HOOVER CITY SCHOOLS

2810 Metropolitan Way

Hoover, Alabama  35243

205-439-1000

 

 

BLUFF PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

569 Park Avenue

Hoover, Alabama  35226

439-2800

Principal:  Dr. David Fancher

 

DEER VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

4990 Deer Valley Parkway

Hoover, Alabama  35226

439-3300

Principal:  Dr. Wayne Richardson

 

GREEN VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

3200 Old Columbiana Road

Hoover, Alabama  35226

439-2500

Principal:  Mrs. Linda Campanotta

 

GREYSTONE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

300 Village Street

Hoover, Alabama 35242

439-3200

Principal:  Dr. Marilyn Left

 

GWIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

1580 Patton Chapel Road

Hoover, Alabama  35226

439-2600

Principal:  Mrs. Linda Joseph

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROCKY RIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

2876 Old Rocky Ridge Road

Hoover, Alabama  35243

439-2900

Principal:  Dr. Sonia Carrington

 

SHADES MOUNTAIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

2250 Sumpter Street

Hoover, Alabama  35226

439-3100

Principal:  Mrs. Juli Feltham

 

SOUTH SHADES CREST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

3770 South Shades Crest Road

Hoover, Alabama  35244

439-3000

Principal:  Dr. Charlotte Brown

 

TRACE CROSSINGS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

5454 Learning Lane

Hoover, Alabama  35244

439-2700

Principal:  Dr. Dot Riley

 

 

 

HOOVER CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION

Joseph O. Dean, Jr., President

Kay F. Witt, Vice President

Robert F. Bumpus

William G. Veitch

Rebecca M. Walker

Dr. Jack Farr, Superintendent

 

 

CONTENTS

 

 

Mission and Philosophy. 1

 

Educational Program..... 2

 

Support Services..... 3

 

General Information 6

 

  Arrivals/Dismissals.......... 6

  Attendance 6

  Excused Absences... 7

  Unexcused Absences... 8

  Truancy... 9

  Checkout for Students.... 9

  Extended Day Programs................... 9

  Dress Code 9

  Messages 12

  Registration................. 12

  Safety Patrol................. 12

  Special Situations 12

  Medical Preparedness................. 13

  Procedures for Medication in Schools.... 14

  Student Lunches... 15

  Transportation............... 16

  Visitations 18

 

Student Policies.... 18

 

Threat Assessment 40

 

Parent Responsibility................. 42

 

Parent Notice. Back Cover

 

 

 

 

THE MISSION AND PHILOSOPHY OF THE

HOOVER CITY SCHOOLS

 

Hoover City Schools is committed to programs that result in educational excellence for each student.  The school board believes in providing each student with multiple opportunities to learn and experience success.  Through these opportunities and experiences, it is our intent to assist each student in discovering and developing that student’s unique talents and gifts.

 

At all times, schools will strive to provide an atmosphere of effective teaching, learning, and growth.  We strongly believe that:

 

1.             All students are capable of attaining the instructional goals of the school.

 

2.             We in the school assume responsibility for the success of each student.

 

3.             Success is enhanced by a positive self-concept which influences learning and behavior.

 

4.             Learning is enhanced when the curriculum is preplanned, organized around specified learning outcomes, and aligned to instruction.

 

5.             Learning conditions are enhanced in each school when the instructional staff is organized to provide appropriate instruction.

 

6.             Learning is enhanced when a systematic process of instruction is used in all classrooms, engaging each student until appropriate learning outcomes are attained.

 

7.             Schools can maximize learning outcomes for all students.

 

This is our commitment to the parents and students of Hoover.  In cooperation with parents and community, our students will develop into successful, mature, lifelong learners.

                                                               

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No student shall be denied the benefits of any educational program or activity on the basis of race, color, handicap, ability, creed, national origin, sex, immigrant status or English-speaking status.  All programs offered by schools within the School District shall be open to all students consistent with statutory and judicial requirements.  Admission of students to special and advanced programs or activities shall be based on appropriate criteria.

 

Inquiries regarding compliance and complaint procedures can be directed to

                                Jo Veal Turner

                                Auxiliary Services Specialist

                                Hoover City Schools

                                2810 Metropolitan Way

                                Hoover, AL  35243

                                (205) 439-1026

 

 

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

 

Hoover City Schools is committed to educating the whole child.  Our comprehensive curriculum provides for both mastery of basic academic skills and opportunities for students to discover and develop interest and talents in physical education, the arts, and technology.

 

The elementary curriculum is centered around the major subject areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.  Language arts instruction includes reading, grammar, spelling, composition, creative writing, and handwriting.  Mathematics deals not only with computational skills, but also with basic mathematical concepts and techniques for problem solving.   Skills necessary for scientific investigation and a balance of life, earth, and physical sciences are taught.  The social studies program focuses on people, their ideas, their achievements, their relationships with others, and their impact on the environment.  In addition, fine arts, physical education, and other specialized studies are included in the curriculum.

 

No Child Left Behind

 

On January 8, 2002, President Bush signed into law the “No Child Left Behind Act”.  Under NCLB, parents in schools receiving Title I funding have a right to know the professional qualifications of their children’s

 

 

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teacher(s).  This notice is to inform you of your right to ask for the following information about your child’s teacher(s):

                                                    

 

 

 

SUPPORT SERVICES

 

Instructional Support

 

Hoover City Schools provides an organized program of supportive services designed to assure maximum growth and success for each student.  Counselors and Instructional Support teachers recognize the uniqueness of each student.  It is their responsibility to create a positive learning environment.  Each student is given the opportunity to learn responsible goal setting, to develop a positive self-image, and to maximize individual potential in preparation for a lifetime of learning.

 

Counselors and InstructionalSupport teachers work with other school personnel to assure success for each student.  It is their role to:

 

1.       Teach students the process of goal setting and planning, and assist students in reaching their goals.

 

2.       Monitor student progress and provide support to students and teachers in resolving academic and social/emotional obstacles to student success.

 

3.       Serve as catalysts in helping students to develop into responsible, self-directed learners who can make wise decisions.

 

 

 

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4.       Assist each student in developing a positive attitude toward learning as well as the skills associated with self-discipline.

 

5.       Focus on maximizing student learning opportunities, encouraging students to constantly strive for more challenging and rewarding learning experiences.

 

6.       Help students meet their needs without hurting themselves or others.

 

7.       Provide a safe, nurturing environment in which students find opportunities for personal, social, educational, and career development.

 

Special Education

 

The District provides special education programs for children who have physical, behavioral, language, and/or educational problems.  Some of the special education placements include:

 

1.       Regular classroom placement with teacher consultation.

 

2.       Regular classroom placement with support services.

 

3.       Regular classroom placement with tutorial services.

 

4.       Regular classroom placement with specialized instruction in resource rooms.

 

5.       Self-contained classroom placement.

 

6.       Specialized placement for unique handicapping conditions.

 

A detailed Individual Education Plan (IEP) is written and followed for each handicapped student.  Parents help write the plan which specifies annual learning goals, ways to achieve the goals, and a statement of all required services.

 

What is Enrichment?         

 

Enrichment in Hoover City Schools is one dimension of the basic program offered to all students.  The most fundamental belief of the Hoover City Schools is that each student has unique gifts and talents.  The goal of the Enrichment Program is to discover and to develop those gifts and to encourage students’ self-directed learning. 

 

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Classroom teachers provide extra opportunities daily for their students.  Enrichment teachers at the elementary schools also provide opportunities within the classroom to students.  Students who have exceptional skills and talents in academic and/or creative fields when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment are identified to receive additional opportunities.  These students display high levels of: (1) task commitment and/or motivation; (2) creative or productive thinking; and/or (3) above average abilities.  When the student is recognized as having exceptional ability in combination with creativity and task commitment, this necessitates involvement in experiences not ordinarily provided in the regular classroom.

 

How is a child referred for Enrichment Services?

 

Teachers, parents, or any other individuals with knowledge of the student’s abilities may nominate the student for Talent Pool (pull-out) services in the enrichment program.  The person referring the student completes an Enrichment/Gifted Screening Nomination Form and an Enrichment/Gifted Behavior Characteristics Checklist.  For each student referred, information is gathered in the following areas:  (1) aptitude; (2) characteristics; and (3) performance.  Information such as grades, evidence of out-of-level work, achievement test scores, aptitude scores, product/work samples, evidence of any outstanding skills or abilities, and any other relevant information are considered by a team composed of at least three people.  Two members of the team must be a regular classroom teacher and a gifted/enrichment teacher.  The third member can be an additional staff member, such as an administrator, other general education teacher, special education teacher, art, music, and/or physical education teacher.  The team reviews the nomination form and determines whether the student satisfies the criteria for enrichment services in any three of the following areas:  Grades, creativity, leadership, achievement test scores, product/portfolio/work sample, aptitude, or any other relevant characteristic that is not covered by other items.

 

Student Assistance Program

 

In keeping with the belief that every student should be provided with every opportunity to be successful, Hoover City Schools provides a Student Assistance Program (SAP) designed to assist students with a wide range of issues which may develop during the course of a school career.  The Student Assistance Program seeks to identify and work with students who may have difficulties with school, family, peers, or everyday life experiences, and to seek services which can assist

 

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 students in achieving their educational and personal potential.  Difficulties for which students may receive assistance include, but are not limited to, depression, grades, family issues, substance abuse, domestic violence, etc.  A faculty member, a student, or a parent may make referrals for SAP services.    If you are interested in these services, please contact your school counselor.

 

 

 

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

Arrivals/Dismissals

 

The elementary school day begins at 8:00 a.m.  Children should arrive by 7:55 a.m.  Breakfast is served beginning at 7:30 a.m. at a cost of $1.00 daily.  Children eating breakfast at school should arrive by 7:30 a.m.  Dismissal is at 3:00 p.m.

 

Early Arrival/Late Departure

 

The safety and care of Hoover students is a primary concern of the Board.  In order to assure adequate supervision of students who arrive early, or who are left at school beyond a reasonable time, the following guidelines are established:

 

1.       Students arriving thirty (30) minutes before the start of school will be supervised by school personnel in a location inside the school designated by the principal.

 

2.       Students will be permitted to go to their assigned classrooms not later than 7:50 a.m.

 

3.       Extended day program services are provided at each elementary school.

 

Please call 439-2860 for extended day program information in your school.

 

Attendance

 

The Board believes that the right to attend public schools places upon students the accompanying responsibility to be faithful in attendance. 

 

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Regular attendance is essential for a student’s successful progress in the instructional program.

 

With this in mind, the Board mandates that a total of nine (9) absences per semester shall be considered the maximum number of absences allowed for a student to pass a class or course.  Decisions regarding extenuating circumstances causing more than nine (9) absences per semester will be considered on an individual basis. The primary circumstances to be considered will be illness.  However, these circumstances must be verified by a physician’s statement.

 

Excused Absences

 

In accordance with state law, only the following absences shall be considered excused absences, provided in each instance parental confirmation of the reason for the absence has been received and in the case of excessive absences, physician statements and other such documentation are furnished.

 

1.       Illness;

 

2.       Inclement weather which would be dangerous to the life or health of the student if the student attended school;

 

3.       Legal quarantine;

 

4.       Death in the immediate family;

 

5.       Emergency conditions as determined by the Superintendent or principal;

 

6.       Permission of the principal and consent of the parent.

 

When a student returns to school after being absent, the student shall bring a written statement from the student’s parent (or a physician’s statement in the instance of an illness) with an explanation of the reason for the absence, the date of the absence, and the parent’s signature.  A student who has been absent shall make arrangements with the student’s teacher(s) to engage in activities which will enable the student to learn those facts/skills/concepts which were missed during the absence.  Makeup work shall be completed in accordance with procedures and timelines established by the principal.

 

 

 

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Should a student’s absences in any class exceed five (5) days in one nine (9) weeks period or nine (9) days in any one semester, the student shall be referred to the District Attendance Officer (DAO).  The DAO will assist the school administrative staff in a full investigation of the circumstances surrounding such absences.  Should truancy be determined, all applicable state laws/procedures and Board policies will be followed.  Conferences which include the student, the parent, counselor(s), administrator(s), and other appropriate school personnel, shall be held to resolve the issue of truancy.

 

The superintendent, with the assistance from school principals, shall develop and implement procedures for ensuring a systematic approach to the management of attendance in all schools.  Such procedures shall require school personnel to carefully verify and follow through on student absences, prepare daily and other summary reports, and maintain close communications with parents regarding attendance.

 

Unexcused Absences

 

Any absence that does not fall under the categories listed as an excused absence will be considered an unexcused absence.  When a student’s unexcused absences exceed three (3) days, the DAO will be notified and will refer the student to the Jefferson County Family Court’s “Early Warning Program.”  If a student’s unexcused absences exceed five (5) days in any semester, the DAO shall consider filing a complain/petition with the Family Court. 

 

If a student does not bring a note for an excusable absence, he/she will have two (2) school days (including date of return) to have an “excused absence” slip issued.  After this time passes, the absence is “unexcused” and will remain as such.

 

Students who have unexcused absences are not entitled to receive credit for make-up work or to receive credit for tests missed, projects, etc., missed during the absence.

 

School days missed as a result of suspension or expulsion are con-sidered unexcused and no make-up work, tests, projects, etc., are required to be given or credit issued!

*Note:  Three (3) unexcused check-ins, check-outs, or tardies, or any combination of the three, to a class or to school shall be counted as one (1) unexcused absence.

 

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Truancy

 

The Board shall not tolerate truancy or habitual and unlawful absence from school.  The parent is responsible for requiring any student under the parent’s control or charge to attend school regularly except for legal absences as defined by Alabama School Law or State Board of Education rules and regulations.

 

Any student who has five (5) or more unexcused absences in any class in any one (1) semester shall be reported to the District Attendance Officer who shall consider filing a truancy complaint/petition with the Family Court.  Three (3) unexcused tardies to a class or to school shall be counted as one (1) unexcused absence.

 

 

Checkout for Students

 

If it becomes necessary for a student to leave school early, permission will be granted only with the parent’s and the school’s authorization.  The parent should send a written request stating the reason and time the student needs to be dismissed, if this need is known in advance.  For the safety of each child, all dismissals must be checked through the office.

 

Extended Day Programs

 

Extended day programs are provided through Community Schools.  The school office will provide you with specific hours and fees.

 

Dress Code

 

The Hoover City Board of Education recognizes the effect which student dress and grooming have upon student behavior and commitment to learning.  It further recognizes the role of parents in assisting their children in making appropriate choices regarding clothing, accessories, and personal appearance.  In order to maintain an atmosphere conducive to learning, the Board requires that all students exercise good taste with regard to their personal appearance.  Attire considered disruptive or that could present a health or safety problem is  not appropriate.

 

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With this in mind, the following rules concerning dress and grooming are mandatory for all students attending Hoover City Schools.  Students who fail to follow these rules will be subject to disciplinary action.

 

1.       Any clothing, appearance, or personal hygiene and grooming practices that draw an inordinate amount of attention to the individual student are considered inappropriate for school.  The dress and/or grooming style of any student must not interfere with the educational process of any Hoover City School.

 

2.       Students must be neat and clean at all times.  An unkempt or sloppy appearance is not appropriate in the learning environment of school.

 

3.       Students are to wear clothing in the manner it was designed to be worn, i.e., clothing worn backward or inside out, suspenders undone, are not allowed.  Specifically, pants worn too low (low-riders), too long, or excessively large clothing are not permitted.

 

4.       Students are not to wear clothing that reveals the body in an inappropriate manner. (Examples:  clothing which is too tight, too short, bare at the midriff, bare at the sides, sundress, “spaghetti strap” type tops, and off-the-shoulder tops, low-cut front or back tops, sheer or see-through clothing, etc.).

 

Undergarments should be worn in an appropriate manner and should not be visible.

 

5.       All clothes should be in a state of good repair, i.e., no holes, no cut-off shorts, etc.

 

*6.  Students may wear shorts to school under the following stipulations:

 

Shorts must be hemmed.  Old worn/torn, or other type cutoffs, athletic (gym), “umbro” or other nylon type spandex, sweat type, tennis, or swimsuit type shorts are not allowed.

 

*7.  Length of shorts, dresses, skirts, etc., is required to be at least mid-thigh in both front and back.  Length of skirts and dresses must be appropriate whether the student is standing or sitting.  Spandex pants, leggings, leotards, etc., may be worn only when the top worn with them meets the mid-thigh requirement.  (Long tee shirts are not allowed.)

 

 

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8.     Students are not to wear jewelry, ornaments, or accessories which distract from the educational process, excessively noisy jewelry and/or belts.  Males may not wear earrings.  Facial and/or tongue jewelry is not allowed for males or females.

 

9.     Tee shirts or any other type clothing or personal item bearing a reference to alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, drugs, drug-related slogans, and/or any other wording, drawing, pictures, etc., which in any way can be interpreted as being “off-color,” suggestive, obscene, or offensive, or relating to death, the occult, Satanism, etc., are not permitted.  “Gang-related” slogans, names, apparel, etc., are not permitted in school or at any school-related activities.

 

*10. All students must wear shirts “tucked in.”  Tops, blouses, shirts, and coordinated outfits designed to be worn “untucked” are acceptable.

 

11.   Caps, hats, bandanas, sunglasses, or other headwear are not to be worn during the regular school day.

 

12.   Outerwear (coats, sunglasses, gloves, etc.) are not to be worn in the building during normal school time (unless temperature or individual medical problem dictates this to be appropriate).

 

13.   All students are required to wear their hair in such a manner that it is not considered unkempt, unclean, or impairing vision.  Students are not to wear hair dyed in unusual colors, spiked hair, shaven head areas, or shaven head patterns (numbers, names, symbols, designs, etc.).

 

14.   Students are not to wear extreme facial make-up.

 

15.   Students should not wear heavy metal chains, metal-spiked apparel or accessories, etc.,

 

16.   Students are required to wear appropriate shoes to school at all times ---no bare feet.  No flip-flops are allowed.  Boots with chains, steel toes, or other metal reinforcement or decorations are not allowed.

 

 **17. Cheerleader, dance team, etc. uniforms are not to be worn to class.

 

*18.        Gym style sweat pants are not to be worn except in physical education.  (Sweatshirts are allowed.)  Nylon warm-up suits that are loose fitting are acceptable.

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NOTE:

 

(1)     The privileges offered under the school Dress Code may  be withdrawn from any student who fails to meet the Code of Conduct in general.

 

(2)     Students who violate the rules and/or intent of the Dress Code will be subject to punitive action as well as having privileges allowed under the Dress Code withdrawn.

 

(3)     If any aspect of the Dress Code becomes a consistent problem, appropriate adjustments will be made by the administration to address the situation.  For instance, if students consistently fail to meet the guidelines under which they are allowed to wear shorts to school, then that privilege can be revoked for all students.

 

·         These items will have variances for grades K-5 which are appropriate to students in this age range.

 

**    At the high school level, cheerleaders and dance team members will be allowed to wear uniforms with opaque tights on game days.  At the high school level it is believed that such a practice will help foster school spirit, as well as make others aware of athletic events.

 

Messages
 

Parents should be sure that their children are aware of any changes in after-school plans BEFORE the student comes to school.  Naturally, emergencies arise from time to time which necessitates a message to or from a parent or the delivery of an item to a child.  The school is happy to assist, but your cooperation in keeping these calls to a minimum is appreciated.

 

A student must have permission from the student’s teacher and the principal or secretary before making a telephone call.

 

Registration

 

To be eligible for first grade a student must be six (6) years of age on the date set by state guidelines following the opening of school.  Kindergarten students must be five (5) years of age on the date set by state guidelines.  The following documents are required to register in Hoover City Schools:

 

 

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1.       an original birth certificate;

2.       proof of Hoover residence by lease or deed in the custodial parent(s) name;

3.       the student’s valid social security card; and

4.       certificate of immunization (can be obtained from the Jefferson or Shelby County Health Department or your physician).

 

Changes in registration information must be kept current.

 

Safety Patrol

 

Students in the highest grade level are eligible for membership on the school safety patrol based upon their grades, citizenship, and their ability to accept responsibility.

 

Patrol members’ duties include:

 

1.       opening car doors for children when arriving at or leaving school;

 

2.       asking drivers to move cars up when needed;

 

3.       keeping students off the curb, grass, and out of danger while waiting to be picked up; and

 

4.       other duties as assigned by the safety patrol sponsor.

 

Special Situations

 

Special precautions which are required for the safety and well-being of individual students should be clearly stated, in writing, to the school principal at the opening of school.  Examples of such situations include custody rulings, medical procedures/precautions, or other potentially critical conditions.  Medications (including aspirin) may be administered ONLY when the approved medication form with required signatures has been received by the principal.  Medication forms are available in the school office.  Medications must be brought to the school office in a properly labeled container. See paragraph below outlining procedures for medication in schools.

 

Medical Preparedness

 

To standardize emergency care, the information provided by the parent/ legal guardian on the Student Health Room Information Card will be held

 

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confidential.  Faculty, staff, and local emergency personnel will be advised of this information on a need-to-know basis.

 

In the event your child requires an emergency transport to a health care facility, all efforts will be made to honor parental choice.

 

Emergency Events

 

In the unlikely event that an emergency evacuation should occur at this school, the following evacuation procedures will be implemented:

 

·      All parents/legal guardians will be notified by telephone using the current local phone number provided by the parents/legal guardians to the school.  It is imperative that telephone numbers be kept current and that phone lines be left open.

 

·      The Hoover City Schools Superintendent will notify the media of all evacuation information.

 

 

Procedures for Medication in Schools

 

GOAL:  To ensure the school attendance of children who must receive medication in the treatment of chronic disability and/or acute illness.

 

Every effort should be made for medication to be administered at home.  If medication is to be administered at school, we must have written permission from the student's parent or legal guardian requesting that the school comply with a physician's order.

 

1.       Written permission from the student's parent or legal guardian requesting that the school comply with a physician's order must be on file in the school office for all prescription medications.

 

a.       Prescription and nonprescription medication to be given less than ten (10) calendar days must be in a properly labeled container which includes pharmacy name, patient's name, medication name, dosage, and administration time.  Only a parent signature is required.

       

b.       Prescription and nonprescription medication to be given more than ten (10) calendar days in addition to the above MUST

 

                                               

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c.       have both the parent signature and the prescribing physician's signature.

 

2.       Prescription medication must be brought to school in a container appropriately labeled by a pharmacy or doctor.  The medication must be delivered to the school office/health room by an adult UNLESS previous arrangements have been made with the principal.

 

3.       Nonprescription medications should have written parental permission, time, and dosage, and in a properly labeled container.  A physician's signature is required if the nonprescription medication is to be given for more than ten (10) calendar days.

 

4.       Any medication given must be recorded on a medication log, which includes date, time, and signature of person giving the medication.

 

5.       All medications must be stored under lock and key at all times.

 

The school nurse will be notified when a student is receiving medication at school.

 

Student Lunches

 

Meals served in the school lunchroom are carefully planned to be well balanced, nutritious, tasty, and attractive.  Students are encouraged to participate in the school lunch program.

 

Students may bring their own lunches to school.  However, bottles, carbonated drinks, and breakable thermos bottles are not permitted.

 

Neither “fast foods” nor soft drinks may be brought into the lunchroom by parents, students, or teachers.

 

The child who comes to school without money or lunch from home is:

 

1.       given an opportunity to call his/her parents so that they may make provisions for the child’s meal; or

 

2.       given an alternate meal consisting of peanut butter and jelly sandwich (if provision is not made by the child’s parents).

 

 

 

 

 

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RETURNED CHECK PROCEDURE

 

Individuals with checks returned to the school due to insufficient funds will be sent a letter from the school principal requesting payment within

 

 

ten (10) days.  If cash payment is not received with ten days, the school principal will send a certified letter indicating the check was returned and in case payment is not received within ten days, the outstanding charges will be turned over to the Worthless Check Detail.  Students or staff who have had two returned checks will be required to pay cash for all meals and  a la carte food items.

 

TRANSPORTATION

 

SCHOOL BUS CONDUCT

 

The Board recognizes the school bus as an extension of the classroom and requires students to conduct themselves in a responsible manner on the bus.  The Board further recognizes that riding a school bus is a privilege that will be revoked if appropriate conduct by the student is not observed.  When a student does not maintain appropriate conduct on a bus, such instances shall be brought to the attention of the principal or the principal’s designee by the bus driver.  The principal or principal’s designee shall inform the student’s parent immediately of serious misconduct and request cooperation in controlling the student’s behavior. The principal or the principal’s designee shall also discipline students who misbehave in accordance with policies and procedures governing misconduct.

 

Should misconduct on a Hoover school bus create a danger to the driver or students, the bus driver is authorized to drive immediately to the nearest school for removal of the student(s) creating the danger.  The principal will notify the student’s principal and the Board’s discipline process will be followed.  Denial of the privilege of riding the bus shall be authorized as an appropriate consequence to serious bus misconduct.

 

The Board shall assume the responsibility for the supervision of students who ride the bus when they board the bus.  During transportation of students on school district buses or other modes of transportation used from time-to-time, video cameras may be used by school personnel for

 

 

 

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the purpose of supervision of students using said transportation.  That supervision shall end when the student is discharged from the bus at the end of the school day.

 

 

 

STUDENT TRANSPORTATION RULES

 

1.       Students will maintain proper conduct at all times while riding the bus.

 

2.       Students will not use profanity, offensive or disrespectful language or gestures.

3.       Students will remain seated facing forward with feet on the floor and legs out of the aisle.

 

4.       Students will keep all body parts inside the bus at all times.

 

5.       Students will maintain a low level of conversation with person(s) in same seat.

 

6.       Students will not spit or throw anything in the bus or out the windows.

 

7.       Students will not push, shove, intimidate, harass, fight, or make other students or staff uncomfortable.

 

8.       Students will be at the designated stop five minutes before the designated pick-up time.

 

9.       Students will provide written permission from a parent to the principal when riding a bus other than the regular bus or when planning to exit the bus at another stop.  The principal may approve the request based on a space available basis.

 

10.   Students will not damage the bus.  (Parents are financially responsible.)

 

11.   Students will not have any food, drink, or gum on any Hoover bus at any time.

 

12.   Students will respectfully follow the directions of the bus driver at all times.

 

 

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13.   Students will load and exit in a prompt, orderly manner.

 

14.   Students will not carry items on the bus which are not allowed at school, such as matches, tobacco products, lighters, knives, guns, explosives, CD players, radios or tape recorders, phones, beepers, live animals, glass containers, large bulky items, etc.  No bulky item designed as luggage is allowed.

 

Parents and students should be aware that the bus driver’s job is to protect students’ lives by having eyes on the road at all times.  Failure by any student to follow the above rules and the Hoover City Schools Code of Conduct will lead to disciplinary actions.

 

PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION

 

When a student is picked up in the afternoon, please follow the directions of the safety patrol members.  Safety patrol members will open and close the doors for students and indicate when they are ready for traffic to proceed.  Should a student not be ready for pickup, the patrol student will indicate where drivers should park to wait so that the traffic is not blocked.  No car should ever pass a bus when the stop sign is out.  This includes loading zones at any school.  Please do not block the loading zones.

 

VISITATIONS

 

Parents are welcome visitors in our schools!  For the security of our students and to minimize interruptions in the instructional program, all visitors should report to the school office upon their arrival to sign in and receive a school visitor badge.  If a conference with a teacher is desired, please be sure to make an appointment in advance through the school secretary.  This will help avoid conflicts and assure you the private conference needed.

 

STUDENT POLICIES

 

A safe, orderly, and supportive school environment is a major goal of the Hoover City School District.  To that end, student policies that set expectations for behavior in the school community have been developed. 

All rules and regulations governing Hoover City Schools are based upon the policies adopted by the Hoover City Board of Education.  A copy of those policies that define student rights and responsibilities is included in this handbook for the convenience of parents and students.

 

 

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STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

The Board views the school as a place for students to experience academic and social success.  Success contributes to positive student self-esteem, which in turn translates into positive student behavior.  By providing opportunities for students to learn concepts, practice skills, and reinforce learning, a positive environment shall be created which promotes academic and social success.

 

The total school program focuses on developing each student as a competent, self-disciplined, and self-directed learner of good character.  Thus, emphasis is placed on teaching responsibility for one’s behavior,  modeling the behaviors desired to students, and identifying and resolving inappropriate behaviors.  At all times, discipline is built within an atmosphere of self-respect, respect for others, and respect for the learning environment.

 

School policies are intended to allow for opportunities for students to develop self-discipline while providing boundaries within which individuals find emotional and physical security.  It is essential that all persons (students, school personnel, and parents) accept responsibility for their actions.  It is equally important that inappropriate behaviors be skillfully confronted and redirected.

 

Students must understand that, while these policies provide a means for resolving misconduct or inappropriate behaviors, certain violations will result in removal from the regular instructional program.  In all such cases, and throughout all other phases of school activity, students and parents have a right to expect assistance from and professional involvement with school personnel.

 

Students, parents, and staff must work cooperatively to support the rights of students while helping students accept responsibility for their academic and social growth.

 

The Board authorizes the Superintendent to establish procedures to accomplish the intent and spirit of Board policies related to student rights and responsibilities.

 

 

 

 

 

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DISCIPLINE AND STUDENT CONDUCT

 

The Board recognizes that one of the most important lessons education should teach is discipline.  Even though it does not appear as a subject in the curriculum, it does underlie the entire educational structure.  It is recognized as the training that helps develop self-control, character, orderliness, efficiency, and effectiveness.  Therefore, the Board views discipline as the key to good conduct and appropriate consideration for other people.

 

With an understanding of the purpose of discipline in a school, students may form a correct attitude toward it, and not only do their part in making the school an effective place of learning, but develop the habit of self-restraint which will make them better persons.

 

Principals, teachers, and other school personnel shall have both the authority and the duty to take appropriate action whenever the behavior of any student is not consistent with established rules of conduct.  However, the overall emphasis of the discipline approach shall be on the prevention of inappropriate student behavior rather than on the reaction to such inappropriate behavior after it has occurred.

 

Principals and teachers of the schools shall develop more specific rules for students.  Such rules must be based on policies of the Board and be directed toward the improvement of education within the schools.  Such rules are to be as precise as possible, as well as considered to be both reasonable and proper for the students being served.

 

Principals shall be responsible for ensuring that students, parents, and staff members have been thoroughly informed regarding pertinent student policies and procedures.  The dissemination of rules and regulations to students, parents, and staff is to be in written form as well as through verbal means.  Student handbooks, faculty handbooks, school newsletters, PTA/PTO meetings, classroom instruction, etc., are some of the ways that can be used to accomplish this task.

 

The application of discipline (rules and regulations) shall at all times reflect fair and reasonable exercise of authority, being neither arbitrary, capricious, discriminatory, or otherwise unreasonable  Procedural due process, to the extent of its applicability in any particular situation, shall be afforded students prior to imposition of punishment.  The degree of due process afforded shall be commensurate both with the gravity of the offense and the severity of the contemplated penalty, as outlined in the Board’s policies relative to suspension and expulsion actions.

 

 

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With the foregoing directions, the Board expects, at a minimum, the following rules, regulations, and procedures to be adhered to by school principals, teachers, and students.

 

TOBACCO USE/SMOKING

 

Students shall not be allowed to smoke, possess, or use tobacco in any form on the school grounds, in school buildings during, before, or after the school day, at or around any school-sponsored activities, or when riding school buses to and from school or on a school-sponsored trip.  Parental permission to smoke or otherwise use tobacco does not exempt a student from this policy.

 

Students caught smoking, using tobacco in any form, or possessing tobacco in any form, will be subject to suspension or other appropriate disciplinary action.

 

STUDENT ENTERTAINMENT ITEMS

 

Students are not permitted to bring to school toys or other entertainment items which may lead to the disruption of the educational process or which are potentially dangerous or damaging to students, staff, or school property.  Items which are expressly prohibited include, but are not limited to:

 

1.       electronic devices (radios, tape recorders, jamboxes, headset, beepers, CD players, paging equipment, portable phones, electronic games, computers, etc.);

 

2.       skateboards;

 

3.       cameras;

 

4.       fireworks; or

 

5.       cellular/portable telephones.

 

School principals, for specific instructional or extracurricular activities, may authorize exceptions to the stated policy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CLOSED CAMPUS

 

All schools in the Hoover School System are to operate on a “closed campus” policy.  This means students must stay in the school building or facilities from the time they arrive, even if the daily schedule has not begun, until dismissal.  Students violating this policy will be subject to suspension from the regular school program.

 

DAMAGE TO SCHOOL PROPERTY

 

The school principal is authorized to collect from the student or his parent(s) the exact amount of replacement/repair/service costs which result from damage to school property caused by the student.  In addition, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.

 

COMPUTER ASSISTED INSTRUCTION

 

Computer Access and Use by Students

 

Hoover City Schools provide a wide variety of computer equipment for student use.  When a student uses this equipment, he/she assumes the responsibility to avoid acts which may interfere with use of the information systems.

Each student is allowed to use school-installed programs to access, modify, and delete his/her own data and documents in his/her assigned area assigned by the network manager.  All other forms of access or use are prohibited.

 

Violation of the following will be considered misconduct.

 

1.       Students must not access or attempt to access any program, data, or user area not assigned by the network manager.

 

2.       Students must not install or download a computer program from any source outside the school without written authorization from the principal/instructor.

3.       Students must not use the “message” capabilities of the network without written authorization from the principal.

 

Violation of the following will be considered serious misconduct.

 

1.       Students must not use or possess, on school property, a computer program capable of modifying or destroying other programs or data.

 

 

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2.        Prohibited programs include but are not limited to “Virus,” “Trojan Horse,” and the like.

 

3.       Students must not use or possess, on school property, a computer program designed to access, read, or modify the security system installed on the information networks of Hoover City Schools.

 

4.       Students must not modify or attempt to modify any program or data other than their own.

 

5.       Students must not delete or attempt to delete any program or data other than their own.

 

6.       Students must not attempt to disrupt the networks through vandalism.  Vandalism includes the destruction and/or theft of hardware, software, data, or files of another user.

 

7.       Malicious attempts to harm, modify, or destroy technology resources could result in suspension, expulsion, legal action, restitution, and prosecution by authorities.

 

ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY

 

Information networks are available for student and staff use in Hoover City Schools.   Following is the policy governing use of these networks.

Information Networks

 

The Information Networks of Hoover City Schools include the schools’ local area network, the wide area network, Email, Intranets, Internet, cable access, distant learning, and satellite access.

 

Educational Purpose

 

1.       The Information Networks have been established for educational purposes and for delivering the curriculum.

 

2.       The Hoover City Schools’ Information Networks will assist in preparing students for success in life by providing them with electronic access to a wide range of information and the ability to communicate with people throughout the world.

 

3.       These networks will increase district intracommunication, enhance productivity and assist students and staff in upgrading their skills through greater exchange of information with their peers.

 

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4.       Hoover’s Information Networks will assist the district in sharing information with the local community, including parent/guardian, social service agencies, government agencies, and businesses.

 

5.       Hoover City Schools has the right to place reasonable restrictions on the material that can be accessed or posted through the network systems.  Users are expected to follow the rules set forth in school handbooks and by law when using these network systems.

 

Internet Access

 

1.       Hoover City Schools provides employees and students with access to the district’s Information Networks, which includes Internet access.

 

2.       Internet filtering is utilized by Hoover City Schools.

 

3.       Students may have access to the Internet only if parental/ guardian permission is granted and is on file at the school.  The student and parent/guardian must sign the permission granted section of the acceptable use policy agreement form.  Parent/guardian may withdraw permission at any time.

 

4.       All material placed on or linked to school-sponsored Web pages must be preapproved by an administrator or authorized designee at the school.  Links to unofficial Hoover City Schools Web pages are prohibited.

Unacceptable Uses

 

1.       Personal Safety

 

a.       Students will not post personal contact information about them-selves or other people.  Personal contact information includes address, telephone, school address, work address, his/her name, anyone else’s name, pictures of individuals or groups, etc.

 

b.       Students will not agree to meet with someone they have met online.

 

c.       Students will promptly disclose inappropriate messages or information to a teacher or administrator.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2.       Illegal Activities

 

a.       Users will not attempt to gain unauthorized access to other Internet accounts, to any other computer system through the Internet, or to go beyond their authorized access through the Information Networks.  This includes attempting to log in through another person’s account or to access another person’s files.

 

b.       Users will not attempt to disrupt the computer system through vandalism.  Vandalism includes the destruction and/or theft of hardware, software, data, or files of another user.

 

c.       Users will not use the computer system to engage in any illegal or criminal activity.

 

d.       Hoover City Schools will cooperate fully with local, state, and federal officials in any investigation related to any illegal activities conducted through school Internet accounts.

e.       Malicious attempts to harm, modify, or destroy technology resources could result in suspension, expulsion, legal action, compensation, and prosecution by authorities.

 

 

3.       Inappropriate Activities

 

a.       Users will not post messages that are obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude, discriminatory, inflammatory, threatening, or disrespectful on the Hoover City Schools Information Networks.

 

b.       Hoover City Schools networks may not be used for commercial purposes or personal gain.  Students will not offer, provide, or purchase products or services.

 

c.       Users will not use the networks for political lobbying.

 

d.       Users will not post information that could cause damage or a danger of disruption to the computer system.

 

e.       Private information about another person must not be posted.  Users will not engage in personal attacks.

 

f.         False or defamatory information that is knowingly or recklessly posted about a person or organization is prohibited.

 

 

 

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g.       Users will not harass another person.  Harassment is persistently acting in a manner that distresses or annoys another person.

 

h.       Users will not repost/forward messages received without permission from the sender.

 

i.         Users will not access materials that are profane or obscene, that advocate illegal acts, or that advocate violence or discrimination towards other people.

 

j.         Users will not plagiarize materials that are found on the networks.  Plagiarism is taking the ideas or writings of others and presenting them as the user’s thoughts or ideas.

 

k.      Users will abide by copyright laws.

 

l.         Students will not download program files without teacher permission.

 

m.     Parent/guardian will instruct their children regarding any personal restrictions that are in addition to restrictions set forth in the Hoover City Schools Acceptable Use Policy.

 

n.       Malicious attempts to harm, modify, or destroy technology resources could result in suspension, expulsion, legal action, compensation, and prosecution by authorities.

 

System Security

 

1.       Users are responsible for individual files and should take all reasonable precautions to prevent others from being able to use the file.  Under no condition should a user provide a password to another person.

 

2.       Users will immediately report possible security problems, infractions, or user violations to a teacher or an administrator.

 

3.       Users will avoid the inadvertent spread of computer viruses by following Hoover City Schools virus protection procedures when opening files.

 

4.       Students with accounts should log off the computer when they finish their work session.

 

 

 

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5.       Staff members should log off the computer when they leave the room.

 

Respecting Resource Limits

 

1.       Users will avoid printing and downloading large files.  If necessary, these files should be printed or downloaded at a time when the system is not being heavily used.  Downloaded files should be immediately transferred to the workstation or to disks.

 

2.       Users will not post or forward chain letters nor engage in “spamming” ---sending an annoying or unnecessary message to a large number of people.

 

3.       Users with Email accounts will check their mail frequently and delete messages promptly.

 

4.       Users will subscribe only to discussion group mail lists and user groups that are relevant to school curriculum.

 

Rights

 

1.       Users should not expect privacy with respect to the contents of personal files on Hoover City Schools’ networks.. Files will undergo routine maintenance and may include monitoring. Individual searches may be conducted at any time.

 

2.       Users who violate the Acceptable Use Policy or any part of this policy may have their network rights terminated and may face disciplinary measures.  Reimbursement for damage or loss of material or equipment, as well as payment for technician time related to misconduct, may be required.  Disciplinary consequences may include suspension, expulsion, or other measures.  Legal action and prosecution may be imposed if appropriate.

 

 

 

Limitation of Liability

 

Hoover City Schools makes no guarantee that the functions or the services provided by or through the District’s network system will be error-free or without defect.  Hoover City Schools will not be responsible for any damage suffered by the user, including but not limited to, loss of

 

 

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data or interruptions of service.  Hoover City Schools will not be responsible for any financial obligations arising from the unauthorized or inappropriate use of the system.

 

STUDENT DISCIPLINE

 

Introduction

 

The Board requires that school personnel will operate the schools in a manner that will provide an orderly process of education and that will provide for the welfare and safety of all students in the District.  To accomplish this goal, students and school personnel must work together in a school environment that is characterized by mutual respect.  The emphasis of the discipline approach shall be on the prevention of inappropriate student behavior and the development of individual responsibility.  Even though discipline does not appear as a subject in the curriculum, it underlies the entire educational structure.  Discipline is recognized as the training that helps students develop self-control, character, orderliness, efficiency, and effectiveness.  Therefore, the Board views discipline as the key to good conduct and appropriate consideration for other people.  Principals, teachers, and other school personnel have both the authority and the duty to take appropriate action whenever student behavior is not consistent with established rules of conduct.

 

Principals and teachers of the schools shall develop reasonable, proper, and specific rules for students.  Such rules must be based on policies of the Board and be directed toward the improvement of education within the schools.  Principals shall be responsible for ensuring that students, parents, and staff members have been informed regarding pertinent student policies and procedures.  Rules and regulations shall be disseminated to students, parents, and staff.  Student handbooks, faculty handbooks, school newsletters, PTA/PTO meetings, and classroom instruction are some of the ways that can be used to accomplish this task.

 

Discipline (rules and regulations) shall at all times reflect fair and reasonable exercise of authority, being neither arbitrary, capricious, discriminatory, nor otherwise unreasonable.  Procedural due process, to the extent of its applicability in any particular situation, shall be afforded students prior to imposition of punishment (see Board Policy JCAA).  Due process afforded shall be commensurate both with the gravity of the offense and the severity of the contemplated penalty.

 

 

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The Board expects all school personnel, including bus drivers, lunchroom personnel, custodians, and secretaries in the schools to be treated with respect and dignity just as the student should receive the respect of staff members.  It is imperative that the teacher be in charge of the class; anything less would lead to a poor educational opportunity for all.  All schools in the Hoover School System operate on a “closed campus” policy.  This means students must stay in the school building or on the campus from the time they arrive, even if the daily schedule has not begun, until they are dismissed.  Staff members are responsible for the supervision of students anywhere on school property as well as at any school activity away from school property.  Students who fail to follow the discipline policy will be subject to the discipline process.

 

Discipline Process: Classroom Level

 

The greatest opportunity for students to learn self-esteem, self-discipline, and respect for others occurs in the classroom under the direction of the classroom teacher.  Teachers shall plan and implement effective personal and instructional strategies which are designed to encourage self-respect and respect for others and to prevent and manage student behavior.

 

When a student shows a lack of respect for established rules, teachers shall assist the student in recognizing the inappropriate actions, identifying the rule the student is breaking, and developing a plan for making more appropriate choices.  Teacher/student conferences, teacher/ parent conferences, teacher/student/parent conferences, counseling services, and instructional support will be used in an attempt to redirect students before situations warrant punitive measures.

Teachers shall apply logical, appropriate consequences for student misbehavior, including, but not limited to immediate intervention, student conferences, parent conferences, loss of free time, and before- and after-school detention.  Student misconduct which is serious or frequent enough to cause significant disruption in the instructional program shall be referred to an administrator for appropriate disciplinary action.

 

Discipline Process: Administrative Level

 

The principal is ultimately responsible for the orderly operation of the school program.  The principal, with the assistance of his/her staff, will maintain an atmosphere or climate within each school that will support and allow for a strong teaching/learning environment. Failure of any student to adhere to classroom or school rules may result in the imposition of appropriate consequences by the principal/designee. 

 

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Consequences which require students to attend school during nonschool hours will be assigned with adequate student/parent notification prior to the consequence, and transportation will be the responsibility of the parent or student.  Individual schools will develop specific rules and guidelines for the administration of consequences.  Such consequences may include but are not limited to:

 

 

1.       supervised plan for correction of misbehavior;

2.       detention;

3.       Saturday school;

4.       work/clean-up program;

5.       assessment for damages;

6.       supervised time out;

7.       required parent conference;

8.       intensive school supervision (ISS);

9.       suspension;

10.   Crossroads School placement;

11.   recommendation for long-term suspension or expulsion.

 

Description of Consequences

 

Supervised Plan for Correction of Misbehavior

 

A supervised plan for correction of misbehavior shall be designed by the student, parent, teacher, administrator and/or other appropriate persons.  The plan may address persistent, disruptive, or continued disregard for general school rules.

 

Detention

 

A student may be detained for disciplinary purposes before or after school for a duration of no more than one hour per detention on a school day and will be under the supervision of a school staff member.

 

Saturday School

 

A student may be assigned Saturday school for a duration of from one to four hours and will be under the supervision of a school staff member.

 

Work/Clean-up Program

 

A student may be assigned to a school work/clean-up program for disciplinary purposes for a duration of not more than one hour before or after school.  Supervision will be provided by a staff member.

 

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Assessment for Damages

 

A student or his/her parent may be assessed the exact amount of replacement/repair/service costs which result from damage to school property or the property of others caused by the student.  In addition, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.  A parent contact will be made and a payment schedule determined by the student, parent, administrator, and other appropriate persons.

Supervised Time Out

 

A student may be temporarily denied attendance in regular classes for disciplinary purposes.  The student will continue to do his/her assigned work, but will be isolated from the school’s student population.  A parent contact will be made as soon as possible.

 

Required Parent Conference

 

A student whose behavior requires parental intervention may be asked to remain at home until a conference is convened with the student, a parent, and an administrator.

 

Intensive School Supervision (ISS)

 

A student may be temporarily denied attendance in regular classes for disciplinary purposes.  A student assigned to ISS will continue to come to school and receive credit for completed assigned work; however, will be isolated from the school’s student population.  While in ISS a student may not attend school activities nor enroll in another district school until the ISS assignment is completed.  Parent notification of the ISS placement will be made as soon as possible.

 

 

 

 

Suspension

 

A student may be temporarily denied attendance at school for disciplinary purposes.  A school administrator may assign short-term suspensions not to exceed the number of days allowed by law.  A suspended student shall not attend school or any school-related activities during the suspension nor enroll in another district school until the suspension is completed.  A suspended student will not return to regular classes on the day of the suspension but will leave school only when the parent or other proper authority assumes responsibility for the

 

 

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student.  A school conference shall be convened prior to the student returning to classes and will include the student, a parent, an administrator, and other appropriate persons.

 

Crossroads School Placement

 

A student who has lost the right to attend a regular Hoover City School may be assigned to the Crossroads School.  A student new to or reentering Hoover City Schools may be placed in the Crossroads School due to his/her status at a previous placement, institution, or school.  A student assigned to the Crossroads School will not attend any other Hoover City School until successfully completing the requirements at the Crossroads School.

Recommendation for Long-Term Suspension or Expulsion

 

Serious misconduct or continuing misconduct of any student may be referred to the Superintendent with a recommendation for a long-term suspension (more than ten {10} days) or possible expulsion.  After review of the case, the Superintendent may (a) uphold the long-term suspension, (2) make a recommendation for expulsion to the Board, or (3) refer the case back to the principal for reconsideration.

 

The Board has the exclusive authority to expel a student from school.  The Board shall convene a hearing and shall render a decision within ten (10) days of the Superintendent’s recommended expulsion.  A student shall remain suspended from school pending the decision.  The Superintendent shall notify the parent/guardian, in writing, of action taken by the Board.

 

Serious Misconduct

 

The following list of student misbehavior is serious and requires administrative intervention.  Some of these misbehaviors may require legal action.  The following list of misbehaviors is not all-inclusive.

 

1.       Continued violation of any school rule

2.       Continued disruption of classes

3.       Continued display of disrespect toward teachers and/or school staff

4.       Failure to report to detention, including Saturday School assignments

5.       Leaving school without permission, skipping class, truancy

6.       Loitering in restrooms or other restricted areas

7.       Being in a parking lot and/or sitting in cars prior to school starting or any other time prior to dismissal and/or while school is in session

 

                            

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 8.  Possession of paging devices and entertainment items, including but not limited to beepers, portable phones, skateboards, radios, cameras, electronic games, etc.

9.   Causing physical injury to another student through carelessness or rough play

10.   Intentionally falsifying information, a signature, or refusing to give a name or information to a teacher, parent, administrator, or other personnel

11.   Possession and/or use of tobacco products

12.   Possession of stolen property whether actually involved in taking the property or not

13.   Misconduct on a school bus that threatens the safety and well-being of passengers and drivers

14.   Preparing, possession of an/or igniting fireworks, firecrackers, or explosives of any kind on school property or at school-sponsored activities

15.   Inciting or participating in major student disorder

16.   Unauthorized organization (any on-campus participation in fraternities, sororities, secret societies, or nonaffiliated school clubs)

17.   Written or verbal proposals to engage in inappropriate acts

18.   Inappropriate touching of or physical contact with another person

19.   Trespassing (willfully entering or remaining on any school property after being warned by an authorized person)

20.   Gambling – any forum for the exchange of money or goods (including matching, etc.)

21.   Cheating, forgery, plagiarism and/or other forms of dishonesty that involves any aspect of school, school records, or school assignments

22.   Initiating a false alarm warning of a fire, bomb threat, or other catastrophe

23.   Extortion or attempts to take money or things of value from a person

24.   Using vulgar, obscene, or profane language, or use of racial slurs or epithets, in verbal or written form or in pictures, caricatures, or obscene gestures, possession or distribution of such literature to include that which is obscene or pornographic on school property, at school-sponsored activities, or in the vicinity of school

25.   Fighting on or near school grounds, at school-sponsored activities, or on school buses

26.   Committing or attempting to commit a theft on school property or at school-sponsored activities at or away from school

27.   Harassment, intimidation, or threatening of fellow student and/or staff

28.   Assault of a student, teacher, or other school personnel (verbal or physical)

 

 

 

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29.   Criminal mischief/vandalism, defacement, destruction, or theft of school property, or the property of others (including the painting of sidewalks, parking lots, buildings, streets, etc.)

30.   Arson

31.   Burglary of school property (entering or remaining in a structure of conveyance with the intent to commit an offense therein)

32.   Involvement with alcoholic beverages on school property or at school-sponsored activities at or away from school; Involvement includes but is not limited to, sale, purchase, attempt to purchase/sell, distribution, possession, transportation, use, and/or being under the influence of alcohol.  This includes having consumed any quantity of alcohol during or prior to the activities.

33.   Involvement with any type drug, controlled substance, narcotics, paraphernalia (examples include, but are not limited to, rolling papers, scales, pipes, bongs, homemade paraphernalia, etc.) on school property or at school-sponsored activities at or away from school: Involvement includes, but is not limited to, sale, purchase, attempt to purchase/sell, distribution, possession, transportation, use, and/or being under the influence of drugs.  This includes possession or having used any quantity of drugs during or prior to the activities.  This policy also applies to any legal substance (over-the-counter medications, vitamins, food supplements, counterfeits, look-a-like substances, deliriants) for other than normally accepted circumstances or when represented to be a controlled substance.

34.   Involvement with anything that might be considered a weapon, either real or look-a-like:  Involvement includes, but is not limited to sale, purchase, attempt to purchase/sell, distribution, possession, transportation, use, or attempt to use.

35.   Any other conduct that is potentially wrongful or disruptive to the learning environment.

 

Unlawful Misconduct

 

Misconduct which violates local, state, or federal laws and which occurs at school, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored activity may result in notification of the appropriate law enforcement agency.  The Board reserves the right to file charges and to prosecute students engaged in conduct which violates local, state, or federal laws.  If a student is arrested and charged with a felony or with a drug, alcohol, or weapons-related misdemeanor, the school’s disciplinary procedure, up to and including expulsion, may be implemented.  This applies whether or not the incident leading to the arrest is school-related.

 

 

 

 

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Inappropriate Discipline

 

At any point in the discipline process, actions which are designed to control behavior through the use of humiliation, degradation, or verbal abuse of students shall not be tolerated.  Any form of corporal punishment, including punitive physical contact, is prohibited.

 

SEARCHES AND INTERVIEWS

 

Search of Property

 

Desks, lockers, and other equipment at any school belong to the Board.  Any school property may be entered and searched by school officials whenever there is reasonable belief that some substance or material is contained therein which is illegal, harmful to the safety of students, or significantly disruptive to the overall discipline of the school.  Further, school property may be examined by the school officials for other justifiable reasons.  In addition, students’ property such as knapsacks, handbags, automobiles, etc., may be entered and searched by school officials whenever thee is reasonable belief that some substance or material is continued therein which is illegal, harmful to the safety of students, or significantly disruptive to the overall discipline of the school. Any items which are specifically prohibited by law or by Board policy may be impounded by school officials.  In such case, students shall be given a receipt for impounded items.  Such prohibited items shall include, but not be limited to, the following:  (1) knives of any size or type, including pocket knives, (2) other weapons, (3) tobacco, (4) drugs or drug paraphernalia of any sort, (5) alcoholic beverages, (6) pornographic material, and (7) property that is alleged to belong to another person.

 

Search of a Student’s Person

 

It is not considered a search of a student’s person when school personnel check coats, jackets, and other outerwear, shirt and pants pockets, purses and wallets, shoes, socks, caps and hats, and other such items.  An appropriate law enforcement officer may be called to conduct the search of a student’s person when an administrator has reasonable suspicion that the student is in possession of contraband or other items harmful to the health and safety of students and staff.  The search shall be conducted in private by the police officer and in the presence of a school administrator or by a school administrator with another school employee present.  Should items which are illegal or contrary to Board policy be found, the Board’s discipline process will be followed.

 

 

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Interviews of Students by Law Enforcement Officials

 

It shall be the policy of the Board to fully cooperate with law enforcement agencies in the interest of the welfare of all citizens.  At the same time, schools have the responsibility to parents for the welfare of the students while they are in the care of the school.  A student in school may be interviewed by a law enforcement authority under the following guidelines.

 

a.                   Only with the knowledge of an appropriate school official and in a private location:

 

b.                   If the interview involves a school-related issue, the principal or principal’s designee may allow the interview to proceed without first notifying the parent or legal guardian.  Such a decision is to be based on the general health, safety, and welfare of the school’s student population.

 

c.                   If the interview is in regard to a non-school-related issue, the principal or principal’s designee is to first determine from the law enforcement authority the necessity of said interview to take place at school.

 

d.                   If it is determined that there is indeed a compelling reason for such an interview, the school official is to attempt to contact the parent/legal guardian to see if they wish to be present for the interview.

 

e.                   If the parent cannot be reached or cannot come to the interview in a reasonable length of time, the school official may allow the interview to proceed if the student agrees to be interviewed. In the latter case, the school official will sit in the interview with the student and law enforcement authority.

 

f.                     If, in the judgement of the law enforcement authority and school official, a delay in the interview represents a grave and imminent threat to the life, safety, and welfare of an individual(s) or property, the interview may be allowed prior to parent/legal guardian contact.

 

g.                   In cases that fit above items b. and f., parents will be notified of the interview as soon as practicable after the interview.

 

 

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h.                   A parent or legal guardian will not be contacted and will not be present if the interview is conducted in connection with suspected child abuse or child neglect involving the parent or legal guardian.  A school official may be present in such interviews if requested by the student or the law enforcement or DHR official.

 

i.                     A student may not be released into the custody of persons other than a parent or legal guardian, unless placed under arrest or officially taken into custody by legal authority.

 

j.                     If a student is removed from the school by legal authority, parents shall be notified of this action by school officials as soon as possible unless directed not to notify parents by the legal authority.

 

Special Role of School Resource Officer / DARE Officer

 

The School Resource Officer and DARE Officers assigned to Hoover City Schools assist school officials with school safety and discipline.  These officers often talk with students in matters concerning student behavior, counseling, or other appropriate matters.  The day-to-day conversations and interactions between students and the School Resource Officer / DARE Officers are not to be construed as “interviews” under this policy.

 

DUE PROCESS

 

The Board recognizes that observance of due process entails two basic considerations:  (1) the gravity of the offense a student is alleged to have committed; and (2) the severity of the contemplated penalty.

 

In cases where a student’s penalty for misconduct is to be a suspension for ten (10) consecutive school days or less, the student shall be afforded the following minimum due process procedure:

 

1.                   The student shall be given oral and/or written notice of the charges against the student.

 

2.                   The student shall be given an opportunity to present the student’s own version of the facts concerning the charges; and

 

 

 

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3.                   The parent or legal guardian shall be contacted by the administrator, and upon request, a conference held to discuss the alleged violation and the consequences of the misconduct.

 

In cases where a student’s misconduct is serious enough to consider long-term suspension (more than ten {10} consecutive school days) or expulsion, the student and/or the student’s parent, in addition to the foregoing procedure, shall not be denied:

 

1.                   the opportunity for a hearing, subject to administrative guidelines;

 

2.                   a written decision;

 

3.                   the right of appeal; and

4.                   the right to counsel in formal hearings before the Superintendent or Board.

 

COMPLAINTS AND GRIEVANCES

 

The primary purpose of this procedure is to provide for prompt and equitable resolution of students’ complaints and grievances.  The procedures can also be used by students for complaints on the basis of sex or disability.

 

Level One – The resolution of a grievance through free and informal communications as close as possible to the point of origin is encouraged.  A student with a grievance may first take it to his immediate teacher or principal.  Both shall be consulted prior to further resolution procedures.

Level Two – In the event the aggrieved person is not satisfied with the disposition of his grievance at Level One, he may file an appeal in writing with the Superintendent or his designee.  Within ten (10) days from receipt of the grievance, he shall request a conference with the aggrieved or render a written decision.

 

Level Three – In the event the aggrieved person is not satisfied with the disposition of his grievance at Level Two, he may request the Superintendent or his designee to schedule a brief hearing before the Board of Education at its next regular meeting.

 

The aggrieved person may select a representative to accompany him at each level, may ask such representative to state the facts in written form, and may request a written decision at each level outlined above.

 

 

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The grievance procedure must be initiated at the level at which the grievance occurred, and all requirements specified may be observed by students and school officials.

 

For the discussion and consideration of a grievance, time and place will be selected which will not interfere with regularly scheduled classes or school-related activities.  The faculty and administration shall make an honest effort to resolve student grievances as quickly as possible at the most immediate level of supervision.

 

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

 

Prohibited Conduct

 

Students shall not engage in conduct constituting sexual harassment.  Sexual harassment, whether between students or between a student and an employee is illegal and will not be tolerated.  The Board will investigate all allegations of sexual harassment.  Sanctions against students for violation of this policy may include verbal or written warning, suspension, or expulsion.

 

Definition

 

Sexual harassment is defined to include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when the advances, request, or conduct have the effect of interfering with performance of school-related activities or creating an intimidating, hostile, or otherwise offensive environment in or about the school or school facility.

 

 

Complaint Procedure

 

A student who believes he or she has been or is being subject to any form of sexual harassment shall immediately report the matter to the school counselor, principal, or the Superintendent.  Any student who becomes aware of or suspects that a student is being sexually harassed shall immediately report the information to the school counselor, principal, or Superintendent.  A student’s request to make his or her report of sexual harassment to someone of the same sex as the student shall be granted.

 

 

 

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If the complaint is received by someone other than the school principal, the person receiving the complaint shall promptly inform the school principal.  The custodial parent(s) of the student will be informed of the complaint.  The completed investigation shall be reviewed by the Superintendent or the Superintendent’s designee and legal counsel for prompt and appropriate action, if warranted.  A written response to the student’s complaint will be provided to the custodial parent(s) of the student and the student within forty-five (45) days of the date the student first registered the complaint.  The student or the custodial parent(s) of the student may appeal the decision within ten (10) days of receipt of the decision by filing a written notice of appeal to the Board at the next scheduled meeting of the Board.  The Board shall make a final decision and notify the student and the custodial parent(s) of the student in writing of the Board’s decision.

 

Protection of Complainant

 

No student shall be subject to adverse action for any good faith report of sexual harassment under this policy.  To the fullest extent practical, all reports of sexual harassment will be kept confidential.

 

 

HOOVER CITY SCHOOLS

Threat Assessment Protocol

 

Hoover City Schools

Hoover Police Department

 

Mission Statement

 

The purpose of this protocol is to establish a procedure for members of the Hoover School System and community to work together to recognize and assess threats of violence in a school setting and, if possible, to prevent acts of violence from occurring.  The protocol is intended to help school administrators and law enforcement officials identify credible threats of violence, establish procedures for addressing them, and develop guidelines for follow-up once a threat has occurred.

 

Threatened Act of Violence:  Any threat or action that suggests the possibility that serious physical injury or death may be caused to another.

 

 

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Procedure:  The following procedure is separated into several sections to highlight the responsibilities of different members of the school community.

 

1.     Any student, parent or guardian, or school staff member, upon receiving information that a person is threatening to commit an act of violence, shall: 

 

Assume the threat is serious;

Immediately report the threat to a school administrator or law enforcement officer;

 

        Take measures to preserve the evidence;

       

Be available and cooperative in providing a statement of information, with the understanding that the information source will remain anonymous to the greatest extent possible.

 

2.     Any school administrator, upon receiving information that a person is threatening to commit an act of violence, shall:

 

        Assume the threat is serious;

 

Cause the student making the threat, if said student is on campus, to be removed from the classroom and segregated into a secured area pending further investigation;

Immediately notify a School Resource Officer (SRO) or the police department and school system intervention counselor and provide complete information regarding the threat;

 

Require the person reporting the threat to provide immediate written statements regarding the information received;

 

        3.     The SRO/police officer, upon receiving information that a person is threatening to commit an act of violence or upon notification from a school administrator that a threat to commit an act of violence has occurred, shall:

 

        Assume the threat is serious;

 

Immediately notify a school administrator and provide complete information;

 

 

 

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Conduct an assessment interview of the subject making the threat.  (See Board Policy File JCAB (f).)

 

Note:  The primary purpose of the interview is to engage in an assessment of the available information, in an attempt to determine the veracity of the threat, in order to decide what level of follow-up action is needed and appropriate.

 

4.   Once the assessment is complete, the SRO/police officer and school administrator shall convene privately to discuss the threat and consider options for further assessment and  follow-up action.

 

If it is agreed that the threat is credible, the school administrator shall immediately contact the superintendent.  The SRO/police officer will follow standard operating procedures.  Hoover City Schools will cooperate with law enforcement and diligently seek criminal prosecution for any incident involving threats of violence.

 

If it is agreed that the threat is not credible, the school administrator shall assume responsibility to institute any further action deemed necessary.

 

The school administrator shall contact parents of the students involved in the incident.

 

Follow-up:  Following an incident and completion of the above procedures, the school administrator or his/her designee shall:

 

Within a month of the incident, meet with SRO/police officer and others involved in the investigation to debrief, share information regarding outcomes for the student/subject, and evaluate the effectiveness of the response to the threat and the threat assessment protocol.


IT’S THE LAW!

 

PARENTAL AND STUDENT NOTIFICATION OF CIVIL LIABILITIES AND CRIMINAL PENALTIES

 

The following laws relate to civil liabilities and criminal penalties for violence or other misbehavior by students on school property, at school-sponsored events, on the way to or from school, or against school employees. 

 

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Attendance and Conduct (Act 94-782)

 

Each parent/guardian or other person having control or custody of a child required to attend school who fails to enroll, to regularly attend school, or to compel the child to properly conduct himself/herself as a pupil in accordance with the written policy on school behavior adopted by the load board of education shall be guilty of a misdemeanor (may be fined up to $100 and may be sentenced to hard labor for up to ninety {90} days.)

 

Teacher Assault (Act 94-794)

 

A person commits the crime of assault in the second degree (Class C felony) if the person assaults with intent to cause serous physical injury to a teacher or to an employee of a public educational institution during or as a result of the performance of his or her duty.

 

Drug Dealing (Act 94-783)

 

A person who unlawfully sells, furnishes, or gives a controlled substance to a minor may be liable for injury or damage or both suffered by a third person caused by or resulting from the use of the controlled substance by the minor, if the sale, furnishing, or giving of the controlled substance is the proximate cause of the injury or damage.

 

Drugs, Alcohol, Weapons, Physical Harm, or Threatened Physical Harm (Act 97-784)

 

The school principal shall notify appropriate law enforcement officials when a person violates local board of education policies concerning drugs, alcohol, weapons, physical harm to a person, or threatened physical harm to a person.  If any criminal charge is warranted, the principal is authorized to sign the appropriate warrant.  If that person is a student, the local school system shall immediately suspend that person from attending regular classes and schedule hearing within five (5) school days.

 

If a person is found to have violated a local board of education policy concerning drugs, alcohol, weapons, physical harm to a person or threatened physical harm to a person, the person may not be readmitted to the public schools until criminal charges, if any, have been disposed of by appropriate authorities and the person has satisfied all other requirements imposed by the local board of education as a condition for readmission.

 

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Weapons in Schools (Act 94-817)

 

No person 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 the intent to do bodily harm on the premises of a public school or school bus is a class C felony.  (Deadly weapons include but are not limited to hand grenade, explosive or incendiary device; a pistol, rifle, or shotgun; or a switch-blade knife, gravity knife, stiletto, sword, or dagger; or any club, baton, billy, black-jack, bludgeon, or metal knuckles.)

 

Vandalism (Act 94-819)

 

The parents, guardian, or other person having control of any minor under the age of 18 with whom the minor is living and who has custody of the minor shall be liable for the actual damages sustained to school property, plus the court costs, caused by intentional, willful, or malicious act of the minor.

 

Pistol Possession/Driver’s License (Act 94-820)

 

Any person over the age of 14 who is convicted of the crime of possession of a pistol on the premises of a public school, or a public school bus, shall be denied issuance of a driver’s permit or license to operate a motor vehicle for 180 days from the date the person is eligible and applies for a permit or license.  If a person over age 14 possesses a driver’s license on the date of confiscation, the driver’s license will be suspended for 180 days.

 

Drop-out/Driver’s License (Act 94-820 which amended Act 93-368 as codified in Sec. 16-28-40.  Code of Alabama  1975)

 

The Department of Public Safety shall deny a driver’s license or learner’s permit to any person under 19 who is not enrolled or has not received a diploma or certificate of graduation.  Exceptions are students who: are enrolled in a GED program; are enrolled in a secondary school; are participating in an approved job training program; are gainfully employed, are a parent of a minor or unborn child; or are the sole source of transportation for the parent.

 

 

 

 

 

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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (Act 99-34)

 

The 1997 FERPA Act provides parents the opportunity to:

 

1.       access their child’s educational records.

 

2.       seek correction of records believed to be inaccurate.

 

3.       require written permission of the parent before the school can disclose information contained in the student’s educational record.

 

4.       consent before their child participates in a survey.

 

For more information, contact your school principal or visit the FERPA Web Site at:  www.FERPA@ED.Gov

 

 

 

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