KMHS Handbook

KATAHDIN MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL
P.O. BOX 50
800 STATION ROAD
STACYVILLE, ME 04777

School Colors……..Red, Black, and White

School Mascot……..Cougar

Superintendent of Schools
Mr. John A. Doe
365-4272

Principal
Ms. Rae M. Bates
365-4218

Guidance Director
Mrs. Debra Marquis
365-4218

Athletic Administrator
Mr. Phil Faulkner
365-4218

Adult Education Director
Ms. Rowena Harvey
365-4284

THE RULES IN THIS HANDBOOK AND THE POLICIES OF THE MSAD #25 SCHOOL BOARD DO APPLY TO ANY STUDENT WHO IS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY, WHO IS IN ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOL OR AT ANY SCHOOL-SPONSORED ACTIVITY, OR WHOSE CONDUCT AT ANY TIME OR PLACE DIRECTLY INTERFERES WITH THE OPERATIONS, DISCIPLINE, OR GENERAL WELFARE OF THE SCHOOL. THE PRINCIPAL IS AUTHORIZED TO MAKE EXCEPTIONS TO THE HANDBOOK RULES WHEN JUSTICE REQUIRES.

“Parent” also means guardian;
“Principal” also includes his/her designee; the term
“School facilities” includes buildings, grounds, buses, and other school property; the term “School-sponsored activity” includes all school-sponsored or approved activities whether they are held on or off school grounds.

Academic Recognition for Graduates 40
Add/Drop Procedures 24
Administration of Medication on School Field Trips 125
Administration of Medication to Students 117
Attendance Policy 16
Beverages in the Building 139
Bomb Threat 59
Bullying 71
Cafeteria 140
Care of School Property by Students 68
Class Schedule 46
Commemoration Guidelines 133
Compulsory Attendance 19
Computer Use 49
Correspondence Requirements 24
Credit Recovery 39
Dances 140
Detention of Students 55
Detention or After School Class 135
Disciplinary Procedures and Suspension 46
Disciplinary Removal of Students with Disabilities 84
Disciplinary Removal of Students with Disabilities- Ad. Pro. 84
Drug and Alcohol Use by Students 63
Early Graduation 41
Educational Research Student Submission to Surveys 49
Eligibility for Consideration for Valedictorian or Salutatorian 40
Exemption from Required Instruction 43
Expulsion of Students 79
Expulsion of Students-Guidelines 80 Extra Curricular Activity Eligibility 102
Extra Curricular Code 110
Field Trips 141
Grading Scale 38
Graduation Requirements 24
Guidance Department 23
Guiding Principle 4
Harassment and Sexual Harassment of Students 65
Hazing 51
Honor Roll 37
Identification of Students with Disabilities 69 Late Bus 143
Library Information 138
Maine High School Assessment 43
Message from the Principal 4
National Honor Society 48
Notification of Rights Under FERPA 89
Out-of Area 135
Participation in Graduation 39
Passes 139
Phone Calls 139
Post-Secondary Enrollment Options 41
Prohibited Items 136
Protocol for Bullying 76
Public Complaints Procedures 68
Public Conduct on School Property 70
Public Displays of Affection 136
Questioning and Search of Students 67
Rules for Student Use of Cellular Telephones 136
Scholarships Awarded 41
School Philosophy-MSAD #25 6
School Volunteers 126
Sportsmanship 114
Social Networking Sites 138
Standards for the Class of 2011 and Forward 43
Student Code of Conduct 7
Student Conduct on Buses 71
Student Discipline 77
Student Dismissal Precautions 23
Student Dress 55
Student Educational Records- Administrative Procedure 93
Student Lockers 140
Student Rights and Responsibilities 66
Student Transportation Services 101
Student Use of Cellular Telephones and Other Electronic 136
Student Use of School Facilities 141
Student Vehicles 141
Study Hall 143
Summer School 39
Suspension of Students 79
The District’s Vision 4
Tobacco Use and Possession Administrative Procedure 52
Tobacco Use and Possession 52
Visitors 139 Weapons, Violence and School Safety 56
Web Site 129
Web Site Guidelines 129



MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Welcome to Katahdin Middle & High School and an exciting 2010-2011 school year.

This handbook has been prepared to tell you about our school and the rules and regulations that govern our lives here at KMHS. Please read this handbook carefully now. Be sure you understand everything in it. If you have any questions, see your teachers, guidance counselor, or me. We will do our best to answer your questions.

Katahdin Middle & High School will be whatever you make it. Be proud of it. Take good care of it. Your education has never been more valuable to you than it is today. The time and effort you dedicate to school will directly influence your future! Have a wonderful and successful year!

Sincerely yours,
Rae M. Bates

THE DISTRICT’S VISION
Vision for MSAD #25 in 2010-2011
Our Schools will provide:
A place where students want to be;
A challenging curriculum at all levels with academics, physical, and cultural extracurricular activities;
Quality facilities.
All these to be adequately funded and supported by involved parents and community members who are committed to continuous growth in education. Having developed their natural leadership abilities throughout their 13 years of education, our students go into the world knowing:
how to lead with integrity, sincerity, and compassion;
how to take risks and make things happen; and
the value of community involvement.

The vision was developed in August, 1996,by a team of administrators, one teacher, one ed. tech., one bus driver, four School Board members, and five community leaders. These people comprised the district’s Long Range Planning Committee.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES
Each Maine student must leave school as:

A CLEAR AND EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATOR
uses oral, written, visual, artistic, and technological modes of expression;
reads, listens to and interprets messages from multiple sources; and
uses English and at least one other language.

A SELF-DIRECTED AND LIFE-LONG LEARNER
creates career and education plans that reflect personal goals, interests and skills, and available resources;
demonstrates the capacity to undertake independent study; and
finds and uses information from libraries, electronic data bases, and other resources.

A CREATIVE AND PRACTICAL PROBLEM SOLVER
observes situations objectively to clearly and accurately define problems;
frames questions and designs data collection and analyzes strategies from all disciplines to answer those questions;
identifies patterns, trends, and relationships that apply to solutions to problems; and
generates a variety of solutions, builds a case for the best response, and critically evaluates the effectiveness of this response.

A RESPONSIBLE AND INVOLVED CITIZEN
recognizes the power of personal participation to affect the community and demonstrates participation skills;
understands the importance of accepting responsibility of personal decisions and actions;
knows the means of achieving personal and community health and well-being; and
recognizes and understands the diverse nature of society.

A COLLABORATIVE AND QUALITY WORKER
knows the structure and functions of the labor market;
assesses individual interests, aptitudes, skills, and values in relation to demands of the workplace; and
demonstrates reliability, flexibility, and concern for quality.


AN INTEGRATIVE AND INFORMED THINKER
applies knowledge and skills in and across English language arts, visual and performing arts, foreign languages, health and physical education, mathematics, science, social studies, and career preparation; and
comprehends relationships among different modes of thought and methods associated with the traditional disciplines.

Note: Taken from Maine’s Learning Results

SCHOOL PHILOSOPHY - MSAD #25
We believe:
That schools are provided by the entire community and exist for the benefit of all. Schools operate the most efficiently when all members of a community interact in a positive manner to achieve set objectives. Students, teachers, parents, administrators, school board, and community members each have important roles to fulfill in the success of any school.
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Young people in today's society cannot be expected to master the ever-expanding quantity of knowledge in any content area. They should master basic skills and concepts present in the school curriculum, key generalizations, and acquire the ability to continue learning independently.
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Students should continually become self-disciplined and responsible for directing their own future.
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In school and in the home, young people must be provided with opportunities to develop human values such as honesty, trust, responsibility, and courage. With these traits young people are able to foster self-respect, confidence, and respect for themselves and others.
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All groups involved must contribute, communicate, and cooperate to guarantee a successful school.
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Student Code of Conduct: Legal Requirements
20-A MRSA § 1001(15)
With input from educators, administrators, parents, students, and community members, school boards shall adopt a district-wide student code of conduct consistent with the statewide standards for student behavior developed under Section 254, subsection 11. The student code of conduct must:

A. Define unacceptable student behavior;

B. Establish standards of student responsibility for behavior;

C. Prescribe consequences for violation of the student code of conduct, including first-time violations, when appropriate;

D. Describe appropriate procedures for referring students in need of special services to those services;

E. Establish criteria to determine when further assessment of a current individual education plan is necessary, based on removal of the student from class;

F. Establish policies and procedures concerning the removal of disruptive or violent students from a classroom or a school bus, as well as student disciplinary and placement decisions, when appropriate; and

G. Establish guidelines and criteria concerning the appropriate circumstances when the superintendent or superintendent’s designee may provide information to the local police or other appropriate law enforcement authorities regarding an offense that involves violence committed by any person on school grounds or other school property.

The school board is responsible for ensuring that school officials inform students, parents and community members of the student code of conduct.

Student Code of Conduct
INTRODUCTION
The MSAD 25 School Board is committed to maintaining a supportive and orderly school environment in which students may receive and staff may deliver a quality education without disruption or interference and in which students may develop as ethical, responsible and involved citizens.

To achieve this goal, Katahdin Elementary and Katahdin Middle/High School has established a set of expectations for student conduct. These expectations are based on the values identified by the community as essential to ethical and responsible behavior.

Fairness
Compassion
Honesty
Responsibility
Respect
Courtesy

The board believes that each member of the school community should take responsibility for his/her own behavior. To that end, the board recognizes the need to define unacceptable student conduct, identify the possible consequences for unacceptable conduct, and ensure that discipline is administered fairly, promptly, and appropriately.

Having considered the input of administrators, parents, students, and the community, the Board adopts this Student Code of Conduct (“Code”), consistent with the requirements of 20-A MRSA § 1001(15) (adoption of Student Code of Conduct).

The Code applies to students who are on school property, who are in attendance at school or at any school-sponsored activity, or whose conduct at any time or place directly interferes with the operations, discipline, or general welfare of the school.

Statement of MSAD 25 Values and Standards for Ethical and Responsible Behavior:
As a school community, we are dedicated to the values of
Fairness
Compassion
Honesty
Responsibility
Respect
Courtesy

A person who is FAIR in dealing with others:

DOES:
Seek to strike a balance between the needs of the individual and the needs of the community
Understands the difference between justice and vengeance
Treats others the way he/she would like to be treated
Exhibits impartial and even-handed treatment of others

DOES NOT:
Engage in malicious criticism
Attempt to further one’s own interests at the expense of others
Demonstrate favoritism

A person who is COMPASSIONATE:

DOES:
Treat all people with kindness
Possesses an ability to empathize with others
Lend a helping hand to those in need
Seek to understand others

DOES NOT:
Tease or taunt others
Seek to judge others
Seek to draw attention to another’s shortcomings

A person who is HONEST in all academic endeavors and relationships:

DOES:
Seek to speak the truth, respectfully
Recognize that trust is an essential component of all relationships
Interact with others in a sincere and genuine manner
Acknowledge his/her own shortcomings

DOES NOT:
Seek to steal from others or cheat
Plagiarize the work of others
Engage in secretive, fraudulent, or manipulative behavior

A person who is RESPONSIBLE:

DOES:
Acknowledge making a mistake
Answer for personal actions or failures to act
Report harmful, hateful, or dangerous behavior to an adult

DOES NOT
Rationalize or make excuses for unacceptable behavior or evade the consequences of personal actions

A person who is RESPECTFUL and COURTEOUS of self and others:

DOES:
Appreciate diversity
Tolerates views and beliefs that differ from one’s own
Support and contribute to a healthy and safe environment

DOES NOT:
Participate in activities that have the potential to cause physical or emotional harm
Make derogatory statements about another’s gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, socio-economic class, religion, disability, intellect, or appearance
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A Multi-Level Approach:
Ranges of Consequences
Discipline and Behavior Related Offenses and Consequences

The following range of consequences should apply in most circumstances. In unusual or extreme cases, this range may not be appropriate. For cases involving absence, truancy, class cutting, tardiness to school or class the intention is not to remove the student from the school or the classroom setting except in extreme circumstances. All attendance related offenses must be dealt with in accordance with the Board of Education attendance policy.

I
Staff/Admin-
istrative
Response
II
Parent/
Guardian
Involvement
III
Reallocation of
Student’s Time
IV
Exclusion from
Normal School
Activities
V
Expulsion
Options

Verbal Reprimand

Time-out or out of classroom

Loss of privileges

Teacher/
Administrator 
Conference 
with student

Contact with parent
Options

Phone call to parent/
guardian

Written notification

Conference with parent\
guardian

Parent/
guardian accompanies student to school/
classes
Options

Detention

Suspension from school activities

In-school suspension

Suspension

(Parent/
guardian notification required)
Options

Restricted access

Suspension

Suspension from school activities

Alternative placement

(Parent/
guardian notification required)
Options

(Parent/
guardian notification required)
Loss of credit for assignment or course may be appropriate in addition to any of the above consequences. Restitution for loss or damage may be requested in addition to any of the above consequences. Where appropriate, law enforcement will be involved.


Offense
Definition
Range
Absence-Unlawful
An absence for a day or any portion of a day for any reason other than those cited as excused and/or failure to bring a note written by a parent/guardian to verify an excused absence.
I to IV


Alcohol Violation
Possession or use of any alcoholic substance; including possession with intent to sell, give, deliver, or distribute.
IV to V
Arson/Fire
Attempting to, aiding in, or setting fire to a building or other property.
IV to V
Bus Misbehavior
Any violation of school system policy or bus driver rules or policy occurring on a school bus.
I to IV
Cheating/Academic Dishonesty
Copying, plagiarizing, altering records, or assisting another in such actions.
I to IV
Computer/Electronic Communication Misuse
Any unauthorized use of computers, software, or internet/intranet account to access internet/intranet, accessing inappropriate websites, misuse of a website, internet/intranet account or internet/intranet resource.
I to V
Cutting Class
Unexcused absence from a class or school activity.
II to IV
Destruction of Property/Vandalism
Damage, destruction, or defacement of property belonging to the school or others.
I to IV
Discrimination
Use of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, physical or mental disability, age, gender, marital status, physical traits, or sexual orientation as a basis for treating another in a negative manner.
II to V
Disrespect Toward Adults
Inappropriate comments or physical gestures to teachers, staff members, or other adults in the school community.
I to IV
Disruption, classroom
Behavior that interferes with the learning of others in any learning environment.
I to IV
Disruption, inciting and/or participating
Behavior disturbing the atmosphere or order.
I to V
Disruption, school
Behavior that interferes with the safe and orderly environment of the school or school activity.
I to IV
Drug Violation
Possession or use of (including possession with the intent to sell, give, deliver, or distribute) any inhalants or other intoxicants, controlled dangerous substances including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, look-alikes, and substances represented as controlled dangerous substances, or drug paraphernalia.
II to V
Failure to Serve Assigned Consequences
Failure to serve detention, contract room, Saturday school, suspension, or other assigned consequences.
I to IV
Bomb Threats/False Alarms
Initiating a report warning of fire or other catastrophe without valid cause, misuse of 911, or discharging a fire extinguisher.
IV to V
Fighting
A hostile confrontation with physical contact involving two or more students.
III to V
Fireworks or Explosives
Possession, use, and/or threat to use firecrackers, smoke bombs, flares, combustible or explosive substances, or combination of substances or articles.
IV to V
Forgery
To use, make, or reproduce another’s signature for deceptive purposes.
I to IV
Gambling

Wagering money or property.
I to IV
Harassment
A sufficiently severe action or persistent, pervasive pattern of actions or statements directed at an identifiable individual or group which are intended to be or which a reasonable person would perceive as ridiculing or demeaning.
II to V
Hazing
Intentional or reckless act directed against another for the purpose of initiation into, affiliating with, or maintaining membership in any school-sponsored activity, organization, club, or team.
IV to V
Indecent Exposure
Exposure to sight of the private parts of the body in a lewd or indecent manner.
II to V
Insubordination
Refusing to follow reasonable directions of teachers, staff, administration, including failure to identify self.
III to IV
Intimidation
Engaging in actions or statements that put an individual in fear of bodily harm.
I to IV
Leaving School Grounds Without Permission
Leaving school grounds during regular school hours without written or verbal permission from parent/guardian or someone listed on the emergency procedure card.
III to IV
Pager/Cell Phone
Carrying, wearing, or using an unauthorized portable electronic communications device. 
II to IV
Physical Attack on Staff
Aggressive action with physical contact directed at school staff while on school grounds or at a school-sponsored event, including a situation where a staff member is intervening in a fight or another disruptive activity.
IV to V
Physical Attack on Students or Others
Aggressive action, with physical contact, directed at another person, student, or non-student on school grounds or at a school-sponsored event.
IV to V
Profanity

Using vulgar or abusive language, cursing, or swearing. 
I to IV
Refusal to Obey School Rules

Failure to comply with school rules, regulations, policies, and/or procedures.
I to V
Sexual Activity
Behavior of a sexual nature including consensual sexual activity; possession of pornographic materials.

II to IV
Sexual Harassment
Unwanted and inappropriate verbal, written, or physical conduct of a sexual nature directed toward others.
II to V

Stalking
A malicious course of conduct that includes approaching or pursuing another person with the intent to place that person in reasonable fear of serious bodily injury or death; or that a third person will likely suffer serious bodily injury or death.
IV to V
Tardiness
Lateness to school or class; tardiness to class of 20 minutes or more equals one class absence; three incidents of unexcused tardiness of less than 20 minutes equals one class absence.
I to IV
Theft
Taking or obtaining property of another without permission or knowledge of the owner.
II to V
Threat to Staff, Physical or Verbal
Expression, conveyed by word or action, of intent to do physical harm to a staff member.
IV to V
Threat to Student, Physical or Verbal
Expression, conveyed by word or action, of intent to do physical harm to another student.
IV to V
Tobacco Use/Possession
Possession or use of any tobacco or tobacco products, including possession with the intent to sell, give, deliver, or distribute.
III to V
Trespassing
Unauthorized presence on school property including while on a restrictive trespass, suspension, or expulsion.
II to V
Truancy
Unexcused absence without parental knowledge.
III to IV
Uncooperative Behavior
Intentional failure to follow reasonable directions of a staff member or to participate cooperatively in a school or class activity.
I to IV
Weapons Violations
Possession of an object or implement capable of causing harm or used in such a way as to cause harm to another. This includes all guns, including pellet and BB guns, knives, and any implement, visible or concealed, possessed under a circumstance which would reasonably lead a person to believe it was a weapon.
IV to V


NEPN/NSBA CODE: JEA-R
ATTENDANCE POLICY
In compliance with Maine State Law, “Every child between his or her 7th and 17th birthday will attend a public day school during the time it is in session. An absence there from of ½ day or more shall be deemed a violation of this requirement. This subsection will not apply to a child who has graduated from high school before his/her 17th birthday.”
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Katahdin High School Attendance Policy
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PHILOSOPHY
Daily attendance at school is an essential factor in achieving academic success. The student and the family have the primary responsibility for regular attendance. The school’s responsibility is to provide an educational climate and curriculum that facilitate the learning process. Regular school attendance is one of the first items that employers look for in prospective employees. The MSAD #25 Board of Directors also believes that being to school promptly is a priority. Learning that is lost through irregular attendance can never be adequately reclaimed.
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STATE LAW
Under Maine State law a person is required to attend school until age seventeen unless conditions specifically listed under law are met.
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Under law the only excusable absences from school are the following:
Personal illness. 
Appointments with health professionals.
Observances of religious holidays.
Family emergencies.
Planned absences for personal or educational 
purposes which have been approved by school
officials in advance.
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ATTENDANCE REGULATION
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Any student who is absent from school must upon return to school provide a note from home identifying the reason for the absence. Parents will note the five (5) excusable absences per state law. Any student who returns to school following an absence without a note will spend any and all break time in a supervised room Phone calls from parents are acceptable but a written note and/or other appropriate documentation must follow.
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Three (3) times tardy to a specific class will count as one (1) absence from that class per semester.

On the fourth (4th) offense of being tardy to school, a student will sit in the office for any and all breaks of that day he or she has been tardy for the fourth offense. Any time tardy after the fourth (4th) time, a student will lose any and all breaks and spend them in the office. Once the student has been tardy to school for six (6) days, he/she will be required to serve a one hour detention. Any subsequent tardy to school will require a detention. Multiple continued offenses may result in in-school suspension.
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If a student misses more than one-half of a class, it will be considered an absence.
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Chronic tardiness to study hall will result in disciplinary action.
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School sponsored activities that remove students from class will not have the absence applied to the attendance regulation.
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ATTENDANCE RECORD KEEPING AND NOTIFICATION PROCEDURES
It is the classroom teacher’s responsibility to maintain accurate and current attendance records in line with the established attendance regulation. The teacher will notify the office the day that a student has missed that teacher’s class.
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Students who have an unexcused absence will not participate in extracurricular activities that day (i.e., games, practices, rehearsals, etc.). All coaches/advisors will check the daily absence list to make certain that this rule is enforced.
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Students who do not report to the office remain on the absence list.
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Students leaving the building early are to check out through the office. Failure to do so could result in an unexcused absence and disciplinary action. 

Students who do not report to the office remain on the absence list.

Students leaving the building early are to check out through the office. Failure to do so could result in an unexcused absence and disciplinary action.
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MAKE UP 
Each student will be given the opportunity to make up all class work and examinations missed during an absence. The student is permitted up to twice the number of days missed to complete his/her make up. However, under extenuating circumstances, additional days may be granted at the discretion of the teacher and the principal.
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Any extended illness will be taken into consideration and a time limit will be placed by involved staff. The responsibility for make up is the student’s.
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EARLY DISMISSALS
After a student arrives at school, by bus or otherwise, he/she is not to leave before the scheduled dismissal time for any reason without receiving permission of the building principal or his/her designee. Students requesting an early dismissal shall present to the office, before school, a note signed by the parent or guardian. In lieu of personal or written contact, the presentation of a doctor’s appointment card or court appearance form shall be acceptable.
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Students are encouraged to make medical appointments after school hours or during school vacation - not during the school day.
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SENIOR SCHOOL ATTENDANCE
Seniors will arrive on time for their first class of the day. They may have an early dismissal time from school if their schedule permits. Seniors must check in at the office upon arrival and prior to leaving early. They are not to leave and return during the school day, 7:45 to 2:13. Seniors who are failing classes when quarterly reports are sent home may not arrive late nor leave early. Any time during the regular day that a class is not scheduled they will be required to be in study hall. At no time are seniors to take any undergraduate off school property without the explicit permission of the Principal. Seniors are advised that these provisions are a privilege, not a right, and therefore can be revoked by the Principal.
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NEPN/NSBA Code: JEA
COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE 
Under state law, full-time school attendance is required of all children from their 7th to their 17th birthday except:

A. A person who graduates from high school before their 17th birthday;

B. A person who has:

1. Reached the age of 15 years or completed the 9th grade;

2. Permission to leave school from that person’s parent;

3. Been approved by the principal for a suitable program of work and study or training;

4. Permission to leave school from the Board or its designee; and

5. Agreed in writing with that person’s parent and the Board or its designee to meet annually until that person’s 17th birthday to review that person’s educational needs. When the request to be excused from school has been denied pursuant to this paragraph, the student’s parent may appeal to the Commissioner;

C. A person whose absence is excused under 20-A MRSA § 5051; or

D. A person who has matriculated and is attending an accredited, post-secondary, degree-granting institution as a full-time student. An exception to the attendance in public school under this paragraph must be approved by the Commissioner.


Alternatives to Attendance at Public Day School

A. Equivalent instruction alternatives are as follows:

1. A person shall be excused from attending a public day school if the person obtains equivalent instruction in:

A private school approved for attendance purposes pursuant to 20-A MRSA § 2901;
b. A private school recognized by the 
department as providing equivalent
instruction;
c. A home instruction program that 
complies with the requirements of 20- 
A MRSA § 5001-A(3)(A)(4); or

d. Any other manner arranged for the 
Board and approved by the
Commissioner.

2. A student shall be credited with attendance at a private school only if a certificate showing the name, residence and attendance of the person at the school, signed by the person or persons in charge of the school, has been filed with the school officials of the administrative unit in which the student resides.

3. The following provisions apply to home instruction program:
a. The student’s parent/guardian must provide a written notice of intent to provide home instruction that meets the requirements of 20-A MRSA § 5001-A(3)(A)(4)(a) simultaneously to the school officials of the administrative unit in which the student resides and to the Commissioner within 10 calendar days of the beginning of home


b. On or before September 1 of each subsequent year of home instruction, the student’s parent/guardian must file a letter with the school officials of the administrative unit in which the student resides and the Commissioner stating the intention to continue providing home instruction and enclose a copy of one of the forms of annual assessment of the student’s academic progress described in 20-A MRSA 5001-A(3)(A)(4)(b).

c. Dissemination of any information filed under 20-A MRSA § 5001-A(3)(A) is governed by the provisions of 20-A MRSA § 6001 (dissemination of information); the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, 20 USC § 1232g (2002); and the federal Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975, 20 USC § 1401-1487 (2002), except that “directory information” as defined by the federal Family 

Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is confidential and is not subject to public disclosure unless the parent/ guardian specifically permits disclosure in writing or a judge orders otherwise. Copies of any information filed under 20-A MRSA § 5001-A(3)(A) must be maintained by the student’s parent/guardian until the home instruction program concludes. The records must be made available to the Commissioner upon request.

d. If the home instruction program is discontinued, students of compulsory school age must be enrolled in a public school or an equivalent instruction alternative as provided for by law. The receiving school shall determine the placement of the student. At the secondary level, the principal of the receiving school shall determine the value of the prior educational experience toward meeting the standards of Maine’s system of Learning Results.

B. A person may be excused from attendance at a public day school pursuant to 20-A MRSA § 5104-A or § 8605 (other public or private alternative programs).

Excusable Absence

A person’s absence is excused when the absence is for the following reasons:

A. Personal illness;

B. An appointment with a health professional that must be made during the regular school day;

C. Observance of a recognized religious holiday when the observance is required during the regular school day;

D. A family emergency; or

E. A planned absence for a personal or educational purpose which has been approved.

Parents are responsible for the attendance of students who are under 17 years of age. The Board shall work with families in an effort to ensure compliance.

Secondary school students 20 years of age or more will only be admitted to the school unit with prior Board approval.

NEPN/NSBA Code: JLIB
STUDENT DISMISSAL PRECAUTIONS
The School Board seeks to safeguard students by requiring procedures for excusing students from attendance at school. The building principal is directed to develop and implement administrative procedures for dismissing students, subject to the approval of the Superintendent.

Students will be released only to parents, legal guardians, and other persons specifically authorized in writing by parents/legal guardians to pick up the student. If the building principal/designee has reason to question the authenticity of any written or verbal communication regarding the release of a student, the parents/guardians shall be contacted for confirmation. The building principal/designee has the authority to deny the release of students to unauthorized or unknown persons. Students who drive to school must present a note from a parent/guardian authorizing them to leave school at any time during the school day and must sign out at the school office. 

A custodial parent/guardian who wishes the school to comply with provisions of a court order to restrict access to a child is responsible for providing a certified copy of such order to the school.

In addition, administrative procedures concerning student dismissal shall incorporate the following components:

A. A procedure for dismissing students in the event of an emergency during the school day;

B. A procedure for dismissing students for illness and other reasons prior to the end of the school day; and

C. A procedure for confirming the identity of parents/guardians and others authorized to pick up students prior to releasing students.

GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT
The services provided include some of the following:
1. To help with plans for any further education you may be seeking beyond the high school level. This assistance may range from awareness of and applications to post secondary programs.

2. Provide aid in planning your high school program to meet future goals, many of which you may not even visualize today.

3. Personal counseling on any topic. No restrictions on subject matter but to aid the student in important personal matters, suggestions will be offered as to the best course of action. Basically, someone you can talk to in strict confidence.

ADD AND DROP PROCEDURES
Students who feel that a schedule change is necessary should contact Mrs. Marquis, Guidance Director, during the first two weeks of school. Written parental permission is required at any time in order to drop a course, but after the first two weeks of school, a conference is required with the student, a parent, teacher and guidance counselor. After the two week period of add and drop, students will not be allowed to drop or add a course until the end of a ranking period, if a change can be made. If, at parental request, a class is dropped after the two week add and drop period, the student’s grade will be calculated including the work not completed for the remainder of the semester.

CORRESPONDENCE REQUIREMENTS
Students wishing to take correspondence courses need to visit with the guidance director. A schedule for the registration of the course and the completion of the course shall be established at the time of this meeting. Proof of the successful completion of these courses must be submitted to the guidance office prior to the participation of the student in graduation exercises. The responsibility to do the course work falls on the student; students should plan their time wisely. If a student is suspected of not having done this correspondence assignments by himself or herself, the course credit may not be accepted.

NEPN/NSBA Code: IKF
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
With the implementation of Maine’s system of Learning Results, local assessment systems to measure student progress toward achievement of the content standards of the Learning Results, the phasing in of standards-based diploma requirements, and heightened community expectations for student learning, the Board recognizes the need to establish minimum standards for the awarding of a high school diploma that are consistent with State law and regulations and with community educational values and expectations.

Before entering high school, students need to know the standards for attaining a high school diploma in order to plan an appropriate, sequential, educational program to meet that goal.

The Superintendent, through the high school principal or other designee, shall be responsible for making accurate information concerning diploma requirements available to incoming students and their parents prior to the start of their ninth grade school year. A copy of this policy will be disseminated to all incoming ninth grade students at the time of course selection. 

The Board has approved this schedule of minimum requirements for graduation.

FOR STUDENTS GRADUATING AT THE END OF THE 2006-2007 SCHOOL YEAR BUT PRIOR TO THE START OF THE 2009-2010 SCHOOL YEAR—INITIAL STANDARDS-BASED DIPLOMA

NOTE: The State placed a moratorium on standards testing and the school unit’s Local Assessment System for 2006-2007; however, the law still states that students graduating in 2010 will have a standards based diploma. At the time this handbook is printed, the State has not determined what students and schools will have to do to show that a student has “met the standards.” It is clear in the law that earning credits does not mean a student has “met the standards.” As the State makes determinations on this issue, the school will keep you informed.

Beginning with the 2006-2007 school year (the Class of 2007) and the 2007-2008 school year (the Class of 2008), diplomas will be awarded only to students who have met the content standards of the system of Learning Results in English/Language Arts, and Mathematics, as measured by the school unit’s Local Assessment System.

In addition to the content standards described above, the student must meet the following requirements.

A. The student must successfully complete a total of 23 ½ credits including the 12 ½ (twelve and one-half) credits specified by Maine law. They are:

1. English/language arts 4 credits
2. Mathematics 2 credits
Social studies and history 
(including one year of 
American History or 
Government) 2 credits

Science (including at least 
one year of laboratory study) 2 credits 
Fine arts (which may include 
art, music, forensics, or drama) 1 credit
6. Health ½ credit
7. Physical education 1 credit

B. The student must demonstrate computer skills according to the school unit’s standards for computer literacy, proficiency, and performance.

C. In addition to the State requirements, the student must meet the following graduation requirements established by the Board:

A. Social Studies 1 credit
B. Mathematics 2 credits 
C. Science 1 credit
D. Computer Literacy I 1 credit
Science Fair ¼ credit per year 
(for two years) for a total of ½ credit*
F. Physical Education ½ credit 
*Principal may waive requirement for transfer students. 

Therefore, in order to meet both the State of Maine and Katahdin High School’s requirements, one must take the following eighteen and one-half (18 ½) credits:

A. English 4 credits
Social Studies (may include 
economics, political science, 
geography, history, 
government, sociology, 
anthropology, and psychology) 1 credit 
C. United States History 2 credits
D. Mathematics 4 credits 
Science 3 credits 
(1 credit must be in a laboratory class)
F. Fine Arts 1 credit
G. Health ½ credit
Physical Education 1½ credits
I. Computer Literacy I 1 credit
J. Science Fair ¼ credit per year 
(for two years) for a total of ½ credit*
*Principal may waive requirement for transfer students.

D. The remaining credits may be selected by the student based upon the student’s interests, abilities, and the requirements of the field that the student plans to enter upon graduation.

In order for a student to participate in graduation, the student must have successfully completed all of the above listed requirements. A student who is deficient in the above-listed requirements may meet those requirements, not to exceed two (2) credits, by 
selecting from the following options:

Through a post-secondary course,
A state-approved Adult Education course(s).*(**),
A state-approved summer program,
A correspondence course(s) approved by the Principal/Guidance Director in advance of registration,
A course that meets the standards of the school and had prior approval of the Principal/Guidance Director,
Or an internship* that has had prior approval by the Principal and Guidance Director.
Students may take interactive television courses for credit toward a high school diploma only with the approval of the Principal/Guidance Director. Students may be responsible for payment of these courses.

The student may participate in his/her regular class of graduation if the necessary credits are shown to the school in the form of a transcript by May 31 of his/her graduating year. (OR) The student may participate in the next regular graduation ceremony following completion of the requirements.

Students who have accepted early admission at the collegiate level may graduate with their class if they inform the Principal at the time of their acceptance into the early admission program.

*one (1) credit must equal one hundred (100) hours; one-half (1/2) credit must equal fifty (50) hours.

**enrollment in MSAD #25 Adult Education courses will be by special permission given by the Adult Education Director, Principal, and Superintendent.

A student who leaves Katahdin High School to attend an accredited, degree-granting institution of higher education may upon satisfactory completion of the freshmen year be awarded a high school diploma, provided that the student has notified the principal at the time of the early admission.

II. FOR STUDENTS GRADUATING AT THE END OF THE 2008-2009 SCHOOL YEAR--STANDARDS-BASED DIPLOMA

Beginning with the 2008-2009 school year (the Class of 2009),diplomas will be awarded only to students who have met the content standards of all content areas of the system of Learning Results, as measured by the school unit’s Local Assessment System. These content areas are: English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Social Studies, and Health and Physical Education. 

In addition to the content standards described above, the student must meet the following requirements:

The student must successfully complete a total of 23 ½
credits, including the 12 ½ (twelve and one-half) credits specified by Maine law. They are:

1. English/language arts 4 credits
2. Mathematics 2 credits
Social studies and history 
(including one year of American
History and government) 2 credits
Science (including at least 
one year of laboratory study) 2 credits
Fine arts (which may include 
art, music, forensics, or drama) 1 credit 
6. Health ½ credit
7. Physical education 1 credit

Maine law continues to require these credits for a high school diploma (20-A M.R.S.A. § 4722(2)).

B. The State also requires that students demonstrate computer skills according to the school unit’s standards for computer literacy, proficiency, and performance. 

C. In addition to the State requirements, the student must meet the following graduation requirements established by the Board:

A. Social Studies 1 credit
B. Mathematics 2 credits
C. Science 1 credit
D. Computer Literacy I 1 credit
E. Science Fair ¼ credit per year
(for two years) for a total of ½ credit* 
F. Physical Education ½ credit
*Principal may waive requirement for transfer students

Therefore, in order to meet both the State of Maine and Katahdin High School’s requirements, one must take the following eighteen and one-half (18 ½) credits:

A. English 4 credits
B. Social Studies (may include economics, geography, political 
science, history, government, 
sociology, anthropology, and
psychology) 1 credit
C. American History and 
Government (U.S. History I & 
U.S. History II) 2 credits
D. Mathematics 4 credits 
E. Science 3 credits
(1 credit must be in a laboratory class)
F. Fine Arts 1 credit
G. Health ½ credit
Physical Education 1 ½ credits
I. Computer Literacy I 1 credit
J. Science Fair ¼ credit per year 
(for two years) for a total of ½ credit*
*Principal may waive requirement for transfer students.

D. The remaining credits may be selected by the student based upon the student’s interests, abilities, and the requirements of the field that the student plans to enter upon graduation. In order for a student to participate in graduation, the student must have successfully completed all of the above listed requirements. A student who is deficient in the above-listed requirements may meet those requirements, not to exceed two (2) credits, by selecting from the following options:

Through a post-secondary course, 
A state-approved Adult Education course(s).*(**),
A state-approved summer program, 
A correspondence course(s) approved by the Principal/Guidance Director in advance of registration,
A course that meets the standards of the school and had prior approval of the Principal/Guidance Director,
Or an internship* that has had prior approval by the Principal and Guidance Director.
Students may take interactive television courses for credit toward a high school diploma only with the approval of the Principal/Guidance Director. Students may be responsible for payment of these courses.

The student may participate in his/her regular class of graduation if the necessary credits are shown to the school in the form of a transcript by May 31 of his/her graduating year. (OR) The student may participate in the next regular graduation ceremony following completion of the requirements. 

Students who have accepted early admission at the collegiate level may graduate with their class if they inform the Principal at the time of their acceptance into the early admission program.

*one (1) credit must equal one hundred (100) hours; one-half (1/2) credit must equal fifty (50) hours.

**enrollment in MSAD #25 Adult Education courses will be by special permission given by the Adult Education Director, Principal, and Superintendent.

A student who leaves Katahdin High School to attend an accredited, degree-granting institution of higher education may upon satisfactory completion of the freshman year be awarded a high school diploma, provided that the student has notified the principal at the time of the early admission.

IV. FOR STUDENTS GRADUATING AT THE END OF THE 2009-2010 SCHOOL YEAR AND THEREAFTER--STANDARDS-BASED DIPLOMA

Beginning with the 2009-2010 school year (the Class of 2010), diplomas will be awarded only to students who have met the content standards of all content areas of the system of Learning Results, as measured by the school unit’s Local Assessment System. These content areas are: English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Social Studies, Health and Physical Education, Career Preparation, Modern and Classical Languages, and Visual and Performing Arts.

In addition to the content standards described above, the student must meet the following requirements:

The student must successfully complete a total of 23 ½ credits, including the 12 ½ (twelve and one-half) credits specified by Maine law. They are:

1. English/language arts 4 credits
2. Mathematics 2 credits
Social studies and history 
(including one year of American 
History and government) 2 credits
Science (including at least one
year of laboratory study) 2 credits
Fine arts (which may include 
art, music, forensics, or drama 1 credit
6. Health ½ credit
7. Physical education 1 credit

Maine law continues to require these credits for a high school Diploma 
(20-A M.R.S.A. § 4722(2)).

The State also requires that students demonstrate computer skills according to the school unit’s standards for computer literacy, proficiency, and performance.

In addition to the State requirements, the student must meet the following 
graduation requirements established by the Board:

A. Social Studies 1 credit
B. Mathematics 2 credits
C. Science 1 credit
D. Computer Literacy I 1 credit
E. Science Fair ¼ credit per year 
(for two years) for a total of ½ credit*
F. Physical Education ½ credit
*Principal may waive requirement for transfer students. 
Therefore, in order to meet both the State of Maine and Katahdin High School’s requirements, one must take the following eighteen and one-half (18 ½) credits;

A. English 4 credits
B. Social Studies (may include 
economics, geography, political
science, history, government,
sociology, anthropology, and
psychology) 1 credit
C. American History and 
Government (U.S. History I &
U.S. History II) 2 credits
D. Mathematics 4 credits 
E. Science 3 credits
(1 credit must be in a laboratory class)
F. Fine Arts 1 credit
G. Health ½ credit
Physical Education 1½ credits
I. Computer Literacy I 1 credit
J. Science Fair ¼ credit per year 
(for two years) for a total of ½ credit*
*Principal may waive requirement for transfer students.

D. The remaining credits may be selected by the student based upon the student’s interests, abilities, and the requirements of the field that the 
student plans to enter upon graduation.

In order for a student to participate in graduation, the student must have successfully completed all of the above listed requirements. A student who is deficient in the above-listed requirements may meet those requirements, not to exceed two (2) credits, by selecting from the following options:

Through a post-secondary course,
A state-approved Adult Education course(s).*(**),
A state-approved summer program,
A correspondence course(s) approved by the Principal/Guidance Director in advance of registration,
A course that meets the standards of the school and had prior approval of the Principal/Guidance Director,
Or an internship* that has had prior approval by the Principal and Guidance Director.
Students may take interactive television courses for credit toward a high school diploma only with the approval of the Principal/Guidance Director. Students may be responsible for payment of these courses.

The student may participate in his /her regular class of graduation if the necessary credits are shown to the school in the form of a transcript by May 31 of his/her graduating year. (OR) The student may participate in the next regular graduation ceremony following completion of the requirements.

Students who have accepted early admission at the collegiate level may graduate with their class if they inform the Principal at the time of their acceptance into the early admission program.

*one (1) credit must equal one hundred (100) hours; one-half (1/2) credit must equal fifty (50) hours.

**enrollment in MSAD #25 Adult Education courses will be by special permission given by the Adult Education Director, Principal, and Superintendent.

A student who leaves Katahdin High School to attend an accredited, degree-granting institution of higher education may upon satisfactory completion of the freshman year be awarded a high school diploma, provided that the student has notified the principal at the time of the early admission.

V. ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS APPLICABLE TO THE AWARDING OF STANDARDS-BASED DIPLOMAS

A. Transfer Students: For students who transfer to Katahdin High School from another state or from an educational program that is not required to meet the content standards of the system of Learning Results, the Katahdin High School principal shall determine the value of the student’s prior educational experience towards achieving the standards in a manner consistent with the school unit’s Local Assessment System and applicable Board policies.

B. Students Receiving Special Education Services: Students who successfully meet the content standards of the Learning Results, as specified in the goals and objectives of their Individualized Education Plans (IEP), will be awarded diplomas.

C. Early Awarding of Diplomas: A student who has met the State’s and the Board’s diploma requirements in fewer than four years of high school may be awarded a diploma. 

D. Certificate of Attendance: The Board may provide a student who leaves school without meeting the standards of the Learning Results with a Certificate of Attendance, provided that the student has 23 ½ credits as a full-time student. This certificate acknowledges participation in the educational program for a specific period of time and includes a record of the student’s course credits and Learning Results proficiency.

E. Delayed Awarding of Diplomas: At the Superintendent’s discretion, a student who leaves Katahdin High School to attend an accredited, degree-granting institution of higher education may, upon satisfactory completion of the freshman year, be awarded a high school diploma, although he/she may not have met all diploma requirements.

F. Extended Study: Students are eligible for extended years of study to complete the requirements of a diploma if they have not reached the age of 20 at the start of the school year. Students eligible for extended years of study may be referred to adult education or other resources suitable to young learners. Extended study for students with disabilities shall be specified in the student’s Individualized Education Plan.

G. Participation in Commencement Ceremony: Any student receiving a diploma or a certificate of attendance may participate in the Commencement Ceremony.

Course Load
Beginning with the class of 2006, all regular, full-time students will carry a minimum of six (6) full credit courses each semester.

If a required course is not passed, it must be repeated, but no
failed course may be repeated more than once. If a student fails a
required course more than once, he/she must complete it at
his/her own expense, either through a correspondence course, an
outside-the-district summer course, the Alternative Education
Program, or an adult education course after the individual’s
class graduation.

If a student fails one semester (two ranking periods) the student must repeat the semester that has been failed. Courses that are not required need not be repeated unless the student wishes to receive full credit for them.

To qualify for senior privileges, a student must have enough credits earned or scheduled to graduate during the current year.

Students must have earned the proper number of credits in order to take part in the graduation ceremonies. See “Graduation Requirements.” (An incomplete will not be accepted and will prevent a student from going through the graduation ceremony with his/her class.)
HONOR ROLL
Honor Roll will be announced on a quarterly basis. 
High Honors Requirements – All 93’s and above

Honors Requirements – All 85’s and above




GRADING SCALE

100 - 99 84 – 83 
98 - 95 82 – 79 
94 - 93 78 – 77 
92 - 91 76 – 75 
90 - 87 74 – 72 
86 - 85 71 – 70 
Below 70 is failing
I – Incomplete P – Passing WD – Withdrew
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For the class of 2006 and all subsequent classes, a two (2) tiered weighted grading system has been adopted by the school board. Honors classes, due to their academic rigor, will be weighted a one (1) and all other classes will be weighted a two (2).
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TRACK 1
TRACK 2
100-99 5.33
100-99 4.33
98-95 5.00
98-95 4.00
94-93 4.67
94-93 3.67
92-91 4.33
92-91 3.33
90-87 4.00
90-87 3.00
86-85 3.67
86-85 2.67
84-83 3.33
84-83 2.33 
82-79 3.00
82-79 2.00
78-77 2.67
78-77 1.67
76-75 2.33
76-75 1.33
74-72 2.00
74-72 1.00
71-70 1.67
71-70 .67
69-0 0.00
69-0 0.00

All points are added and the total number divided by the total number of credits attempted.
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Progress reports which indicate progress in all classes will be sent home the first and third quarters. Warning notices will be sent home the second and fourth quarters. Report cards will be sent home at the end of each quarter, with the semester grade being issued at the end of each semester. This is the grade that goes on the transcript.
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Midterms will be given at the end of the second quarter
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Final exams will be given at the end of the fourth quarter and will count as 20% of the final semester grade. Students will not take more than two semester tests in a given day. Seniors may be excused from taking final exams the second semester of their senior year at the discretion of their instructors.
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Credit Recovery
Students who fail a quarter will be given an opportunity to make up missing work or re-do failing work in order to earn passing grades. Students may take time during a study hall to complete missing or failing work during the quarter following the quarter in which they failed. Students may also stay after school to work on this credit recovery option.

Remember that students who fail a math class cannot progress to the next math class; for example, a student who fails a semester of Algebra I, may not take Algebra II until he/she has successfully passed the semester of Algebra I. Therefore, taking advantage of credit recovery is extremely important.

Summer School

The high school will make every effort to offer a five (5) week summer school program for students to once again recover a lost credit. A five (5) week summer school course may only be used for credit recovery. Attendance in summer school is critical and anyone who misses more than two (2) classes may not be permitted to complete the credit recovery process.

NEPN/NSBA CODE: IKFB
PARTICIPATION IN GRADUATION
Only those students who have attended the regular secondary school program for a full ranking period in their final year of school and who have achieved the Learning Results as stated in policy IKF or who have 23.5 credits will be permitted to participate in formal commencement activities.

Students who receive their diploma through the Adult Education program will be permitted to march in the formal graduation procession. Such students will notify the guidance counselor and/or principal of their decision prior to 01 May.

A list of all potential graduates will be forwarded to the superintendent for his/her certification on 01 May. The superintendent will then share the list with the school board at its next scheduled meeting. Only those students certified as eligible will be permitted to participate in formal graduation activities.


NEPN/NSBA CODE: IKFC
ELIGIBILITY FOR CONSIDERATION TO BE
VALEDICTORIAN OR SALUTATORIAN OF
KATAHDIN HIGH SCHOOL
In order to be eligible to be named Valedictorian or Salutatorian of Katahdin High School one must meet the following criteria:
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A. Be enrolled as a full-time student for the last 5 semesters at Katahdin High School.
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B. Have met all the qualifications necessary to be considered a Senior at the beginning of the school year in which they graduate.
• 
Ex: 8-27-03 school year 2003-2004 graduation date to be 
June 5, 2004.
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Any student meeting the above criteria shall be eligible for Valedictorian or Salutatorian consideration.
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NEPN/NSBA Code: IKCA
ACADEMIC RECOGNITION FOR GRADUATES
The School Board recognizes the need to create a fair and equitable system of recognizing superior academic achievement for its graduating seniors.

Therefore, the top senior GPA recipient shall be named Valedictorian.*
The second highest GPA recipient shall be named Salutatorian.*

No other honor parts shall be named per se; however, any graduate with a 90 average shall be entitled to wear a golden stole, signifying such at all graduation activities.
All class rankings shall be placed according to the officially certified list approved by the School Board and based on seven (7) semesters of high school grades.**

*Note: All GPA’s shall be calculated to the thousandth position. Any two identical candidates having identical scores at the thousandth level shall be named co-recipients of the award.

** This italicized portion will be considered part of the policy when accepted by the School Board no later than the October 16, 2010 board meeting.
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SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED
Students receiving scholarships awarded through the district at graduations will receive their scholarship after successful completion of their first semester of college and showing proof of enrollment for the second semester. Successful completion means a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average.

NEPN/NSBA CODE: IKA
EARLY GRADUATION
Under special circumstances, high school students may be allowed to graduate early. Possible reasons for considering early graduation include:
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A. Early acceptance into a post-secondary educational program;
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B. Entrance into the military;
• 
C. Financial hardship; or
• 
D. Other extenuating circumstances to be treated on an 
individual basis.
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Students requesting early graduation must have an interview with the principal, parents, and student. The principal will make a recommendation concerning the request to the Superintendent, who will make a recommendation to the Board of Directors. The Board of Director’s decision is final.
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NEPN/NSBA Code: IHCDA
POST-SECONDARY ENROLLMENT OPTIONS
The intent of this policy is to establish the requirements for student enrollment in post-secondary courses taken before high school graduation.

Eligible Institutions

Students may take courses at eligible post-secondary institutions within Maine, which include the University of Maine System, the Vocational Technical College System and Maine Maritime Academy.

Students may be allowed to take courses at private colleges or other institutions. Any such requests shall be considered on a case-by-case basis to the extent that funds are available.

Student Eligibility Requirements

A student may take no more than one course per semester and two courses per academic year.

A student must meet the following criteria prior to enrolling in a post-secondary course:

A. Have a minimum of an 85 average in his/her courses overall;

Meet the course admission standards of the eligible institution;

Provide evidence of parent/guardian approval for taking the course; and 
Obtain approval from the principal and guidance counselor;

Exceptions to Eligibility Requirements

A student enrolled in grade 11 or 12 who does not meet the 85 average in his/her courses overall is eligible to take a post-secondary course provided that he/she:

A. Has been assessed and received a recommendation to take the course from the school administration; and

B. Has been approved for participation in the course by the eligible institution.

Awarding of Credits

The eligible institution shall grant full credit to any student who successfully completes a course.

Financial Assistance

The Maine Department of Education may pay applicable tuition costs for any student enrolled in a course under this policy if the eligible institution requires tuition payment.
The School Unit may pay the cost of tuition, course fees, and textbooks.

School Unit Reporting Requirements

The Superintendent shall ensure that information concerning post-secondary enrollment options is made available to parents and students.

MAINE HIGH SCHOOL ASSESSMENT RESULTS
ON TRANSCRIPT
Please note: Grade 11 Maine High School Assessment scores will now appear on all high school transcripts.
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STANDARDS FOR CLASS OF 2011 AND FORWARD
Maine is in the process of revising what it means to “meet the standards” in order to have a transcript that indicates a student has met the standards. As the rules and regulations around this issue are given to schools during the school year, the school will pass on the information to students and parents.
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NEPN/NSBA Code: IMBB
EXEMPTION FROM REQUIRED INSTRUCTION
The curriculum of the school unit is designed to reflect the learning expectations for all students in all content areas of the system of Learning Results, as well as other statutory and regulatory requirements and content areas specified by the Board.

The Board acknowledges that from time to time individual students may be exposed to some ideas and materials with which they or their parent(s)/legal guardian disagree. Students and their parent(s)/legal guardian cannot be required to adopt ideas with which they disagree, but such disagreement alone is not a sufficient basis to exempt a student from the prescribed curriculum. Exemptions from the required curriculum should be minimized because they can detract from the overall instruction provided to the class as a whole and the educational objectives sought to be achieved by the curriculum.

The Board recognizes, however, that there could be topics in the curriculum which may be objectionable to individual students and/or parent(s)/legal guardian based on their particular sincerely held religious, moral or philosophical beliefs. Exemption from instruction which infringes on such beliefs may be requested by the parent(s)/legal guardian.

Requests for exemption from instruction must be made in writing to the building Principal and are subject to the approval of the Principal. The Principal shall notify the Superintendent as soon as practicable of any request for exemption from instruction and of his/her decision. If the Principal denies an exemption request, the parent(s)/legal guardian may appeal to the Superintendent. 

In considering requests for exemption, factors that the Principal should consider may include:

A. The alignment of the curriculum with the system of Learning Results;

B. Whether the course or content area is required by state law or Board policy;

C. The educational importance of the material or instruction from which exemption is requested;

D. Evidence regarding the sincerity of the belief on which the request is based;

E. Whether the school has a legal obligation to accommodate the exemption request; 

F. The effect of exemption or accommodation on the validity of the local assessment system; and 

G. Other factors that bear upon the particular request.

Exemption from required instruction does not excuse the student from meeting the requirements of the Learning Results or from total credit hours or other requirements for graduation, or from performing alternative work. 

When the Principal determines that the curriculum that has been aligned with the system of Learning Results conflicts with sincerely held religious beliefs of a student or his/her parent or legal guardian, reasonable accommodation in the curriculum shall be made for the student, within the scope of existing resources. Alternative instruction may be provided by the school or through approved independent study. Any alternative instruction shall be approved in advance by the Principal in consultation with appropriate instructional staff and shall meet the standards and objectives of the part of the curriculum that is being replaced. When requests for exemption from required curriculum are made for religious reasons, a parent/guardian who is dissatisfied with the Principal’s decision may appeal to the Superintendent. If the accommodation in the curriculum that is requested is so great that the validity of the local assessment system is compromised, the Superintendent will determine how to address the situation, subject to the approval of the Commissioner.

When a student is exempted from any portion of the regular curriculum for other than religious reasons (exemption based on sincere philosophical or moral beliefs), the staff will make reasonable efforts, within the scope of existing resources, to accommodate alternative instruction for the student. Alternative instruction may be provided by the school or through approved independent study. Any alternative instruction shall be approved in advance by the Principal in consultation with the classroom teacher, and shall meet the standards and objectives of the part of the curriculum that is being replaced. When requests for exemption are made for philosophical or moral reasons, a parent/guardian who is dissatisfied with the Principal’s decision may appeal to the Superintendent. A parent/guardian who is dissatisfied with the Superintendent’s decision may appeal to the Board. The decision of the Board shall be final. 

KATAHDIN HIGH SCHOOL CLASS SCHEDULE


Red Day & White Day

7:40-7:55 Breakfast
8:00-9:30 Block 1&5 (90 minutes) Tues. & Thurs. 
15 min Academic Advisors
9:30-9:40 Break
9:40-11:00 Block 2 5 (80 minutes)
11:00-11:25 Lunch
11:25-12:45 Block 3 7 (80 minutes)
12:45-12:50 Break
12:50-2:15 Block 4&8 (85 minutes)



KATAHDIN MIDDLE SCHOOL CLASS SCHEDULE

7:55-8:50 Period 1
8:50-9:45 Period 2
9:45-10:00 Break (M-W-F)/DD(T-Th)
10:00-10:40 Period 3 Band/Chorus/Plus10
10:40-11:35 Period 4 
11:3511:55 Lunch
11:55-12:50 Period 5
12:50-1:30 Period 6 
1:30-2:10 Period 7 

DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES AND SUSPENSION
Teachers are in charge of their classrooms and all other areas of the school. Any teacher may correct students for misbehavior. Offenses such as the following generally call for suspension of the student involved subject to District policies:
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1. being under the influence of alcohol or drugs while on school 
property;
2. possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia, or alcohol on school 
property. A student caught with drugs or alcohol in his/her 
possession on school property will be reported to the police;
3. selling, attempting to sell or distribute any chemical or material
disguised as a drug;
4. initiating a fight in or on MSAD #25 property;
5. cutting or destroying, defacing, or in any other way causing
injury to school property such as books, desks, walls, floors, etc: 
6. disobedience or defiance;
7. profane or obscene language;
8. profane or obscene gestures;
9. repetition of any offense after warning;
10. excessive referrals to the office;
11. leaving school property without permission;
12. disrespect toward staff members;
13. throwing food in the cafeteria;
14. being in an unauthorized area of the building;
15. being in possession of or using tobacco or tobacco products 
on school property. Subsequent offenses will be turned over 
to police for prosecution for under age students;
16. intimidation/terrorizing of others;
17. stealing;
18. cutting classes;

19. violation of District’s “Computer Use Policy” which is mailed 
home;

20. violation of District’s “Dress Code Policy” and;
21. any other offenses at the discretion of the principal.
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Cheating on a test or quiz will result in a zero on the test or quiz. Plagiarism, which is copying the work of someone else and submitting it as one’s own, is a serious offense whether a student plagiarizes another student’s paper or takes something from a book or the Internet and submits it as his/her own. Plagiarism will also result in a zero and could result in the failing of a class for that quarter if the assignment is a major paper.
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The school believes in progressive discipline which means that first offenses might be given a warning then progress to detention after school, noon detention, in-school suspension, or out-of-school suspension. Persistent discipline problems will result in a conference with the parent, student, and principal. If poor behavior continues to persist, a conference will be held with the parent, student, and superintendent. Some offenses might result in an immediate suspension from school with a recommendation for expulsion.
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A student who is suspended from school for misbehavior is not allowed to attend any school-sponsored activity for the duration of the suspension. A student who has been suspended from school two or more times may be prohibited from attending school-sponsored activities for the remainder of the year. 
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It should be noted to class officers and student council members that if they are placed on probation, the next infraction will cause them to give up their office. If they are involved in any immediate suspendable offense, their office will be vacated that day and a replacement will be found. Students can be dismissed from holding a class office or from being a student council member for unexemplary behavior.
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NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
Any sophomore, junior, or senior who exhibits the four qualities of scholarship, service, leadership, and character is eligible to be nominated to the National Honor Society. The requirements for membership are set by the National Chapter and are applicable to all local chapters.
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Scholarship 
Students in grades 10-12 must have an average of 90.
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Service 
Willingness to render any service to the school and community when called upon.
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Willingness to do committee and staff work.
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Readiness to show courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers, and students.
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Willingness to participate in an activity outside of school, such as girl/boy scouts, church groups, volunteer services for the elderly, poor, or disadvantaged.
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Leadership 
Demonstrates leadership in classroom or organization work.
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Demonstrates leadership in promoting school activities.
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Is thoroughly dependable in any responsibility he/she accepts.
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Demonstrates initiative.
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Exemplifies the qualities and attitudes which are a silent influence on others for the good.
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Character 
Promptly meets pledges and responsibilities to school and teachers.
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Demonstrates highest standards of honesty and reliability.
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Constantly exemplifies desirable qualities of personality.
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Cooperates by complying with school regulations.
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Upholds principles of morality and ethics.
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To be accepted into NHS, a student in grades 10-12 must meet these qualifications, maintain the 90 average, and completely fill out an application form. The application must be returned to the advisor(s) by an assigned date located on the application.
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Candidates who meet these criteria are selected by a faculty panel chosen by the principal. Students can be dismissed from the organization for unexemplary behavior.
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Note that a student in NHS who does not have a 90 average at mid-year may be put on academic probation or removed from NHS at that time. NHS students who do not fulfill their service commitments may be called before the Faculty Council and may also face potential removal form NHS.
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Computer Use: The Computer Use Policy is long and is mailed home to each student. However, parents and students need to know that computer usage will now be tracked. We can and will be examining where each student has gone on the Internet. Visiting non-educational sites will result in disciplinary action as noted in the Computer Use Policy.


Educational Research: Student 
Submission to Surveys, Analysis, or Evaluations
In this policy, “surveys, analysis, or evaluations” refer to methods of gathering data for research purposes.

No student shall be required as part of any program wholly or partially funded by the U.S. Department of Education to submit to any survey, analysis, or evaluation that reveals information concerning:

A. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s 
parent;

B. Mental or psychological problems of the student or the 
student’s family;

C. Sex behavior or attitudes;

D. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;

E. Critical appraisals of the other individuals with whom 
respondents have close family relationships;

F. Legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, 
such as those of lawyers, physicians, and ministers;

G. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or 
student’s parent; or

H. Income (other than that required by law to determine eligibility 
for participation in a program or for receiving financial 
assistance under such program without the prior written 
consent of the student’s parent/guardian, or of the student, if 
he or she is 18 years of age or older.)

All instructional materials, including teachers’ manuals, films, tapes, or other supplementary material which will be used in connection with any such survey, analysis, or evaluation shall be available upon request for inspection by the student’s parent/guardian. For the purpose of this policy,” instructional material” does not include academic tests or assessments.

A parent may inspect, upon request, a survey created by a third party before the survey is administered or distributed to a student.

The Superintendent/designee will be responsible for implementing any procedures necessary to protect the privacy of participating students and to provide parents with access to surveys within a reasonable time before administration or distribution.

SAD #25 will notify parents of this policy at least annually at the beginning of the school year and within a reasonable time of any substantive change in policy. In so far as practicable,* SAD #25 will also directly notify parents annually at the beginning of the school year when surveys, analysis, or evaluations are scheduled or anticipated. Parents shall have the opportunity to opt their child out of participation in any survey, analysis, or evaluations.

* “In so far as practicable” acknowledges that there may be circumstances in which a research request is made or is approved only after the school year has begun. When this occurs, SAD #25 should notify parents far enough in advance for them to access surveys and related instructional materials and to opt their children out, if desired.
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NEPN/NSBA CODE: ACAD
HAZING
Maine law defines injurious hazing as “any action or situation, including harassing behavior, that recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health of any school personnel or a student enrolled in a public school.”

Injurious hazing activities of any type, either on or off school property, by any student, staff member, group, or organization affiliated with this school unit, are inconsistent with the educational process and shall be prohibited at all times.

“Harassing behavior” includes acts of intimidation and any other conduct that recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health of a student or staff member.

“Acts of intimidation” include extortion, menacing, direct or indirect threats of violence, incidents of violence, bullying, statements or taunting of a malicious and/or derogatory nature that recklessly or intentionally endanger the mental or physical health of another person, and property damage or theft.

No administrator, faculty member, or other employee of the school unit shall encourage, permit, condone, or tolerate injurious hazing activities. No student, including leaders of students’ organizations, shall plan, encourage, or engage in injurious hazing activities.

Students who violate this policy may be subject to disciplinary action which may include suspension, expulsion, or other appropriate measures. Administrators, professional staff, and all other employees who violate this policy may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.

In the case of an organization affiliated with this school unit that authorizes hazing, penalties may include rescission of permission for that organization to operate on school property or to receive any other benefit of affiliation with the school unit.

Persons not associated with this school unit who fail to abide by this policy may be subject to ejection from school property and/or other measures as may be available under the law.
These penalties shall be in addition to any civil or criminal penalties to which the violator or organization may be subject.

The Superintendent/designee shall be responsible for administering this policy. In the event that an individual or organization disagrees with an action-or lack of action-on the part of the Superintendent/designee as he/she carries out the provisions of this policy, that individual or organization may appeal to the Board. The ruling of the Board with respect to the provisions of this policy shall be final.

This right to appeal does not apply to student suspensions of 10 days or less or to matters submitted to grievance procedures under applicable collective bargaining agreements.

A copy of this policy shall be included in all school, parent, and employee handbooks or otherwise distributed to all school employees and students.

NEPN/NSBN CODE: ADC
TOBACCO USE AND POSSESSION
In order to promote the health and safety of all students and staff and to promote the cleanliness of all facilities, the School Board prohibits smoking and the use of all other tobacco products in school buildings, facilities, and on school buses during school-sponsored events and at all other times on school grounds by all persons, including students and employees.

In addition, students are further prohibited from possessing, selling, distributing, or dispensing tobacco products in school buildings, facilities, and on school grounds and buses during school-sponsored events and at all other times.

Employees and all other persons are also strictly prohibited, under law and this Board’s policy, from selling, distributing, or in any way dispensing tobacco products to students.

NEPN/NSBA Code: ADC-R
TOBACCO USE AND POSSESSION ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE
The purpose of the following administrative procedure is to effectuate the mandates imposed by the various federal and state laws in addition to this Board’s “Tobacco Use and Possession” policy.

I. Prohibited Conduct

A. Students
The use, possession, sale, dispensing or distribution of tobacco products by all students is prohibited in school buildings and facilities, during school-sponsored events, on school grounds and buses, and at all other times.

B. Employees and All Other Persons
The use of tobacco products by employees and all other persons is prohibited in school buildings, facilities and on school buses during school-sponsored events and at all other times on school grounds. Employees and all other persons are strictly prohibited, under law and this Board’s policy/administrative procedure, from selling, dispensing or distributing tobacco products to students.

II. Enforcement
In order to enforce the tobacco products policy, the following guidelines shall be utilized by the Principal of a school in which prohibited conduct occurs. The Principal shall report any violations of this policy/procedure, as promptly as practicable, to the Superintendent.

A. Student Violations
First Incident
Confiscate material;
Refer to police;
Notify parent/guardian-hold conference with Administrator;
Refer the student for assessment to the Substance Abuse Counselor or a person trained in tobacco intervention;
Provide a Smokeless Saturday option.
Second incident
Confiscate material;
Refer to police;
Notify parent/guardian-hold conference with Administrator;
Refer the student to Substance Abuse Counselor or a person trained in tobacco intervention for assessment.
Three (3) days of in-school or out-of-school suspension;
Provide a Smokeless Saturday option.


Third and Subsequent Incidents
Confiscate material and refer to police;
Notify parent/guardian and hold conference with Administrator;
Refer the student to Substance Abuse Counselor or a person trained in tobacco prevention education;
Ten (10) days of in-school or out-of-school suspension.

Support of students who want to stop will be offered
Provide smoking related educational material;
Offer a SMOKELESS SATURDAY CLASS;
Provide a Substance Abuse counselor or a person trained in tobacco prevention.
Student Referral to Law Enforcement Agency

The Superintendent or his/her designee reserves the right to refer students to a law enforcement agency, on a case-by-case basis, as he/she may deem necessary. However, the Superintendent/designee shall refer to a law enforcement agency any student reasonably suspected of selling, dispensing or distributing tobacco products.

Other Persons in Violation

All other persons violating this policy, e.g., employees, visitors, shall be immediately directed to cease volatile behavior. In addition, all persons suspected of selling, distributing or in any way dispensing tobacco products to students shall be referred to a law enforcement agency.

Any employee violating this policy shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary measures.

III. Notices
This Board’s policy and corresponding disciplinary actions for infractions of this policy shall be printed in employee and student handbooks. Parents/guardians shall also be sent notification in writing of this Board’s tobacco policy and administrative procedures. Notices shall be signed by parents/legal guardians and returned to the school where they shall be kept on file by the school unit. 

NEPN/NSBA Code: JKB
DETENTION OF STUDENTS
Teachers and administrators have the authority to detain students after school hours for infractions of classroom or school rules. Before assigning students to detention, the student will be informed of the reason for the detention, and the student will be given an opportunity to explain his/her version of the incident. Teachers/administrators have the discretion to substitute alternative discipline in cases where they deem detention inappropriate.

The student’s parents/guardians will be informed of the reason for the detention and requested to make arrangements for the student’s transportation following the detention, if necessary. Detention will not begin until the parents have been notified.

All students detained for disciplinary purposes will be under the direct supervision of a member of the professional staff or other person designated by the building administrator. Students in detention are expected to use the time constructively to complete school assignments or for other educational purposes.

The Superintendent/designee is authorized to develop and implement any administrative procedures necessary to carry out this policy.
NEPN/NSBA CODE: JICA
STUDENT DRESS
The Board recognizes that responsibility for the dress and appearance of students rests with individual students and their parent(s)/guardian(s). The Board will not interfere with this right unless the personal choices of students create a disruptive influence on the school program or affect the health or safety of others.

Students are encouraged to use sound judgment and reflect respect for themselves and others in dress and grooming. In keeping with the goals of the school unit to provide a safe, healthy, and non-discriminatory environment for educating students for maximum academic and social development, the following restrictions on dress shall be enforced.

Articles of clothing which promote the use of tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs may not be worn on school grounds when school is in session or at school functions.

Clothing, footwear, insignia, or accessories that are 
intended to identify the wearer as a member of a 
particular gang are prohibited.

Articles of clothing with displays that are sexual,
vulgar, lewd, or indecent or include insulting words. 

Clothing that is destructive of school property (e.g. 
cleats, pants with metal inserts that scratch furniture) 
is not permitted.

Exposes one’s undergarments, the body’s chest, 
and/or stomach area.

Hats are not to be worn in the cafeteria during lunch, the office, and during assemblies or when visited by a guest speaker.

School administrators or teachers may require special clothing for health and safety reasons for students participating in physical education, certain extracurricular activities, work with or around machines, or other activities. However, no particular brand may be required.

The Superintendent is responsible for the development of any administrative procedures necessary to implement this policy.

NEPN/NSBA CODE: JICIA
WEAPONS, VIOLENCE AND SCHOOL SAFETY
The School Board believes that students and staff are entitled to learn and work in a school environment free of violence, threats,* and disruptive behavior. Students are expected to conduct themselves with respect for others and in accordance with Board policies, school rules, reasonable unwritten behavior expectations, and applicable state and federal laws.

School staff is required to immediately report incidents of prohibited conduct by students to the building administrator/designee for investigation and appropriate action.

Prohibited Conduct
Students are prohibited from engaging in the following conduct on school property, while in attendance at school or at any school-sponsored activity, or at any time or place that such conduct directly interferes with the operations, discipline, or general welfare of the school:

Possession and/or use of articles commonly used or designed to inflict bodily harm and/or to threaten, intimidate, coerce, or harass another person. 
Examples of such articles include but are not limited to firearms, BB guns, 
pellet guns, any other kind of gun, ammunition, explosives, cross-bows, brass knuckles, switchblades, knives, chains, clubs, Kung Fu stars, and nunchucks;

Use of any object, although not necessarily designed to be a weapon, to inflict bodily harm and/or to threaten, intimidate, coerce, or harass another person. Examples of such articles include but are not limited to bats, belts, picks, pencils, compasses, objects capable of ignition (e.g., matches, lighters), files, tools of any sort, and replicas of weapons (including toys);

Violent or threatening behavior including but not limited to fighting, assault and/or battery, taking hostages, and threats to commit violence against persons or property (e.g., verbal or written death threats, threats of bodily harm, bomb threats);

Verbal or written statements (including those made on or through a computer) which threaten, intimidate, or harass others, which tend to incite violence and/or disrupt the school program;

Willful and malicious damage to school or personal property;

Stealing or attempting to steal school or personal property;

Lewd, indecent, or obscene acts or expressions of any kind;

Violations of the school unit’s drug/alcohol and tobacco policies;

Violations of state or federal laws; and

Any other conduct that may be harmful to persons or property.

Disciplinary Action
Principals may suspend and/or recommend expulsion of students who violate this policy based upon the facts of each case and in accordance with applicable state and federal laws. Conduct which violates this policy is deliberately disobedient and deliberately disorderly within the meaning of 20-A MRSA § 1001 (9) and will be grounds for expulsion if found necessary for the peace and usefulness of the school. Such conduct may also be grounds for expulsion under other provisions of 20-A MRSA § 1001 (9 and 9-A) that specifically prohibit the use and possession of weapons, infractions of violence, and possession, furnishing, and trafficking of scheduled drugs.

Students who are found to have brought a firearm to school (as defined by federal law), shall be expelled for a period of not less than one year, unless this requirement is modified by the Superintendent on a case-by-case basis.

All firearms violations shall be referred to law enforcement authorities as required by law. Other violations of this policy shall be referred to law enforcement authorities at the discretion of the Superintendent.

Students with disabilities shall be disciplined in accordance with applicable federal and state laws/regulations and Board policy JKF.

The Board authorizes the Superintendent to request an immediate psychological evaluation of a student who violates this policy when, in his/her opinion, such an evaluation will assist in assessing the risk the student poses to school safety if the student were to remain in school. The Superintendent is also authorized to request psychological evaluations of students who have been identified as posing a substantial risk of violent behavior.

All such evaluations shall be performed at the school unit’s expense.

If the parents/guardians and/or student refuse to permit a requested psychological evaluation, the Superintendent and the Board may draw any reasonable inferences from the student’s behavior concerning the risk the student poses to school safety for purposes of determining appropriate action.

NEPN/NSBA CODE: EBCC
BOMB THREATS
The Board recognizes that bomb threats are a significant concern to the school unit. Whether real and carried out or intended as a prank or for some other purpose, a bomb threat represents a potential danger to the safety and welfare of students and staff and to the integrity of school property. Bomb threats disrupt the instructional program and learning environment and also place significant demands on school financial resources and public safety services. These effects occur even when such threats prove to be false.

Any bomb threat will be regarded as an extremely serious matter and treated accordingly. The Board directs the Superintendent to react promptly and appropriately to information concerning bomb threats and to initiate or recommend suitable disciplinary action.

Conduct Prohibited

No person shall make, or communicate by any means, whether verbal or non-verbal, a threat that a bomb has been, or will be, placed on school premises. Because of the potential for evacuation of the schools and other disruption of school operations, placement of a bomb or of a “look-alike” bomb on school premises will be considered a threat for the purpose of this policy.

It is also a violation of Board policy to communicate by any means that any toxic or hazardous substance or material has been placed, or will be placed, on school premises with the intent to endanger the safety and welfare of students or staff and/or to disrupt the operations of the schools. For the purpose of this policy, “toxic or hazardous substance or material” means any material or substance, including biomedical materials or organisms, that, when placed as threatened, could be harmful to humans.

Definitions

A “bomb” means an explosive, incendiary or poison gas bomb, grenade, rocket, missile, mine, “Molotov cocktail” or other destructive device.
A “look-alike bomb” means any apparatus or object that conveys the appearance of a bomb or other destructive device.
A “bomb threat” is the communication, by any means, whether verbal or non-verbal, that a bomb has been, or will be, placed on school premises, including possession or placement of a bomb or look-alike bomb on school premises.
“School premises” means any school property and any location where any school activities may take place.

Development of Bomb Threat Procedures

The Superintendent/designee shall be responsible for developing and implementing procedures specific to bomb threats as part of the school unit’s Crisis Response Plan. These procedures are intended to inform administrators and staff of appropriate protocols to follow in the event that a bomb threat is received and should include provisions to address:

Threat assessment (for the purpose of identifying a response that is in 
proportion to the threat, in light of what is necessary to ensure safety);
Building evacuation and re-entry (including selection of potential 
alternative sites for those who are evacuated);
Incident “command and control” (who is in charge, and when);
Communications contacts and mandatory bomb threat reporting;
Parent notification process;
Training for staff members; and
Support services for students and staff.

The initial bomb threat procedure will be subject to approval by the Board. The Superintendent/designee will be responsible for overseeing a review or evaluation of bomb threat procedures prior to the Board’s required annual approval of the school unit’s Crisis Response Plan, or following implementation of the procedure in response to a specific threat.

D. Reporting of Bomb Threats

A student who learns of a bomb threat or the existence of a bomb on school premises must immediately report such information to the building principal, teacher, the School Resource Officer or other employee in a position of authority.

An employee of the school unit who learns of a bomb threat shall immediately inform the building administrator. The building administrator shall 
immediately take appropriate steps to protect the safety of students and staff in accordance with the school unit’s bomb threat procedure, as developed
under Section C, and inform the Superintendent of the threat.

All bomb threats shall be reported immediately to the local law enforcement authority, as provided in the bomb threat procedures.

The Superintendent shall be responsible for reporting any bomb threat to the Department of Education within two business days of the incident. Reports will include the name of the school, the date and time of the threat, the medium used to communicate the threat, and whether or not the perpetrators
have been apprehended.

Student Disciplinary Consequences

Making a bomb threat is a crime under Maine law. Any student suspected of making a bomb threat shall be reported to law enforcement authorities for investigation and possible prosecution. Apart from any penalty imposed by law, and without regard to the existence or status of criminal charges, a student who makes a bomb threat shall be subject to disciplinary action by the school.

The administration may suspend and/or recommend for expulsion any student who makes a bomb threat. The making of a bomb threat will be considered deliberately disobedient and deliberately disorderly within the meaning of 20-A M.R.S.A. § 1001(9) and will be grounds for expulsion if found necessary for the peace and usefulness of the school.

In addition, a student who is found after a hearing by the Board to have brought a bomb to school shall be expelled from school for at least one year in accordance with 20-A M.R.S.A. § 1001(9-A) and Policy JICIA, except that the Superintendent may modify the requirement for expulsion based on individual circumstances.

A student who has been identified through the PET process as having a disability and whose conduct in violation of this policy is related to the disability shall be disciplined as provided in Policy JKF.

Aiding Other Students in Making Bomb Threats

A student who knowingly encourages, causes, aids or assists another student in making or communicating a bomb threat shall be subject to the disciplinary consequences described in Section E of this policy.

Failure to Report a Bomb Threat

A student who fails to report information or knowledge of a bomb threat or the existence of a bomb or other destructive device in a school building or on school property may be subject to disciplinary consequences, which include suspension and/or expulsion.

Staff Disciplinary Consequences

A school system employee who makes or communicates a bomb threat will be reported to appropriate law enforcement authorities and will be subject to disciplinary action up and including termination of employment. Disciplinary action taken shall be consistent with collective bargaining agreements, other employment agreements, and Board policies.

A school system employee who fails to report information or knowledge of a bomb threat or the existence of a bomb on school premises will be subject to discipline up to and including termination of employment.

Civil Liability

The school unit reserves the right to bring suit against any individual responsible for a violation of this policy and to seek restitution and/or damages as permitted by law.

Lost Instructional Time

Instructional time lost as a result of a bomb threat will be rescheduled at the earliest appropriate opportunity, as determined by the Superintendent within parameters set by the Board.

Time lost may be rescheduled on a weekend or vacation day, or after what would normally be the last day of the school year, except on days when schools must be closed as required by law.

Notification Through Student Handbook

All student handbooks shall address the school unit’s bomb threat policy and procedures and explain the educational consequences of bomb threats. In addition, student handbooks shall notify students and parents that bomb 
threats violate Board policy and civil and criminal law.

NEPN/NSBA CODE: JICH
DRUG AND ALCOHOL USE BY STUDENTS
The School Board and staff of the school unit support a safe and healthy learning environment for students which is free of the detrimental effects of drugs and alcohol. Accomplishing this goal requires a cooperative effort among school staff, students, parents, law enforcement officials, and organizations concerned with the use of drugs and alcohol by school-aged youth. In order to promote the safety, health, and well being of students, the School Board endorses a three-pronged approach to address the issue of drug and alcohol use: prevention/education, intervention, and discipline. The Superintendent is responsible for developing appropriate administrative procedures, curricula, and programs to implement this policy.

Prohibited Conduct
No student shall distribute, dispense, possess, use or be under the influence of any alcoholic beverage, malt beverage, fortified wine, or other intoxicating liquor. Nor shall a student manufacture, distribute, dispense, possess, use, or be under the influence of any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, anabolic steroid, any other controlled substance defined in federal and state laws/regulations, any look-alike substance, or any substance that is represented to be a controlled substance.

These prohibitions apply to any student who is on school property, who is in attendance at school or at any school-sponsored activity, or whose conduct at any time or place directly interferes with the operations, discipline, or general welfare of the school.

Disciplinary Action
Principals may suspend and/or recommend expulsion of students who violate this policy based upon the facts of each case and in accordance with established disciplinary procedures. Students may also be referred to law enforcement authorities for investigation and/or prosecution.

Prevention/Education
The school unit will provide students with appropriate information and activities focused on educating students about drugs and alcohol and preventing their use. Programs shall teach students that the use of drugs and alcohol is wrong and harmful, how to resist peer pressure, and address the legal, social, and health consequences of drug and alcohol abuse.

Intervention
The school unit will establish a team approach to intervene with students with drug/alcohol problems. Students will be assisted in addressing their drug/alcohol problems and in continuing their educational program. Students will be provided with information and referral, if necessary, to aid them in obtaining assistance from appropriate community organizations. Student records concerning such interventions shall be kept confidential as required by state and federal laws.

Policy Communication
The school unit shall distribute this policy and appropriate related information to staff, students, and parents on an annual basis through handbooks and/or other means selected by the Superintendent and building administrators.

NEPN/NSBA CODE: ACAA
HARASSMENT AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT OF STUDENTS
Harassment of students because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, ancestry or national origin, or disability is prohibited. Such conduct is a violation of Board policy and may constitute illegal discrimination under state and federal laws.

Harassment
Harassment includes but is not limited to verbal abuse based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, ancestry or national origin, or disability. Harassment that rises to the level of physical assault, battery and/or abuse is also addressed in the Board policy JICIA – Weapons, Violence, and School Safety.

Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment includes but is not limited to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or pressure to engage in sexual activity, physical contact of a sexual nature, gestures, comments, or other physical, written or verbal conduct that is gender-based. School employees, fellow students, volunteers, and visitors to the school, and other persons with whom students may interact in order to pursue school activities are required to refrain from such conduct.

Harassment/sexual harassment of students by other students is considered grounds for disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion. The Superintendent will determine appropriate sanctions for harassment of students by persons other than school employees and students.

The Superintendent or the employee designated as the Title IX Coordinator will investigate complaints of harassment in accordance with the Student Harassment Complaint Procedure. School employees, students, and parents shall be informed of this policy/procedure through handbooks and/or other means selected by the school administrator.

NEPN/NSBA CODE: JI
STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Students have certain legal rights under federal/state constitutions and statutes as interpreted in pertinent court decisions. In connection with these rights is the expectation that students will demonstrate ethical and responsible behavior.

Among these student rights are:4

The right to equal educational and extracurricular opportunity;

B. The right to freedom from discrimination and harassment because of race, color, sex, religion, ancestry or national origin, or disability;

The right to attend free public schools in 
accordance with provisions of Maine statutes and policies of the Board;

The right to due process with respect to 
suspension, expulsion, or an administrative decision which a student believes has injured his/her rights;

The right to free inquiry and expression and to 
voice grievances within the bounds of reasonable rules regarding these rights, and to express 
themselves in a manner that does not materially or substantially disrupt the operation of the school or conflict with the school’s basic educational mission;

The right to privacy regarding the content of 
student records, as defined by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act;

G. The right to dress as he/she wishes within reasonable guidelines related to health, safety, and the avoidance of potential disruption;

H. The right to be free from unreasonable searches 
and seizures; and

I. The right to access school rules and, when 
necessary, an explanation of these rules from 
school personal.
The Board has the authority to make or delegate authority to its staff to make rules and regulations regarding the orderly operation of the schools.
NEPN/NSBA CODE: JIH
QUESTIONING AND SEARCHES OF STUDENTS
The School Board seeks to maintain a safe and orderly environment in the schools. Principals and/or superintendent designee are authorized to question and/or search students in accordance with this policy and accompanying administrative procedures.

Students may not bring, possess, or store at school any items or substances which are prohibited by law, Board policies, and/or school rules, or which interfere with the operations, discipline, or general welfare of the school.

Student use of all school storage facilities including but not limited to lockers, desks, and parking lots, is a privilege granted by the school. All storage facilities are school property and remain under the control, custody, and supervision of the school. Students have no expectation of privacy in school storage facilities or for any items placed in such storage facilities. Principals and/or superintendent designee have the authority to inspect and search storage facilities and their contents on a random basis, with or without reasonable suspicion, and without notice or consent.

If a search produces evidence that a student has violated or is violating the law, Board policies, and/or school rules, such evidence may be seized and impounded by principals and/or superintendent designee and appropriate disciplinary action may be taken. Evidence may be forwarded to law enforcement authorities as required by law or as deemed appropriate by principals and/or superintendent designee.

School staff, students, and parents shall be informed of this policy on an annual basis through handbooks and/or other means selected by principals and/or superintendent designee.

The Superintendent is authorized to develop and implement with input from legal counsel, administrators, staff, and others, as appropriate, any administrative procedures necessary to carry out this policy. Such administrative procedures shall be subject to Board approval
NEPN/NSBA CODE: JICB
CARE OF SCHOOL PROPERTY BY STUDENTS
Textbooks, other school property, and facilities are available to students for their use. Each student is responsible for loss or damage beyond normal wear. Parents/guardians of the student will be billed for the repair of school facilities or the replacement costs of lost, destroyed, or damaged materials.

If reimbursement is not forthcoming within a reasonable time, damage to school facilities may be recovered in a civil action to obtain the permitted “double damage.”

If the replacement cost of lost, destroyed, or damaged books or instructional appliances is not reimbursed within 45 working days of parental notification, the Board may report the amount to the municipal assessor for the purpose of including the replacement cost in the next municipal tax of the delinquent parent.

The Superintendent shall see that students and parents are notified annually of their responsibilities under this policy, such as by publication in student/parent handbooks.

NEPN/NSBA Code: KE-R
PUBLIC COMPLAINT PROCEDURE
Parents, students or citizens with complaints or concerns regarding any aspect of MSAD #25 shall be encouraged to seek a resolution at the lowest possible level. The only exception are complaints that concern School Board actions or operations. Such complaints should be addressed to the Board Chair.

Procedures

1. Any person with a school-related complaint concerning a school employee is encouraged to meet directly with that employee to resolve the complaint.

2. If this is deemed not appropriate because of the nature or severity of the complaint, the person may request a conference with the employees immediate supervisor:
Teachers, Custodians, Educational Technicians, Secretaries: see Building Principal
Cooks: See Food Service Director
Bus Drivers: See Transportation Supervisor
Principal: See Superintendent of Schools

3. If the complaint cannot be resolved at the lowest level, the person making the complaint must submit in writing to the appropriate building principal the nature of the complaint and the steps taken prior to the written complaint.

4. The appropriate building principal will review the written complaint and schedule a meeting with the individual making the complaint. The principal will issue a written response, upon investigating the complaint, to the extent practicable within five school days.

5. If the complaint cannot be resolved at the building principal level, it may be appealed to the Superintendent. The person making the complaint must file a written appeal to the Superintendent.

6. If the complaint remains unresolved at the Superintendent’s level, the person making the complaint may submit a written request that the matter be placed on the agenda of the next regular School Board meeting. The Superintendent/Board
Chair shall determine whether the complaint should be placed on the agenda.

Written agenda requests to the Board Chair, or the Superintendent for his or her consideration, but not placed on the agenda, will be noted in the Superintendent’s Board Report.

At all levels of the complaint process, school personnel are required to inform the person making the complaint of his/her right to appeal to the next level.

NEPN/NSBA CODE: IHBAA
IDENTIFICATION OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
It is the policy of the school unit to refer all school-age students suspected of having a disability that requires special education to the Pupil Evaluation Team (PET) for an evaluation in the suspected areas of disability. Referrals of students to the PET may be made by professional school staff, by parents, and by other persons knowledgeable about the student’s educational needs.

The policy and a detailed administrative procedure concerning pre-referral and referral of students with suspected disabilities may be found in the MSAD #25 Policy Manual under codes IHBAA (policy) and IHBAA-R (procedure).

Special considerations apply to discipline of students with disabilities.

NEPN/NSBA CODE: KFA
PUBLIC CONDUCT ON SCHOOL PROPERTY
Any person who behaves in an unsportsmanlike manner during an athletic or extracurricular event may be ejected from school property. Examples of unsportsmanlike conduct include but are not limited to:

Using vulgar or obscene language or gestures;

B. Possessing or being under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or illegal substance;

Possessing a weapon;

Fighting or otherwise striking, injuring, or 
threatening another person; and

Engaging in any activity that is illegal, disruptive, 
or may result in criminal charges.

Visitors to the schools shall comply with all applicable Board policies and school rules. Visitors who violate these policies/rules and/or disrupt the safe and orderly operation of the school shall be asked to leave school grounds. The building administrator/ designee has the authority to refuse entry to persons who do not have legitimate, school-related business, and/or who may disrupt the operations of the schools.

The building administrator/designee may request the assistance of law enforcement as necessary to deal with unauthorized persons or violations of the law by visitors.

The Superintendent or building administrator/designee is authorized to report incidents involving violence, threats of bodily harm (including bomb threats), possession of a weapon, possession, selling, distribution, or use of illegal substances, or other activity that is illegal or which disrupts the operation of the schools or school activities, and to furnish information concerning such incidents to law enforcement officials.

NEPN/NSBA CODE: JICC
STUDENT CONDUCT ON BUSES
The law does not relieve parents of students from the responsibility of supervision before the child boards the bus in the morning and after the child leaves the bus at the end of the school day.

Once a child boards the bus-and only at that time-does he/she become the responsibility of the school system. Such responsibility shall end when the child is delivered to the designated bus stop at the close of the school day.

In view of the fact that a bus is an extension of the classroom, the Board requires children to conduct themselves on the bus in a manner consistent with established standards for classroom behavior.

In cases when a child does not conduct himself/herself properly on a bus, such instances are to be brought to the attention of the building principal by the bus driver. The building principal will inform the parents immediately of the misconduct and request their cooperation in checking the child’s behavior.

Children who become a serious disciplinary problem on the school bus may have their riding privileges suspended by the principal. In such cases, the parents of the children involved become responsible for seeing that their child(ren) get to and from school safely.

NEPN/NSBA Code: JICK
BULLYING
It is the intent of the MSAD #25 Board to provide all students with an equitable opportunity to learn. To that end, the Board has a significant interest in providing a safe, orderly and respectful school environment that is conducive to teaching and learning. 

Bullying is detrimental to student learning and achievement. It interferes with the mission of the schools to educate their students and disrupts the operations of the schools. Bullying affects not only students who are targets but also those who participate and witness such behavior.

The Board also believes that promoting ethical and responsible behavior is an essential part of the school unit’s educational purpose. Ethics, responsible behavior and “character” are important if a student is to leave school as a “responsible and involved citizen” as described in the Guiding Principles of Maine’s system of Learning Results. Bullying interferes with the accomplishment of this goal.

Finally, the Board recognizes the well-publicized incidents of violence and threatened violence that have occurred nationally in the past several years. As research suggests a link between bullying and school violence, the Board seeks to avoid such incidents and instead take a systematic approach to bullying prevention and intervention.

It is not the Board’s intent to prohibit students from expressing their ideas, including ideas that may offend the sensibilities of others, or from engaging in civil debate. However, the Board does not condone and will take action in response to conduct that interferes with students’ opportunity to learn, the educational mission of the MSAD #25 schools, and the operation of the schools.

Bullying Prohibited

Bullying, as defined in this policy, is not acceptable conduct in MSAD #25 schools and is prohibited. Any student who engages in conduct that constitutes bullying shall be subject to disciplinary consequences up to and including suspension and expulsion. A student’s bullying behavior may also be addressed through other behavioral interventions.

Bullying Defined

For the purpose of this policy, “bullying” means any physical act or gesture or any verbally, written, or electronically communicated expression that:

A. A reasonable person should expect will have the effect of:

1. Physically harming a student or damaging 
a student’s property;
2. Placing a student in reasonable fear of physical harm or damage to his/her property; or

3. Substantially disrupting the instructional program or the orderly operations of the school; or

B. Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, hostile educational environment for the student who is bullied.

Application of Policy

This policy applies to bullying that takes place at school or on school grounds, at any school-sponsored activity or event, or while students are being transported to or from school or school-sponsored activities or events. It also applies to bullying that occurs at any other time or place that substantially disrupts the instructional program, operations of the school, or welfare of students. 

Examples of conduct that may constitute bullying include, but are not limited to:

A. Physical contact or injury to another person or his/her property;

B. Threats of harm to a student, to his/her possessions, or to other individuals, whether transmitted verbally, in writing, or through cyberspace;

C. Blackmail, extortion, demands for protection money, or involuntary loans or donations;

D. Non-verbal threats and/or intimidations such as use of aggressive or menacing gestures;

E. Stalking;

F. Blocking access to school property or facilities;

G. Stealing or hiding books, backpacks, or other possessions;

H. Repeated or pervasive taunting, name-calling, belittling, mocking, put-downs, or demeaning humor relating to a student’s race, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ancestry, religion, disability, or other personal characteristics, whether or not the student actually possesses them, that could reasonably be expected to result in disruption of the instructional program or operations of the schools, or that results in a hostile educational environment for the student.

[NOTE: Some of the actions that constitute bullying may also be addressed in other Board policies, such as ACAA—Student Harassment and Sexual Harassment or JICIA—Weapons, Violence and School Safety. Federal and/or state law and the Board’s basic nondiscrimination policy, AC, provide protection for students based on the “protected categories” listed in paragraph “H” above.]

For the purpose of this policy, bullying does not mean mere teasing, put-downs, “talking trash,” trading of insults, or similar interactions among friends, nor does it include expression of ideas or beliefs so long as such expression is not lewd, profane, or does not interfere with students’ opportunity to learn, the instructional program, or the operations of the schools. This does not preclude teachers or school administrators from setting and enforcing rules for civility, courtesy, and/or responsible behavior in the classroom and the school environment. 

The determination whether particular conduct constitutes bullying requires reasonable consideration of the circumstances, which include the frequency of the behavior at issue, the location in which the behavior occurs, the ages and maturity of the students involved, the activity or context in which the conduct occurs, and the nature and severity of the conduct. 

Delegation of Responsibility
The Superintendent/designee will be responsible for developing and implementing procedures for:

A. Student and parent reporting of bullying to staff and school administrators;

B. Staff reporting of bullying to school administrators;

C. Review of reports and investigation of bullying incidents;

D. Intervention with and/or discipline of students who engage in bullying;

E. Support for students who are victims of 
bullying;

F. Training staff and students in bullying prevention; and

G. Periodic evaluation of bullying prevention, intervention, and training efforts in MSAD #25 schools and reporting to the Board upon request.

Reporting
Students who have been bullied or who observe incidents of bullying are encouraged to report this behavior to a staff member or school administrator. Staff should report bullying to the building principal.

Acts of reprisal or retaliation against any person who reports an incident of bullying are prohibited. Any student who is determined to have falsely accused another of bullying shall be subject to disciplinary consequences.



Responding to Bullying
In determining the appropriate response to students who engage in bullying behavior, school administrators should consider the ages and maturity of the students involved, the type of behaviors, the frequency and/or pattern of behaviors, the context in which the incident occurred, and other relevant circumstances. Consequences may range from positive behavioral interventions up to and including suspension, expulsion, and/or reports to law enforcement officials.

Dissemination of Policy
Notice of what constitutes bullying, the Board’s prohibition against bullying, and the consequences for students who bully shall be communicated to students and parents through the Student Code of Conduct and Student Handbook.

PROTOCOL FOR BULLYING INCIDENTS
Purpose: M.S.A.D. # 25 believes that all students have the right to a safe school environment. As part of its overall policy of providing a physical, social, and emotional environment that is free from all forms of intimidation, this protocol has been developed to provide a consistent, effective approach to the handling of bulling incidents.
Definition: Bullying is defined as follows:
It is deliberate, hurtful behavior;
It may be repeated over a period of time;
It is difficult for those being bullied to defend themselves;
The person being bullied has stated that he finds the behavior hurtful;
It may be physical (hitting, taking/damaging belongings, pushing tripping, etc);
It may be verbal (name-calling, insulting, racist remarks, threatening, intimidating);
It may be indirect (spreading of stories either verbally or in writing, excluding from groups, making someone feel uncomfortable).
Procedure:
There will be a contact person for students and staff;
The contact person will complete required conflict forms and then direct student to the principal;
In addition to appropriate consequences listed below, an intervention plan may be developed.
All documentation will be kept on file.

Behavior:
Non-physical: Name calling, putdowns, teasing, spreading hurtful stories, leaving others out.
1st time reported
2nd Time
3rd time
Call home. 1 day after school office detention
Call home. 4 days after school office detention
Call home. 3 days in-school suspension. For high school: in school suspension or possibly out-of –school.

Physical: Grabbing, pushing, tripping, hitting, or taking/damaging belongings.
1st time reported
2nd Time
3rd time
Call home. 4 days after school office detention
Call home. 3 days in-school suspension (for high school in school suspension or possibly out-of –school.)
Call home. 5 days in-school- suspension (for high school in school suspension or possibly out-of –school.)

*Extreme Physical : Severe hitting, punching, kicking, and other behavior that may injure others.
* Harassment: Racial, ethnic, gender, sexual remarks, threats or intimidation.
1st time reported
2nd Time
3rd time
Call home.
3 days in-school suspension: (for high school: in school suspension or possibly out-of –school.)
Call home.
5 days in-school suspension
(for high school: in school suspension or possibly out-of –school.)
Call home. 10 days in-school suspension (for high school: in school suspension or possibly out-of –school.)
NOTE: some behaviors in this category may lead to 
more severe consequences than those listed here, based on either the seriousness of the action or on school board policies.

NEPN/NSBA CODE: JK
STUDENT DISCIPLINE
It is essential for schools to maintain a safe and orderly environment that supports student learning and achievement. Good discipline allows the schools to discharge their primary responsibilities to educate students and promote good citizenship. All students are expected to conduct themselves with respect for others and in accordance with School Board policies, school rules, and applicable state and federal laws. Disciplinary action may be taken against students who violate policies, rules, or laws, and/or whose conduct directly interferes with the operations, discipline, or general welfare of the school.

The Board expects the following principles to guide the development and implementation of school rules and disciplinary procedures:

A. Discipline should emphasize positive reinforcement for appropriate behavior, as well as appropriate consequences for misbehavior. The focus should be on providing a school environment where students are engaged in constructive learning and interactions with others.

Expectations for student behavior should be clear and communicated to school staff, students, and parents.

Consequences for misbehavior should be in proportion to the offense, fair, and consistently enforced.

Parents should be actively involved in the process of preventing and resolving disciplinary problems at school. 

Physical force and corporal punishment shall not be used as disciplinary methods. State law provides that “a teacher or other person entrusted with the care or supervision of a person for special or limited purposes may not be held civilly liable for the use of a reasonable degree of force against the person who creates a disturbance if the teacher or other person reasonably believes it is necessary to (a) control the disturbing behavior, or(b) remove the person from the scene of the disturbance.”

Teachers are authorized to make and enforce rules for effective classroom management and to foster appropriate student behavior, subject to the direction and approval by the principal/designee.

School-wide rules shall be developed by the building principal with appropriate input from school staff, students, and parents and subject to approval by the Superintendent. Principals shall provide for the suspension or other serious disciplinary action against students in accordance with Board policies, administrative procedures, and Maine law.

To reduce disciplinary problems and the potential for violence in the schools, the Superintendent will be responsible for developing procedures for conflict resolution which may be accomplished through peer mediation, counseling, parent involvement, services of community agencies, or other activities suitable to the school unit.
NEPN/NSBA CODE: JKD
SUSPENSION OF STUDENTS
The School Board delegates to the principals the authority to suspend disobedient and disorderly students for a period not to exceed 10 school days. Suspensions longer than 10 days may be imposed by the Board.

Prior to the suspension, except as hereinafter provided:

The student shall be given oral or written notice of the charge(s) against him/her;

B. The student shall be given an explanation of the 
evidence forming the basis for the charge(s); and 

The student shall be given an opportunity to present his/her version of the incident.


However, students whose presence poses a continuing danger to persons or property or an ongoing threat of disrupting the instructional process may be immediately removed from school. In such cases, the notice of charges, explanation of evidence, and the student’s opportunity to present his/her version of the incident shall be arranged as soon as practicable after removal of the student from school.

The student’s parents/guardians shall be notified of the suspension as soon as practicable by telephone, if possible, and by written notice sent by mail. A copy of the notice shall also be sent to the Office of the Superintendent.

Students shall be responsible for any schoolwork missed during their suspension. After re-admittance, they shall be permitted to take tests, quizzes, or any other form of evaluation affecting their grades.
NEPN/NSBA CODE: JKE
EXPULSION OF STUDENTS
No student shall be expelled from school except by action of the Board. The Board shall expel students as provided in 20-A MRSA § 1001(9) and (9A). The Board also has the authority to readmit an expelled student on satisfactory evidence that the behavior which was the cause of the student being expelled will not likely recur.

The parents/guardians, and the student if 18 years of age or older, shall be notified by certified letter and regular mail of the Board expulsion hearing. The hearing shall be in a properly called executive session and may also be attended by persons designated by the Superintendent to present information in the case.

The notice of hearing shall include:

The date, time, and location of the hearing;

A description of the charge(s);

A statement that the student may be represented by legal counsel;

A statement that the student or his/her representative may cross-examine any witnesses presented by the administration at the hearing; and

A statement that the parents/guardians and student may present evidence, including witnesses and documents, on the student’s behalf.


NEPN/NSBA Code: JKE-R
EXPULSION OF STUDENTS GUIDELINES
The following steps constitute general guidelines for the conduct of an expulsion hearing. The guidelines may be adjusted to meet the flexible requirements of due process on a case-by-case basis.

Procedure for Conduct of Board Hearing to Expel

A. Any discussion, consideration or hearing by the School Board of suspension or expulsion of a student shall be in executive session.

B. The Board shall be in a public meeting and vote to enter executive session. Executive session requires a 3/5 affirmative vote of the members present and voting, and the vote must be recorded.

C. The parents/guardians, the student and legal counsel (if any) must be present for the hearing, except that the hearing may go forward if the parents/guardians and student (if 18 years of age or older) have been provided prior written notice and failed to appear for the hearing.

Executive Session

I. GENERAL RULES OF CONDUCT

A. The hearing officer (Board Chair/designee or Board attorney) will conduct the hearing.

B. Witnesses shall be sequestered in response to a request by either party.

C. The hearing officer will state “no irrelevant or repetitious evidence will be allowed and no debate between the parties will be allowed.”

D. The hearing officer will state that “all parties are expected to maintain the confidentiality of the proceeding.”

E. The School Board and student (at his/her own expense) may be represented by legal counsel through each stage of the process.

II. PROCEDURES

A. The hearing officer will state for the record:
Date of this hearing;
Place of hearing;
Time of hearing;
Name of student; 
Those in attendance for the administration;
Those in attendance for the student; and
Those in attendance for the School Board.

B. The hearing officer will request from the Superintendent a copy of the hearing notice, read the hearing notice to the School Board and include the notice in the record. If no person appears at the hearing on behalf of the parents/guardians or student, the hearing officer will request that the Superintendent confirm that the parents/ guardians and student (if age 18 or older) were provided notice of the hearing.

C. The Superintendent or designee, hereafter called “the administration,” will make an opening statement that includes an overview of the evidence, his/her recommendation, the reason(s) for the recommendation, and the legal basis for the recommended expulsion.

D. The hearing officer will inform the student and parents/guardians of their rights:

1. To hear the evidence;

2. To cross examine witnesses; and

3. To present witnesses and offer other relevant 
evidence.

E. The hearing officer will ask if any member of the Board finds him/herself in a possible conflict of interest situation because he/she knows the student or parents/guardians to such an extent, or has knowledge of the facts to such an extent, that he/she could not impartially hear the facts and decide the issue on its merits.

F. All witnesses shall be sworn in by the hearing officer. Each witness raises his/her right hand and is asked, “Do you solemnly affirm to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?”

G. The administration calls its witnesses.

H. After each witness has answered all questions put by the administration, then the student/designee (hereinafter, the student) may cross examine. This should be limited to questions and not arguments with the witness. 

I. The administration may ask rebuttal questions after the student finishes questioning.

J. Members of the Board may ask questions at the conclusion of the rebuttal.

K. The student may then call his/her own witnesses to testify, and the student may testify. All witnesses will be sworn. The administration may cross examine. The student may ask rebuttal questions. After the rebuttal questions, the Board may ask questions.

L. When all the student’s witnesses have completed testimony (including the student), the administration may call additional rebuttal witnesses who may be cross examined.

M. At the end of the testimony, the administration shall make a statement which should include its recommendations. The same may then be done by/for the student.

N. The Board should then deliberate in executive session. The Superintendent, Board attorney, administration, the student charged, his/her parents/guardians, and the student’s legal counsel may remain for deliberations. If the student and representatives elect not to be present during deliberations, the administration will also be excluded from deliberations, except that the Superintendent may remain to provide 
guidance to the Board if he/she was not directly involved in the
investigation/presentation of evidence.

O. The Board shall discuss whether the charges are more likely than not supported by the evidence presented. The Board may discuss and/or draft proposed finding of fact(s) concerning the charges prior to leaving the executive session.

P. The Board shall then leave executive session.

III. PUBLIC SESSIONS

A. In public session, a member of the Board may make a motion to “expel a student and direct the Superintendent to provide the student and his/her parents/guardians with the Board’s finding of fact(s).” Following a second, the Board Chair should state the motion and the Board should vote. If no motion is made to expel, the student will return to school at the conclusion of the previously-imposed administrative suspension.

B. The Superintendent is responsible for notifying the parents/ guardians (and the student if age 18 or older) of the Board’s decision. If the student has been expelled, the Superintendent will also provide notice of the conditions, if any were given at that time, for Board consideration of readmission.

NEPN/NSBA CODE: JFK
DISCIPLINARY REMOVAL OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
When removing students with disabilities from their regular school programs, whether as a result of a suspension, an expulsion, or any other removal covered by state and federal special education laws, it shall be the policy of the local school unit to comply fully with all applicable state and federal special education laws that govern such removals.

The Superintendent, in consultation with the director of special education and other school administrators, may develop and promulgate procedures for implementing this policy and may, from time to time, amend those procedures as necessary.

NEPN/NSBA CODE: JFK-A
DISCIPLINARY REMOVAL OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES – ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE
These procedures shall govern disciplinary removal of students with disabilities from their regular school program. These procedures shall be interpreted in a manner consistent with state and federal special education laws and regulations.

School administrators may suspend students with disabilities for up to 10 cumulative school days in the school year under the same terms and conditions as students without disabilities are suspended, subject to the limitations set forth below:

In the event that a disabled student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) specifically lists a school response
other than a suspension that must be followed for a particular type of misconduct, the school administrator
shall follow the requirements of the IEP in responding to that misbehavior.

When calculating the 10 cumulative school day total, school administrators shall include school days spent in an in-school suspension or removal, unless during that removal, the student
continued to have access to the general curriculum, to the special education services in his/her IEP, and also continued to participate with non-disabled students to the extent he/she would have in the student’s regular program.

Portions of a school day that a student has been suspended would be included in determining whether the student has been removed for more than 10 cumulative school days.

In the event that a school administrator must remove a disabled student from his/her school program for more than 10 cumulative school days in the school year, the administrator shall ensure that the following steps are followed:

After consulting with the student’s special education teacher, the school administrator shall arrange for the student to receive an appropriate level of educational services during the
removal in question so as to ensure that the student is able to continue to progress in the general curriculum and appropriately advance toward the goals and objectives listed in the student’s 
IEP during that removal.

The administrator shall contact the school unit’s special education office to arrange for a meeting of the student’s Pupil Evaluation Team (PET), which should meet within 10 business days of commencing the removal in excess
of 10 cumulative school days in the school year.

At the PET meeting referenced above, the PET shall undertake all the responsibilities established by state and federal special education laws, including reviewing or ordering as appropriate a functional behavior assessment and a behavior intervention plan. The PET may also undertake a manifestation determination of the behaviors of concern and must undertake that manifestation determination if the student has been removed with sufficient frequency to constitute a “change of placement” as that term is defined by state and federal laws.

Nothing in these procedures shall prevent the PET from undertaking functional behavior assessments, manifestation 
determinations, or the development of behavior plans at earlier points in time, as determined appropriate by the PET.

Should school officials believe that the student should remain out of his/her regular program for a sufficient length of time so as to be a “change of placement” under state and federal law, school officials shall schedule a PET meeting to consider that removal. At that meeting, the following things must occur:

The PET shall review or order, as appropriate, a functional
behavior assessment and shall review or order, as appropriate, a behavior intervention plan for the student. The PET shall also undertake a manifestation determination of the behaviors
prompting the need for the extended removal time.

If the PET chooses to remove the student from his/her regular program for a period of time that would be a change of placement, the PET shall decide upon the appropriate services for the
student to receive during that removal. Those services must be calculated to ensure that the student is able to continue to progress in the general curriculum and appropriately advance toward the goals and objectives listed in the student’s IEP
during that removal.

When such a removal is ordered by the PET, the family shall receive the special education statement of procedural rights as part of that decision. If possible, the Chair of the PET meeting should also attempt to inform the student’s parents/guardians at the meeting that if he/she does not believe the service package ordered by the PET is appropriate, then the parents/guardians may request a due process hearing challenging the appropriateness of those services.

For the purpose of these procedures, a “change of placement” shall be any removal from the student’s regular school program that is for more than 10 consecutive school days in a school year, or any series of removals that constitute a pattern because they cumulate to more than 10 school days in a school year and are considered a change of placement because of factors such as the length of each removal, the total amount of time the student is removed, and the proximity of the removals to one another.

In any situation where the PET determines that misconduct is not a manifestation of the student’s disability, then the relevant disciplinary procedures applicable to students without disabilities may be applied to the student in the same manner as they would be applied to students without disabilities, up to and including possible expulsion of the student in question. During any permissible disciplinary removal in excess of 10 cumulative school days in the school year, including expulsions, the school shall provide that student with services sufficient to ensure that the student is able to continue to progress in the general curriculum and appropriately advance toward the goals and objectives listed in the student’s IEP during that removal. The PET shall determine the services that meet that standard for removals sufficiently long as to constitute a change of placement.

F Following any disciplinary removal in excess of 10 cumulative school days in the school year, the PET should meet to review the student’s most recent functional behavior assessment, or if one has not been done, to order that such an assessment occur, as appropriate. Following the completion and/or review of the functional behavior assessment, the PET shall develop and/or review, as necessary, the behavior intervention plan and order changes in such a plan, if appropriate, to address the behaviors of concern.

In those circumstances where a student brings a weapon to school, to a school function, or on school transportation, or where a student possesses, uses, sells, or attempts to sell illegal drugs at school, a school function, or on school transportation, school officials may place that student out of school for up to 45 days, shall provide educational services for the student(s), and shall schedule a PET meeting to occur within 10 business days of the removal. At that PET meeting, the PET shall undertake all necessary actions discussed in these procedures for responding to removals that constitute a change of placement for the student. Determinations regarding what should happen with the student after the 45 day removal shall also be made by the PET, consistent with these procedures and state and federal law.
SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS
MSAD #25 SCHOOL DEPARTMENT
805 STATION ROAD
STACYVILLE, ME 04777

ANNUAL NOTICE OF STUDENT EDUCATION RECORDS AND INFORMATION RIGHTS

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) provides certain rights to parents and eligible students (18 years of age or older) with respect to the student’s education records.

Inspection of Records

Parents/eligible students may inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of making a request. Such requests must be submitted to the Superintendent or building administrator in writing and must identify the record(s) to be inspected. The Superintendent or building administrator will notify the parent/eligible student of the time and place where the record(s) may be inspected in the presence of school staff. Parents/eligible students may obtain copies of education records at a cost of $.10 per page.


Amendment of Records

Parents/eligible students may ask the School Department to amend education records they believe are inaccurate, misleading or in violation of the student’s right to privacy. Such requests must be submitted to the Superintendent or building administrator in writing, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading or in violation of the student’s right to privacy. If the Superintendent or building administrator decides not to amend the record as requested, the parent/eligible student will be notified of the decision, their right to request a hearing and information about the hearing process.

Disclosure of Records 

The School Department must obtain a parent/eligible student’s written consent prior to disclosure of personally identifiable information in education records except in circumstances permitted by law or regulations as summarized below.

Directory Information

The School Department designates the following student information as directory information that may be made public at its discretion: name, participation and grade level of students in officially recognized activities and sports, height and weight of student athletes, dates of attendance in the school unit, honors and awards received, and photographs and videos relating to student participation in school activities open to the public (except photographs and videos on the Internet). Parents/eligible students who do not want the School Department to disclose directory information must notify the Superintendent in writing by September 30th or within thirty (30) days of enrollment, whichever is later. This opt-out request will remain in effect unless and until it is rescinded. 

Military Recruiters/Institutions of Higher Education 

Military recruiters and institutions of higher education are entitled to receive the names, addresses and telephone numbers of secondary students and the School Department must comply with





any such request, provided that parents have been notified of their right to request that this information not be released without their prior written consent. Parents/eligible students who do not want the School Department to disclose this information without their prior written consent must notify the Superintendent in writing by September 30th or within thirty (30) days of enrollment, whichever is later. 

School Officials with Legitimate Educational Interests

Education records may be disclosed to school officials with a “legitimate educational interest.” A school official has a legitimate educational interest if he/she needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his/her professional responsibility. School officials include persons employed by the School Department as an administrator, supervisor, instructor or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); members of the School Board; persons or companies with whom the School Department has contracted to provide specific services (such as attorneys, auditors, medical consultants, evaluators or therapists); and volunteers who are under the direct control of the School Department with regard to education records.

Health or Safety Emergencies

In accordance with federal regulations, the School Department may disclose education records in a health or safety emergency to any person whose knowledge of the information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals without prior written consent.

5 . Other School Units

As required by Maine law, the School Department sends student education records to a school unit to which a student applies for transfer, including disciplinary records, attendance records, special education records and health records (except for confidential health records for which consent for dissemination has not been obtained).

Other Entities/Individuals

Education records may be disclosed to other entities and individuals as specifically permitted by law. Parents/eligible students may obtain information about other exceptions to the written consent requirement by request to the Superintendent or building administrator.

D. Complaints Regarding School Department Compliance with FERPA 

Parents/eligible students who believe that the School Department has not complied with the requirements of FERPA have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education. The office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202


STUDENT EDUCATION RECORDS AND INFORMATION
The MSAD #25 School Department shall comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) and all other federal and state laws and regulations concerning confidentiality and maintenance of student records and information. 

Directory Information
The MSAD #25 School Department designates the following student information as directory information: name, participation and grade level of students in recognized activities and sports, height and weight of student athletes, dates of attendance in the school unit, honors and awards received, and photographs and videos of student participation in school activities open to the public (except photographs and videos on the Internet). The MSAD #25 School Department may disclose directory information if it has provided notice to parents (and eligible students over 18) and has not received timely written notice refusing permission to designate such information as directory information. 

Military Recruiters/Higher Education Access to Information
Under federal law, military recruiters and institutions of higher education are entitled to receive the names, addresses and telephone numbers of secondary students and the MSAD #25 School Department must comply with any such request, provided that parents have been notified of their right to request that this information not be released without their prior written consent.

Health or Safety Emergencies
In accordance with federal regulations, the School Department may disclose education records in a health or safety emergency to any person whose knowledge of the information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals without prior written consent.

Information on the Internet
Under Maine law, the MSAD #25 School Department shall not publish on the Internet any information that identifies a student, including but not limited to the student’s full name, photograph, personal biography, e-mail address, home address, date of birth, social security number and parents’ names, without written parental consent.



Transfer of Student Records
As required by Maine law, the MSAD #25 School Department sends student education records to a school unit to which a student applies for transfer, including disciplinary records, attendance records, special education records and health records (except for confidential health records for which consent for dissemination has not been obtained).



Administrative Procedures and Notices
The Superintendent is responsible for developing and implementing any administrative procedures and parent notices necessary to comply with the applicable laws and regulations concerning student education records and information. Notices shall be distributed annually to parents and eligible students concerning their rights under these laws and regulations. A copy of this policy shall be posted in each school.

STUDENT EDUCATION RECORDS AND INFORMATION –
ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE

This administrative procedure is intended to assist administrators and school staff in complying with the requirements of federal and state statutes and regulations concerning student education records and information, including special education requirements. 

A. Definitions

The following definitions apply to terms used in this procedure.

"Act" means the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (20 U.S.C. §1232g).

“Directory information” means the following information contained in an education record of a student: name, participation and grade level of students in officially recognized activities and sports, height and weight of student athletes, dates of attendance in the school unit, honors and awards received, and photographs and videos relating to student participation in school activities open to the public (except photographs and videos on the Internet). 

"Eligible student" means a student who has attained 18 years of age who has not been judged by a court of competent jurisdiction to be so severely impaired that the student is unable to make decisions or exercise judgment on his/her own behalf. 

When a student attains the age of 18, all rights accorded to parents concerning education records transfer to the eligible student, except that the School Department may continue to disclose education records to a parent without prior written consent if the student qualifies as a dependent under the Internal Revenue Code.

"Parent" means parent, regardless of divorce or separation, a legal guardian, or individual acting as a parent or guardian provided that there shall be a presumption that a parent has the authority to exercise the rights inherent in the Act, unless there is evidence of a state law or court order governing such matters as divorce, separation or custody or a legally binding instrument that specifically revokes such rights.

"Education record" means information or data that directly relates to a student and is maintained by the school unit in any medium, including but not limited to handwriting, print, e-mail or other computer media, video or audio tape, microfilm and microfiche. Records of instructional, supervisory and administrative personnel and personnel who support these individuals, which are in the sole possession of the maker thereof and which are not accessible or revealed to any other person except a temporary substitute for the person who made the record are excluded from this definition, as are grades on peer-graded papers before they are collected and recorded by a teacher.

"Student" includes any individual with respect to whom the School Department maintains education records.

B. Annual Notification of Rights 
Parents and eligible students shall be provided with notice of their rights under FERPA and other applicable federal and state laws and regulations concerning education records at the beginning of each school year or upon enrollment if a student enrolls after the start of the school year. The School Department may provide notice through any of the following means: 

Mailing to students’ homes;

Distribution to students to take home; 

Publication in student handbooks;

Publication in newsletters or other materials distributed to each parent/eligible student.

C. Access to Policy and Administrative Procedure
The School Department’s policy on Student Education Records and Information shall be posted in each school. In addition, school administrators shall provide copies of this administrative procedure to parents/eligible students upon request or when a request to inspect or amend records is made.

D. Inspection and Review of Education Records
Parents/eligible students may review and inspect their educational records by the following procedure:

The parent/eligible student must make a written request to the Superintendent or building administrator to review the records.

The Superintendent or building administrator will comply with the request without unnecessary delay and in a reasonable period of time, but in no case more than 45 days after it received the request, and will comply before any IEP Team meeting regarding an Individualized Education Program or any due process hearing relating to the identification, evaluation or placement of the student.

The Superintendent or building administrator may deny a request for access to or copies of the student's education records if there is reasonable doubt as to the legality of the parent-child relationship. Access will be withheld until a determination of legal right to access can be established.

All records shall be reviewed in the presence of a school official.

Parents/eligible students may also request to review the following:

The School Department’s list of types and locations of education records and titles of officials responsible for the records. 

The School Department’s record of disclosures of personally identifiable information (see Section F). 


E. Requests to Amend Education Records
Parents/eligible students may ask the School Department to amend education records they believe are inaccurate, misleading or in violation of the student’s privacy rights as follows:

The parent/eligible student must make a written request to the Superintendent or building administrator to amend the education record. The request must clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading or in violation of the student’s right to privacy. 

The Superintendent or building administrator shall, within a reasonable period of time after receipt of the request, either amend the record in accordance with the request or inform the parent/eligible student of the School Department’s refusal to amend the record and inform the parent/eligible student of their right to request a hearing. 

If the parent/eligible student requests a hearing, it shall be held within a reasonable period of time from the School Department’s receipt of the written request. The parent/eligible student shall be given advance notice of the date, place and time of 
the hearing. The Superintendent shall designate an individual to conduct the hearing. This individual may be an employee of the School Department so long as he/she does not have a direct interest in the outcome of the hearing. The parent/eligible student shall be afforded a full and fair opportunity to present evidence relevant to the issues raised and may be assisted or represented by individuals of his/her choice at his/her own expense, including an attorney. 

The School Department shall make its decision in writing within a reasonable period of time. The decision of the school shall include a summary of the evidence and the reasons for the decision.

If, as a result of the hearing, the School Department decides that the information is inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of the privacy rights of the student, it shall amend the education records of the student accordingly and so inform the parent/eligible student in writing.

If, as a result of the hearing, the School Department decides that the information is not inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of the privacy rights of the student, it shall inform the parent/eligible student of their right to include a statement in the student’s education record about the contested information and/or setting forth any reasons for disagreeing with the decision of the School Department.

Any statement placed in the student’s education record under the preceding paragraph shall be maintained as long as the record or contested portion is maintained by the School Department. If the education records of the student or the contested portion is disclosed by the School Department to any party, the explanation shall also be disclosed.

F. Disclosure of Education Records
All disclosures of education records will be made in compliance with federal and state statutes and regulations. The School Department will not disclose any personally identifiable information from the education records of a student without the prior written consent of the parent/eligible student unless such disclosure is otherwise allowed by federal and/or state statutes or regulations. The written consent shall include a specification of the records which may be disclosed, the purpose(s) of the disclosure(s), and the identity of the party or parties to whom the disclosure(s) may be made. 

There are several exceptions to the requirement to obtain prior
written consent before disclosing education records as follows: 

Directory Information. The School Department may make directory information (as described in Section A) public at its discretion unless a parent/eligible student has notified the Superintendent in writing by September 30th or within thirty (30) days of enrollment, whichever is later.
The School Department may disclose directory information about former students without the consent of the parent/eligible student.

Military Recruiters/Institutions of Higher Education. Military recruiters and institutions of higher education are entitled to receive the names, addresses and telephone numbers of secondary students and the School Department must comply with any such request, provided that parents have been notified of their right to request that this information not be released without their prior written consent. Parents/eligible students who do not want the School Department to disclose this information must notify the Superintendent in writing by September 30th or within thirty (30) days of enrollment, whichever is later. 

School Officials with Legitimate Educational Interests. Education records may be disclosed to school officials with a “legitimate educational interest.” A school official has a legitimate educational interest if he/she needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his/her professional responsibility. School officials include persons employed by the School Department as an administrator, supervisor, instructor or support staff member (including health or medical staff and the school unit’s designated law enforcement unit personnel, if any); members of the School Board; persons or companies with whom the School Department has contracted to provide specific services (such as attorneys, auditors, medical consultants, evaluators or therapists); and volunteers who are under the direct control of the School Department with regard to education records.

Other School Units. Under Maine law (20-A M.R.S.A. § 6001-B), the School Department is required to send a student’s education records to a school unit to which a student applies for transfer, including disciplinary records, attendance records, special education records and health records. Consent is not required for the transfer of these records, except for confidential health records. 

At the request of the Superintendent of the school unit where a student seeks admission, the student's current or former school administrators shall provide, in a timely fashion, an oral or written report to the Superintendent indicating whether the student has been expelled or suspended or is the subject of an expulsion or suspension proceeding. 

Health or Safety Emergency. In accordance with federal regulations, the School Department may disclose education records in a health or safety emergency to any person whose knowledge of the information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals without prior written consent.

Other Entities/Individuals. Education records may be disclosed to other 
governmental entities and individuals as specifically permitted by FERPA and the accompanying regulations.

Information on the Internet. Under Maine law (20-A M.R.S.A. § 6001), the School Department shall not publish on the Internet any information that identifies a student, including but not limited to the student’s full name, photograph, personal biography, e-mail address, home address, date of birth, social security number and parents’ names, without written parental consent. 

G. Request/Disclosure Record
The School Department will maintain a record of requests and disclosures of personally identifiable information from the education records of a student. 

Such records do not include disclosures to the parents/eligible student; disclosures made pursuant to written consent of the parents/eligible student; disclosures to school officials; disclosures of directory information; records released pursuant to a subpoena that specifies that the request/disclosure remain confidential; or disclosures to the person who provided or created the record. 

The record will include the party requesting the information and the “legitimate interest” the party has in the information. In the case of state and local educational authorities, and federal officials and agencies identified in the FERPA regulations, the record must specify that the records may be subject to further disclosure by these authorities, officials and agencies without consent. 

When disclosures are made under the exception for health or safety emergencies, the record must include the “articulate and significant threat to the health or safety of a student or other individuals that formed the basis of the disclosure” and the parties to whom the information was disclosed. 

H. Waiver of Confidentiality Rights
A parent/eligible student may waive any of his/her rights regarding confidentiality of education records, but any such a waiver must be in writing and signed by the parent/eligible student. The school may not require that a parent/eligible student waive his or her rights. Any waiver may be revoked, but such revocation shall not apply to any actions taken by the School Department prior to the revocation being received. If a parent executes a waiver, that waiver may be revoked by the student any time after he/she becomes an eligible student.

I. Fees for Copying Records
There shall be no charge to search for or retrieve education records of a student. The School Department shall provide copies of education records to parents/eligible students upon request. The cost of producing copies of the record to parents/eligible student will be $.10 per copy. Parents/eligible students who are unable to pay such fees will not be denied access to education records. This fee, however, will not prohibit a parent/eligible student the opportunity to access records if they are unable to pay for copies. 

J. Maintenance and Destruction of Education Records
The School Department shall maintain education records as required by federal and state statutes and regulations.

Records shall be maintained in paper and/or electronic form by personnel who are knowledgeable about the applicable confidentiality and record retention requirements. All records shall be safeguarded from unauthorized access. Student records must be kept in fireproof storage at the school or a duplicate set must be kept off-site.

The School Department shall not destroy any education record if there is any outstanding request to inspect or review such records.

Records of access to education records shall be retained as long as the records themselves.

The School Department shall inform parents of students with disabilities when education records are no longer needed to provide educational services to the student or to demonstrate that the school has provided the student with a free appropriate public education as required by law. At that point, the records may be turned over to parents/eligible student upon their request, or destroyed in accordance with the parent’s request or School Department procedures

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Complaints
The United States Department of Education maintains an office that handles complaints about alleged violations of FERPA by local school units. Complaints regarding violations of rights accorded parents/eligible students may be submitted in writing to:

Family Policy Compliance Office
Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20202

NEPN/NSBA Code: EEA
STUDENT TRANSPORTATION SERVICES
The Board will provide transportation for all students living beyond a reasonable distance from their school or from a scheduled bus stop as the Board has determined. This distance is defined as 1/10 mile.

Distance shall be measured by the shortest public road from the residence to the bus stop or school door. In cases questioned, distance will be measured and established by the Superintendent.

Exceptions to the above distance shall be made for the following reasons only:

Health
Exceptions to established walking distances may be made for students with disabilities as required by their IEP. Exceptions may also be made to accommodate a student’s need for transportation with written documentation from the student’s physician.

Pre-K and Kindergarten Students
Pre-K and Kindergarten bus service will include pick-up and delivery to the home, providing a suitable bus turn is available.

Hazardous Walking Conditions
Hazardous walking conditions shall be defined as those which would place a child of a given age in a situation of greater than normal or average danger.

Authorized bus stops will be located so as to load and unload students with the most safety allowed by road conditions. The distance between stops may vary according to safety factors. If possible, students will be loaded and unloaded so that it is not necessary for them to cross a main highway to reach their homes.

Requests for bus stops, inconsistent with this policy must be made in writing and submitted to the Superintendent.


JJJ
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITY ELIGIBILITY
PHILOSOPHY
The interscholastic activity program is an important part of the educational process. It provides opportunities for learning experiences in athletics, competitive band, literacy and mathematical competitions which are difficult to duplicate in other school activities. The program teaches attitudes of responsible team play and cooperation. The program provides a vehicle for learning mental and physical discipline, loyalty, personal pride in school, respect for the rights of others, and the will to win.

Participation in interscholastic activity programs in the school system is entirely voluntary. The opportunity to participate in the program is extended to all eligible students who are willing to assume the responsibilities congruent with the privilege.

For the purpose of this Policy, sports and extra or co-curricular activities shall include activities which meet outside of the regular academic schedule or in which students are representing their school. Examples include, but are not limited to:

interscholastic and intramural sports in any form;
chorus, and allied musical organizations such as All-Aroostook;
cheerleading;
clubs;
dramatics;
student council, National Honor Society, and class officers;
Close-Up Washington or other such trips;
state or national meetings where the MSAD #25 school system has a local chapter;
selection to all-star sports teams in a sport the student has participated in as a member of the school team(s).

ELIGIBILITY

Students grades are calculated halfway through each quarter and either progress reports or warning notices are issued. Any student receiving failing grades on a mid-quarter report in one or more subjects halfway through the quarter will be notified so that the student may make every effort to pass the subject(s) in order to maintain eligibility at the end of the quarter. 

A student who receives a failing grade on any 
one subject at the end of a quarter is placed in a probationary period for the first four (4) weeks of the next quarter. Eligibility will be determined one (1) week after grades have closed. A student failing more than one subject is ineligible to participate in extra-curricular activities for the entire next quarter. (Exception: A student is taking four (4) academic courses or less is not granted a probationary period. He/She is ineligible to participate in any extra-curricular activities for four weeks into the following quarter. At the end of the four week period, if the student’s failing grade is passing then he/she will be eligible for extra-curricular participation for that quarter.).

During the probationary period, a student 
remains eligible for all extra-curricular activities. If, after the probationary period, the student has a failing grade in any course, he/she will be ineligible until the quarter grade of all courses is passing.

A student may not be placed into the probationary period for two quarters consecutively.

A student may also become ineligible to participate because of a violation of the District’s Discipline Policy. Parents will be notified that there is a problem and that the behavior must improve or the student will not be able to participate for the balance of the season or activity. A student receiving a detention will not be permitted to participate in the extra-curricular activities the day the detention is scheduled to be served. If the detention can be served prior to the activity, the student may then participate in the activity but scheduled detention takes priority over extra-curricular activities.

A student who has an unexcused absence from school or who is serving any kind of suspension, may not participate in any extra-curricular activity including practices for the day of the absence. In the event of an extra-curricular activity being scheduled on a non-school day, a student who has an unexcused absence from school on the preceding school day shall not participate in the activity.

Every student must use school provided transportation to school sponsored activities. If a student needs to get to the school sponsored activity via parental transportation due to special circumstance such as a medical appointment, said parent will receive permission from the principal or his/her designee prior to the school sponsored activity. 

Every student is encouraged to use school provided transportation to return from school sponsored activities. If a parent wishes the student to use another means of transportation returning from a school sponsored activity, the supervisor of the activity must be notified prior to the scheduled activity by the parent in writing, by telephone, or in person.


All students must have a physician’s authorization to participate in sports programs. That authorization shall remain in effect for one year. Parents must advise the school of any physical or medical conditions that would limit a student’s ability to participate in sports programs. Parental consent forms must be filled out each sports season and kept on file for that season.


Each participant must provide proof of medical insurance before trying out for a sport. Purchase of school insurance will meet this requirement.

All students will be given the opportunity to participate in a variety of sports activities. Sixth (6th) grade students will be allowed to participate in the middle school sports program provided that they have passed a physical and all appropriate paperwork has been signed and turned into the office prior to their participation. No middle school athletic events will be scheduled on Saturdays, holidays, or vacations unless absolutely necessary.

ATTIRE

Students, coaches/advisors and managers attending functions shall wear their uniforms or; for boys, dress slacks, dress shirt or sweater; for girls, dress, skirt or dress slacks, blouse or sweater. (No t-shirts, sweatshirts, or blue jeans).


GUIDELINES

The board adopts the Maine Principal Association Guidelines on Athletics, as amended, to the extent said Guidelines are not in conflict with the Policy, in which event, this Policy shall control.

ELIGIBILITY RULES
Section 1

Eligibility rules apply to all secondary school interscholastic varsity athletic events:

All conferences and leagues shall be governed by the Eligibility Rules.
The use of an ineligible player by a school in any interscholastic competition game shall result in a forfeiture of that contest.
The eligibility rules shall apply to all pre-season, regular season, and post-season contests, including exhibition contests.



Section 2
Pupil Eligibility

A pupil shall be eligible to participate in any interscholastic secondary school athletic contest:

Who meets the eligibility rules established by the local school authorities.
Who is regularly enrolled in the school which he/she represents.

To be considered regularly enrolled, a student must be in attendance and academically active in the school which he/she represents. An academically active student must be pursuing a program of studies approved by the principal and superintendent of schools.

Pupils in grade 9 separately organized junior high schools are eligible to participate in the varsity athletics program of the senior high school in their school administrative unit. This rule does not prevent schools from limiting pupil participation in varsity athletics to the programs of the schools in which the pupils are enrolled.

In order to make possible the formation of all interscholastic athletic teams in smaller secondary schools, a pupil may be drafted from grade eight (8) of the same school system provided that such pupils are in satisfactory physical condition and provided that the secondary school using the pupil does not have an enrollment of greater than forty (40) girls or forty (40) boys. It is further understood that this extra year of athletic competition does not penalize such pupils under the eight semester rule.

Home schools students will be exempt from the enrollment rule (Article III, Section 2, Paragraph B) if their equivalent instruction program has been approved by the Commissioner of Education as outlined in Chapter 130 (05-071). Home schooled students must meet all other eligibility rules in Article III, Section 2, of the MPA By-Laws.

Who competes using his/her own name, substantiated by a birth certificate. Otherwise, a pupil is ineligible for nine weeks from the time it is discovered a false name was used. 
Who has refrained from participating on an outside team to which objection is made by local school authorities. A violator shall be ineligible for nine weeks after the date of discovery of participation.
Who is under twenty years of age at the time of participation.
Who has maintained undergraduate status in a four-year course in a Maine secondary school or its equivalent as outlined in the MPA Constitution, Article II, Section 1.

1. A pupil is only eligible to compete for the first eight consecutive semesters after he or she first enrolls as a freshman in a four-year senior high school, 
or in the ninth grade in a junior high school.

Upon application by a pupil’s principal, the Committee on Eligibility of 
The Maine Principals’ Association may grant no more than eighteen consecutive weeks of additional eligibility upon a satisfactory showing that:

a. A pupil has failed one or more semesters because of absence due to illness.
A pupil has been absent one or more semesters because of required military service.
A pupil withdrew from school in order to assume full financial responsibility for the support of the family because of illness or incapacity of a parent.
Special circumstances warrant an exception. Such cases will be reviewed on an individual basis.

EXPLANATION: The eight semester rule refers to eight consecutive semesters in time; it does not necessarily refer to eight semesters of attendance or competition. For example, a pupil who registers as a freshman in September 1990, is eligible to compete in interscholastic athletics insofar as this rule is concerned until the close of the school year 1994. The pupil is not eligible to compete after that date unless the pupil is granted added eligibility by the Committee on Eligibility.

If a pupil who enrolls as a freshman in September 1990 is forced to be absent from school to work to support his/her family during the school year 1991-1992 and returns in September 1992 as a sophomore, he/she would then be a senior in September 1994 and would be ineligible, since the date of the termination of his/her eligibility is set the day he/she enrolls as a freshman. This date is eight semesters from his enrollment as a freshman.

If a pupil is granted an additional semester of eligibility, such eligibility may be given for any eighteen consecutive weeks, not necessarily concurrent with a semester, during the pupil’s fifth year of attendance at the specific request of the school.

No student who has been enrolled in grades 9, 10, 11, 12 inclusive, in any approved schools, shall participate in the same athletic activity for more than four seasons except that this does not apply to the eligibility rule affecting small schools who are permitted to use eighth grade pupils when there are not more than forty boys or girls in grades 9-12.

It is the responsibility of each school principal to verify the eligibility of each pupil at the beginning of each semester.

Who has completed and passed work in the equivalent of four (4) full-time subjects with credit toward graduation in the most recently completed quarter.

Failure to earn passing grades in four full-time subjects (or the equivalent) shall render a pupil ineligible for a period of time determined by the local school.

The record at the end of the marking period shall be final and scholastic deficiencies may not be removed for the purpose of meeting minimum eligibility requirements except:

a. For those grades/credits earned in a 
regular accredited summer school program accepted by the school district;
b. Incomplete grades which may be made up for 
credit during the first five (5) weeks of the 
subsequent quarter. 

It is understood that home schooled students will have completed and passed the equivalent of four (4) full-time subjects which meet the requirements of the approved home school program of instruction in the most recently completed quarter.

It is understood that a special education student will not be denied participation in interscholastic activities solely because the student is enrolled in a reduced course load when the reduced course load is due to the student’s exceptionality, provided that the student is satisfactorily completing the requirements of the educational component of an individual education plan and is otherwise in compliance with the plan. It is further understood that the special education student not satisfactorily completing the educational components of an individualized plan or is not otherwise in compliance with the plan shall have his/her eligibility status determined in the same manner as the eligibility of a non-special education student who is not satisfying the applicable academic standards.

A pupil who is otherwise eligible, but who was not enrolled in a given secondary school during the preceding semester, shall be considered eligible provided the pupil:

Carried successfully during the preceding semester of attendance at another approved secondary school or its equivalent, the minimum scholastic requirement for eligibility of the receiving school.

2. Completed successfully the work of an elementary or junior high school during the preceding semester. 

A pupil who fails to qualify, comply, or conform with the eligibility provisions, or who violates these eligibility provisions shall be ineligible to compete in any interscholastic secondary school athletic contest.

EXTRA CURRICULAR CODE
The extra curricular code will be discussed in detail with each prospective participant. Copies are available on request. Each student participant will be required to sign a statement that he/she has read and understood the code and will agree to abide by the rules and regulations.

INSURANCE
Any student involved in extra curricular activities or activities requiring transportation must have medical insurance coverage. Other students may request insurance coverage by filling out the proper paper work and returning it to the school.

Parent/Student
Interscholastic Athletic Guide

Student Athletic Code

Purpose of Athletics

The athletic program is an integral part of the education of every Katahdin High School student. It is expected that the athletic experience will be enjoyable to the student, provide an opportunity to the student to develop individual skills while learning the values of good sportsmanship, team play, competition, dedication, and team and school loyalty.

The High School Athlete Will:

1. Treat officials, coaches, opponents, and teammates with 
respect
2. Accept victory modestly, defeat gracefully, and never quit.
3. Control his or her emotions at all times and never argue 
argue with officials. 
4. Accept decisions as they are made and abide by them.
5. Never swear, cheat, or “grandstand.”
6. Keep physically and mentally fit and observe training 
rules set by his or her coach.
7. Use one’s influence on and off the court and field to help 
develop good spectator sportsmanship.

Athletic Code

Age
Students may participate in interscholastic athletics until their twentieth (20) birthday.

Duration
A student has four consecutive years (eight semesters) of eligibility unless a waiver is granted which in unusual circumstances, will be granted by the Maine Principal’s Association,

Season
A student may participate in only one interscholastic sport per athletic season unless special permission from coach and principal is granted. A sport season shall begin on a date set by the Maine Principal’s Association and end at that season’s awards night or final playoff game.

Parental Permission
The student must give his or her coach a permission slip signed by his or her parent or guardian before participation in any practice.

Insurance
The student is required to carry adequate insurance. Proof of coverage must be presented to the coach. If the student is not insured by a family insurance policy, school insurance is available at the student’s expense.

Physical Examination
The student is required to pass a school physical examination during the school year or go to his or her family physician at his or her own expense before participating in a practice. If a student elects to go to his or her family physician, proof of examination, signed by a physician, must be presented to the school nurse, athletic director, or coach.

Training Rules
Any member of an athletic team will be suspended from athletics for fifteen (15) school days for smoking and the use of tobacco, drugs, or alcohol. However, any member of an athletic team who voluntarily submits himself or herself to substance abuse counseling will be allowed to participate in the high school athletic program following a suspension from athletics for two (2) games for a period of up to five (5) school days. If he or she, after completion of an eight-week program, violates the code, he or she will be subject to disciplinary actions as though the student had received his or her second suspension from a program..

If any athlete receives a second suspension, he or she will lose the right to participate in interscholastic athletics for a period of one calendar year from the date of the last violation. Athletes who are in violation of this code will be subject to an administrative penalty. The above rules will be enforced when it is determined by the athletic department and school administration that an athlete has violated training regulations.

Any member of an athletic team will be suspended for one (1) game and any practices that precede that game if they have been at a gathering where drugs and /or alcohol are being consumed. A second offense will result in the suspension from athletics for fifteen (15) school days. The consequences for any further offenses will be determined by the athletic and school administration.

If the coach wants to impose stricter regulations, he or she may do so on an individual basis.

Sportsmanship and Citizenship
All participants in athletic programs should understand that it is a privilege to participate in the school athletic programs and that the student is representing his or her school, parents, friend, community, coaches, and themselves. Their actions, both on and off the athletic field and court, should reflect this at all times. Therefore, he or she should not behave in a manner unbecoming a lady or gentleman. Unsportsmanlike acts will be reviewed by the administration.

Practice Attendance
Athletes are expected to be at all practices and to be on time to each practice. If the student cannot attend a practice, he or she should inform the coach personally prior to the starting time for practice. Students dismissed from school for medical reasons will not play or practice that day.

Equipment
Each student must pay for unreturned or damaged equipment issued to him or her. Students who fail to pay for the unreturned or damaged equipment will be ineligible to participate in the next sport season and will not receive an athletic award. Equipment must be returned within a week upon conclusion of last game.

Injuries
Athletes should report all injuries to his or her coach. A student who is referred to a physician cannot return to participation until written permission is obtained.

Termination of Participation
Students who discontinue participation on a sports team are to inform his or her coach of this action. All equipment must be returned within three school days.

School Suspension
Athletes suspended from school will not be allowed to participate in practice or athletic contests during the suspension period.

Additional Rules
Additional rules may be established by the coach of the individual sport. If this is the case, each athlete in that sport will receive a written copy of these rules at the first practice session.

Awards
Certificates and awards are presented to all athletes who complete the season. Letters are presented to athletes the first time they are eligible for these awards. Repeat letter winners in the same sport earn distinctive pins.

NEPN/NSBA Code: JJIBB
SPORTSMANSHIP
The Board believes that athletic competition should be a healthful, positive and safe experience for everyone involved, conducted in an environment that teaches values and ethics, strengthens the community, promotes competition without conflict and enriches the lives of athletes. Players should learn to handle success with grace and losing with dignity. In order to promote core values such as discipline, fairness, responsibility, trustworthiness and citizenship, everyone associated with athletics, including players, coaches, parents and spectators, is expected to exhibit good sportsmanship during athletic competitions.

A. PARTCIPANTS 

In exhibiting sportsmanship, student athletes are expected to:

1. Understand and follow the rules of the sport;

2. Recognize skilled performance of others, regardless of the player’s team;

3. Display respect for teammates, opponents, coaches and officials;

4. Respect the judgment of officials and accept their decisions;

5. Refrain from antics, taunting opponents and using insulting language or swearing;

6. Be modest when successful and gracious in defeat; and

7. Recognize that their conduct reflects on their school.

B. COACHES 

In exhibiting sportsmanship, coaches are expected to:

1. Recognize that they are role models for students and set a good example for athletes and fans to follow;

2. Abide by the rules of the sport, in letter and in spirit;

3. Treat all participants with respect; 

4. Behave with dignity and self-control;

5. Respect the judgment of officials and accept their decisions;

6. Take corrective action toward any player who intimidates or shows disrespect toward an official or displays unsportsmanlike behavior; and 

7. Be modest when successful and gracious in defeat. 

C. SPECTATORS, INCLUDING PARENTS, STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS

Spectators attending athletic events are expected to:

1. Realize that the main purpose of the competition is the play of the game and that the role of the spectator is one of support;

2. Show positive support to the teams and players for outstanding performances;

3. Show concern for injured players, regardless of which team they are on;

4. Refrain from angry or abusive language or actions toward any player, official, coach or other spectators;

5. Refrain from endangering participants or spectators by throwing objects;

6. Refrain from heckling, taunting or berating players, officials, coaches or other spectators; and

7. Follow all Board policies and rules pertaining to conduct on school property, including but not limited to those pertaining to tobacco, alcohol, drugs and weapons.

School athletic events are school activities that are part of the educational program. An athletic event is not a public forum. The public is invited to attend athletic events for the purpose of supporting the participants on both teams and the schools they represent. Appropriate behavior by spectators, especially adults, provides a positive model for students and contributes to the value and educational purposes of athletic activities. Negative comments and behavior by spectators are inconsistent with the purposes of athletic activities. School administrators and officials have the authority and discretion to remove any spectators who do not comply with rules of sportsmanship.

PENALTIES FOR INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR

Student athletes who engage in unsportsmanlike behavior will be subject to penalties described in the Athletic Code or, if the conduct constitutes a violation of Board policy, school rules or the Student Code of Conduct and/or Student Handbook, to appropriate disciplinary consequences.

Student spectators whose behavior constitutes a violation of Board policy, school rules or the Student Code of Conduct will be subject to appropriate disciplinary consequences.

Adult spectators who engage in unsportsmanlike behavior or conduct that violates Board policy may be asked to leave the premises and may be excluded from future events. The administrator in charge of the event may seek the assistance of law enforcement authorities if necessary to ensure the safety of participants, coaches, officials or other spectators or to prevent damage to school property.

E. NOTICE OF RULES

The building administrator will be responsible for posting spectator rules at the entrance to each interscholastic competition site. 

NEPN/NSBA Code: JLCD
ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION TO STUDENTS
Although the Board discourages the administration of medication to students during the school day when other options exist, it recognizes that in some instances a student’s chronic or short-term illness, injury, or disabling condition may require the administration of medication during the school day. The school will not deny educational opportunities to students requiring the administration of medication in order to remain in attendance and participate in the educational program.

The intent of this policy is to promote the safe administration of medications to students by school personnel and to provide for authorization of student emergency self-administration of medication from asthma inhalers and epinephrine pens. The Board encourages collaboration between parents/guardians and the schools in these efforts.
The Board disclaims any and all responsibility for the diagnosis, prescription of treatment, and administration of medication for any student, and for any injury arising from a student’s self-administration of medication.

DEFINITIONS
“Administration” means the provision of prescribed medication to a student according to the orders of a health care provider.

“Health care provider” means a medical/health practitioner who has a current license in the State of Maine with a scope of practice that includes prescribing medication.

“Indirect supervision” means the supervision of an unlicensed school staff member when the school nurse or other health care provider is not physically available on site but immediately available by telephone.

“Medication” means prescribed drugs and medical devices that are controlled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and are ordered by a health care provider. It includes over-the-counter medications prescribed through a standing order by the school physician or prescribed by the student’s health care provider.

“Parent” means a natural or adoptive parent, a guardian, or a person acting as a parent of a child with legal responsibility for the child’s welfare.

“School nurse” means a registered professional nurse with Maine Department of Education certification for school nursing.

“Self-administration” is when the student administers medication independently to him/herself under indirect supervision of the school nurse.

“Unlicensed school personnel” are persons who do not have a professional license that allows them, within the scope of that license, to administer medication.

ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION BY SCHOOL PERSONNEL
Parental Request
In the event that no reasonable alternative exists, the parent/guardian may request in writing that medication be administered to the student during the school day. The written request must include an acknowledgement and agreement that unlicensed personnel may administer the medication as per the health care provider’s instructions. In addition, the request shall indicate that information regarding the student’s medication may be shared with appropriate school personnel. Parents may provide the reason (diagnosis) requiring the administration of medication.
Requests shall be valid for the current school year only.

Health Care Provider’s Order
All parental requests must be accompanied by a written order from the student’s health care provider substantiating the fact that the administration of a particular medication during the school day is necessary for the student’s health and attendance in school. Such order must include:

A. The student’s name;

B. The name of the medication; 

C. The dose;

D. The route of administration (e.g., tablets, liquid, drops); and

Time intervals for administration (e.g., every four
hours, before meals); 

Any special instructions; and

The name of the prescribing health care provider.

It is the responsibility of the school nurse to clarify any medication order that he/she believes to be inappropriate or ambiguous. In accordance with Department of Education Rule Chapter 40 § 2(B), the school nurse may decline to administer a medication if he/she believes such administration would jeopardize student safety. In this case, the school nurse must notify the parent, the student’s health care provider and the school administrator (i.e., building principal or designated administrator). 

Renewal of Parent Permission Requests/Forms and Health Care Provider Orders 
Written parental permission requests/forms and health care provider orders must be renewed at least annually. Health care provider orders must be renewed whenever there are changes in the order.

Delivery and Storage of Medication
The student’s parents shall deliver any medication to be administered by school personnel to the school in its original container. In the event that this is not practical, the parent must contact the school to make alternate arrangements.

No more than a 20-day (one month) supply of medication shall be kept at school, excluding inhalers and epinephrine pens. The parent is responsible for the replenishment of medication kept at school.

If the health care provider’s order/prescription is for a medication regulated by the Federal Narcotics Act, no more than a one week supply shall be kept at school. 

The parent is responsible for notifying the school of any changes in or discontinuation of a prescribed medication that is being administered to the student at school. The parent must remove any medication no longer required or that remains at the end of the school year.

The school nurse or a designated school official shall be responsible for developing and implementing procedures for the appropriate and secure storage of medications kept at school, and all medications shall be stored in accordance with this procedure. 


Record keeping
School personnel and the student’s parent shall account for all medication brought to school. The number of capsules, pills or tablets, and/or the volume of other medications brought to school shall be recorded.

School staff administering medication shall document each instance the medication is administered including the date, time, and dosage given.

The school nurse or designated school official shall maintain a record including the parent’s request, physician’s order, details of the specific medications (including dosage and timing of medication), and documentation of each instance the medication is administered.

Records shall be retained according to the current State schedules pertaining to student health records.



Confidentiality
To the extent legally permissible, staff members may be provided with such information regarding medication and its administration as may be in the best interest of the student.

Administration of Medication
Medication may be administered during the school day by licensed medical personnel acting within the scope of their licenses. 

The school nurse, under the administrative supervision of the Superintendent, will provide direction and oversight for the administration of medication to students. 

All unlicensed personnel (principals, teachers, education technicians, school secretaries, coaches, bus drivers, etc.) who administer medication must receive training before being authorized to do so.

Based upon the documentation of training and competency in the administration of medication, the school nurse will make recommendations to the Superintendent/designee pertaining to authorization of unlicensed persons to administer medication. Training that shall be acceptable for the purpose of authorization of unlicensed personnel is addressed under the section of this policy titled “Required Training of Unlicensed Personnel to Administer Medication.” 

Administration of Medication During Off-Campus Field Trips and School-Sponsored Events
The school will accommodate students requiring administration of medication during field trips or school-sponsored events as follows:

The school nurse, principal, and, as appropriate, the school unit’s Section 504 Coordinator and/or PET, will determine whether an individual student’s participation is contraindicated due to the unstable/fragile nature of his/her health condition, the distance from emergency care that may be required, and/or other extraordinary circumstances. The student’s parent and primary care provider will be consulted in making this determination. The decision will be made in compliance with applicable laws, including the IDEA, § 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The parent must provide the appropriate number of doses needed for the duration of the field trip or school-sponsored event.

When there are no contraindications to student participation, an appropriately trained staff member will be assigned to administer medication. The parent will be encouraged to accompany the student, if possible, to care for the student and administer medication.
All provisions of this policy shall apply to medications to be administered during off-campus field trips and school-sponsored events. As practicable, the DOE’s “Policy for Medication Administration on School Trips” will be followed.

Student Self-Administration of Asthma Inhalers and Epinephrine Pens
Students with allergies or asthma may be authorized by the building principal, in consultation with the school nurse, to possess and self-administer emergency medication from an epinephrine pen (EpiPen) or asthma inhaler during the school day, during field trips, school-sponsored events, or while on a school bus. The student shall be authorized to possess and self-administer medication from an epinephrine pen or asthma inhaler if the following conditions have been met.

A. The parent (or student, if 18 years of age or older) must request in writing authorization for the student to self-administer medication from an epinephrine pen or asthma inhaler. 

B. The student must have the prior written approval of his/her primary health care provider and, if the student is under the age of 18, the prior written approval of his/her parent/guardian. The written notice from the student’s primary care provider must specify the name and dosage of the medication, frequency with which it may be administered, and the circumstances that may warrant its use.

C. The student’s parent/guardian must submit written verification to the school from the student’s primary care provider confirming that the student has the knowledge and the skills to safely possess and use an epinephrine pen or asthma inhaler.

D. The school nurse shall evaluate the student’s technique to ensure proper and effective use of an epinephrine pen or asthma inhaler. Taking into account the maturity and capability of the student and the circumstances under which the student will or may have to self-administer the medication. 

E. The parent will be informed that the school cannot accurately monitor the frequency and appropriateness of use when the student self-administers medication, and that the school unit will not be responsible for any injury arising from the student’s self-medication. 

Authorization granted to a student to possess and self-administer medication from an epinephrine pen or asthma inhaler shall be valid for the current school year only and must be renewed annually.

A student’s authorization to possess and self-administer medication from an epinephrine pen or asthma inhaler may be limited or revoked by the building principal after 
consultation with the school nurse and the student’s parents if the student demonstrates inability to responsibly possess and self-administer such medication.

To the extent legally permissible, staff members may be provided with such information regarding the student’s medication and the student’s self- administration as may be in the best interest of the student.

Sharing, borrowing, or distribution of medication is prohibited. The student’s authorization to self-administer medication may be revoked and the student may be subject to disciplinary consequences for violation of this policy.

Required Training of Unlicensed Personnel to Administer Medication
Unlicensed school personnel who administer medication to students in a school setting (at school, on school transportation to or from school, on field trips, or during school-sponsored events) must be trained in the administration of medication before being authorized to carry out this responsibility. Such training must be provided by a registered professional nurse or physician and include the components specified in Department of Education Rules Chapter 40 and other applicable Department of Education standards, recommendations, programs, and/or methodologies.

The trainer shall document the training and competency of unlicensed school personnel to administer medication. Based upon a review of the documentation of training and competency in the administration of medication, the school nurse will make recommendations to the Superintendent/designee pertaining to authorization of such unlicensed personnel pertaining to authorization to administer medication. 

Following the initial training, a training review and information update must be held at least annually for those unlicensed school personnel authorized to administer medication. 

Delegation and Implementation
The Superintendent/designee shall be responsible for developing administrative procedures and/or protocols to implement or supplement this policy.

Such procedures/protocols shall include direction regarding:

Safe transport of medication to and from school;

Administration of medication during field trips and school-sponsored events;

Accountability for medications, particularly those regulated by the Federal Narcotics Act;

Proper storage of medication at school;
Training of appropriate staff on administration of emergency medications;

The procedure to follow in the event of a medication reaction;

Access to medications in case of a disaster; 

The process for documenting medications given and medication errors; and

The proper disposal of medication not retrieved by parents

NEPN/NSBA Code: JLCD-E
MAINE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
“POLICY FOR MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION ON SCHOOL
FIELD TRIPS”
1. Any unlicensed personnel administering medications must hold documentation of their training in the administration of medication, including personnel administering medication on a field trip.
2. There must be written permission from the parent/guardian providing consent to administer the medication in school and a written physicians order and/or an appropriately labeled original medication container.
3. Either a standardized preprinted medication label or preprinted envelope containing the information described below or medication in its original container will be used for students attending a field trip.
4. When using a preprinted label or preprinted envelope, the school nurse shall transfer the prescribed amount of medication needed for the field trip from the original medication container into the approved envelope and fill in the appropriate information on the envelope.
5. The envelope will be provided to the trained personnel for administration during the trip. The school nurse will provide a review of the medication and its administration to the trained personnel on an as needed basis. All trained personnel administering medication must understand what to do in an emergency.
6. The medication will be transported and stored in compliance with any special directions for the medication and will be secured as safely as possible.
7. The administration of medication on a field trip will duplicate as much as possible, the guidelines found in the “Guidelines for Training of Non-Licensed Personnel in Medication Administration”. This will include consideration of student privacy and cleanliness of area where medications are administered.
8. Medication will be administered to the student to assure that the right student receives the right medication, with the right dose, at the right time, by the right route. The trained personnel administering the medication will double-check the student with the medication label and will double-check the dose. The medication will be given within 30 minutes either side of the prescribed time.
9. Each school district will develop a method of documenting medications administered on the field trip, recording any unexpected occurrences, and a method of returning any medication not administered.

The medication envelope or label will contain the following information:

1. Date to be administered.
2. Name of the student.
3. Name of the medication.
4. Dose to be given.
5. Time to be given.
6. Physician prescribing the medication.
7. Special directions.
8. Phone number of school nurse.
Emergency directions.
10. Doses sent/returned

NEPN/NSBA Code: IJOC
SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS
The Board recognizes that community members can provide valuable services to the schools by sharing their time, talents and experience. An effective volunteer program allows students to benefit from individual attention, provides enrichment opportunities that supplement the regular educational program, allows teachers to focus on teaching and learning by relieving them of non-teaching tasks, provides interested community members an opportunity to become directly involved with education, and strengthens the relationship between school and community.

The Board approves the use of volunteers to support the school system’s instructional programs and extracurricular activities. The Board adopts this policy to provide direction for the school system’s volunteer program.

For the purpose of this policy, a volunteer is a person who provides services, without compensation or benefits of any kind or amount, on an occasional or regular basis in the schools or in school activities. 

All volunteers shall be at least 18 years of age unless their volunteer work is part of a class, is done to fulfill a service learning or community service requirement for graduation, or is done by a recognized student organization.

Volunteers may provide assistance by:


A. Tutoring students on a one-to-one or small group basis under the direct supervision of the classroom teacher;

B. Using their special musical, artistic or other talents to provide enrichment experiences and extend student learning;

C. Reading to children;

D. Playing instructional games;

E. Providing services in libraries, lunchrooms and playgrounds;

F. Accompanying students on field trips;

G. Assisting teachers in assembling instructional materials; and

H. Assisting in school plays, music programs and other extracurricular activities.

Volunteers serve under the direction and supervision of the building principal or designated staff. When volunteers work with children, their activities will be under the direct and immediate supervision of the classroom teacher, coach, activity adviser, or other designated employee.

Approval, assignment, continuation, or termination of volunteers shall be at the discretion of the building principal.

Staff must have their use of volunteers approved in advance by the building principal. Volunteers will only be assigned to staff who request them. 

Volunteers are expected to abide by all Board policies, procedures and school rules when performing their assigned responsibilities. The building principal shall make volunteers aware of applicable policies, procedures, and rules before they undertake their first assignment through a volunteer orientation, volunteer handbook, or other means.

Volunteers should perform only those tasks that have been assigned.

Volunteers will not have access to confidential information in student records except as allowed by federal or state law or regulations and will be responsible for maintaining confidentiality regarding information seen or heard while working as a volunteer. 

Persons interested in volunteering time or services should contact the building principal. Prospective volunteers will be required to complete a written application.

In the interest of protecting the safety of students and staff, the school unit will conduct criminal background checks, including sex offender registry checks, on all volunteers who will be working directly with or will have access to students, including those chaperoning students on field trips or school-sponsored excursions.

The school unit will bear the cost for criminal background checks.

Information collected during this screening process will be treated as confidential to the extent allowed by law.

Volunteers may not transport students in private vehicles except as allowed by Board policy.

The school unit will provide liability insurance protection for volunteers while performing assigned services

The Superintendent will be responsible for devising a method for evaluating the effectiveness of the volunteer program on an annual basis.

The building principal will be responsible for appropriate school recognition of volunteers. 

NEPN/NSBA CODE: IJND
MSAD #25 WEB SITE

MSAD #25 maintains an official web site to provide general information about our school system as well as information about educational programs, extracurricular activities, and school events. This web site is intended to support the educational mission of the schools, to enhance the curriculum and learning opportunities for students and staff, and to inform the larger community about our schools. The web site does not create, nor is it intended to create, a public or limited public forum.

The Board has adopted guidelines to ensure that the MSAD #25 web site is in compliance with applicable laws and meets the highest educational and quality standards. The Superintendent is responsible for implementing this policy, the accompanying guidelines, and any additional administrative procedures that may be needed to govern the day-to-day management of the web site. The Superintendent may delegate specific responsibilities to the Technology Coordinator as he/she deems appropriate.

NEPN/NSBA CODE: IJND-R
WEB SITE GUIDELINE

Web Site Purpose

The purpose of MSAD #25’s official web site is to provide general information about our school system as well as information about educational programs, extracurricular activities, and school events. This web site is intended to support the educational mission of the schools, to enhance the curriculum and learning opportunities for students and staff, and to inform the larger community about our schools.

Web Site Structure

The web site includes the following content areas;

System-wide information (such as Central Office, Technology, Transportation, Facilities, Food Service);
School Board information (such as members, officers, committees, meeting agendas, minutes and policies);
School-wide information for each school;
Individual department, grade level and/or classroom information (which may include student work and/or teacher-created work and resources);
Information about school-sponsored extracurricular organizations;
Information about school events and activities;
Contact information for School Board members and school staff; and 
Official positions of the School Board on school-related issues.

School Unit Authority and Webmaster Responsibilities

MSAD #25 reserves the right to approve all web site content and to edit, delete, or modify any web page content as it sees fit to comply with the intended purposes of the web site and these guidelines.

The Superintendent shall designate a Webmaster, who is responsible for maintaining the web site, approving all material to be posted on the site, and monitoring all web site activities for compliance with Board policies, applicable laws and regulations, and these guidelines.

Only the Webmaster shall have password-protected access to the web server to place and remove web pages and content.

Web Site Content

MSAD #25’s web site does not create, nor is it intended to create, a public or limited public forum. All materials placed on the web site must serve the educational mission of the school.
Web site content is limited to school-sponsored information and activities. No personal student or staff web pages, blogs, or other interactive features are permitted on the web site.
Web page content must comply with Board policies, administrative procedures, and school rules.
All materials placed on the web site must meet academic standards for proper spelling, grammar, content, accuracy, and appearance.

If the Webmaster is unsure whether particular material is appropriate for the web site, he/she shall consult with the Superintendent, whose decision shall be final.

Confidentiality of Student Information

The web site shall be in compliance with all applicable state and federal confidentiality laws and regulations.
At no time shall personal information about students (such as home address, telephone number, e-mail address, birth date, social security number, etc.) or any other information made confidential by state or federal law appear on the web site. The web site will not include any information that indicates the physical location of students at any given time, other than attendance at a particular school or participation in school activities.
Student information, photographs, or work may only be published on the web site if the student’s parent/guardian has signed the Parent/Guardian Agreement Form to Publish Student Information. For purposes of these guidelines, student information includes name, class rosters, awards/honors received, and team/extracurricular activity participation lists.

Confidentiality of Staff Information

At no time shall personal information about staff appear on the web site (including home address, home telephone number, home e-mail address, birth date, social security number, etc.).
Because the school unit’s web site is maintained in part to enhance communication with students and their families, the school e-mail addresses and/or telephone numbers of staff are published on the web site.

Copyright

Appropriate permission will be obtained before any copyrighted or trademarked material is used on the web site. No copyrighted material may be reproduced, transmitted, or stored on MSAD #25’s web site without obtaining permission from the copyright owner.
Students shall retain the copyright on materials that they create.
An appropriate copyright notice will appear with all copyrighted material published on the web site.
Except for the above exceptions, all web pages and content on the web site are the property of and owned by MSAD #25.

Web Site Design and Accessibility

The Webmaster is authorized to develop standards for the design and appearance of 
MSAD #25’s web site. These standards will include measures to make web pages accessible to persons with disabilities. School unit information available on the web site will also be made available to the public in alternative ways upon request.

Advertising

The MSAD #25’s web site will not include any advertising, nor will it include any selling activities outside of publicity for school-sponsored and/or approved fundraising activities.

Links to External Sites

The MSAD #25’s web site will not include links to any personal web sites of students or staff.
The web site may include links only to web sites that have demonstrated educational value to students, staff and/or the community, as deemed appropriate by the webmaster.
The web site shall include a disclaimer informing users that links are provided as a convenience, and that MSAD #25 does not endorse these sites or have any responsibility for the content of these sites.

Additional Requirements

The web site shall inform users about how to contact the Webmaster.
Each web page shall include the date the page was last updated.
The Webmaster will provide appropriate information to school users regarding technical requirements for publishing material on the web site.

Commemoration Guidelines-Procedure
MSAD #25
A school commemoration is intended to bring closure to a period of grieving and serves as a point from which to move on. Commemorations should reflect the needs of the school community while being respectful of the deceased individuals and their families.

For each commemoration it is important to think about the precedent that is being set and the long-term implications. These guidelines are intended to assist building administrators in concert with their crisis team. Crisis teams should work with families and/or assist individuals or groups who want to commemorate students and staff and be prepared to offer acceptable options. Student commemoration will be permitted for students who were enrolled in a district program at the time of the student’s death.

It is recommended that the commemoration wait until the immediate impact of the loss has subsided, but may occur within six months.
If a temporary memorial location is established (i.e. student’s locker or desk), such temporary memorial shall remain in place for five (5) school days. Items will be returned to the family after five (5) days.
Allow student and staff opportunities to attend services within the community.
Within the classroom, activities that address the loss will be conducted as is developmentally appropriate, with the support of the building crisis team.

Commemorations

The school reserves the right to accept or reject any and all commemorations donated or purchased in memory of a student or staff member. Furthermore, the school has the right to cause all commemorations currently on school properties to be discontinued.

Suggested options include:

1. Purchase of library books, school supplies and equipment, 
with the approval of the building administrator. Donated 
books may include a bookplate and equipment may include an engraved plate no larger than two by six inches. Wording on the plates will be limited to “Donated in Memory of” or “In Memory of” and the student/staff member’s legal name, and year of donation 

2. Contributions to charities by student/staff as memorials designated by the family, i.e., Cancer Society, MADD, local charities, etc.

3. Scholarships established in the name of student/staff as approved by the Board of Education.

Unacceptable commemorations include but are not limited to those which may:

significantly alter the conduct of a regular school instructional day 
significantly alter school activities or the school activities schedule
require the retirement or discontinued use of school property
require the use of public funds for purchase, development or maintenance beyond the normal care and maintenance of school properties
any item that is affixed to the building (i.e. plaques) except as approve by the Board

Yearbook Guidelines

1. appropriate space may be designated in commemoration of student/staff members who have died during that school year. This space may include a uniform size 
picture of each student/staff member, if available, along with other information as deemed appropriate by the yearbook staff.
2. if there is a death after the printing of the yearbook and the student has not graduated, the student’s picture may appear in the next year’s yearbook.
3. a deceased student/staff member’s picture, if available, will be included with the pictures of other students/staff in the class for the year covered by the yearbook.

Graduation

1. Graduation is a time to recognize the many years of work and achievement of the seniors.
2. If the name of the deceased student is read, it should be in the same order that it would have been read if the student were graduating.
3. If a posthumous diploma is to be awarded, the name should be read and the diploma presented to the family member by a staff member. The family member 
shall sit in a designated area for the presentation. 
Students should not be involved in the presentation.

School Observance

Schools may observe a moment of silence in memory of the individual or in recognition of certain traumatic events as deemed appropriate by the Superintendent or designee. Additional district counseling services may be made available to provide support. Deaths will not be announced or memorialized on reader boards. School will not be dismissed early or cancelled on the day of a memorial or funeral service without Superintendent approval. Flags may be lowered only in accordance with state and federal law. District property (e.g., buildings, rooms, fields, gymnasiums, etc.) may be named or renamed to memorialize an individual with Board approval only.
APPROVED AS A PROCEDURE FEBRUARY 27, 2008
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DETENTION OR AFTER SCHOOL CLASS:
Students may request or be required to stay after school for remedial assistance or disciplinary reasons.
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Teachers may keep students after school Monday through Friday so that students may utilize school transportation. Twenty-four (24) hours notice will be given.
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OUT-OF AREA
Students at all times are expected to be in areas to which they have been assigned. In order to leave those areas, passes are required. Students without passes are considered to be “out-of-area.” The phrase “out-of-area,” includes but is not limited to the following list:
going outside without permission
being in a non-instructional area such as the auditorium, the steel shed when a student does not have welding, the band room when a student is not in band or chorus, a storage room, the weight room, gym, lobby
being in a classroom when the teacher is not present, the student does not have a class there, and the teacher has not given permission for the student to be there.

If a student is found “out-of-area,” he or she will, on the first offense, be given an hour detention after school. A second offense may result in an in-school suspension.
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PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION
Public displays of affection beyond hand-holding are inappropriate at school or school activities and therefore are not permitted.
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PROHIBITED ITEMS
Ipods, MP3 players, digital cameras, cell phones, pagers, and the like may be brought to school; however, the school is not responsible for any such item that is lost or stolen. Use of such items in school is prohibited unless a teacher/ed tech specifically permits such use for a designated purpose. Students may listen to music prior to and after school and on the bus. If a student uses any of these items during class time, the teacher/ed tech will confiscate the item and turn it into the office. The student will be allowed the item at the end of the school day. A second offense will require the parent pick up the item form the school. Digital cameras may only be used in school related projects and pictures may only be taken if permission is granted by school and by the person being photographed. Text messaging is prohibited. Lighters will be confiscated and returned only to parents. 
Energy drinks such as Monster, Red Bull, etc., are not permitted at school. 
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NEPN/NSBA CODE: JFCK
STUDENT USE OF CELLULAR TELEPHONES AND OTHER
ELECTRONIC DEVICES

The Board recognizes that many students possess cellular telephones devices and other electronic devices. These devices may not be used in any manner that disrupts the educational process, is illegal, or violates Board policies and/or school rules. MSAD #25 is not responsible for damage, loss, or theft of such devices. The Superintendent is authorized to develop any school rules necessary to implement this policy. 

RULES FOR STUDENT USE OF CELLULAR TELEPHONES AND OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES

1. Students are prohibited from using privately-owned electronic devices, including but not limited to cellular telephones, Blackberries, i Phones, MP3 players, and electronic games during the school day.

a. During the school day, all such devices must be turned off.

b. The only exception to this rule is when a teacher specifically authorizes students
to use such a personal electronic device for a specific purpose (such as entering an assignment).

c. If this rule is violated, the teacher will immediately confiscate the device for the remainder of the school day, and discipline may be imposed as provided below.

2. Students may use electronic devices on field trips and during extracurricular activities only if authorized by the staff-member in charge.

3. The use of cameras in any type of electronic device is strictly prohibited in locker rooms, restrooms, and classrooms.

a. In other locations where students are allowed to use electronic devices, students are required to obtain permission before taking a photograph or video of any individual. Students must also obtain permission from any individual appearing in a photograph or video prior to posting on any social networking site or other Internet site such as YouTube.

4. Any use of cellular telephones and other electronic devices that violates any Board policy/procedure or school rule is strictly prohibited. In addition, accessing, viewing, posting, forwarding, downloading, or displaying any materials that are defamatory, abusive, obscene, vulgar, sexually explicit, sexually suggestive, threatening, discriminatory, harassing, and/or illegal is prohibited.

5. Student cellular telephones and other electronic devices may be subject to search if there is reasonable suspicion that a student is violating Board policies/procedures and/or school rules.

a. A building Administrator may maintain possession of an electronic device as long as is reasonably necessary for evidentiary purposes.

6. Students violating these rules will be subject to discipline, which may include:

a. Not being allowed to bring electronic devices to school; 

b. Sanctions ranging from detention to expulsion from school depending upon the nature of the offense and the student's disciplinary record.

7. Evidence of illegal activities involving electronic devices will be referred to appropriate law enforcement authorities and a building administrator may give a device to law enforcement authorities upon request. 

LIBRARY INFORMATION
The library is to be used for the quiet study of reference materials, reading of periodicals, selections of other reading and study materials and computer research and use. The library is not a place to visit and socialize. Any student who is continually unruly or disrespectful of persons or materials in the library will lose the privilege of using the library. Any student caught mutilating or defacing library materials will lose library privileges and will be billed for the materials.
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CIRCULATION RULES
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1. no book should be taken from the library without being signed out.
2. books may be signed out at the circulation desk for a period of one month and renewed for an additional week.
3. books being returned should not be returned to the shelves or left in the room. To make sure that credit is given for returned books, they should be handed directly to the person in charge.
4. when browsing for books, be sure to replace the book in the exact place, or return it to the librarian.
5. internet - use of the internet is restricted to research projects and class assignments. 
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All persons using the library should help keep the room orderly. Newspapers, magazines, and other reference books are to be returned to their proper places by the student using them. Chairs should be pushed under the tables before leaving.
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MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS
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SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES
Students who may express negative feelings toward their school on social networking sites such as an I hate Katahdin site may find that they are not nominated for such things as Student of the Month. Such expressions might negatively impact a person’s eligibility for National Honor Society, for example. Although the school is willing to accept criticism that can promote growth and change, comments that are deemed pejorative may have a consequences for the positive recognition the school might award to a student. 
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BEVERAGES IN THE BUILDING OR ON ANY BUS TRIPS
No student will bring any opened beverage container, i.e. coffee cup, soda bottle, water bottle, etc. into the building or onto a school bus. Students going on field trips may bring an unopened can or bottle with them. All purses, backpacks, duffle bags. etc., will be searched prior to students going onto a bus that is taking a field trip or going to an athletic activity.
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STUDENT SEARCHES
Please read policy JHI “Questioning and Searching of Students” (Page 67) carefully as student lockers will be randomly searched this school year. Student backpacks and purses will also be randomly searched. Vehicles brought on to school property are also subject to the same random searches. It is imperative that drugs and alcohol are not present in our school or on school property.
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VISITORS
All visitors are to check into the office upon entering the building. Student guests are not permitted in the classrooms (this includes the gym) unless it is a visiting school group or have been pre-approved by the principal and teacher. Parents and guardians are welcome at any time; however, they must check in the office first.
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PASSES
Students wishing to visit the Guidance Office must make an appointment with a secretary. Students should not miss class in order to see the Guidance Director unless it is an emergency. Always check in with your teacher and show him/her the pass before you come to the office. When a student wishes to leave a room to get extra help from another teacher, he/she should, at some time prior to his/her intended visit, procure a pass from the teacher he/she wishes to visit.
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PHONE CALLS
School phones are business phones and are not to be used by the students except to call parents/guardians in an emergency. Incoming calls for students will not be accepted unless a parent/guardian has an important message for the student.
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CAFETERIA-KMS
The food in the cafeteria is to stay in the cafeteria. Improper behavior in the cafeteria may result in a student being removed from the cafeteria for a period of not less than a week.
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If you spill or drop food on the floor or tables, you are responsible to clean it - see the teacher on duty and he/she will assist you in getting the proper materials for cleaning.
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CAFETERIA-KHS
Students may take their lunch to designated classrooms, to picnic tables, or remain in the cafeteria. All trays, wrappings, etc., must be returned to the cafeteria and disposed of properly. Failure to dispose of trays and garbage appropriately will result in having two lunch periods where students must stay in the cafeteria.
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STUDENT LOCKERS
Each student will be issued a locker for his/her books and personal items. These lockers belong to the school and are subject to inspection. Only combination locks issued by the school will be used on lockers and are available in the office for those who would like one. The first lock for each locker is free, and there will be a $1.00 charge should you need to get a replacement. DRUG DOGS MAY BE USED ON A RANDOM BASIS TO SNIFF LOCKERS AND VEHICLES ON SCHOOL PROPERTY.
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SCHOOL DANCES
High School Dances:
All school dances will be open to high school students only unless guests are registered in the office five (5) school days prior to the dance.
A. Students must remain in the building. No re-admittance.
B. Dances will run from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
C. Guests are the responsibility of their host and must be pre-approved by the administration. Each student may invite one guest.
D. Coats must be left in the lobby.
E. The sponsoring group will need two (2) teachers and four (4) adults to serve as chaperones. 
F. The junior prom will run from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m.
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Middle School High Dances:
All student dances will be open to middle school students only.
A. Students must remain in the building. No re-admittance.
B. Dances will run from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
C. Guests will be allowed only under special circumstances at the discretion of the administration. 
D. Coats must be left in the lobby. 
E. The sponsoring group will need two (2)
teachers and four (4) adults to serve as chaperones.
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FIELD TRIPS
Field trips include but not limited to college visits, extra- curricular trips, class trips, Fun Town trip, etc.
Students who have received a series of discipline slips that reflect a pattern of poor behavior run the risk of not being permitted to participate in field trips
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STUDENT VEHICLES
Permission to bring a car to school must be granted by parent/guardian indicated by a signed permission slip. Students who are transported to school by someone other than a sibling who also attends KHS must also have a signed parental permission slip. 
Weather permitting, snow sleds are allowed on school property and users must follow all school rules and regulations. The principal will establish the season for the use of snow sleds. Students who bring snow sleds to school before or after the season is established will lose all privileges related to snow sleds. Users who cross KES campus at any time will lose the privilege of bringing snow sleds on all MSAD # 25 property.
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Four wheelers, three wheelers, and motorbikes are not permitted on school property. 
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STUDENT USE OF SCHOOL FACILITIES
The purpose of this policy is to maintain and promote a learning environment in the schools that is functional, safe, and conducive to education. The School Board finds that the presence in the school of items not connected to the school curriculum or extracurricular school activities creates a distraction from the fundamental educational mission of the school and may pose serious health and safety dangers to the school community. In order to promote a functional, safe, and effective educational atmosphere, the following policy is hereby established:
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For purpose of the policy, “school facility” includes but is not limited to lockers, club, team or society offices, bins, cloak rooms, team rooms, desks, athletic fields, buses, and parking lots.
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All school facilities made available to students by the school are, at all times, the property of, in the custody of, and under the control of the school and school authorities. Students’ possession or use of school facilities is nonexclusive against the school and school authorities and law enforcement agencies.
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All students who use or accept the use of any school facility shall thereby imply their consent to the shared or joint custody and control of that school facility with school officials. A student who uses a school facility agrees to the opening, cleaning, inventory, inspection, relocation, removal, alteration, destruction, search and reassignment of that school facility and its contents by school officials without prior notice. All students who accept the use of, or use, any school facility shall thereby accept the limitations, restrictions, rules and regulations relating to such school facilities.
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Only locks provided by the school may be used to secure student lockers or similar storage facilities. Students may NOT use any locking devise other than that supplied by the school unless other arrangements have been made with the appropriate school officials. The use of any locking device other than that supplied or approved by the appropriate school official may result in the forcible removal and destruction of such device. A student who accepts use of a student locker or similar storage facility shall report the presence of any lock not provided or approved by the school to the appropriate school official as soon as possible after it is discovered. The school shall not be liable for any damage to such lock. The student shall be liable for all damage to a school storage facility which reasonably results from the forcible removal of such lock.
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Any student wishing to use a student locker or similar storage facility shall read this policy, the consent form attached hereto as Attachment 1, and execute the consent form. The student’s parent/guardian shall also read and execute these documents before the student will be allowed to use locker or similar storage facility.
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LATE BUS
The schedule for the late bus will be posted after the beginning of school.
STUDY HALLS
1. Students should bring material to study or read during the period.
2. No talking except as authorized by the monitor.
3. No card playing or other games.
4. A student may go to the library if he/she has a library pass at the start of the period. The number will be limited as necessary.
6. The monitor will keep a “sign out” sheet indicating the student’s name, his/her destination, time left, and time returned.
7. Students are not dismissed at the end of the period until 
the monitor dismisses them.






























ATTACHMENT 1
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Student Name: _______________________________________
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Date: _______________________________________________
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Locker Number: _______________________________________
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I acknowledge that the school has given me permission to use the locker/storage facility indicated above for the remainder of the school year. I have read the Student Use of School Facilities Policy and I understand it.
I accept the conditions and the limitations described in the policy and I voluntarily consent to the opening, inspection and search of locker or storage facility indicated above, at any time, for any reason, without a search warrant, and without prior notice to me by the school’s officials or law enforcement agencies.
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Student’s Signature: ____________________________________
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Date: ________________________________________________
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I acknowledge that the school has given the above-named student permission to use the locker/storage facility indicated above for the remained of the school year. I have read the Student Use of School Facilities Policy and I understand it. On behalf of the above-named student, I accept the conditions and limitations described in the Policy and I voluntarily consent to the opening, inspection and search of the locker or storage facility indicated above, at any time, for any reason, without a search warrant, and without prior notice to me by the school’s officials or law enforcement agencies to me or the above-named student.
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(Parent/Guardian)
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