03.29.07
CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT

INTRODUCTION

The Washington County Board of Education believes that instruction should occur in an environment that is conducive to learning. Effective instruction requires order and discipline. This may be described as the absence of distractions and disturbances which interfere with the effective functioning of the student, the class, and the school. It is also the presence of a friendly, yet businesslike atmosphere, in which students and school personnel work cooperatively toward mutually recognized and accepted goals.

As students progress in our public schools, it is reasonable to assume that an increase in age and maturity will result in the students assuming greater responsibility for their actions. It is recognized that differences in age and maturity require different types of disciplinary action; however, the procedures identified in this Code of Student Conduct shall apply to all students in grades K - 12.

To assist students, parents, administrators, and faculty in maintaining such an environment, the Code of Student Conduct is designed to accomplish the following:
o    Describe the roles of the home, the student, and the school.
o    Identify student responsibilities and rights.
o    Define formal disciplinary actions.
o    Standardize procedures for administering formal disciplinary actions.
o    Identify classifications of violations and describe procedures for disciplinary action.
o    Explain due process procedures.




















EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSING

In the event of a school closing for any reason, the Washington County School System’s Central Office will notify the media to broadcast or televise details of the situation. Please DO NOT CALL the Central Office, individual schools, or radio or television stations. Necessary details will be broadcast or televised as information is available over the following radio or television stations: WHOD-FM, WKRG-TV 5 and WALA TV 10.

BOARD MEETINGS

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Education will be held the 3rd Tuesday of each month. All Board meetings will be held in accordance with the Alabama Open Meetings Act.

FIELD TRIPS AND EXCURSIONS

Field trips and excursions are extensions of classroom instruction and provide worthwhile learning opportunities for students to participate in unique and enriching educational experiences. School administrators and teachers shall develop systematic procedures for ensuring that all trips away from the school provide optimal learning opportunities for students. The following minimal procedures shall be adhered to when conducting field trips and excursions away from school:

1.    Students shall be expected to exhibit good behavior and shall be subject to the same code of conduct applicable to regular classroom activities.

2.    Students must have a Field Trip Parental Permission Form Signed by their parents/guardians on file with school officials prior to departing on each school-sponsored field trip, except that a “blanket” permission form will be applicable for such trips that are scheduled in advance and on specific dates, ie., athletic events, etc.,. Students not submitting a signed permission form SHALL NOT be permitted to participate in such activity.

SCHOOL OPENING AND CLOSING TIMES

The times established for the opening and closing of the schools of the School System are fifteen (15) minutes prior to the time students are to report to homeroom/first class and fifteen (15) minutes after the last class period each day. Between these times and throughout the school day, school personnel should not and are not expected to assume responsibility for students whose parents permit their child(ren) to arrive at school before the time noted above and/or to remain at school after the time noted above.

By presentation of this policy, the Board hereby notifies parents/guardians that school personnel are not available to assume responsibility for students who arrive on a school campus before and remain after the transported via school system-owned buses.

Parents/guardians are expected to take responsibility for seeing that their children arrive before the opening of school and are picked up after the closing of school within the time frames noted above. If, for any reason, parents are not able to comply with the times noted, a conference should be scheduled with the principal to discuss the matter.
EMERGENCY DRILLS– Documentation indicating compliance must be submitted to the Central Office with each monthly payroll document.                                      
Fire Drills-Fire drills are held in each school at least once a month during the school year. Fire exit plans shall be posted in each school in all rooms occupied at any time by students.               Tornado Drills-Tornado drills are conducted in all schools of the school system. Procedures for tornado drills shall be developed and conducted in accordance with local Civil Defense guidelines.  Such drills shall be conducted at least two times a year.      
Tornado Watch-In the event a tornado watch is issued for areas in which a school of the School System is located, the principal or designees of that school shall take all actions as specified on the approved Civil Defense plan. When a tornado watch is in effect at the conclusion of the normal school day, students will be released via regular dismissal and transportation plans.                                                                     Tornado Warning -In the event a tornado warning is issued for areas in which a school of the School System is located, the principal or designees of that school shall take all actions as specified in the approved Civil Defense Plan. Under a tornado warning, students shall not be released via regular transportation plans (I.e., carpools, private vehicles, etc.) provided the warning is in effect at the time set for concluding normal school day activities; except that students may be released during a tornado warning to students’ parents/guardians at the end of the school day, provided said parents/guardians come to the school and assume custody of their children.

COUNSELING SERVICES
Counselors are available in your child’s school. Guidance and counseling personnel help students to become independent problem solvers. Counselors care, listen, guide, and support students. Every school will receive the services of a counselor. The counselors will work with students in the areas of PERSONAL/SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT.
They will work with students individually, in small groups, and in the classrooms. Counselors will also consult with parents and teachers in an effort to give students the best possible assistance. Counselors will coordinate services with school resource personnel and with community agencies to obtain special help for development of your child, please do not hesitate to contact a counselor assigned to your child’s school.

PLANNING FOR COLLEGE
Students planning to attend college should be aware that many colleges require an entrance exam for admission and/or scholarship selection. The entrance examination most used by colleges in the Southeast is the test of the American College Testing Program (ACT). The enhanced ACT contains four curriculum based tests which measure academic achievement in the areas of English, Mathematics, Reading, and Natural Sciences. The four tests are measures of academic development that rely largely on students’ skills in applying the content knowledge and reasoning skills acquired in their course work. The ACT is given in a three-hour morning session on various test dates.

DRIVER’S LICENSE/LEARNER’S PERMIT AND SCHOOL ATTENDANCE

Only legal drivers will be permitted to operate a motor vehicle on campus. Legislature is to require school attendance by persons 16-19 years of age as a prerequisite for the issuance of a driver’s license/learner’s permit by the State of Alabama for the operation of a motor vehicle. School attendance standards may be met by enrollment in a school or General Educational Development (GED) program or job training program approved by the State Superintendent of Education.

PENALTY PROVISIONS OF THE ACT
ENROLLMENT, SCHOOLING, EMPLOYMENT PROVISIONS
Section 1 of the Act states, The Department of Public Safety shall deny the issuance of a driver’s license/learner’s permit or the renewal of a driver’s license to operate a motor vehicle to any person under the age of 19 who does not, at the time of application present a diploma or other certificate of graduation from a secondary high school or documentation that the person
1.    is enrolled in a secondary school, or
2.    is enrolled and making satisfactory progress toward the GED certificate, or
3.    is participating in an approved job training program approved by the State Superintendent of Education, or
4.    is gainfully and substantially employed, or
5.    is a parent with care and custody of a minor or unborn child, or
6.    has a physician’s statement that the parents of the person depend on him/her as their sole source of transportation, or
7.    is exempt from this requirements based on statute 16-28-1 of The Code of Alabama.

SUSPENSION OF CURRENT DRIVER’S LICENSES/LEARNER’S PERMITS

Further, persons 16 years and older who have a driver’s licenses/learner’s permits who withdraw or who are absent from school for 10 consecutive days or 15 days total for unexcused reasons during a semester shall be reported by the school authorities to the Department of Public Safety. The Department of Public Safety shall notify persons that their driver’s licenses/ learner’s permits will be suspended on the 30th day following notification unless re-enrollment occurs, or one of the other conditions is documented.

OPERATIONAL PROCEDURES: PRINCIPALS’ RESPONSIBILITIES

1.    Principals or their designees shall provide students with information relative to the Act and procedures for compliance.
2.    Principals or designees shall complete the appropriate section of the “Student Enrollment/Exclusion Status Form” at the request of students enrolled in their schools. Principals or designees should provide students with information relative to completing the section of the form applicable to students; however, it is the responsibility of the student/parent/guardian to secure signatures, documentation statements, etc., for the GED and Exclusion Status Sections.
3.    Principals or designees shall complete and transmit the “Department of Public Safety Notification Form” on each student who drops out or is absent from school for 10 consecutive days or 15 days total for unexcused reasons during a semester.

STUDENTS’ RESPONSIBILITIES

1.    Students, 15-19 years of age, who are enrolled in a school of the School System and desire to acquire their driver’s license/learner’s permit should obtain a “Student Enrollment/Exclusion Status Form” at the office of the school in which they are enrolled prior to going to the Department of Public Safety. Students should complete the name and personal information section of the form and request the principal or designee to complete their applicable section of the form.

2.    Persons, 15-19 years of age, who are not enrolled in a school of the School System and desire to acquire their driver’s license/learner’s permit should obtain a “Student Enrollment/Exclusion Status Form” at the office of the school they previously attended or at the Central Office prior to going to the Department of Public Safety. Such persons should complete the name and personal information section of the form, request that the principal of the school previously attended complete their applicable section of the form, and contact the appropriate agency/individual to complete other applicable sections.

PARENTS’ RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR CHILDREN’S CONDUCT

The Board hereby advises parents/guardians of their responsibility for the conduct of their child(ren) based on Legislative Act 93-672 which amends Section 16-28-12 of The Code of Alabama. The Act has important implications for parents/guardians and students of the School System. Section I Title 16, The Code of Alabama, 1975 is amended to read:

(A) “Each parent, guardian, or other person having control or custody of any child required to attend school or receive regular instruction by a private tutor, who fails to have the child enrolled in school or who fails to send the child to school, or to have him or her instructed by a private tutor during the time the child is required to attend a public school, private school, denominational school, or parochial school or be instructed by a private tutor, or fails to require the child to regularly attend the school or tutor, or fails to compel the child to properly conduct himself or herself as a pupil in accordance with a written policy on school behavior adopted by the local board of education and documented by the appropriate school official which conduct may result in the suspension of the pupil, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars ($100) and may also be sentenced to hard labor for the county for not more than 90 days. The absence of a child without the consent of the principal/teacher of the school he or she attends or should attend, or of the tutor who instructs or should instruct the child, shall be prima facie evidence of the violation of this section.”

(B) “Any parent, guardian, or other person having control or custody of any child enrolled in public school who fails to require the child to regularly attend the school or tutor, or fails to compel the child to properly conduct himself or herself as a pupil in accordance with a written policy on school behavior adopted by the local board of education and documented by the appropriate school official which conduct may result in the suspension of the pupil, shall be reported by the principal to the superintendent of education of the school system in which the suspected violation occurred. The superintendent of education or his or her designee shall report such suspected violations to the district attorney within 10 days. Any principal or superintendent of education or his or her designee intentionally failing to report such a suspected violation shall be guilty of a Class C misdemeanor. The district attorney shall vigorously enforce this section to ensure proper conduct and required attendance by any child enrolled in the public schools.”

OPERATIONAL PROCEDURES

In an effort to implement and communicate the basic principle of the Act, the Board endorses the following operational procedures:
1.    Parents/guardians and students shall be informed of the intent of Act 93-672 and Section 16-2812 of The Code of Alabama through the printing of its basic principles in student handbooks and/or in school newsletters. Such information should be communicated at the beginning of each school year.

BASIC PRINCIPLES
Parents/Guardians

1.    Must enroll their children) in school, i.e., all children between the ages of 7 and 16 shall be required to attend school.
2.    Are responsible for the regular attendance of their children.
3.    Are to compel their children to properly conduct themselves in accordance with the policies of the Board related to student behavior.
4.    Should be informed that inappropriate conduct or behavior on the part of their child(ren) may result in suspension from school, and such suspensions will be reported to the Superintendent and District Attorney by school administrators.
5.    Will be subject to prosecution by the District Attorney on third suspension of their children pursuant to Section 16-28-12 of the Code of Alabama.
6.    May be refereed to the District Attorney’s Office on the first or second suspension if, in the opinion of the principal, the offense committed by their child warrants such action.

School principals and/or the Superintendent are/is responsible for reporting violations of this Act to the District Attorney’s Office. School principals and/or the Superintendent are/is hereby informed that the intentional failure to report a suspected violation of this Act could result in being declared guilty of a Class C misdemeanor.




ADULT BASIC EDUCATION PROGRAM

Adult Education in Washington County consists of three components:

1.    Adult Basic Skills Development for Pre-GED Adult Learners
The major emphasis in this program is on the basic communication skills of Reading, Writing, and Mathematics.

2.    The General Education Development (GED) Test
GED preparation classes are designed to develop the learner’s proficiency in the five test areas of the General Development Test: writing skills, social studies, science, reading skills, and mathematics.

3.    Alabama Adult High School Diploma
Refer to the Alabama Administrative Code, Rule 290-3-1-.02 (8a or 8b),
Rule 290-4-2.02, and Rule 290-3-1-.02 (17) that the Washington County Board of Education in compliance with the Alabama State Department of Education adopted regarding the issuing of the Adult High School Diploma.


Gifted Education Services
Gifted students are those who perform at or who have demonstrated the potential to perform at high levels in academic or creative fields when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment. These students possessing these abilities can be found in all populations, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor.

Teachers, counselors, administrators, parents or guardians, peers, self, or any other individuals with knowledge of the student’s abilities may refer a student. Additionally, all second grade students will be observed as potential gifted referrals using a gifted behavior checklist. For each student referred, information is gathered in the areas of Aptitude, Characteristics, and Performance. The information is entered on a matrix where points are assigned according to established criteria. The total number of points earned determines if the student qualifies for gifted services.

To make a referral, contact the guidance counselor at your child’s school.

PROGRAM FOR EXCEPTIONAL STUDENTS

Refer to the Alabama Administrative Code, Special Programs I, Chapter 290-080-090.

WASHINGTON COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION DISCLAIMER STATEMENT
It is the official policy of the Washington County Board of Education that no person in Washington County shall, on the grounds of race, color, disability, sex, religion, creed, national origin or age, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program, activity or employment.
It is the policy of the Washington County Board of Education to be in compliance with The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) that affords parents and students over 18 years of age certain rights with respect to the student’s education records.
Contact persons: Special Education, Title IV and Section 504 Coordinator – Betty Moorer @ 251-847-2401 ext. 6; Title VI Coordinator—Edna Billingsley @ 251-944-2481; and Title IX Coordinator – Harold Crouch @ 251-847-2851; 229 Granade Ave., P.O. Box 1359, Chatom, AL 36518

Washington County Board Of Education
PPRA Notice and Consent/Opt-Out for Specific Activities

The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), 20 U.S.C. 132h. requires the Washington County Board of Education to notify you and obtain consent or allow you to opt your child out of participating in certain school activities. These activities include a student survey, analysis, or evaluation that concerns one or more of the following eight areas (“protected information surveys”):

1.    Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student’s parent;
2.    Mental or psychological problems of the student or student’s family;
3.    Sex behaviors or attitudes:
4.    Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior:
5.    Critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships;
6.    Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or  
     ministers;
7.    Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents; or
8.    Income, other than required by law to determine program eligibility.

This requirement also applies to the collection, disclosure or use of student information for marketing purposes (“marketing surveys”), and certain physical exams and screenings.

For more information contact: L .M. Stewart @ 251-847-2401 ext. 7  Washington County Board Of Education P.O. Box 1359 Chatom, Al. 36518

ROLES OF THE HOME, STUDENT, SCHOOL, AND SCHOOL PERSONNEL

In order for effective instruction to occur, there must be a cooperative relationship between student, parent/guardian, and educator. This relationship may be described as follows:

Parents or Guardians should:
    maintain regular communications with the school authorities concerning their child’s progress and conduct,
    insure that their child attends school daily and promptly report and explain absences or tardies in writing,
    provide their child with the resources needed to complete class work,
    assist their child in having and maintaining good health and being neat, clean, and appropriately dressed for school,
    bring to the attention of school authorities any problem or condition which affects their child or other children of the school,
    discuss report cards and work assignments with their child,
    maintain up-to-date homework and emergency telephone numbers at the school.

Students should:
    attend all classes daily and be punctual in attendance,
    come to class with appropriate materials to perform daily assignments,
    respect all individuals and property,
    refrain from profane language, making obscene gestures and inflammatory statements
    conduct themselves in a safe and responsible manner,
    seek to be healthy, clean, neat, and appropriately dressed,
    abide by the rules and regulations of the school and each classroom teacher,
    seek changes in an acceptable manner,

School Personnel should:
    encourage the use of effective guidance procedures,
    provide a flexible curriculum to meet the needs of all students,
    maintain effective discipline based upon fair and impartial treatment of all students,
    encourage the school staff, parents, or guardians, and students to use the services of community agencies,
    promote regular parental communication with the school,
    encourage parent participation in affairs of the school,
    involve students and parents in the development of rules and regulations,
    endeavor to involve the entire community in the improvement of the quality of life,
    be in regular attendance and on time,
    perform their duties efficiently and effectively,
    respect other individuals and their property,
    refrain from the use of profanity or from making inflammatory statements,
    conduct themselves in a professional and responsible manner,
    be healthy, clean, neat, and appropriately dressed,
    adhere to the policies prescribed by the Board of Education and to the rules and regulations established by the school,
    participate in activities designed to promote professional development,
    utilize a variety of guidance methods which may include the following:
    (1) conferences and/or contacts between administrator(s), parents(s), and students(s).
    (2) referral to appropriate personnel for counseling,
    (3) adjustments in student’s program,
    (4) referral of specific problems to appropriate community agencies.

JURISDICTION OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION

Students enrolled the Washington County School System are subject to the policies of the Washington County Board of Education and to the rules and regulations of the schools. This authority applies to all school-sponsored activities including but not necessarily limited to the following:
Transportation on school buses
    Field trips
    Athletic functions
    Club or organization meetings
    School-sponsored social events

School groups representing the School System in education events
Activities where appropriate school personnel have jurisdiction over students

All school regulations and prohibitions pertain to automobiles driven or parked on school property. In addition, jurisdictional control over the student may be extended to the immediate vicinity of the school when the conduct of the student is deemed to have a detrimental effect on the health, safety, and welfare of school personnel and students or damage to school property.

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES AND RIGHTS

It is the intent of this section of the Code that students be informed that individual rights involve responsibilities which must be viewed in relationship to the health, safety, and welfare of the majority of students within each school. The principal will assume administrative responsibility and provide instructional leadership under the supervision of the Superintendent and in accordance with policies of Board of Education. The faculty and staff will assist in the orderly operation of the school and assure the rights of students.
BOOK BAGS/BACK PACKS

If book bags/back packs are permitted, they must be placed in student lockers or designated areas and remain there during the day.
BUS CONDUCT

While the Board provides for a system of student transportation, it also encourages parents/guardians to accept responsibility for the supervision of their children until such time as he/she boards the bus in the morning and after he/she departs the bus at the end of the day.

Once a student boards the bus he/she become the responsibility of the School District. Such responsibility shall end when the student departs the bus at the regular bus stop at the close of the school day.

Since the bus is an extension of the classroom, the Board shall require students to conduct themselves on the bus in a manner consistent with established standards for classroom behavior.

When a student does not exhibit proper conduct on a bus, it will be reported to the building principal by the bus driver. The building principal will inform the parents immediately of the misconduct and request their cooperation in controlling their child’s behavior. The principal will also discipline guilty students as deemed appropriate.

A student who becomes a serious disciplinary problem on the school bus may have his/her transportation privileges suspended or terminated. In such cases, the parent/guardians of the student involved shall become responsible for transporting his/her child to and from school.
BUS RULES
The Board provides School System supported transportation as a service for all eligible students. It is the intention and desire of the Board that all School System transportation be safe, comfortable, and convenient for our students. Since the riding of school buses is considered a privilege and not a right, the Board hereby conveys to students and their parents/guardians that in order to receive and retain the privilege of riding School System operated buses, students must adhere to all safety and conduct-related rules listed below:
1.    Students will not be permitted to leave the bus until it reaches its destination except in cases of emergency.
2.    Students are to remain seated until they reach their destination.
3.    Students are to be on time at their respective bus stops.
4.    Students are to keep head and hands inside the bus at all times.
5.    Students are to refrain from loud talking, laughing, and creating unnecessary confusion while on school buses.
6.    Students are to treat bus equipment and furnishings with care. Damage to seats and other furnishings must be paid for by the offending student and/or his/her parents/guardians.
7.    Students are not to tamper with any bus equipment, especially the emergency door.
8.    Students are to keep all books, packages, coats, and other objects out of the bus aisles and driver compartment.
9.    Students are not to throw anything out of the bus windows.
10.    Students are to respect bus safety rules and bus driver.
11.    Students are not to engage in “horseplay” while on or around buses.
12.    Students are to remain on the bus and follow driver’s directions in the event of a road emergency.
13.    Students may be assigned designated seats if necessary.
14.    Students are to bring a written note form their parents/guardians if they are going home with a bus student and must ride a bus they do not ordinarily ride.
15.    Students are not to stand in the roadway while waiting for buses.

Students, parents/guardians, or other visitors driving automobiles on any school campus are to observe all applicable traffic laws of the State of Alabama. Under no circumstances should any person while on a school campus drive past a school bus while students are loading or unloading from the bus.
Automobiles, bicycles, or any other type of motorized vehicles driven or ridden to school by students must be parked promptly in designated locations. They must remain parked for the duration of the school day and until all school buses have loaded and departed the school campus. Only legal drivers will be permitted to operate a motor vehicle on campus.

CAMPUS AND SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
The following general rules shall apply in all schools of the School System:
1.    During class changes students must maintain good behavior and walk to the right side of the hall.
2.    Students must participate in safety drills once per month:
(Tornado warning—2 long rings) (Fire warning—3 short rings)
3.    Students are to respect school property. Damage to such property may result in severe fines or other school penalties. In accordance with Legislative Act 94-784 and the Code of Alabama, 16-1-24.1, parents/guardians are responsible financially for their child’s destructive acts at school.
4.    Students are subject to their school’s regular code of conduct while attending or participating in school sponsored activities, either at or away from the school campus.
5.    Periodic searches will be made by teachers/administrators for knives or any other weapons that are not allowed on school campus. (Such violations may result in suspension or meeting with the School Board). See item III-6 of the Discipline Code.
6.    All official school-sponsored activities must have officially appointed chaperons and school sponsors in attendance. Students are subject to the authority of such persons and must respect their authority at all school-sponsored activities.
7.    Students are to use school phones only for emergency purposes.
8.    All students or their parents/guardians must complete a School System Emergency Card at the beginning of each school year. The completed card is to be placed on file at the school and will serve as a quick reference for contacting parents/guardians in the event of an emergency related to their child(ren).

STUDENT CHECK-IN PROCEDURE
A student who arrives at school after the time set for the opening of daily activities must check in through the office. The student will be given an admission slip when he/she checks in and a copy of the admission slip will be given to the first assigned teacher. The student will not be admitted to class without the admission slip. The student must be able to present the admission slip on the following day to teachers of classes that were missed.
STUDENT CHECK-OUT PROCEDURE
The following check-out procedure is for the purpose of assisting the school administrative staff to release certain students during the regular school day in an orderly manner and to provide for the greatest security and safety for released students:
1.    Should a student become ill at school, every effort will be made to contact the student’s parent/guardian. If the parent/guardian cannot be reached during the school day, the parent/ guardian can designate a close relative or neighbor to check the student out. This may be done in the form of a signed note on file in the office designating the individual that may check the student out of school.
2.    Students in grades 7-12 will not be allowed to check-out on the basis of written note at the principal’s discretion. The parent/guardian should come to the office and check the student out personally or contact the office by telephone. All checkouts must be approved by a school principal or designee. A student who is checked out for an unexcused reason will not be permitted to make up missed work during such absence. Any exceptions to this policy must be approved by the principal.
3.    Grades K-6 students will be allowed to check out on the basis of a written note. The parent/guardian should come to the office and check the student out personally or contact the office by phone. All checkouts must be approved by a school principal or designee. A student who is checked out for an unexcused reason will not be permitted to make up missed work during such absence. Any exceptions to this policy must be approved in advance by the principal.

CLASS SCHEDULE CHANGES
Student class schedules cannot be changed after five (5) school days at the beginning of each semester without the permission of the principal.

CURRICULUM
Requirements for graduation will be set forth at the beginning of the freshmen year. Students may participate in graduation ceremonies only when they have completed all requirements to graduate as stipulated by the Alabama State Department of Education.

REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION — REGULAR DIPLOMA
English    4 credits
Math     4 credits Algebra I/Geometry
                        (1 Embedded credit can be included)
Social Studies    4 credits
Science    4 credits (1 credit in Biology)
Health    1/2 credit
Physical Education    1 credit
Electives    5 1/2 credits
Fine Arts or Band    1/2 credit
Computer    1/2 credit

A total of 24 credits and successful completion of all sections of the Alabama High School Graduation Examination is required. Students may earn computer credits and one (1) math or science credit (embedded) at Washington County Career Technical Center.

After the first administration of AHSGE in September, a senior that fails one or more parts of the Alabama High School Exit Examination (AHSGE) my elect to take the GED as an alternative assessment. The student is still required to earn 24 credits and is required to continue to take the AHSGE during the December and March administrations to try and meet the diploma requirements. If the AHSGE is not passed and the student earns 24 credits (including 16 core courses) and passes the GED, the senior will be awarded an Alternate High School Diploma that will meet graduation requirements.

REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION—ADVANCED DIPLOMA

The suggestion for the number of courses is based on the minimum requirements for completion of the Alabama State Department of Education Advanced Diploma. The students must show upward progression through each of the 4 X 4 subjects in order to receive the Advanced Diploma. Example of upward progression in Math would be to take a full year of each of the following courses. Alg. I, Geometry, Alg. II, Trig., and Alg. III or an equivalent math.
English    4 credits Eng. I, Eng. II, Eng. III, Eng. IV
Foreign Language    2 credits
Mathematics    4 credits Alg. I, Geometry, Alg. II, Trig.,
    Alg. III or equivalent, next higher math offered
Social Studies    4 credits (Must include World History)
    US History I, US History II, Gov/Economics
Science     4 credits (Life Science—Biology, Physical
    Science, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science)
    May include in addition to those listed: Environmental Science/    Anatomy I, Ecology, Chemistry II/Physics
Health Education     1/2 credit
Physical Education     1 credit
Electives    3 1/2 credits
Fine Arts or Band    1/2 credit

A total of 24 credits and successful completion of all sections of the Alabama High School Exit Examination is required.

Students cannot take courses ahead of schedule to advance in credits.

GRADUATION ACTIVITIES AND DIPLOMAS FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS
Refer to the Alabama Administration Code, Special Programs I, Chapter 290-080-090-12(23),
Occupational Diploma will be an option.
EXEMPTION POLICY– SEMESTER EXAMS
Students who take semester exams will be exempt with an 85% or higher GPA in a subject and no more than three days absent for any reason per semester. Exemptions to this rule will be at the discretion of the principal.
HOMEWORK
The National Association of School Psychologists’ position on homework is “...both the quality and the quantity of homework affects student learning. Research indicates that the time students spend on homework has an important effect on their achievement, and students assigned homework achieve at a higher level than those that are assigned none… Homework develops good work habits, gives an opportunity for practice and review, and offers an assessment of the student’s understanding of classroom lessons.”
Further studies indicate that “homework that is graded or commented on has a stronger impact on achievement than does homework that is not.”
Therefore, the School System’s homework policy shall be based on the following principles:
1.    High school students should expect to devote an average of 20 minutes per day per academic subject. High school students seeking advanced diplomas should expect to devote additional time beyond the 20 minutes for each academic subject. The average student should expect to devote 10-45 minutes per day completing all homework assignments in grades 1-3, 45-90 minutes per day for grades 4-6, and 1-2 hours per day for grades 7-12.
2.    Assigned homework will be graded or checked and commensurate credit given. Credit can be in the form of grades, points, or quiz responses.
3.    Homework will be used as reinforcement of or preparation for classroom instruction, it will not be assigned as punishment.
4.    All homework assignments will be clear, concise, and effectively communicated, preferably written on paper or classroom blackboard, with due date specified.
5.    Written instructions for all specifications and requirements of research papers will be provided when assigned.


HOMEWORK AND MAKEUP WORK
If a student is absent for any excused reason, he/she will be given five (5) days to make up the work missed. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the teacher to arrange for completing missed assignments. The teacher should be accessible to the student within the five (5) day period.



TESTING SCHEDULE

In order that students not be unduly overburdened with several tests on the same day, the following test schedule will be observed: Tuesday and Thursday—English, science, business education, physical education and driver’s education; Wednesday and Friday—social studies, math, career technical education and foreign language. This does not apply to daily quizzes. This does not apply to grades 1-5.

REPORT CARDS/PROGRESS REPORTS

A written report of each student’s classroom progress shall be provided to parent/guardians four times each year—at the end of each nine weeks in the form of a report card. An additional progress report will be provided to parents/guardians upon a request to the principal or counselor. A notice of deficiency will be provided to the parents/ guardians of any student who is in danger of failing a course at the end of the fifth (5th) week of each quarter.

VALEDICTORIAN/SALUTATORIAN

Accelerated Reader Program points shall not be used, or considered, to determine the average of students considered for the Valedictorian, Salutatorian, or Class Spokesperson honor.

The Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and optional Class Spokesperson will be chosen from the advanced diploma curriculum at the end of their second semester of the senior year. Grades for all coursework, grades 9-12, will be included and averages computed to the 1/100th point with no rounding. Ties will be used if the averages are the same at that point. The principal however, will provide current class standing for the purposes of scholarship applications earlier in the year. The Valedictorian and Salutatorian must be enrolled in school from which chosen by the beginning of their junior year. Seniors will take final exams 1-2 weeks prior to graduation to enable the above standings to be computed.

All grades should be numerical; however, should one or more grades be on the permanent record as letter grades, the following procedure shall be used to covert the letter grades to numerical grades.
    
    A+=98    B+=88    C+=78    D+=68        F=52
    A =95    B =85    C =75    D =65
    A- =92    B- =82    C- =72    D- =62

GRADING SCALE
   The following grading scale will be used in Kindergarten:

    A-Excellent    I-Improving
    S-Satisfactory    U-Unsatisfactory
    N-Needs Improvement    R-Remedial or Below Grade Level

   The following grading scale will be used in grades first through twelve:

    90-100 A-Excellent        80-89 B-Above Average
    70-79 C-Average        60-69 D-Below Average
    59-below F –Unsatisfactory        R-Remedial or Below Grade Level

If a student transfers in from another school system with a different grading scale, a reciprocal agreement will be reached as it relates to his/her grades.




DEBTS INCURRED BY STUDENTS

Any student who incurs a debt during the course of a semester will be subject to the forfeiture of participation in all sports, clubs, organizations and extracurricular activities, proms, and graduation exercises until the debt is paid.

DISCIPLINE: The Alternative School should be utilized before a student is suspended from school. A student expelled or suspended will not be allowed to participate in any extracurricular activity or be allowed on school property during said suspension.
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
Proper behavior by students is essential for the establishment of a school environment that is conducive to academic learning, safety, and social development of students. The Student Code of Conduct is designed to acquaint students and their parents/guardians of the specific behaviors that are prohibited in the schools of the School System and the disciplinary measures that will be administered for violations of the Code. It is the intent and desire of the Board and School System personnel to provide a safe and cooperative learning/teaching environment where students and teachers work together in their best interest. To this end, students should recognize that teachers and school administrators have both the authority and responsibility to maintain classroom discipline and to deal with general school disturbances.

Only when the action taken by the teacher is ineffective, or the disruption is sufficiently severe, should the student be referred to the principal or designee. Parents/guardians of students who consistently disrupt class and/or exhibit poor work habits will be notified by the teacher and/or referred to a guidance counselor.

When a student is brought to the office for a violation of the Code of Conduct or other misbehavior, the principal or designee will hear the student’s explanation and consult further with other school personnel if necessary, before determining the classification of violation and/or disciplinary measure.

Violations of the Code of Conduct are grouped into four classes: Minor, Intermediate, Major and Severe. Each classification is followed by a disciplinary procedure, which is to be implemented by principal or the designee.

CLASS I MINOR OFFENSES

I-1.     DISTRACTION OF OTHER STUDENTS OR THE SCHOOL PROGRAM IN
    GENERAL. Any behavior, which is disruptive to the educational process.
I-2.     GAMBLING. Any participation in games of chance for money and/or other items of value.
I-3.     EXCESSIVE TARDINESS. Three or more incidents of reporting late to school or class during a calendar month.
I-4.     NON-CONFORMITY TO DRESS CODE.
I-5.     MINOR DISRUPTION ON A SCHOOL BUS.
I-6.     INAPPROPRIATE PUBLIC DISPLAY OF AFFECTION.
I-7.     UNAUTHORIZED ORGANIZATION. Any on-campus participation in fraternities,
    sororities, secret societies, or non-affiliated school clubs.
I-8.     LITTERING OF SCHOOL PROPERTY.
I-9.     FAILURE TO COME TO CLASS PREPARED.
I-10.     UNAUTHORIZED USE OF SCHOOL OR ANOTHER PERSON’S PERSONAL PROPERTY.
I-11.     INTENTIONALLY PROVIDING FALSE INFORMATION TO PARENTS, SUCH AS THE CHANGING OF GRADES.
I-12.     FAILURE TO FOLLOW DIRECTIONS.
I-13.     ANY VIOLATION WHICH THE PRINCIPAL MAY REASONABLY DEEM TO FALL WITHIN THIS CATEGORY.

DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS
Elementary Students:
First Offense: Principal/teacher/student conference, parental/guardian contact, and in-school
conference arranged if warranted. Placement in detention hall or in-school detention may be assigned.
Subsequent Offenses: Disciplinary actions may include school probation, detention, corporal punishment, in-school detention, Saturday School, or suspension at the discretion of the principal or designee.
Students in Grade 4 and above may be assigned to the Alternative School at the discretion of the principal of designee.
Middle and High School Students:
First and Second Offense: Principal/teacher/student conference, school probation, parental contact, and an in-school conference will be arranged if warranted. Specific circumstances may warrant disciplinary actions such as probation, corporal punishment, detention (before and/or after school), in-school detention, suspension, Saturday School, or revoking of automobile and/or parking privileges, and in-school suspension.
Subsequent Offenses: Alternative School. Suspension up to 10 school days. Superintendent/designee conference. Special circumstances may warrant a recommendation for expulsion.
CLASS II INTERMEDIATE OFFENSES
II-1. POSSESSION AND/OR USE OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS, LIGHTERS, OR  
     MATCHES.
Students shall not be permitted to smoke or use tobacco in any form on the school grounds or in school buildings during the school day or when riding school buses to and from school or on a school-sponsored trip. Parental permission to smoke or otherwise use tobacco does not exempt a student from this policy. Professional school personnel shall organize and maintain intensive programs of education designed to make pupils fully aware of the hazards of smoking and use of tobacco.
II-2.     INTENTIONALLY TOUCHING OR STRIKING ANOTHER PERSON AGAINST THE WILL OF THE OTHER.
II-3.     USE OF PROFANE OR OBSCENE LANGUAGE OR POSSESSION OF PORNOGRAPHIC OR SUGGESTIVE MATERIAL.
II-4.     THREAT, HARASSMENT, OR INTIMIDATION OF ANOTHER PERSON.
The threat by word or act to do harm to another person, with an apparent ability to do so, and doing some act which creates a well-founded fear in the person that such violence is imminent.
II-5.     FIGHTING.
A fight is defined as any conduct falling within the Alabama statutes defining assault, menacing and reckless endangerment, or criminal coercion. Refer to Title 13A of the Code of Alabama 1975. For grades 7-12 refer to No-Fight Policy.
II-6.     VANDALISM.
    Intentional and deliberate action resulting in injury or damages of less than $200 t    o public property or the real or personal property of another.
II-7.     “SKIPPING” CLASS OR SCHOOL.
II-8.     CHEATING.
Giving or receiving information that should be completed by an individual student. This action will result in loss of credit in the particular assignment involved and other appropriate disciplinary action may be taken.
II-9.     INTENTIONALLY PROVIDING FALSE INFORMATION TO A SCHOOL     BOARD EMPLOYEE.
II-10. STEALING– LARCENY-PETTY THEFT.
The intentional taking and/or carrying away of property valued at less than $100 belonging to or in the possession or custody of another.
II-11. POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY.
    The possession of property with the knowledge that it is stolen.
II-12.    THREATS TO DO EXTORTION.
Verbal or written. The completion of the threat, whether by the victim’s complying with the demands or the carrying out of the threats against the victim, constitutes a Class III Major Offense.
II-13. TRESPASSING.
II-14. POSSESSION AND/OR IGNITING FIREWORKS OR FIRECRACKERS.
II-15. UNJUSTIFIED ACTIVATION OF A FIRE ALARM SYSTEM.
II-16. WRITTEN OR VERBAL PROPOSITIONS TO ENGAGE IN SEXUAL ACTS.
II-17. USE OF OBSCENE GESTURES. Verbal or written directed toward another person.
II-18. DIRECTING OBSCENE OR PROFANE LANGUAGE OR GESTURES TO A SCHOOL BOARD EMPLOYEE.
II-19. POSSESSION OF A KNIFE ON SCHOOL PROPERTY.
II-20.     ANY OTHER OFFENSE WHICH THE PRINCIPAL MAY
    REASONABLY DEEM TO FALL WITHIN THIS CATEGORY.

DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS

Elementary, Middle, and High School Students:
First and Second Offenses: Parental/guardian contact and appropriate disciplinary action. Corporal punishment, in-school detention, extended work assignments before and after school, detention (before and/or after school), suspension, Saturday School, or revoking automobile and/or parking privileges, in-school suspension.

Subsequent Offenses: Suspension up to 10 school days plus additional disciplinary action as warranted. Special circumstances may warrant referral to the Alternative School or a recommendation for expulsion.

CLASS III MAJOR OFFENSES
III-1.    ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS.
    The unauthorized use, sale, transfer, possession, trafficking, misuse, and/or abuse of drugs. These include alcoholic beverages, barbiturates, central nervous system stimulants, hallucinogens, drug paraphernalia, and all other drugs to which the narcotic and drug abuse laws of the United States, local municipalities, and the State of Alabama apply. Required medications should be accompanied by a note from the parent and kept in the school office unless approved by the administration. Refer to S.74 (Act 94-783).
III-2.     ROBBERY.
    The taking of money or other personal property from a person by force, violence, assault, or putting the person in fear of same.
III-3.     STEALING—LARCENY—GRAND THEFT.
III-4. BURGLARY OF SCHOOL PROPERTY.
III-5. CRIMINAL MISCHIEF.
    Willful and malicious injury or damages at or in excess of $200.
    Refer to S.73 (Act 94-819).

III-6. DANGEROUS WEAPONS.
    The Board authorized the superintendent or designated official to automatically suspend any student found in possession of a dangerous weapon. A dangerous weapon may be defined as a knife, club, gun, chain, or any other object deemed dangerous by the school official. Such weapons are not to be carried by students on school grounds, on school buses, and/or at any school sponsored event, during or after regular school hours. When the student is found to be in possession of a weapon, the Superintendent shall be immediately notified and the following procedures shall be followed:
1.    The principal or authorized official shall conduct a brief but adequate hearing, and if the student is found to have a weapon in his/her possession, said student shall be suspended.

2.    The parents/guardian(s) of the student shall be notified and the student released into their custody or with their knowledge. If the situation warrants, the student may be released to the custody of the juvenile or civil authorities. In any event, parents/guardians shall be notified immediately of the action taken.
3.    Within three school days after policy violation, a conference shall be arranged by the principal. Included in this conference shall be the student, parents/guardian, juvenile or civil authorities (depending on age of student), and principal. Others may be present if deemed necessary and officially requested by school officials. If it is not possible to arrange a conference within three school days, the Superintendent shall extend the suspension or re-admit the student.
4.    After the conference is held and all evidence is weighed, the student and parents/guardians shall be notified by the school principal concerning the future status of the student.

POSSESSION OF DANGEROUS DEVICES.
Including but not limited to mace or tear gas. Refer to S. 70 (Act 94-820) and S. 72 (Act 94-817).

Possession of a deadly weapon with the intent to do bodily harm on the premises of a public school is a Class C felony.
The term “deadly weapon” as used in this section means a firearm or anything manifestly designed, made or adapted for the purposes of inflicting death or serious physical injury, and such term includes, but is not limited to, a bazooka, hand grenade, missile, or explosive or incendiary device; a pistol, rifle, or shotgun; a switch-blade knife, gravity knife, stiletto, sword, or dagger; or any club, baton, billy-stick, black-jack, bludgeon, or metal knuckles.
III-7.    POSSESSION OF ANY OTHER OBJECT NOT SPECIFICALLY LISTED WHICH IS PRIMARILY MEANT AND ADAPTED FOR ATTACK AND FOR THE INFLICTION OF INJURY.

III-8.    THE THREATENED USE OF AN OBJECT NOT DEFINED AS A WEAPON WITH THE INTENT TO INJURE OR INTIMIDATE ON SCHOOL PROPERTY OR AT A SCHOOL-SPONSORED EVENT.
III-9.     BOMB THREATS.
III-10.    INCITING OR PARTICIPATION IN UNAUTHORIZED DEMONSTRATIONS AND/OR DISORDERLY ACTIVITIES WHICH LEAD TO DISRUPTION OF THE NORMAL SCHOOL BEHAVIOR.
    This includes any gang-related activity.
III-11.    THREAT, HARASSMENT, OR INTIMIDATION OF A SCHOOL BOARD EMPLOYEE.
To intentionally threaten by word or act to do violence to the person of another, with the apparent ability to do so, or doing some act which creates a well-founded fear in such person that such violence is imminent. In accordance with Legislative Act 94-794, it is a felony to assault teachers or employees of the school.
III-12.    THE INTENTIONAL THREAT, FIGHT, INTIMIDATION, OR HARASSMENT OF A STUDENT BY TWO OR MORE PERSONS IS PROHIBITED.
III-13.    DEFIANCE OF SCHOOL BOARD EMPLOYEES WHO ARE IN SUPERVISORY POSITIONS.
III-14.    ANY OTHER OFFENSE WHICH THE PRINCIPAL MAY REASONABLY DEEM TO FALL WITHIN THIS CATEGORY.
III-15.    SUBSEQUENT VIOLATIONS OF CLASS III MAJOR OFFENSES WILL BE TREATED AS CLASS IV OFFENSES.

DISCIPLINARY ACTION

Elementary, Middle, or High School Students:
The disciplinary action for Class III offenses committed on school premises or during school related functions shall be suspension up to 10 school days with possible recommendation for expulsion or referral to the Alternative School. Parental/guardian contact will be made as soon as possible. Law enforcement and/or juvenile court personnel shall be contacted when appropriate.
CLASS IV SEVERE OFFENSES
If after an informal hearing conducted by the principal, it is determined that a student committed one or more of the following offenses, the principal is authorized to suspend the student immediately for 10 school days. Readmission to school will require an administration hearing by the Superintendent or designee.
IV-1.    ARSON. The willful and malicious burning of any part of school board property.
IV-2.    BATTERY UPON SCHOOL BOARD EMPLOYEES. The intentional touching or striking of a school employee against his or her will, or the international causing of bodily harm to a school board employee. In accordance with Legislative Act 94-794, it is a felony to assault teachers or employees of the school.
IV-3.    POSSESSION OR DISCHARGING OF DANGEROUS WEAPONS OR DEVICES in the school building, on the school campus, in a vehicle, or at any school related function. In accordance with Legislative Act 94-817, it is a Class C Felony for a student to be in possession of a weapon while on school premises.
IV-4.    SEXUAL ACTS. Acts of sexual nature including, but not limited to, battery, intercourse, attempted rape, or rape.
IV-5.    AGGRAVATED BATTERY. Intentionally causing great bodily harm, disability, or permanent disfigurement; use of a deadly weapon.
IV-6.    A SECOND OFFENSE FROM THE CLASS III CATEGORY.


DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS
After the initial action, reinstatement or further disciplinary actions resulting from any of the above offenses will be determined by the Superintendent after input from the principal and/or the hearing officer. Disciplinary actions as a result of a CLASS IV SEVERE OFFENSE may result in one of the following:
1.    Additional disciplinary action as determined at the hearing.
2.    Long term assignments to the Alternative School up to the remainder of the school year.
3.     Expulsion from the School System for the remainder of the year.

DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
The School System has established the following suspension and expulsion policies and procedures for students with disabilities which are consistent with applicable law:
A. Suspension

1.     A short term suspension, up to ten (10) consecutive school days, may be used for any one disciplinary incident for a student with disabilities.
2.    Suspension which results in more than ten (10) consecutive school days in duration or a series of suspensions that are each of 10 school days or fewer in duration that creates a pattern of exclusion, is considered a significant change in placement and will require due process through IEP Committee action.

B. Expulsion (total removal from a student’s current educational service).

1.     A student with a disability may not be expelled from school for any misbehavior that has a direct and significant relationship to that student’s area of disability.
2.    If the IEP Committee determines that the behavior in question does not have a direct and significant relationship to the student’s area of disability, then the student may be expelled.
3.    However, a complete cessation of education services is not permissible.
4.     Expulsion constitutes a change in placement which requires due process protection through IEP Committee action.

C. Student Status During Proceedings.

1.    If an administrative or a judicial remedy is requested as a result of disagreements with any disciplinary action which would result in a change of placement, the student with disabilities involved in the issue must remain in his/her present educational placement.
2.    If the education agency believes the student with disabilities poses an immediate threat to the safety of himself/herself or others, the education agency may request injunctive relief from court of competent jurisdiction to have the student temporarily removed from the present education placement until the issue is resolved.

DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES WHO BRING FIREARMS TO SCHOOL                                                    
Refer to State Superintendent’s memorandum dated July 13, 1995 for procedures related to The Gun-Free Schools Act.

POLICY REGARDING TV SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS
To provide and maintain a safe and secure environment for students, staff, and authorized visitors, the Washington County Board of Education may use surveillance equipment on properties owned and/or maintained by the school system. Properties include buildings and grounds as well as vehicles owned and/or operated by the system. Training shall be provided for authorized persons in the use, maintenance and storage of equipment and tapes and on applicable laws related to the use of surveillance equipment. Individual schools shall establish a system for maintenance and storage of equipment and tapes. Equipment and tapes shall be stored in secure places with access by authorized persons only. All school personnel, students, and parents shall be informed that they are subject to being videotaped while in school buildings, on school grounds, at school events, and on system-owned/maintained vehicles. Any information obtained through the use of surveillance equipment shall be used only for school disciplinary or law enforcement purposes.

POLICY REGARDING METAL DETECTORS

To provide and maintain a safe and secure environment for students, staff, and authorized visitors, the Washington County Board of Education may employ the use of metal detectors. Stationary and/or mobile metal detectors may be used. Training shall be provided for authorized persons on the use, maintenance, and storage of said equipment and on laws and procedures for conducting searches. Particular circumstances may call for private, hand-held metal detector searches. All metal detector searches shall be conducted by school board employees. Any information obtained through the use of metal detectors shall be used only for school disciplinary or law enforcement purposes. The board shall establish the schedule for use of detectors, but individual schools may implement a more stringent schedule if approved by the board. These policies shall be communicated annually to all school personnel, students, and parents.

DRESS CODE AND GROOMING GUIDELINES

The following dress and grooming guidelines shall be applicable in the schools of the Washington County School System:
1.    Students are to conform to their school’s uniform policy.
2.    Hats, caps, sweatbands, bandannas, visors, sunglasses must be removed and placed in the locker or designated area and remain there during the school day.
3.    Hair styles should be of such design as not to interfere with the learning process.
Hair must be clean, combed, and well-groomed and should not impair vision. Male students with facial hair must keep it neat and well groomed. No hairstyle, hair color, clothing, or other article which is disruptive to the learning environment or which tends to identify a student with a gang or any subversive or unlawful organization will be allowed.
4.    Transparent (see-through) garments may not be worn without complete and appropriate undergarments. No lounge wear, boxer shorts, or any type underwear shall be worn as outer-wear.
5.    Girls may wear jewelry in the ears. Boys may not wear ear jewelry. No other body piercing jewelry is to be worn by boys or girls while they are in school.
6.    Sundresses and backless dresses or tops will be worn with a jacket.
7.    Cut-off tops, tank tops, and mesh tops can be worn if a T-shirt with sleeves is worn underneath, or another shirt is worn over the top.
8.    Halter tops, tube tops, and midriff tops are not allowed. Midriffs and sides must be covered.
9.    Bracelets, belts, and other clothing accessories with spikes or studs are not allowed.
10.    Insignias, buttons, and clothing which are suggestive of any alcoholic beverages, vulgarities, or illegal drugs may not be worn at school.
11.    Jeans and other articles of clothing must be clean with no open holes above the knee; no shredded jeans will be allowed.
12.    Sweat pants and jogging pants are allowed as long as they are loose fitting.
13.    Skirts, dresses, culottes, and walking shorts may be worn if they are an appropriate length. All skirts and short pants must not be shorter than 3 inches above the top of the knee as determined from the casual view of a teacher or administrator. No short shorts or gym shorts will be allowed unless worn while a student is actively engaged in physical education and athletic activities in areas designated by the principal.
14.    Clothing shall not be so tight or so loose as to be overly revealing.
15.    Shoes appropriate to the school setting must be worn at all times
16.    Student possession of beepers or portable telephones is not allowed on school grounds.
17.    Items not directly associated with the educational program, i.e. radios, record players, tape recorders, video cameras, cards, computer games, yo-yos, laser pointers, cell phones, electronic games, CD’s, CD players, etc. are not to be brought to school. Students found with such items will have them confiscated and will be subject to disciplinary action. Exception: Principal’s permission only.

18.    The principal or other representative of the Superintendent may issue additional guidelines in instances that interfere with the learning process.
Any student who fails to dress appropriately will not be allowed to attend class until proper clothes can be secured. If necessary, parents/guardians will be called to bring proper clothes to school. Upon the 5th documented dress code violation within a 9-week period, a student may be sent to the Alternative School.





ELECTIONS
All scoring sheets for selection procedures shall be turned into the Superintendent.
I. Student Council*
A.     Election Schedule
    1.    One week during the month of March - Nomination forms due in office for those seeking office by 12:00 noon, Friday
    2.    Monday-Wednesday: Campaign for the office-(put up posters, pass out stickers, etc.)
    3.    Wednesday: Assembly for speeches.
4.    Thursday: First election in homerooms.
5.    Friday: Run-off elections in homerooms.
6.    The Counting Committee will be responsible for counting votes.
B.    President
    1.    The candidate for president must be a senior during his/her term of office, maintain a “B” GPA, have been a student Council officer for a least one year, or have attended a State Student Council Workshop, or have served as a student council member during his/her junior year.
C.    Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Reporter
    1.    Any student who will be at least a sophomore in his/her term of office and maintains a “B” GPA is eligible to seek the office of Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, or Reporter.
D.    Parliamentarian, Sergeant-at-Arms
    1.    These offices will be filled through appointment by the principal and Student Council Advisor. The selections will be made from the list of candidates who sought the five elected offices.
*Elementary schools may hold elections at the beginning of each school year.
II.    Cheerleader
Each school shall form a cheerleader committee consisting of seven (7) members. This committee shall include:
Principal       Athletic Director    Cheerleader Coach    Four (4) Faculty Members
The cheerleader committee will meet at the request of the principal or cheerleader coach to address questions, problems, or disciplinary actions. The principal and cheerleader coach are non-voting members of this committee. The actions of the committee are binding.
A.    Purpose
    1.    The cheerleaders shall promote and uphold school spirit.
    2.    They shall develop a sense of good sportsmanship among students.
B.    Membership
Students must be in the 6th, 7th, or 8th grades to try out for junior high cheerleader, students must be in the 7th or 8th grades to tryout for junior varsity cheerleader; students must be in the 8th, 9th, 10th, or 11th grades to try out for varsity cheerleader.

C.    Size of Squad
The size of the cheerleading squads will be determined by each school’s cheerleader committee.

D.    Eligibility
    1.    An overall “C” GPA must be maintained. Grades will be checked before tryouts.
    2.        Must be enrolled at the school where they wish to cheer for one semester before tryouts.
    4.    Return a signed Parental Permission Form.
    5.    Not have been dropped from or quit a squad without prior approval or cheerleader coach and cheerleading committee.
    6.    Attend a designated number of pre-tryout training sessions.
    7.    Must furnish proof of medical insurance coverage.

E.    Tryouts—procedure
    1.    Tryout practices will be held at least two weeks before scheduled tryouts. These practices must be attended unless the cheerleader coach gives prior approval for absence.
    2.    Student must be at school all day on the day of tryouts.
    3.    Cheerleaders will be selected by a panel of judges, one of which will be minority, from a college or junior college. This panel will consist of at least three judges. No cheerleader will be chosen by popular vote.
    4.    Captain and Co-Captain of each squad will be chosen by the cheerleading committee.
    5.    Each prospective cheerleader will be judged on the following criteria:
        a. Entrance/Exit/Smile        e. Jumps
        b. Arm Motions/Coordination        f. Cheer and Chant Execution
        c. Grooming/Appearance        g. Dance Routine
        d. Eye Contact            h. Aerobics (split, cartwheel, leg extension)
    6.    Final selection will be based on highest scores as determined by the judges. Decisions made by the judges are final.

    F.    Uniforms and appearance
1.    Each cheerleader will be responsible for paying for his/her own uniform over and above fund-raising projects.
2.    Each cheerleader is responsible for the care of his/her uniforms.
3.    The length and style of the uniforms will be decided upon by the squad members and the cheerleader coach. No alterations to the uniform will be allowed unless prior approval is given by the cheerleader coach.
4.    The uniform is to be worn in conjunction with school events and will be worn to school on the day of the event.
5.    Any part of the uniform provided by the school must be returned at the end of the season.
6.    At all sporting events, appearance must be neat and clean. Hair must be clean and up out of the face. Make-up, if any, must be tastefully done and not overdone.
7.    Large rings, necklaces, or dangle-type earrings may not be worn with the uniform.

G.    Conduct and Responsibilities
1.    Cheerleaders are to show respect to the principal, faculty members, coaches, game officials, and fellow cheerleaders. Disrespect will lead to severe punishment.
2.    There will be no smoking, use of alcohol or drugs, or obscene language while in uniform. THESE ARE GROUNDS FOR DISMISSAL. VIOLATORS OF THIS RULE OF CONDUCT WILL BE SUBJECT TO DISMISSAL FROM SQUAD WITH NO CHANCE OF RETURNING.                                       
3.    Participation is a must. All cheerleaders will participate in cheers, chants, pom-pom routines, and dances on the field or court.
4.    A cheerleader may not sit in the stands or leave the squad until the end of the game. The captain may give permission for a squad member to leave the field or court in case of an emergency. In inclement weather, the cheerleader will leave the field when the players do so or at the discretion of the cheerleader coach.
5.    Cheers, chants, pom-pom routines, and dances will be presented in a tasteful manner and must be approved BEFORE presentation. No provocative and suggestive moves will be allowed. The cheerleader coach has the final decision in these matters.
6.    Cheerleaders will go with the group unless the cheerleader coach gives prior approval. Cheerleaders may ride with parents if parental forms are signed and the cheerleader coach gives approval.                                            
7.    Each cheerleader must have a completed physical release form.
8.    Cheerleaders shall conduct themselves properly at all times, for they are the official representatives for the school. No public displays of affection while in uniform will be tolerated.
9.    The cheerleading squad is to set an example for the student body in spirit, willingness to work, academics, school attendance, and conduct.
10.    Each cheerleader must meet Alabama High School Athletic Association’s academic requirements.

    H.    Games
    1.    Each cheerleader must be present at least 30 minutes before the event begins.
    2.    Each cheerleader must be present at school at least 1/2 day the day of the event in order to cheer at the game or pep rally, unless the principal and/or cheerleader coach approves the absence.  
    3.    If a cheerleader is absent from the last scheduled practice before an event without prior permission, that cheerleader may not cheer at the event.
    4.    Absences from football or assigned basketball games will require a legitimate excuse as determined by the cheerleader coach.  
                        
I.    Practice Sessions
    1.    Attendance at all practice sessions is required.
    2.    Practice sessions will be scheduled by the cheerleading coach.

J.    Disciplinary Action
1.    Minor rule violations and subsequent disciplinary actions will be administered by the cheerleader coach.
2.    Major rule violations and subsequent disciplinary actions will be administered by the cheerleading committee. The principal and/or the cheerleader coach shall determine when a decision of the committee is needed.
3.    The cheerleader coach and/or cheerleading committee has the power to suspend, bench, or drop from the squad any cheerleader who does not meet the standards set forth.
4.    Any cheerleader suspended or dropped from a squad for disciplinary actions will not be allowed to try out again for cheerleader while he/she is a student at the school in which the disciplinary action was carried out.
K.    Safety
    1.    The Board has ruled that all cheerleading squads in the School System will be
        GROUND BOUND.

III.    Homecoming Queen and Court
A.    General
    1.    All girls nominated must have at least a “70” GPA to qualify.
    2.    All girls nominated must have no major disciplinary referrals during current academic year—suspensions or expulsions.
    3.    All girls nominated must be enrolled in the school from which they are seeking nomination for at least one semester prior to being nominated.

B.    Nomination Process

    1.    The 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students will be given the opportunity to nominate themselves or any classmate to be their class’s Homecoming maid. These eligible nominees will be placed on a ballot and voted on by their respective grades. If any girl receives a clear majority (50% + 1) of votes, that girl will be the class maid. If there is no clear majority, a run off of the top two will be necessary.
    2.    The senior class students will be given the opportunity to nominate any senior girl to be considered for Homecoming Queen or maid. In addition, a senior girl may nominate herself. These nominees will then be placed on a ballot and voted on by the senior class. The three girls with the highest vote count will then be voted on by the entire student body (9-12), faculty, and the football team or basketball team, depending on the season.
C.    Voting Process
    1.    There shall be three (3) divisions of votes, all with equal weight. The student body will vote, and the total percentage will be figured. The faculty will vote, and the total percentage will be figured. The Varsity Athletic team which the queen represents will vote and the percentage figured. These will all be added together and then averaged for a total percent. Each group’s percentage will count equally in the total percent average. The girl receiving the highest percentage will be chosen as the Homecoming Queen. The other two girls will serve as senior maids.
    2.    Members of the homecoming court must be escorted by their father, brother, uncle, or legal guardian on homecoming night.
    3.    Members of the homecoming court and their escorts must conform to a dress standard as established by a majority of the homecoming court and approved by the principal.
    4.    During the homecoming assembly, members of the homecoming court will be escorted by male members of the same class.
    5.    In adherence to a ruling by the Office of Civil Rights, no quota based on race can be guaranteed.

IV.    Majorette

A.    General
    All the following rules will pertain to majorettes in the schools of the Washington County
     School System:
1.    Must be in grades 9-12 (May audition in the Spring of the eighth grade).
2.    Must be currently enrolled in a school band class.
3.    Must have a GPA of at least 70% on the previous semester. (Same as athletic requirements.)
4.    Must have three recommendations from faculty members.
5.    Must have been in a marching band program for two years.
6.    Must return a signed parental form.
7.    Must have a score sheet attached to the parental form.
8.    Final selection will be based on highest scores as determined by the judges.
9.    A judge’s list will be developed by the county band directors. Two to five judges will be selected from the list by the school’s band director to judge majorette candidates. The list will be updated yearly by the band directors.

V.    Drum Major
    A.    General
    All the above rules will pertain to Drum Major with two exceptions:
    1.    Must have a GPA of at least 75% for the previous semester.
    2.    Must be in grades 10-12. Candidates may try out in the spring of the ninth-grade year.

VI.    Auxiliary (Show group outside majorettes)
    General
All the following rules will pertain to auxiliary show groups other than majorettes in the schools of the School System:
    1.    If the school’s schedule permits, participants will come from grades 7-12.
    2.    Auxiliary participants do not have to be members of the school band.
    3.    Must have a GPA of at least 70% on the previous semester. (Same as the athletic requirements.)
    4.    Must have three recommendations from faculty members.
    5.    Must return parental form. A score sheet will be attached to the parental form.
    6.    Final selection will be based on highest scores. A judges list will be developed by the county band directors. Two to five judges will be selected from the list by the school’s band director to judge the auxiliary try outs. The list will be updated each year by the band directors.
VII. Class Officers
OFFICES TO BE ELECTED ARE PRESIDENT, VICE-PRESIDENT, SECRETARY,
TREASURER, AND REPORTER.
A parliamentarian and social chairperson will be selected from the list of all students seeking the five offices. This selection will be made by the class sponsors and principal. The two appointed officers will serve as class officers in full standing.
SCHEDULE FOR ELECTIONS                                                      
        First day of Elections—Nominations
        Second day of Elections—Speeches to Class
        Third day of Elections—First Election                                                         Fourth day of Elections—Run Off if Necessary
PROCEDURE FOR ELECTIONS
On the first day, homeroom teachers will collect a note from any student wishing to seek a particular class office or nominate another student. A complete list will be made and returned to the office.

One the second day, any student seeking office who wishes to speak to the class as a whole will have that opportunity.

On the third day, the first election will take place. Each student will be given a ballot and asked to vote for one person for each office. These will be collected and counted in the office.

On the fourth day, a run-off election will be held if necessary. At morning break, homeroom teachers will be asked to meet in the library to discuss appointments for parliamentarian and social chairperson.

On Friday, each homeroom will vote on two Student Council representatives. Students are encouraged to vote on dependable students. These elected students will attend meetings and report back to their homeroom on the following day. It is important to get students who will remember when a meeting is held and attend the meeting. The Student Council is only a success if the students make it a success.

COUNTING COMMITTEE    
A.    GENERAL  
1.    The committee shall consist of at least three (3) adults. This committee shall be headed by the principal of the school and (2) appointed by him/her.
2.    The two appointed members must be regular, certified teachers of the respective school.
3.    The principal may appoint additional members at any time and may make changes on the committee at any time for any legitimate reason.
4.    In case of death, sickness, transfer, resignation from the committee or any other reason, the principal shall appoint someone to fill the vacancy on the committee immediately.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

ATHLETIC TEAMS, CHEERLEADERS, PEP SQUADS, BAND GROUPS, SERVICE ACADEMIC CLUBS, AND ANY OTHER SCHOOL RELATED ACTIVITIES.
Participation in extracurricular activities is a privilege provided for all students who abide by the rules/regulations established by the Board. Extracurricular activities are provided to enhance the social development of students, to promote citizenship, and to make the school environment more enjoyable for all students.
A.    TRANSPORTATION
    1.    Since the School System is responsible for transporting students to/from any school sponsored event, all students will travel via the mode of transportation provided by the School System to and from the event. Review copy of release form on page 40.
EXCEPTION
        2.    A student’s parent/guardian must appear in person to ask the sponsor/coach in charge to relinquish the responsibility of the student to him/her. The parent/guardian must sign a release form provided by the sponsor/coach.
    3.    Only students who are members of the team or organization will be allowed to travel on the school provided mode of transportation.
    4.    Approved chaperons will be allowed to accompany groups on designated trips.
B.    CONDUCT                                                          
All school sponsored events that are scheduled after the normal school day are an extension of the school day. Therefore, all rules and regulations applicable during the regular school day also apply at these school events.
C.    RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR PARTICIPATION  
                    
All schools will follow guidelines provided by the Alabama High School Athletic Association, and state/national guidelines for these organizations/or clubs.

D.    SUPERVISION                                                        
    1.    All students are subject to the authority of all teachers and/or supervisors of their school at all times.
    2.    Students who participate in extracurricular activities must be supervised by a teacher/ supervisor of the school and must abide by all rules/regulations established by the Board.

E.    UNIFORMS– EXTRACURRICULAR

The design and style of all extra–curricular uniforms will be determined by the sponsor and/or committee.

SPECIFIC EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
A.    GENERAL
    1.    The above rules/regulations apply to these activities.—Prom/Dances/Homecoming Activities/Pageants/Festivals

A committee consisting of faculty, parents, and administrators will formulate guidelines and address issues not covered by board policy.
Issues to be addressed are age, marital status, pregnancy, drugs, and admittance procedures.

B.    ABSENTEES
    1.    Attendance at all scheduled rehearsals and/or performances is required for membership in the performing groups. Absences will be deemed excused or unexcused according to absentee guidelines used in the Alabama public schools. Unexcused absences will be reflected in the student’s grade for that grading period.
C.    FEES
    Band uniform fee $20.00 per semester for Advanced Band Class
Fee for all additional children of same family = $10.00 Advanced Band per semester.
Instrument Rental Fee - $10.00 per semester
Driver's Education Fee $20
LOCKER FEE
$7.00 per student, per year. Any uncollected nonsufficient funds checks, after necessary actions to collect check amount has been completed, will be turned over to the Washington County District Attorney’s Worthless Check Unit.

SCHOOL HEALTH - School Nurse Coordinator @ 251-847-2813
All students who attend schools of the School System must meet the applicable health requirements of the State of Alabama. Students identified as migrant, homeless, and/or ELL may enroll in the school system and the school staff will assist in obtaining the applicable health requirement documentation.  Those applicable are as follows:
I.    HEALTH POLICY CHECKLIST:
    ————— Certificate of Immunization (Blue and Pink Slips)
    ————— Certified Birth Certificate
    ————— Social Security Number
II.    COMMUNICABLE DISEASES - All information should be held strictly confidential on Communicable Diseases.
    A.    Authority to Exclude Student
The Superintendent or Principal shall have the authority to exclude any student with a communicable disease spread by casual contact and is considered a health threat to the school population. Such a student shall be excluded form schools of the School System for a period of time as may be prescribed by the local Health Department, school nurse, or a physician. In all cases, a statement of clearance from the Department of Health, school nurse, or physician shall be required before the student may re-enter school.

    B.    A student infected with HIV, HBV, HCV has the same right to attend school and receive services as any other student, and will be subject to the same rules and policies. The infection will not factor into decisions concerning class assignments, privileges, or participation in any school-sponsored activity. School authorities will determine the educational placement of a student known to be infected with HIV, HBV, HCV on a case-by-case basis by following established policies and procedures for students with chronic health problems or students with disabilities. (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, or the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990). Decision-makers must consult with the student’s parent/guardian and physician; respect the student and family’s privacy rights; and reassess the placement if there is a change in the student’s need for accommodations or services. School staff members will always strive to maintain a respectful school climate and not allow physical or verbal harassment of any individual or group by other individuals or group. This includes taunts directed against a person living with HIV infection, perceived as having HIV infection, or living with someone with HIV infection.

C.    Confidential Information
All persons privileged with any medical information that pertains to students shall be required to treat all proceedings, discussions, and documents as confidential information. Before any medical information is shared with anyone in the school setting, a “Need to Know” review shall be made which will include the parent/guardian and student, if over 18 years of age, or his/her representative.

D.    Instructions Regarding Communicable Diseases
Instruction on the principle modes by which communicable diseases, including but not limited to HIV/AIDS, is spread and the best methods for the restriction and prevention of these diseases shall be taught to students. Training in the prevention of the spread of communicable diseases will be provided to all staff.
III.    PROCEDURES FOR HEAD LICE
    A.    IDENTIFYING INFESTED CHILDREN                                    
        1.    Mass Screening— During the 1st two (2) weeks of school, all students in K-6 grades should be checked for head lice. Those found to be infested with lice or nits will be handled as described in Section B “Handling of Infested Children”.                                    
        2.    Individual Case— Throughout the year if any student suspected of having head lice (child observed to be excessively scratching of head) the child should be checked by the teacher or delegated school personnel. Measures should be taken to avoid embarrassing the child. Examination of the child’s hair should be done in a well-lit but private area. If lice or nits are found the procedures described in Section B should be followed. If child is found with nits or lice, all students in that child’s grade should be checked as well as other contacts.
HANDLING OF INFESTED CHILDREN  
         1.    Removal. An infected student will receive a copy of the “Letter to Parents” to take home. He/she must remain at home until initial treatment measures have been completed, and the student is declared NIT FREE by designated school personnel. Care must be taken not to embarrass the student and to assure that no stigma is attached to him/her.
        2.    Return to School. Once a student has been given the first treatment and nits have been manually removed, he/she is to be examined by a school official and declared nit free prior to returning to the classroom. After two weeks, the student must be examined again. If nits or lice are found, the exclusion and treatment procedures must be repeated.

IV.     HYGIENE    
    A.    GENERAL
    Students will be expected to practice good hygiene. This includes:
1.    Bathing
2.    Practicing Good Dental Hygiene
3.    Wearing Clean Clothes
4.    Keeping Hair Combed
5.    Cleaning Hands and Fingernails
At school students will be encouraged to practice good hand washing after going to the bathroom and before eating.

V.    MEDICATION
Delegated trained school personnel will give medications to a student during school hours or after hours, extra curricular events after the following requirements are met:
A.    All medications are to be brought to the school by an adult in a properly labeled prescription container with the child’s name, doctor’s name, medication name and strength. Medication is to be given to the person who is delegated to give medications (school health aide or medication assistant) or the child’s teacher.
B.    School Medication Prescriber/Parent Authorization Form must be completed and signed by the parent and the prescriber (physician, dentist, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant) annually or whenever there is change in medication.
C.    For prescribed medication, the prescriber must either sign the authorization form or send the school a written statement indicating the need for the student to be given the medication at school.
D.    All medications except Asthma inhalers and Epi-pen, must be locked up in a secure location. Students who require Epi-pens for severe reactions or who have asthma inhalers for asthma attacks may keep their medications with them “on-person” and self administer, but the proper medication forms must be completed and be on file with the medication assistant.
E.    Students will be allowed to self-administer medication under the supervision of the Medication Assistant (delegated staff member trained to give medications).
        
VI. INJURY/ILLNESS/MEDICATION
    A.    GENERAL
    If a student becomes ill or is injured, his/her teacher (at that time) will bring him/her to the office. An attempt will be made to notify parents/guardians in cases of warranted illness or injury. Injured students will be taken to the doctor, if necessary, when parents/guardians cannot be reached.

A CURRENT TELEPHONE NUMBER WHERE A PARENT/GUARDIAN CAN BE NOTIFIED OF AN ACCIDENT OR ILLNESS CONCERNING HIS/HER CHILDREN MUST BE ON FILE ALL COST INCURRED CONCERNING ACCIDENT/ILLNESS WILL BE PAID BY PARENTS.
Parents/guardians will be required to notify the principal in writing in the event a student must bring medication to school. Any student who has in his/her possession medicines other than specified daily dosage and who furnishes, gives away, or sells such may be subject to
suspension, probation, or expulsion.

VII.        HEALTH SCREENING
        All students in kindergarten will have their vision and hearing checked by the school nurse
each year. Parents/guardians will be notified when a possible problem is found. Parents/ guardians/teacher may request vision and hearing checks of students at any time. The school nurse will check the students on which such special requests have been made as soon as his/her schedule allows.

VIII.        SCOLIOSIS SCREENING
State law mandates scoliosis screening for all students in grades 5-9. Trained screeners, with assistance from the school nurse, will check these students. The school nurse will recheck all students with questionable findings and notify parents/guardians if medical follow up is deemed necessary.

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCE

Parents/guardians are urged to contact the school for a parent-teacher conference appointment when necessary. They are reminded that teachers cannot be called from a class on the spur of the moment to discuss a student’s status.

PROMOTION AND RETENTION

PURPOSE: The Promotion and Retention Policy of the School System has been to establish minimum learning goals which students must master at each grade level. The reading level requirements are in reference to the reading programs implemented in each school, which have been approved by the Washington County Board of Education.

STANDARDS OF PROMOTION: The Board has a serious vested interest in the education of all students. With this in mind, the Board has established a policy for the promotion and retention of students. To assure a minimum level of skill development, the following standards have been made policy for all students in grade K-12. Students must have a passing GPA of 70% in reading—it is critical to educational success.

It is the recommendation of this committee that:
Students may be retained for only one (1) year in grades 1-4 and for an additional year in grades 5-8 for a total of two (2) years in grades 1-8.

Minimum Requirements for Promotion
Kindergarten—Retention in kindergarten shall be based on teacher recommendation and approval of the principal and parent/guardian.

Grade 1 - Students must have a passing grade point average (70%) in reading and a passing GPA in math. Retention is based upon recommendation of the Principal, Counselor, and teacher.

Grade 2 - Students must have a passing grade point average (70%) in reading and a passing GPA in math. Retention is based upon recommendation of the Principal, Counselor, and teacher.

Grade 3 - Students must have a passing grade point average (70%) in reading and a passing GPA in math. Students failing two or more of the following subjects will also be retained: English, Social Studies, Science/Health.

Grade 4 - Students must have a passing grade point average (70%) in reading and a passing GPA in math. Students failing two or more of the following subjects will also be retained: English, Social Studies, Science/Health.

Grade 5 - Students must have a passing grade point average (70%) in reading and a passing GPA in math. Students failing two or more of the following subjects will also be retained: English, Social Studies, Science/Health.

Grade 6 - Students must have a passing grade point average (70%) in reading and a passing GPA in math. Students failing two or more of the following subjects will also be retained: English, Social Studies, Science/Health.

Grades 7 & 8 - Students failing two or more of the following subjects will also be retained: English, Reading, Science, Mathematics, and Social Studies. Students who fail English, Reading, or Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies for two consecutive years will be retained.

    Passing grade point average is 60% for all subjects, except
    Students must have been in attendance at least 155 days. Allowances will be made for a student with extended absence due to health reasons or other problems. In such cases, it will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian to verify the absences and requested make-up work must be approved by the teacher and principal. These requirements pertain to all grades. (See attendance policy)
NINTH GRADE– Students must have successfully completed six (6) Carnegie Units.
TENTH GRADE– Students must have successfully completed six (6) additional Carnegie Units (a total of twelve).
ELEVENTH GRADE– Students must have successfully completed six (6) additional Carnegie Units (a total of 18).
TWELFTH GRADE– Students must have successfully completed six (6) additional Carnegie Units (a total of 24) and must have passed all sections of the Alabama High School Graduation Examination (AHSGE) to receive a standard diploma.
The advanced diploma will be issued to students who have completed the designated advanced curriculum and will be so indicated on their diploma.
A Graduation Certificate will be issued to Special Education students who have successfully completed the individualized education program (IEP) and did not make a passing score on the Alabama High School Graduation Examination.
No public distinction will be made between the types of diploma a student receives except those students who receive an advanced diploma. The Valedictorian and Salutatorian will be selected from students who have completed the advanced diploma curriculum. Students who graduate with honors must have an overall GPA of 85. Report card grades and cumulative record grades will be recorded numerically.
Students who fail to pass specific academic courses or who fail to achieve the Carnegie Units necessary for assignment to the next grade level/homeroom, have the following alternatives to make up the credits for promotion with the permission of the principal:
1.    Authorized Summer School (See Policy—page 36)
2.    Tutoring and re-evaluation for placement

SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS
Refer to page 12 Graduation Activities and Diplomas for Special Education Students.

RESPONSIBILITY FOR STUDENT MASTERY

THE PRINCIPAL—THE PRINCIPAL IS RESPONSIBLE FOR:
1.    Monitoring the instructional program as specified by the Board to assure the success of the academic program.
2.    Insuring the flow of information about the academic program between the school and parents/guardians.
3.    Notifying parents/guardians regarding student progress at various intervals.
4.    Placing students appropriately so that they can receive the proper academic instruction.

THE TEACHER—The teacher is responsible for:

1.    Making sure that the specified skills are taught through an appropriate management system.
2.    Keeping parents/guardians informed about their child’s progress.
3.    Scheduling conferences with parents/guardians to review student’s progress.


THE PARENTS/GUARDIANS—Parents/guardians are responsible for:

1.    Monitoring their child’s progress by reviewing report cards, grades, and test scores that are available at the school.
2.    Making sure that their child attends school regularly.
3.    Attending PTA meetings.
4.    Scheduling school visits often.
5.    Providing a specified time for their child to do homework.


THE STUDENTS—Students are responsible for:

1.    Completing homework.
2.    Paying attention to instruction.
3.    Responding to guidance given by principals, teachers, and counselors.
4.    Attending school regularly.
5.    Accepting responsibility for their own learning.

ATTENDANCE POLICY
Daily attendance is vitally important to the acquisition of knowledge and to maintain academic pace. Students gain greatly as a result of being in class each day, therefore, it is the purpose of this pro-gram to do everything possible to encourage good attendance by involving as many supportive groups as necessary and by developing a uniform method of addressing this important issue. Students deserve every opportunity for academic success and prompt, regular, daily attendance not only teaches life supporting skills but also increases the likelihood that school will be a positive experience.
Every child between the ages of 7 and 16 shall be required to enroll and attend for the entire length of the school year. All students shall be enrolled for a full instructional day.
ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL - All student absences shall be designated as either excused or unexcused. The following reasons shall be accepted in classifying excused absences:
1.    Student too ill to attend school;
2.    Inclement weather which would be dangerous to the life and health of the child if he/she attended school;
3.    Legal quarantine;
4.    Death in the immediate family;
5.    Emergency conditions as determined by the principal;
6.    Absence from school with the permission of the principal and consent of the parents;
7.    S.E.— A school sponsored event.
8.    Students have three (3) days to bring an excuse to school or he/she will be marked unexcused.

MAKE-UP WORK - Students absent for any excused reasons shall be allowed to make up work missed. Arrangements must be made between the student and the teacher with five (5) school days after returning to school to complete the make-up work.
A student in Grades 1 – 8 who accumulates more than twenty (20) absences during the school year may be denied promotion.
A student in Grades 9—12 who accumulates more than ten (10) absences in any class in any one semester may be denied credit for the course.
The principal will notify the parent/guardian after a student accumulates five (5) absences.

UNEXCUSED ABSENCES—The student whose absence is unexcused is not entitled to make up instruction work or test(s) except when unexcused period covers a nine-weeks or semester test which would place the student in danger of failing to obtain a final course credit or being promoted to the next highest grade.
The following procedures will be used for unexcused absences:
1.    Student-Principal conference
2.    Parent-Principal conference
3.    Referral to Attendance Supervisor
4.    Complaint filed with Juvenile Court of Washington County

Any exception to this policy must have official verification and is subject to the approval of the principal. (Doctor’s statement, etc.)
TRANSFER POLICY
All students who enroll in a school in Washington County will be required to attend that school the entire school year unless they make a bonafide move into another school zone. A school zone is defined as the area traveled by the school bus which picks up students for a particular school on a daily schedule.

STUDENT VISITORS

Visitors must obtain permission from the principal to be in the buildings or on school grounds.
Students are not to visit other schools during school hours except for school-sponsored events. Students who are found in violation of this are subject to disciplinary action and may be considered trespassing.
Parents/guardians are invited and encouraged to visit the school; however, visits during the school day should be cleared through the principal’s office. Parent-teacher conference are most important in improving the learning atmosphere. Conferences may be held with the principal during the school day. Conferences with the teachers must be scheduled before or after school or during the teacher’s planning period and must be cleared through the principal’s office. The administration and teachers urge parents/guardians to arrange a conference early in the school year.

UNAUTHORIZED PERSONS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY ARE TREPASSERS AND WILL
BE SUBJECT TO LEGAL PROSECUTION.

SCHOOL INSURANCE
School personnel will make school accident insurance available to the students. This service is made available to all students, but participation is not required.

STUDENT RECORDS
I.    CONTENT OF STUDENT RECORDS
A.    Complete Personal Data (Name, sex, date of birth, race, social security number, immunization data, home address, telephone number, emergency contact number).
B.    Health records (include emergency numbers)
C.    ALL Test Evaluation Results
D.    Parent Notification Concerning Curriculum
E.    Irregular Custody Battle Information
F.    Copy of Psychological Evaluation.
G.    Student Incident/Discipline Report
H.    Student Accident Reports.

II.    CONFIDENTIALITY OF RECORDS
    Records are made available for review by:
A.    Principal
B.    Counselor
C.    Student
D.    Parent/Guardian
E.    Teacher (For justified academic purposes with the Principal’s approval)

    All other permissions must be granted through written request including agencies making request with written permission from student or parent/guardian.
    Group assessments may be made available to teachers or future teachers with Principal’s permission.


III.    RECORDING OF STUDENT GRADES
A.    Kindergarten will use letter grades, and grades 1-12 will use numerical grades.
B.    In grades K-6 (recording of grades) will be completed by teachers. In grades 7-12 (recording of grades) will be completed by counselor.

IV.    BACK-UP FILES
A.    An additional back-up file excluding teacher roll book must be kept on file. specific back-up file items should include attendance, academic grades, registers, academic exceptionalities, daily absentee sheet, medical exceptionalities, and roll books.
B.    The back-up files should be kept in the Counselor’s office for five (5) years in a fireproof file cabinet. After five (5) years, high school files will be transferred to central office storage.

V.    TRANSFER OF RECORDS
Transfers of student records will only be honored based on written requests from a school or
parents/guardians. ONLY duplicate copies will be sent upon request to out-of -county and out-of-state school; all originals will remain at the home school. On in-county requests, the entire folder of records will be sent. Copies of academic records should be made to remain in the home school with information indicating where records are sent.

VI.    STUDENT RECORDS FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS

Refer to the Alabama Administrative Code, Special Programs I, Chapter 290-080-090-17(12)(f) and Local Education Agency Plan, Special Education Services for Children With Disabilities, 1996-97, Chapter 2.

TEXTBOOKS

All students in the Washington County School System shall receive free textbooks. Students will assume responsibility for these books when issued.

All free textbooks issued will be coded, and code numbers recorded in the teacher's grade book.

Lost or abused textbooks may be replaced by the student. If textbooks are not replaced, they shall be paid for in accordance with The Code of Alabama.

The Code of Alabama states that in computing the lost or damage assessment of a textbook which has been in use for a year or more, computation shall be seventy-five (75%) percent of the original cost of the textbook. If lost or abused textbooks are not paid for within 30 days after notification, such student shall not be entitled to further use of such textbook.

A standard form will be issued to all principals for assessing textbook damage.












SUMMER SCHOOL POLICY

1.    All proper forms must be filed with the State before summer school begins. Also, the summer school personnel must keep an attendance register and a roll book for all classes taught. Report cards must be issued to all students and the student’s home school must be notified of grades at the end of the summer school.

2.    Any person teaching summer school must be certified in the area/field of the subject which he/she is instructing.

3.    Summer school teachers will be paid $1500 per class taught. A minimum of 10 students per course must be officially enrolled in order to offer a summer school class.

4.    Students will be responsible for tuition as determined by the board. Each student must present a letter from his “home” school granting permission to take a specific course.

5.    All summer school classes must meet the minimum number of clock hours according to the state standards for summer school. The school can set meeting times/dates for summer school as long as they meet these standards.

6.    Any school in the Washington County System may hold summer school classes as long as the prescribed guidelines are followed.

7.    All summer school fees will first be receipted in a pre-numbered receipt book by the teacher. The money will then be receipted by the principal and deposited in the school account. A check will be taken to the Central Office and receipted there by the custodian of funds.

8.    Materials or supplies will be purchased by regular purchase orders through the Board of Education. Such supplies will be paid for by money which is collected from students over and above the funds which are used to pay teacher salaries. At the end of summer school, any excess funds from the money collected will be reimbursed by the Board to the local school’s general fund.

9.    Summer school classes will be taught to make up courses failed or for remediation. Summer school cannot be used to supplant regular course offerings or to advance in credits.

10.    Any summer school course or correspondence course taken by a student must have prior approval of the principal where the student is enrolled and the credit is to be counted.

11.    All summer school courses must be taught on the school campus.

12.    Teachers will be paid by regular payroll check.

13.    Washington County students will be given first preference.






NO FIGHT POLICY
Effective Date: April 30, 1998
At a regular meeting on April 30, 1998, the Washington County Board of Education sought to clarify its policy on fighting in schools. The following guidelines are expected to be adhered to in the operation of, and the participation at, all schools in the system. This is to include school buses and extracurricular activities:
I.    Any student participating in a fight, physically, with no evidence of trying to peacefully resolve the conflict, will automatically be suspended and, or summoned to appear before The Washington County Board of Education for possible expulsion.
II.    Any student contributing to a fight, physically, with no evidence of trying to peacefully resolve the conflict, will automatically be suspended.
III.    Any student in the presence of a fight, as a spectator, with no evidence of trying to peacefully resolve or break up the conflict, will be suspended.
IV.    Any student guilty of violating any of the above rules for the second time will automatically be suspended and summonsed to appear before The Washington County Board of Education.
V.      The investigation of each violation will be conducted by the school principal and a faculty member of each race involved in the incident.
VI.      Violators shall not be allowed to transfer to another school in the Washington County School System merely to escape these guidelines.
VII.    All the above are subject to the principal’s discretion.
In addition to action taken by the Washington County Board of Education, violators may face charges through the Washington County Judicial System.
These guidelines are to be considered as amendments to the Washington County Student Handbook. This document is to be signed by students and parents or guardians, indicating they have read the content thereof. The signed document must be returned to the homeroom teacher and placed in the student’s cumulative record file.
It is the sole intent of The Washington County Board of Education to provide a “Safe Environment” for all students enrolled, in order for them to receive an education. YOUR SUPPORT IS REQUIRED.

Student’s Signature______________________________Grade_________Date__________

Parent’s or Guardian’s Signature________________________________  Date__________





CONDUCT POLICY
(Parent/Fan)
Date of Adoption: 11/8/2001

The Washington County Board of Education prohibits any parent, fan, or visitor associated with any extracurricular activity, from harassing or otherwise creating interference with the performance of duties of a principal, coach, assistant coach, band director, or other school personnel, and /or participating student(s).

Harassment shall include but not limited to: threats, demands, lewd or offensive remarks, lewd or offensive gestures, and/or continued unwanted and annoying actions.

The principal or designee shall be authorized to take necessary action to eliminate the interference.

    First offense:    The offender will be required to leave the premises.

    Second offense:    The offender will be prohibited from any other involvement or                 attendance in the activity for the remainder of the school year.

    Third offense:    The offender will be prohibited from involvement or attendance in                 any and all extracurricular activities in the Washington County                 School System for a period of not less than one year.

Sporting events or other extracurricular event:

Unless invited, parents and fans shall not be allowed on the area of play until the completion of the game. Any violation will result in removal from the event.




























LOCAL SCHOOL LUNCH CARD POLICY

All students must present lunch cards to the cashier at the point of service. This is the policy that the
Washington County Board of Education has agreed upon with the State Department of Education. This policy is used for identifying students, and for tracking and monitoring meal claims.


REPLACEMENT OF LUNCH CARDS
Students may receive a new lunch card up to three times. After the student’s card has been replaced three times, the student will be accessed a fee. The fee will be determined by the school food authority’s purchased price of the lunch card.

PAYMENT PROCEDURES

Consult the individual school’s policy statement that may vary yearly. The school food authority will accept checks for the amount of breakfast/lunch sales. Returned checks will be handled according to the local school board policy. Cafeterias may not charge adult meals of a la carte items for students or adults. Some principals may wish to set up a cash fund from sources other than Child Nutrition Program such as PTA, clubs, etc. The cash funds can be used to pay for students who have lost or forgotten their money. Student’s money must be “in hand” when the student goes through the service line.






















TRANSPORTATION RELEASE FORM

I do hereby relieve the Washington County Board of Education and

_______________________________________________ from any
                   (school)

Liability and/or responsibility for the transporting of my child to/from

__________________________________ on _____________________
                (place)                        (date)




PARENT/GUARDIAN    STUDENT
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    



WASHINGTON COUNTY STUDENT RELEASE FORM

I,_____________________________________________________________
(PARENT/GUARDIAN) PLEASE PRINT


DO RELIEVE THE WASHINGTON COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION AND


__________________________________________________________________
(SCHOOL)

FROM ANY LIABILITY AND/OR RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE
TRANSPORTING OF


_________________________________________________________TO/FROM
(STUDENT)

________________________________________________ON_______________
            (PLACE)                (DATE)


                                    __________________________________
                                        (PARENT/GUARDIAN)
                    

                                    __________________________________
                                        (COACH/SPONSOR)




















































WASHINGTON COUNTY
STUDENT HANDBOOK
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FORM

    Please complete the form below and return the form to the school.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

I, _________________________________________________________________________,
                               (Name of Student)

Enrolled in ________________________________________School and my parents or

Guardians have received and read to us the foregoing Student Handbook.


SIGNED_________________________________________________________(STUDENT)

SIGNED_______________________________________________(PARENT/GUARDIAN)

DATE_________________________________________


NOTE: The student and his/her parent(s) or legal guardian(s) are to sign the statement above and return this form to the school. It will be filed in the student’s cumulative record folder for future reference.