user to
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follow the terms of the Authorization for Internet Access will result in the
loss of privileges, disciplinary action, and/or appropriate legal action. The
signature indicating receipt of this Handbook is legally binding and
indicates the party who signed has read the terms and conditions
carefully and understands their significance.
1.
Acceptable Use - Access to Mt. Vernon Township High School’s
Internet must be for the purpose of education or research, and be
consistent with the educational objectives of the District.
2.
Privileges - The use of Mt. Vernon Township High School’s Internet
is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a
cancellation of those privileges. The Principal or designee will make
all decisions regarding whether or not a user has violated this
Authorization and may deny, revoke, or suspend access at any
time.
3.
Unacceptable Use - You are responsible for your actions and
activities involving the network. Some examples of unacceptable
uses are:
a. Using the network for any illegal activity, including violation of
copyright or other contracts, or transmitting any material in
violation of any U.S. or State regulation;
b. Unauthorized downloading of software, regardless of whether it
is copyrighted or devirused;
c. Illegally downloading copyrighted material for other than
personal use;
d. Using the network for private financial or commercial gain;
e. Wastefully using resources, such as file space;
f. Gaining unauthorized access to resources or entities;
g. Invading the privacy of individuals;
h. Using another user’s account or password;
i. Posting material authored or created by another without posting
his/her consent;
j. Using the network for commercial or private advertising;
k. Accessing, submitting, posting, publishing, or displaying any
defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually
oriented, threatening, racially offensive, harassing, or illegal
material; and
l. Using the network while access privileges are suspended or
revoked.
4.
Network Etiquette - You are expected to abide by the generally
accepted rules of network etiquette. These include, but are not
limited to the following;
a. Be polite. Do not become abusive in your messages to others.
b. Use appropriate language. Do not swear, or use vulgarities or
any other inappropriate language.
c. Do not reveal the personal addresses or telephone numbers of
student or colleagues.
d. Recognize that electronic mail (E-Mail) is not private. People
who operate the system have access to all mail. Messages
relating to or in support of illegal activities may be reported to
authorities.
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5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
e. Do not use the network in any way that would disrupt its use by
others.
f. Consider all communications and information accessible via the
network to be private property.
No Warranties - Mt. Vernon Township High School makes no
warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the
service it is providing. The District will not be responsible for any
damages you suffer. This includes loss of data resulting from
delays, non-deliveries, missed-deliveries, or service interruptions
caused by negligence or your errors or omissions. Use of any
information obtained via the Internet is at your own risk. The District
specifically denies responsibility for the accuracy or quality of
information obtained through its services.
Indemnification - The user agrees to indemnify Mt. Vernon
Township High School for any losses, costs, or damages, including
reasonable attorney fees, incurred by the District relating to, or
arising out of, any breach of the Authorization.
Security - Network security is a high priority. If you can identify a
security problem on the Internet, you must notify the Principal. Do
not demonstrate the problem to other users. Keep your account
and password confidential. Do not use another individual’s account
without written permission from the individual. Attempts to log-in to
the internet as a system administrator will result in cancellation of
user privileges. Any user identified as a security risk may be denied
access to network.
Vandalism - Vandalism will result in cancellation of privileges and
other disciplinary action. Vandalism is defined as any malicious
attempt to harm or destroy data of another user, the Internet, or any
other network. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or
creation of computer viruses.
Telephone Charges - The District assumes no responsibility for any
unauthorized charges or fees, including telephone charges, longdistance charges, per-minute surcharges, and/or equipment or line
costs.
Copyright Web Publishing Rules - Copyright law and District policy
prohibit the republishing of text or graphics found on the Web or on
the District Web sites or file servers, without explicit written
permission.
a. For each re-publication (on a Web site or file server) of a
graphic or text file that was produced externally, there must be
notices at the bottom of the page crediting the original producer
and noting how and when permission was granted. If possible,
the notice should also include the Web address of the original
source.
b. Students and staff engaged in producing Web pages must
provide the Principal with E-mail or hard copy permissions
before the Web pages are published. Printed evidence of the
status of ―public domain‖ documents must be provided.
c. The absence of a copyright notice may not be interpreted as
permission to copy the materials. Only the copyright owner may
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12.
13.
provide the permission. The manager of the Web site displaying
the material may not be considered a source of permission.
d. The ―fair use‖ rules governing student reports in classrooms are
less stringent and permit limited use of graphics and text.
e. Students work and/or images may be published or posted on
the official MVTHS home page as related to the District’s
educational mission unless there is written correspondence from
both the parent/guardian and student stating they do not give
permission to post a students’ work and/or image.
Internet Safety – In accordance with the Children’s Internet
Protection Act, the district installs and operates filtering software to
limit users’ Internet access to materials that are obscene,
pornographic, harmful to children, or otherwise inappropriate,
notwithstanding that such software may in certain cases block
access to other materials as well. At the same time, the district
cannot guarantee that filtering software will in all instances
successfully block access to materials deemed harmful, indecent,
offensive, pornographic, or otherwise inappropriate. The use of
filtering software does not negate or otherwise affect the obligations
of users to abide by the terms of this policy and to refrain from
accessing such materials.
Monitoring On-line Activities – Teachers and other student
supervisors are instructed to continuously monitor and supervise all
students, in the classroom or in a lab setting, when they are
participating in an Internet activity to ensure that they are not
engaged in inappropriate activities such as trying to bypass district
filters in order to access obscene web sites. Teachers and other
student supervisors should also monitor students to be sure they
are not participating in other unlawful activities such as hacking into
servers or administrative computers in order to change grades or
obtain personal information on other students or staff. Teachers
and other student supervisors should also limit student use of
personal e-mails and participation in on-line chat rooms or other
Internet sites where personal information could be disclosed.
Public Meeting on the Internet Safety Policy – District provides
reasonable public notice and hold at least one public meeting or
hearing to address the proposed Internet Safety Policy. This
observes the Illinois Open Meetings Act.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION EXEMPTION
It shall be the policy of Mt. Vernon Township High School District No.
201 that students may request exemption from physical education
instruction for the following reasons:
1.
Any 11th or 12th grade student who participates in an
interscholastic athletic program.
If student athletes take an extra course in place of physical
education and that course is a full-year course, the students may
be excused from physical education for the entire year even if the
interscholastic sport covers less than that time period. Student
athletes who substitute a semester-long course for physical
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2.
3.
4.
education must complete that course, regardless of the length of
the sport season. Students not in either type of academic classes
are expected to be reassigned to a physical education class once
their particular sport’s season has ended. Under this exemption,
student athletes are expected to be in school for the regularly
scheduled school day.
Any 11th or 12 grade student who, in order to be granted admission
to a specified institution of high learning, must complete a specific
academic course not included in existing state or local minimum
graduation standards.
Under this exemption, it is expected that a student would not be
excused from physical education to complete a needed college
entrance course unless the addition of such a course to the
student’s schedule would require a course load of more than the
normal practice in that school district.
Any 11th or 12 grade student who lacks sufficient course credit or
lacks one or more specific course(s) in order to meet state and
local graduation requirements.
Under this exemption, it is expected that a student would not be
excused from physical education to complete coursework needed
for graduation unless the addition of the course(s) to the student’s
schedule would require a course load of more than the normal
practice in that school district.
Any student in grades 9-12 who is enrolled in a marching band
program for credit if he requests to be excused for ongoing
participation in such marching band program.
In all instances, the school district administrators will verify the
circumstances (e.g., that the student is lacking course credit or needs a
specific course for college entrance), decide each case on an individual
basis, and retain documentation (individual permanent record). Please
note, excusals are to be granted for only those students who participate in
interscholastic athletics, students who must complete a specific academic
course which is required to enter a specific college/university, and to
complete make-up coursework (failed coursework). Such excusals would
not include activities related to normal college preparatory coursework.
INDIVIDUAL COMPETITION POLICY
The Illinois High School Association recognizes that some school
districts in Illinois do not have organized teams in all sports competition.
Therefore, outstanding individual athletes are permitted to participate in
IHSA state competition.
It shall be the policy of Mt. Vernon Township High School to allow an
individual athlete to enter and participate in IHSA state competition in a
sport where no team exists at Mt. Vernon High provided the following
conditions are met:
1.
The individual student must provide adequate evidence of
excellence in the sport to the administration for approval.
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2.
3.
4.
5.
All costs incurred to provide this opportunity for participation must
be paid by the parents or group sponsoring the student.
The student or sponsor shall provide the name of a person who has
an Illinois teaching certificate, properly registered, to serve as
coach to accompany the student to each level of state competition.
All necessary forms and fees are to be provided by the student
and/or sponsors in accordance with IHSA guidelines.
The administration of the district will review all information. If found
acceptable, the administration will recommend that the Board of
Education enter into a contractual arrangement with the approved
coach. The stipend paid for this contract shall be $1.00 per school
year.
Any student who plans to participate in individual competition must
meet all academic eligibility standards and must be a full-time student in
good standing at Mt. Vernon Township High School.
STUDENT CHRONIC INFECTIOUS
DISEASE POLICY
(Approved June 30, 1988)
The Board of Education of Mt. Vernon Township High School
District No. 201 recognizes that the student with a chronic infectious
disease is eligible for all rights, privileges, and services provided by law
and the District’s policies. The District shall balance the individual’s rights
with the District’s obligation to protect the health of all District students.
This policy does not apply to special education students because they are
covered under the rules and regulations governing special education
students as outlined by Public Law 94-142.
Chronic Infectious Disease Review Team
The Board of Education further recognizes that the management
and control of a school environment free from communicable and chronic
infectious disease require the cooperation and effort of the school staff
and community. In order to promote and ensure appropriate student
health standards, a Mt. Vernon Township High School Chronic Infectious
Disease Review Team shall be appointed by the Board. Team members
shall include a physician advisor, a faculty member selected by the
administration, the school nurse, the Principal, and the Superintendent.
The Superintendent shall be authorized to convene the Chronic Infectious
Disease Review Team.
The responsibilities of the Chronic Infectious Disease Review Team
shall be determined by the Board of Education and shall include the
responsibility
1. to review, on an individual basis, the medical history of the student who
has a communicable or chronic infectious disease;
2. to recommend to the Superintendent modifications to the student’s day
or program, as necessary, to protect public health;
3. to recommend the possible temporary exclusion of the student from his
or her regular educational setting;
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4. to recommend when the student may return to his or her regular
educational setting;
5. to recommend additional rules and/or procedures concerning hygiene
designed to reduce or eliminate the risks of transmission of the
infectious disease.
The Chronic Infectious Disease Review Team shall be guided by the
policies of the School Board, rules and regulations promulgated by the
Illinois Department of Public Health, and all other relevant state and
federal laws and regulations, and shall consult the student, the parents,
the student’s personal physician, and public health authorities before
taking any action or making any recommendations. In cases where there
is a dispute between the personal physician and public health officials, the
Chronic Infectious Disease Review Team shall be guided by the advice of
public health officials.
In the exercise of its responsibilities, the Chronic Infectious Disease
Review Team shall respect the privacy rights of each student and take
such precautions as may be necessary to secure the student’s privacy.
Policy Statement
The following policy will be instituted when the District is made aware that
a student of the District has a chronic infectious disease:
1. Students with chronic infectious diseases should be allowed to attend
school in a regular classroom setting except when certain conditions
related to the infectious disease are present as determined by the
Chronic Infectious Disease Review Team. In making such a
determination, the Chronic Infectious Disease Review Team should
base its decision upon reasonable medical judgment, given the current
state of medical knowledge about a) the nature of the risk (how the
disease is transmitted); b) the duration of the risk (how long the carrier
is infectious); c) the severity of the risk (what is the potential harm to
third persons); and d) the possibility the disease will be transmitted and
will cause varying degrees of harm.
2. The school should respect the right to privacy of the individual;
therefore, knowledge that a student has an infectious disease should
be confined to those persons with a direct need to know. Those
persons should be provided with appropriate information concerning
such precautions as may be necessary. Furthermore, no school
employee shall disclose or attempt to learn information about the
medical history of a student unless he/she has a current educational
need to know and is authorized by the administration.
3. Each student shall have the right to due process. If the parents or
guardians disagree with the decision of the Chronic Infectious Disease
Review Team, there shall be a process by which such objections can
be considered including, at a minimum, notice and an opportunity to be
heard. Parents or guardians shall be offered the opportunity to appeal
to the Board within ten (10) days of their notification of the decision of
the Chronic Infectious Disease Review Team. The decisions which
are subject to an appeal are limited to those changing a student’s
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5.
6.
7.
program from the regular school day or refusing to change it upon
parental request.
The maintenance of confidentiality is of the upmost importance; School
Board meetings to discuss matters relating to an individual student
shall be closed.
Individual health conditions permitting, a student who is removed from
the school should be provided with a continuing education program
until it is determined that the student can be safely returned to the
classroom. The school district should take reasonable steps to ensure
that the student’s educational progress is maintained. However, if a
student becomes otherwise health impaired under special education
regulations, then his/her placement status may only be determined in
accordance with special education procedures. At that point, the
student shall not be subject to the Chronic Infectious Disease Review
Team.
The school nurse should routinely monitor all students identified as
having infectious diseases.
a. Students in classroom attendance should be monitored as
recommended by the Chronic Infectious Disease Review Team
in order to determine if their behavior or medical condition has
changed in such a way as to affect their contagious status.
b. When a student is removed from school attendance, the student
shall be placed on a monitoring schedule appropriate to the
infectious disease and the condition precipitating the removal or
change, for the purpose of alternative educational programming
or reintegrating the student into the public school setting. The
case of any student excluded from school under this policy
should be reviewed at least every thirty (30) days.
c. Students with infectious disease shall be educated in the least
restrictive environment possible, and even those students
whose behavior or physical condition precludes school
attendance shall be evaluated for return to the classroom.
Routine and standard procedures of cleanliness and hygiene shall be
used to clean up after any student who has an accident or injury at
school. Blood or other body fluids emanating from any student,
including ones known to have infectious diseases, should be treated
cautiously. All school staff shall be instructed regarding the hygienic
procedures necessary to maintain a safe, clean school environment in
accordance with the universal precautions as established by the
Center for Disease Control and/or the Illinois Department of Public
Health.
Administrative Procedures
When the District is made aware that a student of the District has a
chronic infectious disease, the following procedures will be implemented:
1.
The Superintendent will inform the Chronic Infectious Disease
Review Team within three (3) calendar days of being notified that a
student has been diagnosed as having a chronic infectious disease.
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2.
The Chronic Infectious Disease Review Team will meet within three
(3) calendar days for the purpose:
a.
of meeting with the student and/or a member of the student’s
family to review the status of the student’s health;
b.
of evaluating the student’s medical condition and submitting
a written report with recommendations to the
Superintendent.
3.
The student and a member of the student’s family will receive a
report of the Chronic Infectious Disease Review Team’s evaluation
from the Superintendent.
4.
The student’s health condition will be reviewed on a schedule
determined by the Chronic Infectious Disease Review Team. The
team’s student status report will be given to the Superintendent.
5.
Each status report will indicate a recommendation regarding:
a.
attendance in the regular classroom setting;
b.
additional rules and/or procedures concerning hygiene
designed to reduce or eliminate the risk of transmission of
the infectious disease and thereby allow for regular
attendance;
c.
alternative school programs; or
d.
removal from the school setting for a period of time.
6.
The Superintendent, after reviewing the team’s report and
recommendations and other significant evidence, shall make the
final decision reviewable by the Board of Education.
7.
The student and a member of the student’s family shall be notified
of the Superintendent’s decision. Within ten (10) calendar days the
student and the student’s family may request in writing that a
hearing be scheduled with the School Board.
8.
The medical records shall become part of the student’s permanent
file and shall be held in strictest confidence and shared only with
those persons designated by the Chronic Infectious Disease
Review Team.
SCHOOL POLICIES
CONCERNING REGISTRATION
All eighth grade graduates and underclass students residing in the
high school district are expected to register during the spring for classes to
be offered the following year. All eligible students who move into the
district or who transfer from another school are expected to register as
soon as possible. The compulsory attendance laws of the State of Illinois
mandate that any student who has not reached his seventeenth birthday
must be enrolled in school. Any student enrolling late, without a valid
cause, will receive a zero for work missed that is not made up in it’s
entirety.
MEDICAL/DENTAL EXAMINATIONS
New students (residing in the state of Illinois) MUST HAVE ON
FILE OR IN HAND, their current physical and immunization records or
an appointment card with date and time from their physician and/or the
Jefferson County Health Department or they will be excluded from school.
Students entering from out of state/country will have 30 days from
date of registration to comply with Illinois requirements.
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Physicians and dentists must fill out medical examination forms.
Students are to submit these forms to the school nurse during the
registration process in late August. The physical examination given by the
school for athletic participation does not qualify for the required exam for
school entrance.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION EXCUSES
Temporary Excuses: 3 days - A student unable to participate due
to injury or illness must bring a note from the parent to the nurse prior to
the school day.
Extended Excuses: 4 or more days - A student who is unable to
participate due to injury or illness must obtain a form from the nurse to be
filled out by a doctor. In certain cases a student may be assigned to an
adapted physical education class.
P. E. Policy of Dress: Students who do not dress for P.E. will
receive no credit points for participation which could result in a failing
grade and being dropped from the class.
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
All students are required to take semester examinations. In all
courses of instruction examinations shall be scheduled during the last
week of each semester. The semester exam grade shall count twenty
percent of the total semester grade.
Students are required to remain in class during the entire period of
time scheduled for the examination. Any student who leaves the
classroom during the examination period without teacher permission may
receive a zero grade on the exam.
Students will be exempt from semester examinations if they have a
passing grade both quarters, meet attendance requirements, and have a
signed parental consent form for the exemption.
Attendance requirements shall be considered met if students have
not been suspended or truant, have not acquired more than 3 excused
and/or business absences in a semester, and have not acquired more
than 2 tardies during the semester. Students may also be exempt from
semester examinations if they have earned a course grade of A for the
semester, have not been suspended or truant, and have not acquired
more than 2 tardies per class. A signed parental consent form is required.
Any student who has an in-school or out-of-school suspension during the
semester is required to take all semester exams.
In summary, a student may be exempt if he/she has (1) a passing
grade both quarters, no more than 3 excused absences, no more than 2
tardies, has not been suspended or truant, or (2) a course grade of A for
the semester, no suspensions or truants, 2 or fewer tardies.
NOTE: Any student who is exempt from the semester examinations
and wishes to take any of them to improve his/her grades or feels he/she
would like to do so to prepare for college may do so without penalizing
his/her grades. In other words, students who are exempt may take the
semester examinations to improve their grades, the semester
examinations will not lower their grades.
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MARKS AND REPORTS
A five-letter system of marking is used as follows: A (92-100)
represents excellent work; B (83-91), above average; C (74-82), average
work; D (65-73), below average; E (64-0), failure. An average of D is
required for passing. In determining marks, work done in recitation or
laboratory, in tests, in preparation of note books or reports, etc., are all
taken into consideration.
An incomplete ―I‖ may be issued as a quarter or final grade to
students who have been approved by the school nurse and/or the
administration. Students who need extended time to complete course
requirements should seek approval from the school nurse and/or the
administration for an ―I‖ grade.
At the close of each quarter, grade reports will be mailed to
parents. Final grade reports at the end of the year will be mailed to the
parents. (The Grading Policy is subject to review and/or revision by the
Curriculum Committee.)
WEIGHTED GRADE POLICY
Students who complete the year-long Advanced Placement
Classes will receive weighting when their class rank and GPA are
computed. Any student who drops the class prior to the end of the year
will not receive the intended benefit of the class and therefore will not
receive any grade weighting. One important criterion for receiving a
weighted grade involves taking the AP Exam normally administered in
May. Specifically, any student who takes any AP class, completes the
class, and elects NOT to take the AP Exam will receive no grade
weighting. Additionally, any student who does NOT take the AP test will
have the first semester weight removed from his/her grade point average,
which will result in a lower GPA and class rank at the end of the school
year.
Weighted Grades and AP Classes offered: AP Calculus, AP
Literature and Composition, AP Language and Composition, AP Biology,
and AP American History.
Grade
A
B
C
D
Weighted Grade Computation:
Weighted with AP Exam (semester grade weight)
2.5
2.0
1.5
1.0
CITIZENSHIP POLICY
Mt. Vernon Township High School teachers use standardized
criteria for awarding citizenship grades at the end of each quarter. This
scale was adopted to give more insight to parents regarding their student’s
classroom behavior.
1 = Exemplary Behavior: Student regularly attends class, is on time
and prepared to work cooperatively and respectfully with the teacher and
other students.
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2 = Good Behavior: Student usually attends class, is on time and
prepared to work cooperatively and respectfully with the teacher and other
students, but occasionally receives warnings or reminders.
3 = Problem Behavior: Student receives repeated reprimands or
referrals for any of the following: poor attendance, tardiness, inadequate
preparation, lack of materials, disrespect, off-task or disruptive behavior.
HOMEWORK POLICY
Homework provides students with reinforcement and supplemental
learning opportunities that cannot be scheduled in the limited instructional
day. It encourages the development of self-discipline and good working
habits, and it helps emphasize high academic standards. Therefore,
homework should be an integral and relevant part of every student’s
instructional program and should be used according to the following
guidelines:
1.
Homework should be used to provide students with the opportunity
to practice, supplement, extend, and reinforce that which they have
learned in the classroom.
2.
Teachers should inform students of the amount of homework that is
required for their classes.
3.
Teachers should carefully prepare and thoroughly explain
homework assignments.
4.
Teachers should monitor homework assignments and provide
prompt feedback and correction to students.
ELO
ELO stands for Extended Learning Opportunity. Teachers will be in
their classrooms or otherwise available to students. The following are
recommended ways for students to use this time:
*Take tests, quizzes, and assessments.
*Get make-up work from absences.
*Receive additional instruction.
*Work on projects, do extra credit work, etc.
*Participate in academic and/or curricular enrichment activities,
including field trips.
*Study independently or in groups.
*Do homework.
*Use library and computer resources.
*Meet with guidance counselor.
*Schedule student/parent conferences with teachers.
A student’s first obligation during the ELO is to make up work,
including tests and quizzes, missed during an absence. When students
have a conflict due to a make-up obligation and cannot participate in other
ELO activities, it is the student’s responsibility to notify the teachers that
they cannot participate in other activities. Students who do not have makeup work are encouraged to seek extra help from a teacher or participate in
available enrichments.
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Students are expected to be available each block day until 3:30
p.m. Students’ attendance may be required during the ELO.
Students participating in the ELO are expected to follow the
school’s rules of conduct. Supervised classroom and study halls will be
provided along with a supervised waiting area for bus students. In
addition, the library and computer labs will be supervised and available for
student use.
Students who remain on campus waiting for athletic practice and
other after-school activities will be expected to report to a supervised
classroom or study hall to complete homework or otherwise take
advantage of the learning opportunities available during the ELO.
Occasionally, ELO’s will be used for faculty meetings. When such
meetings are scheduled, students will be dismissed at the end of the last
scheduled block and buses will run early.
TARDINESS POLICY
Students are expected to arrive on time to their assigned
classrooms. A student shall be considered late if he/she is not in his/her
assigned seat or location when the tardy bell rings. If a student is detained
by a faculty or staff member, he/she must be given a ―Written Pass‖ to be
presented to the classroom teacher.
When a student is late, he/she should proceed to the scheduled
class. The teacher shall determine the validity of the student’s reason for
being late.
Tardy Consequence by the Classroom Teacher:
1st tardy
Verbal warning
2nd tardy
Phone call home
3rd tardy
Phone call home
Attendance Office Responsibility (Cumulative Tardies)
5th tardy
10th tardy
15th tardy
20th tardy
25th tardy
2 lunchroom detentions and parent notification
Social suspension and parent notification
One day in-school suspension and parent notification
One day out-of-school suspension and parent
notification
2 days out-of-school suspension, school board review
and parent notification
*Social suspension: Students will not be allowed to attend or
participate in extracurricular activities; included but not limited to hops,
dances, athletic contests, performances, etc. (Students may try out for
extracurricular teams and organizations and may participate in practices
during their social suspension, but will not be allowed to attend or
participate in events or games.)
Social suspensions carry over to each semester during the year
(including breaks). Students are removed from social suspension once
they have two (2) weeks (10 uninterrupted days) with no tardies,
suspensions or truancies. Any excused absence that occurs during these
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two (2) weeks does not count as a day of the two (2) weeks. The count
toward social suspension begins new at the beginning of the semester.
ELO ATTENDANCE POLICY
Generally, students who are regular and punctual in their
attendance and who are passing their classes will have the responsibility
of planning how to use the ELO. Students who are not regular in their
attendance, who are tardy, and who are failing may attend the ELO.
Teachers may assign ELO to students who are passing but in danger of
failing. Assignment to the ELO will be made in accordance with the
following rules:
Students who have been absent will be assigned to an ELO to
make up tests, quizzes, and other types of assessment activities. A
student who fails to attend an assigned ELO for assessment purposes
may receive a zero grade for the test not made up.
Students who are failing a course may be assigned by their teacher
to an ELO for make-up assignments, extra help, tutoring, or extra credit
assignments.
Teachers may assign ELO time to a student by recording the date,
beginning time, ending time, and location in the student’s plan book. This
entry will be initialed by the teacher. Teachers may use alternative
methods of assigning ELO.
ATTENDANCE POLICY
It is the policy of the Board of Education that regular school
attendance is required of all Mt. Vernon Township High School students.
To ensure regular attendance, the Board has approved the following
policies:
1.
Excused Absence:
A student who is absent due to a valid cause shall be
excused. A valid cause is defined as illness, observance of a
religious holiday, death in the family, family emergency, or such
circumstances which cause reasonable concern to the parent for
the safety or health of the student. A parent/guardian must verify
the reason for the absence of a student by telephoning the
Attendance Office 246-5835 or sending a note prior to, or on, the
day the student returns to school. Any absence not verified within
two (2) school days after the return of the student to school shall be
classified as truancy. The school administration may extend the
time to verify an absence in unusual circumstances.
All students must sign out in the Attendance Office when
leaving school early. Any student who leaves school because of
illness must first receive permission through the Nurse’s Office or
sign out through the Attendance Office. Students who have an
excused absence will be allowed to make up work. See item #6,
makeup work.
2.
Truancy:
A student who is absent without a valid cause (School Code,
105 ILCS 5/26-2a) for any school day or portion thereof shall be
truant. A student who is truant from any class shall be responsible
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3.
for missed work; however, no credit will be given for missed work
due to that truancy.
Two (2) full days of truancy will result in a two (2) week
social suspension, from the day of truancy. A day of truancy is
based on periods missed (one (1) day = more than 1/2 day or more
than five (5) periods missed). Any subsequent truancy during the
suspension will extend the social suspension for two (2) more
weeks from the date of infraction.
A student ―chronic or habitual truant‖ is defined (School
Code, 105 ILCS 5/26-2a) as ―a student subject to compulsory
school attendance and who is absent without valid cause from such
attendance for 10% or more of the previous 180 regular attendance
days.‖ Mount Vernon High School desires to see that all its
students succeed. To that end, students who are ―chronic truants‖
will receive supportive services, including prevention, diagnostic,
intervention and remedial services, alternative programs and other
school and community resources. A ―truant minor‖ is defined as ―a
chronic truant to whom supportive services, including prevention,
diagnostic, intervention and remedial services, alternative programs
and other school and community resources have been provided
and have failed to result in the cessation of chronic truancy, or have
been offered and refused.‖
Punitive Action: No punitive action including out of school
suspensions, expulsions or court actions, shall be taken against
chronic truants for such truancy unless available supportive
services and other school resources have been provided to the
student. (School Code, 105 ILCS 5/26-12).
Students Seventeen Years of Age and Under:
The parent, guardian, or other person having control or
charge of any child residing in the Mt. Vernon Township High
School District, having graduated from eighth grade, not seventeen
years of age prior to the opening of school, and not otherwise
exempted, shall send the child to the high school for such time as it
is in session.
The school may use the following supportive services to
attempt to correct truant behavior:
a.
Notification of parent or guardian.
b.
Student and parent conferences.
c.
Placement in Crisis Classroom which includes increased
counseling, tutoring, and close supervision.
d.
Referral to the proper social service agency.
e.
Referral to Truants Alternative Program.
1. On the fifth (5) day of truancy the student is referred to
the ROE Truancy Program.
2. On the tenth (10) day of truancy the student is referred to
the Truancy Review Board.
After a student has been absent ten percent (10%) or more of the
previous 180 regular attendance days, a chronic truancy report will
be made to the Regional Truant Officer and may be subject to the
Board’s Policy on Misconduct. Such as:
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a.
b.
4.
5.
6.
Suspension from school.
Expulsion from school by the Board of Education if gross
disobedience and misconduct have also occurred during the
school term.
Students Over Seventeen Years of Age:
Any person having custody or control of a child who is over
the age of seventeen prior to the opening of school and who is
enrolled in the high school shall cause him/her to attend school
when it is in session. Upon the first truancy, a conference will be
held with the student and the parent will be notified. After the
second truancy, a conference will be held with the student and the
parent, either in person or on the telephone. If the student
continues to be absent without a valid cause, the administration will
recommend that the student withdraw from school.
Penalty for Noncompliance:
Any person having custody or control of a child to whom
notice has been given of the child’s truancy and who knowingly and
willfully permits such a child to persist in his truancy within the
school year, upon conviction thereof, shall be guilty of a Class C
misdemeanor and shall be subject to not more than thirty days
imprisonment and/or a fine up to $500.
Make-Up Work:
It is always the responsibility of the student to get all
assignments missed due to an excused tardy or absence from a
class(es). The student must see the teacher during the same
school day when tardy to class and during the first school day back
from an absence. Make-up work will be assigned during a time
determined by the teacher which will be communicated to the
student (i.e., before/after school or during class time/ELO, if
possible). It is the student’s responsibility to schedule with the
teacher, the taking of test/quizzes missed due to an excused tardy
or absence.
If students have been told by teachers prior to their absence,
of homework assigned or tests to be taken during or after their
absences, they are expected to have the homework completed and
take the tests on the day of their return or with the class as
scheduled. Many teachers at the high school level make
assignments a week or more in advance.
For assignments given during the absence, students with an
excused absence will be allowed a minimum of one day for each
day absent to make up work for a class. However, five school days
following the student’s return to class shall be the maximum time
given for the completion of all required work. If assignments are not
completed and returned when due, a zero will be entered into the
grade book and averaged into the quarter’s grade. Administrative
approval for an extension of time beyond the five school day period
may be given for extreme emergency or illness. The student and/or
parent shall be responsible for requesting this extension. Five
school days following the close of the quarter or semester shall be
the maximum amount of time given for the completion of all
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required work unless administrative approval has been given for an
extension of time. If the work is not completed within the allotted
time period, a zero will be entered into the grade book and
averaged into the final grade.
7.
Independent Students:
Students who have verified through the Attendance Office
that they are living independently, without the supervision of a
parent or guardian, are responsible for their own attendance. They
must comply with regular attendance procedures, including the
verification of any absences. Verification must be made on the day
of the absence.
8.
Excessive Excused Absences:
A student who is excessively absent (in most cases, 6 or
more times per semester) even though the absences are excused
will be require to present a doctor’s certificate as proof of poor
health to avoid being marked unexcused.
9.
Absence Report:
All parents/guardians will receive mid-term and quarterly
progress reports which will report the student’s attendance.
When a student is in danger of failing a class because of
poor attendance, grades and/or problematic behavior, the teacher
will attempt to notify the parents/guardians, and then make a
referral to the student’s counselor. The counselor will meet with the
teacher, the student and parent/guardian to review the academic
progress of the student. If the student’s performance does not
improve and the teacher determines that the student cannot pass
the class, the counselor may reassign the student to a study hall
during that class period resulting in a loss of course credit and a
failing grade which will be calculated into the GPA.
The student being reassigned to study hall will be informed
of his/her right to appeal. If the student wishes to appeal he/she will
remain in class until the Principal or designee has ruled on the
appeal.
STUDY HALLS
All students are required by law to be under the supervision of
school personnel a minimum of five clock hours per day. To insure this
supervision, all students will be assigned to study hall when they do not
have a regularly scheduled class. Students who refuse to attend assigned
study halls or are guilty of misconduct during study hall will be subject to
the same measures of discipline as in the case of any other class.
DISCIPLINE POLICY
Teachers may remove students from classrooms for disruptive
behavior, and the student will be dealt with according to the seriousness of
the offense. Gross misbehavior may result in removal from class,
suspension, probation, or expulsion from school as provided in Section
10-22.6 of The School Code of Illinois. It is recommended that teachers
attempt to solve the disciplinary problems which arise in their classes; but
if a student fails to respond or to cooperate and thus becomes detrimental
to the well-being of the rest of the class, he/she will be sent to the
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Attendance Office. An attempt will be made by the administration to work
with parents or guardians in resolving the problems which students
encounter. If this fails to bring about the desired results, the student will
be removed from class, suspended, placed on probation, or expelled, as
the above-named section of The School Code of Illinois provides.
POLICY CONCERNING GANGS AND
GANG-RELATED ACTIVITIES
Public school secret societies and gangs are prohibited. For
purposes of this policy a public school secret society or gang means any
organization composed wholly or in part of public school pupils which
seeks to perpetuate themselves by taking in additional members from the
pupils rather than by the free choice of any pupil in the school who is
qualified by the rules of the school to fill the special aims of the
organization.
Any public school secret society or a gang is not in the best
interests of Mt. Vernon Township High School District. The Board of
Education has determined that the presence of gangs and gang-related
activities substantially disrupts and materially interferes with the District’s
educational process and programs.
It shall be deemed an act of gross disobedience or misconduct for
any student to join, become pledged to join or to solicit any student to join,
promise to join or become a member of a public school secret society or
gang.
The following behavior committed by a student on school grounds
or at school-sponsored events, whether on or off school grounds, on
school buses and while traveling to and from school constitutes gross
disobedience or misconduct:
1.
Wearing, possessing, using, distributing, displaying or selling any
clothing, jewelry, emblem, badge, symbol, sign or other thing which
is evidence of membership or affiliation in any gang.
2.
Committing any act or omission or using any speech, either verbal
or non-verbal (including gestures, handshakes and hand signals),
showing membership or affiliation in a gang.
3.
Using, any speech or committing any act or omission in furtherance
of the interests of any gang or gang activity, including, but not
limited to:
a. requesting any person to pay protection or otherwise
intimidating or threatening any person,
b. committing any other illegal act or other violation of school
district policies,
c. acting or inciting other students to act with physical violence
upon any other persons or property,
d. causing graffiti to be exhibited on school property, including
graffiti intending to denote gang members’ territory.
MISCONDUCT
The following paragraphs summarize the policies of the Board of
Education of Mt. Vernon Township High School concerning misconduct.
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Students who are good citizens maintain a cooperative attitude in
school and conform to classroom situations. Those who do not are guilty
of misconduct, for they not only fail to make progress themselves, but also
distract others who want to learn.
Parents and guardians of children in school are expected to
cooperate with the school by promoting good citizenship in the home and
teaching their children the importance of good behavior and proper
attitude in the classroom. Without these, tax money spent on
uncooperative students is largely wasted.
Any student who is guilty of misconduct will be subject to
suspension, probation, expulsion, and/or court action as dictated under
the mandates of the law. Any known violations should be reported
immediately to the school authorities.
In addition, any student who receives 10 referrals will be placed on
social suspension. Furthermore, after 15 referrals then School Board will
review students’ files for additional possible action. The policies of the
Board of Education of Mt. Vernon Township High School concerning
misconduct are as follows:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Cheating/Plagiarism - Cheating and/or plagiarizing school work
and materials is prohibited. Any student found cheating or
plagiarizing will receive a zero on the questioned material and the
incident may be reported to the Attendance Office for
documentation purposes. Repeated acts of cheating or plagiarism
shall be subject to the Board’s penalties for misconduct.
Closed Campus -Students must have permission to leave the
main campus at any time other than their scheduled lunch hour.
The main campus is defined as the property that is bounded by
Sixth Street on the east, Eighth Street on the west, Jordan Street
on the north, and Casey Avenue on the south and shall include the
P. E. facility (L Building, Maintenance building, game field, baseball
field, and parking lot), and M Building on the corner of Seventh and
Jordan. Any student found in violation of this policy shall be subject
to the Board’s disciplinary penalties for misconduct.
Permission – Any student leaving school property must sign out
through the Attendance Office or obtain an off-campus pass from
an administrator.
Computer Use - Computers and other technology equipment shall
be used for authorized school assignments. Usage not related to
class assignments must be approved by a teacher or supervisor.
Copyright laws and license agreements related to computer
software shall be observed. Before accessing computers, students
are required to sign an Internet Usage Agreement. Any student
found in violation of this policy shall be subject to the Board’s
disciplinary penalties for misconduct.
Electronic Devices - In order to maintain a quiet and orderly
learning environment, students are not allowed to use or have
turned on any electronic devices while at Mt. Vernon Township
High School during class time unless authorized and approved by
the Administration or supervising faculty member.
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5.
6.
7.
8.
Students at Mt. Vernon Township High School may store cellular
phones and/or pagers (that are turned off) in their backpacks or
lockers. Mt. Vernon Township High School is NOT responsible for
a lost or stolen cell phone and/or pager. Students may not use cell
phones in such a manner as to disturb others. During
extracurricular events, such as concerts, performances or plays,
cell phones or pagers must be turned off so that they do not cause
interruptions.
Laser pointers are not allowed in the school.
Any student found in violation of this policy shall be subject to the
Board’s disciplinary penalties for misconduct.
Extracurricular Activities - All students of Mt. Vernon High School
are subject to the Extracurricular Code of Conduct and are
expected to obey the policies, rules, and regulations found in the
Student and Parent Handbook while attending or participating in
school-sponsored activities. All persons, students and nonstudents, who attend or participate in events sponsored by Mt.
Vernon High School or events held on the campus of Mt. Vernon
High School are required to obey the rules of behavior and conduct
established by the Board of Education and any other officially
recognized governing body, such as the Illinois High School
Association.
Failure to Report – A student who willfully fails to report to the
Attendance Office or other designated office or location when
requested to do so by any school employee shall be guilty of gross
disobedience and shall be subject to the Board’s disciplinary
penalties for misconduct.
False Alarm - (1) If a student does any act in such unreasonable
manner as to alarm or disturb another and to provoke a breach of
the peace; or (2) transmits or causes to be transmitted in any
manner to the fire department a false alarm of fire knowing at the
time of such transmission that there is no reasonable ground for
believing that such fire exists; or (3) transmits or causes to be
transmitted in any manner to another a false alarm to the effect that
a bomb or other explosive of any nature or a container holding
poison gas, a deadly biological or chemical contaminant, or
radioactive substance is concealed in such place that its explosion
or release would endanger human life, knowing at the time of such
transmission that there is no reasonable ground for believing that
such danger exists. Any student found in violation of this policy
shall be subject to the Board’s disciplinary penalties for misconduct.
Fighting - Fighting, threats, or use of profane or abusive language
will not be tolerated. All persons involved in a fight, as determined
by school officials, will be suspended for a minimum of 24 hours as
soon as the Assistant Principal or his representative can follow due
process rights for the student. Students who make threats or who
are involved in the use of profane or abusive language, as
determined by school officials, shall be subject to the Board’s
disciplinary penalties for misconduct. A student who is provoked or
assaulted shall retreat from the situation and seek help from staff
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9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
17.
members immediately, if possible. A student who immediately
retreats from a fight will not be deemed to have been involved in a
fight. Provoking a fight or not dispersing from a fight when directed
to do so or interfering with school personnel in their attempt to
break up a fight may receive the same consequences as for
fighting.
Gambling - Any form of gambling or implied gambling will not be
permitted on the campus of Mt. Vernon Township High School.
Any student found in violation of this policy shall be subject to the
Board’s disciplinary penalties for misconduct.
Gross/Chronic Disobedience - Gross/chronic disobedience of
school rules, including but not limited to the rules on
insubordination, attendance, smoking, or behavior is prohibited.
Any student found in violation of this policy shall be subject to the
Board’s disciplinary penalties for misconduct.
Hall Passes - Students on campus during class time must carry a
pass with student’s name, date, hour, and time and be signed by a
teacher. Students who are late for class as a result of being held by
another teacher must have a pass from that teacher.
Students who are in the hallways or on campus without a pass or
abuse their pass privileges may have that privilege suspended or
revoked. Any student found in violation of this policy shall be
subject to the Board’s disciplinary penalties for misconduct.
Harassment – See definitions on page 22.
Insubordination-Insubordination is willful disregard of implied or
specific legitimate directives or an attitude so defiant as to be
equivalent.
Nuisance Items - Due to the inherent dangers and potential
disruption of items such as, but not limited to, roller blades,
skateboards, squirt guns, etc., are not permitted at school and
streets bordering the school (8th, Casey, 5th, and Jordan) and
should not be brought to school. Such items will be confiscated.
Students bringing any of these items are subject to the Board’s
penalties for misconduct.
Obstruction of an Investigation - Students who willfully obstruct
the investigation of a school official by withholding information in
response to direct questions or by giving information known to be
false, present a potential danger to student and staff safety and will
be subject to the Board’s penalties for misconduct.
Personal Habits - Indecent, illegal, or unhealthy dress,
appearance, or personal habits, and excessive displays of affection
(kissing, fondling, etc.) are prohibited. Any T-shirt or other article of
clothing which promotes an illegal activity (tobacco, drugs, alcohol,
etc.) is prohibited. Any student found in violation of this policy shall
be subject to the Board’s disciplinary penalties for misconduct.
Presence in an Unauthorized Area – After classes end for the
day, students are not allowed in the building except for schoolrelated activities such as ELO, athletics, clubs, meetings,
rehearsals, studying, and detention. The school intends to be a
good neighbor. Students shall not go onto our neighbors’ private
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18.
19.
20.
21.
22.
23.
property. Any student found in violation of this policy shall be
subject to the Board’s disciplinary penalties for misconduct.
Projectiles - The throwing or casting of any snowball, stone, or
other missile at any other person is prohibited. Any student found
in violation of this policy shall be subject to the Board’s disciplinary
penalties for misconduct.
Electronic Devices- The possession or use for entertainment
purposes of any kind of portable radio and/or tape player/recorder,
I-Pod or MP3 player, or any kind of portable media player, including
those equipped with headphones, is prohibited during class time
and during school-sponsored activities. Any student found in
violation of this policy shall be subject to the Board’s disciplinary
penalties for misconduct. Nothing in this policy shall prohibit a
member of the faculty or staff from using their own or a schoolowned radio and/or tape player/recorder for instructional purposes
or for entertainment purposes when appropriate.
Student Identification Cards - Each student is required to carry
that student’s identification card at all times during the school day
and at school-sponsored activities, whether on or off campus. Upon
request by any member of the administration or faculty, staff (or
any official of another school district, if a school–sponsored activity
occurs at another school district) the student shall present the
identification card. Any student found in violation of this policy shall
be subject to the Board’s discipline penalties for misconduct.
Students will be required to have the school issued identification
card at all school sponsored activities.
Student Language/Student Expression – The administration
reserves the right to prohibit expression which may cause
substantial disruption to school activities or violate the rights of
others. Prohibited is the use of vulgar and offensive terms, as
judged by the school administrators. Also prohibited is the use of
any words or expressions that are considered obscene to minors;
are libelous or slanderous; injures, harasses or invades the privacy
of other people; or disrupts the orderly operation of the school. Any
students found in violation of this policy shall be subject to the
Board’s disciplinary penalties for misconduct.
Theft - The pilfering or theft of another’s property, including school
property, and/or the taking of money, books, or other property
through the use of threats, force, or coercion is prohibited. Any
student found in violation of this policy shall be subject to the
Board’s disciplinary penalties for misconduct.
Tobacco – By state law, smoking or the use of tobacco products is
prohibited at all times by any school personnel, students, or other
persons while on any school property used for school purposes and
on school buses. Tobacco products should not be used or visible
on school grounds. Any student found in violation of this policy
shall be subject to the Board’s disciplinary penalties for misconduct.
Students must have permission to leave the main campus at any
time other than their scheduled lunch hour. The City of Mount
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24.
25.
26.
27.
Vernon prohibits use, possession/delivery, or sale of tobacco within
the city limits to or by anyone under 18 years of age..
Definitions:
Tobacco
For purposes of this policy shall mean cigarettes, cigars, or tobacco
in any other form, including smokeless tobacco which is any loose,
cut, shredded, ground, powdered, compressed, or leaf tobacco that
is intended to be placed in the mouth without being smoked.
(Source: P.A. 86-821; 86-1028.)
School Purposes
Includes, but is not limited to, all events or activities or other uses of
school property that the school board or school officials authorize or
permit on school property, including, without limitation, all
interscholastic or extracurricular athletic, academic, or other events
sponsored by the school board or in which pupils of the district
participate. (Source: 105 ILSC 5/10-20.5b).
Trespassing - Trespassing on school property by an unauthorized
person or persons will be reported to the police. Visitors’ permits
must be obtained through the Attendance Office. If preschool age
or grade school age children are brought to school for the Child
Care Program, arrangements should be made for them to attend
that class and no others. Students who have been suspended,
expelled, or have withdrawn from Mt. Vernon High School shall not
be permitted to visit without first securing permission from an
administrator.
Mace and Pepper Spray - Mace, pepper spray, etc. are prohibited
on school property at any time. The discharge of mace and pepper
spray is a potential threat to the health and safety of students and
staff. Any student found in violation of this policy shall be subject to
the Board’s disciplinary penalties for misconduct
Vandalism - The willful destruction of school property or the
property of another individual is prohibited. Any student found in
violation of this policy shall be subject to the Board’s disciplinary
penalties for misconduct.
Weapons - Any student who is determined by school officials to
possess, use, transfer, or control a weapon, taser or stun guns on
any school grounds, in any school bus, at any school-sponsored
activity or event, or at any activity or event which bears a
reasonable relationship to school, except where such possession,
use, transfer, or control is necessarily incident to a legitimate part of
a bona fide school program or activity, shall be expelled for a
definite period of time not less than one (1) year and not more than
two (2) years, except as provided below.
For purposes of this Rule, ―weapon‖ shall include, but not be limited
to:
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Any type of ―firearm,‖ as defined in 430 ILSC 65/0.01,
whether loaded or unloaded; and
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Any type of ―ammunition,‖ as defined in 430 ILSC 65/1.1;
and
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Any type of ―explosive material,‖ as defined in 225 ILSC
201/1003(b); and
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Any type of knife or pocket knife; and
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Any type of billy club, brass knuckles, metal stars, or metal
pipes; and
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Any object which substantially resembles any of the
objects listed above; and
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Any object which is actually used to cause bodily harm to
another person, attempted to be used to cause bodily harm
to another person, or used to threaten bodily harm to
another person.
Any weapon determined by school officials to have been
possessed, used, transferred, or controlled in violation of this Rule
shall be retained by school officials and turned over to either a
parent or legal guardian of the student or to the police.
The minimum length of expulsion may, in the Board’s discretion, be
modified in an individual case. Factors taken into account in such a
decision may include:
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The seriousness of the student’s conduct.
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The history or record of the student’s past conduct.
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The likelihood that the student’s conduct will affect the
delivery of educational services to other students.
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The severity of the punishment.
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The interests of the student.
The possession and/or use of any kind of pocket knife is prohibited
in school buildings, on school buses, and on all other school
property at all times. Any student found in violation of this policy
shall have his/her pocketknife confiscated and kept in the
Attendance Office where it may be claimed by a parent or guardian.
Any student who uses a pocketknife as a weapon to threaten or
harm another person during the school day or at any schoolsponsored and related activities shall be subject to the Board’s
disciplinary penalties for misconduct.
DRESS AND CONDUCT CODE
1. Findings and Intent of Policy
The Mt. Vernon Township High School District No. 201 Board of
Education hereby finds and determines that it has a legitimate interest in
maintaining an orderly and productive educational program in the School
District. For the purposes of ensuring neatness and cleanliness of its
students, eliminating or reducing distractions and disruptions to the
educational process, protecting and maintaining the health and safety of
the students and employees of the School District, and respecting the
rights of students and employees, the Board of Education finds it
necessary and in the best interest of the School District to establish and
enforce a Dress Code applicable to all students in the District.
2. Dress Code
Student’s clothing shall not detract from or disrupt the educational
process or contain messages or statements contrary to the stated
curriculum of the school district. Clothing or accessories (including such
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things as jewelry, backpacks, chains, etc.) that administrators reasonably
predict will contribute to or cause a substantial disruption of the orderly
operation of the school or education, or which constitute a health or safety
hazard are prohibited.
a. No clothing or accessories may include emblems or printing that
is obscene, profane, defamatory, sexually explicit or which may
incite students to disrupt the educational process. Clothing or
accessories which depict or promote alcoholic beverages,
tobacco, or tobacco products or any illegal substances are
prohibited. With the help of students, a list of drugs, alcoholic
beverages, and cigarette brands shall be provided to all
teachers in order to prevent the appearances of promotions of
such products or apparel.
b. Shirts and blouses must cover the torso/midriff of the body.
Tube tops, halter-tops, "see-through" shirts or blouses, etc. are
not permitted. The neckline of shirts should be at an appropriate
level.
c. Pants/slacks must be fixed at the waist/hip level. Skirts and
shorts should rest at an appropriate length. Underwear should
not be visible.
d. No hats, caps, bandannas, scarves, handkerchiefs, nylon/plastic
hair coverings or hoods may be worn in the classroom or during
student assemblies.
e. Students must wear shoes at all times.
f. No glasses or dark glasses, unless prescription or required
safety glasses, may be worn in the school building.
g. Wallet chains may not exceed twelve inches in overall length,
and the link size may not exceed 1/8 of an inch in diameter.
3. Displays of Affection
The Board of Education hereby finds and determines that
excessive displays of affection may cause a substantial disruption to the
educational process. All excessive displays of affection, including kissing
and fondling, are prohibited anywhere on the school campus.
4. Violation
Any student found in violation of this policy shall be subject to
discipline pursuant to the Board of Education Discipline Policy.
PENALTIES FOR MISCONDUCT
Penalties for misconduct may include, but are not limited to, the
following:
1. Denial of Privileges - Denial of privileges may include, but is not
limited to, INTERNET access, social suspension, loss of driving/parking
privileges, loss of classroom sign-out privileges, restricted lunch period, or
detainment after school. The Assistant Principal shall be involved in and
approve all cases in which the privileges listed above are denied with the
exception of loss of classroom sign-out privileges. Sign-out privileges may
be denied by classroom teachers without the approval of the Assistant
Principal.
2. Crisis Classroom - The Crisis Classroom (106H) is a special
classroom designed to address truancy and/or misbehavior of those
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students who have failed to abide by the rules and regulations of Mt.
Vernon Township High School. It extends remedial instruction, tutorial
help, guidance, one-on-one attention, and direction needed to address
student tardiness, truancy, and misbehavior. It is established to offer
direction and intervention needed to deal with such behavior. The
classroom atmosphere is a structured, quiet environment with minimal
diversions and is supervised at all times.
It is a place where students will renew their respect for the
educational opportunities of the traditional classroom. The Crisis
Classroom is intended to be a temporary placement that serves as a
deterrent to truancy and misbehavior and also addresses the problems
which lead to out-of-school suspensions. Assignments are made on a
block-by-block or full-day basis. While assigned to the Crisis Classroom,
students will be permitted to do their regular class work without penalty. If
a student’s behavior does not improve, he or she will be subject to
suspension and/or expulsion. A Crisis Classroom assignment takes
precedence over all personal and school activities.
Students who are tardy, truant, misbehave, fail to cooperate, leave
Crisis Classroom without permission, exhibit gross misconduct, or are
asked to leave, etc., will be referred to the Attendance Office. The original
assignment will stand and additional action may be assigned in
accordance with the Board’s penalties for misconduct. If the student is
suspended or school is canceled for any day of the Crisis Classroom
assignment, the assignment shall continue once school resumes until all
days have been served.
3. Lunchroom Detention - Lunchroom Detention is a disciplinary
consequence designed to improve student tardiness and behavior with
minimal disruption to the student’s school day. Generally, when students
are assigned to Lunchroom Detention, they receive a one to five
Lunchroom Detention assignment and are given a minimum of two (2)
days to serve their detentions. First day is the day the detentions are
assigned; second day is the next school day.
Students are to report to Lunchroom Detention during their lunch on
the day(s) assigned or until all detentions are served. The lunchroom
detention room is located on the bottom floor of ―A‖ building in the
northwest corner of the cafeteria. Students are supervised for lunch
detention times. Time is allowed for the student to purchase and eat lunch
in the cafeteria. Students are encouraged to bring something to study.
Students who are tardy, truant, misbehave, fail to cooperate, leave
Lunchroom Detention without permission, exhibit gross misconduct, or are
asked to leave, etc., will be referred to the Attendance Office. The original
assignment will stand and additional action may be assigned in
accordance with the Board’s penalties for misconduct. If a student is
suspended or school is canceled for any day of this assignment, the
assignment shall continue once school resumes until all days have been
served.
4. Saturday School- Saturday School is a disciplinary consequence
designed to offer students an opportunity to address and remedy
unacceptable behavior or conduct. Saturday School affords students an
environment, staff, and curriculum designed to address behavioral
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problems which may interfere with their educational progress in school.
Saturday School dates are listed each school year on the calendar in the
back of the Parent/Student Handbook (an attempt is made to avoid all
three (3) day weekends, school vacations, etc.).
As an alternative to out-of-school suspension and when deemed
appropriate by the administration, students may be assigned Saturday
School in increments of blocks. The number(s) of blocks that are assigned
are determined by the severity and circumstances of a disciplinary
infraction. Students accumulating two (2) or more blocks of Saturday
School must attend a session on one or more Saturdays at a designated
time and place. The number of sessions a student is expected to serve on
a Saturday School date is dictated by the number of Saturday School
blocks the student has accumulated. One (1) session equals two (2)
blocks.
Students who misbehave, fail to cooperate, arrive late, leave
Saturday School without permission, exhibit gross misconduct, or are
asked to leave, etc., will be referred to the Saturday School administrator.
The Saturday School administrator may, in turn, assign additional
Saturday School time, dismiss and ask the student to leave school
grounds, and/or assign an out-of-school suspension. Failure to serve a
Saturday School assignment on the date designated will result in a an inschool suspension. If Saturday School is canceled, the blocks will be
reassigned for the next Saturday School date when the student is
expected to serve. Students who have been suspended are expected to
serve Saturday School dates unless told specifically not to by a school
administrator.
5. In-School Suspension - is an alternative classroom designed to
improve the behavior of misbehaving students. The parents of the student
are notified of the problem and asked to assist in improving the behavior
of the student. If the behavior does not improve, the only remaining
recourse of the school administration is out-of-school suspension, and as
a last resort expulsion. The program is designed to be rehabilitative in
nature.
Rules include:
a.
Students will report before the tardy bell and remain until the
end of the school day. Unless placed there for a class
period/periods.
b.
Students assigned will be escorted to lunch.
c.
Students will be given restroom breaks at designated times.
d.
Students are not allowed to attend or to participate in any
extracurricular activities during the period of in-school
suspension after school.
e.
There will be a strict disciplinary environment with no
interaction of talking with other students.
The administration will assign in-school suspension and the
assignment will not exceed a period of ten (10) consecutive days.
The purpose of in-school suspension is to serve the needs of the
students, faculty, administrators, and parents by providing a meaningful
alternative to out-of-school suspension. Any student found in violation of
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this policy shall be subject to the Board’s disciplinary penalties for
misconduct.
6. Out-of-School Suspension - is a disciplinary consequence that is
utilized when behavior has become chronic/grossly unacceptable. When
other disciplinary interventions have not been successful, suspension from
school becomes the only recourse to modify behavior.
It is the intention of the Mt. Vernon Board of Education and
Administration to administer consequences that provide alternatives to
out-of-school suspension for misbehavior at school. However, in some
cases of gross misconduct, an out-of-school suspension will be
administered. Students who serve out-of-school suspensions must have
all make-up work and missed tests completed by the end of the second
day after their return to school. Students who are suspended shall be
permitted to make up missed work unless the teacher deems it unrealistic
to duplicate the work such as field trips, labs, or guest speakers. It will be
the STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY to make arrangements with teachers
for make-up work and to initiate contact with his or her teachers for the
submission of these items. When the work is made up within the timeline,
credit will be recorded and averaged into the final grade. However,
students who do not meet the established timeline will not be given credit
for the missed work. School personnel are not responsible for collecting
homework for suspended students.
During the period of an out-of-school suspension, a student is not
to be within school buildings, on campus, or in attendance at
practice/participation in any school activities or functions (including, but
not limited to, athletic events, concerts, dances, plays, sporting events, or
any other extracurricular event) without prior permission of an
administrator. Students who have accumulated Saturday School hours are
permitted and expected to serve hours on assigned Saturday School
dates unless specifically told not to by a school administrator.
Violation of this condition may result in additional disciplinary action
and possibly prosecution for trespassing. If school is canceled for any day
of this suspension, the suspension shall continue once school resumes
until all days have been served. Upon returning to school at the end of the
suspension period, the student is to report to the Attendance Office for an
admit slip. The student will be admitted to class providing all provisions
have been met due to the suspension.
7. Probation - A student found guilty of violating the policies of the Board
of Education of Mt. Vernon Township High School concerning misconduct
may be placed on school probation by a member of the school’s
administration. A student placed on probation shall be required to abide
by the school’s rules on tardiness, attendance, behavior, and such other
specific conditions of the probation as may be established. If the student
fails to abide by the conditions of his or her probation, he or she may be
subject to an expulsion hearing before the Board of Education.
8. Expulsion - The Board of Education may expel students for gross
disobedience or misconduct.
SUBSTANCE USE/ABUSE POLICY
Rules of Conduct
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Being under the influence of any drugs or alcohol as well as the
possession, use, delivery, control of alcohol, drugs, drug paraphernalia,
look-alike drugs, or drugs prescribed for another is prohibited in any
school context including, but not limited to, the school grounds, the regular
school program, a school-sponsored activity including activities which
occur away from Mt. Vernon Township High School, or in other context
clearly related to school functions, such as activities which occur adjacent
to school property or school-sponsored activities which occur before or
after school, or in the presence of students who have recently attended or
will soon attend a school activity of any type. This policy applies to
transportation services or any other activities related to maintenance of
discipline in the school whether or not a school-sponsored activity. Any
student found in violation of this policy will be suspended for ten (10)
school days and will be subject to the additional disciplinary actions
described later in this policy.
Definitions
A.
Drugs. Unless the context requires otherwise, the word ―drugs‖
includes substances containing alcohol and/or mind altering drugs
and substances recognized as drugs in The Physicians’ Desk
Reference, Official United States Pharmacoepia, Official
Homeopathic Pharmacoepia of the United States, or Official
National Formulary, or any supplement to any of them, unless
specifically prescribed by a licensed practitioner for medical
purposes for use by the student in the manner provided. The word
―drugs‖ also includes substances which are intended to alter the
physical and/or mental condition, and any materials which are
represented by the student or which the student believes to be any
of the above substances regardless of their true nature or the
appearance of the substance.
B.
Drug Paraphernalia - Possession of ―Drug paraphernalia‖ means all
equipment, products, and materials of any kind that are peculiar to,
marketed for, used in packaging, repackaging, storing, containing,
concealing, injecting, ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing
into the human body, marijuana or any controlled substance other
than as prescribed by a physician. Examples shall include, but not
be limited to, cigarette papers, pipes, holders of smoking materials
of all types, cigarette rolling machines, and other items designed
primarily for the smoking or ingestion of tobacco products or of
substances made illegal under any statute or of substance whose
sale, gift, barter, or exchange is made unlawful under the Tobacco
Accessories and Smoking Herbs Control Act, 720 ILCS 685.
C.
Possession - Any student who has possession or control of any
alcoholic beverage, marijuana, and controlled substance other than
as prescribed by a physician for that individual, any other
intoxicating substance, any ―look-alike‖ intoxicating substance, or
any drug paraphernalia shall be subject to disciplinary action. The
term ―possession‖ as used herein is defined to include the use of
the student’s person, clothing, supplies, or automobile as well as
school lockers, desks, or other school property for the storage of
illegal substances.
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D.
Delivery - Any student who delivers, receives delivery of, or
attempts to deliver or receive delivery of any alcoholic beverage,
marijuana, any controlled substance, any other intoxicating
substance, or any drug paraphernalia will be subject to disciplinary
action. Delivery means a transfer of possession or control to
another person whether or not the substance or item is in that
person’s immediate presence. Delivery includes, but is not limited
to, any gift, exchange, sale, or other transfer with or without
payment or other consideration.
E.
Look-Alike - A ―look-alike substance‖ is a substance, which by
dosage unit, appearance including color, shape, size, container
and/or packaging, markings, or by representation made, would lead
a reasonable person to believe that the substance is an alcoholic
beverage, marijuana, or an illegal/controlled substance.
F.
Under the Influence of Drugs - A student is under the influence of
drugs if his behavior or character is modified in any degree as a
result of the ingestion, inhalation, or other consumption of drugs. It
shall not be necessary that a student be deemed ―drunk‖ or
―drugged‖ to be under the influence of drugs.
G.
Using Drugs - A student is deemed to be using drugs when he/she
ingests, inhales, injects, or otherwise consumes drugs or alcohol in
any school context.
Searches
A. Student Searches. If there is reason to suspect that a student may
have drugs or other evidence on or about his/her person, he/she shall be
directed by the Assistant Principal to produce the same and, if necessary,
to empty his/her pockets, the contents of any bag or purse, and the like. If
necessary, the student may be physically restrained to conduct the
search, and the police may be called in to assist in the search. It shall be
deemed an independent act of gross disobedience or misconduct for a
student to fail to submit to a search when reasonable suspicion exists that
the student may have drugs or other evidence on or about his/her person,
locker, or automobile. School officials may conduct searches using any
legal means including, but not limited to, drug dog searches.
B. Lockers. If there is reasonable suspicion to believe that drugs or other
evidence may be contained within a student’s locker and that drugs are
currently present in the student’s locker, the Assistant Principal, or his
designee, is directed to search the locker. If practicable, the search shall
be conducted in the presence of the student, but outside the presence of
other students.
C. Automobiles. In the event there is a reasonable suspicion to believe
that a motor vehicle located on school property contains drugs or other
evidence, the vehicle, if practicable, shall be kept under observation. The
Assistant Principal shall attempt to confirm that the vehicle belongs to a
student by any appropriate method, including the personal knowledge of
staff members or other students.
The Assistant Principal shall seek permission of the student to
voluntarily search the vehicle. However, if the student does not voluntarily
agree to a search, the Assistant Principal shall be authorized to open the
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vehicle with any key in the student’s possession and search the vehicle for
drugs or alcohol.
If there is reasonable suspicion to believe that an unattended
automobile on school property contains drugs or alcohol but the
automobile is not that of a student, the Assistant Principal shall contact
local authorities immediately. If possible, the vehicle shall be placed
under observation.
If, as a result of any search, any substance believed to be drugs or
alcohol is discovered, an inventory of the same shall be made by the
Assistant Principal. The Assistant Principal shall contact local police
authorities and inform them of discovery of any illegal substances.
Disciplinary Actions and Procedures
Those students found to have violated the school’s substance
use/abuse policy shall be subject to the following disciplinary actions and
procedures under the direction of the Principal or designated
administrative staff.
A. Disciplinary Actions for Possession/Under the Influence
1.
First Offense
a.
The student shall be suspended for ten school days.
b.
District personnel will offer to meet with the student and
parents or guardians.
c.
The administration may, at its discretion, institute expulsion
proceedings. However, within the discretion of the
administration, the student and his parent or guardian may
agree that the student be placed on probation.
d.
The student upon returning to school, shall report weekly to
their assigned counselor for the remainder of the school
year.
e. If the student is found to be in possession of drugs, he/she
shall be reported to the police.
2.
Second Offense (Offenses shall be cumulative beginning at the
time of the first offense and continuing throughout the student’s
high school career.)
a.
The student shall be suspended for ten school days.
b.
District personnel will offer to meet with the student and
parents or guardians.
c
In determining whether expulsion proceedings shall be
commenced, the administration shall consider whether a
student and his parent/guardian will agree to probation.
d.
The parents shall be provided with information on qualified
substance abuse treatment resources.
e.
The police shall be informed.
3.
Probation for the Purposes of this Policy and Within the Discretion
of the Administration. A student and his parents or guardians may
agree that the student be placed on probation including, but not
limited to, the following provisions:
a.
Upon the first offense, the administration is authorized to
reduce the suspension to five days provided the student
agrees to be screened by the District’s Care Team and to
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4.
B.
1.
2.
follow in a meaningful way all terms, conditions, and
recommendations set forth by the Care Team. If the student
fails to follow Care Team recommendations, he/she shall be
deemed to have committed a separate act of gross
disobedience.
b.
Upon the second offense, the administration is authorized to
allow the student to return to school following a suspension
of ten days provided the student agrees to undergo
assessment by a qualified substance abuse specialist and
submit proof of an assessment by the specialist before being
allowed to return to school. Failure to undergo assessment
by a qualified substance abuse specialist within two (2)
weeks will be considered a separate act of gross
disobedience or misconduct.
c.
By agreeing to probation, the students admits the offense
occurred.
d.
The terms and conditions of probation shall be established
by the administration and shall be placed in writing and
signed by the student and parent/guardian.
e.
If the student violates probation, the student may be
punished for the offense for which he/she was placed on
probation and for violating the probation.
Third Offense (Offenses shall be cumulative beginning at the time
of the first offense and continuing throughout the student’s high
school career.)
a.
The student shall be suspended for ten school days.
b.
Expulsion proceedings shall be initiated against the student.
c.
The police shall be informed.
Disciplinary Actions for Students Engaged in Selling or Distributing
Drugs or Alcohol
First Offense
a.
The student shall be suspended from school for ten days.
b.
District personnel will offer to meet with the student and
parents or guardians.
c.
The administration shall consider whether expulsion
proceedings shall be commenced.
d.
In determining whether expulsion proceedings shall be
commenced, the administration shall consider whether a
student and his parents/guardians will agree to probation in
the same fashion established in Part A of Disciplinary
Actions for Possession/Under the Influence of this policy
except that no reduction in the length of suspension shall be
offered to the student.
e.
The student upon returning to school, shall report weekly to
a member of the Care Team for the remainder of the school
year.
f.
The police shall be informed.
Second Offense (Offenses shall be cumulative beginning at the
time of the first offense and continuing throughout the student’s
high school career.)
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a.
b.
c.
The student shall be suspended from school ten days.
Expulsion proceedings shall be initiated against the student.
The police shall be informed.
Prescription/Non-Prescription Drugs & the Administration of
Medication
The purpose of administering medication in school is to help each
student maintain an optimal state of health that may enhance his/her
educational plan. The medications shall be those required during school
hours that are necessary to provide the student access to the educational
program.
If it is mandatory for a student to take prescription or nonprescription medication at school, these procedures (recommended by
State Board of Education and Illinois Department of Public Health) must
be followed to ensure a safe and healthy method of administration.
1.
The parents or guardians must obtain a written order for
prescription and non-prescription medications from the student’s
licensed prescriber to be presented at school before the medication
can be given. This order must include: student’s name, licensed
prescriber and signature, name of medication (dosage, route of
administration, frequency and time of administration), date of
prescription, date of order, discontinuation date, diagnosis requiring
medication and any other pertinent information, intended effect of
the medication, other medications the student is receiving and the
time interval for reevaluation. This order will be kept in the school
health files.
2.
The parents or guardians must present a written request that the
medication be given during school hours. It is the
parents/guardian’s responsibility to bring the licensed prescriber’s
order, written request, and medication to school.
3.
All prescription medication must be presented in the original
pharmacy container. Non-prescription medication shall be brought
in with the manufacturer’s original label and the student’s name
affixed to the container.
4.
All medications (including refrigerated medications) shall be
maintained in a secured area in the Nurse’s Office.
5.
With the parents’ consent and the licensed prescriber’s order on
file, the medication may be given only by Illinois State Board of
Education certified or medically qualified personnel.
6.
Each dose of medication shall be documented by the person
administering the medication. Documentation shall include the
name of the medication, date, time, dosage, route, and signature of
the person administering or supervising student in selfadministration. If the medication is not given as ordered, the reason
shall be documented and signed.
7.
The parent/guardian will be responsible at the end of the treatment
regime for removing from the school any unused medication. If
medication has not been picked up by the end of the school year,
medication will be disposed of and documentation made in the
student health file.
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8.
9.
All permission for long-term medication shall be renewed annually.
Changes in medication shall have written authorization from the
licensed prescriber.
Mt. Vernon Township High School will permit the self-administration
of asthma medication provided the parents or guardians provide
written authorization and a written statement from a physician,
physician’s assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse that
states the name and purpose of the medication, the prescribed
dosage, the time or times at which or the special circumstance
under which the medication is to be administered.
The parents or guardians of the pupil must sign a statement
acknowledging that the school district is to incur no liability, except for
willful and wanton conduct, as a result of any injury arising from the selfadministration of medication by the pupil and that the parents or guardians
must indemnify and hold harmless the school district and its employees
and agents against any claims, except a claim based on willful and wanton
conduct, arising out of the self-administration of medication by the student.
This permission is effective for the school year in which it is granted
and must be renewed each subsequent school year.
After all requirements are met, a pupil with asthma may possess
and use his or her medications while in school, while at a schoolsponsored activity, while under the supervision of school personnel, and
after-school care on school-operated property.
The school district retains the discretion to reject requests for
administration of medicine.
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
(CODE OF CONDUCT)
Any student participating in extracurricular activities of any type,
including athletics and cheerleading, shall be subject to the following
additional restrictions:
I. Use or possession of alcohol or drugs at anytime at school, a school
sponsored activity, or any location 24 hours a day and 365 days a year
is prohibited. If reported in written statement by the police department,
sheriff’s department, state police, coach, sponsor, teaching staff
member or another school administrator will result in:
First Offense
1.
Regular disciplinary actions of the District (if applicable).
2.
A meeting shall be held with the concerned parties including
the Youth Coordinator, coach or sponsor, the Assistant
Principal, the parents or guardians, and the student. The
student may not attend any practice or event until after the
parent conference has been held and a screening date has
been set.
3.
The student shall be suspended from participation for 50% of
the regularly scheduled contest/activities dates or by
agreeing to undergo an assessment by a qualified substance
abuse specialist approved by the high school; and submit
proof of completion of the approved program, the student
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shall be suspended from participation for 25% of the
regularly scheduled contest/activity dates. Concurrent
extracurricular activities will involve concurrent suspension of
25% . If the season does not allow the student to
successfully complete the suspension, the suspension will
carry over into the next school term. The coach/sponsor will
determine if the student will practice with the team/group
during this period.
4.
If the student is found in possession of drugs, he/she shall
be reported to the police.
Second Offense (Offenses shall be cumulative beginning at the
time of the first offense and continuing throughout the student’s
high school career.)
1.
Regular disciplinary actions of the District (if applicable).
2.
The student will be suspended from participation for the
remainder of his high school career OR by agreeing to
undergo and completing an assessment by a qualified
substance abuse specialist that is approved by the high
school; and submit proof of completion of the approved
program, the student shall be suspended from all
extracurricular activity participation for a calendar year
starting at the time of the parent conference.
Third Offense (Offenses shall be cumulative beginning at the time
of the first offense and continuing throughout the student’s high
school career.)
1.
Regular disciplinary actions of the District (if applicable).
2.
The student shall not be allowed to participate in any
extracurricular activity program for the remainder of his high
school career at Mt. Vernon Township.
3.
The police shall be informed.
II. Found guilty of committing an act which would constitute a violation of
any federal, state or local law or behavior which would constitute a
violation of any federal, state or local law (This does not include motor
vehicle violations.)
First Offense
After investigation by the Dean of Students and guilt has been
determined, the student shall be suspended from participation for
25% of the regularly scheduled contest/activities dates. Concurrent
extracurricular activities will involve concurrent suspension of 25%.
If the season does not allow the student to successfully complete
the suspension, the suspension will carry over into the next school
term. The coach/sponsor will determine if the student will practice
with the team/group during this period.
Second Offense (Offenses shall be cumulative beginning at the
time of the first offense and continuing throughout the student’s
high school career.)
The student shall be suspended from all extracurricular activity
participation for a calendar year starting at the time of the parent
conference.
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Third Offense (Offenses shall be cumulative beginning at the time
of the first offense and continuing throughout the student’s high
school career.)
The student shall not be allowed to participate in any extracurricular
activity program for the remainder of his high school career at Mt.
Vernon Township High School.
These sanctions apply to all students whether or not they are actively
engaged in their activity at the time of violation. The penalties shall be
cumulative beginning at the time of the first offense and continuing
throughout the student’s high school career. This policy is in effect
throughout the calendar year and does not supersede District school
disciplinary policies.
Rules For Participation In Athletic Programs
The following rules are to be followed by those students who
participate in athletics, cheerleading, and the dance team.
Athletics is an important part of the total educational program of Mt.
Vernon High School. Sports contribute to the educational development of
participants by demonstrating the value of training, the importance of
commonly accepted rules and regulations, the value of organized efforts,
and the importance of the community spirit. Athletics is an area in which
values needed for the development of our society can be emphasized,
demonstrated, and enjoyed. In order to have the best possible athletic
program, it is essential that athletes demonstrate an attitude of respect for
discipline and a willingness to observe all school rules described in District
Policy and the Student and Parent Handbook as well as the following
Rules for Athletic Participation:
1.
The use or possession of all forms of tobacco and tobacco products
by a student athlete (a student who has been or is currently
participating in athletics, cheerleading, or the dance team) at any
time during the calendar year on a 24-hour basis will result in:
a. Each offense will result in suspension from athletic participation
for 25% of the regular season contest dates.
i. An in-season offense is an immediate suspension for
25% of that season’s contest dates. Suspensions may
carry over into the next sport season if needed.
ii. Out of season athletes will serve the suspension during
their next sport season. The suspensions will be 25% of
that season’s contest dates.
b. The Athletic Director and coaches will determine the exact
number of contest dates the athlete will be suspended. The
number of suspension dates will be determined by the number
of regular season contest dates scheduled for that season.
c. Repeated offenses will continue to add additional suspensions
of 25% of regular season contest dates.
d. Freshmen who have not yet participated in an athletic program
shall receive a warning for the first offense. Repeated offenses
will then result in a suspension of 25% of contest dates of their
upcoming sports season.
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2.
A student athlete will be subject to disciplinary action including
penalties imposed by the Assistant Principal, Athletic Director
and/or team coach/sponsor for committing any of the following:
a. Falsification of a signature on the parental permission form.
b. Violation of any of the District Misconduct Policies.
c. Acts of unsportsmanlike conduct during the sports season in
which the athlete is involved, such as cheating, fighting,
insubordination, or verbal abuse of officials, contestants,
coaches, or spectators.
d. Violation of team rules imposed by the coach/sponsor. Each
coach/sponsor shall take the responsibility to communicate the
team rules to the student athlete at the beginning of each
activity season.
The Assistant Principal will investigate all violations of District
Policy. The coach/sponsor may impose additional penalties for acts that
may include suspension and/or permanent removal from the team. The
coach/sponsor must consult with the Athletic Director before suspending
and/or permanently removing a student athlete from a team. The Athletic
Director and team coach/sponsor are authorized to impose the penalties
set forth in this policy and shall do so based upon personal knowledge of
the violation and/or evidence/testimony from school officials, coaches,
and/or members of the faculty and staff of Mt. Vernon High School.
SEARCH AND SEIZURE
The Constitution forbids only unreasonable searches. The
Supreme Court has held that in schools, searches may be based on
reasonable suspicion. The Mt. Vernon school officials are authorized to
conduct a search of a student or that student’s property or possessions at
any time when the authorized school employee has reasonable suspicion
that a student has evidence upon the student or in the student’s property
or possessions which constitute evidence of violation of school rules, the
policies of the Board of Education or any laws.
School Lockers - School lockers are owned and controlled by the
school for the use and benefit of students. School officials conduct
searches of lockers from time to time for contraband, dangerous or illegal
substances, missing library materials, or other improper substances.
Students should understand that they have no expectation of privacy
in student lockers. School officials may conduct searches using any
legal means including, but not limited to, drug dog searches.
STUDENT RECOURSE ON DISCIPLINE
The Assistant Principal has been authorized to handle all matters
pertaining to student discipline. In the event a student feels that he has
been treated unfairly or has been suspended for an unjust cause, he may
ask for a meeting with the Principal. If the student is still not satisfied with
the findings, he may ask for a meeting with the Superintendent.
He may proceed from this point to the Board of Education for redress;
and, if not satisfied at this point, he may proceed to the courts with his
lawyer. Normally, the Principal and Superintendent will not be involved in
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the initial phases of student discipline cases. The Assistant Principal will
be involved in all cases involving student discipline.
PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY POLICY
The parents or legal guardians of a Mt. Vernon Township High
School student shall be held financially responsible (up to $500) for
personal injury and property damages caused by the willful and malicious
acts of the student. The Mt. Vernon Township High School District shall,
when deemed necessary, seek recovery of damages under the Illinois
Parental Responsibility Law, Chapter 740, Section 115/1-7, of the Illinois
School Code.
PROCESS FOR SUSPENSION
The Superintendent, Principal, Assistant Principals, Director of
Guidance, and the Athletic Director are authorized to suspend students
guilty of chronic/gross disobedience or misconduct from school (and all
school functions) for a period not to exceed ten (10) school days. The
student and/or parents are due the following procedural protections:
1.
Prior to suspension, the student shall be provided oral or written
notice of the charges. If the charges are denied, the student shall
be given an explanation of the evidence against him/her and an
opportunity to present his/her version of the incident.
2.
Prior notice and hearing, as stated above, may not be required, and
the student may be immediately suspended when the student’s
presence poses a continuing danger to persons or property or an
ongoing threat of disruption to the educational process. In such
cases, the necessary notice and hearing shall follow as soon as
practicable.
3.
Any suspension shall be reported immediately to the parents or
guardian of the student. Such report shall contain a full statement
of the reasons for the suspension and a notice to the parents or
guardian of right to review.
4.
Upon request of the parents or guardian, a meeting shall be
conducted by the School Board or a hearing officer appointed by it
to review the suspension. At the hearing, the parents or guardian
of the student may appear and discuss the suspension with the
Board or its hearing officer.
SUSPENSION PROCEDURES FOR
SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS
The following procedures shall be used in suspension cases involving
special education students:
1.
Whenever a special education student is suspended an excessive
number of times, the school district shall hold a relatedness
conference to determine whether or not the misconduct is the result
of the student’s handicapping condition as defined by the Rules and
Regulations To Govern the Administration and Operation of Special
Education. A case study revaluation shall be completed and/or
updated at the relatedness conference.
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2.
3.
4.
Such determination shall be made by staff members who are
familiar with the student’s handicapping condition and educational
program in consultation with the staff of the Franklin and Jefferson
Counties Special Education Cooperative.
If the misconduct is the result of the student’s handicapping
condition, he or she shall not be suspended except as provided by
Section 4 below. In such cases, the student’s program shall be
reviewed in a conference and, if necessary, altered to reduce or
eliminate the misconduct. Parental participation in this process
shall be encouraged.
The local district may suspend the student, even if the misconduct
is the result of the student’s handicapping condition, if the student’s
presence poses a danger to the student, other students, faculty, or
school property, or disrupts the educational process.
PROCESS FOR EXPULSION
The Board of Education may expel students for gross disobedience or
misconduct. In expulsion cases, the following procedures shall be used:
1.
An expulsion shall occur only after the student and the student’s
parents have been afforded the right to a hearing before the Board
of Education or a Board appointed hearing officer. The student and
the student’s parents shall be notified by certified mail of the
reasons for the expulsion and the date, time, and place of the
Board hearing.
2.
At the hearing by the Board, the student has a right to counsel at
his/her own expense, the right to question the person who made
the recommendation to expel, the right to present and question
witnesses, and the right to make a statement in his/her own behalf.
3.
If requested by the student, the parent, or their representative, a
record of the proceedings shall be kept.
If the Board of Education finds in a hearing on the suspension
or expulsion of a student that the action was unjustified or unreasonable,
the following procedures will be followed:
1.
The student’s record will be expunged of all notations or remarks in
regard to the suspension or expulsion.
2.
The student’s absence(s) will be recorded as ―excused.‖
3.
The student shall be afforded all educational opportunities and
services missed during the suspension. Tutoring will be provided
for the number of days suspended if requested or deemed
necessary.
EXPULSION PROCEDURES FOR
SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS
The following procedures shall be used in expulsion cases involving
special education students:
1.
The school district may expel students from school for gross
disobedience and misconduct. An expulsion may be for a period in
excess of ten (10) days, but not beyond the remainder of the school
term. (Illinois School Code, Section 10-22.6; Opinion of the Illinois
Attorney General.)
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2.
3.
4.
5.
An expulsion shall occur only after the student’s parents have been
afforded the right to a hearing before the School Board or a hearing
officer appointed by it. The parents shall be notified of the hearing
by certified mail, and the notification shall state the time, place, and
purpose of the hearing. (Illinois School Code, Section 10-22.6.)
Prior to the expulsion of a special education student, the school
district shall determine if the misconduct is the result of the
student’s handicapped condition as defined by the Rules and
Regulations to Govern the Administration and Operation of Special
Education (hereinafter referred to as the Rules and Regulations).
Such determination shall be made by the local district staff and with
Franklin and Jefferson Counties Special Education Cooperative
staff familiar with the student’s handicapped condition and
educational program in a conference with the student’s parents. If
the misconduct is not determined to be the result of the student’s
handicapped condition, the local school district staff may choose to
expel the student. Procedures required by the Rules and
Regulations regarding changes in educational placement shall be
followed prior to implementing any expulsion, including advising
parents of their rights to a due process hearing.
If the misconduct is the result of the student’s handicap, he or she
shall not be expelled. In such cases the student’s program shall be
reviewed in a multidisciplinary staff conference, and if necessary,
altered to reduce or eliminate the misconduct. Parental participation
in this process shall be encouraged. The Rules and Regulations
shall also be followed.
The school district may seek a court order to change the student’s
placement or expel the student if his/her behavior poses a
continuing danger to himself/herself or others in the school.
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