NOTICE

There have been some major changes in this handbook.  It is important that you and your parents read the handbook so that you will be aware of the changes.

Nyssa School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, disability, marital status, sex or age in providing education or access to benefits of education services, activities and programs in accordance with Title VI, Title VII, Title XI and other civil rights or discrimination issues; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; and the Americans with Disability Act.

Please read and discuss the responsibilities outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.  All students attending Nyssa High School shall be held accountable for the behavior and consequences outlined in the Student Code of Conduct at school during the regular day, at any school-related activity regardless of time or location and while being transported on district provided transportation.  If a student violates the Student Code of Conduct he/she shall be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion from school and/or referral to law enforcement officials, for violations of the law.

Regarding student education records, you understand that certain personally identifiable student information is considered directory information and is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released to the public.  Directory information includes but is not limited to: the student's name, address, telephone listing, photograph, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended.  You need to notify the school in writing of those types of directory information listed above that you wish the district to withhold.

You should also understand that the school district is required by law to release secondary students’ names, addresses and telephone numbers to military recruiters and/or institutions of higher education unless parents or eligible students request that the district withhold this information.

You should understand that unless you object to the release of any or all of this information within 15 school days of the date this student handbook is issued to your student, directory information may be released by the district for use in local school publications, other media and for such other purposes as deemed appropriate by the principal and my secondary student’s name address and telephone number will be released upon a request made by military recruiters and/or institutions of higher education.

You should also understand that certain student information is considered personally identifiable information and may be released only with prior notification by the district of the purpose(s) the information will be used, to whom it will be released and your prior written, dated and signed consent unless otherwise permitted by law.

 

Personally identifiable information includes but is not limited to: the student's name, the name of the student's parents or other family member, the address of the student or student's family, and personal identifiers such as the student's social security number, a list of personal characteristics or other such information that would make the student's identity easily traceable.

 

Please be sure that you take notice of the changes in our eligibility policy so that you do not find yourself ineligible and unable to participate.  The material covered in this student handbook is intended as a method of communicating to students and parents regarding general district information, rules and procedures.

 


LETTER TO PARENTS

 

Dear Parent(s) /Guardian(s):

 

We need your help.  The school cannot do a good job of educating your children if they must spend much of their time maintaining order.

 

The problem has become more serious in recent years.  Some of the responsibility is ours.  However, a part of the responsibility rests with the parents.  Unless the home supports the proposition that students have responsibilities as well as rights, and the schools have an obligation to insist upon both, the problem will continue.

 

 

We must have your support.  When you think we are right, back us at home.  When you think we are wrong, come to school and discuss it with us.  That would seem a reasonable course for people who have the same goal: a safe school and a good education for your child. You can begin by reading this Student/Parent Handbook, discussing it with your son or daughter.

 

 

OUR SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT

“Everyone, Every Day, A Success”

 

NHS is a diverse environment committed to creating, supporting, and celebrating lifelong learners who value themselves, contribute to their community, and succeed in a changing world.

 

OUR VISION STATEMENT

B U L L D O G

Personal Achievement – Personal Worth

Responsibility – Respect

Involvement – Integrity

Diversity – Determination

Equity – Excellence

 

“In Ourselves, Our School, and Our Community.”

 

 

SCHOOLWIDE AGREEMENTS:

 

Be Respectful     Be Responsible         Be Safe          Be Successful

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Notice of Rights and Responsibilities................................................................................. 1

A Letter To Parents, Mission, Vision, & Agreements........................................................ 2


General Information........................................................................................................... 6

Faculty/Staff....................................................................................................................... 7

Bell Schedule...................................................................................................................... 8

Student Fees....................................................................................................................... 8

Academic Letters................................................................................................................. 9

Advisor-Advisee Program..................................................................................................... 9

Alternative Education Program........................................................................................... 9

Asbestos............................................................................................................................ 10

Assemblies......................................................................................................................... 10

Attendance Issues............................................................................................................ 10

Excused Absence....................................................................................................... 11

Unverified Absence.................................................................................................... 11

Unexcused Absence.................................................................................................. 11

Pre-Arranged Procedure............................................................................................ 11

Truancy...................................................................................................................... 12

Tardies ...................................................................................................................... 12

Procedure to Excuse Absences................................................................................. 12

Admit Slip................................................................................................................... 12

Make Up Work............................................................................................................ 12

During School Absences........................................................................................... 12

Test Make-Up After Absence..................................................................................... 12

11th Grade Benchmarks.................................................................................................... 13

Challenging a Class........................................................................................................... 13

Class Changes................................................................................................................... 13

Classes (Daily Schedule)................................................................................................... 13

Complaints........................................................................................................................ 13

Computer Use.................................................................................................................... 15

District Acceptable Use Policy (Students)........................................................................ 16

Counseling/Guidance...................................................................................................... 16

Dances............................................................................................................................... 16

Dress and Personal Grooming Guidelines....................................................................... 17

Dance Court Criteria......................................................................................................... 17

Emergency Medical Treatment......................................................................................... 18

Field Trips.......................................................................................................................... 18
Flag Salute........................................................................................................................ 18

Food and Drink................................................................................................................. 18

Grading......................................................................................................................... 18-19

Incompletes....................................................................................................................... 19

Insurance.......................................................................................................................... 19

Late Enrollment/Early Withdrawal.................................................................................. 19

Library Usage..................................................................................................................... 20

Lockers/P.E. Lockers......................................................................................................... 20

Lunch Break...................................................................................................................... 20

Medicines to Students...................................................................................................... 20

Messages/Flowers/Balloons to Students........................................................................ 20

Parent-Teacher Conferences........................................................................................... 21

Parental Involvement ....................................................................................................... 21

Release of Students from School..................................................................................... 21

Snowballing ...................................................................................................................... 21
Supervision of Students................................................................................................... 21

Talented and Gifted Program........................................................................................... 21

Textbooks.......................................................................................................................... 22
Tobacco and E-Cig Use...................................................................................................... 22

Transportation of Students.............................................................................................. 22

Vehicles/School Parking Regulations.............................................................................. 22

Consequences for Inappropriate Driving; Parking .......................................................... 22

Visitors............................................................................................................................... 23

When You Want To Find Out Anything.......................................................................... 23

Late Night Return from School Activity............................................................................ 23


Student Conduct Code.................................................................................................. 24

Preface............................................................................................................................... 24

Student Conduct.............................................................................................................. 24

Student Rights.................................................................................................................. 24

District Authority.............................................................................................................. 25

Student Code of Conduct................................................................................................. 25

Discipline................................................................................................................... 25

Detention................................................................................................................... 26

In-School Intervention (ISI)/ Rules.......................................................................... 26

Suspension................................................................................................................ 26

Due Process............................................................................................................... 26

Expulsion................................................................................................................... 27

Discipline of Disabled Student................................................................................. 27

Student Responsibilities/Citizenship Guidelines........................................................... 27

"Great Self Expectations"................................................................................................. 28

Inappropriate Student Behaviors..................................................................................... 29

Cheating..................................................................................................................... 29

Behavior in the Halls and on Campus...................................................................... 29

Gangs......................................................................................................................... 29

Cell Phones/Electronic Devices................................................................................ 30

Unauthorized Use of School Keys............................................................................. 30

Unauthorized Use of School Motorized Vehicle (UUMV).......................................... 30

Weapons in School........................................................................................................... 30

Student Conduct Code Consequences............................................................................ 31

Interventions/Discipline Committee............................................................................... 32

Appeals Procedures for Discipline, Suspension.............................................................. 32

Appeals Procedures for Expulsion.................................................................................... 33 

Student Activities.......................................................................................................... 34

Student Body Card............................................................................................................ 34

Student Activities............................................................................................................. 34

Senior Day......................................................................................................................... 34

Senior Trip........................................................................................................................ 34

Student Government........................................................................................................ 34

Purchase Orders............................................................................................................... 35

Rally Buses........................................................................................................................ 35

Conduct at Athletic Events............................................................................................... 36

School Dances.................................................................................................................. 36

Procedure for Hosting a Dance......................................................................................... 36

Activity Trips...................................................................................................................... 36

Overnight Trips Rules of Conduct.................................................................................... 36

Student Athlete................................................................................................................ 37

Co-curricular Philosophy.................................................................................................. 37

Co-Curricular Participation Code..................................................................................... 38

Co-Curricular Eligibility Standards................................................................................... 38

Provisions For Participation/”Cut Policy”.................................................................. 38

Physical Exams........................................................................................................... 39

Attendance................................................................................................................ 39

Activity Trips.............................................................................................................. 39

Transportation Waivers............................................................................................. 40

Locker Room Responsibilities................................................................................... 40

Dropping/Quitting a Sport........................................................................................ 40

Assumption of Risk.................................................................................................... 40

Rules for Student Conduct for Co-Curricular Activities.................................................. 41

Due Process............................................................................................................... 41

Co-Curricular Conduct Code Disciplinary Actions........................................................... 41

Appeals Process......................................................................................................... 43

Guideline for Student Travel to Tournaments............................................................... 43

Varsity Letters................................................................................................................... 43

Insurance.......................................................................................................................... 43

Freshman Initiation Regulations..................................................................................... 44

Drug Testing Procedures.................................................................................................. 45

Program Planning Guide............................................................................................... 49

Preface—Message from Staff of Nyssa High School......................................................... 49

Introduction...................................................................................................................... 49

Minimum Graduation Requirements............................................................................... 50

Community Service Requirement Explanation............................................................... 51

Graduation Plan Information........................................................................................... 52

Honor Plan (Academic).............................................................................................. 53
General Plan.............................................................................................................. 5
3

Modified Plan............................................................................................................. 53

Alternative Certificate............................................................................................... 54

Class Rank/Criteria for Valedictorian/Salutatorian....................................................... 54

Commencement Dues and Behavior Guidelines............................................................ 54

Selection of a Graduation Plan........................................................................................ 55

Parental Involvement Policy............................................................................................. 56

Immunization Policy.......................................................................................................... 56

Admission of Resident Students...................................................................................... 57

Admission of Out of State Students................................................................................ 57

Building Map..................................................................................................................... 59

 

 


 

 

 

 

GENERAL INFORMATION             NYSSA HIGH SCHOOL       www.nyssa.k12.or.us

 

Parents and students are encouraged to contact the people below with

specific questions or concerns:

 

Shawn Jensen, Principal   372-2287

 

Ryan Swearingen, Vice Principal/Athletic Director            372-2287

 

Bobby De Leon, Guidance – Counseling 372-2287

 

Gwen Henrie, Office Manager/Registrar/A.D. Secretary    372-2287

 

Kristie Hernandez, Office Manager/Attendance  372-2287

 

 

 

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dave Bunker, Chairman

Dennis Savage

Marlon Wilson

Lucy Beck

Victoria Ramirez

Michael Hartley

Don Bullard

 

ADMINISTRATION

Jana Iverson, Superintendent of Schools

 

Ryan Hawkins, Director of District Operations

 

Shawn Jensen, Principal

 

Ryan Swearingen, Vice-Principal & Athletic Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FACULTY AND STAFF

Bobby De Leon.................................................................. Guidance Counselor

Gwen Henrie............................................................. Registrar/Office Manager

Kristie Hernandez................................................. Office Manager/Attendance

Megan Glenn........................................................................... Library Secretary

Robert Rodriguez....................................................... Student Resource Officer

Lois Peterson…….………………………………………………………...…..Custodian

Annette Moser..………………………………………………………….. HS Custodian

Dwayne Ulrey.................................................................................... Custodian

Brian Beck............................................................................................. Spanish

Kent Blanchard.............................................................................. Mathematics

David Boyer.................................................................................................... Art

TBA...................................................................... Special Education (Extended)

Chris Carlton.......................................................................................... Science

Sandra Carpenter.................................................................. Special Education

Chad Cruickshank......................................................... Vocational Agriculture

Brad Dalton.................................................................................... Mathematics

TBA................................................................................ Instructional Assistant

Tom Delong............................................................. Health/Physical Education

Ken Dickey............................................................................................. Science

Craig Fournier........................................................................................ Science

TBA......................................................................... ESL Instructional Assistant

Tom Delong............................................................. Health/Physical Education

Jaimi Greenwood..................................................................................... Health

Tiffany Herb...................................................................... Choir/Music Theatre

Parker Hill.................................................................................... Language Arts

Katy Holcomb....................................................................... Physical Education

Jason Lamb................................................................................. Language Arts

Roberto Trinidad........................................................................................... ESL

Anna Long....................................................................... Technology/Business

Lee Long................................................................................................. Weights

Megan Mott.................................................................................... Mathematics

Kristin Nielson............................................................... Instructional Assistant

Jolene O’Connor................................................ Language Arts/Career Trans.

Charlene Pelland....................................................................... Health Careers

Peggi Phair............................................................. Reading Specialist (HS/MS)

Danny Pratt................................................................................. Social Studies

Cindy Ramos.................................................................. Instructional Assistant

Joleen Reece......................................................... In-School Intervention (ISI)

Travis Sapp.................................................................................. Social Studies

Maxwell Thew............................................................................................ Band

TBA................................................................................ Instructional Assistant

Victor Woods............................................................................................... Math

 


BELL SCHEDULE

 

Time

Period

 

 

8:00-8:46

Period One

8:50-9:36

Period Two

9:40-10:26

Period Three

10:30-11:16

Period Four

11:20-12:06

Period Five

12:06-12:36

Lunch

12:40-1:26

Period Six

1:30-2:16

Period Seven

2:20-3:06

Period Eight

 

* We have a 5-day week with all periods scheduled on most Fridays.

 

NOTE:  Upon request, updated and current Planned Course Statements and Curriculum Maps are available for all classes.

 

 

 

 

STUDENT FEES

Textbooks:

No charge unless damaged/lost

Lockers:

Included in student body fee-additional fee, if the locker is damaged

Materials for Classes:

Students are expected to pay for the cost of materials used in projects that they may elect to make.  No fee will be charged for required skill development projects unless they are taken home and cost more than $2.00 to construct.  No towels will be provided for PE classes or for Athletics.  Students must furnish their own towels. 

Insurance:
School Time Coverage
24-Hour Coverage
Full-Year Coverage
Student and/or Athletic

Price information is available at High School office. The School District does not buy insurance to cover students.

Student Body Fees

 

Class Fees

$30 Payable at registration

 

$10 Payable at registration

Yearbook:

$50

 

 

 

 

Club Dues:

Contact your club treasurer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Nyssa High School Student Handbook is not written to cover every possible situation that can occur during a school year.  The intent of the handbook is to provide students, parents, and school employees with a guideline to follow.  Situations that arise and are not covered in the handbook will be dealt with on an individual basis.  It is the responsibility of the student to understand what is contained in the handbook and to realize at times events will take place that are not specifically covered.  The administration reserves the right to deal with all situations that occur at school or school activities, including those not covered specifically in the handbook.

 

Each individual teacher has a set of specific rules and procedures that pertain to that room.  They are posted in the rooms and students are expected to know, understand, and be in compliance with those rules and procedures.  This is part of our school-wide Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) program.

 

ACADEMIC LETTERS

Academic letters are the same style, size and color as athletic award letters, but are identified with the lamp of knowledge insignia.  The purpose of the letter is to recognize academic excellence, not just in those with outstanding intelligence and above average abilities, but to reward those who work hard.  We want to give students recognition for their long hours of study.  Letters will be awarded to students who during the school year have no semester grades below B.

 

ADVISOR-ADVISEE PROGRAM

The high school counselor will meet with students throughout the year in order to fulfill the requirements of the advisee program.  All students at Nyssa High School will have an appointed faculty advisor and/or counselor each year, which they will have for the entire school year.  Advisors are to learn the needs of their students and help them succeed in school.  They are to keep records of student progress toward meeting the graduation requirements.  They are to help them with scheduling and other school related issues (education plan and profile).  The main idea behind the Advisor-Advisee program is to give students additional assistance to get through high school.  All Advisors will assist their students with their portfolios and graduation requirements.  Students are required to attend and complete the requirements over the course of 4 years towards their HS graduation. 

 

ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL

Individual notification to students and parents regarding the availability of alternative education programs will be provided under the following situations:

1.     When two or more severe disciplinary problems occur within a three-year period (Severe disciplinary problems are defined in the Student Code of Conduct.);

2.     When attendance is so erratic the student is not benefitting from the educational program;

3.     When an expulsion is being considered;

4.     When a student is expelled;

5.     When a student's parent or emancipated student applies for exemption from attendance on a semi-annual basis.

6.     When a student's academic progress falls behind grade level of one or more years.

As per Oregon Revised Statute 336.645, Oregon Administrative Rule 581-21-071 & 2, and Nyssa School Board Policy # 5-50058 Nyssa High School currently provides alternative programs of instruction.  Alternative education programs of instruction are based on each student’s needs and is coupled with counseling.  Such programs will be discussed with a student and his/her parents/guardians prior to removal from school, including expulsion (Policy #5-0050).  Individual notification shall be hand-delivered or sent by certified mail.  Parents shall receive individual notification prior to an actual expulsion. 

 

Students who have been sent to the Alternative School for disciplinary reasons (as an Alternative to Expulsion option), or have been expelled, and have been placed on a discipline contract from our Discipline Committee Team, will only be allowed to re-enter Nyssa High School with the approval of the principal and must adhere to the following conditions:

  1. The student will begin the new re-entry (the following school year) on a discipline contract. The discipline committee along with the principal will determine the conditions of the new discipline contract or reinstate the old contract for the new school year.
  2. A 30-point ceiling for discipline points will be set.
  3. No truancy.
  4. No Class 2 or Class 3 violations.
  5. Attendance must not fall below 90%.
  6. Must be making reasonable progress towards high school graduation (i.e., passing all classes).

If the student fails to follow these conditions at any time, he/she will be recommended for removal from school either by transfer or expulsion (if the student is at the expulsion point total).

 

Parents and students desiring more information regarding the alternative education program of instruction should contact the high school principal.

 

ASBESTOS

The district has complied with the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) by having their buildings inspected by accredited inspectors and the development of a management plan for the control of this substance.  The Asbestos Management Plan is available for public inspection in the district office.

 

ASSEMBLIES

A student's conduct in assemblies must meet the same standard as in the classroom.  A student who does not abide by the Student Code of Conduct during an assembly shall be subject to removal as well as disciplinary action.

 

ATTENDANCE ISSUES PHILOSOPHY

At Nyssa High School, the learning experiences that take place in the classroom environment are considered to be a meaningful and essential part of the educational system.  Absences tend to disrupt the continuity of the instructional process and the time loss from class is irretrievable, particularly, in terms of opportunity for students to derive the benefits from such educationally sound activities as:

       1. Lectures/Team Learning

       2. Special instruction and individual help in skill development

       3. Group Discussions/Group Presentations

       4. Spontaneous dialogue between teachers-students and
             students-students

       5. Performance Tests

       6. Audio-Visual Presentations

Therefore, classroom attendance at Nyssa High School is considered to be an integral part of the student's course of study. 

ALL students enrolled in Kindergarten through age18, who have not completed grade 12, are required to attend school unless otherwise exempted by law.  School staff will monitor and report violations of the state compulsory attendance law.

 

OREGON STATE LAW ON SCHOOL ATTENDANCE  

OREGON REVISED STATUTE (ORS) 339.065

(1)   In estimating regular attendance for purposes of the compulsory attendance provisions…the principal or teacher shall consider all unexcused absences.  Eight unexcused one-half day absences in any four-week period during which the school is in session shall be considered irregular attendance.

(2)  A principal or teacher may excuse an absence if the absence is caused by the pupil’s sickness, by the sickness of some member of the pupil’s family or by an emergency.  A principal or teacher may also excuse absences for other reasons where satisfactory arrangements are made in advance of the absence.

 

 

EXCUSED ABSENCES

Nyssa High School accepts the following reasons as excused absences according to law. (ORS 339.065)

 

Š       Illness of the student

Š       Illness of the student's family member

Š       Emergencies

Š       Medical or dental appointments.

Š       School-related activities

Š       Pre-arranged absences *authorized by an administrator

Š       Legal Court appearance

 

Any pupil may be excused from attendance by the school board for a period not to exceed five days in a term of three months or not to exceed 10 days in any term of at least six months.  Any such excuse shall be in writing directed to the principal of the school which the pupil attends (ORS 339.065).  On rare occasions, the school board may waive this rule.

 

Parent(s)/guardian(s) must by phone call or note provide the specific reason for non-attendance.  If this is not done, the absence will remain marked and counted as an unexcused absence.

 

UNVERIFIED ABSENCES

ALL absences must be cleared either by a phone call or a written note from the primary childcare provider within two days following the absence.  If this is not done, the absence will remain marked and counted as an unexcused absence.

 

UNEXCUSED ABSENCES

1. Any absence not pre-arranged and not listed above will be considered unexcused even though known to a student’s parent or guardian.

2. An attempt will be made to notify parents/guardian of all unresolved absences.

3. A student will receive a zero for all classes missed that are unexcused.  They will not be allowed to make up assignments, tests, or activities.  Students who are unexcused will be dealt with under the discipline portion of this handbook.    

 

PRE-ARRANGED PROCEDURE

1. Students will use the pre-arranged absence form from the office to fill in the assigned class work for each period of the pre-arranged absence.  

2. Parents must inform the school of the pre-arranged request by note or phone prior to the absence. Although the student and parent may complete the prearranged process, it does not mean that the absence will be excused.  It may simply prevent the student from being coded as truant from school. The pre-arranged absence will be coded as excused or unexcused by the administration.

3. The student must complete the pre-arranged process before school or after school. Do not interrupt teachers during lunch, between classes, or during class.  

4. Teachers will provide the student with the assigned class work for their class.

Any parent who fails to send a student to school within three (3) days of notification by the district that their student is not complying with compulsory attendance requirements may be issued a citation by the district for the student's failure to attend school.  Violation is a Class C violation of law and is punishable by a court-imposed fine up to $200 as provided by ORS 339.925.

STUDENTS WHO FAIL TO MAINTAIN REGULAR ENROLLMENT IN SCHOOL MAY HAVE THEIR DRIVING PRIVILEGES SUSPENDED OR THE RIGHT TO APPLY FOR DRIVING PRIVILEGES SUSPENDED.

 

 

TRUANCY

A student who is absent from school or from any class without permission will be considered truant and will be subject to disciplinary action including detention, suspension, expulsion, and ineligibility to participate in athletics or other activities. Truant students may be cited by the local police and given a Daylight Curfew citation. The School Resource Office (SRO) will be informed when students are truant. The officer will determine if a citation will be issued. (The school does not cite students – we merely provide the information to the local police).

 

TARDIES

Tardies are defined as arriving to class after the final bell.  Students will be counted extremely tardy after 10 minutes.  In this case, it will be an “Extreme Tardy” and will result in being assigned to noon detention(s).  Students who accrue a total of 5 tardies in each 9-weeks grading period will be assigned to “noon detention” for every tardy above the fifth one. Students abusing the tardy policy by reaching 8 or more tardies in a 9-weeks period will be assigned ISI for each tardy.  Tardies to 1st and 6th periods will be an automatic noon detention.  Tardies will be monitored by the office with the school’s attendance program. 

 

PROCEDURE TO EXCUSE ABSENCES

1. A parent or guardian must (a) phone the office or (b) send a note with the student when he/she returns to excuse an absence due to illness, injury, medical/dental appointments, or emergencies. For all medical, dental, vision, orthodontia or other medical appointments please bring a note from the health care provider.

2. Absences must be cleared within 2 days of a student's return to school. Uncleared absences (unverified) after the 2-day limit will remain unexcused and treated as any other unexcused absence with no exceptions.

 

ADMIT SLIP

Any student arriving at school after 8:10AM must obtain an admit slip at the office before being admitted to class.

 

MAKE-UP WORK

A student has the number of days absent plus one to get make-up work turned in to his/her teachers.  However, if he/she knew about the test or assignment prior to the absence, a student can be required to hand in the work or take the test the day he/she returns to school.  A student who is truant will have to make-up the missed tests or assignments during after-school or tutorial Friday time as arranged by the teacher.  Students who are absent for school activities must get their assignments before they leave through a pre-arranged absence process.

 

DURING SCHOOL ABSENCES

Once in school no student is to excuse himself/herself from a class without checking out through the office and then only if he/she has a permission note from a parent/guardian or teacher, or gets permission over the telephone from a parent or guardian.  Any during school absence not meeting the above guidelines will be considered an unauthorized absence and will be dealt with accordingly.  Remember that you can only be released from school for the reasons listed under the excused absences section.

 

TEST MAKE-UP AFTER ABSENCE

If your excused absence causes you to miss a test, you will be expected to take the make-up test before or after school on your own time.  The reason for this is you usually fall further behind in the course work when you use class time to make up these missed tests.  Please remember that with pre-arranged absences you may be required to complete the test/assignment prior to your absence or upon your first day of returning to school.  Test make-up on the first day returning to school is not meant to create a hardship for a student but it will depend on the absence.  Students and teachers are encouraged to work together to decide on the best course of action.  It is your responsibility, not the teachers, to arrange for and make up the tests.

 

11th  GRADE BENCHMARKS

A note to the parents:

We need your assistance!  These State Assessment Tests are one of the key ways of assessing or measuring student knowledge and growth in the areas of Mathematics, English, and Science.  Passing the state assessments in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics are now required for graduation or doing a specified number of work samples to demonstrate knowledge in each area. Parents, staff, administration, and students all need to work together in understanding the importance of these state tests.  They present the true academic progress of our students.

        Currently, there are three components to the 11th Grade Benchmarks:  English (writing, reading, and speaking), Mathematics (content knowledge and problem-solving), and Science content knowledge and skills.  To assess whether or not students have the necessary skills and knowledge in English, Mathematics, and Science, they will take a statewide assessment in each of in each of those areas. State requirements, including benchmark score requirements, will be shared during parent-teacher conferences.

 

CHALLENGING A CLASS

The issue of challenging a class by a student is beneficial so that students can progress to a higher level of study in the required field.  Challenging a class and passing by no means reduces the requirements for graduation as outlined in this Student Handbook.  A student may substitute another course in the challenged field of study to fulfill any credit requirements. A student challenging a course will be expected to pass all the required features of a course, i.e., if the course requires a research paper on a particular subject, a student would be required to do the research paper in addition to passing a departmental or teacher-prepared test for the required course without assistance.

A student challenging a course must pass all required facets (test, research paper, etc.) with a minimum grade of 80%.  NO CREDIT TOWARD GRADUATION WILL BE ALLOWED FOR A COURSE CHALLENGED IF PASSED.  (An example would be challenging and passing Physical Science.  The student would get recognition for fulfilling Physical Science on his/her transcript but would then have to take another course to meet the minimum of 24 credits.  In this case challenging and passing Physical Science would not count as one of the 24 credits.)

The application and successful challenge must take place within the first three weeks of a grading period.

 

CLASS CHANGES

The administration's, parent's, teacher's, and counselor's written permission must be secured in order to drop a subject.  After one week of a semester, the semester grade of any subject dropped will be recorded on the permanent record as a "W".

Class changes may be made at the end of the semester with the written permission of the counselor,  parents/guardians and the teachers concerned.  Applications for schedule changes are available at the counseling office on a printed form.  If a subject is dropped after the 1st week the semester grade will be an "F" unless the change is initiated by administration.  Credit in the new class may be reduced if a class change is initiated after the third week of a semester.

 

CLASSES (DAILY SCHEDULE)

First period begins at 8:00 am with a warning bell ringing at 7:55 am.  Lunch intermission starts at 12:06 pm and ends at 12:36 pm.  School closes at 3:06 pm, unless you are in Mandatory Study Hall.  The school day is divided into eight periods, five before lunch and three in the afternoon. Every period will implement a “10 minute rule” where students will not leave class the first 10 minutes of class. 

 

COMPLAINTS
District Personnel Complaints

       A student or parent who has a complaint concerning a classroom/teacher issue should first bring the matter to the appropriate teacher. If the outcome is not satisfactory, a conference with the principal can be requested within five calendar days following the conference with the teacher. If the outcome of this conference is not satisfactory, the student or parent may file a written, signed complaint with the superintendent within 15 calendar days that will investigate the complaint and render a decision. If the complainant is dissatisfied with the decision of the superintendent, he/she may appeal to the Board in care of the superintendent within ten calendar days following receipt of the superintendent’s decision. The superintendent will provide the complainant with necessary Board appeal procedures. Board decisions are final.

 

Students with Sexual Harassment Complaints

Sexual harassment by staff, students, Board members, school volunteers, parents, school visitors, service contractors or others engaged in district business is strictly prohibited in the district. District includes district facilities, district premises and non-district property if the student or employee is at any district-sponsored, district-approved or district-related activity or function, such as field trips or athletic events where students are under the control of the district or where the employee is engaged in district business.

 

Sexual harassment of students means unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

 

1.     The conduct or communication has the purpose or effect of demanding sexual favors in exchange for benefits;

2.     Submission to or rejection of the conduct or communication is used as the basis for educational decisions affecting a student or employment or assignment of staff;

3.     The conduct or communication is so severe, persistent or pervasive that it has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a student’s educational performance or with an employee’s ability to perform his/her job; or creates an intimidating, offensive or hostile educational or working environment. Relevant factors to be considered will include, but not be limited to, did the individual view the environment as hostile; was it reasonable to view the environment as hostile; the nature of the conduct; how often the conduct occurred and how long it continued; age and sex of the complainant; whether the alleged harasser was in a position of power over the student or staff member subjected to the harassment; number of individuals involved; age of the alleged harasser; where the harassment occurred; and other incidents of sexual harassment at the school involving the same or other students or staff.

 

Step I: Any sexual harassment information (complaints, rumors, etc.) shall be presented to the building principal, compliance officer or superintendent. All such information shall be reduced to writing and will include the specific nature of the sexual harassment and corresponding dates.

 

Step II: The district official receiving the information or complaint shall promptly initiate an investigation. He/She will arrange such meetings as may be necessary to discuss the issue with all concerned parties within five working days after receipt of the information or complaint. All findings of the investigation, including the response of the alleged harasser, shall be reduced to writing. The district official(s) conducting the investigation shall notify the complainant in writing when the investigation is concluded. The parties will have an opportunity to submit evidence and a list of witnesses.

 

A copy of the notification letter, the date and details of notification to the complainant, together with any other documentation related to the sexual harassment incident, including disciplinary action taken or recommended, shall be forwarded to the superintendent.

 

Step III:        If a complainant is not satisfied with the decision at Step II; he/she may submit a written appeal to the superintendent or designee. Such appeal must be filed within 10 working days after receipt of the Step II decision. The superintendent or designee will arrange such meetings with the complainant and other affected parties as deemed necessary to discuss the appeal. The superintendent or designee shall provide a written decision to the complainant within 10 working days.

 

Step IV:        If a complainant is not satisfied with the decision at Step III; he/she may submit a written appeal to the Board. Such appeal must be filed within 10 working days after receipt of the Step III decision. The Board shall, within 20 working days, conduct a hearing at which time the complainant shall be given an opportunity to present the appeal. The Board shall provide a written decision to the complainant within 10 working days following completion of the hearing.

 

Step V: If the complaint is not satisfactorily settled at the Board level, the employee may appeal to the U.S. Department of Labor, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries; the student may appeal to the Regional Civil Rights Director, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Region X, 915 2nd Ave., Room 3310, Seattle, WA  98174-1099. Additional information regarding filing of a complaint may be obtained through the building principal, compliance officer or superintendent.

 

Changes to the above procedure may be made if an administrator is named in the complaint or reported incident.

 

Confidentiality will be maintained. The educational assignments or study environment of the student shall not be adversely affected as a result of the good faith reporting of sexual harassment.

 

Students or parents with complaints not covered by this student handbook should contact the principal.

 

Student/Parent Complaints

The district recognizes that complaints regarding staff performance, discipline, grades, and student progress and homework assignments will be made by students and parents from time to time. Every effort will be made to ensure that such complaints are handled and resolved informally and as close to their origin as possible. Students, parents and others with complaints will be encouraged to discuss the complaint directly with the staff member. All such meetings should be held in confidence and not in the presence of others.

 

If the complaint is not informally resolved, staff should advise the complainant that he/she may submit the matter directly to the building principal or immediate supervisor, as appropriate. The complainant will be provided with necessary formal complaint procedure guidelines in accordance with Board policy and the collective bargaining agreement (contract).

 

When a complaint is made directly to the board as a whole or to an individual Board member, it will be referred to the superintendent for appropriate building administrator follow-up.

 

COMPUTER USE

Students may be permitted to use the district's system only to conduct business related to the management or instructional needs of the district or to conduct research related to education and consistent with the district's mission or goals.  For personal use, any involvement must be consistent with the general use prohibitions and guidelines/etiquette set forth in administrative regulations.

 

DISTRICT ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY STUDENTS

Students are to read the full District Acceptable Use Policy Students for all of the details pertaining to his document.  This page only summarizes most of the do's and don'ts contained in the full policy.

The Nyssa School District's computer network has been established for an educational purpose, and is in no way intended to be a public access service or a public forum.  Among the uses that are unacceptable include:

Į  Downloading and/or installing software

Į  Posting of personal contact information

Į  Reading or posting personal ads (Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc.)

Į  Intentionally disrupting the system in any way

Į  Accessing the system in any unauthorized manner, including logging in through another person's account

Į  Sharing your account with another

Į  Accessing profane or obscene materials

Į  Harassing other users

Į  Any use that violates local, state, or federal ordinances or laws.

Į  Network pop up messages.

Users of the system are also expected to respect the rights of others and to respect the limits of the system's resources.  There is a finite amount of space available for storage on the system's servers; consequently, it is imperative that users refrain from posting chain letters and spamming, as well as to archive or delete no longer needed files.  Violations will receive severe disciplinary action which could be having your use of the computer system disengaged anywhere from 6 weeks to permanently.

Subscription to discussion groups is limited to only those of high quality that relate to your education or career development, and then, only with appropriate permissions.

Be sure to carefully read the entire District Acceptable Use Policy (Students) to gain a more complete understanding of the information above.  Ignorance of the policy is not an excuse to violate any of its provisions.

 

COUNSELING/GUIDANCE

A program for student counseling is provided to help students get information regarding programs of study and/or an occupation/career.

 

       Students are encouraged to talk with the counselor and staff in order to learn about the curriculum, course offerings and graduation requirements.  All students in grades [9-12] and their parents shall be notified annually about the recommended courses for students.  All students interested in attending college, university, training school, or pursuing some other advanced education, should work closely with the counselor so that they may take the courses that will best prepare them for further work.  The counselor can also provide information about colleges and universities, their programs or degree offerings, entrance requirements, housing, and information about scholarships and other financial aid.

 

A counselor is available to assist students with a wide range of personal concerns, including such areas as social, family, emotional, academic, drug, and alcohol or tobacco dependency.  The counselor may also make available information about community resources to address personal concerns.

 

DANCES

The rules of good conduct and grooming shall be observed for school dances and social events.  Guests will be expected to observe the same rules as students attending the events.  The person inviting the guest will share responsibility for the conduct of the guest. A school-aged guest must be 14-19 in age and must be enrolled in a high school, alternative school, or approved home school program. Approval will be made by the building principal and will require the submission of a dance pass.  A student attending a dance or social event may be asked to sign out when leaving before the end of the activity.  Anyone leaving before the official end of the activity will not be readmitted.

 

 

 

 

DRESS AND PERSONAL GROOMING GUIDELINES

All students, in cooperation with their parents, have freedom of choice in clothing and personal appearance except when the choice:

1. Disrupts the classroom by distracting students or teachers from administering education.

    Clothing which has created such disruptions in the past and which is prohibited include:

a)     Clothing which may inappropriately expose a person  (if underwear is visible it is inappropriate). Clothing such as tank tops, cut up shirts, spaghetti strap tops, bra-less tops, low neck lines, muscle shirts, see-through blouses, mesh tops, sports bras, swim suit tops, tube tops, yoga pants, leggings, and/or any other articles that inappropriately exposes oneself. Necklines must be from armpit to armpit.  Violators will be asked to go home and change.

b)     Any clothing that advertises or encourages the use of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs, or any implied inappropriate behaviors.

c)     Any clothing with sexually suggestive art or language.

d)     Hats, non-prescription sun glasses, bandannas worn on the head, legs, or arms, these items may be stored in a locker, but not worn in any school buildings or taken to class.

e)     Any articles defined by the local law enforcement agency as identifying a person as a gang member (such as 8 ball, Players 69,13, Eastside, or any other gang related articles), understanding that this trend may change so additional articles may need to be added.

f)      Any clothing which advocates, violence or any form of discrimination.

g)     Clothing with logos, pictures, photographs, etc. depicting people or groups who advocate anarchy or other types of civil disobedience.  Examples of this would be swastikas or the Marilyn Manson rock group.

h)    Pajamas, slippers, or other clothing that has specific purposes unrelated to school.  (These items may be allowed during special events such as Spirit Week.)

i)      Shorts or skirts that do not reach down as far as top of your knee cap while standing or pants with holes above this line.  Wearing undergarments does not remove the above requirements.      

j)      Displaying or creating markings or writing on their bodies or clothing during school. (This may be allowed during special events such as Spirit Week and at athletic events)

2. Becomes a safety hazard that cannot be corrected by some safety device such as torn/frayed or clothing with holes.  Students who are registered in such classes as agriculture and welding must meet the State safety standards for length of hair and dress for safety precautions.

3. Is unsanitary or conflicts with the Health Code.  Examples include the need for hair to be clean and groomed neatly and shoes or sandals to be worn.

Any students representing Nyssa High School in school-sponsored activities, such as athletic events, concerts, plays, FFA competitions, etc., will obey the rules of dress and grooming set by the coach, director, or advisor of the group. Lack of adherence to the above rules will result in disciplinary action and being asked to return home to change, or may be left home and not allowed to attend.

It is impossible to identify all problems with clothing.  It will be up to the principal/vice principal to make the final decision as to the appropriateness of student dress.  Teachers will assist in the monitoring by notifying the office of inappropriate clothing being worn.

 

DANCE COURT CRITERIA

Nominations – in order to be nominated onto a dance court, you must be nominated by your class, be eligible, and not be a foreign exchange student. You can only be on one court throughout your freshman, sophomore and junior years. As a senior you can be on either the Homecoming Court or the PROM court.  Dance Court Selection criteria is different for each of the dances.

Homecoming court members, as well as the King and Queen, are selected by each class (i.e. freshman class nominates freshman court; sophomore class nominates sophomore court, etc.)

Prom court attendants and escorts are voted in by the senior class. Members of the junior and senior classes select the King and Queen.

 

 

 

EMERGENCY MEDICAL TREATMENT

A student who becomes ill or is injured at school must notify his/her teacher or another staff member as soon as possible.  In the case of a serious illness or injury, the school shall attempt to notify parents according to information provided on emergency forms and submitted by the parents to the school.  Parents are encouraged to update this information as often as necessary.  If a student is too ill to remain in school, the student will be released to the student's parents or to another person as directed by parents.  School staff may administer emergency or minor first aid if possible.  The school will contact emergency medical personnel, if necessary, and will attempt to notify the student's parents whenever the student has been transported for treatment.

 

FIELD TRIPS

Field trips are scheduled for educational, cultural or other extracurricular purposes.  All students are considered to be "in school" while participating in district-sponsored field trips.  This means students are subject to the school's student conduct rules.  The administration may not allow a student to attend a field trip if the student cannot exhibit appropriate behavior.

 

FLAG SALUTE

Students will be provided an opportunity to salute the United States flag at least weekly by reciting The Pledge of Allegiance.  All students are expected to stand in respect, but are not forced to say the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

FOOD AND DRINK

Students may eat and drink in the foyer of the high school located by the office.  Beverages are located in the foyer by the office.  They are available for student use prior to the first bell in the morning, during the lunch break, and after school.  They are not to be used between classes.  NO food or drink (except for water) in classrooms (except for Foods room) and auditorium. NO gum allowed in gym classes.

 

GRADING FORMULA FOR COLLEGE CREDIT / HONORS COURSES:

The following courses can earn college credit:  Math 111-112; Math 113, Statistics; Anatomy & Physiology, Biology 121,Physics; College (Advanced) Chemistry 121, 122, 123; College Writing 121-122-123; Geology; and HPE 295

The above courses are available to students to earn college credit.  They are graded on a “dual platform” meaning they will have a high school grade and a college grade.  The college grade will have a college level rigor with higher expectations; therefore, the grading criteria will be different between earning the high school grade and the college credit grade.  The high school grade will apply to the student’s high school transcript and GPA, and the college credit grade will go towards the student’s college transcript.  Instructors of each of the college credit courses will set their own criteria.  College credit courses may require the student passing the college entrance exam prior to taking the course for college credit.  Dual platform grading will defined as:

 

Math 111-112-113-Statistics:

College grade – more emphasis on tests than on assignments (homework) as well as a comprehensive exam: 70% = tests; 25% = comprehensive exam; 5% = assignments/notebook. (the grading scale is based on an accumulated 74% of the above receiving a passing grade of C.  70-73% = C-; 74-76% = C; 77-79% = C+; 80-83% = B-; 84-86% = B; 87-89% = B+; 90-93% = A-; 94-100% = A).

High School grade – 70% = tests; 30% = assignments. (the grading scale is 90-100% = A; 80-89% = B; 70-79% = C; 60-69% = D).

 

 

 

A&P, Advanced Chemistry 121-122-123; Biology 121, Geology, HPE 295, Physics:

College grade – tests weighted double: 70-73% = C-; 74-76% = C; 77-79% = C+; 80-83% = B-; 84-86% = B; 87-89% = B+; 90-93% = A-; 94-100% = A. 

High School grade – tests and assignments equal weight:  the grading scale is 90-100% = A; 80-89% = B; 70-79% = C; 60-69% = D.

 

College Writing 121-122-123:

College grade – ‘Contract’ grading scale: Contract for an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’ = more rigorous testing and assignments: the grading scale is based on an accumulated 74% to receive a passing grade of C.  70-73% = C-; 74-76% = C; 77-79% = C+; 80-83% = B-; 84-86% = B; 87-89% = B+; 90-93% = A-; 94-100% = A. 

High School grade – Contract for a college ‘B’ = a HS ‘A’; Contract for a college ‘C’ = a HS ‘B’ (the grading scale is 90-100% = A; 80-89% = B; 70-79% = C; 60-69% = D).

 

GRADING POLICY

The grading policy will be left up to individual teachers and classes they teach, subject to approval of the principal.  Below is the grading scale to be used.

90 – 100 A

60 – 69 D

80 – 89 B

0- 59 F

70 – 79 C

 

Parents and students desiring more information regarding the alternative education program of instruction should contact the high school principal.

 

 GRADING SYSTEM

Alphabetical grades (A,B,C, D, F) will be given in all classes.  This system will make it easier to figure and understand Grade Point Averages.

                             A  = 4.0 grade points                                                                    

B  = 3.0 grade point

                             C  = 2.0 grade points                 

D  = 1.0 grade points

                             F   = 0    grade points

In figuring GPA's, the following system should be used.  Add the grade point equivalents for each alphabetical grade together and divide this number by the number of classes taken.  Example: (1) A = 4 points; (2) two B's = 6 points; (3) two C's = 4 grade points; (4) total 14 points.  Now divide 14 by 5 and your GPA will be 2.80.  Please remember that 9-week grades serve as indicators of progress and that the semester grade is an average by percentage of two 9-weeks grades and possibly a semester test.  Teacher Aide, Office Aide, Counselor Aide, Peer Tutor, grading will be on a "Pass-Fail".  They will not receive a letter grade, but they will receive a credit.

 

INCOMPLETES

Incompletes must be cleared within two weeks after the end of a grading period even if the student continues to be absent leading into the next grading period.  Any incompletes not cleared by then will be changed to an "F".  Students who have an incomplete due to an extended illness or injury must pre-arrange with the principal to have more time to clear it.

 

INSURANCE

The School District does not buy insurance to cover your student(s).  A private coverage of a low-cost school plan of insurance is being offered.  All necessary information may be obtained at the office.  Your student is not covered unless you have paid for the coverage.  INJURIES MUST BE REPORTED TO THE PRINCIPAL'S OFFICE AT ONCE!!!  Students may not participate (practices or games) in athletic extracurricular activities without insurance.

 

LATE ENROLLMENT/EARLY WITHDRAWAL

Students who enroll/withdraw late/early will receive partial credit for classes passed unless other arrangements are made by parents/guardians and approved by the school.

 

 

 

 

LIBRARY USAGE

The library at Nyssa High School has been established for quiet study, reading, computer use, or research.  It is available to all students who abide by the rules of the library.  Students entering during class time must have a library pass and must properly sign in on the designated clipboard unless they are part of an entire class.  Books may be checked out for two weeks, magazines for one week, and videos and reference materials overnight.  Overdue items will accrue fines of ten cents per day except for overnight items, which are charged at the rate of forty cents per day. Computers are available for student use.  Personal storage devices must be scanned for viruses by library personnel prior to use in school computers. No food or drink will be permitted in the library.

 

LOCKERS/P.E. LOCKERS

Į  Lockers are for your convenience and are issued to you during registration.  The School District carries no insurance to cover loss or theft of student property from lockers.

Į  Lockers should never be left set or fixed for quick opening.  Because of students not properly closing their lockers, many items of value have been stolen.  If any item is taken from your locker, you will be responsible.  We strongly advise you not to leave money and jewelry in your locker.

Į  Lockers are school property and are issued to you for your convenience.  They are subject to search and inspection at any time.  Decoration of lockers is permitted - however the decorations/pictures are to be in good taste and not lewd, suggestive or provocative. No stickers are allowed.  At the end of the school year the student is responsible to leave the locker clean with all decorations properly removed.  Students are responsible for any damage done to lockers.

 

LUNCH BREAK

Nyssa High School offers free lunch and breakfast for all students attending Nyssa School District.  Nyssa High School has an open campus during lunch break.  Parents/guardians should discuss with their son/daughter their wishes in regard to leaving the campus at lunchtime and doing so in another student's vehicle.  Designated areas for students at lunchtime are the high school hallways, courtyard, and cafeteria.  Students are not to be in unsupervised areas of the campus at any time.   Freshmen will have a ‘closed campus’ for the first 9 weeks of high school.  This will continue all year if they are failing any classes.  If they pass all their classes, they will be given open campus privileges.  The open campus privilege will be taken away from any individual students who show a lack of responsibility and good judgment at lunch breaks.  The Elementary and Middle school buildings and grounds are off limits for high school students during lunch, before and after school.

Students who eat their lunch within the high school building must do so in the commons area of the building.  Students are free to leave the campus only during the lunch period without checking out.  To insure the continuation of this open lunch policy, students are requested not to loiter or litter in the alleyways, across the street from the school, in the parking lot, or in neighboring yards. 

 

MEDICINES TO STUDENTS--- BOARD POLICY #6-0020

Students may not take, nor shall a school employee administer prescriptions and other drugs while at school unless a specific written request from the parent and/or physician is approved by a building administrator.  (Parents may make arrangements to store prescription medicine in the office for safe keeping.) If at all possible, the parents should administer the medication directly to the student.

 

MESSAGES/FLOWERS/BALLOONS TO STUDENTS

Only messages from parents will be delivered to students during the school day.  Students will be called out of class only in cases of immediate emergency.  Flowers and balloons will not be delivered to students during the school day.  However, students will be welcome to pick them up at the office at lunchtime and after school.  

 

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES

Regular parent-teacher conferences are scheduled annually in the fall and in the spring to review student progress.  Students and parents may also expect teachers to request a conference 1) if the student is not maintaining passing grades or achieving the expected level of performance, 2) if the student is not maintaining behavior expectations or 3) in any other case the teacher considers necessary. A parent who wishes to confer with a teacher may call the office for an appointment before or after school, during the teacher's prep period or request that the teacher call the parent to arrange a mutually convenient time.  Conferences are student contact days and students not attending will be counted as unexcused unless the principal has approved prior arrangements.

 

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT

Education succeeds best when there is a strong partnership between home and school.  As a partnership thrives on communication, Nyssa High School asks parents to:

1.     Encourage their student to put a high priority on their education and commit themselves to making the most of their educational opportunities;

2.     Keep informed of the school's activities and events;

3.     Become a school volunteer.  For further information contact the principal;

4.     Participate in school parent organizations [Site Council, graduation parent committees, booster club, etc.].

 

RELEASE OF STUDENTS FROM SCHOOL

A student shall not be released from school at times other than regular dismissal hours except with the principal's permission or according to school sign-out procedures.  A student will not be released to any person without the approval of his/her parent or as otherwise provided by law.

 

SNOWBALLING

NO SNOWBALLING PERMITTED AT ANY TIME ON CAMPUS.  Students may go out onto the football field to throw snowballs.

 

SUPERVISION OF STUDENTS

Adult supervision is provided to students during regular school hours, while traveling on district-provided vehicles to and from school and while engaged in district-sponsored activities.  Anytime while students are on school grounds and engaged in an activity, adult supervision is to be provided (this includes in the weight room, gymnasium, auditorium, hallways, classrooms, etc.).

 

TALENTED AND GIFTED PROGRAM

Students who are classified as Talented and Gifted (TAG) have opportunities to take advanced classes and experience enrichment activities beyond the normal class expectations.  Activities are defined as more challenging, but not merely more work or more quantity of work.  TAG students need to work with their teachers and the counselor to set up their individual programs.

Identification of Talented and Gifted Students - - - In order to serve academically talented and gifted students in all grades K-12, including talented and gifted students from such special populations as cultural and ethnic minorities, the disadvantaged, the underachieving gifted and disabled learners, the district will identify students based on:

1.     Behavioral, learning and/or performance information;

2.     A nationally standardized mental ability test for assistance in identifying intellectually gifted students;

3.     A nationally standardized academic achievement test for assistance in identifying academically talented students.

Identified students shall score at or above the 97th percentile on one of these tests.  Other students who demonstrate the potential to perform at the eligibility criteria, as well as additional students who are talented and gifted, may be identified.  Tag forms may be picked up at the office.

 

TEXTBOOKS

Textbooks are the property of the school district.  Most of the textbooks are in good condition.  Therefore, each student is expected to return his/her books at the end of the year in reasonably good condition.  Fines will be levied for loss or misuse of books.

 

TOBACCO and E-CIG USE

ANY USE OF TOBACCO IS PROHIBITED.  WE ARE A TOBACCO FREE CAMPUS.  THIS INCLUDES SMOKELESS (CHEWING TOBACCO), AND VAPING OR E-CIG USE. Refer to pages 26, 33, and 43 in the student code of conduct.

 

TRANSPORTATION OF STUDENTS

A student being transported on district provided transportation is required to comply with the Student Code of Conduct.  Any student who fails to comply with the Student Code of Conduct may be denied transportation services and shall be subject to disciplinary action.

 

VEHICLES/SCHOOL PARKING REGULATIONS

The following policy shall apply to all Nyssa School students’ use of vehicles on school property:

1.     All student parking shall be in the area in front of the building along Adrian Boulevard.  All other parking areas are off limits to student parking during school hours.  Athletes are not to park behind the high school.

2.     All cars are to be parked properly in parking stalls.  Do not park parallel to or on the sidewalks.  Only in an emergency is it permissible for students to drive or park on the North and West sides of the building during school hours.

3.     All students must be licensed and covered by insurance.  The school is not responsible for the vehicle or its contents.

4.     There will be no reckless driving on the school grounds.  Drivers are to make sure that no students are riding on the outside of vehicles or in/on pickup beds.  The penalty for the first infraction of either of these rules shall follow the consequences for inappropriate driving or parking behaviors.  The student may appeal penalties to the superintendent.  If they are not satisfied following that appeal, they may appeal to the school board.

5.     Parking regulations will be strictly enforced. It is considered a privilege to park on school grounds.  Suspension of driving privileges, towing of vehicles and/or suspension from school may occur when violations of these regulations occur.

6.     Students will not be asked or allowed to use private cars for any school business by any school employee.  Should students be asked to use a private car by any employee, they should immediately report the incident to the high school principal or the superintendent.

7.     Students need to be aware that as a condition of parking on district property, district Officials may conduct searches of vehicles upon reasonable suspicion of a policy, rule and/or procedure violation.

8.     Students who fail to maintain regular enrollment in school may have either their driving privileges suspended or the right to apply for driving privileges suspended.  (ORS 339.254, ORS 339.257)

 

CONSEQUENCES FOR INAPPROPRIATE DRIVING OR PARKING BEHAVIOR

1.  In all cases where Oregon State Law has been broken, the Student Resource Officer will be contacted and a citation will be issued.

2.  The seriousness of the offense will determine which of the following may occur:

               A.  Warning and notification to parents. - School Discipline

               B.  Loss of driving privileges for 30 school days. - School Discipline

               C.  Loss of driving privileges for the school year. - School Discipline

 

 

VISITORS

All visitors must have prior approval from building administration to be on campus. It is the practice of Nyssa High School that no student visitors are allowed as they tend to overcrowd the classes and cause disruptions.

To ensure the safety and welfare of students, that school work is not disrupted and that visitors are properly directed to the areas in which they are interested, all visitors must report to the office upon entering school property and obtain a visitor’s pass. The high school and surrounding property is under video surveillance for the protection of our students.

 

WHEN YOU WANT TO FIND OUT ANYTHING

Read the bulletin boards and the electronic reader board - listen carefully to the morning announcements over the public address system.  Ask questions of teachers and sponsors.  Remember you are not to expect that others will continue to remind you of your obligations.  It is your responsibility to find out and act accordingly.

 

LATE NIGHT RETURN FROM SCHOOL ACTIVITY

Students returning late at night from a school activity will be excused based on the following guidelines:

Į  If return at 1:00 a.m., report to school for the beginning of 2nd period.

Į  If return at 2:00 a.m., report to school for the beginning of 3rd period.

Į  If return at 3:00 a.m., report to school for the beginning of 4th period.

Į  If return at 4:00 a.m., report to school after lunch for the beginning of 6th period.

 

Students must pre-arrange their absence to get their assignments, if they know they will be returning late.


STUDENT CONDUCT CODE

             

 PREFACE

In public education, as in parenthood, no task is more challenging than discipline.  Most people equate the word discipline with punishment.  At Nyssa High School, discipline is a way to help our young men and women become mature and independent.  It is not something we do to teens, but rather a system for helping them learn to lead responsible, productive lives.  Punishment is negative- discipline is not.  We think of discipline not as a way for us to be in charge or in control, but as a learning process for young men and women.  The discipline that we provide can lead to self-discipline.  It can guide our students toward responsible independence.  We want to unfold not mold our young men and women.

Students in Nyssa High School, like members of any community, have both rights and responsibilities.  It is the obligation of the school district to protect those rights and insist upon those responsibilities.

The purpose of this conduct code is to insure that all students understand their rights and responsibilities, the consequences of violations of school rules, and the procedures for dealing with violations.

We feel strongly that self-discipline, the ability to assume responsibility for one's actions and learning, to make positive contributions to one's school or society, to help others - can and should be taught.

       We educate for self-discipline not for conformity.  Effective discipline helps an individual progress from the need for external controls to the self-discipline of the mature adult.

This Conduct Code has been cooperatively designed by students, staff, administration and patrons, and, on a yearly basis, is reviewed/revised by the Site Council and School Board.

 

STUDENT CONDUCT

Each year, a few misinformed students arrive with a notion that a school campus can be a refuge for some kinds of illegal activities.  All students should be aware that the school campus is not immune to the law.  Illegal activity of any kind will not be tolerated and can result in serious consequences for the offender.

Each student is responsible for maintaining a proper standard of behavior at all times.  Racial and/or ethnic comments of a derogatory nature will not be condoned or tolerated nor will hazing.  This includes any form of student harassment.  Courtesy, consideration for other persons, respect for property and observance of school rules and regulations are distinctive marks of acceptable behavior.  To define all non-acceptable behavior is an impractical task - we trust that your wisdom will serve as your guide.

 

STUDENT RIGHTS

A "right" is something that belongs to you and cannot be taken away by anyone.  Your classmates and teachers have the same rights.  Consideration of the rights of others helps the school year run smoothly and creates a more positive atmosphere for everyone.

Here are some of your important rights.

1.     Civil Rights - including the rights to equal educational opportunity and freedom from discrimination, the responsibility not to discriminate against others;

2.     The right to attend free public schools, the responsibility to attend school regularly and to observe school rules essential for permitting others to learn at school;

3.     The right to due process of law with respect to suspension, expulsion and decisions which the student believes injure his/her rights;

4.     The right to free inquiry and expression, the responsibility to observe reasonable rules regarding these rights;

5.     The right to assemble informally, the responsibility to not disrupt the orderly operation of the educational process, nor infringe upon the rights of others;

6.     The right to privacy, which includes privacy in respect to the student's education records;

7.     The right to know the behavior standards expected, the responsibility to know the consequences of misbehavior.

 

 

District Authority

The district has authority and control over a student at school during the regular school day, at any school-related activity, regardless of time or location and while being transported in district-provided transportation.  The principal, any Nyssa school official, designated official, or designated chaperone is authorized to take disciplinary action when a student's misconduct during a school activity whether on school property or off school grounds has a detrimental effect on the other students, staff, or the orderly educational process.

 

Student Code of Conduct

Students will be subject to discipline including detention, suspension, expulsion, loss of awards and honors and/or referral to law enforcement officials for the following, including but not limited to:

Į  Bringing, possessing, concealing or using a weapon to or on school property or at an activity under the jurisdiction of the school or at an interscholastic activity administered by a voluntary organization approved by the State Board of Education under ORS 339.430;

Į  Substance abuse or any possession or use of tobacco, alcohol or unlawful drugs, including drug paraphernalia; this includes "imitation drugs" pretending to being sold, in possession, or being used;

Į  Assault or menacing of a district employee or another student.  Menacing means by word or conduct the student intentionally attempts to place a district employee or another student in fear of imminent serious physical injury;

Į  Use of threats, targeted lists, intimidation, harassment or coercion against any fellow student or district employee

Į  Willful damage or destruction of district property

Į  Willful damage or destruction of private property on district premises or during district activities;

Į  Open defiance of a teacher's authority

Į  Theft

Į  Use or display of profane or obscene language

Į  Violations of district transportation rules

Į  Hazing

Į  Persistent failure to comply with rules under the lawful directions of staff or district officials.

 

DISCIPLINE

A student who violates the Student Code of Conduct shall be subject to disciplinary action.

A student's due process rights will be observed in all such instances, including the right to appeal the discipline decisions of staff and administrators. The district's disciplinary options include using one or more discipline management techniques including counseling by teachers, counselors and administrators, detention, suspension, expulsion [loss of driving privileges] and loss of right to apply for driving privileges, loss of privileges, honors and awards and transfer to an alternative education program.  Disciplinary measures are applied depending on the nature of the offense.  The age and past behavior of a student will be considered prior to any suspension or expulsion.  In addition, when a student commits substance abuse, drug or drug paraphernalia, alcohol and/or tobacco-related offenses or any other criminal act, he/she shall be referred to law enforcement officials.  Violations of the district's weapon's policy, as required by law, shall be reported to law enforcement.

In accordance with Oregon law (ORS 339.254), the superintendent may request that the driving privileges of the student or the right to apply for driving privileges be suspended for no more than one year for any student who has:

Į  Been expelled for bringing a weapon to school

Į  Been expelled or suspended at least twice for assaulting or menacing a district employee or another student

Į  For willful damage or injury to district property

Į  For use of threats, intimidation, harassment or coercion against a district employee or another student.

 

 

 

DETENTION

A student may be detained outside of school hours on one or more days if the student violates the Student Code of Conduct.  The detention shall not begin, however, until the student's parents have been notified of the reason for the detention and can make arrangements for the student's transportation on the day(s) of the detention.

 

IN-SCHOOL INTERVENTION (ISI)

Students being assigned to in-school intervention will report to the high school office at the agreed upon time.  They will remain in their assigned area throughout the school day and will leave at the agreed upon time. Students should report to the office with their books, study materials, and assignments for the day.  Students will generally be given one day to gather assignments with a pre-arranged absence form prior to being placed on in-school supervision.  Students will serve in an ISI room and will follow all rules of the room.  A sack lunch will be provided. 

 

 IN SCHOOL INTERVENTION (ISI) RULES

 

1. Each student needs to bring a pre-arranged slip upon arrival to the classroom it must be signed by all teachers.  If no slip is provided dictionary work will be assigned.  The student must bring all the books, pencil, and paper necessary to complete their assigned work.  No ink pens are allowed.

 

2. Each high school student will have one class period per assignment.

 

3. If no assignment is available, the student will write out of the dictionary for that class (three sheets front and back per hour); it must be readable. 

 

4. Students will be allowed to read AR books only, and this reading time is limited to the equivalent of one class period. (May be exceptions as per teacher and / or supervisor)

 

5.  There will be no talking to other students.  Students will raise their hand if they have a question or need to leave their seats.

 

6.  Students may bring their own sack lunches to the room, but it must be brought with them.  There will be no deliveries of any kind to I.S.S. for students.  There is no refrigeration or heating for lunch purposes available to students.  No coolers, pop, gum, candy, or anything of this sort is to be brought into the classroom.

 

8.  No cell phone or any electrical device is to be brought into the classroom.

 

9.  Any other rules deemed necessary by ISS supervisor.

 

SUSPENSION

A student may be suspended from school for up to and including 10 schools days for willful violations of the Student Code of Conduct.  The district may require a student to attend school during non-school hours as an alternative to suspension.

 

DUE PROCESS

An opportunity for the student to present his/her view of the alleged misconduct will be given.  Each suspension will include a specification of the reasons for the suspension, the length of the suspension, a plan for readmission and an opportunity to appeal the decision.

Every reasonable and prompt effort will be made to notify the parents of a suspended student.

While under suspension, a student may not attend after school activities and athletic events, be present on district property nor participate in activities directed or sponsored by the district.

Schoolwork missed by a student while on suspension may be made up. A pre-arranged absence form is given to the student to get his/her assignments from each teacher.  A student will be allowed to make up a final, mid-term and unit exam without an academic penalty (unless the reason for the suspension is truancy or unexcused which by school rules a 'zero' is given for the work missed). 

 

EXPULSION

A student may be expelled for severe or repeated violations of the Student Code of Conduct.

No student may be expelled without a hearing unless the student's parents or the student, if 18 years of age, waives the right to a hearing, either in writing or by failure to appear at a scheduled hearing.

An expulsion shall not extend beyond one calendar year.

The district will provide appropriate expulsion notification including expulsion hearing procedures, student and parent rights and alternative education provisions as required by law. 

 

DISCIPLINE OF DISABLED STUDENTS

A student being served by an Individualized Education Program (IEP) who engages in conduct which would warrant suspension for a non-disabled student may be suspended for up to and including 10 consecutive school days for violations of the Student Code of Conduct.

When a disabled student is suspended more than 10 consecutive school days or for more than 10 cumulative school days during a school year or is being expelled, the student's parents will be notified immediately (within 24 hours) of the circumstances of the misbehavior and the time and location of the student's IEP team meeting addressing the infraction and its relationship to the disability.

The IEP team will determine whether the misconduct is a manifestation of the student's disability.  Should the IEP team conclude the misconduct has no relationship to the student's disability, the student may be disciplined in the same manner as would other students.

If the IEP team concludes the misconduct is a consequence of the student's disability, the team may recommend alternative placement for the student.  The district may not expel a disabled student or terminate educational services for any behavior that is a consequence of the disability.

If the district determines that the student's behavior, which is related to his/her disability, poses imminent danger to others, the district may suspend the student for up to 10 consecutive school days or 10 cumulative school days, to provide for a general planning and "cooling off" period.  At the end of the 10-day period the student shall be allowed to stay put in his/her current school placement unless the district has obtained a hearings officer or court order to change the student's placement.  In the case of a dangerous weapons issue, a disabled student may be suspended for up to 45 days, after which the IEP team will determine whether or not an alternative placement is needed.

 

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES/CITIZENSHIP GUIDELINES

It is one of the school's duties to assist parents in helping students develop responsible attitudes and behavior.  This means preparing students for adult citizenship as well as preparing them for jobs and higher education.  For this reason it is as important for the school to teach citizenship as it is to teach and evaluate academic work.  Parents and students should be as interested in citizenship "ability" as math, music, or athletic ability.

Citizenship is more than not breaking rules.  All students have the responsibility to:

1.     PROTECT THE RIGHT OF OTHERS TO STUDY AND LEARN;

2.     ATTEND SCHOOL DAILY UNLESS ILL OR LEGALLY EXCUSED;

3.     BE ON TIME FOR ALL CLASSES;

4.     OBEY SCHOOL RULES;

5.     VOLUNTEER INFORMATION AND COOPERATE WITH SCHOOL STAFF IN DISCIPLINARY CASES;

6.     COMPLETE ALL IN-CLASS AND HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS AND MEET DEADLINES;

7.     RESPECT PUBLIC PROPERTY AND CAREFULLY USE AND RETURN ALL MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT;

8.     COME TO CLASS WITH NECESSARY BOOKS AND MATERIALS;

9.     SEE THAT SCHOOL CORRESPONDENCE TO PARENTS REACHES HOME.

 

GREAT "SELF EXPECTATIONS" OF NYSSA HIGH SCHOOL

The following list of Great "Self Expectations" applies to all members of the Nyssa High School community and is our guide for attitudes and behaviors displayed.

1. I expect to show respect for others and myself!

2. I expect to be prompt and prepared!

3. I expect to follow proper school and classroom etiquette!

4. I expect to respect and protect the property of the school and others!

5. I expect to learn how to choose well!

6. I expect to learn how to express my needs!

7. I expect to make good use of my skills and talents!


The following examples are listed to show some ways that these expectations are met.

Showing respect for others and myself may be demonstrated by:

a.) Being obedient and respectful to school personnel.

b.) Avoiding the use of profane, vulgar, or obscene language, drawings or other materials.

c.) Not being involved in verbal or physical abuse, harassment, threats, intimidation, fighting, etc.

d.) Not demonstrating disruptive behavior in or out of classrooms.

e.) Not interfering with the rights, space, property, or persons of others.

 

Being prompt and prepared may be demonstrated by:

a.) Being in each class on time with all needed materials

b.) Attending school each day unless ill, attending a professional

    appointment, or parents have previously arranged for the absence.

 

Following proper school and classroom etiquette may be demonstrated by:

a.) Complying with the rules established by the school and each classroom teacher

b.) Showing courtesy for others

c.) Avoiding unethical or illegal activities such as cheating, stealing, gambling, using or possessing alcohol, tobacco, illegal or harmful drugs, or imitations thereof, etc.

d.) Avoiding the display of any affection beyond holding hands.

 

Respecting and protecting the property of the school and others may be demonstrated by:

a.) Avoiding causing any damage to any property you do not own

b.) Helping out by reporting and/or repairing damage of which you are aware

c.) Showing care and concern by picking up after yourself and others.

 

Learning how to choose well may be demonstrated by:

a.) Finding appropriate ways and places to express your feelings and needs to others.

 

Making good use of skills and talents may be demonstrated by:

a.) Doing the best possible work on assignments, projects, etc.

b.) Participating in activities outside the classroom.

 

Demonstrating behaviors and attitudes outside what is expected will cause students to come under the Discipline Plan and are subject to the consequences outlined for the Behavior Citations and Discipline Log.

 

 


INAPPROPRIATE STUDENT BEHAVIORS

 

CHEATING

Cheating at Nyssa High School will not be tolerated in any manner or form at any time.  This includes not properly protecting your work so other students can access it. Students who are caught cheating will receive no credit for the test or assignment.  Repeat offenders may lose credit for the class (s) caught cheating in.  * Students with ASB leadership positions, Valedictorians, or Salutatorians will lose privileges, honors, or positions, if caught cheating.

 

BEHAVIOR IN THE HALLS AND ON CAMPUS

Running in the halls is discouraged at all times.  Students are to walk to and from classes.  You will have sufficient time to get from one class to another without running.

If you find it necessary to be in the hall while classes are in session it is mandatory that you avoid any action that may prove distracting to classes in session, and you must have a hall pass signed by the appropriate teacher.  This is merely asking that you be considerate and have a hall pass.  Students must understand teachers are instructed to keep students in class.

Before school and during the noon period do not engage in scuffling or other boisterous activity.  Be especially quiet in the halls near the library, as students will be studying in the library.  Loud, boisterous or shrill noises are not acceptable.   There is to be no hazing of underclassmen.

Any display of affection on campus or at any school activity beyond holding hands should be avoided.   Incidents involving unacceptable student behavior will be written on a referral and given to an administrator for appropriate action.  Parents will be contacted, if students display affections on campus or at any school activity beyond holding hands. 

       Students that have children are asked not to bring their children to school during school hours. They may be allowed as an approved visitor only with prior approval by the administration and only when their presence is linked directly to an approved classroom instruction activity.  As a visitor, they must be checked-in at the office by the parent/guardian and will only be allowed on campus for the time frame allotted to complete the activity.

 

GANGS

The Nyssa School Board feels that the presence of gangs and gang activities can cause a substantial disruption of or material interferences with school and school activities.  A "Gang" as defined in this policy is any group of two or more persons whose purposes include the commission of illegal acts.  By this policy, the board acts to prohibit existence of gangs and gang activities as follows:

 

No student on or about school property or at any school activity:

1.     Shall wear, possess, use, distribute, display or sell any clothing, jewelry, emblem, tattoo, badge, symbol, sign or other things which are evidence of membership or affiliation of any gang;

2.     Shall commit any act or omission, or use any speech, either verbal or non-verbal (gestures, handshakes, etc.) showing membership or affiliation in a gang;

3.      Shall use non-standard letter formation on any schoolwork or possessions.

4.     Shall use any speech or commit any act or omission in furtherance of the interest of any gang or gang activity, including, but not limited to:

A.    Soliciting others for membership in any gangs;

B.    Requesting any person to pay protection or otherwise intimidating or threatening any person;

C.    Committing any other illegal act or other violation of school district policies;

D.    Inciting other students to act with physical violence upon any other person.       

5.     Area law enforcement will be contacted to provide a list of items referred to in numbers 1, 2, and 3.  Every attempt will be made to keep the list current.

 

Violators to the above policy will be referred to the Nyssa District Superintendent and the following consequences will occur.  Although the severity of the consequences is sequential, flagrant violations may result in more severe penalties:
Any gang infraction is a Class III violation and will result in 20 points assessed on the student’s discipline log. The discipline steps will include:

1.     First violation: The student will be assigned 20 points; suspended three days out of school; and a parent meeting will be held prior to the student’s return to school.

2.     Second violation: The student will be assigned another 20 points; suspended for five days out of school; and a parent meeting will be held prior to the student’s return to school.

3.     Third violation: The student will be recommended for expulsion.

 

CELL PHONES/ELECTRONIC DEVICES –

Cells phones have become a common tool for most of our students.  Our hope is that they learn to use them responsibly.  They are not to be used inside the classroom without teacher permission.  They may be used in the hallways and commons before school, at lunch, and after school. Otherwise, they should never be heard or seen within the classroom—including the gymnasium and locker rooms.

 

When seen or heard in a classroom, the teacher will confiscate them and they may be picked up in the office after school.  The second time they are confiscated, the parent will need to come to the school to pick it up.  The third offense will require the parent to pick up the phone at school and the student will serve one day of In-School Suspension (ISS). The fourth offense will result in the student losing cell phone privileges for the remainder of the school year. The student will also serve one day of ISI for a fourth offense. The school assumes no responsibility for electronic items that are lost or stolen.  (Note: Cell phones or other electronic devices with headphones, will be allowed on extended bus trips.)

 

UNAUTHORIZED USE OF SCHOOL KEYS

Students are not authorized to be in possession of District school keys.  They are not to be duplicated by anyone other than the school maintenance supervisor in charge.  Any student caught in the school without permission, supervision or in possession of school keys will be cited by law enforcement officials as trespassing.  Consequences will lead to suspension from school.

 

UNAUTHORIZED USE OF SCHOOL'S MOTORIZED VEHICLE (UUMV)

Students are not authorized to drive any school motorized vehicle.  Consequences will lead to suspension from school.

 

WEAPONS IN SCHOOL

Under state and federal law, expulsion from school is required for a period of not less than one year for any student who is determined to have brought a weapon to school.  The superintendent may modify the expulsion requirement for a student on a case-by case-basis.  Additionally, in accordance with Oregon law, any person who intentionally possesses a firearm or other dangerous weapon in or on district property or recklessly discharges a firearm in school is subject to criminal prosecution, a maximum five (5) years imprisonment, $100,000 fine and forfeiture of firearm and/or other dangerous weapons or both.  Any person 13-17 years of age convicted of intentionally possessing a firearm in a public building is subject to denial of driving privileges for 90 days.

Weapons or replicas of actual weapons are forbidden on school property.  Dangerous weapons taken from pupils will be reported to the student's parents and will be reported to the police.  Appropriate disciplinary or legal action will be pursued.  Possession and/or use of firearms or weapons will be grounds for immediate suspension and recommendation to the hearings office for timely expulsion.

If the incident is within a six-week period of the beginning of a new semester, the expulsion period will include the following semester or one calendar school year.  Weapons under the control of law enforcement personnel are permitted.  The building administrator may authorize persons to display weapons that are registered and handled in a legal manner.  The building administrator may prescribe special conditions or procedures to be followed before giving such authorization.

Weapons shall include, but not limited to, firearms, knives, metal knuckles, straight razors, explosives, noxious, irritating or poisonous gases, poisons, drugs, or other items fashioned with the intent to possess, use, sell, harm, threaten or harass students, staff members, parents and patrons.  Students are also reminded that weapons in automobiles parked on school property are also subject to this policy.

Dangerous weapon is defined in Oregon law as any weapon, device, instrument, material or substance that, under the circumstance in which it is used, attempted to be used or threatened to be used, is readily capable of causing death or serious injury.

Deadly weapon is defined as any instrument, article or substance specifically designed for and presently capable of causing death or serious injury.

Firearm is defined in federal law as any weapon (including a starter gun) that will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive.  This includes the frame or receiver of any such weapon or firearm, muffler or silencer.

Destructive device is defined as any device with an explosive, incendiary or poison gas component or any combination of parts either designed or intended for use in converting any device into any destructive device or from which a destructive device may be readily assembled.  A destructive device does not include any device that is designed primarily or redesigned for use as a signaling, pyrotechnic, line throwing, safety or similar device.

 

STUDENT CONDUCT CODE CONSEQUENCES

1.  MISCONDUCTS AND POINT VALUES:

A.    Time-Out - Students may be sent out of the classroom for time-out with no points assigned.  Detention time will be assigned at twice the time out of class or 30 minutes, whichever is greater.

B.    Behavior Citation - Class I - (5 points) - Includes any inappropriate behavior or rule violations.  These may include but are not limited to failure to meet with principal about academic progress (grade reports), disruptions, disrespect, and damage to property.  (Damage to property will include payment for damages replacement.)  Repeated behaviors or severe behaviors may be placed in a higher class of points.

C.    Behavior Citation - Class II - (10 points) - Includes harassment of others, disrespect of classroom teachers, any referrals from classroom teachers resulting from reaching the last step of the classroom management plan, vandalism, truancy, insubordination, any flagrant violation of classroom or school rules, refusal to attend detention when assigned, unexcused absences, or intentional misuse of computers/ software, or the Internet, and pornographic materials of any type.  Repeated behaviors may be placed in a higher class of points.

D.    Behavior Citation - Class III - (20 points) - Includes fighting, excessive verbal harassment towards school official, theft, gang activity, and use or possession of tobacco, alcohol, or unlawful drugs. This includes "imitation drugs" pretending to be used, sold, or in possession.   Repeat offenders or severe offenders may be given additional points and/or moved to recommendation for expulsion.

 

In accordance with Oregon law, any person under age 18 possessing a tobacco product commits a Class D violation and is subject to a court imposed fine up to $75 as provided by ORS 167.400.  Any person who distributes, sells or causes to be sold, tobacco in any form or a tobacco burning device, to a person under 18 years of age commits a Class A violation and is subject to a fine of not less than $100 and not exceeding $600 as provided by ORS 163.575.  An unlawful drug is any drug not prescribed by a licensed medical practitioner.  Unlawful delivery of a controlled substance to a student or minor within 1,000 feet of district property is a Class A felony.  Punishment is a maximum of 20 years of imprisonment, $300,000 fine or both as provided by ORS 475.999.

      

2.  CONSEQUENCES FOR MISCONDUCT: (minimums based on point values)

A.    5-point misconduct – noon detention, after school detention, Bulldog Campus Service, or possible 1-day ISI and a copy of the Behavior Citation and student’s Discipline Log sent to the parents.  The parents will be notified if at all possible.  The points for any misconduct accumulate on the Discipline Log for each student.  (Bulldog Campus Service may include trash detail inside or outside, vacuuming halls, washing windows, cleaning lockers, desks, sweeping walks, pulling dandelions, cleaning the commons, or other similar duties.)

B.    10 point misconduct - 1 day or more of in/out-school suspension and a parent conference in person or by phone with point accumulation.  Copies of the Behavior Citation and Discipline Log will be provided for parents.

C.    20 point misconduct - 2 days or more of in/out-school suspension and a parent conference in person with point accumulation.  Copies of the Behavior Citation and Discipline Log will be provided for parents.

 

3.  POINT ACCUMULATION AND CONSEQUENCES:

A.    All misconduct points will accumulate for the entire year.  A 10 point deduction will be made when at least one month has elapsed since the previous misconduct for good behavior.

B.    Consequences of accumulation

1.     40 points = parents will be notified and a Discipline Committee meeting with parents must take place before student returns to school.  Action taken by the Discipline Committee is subject to Assistant Principal’s approval/disapproval.

2.     60 points = possible recommendation for expulsion; (Students may be suspended up to ten calendar days pending the outcome of the hearing.)

                     

It is impossible for the school to list every potential discipline problem.  Therefore, the administration reserves the right to apply appropriate levels of discipline to students for acts the school determines to be detrimental to the general learning process or safety of any other student, faculty person, administrative personnel, or school property.

The principal and/or vice-principal reserve the right to impose a stiffer consequence for violations that are considered flagrant and more serious. 

 

INTERVENTIONS / DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE:

Some non-disciplinary steps that are taken to assist students in complying with the expectations include notifying parents of concern by the staff, referrals to the school counselor, staffing, parent conferences with the principal, counselor, and/or staff members, and referrals to other agencies including Services to Children and Family, law enforcement agencies, etc.

 

APPEALS PROCEDURES/DUE PROCESS

1. Appeals Procedure for Discipline, and /or Suspension.

a.         Any student, parent or guardian who may be aggrieved by any disciplinary action, or by the imposition of a suspension has the right to an informal conference with the principal or his or her designee and any staff member involved.  The employee whose action is being grieved shall be notified of the initiation of a grievance as soon as reasonably possible.

b.         At such informal conference the student, parent or guardian shall be subject to questioning by the principal or his or her designee and shall be entitled to question school personnel involved in the matter being grieved.

c.          Grievances before the Board of Directors shall be heard in an open meeting unless the student and/or parent or guardian specifically requests a closed meeting.

d.         The Board of Directors shall notify the student and the student's parent or guardian in writing of its decision within ten (10) school business days following the meeting.

e.         The disciplinary action or suspension/expulsion shall continue notwithstanding the implementation of the grievance procedure unless the principal or his or her designee elects to postpone such action.

      

 

 

 

 

APPEALS PROCEDURE FOR EXPULSION

a.         Any student, parent or guardian who may be aggrieved by imposition of an expulsion has the right, upon two (2) school business days’ prior notice, to present a written and/or oral grievance to the Board of Directors at its next regularly scheduled meeting. 

b.         Grievances before the Board of Directors shall be heard in an open meeting unless the student and/or parent or guardian specifically requests a closed meeting.

c.          The Board of Directors shall notify the student and the student's parent or guardian in writing of its decision within ten (10) school business days following the meeting.

d.         Expulsion shall continue notwithstanding the implementation of the grievance procedure unless the principal or his or her designee elects to postpone such action.

      


 

 

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

 

STUDENT BODY CARD

The cost is included in student body fees dues which allows a student to receive the following:

A.    Free admission to all home athletic contests (except tournaments). Without a card, students will pay adult prices at all home games.

B.    Reduced rates at all "away" athletic contests.  The usual price at away games with a student body card is $1.00.  Without a card, students will pay regular adult admission.

C.    Free admission to all assemblies.

D.    All students involved in co-curricular activities must have a paid Activity Card.

The purchase of a student body card makes you a member of the association and gives you free or discounted admission to home and away athletic events and assemblies, except district and state sponsored events. All students are encouraged to participate in activities.  Any student who may have a problem purchasing a student body card because of financial difficulties is encouraged to meet with the principal to work out a plan.  We want to make sure no one is denied participation because of a lack of finances.

 

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

Many activities are available to students, beyond regular class work.  In addition to athletics, music, drama and social activities there are several organizations available for membership to those interested.  All students are urged to take some part in those things that meet their particular interests.  You are cautioned not to take part in so many co-curricular activities as to lower your grades in class work.  Requests for meetings should be cleared through the office by the advisor of the activity.

 

"SENIOR DAY"

Nyssa High School has no authorized "sneak or skip" days.  Students in groups or as individuals participating in such activities will be required to spend up to a week's time after school is dismissed working with and assisting the high school principal.

 

SENIOR TRIP

Seniors who do not attend the senior trip will be expected to attend school.  The attendance policy will be in effect for those who are absent and do not go on the senior trip.  The senior trip will not be an overnight trip.

 

STUDENT GOVERNMENT-

The key organization of the school is the N.H.S. Student Body Association.  It sponsors many of the school activities.  The governing body of this organization is the Student Senate.

Students who run for an ASB or class office are required to purchase a student body card before they can participate.

In so far as good school policy will permit, the control of student activities will be left in the hands of your elected representatives.  All suggestions for improvements in our school program or protests of conditions that exist should be discussed with any member of the student council or with anyone on the faculty.  All requests will be given careful consideration and will be either granted or justifiable reason will be given for refusal. 

Individuals seeking election or holding an office must maintain a 2.5 GPA and be in good standing behaviorally (less than 10 points and no class II or class III violations of the student code of conduct).  In addition, the elected officer must perform the job responsibilities to a satisfactory standard (as determined by staff, advisor, and administration). Failure to meet any of the above guidelines will result in dismissal from office and the 2nd place student will assume the position and duties.

Election Process:

 

 

** Senior with the most votes will also serve as ASB President and Site Council/School Board representative **

 

 

PURCHASE ORDERS

All purchases for any of the student organizations must be made by Student Body Purchase Order.  All receipts and sales slips will be turned into the Student Body account and credited to the proper account.  All bills will be paid by check, drawn in the district office.  A statement for each organization can be obtained in the office.  The principal must approve all purchases and the Purchase Order filled out correctly and completely before signed by the principal and appropriate member of the student body.

Any and all moneys collected by students from fund-raisers etc. should be turned in to the office and the person given a receipt.  Any teacher or school employee who collects money should give the student a receipt and then he/she turns it into the office.

 

RALLY BUSES

A rally bus may be taken to away athletic games at the discretion of the principal.  Persons may ride this bus under the following conditions:

1.     There must a suitable number of persons signed up to ride the bus to make it worthwhile and cost effective.

2.     Students may be charged an amount to cover the cost of the bus.  

3.     Each Student must purchase a game ticket and stay at the game.

4.     There must be at least one staff member in charge of the bus as well as parent Chaperones.  The staff member will take roll and supervise students.

5.     All students going to the activity on the bus must also return on the bus.  EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE MUST BE OBTAINED IN WRITING FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE.

6.     Students are expected to follow bus and school rules while riding the bus and at the game.

 

CONDUCT AT ATHLETIC EVENTS

Students are encouraged to attend athletic events for the purpose of supporting our teams and representing our school with outstanding sportsmanship.

It is expected that Nyssa High School students - players and fans - will refrain from throwing objects on the field or court and from heckling or jeering players, officials, and opposing fans.  Students are reminded that the rules of the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) specify as follows: Students shall not be permitted to use vulgar/offensive or racially/culturally insensitive language or to engage in any racially/culturally insensitive actions. All cheers, comments and actions shall be in direct support of your team. No cheers, comments or actions shall be directed at your opponent or the contest officials. Some examples of inappropriate conduct or actions that will not be allowed: turning backs, holding up newspapers, or jeering at the cheerleaders during opposing team introductions; disrespecting players by name, number of position; negative cheers or chants; throwing objects on the floor.   

Students are reminded that the rules of the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) specify that a school may be penalized or placed on probation because of inappropriate behavior on the part of the student body and other spectators at athletic events.  No artificial noisemakers are allowed.

 

SCHOOL DANCES

Dances are sponsored by organizations at Nyssa High School and are considered school activities.  All regulations that govern student conduct are expected to be followed.  A student who is not a member of our present student body must obtain prior approval before attending N.H.S. dances.  A school-aged guest must be 14-19 in age and must be enrolled in a high school, alternative school, or approved home school program. Approval will be made by the building principal and will require the submission of a dance pass 3 days prior to the event. Guests may be granted or denied permission by the school administration.  All after game dances will end not later than 11:30 P.M.  Once you leave, you will not be re-admitted unless previous permission has been granted by an advisor.  Students must be academically eligible to attend.  Nyssa High School puts on three major dances throughout the school year: Homecoming, Winter Court/or Sadie Hawkins, and Prom.  Foreign exchange students may not be elected onto any of these major courts.

 

PROCEDURE FOR HOSTING A DANCE

  1. Obtain administrative approval.  Clear the date with the principal and the building with the secretary in the superintendent's office.

2.     Obtain Dance Permit Form from the office.  Fill it out completely and turn it in to the principal.

3.     Contact record DJ

4.     Obtain signed contracts from DJ.  Students may not sign contracts.

5.     Obtain at least one faculty chaperone.

6.     Obtain three sets of parents/guardians for chaperones.

7.     Assign personnel to take tickets.

8.     You or your organization is responsible for set up and clean up.

All of this information must be turned in to the principal two or more days prior to the scheduled dance.  If this is not completed in time, the dance may be canceled.

 

ACTIVITY TRIPS

Students are responsible for and should have conferred with their instructors concerning their forthcoming absence. Students should be aware of make-up work to be completed either in advance or when they return and the possibility of a quiz upon the first day of returning to a class.

 

Administrative Rule 60155 C

OVERNIGHT TRIPS RULES OF CONDUCT

Nyssa High School students have many opportunities to participate in overnight trips.  Many are because of athletics, but there are other types of field trips in which students may participate.  All students participating in an overnight trip will follow the same guidelines listed below.   It is not the purpose of this rule to identify all of the potential problems students may encounter while on an overnight trip, but students need to understand that regardless of the situation they are expected to obey rules as set forth by the Nyssa School District. 

1.     Act respectable.  Remember you are representing Nyssa High School wherever you go, and that school rules are in force the entire trip at all times.

2.     Obey all rules and regulations governing bus and van passengers.

3.     Report all illnesses and/or accidents to a supervisor immediately.

4.     Do not leave the main group unless you have checked with a supervisor or chaperone.

5.     All groups going on an overnight trip will have adequate adult chaperones.  On trips where boys and girls are going together there will be adequate adult male and female chaperones.  Before any chaperone is approved he/she will be presented to the administration and a background check will be conducted before they are approved.

6.     All groups going on an overnight trip will meet with the principal, vice-principal, or their designee to discuss rules and expectations for the group.  Team, groups, etc. are not to leave the school before this meeting takes place.

7.     All groups with the exception of athletic teams going on an overnight trip must have prior approval from the school board.  Teachers and advisors planning an overnight trip must plan ahead in order to get on the agenda of a regular scheduled school board meeting.  An itinerary will be given to the board for approval. 

8.     The following will not be tolerated at any time:

a)     Smoking and chewing tobacco;

b)     Consumption of alcoholic beverages;

c)     Use or abuse of any illicit drug;

d)     Theft (of anything);

e)     Any illegal activity – or the breaking of Civil Law(s);

f)      Vulgar or profane language or actions;

g)     Visiting private homes. (Do not allow or place yourself in an area where unapproved activities are being conducted.)

h)    Playing with or the purchasing of toy guns or other objects that replicate weapons.

 

9.     AT THE MOTEL:

a)     Quiet time is after 9:00 PM – remember the other guests staying there paid just as you did, SO BE COURTEOUS!

b)     No students of the opposite sex in the rooms without adult supervision.  They can meet in the hotel lobby. 

c)     The chaperone/teacher/coach will conduct a bed check after which all students will remain in their assigned rooms.

d)     Running around, shouting, etc. will not occur.

10.   All safety rules will be obeyed.

11.   Any other items stated by the supervisors will be obeyed.

12.   You will be with the group, meaning the main body that is under supervision, at all required times.

13.  The coach or supervisors has the right to take all cell phones away at night.

If you break the above rules, you will immediately lose the right to participate in the group’s activities and you may be sent home by the nearest public transport at your parent’s expense.  In this event, parents and principal will be notified by telephone.  You will also be subject to the consequences listed in the Student Conduct Code.  Student may also lose the privilege to participate in future field trips or athletic events requiring travel.

 

THE STUDENT ATHLETE

The athletic code is founded upon the belief that any student who seeks or achieves the honor of representing Nyssa schools as an athlete must maintain high standards in every area.

 

CO-CURRICULAR PHILOSOPHY

In the interest of benefiting our students, the Nyssa School District sponsors and operates a program of activities and competitive athletics for both boys and girls.  This is only one aspect of the total educational program and is designed to enrich educational objectives, reinforce values, and enhance the personal needs of students.  Our activity programs are offered to provide learning opportunities beyond the classroom environment.

Competition develops self-discipline, enhancement of self-esteem, sportsmanship, and leadership.  Contests are the culmination of ethical and educationally sound methods employed by the coaches and advisors to prepare and/or condition participants to optimum levels of performance.

These programs are a reflection of our academic endeavors, school pride, and school spirit.  They offer an excellent opportunity for students to represent their school and community.

 

CO-CURRICULAR PARTICIPATION CODE

It is a privilege to participate in school-sponsored activities including athletics.  Students who do so assume certain obligations and responsibilities beyond those of other students.  High standards of conduct, performance, leadership, and an alcohol and drug free environment will be expected of ALL students participating in these co-curricular activities.

Parent/student signatures signify their acceptance of the priority and provisions of this policy and all other school regulations.

For a student to be permitted to participate in any co-curricular program he/she must abide by this conduct code.

This code will be in effect commencing on the OSAA first established practice date in the fall and continue until the last day of school or final play-off contest, whichever is last.

 

CO-CURRICULAR ELIGIBILITY STANDARDS:

It is the desire of the Nyssa School Board and faculty to provide the best educational program and learning experiences possible to the students of this school district.  Co-curricular activities play an important role in the development of the students by providing educational, social, and practical benefits through participation.  The intent of this policy is to establish reasonable standards for participants that will upgrade the programs and those involved in them.

Definition: Any activity that is not a part of the normal classroom learning process will be considered a co-curricular activity.  Included in this category are the following: all athletic teams, letters clubs and all other student clubs, all student body officers, class and organization offices, parties, and dances.  Scheduled activities that are related to classroom instruction and extend beyond the regular classroom time will not be considered as co-curricular.  Emphasis for participation will be placed on academic achievement and student’s conduct, both in and out of school.  In the event that a situation is not clearly understood, the Principal will render a decision.

 

PROVISIONS FOR PARTICIPATION: 

Students at NHS (grades 9-12) are part of our eligibility policy.  They must be passing all of their classes to participate in athletics, attend dances, parties, senior trips, be on dance courts, student council, and attend the prom.  Class activities other than classroom requirements are co-curricular and will be forfeited, if a student becomes ineligible.  Additionally, all students to be eligible must uphold the District rules regarding the use/possession of alcohol, drugs or tobacco at all times.  Failure to do so will result in the application of the consequences outlined in the District’s Student Code of Conduct policies.

 

A “Cut Policy” may be used at Nyssa High School (following District Policy IGDJ 1-2).  A participant may be required to go through a try-out period to earn a position on a varsity or junior varsity team.  Criteria will be established and known to each participant.  If the participant does not make a team and has to be cut, the participant and the parents will be notified immediately.  Skills, abilities, performance, as well as attitude will be evaluated.  Coaches will inform all parents of criteria at pre-season mtg.

Students on Individualized Educational Plans will have their eligibility determined on an individual basis according to their IEP.  Determination will be made jointly by the Special Education director, classroom teachers, Athletic Director, Superintendent/Principal and parents.  The IEP process will be followed.

 

Grade checks will be made weekly and at the end of each quarter. In addition, all students must meet all OSAA standards.

Important: Ineligible students will become eligible after presenting a progress report showing passing grades in all of their classes to high school administration.  Coaches will be notified by high school administration of eligibility changes.

If a student receives an ‘INC’ (incomplete), arrangements must be made with the teacher to complete the course and administration will determine eligibility on a case by case basis

 

To participate, students must also be in attendance the entire day of the scheduled activity to be considered eligible for participation.  Exceptions may be made for students who have prearranged and excused medical/dental appointments, interviews, school sponsored activities, funerals or other emergency situations where prior approval has been given by the principal/designee.

 

General Regulations--

1. Prior to participating in an athletic activity, the student must have completed and placed on file in the office the following items:

A. Physical Fitness Exam - Students in grades [7] and [9] and [11] must have a physical examination by a physician prior to practice and competition in athletics. The physical exam is the responsibility of the parent/student and is to be paid for by the parent/student.

Record of the examination must be submitted to the district on the approved OSAA form and will be kept on file and reviewed by the coach prior to the start of any sport season.

Students shall not participate without a record of passing a physical examination on file with the district.

B. Physician's statement -- a yearly statement is required when there has been a serious injury or for an athlete who has a continuing physical condition which must be monitored.

C. Verification of insurance (each year) 

D. Participation agreement signed by parent and student that will include this policy (each year).

E. Drug Testing consent

  

ATTENDANCE:

1. When students are excused from class for a co-curricular activity they are not excused from make-up work.  Make-up work needs to be completed according to individual teacher’s instructions.

2. Students will not miss class to retrieve equipment and/or materials needed for a trip.

3. Students will not be permitted to participate in a contest or practice if they have an unexcused or unverified absence on that day.  If the unexcused absence is on Friday, they may not participate on Saturday.

4. Students traveling to compete on a day followed by a school day will attend all classes the day following the contest unless a partial-day absence is approved by the High School Principal, along with a pre-arranged absence form completed.

5. Students serving an out-of-school suspension will not participate or practice during the term of the suspension.  Participation is allowed during an in-school supervision (ISS).

6. Students will attend all periods during the school day in order to participate in practices or contests for that day.  Any exceptions would have to be arranged prior to the absence with the administration and appropriate coaches.

   

ACTIVITY TRIPS:

1.     Students who ride to a co-curricular activity event in school-provided transportation must return the same way, and a request to return by an alternative means will be denied unless: a) One of the student’s parents personally hands the faculty member in charge of the activity a signed request to take the student home from the activity; or b) arrangements are made through the Principal’s office at least twenty-four hours in advance of departure for the event.

 

When students do not use school-provided transportation to return from a co-curricular activity, the School District’s responsibility for the safety, whereabouts, or conduct of the student, shall terminate at the conclusion of the activity.

 

The APPLICATION FOR ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION, AND WAIVER FORM shall be used when the student is authorized to return with someone other than a parent or guardian.  This person must be 21 years or older.  This form can be picked up at the high school office.  A copy of this form shall be provided to the student and it shall be the student’s responsibility to deliver the copy of the completed form to the faculty member in charge of the activity.  Coaches and faculty are required to account for all students on the return trip for whom they do not have a signed slip as described in (a) above or the form properly filled out.  Violation of this Policy is a violation of the Student Conduct Code.

 

2.     OVER-NIGHT TRIPS -- All students who represent Nyssa High School will treat all motel property and motel guest with respect and follow school rules at all times. Curfew will be set by the coach and will be adhered to by all participants.  The coach in charge will assign rooms and these assignments will be followed.

3.     All students are subject to all High School RULES OF CONDUCT while on any trip representing our school.

 

LOCKER ROOM RESPONSIBILITIES:

Lockers and showers are provided as a service to our athletes.  You are responsible for the proper use and care of these facilities.  Horseplay in the locker room area is not acceptable and will be dealt with by the supervising coach.  Each athlete is responsible for their own behavior and their personal belongings, both in Nyssa and at other schools.  Towels are not provided for your use.  All students participating in athletics or in a PE class are expected to supply their own towel. STUDENTS ARE REMINDED TO LOCK UP ALL VALUABLES DURING P.E. CLASSES AND/OR PRACTICES. If your locker is not cleaned out at the end of the year, or the lock was lost, you will be charged the cost of the lock and/or the $10 cleaning fee.

 

DROPPING/QUITTING A SPORT:

  1. A student who wishes to drop a sport and turn out for another may do so prior to the OSAA first contest date.  After this date the student may not make changes from sport to sport. 

 

  1. All players must finish the season after the OSAA first contest date before being allowed to participate during their next sport/sports season. If a player is a member of a team, following the OSAA first contest date, and does not finish the season-for any non-medical reason- they will serve a two week or two contest ineligibility period (whichever in greater) once games begin in their next sport of participation. The season is over at the last game of the regular season.

 

3.     Leaving the playing area of an event prior to its completion without prior coach and administrator approval will result in a two-week suspension for quitting.

 

A student who is dismissed from a sport for disciplinary reasons is not eligible to become a member of any other team during that sport season (this includes early OSAA practice dates during that season).

 

ASSUMPTION OF RISK:

It is well known that with participation in athletics comes the potential for injury.  The severity of injuries that occur varies from minor incidents to very serious, including some that may result in a lifetime disability or death.  By allowing participation in athletics, parents or guardians, along with the athletes, are assuming the responsibility of the risks involved.  The coach at the beginning of each sport season will verbally inform each and every athlete of this assumption of risk and document this.

 

 

 

RULES OF STUDENT CONDUCT FOR PARTICIPATION
IN CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

 

Group I Offenses

  1. Alcohol and Unlawful Drugs: (non prescription)
    Students shall not use, possess, or be under the influence of chemicals nor be found to be in a situation where alcohol or unlawful drugs are being used illegally. Students shall not use or be in possession of any drug paraphernalia associated with unlawful drugs.
  2. Tobacco:
    Students shall not use or be in possession of tobacco in any form.
  3. If an athlete has been confronted with attendance at, but not participating in, a situation where alcohol or drugs are being used illegally, he/she is required to ATTEND A CONFERENCE WITH THE PRINCIPAL AND THE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR TO ESTABLISH INNOCENCE.  IF THE PRINCIPAL AND ATHLETIC DIRECTOR have reasonable findings that the athlete was in such a situation but not using, he/she will be placed on probation for one calendar school year.  If that student is then observed or by investigation found to be in another such situation (a second time), he/she will be considered a first time offender and be punished as set forth in the penalty phase of First Time Offender.
  4. Theft, Vandalism, Hazing, Assault, Fighting or Menace:
    No student shall engage in any activity that endangers the health or property of others.
  5. Procedures:

 A. Allegations can be confirmed by:

                      --Confession by the student to a staff member or parent.

--Eyewitness of the account by a staff person or the legal guardian of the offender.

                      --Record of law enforcement and/or juvenile agency.

                      -- Administration determination following an investigation.

B. Students will be penalized for an offense occurring anytime during the OSAA year.

C.  If a student is found to be “positive” from a random drug test or found to be using tobacco or alcohol, consequences will be followed as detailed by the random drug testing policy.

 

DUE PROCESS

The parent/guardian and student will be notified personally of the charges, confirmation, and action.  All student-athletes and parents/guardians have a right to be heard and state their side of the story, prior to the assignment of the appropriate discipline, as stated in the handbook, by the principal.  If the student-athlete and parent/guardians are not satisfied with the discipline assigned, they may appeal to the superintendent.

 

DISCIPLINE FOR VIOLATION OF RULES OF STUDENT CONDUCT FOR PARTICIPATION IN CO-CURRICULAR/ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES (all violations will have a cumulative disciplinary action covering high school) The student must be meeting all co-curricular participation requirements to serve a suspension (i.e. be eligible to participate and actively practicing).

 

 

Group I Disciplinary Actions

FIRST TIME OFFENDER

The student will be suspended from participating in co-curricular activities for 3 weeks.  If the student is involved with athletics, band or choir anytime during the school year, the suspension period will be for 3 weeks.  During the suspension period an event must be scheduled that week for it to count as a suspension week-- the suspension period will not start until the first scheduled event for that activity.  If the student participates in more than one co-curricular activity, the suspension will be enforced in the first OSAA sanctioned activity that the student participates in during the school year. Suspensions can carry over from school year to school year. The administration will make the final determination of the nature and duration of the suspension. If drug/alcohol related, student must also consent and participate in a drug/alcohol evaluation assessment and attend recommended counseling at the expense of the parents.  Students may continue to practice with the team and sit on the bench but may not travel with the team.

 

SECOND TIME OFFENDER

The student will be suspended from participating in co-curricular activities for 6 weeks.  If the student is involved with athletics, band or choir anytime during the school year, the suspension period will be for 6 weeks. During the suspension period an event must be scheduled that week for it to count as a suspension week.  The suspension period will not start until the first scheduled event for that activity.  If the student participates in more than one co-curricular activity, the suspension will be enforced in the first OSAA sanctioned activity that the student participates in during the school year. Suspensions can carry over from school year to school year. The administration will make the final determination of the nature and duration of the suspension. (If the sports seasons overlap, then the suspension will be a minimum of 6 weeks.  If it does not include athletics, then the suspension will be for a period of 6 weeks from participating in co-curricular activities.)  Students may continue to practice with the team. They may not sit on the bench nor travel with the team.

 

THIRD TIME OFFENDER

Immediate suspension from participating in all co-curricular activities for one calendar year.

 

FOURTH TIME OFFENDER

Immediate suspension from participating in all co-curricular activities for the remainder of their high school career.

 

TRANSFER STUDENTS

Any athlete transferring to Nyssa High School while currently serving disciplinary action for illegal drug and/or alcohol violations will not be allowed to immediately participate until the panel (Principal and Athletic Director) has reviewed the situation and made a ruling.

 

APPEALS PROCESS

1.     FIRST STEP:  The first step in the appeals process will be to the District Superintendent.  The appeal must be based on the following items: 1. Was due process followed?  2. Was the discipline assigned appropriate and consistent with school board policy as outlined in the high school handbook?  If the Superintendent determines either of these issues was not appropriate, he/she will refer the student-athlete and parent/guardians back to the high school panel that will re-convene and renew the process.  If the Superintendent determines both issues were properly addressed, he will deny the appeal.  The student-athlete or parent/guardians may appeal to the second step.

2.     SECOND STEP:  The second step in the appeals process will be to the District School Board, which has the authority to reverse the Superintendent’s decision and also to amend, revise, change, interpret, or eliminate the discipline assigned to the student-athlete.  The district appeals process ends at the conclusion of this step.

 

Group II Offenses and Disciplinary Actions

Group II infractions include all UNEXCUSED ABSENCES from practice and/or competition and any problems that are peculiar to a specific activity program, practice or game situation.  They include MISCONDUCT, DISOBEDIENCE, POOR (NEGATIVE EFFECT) BEHAVIOR, AND LACK OF COOPERATION. 

 

STUDENT ATHLETES WHO VIOLATE THE CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES CODE MAY ALSO FIND THEMSELVES IN VIOLATION OF THE STUDENT CONDUCT CODE.  IF STUDENTS ARE IN VIOLATION OF THE STUDENT CONDUCT CODE THEY MAY FACE ADDITIONAL CONSEQUENCES DEPENDING UPON THE STEP ON WHICH THEY ARE PLACED.

 

A supervising coach may:

       --reprimand;

       --assign extra workout time;

       --curtail playing time;

       --impose a limited suspension (competition date or part of one);

--dismiss from the team depending on the severity and/or frequency of  violations;

       --any combination of the above.

The coach in charge will handle penalties.  A Due Process procedure (between the student and coach) will be conducted first before any disciplinary action is taken.  In cases of temporary suspension, that coach will notify parents and building administration.  After being informed of the entire situation, parents/guardians will be given an opportunity to discuss the situation with the coach.  If an athlete is dismissed from the team, the notification will go through THE PANEL OF PRINCIPAL AND ATHLETIC DIRECTOR.

 

GUIDELINES FOR STUDENT TRAVEL TO TOURNAMENTS

There are several school sponsored team activities where the culmination of the season leads to individuals from the team going on to further competition, while other team members do not.  The school district will fund only those students who are actually participating.  The following guidelines will apply to non-participating students wishing to travel to tournaments or games where Nyssa school students are participating.  The principal must approve this first.

1.     NON-OVERNIGHT TOURNAMENTS - The school district may provide transportation for rooters buses for non-participating students to attend non-overnight tournaments.  The students will be charged a minimal fee for such travel.  The fee will include money for an entrance ticket, which will be purchased by the school supervisor.  This will insure the student actually attends the tournament.  Meals and any other expenses will be the responsibility of the student.

2.     OVERNIGHT TOURNAMENTS - The school district will not provide transportation for rooter’s buses for non-participating students to attend overnight tournaments.  Should a coach wish to include non-participating team members, he/she should address the issues with the building principal.  If the building principal approves the coach’s plan, the principal will present and discuss the issue with the superintendent.  This must be done in a timely fashion prior to the event.

3.     ITEMS TO BE RESOLVED PRIOR TO DEPARTURE ARE:

A.    Increased transportation costs.

B.    Increased lodging costs.

C.    Supervision of non-participating students.  OTHER THAN COACHES. 

D.    Student must be academically in good standing.

All of the above items must be arranged to be paid for prior to departure.  A coach or team is encouraged to plan for such activities far enough in advance that they will be resolved in a timely fashion.  An example might be as follows:

The tennis team wishes all members to go to the district tournament.  They raise money prior to the tournament by sponsoring various money-raising activities during the year.  They plan for adequate student supervision.  The principal is able to present the superintendent with the plan, in a timely fashion, and the trip is approved.  Money for transportation and lodging is gathered prior to departure.

 

VARSITY LETTERS

Coaches in each sport will award varsity letters.  Criteria will be shared during a parent meeting at the beginning of each season and distributed to all participants.

 

INSURANCE

All participants will be covered by accident insurance before participating, either in games or in practice.  No student-athlete will be allowed to practice or play in any game without insurance.  Insurance can be either home coverage or insurance offered by private carrier through the school.  THE SCHOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE INSURANCE FOR STUDENTS PARTICIPATING IN SCHOOL SPONSORED ATHLETICS OR ACTIVITIES!


FRESHMAN INITIATION REGULATIONS
SCHOOL BOARD POLICY # 6-0540
--HAZING

School Board Policy #6-0540 prohibits the hazing of any student.  It says: Hazing, harassment, intimidation or any act that injures, degrades, or disgraces a student, teacher or staff member of Nyssa School District will not be permitted.  Any student who engages in hazing is subject to disciplinary action including suspension, expulsion, and/or referral to law enforcement officials.

No person in charge of a school-sponsored activity will permit hazing.  Violations will result in disciplinary action.

 

 

NYSSA SCHOOL DISTRICT # 26                                   Code: JFCIA

                                                                                        Adopted:

 

 

 

Student Athlete Drug Testing

 

Mandatory drug testing will be required of all students participating in OSAA sanctioned activities, grades 9-12 as part of the district’s substance abuse prevention efforts.  This testing will be done in order to:

 

  1. Provide for the student athlete’s/participant’s health and safety;
  2. Undermine the effects of peer pressure; and
  3. Encourage participation in treatment programs for student athletes/participants with substance abuse problems.

 

No student athlete/participant shall be penalized academically for testing positive for illegal drugs.  Test results will not be documented in any student’s education records.  Information regarding the results of drug tests will not be disclosed to criminal or juvenile authorities absent a valid and binding subpoena or other legal process, which the district shall not solicit.

 

In the event of a subpoena or other legal process, the district will notify the student’s parents at least 72 hours prior to releasing information.

 

Student athletes/participants may be tested at the beginning of any athletic season in which he/she participates.  Random testing will be conducted periodically thereafter by a method determined by the district to assure the integrity, confidentiality and random nature of the selection process.

 

The superintendent will develop administrative regulations to implement the drug-testing program in accordance with the provisions of law.

 

END OF POLICY

 

 

Legal References:        ORS 339.095               OAR 581-021-0050 to 0075

                      ORS 332.107                      OAR 581-022-0413

                      ORS 336.222

                      ORS 336.227

                      ORS 339.240

                      ORS 339.250

                      ORS Chapter 475

 

Veronica School District 47J v. Acton, 515 U.S. 528, 115 S.Ct. 2386 (1995)

 

 


NYSSA SCHOOL DISTRICT # 26

 

Code: JFCIA-AR   STUDENT ATHLETE DRUG TESTING

 

CONSENT

Each student wishing to participate in OSAA sanctioned activities and the student’s parent(s) shall consent in writing to drug testing.  Written consent shall be in the form attached to this administrative regulation.  No student shall be allowed to participate in athletics/activities without such consent. This consent must be provided by a specific date in the fall. This date will be selected by the administration and will be made available at registration.  Students who fail to consent by the specified date will be considered to have tested positive and will be subject to the procedures listed below. The only exception would be late enrollment (moved into district).

SELECTION

All OSAA participants may be tested at the beginning of the athletic/activity season in which they participate.  In addition, random testing will be conducted during each athletic/activity season.  Selection for random testing will be by lottery from a pool of all students participating in athletic/activity programs at any time during the school year.

 

The superintendent/designee shall take reasonable steps to assure the integrity, confidentiality and random nature of the selection process including, but not limited to, assuring that:

 

  1. The names of all participating student athletes are in the pool;
  2. The person drawing names has no way of knowingly choosing or failing to choose particular students for testing;
  3. The identity of students drawn for testing is not known to those involved in the selection process;
  4. The selection process is observed by at least two adults.

 

MEDICATION

Participants who have been or who are taking prescription medication may provide verification prior to being tested.  Verification may be either a copy of the prescription or their doctor’s authorization.  Information provided will be sealed in an envelope.  Students who refuse to provide verification and test positive will be subject to actions specified below for positive tests.

 

TESTING

Testing will be conducted by using “Roche” test cups.  Chain of custody procedures will be followed.

 

Samples will be collected at a mutually convenient time on the same day the student is selected for testing.  All students selected for testing will be given the option of providing samples in private.

 

Students who refuse to provide a sample will be considered to have tested positive and will be subject to the procedures listed below.

 

Samples will not be screened for the presence of any substance other than an illegal drug or for the existence of any physical condition other than drug intoxication.

 

 

STUDENT ATHLETE DRUG TESTING AUTHORIZATION FORM:

 

I understand that my performance as an athlete/participant and the reputation of my school are dependent, in part, on my conduct as an individual.  I hereby agree to accept and abide by the standards, rules and regulations set forth by the NYSSA SCHOOL DISTRICT # 26 Board of Directors.

 

I also authorize NYSSA SCHOOL DISTRICT # 26 to conduct a test for drug use on a urine specimen that I provide.  I also authorize the release of information concerning the results of such a test to the district and to my parents/guardians.

 

This shall be deemed consent pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act for the release of the above information to the parties named above.

 

I have received a copy of this release.  I have read and understand the district policy and administrative regulations.

 

 

_____________________________________            _________________________

Student Signature                                          Date

 

 

____________________________________             _________________________

Parent Signature                                            Date


POSITIVE TEST RESULTS

If the student’s test indicates positive results, a second test will be administered as soon as possible to confirm the results.  Upon receipt of a positive lab test, the actions listed below will be taken. Parents will be notified after the second positive test.  If the second test is negative, no further action will be taken.  If the second test is positive, the following action will be taken:

DISCIPLINE FOR VIOLATION OF RULES OF STUDENT CONDUCT FOR PARTICIPATION IN CO-CURRICULAR/ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES (all violations will have a cumulative disciplinary action covering high school) The student must be meeting all co-curricular participation requirements to serve a suspension (i.e. be eligible to participate and actively practicing).

 

First Offense:

1.     Notify the parent/guardian and student.

2.     A due process hearing will be conducted by the principal with the parent/guardian and student.

The student will be suspended from participating in co-curricular activities for 3 weeks.  If the student is involved with athletics, band or choir anytime during the school year, the suspension period will be for 3 weeks.  During the suspension period an event must be scheduled that week for it to count as a suspension week. i.e. - The suspension period will not start until the first scheduled event for that activity.  If the student participates in more than one co-curricular activity, the suspension will be enforced in the first OSAA sanctioned activity that the student participates in during the school year. Suspensions can carry over from school year to school year. The administration will make the final determination of the nature and duration of the suspension. Students may continue to practice with the team and sit on the bench but may not travel with the team.

 

3.     The Student:

a)     Will consent and participate in a drug assistance evaluation assessment and attend recommended counseling at the expense of the parents/guardians.

b)     May be required to take weekly drug tests for the next six weeks.

c)     Or, choose to be suspended for the remainder of the current season and the next season.  The student will be retested before the next season for which he/she is eligible.

 

Second Offense:

1.     Notify the parent/guardian and student.

2.     A due process hearing will be conducted by the principal with the parent/guardian and student.

3.     The student will be suspended from participating in co-curricular activities for 6 weeks.  If the student is involved with athletics, band or choir anytime during the school year, the suspension period will be for 6 weeks. During the suspension period an event must be scheduled that week for it to count as a suspension week. i.e. - The suspension period will not start until the first scheduled event for that activity.  If the student participates in more than one co-curricular activity, the suspension will be enforced in the first OSAA sanctioned activity that the student participates in during the school year. Suspensions can carry over from school year to school year. The administration will make the final determination of the nature and duration of the suspension. (If the sports seasons overlap, then the suspension will be a minimum of 6 weeks.  If it does not include athletics, then the suspension will be for a period of 6 weeks from participating in co-curricular activities.)  Students may continue to practice with the team. They may not sit on the bench nor travel with the team.

 

4.     The Student:

a)     Will consent and participate in a drug assistance evaluation assessment and attend recommended counseling at the expense of the parents/guardians.

b)     May be required to take weekly drug tests for the next six weeks.

c)     Or, choose to be suspended for the remainder of the current season and the next season he/she is eligible.  The student will be retested before the next season for which he/she is eligible.

Third Offense:

1.     Notify the parent/guardian and student.

2.     A due process hearing will be conducted by the principal with the parent/guardian and student.

3.     Student will be immediately suspended from participating in athletics for one calendar year.

4.     Student will:

a)     Retested before the next season for which he/she is eligible.

 

Fourth Offense

1.     Notify the parent/guardian and student.

2.     A due process hearing will be conducted by the principal with the parent/guardian and student.

3.     Student will be immediately suspended from participating in athletics for the remainder of their high school career.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

PROGRAM PLANNING GUIDE

 

PREFACE--A MESSAGE FROM THE STAFF OF NYSSA HIGH SCHOOL

       What does Nyssa High School offer you?  A good education, if you do your part.  If students are to find much success for college, jobs and the responsibility of citizenship, they will need to be prepared.  Most of our graduates who have done well do so because they took advantage of our demanding and challenging courses and teachers.  These successful students scheduled "tough" teachers and courses, because they or their parents and counselors knew what was beyond high school.  This is how they prepared.

       And so it is with you!  You must be ready for a demanding and highly competitive society.  In your scheduling for the school year you should be considering those courses that will strengthen your credentials for the time when you make college applications and/or face the demanding employer, and you do so with confidence.  Worry less about impact of a grade on G.P.A. and more about whether a course will prepare you to achieve your future goals.

       And as for grades, "our students make it the old fashioned way - they earn them!" which is exactly the way it should be.  You forfeit your chance for life at its fullest when you withhold your best effort in learning.  When you give only the minimum to learning, you receive only the minimum in return.  Even with your parents' best example and your teachers' best efforts, in the end it is your work that determines how much and how well you learn.  When you work to your full capacity, you can hope to attain the knowledge and skills that will enable you to create your future and control your destiny.  If you do not, you will have your future thrust upon you by others.

         Take hold of your life, apply your gifts and talents, and work with dedication and self-discipline.  Have high expectations for yourself and convert every challenge into an opportunity.

 

INTRODUCTION

As a student planning to graduate from Nyssa High School, you have the opportunity to select your course of study leading toward a diploma.

Nyssa School District #26 awards Standard diplomas to students who have satisfactorily completed all state and local requirements for units of credit, competence and attendance.

The District will award a Modified or an Alternative Diploma to students who have satisfactorily completed a planned individualized, modified/developmental educational program for units of credit, competence and attendance, but have not completed all requirements for a Standard diploma. 

Only those students who have satisfactorily met the above requirements will be allowed to participate in the Commencement exercises. Foreign exchange students will not be allowed to participate in the commencement exercises (walking at graduation) unless they meet ALL of the requirements set forth by Nyssa School District.

This booklet is intended to help you and your parents in defining your goals and choosing those courses that will best suit them.  Success is based upon realistic goals and an understanding of how to achieve those goals.  Sound educational and vocational planning is possible with good communication between parent, student, and school.

 

You are asked to read through this guide with care, beginning with the list of requirements followed by ideas and information which will help you in making decisions ending with a form on which you can write your plans.  Do not concern yourself with specific course titles at this time.  There will be time and help for that as you register each year.  You may find it necessary to change some of your decisions as you progress through high school.  The following questions will help you in thinking about your plans as you read through the material in this booklet.

 

(1) What are the requirements of the Honor, General, Modified or Alternative Plans?  What do each of these plans mean for me?  What do I need to know about myself to decide?

(2) What are some of the types of careers I might expect to be able to follow if I enrolled in each plan?  What career strand should I pursue?  What about my 4-year educational plan and educational profile?

(3) What sort of experiences do I enjoy and which come easily to me?  Do I like figuring things out?  Reading?  Detailed planning?  Working with ideas?  Helping people? Working with my hands?

 (4) Is four years of college necessary to the career or vocational goals I have in mind? Have I the interest and ability to stay with four years of college?

 (5) If I plan to attend college, what and how much foreign language, math, and science should I take?

 (6) How can I move from one plan to another if my vocational or educational goals change after I start high school?

 (7) How easy or difficult have various school subjects been for me?  Do math and reading come easily?  What are my best and hardest subjects?  Do I know how to study and can I discipline myself to work outside of class when needed?

 (8) Can I complete more than one plan if I wish to prepare for college but also learn the skills that I will need to enter a vocation? 

 (9) How can I use the Career Center in planning my graduation requirements?

 

MINIMUM GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS:

1.     Select a graduation plan (Honor or General or be recommended for the Alternative) and receive a passing grade in all requirements listed for that plan. 

2.     Maintain an acceptable attendance and citizenship record.

3.     Attend high school eight (8) semesters - unless proper arrangements have been made for early graduation.

4.     All fees must be paid, make-up work and/or detention time completed.

5.     Verification from the grade level staff Advisors that the graduate has completed six (6) hours of volunteer community service for each year in high school. 

6. The number of credits needed for graduation is 24. 

7.  You must complete your 4-year Education Plan and Education Profile.

 

Each graduate must earn the appropriate number of credits (24) as listed above, and which includes the following:

 

A.    4 credits of English (Class of 2013 and thereafter pass required state tests in Reading and Writing or Pass Work Samples in each area—2 per area)

B.    3 credits of Mathematics (A student must get credit in three different math classes and get through at least Geometry or Algebra II.  A student must also take a math course each of his/her first three years of high school. Note: No math credit will be earned below Algebra I)-Note Class of 2014 and beyond must Pass the State test or pass math work samples-2 or other qualifying scores on National tests—see counselor

C.    3 credits of Science (must include Biology and Physical Science OR Biology/Chemistry (with approval)

D.    3 credits of Social Sciences (to include Global Studies, U.S. History, Civics, Economics, Civil Rights and Modern Problems)

E.     1 credit of Health

F.     1 credit of Physical Education

G.    1 credit of Computer Applications

H.    1 credit of a Foreign Language

I.      7 credits of electives (It is suggested that two elective credits come from Vocational Programs/Applied Arts/Visual and Performing Arts).  The remaining Electives would come from the elective pool. Advisory for four years is included as one elective credit.

 

Students must meet specific criteria in order to fulfill the new graduation requirements. These include: developing an education plan and building an education profile; demonstrating extended application through a collection of evidence; demonstrating career-related knowledge and skills; and participating in career-related learning experiences as outlined in the education plan. Students will begin developing their portfolios during their freshman year. The NHS counselor will work with core teachers during each year of high school to fulfill these “Career Transitions” requirements.

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE REQUIREMENT EXPLANATION

- Students must complete a minimum of six (6) hours of community service each year in high school until a minimum of 24 hours is met.

 

-     We have made service to others a formal component of the District's public education.

-       The idea is based on our belief that schools should help students learn to meet their social and civic responsibilities as well as attend to their academic needs.

-     This embodies the notion that one has the responsibility to reach beyond oneself, and that as a matter of public policy we should be placing value in this district on the notion of rendering service.

      

-    The requirements of community service are:

 

 

Community Service Ideas