Custer Junior and Senior High School
STUDENT / PARENT HANDBOOK
2012 / 2013
To educate every student to his/her potential.
To provide the highest educational program possible through positive leadership, quality academics, and an array of opportunities for social, emotional, physical and character development so graduates:
a) Go on to compete in the marketplace;
b) Understand the importance of community involvement; and
c) Enjoy life-long learning.
To provide the highest educational program possible so the district can compete successfully in the educational marketplace.
Dear Parents and Students:
As we approach the beginning of a new school year, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all of you. For many, it is a greeting extended to old friends; to others, it is an introduction and an invitation. To all, it constitutes a pledge of continued efforts to provide the best possible education for our students.
Our school's reputation and success rest, in large measure, on parental involvement. We seek to afford each student an education commensurate with his or her abilities, relevant to this country's need, and challenging to a degree that will prompt a love of learning. This is no easy task. We need your cooperation and understanding if this year is to provide a profitable and satisfying experience for your child. Our school, from its foundation, has stressed academic excellence…in this there is no compromise or change.
Our school can take pride in this highly qualified and dedicated faculty. These educators welcome your concern, and they view education as a partnership between home and school. Over the years, the spirit and tradition that is our school has played a key role in shaping the educational experience. Each class profits from the example of those who have gone before them. Ours has been a tradition of students committed to the proposition that the privilege of coming to school carries with it the obligation to do the best they can. These are important years, and it is reassuring to work with young people who see a challenge in their potential - to become the best they can.
If there is anything we can do to help your child, please do not hesitate to call. The unvoiced problem cannot be resolved, as the missed opportunity rarely offers itself again. Our goal remains to provide the best possible education for each student.
We trust that your experience with our school will enhance your faith in public education for your children that is worthy of your love and concern for them.
IMPORTANT NUMBERS & INFORMATION
Superintendent, Scott Lepke 673-3154
Special Education Director, Marsha Leininger 673-3154
Director of Buildings & Grounds, Joe Uhrich :440-1281
Business Manager, Lisa Fluck 673-3154
Junior/Senior High Principal, Paul Anderson: 673-4473
Activities Director, Stephanie Ornelas: 673-4473
School Board Members: Tim Wicks (Chair); Anne Sandvig (Vice-Chair); Larry Vickers; Tanya Olson; Brian Lintz; Tom Martin; Alan Webster.
The Custer School District has developed and utilizes a system for the identification, location, and evaluation of children in need of special education and related services. The system will include all children residing within the jurisdiction of the Custer School District between the ages of birth through twenty-one regardless of the severity of their disability, including children in all public and privates agencies and institutions, private schools, including religious schools and children receiving alternative instruction under SDCL 13-17-3 within legal boundaries of the Custer School District.
It is possible, however, that some exceptional children in the district under the age of 21 have not been identified or evaluated. If you have such a child or are aware of such a child now not attending school, please contact Marsha Leininger, Special Education Director, Custer School District, Custer, SD 57730 or call 673-3154.
School District 16-1 does not discriminate on the basis of race or color,
national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, age, religion and
creed, or marital status, in admission or access to or treatment or employment
in its programs and activities. For
inquiries concerning the District’s compliance with Title VI please contact the
Superintendent of Schools, 527 Montgomery St., Custer, SD, 57730, (605)
673-3154; for Title IX please contact the Activities Director, 1645 Wildcat
Lane, Custer, SD, 57730, (605)673-4473; or for Section 504 of the Americans
with Disabilities (ADA) act please contact the Special Education Director, 527
Montgomery St., Custer, SD, 57730, (605) 673-3154. For further inquiries contact the South
Dakota Regional Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Dept. of Education, Office for
Civil Rights, 8930 Ward Parkway, Ste 2037, Kansas City, MO, 64114-3302, phone
(816) 268-0550, TDD (877) 521-2172, Fax (816)823-1404, e-mail:
LEGAL REFS: Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, requires that Custer School District, determine the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s education records. The Custer School District may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless in accordance with District procedures, the parent denies such request. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the Custer School District to include this type of information from your child’s education records in certain school publications. Directory information, which is information disclosed to outside organizations without a parent’s prior written consent.
Directory information will include the following:
· Student’s Name
· Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
· Weight and height of members of athletic teams
· Grade level
federal laws require local education agencies (LEAs) receiving assistance under
the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military
recruiters, upon request, with three directory information categories – names,
addresses and telephone listings – unless parents have advised the
CUSTER JUNIOR/SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
2012-2013 SCHOOL YEAR
TABLE OF CONTENTS
STAFF & ASSIGNMENTS pg. 5
CURRICULUM & SCHEDULING pg. 6
STUDENT COURSE LOADS pg. 6
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS pg. 6
GRADING SYSTEM/GPA pg. 9
SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICIES pg. 10
PROCEDURES pg. 13
ATTENDANCE pg. 31
RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES pg. 34
STANDARD OF CONDUCT
CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES pg. 43
SCHEDULE pg. 50
CALENDAR .pg. 51
STAFF & ASSIGNMENTS
Dr. Anderson Principal
Mrs. Ornelas Activities Director
Mr. Black Guidance Counselor
Mr. Eric Eisenbraun Apex Technology Consultant
Mr. Arseneault Technology Education/Social Science
Mr. Bailey Science
Mrs. Block English
Ms. Bowen Art/Pottery/Senior Projects
Mrs. Borkowski Special Education/Life Skills
Mrs. Bradeen Math
Ms. Cherland Choir/Band
Mrs. Cook English/Yearbook Advisor
Mrs. Diedtrich Librarian /Social Science
Mrs. Dooley Math/Science
Mr. Elseman Science/Math/Tutoring
Mrs. Goebel English/Reading/Social Science
Mrs. Halverson Math/Social Science
Mr. Haxton Industrial Technology
Mrs. Hanna Special Education/Study Skills
Mrs. Karim English
Mr. Kelley Social Science
Mr. Long Physical Education
Mr. McIntire Spanish
Mrs. McPeak Special Education
Mrs. Ornelas Business Education
Mrs. Powers Science/Social Science
Mr. Reed Physical Education/Health
Mrs. Reindl Special Education
Mrs. Uhrich Special Education
Mr. Webster Industrial Technology
Mrs. Weidenbach Band/Choir
CURRICULUM & SCHEDULING (SENIOR HIGH)
A curriculum of classes, including required core classes and electives, are provided for students.
Registration is completed in the spring for the next year. Students should do a thorough job of registering at the time of registration.
Students must see the guidance counselor in regards to any schedule changes. No class changes will be made after the first week of the first semester and all changes will be made before the first day of the second semester. Dropping a subject after this time will count as a withdraw/fail on the student’s permanent record.
If a student wishes to drop a full-year course at semester break, and register for a different course, a Drop/Add permission slip will need to be signed by student, the principal, and the student’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s). There must be a legitimate reason to switch.
STUDENT COURSE LOADS
All seniors must carry a normal course load regardless of the number of total credits that have been acquired by the opening of the senior year.
Students, including seniors, will not be excused for any part-time employment during school hours, unless they are enrolled in the Job Study class.
Custer School District’s standards for graduation shall meet the minimum standards of the South Dakota Department of Education and Cultural Affairs. This also includes the minimum requirements for graduation from Custer High School, which is 24 credits.
Note: The following are the tracts and requirements.
Prerequisites and Course Sequences
Algebra 1 A (2yr)
Algebra 1B (2yr)
Algebra 1A (2yr)
Algebra 1B (2yr)
Biology 2 or Chemistry or Physics
Fr English/Fund of English
Fund of Eng 2
Survey of Lit/
Fund of Eng 3
Fund of Eng 4
Graduates of years 2011, 2012, and 2013 will follow the State Diploma tracks of Distinguished, Advanced and Standard Diplomas.
Graduates of 2014 and beyond will have the requirements adopted by the State of South Dakota Board of Education in November 2009.
Transfer pupils unable to meet graduation requirements set by the local school board because of time and scheduling constraints, but not due to course failure, may graduate if State minimum requirements for graduation have been met.
Senior students who transfer from another state and are unable to meet graduation requirements set by the State Board of Education because of time and scheduling constraints, but not due to course failure, may graduate on the basis of meeting minimum requirements of the state from which they transfer.
Students wishing to graduate early must make request with
the Principal. A meeting involving the
Principal, Counselor, student and parents will be required. Final approval will come from the Custer
School Board of Education. The only
basis for the approval of such requests will be the student’s immediate
entrance into either military service or postsecondary education.
Students who expect to complete graduation requirements and wish to graduate prior to the fourth year, or by the end of the first semester of the fourth year, must go through the following process:
Present a written petition to the High
School Principal justifying the reasons for early
graduation at least three (3) months prior to the requested date of graduation.
2. The High School Principal will establish a committee to review the request consisting of: the Principal, a Guidance Counselor, and two teachers familiar with the student. Within thirty (30) days upon receipt of the student’s request, the committee will make a recommendation to the Board of Education to either support or not support the student’s request for early graduation.
3. The student’s petition, and the accompanying committee recommendation, will be submitted to the Board of Education at its next regularly scheduled meeting. Graduation prior to the completion of the fourth year must be approved by the Board of Education.
4. The High School Principal will notify the student in writing the day following the regular meeting whether the Board of Education approved or rejected the student’s petition to graduate early.
All students who participate in Custer High School graduation must meet all graduation requirements, per Board of Education policy, at least two weeks prior to graduation. Special education students must meet the requirements for “participation in senior high school graduation” as outlined in the District Special Education Comprehensive Plan. The High School Principal may authorize the graduation of transfer students unable to meet the graduation requirements because of time or scheduling constraints, but not due to course failures - such students may graduate on the basis of meeting state minimum requirements for graduation (as specified in SDAR 24:03:06:05 and SDAR 24:03:06:06.01).
GRADUATION ATTIRE & GUIDELINES
Students wishing to participate in graduation exercises must meet the following requirements.
· Students must be able to take part in the required graduation practice.
· All students will wear the selected cap and gown. They will not be altered in any way - no writing, tape, etc., on them.
· Students will wear 'dress type' shoes - no flip-flops, sneakers, etc.
· Students will wear acceptable (business casual) clothing under the gown - no shorts, blue jeans, etc.
· It is preferred that the gentlemen students wear ties, but it is not required.
not following the above dress guidelines will not be allowed to participate in
the graduation ceremony.
Students wishing to wear military dress uniforms at graduation may do so under the following conditions
· Notify the High School Principal no later than May 1st of their intention to do so.
· Only United States Military Dress Uniforms from the 5 major branches of service may be worn: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy. South Dakota National Guard uniforms are included under the Army.
· Students must have completed Basic Training.
The school year is divided into two grading periods, each one semester long. Report cards will be issued at the end of the second quarter (first semester) and the fourth quarter (second semester). A midterm progress report also will be distributed at the end of the first and third quarters. The grade recorded on the permanent record is the final grade of the semester. Parents are encouraged to discuss progress of their son or daughter with the teaching staff. Conferences are held each semester (see Calendar). Teachers may send out progress reports at any time. These are usually sent out at mid-quarter time. They are notices to the parents or guardians apprising them of positive or negative changes with their child. Again, parents are urged to contact the student’s teachers to help the student when necessary.
REGULAR CLASSES HONOR CLASSES
A = 4.0 A = 5.0
B = 3.0 B = 4.0
C = 2.0 C = 2.0
D = 1.0 D = 1.0
F = 0.0 F = 0.0
92-100% = A
83-91 % = B
73-82 % = C
60-72 % = D
59% & below = F
GRADE POINT AVERAGE
All grades will be averaged in your GPA. Certain college prep courses will be considered as honors classes. Your GPA will be figured on a 4.0 scale. Class rank will be determined by GPA only.
Honor's Classes: Pre-Calculus I & II, Humanities, American
Lit Survey, Physics, Spanish
SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICIES
INCOMPLETE (I) GRADES
An incomplete grade may be given at the end of a semester when extenuating circumstances have caused the student to miss school and not get all of their work finished on time. The student or parent must meet with the principal to determine if such circumstances exist.
WITHDRAW GRADES (WF)
Students who withdraw from a course during the first week of class will be placed in an alternative class. Their permanent record will not show the course as taken. Students who withdraw from a course after the first week would receive a withdraw/failing notice.
STUDENT PROGRESS REPORTS TO PARENTS
Parents of students who are failing in one or more subjects, or who are otherwise at risk of failure will be notified by the staff in a timely manner. Reasonable efforts will be made to notify parents as soon as any pattern of significantly decreased school performance is noted.
Progress reports, will be distributed at the end of each grading quarter.
Constructive feedback to the schools is welcomed by the staff and Board of Education. Conflicts are best handled and resolved as close to their origin as possible. Every consideration will be given to attempt to resolve the problem prior to involvement by the Board of Education. If there is a conflict with a staff member, it is important the concerned party meet with the staff member.
1. All conflicts, except harassment, are best resolved at the level the conflict originates. Concerns can be made verbally or in writing. If the conflict is not satisfactorily resolved at that level, then it is the responsibility of the individual having the concern to forward it, in writing, to the next highest level. Concerns made initially, to anyone other than the level at which it originated, shall be referred to the level where the concern originated for initial review and investigation.
2. If there is no resolution, the concerned party may do one of the following:
the principal set up a meeting of the concerned party, the staff member, and
the Conflict Resolution Form (See Appendix D of Board of Education
If there is still no resolution, a conference will be scheduled with the above parties at the appropriate administrative level.
3. If there is no resolution in Section #2, then the concerned party may forward the conflict
to the next highest level.
4. If still there is no satisfaction, then the parties involved will be scheduled to meet with the Board of Education. Administration is to assure the conflict resolution process is completed in a timely manner. Concerns regarding Board of Education’s actions or Board operations will be presented directly to the Board of Education.
form is also used for concerns about the district’s use of Federal Funds and the
implementation of Federal Programs including Subtitle B of the Title
Staff members, in the course of an investigation of a complaint, shall be accorded all due process rights. These rights shall include the right to know the nature and content of the complaint that has been filed, including the identity of the complainant, the right to review the investigative findings, and the right to provide verbal and written input, to address the issues raised in the complaint.
Complaints appealed to the Board of Education shall be heard by the entire Board of Education in executive session, as provided by law. The decision of the Board of Education shall be communicated to the complainant and the Superintendent, who shall implement the decision of the Board. Decisions of the Board of Education may be appealed to circuit court pursuant to SDCL 13-46.
Procedural Process for Investigation and Resolution at Each Level:
1. Discussion among parties directly involved.
2. Investigation is conducted by the supervisor, upon initial receipt of the Conflict Resolution Form. The investigation will include discussion with all parties directly affected and written results made available for further review by school officials at the next level, if necessary.
3. The review at the next level (or ensuing levels) consists of a determination if the investigation was conducted appropriately and if school policies were followed. If it is determined that the investigation was not appropriately conducted and in accordance with policy, it will be remanded back to the appropriate level for continued investigation and resolution.
4. Conflicts will be resolved in an expedited manner.
*Conflict Resolution Forms may be obtained from the building secretaries. (See also Appendix D of the Board of Education Policy Handbook, which is also available on the District Website www.csd.k12.sd.us). Adopted: 6/30/08; Revised:
Students temporarily unable to meet their financial obligations must make arrangements through the office for special consideration.
Examples are computers, book rental, textbooks not returned, library fines, shop or art fees, athletic equipment not returned, or possible charges for materials used in the classroom. Obligations must be met before a student may participate in the graduation ceremony or have records transferred to a new school. Students may be denied services in affected areas if obligations are not paid.
“Webster’s Dictionary defines plagiarism as ‘an idea or expression taken from another and used as one’s own.’ Plagiarism is stealing. Whenever you use another individual’s idea or expression, you must give credit to the creator. Formal credit can be given in footnote form, and informal credit can be given within the text. The following disciplinary action will be administered to students who plagiarize:
1. Minor omission: student will be corrected by teacher.
2. Major infraction: student will receive no credit and must redo the assignment. The no- credit grade will be computed into the student’s grade; however, the student will receive credit for the resubmitted work. Parents will also be notified.
3. If a student plagiarizes on the resubmitted assignment, or on another assignment thereafter, and parents have been duly notified, the student will be dropped from the course and receive an “F.”
"There is no right way to do a wrong thing."
Many aspects of your career are governed by school policy. There are, however, even more aspects of your career that require you do make decisions. The frustrating thing about decisions is that there is no single best way to decide what to do; there are only alternatives from which to choose. In addition, each alternative carries with it a set of consequences that affect you personally and those who are concerned about you. When making these decisions, you will find the following questions to be very helpful. A "no" answer to one or more of these questions should be a signal to reconsider any decision.
1. Is it legal?
Will the decision violate either civil law of school policy?
2. Is it balanced?
Will the decision be fair to all concerned in the short term as well as the long term? Does the decision promote win-win relationships rather than win-lose relationships?
3. How will it affect me about myself?
Will the decision make me proud? Would I feel good if my decision were published in the newspaper? Would I feel good if my family know about my decision?
The answers to these questions are often difficult, but they can provide a consistent direction to your thinking and serve as guides to making decisions with which you can live.
No person who is registered as a sex offender
pursuant to SDCL Chapter 22-24B may knowingly be present on Custer School
District property. The Board of Education may, in its sole discretion, waive,
subject to any reasonable restriction, limitation, or condition that the
District may elect to impose, enforcement of this policy. Upon issuance
of any waiver the Board of Education retains the right to revoke or modify the
waiver. Waiver forms may be obtained by
contacting the District administrative office.
The cost for activity tickets is as follows:
Family tickets $80.00
Adult tickets $40.00
9-12 student tickets $30.00
K-8 student tickets $20.00
Activity tickets will be available prior to the beginning of school. The ticket then allows you to attend all regularly scheduled middle and high school athletic, drama and music events.
Student behavior should be refined and courteous at all times. Whether guests are present or not, each student is personally responsible for the impression made by the school as a whole. Unacceptable conduct would include whistling, unnecessary or inappropriate clapping, excessive and distracting talking, etc. Staff members will be expected to be present at all assemblies.
Food and drink are not allowed at any time in the theatre.
Backpacks will NOT be allowed to be carried from class-to-class. They will need to be stored in your locker throughout the school day. Backpacks can cause safety issues within the classrooms and they block the isles that are used as fire routes. Exceptions will be made for students with medical documentation.
The district will provide textbooks and equipment for student use. Reasonable fines will be assessed to students who damage or deface district property. Fines will be determined by the teacher/principal. Lost books or equipment will be paid for based on the actual value of the article.
BUILDING HOURS / MAINTENANCE
Senior High School begins at 7:50 am and ends at 3:43 pm. Junior High School begins at 7:55 am and ends at 3:39 pm.
Students should not arrive earlier than 7:15 am and should be out of the building by 4:00 pm unless they have a yellow slip signed by a staff member or they are involved in a school related activity.
Every student must share the responsibility for keeping the building and grounds looking good. Students should do their part by picking up after themselves. This includes keeping the grounds clean and free of trash. In the building, paper should be kept off the floor; desks should be kept free of marks and cuts; black marks should not be purposely put on the floor; the building, furniture and equipment should be treated so as not to incur damage. Theft, misuse, careless handling or other abuse of school property will not be tolerated. There will be full restitution of value as well as disciplinary action for such abuse.
Cell phones are not allowed in school and will be taken away by staff members. The repercussions
shall be as follows:
1st time the cell phone is taken away the student will be able to pick it up at the end of the day;
2nd time the cell phone is taken away the parent is required to come to pick it up at the office and 1 FMBC;
3rd time the cell phone is taken away and kept until the end of the year.
Students will not be released during regular school hours for special religious instruction. However, the Custer School District shall have the following times free for religious instruction. On Wednesdays, no school activities will be scheduled past 6:00 pm for high school students. No school activities will be scheduled on Sundays; any exception to this policy must be approved through the Superintendent. If approved the activity needs to take place between 1-5pm.
CITIZENSHIP – ATTITUDES – RESPONSIBILITIES
It is the responsibility of all students to conduct themselves appropriately at school, during school activities and while they are in the community. A student’s actions may be subject to school rules and actions even though the student may not be on school property (field trips, away games, etc.)
Custer School District implements a Closed Campus Policy during lunch period. This means students are permitted to attend lunch in the school lunchroom and are not allowed to leave the school premises during this time.
CONFIDENTIALITY / STUDENT RECORDS
The Custer School District guarantees parents and court appointed guardians the right to inspect and review any and all official records, files, and data directly related to their children. To insure a complete understanding of the contents of such data, files, and records, the inspection and review will be done with a school official or his/her designee. Students eighteen (18) years of age or older will have the same rights with the same conditions in reviewing their own files.
Parents have the right to a hearing if they wish to challenge any part of the records which they deem inappropriate, and request its correction or deletion.
the student’s records will be prohibited except for the following
(a) use by local school officials, (b) the transfer to another school where the student is enrolled, (c) written parental consent specifying the records be released, (d) compliance with a judicial order or subpoena, and (e) graduates.
Only school officials, parents and appropriate staff members have the right to access students’ records. Student office aides, and teacher aides are not designated school officials and shall not be given the responsibility of utilizing official student files and grade books in their job roles.
A counselor is available for students to discuss personal issues, school or family relationships, drugs, alcohol, abuse, suicide, career planning, scheduling, or any other problem or concern a student might have. Students are encouraged to contact the school counselor regarding questions and problems.
A number of dances are scheduled each year. Once in attendance at a dance, a student may not leave and then return to the building. School rules apply to dances as well as other school-sponsored activities. Ticket prices for dances are determined by the sponsoring organization. Dances are open to current Custer High School students, Alumni under the age of twenty-one (21) and out- of- town guests currently attending high school. All Alumni and out-of town dates need to be registered before school is out the day of the dance. Students who come to the dances must come during the first hour of the dance. No late admittance will be granted after that time.
A "Guest Form" will be required to be filled out in advance of the dance date.
Junior High dances will not have alumni attending. Students are also required to arrive within the first hour and not leave until the end of the dance or are picked up by an adult.
The Board of Education has determined that student’s appearance and attire at school should be primarily the parent’s responsibility. However, reasonable regulations concerning dress, hair style, and cleanliness is vital, not only to the individual student but also to those with whom he/she shares a classroom.
There are certain restrictions necessary on a student’s dress and grooming when such dress and grooming may create a health or safety hazard; invade the rights of others; or, be disruptive to the educational environment by detracting from the decency and decorum in school. It shall be the responsibility of the building principal or designee to determine violations of the intent of the policy and to take necessary corrective action.
· Students should not wear clothing or hair styles that can be hazardous to them in their school activities such as shop, lab work, and physical education.
· If the teacher feels that a student could be endangering his or her health, precautionary measures may be taken – hair nets, goggles, etc.
· When a student is unsure of what is considered appropriate, the dean will give an interpretation of the handbook.
· Footwear will be required at all times.
· Clothing advertising or promoting alcohol, drugs, violence or tobacco products are deemed inappropriate and will not be tolerated. Also clothing with inappropriate language, gestures, or with sexual connotations will not be tolerated.
· Students may not wear hoods, caps or hats during school time.
· All dress code policies must be followed at school sponsored activities.
· No chains.
· No backless tops or tops allowing midriff to show
· No undergarments showing
· No short shorts or skirts.
· Coats are to be kept in lockers during the school day, unless staff has given permission otherwise.
· No strapless tops
· No bandanas
The following are to be used by parents and students as important guidelines of dress:
Each student must be clothed from his/her shoulders to a reasonable length on the thighs. All shirts and blouses must be in good taste. No midriff, half shirts, halters, or spaghetti strap shirts may be worn. Ripped or torn clothing is not appropriate for school. Undergarments should not be able to be seen. Extreme clothing is distractive to the educational process and may not be worn. Blue jeans with holes or rips above the knee are prohibited. Numerals, slogans, clothing and accessories that bear unacceptable symbols or insignia, including, but not limited to, references to gangs, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, profanity, vulgarity or sexual innuendo, and/or drawings on clothing that are offensive, obscene, profane or disruptive to the educational process will not be allowed. Hats, caps, head coverings, spiked apparel and accessories and/or sunglasses may not be worn in the building at any time. Trousers, slacks, shorts, and skirts should be worn around the waist. For safety and health reasons, some form of shoe must be worn. No outer garments like coats shall be worn or carried to classes or the lunchroom and should remain in the student's locker. Specialized areas of the school require special safety and/or health protection. Students are prohibited from wearing designer contacts lenses, including but not limited to, cat-eye and red contacts, to alter their appearance. Those students violating dress and appearance guidelines will be given an opportunity to correct the violation. The Principal or designated staff will deal with any violation which is referred to the office. Students may be required to return home to correct violations. When a student's appearance disrupts the educational process, creates unnecessary attention, or infringes upon the rights of others, the student may be subject to disciplinary action. In extreme cases or when a student chooses not to cooperate in correcting the situation, he/she may be subject to further disciplinary action. Students who repeatedly violate these standards may be suspended.
Health and safety standards will be maintained at all times for the protection of students and property.
See STEP program (under discipline) for regulations on use of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco.
All students are guaranteed due process rights as set forth by SDCL 13-32-4. Custer School District is in compliance with standards established by the State Board of Education. Those standards are:
1. Adequate notice of charges will be made.
2. Reasonable opportunity to prepare for and meet the charges will be given.
3. An orderly hearing adapted to the nature and circumstances of the situation will be conducted.
4. A fair and impartial decision will be rendered.
5. Article 24:07 of the Administrative Rules of South Dakota will be used to outline procedures and the definition of due process.
Students must furnish some materials for their education. Notebooks, gym clothes/shoes, art, shop, family and consumer science materials, pencils, pens, and paper are some examples. The general rule is if students take the material/project home for their own use, they must pay for it. Students will also have opportunities throughout the school year to purchase items such as school annuals and activity tickets.
Expulsion is defined as the denial to a student to participate in any instructional and/or school activity for a period of time as determined by the Board of Education.
EXTENDED ILLNESS OR DISABILITY
parent/guardian of a student who is out of school for an extended period of
time due to illness or disability should be in contact with the building
principal to set up a homebound program.
A medical doctor’s note of verification of extended illness and/or disability must accompany the parental request.
Fire and disaster drills will be conducted by building principals throughout the school year. The principal and teachers in each building will provide instruction regarding the appropriate procedures for the drills.
All fund-raising projects must be requested by the school sanctioned activity sponsor/coach and approved by the Activities Director.. All funds must be deposited in the appropriate account at the district office.
When attending school activities, please observe the following rules of conduct:
1. Once you arrive you should come in and enjoy the game or event and not be in the halls or outside the building except during intermission or half time. Violation of this rule may cost you the privilege of attending the current or future events.
2. Your attendance at school functions is appreciated. Please use common sense and show courtesy to others.
High School students must have their AGENDA signed for that period and date by
an administrator or teacher. This
The Custer School District prohibits harassment/bullying and hate crimes. These actions will not be tolerated under any circumstances. We firmly believe that all persons are to be treated with respect and dignity. The District will respond to harassment/bullying and hate crimes in a manner that effectively deters future incidents. The use or threat of violence is unacceptable and will not be tolerated by the District.
Hate Crimes: Hate crimes are criminal acts or threatened acts in which the victims are targeted based on characteristics such as race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and disability. Examples of hate crimes include threatening phone calls, hate mail, physical assault, threats of harm or violence, arson, vandalism, bombings, and bomb threats.
Harassment/Bullying: Harassment/Bullying is unwelcomed verbal, written, or physical conduct directed at the characteristics of a person’s race, color, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or disability. Examples of harassment include unwelcome patting, pinching, or physical contact, anti-gay comments, ethnic or racial slurs, or threats.
Sexual harassment is illegal, unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Any employee or student of the district will be subject to disciplinary action, including possible termination or suspension/expulsion, for violation of this policy.
Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, solicitation of sexual activity by promise of rewards, physical conduct of a sexual nature, coercion of sexual activity by threat of punishment, verbal sexist remarks or physical assaults constitute sexual harassment when (a) submission to such conduct is made, either explicitly or inexplicitly, a term or condition of individual’s employment or educational status, (b) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for employment or educational decisions affecting such individual, (c) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work or learning environment, or (d) such activity creates discomfort for those affected.
Employees and students are responsible for maintaining a working and learning environment free from sexual harassment. Workshops and activities will be provided by the school district to explain the policy and laws. Careful scrutiny will be undertaken of all allegations of sexual harassment. False allegations that are malicious or ill-founded may constitute libel or slander.
Students who are targets of such conduct should contact the Principal or Counselor. The student will be requested to complete a reporting form (See Appendix A). The Principal or Counselor shall report the incident to the Superintendent.
Whenever a staff member in the course employment has reason to believe that (a) a hate crime or harassment has been committed or is about to be committed on school property or by any student on or off school property, or (b) a student enrolled in the school has been or is about to become a victim of a hate crime or harassment, the school employee shall immediately notify the Superintendent, School Principal, or Counselor.
The Superintendent shall promptly notify the police when there is any reason to believe that an act of violence has been or is about to be committed against a student or there is otherwise reason to believe that a life has been or will be threatened.
All reports will be thoroughly investigated and, if necessary, result in immediate and appropriate disciplinary action. If any employee or student files a written complaint because of dissatisfaction with the handling of the original complaint, it will be applicable to the Conflict Resolution procedure.
Home study is a
necessary part of each pupil's educational program. Each student will be expected to spend some
time in homework. Some assignments are
long range in nature and require planning study time for their completion. Planned study eliminates the necessity of
spending too much time in completing an assignment the day before it is
due. Teachers are available before or
after school to help students with assignments they are having difficulty with
or for makeup work help. If additional
help is needed the teacher and student work out an appropriate schedule.
The board of Education and South Dakota law requires each student be protected from certain Diseases (list available from school nurse) by immunization prior to attending unless the parent or Guardian presents a written statement that he/she does not wish to have such a student immunized.
Students are required to present immunization records before they may attend classes.
Both medical and dental insurance is available to all students for a nominal fee. Students are encouraged to participate in these programs regardless of the type of home insurance coverage that they may have.
INTERNET/NETWORK/ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS ACCEPTABLE POLICY
The District provides access to the District computer resources, network resources, electronic mail, and the Internet. This policy also applies to any electronic device capable of receiving or transmitting information, whether privately-owned or District-owned, in use on District property. Use of these resources requires all users read this agreement and agree to follow the policy. Students under age 18 must obtain parental permission. Parents are responsible for the contents of the document and must complete any necessary forms.
General Network Use
The network is provided for students and staff to conduct research, complete or design assignments, and communicate with others. Access to network services is given to students and staff who agree to act in a considerate and responsible manner; however, parental permission is required for minors. Students and staff are responsible for appropriate behavior on school computer networks just as they are in a classroom or school hallway. Access is a privilege—not a right, and as such, entails responsibility. General school rules for behavior and communications apply, and users must comply with district standards and honor the agreements they have signed. Beyond the clarification of such standards, the District is not responsible for restricting, monitoring, or controlling the communications of individuals utilizing the network.
During school hours, teachers will guide students toward appropriate materials. Families bear responsibility for such guidance outside of school hours.
Network storage areas will be treated like school lockers. Network and school administrators and their designees may review files and communications to maintain system integrity and insure that users are using the system responsibly. Users should not expect that files stored on District servers will always be private.
Internet/World Wide Web
the Internet and the World Wide Web will enable students and staff to use
thousands of libraries and databases. Within reason, freedom of speech
and access to information will be honored. Be aware that some materials
accessible via the Internet might contain items that are illegal, defamatory,
inaccurate, or potentially offensive to some people. While our intent is
to make Internet access available to further educational goals and objectives,
students may find ways to access other materials as well. Filtering
software is in use, but no filtering system is capable of blocking 100% of the
inappropriate material available on the Internet. We believe that the
benefits derived by students and staff from access to the Internet, in the form
of information resources and opportunities for collaboration, exceed any
disadvantages. Ultimately, parents and guardians of minors are
responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children should
follow when using media and information sources. The District supports
and respects each family’s right to decide whether or not to apply for access.
Publishing to the World Wide Web
Student’s work may be considered for publication on the World Wide Web, specifically on his/her school’s Web site. Such publishing requires parent/guardian permission. The work will appear with a copyright notice prohibiting the copying of such work without express written permission. In the event anyone requires such permission, requests will be forwarded to the student’s parent/guardian.
A student’s full name may be considered for publication on the World Wide Web, specifically on his/her school’s Web site. Such publishing requires parent/guardian permission. If published, his/her name will appear on pages with school-related purpose and will be included to further instructional and/or co-curricular activities. Permission for such publishing does not grant permission to share any student information beyond that implied by their inclusion on the Web page(s).
Terms and Conditions
1. Acceptable Use: Use of accounts must
be in support of education and research and consistent with the educational
objectives of the District. Use of other organization’s network or
computing resources must comply with the rules appropriate for that
network. Transmission of any material in violation of federal or state
regulation is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to:
copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, or material protected by
trade secret. Use for commercial activities is generally not
acceptable. Use for product advertisement or political lobbying is
2. Privileges: As stated earlier, use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those privileges. Each student who receives an account will be included in a discussion with a District faculty member pertaining to the proper use of the network. System administrators will deem what is inappropriate, and their decision is final. System administrators may close an account at any time as required. The administration, faculty, and staff of the District may request system administrators deny, revoke, or suspend specific user accounts.
3. Network Etiquette: Users are
expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette.
These include (but are not limited to) the following:
a. Be polite. Do not get abusive, obscene
or harassing in your messages to others. (A point to remember is to never
view, send, or access material you would not want your teachers or parents to
see.) Should such material be encountered by accident, report it to your
b. Use appropriate language. Do not swear,
use vulgarities or any other inappropriate language. Illegal activities
are strictly forbidden.
c. Do not reveal your personal address or phone number or those of other students or staff.
d. Communications on the network are often
public in nature. Note that electronic mail (e-mail) is not guaranteed to be
private. School staff may inspect network storage areas, as that is
inherent in the authority granted the school. Staff members who operate
the system have access to all mail and stored data. Messages relating to
or in support of illegal activities may be reported to law enforcement.
e. Do not use the network in such a way that
disrupts the use of the network by other users. Hardware and software
shall not be destroyed, modified, or abused in any way.
f. All communications and information via the network should be assumed to be private property. Be aware of copyright and be certain to cite with full credit any material use.
4. The District makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the services it is providing. The District will not be responsible for any damages you incur including loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, misdeliveries, or service interruptions caused by negligence, error, or omission. Use of any information obtained by the District is at your own risk; the District specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its services.
5. Security: Security on any computer system is a high priority, especially when the system involves many users. If you feel you can identify a security problem, you must notify a system administrator; do not demonstrate the problem to other users. Do not use another individual’s account. Attempts to login to the network as a system administrator will result in cancellation of user privileges. Any user identified as a security risk or as having a history of problems with other computer systems may be denied access to the network. Do not share your password. Account owners are responsible for all activities under their account. Do not copy other people’s work or intrude into other people’s files.
6. Vandalism: Vandalism will result in cancellation of privileges and assessment of costs for repair or replacement. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy the hardware, software, or data of another user, of the Internet, or of any agencies or other networks that are connected with our network system. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creation of computer viruses. Users should take special care with physical facilities, hardware, software, and furnishings. Users may not move, unplug, alter, or add equipment or software to the network without faculty approval. Users may not alter computers or change the settings or system configurations in any way.
7. Prohibited Activities: In addition to those items listed above, the following uses of school-provided network and Internet access are not permitted:
a. Accessing, viewing, uploading, downloading, or distributing pornographic, obscene, or sexually explicit material.
b. Transmitting obscene, abusive, or sexually explicit language.
c. Violating any local, state, or federal statute.
d. Intentionally disrupting network traffic.
e. Degrading or disrupting equipment or system performance.
f. Using the system for commercial or financial gain.
g. Using the system to defraud.
h. Vandalizing, damaging, or disabling the property, physical or digital, of another individual or organization.
i. Violating copyright or otherwise use the intellectual property of another individual or organization without permission, including plagiarism.
j. Any activities that may be construed as causing damage to or misuse of the system, including using another’s work with permission but in violation of classroom rules, protocol, and ethics.
k. Accessing or participating in chat rooms or multi-user environments, unless specific permission is granted by a teacher.
l. Wasting school resources by printing excessively or consuming limited server space or bandwidth.
m. Downloading or installing any commercial software or freeware onto any computer or the network. Must have permission with a faculty member before installing software purchased by you or the District.
n. Using the computers or the network in any way which may disrupt service or its operation.
o. Downloading or playing games.
8. Consequences: Since technology access is a privilege and not a right, users have the responsibility to use the technology in an appropriate manner. Consequences of misuse or abuse of the Internet, hardware, or network, depending upon the severity of the situation, may include one or more of the following:
a. A warning, followed by a review of policy and
appropriate guidelines with the building
principal. Loss of access.
b. Additional disciplinary action determined at the building level in line with existing practice regarding inappropriate language or behavior.
c. Potential loss of employment, if a District employee.
d. When applicable, law enforcement agencies may be contacted.
Information Recapture: The District will provide information, upon request, for the
period not to exceed one (1) day (24 hours) prior to the request, provided that
distribution of such information is not a violation of FERPA or other district
policies. ADOPTED: 6/30/08; Revised 2/16/09;
LOCKERS & LOCKER SEARCHES
Students, upon registration, will be assigned a locker to store their supplies, etc. The care of assigned district property is the responsibility of the student. Any damage that occurs to lockers should be reported immediately.
The courts have consistently upheld the claim that school lockers are school property, loaned or rented for the student’s convenience. School authorities may search the student’s locker without prior warning in seeking contraband, because standing in loco parentis (in place of the parent); school authorities are charged with the safety of all students under their care and supervision. Such a search is not an “illegal” search under the Fourth Amendment to the federal Constitution, but a reasonable exercise of board power in the interests of the health, welfare and safety of all students. Courts have reasoned that the school extends locker use to students only for legitimate purposes. School authorities, therefore, have not only the right, but also the duty to inspect lockers periodically or on an ad hoc basis in the interest of making the school a “safe” environment.
Each student is issued a
locker and is expected to keep his/her books and personal belongings properly
secured at all times. If this causes a
problem for the student please contact the principal. Students are advised
against leaving money or other valuables in the lockers. Large amounts of money
or items of personal value should not be brought to school. PLEASE
LOST & FOUND
A lost and found basket will be placed in the commons. Lost articles should be reported and found articles turned into the office.
LUNCHTIME SOLUTIONS / LUNCH PROGRAM
Meals may be purchased by cash or checks only – NO CHARGING. Meal costs will be announced in the fall of each year.
The following general lunchroom rules are to be followed throughout the district:
1. Be quiet and courteous in the food line and at the tables.
2. Leave your table and dining area clean.
3. Scrape your tray and return to proper cleaning area.
4. Food is not to leave the lunchroom.
5. Students who bring their own lunch will be provided a location in the commons to eat.
We encourage our students to purchase meals. Custer District is a participant in the Federal Food Service Program. Free or reduced lunches and breakfasts are provided to children if specific guidelines are met. Any parents/guardians who feel their family fits the guidelines may contact the building principal for the proper form to fill out. Once the form is completed a district official determines whether you qualify. This information is kept confidential.
All makeup work should be completed before a prearranged absence, whether personal or school sponsored. If the work is not made up before the absence occurs, or prior arrangements have not been made, the teacher is not required to give makeup work. Makeup is the STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY to arrange before the absence. Special considerations are made due to illness and emergency as defined by the building principal.
All students new to the district must provide a birth certificate, immunization records and proof of residence to the school at the time of enrollment. Students will be denied admission to school if appropriate documents are not received.
There is a school nurse facility in the elementary building for those who are injured or become sick during the school day. Students who are ill or injured should report to the high school office. Even though the nurse does not work in the high school building on a regular basis his/her assistance can be secured at any time.
PORTAL / CUSTER
In order for the parents of students to have access to their children’s grades, assignments (which have been completed or are uncompleted), attendance and any discipline reports, Custer School District provides the Parent Portal.
This is an ongoing report of your son/daughter’s academic activity. First you must fill out the necessary form from the office. You can log on to the portal on the internet at: CSD.k12.sd.us. If you have any questions regarding the portal, please contact the secretary for more information at 605-673-4473.
Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled in the fall and again in the spring. The dates are listed in The calendar section of this handbook. Please read all messages that are sent home with your student. Parents are invited to consult with the teacher or principal at times other than regularly scheduled conferences. Conferences provide opportunities for a dialogue to be developed regarding a strengthening of the school, student, and parental partnership that is so critical to insuring the success of the student.
Patriotism is encouraged in the Custer School District. The National Anthem is played before most varsity athletic events. Although students are not required to take part in the above or other patriotic activities, they should respect those who do participate by remaining silent or requesting to leave the area.
All posters, campaign notices and other information to be posted must receive approval from the principal or dean prior to posting.
Medications are rarely necessary during the school day. They may be approved if chronic health conditions or short term acute health conditions exist. When it is in the best interest of a child to have medication during the time school is in session the school nurse, designated teacher or secretary will administer the appropriate medication.
Parents/guardians should contact the appropriate school and obtain the required forms.
SCHOOL PERSONNEL WILL
NOT PROVIDE ASPIRIN, TYLENOL,
The safety of students and employees is of a paramount concern to the Board of Education. The District believes in and promotes a safe and drug-free healthy life-style, free from the use or misuse of any ‘mood-altering’ chemical or ‘mind-altering’ drug. The District promotes a no-use policy and encourages staff members to model behavior consistent with this policy. This policy is in effect 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and applies to anyone present on school property. The close contact that all staff members have with students provides a unique opportunity to assist students with choices.
The use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs negatively limits a person’s ability to function, and affects the learning ability, process, and environment. The use and unlawful possession of illicit drugs and alcohol is wrong and harmful. It is not a violation for a student to be in possession of a legally defined drug specifically prescribed for the student’s own use by a doctor. We support education and standards of conduct related to a drug-free environment. Age-appropriate, developmentally-based drug and alcohol education and prevention programs will be provided for all students, grades K-12, in the District.
Statement of Purpose:
The District’s Drug-Free Policy has been developed:
1. To encourage the growth of responsible citizenship among the students, staff, and community.
2. To emphasize the school’s concern for the health and well-being of all students.
3. To promote equity and a sense of order and discipline among all students.
4. To establish standards of conduct for all students and foster leadership among peers.
5. To promote positive peer pressure and healthy lifestyles.
6. To provide systemic support and necessary intervention within the school to all students by using the referral process from the school counselor, which may include counseling services.
7. To assist students, through the school referral process, in need of assistance or evaluation through out-of-school agencies regarding their use of mood-altering chemicals and mind-altering drugs.
acknowledge and support existing state laws which restrict the use of
mood-altering chemicals and mind-altering drugs.
Students shall not possess or use a beverage containing alcohol, use tobacco, or use or consume, have in possession, buy, sell, or give away marijuana, or any other substance defined as a drug, (natural or synthetic mind altering chemicals) during school hours; anytime on school property, or at school functions.
State law requires
schools to hold all students to the same rules and regulations of conduct,
regardless of whether the student is older or younger than 18 years of age.
Parents/Guardians will be notified, in all instances, within 36 hours. See
Student Handbook for consequence. LEGAL
The District prohibits the possession or use of firearms, other than law enforcement, within 1,000 feet of school property, unless on private property or in private residences. According to State statute, firearms, or other weapons deemed inappropriate, are illegal. This includes any firearm or air gun, other than starting guns for athletic events, or during courses designed for firearms training, whether or not it is designed, adapted, used or intended primarily for imitative or noise-making purposes, or any other dangerous weapons.
Students, parents and visitors should be aware that video cameras record 24 hours a day in various locations throughout the campus and building hallways.
SEMESTER TESTS (Senior High)
1. Students with 1 or less non-school activity absence in any class will excuse the student from taking the semester test in that class.
2. Accumulating 7 or more tardies in any class will necessitate taking semester tests in all classes.
The Custer High School Student Council plays an active role in working with the staff and student body to make student life more productive and fun. Participation in council activities provides an excellent training ground for future leadership roles you may wish to pursue. The council promotes the common good of all students, helps in developing high ideas of personal conduct, seeks to interest students in school affairs, and helps solve problems that may arise. Student Council members are class officers. The entire student body in school wide balloting elects the president, vice president, and secretary. The council’s principle purposes are as follows:
1. To unify student activities under one control and promote the general activities of the school.
2. To aid in the internal administration of the school.
3. To teach the student the values of working in a democracy.
Substitute teachers are to be accorded the same respect as regular classroom teachers. The
Responsibility rests with the student to treat a substitute with the respect and courtesy due all personnel.
The telephone in the office is for school business. In case of an emergency, check with the secretary about using the phone in the Commons. Please obey the posted phone regulations.
STUDENTS WILL NOT BE CALLED TO THE PHONE EXCEPT IN CASES OF EMERGENCY.
Phones are not to be used by students when classes are in session. Permission must be given for student us
of the phone at all times.
Custer District contracts for its transportation needs with Sturgis Bus Co. (574-2249). Sturgis Bus Co. employs and trains their staff to give our students safe and quality transportation to and from school. Any questions or concerns may be addressed to Sturgis Bus Co. or the District Business Manager (673-3154). Bus routes are established. If you are new to the district contact either of the above individuals for information regarding pickup and drop-off points and times. Bus transportation for students is a privilege, conditioned upon courteous behavior and obedience to the established rules. Safe operation of the bus and safety of the passengers demands complete cooperation from students.
It shall be the duty of the driver to report to the school administrator the names of any students who persist in violating the rules and regulations. The administrator may find it necessary to temporarily or permanently withhold the privilege of riding the bus from those students who fail to cooperate accordingly.
All school district rules will be in effect when students are bused for activity trips of any kind. Fees may be charged for such trips. Appropriate personnel will make details known about sanctioned trips ahead of time so students and parents can plan accordingly.
14. All school district rules are in effect when students are being bused.
TRANSFERRING OUT OR WITHDRAWING
No student may withdraw or transfer out of school without a prior parent meeting with the principal or guidance counselor.
All of your obligations must be satisfied before leaving. These obligations include rental fees, fines for lost or damages books and equipment, and costs incurred for take-home projects.
USE OF VEHICLES & PARKING LOTS
Students driving cars or other vehicles (bikes or motorcycles) to school are subject to the following rules:
1. Students are not allowed to park in any of the staff parking areas.
2. Students are not to be in the parking lot areas during class hours without specific permission.
3. Keep car doors, bikes and motorcycles locked to avoid theft.
4. All federal, state, and local traffic laws will be complied with.
5. Park bicycles in the designated areas by each building.
6. Students are not to operate another person’s vehicle without permission of the owner.
7. Students are not allowed to operate any motor vehicle during school hours without permission.
8. Students will be expected to drive and park responsibly.
Vandalism is the willful or malicious destruction or defacement of public or private property. Such action could result in suspension, expulsion, or detention, and/or referral to the appropriate law enforcement agency. Failure of the student to accept financial responsibility will be dealt with by possible expulsion (which requires Board action via a hearing).
In the event that the administration has reasonable suspicions that weapons, drugs, or alcohol are in a vehicle on school property, the vehicle may be searched. The students whose vehicle is in question will be permitted to be present during the search, but will not be allowed to participate in the search.
All visitors must check in at the office and pick up a Visitor's badge. Parents are always welcome, but need to make arrangements with the office to see teachers, the principal, or visit the student's classes.
Students' visitation can be approved or denied, as it can be disruptive at times. Student visitors are guests to our school and will follow all rules and regulations required of our student body. Any violation by visitors will be cause for their immediate removal from the school premises.
WEATHER/DISASTERS/CALLING SCHOOL OFF
The Superintendent, or designee, may close or delay the District schools, or dismiss school early when
hazardous weather or other emergencies threaten the health or safety of students and/or personnel. The decision will be made as early as possible.
Notification of school delays will take place using the following:
1. Parents and emergency contacts will be notified via the automated phone contact system.
following media will be contacted to inform the public of a school closing or
delay: KZMX , KOTA (ABC), KAT,
DO NOT CALL SCHOOL OFFICIALS THE NIGHT BEOFRE. All announcements will be
made through the media or “School Reach, the automated telephone contact system. Thus, it is very important to keep your phone numbers current.
WHAT TO DO IF
1. If you become ill while in class, ask to go to the office.
2. If you become ill between classes, report to the office.
3. If you need to leave the premises, obtain a staff member’s permission.
4. If you have a schedule or personal problem, see the Counselor.
5. If you want to enjoy school and really belong: attend regularly, do your work, join a club, or
participate in an activity you like to represent your school.
It is our belief in the Custer School District that attendance is a very important factor in achieving a good education. High achievement is dependent on students' participation in and contributions to daily meetings. Therefore, students, staff, and parents must understand the link between good attendance and good education.
At the same time, we all understand that there are days when students do miss school with the consent of parents or guardians. However, we do allow them to miss school up to twelve times in a semester for a variety of reasons. If a student misses class more than twelve times, including excused and unexcused in one semester, he/she will be deemed to not have sufficient credit in the affected class to obtain a passing grade and an “F” grade may be recorded.
Any student with twelve or more absences may buy back days by attending Friday Morning Breakfast Club. One Friday morning will equal one day bought back.
For the purpose of this procedure, absences will be counted in the following manner:
1. School sponsored activities – No count for any school-related activities. (Athletic contests, music, debate, field trips and any other approved by the Administration or Counselor.)
2. All suspension absences shall count as one-for-one.
3. Students must be in attendance at least half of the class period in order to be marked present.
In addition to absenteeism, tardiness is also a continuing problem. While we understand there may be circumstances that may prevent a student from being on time, we do not allow chronic tardiness.
Please help us in our efforts to keep the lines of communication open.
ABSENCES FOR MEDICAL\DENTAL APPOINTMENTS
Parents/guardians are encouraged to schedule doctor or dental appointments during non-class time on Fridays whenever possible. If an appointment is scheduled during the school day, parent/guardians are to communicate with the office.
1. Student absences will be either excused or unexcused.
2. Students participating in school sponsored activities will be marked as 'exempt' and will be considered as present in school.
3. It is a student's responsibility to prearrange makeup work before an anticipated absence, whether personal or school sponsored. If work is not completed prior to the absence or prior arrangements have not been made, the teacher is not required to give makeup work.
4. Students absent on the day that a particular assignment is due will be required to turn the assignment in on the first day of their return to school.
5. On their return to school, all students are expected to give a parental note explaining the absence. This may require a doctor's certificate clarifying the status of the illness and the ability of the student to return to school.
6. A student will have the same number of days to make up missed work as days absent. Example: three days missed = three school days to make up work. It is the student's responsibility to make arrangements with the individual teachers. If there are extenuating circumstances, see the principal.
7. Attendance at a staff meeting may be required for any student who has excessive absences in any class. The staff meeting will consist of the student, principal and/or counselor, teacher(s) and parents. The purpose of the meeting is to specify how long the student has make up the time missed and what the consequences will be if the time frame is not met.
8. Parents/guardians will be contacted by phone or letter when a student misses school.
9. Truancy is any absence without prior knowledge or permission from the school or parents. Truants will be referred to the appropriate authorities and will be subject to disciplinary action. A student will be considered truant regardless of whether he\she misses a full day, partial day, or all or part of any class.
10. Students will have the option of opting out of the required semester tests if he/she has zero or one non-school related absence for that semester.
11. Excuses from home to keep a student out of physical education classes must be on a day to day basis unless accompanied by a doctor's certificate. Students will be responsible for makeup work when they miss class.
12. Students who are habitually tardy can expect to makeup time. Please refer to Tardiness section.
13. Any student who is considered truant for any period of time will be required to take semester tests.
COMMUNICATIONS REGARDING ABSENCES
Communication with the school regarding absences is essential. If your student is absent from school, you must communicate with the school as soon as possible to confirm your student's absence.
Our secretaries are on duty from 7:30 am until 4:00 pm each school day to receive your telephone calls regarding absences. Call 673-4473 to leave information about your student.
If it is necessary for your student to leave school during the day, the same procedure applies. You must call prior to the student's departure in order for your student to be released from school.
If it is impossible for you to call between the hours of 7:30 and 4:00, or if there is not a phone available to you, please communicate this to the principal and/or counselor. In such instances, a note written to the principal and/or counselor will serve as means of communication.
Absences should be verified within 24 hours of the occurrence.
While we understand there may be circumstances that may prevent a student from being on time, we will not allow chronic tardiness. A student who is tardy five (5) times per semester, per class, will be assigned to FMBC and must complete the assignments appropriate for lost time. Any student who is tardy 7 times or more in any individual class, will be required to take semester tests in all classes.
Students are required to remain on campus from the time they arrive in the morning until they are dismissed in the afternoon. If it is necessary to leave the school because of illness, students should check out through the office. Students leaving school for any other reason must be given advance Parental/guardian permission by telephone to the school office and check out via the office before leaving. Only the principal or designee can authorize a student leaving the building during school time.
18 YEAR-OLD STUDENTS
Students 18 years of age do not need parent/guardian notes if they have been ill or missed school. They will be required to check in with the office. If an 18 year-old student wishes to leave the building during the school day, they are required to have a parent/guardian permission to leave the building. Per school policy, all students (18 year-old students included), will be required to check out with the secretary.
*The primary intent of society in establishing the public schools is to provide an opportunity for learning;
*Students have citizenship rights which are detailed in the United States Constitution and its amendments;
*Citizenship rights must not be abridged, obstructed, or in other ways altered except in accordance with due process of law.
*Education is one of these citizenship rights. The liberty of the individual must be thus far limited: the student must not infringe upon the rights of others to an education.
Students at Custer High School have the basic constitutional rights guaranteed to all citizens. In exercising these rights, students have a responsibility to respect the fundamental rights of all citizens. One purpose of schools is to encourage the responsible use of these rights and develop good citizenship within the framework of an educational society. The school is a community and the rules of a school are the laws of that community. To enjoy the right of citizenship in the school, students must also accept the responsibilities of citizenship. This handbook presents the rights and responsibilities of students in the Custer School District. It has been written by the school administration and approved by the Board of Education.
Right to an Education
The State of South Dakota established the public school to provide a free education for persons between the ages of five and 21 years. All residents of the Custer School District, age five through 21, are entitled to attend public schools without paying tuition. All students are entitled to equal educational opportunities.
Along with the right to equality of educational opportunity lies the responsibility not to interfere with the rights of others to that same opportunity. Reasonable and necessary order in the school is essential to the fostering and maintaining of educational opportunity. Students may forfeit the right to educational opportunities if their conduct is such that it substantially disrupts the educational process and/or deprives others of their rights.
Right to Freedom of Religion
The school may not interfere with students' rights to observe any religion by requiring, establishing, or conducting religious exercises for students.
It is each student's responsibility to respect the religious beliefs and observances of others.
STANDARD OF CONDUCT & DISCIPLINE
Discipline should never be confused with punishment. The goal of discipline is a self -disciplined individual with a mature attitude and socially acceptable standard of conduct.
Student- The student is the
first line of discipline at
Teacher- Teachers are expected to make significant attempts to improve the behavior of students who deviate from expected behavioral standards. Each teacher will develop classroom management plans to establish expectations and consequences for his/her case. These plans will be given to each student to share with their parents or guardian. .
Principal- The principal will serve as a resource for all discipline-related problems. He/she is the final, building level source of appeal in the "due process" procedure.
High school students are prohibited from engaging in behavior that will endanger or threaten to endanger the safety of others, that will damage property, or that will impede the orderly conduct of the school program. Proper behavior is the responsibility of the students and his/her parents. Students have the responsibility to know and respect the rules and regulations of the school as well as to have consideration for the rights of others. Behavior that would be detrimental to the important goal of creating a stimulating learning climate must be discouraged. Teachers, counselors, and other school personnel are authorized to enforce rules and regulations to promote this important goal. All students are under the jurisdiction of the school district while on school grounds, under the supervision of school authorities, riding a regular bus route, or on any co-curricular trip.
When any school employee observes a student engaging in behavior that violates the provisions of this code, the employee is required to intervene immediately. The employee must inform the student he/she has engaged in unacceptable behavior, requesting that such behavior cease and informing him/her of the consequences of the failure to follow staff directions. If the employee is unable to secure the cooperation of the student in terminating the offending behavior, or if the behavior is of such seriousness that the intervention of other staff is necessary, a prompt report must be made to a building administrator describing information pertinent to the pursuit of disciplinary and/or legal action. Whenever an employee discovers a student engaging in conduct constituting illegal behavior, the employee MUST make a prompt report to a building administrator.
FRIDAY MORNING BREAKFAST CLUB (FMBC)
The Friday Morning Breakfast Club (FMBC) is a system of dealing with students who come in conflict with school policy.
Students assigned to FMBC:
1. Meet from 7:00 am to 12 noon on selected non-school days - Friday.
2. Report to their assigned room.
3. Students are responsible for having enough homework to keep busy for 5 hours.
Suspension is defined as temporary denial to a student to participate in any instructional and school activity for a period of time, during which time the student also will be denied access to school property. A student can be given a short or long term suspension. An administrator has the authority to suspend a student for a period of up to ten (10) days. Any suspension which exceeds ten days requires superintendent or board action.
SUSPENSION-OUT OF SCHOOL
If the student wants credit for anything assigned during the suspension time, it must be turned in on the first school day after the completion of the suspension. Tests must also be taken on the first day back. The student is responsible for all material covered during the suspension.
A. CLASSROOM DISCIPLINE
A good learning atmosphere in the classroom is the joint responsibility of the teacher and students. This atmosphere will be promoted through clearly established and understood rules and regulations. Because of varying personalities and classroom environments, these rules may differ somewhat from teacher to teacher.
The teacher has the responsibility to act on infractions of classroom rules.
B. STEP PROGRAM
When corrective actions taken by the classroom teacher have failed or the rule infraction is of a serious nature, the incident shall be referred to the Principal for investigation and action. The severity of the consequences applied depends upon two factors: 1) the seriousness of the offense and 2) the previous disciplinary record of the student. In an effort to take both into account, a progression of consequences (the step system) has been adopted. A student who is referred for violating a rule contained within this code will receive the consequences that correspond to the entry level step for that offense.
With each successive referral the student will be advanced up the step system at least one step depending upon the seriousness of the infraction. The disciplinary consequences for each step are as follows:
STEP 1: Designee or Principal conference, Conference with parents either in person, by phone or written notice and an isolated lunch.
STEP 2: One (1) day assignment to FMBC.
STEP 3: Two (2) day assignment to FMBC and parent notification or one (1) day out of school suspension.
STEP 4: Three (3) day out-of-school suspension (mandatory), parent notification and conference
STEP 5: Five (5) day out-of-school suspension, parent notification and conference
STEP 6: Five (5) day out-of-school suspension followed by three (3) day FMBC assignment, parent notification and conference
STEP 7: Long term suspension or expulsion
PROVISIONS FOR THE USE OF THE STEP SYSTEM
1. A disciplinary file will be initiated for each student referred. A record of each violation, as well as the step assigned, will be maintained.
2. After a student has been placed on a step, the next infraction will result in the student being advanced to the next step. A step may be "jumped" if the infraction calls for a higher entry level step. For example, a student who is on STEP 1 and commits a STEP 4 violation will be advanced to STEP 4. Normally, a student will be advanced up the step system with each successive violation.
3. A student may work his/her way down the step system by demonstrating good behavior. Each period of 20 school days without a referral may be regarded as a reduction of one step.
1. SCHOOL ATTENDANCE
Right: All students living within the boundaries of the Custer School District who are under the age of 21 are entitled to a free public education through the 12th grade.
Responsibility: Students will attend all classes, assemblies and required meetings unless properly excused by a parent or guardian. Students are required to report to school and classes on time and to remain on the school campus during regular school hours unless excused by a pass to leave the building.
STEP 3. Being absent from school part or all of a school day without the permission of parents or school administrators. In addition to school disciplinary action, Habitual offenders will be referred to legal authorities. If you leave school without checking out, you are truant. A referral may be made by the Custer School District Truancy Officer to the State’s Attorney office.
2. STUDENT TO STUDENT RELATIONS
Right: Each student has the right to attend school and school activities and be free from threats against his or her feelings, physical well-being and property.
Responsibility: Each student shall be responsible to respect the feeling, property, and well-being of other students.
Policy: Students will refrain from physical and verbal abuse directed at other students, as well as any damage or theft of the property of fellow students.
Threatening or Intimidating Acts
STEP 2 The act of threatening the well-being, health, or safety of any student. (Severe cases could result in a higher step.)
STEP 2 To insult, call derogatory names, use obscenity toward, dishonor, or in other manner abuse, verbally or in writing, any member of the student body.
STEP 2 Restitution required through parental contact.
STEP 4 Restitution required through parental contact. Referral to sheriff’s office when appropriate.
STEP 3 The action of extorting things of value from a person in the school, under pressure of either implied or expressed threats. Referral to sheriff’s office when appropriate.
STEP 3 The act of involving hostile bodily contact in or on school property, including any activity under sponsorship. Both parties involved are to be equally disciplined and share in damages, unless self-defense can be shown on the part of one of the students.
STEP 4 The act of physically assaulting, or, in some manner, attempting to injure any student on school property. When appropriate, a referral to the sheriff’s office may be made.
3. STUDENT/STAFF RELATIONS
Right: Students and staff have a right to work, study and teach in an atmosphere of mutual respect.
Responsibility: Students have the responsibility to respect authority, feelings, physical well-being and property of members of school staff.
Policy: Students shall refrain from disobedience, disrespect, threats, or attacks directed at members of the school staff, as well as damage to or thefts of property belonging to school staff members.
STEP 1 The willful failure to respond or carry out a request by authorized school personnel.
Disrespect For the Property of A Member of the School Staff
STEP 4 Damage and theft. Restitution required through parental contact. Refer to sheriff’s office when appropriate.
STEP 2 To insult, call derogatory names, dishonor, make gestures, or in other manner abuse verbally or in writing any member of the school staff.
Threatening or Intimidating Acts
STEP 3 Verbally or by gesture threatening the well-being, health or safety of any member of the school staff. Notification to the sheriff’s office when appropriate.
STEP 7 Expulsion. The act of physically assaulting any member of the school staff on school property or at any activity under school sponsorship. Refer to the sheriff’s office.
4. SCHOOL PROPERTY
Right: Each student is entitled to a well-equipped, well-maintained, clean and aesthetically pleasing school environment.
Responsibility: Each student is responsible to respect and help maintain the appearance and cleanliness of the building.
Policy: Acts of vandalism, theft and abuse of the school buildings and grounds are prohibited.
STEP 2 Minor theft not serious enough to be reported to sheriff’s office. Restitution required thorough parental contact.
STEP 5 Major theft considerable enough to be reported to the sheriff’s office. Referral to the sheriff’s office and restitution required through parental contact.
STEP 5 The act of willful destruction of public property. Restitution required through parental contact. Possible referral to the sheriff’s office.
5. PROTECTION OF PUBLIC SAFETY
Right: All people have the right to be safe and secure.
Responsibility: Students have the responsibility to conduct themselves in such a manner as not to pose a threat to the health and welfare of others.
Policy: The infractions listed below, as well as any act that poses a threat to the health and safety of students and/or staff, are strictly forbidden.
Improper Use of Motor Vehicles
STEP 2 Reckless driving or Improper parking. Referral to sheriff’s office.
Detonation of Firecrackers or Other Explosive Devices
STEP 5 Referral to sheriff’s office when appropriate.
Off Premises Theft During School-Sponsored Activities
STEP 2 Referral to sheriff’s office.
STEP 5 The act of initiating a fire alarm or initiating a report warning of a fire or other catastrophe without just cause. Referral to sheriff’s office or fire marshal.
6. POSSESSION OF WEAPONS ON PERSON OR IN LOCKERS/VEHICLES
A dangerous and/or deadly weapon is defined as any firearm, knife or device, instrument, material or substance, whether animate or inanimate, which is calculated or designed to inflict death or serious bodily harm. Facsimiles [imitative] of weapons will be considered as dangerous and/or deadly as defined by this policy.
STEP 5 No intention to harm. Referral to sheriff’s office
STEP 7 Intent to harm. Referral to sheriff’s office.
STEP 7 Expulsion. Referral to sheriff’s office.
STEP 7 Expulsion. The willful and malicious burning of or attempt to burn any part of any building or any property of the school or its staff and students. Referral to the sheriff’s office.
7. ALCOHOL, TOBACCO & DRUGS
Right: Each student has the right to associate with students who are free from the use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs and not be subjected to those wishing to buy, sell or use such substances.
Responsibility: Each student has the responsibility to keep his or her mind and body in a sound, healthy condition.
Policy: The use, possession or sale of any nonprescription drugs, alcoholic beverages, or tobacco is prohibited on school grounds, as well as at or before school sponsored activities.
Alcohol and Drugs
STEP 4 Possession of alcohol or drugs. Also referral to sheriff’s office.
STEP 5 Consumption of alcohol or drugs. Also referral to sheriff’s office
STEP 6 Under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Also referral to the sheriff’s office.
STEP 7 Selling or transmitting alcohol or drugs. Also referral to the sheriff’s office.
Administration may suspend the student up to ten (10) days in compliance with student due process procedures.
Administration will notify parents/guardians in writing of the suspension within thirty-six (36) hours.
STEP 3 Use or possession of tobacco on restricted school premises or at functions under the sponsorship of the school-includes both smoking and chewing tobacco.
9. DISRUPTIONS & INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR
South Dakota State Law
Disturbance of School as a Misdemeanor (SDCL 13-32-6)
A person, whether pupil or not, who intentionally disturbs a public or non public school when in session or who intentionally interferes with or interrupts the proper order of management of a public or non public school by acts of the violence, boisterous conduct, or threatening language, so as to prevent the teacher or any pupil form performing their duty is guilty of a Class 2 Misdemeanor.
STEP 3 Written or spoken misrepresentation of the truth (i.e.) forged passes, parent signatures, false phone calls, misinformation to school personnel, etc.
Necking, Embracing or Other Similar Improper and/or Disruptive Behavior
Will not be allowed.
Disruption of Meetings and Assemblies
STEP 2 Copying work, etc.
STEP 4 Stealing a test, tampering with grade book, etc.
Improper Cafeteria Behavior
STEP 2 Throwing food or participation in inappropriate behavior. Or parents eat with students one day.
Abusive or Offensive Language
STEP 2 Used in the presence of staff members and/or students, including written notes, published material or clothing as well as vocal.
FINE ARTS ACTIVITIES
Oral Interpretation, Student Council, Yearbook, Drama, Knowledge Bowl, National Honor Society, Vocal Music, Swing Choir, Instrumental Music, Pep Band, Destination Imagination, Improv, Peer Assistance, SADD, Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Cross Country, Track & Field, Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Wrestling, Cheerleading, Golf, Special Olympics.
ELIGIBILITY FOR SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
Contact the Activities Director.
1. The student must be under 20 years of age at the time of participation.
2. Only undergraduates or students who have not fulfilled requirements for graduation are eligible for interscholastic activities. A student shall be eligible for four (4) first semesters and four (4) second semesters of interscholastic competition.
3. Enrollment in school for fifteen school days or participation in one or more contests shall constitute a semester in determining eligibility. The Board of Control or the Executive Director of the South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) shall have the authority to waive the fifteen day attendance rule when and if a student withdraws from school after fifteen days of attendance as a result of an injury or illness and does not return to any school for the remainder of the semester and the student does not receive any high school course credits.
4. The student shall be enrolled in an accredited high school and attend a minimum of twenty hours of high school per week during the current semester.
5. A student's grades, which are dependent upon completion of a project such as a vocational educational project after the close of an academic semester, shall be determined by the grade averages of record assuming satisfactory completion of the project.
6. The first semester should be considered as ending on midnight on the day before the second semester begins and the second semester shall be considered as starting on the first day classes are held in said semester. The actual ending of the second semester or school year, rather than the date of graduation exercises or diploma date, controls the determination when eligibility terminates.
7. The eligibility of a student who has just transferred will be determined by the scholastic records from the former school attended. The receiving school may not submit the name of a transfer student on the Master Eligibility List until the official transcript of grades is received from the former school and academic eligibility is verified.
8. The student, unless they are entering high school for the first time, shall have maintained at least a C average (2.0 GPA) in twenty (20) hours of high school work per week for the preceding or for the most recent semester of attendance in any accredited high school.
9. Students who have failed to maintain a C average for the preceding semester shall be considered to be on "Academic Probation." Students on academic probation, who fail to meet the minimum eligibility requirements of the SDHSAA, shall not be eligible to participate in any co-curricular programs.
10. Students on academic probation who meet the minimum eligibility requirements of the SDHSAA will be allowed to participate in co-curricular programs, but will have their grades monitored on a weekly basis by the Activities Director and the High School Principal. These students will be expected to seek additional assistance from the instructional staff in an effort to raise their grades.
11. Students who have failed to maintain a C average for two semesters will be eligible to participate in co-curricular programs only upon approval of the School Board of Education. Petitions for approval to participate in co-curricular programs with less than a C average for two semesters or more will require the petitioner to demonstrate that s/he has made significant efforts to maintain a C average. The testimony of the student's classroom teachers will be required to corroborate that such efforts have been made.
12. A student cannot transfer from:
A. a high school in another state to a high school in this state, or
B. a member school to another member school (to include non-member school to member school)
and be eligible for athletic/fine arts participation if he/she were not eligible due to personal conduct violations (i.e. training rule violations, code of conduct violations, activities violations, etc.) for such participation in the state/member school from which he/she transferred. This provision also includes those students who transfer under sub-section (M) – open enrollment students.
A student who would be ineligible at their previous school may not become eligible for competition at any level by transferring. The school at which the ineligibility occurred determines the period of ineligibility. A transfer at the beginning of a school year does not decrease or eliminate the period of ineligibility.
A transfer student will be eligible for athletic and fine arts participation provided he/she meets the eligibility requirements as set forth by Part IV – Student Eligibility For Fine Arts and Athletic Participation, Section 1 – of the By-Laws of the SDHSAA and has completed any suspension for activities violations from the school they are transferring from.
NOTE: As these are student penalties and not penalties against the school, the penalty follows the student. A change in schools does not erase the violation or the penalty for the violation.
13. Open enrollment students transferring from one high school to another must have the school (s)he leaves file a transcript for credits with the principal of the school to which (s)he is transferring. Until such transcript is filed, the student is ineligible. In order for open enrollment students to be eligible for participation in interscholastic athletics of the SDHSAA, the student must have been enrolled on the first day of the school year they are open enrolling to. All other open enrollment students shall become eligible on the forty-sixth school day of attendance provided all other SDHSAA regulations are met.
(These Eligibility requirements are a combination of the standards set forth by the SDHSAA and those required by the Custer School Board of Education)
NON-PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS
a) State law requires the District to have on file the student's birth certificate as well as proof of immunizations.
b) Proof of attendance must be provided to the Athletic Director at least once per week,
c) Proof of satisfactory standardized test scores must be provided to the Athletic Director as often as the tests are required.
d) Proof of passing grades must be provided to the Athletic Director at least every three weeks.
e) Proof of classroom work quality by providing evidence of work through a portfolio system for review by the Athletic Director and High School Principal.
f) All forms must be completed and filed with the Athletic Director prior to participation.
Students must attend at least one half of their classes to be eligible for competition that school day. Exceptions to this rule are: involvement in other school sponsored activities, legitimate medical reasons, or legitimate family emergencies.
In order for a student to participate in fine art events, the following requirements need to be met BEFORE the student attends the first practice.
The following forms need to be completed and turned in to the Head Sponsor/Coach.
a) Consent for medical treatment;
b) Acknowledgment of training rules and standard forms;
c) Consent for release of medical information.
*THE HEAD SPONSOR/COACH WILL COLLECT THESE FORMS FROM THE STUDENTS PRIOR TO THEIR FIRST PRACTICE.
In order for a student to participate in athletic activities, the following requirements need to be met BEFORE the student attends the first practice:
The following forms need to be completed and turned in to the Head Coach:
a) Physical form
b) Medical history form
c) Consent for medical treatment form
d) Acknowledgment of training rules and standards form
e) Parent warning form
f) Student Warning form
g) Consent for release of medical information.
h) SDHSAA required form
*THE HEAD SPONSOR/COACH WILL COLLECT THESE FORMS FROM THE STUDENTS PRIOR TO THEIR FIRST PRACTICE.
CUSTER SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL ACTIVITIES TRAINING RULES
The purposes of this policy are:
DRUGS / ALCOHOL / TOBACCO
The rules for students who participate in activities are:
Rules will be enforced:
ADMINISTRATION OF POLICY
The Principal will designate the appropriate person(s) to investigate the incident. In most cases the investigation will be completed by the Activities Director, appropriate staff member, or a combination of those individuals in conjunction with the Drug and Alcohol Prevention Coordinator/ Principal's designee. Every incident will be dealt with as soon as possible following knowledge of potential infraction. Upon determination that there is an infraction, the Activities Director or Principal’s Designee will verbally inform the student and parent of the infraction and consequences and will send written notification to the parents as well. The written notification will include the infraction, consequence and appeal process.
OTHER CO-CURRICULAR RULES
Each individual Head Advisor/Coach can and may determine other rules and additional consequences for students who participate in their activity. The advisor/coach may impose more stringent requirements and or rules under this policy. Such rules may include but are not limited to:
· Theft from teammates
· Behavior at team camps
· Anytime an individual is representing the team or Custer School District
If a student wishes to appeal the determination of a violation, he or she may ask the Activities Director to form a review committee made up of 2 non-coaching teachers, and 2 other coaches to review the case. If the student disagrees with this decision of the review committee, s/he may appeal to the Superintendent, whose decision is final. The District’s Conflict Resolution Policy is not applicable for appeals under this policy.
1. After being charged with a violation, the student has 5 calendar days to submit an appeal to the Activities Director.
2. Upon receiving the appeal, the Activities Director (or designee) has 5 calendar days to form the review committee and set up a hearing.
3. If the student disagrees with the decision of the review committee, s/he has 5 calendar days to appeal to the Superintendent.
4. Upon receiving an appeal, the Superintendent has 5 calendar days to set up a meeting with the student.
· The hearing is not considered a legal proceeding.
· Student will present information to the committee. Parents will be allowed to attend if they wish but will refrain from commenting until such time the committee allows the parents to ask clarifying questions or provide comments related to their child.
VIOLATION OF TRAINING RULES
ILLEGAL DRUGS & NARCOTICS
South Dakota Codified Law
13-32-9: Any person adjudicated, convicted, or the subject of a suspended
imposition of sentence for possession, use, or distribution of controlled
substances or marijuana, as defined in chapter 22-42, is INELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY
CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITY at
any secondary school accredited by the Department of Education and Cultural
· Students violating the policy for illegal drugs or narcotics will be reported to law enforcement.
· Students violating the policy but who do not fit under the law will fall under the tobacco/alcohol portion of the policy below.
TOBACCO & ALCOHOL
If a student turns themselves in to a school official, within a three (3) day period of the violation, for violating any portion of the Alcohol & Tobacco rules, may qualify for the "Honesty Clause” which allows a student to receive tiered consequences for violating the training rules. The “Honesty Clause” is not applicable if the student is reported by law enforcement or a Custer School District staff member for violations of the policy. Tiered consequences are as follows:
· 2 Weeks or 2 Events Whichever is Greater
· Conference with the School Counselor… will be educational and may require more than 1 meeting and/or assignments to be completed.
· 10 Hours of Community Service Determined by the Drug & Alcohol Coordinator or Principal’s Designee
· Must be completed within 3 weeks
· 4 Weeks or 4 Events Whichever is Greater
· Conference with the School Counselor… will be educational and may require more than 1 meeting and/or assignments to be completed.
· 10 Hours of Community Service Determined by the Drug & Alcohol Coordinator or Principal’s Designee
· Must be completed within 3 weeks
· 6 Weeks or 6 Events Whichever is Greater
· Completion of the "Adolescent Education Program."
· 25 Hours of Community Service Determined by the Drug & Alcohol Coordinator or Principal’s Designee
· Must be completed within 6 weeks
· Suspension from participating in all Custer High School activities for one calendar year from the time of the infraction.
· Completion of the "Adolescent Education Program."
· 50 Hours of Community Service Determined by the Drug & Alcohol Coordinator or Principal’s Designee
· Must be completed within 12 weeks
· Expulsion from participating in all Custer High School Activities for remainder of the student's eligibility.
*Discovery that alcohol was supplied to underage children will be reported to law enforcement.
**Community Service will be served at the place designated by the Drug & Alcohol Coordinator/Designee.
ADOLESCENT EDUCATION PROGRAM
a. Values and Goals
b. Information on use and misuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
c. Disease concept of alcoholism/addiction, drug abuse/addiction, and tobacco addiction
d. Myths and facts about alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs
e. Analysis of current behavior
OTHER CO-CURRICULAR RULES
Each individual Head Advisor/Coach can and may determine other rules and additional consequences for students who participate in their activity. Such rules may include, but are limited to:
- Theft from teammates.
DAILY CLASS SCHEDULES
Junior High Daily Schedule
Senior High Daily Schedule
7:55 - 8:45
7:50 - 8:50
8:48 - 9:38
8:53 - 9:53
9:41 - 10:31
9:56 - 10:56
Four w/ Announcements
10:34 - 11:29
Four - 1st Class
10:59 - 11:59
11:32 - 11:55
(1st Lunch Period)
10:56 - 11:26
11:58 - 12:48
Four - 2nd Class
11:29 - 12:29
12:51 - 1:41
(2nd Lunch Period)
11:59 - 12:29
Five w/Channel One
12:32 - 1:37
Eight w/Channel One
2:37 - 3:39
1:40 - 2:40
3:39 - 3:42
2:43 - 3:43
3:43 - 3:55
Parents should pick up students during this dismissal time, unless they are staying for tutoring or school activity.
Students will attend school Monday thru Thursday with the exception of the days noted below.
Monday, August 20 1st Day of School*
Mon thru Fri, August 27-31 Homecoming Week
Friday, August 31 SCHOOL IN SESSION
Monday, September 3 NO SCHOOL – Labor Day
Friday, September 7 SCHOOL IN SESSION
Monday, October 8 Parent/Teacher Conferences (4:00 - 8:00)
Wednesday, October 10 Parent/Teacher Conferences (4:00 - 6:00)
Thursday, October 18 End of 1st Quarter
Wednesday, November 21 Early Release – 1:30
Thursday, November 22 Thanksgiving (No School)
Thursday, December 20 End of 1st Semester (and 2nd Quarter)
Friday, December 21 – January 6 Christmas Break (No School)
Friday, January 11 Make-up Snow Day (if needed)
Monday, February 18 NO SCHOOL – Teacher Work Day
Friday, March 8 Make-up Snow Day (if needed)
Thursday, March 14 End of 3rd Quarter
Monday, March 18 Parent/Teacher Conferences
Thursday, March 28 NO SCHOOL – Easter Break
Monday, April 1 NO SCHOOL – Easter Break
Friday, May 3 Make-up Snow Day (if needed)
Saturday, May 18 Graduation
Thursday, May 23 End of 2nd Semester (and 4th Quarter)
Thursday, May 23 Last Day of School
*1st Day of School – 7th, 8th, 9th Graders and new Senior High Students begin at the regular time (7:50am for senior high and 7:55am for junior high). Returning Senior High Students begin at 10:00am.