2016 SMS Handbook

2016 SMS Handbook
Siuslaw Middle School
Student Handbook
Siuslaw Middle School
2525 Oak Street
Florence, OR 97439
(541) 997-8241
Motivating and Preparing All Students to Reach Their Greatest Potential
Siuslaw Middle School
Aim for your BEST
Be Respectful
Everyone Counts
Stay Safe
Take Responsibility
Siuslaw Middle School Mission Statement:
Dedicated to Success for All Students
A message from the Principal…………………………………………………….
District Philosophy of Education & Nondiscrimination……………………...
District & School Directory…………………………………………………….....
2014-15 School Year Calendar……………………………………………………
Daily Bell Schedule…………………………………………………………………
Emergency Procedures……………………………………………………………
Student Responsibilities…………………………………………………………..
Student Services / Student Health Issues……………………………………..
Student Clubs / Activities / Athletics…………………………………………….
Earthquake Procedures; Fire Drill; Student Safety Responsibilities; Emergency Medical
Treatment; Emergency School Closure Information
Admission, Alternative Education Programs, Curriculum, Conferences, Grading policy,
Homeless Students, Homework/Make-up Work, Incentives for Success, Library, Parental
Involvement, Parent Rights, Parent Notice procedure, Personal Information, Physical
Education, Program Exemptions, Promotion, Sensitive Material, Student Educational
Records, Talented and Gifted Program, Texts & Supplies
Attendance, Bicycle use/Skateboard/Wheeled Vehicles, Buses, Cell phones,
Change of Address/Phone, Checking Out of School, Civility, Computer Use, Concession
Stand, Conduct, Cyberbullying, Damage to school property, Dress Code, Fees, Gum,
“Hands Off” policy, Leaving School Grounds, Lockers, Lost and Found, Personal Property,
Public Displays of Affection, Restricted Materials, School Hours and Supervision, Student /
Parent Complaint Procedure, Visitors
Accidents, Asbestos, Communicable Diseases, Counseling, Emergency Medical
Treatment, Immunization, Infection Control / HIV, HBV, HCV, and AIDS, Insurance,
Medicine at School, Physical Examinations
Assemblies / Concerts, Athletics, Clubs and Organizations, Distribution of Materials, Field
Trips, Flag Salute, Posters, Socials
Discipline & Infractions……………………………………………………………
Comprehensive District Policies regarding Hazing, Harassment,
Intimidation, Bullying, Cyberbullying, Menancing & Teen Dating Violence
“BEST” Rules, Discipline Process, Gangs, Searches, Threats of Violence, Tobacco,
Alcohol, or Drugs, Weapons, Behavior Expectations, Behavior Grid
Message from the School Administrators
Dear Students & Families of Siuslaw Middle School:
We welcome you. You have chosen a great place for your middle school experience. As a
member of the Vikings, you will become a part of Siuslaw Middle School’s history of
excellence in education! Your path to graduation begins here!
We offer a rich environment with academic programs that reflect rigorous standards
for achievement. Our BEST rules encourage every student to use his/her voice in
developing positive behavior: Be Respectful, Everyone Counts, Stay Safe, and Take
Responsibility. We expect students to develop new opinions about important issues and
to strive to make positive choices in their lives.
Much of what you experience will be new to you. You will make new friends and learn to
work with students of differing age groups. You will learn how to balance the work and
responsibilities of school, activities and social events. You will have one elective each
semester and will dress down for physical education. You will have computerized grades
and grade point averages. You will have lockers and combinations to remember. Best of
all, you will become a member of a team where caring teachers work together to make
learning challenging and fun!
Students have many adults to help them at Siuslaw Middle School. All students have an
advisory period each day. Advisory classes at each grade level rotate students through
4 unique quarter length electives or courses that meet State requirements. Extended
Learning Time, or ELT, is a period where students that need extra help can get it or if
behind in a class, students will be assigned to a specific teacher for a specific task to
be completed. ELT courses are held Monday thru Thursday, with no ELT on Early
Release Fridays. Teachers are nearly always available before and after school for help.
We all work together in a partnership to help students succeed, both inside and outside
the classroom.
The rest is up to you! What students learn here will last a lifetime. We encourage you
to read the rest of this planner and carry it with you at all times. Together, we can
build an even better W.E.B. -"Welcome Every Body"- to become vital members of the
Siuslaw Middle School community where student voices are valued and respected.
Welcome to SMS! Let’s make the most of this exciting new school year!
Andrew Grzeskowiak
Andy Marohl
Assistant Principal
The Siuslaw School Board believes that schools are established and maintained for the education and betterment of
the individual and for the improvement of society. Each individual should be provided with educational opportunities to
assist him in realizing his maximum mental, physical, social, and emotional development. An effort should be made to
develop in each individual a need for continuous improvement.
Siuslaw School District 97J does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, disability, marital
status, sex, sexual orientation or age in providing education or access to benefits of education services, activities and
programs in accordance with Title VI, Title VII, Title IX and other civil rights or discrimination issues; Section 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; and the Americans with Disabilities Act; Americans with Disabilities Act
Amendments Act of 2008.
The following have been designated to coordinate compliance with these legal requirements and may be contacted at
the district office for additional information and/or compliance issues:
Lisa Utz, Special Programs Director, Equal Educational Opportunities Compliance Officer
Distrito Escolar De Siuslaw 97J
Codigo: AC
Adoptado 8/8/89
Revisado y
Readoptado: 12/11/96
Codigo Original: AC
El distrito escolar promoverá la antidiscriminación y un medio ambiente libre de todo hostigamiento basado en la religión,
raza, sexo, orientación sexual, origen natal, incapacidad, estado parental o matrimonial, o edad; asi como por razón de la
raza, religion, sexo, origen natal, incapacidad, estado parental o matrimonial o edad de las personas con quien el individuo
tenga relaciones.
De acuerdo con los estatutos de las leyes federales y estatales, el distrito se esfuerza en quitar cualquier vestigio de
discriminacion en el empleo, asignación o promoción de personal; en oportunidades educacionales y servicios ofrecido a los
estudiantes; en la asignación del estudiante a escuelas y clases; en diciplina estudianti; en lugar y uso de las facilidades; en
ofertas educacionales y materiales; y en complacer al público durante las juntas públicas.
El Consejo estimula al personal para que éstos promuevan las relaciones humanas con las escuelas y establezcan medios
por los cuaes los ciudadanos puedan comunicar sus problemas e inquietudes a la administración y al Consejo.
El superintendente nombrará y anunciará quienes son los individuos que servirán de contacto acerca de y con el Acta
Americana de incapacidad, Seccion 504; del Acta de Rehabilitación de 1973, Americanos con Discapacidades Acta Ley de
Enmiendas de 2008, Titulo VI, Titulo VII, Titulo IX, y otros derechos civilies o problemas de discriminación.
La Sección 504 y el Acta Americana de Incapacidad prohiben la discriminación en contra de cualquier individuo por razón de
que éste(a) se hallen opuestos a cualquler acta de discriminacion o practicá, o por que esa persona haya registrado un
cargo, atestiguado, asistido o participado en alguna investigacion, procedimiento o caso jundico. El Acta Americana de
incapacidad prohibe, asimismo, que se forze, amenaze o Interfiera con algún individuo para poder ejercer los derechos
garantizados bajo esta Acta.
The material covered within this student handbook is intended as a method of communicating to students and parents regarding
general district information, rules, and procedures and is not intended to either enlarge or diminish any Board policy, administrative
regulation or collective bargaining agreement. Material contained herein may therefore be superseded by such Board policy,
administrative regulation, or collective bargaining agreement. Any information contained in this student handbook is subject to
unilateral revision or elimination from time to time without notice. No information in this document shall be viewed as an offer,
expressed or implied, or as a guarantee of any employment of any duration
School Board
Tammy Butler – Chairperson
John Barnett – Vice Chair
Paul Burns
Suzanne Mann-Heintz
Eric Rines
Guy Rosinbaum
Bill McDougle
District Administrative Staff
Ethel Angal, Superintendent
Lisa Utz, Special Programs Director
Kari Blake, Business Manager
Fred Spencer, Technology Coordinator
Bob Archer, Maintenance & Transportion Director
Cheryl Chipps, Administrative Assistant
Jenny Dietz, Administrative Assistant
Vonnie McClellan, Administrative Assistant
Luell Scott, Administrative Assistant
Middle School Administration & Staff
Andrew Grzeskowiak – Principal
Andrew Marohl – Assistant Principal
Office Staff: Sheri Reavis, Jessica Rowbotham
Scott Anderson
Lou Burruss
Colleen Christian
Kelly Dotson
Ethan Dougherty
Tod Graham
Susan Hawke
Lynnette Holdahl
Jeromy Graybill
Susan Landau
Eddie Mielke
McKenzie Perry
Debbie Randall
Hilary Roach
Chris Rowbotham
Alexis Wells
Heather Wiggins
Pat Wondra
Debra Young
Social Studies 6
Mathematics 8
Special Education
Language Arts 6
Mathematics 7
Phys Ed / Woodshop
Science 7
Mathematics 6
Phys Ed / Athletics
Special Education
Language Arts 8
Science 6
Phys Ed
Language Arts 7
Instrumental Music
Science 8
Social Studies 8
Social Studies 7
Vocal Music
Educational Assistants Department
Alice Burns
Media Center
Frankie Bursaw
Miranda Campbell
Kate Gibson
Lisa Crader
Custodial & Maintenance
Kay Huff
Ward Large
Darin Coolidge
District Phone Numbers
Siuslaw Elementary
Siuslaw Middle School
Siuslaw High School
District Administration
Siuslaw Middle School Calendar
Month Day Event / Activity / Holiday
November 26-27
Labor Day – No School
First day of school – Grades 1 - 6 & 9th
First day of school – Grades 7, 8 & 10-12
Individually Scheduled Conferences for Kindergartner
First day of school - Kindergarten
Statewide In-Service – No School
Teacher In-Service – No School
Start of 2nd Quarter
Veterans’ Day – No School
Half School Day – Afternoon & Evening Conferences*
No School – Conferences continued – check building schedules
Thanksgiving – No School
December 21-31 Winter Break – No School
Month Day Event / Activity / Holiday
New Year’s Day – No School
Back to School!
Martin Luther King Jr. Day – No School
Teacher In-Service – Grading Day – No School
Start of 2nd Semester / 3rd Quarter
Presidents’ Day – No School
March 21-25 Spring Break – No School
Kindergarten Round-Up Begins
Teacher In-Service – No School
Start of 4th Quarter
Half School Day (ES & MS) – Afternoon & Evening Conferences#
No School (ES & MS) – Morning Conferences#
#Spring Conferences are Kindergarten through 8 th Grade.
The High School is on regular school days 4/14 & 4/15
Memorial Day – No School
Last Day of School – Grade 8 – Full Day
Last Day of School – Grades 6&7 – Half Day
Last Day for Teachers – No School
Daily schedules vary depending on the day of the week and the activities scheduled. Listen to
daily announcements for specifics. Passing time is provided for students to take care of business
or personal issues. Students are expected to manage their time so that when the final
classroom bell rings, they are seated and ready to work.
6th Grade Schedule
Period Start
1 8:30
2 9:24
3 10:14 11:00
Lunch 11:00 11:30
Advisory 11:34
ELT 12:08 12:38
7 12:42
8 1:33
7th Grade Schedule
Period Start
1 8:30
2 9:24
3 10:14 11:00
ELT 11:04 11:34
Lunch 11:34 12:04
Advisory 12:08
7 12:42
8 1:33
8th Grade Schedule
Period Start
1 8:30
2 9:24
3 10:14 11:00
ELT 11:04 11:34
Advisory 11:38
Lunch 12:08 12:38
7 12:42
8 1:33
9 2:23
Friday Early Release Time is at 1:52 – No ELT classes, regular classes are 39 minutes
6th Lunch
7/8 Lunch
6th Grade
8:30 – 9:11
9:15 – 9:54
9:58 – 10:37
10:37 – 11: 07
11:11 – 11:41
11:45 – 12:24
12:28 – 1:07
1:11 – 1:52
7th Grade
8:30 – 9:11
9:15 – 9:54
9:58 – 10:37
10:41 – 11: 11
11:11 – 11:41
11:45 – 12:24
12:28 – 1:07
1:11 – 1:52
8th Grade
8:30 – 9:11
9:15 – 9:54
9:58 – 10:37
10:41 – 11:11
11:11 – 11:41
11:45 – 12:24
12:28 – 1:07
1:11 – 1:52
Advisory Rotation
6th Grade – Keyboarding, Stream Team 6, American West History, School &
Community Orientation
7th Grade – Health, Steam Team, Cultural Aesthetics, Keyboarding
8th Grade – Health/ASPIRE, Code Academy, Communication Arts, Diplomacy
ELT – Extended Learning Time – This is a directed intervention class for students
that need additional help in reaching grade level in specific core courses.
Instruction on fire and earthquake dangers and drills for students shall be conducted at least 30 minutes of each school
month. One fire drill will be conducted within the first 10 days of school and at least one safety drill will be conducted
each month. At least two drills on earthquakes for students will be conducted each year. The middle school has been
determined to be above the likely tsunami zone.
Earthquake Procedures: If you are in the school building when an earthquake occurs, take the following precautions:
1) Protect yourself from falling objects by getting under a desk or table, preferably away from windows and
bookshelves. If you are in the hallway, crouch down close to a wall and cover your head with your arms.
2) Once the shaking stops, evacuate the building using the same route as during a fire drill. Once outside, move well
away from the building, trees, or overhead wires and stay with your class.
Fire Drill: When the alarm sounds, please leave the building promptly; once outside, move well away from the building
and stay with your class. Remain outside until the all-clear signal sounds. Remember, fire drills may occur at any time.
Tampering with an alarm box or setting off a false alarm is a violation of Oregon law and students will be dealt with to
the full extent of the law.
Students are responsible for helping to maintain a safe school environment. If you become aware of unsafe behavior
or situations at school, it is your responsibility to tell a staff member. We are aware that students often don’t want to
“tell” on their friends. However, that idea does not apply when a serious safety situation exists. For example, if you
have information about weapons at school, conflict among students, self-destructive talk or behavior, drug dealing or
students whose judgment is impaired by drugs or alcohol. Your responsibility is to tell a staff member. The
information you give is confidential.
A student who becomes ill or is injured at school must notify his/her teacher or another staff member as soon as
possible. In the case of a serious illness or injury, the school shall attempt to notify parents or guardians according to
information provided on emergency forms and submitted by parents to the school. Parents are encouraged to update
this information as often as necessary. If the student is too ill to remain in class, the student will be released to the
student’s parents or to another person as directed by parents on the student’s emergency form.
School staff may administer emergency or minor first aid if possible. The school will contact emergency medical
personnel, if necessary, and will attempt to notify the student’s parents whenever the student has been transported for
In case of hazardous or emergency conditions, the superintendent may alter district and transportation schedules, as
are appropriate to the particular condition.
Parents, teachers and students can tune into the following broadcasting stations:
KEZI Channel 9
KVAL Channel 13
(Rebroadcast to Florence
FM 100.9)
KMTR Channel 16
District Website www.siuslaw.k12.or.us
A student seeking enrollment in the district for the first time must meet all academic, age, immunization, tuition, and
other eligibility prerequisites for admission set forth in state law, Board policy, and administrative regulations. Students
and their parents should contact the office for admission requirements.
The district may deny regular school admission to a student who is expelled from another school district and who
subsequently becomes a resident of the district or applies for admission to the district as a non-resident student.
The district shall deny regular school admission to a student who is expelled from another school district for an offense
that constitutes a violation of applicable state or federal weapons law and who subsequently becomes a resident of the
district or applies to the district as a non-resident student.
Alternative education services may be provided to students expelled from another school district for violation of
applicable state or federal weapons law and who subsequently becomes a resident of the district.
Alternative education program options have been established and approved by the Board to meet the individual needs
of students. These programs may be made available to students who are unable to succeed in the regular program.
Such programs consist of instruction or instruction combined with counseling and may be public or private. Private
programs must be registered with the Oregon State Department of Education. Home schooling shall not be used as an
alternative education program placement. For further information conduct the school administrator.
The instructional program of Siuslaw Middle School is based on educational goals as established by the School Board
and by the Oregon Department of Education. The instruction in each course is based on these goals.
Student progress in learning is measured against these goals. Student progress is reported to parents on the student
report cards. The student's grade is a composite measuring their progress in meeting instructional and curricular goals
established for the course.
Parents are welcome to visit with teachers to discuss how their child's grade is derived and how students are meeting
the goals set for the course. Please contact the school to set up a meeting with a teacher if you so desire.
Siuslaw School District policies are on file at the district's schools, libraries, and the district administrative office. They
are available to all patrons of the district to view.
Middle School Curriculum includes the following:
Language Arts
Grammar, composition, spelling, reading, literature
Social Studies
6th — Latin America, Canada, World Geography
7th — Geography and Current Events
8th — U.S. History and Current Events
6th — Science Process: Physical, Earth & Engineering Science
7th — Science Process: Life, Environmental & Matter
8th — Science Process: Forces, Motion & Energy, Space & Waves, Evolution
Mathematics, Health Education, Physical Education, Library, Counseling,Special Education, Athletics
Sixth Grade
 Beginning Band – students can audition for Intermediate or Advanced band, matching level of student & program
 Beginning Choir – students can audition for Intermediate or Advanced choir, matching level of student & program
 Office Assistant — One student may be assigned per period to the school office to assist in its operation. The
students will collect attendance, run errands within the building, and assist the secretaries. Interested students
should contact the secretaries before scheduling. All office assistants are expected to dress appropriately for
a business office setting and to conduct themselves accordingly at all times.
 Library Assistant — One student may be assigned during per period to assist in the operation of the library. The
student will check out books, replace them on the shelves, help repair books, and otherwise assist the librarian.
Interested students should contact the librarian before scheduling.
Seventh & Eighth Grades
Beginning Band – For first year players of any grade.
Intermediate Band — Based upon audition and skill level; this band performs at concerts, contests, and the
Rhododendron Festival parades.
Advanced Band — Based upon audition and skill level; this band performs at concerts, contests, and the
Rhododendron Festival parades.
Choir — Beginning, Intermediate, Treble, or Advanced – Based upon skill level and audition. These classes are
for students who enjoy singing and performing in front of an audience! Each member of the choir is required to
perform at five concerts throughout the school year plus attend the middle school choir festival in March.
Students may also be selected to perform at the Solo/Ensemble, Honor Choir, or All-State Choir.
Office/Library Assistant (see above description)
Regular conferences are scheduled annually in the fall and spring to review student progress. Students and parents
may also expect teachers or administrators to request a conference 1) if a student is not maintaining passing grades or
achieving the expected level of performance, 2) if the student is not maintaining behavior expectations, or 3) in any
other case the teacher or administrator considers necessary.
The school encourages a student or parent in need of additional information or with questions or concerns to confer
with the appropriate teacher, counselor, or principal. A parent who wishes to confer with a teacher may call the office
for an appointment before or after school, during the teacher's preparation period, or request that the teacher call the
parent to arrange a mutually convenient time.
GRADING POLICY – Letter grades for courses are as follows:
A = Exceeds Course Standards (superior)
B = Meets All Course Standards (above average)
C = Meets Most Course Standards (average)
D = Meets Limited Course Standards (below average)
F = Does not meet the minimum course standards (failing)
P = Passing; awarded to students with modified course objectives or standards
I = Incomplete; one or more major course elements required for evalutation still to be done
To help promote parental communication, parents receive quarterly report cards and mid-term progress reports. Work
can only be made up when a student's absence from a particular class was an excused absence (see
"Attendance" section in student handbook.) If other justifiable extenuating circumstances exist for a student wanting to
make up an "I," a parent-teacher conference should be scheduled. If an "I" is not made up within two weeks, the grade
changes to "F."
The district provides full and equal opportunity to students in homeless situations as required by law, including
immediate enrollment. School records, medical records, proof of residence or other documents will not be required as
a condition for enrollment for homeless students. A student is permitted to remain in his/her school of origin for the
duration of his/her homelessness or until the end of any academic year in which he/she moves to permanent housing.
For additional information concerning the rights of students and parents of students in homeless situations or
assistance in accessing transportation services contact the Director of Special Services.
Homework is assigned to provide students an opportunity to practice independently what has been presented in class,
to improve the learning processes, to aid in the mastery of skills and to create and stimulate interest. Whatever the
task, the experience is intended to be complimentary to the classroom process.
Usually the students who are "overburdened" with homework are those who do not wisely use their classroom time.
Generally, enough time is allotted for students to complete most of their work. At times, specific homework is
assigned; however, there is an effort to see that it is fairly distributed. Whenever a problem concerning homework is
encountered, please call the teacher first to see what remedies are available to assist the student.
It is the student's responsibility to make up work missed due to absences. The student is to contact their
teachers and get assignments which should be completed as soon as possible. Generally, a student is given the
amount of time for make up that he/she was absent, plus one day. Parents may also request assignments during their
child's absence. Please note that parents are encouraged not to request homework if they know the child will be
absent only one day. In those cases, the student may make up the work the following day.
Work missed for athletic events, musical contests, or other field trips: Students MUST complete a pre-arranged
absence slip at least three (3) days in advance of students' absences. If assignments are given on those days, it is the
responsibility of the student to check with his/her teachers ahead of time and be prepared to hand in assignments on or
before the due dates. Pre-arranged absence slips MUST be approved and signed by the Principal prior to the
planned absence.
Work missed due to extended absences not related to illness such as hunting trips, vacations, etc.: It is the
responsibility of those students to complete a pre-arranged absence slip ahead of time to request assignments for the
time period they will be absent. The teacher working with the student will set a reasonable due date for make-up work.
Pre-arranged absence slips MUST be approved and signed by the Principal prior to the planned absence or the
absence will be unexcused.
There is room for about 40 students at a time in the library. It is a comfortable and convenient place to study, read,
play educational games, etc. Students can check out books and magazines for use outside the library. The purpose
of check-out regulations is to assure that materials are available to those who need them. Please remember to return
books on or before the due date.
Behavior rules protect the rights of others who wish to work undisturbed. Students who only want to talk or visit with
friends will be requested to do so outside the library. Food and drink are not allowed in the library. Teachers who
bring their classes to the library are expected to accompany their students to supervise and assist them.
Education succeeds best when there is a strong partnership between home and school. As a partnership thrives on
communication, the school asks parents to:
1. Encourage their student to put a high priority on their education and to commit themselves to making the most of
the educational opportunities the school provides;
2. Keep informed on school activities and issues. The School Website has daily announcements and pertinent
information. In addition, an Open House is held early in the school year and parent-teacher conferences are held
in the fall and spring;
3. Become a school volunteer. For further information, please contact the office;
4. Participate in school parent organizations.
Parents of students may inspect any survey created by a third party before the survey is administered or distributed by
the school to the students. Parents may also inspect any survey administered or distributed by the district or school
containing one or more of the following items:
 Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student's parent;
 Mental or psychological problems of the student or the student's parent;
 Sex behavior or attitudes;
 Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating or demeaning behavior;
 Critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondents have close family relationships;
 Legally-recognized privileged or analogous relationships such as those of lawyers, physicians, or ministers;
 Religious practices affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student's parent;
 Income, other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving
financial assistance.
A student's personal information (name, address, telephone number, social security number) will not be collected,
disclosed or used for the purpose of marketing or for selling that information without prior notification, an opportunity to
inspect any instrument used to collect such information and permission of the student's parent(s) or the student, if age
18 or older.
Instructional materials used as part of the school's curriculum may also be reviewed by the student's parent(s).
Requests to review materials or to excuse students from participation in these activities, including any nonemergency,
invasive physical examination or screenings administered by the school and not otherwise permitted or required by
state law should be directed to the office during regular school hours.
Siuslaw Middle School requires that each student take physical education (PE). Oregon law makes allowances for
excusing students from PE classes when recommended by a doctor or nurse. A doctor's or school nurse's excuse is
required to be excused from PE class. Students will not be excused for more than three (3) days; any additional time
must have a written excuse from a doctor. In most cases, if the student is too sick for PE, he/she is too sick to be in
Students in PE are required to dress down daily. Showers are encouraged, but not required. No specific uniform is
required, but students must provide gym shoes, shorts, shirts, and socks. Those students who don't dress down and
do not participate will be penalized in their grade.
Students may be excused from a state-required program or learning activity for reasons of religion , disability or other
reasons deemed appropriate by the district. An alternative program or learning activity for credit may be provided. All
such requests should be directed to the principal by the parent in writing and include the reason for the request.
A student shall be promoted from one grade to the next on the basis of academic, social and emotional development.
Exceptions may be made when, in the judgment of the professional staff, such exceptions are in the best educational
interest of the student involved. A decision to retain a student will be made only after prior notification and explanation
to the student's parents. The final decision will rest with school authorities.
Parents may request that their child be excused from specific school programs or learning activities which conflict with
a student's handicaps or religious beliefs. These requests must be presented in writing to the building administrator.
Whenever the topic, lesson, film, speaker, etc. to be presented is known to contain sensitive material, the teacher will
send notes home informing parents of the sensitivity of the subject matter, and informing parents of their option to
remove their child from such instruction. Students who are removed from class at parents' request will be provided
with alternative learning projects.
The information contained below shall serve as the district's annual notice to parents of minors and eligible students (if
18 or older) of their rights, the location and district official responsible for education records. Notice will also be
provided to parents of minor students who have a primary or home language other than English.
Education records are those records related to a student maintained by the district. A student's education records are
confidential and protected from unauthorized inspection or use. All access and release of education records with and
without parent and eligible student notice and consent will comply with state and federal laws.
Personally identifiable information shall not be disclosed without parent or eligible student authorization or as otherwise
provided by Board policy and law.
Permanent records are maintained in a minimum one-hour fire-safe place in the school office by the principal.
Permanent records shall include:
1. Full legal name of student;
2. Name and address of educational agency or institution;
3. Student birth date and place of birth;
4. Name of parent/guardian;
5. Date of entry into school;
6. Name of school previously attended;
7. Course of study and marks received;
8. Data documenting a student’s progress toward the achievement of State standards and must include a
student’s Oregon State Assesment results.
9. Credits earned;
10. Attendance;
11. Date of withdrawal from school;
12. Other information as deemed appropriate by school officials (i.e. psychological test information,
anecdotal records, records of conversations, discipline records, IEP's, etc.)
Memory aids and personal working notes of individual staff members are considered personal property and are not to
be interpreted as part of the student's education records, provided they are in the sole possession of the maker.
Social Security Number
The district may also request the social security number of the student and will include social security number on the
permanent record only if the eligible student or parent complies with the request. The request shall include notification
to the eligible student or the student’s parent(s) that the provision of the social security number is voluntary and
notification of the purpose for which the social security number will be used.
Transfer of Education Records
The district shall transfer originals of all requested student information records, including any ESD records, relating to a
particular student to the new educational agency when a request to transfer such records is made to the district. The
transfer shall be made no later than ten days after receipt of the request.
The district shall retain a copy of the education records that are to be transferred in accordance with applicable Oregon
Administrative Rules.
Student report cards, records or diplomas may be withheld for non-payment of fines or fees. Records requested by
another school district to determine the student's progress may not be withheld.
Requests for Education Records
The district shall, within ten days of a student seeking initial enrollment in or services from the district, notify the public
or private school, education service district, institution, agency, detention facility or youth care center in which the
student was formerly enrolled and shall request the student's education record.
Access / Release of Education Records
By law, both parents, whether married, separated, or divorced, have access to the records of a student who is under
18 unless the district is provided evidence that there is a court order, state statute or legally binding document relating
to such matters as divorce, separation, or custody that specifically revokes these rights.
Parents of a minor, or an eligible student (if 18 or older), may inspect and review education records during regular
district hours.
Provision for Hearing to Challenge Content of Education Records
Parents of a minor, or eligible student (if 18 or older), may inspect and review the student's education records and
request a correction if the records are inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of the student's privacy or other
rights. If the district refuses the request to amend the contents of the records, the requester has the right to a hearing
as follows:
1.Parent shall make request for the hearing in which the objections are specified in writing to the principal;
2.The principal shall establish a date and location for the hearing agreeable to both parties;
3.The hearings panel shall consist of the following:
a. The principal or designated representative;
b. A member chosen by the parent;
c. A disinterested, qualified third party appointed by the superintendent.
4.The hearing shall be private. Persons other than the student, parent or guardians, witnesses and
counsel shall not be admitted.
An individual who does not have a direct interest in the outcome of the hearing shall preside over the panel. He/she
shall hear evidence from the staff and from the parents to determine the point or points of disagreement regarding the
education records. The panel shall make a determination after hearing the evidence and determine what steps, if any,
are to be taken to correct the education record. Such actions are to be made in writing to the parents.
If, after such hearing is held as described above, the parents are not satisfied with the recommended action, the
parents may appeal to the Board where the action of the hearings panel may be reviewed and affirmed, reversed, or
modified. Procedure for appeal beyond the local Board follows the prescribed actions as set forth in federal
regulations. The parent or eligible student may file a complaint with the Federal Family Compliance Office, United
States Department of Education regarding an alleged violation of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. File
complaints with the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, Washington D.C., 20202.
A copy of the district's education records policy and administrative regulation may be obtained by calling the office.
Identification of Talented and Gifted Students
Siuslaw School District serves academically talented and gifted student in grades K-12, including talented and gifted
(TAG) students from such special populations as ethnic minorities, the economically disadvantaged, the culturally
different, the underachieving gifted and students with disabilities. Students will be identified based on:
1. Behavioral, learning and/or performance information;
2. A nationally standardized mental ability test for assistance in identifying intellectually gifted students;
3. A nationally standardized academic achievement test for assistance in identifying academically
talented students.
Identified students shall score at or above the 97th percentile on one of these tests. Other students who demonstrate
the potential to perform at the eligibility criteria, as well as additional students who are talented and gifted, may be
identified. The district's TAG program and service options will be developed and based on the individual needs of the
student. Check with Administrator for appeals process.
Required textbooks are furnished by the school. Study skills are emphasized; therefore, we ask students to provide
their own general supplies such as three-ring notebooks, one set of notebook dividers, pencils, pens, and other items
which are generally used in the courses in which they are enrolled. Students are financially responsible for lost or
damaged texts and other school property checked out to them.
Regular daily attendance is essential for student success. Students and parents are responsible for school
attendance. The attendance secretary will attempt to contact parents when students are absent. Excessive absences
may result in loss of credit and grades, removal from class, and /or a referral to the Florence Police Department.
In order to track attendance accurately, we ask that parents call the school office when they know their child
will be absent from school.
All students between the ages of 7 and 18 who have not completed grade twelve are required to attend school unless
otherwise exempted by law. School staff will monitor and report violations of the state compulsory attendance law.
Students that are not in compliance with the State and District attendance regulations may be called before the Student
Attendance Review Board (SARB). The purpose of the SARB is to impress upon both the student and parent the need
for regular attendance at school. The SARB is made up of the District Superintendent, the building administrator, a
representative from a law enforcement agency, and a representative from a child safety/welfare agency. The SARB
hearing is meant to be a preventative procedural step before referral to a local court or legal authority. Legal
intervention and possible fines for non-attendance are defined by ORS 339.925 and ORS 163.577 (1) (c).
Any parent who fails to send a student to school within three (3) days of notification by the district that their student is
not complying with the compulsory attendance requirement, may be issued a citation by the district for the student's
failure to attend school. Failure to send a student to school is a class C violation and is punishable by a courtimposed fine of $150, as provided by ORS 339.925.
The district will notify the parent in writing that, in accordance with law, the principal or designee will schedule a
conference with the non-attending student and his/her parents to discuss attendance requirements. The written notice
will include the following:
1. The superintendent or designee has the authority to enforce the provisions of the compulsory attendance laws;
2. Failure to send a student to school is a class C violation;
3. A citation may be issued by the district in the amount of a $150 fine;
4. A conference with the parent and student is required.
A parent or guardian, or other person lawfully charged with the care or custody of a student under 15 years of age,
may under ORS 163.577 (1) (c), be found by the courts to have committed the offense of failing to supervise a child
who has not attended school as required. Failing to supervise a child is a Class A violation. Violations, as determined
by the court, may be punishable by a requirement to complete a parent effectiveness program approved by the court
and a fine of not more than $600.
Contact Required – When returning to school after an absence, a student must have a note or phone call from the
parent/guardian within 24 hours of the absence, or the absence WILL be considered UNEXCUSED. No credit will
be given for missing assignments when the absence is unexcused. The note must give the date of the absence
and justifiable reason for being absent. In accordance with ORS 339.065, absence from school or class will be
excused only under the following circumstances:
1. Illness of the student. Parent/Guardian MUST call the school on the day of the illness in order for the
absence to be excused. Illness must be extreme; flu, elevated temperature, cough, etc. Headaches, “not up to
going today” are NOT excuses.
2. Illness of an immediate family member when the student’s presence at home is necessary. Documentation
is required from a parent/guardian.
3. Emergency situations that require the student’s absence. Examples: auto accident, fire, flood, family death.
4. Field trips and school-approved/co-curricular activities.
5. Medical or dental appointments. Confirmation of appointments will be required. (Actual note from doctor
with signature, on office stationary required.)
6. Other reasons deemed appropriate by the school administrator when satisfactory arrangements have been
made in advance of the absence.
Following an absence:
On the day of return, students must bring a parent note to the office that gives the date(s) of the absence and
describes the reason. It is the student’s responsibility to do this before classes begin so that tardiness will
not occur.
Student absences will be considered unexcused if there is no valid or verifiable information provided by the
parent regarding the absence, or if the reason for absence doesn’t align with ORS 339.065. Examples of
unexcused absences: oversleeping, missing the bus, car problems, working, doing homework or studying for
another class, hair and/or nail appointments, shopping trips, luncheons, job interviews, swimming, golfing,
hunting, vacations, etc.
Repeated unexcused absences may result in: 1) Loss of credit for class assignment 2) Required extra
attendance during non-class times 3) Additional required course work 4) A referral to a truancy officer
5) Recommendation for removal from class.
Students who display irregular attendance patterns or non-compliance to compulsory education laws are
referred to the truant officer, as required by Oregon Law.
A student’s due process rights will be observed in all instances, including the right to appeal the discipline
decisions of staff and administrators.
In an effort to correct attendance problems and to strongly encourage students to attend classes, disciplinary
measures will be taken in cases of unexcused absences or when proper attendance procedures are not
Advanced arrangements MUST be completed at least 48 hours prior to anticipated absences that will exceed three
(3) days; for example, emergency family trip, serious illness, hospitalization. Forms are available in the office and
require parent notification.
If a student misses ten consecutive days, Oregon Law requires the school to drop the student. A letter will be sent to
parents informing them that their child has been dropped and informing them of the procedure to re-enroll. Students
may be excused on a limited basis from a preplanned activity or from selected portions of the established curriculum
on the basis of a disability or for personal, religious or ethnic considerations.
A student who must leave school during the day MUST BRING A NOTE FROM A PARENT/GUARDIAN. Proper signout and authorization must be completed at the office before departure. A student who becomes ill during the school
day should, with the teacher’s permission, report to the school nurse or designee. The nurse or designee will decide
whether or not the student should be sent home and will notify the student’s parent/guardian as appropriate. Failure
to properly sign out at the office may render a student being “truant” and will result in disciplinary measures.
If returning the same day, the student must sign back in.
A student who has been absent for any reason is encouraged to make up specific assignments missed and/or to
complete additional in-depth study assigned by the teacher to meet subject or course requirements. Parents should
contact the office (at least 48 hours prior to absence) to arrange for the collection of homework assignments for a
student who will be absent three days or more. Parents requesting homework must give the office staff sufficient time
to request the materials. Failure to make up assigned work within the time allowed, which is one day for every day of
an excused absence, will result in a grade of zero for the assignment. Absenteeism will not be used as the sole
criterion for the reduction of grades. A student who is absent from school will not be allowed to participate in
school-related activities on that day or evening. Exceptions include documented medical appointments or at the
discretion of the administration.
A student shall not be released from school at times other than regular dismissal hours except with the principal’s
permission or according to school sign out procedures. The teacher will determine that permission has been granted
before allowing the student to leave the classroom. The student must then sign out at the office. A student will not be
released to any person without the approval of his/her parent or guardian or as otherwise allowed by law.
Tardiness is an attendance issue that can result in disruption of the classroom learning environment and a student’s
own learning opportunities. Students are expected to arrive to class on time with appropriate materials. Being tardy
means that a student has not arrived before class time has begun; sleeping in” or getting up late does not justify or
excuse a tardy. A student is not considered tardy if held after class by the preceding teacher and provided with a note.
A student who is absent from school or from class without permission or an excused absence that meets State criteria,
will be considered truant and will be subject to disciplinary action including detention, suspension, ineligibility to
participate in athletics or other activities. Attendance begins when a student arrives on campus.
Students may ride bicycles to school. Bicycles need to be walked on school campus. Riders must observe safe and
lawful practices. A bicycle rack is available for student use. Students under the age of 16 must wear a helmet as
required by law. The district assumes no responsibility or liability for loss or damage to bicycles. Students are asked
not to loiter in the area of the bicycle rack.
Skateboards, roller skates, roller blades, or any other similar wheeled vehicles are not allowed on any district
campuses or grounds including use on sidewalks, in driveways, or in the parking lots. This does not include wheel
chairs. District school board policy specifically bans skateboards from any district property for any reason.
Student safety, student comfort, and bus operating efficiency are directly related to student conduct on school buses.
In order to insure safety, comfort, and operating efficiency, Siuslaw School District has adopted the following Oregon
Department of Education’s Rules Governing Students Riding School Buses.
ODE Rules Governing Student Conduct on School Buses
1. Students being transported are under authority of the bus driver.
2. Fighting, wrestling, or boisterous activity is prohibited on the bus.
3. Students shall use the emergency door only in case of an emergency.
4. Students shall be on time for the bus both morning and evening.
5. Students shall not bring firearms, weapons, or other potentially hazardous material on the bus.
6. Students shall not bring animals, except approved assistance guide animals, on the bus.
7. Students shall remain seated while bus is in motion.
8. Students may be assigned seats by the bus driver.
9. Students shall not extend their hands, arms, or heads through bus widows.
10. When necessary to cross the road, students shall cross in front of the bus or as directed by the bus driver.
11. Students shall have written permission to leave the bus other than at home or school.
12. Students shall converse in normal tones; loud or vulgar language is prohibited.
13. Students shall not open or close windows without permission of the driver
14. Students shall keep the bus clean, and must refrain from damaging it.
15. Students shall be courteous to the driver, to fellow students, and passerby.
16. Students who refuse to promptly obey the directions of the driver or refuse to obey regulations may forfeit their
privilege to ride on the buses.
17. Rules Governing Students Riding School Buses must be kept posted in a conspicuous place in all school
In addition to the Oregon State Department of Education rules, local school districts are authorized to adopt and
enforce rules that will further enhance a safe, comfortable, and efficient transportation system. Therefore,
Siuslaw School District has adopted the following regulations to supplement the Oregon Administrative Rules
and will be included in student handbooks.
1. *Students shall not bring any weapon, look-alike weapon, incendiaries, tobacco, alcohol or drugs onto the bus.
2. *Students shall not damage school property or the personal property of others.
3. *Students shall not interfere with any of the bus operation controls except in an emergency or as instructed by
the driver.
4. *Each student shall conduct himself/herself so as to promote an atmosphere free from discrimination,
harassment, prejudice, and racism.
5. *Students shall not throw objects on the bus or out the windows.
6. *Students shall not threaten or physically harm the driver or other riders.
7. *Students shall not do any disruptive activity which might cause the driver to stop the bus to reestablish order.
8. *Students shall not make disrespectful or obscene statements or gestures.
9. Students shall not carry glass containers or other glass objects on the bus.
10. Students shall not take onto the bus skateboards, musical instruments or other large objects, which might pose
safety risks or barriers to safe entry or exit from the bus. Large items, which cannot be safely transported while
held in a student’s lap or stowed beside them, are prohibited.
11. Students shall keep aisles and emergency exits clear at all times.
12. Students shall be at their regular bus stops at least five (5) minutes prior to the scheduled time.
13. Students shall stay away from the bus when it is moving.
14. Students shall not damage or attempt to damage public or private property at any bus stop.
15. Milk, milk products, popsicles, soda pop, peanuts, popcorn, and sunflower seeds are not allowed to be
consumed on buses.
16. For safety purposes students will be required to sit upright facing forward with feet on the floor, out of the aisle.
17. Use of cell phones may be permitted providing it does not cause a problem or distraction to the driver.
However, no picture taking is allowed.
18. School Bus Rider Registration: Specific information is required from every student riding a school bus. The
information establishes the following: Parent contact information (in case of emergencies), a student’s
transportation eligibility, and criteria for route planning and student load balancing. Students failing to register
may be issued a Misconduct Citation. Bus registration forms are available at all schools and should be updated
at the beginning of every year or as circumstances so warrant.
19. Students shall not be transported without prior approval arranged through the transportation department. Any
student found “on-board” without prior consent or permission can be returned to the school and the
parents/guardians called to come and pick up the student.
20. Students shall ride only the buses assigned to them unless prior arrangements are made through the school or
transportation office.
*These regulations, if broken, are severe violations with severe consequences because of the threat to
the safety of others.
Drivers are responsible for enforcing all safety rules and will deal with students whose behavior jeopardizes the
safety and security of themselves and others. Passengers must promptly follow his/her instructions at all times.
Violation of the district’s rules of conduct, as well as other conduct which is improper, will be reported to the
transportation supervisor. The transportation supervisor will, as soon as possible, inform the building
principal/vice principal of such occurrence. Violators may be denied use of transportation for a period of time
deemed appropriate by the building principal/vice principal and the transportation supervisor. Violators may be
additionally disciplined up to and including expulsion from school.
1. First Citation = Warning: The driver verbally re-states the behavior expectations and issues a citation. This
citation is to be delivered by the student to his/her parent(s)/guardian(s) and signed by one of them and
delivered by the student to their school principal to be signed before they may resume riding the bus. The
school will notify parent(s)/guardian(s) that further misconduct by the student will result in the student losing
his/her privilege to ride the bus.
2. Second Citation: The student receives a 5 day loss of bus riding privileges. This citation is again to be
delivered by the student to his/her parent(s)/guardian(s) and signed by one of them and delivered by the
student to their school principal to be signed before they may resume riding the bus. The school will notify
parent(s)/guardian(s) of the suspension in the most expedient manner. A conference may be held. Participants
may include the student, the parent/guardian, the transportation supervisor, and the school administrator.
3. Third Citation: The student receives a 10 day loss of bus riding privileges. Again, the citation is to be delivered
by the student to his/her parent(s)/guardian(s) and signed by one of them and delivered by the student to their
school principal to be signed before they may resume riding the bus. A conference will also be held before
student is allowed to ride the bus. Participants may include the student, the parent/guardian, the transportation
supervisor, and the administrator. The school will notify a parent(s)/guardian(s) of the suspension in the most
expedient manner. Further violations of bus regulations will be considered a severe violation.
4. Severe Violations: Where any offense by the student is severe, the initial steps may be waived. Any severe
violation will result in the immediate bus suspension of the student for a minimum of 10 days, and up to a year
5. For suspension and expulsion definitions refer to policy code JGD and JDE.
6. Students who are suspended from riding his/her bus for any reason or time period are restricted from riding
any school bus during the time of suspension.
7. All citations must be signed by a parent(s)/guardian(s) and the principal/vice principal before the student will be
allowed to ride the bus again.
8. Any deliberate violation of the rules during the last week of school will be considered a severe violation and the
term of the suspension will carry over into the next school year.
9. Video surveillance may be used on buses in accordance with policy JHFAA, JHFAA-AR.
10. Special education students shall be disciplined in accordance with policy JGDA/JGEA, Discipline of Disabled
Students, and its accompanying regulations.
11. In all instances the appeal process may be used if the student and/or their Parent(s)/guardian(s) desires. If the
student or parent/guardian wish to appeal, the following steps outlined below should be used.
a. The student or his representative will discuss the issue with the transportation supervisor and principal.
b. If the student is not satisfied with the outcome of the discussion, he/she may file a written statement with the
principal and the transportation supervisor. This is to be done within 10 school days of the act or condition
which is the basis of the complaint. The administration will, within three school days, arrange a student,
parent/guardian, transportation supervisor, principal conference with the goal of resolving the issue.
c. Within five school days, the principal is to communicate, in writing, the decision tothe student and the
students’ parent/guardian.
d. If after five school days from receipt of the principal’s reply, the issue still remains unresolved, the student
may submit the matter in writing to the superintendent. The superintendent will meet with the student within
three school days and will respond to the issue, in writing, within five school days after the appeal.
e. If the issue is still unresolved, the student may appeal to the Board. The Board will notify persons involved
that a hearing will be held within 14 days of receipt of the appeal. The Board shall review correspondence, hear
relevant facts and respond to the student within three school days following the hearing.
In addition to the regular school bus regulations, the following will apply to activity trips:
1. Only individuals directly involved with the team, field trip, or other school activity may ride on the bus to and
from the event. This could include team managers, statisticians, chaperones, etc. Other than that, only team
members and coaches or teachers and students will be allowed to ride.
Coaches and teachers share responsibility for monitoring behavior on the bus along with the bus driver.
Coaches/teachers will be responsible for maintaining order on the bus. Drivers are responsible for insuring
that order is maintained on the bus and may request coaches/teachers to take appropriate action. Video
surveillance cameras may be used.
Students, teachers, and coaches are to remain seated while the bus is moving. If coach/teacher needs to
talk with a student, they may move to that area to sit. Students may turn and talk to peers, but they must
remain seated with their feet on the floor.
Generally, boarding the bus will be done with the permission of or under the supervision of, the
coach/teacher and bus driver.
Athletes will not wear cleats on buses.
Radios, tape decks, and CD players must be used with headphones. Cell phone may be allowed but must
not be disruptive. Cell phones may not be used at night except to let parents know return time. Students
should be instructed to make calls after their post game meal or at another prearranged place or time with
the driver’s approval. The use of cell phones for picture taking is prohibited on the bus.
Except for milk, milk products (including coffee drinks, ice cream, yogurt, etc.) and carbonated beverages,
food and drinks will be allowed on the bus if boarding time causes students to miss their regular lunch break.
All beverages must have a lid that can be re-sealed. Popcorn, shelled peanuts and sunflower seeds also are
not allowed.
The bus driver will remain on or near the activity site with the bus unless arrangements are made with the
transportation supervisor and the coach or teacher and an emergency phone contact is available.
When returning from an activity trip, no student will be allowed to get off the bus until reaching the school.
There can be no arrangements made for stopping near their home.
10. Bus drivers will provide garbage sacks and rags to help keep the bus clean. The coach/teacher will assist the
bus driver in evaluating the bus for cleanliness after the trip and see that all cargo and carry on items are
11. Coach/teacher and driver may give their respective supervisors a written evaluation of the trip using the
attached form.
Coaches, teachers and chaperones must have a copy of the bus regulations and know them before going on a trip
and must position themselves on the bus to be in control of discipline at all times.
1. Remain seated at a table.
Wait to be dismissed when your bus arrives.
Walk out to the bus lines.
Stay clear of the south sidewalk along bus lanes.
Give others adequate space in line. Pushing, shoving, and other horseplay is not allowed.
Students who walk home are to leave the school grounds immediately. No loitering!
Students who leave school grounds must remain off campus.
Students are to be out of the school building by 2:45 unless they are with a teacher.
Students will not use personal communication devices such as cellular phones in the CLASSROOM during academic
hours unless with express teacher permission. Students may be required to deposit cell phones or other devices in a
common receptacle as directed by classroom teacher. Students shall not have access to communication devices
during state testing. Students are free to use electronic devices including cell phones on the bus, before and after
school, and during the lunch recreation period. A "personal communication device" is any device that emits an audible
signal, vibrates, displays a message, photo, or otherwise summons or delivers communication to or from the
possessor. Use of a personal communication device on school grounds is a privilege, not a right, and students that
routinely disrupt class or use their device as a means to harrass, initimidate or humilate others will be prohibited from
having any and all such devices on campus.
Acceptable uses when directed by a teacher include: recording lectures, flashlights, timer for labs, photos of class
notes/board, calculator, research, polls, dictionary.
Students found in violation of the personal communication device use and possession prohibitions of Board policy and
rules as established by the building principal will be subject to disciplinary action. The device may be confiscated and
will be released to the student's parents.
Violation of the appropriate use of eletronic devices as set by the classroom teacher and board policy will result in
disciplinary action.
1. First offense: Referral, student may pick up the device at the end of the school day from the office.
2. Second offense: Referral, parent/guardian must pick up device from the office.
3. Subsequent offense(s): Referral, parent/guardian must pick up device from the office and student
may be required to turn device in to the office before school and pick up after school or may not be
allowed to bring a personal communication device on campus if they prove to be a continued
disruption to the educational process.
Failure to comply with a device confiscation directive may result in additional discipline up to and including suspension.
Siuslaw School District assumes no responsibility for any electronic devices brought to school. Unauthorized or
inappropriate pictures, writing, or other electronic meia taken or shown at school may be the subject to disciplinary
action. The electronic device policy is subject to change at any time.
Students or parents are requested to notify the office of changes in address or phone number. In an emergency, the
school must be able to contact the parent. Transportation records also are affected when a student moves.
When a student moves, his/her parents are to report to the office to sign appropriate forms in order to expedite the
transfer of educational records. Refunds for the student's fees are granted on a pro-rated basis.
Uncivil conduct, like other forms of disruptive behavior, interferes with a student’s ability to learn and a school’s ability
to educate its students. Siuslaw Middle School participates in the Siuslaw School District directive to maintain clear
expectations of civil conduct and problem-solving in the district. School personnel will be courteous and friendly at all
times and school will be an inviting place for parents and visitors.
Visitors and volunteers are asked to adhere to school rules and to respect the rights of students and staff as they learn
and work in a safe educational environment. Students are expected to follow school rules which clearly define the
expectations of civil behavior.
Violation of this policy or other school rules for harassment and sexual harassment may result in actions such as
discipline or criminal charges, as applicable.
Students may be permitted to use the district's electronic communications system to conduct business related to the
management or instructional needs of the district or to conduct research related to education consistent with the
district's mission or goals. The district's electronic communications system meets requirements of the Federal
Children's Internet Protection Act
1. Technology protection measures have been installed and are in continuous operation to protect against
Internet access by both adults and students to visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography or, with
respect to the use of the computers by students, harmful to students;
The on-line activities of students are monitored;
Access by students to inappropriate matter on the Internet and World Wide Web is denied;
Unauthorized access, including so-called "hacking" and other unlawful activities by students online is
Unauthorized disclosure, use and dissemination of personal information regarding students is prohibited;
Measures designed to restrict students' access to materials harmful to students have been installed.
The district retains ownership and control of its computers, hardware, software, and data at all times. All
communications and stored information transmitted, received or contained in the district's information system are the
district's property and are to be used for authorized purposes only. Use of district equipment or software for
unauthorized purposes is strictly prohibited. To maintain system integrity, monitor network etiquette and ensure that
those authorized to use the district's system are in compliance with Board policy, administrative regulations and law,
school administrators may routinely review user files and communications.
Files and other information, including E-mail, sent or received, generated or stored on district servers are not private
and may be subject to monitoring. By using the district's system, individuals consent to have that use monitored by
authorized district personnel. The district reserves the right to access and disclose, as appropriate, all information and
data contained on district computers and district-owned E-mail system.
Students who violate Board policy, administrative regulation, including general system user prohibitions shall be
subject to discipline up to and including expulsion and/or revocation of district system access up to and including
permanent loss of privileges. Violations of law will be reported to law enforcement officials.
The Siuslaw Student Store is available as a service to students. Use of it is a privilege. Excessive litter throughout the
building or on school grounds may result in the loss of this privilege.
Students are responsible for conducting themselves properly, in accordance with the policies of the district and the
lawful direction of staff. The district has the responsibility to afford students certain rights as guaranteed under federal
and state constitutions and statutes.
Student rights and responsibilities
Among these student rights and responsibilities are the following:
1. Civil rights – including the rights to equal educational opportunity and freedom from discrimination, the
responsibility not to discriminate against others;
2. The right to attend free public schools, the responsibility to attend school regularly and to observe school
rules essential for permitting others to learn at school;
3. The right to due process of law with respect to suspension, expulsion and decisions which the student
believes injure his/her rights;
4. The right to free inquiry and expression, the responsibility to observe reasonable rules regarding these rights;
5. The right to assemble informally, the responsibility to not disrupt the orderly operation of the educational
process, nor infringe upon the rights of others;
6. The right to privacy, which includes privacy in respect to the student's education records;
7. The right to know the behavior standards expected, the responsibility to know the consequences of
According to Siuslaw School District Policy, Adopted August 9, 2011: The Board is committed to porviding a positive
and productive learning and working environment. Any form of harassment using electronic devices, commonly known
as “cyberbullying,” by staff, students or third parties is prhibited and will not be tolerated in the district. “Cyberbullying”
is the use of any electronic communication device to convey a message in any form (text, image, audio or video) that
defames, intimidates, harasses or is otherwise intended to harm, insult or humiliate another in a deliberate, repeated or
hostile and unwanted manner under a person’s true or false identity. In addition, any communication of this form which
disrupts or prevents a safe and positive educational or working environment may also be considered cyberbullying.
Staff and students will refrain from using personal communication devices or district property to harass or stalk
Further, it will be deemed a violation of Siuslaw School District Policy JFCFA for students to engage in bullying conduct
away from Siuslaw School District property or events. An individual may be disciplined if (1) off campus behavior
includes threats of harm to person or property or (2) off-campus behavior results in a material and substantial
disruption of the orderly conduct of school business or activities, or interferes with the learning environment or the
rights of others at school. (District Policy – GBNAA/JFCFA)
A student who is found to have damaged district property will be held responsible for the reasonable cost of repairing
or replacing that property. The district will notify students and parents of all such charges. If the amount due is not
paid within 10 calendar days of receipt of district’s notice, the amount will become a debt owed and the student’s grade
reports, diploma, and records may be withheld.
The school's dress code is established to promote appropriate grooming and hygiene, prevent disruption, and avoid
safety hazards. Students who represent the school in a voluntary activity may be required to meet additional dress and
grooming standards approved by the principal and/or teacher and may be denied the opportunity to participate if those
standards are not met. Examples of some articles of clothing that specifically are banned include, but are not limited
to: head coverings (such as hats, visors, bandanas, headbands, hoods, etc.), exposed underclothes, pajamas,
inappropriate athletic / PE apparel, jeans with rips or holes in areas above the knee, clothes depicting alcohol, tobacco,
drugs or encouraging the use of such, clothes which signify gang affiliation, clothes depicting or promoting violence,
clothes depicting offensive or inappropriate sexual content, and wallet chains. Skirts, shorts, and dresses must be at
least fingertip length, and tops with excessive exposure or spaghetti straps are not allowed. Students may be
asked to change, call home, or will be provided with appropriate clothing. Repeat offenses could be subject to
disciplinary measures.
Because it is a sign of respect to remove one’s hat upon entering a building, we ask that students, staff, and
community members remove their hats upon entering Siuslaw Middle School.
Materials that are part of the basic educational program are provided without charge to a student. A student is
expected to provide his/her own supplies of pencils, paper, erasers and notebooks and may be required to pay other
fees, or deposits, including;
1. Student Planner/Handbook
2. Materials for a class project the student will keep in excess of minimum requirements and at the option of the
3. Personal physical education and athletic equipment and apparel.
4. Instrument rental and uniform maintenance.
5. Student Identification cards.
6. Fees for damaged or lost library books or other school-owned equipment.
7. Field trips.
The district will withhold the grade reports, diploma and records of any student who owes a debt for unpaid school
fees, fines or charges. A written notice will be provided to the student and his/her parent of the districts intent to collect
the fees.
Gum chewing is not allowed at Siuslaw Middle School. This policy has been adopted for two reasons: 1) gum is very
difficult to clean up and we find a lot of it on the floor, under desks, etc., and 2) gum chewing often is disruptive to the
learning environment. Students may be subject to disciplinary procedures if found to violate this rule.
Students are expected to carry hall passes when not in their scheduled classes.
There is a "hands-off" policy at Siuslaw Middle School. This simply means that students are expected to keep their
hands and feet to themselves at all times. We have found that what started off as a playful push ends up escalating
into something more serious and aggressive. Therefore, students must respect the rights of their fellow classmates by
keeping their hands and feet to themselves (see following expectation regarding PDAs).
Students are limited to holding hands as a means of showing affection at Siuslaw Middle School. The exception to this
policy is at school socials where students will be allowed to dance with each other. However, students will be required
to maintain a visible distance between themselves and their dance partners while attending socials.
A student must check out through the office if he/she leaves the grounds for any reason. This closed campus policy
is the only way of knowing where our students are. A student must have a permission slip from a parent before he/she
will be allowed to leave the grounds at any time during the day. Students must bring their permission notes to the
office before class begins in the morning. Students will not be allowed to leave campus for lunch unless they are
picked up and checked out by a parent. Once students arrive at school either by bus or by walking, they are not
permitted to leave campus. After the 3:10pm bell on regular days or 1:52pm on early release days, students
are not permitted to leave campus and then return to school immediately following unless there is an
organized school activity or special permission is granted.
Lockers are provided for student use, but remain under the jurisdiction of the district even when assigned to an
individual student. The school reserves the right to inspect all lockers. A student has full responsibility for the security
of the locker and is responsible for making certain it is locked and that the combination is not made available to others.
Valuables should never be stored in the student's locker. Lockers may be routinely inspected without prior notice to
ensure no item which is prohibited on district premises is present, maintenance of proper sanitation, mechanical
condition and safety, and to reclaim district property including instructional materials. Searches of lockers may be
conducted at any time there is reasonable suspicion to do so, whether or not a student is present. Breaking the
following rules may result in loss of locker usage/rights:
1. Lockers must be kept neat and sanitary.
Decals or other adhesive-backed decorations are not to be placed on locker interior or exterior.
Students are not to kick or vandalize lockers in any way.
Students are not to use or enter another student's locker.
Students may not change lockers without first receiving permission from the office.
Recovered items are kept in the office or in a box near the Featherfoot school store and are held until recovered by the
owner or donated to a charitable organization. The donations are made at the end of each semester. Check the lost
and found areas immediately when an item is lost or missing.
Students assume the responsibility for loss or damage to their clothing, equipment, books, or instruments. The school
endeavors to protect all personal property, but it is not responsible for it. The lockers provided the students are not
a secure place to store valuables. Students must understand this and take precautions against theft.
SCHOOL. When items of value must be brought to school, they should be taken to the office for safekeeping in the
school safe until they are needed. Students are responsible for their own belongings.
In order to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment, nuisance items are banned from Siuslaw Middle School.
These would include any item which could lead to safety concerns or could disturb the education environment.
Examples of such items include, but are not limited to: squirt guns, water balloons, fireworks, lighters, matches,
pornographic materials, radios, tape players, CD players, video games, pagers, cell phones, laser pointers, etc. (Note:
CD players and Walkmans are allowed on the bus during field trips or athletic events, but are not be used on the
school grounds.) Violation of this guideline could result in disciplinary action.
The school is formally open from 7:45 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. for students and staff. Although students may be allowed to
enter the building prior to 8:00 a.m., formal supervision of the students does not begin until that time. Supervision after
school ends at 3:45 p.m. or when the last bus leaves the campus. Students should leave campus as soon as possible
after their final class.
SEARCHES (see Discipline section, page 34)
District personnel complaints
A student or parent who has a complaint concerning a classroom/teacher issue should first bring the matter to the
appropriate teacher. If the outcome is not satisfactory, a conference with the principal can be requested within five
calendar days following the conference with the teacher. If the outcome of this conference is not satisfactory, the
student or parent may file a written, signed complaint with the superintendent within 15 calendar days who will
investigate the complaint and render a decision. If the complainant is dissatisfied with the decision of the
superintendent, he/she may appeal to the Board in care of the superintendent within ten calendar days following
receipt of the superintendent's decision. The superintendent will provide the complainant with necessary Board appeal
procedures. Board decisions are final.
Discrimination on the Basis of Sex Complaints
A student and/or a parent with a complaint regarding possible discrimination of a student on the basis of sex should
contact the building principal.
Education Standards Complaints
Any resident of the district or parent of a student attending schools may make an appeal or complaint alleging violation
of the district's compliance with an educational standard as provided by the State Board of Education. The
complainant should first discuss the nature of the alleged violation with the individual involved. If the complainant
wishes to pursue the matter further, he/she will be provided upon request a copy of all applicable district procedures.
After exhausting local procedures or if the district has not resolved the complaint within 90 days of the initial filing of a
written complaint with the district (whichever occurs first), any complainant may make a direct appeal to the State
Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Instructional Materials Complaints
Complaints by students or parents about instructional materials should be directed to the building principal. Should the
student or parent, following initial efforts at informal resolution of the complaint, desire to file a formal complaint, a
"Reconsideration Request Form for Re-evaluation of Instructional Material" may be requested from the school office.
The principal will be available to assist in the completion of such forms as requested.
All "Reconsideration Request Forms" must be signed by the complainant and filed with the superintendent.
A reconsideration committee, comprised in accordance with Board policy, will review the material and forward a
recommendation to the superintendent for appropriate action and notification to the complainant. A copy of the
committee's recommendation and justification will be forwarded to the complainant together with the superintendent's
written decision.
The complainant may appeal the superintendent's decision to the Board, whose decision will be final.
Students with Disabilities Complaints
A complaint or concern regarding the identification, evaluation or placement of a student with disabilities or the
accessibility of the district's services, activities or programs to a student, should be directed to the Director of Support
Placement/Enrollment of Homeless Students Complaints
In the event a dispute arises over school selection or enrollment of a student in a homeless situation, the student will
be immediately admitted to the school in which enrollment is sought pending resolution of the
dispute. The student/parent may appeal the school's written decision in accordance with established district
procedures. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the district's liaison for students in homeless
Students with Sexual Harassment Complaints
Siuslaw School Board Policy JFCF prohibits the harassment of any student or school personnel or toleration of
harassment of any student or school personnel. Acts constituting harassment may include but are not limited to:
 Name calling, jokes, rumors
 Offensive graffiti
 Threatening or intimidating conduct
 Physical acts of aggression and/or assault
 Derogatory notes or cartoons
 Theft or damage to property
 Unwelcome touching of a person or clothing
Acts of harassment should be reported to the principal.
(see Discipline section, pages 31-37)
Parents and other visitors are encouraged to visit district schools. To ensure the safety and welfare of students, that
school work is not disrupted and that visitors are properly directed to the areas in which they are interested, all visitors
must report to the office upon entering school property. Parents who wish to attend classes with their student must
contact the school at least one day in advance to make the proper arrangements. The principal will approve requests
to visit as appropriate. No student visitors will be allowed.
Any student injured at school must report the incident immediately to the office.
The district has complied with the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) by having its buildings
inspected by accredited inspectors and the development of a management plan for the control of this substance. The
management plan is available for public inspection in the district office. The superintendent serves as the district's
asbestos program manager and may be reached for additional information.
Parents of a student with a communicable or contagious disease are asked to notify the school so that other students
who have been exposed to the disease can be alerted. A student with certain school restrictable diseases is not
allowed to come to school while the disease is contagious. This restriction is removed by the written statement of the
local health officer or a licensed physician (with the concurrence of the local health officer) that the disease is no longer
communicable to others in the school setting. For those diseases indicated by an asterisk (*) below, the restriction
may be removed by the school nurse. These diseases include chicken pox*, diphtheria, measles, meningitis, mumps*,
lice infestations*, whooping cough, plague, rubella, scabies*, staph infections*, strep infections*, and tuberculosis.
Parents with questions should contact the school office.
A school counselor is available to assist students with a wide range of personal concerns, including such areas as
social, family, emotional, academic, drug, alcohol or tobacco dependency. The counselor may also make available
information about community resources to address personal concerns.
A student who becomes ill or is injured at school must notify his/her teacher or another staff member as soon as
possible. In the case of a serious illness or injury, the school shall attempt to notify parents according to information
provided on emergency forms and submitted by parents to the school. Parents are encouraged to update this
information as often as necessary.
If the student is too ill to remain in class, the student will be released to the student's parents or to another person as
directed by parents on the student's emergency form.
School staff may administer emergency or minor first aid if possible. The school will contact emergency medical
personnel, if necessary, and will attempt to notify the student's parents whenever the student has been transported for
A student must be fully immunized against certain diseases or must present a certificate or statement that, for medical
or religious reasons, the student should not be immunized. Proof of immunization may be personal records from a
licensed physician or public health clinic.
Any student not in compliance with Oregon statutes and rules related to immunization may be excluded from school
until such time as he/she has met immunization requirements. Parents will be notified of the reason for the exclusion.
A hearing will be afforded upon request.
Although HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome), and HBV (Hepatitis B
Virus) are serious illnesses, the risk of contracting the disease in school is extremely low and generally limited to
situations where non-intact skin or mouth, eye or other mucous membranes would be exposed to blood or any body
fluids contaminated with blood from an infected person.
Since any risk is serious, however, the district requires that staff and students approach infection control using
standard precautions. That is, each student and staff member is to assume all direct contact with human blood and
body fluids is regarded as known to be infectious for HIV, AIDS, HBV and/or other infectious diseases.
Infection / Disease Instruction
An age-appropriate plan of instruction about infections/diseases including AIDS, HIV, HBV, and HCV has been
included as an integral part of the district's health curriculum. Any parent may request that his/her student be excused
from that portion of the instructional program required by Oregon law by contacting the principal for additional
information and procedures. Students or parents with questions about the district's AIDS, HIV, HBV, and HCV health
education program should contact the principal.
Students infected with HIV, HBV, AIDS
As a general rule, a student six years of age or older infected with HIV or HBV, and who does not present special risks
to others in an educational setting is entitled to remain in a regular classroom setting and eligible for all rights,
privileges and services as provided by law and Board policy. The district recognizes that the student and/or parent has
no obligation to report an HIV or HBV condition diagnosis to the district.
"Special risk" student means those students infected with HBV or HIV whose health care provider has reasonable
grounds to believe present special risk to other students or adults in an educational setting. Such special risks include,
but are not limited to, a student's ongoing history of biting others.
If the district is informed, the district is also prohibited by law from releasing information unless the infected person or
parent gives permission for such release.
If a student or parent wishes to divulge such information and continues attending school, the district will meet with the
infected individual or representative to develop appropriate procedures.
Parents of an HIV student five years of age or younger, or any other HIV student deemed special risk by the student's
health care provider as well as parents of any student with AIDS, are required to notify the superintendent of the
student's infection in order for the student to be granted permission to continue to attend school. Failure to do so will
result in an order by the Oregon Department of Human Services, Health Services, or local health department excluding
the student from school or the parent may voluntarily withdraw the student from school. In either case, students and
parents will be notified of alternative education programs.
Individuals with questions regarding these requirements of law or district procedures should contact the school office.
*HIV – Human Immunodeficiency Virus; HBV – Hepatitis B Virus; AIDS – Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome;
HCV – Hepatitis C Virus
Insurance coverage may be obtained through the agent of record. Application forms for the different kinds of school
insurance policies are available through the school office.
Students may be permitted to take prescription or nonprescription medication at school or at school-sponsored
activities on a temporary or regular basis when necessary under the following conditions:
District-Administered Medication
Requests for the district to administer medication shall be made by the parent in writing.
Written instructions of the physician are required for all requests to administer prescription medication. Such
instructions must include the following information: name of the student, name of the medication, dosage, route,
frequency of administration, and any special instructions. Forms may be obtained at the school office to be completed
by the physician and parent.
Written instructions of the parent which include the information above are required for all requests to administer
nonprescription medication.
All medication to be administered by the school is to be brought to the school by the parent in its original container.
Medication not picked up by the parent within five (5) school days of the end of the medication period or at the end of
the school year, whichever occurs first, will be disposed of by the school.
Students are permitted to self-medicate prescription and nonprescription medication upon written request and
permission of the parent and building principal permission, subject to age appropriate guidelines. In the case of
prescription medication, permission from the physician is also required. Such permission may be indicated on the
prescription label. An instruction for a student to self medicate with a prescription or nonprescription medication
during school hours will include an assurance the student has been instructed in the correct and responsible use of the
medication from the prescribing physician.
Other students who must carry medication may also be permitted to self-medicate when the necessary permission
form and written instructions have been submitted.
Permission to self-medicate may be revoked if the student is found to be in violation of these requirements. Students
may also be subject to disciplinary action. Please contact the school office for additional information and forms.
A premeasured dose of epinephrine may be administered by trained, designated district staff to any student or other
individual on school premises who the personnel believe, in good faith, is experiencing a severe allergic reaction,
regardless of whether the student or individual has a prescription for epinephrine.
Students in grades 6 through 12 must have a physical examination performed by a physician prior to practice and
competition in athletics and shall additionally have a physical examination once every two years and after either a
significant illness or a major surgery prior to further participation.
The physical examination is the responsibility of the parent/student and is to be paid for by the parent/student. Record
of the examination must be submitted to the district and will be kept on file and reviewed by the coach prior to the start
of any sport season. Students shall not participate without a completed school sports pre-participation examination
form on file with the district.
A student's conduct in assemblies must meet the same standard as in the classroom. Presenters will be treated with
respect and courtesy. A student who does not abide by the district's Student Code of Conduct during an assembly
shall be subject to disciplinary action.
It is the philosophy of Siuslaw Middle School that participation in extracurricular activities is an extension of our regular
program. At the middle school, organized sports provide a strong positive physical outlet for students. All sports take
a great deal of commitment and cannot help but teach teamwork and self-discipline. Playing time for each student
during each event is stressed in addition to winning. Seventh and eighth grade students will be eligible and
encouraged to take an active part in the athletic program. Sixth grade students are allowed to participate in cross
country and wrestling at Siuslaw Middle School. Information on student Athletics and sportsmanship is available in the
Athletic Handbook and is to be reviewed by participating student and parent.
Individual academic requirements for Oregon School Activity Association sports and activities (band and choir
included) are: The current policy requires a student to pass 6 classes and have a 2.0 GPA in the previous term to
remain eligible. A complete reading of the policy can be found on the Siuslaw School District website,
www.siuslaw.k12.or.us, in both the Board Policy section and the Athletic Handbook on the middle school athletic page.
Athletic participation fees are for participating in the sports program. There is no cumulative “family cap” for these fees.
Student club and performing groups such as the band, choir, drama, and athletic teams may establish rules of conduct
– and consequences for misconduct – that are more strict that those for students in general. If a violation is also a
violation of the Student Code of Conduct, the consequences specified by the district shall apply in addition to any
consequences specified by the organization.
All aspects of school-sponsored publications, including web pages, newspapers and/or yearbooks, are completely
under the supervision of the teacher and principal. Students may be required to submit such publications to the
administration for approval.
Written materials, handbills, photographs, pictures, petitions, films, tapes or other visual or auditory materials may not
be sold, circulated or distributed on district property by a student or a non-student without the approval of the
Materials not under the editorial control of the district must be submitted to the principal for review and approval before
being distributed to students. Materials shall be reviewed based on legitimate educational concerns. Such concerns
include whether the material is defamatory; age appropriate to the grade level and/or maturity of the reading audience;
poorly written, inadequately researched, biased or prejudiced; not factual; or not free of racial, ethnic, religious or
sexual bias. Materials include advertising that is in conflict with public school laws, rules and/or Board policy, deemed
appropriate for students or may be reasonably perceived by the public to bear the sanction or approval of the district.
If the material is not approved within 24 hours of the time that it was submitted, it must be considered disapproved.
Disapprovals may be appealed by submitting the disapproved material to the superintendent; material not approved by
the superintendent within three days is considered disapproved. This disapproval may be appealed to the Board at its
next regular meeting when the individual shall have a reasonable period of time to present his/her viewpoint.
Field trips may be scheduled for educational, cultural, or other extracurricular purposes. All students are considered to
be "in school" while participating in district-sponsored field trips. This means students are subject to the school's
student conduct rules, applicable Board policy and such other rules as may be deemed appropriate by the field trip
Students will be provided an opportunity to salute the United States flag at least weekly by reciting The Pledge of
Signs, banners or posters that a student wishes to display must first be approved by the principal. Signs, banners or
posters displayed without authorization will be removed. Any student who posts printed material without prior approval
shall be subject to disciplinary action.
The rules of good conduct and grooming shall be observed for school social events. Only Siuslaw Middle School
students will be allowed to attend socials. Misbehavior at socials may lead to exclusion from future socials or other
disciplinary action as deemed appropriate by school officials. Students must remain at the social until the end of the
activity unless a parent is there to pick the student up. Attendance in school the day of the event is mandatory to
participate in the social.
The BEST Rules
Siuslaw Middle School has implemented four school-wide rules that are the basis for our behavioral expectations of
students. BEST is the acronym for these four rules:
Be Respectful
Everyone Counts
Stay Safe
Take Responsibility
Students who follow these four rules will earn BEST tickets which will be collected and entered in drawings for prizes.
Students are also rewarded for positive behavior at the end of each grading period for having no referrals. Booster
activities are conducted throughout the year to promote positive behavior. We expect that our students will follow
these rules to ensure a positive school climate for all of our students.
A chart is available at the conclusion of this section explaining expectation in all areas of the school. Classrooms have
their own set of guidelines.
Correction procedure:
Student misbehaviors can be viewed from two different perspectives—severe misbehaviors and minor, but chronic
misbehaviors. Severe misbehaviors will be documented on an office referral form and minor, but chronic misbehaviors
will be written up on a “white slip”.
While white slips deal with seemingly minor misbehaviors, they are not given out unless the problem has become a
chronic concern for the student. For example, a student with a single tardy will not receive a white slip but a student
who has made it a habit of being late to class could be issued a white slip.
The staff member who issues a white slip will make a parent contact to parents, either by phone or by mail. We are
hopeful that by working in conjunction with parents, we will be able to solve these minor problems at a low level.
However, the student who continues with these misbehaviors will receive an office referral after three white slips in one
grading period. A minimum of two lunch detentions will be assigned for this type of referral.
Severe Disciplinary Issues
Students who engage in severe misbehaviors will be written up on a referral form. Please consult the Behavior
Consequence Grid at the end of this section for examples of the types of misbehaviors that are considered severe with
their possible consequences.
Student Code of Conduct
The district has authority and control over a student at school during the regular school day, at any school-related
activity, regardless of time or location and while being transported in district-provided transportation.
Students will be subject to discipline including detention, suspension, expulsion, denial and/or loss of awards and
privileges, and/or referral to law enforcement officials for the following, including but not limited to:
1. Assault;
2. Hazing, harassment, intimidation, bullying or menacing;
3. Coercion;
4. Violent behavior or threats of violence or harm;
5. Disorderly conduct, including disruption of the school environment;
6. Bringing, possessing, concealing, or using a weapon;
7. Vandalism/Malicious Mischief/Theft;
8. Sexual harassment;
9. Use of tobacco, alcohol or drugs, including drug paraphernalia;
10. Use or display of profane or obscene language;
11. Open defiance of a teacher's authority, including persistent failure to comply with the lawful directions of
teachers or school officials;
12. Violation of district transportation rules;
13. Violation of law, Board policy, administrative regulation, school or classroom rules.
A student who violates the Student Code of Conduct shall be subject to disciplinary action. A student's due process
rights will be observed in all such instances, including the right to appeal the discipline decisions of staff and
The district's disciplinary options include using one or more discipline management techniques including counseling by
teachers, counselors and administrators, detention, suspension, expulsion, loss of privileges, honors and awards, and
removal to an alternative education program. Disciplinary measures are applied depending on the nature of the
offense. The age and past pattern of behavior of a student will be considered prior to any suspension or expulsion.
In addition, when a student commits substance abuse, drug or drug paraphernalia, alcohol and/or tobacco-related
offenses or any other criminal act, he/she may also be referred to law enforcement officials. Violations of the district's
weapons policy, as required by law, shall be reported to law enforcement.
A student may be detained outside of school hours (for not more than two hours) on one or more days if the student
violates the Student Code of Conduct. The detention shall not begin, however, until the student's parents have been
notified of the reason for the detention and can make arrangements for the student's transportation on the day(s) of the
Lunch detentions begin promptly at the start of lunch. They are assigned for minor student misbehaviors. Students
will be placed in detention for disciplinary reasons and will be expected to bring school work or a reading book with
them to the detention room. Students are allowed to eat their lunches in the detention room.
A student whose conduct or condition is seriously detrimental to the school’s best interest may be suspended from
school for up to and including ten (10) school days for willful violations of the Student Code of Conduct. The district
may require a student to attend school during non-school hours as an alternative to suspension. A student may be
suspended for one or more of the following reasong: a) willful violation of Board policies, administrative regulations or
school rules; b) willful conduct which materially and substantially disrupts the rights of others to an education; c) willful
conduct which endangers district property.
An opportunity for the student to present his/her view of the alleged misconduct will be given. Each suspension will
include a specification of the reasons for the suspension, the length of the suspension, a plan for readmission and an
opportunity to appeal the decision.
Every reasonable and prompt effort will be made to notify the parents of a suspended student.
While under suspension, a student may not attend after-school activities and athletic events, be present on district
property, nor participate in activities directed or sponsored by the district.
School work missed by a student while on suspension may be made up upon the student's return to school or during
the period of suspension.
In-school suspension (for those assigned) begins upon the student's arrival at school. These students are to report
to the office immediately upon their arrival. Under no circumstances should suspended students be loitering in the
hallways, outside, or in other areas prior to the start of school.
Students will receive two warnings during their suspension time for inappropriate behaviors. Any further behavior
incidents will trigger a phone call to parents concerning the inappropriate behaviors. If the student continues to
misbehave after the phone call, the student will be sent home for the remainder of the day and will have an additional
day of out-of-school suspension.
There will be no eating, drinking, or candy allowed in the in-school suspension area except during lunchtime.
The in-school suspension area will be a quiet work area. Students must be working on homework or reading a library
book. Talking or off-task behaviors will not be allowed in this area. No headphones, radios, video games, or other
forms of entertainment will be allowed. Students will be expected to follow all directions and requests of the person
monitoring the suspension room.
Students serving in-school suspensions, either half days or full days, will be expected to spend their lunchtime in the
suspension room.
A student may be expelled for severe or repeated violations of the Student Code of Conduct. Expulsion will be limited
to circumstances: a) conduct that poses a threat to the health or safety of students or school employees; b) when other
strategies to change student conduct have been ineffective; or c) when the expulsion is required by law. No student
may be expelled without a hearing unless the student's parent or the student, if 18 years of age, waives the right to a
hearing, either in writing or by failure to appear at a scheduled meeting.
An expulsion shall not extend beyond one calendar year.
The district will provide appropriate expulsion notification including expulsion hearing procedures, student and parent
rights and alternative education provisions as required by law. See alternative education programs and alternative
education notice in this handbook.
Discipline of Disabled Students
When a student being served by an Individualized Education Program (IEP) engages in conduct which would warrant
suspension of more than 10 days or expulsion for a non-disabled student, the student's parents will be notified
immediately (within 24 hours) of the circumstances of the misbehavior and the time and location of the student's IEP
team meeting addressing the infraction and its relationship to the disability.
The IEP team will determine whether the misconduct is a manifestation of the student's disability. Should the IEP team
conclude the misconduct has no relationship to the student's disability, the student may be disciplined in the same
manner as would other students.
If the IEP team concludes the misconduct is a consequence of the student's disability, the team may review and revise
the student's IEP and determine whether a change in placement is needed. The district may not suspend for more
than 10 days or expel a disabled student or terminate educational services for any behavior which is a manifestation of
the disability.
A student may be removed from the current educational placement to an appropriate interim alternative educational
setting for the same amount of time that a student without a disability would be subject to discipline, but not for more
than 45 calendar days in a school year for a drug or weapon violation as provided in district procedures. Additionally,
the district may request an expedited due process hearing to obtain a hearings officer's order to remove a student to an
interim alternative educational setting for not more than 45 days if the student is exhibiting injurious behavior. For the
purpose of this request, "injurious behavior" is defined as behavior that is substantially likely to result in injury to the
student or to others.
The presence of gangs and the violent activities and drug abuse that often accompany gang involvement can cause a
substantial disruption of school, district activities, and a student's ability to meet curriculum and attendance
A gang is defined as any group that identifies itself through the use of a name, unique appearance or language,
including hand signs, the claiming of geographical territory or the espousing of a distinctive belief system that
frequently results in criminal activity.
In its effort to reduce gang involvement, the district encourages students to become involved with district sponsored
clubs, organizations and athletics and to discuss with staff and district officials the negative consequences of gang
involvement and to seek the assistance of counselors for additional guidance and district and community resources
that offer support to students and alternatives to gang involvement.
No student on or about district property or at any district activity shall wear, possess, use, distribute, display or sell any
clothing, jewelry, emblem, badge or any other symbol evidencing gang membership or affiliation. No student shall use
any speech, either verbal or non-verbal (gestures, handshakes, etc.) signifying gang membership or affiliation. No
student shall solicit other students for membership in any gangs nor commit any other illegal act or other violation of
district policies.
Students in violation of the district's gang policy will be subject to discipline in accordance with the district's Student
Code of Conduct.
District officials may search the student, his/her personal property and property assigned by the district for the student's
use at any time on district property or when the student is under the jurisdiction of the school. Such searches will be
conducted only when there is reasonable suspicion based on specific and articulated facts to believe that the student
personally poses or is in possession of some item that poses an immediate risk or serious harm to the student, school
officials and/or others of the school.
Searches shall be “reasonable in scope”, that is, the measures used are reasonably related to the objectives of the
search, the unique features of the official’s responsibilities and the area(s) which could contain the item(s) sought and
will not be excessively intrusive in light of age, sex, maturity of the student and nature of the infraction. Strip searches
are prohibited by the district.
District officals may seize any item which is evidence of a violation of law, Board policy, administrative regulation or
school rule, or which the possession or use of is prohibited by such law, policy, regulation or rule.
Searches will not be excessively intrusive in light of age, sex, maturity of the student and nature of the infraction. Strip
searches are prohibited by the district.
District officials may also search when they have reasonable information that emergency/dangerous circumstances
District-owned storage areas designed for student use, such as lockers and desks, may be routinely inspected at any
time. Students have no expectation of privacy regarding these items/areas Such inspections may be conducted to
ensure maintenance of proper sanitation, to check mechanical conditions and safety and to reclaim overdue library
books, texts or other instructional materials, property or equipment belonging to the district.
Items found which are evidence of a violation of law, policy, regulation, or the Student Code of Conduct may be seized
and turned over to law enforcement or returned to the rightful owner, as appropriate.
Should law enforcement officials find it necessary to question students during the school day or during
periods of extracurricular activities, the principal or designee will be present when possible. An effort will be made to
notify the parent of the situation.
Parents are advised that in suspected child abuse cases, the Oregon Department of Human Services, Community
Human Services and/or law enforcement officials may exclude district personnel from the investigation procedures and
may prohibit district personnel from contacting parents.
Siuslaw Middle School is committed to promoting healthy relationships and a safe learning environment. To this end,
student threats of harm to self or others, threatening behavior or acts of violence, including threats to severely damage
school property shall not be tolerated on district property or at activities under the jurisdiction of the district.
Students shall be instructed of the responsibility to inform a teacher, counselor or administrator regarding any
information or knowledge relevant to conduct prohibited by this policy. Parents and others will be encouraged to report
such information to the district. Staff shall immediately notify an administrator of any threat, threatening behavior or act
of violence he/she has knowledge of, has witnessed or received. All reports will be promptly investigated.
Students found in violation of this policy shall be subject to discipline up to and including expulsion. A referral to law
enforcement shall be made for any infraction involving a student bringing, possessing, concealing or using a weapon or
destructive device as prohibited by state and federal law and Board policy.
The building principal shall, in determining appropriate disciplinary action, consider:
1. Immediately removing from the classroom setting any student who has threatened to injure or harm.
Placing the student in a setting where the behavior will receive immediate attention from a building
administrator, counselor, licensed mental health professional or others;
Requiring the student to be evaluated by a licensed mental health professional before allowing the student to
return to the classroom setting.
The building principal shall ensure notification is provided to:
1. The parent of any student in violation of this policy and the disciplinary action imposed;
The parent of a student when the student's name appears on a targeted list that threatens violence or harm
to the students on the list or when threats of violence or harm to the student are made by another student;
Any school employee whose name appears on a targeted list threatening violence or harm to the district
Notification to the above shall be attempted by telephone or in person within 12 hours of discovery of a targeted list or
learning of a threat. Regardless, a written follow-up notific ation shall be sent within 24 hours of discovery of a targeted
list or learning of a threat.
The district may enter into contracts with licensed mental health professionals to perform student evaluations. Funds
for evaluations or other disciplinary options as may be required by law and this policy shall be provided by the district.
Oregon law makes the possession or use of tobacco illegal for persons under the age of 18. The use of tobacco has
been found to be hazardous to the health of its users by the Surgeon General of the United States. Further, the use of
tobacco may be offensive to others and pose a risk to their health. Therefore, student possession, sharing, sale or use
of any tobacco products or substances or products that "look like" tobacco on or adjacent to school grounds or while
participating in or attending school-sponsored activities or events is prohibited.
In accordance with Oregon law, any person under age 18 possessing a tobacco product commits a Class D
violation and is subject to a court imposed fine up to $100 as provided by ORS 167.400. Any person who distributes,
sells or causes to be sold, tobacco in any form or a tobacco burning device, to a person under 18 years of age commits
a Class A violation and is subject to a fine of not less than $100 and not exceeding $600 as provided by ORS 163.575.
An unlawful drug is any drug not prescribed by a licensed medical practitioner. Unlawful delivery of a controlled
substance to a student or minor within 1,000 feet of district property is a Class A felony. Punishment is a maximum of
twenty (20) years of imprisonment, $300,000 fine or both as provided by ORS 475.999.
Students shall not possess, share, sell, use or be under the influence of alcohol or illegal or dangerous drugs on or
adjacent to school grounds or while participating in or attending school-sponsored activities or events.
Student possession, sharing, sale or use of substances that "look like" alcohol or illegal or dangerous drugs or are
represented or claimed to be illegal or controlled substances on or adjacent to school grounds or while participating in
or attending school-sponsored activities or events is prohibited.
Student possession, sharing, sale or use of paraphernalia used in or associated with the transportation, packaging,
preparation or use of alcohol or illegal or dangerous drugs on or adjacent to school grounds or while participating in or
attending school-sponsored activities or events is prohibited.
The violation of this policy or district or school procedures or regulations may result in disciplinary action up to and
including suspension and expulsion from school and referral to law enforcement officials if appropriate. The illegal
delivery of a controlled substance to a student or minor within 1,000 feet of school property is a Class A
felony.Punishment is a maximum of 20 years of imprisonment, $100,000 fine or both.
Students shall not bring, possess, conceal, or use a weapon on or at district property, activities under the jurisdiction of
the district or interscholastic activities administered by a voluntary organization approved by the State Board of
Education such as the Oregon School Activities Association.
For purposes of this policy, and as defined by state and federal law, weapon includes:
1. "Dangerous weapon" — any weapon, device, instrument, material or substance, which under the
circumstances in which it is used, attempted to be used or threatened to be used is readily capable of
causing death or serious physical injury;
"Deadly weapon" — any instrument, article or substance specifically designed for and presently capable of
causing death or serious physical injury;
"Firearm" — any weapon (including a starter gun) which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to
expel a projectile by the action of an explosive, frame or receiver of any such weapon, any firearm silencer;
"Destructive device" — any device with an explosive, incendiary or poison gas component or any
combination of parts either designed or intended for use in converting any device into any destructive device
or from which a destructive device may be readily assembled. A destructive device does not include any
device which is designed primarily or redesigned primarily for use as a signaling, pyrotechnic, line throwing,
safety or similar device.
Weapons may also include, but are not limited to, knives, metal knuckles, straight razors, noxious or irritating gases,
poisons, unlawful drugs or other items fashioned with the intent to use, sell, harm, threaten or harass students, staff
members, parents and/or patrons.
Replicas of weapons, fireworks and pocket knives are also prohibited by Board policy. Exceptions to the district's
replicas prohibition may be granted only with prior building principal approval for certain curriculum
or school-related activities.
Prohibited weapons, replicas of weapons and pocket knives are subject to seizure or forfeiture.
In accordance with Oregon law, any employee who has reasonable cause to believe a student or other person has,
within the previous 120 days, unlawfully been in possession of a firearm or destructive device as defined by this policy,
shall immediately report such violation to his/her supervisor or administrator and if directed, law enforcement officials.
Administrators shall promptly notify the appropriate law enforcement agency of staff reports received and at any other
time there is reasonable cause to believe violations have occurred or that a student has been expelled for bringing,
possessing, concealing or using a dangerous or deadly weapon, firearm or destructive device. Parents will be notified
of all conduct by their student that violates this policy.
Employees shall promptly report all other conduct prohibited by this policy to an administrator.
Students found to have brought, possessed, concealed or used a dangerous or deadly weapon, firearm or destructive
device in violation of this policy shall be expelled for a period of not less than one year. All other violations of this
policy will result in discipline up to and including expulsion and/or referral to law enforcement as appropriate. The
district may also request suspension of a student's driving privileges or the right to apply for driving privileges with the
Oregon Department of Transportation, as provided by law.
Special education students shall be disciplined in accordance with federal law and Board policy and accompanying
administrative regulations. Appropriate disciplinary and/or legal action will be taken against students or others who
assist in activity prohibited by this policy.
Weapons under the control of law enforcement personnel are permitted. The superintendent may authorize other
persons to possess weapons for courses, programs and activities approved by the district and conducted on district
property including, but not limited to, hunter safety courses, weapons-related vocational or sports activities.
The district may post a notice at a site or premise off district grounds, that at the time is being used exclusively for a
school program or activity. The notice shall identify the district as the sponsor, the activity as a school function and that
the possession of firearms or dangerous weapons in or on the site or premises is prohibited under ORS 166.370.
In accordance with the federal Gun-Free School Zone Act, possession or discharge of a firearm in a school zone is
prohibited. A "school zone," as defined by federal law means, in or on school grounds or within 1,000 feet of school
grounds. "Gun-Free School Zone" signs may be posted in cooperation with city and/or county officials as appropriate.
Violations, unless otherwise excepted by law or this policy, shall be reported to the appropriate law enforcement
Note: The seriousness of the infraction and the student’s behavior history will be taken into account in choosing a consequence from
the range indicated below. If a student becomes a multiple offender, other options may be provided that are not listed below. The
administration retains the right to modify these consequences for severe or repeated misbehaviors.
5-10 Day
Bomb Threat
Cheating, Plagiarism
White Slip
Combustibles, Fireworks
Disruptive with Substitute
Disturbing the Learning X…..
1-4 Day
Drugs, Alcohol, or
X…..Police Report X….Police Report
Failure to Serve Detention
False Fire Alarm
X…..Police Report X….Police Report
Leaving Class without
Internet Violations
X…..Loss of
Hall Behavior
Inappropriate Dress
Inappropriate Pictures/Lit. X…..
Obscenity, Profanity
Profanity toward Staff
X….Police Report
X….Police Report
X…..Restitution &
Truancy > 10 mins. late X…..
X…..Restitution &
In combination with Siuslaw School District Policies JCA and JFCF, all forms of hazing, harassment, intimidation,
bullying, cyberbullying, menacing, and teen dating violence are strictly prohibited.
Hazing, harassment, intimidation or bullying [menacing], cyberbullying or teen dating violence, by students, staff or
third parties toward students is strictly prohibited and shall not be tolerated in the district.
Students whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to discipline, up to and including
expulsion. The district may also file a request with the Oregon Department of Transportation to suspend the driving
privileges or the right to apply for driving privileges of a student 15 years of age or older who has been suspended or
expelled at least twice for menacing another student or employee, willful damage or injury to district property or for the
use of threats, bullying, intimidation, harassment or coercion. Staff whose behavior is found to be in violation of this
policy will be subject to discipline, up to and including dismissal. Third parties whose behavior is found to be in violation
of this policy shall be subject to appropriate sanctions as determined and imposed by the superintendent or Board.
Individuals may also be referred to law enforcement officials. Staff will be reported to Teacher Standards and Practices
“Hazing” includes, but is not limited to, any act that recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental health, physical
health or safety of a student for the purpose of initiation or as a condition or precondition of attaining membership in, or
affiliation with, any district-sponsored or grade level attainment, i.e., forced consumption of any drink, alcoholic
beverage, drug or controlled substance, forced exposure to the elements, forced prolonged exclusion from social
contact, sleep deprivation or any other forced activity that could adversely affect the mental or physical health or safety
of a student; requires, encourages, authorizes or permits another to be subject to wearing or carrying any obscene or
physically burdensome article, assignment of pranks to be performed or other such activities intended to degrade or
humiliate. It is not a defense against hazing that the student subjected to hazing consented to or appeared to consent
to the hazing.
“Harassment, intimidation or bullying” means any act that substantially interferes with a student’s educational benefits,
opportunities or performance, that takes place on or immediately adjacent to school grounds, at any school-sponsored
activity, on school-provided transportation or at any official school bus stop, that may be based on but not limited to,
the protected class of a person, having the effect of:
1. Physically harming a student or damaging a student’s property;
2. Knowingly placing a student in reasonable fear of physical harm to the student or damage to the student’s
3. Creating a hostile educational environment including interfering with the psychological well being of the student.
“Protected class” means a group of persons distinguished, or perceived to be distinguished, by race, color, religion,
sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, familial status, source of income or disability.
“Teen dating violence” means:
1. A pattern of behavior in which a person uses or threatens to use physical, mental or emotional abuse to control
another person who is in a dating relationship with the person, where one or both persons are 13 to 19 years of
age; or
2. Behavior by which a person uses or threatens to use sexual violence against another person who is in a dating
relationship with the person, where one or both persons are 13 to 19 years of age.
“Cyberbullying” is the use of any electronic communication device to harass, intimidate or bully. Students and staff will
refrain from using personal communication devices or district property or equipment to violate this policy.
“Menacing” includes, but is not limited to, any act intended to place a student in fear of imminent serious physical
“Retaliation” means hazing, harassment, intimidation or bullying [menacing] and acts of cyberbullying toward a person
in response to a student for actually or apparently reporting or participating in the investigation of hazing, harassment,
intimidation, bullying [menacing] and acts of cyberbullying or retaliation. False charges shall also be regarded as a
serious offense and will result in disciplinary action or other appropriate sanctions.
Administrators will take reports and conduct a prompt investigation of any report of an act of harassment, intimidation
or bullying and acts of cyberbullying. Any employee who has knowledge of conduct in violation of this policy shall
immediately report his/her concerns to the administrator who has overall responsibility for all investigations. Any
student who has knowledge of conduct in violation of this policy or feels he/she has been hazed, harassed, intimidated
or bullied [menaced], a victim of teen dating violence and acts of being cyberbullied in violation of this policy is
encouraged to immediately report his/her concerns to the administrator who has overall responsibility for all
investigations. This report may be made anonymously. A student may also report concerns to a teacher or counselor
who will be responsible for notifying the appropriate district official.
Complaints against the principal shall be filed with the superintendent.
Complaints against the superintendent shall be filed with the board chair.
The district shall incorporate age-appropriate education about teen dating violence into new or existing training
programs for students in grades 7 through 12.
All complaints will be promptly investigated in accordance with the following procedures:
Step 1
Any [hazing,] harassment, intimidation or bullying [menacing], acts of cyberbullying and incidents of teen
dating violence information (complaints, rumors, etc.) shall be presented to principal. Information may be
presented anonymously. All such information will be reduced to writing and will include the specific nature of
the offense and corresponding dates.
Step 2
The district official receiving the complaint shall promptly investigate. Parents will be notified of the nature of
any complaint involving their student. The district official will arrange such meetings as may be necessary
with all concerned parties within [five] working days after receipt of the information or complaint. The parties
will have an opportunity to submit evidence and a list of witnesses. All findings related to the complaint will be
reduced to writing. The district official(s) conducting the investigation shall notify the complainant and parents
as appropriate, [in writing,] when the investigation is concluded and a decision regarding disciplinary action,
as warranted, is determined.
A copy of the notification letter or the date and details of notification to the complainant, together with any
other documentation related to the incident, including disciplinary action taken or recommended, shall be
forwarded to the superintendent.
Step 3
If the complainant is not satisfied with the decision at Step 2, he/she may submit a written appeal to the
superintendent or designee. Such appeal must be filed within [10] working days after receipt of the Step 2
decision. The superintendent or designee will arrange such meetings with the complainant and other affected
parties as deemed necessary to discuss the appeal. The superintendent or designee shall provide a written
decision to the complainant’s appeal within [10] working days.
Step 4
If the complainant is not satisfied with the decision at Step 3, a written appeal may be filed with the Board.
Such appeal must be filed within [10] working days after receipt of the Step 3 decision. The Board shall,
within [20] working days, conduct a hearing at which time the complainant shall be given an opportunity to
present the complaint. The Board shall provide a written decision to the complainant within [10] working days
following completion of the hearing.
Direct complaints related to educational programs and services may be made to the U.S. Department of Education,
Office for Civil Rights.
Documentation related to the incident may be maintained as a part of the student’s education records. Additionally, a
copy of all hazing, harassment, intimidation or bullying [menacing], acts of cyberbullying and incidents of teen dating
violence complaints and documentation will be maintained as a confidential file in the district office.
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