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Ozark City Schools Handbook 9/9/2014

 

LETTER FROM SUPERINTENDENT

 

 

 

Dear Students and Parents:

 

 

 

Welcome to the new school year!  It is my hope that each of you will have a productive and engaging year.  There are several changes that are being implemented this year that we hope will raise the bar for achievement in all areas of endeavor.  I feel strongly that these changes will improve the academic and social culture in all schools, but most importantly these changes should help students of this system compete better on the local, state, and national levels.  We want to create world class students that can become strong, contributing members in all aspects of our society.  We are anxious to work with you this year and we look forward to discovering the possibilities that lie not only in each student but also within the system.  This is a great challenge, and we look forward to an exciting, fulfilling year.

 

 

 

Because there are some significant changes, I urge you to review the information contained in this system-wide handbook.  As noted below, the purpose of this handbook is to provide clear, concise, and consistent information to all students and parents.  Please call your student’s school if you have any questions about this material or need additional information.

 

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Michael M. Lenhart

 

Superintendent

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

 

 

 

                The Ozark Board of Education recognizes the constitutional rights of students enrolled in its schools.  The Board recognizes equally, however, its obligation to establish policy related to student behavior and discipline which assures that a proper atmosphere for learning will be maintained within every school serving the City of Ozark.

 

 

 

                All students of the Ozark City School System are responsible for conducting themselves in a manner appropriate to good citizenship.  Student conduct shall be founded on the basic concepts of respect, consideration for the rights of others, and applicable laws.

 

 

 

A uniform code of conduct for students is important to the pursuit of academic excellence in order that the students may have a meaningful learning experience.  This can only be accomplished in schools where the environment is free from distraction caused by disruptive behavior.

 

 

 

                The purpose of these standards shall be to maintain an overall positive school environment and atmosphere that enhances student and teacher morals and increases parental and public support for our schools.

 

               

 

                The principal of each school is authorized and directed to develop additional rules and regulations consistent with policies, rules, and regulations of the Ozark City Board of Education which may be necessary to govern the conduct of students under his/her supervision.

 

 

 

ACCREDITATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transforming Education Worldwide

 

Accredited / SACS


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ozark City Schools

PLAN ON A PAGE

2013-2018

VISION

Students Who Soar Like Eagles

MISSION

To prepare each student for college/work/adulthood

CORE BELIEFS

We believe instruction should be

Rigorous, Relevant, Engaging, and

create powerful, diverse Relationships

DISTRICT GOALS

Create a Culture of Instructional Excellence

Prepare College and Career Ready Students

Close the Achievement Gaps Among Students

Increase Graduation Rate

Align Curriculum to Rigorous Standards

Measure Student Growth and Learning

Develop Life and Social Skills for Success in the Real World

WE ARE EAGLES!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OZARK CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION

 

774-5197; 445-3791

 

www.ozarkcityschools.net

 

 

 

Mrs. Sophia Buchanan - Chairperson

 

Members

 

Mr. Brad Hull, Mr. Charles Harper, Mr. James Harris, Mr. Brent Hohbach

 

 

 

Mr. Michael M. Lenhart, Superintendent

 

Dr. Richard McInturf, Associate Superintendent

 

 

 

School Principals

 

 

 

Thompkins Early Childhood Center   Mrs. Charlotte Smith                           774-4911; 445-3797

 

Lisenby Elementary                            Mrs. Maghen Lowery                          774-4919; 445-3796

 

Mixon Elementary                              Mr. Sean Clark                                   774-4912; 445-3795

 

D. A. Smith Middle School                 Mrs. Danelle Peterman                       774-4913; 445-3793

 

Carroll High School                             Mr. Patrick Brannan                          774-4915; 445-3792

 

Carroll High School Career Center    Mrs. Dana Griggs                               774-4949

 

Accelerated Learning Center              Mr. Jimbo Payne                                774-5197, Ext. 3504

 

 

 

Support Services Coordinators

 

 

 

Special Education Coordinator                       Mrs. Jan Bowen                      774-4915, Ext 2540

 

Transportation Coordinator                             Mrs. Jackilyn Garner              774-5197, Ext 3506

 

Education Specialist                                       Mrs. Jacqueline Kelley           774-5197, Ext 2505

 

Student Support Services/Attendance           Mrs. Sheila McLeod                774-5197, Ext 2506

 

Child Nutrition Program Director                    Mrs. Sylvia Malone                 774-5197, Ext 2503

 

 

 

Ozark City Schools is committed to fostering meaningful and on-going collaboration with parents.  Input from parents is valued and encouraged.  Parents are urged to volunteer, serve on school and school system committees, call for information and visit the schools.  Parents are strongly urged to participate in the parent organization of the schools.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

                               

 

Accelerated Learning Center                                                                   22

 

Assignment of Students to Classes                                                           7

 

Automobiles and Motorized Vehicles                                                     15

 

Bicycles                                                                                                   15

 

Break                                                                                                       15

 

Building Based Student Support Team                                                     9                           

 

Calendar                                                                                                  inside front cover

 

Code of Student Conduct                                                                        17

 

Class I Violations                                                                    19

 

Class II Violations                                                                  19

 

Class III Violations                                                                 20

 

                                                Class IV Violations                                                                 20

 

                                Confidentiality                                                                                           7

 

                                Drugs                                                                                                      16

 

Due Process                                                                                            17

 

Electronics Devices                                                                                 16

 

Emergency Drills                                                                                    14

 

Early Warning Truancy Prevention Policy                                              12

 

Equal Education Opportunity Statement                                  30

 

Excuses                                                                                                   11

 

Federal Impact Aid Survey Cards                                                           23

 

Field Trips                                                                                               15

 

Flowers and Gift Delivery                                                                      15

 

Football, CHS Varsity Schedule                                                             24

 

Grading Scale                                                                                            7

 

Guidance Services                                                                                   14

 

Guidelines for Acceptable Use of

 

Electronics Information Services                                             22

 

                                Guidelines for Administering Medication

 

                                                To Students                                                                             13

 

Hall Traffic                                                                                              15

 

Homework                                                                                                8

 

Honors and Recognition                                                                         10

 

Important Information on Meningococcal Disease and Vaccine             23

 

In School Study (ISS)                                                                             22

 

Loitering                                                                                                  16

 

Lost and Found                                                                                         8

 

Lunchroom Behavior                                                                              15

 

Lunchroom Meal Prices                                                                          14

 

Lunchrooms                                                                                            14

 

Media Center                                                                                           14

 

Notice of Surveillance                                                                             15

 

Opportunity Academy                                                                             22

 

Out of School Suspension (OSS)                                                           22

 

Ozark City Schools Administrative Personnel                                          4

 

Ozark City Schools Plan on a Page                                                           2

 

Parent Conferences                                                                                   7

 

Parent’s Responsibility for  Their Child’s Conduct                                17

 

Parties                                                                                                     15

 

Progress/Report Cards                                                                              7

 

Rigor, Relevance, Relationships                                                                3           

 

Required Examinations                                                                             7

 

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973                                           9

 

School Activities                                                                                     10

 

School Visitors                                                                                       13

 

Selling Items on Campus                                                                        16

 

Sexual Harassment                                                                                  17

 

Smoking/Use of Tobacco Products                                                         15

 

Special Education Program                                                                       9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Information for

 

Thompkins Early Childhood Center                                        25

 

Joseph W. Lisenby Elementary School                                   26

 

Harry N. Mixon Elementary School                                       27

 

D. A. Smith Middle School                                                    28

 

Carroll High School                                                                29

 

                                                Carroll High School Career Center                                         30

 

STI Home                                                                                                 8

 

Student Attendance Regulations                                                              11

 

Absenteeism                                                                            11

 

Excuses                                                                                   11

 

Recording Absences                                                               11

 

Denial of Credit Based on Excessive Absences                      11

 

Make-up Work – Excused Absences                                      11

 

Make-up Work – Unexcused Absences                                  11

 

Student Tardies – Check Outs                                                 12

 

Perfect Attendance Award                                                      12

 

Religious Holiday Excuses                                                     12

 

Absentee Referrals                                                                  12

 

Student Clubs and Organizations                                                            10

 

Student Complaints and Grievances                                                        17

 

Student Dress and Appearance                                                               16

 

Student Fees                                                                                              8

 

Student Insurance                                                                                    13

 

Student Immunizations                                                                            13

 

Student Messages                                                                                   15

 

Student/Parent Signature Sheet                                                               31

 

Student Promotion and Retention                                                              9

 

Student Social Events                                                                              10

 

Student Transportation/School Bus Conduct                                          21

 

Talented and Gifted Program                                                                    9

 

Testing Program                                                                                        7

 

Textbook Payment Schedule                                                                     8

 

Title I Parent Information                                                                        10

 

Title I Services                                                                                          9

 

Transfers and Withdrawals                                                                       8

 

Use of Telephone                                                                                    15

 

Violations                                                                                                23

 

Weapons / Dangerous Instruments                                                         16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNMENT OF STUDENTS TO CLASSES

 

 

 

The principal has full authority to assign students to classes.  The information to be used in the assignments of students includes: results of the student testing program, teacher recommendation, previous placements of students, interests of students, other coursework of students, the emotional, social, mental, or physical characteristics of students, and teacher loads.  Students in grades 7-12 select courses in collaboration with guidance counselors and their parents.

 

 

 

PROGRESS REPORTS AND REPORT CARDS

 

 

 

Progress Reports – Progress reports will be sent to parents between the fourth and fifth weeks of each nine-week grading period.

 

 

 

Report Cards – Report Cards will be sent to parents at the end of each nine weeks grading period. 

 

 

 

GRADING SCALE

 

 

 

Kindergarten

 

Grade codes shall be mandatory in kindergarten classes in all skill areas, conduct, and physical education based on the following scale:

 

4 – Exceeding Standards

 

3 – Meeting Standards

 

2 – Developing Towards Standards

 

1 – Significantly Below Standards

 

Kindergarten grade codes are assigned based on portfolio assessments.

 

 

 

The following scale will be used in all cases where numerical grades are required.

 

Grades 1 through 8                                               Grades 9 through 12

 

A+           97 – 100                                                  A             90 - 100

 

A             90 – 96                                                    B             80 - 89

 

B+           87 – 89                                                    C             70 - 79

 

B             80 – 86                                                    D             60 - 69

 

C+           77 – 79                                                    F              Below 60

 

C             70 – 76

 

D+           67 – 69

 

D             60 – 66

 

F              Below 60

 

 

 

PARENT CONFERENCES

 

 

 

A student’s education is the shared responsibility of students, their parents and teachers.  Open communication is encouraged.  If a problem exists, parents are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher in order to resolve the problem as quickly as possible.  If a conflict occurs and the problem cannot be resolved, the school principal should be contacted.  Carroll High School parents should go through the student’s guidance counselor first to request a conference with his/her teacher.

 

 

 

REQUIRED EXAMINATIONS AND EXEMPTIONS

 

 

 

The Board believes that the periodic use of examinations helps school system personnel in evaluating student learning and achievement and provides a means for assessing the effectiveness of the teaching-learning process in the schools.  Therefore, the Board encourages principals and teachers to insure students are provided with meaningful opportunities to engage in the preparation for and completion of comprehensive unit/grading period examinations.

 

 

 

Respective school principals, in consultation with their faculty and staff, may develop and implement procedures for exempting examinations by students.

 

 

 

TESTING PROGRAM

 

 

 

The Board maintains that the testing program in the School System minimally shall consist of the following:

 

1.        Standardized tests for achievement, academic aptitude, and diagnosis of difficulties;

 

2.        Individual psychological tests and all other tests deemed necessary for identification, placement, and instruction in the Special Education Program

 

3.        Individual and group screening tests

 

4.        Teacher-made tests / system benchmark tests

 

5.        Vision, hearing, scoliosis, language, and speech tests;

 

6.        Alabama High School Graduation Exam;

 

7.        Others as deemed needed to administer the school programs

 

8.        School System tests in content areas;

 

9.        State Writing Assessment Tests

 

10.     End of Course Tests

 

 

 

 

 

CONFIDENTIALITY

 

 

 

Confidentiality of test results will be assured and information will be released only in compliance with the Education Amendments of 1974 (P.L.93-380) known as the Buckley Amendment.

 

 

 

HOMEWORK

 

 

 

The Board recognizes the importance of reinforcement for classroom activity and encourages an appropriate amount of homework.

 

 

 

STI HOME

 

 

 

Parents can view students’ attendance record, discipline record, and grades on STI Home.  Log-in information can be obtained by visiting your student’s school.  Some form of picture identification is required.

 

 

 

TRANSFERS AND WITHDRAWALS

 

 

 

In order to withdraw in good standing, a student must complete the following procedure:

 

1.        The parent/guardian must send a written notice to the school counselor or child’s teacher stating when the student will be leaving and where the student will be going.  Such notice should be provided at least one day in advance of the student’s departure.

 

2.        All textbooks and library books must be returned to the appropriate teachers as each class is cleared.  Lost or damaged books must be paid for when the books are returned, and all monies must be cleared.

 

 

 

TEXTBOOK PAYMENT SCHEDULE

 

 

 

All textbooks furnished free of charge to students and in accordance with applicable state laws shall remain the property of the Board.  A receipt shall be signed by each student upon issuance of any textbooks by school officials.  The parent, guardian, or other person having custody of the student to whom the textbooks are issued shall be held liable for any loss, abuse, or damage to Board owned textbooks.

 

 

 

Failure to pay the School System for a lost or damaged book within 30 days after notification will result in loss of use of other textbooks and/or non-issuance of other textbooks.  In computing the loss or damage of a textbook the basis of computation shall be a variable of 50% to 75% of the original cost of the book paid by the Board.

 

 

 

Reimbursement will be made to the students who relocate textbooks after payment is made to the School System and upon presentation of payment receipt.

 

 

 

CARROLL HIGH SCHOOL LAPTOPS

 

 

 

Parents and students will be required to complete an orientation session and sign the Student/Parent Laptop Contract before a laptop computer will be assigned to any individual student.  No user fee will be charged for the 2014-15 school year.  Students will be required to turn the laptop in at the end of each school year.  Computers must be in working order.  Students will be held financially responsible for items such as chargers and protective sleeves.

 

 

 

LOST AND FOUND

 

 

 

Found items should be turned in to the school office.  Students and parents should check school offices for lost belongings.

 

 

 

STUDENT FEES

 

 

 

Elementary Grades

 

In accordance with law, no fees of any kind shall be mandated for collection from students attending kindergarten through grade five.  Voluntary contributions may be solicited, grades K-5, only upon approval of the local school principal and the Superintendent.  Voluntary participation in non-mandated areas may require a fee for participation.

 

Grades 6-12

 

Reasonable fees may be charged for courses that are not required by the State Course of Study for graduation in grades 6-12 or required in student Individual Education Programs (IEP’s).

 

Student Activity Fees

 

Participation in school sponsored student extracurricular activities shall be on a voluntary basis by all students.  Fees to support school sponsored student extracurricular activities shall be approved by the local school principal or designee.

 

 

 

LOCKERS

 

 

 

Students in grades 7-8 may use lockers for a nominal fee.  Students are not allowed to share lockers with friends.  Problems with lockers should be brought to the attention of the Principal or Assistant Principal.  PE lockers are issued by the PE teachers/coaches.  A nominal fee will be assessed for lockers. Furniture and equipment such as lockers are owned by the school.  Lockers are under joint control of the school and the student and are subject to be searched.  The student, not the school, is responsible for items lost or stolen from them.  Students must keep their lockers locked, not inform other students of their combinations, or allow other students to use their lockers.

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

STUDENT PROMOTION AND RETENTION

 

 

 

The Board is dedicated to the continuous development of each student enrolled in the School System.  Principals are expected to assign students to the grade level suited to them academically and emotionally in accordance with the state and local courses of study and standards.  Students may be retained in grade when there is a measurable and/or observable lack of achievement necessary for satisfactory progress in the next grade.

 

 

 

Kindergarten

 

 

 

The kindergarten utilizes a developmentally appropriate approach to teaching and learning that provides ample opportunities for students to build foundational skills/concepts in language, mathematics, and socialization.  When a student is unable to demonstrate significant progress in these areas, the teacher, parent(s) and, principal will meet to determine the appropriate placement of the child for the next year.

 

 

 

Grades 1-8

 

 

 

Promotion to the next grade level will be based on meeting subject/grade requirements.  A student may be retained in grade if he/she fails more than one of the following three subjects:  Math, Language Arts or Reading.  Should a student fail any of these three subject areas for two consecutive years, he/she will be retained.

 

 

 

Teacher assessments, data from achievement and ability assessments, and attendance will also be considered in promotion/retention decisions.

 

 

 

Grades 9-12

 

The number of credits required to graduate is 24: 4 Math, 4 English, 4 Social Studies, 4 Science and 8 Electives/Other.

 

 

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM

 

 

 

Ozark City Schools will adhere to all federal and state guidelines required for placement of students in special education programs.  Parents are urged to participate in the special education process and to attend the IEP Team meetings if the student is determined to be eligible for special education services.  A Talented and Gifted program is available for students who meet the requirements for this program.

 

 

 

TALENTED AND GIFTED PROGRAM

 

 

 

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 to others of their age, experience, or environment.  These students require services not ordinarily provided by the regular school program.  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 principal at your child’s school.

 

 

 

SECTION 504 OF THE REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973

 

 

 

Section 504 is a section of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities.  To qualify for protection under Section 504, a student must have a documented disability that substantially limits his/her learning or other major life activity (e.g., walking, talking, breathing, etc.)

 

 

 

BUILDING BASED STUDENT SUPPORT TEAM

 

 

 

Ozark City Schools utilizes the Response to Instruction (RTI) model for intervention.  The goal of the RTI framework is to combine core instruction, assessment and intervention within a three-tiered system to increase student achievement and reduce behavior problems.

 

Each school has a designated school-based committee, called the Problem Solving Team (PST).  The purpose of the PST is to help assist classroom teachers in designing and selecting strategies for improving academic and/or behavioral performance for students experiencing difficulties in any of these areas.

 

 

 

 

 

TITLE I SERVICES

 

 

 

Federal Funds under Title I, Part A of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 are budgeted and expended at schools serving grades K-8 for the 2014-2015 school year.  The funds provide additional teachers and materials to assist students in meeting high academic standards in reading and mathematics.  Parents are encouraged to support their child’s achievement of the reading and math standards through classroom visits, parent/teacher conferences, participation in parent workshops offered at the school, and other volunteer opportunities.

 

 

 

Guidelines under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 entitle parents of all students enrolled in Title I-participating schools to request information regarding the professional qualifications of their child’s teacher.  These guidelines may be found under the “Parents Right to Know”, Title I, Part A, Section 111(h)(6) of the Act.  All schools in the Ozark City School system are Title I-participating schools: Thompkins Early Childhood Center, Lisenby Elementary School, Mixon Elementary School, and            DA Smith Middle School.  You may request information about the professional qualifications of your child’s teacher(s) by contacting the school’s office.  Information will be mailed to you or you may make arrangements to pick up the information at the school office.

 

 

 

TITLE I PARENT INFORMATION

 

 

 

Parents should develop knowledge related to the Title I programs in the following areas:

 

1.                    Each school conducts an annual Title I meeting to explain the purpose and offerings of the Title I program.  It is usually at the beginning of the school year.

 

2.                    The school system’s Title I plan is monitored by a system wide advisory committee.  Information related to the advisory committee meetings may be obtained by contacting the superintendent’s office.

 

3.                    Title I programs must operate consistently with the school Continuous Improvement Plan (CIP) and be evaluated annually for performance.  The CIP is available for review in the school office.

 

4.                    Each school’s Title I plan is created by a school planning team, which includes parents.  For information about joining this planning team, contact the school office.

 

5.                    Each school is required to offer opportunities for parent involvement and training.  Watch for these events and plan to participate.

 

6.                    Each family of a child in a Title I school must sign a school/parent compact.  The compact explains how the school and parent will work together to improve educational opportunities for the child.

 

7.                    Parents are encouraged to volunteer in Title I schools.  For information on services needed, contact the school office.

 

8.                    The curriculum in Title I schools follows the Plan 20-20 Course of Study.  For more information on the Course of Study, contact your child’s teacher.

 

9.                    Title I schools are required to offer beyond the regular school day such as Kindergarten Summer School and extended-day tutoring for grades 1-8.  For information related to services available at your child’s school contact the school office.

 

10.                 Copies of the district’s Title I Parent Involvement plan are available for review in the central office, and on the school system website.  School level Parent Involvement Plans are available for review at the schools and on the school’s website.

 

 

 

SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

A school activity is defined as any educational experience or curricular or extracurricular event that is approved officially by the school principal based on the following criteria: it is scheduled by the school principal, and the school principal has made specific assignments to an employee(s) of the Board to teach, coordinate, monitor, advise, sponsor, and chaperone said activity as a part of employment responsibilities. A variety of age appropriate activities are available in the school system. At the middle school and high school, students are encouraged to participate in all extracurricular programs. Sponsors, directors, and coaches will be available throughout the year to meet with any interested student to fully inform him/her about their program.

 

 

 

STUDENT CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS

 

 

 

The Board encourages school-sponsored clubs and organizations that are directly related to the school curriculum and operate for the welfare and the best interest of the students and the schools.

 

 

 

All school-sponsored clubs and organizations shall be under the direct control of the local school principal or his/her designated representative.

 

 

 

Such clubs and organizations shall not be affiliated or associated with any political or religious organization or any organization that denies membership on the basis of race, creed, color, disability, or national origin.

 

 

 

STUDENT SOCIAL EVENTS

 

 

 

All social events sponsored by the school shall be under the control of the school principal and/or designee.  All such events shall be held in accordance with such rules and regulations as may be developed by the principal, superintendent and the Board.

 

 

 

 

 

HONORS AND RECOGNITION

 

 

 

Each school has specific programs in place to recognize student achievement.   Honor Rolls are determined by the following criteria:

 

“A” Honor Roll – Student must attain a nine weeks average of 90 or better in each class.  To make the “A” Honor Roll for the year, the student must attain and maintain an average of 90 for each grading period.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STUDENT ATTENDANCE REGULATIONS

 

 

 

The Board believes that regular attendance is important to students and to the School System.  Regular attendance by students facilitates development of the skills and knowledge necessary to function in a democratic society.  Therefore, the Board endeavors to secure, in compliance with Alabama law, the prompt and regular attendance of students and to secure their proper conduct, and to hold respective parents/guardians responsible and liable for child’s/children’s non-attendance or improper conduct.

 

Further, the Board directs that teachers and other applicable personnel shall maintain attendance records in accordance with directions set forth by Alabama laws, State Board of Education policies, State Department of Education regulations and Board policy.

 

ABSENTEEISM

 

 

 

School Day – A school day absence is defined as non-attendance for more than fifty (50%) percent of the regularly scheduled school day.  To be counted present, a student must be present more than fifty (50%) percent of the scheduled school day.

 

 

 

Class – A class absence is defined as non-attendance for more than fifty (50%) percent of a regularly scheduled class.  To be counted present, a student must be present more than fifty (50%) percent of the scheduled class time.

 

 

 

EXCUSES

 

 

 

In accordance with State Law, a parent/guardian MUST explain the cause of every absence of students under his/her control or charge.  Every student MUST bring a written excuse signed by his/her parent/guardian within three (3) school days after he/she returns to school following an absence(s).  Failure to present the signed note within the time noted will result in the absence being marked UNEXCUSED.  All absences shall be designated as “excused” or “unexcused” in accordance with the following provisions:

 

 

 

Excused Absence – An absence will be marked as excused when the student presents an acceptable written explanation signed by his/her parent/guardian within three (3) school days upon returning to school, and the explanation meets one of the recognized reasons for absences as shown below.

 

 

 

Unexcused Absences – An absence will be marked as unexcused when the student fails to present a written explanation signed by his/her parent/guardian within three (3) school days upon returning to school.  An absence will be marked unexcused when the explanation fails to meet one of the recognized reasons for absences as shown below.

 

NOTE:  Principals or designees may require verification of any absence.

 

 

 

RECORDING ABSENCES

 

 

 

All absences for the following reasons shall be recorded as excused.

 

1.        Illness

 

2.        Death in the immediate family

 

3.        Inclement weather which would be dangerous to the life and health of the student, as determined by the principal

 

and /or Superintendent.

 

4.        Legal reasons

 

5.        Emergency conditions as determined by the principal and/or Superintendent.

 

6.        Prior permission of the principal for absences not to exceed three (3) days; absences requiring longer than three (3) days must be approved by the Superintendent.

 

 

 

DENIAL OF CREDIT BASED ON EXCESSIVE ABSENCES

 

 

 

Grades K-8 – A student in grades K-8 who accumulates more than 20 absences per year may be denied course credit and/or promotion based on rules and regulations established by the various schools.

 

Grades 9-12 – A student in grades 9-12, who accumulates more than eight (8) absences per term, per block, will be denied course credit and/or promotion based on rules and regulations established by Carroll High School.

 

 

 

MAKE-UP WORK – EXCUSED ABSENCES

 

 

 

If a student is absent for any excused reason as defined above, the student shall be allowed to make up all major assignments and other work missed during said absence or absences at a time agreeable to the teacher(s).  Teachers shall not be required to re-teach lessons, but students shall be given a reasonable opportunity to learn the lessons missed due to excused absences.

 

 

 

GRADE K-5 – The parent/guardian or student shall be responsible for arranging necessary make-up work.

 

 

 

GRADE 6-12 – The student shall be responsible for contacting the teacher or teachers to arrange to make up the work.

 

 

 

TIME LIMIT – The student must contact his/her teacher(s) to make arrangements for make-up work within two (2) days after returning to school from an excused absence.  Make-up work must be completed within five (5) school days not including the two (2) day arrangement period, however, for long-term absences,  additional days to make-up the work may be approved by the teacher(s) and principal or designee.

 

 

 

MAKE-UP WORK – UNEXCUSED ABSENCES

 

 

 

GRADES K-5 – Make-up work for unexcused absences may be approved on a case-by-case basis by the principal or designee.

 

 

 

GRADES 6-12 – Teachers may not provide make-up work or examinations for students absent for unexcused reasons.  Teachers may assign zeroes to students absent for unexcused reasons; zeroes may be assigned to such students only when other students in general receive grades for homework, examinations, recitation, etc.

 

NOTE:  STUDENTS ON OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION ARE CONSIDERED AS ABSENT UNEXCUSED.

 

 

 

STUDENT TARDIES –CHECK OUTS

 

 

 

All tardies shall be recorded.  A tardy is defined as a student’s arrival after the official time set for the commencement of a school’s regular daily activities, i.e. bell, homeroom, roll call, etc.  Tardies shall be considered unexcused time from class periods missed unless explanation is presented to the principal or designee by the parents/guardians that the tardy was for an excused reason.  Local school principals may establish and approve additional sanctions for tardies.

 

 

 

All check outs shall be recorded.  A check out is defined as leaving school prior to the end of the respective school’s regular daily activities.  Checkouts shall be considered unexcused absences from those class periods missed unless evidence is presented to the principal or designee by the parents/guardians that the checkout was for an excused reason.  Students must check out through the school office.

 

 

 

RELIGIOUS HOLIDAY EXCUSES

 

 

 

A student will be excused for an official religious holiday when the student’s parent/guardian notifies the principal in advance of the absence. Students shall be allowed to make up work missed during such absences. The principal and superintendent must approve request for religious absences in excess of three (3) school days.

 

 

 

PERFECT ATTENDANCE AWARD

 

 

 

Perfect attendance awards may be given by schools if a student has no absences and no more than two (2) excused tardies.

 

 

 

ABSENTEE REFERRALS

 

 

 

The following provision shall apply:

 

Teachers shall refer all cases of known truancy, parental neglect, and chronic absenteeism to the principal or designee.  The principal or designee shall refer any such students to the Truant Officer in accordance with the Early Warning Truancy Prevention Program.

 

 

 

EARLY WARNING TRUANCY PREVENTION PROGRAM

 

 

 

A parent, guardian, or other person having charge of any child officially enrolled in Alabama public schools (K-12) shall explain in writing the cause of any and every absence of the child no later than three (3) school days following return to school.  A failure to furnish such explanation shall be evidence of the child being truant each day he is absent.  The child shall also be deemed truant for any absence determined by the principal to be unexcused based upon the State Department of Education’s current School Attendance Manual.  The Interagency Committee on Youth Truancy Task Force recommendations known as the Early Warning Truancy Prevention Program timeline for reporting truancy shall define the truancy status of any student as follows:

 

 

 

1.             FIRST TRUANCY/UNEXCUSED ABSENCE (WARNING)

 

 

 

a.        Parent/guardian shall be notified by the school principal or his/her designee that the student was truant and the date of the truancy.

 

 

 

b.        Parent/guardian shall also be provided with a copy of Alabama’s compulsory school attendance laws and advised of the penalties that can be applied and the procedures that shall be followed in the event that other unexcused absences occur.

 

 

 

2.        THE FIFTH UNEXCUSED ABSENCE OR AS DEEMED NECESSARY BY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL OR HIS/HER DESIGNEE (CONFERENCE)

 

 

 

3.        The parent, guardian, or person having control of the child shall (1) attend a conference with the attendance officer and principal or his/her designee and/or (2) participate in the Early Warning Truancy Prevention Program provided by the juvenile court.

 

a.        Attendance at one of these conferences shall be mandatory except where prior arrangements have been made or an emergency exists.

 

 

 

b.        Failure to appear at the school conference and/or to appear at the Early Warning Truancy Prevention Program shall result in the filing of a complaint/petition against the parent under Code of Alabama (1975), § 16-28-12  (failure to cooperate), or a truancy against the child, whichever is appropriate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.        THE SEVENTH UNEXCUSED ABSENCE OR AS DEEMED NECESSARY BY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL OR HIS/HER DESIGNEE.

 

 

 

a.        File complaint/petition against child and/or parent/guardian.

 

 

 

 

 

5.        CHILD UNDER PROBATION

 

 

 

a.        The school attendance officer should be notified by the juvenile probation officer of all children in the school system under probation supervision by the juvenile court as consistent with state statute, Code of Alabama (1975), § 12-15-100 and 105.

 

 

 

b.        Where a child under probation is truant, the school attendance officer should immediately notify the juvenile probation officer.

 

 

 

TUITION

 

 

 

The Board may permit students whose parent(s) or guardian(s) are not legal residents within the corporate city limits of the City of Ozark to attend schools within the School System.  Admission is approved on a case-by-case basis.  The application process includes the following:

 

          Signed release from the superintendent of the sending school of attendance.

 

          All school records including the following:

 

-          Immunization records

 

-          Transcripts

 

-          Attendance and discipline records

 

-          Student evaluation results and/or records relating to special service

 

Tuition is as follows:

 

          $250 per semester or $500 per year for one child.

 

          $350 per semester or $700 per year for two children.

 

          $450 per semester or $900 per year for three or more children.

 

 

 

SCHOOL VISITORS

 

 

 

In order to maintain a safe and organized environment within the schools of the School System, all visitors are required to report immediately to the principal’s office upon arrival to a school campus.  No unofficial visitors will be allowed in the classroom during protected literacy time.

 

 

 

STUDENT INSURANCE

 

 

 

The Board may require a student in certain curricular or extracurricular areas to participate in the school accident insurance program or file with the school principal a statement from the student’s parent/guardian that said student is adequately protected against accidents that may occur while participating in said activities.

 

 

 

STUDENTS IMMUNIZATIONS

 

 

 

An up-to-date Alabama Certificate of Immunization (Blue Form IMM 59 or other Department of Public Health Form) against diseases designated by the Department of Public Health is required for every student enrolled.  Provided a student transfers into the School System from another school district within or outside the state, the Certificate of Immunization as defined shall be required before the student can be enrolled in any grade in the schools of the School System.

 

 

 

STUDENT ILLNESS

 

 

 

Students should be fever/vomit/diarrhea free for 24 hours before returning to school.

 

 

 

GUIDELINES FOR ADMINISTERING MEDICATION TO STUDENTS

 

 

 

Only designated members of the school staff should administer medication to students.  In cases of hyperactivity, attention deficit, seizures or conditions that are chronic or life threatening, appropriate school personnel may administer medication.  A physician must prescribe the medication and the Administration of Medication Form must be completed and signed by the physician and parent/guardian.  Forms are available at the local schools.  Medication must be kept in a secure location and proper documentation that medicine was given is required.  Medication must be in the original pharmacy bottle with the proper label.    Students may be allowed to carry inhalers on their person and self-administer the medication as directed by the physician.  This arrangement will be allowed upon written request of the physician and the approval of the principal.  Students found with medication not authorized by school officials will be handled as per the Code of Conduct.

 

 

 

Invasive procedures, including but not limited to, tracheotomy care, gastrostomy tube feeding, and medication administration by injection or other means shall be provided only by a registered nurse or by a licensed practical nurse under the supervision of a registered nurse and with written authorization from the physician and parent.  No over-the-counter medicines will be available.  If a child needs over-the-counter medicine, parents must send the medicine in the original container accompanied by a completed and signed parent authorization form.

 

GUIDANCE SERVICES

 

 

 

A trained counselor is available to work with students needing or wanting help.  Any student who wishes to see the counselor need only ask in the Guidance Office.  Visits to the Guidance Office should be made between classes, or before or after school; however, teachers may give permission for students to visit the Guidance Office at other times. 

 

 

 

MEDIA CENTER

 

 

 

The Media Center is open daily in every school.  Students are encouraged to use the library, media and electronic resources available.  Students are responsible for the care and proper use of all school materials, resources, and equipment.

 

 

 

EMERGENCY DRILLS

 

 

 

The School System has in place an extensive safety plan for each school.  Fire drills shall be held and documented at least once a month in each school.  Tornado drills shall be held and documented on a quarterly basis.

 

Fire Drills – An orderly plan for evacuation has been developed in cooperation with the local fire department and rules and regulations as may be set forth by Alabama Law and the State Fire Marshall’s Office.  Exit plans are posted in each school in all rooms occupied by students.

 

Required Procedure (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 designee of that school shall take all actions as specified in the approved safety 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.

 

Required Procedure (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 designee of that school shall take all actions as specified in the approved safety plan.  Under a tornado warning, students shall not be released via regular transportation plan, (i.e. car pools, private vehicles, etc.) provided the warning is in effect at the time set for concluding normal school day activities.  The student may be released during a tornado warning to student’s parents/guardians at the end of the school day, provided said parents/guardians come to the school and assume custody of their children.

 

Lock Down Procedure (Intruder)

 

Intruder drills shall be held and documented each semester.

 

In the event an intruder is identified on a school campus, the principal or designee of that school shall take all actions as specified in the approved safety plan.  A lock down will be signaled and all areas will be secured immediately.

 

 

 

LUNCHROOMS

 

 

 

Ozark City Schools participates in the national School Breakfast Program (NSBP) and the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).  These federal programs ensure that healthy, nutritious meals are available to students in all schools.

 

Payments

 

The Free/Reduced meal price program is available to students who qualify, and families are encouraged to submit an application each year.  Applications are available at all schools, and the Child Nutrition and Central Offices.  Parents are encouraged to pay for student meals in advance.  Payments received will be applied to the student’s account.

 

Charge Limit on Lunches: If a student runs out of money in his or her lunchroom account, school board policy allow charges  up to a maximum of $5.00.  Once the $5.00 limit has been reached, the student may no longer charge or receive the scheduled meal for that day, but will be offered a USDA approved meal which usually consists of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or a cheese sandwich plus milk.

 

Check Writing Procedure: School lunch accounts may be paid by check.  In the event a check is returned to the Child Nutrition Program office for non-sufficient funds (NSF), the school’s cafeteria manager or CNP Director will contact the parent or guardian to make arrangements for payment.  Any charges that the bank assigns to the school system will also be the responsibility of the parent.  In the event that a second check is returned to the CNP office for non-sufficient funds, the CNP office will not be able to accept additional checks from the family for the remainder of the school year.

 

 

 

On Line Payments:  Parents may pay for student meals on line using MyPaymentPlus.  This allows parents to see account balances, set up low balance reminders, make payments, set up automatic payments and manage multiple lunch accounts for students at different schools.  To sign up at MyPaymentsPlus.com, you will need your student’s state ID number.  You can get this number from the secretary at your child’s school.  For more information, please contact the CNP office at (334) 445-3791 ext. 2503 or 2593.

 

Any fast foods containing logos are not to be brought into the lunchroom during school hours.  Carbonated beverages are not allowed in any school lunchroom.

 

LUNCHROOM MEAL PRICES

 

 

 

 

 

MEAL PRICES                                                  BREAKFAST                                                      LUNCH

 

Students (grades K-5)                                              $1.25                                                                   $2.00  

 

Students (grades 6-12)                                             $1.25                                                                   $2.25

 

OCBE Employees                                                    $2.00                                                                   $3.00

 

Visitors                                                                       $2.50                                                                   $4.00

 

 

 

LUNCHROOM BEHAVIOR

 

 

 

All students are expected to display appropriate behavior and use good manners in the cafeteria.

 

 

 

BREAK

 

 

 

Students are allowed to purchase snack items at school or bring items from home.  Snack items must be eaten in designated areas and at designated times.

 

 

 

PARTIES

 

 

 

Grades K-5 – Two parties will be held during the school year at the discretion of the principal.  No surprise or birthday parties are to be given.

 

 

 

FLOWERS AND GIFT DELIVERY

 

 

 

Deliveries of flowers, balloons or gifts at all schools are prohibited.

 

 

 

USE OF TELEPHONE

 

 

 

Students are not allowed to use school telephones at any time during the school day unless permission has been given.

 

 

 

STUDENT MESSAGES

 

 

 

Personal calls to students cannot be accepted through school phone lines.  These lines must be kept open for school business.    Students will not be called out of class to the phone, unless it is for an emergency reason.  Parents should make arrangements for appointments or alternative transportation before the student leaves for school.

 

 

 

FIELD TRIPS

 

 

 

When participating in a field trip, students are expected to exhibit good behavior and will be subject to the same code of conduct applicable to regular classroom activities.  Students must have a Field Trip Permission Form signed by their parent(s)/guardian(s) on file with school officials prior to departing on a school-sponsored field trip, either by school bus or approved private transportation.

 

 

 

AUTOMOBILE AND MOTORIZED VEHICLE USE BY STUDENTS

 

 

 

Students operating motorized vehicles on school premises shall do so in accordance with Alabama traffic laws and such rules and regulations as may be formulated by local school officials.  Students must not remain in their automobiles or other motorized vehicles after arrival on campus and must not return to them during the school day without authorization.  Students will be required to present evidence of an Alabama driver’s license and proof of current liability insurance before they are authorized to bring a vehicle on school premises.  Students will be required to purchase parking decals.  Driving privileges may be revoked or suspended for violation of rules and/or regulations. 

 

 

 

BICYCLES

 

 

 

Students must park bicycles in the designated areas.  Students are responsible for providing locks for their bicycles.

 

 

 

NOTICE OF SURVEILLANCE

 

 

 

To provide and maintain a safe and secure environment for students, staff, and authorized visitors, the Ozark City Board of Education uses surveillance equipment on all properties (including buses) owned and/or maintained by the school system.  Therefore, anyone on the premises of this property (including buses) is subject to being videotaped while on the property.

 

 

 

HALL TRAFFIC

 

 

 

Students are requested to walk on the right side of the hall at all times and not block stairways, restrooms, or other entrances to the physical plant.  Congregating in groups in the halls is not permissible.

 

 

 

SMOKING/USE OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS

 

 

 

The school system prohibits the use of tobacco in any form in any School System building, on any School System property, in any School System vehicle, or at any school or School System function.  The prohibition of the use of tobacco in any form applies to students, employees, or patrons in attendance on School System property.  Students and faculty using tobacco products will be disciplined according to the Ozark City School System Policies and Code of Conduct.  Parents will be asked to leave and may be barred from campus.

 

 

 

ALCOHOL

 

 

 

Students shall be specifically prohibited from being under the influence of, consuming, or being in possession of alcohol on school premises or school bus, or at a school function away from school, any alcoholic beverages as defined by state statues.  Students violating this policy shall be subject to applicable sanctions listed in the Student Code of Conduct.

 

 

 

DRUGS

 

 

 

Any student who is in possession of narcotics during school or at a school function, or who is involved in the use of narcotics and/paraphernalia during school, or who is involved in the use of narcotics prior to coming to campus, or who is involved in selling or buying drugs, or who is involved in selling “imitation” drugs, will be disciplined according to the Ozark City School System Code of Conduct.

 

 

 

DEADLY WEAPONS / DANGEROUS INSTRUMENTS

 

 

 

The possession of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument in a school building, on school grounds, on Board property, on school buses, or at school-sponsored functions is prohibited except for authorized law enforcement personnel and as provided by law.  In the case of suspected or known offenders, the Ozark City Police Department will be notified, and the appropriate disciplinary action will be taken according to the Ozark City School System Code of Conduct at the school and system level.

 

 

 

ELECTRONICS DEVICES

 

 

 

Inappropriate and/or unauthorized use of cell phones and other electronic devices is not allowed.  This may include, but not limited to cell phone use (placing or receiving calls, texting or sexting, taking pictures or video, etc.) during instructional time.  The first offence will result in the device being confiscated and returned to the parent the next day.  On the second offence, the item will be confiscated and kept 45 days or until the end of the school year.

 

 

 

SELLING ITEMS ON CAMPUS

 

 

 

Students are not allowed to sell any items on the school campus without written permission from the principal.

 

 

 

LOITERING

 

 

 

During the school day students are required to remain in designated areas.  Students are not allowed to loiter in any area of the school campus.

 

 

 

STUDENT DRESS AND APPEARANCE

 

Dress for Success

 

 

 

Students will not be allowed to attend school if their appearance or dress constitutes a health or safety hazard or disrupts the orderly operation of the school.  The Principal is responsible for making judgments in this area.

 

 

 

The following dress code shall be applicable to students in grades K through 12 in all schools of the School System.

 

 

 

1.             Shoes are required. 

 

2.             Shoes with laces must be tied.

 

3.             Jewelry that creates hazardous conditions shall not be worn (studded bracelets, etc.)

 

4.             Eyeglasses with tinted lenses may not be worn inside the buildings except for medical reasons.

 

5.             Hair shall be neat and clean.

 

6.             Hats, caps, or head coverings shall not be worn in buildings.

 

7.             Unbuckled belts or suspenders are not allowed.

 

8.             Halter tops, spaghetti straps, tank tops, togas, hospital gowns, pajama outfits, bedroom slippers are not allowed.

 

9.             Costumes or uniforms are not allowed except when approved.

 

10.           See-through shirts, blouses (to include athletic jerseys), plunging necklines, excessively tight shirts, or clothes that bare

 

the midriff are not allowed.

 

11.           Decals, slogans, or sayings on clothes that contain references to illegal or immoral behaviors are not allowed.

 

12.           Decals, slogans, or sayings on clothes that advertise alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs are not allowed.

 

13.           Lewd or vulgar sayings on clothing are not allowed.

 

14.           Skin-tight clothes are not allowed.

 

15.           Shorts or dresses shorter than the mid-thigh in length in both the front and back are not allowed (splits in skirts

 

should not be higher than mid- thigh).

 

16.           Sagging pants are not allowed.  Oversized pants or pants not worn at the waist are not allowed.

 

17.           Clothes with gaping holes or tears that reveal undergarments or skin above the knee are not allowed.

 

18.           Male students are required to tuck in all shirts.  Shirts must be tucked in all around the waist so that belt loops and/or

 

                waistband is visible. * Belts are recommended with pants that have belt loops.

 

19.           Body piercing of any kind other than for normal earring wear is not allowed. 

 

20.           Tennis shoes must be worn in PE.

 

21.           Undergarments are required.

 

22.           Oversized clothing including: pants, coats, jackets, “hoodies”, sweatshirts, etc. are not allowed.

 

23.           Full-length coats will not be worn inside the school building.

 

 

 

* Developmentally appropriate implementation will occur in the primary grades.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

 

 

 

The Board of Education will not tolerate any form of sexual harassment. Harassment of any type should be reported to a counselor, teacher, or administrator as soon as possible. The Superintendent or designee will investigate any complaint of sexual harassment. Any student involved in the harassing of another student, faculty members, etc. will be disciplined according to the Code of Conduct.

 

 

 

DUE PROCESS

 

Informal Due Process

 

Short Term Suspension (fewer than 10 days in any given semester)

 

When a student is facing possible short-term suspension, the principal or designee shall insure the following minimal formal due process procedures are accorded the student:

 

1.  The student shall be given oral or written notice of the charge(s) against him/her.

 

2.  The evidence supporting the charge(s) shall be explained to the student.

 

3.  The student shall be given an opportunity to present his/her own version of the facts concerning the charges(s).

 

The disciplining authority (principal or designee) may immediately impose appropriate discipline measures, in accordance with Board guidelines, following the informal due process hearing stated above.

 

Formal Due Process –

 

Long Term Suspension (more than ten (10) days per offense during any given term) or Expulsion.

 

1.  The right to a due process hearing.

 

2.  The right to a written notice of charge(s).

 

3.  The right to notification of the hearing date, time, and place.

 

4.  The right to be represented by counsel at the hearing.

 

5.  The right to a written record of the Board’s decision.

 

 

 

STUDENT COMPLAINTS AND GRIEVANCES

 

 

 

The procedure to follow by any student regarding a personal grievance is to discuss the matter with a teacher or other employee directly involved.  When the nature of the grievance dictates otherwise, the student, upon notifying the teacher or other employee directly involved, may request a meeting with the school principal.

 

It is expected that most grievances will be resolved satisfactorily at this level.  However, in the event of an unsatisfactory resolution to the grievance, the student through his/her parent(s)/guardian(s) may, within five (5) school days after receiving the unsatisfactory decision, appeal the grievance to the Superintendent and then to the board.

 

 

 

PARENT’S RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR CHILD’S CONDUCT

 

 

 

The Board hereby advises parent(s)/guardian(s) of their responsibility for the conduct of their child(ren) based on Legislative Act No. 93-672 that amends Section 16-28-12 of The Code of Alabama, 1975, amended to read as follows:

 

“(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 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 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 or 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 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 him 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 or designee shall report such 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.”

 

 

 

OZARK CITY SCHOOLS K-12 CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT

 

 

 

ATTENDANCE

 

Student Responsibilities Are:

 

To abide by laws and Board of Education and individual school rules and policies regarding attendance.

 

To be punctual and regular in attendance.

 

To promptly request and complete make-up assignments for excused absences or tardies.

 

Student Rights Are:

 

To be informed of Board of Education and individual school rules and policies regarding school attendance, including policies and rules regarding absences, tardies, truancies and related programs, checkouts, make-up work and school sponsored activities.

 

To be provided with make-up assignments for excused absences or tardies.

 

 

 

RESPECT FOR PERSON, PRIVACY AND PROPERTY

 

Student Responsibilities Are:

 

To abide by laws and Board of Education and individual school rules and policies regarding respect for person, privacy, and property.

 

To respect the recognized rights of others.

 

To attend school and related activities without bringing items prohibited by law or the Board of Education policy or which will detract from the educational process.

 

To respect the property rights of those at school and the general public.

 

Student Rights Are:

 

To be informed of laws and Board of Education and individual school rules and policies regarding respect for person, privacy, and property.

 

 

 

KNOWLEDGE AND OBSERVATION OF RULES OF CONDUCT

 

Student Responsibilities Are:

 

To abide by laws and Board of Education and individual school rules and policies regarding rules of conduct.

 

To document receipt of the Code of Student Conduct with his/her signature.

 

Student Rights Are:

 

To be informed of Board of Education and individual school rules and policies regarding rules of conduct.

 

To be informed as to the specific grounds of the violation(s) of the Board of Education’s Code of Conduct.

 

THE RIGHT TO LEARN

 

Student Responsibilities Are:

 

To abide by laws and Board of Education and individual school rules and policies regarding the right to learn.

 

To take advantage of appropriate opportunities provided for learning.

 

To avoid hindering the teaching process.

 

To seek assistance, if needed, to aid learning.

 

Student Rights Are:

 

To be informed of laws and Board of Education and individual school rules and policies regarding the right to learn.

 

To be provided a safe school environment free of tobacco products, illegal drugs, alcohol, or weapons.

 

To be provided appropriate instructors, instruction, materials, and equipment to take advantage of the opportunity to learn.

 

 

 

FREE SPEECH

 

Student Responsibilities Are:

 

To abide by laws and Board of Education and individual school rules and policies regarding free speech.

 

To be courteous of the views of others.

 

Student Rights Are:

 

To be informed of laws and Board of Education and individual school rules and policies regarding free speech.

 

To express disagreement or concerns regarding the operation of the school in a constructive manner taking into account the rights of others, consistent with the established educational process.

 

 

 

STUDENT PUBLICATIONS

 

Student Responsibilities Are:

 

To abide by laws and Board of Education and individual school rules and policies regarding student publications.

 

To communicate in a respectful manner consistent with good education practices.

 

To seek accurate and complete information on the topics approved for publication.

 

To observe the accepted rules for responsible journalism under the guidance of faculty members.

 

 

 

Student Rights Are:

 

To be informed of laws and Board of Education and individual school rules and policies regarding student publications.

 

To participate, as part of the educational process, in the development and/or distribution of student or school publications.

 

 

 

ASSEMBLY

 

Student Responsibilities are:

 

To abide by laws and Board of Education and individual school rules and policies regarding assembly.

 

To seek approval, plan, and conduct meetings consistent with Board of Education rules.

 

Student Rights Are:

 

To be informed of laws and Board of Education and individual school rules and policies regarding assembly.

 

To assemble in a lawful manner for a lawful purpose with prior approval by local school officials.

 

 

 

PARTICIPATION IN SCHOOL PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES

 

Student Responsibilities Are:

 

To abide by laws and Board of Education and individual school rules and policies regarding school programs and activities.

 

To be courteous and responsible at all school programs and activities.

 

To fulfill duties related to his/her participation in school programs and activities.

 

Student Rights Are:

 

To be informed of laws and Board of Education and individual school rules and policies regarding school programs and activities.

 

To develop and participate in student programs and activities consistent with local board of education and individual school policies.

 

To seek office in any student organization consistent with the guidelines and criteria established by individual schools and the character/constitution of each student organization.

 

 

 

It is fundamental that orderly schools have clearly defined behaviors to which students must conform.  Non-conformity to these behaviors results in violations of the Code of Student Conduct.  Violations are grouped into four classes (Class I, Class II, Class III, Class IV) that range from least to most serious.

 

 

 

Appropriate school personnel shall investigate, verify, and take necessary action to resolve student misconduct.  After determining a violation and the classification of violation, the teacher, principal or designee shall implement the appropriate sanction.  Violations apply to student conduct on a school campus, at school related events, and while being transported to and from school or school-related events. 

 

The principals in accordance with the classifications in the Code of Conduct will handle bus referrals.

 

A review of the IEP by the IEP team or the 504 Plan by the 504 Committee may be held for any student who is in special education or the 504 program and has serious or excessive referrals to the office.

 

 

 

CLASS I VIOLATIONS

 

1.01              Distraction of other students

 

1.02              Tardiness

 

1.03              School property misuse or abuse

 

1.04              Misuse of lunch tickets/lunch numbers

 

1.05              Chewing gum

 

1.06              Eating or drinking in unauthorized areas

 

1.07              Inappropriate public display of affection

 

1.08              Refusal to complete class assignment or to have assigned books, materials, etc.

 

1.09              Failure to follow appropriate directives from a Board of Education employee and/or classroom/school rules

 

1.10              Littering of school property

 

1.11              Possession of radios, tape players, CD players, electronic games, entertainment devices, etc. on school Board property without prior administrative approval

 

1.12              Sitting in or loitering around parked vehicles after arriving at school and/or when dismissed

 

1.13              Teasing/Name calling (Grades K-6)

 

1.14              Talking back (Grades K-6)

 

1.15              Non-conformity to dress code.

 

1.16              Any other violation which the teacher/principal or designee may deem reasonable to fall within this category after investigation and consideration of extenuating circumstances

 

 

 

All Class I offenses that occur in the classroom will be handled by the classroom teacher according to the teacher’s approved classroom management plan.  Students may be referred to the office by teachers when the teacher has implemented the classroom management plan.  Referrals to the office by teachers and referrals for offenses occurring outside the classroom will be handled according to the Code of Conduct.  A review of the IEP by the teacher and Special Education Director is required to be held for any student who is in the Special Education program or the 504 program upon three (3) referrals to the office.

 

 

 

CLASS II VIOLATIONS

 

2.01              Excessive Class I violations as determined by the principal or designee

 

2.02              Excessive tardiness

 

2.03              Unauthorized absence from class or school for part of a day; unauthorized absence from school for a day or more

 

2.04            Failure to follow class schedule and/or leaving class or campus without written permission

 

2.05              Refusal to give name or intentionally giving false information to an authorized person

 

2.06              Unauthorized use of school or personal property

 

2.07              Use of profane language or obscene manifestation (verbal, written, gesture directed toward another person)

 

2.08              Intimidating behavior

 

2.09              Dishonesty and cheating

 

2.10              Speeding and/or dangerous driving – exceeding campus speed limit or driving so as to endanger oneself or others

 

2.11              Providing false information to a Board of Education employee

 

2.12              Abuse or misuse of computers, programs, or technological equipment

 

2.13              Possession of cards, dice, and any other gambling devices or paraphernalia on school Board property

 

2.14              Defiance and/or disrespect of school Board employee’s authority; any non-verbal or verbal refusal to comply with a lawful directive or order of a school Board employee or to comply with school rules

 

2.15              Flagrant or indecent dress code violation

 

2.16              Bothering others (spitting, tripping, or other similar acts)

 

2.17              Inappropriate display of affection

 

2.18              Use of electronic pager, cellular phone, beeper or unauthorized communication device during regular school hours.

 

2.19              Unauthorized organizations – any attempt to use the school day for activities that are not school related, school sponsored, or approved.

 

2.20              Any other violation which the principal may deem reasonable to fall within this category after investigation and consideration of extenuating circumstances

 

 

 

For elementary students (grades K-5), first and second offense Class II sanctions may include:  parental contact, parent conference, student conference, loss of privilege(s), detention, time out, referral to outside agency, restitution of property and damages, withdrawal of privileges, Any other sanction deemed appropriate; for subsequent offenses, Class II offenses may include the same sanctions listed for first and second offenses with the addition of suspension.

 

 

 

For students in grades 6-12, Class II Sanctions may include detention, In School Study (ISS), suspension, alternative school placement, referral to outside agency (including the criminal justice system), expulsion, restitution of property and damages, withdrawal of privilege(s), and any other sanction deemed appropriate.  Special circumstances may warrant a recommendation for a disciplinary hearing with the superintendent and/or designee.  Students suspended may not participate in any school-related activities.

 

 

 

CLASS III VIOLATIONS

 

3.01              Vandalism/property damage – intentional and deliberate action resulting in injury or damages of less than $50.00 to public property or the real or personal property of another

 

3.02              Stealing, larceny, petty theft – the intentional unlawful taking or carrying away of property valued at less than $25.00 belonging to or in the possession or custody of another

 

3.03            Theft of property – the intentional unlawful taking or carrying away of property belonging to or in the possession or custody of another

 

3.04         Possession of stolen property – being in the possession of stolen property

 

3.05         Receipt, possession, or transfer of stolen property with the knowledge or reasonable suspicion that it was

 

stolen

 

3.06         Gambling – any participation in games of chance for money and/or things of value

 

3.07         Threats/extortion – verbal, non-verbal, printed, electronic, etc. communication maliciously threatening an injury to the

 

person, property, or reputation of another with the intent to extort money or take advantage of any person or

 

to force one to do any act or refrain from doing any act against his/her will

 

3.08         Trespassing or presence in unauthorized areas – willfully entering or remaining on any school property

 

without being authorized, licensed or invited; or after having been authorized licensed or invited, refusing to

 

depart when requested to do so by an authorized person

 

3.09         Repeated direct or non-direct use of profane language or obscene manifestations

 

3.10         Use or possession of obscene and/or pornographic material

 

3.11         Inappropriate touching of another person

 

3.12         Possession of and/or use of matches or lighters

 

3.13         Accessing or changing information in school computers or technology systems

 

3.14         Possession, sale, or use of a tobacco product

 

3.15         Written or verbal proposition to engage in sexual acts

 

3.16         Involvement in an altercation

 

3.17         Unjustified activation of fire alarm system or fire extinguisher

 

3.18         Possession of fireworks or firecrackers, etc.

 

3.19         Sexual harassment – written or verbal, or any transmittal of sexually offensive material

 

3.20         Bullying

 

3.21         Biting

 

3.22         Any other violation which the principal may deem reasonable to fall within this category after investigation and consideration of extenuating circumstances

 

For elementary students (grade K-5), first and second offense Class III sanctions may include:  parental contact, parent conference, student conference, loss of privilege(s), detention, time out, referral to outside agency, restitution of property and damages, withdrawal of privileges, and any other sanction deemed appropriate; for subsequent offenses, Class III offenses may include the same sanctions listed for first and second offenses with the addition of suspension.

 

 

 

Class III Sanctions for grades 6 – 12 may include detention, in-school study, suspension, alternative school placement, referral to outside agency (including the criminal justice system), expulsion, restitution of property and damages withdrawal of privilege(s), and any other sanction deemed appropriate.  Special circumstances may warrant a recommendation for a disciplinary hearing with the superintendent and/or designee.  Students suspended may not participate in any school-related activities.

 

 

 

CLASS IV VIOLATIONS

 

4.01         Arson – the willful and malicious burning of any School Board property or the personal property of anyone

 

on School Board property.

 

4.02         Robbery – the taking of money or other property from the person or custody of another by force, violence,

 

assault, or by instilling the fear of same

 

4.03         Burglary of school property – entering or remaining in a school board structure or on the premises of any

 

School board property with the intent to commit an offense

 

4.04         Criminal mischief – willful and malicious damage or theft in excess of $50.00 to public property or to the real

 

or personal property belonging to another

 

4.05         Bomb threat or other threats – any communication which has the effect of interrupting the educational

 

environment

 

 

 

4.06         Sexual offense – acts of a sexual nature including, but not limited to sexual battery, intercourse, attempted

 

rape, or rape

 

4.07         Indecent exposure – exposing a part of one’s anatomy that is offensive to others

 

4.08         Fighting – a significant altercation that involves physical interaction by one or more parties

 

4.09         Assault on another person (student, teacher, staff member, visitor, etc.)

 

4.10         Threat of battery or battery – the intentional touching or striking of a school Board employee, student, or

 

anyone else on school Board property during school sponsored activities against his/her will; or the

 

intentional causing of bodily harm, disability, or permanent disfigurement to a school Board employee,

 

student, or anyone else on school Board property or during school sponsored activities; or the use of a deadly

 

weapon

 

4.11         Inciting or participating in major student disorder – leading, encouraging, or assisting in major disruption

 

which results in destruction or damage of private or public property, or personal injury to participants or

 

others, or which disrupts the school environment

 

4.12         Possession of a weapon – box-cutter, knife, metallic knuckles, tear gas guns, chemical weapon or device, or

 

any other weapon, instrument, or dangerous object

 

4.13              Preparing, possessing, and/or igniting any explosive device including fireworks and firecrackers, etc. – preparing, possessing, or igniting on School Board property explosives likely to cause bodily injury, property damage, or interrupt the educational environment

 

4.14              Unlawful sale, purchase, transfer, furnishing or giving, or possession of illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia or alcoholic beverage

 

4.15              Accessing or changing information in school computers or technology systems to endanger or cause harm to another individual

 

4.16              Any other offense which the principal may deem reasonable to fall within this category after investigation and consideration of extenuating circumstances

 

4.17              Crimes as defined under the laws of the City of Ozark, the State of Alabama, or the United States of America

 

4.18              Sexual harassment – Written or verbal or any transmittal of sexually offensive material that represents criminal misbehavior.

 

4.19              Habitual offender – a student who commits five (5) Class II or III offenses in any combination (note:  a manifestation hearing is required to be held for any student who is in the Special Education program or the 504 program upon three (3) Class II or III offenses in any combination)

 

 

 

Class IV offenses for students in grades K-12 shall be reported to the designated law enforcement agency by the principal.  Parents will be notified and students in grade K-12 will be suspended pending final determination of the facts by the principal.  A recommendation for further disciplinary action will be made to the superintendent by the principal.   The authority to permanently expel a student is retained by the Ozark City Board of Education.

 

 

 

Class IV Sanctions for students in grades K-12 will include:  referral to outside agency (including the criminal justice system), suspension, referral to ALC, and/or expulsion, withdrawal of privilege(s), restitution of property and damages where appropriate, and may include any other sanctions deemed appropriate.

 

 

 

STUDENT TRANSPORTATION/SCHOOL BUS CONDUCT

 

 No transportation changes will be taken over the phone.

 

 

 

Students shall follow the policies listed below when being transported via Board owned vehicles, including the activity buses:

 

1.                   Students should observe classroom conduct (except for ordinary conversation) at all times when getting on, off, or riding the bus and shall be subject to all school rules and regulations applicable during regular school hours.

 

2.                    Students will board and leave the bus only at an approved stop.

 

3.                    Students should not attempt to talk to the bus driver while the bus is in motion.

 

4.                    Students will not throw objects from the bus at any time.

 

5.                    Students are not to get off the bus at any time from the point of departure until they reach their destination, except in cases of emergency and upon notification of the bus driver by written note, signed by the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) and school principal or designee.

 

6.                    Students should not have their arms, or any part of their bodies out of the windows at any time.

 

7.                    Students should remain seated until the bus comes to a full stop.  Students should not move around while the bus is in motion.

 

8.                    The bus driver has full authority over students while they are riding the buses.  He/she will be firm but fair with each student.  Failure to obey a driver can result in suspension from riding the bus by the school principal.  The driver will report violations promptly to the local principal.

 

9.                    Profane, indecent, or abusive language will not be permitted.

 

10.                 Students must exercise proper care and treatment of the bus and bus equipment at all times.  Abuse and damage to the bus must be paid for by the student or his/her parent(s)/guardian(s).

 

11.                 The principal is authorized to suspend a student’s transportation privilege (to which transportation is not provided by the Board) due to misconduct or misbehavior while en-route to and from school.

 

 

 

The Board as a service provides transportation for selected activities to the students of the School System.  The Board reserves the right to deny a student or students the privilege of being transported at public expense, provided the policies and school rules and regulations outlined above are not followed.It should also be noted that any student who accumulates more than three bus suspensions during the year may be denied bus riding privileges for the remainder of the school term.

 

 

 

IN SCHOOL STUDY (ISS)

 

 

 

In School Study is a disciplinary option available for students in grades 6-12 who are in violation of Board policy and/or school rules and regulations.  Students are removed from their regular classroom activities but remain in an in-school setting.

 

 

 

OUT OF SCHOOL SUSPENSION (OSS)

 

 

 

Out of School Suspension is a disciplinary option at all schools for violations of the Code of Conduct.

 

 

 

ACCELERATED LEARNING CENTER

 

 

 

The Accelerated Learning Center provides an alternative educational program.  Students in grades 7 – 12 may be placed in the Accelerated Learning Center.

 

 

 

GUIDELINES FOR THE ACCEPTABLE USE OF ELECTRONIC

 

INFORMATION SERVICES

 

 

 

Acceptable use of Electronic Information Services (EIS) of the Ozark City Schools requires that the use of EIS resources be in support of education research and the educational goals of the school system.  Electronic information services include but are not limited to network services such as the Internet, databases, electronic mail, voice mail, and any computer accessible source of information, whether from hard drives, tapes, compact discs, or other electronic sources.  Individual EIS users are responsible for their EIS behavior and communications, including their access to EIS.  Use of the EIS is a privilege that carries responsibility for the user.  All EIS users must understand and exercise responsible use of EIS.

 

 

 

EIS provided by the school system is the property of the Board of Education.  The school system may review files and communications and monitor system utilization at any time without notice or permission.  Users should not expect that EIS utilization, communication, or information sent, retrieved or stored via EIS, including electronic mail, or files stored on school system servers, will be private.  The Board of Education and/or the superintendent or designee may close accounts and review or delete files at any time.

 

 

 

All EIS users shall agree to strictly adhere to the following requirements:

 

·         User shall use EIS for educational purposes only, and shall not access or attempt to access any materials that are inappropriate to the educational environment.

 

·         User shall not use EIS to submit, publish, display, retrieve or transmit any defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, disruptive, discriminatory, illegal material or any materials harmful to self or others.

 

·         User shall not use EIS to harass, insult, or attack others.

 

·         User shall honor school system policies and the Code of Conduct while using EIS and while choosing materials accessed through EIS.

 

·         User shall use appropriate language while using EIS.  Vulgarities are not permitted.

 

·         User shall use only the EIS account and password assigned to user.  User shall use EIS only for the purposes authorized for user’s account.  User shall not attempt to access information that is not authorized for user’s access or account.

 

·         User shall not use/reveal any home address or personal telephone numbers or other confidential information about students or employees.

 

·         User shall abide by all copyright laws and regulations.

 

·         User shall not use EIS for commercial purposes, product advertising or political lobbying.

 

·         User shall not attempt to harm, modify, or destroy software or interface (hacking) with system security.

 

·         User shall not introduce unauthorized software into the system.

 

·         User shall not use EIS in any way that would disrupt the use of EIS by others.

 

·         User shall not allow anyone else to access the system by user’s account or password, unless user has authorization to allow such use by others.  Users are ultimately responsible for all activity under their accounts.

 

·         The user will not intentionally harm or destroy data and/or equipment.

 

·         User will not intentionally waste network resources (i.e. “Chain letters”, “spamming”, etc.)

 

·         User understands that many services and products are available for a fee and acknowledges the responsibility for any expense incurred.

 

·         User will not violate WebPages guidelines.

 

 

 

VIOLATIONS

 

 

 

Users who violate the provisions of the EIS Acceptable Use Policy may be denied access to EIS and be subject to disciplinary action.  Denial of access may result in removal of a student from a class where EIS is necessary.  Disciplinary action for student violations may range from an informal conference with the student and parent for minor policy violations, to transfer, suspension, or expulsion, and restitution for more serious violations.  When applicable, law enforcement authorities may be notified.  The Board of Education may pursue civil and/or criminal remedies against student violators and/or their parents as provided by law.  The Ozark City Board of Education, the Superintendent, and his/her designee reserves the right to establish additional rules and regulations as necessary for the efficient operation of Electronic Information Services.

 

 

 

 

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON MENINGOCOCCAL DISEASE AND VACCINE

 

 

 

What is meningococcal disease?

 

Meningococcal disease is a serious illness, caused by bacteria.  It is the leading cause of bacterial meningitis in children 2-18 years old in the United States.

 

 

 

How do you catch the disease?

 

The bacteria that cause meningococcal disease are very common.  The disease is most common in children and people with certain medical conditions that affect their immune system.  College freshmen living in dormitories also have an increased risk of getting the disease.  The disease is spread through exchange of respiratory droplets or saliva with an infected person through kissing, coughing, sneezing, and sharing drinking glasses and eating utensils.  In a few people, the bacteria overcome the body’s immune system and pass through the lining of the nose and throat into the blood stream where it causes meningitis.  Meningitis is a term that describes inflammation of the tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord.

 

 

 

What are the symptoms of the disease?

 

                    Fever                                                                                  Red rash

 

                  Headache                                                        Stiff neck

 

                   Drowsiness                                                                         Nausea and vomiting

 

 

 

Meningococcal vaccine: Who should get the vaccine and when?

 

MCV4, or the meningococcal vaccine, is recommended for all children 11-12 years of age and for unvaccinated adolescents at high school entry (15 years of age).  High school seniors should also consider obtaining the vaccine prior to entering college, especially if they are planning on living in a dormitory.  Please consult your physician or local health department for more information.

 

For more information on this and other vaccine recommendations go to:

 

 

 

www.adph.org/immunization

 

 

 

SCHOOL ENROLLMENT FORM FOR DRIVER’S PERMIT (CARROLL HIGH STUDENTS)

 

 

 

To obtain a driver’s permit, students should pick up the form from the guidance office, main office, or student office.  This form is required by the State of Alabama.  A student must be enrolled and attending school to keep his/her license.  If a student stops attending, notification will be sent to the Alabama State Department of Transportation and the license will be revoked.

 

 

 

FEDERAL IMPACT AID SURVEY CARDS

 

 

 

Each year Congress sets aside funds to be awarded to school systems that are impacted as a result of federal property being located within their geographic boundary or through some form of federal employment among parents of students enrolled in the system.  Impacted school systems must annually conduct a survey to determine the level of impact and qualify for the funds.

 

 

 

Ozark City Schools conducts the annual survey in the fall.  Every child in the school system will be given a survey card to be filled out by a parent/guardian.  The three most common areas of impact in Ozark include parents that live in government housing projects, civilians that work on government property, and uniformed service personnel living either on or off a military installation.

 

 

 

Every family in the school system must complete one of the survey cards for each child.  The survey date for the 2014-15 school year will be September 29.               

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 – 15 Carroll High Football Schedule

 

 

 

DATE

OPPONENT

PLACE

TIME

Friday, August 22

Fall Jamboree

Headland

7:00 PM

Friday, August 29

Elba High School*

Home

7:00 PM

Friday, September 5

G.W. Carver, High School*

Home

7:00 PM

Friday, September 12

Russell County High School

Away

7:00 PM

Friday, September 19

Park Crossing High School*

Home

7:00 PM

Friday, September 26

Ashford High School

Away

7:00 PM

Friday, October 3

Dothan High School

Away

7:00 PM

Friday, October 10

Wetumpka High School*

Home

7:00 PM

Friday, October 17

Stanhope Elmore High School

Away

7:00 PM

Friday, October 24

Northview High School

Away

7:00 PM

Friday, October 31

B.T.Washington, High School

Away

7:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THOMPKINS EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER

 

“A Bucket-Filling School”

 

271 Willa Circle             Ozark, Alabama  36360

 

Phone: (334) 774-4911      Fax: (334) 774-3825

 

 

 

MISSION STATEMENT

 

T =        Teach the whole child

 

E =        Engage students in meaningful and relevant learning activities

 

C =       Challenge students to become independent thinkers

 

C=        Create successful, lifelong learners

 

SCHOOL HOURS

 

Parent and student cooperation is requested in observing the daily schedule.

 

1.       School begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. Students arriving after 8:00 a.m. will be tardy.  Parents must accompany students arriving to school after 8:00 a.m.  Parents must sign the student(s) in at the school office.  Any parent or visitor must wear a visitors’ badge AT ALL TIMES when on school grounds between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 2:40 p.m.  Excessive tardies and/or absences will be dealt with according to school board policy.

 

2.       The school day ends at 2:40 p.m.

 

3.       Students may not be checked out after 2:00 p.m.  If you will be checking your child out of school, the teacher will need a signed note from you.  We will not accept transportation changes over the telephone.

 

4.       The school building opens at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast, students and bus riders.

 

5.       All other students are encouraged to arrive at school just before 8:00 a.m. and should be picked up promptly at 2:45.

 

6.       Students will be dismissed in the following order for safety reasons:

 

2:25 p.m. – Bus loading begins

 

2:40 p.m. – Car riders are dismissed

 

Thompkins Early Childhood Center is a Title I School, an AMSTI school, and an

 

Alabama Reading Initiative site.

 

Thompkins School has computers, Smart Boards, and web cams in every classroom!

 

 

 

PAC AND TOPS PROGRAMS

 

Our parent association is called the Parent Advisory Committee or PAC.  We encourage you to become a part of this program.  The PAC assists our school with fund raisers and other activities.  All funds and projects help with the improvement of the school program.  The cost is $2.50!  We also have an active parent volunteer program called TOPS (Thompkins Outstanding Parent Supporters).  We love our parent volunteers!!!

 

 

 

BUS TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION

 

Thompkins bus students will not be traveling directly to our school.  The bus delivers your child to the elementary school for which you are zoned.  Thompkins’ staff members will be on duty at each elementary school to supervise and assist your child in making the transfer to the correct bus that will deliver your child to Thompkins.  This same process will take place in the afternoon where the children will be returned to the elementary school and placed on their correct buses home.

 

·         We strongly urge parents to make transportation arrangements that stay the same every day.  Young children have a difficult time adjusting to change, and it is extremely difficult for a classroom teacher to accommodate different arrangements. WE DO NOT TAKE TRANSPORTATION CHANGES OVER THE PHONE!

 

·         If it becomes necessary to make a change in your child’s transportation, the parent MUST NOTIFY THE SCHOOL IN WRITING AS TO THE CHANGE.

 

 

 

PARENT/SCHOOL COMMUNICATION

 

Each student at Thompkins will have an OWL (Organized While Learning) binder.  This binder will be sent home each day and needs to be returned daily.  Any communication from school will be placed in this binder.  You may also send communication back to us in the OWL binder. A monthly newsletter (The Thompkins Times) and monthly calendars are sent to parents.  Each classroom sends home a weekly newsletter on Friday.

 

 

 

BUSINESS PARTNER – CB & T

 

TECC – “A Bucket-Filling School”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JOSEPH W. LISENBY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

 

860 Faust Avenue, Ozark, Alabama   36360

 

(334) 774-4919

 

 

 

MISSION STATEMENT

 

The mission of the Joseph W. Lisenby Elementary School is to provide an environment conducive to learning which promotes academic excellence, develops each child’s learning potential, produces responsible citizens, and enhances self-worth.  Lisenby Elementary School is an Alabama Reading Initiative (ARI) site and an AMSTI (Alabama Math Science Technology Initiative) school.  The school receives Title I funding and operates under a school-wide Title I plan.

 

 

 

PARENT/COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS & VISITORS

 

Volunteers enhance the educational experiences of our children through tutoring programs, mentoring, assisting in the library, helping prepare materials for classrooms, etc.  Please notify your child’s teacher or the main office if you plan to visit the school or a teacher for any reason.  All visits, conferences, lunches, etc. should be scheduled through the teacher or through the main office prior to entering the school.  Without prior notification you will not be allowed to enter for safety reasons.   All volunteer services must be approved by the main office and the teachers involved.  Upon arrival you will be required to sign in through the main office and wear a visitor/volunteer badge. We welcome visitors/volunteers and appreciate all you do to help educate our students and keep our school safe! 

 

 

 

LISENBY PTO

 

Lisenby Elementary School has a very active PTO program.  Each year the PTO assists the school with fund raising activities, hosting/working at Field Day, assisting with funding for field trips, teacher support, and school improvement projects.  Please consider joining the Lisenby PTO.

 

 

 

BUSINESS PARTNERS IN EDUCATION

 

Lisenby Elementary School welcomes the involvement and generosity of The Commercial Bank.  We are striving to increase our Partners in Education program.  If your business would like to become one of our partners, please let us know.

 

 

 

STUDENT ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL

 

1.     The first bell rings at 7:45 a.m. and the tardy bell rings at 7:50 a.m.

 

2.     After 7:50 a.m. your child is considered tardy unless the student has an approved reason such as a doctor/dentist appointment.  If your child arrives in the classroom after 7:50 a.m. the parent and child must come to the office to sign in the student.

 

3.     Bus riders arrive and are picked up from Lisenby School at the time designated by their assigned bus. 

 

4.     Car riders should be dropped off no earlier than 7:15 a.m. and must be picked up by 3:15 p.m.  Car riders are asked to enter school and dismiss from the north side of school on Spring Lake Bend.  Parents who are dropping off and picking up car riders are asked to go to the second entrance of Spring Lake Bend and line up along the road to enter the pick-up lane on the side of the school.  Students are dismissed only to cars with the appropriate number card displayed. 

 

5.     NO transportation changes will be made over the phone. You must send a written note to the teacher or come in person to make transportation changes for your child.

 

6.     Student dismissal begins at 3:00 p.m.

 

7.     No student drop-offs or student pick-ups are allowed in the bus loading/parking zone in front of the school between 7:00-7:50 a.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m.

 

 

 

ATTENDANCE

 

According to state law, all students are required to bring a written excuse stating the reason for an absence. This excuse should be given to the homeroom teacher within 3 days.  Three unexcused absences will be reported to the attendance officer. Remember that students should be fever/vomit/diarrhea free for 24 hours before returning to school. Students may bring a written excuse signed by parent/guardian for up to 5 absences per semester.

 

 

 

CHECK IN’S & CHECK OUT’S

 

If your child has to check out early, he/she must be checked out prior to 2:30 PM. No check outs are allowed after 2:30 p.m.  Early checkouts are considered unexcused unless they are due to illness or a doctor/dentist appointment.  Teachers are required to follow board policy on check in’s and check out’s regarding graded work that the student misses.

 

COMMUNICATION

 

Teachers communicate with parents through communication folders or binders.  Please check your child’s communication folder daily!

 

NOTE

 

Please read and review the Dress Code, Attendance Policy, and Code of Conduct with your child. Parents are asked to sign and return the form(s) at the end of this booklet.  Students are required to wear lace-up tennis shoes for P.E. 

 

The faculty and staff welcome you to Lisenby Elementary School!

 

 

 

 

 

HARRY N. MIXON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

 

349 Sherrill Lane, Ozark, Alabama  36360 

 

(334) 774-4912    Fax 774-1402

 

 

 

VISION AND MISSION

 

We are a community of world class learners dedicated to being respectful, responsible, and resourceful citizens of our community.                          

 

 

 

READING INITIATIVE

 

Mixon Elementary School has been an Alabama Reading Initiative School since 2000.  Each year teachers attend workshops to analyze data and plan our focus in reading.  Through this plan we hope to meet each student’s individual reading needs.  In addition, Mixon participates in the Accelerated Reader program.  Our school has been recognized nationally for the past three years for achieving Renaissance Learning Accelerated Reader Model and Master School status.

 

 

 

STUDENT ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL

 

1.     The first bell rings at 7:45 a.m. and the tardy bell rings at 7:50 a.m.

 

2.     After 7:50 a.m. your child is considered tardy unless the student has an approved reason such as a doctor/dentist appointment.  If your child arrives in the classroom after 7:50 a.m. the parent and child must come to the office to sign in the student. Excessive tardiness (3 or more in one semester) will result in disciplinary action. 

 

3.     Bus riders arrive and are picked up from Mixon School at the time designated by their assigned bus. 

 

4.     Car riders should be dropped off no earlier than 7:15 a.m. and must be picked up by 3:15 p.m.  Car riders are asked to enter school and dismiss from the main entrance and exit of Mixon Elementary.  The car rider line begins on Holiday Lane and will be led to the building by the crossing guard.  Please wait in the line to pick up your child.  Please display the car-rider sign in the front windshield to identify your car as a designated vehicle.

 

5.     NO transportation changes will be made over the phone. You must send a written note to the teacher or come in person to make transportation changes for your child.

 

6.     Student dismissal begins at 3:00 p.m.

 

7.     No student drop-offs or student pick-ups are allowed in the bus loading/parking zone in front of the school between 7:00-7:50 a.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m.

 

 

 

ATTENDANCE

 

According to state law, all students are required to bring a written excuse stating the reason for the absence.  This excuse should be given to the homeroom teacher within 3 days.  Unexcused absences and excessive tardies are reported to the attendance officer.  Early checkouts are considered unexcused unless they are due to illness or a doctor/dentist appointment.

 

 

 

PTO

 

Mixon Elementary is in the process of reinvigorating our Parent Teacher Organization.  The PTO is a fundraising and support organization that is instrumental in promoting and achieving student success.  Please consider joining our PTO.

 

 

 

PARENT/COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS

 

Mixon Elementary School has an active and supportive volunteer program for parents and community members.  Volunteers enhance the educational experiences of our children through tutoring programs, mentoring, assisting in the library, helping prepare materials for classrooms, etc.  If you are interested in volunteering at the school, please contact the school office or your child’s teacher.

 

 

 

NEWSLETTERS

 

Teachers inform parents of classroom news on either a weekly or monthly basis.  The official school newsletter, Mixon Messenger, is sent home at the beginning of each month to keep parents informed.  Please check your child’s book bag each day for daily planners, notes and newsletters.

 

 

 

SUPPLIES

 

Parents are asked to provide school supplies for their child at the beginning of each school year.  Parents are asked to replenish supplies as needed.  The school has a school supply store that is open from 7:40 to 7:55 AM each morning.  Students may purchase items including pencils, paper, erasers, folders, rulers, etc.

 

 

 

DRESS CODE

 

We ask that students adhere to the school system dress code outlined in the Student Handbook.  Tennis shoes are required for P.E.  Students who do not wear tennis shoes to school, are required to have a pair to change into for physical education.

 

 

 

The Faculty and Staff at Harry N. Mixon Elementary would like to extend the warmest welcome to you and your child.

 

 

 

D. A. SMITH MIDDLE SCHOOL

 

994 Andrews Avenue, Ozark, Alabama 36360

 

Telephone (334)774-4913   Fax (334) 774-0568

 

 

 

MISSION STATEMENT

 

D. A. Smith Middle School is dedicated to creating a positive learning environment and encouraging every student to mature academically, socially and morally through the adolescent years.

 

 

 

STUDENT ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL

 

Whether students ride the bus or are transported by private vehicle, no students may be on campus before 7:00 A.M.  Buses unload in the bus area and students are to report to the gym.  Private vehicles should follow the designated traffic patterns and drop students off at the gym.  Those students who want to eat breakfast should report to the lunchroom before reporting to the gym.  Students will not be allowed to wait in parked cars, classrooms or any places other than their assigned areas.  Students may report to a teacher for make-up work or tutoring if the student has a pass signed and dated by that teacher.

 

 

 

The bell to enter the building rings at 7:40.  Students must be in homeroom when the bell rings at 7:45.  Students arriving to homeroom after 7:45 are tardy and required to report to the office to check-in.  After three unexcused tardies, the student will be referred to an administrator.

 

 

 

The school day ends at 3:00.  Students are expected to leave the building immediately unless they are serving After School Detention, are doing make-up work with a teacher, or are attending a club meeting or practice.  Car riders will wait with supervision in front of the gym for their ride until 3:20.  Those car riders remaining after 3:20 pm will be escorted to the office to wait, and the student must be signed out by a parent/guardian.

 

 

 

FEES

 

Students in 7th and 8th grades will be assessed a $25.00 fee.  This includes a planner, a locker in the main building and a miscellaneous fee to cover several mailings during the year, including the last report card.  Students in the 6th grade are asked for a $15.00 donation to cover the planner and mailing costs.  Lockers for physical education will be available to the 7th and 8th grade students on a first-come-first-served basis for an additional $5.00 fee.

 

 

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

 

All 7th and 8th grade students are required to dress-out for PE.  Students must wear tennis shoes with socks.  Shirts must be dark colored, crew neck and loose fitting.  Shorts must be dark colored, loose fitting and at least finger-tip length.  No white or light colored shirts or shorts will be allowed.  During colder weather, students may wear loose fitting sweat pants.  No yoga pants or tight fitting sweat pants will be allowed.  No V-necked or scoop-necked shirts are allowed.  No jackets or hoodies are allowed.  PE uniforms may be purchased in the office.  Check with the office for price and availability.

 

Sixth grade students may dress-out for PE.  If they choose to do so, the student must follow the same clothing requirements as 7th and 8th grade students.

 

 

 

ATHLETICS, CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES

 

The AHSAA prohibits 6th grade students from participating in any competitive sports.  7th and 8th students may participate in a variety of sports including football, basketball, baseball and track for boys, and volleyball, basketball, softball and track for girls.  Both the SMS dance line and cheerleading are also available.

 

 

 

Most club meetings are held after school.  Parents must arrange transportation for students and must pick them up promptly at the designated time at the school office.  These students must be signed out before leaving the building.  Most clubs have membership criteria and some have fees.  Other activities include the yearbook staff and competitive academic teams in math and science.  The band fee is $30.00.  The Choral Club fee is $10.00.  The Drama Club and Art Club fee is $10.00.

 

 

 

                                                                   CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS

 

Art Club – (6-8)                                                                                       Honor Society – (7-8)

 

Christians on Campus (6-8)                                                                    Drama Club (6-8)

 

Science Club (6-8)                                                                                   Math Team (7-8)

 

Student Council (6-8)                                                                              Yearbook Staff (6-8)

 

Pep Squad (6-8)                                                                                      Choral Club (6-8)

 

 

 

 

 

CARROLL HIGH SCHOOL

 

315 Eagle Way, Ozark, Alabama  36360

 

Phone (334) 774-4915                Fax (334) 774-1865

 

Email address: chs@ozarkcityschools.net

 

Principal:  Patrick Brannan                                                          Assistant Principal:  Mike Stough

 

 

 

CARROLL HIGH SCHOOL’S MISSION

 

 

 

The faculty and staff at Carroll High School accept the responsibility of providing all students with the learning environment to prepare them for the future.  A sound foundation will be established to guide students toward their maximum academic, aesthetic, physical, social, and emotional potential.

 

 

 

GUIDANCE SERVICES

 

 

 

Parents should contact the appropriate guidance counselor to schedule a teacher conference by calling 774-4915.  Guidance counselors are responsible for assisting students with course selections, college and vocational placement, testing and individual problems which may impede the learning process.

 

Counselors: Wes Andrews- Student’s Last Name A-L and Cecilia Gregory- Student’s Last Name M-Z                                

 

ATHLETIC ATTENDANCE

 

 

 

Student athletes must be present for at least ½ day to be eligible to participate in an event that day or night.

 

 

 

LOCKER SERVICE CHARGE

 

 

 

Students at Carroll High School will be provided the opportunity to purchase a locker for $5.00.

 

 

 

CHECKING IN

 

 

 

Students must always check in through the Student Office when arriving to school after 7:50 a.m.  If the time missed is more than half of the allotted time for a block the time will be recorded as an absence.  If the time missed is less than half the time allotted, the time will be recorded as a tardy.  Parents must always check students in by either calling the school (774-4915) or by coming to the Student Office with their son/daughter.

 

 

 

CHECKING OUT

 

 

 

Students must always check out through the Student Office prior to leaving campus.  Checking out will only be approved after a parent calls or comes into the Student Office.

 

 

 

CARROLL HIGH SCHOOL CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS

 

 

 

Art Club                                    Choral                                                               Key Club

 

Band                                        Eagle Reps                                                       Math Honor Society

 

Biology Club                             Future Business Leaders of America                  Music Honor Society

 

Cheerleading                             Government Club                                              National Honor Society

 

Christians in Action                    Interact Club                                                      Publications - Yearbook

 

 

 

                                                                                   

 

 

 

Welcome to Eagle Pride Country!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CARROLL HIGH SCHOOL CAREER CENTER

 

227 Faust Avenue, Ozark, Alabama 36360

 

(334) 774-4949

 

(334) 774-8314

 

 

 

 Mission Statement

 

 

 

Carroll High School Career Center (CHSCC) is dedicated to preparing world class students for college and career. We achieve this through providing a rigorous academic learning environment that supports the way students live and how they want to learn.

 

 

 

CHSCC is dedicated to providing relevant opportunities for its students to learn, create, and develop. Our career pathways provide students with realistic learning experiences to help them prepare for future study or for the world of work.

 

 

 

Articulation Credit

 

 

 

Articulation agreements exist in many of the programs. These agreements provide students who successfully complete the entire program with the opportunity to by-pass specific college courses when continuing in the pathway of study at designated institutions.

 

 

 

Guidance Services

 

 

 

CHSCC has a guidance counselor who is responsible for assisting students with course selections, college and career/technical placement, testing and individual problems which interfere with the learning process.

 

 

 

Special Requirements for CHSCC Students

 

 

 

       All students are instructed in classroom safety rules and procedures. They are required to pass a safety test with a score of 100% before being allowed to work in the labs.

 

       Students are required to pay a fee to take each course. Part of the fee covers membership in state organizations.

 

       Students must ride the bus to and from Carroll High School to Carroll High School Career Center. Parents are not to drop students off or pick students up at CHSCC except to check in or check out. Student cars left in the parking lot at CHSCC will be towed.

 

       Students checking in late, may check in at CHSCC.

 

       Students who become sick or who have notes to check out may check out from CHSCC.

 

       Students who miss the bus from Carroll High School will remain at CHS for the block and will be placed in ISS during that block only.

 

       Students taking Agritechnology (Construction, Landscaping, and Turf Management) must have proof of hospital insurance or purchase school insurance.

 

 

 

CHSCC Clubs and Organizations

 

 

 

            Cosmetology Club                                Future Farmers of America (FFA)

 

            Drafting Club                                        Health Occupations Students in America            (HOSA)

 

            National Technical Honors Society         Skills USA

 

           

 

Equal Education Opportunities

 

 

 

The Board of Education is committed to a policy of providing equal educational opportunities for all students commensurate with their needs, abilities, and diverse cultural backgrounds. Further, it shall be the policy of the Board that no student shall knowingly be discriminated against in any education program or activity on the basis of race, color, disability, creed, national origin, age, or sex.

 

 

 

 

 

PLEASE SIGN AND RETURN THIS PAGE TO YOUR
CHILD’S SCHOOL (SEPARATE PAGES FOR EACH OF YOUR STUDENTS)

 

 

 

Please indicate whether your child has your permission to use the technology available in the schools.

 

 

 

Legal References:  Children’s Internet Protection Act of 2000 (H.R.4577, P.L. 106-554)

 

Communications Act of 1934, as amended (47 U.S.C. 254[h], [1])

 

Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (20 U.S.C. 6801 et. Seq., Part F)

 

 

 

________          My child may use e-mail and the Internet while at school according to the rules

 

outlined.

 

 

 

________          My child may not use e-mail and the Internet while at school.

 

 

 

General/routine information releases, photographs, videos, interviews, etc., relative to school administration, school operations, curricular programs, extracurricular programs, awards, honors and school activities may be released through the school principal or designee to promote such school functions.

 

 

 

I acknowledge that the release of such information may contain my child’s, name, picture, image or other information.  Please indicate below whether the school/school system has your permission to release such information.

 

 

 

________          My child’s name, picture, image, or other information may be released to promote school functions.

 

 

 

________          My child’s name, picture, image, or other information may not be released to promote school functions.

 

 

 

________          My child’s picture may be included in the yearbook.

 

 

 

________          Health information regarding my child may be left on a phone answering device or voicemail.

 

 

 

Corporal punishment (paddling) has been approved by the Ozark City Board of Education to be used as one form of punishment for certain types of behavior infractions.  Before corporal punishment is administered; an attempt will be made to contact the parent or guardian.

 

 

 

________          I do not want my child disciplined by the use of corporal punishment.

 

 

 

My child and I have read and understand the information contained in the Ozark City School Parent-Student Handbook.  If I have any questions, I understand that I may contact my child’s teacher(s) or the school Principal.

 

 

 

I acknowledge that I have read, understand, and agree to all terms as outlined in the Acceptable Use of Electronic Services guidelines.  I further understand that this agreement will be kept on file at the school for the academic year in which it was signed.

 

 

 

___________________________________                       ___________________________________

 

Student’s Name (printed)                                                           Parent/Guardian’s Name (printed)

 

 

 

 

 

___________________________________                       ___________________________________

 

Student’s Signature                                                       Parent/Guardian’s Signature

 

 

 

___________________________________                       ___________________________________

 

Date                                                                             Date

 

 

 

Please return this page by the end of the first week of school. Thank you!