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2017-2018 Student Handbook

School calendar, bell schedules, policies and procedures

Dear Parent/Guardian:

 

It is our hope that this handbook will serve as a resource to answer most of the questions that you will have regarding the policies and procedures at Lyon County Middle School. The faculty and staff of LCMS look forward to working with your child and you during the 2017-2018 school year.  We are here to assist you in making your child’s experience at LCMS pleasant as well as educationally enlightening.  Middle School is a very important period in your child’s life; your involvement in this process is both welcomed and appreciated.

If you have any questions throughout the school year, please feel free to contact me at Lyon County Middle School.  It is my hope and desire that we will all, parents, students, and educators, have a GREAT school year!

Sincerely,

Robert C. Richey

Principal

 

INTRODUCTION

The Lyon County Middle School Handbook, including the Code of Conduct, provides information about rules, policies, academic requirements, student privileges, responsibilities, and school events. Each student and parent is encouraged to become familiar with the information in this book. The school is a community that needs the cooperation of all those involved in order to maintain an environment conducive to learning. It is not feasible to address all areas of concern that may arise during the course of the school year. This represents an effort to address some of the more common concerns as we attempt to bring forth policies and procedures that will best benefit the entire school. School administration and individual classroom teachers reserve the right to apply and adopt additional management techniques for unique situations that are not addressed in current policy.

The Lyon County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs or activities that it operates, and is required by Title IX of the education amendments of 1972 P.L. 92-318, not to discriminate in such a manner.

Further, the board of education does not discriminate on the basis of disability, in treatment, admission or access to, or employment in, its programs or activities as required by Title VI, of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, nor does the board of education discriminate on the basis of age, religion, or marital status, in the educational programs or activities it operates.

 

 

 

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

MISSION STATEMENT OF LYON COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL .................................................... 4

STATEMENT OF BOARD POLICY............................................................................................... 4

2010-2011 SCHOOL CALENDAR ..............................................................................................  5

NINE WEEKS GRADING PERIODS.............................................................................................. 6

GRADING SCALE ....................................................................................................................... 6

BELL SCHEDULE ........................................................................................................................ 6

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE .......................................................................................................... 7

DRESS CODE.............................................................................................................................. 7

CELL PHONES & ELECTRONIC DEVICES ..................................................................................... 8

TELEPHONE PRIVILEGES............................................................................................................ 9

MEDICATION ............................................................................................................................ 9

ATTENDANCE POLICY.................................................................................................................9

CLASSIFICATION OF ABSENCES ................................................................................................. 9

MAKE-UP WORK........................................................................................................................11

BACKPACKS – BOOKBAGS-PURSES........................................................................................... 11

GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING SERVICES ................................................................................. 11

STUDENT FEES ...........................................................................................................................11

TEXTBOOKS/LIBRARY BOOKS ....................................................................................................12

LOST AND FOUND......................................................................................................................12

LOCKERS ....................................................................................................................................12

PARENT CONFERENCES..............................................................................................................12

PHYSICAL EDUCATION ...............................................................................................................12

RETENTION ................................................................................................................................12

EXTENDED SCHOOL SERVICES....................................................................................................12

SCHOOL DISCIPLINE AND CODE OF CONDUCT ..........................................................................13

CONDUCT VIOLATIONS ..............................................................................................................14

EXCEPTIONS ...............................................................................................................................18

DETENTION PROCEDURES..........................................................................................................18

IN-SCHOOL-REMOVAL RULES (ISS) …..........................................................................................18

ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL RULES ................................................................................................... 18

DEADLY WEAPONS PROHIBITED ON SCHOOL PROPERTY...........................................................19

SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION-DUE PROCESS ............................................................................19

SUSPENSION OR EXPULSION OF SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS.............................................20

SEARCH AND SEIZURE ................................................................................................................21

CHEATING ..................................................................................................................................21

STUDENT ACCIDENT INSURANCE ...............................................................................................21

ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….21

GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR SCHOOL SPONSORED EVENTS........................................................23

DANCE POLICY ...........................................................................................................................24

FIELD TRIP POLICY………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….24

PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEO/AUDIO RECORDINGS............................................................................25

VISTORS TO SCHOOL..................................................................................................................25

STUDENT ACADEMIC ORGANIZATIONS......................................................................................25

GIFTED & TALENTED PROGRAM……………………………………..........................................................26

CAFETERIA .................................................................................................................................26

SCHOOL DISMISSAL-CAR RIDERS……………………………………………………………………………………………27

BUS RULES/DISCIPLINE...............................................................................................................27

DRINKS AND FOOD ITEMS..........................................................................................................28

NON-SCHOOL SPONSERED ITEMS/SERVICES/FUNDRAISERS......................................................28

SNOW WATCH ...........................................................................................................................28

EMERGENCY DRILLS....................................................................................................................28

 

MISSION STATEMENT OF LYON COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL

BE THE BEST

STATEMENT OF BOARD POLICY

The Lyon County Board of Education believes that improvement of student achievement is the most significant task of the school district. We affirm our intent and commitment to the improvement of student learning by: Openly evaluating data on student achievement indicators; discussing processes that affect the instructional program; examining the impact of the district’s course of study on learning; reviewing/revising district goals to focus on student progress; and striving to find methods to remove barriers to learning.

 

Furthermore, this board commits to informing district staff, students, parents, and the community about student achievement in our schools and how our local data compares to common measurements in Kentucky, nationally, and with relation to other comparable school districts.

 

Therefore, the Lyon County Board of Education resolves that:

*Each student in our district is expected to participate in school for the ultimate purpose of academic scholarship;

*Every employee of our public school shall devote his/her work toward ensuring and enhancing students’ learning success;

*The board will devote meeting time to topics that directly support and enhance student learning success and the interests of our community.

 

Lyon County Board of Education Members

 

George Glass, Chairperson

Denny Gray, Vice Chairperson

Jim Bannister

Kent Schoonover

Brad Richie

 

SCHOOL BASED DECISION MAKING COUNCIL

 

Robert Richey—PRINCIPAL/CHAIRMAN

Lawson Barger--TEACHER

Caleb Burcks—TEACHER

Laura Ferguson- TEACHER

Robin Williams-PARENT

Jennifer Burchett-PARENT

               

 

 

 

 2017-18 SCHOOL CALENDAR

August 7                              Opening Day - STAFF ONLY

August 9                              1st Day for Students

August 21                            No School for Students - Professional Development Day for Staff

September 4                      Labor Day - No School

October 9-13                      Fall Break - No School

November 22-24            Thanksgiving Break - No School

December 21-22               Christmas Break - No School

December 25-29               Christmas Break - No School

January 1, 2018                 Christmas Break - No School

January 2, 2018                 Christmas Break-No School-Tentative Makeup Day

January 15                          Martin Luther King Day - No School

February 16                        No School (Possible Make-up Day)

February 19                        No School (Possible Make-up Day)

March 9                               No School (Possible Make-up Day)

March 12                             No School (Possible Make-up Day)

April 2 -6                             Spring Break - No School

May 18                                 Last Day for Students

May 21                                 Closing Day - STAFF ONLY

May 22-25                          (Possible Make-up Days)

May 29-31                           (Possible Make-up Days)

June 1                                   (Possible Make-up Days)

June 4-6                               (Possible Make-up Days)

 

2017-2018 NINE WEEKS GRADING PERIODS

Nine Weeks

Begins

Ends

Progress Reports

Grade Cards Go Home

1

August 9

October 6

September 8

October 18, 2017

2

October 7

December 20

November 17

 

January 5, 2018

3

January 3

March 7

February 7

March 16, 2018

4

March 8

May 18

April 18

 

May 22, 2018

 

Due to school closings for weather, this schedule is subject to change. Grade cards are issued at nine week

intervals, four times a year.  Progress reports will be sent home at the mid-point of each grading period.

 

GRADING SCALE

A -90-100

B- 80 -89

C- 70-79

D -60-69

F- 59 or Below

 

 

 

 

 

Lyon County Middle School   2017-2018 BELL SCHEDULE

**OFFICE OPENS AT 7:30 AM and OFFICE CLOSES AT 3:30 PM.

TIME                       ACTIVITY

7:30...    BUS BELL - STUDENTS ENTER GYMNASIUM

7:55...   STUDENTS ESCORTED TO LCMS HALLWAY FROM CAFETERIA AND GYMNASIUM

8:00...    .1st PERIOD BEGINS/TARDY BELL

8:45...    1st PERIOD ENDS

8:49...    2nd PERIOD BEGINS/ TARDY BELL                                 

9:34…    2nd PERIOD ENDS

9:38…    3rd PERIOD BEGINS/TARDY BELL

10:23... 3RD PERIOD ENDS

10:27... 4th BLOCK BEGINS/TARDY BELL

11:12…  4th BLOCK ENDS

11:16...  5th PERIOD BEGINS/TARDY BELL

12:03… 5TH PERIOD ENDS/ LUNCH BEGINS

12:30... LUNCH ENDS

12:35…  6TH PERIOD BEGINS/TARDY BELL

1:20...    6TH PERIOD ENDS

1:24...    7TH PERIOD BEGINS/TARDY BELL

2:09…    7TH PERIOD ENDS

2:13…    8TH PERIOD BEGINS/TARDY BELL

3:00...    8TH PERIOD ENDS/END OF SCHOOL DAY/DISMISS

 

2017-2018 Club Day Schedule

**OFFICE OPENS AT 7:30 AM and OFFICE CLOSES AT 3:30 PM.

TIME                       ACTIVITY

7:30...    BUS BELL - STUDENTS ENTER GYMNASIUM

7:55...   STUDENTS ESCORTED TO LCMS HALLWAY FROM CAFETERIA & GYMNASIUM

 8:00...   1st PERIOD BEGINS/TARDY BELL

 8:45...   1st PERIOD ENDS

 8:49...   2nd PERIOD BEGINS/ TARDY BELL                                

9:34…    2nd PERIOD ENDS

9:38…    3rd PERIOD BEGINS/TARDY BELL

10:23... 3RD PERIOD ENDS

10:27... 4th BLOCK BEGINS/TARDY BELL

11:12…  4th BLOCK ENDS

11:16…  5th PERIOD BEGINS/TARDY BELL

12:03… 5TH PERIOD ENDS/ LUNCH BEGINS

12:30… LUNCH ENDS

12:35…  6TH PERIOD BEGINS/TARDY BELL

1:10.….  6TH PERIOD ENDS

1:14..  . 7TH PERIOD BEGINS/TARDY BELL

1:49…    7TH PERIOD ENDS

1:53…    8TH PERIOD BEGINS/TARDY BELL

2:28..     8th PERIOD ENDS/CLUB PERIOD BEGINS

3:00..    CLUB PERIOD ENDS/END OF SCHOOL DAY/DISMISS

 

FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT

 

The Lyon County School District permits parents to review and inspect any educational records of their child that are collected, maintained or used by the district. This right shall be passed on to the student at age 18.

 

The district ensures that confidentiality of personally identifiable information of students is protected during collection, storage, disclosure, and destruction of student records.

 

School officials with a legitimate educational interest will have access to student records. A school official is a person employed by the district as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and school resource officers); a person serving on the School Board; a person or company with whom the district has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, medical consultant, or therapist); or personnel assisting another school official in performing his/her assigned tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an educational record in order to fulfill his/her professional responsibility.

 

A request to review records may be made to the principal of the school or other designated school official. The district will give full access to these records unless school officials have been presented with written evidence of a court order relating to such matters as divorce, separation, or custody that specifically revokes the parental rights of record review/access. The district will comply with records review requests without unnecessary delay and in no case more than forty-five days after the request has been made.

 

Written policies have been developed which describe the types and locations of school records and the specific procedures available to parents for the review of records, the amendment of or hearing concerning educational records believed to be inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the privacy or other rights of the child. Procedures are available for the disclosure and destruction of records. Copies of these policies and procedures may be obtained upon request from the office of the principal or of the superintendent.

 

For convenience and necessity and in accordance with federal regulations concerning the release or transfer of educational records, the Lyon County School System will forward educational records to a school in which a student enrolls or intends to enroll without the signing of a release statement. Parent may obtain upon request copies of the records transferred.

 

When records are no longer needed to provide educational services, parents may request the destruction of any personally identifiable information, evaluation or records regarding the placement of an exceptional child. Such requests should be addressed in writing to the principal. The district will destroy the educational records of a child without a parent’s request after the records have been maintained for five years as specified by the Records Retention Schedule and following the time when the records are no longer needed to provide educational services. The district will maintain a permanent record of a child’s name, address, phone number, grades, attendance record, classes attended, grade level completed and year completed.

 

 

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

 

Lyon County Middle School administration stands ready to assist students and their parents or guardians with school-

related problems. Any time a student has a problem which he/she cannot get resolved on his/her own, his/her parent or

guardian should call the school office so that speedy action can be taken on behalf of the student. Hopefully, problems

will be solved quickly at their beginning; however, if they are not, the following procedure should be followed:

 

STEP 1: If the problem is related to the classroom, the parent will arrange a conference with the teacher as soon as

              possible.

STEP 2: If the Step 1 conference does not resolve the situation, the teacher and parent will arrange for a conference

              with the principal.

STEP 3: If the problem is not related to the classroom, the parent may contact the principal directly. If the problem is

              due to a policy then the issue may be brought before the SBDM Council.

STEP 4: If none of the above produces a satisfactory solution to the problem, the parent may contact the

              superintendent.

STEP 5: The appealing party may present the concern(s) to the Board of Education.

STEP 6: Appeals to the Board may need to be in writing (please refer to the Board Policies).

 

DRESS CODE

 

Reasonable care and neatness in regard to dress and appearance are required of all students. The

following regulations are based on common sense and decency. Dress Code violators will report to the

office. If arrangements are not able to be made, then the student may report to ISS.

1.   All students are to wear shoes at all times.

2.   Skirts/dresses should be no shorter than 2 ½ inches above the top of the knee cap. Slits should not be above the 2 ½    inch above the knee threshold.

3.  Pants will be worn at the waist and underclothing, including shorts/boxers, must be covered. Any

slits, tears, holes, or cuts (that reveal skin or undergarments) must be no higher than 2 ½ inches above the knee. 

4.  Leggings or Jeggings are not to be worn in lieu of pants. Leggings or spandex type clothing, must be covered with shorts, shirt, or skirt.  The shorts, shirt, or skirt covering the leggings or spandex type clothing must be at least as long as your longest finger when your arms are placed at your side in a relaxed position.  The covering clothing must be at fingertip length in both the front and rear.

4.  Shorts should be no shorter than 2 ½ inches above the top of the knee cap.  

5.   No skorts, unless they meet the same requirements as regular skirts.

6.   No Head apparel (hats, do-rags, curlers, bandannas, picks, combs, rakes, etc.), unless approved by the

      principal during special events or circumstances.

7.   Tank tops, sleeveless shirts, strapless tops, spaghetti straps, midriff shirts, off-the shoulder

      shirts, or other clothing that reveals any cleavage or the stomach/back are not allowed. This includes

      sheer tops.

8.   All shirts or tops must be long enough to cover the midsection when both hands are raised above the

      head.

9.   Clothing or other items that display any kind of liquor or illicit drug advertisement, sexual

      suggestion, vulgar language, violence, racism, tobacco, or anything than can be construed as vulgar,

      obscene, crude or inappropriate, will not be allowed.    

10.  Pajamas or pajama style clothing, unless approved by the principal during special events or

       circumstances, should not be worn.

11.   Body piercing is limited to the ears only, and not excessive, to avoid drawing undo attention away

        from the education environment.

12.  Good hygiene must be kept at all times to avoid becoming offensive to others.

13.  Mohawks and the shaving of numbers, names, etc. in the hair are not acceptable.  

14.  Since the student handbook cannot make provisions for the continuing changing of fads in dress,

        jewelry, and general appearance, administration reserves the right to decide what is acceptable and

        appropriate for items that are not addressed in the handbook.

 

CELL PHONES & ELECTRONIC DEVICES

 

Students shall not use or display cell phones or other electronic devices upon entering the school building

unless approved or permitted as a reward, however, devices must be put away at 7:55 AM; they may also

be used during lunch as a reward. If students are rewarded with electronic devices being allowed at lunch, the devices may only be used for gaming or listening to music.  No texting or calling may be conducted on personal devices during the reward time. These items must be off and stored out of sight until the final bell, unless permitted by a classroom supervisor within their own classroom. Noncompliance will result in the following consequences:

 

 1st offense = confiscation- To be returned at the end of school the following day

 2nd offense = 5 days confiscation- To be returned at the end of school on the 5th day

 3rd offense = 10 day confiscation- To be returned at the end of school on the 10th day

 4th offense= 30 day confiscation- To be returned at the end of school on the 30th day

Any additional offenses will result in the phone being confiscated until the last day of school.

 

TELEPHONE PRIVILEGES

Students must obtain permission from a staff member to make a phone call. If a personal phone call is

made to a student, a message will be taken and delivered to the student at the discretion of the

administration. Students will be called out of class with administrative approval only.

 

MEDICATION

The parent or guardian must sign a release form granting permission for Lyon County School personnel to

administer a student’s medication. The parent/guardian will provide medication names, dosages, and time

of administration. Parent/Guardian agrees to pick up prescription meds when therapy is discontinued or

changed. Prescription medicine must be in a labeled bottle from the pharmacist (an extra bottle may be

necessary if meds are administered at home and at school). If the nurse is not available, this responsibility

will fall upon the main office. The nurse keeps a daily log for medication administration. Medication

procedures are to include all medications, not just prescriptions.

 

Students should not have medication on their person at any time.  Abuse of prescribed drugs/over-the-counter medication shall be considered in the same manner as illegally obtained substances. If students are found to be in possession of legal or illegal drugs, parents, and/or law enforcement will be contacted.  School consequences will be applied.

 

ATTENDANCE POLICY

All students are expected to attend school regularly, be on time for classes, develop habits of punctuality,

self-discipline, and responsibility. We believe that there is a strong relationship between attendance and

achievement. Students who have good attendance generally achieve higher grades, enjoy school more, and

are much better adjusted to society.

 

Parents may submit up to seven (7) parent notes during the school year. Any absence over seven (7) must be accompanied by a doctor’s note or meet the criteria listed below for an excused absence.

 

CLASSIFICATION OF ABSENCES

 

EXCUSED ABSENCES:

 

1.  Illness—note from parent or physician. Once a student has ten absences for the school year, a doctor’s

     note must be provided thereafter.

2.  Legal Obligation.

3.  Death in the family.

4.  Representative of the school in curricular or extra-curricular activities.

5.  Other valid reasons as determined by the Principal who shall consider students’ attendance and grades.

Such determinations shall be made in advance, when possible.

 

UNEXCUSED ABSENCES

 

1.  Skipping school.

2.  Out of school suspension.

3.  Absent without communication from the parent, preferably in writing.

4.  Any other absence not listed as excused.

5.  After ten absences, any absenteeism that is not accompanied by a doctor’s note or court notice.

 

OTHER RULES AND REGULATION CONCERNING ATTENDANCE

 

1.  When a student is too ill to attend school for at least one-half of a school day, he/she is considered too ill to take part in after school activities, or to attend school parties, athletic events, practice, or rehearsals. Students who are absent from school are not to attend a school-sponsored event on the day of their absence. (See Extra-Curricular Participation).

 

2.  Even though a pupil may have parental consent to stay away from school or classes, the school

authorities reserve the right to decide upon the validity of the absence.

 

ABSENTEE PROCEDURE

 

1.  Notes-A pupil who has been absent shall be required to bring to the office, upon his or her

return to school, a written and dated note explaining the absence. The note shall be signed by

one of his parents/guardians, or physician, or shall otherwise satisfy the principal as to the

validity for the excuse.  Students or parents have three (3) days following an absence to submit a note.  

Any student presenting a false note will be subject to the code of conduct.

2.  Makeup work is the obligation of the student.

3.  Students must make every effort to be in school for semester exams.

4.  Early Dismissal-If a student leaves the school within the last hour of the day, for any reason,

the dismissal will be recorded in the office as a tardy. If a student fails to check-out it will be

considered unexcused and may be considered as skipping school. If a parent or parent

designee comes to pick up a student, he/she must come into the office and sign the student out.

 

SCHOOL NOTICES OF ABSENTEEISM TO THE PARENT/GUARDIAN

 

1.  Upon the third (3rd) day of unexcused absence, the principal or designee shall notify the

parent/guardian in writing that the student has three (3) days of unexcused absences and is

now classified as truant as defined by the Kentucky Compulsory Attendance Law (KRS

159.150) A copy of this letter shall be sent to the Director of Pupil Personnel.

 

2.  Upon the sixth (6th) unexcused absence, the principal may request the Director of Pupil Personnel to

send the parent/guardian a Truancy Notice. Failure of the parent/guardian to respond to the

Truancy Notice within five (5) days may result in the processing of a legal Final Notice by the

Director of Pupil Personnel (see # 3 below).

 

3. Upon the seventh (7th) unexcused absence the DPP may send the parent/guardian a legal Final Notice

which will indicate the individual days missed and a directive that the student remains in

school or face charges for being a persistent violator of Kentucky’s Compulsory Attendance

Law.

 

4.  After a student has appeared before the Court Designated Worker (CDW), the principal must

notify the Director of Pupil Personnel who must, in turn, notify the CDW when the student

misses another day of school regardless of reason.

 

A truant is defined by statute as any child who has been absent from school without valid excuse for

three (3) or more days or has been tardy on three (3) or more days. Any child who has been reported as a

truant two (2) or more times is a habitual truant. (KRS 159.150)

 

TARDINESS (GRADES 6-8)

 

Any student reporting to school, or class, after classes begin (8:00AM) must report to the office to receive an admission slip before going to class. Students have 4 minutes between classes and the following guidelines will be followed:

 

Tardy to class up to two times in a week-no discipline

Tardy to class three times in a week will result in one lunch detention.

Tardy to class four times in a week will result in two lunch detentions.

Tardy to class five times in a week will result in ISR. Each tardy thereafter will be an additional day of ISR.

Five minutes late, or more, may be an automatic placement in ISR.

 

Tardiness will be cumulative for the entire week (Monday-Friday), including all classes, not per class. (Each week the tardy count will start over).

 

MAKE-UP WORK DUE TO ABSENTEEISM

 

Students will receive a grade of “0” for work missed due to skipping school. A student will be

permitted to make up missed work for full credit if the absence is excused. Students will be allowed one

day to make up their work for each day of excused absence (within reason). If the work is not made up

within the time limit, or if the absence is unexcused, there will be a grade reduction beginning with one full

letter grade and up to half credit. In cases where the parents have requested and received homework

assignments in advance, the work will be due the first day back after the absence. This policy sets the

minimum standard. Individual teachers may set additional timelines for credit to be granted, especially for

late work that is unrelated to absenteeism.

 

BACKPACKS – BOOKBAGS-PURSES

 

Backpacks/ book-bags/purses will not be allowed in the classrooms or on the floor in the hallway. All personal items are to be stored in the school provided locker.

 

Misplaced items will be collected and placed in the office or gym. Traditional pencil pouches may be used

in the classrooms. Only necessary school items should be taken to the classrooms. Other items should be

retrieved from student lockers as needed.

 

 

GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING SERVICES

 

Lyon County Middle School provides guidance services to aid students with academic issues, personal

issues, selection of courses, testing, and interpreting test results. A counselor’s referral form should be

filled out and submitted to the office by a student who wishes to speak with the counselor.

 

STUDENT FEES

 

Each middle school student is asked to pay a general fee of $10.00, payable to Lyon County Schools. This

fee goes to the Board Office. Other circumstances may arise where students will be asked to provide items

to help cover the costs of classroom activities.

 

 

TEXTBOOKS/LIBRARY BOOKS

 

Students are responsible for lost or damaged school materials that have been checked out to them. Fees and

fines may be assessed to cover the cost of replacing or repairing these items.

 

LOST AND FOUND

 

Items will be placed in a temporary lost and found for up to two weeks. After that these items will be taken

to a storage room. At the end of each nine-week grading period all unclaimed items will be donated to a second

hand organization or charity.

 

LOCKERS

 

Each student will be issued a locker to keep their books and supplies in. Each locker will be assigned a school owned combination lock.  Only school issued locks are allowed to be used on lockers.  Any personal lock will be removed upon discovery. Students may return the assigned lock during the first two weeks of school if they do not wish to use it. The school assumes no responsibility for lost or stolen items. The student’s locker should be kept closed and locked when not in use. A $10.00 fee will be assessed for lost or damaged locks. The school reserves the right to search any locker when given reasonable grounds to do so.

 

Any decorating must be appropriate and removable without causing damage to the locker. Decorating the outside of the locker is not allowed except for the day of a student’s birthday. No glue or permanent markings are to be used on lockers.  Any pictures posted in the locker must be appropriate and depict clothing that meets the school dress code.  The school administration reserves the right to determine what constitutes appropriate decoration.  Any defacing of school lockers, including the use of dry erase markers, is considered vandalism and will result in an automatic assignment to ISR. The school reserves the right to assess a fee to repair any damaged locker.

 

PARENT CONFERENCES

 

Parent conferences are encouraged and welcomed by the faculty. Parents should send a note to the teacher

or call the school office to set up an appointment. Contact the Guidance Office for more information.  The school will host Parent/ Teacher conferences at the end of the first mid-term of both the fall and spring semesters.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

 

All students involved in physical education activity are to insure that valuables are secured during any

activity to avoid the possibility of loss or theft. The school will not be responsible for articles left

unattended. Physical Education lockers (when available) are not intended to be used for more than one class period at a time.

 

RETENTION

 

Students who fail two or more courses for their final end-of-year grades will be retained and repeat that

grade. Students who are determined to be at risk may be placed in a remedial course to provide educational enhancement during the school year.  Summer School may be offered if funding is available. Students who complete the required courses and all other requirements associated with Summer School may be promoted to the next grade.

 

EXTENDED SCHOOL SERVICES

 

Extended School Services (ESS) are offered in the following methods for grades 6-8:

Early Morning Tutoring: This program is designed to offer additional help for students in

all subject areas. The tutoring schedule will be sent home during the first month of school.  Transportation, other than normal busing, is not provided.  Students may enter this program by teacher recommendation or by parents/guardians contacting the school and requesting the service.

 

SCHOOL DISCIPLINE AND CODE OF CONDUCT

 

School discipline is a simple matter of courtesy, manners and attitudes on the part of the students and

teachers.

 

The Student Code of Conduct applies to all students who are enrolled in the Lyon county School System.

The resolutions, or dispositions, will remain in effect even if the student(s) withdraw from the school

system. Students will be responsible for this code while in school, at school sponsored or related activities,

and on school buses.

 

SUPERVISION OF PUPIL CONDUCT (KRS 161.180)

 

(1) Each teacher and administrator in the public schools shall in accordance with the rules,

regulations, and bylaws of the board of education made and adopted pursuant to KRS 160.290 for the

conduct of pupils, hold pupils to a strict account for their conduct on school premises, on the way to and

from school, and on school sponsored trips and activities.

 

(2) The various boards of education of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the principals of the

public schools may use teacher aides in supervisory capacities, such as playground supervision, hallway

supervision, lunchroom and cafeteria supervision, and other like duties, including but not limited to,

recreational activities and athletic events, relating to the supervision and control of the conduct of pupils;

and while so engaged, such teacher aides shall have the same authority and responsibility as is granted to

and imposed by law upon teachers in the performance of the same or similar duties.

 

SCHOOL BEHAVIOR PROGRAM:

 

Level 1: Interferes with normal classroom operation.

 

Behavior interventions:

Teacher’s Actions:

 

1. Verbal warning.

2. Written or verbal parent contact. An automated e-mail will be sent to the parent when a detention is assigned. Parent must provide the school with a valid e-mail address in order to receive notification of disciplinary action.

3. Detention

 

Level 2: This is a continuation of Level 1 behaviors when the actions of Level 1 discipline have failed to

produce positive results. Defiance of Authority may automatically qualify for Level 2 classification.

Behavior interventions:

 

Principal’s Actions:

 

1.  A written or verbal warning will only be given if Level 1 procedures have not been

followed or if it is the student’s first Level 2 offense (unless multiple detentions are

already on file).

2. ISR

3. Alternative placement/long term ISR

4. Suspension

5. Adaptive Behavior Plan (if appropriate)

6. Law enforcement (Out-of-school Control or Abuse of Teacher)

7. Expulsion

 

Disorderly Conduct or assault charges may be filed for fighting or other extreme conduct.

 

Level 3: When misbehavior endangers the health and/or safety of self or others.

Principal Action – confers with violator(s), notifies parents, and refers the matter to the proper

public agency, if necessary.

 

1. ISR

2. Alternative placement/long term ISR

3. Suspension

4. Adaptive Behavior Plan

5. Law enforcement (out-of-School Control), or other agency suited to handle the issue.

6. Expulsion

 

CONDUCT VIOLATIONS

 

Consequences vary depending on the seriousness, frequency, and other mitigating circumstances.

Improper conduct includes, but is not limited to, the following list.

 

1. DEFAMATION—this includes harming another person’s character or reputation by saying things

which are not true and which are intended to bring harm.

 

2. MISREPRESENTING FACTS--includes knowingly deceiving or attempting to deceive teachers

and/or school administrators.

 

3. DISORDERLY CONDUCT/CLASSROOM DISTURBANCE— (including profanity, vulgarity,

possession of pornography, obscene behavior, talking out) this includes conduct and/or behaviors

that are disruptive to the orderly educational procedure of the school.

 

4. VERBAL ABUSE OR HARASSMENT— intent to harass, annoy, or alarm another person.

 

5. FORGERY—this includes falsely using the name of another person or falsifying documents or

correspondence such as absences, excuses, or school work.

 

6. MALICIOUS REMARKS—includes remarks which intimidate, insult, or abuse verbally or in

writing, any member of the school staff or student body.

 

7. TOBACCO—KRS 438.050 prohibits the use or possession of tobacco, in any form on school

property or school functions. District policy also prohibits tobacco use or possession while going to

and from school.

 

8. LIGHTERS – are not allowed at school.

 

9. GAMBLING—includes any participation in games of chance for the express purpose of exchanging

money.

 

10. NO PUBLIC DISPLAY OF AFFECTION—student contact is not to take place.

 

11. INTIMIDATION OF WITNESS—includes any physical or verbal intimidation of any witness to any

school violation.

 

12. SKIPPING SCHOOL/TRUANCY—includes purposely missing day(s) or a portion of a school day

when school is in session. It also includes invalid absences.

 

13. DEFIANCE OF AUTHORITY—is the refusal to comply with the reasonable requests of school

personnel or refusal to comply with the school rules.

 

14. THEFT & RELATED OFFENSES—includes the taking of property of others (students, teachers,

visitors, and so on) without their consent.

 

15. VANDALISM— (officials notified of $100 or more) includes the unprovoked or willful destruction,

defacing, or marring of school property. Students will also repay all costs of damage.

 

16. FIGHTING—when a person or persons instigate an altercation verbally or physically.

 

17. POSSESSION AND/OR USE OF WEAPONS OR DANGEROUS INSTRUMENTS—(law

officials notified) the carrying, possession, or use of a deadly weapon (as defined by law) on

the school premises or within one thousand (1,000) feet of school premises, on a school

bus, or at a school sponsored or sanctioned event will result in expulsion. (Board policy 9.435)

 

18. POSSESSION OF KNIVES—NO student will be allowed to have a knife (which includes a pocket

knife) in his or her possession.

 

19. CRIMINAL USE OF NOXIOUS OR VOLATILE SUBSTANCE—includes unlawfully depositing

such items on the land or in a building of another; for example, a stink bomb or other obnoxious

odor.

 

20. INAPPROPRIATE DRESS—see Dress Code.

 

21. EXTORTION—includes the solicitation of money or anything of value from another student,

regardless of the amount, in return for protection, or in connection with a threat to inflict harm.

 

22. FALSE FIRE ALARM—refers to falsely alerting the fire department or school to a nonexistent fire.

 

23. ARSON OR ATTEMPTED ARSON—includes the starting or the attempt to start a fire within the

school or on the school grounds for any purpose that results in either destruction or disruption.

 

24. SEXUAL ABUSE—occurs when he/she subjects another person to sexual contact without the

consent of the other person.

 

25. SEXUAL CONTACT WITH CONSENT—occurs when he/she subjects another person to sexual

contact even with the consent of the other person.

 

26. AGGRESSIVE MISBEHAVIOR TOWARD ANY SCHOOL EMPLOYEE—includes any physical

contact or threat of physical contact toward a school employee.

 

27. USE OF, POSSESSION OF, OR UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

(OR LOOK ALIKE BEVERAGES) OR ILLEGAL DRUGS, OR HARMFUL SUBSTANCES OR

DRUG PARAPHERNALIA —this misconduct refers to alcohol content. It also includes illegal

drugs and harmful substances such as dangerous drugs, narcotics, marijuana, barbiturates,

amphetamines, or any other material having a harmful or unnatural effect on the person using them.

28. STUDENTS IN THE PARKING LOT—shall not be in the parking lots and gym during lunch,

break, or between classes without staff permission for that day.

 

29. VACATING THE BUILDING— is required by all students by 3:15 PM unless supervised by

authorized personnel.

 

30. OUT OF CLASS WITHOUT PERMISSION—if without a hall pass which must remain in his/her

possession at all times. Passes are to be returned to the teacher issuing the pass.

 

31. KNOCK BEFORE ENTERING—students and student aids shall knock on the door and wait for

permission from the teacher to enter the classroom.

 

32. LOITERING IN THE RESTROOMS—is not allowed at any time.

 

33. REPEATED VIOLATIONS—of compliance to the Student Code of Conduct, directions of teachers,

student teachers, teacher aides, principals, or other authorized school personnel during any period of

time when the student is properly under the authority of school personnel (includes those in KRS

158.150).

 

34. RETALIATION – In order to help insure the safety and security of all students at LCMS, a person is

not to question or confront another person about incidents they have been disciplined for, or which a

friend/acquaintance has been disciplined. This also includes events that are under investigation.

School administrators and authorized staff are the only ones who are allowed to discuss Code of

Conduct violations with the involved parties.

 

35. SKATING-skateboards and other wheeled devices are not allowed to be used on school grounds.

 

36. LOITERING (after school)-is not allowed.

 

37. PHYSICAL ABUSE OR HARASSMENT—occurs when, with intent to harass, annoy, or alarm

another person, he/she:

a. Strikes, shoves, kicks, or otherwise subjects persons to physical contact or attempts

or threatens to do the same; or

 

b. Engages in a course of conduct or repeatedly commits acts which alarm or seriously

annoy such other persons and which serves no legitimate purpose.

Harassment is not allowed in classrooms or anywhere on campus, including on buses or at any

school-related activity.

 

USE/POSSESSION OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS

 

Use or possession of tobacco products is prohibited on the school grounds or in any part of the building at Lyon County Middle School. A student breaking this regulation will receive the following disciplinary action:

(1) First offense – 5 days ISR,

(2) Second offense – 5 days ISR,

(3) Additional offenses - ISR or referral to Alternative School, possible suspension and parent conference.

 

FIGHTING

 

The penalty for fighting, defined, as the use of physical force will be an automatic 5-day placement in ISR with additional days possible due to repeated offense.  Additional disciplinary action may be taken if it is evident that one student acted in an overt aggressive manner. Action may be taken against one student and not against a second student if no retaliation occurred.

 

Students who instigate fights, but are not actively involved (that is, students who spread rumors, put others up to fighting, carry information back and forth between other individuals who subsequently fight, or are involved in horseplay which becomes a fight) may be subjected to the same penalties as those who are involved in the fight. Students not using physical force, yet engage in verbal confrontations will be subject to disciplinary action.

 

BULLYING/HAZING

 

The District Code shall specify to whom reports of alleged instances of bullying or hazing shall be made. In serious instances of peer-to-peer bullying/hazing/harassment, employees must report to the alleged victim's Principal, as directed by Board policy 09.42811. The Principal/designee shall investigate and address alleged incidents of such misbehavior. In certain cases, employees must do the following:

l . Report bullying and hazing to appropriate law enforcement authorities as required by policy 09.2211; and

2. Investigate and complete documentation as required by policy 09.42811 covering federally protected areas.

OTHER CLAIMS

When a complaint is received that does not appear to be covered by this policy, administrators shall review other policies that may govern the allegations, including but not limited to, 09.426 and/or 09.42811. Harassment/discrimination allegations shall be governed by Policy 09.42811

DEVELOPMENT

In accordance with KRS 158.148 and 704 KAR 7:050, the Board shall develop a student discipline code that shall be posted at each school, referenced in all school handbooks, and provided to school employees, parents, legal guardians, or other persons exercising custodial control or supervision. As required by KRS 158.148, a process shall be developed to provide information to those parties and to train employees.

The code shall prohibit bullying and establish standards of acceptable student behavior and discipline and may include District-wide standards of behavior for students who participate in extracurricular and co-curricular activities.

The code also shall include a process addressing how students can report code violations and incidents of bullying to District personnel for appropriate action and information regarding the consequences of bullying and violating the code and violations reportable under KRS 158.154 IQS 158.156, or KRS 158.444.

Incidents of harassment and bullying may be reported to the school’s principal by e-mail, letter, phone call, or in a face-to-face meeting.  Reports may be made by students and/or parents. 

REVIEW

The Board shall update the student discipline code at least every two (2) years.

REPORTING OF DATA

As directed by the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), the District shall report to the Center for School Safety when a student has been disciplined by the school for a serious incident, as defined by KDE; charged criminally for conduct constituting a violation under KRS Chapter 508; or charged criminally under KRS 525.070 or KRS 525.080 in relation to a serious incident.

Data collected on an individual student committing a reportable incident shall be placed in the student's disciplinary record.

 

EXCEPTIONS

 

There is always the possibility that an exception could be made which differs from the procedure outlined

in the Code of Conduct. An exception may be necessary when the student’s record of past behaviors,

recommendation of legal counsel, IDEA restrictions, and/or other extenuating circumstances require a

departure from the norm.

 

DETENTION PROCEDURES

 

1. The teacher/staff member will notify the student when the student is assigned a detention. It is the responsibility of the student to notify the parent.  Once the principal assigns a detention, an automated e-mail will be sent to the parent if an e-mail address is provided to the school.

 

2. An electronic notice will be sent to the office.

 

3. Detention is expected to be served on the school day of/or immediately following the incident.

 

4. Lunch detention will be utilized on a daily basis.

 

5. When a student accumulates five (5) or more consecutive and/or concurrent days of detentions, he

    or she will automatically be assigned to ISR.

 

 

IN-SCHOOL-REMOVAL RULES (ISR)

 

1. Students assigned to ISR are not allowed to participate in or attend any school sponsored extracurricular

activities on the day of their ISR assignment(s). Any student found participating in activities will have

additional days assigned to ISR and possible suspension from the activity.

 

2. All time missed in ISR due to absenteeism will be made up upon return to school.

 

3. Misconduct or violation of ISR rules will result in additional time in ISR or suspension.

 

4. Accumulation of 10 concurrent days of ISR may result in placement in an alternative setting. Every

referral thereafter, a student may be placed for longer periods of time, suspended,

have charges filed at the courthouse, or expelled, depending on the frequency and

proximity and/or severity of the infractions.

 

ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL RULES

 

The minimum assignment to the alternative school/long term ISR (New Beginnings) will be ten days. Any student assigned to alternative school at any time during the school year forfeits the privilege to attend any school dances or

extra-curricular activities for the entire year, even if the student withdraws from the school system.

 

DEADLY WEAPONS PROHIBITED ON SCHOOL PROPERTY

 

It is now against the law to possess a firearm or deadly weapon on school property. A firearm is defined as

any weapon which will expel a projectile by the action of an explosive. (KRS 527.0100) A deadly

weapon means any weapon from which a shot, readily capable of producing death or other serious

physical injury including but not limited to a pocket knife; Billy club, nightstick or club; blackjack or

slapjack, shuriken or death star, or artificial knuckles made from metal, plastic, or

other similar hard material. (KRS 500.080) Unlawful possession of a deadly weapon on

school property is a Class D felony, punishable by 1 to 5 years imprisonment and

fine of up to $10,000. It is the policy of the Lyon County School System to report any student who is

determined to have brought a weapon or firearm to a school or school grounds under the jurisdiction of this

system to the criminal justice or juvenile delinquency system. To comply with the existing requirements of

the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) regarding discipline of students with disabilities,

our board of education will modify the expulsion requirements, on a case-by-case basis, for IDEA-eligible

students. IDEA-eligible students may be expelled for behavior unrelated to their disabilities, as long as the

Procedural Safeguards, required by IDEA and KRS 158.150, is followed. Non-IDEA eligible students will

be expelled for not less than one calendar year from their regular school setting in our school system.

 

SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION-Due Process

 

Due process includes those rights which are constitutionally given to a student accused of violating school

regulations and which may be brought to his/her defense at a disciplinary conference or hearing pending

suspension or expulsion from school.

 

According to KRS 158.150, as amended, all pupils of the Lyon County Schools shall comply with the

lawful regulations for the government of the schools. Willful disobedience or vulgarity, assault or battery

or abuse of other students or school personnel, the threat of violence or force, the use or possession of

alcohol or drugs, stealing or destruction or defacing of school property, the carrying or use of weapons, or

dangerous instruments, or other incorrigible bad conduct on school property as well as off school property

at school sponsored activities constitutes cause for suspension or expulsion from school. (Reference – OAG

78-673)

 

SUSPENSION:

 

A student shall not be suspended from school until the following due process procedures have been

provided at a conference with the school principal or assistant principal.

 

1. An oral or written notice of the rule which has been violated (including the specific act committed)

shall be provided to the student.

 

2. An explanation of the evidence in support of the charges shall be provided to the student except in

cases where it is believed that giving the particular names of witnesses may subject said witnesses

to harassment.

 

3. The student shall be provided the opportunity to present his/her explanation and rebut the evidence

of the charges against him/her.

 

4. An oral and written explanation of the consequences which shall include the dates and duration of

the suspension imposed shall be provided to the student.

 

5. In the event the student is suspended, the parents/guardians of the student shall, as soon as

reasonably possible, be notified by letter, certified letter, signed receipt, or personal message in

writing of the reason for the student’s suspension and the duration of the suspension.

 

6. A letter must be sent to the superintendent in the event that a student is suspended.

 

7. These due process procedures shall precede any suspension from the Lyon County Schools unless

immediate suspension is essential to protect persons or property or to avoid disruption of the ongoing

academic process. In such cases, the due process procedures outlined herein shall follow

suspension as soon as practical but no later than three days after the suspension.

 

EXPULSION:

 

In cases where expulsion has been recommended, the same procedures as outlined for suspension must first

be adhered to, and in addition:

 

1. A hearing before the Lyon County Board of Education must precede any actual expulsion.

 

2. Notice of the hearing should be sent to the student and parent/guardian at least five days prior to the hearing, advising the student of:

a. Charges against him/her.

b. The names of witnesses to the infraction.

c. The right to be represented by an attorney.

d. The right to have witnesses on his/her behalf present and represented by an attorney.

e. The option of having the hearing conducted in open or closed session.

 

3. The notice will be hand delivered or sent by registered mail.

4. The decision of the Lyon County Board of Education will be final.

 

SUSPENSION OR EXPULSION OF SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS

 

Special education students who have been referred for evaluation for possible special education placement

may be suspended or expelled under the same guidelines as all students as set forth in this code. In cases

where disciplinary action involves special education students, the following procedures should be followed:

 

SUSPENSION: 

 

If the special education student does not require immediate suspension, the student remains in his/her

current school placement until the principal convenes a School Based Admissions and Release Committee

(SBARC). The SBARC determines whether the discipline problem is related to the disabling condition. If

the behavior is related to the disabling condition, the SBARC considers the appropriateness of the

placement and/or the Individual Education Plan (IEP). If it is unrelated to the disabling condition, the

student will be disciplined according to the discipline code.

 

If the special education student does require immediate suspension in order to protect persons or property

or to avoid disruption of the ongoing academic process, due process procedures shall follow the suspension

as soon as possible, but no later than three school days after the suspension.

 

EXPULSION:

 

The Lyon County Board of Education may expel a special education student; but such action shall not be

taken until the parent, guardian, or other person having a legal custody or control of the pupil has had an

opportunity to have a hearing before the board. The decision of the board shall be final.

 

A disabled child may be expelled so long as appropriate Admissions and Release Committee procedures

are followed with a committee determination that the child’s disruptive behavior was not a result of the

disabling decision. A disabled child may not be expelled if the committee determines that the child’s

disruptive behavior was a result of the disabling condition.

 

Even if the child is expelled through the appropriate procedures, there must not be a cessation of

educational services. Therefore, if a disabled child is expelled, alternative services such as homebound

instruction must be provided.

 

SEARCH AND SEIZURE

 

A student in the Lyon County schools has the constitutional right to be secured in his/her person from all

unreasonable search and seizures. A search of a student by school officials is generally reasonable if it

bears a relationship to a legitimate educational interest and is based upon reasonable suspicion. Limitations

on the reasonableness of a search exist depending upon the nature of the place searched, along with other

factors such as age of the student and the purpose of the search. A student’s consent to be searched must be

scrutinized carefully (OAG 79-168).

 

Search and seizures shall be conducted under the following guidelines:

 

1. A student’s person will only be searched when there is reasonable suspicion that the student is

concealing evidence of an illegal act or school violation.

 

2. Illegal items (weapons, firearms, and so on) or other possessions reasonably determined by the

school authorities to be a threat to the student’s safety or security and others’ safety or security

may be seized by school officials.

 

3. Items used to disrupt or interfere with the educational process may be temporarily removed

from the student’s possession by a staff member. These items may be returned to the student by

that staff member or through the office, but in most cases will require the parent to pick up the

item.

 

4. A general inspection of school property such as lockers or desks may be conducted on regular

basis. During these inspections, items which are school property, such as overdue library books,

may be collected. Lockers and desks are property of Lyon County schools and are subject to the

Lyon County Board of Education’s regulations and supervision.

 

5. All items which have been seized will be turned over to the proper authorities or returned to the

true owner depending on the situation.

 

Note: The United States Supreme Court on January 15, 1985, ruled that a school administrator may

search a student if she/he has reasonable grounds to believe that the search will turn up evidence of

violation of the law or rules of the school and the nature and scope of the search is related to its object, the

age and sex of the student, and to the severity of the infraction.

 

CHEATING

 

Cheating involves one or more of the following actions:

 

1. To use the work of another person as your own.

 

2. To copy information from another student’s homework, test, examination, theme, book report,

term paper or class work.

 

3. To plagiarize by using another person’s expression or words without giving the original author

credit.

 

4. Having in your possession a copy of a test to be given, or having been given, by a teacher.

 

5. Using notes or cheat sheets during a test or examination.

 

6.  Other methods as they may arise.

 

The penalty for cheating at Lyon County Middle School may result in the student being placed in ISR for a period of time to be determined by the teacher and principal.  Since the goal of student assignments is to assess a student’s knowledge of the content, students who are caught cheating will be required to redo the assignment or complete an alternative assignment.

 

STUDENT ACCIDENT INSURANCE

 

Student accident insurance is provided to students of Lyon County Schools while at school and during extra

curricular activities. This insurance is supplemental if the student has other primary coverage. Full day 24hour

accidental coverage is also available from the carrier and information regarding these rates is given to

each student during the first week of school.

 

If your child is injured at school or during an extracurricular activity, please contact the school office for a

claim form. The claim form must be completed in its entirety and signed by the parents/guardians and a

school official. If the child is covered by other insurance, a questionnaire regarding that coverage is also

required. Claim forms should be submitted within 60 days of the injury with copies of itemized invoices

indicating diagnostic and procedure codes.

 

ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY

 

Lyon County Middle School has an athletic program for all boys and girls. The program will include basketball, cheerleading, and track. We compete with other schools in our area. Participation in these sports will not depend totally on ability; but also on willingness to cooperate, effort, and sportsmanship. Students who participate in the sports are representatives of Lyon County Middle School. They are expected to maintain their academics and promote a positive behavior and attitude.

 

The Athletic Director will check athletic participants’ grades each Monday, beginning with the first week of practice, to verify eligibility.   Eligibility is met by achieving the following criteria:

•             At each Monday grade check, students must have a 60 or above as a cumulative grade average in all classes. 

•             A student who does not meet the grade criteria is considered ineligible until the next Monday grade check.

•             Students who are declared ineligible are NOT permitted to practice or play in a game, sit on the bench during a game, or travel with the team.

 

 Student athletes are expected to conduct themselves as positive examples to others. Athletes who are repeatedly referred to the office for disciplinary action may be suspended from the team. Any student who has been placed in ISR, out of school suspension, or New Beginnings CANNOT PLAY, PRACTICE, OR ATTEND any athletic/extracurricular activities until the day after the student has completed his/her alternative placement assignment. (For example: A student, who is assigned ISR for multiple days, cannot participate in extracurricular activities until school is dismissed on the last day of his/her assignment to ISR)

 

GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR SCHOOL SPONSORED EVENTS

 

This policy applies to any student or group of students who represent Lyon County Middle School in any

school sponsored activity. A school sponsored activity includes practice sessions as well as the actual

games or performances.

 

1. Each school sponsored activity shall have a written statement from parents/guardians giving

permission to attend.

 

2. Each school sponsored activity must be under the direct supervision of a faculty member approved

by the principal.

 

3. Each school sponsored activity must be approved in advance by the principal.

 

4. Forms are available on EZ Forms that must be completed by the faculty sponsor in advance of any

out-of-district school sponsored activity. The form is to include the following information:

 

a. Description of planned activity

b. Names of faculty sponsor(s) and chaperones, if any

c. Names of student who will be involved

d. Departure date and time from Lyon County

e. Expected date and time of return to Lyon County

f. Means and cost of transportation

g. Cost for food and housing

 

5. Volunteers must fill out the appropriate paper work and complete the necessary screening

process at the central office.

 

6. All student participants shall conduct themselves in an exemplary manner that demonstrates pride,

admiration, and respect for themselves, their parents, their school, and their community.

 

7. At no time during any school sponsored activity will students be permitted to smoke or to

consume alcoholic beverages or to consume look alike nonalcoholic beverages.  The

possession of tobacco or alcoholic or alcoholic look alike beverages is against school policy.

 

8. The possession or use of illegal drugs will not be allowed. If the student is under a doctor’s care

and needs medication, a note from the parent is required stating the same. The medicine should be given to the faculty sponsor for safekeeping. Under no circumstances is one student to give medication to another student.

 

9. Normal safety requirements dictate the following regulations concerning student conduct while on

buses, in cars, or in hotels.

a. Remarks of intimidation shouted to pedestrians from the bus or car windows or from

hotel or motel windows will not be tolerated.

b. Rough housing, especially in vehicles, rooms, and hotel lobbies, will not be

permitted.

c. Arms are to be kept inside the vehicle at all times.

d. The sponsor will have the privileges of dictating the style of dress for any specific

trip. Consideration shall be given to the nature of the activity.

 

10. The sponsor shall have the privilege of dictating curfew times and other rules relating to the

particular activity should this be necessary. These rules may vary with each activity; and sponsors

certainly should use good judgment when making and enforcing these rules. Such rules shall be

consistent with this policy.

 

11. Persons who are not members of the school sponsored activity shall not be permitted to ride

vehicles that have been rented to transport participants.

 

12. If parents wish their child to be released to them, or someone else, after the event has concluded, a

note must be given to the sponsor by the parents stating their request. The note must also include

the student’s name and date. These notes will be kept on file by the sponsor.

 

13. In order to participate in any activity, a student must be present at school for at least one/half day

of the day the activity is conducted or have special permission from the principal.

 

14. The SBDM Council has the authority to develop guidelines consistent with the policy for the

administration of any school sponsored activity.

 

15. Middle school activities/dances are restricted to middle school students.

 

DANCE POLICY

 

Students are not allowed to attend dances if they have been assigned 3 or more days of ISR, or suspended for one or more days each semester; or have been assigned to an alternative placement anytime during the school year. All LCMS dances are closed to non-LCMS students.  No high school or elementary students are permitted to attend. 

 

 

Field Trip Policy

 

Field trips are an extension of the classroom and as such subject to all rules of conduct and deportment that apply in the regular classroom. The following policies regarding field trips apply to all students involved in the activity:

1.  Transportation must take place in a county bus or other means approved by the school.

 

2. A member of the school faculty or administration must accompany students on all field trips.

 

3. Written permission must be obtained from the student's parent or legal guardian prior to

any field trip.

 

4.  It is the student's responsibility to find out classroom assignments prior to field trips, turn in assignments and be prepared for quizzes at the next regular class meeting. All work due is on first day for one-day trips; second day for two-day trips; and third day for three-day trips, etc.

 

5.  Failure to comply with school policies while on field trips will result in appropriate disciplinary action that may include being immediately sent home. If so, it will be the responsibility of the parent to pay the cost of transportation.

 

6.  If you have knowledge of anyone in the group breaking school policy, you must immediately report it. Failure to do so constitutes complicity and thus brings disciplinary action on YOU regardless of whether or not you are actually taking part in the activity.

 

7. Students with 3 or more unexcused absences, 3 or more days of in-school removal (ISR) or suspended for any number of days, or failing more than one course are not eligible to participate in field trips. This guideline renews at

the beginning of each semester.

 

8. Every effort will be taken to avoid scheduling field trips during the final two weeks of each semester.

 

9. Clubs and organizations may place more restrictive requirements on their specific field trips. 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEO/AUDIO RECORDING

 

Pictures of students will be made throughout the school year. They will be used for the yearbook,

newspaper etc. From time to time classes will be audio or video taped to help teachers examine their

teaching. If you do not want your child videotaped or photographed, please send the principal your request

in writing. Various videotaping, including security taping, will occur throughout the year. Pictures will

also be posted on the school website unless specific requests have been made not to display them.

 

No unauthorized videotaping or photography of students or school staff is permitted on school property.

VISTORS TO SCHOOL

 

All visitors to the school must stop by the main office to obtain a visitor’s pass and permission to enter the

main area of the school. Classroom visits may only be made with prior approval and arrangements with the

office and teachers. Students from other schools will not be permitted to visit classes during the school

day. Obtaining a visitor’s pass from another school does not qualify one for access to the middle school.

Under no circumstances will anyone be allowed to visit with a student without permission from the parent

(Department of Social Services excluded).

 

STUDENT ACADEMIC ORGANIZATIONS

 

1. The purpose of a proposed organization must be compatible with the Lyon County Board of

Education policy.

 

2. The organization must serve an area of student activity and interest not served by an existing club

or organization.

 

3. Control of the activities rests with the SBDM Council.

 

4. A qualified member of the faculty or adult volunteer must indicate willingness to serve as an

advisor and attend all its meetings. School staff is to serve only as an advisor and supervisor.

 

5. Membership selection will be on the basis of personal merit or interest, and not on the basis of

race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, or sex.

 

Beta Club

 

Beta Club offers a great opportunity to promote excellence in our students. In order to encourage merit, we must maintain high standards of behavior and achievement.

 

 In order to be a member of the Lyon County Middle School Junior Beta Club, students must maintain at least A’s and B’s on their report cards. Numerically, the lowest acceptable score is an 84. Students who receive a C on their report card will be placed on probation. The student will still be entitled to all the benefits of Beta Membership including participation in meetings, service projects, dances and field trips. However, if a student makes a second C on a report card (or 2 Cs on the same report card), or a D, they will be removed from the Beta Club roll and no longer be eligible to participate in any Beta Club activities. Excessive ISS assignments may also invalidate his/her Beta Club membership.

 

We understand that Middle School is an adjustment for many students, and hope these policies will motivate both new and old members to put forth their best efforts to meet our standards of achievement and behavior.

 

Another requirement for membership is the payment of dues. Dues for this year will be $30 for new members and $15 for existing members. Part of new member dues goes to the national organization. The rest will be used to purchase a club T-shirt and to pay for our end of the year trip and any other projects throughout the year. Dues must be paid by a date in November for membership. Anyone who does not pay their dues by the assigned date will be removed from the Beta roll or invitee list.

 

Gifted and Talented Program

 

The G/T Program is a State and District funded program which offers services for Gifted and Talented

students. The gifted and talented student is one who is identified as possessing demonstrated or potential

ability to perform at an exceptionally high level in general intellectual aptitude, specific academic aptitude,

creative or divergent thinking, psychosocial skills, or in the visual and performing arts. The purpose of the

program is to provide opportunities for the gifted student to expand and extend his/her learning beyond the

standard curriculum.

When a student is referred for the G/T Program, the G/T Resource teacher will gather the formal testing

data to determine placement. In order for a student to be placed in the program, the student must meet the

criteria set by the Administrative Regulation on Gifted Education: 704 KAR 3:285. The data is then

presented to the G/T Selection Committee for formal placement. Service options are based on the

student’s area(s) of placement. Most services will be provided by the regular classroom teacher by means

of differentiation of the curriculum. Pull-out programs will be limited to students identified in the areas of

General Intellectual, Leadership, and Creativity.

 

CAFETERIA

 

The school food service provides a breakfast program and a lunch program. The grab and go breakfast program will provide a variety of breakfast type foods and is available to all students from 7:30 - 7:55 each morning in the middle school lobby.

 

 The following prices are in effect for 2017/2018:

Breakfast- Students eat FREE.

Lunch – Students eat FREE.    

A la Carte items are available at additional cost.  Meat/entrée- $1.85

 

1. Board policy 07.1 states that it is not permissible to have food delivered to the school during any

lunch. Students either eat their lunch from the cafeteria or bring a packed lunch from home

when they come to school in the morning.

 

2. All students will go to the cafeteria for lunch unless given special permission from the principal, or

teacher.

 

3. Remove all plates, trays, and garbage from the table and place them in the appropriate area as

designated.

 

4. No student will be allowed to leave the cafeteria until dismissed by a staff member.

 

5. Students who are home-schooled or drop-outs are NOT allowed visits until his/her class graduates.

 

DAILY SCHOOL DISMISSAL- CAR RIDERS

 

  • Car riding students are to wait at the front door until a parent/guardian picks up the student.
  • Parents need to pick-up students by 3:15 PM.  After 3:15 PM, parents will need to enter the school and pick-up  students in the Middle School office.

 

BUS RULES

 

  • Arrive at the bus stop five minutes before your bus is scheduled to arrive.
  • Stay back from the road at least five BIG steps
  • Never push or shove wen loading or unloading the bus.
  • Wait until the bus stops moving before walking towards t.
  • If you drop something, always ask the driver if you can get it first.
  • Stay in your assigned seat.
  • Keep your hands and feet to yourself and inside of the bus.
  • Stay seated forward.
  • No eating or drinking.
  • No spraying of anything on the bus.
  • No throwing of any objects.
  • No foul language allowed.
  • No excessive noise!
  • No fighting or horseplay.
  • Do not stand up unless the bus is stopped.
  • No spitting or throwing things out of the window.
  • Do not open the emergency windows or touch any bus equipment without permission from the driver.
  • No writing on, cutting or damaging the bus.  Remember that it is school property!  Restitution will need to be made by parents.
  • If you are to ride another bus, other than your regular bus, or to get off any place different from where you normally get off, then you must have a note from your parent/guardian approved in the office.
  • If you must cross the street, do so only when the bus driver motions that it is safe to do so.
  • If at any time a student is suspended from the bus, a discipline letter will be sent home. A bus suspension means the student is suspended from all buses.
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BUS DISCIPLINE

 

1. The bus driver is responsible for the orderly conduct of the students. When on the bus, students

are under the authority and responsibility of the bus driver.

 

2. Any violation of the bus rules may result in suspension from bus riding, suspension from school,

or a recommendation from the transportation director for expulsion.

 

3. If the student does not respond to the bus driver’s attempt to correct misbehavior, the following

procedures may be implemented:

 

a. Student warning by driver.

b. Parent notification.

c. Driver will complete and submit a Bus Incident report to the transportation director and school principal.  The principal may assign normal school discipline procedures according to the assessment of the situation.

 d. Bus suspension.

 

For severe infractions, the driver is to send the student to the director or principal immediately.

 

Items prohibited from the bus:

  • Weapons of any kind
  • Tobacco products, drugs or alcohol
  • Helium balloons
  • Animals, bugs, reptiles alive or dead
  • Glass objects
  • The use of headphones or cell phones
  • Any items too large to fit on your seat or that could obstruct the aisle way.
  • Lighters/matches
  • Aerosol cans of any kind
  • Check with the Transportation Department regarding band instruments
  • Radios

 

DRINKS AND FOOD ITEMS

 

Water and other healthy drinks will be allowed in the school only if they are in unopened factory sealed

containers. Each teacher will have a policy for their room regarding the consumption of approved

beverages and food. Energy drinks are not allowed. Food is allowed only in the school lobby during breakfast or the  cafeteria during lunch.

 

 

NON-SCHOOL SPONSERED ITEMS/SERVICES/FUNDRAISERS

 

Items/services/fundraisers are not to be sold or solicited while at school without the approval from the

administration. Distribution of materials that are not school sponsored will only be distributed by placing

them in the lobby or office of the school in the designated location, after approval from the principal. Materials are

not to be handed out or solicited. Community announcements may be displayed on the bulletin board in the

lobby.

 

SNOW WATCH

 

During inclement weather, pupils should listen to the local radio or television stations to see if school is in

session or if the buses will run on regular or abbreviated schedule. Pupils should be prepared to meet the

bus at another location if the driver should call and advise them or their parents of such action. When

school is dismissed early due to inclement weather; pupils should go directly to the bus upon dismissal

from class. School news may be heard on radio WWLK 900 AM, WAVJ 104.9 FM, WKYQ 93.3 FM,

WCCK 94.7, WDDJ, WKDZ, and WPSD News Channel 6. The school district will utilize an automated calling system to notify parents of changes in the school schedule if time permits.

 

EMERGENCY DRILLS

 

LOCKDOWN

 

If at any time the word LOCKDOWN is said by a staff member at Lyon County Middle School,

students are to go to the nearest classroom immediately. Teachers will be instructed to implement

appropriate security measures.  All doors will be locked and no one will be allowed to enter or leave the

school or classrooms without permission from the proper authorities.

 

TORNADO

 

1. The disaster warning will be sounded. When this is heard everyone will go to the hall or, in case of

the gym, to a side room without windows.

 

2. On reaching the designated area, each person should follow one of the following procedures:

a. Rest on knees, lean forward, and cover face by crossing arms above face.

b. Sit on floor, cross legs, and cover face with folded arms.

 

3. The principal or designee will give the signal for all clear and for students to return to the

classrooms.

 

4. Designated safe area charts are posted in each classroom (the same as fire drills).

 

In the event of a tornado warning, once students and staff have been informed to shelter in place, the following procedures will occur in the office.  A sign notifying parents that we are sheltering in place will be displayed on the front door.  Parents and family members may enter the school during this time to take shelter with their child.  Once we begin to shelter in place, no students will be permitted to leave until the administration determines it is safe.

If we receive information that we are in immediate danger, the school will go into lockdown mode to insure the safety of the students and staff.  Once we go into lockdown, no one will be allowed to enter or leave the building until the administration determines the emergency situation is over.

 

FIRE DRILL

 

The fire alarm will sound in case of fire or smoke. When the alarm sounds, students and teachers will

observe the following:

1. Leave all books and other supplies in the classroom.

2. Pass quickly but orderly from the building. NO RUNNING!

3. Obey fire drill evacuation charts that are posted in each classroom.

 

EARTHQUAKE  

 

Earthquakes are a serious threat in some areas of the state and the schools in this district would experience

serious damage in the event of a major earthquake in Kentucky. If an earthquake occurs, the Principal will

see that the following procedures are carried out.

 

1. Remain Calm -Staff members are to take charge as soon as the earthquake begins and give

instructions in a firm, calm voice. Every effort should be made to reassure the students, thus

helping to prevent the possibility of hysteria or panic.

 

2. Remain Where You Are -During the quake remain where you are. Under no circumstances

should persons rush through or outside the building, exposing themselves to falling debris, live

wires, etc. The greatest point of danger is just outside of entrances and close to the sides of

buildings.

 

3. If Indoors -Take cover under desks, tables, or other heavy furniture, in interior doorways or

narrow halls, or against weight-bearing inside walls. Stay away from windows, light fixtures, and

suspended objects.  

 

4. If outdoors – Move away from building. Avoid utility poles and over-head wires. Do not enter

any building that has sustained damage until competent personnel have examined the building and

declared it safe.

 

5. After Quake – After the tremors have ceased evacuate the building and move all personnel to safe areas.

6. Inspect Building – Before students and staff are permitted to re-enter a building it must be declared safe by a qualified person.

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