Student Handbook 17-18

ARITON SCHOOL

"The mission of Ariton School is to empower individuals to become independent, productive members of our ever-changing society".

264 Creel Richardson Drive
Post Office Box 750
Ariton, Alabama 36311

High School Phone number - (334) 445-5561 or (334) 762-3152
Elementary School Phone number - (334) 445-5560 or (334) 762-2371
Elementary School Fax number - (334) 762-3130
High School Fax number - (334) 762-2080

Mr. Josh Herring - Principal
E-mail- jherring@dalecountyboe.org
Mr. Brandon Brooks - Vice Principal
Email- bbrooks@dalecountyboe.org

Dale County Board of Education
Mr. Ben Baker - Superintendent
Mr. Chuck Walker- Associate Superintendent
Mr. Braxton Bell, Jr. - President
Mr. Dale Sutton- Vice President
Mr. Larry Ezell- Board Member
Mrs. Shannon Deloney- Board Member
Mrs. Priscilla McKnight- Board Member

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All students of Ariton School are expected to conduct themselves in a way that will bring honor to their family, school, and community. Since only a small minority of our students have difficulty abiding by this simple rule, this Student Handbook is not to be considered a rulebook for disciplinary problems. However, any institution as large as ours needs some regulations to guide the people involved. This handbook is a compilation from the Dale County Board of Education Policy, from faculty and student suggestions, and from observances made of other schools of similar size. Read it carefully, as each student and parent will be held responsible for its content.


MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome back to school! The faculty and staff of Ariton School are excited about the upcoming school year. The Ariton School Family is determined to strive for excellence in all areas of the educational process. I would like to challenge our students to become involved in the many different opportunities that Ariton School provides. With saying this, it is very important for each student to read this handbook very carefully and contact us with any questions or concerns you may have. The faculty and staff of Ariton School are dedicated to making our students successful members of society.

Communication is very vital in your child's education, so please help us with the following important
guidelines. Please make sure your child is present and on time for school each day. Please remember in the
case of an absence to send the proper excuse when he/she returns to school. Please remember to keep
check-ins and check-outs to a minimum so we can protect important instructional time. Remind your
students that they are expected to conduct themselves in a way that will bring honor to our school, their
family, and our community.

In closing, I would like to take this time to say I am very humbled and honored to be your principal. This
responsibility will not be taken lightly and I will do everything in my power to continue the success of this
great school. I encourage you to support our great school and please do not hesitate calling me with any
concerns.

Go Purple Cats!

Respectfully yours,
Josh Herring

ARITON SCHOOL BELIEFS

Students learn best when they express themselves in an appropriate and well-disciplined manner.
Students learn best when they are actively engaged in the learning process.
Each student has unique physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs.
Schools need to function as a learning organization in which teachers, administrators, students, parents, and the community shares the responsibility for advancing the school's mission.
Students need not only to demonstrate their understanding of essential knowledge and skills but also need to be actively involved in higher order thinking, problem solving, and producing quality work.
Students need to apply their learning both academically and socially.
A safe and physically comfortable environment promotes student learning.
Students learn in different ways and should be provided with a variety of instructional approaches to support their learning.

ARITON SCHOOL CODE

We, the students of Ariton School, pledge to:

Conduct ourselves in a way to uphold the honor of the school.
Support and promote school activities.
Learn all we can from the opportunity to attend school.
Obey all rules of the school.
Respect other students from both our school and other schools.
Respect school property and facilities.
To be courteous and respectful to all visitors at Ariton School.

The school and community have a mutual understanding of the use of the combined resources of each. If we at Ariton School can be of service to you, please do not hesitate to call on us. Our facilities are your facilities, and with advance planning, may be used, if not in disagreement with Board Policy. We at Ariton School make all attempts to include parents and community in all activities.

MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
Dear Parents and Students,
Welcome back to school! The Dale County School system is excited about the upcoming school year. We are looking forward to continued success in the classroom and on the fields of play. I hope your summer vacation was a time of rest, relaxation, and enjoyment for your family.
The Dale County School System has a rich history of academic, athletic, and extracurricular excellence. I encourage you to support your child's school and communicate with the school on a regular basis. I encourage parents to be actively involved in the education process. Together, as partners, our students will flourish under the direction of the dedicated employees of Dale County Schools. Please do not hesitate contacting me with any concerns you may have about our schools.
Sincerely,
Ben Baker - Superintendent

DALE COUNTY SCHOOLS VISION:

Destination: Excellence

DALE COUNTY SCHOOLS MISSION:

The mission of Dale County Schools is to develop life-long learners who have personal, economic, technological and social skills needed to be members of a global society.

DALE COUNTY SCHOOLS GOALS:

We will provide a safe and supportive environment for learning opportunities.
We will develop college and career ready students through multiple approaches.
We will demonstrate and promote being responsible, respectful and resourceful citizens.
We will provide opportunities to build relationships with parents, students, teachers and community stakeholders.
We will utilize a rigorous and relevant curriculum to meet the needs of all students.


2017-2018 HOLIDAYS

September 4, 2017 Labor Day
October 9, 2017 Columbus Day
November 10, 2017 Veteran's Day
November 20-24, 2017 Thanksgiving
Dec. 20, 2017 - Jan. 3, 2018 Christmas Holidays
January 15, 2018 King/Lee Holiday
February 19, 2018 President's Day
March 26-March 30, 2018 Spring Break

ARITON SCHOOL FACULTY AND STAFF

Principal Josh Herring Vice Principal Brandon Brooks
Sec/Attendance Brenda Petty Sec/Attendance Beverly Hartzog
Bookkeeper Judy Marshall Guidance (7-12) Mindy Blankenship
Athletic Director Steve Laney
Guidance (K-6) Paige Peters Media Specialist Cyndi Barefoot
Instructional Coach Jill Ezell ISS Sandy Sessoms
ACCESS Shelia Johnson

Kindergarten Tonia Lewis Kimberly Garrett Ciara Whatley
First Grade Sanet Tyler April Fleming Wyvonne Helms
Second Grade Krysten Andrews Mary Dillard Laurie Harden
Third Grade Voncila Floyd Bethany Phillips Mary Anne Wilson
Fourth Grade Haley Goodson Jaine Laney
Fifth Grade Beth Collier Lisa Cross
Sixth Grade Sandra Faulk Lori Peavy

7th Grade Advisors Eric Swayn - Math Tiffany Snell - Language
8th Grade Advisors Steve Laney - History Ashley Ezell - Science
Freshman Advisors Alison Birkmeyer - Science Hope Kilpatrick- Science
Soph. Advisors Brittany Peters - Math Amy Smith - Math
Junior Advisors Kelly Fralish - History Greg Brown - Language/History
Senior Advisors Carol Casey - Language Carin Hughes - Business

Physical Education Wes Alums Chuck Dunn Starla Cherry
Kelsey Prestwood Logan Baird
Resource/Int. Jan Fuller Chris Logan Karmen Howard
Teresa Leggett Billy Jean Webb
Gifted Dawn Parr Music Ben Watson
Speech Vanessa Gill Driver's Ed. Jerry Goodson
Foreign Language Jonnathan Valdez
Nurse Kim Ingram
Custodians Ken Price Lee Ella McLaughlin
Christine Till Wendy Silavent
Lunchroom Josh Evans- Mgr Nancy Tew - Asst. Mgr
Tammy Prestwood Janice Hardy
Linda Fain
Bus Drivers Marion Blankenship Angela Downing Sue Edgar
Jeff Watson Valerie St. Cin Vic Coker
Monica Carroll

Faculty members may be reached via e-mail by using the school website or by using the first letter of the first name, the complete last name, with @dalecountyboe.org attached. Example: you can reach Josh Herring at jherring@dalecountyboe.org.

GRADE REPORT DATES

Progress Report Dates Report Card Dates End of 9 Weeks Dates
September 8, 2017 October 13, 2017 October 5, 2017
November 9, 2017 January 9, 2018 December 19, 2017
February 2, 2018 March 16, 2018 March 8, 2018
April 12, 2018 May 24, 2018 May 23, 2018

 


TESTING DATES

FINAL EXAM DATES (GRADES 7-12) - December 18-19, 2017 and May 22-23, 2018
ACT WorkKeys (Grade 12)- February 21, 2018
State Assessment (GRADES 3-8; 10) - April 9-May 4, 2018
ACT + WRITING (GRADE 11) - March 20, 2018

PARENTS AND VISITORS

We want you to feel welcome at Ariton School; however, for the safety and security of our students and staff all visitors must report to the office before visiting students, teachers, or other staff members. Approved visitors will be given a pass from the office. Students are not to bring relatives, friends, etc. to school.

CONFERENCES

Teachers will have certain days and certain times they can schedule conferences. If you would like to schedule a conference, please call the school office, send the teacher a note, or e-mail the teacher. When you arrive for a conference, please go to the office to check in and get a pass to be on campus. Conferences may also be requested by teachers to discuss a student's progress. Parents are urged to attend conferences when scheduled by the teacher.

EPA ASBESTOS NOTICE

All Dale County Board of Education buildings are in EPA compliance regarding asbestos codes. All Dale County Schools have been inspected by an EPA approved asbestos inspector and maintain a management file in the school office as required under the AHERA regulations. The file is available to any parent to view. The majority of our asbestos materials is non-friable and is in the form of floor tiles. Although we do have some friable (able to crumble with hand pressure) asbestos in our facilities, these materials are well maintained and are not accessible to the students. The law requires that we make this notice to all employees, students, and staff annually. We are glad to provide a healthy atmosphere for students and staff.

 

TOBACCO POLICY
All Dale County School campuses and all Dale County School sponsored events are tobacco free.

WEAPON POLICY

No guns or weapons are allowed on Dale County School and/or Ariton School properties or at any Dale County School and/or Ariton School sponsored event.

STUDENT ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE

Students should not be on campus before 7:20, due to the lack of supervision the doors will not be unlocked until this time. Students arriving before 7:20 could face disciplinary action. Arrival to school after 7:50 is considered tardy. Parents/guardians, please do not park in areas where buses load or unload before school and immediately after school. Ariton School students should unload from the vehicle under the awning in the morning. Parents please do not put your child out on the street for them to have to cross the car lane. The safety of your child is our utmost concern.

PICK UP PROCEDURES

When the dismissal bell rings, the students will be sent to the buses. Parents are to use the car line for the safety of their children. Parents are not to come in the building unless they need to meet with a teacher or administrator. Car riders will wait with assigned teachers in the front lobby. Please have a clearly visible sign on the dash or front side window of your vehicle stating the name of the student(s) that you are transporting. If an elementary child is riding with a high school student that is parked on campus, the high school student must enter the building and escort the elementary student to the car. Children and/or parents should not walk in front or between buses. No student will be allowed to ride in the back of a pickup truck on campus. Students may not be picked up by parents from the back campus. This road is closed due to student traffic and safety concerns. Also, students must leave campus when school is dismissed unless an approved function requires them to be at a designated site.
In order to avoid confusion and prevent possible safety problems, we ask parents NOT to check children out of school after 2:30 p.m. All students should be picked up by 3:15 each afternoon. If for some reason a student misses his/her bus or is not picked up, he/she should notify school personnel on duty. Students, who leave their classroom to get on a bus and realize someone is there to pick them up, must return immediately and inform the school personnel on duty.

SCHOOL BUS PROCEDURES
Students will be permitted to load or unload from the bus at their assigned neighborhood bus stop and their assigned school.
Bus drivers will not stop for students to load/unload at any other locations.
Any changes to this procedure will require a written parental request and approved by school administration, before the student will be allowed to ride an unassigned bus.
The bus schedule will be as consistent as possible. All students should be waiting at the assigned stop prior to the bus arrival. The bus cannot and will not wait for students that are not at the assigned stop due to the time and safety factors involved. Students should stand a minimum of 10 feet away from the road in an orderly fashion. During rainy days the students should be watching for the arrival of the bus and move as quickly as is safely possible to the assigned stop as the bus arrives.




DALE COUNTY SCHOOLS BUS RULES

Always follow driver instructions.
Remain seated in assigned seat, face the front of the bus, and keep the aisle clear.
Nothing should be thrown out of the windows; no objects should be thrown inside of the bus; vandalism of the bus is prohibited.
Maintain a low noise level, so as not to distract driver; absolute silence at all railroad crossings.
No food, drink, gum, profanity, tobacco or electronics devices (including cell phones).
Students will maintain the school dress code.
All school rules apply while on school bus.
Your child's bus driver is charged with the responsibility of maintaining bus discipline in order to provide the safest possible means of transportation.

Actions for Violation of Rules:
Level 1 - Minor rule violations; verbal reminders of expected conduct, driver may reassign seat, require quiet rides, and/or contact parent (notes/calls)
Level 2 - Referred by driver as not responsive to Level 1 discipline and/or serious safety violations; when normal efforts of maintaining appropriate behavior are not effective your child's principal will be involved for assistance to correct behavior (this could result in short term bus suspension or corporal punishment)
Level 3 - Student not responsive to Level 2 discipline and/or major offenses; at the recommendation of the principal the student will have bus privileges suspended for the remainder of the school year. The principal may refer the student to the Superintendent for administrative action. The Superintendent will then decide if the matter will go before The Dale County Board of Education for possible disciplinary action
*Please remember, it is a privilege to ride a bus, not a right

GRADING SYSTEM

Kindergarten through twelfth grade students will receive a report card at the end of each nine weeks grading period. This report card should be signed by a parent or guardian for students in K-6 and returned to the teacher except for the last reporting period. During the middle of each nine weeks a progress report will be sent home to all students and should also be signed and returned by students in K-6. The fourth nine weeks report card must be picked up or mailed (student must provide a stamped envelope). Students are charged with the responsibility of showing their progress reports and report cards to their parents. Kindergarten uses a separate report card and grading system: S=Satisfactory; N=Needs Improvement; U=Unsatisfactory.

GRADE POLICY

"A" is defined as 90-100 "B" is defined as 80-89
"C" is defined as 70-79 "D" is defined as 60-69
"F" is defined as 0-59 "FA" failure due to absences


HONOR ROLL

The "A" Honor Roll is for those students making all "A's" on the report card for that grading period. The "A-B" Honor Roll is for those students with no grades lower than A or B on the report card for a particular grading period. The Yearly "A" Honor Roll is for those students making all "A's" in each subject for each grading period. The Yearly "A-B" Honor Roll is for those students with no grades lower than A or B in each subject for each grading period.

STI HOME POLICY

Parents have access through STI HOME to view grades, attendance records, and discipline records of students. Parents can receive login information from the Guidance office and are encouraged to use this progress monitoring method.

GIFTED EDUCATION

Gifted students are those who perform at or who have demonstrated the potential to perform at high levels in academic or creative fields when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment. These students require services not ordinarily provided by the regular school program. Students possessing these abilities can be found in all populations, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor.
Teachers, counselors, administrators, parents or guardians, peers, self, or any other individuals with knowledge of the student's may refer a student. Additionally, all second grade students will be observed as potential gifted referrals using a gifted behavior checklist.
For each student referred, information is gathered in areas of Aptitude, Characteristics, and Performance. The information is entered on a matrix where points are assigned according to established criteria. The total number of points earned determines if the student qualifies for gifted services. To make a referral, contact Beverly Lampkin at 774-2355

FINAL EXAM POLICY

All students in grades 7-12 will take a comprehensive final exam.

HOMEWORK

Each student is expected to complete all homework assignments during the year. These assignments will vary throughout the year and from teacher to teacher. Parents are asked to encourage pride in having completed well-done assignments. If at any time a question arises concerning homework, parents are encouraged to contact the teacher for a conference.

FUND RAISING

Fund raising activities are confined to organizations at this school. Fund raising activities must have the approval of the principal in advance. Activities must not interfere with instructional time.

MEDICATION POLICY

Many children with chronic disabilities or illnesses are able to attend school because of the effectiveness of their prescribed medication. Any student who is required to take prescribed or over the counter medication should do so in compliance with school regulations. These regulations include the following:
1. Pick up a MEDICATION AUTHORIZATION FORM at the school office to be completed by BOTH the child's physician and parent
2. Prescribed medicines must be in a pharmacy labeled prescription container.
3. Parents must transport all medication to the office. Do not send medications with your child.
4. Medicine prescribed 2 or 3 times during the day should be given at home and not during school hours.
5. Pick up all medication at the end of the school year any medications left at school will be disposed of.

Medical Screenings
The Dale County Board of Education will periodically and sometimes randomly administer vision and hearing screenings for students attending Dale County Schools. If you are opposed to these screenings and like to exercise your option to deny this service, please do so in writing addressed to the Principal.
The Dale County Board of Education school nurse will perform scoliosis screenings for students in grades 5-9 that attend Dale County Schools. This Procedure is a State Department of Education requirement. If you are opposed to this screening and would like to exercise your option to deny this service, please do so in writing addressed to the Principal.

HEAD LICE POLICY

Children found to have head lice will be sent home with instructions for treatment. Once the child is treated, he/she may return to school. It is not necessary to remove all nits. If a few live lice are still found after investigation of the hair, the following process will occur:

The child will be asked if he/she has been treated.
If treated, they will be asked to comb dead and remaining sluggish lice from the hair.
If treated and no dead lice are found and lice seem as active as before, the child will be sent home and the parent will be asked to see their health care provider for a different medication. The parent will be encouraged to follow the treatment directions.

After the child is treated and has returned to school, he/she will be re-checked in 7-10 days for live lice and nits ¼ away from scalp. Fellow classmates and any siblings in school will be checked for evidence of head lice. Excessive absences due to head lice will be unexcused.

OTHER MEDICAL ISSUES

FEVER: Children should remain at home until he/she has been fever free for 24 hours.
VOMITING: A child should not attend school if he/she has had excessive vomiting in the last 12 hours.
PINK EYE: A child should not return to school until he/she has been treated for this inflammation
STREP THROAT: A child should not return to school until he/she is fever free and on antibiotics for 24 hours. If he/she is fever free and still does not feel well, keep him/her at home.
UNDIAGNOSED RASH: Children should not return to school until the rash has been diagnosed and treated. It could be measles, chicken pox, scabies, or some other contagious disease.
CHICKEN POX: A child should be fever free for 24 hours and the pox must be dried up. Children who have chicken pox should stay home for seven days after the first lesion has appeared.

PREGNANT STUDENTS

In order to protect pregnant students from injury, pregnant students should notify school officials of their pregnancy. A written statement from a physician denoting the physical activities in which the student may or may not engage in is required. In addition, a similar statement giving the permission of the physician for the student to return to school is required after the birth of the child.

 

CERTIFICATE OF IMMUNIZATION

All students must have in their school records a certificate showing that all required inoculations have been received to enter school.

 

COMMUNICABLE DISEASES

Any child with a communicable or contagious disease or infestation may be suspended from school for as long as the disease/infestation exists. The principal will not allow any student diagnosed as having or suspected of having a communicable disease (other than mild respiratory disease) to attend school except as provided herein. The principal will report all cases of confirmed or suspected communicable diseases to the school nurse. A student diagnosed with a communicable disease must be cleared by a physician or the school nurse, with a written statement of clearance presented to the school.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS

State regulations require that the school have on file a copy of a social security cards for all students.

STUDENT INSURANCE

An accident insurance policy may be purchased during a specified period of time from the child's teacher.

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES - FIRE, WEATHER, LOCKDOWN

The fire alarm system is the signal for a fire drill or actual fire. An intercom or bullhorn warning is the signal for a severe weather drill or severe weather. An intercom or bullhorn warning is the signal for a lockdown drill or actual lockdown. Visitors and parents will be required to participate in emergency procedures if on campus at the time of a drill or actual emergency. Ariton School conducts safety drills on a monthly basis to train staff and students of emergency procedures. Upon hearing an emergency signal students should follow these direction:
Remain quiet for instructions from the classroom teacher/supervisor/adult.
Follow the directions given by the teacher/supervisor/adult.
Move quietly and promptly to the designated safe area.

PERSONAL PROPERTY

Students are NOT to bring valuables to school. To avoid theft, it is the responsibility of each student NOT to leave money or valuables unattended. Do NOT leave money or valuables in locker rooms or school lockers. Do NOT leave money or valuables in unattended purses or book bags.

SENDING MONEY TO SCHOOL

Any money sent to school should be sent in an envelope with the child's name, grade, teacher, and what the money is for. Lunch money should be sent separately in a separate envelope. Excessive money and/or valuables should not be brought to school, kept in lockers, or kept in locker rooms. School personnel are not responsible for lost or stolen valuables.

 

GRIEVANCE POLICY

Whenever a Dale County School System student believes that he/she has a complaint, every effort will be made to arrive at a satisfactory resolution of the problem on an informal basis. When this cannot be done, students can resort to the more formal procedures as provided as per Dale County Board of Education Policy 5.33.2. A copy of the Board Policy Manual and complaint form can be obtained through the school library or the Dale County Board of Education.


USE OF STUDENT PICTURES

Student pictures and likenesses will be used by student organizations, the school, and the school system on paper and electronic publications. If you do not want to have your child's picture, likeness, or information published please contact the school principal in writing.

DALE COUNTY SCHOOLS ATTENDANCE POLICIES

3 unexcused absences and/or parent notes- letter from school
5 unexcused absences and/or parent notes- Early Warning Court (will be held every 3rd Tuesday at the Dale County Courthouse at 4pm)
6 unexcused absences- loss of credit
After 7 unexcused absences and/or parent notes- Truancy Filed in Dale County Juvenile Court on student; if the student is in Elementary School a CHINS petition will be filed against the parents with Dale County District Attorney's office

Prevention Project

The Prevention Project sponsored by Dale County Juvenile Court and the Dale County Board of Education will be held every 3rd Tuesday of the month the Dale County Courthouse to address the needs of at-risk students.

ADMITTANCE AFTER ABSENCE (EXCUSED OR UNEXCUSED)

The student will provide a written verifiable excuse to the homeroom teacher, 1st period teacher, or attendance officer from the parent/guardian or doctor explaining the reason for being absent or checking out. The excuse MUST include the following information:
Student Name
Valid reason for absence
Date(s) of absence(s)
Verification from doctor must state the date and time of treatment.
Check-outs must also include time of checkout.
Parent/guardian or doctor's signature
Daytime phone number at which the above person may be reached.
The teacher or attendance officer will code the absence accordingly.
Should the student forget the excuse from home, the absence will be recorded as unexcused. If the student brings the verifiable excuse from the parent/guardian or doctor within three days, the coding will be changed accordingly. If not, the absence will remain unexcused.
Failure of the parent to furnish a written statement explaining a valid, verifiable reason for the student's absence will be admissible as evidence of the student being truant.

 

ABSENCES (K-6 POLICY)

A child's absence from school may be excused only for the following reasons: (1) illness, (2) inclement weather which would be dangerous to the life or health of the child if he/she attended school, (3) a legal quarantine, (4) a death in the immediate family, (5) an emergency condition as determined by the superintendent or principal and (6) absence with prior permission of the principal and with the consent of the parent or guardian. After five (5) absences (not including health care provider excuses) administrative officials shall require that all further absences be verified by a health care provider (physician, dentist, counselor, etc.) or legal authority (court, law enforcement, etc.). The principal reserves the right to determine the validity of the excuse. Students with excessive absences may be retained. The Alabama Compulsory Attendance Laws require children between the ages of 7-17 to attend school. The law also states that parents or guardians having control over school-age children are responsible for the children's regular attendance and proper conduct. Parents and/or guardians must provide to the child's teacher an explanation in writing of each absence by the morning of the third (3rd) day after the child's return to school. If the parent or guardian fails to provide this information by the time specified, the child's absence will be recorded as UNEXCUSED. Excessive unexcused absences, considered truancy, will be turned over to the Dale County Juvenile Authorities.

TARDIES (K-6 POLICY)

Tardy time is 7:45 am. Any student who is tardy to school must report to the office to check in and receive a tardy slip. Doctor or dental excuses will be coded excused tardy, however, we encourage parents to make appointments after 3pm. If excessive unexcused tardiness occurs, the Dale County Juvenile Authorities will be notified.

ABSENCE, TARDY, CHECK OUT CONSEQUENCES (K-6)

K-6 Tardy Policy (Office Referral)

4 U tardy - warning letter
5 U tardy - 1 day after school detention
6 U tardy - 2 days after school detention
7 U tardy - Administrative Hearing
8 U tardy - Referral to Juvenile Court Authorities

K-6 Unexcused Absence Policy (Office Referral)

4 U absences - school sends warning letter
5 U absences - 1 day after school detention
6 U absences - 2 days after school detention
7 U absences - Administrative Hearing
8 U absences - Retention/Referral to Juvenile Court Authorities

K-6 Unexcused Check Out Policy (Office Referral)

4U checkouts - school sends warning letter
5U checkouts - one day After School Detention
6U checkouts - two days After School Detention
7 U checkouts - Administrative Hearing
8 U checkouts - Referral to Juvenile Court Authorities


ABSENCES (7-12 POLICY)

An absence from school may be excused only for the following reasons: (1) illness, (2) inclement weather which would be dangerous to the life or health of the child if he/she attended school, (3) a legal quarantine, (4) a death in the immediate family, (5) an emergency condition as determined by the superintendent or the principal and (6) absence with prior permission of the principal and with consent of the parent or guardian. After five (5) days or five (5) class periods of absences (not including health care provider excuses), school administrative officials shall require that all further absences be verified by a health care provider (physician, dentist, counselor, etc.) or legal authority (court, law enforcement, etc.). The principal and/or his/her designee reserve the right to determine the validity of the excuse. Therefore, students in grades 7-12 who accumulate more than five absences (except an 8X or XD) per semester from school or from any given class will NOT receive credit for the course or courses in which they are enrolled. The Alabama Compulsory Attendance Laws require children between the ages of 7-17 to attend school. The law also states that parents or guardians having control over school-age children are responsible for the children's regular attendance and proper conduct.
**Checking out or in during any point in time of a class will count as an absence for that class. Checking in or out during lunch will count as an absence for 3rd block class.
**A student (7-12) who is absent from any class more than five times per semester, except for absences documented by a healthcare provider or PRIOR permission of the principal, will not receive credit for that class.
TARDY CONSEQUENCES (7-12)

3 U tardy - student signs acknowledgement form; student refusal to sign will result in an office referral for defiance
4 U tardy - ASD assignment made by the teacher
5 U tardy - office referral (ISS)
6 U tardy - office referral (Saturday School)
7U tardy - office referral (OSS)
8 U tardy - Referral to Juvenile Court Authorities

ABSENCE CONSEQUENCES (7-12)

3 U absences - absence notice
5 U absences - absence notice
6 U absences - loss of credit, loss of credit form, grade of 0 for final grade
7 U absences - Referral to Juvenile Court Authorities

ABSENCE CODES (K-12)

XP - parent or guardian note with a legitimate explanation for the absence (limit - 5 per semester)
XD - a written note from a healthcare provider
8X - prior approval from the administration
6X - unexcused absence

PERFECT ATTENDANCE

Students achieve perfect attendance if their records indicate NO attendance events in any and all of their classes except for those absences designated as school events. Attendance events include any absences, tardiness, check-ins, and/or check-outs.


MAKE-UP WORK (K-12 Policy)

Completing make-up work is the student's responsibility. Students may make up work missed due to excused absences with-in three days from the excused absence. Students who miss class due to school-related activities must make arrangements with their teacher PRIOR to the absence. Student's make up work will not be accepted for grades when the absence is unexcused. Teachers will develop plans for makeup work for students who miss several school days; if the absences are excused.

CHECK-OUT PROCEDURES (K-12)

Students are to be checked out through the office. The person checking out the student should report to the office. The student will then be called to the office to check out. Please avoid checking students out after 2:30. Messages/notes concerning changes for bus/car riders should be sent with your child to school and turned in to the teacher or attendance officer. If telephone messages concerning bus/car riders are necessary, please call the office before 2:30 since it is difficult to make changes at the end of the school day. If any student in grades 7-12 check-out or in during a block they will be counted absent for that block. Lunch check-outs or ins will apply to third block.

PROCEDURE FOR STUDENT WITHDRAWAL

In order for records to be forwarded, a student must withdraw in good standing. All fees, books, fines, etc. must be paid. The following procedure applies to students who leave school for any reason:
Prior to the date of withdrawal (two days), notify the school counselor, administrator, and attendance office (secretary) of the intent to withdraw.
Notify all teachers of the intended withdrawal date.
Secure proper withdrawal forms from the school counselor upon arrival at school on the day of withdrawal. Take the forms to the school library, lunchroom manager, and all teachers to get grades, turn in books, and to verify any amounts of uncollected debt.
Take the forms to the school office for final clearance.
Return the completed forms to the school counselor.
Students who withdraw must have their grades averaged through the last day of attendance. This must be the policy no matter how many days remain in the term. Early tests cannot be given unless very unusual circumstances exist.

FIELD TRIPS

Field trips must be for educational purposes only and have the advanced approval of the principal and superintendent. Field trip forms must be completed and turned in to the teacher by the specified deadline. No spaces are to be left blank. All students must ride the bus to and from each field trip. Parents are not allowed to ride school buses to or from field trips. The Ariton School Code of Conduct applies while a student is attending a school-related or school-sponsored activity on or off campus.

STUDENT RETENTION

Elementary
The decision to retain an elementary student (K-6) shall be the decision of the principal and teacher(s) and shall not be made without a request for a conference with the student's parents.
7th & 8th Grades
A seventh or eighth grade student must pass a minimum of four (4) academic units of which three (3) must be math, science, social studies and language in order to be promoted to the next grade. Principals may consider special circumstances when final promotion decisions are made.
High School (9-12)
In high schools, students will be classified according to the following:
10th Grader - having passing grades for six (6) Carnegie units
11th Grader - having passing grades for thirteen (13) Carnegie units
12th Grader - having passing grades for twenty-one (21) Carnegie units

For a student to be promoted from any grade level to the next grade level, the student must satisfy attendance requirements, as established by the Dale County Board of Education.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR PARTICIPATION

Students who are absent from school due to an unexcused absence or out-of-school suspension (OSS) will not be allowed to participate or attend extra-curricular activities (athletics, cheerleading, school trips, banquets, dances, etc.) on the day of the absence.
If a student has an excused absence he/she must have prior approval of the administration to be absent and participate.
The activity fee for athletics will be $20.00 per sport per year.

ASSEMBLIES/PEP RALLIES

There will be teacher supervision at all assemblies/pep rallies. Students are to observe the following guidelines when attending assemblies.
Enter, leave and move in and out of seating arrangements in an orderly, courteous manner.
Once seated, do not change seats unless directed to do so.
Give appropriate attention at all times.
Ariton School Code of Conduct applies at all assemblies and pep rallies.

SCHOOL CAFETERIA

We have a Self-Service/Offer vs. Serve Lunch Program. Students serve themselves. Students are offered selections from the following five categories: milk, bread, meats, vegetables, and fruits. We encourage prepayments for meals by the week, month, or even year. Students are issued a 4-digit PIN number that will go with them through all school years at Dale County schools. When students enter the PIN number, their account is reduced by meals purchased and any ala carte purchased. Account information is available from the lunchroom manager to parents at any time. Any balance remaining at the end of the year will transfer with the student to the next grade level or school within the Dale County School System. It is the intent of Dale County Schools to provide an opportunity for each student to eat a nutritious breakfast and lunch during the school day. It is necessary for all meals to be paid for before or at the time of service. Students are encouraged to make regular deposits into their school meal account.

We encourage all parents to prepay for student meals. Charging of any meal is discouraged. The maximum allowed charge is $5.00 per student.

MEAL PRICES

Daily Weekly
Lunch Full Price $2.25 Full Price $11.25
Reduced .40 Reduced $2.00
Staff $3.00 Staff $15.00
Visitor $4.00
Breakfast Full Price $ 1.50 Full Price $7.50
Reduced .30 Reduced $1.50
Staff $2.00 Staff $10.00
Visitor $2.50
Breakfast & Full Price $3.75 Full Price $18.75
Lunch Reduced .70 Reduced $3.50

The price of ala carte is determined by the amount and type of food selected. Online Payment System: An option of online lunchroom payment through My School Bucks System is available at Ariton School. Parents can set up an account at www.MySchoolBucks.com, or access this website through a link on our district website, www.dalecountyboe.org. Free/Reduced Meal Application Online: Parents can complete and submit a free and reduced meal application online through a link on our website, www.dalecountyboe.org.

 

Cafeteria Rules:
Sit at your assigned table/seat
Place all trash in the proper containers; leave your table/seat area clean
Line-breaking or the saving of places in line or at the table is not permitted
Students are not to leave the cafeteria for any reason without permission from your teacher
Keep noise at an appropriate level
Absolutely no charging of items from the lunchroom will be allowed.

ACTIVITY COSTS

All club, extra-curricular, and/or class money shall be administered through the principal's office and will be subject to annual audit.

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS AND SOCIAL EVENTS

The principal shall assign faculty advisors for student organizations. No club or organization function may be conducted without the presence of a faculty member. No new club or organization may be formed without the knowledge and permission of the principal. All revenues and expenditures associated with club activities will be administered through the principal's office. No separate accounts or holding of funds is permitted. Any activity or social event in which the name of the school is used must have the approval of the principal and be properly chaperoned by school personnel. The school name, school time, on duty personnel, or school material may not be used for non-school functions.

FERPA

All policies and practices governing the collection, maintenance, review, and release of student education records are based on the principles of confidentiality and the student's right to privacy, consistent with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974. FERPA is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of education records and to establish the right of students to inspect, review, amend and restrict access to their education records. Schools may disclose, without consent, directory information such as student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, parents and eligible students may request the school not disclose directory information about them.

 

 

CHECKS

There will be a $30.00 fee for uncollected returned checks, and future checks will not be accepted. Ariton School will not cash checks. All checks written to Ariton School must include a current and valid phone number. The Dale County Board of Education uses Nexcheck to collect returned checks.

USE OF VIDEO SURVEILLANCE EQUIPMENT

To provide and maintain a safe and secure environment for students, staff, and authorized visitors, the Dale County Board of Education uses surveillance equipment on properties owned and/or maintained by the school system. Properties included building and grounds, as well as, vehicles owned and/or operated by the Dale County School System. Any information obtained through the use of surveillance equipment shall be used only for school safety, disciplinary matter, law enforcement, or other lawful purposes.

STATE TEXTBOOK POLICY

Textbooks must not be damaged. Some of the damages are as follows:
One or more pages of content missing
Water-soaked, causing backs and pages to be swollen or molded
Physically marked with any kind of pencil, pen, crayon, etc. On outside of backs, inside of backs, on ends, or any of the pages
Defaced or marred, such as broken, cut, or smeared backs or pages
Penalty for the lost or damaged textbooks:
Full price, if new when issued
Seventy-five percent if one year old when issued
Fifty percent if book is two years old or older when issued.
No textbooks will be issued to any students while the payment for lost or damaged textbooks is outstanding.
The student when withdrawn, promoted, or transferred must return all textbooks to the teacher.

STUDENT VEHICLES ON CAMPUS

Being permitted to bring a vehicle to school is a privilege. Any student who brings a vehicle must abide by the following regulations;
Students must be licensed and have proof of liability insurance.
Students must NOT return to vehicles during the school day without being accompanied by an administrator.
Student will leave the vehicle immediately upon arrival at school.
Students will not leave campus in their vehicles without completing appropriate check out procedures and forms.
An action by a student driver which is determined by school authorities to be reckless, dangerous, or unlawful, is forbidden and will result in loss of driving privilege and/or other disciplinary action.
Vehicles must have keys removed and doors locked.
The speed limit is 5 MPH on campus and 15 MPH in the remainder of the school zone.
Parking permits are required for students to park on campus. Permits may be purchased for a fee of $10.00. This permit is good until the student that purchased the permit graduates.
THE SCHOOL IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR DAMAGED VEHICLES ON CAMPUS.
Parking spaces will be assigned by an administrator.

When school is dismissed, students are required to leave campus unless their attendance is required for a school function. Failure to observe the above will result in loss of driving privileges.

PARENTS RIGHT TO KNOW

Guidelines under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 entitle parents of all students enrolled in Title I participating schools to request information regarding the professional qualifications of their child's teacher. These guidelines may be found under the "Parent's Right to Know", Title I, part A, Section 1111 (h) (6) of the Act. The Dale County Board of Education strives to provide a certified teacher in every teaching position in the school system.

DALE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD DISCIPLINE POLICY

It is fundamental that orderly schools have clearly defined behaviors to which students must conform. Non-conformity to these behaviors results in violations of the Code of Students Conduct. Violations are grouped into three classes that range from least to most serious. Appropriate school personnel shall investigate, verify, and take necessary action to resolve student misconduct. After determining a violation and the classification of violation, the teacher, principal or designee shall implement the appropriate sanction. Violations apply to student conduct on a school campus, at school related events, and while being transported to or from school or school related events. The principals, in accordance with the classifications in the Code of Conduct, will handle bus referrals. The Ariton School Code of Conduct applies while a student is attending a school related or school-sponsored activity on or off campus.

 

PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Section 16-28-12, Code of Alabama, which is known as the Parental Responsibility Act provides that parents and/or guardians have a legal duty to compel their child to properly conduct him or herself in school in accordance with the school's written Code of Conduct. That statutory provision authorizes the District Attorney to file an action against the parent or guardian of a disobedient student for failing to require his or her child to properly conduct themselves. If found guilty, the parent or guardian may be fined up to $100 and sentenced up to 90 days in the Dale County Jail.
It is also important to remind all parents and/or guardians about the truancy laws of this state. Section 16-28-3, Code of Alabama requires that all children enrolled in school must attend on a regular and consistent basis. If the student fails to regularly attend school the child may be adjudicated a "Child in Need of Supervision" and appropriate sanctions can be imposed on the child. The law of this state further allows the parent or guardian to be fined and/or sentenced to a period of incarceration for failing to require their child to attend school.

CORPORAL PUNISHMENT

The Dale County Board of Education permits reasonable and proper use of corporal punishment (paddling/spanking). "No student has a right to be unruly in his or her classroom to the extent that such disruption denies fellow students of their right to learn. The teacher in each classroom is expected to maintain order and discipline. Teachers are hereby given the authority and responsibility to use appropriate means of discipline up to and including corporal punishment as may be prescribed by the local board of education." (AL Law 16-28a-1) Corporal punishment will be administered under the following guidelines:
1. The student will be given the reason for the punishment and the opportunity to explain his/her actions.
2. Corporal punishment will be administered by the principal or his designee in the presence of a school board employee.
3. A report will be prepared for each incident.


SUSPENSION/EXPULSION

Suspension is the temporary removal of a student from school due to a violation of school rules or regulations. All suspensions shall be for a specified period of time.
Expulsion is the removal of a student from school for violation of school rules or regulations. When in the judgment of the principal, the expulsion of a student from school is warranted, the principal shall make a written recommendation to the superintendent stating in detail the reasons for the recommendation upon approval of the superintendent. The Board of Education shall be informed and appropriate steps taken and set a hearing for the student with the board. The authority to permanently expel a student is retained by the Dale County Board of Education.


POSITIVE BEHAVIORAL SUPPORTS AND ASSERTIVE DISCIPLINE

All areas of the campus will have Positive Behavioral Support rules and reminders posted for students and visitors. Positive Behavioral Supports is based on the 3Rs (Respect, Responsible, and Resourceful). Parents will be given rules and consequences of the assertive discipline plan that their child's teacher will use. Parents in K-6 must sign an agreement before the child is allowed to stay at school.
Every teacher must post the PBS rules in the classroom. Consequences of breaking the rules must be posted and enforced. These should include parental contact. The last step should be a discipline referral to the principal. The principal must approve rules and consequences.

 

SYSTEM-WIDE DISCIPLINARY POLICY

The Dale County Board of Education Student Code of Conduct represents system-wide disciplinary policy as required by Alabama law and Federal Court Decree. The maintenance of order in the school is a necessity. Therefore, it is the responsibility of all school employees to assist in the maintaining of discipline, so students may be educated in an orderly manner. Students are expected to conduct themselves properly at all times. The school has the prerogative to determine if conduct interferes with the educational process and the means by which the conduct may be corrected. Students may be referred to the principal's office or the assistant principal's office. Disciplinary interventions may include, but are not limited to, conference with school authorities, referral to the Department of Youth Services, parental conferences, break detention, after school detention, before school detention, corporal punishment (paddling), out of school suspension, alternative school and/or expulsion. All Ariton students and parents/guardians are responsible for being thoroughly familiar with all aspects of the Student Code of Conduct included in this handbook. Any parent, guardian, or other person having control or custody of any child enrolled in public school who fails to compel the child to properly conduct himself/herself as a pupil in accordance with the written policy on school behavior adopted by the local Board of Education and documented by the appropriate school official which action may result in a suspension of the pupil, shall be reported by the principals to the Superintendent of Education of the school system in which the suspected violation occurred. The Superintendent of Education or designee shall report suspected violations to the district attorney within ten days. (Alabama Code 16-28-12)

DEMERIT SYSTEM

Disciplinary violations are grouped into four categories. Demerits are assigned to each category as shown below:
Class I: 1 demerit per referral
Class II: 3 demerits per referral
Class III: 6 demerits per referral
Class IV: 12 demerits per referral

Accumulation of Demerits: When a student receives a disciplinary referral, the school administrator or designee reviews the student's disciplinary record. The school official then calculates the total demerits accumulated by the student during the current eighteen-week term. Disciplinary action is then determined by the total demerits received by the student during the current eighteen-week term. There are several concepts to keep in mind concerning the demerit system and disciplinary action assigned.
Demerits are cumulative throughout each eighteen-week term.
Disciplinary actions are assigned based on the total demerits accumulated during each eighteen-week term (not on the individual violation).
The severity of disciplinary actions increases as the student accumulates
demerits.
Demerits are removed from consideration at the beginning of each eighteen-week term (generally in August and January).
Only those demerits accumulated during the current eighteen-week term are
considered in assigning disciplinary action.
Disciplinary Actions Based on Accumulated Demerits: When a student is determined by a school official to be guilty of a disciplinary violation, a school official assigns disciplinary action(s) based on the total demerits accumulated by the student during the school term in which the violation occurred. The table below shows possible disciplinary action that school official may assign as a result of accumulated demerits.

1-4 demerits: Conference with the student, parental contact, parental conference, before school detention, break detention, after school detention written assignments, apology to appropriate persons, corporal punishment, in-school-suspension, and/or other disciplinary action(s) as deemed appropriate by the principal or designee

5-8 demerits: Parental contact, parental conference, in-school suspension for up to three days, out-of-school-suspension of up to five days, corporal punishment, complaint filed with the Department of Youth Services, referral to the school counselor, Saturday school, Alternative School, other disciplinary action(s) as deemed appropriate by the principal of design

9-11 demerits: Parental conference (required), in-school suspension for up to five school days, out-of-school-suspension for up to five school days, corporal punishment, Saturday school for up to three days, Alternative School, complaint filed with the Department of Youth Services (required), other disciplinary action(s) deemed appropriate by the principal or designee, other legal action as deemed appropriate by the principal with possible consultation with legal and/or court officials.

12 or more: Removal from campus by legal authorities, out-of-school-suspension for up to ten school days, Alternative School, referral to appropriate court system, and/or referral to the Dale County Board of Education for possible expulsion, and/or other disciplinary action(s) deemed appropriate by the principal or designee.

CLASS I VIOLATIONS 1 demerit per violation

The following are Class I violations. Each Class I violation results in one demerit. Disciplinary action is assigned based on the student's total demerits, not solely on the individual violation.

Classroom disruption - Any behavior that is disruptive to the orderly educational process.
Refusal to complete class assignments and/or not having assigned materials/books.
Quarreling - Verbal conflicts such as name calling, inflammatory language, etc.
Hallway misconduct - running, yelling, tripping others, etc.
Inappropriate public display of affection.
Eating, drinking, or gum chewing in unauthorized area.
Misuse, abuse, or littering of school property.
Possession of inappropriate or disruptive items - Cards, dice, inappropriate magazines, toys, etc.
Presence in unauthorized area - includes, but not limited to sitting in vehicles after arriving on campus.
Minor bus misconduct.
Any other violation deemed as a Class I violation by the principal or designee.

CLASS II VIOLATIONS 3 demerits per violation

The following are Class II violations. Each Class II violations results in three demerits. Disciplinary action is assigned based on the student's total demerits, not solely on the individual violation.

Unauthorized meetings, gatherings, or organizations - Use of any part of the school day or facilities for activities that are not school sponsored or approved by the principal.
Gambling - Any participation in games of chance for money or things of value.
Possession, sale, use, or distribution of tobacco products.
Defiance - any verbal or nonverbal refusal to comply in a timely manner with legal directions or instructions from school personnel.
Vandalism - Deliberate action resulting in damages of less than $50 to public or private property.
Petty theft - The deliberate taking of property valued at less than $25 belonging to or in the lawful possession or custody of another.
Possession of stolen property.
Profane or obscene language (Not including profanity directed to or about school personnel).
Possession of electronic devices - Gameboys, CD players, radios, laser pointers, etc.
Possession of objects or substances capable of causing bodily harm or injury (matches, lighters, etc.)
Obscene gestures or illustrations toward another person.
Obscene or profane materials.
Truancy - Unauthorized absence from school or class.
Intimidation.
Disrespectful/rude language addressed to or about school personnel (not to include profanity directed to or about school personnel).
Providing false information to school personnel - including, by not limited to, forging a parent's signature, giving false accounts of incidences, intentionally failing to give truthful information when requested by school personnel.
Leaving school grounds without permission from school officials.
Any other violation deemed as a Class II violation by the principal or designee.

CLASS III VIOLATIONS 6 demerits per violation

The following are Class III violations. Each violation results in six demerits. Disciplinary action is assigned based on the student's total demerits, not solely on the individual violation.

Motor vehicle violation - Unsafe or unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Extortion - Any communication threatening injury to the person, property or reputation of another with the intention of extorting money or any other item.
Fighting - Physical altercation involving hostile or aggressive contact or attempted contact.
Threats - Intentional demonstration of the intent or ability to carry out a malicious act creating a well-founded fear in the person threatened.
Possession and/or igniting fireworks.
Harassment
Inappropriate touching in a sexual or suggestive way.
Vandalism - Deliberate actions resulting in more than $50 to public or personal property.
Profanity or obscene language to or about school board personnel.
Student disorders - Inciting, participating, encouraging, or otherwise promoting unauthorized student activities, disruption to an orderly environment or impeding the educational process.
Possession, viewing, or distribution of pornographic material
Computer misuse - Assessing, changing, receiving, or transmitting information in the schools computers or technology systems.
Any other violation deemed as a Class III violation by the principal or designee.

CLASS IV VIOLATIONS 12 demerits per violation

The following are Class IV violations. Each Class IV violation results in twelve demerits. Disciplinary action is assigned based on the student's total demerits, not solely on the individual violation.

Threatening school board personnel. (Any verbal or nonverbal Communication)
Drug violation - Possession, transfer, use, or sale of illegal or unauthorized drugs (including "over the counter" and prescription medications).
Alcohol violation - Possession, transfer, use, or sale of alcoholic beverages.
Grand theft - The taking of property valued at $25 or more belonging to or in the lawful possession or custody of another.
Assault upon school personnel- Hitting, pushing, kicking, grabbing, or any other hostile or aggressive contact or action toward school personnel.
Firearms violation - Any firearm (including, but not limited to, starter gun, BB gun, pellet gun, stun gun, etc.).
Weapons Violation - Including, but not limited to, metallic knuckles, tear gas, knives, of any kind or size, box cutters, chemical weapons of any kind, or any device or substance converted or intended for use as a weapon.
Explosives Violation - Possession, igniting, preparing to ignite any explosive substance on school property or at a school related event.
Bomb Threat - Any such communication intended to imply the presence of explosives.
Arson - The skillful and malicious burning or attempting to bum public or private property.
Sexual Offense - Acts and/or contact of a sexual nature including, but not limited to, sexual battery, attempted intercourse, intercourse, rape, and attempted rape.
Aggravated battery - Intentionally causing great bodily harm, disability, or disfigurement, by the use of a weapon.
Sexual Harassment - Sexual comments, propositions, insinuations, or suggestions
Robbery - Taking of money or property from another by force, violence, threat, or intimidation.
Burglary - Entering or remaining in a structure or conveyance with the intent to commit an offense when premises are closed to the public.
Criminal mischief - Willful and malicious injury or damages of $50 or more to public or private property.
Indecent Exposure - The inappropriate display or showing of the body. The principal or designee is the final authority as per what constitutes indecent exposure.
Any other violation deemed as a Class IV violation by the principal or designee.

Class IV violations represent severe violations of the student's legal obligation to conduct himself/herself properly as a student. As a result of a student being found to have committed or participated in a Class IV violation, the school principal or the designee shall contact the appropriate legal authorities. The principals shall sign appropriate complaints, petitions or warrants in the appropriate legal and/or judicial systems. The student shall be immediately suspended from regular classes and a hearing conducted at the earliest possible date. The student may be referred to the Board of Education for expulsion from the Dale County Schools.
* Any student determined to have brought to school or have in their possession, a firearm in a school building, on school grounds, on a school bus, or at a school function, shall be expelled from the Dale County Schools for a period of no less than one year.
* Any student found to have violated school or state policy concerning drugs and/or alcohol shall be immediately suspended from attending regular classes, legal authorities will be contacted, the appropriate warrant or petition will be signed, and the students is subject to expulsion from the Dale County Schools for a period of one year.

DALE COUNTY SCHOOLS DRESS CODE POLICY

Students are expected to dress in a manner that is appropriate for a learning environment and a school setting. Health, safety, decency, and the prevention of distractions were the primary concerns in the development of the dress code for the Dale County Schools.
Failure to comply with the guidelines will result in penalties ranging from warning to suspension. In addition, the student will be required to come into compliance before being allowed to attend class or classes. No code or policy can be all-inclusive. There may be a situation that arises, which is not covered in this code. In these situations, the principal or his/her designee will deal with these on an individual basis. Any hairstyle, hair color, article of clothing, or other student item that is a distraction to the educational process will be handled by the administration on a case by case basis. Students will not be allowed to wear the following clothing articles or styles to school or engage in certain dress practices:

Pants: (Boys and Girls)
1. All pants (including shorts and skirts) will be worn appropriately.
2. If pants have belt loops, belts will be worn. There will be NO sagging.
3. No sweat pants; wind suits are permissible.
4. Pajama style pants are not allowed.
5. Pants with tears or holes are not allowed.
6. Pants with writing on the seat are not permissible.
Shorts/Skirts/Skorts:
1. Shorts worn at mid thigh are permissible in grades K-6, but there is to be no writing on the seat.
2. Knee length skirts, dresses, skorts, and shorts that the bottom hem touch the knee will be allowed in grades 7-12. (Boys and Girls)
Shirts/Tops/Sweaters:
For safety reasons, pants, shorts, and skirt pockets must be visible. Shirttails must be tucked into pants, shorts, or skirts. The following types of shirts or tops are not allowed:
1. Shirts or tops that expose the midriff when arms are fully extended above the student's head.
2. Sleeveless shirts or tops for male students.
3. Shirts, tops, or sweaters worn by female students that expose undergarment or are immodest.
4. Strapless tops, mesh tops, spaghetti strap tops, tank tops, immodestly tight or revealing tops.
Symbols/Pictures/Wording/Tattoos:
Clothing, tattoos, or jewelry, which contains profane or immoral words or drawings, references to drugs, alcohol, gangs, tobacco products, or any type of distracting or disruptive comments or symbols, are not allowed.
Jewelry/Accessories:
1. Facial or tongue jewelry is not allowed.
2. Earrings or studs are not allowed to be worn by male students.
3. Dog collars, chains, bracelets with studs or spikes, long and /or heavy necklaces are not allowed.
4. Jewelry in the mouth or on the teeth, unless prescribed by a physician or dentist, is not allowed.
5. Excessive ear jewelry is not to be worn by females.
Other clothing related guidelines:
1. Bandannas or other gang related clothing, etc. are not allowed.
2. No article of clothing may be worn in a gang related manner (i.e. cocked caps, towels, rags, strings, etc.)
3. Caps, hats, sweatbands, scarves, or other similar headwear are not allowed to be worn inside the building unless prescribed by a physician. (Caps may be worn outside with bill forward.)
4. Sunglasses are not allowed to be worn inside the building unless prescribed by a physician.
5. Combs, hair picks, hair socks, or curlers are not allowed to be worn.
6. Hairstyles or hair color that cause distractions to the learning environment are not allowed.
7. Suspender straps must be worn on the shoulder as designed.
8. Belts must be fastened and positioned completely within the belt loops with no belt excess hanging down.
9. Trench coats/Long coats are not allowed.
Footwear:
1. Shoes must be worn at all times.
2. Bedroom shoes/house slippers or flip-flops are not allowed.
3. Shoes must be Velcro-ed or tied at all times.

DISCIPLINE FOR DRESS CODE VIOLATIONS

1st Offense Warning
2nd Offense Corporal Punishment, detention or Parental contact
3rd Offense Saturday School
4th Offense OSS - 1 day
Additional Offenses OSS - up to 3 days
*Students will be sent home when corrections cannot be made at school

 

 


CELL PHONE POLICY

Electronic Device Usage Policy and Procedures

The Dale County Board of Education has adopted a policy that allows the use of personal electronic devices for Educational Purposes only. Unauthorized use of cellular phones and all other electronic devices is not allowed (see board policy 5.83). Violations are as follows with additional penalties to be imposed based on the severity** of the violations.

Violations
Penalties
1st offense
Device confiscated with office referral; Conference with student; Parental contact; Phone returned to student at end of school day.
2nd offense
Device confiscated with office referral; Conference with student and parent; Phone returned only to the parent
3rd offense
Device confiscated with office referral; Student placed in ISS (1 Full Day); Phone returned only to the parent
4th offense
Device confiscated with office referral; Mandated 1 Day of OSS; Loss of electronic privileges for remainder of semester: Phone returned at Parent Conference
5th offense
Device confiscated with office referral and turned over to Superintendent; Loss of privileges for the remainder of school year; Administrative hearing with Superintendent

* Refusal to turn over a device to school personnel will result in automatic OSS and the number of days will be at administrator's discretion.

** Severity of violations will be at the sole discretion of the school principal or his/her designee.

CELL PHONE/DIGITAL DEVICE IN A SECURE TESTING SETTING BY STUDENTS

The possession of digital devices (including but not limited to cell phones, MP3 players, cameras, mobile entertainment, social connections, navigation devices, or other telecommunication devices) is strictly prohibited in the testing setting. Local education agency (LEA) school personnel will collect such devices before students can enter the testing room. If a device is in the possession of a student in the testing setting, testing for the student will cease, the device will be confiscated, the student will be dismissed from testing, and the student's test will be invalidated. Additional disciplinary action may be taken by the LEA.

DUE PROCESS

A student must know what conduct is appropriate and what is forbidden. Therefore, the rules and regulations of the Board of Education governing student conduct shall be distributed to the students and parents. Essentially, procedural due process of law means fairness. Therefore, all students are entitled to be treated fairly under every circumstance.

Before being punished for violation of Board policies or school regulations, a student shall have the right of the following minimum due process procedures:
1. The student shall be given oral or written notice of the charges against him/her.
2. The evidence against the student shall be explained to him/her.
3. The student shall be given an opportunity to present his/her own version of the facts concerning the charges.

When a student is facing possible expulsion, the Board shall afford the student the following:
1. The right to counsel,
2. The opportunity for cross examination of witnesses,
3. A written record of the hearing,
4. A written record of the decision.

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

Acceptable social conduct demands that certain expressions of affection be reserved for places other than school. Therefore, the following is unacceptable student conduct on campus or at any school sponsored or school-related activity: hugging, kissing, or unnecessary contact.
No alcoholic beverages are allowed on school premises or at any school-related function. Students who violate this policy are subject to disciplinary action. Proper authorities will be notified.
No drug is permitted on school premises or at any school-related function. A drug is defined as any barbiturate, central nervous system stimulants, hallucinogenic, and any other drug to which the narcotic and drug abuse laws of the federal and state government apply. Students who violate this policy are subject to disciplinary action. Proper authorities will be notified.
All firearms are strictly forbidden on school grounds.
Pocket knives, razors, or other such cutting instruments, or any object which can reasonably be considered a weapon shall not be permitted on school premises, in buildings, or otherwise about the school, whether during school hours or at any other school functions. Students who violate this policy are subject to suspension and the contraband will be confiscated.
The Dale County Board of Education does not approve of or permit the use or possession of tobacco in any form by students, faculty, or support personnel on school property during school hours or at school functions. Those students who violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary action.
School property, including lockers and desks, are subject to search by school officials if there is reason to believe that materials or objects which are illegal, dangerous to others and are in the possession of a student. The school principal or his authorized representative should conduct searches. Whenever a student's locker or desk is searched the student should if possible, be present to serve witness to the search. Proper authorities will b notified if a search uncovers any materials or objects which a student may not legally possess.
Please make sure your child has the supplies required for his/her classes. The school cannot supply every child with paper, pencils, pens, crayons, glue, rulers, etc.
Please do not let your child bring toys to school. If there is a special activity planned by your child's teachers where he/she can bring toys, the teacher will send you a note about the activity.


GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

The Dale County Board of Education requires that graduation requirements for the students of the school system meet or exceed the current requirements specified by the State Board of Education and/or State Department of Education. Currently, the Dale County Board of Education requires students to earn 29 credits to graduate. A breakdown of the requirements may be found on the next few pages. The board further requires that the requirements for graduation be widely available to students and parents/guardians. To this end, detailed statements outlining the specific course requirements shall be published at least annually in school system publications and in the handbooks of the three high schools. The following diplomas and certificates will be available for issuance by all high schools in the Dale County School System.

ALABAMA HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA

AREAS OF STUDY
REQUIREMENTS
CREDITS
English
English 9, 10, 11, 12 or any AP/IB/postsecondary equivalent
4
Mathematics
Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II w/Trig or Algebra II, or their equivalent.
4
Science
Biology and a physical science and 2 other science courses chosen from the Alabama Course of Study
4
Social Studies
World History II, U.S. History I and II, and Government/Economics
4
Physical Education
LIFE (Personal Fitness)
1
Health Education
Health
½
Career Tech Education
Career Preparedness Course
Career and Academic Planning, Computer Applications, Financial Literacy
1
CTE and/or Foreign Language and/or Arts Education
Students are encouraged to complete two courses in sequence.
3
Electives


10.5
Total Credits Required for Graduation
29
See note below for information on total credits earned.

Notes: Students are expected to earn 32 units during their high school career.

ALABAMA HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA with HONORS ENDORSEMENT
Local Option

AREAS OF STUDY
REQUIREMENTS
CREDITS
English
English 9, 10, 11, 12 Honors
Must be the highest level English course offered at the grade level.
4
Mathematics
Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II w/Trig and Pre-Calculus.
Must be the highest level math course offered at the grade level.
4
Science
Biology, a physical science, and 2 other science courses chosen from the Alabama Course of Study.
Must be the highest level science course offered at the grade level.
4
Social Studies
World History II, U.S. History I and II, and Government/Economics
Must be the highest level social studies course offered at the grade level.
4
Physical Education
LIFE (Personal Fitness)
1
Health Education
Health
½
Career Tech Education
Career Preparedness Course
Career and Academic Planning, Computer Applications, Financial Literacy
1
CTE and/or Foreign Language and/or Arts Education
Chosen from the Alabama Course of Study
1
Foreign Language
Chosen from the Alabama Course of Study
2
Electives


10.50
Total Credits Required for Graduation
29
See note below for information on total credits earned.

Notes: Students are expected to earn 32 units during their high school career.

Alabama High School Diploma with Alternate Achiement Standards Pathway
A graduation certificate may be awarded to special education students, with the exception of the gifted and the speech-impaired, who have pursued the objectives established for them by the IEP committee. The decision for a student to pursue a graduation certificate should be made only after examining all other options. Students receiving the graduation certificate will have the same opportunities to participate in all activities associated with graduation from high school.

Valedictorian, Salutatorian and Other End of Year Honors
The grades earned in the core academic courses from the ninth grade through the first semester of the twelfth grade are used for determining valedictorian, salutatorian, and class rank in the Dale County School System. Grades posted for these courses on the high school transcript through first semester of the twelfth grade shall be used to determine class ranking. (A numerical average will be determined by adding all of the grades for the core academic courses through the 1st semester of the senior year and dividing by the number of core academic courses taken. For each honors core course passed, one point will be added to the numerical average. (This is referred to as a weighted numerical average.) The weighted numerical average will be used to determine the Valedictorian, salutatorian, and Class Rank. Example: If a student's weighted overall numerical average is 98, the student had taken 18 courses defined as honors, the students weighted overall numerical average would be 116. The student with the highest overall numerical average shall be valedictorian and the student with the second highest overall numerical average shall be salutatorian. In the case of a tie, there will be co-valedictorians, or co-salutatorians. In the case of co-valedictorians, a salutatorian will be named. The transcripts of transfer-in students will be evaluated on the same criteria as Dale County School System students.

Valedictorian and Salutatorian
The valedictorian will be the student who has the highest weighted numerical grade average, and has attended his or her entire senior year at the school from which he or she is to be graduated. The salutatorian will be the student who has the second highest weighted numerical grade average, and has attended the entire senior year at the school from which he or she is to be graduated. The candidates for the other end-of-year honors must have been enrolled prior to the beginning of the second term of their senior year.


Core Academic Classes
The core academic courses are English, Math, Science, History, and Foreign Language.
If a student fails a core honors academic class and then retakes the same honors class and passes, both grades will be used to determine the end of year honors.

Criteria for Determine Rank in Class
Grades used to determine class rank shall be computed at face value to the third (3rd) decimal.
98+97+90+96+95+97 = 573.000 / 6 = 95.500
We will not round off. This is only an example.

Honor Students
Schools will recognize a top 10 from the graduating class. Schools may elect to recognize other groups.

Home Schooling
Courses taken through home schooling cannot be designated as honors courses.

Transfer Students
If letter grades are presented, the student must have the respective school(s) attended submit the grade in numerical form. If numerical grades are not available, said student's letter grades will be converted to numerical grades at the mid-point of the grading scale.

Early Graduation
Students who are interested in early graduation should contact their principal before the end of their sixth semester (end of junior year).

Grade Scale

Letter Grade
Grade Scale
Regular/Advanced
A
90-100
4.0
B
80-89
3.0
C
70-79
2.0
D
60-69
1.0
F
0-59
0.0

CAREER TECHNICAL CLASS OFFERINGS

The Dale County School system offers career and technical education programs at Dale County High School, Long High School and Ariton School. These programs are designed to prepare youth for a broad range of employment and further education and are offered under the guidance of certified teachers. The Dale County School system offers these career and technical education programs for all students regardless of race, color, national origin, including those with limited English proficiency, sex or disability in grades 9 - 12.
Please contact the guidance counselor for criteria for admission and course offerings. Persons seeking further information concerning the career and technical education offerings and specific pre-requisite criteria should contact:

Persons seeking further information concerning the career and technical education offerings and specific pre-requisite criteria should contact:
The Career Technical Administrator
113 West Reynolds Street
Ozark, AL 36360
334.774.2355
Inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies should be directed to:
Dale County School System
Special Education Director
113 West Reynolds Street
Ozark, AL 36360
334 - 774 - 2355
ELIGIBILITY FOR PARTICIPATING IN GRADUATION CEREMONY EXERCISES

The Board authorizes local high School principals and appropriate staff members to conduct graduation ceremony exercises for their respective schools. In all cases, eligibility criteria for participation in graduation exercise shall include the following provisions:

Students who have passed all required Carnegie requirements established by the Board will be awarded a diploma and are eligible to participate (march) in the graduation ceremony/exercise.
Students who have not met the Carnegie Unit requirement established by the Board
will not be eligible to participate in the graduation ceremony (march).Credits and/or units needed to fulfill graduation requirements must be earned in grades 9 - 12.
Special Education students who began tenth grade in the 1997 - 98 school year or
thereafter and who have successfully completed all state and local course requirements
as outlined in the student's' individual education programs will be awarded the Alabama
Occupational Diploma and are eligible to participate (march) in the graduation
ceremony/exercise.
Special Education students who have not met the minimum requirements for a diploma,
but have met all requirements set out for them in their individual education programs
shall participate in the graduation ceremony and be awarded a Graduation Certificate.
Foreign exchange students classified as seniors (classification can be based only on
official transcripts in the English language) who have met the Carnegie Unit
requirement established by the Board for senior students will be eligible to participate in
the graduation ceremony (march).
Foreign exchange students classified as seniors who have not met the Carnegie Unit
requirement established by the Board will not be allowed to participate in graduation
ceremonies.

WEAPONS IN SCHOOL (ACT 94-817)

No persons shall knowingly with intent to do bodily harm carry or possess a deadly weapon on the premises of a public school. Possession of a deadly weapon with intent to do bodily harm on the premises of a public school or school bus is a Class C felony.
In compliance with the Federal Gun Free Schools Act of 1994 and with Alabama law, it is the policy of the Dale County Board of Education that any student determined to have brought a weapon/firearm as herein defined, to school shall be expelled from the regular school program. Expulsion is defined at a minimum as knowledge of a student possessing a weapon or firearm must follow disciplinary actions outlined. However, the expulsion requirement may be modified for a student on a case-by-case basis by the Board. Also, discipline of students with disabilities who violate this policy shall be determined by the Board on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the requirements of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

SEARCH AND SEIZURE

In conformance with State Board of Education Resolution 1-2-g of Alabama State Board of Education Administrative Regulation 290-010-020-01, and the Code of Alabama 16-424.1 (1975), law enforcement agencies shall be allowed to make periodic unannounced visits to any local public school for the purpose of detecting the presence of drugs. Such visits may include the use of drug-sniffing dogs. Searches may be conducted in the school facilities, classrooms, or parking lots. School officials may conduct searches or use other detection devices within the facilities, on the school grounds, or at any school function any time that it is believed that alcohol or other drugs, weapons, or any other object or substance considered harmful to the school environment may be present. Students are subject to search by school officials with reasonable cause.

NON-DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF HANDICAP SECTION 504 OF THE REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973

Referrals for 504 Eligibility must be submitted to the school 504 Coordinator at your child's school. A referral meeting will be scheduled to review your child's eligibility for 504 services. To determine eligibility, your child must be evaluated by a team of individuals who are familiar with your child. The results will then be shared at a team meeting in which you are involved. Questions concerning 504 Eligibility or services should be directed to Beverly Lampkin, 504 Coordinator at 774-2355, ext. 23229.

SEARCH FOR ESL/504/IDEA CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN DALE COUNTY

The Special Education Coordinator of Dale County Schools is in the process of identifying all children with disabilities from birth to 21 years of age that are not presently receiving special education services. Gifted students are those who perform at high levels in academic or creative fields when compared to others of their age, experience or environment. These students may be referred by teachers, counselors, administrators, parents or guardians, peers, self, or any other individual with knowledge of the student's abilities. Dale County Schools are committed to the identification and proper servicing of all students with English language challenges. Upon determination of enrollment in the EL Program, and EL Committee will convene to facilitate placement, services and assessment of the English Learner student. Upon scoring 4.8 (composite score) on ACCESS, English Leaners will be exited from EL services and placed on monitoring status for two (2) academic years. If you know of any disabled child or youth that is not being served in an ESL/504/IDEA school program, please contact the Special Education Coordinator at Dale County Board of Education at 334-774-2355, Ext 23229. To make a referral, contact your child's school.

HOMELESS, MIGRANT, AND ENGLISH LEARNERS

Any student deemed to be homeless will be afforded a free and appropriate public education. There are no policies, practices, or regulations that act as a barrier to the enrollment, attendance, and success of homeless children. Pursuant to the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, all homeless, migrant and EL children must have equal access to the same free appropriate public education, including public preschool education, provided to other children and youth. Such children will be provided the opportunity to meet the same challenging state content and state student performance standards to which all students are held without being stigmatized or isolated. The enrollment of homeless, migrant, and English Learner children and youth shall not be denied, prohibited, or delayed from school attendance due to any of the following barriers:
1. Lack of birth certificate 5. Lack of proof of residency
2. Lack of school records or transcripts 6. Lack of transportation
3. Lack of immunization or health records 7. Guardianship or custody
4. Lack of Social Security Card
School administrators, with the assistance of local government agencies, shall take necessary steps to assist families obtain documentation necessary for school admission. No student will be excluded from, any federally assisted education program on the basis of a surname or language-minority status. [No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Title III, Part C, Section 3302(f)]

ALABAMA SAFE SCHOOL AND DRUG FREE POLICY

The principal shall notify appropriate law enforcement officials when any person violates state or federal policies concerning drugs or other criminal acts. The student may not be readmitted to the public schools of this state until:
1. Criminal charges or offenses arising from the conduct have been disposed of by appropriate authorities,
2. The student has satisfied all other requirements imposed by the local board of education for readmission.
CODE of ALABAMA 16-1-24.1 (1994)

NON-DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF HANDICAP

No otherwise qualified handicapped person shall, solely by reason of handicap, be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity. For purpose of this policy, a qualified handicapped person shall be one who satisfied the definition set forth in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and its implementation regulations. The Dale County Board of Education will identify, evaluate and provide a free and appropriate public education to qualified handicapped students within its district boundaries. Questions concerning 504 Eligibility or services should be directed to Beverly Lampkin, 504 Coordinator, at 334-774-2355, ext 23229.

 

TITLE IX POLICY

It is the policy of the dale county board of education not to discriminate on the basis of gender in its educational programs, activities or employment practices. Inquiries or complaints regarding compliances with applicable laws or the policy may be directed to the title ix coordinator, dale county schools 113 West Reynolds Street, Ozark, Alabama 36360. The coordinator may be reached by telephone Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at 334 774-2355.

ACCEPTABLE USE OF TECHNOLOGY POLICY; INTERNET PROTECTION ACT

Dale County School System recognizes the need to protect its student's privacy and Internet Safety. The federal government also has acts in place for this purpose. As such, the District forces all Internet traffic to pass through filters. Dale County Schools meet the requirements of the Children's Internet Protection Act by filtering all Internet access through the Alabama Super Computer Authority. Content filtering is designed to restrict minors' access to materials "harmful to minors," as that term is defined in Section 1 721 (c) of the Children's Internet Protection Act of 2000. Dale County School's technology is intended for use by staff and students. Dale County Schools encourage and promote the educational use of technology in our schools. To ensure students and staff take full advantage of the technologies available: all uses of technology in the school district must have proper authorization and adhere to district policies. All use of technology is a privilege, not a right, and must be in support of and consistent with the purposes and stated goals of the school district. There are no inherent warranties for technological resources that Dale County Schools is providing. Dale County Schools reserve the right to monitor network activity.

Guidelines:
Students will use technology as authorized by appropriate school personnel.
Only software legally owned and/or authorized by the District may be put on district
computers.
All network activities will be legal and appropriate use will be enforced.
Technology users will:
Comply with district policies, rules and regulations
Use networks and technology in support of Dale County Schools' educational goals
Obey all district, state and national copyright laws
Use district equipment responsibly; respect individual work, files, programs and
security.
Sign the handbook acknowledgement form that confirms the parent and student understand the "Acceptable Use of Technology Policy"
Technology users will not:
Access inappropriate matter on the Internet or communicate with individuals for non
instructional purposes. This includes e-mail, chat, messenger services, or similar
resources.
Access, vandalize, or modify data or computer setup.
Use the network or Internet for personal or commercial purposes.
Disclose or post personal or confidential information of self or others over the
Internet.

Violation of Acceptable Use Policy: Failure to abide by Board policy and administrative regulations governing use of the district's technology resources may result in the suspension and/or revocation of system access. Additionally, student violations may result in discipline or legal actions as stated in the Dale County Schools Code of Conduct. Fees or other charges may be imposed.
Parents that choose for their student to abstain from computers, Internet use, and other technology must notify the school in writing.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Sexual Harassment- (Employee to Employee; Student to Employee; Employee to Student; Student to Student) The law and policy of Ariton School forbids discrimination against any student, employee, or applicant on the basis of sex. Among other forms of sex discrimination, which the administration will not tolerate, is sexual harassment activity by any of its employees or students. This policy similarly applies to non-employee volunteers who work subject to the control of the school authorities.

STUDENT HARASSMENT

No student shall engaged in or be subjected to harassment, violence, threats of violence, or intimidation by any other student that is based on any of the specific characteristics that have been identified by the Dale County Board of Education in this policy. Students who violate this policy are subject to disciplinary sanctions.
Definitions: The term "harassment" as used in this policy means a continuous pattern of intentional behavior that takes place on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored function including, but not limited to, written, electronic, verbal, or physical acts that are reasonably perceived as being motivated by any characteristic of a student, or by the association of a student with an individual who has a particular characteristic, if the characteristic falls into one of the characteristics set forth in Section III B below. To constitute harassment, a pattern of behavior may do any of the following:
Place a student in reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or damage to his or her property.
Have the effect of substantially interfering with the educational performance, opportunities, or benefits of a student.
Have the effect of substantially disrupting or interfering with the orderly operation of the school.
Have the effect of creating a hostile environment in the school, on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored function.
Have the effect of being sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive enough to create an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student.
The term "violence" as used in this policy means the infliction of physical force by a student with the intent to cause injury to another student or damage to the property of another student.
The term "threat of violence" as used in this policy means an expression of intention to inflict injury or damage that is made by a student and directed to another student.
The term "intimidation" as used in this policy means a threat or other action that is intended to cause fear or apprehension in a student, especially for the purpose of coercing or deterring the student from participating in or taking advantage of any school program, benefit, activity or opportunity for which the student is or would be eligible.
The term "student" as used in this policy means a student who is enrolled in the Dale County School System.
Description of Behavior Expected of Students: Students are expected to treat other students with courtesy, respect, and dignity and comply with the Code of Student Conduct. Students are expected and required (1) to comply with the requirements of law, policy, regulation, and rules prohibiting harassment, violence, or intimidation; (2) to refrain from inflicting or threatening to inflict violence, injury, or damage to the person or property of another student; and (3) to refrain from placing another student in fear of being subjected to violence, injury, or damage when such actions or threats are reasonably perceived as being motivated by any personal characteristic of the student that is identified in this policy.
Violence, threats of violence, harassment, and intimidation are prohibited and will be subject to disciplinary consequences and sanctions if the perpetrator of such action is found to have based the prohibited action on one or more of the following personal characteristics of the victim of such conduct:
The student's race;
The student's sex;
The student's religion;
The student's national origin; or
The student's disability.
A series of graduated consequences for any violation of this policy will be those outlined in the Code of Student Conduct or any rule or standard adopted under authority of this policy.
Reporting, Investigation, and Complaint Resolution Procedures: Complaints alleging violations of this policy must be made on Board-approved complaint forms available at the principal's and or counselor's office. The complaint must be signed by the student alleging the violation or by the student's parent or legal guardian and delivered to the principal or the principal's designee either by mail or personal delivery. At the request of the complaining student or the student's parent or legal guardian, incidental or minor violations of the policy may be presented and resolved informally.
Upon receipt of the complaint, the principal or the principal's designee will, in his/her sole discretion, determine if the complaint alleges a serious violation of this policy. If the principal or the principal's designee determines that the complaint alleges a serious violation, the principal or the designee will undertake an investigation of the complaint. A reasonably prompt time period, taking into account the circumstances of the complaint, will be allowed. If the investigation establishes a violation, appropriate disciplinary sanctions will be imposed on the offending student(s). Other measures that are reasonably calculated to prevent a recurrence of the violation(s) may also be imposed by the principal or the school system. Acts of reprisal or retaliation against any student who has reported a violation of this policy or sought relief provided by this policy are prohibited, and are themselves a violation of this policy. Any confirmed acts of reprisal or retaliation will be subject to disciplinary sanctions that may include any sanction, penalty, or consequence that is available to school officials under the Code of Student Conduct. A student who deliberately, recklessly, and falsely accuses another student of a violation of this policy is subject to disciplinary sanctions as outlined in the Code of Student Conduct.
The complaint form developed to report violations of this policy will include a provision for reporting a threat of suicide by a student. If a threat of suicide is reported, the principal or the principal's designee will inform the student's parent or guardian of the report.
This policy and any procedures, rules, and forms developed and approved to implement the policy will be published, disseminated, and made available to students, parents and legal guardians, and employees by such means and methods as are customarily used for such purposes, including publication on the Dale County School System web site.
The Student Harassment Complaint Form can be found in the Elementary and High School Counselors offices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLEASE RETURN THIS FORM TO THE TEACHER

HOME LANGUAGE SURVEY

Student's Name ____________________________________________ Grade ______

(TO BE FILLED IN BY PARENT OR GUARDIAN)

What language did your child learn to speak first?
English_____ Spanish_____ Other_____

What language is spoken in your home most of the time?
English_____ Spanish_____ Other_____

What language does your child speak outside of the home?
English_____ Spanish_____ Other_____

In what language do you read?
English_____ Spanish_____ Other_____

In what language does your child read?
English_____ Spanish_____ Other_____

EMPLOYMENT SURVEY

Please complete the following survey. Schools with students that qualify may receive extra funds from the Migrant Education Program.

NAME OF SCHOOL: _________________________________________________________

STUDENT NAME: ______________________________________________________

PARENT OR GUARDIAN: _______________________________________________

ADDRESS: ____________________________________________________________

TELEPHONE: __________________________________________________________

1. Have you moved in the last three years, even for a short period of time? Y __ N __
2. What town, city, county, or country did you leave from? ________________________
3. What type of work did you and/or your spouse do before coming here?
_____________________________________________________________________
4. Have you and/or your spouse ever worked, or are you or your spouse now working in:

(Please circle all that apply)
Agriculture: Planting, Cultivating, Pruning, Harvesting, Poultry Farms, Poultry Plants,
Processing, Packaging, Nurseries, Sod Farms, Timber, Fish Farms?
Seafood: Fishing, Crabbing, Oystering, Shrimping, Processing, Packaging, Hauling?

5. How many children ages 0 to 22 are living with you? _________________________


________________________________________________ _________________
Parent/Guardian Signature Date

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


PLEASE RETURN THIS FORM TO THE TEACHER
2017-2018 ARITON SCHOOL
SCHOOL-PARENT COMPACT

Ariton School, and the parents of the students participating in activities, services, and programs funded by Title I, Part A (participating children), agree that this compact outlines how the parents, the entire school staff, and the students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership that will help children achieve the state's high standards.

REQUIRED SCHOOL-PARENT COMPACT PROVISIONS

School Responsibilities

Ariton School will:

Provide high quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables the participating children to meet the state's student academic achievement standards as follows:

Highly qualified teachers will use explicit teaching strategies aligned with the Alabama State Course of Study.
Provide Tier I, Tier II, and Tier III instruction to enable students to meet state academic standards.
Students will receive whole and small group instruction.
Faculty and staff will work as a team to provide a supportive and effective learning environment.
Use RTI for students needing core support.
Provide in-school or after school or summer tutoring as funds are available.

Hold parent-teacher meetings (at least annually) during which this compact can be discussed as it relates to the individual child's achievement. Specifically stated:

"A meeting will be held annually for the purpose of informing parents of their school's participation in Title I, the requirements of the law and Title I parents' rights to be involved."

3. Provide parents with frequent reports on their children's progress.

Teachers send home graded papers weekly or biweekly to parents for review.
Progress reports are sent out at the middle of each 9 weeks.
Report cards are sent at the end of each 9 weeks grading period.
DIBELS, ACT Aspire, ACT, and other assessment reports are sent home for parent review.
Parents may access grades by going on the STI website.
Parent conferences are scheduled as needed.
If parents can't come to school, a telephone conference is held.

4. Provide parents with reasonable access to staff.

Parents have access to staff in person, by phone, or e-mail before and after school, or at the teachers' planning time. School functions throughout the year provide access to teachers.

5. Provide parents opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child's school and to observe school activities, as follows:

Volunteer forms will be sent home to give parents the opportunity to help in school activities and functions during the school year.
Parents may visit school during school functions throughout the year.
Parents are invited to visit and eat lunch with their child on Grandparent's Day, or other special occasions with prior notice to the CNP staff.
Participate in our "Doughnuts with Dad" and "Muffins with Mom", Homecoming and PTO activities.

 

 

Parent Responsibilities

We, as parents, will support our children's learning in the following ways:

Monitoring attendance.
Making sure that homework is completed.
Monitoring amount of television their children watch.
Volunteering at my child's school activities.
Participating, as appropriate, in decisions relating to my children's education.
Promoting positive us of my child's extracurricular time.
Staying informed about my child's education and communication with the school by promptly reading all notices from the school or the school district either received by my child or by mail and responding as appropriate.
Serving, to the extent possible, on advisory groups, such as the Title I advisory committees and parental involvement committees.

Student Responsibilities

We, as students, will share the responsibility to improve our academic achievement and achieve the state's high standards. Specifically we will:

Do homework every day and ask for help when I need to.
Read every day outside of school time.
Give to my parents or the adult who is responsible for my welfare all notice and information received by me from my school every day.
Read and understand the school rules.
Come to school regularly and on time.
Demonstrate a positive attitude toward learning and school.
Return completed homework that reflects accuracy.
Demonstrate respect of self, others students, school personnel, and school property.


_________________________ __________________________ _________________________
School Representative Parent Signature Student Signature

_________________________ _________________________ _________________________
Date Date Date

PLEASE RETURN THIS FORM TO THE TEACHER
ARITON SCHOOL
HANDBOOK ACKNOWLEDGEMENT SHEET
Please sign and return this sheet by your child to their homeroom or 1st period teacher. It is very important for us to know that you have received a copy of this school document. This signed sheet should be returned after you, the parent or guardian, have read the following statements:

*Alabama State Law requires parents to be liable for their children's behavior and attendance at school. The attendance laws apply to all students, regardless of age enrolled in school.
*I understand the attendance and tardy policy as outlined in the student handbook. A student who is absent from any class more than five times per semester, except for absences documented by a health care provider or PRIOR permission of the principal, will not receive credit for that class.
*I am aware that Ariton School does use corporal punishment (spanking/paddling) whenever it is deemed necessary and appropriate.

I further understand that signing this form does not indicate agreement with the rules, regulations, or procedures set forth in the Student Handbook. Signing this form simply confirms that I have read and understand the above statements and the contents of the Student Handbook.

Parent/Guardian Signature: _______________________________________________________

Student Signature: ______________________________________________________________

Teacher: ________________________ Grade: _____________Date Signed: ________________


It is the policy of Ariton School, along with the Dale County School System, not to discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religion, color, creed, national origin, handicap, age, veteran status, or any other prescribed category, in its Educational Programs, or activities, or employment policies as required by local, state, and federal policies and laws. The school system also provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries or complaints regarding compliance with applicable laws of this policy may be directed to the Special Education Coordinator, Mrs. Beverly Lampkin, at The Dale County Board of Education 334-774-2355 ext. 23229.