Student Handbook Introduction &

Parent/Student Signature Sheets... 1

 

Message From the Principal................ 2

 

Attendance, Enrollment, & Withdrawal

Compulsory School Attendance Laws.............................. 3

Right to Attend School........................................................ 3

Fifth Year Seniors................................................................. 3

7th & 8th Grade Promotion.................................................. 3

School Attendance............................................................... 3

Daily Attendance.................................................................. 4

Admits.................................................................................... 4

Administrative Absence...................................................... 4

Checking Out of School....................................................... 4

Transfer Policy...................................................................... 5

Home Schooling Requirements.......................................... 5

 

Student Conduct & Discipline

Shared Responsibility.......................................................... 5

Students................................................................................. 5

Parents/Guardians................................................................ 6

Teachers................................................................................. 6

Principal.................................................................................. 6

Superintendent...................................................................... 6

Board of Education............................................................... 6

 

Intervention Guidelines

Alternative Learning Placement......................................... 6

Suspension to Parent........................................................... 6

Saturday Detention.............................................................. 7

Corporal Punishment............................................................ 7

In-School-Suspension......................................................... 7

Out-Of-School Suspension................................................. 8

Notification of Police............................................................ 8

Expulsion................................................................................ 8

Probation................................................................................ 8

Handicapped Students’ Discipline.................................... 8

 

Regulations, Rules, & Laws

Pertinent to Student Conduct

Civil Rights Coordinator...................................................... 9

Computer/Internet Student Discipline............................... 9

Dress & Grooming................................................................ 9

Drug/Alcohol Prohibition.................................................. 10

Electronic Devices/Cell Phones........................................ 10

Equal Opportunity Statement........................................... 10

Firearms & Weapons......................................................... 11

Gang Policy.......................................................................... 11

Grievance Procedure.......................................................... 12

Laser Pointers...................................................................... 12

School Bus........................................................................... 12

Title VI (Race), Title IX (Sex), Sec. 504 (Handicap)........ 13

Title IX.................................................................................. 13

Tobacco Possession & Use.............................................. 13

Vandalism & Damages to School Property..................... 13

Vending Machine Use....................................................... 13

 

Offenses Definitions

Assaults............................................................................... 13

Abuse................................................................................... 14

Fighting................................................................................ 14

Eating/Drinking at Inappropriate Times.......................... 14

Forgery................................................................................. 14

Gambling.............................................................................. 14

Habitual Unacceptable Behavior...................................... 14

Hall Pass Offenses.............................................................. 14

Harassment.......................................................................... 14

Hazing................................................................................... 14

Insubordination.................................................................. 14

Obscene Materials.............................................................. 15

Probation.............................................................................. 15

Profanity............................................................................... 15

Public Display of Affection............................................... 15

Reasonable Force............................................................... 15

Sexual Harassment.............................................................. 15

Terroristic Threats.............................................................. 15

Threats................................................................................. 15

Truancy................................................................................ 15

 

Disciplinary Policies & Procedures

Disciplinary Expectations.................................................. 15

Conduct Overview.............................................................. 16

Due Process......................................................................... 16

Expected Student Behavior............................................... 17

Disciplinary Range of Intervention.................................. 17

Search & Seizure................................................................. 17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Offenses & Punishment-

Serious offenses

Assaulting - Teachers & Staff.......................................... 18

Assaulting - Students........................................................ 18

Gang Activity...................................................................... 18

Possession of Alcohol ...................................................... 18

Possession of Firearms...................................................... 18

Possession of Laser Pointer.............................................. 18

Possession of Paging or Electronic Device.................... 19

Possession of Tobacco Products.................................... 19

Sexual Abuse or Harassment............................................ 19

Terroristic Threats.............................................................. 19

Vandalism/Damage to School/Theft................................ 19

 

Offenses & Punishment-

Less Serious Offenses

Bus Referrals ...................................................................... 20

Cheating............................................................................... 20

Dress Code Violation......................................................... 20

Eating/Drinking at Inappropriate Times.......................... 20

Failure to Acquire Admit................................................... 20

Fighting................................................................................ 20

Gambling.............................................................................. 20

General Class/School Disruption..................................... 20

Habitual Unacceptable Behavior...................................... 20

Insubordination/Disrespect to Staff................................ 20

Lack of Necessary Materials in Class.............................. 20

Littering................................................................................ 20

Misbehavior on School Property..................................... 20

Possession of Fireworks.................................................... 21

Profanity............................................................................... 21

Public Display of Affection............................................... 21

Saturday Detention Absence........................................... 21

Tardies.................................................................................. 21

Truancy................................................................................ 21

 

Student Records

Access to Student Records.............................................. 21

Notice of Privacy Rights: Student Records.................... 22

Process for Review of Student Records.......................... 22

Release of Student Directory Information...................... 23

Social Security Numbers.................................................... 23

 

Campus Life-

Extracurricular Activities & Clubs

Overview.............................................................................. 23

School Organizations......................................................... 23

Art Club................................................................................ 23

Assemblies.......................................................................... 23

Athletics............................................................................... 23

Band...................................................................................... 23

Cheerleaders........................................................................ 24

Fire Marshal......................................................................... 24

Future Business Leaders of America............................... 24

Future Farmers of America................................................ 24

Future Homemakers of America....................................... 24

Homecoming........................................................................ 24

Letterman’s Club................................................................. 24

Money Raising Projects.................................................... 24

National Honor Society..................................................... 25

National Junior Honor Society......................................... 25

Patriotic & Religious Exercises......................................... 25

School Newspapers & Unofficial Publications.............. 26

School Sponsored Trips.................................................... 26

Science Club........................................................................ 26

Spanish Club....................................................................... 26

Student Council.................................................................. 26

 

Student Services & Helps &

Campus Facilities

Automobile & Student Parking........................................ 26

Care of School Furniture.................................................... 26

Counseling Services........................................................... 27

Insurance............................................................................. 27

Library.................................................................................. 27

Lunch Period-Closed Campus.......................................... 27

Restrooms............................................................................ 27

Study Hall............................................................................ 27

Telephones.......................................................................... 27

Textbooks............................................................................ 27

Work Permits....................................................................... 28

 

Important Miscellaneous Information

Backpacks/Bookbags......................................................... 28

Bell Schedule....................................................................... 28

Distribution of Literature................................................... 28

Halls & Hall Passes............................................................ 28

Homework Policy................................................................ 28

Make-up Work.................................................................... 29

Master Calendar.................................................................. 29

 

Campus & Student Safety

Fire Drills.............................................................................. 29

Tornado Drills..................................................................... 30

 

Curriculum & Credits & Graduation

College Core Curriculum.................................................... 30

Requirements for Graduation............................................ 30

Credits needed for Graduation.......................................... 30

Weighted Courses.............................................................. 31

Honors Diploma.................................................................. 31

Honor Graduate................................................................... 31

Additional Graduation Information.................................. 31

Credit Requirements........................................................... 32

Grading Scale....................................................................... 32

Final Grades......................................................................... 32

Exam Exemption Policy....................................................... 32

Dropping & Adding Courses........................................... 32

 

 


LEWISVILLE JUNIOR AND SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

 

2000 - 2001

 

 

Dear Parents:

 

Please take time now to read through this Student Handbook which has been provided for your information.  It is state law that you and your child sign this form.  Your signature does not mean you agree with all of the content of this handbook; however, it does mean that you have been made aware of the guidelines of Lewisville Junior and Senior High student expectations.  Please detach this page and have your child return it to his/her English teacher on the second school day or the student will be suspended to parent conference.

 

Respectfully,

 

 

 

Steve Halter, Principal

Lewisville Junior and Senior High School

 

 

 

 

 

I have received the Lewisville Junior and Senior High School Student Handbook.  I give permission to administer corporal punishment to my child.  Please circle one:

 

YES                              NO

 

 

 

Parent or Guardian Signature

 

 

 

Date

 

 

 

Student Signature

 

 

 

Date

 

 

This handbook has been approved by the Lewisville School District’s School Board.


A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

 

 

 

 

Dear Students and Parents:

 

This handbook has been prepared for the purpose of outlining the expectations of the Lewisville School District regarding student conduct.

 

We, the faculty and staff of Lewisville Junior and Senior High School, welcome you to another school year.  It is our hope that this year will be a highlight in your education and a positive step toward your future.

 

We look forward to an exciting and profitable year.  As the school and parents work hand-in-hand, we can together provide each child a quality education.

 

The district recognizes that students are guaranteed full rights of citizenship by the United States Constitution, and these rights may not be denied except in accordance with due process of law.  The district further recognizes that with these rights there are responsibilities that are designed to help all participants acquire the full benefits of the educational program regardless of race, sex, creed, or national origin.

 

It is impossible to list in this handbook all of the rules and guidelines for students and staff.  Therefore, the contents of this handbook should not be construed to limit or deny your rights and responsibilities as a member of the student body or as a citizen; neither should it be construed to limit or deny the school administration the right and responsibility to develop such necessary rules and regulations consistent with federal and state laws and board of education policies and regulations.  Each student will receive a copy of the Student Handbook.

 

This handbook has been prepared to help you become familiar with the school, its organization, and expectations.  Become familiar with it to guarantee a successful year.

 

If you should have questions after reading this handbook, please feel free to contact me.

 

Respectfully,

 

 

 

Steve Halter, Principal

Lewisville Junior and Senior High School

 

 

 

 

 

 

“No person shall be denied the benefits of any education program or activity on the basis of handicap, race, color, creed, national origin, age, or sex.”

 


ATTENDANCE, ENROLLMENT, AND WITHDRAWAL

 

COMPULSORY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE

 

SECTION 1.  The public schools of any school district in this state shall be open and free through completion of the secondary program to all persons between the ages of five (5) and seventeen (17) years whose parents or legal guardians are domiciled in the district and to all persons between this age who have been legally transferred to the district for education purposes.  Any person eighteen (18) years of age or older may establish a domicile separate and apart from his/her parents or guardians for school attendance purpose.  (see Act 591 of 1987 lines 18-19)

 

SECTION 2.  A student between the ages of five (5) years and seventeen (17) years (both inclusive) who has not completed the requirements or been officially excluded from school must be in attendance a minimum of 150 days per school year.  (Arkansas Statute 80-1502 to 1504)

 

A student is allowed 14 absences per semester, excused or unexcused—it makes no difference.  On the 15th absence, the student shall not receive credit in the class(es) in which he or she has accrued more than 14 absences.

 

RIGHT TO ATTEND SCHOOL

Students have the right to attend school in the Lewisville School District in accordance with state law (Arkansas Statute 80-1502 to 1504), Board of Education policies, and individual school procedures.  Students and parents have the right to be informed regarding grade placement and policies pertaining to attendance, expected behavior for continued attendance, scheduling, grading, and makeup work.

 

Students have the responsibility to maintain prompt, regular attendance in school in accordance with Board of Education policy.  Parents have the responsibility to require attendance and to familiarize

themselves with policies pertaining to school assignment for their place of residence, the education program of the school, and rules regarding student behavior.

 

Students who are absent from school should be aware of these guidelines.

 

FIFTH YEAR SENIORS

Fifth year seniors may attend school on a part-time basis to complete their graduation requirements with the permission of the high school principal.

 

7TH & 8TH GRADE PROMOTION

Students in grades 7 & 8 shall be promoted from one grade to the next on the basis of academic achievement.  Junior high students must have an overall average of 60 or above, as well as an average of 60 or above in at least three of the following subjects: language arts (including reading if required), mathematics, social studies, and science.  If a student’s grade average in any subject or course is “borderline” or below 60 at the end of the first five weeks of any grading period, the teacher will notify the student’s parent.

 

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE

Students making satisfactory progress may attend public school until the age of 21 years.  Students may not attend Lewisville Public School beyond the school year in which they reach their 21st birthday.

 

 

Students reaching their eighteenth birthday and not making satisfactory progress toward graduation and causing disciplinary problems may be terminated at the end of the current school year.  These students may meet graduation requirements through correspondence courses if they so desire.

Students currently suspended from another school will not be admitted until the end of such suspension.

 

Students currently expelled from another school will not be admitted to the Lewisville Public Schools.

 

Students may not enroll in Lewisville High School following the first twelve (12) school days unless transferring from another school where they have been in attendance during the current school year or by permission of the administration.

 

DAILY ATTENDANCE

All students who are absent will not be re-admitted to class until they have secured an admit slip from the principal’s office.  The admit must be secured before returning to the first class after their absence. Excused admit slips will be issued only when students present a written excuse for the absence from parents/guardians.  If a written excuse is not presented, the absence will be unexcused.  Students have 5 days to present a written excuse to the office to change the unexcused absence to an excused absence.

 

Students arriving at school after 8:00 a.m. must come by the office and sign in.  Students may not leave school early unless their parents/guardians contact the office in advance.  Students must get permission from the office to sign out during the day.

 

Students will be counted as absent if they miss more than 10 minutes of a period.

 

ADMITS

Students must pick up admit slips between 7:45 and 8:00 a.m., or they will receive a tardy.  Students arriving late to school must, in all instances, come to the office and sign in before going to class or anywhere on campus and, if applicable, must also pick up an admit and/or a tardy slip for any absences.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE ABSENCE

An administrative absence is defined as an absence resulting from students’ participation in or attendance at any function sanctioned by the Arkansas Activities Association or any administratively approved state or national competition.  Students are not penalized in any way for an administrative absence for which they have received the prior approval of sponsors/coaches.

 

CHECKING OUT OF SCHOOL

Procedures:

 

t           Any students leaving the school campus before the end of the school day must make arrangements through the principal’s office.

t           Students must sign out in the office in all instances before leaving the campus.  Students not signing out in the office will be considered truant.

t           Students shall not be taken from school by anyone except a person who has custodial rights (parent or legal guardian) unless permission is granted by the parent/guardian in writing and on file in the principal’s office.  No student may be checked out by anyone 21 years of age or younger.

 

 

t           No students shall be taken from class or school and sent on errands except by permission of the principal and consent of the parents.

t           Any student 18 years of age and older may legally check out without parental approval.  The student will be personally responsible for their attendance.  The school does not recommend students exercise this right except in an emergency situation.  Students will also be personally responsible for supplying the school with notes of excuse.

 

TRANSFER POLICY

Any student transferring to the Lewisville Schools from a school that is not accredited by the State Department of Education shall be evaluated with appropriate tests that are approved by the State Department of Education for proper placement in this educational system.

 

HOME SCHOOLING REQUIREMENTS AND DEADLINES (6-15-503)

Parents must give written notice to the superintendent of schools by August 15 for the fall semester and December 15 for the spring semester of each school year of their intent to provide a home school for their child.  This notice must include:

 

t           name, date of birth, and grade level of student and name/address of last school attended.

t           location of home school.

t           basic core curriculum.

t           proposed schedule of instruction.

t           qualifications of the parent/teacher.  The parent must agree to have the student enrolled in home school tested annually by May 1.  Parents must also provide information about any child which might indicate the need for special education services.  (see also Dir. Memo 91-70 & 92-31)

 

 

STUDENT CONDUCT & DISCIPLINE -

SHARED RESPONSIBILITY

 

Freedom is a constitutional right, but it does not mean the absence of reasonable rules and regulations that serve to guide the actions of individuals.  Along with freedom comes the responsibility to act in such a manner as to insure that all participants may enjoy the same freedom.  To obtain the greatest possible benefit to the students, teachers, administrators, parents, Board of Education, and the entire community, it is essential that all work together to insure that all persons are treated equally and with dignity in respect to their rights and responsibilities.

 

STUDENTS

Students have the responsibility to pursue their education in the Lewisville School District in a manner that shows respect for other students, faculty members, parents, and other citizens.  Students should be aware that they have a responsibility to cooperate with and assist the school staff in the orderly and efficient conduct of the school by abiding by rules and regulations established by the Board of Education and implemented by teachers and school administrators.  Students are responsible for their own conduct at all times.

 

When students’ conduct threatens the physical well being of another person or themselves, they may be physically restrained until the proper authorities or parents arrive.

 

Students will be responsible for all debts prior to any release of school information, i.e. report cards, transcripts, health records.

PARENTS OR GUARDIANS

Parents or guardians are responsible for exercising the required controls so that their children’s behavior at school will be conducive to their own progress and not disruptive to the school’s educational program.  They are responsible for alerting school personnel when they have reason to believe that their children are experiencing difficulties at school or at home, and that by actively soliciting the help of the school, behavior standards may be maintained.

 

It is the responsibility of the parents or guardians to see that their students are in attendance at school.

 

TEACHERS

All teachers are responsible for the supervision of the behavior of all students in the school.  This includes not only the students who are regularly assigned to the teacher but all other students with whom the teacher comes in contact.  Each teacher is expected to maintain the kind of atmosphere and decorum that will promote the learning process and to utilize sound techniques that seem appropriate. Those techniques may include conferences with students and parents, referrals to the counselor, or referrals to other supportive service personnel of the district.  When teachers are unable to assist students in maintaining proper control of their behavior, students are to be referred to the principal.

 

PRINCIPAL

The principal is expected to disseminate to all students at the beginning of the year and to each new student upon registration, the rules and regulations currently in effect.  The principal is expected to inform the parents or guardians of any student whose behavior is in serious conflict with established laws, rules, and procedures.

 

SUPERINTENDENT

The superintendent is responsible for exercising leadership in establishing all necessary procedures, rules, and regulations to make effective the Board of Education policies relating to standards of student behavior.

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION

The Board of Education of the Lewisville School District, acting through the superintendent, holds all school employees responsible for the supervision of the behavior of students while legally under the supervision of the school.  The Board expects all employees to be concerned with student behavior and to take appropriate action when unacceptable behavior occurs.

 

 

INTERVENTION GUIDELINES

 

ALTERNATIVE LEARNING PLACEMENT

Alternative Learning is a last alternative for disruptive students, students that are more than two grade levels behind and are not making satisfactory progress, and students preparing for GED requirements.  Students attending Alternative Learning for discipline reasons are subject to out-of-school suspension or expulsion.

 

SUSPENSION TO PARENT CONFERENCE

Students may be suspended until a parent conference can be held anytime that the administrator deems it necessary.  Students will not be admitted back to school until the parent/guardian accompanies the student to a meeting with the principal.

 

 


SATURDAY DETENTION

Procedures:

 

t           Assignments will be made by the campus administrator only.  Students with an emergency which prevents their being in attendance and which occurs after school on Friday must notify an administrator at home prior to 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning.  Students may call the principal at 870-533-4774 and leave a message on recorder.  It will at the administrator’s discretion to excuse any Saturday detention absence.

t           Offenses committed Monday through Wednesday will be assigned to detention that Saturday; Thursday and Friday offenses will be served the following Saturday.

t           Detention (1/2 day) will begin at 7:30 a.m. and end at 11:00 noon.  Detention (all day) will begin at 7:30 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m.  Students attending all day Saturday school should bring a sack lunch and money for drink machine.

t           Students should bring study materials, including pen and paper, or they will be given a writing assignment.  Students must work the entire period.

t           Students receiving a third Saturday detention for a semester will be evaluated for Alternative Learning.

 

CORPORAL PUNISHMENT

Reasonable discipline may include the administration of corporal punishment to students in the exercise of sound discretion by a certified employee, provided that corporal punishment not be excessive or unduly severe.  Corporal punishment can be administered according to the following procedures:

 

t           It will be administered in the presence of at least one certified employee in addition to the person dispensing the punishment.

t           It will not be administered in the presence of other students.

t           It will not be administered with malice or anger or in excess.

t           Before corporal punishment is administered, the student should be advised of the rule and infraction for which the student is being punished in the presence of the witness.  If the student claims innocence, the certified employee will permit the student to state his/her position.  School officials are not required to conduct formal hearings prior to corporal punishment.

t           The principal will be notified when corporal punishment is administered, and a written report shall be filed in the principal’s office.

t           The instrument to be used in administering corporal punishment shall be approved by the principal and will be maintained in an administrator’s office.  Students who refuse the administration of corporal punishment may be suspended until such time that they return to receive assigned punishment

 

Act 904 of 1977 authorizes any teacher or principal to use corporal punishment in a reasonable manner against any pupil for good cause in order to maintain discipline and order within the public schools.

 

In 1977 the United States Supreme Court held that spanking children as a means of maintaining school discipline did not constitute cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution.

 

IN-SCHOOL-SUSPENSION (ISS)

Assignment to ISS will be for a minimum of (3) three school days.  Students who receive (3) ISS assignments in a semester can be recommended for Alternative Learning.  Students are to report to the

ISS building immediately after their breakfast or, if they do not eat breakfast, they should report to ISS immediately upon arriving on campus.  No loitering in other locations on campus will be tolerated.

 

Students in ISS may not attend or participate in any school function at home or away.  Failure to adhere to this policy may result in trespassing charges being filed.

 

OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION (OSS)

State laws and State Board of Education regulations permit local school officials to suspend students who are unwilling to behave in an acceptable manner and fail to abide by district attendance policies.

 

Out-of-School Suspension Procedures:

 

t           A teacher may temporarily dismiss students from class for disciplinary reasons.

t           The teacher shall, when feasible, accompany students to the office of the principal or designee and shall, as soon as practical, file with the principal a written statement about the students’ dismissal from class.

t           The principal or designee shall determine whether to reinstate students in class, reassign them, or take other disciplinary action.

t           The principal or designee of any school is authorized to suspend students from school for disciplinary reasons up to ten school days, including the day upon which the suspension was initially imposed.

t           Prior to such suspension, the principal or designee shall inform students either orally or in writing about the infraction.

t           If students deny charges, the principal shall explain to them the evidence which forms a basis of the charges and shall permit students to present their side of the story.

t           When the principal considers that an OUT-OF-SCHOOL suspension is proper, he/she shall send the student(s) home.

t           Students in OSS may not attend or participate in any school function at home or away.  Failure to adhere to this policy may result in trespassing charges being filed.

 

NOTIFICATION OF POLICE

Any time a law is broken, the school may notify the police.

 

EXPULSION

Expulsion is the dismissal from school and school premises for a period in excess of ten (10) days with loss of credit and is the result of school board action.  A suspension which exceeds ten (10) days shall not be deemed an expulsion where the same is due to the failure, neglect, or delay of the student, parent, or guardian to contact school officials for a reinstatement conference.  Parents will be notified by the superintendent by letter and a telephone call, if the family can be reached by telephone.

 

Students who have been expelled may not attend or participate in any school function at home or away.  Failure to adhere to this policy may result in trespassing charges being filed

 

PROBATION

When students are placed on probation, they must obey the rules and regulations for the rest of the school year.  If students break probation, suspension, Alternative Learning environment, or expulsion will be recommended.

 

HANDICAPPED STUDENTS’ DISCIPLINE

Handicapped students who engage in misbehavior are subject to normal school disciplinary rules and procedures as long as such treatment does not abridge the right to free appropriate public education.

The individualized educational plan (IEP) team for handicapped students should consider whether particular discipline procedures should be adopted and included in the IEP.

 

Handicapped students may be excluded from school only in emergencies and only for the duration of the emergency.  In no case should handicapped students be excluded for more than ten (10) days in a school year.

 

After emergency suspensions are imposed on handicapped students, an immediate meeting of their IEP team should be held to determine the cause and effect of the suspension with a view toward assessing the effectiveness and appropriateness of the placement and toward minimizing the harm resulting from the exclusion.

 

Suspended students will be offered alternate educational programming for the duration of the exclusion.  The respective building principals are given the responsibility of serving as the grievance officer in compliance with the requirements of Act 504.

 

 

REGULATIONS, RULES, & LAWS

PERTINENT TO STUDENT CONDUCT

 

CIVIL RIGHTS COORDINATOR

The Civil Rights Coordinator shall be responsible for coordinating and monitoring activities, reporting problems, and making recommendations necessary for compliance with Title VI, IX, and Section 504. For the Lewisville Public Schools, the Civil Rights Coordinator is the high school principal.

 

COMPUTER/INTERNET STUDENT DISCIPLINE

Internet Policy--Act 801 of 19.  Students may have the opportunity to use a variety of technologies at school, including computers and the Internet.  Students are to use this technology as directed by the staff in conformity with school curriculum.  Students who use any technology in an inappropriate manner and/or not as directed by the school are in violation of school policy and subject to discipline, up to and including the loss of the right to use the technology (which may involve loss of credit if the technology use was course work).  Students who violate the technology user agreement are also subject to the penalties outlined in the agreement.

 

Students who use technology to violate other policies will be subject to discipline for misuse of technology as well as the policy violation.  Example: A student sends a threatening E-mail message to another student.  This student would be disciplined for misusing technology as well as threatening another student.

 

DRESS AND GROOMING

Lewisville High School’s dress code is established to teach hygiene, instill discipline, prevent disruption, and avoid safety hazards.

 

Guidelines:

 

t           Students shall come to school looking clean and neat and exhibiting grooming habits and wearing clothes that will not be a health or safety hazard to students or others.

t           The district prohibits clothing/grooming which:

·          depicts pictures, emblems, or writings that are lewd, offensive, vulgar, or obscene.

·          advertise or depict tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, or drugs.

·          may reasonably be expected (in the principal’s judgment) to cause disruption of or interference with normal school operations.

t           Shorts and skirts must not be shorter than where the extended fingertips touch the clothing when the arms are pointed straight down and are rigid.  If the hemline is uneven, the shortest point on the shorts/skirt must meet the standard.

t           Boxer or biker shorts are not to be worn.

t           Shirts must cover the midriff when arms are raised.  No tank tops or spaghetti straps.

t           No undergarments may be worn as outer garments.

t           Pants will be worn at the waist (not allowed below point of hipbone).

t           Belts must be buckled (excessive belt length not allowed).

t           No caps, hats (or any head coverings), gloves, bandannas, headbands, or sunglasses will be worn.

t           Shoes must be worn at all times.

t           Earrings on males are not to be worn.

t           All items confiscated by and held in the office should be picked up by the student at the end of the semester.  Items left in the office will be discarded.

 

·         The principal or an administrator will make final determinations regarding above dress code violations

 

DRUG/ALCOHOL PROHIBITION

Students shall not possess, use, or transmit, attempt to possess, use, or transmit, or be under the influence of any of the following substances while on school premises during any school term or on or off school premises at a school-related activity, function, or event:

 

t           any substance as defined in state and federal law without regard to amount, including but not limited to:  marijuana, narcotic drug, hallucinogen, stimulant, depressant, amphetamine, or barbiturate

t           alcohol or any alcoholic beverage

t           any abusable glue or aerosol paint or any other volatile chemical substance for inhalation

t           any other intoxicant or mood-changing, mind-altering, or behavior-altering drugs

 

Students are encouraged to seek treatment and/or counseling for substance abuse.  A list of local rehabilitation resource agencies for substance abuse counseling and treatment is available upon request in the counselor’s office.

 

ELECTRONIC DEVICES/CELL PHONES

Possession by a student of any paging device, beeper, or similar electronic communication device on the school campus or at any school function home or away is not permitted.

 

An exception is made when a device is required for a health or another compelling reason.  The principal should be notified in advance if a paging device is required due to health reasons.  Beepers will be collected and will remain in the office; law enforcement will be called to collect the beepers.  This violation is a class C misdemeanor.

 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT

It is the policy of Lewisville School District that all vocational opportunities will be offered without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, or handicap.  It is also the policy of the Lewisville School District to provide equal opportunity to all its employees, staff, and students and to assure that there will be no discrimination against any persons on the grounds of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, handicap, political affiliation or belief, or age or on the basis of citizenship.

FIREARMS & WEAPONS

Students shall not go onto the school premises with a firearm, explosive weapon, or illegal knife, unless pursuant to written regulations or written authorization of the district.

 

Students shall not interfere with normal activities, occupancy, or use of any building or portion of the campus by exhibiting, using, or threatening to exhibit or to use the firearm, explosive weapon, or illegal knife.

 

Students are also prohibited from bringing to school or a school related activity any other weapons.  This prohibition will not normally apply to school supplies such as pencils, compasses, etc., unless they are used in a menacing or threatening manner.  Weapons include, but are not limited to:

 

t           fireworks of any kind

t           clubs or night sticks

t           razors, metallic knuckles, or chains

t           any object used in a way that threatens to inflict bodily injury on another person

 

Note: No person in this state shall possess a handgun upon the property of the public schools or in or upon any school bus.  Violation of this section shall be a class D felony, and no sentence imposed for violation thereof shall be suspended or probated or treated as a first offense under Arkansas Code 16-93-301 et seq. (Act 649 of 1989).

 

The Gun-Free School Act of 1994 requires expulsion for students for a period of not less than one year for possession of any firearm or other weapon prohibited upon school campus by law; however, the superintendent shall have discretion to modify such expulsion requirements for a student on a case-by-case basis.

 

Policy requires that parents, guardians, or other persons in loco parentis of an expelled student sign a statement acknowledging that the parents have read and understand current laws regarding the possibility of parental responsibility for allowing a child to possess a weapon on school property.  The statement shall be signed by the parents, guardians or other persons in loco parentis prior to readmitting a student or enrolling a student in any public school immediately after the expiration of an expulsion period.  (Act 1150 of 1999)

 

GANG POLICY

Prohibition of Gangs and Secret Societies.  The Lewisville School Board adopts all the provisions of Arkansas Code Annotated 6-18-601 through Arkansas Code Annotated 6-19-607, Fraternities, Sororities, etc., and Arkansas Code Annotated 6-5-201 through 6-5-204, Hazing, and defines in places the consequences of “gang” and “gang membership” as being the same as described in these statues.

 

The Lewisville Board of Education issues this policy to prohibit such behavior and membership in non-school sponsored organizations in the Lewisville School District while individual(s) are at school, traveling to and from school, or while attending school-sponsored events.

 

When there is a question as to whether the behavior of any student is associated with membership in gangs or any such prohibited organizations, the determination shall be made by the respective principal subject to appeal to the superintendent of schools.  After such steps, further appeal may be made to the Lewisville Board of Education.

 

Prohibited activities include, but are not limited to the following:

 

t           soliciting and/or recruiting others for membership

t           participating in and/or inciting physical violence

t           extorting or soliciting money or services and/or requesting any person to pay for protection, insurance, or payment of dues

t           coercing, harassing, and/or otherwise intimidating, threatening, or causing harm to any person

t           wearing, possessing, using, displaying in any manner, distributing, or selling any clothing, jewelry, emblem, badge, symbol, sign, or other item commonly associated with membership in or affiliation with a gang

t           using any communication, verbal or non-verbal (gestures, handshakes, etc.) Suggesting or showing membership in or affiliation with a gang

t           engaging in any activity intended to promote or further the interests of any gang activity including distributing literature, drawing or displaying unauthorized symbols on any surface, teaching others to “represent” or acting like a member of a gang

 

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

SECTION 504:  The Lewisville School Board, in regular session, on February 13, 1989, adopted the following grievance procedure:

 

t            Any employee or student expressing a grievance concerning discrimination based on race, sex, or handicap will first present the grievance in writing to the appropriate coordinator.  If the grievance is not resolved by the meeting between the employee(s) or student and the coordinator, the employee(s) or student may appeal to the superintendent.

t            The employee(s) or student will request the meeting in writing outlining the nature of the grievance and the efforts made to resolve the grievance.

t            The superintendent will schedule a meeting with the employee(s) or student within ten (10) days of receipt of the request.

t            The superintendent will notify the employee(s) or student within ten (10) days of the decision related to the grievance.

t            The employee(s) or student, if he/she wishes, may continue the grievance to the Board.

t            The employee(s) or student will request in writing to the president of the Board a hearing, attaching all related materials, including any written decisions.  The Board will schedule a hearing no later than its next regular meeting.

t            The employee(s) or student will be granted a full and complete hearing and may have a representative of his/her choice at the Board hearing.

t            The Board will notify the employee(s) or student of its decision no later than thirty (30) days following the hearing.

 

NO REPRISAL WILL BE TAKEN BY ANY SUPERVISOR AGAINST ANY EMPLOYEE(S) OR STUDENT FOR USING THIS GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE.

 

LASER POINTERS

“AN ACT TO PROHIBIT THE POSSESSION OF HAND-HELD LASER POINTERS BY MINORS,” - ACT 1408.  SECTION 1. (a) It is unlawful for a person under eighteen (18) years of age to possess a hand-held laser pointer without the supervision of a parent, guardian, or teacher.  (b) The hand-held laser pointer shall be seized by the law enforcement officer as contraband.

 

SCHOOL BUS

All students will be assigned a seat.  Students will stay in their seats all the way to school, all the way home, and while being transported to and from all school activities.  Bus drivers may change or reassign a seat for disciplinary reasons.  Students will not be allowed to stand except for loading and unloading.  Any action such as loud talking or the throwing of objects or actions that may distract the bus driver will not be allowed.  Bus transportation is a privilege provided by the school district.

 

TITLE VI (RACE), TITLE IX (SEX), SECTION 504 (HANDICAP)

In keeping with the guidelines of Title VI, Section 601, Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX, Section 901, Education Amendment of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Lewisville School District assures that no person in the United States shall on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or handicap be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

 

TITLE IX

In June 1972, Congress passed Title IX of the Education Amendments, a law which affects virtually every educational institution in the country.  The law prohibits discrimination by sex in educational programs that receive federal funds.  The law states in part that, “No person in the United States shall on the basis of sex be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal assistance....”

 

Male and female students must be eligible for benefits, services, and financial aid without discrimination on the basis of sex.

 

TOBACCO POSSESSION AND USE

Students shall not possess or use tobacco products, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, snuff, or chewing tobacco, while under the school’s jurisdiction.  Possession of a lighter and/or matches is also prohibited.

 

ACT 1555 - “An act to require that a copy of the statute prohibiting smoking or use of tobacco or tobacco products on school property be posted in a conspicuous place at every entrance of each school building or school bus.”  SECTION 1.  Arkansas Code 6-21-609 is amended to read as follows: “6-21-609.  Prohibition against smoking or use of tobacco or tobacco products - Exception.  (a) Smoking or use of tobacco or products containing tobacco in any form in or on any property owned or leased by a public school district, including school buses, is prohibited.  © Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not less than ten dollars ($10) nor more than one hundred dollars ($100).”

 

VANDALISM AND DAMAGE TO SCHOOL PROPERTY

Students shall not vandalize or otherwise damage or deface any property, including furniture and other equipment, belonging to or used by the district.  Parent/guardians of students guilty of damaging school property shall be liable for damages in accordance with the law.  Students shall not be in unlawful possession of other students’ or staff property.

 

VENDING MACHINE USE

Vending machines may only be used during lunch and after school.

 

 

OFFENSES DEFINITIONS

 

ASSAULTS

Students are prohibited from assaulting anyone on school property or at any school-related event.  An assault is defined as intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing or threatening to cause bodily injury to another person.  Additionally, students commit assault if they intentionally or knowingly cause physical contact with another student when students know or (should reasonably) believe that the other student(s) will regard the contact as offensive or provocative.

 

ABUSE

An item is abused when it is used in an improper way.

 

FIGHTING

Any altercation where the intent is to inflict harm to others by means of physical contact is fighting.  Students will be considered to be fighting any time they take the offensive physically in an altercation. Students are encouraged to seek a faculty or staff member to help prevent a fight.  Defending ones self will not be an excuse to hit, shove, kick, or make any other contact that is considered to be taking the offensive in the opinion of the investigating administration.

 

EATING/DRINKING AT INAPPROPRIATE TIMES

Consumption of food, candy, or drinks other than at noon or after school unless approved by an administrator is prohibited.

 

FORGERY

Signing your name or another’s name to a document is forgery.

 

GAMBLING

Students shall not participate in any activity that may be termed as gambling or wagering where the stakes are money or any other object(s) of value.

 

HABITUAL UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR

A student who has had continual violations of one or more rules and several disciplinary referrals to the office and for whom interventions have not yielded acceptable behavior in the classroom or school is considered to have habitual unacceptable behavior.

 

HALL PASS OFFENSES

Students out of class without a hall pass will be given a tardy.

 

HARASSMENT

Harassment occurs when students disturb, annoy, torment, pester, or continue to bother either another student or staff.

 

HAZING

Hazing, by one person or acting with others, which endangers the mental or physical health or the safety of a student for the purpose of being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in any organization whose members are other students is prohibited.  Prior approval from the principal for any type of “initiation” conducted by a school club or organization is required.

 

INSUBORDINATION

Students are insubordinate when they do not obey orders and are unwilling to submit to authority.  Students will not show disrespect for faculty or staff members by shouting or yelling at, threatening, or any other action that can be considered disrespectful.

 

OBSCENE MATERIALS

Students shall not have in their possession or distribute obscene materials while at school.

 

PROBATION

As a result of infractions, students will be notified that they are on probation and informed that any other office referrals will result in the building principal recommending expulsion.

 

PROFANITY

Students shall not use profanity, obscene gestures, or vulgar language at any time for any reason.

 

PUBLIC DISPLAY OF AFFECTION

Holding of hands and/or close contact between students will not be permitted.

 

REASONABLE FORCE

Any district employee may use and apply physical restraint to students in order to:

 

t            protect a person, including the person using physical restraint, from physical injury.

t            obtain possession of a weapon or other dangerous object.

t            protect property from serious damage.

t            remove from a specific location students refusing a lawful command of a school employee, including from a classroom or other school property, in order to restore order or to impose disciplinary measure.

t            restrain irrational students.

 

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Any action, non-verbal, verbal, or physical, which is construed by the administration to have unwanted and inappropriate sexual meaning or intent, is sexual harassment.

 

TERRORISTIC THREATS

Students threatening to cause death, serious physical injury or property damage to any student and/or school employee acting in the line of duty is considered to be engaging in terroristic threats.

 

THREATS

Students who either physically gesture or verbally warn of an intent to do harm or who use any object as a possible source of danger are threatening.

 

TRUANCY

Students are truant if they skip class, play hooky, are not in the expected place at the appropriate time, absent without consent of parents/guardian, leave school without properly checking out in the office, or leave class without receiving permission from the teacher.  Students leaving campus without signing out in the office are also considered truant.

 

 

DISCIPLINARY POLICIES & PROCEDURES

 

We believe that good order and conduct is necessary before teaching begins.  These expectations include respect for public property and the property of other students, an interruption-free environment where students can learn, an environment that is healthy and safe.  The written rules are an effort to specify these expectations.  The disciplinary rules are written with the intent of consistency.  Any administrator and/or teacher in Lewisville Junior/Senior High School has jurisdiction over all students enrolled in this school.  Any administrator and/or teacher shall have the authority to correct any misconduct on the grounds, in the cafeteria, in the classroom, and at school functions at home or away.

 

Building administrators shall have both the authority and the duty to take disciplinary action whenever the behavior of the student(s) materially interferes with or substantially disrupts maintenance of a proper atmosphere for learning within classrooms or other parts of the school.  It is important to note that while consistency in disciplinary actions is the goal of the building administrators, there are Federal Laws which pertain to students who have special needs as defined by Public Law 94-142 that may prohibit the enforcement of some rules in this student handbook for those students who qualify for services under said law.

 

Notice of rules and regulations existing at Lewisville Junior/Senior High School shall be disseminated to students and their parents by way of student assemblies, public address announcements, and student handbook.

 

It is required by law that each student returns the first page of the student handbook signed by both the student and parent/guardian.  The page will be kept in the student’s file as proof that both student and parent/guardian have received a copy of the handbook, are aware of the guidelines and policies that govern the junior and senior high schools, and agree to adhere to said guidelines and policies.  Failure to return this page will result in suspension of student.

 

Building administrators have the authority to move within the range of punishments to more appropriately address individual misbehavior and/or to promote the best interest of the overall safety and security of the entire student body.

 

The junior/senior high school reserves the right to punish behavior that is not conducive to good order and discipline in our school even though such behavior is not specified in the handbook.

 

CONDUCT OVERVIEW

Students are entitled to enjoy the basic rights of citizenship recognized and protected by law for persons of their age and maturity.  Students are expected to respect the rights and privileges of other students, teachers, and the district staff.  The district’s rules of conduct and discipline are established to achieve and maintain order in the school.  Students who violate the rights of others or who violate district or school rules shall be subject to disciplinary measures designed to correct the misconduct and to promote adherence by all students to the responsibilities of citizens in the school community.  The violations of a rule can occur whether the conduct takes place on the school grounds at a school-supervised activity, function, or event or away from school (Act 742 of 1997).

 

DUE PROCESS

Students have the right to be immediately informed of alleged violations of standards of behavior as established by Board policy and/or school regulations and to be informed of appeal procedures.  Students have the responsibility to know and obey school rules, to express grievances in a polite and hospitable manner, and to give parents correct information concerning misconduct.  Principals and teachers have the responsibility to follow Board established procedures in disciplinary actions against students.  Principals are responsible for notifying and conferring with parents and students in cases involving suspension and expulsion recommendations.  Parents have the responsibility to call principals for conferences when needed and to arrange with proper school authorities for desired student hearings.

 

The due process rights of students and parents are as follows:

 

t           Prior to any suspension, the school principal or his/her designee shall advise the pupil in question of the particular misconduct of which he/she is accused, as well as the basis for such accusations.

t           The pupil shall be given an opportunity at that time to explain his/her version of the facts to the school principal or his/her designee.

t           Written notice of suspension and the reasons for the suspension shall be given to the parent(s) of the pupil.

t           Any parent(s), tutor or legal guardian of a pupil assigned an in-school suspension shall have the right to appeal to the superintendent level only.

 

EXPECTED STUDENT BEHAVIOR

The following are general guidelines for student behavior:

 

t           Students will be in their seat when the bell rings.

t           Student will bring adequate study materials to class each day and participate cooperatively and fully in the activities planned by the teacher.

t           Students will comply immediately and courteously with any reasonable request of any staff member.

t           Students will behave in a cooperative and non-disruptive manner at all times.

 

DISCIPLINARY RANGE OF INTERVENTION

Students who commit offenses are subject to the following consequences.  These consequences identify permissible punishment, which may be used separately or in combination, for established violations of policies, rules, and regulations of the district.  This list is not in the order of application:

 

t           verbal reprimand

t           communication to parent by note or telephone

t           conference with parent at school and/or restitution for damages

t           removal of school transportation privileges

t           Saturday detention (half day - 7:30 to 11:00 a.m. & all day - 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)

t           exclusion from extracurricular activities

t           corporal punishment

t           referral to school counselor

t           in school suspension (ISS)

t           probation

t           out of school suspension

t           referral to law enforcement agency

t           referral to outside agency

t           tardy

t           alternative learning environment

t           other disciplinary techniques deemed appropriate by the principal

 

SEARCH AND SEIZURE

Lewisville School authorities not only have the right, but also the responsibility and obligation to maintain a climate in the schools that assures the health, safety, and welfare of all the students.  Search and seizure proceedings of a student, his/her locker, or his/her personal possessions will be effected upon receipt by school officials of information that leads to reasonable suspicion that a controlled substance, weapon, other contraband may be present.

OFFENSES & PUNISHMENT

 

Serious Offenses – includes police notification

 

 1.    ASSAULTING a teacher, principal, superintendent, or other employee of the Lewisville Schools

Punishment range: 10 days suspension to recommended expulsion and police notification

 

 2.    ASSAULTING a student

Punishment range: 3 days ISS to 10 days suspension to recommended expulsion and police notification

 

 3.    GANG ACTIVITIES

Punishment range: suspension until parent conference to 10 days OSS and probation for the remainder of the year

 

 4.    POSSESSION OF/OR UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ANY ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE OR ANY ILLEGAL DRUG

Punishment range: 10 days suspension and recommended expulsion

 

Students shall not possess, use, or transmit, attempt to possess, use, or transmit, or be under the influence of any of the following substances while on school premises during any school term or on or off school premises at a school-related activity, function, or event:

 

t            any substance as defined in state and federal law without regard to amount, including but not limited to:  marijuana, narcotic drug, hallucinogen, stimulant, depressant, amphetamine, or barbiturate

t            alcohol or any alcoholic beverage

t            any abusable glue or aerosol paint or any other volatile chemical substance for inhalation

t            any other intoxicant or mood-changing, mind-altering, or behavior-altering drugs

 

Students are encouraged to seek treatment and/or counseling for substance abuse.  A list of local rehabilitation resource agencies for substance abuse counseling and treatment is available upon request in the counselor’s office.

 

 5.    POSSESSION OF FIREARMS OR OTHER WEAPONS

Punishment range: 10 days suspension and recommended expulsion and police notification

 

Note: No person in this state shall possess a handgun upon the property of the public schools or in or upon any school bus.  Violation of this section shall be a class D felony, and no sentence imposed for violation thereof shall be suspended or probated or treated as a first offense under Arkansas Code 16-93-301 et seq. (Act 649 of 1989).

 

The Gun-Free School Act of 1994 requires expulsion for students for a period of not less than one year for possession of any firearm or other weapon prohibited upon school campus by law; however, the superintendent shall have discretion to modify such expulsion requirements for a student on a case-by-case basis.

 

 6.    POSSESSION AND/OR DISTRIBUTION OF A LASER POINTER

Punishment range: confiscation of item to expulsion

ACT 1408 “An act to prohibit the possession of hand-held laser pointers by minors.”  SECTION 1. (a) It is unlawful for a person under eighteen (18) years of age to possess a hand-held laser pointer without the supervision of a parent, guardian, or teacher.  (b) The hand-held laser pointer shall be seized by the law enforcement officer as contraband.

 

 7.    POSSESSION OF PAGING DEVICES (BEEPERS, CELLPHONES, TWO-WAY RADIOS, ANY ELECTRONIC OR BATTERY OPERATED PLAYER, C. D.’S, ETC.)

Punishment range: confiscation of item and police notification

 

It shall be unlawful for an individual enrolled as a student in a public or private elementary or secondary school or for any individual age eighteen (18) years of age or younger to possess an electronic paging device, beeper, or similar communications device while on property owned by a public or private elementary or secondary school.  Violation of this section shall be a Class C misdemeanor.  It shall be a defense to prosecution under this section that the individual in possession of the paging device, beeper, or similar communication device has been granted an exemption to possess such device by the board of directors of the school board in which such individual is enrolled as a student.

 

Any student found to be in violation of the above law will be turned over to the proper authorities.

 

 8.    POSSESSION OR DISTRIBUTION OF OR USE OF TOBACCO

Punishment range: confiscation of item(s) and notification of parent/guardian and police to OSS

 

ACT 1555 “An act to require that a copy of the statute prohibiting smoking or use of tobacco or tobacco products on school property be posted in a conspicuous place at every entrance of each school building or school bus.  SECTION 1 Arkansas Code 6-21-609 is amended to read as follows:

6-21-609.  Prohibition against smoking or use of tobacco or tobacco products - Exception.  (a) Smoking or use of tobacco or products containing tobacco in any form in or on any property owned or leased by a public school district, including school buses, is prohibited.  © Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not less than ten dollars ($10) nor more than one hundred dollars ($100).”

 

 9.    SEXUAL ABUSE OR HARASSMENT

Punishment range: 3 days ISS to expulsion and police notification

 

10.   TERRORISTIC THREATS OR THREATS to assault any student, teacher, principal, superintendent, or other employee of Lewisville Schools.

Punishment range: 10 days suspension to recommended expulsion; notify police

 

11.   VANDALISM/DAMAGE TO SCHOOL OR SCHOOL PERSONNEL OR GUESTS’ PROPERTY OR THEFT OF SAID PROPERTY OR THEFT OF STUDENTS’ PROPERTY

Punishment range: parent conference and payment for damages to recommended expulsion and police notification

 

* A STUDENT MAY BE SUSPENDED OR RECOMMENDED FOR EXPULSION AT

ANY TIME THE PRINCIPAL DEEMS NECESSARY.

 

 

 

 

Less Serious Offenses

 

 1.    BUS REFERRAL

Punishment range: Saturday detention to removal of bus privileges

 

 2.    CHEATING

Punishment range: loss of credit for that work; parent notification by teacher

 

 3.    DRESS CODE VIOLATION

Punishment range: loan of school issue to returning home for acceptable clothing

 

Note: It is the student’s responsibility to dress each morning in a fashion that adheres to the school dress code; therefore, students may miss valuable instructional time while in the office or at home when they fail to dress appropriately.  Teachers are urged not to allow make-up of missed work during the normal class period once said student has returned to class.  Arrangements to make up missed work shall be scheduled by the student at the teacher’s convenience.

 

 4.    EATING/DRINKING AT INAPPROPRIATE TIMES

Punishment range: teacher warning to ISS

 

 5.    FAILURE TO ACQUIRE ADMIT

Punishment range: tardy

 

 6.    FIGHTING

Punishment range:    1st offense                    3 days OSS

2nd offense                   5 days OSS

3rd offense                    10 days OSS and recommended expulsion

 

 7.    GAMBLING (for money or objects of value)

Punishment range: Saturday detention to OSS

 

 8.    GENERAL CLASS/SCHOOL DISRUPTION AND/OR INTERFERENCE WITH SCHOOL PROCEDURES

Punishment range: Saturday detention to OSS

 

 9.    HABITUAL UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR

Punishment range: corporal punishment, Alternative Learning Environment, legal authorities, Lewisville Board of Education, not limited to but inclusive of all the above

 

10.   INSUBORDINATION/DISRESPECT TO STAFF MEMBERS

Punishment range: ISS to expulsion

 

11.   LACK OF NECESSARY MATERIALS IN CLASS

Punishment range: principal/student conference to ISS

 

12.   LITTERING

Punishment range: warning to ISS

 

13.   MISBEHAVIOR ON SCHOOL PROPERTY (scuffling, meddling, horseplay, etc.)

Punishment range: Saturday detention to OSS

14.   POSSESSION AND/OR SHOOTING OF FIREWORKS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY

Punishment range: Saturday detention to expulsion

 

15.   PROFANITY

Punishment range: Saturday detention to OSS

 

16.   PUBLIC DISPLAY OF AFFECTION

Punishment range: warning to expulsion and police notification

 

17.   SATURDAY DETENTION ABSENCE

Punishment range: Make up to ISS; must adhere to Saturday detention regulations.  (See Saturday detention guideline on page 8.)

 

18.   TARDIES

Punishment range:    1st & 2nd tardy                          recorded

3rd tardy                                   parent notification & warning

4th tardy                                   ½ day Saturday detention

5th tardy                                   1 day Saturday detention

6th tardy                                   3 days ISS

7th tardy                                   5 days ISS

8th tardy                                   ½ day Saturday detention & 3 days ISS

9th tardy                                   1 day Saturday detention & 5 days ISS

 

It is important to note that a student may receive more than one tardy on any particular day.  Routinely, tardies will be reviewed on a daily basis.  Sometimes it will be necessary to make the tardy review a day later.  In either case students will be penalized for the largest amount of tardies accumulated between tardy review periods.

 

Tardies are accumulated for the semester period; punishment does not erase previous tardies.

 

Students who choose to provide their own transportation to school (and could ride the bus) are responsible for all tardies.  If students who are riding school buses are late to school, the school accepts the responsibility, and the student is not penalized.

 

19.   TRUANCY

Punishment range: Saturday detention to notification of juvenile authorities

 

 

STUDENT RECORDS

 

ACCESS TO STUDENT RECORDS

In accordance with The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (Public Law 930380), access to student records, both academic and personal, will be limited to:

 

t         the student in question.

t         the parents or legal guardian of the student in question.

t         school officials.

 

 

 

Should the school district wish to release personally identifiable data from a student’s record, it will be necessary to obtain written permission from the parents of the student before releasing such information.

 

When any student has reached the age of 18 or is attending an institution of post-secondary education, the law states, “The rights accorded to and the consent required of the parents of the student shall thereafter only be accorded to and required of the eligible student.”

 

NOTICE OF PRIVACY RIGHTS:  STUDENT RECORDS

The notice informs parents and eligible students (those age 18 or older) of their rights concerning educational records maintained by the Lewisville School District.  The rights include those of access to the records, opportunity to challenge such records, limitations on disclosure, and provisions to file a complaint with the Department of Education.

 

These rights are explained in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 as amended (Public Law 93-380) and The School Laws of Arkansas 1975 (1232g).  This act states in part that “all academic and personal records pertaining to individual students are confidential and can only be inspected by students, parents, and school officials.”

 

Laws and regulations require school systems such as Lewisville to:

 

t         provide parents and eligible students the opportunity to inspect and to challenge the contents of their records when they believe it contains information that is inaccurate, misleading, or an invasion of their rights to privacy.  This does not apply to academic grades.

t         limit disclosure of information from students’ records to those who have written consent of the parents or eligible students, to officials specifically permitted under the law (such as Lewisville School officials), to those of other schools in which students seeks to enroll, and under certain conditions and for specific purposes, to local and state and federal officials.

 

Parents and eligible students may file a complaint with the Department of Education if they believe their rights under this law have been violated and if efforts to resolve the situation through appeal channels within the Lewisville School District have not proven satisfactory.  Complaints should be addressed to:

 

Family Education Rights

Switzer Building, Room 4511

Washington, D. C.  20202

 

PROCESS FOR REVIEW OF STUDENT RECORDS

Should the parents or guardian, upon reviewing their children’s school records, find what they believe to be inappropriate, misleading, or inaccurate information contained therein, the following course of action may be taken:

 

t           The parent may ask for a conference with the building principal in charge.

t           The parent should be able to furnish documented evidence that the records are in error.

t           Communication and interaction by those parties involved, inclusive but not limited to the teaching staff, should take place.

t           Upon presentation and study of all facts and evidences by both parents and staff, a recommendation for change, deletions, or additions will be drafted and presented to the superintendent of schools.

RELEASE OF STUDENT DIRECTORY INFORMATION

Only under certain conditions and for specific purposes will the Lewisville School District relinquish information relative to student birth dates, places of birth, and addresses.  The school district will release such information without the prior consent of students or their parents or guardians only if the following steps are taken:

 

t            Notice of intention to release information that states the type of information to be released must be given.

t            Students, parents, or guardians know they have the right to refuse to permit release.

t            A time limit is given for refusal to permit release.

 

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS

Act 838 of 1991 requires that all children being admitted to any public school provide a social security number.  Schools may temporarily admit a child if a completed and postage paid application for a social security number is provided so that a number can be obtained.  If there is an objection to using

the social security number on school records, the requirement can be waived by the parents signing a notarized statement expressing their objections.

 

 

CAMPUS LIFE - Extracurricular Activities & Clubs

 

Extracurricular activities, being a privilege and not a right, are designed to help meet the leisure, recreational, social, and emotional needs of the students that cannot be met solely through the formal course of study.  However, even though the Lewisville School District realizes the importance of extracurricular activities, they are secondary to the core curriculum.  The extracurricular activities are scheduled so that students will miss a minimum amount of time from regular classes.

 

SCHOOL ORGANIZATIONS

School fraternities and secret societies are banned in Arkansas public school (Act 171.1929).

 

ART CLUB

Membership is limited to those students who have successfully completed one semester of art and are in the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade.  Dues are $5 a student.

 

ASSEMBLIES

The president of the Student Council will preside at assemblies.  All assemblies must be scheduled with the principal and listed on the master calendar.

 

ATHLETICS

To participate in athletics students must meet the guidelines of the Arkansas Activities Association, the Department of Education, and the Lewisville School District.

 

BAND

Students are eligible to join the band and band directed activities provided they meet the following requirements:

 

t         obtain permission from the band director

t         meet AAA standards for participation (pass four academic subjects and maintain GPA requirements)

t         flag requirements:

·            grades 9 through 12

·            meet eligibility/grade point requirements

·            attend a summer camp for flag instruction

·            be selected at the yearly tryouts

t         drum major requirements:

·            grades 10 through 12

·            meet eligibility/grade point requirements

·            attend a summer camp for drum majors

·            be selected at the yearly tryouts

 

Note: No bandpersons shall be allowed to participate in any band function if they are not in attendance at school at least one-half day on the day of the event.

 

CHEERLEADERS

Selection and requirements:  Guidelines/rules may be obtained through the office of the principal.

 

FIRE MARSHALS

Fire Marshals are chosen by the administration to aid the administrators during a fire drill.

 

FUTURE BUSINESS LEADERS OF AMERICA

The Future Business Leaders of America chapter is the local organization for all students enrolled in a business class at LHS.

 

FUTURE FARMERS OF AMERICA

The Future Farmers of America is an integral part of the instructional program in vocational agriculture.  Students must be enrolled in vocational agriculture to be eligible for membership in FFA. FFA students must learn and recite the FFA creed, pass a test on and have working knowledge of FFA history, know the duties and responsibilities of FFA membership, pay dues to local, state, and national organization yearly, and take part in local meetings and activities.  In addition students must meet all other requirements that the chapter votes for its membership.

 

FUTURE HOMEMAKERS OF AMERICA

Future Homemakers of America is a national organization of students who have taken or are taking a course in home economics education.  The main goal is to improve personal, family, community, and job/career life.  The home economics teacher is the advisor of the local chapter.  The organization is supported by membership dues.  Dues are $7 per year.

 

HOMECOMING

The senior boys’ football team will nominate and elect a 12th grade girl for Homecoming Queen.  The runner-up will be Maid of Honor.  The 10th, 11th, and 12th grades will each nominate and elect two Maids to represent them on the Homecoming Court.  All Homecoming Court nominees must have a 2.0 GPA.

 

LETTERMAN’S CLUB - On file in the principal’s office

 

MONEY RAISING PROJECTS

Projects to raise money will be kept to a minimum.  All such projects must have prior approval of both the principal and superintendent.  All organizations are limited to one (1) money raising project per year.  No door-to-door projects are allowed.

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY

Membership eligibility requirements:

 

t            Candidates must be a member of the sophomore, junior, or senior class.

t            Candidates must have been in attendance at this school the equivalent of one semester.

t            Candidates must have a cumulative scholastic average of 3.25.

t            Candidates must be enrolled in the Honor Diploma program.

t            If a member is dismissed, a written notice of the decision will be sent to the member and his or her parents.  The member must then surrender the NHS emblem (pin) and membership card to the chapter adviser.  If the member is unwilling to do this, the matter will be treated as a school disciplinary matter.

 

In January, after CGPA’s have been computed for the fall semester, students who are eligible scholastically will be notified in writing.  They will be told that for further consideration for selection into the NHS chapter, they must complete the Student Activity Information Form.  This will help the faculty council determine students’ interest in membership and to obtain information regarding service and leadership activities.  These students are then eligible for consideration on the basis of leadership, service, and character.  The selection of members to the chapter will be by a majority vote of the faculty council.  The faculty council consists of five faculty members that are appointed annually by the principal.

 

Members who fall below the standards which were the basis for their selection will be promptly warned in writing by the chapter advisor and given one semester to correct the deficiency; exception-- in the case of a flagrant violation of school rules or civic responsibility, a member will not have to be warned.  Students who are dismissed or resign may never again become a National Honor Society member.

 

Circumstances that might cause students to deviate from the requirements listed above will be considered on an individual basis by the faculty council.

 

NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY

Membership eligibility requirements:

 

t            Candidates must be a member of the seventh, eighth, or ninth grade class.

t            Candidates must have been in attendance at this school the equivalent of one semester.

t            Candidates must have a cumulative scholastic average of 3.25 (computation beginning in the seventh grade).

t            If a member is dismissed, a written notice of the decision will be sent to the member and his or her parents.  The member must then surrender the NJHS emblem (pin) and membership card to

the chapter adviser.  If the member is unwilling to do this, the matter will be treated as a school disciplinary matter.

 

PATRIOTIC AND RELIGIOUS EXERCISES

Students have the right to participate in or abstain from such exercises as the flag salute, oaths or pledges, anthems, and religious observances.  Students have the responsibility to respect the choice of those who choose to participate in or abstain from such exercises.  Parents and students have the responsibility of informing the administrators of their religious or ethical objections to participating in selected activities.

 

 

SCHOOL NEWSPAPERS AND UNOFFICIAL PUBLICATIONS

No Arkansas laws exist which would prohibit students from establishing and maintaining a student or school newspaper, if this publication is to report school news.  Students have the right to editorialize; however, they must refrain from printing anything that might contain obscene language or libelous materials, and they must secure a school sponsor.

 

SCHOOL SPONSORED TRIPS

A teacher will be in charge of all students who participate in a school trip away from school.  No student will be dismissed from a teacher’s supervision until returned to the proper destination.  If a parent should ask for a student in person, the teacher may excuse the student and allow him/her to accompany the parent.  If the student or parent does not want to abide by school regulations, the student will not be allowed to participate in school trips.

 

SCIENCE CLUB

Membership is limited to those students who are in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.

 

SPANISH CLUB

Membership is limited to those students who have successfully completed one year of Spanish or who are now enrolled in Spanish.

 

STUDENT COUNCIL

The Student Council allows students to take an active role in conducting the activities of the school.  All clubs and organizations must be chartered by the Student Council.  Final authority on all Student Council activities is with the school administration.  Each April the student body shall elect a president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer.  These officers may come from the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.  All officers must have a 3.00 CGPA.  The president must be a senior.  There will be two representatives elected each May from grades 6 through 11.  Students must have a 2.00 CGPA to be eligible to run for position on the Student Council.

 

 

STUDENT SERVICES & HELPS & CAMPUS FACILITIES

 

AUTOMOBILES AND STUDENT PARKING

All students must park their cars in the designated parking areas.  After arriving at school, students will not be allowed to sit in their cars or have tape/radio players playing.  Students may not return to their vehicle without permission from a teacher or administrator (except when leaving for the day).  Students may not leave the campus again unless they have permission from the office.  Students will be required to show proof of insurance.

 

The principal may suspend driving privileges for any term he or she determines necessary when any disregard for safety or negligence is demonstrated by the driver or if contraband is found in the vehicle.

 

CARE OF SCHOOL FURNITURE

The school has placed furniture and equipment in various areas for the convenience of the students.  The quality of citizenship of a student body is evident in the care given to the furniture and equipment entrusted to them.  Students who damage school property deliberately will be required to pay the cost of renovating or replacing the property.

 

 

COUNSELING SERVICE

Counseling services are offered to students at LHS to help with evaluating their aptitudes, interests, and abilities.  It is the goal of the counseling services to assist students in achieving their greatest potential.

 

INSURANCE

The district provides “school time” insurance coverage for all students.  Students participating in school sponsored activities are provided supplemental coverage.  All students may purchase additional 24-hour coverage.  Information and applications for the additional coverage are available in the office.

 

LIBRARY

The Lewisville High School library contains a media center in which both print and non-print materials are available.  A quiet atmosphere where research and study can take place is most important.  Library materials must be handled with care and restored to their proper places.  Students should be thoroughly acquainted with the location of materials in the library and with library regulations.

 

IF BOOKS ARE NOT RETURNED OR RECHECKED, A FINE OF .10 PER DAY WILL BE ASSESSED.  ALL LIBRARY FINES MUST BE CLEARED BY THE END OF THE SEMESTER.

 

LUNCH PERIOD-CLOSED CAMPUS

The Lewisville High School has a closed campus for grade 7 - 12 at lunch.  Free and reduced price lunches are available to those students who meet federal guidelines.  Students may not check out before or at lunch and return after lunch at any time.  If students check out at lunch, they must stay checked out for the remainder of the day.

 

No lunches may be brought to students from outside venders.  The building principal will use discretion in these matters.

 

RESTROOMS

Students are to use the restrooms labeled “Boys” and “Girls” on the west side of the main building.  Restrooms on the east side of the building are for faculty use only.

 

STUDY HALL

The intended purpose of the study hall is to study.  Those students not performing satisfactorily in their regular schoolwork will be required to work on class assignments or drills.  The study hall teacher will make assignments if individual students appear not to be making good use of their time.

 

TELEPHONE

The office telephone is for business use only.  Students may use the pay telephone located in the gym lobby for personal calls only when given permission from the office.  Students receiving calls during the school day will be contacted in class only if the urgency of the situation justifies interrupting class and only if permitted by the principal.  Otherwise, the name and number of the callers will be recorded, and students will be notified at a more opportune time.

 

Students living out of the Lewisville telephone prefix may make collect or credit card calls only unless dialing direct is approved by the building administrator.

 

TEXTBOOKS

Students shall be responsible for the care and return of textbooks and may be charged for replacement of lost or damaged textbooks.  Students who temporarily misplace their textbooks may rent a replacement through the office for $1 per day.  Rented books must be turned in at the end of the day, or an additional charge of $1 per day will be added until the book is returned.

 

WORK PERMITS

The Board of Education permits seniors to be dismissed from school seventh period to work provided they meet certain regulations.

 

 

IMPORTANT MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION

 

BACKPACKS/BOOKBAGS

Backpacks/bookbags must be made of clear material so that objects inside are visible.  Bookbags may not be stored in lockers; they must be carried with students at all times.

 

BELL SCHEDULE

 

1st Bell

 

8:00

 

1st Period

 

8:04 - 8:57

 

2nd Period

 

9:01 - 9:53

 

3rd Period

 

9:57 - 10:49

 

4th Period

 

10:53 - 11:45

 

Lunch

 

11:45 - 12:15

 

5th Period

 

12:19 - 1:10

 

6th Period

 

1:14 - 2:05

 

7th Period

 

2:09 - 3:00

 

DISTRIBUTION OF LITERATURE

(Student Publications) Act 1109 of 1995.  The distribution of handwritten, duplicated, or printed material on school premises must be with the prior consent of the principal and may not interfere with or disrupt the educational process.

 

Students must have all literature for distribution approved by the principal.

 

HALLS AND HALL PASSES

Students should be in the halls only at the beginning of school (to secure an admit slip), at the close of school, and when moving from one class to another unless they have special reasons that require them to be there.  Students in the halls during class time must have a pass.  Students are asked to be courteous at all times and to keep to the right when moving through the halls.  Running and shouting in the halls is never permitted.

 

HOMEWORK POLICY

Homework, being an integral part of the student’s total learning experience, aids in the understanding of classroom objectives.  Homework increases achievement because the total time spent studying influences how much is learned.  Student achievement significantly rises when teachers regularly assign homework and students conscientiously do it.

 

It is strongly suggested that homework be assigned on a daily basis.  It is also prudent that teachers take into consideration the school calendar of events when assigning said homework.

 

Well-designed homework assignments relate directly to classwork and extend students’ learning beyond the classroom.  Homework is most useful when teachers carefully prepare the assignments, thoroughly explain it, and give prompt comments when the work is completed.

 

Students are more willing to do homework when they believe it is useful, when teachers treat it as an integral part of instruction, when it is evaluated by the teacher, and when it counts as a part of the grade.  Effective homework assignments also teach students to be independent learners.

 

Homework gives students experience in following directions, making judgments and comparisons, raising additional questions to study, and developing responsibility and self-discipline.  Homework should also be relevant and timely to the classroom instruction.  It should be reasonable in length and not used as “busywork.”

 

MAKE-UP WORK

It is the responsibility of the students to arrange for work to be made up according to the following guidelines:

 

t            If students are absent one day, they will have one day after returning to class to make up any work missed.

t            If students are absent two days, they will have a maximum of two days after returning to class to make up any work missed.

t            If students are absent three days, they will have a maximum of three days after returning to class to make up any work missed.

t            If students are absent four days, they will have a maximum of seven days after returning to class to make up any work missed.

t            Students with extended absences (more than four days) will be given a maximum of seven days to return make-up work.

 

Assignments and tests announced in advance of the student’s absence will be due or will be taken upon the student’s return to school unless unusual circumstances exist.  Work that is picked up by a parent or classmate during the absence is to be completed and returned upon student’s return to school unless unusual circumstances exist.  WORK MISSED AS A RESULT OF AN UNEXCUSED ABSENCE OR TRUANCY CANNOT BE MADE UP.

 

MASTER CALENDAR

All events must be placed on the master calendar that is kept in the school office by the principal.  Any organization or group that wishes to schedule an event should do so well in advance of the date by checking with the principal.  Events scheduled first would normally have priority.

 

 

CAMPUS & STUDENT SAFETY

 

FIRE DRILLS

State law requires a fire drill to be held once each month.  Specific directions for leaving the building are posted in each classroom.  The signal for a fire drill is three short rings of the bell.

 

TORNADO DRILLS

The signal for a tornado drill is a continuous ringing of the bell.  Students should proceed to the designated areas and maintain a silent kneeling position with heads toward wall and hands on the backs of the neck.  This position should be maintained until the all clear is sounded.

 

 

CURRICULUM & CREDITS & GRADUATION

 

Lewisville High School is a member of the North Central Association of Secondary Schools.  This is the highest rating that a high school can acquire.  All students must be enrolled in at least four “solid” subjects.  No student may be enrolled in more than one study hall.  Students cannot receive more than 1 credit per year in physical education/athletics and may not count more than 1 credit towards the 21 units required for the graduation by the State of Arkansas.  (Special permission can be granted under extenuating circumstances by administration.)

 

Twenty-one (21) credits and the following courses are required for graduation:

 

 

COLLEGE CORE CURRICULUM

 

 

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR GRAD.

 

English . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

 

4 units

 

 

 

English . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

 

4 units

 

Oral Communications. . . . . . . .

 

½ unit

 

 

 

Oral Communications. . . . . . . .

 

½ unit

 

Social Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

     World History

     American History

     American Government

 

3 units

 

 

 

Social Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

     World History

     American History

     American Government-½

     Civics-½

 

3 units

 

Math . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

     Algebra I

     Algebra II

     Geometry

     Trigonometry/Ad. Math

 

3 units

 

 

 

Math . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

 

3 units

 

Science . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

     Physical Science

     Biology

     Chemistry/Physics

 

3 units

 

 

 

Science . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

     Physical Science

        (required of all students)

 

3 units

 

Physical Education . . . . . . . . . .

 

½ unit

 

 

 

Physical Education . . . . . . . . . .

 

½ unit

 

Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

 

½ unit

 

 

 

Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

 

½ unit

 

Fine Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

 

½ unit

 

 

 

Fine Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

 

½ unit

 

Foreign Language . . . . . . . . . .

 

2 units

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Electives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

 

4 units

 

 

 

Electives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

 

6 units

 

Only 1 unit of PE or athletics will count toward the 21 required for graduation.

 

A complete listing and description of all courses and those courses offered on demand or on alternate years is available from the office or the counselor.  Before a course will be offered, five students must be enrolled for the course.

 

Beginning with the 1993-94 school year, to qualify for valedictorian, salutatorian, honor graduate, or membership in the National Honor Society, students must successfully complete Honors Diploma requirements.

 

WEIGHTED COURSES

For purpose of local ranking of students for valedictorian, salutatorian, honor graduates, and class ranking, weighted grade point values (A=5) shall be given for the following courses:

 

Honors English

 

Spanish II

 

Algebra II

 

Geometry

 

Trigonometry

 

Advanced Math

 

Chemistry

 

Physics

 

 

 

 

 

HONORS DIPLOMA

To qualify for a Honors Diploma, students:

 

t         must attend Lewisville High School a minimum of four semesters and complete the college prep curriculum.

t         must pass three years of Honors English.

t         must have a 3.00 cumulative grade point average at the end of the first semester of the senior year.  (A substantial drop in academic performance in the fourth nine-weeks will warrant reconsideration in the awarding of the Honors Diploma.)

t         must not apply more than one (1) unit by correspondence work or summer school work toward Honors Diploma.

 

HONOR GRADUATE

To qualify as an Honor Graduate, students:

 

t         must be a Honors Diploma recipient.

t         must be in the top ten percent of graduating class (based on seventh semester CGPA).

 

ADDITIONAL GRADUATION INFORMATION

 

t         English and other sequenced courses must be satisfactorily completed in the prescribed order.

t         Only two (2) credits may be earned by correspondence and applied toward graduation requirements.

t         Correspondence courses should be limited to courses failed.  (Principal may grant exceptions to this.)

t         No student will participate in the graduation exercise unless they have met all the requirements for graduation. (Effective SY 94-95)


 

CREDIT REQUIREMENTS                                     GRADING SCALE

Graduation credits required......................... 21                       90 to 100............................... A

To be registered as a senior........................ 16                       80 to 89................................. B

To be registered as a junior......................... 11                       70 to 79................................. C

To be registered as a sophomore................... 5                       60 to 69................................. D

 (Effective SY 96-97)                                                           59 and below.......................... F

 

NOTE:  Minimum passing grade for credit is 60.  Below 60 is failing, and no credit will be awarded.

 

FINAL GRADES

Students at Lewisville High School are issued grades quarterly.  Exams are given at the end of each semester.  Semester exams count as 1/5 of the semester grade.  Nine-weeks grades count as 4/5 of the semester grade.  Nine-weeks grades are based on students’ daily work, chapter and unit test scores, and nine-weeks grading period.

 

Deficiency slips are sent home at the end of the 4th week of each nine-weeks grading period on those students with failing or near failing grades.  Deficiency slips will be issued and sent home for parents to see, sign, and return.

 

EXAM EXEMPTION POLICY

Students in the Lewisville School (grades 7-12) may be exempt from semester exams under the following conditions:

 

t         Students must have an “A” average in the class for the semester with no more than four (4) excused or unexcused absences or a “B” average in the class for the semester with no more than two (2) excused or unexcused absences (avg. of both nine-weeks grades).  Administrative absences do not affect exemptions.  (See page four for definition of administrative absence.)

t         Students must not owe a debt.  (Debts must be paid by the Friday before semester test week, or students must take all semester tests.)  NO EXCEPTIONS!!!

t         Students must not have had an office referral for discipline reasons (any type referral including ISS, Saturday detention, bus, etc.)  No students regardless of classification or special education membership shall be exempt if said student has any discipline referrals.

 

Discipline records end Friday before semester tests.  Any disciplines or tardies received during semester test week are applied to the following semester exemptions.

 

DROPPING & ADDING COURSES

Students will not be allowed to drop or add academic courses after the semester has been in session for five days.

 

If students drop courses at the end of a semester, teachers must have written notices from the counselor’s office that is signed by the principal before dropping names from class lists.

 

Schedule change requests in the fall and spring WILL BE PERMITTED ONLY for the following reasons:

 

t         when students complete a course during summer school

t         when students fail a course prerequisite

t         when changes are required due to a clerical error

t         when a teacher or counselor recommends a change in the placement/level of the course

t         when enrollment in a course is insufficient (less than five)