School Handbook

OLUSTEE-ELDORADO PUBLIC SCHOOL

STUDENT HANDBOOK

TABLE OF CONTENTS 2021-2022

 

 

School Colors 2

School Mascot 2

Student Handbook and Policies 2

To the Students of Olustee-Eldorado School 2

School Loyalty 2

School Philosophy 2

Closed Campus

Enrollment 3

Olustee-Eldorado School Seeks Assistance with Child Serve 3

Olustee-Eldorado Public School Annual Notification to Parents, Teachers, Employees 3

FERPA Rights 4

Grading Scale 4

Promotion and Retention 4

Student Classification 4

Junior High Graduation 5

High School Graduation 5

Graduation Ceremony 5

OSSAA Eligibility Requirements 5

Care of Textbooks 6

Concurrent Enrollment 6

Responsibility of School Property 6

Inspection of Lockers 6

Change of Schedules 6

Transportation 6

Vo-Tech Bus 7

Fire and Storm Warning / Lockdown 7

Class Organization 7

Withdrawal Procedure 7

Visitor to School 7

Leaving the School Building during School Hours 8

Restrooms 8

Lost and Found Articles 8

Dress and Appearance 8

Valedictorian and Salutatorian 9

Junior Senior Play 9

Prescription and Nonprescription Drugs 9

Telephone Use 9

Public Display of Affection 9

Tobacco 9

Radio or Electronic Devices 9

Head Lice Policy 10

Athletic Policy 10

Attendance 11

Attendance Laws and Regulations 12

Sexual Harassment, Intimidation, & Bullying Policy 12

Student Suspension—Procedural Rights and Regulations 13

Student Discipline 14

Report Students under the Influence of or Possessing Nonintoxicating Beverages, Alcoholic Beverages,

or Controlled Dangerous Substance 17

Search and Seizure Policy 17

Policy and Procedure, Reference to Drugs and Alcohol and Students 18

Olustee-Eldorado Transfer Policy 18

FERPA 19

 

 

 

Olustee-Eldorado Public School

Student Handbook

 

School Colors Royal Blue, Black, & White

High School Mascot — Diamondback

Elementary Mascot - Lil' Rattler

Student Handbook and Policies

This handbook has been prepared as a guideline to create a more effective and unified school program in the Olustee-Eldorado School District.

Olustee-Eldorado School is devoted to the enrichment of the lives of the boys and girls of this community so that each student may have the best educational opportunity possible. To achieve this goal, a high quality of instruction is maintained in all grades.

It is through the cooperation of parents, students, teachers, school administrators, Board of Education, and the entire community that the best educational opportunities for the children are available.

We extend an invitation to every stakeholder to visit the school at every opportunity to create a bond between community and school staff.

To the Students of Olustee-Eldorado School

The Olustee-Eldorado School faculty and administration desire that your school days be memorable, but ultimately, it will depend largely upon each of you as students. Students are happiest when they spend their time on worthwhile projects and activities. You have a chance to take an active part in many activities in addition to your regular class work. It is our earnest hope that you will take advantage of all opportunities that lie before you.

School Loyalty

If your school is to be successful, students must be loyal, devoted, and faithful in both academics and extracurricular activities. Your school deserves the following commitment from each student: “I will obey and help others obey school rules, which further the good of all.”

Such rules include proper conduct in the halls, assemblies, classrooms, lunchroom, and anywhere on school premises; respect for superiors, classmates, and buildings, as well as self; faithful preparation of lessons; observance of appropriate language; a sportsmanlike attitude at all time; and the development of valuable citizenship traits.

School Philosophy

The mission of Olustee-Eldorado Public Schools is to create an alliance among students, teachers, parents, and the community, thus creating an environment where all students can learn and meet the academic and career challenges of the 21st Century, constantly striving to improve and meet the needs of our changing society.

 

 

 

Closed Campus

 

In order to provide the safest environment possible, Olustee-Eldorado Public School adheres to a closed campus policy for grades 7 and 8.  Students grades 10 through 12 will have open campus privileges as long as they adhere to school policy. This includes riding and driving privileges. Riding privileges extend to only parents/guardians or a person directly connected to school, i.e. student or school employee. Driving privileges extend only to those students with a valid driver’s license and own vehicle.  Students in the 9th grade can have open campus privileges on Friday.

Students should park in designated student parking areas only Students who plan to drive to school shall obtain a driving permit from the office.  In order to maintain security and safety on school campuses, all vehicles parked on school property are subject to being randomly checked for school contraband by detection canines. Any student vehicle identified by the detection team as possibly containing contraband will be manually searched by the administration and/or detection team. Students who refuse to have their cars searched will forfeit all driving privileges to school or a school function for a minimum of the remainder of the school year. In addition, the student will be instructed to leave school immediately and law enforcement will be notified.

Enrollment

Any student who is a legal resident of the Olustee-Eldorado School District or who has been legally transferred from another school district and who has attained the age of five (5) years of age on or before September 1, and twenty-one (21) years of age on or before September 1 shall be entitled to enroll in school free of charge. No child shall be enrolled in the first grade unless he or she will have reached the age of six (6) years on or before September 1 of the school year.

Students enrolling in Olustee-Eldorado Public School from a school not accredited by the State Department of Education shall take a standardized achievement test and/or comprehensive written subject area examination which may be used to determine grade placement and/or academic units of study. These tests shall be administered by certified personnel of the Olustee-Eldorado School system or by an agency designated by the school to administer such tests. The final decision as to grade placement and/or academic units of credit shall be determined by designated Officials at the Olustee-Eldorado School system in charge of student records.

However, these enrollment privileges may not be applicable to any student who has been suspended from any other school for disciplinary reasons.

The Board of Education will deny application for student transfer to Olustee-Eldorado School from another school if the student request is due to discipline, suspension, expulsion, or other questionable circumstances at the previous school.

Olustee-Eldorado School Seeks Assistance with Child Serve

Child serve is the active, ongoing process of locating, identifying, and evaluating handicapped children to provide services to meet their needs.

Public Law 94-142 provides that each handicapped child is entitled to a free, appropriate public education; the State Department of Education has approved regulations to meet minimum guidelines to implement such services.

Olustee-Eldorado Public School is seeking assistance in the effort to identify and serve handicapped children from birth through 21 years of age who may be eligible to receive educational services.

Any information or referral of children with suspected mental or physical handicap can be brought to the attention of the Olustee-Eldorado Special Education teacher or Superintendent of Olustee-Eldorado Public Schools. The telephone number to call is 580-648-2243.

Olustee-Eldorado Public School Annual Notification to Parents, Teachers, Employees

The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act of 1986 requires the inspection of all buildings in the school district for asbestos.

The district has complied with this act. A management plan documenting these inspections is on file for public review. You may

examine the plan, located at the superintendent’s office, upon request.

Olustee-Eldorado Public School annually notifies all parents, teachers, and other employees by newspaper and social media. Additionally, information regarding any asbestos-related activities, planned or in progress, will be disseminated by the local newspaper and social media when they arise.

The asbestos identified in our management plan is checked regularly by an asbestos company and our staff to scrutinize any changes in the material, which could cause a health hazard. We will continue to monitor the asbestos as defined by EPA guidelines. If changes occur, our asbestos coordinator will notify the appropriate people as prescribed by law.

 

General Guidelines:

1. Students should take as much pride as possible in keeping the building and premises clean and free from paper and other waste

2. No candy, food, or pop is to be allowed in the classrooms during the school day. The only time that pop and candy may be in classrooms is with special permission from the administration to have a party as a reward or as a special occasion.

3. Students shall not leave the school grounds unless the parent notifies the administration ahead of time,

4. Students should not enter the building before 8:15. Students may come in for help in a class if arrangements are made the day before or if permission is granted by hall duty teachers.

5. Parents will be held responsible for any damages that are willfully and intentionally done to school property by their child (School Laws of Oklahoma: Section 663).

6. Sunglasses are not to be worn by students in the building, unless special permission is given by the teacher or the principal.

FERPA Rights

The permanent record of each pupil who attends Olustee-Eldorado School is kept in the office of the principal. Students needing copies of transcripts for enrollment in college or universities should contact the principal or counselor.

Olustee-Eldorado School designates the following information as student directory information; (1) name, (2) address, (3) telephone number, (4) date and place of birth, (5) major field of study, (6) participation in school activities and sports, (7) classification , (8) weight and height of athletic team members, (9) attendance dates, (10) awards received, (11) most recent previous school attendance.

The official educational records of a student may be inspected by the student’s parents, who upon filing a written request for a hearing, may also challenge the contents of the records, Parents also have a right to obtain a copy of these records.

The rights of parents become the rights of the student when the student attains the age of eighteen (18) years.

Grading Scale

A+ 97to100

A 93 to 96

A- 90to92

B+ 87to89

B 83 to 86

B- 80to82

C-v 77 to 79

C 73 to 76

C- 70to72

D+ 67to69

D 63 to 66

D- 60to62

F 59orbelow

Passing grades required in each class for eligibility in extracurricular activities.

Grade cards are issued each nine weeks.

Promotion and Retention

A final evaluation of the achievements of students enrolled in grades 7 through 12 will be made prior to the end of each current school year. In grades 7 and 8, students failing any two (2) of the core curriculum shall be retained in the same grade the next year.

Student Classification

9 through 12th Beginning with the freshman class of 2001, classification will be designated as follows:

A. Sophomore-accumulated 5 credits, 3 of which must be core curriculum

B. Junior-accumulated 10 credits, 7 of which must be core curriculum

C. Senior-accumulated 16 credits, 11 of which must be core curriculum

Beginning in 2003, graduation requirements will include 23 credits, 15 of which must be core curriculum.

Any student unable to schedule the remainder of his/her graduation requirements in a normal seven period day may be unable to graduate on schedule

Core curriculum classes are designated as those required by the State of Oklahoma for graduation.

 

 

Students moving to Oklahoma from another state and enrolling in a senior high school (10th, I 11th, or 12th grade) may graduate without Oklahoma History and/or World History if the course is not taught in the senior high school, or if the out-of-state student is unable to take the course due to the scheduling of classes.

All provisions set aside by the State Board of Education will be followed.

Junior High Graduation

Students graduating from 8th grade must pass a total of five units, failing no more than one core curriculum class. Any student not fulfilling this requirement shall not be permitted to participate in Junior High Graduation.

High School Graduation

Students must meet all graduation requirements to receive a high school diploma. A student may lack one credit and still be included in the graduation ceremony, but he/she will not receive a diploma until all class work is completed.

Foreign Exchange Students

Olustee-Eldorado High School welcomes the opportunity to serve approved foreign exchange students. However, state law prohibits foreign exchange students from receiving a high school diploma.

Attendants For Graduation

Students must be in good standing academically and be approved by sponsors and administration.

Graduation Ceremony

These events are formal occasions requiring that students dress appropriately. Appropriate dress for young men is considered to be a shirt with tie, slacks, and dress shoes. Proper dress for young women is considered to be dressy dress or dressy slack suits with dress shoes.

OSSAA Scholastic Eligibility Requirements

The following are requirements set forth by the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association and the Olustee-Eldorado Board of Education. They are minimum requirements. Local schools and organizations may adopt more restrictive guidelines. These standards are applicable to any activity that involves competition between two schools.

To be eligible. A student must be in attendance 90% of the time. They must have passed five (5) classes the previous semester to be eligible for competition at the beginning of a semester. If they did not pass S classes, they are ineligible for the first six (6) weeks of the current semester.

Students must also maintain passing grades in all classes. Scholastic eligibility will be checked after three weeks (during the fourth week) of a semester and each succeeding week thereafter. If a student is failing one class at the end of a week, he/she will be placed on probation for the next week period. If the student is still failing in any class at the end of the probationary period, he/she will be ineligible to participate during the next one-week period. He/she will continue to be ineligible until he/she no longer has a failing grade in any class. An eligible grade is a current passing grade above 59 in any class. This rule applies to all extracurricular activities and class activities.

To participate in extracurricular activities a student must be in attendance one half day at school. The principal can make exceptions for extenuating circumstances.

 

 

 

 

 

Care of Textbooks and School Issued Devices

A considerable amount of money has been spent on textbooks, tablets, and chromebooks. Students are responsible for the care of all books and devices loaned to them by Olustee-Eldorado Public School.

If books or equipment are lost, destroyed, or vandalized in any way, students will be required to pay the purchase price for the

replacement.

Concurrent Enrollment

Any junior or senior that would like to take a college course while still in high school would be eligible depending on qualifications, which are: Seniors have to have an ACT composite of 19 or higher, a high school overall GPA of 3.0, and an ACT score of 19 or higher in the curricular area in which they wish to enroll. Juniors must have an ACT composite of 21 or higher, a high school overall GPA of 3.5, and an ACT score of 19 or higher in the curricular area in which they wish to enroll. All concurrent enrollment courses shall be documented on students’ high school transcripts as either academic or elective credit pursuant to 70 O.S. 2001, Section 628.13. Grades earned for concurrent courses taken as core courses and are needed for high school graduation will be included in students’ high school GPA. Grades earned for concurrent courses which are not taken as core courses, whether or not they are needed for high school graduation, will not be included in students’ high school GPA. Both parents and students may be required to sign a document acknowledging their understanding of Olustee-Eldorado High School’s concurrent GPA policy.

Responsibility of School Property

Lockers

It is the policy of this district that school lockers will be assigned to students on the first day of school or as soon as possible thereafter.

Putting a lock on the locker is left to the discretion of the student. Lockers are to be kept clean and never defaced in any manner. This applies to the inside as well as the outside. Students should not keep money or other valuables in lockers.

Students are strongly encouraged to use locks on their lockers. They are also encouraged not to have valuable items at school that might be lost, stolen, or damaged.

Inspection of Lockers

It is the policy of the Olustee-Eldorado Board of Education that all student lockers, desks, and other school property are subject to periodic inspection. When such inspections are announced, each student shall open his or her locker and remain present during the inspection.

Students have no expectation of privacy concerning lockers, desks, or other school property.

Reference:70 O.S.S24-102

Change of Schedules

If a student finds just cause to change their class schedule at the beginning of the school year, or the beginning of the 2nd  semester, this change must be approved by the counselor and parent and be completed within the first 3 days of school to change their schedule. They must complete the form and have a parent signature in order to change the schedule. They must also have a valid reason for the change. There will be no exceptions.

Transportation

School bus transportation is not a requirement by law but is an option given to the individual school district. Transportation is provided for school sponsored trips and activities. Bus drivers are given complete authority to maintain control and discipline of students on the bus. Any student that is a frequent disciplinary problem may be deprived of the privilege of riding the bus. Buses will be used on all school- sponsored trips and activities, unless prior permission is secured from the parent and authorized by the principal. Students must return on the bus unless released to the parents by the sponsor.

 

SWTC Bus

All Olustee-Eldorado students will ride the bus to  and back from  SWTC unless the student receives authorization from the principal and the parents, as well as the Technology Center. The same rules apply to SWTC students that apply to the other students at Olustee-Eldorado School.

Fire, Storm Warnings & Lockdown Procedures

State law requires that every school must have a fire drill during the first fifteen (15) days of school. A procedure for the orderly evacuation of buildings when a fire alarm is sounded should be formulated by the building principal under the direction of the superintendent. A record of each drill is to be kept and made available to the State Fire Marshall or his agent upon request. Disaster drills must occur once per year during the first fifteen (15) days of school.

Fire—One continuous blast of the bell or fire alarm.

Storm Threats—Three short blasts of the bell at 3 second intervals.

Students will be instructed on how to react to emergency situations. It is very important that students follow their teacher’s instructions. In case of an emergency, parents are urged to not fly to pick up their children until such a time as all the children are put in a safe situation and can be accounted for.

Lockdown – Depending on the type of lockdown as determined by the type of threat to the school or surrounding community, interior and/or exterior doors on the school campus are locked.  No one is allowed to enter or exit the building. Parents may not come into the school during a lockdown.  This is for everyone’s safety.

Class Organizations

Classes will be organized in a class meeting early at the beginning of each school year. Officers to be elected are president, vice-president, secretary-treasurer, reporter, and a student council representative. (Seniors will elect two student council representatives if their president is also student council president.)

Faculty members will be assigned as class sponsors in grades 7 through 12.

Class officers shall be elected by secret ballot of each class. To be eligible to run for a class office, a student must have a 2.5 G.P.A. and maintain good attendance. No person who has failed two or more subjects the preceding semester will be eligible to run for class office or student council.

Being an officer requires participation in many class projects and added responsibilities. The sponsors can remove officers who are not involved or do not meet the responsibilities of being a class officer from office. The principal and class sponsor may remove any student guilty of serious or habitual misconduct from an officer position.

Class meetings must have the approval of the principal. The sponsor of the class is to arrange the meetings.

Grades 7 through 12 will be allowed one class party during the school year and a Christmas party. All conditions of the party must be approved by the principal and class sponsors.

Withdrawal Procedure

Students who are moving or leaving this school for any reason should report to the principal’s office before the last full day of attendance to get proper instructions on withdrawing. All books must be checked in, records cleared, and any indebtedness paid before a transcript of the student’s record can be forwarded to another school.

Visitor to School

Anyone visiting the school must come to the main office (superintendent’s office) for permission to contact school personnel or students. Students are not to bring guests or visitors to school.

Adult visitors, including parents, should also report to the main office immediately upon entering the building and advise the superintendent or principal of the nature of their visit.

Orders to leave school property: The superintendent or principal of any secondary, middle or elementary school shall have the authority to order any person out of the school building and off the school property when it appears that the presence of such person is a threat to the peaceful conduct of school business and school classes. Any person who refuses to leave the school building or grounds after being ordered to do so by the superintendent or principal, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine or not more that five hundred dollars ($500.00) or by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than ninety (90) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. (70 O.S.A. 24-131)

Leaving the Building during School Hours

Students must check out of school through the office.  Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action.  Students may only check out of school with the personal permission of their parents or guardian.  Permission must be given in person or on the phone before the student may be approved to leave school. 

Restrooms

Students should avail themselves of opportunities to use restrooms during class intermissions and the noon break frequent excuses from class to go to the restroom are discouraged. Parents should notify the school of any health problems that might merit special consideration.

Lost and Found Articles

The school will not be responsible for lost articles. You should not bring more money to school than is necessary for the days activities. Loss of money or articles should be reported promptly to the teacher in charge or the principal and every effort will be made to find the missing items. Articles found should be brought to the principal’s office.

Dress and Appearance

Generally, students should regard neatness and cleanliness in grooming and clothing as important. Dress or grooming which is in any way disruptive to the operation of the school will not be permitted.

Revealing or sexually provocative clothing, or clothing of extreme style may not be worn.

The following are specifically prohibited:

1. Short shorts, loosely woven knit or mesh shirts, and muscle shirts without a shirt underneath.

2. Shirts or blouses that do not overlap their skirts, shorts, trousers, including brief sun tops, tube tops, and crop tops. Shirts should cover the chest.

3. Shirts with the sleeves removed or tops designed to reveal a portion of the front, back or middle. Tank tops should measure 3 fingertip width  and should not  expose the  under the arm area.

4. Indoor wearing of hats or caps during school hours. Rags that completely cover the head cannot be worn by boys or girls.

5. Bicycle shorts or tights by themselves.

6. Clothing shall not display any figures or lettering which carry a connotation of immorality, vulgarity, obscenity including any display or lettering pertaining to alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, or controlled substances.

7. Clothing that is baggy or loosely hung on the hips by a belt so the crotch hangs at the knees will not be worn.

8. Leggings should have a shirt worn over the leggings that reaches fingertip length with relaxed shoulders.

9. Students must have at least a 4” inseam in any shorts or skirts.  If the inseam is shorter than 4”, legging or shorts must be worn underneath.  Any pants, shorts, or skirts with rips, tears, or frays above the 4” inseam must also have shorts or leggings worn underneath to meet the requirement.

10. Middle School students in grades 4-6 must have at least a 4" inseam in any shorts or skirts. If the inseam is shorter than 4", leggings or shorts must be worn underneath. Any pants or shorts with rips, tears, or frays above the 4" inseam must also have shorts or leggings worn underneath.

11. Any clothing that the administration or faculty recognizes as gang related will not be worn.

12. All other forms of appearance will be left up to the discretion of the principal.

Dress and Appearance for Extracurricular Activities

Principals, in conjunction with sponsors, coaches, or other persons in charge of extracurricular activities, may regulate dress and grooming of students who participate in a particular activity if the principal reasonably believes that the students dress or grooming creates a hazard, or may prevent, interfere with, or adversely affect the purpose, direction, or effort required for the activity to achieve its goals.

If a student’s dress or grooming is objectionable under the above provisions, the principal shall request the student to make appropriate corrections. If the student declines, the principal shall notify the student’s parents or legal guardian and request that person to make the necessary correction. If both the student and parent or legal guardian refuse, the principal shall take the appropriate disciplinary action.

Students who violate provisions of the dress code and who refuse to correct the violation may be disciplined by removal or exclusion from extracurricular activities.

 

 

 

 

Valedictorian and Salutatorian

A student must have been enrolled as a full-time student in regular attendance at Olustee-Eldorado School the last year of elementary school or senior high school to be eligible for valedictorian or salutatorian.

They shall be selected at the end of the last semester of the graduating Eighth and Senior classes. The student with the highest GPA will be valedictorian and the second highest will be salutatorian.

Junior/Senior Play

Olustee-Eldorado School will sponsor a combined junior and senior play. The play proceeds will be divided between the junior and senior class, with the exception of ticket money going to the class that sold those tickets. Students who are unwilling or unable to make practice before or after school hours should not try out for the play. The play director shall have the authority to remove any student from the play for lack of cooperation, excessive absences from practice, failure to learn part within prescribed period of time, or misconduct.

Prescription and Nonprescription Drugs

All medicine brought on campus by students must be brought to the Principal’s office, where its use will be monitored. Written permission from the student’s parent or legal guardian will be required before medicine is dispensed. Medicines will be given only in the principal’s office. This is for student protection. In the event an inhaler for asthma must be carried, the student will need to provide a note by his/her parent or legal guardian to the principal.

Telephone Use — Front Office Only

The telephones at Olustee-Eldorado Public Schools are for business use only. Students will not be permitted to use these phones except in an emergency. If you receive a call, a message will be delivered, but you will not be allowed to leave class unless it is an emergency. Plan ahead so you will not have the need to call for forgotten books, RE. clothes, etc.

Public Displays of Affection (PDA)

Public displays of affection, including holding hands, kissing, etc. are not acceptable behavior for Olustee-Eldorado students.

Tobacco

Use or possession of tobacco in any form, including e-cigarettes (vapes), by students at Olustee-Eldorado School is prohibited while on campus or any school sponsored trip. Any person who is in possession of any kind of tobacco product will be disciplined. Disciplinary action will include a three (3) day suspension for the first offense; additional offenses will result in additional suspensions

Tobacco products will be confiscated if seen by school personnel.

Any person who refuses to divulge his or her source for tobacco will be guilty of a misdemeanor and may be punished by fine, jail term or both if convicted. (State Law)

It is a violation of law for any adult to loan, give or furnish tobacco products to students. Failure to observe this law could result in a fine and/or confinement in the county jail.

Electronic Devices

All current forms of electronics (except cell phones), are not permitted on school campuses, school buses, at school sponsored events away from home.  These items will lead to discipline if brought to school.  Cell Phones are to be turned off and put away at all times during school classes or when requested by school officials. 

Exemptions to this rule may apply due to extenuating circumstances, and the exemption must be approved by the principal.

 

 

Head Lice Policy

Olustee-Eldorado will conduct head checks randomly, or routinely at the discretion of administration.   In the event that a student has been found to have head lice or nits, the following policy adopted by this school board will be followed.

Live Lice:

If a student or students are found to have live head lice, a parent will be called and the child will need to leave school and be treated with an approved head lice treatment. Before returning to school, the student will need to provide proof of treatment either from the health department, a doctor, or with a store receipt of the approved treatment.  Approved treatments are RID, Nix, Licefreee Gel, and LiceMD. If a treatment is not on this list, a parent may obtain prior approval of another brand from administration.

Nits:

If no live lice are found, but a student is found to have nits, a parent will be notified either by phone or with a letter sent home to be signed by the parent.  The student will be allowed to stay in school for the remainder of the day and the parent will be required to comb the nits from the child’s hair with a RID comb that day after school. The student will then have a head check the following morning to verify that the nits have been combed out.  If no change is observed, the student will be sent home to have the nits combed out of their hair.  If an apparent effort has been made to comb the nits, but a few nits are found, the student may remain in school and a note will be sent home notifying the parent that the student still has nits, and they will need to continue combing through the child’s hair until all nits are removed. The student will then be checked the following week for nits.  As long as the number of nits is consistently being reduced and no live lice are found, the child may remain in school with weekly head checks until all nits are removed.  If the number of nits appears to be increasing, the student will be sent home to have the nits combed from their hair. 

This process will be repeated until all nits are gone from the student’s hair.  

Athletic Policy

Olustee-Eldorado School provides an excellent opportunity for its students to participate in competitive athletics. As students become involved in this program, they assume a great responsibility. They travel to other schools and communities to compete and by that involvement they become official representatives of Olustee-Eldorado Public Schools. Therefore, since you are an official representative of the school, we feel that we should be proud of your conduct and involvement. In order, to insure that these expectations are met, the Board of Education has formulated the following rules. Violation of any of the rules can be grounds for suspension or expulsion from competitive programs.

The rules are as follows:

1. No profanity

2. No consumption of alcoholic beverages

3. No use of any harmful, illegal drugs

4. No use of tobacco

5. Obedience to basic school rules

6. Respect for coaching staff, officials, faculty, and peers

Furthermore, the coaches have the right to remove from their team any participating student whose conduct or attitude is considered detrimental to that particular activity. Any student with discipline action pending is ineligible for any activity.

The state regulations state that students must be in attendance at least 90% of the current semester in order to be eligible. For all other eligibility matters, Olustee-Eldorado School will go by the rules and regulations of the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activity Association.

Athletic Lettering—All students are offered the opportunity to participate in any or all athletic programs offered by Olustee-Eldorado School. Yet, only those students that meet the following requirements will be allowed to letter.

1, Must be a team member in good standing at the close of the season

2. Must be either a 10th, 11th,  or 12th grade student. 9th grade students can letter by participation in high school competition

3. There will be no provisions for junior high lettering.

4. Injured players can be lettered at the discretion of the coach

5. All students that participate in practice and suit up for all games will be allowed to letter.

Ejections and Technicals—Any ejection will carry OSSAA mandated 2 games suspension. If a player receives a technical foul, the penalty for the violation will be left up to the discretion of the coach.

Quitting a Sport—Athletes who quit a sport will be allowed to return to the team only at the discretion of the coach.

Homecoming Candidate—To be eligible as a Homecoming Candidate, a student cannot be ineligible more than two times before the vote to become a candidate. Homecoming candidates must be a team member in good standing as determined by the coach and the principal.

Attendance

No single factor does more to aid a student’s successful progress in school than regular attendance.

The purpose of this policy is to provide for uniformity in student attendance recording and to explain the penalty assessment for absenteeism.

In accordance with the Policy of the Board of Education, each student in high school and grade school should attend class as much as possible to receive an appropriate education. In any instance that a student is absent for more than ten (10) days a semester that student will bring a written doctor’s statement for each day over the 10 days limit. If no doctor’s statement is obtained, those absences over ten (10) days each semester will be unexcused.

Excused absence will be granted for the following reasons:

1. Personal or family illnesses

2. Medical appointments

3. Legal matters

4. Extenuating circumstance deemed necessary by the principal

5. Observance of holidays required by student’s religious affiliation including any days required for travel to and from the

site where the holy days are to be observed

It is the responsibility of the parent to notify the school by 10:00 A.M. if a child is to be absent for one of the above reasons. The school will contact those students’ parents ‘who do not call. If no contact is made, the parent must send a note or call the day the child returns before the student can be excused. The student may make up all work missed without- penalty. It is the responsibility of the student, on the day of the return, to make arrangements to see that the work is made up.

School Activity

1. The student will be allowed to be absent from the classroom for a maximum of ten days per year to participate in activities sponsored by the school.

2. The student will be allowed to make up any work missed while participating.

 

The following State and National contests will be excluded from this regulation:

1. Athletics—district, regional, area, and state tournaments

2. 4-H Jackson County Fair

3. Yearbook—workshops and ad sales

4. Class Activities—seniors, juniors, school pictures (one day)

5. Technology Education—Regional or state conferences or competitions

Absences by Arrangement

These are absences in which the parents deem it necessary that a child miss school for reasons other than those that fall within an excused absence.

1. A student may take a trip up to five days of absences by arrangement per semester. These five absences are included in the total ten days allowed absences.

2. A student may make up all work missed without penalty. It is up to the student on the day of his return to make arrangements to see that the work is made up.

3. In order to take an absence by arrangement, the parent or legal guardian must submit at least two (2) days prior to the absence a written request for the student to be absent. If the request is not made as required, the absence will be treated as an unexcused absence.

Unexcused Absence

This is an absence that does not fall within one of the above categories. Teachers and/or administrators may schedule a time other than regular classroom time for an unexcused absence and work or tests missed during that absence to be made up. All work/test being made up must be completed during the scheduled make-up time unless otherwise stated by the teacher or administrator. Failure to make up time, work, or tests at the designated time and place may result in a grade of zero (0) for any work and/or tests missed during the unexcused absence. The Jackson County district Attorney may be contacted if a student has excessive unexcused absences pursuant to Title 10 of the Oklahoma Statutes (70-10-106)

 

Truancy

A student is considered truant when absent from the classroom without the knowledge of either the school or the parent. Students who are truant will not be allowed to make up the work missed during their truancy. One point will be deducted from their nine weeks average for each instance of truancy. The student may be subject to further disciplinary action.

Tardiness

1. A student is tardy who is not in the student’s seat when the bell to begin the period sounds.

2. A student who is more than 15 minutes late is counted absent for the period.

3. Each three tardiness will constitute an unexcused absence from that class.

Attendance Laws and Regulations

Oklahoma State Law: It shall be unlawful for a parent, guardian, custodian or other persons having control of a child who is over the age of five (5) years, unless such child has been screened as provided for in Section 1210.282 of this title and such child is determined not to be ready for kindergarten, and under the age of eighteen (18) years and who has not finished four years of high school work, to neglect or refuse to cause or compel such child to attend and comply with the rules of some public, private or other school, unless other means of education are provided for the full term the schools of the district are in session. (Note: The county district attorney will be notified in case of chronic absence.)

Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association: A student who did not attend classes ninety percent (90%) of the previous semester and who has not attended classes ninety percent (90%) of the current semester is not eligible to compete in any inter- school competition governed by the association. Eg. athletics, TSA, etc.

Sexual Harassment / Intimidation / Bullying

Olustee-Eldorado School is committed to maintaining a learning environment that is free from sexual harassment where all employees and students can work and study together comfortably and productively. The school district prohibits any form of sexual harassment.

It shall be a violation of this policy for any student or employee of Olustee-Eldorado School to harass a student or an employee through conduct or communication of a sexual nature as defined by this policy. The school district will act to investigate all complaints, either formal, verbal or written, of sexual harassment and to discipline any student or employee who sexually harasses or is sexually violent to a student or employee of the school district.

Definition of Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment consists of unwelcome sexual advances, requests, for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical conduct or verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature when contact is:

I. Written suggestive or obscene

2. Letters, notes, invitations, or drawings

3. Computer terminal messages of a sexual nature

4. Verbal sexually suggestive or obscene comments, threats, jokes, (including jokes about racial and gender specific traits) any sexual propositions, comments about another’s body or sexual characteristics that are used in a negative or embarrassing way

5. Physical contact, any intentional pats, squeezes, touching, pinching, repeatedly brushing up against another’s body, assault, blocking movement

6. Visual contact, suggestive looks, leering or staring at another’s body, gesturing, displaying sexually suggestive objects or pictures, cartoons, posters or magazines

The building principal is the person responsible for receiving oral or written reports of sexual harassment. The principal reports to the superintendent.

Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying/Cyberbullying Prohibited

Harassment, intimidation and bullying/cyberbullying, as defined by Oklahoma Statutes at 70 OS. 24-100.2 means any gesture, written or verbal expression, or physical act that a reasonable person should know will harm another student, damage another student’s property, or insult or demean any student or group of students in such a way as to disrupt or interfere with the school’s educational mission or the education of any student.

“Harassment, intimidation, and bullying” include, but are not limited to, a gesture or written, verbal, or physical act that is reasonably perceived as being motivated by a student’s religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, height, weight, socioeconomic status, or any other distinguishing characteristic.

“Cyberbullying” is the intentional and repeated harm of others through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices.

“At school” means on school grounds, in school vehicles, at designated bus stops, at school-sponsored activities, or at school sanctioned activities.

Harassment, intimidation and bullying are specifically prohibited by the Olustee-Eldorado school District.

Students violating the prohibitions set forth in this policy shall be subject to any and all disciplinary measures the district deems appropriate.

Prevention of and education about harassment, intimidation and bullying behavior by students shall be addressed by the district in its Safe School Committee, pursuant to 70 O.S. 24-100.

Adopted by the Olustee-Eldorado Board of Education at its regular meeting on August 13, 2002.

Student Suspension—Procedural Rules and Regulations

The principal shall have authority to suspend any pupil who is guilty of any of the following acts while in attendance at such school or in transit by school transportation or under school supervision to or from school or any school function authorized by the school district or when present on any facility under the control of the school district. The principal shall conduct an informational conference by telephone or in person with the student and/or parent/legal guardian for any suspension of three school days or less.

Immorality or profanity

Truancy

Violation of written school rules, regulations, or policies

Assault upon another student or person

Possession, threat, or use of a dangerous weapon as defined by the State Statute

Possession, distribution, or under the influence of any narcotic drug, stimulant, barbiturate, or alcohol Conduct disruptive to the operation of the school

Conduct which jeopardized the safety of others

Willful disobedience of the request of any school official in the performance of such school official’s duties

Suspension involving ten or more school days is entitled to this system of constitutionality and legally sound procedures:

The administration of discipline in the school district:

• The hallmark of the exercise of disciplinary authority shall be fairness. Every effort shall be made by administrators and faculty members to resolve problems through effective utilization of school district resources in cooperation with the student and his/her parent or guardian.

• A teacher has the authority to remove a student from class temporarily. If possible, the teacher shall accompany the student to the office of the principal and shall file with the principal a written statement of reasons for the student’s removal from class. The principal shall determine whether to reinstate the student in class, reassign him/her, or take other disciplinary action.

Guidelines for due process procedure in student suspension from school:

Step One. Evidentiary hearing: Prior to any suspension, a student shall be given an oral or written notice of the charges against him/her. The student shall have an opportunity to present his/her version of the incident or circumstances involved in the accusation.

Step Two. Following the evidentiary hearing with the student, an informal conference with the parent, student, and principal, or his/her designee shall be scheduled in an effort to resolve the matter. The parents shall be notified by certified mail concerning the conference (Appendix 1). The principal shall make and retain a record of the conference. If the matter is resolved without suspension, then no further action is necessary at this time.

Step Three. If the matter is not resolved during the information conference, and the principal decided upon suspension, then the parent shall be notified of the action by certified mail by the principal (Appendix 2). The letter shall set forth the right to appeal to the board of education, that the student has a right to a closed hearing, the right to an attorney, and a clear concise statement of the evidence to be presented to the board.

Step Four. Should a parent desire to appeal the action to the board of education, and notify the clerk of the board of that wish, the clerk shall schedule a hearing before the board of education and shall notify the student and his/her parents or guardian as to the time, place, purpose of the hearing, and that on request, a closed hearing will be held. The following guidelines shall be used in the hearing procedure:

The charges against the student shall be stated in clear and concise terms and must be in writing

A parent or legal guardian of the student shall be present at the hearing, and legal counsel may be present and represent the student if desired.

The student shall be allowed to observe all evidence offered against him/her and cross examine.

The student shall be given an opportunity to present his/her case in the fullest manner.

A record must be kept of the hearing.

The board of education shall state at the end of the hearing after closed deliberation, its findings as to whether the student is guilty or innocent. (25 O.S.A., 307)

General Considerations

If the student is over 18 years of age, said student shall be accountable and not his/her parents. (70 O.S.A. 5-118)

Any student with an IEP shall begin the procedure with a placement committee meeting. (70 O.S.A. 24-102)

No suspension shall be for more than through the last day of the next succeeding semester. (70 O.S.A. 24-102)

Any hearing with the board must be held within ten days, unless the student requests an extension.

A student suspended out of school shall be provided with an education plan which provides only for the core units in which the child is enrolled. Full credit shall be given to the student for all satisfactory work that is completed. A copy of the plan will be provided to the student’s parent or guardian. The parent is responsible for a supervised, structured learning environment and must monitor the student’s educational progress until the suspension is complete

Emergency Suspension

The principal, or his/her assistant in charge, is authorized to involve an emergency suspension when the presence of the student at school is disruptive or threatening. In cases of emergency suspension, the parents should be contacted immediately by telephone, if possible, followed by written notification by certified mail (Appendix 3). Regular due process procedure should follow this action, except that the student is not permitted to return to class during the hearing procedure.

Student Discipline

The goal of any disciplinary policy should be to correct the misconduct of the individual and to promote adherence by that student and other students to the policies and regulations of the district.

The school district, in order to provide quality education for all its students, will not tolerate disruptive acts that would interfere

with the tranquility of its school or the safety of its students. Furthermore, damaging of school property will not be tolerated. Students, while enrolled in this district, shall be under the supervision of and accountable to school personnel. The supervision shall include:

going directly to and from school

attendance of a school sponsored activity in the district or involving the district schools (away from the district)

going to and from a required activity

in-transit time to activities on school transportation

Disruptive or Interfering Behavior

A disruptive or interfering act shall be defined as, but not limited to, inciting, encouraging, promoting, or participating in activities which interfere with the due process of the educational program of the school. The following are examples of behavior that will constitute disruptive activities:

demonstrations

sit-ins

walk-outs

blockages

group violence

disrespect or disobedience to school personnel

harassment and/or intimidation, verbal or physical, of students or school personnel the use of obscene, lewd or profane language (visual and/or auditory)

fighting

disruptive publications-Social media

theft or inappropriate use of personal or school property ...possession or use of drugs, alcohol or weapons

possession or use of tobacco by minors

failure to make reasonable attempt at course work

Administrative response to student misconduct is a matter directly influencing the morale of the entire student body. As such, all student discipline should be based on a careful assessment of circumstances surrounding each infraction (i.e. the student’s attitude, the seriousness of the offense, and its potential effect on other students).

Examples of Specific Activities Which May Result in Discipline

The following activities (listed by example) are hereby prohibited to the students of this school district when under school authority and commissions or omissions, as the case may be, may result in disciplinary measures at the discretion of the certified staff under authority of this policy:

 

 

refusal to follow a directive or order, verbal or written, of any principal, teacher, or bus driver misbehavior at noon

behavior which, in the opinion of a bus driver or sponsor, endangers other students riding the bus

sale, possession, or use of drugs and/or mind or mood altering substances at school or at any school activity violence or verbal abuse towards school personnel or to other students at any time

threats of violence toward school personnel or to other students at any time .fighting at school, or at any school activity

extortion at any time

refusal to do required assignment

immorality at school or at a school activity

behavior in the classroom which interferes with the learning of others

stealing or defacing school property, school personnel’s property

Stealing or defacing student’s personal property while on school property

truancy and tardiness

failure to show respect for school personnel

cheating on school assignments or tests

failure to do required assignments

chewing gum or eating candy in class

use or possession of tobacco on school grounds during school hours, or during extracurricular activities at the site of a school sponsored activity for students is prohibited for students regardless of age

use of foul language or obscene gestures at school or at a school activity

reckless driving on campus or on any street adjacent to the campus at any time

showing poor sportsmanship at school activities disruptive behavior at school activities

leaving school without checking out through the office of the principal

 wearing hats in the building

 wearing street shoes on the gym floor

not waiting until the teacher dismisses the class before leaving a classroom

not staying in the building once a student has arrived at a school activity

not parking in assigned parking areas

loitering in parking areas or inside cars during the school day or any activity

being out of class during class period

failure to take books and supplies to class

wearing clothing or buttons with sexually suggestive or obscene words or pictures on them

wearing shirts, tank tops, or tops that do not come down to the top of the pants

wearing any advertisement or picture interfering with the education process

passing notes in the classroom (this includes through texting or social media)

 

running or being excessively noisy in the hallway

public display of affection (PDA)

violating posted classroom rules

lunchroom misconduct

violating administrative directives or rules

any other action that is not covered, but warrants attention

 

 

 

This listing gives students examples of some of the infractions that a student might encounter. It is not all- inclusive and does not limit either offenses or possible disciplinary actions a student might encounter based on the seriousness of each offense. Nothing in this discipline explanation shall be construed to deny the student’s right to fair and orderly hearing, appeals, counsel and due process in cases, which may end in suspension or expulsion.

The listing shall be interpreted by the principals and their designees in a manner, which they deem just, given the circumstances of the individual case. This list is not intended to be a complete listing of all possible offenses but it is a listing of those offenses that we deal with most often. Additionally, administrators shall have the authority to enforce other reasonable disciplinary action, which they find warranted by situations not covered in the disciplinary action schedule.

Alternative Consequences

In administering discipline, consideration should be given to alternative methods of punishment to ensure that the most effective discipline is administered in each case. In all disciplinary action, the administration should be mindful of the fact that they are dealing with individual personalities. The administration should consider consultation with parents on disciplinary measures that might prove most effective in particular instances. Some possible alternative consequences are:

 

 

conference with student

advise parent

remove from class or group (temporary or permanent)

parental conference

detention at, before, or after school or at noon

in-school suspension

financial restitution

law enforcement

referral to other school agencies

suspension for 10 days or less

expulsion (long-term suspension of more than 10 days) restriction of privileges

clean or straighten items or facilities damages

change seating arrangement behavioral contract written

refer to counselor

corporal punishment

any other action deemed appropriate

 

 

 

Realize that a steady progression of misconduct without remediation could well lead to removal from the system by suspension— short or long term.

Discipline and Corporal Punishment

Teachers have the right, when necessary, to discipline children. Oklahoma State Law protects this right. When corporal punishment is administered, it must be administered by an Administrator and must not be administered in the presence of other pupils. A witness must be present.

It is expected that all teachers in the school district will assume the responsibility that teaching discipline and control is part of the classroom responsibility. It is expected that students will know and expect to behave properly in the classroom and during other school activities. Special effort must be exerted by the principal and classroom teacher to see that student behavior in the classroom and at other school functions is acceptable. This is only part of the total learning process.

The following steps will be followed by all district personnel when corporal punishment—paddling—-is warranted:

When misbehavior occurs, a student is first talked to and warned that if the behavior continues a paddling may be given. Based on the serious nature of the act, this warning can be circumvented.

a paddling is administered, the following procedure is followed:

Explain to the student why he is being paddled.

It is done in private.

It is witnessed by the principal or another teacher.

No more than three (3) swats will be given, and punishment shall not be given by a teacher who is angry or upset.

A discipline record is filled out and kept on file until the end of the school year.

The parent will be contacted after the paddling by telephone or by letter.

In some situations the parent may be contacted first and the problem discussed before any action is taken. This would occur if punishment is refused or on parental request. In the case a parent does not want a child to be paddled, the parent must provide written notification. Also, the parent must realize that an alternate form of punishment would be used.

Others Methods of Control and Discipline

Classroom: Teachers may use various methods to control the activities in theft classrooms in order to provide the best possible learning atmosphere for their students. Classroom rules should be discussed and posted by each individual teacher. Undesirable behavior of a serious nature or continuation of undesirable behavior will be referred to the principal’s office.

Detention: Detention may be assigned by teachers in order to correct undesirable behavioral patterns or when a student fails to complete assigned work. Detention will consist of time spent with the teacher before or after regular school hours.

Corporal Punishment: Olustee-Eldorado Public Schools reserve the right to invoke corporal punishment upon a student when it is deemed necessary in order to correct undesirable behavior patterns. Paddling may be used for serious offenses or for repetitious offenses when other methods of control have failed.

Suspension: Students who are continually experiencing behavioral problems, who commit serious offenses which threaten the rights of others, or who show a tendency to be uncooperative may be suspended for a period of one (I) to ten (10) days. During the suspension period, the student will be officially dropped from the rolls of Olustee-Eldorado Public Schools. At the end of the suspension period, a parent or guardian must accompany the student to the principal’s office for re-enrollment. The suspension will become part of the permanent record of the student.

Expulsion: Students who have experienced a short term suspension often (10) days or less face the possibility of long term suspension. Should behavioral difficulties continue to be a detriment to the school climate, the student may be suspended for the remainder of the current school semester and/or the following semester.

Right to Appeal: Nothing in this discipline schedule shall be construed to deny the student’s right to a fair and orderly hearing, appeal, counsel, and due process in cases which may end in suspension or expulsion. If the evidence is inconclusive, the student may request a hearing before the Board of Education in order to determine guilt or innocence. The decision of the Board shall be final.

Interpretation: This schedule shall be interpreted by the principal and his designees in a manner which they deem just given the circumstances of the individual case. Additionally, administrators shall have the authority to enforce other reasonable disciplinary action, which they find warranted by situations not covered by the disciplinary action schedule.

 

Report Students under the Influence of or Possessing Non-intoxicating Beverages, Alcoholic Beverages, or Controlled Dangerous Substances

It shall be the policy of the Board of Education that any teacher who has reasonable cause to suspect that a student may be under the influence of or said student has in his/her possession:

Non-intoxicating beverages

alcoholic beverages

a controlled dangerous substance

dangerous weapon

missing or stolen property if missing or stolen from the school grounds

As the above are now defined by state law, shall immediately notify the principal or his/her designee of such suspicions. The

principal shall immediately notify the superintendent of schools and a parent or legal guardian of said student of the matter. (70 O.S.A., 133)

Any suspension and or search of said student shall be subject to any applicable school policy, state law, or student handbook regulation.

Every teacher employed by the Board of Education, who has reasonable cause to suspect that a student is under the influence of or has in his/her possession non-intoxicating beverages, alcoholic beverages, or a controlled dangerous substance and who reports such information to the appropriate school official, shall be immune from all civil liability. (70 O.S.A, 24-i 32)

Search and Seizure Policy

The superintendent, principal, teacher or security personnel of any public school in the state of Oklahoma, upon reasonable suspicion, shall have the authority to detain and search or authorize the search of any pupil or property in the possession of the pupil when said pupil is on any school premises, or while in transit under the authority of the school or while attending any function sponsored or authorized by the school, for dangerous weapons or controlled dangerous substances, as defined in the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Act, intoxicating beverages, non-intoxicating beverages, as defined by Section 163.2 of Title 37 of the Oklahoma Statutes or for missing or stolen property if said property be reasonably suspected to have been taken from a pupil, a school employee, or the school during school activities. The search shall be conducted by a person of the same sex as the person being searched and shall be witnessed by at least one other authorized person, said person to be of the same sex if practicable.

The extent of any search conducted pursuant to this section shall be reasonably related to the objective of the search and not excessively intrusive in light of the age and sex of the student and the nature of the infraction. In no event shall a strip search of the student be allowed. No student’s clothing, except cold weather outerwear, shall be removed prior to or during the conduct of any warrantless search.

The superintendent or principal, teacher, or security personnel searching of authorizing the search shall have authority to detain the pupil to be searched and to preserve any dangerous weapons or, controlled dangerous substances, intoxicating beverage, non-intoxicating beverages or missing or stolen property that might be in their possession including the authority to authorize any other persons they deem necessary to restrain such pupil or to preserve any dangerous weapons or, controlled dangerous substances, intoxicating beverages, non-intoxicating beverages or missing or stolen property.

Any pupil found to be in possession of dangerous weapons or controlled dangerous substances, intoxicating beverages or missing or stolen property may be suspended by the superintendent or principal for a period not to exceed the current school semester and the succeeding semester. Any such suspension may be appealed to the Board of Education of the school district by any pupil suspended under this section. Pupils shall not have any reasonable expectation of privacy towards school administrators or teachers in the contents of a school locker, desk or other school property. School personnel shall have access to school lockers, desks, and other school property in order to properly supervise the welfare of pupils.. School lockers, desks, and other areas of school facilities may be opened and examined by school officials at any time and no reason shall be necessary for such search. Schools shall inform pupils in the student discipline code that they have no reasonable expectation of privacy rights towards school officials in school lockers, desks, or other school property. (70 O.S.A. 24-102)

 

 

 

Policy and Procedure, Reference to Drugs and Alcohol and Students

Olustee-Eldorado School through approval of the Olustee-Eldorado Board of Education has acquired the services of a drug dog, which makes unscheduled periodic visits to our school building and its grounds. The EBS (extra-bio-sensory) handler and dog have access to all buildings, vehicles, and lockers located on school property.

The following policies and procedures are not absolute but reflect the normal response when drugs or alcohol are detected on students at Olustee-Eldorado School.

The dog alerts on a student or item belonging to the student (i.e. clothing, books, purse, etc.) The student is asked to get all belongings and is escorted to the principal’s office by the principal. With student’s permission all items are checked to include pockets of all clothing.

The dog alerts on a student locker. Principal or designated representative is notified, who locates and escorts students to the locker. Students observe as all items are removed from the locker and spread on the floor. The dog is then allowed to recheck the locker and all items from the locker. The student might also be checked by the dog if desired by the principal.

The dog alerts on a student’s vehicle. Principal or designated representative is notified, who locates and escorts students to the vehicle. Students are asked to sign an authorization to inspect form after which the interior of the vehicle is checked by the dog, handler and school official with the student observing.

Substance found—First Offense—three (3) day suspension

Second Offense—Suspended for the remainder of the school year

No substance found—First Offense—Warning to student

Second Offense—three (3) day suspension

Third Offense—Suspended for the remainder of the school year

In all cases the parents are notified as soon as possible as to the facts surrounding the dog’s alert and the results of the check.

If the student refuses to be checked or vehicle examined after the dog has alerted, the situation and consequences will be treated the same as substance found.

When Olustee-Eldorado School believes that there is an obligation to the students to provide to them, in as much as possible, a drug free environment in which to study and learn. It is also the belief of Olustee-Eldorado School that students who are using drugs should be afforded all the help possible to stop the use and or abuse of drugs and alcohol, more so than punish them.

Olustee-Eldorado School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or veteran.

OLUSTEE-ELDORADO SCHOOL TRANSFER POLICY

Open Transfers: A student whose parent(s) reside(s) outside the Olustee-Eldorado School District must apply for a legal transfer to attend school in the District. Applications for an open transfer will be accepted from September 1 through February 1 of the school year for which the transfer is requested. The appropriate application must be completed and submitted to the Superintendent’s office. A separate application must be submitted for each student which desires a transfer. The District shall notify the student’s resident school district of the application for transfer by March 1. The District’s Board shall approve or deny the application for transfer no later than June 1 of the school year in which the application is submitted. A student granted an open transfer shall be entitled to continue to attend school in the District unless the District notifies the student by April 10 of the cancellation of the transfer for the next succeeding school year.

Open transfers will be considered for the following students:

Students who reside in a school district that does not offer the grade the child is entitled to pursue; and/or

Students who have exhibited no discipline problems in their resident school, that has no suspensions or disciplinary referrals; and

Students who have exhibited good attendance, that is, a minimum of 90% attendance in the previous semester or school year in their resident school.

Students meeting the above criteria shall be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis, However, In order to ensure that a sufficient allocation of Olustee-Eldorado School District resources exists for potential incoming residents students, requests for open transfers may be denied if the approval of such transfer would cause District staff, programs or space to exceed eighty percent (80%) of available capacity. Such transfers may also be denied if the District does not offer the program the student requires or desires.

Emergency Transfers: In addition to the transfer process provided students above, may be transferred on an emergency basis. A written application for an emergency transfer shall be made by the parent and submitted to the Superintendent. On an adequate showing of emergency the Superintendent may make and order a transfer, subject to approval by the State Board of Education.

An emergency shall include only:

The destruction or partial destruction of a school building;

The inability to offer the subject a pupil desires to pursue, if the pupil becomes a legal resident of a school district after February 1 of the school year immediately prior to the school year for which the pupil is seeking the transfer;

A catastrophic medical problem of a student, which for purposes of this section shall mean an acute or chronic serious illness, disease, disorder or injury which has a permanently detrimental effect on the body’s system or renders the risk unusually hazardous;

The total failure of transportation facilities; or

The concurrence of both the sending and receiving school districts.

An emergency transfer previously made may be canceled, with the concurrence of the Olustee-Eldorado School Board and the parent. Unless canceled, a student granted an emergency transfer shall be entitled to continue to attend school in the District for the year in which the student is transferred, but must reapply for an emergency transfer on a yearly basis. Students seeking emergency transfers will be required to meet requirements the same as open transfer students. I. Students who reside in a school district that does not offer the grade the child is entitled to pursue; and/or 2. Students who have exhibited no discipline problems in their residence, which is no suspensions or disciplinary referrals; and 3. Students who have exhibited good attendance,  which is a minimum of 90% attendance in the previous semester or school year in their resident school. Determination of the student’s good standing will be made by the Olustee-Eldorado High School Principal.

Notice to Parents Regarding Teacher Qualifications

As a parent in the Olustee-Eldorado Public Schools that is receiving Title I funds, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers who instruct your child. Federal law allows you to ask for certain information about your child’s classroom teacher, and requires us to give you this information in a timely manner if you ask for it. Specifically, you have the right to ask for the following information about each of your child’s classroom teachers:

Whether the Oklahoma State Department of Education has licensed or qualified the teacher for the grades or subjects he or she teaches.

Whether the Oklahoma State Department of Education has decided that the teacher can teach in a classroom without being licensed or qualified under state regulations because of certain circumstances.

The teacher’s college major; whether the teacher has any advanced degrees and, if so, the subject of the degrees.

Whether any teacher’s aides or similar paraprofessionals provide services to your child and, if they do, their qualifications.

If you would like to receive any of this information, please contact the Superintendent’s office, telephone number 580-642-2243.

Notice of Parental Rights Under Section 504

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act is a nondiscrimination statute barring discrimination on the basis of one’s disability. It is the policy of this school district not to discriminate on the basis of disability in its educational programs, activities or employment policies as required by the Act. The Act requires the school district to locate, evaluate and determine if the student is a qualified individual requiring accommodations necessary to provide access to educational programs. Parents are entitled to have the opportunity to review relevant educational records under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Parents or guardians disagreeing with the decisions reached by school personnel for accommodations necessary for access to educational programming and/or facilities may request a hearing before an impartial hearing officer by notifying the school principal. The designated school district 504 Coordinator is Traci Cotton.

Notice of Rights under FERPA for Elementary and Secondary Institutions

The Family Educational and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age (eligible students) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. These rights are:

The right to inspect and review the student’s educational records within 45 days of the day the District receives a request for access. Parents or eligible students should submit to the Superintendent a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The Superintendent will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

The right to request the amendment of the student’s educational records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Parents or eligible students may ask the District to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the Superintendent, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the District decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the District will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

The right to consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s educational records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. 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 law enforcement unit personnel); 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, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performance of his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Upon request, the District discloses educational records without consent to officials of other school districts or post-secondary schools in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.

The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the District to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is Family Policy compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington. D.C. 20202-4605.

The right to object to the disclosure of directory information. Directory information may be disclosed without prior written consent of a parent or eligible student if the parent or eligible student has not notified the Superintendent in writing at least ten (10) days after receipt of this Notification of any or all items they refuse to permit the District to designate as directory information regarding the student. In addition, two federal laws require the District to provide military recruiters, upon request, with three directory information categories - names, addresses, and telephone listings - unless parents have advised the District in writing that they do not want their student’s information disclosed without prior written consent.

“Directory Information” shall include a student’s name, parent’s name, parent’s or guardian’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, weight and height, courses taken, major field of study, dates of attendance, grade level, degrees, honors, and awards received, most recent previous school attended, student statements, photographs, audio or videotapes depicting students and/or a student’s work, and electronic mail addresses. Any parent or eligible student’s objection to the release of directory information shall be appropriately designated on the student’s educational records. The principal will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

IDEA-B

The Olustee-Eldorado School District provides educational services to students with disabilities utilizing federal assistance through IDEA-B funds to enhance the basic program. An application is on file at the Superintendent’s office and is available for examination and recommendations by district.

 

NOTICE

To: Students, Parents and Employees

From: Olustee-Eldorado  Board of Education

This is to inform you that Olustee-Eldorado  School is in compliance with regulations established by AHERA (Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act) calling for all school serving kindergarten through high school students to identify and remove or safely maintain asbestos materials in the facility structure.

Tests conducted in 1988 by a licensed laboratory revealed asbestos materials in some areas of our facility. None pose a hazard to any student or employee and they are being maintained in a manner which will insure that they do not become a hazard in the future. Staff members have been trained in the appropriate maintenance of the materials in order to assure the safety of all who use this facility.

If you have questions, please contact the Office of the Superintendent. A copy of the management plan is also located in this office.

This annual notice is presented in compliance with regulations established by AHERA.

 

 

I have read the student handbook and agree to abide by its rules and regulations.

Student___________________________________________________________________________

Date ______________________________________________________________________________

I have read the student handbook and agree that my child will abide by its rules and regulations.

Parent ____________________________________________________________________________

Date ______________________________________________________________________________

 

 

 

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