Ottawa Hills High School - Ottawa Hills Local Schools

Ottawa Hills High School - Ottawa Hills Local Schools
Ottawa Hills High School
2014-2015
2532 Evergreen Road
Toledo, Ohio 43606
SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR
2014 - 2015 School Year Calendar
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August 26
Tuesday
August 27
September 1
September 10
October 17
October 23
November 4
November 27-28
December 19
December 22 - January 2
January 5
January 14, 15 & 16
Wednesday
Monday
Wednesday
Friday
Friday
Tuesday
Thursday- Friday
Friday
Monday- Friday
Monday
Wednesday - Friday
January 19
Monday
February 13
Friday
February 16
March 27
Monday
Friday
March 30 - April 3
April 7
May 25
June 2, 3 & 4
June 4
Monday - Friday
Tuesday
Monday
Tuesday-Thursday
Thursday
In-Service Day (Staff Professional
Development - No Classes)
First Day of School
Labor Day – School Closed
Open House
Homecoming Game
End of First Quarter
In-Service Day – No Classes
Thanksgiving – School Closed
Last Day of Instruction Before Break
Winter Break – School Closed
School Resumes
Semester Exams
End of Second Quarter
End of First Semester
Martin Luther King Day – School
Closed
In-Service Day (Staff Professional
Development - No Classes)
Presidents’ Day – School Closed
End of Third Quarter
Last Day of Instruction Before Break
Spring Break – School Closed
School Resumes
Memorial Day – School Closed
Semester Exams
Last Day of Instruction
End of 4th Quarter
ROTATING SCHEDULE - First Semester
1st hour
8:10 - 9:05
period
2nd hour
9:10 - 10:05
3rd hour
10:10 - 11:10
Lunch
Lunch Lab
A
B
C
D
1
1
1
2
2
2
3
3
3
4
4
4
5
5
5
6
6
6
7
7
7
8
8
8
11:10 - 12:05
11:15 - 11:45
4th hour
12:05 - 1:00
5th hour
1:05 - 2:00
6th hour
2:05 - 3:00
Periods Omitted
4&8
3&7
Early Bird Class
7:30 - 8:10 a.m.
2&6 1&5
A. M. Homeroom Schedule
8:10 - 8:55
9:00 - 9:30
9:35 - 10:20
10:25 - 11:10
1st hour
Homeroom
2nd hour
3rd hour
P. M. Homeroom Schedule
12:05 - 12:50
12:55 - 1:25
1:30 - 2:15
2:20 - 3:00
4th hour
Homeroom
5th hour
6th hour
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ROTATING SCHEDULE - Second Semester
1st hour
8:10 - 9:05
period
2nd hour
9:10 - 10:05
3rd hour
10:10 - 11:10
A
B
C
D
1
1
1
2
2
2
3
3
3
4
4
4
5
5
5
6
6
6
7
7
7
8
8
8
Lunch
11:10 - 12:05
Lunch Lab 11:15 - 11:45
4th hour
12:05 - 1:00
5th hour
1:05 - 2:00
6th hour
2:05 - 3:00
Periods Omitted
4&8
3&7
Early Bird Class
7:30 - 8:10 a.m.
2&6 1&5
A. M. Homeroom Schedule
8:10 - 8:55
9:00 - 9:30
9:35 - 10:20
10:25 - 11:10
1st hour
Homeroom
2nd hour
3rd hour
P. M. Homeroom Schedule
12:05 - 12:50
12:55 - 1:25
1:30 - 2:15
2:20 - 3:00
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4th hour
Homeroom
5th hour
6th hour
CLASS & STUDENT COUNCIL OFFICERS • ALMA MATER & FIGHT SONG
President
Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer
Sergeant-at-Arms
Olivia Koury
Andrew Dayton
Elizabeth Navarre
Isabelle Rodriguez
Dan Reilly
Senior Class - Class of 2015
Junior Class - Class of 2017
President
Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer
Senators
President
Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer
Senators
Luke Dangler
Katie Kropp
Katherine Shockey
Darcy Davis
Allie Dewire
Quinn Wright
Dominic Adduci
Kendall Kropp
Paulina Mendez
Luke Koury
Patrick Arnold
Shana Capur
Sophomore Class - Class of 2016
Freshman Class - Class of 2018
President
Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer
Senators
President
Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer
Senators
Kelsi Berry
Spencer Smith
Margaret Nichols
Victor Schlatter
Molly Findley
Courtney Hylant
Emma McMurray
Jack Yark
Lauren Stevens
Rahul Bais
TBD
TBD
Alma Mater
Fight Song
To Green and White our loyalty we give,
Those colors fair, that we have learned to love;
They mean to us these happy, youthful days,
When we are starting on our diverse ways.
And through the years that we are yet to live,
While still the sun is shining up above,
Fond memories will make us see again
The Green and White of our dear Ottawa Hills,
Where now we stand, a grateful, loyal student band.
Stand up and cheer,
Stand up and cheer for our Green Bears,
For today we raise, The Green and White above
the rest;
Above the rest.
Our boys (Bears) are fighting
And we are sure to win this game,
We’ve got the team - Rah! Rah!
We’ve got the steam - Rah! Rah!
And we will always be the same!
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Acceptable Use Policy .................................................52
Statement of Purpose ...............................................52
Terms of Agreement .................................................52
D
Disciplinary Programs .................................................11
Demerits and Detentions ..........................................11
Saturday Morning Detention....................................12
Athletic and Extra-Curricular Information ..................25
Amateurism ..............................................................26
Athletic Banquets .....................................................26
Athletic Department Objectives ...............................25
Athletics Philosophy ................................................25
Attendance................................................................26
Before an Athlete Participates ..................................26
Code of Conduct ......................................................27
Conflicts in Extra Curricular Activities ...................27
Eligibility .................................................................28
Equipment ................................................................28
Conflicts in Extra Curricular Activities ...................27
Hazing ......................................................................29
Junior Varsity ...........................................................29
Locker Room ...........................................................29
Lucas County Anti-Bullying ....................................27
Media .......................................................................30
NCAA Clearing House ............................................30
Nutritional Supplements ..........................................30
Responsibility of the Student ...................................31
Self Referral for Alcohol/Drugs ...............................31
Social Media ............................................................31
Unsportsmanlike Conduct........................................30
Weight Room ...........................................................31
Discrimination on Basis of Sex......................................2
Attendance Procedures.................................................12
Excused Absences ....................................................12
Extra-Curricular Attendance ....................................13
Field Trips ...............................................................13
Illness .......................................................................13
Leaving the Building and Building Passes ..............14
Tardiness to Class.....................................................14
Tardiness to School ..................................................14
Unexcused Absences ................................................13
B
Bill of Rights and Responsibilities ................................2
C
Curricular Procedures ..................................................15
Adding or Dropping Subjects...................................15
Final Exams Procedures/Policy ...............................15
Grading Policy .........................................................16
Graduation Requirements ........................................16
High Honor Roll ......................................................17
Homework Assignments ..........................................18
Homework Guidelines .............................................17
Honor Roll ...............................................................17
Library/Media Center Regulations ..........................18
National Honor Society............................................18
Report Cards ............................................................19
Study Hall Policies...................................................20
Weighted Grade Point Average ................................15
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M
Map of Building ...........................................................57
Mission Statement..........................................................1
O
Objectives of Ottawa Hills Senior High School ............1
Philosophy..................................................................1
S
Sports Specific Cautionary Statements ........................32
Student Code of Conduct ...............................................2
Alcohol and Other Drugs ...........................................4
Demerits .....................................................................7
Dress Code .................................................................7
Electronic/Wireless Communication Devices............8
Emergency Removal of Student ..............................11
Expulsion Procedures...............................................10
Firearms/Weapons In the Schools ..............................5
Food and Beverages ...................................................7
Plagiarism/Cheating/Lying ........................................7
Public Display of Affection........................................7
Security Cameras .......................................................9
Sexual Harassment, Bullying & Hazing Policies .....5
Software Piracy ..........................................................8
Suspension Procedures...............................................9
Tobacco ......................................................................4
Threat to Do Harm .....................................................5
Vandalism ...................................................................5
Student Services ...........................................................20
Absentee Ballots for School Elections .....................20
Administering Medicines to Students ......................21
Bicycles and Motorized Bikes .................................21
Driving Privileges ....................................................22
Formal Dance Rules.................................................21
Honor Code ..............................................................23
Informal Dance Rules ..............................................22
Lockers, Cars and Personal Belongings...................22
Lost and Found ........................................................22
Lunch .......................................................................22
Scheduling of Activities ...........................................22
Skate Boards and Roller Blades...............................21
Student Leadership Standards ..................................23
Student Messages or Deliveries ...............................24
Student Transportation .............................................24
Transcript Fees .........................................................24
Visitors .....................................................................24
MISSION • OBJECTIVES • PHILOSOPHY
The Mission Statement of Ottawa Hills Local Schools
In partnership with our community, Ottawa Hills Local Schools will challenge and inspire each student to realize his
or her unique potential; to embrace learning as a lifelong process; and to become active, responsible citizens.
Our Core Values
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Integrity
Respect
Excellence
Philomathy
Responsibility
Leadership
Flexibility
Citizenship
Honesty
Creativity
Compassion
Acceptance
Objectives of Ottawa Hills Senior High School
Aided by a sound, thoughtfully-designed curriculum, a broad spectrum of activities allowing maximum student
involvement, and an adequate physical plant, the faculty, administration, and School Board of Ottawa Hills Senior
High School are pledged to the creation of a quality educational environment designed:
1.
To enable the student to communicate effectively in spoken and written form;
2.
To enable the student to rationally analyze problem situations, evaluate possible solutions, and choose the
solution which is in the best interests of society, culture and his or her person.
3.
To teach the principles of democracy and good citizenship by developing the student’s self-respect and for
the rights and dignity of others and by practicing consistently firm and fair discipline;
4.
To develop an understanding and acceptance of persons who differ culturally, physically, and
psychologically;
5.
To help the student recognize his/her limitations and capacities and to set realistic goals which will result in
a happy, healthy personality;
6.
To encourage constructive program originality and creativity of thought and expression;
7.
To encourage the student to recognize his or her personal values, the source of these values, and to relate
these values to the survival of our society and culture; and
8.
To develop a productive member of society whose contributions reflect personal growth and result in the
improvement of our society.
Philosophy
An Ottawa Hills education will surround students with an environment in which they will recognize and develop
their own particular potentials. The small size of our school should allow maximum individualization of the program
to best suit the abilities, interests, and goals of each student.
Education was once able to prepare students for a predictable future; today the exponential growth of technology
and change has necessitated a “curriculum of consideration.” Thus, a meaningful education is that which both
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requires and allows students to think for themselves, to be flexible, open-minded to experience, to consider “Who
am I?, Where did I come from?, Where am I going?,” and, most of all, to understand their own motivations and the
challenges within the context of contemporary culture.
In preparing and guiding students toward their future aspirations, opportunities will be presented to acquaint them
with their cultural and political heritage, and to open vistas into today’s and tomorrow’s worlds with their limitless
possibilities.
Concern for the total student involves a responsibility for the development of intellectual, social, and moral
awareness as well as physical well-being. The aim of this high school is to graduate each student equipped with
enough academic preparedness, inner resources, and sensitivities to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world.
Bill of Rights and Responsibilities
Rights
• To speak my opinion without penalty
• To be told the truth
• To be treated honestly, fairly, courteously, and respectfully by others
• To have the opportunity to work for a high quality, well-balanced education
• To be recognized as an individual and not be prejudged
• To have input in the planning and implementation of the educational program
• To feel physically, psychologically, and emotionally safe in school
Responsibilities
• To be truthful and act honestly
• To listen to and respect others’ opinions
• To refrain from stereotyping or prejudging others
• To be responsible for my own actions and be prepared to accept the consequences of those actions
• To recognize and accept differences among individuals
• To respect the property of others
• To respect and protect the emotional and physical environment of the school
• To know and uphold the school rules
• To contribute service to the school and/or the community
Your rights and responsibilities must be applied to everyday life. By enjoying the rights and accepting the
responsibilities of the Ottawa Hills High School community, it is hoped that each individual will offer his/her best
efforts toward the promotion of just and peaceful human relations.
Discrimination on the Basis of Sex
“It is the policy of Ottawa Hills High School not to discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs or
employment policies as required by Title IX of the 1972 Amendments.”
Student Code of Conduct
House Bill 421 requires each board of education to adopt a set of rules and regulations designed to maintain order
and discipline necessary for effective learning. The board of education’s primary concern is that students learn in
an environment conducive to learning. All students have the responsibility to act in such a way as not to interfere
with the rights of others to an appropriate educational opportunity. By accepting the right to participate in all school
programs, including extra-curricular activities and athletics, on or off school property, the students shall also accept
the responsibility to conduct themselves according to the rules, regulations, and provisions governing the operation
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of these programs. Violation of the Student Code of Conduct will result in assignment of demerits, detentions,
Saturday school, suspension or expulsion, including denial of participation in privileged activities (prom, graduation,
senior activities, etc.).
The Student Code of Conduct describes (1) the types of conduct that will lead to certain disciplinary action, and (2)
the procedures to be employed in removals, suspensions, and expulsions of students. If a student is 18 years old
and attending Ottawa Hills High School, that student must conform to all of the rules under the Student Code of
Conduct.
1.
Alcohol and other drugs (use, sale, or possession)
2.
Tobacco or electronic cigarettes in any form (use, sale, or possession)
3.
Firearms, weapons or look-alike (use or possession)
4.
Vandalism and/or damage to property, to include, but not limited to,“pranks”
5.
Threat to do harm
6.
Sexual harassment
7.
Bigotry
8.
Bullying
9.
Verbal or physical hazing, or battery
10.
Dress Code
11.
Demerits (accumulation)
12.
Plagiarism/cheating/lying
13.
Public display of affection
14.
Food and beverages
15.
Electronic devices
16.
Insubordination, disrespect and/or disruption of the educational process to include behavior at schoolsponsored extra-curricular events
17.
Fireworks, explosives and flame-producing devices (use or possession), unauthorized use of fire, false
reporting of fire, emergency 911 calls, and bomb threats
18.
Forgery to include, but not limited to, staff and parental written communication
19.
Profane, vulgar or improper language or behavior, or items of any form, to include gestures
20.
School suspension procedures and rules (violation)
21.
Student Code of Conduct (repeated and continued violations)
22.
Technology Acceptable Use Policy for network, internet, electronic research and technology access and
use associated with the Ottawa Hills Local School District (violation).
23.
Theft/breaking or entering; possession of stolen property; use, removal, and/or attempted removal or use
without permission.
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1. Alcohol and Other Drugs
A student shall not possess, use, transmit, sell, buy, conceal, consume or be under the influence of any alcoholic
beverage or intoxicant or any of the drugs of abuse. This provision shall be applicable to any conduct on school
grounds, during and immediately before or after school hours; on school grounds at any other time when the school
is being used by a group; off school grounds at a school-sponsored activity, function or event; on a school bus or
conveyance; or at any other time during the same calendar day when the student is or will be subject to the authority
of the school. Moreover, the student shall not consume any alcoholic beverages or intoxicants or drugs of abuse
at any time before the students’ arrival at school or at a school-sponsored or related event or activity. Examples of
drugs of abuse include, but are not limited to, narcotic drugs, hallucinogenic drugs, generic drugs, amphetamines,
steroids, barbiturates, marijuana, glue, cocaine, as well as look-alikes, synthetics, or other substances that could
modify behavior. Use of drugs in accordance with a medical prescription from a licensed physician shall not be
considered in violation of this rule. Furthermore, breathalyzers and other indicators of intoxication may be utilized
by law enforcement at public school events. Students may face legal consequences as a result of alcohol and/or
other drug violations.
The student will be suspended from school for ten (10) days. The suspension will officially be reduced to a five-day
(5) suspension if the student meets with the student assistance coordinator (or principal’s or assistant principal’s
designee) and complies with the coordinator’s (or principal’s or assistant principal’s designee) recommendation
which will include health education regarding alcohol use and a professional assessment.
Rationale: To promote student wellness and provide follow-up if a student is involved in an alcohol offense.
Second Offense:
The student will be suspended from school for ten (10) days and recommended to receive professional counseling.
Subsequent Offenses:
Minimum - a student will be suspended from school for ten (10) days and recommended to receive professional
counseling.
Maximum - a student will be recommended for expulsion.
The student will be suspended from school for ten (10) days. The suspension will officially be reduced to a fiveday suspension if the student meets with the student assistance coordinator (or principal’s or assistant principal’s
designee) and complies with the coordinator’s (or principal’s or assistant principal’s designee) recommendation
which will include health education regarding drug use and a referral for a professional assessment.
Rationale: To promote student wellness and provide follow-up is a student is involved in a drug offense.
Subsequent Offenses:
Minimum - a student will be suspended from school for ten (10) days and recommended to receive professional
counseling.
Maximum - a student will be recommended for expulsion.
2. Tobacco
Smoking, use or possession of tobacco or tobacco products in any form by any student in any area on school
property, or at any school-sponsored activity, home or away, is not permitted. Additionally, the consumption,
possession or purchasing of “alternative Nicotine products” such as electronic cigarettes or look-a-likes is
prohibited. Violations will result in a one (1)-day to ten (10)-day suspension determined by the principal or assistant
principal, based on the severity of the incident and/or repeated offenses.
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3. Firearms/Weapons in the Schools
The definition of a firearm shall include any weapon (including a starter gun) which is designed to, or may readily
be converted to, expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; the frame or receiver of any such weapon; any
firearm muffler or firearm silencer; or any destructive device (as defined in 18 U.S.C.A. Section 921) which
includes any explosive, incendiary or poisonous gas, bomb, grenade, rocket having a propellant charge of more
than four ounces, missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than one-quarter ounce, mine or devices
similar to any of the devices described above.
Students are prohibited from bringing a firearm on school property, in a school vehicle or to any school-sponsored
activity. If a student brings a firearm on school property, in a school vehicle, or to any school-sponsored activity, the
superintendent shall expel this student from school for a period of one calendar year and will notify the
appropriate criminal justice or juvenile delinquency authorities. Any such expulsion shall extend, as necessary, into
the school year following the school year in which the incident occurred. The superintendent may reduce the oneyear expulsion on a case-by-case basis.
Matters which might lead to a reduction of the expulsion period include: an incident involving a disabled student
and the incident is a manifestation of the disability; the age of the student and its relevance to the punishment; the
prior disciplinary history of the student; and/or the intent of the perpetrator.
Section 2923.122 makes it a felony for any person to knowingly convey, attempt to convey, or possess any deadly
weapon or dangerous ordnance onto or on any school property or to any school-sponsored activity.
4. Vandalism
Marking, defacing, or damaging school property or grounds will not be tolerated. If students violate laws such
as breaking and entering or causing damage to school buildings, prosecution will be pursued, as well as those
consequences listed in the Student Code of Conduct. Any damage to public property is to be reimbursed to the
school treasurer by any proven guilty person(s) as guided by law, and any school labor for cleanup will also be
charged to the guilty person(s).
5. Threat to Do Harm
A student shall not commit or attempt to commit assault (physical harm to another), harassment, intimidation,
coercion, verbal threat to do harm, misdemeanor, or any violation of state criminal code against any student, board
of education employee, school guest or visitor.
6.
Sexual Harassment, Bullying and Hazing Policies
The Ottawa Hills School District is committed to eliminating and preventing sexual harassment and bullying
from all schools and facilities. In accordance with House Bill 276, Ottawa Hills School District prohibits student
harassment, intimidation or bullying of any student on school property or at a school-sponsored activity. Hazing
is defined as doing any act of coercing another, including the victim, to do any act of initiation into any student
organization or other organization that causes or creates a substantial risk of causing mental or physical harm to any
person.
Harassment, intimidation or bullying is defined as an intentional written, verbal or physical act that a student has
exhibited toward another particular student more than once. The behavior both causes mental or physical harm
to the other student and is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening or
abusive educational environment for the other student.
Prohibited activities of any type, including those activities engaged in via computer and/or other electronic
communication devices, are inconsistent with an environment that supports the educational process and are
prohibited at all times. No administrator, teacher or other employee of the District shall encourage, permit, condone
or tolerate any hazing, harassment, intimidation and/or bullying activities. No students, including leaders of student
organizations, are permitted to plan, encourage or engage in any hazing, harassment, intimidation and/or bullying.
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Permission, consent or assumption of risk by an individual subjected to hazing, harassment, intimidation and/or
bullying does not lessen the prohibition contained in this policy.
Administrators, teachers and all other District employees are to be particularly alert to possible conditions,
circumstances or events that might include hazing, harassment, intimidation and/or bullying. If hazing, harassment,
intimidation and/or bullying or planned hazing, harassment, intimidation and/or bullying is discovered, involved
students are informed by the discovering District employee of the prohibition contained in this policy and are
required to end these prohibited activities immediately. All hazing, harassment, intimidation and/or bullying
incidents are reported immediately to the building principal/designee, and appropriate discipline is administered.
District employees, students and volunteers have qualified civil immunity for damages arising from reporting
an incident of hazing, harassment, intimidation and/or bullying in accordance with this policy if that person
reports and responds to an incident in good faith and is in compliance with the procedures specified in this
policy. Administrators, teachers, other employees and students who fail to abide by this policy may be subject to
disciplinary action and may be liable for civil and criminal penalties in compliance with State and Federal law.
No one is permitted to retaliate against an employee or student because he/she files a grievance or assists with or
participates in an investigation, proceeding or hearing regarding the charge of hazing, harassment, intimidation
and/or bullying of an individual.
Sexual harassment is improper, immoral, illegal, and will not be tolerated within the district. This policy is
implemented to inform both students and personnel as to what sexual harassment is and what procedures are to be
followed in dealing with sexual harassment within the district.
Ohio and Federal laws define sexual harassment as unwanted sexual advances, or unwanted visual, verbal, or
physical conduct of a sexual nature. Such offensive behavior includes, but is not limited to the following:
1.
Unwanted sexual advances, including proposition, repeatedly asking someone out for a date after it is clear
that the person is not interested;
2.
Explicitly or implicitly offering employment benefits in exchange for sexual favors;
3.
Making or threatening reprisals after a negative response to sexual advances;
4.
Non-verbal conduct: leering, making sexual gestures, displaying sexually suggestive objects, pictures,
cartoons, or posters;
5.
Verbal conduct: making or using derogatory comments, epithets, slurs, or jokes, making sexually based
remarks about another person’s or one’s own body;
6.
Verbal abuse of sexual nature, graphic verbal commentaries about an individual’s body, sexually degrading
words used to describe an individual, suggestive or obscene letters, notes or invitations; and
7.
Sexually suggestive physical conduct: touching, assault, impeding or blocking movement.
This sexual harassment policy is intended to protect against sexual harassment before it becomes actionable sexual
harassment. The term “sexual harassment” is intended to mean sexual harassment in the broadest meaning of that
term in current popular, as well as, legal usage.
What To Do If You Are Sexually Harassed or Bullied
When unwelcome activities described above of a milder nature occur, the best thing to do is to say that you are
uncomfortable with the behavior and ask that it cease. If you are subjected to behavior which you consider to be
sexual harassment or bullying, promptly notify the school counselor or an administrator. You will be asked to put
your complaint in writing and an investigation will be made into the matter.
Regarding sexual harassment, you may also file a charge with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC). This
charge must be filed within six months of the incident (ORC 4112.05 B).
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7. Dress Code
The responsibility for the personal appearance of the student rests with the parent/guardian and the student. Personal
appearance shall not detract from the educational process. Appropriateness and tastefulness are the criteria of
proper dress for both male and females at Ottawa Hills Junior/Senior High School. The following establishes the
minimum acceptable standards for student dress. Questionable student dress and appearance will be ruled acceptable
or unacceptable by the principal or assistant principal.
1.
Transparent or see-through tops, bare midriffs, low-cut clothing, or tops and outfits that provide minimum
coverage or are of a suggestive nature are prohibited. All shirts/tops must have a back; no halter tops; no
tops with straps narrower that 1-1/2”; no bra straps showing.
2.
Apparel shall be adequate in both length and coverage to be considered appropriate for school. Shorts,
dresses and skirts must be of appropriate length and no short shorts are to be worn.
3.
Apparel, emblems, insignias, badges or symbols that promote or advertise the use of alcohol, drugs,
tobacco, sex-related slogans or any other illegal/inappropriate activity are prohibited.
4.
Head coverings, including hats, bandanas, or scarves worn as head coverings are prohibited. During
the school day, all hats must be placed in the student’s locker. A hijab, worn for religious purposes, is
allowable.
5.
No boxer shorts will be visible.
6.
No bare feet are allowed; shoes must be worn.
7.
No sunglasses are permitted to be worn in the school building.
8.
No heavy or oversized jewelry will be worn that poses a risk to student safety.
9.
No wallet chains or chains on one’s person.
8. Demerits
An accumulation of demerits during the entire school year may result in the following consequences:
1 demerit
4 demerits
12 demerits
16 demerits
20 demerits
24 demerits
30 demerits
letter to parents
student conference
parent conference
one-day in-school suspension
three-day in-school suspension
five-day suspension
ten-day suspension
An accumulation of over 30 demerits may result in expulsion.
9.
Plagiarism/Cheating/Lying
10. Public Display of Affection
Affection shown between couples that attracts undo attention shall be considered in poor taste and is prohibited.
This will include close body contact, hugging, kissing and like action.
11. Food and Beverages
Food and beverages are not to be consumed in the classrooms. (Note: Lunch policy on page 23.)
12. Technology Guidelines
Use of the district computers and network, as well as access to the Internet, although useful and valuable for
academics, is still a privilege that requires appropriate behavior. These technology resources are for the following
purposes:
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1. Support of the academic program
2. Telecommunication for academic purposes
3 General information and research
Use of district technology and access to the Internet must be in compliance with the school district’s Acceptable Use
Policy. In order to use the computers and other district technology, and/or access the Internet at school, students
and parents must read the Acceptable Use Policy and sign the Acceptable Use Policy Agreement. The Acceptable
Use Policy and Acceptable Use Policy Agreement is located at the end of this handbook and made a part hereof. By
signing the Handbook Receipt, students and parents state that they have read and agree to the terms and agreements
set forth therein.
Students may not access the school district’s computer network with any personal electronic devices. Additionally,
13. Software Piracy
Ottawa Hills High School supports legislation regarding software copyrights and the following policies shall be
followed:
1.
2.
No unauthorized copies of software shall be placed on any school equipment for any reason.
No employee or student shall copy (pirate) any of the school’s software for any reason.
14. Electronic/Wireless Communication Devices
Students’ personal laptop computers, iPads, or other tablet devices are not permitted at school. School-issued
laptops are permitted. Additionally, the following electronic devices are prohibited during school hours, except
during the lunch hour: cell phones, iPods, Kindles, Nooks, or other electronic book readers, CD/DVD players, and
hand-held video games. Additionally, the Internet posting or otherwise sharing of student/school images by anyone
without principal’s prior permission is strongly discouraged. Furthermore, all school policies, procedures and
recommendations are meant to adhere to the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA).
A “wireless communication device” (WCDs) is a device that emits an audible signal, vibrates, displays a message,
or otherwise summons or delivers a communication to the possessor. The following devices are examples of
WCDs: cellular and wireless telephones, pagers/ beepers, personal digital assistants (PDAs), BlackBerries/
Smartphones, WiFi-enabled or broadband access devices, two-way radios or video broadcasting devices, laptops,
and other devices that allow a person to record and/ or transmit, on either a real time or delayed basis, sound video
or still images, text, or other information.
No expectation of confidentiality will exist in the use of WCDs on school premises/ property. Furthermore,
students are prohibited from using a WCD in any way that might reasonably create in the mind of another person an
impression of being threatened, humiliated, harassed, embarrassed or intimidated. Students may not use WCDs on
school property or at a school-sponsored activity to access and/ or view Internet websites that are otherwise blocked/
restricted to students at school. Students may use WCDs while riding to and from school on a school bus or other
vehicle provided by the Board during school-sponsored activities at the discretion of the classroom teacher, sponsor/
advisor/ coach. Distracting behavior that creates an unsafe environment will not be tolerated.
Also, during after-school activities, when directed by the administrator or sponsor, WCDs shall be powered
completely off (not just placed on vibrate or silent mode) and stored out of sight.
The requirement that WCDs must be powered completely off will not apply when students obtain prior approval
from the building principal.
Students may use wireless communication devices before and after school, and during their lunch break. Use of
WCDs at any other time is prohibited and they must be powered completely off (i.e. not just placed into vibrate or
silent mode) and stored out of sight.
Students are prohibited from using WCDs in any manner that violates existing student conduct rules.
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Students are also prohibited from using a WCD to capture and/ or transmit test information or any other information
in a manner constituting fraud, theft, cheating, or academic dishonesty. Likewise, students are prohibited from
using their WCDs to receive such information.
Possession of a WCD by a student is a privilege that may be forfeited by any student who fails to abide by the terms
of this policy, or otherwise engages in misuse of this privilege.
Violations of this policy may result in disciplinary action and/or confiscation of the WCD. The building principal
may also refer the matter to law enforcement if the violation involves suspected illegal activity.
Students are personally and solely responsible for the care and security of their WCDs. The Board assumes no
responsibility for theft, loss, damage or vandalism to WCDs brought onto its property, or the unauthorized use of
such devices.
15. Security Cameras
Security cameras may be used both inside and outside of buildings to assist in the security of students, staff and
and/or exit school buildings and premises. At the discretion of the administration, cameras may be used in matters
involving student conduct. Use of security cameras will be in compliance with law to protect the privacy rights of
students, staff and other individuals.
Student Suspension - Expulsion
The superintendent or principal may suspend (in-school or out-of-school) a student for not more than ten (10) days.
A suspension will become part of the student’s discipline records while attending Ottawa Hills Schools. Parents of
students who have earned a one (1) to five-day (5) in-school suspension have a choice between:
1.
A six-hour Saturday suspension to be held in the Ottawa Hills Junior-Senior High School building:
Saturday suspensions will be served CONSECUTIVELY. A student may serve no more than a total
of ten days of Saturday suspensions in any school year. Students are prohibited from participation
in any extracurricular activities from each Saturday(s) on which the suspension(s) is served through
the Monday(s) of each week. Parents and students are required to sign the Parent-Student Contract
agreeing to all conditions of the suspension prior to serving the Saturday suspension. Violations of any
rules or regulations of the Saturday suspension program will result in the suspension being served
in its entirety as an in-school suspension beginning with the first school day following the assigned
Saturday(s), or
2.
A school-day suspension: during a school-day suspension, a student will be present in the school building;
however, he/she will not be allowed to attend classes during the suspension or make up school work
for credit that is due during the suspension. Suspended students are prohibited from participating in any
extracurricular activities (including practice) during the days of suspension.
For students who have earned more than a five-day (5) suspension, the superintendent or principal also has the
authority to assign an in-school or out-of-school suspension. During the suspension, a student will not be allowed to
make up school work for credit that is due during the days of suspension. Suspended students are prohibited from
participating in any extracurricular activities, including practice, during the days of suspension. Additionally, the
principal may assign a student to the Lucas County Time Away Program (TAP) or a similar program. The student
would be responsible for all regulations and rules of this program and the parent would be responsible for the cost.
Procedures for Suspension
When a student, by his or her behavior, finds himself/herself in a position of possible suspension, the following
process will occur:
1. He or she will have an informal hearing with the principal or the principal’s designee at which the facts of
the matter will be presented.
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2.
The student and his/her parent, guardian, or custodian shall be presented:
1) a written notice from the principal or the superintendent of the intent to suspend;
2) the reasons for the suspension;
3) the date(s) of the suspension(s);
4) the right of the student or parent to appeal and the right to be represented; and
5) the Parent-Student Contract.
The Parent-Student Contract must be signed and returned to the principal within two (2) business days of
the student being presented with the written notice of suspension. Failure to return the contract
will result in an in-school or out-of-school suspension with academic penalty. The suspension will be
served immediately.
3.
If parents, guardians, or custodians wish an informal hearing after the student is presented the written
notice of suspension, they must make an appointment and meet with the principal or assistant principal
within two (2) business days, unless the time to meet is extended by the principal or the assistant principal.
4.
If, as a result of the informal hearing, the parents or guardians wish to appeal the suspension, they must
notify and meet with the school board’s designee within two (2) business days of the informal hearing,
unless the time to meet is extended by the board’s designee. The school board’s designee is the
superintendent of schools, unless another designee is appointed by the board. The request for an
appeal hearing must be made in writing and must state the reasons for the appeal.
5.
The hearing may include the student, his or her parents or legal guardian, the principal, the assistant
principal, and the superintendent. The student may be represented in all appeal proceedings, and a record
will be kept of the hearing.
Procedures for Expulsion
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1.
Only the superintendent may expel a student. Expulsion is a removal of a student for more than ten
days’ duration and not more than 90 days. An expulsion can extend beyond the current semester. Under
circumstances outlined in board policy and this handbook, expulsion may be extended to one year.
2.
The superintendent will give the student and parent, guardian, or custodian written notice of the intended
expulsion, including reasons for the intended expulsion. The student and parent or representative have the
opportunity to appear on request before the superintendent or the superintendent’s designee to appeal
action or to otherwise explain the student’s actions. This notice will also state the time and place to appear
which must not be less than three (3) days nor later than five (5) days after the notice is given.
3.
Within 24 hours of the expulsion, the superintendent will notify the parent, guardian, or custodian of the
student, and the treasurer of the board, of the action to expel.
4.
The notice will include the reasons for the expulsion; the right of the student, parent, guardian, or
custodian to appeal to the board of education or its designee; the right to be represented at the appeal; and
the right to request the hearing be held in executive session.
5.
Appeal to the Board of Education:
a. A student and parent, guardian, or custodian may appeal the expulsion by the superintendent
to the board of education or to its designee; they may be represented in all such appeal
proceedings and will be granted a hearing before the board or its designee.
b. A verbatim record will be kept of the hearing, which may be held in executive session at the
request of the student, parent, guardian, custodian, or representative.
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
Emergency Removal of Student
1.
If a student’s presence poses a continuous danger to persons or property, or an ongoing threat of disrupting
the academic process, then the superintendent, principal, or assistant principal may remove the student
from the premises. A teacher may remove the student from curricular or extra-curricular activities under
his or her supervision, but not from the premises. If a teacher makes an emergency removal, reasons
will be submitted to the principal in writing as soon after the removal as practicable. In all cases of normal
disciplinary procedures when a student is removed from a curricular or extra-curricular activity for less
than 24 hours and is not subject to further suspension or expulsion, the due process requirements do not
apply.
2.
If the emergency removal exceeds 24 hours, then a due process hearing will be held within 72 hours
after the removal is ordered. Written notice of the hearing and the reason for removal and any intended
disciplinary action will be given to the student as soon as practicable prior to the hearing. The student will
have the opportunity to appear at an informal hearing before the principal and/or assistant principal and
has the right to appeal the reasons for the intended suspension or otherwise explain his or her actions. The
person who ordered or requested the removal will be present at the hearing, and within 24 hours
of the decision to suspend, written notification will be given to the parent, guardian, or custodian
of the student. This notice will include the reasons for the suspension and the right of the student or parent
to appeal to the superintendent or the superintendent’s designee.
3.
In an emergency removal, a student can be kept from class until the matter of his or her misconduct is
disposed of, either by reinstatement, suspension, or expulsion.
Disciplinary Programs
Demerits and Detentions
Demerits and detentions will be assigned to students who choose not to follow the rules and regulations of Ottawa
Hills High School. All detentions assigned by the principal or assistant principal will be served from 3:05 p.m. to
3:35 p.m. or 4:00 p.m., depending on the length of the assigned detention on the assigned date. Participation in afterschool activities will not excuse any student from a detention. If the student has a valid, scheduled appointment after
school, a note from a parent, followed by official verification of that appointment, must be presented. The detention
must be served the next school day. Other reasons which might be a cause for reassigning a detention are illness and
emergencies.
Demerits and detentions may be assigned in the following manner:
Hall pass violation
Demerits
1
Detentions
1
Student dress code violation
1
1
Leaving the building without permission
2
2
Failure to park your bicycle or motorized
vehicle in the proper location
1
1
Tardiness to class
0
1
Truancy per period
2
2
Failure to serve 30-minute detention
60-minute detention
Failure to serve 60-minute detention
Saturday detention
Failure to serve Saturday detention
1 day suspension
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Saturday Morning Detention
Saturday detention is intended as an intermediate step in dealing with students’ behaviors. Those include, but are
not limited to, accumulation of tardies to school or continued behaviors which still persist after numerous attempts
to intervene. Students assigned a Saturday detention are required to attend on the date assigned and report by 7:30
a.m. and remain until 11:30 a.m. Students arriving after 7:30 a.m. or students who fail to attend will be assigned a
Saturday suspension. Students must report to the Osborn entrance.
Students may be removed from Saturday detention at any time for behaviors which are deemed disruptive in
nature. Sleeping, drinking, eating or use of electronic devices will not be permitted. Students are required to bring
schoolbooks and homework.
Attendance Procedures
The attendance procedures described herein are based on the belief that it is the responsibility of the student and his/
her parent(s) to maximize attendance at school. Studies indicate that students who attend school less regularly earn
lower grades and show less than expected learning gains. Poor attendance can also cause problems for the student in
ensuing years, as prospective employers and colleges frequently request attendance records. Attendance patterns set
during school years may affect attitudes and habits in adulthood.
Ohio law is very clear on the issue of regular school attendance. The Ohio Revised Code gives schools the authority
to require a physician’s excuse for all absences after a student has had more than ten (10) days of absence in a
school year, and the Lucas County Juvenile Court strongly supports this position. Any student who exceeds eight (8)
absences per semester, or 16 absences per year, must present medical verification to excuse further absences.
Absences due to religious holidays are not included in the calculation of a student’s total days of absence. The Ohio
Department of Education is required to identify excellent and deficient schools on a yearly basis. In order for a
school to be rated excellent, one of the criteria is a 93 percent or higher attendance rate for all students!
School attendance, particularly at the secondary level, is a constant challenge and ever-present concern for
educators. Our greatest concern is the excessive number of excused absences of some of our students. The policy
reflects our contention that more responsibility for school attendance should be placed on students, and that
excessive absences from school require clear and consistent consequences.
In accordance with state mandates, parents must notify the school of their child’s absence each day. Please call (419)
534-5377 by 9:00 a.m. on the day of the absence. If the school is not contacted of the child’s absence, the parent/
guardian will be notified.
Additionally, students reporting to school after an absence are to present, within two (2) school days, a written
excuse from a parent/guardian to the attendance office in order to receive an excused pass.
Student absences from school can fall into one of two categories: excused absence, or unexcused absence (truancy).
Excused Absence
Excused absences are one of the following:
1. Personal illness of the student
2. Illness in the family
3. Death of an immediate relative
4. Observance of a religious holiday
5. Permissible
Students whose absences are excused for one of the above reasons will be permitted to make up all school work
missed with no loss of credit. However, it is the responsibility of the student to arrange make-up assignments/
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times with his/her teachers. For items 1 - 4 above, it is expected, upon returning, that the student is responsible
for any work that was due on the first day of his/her absence. Additionally, students that are absent on the day an
assessment is given or an assignment is due may be required upon their return to school to complete and submit
such work on the day of their return if the length of their absence is no more than two school days and the student
had prior notice of the work. It is the responsibility of the student to arrange with teachers convenient times to make
up such work. In the event of extended illness of three (3) or more days, a parent may contact the attendance office
to arrange for make-up work. Furthermore, a student has as many days to make up tests and assignments when he/
she returns as the student was absent in any one period so long as the duration of the absence is three (3) or more
days and/or the student was not given prior notice of such work.
Permissible absences, (item 5) may be granted and considered excused if the parents consult with the assistant
principal at least five (5) school days prior to the absence. College visitations must be approved in advance by the
college counselor. Under extenuating or emergency circumstances, the five-day prior notification may be waived.
A student granted a permissible absence is solely responsible for any work missed. The student must make
arrangements with each teacher in regard to assignments and tests prior to the absence.
Unexcused Absence
Unexcused absences are those which are not based on any of the conditions listed above. Students who are absent
from school on an unexcused basis will not be permitted to make up work missed on the date(s) of the unexcused
absence. Teachers are not required to grade or assist the student for any work missed by a student whose absence is
unexcused.
Truancy refers to absence from any portion of the school day without previous permission and knowledge of the
parent/guardian or principal. Absences covered by false reports to the school attendance office are also considered
truancies. Truant students cannot make up any missed work for credit and will also be dealt with in accordance with
the school discipline code.
We understand there are students who may attend irregularly and score successfully on quizzes and major tests.
However, these students fail to experience the interaction necessary to grasp the complete concepts of materials
presented during daily classes. Therefore, limitations on the number of times a student may receive excused or
unexcused absences from school or a particular class are in effect. These limits are eight (8) days absent in a
semester. Included in these total days are vacation days with parents (permissible absences) and college visitations.
Vacation and college visitation absences that extend beyond the sixteen-day (16) limitation will not be excused.
Religious holidays are not included in this count.
Extra-Curricular Attendance
A student must be in school for one half day of classes in order to participate at any practice, performance,
competition, etc., after school on the same day. The student must be in school one-half day to be able to practice,
perform, or compete on the next day if it is not a school day.
Field Trips or Absence from Class Periods Due to In-School Sponsored Activities
If a student is excused to participate in an in-school activity during classes, the student is responsible, prior to
participation, for obtaining assignments that will be due upon return to the classes missed. Students are expected to
complete tests or quizzes as scheduled.
Illness
Students who become ill in school should report to the attendance office where decisions of whether they should
stay in school or be sent home will be made. Before a student is sent home, the school will contact the parents or
guardian of the school’s decision.
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Leaving the Building and Building Passes
Students are not to leave the building for any reason during the regularly scheduled session without permission from
the attendance office. It is suggested that appointments with doctors and dentists be scheduled after school hours.
However, if necessary, building passes will be issued to leave class for medical appointments.
A signed note from parents including date, time, and type of appointment is required in order to obtain a permit to
leave the building. The building pass will serve as the student’s excuse to leave class. Before a student leaves the
building, he/she needs to have the building pass validated at the attendance office.
Upon returning to school, a student needs to report to the attendance office. The pass will be validated only if
written verification from a doctor, dentist, or therapist is presented. Leaving the building without a building
pass will result in disciplinary action and an unexcused absence.
Tardiness to Class
Students late to class shall report directly to the classroom teacher. If a student has been detained by a teacher, he/
she needs to request a pass for the next class. IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO REQUEST THE
PASS. Tardiness of twenty (20) minutes or more to or from class shall be considered an absence (truancy).
Tardiness to School
Tardiness to school is defined as arriving after the bell rings at 8:10 a.m. or 12:05 p.m. Students who are tardy must
report to the attendance office to sign in and obtain a permit to be admitted to class. Accumulation of tardies will
result in Saturday detentions.
Number
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Action
Tardy
Tardy
Tardy
Tardy
Saturday Detention
Tardy
Tardy
Saturday Detention
(Parent Conference required)
Tardy
Tardy
Saturday Detention
Tardy
Tardy
Saturday Detention
Tardy
Number
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
Action
Tardy
Saturday Detention
Tardy
Tardy
Saturday Detention
Tardy
Tardy
Saturday Detention
Tardy
Tardy
Saturday Detention
Tardy
Tardy
Saturday Detention
Tardy
Tardy
Saturday Detention
Every third tardy after the fifth tardy will result in another Saturday detention. Failure to serve a Saturday
detention will result in a one-day Saturday suspension.
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CURRICULAR PROCEDURES
Adding or Dropping Subjects
Students and parents will be given ample time prior to and during registration to consider course selections. Under
extenuating circumstances, students may add or drop a class within the first five (5) school days of each semester
with written permission from parents, teachers, counselor, and/or assistant principal. A student who chooses to drop
a course after this time period will automatically receive an F in this course for the same semester.
It is expected that students enrolled in year-long courses will complete both semesters. In situations where a student
is unable to complete both semesters, a meeting involving the student, parents, counselor and an administrator will
be held to review the circumstances. It is the responsibility of the student to initiate the review process. Subsequent
course withdrawals will be noted on the transcript with a W.
Final Exams Procedures/Policy
High school semester exams will be administered in January and June during the three scheduled testing days.
1.
Students shall remain in the classroom for the entire test period.
2.
If a student is absent during a scheduled exam day, the procedure for excused, unexcused, and permissible
absences will be followed.
3.
Incomplete (I) grades may appear on the grade card for the subjects in which final exams were missed.
All incompletes must be made up within two (2) weeks of the end of the grading period or the grade of ‘F’
will be recorded. Teachers are responsible for changing an incomplete (I) to a grade.
4.
The type of makeup tests or exams offered will be at the teacher’s discretion.
A senior class teacher has the option of:
1.
Giving a semester or fourth quarter exam; or
2.
Using any test waiver option for a student who has earned a high grade average (“A” grade average is
recommended.)
Senior students are not excused from classes when any of these options are selected by the instructor.
Weighted Grade Point Average
Each student earns a weighted cumulative grade point average (GPA) for high school coursework. Beginning with
the first semester of the freshman year, the weighted GPA is determined using semester grades only. Total quality
points will be divided by total number of credits attempted.
Quality points are awarded based on the level of the course taken, the credit value of the course, and the grades
earned according to the following table.
Achievement
Levels
Quality Point
Weighting
Transcript
Symbols
A
B
C
D
F
5
4
3
2
0
AP
Honors
4.5
3.5
2.5
1.5
0
HR
Regular
4
3
2
1
0
Advanced Placement
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Grading Policy
It is imperative that a teacher inform students and parents of their grading procedure at the beginning of the course.
Additionally, students must be kept informed of their grade average as the school term progresses. The junior/senior
high teachers who use percentage scales will use:
Excellent
Good
Average
Below Average
Unsatisfactory
92-100%
82-91%
72-81%
64-71%
below 64%
A
B
C
D
F
Incomplete (I) grades may appear on the grade card for the subjects in which academic requirements were not met.
All incompletes must be made up within two (2) weeks of the end of the grading period or the grade of ‘F’ will be
recorded. Teachers are responsible for changing an incomplete (I) to a grade.
Graduation Requirements
Ottawa Hills Senior High School is governed, basically, by the State Department of Education in the minimum
requirements offered. Our board of education is allowed by law to exceed these requirements if it desires. The board
of education has chosen to exceed state requirements in some areas.
In order to graduate from Ottawa Hills Junior/Senior High School, a student must meet the following graduation
requirements:
UNITS
English
4.0
Mathematics
4.0 *
Science
4.0 **
Social Studies
3.0 ***
Health
.5
Finance Literacy requirement of Ohio Core
.5 ****
(Economics or Personal Finance
Physical Education (1 year = 1/2 unit)
.5
Speech
.5
Fine Arts (art, music, photography, etc.)
1.0
Computer/Technology Education
1.0
Electives
5.0
TOTAL
24 .0
*This includes courses which are the equivalent of Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. All students should take
three (3) years of mathematics after Algebra I (or its equivalent).
**This includes 1 unit of biology; 1 unit of chemistry, physics, or general physical science; and 2 units
advanced study in physical, life, or earth sciences.
***This includes 1 unit of Modern American History, 1 unit of World History/Modern World History, and
1 unit of AP United States Government and Politics or 1/2 unit of United States Government and Politics and
1/2 unit of a social studies elective.
****Students who enter the 9th grade on or after July 1, 2010, are required to take either Economics or
The state minimum graduation requirement, effective September 15, 2001, is 20 units.
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bound students take a minimum of three years of one world language or two years each of two different world
languages.
Generally, one unit of credit is earned by satisfactorily completing the work required over a thirty-six week period;
1/2 unit for 18 weeks. A student may not earn more than eight (8) credits per year.
NOTE: Beginning with students who enter eighth grade on or after July 1, 2010, credit for high school courses
All Ottawa Hills High School students are eligible to earn graduation honors based on their weighted GPAs at the
end of eight (8) semesters according to the following:
4.300
Weighted GPA and above will be designated as Summa Cum Laude
4.100 through 4.299 Weighted GPA will be designated as Magna Cum Laude
3.900 through 4.099 Weighted GPA will be designated as Cum Laude
High Honor Roll
1.
The purpose of this high honor roll is to recognize academic achievement of students with at least a 3.900
weighted GPA and no F’s.
2.
The list will be published at the conclusion of each semester.
3.
It is the individual student’s responsibility to note this achievement on their activity achievements record
which is updated each year.
4.
A student must carry at least four one-unit academic courses to qualify for high honor roll.
5.
Students with incompletes will not be included in the high honor roll.
6.
P (pass) will not keep a student off the high honor roll.
Honor Roll
1.
Students with at least a 3.300 through 3.899 weighted GPA (and no F’s) will earn honor roll status.
2.
Students with incompletes will not be included in the honor roll.
3.
P (pass) will not keep a student off the honor roll.
4.
Honor roll lists of students will be published at the conclusion of each semester.
Homework Guidelines
School homework at Ottawa Hills High School must reflect the philosophy of the school. It is the school’s task to
teach and guide students towards good study habits, with an emphasis on motivation to do homework, and to assign
projects which reflect the school’s philosophy.
Homework Assignments
During the first week of class, teachers shall explain their homework policies and their expectations. The following
guidelines shall govern the assignment of homework.
1.
Homework should logically grow from classroom instruction, problems, and projects.
2.
Students should clearly understand the teacher’s expectations of the completion of homework assignments.
3.
Short and long-term homework assignments can run concurrently to encourage learning, time
management, study habits, content, and prioritizing work.
4.
Assignments given over school vacations should be given with a minimum of five (5) days notice.
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Library/Media Center (LMC) Regulations
1.
The library/media center hours are 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
2.
Students must arrive before the tardy bell rings and must sign the library attendance list immediately
upon entering.
3.
Students may sign in from study hall. Students must be in the library before the tardy bell rings. Students
must bring work or reading material. Upon completion of their work, they may return to the study hall
with a pass.
4.
No food, drink, candy, or gum will be consumed in the computer lab or the library.
The National Honor Society
The purpose of the Ottawa Hills High School Chapter of the National Honor Society of Secondary Schools is to
create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote worthy leadership, and to
develop a soundness of character. Membership in this chapter shall be based upon Scholarship, Service, Leadership,
and Character.
The following categories are used for considering candidates to the National Honor Society. An Honor Society
member should have and continue to show some qualities in each of the areas which follow.
Scholarship - The candidate:
•
Must have a at least a 3.750 weighted GPA (seniors after the 7th semester; juniors after the 5th semester)
Character - The candidate:
•
•
•
•
•
•
Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously
Cooperates by complying with school regulations
Demonstrates honesty and reliability
Shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others
Observes punctuality in obligations inside and outside of the classroom
Avoids tardies, absences, demerits, and suspension
Service - The candidate:
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Shows willingness to serve the school and community
Works well with others and is willing to take on responsibility
Is willing to represent the school or community. Volunteers time to do committee work.
Assists teachers, students and community members
Leadership - The candidate:
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Holds elected or appointed positions
Helps other students in constructive ways
Acts as a positive role model, influencing other students
Actively participates in leadership roles in school and the community
Participates in clubs, athletics, and activities in a leadership role
Selection Procedure
Membership in the Ottawa Hills Chapter of the National Honor Society is an honor and privilege bestowed upon
a student. Selection for membership is determined by a committee which shall consist of five faculty members
appointed by the principal. Once selected, members have the responsibility to continue to demonstrate the
qualities of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. The Ottawa Hills Chapter of the National Honor Society
selection criteria are as follows:
1.
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Scholarship: An accumulative weighted GPA (Grade Point Average) of 3.750 or higher must be achieved
in five semesters for juniors and seven semesters for seniors.
CURRICULAR PROCEDURES
2.
Leadership: Three examples of leadership must be demonstrated during grades nine to the present. This
may be accomplished by holding elected or appointed leadership positions and remaining in those
positions in good standing for the year and/or by demonstrating leadership qualities in the school and
community.
3.
Service: Three documented examples of volunteer service during grades nine until the present are required.
Service for wages does not fulfill this requirement.
4.
Character: The Ottawa Hills High School National Honor Society places a high value on the trait of
character. Specifically, to have fulfilled the character expectations for consideration into the National
Honor Society, a student must:
1.
Have no more than one (1) suspension from school in grades nine through twelve;
2.
Have no documented incidents of cheating in grades nine through twelve where demerits or
suspensions resulted;
3.
Have never been convicted of a crime or juvenile offense;
4.
Have no more than eight (8) demerits in the present year;
5.
Have three (3) written character recommendations (other than family).
Documentation of achievement in the aforementioned categories of leadership, service, and character shall be in the
form of letters of recommendation from adults. In each category one letter must be from a teacher, administrator,
or advisor of a school-sponsored organization; one letter must be from the community outside of school; and the
third letter may be from either. Family members may not write letters of recommendation unless they are leaders
of the organization related to the leadership or service demonstrated. No adult may write more than one letter for a
candidate unless that adult is the advisor for more than one organization. No more than one letter may be written for
membership in any one organization. For example, if a student is a member of the Student Council, the advisor may
write one letter of recommendation for either leadership, service, or character. All required documentation must be
submitted to the advisor by the announced deadline.
Membership Criteria
Scholarship
A student must maintain a 3.750 GPA while a member of the National Honor Society and/or National Junior Honor
Society to remain in good standing. If a student falls below a 3.750 GPA while an active member, the student will
be given a one-semester probationary period to raise the GPA to the required 3.750 GPA If, during the probationary
semester, the student does not raise the GPA to the required 3.750 GPA, the student will be removed from National
Honor Society.
Character
A second suspension in grades nine through twelve would eliminate the student from consideration for application
to the National Honor Society. If currently a member, and a second suspension occurs, the student will be removed
from National Honor Society.
Report Cards
Report cards are distributed to all students at the end of each nine-week marking period. Report cards will be mailed
to the students at the end of the academic year in June. If a student has an outstanding fine, an overdue library book,
any unreturned property or outstanding charges for damages of property, the report card will not be issued until the
obligation is met.
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CURRICULAR PROCEDURES • STUDENT SERVICES
Study Hall Policies
1.
Students will be on time to study hall.
2.
No food or drink will be brought to or consumed in the study hall.
3.
Card playing will not be permitted.
4.
Students must bring work or reading material to study hall.
5.
Students are not to leave study hall unless they have a written pass to be excused or an office request is
brought to study hall.
Student Services
Absentee Ballots for School Elections
In all school elections, the student officers and faculty advisor to the sponsoring organization are responsible for
announcing the location, date, and time(s) of voting to the student body.
Absentee ballots must be obtained from the sponsoring group before the announced election day. Students who are
absent due to participation in a school-sponsored activity will qualify for an absentee ballot. All absentee ballots
must be turned in before the general election time. No voting will be permitted after the close of the designated
voting time.
The student is responsible to contact the appropriate faculty advisor for the absentee ballot. The school’s
professional staff is not responsible for contacting students who qualify.
Administering Medicines to Students
Many students are able to attend school regularly only through effective use of medication in the treatment of
disabilities or illnesses that will not hinder the health or welfare of others. If possible, all medication should be given
by the parent at home. If this is not possible, it will be done in accordance with the following:
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1.
The school nurse or an appropriate person appointed by the building principal will supervise the secure
and proper storage and dispensation of medications. The drug must be received in the container in which
it was dispensed by the prescribing physician or others licensed to prescribe medication.
2.
Written permission must be received from the parent or guardian of the student requesting that the district
comply with the physician’s order.
3.
The school nurse or other designated individual must receive and retain a statement which complies with
State law and is signed by the physician who prescribes the drug or other person licensed to prescribe
medication.
4.
The parent, guardian, or other person having care and charge of the student must agree to submit a revised
statement signed by the physician or other licensed individual who prescribed the drug to the nurse or
other designated individual if any of the information originally provided by the physician or licensed
individual changes.
5.
No employee who is authorized by the board to administer a prescribed drug and who has a copy of
the most recent statement will be liable in civil damages for administering or failing to administer the
drug, unless he or she acts in a manner which would constitute “gross negligence or wanton or reckless
misconduct.”
6.
No person employed by the board will be required to administer a drug to a student except pursuant to
requirements established under this policy. The board shall not require an employee to administer a drug to
a student if the employee objects, on the basis of religious convictions, to administering the drug.
STUDENT SERVICES
When a student is required to have medication administered during the school day, parents need to
obtain and complete a required form from the school’s attendance office. New forms must be submitted
each school year and whenever the medication or dosage is changed. Medications will be distributed in
the Main Office from 11:10 -12:05.
Bicycles and Motorized Bikes
Bicycles and motorized bikes will be permitted limited operation on all school grounds, which includes playgrounds
and/or parking lots.
The vehicle must be parked and locked. Bicycles and motorized bikes must be parked in the bike racks on the
parking lot.
Skate Boards and Roller Blades
Skateboards and roller blades are not allowed in the school building at any time.
Driving Privileges
Students who drive a car to school, even occasionally, must register their cars to receive a parking permit in order
to park on school property. Cars must park in the student designated parking areas and cars must be locked. A
student in violation of a parking permit, or found to be operating a vehicle in an unsafe manner on or around school
premises, may lose his/her driving privileges to school.
Under Ohio RC 3321.13:
1.
2.
Any student who withdraws from school and does not enroll in another accredited institution will lose his/
her temporary permit or drivers license in the state of Ohio; and
During any semester, any student who has been absent from school without a legitimate excuse for more
than 10 consecutive school days or at least 15 total school days will have his/
her temporary permit or
Ohio driver’s license suspended (or the opportunity to obtain a permit or license denied).
Formal Dance Rules
l.
There will be a greeting committee consisting of school administrators, faculty, parent chaperones,
and officers of the sponsoring organization. The receiving line will be at least one-half hour in length.
Students who wish to attend the dance must present themselves and their invited guests to the receiving
line. Students who are unable to arrive at the dance due to a conflict with sport team contests or other
special scheduled programs should make arrangements with the principal the week preceding the dance.
Students who arrive late will be questioned by school administrators and teachers regarding the reason for
the tardiness. Parents will be called if students do not arrive at the dance within a reasonable time.
2.
Two (2) parent couples must be present as chaperones.
3.
A police officer must be present at all dances. Building administrators may require additional police
officers.
4.
Recommended dance time is to be 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Deviation from these times requires
administrative approval. Dance check-in is during the half-hour preceding the start of the dance.
5.
The rules and regulations in the Student Code of Conduct are in effect at all dances.
6.
Formal dress is mandatory.
7.
Students who leave a dance will not be readmitted. Parents will be contacted prior to or when their child(s)
leaves early.
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8.
Formal invitations should be sent to the faculty, administration, and parents of the officers two (2) weeks
before the dance.
9.
Formal dances are sponsored only for Ottawa Hills High School students and their dates.
10. No junior high students will be permitted to attend high school dances.
11. A student guest may accompany an Ottawa Hills student to school dances provided the Ottawa Hills
student obtains permission by the principal or assistant principal and the school Dance Guest Form has
been completed three (3) days prior to the date of the dance.
Informal Dance Rules
l.
An activity must be placed on the activities calendar two weeks prior to the occasion.
2.
3.
Students must be sure to have two teacher and two parent chaperones as well as invite the administration.
The rules and regulations in the Student Code of Conduct are in effect at all dances.
4.
Recommended dance time is to be 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Deviation from these times requires
administrative approval.
5.
Students who leave the dance will not be readmitted. Parents will be contacted prior to or when their
child(s) leaves early.
6.
Dances are sponsored for Ottawa Hills High School students only.
7.
No junior high students will be permitted to attend high school dances.
8.
A student guest may accompany an Ottawa Hills student to school dances provided the Ottawa Hills
student obtains permission by the principal or assistant principal and the school Dance Guest Form has
been completed three (3) days prior to the date of the dance.
Lockers, Cars and Personal Belongings
Lockers are school property owned by the board of education and made available for students’ use during the
school year. The locker and the contents therein are the responsibility of the assigned locker user. It is required that
all students lock their lockers. Only school-issued locks may be used. According to O.R.C. Sec. 3313.20, lockers
and contents thereof are subject to random searches by the principal at any time without regard to any reasonable
suspicion. No backpacks or books will be permitted on the floor outside the lockers for safety and security reasons
except during lunch.
School officials reserve the right to search persons, personal belongings, lockers, cars, etc. when there may be a
violation of the Student Code of Conduct and/or when order, health, and the safety of persons may be an issue. This
standard also applies to any and all school-sponsored activities at any location.
Lost and Found
Lost or found articles should be reported to the main office immediately.
Lunch
The lunch period is scheduled from 11:10 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. Students who stay for lunch are required to eat in the
multi-purpose room or designated area. No food or drink is allowed in the hallways. Water bottles are permitted. All
rules and regulations found in the Student Code of Conduct also apply during the lunch period.
Scheduling of Activities
Any school-sponsored event, including athletics, must be submitted, with approval by the principal/assistant
principal, on the master school calendar.
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Posters to be displayed in the school building will be approved by the principal or assistant principal before being
displayed in any section of the building.
Any student group wishing to put an announcement on the morning announcements must have it approved by the
faculty sponsor and in the office by 8:00 a.m.
Honor Code
At OHHS, we strive to create an environment wherein all will act honestly. We firmly believe students, faculty, and
the administration know the difference between right and wrong. We collectively expect all to choose what is right.
Cheating is – but is not limited to:
1. Copying homework or allowing copying
2. Sharing information during a test or quiz
3. Sharing test or quiz information with students in another class period
4. Submission of a prewriting assignment that was written out of class when the assignments was required to
be written in class.
Plagiarism is – but is not limited to:
Presenting as one’s own work or the ideas of someone else without proper citation. Some examples are: using
someone else’s work as your own, or not properly citing work or ideas from a reference book, internet source, or
textbook.
Lying is – but is not limited to:
Willful and knowledgeable telling of an untruth or falsehood as well as any form of deceit, attempted deception, or
fraud in an oral or written statement. Some examples of lying are: failing to give complete information to a teacher,
or feigning illness to gain extra preparation time for tests, quizzes, or assignments due.
Consequences for Violating the Honor Code
First Offense:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Teacher discusses the situation privately with student and hears his/her account of the incident.
If convinced, teacher will assign zero for work and refer the situation to appropriate administrator.
Student meets with administrator.
Administrator informs parents of incident.
Second Offense:
1.
2.
Same as above.
Administrator assigns a Saturday detention and the parents are given written notification.
Third Offense:
1.
2.
Same as above.
Administrator will assign a Saturday suspension of one (1) to three (3) days.
Administrators shall administer consequences that are not sequentially called for in this plan if the administrator
documenting the behavior warrants the consequence.
Student Leadership Standards
Student elected leaders are expected to maintain at least an above average academic level and an acceptable
citizenship record. In order for a student to be eligible to run for Student Council office or a class office, he/she must
have maintained a 2.75 accumulative weighted GPA with no F’s for the semesters prior to or during one’s application
for office. Also, a student must not have accumulated more than eight (8) demerits in the current school year, and
must not have been suspended during the current year in which the elections are held. Once elected, an officer will
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be removed from office if he/she accumulates more than eight (8) demerits, is suspended, fails to maintain a 2.75
weighted GPA, or has any F’s in any quarter.
Student Messages or Deliveries
Personal business on a daily basis cannot be handled by the school offices. Please do not call the school for
individual messages if at all possible. Students will be notified of personal deliveries. They will be able to pick them
up during the lunch hour or after school.
Student Transportation
The Ottawa Hills School District owns a limited number of transportation vehicles. Therefore, many approved
events shall require the use of buses of the commercial carrier type, except as follows:
1.
Private vehicles driven by instructors, administrators, staff or parents;
2.
Student drivers shall not be used unless parents give written consent noting their understanding of liability
factors;
Students shall not ride to any school event in another student-driven automobile without written permission
from parents/guardian;
3.
4.
Written permission from parents must be presented to the school sponsor preceding any trip;
5.
Student driver must own an appropriate Ohio driver’s license; and
6.
When riding in private vehicles, school or rented vans, all students must be seat-belted before the vehicle
moves.
Transcript Fees
Prior to graduation, the guidance department will process, at no cost to the student, transcripts of the student’s
academic record for college admissions and/or job applications. Transcripts mailed after graduation will be charged
at the rate of $10 per transcript.
Visitors
Student visitors to school must be approved by the principal or assistant principal. Prior approval of visit(s) should
be obtained at least five (5) days in advance of the requested day(s) of the visit.
Work Permit Regulations
The following requirements must be adhered to in order to leave school to go to work.
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1.
Students must meet with the assistant principal prior to accepting a job.
2.
Present a letter of consent from your parents.
3.
Complete the work permit (available in the attendance office) and file same with the Lucas County
Board of Education. If a student is 18 years old, a work permit is not required. Any change in job status
will terminate the original agreement. Students are expected to report any such changes to the attendance
office and a student is expected to return to school if work is terminated.
4.
Present verification from employer on his business stationery noting hours of work per day and total hours
of work per week before a work permit can be completed.
ATHLETIC & EXTRA-CURRICULAR INFORMATION
Athletic & Extra-Curricular Guidelines
It has been said that academics develop the student’s mind and that activities develop the student’s character;
therefore, both are important to a growing and maturing adolescent. The Board of Education, administration, and
faculty believe, however, that all extra-curricular activities, including athletics, are privileges granted to students
provided that both the academic progress and behavior of those students are acceptable.
Towards those goals, the following Extra-Curricular Activity Code has been adopted. This code applies to every
student in grades 7-12 who intends to participate in any non-credit extra-curricular activity such as, but not limited
to: athletics, Student Council, National Honor Society, drama, musical, Choraliers, cheerleading, Chess Club, class
officer, dance team, Quiz Bowl, language clubs, etc. These guidelines represent minimum academic and behavior
expectations, and advisors of these activities may have higher standards upon approval by the principal.
Ottawa Hills Athletic Department Philosophy
When working with students in organized sports, it is imperative that these programs be an extension of and a
supplementary part of the educational program. The same caring and sharing that are part of the learning process in
the classrooms must be evident in the sports arena.
Our goals at Ottawa Hills include developing the total individual. All aspects of a student athlete must be considered:
emotional, intellectual, and social, as well as physical growth.
Student athletes in our interscholastic programs are to learn good sportsmanship and the true meaning of
competition, and to build character and develop personal qualities that will enable them to become successful
citizens and athletes.
The goal of Ottawa Hills interscholastic athletic programs shall be to develop athletes who are emotionally, socially,
intellectually and physically complete as individuals and who will work with others for the good of the team and in
the future for mankind.
Winning, while a most desirable consequence of athletic teams, must be put in the proper perspective of wide
participation and limitations imposed by school enrollment, academic demands, and important family activities.
When participation numbers are such, it may be necessary to have teams with manageable sizes; thus, allowing
the coaches to choose the number of participants on each team. The coaches will do this under the direction and
advisement of the athletic director.
Athletic Department Objectives
1.
To encourage student athletes to reach high levels of academic achievement.
2.
To encourage team and individual confidence, effort and performance.
3.
To encourage desirable habits of conduct and self-discipline.
4.
To provide an opportunity to exemplify fair play and good sportsmanship.
5.
To develop student athletes who are sound in fundamentals and proficient in skill areas.
6.
To develop student athletes who accept and carry out responsibilities.
7.
To provide a positive athletic experience and develop student athletes who are proud to be Green Bears.
8.
To play all athletic contests according to the rules and regulations approved and adopted by the Ohio High
School Athletic Association.
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Amateurism
Students shall not play under assumed names; accept renumeration directly or indirectly for athletic participation, or
participate in athletic activities, tryouts, auditions, practices, and games held or sponsored by professional athletic
organizations, clubs or their representatives. This may also include college tryouts or practice at a college. Check
with the Athletic Director before taking part in one of these activities.
Athletic Banquets
All athletic banquets are to be alcohol-free. The service of alcohol to anyone in attendance is not permitted. If
alcohol is served, the school will not participate in the banquet and athletic awards from the athletic department will
not be presented.
Attendance
A student involved in an extra-curricular activity must be in school for one half day of classes to be allowed to
participate in that activity, compete in competition, or practice on the same day. The student must be in school onehalf day to be allowed to participate in that activity, or compete in competition on the next day if it is not a school
day. This may be waived by the principal, assistant principal, or athletic director under extenuating circumstances
(college visitation, doctor’s appointment, etc.). Additionally, the adminstration may exercise more stringent
attendance requirements in cases where school absences are deemed excessive.
Any time students are required to miss school for athletic contests or other extra-curricular activities, approval must
be granted by the athletic director, assistant principal, or principal. All students who are required to miss school for
an extra-curricular activity are responsible for any make-up work associated with the class(es) they miss.
Before a Student Athlete Participates/Sports Safety Warning
Student Athletes and parents/guardians should be aware that all physical activity has risk. All sports will always
have inherent dangers. Although rare, death or catastrophic injury may result from participation in sports. Care
should be taken by all concerned to minimize such dangers.
A Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation is required for all athletes before they may participate in any phase of
the sports program annually. These forms need to be completely filled out and signed by the student and parent/
guardian. It is the athlete and parents/guardians responsibility to check with the physician of his/her choice about
his/her health status. If at any time during an athlete’s participation he/she experiences any distress or has questions
regarding his/her participation, the athlete will see the coach and/or athletic trainer.
All athletes must turn in annually an Ohio Department of Health Concussion Information Sheet signed by the
Athlete and Parent/Guardian.
The Student Athlete and Parents/Guardian also needs to be knowledgeable of the Ottawa Hills Extra-Curricular
Guidelines along with all regulations pertaining to eligibility and rules adopted by the Ohio High School Athletic
Association or other governing body of sport.
Some of the equipment used in physical activity has unique characteristics and if improperly used can be dangerous.
Before an athlete uses any equipment, the athlete should make sure he/she knows how it works and checks to make
sure it is in good condition. Safety equipment is recommended and required for some activities. Failure to follow
directions for use of safety equipment will increase the athlete’s risk of injury.
Section 2744.01 of the Ohio Revised Code gives full immunity to the School District, a Political Subdivision, as
follows: “A government function includes but is not limited to the following: the design, construction, renovation,
repair, maintenance, and operation of any athletic facility, school auditorium, or gymnasium.”
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The School District in performing a governmental function has immunity from injuries occurring on playground,
play field, gymnasium, or athletic field where your son/daughter is injured. The school is not liable for injury
occurred during athletic participation.
It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to have insurance to cover athletic injuries, and any other related
medical costs occurred during athletic participation.
The athletic programs of Ottawa Hills High School have specific obligations of membership (OHSAA, NFHS)
and participation on the part of the student athlete and parent/guardian. It recommends that each athlete review and
understand each sport in which the athlete wishes to participate. Talk with the coach or athletic director for more
sport specific information.
Code of Conduct
Rules promote order and safety and assist students who are involved in extra-curricular activities to reach maximum
performance potential. Each student involved in an extra-curricular activity must adhere to the rules of the school.
The extra-curricular activities, as well as our athletic teams, representing our high school and community, continue
to be a source of pride to the village.
All students who participate in extra-curricular activities at any time must meet the following regulations:
1.
Do not use and or possess tobacco in any form; including consuming, possessing, or purchasing
“alternative Nicotine products” such as electronic cigarettes or cigarette or alternative tobacco look-alikes,
2.
Do not use, sell, distribute or possess drugs (narcotics, hallucinogens, intoxicants or counterfeit drugs),
controlled substances, alcohol, or other intoxicants at any time;
3.
Exhibit good sportsmanship; and
4.
Comply with all additional activity training rules or other requirements set by the advisor or coach of each
activity or sport.
All students who are involved in extra-curricular activities are required to follow these rules during the time they are
involved in activities. If an above rule is violated, the following will apply beyond or in addition to the Student Code
of Conduct of Ottawa Hills Senior High School, depending where and when the violation occurs.
Ottawa Hills Senior High School is part of the Lucas County Community Prevention Partnership that was formed
in 1996 to act as a clearinghouse of information for juvenile intervention in Lucas County. As a result of this
membership, officials at OHHS will be notified within 72 hours if any of our students is charged with an
offense anywhere in Lucas County. This information will be used in part as a basis for determining violations of the
Student Code of Conduct and/or the extra-curricular code and resulting consequences.
1.
First violation: the student will be denied the privilege of competing or participating for 20% of the total
number of events of the current activity. If less than 20% of the total number of events remains in that
activity, the percentage not served will carry over to denial of participation in the next activity the student
chooses to participate in even if it is in the next school year.
2.
Second and subsequent violations: the student will be denied the privilege of activity or team participation
in any way for a period of one (1) calendar year from the date of the second or subsequent violations.
Note: There will be no carry over of consequences for students moving from 8th to 9th grade.
Ottawa Hills High School recognizes that every student should have the opportunity for a broad range of
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experiences in the area of extracurricular activities. Students are also urged to use caution in attempting to specialize
too much, thereby denying themselves a well-rounded high school experience. Students also need to be cautious
about participating in too many activities. Interscholastic sports at the High School Level require a substantial time
commitment, which usually extends Monday thru Sunday from the first official day of practice. A commitment to
a high school team indicates that all non-school conflicts will be resolved in favor of the high school team. Please
keep in mind some activities may be scheduled during school breaks and team members will be expected to plan
accordingly. This would not include significant religious holidays, or a family event such as wedding or funeral.
Equipment
The student athlete must abide by the athletic department’s uniformity of dress at all athletic activities.
No athlete will be allowed to wear anything that is not an official part of the uniform. No nicknames or name plates
will be permitted on any warm-up or official uniform.
The athlete must take care of all the equipment that is issued. All equipment that is issued to the athlete is the
property of the Ottawa Hills School District and, therefore, must be returned at the end of the season. The athlete
will be responsible to pay for the replacement of any equipment that is lost, stolen or damaged. This is the athlete’s
responsibility. Worn out equipment should not be discarded by the student athlete; it must be returned, or the athlete
will be charged for the replacement cost. The athletic director must be made aware of any lost or stolen equipment
immediately.
All equipment and uniforms must be returned to your coach or the athletic department within two weeks of the
conclusion of your season. Failure to do so will result in being billed for missing items.
Extra-curricular Eligibility
The eligibility rule adopted by the Ottawa Hills Board of Education is more stringent than the minimum imposed by
many schools. It is not unusual for an Ottawa Hills’ student to be ineligible for participation in an extra-curricular
activity based on Ottawa Hills Board policy.
The eligibility or ineligibility of a student involved in an extra-curricular activity continues until the start of the fifth
(5th) school day of the next grading period, at which time the grades from the immediately preceding grading period
become effective. An EXCEPTION: eligibility or ineligibility for the first grading period commences with the start
of the fall athletic season. Names of the students involved in extra-curricular activities will be submitted for each
activity at the beginning of each athletic season because most students who are involved in activities are involved
in athletics. Each week teachers will be asked for a listing of students with low or failing grades. The scholastic
eligibility week begins at midnight Sunday and ends at midnight the following Sunday. The weekly eligibility
form must be submitted by each teacher to the athletic director by 3:30 p.m. on the first school day of the week.
Determination of eligibility will then be made by the athletic director and/or principal.
After the student’s name is submitted, the coach or advisor will talk with the student regarding academic problems.
No coach or advisor will apply pressure to a teacher to change a grade. The student and coach, or advisor, with the
assistance of the school administration and/or guidance counselor, will explore means of improving the student’s
academic performance.
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1.
Any student who has a cumulative grade of “F” since the beginning of the nine weeks in any course will be
subject to being declared ineligible. If after the one week the cumulative grade is an “F”, the student will
then be declared ineligible until his/her grade is passing. In the event a participant is absent from school
during this one-week period and his/her absence is due to illness or an unavoidable reason, an extension of
time may be given at the discretion of the principal for the required make-up work.
2.
Nine-week grades are observed for the basis of eligibility for succeeding grading periods. A student
must pass subjects earning a minimum of five (5) units of credit per year towards graduation. A student
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failing to meet this requirement will be ineligible for the entire nine-week period.
3.
In complying with State law (H.B. 215), requiring a minimum GPA for participation in extra-curricular
activities, the Ottawa Hills Board of Education has established that in addition to existing criteria for
eligibility as stated above, students must achieve a minimum weighted GPA of 1.75 at the end of each
quarterly grading period to be eligible to participate in extra-curricular activities during the next grading
period.
Hazing
The School Board believes that hazing activities of any type are inconsistent with the educational process and
prohibit all such activities at any time.
Hazing shall be defined as performing any act or coercing another, including the victim to perform any act of
initiation into any class, group, or organization that causes or creates a risk of causing mental, emotional, or physical
harm. Permission, consent, or assumption of risk by an individual subjected to hazing shall not leson the prohibition
contained in this policy.
Reporting Hazing
Any person who believes he or she has been the victim of hazing or any person with knowledge or belief of
conduct, which may constitute hazing, shall report the alleged acts immediately to an appropriate Ottawa Hills
school administrator.
Junior Varsity
On the junior varsity level, participation of every team member in every contest is recommended as a high priority.
Locker Rooms/Equipment
Some sports will use locker rooms; it is important for all to be aware of slippery floors and changes in floor texture
and to elevated thresholds between showers and the locker room.
Keep floors free of litter, place all belongings in an assigned locker, close and lock doors when away from your
locker. All need to refrain from rapid movements, horseplay and roughhousing in locker room shower areas. Report
any incidents of foot or skin infection to the coach or athletic trainer immediately. Be especially careful not to injure
a teammate with cleated shoes. Do not wear cleated shoes in the building or locker room at any time. No hazing or
initiations are to take place anywhere.
Wear all protective equipment required for your sport, for practice and games unless otherwise indicated by the
daily practice plan. Be sure all stabilizing straps and laces are properly worn and tightened, and all fasteners secured
so equipment is properly positioned. If equipment is not in good working order, immediately let your coach know.
Wear outer and undergarments that are appropriate for humidity and temperature. Players should ingest 4-6 glasses
of water each day.
No athlete should wear any type of jewelry or metal hair fasteners at any time during practice or contests.
The school has purchased protective helmets that are certified by the National Operating Commission for Safety of
Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE). An athlete shall wear no other helmet without permission from the athletic director;
these helmets must meet NOCSAE standards.
Lucas County Anti-Bullying Campaign
As part of the Lucas County Anti-Bullying Campaign, the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the
Lucas County Commissioner’s Office is pleased to offer assistance to anyone who wants to report bullying or other
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ATHLETIC & EXTRA-CURRICULAR INFORMATION
forms of school-related issues.
The Lucas County Sheriff’s Office Bullying Hotline can be reached twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7)
days a week by either texting or calling the following number: 419-654-3425. If it is an emergency, call 9-1-1
immediately. The Rescue Crisis/Suicide Prevention Line is: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Media
When student athletes are speaking with a media member, they should remember that they are representing Ottawa
Hills and their team as well as themselves.
The following are some guidelines:
1.
2.
3.
Be positive and never say anything that is negative about another team or individual.
Be courteous.
Be truthful. If a reporter’s question is one the athlete does not understand, the athlete should be frank
and say so. The reporter should be asked to explain what he or she means before the athlete responds to
the question. If a question is one which the athlete would rather not answer because the answer could be
hurtful to the athlete, the team, or the coach, the athlete has a right to reply courteously, “I would rather not
comment on that.”
NCAA Clearing House
Athletes that wish to play at Division I or II level in college need to register with the NCAA Clearing House their
Junior year. For more information, contact the college guidance counselor.
Nutritional Supplements
Ottawa Hills High School does not encourage or endorse the use of any type of nutritional supplement.
OHSAA Rule - Ejection for Unsporting Conduct
Any player ejected or disqualified for “unsporting conduct” or flagrant foul shall be ineligible for all contests for the
remainder of that day. In addition, the player shall be ineligible for all contests at all levels in that sport until two
regular season/tournament contests (one in football) are played at the same level as the ejection or disqualification.
When ejection or disqualification of a player results from illegal substitution in baseball, fast pitch softball or
basketball, the two contest suspension does not apply.
If the ejection or disqualification occurs in the last contest of the season, the student shall be ineligible for the same
period of time as stated above in the next sport in which the student participates. A student under suspension may
not sit on the team bench, enter the locker room or be affiliated with the team in any way traveling to, during, or
traveling after the contest(s).
A student who is ejected or disqualified a second time shall be suspended for the remainder of the season in that
sport.
A student who has been ejected or disqualified for unsporting conduct for the second time in the season during the
last contest shall be ineligible for a period of time/number of contests subject to the discretion of the Commissioner.
The period of ineligibility shall commence during the next sport in which the student participates.
It is the responsibility of the local school authorities to ensure this regulation is enforced. When an ineligible student
is allowed to participate, forfeiture of the contest is mandatory. This regulation shall apply to all regular season and
tournament contests and shall in no way limit the discretionary authority of the Commissioner as specified in the
OHSAA tournament regulations. In accordance with Bylaw 8-3-1, the decisions of contest officials are final.
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ATHLETIC & EXTRA-CURRICULAR INFORMATION
Responsibilities of the Student
Academics are the primary reason for attending Ottawa Hills Senior High School. It is important that the student
does well academically and progresses throughout all four years.
Every student who participates in an extra-curricular activity thereby becomes a member of a group which
represents Ottawa Hills Senior High School. Every student is responsible for the rules and regulations found in the
Ottawa Hills Student Handbook.
By accepting the privilege of being a member of an extra-curricular activity, the student must accept the additional
special responsibilities of that activity in addition to his/her regular responsibilities. The student, for example, is
subject to the athletic disciplinary training rules pertaining to the athlete’s particular sport as established by the
Department of Athletics.
The student must participate in performances, competitions, practice, and games except when ill, injured, or other
extenuating circumstances exist. If a student-athlete, for example, is ill or injured and under a physician’s care, the
athlete must have written verification from the physician to return to a sport activity. All athletic injuries and health
conditions must be reported to the athletic trainer and coach.
Self-Referral Policy
If a student seeks assistance for dealing with a tobacco, drug, or alcohol problem by self-referral to their coach, the
athletic director or the athletic trainer, and agrees to follow their recommendations, there shall be no prohibition
from sport activity. Refusal or the failure to follow through with an approved program will result in the incident
being considered the student athlete’s first violation. A parent may refer their son or daughter before any infraction
occurs. A student or parent may use the referral process only once during the student athlete’s Ottawa Hills High
School athletic career.
Social Media
Participation in activities, groups and teams is a privilege at Ottawa Hills High School. The use of social media by a
student considered to be unbecoming of a Green Bear may result in discipline including suspension or removal from
the activity, group, leadership position, or team.
Weight Room
No student shall use the weight room facilities without adult supervision. Students are urged to request assistance
from the weight room supervisor or coaches when planning and initiating a workout regimen.
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The participation in interscholastic athletics carries a level of risk. Every effort is made to insure the safety and
well being of our student athletes. Even with these efforts, all sports carry inherent risks. The following cautionary
statements are provided to point out specific considerations in each of our sports.
Please take time to read the cautionary statement(s) specific to the sport(s) you will participate in this year. It is our
hope in providing this information to you prior to your participation, you will be better equipped to identify potential
hazards and have the means to deal with certain emergency situations.
BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL CAUTIONARY STATEMENT
Baseball and softball are sports enjoyed by large numbers of interscholastic and recreational players annually.
Because of their popularity, and the high-speed components of the game, it is important to observe and practice a
number of procedures designed to enhance the safety and enjoyment of all participants.
The school has purchased protective helmets that are certified by the National Operating Commission for Safety
of Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE). This certification indicates that research has been conducted to verify the
protectiveness and shock absorption capabilities of the helmet. Each player will receive a demonstration on the
proper wearing of a batting helmet. Proper wearing of these helmets is the responsibility of the player after the
orientation has been completed.
Preparation for practice or contest:
1. Wear all protective equipment to every practice or contest unless otherwise indicated by the daily practice plan.
2. Be sure that all stabilizing straps and laces are properly worn and tightened and all fasteners secure so
equipment is properly positioned.
3. Players wear outer and under garments that are appropriate for humidity and temperature.
4. Players should ingest the equivalent of 4-6 glasses of water each day.
5. Players with visual impairment(s) must wear corrective, shatterproof glasses or contact lenses if the impairment
affects judgment or perception.
6. Players needing protective tape, padding, or bracing should arrive early to receive necessary treatment.
7. Remove all jewelry and metal hair fasteners.
8. Players with seizure, neuromuscular, renal/cardiac, insulin/diabetic, or chronic skeletal problems, disorders or
diseases must present a physician’s approval prior to participation in any practice session.
In the locker room:
1. Be alert to slippery floors.
2. Be alert to changes in floor or texture and to elevated thresholds between shower and locker room.
3. Keep floors free of litter. Place all belongings in assigned lockers.
4. Close and lock locker doors when away from your assigned locker.
5. Keep soap and shampoo in the shower room.
6. Use foot powder in designated areas.
7. Refrain from rapid movements, horseplay/and roughhouse in the locker/ shower areas.
8. Identify incidents of foot or other skin infections to coach(es) immediately.
9. Be especially careful not to injure a teammate with cleated shoes and do not wear cleated shoes in the building
or locker room at any time.
Approach to the competitive/practice site:
Be alert to:
1. Variable surface textures (concrete, matting, turf).
2. Steps, ramps, dugout locations.
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3.
4.
5.
6.
Locations of bulk equipment or specific drills.
Ball throwing machines.
Hitting practice and “on deck circle,”
Pitching practice.
Hazards specific to baseball and softball:
1. All protective equipment required by rule must be worn at practices and competition during those situations that
require it.
2. Helmets are to be worn by batters, base runners, catchers and base coaches.
3. “On deck’’ hitters are to take practice swings in a designated circle but with complete attention directed to the
pitcher and batter. If no circle is designated, stand behind the backstop. Keep hands off the backstop.
4. Swing only one (1) bat when taking practice swings. Use a bat ring that will not slide off the thick end of the
bat.
5. Batting practice, infield drills, outfield drills, and pitching practice are to be done in designated areas and at
designated times. DO NOT begin these practices without direction of the coach.
6. Sliding technique is to be performed as a progression and approved by the coach before it is tried. Lower
extremity injuries may still occur when players are experienced in sliding techniques.
7. Offensive and defensive players involved in sliding or other close plays must recognize the possibility of being
hit by a thrown ball, being accidentally bumped, or of injury due to friction burn, being stepped on, or skeletal
injury. Be alert to the location of the ball and opponents. Assume a protected position. Do not leave limbs
extended when on the ground.
8. Burns, sprains, strains and contusions must be reported to coaches.
9. Dugout and team bench-players in the dugout or team bench area must be alert to foul balls, over throws, or
defensive players moving towards the area at high speed.
10. Indoors always look before taking practice swings during drills. If you are chasing balls into a hitter’s area, get
his/her attention before going near him/her.
11. Pitchers in batting cages will always wear protective helmets.
12. On a pitched ball that appears to be headed towards a hitter, all hitters will be instructed to turn their front
shoulder towards the catcher and tuck their chin to avoid being hit in the facial area.
13. Never catch without protective equipment.
14. Never slide head first into a catcher at home plate.
Emergencies:
Because of the nature of baseball and softball some injuries will occur. All injuries must be called to a coach’s
attention. Most will be minor and can be managed with basic first aid. However, some may need more intense
management and may also require squad members to:
1. Stop all practices, scrimmages, or drills. DO NOT move the victim!
2. Call the coach to manage the situation if not already at the site.
3. Sit or kneel in close proximity.
4. Assist by:
a) Helping with the injured person
b) calling for additional assistance
c) Bringing first aid equipment or supplies to the site
d) Keeping onlookers away
e) Directing the rescue squad to the accident site
5. Fire or Fire Alarm:
a) Evacuate or remain outside the building
b) Move and remain 50 feet away from the building
c) Be prepared to implement the emergency procedures outlined in #4.
6. Severe weather may necessitate the need to evacuate to a safe place.
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BASKETBALL CAUTIONARY STATEMENT
Basketball is a highly competitive, fast-action game that places demands on the individual player. For this reason,
coaches will implement conditioning regimens that are based on scientific principles, and designed to enhance
player endurance, quickness and playing skills. While contact and rough play are prohibited by rule, a certain
amount of inadvertent physical contact is predictable. To enhance stability and strength, certain weight room
workouts may also be prescribed along with a regular practice activity. In addition, the following considerations and
cautions will enhance player enjoyment and safety.
Preparation for activity:
1. Wear all pads, braces and supportive undergarments to all practices and competitions.
2. Clothing and shoes should fit properly, be comfortable and allow for maximal physical efforts. Clothing should
be kept clean and sanitary.
3. Clothing should prevent heat dissipation or restrict movement.
4. Players should ingest the equivalent of 4-6 glasses of water each day.
5. Feet should be covered with a thin cotton sock followed by a heavier wool sock. If blisters are a chronic
problem or begin to appear, coaches or trainers should be consulted for appropriate responses or preventive
actions.
6. Players who require corrected vision must wear shatterproof glasses or lenses. Glasses must be mounted in
break resistant frames, and be held in place by an elastic strap.
7. Players requiring preventive taping, padding or bracing should arrive early enough to receive treatment and be
able to participate in specialty work.
8. Remove all jewelry, metal hairclips and hats.
9. No horseplay, roughhousing, hazing or initiations.
10. Players with seizure, neuromuscular, renal, cardiac, insulin/diabetic or chronic skeletal problems, disorders or
diseases must present a physician’s approval prior to participation in any practice session.
11. Hightop basketball shoes are suggested and they should be properly laced.
12. DO NOT swing elbows excessively when clearing a rebound.
13. Taller players may need to be alert to their proximity to the lower surface of the backboard.
14. DO NOT take an intentional foul that might cause an injury to an opponent.
15. When taking a charge or screening an opponent, assume a weight-balanced, protected position.
16. If a backboard shatters, notify the coach and keep people away from the broken glass. BROKEN
BACKBOARDS ARE THE FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY OF THOSE WHO BREAK THEM!
17. Notify the coach or trainer of any injury, no matter how slight it may seem.
18. DO NOT share water bottles, towels or anything else that might transmit body fluids or pathogens.
Emergencies
Because of the nature of basketball, some injuries will occur. All injuries must be called to the coach’s attention.
Most will be minor and can be managed with basic first aid. However, an occasional situation may require more
intense management and may also necessitate involvement of squad members as follows:
1.
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Be alert to any injury that the coach may not see. He/she will manage the person in trouble. Assist by:
a) Stop all practices, scrimmages. DO NOT move the victim!
b) After calling the coach to manage the situation, help with the injured person.
c) Telephone for additional assistance (phone numbers and information are posted on the telephone); obtain
first aid supplies or equipment.
d) Keep onlookers away.
e) Sit or kneel in close proximity.
f) Direct rescue squad members to the site.
2.
3.
4.
Fire or Fire Alarm:
a) Evacuate and remain 150 feet from the building.
b) Be prepared to implement emergency procedures.
Bomb Threat:
a) Evacuate building and remain 200 feet away.
Tornado:
a) Go to the basketball team room, sit on floor next to and facing the lockers.
CHEERLEADING AND DANCE CAUTIONARY STATEMENT
The following recommendations have been designed specifically for cheerleading squads and dance teams. Because
of the physical demands required, squad members and parents are asked to read and understand certain cautions and
responsibilities designed to improve the safety and enjoyment of the activity.
Preparing for practice:
1. Choose an outfit that fits comfortably and allows free movement.
2. Do all stretching exercises before practice. Take time to stretch leg, neck, ankle and back muscles before each
practice or performance.
3. Shoes must be worn during practice.
4. Players with seizure, neuromuscular, renal, cardiac, insulin/diabetic, or chronic skeletal problems, disorders or
diseases must present a physician’s approval prior to participation in any practice session.
Workout expectations:
1. Think safety first.
2. Always be aware of the proximity of others when executing large motor movements.
3. Stunts and routines should be practiced in a progression from simple to complex.
4. Advanced stunts or routines are prohibited unless previously cleared by the advisor.
5. When executing partner stunts and pyramids, remember the federation rule against being more than two bodies
high.
6. Always use proper spotting techniques when learning tumbling and balancing maneuvers.
Emergencies:
Because of the physical nature of cheerleading, some injuries will occur. All injuries must be called to a coach’s
attention. Most will be minor and can be managed with basic first aid. However, an occasional situation may require
more intense management and may also necessitate involvement of squad members as follows:
1. DO NOT move the victim!
2. Be alert. Look around. Get the attention of other people as they may need to help.
3. The advisor will manage the person in trouble. You may be asked to assist in one of several ways:
a) help with the injured person,
b) telephone for additional assistance,
c) obtain first aid supplies or equipment,
d) direct the rescue squad to the accident site,
e) keep onlookers back.
4. Fires or fire drills may require immediate evacuation from the building:
a) there may be time to grab a coat and exit,
b) if the situation requires quicker action, participants will evacuate through any exit,
c) move and remain 50 feet away from the building,
d) be prepared to use the procedures described in #3 above.
5. Severe weather may necessitate the need to evacuate to a safe place.
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CROSS COUNTRY CAUTIONARY STATEMENT
Because of the intense demands and conditioning required, athletes and parents are asked to read and understand
certain cautions and responsibilities designed to improve the safety and enjoyment of the sport.
Preparation for practice or contests:
1. Select the appropriate clothing to be worn in warm or cold weather. Since we have a varied climate, it is
important to be prepared for all kinds of weather and to dress accordingly.
2. Proper warm-up and warm-down is very important before and after competition and practices.
3. Select and change shoes/spikes for various surfaces to help reduce shock and stress.
4. Athletes who are ill, dizzy, or lightheaded should contact their coach. Do not practice.
5. Athletes with seizure, neuromuscular, renal, cardiac, insulin/diabetic or chronic skeletal problems, disorders or
diseases, must present a physician’s approval prior to participation in any practice session.
6. Participants should ingest the equivalent of 4-6 glasses of water each day.
7. Athletes needing preventive taping or bracing should arrive early to receive treatment. Any injury problem or
concern should be discussed with the coach or athletic trainer.
8. Athletes with visual impairments must wear shatterproof glasses or lenses where judgment or safety is a
problem.
9. Glasses must be mounted in break resistant frames and secured with an elastic strap.
In the locker room:
1. Be alert to slippery floors and use caution.
2. Keep floors free of litter. Place all personal belongings in assigned locker.
3. Close and lock locker door when away from your assigned locker.
4. Keep soap and shampoo in the shower room.
5. No roughhouse or horseplay.
Movement to the practice/contest site:
1. Be aware of variations in the surface of ramps, locker rooms, cinder, or artificial surfaces.
2. Stretch thoroughly and start your workout with easy jogging.
Hazards specific to cross country:
1. Athletes should be alert to activity going on around them to prevent collisions and/ or the sudden stopping of
others.
2. Runners engaged in roadwork as a method of distance conditioning must face traffic or use sidewalks. Do not
wear radio or tape player headphones. Run in single file and be alert at intersections. Avoid heavily traveled s
treets and always look both ways before crossing.
3. Never cut across neighborhood lawns or through private property.
4. Avoid sudden stops on hard surfaces while sprinting. A gradual slow down will help prevent unnecessary leg
stress.
5. Weight training regimens may also be part of your conditioning. Observe all weight room safety rules carefully.
6. Dehydration can be dangerous. Water will be available at practices and contests. Athletes should ingest water
frequently.
7. Sometimes practice will be held in the swimming pool, follow these guidelines:
Entry Into and Expectations While in the Water
1. Look before you enter.
2. No diving into the shallow end.
3. Lanes will be designated for various conditioning routines.
4. Swim to the right of any designated lane.
5. Stay off the lane lines at all times.
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6.
7.
8.
Making contact with the diving board or lane lines, pool walls, gutters, or bottom could possibly result in
serious bodily injury.
Never hyperventilate.
No roughhouse or horseplay.
Emergencies:
Because of the physical demands of cross country, some injuries will occur. All injuries must be called to a coach
attention. Most will be minor and can be managed through basic first aid techniques. However, some injuries may
need more intense management, and may also require squad members to:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Stop all activities, practice, or competition. DO NOT move the victim!
Call a coach to manage the situation if not already at the site.
Sit or kneel in close proximity.
Assist by:
a) Helping with the injured person
b) Calling for additional assistance
c) Bringing first aid equipment or supplies to the site
d) Keeping onlookers back
e) Directing the rescue squad to the accident site
Fires or Fire Alarm
a) Evacuate or remain outside the building
b) Move and remain 50 feet away from the building
c) Be prepared to implement the emergency procedures outlined in #4.
Severe weather may necessitate the need to evacuate to a safe place.
FIELD HOCKEY CAUTIONARY STATEMENT
The following recommendations have been designed specifically for field hockey team. Because of the intense
demands and conditioning required, athletes and parents are asked to read and understand certain cautions and
responsibilities designed to improve the safety and enjoyment of the sport.
PREPARING FOR PRACTICE:
1. Wear all protective and supportive equipment, pads of braces - including mouth guards to every practice or
game unless otherwise indicated by the daily practice plan.
2. Be sure that all stabilizing straps and laces are properly worn and tightened, and all fasteners secured so
equipment is properly positioned.
3. Wear outer and under garments that are appropriate for humidity and temperature. Players should ingest the
equivalent of 4-6 glasses of water each day.
4. Players with visual impairment(s) must wear corrective, shatterproof glasses or contact lenses if the impairment
affects judgment or perception.
5. Players needing protective tape, padding or bracing should arrive early to receive necessary treatment.
6. Remove all jewelry, including earrings and metal hair fasteners.
7. Players with seizure, neuromuscular, renal, cardiac, insulin/diabetic, or chronic skeletal problems, disorders or
diseases, must present a physician’s approval prior to participation in any practice session.
8. No horseplay, roughhousing, hazing or initiations.
IN THE LOCKER ROOM:
1. Be alert to slippery floors.
2. Be alert to changes in floor texture and to elevated thresholds between shower and locker room floors.
3. Keep floors free of litter. Place all belongings in equipment bags or in lockers when at school.
4. Close and lock locker doors when away from your assigned locker.
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5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
Keep soap and shampoo in the shower room.
Refrain from horseplay and roughhousing in the locker/shower areas.
Identify incidents of foot or other skin infections to coach(es) immediately.
Be cautious not to injure other players with your sticks while dressing.
No horseplay, roughhousing, hazing or initiations.
MOVEMENT TO PRACTICE/CONTEST SITE/TRAVEL TO CONTEST/PRACTICE SITE:
1. Be alert to:
a) Ramps and steps leading to contest or practice area.
b) Raised thresholds, gates and metal hardware at building entry points.
c) Changes in texture (ice, mats, concrete. wood).
2. Location and activity in proximity to:
a) Goal cages and shooting drills.
b) Passing drills.
c) Agility and sprinting drills.
3. Horseplay with sticks is prohibited.
4. No broken or cracked sticks may be used.
5. Throwing sticks is prohibited.
6. Tripping, kneeing, high-sticking, slashing, butt-ending, buffing, or spearing with the stick is prohibited.
7. Frequent drink breaks will be scheduled during practice and players should hydrate themselves frequently
during practice or games.
8. No horseplay, rough-housing, hazing or initiations.
HAZARDS SPECIFIC TO FIELD HOCKEY:
1. Shooting practice is to be conducted only in designated areas, at specified times, and in specified sequences. Be
certain the goalkeeper is looking at you and ready for practice shots.
2. Do not high stick.
3. Do not slash with the stick.
4. Do not butt end with the stick.
5. Do not throw a stick regardless of its condition.
6. Do not spear or butt with the helmet or face mask (goalkeeper).
7. Do not make punitive attempts to elbow or knee opponents.
8. Do not shoot at other players.
9. Do not charge or contact the goalkeeper.
10. Do not alter stick shape.
11. Do not grasp the facemask of the goalkeeper.
12. Absorb or make contact in a low, balanced position.
EMERGENCIES:
Because of the nature of field hockey, some injuries will occur. All injuries must be called to a coach’s or athletic
trainer’s attention. Most will be minor and can be managed with basic first aid. However, some may need more
intense management and may also require squad members to:
1.
2.
3.
4.
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Stop all practices, scrimmages, or drills. DO NOT move the victim.
Call the coach to manage the situation if not already at the site.
Sit or kneel in close proximity.
Assist by:
a) Helping with the injured person.
b) Call for additional assistance.
c) Bring first aid equipment or supplies to the site.
5.
6.
d) Keeping onlookers away.
e). Direct the rescue squad to the accident site.
Fire or Fire Alarm:
a) Evacuate or remain outside the building.
b) Move and remain 150 feet away from ate building.
c) Be prepared to implement the emergency procedures outlined in #3 above.
Severe weather may necessitate the need to evacuate to a safe place.
FOOTBALL CAUTIONARY STATEMENT
Football is a contact sport and injuries will occur. The coaches working in our program are well-qualified,
professional people. Fundamentals related to playing football will continually and repeatedly be emphasized on and
off the field. The information contained within this list of rules and procedures is to inform the young people in our
football program of the proper techniques to practice for maximum safety in the contact phase of the game.
Pre-season preparation:
Because football is a contact sport, athletes must condition to prepare themselves for the season. This includes both
strength training as well as aerobic training. It is also important that athletes continue to strength train during their
season to help prevent injuries.
Tackling, blocking and running the ball:
By rule, the helmet is not to be used as a “ram.” Initial contact is not to be made with the helmet. It is NOT possible
to play the game safely or correctly without making contact with the helmet when properly blocking and tackling an
opponent. Therefore, technique is most important to prevention of injuries.
Tackling and blocking techniques are basically the same. Contact is to be made above the waist, but not initially
with the helmet. The player should always be in a position of balance, knees bent, back straight, body slightly bent
forward, head up, assume a striking position or near to the opponent as possible with the main contact being made
with the shoulder.
Blocking and tackling by not putting the helmet as close to the body as possible could result in shoulder injury such
as a separation or a pinched nerve in the neck area. The dangers of not following the proper techniques can be from
minor to disabling to even death. The reason for following the safety rules in making contact with the upper body
and helmet is that improper body alignment can put the spinal column in a vulnerable position for injury.
If the head is bent downward, the cervical (neck) vertebrae are vulnerable and contact on the TOP OF THE
HELMET could result in a dislocation, nerve damage, paralysis or death. If the back is not straight, the thoracic
(mid-back) and lumbar vertebrae are also vulnerable to serious injury if contact is again made to the TOP OF THE
HELMET.
Basic hitting (contact), position and fundamental techniques:
If the knees are not bent, the chance of knee injury is greatly increased. Fundamentally, a player should be in the
proper hitting position at all times during live ball play and this point will be repeated continually during practice.
The danger is anything from strained muscles, to aid injuries, to serious knee injuries requiring surgery. The rules
have made blocking below the waist (outside a two-yard by four-yard area next to the football) illegal. A runner with
the ball, however, may be tackled around the legs.
The length of cleats has been restricted to no more than 1/2 inch to further help in preventing knee injuries.
In tackling the rules prohibit initial contact with the helmet or grabbing the facemask or edge of the helmet. These
restrictions were implemented because of serious injuries resulting from grasping the facemask. Initial helmet
contact could result in a bruise, dislocation, broken bone, head injury, internal injury such as kidneys, spleen,
bladder, etc. Grabbing the facemask or helmet edge could result in a neck injury that could range from a muscle
strain to a dislocation, nerve injury, or spinal column damage causing paralysis or death.
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Illegal and dangerous play by participating athletes will not be tolerated and all players are repeatedly reminded of
the dangers of these acts.
Fitting and use of equipment:
Shoulder pads, helmets, hip pads, pants including thigh pads and knee pads should be properly fitted and worn.
Wear all protective pads, braces and supportive undergarments to all practices and competitions. Shoulder pads
that are too small will leave the shoulder joint vulnerable to bruises or separations and could also be too tight in the
neck area resulting in a possible pinched nerve. Shoulder pads which are too large will leave the neck area poorly
protected and will slide on the shoulders making them vulnerable to bruises or separations.
Helmets must fit snugly at the contact points: Front, back, and top of head. The helmet must be “NOCSAE”
branded; the chinstraps must be fastened, and the cheek pads must be of the proper thickness. On contact, a helmet
that is too tight could result in a headache. Too loose a fit could result in headaches, a concussion, a face injury such
as a broken nose or cheek bone, and a blow to the back of the neck could cause a neck injury, possibly quite serious
such as paralysis or even death.
Preparation for practice or contests:
1. Wear all protective and supportive equipment including mouth guards to every practice or contest unless
otherwise indicated by the daily practice plan.
2. Be sure that all stabilizing straps and laces are properly worn and tightened, and all fasteners secured so
equipment is properly positioned.
3. Wear outer and under garments that are appropriate for humidity and temperature.
4. Players should ingest the equivalent of 4-6 glasses of water each day.
5. Players with visual impairment(s) must wear corrective, shatterproof glasses or contact lenses if the impairment
affects judgment or perception.
6. Players needing protective tape, padding, or bracing should arrive early to receive necessary treatment
7. Remove all jewelry and metal hair fasteners.
8. Players with seizure, neuromuscular, renal, cardiac, insulin/ diabetic, or chronic skeletal problems, disorders or
diseases, must present physician approval to the coach prior to participation in any practice session.
In the lockerroom:
1. Be alert to slippery floors.
2. Be alert to changes in floor texture and to elevated thresholds between shower and locker rooms.
3. Keep floors free of litter. Place all personal belongings in assigned lockers.
4. Close and lock locker doors when away from your assigned locker.
5. Keep soap and shampoo in the shower room.
6. No horseplay, roughhousing, hazing or initiations.
7. Do not wear football shoes in the building or locker room at any time.
Movement to the practice/contest site or travel to contest/practice site:
1. Be alert to:
a) Goal posts.
b) Blocking sleds.
c) Kicking/ Kick return drills.
d) Passer/Receiver drills.
e) Agility sprinting, or other fast action drills.
f) No horseplay, roughhousing, hazing or initiations.
Cautions specific to football:
1. The Head and Helmet
a) Tackle or block or break tackles with the shoulder pad. NEVER USE THE HELMET TO STRIKE THE
OPPONENT.
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2.
3.
4.
5.
b) Keep the chin and eyes up when blocking, tackling, or running with the ball.
c) Lowering the head/helmet jeopardizes the neck and spinal cord.
Blocking and Defensive Contact
a) The forearm striking surface should be accelerated as a unit with the shoulder and extension of the trunk.
DO NOT “wind up to accelerate the forearm separately.”
b) Block from the front or the side and above the waist.
c) When pursuing an opposing ball carrier, do not “pile on” when the opponent is down.
d) Never grab an opponent’s facemask.
General
a) GET UP - when on the ground you are vulnerable to being stepped on or receiving a leg, shoulder or knee
injury.
b) When falling- TUCK- Leave no extremity extended either to absorb the fan, or while on the ground.
c) Participate fully in neck strengthening exercises.
Water
a) Frequent drink breaks will be scheduled during practices, and players should hydrate themselves frequently
before and during practice and games.
Weight Room
a) Maintenance strength training procedures will be utilized. Observe all weight room policies for
progressions, spotting and general safety.
Emergencies:
Because of the nature of football, some injuries will occur. All injuries must be called to a coach’s or trainer’s
attention. Most will be minor and can be managed with basic first aid.
However, some may need more intense management and may also require squad members to:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Stop all practices, scrimmages, or drill. DO NOT move the victim!
Call the coach to manage the situation if not already at the site.
Sit or kneel in close proximity.
Assist by:
a) Helping with the injured person.
b) Calling for additional assistance.
c) Bringing aid equipment or supplies to the site.
d) Keeping onlookers away.
e) Directing rescue squad to the accident site.
Fires or Fire Alarm:
a) Evacuate or remain outside the building.
b) Move and remain 150 feet away from the building.
Severe weather may necessitate the need to evacuate to a safe place.
GOLF CAUTIONARY STATEMENT
Golf is a great sport. It is probably the foremost lifetime sport. Paying attention and adhering to the following
considerations and procedures can assure improved play and competition safety:
Preparing for practice:
1. Choose clothing or footwear that fits properly, and doesn’t restrict movement,
2. Select clothing appropriate for precipitation, humidity and temperature,
3. Players should ingest the equivalent of 4-6 glasses of water each day.
4. Players needing protective tape, first aid, or rehabilitative treatments should arrive early to receive necessary
treatment.
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5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
Avoid horseplay with clubs and equipment.
Players with seizure, neuromuscular, renal, cardiac, insulin/ diabetic, or chronic skeletal problems, disorders or
diseases, must present a physicians approval prior to participation in any practice session.
If ill or dizzy, notify the coach. Do not practice.
Check clubs regularly for stress or other signs of deterioration.
Replace or repair damaged clubs.
Movement to practice site:
1. High school players and parents may transport golf team members to practices or matches played on local
courses and practice ranges in the immediate Carmel area. Transportation provided in private vehicles must
be indemnified by the personal accident and injury insurance of the owner or the driver. The Carmel Clay
Schools is not liable for injury, loss, or damage incurred by drivers or passengers in private vehicles. Travel to
matches or practices outside the immediate Carmel area will be scheduled and provided by the school
corporation in sd1ool owned vehicles.
2. Exercise caution in driving to courses or practice areas.
3. Be cautious in parking lots when unloading clubs and/ or carts or when changing shoes.
4. Be alert to ramps, stairs, artificial turf surfaces, carpets, concrete surfaces and other changes in footing textures.
5. Be alert to locations of driving, practice swing, chipping and sand trap areas.
6. Be alert to cart pathways, golf carts and traffic patterns,
7. Be alert to weather conditions- especially stormy weather. Check with the coach before playing if there are any
safety questions.
8. Adjust for temperature and humidity. A cap, sunglasses and sunblock can be helpful in avoiding discomfort or
overheating. Players with sensitive skin should avoid prolonged sun exposure.
Cautions specific to Golf:
1. When involved in club control/club swing drills, LOOK in all directions BEFORE taking your first practice
swing. Be sure there is room for the club to be swung safely.
2. No horseplay with clubs or equipment. No club throwing.
3. Be alert to players on adjacent tees or fairways.
4. Be alert to players in front and behind you. On short holes, signal players behind when it is safe to hit their tee
shots. Do not hit tee or fairway shots if close to players ahead.
5. Call “FORE” if any shot moves into an adjacent fairway, or near any other players.
6. Drink water frequently on the course. If uncomfortable, stop in a shady area or sun shelter and consume water.
Call for assistance if dizzy, ill or light headed.
7. If severe weather occurs while on the course:
a) Remove spikes, get away from clubs.
b) Avoid isolated trees, shelters, hilltops, open spaces, or metal objects.
c) Move to a wood building, low, protected area, or heavily wooded area.
Emergencies:
Because of the nature of golf, some injuries will occur. All injuries must be called to a coach’s attention. Most will
be minor and can be managed with basic first aid. However, some may need more intense management and may also
require squad members to:
1.
2.
3.
4.
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Stop all practices, scrimmages, or drills. DO NOT move the victim!
Call the coach to manage the situation if not already at the site.
Sit or kneel in close proximity.
Assist by:
a) Helping with the injured person.
b) Calling for additional assistance.
5.
6.
c) Bringing first aid equipment or supplies to the site.
d) Keeping onlookers away.
e) Directing the rescue squad to the accident site.
Fires or Fire Alarm:
a) Evacuate or remain outside the building.
b) Move and remain 50 feet away from the building.
c) Be prepared to implement the emergency procedures outlined in #4 above.
Severe weather may necessitate the need to evacuate to a safe place.
LACROSSE CAUTIONARY STATEMENT
Lacrosse is a highly competitive, fast-action game in which physical contact plays a major role. Because of the
speed and contact with which the game is played, squad members, their families and the coaching staff must
accept and share certain responsibilities to enhance the safety and enjoyment for participants.
PREPARING FOR PRACTICE:
1. Wear all protective and supportive equipment, pads of braces- including mouth guards to every practice or game
unless otherwise indicated by the daily practice plan.
2. Be sure that all stabilizing straps and laces are properly worn and tightened, and all fasteners secured so
equipment is properly positioned.
3. Wear outer and under garments that are appropriate for humidity and temperature. Players should ingest the
equivalent of 4-6 glasses of water each day.
4. Players with visual impairment(s) must wear corrective, shatterproof glasses or contact lenses if the impairment
affects judgment or perception.
5. Players needing protective tape, padding or bracing should arrive early to receive necessary treatment.
6. Remove all jewelry, including earrings and metal hair fasteners.
7. Players with seizure, neuromuscular, renal, cardiac, insulin/diabetic, or chronic skeletal problems, disorders or
diseases, must present a physician’s approval prior to participation in any practice session.
8. No horseplay, roughhousing, hazing or initiations.
IN THE LOCKER ROOM:
1. Be alert to slippery floors. Be alert to changes in floor texture and to elevated thresholds between shower and
locker room floors. Keep floors free of litter. Place all belongings in equipment bags or in lockers when at
school.
2. Close and lock locker doors when away from your assigned locker.
3. Keep soap and shampoo in the shower room.
4. Refrain from horseplay and roughhousing in the locker/shower areas.
5. Identify incidents of foot or other skin infections to coach(es) immediately.
6. Be cautious not to injure other players with your sticks while dressing
7. No horseplay, roughhousing, hazing or initiations.
MOVEMENT TO PRACTICE/CONTEST SITE or TRAVEL TO CONTEST/PRACTICE SITE:
1. Be alert to:
a) Ramps and steps leading to contest or practice area.
b) Raised thresholds, gates and metal hardware at building entry points.
c) Changes in texture (ice, mats, concrete. wood).
2. Location and activity in proximity to:
a) Goal cages and shooting drills.
b) Passing drills.
c) Agility and sprinting drills.
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3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Horseplay with sticks is prohibited.
No broken or cracked sticks may be used.
Throwing sticks is prohibited.
Tripping, kneeing, high-sticking, slashing, butt-ending, buffing, or spearing with the helmet or face mask and
grasping the opponent’s face mask are prohibited.
Frequent drink breaks will be scheduled during practice and players should hydrate themselves frequently
during practice or games.
HAZARDS SPECIFIC TO LACROSSE:
1. Shooting practice is to be conducted only in designated areas, at specified times, and in specified sequences. Be
certain the goalkeeper is looking at you and ready for practice shots.
2. Do not high stick.
3. Do not slash with the stick.
4. Do not butt end with the stick.
5. Do not throw a stick regardless of its condition.
6. Do not spear or butt with the helmet or facemask.
7. Do not make punitive attempts to elbow or knee opponents.
8. Do not shoot at other players.
9. Do not charge or contact the goalkeeper.
10. Do not alter stick shape.
11. Do not grasp the facemask or goggles of another player.
12. Absorb or make contact in a low, balanced position.
EMERGENCIES:
Because of the nature of lacrosse, some injuries will occur. All injuries must be called to a coach’s or athletic
trainer’s attention. Most will be minor and can be managed with basic first aid. However, some may need more
intense management and may also require squad members to:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Stop all practices, scrimmages, or drills. DO NOT move the victim
Call the coach to manage the situation if not already at the site.
Sit or kneel in close proximity.
Assist by:
a) Helping with the injured person.
b) Call for additional assistance.
c) Bring first aid equipment or supplies to the site.
d) Keeping onlookers away.
e) Direct the rescue squad to the accident site.
Fire or Fire Alarm:
a) Evacuate or remain outside the building.
b) Move and remain 150 feet away from ate building.
c) Be prepared to implement the emergency procedures outlined in #3 above.
Severe weather may necessitate the need to evacuate to a safe place.
SOCCER CAUTIONARY STATEMENT
Soccer is a highly competitive, fast-action game in which physical conditioning plays a major role. Because of the
speed and agility with which the game is played, squad members, their families, and the coaching staff must accept
and share certain responsibilities designed to enhance the safety and enjoyment of the sport.
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Preparation for practice or contests:
1. Wear all protective equipment, including shin guards, to every practice or contest unless otherwise indicated by
the daily practice plan.
2. Wear outer and under garments that are appropriate for humidity and temperature.
3. Players should ingest the equivalent of 4-6 glasses of water each day.
4. Players with visual impairment(s) must wear corrective, shatterproof glasses or contact lenses if the impairment
affects judgment or perception.
5. Players needing protective tape, padding, or bracing should arrive early to receive necessary treatment.
6. Remove all jewelry and metal hair fasteners.
7. Players with seizure, neuromuscular, renal, cardiac, insulin/ diabetic, or chronic skeletal problems, disorders or
diseases, must present a physician’s approval prior to participation in any practice session.
8. Goalkeeper must wear proper pads (mouth guard is suggested).
9. Field players may also choose to wear a mouth guard.
In the locker room:
1. Be alert to slippery floors.
2. Be alert to changes in floor texture and to elevated thresholds between shower and locker rooms.
3. Keep floors free of litter. Place all personal belongings in assigned lockers.
4. Close and lock locker doors when away from your assigned locker.
5. Refrain from rapid movements, horseplay, and roughhouse in the locker/shower areas.
6. Do not wear soccer shoes in the building or locker room at any time.
7. Remove mud outside and away from the building.
Approach to the practice or contest site:
1. Be alert to ramps, stairs, and changes in the texture and levels of concrete, fields, and sidewalks.
2. Be alert to the location of the goalmouth, goal posts, and shooting drills.
3. Be alert to fast action dribbling or passing drills.
4. If ill or dizzy, notify the coach. Do not practice.
5. Do not hang on goal posts at any time.
6. Soccer is played and practiced in all types of weather. Players should have proper clothing and footwear.
7. If lightning is in the area, the practice or game will be suspended until the storm passes. (15 minutes without
lightning).
8. Soccer players will follow all other posted or published team rules.
Cautions Specific to Soccer:
1. Play the ball when on defense. DO NOT attack the offensive opponent with illegal contact.
2. When involved in shooting drill, shoot in specified sequences and in designated areas and directions. Be sure
the goalkeeper is ready for all shots.
3. High kicks are prohibited.
4. Intentional pushing and tripping is prohibited.
5. Charging or contacting the goalkeeper is prohibited.
6. Players must brace the neck and keep the mouth closed while striking the ball with the upper portion of the
forehead when heading the ball.
7. Out of control runs, jumps, or high kicks are prohibited.
8. Slide tackles must be approved by a coach.
9. Shin pads must be worn by all players.
10. Water will be available at practices and contests.
Emergencies:
Because of the nature of soccer, some injuries will occur. All injuries must be called to a coach’s attention. Most
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will be minor and can be managed with basic first aid. However, some may need more intense management and may
also require squad members to:
1. Stop all practices, scrimmages or drills. DO NOT move the victim!
2. Call the coach to manage the situation if not already at the site.
3. Sit or kneel in close proximity.
4. Assist by:
a) Helping with the injured person.
b) Calling for additional assistance.
c) Bringing first aid equipment or supplies to the site
d) Keeping onlookers away
e) Directing the rescue squad to the accident site
5. Fires or Fire Alarm:
a) Evacuate or remain outside the building
b) Move and remain 50 feet away from the building
c) Be prepared to implement the emergency procedures outlined in #4 above.
6. Severe weather may necessitate the need to evacuate to a safe place.
TENNIS CAUTIONARY STATEMENT
Tennis is a highly competitive, fast-action activity in which physical conditioning plays a major role. Because of the
speed and finesse with which the game is played, squad members and their families must accept and share certain
responsibilities with the coaching staff to enhance the safety and enjoyment of participants.
Preparation for practice or contest:
1. Wear protective socks and well fitting footwear to practice and contests.
2. Wear outer and under garments that are appropriate for humidity and temperature.
3. Players should ingest the equivalent of 4-6 glasses of water each day.
4. Players with visual impairment(s) must wear corrective, shatterproof glasses or contact lenses if the impairment
affects judgment or perception.
5. Players needing protective tape, padding, or bracing should arrive early to receive necessary treatment.
6. Remove all jewelry and metal hair fasteners.
7. Players with seizure, neuromuscular, renal, cardiac, insulin/ diabetic, or chronic skeletal problems, disorders or
diseases, must present a physician’s approval prior to participation in any practice session.
In the locker room:
1. Be alert to slippery floors.
2. Be alert to changes in floor texture and to elevated thresholds between shower and locker rooms.
3. Keep floors free of litter. Place all personal belongings in assigned lockers.
4. Close and lock locker doors when away from your assigned locker.
5. Keep soap and shampoo in the shower room.
6. No roughhouse or horseplay.
7. Identify incidents of foot or other skin infections to coach(es) immediately.
Approach to the practice or contest site:
1. Be alert to steps, ramps, changes in the texture of courts and sidewalks.
2. Be alert to bounding board activity.
3. Be alert to the location of warm-up drills involving practice swings.
4. Be alert to ongoing games as you enter the court area.
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5.
6.
Be alert to debris and glass on the courts as you arrive.
Be alert to the location of nets and net posts.
Hazards specific to tennis:
1. Throwing racquets and other horseplay is prohibited.
2. Doubles partners should face the net and be aware of each other’s court position at all times so as to avoid
physical or racquet contact with each other.
3. Players must gather up loose tennis balls and call ‘BALL” if loose ball rolls onto another court.
4. Shatterproof glasses or lenses must be worn if needed for perception and judgment. Eye protection specifically
designed for racquet sports is strongly suggested.
5. Be under control when playing near nets, net posts and fences.
6. Net jumping is prohibited.
7. Heat and humidity can be a serious problem. Drink water during the day, and at practice or matches.
8. Players with sensitive skin are encouraged to use sun block or cover skin areas.
Emergencies
Because of the nature of te1mis, some, injuries will occur. All injuries must be called to a coach’s attention. Most
will be minor and can be managed with basic first aid. However, an occasional situation may require more intense
management and may also necessitate involvement of squad members as follows:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Stop all practices, scrimmages or drills. Do NOT move the victim!
Call the coach to manage the situation if not already at the site.
Sit or kneel in close proximity.
Assist by:
a) Helping with the injured person
b) Telephoning for additional assistance
c) Bringing first aid equipment or supplies to the site
d) Keeping onlookers away
e) Directing the rescue squad to the accident site
Fire or Fire Alarm:
a) Evacuate or remain outside the building
b) Move and remain 50 feet away from the building
c) Be prepared to implement the emergency procedures outlined in #4.
Severe weather may necessitate the need to evacuate to a safe place.
TRACK AND FIELD CAUTIONARY STATEMENT
The following recommendations have been designed specifically for Track and Field teams. Because of the intense
demands and conditioning required, athletes and parents are asked to read and understand certain cautions and
responsibilities designed to improve the safety and enjoyment of track and field.
Preparation for practice or contests:
1. Select the appropriate clothing to be worn in warm or cold weather. Since we have a varied climate, it is
important to be prepared for all kinds of weather and to dress accordingly.
2. Participants should ingest the equivalent of 4-6 glasses of water each day.
3. Proper warm-up or warm-down is very important before and/or after competition and practices.
4. Select and change shoes/spikes for various surfaces to help reduce shock and stress.
5. Athletes who are ill, dizzy, or light headed should contact their coach and should not practice.
6. Athletes with seizure, neuromuscular, renal, cardiac, insulin/diabetic, or chronic skeletal problems, disorders or
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7.
8.
9.
diseases, must present a physician’s approval prior to participation in any practice session.
Athletes needing preventive taping or bracing should arrive early to receive treatment. Any injury problem or
concern should be discussed with a coach or athletic trainer.
Athletes with visual impairments must wear shatterproof glasses or lenses where judgment or safety is a
problem.
Glasses must be mounted in break resistant frames and secured with an elastic strap.
In the locker room:
1. Be alert to slippery floors and use caution.
2. Keep floors free of litter. Place all personal belongings in assigned locker.
3. Close and lock locker doors when away from your assigned locker.
4. Keep soap and shampoo in the shower room.
5. No roughhouse or horseplay.
6. If spiked shoes are worn, they are to be put on and off outside the building.
Movement to the practice/contest site:
1. Be aware of variations in the surface of ramps, locker rooms, cinder, or artificial tracks.
2. In approaching the track, be alert to location of:
a) Sprint/hurdle straight-aways.
b) Relay/ exchange areas.
c) Jump/Vault runways and landing pits.
d) Shot and discus throwing and landing areas.
3. When jogging for warm-up or warm-down, or during practice, run in the outer lanes.
4. Stretch thoroughly and start your workout with easy running.
Hazards specific to track and field:
1. Jumpers, throwers, and hurdlers must check equipment to see that it is safe and in proper condition before using.
Athletes must notify the event coach in case of any equipment failure.
2. Shot/ discus thrower(s) must check the throwing sector and the immediate areas alongside the circle or runway
for people in the area. They must also refrain from horseplay with the shot and discus.
3. Hurdlers must be sure hurdles are facing a direction that allows the hurdle to tip if struck by the hurdlers.
4. Distance runners and relay teams engaged in speed work and time trials should run the inside lanes unless
passing a runner. Slower work should be done in the outer lanes. When passing other runners during practice,
always call “track.’’
5. Athletes should be alert to activity going on around them to prevent collisions and/or the sudden stopping of
others.
6. Runners engaged in street work as a method of distance conditioning must face traffic or use sidewalks. Do not
wear radio or tape player headphones. Run in single file and be alert at intersections. Avoid heavily traveled
streets and always look both ways before crossing.
7. Never cut across neighborhood lawns or through private property.
8. Avoid sudden stops on hard surfaces while sprinting. A gradual slow down will help prevent unnecessary leg
stress.
9. Weight training regimens may also be part of your conditioning. Observe all weight room safety rules carefully.
10. Dehydration can be dangerous. Water will be available at practices and contests. Athletes should ingest water
frequently.
11. Sometimes practice will be held in the swimming pool, follow these guidelines:
Entrv Into and Expectations While in the Water
1. Look before you enter.
2. No diving into the shallow end.
3. Lanes will be designated for various conditioning routines. Swim to the right of any designated lane.
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4.
5.
6.
7.
Stay off the lane lines at all times.
Making contact with the diving board or lane lines” pool walls, gutters, or bottom could possibly result in
serious bodily injury.
Never hyperventilate.
No roughhouse or horseplay.
Emergencies:
Because of the physical demands of track and field, some injuries will occur. All injuries must be called to the
coach’s attention. Most will be minor and can be managed with basic first aid. However, an occasional situation may
require more intense management and may also necessitate involvement of squad members as follows:
1. Stop all activities, practice, or competition. DO NOT move the victim!
2. Call a coach to manage the situation if not already at the site.
3. Sit or kneel in close proximity.
4. Assist by:
a) Helping with the injured person.
b) Telephoning for additional assistance.
c) Bringing first aid equipment or supplies to the site.
d) Keeping onlookers away.
e) Directing the rescue squad to the accident site.
5. Fires or Fire Alarm:
a) Evacuate or remain outside the building.
b) Move and remain 50 feet away from the building.
c) Be prepared to implement the emergency procedures outlined in #1.
6. Severe weather may necessitate the need to evacuate to a safe place.
VOLLEYBALL CAUTIONARY STATEMENTS
The following recommendations have been designed specifically for volleyball teams. Because of the intense
demands and conditioning required, athletes and parents are asked to read and understand certain cautions and
responsibilities designed to improve the safety and enjoyment of the sport.
Preparing for activity:
1. Wear protective kneepads, braces and supportive equipment garments to all practices and games.
2. Clothing and shoes should fit properly, be comfortable and allow for maximal physical efforts.
3. Clothing should not prevent heat dissipation or restrict movement,
4. Players should ingest the equivalent of 4-6 glasses of water each day.
5. Feet should be covered with a thick cotton sock. If blisters are a chronic problem or begin to appear, coaches
should be consulted for appropriate responses or preventive actions.
6. Players who require corrected vision must wear shatterproof glasses or contact lenses. Glasses must be
mounted in break resistant frames, and be held in place by an elastic strap.
7. Players requiring preventive taping, padding, or bracing should arrive early to receive necessary treatment.
8. Remove all jewelry and metal hair fasteners.
9. No horseplay, rough-housing, hazing or initiations
10. Players with seizures, neuromuscular, renal, cardiac, insulin/ diabetic, or chronic skeletal problems, disorders
or diseases, must present physician’s approval to the coach prior to participation in any practice session.
In the locker room:
1. Locker room floors are often slippery.
2. Open locker doors can have sharp edges. Close and lock your locker when away from it.
3. Secure all personal items in your assigned locker.
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4.
5.
6.
Use soap and shampoo only in the shower area.
Be alert to raised thresholds at shower rooms.
No horseplay, roughhousing, hazing or initiations.
Entry to contest/contest site or travel to contest/contest site:
1. Be alert to ramps/ steps leading to practice/ contest area.
2.
Be alert to variations in surfaces (i.e. locker rooms, ramps, stairways or playing floors.
3.
Be alert to the following:
a) Ball carts.
b) Volleyball in flight, rolling, rebounding, or bouncing.
c) Spiking or serving drills.
d) Nets, support poles, cables, chairs, bleachers, and officers stand.
4. No horseplay, roughhousing, hazing or initiations.
5. Preparing to play:
a) Do all stretching exercises as directed by the coaches.
b) Jog easy laps to warm up. When stretching or playing, keep body in proper alignment to prevent undue
stress on joints, ligaments, and muscles.
Hazards specific to volleyball:
1. Be alert to dehydration symptoms; i.e., dry mouth, inability to cool down, dizzy/light-headed. Ingest 4-6 glasses
of water during the school day and additional amounts at practice.
2. Frequent drink breaks will be built into the practice and players should make use of each one.
3. Foot problems--refer to coach(es) or athletic trainer:
a) Blisters.
b) Calluses.
c) Ingrown toenails.
4. Other skin problems--refer to coach(es) or athletic trainer:
a) Boils,
b) Rashes,
c) Floor burns, cuts.
5. Ankles and other orthopedic problems:
a) Sprains--new--ice, compression, elevate, rest.
b) Sprain--old--taping, easy workouts, rehabilitate exercise.
6. Weight and strength training will have separate standards and progressions designed to enhance safety.
7. Respiratory diseases can be a major problem. A vitamin supplement, fluids, regular rest, proper nutrition and
dress contribute to the maintenance or health.
8. Check your weight and record it. Sudden or large losses over a month should be brought to the coach’s
attention, especially if you are feeling tired or ill, or if you demonstrate cold symptoms and sore throat swollen
neck glands.
9. Do not hang on rims or nets.
10. Gather loose volleyballs and place them in storage racks. Do not follow a loose ball into an adjacent court until
play is stopped in that court.
11. Never roll a ball under the net during play; the ball can roll under the feet.
12. Never throw the ball over the net; ball can hit an unsuspecting player.
13. Try to land on both feet while descending from a jump. This helps prevent falling, twisting, or unbalance.
14. While executing a defensive roll, sprawl, or dive, player must begin as low as possible to the floor with the arms
fully extended away from the body. Execution with bent elbows and little or no bending of the knees may cause
fractures or other injuries.
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15. As in many team sports the possibility of running into teammates or opponents is apparent; Jump vertically
when spiking or blocking.
16. Volleyball utilizes the hands in various techniques; i.e., setting, blocking, serving, attacking, and digging.
Players should use proper technique in order to avoid breaks, fractures, and sprains.
17. Muscle soreness and possible strains occur more frequently at beginning of the season due to increased use of
muscles and increased time spent exercising. Stretch before/ after practice.
18. Making contact with the nets, support poles, cables, referee’s stand, floor, wall, bleachers, and other players
during practice or competition could possibly result in serious bodily injury.
Emergencies:
1. Because of the physical nature of volleyball, some injuries will occur. All injuries must be called to a coach’s or
trainer’s attention. Most can be managed with basic first aid. However, some may need more intense
management and may also require squad members to:
2. Be alert, look around. Get the attention of other people, as they may need to help. DO NOT move the victim!
3. The coach will manage the person in trouble. You may be asked to assist in one of several ways.
4. Assist by:
a) Helping with the injured person.
b) Telephoning for additional assistance.
c) Obtaining first aid supplies or equipment.
d) Directing the rescue squad to the accident site.
e) Keeping onlookers back.
5. Fires or Fire Alarm:
a) Evacuate or remain outside the building.
b) Move and remain 150 feet away from the building.
c) Be prepared to use the procedures described in #2 above.
6. Severe weather may necessitate the need to evacuate to a safe place.
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Acceptable Use and Internet Safety Policy Agreement
Ottawa Hills Local Schools
Acceptable Use and Internet Safety Policy Agreement
Statement of Purpose
Ottawa Hills Local Schools (hereafter referred to as District) is pleased to offer our students access to the World
Wide Web and other electronic networks. Students are encouraged to use the technology available in the District.
The District’s technology is an important educational resource, which provides opportunities for collaboration and
exchange of information; facilitates personal growth in the use of technology; and enhances information access,
retrieval, evaluation, usage, and communication skills. However, it is important to remember that access is a
privilege, not a right, and carries with it responsibilities for all involved.
This Acceptable Use and Internet Safety Policy is an agreement between the student, parent/guardian, and the
District. The intent of this document is to ensure that parents are knowledgeable about and that students will comply
with the Acceptable Use and Internet Safety Policy approved by the District. The agreement signature page must be
Terms of Agreement
Personal Responsibility, Use and Acceptance
In exchange for the use of the District computers and other hardware, Internet access, email, electronic
subscriptions/research/productivity resources, and internal electronic resources (hereafter referred to as the
agreement). Students who use or otherwise access the District’s Network via wireless or hardwired connection
(hereafter referred to as Users) are responsible for their behavior on the Network just as they are in a classroom,
school hallway, or other School District property. The User consents to the terms of this Policy whenever he or she
other school disciplinary action and/or, if necessary, criminal prosecution as a result of any improper use, determined
by the District, and is not limited by the examples of misuse given in this Policy.
Infractions to the Acceptable Use and Internet Safety Policy will be in accordance to the school discipline policies.
of profanity, harassment, theft, misuse, vandalism, etc. will apply. Students will be liable for any damages caused by
misuse of access privileges.
A. The use of the Network is a privilege not a right. This privilege may be revoked by the District at any time and
for any reason.
B. The use of District and/or Network resources are for the following purposes (in order of priority):
1. support of the academic program
2. telecommunications for academic purposes
3. general information and research
will remove any material which the District, at its sole discretion, believes may be unlawful, obscene,
pornographic, abusive, or otherwise objectionable. Students will not use their District-approved computer
account/access to obtain, view, download, or otherwise gain access to such materials.
D. All information services and features contained on District and/or Network resources are intended for the
other Users’ privacy, or other unauthorized purposes (i.e., advertisements, political lobbying), in any form,
is expressly forbidden.
E. No personal equipment is permitted to be connected to the Ottawa Hills Network. This includes, but is not
limited to, personal computers or tablets, handhelds, phones, gaming consoles, etc. In addition, no equipment
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shall be connected to the Ottawa Hills Network that is expressly prohibited by the Northwest Ohio Computer
Association (NWOCA). Said equipment includes, but is not limited to, routers, modems, wireless networking
equipment, and managed switches. Under no circumstances should District owned technology be moved from
one location to another without permission of the District Technology Coordinator.
F. The District and/or Network are intended for the exclusive use by registered Users. Anonymous use is not
permitted and access (including passwords) may not be shared or transferred. Any improper use of your
account, even if you are not the User, is your responsibility. The student is responsible for the use of his/
her account/password and/or access privilege. Any problems that arise from the use of a student’s account
are the responsibility of the account holder. Students are responsible for logging out of their individual
account at the end of each use. Use of an account by someone other than the registered account holder
is forbidden and may be grounds for loss of access privileges and for other school disciplinary actions.
Users must report any misuse of the Network, including security/password breaches, to the District
Technology Coordinator or building administrator.
G. Any misuse of District technology, User accounts, or Network resources will result in suspension of access
privileges and/or other disciplinary action determined by the District. Misuse shall include, but not be limited
to:
belonging to other Users; logging on to other Users’ accounts (for any reason).
2. allowing anyone other than the account holder to use an account, sharing your password with anyone or
logging other Users onto your account.
3. impersonating other Users on the Network through any electronic communication.
4. interfering with others’ use of the Network; disrespecting other Users’ rights to privacy.
5. accessing or attempting to access information in areas students do not have access to.
a direct violation of this agreement.
7. malicious use of the Network through hate mail, harassment, profanity, vulgar or threatening statements,
cyber bullying, or discriminatory remarks.
8. extensive use for noncurriculum-related communication.
9. using District provided electronic communications for expression of opinions, as a public forum of any
kind, or to support private or public causes or external organizations.
10. engaging in commercial transactions. Students may not use the school Network to sell or buy anything over
the Internet.
11. engaging in or promoting any other activity deemed illegal by local, state or federal law.
12. violating copyright law, which includes but is not limited to the storage or illegal use of copyrighted
13. downloading, installing, or using any software or other tools that are not District owned or approved to
be used on the computer or Network. No third party software will be installed or used without the consent
of the Technology Coordinator.
14. using the intellectual property of others without permission and/or without citing the author.
15. disrupting the operation of the Network through abuse or alteration of any District owned hardware,
software, or Network resources
16. attempting to hack into any District owned hardware, software, or Network resources.
17. vandalizing District owned hardware, software, or Network resources.
18. USE OF OUTSIDE SERVICES: All email, document storage, blogs, social networking, or any and all
other online services must be provided by the School District on its Network. The use of other providers
of such functionality or storage (such as DropBox, Facebook, Twitter, personal Google account, personal
email accounts) through the District’s Network is prohibited. Permission to access these services may be
granted on a limited basis by the District Technology Coordinator. A student must obtain permission prior
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to access.
19. neglecting to follow guidelines of Web 2.0 tools (outlined in separate section below.)
20. using technology and Web 2.0 tools to facilitate academic dishonesty.
H. The student will diligently delete documents on a regular basis from his/her District issued Network
account to avoid excessive use of disk space. The student will refrain from saving noncurriculum related
Coordinator has the authority to periodically purge the system.
I.
The District reserves the right to impose time limits, access limits, and disk and printer quotas. Academic
pursuits take priority over all other activities.
District reserves the right to remove a User account from the Network to prevent further unauthorized activity.
District technology are consistent with the acceptable-use practice.
Use of Web 2.0 Tools
Online communication is critical to our students learning 21st Century Skills and tools such as blogging, email,
online/cloud computing, and podcasting offer an authentic, real-world vehicle for student expression. The primary
responsibility to students is their safety. Hence, expectations for classroom projects or other Web interactive
activities, such as blogging, email, online/cloud computing, and podcasting must follow all established Internet
safety guidelines.
A. The use of blogs, email, online/cloud documents, podcasts or other Web 2.0 tools is considered an extension
of the classroom. Therefore, any speech that is considered inappropriate in the classroom is also inappropriate
in all uses of blogs, email, online/cloud documents, podcasts, or other Web 2.0 tools. This includes, but is not
limited to, cyber bullying, profanity, racist, sexist or discriminatory remarks.
B. Students using blogs, email, online/cloud documents, podcasts or other Web 2.0 tools are expected to act
safely by keeping ALL personal information out of their posts.
C. A student should NEVER post personal information on the web (including, but not limited to, last names,
personal details including address or phone numbers, or photographs). Do not, under any circumstances, agree
to meet someone you have met over the Internet.
D. Comments made on blogs, email, online/cloud documents, podcasts will be monitored and - if they are
inappropriate – will be deleted and disciplinary action may be taken.
E. Never link to web sites from your blog or blog comment without reading the entire article to make sure it is
appropriate for a school setting.
F. Students using such tools agree to nt share their User name or password with anyone besides their teachers and
parents and treat blog spaces as classroom spaces. Speech that is inappropriate for class is also inappropriate
for a blog.
G. Students who do not abide by these terms and conditions may lose their opportunity to take part in the project
and/or be subject to consequences appropriate to misuse.
Internet Safety
are advised that access to the electronic Network may include the potential for access to materials
inappropriate for school-aged students. Every User must take responsibility for his or her use of the Network
and Internet and avoid these sites.
B. Personal Safety - In using the Network and Internet, Users should not reveal personal information such as
home address or telephone number. Users should never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone “met” on
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the Internet without a parent’s permission.
about themselves or others on the Internet. Users are responsible for the data that is downloaded from the
copied by handwriting or by any or all other devices, forms of storage or methods.
students from accessing visual depictions that are (1) obscene, (2) pornographic, or (3) harmful to minors. The
be considered a violation of this policy. The school will also monitor the online activities of students, through
direct observation and/or technological means.
E. The District will provide age-appropriate training for Users who access the Internet through the District
Network. Following receipt of this training, the User will acknowledge that he/she received the training,
understood it, and will follow the provisions of the policy herein. The training provided will be designed to
promote the District commitment to:
Waiver of Privacy
The District reserves the right to monitor, inspect, copy, review and store at any time and without prior notice any
and all usage of the computer Network, Internet access, and any use of District provided equipment and services.
All such data and transmissions shall be and remain the property of the District and no User shall have any
expectation of privacy regarding such materials.
System Security and Integrity
expectations. The District reserves the right to suspend operations of the Network, in whole or in part, at any time
for reasons of maintaining data security and integrity or any other lawful reason. The District reserves the right
determined to present a risk of exposing students or employees to sexually explicit or otherwise inappropriate
content, or which exposes the system to undue risk of compromise from the standpoint of security or functionality.
Staff members will exercise reasonable care in supervising student use; however, the District and its personnel are
not responsible for student exposure to objectionable or inaccurate content or for the unauthorized activities of a
User.
No Warranties Created
requirements the User may have or that it will be error free or uninterrupted; nor shall it be liable for any direct or
indirect, incidental, or consequential damages (including lost data, information, or time) sustained or incurred in the
connection with the use, operation, or inability to use the system. Students are to report any problems to the teacher,
who shall notify the Technology Coordinator.
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