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Students Code of Conduct and Attendance (SCOC) Rights and Responsibilities

Lee County Public Schools

Revised Summer 2013

Nondiscrimination Policy

The Lee County School Board is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination with regard to race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, or status as a parent. This attitude will prevail in all of its policies concerning staff, students, educational programs and services, and individuals and entities with whom the Board does business. The following positions have been designated tom handle inquiries regarding the Lee County School Division's non-discrimination policies: The Director of Secondary and Middle Schools, Lee County Public Schools, 153 School Board Place, Jonesville, VA 24263, phone: 276-346-2107 as the Compliance Officer responsible for identifying, investigating, preventing and remedying prohibited discrimination. Complaints of discrimination may also be made to the Alternate Compliance Officer, the Director of Federal Programs, Lee County Public Schools, 153 School
Board Place, Jonesville, VA 24263, phone: 276-346-2107.

Complaints of discrimination regarding disability may be made to the:

504 Coordinator, Lee County
Public Schools, 153 School Board Place, Jonesville,
VA 24263, phone: 276-346-2107.

Annual Screenings

Within 60 administrative working days of the opening of school, students enrolling in grades K, 3, 7 and 10 will be screened in the areas of hearing and vision. Screenings in the areas of speech, voice, language, and fine and gross motor skills will be conducted in Kindergarten. This policy will apply for all transfer students entering Lee County Public Schools for the first time. Scoliosis screenings will also be conducted according to School Board Policy beginning in the 5th grade.

FOREWORD

Through the publication of this handbook, the Lee County Public School Division is attempting to provide the student and parent with information pertaining to the rules and regulations of the school division. However, it is impossible within the
framework of this publication to do so completely. For example, changes may occur at any time in federal, state, local and school laws and/or policies which make it impossible for this handbook to always be upto- date. While the school division makes a concerted effort to inform the student and parent, it is ultimately the responsibility of each student to ask, "What is expected
of me?"

TABLE OF CONTENTS


Acknowledgement of Receipt ............................................................iv
Computer Use Agreement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .v
Bus Rules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .vi
Directory Information Exclusion Form . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vii
Statement of Purpose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Statement of Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Jurisdiction of Regulation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Educational Philosophy, Goals and Objectives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Roles and Responsibilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Jurisdiction of the School Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Responsibilities of the School Administration and School Personnel . . . . 2
Responsibilities of the Student . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... . . . . . . . . 3
Responsibilities of the Parent or Guardian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Reporting Acts of Violence and Substance Abuse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Rights and Responsibilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Environment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Respect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Participation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Expression . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Complaint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Code of Conduct and Attendance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Section A - Attendance Law and Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Virginia Compulsory Attendance Law . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Virginia Truancy Law . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Lee County School Board Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Compulsory Attendance Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Upon Fifth Absence Without Parental Awareness and Support . . . . . . . 10
Upon Sixth Absence Without Parental Awareness and Support . . . . . . 10
Upon Additional Absence Without Parental Awareness and Support. . . 10
Parental Cooperation in Remedying Excessive Unexcused Absences .. 11
Attendance Reporting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Dismissal Precautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . 11
Attendance Awards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Pledge of Allegiance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Moment of Silence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Search and Seizure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Section B - Code of Conduct Terms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Abuse or Harassment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Abusive or Profane Language . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Attendance Violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Behavior on School Bus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Bullying . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Criminal Acts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Damage to School Property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Disruptive Conduct . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Failure to Comply with Directions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Falsification or Cheating . . . . . . .... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Fireworks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Gambling . . . . . . . . . . . . . .......... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Gang Activity . . . . . . . . . . . . .. ...... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Habitual Violations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . 14
Hazing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Improper Technology Use . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Inappropriate Dress . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Laser Pointers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Possession of Portable Communication Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Possession/Use of Tobacco Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Sexual Harassment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Threats, Intimidation or Endangerment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Trespassing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Distribution/Sale of Illegal Drugs or
Possession/Distribution with Intent to Sell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Drug Abuse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Participation or Involvement in a Mob . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Possession/Use of a Weapon(s) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . ... . . 16
Stalking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . .... . 18
Assault and/or Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . 18
Other Conduct . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Section C - Disciplinary Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Disciplinary Agent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Resource Officers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Disciplinary Measures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ................... . . . 18
Admonition and Counseling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...19
Alternative Education Placement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..... 19
Assignment of Tasks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Confiscation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 19
Damages Assessed/Payments Assigned . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... 19
Detention . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Expulsion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..19
In-School Suspension (ISS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..19
Out-of-School Suspension (OSS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..19
Parent Conference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
Privilege Revoked . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Reprimand and/or Probation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 20
Referral to Court Services/Police . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 20
Referrals to Other Help Agencies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Due Process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .... 20
Short-Term Suspension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..20
Long-Term Suspension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 20
Special Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 20
Disciplinary Actions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 20
Non-Suspension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Suspension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 21
Expulsion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..21
Actions of the Principal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Actions of the Superintendent or Designee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Actions of the School Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Procedure for Appeals of School's Action . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .......22
Section D - Disciplinary Committee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..22
Hearings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Closed Hearings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..22
Student May Remain Silent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .... 23
The Record of Hearing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 23
Principal's Presentation of Information and Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..23
Use of Witnesses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Examination of Witnesses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
The Role of Parents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... 23
Adult Representative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... 23
Disposition of the Case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...... 23
Actions of the Disciplinary Committee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Actions of the Superintendent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Student's Right of Appeal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Action of the School Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Section E: Disciplinary Actions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Section F: Children with Disabilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... 25
Disciplining Children with Disabilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ....25
Educational Services While Disciplined . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..26
Manifestation Determination . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 26
Disciplinary Action for Behavior
That is Determined Not to be a Manifestation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...... 26
Disciplinary Action . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 27
Interim Alternative Educational Settings for Weapons and Drugs and
Inflection of Serious Bodily Injury . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Change of Placement by Hearing Officer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27
Placement During Appeals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27
Students Not Identified as Disabled . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Disciplining Section 504 Students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..28
Attachments
I. Acceptable Use Policy: Computers and Internet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ....... 29
II. District Wide Family Involvement Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ......34
III. Directory Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
IV. Notice to Parents: Right to Review Teacher Qualifications . . . . . . . . . . ......... 44
V. Homeless Federal Notification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..44
VI. Model Notification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
V.  Homeless Federal Notification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . .  ..50
VI. Model Notification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... . . . . . . . . .50
VII Homework Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... . .52
VIII    Family Life Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55
IX  Family Life Opt in or Opt  Out Forms  . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . 62


ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RECEIPT

We have received a copy of the Student Code of Conduct and Attendance
Rights and Responsibilities. Student and parent signatures are required of all
students K-12.
Parents' Names:
Parents' Signatures:
Date:
Students' Name:
Date:
School:
(Please Print)
(Please Print)

THIS PAGE MUST BE COMPLETED AND RETURNED TO THE
SCHOOL BY EACH STUDENT TO BE FILED IN HIS/HER

PERMANENT RECORD FOLDER

By signing the acknowledgement of receipt, I understand that I am not waiving
my rights as protected by the U.S. Constitution or laws by the Commonwealth
of Virginia to express disagreement with Lee County Public School's
policies and decisions.

ACCEPTABLE COMPUTER SYSTEM USE AGREEMENT

Each student must sign this Agreement as a condition for using the school
Division's computer system. Each student and his/her parent/guardian must
sign this Agreement before being granted use of the school division's computer
system.
Read this Agreement carefully before signing.
Prior to signing this Agreement, read Attachment I, Acceptable Computer
Use Policy. If you have any questions about this policy or regulation, contact
your supervisor or your student's principal.
I understand and agree to abide by the school Division's Acceptable Computer
System Use Policy and Regulation. I understand that the school division
may access and monitor my use of the computer system, including my use of
the Internet, E-mail, and downloaded material, without prior notice to me. I
further understand that should I violate the Acceptable Use Policy or Regulation,
my computer system privileges may be revoked and disciplinary action
and/or legal action may be taken against me.
Student Signature: _____________________________________________________
Date: _________________________________________________________________

I have read this Agreement and Policy and Regulation LC-101. I understand
that access to the computer system is intended for educational purposes and
the LEE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL DIVISION has taken precautions to
eliminate inappropriate material. I also recognize, however, that it is impossible
for the school division to restrict access to all inappropriate material and
I will not hold the school division responsible for information acquired on the
computer system. I have discussed the terms of this agreement, policy, and
regulation with my student. I grant permission for my student to use the computer
system and for the school division to issue an account for my student.
(Please Print) __________________________________________________________

Each employee, substitute, student teacher, parents/guardians, or
community members must sign this Agreement as a condition for using
the School Division's computer system.
I understand and agree to abide by the School Division's Acceptable
Computer System Use Policy and Regulation. I understand that the
school division may access and monitor my use of the computer system,
including my use of the Internet, E-mail, and downloaded material,
without prior notice to me. I further understand that should I violate
the Acceptable use Policy or Regulation, my computer system privileges
may be revoked and disciplinary action and/or legal action may be taken
against me.

Signature:
Date:
RETURN THIS PAGE
Adopted: December 20, 2001
Amended: June 11, 2007

SCHOOL BUS RULES AND REGULATIONS

1. Students must be ready to load the bus at the designated bus stop.  Drivers cannot wait for student.
2.  Bus drivers may assign seats. Students will remain in seats while the bus is in motion and students will be responsible for any damage to seats.
3. Students shall not extend any part of their body or any other articles out of the bus window.
4. Students shall not throw any objects inside the bus  or out  of the  bus  win- dows.
5. Students are  under authority of the  Lee  County Public Schools  while  on the  bus  and  conduct should be similar to that of the  classroom.
6. Students will be allowed to leave  a bus only at their school or their regular stop.  Unauthorized stops will not be made.  Student must have a note signed by parent/guardian and principal to ride home with another student.
7. Students must ride  the  same bus in the  morning and  afternoon. Principals may  permit an exception in extenuating circumstances if such changes do not require route changes or overcrowded conditions.
8.  Students shall not  carry any   weapons, explosives (such   as  fireworks),
knives, glass objects or any  dangerous materials on the  school bus.
9.  Scuffling, fighting, and  use  of profane language will not be tolerated.
10. Students cannot eat  or drink while  on a bus.
11. Use of tobacco  or drugs in any  form will not be allowed.
12. Students must not  make any  loud  or unusual noise  or attempt to distract the  driver in any  way.
13. Students must keep  aisles clear. Any article too large to be held  in the  lap or placed under the  seat cannot be carried on the  bus.
14. Live animals or insects may  not be carried on the  bus.
15. The  emergency door  of the  school  bus  is  not  to  be  used to  enter or  exit except in an  emergency. In  case  of an  emergency, students should follow instructions of the  driver.
16. The drivers and  school  officials  are  not  responsible for articles left  on the
bus.
17. The  bus  driver is required to report any  misconduct that jeopardizes the safety of the  bus  to the  principal for disciplinary action.
18.  The principal has  the  authority to suspend riding privileges of anyone vio- lating rules.
19.  Bus  drivers must be on the  bus  when the  first  student boards the  bus.
20.  A student that damages a bus  seat will be charged $85.00.

 

Parent Signature:                                                                                                                Student Name:      

DIRECTORY INFORMATION EXCLUSION FORM
REQUEST FOR EXCLUSION OF DISTRIBUTION
OF DIRECTORY INFORMATION
(Due September 1st of each School Year)

Name of person making request:
Name of student for which request is made:
School(s) student attends:
Please detail specifics about directory information to be included
from distribution: (You may attach extra sheets if needed.)
_________ Check here if extra sheets have been attached.

Signed: Date:
Adopted: July 14, 2003

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

The development, implementation, and enforcement of a Student Code of
Conduct and Attendance, SCOC, is intended to ensure that all students have
fair access to an education. To that end, this policy sets forth those standards
of behavior believed to be appropriate in the learning environment and informs
all students, their parents, and the larger community of the consequences for
violations of this policy.

STATEMENT OF POLICY

For purposes of this document, policy includes general guidelines that focus
attention on a certain issue, in this case, student conduct. This school division,
directed and supported by school board authority, intends that all students
have the opportunity to be educated in a safe, secure environment that is conducive
to learning.

JURISDICTION OF REGULATIONS
All students are  considered to be under the  jurisdiction of the  regulations in the  Student Code of Conduct while  going to, remaining at,  and  returning from school,  and  at any  time they visit  another school.

EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY, GOALS, AND  OBJECTIVES
It shall be the  philosophy of the  Lee County School Division to provide equal opportunity for every  student to  achieve maximum intellectual, social,  emo- tional and  physical growth, to insure that each  individual is equipped to com- municate effectively with other people, to be competent both  in the  work  place and  in  higher education, and  to feel confident of the  ability to make creative and  constructive decisions in his/her life.
The  school division is committed to excellence in education, equality of edu- cational opportunity, and  the  recognition of each  student’sindividuality. Inas- much as students differ  in their rate of physical, mental, emotional, and  social growth and  vary  in  their needs and abilities, learning opportunities shall be provided that are  consistent with personal development and  potential. Pro- grams shall emphasize diagnostic and  prescriptive instruction,  allowing an individual approach to each  student’s learning style and  educational needs.
The  educational program shall introduce each  student to a variety of inter- est and  subject areas that offer exposure to the range of opportunities available in later years. These experiences produce the  basis for further education and future employment. As students demonstrate increased maturity, they may assume more  responsibility for the  decisions regarding their education.

The school environment should be responsive and  conducive to learning. The physical environment facilitates and  enhances the  learning experiences avail- able  to each  student. A responsive environment includes competent, dedicated teachers using a variety of techniques and  a classroom atmosphere where stu- dents can  function and  develop according to  their abilities. Safety, physical comfort, and  appearance also are  vital environmental components

The  School Board accepts the  overall goals  of public  education as expressed by the  Standards of Quality legislated by the  Virginia General Assembly and implemented by the  State Board of Education regulations. Education seeks to aid each  student, consistent with his/her abilities to:
1.      Develop competence in the  basic  learning skills;
2.      Develop the  intellectual skills of rational thought and  creativity;
3.      Acquire knowledge and  process skills of science and  technology;
4.      Progress on the  basis of achievement
5.      Qualify for further education and/or employment;
6.      Develop personal standards of ethical behavior and  moral choice;
7.      Participate in society as a responsible family member and  citizen;
8.      Develop a positive and  realistic concept of self and  others;
9.      Practice sound habits of personal health and  physical fitness;
10.  Enhance the  quality of the  environment;
11.  Develop skills, knowledge, and  attitudes regarding the  arts;
12.  Acquire a basic  understanding and  appreciation of the  democracy and the  free enterprise system.


ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
School  personnel, parents, students, and  school  board members share the responsibility to create and  maintain a school environment that is conducive to learning. Clearly defined roles  are  essential to carrying out these responsibili- ties.  The following responsibilities have been  identified by this school board as appropriate to the  intent of this policy.

Jurisdiction of the School Board

1. To set policy governing the conduct of students while going to and from
school, while at school or school functions, and while representing the
school. (§22.1-8)
2. To maintain and follow up-to-date policy manual (§22.1-253.12:7)
3. To include in a policy manual a procedure and the purpose for the
requirements that certain acts (i.e., assaults or attempted assaults,
conduct involving a controlled or imitation controlled substance, any
threats against school personnel, or, the illegal carrying of a firearm
onto school property) be reported to school authorities (§2.1-280.1)
4. To provide parents or each enrolled student a copy of the school board's
standards of student conduct that may include a statement to be signed
acknowledging the requirements of the school board's standards of student
conduct and to maintain records of such signed statements.
5. To adopt policies and regulations governing suspension, expulsion, and
readmission of students. (§22.1278)
Responsibilities of the School Administration and School Personnel
1. Seek the advice of legal counsel when appropriate.
2. Assess the school's strengths and weaknesses with regard to student
conduct.
3. Teach expected standards of behavior and model this behavior by personal
example.
4. Establish clear rules for acceptable behavior that includes strong corrective
action that is caring, but firm.
5. Enforce policies for violations of the code consistently and fairly.
6. Ensure the delivery of responsive guidance and counseling programs
and services.
7. Involve parents and teachers in policy development.
8. Demonstrate an organized, collaborative, and ongoing effort to create
and maintain a safe school with an environment conducive to learning.
9. Develop collaborative arrangements in which school personnel, parents,
school boards, law enforcement officers, and service agencies can
work together to provide necessary resources that will meet the needs
of all students.
10. Demonstrate respect for the dignity of every parent, employee, and
school-age child.
11. Maintain regular and open communication with parents.
12. Maintain a safe and orderly environment.

Responsibilities of the Student

1. Attend school regularly.
2. Demonstrate behavior that recognizes the respects the rights of others
and promotes school safety.
3. Know and follow your school's rules and expected standards of behavior.
4. Know the sanctions for violations of the school's rules.
5. Accept the demonstrate the obligation of good citizens to help prevent
problems from happening and help solve problems, should they occur.
6. Accept the consequences for your behavior.

Responsibilities of the Parent or Guardian

1. Assume responsibility for your child's behavior, attendance and teach
compliance with school rules.
2. Know the school's rules and sanctions for violations of the rules and
discuss them with your child.
3. Participate in policy development and implementation.
4. Support the school's policy and programs.
5. Maintain regular communication with the school.
6. Monitor and require daily attendance.
7. Bring to the attention of the school authorities any problems
that affect your child or other children in the school.
8. May be requested by the school principal to meet with the principal
or designee to review the code of conduct and to participate with the
school in disciplining the student and maintaining order to ensure the
student's compliance with compulsory school attendance law, and to
discuss improvement of the student's behavior, school attendance, and
educational progress. Upon failure of a parent to comply with the provision,
the school board may by petition to the juvenile and domestic
relations court, proceed against such parent for willful
and unreasonable refusal to participate in efforts to improve
the student's behavior or school attendance as follows:

If the court finds that the parent has willfully and unreason- ably failed to  meet, pursuant to  a  request of  the principal to  review the standards of student conduct and the parent’s responsibility to assist the school in disciplining the student and maintaining order, and to  discuss improvement of  the student’s behavior and educational progress, it may order the parent to  so  meet; or if the court finds that a parent has willfully and unreasonably failed to accompany a suspended student to  meet with school officials or upon the student re- ceiving a second suspension or  being expelled, it may order the student or his parent, or both, to participate in such pro- grams or such treatment, as  the court deems appropriate to improve the student’s behavior, including, but not limited to extended day programs and summer school or  other educa- tion programs and counseling, or  the student or  his parent to  be  subject to  such conditions and limitations as  the court deems appropriate for  the supervision, care, and rehabilita- tion of the student or  his parent; in addition, the court may order the parent to  pay a  civil penalty not to  exceed $500. Code of Virginia, subsection §22.1-2779.3


REPORTING ACTS  OF VIOLENCE AND  SUBSTANCE ABUSE I.    Acts Reported to the Principal and Superintendent
A.    Reports shall be made to the  principal (or designee) and  superinten-
dent on all  incidents involving the:  (i) assault, assault and  battery with or without bodily injury, sexual assault, stalking, death, shoot- ing, stabbing, cutting or wounding of any  person on a school bus,  on school  property, or  at a  school-sponsored activity; (ii) any  conduct involving alcohol, marijuana,  a controlled substance, imitation con- trolled substance or an  anabolic steroid on a school  bus,  on school property, or at a school-sponsored activity including the theft or attempted theft of student prescription medications; (iii) any threats against school  personnel while  on  a  school  bus,  on  school property or at a school-sponsored activity; (iv) the  illegal carrying of a firearm onto  school  property; (v) any  illegal conduct involving firebombs, explosive materials  or devices, or hoax  explosive devices as defined in Va Code § 18.2-87.1, on a school bus, on school property or  at a  school  sponsored activity; (vi) any  threats or  false  threats to  bomb,  as  described in  Va  Code  § 18.2-83, made against  school personnel or  involving school  property or  school  buses; and   (vii) the  arrest of any  student for an  incident occurring on a school  bus, on school  property, or at a school-sponsored activity, including the charge thereof; and  (viii) any  illegal possession of weapons, alcohol, drugs, or tobacco  products.


The  principal of each  school  shall collect  and  maintain information on the  above  listed acts, which  occur on school property, on a school bus,  or at a school-sponsored activity.
B.     The  principal of his designee may  receive reports from local law en- forcement authorities on offenses, wherever committed, by students enrolled at the  school  if the  offense  would  be a felony  if committed by an  adult or would  be a violation of Va. Code § 54.1-3400 et.  seq. and  occurred on  a  school  bus,  on  school  property, or  at a  school- sponsored activity, or would  be an adult misdemeanor involving any incidents described in clauses (i) through (v) of subsection A.
II.       Reporting Duties of the Principal and Superintendent
A.     The  principal or designee shall report all  incidents required or au- thorized to  be  reported pursuant to  Section I of this policy  to  the superintendent. The  superintendent shall annually report all  such incidents to the Department of Education and  shall make such  infor- mation available to the  public.
The principal shall immediately report to local law-enforce- ment officials  any  of the  acts  listed in subsection I.A. of this policy which  may  constitute a criminal offense.
The  principal or his/her designee shall notify  the  parent of any  student  involved in  an  incident required by  subsection I.A. above or authorized by subsection I.B. above to be report- ed, regardless of whether disciplinary action is taken against such  student or  the  nature of the  disciplinary action. Such notice  shall relate to only the  relevant student’s involvement and  shall not include information regarding other students.
III.    Prevention and Intervention Activities
Whenever any  student commits any  reportable incident as  set  forth in this policy, such  student shall be required to participate in such  preven- tion and  intervention activities as seemed appropriate by the superinten- dent or his designee. Prevention and  intervention activities shall be iden- tified  in  the  local  school  division’s drug and  violence prevention plans developed pursuant  to  the  federal Improving America’s Schools  Act  of
1994 (Title  IV-Safe  and  Drug-Free Schools  and  Communities Act).
IV.      Purpose
The purpose of reporting acts  of violence and  substance abuse shall be to develop a program of prevention activities to provide a safe  environment conducive to learning.

RIGHTS AND  RESPONSIBILITIES

The  following guidelines are  designed to foster understanding  among stu- dents, parents, teachers, and  administrators and  to  show  the  relationships between the  student and  those adults responsible for supervising his  growth and  between the  student and  other students. In  exercising his  constitutional rights, a student will not  disrupt the  educational process or impose upon, en- danger, or deprive others of their rights and  responsibilities.


A. Education
Rights: The  rights of all  students, including those guaranteed by the  Con- stitution of the  United States and  the  Commonwealth of Virginia, and  by ap- plicable federal, Virginia, and  local  statutes, and  the  right to an  education is and  will  be recognized without regard to race, religion, sex,  creed, ability to pay,  national origin, disability, or intellectual ability. Students have a right to a public  education beginning with kindergarten and  extending through the twelfth grade.
Responsibilities:  Student  responsibilities include regular  school  atten- dance, conscientious effort  in class  work,  conformance to school rules and  reg- ulations, and  the  responsibility not  to  interfere with the  education of fellow students or the  orderly operation of the  school.
B. Environment
Rights: Students have the right to expect a safe school environment in which to learn and  a climate within the  school that is conducive to learning.
Responsibilities: Students have a responsibility to help  the  school  staff  in operating a safe school by abiding at all times by the  laws  of the  United States, the  Commonwealth of Virginia, and  the  County of Lee and  the  regulations  of the  Lee  County School  Board and  the  individual school.  Students have a re- sponsibility to notify  school staff  members of behavior that might endanger the safety and  well-being of others.
C. Respect
Rights: Students have the  right to  expect courtesy, fairness, and  respect from the  school staff  and  other students.
Responsibilities: Students have the responsibility to respect the rights and authority of students, teachers, administrators, and  all others included in the educational process.
D. Property
Rights: Students have the  right to  expect that other students and  school personnel will respect their personal property.
Responsibilities: Students have the  responsibility to respect personal property rights of other students, teachers, and  administrators as well as the public’s  property, including equipment and  school buildings.
E. Participation
Rights: Students who comply  with all rules and  regulations have a right to participate in school activities.
Responsibilities:  Students have a responsibility to comply  with all  rules and  regulations for student behavior at all school functions.
F. Expression
Rights: Students have the  right to  exercise freedom of expression and  to address policies publicly, privately, and  in writing, visual form,  or orally. Stu- dents may   advocate change in any  law, policy, or regulation.
Responsibilities: Students have the  responsibility to see that expressions do not  interfere with the  educational program. Students have a responsibility not  to use  statements or visual imagery that is obscene, slanderous, or libel- ous; not to use  disruptive tactics; nor to advocate violation of the  law or school regulations. The exercise of this right may  not interfere with the  rights of oth- ers,  nor  may  oral  or written student opinions or visual expressions be used to present material that falls  into  one or more  of the  following categories:


1.      Material that reasonably leads the  principal to forecast substantial dis- ruption of or material interference with school  activities or that endan- gers  the  health or safety of students.
2.      Material that is libelous or slanderous-statements that are  inaccurate or false  statements that injure the  person by damaging his  or her  reputa- tion;  cause personal humiliation, mental anguish and  suffering; or cause other injuries.
3.      Material that advocates the  commission of a criminal act or is a criminal act  as defined by the  Criminal Code of the  United States, the  Common- wealth of Virginia, or the  County of Lee.
4.      Material that is obscene as  defined in Section § 18.2-372 of the  Code  of Virginia (1950), as amended; or, material described in Section § 18.2-390 and  Section § 18.2-391 of the  Code of Virginia (1950),  as amended. Cur- rent copies  of these sections of the  Code  of Virginia are  on file in  each principal’s office and  are  available for review.
Note:  The  distribution of literature,  announcements, posters, bulle- tins, and  communications by individuals not  directly connected with the  schools,  including students not currently enrolled in a Lee County public  school, will not be permitted without the express approval of the principal or his or her  designee.
G. Complaint
Rights: Students have the  right to  complain to  school  staff  members re- garding decisions made by  staff  members that are  considered not  be  in  the student’s best  interest.
Responsibilities: Students have the  responsibility to follow the  complaint procedure:
1.  Meet   with the   immediate supervisor or  staff   member who  made the decision that raises the  question of whether the  decision is in  the  best interest of the  student. Also any  student, parent, or guardian who  be- lieves  that conduct, either by an individual or group, creates a hostile or abusive environment that limits a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the  educational program is encouraged to notify  school staff members.
2.  Meet  with the  school  administration. If a  student is  not  satisfied that a  complaint previously presented to  a  member of the  school  staff  has been  resolved satisfactorily, the  student or his or her  parent or guardian may  request a meeting of the  student, parent or guardian, and  school administrator. The  administrator may  require the  parent or  guardian to attend. Following the  meeting the  administrator will inform the  par- ent/guardian in  writing of his  or  her  decision on  the  complaint. If the complaint was heard and  a decision made by an assistant administrator, the  matter should be appealed to the  principal if the  decision is still  not satisfactory to the  student, parent or guardian.
3.  Meet  with the  superintendent of designee. The  principal’s decision on a  complaint may  be  submitted by  the  student or  his  or  her  parent or guardian to the  superintendent of school or designee within two days  fol- lowing  the  receipt of the  principal’s decision. The  written complaint will state precisely the  reasons for dissatisfaction with the  principal’s deci- sion  and  will be limited to the  matter under review. Upon  receipt of the written complaint, the  superintendent or designee will promptly review the  complaint and  inform the  parent or guardian in writing of his or her decision. The  superintendent or  designee may  at his  or  her  discretion include a meeting with the  principal and  the  parent or guardian as part of his  or her  review of the  complaint. A decision by a superintendent’s designee may  be appealed to the  superintendent. A decision by the  su- perintendent is final.

 


CODE OF CONDUCT AND ATTENDANCE DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES

The  Lee County School Board cannot reasonable write a code for conduct in such  detail as to anticipate every  type  of misconduct that could possibly occur. Generally, those rules of conduct which  are  considered acceptable in the  home, church and  in other places will be acceptable conduct in school.
Section A: Attendance Law and Policy
A student will  not  be  absent himself/herself from  regular attendance at school.  All parents or guardians should make every  effort  to notify  the  school when their children are  absent.
1.   Virginia Compulsory School Attendance Law. Every person hav- ing under his  or her  control a child  who will have reached his/her sixth birthday on or before  September 30 of any  school year and  who have not passed the  eighteenth birthday shall send that child  to  school  unless exempt by the  proper authorities (§22.1-254). Any person violating the preceding section may  be guilty of a misdemeanor (§22.1-263).
2.   Virginia Truancy Law. Realizing the  importance of school attendance in the education of children, the Virginia General Assembly amended the Code of Virginia in 1999  as  it relates to truancy. These laws  §22.1-254,
§22.1-258 and  §22.1-263, apply to the  Lee County Public Schools  and  the Lee County School  Interdisciplinary Team. For  the  agencies represent- ed by the  truancy team, the  Lee  County School  Board, the  Lee  County Department of Social  Services, the  Lee County Health Department, the Lee County Juvenile and  Domestic Relations Court and  the  Lee County Child and  Adolescent Center, the  definition of truancy is as follows:
Whenever a student reaches (7) unexcused absences in a school year and  school  personnel have been  unable to determine the  reason for the  absence, the  student will be considered truant.
3.   Lee County School Board Policy. The  Lee County School Board rec- ognizes the  following reasons for determining if an absence is excused:
1.    Doctor  or dentist excuse
2.    Death in the  family or funeral
3.    Court appearance
4.    School sponsored activities
5.    Religious holiday
6.    Illness (A parent can  excuse a  student for  an  absence due  to illness for up  to (6) days  per  year. After  exceeding six  (6) days absence for illness, the  student must provide a doctor’s excuse to continue to qualify for an excused absence.)
7.    Late bus

8.    Principal excuse (A student and  parent/guardian may request an excused  absence for extraordinary circumstances or events which  may occur  in  a  student’s life.  The  student and  parent/guardian  should present  documented information as  to  the   nature of the   circumstances or events. The  principal then has  the  discretion to declare such  absence(s) as excused based on the  information presented.)

Excuses are to be turned in within three (3) days of returning to school.  All assignments or tests missed due to excused absences may  be made up or completed. Grades or credits may  be affected if work  is not  completed, even  if the  absence is excused. If the  absence is excused and  the  student has  completed all work,  the  teacher will not penalize the  student for the  absence. It is the  responsibility of the  student to request make-up work  from the  teacher within three (3) days  after returning to class. The parent/guardian  may  make the  request for the  student. The make-up work  presented by the  teacher will be completed according to the  teacher’s requirements and instruction. The length of time given to complete make-up work is a minimum of three school days. It is at the discretion of the teacher based on the length of the absence and the assignments to be completed if additional time is allowed for make-up work. .Make-up work  will also  be allowed for the  first  five cumulative days  of out-of-school suspension. There will  be no  make-up work  allowed for any  out-of-school suspension after five days. All other absences will  be unexcused. Class work or tests missed due to unexcused absences are  not to be made up, and  a grade of “0” will be given  for the  missed work.
School  and  class  tardies will  not  be tolerated and  will  be considered to be a form  of truancy and  serious misconduct subject to punishment. Tardies,  as  well  as,  early dismissals from  school,  may  result in application of the  attendance law.  With  regards to early dismissals, principals shall not release a student during the  school day to any  person not authorized by the student’s parent/guardian.
Believing that school attendance is directly related  to academic achievement, and that attendance in school is also relevant to the formation of good work habits in young people, the Lee County School Board directs that pupils not be promoted or receive class credit if absenteeism exceeds thirteen (13)  days for the academic year, unless the work required by the course is completed.


4. Compulsory Attendance Procedures. Student attendance is a cooperative
effort and the School Board shall involve parents and students in
accepting the responsibility for good attendance.
Each parent/guardian or person having control or charge of a child
within the compulsory attendance age shall be responsible for such
child's regular and punctual attendance at school as required under provisions
of the law.
A reasonable effort shall be made to contact a parent/guardian of each
absent student every day, and to obtain an explanation for the student's
absence, where there is no indication that the student's parent is aware
or and supports the absence. A log will be kept of all telephone attempts.
Students who are absent must bring a valid note stating the reason
for the absence upon returning to school. Unexcused absences shall be
handled according to regulations in the Code of Virginia.
Students shall attend school for a full day unless otherwise excused.
Secondary students shall be scheduled for a full school day unless they
are enrolled in a cooperative work-study program. All other exceptions
to a full day schedule must be approved on an individual basis by the
superintendent or designee.

In 2003 Virginia Code § 16.1-260 was amended to allow a juvenile intake
officer to divert a juvenile who is a truant from formal court action
by developing a truancy plan for that juvenile or placing that juvenile in
a local truancy program. If after 90 days the juvenile does not successfully
complete the truancy plan or program, then the intake officer shall
initiate formal court action.

A. Upon Fifth Absence Without Parental Awareness and Support.

If (1) a student fails to report to school for a total of five scheduled
days for the school year; and (2) there is no indication that the student's
parent is aware of and supports the absence; and (3) reasonable
efforts to notify the parent of the absences have failed, then the
Principal or designee shall make a reasonable effort to ensure that
direct contact is made with the parent, either in person or through
telephone conversation, by the school attendance officer to obtain an
explanation for the pupil's absence and to explain to the parent the
consequences of continued nonattendance. The school attendance officer,
the pupil, and the pupil's parent shall jointly develop a plan to
resolve the pupil's nonattendance. Such plan shall include documentation
of the reasons for the pupil's nonattendance.

B. Upon Sixth Absence Without Parental Awareness and Support.

If the pupil is absent an additional day after direct contact
with the pupil's parent and the school attendance officer has received
no indication that the pupil's parent is aware and supports
the pupil's absence, the school attendance officer shall schedule a
conference within ten school days, which must take place no later
than the fifteenth school day after the sixth absence. At the conference,
the pupil, the parent, and school personnel, shall meet to resolve
issues related to the pupil's nonattendance. Other community
service providers may also be included in the conference.

C. Upon Additional Absence Without Parental Awareness and

Support. Upon the next absence after the conference without indication
to the school attendance officer that the pupil's parent is
aware of and supports the pupil's absence, the Principal or designee
shall notify the division attendance officer or Superintendent who
shall enforce the compulsory attendance rules by either or both of
the following: (i) filing a complaint with the juvenile and domestic
relations court alleging the pupil is a child in need of supervision as
defined in §16.1-228 of (ii) instituting proceedings against the parent
pursuant to §18.2-371 or §22.1-262. In filing a complaint against
the student, the attendance officer shall provide written documentation
of the efforts already undertaken to resolve the pupil's absence.
If the student's parents have joint physical custody of the student
and the school has notice of the custody arrangement, then both
parents shall be notified at their last known address.

D. Parental Cooperation in Remedying Excessive Unexcused
Absences. It is expected that parents will cooperate with the attendance
officer and other school officials to remedy the student's
attendance problem. Where direct contact with a parent cannot be
made, despite reasonable efforts, or where parents otherwise fail
to cooperate in remedying the student's attendance problem, the
superintendent or the superintendent's designee may seek immediate
compliance with the compulsory school attendance laws. The
division attendance officer, with the knowledge and approval of the
Superintendent, shall institute proceedings against any parent who
fails to comply with the requirements of the compulsory attendance
laws. Where the complaint arises out of the parent's failure to comply
with the requirements of §22.1-258, the attendance officer shall
document the school division's compliance with the Code section.

5. Attendance Reporting. Student attendance shall be monitored and reported
as required by state law and regulations. At the end of each school
year, each public school principal shall report to the Superintendent the
number of pupils by grade level for whom a conference was scheduled.
The Superintendent shall compile this information and provide it annually
to the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

6. Dismissal Precautions. Principals shall not release a student during
the school day to any person not authorized by the student's parents/
guardian to assume responsibility for the pupil. Students shall be released
only on request and authorization of parent/guardian. The superintendent
shall provide procedures for release of pupils who are not
residing with or under the supervision of a parent/guardian. The burden
of proof on the authority of the person to receive the student is on the
requesting party. A formal check-out system shall be maintained in each
school.

7. Attendance Awards. (1) Perfect Attendance. A student who attends
school for one full school year without being absent or tardy from school
or class may be considered for a perfect attendance award by the school
principal. (2) Excellent Attendance: A student who has been counted
present every day during the school year, but who may have been absent
from a particular class or classes, may under certain circumstances be
considered by the principal of the school to receive an excellent attendance
award. This is provided that the student has not been tardy and/or
absent from classes (early dismissal or off campus) more than five (5)
times during the school year. Absences from class due to being at or on a
school sponsored event (e.g. field trip or competition) will not be counted
against a student.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

The U.S. Flag must be displayed in every classroom and the Pledge of Allegiance
is to be recited in every classroom every day. During the Pledge of Allegiance
students shall stand and face the flag with their right hands over their
hearts or in appropriate salute if in uniform. No student shall be compelled to
recite the Pledge if he/she, his/her parents or legal guardian objects on philosophical,
religious or other grounds. Students who are exempt from reciting
the pledge shall remain quiet, stand or sit at their desks while others recite the
Pledge and shall make no display that disrupts or distracts others. The school
board's code of conduct shall apply to disruptive behavior in the same manner
as provided for other circumstances of such behavior.

MOMENT OF SILENCE

The Lee County School Board recognizes that a moment of silence before
each school day prepares students and staff for their respective work or school
days. Therefore, each teacher shall observe a moment of silence at the beginning
of the first class of each school day.
The teacher responsible for each class shall make sure that each student: (1)
remains seated and silent and (2) does not disrupt or distract other students
during the moment of silence. The moment may be used for any lawful silent
activity, including personal reflection, prayer and meditation. However, the
teacher responsible for each class shall not influence, in any way, students
to pray or meditate or not to pray or meditate during the moment of silence.
Students and employees are prohibited from praying aloud during the moment
of silence.

SEARCH AND SEIZURE

To maintain order and discipline in the school and protect the health, safety,
and welfare of students and school personnel, school authorities may search a
student, student lockers, computers or automobiles and may seize any illegal,
unauthorized, or contraband materials discovered in the search.
Section B: Code of Conduct Terms
Students may be disciplined by school officials, to include suspension and
expulsion, for student conduct on school property, while engaged in or attending
a school activity, or while going to or returning home from school. Students
may also be disciplined for acts committed away from school property and outside
school hours if the conduct is detrimental to the interest of the school or
adversely affects school discipline.

Prohibited conduct encompasses any behavior incompatible with the workplace
and good citizenship includes but is not limited to the following:

1.      Abuse or Harassment – Students shall not be guilty of cursing, gestur- ing,  or verbally abusing any  person, including but  not  limited to abuse or harassment based on that person’s race, religion, gender, creed, na- tional origin, personal or physical attributes,  disability, or intellectual ability, and  matters pertaining to sexuality.
2.      Abusive or  Profane Language – Students shall not  use  language or gestures that are  vulgar, obscene or disrupt teaching and  learning. This includes using orally or written vulgar or patently offensive language, sometimes referred to  as  “curse”  words  or  profanity, or  possessing or displaying visual imagery that is obscene as defined in the  Code of Vir- ginia, or engaging in indecent or lewd exposure of body parts.

3.      Attendance Violation (Unexcused Absence or  Tardy) – Students shall not  be  absent from  or  report late to  class  or  school  without appropriate parental permission, school  permission or an  otherwise valid excuse. Violations of attendance regulations include tardiness, cutting/ skipping school/class, truancy and  leaving school without permission.
4.      Behavior on  School Bus – Students shall not  behave in a disruptive manner or otherwise violate these Standards of Conduct while  waiting for a bus,  while  on a school  bus  or after being  discharged from  a school bus.
5.      Bullying – A student, either individually or as part of a group, shall not harass or bully  others. Prohibited conduct includes, but  is not  limited to, physical intimidation, taunting, name calling and  any  combination of prohibited activities. Prohibited conduct includes verbal conduct consisting of comments regarding race, gender, religion, physical abilities, or characteristics or associates of the  targeted person.  Bullying is defined as any act, or combinations of acts either verbal, written, physical, or electronic, directed against another individual that is intended to ridicule, humiliate, or intimidate students during the school day on school property, school bus, or at school-sponsored activities.

6.      Criminal Acts (Reports of  Conviction or  Adjunction of  Delin- quent) – Students shall not  violate any  law  of the  country, state, or nation; regulation of the  school  or school  system; or policy of the  School Board.
7.      Damage to  School Property – Students shall not  willfully cause or attempt to cause damage to school property. Virginia law requires financial restitution for damage to school property.
8.      Disruptive Conduct – Students shall not  engage in conduct that is or is intended to be disruptive to any  school activity, function or process of the school or is dangerous to the health safety of students or others. This includes the  willful  disruption of any  school activity or any  behavior (as determined by the  classroom teacher or other school staff)  that disrupts the  learning environment.
9.      Failure to  Comply with Directions (Defiance of  the Authority of School Personnel) – Students shall not  be willfully disobedient or openly  defiant of the  authority of any  administrator, teacher or  staff member.
10.  Falsifying or Cheating – Students shall not cheat, plagiarize or know- ingly  make false  statements with respect to any  assigned work  or test. This  also includes forgery.
11.  Fireworks –  The  student shall not  use   or  have possession of  fire- works.
12.  Gambling – A student shall not  bet  money  or  other things of value, or knowingly play  or participate in  any  game involving such  a bet,  on school  property or  during any  school  related activity; this extends to keeping a score  for later settlement.
13.  Gang Activity – A student shall not  engage in  gang  activities which are  disruptive to the  school  environment, which  includes the  wearing, using, displaying, or  selling of any  clothing, jewelry, emblem, badge symbol, sign,  or other things that is evidence of membership or affiliation  in any  gang;  committing any  act  or omission, or using any  speech, either verbal or non-verbal (such  as  gestures or hand-shakes) showing membership or affiliation in a gang;  using any speech or committing any act or omission in furtherance of the  interests of any  gang, including (a) soliciting, hazing and  initiating others from  membership in  any  gang,
(b) requesting any  person pay  protection or otherwise intimidating or threatening any  person, (c) committing any  illegal act or other violation of school  policy, and  (d) inciting other students to act  with physical violence;  inappropriate congregating, bullying, harassment, intimidation, disgrace and/or related activities which  are  likely  to cause bodily  danger,  physical harm, or mental harm to students, employees or visitors.
14.  Habitual Violations – A student who  will  ignore and  violate school rules and  regulations, and  who persists in building a record of violations and  has  not  responded to other corrective measures, may  be treated as having violated a more  serious infraction than the  single infractions in and  of themselves.
15.  Hazing – Students shall not  recklessly or intentionally endanger the health or safety of a student or students or inflict  bodily  harm on a student or students in connection with or for the  purpose of initiation, ad- mission into  or affiliation with or as a condition for continued member- ship  in a club,  organization, association, fraternity, sorority, or student body  regardless of whether the  student or  students so endangered or injured participated voluntarily in the  relevant activity.
The principal of any  school  at which  hazing causes bodily  injury occurs shall report the  hazing to the  local Commonwealth Attorney.
16.  Improper Technology Use – Students shall abide by the  Lee County Public Schools’  Acceptable Use  Policy  and  Regulations. Students shall not  have authorized or illegal use  of, or access to, computers, telecommunications, software, and  related technologies, nor commit any  willful act  that causes physical, financial, or other harm or otherwise disrupts information technology.
17.  Inappropriate Dress – A student’s dress and  appearance shall not  be such  that it causes disruption, distracts others from the educational process  or creates a health or safety problem. Students must comply  with specific  building dress regulations and  of which  students must be given prior notice. Wearing of clothes, jewelry, or  other apparel or  personal belongings that  advocate violence, alcohol  and  other drug use  and/or distribution; that represents gang  activity and/or membership; that advertises obscenities; or  that reflects adversely on  persons due  to  race, gender, creed, national origin, physical, emotional, or intellectual abilities;  or that is considered to be inappropriate attire (such  as see-through shirts).
18.  Laser Pointers –  Students shall not  have in  their possession laser pointers.
19.  Possession of  Portable Communication Devices – Students shall not  have in their possession a beeper, cellular telephone, or other communication devices unless it complies with Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy (see page 34). Beepers, cellular telephones, or  similar portable communication devices are  subject to confiscation by school officials and subsequent return to a parent or guardian.
20.  Possession/Use of  Tobacco Products/Electronic Cigarettes– Possessing, smoking, or using tobacco  products and/or Electronic Cigarettes in school buildings, on school grounds or on school buses or violating regulations governing consumption of beverages on school property.
21.  Sexual Harassment – A student shall not sexually harass another student or any  school  employee, volunteer, student teacher or  any  other person present in the  school  facilities or at school  functions. Sexual harassment includes any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and  other inappropriate verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that creates an intimidation, hostile, or offensive environment.
22.  Theft – A student shall not  intentionally take the  personal property of another person without consent under duress, threat or  otherwise, including extortion.
23.  Threats, Intimidation or Endangerment – Students shall not make any  verbal, physical threat or bodily  injury, or use the threat of force by written, electronic, or any form of communication directed at another person for the  purpose of extortion or for any  other reason. Students shall not endanger others. This includes conduct, including fighting, threats, or intimidating, that endangers the  well-being of another student or school staff  member.  Principals are to refer threats to a multi-disciplinary Threat Assessment Team to determine if an individual poses any reasonable threat of violence to self, others, or to determine what reasonable actions are necessary for intervention to avert the threat and maintain safety of the situation (Virginia Code 23-9.2:20).
24.  Trespassing – The student shall not  trespass on  school  property or use  school facilities without proper authority or permission, or during a period of suspension or expulsion. Trespassing is the  unauthorized presence  in the  school,  on the  school  grounds, or on school  buses or failure to leave  promptly after being  told  to do so by the  principal or the  staff member in charge.
25.  Vandalism – Students shall not  willfully or maliciously damage or de- face any  school building or other property owned  or under the  control of the  School Board. In addition, students shall not willfully or maliciously damage or deface  property belonging to or under the  control of any other person at school,  on a school bus  or at school-sponsored events.
The  following violations, in whole or  in part, carry mandatory sanctions requiring suspension and/or a recommendation for  expulsion.
26.  Distribution or  Sale of  Illegal Drugs or  Possession or  Distribution with Intent to  Sell – Students shall not  manufacture, give, sell, distribute or possess with intent to give, sell or distribute marijuana or other controlled substance as defined in the  Drug Control Act, Chapter
15.1 of Title  54 of the  Code of Virginia.
27.  Drug Abuse (Use and/or Possession  of  Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs) –   A student shall not  possess, procure or purchase or attempt or possess, procure, or purchase, or be under the  influence of (legal  intoxication not  required), or  use  or  consume or  attempt to  use or  consume, any  of the  restricted substances listed in  this regulation or what is represented by or to the  student to be any  of the  “Restricted Substances” listed in this regulation or what the  student believes is any of the  restricted substances in this regulation. Restricted Substance include  but  are  not  limited to alcoholic drinks, marijuana, narcotic drugs, hallucinogens, stimulants, depressants, and  anything else  covered by the  Drug  Control Act referenced below,  as  well  as  any  abusable glue, paint and  similar materials, anabolic steroids and  both  prescription and non-prescription drugs if they are  not  taken according to the  prescription  or directions on the  package, and  includes anything that a student represents to be a restricted substance or which  a student believes is a restricted substance.
28.  Participation or Involvement in a Mob  – Any collection or group of students assembled with the  intention of committing an  assault constitutes a mob.  Each and  every  student who is part of a mob will be held directly responsible for any  assault committed by the  group.
A.   For any  involvement in a mob assault by any  student, a principal will exclude each  student from  school for five-day  suspension and will recommend expulsion from school.
B.   The principal or designee will report the  assault to the  proper law enforcement authorities.
29.  Possession/Use of Weapon(s) – Students shall not  have in their possession any  type  of unauthorized firearm or  other article which  may be used as a weapon, regardless of whether it is commonly accepted as such. Carrying, bringing, using or  possessing any  firearm, dangerous device,  or dangerous or deadly weapon in any  school building, on school grounds, in any  school  vehicle or any  school-sponsored activity without the  authorization of the  school  or the  school  division is prohibited, and grounds for  disciplinary  action. Violation of this policy  shall require that proceedings for the  discipline of the  student involved be initiated immediately by the  principal. Such  weapons include, but  are  not limited to:
•      any pistol, shotgun, stun gun,  taser, revolver, or other firearm listed in  section 22.1-277.01(D), of the  Code  of Virginia, designed or  in- tended to propel a projectile of any  kind, including a rifle,
•      unloaded firearms in closed  containers,
•      any air rifle or BB gun,
•      toy guns and  look-alike guns,
•      any  dirk, knife  or razor, letter opener, screwdriver, hammer, hatchets  and  other devices that could  be used to inflict  harm upon  an- other person,
•       slingshots,
•      spring sticks,
•      brass or metal knuckles, blackjacks
•      any  flailing instrument which  may  be known as a nunchahka,       nun-chuck, nunchaku, shuriken, or fighting chain,
•      any  disc  of whatever configuration, having at least two  points or pointed blade, and   which   is  designed to  be  thrown known as  a throwing star or oriental dart,
•      explosives, and
•      destructive devices as defined in section 22.1-277.01(D), of the        Code of Virginia, or other dangerous articles.
In  accordance with section 22.1-227.01 of the  Code  of Virginia, a  student who is determined to have brought a “firearm” as  defined below,  on school property or to a school-sponsored activity shall be expelled for no less  than one  calendar year (365  days). The  School  Board may,  however, determine, based on  the  facts  of the  particular case,  that special circumstances exist and  another disciplinary action is  appropriate. Any  student who  brings a weapon, as  defined within this section, to  school  shall be  referred to  the criminal justice or juvenile justice system.
“Firearm” for purposes of mandatory expulsion, means any  weapon prohib- ited  on school property or at a school sponsored activity pursuant to sections
18.2-308 and  308.1  of the  Code  of Virginia, or to section 22.1-277.01 of the Code of Virginia, or to Title  18 of the United States Code section 921. The fol- lowing  weapons, given  these statutory mandates, are  prohibited and  invoke mandatory expulsion as stated above:
1.       Any stun weapon or taser;
2.       Any knife with a blade of 3” or more as measured from the knife handle to tip of blade;
3.       Any pistol, revolver, or other weapon designed or intended to propel a missile of any  kind;
4.       Any  dirk, bowie  knife, switchblade, ballistic knife, or razor, slingshots, spring sticks, brass or metal knuckles, or black- jacks;
5.       Any flailing instrument consisting of two or more  rigid  parts connected in such  a manner as to allow them to swing freely, which  may  be known as a nunchahka, nun chuck, nunchaku, shuriken, or fighting chain.
6.       Any  disc   or  whatever configuration, having at  least  two points or pointed blades, and  which  is designed to be thrown as a throwing star or oriental dart;
7.       Any  weapon of like  kind as  those enumerated in  items 1 through 5;
8.       Any  weapon, including a  starter gun,  which  will,  or  is  de- signed or may  readily be converted to,  expel  a projectile by the  action of an explosive;
9.       The frame or receiver of any  weapon referenced in item 7;
10.    Any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; or
11.    Any “destructive device” defined as (i) any  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 other similar device;  (ii) any  weapon, except a shotgun or a shotgun shell generally recognized as particularly suitable for sporting purposes, by whatever name known which  will, or may  be readily converted to, expel  a projectile by action of an  explosive or other propellant, and  which  has  any  barrel with a bore  of more  than one-half inch  in diameter; and  (iii) any  combination of parts either designed or intended for use in converting any device into any destructive device described in this subsection and  from  which  a destructive device  may be readily assembled. “Destructive device”  shall not  include any  device  which  is not  designed or redesigned for use  as  a weapon, or any  device  originally designed for use  as a weapon and  which  is redesigned for use as a signaling, protechnic, line-throwing, safety, or other similar device.  Exceptions: (1) An exception to this policy may  be made for students participating in an authorized part of the  curriculum, extracurricular  activity or team involving the  use  of firearms, or in  any organization permitted by the  school to use  the  premises. (2) A student possessing a knife  which  is (a) customarily used for food preparation or a service and  (b) is possessed by the  student for the  sole purpose of food preparation or service shall not be subject to mandatory expulsion. However, the  student may be subject to appropriate disciplinary action for the pos- session or misuse of any  knife.
30.  Stalking - Student shall not engage in conduct directed at another per- son  with the  intent to  place  or  when he  knows or  reasonably should know  that the  conduct places that  other person in  reasonable fear  of death, criminal sexual assault, or bodily  injury to other person or to the other person’s family or household member.
31.  Assault and/or Battery - A student shall not  assault or commit bat- tery upon  another person. Voluntary fighting resulting in  physical in- jury  to another person shall be considered assault and  battery. Physical assault includes any  physical confrontation that may  result in  injury, minor injury, or serious injury that includes, but  may  not  be limited to, kicking, shoving, pushing, hitting and  fighting. Battery is the  unlawful application of force to the  person of another. Assaulting or threatening to assault a staff  member will  result in  suspension, and  the  principal may  recommend expulsion of the  student.
32.  Other Conduct - In addition to these specific standards, students shall not engage in any verbal, written, electronic, or physical conduct which  materially and  substantially disrupts the  ongoing educational process or which  is otherwise a violation of federal, state or local law.

Section C: Disciplinary Procedures
1.       Disciplinary Agent – The  principal or his/her designee will  de- termine the  appropriate disciplinary measures to be taken in each case  of student misconduct or violation of any  rules or regulations, except when School  Board action is required, and  may  ask  for the assistance of appropriate staff  members. In  all  disciplinary cases, all students have the  right to due  process and  to fair  procedures in determining facts  and  imposing penalties. Students who exhibit re- peat offenses of a minor nature will face progressively more  strin- gent disciplinary action.
2.       Resource Officers – Legislation adopted by the General Assembly specifically gives  police  (resource) officers  the  authority to enforce school  rules. If a police  officer thinks it is necessary to conduct an interview at school with a student suspected of a crime, the  officer must make a reasonable effort  to contact the  student’s parents and delay the  interview until the  parents arrive. If parents cannot be contacted and  the  interview cannot be  delayed, the  principal, or designee, shall remain present during the  interview.
3.       Disciplinary Measures –  The  following disciplinary measures are  authorized:
1.       Admonition and Counseling of the student in private concerning his/her responsibilities.
2.       Alternative Education Placement – A student may  be removed from his/her regular schedule of classes and  assigned to a program of study under restrictive supervision for a fixed period of time. Teachers also  reserve the  right to  request the  removal of a  dis- ruptive student from  their class  and  be  placed in  an  alternative instructional setting.
3.       Assignment of  Tasks – Tasks of reasonable ability requirement to the  child  or restrictions may  be assigned.
4.       Confiscation – Items may  be confiscated from students and  if the item is legal,  may be picked up at the school by the parent or guard- ian  within ten  (10) school days.
5.       Damage Assessed/Payment Assigned – The cost of any  damage to school  property, and/or private property will be the  responsibility of the  student and  his/her guardian/parent.
6.       Detention – Staying before  or after school for a set period of time.
Except in extreme cases, a student must be given  a one day’s notice of this action, and  the  student will, in all cases, notify  his/her parents.
7.       Expulsion – For certain acts, the principal and/or his/her designee may  make a recommendation to the  School  Board for a student to be expelled.
8.       In-School Suspension – (ISS)  A student may  be assigned one to five days  of ISS  with appropriate assignments from  the  students’ teachers as well as assignments from the  ISS Coordinator. Failure to comply  with the  rules of the  ISS  program will lead  to additional consequences.
9.       Out  of  School Suspension – (OSS)  – No  suspended student shall be  admitted to  the regular school program until such student and his parent have met with school officials to discuss improvements of the student’s behavior, unless the school principal or  his designee determines that readmis- sion, without parent conference, is appropriate for  the stu- dent. Make-up work  will also  be allowed for the  first  five cumulative days  of out-of-school suspension. There will  be no  make-up work  allowed for any  out-of-school suspension after five days. A student who is on OSS is prohibited from being  involved in any  school activities, either as a participant or as a spectator.
10.    Parent Conference – Parent/guardians may  be required to visit the  school in order that together the  home  and  school can find solu- tions to behavior problems.
11.    Privilege Revoked – A student may  lose any  of the  many privi-
leges  afforded them such  as  membership in  and/or attendance to extracurricular activities, fieldtrips, parking, etc.
12.    Reprimand and/or Probation – A student who is placed on pro- bation is being  served notice, a reprimand, that his/her behavior is  unacceptable and  must be  improved. The  probationary period should not  exceed  90 school  days  and  should be set  in conjunction with a parent conference.
13.    Referral to  Court Services/Police  – In  addition to  referral to the  local  law  enforcement agencies, petitions or warrants may  be taken against students for certain criminal acts. These following significant acts, which  also  may  constitute a violation of the  law, are  among those that  might be  reported: alcohol, drug use/possession (including tobacco  products); assault  and   battery;  bomb threats,  extortion; homicide; possession/use of weapon(s); robbery; runaways; sex  offenses (indecent exposure, obscene phone calls, rape, sodomy, and  child  molestation); threatens bodily  harm; trespassing; and/or use  of abuse or profane language. This  list  is not intended to be all-inclusive and  other violations may  be included as determined by local school board authority in collaboration with law enforcement.
14.    Referrals to  Other Help Agencies – A student may  be referred to  social  services, mental health, drug abuse counselors, Family Assessment Team Evaluation, etc.
4.      Due Process - Public school  students facing  suspension or expulsion have property and  liberty interests under the  Due Process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
A.   Short Term Suspension - With  a suspension of 5 days  or less, the  student must be given  oral  or written notice  of the  charges against him/her, and  if he denies them, an explanation of the evidence  the authorities have and  an opportunity to present his side of the  story. No waiting period between the  student’s misconduct and  hearing is required. Where the  student’s presence poses  a continuing danger or ongoing threat  of disruption, notice  and  a hearing must be afforded as soon as practicable which  is in most situations within 72 hours.
B.   Long Term Suspension  - Expulsions or  suspensions of more than 5 days  require more formal due process procedures. For suspensions of more  than 5 days, permission must be granted by the superintendent. Students involved in expulsion hearings may  be entitled to confront and  cross  examine the  adverse witness(es).
C.   Special Consideration - Students with disabilities receiving special education are  covered by  special rules governing discipline. These roles  as  they apply to these students are  available from  the  school in a separate document, Parental Rights in Spe- cial Education.
5.      Disciplinary Actions:
A.  Non-Suspension – The principal or his designee shall:
1.   Advise  the  student of the  charges against him/her;
2.  Advise  the  student of the  rules which  have been  violated and  the facts  on which  the  charges are  based;
       3.  Give  the  student an  opportunity to respond to the  charges   and give his/her own version;
     4. Give the  student an opportunity to present a witness;
5.   A written discipline record shall be prepared which  includes:
a. Description of misconduct
b.   Stating the  rules violated c.   Reason for action
d.   Provision for reinstatement of the  student e.   Parents’ and/or student’s right to appeal
6.   Copies  of this discipline record will be sent home,  provided to the student, and  placed in the  student’s disciplinary record.
7.   Steps “1 through 6” shall constitute a hearing for the  student.
B.  Suspension – The  principal or  his  designee will  follow  the  same procedure as for non-suspension action except that suspensions may precede a hearing in certain situation such  as:
1.   In the case of a student whose presence poses a continuing threat to person and  property.
2.   In the  case  of a student whose  presence poses  an  ongoing threat to disruption of the  academic process.
In such  case,  a letter shall be directed to the  parent or guardian ad- vising of the  charges against the  student, and  that a hearing will be scheduled as  soon  as  practicable which  in most  situations is within three (3) working days.
C.  Expulsion – Expulsions can be imposed by actions of the  Lee County School Board. The procedures for expelling a student are:
1.    Actions of the Principal - If after a thorough investigation of an  incident, the  principal feels  a violation is serious enough to warrant expulsion, he/she shall send a written recommendation to the  superintendent or designee. A copy of the  recommendation shall be sent to the  student and  his/her parent or guardian. The notice  by certified letter shall be mailed no later than the  third day  after the  incident. Such  notice  shall include the  conduct of the student that necessitated the action including the rule violated; the penalty the principal plans to recommend; the right of the student, parents or guardian and  legal  representative to appear before  the  school board; and, the  availability of the  student’s discipline record for examination at the  school.
2.    Actions of  the Superintendent or  Designee - Upon  receipt of the  written recommendation of expulsion from  the  principal, the  superintendent or his designee shall review the  report of the principal and  a hearing before  the  School Board at its next regular  meeting shall be scheduled. At the  discretion of the  Superin- tendent, the  student may  be excluded from  school until the  next School Board meeting.
3.    Actions of  the School Board - The  School  Board, at its  next regular or  scheduled meeting, will  review the  facts  of the  case and  may  at its  discretion choose  to expel  or take an  alternative disciplinary action based upon  the  particular circumstances of the  case.  The Board will also hear any  appeals at this time.
D.  Procedure for  Appeals of School’s Actions
1.   School action not  involving out-of-school suspension  – Appeal to the principal or an  optional school  committee with the  option of appeal- ing the  decision of the  principal or committee to the  superintendent. School action not  involving out-of-school suspension is not appealable.
2.   School  action involving out-of-school suspension – Appeal first  deci- sion  of the  committee to the  School Board. Request appeals must be made with five (5) working days of the  action and/or decision of the board or committee.
When a student is subject to discipline for incidents which do not include the potential sanction of suspension or expulsion basic due process is involved: the student will be advised of the reason(s) for potential discipline and given an opportunity to explain their side of the incident. If the initial investigation requires it, the school official making the determination about discipline will perform additional investigation to ascertain the facts of the incident in question. The school official will then inform the student of the discipline measures, if any, to be imposed. The determination of the school official will be final and not appealable.

Section D: Disciplinary Committee
The superintendent shall appoint a Disciplinary Committee which shall consist of the superintendent or designee who will serve as chairperson, four or more other members, and a recording secretary. Member- ship may be increased if the need arises for more assistance as determined by the Chairperson. The Chair and recording secretary shall be non-voting members of this committee.
The purpose of this committee is to act as a screening and advisory committee to the School Board in hearing appeals of out-of-school suspensions.
The chairperson has all the rights and duties of a committee member, with the exception of voting, as well as the following specific duties and powers:
A.  The chairperson shall be available before the hearing to answer questions which the parents, student or other authorized representative may have concerning the conduct of the hearing.
B.  The chairperson shall have full charge of the hearing and have the authority to direct its proceedings and to control the conduct of all persons present subject to the procedural code.
C.  The chairperson shall direct the secretary to record the hearing     committee’s findings and recommendation.
D.  The chairperson shall transmit the committee’s written findings and recommendations to the superintendent and the principal as soon as possible after the hearing.
The procedures which the Disciplinary Committee will follow regarding cases brought before it and the  subsequent steps afterwards are:
1.   Hearings – The  Discriplinary Committee will conduct its  hearings accordingly:
A.      Closed Hearing – All hearings conducted by the  Lee  County Disciplinary Committee will  be  closed  hearings. The  hearing shall be  conducted on  a  non-adversarial and  impartial basis. The  major purpose of the  hearing is to ascertain all  pertinent facts  to determine the  course of action which  is in the  best  inter- est  of the  student involved and  the  school  system. The  hearing may  be  attended only  by the  Disciplinary Committee, the  su- perintendent, and/or designee, the  principal, and/or designee, the  parent, and/or designee, student’s authorized representa- tive.  Witnesses should be  present only  when they are  giving pertinent information to the  committee. The student may  be ex- cluded from the hearings at the discretion of the committee with the  concurrence of the  parents, or  authorized representative, during times when his/her psychological or emotional problems are  being  discussed. The  committee will  deliberate in  a closed session.
B.      Student May  Remain Silent –  The  student may  speak in his/her defense and  may  be questioned on his/her testimony, or he/she may  choose not to testify. The student will not be threat- ened  with punishment or punished later for refusal to testify.
C.      The  Record of Hearing –  The  Disciplinary Committee shall provide for making a  summary of any  information orally pre- sented to it at the  hearing. Statements and  other written mat- ter presented to  the  committee should be  kept on  file  by  the principal.
D.      Principal’s Presentation of Information and Records – It shall be the  duty of the  principal or designee, at the  request of the  committee, to present the  pertinent information regarding the  student’s previous conduct and  behavior, as well as that un- der  review.
E.      Use of  Witnesses – In  all  cases, the  principal shall present a  summary of the  statement of witnesses in  cases  referred to the  Disciplinary Committee. The  Disciplinary Committee will decide  if it is necessary for the  witnesses to appear before  the committee.
F.      Examination of  the Witness – When the  witnesses are  re- quired to  appear before  the  committee, all  parties  concerned may  question about any  matters relevant to the  charge against the  student and  disposition of the  matter. The  chairperson has the  authority to limit unproductively long  irrelevant question- ing by non-committee members.
G.      The  Role of Parents – The  parents or legal  guardians should be  present at the  hearing and   have an  opportunity to  make statements to  the  committee regarding the  disposition of the case  and  to  answer questions by  the  committee. Their state- ments need  not be filed with the  principal prior to the  hearing.
H.      Adult Representative  –  If  the  parents or  guardian cannot be present, the  student may  with the  consent of the  parent or guardian, bring another adult to the  hearing. In  this case,  the adult representative has  all  the  rights of a  parent before  the hearing committee.
2.   Disposition of the Case – The Disciplinary Committee will dispose of referrals and  recommendations brought before  it accordingly:
A.    Actions of the Disciplinary Committee – The Disciplin- ary  Committee, by majority vote,  shall decide  whether the student violated a rule of misconduct. If no misconduct is found, no further action will  be recommended against the student concerning this case.  When misconduct is  found, the   Committee’s  report  shall  include  a  statement  along with any  pertinent  recommendations, to  the  Superinten- dent of Schools  concerning what action has  been  taken.
B.    Actions of the Superintendent – In all cases  the  super- intendent has  the  authority to review the  actions taken by the  Disciplinary Committee, and  to revise such  actions. In cases  of revision, the  Superintendent shall send to the  par- ents of the  student and  the  chairperson an  explanation for his actions.
C.   Student’s (age 18 and older), Parents’, or  Legal Guardian’s Right of  Appeal – The  student, parent, or legal  guardian may  appeal a penalty issued by the  Superintendent of Disciplinary Committee to the  School  Board. The penalty must be postponed pending the  outcome of the appeal. The appeal must be made within ten  (10) days  after notice  of the  hearing committee’s actions. The School Board may  alter the   disposition of the   Disciplinary Committee and/or Superintendent.
D.    Action of  the School Board – Should a  hearing be  re- quested by the  student, the  hearing will be held  at the  next regular meeting of the  School Board unless additional time is requested by the  student or his  legal  advisor or School Board. In such  case,  the  matter will be continued until the next regular session of the  School  Board. Upon  agreement of all  parties concerned, a special meeting may  be held  to act  on the  recommendation of expulsion. The  hearing will allow the  parties to present such  evidence and  testimony as they deem  necessary and  proper, and  a record of the  proceedings will be kept. The  decision of the  School Board will be final, and  a written decision will be directed to all parties concerned within ten  (10) working days.
Section E: Disciplinary Actions
In  accordance with Policy  JFCR the  following corrective actions are  among those available to, but  not  limited to, the  school  administration for the  violation  of the  Student Code  of Conduct. It must be  understood, that with the exception of certain required actions by law,  each  offense  must be considered fully  including extenuating circumstances and/or facts  and  the  age of the  students involved in determining the  reasonable corrective actions.
•  Counseling
•  Admonition
•   Reprimand
•  Loss  of privileges including access to  the  school  division’s computer
system
•  Tasks or restrictions assigned by the  principal or his designee
•  Detention after school or before  school
•  Suspension from school sponsored activities or events prior to, during,
or after the  regular school day
•  In school suspension
•  Out  of school suspension
•  Notify  legal  authority when appropriate
•  Recommendation for expulsion
•  Mandatory expulsion for bringing a firearm onto  school  property or to a school-sponsored activity or use or passions of a controlled substance, imitation of controlled substance or marijuana, as defined in Chapter
34 of Title  54.1 and  Section 18.2.147 of the  Code of Virginia, on school property or at a school-sponsored activity.
•  Evaluation for alcohol  or drug abuse
•  Participation in a drug, alcohol  or violence intervention, prevention or
treatment program

Lee High School
Disciplinary Actions

VIOLATION

ACTION

Abusive or Profane Language

1st Offense – 1 day ISS        4th Offense – 5 days OSS
2nd Offense – 1-3 days ISS   5th Offense-Refer to committee
3rd Offense – 3 days OSS & Parent Conference

Abusive or Profane Language to Teacher or Staff

1st Offense – 5 days OSS

Assault and/or Battery (Fighting)

1st Offense
Trivial:  1 – 3 days OSS/parent conference
Minor Fight:  3 days OSS/parent conference
Serious Fight:  5 days OSS, and/or  referral to Disciplinary   Committee
2nd Offense
5 days OSS, referral to court services and police, may            recommend expulsion

Attendance

Tardies per 9 wks                                 Cutting Class
1-3 tardies teacher discretion           1st Offense: 1 day ISS
4-5 tardies 1 day ISS                            2nd Offense: 1 day OSS
6 or more tardies-1 day OSS              3rd or more:  2 days OSS

Alcohol
Use, Possession, Sale, Distribution, Consumption, or Purchase

Legal charges and/or OSS
Expulsion

Arson -  Actual or Attempted

Legal charges and/or OSS
Expulsion

Behavior on Bus

Revoke bus privileges. Restricted seating, ISS, OSS.  Discipline based on individual circumstances.

Bullying

1st Offense:  1 day OSS
2nd Offense:  3 days OSS
3rd and subsequent offenses:  5 days OSS

Break and Enter

Refer to police

Cheating/Plagiarism

1 day OSS and grade alteration

Criminal Conviction

Possible expulsion

Damage to school property

1st Offense –Pay restitution equal to damage and/or refer to court services- OSS
2nd Offense and subsequent offenses – Refer to court services, OSS or Expulsion

Disruptive Conduct/Disorderly Conduct:  Class disruptions and/or unwillingness to submit to authority, refusal to respond to a reasonable request

 

1st Offense:  1 day ISS
2nd Offense:  1 day ISS
3rd Offense:  2 days ISS
4th Offense and subsequent offenses: 1 day OSS and parent conference

Distribution or sale of illegal drugs or Possession or Distribution with intent to sell, Drug Paraphernalia

1st Offense:  OSS and notification to superintendent to obtain permission to exclude student pending expulsion by the Board at its next regular meeting.

Drug Abuse

1st Offense:  OSS and notification to superintendent to obtain permission to exclude student pending expulsion by the Board at its next regular meeting

False alarm/threat, reporting false information

ISS, OSS and/or legal charges

Fireworks of any type

1st Offense:  5 days OSS
2nd Offense:  5 days and all subsequent offenses 5 days OSS and refer to Discipline Committee

Gambling

**Gambling in any form is prohibited

1st Offense:  1 day OSS
2nd Offense:  2 days OSS and refer to court system

Gang Activity

1st Offense:  OSS and refer to police

Habitual Violations (after a student has violated 5 policies)

1st and all offenses:  1 day OSS or other action at the discretion of the principal or designee

Hazing

OSS and/or legal charges

Inappropriate Dress: 
Students shall not wear clothing that exhibits, expresses, or promotes sexually related content, or gang symbols or colors, or clothing that urges vulgar or vulgar type language.  Students shall not wear clothing that exposes their undergarments, or reveal the human anatomy to the point of distraction or indecency.  Students shall not wear chains that exceed 4mm in diameter and those may be worn only as jewelry around the neck, ankle, or wrist.  Shorts and skirts shall not be shorter than the length of the student’s arm with their finger extended.  Students cannot wear pants, shorts, or skirts with a waistband that is not secure above their hips.

1st Offense:  Warning and must change the attire
2nd Offense:  1 day OSS and parent contact
3rd Offense:  2 days OSS
4th and subsequent offenses:  3 days OSS

Inciting a Riot

OSS

Leaving School Grounds without Permission

1st Offense:  1 -3 days OSS
2nd Offense:  5 days OSS
3rd Offense:  5 days OSS and refer to Disciplinary Committee

Public Display of Affection

1st Offense:  Warning
2nd Offense:  1 – 3 days ISS
3rd Offense:  1 – 3 days OSS

Possession of Portable Communication Devices
Electronic equipment: radios, TVs, cell phone, IPods, etc. are prohibited

1st Offense:  Item will be placed in school office until the end of day
2nd Offense:  Item will be placed in school office and parent/guardian must pick it up
3rd Offense:  1 day OSS

Possession/Use of Weapon(s)
Possession or use of a weapon or look alike weapon

1st Offense:  Immediate OSS and notification to superintendent to obtain permission to exclude student pending expulsion by the board at its next regular meeting.  The police will be summoned immediately in all cases involving weapons.

Removal from ISS/disruptive

1 day OSS for each offense

Sexual Harassment/Sexual Offenses against staff/student

OSS and/or legal charges and/or expulsion

Stalking

1st and subsequent offense:  1 – 5 days OSS and parent conference, may recommend expulsion

Theft

1st Offense:  Restitution and parent conference
2nd and subsequent offenses:  Refer to court

Threats, Intimidation or Endangerment of Students

1st Offense:  1 day OSS
2nd Offense:  2 days OSS
3rd Offense:  Refer to Disciplinary Committee

Tobacco or Tobacco Products/Electronic Cigarettes
Possession or Use

1st Offense:  Warning/Confiscation
2nd Offense:  1 day OSS
3rd Offense:  2 days OSS, parent conference
4th and Subsequent Offenses:  3 days OSS

Trespassing

1st Offense:  Warning
2nd Offense:  Charged with criminal trespassing

Unauthorized use of vehicle

Loss of parking 10 days and/or remainder of year

Violation of Technology Use

1st Offense:  Warning
2nd Offense:  Loss of privileges
3rd and subsequent Offenses:  ISS-OSS

 

Section F: Children with Disabilities
All students are  held  accountable for all  rules, regulations, and  laws.  The discipline procedures for students with identified disabilities will be in accordance with Federal and  State regulations as outlined by the  Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Please refer to the  Parental Rights in Special Education document for further information.
Disciplining Students with Disabilities
Students with disabilities who violate the  student code of conduct, or engage in conduct, for which  they may  be disciplined, will be disciplined in accordance with this policy. Additionally, the  regular disciplinary procedures must be followed.  School  personnel may  consider any  unique circumstances on  a  case- by-case basis when determining whether to order a change in placement for a child  with a disability as a result of discipline.
I.      Long-Term Suspensions, Expulsions or Short-Term Suspensions Which Constitute a Pattern-Change in Placement
For  the  purpose of removing students with disabilities from  their current  educational placements, a  change in  placement  occurs when:
(1)   The  removal is for more  than 10 consecutive school  days  at a time; or
(2)   There is a series of removals each  of which  is for 10 days  or less  and  they cumulate to more  than 10 days  in a school year and  constitute a pattern because of:
(a)   the  length of each  removal
(b)   the  proximity of the  removals, and
(c)   the  total time the  student is removed
If the  disciplinary action will result in a change of placement for a student with a disability then that student’s parents must be sent notice  that same day  of the  recommendation for discipline and  be provided with a copy of the  procedural safeguards. The  procedures outlined in Section IV must also be followed.
II.   Short-Term Suspensions
School  authorities may  remove any  student with a disability from his or her  current educational setting for up to 10 school days  cumulative in a school year to the  extent that such  removal would  be applied  to students without disabilities and  for additional short-term suspensions provided no pattern exists.

III.  Functional  Behavior  Assessments  and Behavior   

Intervention Plans
If the  school administration, the  parent, and  the  relevant individualized Education Plan (IEP)  team members determine that a manifestation exists, the  IEP  team must
•     Conduct a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) and  implement a Behavioral Invention Plan (BIP),  if no FBA  was  con- ducted previously; or,
•    If the  student already has  a FBA and  BIP in place, review  and  modify  the  BIP,  as necessary to address the  behavior.
If a manifestation is found, the  school  division and  the  parent may agree to  a  change in  placement when reviewing or  modifying the BIP.  Without this agreement, the  student must return to the  placement from which  the  student was  removed.
IV.  Educational Service While Disciplined
For  the  first 10 days  of removal in a school  year, the  School  Board is not required to provide educational services to the  student with a disability if services are  not  provided to students without disabili- ties  who have been  similarly removed.
After  the  first 10 days  of removal in a school year, the  School Board shall provide educational services to the  student during the  period of removal. The services must enable the  student to:
(1)   continue to progress in the  general curriculum, although in another setting, and
(2)   progress toward meeting the  goals  set  out  in the  student’s
IEP
The determination of educational services is made by the  IEP  team for  discipline which  constitutes a  change in  placement. For  disci- pline  which  is not a change in placement, the determination is made by school  personnel in consultation with the  student’s special edu- cation teacher.
V.    Manifestation Determination
When a disciplinary action is proposed that will result in a change of, a manifestation determination review shall be conducted within 10 school days  after the  date on which  the  decision to take disciplinary action is made. This  review shall be conducted by the  Manifestation Team which  consists of a local  educational agency representative, the  parent and  relevant members of the  IEP  team (as  determined by the  parent and  school division)
The  Manifestation Team may  determine that the  behavior of the child  was  not  a  manifestation such   child’s  disability only  if  the Team:
(1)   considers all relevant information in the  student’s file, including the  student’s IEP, any  teacher observations, and  any  relevant information supplied by the  parents; and
(2)   determines that:
(a)   the  conduct in  question was  not  caused by, or had  a direct and  substantial relationship to, the student’s disability; and
(b)   the  conduct in  question was  not  the  direct re- sult of the school division’s failure to implement the  IEP,
If a  manifestation is  found, the  student cannot be  disciplined be- yond  any  permissible short term removal that may  be available. A parent may  request an  expedited due  process hearing if the  parent disagrees with the  determination that the  behavior was not a mani- festation of the  student’s disability or if the  parent disagrees with any  decision regarding the  placement of the  student while  disci- plined. The student will remain in the  interim alternative education setting pending the  decision of the  hearing officer or the  expiration of a forty-five school day removal.
VI.  Disciplinary Action for  Behavior that is Determined Not to be  a Manifestation
If the  behavior is not a manifestation of the  student’s disability, the disciplinary procedures will  be  applied to  non-disabled students.
Following a removal which  constitutes a change in placement, the student must continue to receive the  educational services necessary to enable the  student to continue to participate in the  general cur- riculum, although in another setting, and  to progress toward meet- ing the goals set out in the student’s IEP. In addition, the special ed- ucation and  disciplinary records of the child must be made available to the  person who makes the  final  decision regarding discipline.
VII.    Disciplinary  Action and/or Alternative Placement  for   Be- havior that is Determined to be  a Manifestation
A student with a  disability whose  behavior is  determined to  be a manifestation of his  or her  disability may  not  be disciplined except to the  extent a removal is otherwise authorized. The  student may also be removed to a more  restrictive placement by following change in placement procedures. The  IEP  team must conduct or review a FBA and/or BIP  as provided in Section III.
VIII.  Interim Alternative Educational Settings for  Weapons and
Drugs and Infliction of Serious Bodily Injury
Students with disabilities (1) who carry or possess a weapon to or at school, on school premises, or to or at a school function under the  ju- risdiction of a state or local educational agency; (2) who knowingly possess or use  illegal drugs or sell  or solicit  the  sale  of a controlled substance while  at school,  on school  premises, or a school  function under the  jurisdiction of a state or local  educational agency; or (3) who inflict serious bodily injury upon another person while at school, on school  premises, or a school  function under the  jurisdiction of a state or  local  educational agency may  be  disciplined pursuant  to Policies JFCD, JFCF, or  JGDB and  may  be  placed in  an  interim alternative educational setting for up to forty-five school days. This option is available without regard to whether a manifestation ex- ists. If no manifestation is found, the  student may  be disciplined to the  extent that a student without disabilities would  be disciplined. Any interim alternative educational setting shall be selected, by the IEP  team, so as to enable the  student to continue to progress in the general curriculum, although in  another setting, and  to  progress toward meeting the  goals  set  out  in the  student’s IEP. The  student must also  receive, as  appropriate, a FBA,  behavioral intervention services and  modifications designed to  address the  behavior so it does not recur.
IX.      Change of Placement by Hearing Officer
In addition to other options for removal, a hearing officer may  order a change in the  placement for a student with a disability to an  ap- propriate Interim alternative educational setting for not more  than forty-five (45) school  days  if the  hearing officer determines that maintaining the  current placement of such  student is substantially likely  to result in injury to the  student or others. Additional forty- five (45) school  day  removals may  be authorized by the  hearing of- ficer as necessary.
X.        Placement During Appeals
Students with disabilities are  entitled to all the  due  process rights available to  a  non-disabled student. In  addition, students with a disability are  entitled to  all  the  due  process procedures availableunder Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, as amended and any  state procedures. During the  course of appeals, the  student’s placement shall be  accordance with the  provisions of federal law unless the  parent and  the  school division agree otherwise.
XI.      Students Not Identified as  Disabled
Students for whom  the  parent assert there is a disability but  who have not  yet  been  identified as  disabled may  be  subjected to  the same measures applied to students without disabilities if the  school division did not have knowledge of the disability before the behavior that precipitated the  disciplinary action occurred. A school division will be found  to have knowledge of the  student’s disability if before the  behavior that precipitated the  disciplinary action occurred:
(1)    the  parent expressed concern in writing to supervisory or ad- ministrative personnel of the  school division, or to a teacher of the student, that the student is in need  of special education and related services; or
(2)    the  parent requested an  evaluation of the  student for special education  eligibility through  formal evaluation  procedures; and
(3)    the  student’s teacher or other school  personnel had  expressed specific  concerns about a pattern of behavior demonstrated  by the  student directly to  the  director of special education or  to other supervisory personnel of the  school division.
A school  division would  not  be  found  to  have knowledge of a  stu- dent’s  disability if:
(1)    the  parents refused to  allow  an  evaluation of the  student or refused special education services; or
(2)    the  student was  evaluated and  found  not  eligible for  special education services.
If a request for an  evaluation is made during the  period such  stu- dent is subject to disciplinary measures, the  evaluation shall be con- ducted in an  expedited manner. If the  student is found  eligible as a child  with a disability, taking into  consideration information from the  evaluation conducted by  the  school  division and   information provided by the  parents, then the  student must be provided special education and  related services, although in another setting, in com- pliance with the  procedures for  suspended and  expelled students with disabilities. Pending the  result of the  evaluation, the  student shall remain in the  educational placement determined by the  school authorities.

XII.    Disciplining Certain Section 504 Students Who Violate Alco- hol and Drug Policies
Students who are  identified as disabled solely  under Section 504 of the  Rehabilitation Act and  who are  currently engaging in the  illegal use of drugs or alcohol  may be disciplined for violating the  division’s alcohol  and  drug policies to  the  same extent as  non-disabled stu- dents. The  student is not  entitled to a due  process hearing under special education procedures in  this circumstance but  does  retain the  protections afforded to regular education students.
Amended August 14, 2006


Attachment I
ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY:  Computers and the Internet
LEE  COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS provide computer  facilities to  faculty,
staff, students, parents, and  those individuals involved with LEE  COUNTY
PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ activities  in  order to provide connections to world  wide
resources and  facilitate local,  regional, and  world  wide  communications. This
document indicates what is expected as responsible behavior by that given  ac-
cess to the  facilities.
State Law  (Article 7.1 of Title  18.2  of the  Code  of Virginia) classifies dam-
age to computer hardware or software (18.2-152.4), unauthorized examination
(18.2-152.5), or unauthorized use  (18.2-152.6) of computer systems as  misde-
meanor crimes. Computer fraud (18.2-152.3) and  use of computer as an instru-
ment of forgery (18.2-152.14) can be felonies.
APPLICABILITY

This  regulation applies to all  users of LEE  COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ computer systems and  to  all  faculty, staff, and  students when representing LEE  COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, regardless  of the  computer system used. Student use  of the  Internet in LEE  COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS will be by parent permission only.

A.   “Computing Resources” include mainframe computers, minicomputers, mi- crocomputers, networks, software, data, computer rooms, and  computer- related supplies.
B.   “Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)” is a contract that sets the  rules for Internet
use  in schools.
C.   “Core System” is a mission-critical application or system that is protected
from general public  access.

D.   “Information Systems” include, but  are  not limited to: hardware, software, communication lines and  devices, servers, terminals, printers, CD/ DVD devices, tape drives and  servers, kindles, iPads and  mainframe and  per- sonal computers.

E.   “Internet Access”  includes all  methodologies used to  connect to  Internet servers and  users around the  world  and  all  methods for providing access regardless of funding or facilitating sources.

F.   “Internet  Services” include access to  external systems and   information sources using the  Internet, access to hosting of World  Wide  Web (WWW) services and  information, and  use  of Internet tools  such  as  FTP,  gopher, Telnet, chat, E-mail, etc.

G.   “System Wide Information” includes any information (data, statistics, pub- lications, etc.)  that pertains to the  entire school  division or that involves more  than one department.

H.   “Users”  include all professional and  support staff  members, students, vol- unteers, parents or other individuals when they are  using LEE  COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ information systems.

I.    “Web Page” is a page  of information located on a web server and  accessible through the  Internet. The page  can contain a mixture of graphics and  text and  can include hyperlinks to other such  pages.


ACCEPTABLE USE

A.   Internet access is established solely  for educational purposes. The  use  of computer systems for personal use unrelated to the mission of LEE  COUN- TY PUBLIC SCHOOLS or for private gain  is prohibited.
B.   E-mail access, if provided shall comply  with all  LEE  COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ policies and  regulations including, but  not  limited to: privacy, standards of conduct, and  the  use  of LEE  COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ equipment. All web mail  programs are forbidden within the LEE  COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ computer system.

C.   Internet access accounts and  E-mail accounts, issued by the LEE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, will be monitored. However, owners of the school-divi- sion issued accounts are  responsible for all activities under their accounts. Outbound access to  the  Internet shall be  in  accordance with applicable LEE  COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ rules and  regulations. Monitoring and management of acceptable use  by students, parents, volunteers and  other staff  is the  responsibility of the  principal or teacher.

D.   Use  of accounts (Internet and  E-mail) issued by  the  school  division are prohibited from using passwords or accounts other than their own.

E.   Inbound access to  LEE  COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS systems  and  ser- vices from the  Internet shall be regulated.

F.   Any Internet user’s  traffic that transverses another network may  also  be
subject to that network’s acceptable use  policy.

G.   Copyrighted software and   materials shall not  be  downloaded from  the Internet or further transmitted in  any  form  without compliance with all terms of a  pre-authorized licensing agreement. LEE  COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS will  not  tolerate infringement or violation of United States or International copyright laws  or restrictions.

H.   All system-wide information to be published on the  Internet must be re- viewed  prior to  being  placed on  the  LEE  COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS web server.

I.    Photographs of students in approved school  activities may  be included in Internet / Intranet documents (including web pages) provided the student’s last name is not  placed on the  web pages, and  only with parental permis- sion.

J.  The establishment of web pages on the  Internet must have an educational purpose that is related to LEE  COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ assignment, project, job, function, or activity.


1.    Copyrighted material shall not  be  placed on  any  part of a  web  page without full compliance with the  terms of the  copyright.
2.    Student home  address or phone number shall not  be posted. Student names shall not  be published if the  parent has  withheld consent. Stu- dent names shall only  be  published in  the   following format: “First name, Last initial.”
3.    Information may  not be posted on the  Internet if it: Violates the  priva- cy of others, jeopardizes the  health and  safety of students, is obscene or libelous, causes disruption of school  activities, plagiarizes the  work  of others, is not approved by LEE  COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD.
K.   Any  use  of the  Internet for  commercial purposes or  political lobbying is prohibited.
L.   Any use  of the  Internet for illegal, inappropriate, or obscene purposes, or in  support of such  activities, is  prohibited. Illegal activities shall be  de- fined  as  violation of local,  state, or federal laws.  Inappropriate use  shall be defined as a violation of the  intended use  of the  network, including the intentional introduction of viruses, and/or the  corruption of systems, files, or resources.
M.  Any use of the Internet for purposes in conflict  with approved School Board policies and  procedures is  prohibited. LEE  COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD prohibits the  illegal copying  of documents, software, and  other materials.
N.   Great care  is taken by the  Internet and  network administrators to ensure the  right of privacy of users; however, all students, educators, and  parents have the  responsibility to take appropriate action when becoming aware of unacceptable usage.

GUIDELINES AND  RESPONSIBILITIES FOR  INTERNET ACCESS AND  ACCOUNTS
A.   Access  to  the  Internet is  considered a  privilege and  is  permitted to  the extent that available resources allow.  LEE  COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ information systems are  operated for the  mutual benefit of all  users. The use  of the  LEE  COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ network is a privilege, not a right. Users should not  do, or attempt to do anything that might disrupt the  operation of the  network or equipment, and/or interfere with the  learn- ing of other students or work  of other LEE  COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ employees.
B.   ALL LEE  COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ personnel  are  eligible for Inter- net  access through individual school accounts.
C.   LEE  COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ students are  eligible for Internet ac- cess through a school account managed by school personnel.
D.   Support  for  Internet  accounts should be  requested  through  the   LEE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD Office.


E.   From time to time, the  LEE  COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS will make de- cisions on  whether specific  uses of the  Internet are  consistent with this policy.  The  LEE  COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS shall remain the  final  au- thority on use  of the  Internet and  the  issuance of user accounts.
F.   LEE  COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD  shall provide and  administer LEE  COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ Internet  services, Internet  Protocol (IP)  addresses, and   connectivity between  the   LEE   COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ network infrastructure,  the  Intranet and   the  Internet, and shall manage all relevant servers and  services.
G.   Principals, Technology Coordinators, and  Teachers are  responsible for the accuracy and  appropriateness of materials posted on school or departmen- tal web pages and  for ensuring that the  material is consistent with official information posted by LEE  COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD.
H.   Users  are    responsible  for   complying  with  LEE    COUNTY  PUBLIC
SCHOOLS’ rules, regulations, and  “acceptable use  policies”.
I.    LEE  COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ employees, students, or network us- ers  who  become  aware that a  web  page  contains questionable material shall notify  the  responsible teacher, principal, technology coordinator, or supervisor, who will determine if any  applicable policy,  guideline, rule or regulation has  been violated. Should it be determined that a policy, rule, or regulation has  been  violated further action may  be taken against the  party responsible for the  infringement.
J.   Violation of the  acceptable use  policy  guidelines and  responsibilities by a staff  member may  result in disciplinary action.
K.   Misuse of the Internet by students may result in the student being  referred to a committee for disciplinary action.


  I.  BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE (B.Y.O.D.)
                                 Responsible Use Agreement
AVAILABILITY OF ACCESS
Access to the Lee County Public School District’s filtered wireless network utilizing personal wireless devices shall be made available to students, teachers, staff, and administrators primarily for instructional and administrative purposes, in accordance with the Acceptable Use Policy for Technology.
Conditions of use for the District’s network shall be permitted as long as the user’s actions:
* Comply with the responsibilities specified in the District’s Acceptable Use Policy for Technology.
* Impose no tangible costs to the District.
* Do not unduly burden the District’s computers, or network resources.
* Have no adverse effect on an employee’s job performance or on a student’s academic performance.
* Do not cause a substantial disruption to the educational environment.
Access to the District’s electronic communications system is a privilege, not a right.  All users shall be required to acknowledge receipt and understanding of all administrative regulations governing use of the system and shall agree in writing to comply with such regulations and guidelines.
Noncompliance with the applicable regulations may result in limitation, suspension, or termination of privileges, and other disciplinary action consistent with appropriate District policies.
Violations may result in criminal prosecution as well as disciplinary action by the District.
Participation in the “Bring Your Own Device” program is strictly optional.
PURPOSE
The Lee County Public School District is committed to creating a 21st century learning environment to provide equitable access to technology that will aid our students in becoming self- directed learners, collaborative team players, and information producers as well as information consumers.  Providing student and
staff with a 21st century digital learning environment is part of the Lee County Public School core values.
Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, the District will allow students to bring their own authorized technology devices (currently includes laptops, netbooks, eReaders, iPads, and android tablets) for personal use at the following specified times during the school day: before/after school and in the classroom when specifically permitted by the classroom teacher.  Utilization of personal technology devices to enhance learning in the classroom will be encouraged when deemed appropriate for all students in a given classroom, and at the discretion of the teacher.  Unless the classroom teacher specifically authorizes utilization of personal devices, such devices must remain off and put away.  Personal electronic devices may not be used at any time in locker rooms, restrooms, and the nurse’s office.
 Students and staff are required to access our wireless network when using the approved devices during the school day with the consent and supervision of the classroom teacher and the authority of the building principal or when using approved deices for personal use at authorized times.  While users may operate their own devices to access the internet, they must do so by way of the District’s filtered wireless connections.  The use of private (3G/4G) network access on school grounds is prohibited.  Users may not disable, override or circumvent district technology filters and protection measures. 
Many Lee County Public School teachers (and their students) utilize online Applications and other online resources for personal productivity and academic purposes.  There are also students and staff members who require specialty software products not licensed by the district, or that require file space exceeding our parameters.  Allowing the use of personal technology devices will facilitate timely accessibility for these users to their resources, enhancing the opportunity for productivity and success.
WIRELESS INFORMATION
When a student brings his/her own technology device onto the school campus, it is mandatory that these devices utilize the Lee County Public School filtered wireless network for students, only!  Once on the Lee County Public School network, all users will have filtered Internet access on their personal equipment in compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), just as they would on district devices.
ACCEPTABLE DEVICES
Computers
Laptops and netbooks with either Windows or Apple operating systems are permitted on our network.  It is expected that these devices will have 1) an updated
web browser from which students are able to access necessary tools, 2) current antivirus software: and 3) be fully charged and maintained to work properly during the school day.
Mobile Devices
Tablet technology and eReaders are clearly useful for productivity purposes and will enhances instruction, so they are permitted for use on our network.  This category includes but is not limited to iPads, Android tablets (Samsung Galaxy, Asus Transformer, etc.) and eReaders (Kindles, Nooks, etc.)
The category referred to as “handheld devices” which includes iPods, MP3/4 players, and smartphones ARE NOT permitted, at this time.  We understand that many of these devices offer some of the same features as the more conventional wireless technology, however at this time devices are not identified as approved “learning tools” included by the Lee County Public School District policies.
3G/4G NETWORK ACCESS IS PROHIBITED
Mobile devices such as laptops, tablets, eReaders, are often equipped with 3G/4G wireless accessibility, which the District is unable to filter or monitor, in legal compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act.  Students and employees who bring 3G/4G enabled devices must access the Internet via the District’s filtered Wi-Fi connection, only!  Violators may have their devices confiscated, their participation in the BYOD program restricted, and be subject to other disciplinary action.

 

VIOLATION CONSEQUENCES: STUDENTS/STAFF/ALL USERS
A.   Filtering software (in accordance with Children’s Internet  Protection Act [CIPA])  will  lock  out  any  user who  repeatedly “hits’  sites that are  rated as  objectionable or  not   useful educationally. (LEE   COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD  realizes that site  may  be accessed accidentally.)  Stu- dents/staff will receive a warning.
B.   The user will lose Internet privileges for the  remainder of the  semester, if a second lockout/incident occurs. A letter indicating that the  privileges have been  list  will be issued.
C.   A third violation (after re-instatement) will result in the  user losing  their
Internet privileges for the  remainder of the  school year.
D.   Any  user who  is  involved in  “hacking” or  attempting to  violate the  LEE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ division system security will be referred to the  appropriate committee for further action.

House  Bill  58 passed in 2008 and  resulted in
Chapter 52 – An Act to Amend and  Reenact §22.1-70.2 of the  Code of Virginia
(Acceptable Use Policies  (AUP)  for Public and  Private Schools)

Suggested guidelines for  teachers, students, administrators, parents/guard- ians, and  community members.
1.       Discuss Internet use  with your  students and  or children and  clarify what they should and  should not do online.
2.       Make  your  expectations about Internet use  clear to your  students and  or children.
3.       Advise your students and  or children never to reveal their name, address, phone number or school name online without your  permission, including in  chat rooms  and  in  postings to  discussion boards, bulletin boards, or other online forums. The  Internet is a public  place  and  protecting per- sonal privacy is essential.
4.       Advise  your  students and  or children never to upload a picture of them- selves to the  Internet or send it as an  E-mail attachment to anyone they do not know.
5.       Periodically monitor your  students and  or children use  of the  computer
– what they are  doing  at a particular moment as  well  as  their Internet history.
6.       Use a filtered Internet Service Provider (ISP).
7.       Check for wireless access points in  your  neighborhood. Encourage your community members to  password protect their  wireless networks be- cause laptops can access wireless networks in the  community.
8.       Encourage your  students and/or children to share their knowledge of the Internet and  online learning experiences with you,  and  to  come  to  you with any  concerns.
9.       Ask your  students and/or children to show  you their favorite websites.
10.    Ask your  students and/or children to tell  you about the  exciting learning they have experienced online as part of their classroom or library activi- ties.
11.    Encourage your  students and/or children to come to you if they feel un- comfortable about information they see on online or receive via E-mail.
12.    If someone sends a message or image to your  students and/or children that are  inappropriate or indecent, report it to you. You may  also  report the  incident to the  Virginia State Police  Cyber  Crimes Unit at 804-553-
3413  or by the  Cyber  Tipline of the  National Center for Missing and  Ex- ploited Children by calling 1-800-843-5678 or submitting an online report at www.missingkids.com/cybertip.

Attachment II
DISTRICT WIDE  FAMILY  INVOLVEMENT POLICY PART I. GENERAL EXPECTATIONS
The  Lee  County School  Board recognizes that the  education of each student is  a  responsibility shared by  the  school  and  the  students’ families and  promotes partnerships that will  build family involve- ment capacity and  participation in promoting academic, social,  emo- tional and  physical growth of all our children. The Lee County School Board will  integrate this family component into  the  school  division plan for achieving high  standards for all students as mandated in the parental involvement goals  of the  No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

The  Lee  County School  Board agrees to implement to following statutory re- quirements:
•  The school district will put  into operation programs, activities and procedures for the  involvement of parents in all of its schools  with Title  I, Part A programs, consistent with section 1118  of the  El- ementary and  Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Those  programs, activities and  procedures will be planned and  operated with meaningful consultation with parents of participating children.
•  Consistent with section 1118,  the  school  district will  work  with its  schools  to  ensure that the  required school-level parental  in- volvement policies meet the requirements of section 1118(b) of the ESEA, and  each  include, as a component, a school-parent compact consistent with section 1118(d)  of the  ESEA.
•  The  school  district will incorporate this district wide  parental in- volvement policy into  its  LEA plan developed under section 1112 of the  ESEA.
•  In  carrying out  the  Title  I, Part A parental involvement require- ments, to the  extent practicable, the  school district and  its schools will provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and  parents of migratory children, including providing information and  school reports required under section 1111  of the  ESEA  in  an  under- standable and  uniform format and, including alternative formats upon  request, and, to the  extend practicable, in a language par- ents understand.
•  If the LEA plan for Title  I, Part A, developed under section 1112 of the  ESEA, is not  satisfactory to the  parents of participating chil- dren, the  school  district will  submit any  parent comments with the  plan when the  school  district submits the  plan to the  State Department of Education.


The  school  district will  involve  the  parents of children served in the Title  I, Part A schools  in decisions about how the  one percent of Title I, Part A funds reserved for parental involvement is spent, and  en- sure that not  less  than 95 percent of the  one percent of reserved goes directly to the  schools.
The  school  district will be governed by the  following statutory defini- tion  of parental involvement, and  expects that its  Title  I schools  will carry out programs, activities and  procedures in accordance with this definition:
Parental involvement means the participation of parents in regu-
lar, two-way, and  meaningful communication involving student academic learning and  other  school  activities, including ensur- ing -
(A)   that parents play   an  integral role  in  assisting their child’s  learning;
(B)   that parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their  child’s  education at school;
(C)   that parents are full  partners in their  child’s  education and  are  included, as  appropriate, in  decision-making and  on advisory committees to assist in  the  education of their  child;
(D)  the  carrying out  of other  activities, such  as  those  de- scribed in section  1118 of the ESEA.

The  school  district will inform parents and  parental organizations of the  purpose and  existence of the  Parental Information and  Resource Center of the  State.

PART II:   DESCRIPTION OF HOW DISTRICT WILL IMPLEMENT RE- QUIRED DISTRICT WIDE  FAMILY  INVOLVEMENT POLI- CY COMPONENTS

1.       The   Lee County School Boardwill  take the  following actions to involve  families in  the  joint  development of its  district wide  family involvement plan under section 1112 of the  ESEA:
a.   organize the  Lee County Title  I Division Family Advisory Com- mittee;
b.   convene three annual meetings, (October, January and  March) to ensure all stakeholders are represented in the written review/ revision process of the  Division Family Involvement Policy;
c.   ensure all stakeholders are  represented on the  DFA Committee (family representatives  from  each  school,  principals, teachers, central office supervisors, Lee County Board of Supervisors com- munity members, business leaders, community service workers, and  school board members);


d.   provide all  participants a copy of Section 1118  and  Title  III  re- quirements and  the  current Division Family Involvement Poli- cy;
e.   conduct group discussions for the purpose of consultation, advis- ing and  evaluation;
f.    utilize committee members recommendations for the  implemen- tation procedure for this policy;
g.   utilize members input to access the  progress of the  policy  and revise as needed;
h.   evaluate the  policy on an annual basis to determine its effective- ness and  revise the  policy based on this evaluation;
i.    ensure flexibility and  accessibility within the  division adminis- tration to provide collaboration and  other educational programs that focus  on  high  student achievement and  values diversity and  equity in each  child’s  learning (Head Start, parent-teacher groups, and  Parents as Teachers Program);
j.    publicly advertise  meetings and   make them open  to  all  par- ents;
k.   provide assistance to individual schools  in planning and  imple- menting strong family involvement activities, programs and procedures.
2.        The  Lee County School Boardwill take the  following actions to in- volve families in the  process of school review and  improvement under section 1116 of the  ESEA
Individual schools  will:
a.   enlist family members to serve on the  School Improvement Plan
Committee;
b.   establish a school  level  Family Involvement Advisory Commit- tee that will develop a Family Involvement Plan and  procedures for the  implementation of the  plan;
c.   hold  two  annual informative meetings offered  at a  variety of times to maximize the  opportunity for parent participation (Ob- jectives; instructional strategies, SOL  curriculum content, stu- dent assessment data and  how  schools  are  rated, educational literacy and  parent rights and  responsibilities);
d.   provide other family activities and  workshops based on the  as- sessed needs and  interests of the  school community;
e.   develop a  Family/School Compact in  cooperation with parents and  teachers and  promote its  use  for high  student achievement (the  compact will contain language that attends to the  literacy and  language levels  of families);
f.    ensure that all communication will be in a format that is under- standable to families;
g.   utilize computer/telephone (School  Reach Program) to commu- nicate with families.
3.        The  Lee County School Boardwill provide the  following necessary coordination, technical assistance, and  other support to assist Title  I,


Part A schools  in planning and  implementing effective family involve- ment activities to improve student academic achievement and  school performance;
a.   utilize local and  state personnel to provide schools  technical as- sistance and  support in  development and  implementation of a quality Family Involvement Program;
b.   provide materials and  training to empower families to become active participants in their child’s educational program such  as literacy training, use  of technology, Virginia’s academic content standards and  student academic achievement standards, and how  to  monitor a  child’s  progress and  work  with educators to improve student achievement;
c.  provide professional development for teachers, pupil services personnel, principals, and  other staff  in the  following areas:
•     values and  utility of contributions of families,
•     how to reach out to families,
•     how to communicate and  work  with families as  equal
partners,
•     implementing and  coordinating family programs, and
•     building ties  between families and  the  school.
4.        The  Lee County School Boardwill coordinate and  integrate family involvement strategies in Part A with family involvement strategies under the  following other programs: Head Start, Parents as Teachers, by:
a.   collaboration  of  family involvement activities  with
Head Start and  Parents as Teachers;
b.   sharing  family resources, information and  materials among programs;
c.   co-sponsoring  workshops  and   professional  develop- ment activities that  encourage and   support  family participation in the  education of their children.
5.        The   Lee County School Boardwill  take the  following actions to conduct, with the  involvement of families, an  annual evaluation of the   content and   effectiveness of  this  family involvement policy  in improving the  quality of its  Title  I,  Part A schools.  The  evaluation will  include identifying barriers to greater participation by families in  family involvement activities (with  particular attention to  fami- lies  who  are  economically disadvantaged,  are  disabled, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy, or are  of any  racial or eth- nic minority background). The  school  district will use  the  findings of the  evaluation about its  Family Involvement Policy  and  activities to design strategies for more  effective family involvement, and  to revise if necessary (and  with the  involvement of families) its  family involve- ment policies.
The Division Family Involvement Advisory Committee will formally evalu- ate  the  plan as  to its  effectiveness in  improving the  quality of its  Title  I, Part A schools  family involvement through:
a.   review of written evaluations completed by  families and  com- munity members at division meetings and  individual schools;
b.   evidence of success of increased family involvement as  docu- mented by sign-in sheets for attendance;


c.   teachers, principals and  staff  increased support and  participa- tion  through documented family conferences;
d.   identify barriers and  ways  to overcome barriers which  may  limit participation for those who are  economically disadvantaged dis- abled, have limited literacy/English proficiency or of any  racial/ ethnic minority.
1.        The   Lee County School Boardwill  build the  schools;  and  family capacity for strong family involvement, in order to ensure effective in- volvement in families and  to support a partnership among the  school involved, families and  the  community to  improve student  academic achievement, through the  following activities specifically described below:
A.  The school district will, , with the  assistance of its Title  I, Part A schools,  provide assistance to families of children served by the school district or school, as appropriate, in understanding topics such  as the  following:
a.  develop clear, meaningful, two-way communication be- tween school and  home (news  letters, School Reach/phone, Web-page, personal  conversations,  conferences, formal and  informal meetings);
b.  provide orientation/Open  House time for  disseminating information about the  State’s academic content standards and  how they correlate with the  curriculum (each  subject and  grade level);
c.  coordinate program activities that include defining the
State’s student academic achievement standards:
•  personnel  will   prepare  and    present  workshops related to  State’s student  academic achievement standards;
•  administrators and  teachers will assist families in understanding the  State and  local academic assess- ments including alternate assessments and  how to monitor their child’s progress using the  assessment data;
d.  utilize an  understandable and   uniform format and, in- cluding alternative formats upon  request, and, to the  ex- tent practicable, in a language parents understand;
e.  provide personnel with training, including:
• effective  two-way  communication  strategies   to
build strong home/school learning partnerships;
• creating an  inclusive environment that  welcomes
and  respects families;
• effective parent-teacher conferences;
• working with parents  to  foster learning at home
and
• how to monitor homework;
f.   provide training for families on how to work  with educa- tors, including:


• strategies to foster learning at home;
• parents role in supporting child’s academic success (family literacy, effective parent-teacher  communi- cation);
• leadership roles  (resolving problems/conflict man- agement)
B.  The  school  district will,  with the  assistance of its  schools,  pro- vide materials and  training to help  parents work with their chil- dren to improve their children’s academic achievement, such  as literacy training, and  using technology, as appropriate, to foster family involvement, by:
a.  support school  level  Family Resource Centers (provide resources, materials and  supplies to assist families to become  active participants in  their families educational development, including but  not  limited to technology, lit- eracy, health services, and  etc.);
b.  provide parents  on-going training  assistance  related  to student academic success:
•  nutrition,
• utilization, motivation,
•  attendance,
• monitoring homework assignments,
• family literacy, and
• technology (media resource).
C.  The  school  district will,  with the  assistance of its  schools  and families, educate its  teachers, pupil services personnel, princi- pals  and  other staff, in how to reach out  to, communicate with, and  work  with families as equal partners, in the  value and  util- ity of contributions of parents, and  in how to implement and  co- ordinate family programs and  build ties  between families and schools,  by:
a. develop clear, meaningful, two-way communication be- tween school and  home  (newsletters, ALERT  NOW/phone service, Web-page, personal conversations, conferences, formal and  informal meetings);
b. provide orientation/Open House time for disseminating information about the  State’s academic content standards and  how  to  correlate with the  curriculum (each  subject and  grade level);
c.  coordinate program activities that  include defining the
State’s student academic achievement standards:
• teachers prepare and  present workshops related to
State’s student academic achievement standards.
• administrators and  teachers will assist families in understanding the  State and  local academic assess- ments including alternate assessments and  how to monitor their child’s progress using the  assessment data,


d.  utilize an understandable and  uniform format, and  includ- ing  alternative formats upon  request, and, to  the  extent practicable, in a language parents understand;
e.  provide personnel with training, including:
• effective  two-way  communication  strategies   to
build strong home/school learning partnerships,
• creating an  inclusive environment that  welcomes
and  respects families,
• effective parent -- teacher conferences,
f.  work  with parents to foster learning at home  and  how to monitor homework; and
g.  encourage utilization of school Family Resource Centers.
D.  The  school  district will,  to the  extent feasible and  appropriate, coordinate and  integrate family involvement programs and  ac- tivities with Head Start, Parents as Teachers Program, and  pub- lic preschool and  other programs, and  conduct other activities, such   as  family resource centers, that  encourage and   support families in the  education of their children, by:
a.   Collaboratively providing monthly workshops that involve families and community resource persons in activities that disseminate information relate to:
•  nutrition and  other health related issues,
•  safety,
•  how to utilize talents of families in schools,
•  sensitivity of divers family situations,
•  strategies for engaging families in school (reaching
uninvolved families),
•  community services that  are  available for  family
support,
•  fathers as important contributors to family involve- ment.
E.  The school district will take the  following actions to ensure that information related to  the  school  and  parent-programs, meet- ings,  and  other activities, is sent to the  parents of participating children in an understandable and  uniform format, including al- terative formats upon  request, and, to the  extent practicable, in a language the  parents can understand:
a.   families will be informed of school  activities through both formal and  informal communication;
•  division newspaper (annual distribution in  the  lo- cal newspaper),
•  school newletters,
•  division and  school Web-pages,
•  ALERT  NOW (phone service),
•  flyers,
•  radio announcements,
•  local newspaper,
•  letters,
•  PTO Meetings
•  e-mail

PART III.    DISCRETIONARY DISTRICT  WIDE   FAMILY   INVOLVE- MENT  POLICY COMPONENTS
Note:  The  District Wide  Family Involvement Policy  may  include additional paragraphs listing and  describing other discretionary activities that the  school district, in consultation with its  parents, chooses  to undertake to build fami- lies’ capacity for involvement in the  school  and  school  system to support their children’s academic achievement, such  as the  following discretionary activities listed under section 1118(e)  of the  ESEA;
•  involving families in providing ideas for program needs in the  develop- ment of training for  teachers, principals, and  other educators to  im- prove  the  effectiveness of that training;
•  providing necessary literacy training for parents from  Title  I, Part A funds, if the school district has  exhausted all other reasonably available sources of funding for that training;
•  paying reasonable and  necessary expenses associated with family in- volvement activities, including transportation  and  child  care  costs,  to enable parents to participate in  school-related meetings and  training sessions;
•  training families to enhance the  involvement of other parents;
•  in  order to maximize parental involvement and  participation in  their children’s education, arranging school meetings at a variety of times, or conducting in-home conferences between teachers or other educators, who  work  directly with participating children, with families who  are unable to attend those conferences at school;
•  adopting and  implementing model  approaches to  improving parental
involvement;
•  establishing a  district wide  family advisory council  to  provide advice on all  matters related to parental involvement in  Title  I, Part A pro- grams;
•  developing appropriate  roles  for  community-based organizations and businesses, including, faith-based organizations, to support family in- volvement activities;
•  providing other reasonable support for  family involvement activities
under section 1118 as parents may  request.
PART IV.   ADOPTION
This  District Wide  Family Involvement Policy  has  been  developed jointly with, and  agreed on  with, parents of children participating in  Title  I,  Part A programs, as  evidenced by sign-in-sheet for Family Involvement Advisory Meeting.
This  policy  was  adopted by the  Lee County Public Schoolson  12/10/07and  will be in effect for each  school year. The school district will distribute this policy  to all  parents of participating Title  I, Part A children at the  beginning of the  school year.


Attachment III
DIRECTORY INFORMATION
The  Lee County Public Schools  shall notify  parents and  eligible students at the  beginning of each  school  year what information, if any,  Lee County school division has  designated as directory information, the  right to refuse to let divi- sion  designate any  or all of such  information as directory information and  the period of time to refuse, in  writing, the  directory information designation in accordance with FERPA.
Directory information may include the name, gender, address, telephone list- ing, date and  place  of birth of students, the  student’s major field of study, par- ticipation in officially  recognized activities and  sports, the  weight and  height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees or awards received by students, and  photographs.
The  Family Educational Rights and  Privacy Act  (FERPA), a  federal law, requires that the  LEE  COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM, with certain exceptions, obtain parent/guardian’s written consent prior to the  disclosure of personally identifiable information from  their child’s  education records. However, the LEE  COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM may  disclose appropriately designated “di- rectory information” without written consent, unless the  parent/guardian has advised the  school  district to the  contrary in  accordance with District proce- dures.
Directory information, which  is information that is generally not considered harmful or  an  invasion of privacy if released. The  LEE  COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM has  designated the  following information as directory information:
• Student’s name
• Participation in officially  recognized activities and  sports
• Address
• Telephone listing
• Weight and  height of members of athletic teams
•  Photograph
• Degrees, honors, and  awards received
• Date and  place  of birth
• Major  field of study
• Dates of attendance
• Grade level
• The most  recent educational agency or institution attended
The  primary purpose of directory information is to allow  the  LEE  COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM to include this type  of information from a child’s education records in  certain school  publications. Examples include, but  are  not  limited to:
• A playbill, showing your  student’s role  in  a  drama produc- tion;
• The annual yearbook;
• Honor roll or other recognition list;


• Graduation programs; and
• Sports activity sheets, such  as  for wrestling, showing weight
and  height of team members
Directory information can also be to outside organizations without a parent’s prior written consent. Outside organizations include, but  are  not  limited to, companies that manufacture class  rings or publish yearbooks. In addition, two federal laws  require local educational agencies (LEAs) receiving assistance un- der  the  Elementary and  Secondary Education Act of 1965  (ESEA)  to provide military recruiters, upon  request, with three types of directory information categories – names, addresses and  telephone listings – unless parents have advised the  LEA  that they do not  want their student’s information disclosed without their prior written consent.
Parents/guardians who do not  want the  LEE  COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM to disclose directory information must notify  the school district by submitting a completed “Request for Exclusion of Directory Information” form by September
1st  of each  year.

 

 

Adopted:                      July 14, 2003

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Legal  Refs.          § 9528 of ESEA  (20 U.S.C.  § 7908), as amended by NCLB  Act
of 2001 (P.L. No.: 107-107)

10  U.S.C.   § 503,  as  amended by  § 544  and   § 9528  of the
ESEA


Attachment IV


 

NOTICE TO PARENTS


Right to Review Teacher Qualifications

 

To:          ALL PARENTS
From:    Lee County Public Schools
Date:     August  2012

As a parent of a student in  the  Lee  County Public School  System, 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 teachers 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 Virginia Department of Education has  licensed or qualified
the  teacher for the  grades and  subjects he or she  teaches.
•      Whether  Virginia Department  of  Education has   decided that  the
teacher can  teach in  a classroom without being  licensed or qualified
under state regulations because of special circumstances.
•      The  teacher’s college  major; whether the  teacher has  any  advanced
degrees and, if so, the  subject of the  degrees.
•      Whether any  teachers’ aides or similar paraprofessionals provide ser-
vices to your  child  and, if they do, their qualifications.

If you would  like to receive any of this information, please contact the  principal as your  child’s school.

Attachment V
Homeless Children and Youth

Lee County Schools  seeks to identify homeless children and  youth residing in our school division.  Title  X, Part C of the  No Child Left Behind Act defines homelessness as living in the  following places due to a lack of a fixed, regular, and  adequate nighttime residence.
•     In an emergency or transitional shelter
•     In a motel, hotel, or campground
•     In a car, park, public  place, bus or train station, or abandoned building
•     Doubled up with relatives or friends
•     In the  above  conditions and  is a migratory child  or youth
This  definition of homelessness applies to children and  youth with:
•      Uncertain housing
•      A temporary address
•      No permanent physical address
Children and  youth living  in these settings meet criteria for the  McKinney-
Vento  definition of homelessness and  have special educational rights.
For  additional information or to refer a child  or family for services, please
contact the  Homeless Coordinator at the  Lee  County School  Board Office at
(276) 346-2107.


Attachment VI


Lee County Public Schools


Model Notification of Rights under FERPA
for  Elementary and Secondary Schools
The  Family Educational Rights and  Privacy Act  (FERPA) affords parents and  students over  18 years of age  (“eligible  students”) certain rights with re- spect to the  student’s education records. These rights are:
(1) The right to inspect and  review the  student’s education records within 45 days  of the  day the  School receives a request for access.
Parents or eligible students should submit to the  School  principal [or appro- priate school  official] a written request that identifies the  record(s) they wish to inspect.  The  School  official  will  make arrangements for access and  notify the  parent or eligible student of the  time and  place  where the  records may  be inspected.
(2) The  right to request the  amendment of the  student’s education records that the  parent or eligible student believes are  inaccurate, misleading, or oth- erwise in violation of the  student’s privacy rights under FERPA.
Parents or  eligible students  who  wish  to  ask  the  School  to  amend a  record should write the  School  principal [or appropriate school  official],  clearly iden- tify  the  part of the  record they want changed, and  specify  why  it should be changed. If the  School decides not to amend the  record as requested by the  par- ent  or eligible student, the  School  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.
(3) The  right to  privacy of personally identifiable information in  the  stu- dent’s  education records, except to the  extent that FERPA authorizes disclo- sure without consent.
One  exception, which  permits disclosure without consent, is  disclosure to school officials  with legitimate educational interests.  A school official is a per- son employed by the  School as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or sup- port  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  School has   outsourced services or functions it would  otherwise use its  own  employees to perform (such  as  an  attorney, auditor, medical consul- tant, or therapist);  a parent or student serving on an  official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee; or a parent, student, or other volun- teer assisting another school official in performing 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 responsi- bility.
Upon  request, the  School  discloses education records without consent to of- ficials of another school district in which  a student seeks or intends to enroll, or is already enrolled if the  disclosure is for purposes of the  student’s enrollment or transfer.  [NOTE:   FERPA requires a school  district to make a reasonable attempt to notify  the parent or student of the records request unless it states in


its annual notification that it intends to forward records on request.]
(4) The right to file a complaint with the  U.S. Department of Education con- cerning alleged failures by the  School to comply with the  requirements of FER- PA.  The name and  address of the  Office that administers FERPA are:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC  20202

[NOTE:    In  addition, a school  may  want to include its  directory information public  notice, as required by
§ 99.37 of the  regulations, with its annual notification of rights under FERPA.]

 

Attachment VII
HOMEWORK
                A major goal of the instructional program is to assist students in becoming committed to the process of learning.  Learning is not restricted to the classroom, but is a continuous process.  The individual school can only teach a small portion of that which is valuable and available to be learned.  More importantly, the school can stimulate, within the student, the thirst for knowledge and the desire to pursue solutions to problems.  The home is a vital partner in this process and a systematic approach to homework can assist the teacher, parent, and student in achieving common learning goals.
                The basic objective of homework is the reinforcement and application of previously learned concepts, principles, and skills.  Homework assignments, therefore, should be structured to reinforce and apply that which has been introduced and explained in the classroom.
                Homework can provide an essential communication link between the school and the home.  One measure of a program or course is the quality of the work done at home by the student.  A strong home-school partnership, with many lasting benefits for the individual student and his/her family, can be greatly enhanced by a sound program of homework.  In addition, homework should be an important tool in developing independent thought, self-direction, and self-discipline.  It can assist the student in developing good work habits and in the wise use of time.
                Guidelines for homework include:

  1. Homework should be assigned after introduction and thorough explanation of the skills necessary to successfully complete the assignments.
  2. Homework should be assigned in such a manner that it would be clearly understood by all students.
  3. Homework should serve a valid purpose and be closely related to current classroom activities.
  4. A student’s access to resource materials should be considered when making assignments.
  1. Homework should be evaluated promptly and returned to the student. . Homework will not be graded unless the teacher has clearly stated so to the students. Appropriate grades should be given to those students who successfully complete assigned work.  Effort should be recognized as well as competency.  No attempt to complete homework assignments will result in a grade of “0”.
  2. Teachers should seek to determine the causes if a student regularly fails to do assigned work.  Teachers should not avoid giving homework because they believe students will not do the work.
  3. Excessive homework, like the absence of homework, should be avoided.
  4. Homework should not be used for disciplinary purposes.
  5. Teachers and administrators should take appropriate steps to communicate with parents regarding the division’s homework policy and to solicit their support.

 

In order to regulate the assignment of homework, the following procedure below should be followed.  The principal should supervise this phase of the instructional program.
ELEMENTARY
1.            Kindergarten homework assignments should be less than thirty minutes.            
2.            At the primary level, grades 1-2, homework assignments should be less than one hour.
3.            In grades 3-5, homework assignments should be for less than one and half hours.  In departmentalized grades, this will necessitate close coordination and cooperation among teachers.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

  1. In grades 6-8, an average of 20 minutes of out-of-class preparation is expected for each academic subject per school day.
  1. Major tests, nine weeks’ tests, examinations, projects, term papers, book reports, and required reading may add to this time.

 

SECONDARY
1.            In grades 9-12, and average of 30 minutes out-of-class preparation is expected for each academic subject per school day.
2.            Major tests, nine weeks’ tests, examinations, projects, term papers, book reports, and required reading may add to this time.

  1. In non-academic courses, the out-of-class preparation will depend upon assigned activities, projects, practices, and the curriculum of the specified course.

Adopted:             December 10, 2001

Legal Refs.:         Virginia Board of Education Regulations, “Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia:  Standard C at Criterion #22.

 

 

Attachment VIII
Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s):
The Family Life Education program mandated by the State Department of Education was implemented in Lee County Public Schools during the 1989-90 school session and will continue to be implemented during this school year.
Students will receive instruction in Family Life Education that is appropriate for their age and grade level, unless a parent or guardian chooses to have his or her child excused from all or part of the program.  This program is a vital supplemental reinforcement for parents and is not designed nor intended to take away the responsibility of parents.  We intend to continue to stress the importance of a strong family base.
During the 1990-91 school year a committee of parents, educators, and other interested citizens met and viewed several films, videos, and filmstrips to select those appropriate for viewing at various grade levels.  We then held two public meetings at Lee High School and two public meetings at Thomas Walker High School to give parents and all other interested persons an opportunity to view those materials.  Of those who viewed the materials, we had no objections.  The same materials will be used this year.
You are invited to review the Family Life Education curriculum guides and supplemental materials used in instruction by contacting your child's teacher and/or the school principal and discussing the program with them.  Sensitive content will be taught in sex-separated classes.
We believe that you will be pleased with the program.  If, however, you think that any part of the curriculum is not appropriate for your child, you may exercise your "opt out" right and have your child excused from any part or all of the program by completing the appropriate enclosed form and returning it to the teacher or principal within five school days from receipt of this letter.  If we do not receive a signed opt-out form from you, your child will receive Family Life Education instruction.  Parents who opt-out their children are welcome to use any materials that the school has for the Family Life Education program when the materials are not being used by the schools.
If you opt-out your child, alternative instruction will be provided; however, we urge you to discuss the program with your child's teacher or the principal before opting-out your child.  Opt-out time is not for doing homework, for making-up work, or for engaging in leisure activities.  Alternative instruction will require minimal aid from the supervising teacher and will take place in another classroom or in another area where supervision is available.
We sincerely feel the program is well developed and will be implemented professionally.  In this program, as well as in all areas of your child's education, we encourage and welcome your support.
The Virginia State Board of Education requires that parents be notified in advance of instruction in the Family Life Education Program.
In the chart below and on the following pages are topics to be covered in the different grade levels.


GRADE

TOPICS

K

  1. positive feelings about self
  2. respect from and for others
  3. effects of one's behavior on others and the effects of  others' behavior on oneself
  4. positive family patterns and family members
  5. family interactions

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GRADE

TOPICS

K continued

  1. appropriate expressions of affection
  2. recognition of elements of good and bad touches by others
  3. how to say "No" to inappropriate approaches
  4. how to find help safely if lost
  5. identifying pleasant and unpleasant feelings

1

  1. self-esteem
  2. respect for and from others
  3. proper behavior and effects of one's behavior on others and the effects of others'
  4.  behavior on oneself
  5. importance of family
  6. family patterns
  7. family members and their responsibilities
  8. human beings and other mammals have babies (age appropriate discussion)
  9. use of correct terminology when talking about the body parts and functions                                                   
  10. recognition and appropriate expression of feelings
  11. appropriate behavior to use in dealing with feelings
  12. logical consequences of behavior
  13. appropriate expression of affection
  14. methods of avoiding negative encounters

2

  1. self-esteem
  2. respect for and from others
  3. proper behavior and effects of one's behavior on others and the effects of others'
  4.  behavior on oneself
  5. importance of family
  6. family patterns
  7. family members and their responsibilities
  8. human beings and other mammals have babies (age appropriate discussion)
  9. use of correct terminology when talking about the body parts and functions                                                   
  10. recognition and appropriate expression of feelings
  11. appropriate behavior to use in dealing with feelings
  12. logical consequences of behavior
  13. appropriate expression of affection
  14. methods of avoiding negative encounters

3

  1. development of a sense of belonging in group work and play
  2. development of positive self-image
  3. changes in family life that affect daily living and produce strong feelings
  4. healthy coping strategies for dealing with feelings produced by changes in the family
  5. sequence of growth and development and varying rates and patterns of growth
  6. types of behavior that influence gaining and losing friends
  7. safety rules at home
  8. handling inappropriate approaches
  9. media influences used to create a desire to purchase products

4

  1. basic human emotions and ways of dealing with them
  2. accepting personal responsibility for successes and failures
  3. family responsibility
  4. child abuse and neglect
  5. factors contributing to substance abuse
  6. dangers of drug abuse

5

  1. identification of external body parts associated with reproduction and elimination
  2. identification of the human reproductive organs in relation  to the total anatomy
  3. endocrine system
  4. puberty, reproduction and prenatal development
  5. nutrition and pregnancy

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GRADE

TOPICS

5 continued

  1. reasons for avoiding sexual activity prior to marriage
  2. personal hygiene
  3. working constructively in groups
  4. roles, duties and responsibilities of family members
  5. messages of mass media related to sexuality
  6. skills in saying "No" to inappropriate social behavior
  7. handling threatening or uncomfortable situations
  8. adverse effects of substance abuse on the body
  9. awareness of sexually transmitted diseases

6

  1. decision-making
  2. independence with responsibility
  3. factual information about sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS
  4. bodily changes that appear while growing up
  5. benefits of postponing premarital sexual activity
  6. child abuse and neglect, including emotional and sexual abuse
  7. health-care and safety agencies
  8. effects of substance abuse
  9. evaluating from mass media messages relating to sexuality and gender stereotyping
  10. physical and emotional changes during puberty
  11. personal hygiene
  12. effects of growth on development, attitudes and interests
  13. review of process of human reproduction
  14. personal characteristics that contribute to happiness for self and others

7

  1. role and relationships within the family
  2. biological and physiological changes of early adolescence
  3. appropriate expressions of affection
  4. differences between needs and desires
  5. ways to say "No" to premarital sexual relations
  6. messages in society related to sexuality
  7. benefits of abstinence of sexual intercourse during preteen and teenage years
  8. adverse consequences of pregnancy in early adolescence
  9. signs and symptoms of pregnancy
  10. family planning, including pregnancy prevention
  11. preventing and reporting sexual assault
  12. causes, symptoms, treatment, prevention and transmission of sexually transmitted
  13. diseases, including AIDS
  14. issues associated with friendships
  15. nature and purpose of dating
  16. positive communication skills

8

  1. stages of human development (physical, mental, emotional)
  2. sexuality as an aspect of the total personality
  3. making responsible decisions
  4. issues associated with friendships
  5. dating during adolescence
  6. interpreting messages in society related to sexuality and their impact
  7. strategies for saying "No" to premarital sexual relations
  8. issues related to teen-age pregnancy
  9. pregnancy prevention and disease control
  10. effects and prevention of sexual assault
  11. effects of alcohol and drug abuse on families and peers
  12. ways AIDS virus is transmitted and techniques for preventing this disease

 

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GRADE

TOPICS

9

  1. human growth cycle in relation to parenting skills
  2. changes in parental responsibilities throughout the family life cycle
  3. importance of family as a basic unity of society and responsibilities as a member of
  4.  a family
  5. development of sexuality as an aspect of total personality
  6. effects of maturation on adolescents
  7. major theories of human development
  8. application of the decision-making process
  9. understanding family guidelines, the functions of dating, and coping with pressures
  10.  experienced in dating situations
  11. setting standards for controlling sexual behavior and of postponing sexual relations
  12.  until marriage
  13. effects and prevention of sexual assault, rape, incestuous behavior, and molestation
  14. advantages of abstinence from premarital sexual relations
  15. assertive skills for saying "no" to premarital sexual activity
  16. process of reproduction
  17. symptoms and signs of pregnancy
  18. pregnancy prevention and disease control
  19. transmission and prevention of AIDS
  20. effects of discrimination
  21. educational and career goals
  22. effects of substance abuse at various stages of life cycle
  23. understanding specific health issues, including self-examination
  24. parental responsibilities

10

  1. how maturation affects adolescents
  2. attitudes concerning expectations of self and interpersonal relationships
  3. universal values
  4. decision-making process
  5. sexual responsibility
  6. marriage
  7. signs and symptoms of pregnancy
  8. factors associated with a healthy pregnancy
  9. importance of supportive roles of mother and father through pregnancy and birth
  10. skills and attitudes needed to become a competent parent
  11. importance of good family life
  12. state laws that affect family life
  13. managing resources in the home
  14. dating
  15. life goal planning
  16. effects of cultural and family patterns
  17. evaluation of individual strengths and weaknesses
  18. positive human relationships
  19. positive and negative effects of television
  20. conflict resolution
  21. reasons to abstain from premarital sex
  22. alternatives to premarital sex
  23. preventing and/or coping with various types of violence
  24. theories of human development
  25. birthing options
  26. birth process
  27. characteristics of newborn infants
  28. infant care

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GRADE

TOPICS

10 continued

  1. personal considerations and financial costs of childbearing
  2. postnatal adjustment
  3. growth and development of children
  4. available community and resource agencies
  5. positive aspects of family life as a basic unity of society
  6. home and family as source of enrichment

 

Topics in the Family Life Education Curriculum considered sensitive will be taught in sex separated classes.  Those areas considered to be sensitive are:

GRADE

SOL's:

5

 

3.5

 

4.2

 

5.3

3.7

4.3

 

5.4

3.8

5.1

 

5.7

4.1

 

5.2

 

6

 

6.1

 

6.3

 

6.6

 

6.2 (I.A. 1-3)

6.4

 

7

 

7.2

7.3

7.9

8

 

8.11

 

8.14

 

9

 

9.9

9.10

 

9.11

                                               
Please contact the school if you would like to review the Family Life curriculum guides and supplemental materials.
Sign and return one of the attached statements attached regarding your child's participation (Opt In or Opt Out) in the Family Life Education Program.
Sincerely,
Mark A. Carter_____________                                                           ___Robert E. Widener, Jr.__________
Superintendent                                                                                                                                   Family Life Coordinator                                                                 
Attachment IX

LEE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

 

 

FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION

OPT IN FORM

 

____________________________________                                    _________________________________
Student                                                                                                                                                      School
I am aware that I have the opportunity to preview curriculum and materials to be used in Family Life Education.
I have reviewed the letter indicating the topics to be covered in Family Life Education.  I understand that my child will receive this instruction.
Please sign and return this form.

 

___________________________________________               _________________________________
Parent/Guardian Signature                                                                                  Date                      

 

Adopted:  December 10, 2001

 

FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION

Opt Out Form


__________________________________________                                          ______________________________
Name of Student                                                                                      School

 

PART A – OPT OUT OF ENTIRE PROGRAM
If you do not want your child to participate in any part of Family Life Education, check part A below and sign on the signature line below part A.
A._________  I do not want my child to participate in any part of the Family Life Education Program for the school year

__________.  I understand that my child will receive an alternative assignment or activity.

A. ________________________________________                  _________________________________
Parent/Guardian Signature                                                                                                          Date

PART B – OPT OUT OF PART OF THE PROGRAM
If you want your child to participate in part of the Family Life Education but not all areas, heck part B below, list the areas or the objectives in which you do not want your child to participate, and sign on the signature line below part B.
B._____I do not wish for my child to opt out of the entire program; however, I do not want my child to participate in the following sessions of Family Life Education:  (Please list specifically which objectives from which you wish to opt out your child.)

1.  ___________________________________________________
2.  ___________________________________________________
3.  ___________________________________________________
Use the back of this page if more space is needed.
B. _____________________________________                           ______________________________
Parent/Guardian Signature                                                                                                          Date

           

Complete this form and return it to the principal of your child's school within five (5) days if you plan to opt your child out of all or part of the Family Life Education Program.