This Student Code of Conduct and Handbook is distributed to all students at the beginning of the school year, is available online on the school web site at www.union.k12.fl.us, or a hard copy is available to view in the Guidance Office. This document has been prepared so that all students and parents may better understand the procedures and activities at Union County High School. It is the responsibility of the students and parents to review the information in this handbook in order for everyone to have a successful school year.
Phone: 386-496-3040 Fax: 386-496-4187
The Union County School District is committed to providing the best education for your child during this school year.
In accordance with the Federal Law, “No Child Left Behind Act of 2001”, if you would like information regarding the professional qualifications of your child’s classroom teacher or a paraprofessional working with your child, please contact me at 386-496-3040.
The information available to you includes:
a) Whether the teacher has met State qualifications and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction.
b) Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived.
c) The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree.
d) Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.
e) Information on the level of achievement of your child in each of the State academic assessments (this information was distributed in June, 2006)
We are looking forward to a very successful school year.
Dr. Chris Wood Mike Ripplinger
Principal Assistant Principal
Field of Instruction
Dr. Chris Wood
Sec., Asst. Principal
LTC Kevin Steverson
MSG Gene Black
School Resource Officer
Table of Contents
12-Procedures for Handling of complaints of Sexual Harassment 2.71
12-Speech, Assembly, Publication 2.80
13-HIPPA Privacy Rule
13-Identification and Notification of the Equity Coordinator(s)
13-After School Activity
14-Athletics, Clubs and Organizations
14-Clubs/Social Functions and Eligibility for Extracurricular Activities 2.10
16-Attendance and Enrollment Policy
Specific Responsibilities or School Principals
Driver’s License Privilege
General Policy Statement
18-Bullying, Cyber Bullying, Violence and/or Intimidation
18-Buying and Selling
18-Car Pick-Up Area
18-Care of School Property
18-Cell Phones/Electronic Devices
20-Computer Lab Study Hall
21-Statement of Zero Tolerance Policies 1.30
Statement of Zero Tolerance Related to Criminal behavior
and Victim Protection
Zero Tolerance Offenses and Definitions 1.32
22-Alcohol Possession, Use or Sale
Drug Possession (excluding Alcohol)
Breaking and Entering/Burglary
Motor Vehicle Theft
Threats or Intimidation
Other Major Incidents
23-Student Discipline 2.20
23-Corporal Punishment 2.201
24-In-School Suspension (ISS) 2.202
24-Out of School Suspension (OSS) 2.203
24-Expulsion from the School Bus
25-Alternative Measures for Students with Special Needs 2.206
25-Unacceptable Behaviors (Definitions)
27- Major Infractions
29- Severe Infractions
30- Disciplinary Actions
32-Student Dress Code 2.25
33-Driving Privileges and Student Parking
34-Drug, Controlled Substance, Alcohol and Tobacco Inspections
35-Enrollment (Transfers and Withdrawals)
36-Florida Virtual High School Online
36-Grade Forgiveness Policy
36-Grade Level Classification
36-Graduation Class Ranking
39-Illness or Injury
42-E-mail and Computer Use
46-In-School Suspension (ISS)
46-Lockers and Locks
46-Lockers and Locks (Gymnasium)
47-Lost and Found
47-Lunchroom Policy and Lunch Prices
49-Poster or Decorations
49-Report Cards and Progress Reports
49-Scholarships and Financial Aid
50-School Advisory Council
50-Student Contact/Sunshine Rule
51-Telephones and Messages
51-Textbooks and Instructional Materials
55-School Calendar 2010-2011
55-Important Phone Numbers
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT & HANDBOOK
(Student Code of Conduct)
This code of Student Conduct is directed at maintaining a school environment which is conducive to the overall learning process. The Union County School District has an ethical and legal responsibility for maintaining an environment within our facilities that is orderly, safe, and one that allows for fair and consistent treatment of all of our students.
All corrective actions are, at all times, concerned with improving a student’s attitude, behavior and conduct. The basic effort shall not be construed as punitive by nature; teachers should exhaust all informal disciplinary efforts before more formal efforts are instituted, except for major/severe infractions as stated herein.
The Union County School district maintains a “zero tolerance” policy for school related violent crimes and substance abuse. It is essential that Union County Schools be safe and orderly to provide environments that facilitate both learning and high academic achievement.
All Policies and Procedures of the Union County School District are within the jurisdiction of applicable School Board Operating Procedures (SBOP), Florida Statutes (F.S.), or Federal Legislation (U.S.C). Where possible, applicable policy or statute numbers are quoted within the policy.
1.20 NON DISCRIMINATION POLICY OF UNION COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
No student enrolled in the Union County School District shall, on the basis of race, religion, age, national background, gender, marital status, or disability, be excluded from participation in or be subjected to discrimination under any curricular, extracurricular, or any other school sponsored activity. This rule shall apply to all present and future course offerings and to all other school sponsored activities in which students are eligible to participate, subject to normal activity or course eligibility requirements.
The Union County School District complies with all of the following legislation:
· Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964:
Prohibits discrimination due to race, color, religion or national origin.
· Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964:
Prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion or national origin.
· Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972:
Prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex (gender)
The Equity Coordinator for the district is: Barry Sams 496-1300
· Individuals with Disabilities Education Act:
Sets the fundamental rights and procedures necessary to ensure that all handicapped children receive free appropriate public education.
· Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1975:
Prohibits discrimination against a qualified individual with a disability in a program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.
· The Florida Educational Equity Act of 1984:
Prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, sex, national origin, marital status, or handicap against a student or employee (Section 228.2001
· The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA):
Prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals with a disability by public and private entities in program, services, activities, and employment.
· Multicultural Legislation of 1991:
Provides for review of performance of students in various culture groups, and inclusion of multicultural education as a subject area of instruction and component of in-service training.
· META Consent Degree
Requires that all students with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) be appropriately identified in order to ensure the provision of appropriate services. Each LEP student is entitled to equal access to programming that is appropriate to his or level of English proficiency, academic achievement, and special need.
· Florida Human Rights Act:
Prohibits discrimination in housing and employment against individuals within the state because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap, or marital status.
· Florida Statutes:
Students, who, because of their national origin or LEP status, use a primary language other than English, shall not be subjected to disciplinary actions because of their use of a primary, native language.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
(FERPA), a Federal law, requires that the
· A playbill showing your student’s role in a drama production
· The yearbook
· Honor Roll or recognition lists
· Graduation programs
· Sports activity sheets, such as for wrestling, showing weight and height of team members.
Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent’s prior written consent. Outside organizations include but are not limited to companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks. In addition, two federal laws require local educational agencies (LEAs) receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, on request, with three directory information categories – names, addresses and telephone listings-unless parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their student’s information disclosed without their prior written consent.
You must notify the
school principal in writing by September 17, 2009, if you do not want the Union
County School District to disclose directory information from your child’s
education records without your written consent.
(NOTE: An LEA may include all or any combination of the information listed below:)
· Student’s name
· Telephone listing
· Electronic Mail Address
· Date and place of birth
· Major field of study
· Dates of attendance
· Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
· Weight and height of members of athletic teams
· Degrees, honors, and awards received
· The most recent educational agency of institution attended grade level
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. These rights are:
1) The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the school receives a request for access. Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal a written request that identifies the record(s) they with to inspect. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
2) The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes is inaccurate. Parents or eligible students may ask the school to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate. They should write the school principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate. If the school decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the school will notify the parent or eligible student of the right to a hearing.
3) The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure to school officials without consent. One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the school as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the school board; a person or company with whom the school has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or committee, or assisting an other school official in performing his or her tasks). A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
Student Education Records are forwarded to other schools that have requested the records and in which the student seeks or intends to enroll.
The Protection of Pupil Right Amendment (PPRA) affords parents and students who are 18 or emancipated minors (eligible students) certain rights regarding our conduct of survey, collection and use of information for marketing purposes, and certain physical exams.
These include the right to:
· Consent before Students are required to submit to a survey that concerns one or more of the following protected areas (“protected information survey”) if the survey is funded in whole or in part by a program of the US Department of Education (ED).
1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student’s parents;
2. Mental or psychological problems of the student or student’s family;
3. Sex behavior or attitudes;
4. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;
5. Critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships;
6. Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers;
7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents; or
8. Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.
· Receive notice and an opportunity to opt a student out of:
1. Any other protected information survey, regardless of funding
2. Any non-emergency, invasive physical exam or screening required as a condition of attendance, administered by the school or its agent, and not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of a student, except for hearing, vision, or scoliosis screenings, or any physical exam or screening permitted or required under state law; and
3. Activities involving collection, disclosure, or use of personal information obtained from students for marketing or to sell or otherwise distribute the information to others.
· Inspect, upon request and before administration or use:
1. Protected information survey of students;
2. Instruments used to collect personal information from students for any of the above marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes; and
3. Instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum.
· Collection, disclosure, or use of personal information for marketing, sales or to the distribution.
· Administration of any protected information survey not funded in whole or in part by ED.
· Any non-emergency, invasive physical examination or screening as described above.
(Student Code of Conduct)
These are important issues in schools, where personal information and services are shared and provided between agencies.
· Respect the legal privacy of others. This includes the respecting of the private papers and
information belonging to other students.
· Possession of another student’s private, confidential information without specific
authorization is prohibited, and will be considered a Major offense. (See listing of definitions and sanctions)
· Not to infringe upon others safety
· Accept consequences for possessions
· It is the responsibility of the student to take proper care of school property (books,
furniture, instructional materials/supplies, facilities, etc.). In the event a student is found to be responsible for damaged or missing materials, the student and/or parent will be liable for restitution to the school.
· Have legal privacy and confidentiality respected (Bill of Rights and F.S. 228.093)
· Contest any contents of record (F.S. 228.093)
· Waive their privacy and confidentiality rights regarding student records (FS 228.093)
· Allow others access to their records (F.S. 228.0930)
· Have in their possession legal materials
· Have an understanding of which materials are considered “legal”
· Search a student, a student’s locker or other possessions based upon reasonable
· The school will release records only as specified (F.S. 228.093)
2.60 RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF PARENTS
This Code of Student Conduct is established in order to facilitate proper behavior on the part of students of the Union County School District. It is the expectation of the School Board of Union County School Board that, for the most part, behaviors expected of high school age students are not that different from behaviors one would expect from adults throughout society. Moreover, parents and guardians have certain rights regarding their student that are prescribed either by Florida State Statute, or by Federal legislation.
This section of the Code is designed to provide parents a summary of basic rights (as well as responsibilities) they have regarding their son or daughter while a student in the Union County School District.
IT SHALL BE THE POLICY OF THE UNION COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT THAT:
· All adults (including parents of students) must sign in at the front office of the school at
which they are visiting.
· It is expected that Adult dress, behavior and language should reflect the same standards
expected of students. This includes that adults must wear shirts and shoes, and that they must refrain from smoking while on any school board property.
· Parents should recognize that due to age differences, schools often have policies that are
unique to that age of student. Therefore, parents are asked to respect policies that might be unique to only one school, even though those policies sometimes “seem” to be widely differing.
· No student is to be removed from any classroom by a visiting adult. All students needing
to leave school early will be sent for by a staff member and parents will sign for them in the Guidance Office.
(Student Code of Conduct)
2.70 SEXUAL HARASSMENT
The Union County School District forbids sexual harassment in any form. Sexual harassment among students and/or employees will not be allowed.
Sexual harassment has been generally described as:
· Unwelcome sexual advances
· Pressure or requests for sexual favors
· Other inappropriate verbal, written or physical conduct of a physical nature, when such
conduct “substantially” interferes with a student’s academic performance.
SPECIFIC OFFENSES THAT CONSTITUTE SEXUAL HARASSMENT INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, THE FOLLOWING:
· Verbal harassment or abuse of a sexual nature.
· Repeated remarks to a person with sexual or demeaning implications.
· Unwelcome or inappropriate touching.
· Suggesting or demanding sexual involvement when it is accompanied by implied or
(Student Code of Conduct)
2.71 PROCEDURES FOR HANDLING OF COMPLAINTS OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT
Complaints of sexual harassment will be treated as a serious offense by school administrative staff.
· Students needing to report alleged sexual harassment against a fellow student should
notify school staff.
· Students needing to report alleged sexual harassment by a faculty member or other staff
member should discuss them in person with the Principal, Assistant Principal or Counselor.
· Under no circumstances will an allegation of sexual harassment be used to affect a
student’s grade or participation in any student activity.
· Confidentiality of the student making the allegation of sexual harassment shall be
honored to the greatest extent possible, recognizing that the accused has certain due process rights that must also be honored.
· Substantiated charges of sexual harassment against a fellow student will result in
suspension and/or expulsion as per the Zero Tolerance Policy 1.301 (See definitions, “Threats” and “Sexual Battery”)
(Student Code of Conduct)
The United States Constitution guarantees to every American basic freedoms. Three of the greatest of these freedoms are the rights of Speech, Assembly and Press. The Union County School District certainly acknowledges these freedoms, and by policy will make sure that these rights are respected.
However, at various times in our nation’s history, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that, in certain circumstances, although a citizen might not ever LOSE any of these rights, it is entirely proper that these rights be “regulated”. In other words, no student would ever lose these rights, but the School District has a clear responsibility to make sure that our schools are orderly, and that the dignity and welfare of EVERY student are honored, not just the constitutional rights of any one student or group of students. Therefore, the following rules will be in effect throughout the Union County School District.
· Students may not slander, libel or defame other students or staff. Under existing statutes,
parents may be held responsible for the actions of their children. This includes libel, slander AND defamation of Character.
· Students may not discriminate in any way when organizing a new club, or while recruiting
for members for an existing club or organization.
· School officials have an absolute right to control the locations and manner in which
students are allowed to assemble on any school property. Such controls MUST be for the purpose of maintaining order, and may not be for the primary purpose of isolating or discriminating against any particular student or group of students.
· Express themselves freely. No teacher shall penalize any student for expressing a personal
opinion with which the teacher disagrees, unless that opinion is related to the commission or potential commission of unauthorized or criminal activity.
· Investigate all sides of an issue before deciding.
· Hear all sides of controversial issues.
· Students should also set an example for others, respecting the beliefs of others as well.
· Students have the right to form or change student government under the direction of a
faculty sponsor, subject to current school policies.
· The principal of each school has the final authority regarding the appropriateness or
inappropriateness of any action taken by any student organization or club.
· Students have the right to organize clubs or special interest organizations, subject to
current school policies.
There has been a change in policy regarding the HIPPA privacy rule. The rule goes as follows. Certain educational records can be shared with the district’s health care partners as needed to provide and evaluate health services to students. Any student that is medically treated by health care personnel at school, the student’s records, may be shared with school officials who have a legitimate educational purpose for accessing such records.
Identification and Notification of the Equity Coordinator(s)
Federal and state laws and regulations require institutions to designate one or more persons to coordinate compliance with civil rights protections. One person may be designated for compliance with all applicable laws; or separate individuals may be designated for specific laws.
Key Elements: Check for the following:
Regular notification to employees and applicants for employment, students, and applicants for admission, parents, bargaining units, and the general public of the name, title, address and telephone number of the coordinator(s).
**All athletes are expected to attend at least 4 complete class periods on game day. If an athlete does not attend at least 4 class periods on game day they will be unable to participate in that days sporting event.
Athletics, Clubs and Organizations: All student organizations must comply with Union County School District Policies, Florida Statues (F.S. 232.39, 232.40), and these policies as described below:
The following are expressly prohibited under policies of
· Secret Societies
· Hazing in any form whatsoever. This applies not only to clubs and organizations, but to all athletic programs under the authority of the Union County School District as well.
· No athletics, club or organization can turn down a student who has applied for membership because of his/her race, sex, creed or religious background.
· Dues that are unreasonable, or that intentionally serve to restrict membership to any one group.
· Any illegal activities by any organization.
· No organization may meet without a staff sponsor or designated replacement being present. All organizations must have a designated sponsor and that sponsor may override any vote of the organization. However, that veto should be used reasonably, and allowances for the wish of the membership should be made where possible under existing rules.
· All initiation ceremonies must have the specific, written approval of the School Principal and the organization sponsor prior to being held.
· No organization may hold a regular meeting of its membership until an approved charter for that organization is on file in the office. However, new organizations may hold up to two informal organizational meetings in order to determine level of student interest, so long as the organization has secured a faculty sponsor prior to that meeting being held.
· Fundraising by any student organization will not be permitted unless specifically approved by the principal and the sponsor.
· All social events shall be properly chaperoned.
· All students wishing to participate in any athletics, clubs or any student organizations MUST have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher as stated by FHSAA.
2.10 CLUBS/SOCIAL FUNCTIONS AND ELIGIBILITY FOR EXTRACURRICULAR
All Student organizations must comply with applicable Union County School District Policies, Florida Statutes (F.S. 232.39, 232.40), and policies as described below:
The following are expressly prohibited under policies of Union County School District:
· Secret Societies
· Hazing in any form whatsoever. This applies not only to organizations, but to all athletic
programs under the authority of the Union County School District as well.
· Dues that are unreasonable, or that intentionally serve to restrict membership to any
· Any illegal activities by any organization.
· No organization may meet without a staff sponsor or designated replacement being
present. All organizations must have a designated sponsor, and that sponsor may override any vote of the organization. However, that veto should be used reasonably, and allowances for the wish of the membership should be made where possible under existing rules.
· No club or organization may discriminate in any way as regards membership in that club
· All initiation ceremonies must have the specific, written approval of the school principal
AND the organization sponsor prior to being held.
· No organization may hold a regular meeting of its membership until an approved charter
for that organization is on file in the office. However, new organizations may hold up to two informal organizational meetings in order to determine level of student interest, so long as the organization has secured a faculty sponsor prior to that meeting being held.
· No fundraising by any student organization will be permitted unless specifically approved
by the principal and the sponsor.
· All social events shall be properly chaperoned.
· All students wishing to participate in any student organization shall provide
documentation that, for the preceding semester, they carried a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. They must also provide proof of a passing grade average in at least 5 of their current subjects.
1) Students must come to the attendance office before school to get an admit the morning they return to school only if the absence is excused. This also applies to classes missed due to signing out for early dismissal. If a student is late to class because they did not get to school on time, they must sign in at the attendance office.
2) Students have TWO DAYS to excuse an absence.
3) If a student is ill, they must have original documentation by a licensed physician, mental health professional, or health department employee attesting to the illness, infection with communicable disease, or injury to the child. Faxed notes are accepted only when faxed directly from the doctor’s office.
4) An original funeral notice or obituary accompanied by a note from the parent/guardian indicating a death in the family resulting in the absence of a child. The documentation must be submitted within the first 2 days of a student’s return to school for the absence to be considered excused.
5) Prior approval from the principal is required for school, church, or religious activities. The principal must approve any exceptions to the excused absence guidelines.
6) Absence due to the need to participate in legal proceedings should be documented by a note from the attorney of record, or any authorized court official attesting to the necessity of the student having been present in court on the day in question.
7) Absence due to religious reasons (either for observance, or a period of mandatory religious instruction as part of one’s faith). Written information from a pastor or priest must be provided to document such absences and the documentation must be submitted 24 hours prior to the religious observance.
8) A parent may excuse 5 days of absences by a hand written note documenting the reason of absence. A student may bring a note to excuse a tardy to school, which will be considered a parent note for first period. A parent note must include the following information: students first and last name, student number, date(s) of absence, class periods missed, reason of absence, and parent signature.
9) Students who have an on going illness that causes them to be absent are required to get written documentation from the treating doctor stating such condition, the student is under his/her care, and that the illness may cause excessive absences. This document must be updated every SEMESTER. If student is absent because of stated illness the parent must write a note stating absence is due to this illness.
guidelines for UNEXCUSED absences at
1) Absences due to out of school suspension.
2) Absences not related to student or family illness.
3) Absences not related to death within the immediate family.
4) Any absences, regardless of reason, for which written documentation is not provided within 2 days of return to school.
5) If a student is more than 10 minutes late to any class and does not have an excused note, the student will be counted as an unexcused absence for that class.
6) The school nurse sending a student home because of illness does not excuse classes or days missed. The nurse can not excuse any classes missed at any time during the school day.
7) Parent note for early dismissal does not excuse classes or days missed.
8) Appointment cards cannot excuse an absence.
9) Copied notes cannot excuse an absence.
10) Funeral notes without a written note from a parent/guardian will not excuse an absence.
Students who have 15 or more unexcused absences during a semester will not receive credit for a class regardless of their grade. Students with 11 to 14 unexcused absences during a semester and have a passing grade of 60% or higher must pass a mastery exam to receive credit for a class. The mastery exam is pass or fail. The mastery will not affect the student’s grade for that class. The student will receive grade earned. For more detailed information regarding what the state requires for attendance go to http://www.leg.state.fl.us, and read Florida Statutes, Title XLVIII, Chapter 1003, Part II, School Attendance (ss. 1000.21 – 1003.29 and 1003.436 definition of credit).
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2.01 ATTENDANCE AND ENROLLMENT POLICY
Philosophy: The Union County School District is dedicated to providing the best educational environment for all students in our county. Regular attendance is essential for students to be successful in school. We realize the primary responsibility for school attendance rests with parents, but we are dedicated to assisting parents in their efforts by providing them with timely attendance information.
It is mandated by Florida Statutes 232.09, 232.17, and 232.19 that our schools continually monitor student attendance and take the necessary actions to insure that all students are given the opportunity to receive the best education possible. The policies outlined in this document are designed to maximize student attendance at all Union County Schools.
STUDENT RIGHTS Regular school attendance is required between the ages of 6 and 16. It is the legal AND moral responsibility of parents or guardians to make sure that their children attend school on a regular basis. It is the policy of the Union County School District that students have two basic rights with regard to their attendance during the school year. First of all, each student has the absolute right to be informed as to current attendance rules. Second, each student has a right to appeal any attendance decision. Finally, students should have an expectation that attendance is kept up to date, and accurate records are kept by both teachers AND school administration as to number of days missed, and the types of absence for each absence recorded.
STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES: It is the sole responsibility of the student to:
· Make up all work whenever absent.
· Attend school regularly, be on time, and be prepared for class.
· Provide written excuses for absences within 24 hours of return.
· Provide compliant medical notes if requested.
· Disclose any previous pending criminal charges or notices of delinquency
to school officials upon enrolling in Union County Schools.
· Provide proof of residency if requested to do so by school officials.
SCHOOL RESPONSIBILITIES: It is the responsibility of the Union County School District
· Explain the attendance rules, and provide a written copy to each student.
· Inform students if they receive zeros for any absence.
· Allow a system of make-up work for excused absences.
· Notify parents or legal guardian if a student is absent from school.
· Initiate prosecution against parents or a guardian if their children are
determined to be truant.
SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES OF SCHOOL PRINCIPALS: Principals have the following rights and responsibilities
1. Principals have the responsibility of enforcing Attendance Policy and Laws.
2. Principals have the right to consider any and all prior arrangements in the case
of excused absences.
3. Principals have the responsibility of referring truant and/or disruptive students
for legal action and/or assignment to an alternative program as is deemed
DRIVER’S LICENSE PRIVILEGE: (F.S. 322.091)
As outlined in the student handbook and the code of conduct, regular and punctual attendance of all classes is required in compliance with Florida Statutes 232.0, 232.09. Schools are required to report to the Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) the names of minors between the ages of 14 and 18 who accumulate 15 unexcused absences within 90 calendar days.(F.S. 1003.27) Those students drivers license will be suspended along with their driving privileges, until they attend school with no unexcused absences within 30 calendar days. Students that are turned into the DMV for attendance issues will lose their driving privileges and will not receive privileges until they can provide proof of a valid driver’s license. The school district is also required to report all students who withdraw from school with a withdrawal code that is calculated in the dropout rate.
MAKE UP WORK:
Students will have two days for the first day of absence, and one day thereafter for each additional day of excused absence to complete make up work (example: 3 days excused absence will mean 4 days to complete all work). It is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements for completing the classroom work assigned during his/her absence.
The consequences of a student’s failure to make-up work within the allotted time following an excused absence are:
Teacher grade books will be the final authority in determining the number of absences for each student.
GENERAL POLICY STATEMENT: The Union County School District recognizes that individual situations will arise in each school that require the use of discretionary decision making by School administrative officials. Therefore, each principal is authorized to establish clear, specific rules that clarify or amplify these general policies, and publish them in that school’s Student Handbook. Each student shall receive a copy of those rules, and in no case shall those local rules supersede or exceed policies as stated in this Code of Student Conduct.
Bullying, Cyber Bullying, Violence and/or Intimidation: Acts of assault, any kind of bullying, violence and/or intimidation shall be reported to administration. No one shall engage in harassment or discriminatory conduct which creates a hostile, intimating, abusive, offensive or oppressive environment. This shall include cyber-bullying, intimidation/harassment, etc. Disciplinary action may be up to expulsion and/or may be reported to the proper law enforcement agencies.
Bus Passes: In order to ride another bus, you must have a bus pass. A bus pass can be obtained through the front office prior to school or during lunch. You must have a note stating which bus you will be riding, with whom you are riding with or destination, parent signature, and a phone number to contact the parent.
Cell Phones/Electronic Devices: Cell phones are allowed on campus but must be turned off before and during school and may not be visible. They may be stored in a backpack, purse, locker, vehicle, etc. Any cell phone that is seen and/or not in the “off “ position will be taken and returned only to the parent/guardian (which is listed on the student emergency card). Cell phones must be powered off and kept in a location out of sight upon entering the school building at the beginning of the day and throughout the entire school day.
If an emergency arises, please contact the front office immediately.
Students are not allowed to bring electronic devices such as radios, CD’s, DVD’s, headsets, pagers, MP3’s, IPODS, etc, on the school bus or on school property. If the wireless communication device is “powered on” it will be interpreted as being in “use”. Usage of a wireless communication device on campus upon arrival to school or while on school transportation at any time will result in disciplinary action. If any of the above items
Possession of lasers, digital or video camera NOT ASSIGNED BY THE SCHOOL, beepers and any electronic devices that can be used to compromise testing are strictly prohibited.
· 1st violation: Confiscation of device and returned only to a parent or legal guardian. A day of ISS will also be assessed.
· 2nd violation: Confiscation/only returned to parent or legal guardian. Two days of ISS OR One day of ISS with 3 swats will be assessed.
· **Any student who fails to immediately relinquish a cell phone or electronic device when requested by school personnel will automatically receive a greater punishment due to insubordination.
· *Electronic devices are brought to school at the owner’s risk. The Union County School District or their employees are NOT response for any devices that are damaged, lost, or stolen.
Class Dues: Class dues are $10.00 for all classes. Class dues will be due on or before October 1st of every school year. Dues will be paid for every grade level entered. Example: if you start out as a junior you pay your junior dues on or before October 1st. At the end of the first semester or anytime during the year you become a senior you will be required to pay your senior dues in order to participate in senior activities. This includes all grade levels.
Clinic: The clinic is located in the full service building. The full service building is located between the main building and the gym. The clinic will be available to students who become ill at school, receive an injury at school, or must take prescribed medication. No student will be allowed in the clinic without a pass. Clinic personnel must make contact with a parent or guardian before a student will be allowed to leave. All medications (in original packaging) should be turned in to the nurse or the health aide at the clinic along with an Authorization for Medication – Prescription and Non-prescription form. THE CLINIC DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICATION OF ANY KIND. Parents should provide the nurse with any information regarding health problems of their child in order for the nurse to share this information with the child’s teachers. * Please make sure you have turned in a current registration/emergency card and that it is kept up to date throughout the school year.
Closed Campus: Upon arriving on campus, students are not allowed to leave until the school day ends at 3:00 p.m. In order for a student to be able to leave campus, a student must be part of a supervised school activity or sign out at the Attendance Office. Students may not sign out to go to lunch nor are they allowed visitors at lunch. The campus will be locked down at 3:15 all students are required to leave the campus at that time unless in detention, with a teacher, club or organization meeting, or attending an athletic practice. Please see After School Activity Procedures for more information.
College Admission: To be admitted to a community college or state university in the state of Florida, a student must graduate from high school with the appropriate cumulative grade point average and earn a passing score on the ACT or SAT in the subject areas of Reading, Math, English and Writing for a state university, or CPT test for a community college. High school courses required for admission to a state university include:
English 4 units Math (Algebra 1 and above) 4 units
Science 3 units Social Studies 3 units
Foreign Language 2 units in the same language
Approved Electives 4 units
Further information about college admissions can be obtained through the Guidance Office.
Computer Lab Study Hall: Students enrolled in Florida Virtual School and/or Dual Enrollment courses may be scheduled into a computer lab study hall. In order to remain in the lab, a student must be continuously and actively enrolled in either a Florida Virtual School or Dual Enrollment course. Any student who is dropped from their Florida Virtual School or Dual Enrollment course will not be permitted to remain in the lab and will be reassigned. In addition, the student will not be allowed to enroll in the computer lab study hall during the next semester. The credit earned in the Florida Virtual School and/or Dual Enrollment course will be used as the grade for the computer lab study hall. Since credit is being earned attendance is still required, as well as the policies associated with student attendance. Any student receiving 10 or more unexcused absences in a computer lab study hall period will not be permitted to enroll in the computer lab study hall for the next semester.
Conferences/Class Observations: Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled at the request of either the school or the parent 24 hours in advance. There will be no conference appointments made on Mondays. A conference can be an important tool for parents to learn of the progress or their child. The student is often asked to join the conference. A guidance counselor or an administrator may also attend. If a parent desires a conference or to observe a class, he/she should call the Guidance Office at 386-496-4199 to make an appointment. In order to observe your child’s class, you must make an appointment 24 hours in advance. Parents or guardians may attend their child’s class provided that there presence does not disrupt the normal learning environment. The purpose of such attendance shall be made known to the teacher and principal prior to the visitation. NO parent/guardian visit shall disrupt the normal learning environment or program. Disruption of the program shall be determined by the action plan. Teachers encourage parents to volunteer at schools and participate in school activities. If a parent is scheduled for an observation, a visitor’s badge must be obtained in the front office.
Curriculum: UCHS offers a comprehensive educational program. We utilize a seven period school day. Students take seven classes each day allowing them to earn 7 credits each year toward graduation. Further information on specific class offerings can be obtained in the Guidance Office.
Credit Withheld: Students who have 15 or more unexcused absences during a semester will not receive credit for a class regardless of their grade. Students are still expected to attend all classes. Students between the ages of 14 and 18 who accumulate 15 unexcused absences within 90 calendar days will be reported to the department of motor vehicles and their drivers license will be suspended. Students with 11 to 14 unexcused absences during a semester and have a passing grade of 60% or higher must pass a mastery exam to receive credit for a class. The mastery exam is pass or fail. The student will receive grade earned.
Discipline: High School classrooms have set rules and consequences for discipline. Parents will be called if their child does not follow the classroom code of discipline. After this contact, if the child continues to be a discipline problem, they will be referred to the Assistant Principal’s Office on a discipline referral where additional disciplinary actions may occur. There will be a chart of discipline actions for infractions posted in the Assistant Principals office. Disciplinary action may include:
1. Warnings and calls to parents are given.
2. In-school suspension. Students may be removed from class or classes and assigned to in-school suspension as a result of misconduct.
3. Corporal Punishment (with parent consent)
4. Out of school suspension will occur if the above methods have not changed the child’s behavior. A parent conference may be requested before a child may re-enter school from an out of school suspension.
6. Non-attendance to school functions
7. Referral to law enforcement agencies
(Student Code of Conduct)
1.30 STATEMENT OF ZERO TOLERANCE POLICIES
Union County School District follows a Zero Tolerance policy for any offense that is determined to be violent, delinquent, or specifically considered to be a felony criminal offense by the Florida Statutes. This is true whether the offense is committed:
· During the school day
· Before or after school on school property
· During any school sponsored activity (whether on or off campus)
· At any activity during which the alleged offender is representing any Union County School
· On any Union County School bus or bus stop.
1.301 STATEMENT OF ZERO TOLERANCE RELATED TO CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR AND VICTIM PROTECTION
In accordance with F.S. Section 230.235, it is the policy of the Union County School District that:
· Any student of the Union County School System possessing any firearm or weapon (as defined in Chapter 790, F.S.) will be expelled from school for a period of not less than one full year, and he or she may be referred for the purpose of criminal prosecution.
· Any student who makes a threat or false report, as defined by F.S., Chapters 790.162 and 790.163 respectively, which involves the property of the school system, school personnel, school transportation equipment, or any school-sponsored activity shall be expelled from school for no less than one calendar year.
· At the discretion of school administrators, any such student MAY be assigned to an Alternative Educational Program for the one year’s duration
· It is the policy of the Union County School District that whenever any student of any Union County School is adjudicated guilty of, determined to be delinquent for, or is found to have committed certain violent acts as listed below, that student shall NOT be placed in the same school, ride the same bus, or participate in any way in the same school setting as either the victim OR any sibling of the victim. Under this policy, additional transportation costs incurred by any such reassigned student will be the responsibility of the parent or guardian of that parent, and not the School District [F.S. 231.0851(4)]
This policy SHALL apply to ALL students found to have committed the offenses listed below. This policy will be in effect regardless of whether or not adjudication of guilt has been withheld:
· Homicide (782)
· Assault, Battery, and Culpable Negligence (784)
· Kidnapping, False Imprisonment (787)
· Luring or Enticing a Child (787)
· Any Custody Offense (787)
· Sexual Battery (794)
· Lewd Acts and Indecent Exposure (800)
· Abuse of a Child (827)
The parent or guardian of victim can waive this policy and agree to let the offender attend the same school.
(NOTE: NUMBERS IN PARENTHESES NOTE THE CHAPTER OF FLORIDA STATUTE WHERE THAT PARTICULAR OFFENSE IS GIVEN LEGAL DEFINITION)
1.32 ZERO TOLERANCE OFFENSES AND DEFINITIONS
Offenses listed below are considered to be “Zero Tolerance” offenses, and will be managed by both in-house sanction such as expulsion or suspension, AND reporting to local law enforcement officials for final disposition as a criminal matter.
(NOTE: LISTED SEPARATELY WILL BE THOSE “ZERO TOLERANCE” OFFENSES THAT WILL BE TREATED INHOUSE, AND NEED NOT BE REPORTED TO LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS SINCE THEY DO NOT NECESSARILY RISE TO THE LEVEL OF A CRIMINAL OFFENSE).
· ALCOHOL POSSESSION, USE OR SALE:
The violation of laws or ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation, possession or use of intoxicating alcoholic beverages. Use should be reported only if the person is caught in the act of using or is discovered to have used it in the course of the investigation.
· DRUG POSSESSION (excluding Alcohol):
The unlawful use, cultivation, manufacture, distribution, sale, purchase, possession, transportation or importation of any controlled drug**, narcotic substance, or any substances commonly represented as drugs (such as “designer drugs”, caffeine pills, herbs and some foodstuffs); Use should be reported only if the person is caught in the act of using or is discovered to have used in the course of the investigation.
** “Controlled Substances”: Any prescribed OR illegal drug, including but not limited to marijuana, alcohol and/or prescription drugs.
To willfully and unlawfully, or while in the commission of any felony, by fire OR explosion, damage or cause to be damaged; any dwelling, structure or conveyance, whether occupied or not, or its contents; and any other structure that the person knew or had reasonable grounds to believe was occupied by a human being.
The willful and unlawful use of force or violence upon the person of another. Three primary elements must be present for a Battery to occur:
1) There must be an aggressor (suspect) who
2) intended to cause physical harm, to
3) an innocent person (victim). Includes an attack with a weapon that fits the
(NOTE: ANY BATTERY COMMITTED UPON SCHOOL PERSONNEL IS A FELONY OFFENSE, AND WILL BE MANAGED WITH EXPULSION)
· BREAKING AND ENTERING/BURGLARY
The unlawful entry with or without force into a building or other structure, remaining behind or within a conveyance with the sole intent to commit a crime to said property.
· DISORDERLY CONDUCT
Disruptive behavior that poses a serious threat to the learning environment, health, safety, and/or welfare of others.
The unlawful killing of another human.
Forcibly, secretly, or by use of threat confining, abducting or imprisoning another person against their will and without any lawful authority.
The unlawful taking, carrying, riding away or concealing the property of another person without threat, violence or bodily harm, with the intent to prevent or deprive the rightful owner of its use.
· MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT
Theft or attempted theft of any motor vehicle.
The taking or attempted taking anything of value that is owned by another person or organization, under the confrontational circumstances of force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear
· SEXUAL BATTERY
Forced sexual activity of any kind.
· THREATS OR INTIMIDATION
Placing another person in fear of harm (emotional OR physical) with OR without the use of weapons. This offense MUST have the following elements: (1). Intent (2) Fear and (3) Capability (perpetrator must be physically able to carry out the threat, or have the opportunity)
· TOBACCO POSSESSION
All uses of tobacco products in any form are prohibited in any District-owned facility, vehicle used to transport students, or other areas designated for student use at any time.
To enter or remain on a public school campus, at a school function or on any school district property without authorization or invitation, and with no lawful purpose for entry.
The unlawful and/or malicious destruction, damage or defacement of public or private property without consent of the owner or person having custody or control of it.
· WEAPONS POSSESSION
Possession, use or intention of use of any instrument or object that can inflict harm on another person or to intimidate any one.
· OTHER MAJOR INCIDENTS
It is entirely reasonable that another type of situation might develop, not previously listed, that would necessitate the intervention of law enforcement officials. School district officials reserve the right to impose “zero tolerance” requirements on any such offense, subject to traditional due process protections.
2.20 STUDENT DISCIPLINE
Every effort will be made to assure fair and consistent treatment for all students by administration and the circumstances and discipline history of the student will be taken into consideration before deciding upon the best course of action. In every case, the student will be given a hearing, in which he has the opportunity to present his/her side of any incident in which he/she may be involved. The basic concepts of just cause, due process and preponderance of the evidence will be an integral part of all discipline cases.
The principal retains the right and privilege to issue penalties for acts or discipline not specifically stated herein and to alter any penalties, as he or she considers necessary. Furthermore, the Principal reserves the right to amend any provision of any set of policies that he deems to be in the best interest of the educational process.
2.201 Corporal Punishment
Corporal Punishment may only be administered by the principal or his designee. The following procedures shall be followed:
· An administrator may administer corporal punishment only in the presence of
another adult who is informed beforehand, and in the student’s presence, of the reason for the punishment.
· An administrator who has administered punishment shall, upon request, provide
the pupil’s parent or guardian with a written explanation of the reason for the punishment and the name of the other adult who was present.
· An administrator may administer corporal punishment only on the posterior part
of the body. Under NO circumstances shall the administrator’s hand be used as the means of administering corporal punishment.
2.202 In-School Suspension (ISS)
· The administrator may assign a student to ISS. Teachers will be requested to give
students educationally sound assignments, all of which will be completed during the student’s stay in ISS.
· All students assigned to ISS will eat as a single group, and may not communicate
with other students while in ISS.
· On an as needed basis, students assigned to ISS may be assigned to work project
around the school. Such work projects should be limited to beautification projects, cleaning projects, assisting with administrative projects, or other similar work projects.
2.203 Out of School Suspension
Students may be suspended up to ten days by the principal, provided that each suspension and the reason/reasons for each suspension are reported immediately, in writing, to the parent or guardian of the student. Such letter shall be delivered personally or by first class mail, and a copy shall be forwarded to the Superintendent’s Office. The letter should include:
· A statement of the specific charges
· The effective dates of suspension (beginning AND ending)
· Any condition of readmission prior to the expiration date of suspension period.
· An invitation for conference with the student and parents or guardian, to be held
before or during the suspension period.
The grounds for suspension shall be any action that is not lawful, other serious misconduct, and for repeated occurrences of less serious offenses. The suspension of a student from school is a CIVIL, not a CRIMINAL sanction, so any legal consequences of a student’s actions that are criminal in nature are NOT routinely mitigated simply because they may have been removed from school.
Suspended students are not permitted to be on school property. Teachers should advise the proper authority when they become aware of a suspended or withdrawn student being on campus.
2.204 Bus Suspension
Students may be suspended from riding the bus for a period not to exceed ten days. Grounds for suspension shall be any action that is not lawful, other serious misconduct while riding on a school bus, or while waiting at a School Bus stop, and for repeated occurrences of less serious offenses.
2.205 Expulsion from School or Riding the School Bus
The School Board of Union County School District will expel a student only after recommendation by the principal or superintendent. The following procedures for dismissal or expulsion shall be followed:
· A written statement of charges shall be delivered personally or be sent certified
mail to the parents.
· There shall be a hearing before the School Board at its regular or at a special
· There shall be an opportunity to present evidence and call witnesses on the
· The student shall have the option of having the services of legal counsel, but at
the student’s expense.
· A written copy of the findings of the Board shall be filed and delivered to the
parent or guardian.
2.206 Alternative Measures for Students with Special Needs
Alternative measures for students with special needs are measured and designed to meet the special needs of a student that cannot be met by regular school curricula, including, but not limited to; student services, parental conferences, physical examinations, remedial techniques, educational alternatives, properly supervised activities relating to the upkeep and maintenance of school facilities, notwithstanding.
2.90 UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIORS (DEFINITIONS)
The Code of Student Conduct defines categories of misconduct and sets a pattern of progressive discipline for disobedience of classroom, school, or bus rules and School Board policy. It will apply to misconduct that occurs at school, on the way to and from school, or at any school-sponsored activities.
Misbehavior exhibited by students will fall within three categories:
· Minor infractions
· Major infractions
· Severe infractions
All infractions are cumulative throughout the school year. Teachers will use a variety of methods in the classroom in an effort to correct minor misbehavior. These methods may include verbal reprimand, change in student seating, private conference with student, behavior contract, confiscation of unauthorized article, conference with guidance counselor, conference with school resource officer, phone call to parent, written communication to parent, and parent conference. The teacher may initiate an office referral if he/she deems it necessary. Major and severe infractions will be referred to the office immediately. Disciplinary actions used by administrators upon office referral may include behavior counseling, restitution, work detail, confiscation of unauthorized article, detention, in school suspension (ISS), bus suspension, suspension from school functions, out-of-school suspension (OSS), referral to alternative school, referral for expulsion from bus, and referral for expulsion from school.
To assist parents and students to better understand specific infractions and disciplinary actions, a short description will be provided in the following pages.
BRINGING UNAUTHORIZED ARTICLES TO SCHOOL
Students are not allowed to bring certain articles to school unless receiving prior approval of the principal. These articles include hats or other things worn on the head, sunglasses, radios, tape or CD players, cassette tapes or compact discs, electronic games, laser lights, cameras, cellular phones, pagers, toys, wallets with chains, playing cards, trading or sports cards, etc.
CELL PHONE OF ELECTRONIC DEVICE
Students are not to operate a cell phone from the time of entering the school building in the morning to the end of the school day. Phones should be off and secured in a manner that they are not visible. At no time during the day are electronic devices, such as electronic games, radios, CD’s, DVD’s, headsets, pagers, MP3’s, IPODS, etc, allowed on school property
DRESS CODE VIOLATION
Student wears inappropriate clothing, shoes, jewelry, etc. prohibited in the dress code.
(See Section 2.25, Code of Student Conduct)
FOOD OR DRINK IN THE BUILDING OR CLASSROOM
No food or drink is allowed in the building or classroom, including the auditorium. Food and drink are only allowed in designated areas such as the cafeteria and the cafeteria courtyard.
MINOR CLASS DISRUPTION
Student exhibits conduct or behavior that disrupts the learning process in the classroom. The misconduct does not involve insubordination, aggression, or violence.
MINOR DISORDERLY CONDUCT
Student exhibits conduct or behavior that interferes with or disrupts the orderly process of the school environment. The misconduct does not involve insubordination, aggression, or violence. This generally involves incidents that occur outside the classroom.
MINOR DISRUPTION OF A SCHOOL FUNCTIONDURING THE SCHOOL DAY
Student exhibits inappropriate conduct or behavior at a school function. The misconduct does not involve insubordination, aggression, or violence.
MINOR DISRUPTION IN THE CAFETERIA
Student exhibits inappropriate conduct or behavior in the cafeteria. The misconduct does not involve insubordination, aggression, or violence.
MINOR MISBEHAVIOR ON A SCHOOL BUS
Student exhibits inappropriate behavior while riding a school bus or waiting at a bus stop. Minor misbehaviors include, but are not limited to: loud talking or yelling (especially at railroad crossings); not staying in seat or sitting in seat properly; putting arms, legs, or head out bus window; profanity or disrespect, getting off bus at wrong stop without proper permission; remarks that cause a disturbance; playing with or aggravating other students; or, not waiting for the bus in the proper place.
MINOR PROFANITY OR OBSCENITY
Student uses inappropriate language, exhibits obscene gestures or pictures, or creates obscene documents or pictures. It is not directed at another student in an aggressive manner or directed at school personnel.
Student takes items valued at less than $100.00 that is not his/her property.
NO HALL PASS OR OUT OF ASSIGNED AREA
Student is out of the classroom or assigned area without a pass from the teacher or other school personnel.
PUBLIC DISPLAY OF AFFECTION
Any act that displays affection toward another student beyond holding of hands is not allowed.
SKIPPING CLASS OR LEAVING CLASS WITHOUT PERMISSION
Student does not report to his/her class during the prescribed time, or leaves the assigned classroom without the expressed consent of the teacher. If a student is out of class they should have expressed permission by the teacher.
Student does not report to the detention area on the assigned date that has been agreed upon by his parent or guardian.
TARDY TO CLASS
Student is not in the assigned classroom when the bell rings to signify that time for class change has ended.
BULLYING AND HARASSMENT
Student is bullying when he/she systematically and chronically inflicts physical hurt or psychological distress on one or more students or employees. It is further defined as unwanted and repeated written, verbal, or physical behavior, including any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture, by a student or adult, that is severe or pervasive enough to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment; cause discomfort or humiliation; or unreasonably interfere with the individual’s school performance or participation
Student is committing harassment when he/she means any threatening, insulting or dehumanizing gesture, use of data or computer software, or written, verbal or physical conduct directed against a student or school employee that
· Places a student or school employee in reasonable fear of harm to his/her person or damage to his/her property;
· Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s educational performance, opportunities, or benefits; or
· Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of a school.
Student threatens or intimidates another student with the intent to obtain money, information, services, or items of material worth.
FAILURE TO REPORT TO THE OFFICE
Student does not report to the office as instructed by a teacher or other school personnel.
FIGHTING OR BATTERY
Student intentionally strikes another student against his or her will. Battery causing severe injury may be punished by expulsion.
Student participates in betting or games of chance to gain money or other items of value.
GANG ACTIVITY OR PARAPHERNALIA
Student exhibits indicators of gang activity that may include wearing or possessing gang identification of any kind, wearing clothing or colors in a manner designed to show gang membership, displaying hand signals or other non-verbal signs for the purpose of showing gang membership, writing or displaying items showing gang insignias, possessing or distributing gang literature, expressing comments, phrases, or words reflecting gang membership, etc. This policy does NOT apply to uniforms signifying that the student belongs to established organizations such as the Boy Scouts, Band, or other similar types of civic or fraternal organizations.
GIVING FALSE INFORMATION
Student gives information upon request of school personnel that is intentionally misleading or not true.
INAPPROPRIATE USE OF A SCHOOL COMPUTER
Student uses a school computer to create an inappropriate document, send an improper or threatening electronic mail message, or access inappropriate sites on the Internet. This infraction also includes actions in which a student intentionally damages, alters, or disables any computer hardware or software.
INCITING A FIGHT
Student causes other students to fight through intentional verbal or physical means.
LEAVING CAMPUS WITHOUT PERMISSION AND ASSISTING ANOTHER STUDENT TO LEAVE WITHOUT PERMISSION
Student leaves the school grounds without receiving permission from school personnel. Union County High School and Lake Butler Middle School are separate campuses. Students are not allowed to go to other campuses without permission. This includes the parking lots, gyms, any outside areas, and/or ball fields belonging to any school to which the student is not assigned at that time. Students are also not allowed to assist or encourage other students to leave campus without permission, thus possibly jeopardizing another student’s safety.
MAJOR CLASS DISRUPTION
Student exhibits conduct or behavior that disrupts the learning process in the classroom. The misconduct involves insubordination, aggression, or violence.
MAJOR DISORDERLY CONDUCT
Student exhibits conduct or behavior that interferes with or disrupts the orderly process of the school environment. The misconduct involves insubordination, aggression, or violence. This generally involves incidents that occur outside the classroom.
MAJOR DISRUPTION OF A SCHOOL FUNCTIONDURING THE SCHOOL DAY
Student exhibits inappropriate conduct or behavior at a school function. The misconduct involves insubordination, aggression, or violence.
MAJOR DISRUPTION IN THE CAFETERIA
Student exhibits inappropriate conduct or behavior in the cafeteria. The misconduct involves insubordination, aggression, or violence.
MAJOR MISBEHAVIOR ON A SCHOOL BUS
Student exhibits inappropriate behavior while riding a school bus or waiting at a bus stop.
Major misbehaviors on a bus or at a bus stop include the following:
· Possession or use of tobacco
· Throwing objects out the bus window
· Harassment or intimidation of another student
· Disobedience or disrespect of the bus driver
· Damaging bus seats or defacing the bus in any manner
· Attempting to push another student in front of the school bus as it is stopping
(either as a prank, or as a serious attempt to cause injury)
MAJOR PROFANITY OR OBSCENITY
Student uses inappropriate language, exhibits obscene gestures or pictures, or creates obscene documents or pictures. It is directed at another student in an aggressive manner.
MAJOR STEALING OR THEFT
Student takes items valued at more than $100.00 that is not his/her property.
POSSESSION OR USE OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS
Student possesses, uses, distributes, or sells any tobacco product on the school grounds, on the school bus, or at a school function.
Student commits a written, verbal, or physical action of a sexual nature on another student. These actions include making comments about another student’s body, asking another student for sexual favors, making lewd gestures to another student, offensively touching another student, etc.
THREAT OR INTIMIDATION OF ANOTHER STUDENT
Student verbally or physically threatens to do harm or violence to another student or to the property of another student.
Any medication must be brought to the nurse upon arrival at school. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medications. Any student found to possess medication belonging to another student will be treated as if he/she were in possession of illegal drugs, which is a “zero Tolerance” offense.
VANDALISM OR DESTRUCTION OF SCHOOL PROPERTY
Student willfully or maliciously defaces or destroys school property.
ALCOHOL, DRUGS, AND CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
Student is in possession or under the influence of alcoholic beverages, unauthorized drugs, drug paraphernalia, or any other substance capable of modifying mood or behavior.
Student burns or attempts to burn school property, contents in or on school property, or personal property of others.
ASSAULT OR BATTERY ON SCHOOL STAFF OR PUBLIC
Student threatens, touches, or strikes a school system employee, school volunteer, visitor to the school, or a citizen present at a school-sponsored activity.
Student affects any communication threatening an explosion on school property, on a school bus, or at any school function.
Student prepares, possesses, or ignites an explosive device including fireworks on school property, while riding a school bus, or at any school function.
Student violates state attendance laws by not attending school on a regular basis.
PROFANITY OR OBSCENITY TO SCHOOL STAFF OR PUBLIC
Student uses inappropriate language, exhibits obscene gestures or pictures, or creates obscene documents or pictures. It is directed at a school system employee, school volunteer, visitor to the school, or a citizen present at a school-sponsored activity.
Student takes or attempts to take money, property, or possessions from another person against his/her will through the use of force, violence, or fear.
SEVERE BUS SAFETY VIOLATION
Student exhibits inappropriate behavior while riding a school bus or waiting at a bus stop. Severe misbehaviors include any act of violence, physical abuse or threats of the bus driver, possession of weapons, alcoholic beverages, or drugs, possession of an explosive device, robbery, arson, sexual offense, etc.
Student commits a lewd or lascivious act such as indecent exposure, sexual battery, rape, etc. against another person.
THREATENING TO BRING OR USE WEAPON
Student threatens to bring or use any dangerous instrument that could cause harm, injury, or death to another person.
WEAPONS OR FIREARMS
Student brings, possesses, or uses any dangerous instrument (whether operable or inoperable, loaded or unloaded) which could be used to cause harm, injury, or death to another person. This may include a gun, knife, razor, club, chain, explosive device, martial arts apparatus, chemical weapon, etc. The infraction may include toys or objects that resemble weapons if it is used or displayed as a weapon. This policy also includes any commonly used tool that can also function as a weapon. This includes pocketknives, box cutters, “x-acto” knives, razor blades or any other similar device.
WILLFUL DISOBEDIENCE OR DEFIANCE OF AUTHORITY
Student willfully refuses to comply with authority or exhibits contempt or open resistance to a direct order from an authority figure.
IN SCHOOL SUSPENSION (ISS)
Student may be removed from a class or classes and assigned to an isolated classroom. While in ISS class, students will be expected to work on assignments given to them by their regular teachers, extensive writing assignments, behavior management counseling, and work details. Students will be REQUIRED to complete ALL of their daily class assignments while assigned to ISS.
Student is referred for assignment to the Alternative Education Program. This program is an alternative school setting for students in grades 6-12 to receive his/her education along with intensive behavior counseling. The Outpost, the name of the Alternative School program, is an opportunity for eligible students who have pending felony charges, have been adjudicated delinquent of a felony, or commit repeated or severe infractions of the Student Code of Conduct to stay in school. Expulsion would be the only other option.
If warranted, student agrees to an oral or written contract with a teacher, administrator, or other school personnel that outlines specific strategies and time frames for improvement of behavior. Parental involvement is highly recommended.
Students involved in misconduct may be given counsel and direction in a conference with a school staff member or administrator. The misconduct is discussed and future expectations are outlined.
Student is suspended from the privilege of riding the school bus for a period of time not to exceed ten days on any one act of bus misconduct. A student suspended from bus riding privileges continues with the responsibility to attend school. The responsibility for transportation to and from school for the duration of the bus suspension becomes the responsibility of the student’s parents or guardians.
CONFISCATION OF UNAUTHORIZED ARTICLES
Students who bring unauthorized articles to school or a school function will have the item or items confiscated. The items will not be returned to the student. A parent or guardian must come to school to retrieve them.
Student is detained after school hours with a designated staff member. Activities may include written assignments or work detail. A parent or guardian will be notified of the detention date(s). It will be the responsibility of the parent or guardian to arrange transportation. The number of days that the detention lasts will depend on the student. After being assigned to detention, a student must earn his/her release by meeting with the teacher that referred him/her to the office. He/she must then bring a note from that teacher to the assistant principal to be released from detention.
EXPULSION FROM BUS
Student is denied the privilege of riding the school bus due to repeated or severe misconduct. The School Board of Union County has the right to expel a student from the bus for a period of time not to exceed the remainder of the school year and one additional school year upon the recommendation of the Superintendent.
EXPULSION FROM SCHOOL
Student is denied the right to attend a public school in Union County due to repeated or severe misconduct. The School Board of Union County has the right to expel a student from school for a period of time not to exceed the remainder of the school year and one additional school year upon the recommendation of the Superintendent.
OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION (OSS)
Student is temporarily removed from the regular school program not to exceed ten school days on any one act of misconduct. During the suspension, the student is not allowed on the school grounds, on the school bus, or at any school function.
PARENT CONTACT OR CONFERENCE
In cases of student misconduct, school personnel will communicate with the student’s parent or guardian. This may come in the form of a phone call, written communication, or a conference at school. Parents and school personnel will work together to form a plan to correct the student’s behavior.
Students defacing or destroying school property or property of others will be assessed for payment of damages. Parents or guardians will be held responsible to assure payment.
Any member of the school staff may verbally correct a student for misconduct in the classroom, hallways, on the school grounds, going to and from school, or at any school function.
Students may be required to serve on work details at the school for misconduct. The work
Detail will not endanger the health or safety of a student.
(Student Code of Conduct)
STUDENT DRESS CODE
This rule is made pursuant to Florida Statute 1001.43 to provide for proper attention to health, safety, control and other matters relating to the welfare of students and shall be a part of the code of student conduct and be made available in the student handbook distributed to all teachers, students, and parents at the beginning of every school year, as provided in Florida Statute 1006.07. All students attending Union County Schools are required to dress in a manner that provides proper attention to health, safety and orderly conduct of activities of all students, to avoid disruption and the orderly administration of the school program. Students should be properly groomed and attired while on school property or participating in school activities. Clothing or accessories, which are inappropriate, suggestive, indecent, obscene and /or distracting to the overall educational process or are detrimental to the health or safety of students, faculty or staff, are expressly prohibited. In addition to the general policy just stated these specific policies will be enforced at all Union County School District properties:
Male Dress Code:
· Shirts with sleeves cut off are prohibited unless another shirt with sleeves is worn
· No muscle shirts.
· Button-up shirts must be buttoned up to at least the third button from the top unless another shirt is worn underneath it.
· All pants and shorts must be worn at the waist. Underclothing must not be seen. If pants or shorts are too big (sagging pants), a fastened belt or suspenders must be worn to keep them at the waist.
· Holes in pants must be no more than 4 inches above the knee.
Female Dress Code:
· Undergarments must not be seen through any shirt, pants, shorts, or skirts.
· All shirts must measure 2 inches or more across each shoulder. Layering of two or more or more shirts to create a 2 inch measurement is not allowed. If more than one shirt is worn, at least one of those shirts must measure 2 inches across the shoulder.
· No shirt styles with spaghetti straps, halter tops, backless shirts, crop, strapless, or tube tops are allowed without a shirt underneath that measures 2 inches across the shoulder. These styles of shirts, however, can be worn underneath another shirt where the shoulders are not seen.
· The neck of all shirts (cleavage) must be no lower than tip of armpit.
· The bottom of shirt must be long enough not to expose bare skin, standing or sitting.
· Shirts must not come off the shoulder.
Pants, Shorts, Skirts:
· All pants, shorts, and skirts must be worn at the waist. At no time should undergarments be seen, especially when seated.
· The length of shorts and skirts cannot be higher than 4 inches above the knee.
· Holes or slits in skirts, shorts, and pants must not be located higher than 4 inches above the knee.
· Leggings are acceptable as long as the proper attire is worn over them.
The following goes for Male and Female:
· No pajama wear is allowed. This includes no wearing of bedroom shoes or slippers.
· No trench coats or blankets.
· All clothing must cover all undergarments at all times.
· Clothing with words, phrases, symbols, pictures, patches or insignia that is offensive, obscene, suggestive or drug and tobacco, alcohol or gang related is strongly prohibited.
· Shoes must be worn at all times.
· No headgear is allowed. This includes sunglasses, hats, caps, hoodies, scarves, bandannas, do-rags, curlers and combs or picks. Special exceptions can be made for medical reasons so long as proper documentation is received from a physician.
Any student out of dress code will be sent to ISS for remainder of day. The student will not be permitted to call home to have appropriate clothes brought to him/her.
**NOTE: The decision of school administrative staff will be final in determining whether any student’s clothing, jewelry, or accessories are deemed inappropriate, unsafe, or disruptive.
Driving Privileges and Student Parking:
Student driving and parking on the school campus is a privilege and may be revoked at any time as deemed necessary by the administration. All licensed drivers enrolled at UCHS are eligible for driving and parking privileges. Remember, this is a privilege. Students who wish to drive must show a driver’s license, registration and insurance card in order to purchase the necessary permit as required by Florida Statute. The permit will be numbered and will match an assigned parking space. The permit must be displayed on the lower left hand side of the windshield. The cost of each permit is $10.00*. Cars that do not display the necessary permits will be towed and parking privileges suspended. Listed below are the rules and procedures that are to be followed:
1. Student must obtain a valid parking decal and park in their own assigned parking space.
2. Student is not allowed to let anyone else park in their parking place.
3. Vehicles parked on campus are not to contain any tobacco, alcoholic beverages, weapons, controlled substance, or drug paraphernalia.
4. Vehicles are subject to be searched.
5. Students are not allowed to go to their vehicle during school hours unless they have permission and receive a pass from the front office.
6. Students may be given “assigned” parking areas in advance for various reasons deemed necessary by the administration.
7. Students must follow Florida driving laws, including seat belt use.
8. Students must display safe and prudent behavior around any vehicle.
9. If the parking permit is lost, a new one must be purchased. Parking permits are non-transferable and are registered to only one student.
10. Driving and parking privileges may be revoked for reckless driving, illegal parking, leaving campus without permission, poor discipline, excessive absences, or poor academic performance.
11. Students that are turned into the DMV for attendance issues will lose their driving privileges and their parking spot. When student has been in attendance with no unexcused absences within a 30 calendar day period and can provide proof of a valid driver’s license they may regain parking privileges and will have to purchase another parking permit.
Failure to follow the above rules and procedures will result in disciplinary action by the School Administration. Discipline may result in one or more of the following actions:
1. Administrative warning
2. Discipline Referral/Suspension
3. Revocation of parking privileges
*Parking permit fees go to the Student Incentive Program.
Drug, Controlled Substance, Alcohol and Tobacco Inspections: School personnel may conduct canine sniff searches to search for illegal drugs, controlled substance, alcohol and tobacco products. These searches will be conducted randomly throughout the school year. The entire campus including classrooms, lockers, book bags, and vehicles will be inspected. Upon reasonable suspicion, lockers or personal belongings are subject to be searched for said items by the principal or his/her designee. Any student that is found to be in possession of such items or any such items found in any of their belongings, (locker, back packs, cars etc) will be subject to the discipline outlined in the Student Code of Conduct (1.32 Zero Tolerance Offenses and Definitions). Any and all privileges will be revoked.
(Student Code of Conduct)
If an administrator has reasonable suspicion to believe that a student is in possession of contraband, he/she shall request the student submit to a search of his/her person or belongings. If the student refuses, the principal may call the appropriate law enforcement agency and the student’s parents or guardians. Strip searches of students by school staff are prohibited.
Florida Gateway College (formerly known as Lake City Community College), in cooperation with Union County School Board, provides dual enrollment opportunities for academically qualified high school students. They can earn credit toward high school graduation and at the same time earn credit toward a college degree or technical certificate. Students are permitted to take dual enrollment courses on a part-time basis during school hours, after school, and during the summer. Students attending UCHS who are enrolled in the program will have tuition, fees, and their books waived. However, students are required to turn in their books at the end of the course or they will be charged for the books.
A student who registers for a class and withdraws from that class must wait a semester before registering for another class. After a total of two withdrawals, a student will lose the privilege of dual enrollment for the remainder of his/her school career.
A student who receives a grade of “F” in a course must repeat that course and only that course for grade forgiveness before being allowed to continue in dual enrollment.
Early Dismissal: Students that need to sign out due to appointments that cannot be made after school hours must provide the attendance clerk a note stating the following information: Student name, time student needs to sign out, parent name, phone number to reach parent. This note must be presented to the attendance clerk before first period or when student arrives on campus. If a parent can not be reached, the student will not be able to leave campus. There are several occasions during the school year when students will be required to have a “Permission To Sign Out Form” filled out and signed by the parent. Such occasions are: Homecoming Parade, Christmas Break, Spring Break, semester exams and last days of school. This is due to the volume of students signing out. Students will have plenty of notice when such occasion arises.
**In order to sign a student out you must:
Equal Opportunity: Students enrolled in
Emergency Cards: Each student must have an emergency card on file in the guidance office and in the clinic. It is the responsibility of the students’ parent or guardian to fill out the emergency cards. If student does not have an emergency card turned in to the guidance office within a reasonable amount of time, discipline action will be taken. If pertinent information changes throughout the school year, it is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to notify the school.
Emergency Drills: Several times during the year, there will be fire and/or tornado drills. Students are to follow the instructions of the teacher. There is an evacuation route posted in each classroom. Students should evacuate quietly and in an orderly manner. No running is permitted. Students must remain in the designated area for their classes and remain with their supervising teacher. Students are not allowed to go to a different area to socialize with members of another class. The teacher will call roll once the class reaches the designated area. Students not following these guidelines will be subject to disciplinary action.
Enrollment: (Transfers and Withdrawals)
· Transfers: Parents are required to come in and sign paperwork with the Guidance Office when transferring to Union County High School. Parents must bring a copy of the student’s birth certificate, social security card, certificate of Florida Eye, Ear, Dental Exam and certificate of Florida School Immunizations (out of state records must be transferred to the Florida form). A current record of residence must be presented at the time of enrollment. All students must be up-to-date on immunizations required by the State of Florida in order to attend classes. The student will begin classes the day after the school receives the above required information.
FCAT Explorer: FCAT Explorer helps students learn about and practice the skills tested on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Students may access this resource by logging on to www.fcatexplorer.com or it may be accessed on the Union County District web page. Sign-in and password information is available from the Guidance Office or your child’s English/Reading Teacher.
Fighting: Fighting will NOT be tolerated under any circumstances at Union County High School. Students that are engaged in a fight will receive a discipline referral and will be given ISS, OSS, or will be sent immediately to the Outpost Alternative Program.
Field Trips: Field trips are an important part of the total educational experience. They enable students to share their skills and talents with others. However, in order to provide for a well-balanced program for our students, the number of field trips in which individual students are permitted to participate must be limited. The following guidelines will apply:
1) Only educational field trips will be approved. The only exceptions will be academic competitions and conferences. Only the participants in these competitions or conferences will be excused to attend.
2) Students must complete an off-campus permission slip form and a Medical Authorization form (signed and notarized)
3) Students are required to attend all classes that do not interfere with the field trip. If the field trip is scheduled for the afternoon, students must attend their morning classes or they will not be permitted to attend the field trip.
4) Absences or discipline referrals may determine participation on field trips.
Financial Obligations: A student owing money for library fines, textbooks, class dues, etc., must meet his/her obligations when due or make arrangements with the principal. Past due obligations will be placed in the student’s file. Any student with financial obligations will not receive their diploma until financial obligations are met.
Florida Virtual High School Online: The Florida Virtual School offers students the opportunity to take high school classes, including honors classes and advanced placement (AP) courses. Florida Virtual School is a great resource for students who have an unavoidable schedule conflict which prevents them from taking a desired or needed course. Students may not enroll in a course without approval from a parent and a representative of the Guidance Office. Visit: www.flvs.net
Grade Forgiveness Policy: The grade forgiveness policy allows a student to retake a course that was previously failed or was passed with a grade of D. The grade received from the course, when retaken, automatically excludes the first grade. The new grade will be the only grade computed for the student’s grade point average.
Grade Level Classification: The credits required for classification at the four grade levels are:
9th grade (freshman) promotion from the 8th grade
10th grade (sophomore) 6 Credits
11th grade (junior) 12 credits
12th grade (senior) 18 Credits
Grade Scale: The grade scale as adopted by the state legislature is:
90 – 100 A 60 – 69 D
80 – 89 B 0 – 59 F
70 – 79 C
Graduation Class Ranking:
A. CLASS RANK FOR GRADUATION CEREMONIES: At the end of the fourth nine weeks of the senior year, the rank in the class shall be determined for each senior. The following procedures shall apply:
1. All grades for which high school credit has been earned through the senior year shall be used in determining rank.
2. Courses listed in the Course Code Directory and Dual Enrollment Classes will be used. Courses listed in the Course Code Directory as “Honors”, “Advanced Placement”, Pre-Calculus, Calculus and Dual Enrollment classes will earn one quality point beginning with the 2000-2001 school year.
3. For the purpose of graduation ceremony, letter grades will be converted to quality points as follows:
Standard Course Honors Course*
A = 4 A = 5
B = 3 B = 4
C = 2 C = 3
D = 1 D = 2
F = 0 F = 0
(*Honors, Dual Enrollment, AP, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus)
Semester Classes are calculated at half the point value.
4. Quality points will be averaged to the nearest hundredth. However, if necessary to eliminate ties, averaging may extend lower.
B. VALEDICTORIAN: highest ranking senior student.
C. SALUTATORIAN: Second highest ranking senior student.
Beginning with the graduating class of 2009, Class Honors are as follows:
A. Outstanding Honors – students with a 4.0 to 4.5 GPA
B. High Honors – students with a 3.75 to 3.999 GPA
C. Honors – students with a 3.5 to 3.749 GPA
D. SUPERINTENDENT’S SCHOLAR AWARD: Students achieving the following criteria will receive this award:
1. Must be a graduating senior.
2. Must have an unweighted 3.75 or better GPA (without rounding off)
3. Must have obtained a score of 1180 or better on the SAT or 26 or better on the ACT on combined administrations.
4. Must have earned 27 credits.
E. ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARD: The Superintendent will award an Academic Excellence Award when the following criteria have been met:
1. The student must be recommended by the principal.
2. Twenty six (26) credits must be earned to include:
a. Fourth year math (Algebra I or above)
b. Fourth year of science.
3. Demonstrated excellence in academic performance by maintaining an unweighted 3.5 or better grade point average (without rounding off) in course work and achieving a score of at least 1180 on the SAT or 26 on the ACT, on combined administrations.
4. Any student who has received remedial level credit will not be eligible for Academic Excellence Award.
F. GRADUATION WALKING ORDER: The walking order of high honors and honors graduates is based on their GPA status. All other graduates will follow in alphabetical order.
Graduation Requirements: Beginning with the 2003-2004 school year, Statute 1003.429 Accelerated High School Graduation will allow all students scheduled to graduate in 2004 and thereafter to select one of the three graduation options. The first is completion of the general requirements of a 4 year high school degree. The second is completion of a 3 year standard college preparatory program of a minimum of 18 credits. The third option is completion of a 3 year career preparatory program requiring successful completion of a minimum of 18 credits. In order to graduate, all three graduation plans require you to pass the 10th grade FCAT and achieve at least a 2.0 grade point average.
Any student who has met all graduation requirements and wishes to participate in senior activities including graduation ceremonies must notify the Guidance Department the summer prior to the year they wish to graduate. This is to ensure they will receive pertinent information regarding Senior pictures, invitations, etc.
Two of the science credits must include a laboratory component. AgriScience Foundations I, the core course in secondary AgriScience and Natural Resource programs, counts as one of the science credits. A waiver of the laboratory component by the State Board of Education may be requested by a school district in accordance with Section 1003.43, Florida Statutes. Students entering ninth grade in the 2007-2008 school year are required to take a science during their freshman, sophomore and junior years.
If a parent and student fail to select a graduation option by the end of their 9th grade year, the student shall be considered to have selected the 4 year option plan.
1. A student and the student’s parent must meet with designated school personnel to receive an explanation of the relative requirements, advantages and disadvantages of each program option and the student must also receive the written consent of the student’s parent.
An extension will be granted to the end of a
student’s first semester of grade 10 for a student entering a
Guidance Services: The Guidance Office is located in the front office area. Students should get to know the guidance staff early and let them get to know you. Students may make an appointment to see a counselor by signing the appointment book at the guidance desk. After doing so, the Guidance Counselor will notify you of the appointment time and date. This appointment can be made before school or after school. Students are not allowed in the Guidance Office during class time without a pass from their teacher. The guidance staff can provide help and information to you about the following:
1) Personal problems
3) School work and study habits
4) College entrance exam packets
5) Financial aid packets for college
6) Credit checks for graduation
7) Withdrawing from school
8) Group counseling
9) FCAT testing
10) Scholarship information
11) Dual enrollment information
12) Special education information
13) Pupil progression document
Hall Passes: All students will use their teachers clip board as a hall pass. Students are allowed three (3) passes for each class period per nine week. Students must have a clip board with the date, time, destination and their teacher’s signature for the pass to be valid. Only one student is allowed out of the classroom. Students with more than 3 passes or students seen in the hallway without a pass will result in disciplinary procedures. Further abuse of this policy will result in a referral to the administrative office.
(Student Code of Conduct)
New legislation makes hazing a criminal act. Florida lawmakers passed what may be the toughest anti-hazing statues in the country. The Chad Meredith Act which takes effect on July 1, 2005, makes hazing in high schools and colleges a crime-even if the victim is a willing participant. Assuming the governor signs the act, then a student who kills or injures someone in a hazing incident could face a prison term of up to 5 years. Even if no one is hurt, the hazer could face up to 1 year in prison. Meredith, a University of Miami student, drowned in 2001 in a hazing incident.
The act defines high school hazing as – “any action or situation that recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student at a high school with grades 9 through 12 for purposes, including, but not limited to, initiation or admission into or affiliation with any organization operating under the sanction of a high school with grades 9 – 12”.
Hazing includes, but is not limited to – “pressuring or coercing the student into violating state or federal law, any brutality of a physical nature, such as whipping, beating, branding, exposure to the elements, forced consumption of any food, liquor, drug, or other substance, or other forced physical activity that could adversely affect the physical health or safety of the student, and also includes any activity that would subject the student to extreme mental stress, such as sleep deprivation, forced exclusion from social contact, forced conduct that could result in extreme embarrassment, or other forced activity that could adversely affect the mental health or dignity of the student. Hazing does not include customary athletic events or competitions or any activity or conduct that furthers a legal and legitimate objective.”
Honor Roll: Honor rolls will be published at the end of each nine-week grading period. The A Honor Roll will include all students who received a grade of A in every class. The A-B Honor Roll will include all students who received a grade of A or B in every class.
Incomplete Grades: Students will have three weeks to make arrangements with teachers for an incomplete grade to be changed. The student must approach the teacher to make these arrangements. Incomplete grades that are not changed by the teacher in the three weeks following the end of the nine-week grading period will automatically be changed to a grade of “F”.
Illness or injury: Students should report an illness or injury to their teacher or other school personnel immediately. If the illness or injury is of a serious nature, the parents will be contacted, or the child will be taken to the doctor or hospital. Please make sure your child’s emergency card is completed, turned into the nurse and kept updated throughout the school year.
Internet Use: The
6.2 District acceptable use policy for access to all systems via Intranet or Internet
Terms and Conditions for Use of
Telecommunications and Networks (FIRN/Internet)
The Florida Information Resource Network (FIRN) and the Internet provide Union County District Schools with an exciting opportunity to expand learning for students and educators. With this opportunity comes the responsibility for appropriate use. Each student, parent, teacher, and administrator should read this document carefully prior to signing the contract for network responsibility. Signature on the contract is an obligation to comply with the terms and conditions outlined in this document.
FIRN AND INTERNET OVERVIEW:
The Florida Information Resource Network (FIRN/Internet) is a telecommunications network accessible to all of Florida's public educators and students. The goal of FIRN/INTERNET is to promote educational excellence for all students in Union County District Schools by facilitating resource sharing, accessing outside information and research, and encouraging technological innovation and worldwide communication.
FIRN/Internet serves as an electronic highway providing the opportunity to expand learning by connecting computers worldwide and millions of individual subscribers. Students, teachers, and administrators will have access to:
· Worldwide electronic mail communication;
· Global information and news as well as the opportunity to correspond with other institutions;
· Public domain and shareware computer software of all types;
· Educational discussion groups on numerous topics ranging from the environment to music to politics. (i.e.: Fifth grade students discussing the Rain Forest with fifth graders in Brazil.)
· Access too many university libraries and others such as Library of Congress, Smithsonian Institution, NASA Spacelink, Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC), and Canadian Academic Libraries (CARL).
With worldwide access to information also comes the availability of material that may not be considered to be of educational value in the context of the school setting. There may be some material or individual communications which are not appropriate for school-aged children. The Union County District Schools views information gathered from the Internet in the same manner as reference materials identified by schools. Specifically, the district supports resources that will enhance the learning environment with guidance from faculty and staff. Programs are in place (Websense and Cyber Sitter) to safeguard access to materials not serving an educational purpose in accordance to school board policy and Pupil Progression Plan.
At school, student access to and use of the network will be under teacher direction and monitored as any other classroom activity. The school district is not able to prevent the possibility of user access to material that is not consistent with the educational mission, goals, and policies of the school district when access is obtained outside of the school.
Internet access is coordinated through a complex association of government agencies and regional and state networks. It is the school district's intent that the Internet and our telecommunications network be used in a responsible, efficient, ethical, and legal manner. The operation of the Internet relies heavily on the proper conduct of the users who must adhere to strict guidelines. If a district user violates any of these provisions, their account will be terminated and future access will be denied for a specified period of time. Violations may result in school disciplinary action. It also could result in legal actions in rare circumstances which is highly unlikely. The signature(s) on the application form indicate that the user(s) have read the terms and conditions carefully and understand their significance.
1. Acceptable Use: The use of your account must be in support of education and research that is consistent with the educational goals and policies of the Union County District Schools. Users are encouraged to develop uses which meet their individual needs and that take advantage of the network's functions: electronic mail, conferences, bulletin boards, data bases, and access to the Internet. Use of any other network or computing resources must be consistent with the rules appropriate to that network.
2. Privileges: The use of Internet is a privilege. Inappropriate use will result in the cancellation of that privilege for an appropriate time commensurate with the misuse. Each individual who accepts an account will receive information pertaining to the proper use of the network. School and district administrators with input from parents will decide what appropriate use is. In the event of misuse, an account may be closed for a specified period of time by the teacher or staff member in conjunction with the administrator of the school or site.
3. "Netiquette": You are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. Be polite. Use of vulgar or obscene language is an absolute violation of this contract. Do not reveal your address or phone number or those of others. Please remember that electronic mail is not guaranteed to be private. Do not disrupt the network, the data, or other users.
4. Unacceptable Uses of the Network Include:
· Using the Internet for any illegal purpose including so called “hacking” over a network or online;
· Violating student or staff's rights to privacy including the unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding minors online;
· Using the Internet without application of common sense;
· Using profanity, obscenity, or other language, this is absolutely forbidden.
· Sending or receiving pornographic text and/or graphics. (Filtering software has been installed on all computers with Internet access to safeguard this from occurring in Union County)
· Role playing games;
· Sending or receiving copyrighted materials, including computer software, without permission, or material protected by trade secret;
· Reporting personal communications without the author's prior consent;
· Using for commercial activities, product advertisement, or political lobbying.
Using other e-mail accounts without
the owner’s knowledge. (E-mail is an electronic messaging system restricted
to non-student use except for generic student accounts used for retrieval of
assignments when a student is enrolled in the
5. Warranties: The
6. Security: Security is a high priority. If you identify a security problem, you must notify a system administrator immediately. Do not show or identify the problem to others. Do not use another individual's account. Attempts to log on as another user will result in cancellation of your privileges for a specified period of time. Any user identified as a security risk or having a history of problems with other computer systems may be denied access.
7. Vandalism: Vandalism will result in cancellation of your privileges. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another user, Internet, or other networks. This includes the creation of or the uploading of computer viruses on to the Internet or host site. Deliberate attempts to degrade or disrupt system performance will be viewed as criminal activity under applicable state and federal law.
8. Updating Your User Information: You may occasionally be required to update your registration, password and account information to continue Internet access. You must notify the district administrator in charge of networking of any changes in your account information (address, school, etc.). Users should change their passwords frequently.
9. Use of Network Resources: There is a limit to the resources available for users on the network. Each user should attempt to conserve resources and allow others to access the network. Users are expected to observe reasonable time limits on the network.
10. E-mail Etiquette: Helpful to your e-mail success are:
· Preparing text files for uploading before logging on;
· Making "subject" headings as descriptive as possible;
· Beginning messages with a salutation; restating the question or issue being addressed in a response;
· Choosing words carefully to avoid misunderstandings. Text does not permit the verbal or expression clues which are usually necessary when statements are intended to be funny or sarcastic;
· Ending messages with your name and your e-mail address to assist getting feedback or clarifications;
· Logging off before editing and printing downloaded files;
· Deleting e-mail files as soon as possible as appropriate under public records law.
11. Account Sponsors: Sponsors of classroom accounts are responsible for teaching proper techniques and standards for participation, guiding student access to appropriate sections of the network, and for assuring that students understand if they misuse the network they will lose their access privilege for a specified period of time. Conference moderators are responsible for monitoring the content and tone of posted messages and for taking steps to delete offensive material and to communicate with authors.
12. Use of Screening/Search Tools: Account sponsors will use search tools that screen incoming text and graphics to restrict user access to material that is consistent with standards of selection of materials specified in Florida Statutes and Union County School Board Policies.
Contracts: In order to access the network, teachers are required to enter into a Sponsoring Teacher Network Responsibility Contract. Parents/Guardians and students are required to enter into a Network Responsibility Contract. These contract forms shall be approved by the Union County School Board.
Exception of Terms and Conditions: All terms and conditions stated in this
document are applicable to all users of the network. These terms and conditions reflect an
agreement of the parties and shall be governed and interpreted in accordance
with the laws of the State of
School Board of Union County
E-MAIL AND Computer Use POLICY
The computer system in your office, classroom, or other area is the property of the School Board of Union County (UCSB) and is intended to be used for approved educational purposes only. You have no expectation of privacy with our governmental computers on site. You have no expectation of privacy accessing our server from off-site locations.
There is no personal use of the computer including but not limited to the following activities: 1) e-mail communication that contains in the body of the e-mail message itself or attachment content that can be construed in nature as terrorist, racial, sexual, ethnic, gender, or age offensive; 2) personal financial information transmitted through text or pictorial attachments; 3) taking your computer off the filtering proxy or attempting to bypass the proxy set up to be in compliance with the Child Internet Protection Act; 4) attempting to hack into servers or systems located within our local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), or off site locations; 5) installing or loading software on a UCSB computer without proper approval. Any questions on whether a message or Internet site qualifies as reasonable business purpose should be directed to the human resources department before going on-line.
1). No Expectation of Privacy: As providers of the computer equipment and servers, Federal and State laws give us the right to monitor your business communications on our computers. This statutory authority is based on ensuring the appropriateness of business communications, random computer system checks and actual and implied consent by the user's written acknowledgment of clearly understanding this policy. The act of signing this document signifies the user clearly understands the policy and agrees to execute this policy in good faith. Additionally, the user waives any privacy rights or claims of inadequate training (42 USCS 1983 &27), that UCSB showed a deliberate indifference in properly training the user on the proper use of the computer at work.
2) Public Records: The user of UCSB computers recognizes they are bound by state public record laws, and documents that are created to formalize knowledge or transact business of UCSB are considered public record and are open to the review and copying of the general public. This includes all work records on your computer system, data transmitted over our server from on site or off-site locations and portable media such as disks, floppy disks, CD's and any other transportable media. All records must be retained according to Chapter 119 of the Florida Public Records Statute.
General Prohibitions: There absolutely can be no creation, downloading from another web site, linkage to another web site, transmittal from your computer to a co-worker computer or outside computer information that is: 1) harassing; 2) defamatory; 3) discriminatory; 4) profane; 5) violates federal copyright, and trademark law and federal or state trade secret laws, or violates other federal and state civil or criminal statutes. It is incumbent upon the computer user of UCSB computer equipment to familiarize themselves with the basics of what specific communication triggers sexual harassment, other harassment, copyright, trademark and other relevant computer abuse laws. If a computer user has an uncertainty whether their behavior could violate a federal or state statute, they have an affirmative obligation to contact their in-house attorney or human resources department before using the computer.
Lack of knowledge is not a defense to computer abuse or violation of laws. Computer user waives all defenses that they were inadequately trained or not clearly warned about the necessity of being educated on all federal and state laws regarding computer abuse and criminal activity. Upon signing an acknowledgment of clearly understanding this policy agreement, the computer user recognizes a higher duty of care in using the computer because text based messages; pictures, audio and video, and documents can reach a large audience within seconds.
Waste of Computer Resources: Computer users understand there are Federal and State laws prohibiting Spam mail-unsolicited mail or mass mail—or chain letters. The computer user will not monopolize Internet access or negatively affect the bandwidth in any manner that transcends normal computer use (i.e.: actions by you or students which consist of downloading MP3’s, listening to radio programs, or watching TV broadcasts in the classroom except as used as part of the regular instructional program of a school).
E-Mail Myths: Computer users understand that based on the architecture of the Internet or Intranet, their e-mail and attachments may cross other servers before the intended receiver receives the correspondence. This means the user realizes their message or attachment may be intercepted and the security of e-mail or the Internet is vulnerable. Therefore, sending confidential information could be risky. Additionally, the computer user also realizes all e-mails must be screened before forwarding to another person or a distribution list. The computer user is liable for any defamatory or harassing e-mail that is forwarded to a third party. Further, the computer user is also liable for both opening up and forwarding non-work related, unknown or suspicious e-mail that contains a virus. If you are uncertain about the origins of an e-mail or attachment, don't forward it, contact human resources or your in-house attorney.
Deleting E-Mail: When you press the delete key, your e-mail is not deleted. The space is marked as free space but your e-mail is copied on another sector of your hard drive or central server. Your old e-mail can easily be retrieved by a computer forensic specialist or other person from your hard drive, server or other backup device. There is sophisticated software that mines all your e-mail and other documents.
Anonymous E-Mail, Chat Room Discussions or Bulletin Boards: The computer is not allowed to send or forward anonymous or pseudonymous e-mail. It is a direct violation of this policy to send or forward anonymous or pseudonymous e-mail through a re-mailer or other software or decoding device. Additionally, no chat room or bulletin board will be accessed for sending, forwarding, uploading or downloading unless given written approval by your supervisor or human resources. No chat room or bulletin board will ever be used as a forum for negative, offensive, harassing, defamatory or non-business discussions.
Copyright Infringement: No computer user can upload, download, transmit to another computer, print a hard copy or any way infringe upon the exclusive rights of reproduction, distribution, adaptation, public performance and public display of an on-line or off-line copyrighted work. Not all works on the Internet or Intranet are in the public domain. The computer user must check with the in-house attorney or human resources if there is any uncertainty whether an article or software is copyrighted. Additionally, it is a violation of the Digital Millennium Act to remove any copyright management information (e.g. title, author name, date of registration) there are serious civil and criminal penalties for violating the Federal copyright laws and international copyright treaties.
Trademark Infringement: No symbol, logo, phrase or other trademark can be uploaded, downloaded, transmitted to another computer, used in a web site or hyperlinked to another web site without the express permission of the trademark owner. Trademark infringement carries stiff civil and criminal penalties.
Web Linking, Framing and Metatags: Linking with other web sites is strictly prohibited unless proper authorization is given from human resources or your in-house attorney. When you link with another web site, it can give the appearance you sponsor that site's content. Additionally, no other web site can be framed within your web site unless express permission has been given by human resources or your attorney. Finally, when constructing a web site, the design of Metatags (codes used to identify material to a search engine for indexing) must be authorized by human resources or your in-house attorney.
Passwords: Passwords are for internal use and are not allowed to be distributed to anyone without the express permission of your supervisor or other superior. Passwords are also not to be shared. They are for the exclusive use of the person to whom they have been assigned. Additionally, passwords do not create an expectation of privacy when it comes to employer monitoring.
Off-Site Use of UCSB Computers: Off-site use of UCSB computers includes but is not limited to home, car, hotel and other off-site locations. You have no expectation of privacy at off-site locations. Additionally, you must adhere to all the same policy restrictions as if you were using the computer on-site. The temptation of informality in your computer usage carries a higher duty of care and responsibility. When using a UCSB computer all off-site computer communication must have a business purpose and all federal and state civil and criminal laws must be respected.
Litigation: In the event of litigation, all computer users are on notice that federal and state civil rules of procedure may allow discovery of all computer hardware and software. This includes, but isn't limited to, your office computer, laptop, home computer, printers, cell phones and other equipment. Any attempt to damage or destroy evidence in your computer will trigger stiff civil and criminal penalties. If your computer equipment is subpoenaed or you anticipate litigation, contact your in-house attorney or human resources for guidance on how to proceed.
Amendments: This policy may be amended or revised from time to time as need arises. Users will be provided with copies of all amendments and revisions. Any interpretation of this policy as it relates to the computer system will be provided by the Department of Human Resources with guidance from the Information Systems Office and the Attorney's Office.
Waiver: Upon signing this policy, the computer user acknowledges he or she clearly understands the policy and has no further questions as to the content and delivery of this computer use policy. The computer user also affirms that since he or she has no confusion over the content of this policy, there will be no violation of this policy or any other civil or criminal laws relating to computer use. The computer user will indemnify the UCSB and hold harmless for violating UCSB computer policy, which causes; 1) humiliation internally and with the public; 2) disruption of services; and 3) civil or criminal liability. The computer user waives any right to litigate an inadequate training claim or other negligence claim against UCSB for not clearly understanding this computer use policy.
Protects the confidentiality of students
Security for student records is
maintained through the TERMS system currently being used for the storage of
student records at NEFEC. Access to
these records is secured through the use of a double password system. Once a user has gained access to the system
with an initial password he or she is then required to enter their user ID
again and a second password (different from the first) to gain access to the
student records system. Even then each
user is limited to only the areas to which he or she has demonstrated a need
for access. The security officer at the
Protects intellectual property rights, licensing agreements
and legal/ethical standards for sharing of resources
with other educational entities and
At present there is no policy
pertaining to intellectual property rights in Union's policy. The intent is to establish a policy that
anything developed on or through Union's technology platforms will belong to
Maintains the integrity of systems, programs and information resources.
The policy must address the following issues:
-Access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet and World Wide Web;
-The safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communications;
-Unauthorized access, including so-called “hacking” and other unlawful activities by minors online;
-Measures designed to restrict minors’ access to materials harmful to minors.
Any request for student information off the mainframe will, as at present, be highly restricted. Once the WAN is established access to systems, programs, and informational resources will be secured by each individual user having to log on to the domain of the Windows 2000 network. A user profile will be maintained for each authorized user. This profile will determine which programs and information resources the individual will be able to access on the network.
District Computer Technicians assign user accounts and mail accounts on the
Exchange server. E-mail accounts are
limited to teacher and staff accounts.
Generic accounts (i.e.: BMHS1, CKS1 etc.) are assigned to students that
need an e-mail account in order to access their assignment for
In-School Suspension (ISS): The administrator may assign a student to ISS. Teachers will be assigned to ISS and will administer educationally sound assignments, all of which will be completed during the student’s stay in ISS. All students assigned to ISS will eat as a single group and may not communicate with other students while in ISS. On an as needed basis, students assigned to ISS may be assigned to work projects around the school. Such work projects should be limited to beautification projects, cleaning projects, or other similar work projects. If a student refuses, he or she will be offered alternative disciplinary action(s). After a student has exhausted ISS as an option, an alternative punishment will be assigned. ISS rules are:
· No talking at any time unless called upon by the ISS instructor.
· Stay in your seat unless you have permission from the instructor.
· Raise your hand if you want to address the instructor.
· No sleeping.
· Bring materials needed for doing your assignments (books, pencil, paper, etc.)
· You will work constantly (class work and/or written reports.)
· No one will leave the room without permission from the instructor.
· Lunches will be supervised. You will sit at a designated table. You are not allowed to socialize during this time. Eat your lunch and then return to designated area.
· You are allowed two (2) bathroom breaks a day.
· Missed time will be made up on the next day following completion of assigned ISS time.
· The classroom will be cleaned at the end of each day.
· Any violation(s) of any rules will result in additional disciplinary actions.
Lockers and Locks: A locker will be assigned to each student. The student will be assessed a $5.00 rental fee for the lock. Students must use a school lock. Any other lock found on a locker will be cut off and a school lock will replace it. Students are not allowed to share lockers. Violation of this will forfeit student’s right for a school locker. Ms. Tana Reynolds will handle assigning lockers and locker changes.
1. Student will use the locker assigned with no trading.
2. Student may not share their locker with others. Students are responsible for the contents of their locker.
3. Valuables are not to be brought to school. The school is not responsible for the contents of their locker.
4. Students should keep locker combinations secret.
5. Students should make sure their locker is closed and locked.
6. Students should keep their locker clean inside and outside.
7. Jamming locker mechanisms with paper wads, trading lockers, vandalism, etc., may result in loss of locker use.
8. Students who have a problem with their locker may check with Mrs. Dot Green.
9. No loitering at lockers.
Student lockers spaces are provided by the school system are the property of the Union County School Board and are subject to search by school authorities at any time. School authorities reserve the right to search and inspect any school owned property, private property or a student’s person on school grounds or at school events.
Lockers and Locks (Gymnasium): Students are required to purchase a lock and locker from their PE teacher to hold their personal belongings while they are in gym class. Students are not allowed to leave personal belongings out. The school is not responsible for stolen items especially if they are not locked up in their lockers. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure they have a lock and locker for their belongings.
Lost and Found: Articles found in and around school should be turned in to the guidance office in the front office where the owner may claim their property after proper identification. At the end of each semester articles not claimed will be taken to Goodwill.
Lunchroom Policy and Lunch Prices: All students must report to the cafeteria during their lunch period and stay in that area until lunch is over. Students are not allowed to leave the lunch designated areas for any reason. All food or drinks must be consumed in the cafeteria or patio area directly outside the cafeteria. Students are not allowed to visit the media center, front office, guidance office, or any classroom during their lunch time. Under no circumstances is a student to go to the parking lot during lunch or any other time without permission.
Students are not allowed to leave campus for lunch. Seniors will be granted permission to leave campus for lunch only when they have earned the privilege and have the proper documentation filled out, signed and notarized.
Proper behavior in the cafeteria is very important. Each of the cafeteria personnel should be treated with respect and no abusive language or rudeness will be tolerated. Leaving food, food trays, or trash on the tables or floor is prohibited. Not reporting to the cafeteria, excessive noise, throwing food, leaving the cafeteria or patio area without permission, not properly disposing of trash, or disrespectful behavior toward staff members will result in disciplinary action.
2010-2011 School Cafeteria Price List
*Best Value - All meals served with choice of fruit and/or vegetable, bread/grain serving and choice of milk. If only one or two of the meal components are chosen the pricing reverts to a la carte. Items can be purchased individually at a la carte prices.
Half-pint Milk carton $0.30 Juice carton $0.30
Bottled Water $1.25 Gatorade, 12 oz can $1.00
YooHoo $1.00 Cheese cup $0.75
French Fries ˝ cup $0.50 French Fries 1 cup $1.00
Items served are subject to availability of product due to a variety of reasons.
EXCUSED ABSENCE: Students will have two school days from the first day of excused absence, and one day thereafter for each additional day of excused absence to complete make-up work. (Example: 3 days of excused absence will result in 4 days to complete all work.) Any work not completed and turned in within the allotted time will result in the student receiving a grade of zero for those assignments. It is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements for completing the classroom work assigned during his/her absence. Students may get their make up work during class time or before school. Failure to do so within the allotted time following an excused absence is:
1. Zero grade will be given for all assigned work, including tests and/or exams
2. Teacher/student conference
3. Parent notification
UNEXCUSED ABSENCE: Students with unexcused absences and students serving Out-of-School Suspension will NOT have the opportunity to make up missed work for a grade.
(Student Code of Conduct)
The mastery exam is pass/fail and is not part of a semester average and will not affect the student’s grade earned during the semester. In order to take a mastery exam, two conditions must be met:
Media Center: The media center has printed materials
(books, encyclopedias, magazines, etc.) available for assigned study or
recreational reading. Computers are also
available for students to use before, during, and after school. The media specialist will be available to
assist with the location of information and help with the development of
special projects. The media specialist
will provide rules for the media center.
Students will not be allowed in the media center during school without a
(Student Code of Conduct)
Any prescription or nonprescription medication must be in the original container, be labeled with the student’s name and required dosage, and left with the school nurse or health aide along with an Authorization for Medication Form. .
Any student found in the possession of any medication belonging to another student will be sanctioned, and the incident treated the same as if that student were in possession of illegal drugs. Students are NOT allowed to share medication with anyone.
Military Recruiters: Military recruiters are permitted to meet with interested students during the school day provided they have made a prior appointment with the student. The Guidance Office can provide information about the availability of the various recruiters.
Newsletter: The school newsletter, ROAR! provides an opportunity for the school to share information about academics and activities with parents and the community. The newsletter is published each month.
Poster or Decorations: The principal must approve any poster, sign or decoration that a student desires to display in or outside the school. Posters, signs or decorations may not be attached to any wooded or glass surfaces. It is the responsibility of the student/sponsor to take down and properly dispose of any poster or decoration after the planned event is over.
Prom: Only Juniors and Seniors are invited to the Junior-Senior Prom. Each Junior and Senior is allowed to purchase one ticket for a guest. Any student that is not a Junior or Senior, or not enrolled at Union County High School and wishing to go as a guest must fill out an approval form and have it approved by the principal and sponsor. Any guests that are 21 years of age or older are NOT permitted. Faculty, chaperones and administrators reserve the right to refuse admission to a person or to remove a person from the building or premises at any time if they believe the person might be disruptive at the dance, either because of that student’s attitude, presence, physical condition, age, and teacher/student discrepancy. On certain formal occasions, such as formal dances and prom, the dress code as presented in the student handbook is not sufficient to account for formal dresses. All formal dresses must be of sufficient material to cover cleavage and midriff areas. As policy states, the administrator or designee will have the final authority on the appropriateness of the attire.
Plagiarism (Cheating): Cheating and/or plagiarism are regarded as very serious offenses. Coping or paraphrasing material/test from the work of another student, from published sources (ie: Cliff Notes, Monarch Notes, books, magazines, newspapers, etc.) and/or from the Internet with out proper documentation constitutes academic theft.
The definition of plagiarism is: “The unauthorized use of someone else’s material, which is then presented as being the result of the plagiarist’s own primary research, creative impulse or insight. Plagiarism technically encompasses the borrowing of ideas of others, as well as their exact words…”
If you are caught cheating or coping work of another student, you will be given a zero for the work and may possibly have further disciplinary action taken based upon the severity of the offense.
Report Cards and Progress Reports: Report cards will be issued at the mid-point of each nine-week grading period. Progress reports will be issued on the following dates:
Mid-term Progress Report Report Card
1st Nine-Weeks September 24, 2010 November 5, 2010
2nd Nine-Weeks December 3, 2010 January 28, 2011
3rd Nine-Weeks February 23, 2011 April 12, 2011
4th Nine-Weeks May 6, 2011 June 16, 2011
Schedule Changes: Schedule changes must be made in the first five (5) days of each semester. If a change is requested after 5 days, the parent must meet with the teacher and guidance counselor in order to change the schedule and must be approved by the principal. A course request form must be signed by both a parent and the student and turned into the Guidance Office.
Financial Aid: Numerous opportunities
exist for students to receive scholarships and/or financial aid in order to
attend college. Scholarships are awarded
from the national, state, and local levels.
The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship establishes a lottery-funded
School Advisory Council: The School Advisory Council offers each parent the opportunity to participate in school improvement. Regular meetings are held in the media center each month. For more information and to volunteer, please call the school.
School Dances: From time to time student dances may be approved. All school dances are limited to Union County Students and one guest. Any student that is not enrolled at UCHS must fill out a guest permission form and have it approved by the principal. Guests that are 21 and older are NOT permitted. Students who are on suspension shall not be allowed to attend any school dances. All regular school rules apply during dances, including the dress code. Suggestive and/or obscene gestures will result in the student being asked to leave the dance. No use or possession of alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, or tobacco products are allowed on school property or on the premises of school sanctioned dances at any time.
School Hours: The school day begins at 7:52 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m.
Union County High School will provide supervision to its students according to FL Statute 1003.25 (2):
1. During the time he/she is attending school. (Students are not to arrive on campus before 7:30 a.m.)
2. Students must leave campus when they are dismissed at 3:00 p.m. unless they are on campus for a supervised school activity or sport. Students must report to their sponsor or coach immediately upon dismissal at 3:00 p.m.
3. All students that are not supervised must leave campus by 3:15 pm.
4. Early release days, students will be released at 12:30 pm. Campus must be cleared by 12:45.
Skateboards/Skates: Skateboards and skates of any type are not allowed on school transportation or on campus or they will be confiscated.
Student Contact/Sunshine Rule: Students will abide by the “Sunshine Rule” on all school property. Inappropriate displays of affection other than the holding of hands, such as kissing, body hugs, inappropriate touching, etc., will be considered offensive behavior. Any behavior deemed by the administrative staff that is considered inappropriate will result in a discipline referral.
Student Insurance: The school is not liable for doctor or hospital bills resulting from accidents that occur at school or on a school activity. School insurance is available for purchase from a provider independent of the school at a very reasonable cost. Information for obtaining this insurance will be distributed during the first week of school. It is the responsibility of the parent to file the insurance claims.
Summer School: Students may enroll in summer school for courses in which they received a grade of “F”. Only one (1) day can be missed if it is excused and that time must be made up.
Tardy Policy: Students are expected to arrive to each class on time. Students have 4 minutes after the bell rings to move to the next class. All students are expected to be in the classroom and ready for instruction when the bell rings. Students will be considered tardy if they are not inside the classroom (more than 10 minutes late to class will be considered an absence). Students may go to lockers or the restroom between classes. However, loitering may not be permitted. Any student seen in hallway without proper authorization will result in discipline referral.
Any student who receives their third and each subsequent tardy in a class during the nine-week grading period will be written up on a discipline referral. The third tardy begins disciplinary action.
Telephones and Messages: The office telephones are for school business only and may be used by students only in extreme emergencies. Students will not be allowed to leave classes to make or answer personal calls. Students will not be allowed to use the phone to call for items left at home. Important messages will be delivered only during lunch and during the last 20 minutes of school. ***Please call only in emergency situations***.
Late Fee Required
September 11, 2010
August 6, 2010
August 7-20, 2010
October 23, 2010
September 17, 2010
Sept. 18 - October 1, 2010
December 11, 2010
November 5, 2010
November 6-19, 2010
February 12, 2011
January 7, 2011
January 8-21, 2011
April 9, 2011
March 4, 2011
March 5-18, 2011
June 11, 2011
May 6, 2011
May 7-20, 2011
Late Fee Required
October 9, 2010
September 10, 2010
September 24, 2010
November 6, 2010
October 8, 2010
October 22, 2010
December 4, 2010
November 5, 2010
November 19, 2010
January 22, 2011
December 23, 2011
January 7, 2011
March 12, 2011
February 11, 2011
February 25, 2011
May 7, 2011
April 6, 2011
May 20, 2011
Textbooks and Instructional Materials: Textbooks and other instructional materials will be issued to students during the first week of school. Students should write their name inside the front cover of the textbooks in the designated area. Any other writing in the textbooks is forbidden. Students will be required to pay for any lost, stolen, or vandalized textbooks or instructional materials. Students are advised to use book bags to keep up with their textbooks and instructional materials.
Tutoring: Tutoring services are offered before school and after school. Contact the Guidance Office for more information.
Valuables: The school cannot be and is not responsible for valuables, jewelry, electronic devices and large sums of money brought to school. It is best to leave these items at home.
Visitors: NO visitors will be allowed on campus during school hours, except for an actual emergency. Visitors that have an actual emergency must report to the front office to be approved by the principal and then will be given a visitor’s badge. Students are not allowed to bring nor have visitors on campus. Any visitor with out a badge could be arrested for trespassing. Please do not ask to have a guest. Such requests will be denied.
Volunteers: Volunteers are an integral part of our school. We encourage parents and members of the community to become a school volunteer. We have many areas during the school day where volunteers are needed, as well as our many booster clubs and school organizations. Cindy Maddox is our school volunteer coordinator. Volunteers must sign in at the front office in the Volunteer’s Book upon arrival and departure and must have a Volunteer’s badge.
Weapons: Any student that brings possesses or uses any dangerous instrument that could be used to cause harm, injury, or death to another person could result in the following discipline actions maximum out of school suspension (OSS), alternative placement or expulsion. Examples of such weapons are guns, knives, razors, clubs, chains, explosive devices, martial arts apparatus, and chemical weapons. The infraction may also include; toys or objects that resemble weapons if it is used or displayed as a weapon, pocketknives, box cutters, ‘x-acto” knives, razor blades or any other device that is used as a weapon.
(Student Code Of Conduct)
1.31 STATEMENT OF POLICY ON FIREARMS AND WEAPONS
NOTE: Any student who brings a firearm, as defined in United States Code (U.S.C. Title 18, Section 921) to school, any school function or on any school-sponsored transportation will be expelled (with or without continuing educational services) from the student’s regular school for not less than one full year and referred for criminal prosecution. It is a criminal offense for a student to possess weapons, including firearms, electronic weapons, electronic devices, or destructive devices.
Title 18, Section 921 of the United States Code defines a firearm as:
· Any weapon which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a
projectile by the action of an explosive.
· The frame or receiver of any weapon as described above.
· Any firearm muffler or firearm silencer.
· Any destructive device, including any explosive, incendiary or poison gas as the
3. Rocket having a propellant charge of more than four ounces.
4. Missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than
5. A mine or similar device.
· According to this federal legislation, Class C fireworks and antique firearms are not considered firearms, but they ARE considered “Zero Tolerance” violations within the confines of this policy.
It is also an offense for any student to have in his or her possession any device, which, though common in use, has a potential use as a weapon as well. These devices include, but are not limited to, box cutters, pocketknives and razor blades.
This ban is effective on school property, on all school buses, at all bus stops, and at all school-sponsored activities, or activity where any student is representing a Union County School. All verified instances of weapons possession will be reported to law enforcement officials pursuant to Florida statutes and Federal Law.
ENROLLMENT: (Transfers and Withdrawals)
Transfers: Parents are required to come in and sign paperwork with the Guidance Office when transferring to Union County High School. Parents must bring a copy of the student’s birth certificate, social security card, certificate of Florida Physical and Certificate of Florida School Immunizations (out of state records must be transferred to the Florida form). A current record of residence must be presented at the time of enrollment. All students must be up-to-date on immunizations required by the State of Florida in order to attend classes. The student will begin classes the day after the school receives the above required information.
Withdrawals: Withdrawal procedures for students are initiated only at the request of a parent or guardian. Such a request can be made at the Guidance Office. A parent or guardian must sign the withdrawal form (except in the case of non-attendance). If the student is being withdrawn to attend a Drop-Out Prevention Program or will not be enrolling in another public/private school an Exit Interview will need to be completed. Both the parent or guardian and the student will need to be present as both signatures are required. All textbooks, library books and any other property belonging to UCHS will need to be returned at the time of withdrawal.
REGULAR BELL SCHEDULE 2010-2011
Warning Bell – 7:48 a.m.
Tardy Bell – 7:52a.m.
1st Period – 7:52-8:43 a.m.
2nd Period – 8:47-9:38 a.m.
3rd Period - 9:42-10:36 a.m.( 3 minutes for announcements)
4th Period A Group (First Lunch) B Group (Second Lunch)
Lunch 10:40-11:04 a.m. Class 10:40-11:31 a.m.
Class 11:08-11:59 a.m. Lunch 11:35-11:59 a.m.
5th Period 12:03-12:54 p.m.
Sunshine Period: 12:58-1:10 p.m. (part of 5th period)
6th Period 1:14-2:05 p.m.
7th Period 2:09--3:00 p.m.
Early Release Day Schedule
For September 8, November 10, January 12, March 9, and May 11:
Warning Bell – 7:48 a.m.
Tardy Bell – 7:52a.m.
1st Period – 7:52-8:43 a.m.
2nd Period – 8:47-9:38 a.m.
3rd Period - 9:42-10:36 a.m. (3 minutes for announcements)
4th Period A Group (First Lunch) B Group (Second Lunch)
Lunch: 10:40-11:04 a.m. Class: 10:40-11:31 a.m.
Class: 11:08-12:30 p.m. Lunch: 11:35-11:59 a.m.
Return to class: 12:03-12:30 p.m.
Early Release Day Schedule
For October 13, December 8, February 9, April 13, and June 8:
Warning Bell – 7:48 a.m.
Tardy Bell – 7:52a.m.
5th Period – 7:52-8:43 a.m.
6th Period – 8:47-9:38 a.m.
7th Period - 9:42-10:36 a.m. (3 minutes for announcements)
4th Period A Group (First Lunch) B Group (Second Lunch)
Lunch: 10:40-11:04 a.m. Class: 10:40-11:31 a.m.
Class: 11:08-12:30 p.m. Lunch: 11:35-11:59 a.m.
Return to class: 12:03-12:30 p.m.
School Calendar 2010-2011
August 26 Students Return
September 6 Labor Day Holiday
September 8 Early Release Day
October 13 Early Release Day
October 28 45th Day of School (end of 1st 9 Wks)
October 29 Teacher Workday – Student Holiday
November 10 Early Release Day
November 22-26 Thanksgiving Holidays
December 8 Early Release Day
December 20 – Dec. 31 Christmas Holidays
January 3 Staff and Students Return
January 12 Early Release Day
January 17 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
January 24 90th Day of School (end of 1st semester)
January 28 Teacher Workday – Student Holiday
February 9 Early Release Day
February 21 Presidents Day Holiday
March 9 Early Release
March 21-25* Spring Break
April 6 135th Day of School (end of 3rd 9 wk)
April 8 Teacher Workday – Student Holiday
April 13 Early Release Day
May 11 Early Release Day
May 30 Memorial Day Holiday
June 3 Graduation
June 8 Early Release Day
June 10 Last Day of School
*Spring Break dates are subject to change due to the Bradford/Union Fair.
Important Phone Numbers
Main Office 496-3040
Main Fax 496-4187
Athletic Director 496-2569
Bus Garage 496-2182
Hail to Thee, Our Alma Mater
Dear Old Union High
We will Always Hold in Reverence
Thoughts That Never Die
We will Strive Thine Aims to Conquer
We will Always Try
Glory, Praise and Honor Bring to
Dear Old Union High.