JASPER MIDDLE SCHOOL
STUDENT HANDBOOK 2021-2022
Jasper Middle School believes the school’s mission is to provide students opportunities for valuable learning experiences and citizenship development in a caring environment of high expectations, positive attitudes, and successful results. We accept the responsibility for guiding all students toward the fulfillment of their potential. This requires the cooperation of the learner, the family, the community and society.
JMS MEDICAL CENTER
Administration of medication and/or treatment – This is permitted only when failure to do so would jeopardize the health of the student or if the student’s attendance is necessitated by the medication or treatment during school hours.
In those circumstances where a student must take prescribed medication during the school day, the following guidelines are to be observed:
1. Parents, with their physician’s counsel, should determine whether the medication schedule can be adjusted to avoid administering medication during school hours.
2. All prescription medication must be in the original container in which it was given by the pharmacist. Medication must be brought to the nurse’s office by the parent where it will be properly secured. Medication of any kind may not be sent to school in a student’s lunch box, backpack, pocket or other means on or about his/her person.
3. The Medication Request and Authorization form must be filed with the nurse before the student will be allowed to begin taking any medication during school hours.
4. Students who may require administration of an emergency medication may have such medication stored in the nurse’s office.
5. A log of each prescribed medication will be maintained which notes the personnel giving the medication, the date, and the time of day.
Written authorization from the parent or guardian must be on file in the office of the school nurse prior to the administration of the medication. This form is found in the registration packet.
Tylenol, Junior Strength Tylenol, Advil, and Tums are provided by the nurse’s office. Any medication required to be given that is not listed above must be provided by the parent/guardian. It will be given only if the permission to give medication sheet is filled out and signed by the parent.
Authorization, for either prescription or non-prescription medicine, must include the student's name, medication name, number of pills in the container, the exact dosage, time to be given, reason, etc.
Inhalers - The student may carry inhalers/emergency medications only if written permission is received from the parent and doctor stating it is necessary to be carried by the student.
Cough drops/Sore throat lozenges – Should be kept in nurse’s station with written parent permission.
Unused medicine - Must be taken home only by the student's parent/guardian or designated person 18 yrs. or older with written permission from parent. Medication may be picked up during school hours only. No medication will be disbursed after 3:00p.m. Monday thru Friday. Any medication not picked up within 2 weeks after the last day of school during the hours of (8am-2pm), will be taken to the police department for proper disposal. To prevent any unused portion being left, only send to school the specific amount of medicine needed for that time.
Illness or Injury during school – An injured or ill student must report immediately to the clinic with a pass. Parents will be contacted in cases of a serious nature. Before leaving school due to illness or injury, a student must "check out” with the nurse and sign out in the main office. Injuries sustained at home or away from school are not the responsibility of the school nurse.
Following the evidence-based recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), who define pediculosis (head lice) as a nuisance rather than a disease, students found to have nits and/or lice will remain at school until the end of the day. Parents of affected students will be notified of the need for treatment and educated on proper treatment procedures. All siblings of affected students in the school corporation will be examined as well. Students will be reexamined the next day and if live lice are found following treatment, the student may not return to school and will be sent home to be treated again. The presence of nits will not prohibit a student from attending school; however, education to parents will be reinforced of the importance of removing all nits to prevent the chance of a recurrence. Classroom checks will only be performed if 3 or more separate students in the same classroom have a confirmed case of head lice in a time span of 1 month. Parents are encouraged to routinely check their child’s hair. If parents find lice and/or nits on their child, they should notify the school nurse. Information about the control of head lice, modes of transmission, diagnosis, treatment, and examination, can be found on the CDC website, or you may contact the Dubois County Health Department, your family physician, or the school nurse.
Per Indiana Code 20-34-4-1, all students must be up to date on all required immunizations by the first day of school, or have a religious or medical exemption on file, with the appropriate documentation provided. Students who do not meet the minimum requirements have a grace period of 20 calendar days and are required to submit a statement or appointment card from their physician or the local health department indicating they are in the process of completing their immunizations. In accordance with the Indiana State Law, if we have not received the appropriate documentation within this time frame, we are required to exclude the student from school until compliance is met. Any questions may be directed to the school nurse, the Dubois County Health Department, or your family physician. A detailed description of the most recent required and recommended immunizations for school aged children in Indiana is listed below.
Counseling service is available to all students. Many student problems can be helped by counseling with a competent person. The school counselor, social worker or teacher will be happy to try to help students with these problems. Appointments can be made by requesting a pass from a teacher, office personnel, or the counselor. Due to the heavy schedule of guidance personnel, appointments may need to be made a few days in advance.
School telephones are for school business only. Students should not ask to use telephones except in emergency situations. Arrangements for routine appointments, after-school activities, rides, or what the child should do in case of early school closing should be made before arriving at school.
JMS cell phone policy is located in the JMS Rules/Procedures section under ELECTRONIC DEVICES. Students should not use personal devices for any purpose between 8-3.
Closed Campus – JMS is a closed campus. Students must stay on the school grounds from the time they arrive until dismissal or until they are picked up by the bus or by parents. Written/Verbal requests by parent/guardian are required for students to leave campus for any reason.
Arrivals - Upon arrival, students should immediately report to their designated area. No student should be in academic areas without a pass.
Breakfast - Students choosing to eat breakfast will be dismissed to the cafeteria at 7:30. Students may also put money in their lunch account from 7:30 – 8:00.
Start Time – Students begin to go to class at 7:49, and all students should be in class by the 8:00 bell.
School closing - Official announcements for school closings may be given over local radio stations and social media sites. The corporation will also utilize an automated calling service to contact families.
Motorized vehicles – Students are prohibited to operate motorized vehicles to or from JMS.
School bus - Busing is a privilege. Any student not abiding to JMS rules and regulations or causing a disturbance on the bus will be subject to consequences which may include denial of busing privilege.
WITHDRAWALS AND TRANSFERS
Withdrawals and transfers must be initiated by the custodial parent or guardian by completing proper withdrawal forms in the office.
Report cards are issued at the end of each quarter, or nine-week session. Incomplete grades must be made up no later than 10 days from the end of the grading period. Grades are as follows:
100 – 94 A 4.00
93 – 90 A- 3.66
89 – 87 B+ 3.33
86 – 83 B 3.00
82 – 80 B- 2.66
79 – 77 C+ 2.33
76 – 73 C 2.00
72 – 70 C- 1.66
69 – 67 D+ 1.33
66 – 63 D 1.00
62 – 60 D- 0.66
59 & Below F 0.00
The grade F (Failure) indicates students who cannot or will not do the minimum amount of work and constantly fail to meet minimum requirements.
Citizenship grades - No mark or S = Satisfactory, N = Needs Improvement, and U = Unsatisfactory. The grade reflects a student’s behavior and attitude in class. It may also affect eligibility in extracurricular activities.
PowerSchool - Grades may be monitored online via PowerSchool. Contact the office to receive log-in information.
Honor Roll - JMS has two honor rolls: 1) a 4.0 GPA and 2) a 3.40 to 3.999 GPA. A student with an F, U, or less than 7 included courses does not qualify for either of the honor rolls. A student who has an (I) for incomplete work will not have the GPA calculated until after the work is complete.
JASPER MIDDLE SCHOOL ATTENDANCE POLICIES
The corporation accepts only the following as excusable reasons for absence from school. Each absence shall be explained by telephone notification, in writing, and signed by the student’s parents. The excuse shall be submitted to the principal and filed as part of the student’s record.
Written excuse for absence from school may be approved for one (1) or more of the following reasons or conditions:
1. Personal illness/injury or exposure to a contagious disease. (This is limited to the length of quarantine as fixed by the proper health officials.
a. The principal may require a doctor’s confirmation if he/she deems it advisable. All required confirmations will be due within 48 hours of the documented absence.
2. Required court attendance
3. Professional appointments – medical, counseling, legal…
a. Parents are encouraged to schedule medical, dental, legal, and other necessary appointments at other times than during the school day. However, when it is not possible, an absent student:
i. Shall have a statement to that effect from his/her parents.
ii. Shall bring a signed statement from the doctor, dentist, lawyer…
iii. Shall report back to school immediately after the appt. if school is still in session.
4. Death in the immediate family – parent, guardian, sibling, grandparent, aunt, or uncle.
5. Observation or celebration of a bona fide religious holiday.
a. Any student shall be excused for the purpose of observing a religious holiday consistent with his/her creed or belief.
6. *A member of the Indiana wing of the civil air patrol who is participating in a civil air patrol program for not more than five (5) days in a school year.
7. *Duty with Indiana National Guard
8. *Service as a page for or as an honoree of the general assembly
9. *Service on precinct election board or for political candidates or parties
10. *Witness in a judicial proceeding
13. Military connected families’ absences related to deployment
14. Such other good cause as may be acceptable to the Superintendent or permitted by law
* Students will not be counted absent with proper verification, certificate, and/or documentation.
Absences that DO NOT accumulate against this guideline include:
1. Field trips
2. College visits, not to exceed (2) days in number, unless approved by the principal
3. A member of the Indiana wing of the civil air patrol who is participating in a civil air patrol program for not more than five (5) days in a school year. (Verification from Indiana Civil Air Patrol is expected.)
4. Duty with Indiana National Guard. (Verification by submitting a copy of orders to active duty expected.)
5. Service as a page for, or as, an honoree of the general assembly. (Verification by a certificate of the Secretary of the Senate of the Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives is expected.)
6. Service on precinct election board or for political candidates or parties. (Verification by signed parent/guardian permission and a signed document by the candidate, political party chairman, campaign manager, or precinct officer describing duties is expected.)
7. Witness in a judicial proceeding. (Verification by submitting subpoena to appear in court is expected.)
*Student will not be counted as absent with proper verification, certificate, and/or documentation.
NOTE: Where the term parent is used this means custodial parent or legal guardian.
All absences and tardies not defined above or in the law shall be considered as unexcused. (Examples of more common unexcused absences are work, missing bus, trips, car trouble, oversleeping, and truancy.)
1. Unexcused Absence WITH Make-up Credit – Where there is an arrangement with the school before the absence occurs and where approval has been granted. Examples of unexcused absence WITH make-up credit could be family trips approved in advance, religious activities and holidays approved in advance, and verified emergencies. Make-up work credit is allowed. It is the responsibility of the student to arrange for make-up work prior to the absence. All completed work is due upon return to school.
2. Unexcused Absence WITHOUT Make-up Credit – Where there is NO knowledge or approval of the parent and the school- no acceptable parent permission, truancy, work, missed bus, etc.… Make-up work may be expected for educational development, but credit will not be applied to class grade.
PARTICIPATION IN ACTIVITIES WHEN ABSENT
Students who miss school for more than one-half (1/2) of the school day because of illness or unexcused absence may not participate/attend after school activities the same day unless permission is granted by the principal. On the day following a contest, students are to be present when school begins. Any student not present for the beginning of school, on the day after a contest, is not to participate in practice unless permitted by the principal.
Students may leave the school building or grounds during regular school hours with written permission from a parent and approval from the school principal.
If a student is ill, a parent must notify the school before 10:00 a.m. that the child will be absent. If a call has not been received by 10:00 a.m., school personnel shall attempt to contact a parent by calling home, work, or emergency number provided by the parent. A reasonable effort shall be made to contact a parent, but the failure to do so does not relieve the parent of the responsibility for the student’s attendance and/or reporting a reason for the absence.
RETURN TO SCHOOL
Students returning to school from an absence when no call had been made shall have a note from a parent. The note should contain the student’s name, reason for absence, date(s), phone number where parent can be reached, and a parent signature. The note should be presented prior to re-admittance to school.
A student may make-up units of study with a properly certificated teacher if prior approval has been granted by the principal. Students will be given the opportunity for making-up work missed due to approved absences. The length of time for completion of make-up work shall be commensurate with the length of the absence. Requests for homework collection can be made to the office after THREE days of absence.
Students will be given the opportunity to make-up work missed due to suspension. The make-up work must be completed and presented to the teacher upon his/her return to school. Tests missed during the period of suspension may be made up by the students by contacting the teacher on the day of his/her return to school. The teacher, at his/her convenience, may administer the test or assign alternate written work in lieu of the test missed.
STUDENT VACATIONS DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR
Students are permitted to go on vacation during the school year without penalty (except the week ending each semester). The purpose of this administrative guideline is to accommodate parents who want to take their vacations during the school year and the desire to enjoy that time as a family.
Whenever a proposed absence-for-vacation is requested, parents must discuss it with the principal. The length of absence should be made clear, and those involved should have an opportunity to express their views on the potential effects of the absence.
A. The corporation will only approve a student’s absence for a vacation with he/she will be in the company of his/her own parent unless there are extenuating circumstances deemed appropriate by the principal.
B. The student may be given approximate assignments and materials for completion.
C. Separate daily assignments may be given. All assigned work is due on the date of return to school.
D. The student may be given approximate assignments and materials for completion.
E. The time missed will be counted as an authorized, unexcused absence, but shall not be a factor in the determining grades unless make-up work is not completed.
NOTIFCATION AND PENALTY
Due Process for Accumulated Absence Elementary and Middle School
A. 5 DAYS OF ACCUMULATED ABSENCE PER SEMESTER
a. Written notice to the parent from the principal
B. 8 DAYS OF ACCUMULATED ABSENCE PER YEAR
a. Personal contact and written notice to the parent from the principal or counselor.
C. 12 DAYS OF ACCUMULATED ABSENCE PER YEAR
a. Conference with principal, letter of incapacity, or other solutions.
Due Process for Unexcused Absence
A. 1 DAY OF UNEXCUSED ABSENCE
a. Personal contact with parent
B. 3 DAYS OF UNEXCUSED ABSENCE
a. Personal contact and written notice to the parent from the principal or counselor
C. 5 DAYS OF UNEXCUSED ABSENCE
a. Conference with the principal; possible solutions and/or consequence discussed.
D. 10 DAYS OF UNEXCUSED ABSENCE FOR YEAR
a. Conference with the principal to consider non-promotion and/or Form 16. Certified notification from the Corporation Attendance Office. Notification to the Juvenile Probation Office and contact to Child Protective Services.
Jasper Middle School students must demonstrate mastery of the essential skills in order to earn promotion to the next grade level. Students who fail three or more quarters in a core subject may not earn promotion. Also, a student that misses 30 days or more in any one year may not earn promotion to the next level or grade. Students who do not meet academic or attendance standards may be “assigned” to the next grade based on other criteria. Students in grade 8 must demonstrate mastery and have acceptable attendance in order to move to the high school level. Students in grade 8 may not participate in Achievement Programs if academic, behavioral, and/or attendance standards are not met.
A student shall be considered truant each day or part of the day s/he is inexcusably absent from his/her assigned location. Absence is defined as non-presence in the assigned location any time beyond the tardiness limit. A student will be considered tardy rather than absent if s/he is in his/her assigned location within ten (10) minutes after the official start of the school day.
Truancy demonstrates a deliberate disregard for the educational program and is considered as a serious matter. Administrative action taken will be as follows:
A. No credit will be recorded for work missed as a result of truancy.
B. A record of the truancy will be entered in the student’s attendance.
C. A parent conference may be held.
A student shall be considered a "habitual truant" when, in spite of warnings and/or his/her parent's efforts to ensure attendance, s/he has accumulated five (5) truancies during a school year.
In accordance with State law, the building principal and/or attendance officer shall use Form 5200 F to keep the Bureau of Motor Vehicles informed of each student whose truancy has resulted in at least two (2) suspensions, an expulsion, or an exclusion from school or if the student has withdrawn from school in an effort to circumvent the loss of his/her learner's permit or application for a driver's license. The disciplining of truant students shall be in accord with Board policies and due process, as defined in Policy 5611 and the Student Code of Conduct.
NOTIFCATION AND PENALTY
Due Process for Truancy
A. 1 DAY TRUANT
a. Personal contact to parent/guardian and assignment Evening/Saturday School.
B. 2 DAYS TRUANT
a. Personal contact to parent/guardian and one day In-school suspension.
C. 3 DAYS TRUANT
a. Two days in-school suspension, revocation or work permit when applicable; Truancy Affidavit filed with the Dubois County Juvenile Probation Officer
D. 4 DAYS TRUANT
a. Conference with parent for possible Form 16.
E. 5 DAYS TRUANT
a. Automatic Form 16 or expulsion of student
STUDENTS LEAVING DURING THE SCHOOL DAY
A. No staff member shall permit or cause any student to leave school prior to the regular hour of dismissal except with the knowledge and approval of the principal and with the knowledge and approval of the student’s parents.
B. No student will be released to any government agency without proper warrant or written parental permission except in the event of an emergency as determined by the principal.
The term "tardy" means being late to school, class or an activity, with or without permission of parents/guardian or school personnel. The building administrator in consultation with staff will establish a specific building definition of what constitutes "being late to school, class or an activity." All teachers will inform their respective classes of the building’s definition of "being late to school, class or an activity." The teacher will counsel with those students who are developing a pattern of being tardy. The teacher will refer to a school administrator those students who in the teacher’s judgment are not making progress towards correcting the problem.
The penalty for tardiness will be left to the discretion of the administration. Teachers may not deduct percentages from grades for tardiness, but may use other methods of dealing with the problem of students arriving late to class. Repeated tardiness to each class and accumulated tardiness will be handled by the building administrator.
JASPER MIDDLE SCHOOL RULES AND REGULATIONS
Building administrators may make written rules that are validly adopted by the Board of School Trustees and establish written standards governing student conduct. Building principals may take any action that is reasonably necessary to carry out or to prevent an interference with carrying out any educational function.
NOTE: Where the term parent is used this means custodial parent or legal guardian
Lockers will be made available for students to use as a service to the students. A student using a locker is presumed under state law to have no expectation of privacy in that locker for its contents except as provided in this policy. Lockers located in the school building are school property. Only school locks are to be used. A student is NOT TO SHARE his/her locker or combination with other students.
STUDENT DRESS CODE POLICY
Principles for good grooming and proper dress are necessary to set an atmosphere conducive to improving the learning situation. It is primarily the parents’ responsibility to ensure that their children are applying these principles. The guidelines listed are not to imply that this is the complete list and may include any item deemed inappropriate and/or in bad taste by the school administration. If a student/parent/guardian has a question about a particular item, please contact the school administration BEFORE wearing the item
1. Clothing, jewelry, or any article that advertises alcohol or tobacco, promotes drug usage, has obscenities, is sexually explicit, or has sexual implications is not permitted.
2. Shorts are permitted when announced by the office and must be appropriate lenth.
3. Pants with rips should not show skin above the wrist area.
4. Shirts must have sleeves and cover the mid-section, shoulders and under arms.
5. Coats should be stored in the student’s locker during the school day.
6. Hats/caps, bandannas, sunglasses, and headwear are not permitted. Hoods may not cover any part of the head during the school day.
7. Tattoos must be covered at all times. Writing on the skin is not permitted.
8. Skirts may be worn at an appropriate length
9. For safety reasons, shoes that have a back to them must be worn at all times. Plastic or rubber “flip-flops” are not appropriate for school.
10. Bags and backpacks may be carried to and from school and to 8th period only.
11. Any clothing or appearance (including hair, makeup, jewelry, piercings, nails, etc…) that is deemed to be distracting to the learning process may be subject to discipline.
12. No gum or candy allowed in the building unless permitted by a faculty or staff member
The administration reserves the right to use other situations of distraction or issues of safety to disallow items in these categories as needed.
Cell phones/smart watches – Between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., devices are to be powered down, placed in lockers, and not used for any personal reasons. Any device seen or heard will be confiscated and taken to the office. Students may use electronic devices before school in the gym/cafe only and after school only. Teachers may allow devices in classrooms as they see fit. If allowed, students should only take devices to that classroom, and the device should not be seen or heard in the hallway during transport. Students should never use phone for personal reasons.
Tablets – Students are permitted to keep a tablet with them during the school day. In the classroom, the tablet must be powered down and put away. Students are allowed to use the tablet after teacher authorization. Any usage of the device that wasn’t approved by the teacher will result in the device being confiscated and taken to the office. No electronic device will be allowed in any restroom or locker room including PE. Any device seen or heard in a locker room or restroom will be immediately confiscated.
a. 1ST OFFENSE: Cell phone turned into the office and can be picked-up after 3:00. Noon detention assigned
b. 2nd OFFENSE: Cell phone turned into the office and must be picked-up by a parent or guardian. After School Detention assigned.
c. 3rd OFFENSE: Cell phone turned into the office, must be picked-up by a parent, and an in-school suspension or Saturday school will be assigned.
Any picture or video taken of a student in a restroom or locker room, WITH or WITHOUT consent, will result in no LESS than an in-school suspension regardless of previous consequences.
Computers - Improper use of computers or other technological devices may result in disciplinary action that may include the student losing rights to use these items. Students must have a signed release form on file and an internet pass with them in order to use the Internet.
JASPER MIDDLE SCHOOL DISCIPLINE POLICY
All personnel at Jasper Middle School are entitled to the respect of the students, and their obedience to the reasonable directions of the personnel is required. Students are responsible for their own actions. All discipline is handled on an individual basis when the need arises. We believe the main goal in this school is EDUCATION.
School officials may find it necessary to discipline students when their behavior interferes with school purposes or educational functions of the school corporation. In accordance the provisions of I.C. 20-8.1-5.1, the following actions may be taken by administrators while noon detentions may be assigned by staff:
REMOVAL FROM CLASS OR ACTIVITY
Noon Detention – Student spends his/her lunch time in the detention room working while eating.
After School Detention – Student must remain after school until 4:00 in the study hall under teacher supervision. Student must bring something to work on for the entire period.
Evening/Saturday School – Student must report to school for the hours dictated by the assignment (3-5:00 or 8:00 – 10:00). Students must bring something to work on for the entirety of time.
IN OR OUT OF SCHOOL SUSPENSION–
A school principal (or designee) may deny a student the right to attend school or take part in any school function for a period of up to ten school days.
A student may be expelled from school for a period no longer than the remainder of the current semester plus the following semester. In cases where the student is being expelled for possession of a firearm, a destructive device, or a deadly weapon, the maximum length of the expulsion period is listed under the Grounds for Suspension and Expulsion, Section B.
** Any student that misses as assigned detention or suspension will be subject to additional penalties.
EXCLUSION FROM SPECIAL ACTIVITIES
Students who are not able to follow school rules and complete assignments should not be able to participate in these special events. Therefore, any student who is assigned three after school detentions or any student who is assigned to any type of suspension may not participate in activities designated by the administration for the remainder of the semester.
Bullying as defined in state law means overt, repeated acts or gestures, including verbal or written communications transmitted, physical acts committed, or any other behaviors committed by a student or group of students against another student with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, or harm the other student. It would include, but not be limited to, such behaviors as stalking, intimidating, menacing, coercion, name-calling, taunting, making threats, and hazing.
Any student who believes s/he has been or is currently the victim of bullying should immediately report the situation to the building principal or assistant principal, or the superintendent. The student may also report concerns to a teacher or counselor who will be responsible for notifying the appropriate administrator.
Every student is encouraged, and every staff member is required, to report any situation that they believe to be bullying behavior directed toward a student. All complaints about bullying behavior that may violate this policy shall be promptly investigated. If the investigation finds an instance of bullying behavior has occurred, it will result in prompt and appropriate disciplinary action.
Retaliation against any person who reports, is thought to have reported, files a complaint, or otherwise participates in an investigation or inquiry concerning allegations of bullying is prohibited and will not be tolerated. Such retaliation shall be considered a serious violation of Board policy and independent of whether a complaint is substantiated. Suspected retaliation should be reported in the same manner as bullying. Making intentionally false reports about bullying for the purpose of getting someone in trouble is similarly prohibited and will not be tolerated. Retaliation and intentionally false reports may result in disciplinary action.
Hazing shall be defined for purposes of this policy as performing any act or coercing another, including the victim, to perform any act of initiation into any class, group or organization that causes or creates a risk of causing mental, emotional, or physical harm. Permission, consent, or assumption of risk by an individual subjected to hazing shall not lessen the prohibitions in this policy.
Administrators, faculty members, and other employees of the Corporation shall be alert particularly to possible situations, circumstances, or events which might include hazing. If hazing or planned hazing is discovered, the students involved shall be informed by the discoverer of the prohibitions contained in this policy and shall be ordered to end all hazing activities or planned activities immediately. All hazing incidents shall be reported immediately to the Superintendent. Students, administrators, faculty members, and other employees who fail to abide by this policy may be subject to disciplinary action and may be held personally liable for civil and criminal penalties in accordance with law.
CRIMINAL ORGANIZATION (GANG) ACTIVITY
It is the policy of Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools to prohibit criminal organization (gang) activity and similar destructive or illegal group behavior on school property or school buses or at school-sponsored functions. It is also the policy to prohibit reprisal or retaliation against individuals who report criminal organization (gang) activity and similar destructive or illegal group behavior or who are victims, witnesses, bystanders, or others with reliable information about an act of criminal organization (gang) activity and similar destructive or illegal group behavior. Per IC 20-33-9-10.5, a school employee shall report any incident of suspected criminal organization (gang) activity, criminal gang intimidation, or criminal gang recruitment to the principal. The principal will take appropriate action to maintain a safe and secure school environment, including providing appropriate intervention services. Additionally, any student who has reason to believe that another student is taking part in gang activity should report the issue to the principal immediately.
GROUNDS FOR SUSPENSION OR EXPULSION
The grounds for expulsion or suspension apply when student is:
a. On school grounds immediately before, during, and immediately after school hours and at any other time when the school is being used by a school group (including summer school);
b. Off school grounds at a school activity, function, or event;
c. Traveling to or from school or a school activity, function, or event;
d. When offense is considered to be an interference with school purposes or an educational function.
A. Student Misconduct and/or Substantial Disobedience
Grounds for suspension or expulsion are student misconduct and/or substantial disobedience. Examples of student misconduct and/or substantial disobedience for which a student may be suspended or expelled include, but are not limited to:
1. Using violence, force, noise, coercion, threat, intimidation, fear, passive resistance, or other conduct constituting an interference with school purposes, or urging other students to engage in such conduct. The following enumeration is only illustrative and not limited to the type of conduct prohibited by this rule:
a. Occupying any school building, school grounds, or part thereof with intent to deprive others of its use.
b. Blocking the entrance or exits of any school building or corridor or room therein with intent to deprive others of lawful access to or from, or use of the building, corridor, or room.
c. Setting fire to or damaging any school building or property.
d. Prevention of or attempting to prevent by physical act the convening or continued functioning of any school or education function, or of any meeting or assembly on school property.
e. Intentionally making noise or acting in any manner so as to interfere with the ability of any teacher or any other person to conduct or participate in an education function.
2. Engaging in any kind of aggressive behavior that does physical or psychological harm to another person or urging of other students to engage in such conduct. Prohibited conduct includes coercion, harassment, bullying, hazing, or other comparable conduct.
3. Engaging in violence and/or threat of violence against any student, staff member, and/or other persons. Prohibited violent or threatening conduct includes threatening, planning, or conspiring with others to engage in a violent activity.
4. Causing or attempting to cause damage to school property, stealing or attempting to steal school property.
5. Causing or attempting to cause damage to private property, stealing or attempting to steal private property.
6. Causing or attempting to cause physical injury or behaving in such a way as could reasonably cause physical injury to any person.
7. Threatening or intimidating any person for any purpose, including obtaining money or anything of value.
8. Threatening (whether specific or general in nature) damage or injury to persons or property regardless of whether there is a present ability to commit the act.
9. Failing to report the actions or plans of another person to a teacher or administrator where those actions or plans, if carried out, could result in harm to another person or persons or damage property when the student has information about such actions or plans.
10. Possessing, handling, or transmitting a knife or any object that can reasonably be considered a weapon, is represented to be a weapon, or looks like a weapon.
11. Possessing, using, transmitting, or being affected by any controlled substance, prescription drug narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, alcoholic beverage, intoxicant or depressant of any kind, or any paraphernalia used in connection with the listed substances. Also prohibited is the consumption of any of the stated substances immediately before attending school or a school function or event.
12. Possessing, using, or transmitting any substance which is represented to be or looks like a narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, alcoholic beverage, stimulant, depressant, or intoxicant of any kind.
13. Possessing, using, transmitting, or being affected by caffeine-based substances other than beverages, substances containing phenylpropanolamine (PPA), stimulants of any kind, or any other similar over-the-counter products.
14. Possessing, using, distributing, purchasing, or selling tobacco products of any kind or in any form.
15. Offering to sell or agreeing to purchase a controlled substance or alcoholic beverages.
16. Failing to comply with directions of teachers or other school personnel during any period of time when the student is properly under their supervision, where the failure constitutes an interference with school purposes or an educational function.
17. Failing to completely and truthfully respond to questions from a staff member regarding school-related matters including potential violations of the student conduct rules or state or federal law.
18. Falsely accusing any person of sexual harassment, or of violating a school rule, and/or state/federal law.
19 Engaging in any activity forbidden by the laws of Indiana that constitutes an interference with school purposes or an educational function.
20. Aiding, assisting, or conspiring with, another person to violate these student conduct rules or state or federal law.
21. Engaging in academic dishonesty, including cheating, intentionally plagiarizing, wrongfully giving or receiving help during an academic examination, and wrongfully obtaining test copies or scores.
22. Taking or displaying pictures (digital or otherwise) without the consent of the student or staff member in a situation not related to a school purpose or educational function.
23. Engaging in pranks that could result in harm to another person.
24. Use or possession of gunpowder, ammunition, or an inflammable substance.
25. Violating any rules that are reasonably necessary in carrying out school purposes or an educational function.
26. Violation of any student conduct rule the school building principal establishes and gives publication of it to all students and parents in the principal’s school building.
B. Possessing A Firearm or a Destructive Device
1. No student shall possess, handle or transmit any firearm or a destructive device on school property.
2. The following devises are considered to be a firearm under this rule:
-any weapon which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive
-the frame or receiver of any weapon described above
-any firearm muffler or firearm silencer
-any destructive device which is an explosive, incendiary, or poison gas bomb, grenade, rocket having a propellant charge of more than four ounces, missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than one-quarter ounce, mine, or any similar device
-any weapon which will, or which may be readily converted to, expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or other propellant, and which has any barrel with a bore of more than one-half inch in diameter
-any combination of parts either designed or intended for use in converting any device into any destructive device described in the two immediately preceding examples, and from which a destructive device may be readily assembled
-an antique firearm
-a rifle or a shotgun that the owner intends to use solely for sporting, recreational, or cultural purposes
3. For purposes of this rule, a destructive device is
-an explosive, incendiary, or overpressure device that is configured as a bomb, a grenade, a rocket with a propellant charge of more than four ounces, a missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than one-quarter ounce, a mine, a Molotov cocktail or a device that is substantially similar to an item described above,
-a type of weapon that may be readily converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or other propellant through a barrel that has a bore diameter of more than one-half inch, or
-a combination of parts designed or intended for use in the conversion of a device into a destructive device. A destructive device is NOT a device that although originally designed for use as a weapon, is redesigned for use as a signaling, pyrotechnic, line throwing, safety, or similar device.
4. The penalty for possession of a firearm or a destructive device: suspension up to 10 days and expulsion from school for at least one calendar year with the return of the student to be at the beginning of the first semester after the one-year period. The superintendent may reduce the length of the expulsion if the circumstances warrant such reduction.
5. The superintendent shall immediately notify the appropriate law enforcement agency when a student engages in behavior described in this rule.
C. Possessing A Deadly Weapon
1. No student shall possess, handle or transmit any deadly weapon on school property.
2. The following devises are considered to be deadly weapons as defined in I.C. 35-41-1-8:
-a weapon, taser or electronic stun weapon, equipment, chemical substance, or other material that in the manner it is used, or could ordinarily be used, or is intended to be used, is readily capable of causing serious bodily injury.
-an animal readily capable of causing serious bodily injury and used in the commission or attempted commission of a crime.
3. The penalty for possession of a deadly weapon: up to 10 days suspension and expulsion from school for a period of up to one calendar year.
4. The superintendent may notify the appropriate law enforcement agency when a student engages in behavior described in this rule.
D. Unlawful Activity
A student may be suspended or expelled for engaging in unlawful activity on or off school grounds if the unlawful activity may reasonably be considered to be an interference with school purposes or an educational function, or the student’s removal is necessary to restore order or protect persons on school property. This includes any unlawful activity meeting the above criteria that takes place during weekends, holidays, other school breaks, and the summer period when a student may not be attending classes or other school functions.
E. Legal Settlement
A student may be expelled if it is determined that the student’s legal settlement is not in the attendance area of the school where the student is enrolled.
RIGHT TO APPEAL
The student or parent has the right to appeal an expulsion decision to the school board within 10 days of the receipt of notice of the action taken. The student or parent appeal to the school board must be in writing. If an appeal is properly made, the board will consider the appeal unless it votes not to hear the appeal. If the board hears the appeal, it will consider the written summary of the expulsion meeting and the arguments of both the school administration and the student and/or the student’s parent. The board will then take any action deemed appropriate.
Jasper Middle School Disciplinary Levels and Consequences
1. Academic Dishonesty
The act of copying the work of others or allowing another to copy work. Forging the signature of another.
Lowering of citizenship grade by one letter grade, a zero on the assignment, assignment of ASD, ISS, OSS, or Sat. school**
Automatic U in citizenship. Zero on the assignment.
One day ISS.**
Three days ISS. Zero on the assignment.**
Intentionally causing or attempting to cause physical injury or intentionally behaving in such a way as could reasonably cause physical injury to any person.
One to three days ISS.**
Three to five days OSS.**
Ten days OSS and a recommendation for expulsion.**
3. Possession/ Use of tobacco products or paraphernalia
The act of possessing or using tobacco products of any kind is prohibited on school property, at a school activity, function, or event, and while traveling to or from school or a school activity, function, or event in a school owned or authorized vehicle.
Three days ISS.
Five days OSS.
Ten days OSS and a recommendation for expulsion.
4. Continuous class disruptions that warrant being sent to office
To be repeatedly involved in behavior that disrupts the educational process of the other students in the classroom.
Warning, lunch detention, after school detention, or Saturday school.
Lunch detention, after school detention, Saturday school, or ISS.**
After school detention, Saturday school, or ISS.**
*Subsequent offenses may result in OSS and/or a recommendation for expulsion.
The act of using obscene or profane language in verbal or written form or in pictures, caricatures or obscene gestures on any school property, at any school activity or to and from a school activity.
Warning, lunch detention, after school detention, Saturday school, or ISS.
One to three days ISS.**
One to five days OSS.
Subsequent offenses may result in OSS and/or a recommendation for expulsion.**
6. Destruction of property (school or personal).
The willful or malicious or inadvertent act of destroying or damaging the property of others.
Warning, lunch detention, after school detention, Saturday school, or ISS.
Restitution is expected to be carried out within a six-week period.**
One day ISS to three days OSS.
Restitution is expected to be carried out within a six-week period.**
Three to five days OSS.
A recommendation for expulsion may be made.
Restitution is expected to be carried out within a six-week period.**
The act of being late to school or class.
Students will be assigned one after school detention for every three occurrences of being tardy.
Habitual tardiness may result in ISS or other disciplinary action.**
The act of being absent from school without the knowledge and approval of a school administrator and parent.
Truancy charges filed.
Saturday school or ISS and up to 3 days detention.**
Truancy charges filed.
Saturday school and up to 3 days ISS.**
Truancy charges filed.
Saturday school and up to 5 days ISS.**
9. Dress Code Violation
Any dress that violates the dress code listed in the JMS student handbook
Warning and parents must bring a change of clothes
Noon detention and parents must bring a change of clothes
After-school detention and parents must bring a change of clothes.
10. Cell phone violation
Having cell phone out of student locker without permission or using electronic device without permission.
A noon detention is earned and student may pick-up device at 3:00 from office
An after-school detention is earned and a parent must pick-up device from office
An in-school suspension is earned and a parent must pick-up device from office
11. Other serious misconduct
The list of misconduct and consequences is not intended to be an all-inclusive list. Therefore, the administration reserves the right to assign reasonable consequences for all forms of misconduct. Examples include: False alarms, fireworks, false reporting, threatening, etc.**