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    STAR Academy 

    The Academy @ Lillington

    HANDBOOK

    2019-2020

     

    Greetings Parents/Guardians,

     

    Welcome to STAR Academy!  We are proud of our dedicated, experienced staff and enthusiastic learners!

    As demands and complexities of teaching children increase, it becomes more evident that we all need to collaborate to insure that our children reach their potential.  We believe that all of us – the school and the community – must work together as a team effort to ensure success for all our students served.  Our main focus is student learning and behavior, affording them opportunities that will maximize their success.  We believe it is everyone’s responsibility to empower children with the creative, intellectual, and decision-making skills necessary for them to become academically, socially, physically, and emotionally successful and responsible. 

    In a forever changing world it is imperative that we set the bar of expectations high for our students providing them with vigorous lessons to help them reach their full potential.  For STAR Academy to achieve high success it will take the teamwork from our students, parents, guardians, staff, and community.  

    If you have questions or concerns that arise at any time, please do not hesitate to give your child’s teacher or administration a call.  I look forward to having a long and rewarding relationship with you and your family.

     

    Jayson R. Leach, I, Principal

     

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    SECTION 1. GENERAL INFORMATION

    1. Harnett County Board of Education Information
    2. Harnett County Schools 2019-2020 Calendar
    3. Harnett County Schools Lunch Fees & Charge Policy

    SECTION 2. STAR ACADEMY INFORMATION

    1. School Faculty & Information
    2. Safe Schools Advisory Counsel
    3. Schedule
    4. Behavior
    5. Dress Code
    6. Progress Reports & Grading Scale
    7. Guidance Information
    8. Telephone Use Policy
    9. Illness/Injury Policy
    10. Parent/Teacher Conference Policy
    11. Administration of Medication Policy
    12. Bus Transportation Guidelines

    SECTION 3. HARNETT COUNTY SCHOOLS POLICIES & REGULATIONS

    1. Code of Student Conduct - Policy Code: 4300
    2. Prohibition Against Discrimination, Harassment, Bullying, and Cyberbullying - Policy Code: 1710/4021/7230
    3. Discrimination, Harassment, Bullying, and Cyberbullying Complaint Procedure - Policy Code: 1720/4015/7225
    4. Assurance of Non Discrimination
    5. Anti-Harassment Statement
    6. Student and Parent Grievance Procedure - Policy Code: 1740/4010
    7. Notification of Rights Under Family Educational Rights and Privacy (FERPA)
    8. Attendance - Policy Code: 4400
    9. Student Services - Policy Code: 4342
    10. Smoking and Tobacco Products - Policy Code: 5026/7250
    11. Technology Acceptable Use - Policy Code: 3225/4312
    12. Student Membership and Participation in Educational Websites
    13. Network Security - Policy Code: 6524
    14. Use of Wireless Communication Devices - Policy 4318
    15. Student Health - A Note from the Nurse
    16. Student Health History - All Students

    SECTION 4. ACADEMY AT LILLINGTON/ACADEMIC SUPPORT

     

    SECTION 1

    General Information

     

    HARNETT COUNTY SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION

    Dr. Aaron Fleming, Superintendent

    Mr. Brooks Matthews, Deputy Superintendent

    Mr. Jermaine White, Assistant Superintendent – Student Support Services

    Ms. Brookie Ferguson, Assistant Superintendent – Curriculum & Instruction

    Ms. Monica Thompson, Assistant Superintendent – Human Resources

    Address & Phone Number                 1008 S. 11th St. Lillington, NC 27546 (910)893-8151

     

    HARNETT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBERS

    Jason Lemons, Chairman

    Don Godfrey, Vice Chairman

    Vivian Bennett

    Eddie Jaggers

    William Morris

     

    MEETINGS OF THE BOARD

    Meetings of the Board are conducted in the Lillington Education Center at 900 Eleventh Street, Lillington. Regular meetings are held on the first Monday of each month. The time and/or date of a regular meeting may be changed by resolution of the Board adopted and filed with the Secretary at least seven (7) days prior to the new date and the previously scheduled date. Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. unless changed by resolution of the Board.

    The public is welcome to attend all regular meetings of the Board.

     

    HARNETT COUNTY SCHOOLS

    MEAL PRICES FOR

    SCHOOL YEAR 2019-2020

     

    GRADES

    BREAKFAST

    LUNCH

    Pre-K - 5

    Full Pay = $1.00

    Full Pay = $2.35

    Pre-K - 5

    Reduced = FREE

    Reduced = $.40

    6 - 12

    Full Pay = $1.25

    Full Pay = $2.50

    6 -12

    Reduced = FREE

    Reduced = $.40

    Adults

    $1.50

    $3.50

     

    SECTION 2

    Star Academy Information

     

    School Address & Phone Numbers:

    900 11th St. Lillington, NC 27546   P: (910)893-4072   F: (910)893-3421   Cafeteria: (910)893-2493

                                                                                   

    Administration:                                                                                  

    Mr. Jayson R. Leach, Principal                                                        

    Mr. Maurice Lee, Assistant Principal                                              

    Office:                                                                                                  

    Mrs. Tracy Coleman, Data Manager/Administrative Assistant   

    Mrs. Marion Klingler, Guidance Counselor   

    Mr. Robert Carver, Academic Support Center Coordinator                                                        

                                                                                                   

    Assistants/Support Staff:

    Mr. Kenny Booker                                                                             

    Ms. Nellie Malloy

    Mrs. Brandy Martinez                                                                       

    Custodial Services:

    Ms. Tracy Ayers

    Cafeteria:

    Mrs. Tonya Inscore, Manager

    Safe School Advisory Council:

    Jayson R. Leach, Principal

    Maurice Lee, Assistant Principal

    Tracy Coleman, Data Manager/Administrative Assistant  

     

    Daily Schedule:

    Arrival/Breakfast                          7:30 – 7:45 AM

    Homeroom/First Period                 7:45 – 9:02 AM

    Second Period                            9:03 – 10:20 AM

    Third Period                              10:21 – 11:38 AM

    Lunch                                  11:38 – 12:00 AM/PM

    Fourth Period                             12:00 – 1:17 PM

    Fifth Period                                 1:18 – 2:35 PM

    Dismissal                                               2:35 PM

     

    Behavior:

    STAR encourages students to be responsible for their behavior and encourages the development of self-monitoring skills and self-evaluation.

    Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a program in place at STAR to help encourage students; which includes parental involvement and direct communication along with a rewards system for students that exhibit good behavior.

    The following behavioral objectives are used to evaluate student behavior:

    • Class Performance
    • Respect for yourself as well as teachers, peers, and anyone who enters the school building
    • Keep a positive attitude
    • Be on time for classes
    • Bring all needed supplies to class (notebook/paper, pencils/pens, highlighters, books, etc)
    • Complete all class/homework assignments
    • No food or drink the classroom
    • No sleeping or putting your head down
    • No electronics; cellphones, headphones, MP3, etc should be visible during instructional time (these could be confiscated and returned only to a parent)
    • Follow the bathroom schedule
    • Academic Performance
    • Complete all assignments
    • Accept positive feedback
    • No weapons allowed on campus
    • No tobacco products of any kind are permitted on campus. Drugs, drug paraphernalia, or other controlled substances will be dealt with in accordance with The Board of Education policy and law enforcement agencies.
    • No gang related actions: signs, drawings, language, clothes, etc will be tolerated
    • Cafeteria rules: throw trash in proper containers, keep area clean, no throwing food, maintain proper noise level

    Consequences:

    • Write up warning/Parent Contact
    • Counseling referral/Parent contact
    • Choices Lab/Parent contact
    • ASC/Administrative conference
    • OSS/Administrative conference

    Offenses which could result in LONG-TERM SUSPENSION:

    • Assault on a school employee (physical or verbal)
    • Fighting
    • Weapons
    • Drugs
    • Repeated offenses of any kind that disrupt the school day

     

    STAR Dress Code:

    Students must understand that they dress reflects their attitude. Please understand that if your child is dressed inappropriately, they will be sent to the office to call someone to pick them up.

    • Khaki pants will be required to be worn by all students
    • Pants must be correct size, no sagging will be allowed
    • Navy blue collared shirts will be worn by all high school students
    • Gold collared shirts will be worn by all middle school students
    • Shirts will be worn tucked in by all students at all times
    • Belts are required to be worn by all students at all times
    • Tennis shoes will be worn by all students at all times (NO open toed shoes, boots, sandals, bedroom shoes, etc)
    • ABSOLUTELY NO HOODIES
    • No hats, sweatbands, headbands or sunglasses are permitted
    • No excessive jewelry will be permitted
    • Clothing articles including, but not limited to gloves, bandanas, cut-off pants, towels, excessively large belt buckles, or anything commonly recognized as gang related which causes others to be intimated by fear of violence will not be permitted

     

    ALL BOOKBAGS MUST BE MADE OF A TRANSPARENT (CLEAR) OR MESH MATERIAL!

    THERE WILL BE DAILY SEARCHES AND METAL DETECTOR CHECKS ON ALL STUDENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR!

     

    Grades:

    Our school follows the Harnett County School System policy of sending report cards at the end of the six weeks for Middle and High school students. Parents are also informed of the student’s progress, throughout the six weeks by official interim reports, telephone class, meetings, and/or written communication from school personnel.

    Grading Scale:

    A             90 – 100                INC        Incomplete (work to be made up)

    B             80 – 89                  FF           Failed due to attendance

    C             70 – 79

    D             60 – 69

    E             Below 60 is failing

    Parent/Teacher Conferences:

    Administrators and/or teachers will schedule conferences when necessary. Parents may request a conference at any time.

     

    Guidance:

    Our guidance counselor is available to students with educational, personal and goal-oriented concerns. Cumulative folders are maintained on each student. Transcripts and employment references may be requested by prospective employers and post-secondary educational institutions with written permission of the student and/or parents. Information concerning scholarships and financial aid is also available in the guidance department. Although counselors may request to see students during the school year for various reasons, it is highly desirable that students take the initiative to see and meet their counselor. Counselors are available to students before and after school, during lunch periods, or with the teacher’s permission, during class periods.

     

    Telephone:

    Office telephones are for school business, and may be used by students only in case of illness or emergency. Students must obtain permission from school personnel before using the telephone.

     

    Illness/Injury:

    Parents will be informed as soon as possible about their child’s illness or injury. Parents are responsible for the health of their children. Parents will be notified immediately in the following situations:

    • Temperature of 100 degrees or more
    • Severe abdominal pain
    • Persistent nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
    • Injury where there is swelling, severe pain or a question of a broken bone or sprain
    • Chipped or avulsed tooth
    • Eye injury
    • Rash accompanied by fever
    • Animal bite
    • Burns
    • Head Injury
    • Poisoning
    • Symptoms of communicable/contagious diseases that warrant immediate medical attention

     

    Medication Policy:

    The Harnett County Schools serve students who must receive medication during school hours. Every effort should be made by the parent and physician to limit the need for medication to be administered at school. ‘Medication’ as used in this policy is defined as being those substances prescribed by a licensed physician and prepared by a licensed pharmacist, including liquids, tablets, or capsules to be ingested orally or substances to be applied externally. Specifically excluded and prohibited in this policy are those substances to be injected with the exception of medication prescribed for a known hypersensitivity to insect stings, in which case a staff member must be trained to administer the injection. When student must have medication at school and require assistance, ad adult designated by the principal in compliance with the following policy must administer the dose:

    • Requests from a parent or guardian for their child to receive medication during school hours must be accompanied by written authorization signed by the parent or guardian. The parent(s) of the child must also assume responsibility of informing the principal and his/her designee of any changes in the child’s health or change in medication.
    • A physician’s signature is required on the Authorization of Administration of Medication to a Student at School form which details the name of the child, name of the drug, the dosage, time to be administered, time interval for the medication which the student is to receive, and possible side effects.
    • Under no circumstances are any drugs to be dispensed that have not been prescribed by a physician and accompanied by both the physician’s signature on the authorization form, and the formal parental request and signature.
    • The medication that has been prescribed by the physician must be brought to school by the parent in a container appropriately labeled by the pharmacy or by the physician. The parent must also provide any devices, including measuring, required to administer the medication.
    • Medications are to be kept locked in a secure place (exceptions may be made for medicine which requires refrigeration),
    • A person will be designated by the principal to provide the delivery of the medication. Such records are to be indicated on the student’s Medical Record Sheet form that details the name of the drug, the dosage, the date and time given for each administration, and the date the medication is discontinued (if applicable). Any unused medication will be returned to the parent only.
    • The public health nurse who serves the school will provide any necessary consultation concerning medication to the appropriate school personnel. The nurse will also coordinate this program under the direction of the principal and will maintain a car file for each student who is receiving medication during school hours. The nurse will review this file and the student’s Medication Record Sheet form on a monthly basis so that each individual student is effectively monitored.
    • No liability will be assumed by the Harnett County Board of Education or its employees as they comply with the signed request and instructions for the administration of medication instructions forwarded by the child’s parent(s) and physician.
    • A copy of this policy will be provided to parents who request administration of medications in the Harnett County Schools.
    • The Harnett County Board of Education reserves the right to reject any request for the administration of medication.
    • The Harnett Board of Education recognizes the fact that there are students who must take medication during the school days but do not need assistance. No responsibility or obligation is assumed in connection with a student where no request for assistance has been received.

     

    SECTION 3

    Harnett County Schools Policies & Regulations

     2019-2020

    The following section contains policies and procedures that parents and students should review annually.  The policies and procedures contained in this section are effective as of the date of printing of this handbook.  Policies may be revised, as needed, by the Harnett County Board of Education.  This is not an exhaustive list of policies by the Harnett County Board of Education; a complete list of current policies can be found on the Harnett County Schools website at www.harnett.k12.nc.us.  If parents and/or students do not have access to the policies online, they may contact the school for a printed copy of any Harnett County Schools policy.

    Policies and Procedures Included

    1. Code of Student Conduct – Policy Code: 4300
    2. Prohibition Against Discrimination, Harassment, Bullying, and Cyberbullying – Policy Code:  1710/4021/7230
    3. Discrimination, Harassment, Bullying, and Cyberbullying Complaint Procedure – Policy Code: 1720/4015/7225
    4. Assurance of Non Discrimination
    5. Anti-Harassment Statement
    6. Student and Parent Grievance Procedure – Policy Code: 1740/4010
    7. Notification of Rights Under Family Educational Rights and Privacy (FERPA)
    8. Attendance – Policy Code:  4400
    9. Student Services – Policy Code:  4342
    10. Smoking and Tobacco Products – Policy Code: 5026/7250
    11. Technology Responsible Use – Policy Code: 3225/4312
    12. Student Membership and Participation in Educational Websites
    13. Network Security – Policy Code: 6524
    14. Use of Wireless Communication Devices – Policy Code: 4318
    15. Student Health – A Note from the Nurse
    16. Student Health History – All Students

     

     

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    STUDENT BEHAVIOR POLICY                                                                                Policy Code:                               4300

    All decisions related to student behavior are guided by the board's educational objectives to teach responsibility and respect for cultural and ideological differences and by the board's commitment to creating safe, orderly and inviting schools.  Student behavior policies are provided in order to establish (1) expected standards of student behavior; (2) principles to be followed in managing student behavior; (3) consequences for prohibited behavior or drug/alcohol policy violations; and (4) required procedures for addressing misbehavior.

    PRINCIPLES

    The reasons for managing student behavior are (1) to create an orderly environment where students can learn; (2) to teach expected standards of behavior; (3) to help students learn to accept the consequences of their behavior; and (4) to provide students with the opportunity to develop self-control.  The following principles apply in managing student behavior:

    1. Student behavior management strategies should complement other efforts to create a safe, orderly and inviting environment.
    2. Positive behavioral interventions will be employed as appropriate to improve student behavior.
    3. Responsibility, integrity, civility and other standards of behavior should be integrated into the curriculum.
    4. Disruptive behavior in the classroom will not be tolerated.
    5. Consequences for unacceptable behavior will be designed to help a student learn to comply with rules, to be respectful, to accept responsibility for his or her behavior, and to develop self-control.
    6. Strategies and consequences will be age and developmentally appropriate.

     COMMUNICATION OF POLICIES

    Board policies related to student behavior are codified mainly in the 4300 series.  The superintendent shall incorporate information from such policies into a Code of Student Conduct that notifies students of the behavior expected of them, conduct that may subject them to discipline and the range of disciplinary measures that may be used by school officials.  At the discretion of the superintendent, the Code of Student Conduct may include additional rules needed to implement the board's student behavior policies.  Each school shall create a student behavior management plan that will elaborate further on processes for addressing student misbehavior and the use of intervention strategies and consequences (see policy 4302, School Plan for Management of Student Behavior).  The Code of Student Conduct must incorporate by reference any additional student behavior standards, prohibited conduct or disciplinary measures identified in individual school behavior plans developed in accordance with policy 4302, provided such measures are consistent with law and board policy.  The Code of Student Conduct must not impose mandatory long-term suspension or expulsion for specific violations unless otherwise provided in state or federal law.

    At the beginning of each school year, principals shall make available to each student and parent all of the following:  (1) the Code of Student Conduct; (2) any board policies related to behavior that are not part of the Code of Conduct; (3) any related administrative procedures; (4) any additional discipline-related information from the school's student behavior management plan, including behavior standards, prohibited conduct or disciplinary measures; and (5) any other school rules.  This information must be available at other times upon request and must be made available to students enrolling during the school year and their parents.

    For the purpose of board policies related to student behavior, all references to "parent" include a parent, a legal guardian, a legal custodian or another caregiver adult authorized to enroll a student under policy 4120, Domicile or Residence Requirements.

     APPLICABILITY

    Students must comply with the Code of Student Conduct in all of the following circumstances:

    1. while in any school building or on any school premises before, during or after school hours;
    2. while on any bus or other vehicle as part of any school activity;
    3. while waiting at any bus stop;
    4. during any school-sponsored activity or extracurricular activity;
    5. when subject to the authority of school employees; and
    6. any time or place when the student's behavior has a direct and immediate impact on the orderly and efficient operation of the schools or the safety of individuals in the school environment.

     CONSEQUENCES FOR VIOLATIONS

    Violations of the Code of Student Conduct must be dealt with in accordance with the guidelines established in the school's behavior management plan (see policy 4302, School Plan for Management of Student Behavior).Minor Violations

    Minor violations of the Code of Student Conduct are those less severe infractions involving a lower degree of dangerousness and harm.  Examples of minor violations include the use of inappropriate or disrespectful language, noncompliance with a staff directive, dress code violations and minor physical altercations that do not involve a weapon or an injury.  Aggravating circumstances, however, may justify treating an otherwise minor violation as a serious violation.

    Minor violations of the Code of Student Conduct may result in disciplinary measures or responses up to and including short-term suspension.  Further information regarding the procedures for short-term suspensions is provided in policy 4351, Short-Term Suspension.  Other disciplinary measures or responses may include, but are not limited to, the following:

    1. parental involvement, such as conferences;
    2. isolation or time-out for short periods of time;
    3. behavior improvement agreements;
    4. instruction in conflict resolution and anger management;
    5. peer mediation;
    6. individual or small group sessions with the school counselor;
    7. academic intervention;
    8. in-school suspension;
    9. detention before and/or after school or on Saturday;
    10. community service;
    11. exclusion from graduation ceremonies;
    12. exclusion from extracurricular activities;
    13. suspension from bus privileges; and
    14. placement in an alternative school;

    The parent or guardian is responsible for transportation that may be required to carry out a consequence.  With the exception of suspension from bus privileges, if a parent or guardian is unable to provide transportation, another consequence will be substituted.

     Serious Violations

    Serious violations of the Code of Student Conduct may result in any of the consequences that may be imposed for minor violations.  In addition, serious violations that threaten to substantially disrupt the educational environment may result in long-term suspension, and serious violations that threaten the safety of students, school employees or school visitors may result in long-term suspension or expulsion.  Certain violations involving firearms or explosive devices may result in a 365-day suspension.  Further information regarding the standards and procedures for long-term suspensions, 365-day suspensions and expulsions is provided in policies 4351, Short-Term Suspension, and 4353, Long-Term Suspension, 365-Day Suspension, Expulsion.  (See also policy 4333, Weapons, Bomb Threats, Terrorist Threats and Clear Threats to Safety, for information regarding 365-day suspensions for certain violations involving firearms or explosive devices.)

    DISCIPLINARY ACTION FOR EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN/DISABLED STUDENTS

    Disciplinary actions for students identified as exceptional children according to North Carolina guidelines will conform to Procedures Governing Programs and Services for Children with Special Needs as adopted by the State Board of Education.  If the Procedures manual does not fully address a particular issue, the director of exceptional children will develop any necessary protocols consistent with state and federal law.

    All disabled children will be accorded all rights as required by state and federal law.  See also board policy 1730/4022/7231, Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disabilities.

    DEFINITIONS

    1. Board -- the Harnett County Board of Education.
    2. Classroom -- locations where designated learning experiences take place and/or over which school officials have supervising responsibility.
    3. Parent -- natural parent, legal guardian, legal custodian, or person serving in loco parentis having charge or control of any student enrolled in the school system.
    4. Principal -- the school principal or any school professional to whom the principal may officially delegate authority.
    5. Student -- any person attending any school that is part of the Harnett County School System; unless the context otherwise requires, pronouns referring to students apply to students of both sexes.
    6. School Personnel -- any principal, teacher, substitute teacher, student teacher, instructional assistant, supervisor, director, coordinator, administrator and all other personnel paid or unpaid working under the supervision and direction of the Harnett County Schools.
    7. School Property - any public school building, school campus, school facility, bus, other vehicle, grounds, recreational area or athletic field owned, leased or used by the school system or otherwise in the charge of the principal or school personnel.
    8. School System - the Harnett County School System

    CONDUCT RULES

    All students shall comply with all rules and regulations governing behavior and conduct.  Students shall be informed by local school rules or school personnel of any infraction not listed in this Code that may result in short-term or long-term suspension or expulsion.

     

    RULE 1 Compliance with Directions of School Personnel

    Students shall comply with the directions of school personnel who are authorized to give such directions during any time when students are subject to the authority of school personnel; and/or at any time when the student's behavior has a direct and immediate effect on maintaining order and discipline and protecting the safety and welfare of students and staff.

    A violation of this rule is deemed a minor violation and is subject to all of the consequences for minor violations as set forth in this policy.  Aggravating circumstances, however, may justify treating an otherwise minor violation as a serious violation.

     

    RULE 2 Integrity and Civility; Cheating

    All students are expected to demonstrate integrity, civility, responsibility and self-control.  In addition to any standards or rules established by the schools, the following behaviors are specifically prohibited as violation of the standards of integrity and civility:

    • cheating, including the actual giving or receiving of any unauthorized assistance or the actual giving or receiving of an unfair advantage on any form of academic work;
    • plagiarizing, including the copying of the language, structure, idea and/or thought of another and representing it as one's own original work;
    • providing verbal or written statements of false information;
    • violating copyright laws, including unauthorized reproduction, duplication and/or use of printed or electronic work, computer software, or other copyrighted material;
    • willfully, directly or indirectly accessing or causing to be accessed any computer, computer network or any part thereof without proper authorization or otherwise violating policy 3225/4312, Technology Acceptable Use.
    • cursing or using vulgar, abusive or demeaning language towards another person; and
    • playing abusive or dangerous tricks or otherwise subjecting a student or personnel to personal indignity.

    A violation of this rule is deemed a minor violation and is subject to all of the consequences for minor violations as set forth in this policy.  Aggravating circumstances, however, may justify treating an otherwise minor violation as a serious violation.

     

    RULE 3 Disruptive Behavior

    An orderly environment is critical for teachers to be able to teach and students to be able to learn.  Students are encouraged to participate in school efforts to create a safe, orderly and inviting environment.  Students also are encouraged to exercise their constitutional rights to free speech as a part of a stimulating, inviting educational environment.  A student's right to free speech will not be infringed upon; however, school officials may place reasonable, constitutional restrictions on time, place and manner in order to preserve a safe, orderly environment.

    Students are prohibited from disrupting teaching, the orderly conduct of school activities, or any other lawful function of the school or school district.  The following conduct is illustrative of disruptive behavior and is prohibited:

    • occupying any school building, school grounds, school buses or part thereof with the intent to deprive others of its use;
    • intentional verbal or physical acts which result or have the potential to result in blocking access to school functions or facilities or preventing the convening or continuation of school-related functions;
    • participating in any boycott of any lawful school function, mission or process or participating in any sit-in or any walkout which causes or results in the disruption of any lawful function, mission or process of the school district or of any school in the school district;
    • engaging in any protest, march, picketing or similar activity (on or off school premises) that causes or results in the disruption of any lawful function, mission or process of the school district or of any school in the school district;
    • preventing students from attending a class or school activity;
    • except under the direct instruction of the principal, blocking normal pedestrian or vehicular traffic on school premises;
    • intentionally making noise or acting in any manner so as to interfere with any teacher's ability to conduct his or her class or to carry on any school activity;
    • possessing or distributing literature or illustrations which significantly disrupt the educational process or which are obscene or unlawful;
    • engaging in behavior which is immoral, indecent, lewd, disreputable or of an overly sexual nature in the school setting;
    • failing to observe established safety rules, standards and regulations, including on the bus and in hallways; and
    • interfering with the operation of school buses, including delaying the bus schedule, getting off at an unauthorized stop, and willfully trespassing upon a school bus.

    A violation of this rule may be deemed a serious violation and is subject to all of the consequences for minor and serious violations as set forth in this policy.

    RULE 4 Student Dress Code

    The board prohibits appearance or clothing that does the following:

    • violates a reasonable dress code adopted and publicized by the school,
    • is substantially disruptive,
    • is provocative or obscene, or
    • endangers the health or safety of the student or others.

    A violation of this rule is deemed a minor violation and is subject to all of the consequences for minor violations as set forth in this policy.  Aggravating circumstances, however, may justify treating an otherwise minor violation as a serious violation.

     Dress Code

    RULE 5 Misconduct on a School Vehicle

    The following conduct is specifically prohibited on a school vehicle:

    • stopping, impeding, delaying or detaining a bus or school vehicle;
    • throwing or launching objects on the bus;
    • disturbing the peace, order or discipline on a bus or school vehicle;
    • refusing to obey the driver's instructions;
    • refusing to meet the bus at the designated stop;
    • tampering with or willfully damaging the bus or school vehicle;
    • getting off a bus at an unauthorized stop;
    • distracting the driver's attention by participating in disruptive behavior while the vehicle is in operation;
    • failing to observe established safety rules and regulations;
    • willfully trespassing upon a school bus or school vehicle;
    • fighting, smoking, using profanity, possession or using drugs or intoxicating beverages, or otherwise violating any other board policy or school rule while on a school bus or other school vehicle; and
    • any other behavior that may endanger lives or property.

    Any complaints of drivers, parents or student that are not specified in the above list should be reported promptly to the school principal.

    A violation of this rule may be deemed a serious violation and is subject to all of the consequences for minor and serious violations as set forth in this policy.  Upon request and when deemed appropriate, a principal may use his/her discretion and restore a student's bus privileges if the principal, bus driver, student and parent agree to a written behavior improvement agreement that includes specific steps and consequences for future inappropriate behavior.

    It is a criminal offense to unlawfully and willfully stop, impede, delay or detain a school or activity bus or to disturb the peace, order or discipline on a school or activity bus.  Students who engage in such activities may be subject to criminal charges.

    The bus driver may not remove students from the bus in route.

    RULE 6 Tobacco Products

    In support of the board's commitments and state and federal law, students are prohibited from using or possessing any tobacco product (1) in any school building, school vehicle or on the school grounds at any time; (2) at any school-related activity, including athletic events; or (3) at any time when the student is subject to the supervision of school personnel, including school trips. For the purposes of this policy, the term "tobacco product" means any product that contains tobacco and is intended for human consumption, including all lighted and smokeless tobacco products.

    Nothing in this policy prohibits the use or possession of tobacco products for an instructional or research activity conducted in a school building, provided such activity is conducted or supervised by a faculty member and the activity does not include smoking, chewing or otherwise ingesting tobacco.

    The administration will consult with the county health department and other appropriate organizations to provide students with information and access to support systems and programs to encourage students to abstain from the use of tobacco products.  The school district may, from time to time, provide free non-smoking programs and services to be offered to students in the schools.

    Students will be provided notice of this rule through student handbooks or other means identified by the principal.  In addition, the principal will post signs in a manner and locations that adequately notify staff, students and visitors about prohibitions against the use of tobacco products on school grounds and in school buildings.

    A violation of this rule is deemed a minor violation and is subject to all of the consequences for minor violations as set forth in this policy.  Aggravating circumstances, however, may justify treating an otherwise minor violation as a serious violation. In providing consequences for violation of this rule, school officials are encouraged to identify programs or opportunities for students to gain a greater understanding of the health hazards for the tobacco user, the hazards of secondhand smoke and the impact of tobacco use on efforts to provide a safe, orderly, clean and inviting school environment.

    RULE 7 Drugs and Alcohol

    The Harnett County School District believes that it is in the best interests of the community to take steps to promote, enhance and maintain a drug-free school system and student body, and that along with parents and other segments of the community, the school system has a role in helping students to remain drug free.  The Harnett County School District, therefore, endorses a comprehensive program in the area of substance abuse.  Alcohol and drug education will be taught to all grade levels and assistance will be offered to students who are having alcohol or drug related problems.

    Students are prohibited from possessing, using, transmitting, selling or being under the influence of any of the following substances:

    • narcotic drugs;
    • hallucinogenic drugs;
    • amphetamines;
    • barbiturates;
    • marijuana or any other controlled substance;
    • any alcoholic beverage, malt beverage or fortified wine or other intoxicating liquor; or
    • any chemicals or products procured or used with the intention of bringing about a state of exhilaration or euphoria or of otherwise altering the student's mood or behavior.

    Students also are prohibited from possessing, using, transmitting or selling drug paraphernalia or counterfeit (fake) drugs.  Students may not in any way participate in the selling or transmitting of prohibited substances, regardless of whether the sale or transmission ultimately occurs on school property.  Beepers and portable phones may not be used by students unless specifically authorized by the principal.

    Possession or use of prescription and over the counter drugs are not in violation of this rule if possessed and used in accordance with board policy 6125, Administering Medicines to Students.  The principal may authorize other lawful uses of substances otherwise prohibited by this rule, such as for approved school projects.

    A violation of this rule is deemed a serious violation and is subject to all of the consequences for minor and serious violations as set forth in this policy.

    As required by board policy 4345, Criminal Behavior, the principal must report to the appropriate law enforcement agency any student who has used or possessed the substances prohibited by this policy.

    RULE 8 Theft and Damage to Property

    Students are prohibited from stealing or attempting to steal school or private property, and/or from knowingly being in possession of stolen property.  Students also are prohibited from damaging or attempting to damage any school property or private property at any time when board policies are applicable as defined in this code.

    A violation of this rule may be deemed a serious violation and is subject to all of the consequences for minor and serious violations as set forth in this policy.

    RULE 9 Trespass

    Students are prohibited from trespassing on school property.  A student will be considered a trespasser and may be criminally prosecuted under any of the following circumstances:

    • a student who is on the campus of a school to which he or she is not assigned during the school day without the knowledge and consent of the officials of the school the student is visiting;
    • any student who loiters at any school after the close of the school day without specific need or supervision; or
    • any student who has been suspended from school who appears on the property of any school during the suspension period without the express permission of the principal.

    A violation of this rule is deemed a minor violation and is subject to all of the consequences for minor violations as set forth in this policy.  Aggravating circumstances, however, may justify treating an otherwise minor violation as a serious violation.

    RULE 10 Assaults and Physical Injury

    Students are prohibited from assaulting, physically injuring, attempting to injure or intentionally behaving in such a way as could reasonably cause injury to any other person.  Assault includes engaging in a fight.

    A minor physical altercation that does not involve a weapon or an injury is a minor violation and is subject to all of the consequences for minor violations as set forth in this policy.  Aggravating circumstances, however, may justify treating an otherwise minor violation as a serious violation.

    A serious physical altercation that involves a weapon or injury is considered a serious violation and is subject to all of the consequences for minor and serious violations as set forth in this policy.

    RULE 11 Threats

    Students are prohibited from directing toward any other person any language which threatens force, violence or disruption, or any sign or act which constitutes a threat of force, violence or disruption.

    A violation of this rule may be deemed a serious violation and is subject to all of the consequences for minor and serious violations as set forth in this policy.

    RULE 12 Harassment

    Students are prohibited from engaging in or encouraging any form of harassment, including bullying, against students, employees or any other individuals on school grounds or at school-related functions.  Harassment is unwanted, unwelcomed and uninvited behavior that demeans, threatens or offends the victim and results in a hostile environment for the victim.  The hostile environment can be created through pervasive or persistent misbehavior or a single incident if sufficiently severe.  Harassment is further defined in policy 1710/4021/7230, Prohibition against Discrimination, Harassment, and Bullying.

    A violation of this rule may be deemed a serious violation and is subject to all of the consequences for minor and serious violations as set forth in this policy.

    RULE 13 Bullying

    Bullying is conduct that subjects a student to insults, taunts or challenges, whether verbal or physical in nature, which is likely to intimidate, cause emotional distress or provoke a disorderly response from the student being treated in this manner.  Bullying usually involves intentional, repeated and harmful acts, words or behavior directed to a particular student or group of students.  Bullying may include, but is not limited to, name calling, threatening, social alienation, spreading rumors, spitting, pushing or punching.

    Any student with a complaint about bullying should report it to the principal or assistant principal.  In addition, any employee who has witnessed or has reliable information that a student has been subjected to bullying should report it immediately to the principal or assistant principal.

    Complaints of harassment will be investigated pursuant to policy 1720/4015/7225, Discrimination, Harassment, and Bullying Complaint Procedure.  A violation of this rule may be deemed a serious violation and is subject to all of the consequences for minor and serious violations as set forth in this policy.

    RULE 14 Hazing

    Hazing by any individual or group associated with the school system is prohibited and will not be tolerated.  Hazing is defined as subjecting another student to physical injury or assault as part of an initiation or as a prerequisite to membership into any organized school group, including any athletic team, club, society or similar group.  Hazing includes, but is not limited to, requiring any student to wear abnormal dress or costume on campus; playing abusive or ridiculous tricks on a student; frightening, scolding, beating or harassing a student; or subjecting a student to personal indignity.

    The board of education reserves the right to disband any extracurricular club or athletic team due to hazing, if the circumstances merit such action.

    A violation of this rule may be deemed a serious violation and is subject to all of the consequences for minor and serious violations as set forth in this policy.

    RULE 15 Weapons

    Students are prohibited from possessing, handling, using or transmitting, whether concealed or open, any weapon, or any instrument that reasonably looks like a weapon or could be used as a weapon.  Weapons include all of the following:

    • loaded or unloaded firearm, including a gun, pistol or rifle;
    • explosives, including a dynamite cartridge, bomb, grenade or mine;
    • knife, including a pocket knife, bowie knife, switchblade, dirk, dagger or machete;
    • slingshot or slungshot;
    • leaded cane, loaded cane or canesword;
    • blackjack;
    • metal knuckles;
    • BB gun;
    • air rifle or air pistol;
    • stun gun or other electric shock weapon;
    • ice pick;
    • razor or razor blade (except solely for personal shaving);
    • fireworks; and
    • any sharp pointed or edged instrument except unaltered nail files and clips and tools used solely for preparation of food, instruction and maintenance.

    No student may knowingly or willfully cause, encourage or aid any other student to possess, handle or use any of the weapons or weapon-like items listed above.  A student who finds a weapon or weapon-like item, who witnesses another student or other persons with such items, or becomes aware that another student or other persons intends to possess, handle or use such items, must notify a law enforcement officer or a school employee as soon as practical.

    This rule does not apply to pupils who are members of the Reserve Officer Training Corps and who are required to carry arms or weapons in the discharge of their official class duties; nor does this section apply to a firearm that was brought onto educational property for activities approved and authorized by the Board of Education.

    A violation of this rule may be deemed a serious violation and is subject to all of the consequences for minor and serious violations as set forth in this policy.  As required by law, a student who brings or possesses a firearm or destructive device on educational property or at a school-sponsored event off educational property shall be suspended for 365 days.  The superintendent may modify the required 365 day suspension for an individual student on a case-by-case basis.  A student who brings a firearm or powerful explosive to school also shall be referred to the criminal justice or juvenile justice system.

    RULE 16 Bomb Threats

    Students are prohibited from making, aiding and/or abetting in making a bomb threat or perpetrating a bomb hoax against school district property by making a false report that a device designed to cause damage or destruction by explosion, blasting or burning is located on school property.

    No student may knowingly or willfully cause, encourage or aid another student to make a bomb threat or perpetrate a bomb hoax.  Any student who becomes aware that another student or other person intends to use a bomb, make a bomb threat or perpetrate a bomb hoax must notify a law enforcement officer or a school employee as soon as practical.

    A violation of this rule may be deemed a serious violation and is subject to all of the consequences for minor and serious violations as set forth in this policy.  A student who violates this rule also shall be referred to the criminal justice or juvenile justice system.

    RULE 17 Terrorist Threats

    Students are prohibited from making, aiding, conspiring and/or abetting in making a terrorist threat or perpetrating a terrorist hoax against school district property by making a false report that a device, substance or material designed to cause harmful or life-threatening injury to another person is located on school property.

    No student may knowingly or willfully cause, encourage or aid another student to make a terrorist threat or perpetrate a terrorist hoax.  Any student who becomes aware that another student or other person intends to use a device, substance or material designed to cause harmful or life-threatening illness or injury to another person, make a terrorist threat or perpetrate a terrorist hoax must notify a law enforcement officer or a school employee as soon as practical.

    No student shall:

    1. make a false report that there is a device, substance or material designed to cause harmful or life-threatening illness or injury to another person located on school property or at a school-related or school-sponsored activity;
    2. conceal, place, disseminate or display a device, machine, instrument, artifact, letter, package material or substance on school property or at a school-related or school-sponsored activity with the intent to cause others to believe the device is a substance or material capable of causing harmful or life-threatening illness or injury to another person;
    3. threaten to commit on school property or at a school-related or school-sponsored activity an act of terror that is likely to cause death, with the intent to cause a significant disruption to the instructional day or school-sponsored activity or which actually causes such disruption;
    4. make a false report that there is about to occur or is occurring on school property or at a school-related or school-sponsored activity an act of terror that is likely to cause serious injury or death, with the intent to cause a significant disruption to the instructional day or school-sponsored activity or which actually causes such disruption;
    5. conspire to commit any of the above-described acts.

    A violation of this rule may be deemed a serious violation and is subject to all of the consequences for minor and serious violations as set forth in this policy.  A student who violates this section also will be referred to the criminal justice and/or juvenile justice system.

    RULE 18 Gang-Related Activities

    The presence of gangs and gang activities can cause a substantial disruption of or material interference with school and school activities.

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

    1. wear, possess, use distribute, display or sell any clothing, jewelry, emblem, badge, symbol, sign or other things which are evidence of membership or affiliation in any gang, as identified by school personnel;
    2. commit any act or omission, or use any speech, either verbal or non-verbal (gestures, hand-shakes, etc.) showing membership or affiliation in any gang;
    3. use any speech or commit any act or omission in furtherance of the interests of any gang or gang activity, including, but not limited to:
    4. soliciting others for membership in any gang;
    5. requesting any person to pay protection or otherwise intimidate or threaten any person;
    6. committing any other illegal act or other violation of school district policies; and
    7. inciting other students to act with physical violence upon another person.

    School administrators are responsible for compiling and updating a list of prohibited gang attire or symbols and publicizing it to students.

    A violation of this rule may be deemed a serious violation and is subject to all of the consequences for minor and serious violations as set forth in this policy.

    RULE 19 Criminal Behavior

    Criminal or other illegal behavior is prohibited.  Any student who the principal reasonably believes to have engaged in criminal behavior on the school premises or at school activities will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action as stated in applicable board policies and may be criminally prosecuted as well.  For the purposes of this section, "school premises" includes any public school building, bus, public school campus, grounds, recreational area, or athletic field, in the charge of the principal.

    School officials will cooperate fully with any criminal investigation and prosecution.  School officials will independently investigate any criminal behavior that also violates school rules or board policy.

    STUDENTS CHARGED WITH OR CONVICTED OF CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR

    If necessary, the superintendent and principal may take reasonable measures to preserve a safe, orderly environment when a student has been charged or convicted with a serious crime, regardless of whether the alleged offense was committed on school grounds or related to school activities.  Depending upon the circumstances, including the nature of the alleged crime, the child's age, and the publicity within the school community, reasonable efforts may include changing a student's classroom assignment or transferring the student to another school.  Transfer to the alternative school may be made in accordance with the criteria established in board policy 3470/4305, Alternative Schools.  The student will continue to be provided with educational opportunities unless and until the student is found to have violated board policy or school rules and is suspended or expelled in accordance with procedures established in board policy.

    REPORTING CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR

    The principal must report immediately to law enforcement officers and the superintendent the following acts when the principal has personal knowledge or actual notice from others that such acts occurred on school property, regardless of the age or grade of the perpetrator or victim:

    • assault resulting in serious personal injury;
    • sexual assault;
    • sexual offense;
    • rape;
    • kidnapping;
    • indecent liberties with a minor;
    • assault involving the use of a weapon;
    • possession of a firearm in violation of the law;
    • possession of a weapon in violation of the law;
    • possession of a controlled substance in violation of the law;
    • assault on school officials, employees and/or volunteers;
    • homicide, including murder, manslaughter and death by vehicle;
    • robbery; or armed robbery;
    • theft from the person;
    • theft of property valued over $75.00
    • breaking or entering of a school;
    • theft from a motor vehicle(s);
    • theft of a motor vehicle;
    • arson;
    • possession of stolen property;
    • vandalism over $200.00.

    A violation of this rule is deemed a serious violation and is subject to all of the consequences for minor and serious violations as set forth in this policy.

    RULE 20 Attendance

    Students must comply with attendance requirements as outlined in board policy 4400, Attendance.

    A violation of this rule is deemed a minor violation and is subject to all of the consequences for minor violations as set forth in this policy.  Provided, however, a student shall not be subject to a suspension of more than two days for a violation of this policy.

     ENFORCEMENT

    The superintendent is responsible for supervising the enforcement of the Code of Student Conduct to ensure that school disciplinary policies are uniformly and fairly applied throughout the school system.

    Legal References:  G.S. 115C-47, -276(r), -288, -307, -390.1, -390.2

    Cross References:  Goals and Objectives of the Educational Program (policy 3000), Counseling Program (policy 3610), Domicile or Residence Requirements (policy 4120), Student Behavior policies (4300 series)

    Adopted:  April 4, 1977

    Revised:  August 5, 1991; January 10, 1994; April 3, 2000; October 4, 2004; October 6, 2008, February 8, 2010, July 13, 2011; September 10, 2018

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    PROHIBITION AGAINST DISCRIMINATION,

    HARASSMENT, AND BULLYING

    Policy Code:          1710/4021/7230

     

    The board acknowledges the dignity and worth of all students and employees and strives to create a safe, orderly, caring, and inviting school environment to facilitate student learning and achievement.  The board prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age and will provide equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups as required by law.  The board will not tolerate any form of unlawful discrimination, harassment, or bullying in any of its educational or employment activities or programs. 

     Prohibited Behaviors and Consequences

     Discrimination, Harassment, and Bullying

    Students, school system employees, volunteers, and visitors are expected to behave in a civil and respectful manner.  The board expressly prohibits unlawful discrimination, harassment, and bullying.

    Students are expected to comply with the behavior standards established by board policy and the Code of Student Conduct.  Employees are expected to comply with board policy and school system regulations.  Volunteers and visitors on school property also are expected to comply with board policy and established school rules and procedures.

    Any violation of this policy is serious and school officials shall promptly take appropriate action.  Students will be disciplined in accordance with the school’s student behavior management plan (see policy 4302, School Plan for Management of Student Behavior).  Based on the nature and severity of the offense and the circumstances surrounding the incident, the student will be subject to appropriate consequences and remedial actions ranging from positive behavioral interventions up to, and including, expulsion. 

    Employees who violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, up to, and including, dismissal.  Volunteers and visitors who violate this policy will be directed to leave school property and/or reported to law enforcement, as appropriate, in accordance with policy 5020, Visitors to the Schools.

    When considering if a response beyond the individual level is appropriate, school administrators should consider the nature and severity of the misconduct to determine whether a classroom, school-wide, or school system-wide response is necessary.  Such classroom, school-wide, or school system-wide responses may include staff training, harassment and bullying prevention programs, and other measures deemed appropriate by the superintendent to address the behavior.

    Retaliation

    The board prohibits reprisal or retaliation against any person for reporting or intending to report violations of this policy, supporting someone for reporting or intending to report a violation of this policy, or participating in the investigation of reported violations of this policy. 

    After consideration of the nature and circumstances of the reprisal or retaliation and in accordance with applicable federal, state or local laws, policies, and regulations, the superintendent or designee shall determine the consequences and remedial action for a person found to have engaged in reprisal or retaliation.

     Application of Policy

    This policy prohibits unlawful discrimination, harassment, and bullying by students, employees, volunteers, and visitors.  “Visitors” includes persons, agencies, vendors, contractors, and organizations doing business with or performing services for the school system. 

    This policy applies to behavior that takes place:

    1. in any school building or on any school premises before, during or after school hours;

     

    1. on any bus or other vehicle as part of any school activity;

     

    1. at any bus stop;

     

    1. during any school-sponsored activity or extracurricular activity;

     

    1. at any time or place when the individual is subject to the authority of school personnel; and

     

    1. at any time or place when the behavior has a direct and immediate effect on maintaining order and discipline in the schools.

     

    1. Definitions

     

    For purposes of this policy, the following definitions apply:

     

    1. Discrimination

     

    Discrimination means any act or failure to act that unreasonably and unfavorably differentiates treatment of others based solely on their membership in a socially distinct group or category, such as race, ethnicity, sex, pregnancy, religion, age, or disability.  Discrimination may be intentional or unintentional.

     

    1. Harassment and Bullying

     

    1. Harassment or bullying behavior is any pattern of gestures or written, electronic, or verbal communications, or any physical act or any threatening communication that:

     

    • places a student or school employee in actual and reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or damage to his or her property; or

     

    • creates or is certain to create a hostile environment by substantially interfering with or impairing a student’s educational performance, opportunities, or benefits or by adversely altering the conditions of an employee’s employment.

     

    “Hostile environment” means that the victim subjectively views the conduct as harassment or bullying and that the conduct is objectively severe or pervasive enough that a reasonable person would agree that it is harassment or bullying.  A hostile environment may be created through pervasive or persistent misbehavior or a single incident, if sufficiently severe. 

     

    Harassment and bullying include, but are not limited to, behavior described above that is reasonably perceived as being motivated by any actual or perceived differentiating characteristic or motivated by an individual’s association with a person who has or is perceived to have a differentiating characteristic, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, socioeconomic status, academic status, gender identity, physical appearance, sexual orientation, or mental, physical, developmental, or sensory disability.  Examples of behavior that may constitute bullying or harassment include, but are not limited to, verbal taunts, name-calling and put-downs, epithets, derogatory comments or slurs, lewd propositions, exclusion from peer groups, extortion of money or possessions, implied or stated threats, assault, impeding or blocking movement, offensive touching, or any physical interference with normal work or movement, and visual insults, such as derogatory posters or cartoons.  Legitimate age-appropriate pedagogical techniques are not considered harassment or bullying.

     

    Harassment, including sexual or gender-based harassment, is not limited to specific situations or relationships.  It may occur between fellow students or co-workers, between supervisors and subordinates, between employees and students, or between non-employees, including visitors, and employees or students.  Harassment may occur between members of the opposite sex or the same sex.

     

    1. Sexual harassment is one type of harassment. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when:

     

    • submission to the conduct is made, either explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of an individual’s employment, academic progress, or completion of a school-related activity;

     

    • submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting the individual, or in the case of a student, submission to or rejection of such conduct is used in evaluating the student’s performance within a course of study or other school-related activity; or

     

    • such conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an employee’s work or performance or a student’s educational performance, limiting a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or environment, or creating an abusive, intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment.

     

    Sexually harassing conduct includes, but is not limited to, deliberate, unwelcome touching that has sexual connotations or is of a sexual nature, suggestions or demands for sexual involvement accompanied by implied or overt promises of preferential treatment or threats, pressure for sexual activity, continued or repeated offensive sexual flirtations, advances or propositions, continued or repeated verbal remarks about an individual’s body, sexually degrading words used toward an individual or to describe an individual, sexual assault, sexual violence, or the display of sexually suggestive drawings, objects, pictures or written materials.  Acts of verbal, nonverbal, or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on sex, but not involving sexual activity or language, may be combined with incidents of sexually harassing conduct to determine if the incidents of sexually harassing conduct are sufficiently serious to create a sexually hostile environment. 

     

    1. Gender-based harassment is also a type of harassment. Gender-based harassment may include acts of verbal, nonverbal, or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on sex or sex-stereotyping but not involving conduct of a sexual nature.

     

    1. Reporting and Investigating Complaints of Discrimination, Harassment, or Bullying

     

    Employees are required to report any actual or suspected violations of this policy.  Students, parents, volunteers, visitors, or others are also strongly encouraged to report any actual or suspected incidents of discrimination, harassment, or bullying.  All reports should be made in accordance with policy 1720/4015/7225, Discrimination, Harassment, and Bullying Complaint Procedure, and reported to one of the school officials identified in that policy.  Reports may be made anonymously, and all reports shall be investigated in accordance with that policy.

    Training and Programs

    The board directs the superintendent to establish training and other programs that are designed to help eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, and bullying and to foster an environment of understanding and respect for all members of the school community.  Information about this policy and the related complaint procedure must be included in the training plan.

    As funds are available, the board will provide additional training for students, employees, and volunteers who have significant contact with students regarding the board’s efforts to address discrimination, harassment, and bullying and will create programs to address these issues.  The training or programs should (1) provide examples of behavior that constitutes discrimination, harassment, or bullying; (2) teach employees to identify groups that may be the target of discrimination, harassment, or bullying; and (3) train school employees to be alert to locations where such behavior may occur, including locations within school buildings, at school bus stops, on cell phones, and on the Internet.

    Notice

    The superintendent is responsible for providing effective notice to students, parents, and employees of this policy and of the procedures for reporting and investigating complaints of discrimination, harassment, and bullying established in policy 1720/4015/7225, Discrimination, Harassment, and Bullying Complaint Procedure.  The superintendent must ensure that each school principal provides a copy of this policy and policy 1720/4015/7225 to students, employees, and parents or other responsible care givers at the beginning of each school year.  In addition, both policies must be posted on the school system website, and copies of the policies must be readily available in the principal’s office, the media center at each school, and the superintendent’s office.  Notice of the policies must appear in all student and employee handbooks and in any school or school system publication that sets forth the comprehensive rules, procedures, and standards of conduct for students and employees.

    Coordinators

    The superintendent has appointed the following individuals to coordinate the school system’s efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under federal non-discrimination laws.  These responsibilities include investigating any complaints communicated to school officials alleging noncompliance with Title VI or Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination Act, and/or the Boy Scouts Act, or alleging actions which would be prohibited by those laws. 

    Title IX Coordinator

    Name:  Jermaine White

    Office Address:  1008 South 11th Street, Lillington, NC 27546

    Phone Number: 910-893-8151, ext. 419

     

    Section 504 Coordinator

    Name: Lauren Cappola

    Office Address: 1008 South 11th Street, Lillington, NC 27546

    Phone Number: 910-893-8151, ext. 463

     

    ADA Coordinator

    Name:  Tina Tasker

    Office Address: 1008 South 11th Street, Lillington, NC 27546

    Phone Number: 910-893-8151, ext. 457

     

    Age Discrimination Coordinator

    Name: Jermaine White

    Office Address:  1008 South 11th Street, Lillington, NC 27546

    Phone Number: 910-893-8151, ext. 419

     

    Coordinator for Other Non-discrimination Laws

    Name:  Jermaine White

    Office Address:  1008 South 11th Street, Lillington, NC 27546

    Phone Number: 910-893-8151, ext. 419

       

    Records and Reporting

    The superintendent or designee shall maintain confidential records of complaints or reports of discrimination, harassment, or bullying.  The records must identify the names of all individuals accused of such offenses and the resolution of such complaints or reports.  The superintendent also shall maintain records of training conducted and corrective action(s) or other steps taken by the school system to provide an environment free of discrimination, harassment, and bullying. 

    The superintendent shall report to the State Board of Education all verified cases of discrimination, harassment, or bullying.  The report must be made through the Discipline Data Collection Report or through other means required by the State Board.

    Evaluation

    The superintendent shall evaluate the effectiveness of efforts to correct or prevent discrimination, harassment, and bullying and shall share these evaluations periodically with the board.

     

    Legal References:  Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, 29 U.S.C. 621 et seq., 34 C.F.R. pt. 110; Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq., 28 C.F.R. pt. 35; Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. 705(20), 794, 34 C.F.R. pt. 104; Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000d et seq., 34 C.F.R. pt. 100; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000e et seq., 29 C.F.R. pt. 1604; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. 1681 et seq., 34 C.F.R. pt. 106; Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act, 20 U.S.C. 7905, 34 C.F.R. pt. 108; Racial Incidents and Harassment Against Students at Educational Institutions; Investigative Guidance, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (1994); Revised Sexual Harassment Guidance:  Harassment of Students by School Employees, Other Students, or Third Parties, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (2001); Notice of Non-Discrimination, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (2010); Dear Colleague Letter, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, (October 26, 2010), available at http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-201010.pdf; Dear Colleague Letter, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, (April 4, 2011) available at http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-201104.pdf; Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services, 523 U.S. 75 (1998); G.S. 115C-335.5, -407.15 through -407.18; 126-16; State Board of Education Policy SSCH-000

     

    Cross References:  Discrimination, Harassment, and Bullying Complaint Procedure (policy 1720/4015/7225), Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disabilities (policy 1730/4022/7231), Prohibition Against Retaliation (policy 1760/7280), Equal Educational Opportunities (policy 4001), School Plan for Management of Student Behavior (policy 4302), Visitors to the Schools (policy 5020), Community Use of Facilities (policy 5030), Recruitment and Selection of Personnel (policy 7100), Professional Employees: Demotion and Dismissal (policy 7930), Classified Personnel: Suspension and Dismissal (policy 7940)

     

    Adopted: 12/07/2009

     

    Revised:  02/22/2012; 12/07/2015; 03/05/2018

     

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    DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT, BULLYING

    AND CYBERBULLYING COMPLIANT PROCEDURE

     Policy Code:  1720/4015/7225

     

    The board takes seriously all complaints of unlawful discrimination, harassment, and bullying. The process provided in this policy is designed for those individuals who believe that they may have been discriminated against, bullied, or harassed in violation of policy 1710/4021/7230, Prohibition Against Discrimination, Harassment, and Bullying, Prohibition Against Discrimination, Harassment, and Bullying or policy 1730/4022/7231, Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disabilities. Individuals who have witnessed or have reliable information that another person has been subject to unlawful discrimination, harassment, or bullying also should report such violations to one of the school system officials listed in subsection C.1. of this policy, or online through the school system's online reporting system. Reports may be made anonymously.

     DEFINITIONS

    1. Alleged Perpetrator
      The alleged perpetrator is the individual alleged to have discriminated against, harassed, or bullied the complainant.
    2. Complaint
      A complaint is an oral or written notification made by a person who believes he or she is the victim of unlawful discrimination, harassment, or bullying.
    1. Complainant
      The complainant is the individual complaining of being discriminated against, harassed, or bullied.
    1. Days
      Days are the working days, exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays, vacation days or holidays, as set forth in the school calendar. In counting days, the first day will be the first full working day following receipt of the complaint. When a complaint is submitted on or after May 1, time limits will consist of all weekdays (Monday – Friday) so that the matter may be resolved before the close of the school term or as soon thereafter as possible.
    1. Investigative Report
      The investigative report is a written account of the findings of the investigation conducted in response to a complaint.
    1. Investigator
      The investigator is the school official responsible for investigating and responding to the complaint.
    1. Report
      A report is an oral or written notification that an individual, other than the reporter, is a suspected perpetrator or victim of unlawful discrimination, harassment, or bullying.

      REPORTING BY EMPLOYEES OR OTHER THIRD PARTIES

     

    1. Mandatory Reporting by School Employees

    Any employee who witnessed or who has other reliable information or reason to believe that an individual may have been discriminated against, harassed or bullied in violation of policy 1710/4021/7230  or policy 1730/4022/7321 must report the offense immediately to an appropriate individual designated in subsection C.1., below.  An employee who does not promptly report possible discrimination, harassment, or bullying shall be subject to disciplinary action.

    1. Reporting by Other Third Parties

    All members of the school community including students, parents, volunteers and visitors are also strongly encouraged to report any act that may constitute an incident of discrimination, harassment or bullying.

    1. Anonymous Reporting

    Reports of discrimination, harassment or bullying may be made anonymously but formal disciplinary action may not be taken solely on the basis of an anonymous report.

    1. Investigation of Reports

    Reports of discrimination, harassment or bullying will be investigated sufficiently to determine whether further action under this policy or otherwise is necessary, and school officials shall take such action as appropriate under the circumstances, regardless of the alleged victim’s willingness to cooperate. At the option of the alleged victim, the report may be treated as a formal complaint by the alleged victim under this policy.

     COMPLAINTS BROUGHT BY ALLEGED VICTIMS OF DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT OR BULLYING

     

    1. Filing a Complaint

    Any individual who believes that he or she has been discriminated against, harassed or bullied is strongly encouraged to file a complaint orally or in writing to any of the following individuals:

    1. the principal or assistant principal of the school at which either the alleged perpetrator or alleged victim attends or is employed;
    2. an immediate supervisor if the individual making the complaint is an employee;
    3. the assistant superintendent of human resources if the alleged perpetrator or alleged victim is an employee of the school system (or the superintendent if the assistant superintendent of human resources is the alleged perpetrator);
    4. the Title IX coordinator for claims of sex discrimination or sexual harassment or (See policy 1710/4021/7320 for contact information)
    5. the Section 504 coordinator or the ADA coordinator for claims of discrimination on the basis of a disability (see policy 1710/4021/7230 for contact information); or
    6. for claims of other forms of prohibited discrimination, the applicable civil rights coordinator as established in policy 1710/4021/7230.
    7. Time Period for Filing a Complaint

    A complaint should be filed as soon as possible but no later than 30 days after disclosure or discovery of the facts giving rise to the complaint. Complaints submitted after the 30-day period may be investigated; however, individuals should recognize that delays in reporting may significantly impair the ability of school officials to investigate and respond to such complaints.

    1. Informal Resolution

    The board acknowledges that many complaints may be addressed informally through such methods as conferences or mediation. The board encourages the use of informal procedures such as mediation to the extent possible; however, mediation or other informal procedures will not be used to resolve complaints alleging sexual assault or sexual violence, complaints by a student of sexual harassment perpetrated by an employee, or when otherwise inappropriate. Informal procedures may be used only if the parties involved voluntarily agree.

    If an informal process is used, the principal or other designated personnel must (1) notify the complainant that he or she has the option to end the informal process and begin formal procedures at any time and (2) make a copy of this policy and other relevant policies available to the complainant. Any informal process should be completed within a reasonable period of time, not to exceed 30 days unless special circumstances necessitate more time.  If informal procedures fail to resolve the matter in a reasonable period of time or are inappropriate. If the complainant requests formal procedures, the complaints will be investigated promptly, impartially, and thoroughly according to the procedures outlined in the remainder of this policy.

    1. Other Resources

    Individuals may also contact the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education:

    4000 Maryland Ave, SW

    Washington, DC 20202-1475

    Telephone: 202-453-6020  TDD: 800-877-8339

    Fax: 202-453-6021              Email: OCR.DC@ed.gov

     

     PROCESS FOR ADDRESSING COMPLAINTS OF ALLEGED INCIDENTS OF DISCRIMINATION OR HARASSMENT BULLYING

     

    1. Initiating the Investigation
    2. Whoever receives a complaint of discrimination, harassment, or bullying pursuant to subsection C.1. shall immediately notify the appropriate investigator who shall respond to the complaint and investigate. The investigator of a complaint is determined as follows:
    3. If the alleged incident occurred under the jurisdiction of the principal. The investigator is the principal or designee, unless the alleged perpetrator is the principal, the assistant superintendent of human resources, the superintendent, or a member of the board. If the alleged perpetrator is any other employee, the principal or designee shall conduct the investigation in consultation with the assistant superintendent of human resources or designee.
    4. If the alleged perpetrator is the principal, the assistant superintendent of human resources or designee is the investigator.

    iii.   If the alleged incident occurred outside of the jurisdiction of a principal (for example, at the central office), the assistant superintendent of human resources or designee is the investigator unless the alleged perpetrator is the assistant superintendent of human resources, the superintendent or a member of the board.

    1. If the alleged perpetrator is the assistant superintendent of human resources, the superintendent or designee is the investigator.
    2. If the alleged perpetrator is the superintendent, the board attorney is the investigator. (In such cases, whoever receives a complaint of discrimination, harassment or bullying shall immediately notify the assistant superintendent of human resources who shall immediately notify the board chair. The board chair shall direct the board attorney to respond to the complaint and investigate.)
    3. If the alleged perpetrator is a member of the board, the board attorney is the investigator. (In such cases, whoever receives a complaint of discrimination, harassment or bullying shall immediately notify the superintendent who shall direct the board attorney to respond to the complaint and investigate. Unless the board chair is the alleged perpetrator, the superintendent shall also notify the board chair of the complaint.)
    4. As applicable, the investigator shall immediately notify the Title IX, Section 504, ADA coordinator, or other relevant coordinator of the complaint, and, as appropriate, may designate the coordinator to conduct the investigation.
    5. The investigator shall explain the process of the investigation to the complainant and inquire as to whether the complainant would like to suggest a course of corrective action.
    6. Written documentation of all reports and complaints, as well as the school system's response, must be maintained in accordance with policy 1710/4021/7230.
    7. Failure to investigate and/or address claims of discrimination, harassment, bullying, or cyberbullying shall result in disciplinary action.
    8. Conducting the Investigation
    9. The investigator is responsible for determining whether the alleged act(s) constitutes a violation of policy 1710/4021/7230 or policy 1730/4022/7231. In so doing, the investigator shall impartially, promptly, and thoroughly investigate the complaint. The investigator shall interview (1) the complainant; (2) the alleged perpetrator(s); and (3) individuals identified as witnesses by the complainant or alleged perpetrator(s); (4) any other individuals, including, other possible victims, who may have relevant information. The investigation will include a review of all evidence presented by the complainant or alleged perpetrator.
    10. The complaint and investigation will be kept confidential to the extent possible. Information may be shared only with individuals who need the information in order to investigate and address the complaint appropriately and those with a legal right to access the information. Any requests by the complainant for confidentiality will be evaluated within the context of the legal responsibilities of the school system. Any complaints withdrawn to protect confidentiality must be recorded in accordance with policy 1710/4021/7230.
    11. The investigator shall review the factual information gathered through the investigation to determine whether, based on a preponderance of the evidence, the alleged conduct constitutes discrimination, harassment or bullying, giving consideration to all factual information, the context in which the alleged incidents occurred, the age and maturity of the complainant and alleged perpetrator(s), and any other relevant circumstances. The investigator shall submit a written investigative report to the superintendent and as applicable, to the Title IX, Section 504, ADA, or other coordinator.
    12. Notice to Complainant. Alleged Perpetrator
    13. The investigator shall provide written notification to the complainant of the results of the investigation within 15 days of receiving the complaint, unless additional time is necessary to conduct an impartial, thorough investigation. The investigator shall specify whether the complaint was substantiated and, if so, shall also specify:
    14. reasonable, timely, age-appropriate, corrective action intended to end the discrimination, harassment or bullying and prevent it from recurring;
    15. as needed, reasonable steps to address the effects of the discrimination, harassment or bullying, on the complainant; and

    iii.   as needed, reasonable steps to protect the complainant from retaliation as a result of communicating the complaint.

    1. If required by law, information regarding specific disciplinary action imposed on the alleged perpetrator(s) will be given to the complainant such as, when the information relates directly to the complainant (e.g., an order requiring the perpetrator not to have contact with the complainant). School officials are encouraged to consult with the superintendent and board attorney before releasing such information, however.
    2. If the investigator determines that the complaint was substantiated, the perpetrator(s) shall be subject to discipline or other corrective steps, as described in policy 1710/4021/7230. If the corrective steps involve actions outside the scope of the investigator's authority, the superintendent will be notified so that responsibility for taking the corrective steps may be delegated to the appropriate individual.
    3. Appeal
    4. If the complainant is dissatisfied with the results of the investigation, he or she may appeal the decision to the superintendent (unless the alleged perpetrator is the assistant superintendent of human resources or the superintendent, in which cases the complainant may appeal directly to the board in accordance with the procedure described in subsection D.4.b below). The appeal must be submitted in writing within five days of receiving the notice of the results of the investigation. The superintendent may review the documents, conduct any further investigation necessary or take any other steps the superintendent determines to be appropriate in order to respond to the complaint. The superintendent shall provide a written response within 10 days after receiving the appeal, unless further investigation is needed.
    5. If the complainant is dissatisfied with the superintendent's response, he or she may appeal the decision to the board within 5 days of receiving the superintendent’s response. The board will review the documents, direct that further investigation be conducted if necessary, and take any other steps that the board determines to be appropriate in order to respond to the complaint. Upon request of the complainant, the board will hold a hearing pursuant to policy 2500, Hearings Before the Board. The board will provide a written response within 30 days after receiving the appeal, unless further investigation is necessary or the hearing necessitates that more time be taken to respond.

     TIMELINESS OF PROCESS

     

    The number of days indicated at each step of the process should be considered a maximum. Every effort should be made to expedite the process.

     

    If any school official charged with investigating the complaint or reviewing the investigation fails at any step in the process to communicate a decision within the specified time limit, the complainant will be entitled to appeal the complaint to the next step unless the official has notified the complainant of the delay and the reason for the delay, such as the complexity of the investigation, review, or report. The school official shall make reasonable efforts to keep the complainant apprised of progress being made during any period of delay. Delays that interfere with the exercise of any legal rights are not permitted.

     

    Failure by the complainant at any step in the process to appeal a complaint to the next step within the specified time limit will be considered acceptance of the decision at that step, unless the complainant has notified the investigator of a delay and the reason for the delay and the investigator has consented in writing to the delay.

     GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

     

    1. No reprisals or retaliation of any kind will be taken by the board or by an employee of the school system against the complainant or other individual on account of his or her filing a complaint or report or participating in an investigation of a complaint or report filed and decided pursuant to this policy, unless the person knew or had reason to believe that the complaint or report was false or knowingly provided false information.
    2. All meetings and hearings conducted pursuant to this policy will be private.
    3. The board and school system officials will consider requests to hear complaints from a group, but the board and officials have the discretion to hear and respond to complainants individually.
    4. The complainant may be represented by an advocate, such as an attorney, at any meeting with school system officials.
    5. Should, in the judgment of the superintendent or designee, the investigation or processing of a complaint require that an employee be absent from regular work assignments, such absences shall be excused without loss of pay or benefits. This shall not prevent the superintendent or designee from suspending the alleged perpetrator without pay during the course of the investigation.

     RECORDS

     

    Records will be maintained as required by policy 1710/4021/7230.

     

    Legal References:  Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, 29 U.S.C. 621 et seq., 34 C.F.R. pt 110; Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq., 28 C.F.R. pt. 35; Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. 1232g; Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. 705(20), 794, 34 C.F.R. pt. 104; Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000d et seq., 34 C.F.R. pt. 100; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000e et seq., 29 C.F.R. pt. 1604; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. 1681 et seq., 34 C.F.R. pt. 106; Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act, 20 U>S>C> 7905, 34 C.F>R pt. 108; Racial Incidents and Harassment Against Students at Educational Institutions; Investigative Guidance, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (1994); Revised Sexual Harassment Guidance:  Harassment of Students by School Employees, Other Students, or Third Parties, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (2001); Notice of Non-Discrimination, United States Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights (2010); Gebser v. Lago Vista Independent School District, 524 U.S. 274, (1998); Davis v. Monroe County Board of Education, 526 U.S. 629 (1999); G.S. 115C-407.15 through -407.1810

     

    Cross References: Prohibition Against Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying (policy 1710/4021/7230), Student and Parent Grievance Procedure (policy 1740/4010), Hearings Before the Board (policy 2500), Assaults, Threats and Harassment (policy 4331)

     

    Adopted: December 7, 2009

     

    Revised: February 22, 2012; May 5, 2014; March 5, 2018

     

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    HARNETT COUNTY COMPLIES WITH FEDERAL

    REGULATIONS, ENCOURAGES PARENTS TO STUDY THE FOLLOWING STATEMENTS

     

    In compliance with federal law, Harnett County Schools administers all state and federally operated educational programs, employment activities, and admissions without discrimination because of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, color, age, military service, disability or gender except where exemption is appropriate and allowed by law. Inquiries or complaints should be directed to Tina Tasker (ADA-Americans with Disabilities Act), Lauren Cappola (Section 504), or Jermaine White (Title IX) at:

     

    Harnett County Board of Education

    1008 South 11th Street, Lillington, NC 27546

    Telephone: (910) 893-8151 - Fax: (910) 893-8839

     

    STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

     

    It is expected that most students with disabilities be tested just as students without disabilities are tested. However, some students have needs as a result of their disabilities that require their nonparticipation in the Standard Course of Study and for that reason will not participate in the statewide student accountability standards. For these students, the IEP Team makes the determination that the students will be exempted from the statewide student accountability standards. Students with disabilities who participate in the statewide student accountability standards must be given the same opportunities as students without disabilities who score below Level III, including retesting, focused intervention, and waiver considerations.

     

    • To the extent possible, all students with disabilities shall participate in the statewide student accountability standards for elementary, middle, and high school levels.
    • Students with disabilities may be exempt from the statewide student accountability promotion standards by the Individualized Education Program Team, including the principal or school district representative, if it is determined by the team that the students do not have the ability to participate in the State Standard Course of Study. However, they shall be enrolled in a functional curriculum and demonstrate acceptable outcomes on the alternate assessments. These students may receive a certificate of achievement or graduation certificate.
    • All interventions/remediation and other opportunities, benefits and resources that are made available to students without disabilities shall be made available to students with disabilities who participate in the student promotion standards. All services offered are in addition to the special education services provided to the student.

    Questions or concerns related to Students with Disabilities should be referred to Tina Tasker, Director of Programs for Exceptional Children, telephone: (910) 893-8151 or by email: ttasker@harnett.k12.nc.us

     

    TITLE IX

     

    Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and is the guideline to remove all unfair sex discrimination practices. 

     

    Questions or concerns related to Title IX should be directed to Jermaine White, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services, telephone: (910) 893-8151 or by email:jwhite1@harnett.k12.nc.us   

     

    Section 504

     

    Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination on the basis of handicap in education programs.

     

    Any individual who has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of his/her major life functions may qualify for identification for services under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.  Identification and services are made available through the local school Assistance Team.  Questions may be directed toward the local school principal or classroom teacher.

     

    Questions or concerns related to Section 504 should be directed to Lauren Cappola, Director of School Counseling, telephone: (910) 893-8151 or by email: lcappola@harnett.k12.nc.us

     

    An Assistant Superintendent has been appointed to hear cases dealing with non-compliance with Section 504 regulations.  The office is located in the Board of Education Annex, 1008 11th Street, Lillington, phone number: 910-893-8151.  (Re:  Federal Register Vol. 45, No. 92, May 9, 1980, Page 30939, Section 104.7 and 194.8).

     

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    ANTI-HARASSMENT STATEMENT

    Harnett County Schools (HCS) acknowledges the dignity and worth of all students and employees and strives to create a safe, orderly, caring and inviting school environment to facilitate student learning and achievement. HCS does not tolerate any form of harassment, including harassment based on disability, in any of its educational or employment activities. Anyone who has been the victim of acts of harassment, or who has reliable information about others having been the victim of acts of harassment, is encouraged to report those acts to Jermaine White, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, by email at jwhite1@harnett.k12.nc.us, or by telephone at 910.893-8151. HCS considers harassment a serious offense, and is committed to promptly, thoroughly, and impartially investigating all reports of harassment. Individuals found to have violated HCS policy prohibiting harassment are subject to the following discipline: students may be suspended or expelled; employees may be dismissed; and volunteers may be removed from campus and face criminal charges. HCS is committed to eliminating harassment from its schools, and encourages employees, students, parents, and volunteers to work together to prevent acts of harassment of any kind.

     

    DECLARACIÓN EN CONTRA DEL HOASTIGAMIENTO

    Las Escuelas del Condado de Harnett (HCS) reconocen la dignidad y el valor de todos los estudiantes y empleados, y se esfuerza por crear un ambiente escolar seguro, ordenado, atento y acogedor para facilitar el aprendizaje y el rendimiento de los estudiantes. HCS no tolera ninguna forma de hostigamiento, incluyendo el hostigamiento por discapacidad, en ninguna de sus actividades educativas o de empleo. Se le pide a cualquier persona que haya sido víctima de actos de hostigamiento, o que tenga información confiable acerca de que otros hayan sido víctima hostigamiento, a que reporte estos actos a Jermaine White, Asistente del Superintendente de Servicios Estudiantiles, por correo electrónico a jwhite1@harnett.k12.nc.us o por teléfono al 910-893-8151. HCS considera que el hostigamiento es un delito grave, y se compromete a una  investigación rápida, exhaustiva e imparcial de todas las denuncias de hostigamiento.  Las personas que hayan violado la política de HCS que prohíbe el hostigamiento, están sujetos a la siguiente disciplina: los estudiantes pueden ser suspendidos o expulsados; los empleados pueden ser despedidos; y los voluntarios pueden ser removidos de la escuela y  pueden enfrentar cargos criminales. HCS se ha comprometido a eliminar el hostigamiento de sus escuelas, y ánima a los empleados, estudiantes, padres, y voluntarios a que trabajen juntos para prevenir actos de hostigamiento de cualquier  tipo.

     

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    STUDENT AND PARENT GRIEVANCE PROCDEDURE                                        Policy Code:  1740/4010

     

     

     OPTIONS FOR RESOLVING COMPLAINTS

     

    The board strives to resolve concerns and complaints whenever possible.  To this end, the board has provided opportunities for students and parents to express their concerns through processes established in board policies.  Policy 1742/5060, Responding to Complaints, identifies these different processes and provides a mechanism for resolving complaints in an informal manner.

     

    While the board encourages resolutions of complaints through informal means, it recognizes that, at times, a formal process may be necessary for certain types of complaints or if an informal process did not produce satisfactory results.  This policy provides a complaint procedure that may be used as described below.

     

    Any parent or student who has questions about the options for proceeding with a complaint or concern may contact the principal or the superintendent for further information and copies of all applicable board policies.

     DEFINITIONS

     

    1. Days

     

    Days are working days, exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays, vacation days or holidays, as set forth in the school calendar.  In counting days, the first day shall be the first full working day following the receipt of the grievance.  After May 1, time limits will consist of all weekdays (Monday - Friday) so that the matter may be resolved before the close of the school term or as soon thereafter as possible.

     

    1. Final Administrative Decision

     

    Final administrative decision is a decision of a school employee from which no further appeal to a school administrator is available.

     

    1. Grievance

     

     A grievance is a formal complaint regarding specific decisions made by school personnel that alleges that such decisions have adversely affected the person making the complaint. A grievance includes, but is not limited to, circumstances such as when a student or parent believes that board policy or law has been misapplied, misinterpreted or violated. The term "grievance" does not include any matter for which the method of review is prescribed by law, for which there is a more specific board policy providing a process for addressing the concern, or upon which the board is without authority to act. Claims of discrimination harassment or bullying must be processed under policy 1720/4015/7225, Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying Complaint Procedure

     

    1. Grievant

     

    The Grievant is the parent, student or group of parents or students submitting the grievance.

     

    1. Official

     

    The Official is the school system employee hearing and responding to the grievant.

     TIMELINESS OF PROCESS

     

    The number of days indicated at each step of the grievance process should be considered a maximum, and every effort should be made to expedite the process.

     

    Failure by the official at any step to communicate a decision within the specified time limit will permit the grievant to appeal the grievance to the next step unless the official has notified the grievant of the delay and the reason for the delay, such as the complexity of the investigation or report.  The official shall make reasonable efforts to keep the grievant apprised of progress being made during any period of delay.  Delays that interfere with the exercise of the grievant’s legal rights are not permitted.

     

    Failure by the grievant at any step of the process to appeal a grievance to the next step within the specified time limit will be considered acceptance of the decision at the current step, unless the grievant has notified the official of a delay and the reason for the delay and the official has consented in writing to the delay.

     GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

     

    1. No reprisals of any kind will be taken by the board or by an employee of the school system against any grievant or other student or employee because of his or her participation in a grievance filed and decided pursuant to this policy.

     

    1. All meetings and hearings conducted pursuant to this policy will be private.

     

    1. The board and school system officials will consider requests to hear grievances from a group of grievants, but the board and officials have the discretion to hear and respond to grievants individually.

     

    1. The grievant may have a representative, including an attorney, at any stage of the grievance.  However, if the grievant intends to be represented by legal counsel, he or she must notify the appropriate school official in advance so that school personnel also will have the opportunity to be represented by legal counsel.

     PROCESS FOR GRIEVANCE

     

    1. Filing a Grievance

     

    1. Whenever a student or parent or guardian believes that he or she has been adversely affected by a decision of a school employee, the student or parent or guardian may file a grievance as provided in this policy.

     

    1. A grievance must be filed as soon as possible but no later than 30 days after disclosure or discovery of the facts giving rise to the grievance.  For a grievance submitted after the 30 day period that claims a violation, misapplication or misinterpretation of state or federal law, the superintendent or designee shall determine whether the grievance will be investigated after considering factors such as the reason for the delay; the extent of the delay; the effect of the delay on the ability of the school system to investigate and respond to the complaint; and whether the investigation of the complaint is necessary to meet any legal obligations.  However, students and parents and guardians should recognize that delays in filing a grievance may significantly impair the ability of the school system to investigate and respond effectively to such complaints.

     

    1. A student or parent or guardian who has a grievance must provide the following information in writing to the principal:  (1) the name of the school system employee or other individual whose decision or action is at issue; (2) the specific decision(s) or action(s) at issue; (3) any board policy, state or federal law, state or federal regulation, or State Board of Education policy or procedure that the parent or guardian or student believes has been misapplied, misinterpreted or violated; and (4) the specific resolution desired.  If there is not a specific decision or action at issue and no concern that state or federal law has been misapplied, misinterpreted or violated, then the procedure established in board policy 1742/5060 is appropriate and the principal shall address the concern following that policy.

     

    1. Even if the principal is the employee whose decision or action is at issue, the student must submit the grievance first to the principal in order for the principal to address the issue within the formal process.  If, however, the grievance claims that a state or federal law has been misapplied, misinterpreted or violated, the student may submit the grievance directly to the superintendent or designee.

     

    1. If a student wants to initiate a formal grievance regarding a decision by the superintendent that directly and specifically affects the student, the general process described in this policy will be used, except that the grievance will be submitted to the assistant superintendent of human resources, who shall forward the grievance to the board chairperson.

     

    1. Investigation

     

    1. The principal shall schedule and hold a meeting with the student and/or parent or guardian within five school days after the grievance has been filed with the principal.  The student may be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or other person who is in a position of loco parentis to the student.

     

    1. The principal shall conduct any investigation of the facts necessary before rendering a decision.

     

    1. Response by Principal

     

    1. The principal shall provide a written response to the written grievance within 10 days of the meeting.  The response will include the principal's decision regarding resolution of the grievance and the basis for the decision.  In responding, the principal may not disclose information about other students or employees that is considered confidential by law.

     

    1. A copy of the grievance and the principal's response shall be filed with the superintendent.

     

    1. Response by Superintendent

     

    1. If the grievant is dissatisfied with the principal's decision, the grievant may appeal the decision to the superintendent.  The appeal must be made in writing within five days of receiving the principal's decision.

     

    1. The superintendent may review the written documents and respond, or the superintendent may schedule and hold a conference with the grievant, principal, and any other individuals the superintendent determines to be appropriate within five school days after receiving the appeal.  The student may be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or other person who is in a position of loco parentis to the student.

     

    1. The superintendent shall provide a written response within 10 days after receiving the appeal.  In responding, the superintendent may not disclose information about other students or employees that is considered confidential by law.

     

    1. Appeal to the Board

     

    If the grievant has alleged a violation of a specified federal or state law, federal or state regulation, State Board of Education policy or procedure, or local board of education policy or procedure, the grievant will have the right to appeal a final administrative decision to the board of education (see subsection E.5.a, Mandatory Appeals, below).  If a grievant has not alleged such specific violations, he or she may request a hearing before the board, which the board may grant at its discretion (see Discretionary Appeals below).

     

    1. Mandatory Appeals

     

    1)    If the grievant is dissatisfied with the superintendent's response to his or her grievance and has alleged a violation of a specified federal or state law, federal or state regulation, State Board of Education policy or procedure, or local board of education policy or procedure, the grievant may appeal the decision to the board within five days of receiving the superintendent's response.

     

    2)    A hearing will be conducted pursuant to board policy 2500, Hearings Before the Board.

     

    3)    The board will provide a final written decision within 30 days of receiving the appeal unless further investigation is necessary or the hearing necessitates that more time be taken to respond.

     

    1. Discretionary Appeals

     

    • If the grievant is dissatisfied with the superintendent's response to his or her grievance but has not alleged a violation of a specified federal or state law, federal or state regulation, State Board of Education policy or procedure, or local board of education policy or procedure, then within five days of receiving the superintendent's response, the grievant may submit to the superintendent a written request for a hearing before the board of education.

     

    • If the full board will be meeting within two weeks of the request for a hearing, the board will decide at that time whether to grant a hearing. Otherwise, the board chair will appoint a three-person panel to review the request and determine to (1) deny the appeal; (2) review the superintendent’s decision on the written record only; or (3) grant a hearing. The panel will report the decision to the board.  The board may modify the decision of the panel upon majority vote at a board meeting.

     

    • If the board denies the appeal, the decision of the superintendent will be final and the grievant will be notified within five days of the board’s decision.

     

    • If the board decides to grant a hearing, the hearing will be conducted pursuant to board policy 2500.

     

    • The board will provide a final written decision within 30 days of the decision to grant an appeal, unless further investigation is necessary or the hearing necessitates that more time be taken to respond.

     NOTICE

     

    The Superintendent or designee is responsible for providing effective notice to students, parents and school system employees of the procedures for reporting and investigating grievances.

     RECORDS

     

    Appropriate records shall be maintained in accordance with state and federal law.

     NOTICE

     

    The superintendent or designee is responsible for providing effective notice to students, parents and school system employees of the procedures for reporting and investigating grievances.

     

    Legal References:  G.S. 115C-45C; 126-16 150B-43 et seq.

     

    Cross References:  Prohibition Against Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying (policy 1710/4021/7230), Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying Complaint Procedure (policy 1720/4015/7225. Responding to Complaints (policy 1742/5060), Sexual Harassment Complaint Procedure for Students (policy 1745/4027), Hearings Before the Board (policy 2500), Student Discipline Policies (4300 series)

     

    Adopted:  May 4, 2009

     

    Revised:  March 5, 2018

     

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    NOTIFICATION OF RIGHTS UNDER FAMILY EDUCATIONAL

    RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)

     

    The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the student's educational records. They are:

     

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

     

    (2) The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Parents or eligible students may ask Harnett County Schools to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should make a written request to the school principal which clearly identifies the part of the record they want changed and specifies why it is inaccurate or misleading. If Harnett County Schools decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the District will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

     

    (3) The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the Harnett County Schools as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement personnel); a person serving on the Harnett County Board of Education; a person or company with whom Harnett County Schools has contracted to perform a special task (such as a therapist, auditor, medical consultant, or attorney); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Upon request from officials of another school district in which the student seeks or intends to enroll, Harnett County Schools will forward education records without consent from the parent or eligible student.

     

    Schools may disclose directory information without consent.  The District has designated the following as directory information:  a student’s name; address; telephone listing; photograph; date and place of birth; participation in officially recognized activities and sports; weight and height of members of athletic teams; dates of attendance; grade level; diplomas, certification, and awards received; and most recent school or education institution attended by the student.  Directory information does not include the telephone number and actual address of a student who is or whose parent is a participant in the North Carolina Address Confidentiality Program. 

     

    *** Any parent or eligible student many request that such directory information not be disclosed by submitting a written request to the principal of the school that the student attends.  ***

     

    As required by law, the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of secondary school students shall be released, upon request, to military recruiters and institutions of higher learning.  A parent or eligible student, however, may request that this information not be released without prior written consent by submitting a written request to the principal of the school that the student attends.

     

    (4) The right to file a complaint with the U. S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Harnett County Schools to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:

     

    Family Policy Compliance Office

    U.S. Department of Education

    400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.

    Washington, DC 20202-4605

     

     

    ATTENDANCE                                                                                                                                            Policy Code:  4400

     

     

     

    Attendance in school and participation in class are integral parts of academic achievement and the teaching-learning process.  Through regular attendance, students develop patterns of behavior essential to professional and personal success in life.  Regular attendance by every student is mandatory.  The State of North Carolina requires that every child in the State between the ages of 7 (or younger if enrolled) and 16 attend school.  Parents and legal guardians are responsible for ensuring that students attend and remain at school daily.

     

    1. Attendance Records

    School officials shall keep accurate records of attendance, including accurate attendance records in each class.  Attendance records will be used to enforce the Compulsory Attendance Law of North Carolina.

     

    1. Excused Absences

     

    When a student must miss school, a written excuse signed by a parent or guardian must be presented to the student’s teacher on the day the student returns after an absence.  Absences due to extended illnesses may also require a statement from a physician.  An absence may be excused for any of the following reasons:

     

    1. personal illness or injury that makes the student physically unable to attend school;

     

    1. isolation ordered by the State Board of Health;

     

    1. death in the immediate family;

     

    1. medical or dental appointment;

     

    1. participation under subpoena as a witness in a court proceeding;

     

    1. a minimum of two days each academic year for observance of an event required or suggested by the religion of the student or the student’s parent(s);

     

    1. participation in a valid educational opportunity, such as travel or service as a legislative or Governor’s page, with prior approval from the principal;

     

    1. pregnancy and related conditions or parenting, when medically necessary; or

     

    1. visitation with the student’s parent or legal guardian, at the discretion of the superintendent or designee, if the parent or legal guardian (a) is an active duty member of the uniformed services as defined by policy 4050, Children of Military Families, and (b) has been called to duty for, is on leave from, or has immediately returned from deployment to a combat zone or combat support posting.

     

    In the case of excused absences, short-term out-of-school suspensions, and absences under G.S. 130A-440(for failure to submit a school health assessment form within 30 days of entering school) the student will be permitted to make up his or her work.  (See also policies 4110, Immunization and Health Requirements for School Admission, and 4351, Short-Term Suspension.)  The teacher will determine when work is to be made up.  The student is responsible for finding out what assignments are due and completing them within the specified time period.

     

    1. School-Related Activities

    All classroom activities are important and difficult, if not impossible, to replace if missed.  Principals shall ensure that classes missed by students due to school-related activities are kept to an absolute minimum.  The following school-related activities will not be counted as absences from either class or school:

     

    1. field trips sponsored by the school;

     

    1. job shadows and other work-based learning opportunities, as described in G.S. 115C-47(34a);

     

    1. school-initiated and -scheduled activities;

     

    1. athletic events that require early dismissal from school;

     

    1. Career and Technical Education student organization activities approved in advance by the principal; and

     

    1. in-school suspensions.

     

    Assignments missed for these reasons are eligible for makeup by the student.  The teacher will determine when work is to be made up.  The student is responsible for finding out what assignments are due and completing them within the specified time period.

     

    1. Excessive Absences

    Class attendance and participation are critical elements of the educational process and may be taken into account in assessing academic achievement.  Students are expected to be at school on time and to be present at the scheduled starting time for each class.  Students who are excessively tardy to school or class may be suspended for up to two days for such offenses.

     

    The principal shall notify parents and take all other steps required by G.S. 115C-378for excessive absences.  Students may be suspended for up to two days for truancy.

     

    If a student is absent from school for five or more days in a semester, the principal or a committee established by the principal shall consider whether the student’s grades should be reduced because of the absences.  The principal or committee shall review other measures of academic achievement, the circumstances of the absences, the number of absences, and the extent to which the student completed missed work.  A committee may recommend to the principal and the principal may make any of the following determinations:

     

    1. the student will not receive a passing grade for the semester;

     

    1. the student’s grade will be reduced;

     

    1. the student will receive the grade otherwise earned; or

     

    1. the student will be given additional time to complete the missed work before a determination of the appropriate grade is made.

     

    Students with excused absences due to documented chronic health problems are exempt from this policy.  In addition, for students experiencing homelessness (see board policy 4125, Homeless Students), school officials must consider issues related to the student’s homelessness, such as a change of caregivers or nighttime residence, before taking disciplinary action or imposing other barriers to school attendance based on excessive absences or tardies.

     

    Excessive absences may impact eligibility for participation in interscholastic athletics.  See policy 3620, Extracurricular Activities and Student Organizations.

     

    Legal References:  McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 11431, et seq G.S. 115C-47, -84.2, -288(a), -375.5, -378 to -383, -390.2(d), -390.2(l), -390.5, -407.5; 130A-440; 16 N.C.A.C. 6E .0102, .0103; State Board of Education Policies ATND-000, -003, NCAC-6E.0104

    Cross References:  Extracurricular Activities and Student Organizations (policy 3620), Education for Pregnant and Parenting Students (policy 4023), Children of Military Families (policy 4050), Immunization and Health Requirements for School Admission (policy 4110), Short-Term Suspension (policy 4351)

    Adopted:

    Revised:  September 10, 2018

     

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    STUDENT SEARCHES                                                                                                                            Policy Code:  4342

     

    School officials have the authority to conduct reasonable searches and seize students’ unauthorized materials for the purposes of maintaining a safe, orderly environment and for upholding standards of conduct established by the board or school.  Any searches or seizures must be conducted in accordance with the standards described in this policy and any other applicable legal requirements. All school officials carrying out a search or seizure are expected to be knowledgeable about the constitutional rights of students and the appropriate procedures for conducting the search or seizure. A search must be justified at its inception and permissible in scope.  School officials shall make reasonable, good faith efforts to investigate allegations of misconduct before a student search is conducted.

     

    This policy applies to searches conducted on school grounds, in school facilities, or at school-sponsored events.

     

    Policy 3225/4312/7320, Technology Responsible Use, not this policy, applies to the search of school system-owned technological resources and the data located on school system-owned electronic equipment.

     

    1. SEARCHES BASED ON INDIVIDUALIZED REASONABLE SUSPICION

     

    A student or the student’s possessions may be searched when a school official has reasonable suspicion that the search will turn up evidence that the particular student has violated or is violating a law or a school rule. This reasonable suspicion must be based upon specific and articulable facts, which have been acquired through reliable and/or corroborated information from employees, students, law enforcement officers, or other credible sources, or upon visual or other evidence (e.g., the smell of alcohol or marijuana, an alert from a metal detector or drug dog) viewed in light of the totality of the circumstances and the school official’s professional judgment.  The scope of the search and the methods used to conduct the search must be reasonably related to the objectives of the search and not excessively intrusive in light of the age and sex of the student and the nature of the infraction.  Reasonable suspicion is not required if a student freely, voluntarily and knowingly consents and agrees to the search of his or her person or personal effects.

     

    In accordance with the standards described above, the board authorizes the following types of searches based on reasonable suspicion.

     

    1. Searches of Personal Effects

     

    School officials may search a student’s desk, locker, and/or personal effects, including but not limited to purses, book bags, and outer clothing.  Policy 4318, Use of Wireless Communication Devices, addresses the circumstances under which searches of student cell phones and other electronic devices may be conducted.

     

    1. Searches of Motor Vehicles

     

    School officials may search the interior of a student’s motor vehicle.

     

    1. “Pat-down” Searches

     

    A school official may conduct a frisk or “pat-down” search of a student’s person.  The search must be conducted in private by a school official of the same gender with an adult witness present.

     

    1. More Intrusive Personal Searches

     

    More intrusive personal searches are discouraged and are to be used only in very limited circumstances.  A personal search is more intrusive when it extends beyond a student’s personal effects and outer clothing and potentially exposes intimate body parts and/or undergarments.  Such intrusive personal searches will be permissible only if:  (1) the school official has reasonable suspicion that a search of a particular student will yield dangerous contraband (e.g., drugs or weapons); and (2) the school official has reasonable suspicion that the student has hidden the contraband in his or her undergarments.  This search must be conducted in private by a school official of the same gender, with an adult witness of the same gender present, and only with the prior approval of the superintendent or designee, unless the health or safety of students will be endangered by the delay that might be caused by following these procedures.  Body cavity searches and searches that require a student to completely disrobe are strictly prohibited.

     

    1. Metal Detector Searches

     

    Except as provided in Section B.2, below, a metal detector may be used to search a student’s person and/or personal effects.  The search must be conducted by a school official and will be done in private, when feasible.

     

    1. PERSONAL SEARCHES

     

    A student's person and/or personal effects (e.g., purse, book bag, etc.) may be searched whenever a school authority has reasonable grounds for suspecting that the search will turn up evidence that the student has violated or is violating a law or a school rule.

    If a frisk or "pat down" search of a student's person is conducted, it must be conducted in private by a school official of the same gender and with an adult witness present, when feasible.

    If the school official has reasonable grounds for suspecting that the student has on his or her person an item imminently dangerous to the student or to others, a more intrusive search of the student's person may be conducted.  Such a search may be conducted only in private by a school official of the same gender, with an adult witness of the same gender present, and only upon the prior approval of the superintendent or designee, unless the health or safety of students will be endangered by the delay that might be caused by following these procedures.

     

    1. USE OF METAL DETECTORS

     

    A metal detector may be used to search a student's person and/or personal effects whenever a school official has reasonable grounds for suspecting that the student is in possession of a weapon.  The search must be conducted by a school official.  The search will be conducted in private, when feasible.

    A school official is authorized to conduct general searches of students and other persons and their personal effects with a metal detector before the person may gain entry to the school campus or any school-sponsored extracurricular activity.  The search must be conducted in accordance with procedures established by the superintendent or designee.  Prior to conducting general searches, school administrators must: (1) demonstrate to the superintendent the need for general searches based upon a pattern or expectation of violence or disruption; and (2) provide written notice, if feasible, to students and parents of the school policy governing general searches, but not of specific times when or places where searches will be conducted.  Any search conducted pursuant to this policy must be conducted by a school official.

     

    1. DESK AND LOCKER SEARCHES

     

    Student desks and lockers are school property and remain at all times under the control of the school.  However, students are expected to assume full responsibility for the security of their desks and lockers.  Student desks and lockers may not be used to store illegal, unauthorized or contraband materials.  Inspections of desks and lockers may be conducted by school authorities for any reason consistent with board policies or school rules at any time, without notice, without consent, and without a search warrant.  A student's personal effects found in a desk or locker, such as backpacks, gym bags or purses, may be searched only pursuant to guidelines for personal searches described above.

     

    1. SEARCHES OF STUDENT MOTOR VEHICLES

     

    Students are permitted to park on school premises as a matter of privilege, not of right. School officials have authority to patrol student parking lots at all times to maintain safety in the parking lots.  The interior of a student's motor vehicle parked on the school premises may be searched if a school official has reasonable grounds for suspecting that the search will turn up evidence that the student has violated or is violating a law or a school rule.

     

    1. USE OF TRAINED DOGS IN CONDUCTING SEARCHES

     

    With the prior approval of the superintendent, school officials may use trained dogs in inspections for illegal materials in school facilities, on school grounds and in school parking lots.  All dogs must be accompanied by a qualified and authorized trainer who is responsible for the dog's actions and who is able to verify the dog's reliability and accuracy in sniffing out illegal material.  Trained dogs may sniff lockers, student motor vehicles and other inanimate objects.  Such inspections are not considered searches and do not require notice or consent.

     

    Dogs may not be used for random searches of students or other persons.  If a school official has reasonable suspicion that a student possesses illegal material on his or her person, a dog may sniff the air near the student.  Such a search will be conducted in private with the school official and an adult witness present, when feasible.

     

    Legal References:  U.S. Const. amend. IV;  G.S. 115C-47, -288, -307, -391

    Cross References:  School Plan for Management of Student Behavior (policy 4302), School Level Investigations (policy 4340)

    Adopted:  January 11, 1988

    Revised:  January 10, 1994; October 4, 2004; March 29, 2010; September 10, 2018

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    SMOKING AND TOBACCO PRODUCTS                                                                       Policy Code:             5026/7250

     

     

    The board of education promotes the health and safety of all students and staff and the cleanliness of all school facilities.  The board believes that the use of tobacco products on school grounds, in school buildings and facilities, in or on any other school property owned or operated by the school board, or at school-related or school-sponsored events is detrimental to the health and safety of students, staff, and school visitors.  To this end, and to comply with state and federal law, the board adopts this tobacco-free policy that prohibits smoking and the use of tobacco products as follows.  For the purposes of this policy, the term “tobacco product” means any product that contains or is made or derived from tobacco and is intended for human consumption, including all lighted and smokeless tobacco products, as well as electronic cigarettes, vaporizers, and other electronic smoking devices even if they do not contain tobacco or nicotine.

     

    1. All employees and other persons performing services or activities on behalf of the school system, including volunteers, and contractors, as well as students and visitors, are prohibited from using any tobacco products at any time in any school building, in any school facility, on school campuses, and in or on any other school property owned or operated by the school board.

     

    1. In addition, persons attending a school-sponsored event at a location not specified in subsection 1 above are prohibited from using tobacco products when (a) in the presence of students or school personnel, or (b) in an area where use of tobacco products is otherwise prohibited by law.

     

    1. Nothing in this policy prohibits the use of tobacco products for an instructional or research activity conducted in a school building, provided that such activity is conducted or supervised by a faculty member and that the activity does not include smoking, chewing, or otherwise ingesting tobacco.

     

    1. The administration will consult with the county health department and other appropriate organizations to provide employees with information about support systems and programs to encourage employees to abstain from the use of tobacco products. The school system may, from time to time, provide free non-smoking programs and services to employees of the school system after the regular school day.

     

    1. The principal of each school and other school personnel responsible for school facilities shall post signs in system facilities in a manner and location that adequately notify staff, students, and visitors that the use of tobacco products by any person is prohibited at all times in or on school property.

     

    1. The superintendent and designees shall ensure that adequate notice of this policy is provided to students, parents, school personnel, and the public.

     

    1. All school personnel are required to adhere to and enforce this policy and other policies, rules, or regulations addressing the use of tobacco products.

     

    Legal References:  Pro-Children Act of 1994, 20 U.S.C. 6081 et seq.; 21 U.S.C. 321 (rr); G.S. 14-313; 115C-47(18), -407

    Cross References:  Tobacco Products – Students (policy 4320)

    Adopted:  12/05/2004

    Revised:  01/12/2004; 10/27/2008; 04/08/2013; 12/07/2015

     

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    TECHNOLOGY ACCEPTABLE USE                                                                               Policy Code: 3225/4312

     

     

    1. Expectations for Use of School Technological Resources

    The use of school system technological resources is a privilege not a right. Individual users of the school system’s technological resources are responsible for their behavior and communications when using those resources.  Responsible use of school system technological resources is use that is ethical, respectful, academically honest, and supportive of student learning.  Each user has the responsibility to respect others in the school community and on the Internet.  Users are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette.  General student and employee behavior standards, including those prescribed in applicable board policies, the Code of Student Conduct, and other regulations and school rules, apply to use of the Internet and other school technological resources.

     

    In addition, anyone who uses school system computers or electronic devices or who accesses the school network or the Internet using school system resources must comply with the additional rules for responsible use listed in Section B, below.  These rules are intended to clarify expectations for conduct but should not be construed as all-inclusive.

     

    Before using the Internet, all students must be trained about appropriate online behavior as provided in policy 3226/4205, Internet Safety.

     

    All students and employees must be informed annually of the requirements of this policy and the methods by which they may obtain a copy of this policy.  Before using school system technological resources, students and employees must sign a statement indicating that they understand and will strictly comply with these requirements and acknowledging awareness that the school system uses monitoring systems to monitor and detect inappropriate use of technological resources.  Failure to adhere to these requirements will result in disciplinary action, including revocation of user privileges.  Willful misuse may result in disciplinary action and/or criminal prosecution under applicable state and federal law.

     

    1. Rules for Use of School Technological Resources

     

    1. School system technological resources are provided for school-related purposes only. Acceptable uses of such technological resources are limited to responsible, efficient, and legal activities that support learning and teaching. Use of school system technological resources for commercial gain or profit is prohibited. Student personal use of school system technological resources for amusement or entertainment is also prohibited.  Because some incidental and occasional personal use by employees is inevitable, the board permits infrequent and brief personal use by employees so long as it occurs on personal time, does not interfere with school system business, and is not otherwise prohibited by board policy or procedure.

     

    1. Under no circumstance may software purchased by the school system be copied for personal use.

     

    1. Students and employees must comply with all applicable laws, including those relating to copyrights and trademarks, confidential information, and public records. Any use that violates state or federal law is strictly prohibited. Plagiarism of Internet resources will be treated in the same manner as any other incidents of plagiarism, as stated in the Code of Student Conduct.

     

    1. No user of technological resources, including a person sending or receiving electronic communications, may engage in creating, intentionally viewing, accessing, downloading, storing, printing or transmitting images, graphics (including still or moving pictures), sound files, text files, documents, messages or other material that is obscene, defamatory, profane, pornographic, harassing or considered to be harmful to minors.

     

    1. The use of anonymous proxies to circumvent content filtering is prohibited.

     

    1. Users may not install or use any Internet-based file sharing program designed to facilitate sharing of copyrighted material.

     

    1. Users of technological resources may not send electronic communications fraudulently (i.e., by misrepresenting the identity of the sender).

     

    1. Users must respect the privacy of others.  When using e-mail, chat rooms, blogs, or other forms of electronic communication, students must not reveal personal identifying information or information that is private or confidential, such as the home address or telephone number, credit or checking account information, or social security number of themselves or fellow students.  For further information regarding what constitutes personal identifying information, see policy 4705/7825, Confidentiality of Personal Identifying Information.  In addition, school employees must not disclose on school system websites or web pages or elsewhere on the Internet any personally identifiable, private, or confidential information concerning students (including names, addresses, or pictures) without the written permission of a parent or guardian or an eligible student, except as otherwise permitted by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) or policy 4700, Student Records.  Users also may not forward or post personal communications without the author’s prior consent.

     

    1. Users may not intentionally or negligently damage computers, computer systems, electronic devices, software, computer networks, or data of any user connected to school system technological resources.  Users may not knowingly or negligently transmit computer viruses or self-replicating messages or deliberately try to degrade or disrupt system performance.  Users must scan any downloaded files for viruses.

     

    1. Users may not create or introduce games, network communications programs, or any foreign program or software onto any school system computer, electronic device, or network without the express permission of the technology director or designee. 

     

    1. Users are prohibited from engaging in unauthorized or unlawful activities, such as “hacking” or using the computer network to gain or attempt to gain unauthorized or unlawful access to other computers, computer systems, or accounts.

     

    1. Users are prohibited from using another individual’s ID or password for any technological resource without permission from the individual.  Students must also have permission from the teacher or other school official.

     

    1. Users may not read, alter, change, block, execute, or delete files or communications belonging to another user without the owner’s express prior permission.

     

    1. Employees shall not use passwords or user IDs for any data system (e.g., the state student information and instructional improvement system applications, time-keeping software, etc.) for an unauthorized or improper purpose.

     

    1. If a user identifies a security problem on a technological resource, he or she must immediately notify a system administrator.  Users must not demonstrate the problem to other users.  Any user identified as a security risk will be denied access.

     

    1. Teachers shall make reasonable efforts to supervise students’ use of the Internet during instructional time. 

     

    1. Views may be expressed on the Internet or other technological resources as representing the view of the school system or part of the school system only with prior approval by the superintendent or designee.

     

    1. RESTRICTED MATERIAL ON THE INTERNET

    The Internet and electronic communications offer fluid environments in which students may access or be exposed to materials and information from diverse and rapidly changing sources, including some that may be harmful to students.  The board recognizes that it is impossible to predict with certainty what information on the Internet students may access or obtain.  Nevertheless, school system personnel shall take reasonable precautions to prevent students from accessing material and information that is obscene, pornographic, or otherwise harmful to minors, including violence, nudity, or graphic language that does not serve a legitimate pedagogical purpose.  The superintendent shall ensure that technology protection measures are used as provided in policy 3226/4205, Internet Safety, and are disabled or minimized only when permitted by law and board policy.  The board is not responsible for the content accessed by users who connect to the Internet via their personal mobile telephone technology (e.g., 3G, 4G service).

     

    1. PARENT CONSENT

    The board recognizes that parents of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards their children should follow when using media and information sources.  Accordingly, before a student may independently access the Internet, the student’s parent must be made aware of the possibility that the student could obtain access to inappropriate material while engaged in independent use of the Internet.  The parent and student must consent to the student’s independent access to the Internet and to monitoring of the student’s Internet activity and e-mail communication by school personnel. 

    In addition, in accordance with the board’s goals and visions for technology, students may require accounts in third party systems for school related projects designed to assist students in mastering effective and proper online communications or to meet other educational goals.  Parental permission will be obtained when necessary to create and manage such third party accounts.

     

    1. PRIVACY

    Students, employees, visitors, and other users have no expectation of privacy in anything they create, store, send, delete, receive, or display when using the school system’s network, devices, Internet access, email system, or other technological resources owned or issued by the school system, whether the resources are used at school or elsewhere, and even if the use is for personal purposes.  Users should not assume that files or communications created, transmitted, or displayed using school system technological resources or stored on servers or on the storage mediums of individual devices will be private.  The school system may, without notice, (1) monitor, track, and/or log network access, communications, and use; (2) monitor and allocate file server space; and (3) access, review, copy, store, delete, or disclose the content of all user files, regardless of medium, the content of electronic mailboxes, and system outputs, such as printouts, for any lawful purpose.  Such purposes may include, but are not limited to, maintaining system integrity, security, or functionality, ensuring compliance with board policy and applicable laws and regulations, protecting the school system from liability, and complying with public records requests.  School system personnel shall monitor online activities of individuals who access the Internet via a school-owned device.

    By using the school system’s network, Internet access, email system, devices, or other technological resources, individuals consent to have that use monitored by authorized school system personnel as described in this policy.

     

    1. USE OF PERSONAL TECHNOLOGY ON SCHOOL SYSTEM PROPERTY

    Each principal may establish rules for his or her school site as to whether and how personal technology devices (including, but not limited to smart phones, tablets, laptops, etc.) may be used on campus.  Students’ devices are governed also by policy 4318, Use of Wireless Communication Devices.  The school system assumes no responsibility for personal technology devices brought to school.

     

    1. PERSONAL WEBSITES

    The superintendent may use any means available to request the removal of personal websites that substantially disrupt the school environment or that utilize school system or individual school names, logos or trademarks without permission.

     

    1. Students

    Though school personnel generally do not monitor students' Internet activity conducted on non-school system computers during non-school hours, when the student's online behavior has a direct and immediate effect on school safety or maintaining order and discipline in the schools, the student may be disciplined in accordance with board policy (see the student behavior policies in the 4300 series).

     

    1. Employees

    Employees’ personal websites are subject to policy 7335, Employee Use of Social Media

     

    1. Volunteers

    Volunteers are to maintain an appropriate relationship with students at all times. Volunteers are encouraged to block students from viewing personal information on volunteer personal websites or online networking profiles in order to prevent the possibility that students could view material that are not age-appropriate. An individual volunteer’s relationship with the school system may be terminated if the volunteer engages in inappropriate online interaction with students.

     

    Legal References:  U.S. Const. amend. I; Children's Internet Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. 254(h)(5); Electronic Communications Privacy Act, 18 U.S.C. 2510-2522; Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. 1232g; 17 U.S.C. 101et seq.; 20 U.S.C. 7131; G.S. 115C-325(e), (applicable to career status teachers), -325.4(applicable to non-career status teachers

    Cross References:  Curriculum and Instructional Guides (policy 3115), Technology in the Educational Program (policy 3220), Internet Safety (policy 3226/4205), Copyright Compliance (policy 3230/7330), Web Page Development (3227/7322), Student Behavior Policies (all policies in the 4300 series), Student Records (policy 4700), Confidentiality of Personal Identifying Information (policy 4705/7825), Public Records - Retention, Release and Disposition (policy 5070/7350), Use of Equipment, Materials and Supplies (policy 6520), Network Security (policy 6524), Staff Responsibilities (policy 7300), Employee Use of Social Media (policy 7335)

    Adopted: January 4, 1999

    Revised: September 8, 2003, October 3, 2005, July 7, 2009, July 13, 2011, February 22, 2012, June 30, 2015, May 14, 2018

     

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    STUDENT MEMBERSHIP & PARTICIPATION IN EDUCATIONAL WEBSITES

    Students enrolled in Harnett County Schools will have access to several web-based resources that will enhance their educational experience. Examples of such resources are Google Apps (including Gmail), Edmodo (www.edmodo.com), DropBox (www.dropbox.com) and EverNote (www.evernote.com).

     

    Some websites require that children under 13 years of age have parental consent for membership in these sites. YOUR SIGNATURE OF THE STUDENT HANDBOOK INDICATES YOUR CONSENT FOR YOUR CHILD TO HAVE MEMBERSHIP IN THE WEBSITES THAT ARE APPROVED AND ENDORSED BY HARNETT COUNTY SCHOOLS. (The approved list can be found on the Harnett County Schools website.)  Classroom teachers may seek consent for other websites not covered under this agreement. Such consent will be sought on a case-by-case basis by the individual teacher. Each parent/guardian will be offered the opportunity to “opt out” of such resources.

     

     

    IF YOU DO NOT WISH FOR YOUR CHILD TO HAVE MEMBERSHIP IN THESE APPROVED SITES, PLEASE COMPLETE THE FORM BELOW AND RETURN IT TO YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL.

     

     

     

    I DO NOT wish for my child to participate in any online web resources that are approved by Harnett County Schools.

     

                                                                                                                                                                                                   

    Student’s Name                                                                                                   Homeroom Teacher

     

                                                                                                                                                                                                   

    Parent/Guardian Name (Printed)                                                                      Parent/Guardian Signature

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    NETWORK SECURITY                                                                                                                              Policy Code:  6524

     

     

     

    The school system computers, networks and other technological resources support the educational and administrative functions of the school system.  Because employees and students depend on these systems to assist with teaching and learning and because sensitive and confidential information may be stored on these systems, system integrity and security is of utmost importance.

     

    1. NETWORK AND INFORMATION SECURITY

     

    The school system information technology systems are valuable assets that must be protected.  To this end, school technology personnel shall evaluate each information technology asset and assign protective controls that are commensurate with the established value of such assets.  Appropriate security measures must be in place to protect all information technology assets from accidental or unauthorized use, theft, modification or destruction and to prevent the unauthorized disclosure of restricted information.  Network security measures must include an information technology system disaster recovery process.  Audits of security measures must be conducted annually.

     

    All personnel shall ensure the protection and security of information technology assets that are under their control.

     

    1. SECURITY AWARENESS

     

    The technology director or designee shall provide employees with information to enhance awareness regarding technology security threats and to educate them about appropriate safeguards, network security and information security.

     

    1. MALWARE PROTECTION

     

    Malware detection programs and practices must be implemented throughout the school system.  The superintendent or designee is responsible for ensuring that the school system network includes current software to prevent the introduction or propagation of computer malware.

     

    1. TRAINING FOR USE OF TECHNOLOGICAL RESOURCES

     

    Users should be trained as necessary to use technological resources effectively and in a manner that maintains the security of the network infrastructure and ensures compliance with state and federal law and regulations.  Such training should include information related to remote access, virus protection, the state student information and instructional improvement system applications, network and information security, and other topics deemed necessary by the superintendent or technology director.  Training may be conducted as part of the technology-related professional development program (see policy 3220, Technology in the Educational Program).

     

    1. ACCESS TO INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS

     

    Access to the school system’s information technology assets will be controlled and managed to ensure that only authorized devices/persons have access.

     

    1. User ID and Password

     

    All users of information technology systems must be properly identified and authenticated before being allowed to access such systems.  The combination of a unique user identification and a valid password is the minimum requirement for granting access to information technology systems.  Depending on the operating environment, information involved and exposure risks, additional or more stringent security practices may be required as determined by the superintendent or technology director.  The technology director or designee shall establish password management capabilities and procedures to ensure the security of passwords.

     

    1. Student Information System

     

    The technology director or designee shall ensure that all school system computers with access to the state student information system application pursuant to State Board of Education Policy SBOP-018 adhere to relevant standards and requirements established by the State Board of Education, including provisions related to the user identification, password and workstation security standards.  Employees must follow such standards when using any computer to access the student information system, including when using the employee's personal computer.

     

     

    1. Remote Access

     

    The superintendent and technology director may grant remote access to authorized users of the school system's computer systems.  The technology director or designee shall ensure that such access is provided through secure, authenticated and carefully managed access methods.

     

    Legal References:  G.S. 115C-523, -524; State Board of Education Policy SBOP-018

     

    Cross References:  Professional and Staff Development (policy 1610/7800), Technology in the Educational Program (policy 3220), Technology Acceptable Use (policy 3225/4312/7320), Internet Safety (policy 3226/4205), School Improvement Plan (policy 3430), Use of Equipment, Materials and Supplies (policy 6520)

     

    Other References:  State of North Carolina Statewide Information Security Manual (Enterprise Security and Risk Management Office), available at http://it.nc.gov/document/statewide-information-security-manual

     

    Adopted:  July 9, 2009

     

    Revised:  July 13, 2011; February 4, 2019

     

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    USE OF WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICES                                                                   Policy Code:  4318 

     

     

    The board recognizes that cellular phones have become an important tool through which people communicate with their children.  Therefore, students are permitted to possess such devices on school property so long as such devices are not activated, used, displayed or visible during the instructional day or as otherwise directed by school rules or school personnel.  Wireless communication devices include, but are not limited to, cellular phones, electronic devices with internet capability, paging devices, two-way radios and similar devices.

     

    1. AUTHORIZED USE

     

    Administrators may authorize individual students to use wireless communication devices for personal purposes when there is a reasonable need for such communication.  Teachers and administrators may authorize individual students to use the devices for instructional purposes provided that they supervise the students during such use.

     

    Although use generally is permitted before and after school, use of cellular phones and other wireless communication devices may be prohibited on school buses when noise from such devices interferes with the safe operation of the buses.  In addition, elementary and middle school students who participate in after-school programs are prohibited from using wireless communication devices for the duration of such programming.

     

    1. CONSEQUENCES FOR UNAUTHORIZED USE

     

    School employees may immediately confiscate any wireless communication device that is on, used, displayed or visible in violation of this policy.  Absent compelling and unusual circumstances, confiscated wireless communication devices will be returned only to the student's parent or guardian.

     

    The disciplinary consequences for violations of this policy will be consistent with section D of policy 4300, Student Behavior Policies. The superintendent or designee shall list in the Code of Student Conduct the specific range of consequences that may be imposed on a student for violations of this policy. The following factors should be considered when determining appropriate consequences whether the wireless communication devices was used: (1) to reproduce images of tests, to obtain unauthorized access to school information or to assist students in any aspect of their instructional program in a manner that violates any school board policy, administrative regulation or school rule;  (2) to bully or harass other students  (3) to send illicit text messages (4) to take and/or send illicit photographs; or (5) In any other manner that would make more severe disciplinary consequences appropriate.

     

    1. LIABILITY

     

    Students are personally and solely responsible for the security of their wireless communication devices.  The school system is not responsible for the theft, loss or damage of a cellular phone or any other personal wireless communication device.

     

    Legal References:  G.S. 115C-36, -390.2

     

    Cross References:  School Plan for Management of Student Behavior (policy 4302) Student Behavior Policies (policy 4300), Disruptive Behavior (policy 4315) Student Searches (policy 4342)

     

    Adopted:  July 7, 2009

     

    Revised:  September 10, 2018

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    Student Health

     

    Health Assessment

    Within 30 calendar days of the first day of school entry, all kindergarten students and all students entering public schools for the first time, regardless of grade level, must provide to the principal a completed Health Assessment Transmittal (HAT) form pursuant to G. S. 130A-440.

    • A student who fails to meet this requirement will not be permitted to attend school until the completed health assessment has been presented.
    • The assessment must include a medical history and physical examination with screening for vision and hearing and, if appropriate, testing for anemia and tuberculosis.
    • The health assessment must be conducted no more than 12 months prior to the date of school entry. The health assessment shall be conducted by a physician licensed to practice medicine, a physician’s assistant as defined in G.S. 90-18.1(a), a certified nurse practitioner, or a public health nurse meeting the Department’s Standards for Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment Screening.
    • Exceptions to the health assessment requirement will be made only for religious exemption.

    The NC Health Assessment Transmittal for may be downloaded from HCS website- available in English and Spanish.

    Immunizations

    North Carolina requires immunizations for every child present in the state (listed below). Every parent, guardian, or person in loco parentis is responsible for ensuring that his or her child receives the required immunizations. Proof (e.g. immunization record) of the immunizations required for entry into pre-K, Kindergarten, and 7th grade must be submitted by the parent/guardian to the school within 30 calendar days of attendance. Students who do not comply with this regulation will not be allowed to attend school until the designated, age-appropriate immunization requirements are met and the immunization record is submitted.

    You may contact your child’s school nurse or visit: http://www.immunize.nc.gov/schools/k-12.htm

    Requirements for Initial Entry – Kindergarten

    • Within 30 calendar days of his or her first day of school attendance in the school system, each student must show evidence of age-appropriate vaccination in accordance with state law and regulation, including the following vaccines:
    • Varicella – 2 doses- The 2nd dose is now required before entering school for the first time.
    • Polio- 4 doses-The fourth dose must be administered after the 4th birthday. 3 doses if the third dose was administered after the 4th birthday and at least 6 months after the 2nd dose. 
    • Measles, Mumps, Rubella- 2 doses of MMR- The second dose must have been given after 12 months of age.
    • Diphtheria, Pertussis (whooping cough), Tetanus (Tdap)- 5 doses. If the 4th dose was given after the 4th birthday, the 5th dose is not required.
    • Hepatitis B – 3 doses - the third dose must not have been given before 24 weeks of age.
    • Haemophilus influenza Type b (Hib) 3-4 doses-Not required if 5th birthday has passed.

    Additional Requirements – Student entering 7th Grade (Tdap and MCV)

    • Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis/Whooping Cough) – One dose is required for individuals who have not previously received it and are entering 7th grade or by 12 years of age whichever comes first.
    • Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MCV) – One dose is required for individuals who have not previously received it and are entering grade 7 or by 12 years of age whichever comes first.

    Recommended Immunizations – All children, according to CDC guidelines

    • Influenza – 1 dose per year
    • Hepatitis A - 2 doses
    • Human papillomavirus (HPV) Gardasil 9 – 3 doses

    Certificate of Immunization

    • Evidence of immunizations must be shown in the form of a certificate furnished by a licensed physician or by the health department. A student who received immunizations in a state other than North Carolina must present an official certificate that meets the immunization requirements of G.S. 130A-154(b).
    • Principals are required to refuse admittance to any child whose parent or guardian does not present a medical certificate of proper immunizations within the allotted time. Additional days are may be allowed in order to obtain required immunizations if requested in writing from a physician or according to vaccine schedules as defined by CDC.

    Parent/Guardian Responsibility

    • Submit proof of immunizations (record) within 30 calendar days of school entry to the principal.

    Health Conditions

    It is our goal to identify and safely care for students with acute and chronic health conditions while at school. A health history form should be completed annually at the beginning of each school year and will be reviewed by staff. Parents/legal guardians must contact the school nurse if an individualized health plan and/or emergency action plan needs to be developed and implemented.

    Medication administration authorization forms are available for students needing daily, as needed, and/or emergency medications administered during the school day. Parents/legal guardians are responsible for having the medication form completed by the health care provider and supplying the medication and/or supplies to the school. Please contact the school nurse or staff for health forms and if additional information or assistance is needed.

    Garrett’s Law

    Garrett’s Law mandates that schools provide parents/legal guardians with information about meningococcal meningitis, influenza, and the human papillomavirus (HPV) and vaccines that protect against these diseases. This information may be found on the district web page under Health Services and is always available from the school nurse. Students and staff are reminded throughout the school year on communicable disease preventions measures and protective practices. Good hand washing, receiving age appropriate immunizations, staying home when ill and complying with medical treatments/medications as ordered by the healthcare provider are all key components in prevention of communicable diseases.

    Student Illness

    It is sometimes difficult to know when to keep an ill student home from school.  The following guidelines are available to assist in this decision. A student who is ill needs to be away from school to allow for rest, proper recovery and to also prevent the spread of illness to other students and staff. A visit to a healthcare provider may also be needed for proper evaluation and treatment. Parents/legal guardians will be called and are responsible for picking up students who present or become ill at school.

    Temporary exclusion is recommended when the child has any of the following conditions:

    1. The illness prevents the child from participating comfortably in activities.
    2. The illness results in need for care that is greater than staff can provide without compromising the health and safety of other children.
    3. A severely ill appearance –this could include lethargy/lack of responsiveness, irritability, persistent crying, difficulty breathing or having a quickly spreading rash.

     

    Updated Guidelines for Inclusion/Exclusion from School

    Adapted from: Aronson, S.S., T. R. Shope, eds. 2017. Managing Infectious Diseases in child care and schools: A quick Reference Guide, pp. 43-48. 4th Edition. Elk Grove Village, Il: American Academy of Pediatrics.

    Condition

    When to keep a child home / Exclude from school

    Fever

    Temperature 101°F or greater

    Diarrhea

    Exclude if:

    Bowel movements (stool) is not contained in the diaper, for diapered children

    ·         Diarrhea is causing “accidents” for toilet trained children

    ·         Stool frequency exceeds 2 stools above normal for that child during the school day

    ·         Stool contains blood or mucus

    Vomiting

    Vomiting more than two (2) times in the previous 24 hours, unless the vomiting is determined to be caused by a non-infectious condition and the child remains adequately hydrated.

    Rash

    A visit to healthcare provider is required for rashes that are blistered, draining or appear infectious. Exclude rash with fever or signs/symptoms of infection and/or illness until the primary care provider has determined that the illness in not an infectious disease.

    Conjunctivitis (Pinkeye)

    Conjunctivitis (pink eye) may be thought of as a cold in the eye. Exclusion is no longer required for this condition.

    Impetigo

    This condition requires medical treatment. Exclude if the child has not been treated after notifying family at the end of the prior school day. (Note: if lesions can be covered, exclusion is not necessary before the end of the day)

    MRSA          (methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureas)

    Child with lesions suspicious of MRSA must see a healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment. Exclude if child has not been treated, if MRSA is confirmed. Lesions must be kept covered while at school. NCHSAA guidelines must be followed for student athletes diagnosed with MRSA.       Note: MRSA carriers should not be excluded

    Pediculosis (head lice)

    Students with head lice need to receive treatment. Exclude if child had not been treated after notifying the family at the end of the prior school day. Exclusion is not necessary before the end of the school day

    Streptococcal Infection – Strep throat, Scarlet fever, etc.

    Strep infection requires a prescription medication. Exclude until the child has had two doses of antibiotic. (Note: one dose may be taken the day of exclusion and the second before returning the next day)

    Varicella        (chicken pox)

    An evaluation by a healthcare provider is needed to ensure accurate diagnosis. Exclude until all lesions have dried or crusted (usually 6 days after onset of rash and no new lesions have appeared for at least 24 hours.

    Abdominal pain

    Exclude if abdominal pain continues for more than two hours or intermittent pain associated with fever or other signs or symptoms of illness.

    Active Tuberculosis

    Exclude until the child’s primary doctor or local health department states the child is on appropriate treatment and can return.

    Cough

    Exclude if cough associated with fever, rapid or difficult breathing, wheezing, or cyanosis (blueness of skin or mucus membranes).

    Fifth Disease

    Exclude if contagious. Usually safe to return to school once the rash appears.

    Hepatitis A virus infection

    Exclude until one week after onset of illness or jaundice if the child’s symptoms are mild or as directed by the health department. (Note: Health department staff will investigate to ensure all who are exposed receive proper treatment)

    Measles

    Exclude until five days after the onset of rash

    Mumps

    Exclude until after five days after onset of parotid gland swelling

    Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

    Exclude until five days of appropriate antibiotic treatment.

    Ringworm

    Treatment with anti-fungal medication is required. Excluded if child has not been treated after notifying the family at the end of the prior school day. (Note: Exclusion is not necessary before the end of the school day)

    Rubella

    Exclude until 7 days after rash appears.

    Medication Administration at School

    Please make every effort to give your child medication at home. School staff may administer medication, prescription and non-prescription (over the counter), only upon receiving the HCS medication form completed and signed by a healthcare provider and the parent/legal guardian. Non-prescription medication should be in the original manufacturer’s container and unopened.

    Provisions are available for students to self-administer emergency and/or rescue medications. However, medications classified as narcotic, stimulant or controlled substance may not be self-administered or carried at school by any student at any grade level. Medications for ADHD/ADD that are classified as a controlled substance must be kept, stored, and given to your child only by school personnel trained by the school nurse. Self-administration of some over-the-counter medication may be allowed and must include parent/guardian permission with the proper physician signed forms. The parent/legal guardian is responsible for bringing the medication to school and for picking-up any remaining unused medication. Unclaimed medication will be properly disposed, according to the medication procedure.

    Individual Health Plans (IHP) / Emergency Action Plan (EAP)

    The Individual Health Plan (IHP) / Emergency Action Plan (EAP) is valid for one school year. These plans are available on the HCS webpage under the “Health Services” tab. Plans are available to address concerns such as asthma, diabetes, anaphylaxis, seizures, sickle cell anemia, cardiac, etc. You can also contact your child’s school nurse by email on this page. Parents/legal guardians are responsible for notifying school staff of changes in their child health status, condition or treatments.

     

    Students with Special Health Care Needs / Skilled Procedures

    Forms and health plans are also available for students with special heath care needs requiring procedures, treatment, and/or medications to be administered at school. The parent/legal guardian is responsible for providing medications and/or supplies needed during the school day. These forms and plans are available on our district webpage under Health Services or from school staff. Parents/legal guardians are responsible for notifying school staff of changes in their child health status, condition or treatments.

     

    Screening

    Your child may participate in screenings in an effort to identify suspected barriers to learning. Screenings may include vision, dental, blood pressure, height/weight, nutritional and health status as deemed appropriate.  Our audiologist, with the assistance of trained staff, conducts hearing screenings for students who are referred and routinely for all students in first grade. If your child is identified to need further evaluation by another medical professional, you will be notified by means of a written referral. Parents/legal guardians are responsible for responding to the referral by seeking care as appropriate from an appropriate health care provider. The school nurse will follow-up on all screening referrals. Please contact the school nurse or social worker if you need assistance in securing care for your child.

    Student Health Advocacy / Resources

    The school nurse is an advocate for your child’s health, safety, and well-being in the academic setting. Please contact your child’s school nurse for questions, assistance, and resources. 

    Parents may choose to enroll their student(s) in the Voluntary Student Accident Insurance Program.  To purchase coverage directly online go to https://www.kandkinsurance.com/sites/K12Voluntary/Pages/Home.aspx 

     


    Student Health

    Health History – All Students

     

    Student Name:

    DOB:

    Parent

    Legal Guardian

    School :                                                                                  

    School Year:                                                                           Bus _____

    Grade____ Homeroom Teacher:

    Cell Phone

    Work Phone

    Home Phone

    Alt. Contact:                           Ph. No.:

     

    Health Insurance for Student:      Medicaid       HealthChoice        Private Insurance      No Health Insurance

    Please check any/all boxes below regarding your child’s health condition(s). This information will be shared with appropriate school staff to better care for your child during the school hours.

     My child does not have a current medical condition.

     My child has suffered a head injury / concussion during the past year.

    Please check medical conditions(s) your child has NOW:

    List all medications  your child takes NOW:

    Medication(s) to be given at school this year

     ADHD

     

     

     Allergic to:  Wasp  Beesting   Mosquito

     

     Epinephrine    antihistamine

     Allergic to: _________________ Food

     

     Epinephrine    antihistamine

     Allergic to Latex

     

     Epinephrine    antihistamine

     Allergic to ______________ Medicine

     

     

     Allergic to Seasonal / Environmental:    pollen    dust     cat     dog     smoke

    Zyrtec     Claritin     Allegra

     Nasal Spray

     

     Asthma

    Inhaler:     Preventive       Rescue

     Nebulizer Used:_______________

    Rescue inhaler needed for PE

    Nebulizer needed at school

     Diabetes

    diet     oral med.     Insulin           pump

    diet    glucometer    insulin

    pump

    Heart Condition, describe:

    Sickle Cell           Trait Only

     

     

    Seizures / Epilepsy

    Date of last seizure: _________________

    Diastat    Midazolam                     Oral Medication: ______________

    Diastat         Midazolam                    

    Stomach Problems

     Reflux  IBS  Crohn’s  Other:____________

     

     

     Hearing Problems

     Deaf:   R     L             Hearing Aid:  R      L                     FM System

    Vision Problems

    Glasses                             Best Correction                    Contacts

    Visually Impaired           Blind:   R    L                           Color Blind

    Other Medical Conditions:

    Special Diet Needs at School

    See school nurse for required Diet Order form (to be signed by healthcare provider)

    Diet modifications: _____________________

    _____________________________________

    _____________________________________

    Reason for modifications: ________________

    _____________________________________

    _____________________________________

    Special Devices

    Wheelchair

    Walking Aid –describe: ____

    _________________________

    Special lift device (bathroom 

           assistance)

    Other: _________________

    _________________________

     

    Skilled Procedures

    See school nurse for Skilled Procedure(s) Form (to be signed by Healthcare provider)

     

    Tube Feeding

    Catheterization ___Self ___ Staff

    Tracheostomy Care   ___ Suction Mach.

    Ileostomy          Colostomy

    Other, please describe:____________

    _______________________________

    My child has a medical condition which substantially limits one or more bodily functions that may impact a major life function.  I would like to pursue 504 eligibility accommodations for my child. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibit discrimination against any individual on the basis of a disability.

     

    Parent/Legal Guardian Signature:                                                                                                                       Date:      /     /

             

     

     

    The Academy @Lillington

    Parent-Student Handbook

    2019-2020

    Lillington Education Complex, 2nd Floor                                                                  Mrs. Christy Thomas, Principal, Ext 442

    900 S. 11th Street                                                                                   Ms. Alice Price, Administrative Assistant, Ext.  296    .

    Lillington, NC 27546                                                                                    Ms. Lesley Wood, Teacher/Facilitator, Ext 275

    Phone:  910-893-8151                                             Mr. Robert Carver, Academic Support Center Coordinator, Ext. 296

    Fax:      910-893-2053                                                                                                                                         

     

     

     

    “OPTIMIZE STUDENT LEARNING….

    A SECOND CHANCE TO SUCCEED”

     

    Dear Parent and Student,

    Let me begin by stating that we are proud that you and your family is part of our program.  The Academy team is pleased to be a part of your educational journey.   The Academy @ Lillington will give you the opportunity to earn your high school diploma by attending and being a student of our alternative graduation program. Earning your high school diploma will open the door for further education, job opportunities, and positive life experiences.  Our program’s success depends upon our teamwork, dedication, and willingness to complete your requirements.  Please review this handbook and refer to it as needed throughout the school year.  We encourage all students to live up to their potential and to dedicate your efforts and time to your education. 

    Yours in Education,

    Christy D. Thomas

    Principal 

    Table of Contents

    Daily Schedule………………………………………………………………  pg. 2

    Classroom Expectations……………………………………………………  pg. 2

    Classroom Supplies…………………………………………………………  pg. 2

    General Information………………………………………………………..  pg. 3

    Academics/Courses…………………………………………………………  pg. 4

    Academy Honor Code………………………………………………………  pg. 4-5

    Dress Code…………………………………………………………………..  pg. 5-6

    Attendance/Tardy Policy……………………………………………….......  pg. 6-7

    Internet Policy……………………………………………………………….  pg. 7-8

    Transportation ……………………………………………………………… pg. 8-9

     

    aily Schedule:

    Arrival/Breakfast                          7:30 – 7:45 AM

    Homeroom/First Period                 7:45 – 9:02 AM

    Second Period                            9:03 – 10:20 AM

    Third Period                              10:21 – 11:38 AM

    Lunch/Restroom                  11:38 – 12:00 AM/PM

    Fourth Period                             12:00 – 1:17 PM

    Fifth Period                                 1:18 – 2:35 PM

    Dismissal                                               2:35 PM

     

    Classroom Supplies

    It is the responsibility of the student to provide their own school materials.  It is also the student’s responsibility to make sure they bring these items to school each day.  Students will need a composition book or notebook paper to take notes for coursework.  They will also need pens, pencils, and highlighters.  Students must make sure they bring and carry supplies from one class to another.  They will not be released to go to another classroom to get supplies they have forgotten.

    Classroom Expectations

    Behavioral Expectations:

    • Student is expected to be on time, be prepared for and on task in all assignments
    • Student is expected to show evidence of being motivated at all times in both online and in other classroom assignments
    • Student is expected to use mature communication skills at all times
    • Student is expected to respect himself/herself and others at all times
    • Student is expected to have transportation arrangements made with parents prior to attending the program each day

    Academic Expectations:

    • Student is expected to set goals and show evidence of working to achieve those goals
    • Student is expected to participate in completing assignments for the purpose of maintaining academic performance
    • Student is expected to attend regularly…Absences may warrant the removal from the program so that this opportunity may be offered to another student
    • Student is expected to have a desire to be successful academically

     

    General Information

    The Academy @ Lillington is located only on the second floor of the Lillington Education Complex.  Students will remain upstairs throughout the day except for breakfast, lunch, classes at STAR, and other designated activities.  Students must stay with their teacher anytime they leave the Academy hallway.  Students are reminded that they are NOT to enter the downstairs hallway at any time for any reason.  Students may not enter any other building on this campus, unless directed by a staff member. 

    Arrival

    Students need to arrive at school to school at 7:40. All students must enter through the cafeteria.  Students should be appropriately dressed in uniform before entering the building.  Upon arrival students will immediately go through the metal detector and through student search procedures.  The Academy students will then get their breakfast and report upstairs directly to the designated classroom for breakfast and homeroom.  There will be no hanging out in the hallways or bathrooms.

    Breakfast

    The Academy students will bring breakfast upstairs to be eaten in the classroom. However, if your first period class is in the STAR Academy building you will eat in the cafeteria.  Students arriving late are not allowed to bring breakfast in the building with them.  Eating should be done prior to coming to school.  If you arrive before 8:30 you may be able to get a breakfast from the cafeteria.  Anytime a bus arrives late breakfast will be available for riders at that time.

    Hallway

    When in the hallway students are expected to continue to follow all rules.  At no time should a student disturb another classroom or teacher by stopping by to peak in or say hello to anyone, including the teacher.  Phones, headphones, and/or any other electronic devices should not be in use or visible in the hallways. 

    Classroom

    Students will remain in the assigned classrooms for the entire period unless otherwise directed by the teacher or administration.  Students may not leave classrooms for any reason without permission from the teacher. Food and drinks are not allowed at/on the computer workstations or visible on the floor or tablesEating and/or drinking is not allowed at or on computer tables and counters.  Snacks must be kept in book bags at all times. Teachers will direct you regarding individual classroom procedures. 

    Cafeteria

    The Academy students will eat lunch in the school cafeteria.  Students must use good manners and respect others while at lunch.  There will be designated tables in the cafeteria for The Academy students.  Students must remain at these tables during lunch and are not to be moving about the cafeteria without permission from a staff member.  Students may not leave the cafeteria until it is time to return to the classrooms.  No food, drinks, cups, or ice will be taken from the cafeteria following lunch.  All food must be eaten before leaving the cafeteria. 

    Bag lunches are permissible, but please be aware that there is no microwave and/or refrigerator access for students in the classrooms.  Students may use the microwave in the cafeteria.  Any beverage brought to school MUST NOT HAVE THE SEAL BROKEN.  Any beverage container with a broken seal may be checked for contents.  Please refrain from bringing in fast food or ordering food from outside restaurants.

    Bathrooms 

    Students will take personal restroom breaks during class with teacher permission. Students should only use the upstairs restrooms.

    Buses and Dismissal

    Upon dismissal, The Academy staff will accompany students from classes to the bus area.  Please use the walkways and steps when going to the buses.  Students are to go directly to the buses or to their cars if they are driving.  Students must not enter STAR Academy or any other building.   All rules apply upon students leave the school campus, including parking and bus lots.  Students who do not follow procedures may have their driving privileges on campus suspended.

    Academics

    The Academy students will have the opportunity to complete more than the standard eight classes per year and are required to complete twenty- two credits instead of the standard twenty-six credits in order to meet the requirements of the alternative graduation program. 

    English, Science, and Social Studies classes are taken online with the Academy Facilitator.  Students may complete these courses at their own pace, however they must be completed by the end of the semester.  This will be monitored with the implementation of “hard” deadlines.  Also, there may be expectations when students may take various courses face-to-face with a teacher if the administration deems it necessary.  It is possible for a motivated student to complete these courses in less than a semester allowing time to complete another online course, making it possible to graduate at an earlier date.   Students will also be required to complete required state assessments and local assessments deemed necessary to fulfill the course requirements.

    Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes needed for graduation will be full semester courses. Several of these courses will offer credentialing after successful completion of a designated pair of courses.  Students will be able to graduate with a basic certification level which will allow them to immediately apply for various entry level jobs. These courses are taught next door by the STAR Academy- CTE teacher.  Students will participate in state CTE testing at the end of the course.

    Math classes are semester long courses and will be taken with the math teachers at STAR Academy.  Students will participate in regular classroom and state math testing at the end of the course.

    Students needing other courses will conference with administration/guidance to develop a plan of action. There may be some instances when a student may take their math course online if it is a credit recovery course and approval is granted by administration/guidance.

    Pearson-online courses

    Students will be using Pearson Connexus this year to complete coursework required for graduation. 

    Students are allowed to work on Connexus lessons at home in the evenings and weekends.  All students will need to do work at home in order to complete the course by the end of the semester.    All pre, post, and review tests will be completed only while at school under the supervision of the Academy facilitator. Unauthorized work completed at home is subject to disciplinary action which may include dismissal from the Academy @Lillington.

    Students taking a Connexus course for credit recovery will receive a “P” for passing or an “F” for failing on report cards and transcripts.  Students taking a Connexus course for initial credit (a course they have not taken before—noted also as credit accrual) will receive the earned grade from the average of post and review tests. Credit accrual courses must be approved prior to entering the course.

    STATE TESTING

    State EOC testing does apply to Connexus courses.  EOC courses are English II, NC Math I and Biology.  NCFE (North Carolina Final Exam) are not required for Connexus courses.  The Review test will serve as the Exam Grade. 

    THE ACADEMY @ LILLINGTON HONOR CODE

    The Academy as part of the Harnett County School System promotes academic excellence in all of our students.  It depends heavily upon your motivation to learn the material and to do so with honesty.  As a student, you must agree to the Honor Code below and any additional terms specific to a class or course.

    By enrolling in the Academy @ Lillington courses, I agree that I will:

    • Not give my username and/or password to anyone.
    • Submit only my original work.
    • Not use plagiarism.
    • Complete all the assigned work and will honestly report my progress.
    • Complete all pre-tests, post-tests and review tests with my own work and only my own work. I will not submit the work of any other person.
    • Not discuss the contents of any exam with anyone. I will not post answers to problems that are being used to assess student performance.
    • Not copy or print all, or part, of any exam. “Copy” encompasses any form of reproduction including, but not limited to, transcribing, printing, photocopying, photographing, and using the print screen tool.
    • Not engage in any activity that would dishonestly improve my results, or improve or hurt the results of others.
    • Report any infraction of the Honor Code observed.

    I understand that I will be held accountable for failure to comply with all aspects of this honor pledge as outlined in the Academy @ Lillington Parent-Student Handbook and the Harnett County Schools Student Code of Conduct.  Any violations by a student enrolled in our courses may be denial of future enrollment in online courses made available from the Academy @ Lillington and Harnett County Schools.

    Dress Code

    Students must be in proper attire at the time they arrive on campus and enter the cafeteria.  They must remain that way throughout the day and while they board the bus or car to leave.  Apparel will not display vulgar language, ideas, or pictures.  Gang related attire is not permitted. 

    Various dates throughout the school year will be designated as Career Days, therefore, all students should dress professionally so we can hold our interviews, participate in special presentations, job shadowing, and welcome guest speakers into the school.  Prior notice will be given.

    The dress code is as follows:

    Shirts

    • Shirts must be a solid purple, collared shirt which will be provided by the Academy. Your uniform shirt MUST be VISIBLE at all times. (Up to three shirts will be provided) 
    • Shirts are required to be tucked in at all times.
    • No hoodies at all, even in jacket form.

    Pants

    • Students will be allowed to wear their own pants. (black, navy, or khaki)
    • If dress code becomes a problem, then students will be issued uniform pants by the Academy.
    • Pants must be worn on waist line at all times and must not sag or be baggy.
    • Pants should fit so that other pants or undergarments do not show when seated or at any other time.
    • No shorts.
    • Pants must be completely free of holes, cuts, rips that show any skin.
    • No jeans. Jeans will be designated for special privileges or rewards.
    • Pants not allowed include leggings, jeggings, spandex, pajamas, sweatpants, skinny jeans, cut-offs, or others of this type. This list is not all inclusive and subject to administrative/staff determination.
    • Belts are optional, but encouraged.
    • Students wearing inappropriate pants will be given a pair of black pants to wear for the day and refusal to change will warrant suspension from school as well as privilege to stay in program.
    • Students not in uniform or breeching dress code will be subject to disciplinary action.

    Shoes

    • No flip-flops, shower shoes, high-heels, or bedroom shoes are permitted. These could cause potential accidents.  Sneakers are preferred.

    Headgear, Accessories, and Handbags

    • Headgear and other accessories are not permitted on the school grounds. (i.e. baseball hats, scarves, hairnets, do rags, headbands, sunglasses, etc.).
    • If any of the above items are confiscated, they will be turned in to the Principal for a parent to pick up.
    • Students my wear jackets as needed during class time, however hoods are not to be worn on any part of the head in class, halls, cafeteria, etc.

     

    Care of uniform shirts:  Students are expected to wash and care for their shirts on a regular basis.  Dirty uniform shirts are not an excuse for being out of uniform.  If you don’t meet the dress code, contact will be made home and someone will need to bring you the required uniform shirt and/or appropriate clothing.  Again, student is subject to disciplinary action if the dress code is not followed.

    Administration/staff reserves the right to revise or determine if a students’ dress at any given time is appropriate.

    Attendance and Tardy Policy

    Attendance at The Academy is for the purpose of obtaining an education. This requires full attendance in all classes, coming to class on time, and using every minute productively.  According to county policy, after seven (7) absences an automatic failing grade of FF (failure due to attendance) is assigned at the end of the semester. 

    • All absences are automatically marked as unexcused in PowerSchool on a daily basis. When a note is physically returned the absence can be coded as needed.  Per county attendance policy guidelines, students only have 3 days to return notes to be accepted as a possible excused absence.                                                                                                                
    • Only absences for the following reasons may be coded as
      • Doctor Notes/Waived
      • Court notes/Waived
      • Funeral verifications approved by principal/Waived
      • Parent notes stating the student/student’s child was sick/Excused
    • All other absences must be marked as UNEXCUSED. Examples:  missed the bus, family emergency, 
    • Some excused absences may be waived at the end of the school year at the discretion of the program coordinator. Appropriate documentation must be on file with the homeroom teacher (i.e. doctor appointments, court appearances, funeral attendance).  If you wish to appeal your absences you must submit an appeal request, in writing, to the program coordinator.

    PARENT NOTIFICATIONS

    Ø  Following the accumulation of excessive absences, a Harnett County Attendance letter will be mailed home and parents/guardians will be contacted by phone.

    Ø  A parent conference will be initiated following 7 absences.       

    Ø  Home visits regarding attendance will be determined as needed by the Program Coordinator, Coach, and/or Dropout Prevention Counselor.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Tardies interrupt classes and if left unchecked may establish bad attendance habits.  If you are tardy you may miss valuable information needed for the day.  A tardy is identified as not being in your seat and working at the beginning of each class period.  Students who accumulate tardies will be referred to the program coordinator.  Any student who drives to school may lose driving privileges if excessive tardies occur.

    If a student arrives to school late or needs to leave school early, he or she will report to the administrative office to sign in/out.  Parent permission must be given as well as an early dismissal note should be approved by the principal at the beginning of the day.

    *******IMPORTANT********

    It is a policy of The Academy @ Lillington that all students, regardless of age and including those students over the age of 18, who must leave campus during the school day, must present to the administrator a written parental/guardian note stating the reason and granting their permission.   This information should be presented at the beginning of the day and is subject to approval upon administrator/staff verification.  In some circumstances when a note is not possible, the administrator or teacher may contact a parent/guardian over the phone for permission.

    Internet Policy

    The Harnett County Internet Policy clearly states that the use of the internet is only for educational purposes as directed by the classroom teacher.  If you violate the policy, you will lose access to the internet.  Students at the Academy rely on the computer to complete courses for graduation.  Violation of the internet policy may result in your dismissal from the Academy.

    Here are some key points:

    • There is no privacy on the county internet. The school system can and will check behind you.
    • No Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, or any other social networking/media sites.
    • No access to non-related school sites by going through another website (i.e. proxy sites).
    • You may not download music from the internet or any other device.
    • You may not plug any personal device into a county computer for any reason unless it is teacher directed for educational purposes.

     

    When completing coursework on Connexus you must have internet access.  However, this does not mean you are allowed to access other internet sites.  “Googling answers” is a form of cheating and is not permitted.

    Electronic Devices Policy

    Personal cell phones and other personal electronic devices of any kind are not permitted for usage during the school day in the classrooms and halls unless given permission by teachers/staff.  Devices include headphones, ear buds, iPods, MP3 players, CD,s DVD’s, blank CD’s, Kindles, Nooks, other reading devices, or flash drives to use on school computers or any other device not mentioned which may be deemed to be an electronic device by school staff. If any of these items become a problem during the school day in any location they may be turned over to the program coordinator and remain in a secure location until it is returned to the student at the end of the day or until a parent can come by the school to pick up the item.  Violation of this policy may also result in a disciplinary action.

    All devices, including headphones and ear buds, must remain in bags, pockets or purses.  They must not be visible during the times and places indicated unless permission is granted by the classroom teacher, staff or administration.   Walking around the buildings with these visible in hallways is not permissible.

    You may use your own headphones or earbuds to access the online tutorials ONLY.  Headphones are available at the school.  

    STUDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO LISTEN TO MUSIC AT ANY TIME ON SCHOOL COMPUTERS unless deemed by the teacher or administrator.

    No personal devices may be connected to any part of a school computer or computer work area for charging or any other purpose.  Teachers may designate a location to charge phones within the room but permission must first be granted.

    HARNETT COUNTY SCHOOLS

    TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT

    Bus Transportation Guidelines and Procedures

    Harnett County Schools (HCS) provides transportation for children to and from their residence or

    pre-determined location (by school administration). As such the following rules and procedures shall apply:

    1. All students are expected to be prepared to board the bus 10 minutes prior to the scheduled arrival time.
    2. All students are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with Policy Code: 4300 Code of Student Conduct. Discipline, as a result of violations of policies, will be the responsibility of each individual school.
    3. Students will be transported to and from their residence or predetermined approved location to the school in the district in which they reside each school day. (Grades K-12)
    4. Students who attend school out of district at the parent’s request do not qualify for transportation. (Grades K-12)
    5. If an emergency situation occurs in your home beyond your control and it becomes necessary for your child to be discharged at a location other than one previously approved, a written request must be provided to the child’s Principal in advance. The request must meet HCS board policy 6321 and contain the following information to be considered: (Grades K-12)
    6. Address of temporary discharge/pickup location
    7. Name of responsible adult receiving your child
    8. Telephone number of temporary address
    9. Your telephone number during the emergency
    10. The length of time of the request is to be honored
    11. Bus drivers and administrators have the authority to return students to the school in the event of safety or disciplinary circumstances. The parent or legal guardian is then responsible for picking up their student(s).

     

    Parents of children with Pre-School Disabilities, Exceptional Children’s Program students needing special

    transportation in accordance with their IEP, and all K-2 students are required to provide supervision at the bus

    stop for drop-off and pickup. (This applies to all early release and inclement weather days as well.)

    The Academy @ Lillington Transportation Guidelines

    In addition to the Harnett County guidelines and procedures for bus transportation, The Academy has additional policies related to transportation by bus, personal vehicle, or walking.  The following apply to all students enrolled in the program regardless of age.

    1. Student drivers may not transport other students without written permission from both sets of parents/legal guardians and approval by the program administrator.
    2. Any change in regular transportation must come as a written request from the parent and be approved by the program administrator.
    3. Students riding a bus will report to the bus parking lot as soon as school is dismissed. Students driving cars will report to their designated parking area as soon as school is dismissed.  Students being picked up by a parent/legal guardian or other approved person should stay in the designated car rider area until picked up.  These areas will remain separate, as should students. 
    4. Students planning to drive to school will have to provide The Academy a copy of their driver’s license, proof of insurance. If for any reason the student continues to be tardy or abuse this privilege a bus assignment will be provided.

     

     

     

    Any student who fails to follow transportation policies and procedures may be subject to losing the privilege to ride a Harnett County school bus or drive their personal car on campus.

     

     

     

     

    The Academy @ Lillington

    Program Agreement

    2019-2020

     

    Lillington Education Complex, 2nd Floor                                      Mrs. Christy Thomas, Principal, Ext 442

    900 S. 11th St. Lillington, NC 27546                                               Ms. Lesley Wood, A@L Teacher/Facilitator, Ext 275

    Phone: (910) 893-8151

    Fax: (910) 893-2053

     

    Please initial beside each topic to indicate you have been made aware of our program guidelines.

     

    _____ Daily Schedule                                                                                        _____ Dress Code

     

    _____ Classroom Supplies                                                                _____ Attendance/Tardy Policy

     

    _____ Classroom Expectations                                                        _____ Internet Policy

     

    _____ General Information                                                                              _____ Electronic Devices Policy

     

    _____ Academics                                                                                _____ Transportation Policy

     

    _____ Honor Code

     

    I have read all of the information in the Academy’s Handbook. My signature below indicates that I understand what is expected and I agree to follow these guidelines in order to complete my education.

     

    Student Printed Name: ___________________________________________________________

     

     

     

     

    STAR Academy

     

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    The Academy @ Lillington

     

    HANDBOOK

    2019-2020

     

     

     

     

     

    Greetings Parents/Guardians,

     

    Welcome to STAR Academy!  We are proud of our dedicated, experienced staff and enthusiastic learners!

     

    As demands and complexities of teaching children increase, it becomes more evident that we all need to collaborate to insure that our children reach their potential.  We believe that all of us – the school and the community – must work together as a team effort to ensure success for all our students served.  Our main focus is student learning and behavior, affording them opportunities that will maximize their success.  We believe it is everyone’s responsibility to empower children with the creative, intellectual, and decision-making skills necessary for them to become academically, socially, physically, and emotionally successful and responsible. 

     

    In a forever changing world it is imperative that we set the bar of expectations high for our students providing them with vigorous lessons to help them reach their full potential.  For STAR Academy to achieve high success it will take the teamwork from our students, parents, guardians, staff, and community.  

     

    If you have questions or concerns that arise at any time, please do not hesitate to give your child’s teacher or administration a call.  I look forward to having a long and rewarding relationship with you and your family.

     

    Jayson R. Leach, I, Principal

     

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    SECTION 1. GENERAL INFORMATION

    1. Harnett County Board of Education Information
    2. Harnett County Schools 2019-2020 Calendar
    3. Harnett County Schools Lunch Fees & Charge Policy

    SECTION 2. STAR ACADEMY INFORMATION

    1. School Faculty & Information
    2. Safe Schools Advisory Counsel
    3. Schedule
    4. Behavior
    5. Dress Code
    6. Progress Reports & Grading Scale
    7. Guidance Information
    8. Telephone Use Policy
    9. Illness/Injury Policy
    10. Parent/Teacher Conference Policy
    11. Administration of Medication Policy
    12. Bus Transportation Guidelines

    SECTION 3. HARNETT COUNTY SCHOOLS POLICIES & REGULATIONS

    1. Code of Student Conduct - Policy Code: 4300
    2. Prohibition Against Discrimination, Harassment, Bullying, and Cyberbullying - Policy Code: 1710/4021/7230
    3. Discrimination, Harassment, Bullying, and Cyberbullying Complaint Procedure - Policy Code: 1720/4015/7225
    4. Assurance of Non Discrimination
    5. Anti-Harassment Statement
    6. Student and Parent Grievance Procedure - Policy Code: 1740/4010
    7. Notification of Rights Under Family Educational Rights and Privacy (FERPA)
    8. Attendance - Policy Code: 4400
    9. Student Services - Policy Code: 4342
    10. Smoking and Tobacco Products - Policy Code: 5026/7250
    11. Technology Acceptable Use - Policy Code: 3225/4312
    12. Student Membership and Participation in Educational Websites
    13. Network Security - Policy Code: 6524
    14. Use of Wireless Communication Devices - Policy 4318
    15. Student Health - A Note from the Nurse
    16. Student Health History - All Students

    SECTION 4. ACADEMY AT LILLINGTON/ACADEMIC SUPPORT

     

    SECTION 1

    General Information

     

    HARNETT COUNTY SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION

    Dr. Aaron Fleming, Superintendent

    Mr. Brooks Matthews, Deputy Superintendent

    Mr. Jermaine White, Assistant Superintendent – Student Support Services

    Ms. Brookie Ferguson, Assistant Superintendent – Curriculum & Instruction

    Ms. Monica Thompson, Assistant Superintendent – Human Resources

    Address & Phone Number                 1008 S. 11th St. Lillington, NC 27546 (910)893-8151

     

    HARNETT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBERS

    Jason Lemons, Chairman

    Don Godfrey, Vice Chairman

    Vivian Bennett

    Eddie Jaggers

    William Morris

     

    MEETINGS OF THE BOARD

    Meetings of the Board are conducted in the Lillington Education Center at 900 Eleventh Street, Lillington. Regular meetings are held on the first Monday of each month. The time and/or date of a regular meeting may be changed by resolution of the Board adopted and filed with the Secretary at least seven (7) days prior to the new date and the previously scheduled date. Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. unless changed by resolution of the Board.

    The public is welcome to attend all regular meetings of the Board.

     

    HARNETT COUNTY SCHOOLS

    MEAL PRICES FOR

    SCHOOL YEAR 2019-2020

     

    GRADES

    BREAKFAST

    LUNCH

    Pre-K - 5

    Full Pay = $1.00

    Full Pay = $2.35

    Pre-K - 5

    Reduced = FREE

    Reduced = $.40

    6 - 12

    Full Pay = $1.25

    Full Pay = $2.50

    6 -12

    Reduced = FREE

    Reduced = $.40

    Adults

    $1.50

    $3.50

     

    SECTION 2

    Star Academy Information

     

    School Address & Phone Numbers:

    900 11th St. Lillington, NC 27546   P: (910)893-4072   F: (910)893-3421   Cafeteria: (910)893-2493

                                                                                   

    Administration:                                                                                  Office:

    Mr. Jayson R. Leach, Principal                                                         Mrs. Tracy Coleman, Secretary/Powerschool

    Mr. Maurice Lee, Assistant Principal                                              Mrs. Marion Klingler, Guidance Counselor

                                                                                                                    Mr. Robert Carver, Academic Support Center Coordinator

                                                                                                   

                                                                                                   

    Assistants/Support Staff:

    Mr. Kenny Booker                                                                             

    Ms. Nellie Malloy

    Mrs. Brandy Martinez                                                                       

    Custodial Services:

    Ms. Tracy Ayers

    Cafeteria:

    Mrs. Tonya Inscore, Manager

    Safe School Advisory Council:

    Jayson R. Leach, Principal

    Maurice Lee, Assistant Principal

    Tracy Coleman, Secretary/Powerschool

     

    Daily Schedule:

    Arrival/Breakfast                                 7:30 – 7:45

    Homeroom/First Period                      7:45 – 9:02

    Second Period                                      9:03 – 10:20

    Third Period                                        10:21 – 11:38

    Lunch                                                    11:38 – 12:00

    Fourth Period                                        12:00 – 1:17

    Fifth Period                                           1:18 – 2:35

    Dismissal                                               2:35

     

    Behavior:

    STAR encourages students to be responsible for their behavior and encourages the development of self-monitoring skills and self-evaluation.

    Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a program in place at STAR to help encourage students; which includes parental involvement and direct communication along with a rewards system for students that exhibit good behavior.

    The following behavioral objectives are used to evaluate student behavior:

    • Class Performance
    • Respect for yourself as well as teachers, peers, and anyone who enters the school building
    • Keep a positive attitude
    • Be on time for classes
    • Bring all needed supplies to class (notebook/paper, pencils/pens, highlighters, books, etc)
    • Complete all class/homework assignments
    • No food or drink the classroom
    • No sleeping or putting your head down
    • No electronics; cellphones, headphones, MP3, etc should be visible during instructional time (these could be confiscated and returned only to a parent)
    • Follow the bathroom schedule
    • Academic Performance
    • Complete all assignments
    • Accept positive feedback
    • No weapons allowed on campus
    • No tobacco products of any kind are permitted on campus. Drugs, drug paraphernalia, or other controlled substances will be dealt with in accordance with The Board of Education policy and law enforcement agencies.
    • No gang related actions: signs, drawings, language, clothes, etc will be tolerated
    • Cafeteria rules: throw trash in proper containers, keep area clean, no throwing food, maintain proper noise level

    Consequences:

    • Write up warning/Parent Contact
    • Counseling referral/Parent contact
    • Choices Lab/Parent contact
    • ASC/Administrative conference
    • OSS/Administrative conference

    Offenses which could result in LONG-TERM SUSPENSION:

    • Assault on a school employee (physical or verbal)
    • Fighting
    • Weapons
    • Drugs
    • Repeated offenses of any kind that disrupt the school day

     

    STAR Dress Code:

    Students must understand that they dress reflects their attitude. Please understand that if your child is dressed inappropriately, they will be sent to the office to call someone to pick them up.

    • Khaki pants will be required to be worn by all students
    • Pants must be correct size, no sagging will be allowed
    • Navy blue collared shirts will be worn by all high school students
    • Gold collared shirts will be worn by all middle school students
    • Shirts will be worn tucked in by all students at all times
    • Belts are required to be worn by all students at all times
    • Tennis shoes will be worn by all students at all times (NO open toed shoes, boots, sandals, bedroom shoes, etc)
    • ABSOLUTELY NO HOODIES
    • No hats, sweatbands, headbands or sunglasses are permitted
    • No excessive jewelry will be permitted
    • Clothing articles including, but not limited to gloves, bandanas, cut-off pants, towels, excessively large belt buckles, or anything commonly recognized as gang related which causes others to be intimated by fear of violence will not be permitted

     

    ALL BOOKBAGS MUST BE MADE OF A TRANSPARENT (CLEAR) OR MESH MATERIAL!

    THERE WILL BE DAILY SEARCHES AND METAL DETECTOR CHECKS ON ALL STUDENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR!

    Grades:

    Our school follows the Harnett County School System policy of sending report cards at the end of the six weeks for Middle and High school students. Parents are also informed of the student’s progress, throughout the six weeks by official interim reports, telephone class, meetings, and/or written communication from school personnel.

    Grading Scale:

    A             90 – 100                INC        Incomplete (work to be made up)

    B             80 – 89                  FF           Failed due to attendance

    C             70 – 79

    D             60 – 69

    E             Below 60 is failing

    Parent/Teacher Conferences:

    Administrators and/or teachers will schedule conferences when necessary. Parents may request a conference at any time.

     

    Guidance:

    Our guidance counselor is available to students with educational, personal and goal-oriented concerns. Cumulative folders are maintained on each student. Transcripts and employment references may be requested by prospective employers and post-secondary educational institutions with written permission of the student and/or parents. Information concerning scholarships and financial aid is also available in the guidance department. Although counselors may request to see students during the school year for various reasons, it is highly desirable that students take the initiative to see and meet their counselor. Counselors are available to students before and after school, during lunch periods, or with the teacher’s permission, during class periods.

     

    Telephone:

    Office telephones are for school business, and may be used by students only in case of illness or emergency. Students must obtain permission from school personnel before using the telephone.

     

    Illness/Injury:

    Parents will be informed as soon as possible about their child’s illness or injury. Parents are responsible for the health of their children. Parents will be notified immediately in the following situations:

    • Temperature of 100 degrees or more
    • Severe abdominal pain
    • Persistent nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
    • Injury where there is swelling, severe pain or a question of a broken bone or sprain
    • Chipped or avulsed tooth
    • Eye injury
    • Rash accompanied by fever
    • Animal bite
    • Burns
    • Head Injury
    • Poisoning
    • Symptoms of communicable/contagious diseases that warrant immediate medical attention

     

    Medication Policy:

    The Harnett County Schools serve students who must receive medication during school hours. Every effort should be made by the parent and physician to limit the need for medication to be administered at school. ‘Medication’ as used in this policy is defined as being those substances prescribed by a licensed physician and prepared by a licensed pharmacist, including liquids, tablets, or capsules to be ingested orally or substances to be applied externally. Specifically excluded and prohibited in this policy are those substances to be injected with the exception of medication prescribed for a known hypersensitivity to insect stings, in which case a staff member must be trained to administer the injection. When student must have medication at school and require assistance, ad adult designated by the principal in compliance with the following policy must administer the dose:

    • Requests from a parent or guardian for their child to receive medication during school hours must be accompanied by written authorization signed by the parent or guardian. The parent(s) of the child must also assume responsibility of informing the principal and his/her designee of any changes in the child’s health or change in medication.
    • A physician’s signature is required on the Authorization of Administration of Medication to a Student at School form which details the name of the child, name of the drug, the dosage, time to be administered, time interval for the medication which the student is to receive, and possible side effects.
    • Under no circumstances are any drugs to be dispensed that have not been prescribed by a physician and accompanied by both the physician’s signature on the authorization form, and the formal parental request and signature.
    • The medication that has been prescribed by the physician must be brought to school by the parent in a container appropriately labeled by the pharmacy or by the physician. The parent must also provide any devices, including measuring, required to administer the medication.
    • Medications are to be kept locked in a secure place (exceptions may be made for medicine which requires refrigeration),
    • A person will be designated by the principal to provide the delivery of the medication. Such records are to be indicated on the student’s Medical Record Sheet form that details the name of the drug, the dosage, the date and time given for each administration, and the date the medication is discontinued (if applicable). Any unused medication will be returned to the parent only.
    • The public health nurse who serves the school will provide any necessary consultation concerning medication to the appropriate school personnel. The nurse will also coordinate this program under the direction of the principal and will maintain a car file for each student who is receiving medication during school hours. The nurse will review this file and the student’s Medication Record Sheet form on a monthly basis so that each individual student is effectively monitored.
    • No liability will be assumed by the Harnett County Board of Education or its employees as they comply with the signed request and instructions for the administration of medication instructions forwarded by the child’s parent(s) and physician.
    • A copy of this policy will be provided to parents who request administration of medications in the Harnett County Schools.
    • The Harnett County Board of Education reserves the right to reject any request for the administration of medication.
    • The Harnett Board of Education recognizes the fact that there are students who must take medication during the school days but do not need assistance. No responsibility or obligation is assumed in connection with a student where no request for assistance has been received.

     

    SECTION 3

    Harnett County Schools Policies & Regulations

     

    2019 - 2020

    The following section contains policies and procedures that parents and students should review annually.  The policies and procedures contained in this section are effective as of the date of printing of this handbook.  Policies may be revised, as needed, by the Harnett County Board of Education.  This is not an exhaustive list of policies by the Harnett County Board of Education; a complete list of current policies can be found on the Harnett County Schools website at www.harnett.k12.nc.us.  If parents and/or students do not have access to the policies online, they may contact the school for a printed copy of any Harnett County Schools policy.

    Policies and Procedures Included

    1. Code of Student Conduct – Policy Code: 4300
    2. Prohibition Against Discrimination, Harassment, Bullying, and Cyberbullying – Policy Code:  1710/4021/7230
    3. Discrimination, Harassment, Bullying, and Cyberbullying Complaint Procedure – Policy Code: 1720/4015/7225
    4. Assurance of Non Discrimination
    5. Anti-Harassment Statement
    6. Student and Parent Grievance Procedure – Policy Code: 1740/4010
    7. Notification of Rights Under Family Educational Rights and Privacy (FERPA)
    8. Attendance – Policy Code:  4400
    9. Student Services – Policy Code:  4342
    10. Smoking and Tobacco Products – Policy Code: 5026/7250
    11. Technology Responsible Use – Policy Code: 3225/4312
    12. Student Membership and Participation in Educational Websites
    13. Network Security – Policy Code: 6524
    14. Use of Wireless Communication Devices – Policy Code: 4318
    15. Student Health – A Note from the Nurse
    16. Student Health History – All Students

     

     

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    STUDENT BEHAVIOR POLICY                                                                                Policy Code:                               4300

     

     

    All decisions related to student behavior are guided by the board's educational objectives to teach responsibility and respect for cultural and ideological differences and by the board's commitment to creating safe, orderly and inviting schools.  Student behavior policies are provided in order to establish (1) expected standards of student behavior; (2) principles to be followed in managing student behavior; (3) consequences for prohibited behavior or drug/alcohol policy violations; and (4) required procedures for addressing misbehavior.

    1. PRINCIPLES

    The reasons for managing student behavior are (1) to create an orderly environment where students can learn; (2) to teach expected standards of behavior; (3) to help students learn to accept the consequences of their behavior; and (4) to provide students with the opportunity to develop self-control.  The following principles apply in managing student behavior:

    1. Student behavior management strategies should complement other efforts to create a safe, orderly and inviting environment.
    2. Positive behavioral interventions will be employed as appropriate to improve student behavior.
    3. Responsibility, integrity, civility and other standards of behavior should be integrated into the curriculum.
    4. Disruptive behavior in the classroom will not be tolerated.
    5. Consequences for unacceptable behavior will be designed to help a student learn to comply with rules, to be respectful, to accept responsibility for his or her behavior, and to develop self-control.

    6.. Strategies and consequences will be age and developmentally appropriate.

     

    1. COMMUNICATION OF POLICIES

    Board policies related to student behavior are codified mainly in the 4300 series.  The superintendent shall incorporate information from such policies into a Code of Student Conduct that notifies students of the behavior expected of them, conduct that may subject them to discipline and the range of disciplinary measures that may be used by school officials.  At the discretion of the superintendent, the Code of Student Conduct may include additional rules needed to implement the board's student behavior policies.  Each school shall create a student behavior management plan that will elaborate further on processes for addressing student misbehavior and the use of intervention strategies and consequences (see policy 4302, School Plan for Management of Student Behavior).  The Code of Student Conduct must incorporate by reference any additional student behavior standards, prohibited conduct or disciplinary measures identified in individual school behavior plans developed in accordance with policy 4302, provided such measures are consistent with law and board policy.  The Code of Student Conduct must not impose mandatory long-term suspension or expulsion for specific violations unless otherwise provided in state or federal law.

    At the beginning of each school year, principals shall make available to each student and parent all of the following:  (1) the Code of Student Conduct; (2) any board policies related to behavior that are not part of the Code of Conduct; (3) any related administrative procedures; (4) any additional discipline-related information from the school's student behavior management plan, including behavior standards, prohibited conduct or disciplinary measures; and (5) any other school rules.  This information must be available at other times upon request and must be made available to students enrolling during the school year and their parents.

    For the purpose of board policies related to student behavior, all references to "parent" include a parent, a legal guardian, a legal custodian or another caregiver adult authorized to enroll a student under policy 4120, Domicile or Residence Requirements.

     

    1. APPLICABILITY

    Students must comply with the Code of Student Conduct in all of the following circumstances:

    1. while in any school building or on any school premises before, during or after school hours;
    2. while on any bus or other vehicle as part of any school activity;
    3. while waiting at any bus stop;
    4. during any school-sponsored activity or extracurricular activity;
    5. when subject to the authority of school employees; and
    6. any time or place when the student's behavior has a direct and immediate impact on the orderly and efficient operation of the schools or the safety of individuals in the school environment.

     

    1. CONSEQUENCES FOR VIOLATIONS

    Violations of the Code of Student Conduct must be dealt with in accordance with the guidelines established in the school's behavior management plan (see policy 4302, School Plan for Management of Student Behavior).

    1. Minor Violations

    Minor violations of the Code of Student Conduct are those less severe infractions involving a lower degree of dangerousness and harm.  Examples of minor violations include the use of inappropriate or disrespectful language, noncompliance with a staff directive, dress code violations and minor physical altercations that do not involve a weapon or an injury.  Aggravating circumstances, however, may justify treating an otherwise minor violation as a serious violation.

    Minor violations of the Code of Student Conduct may result in disciplinary measures or responses up to and including short-term suspension.  Further information regarding the procedures for short-term suspensions is provided in policy 4351, Short-Term Suspension.  Other disciplinary measures or responses may include, but are not limited to, the following:

    1. parental involvement, such as conferences;
    2. isolation or time-out for short periods of time;
    3. behavior improvement agreements;
    4. instruction in conflict resolution and anger management;
    5. peer mediation;
    6. individual or small group sessions with the school counselor;
    7. academic intervention;
    8. in-school suspension;
    9. detention before and/or after school or on Saturday;
    10. community service;
    11. exclusion from graduation ceremonies;
    12. exclusion from extracurricular activities;
    13. suspension from bus privileges; and
    14. placement in an alternative school;

    The parent or guardian is responsible for transportation that may be required to carry out a consequence.  With the exception of suspension from bus privileges, if a parent or guardian is unable to provide transportation, another consequence will be substituted.

     

    1. Serious Violations

    Serious violations of the Code of Student Conduct may result in any of the consequences that may be imposed for minor violations.  In addition, serious violations that threaten to substantially disrupt the educational environment may result in long-term suspension, and serious violations that threaten the safety of students, school employees or school visitors may result in long-term suspension or expulsion.  Certain violations involving firearms or explosive devices may result in a 365-day suspension.  Further information regarding the standards and procedures for long-term suspensions, 365-day suspensions and expulsions is provided in policies 4351, Short-Term Suspension, and 4353, Long-Term Suspension, 365-Day Suspension, Expulsion.  (See also policy 4333, Weapons, Bomb Threats, Terrorist Threats and Clear Threats to Safety, for information regarding 365-day suspensions for certain violations involving firearms or explosive devices.)

     

    1. DISCIPLINARY ACTION FOR EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN/DISABLED STUDENTS

    Disciplinary actions for students identified as exceptional children according to North Carolina guidelines will conform to Procedures Governing Programs and Services for Children with Special Needs as adopted by the State Board of Education.  If the Procedures manual does not fully address a particular issue, the director of exceptional children will develop any necessary protocols consistent with state and federal law.

    All disabled children will be accorded all rights as required by state and federal law.  See also board policy 1730/4022/7231, Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disabilities.

     

    1. DEFINITIONS
    2. Board -- the Harnett County Board of Education.
    3. Classroom -- locations where designated learning experiences take place and/or over which school officials have supervising responsibility.
    4. Parent -- natural parent, legal guardian, legal custodian, or person serving in loco parentis having charge or control of any student enrolled in the school system.
    5. Principal -- the school principal or any school professional to whom the principal may officially delegate authority.
    6. Student -- any person attending any school that is part of the Harnett County School System; unless the context otherwise requires, pronouns referring to students apply to students of both sexes.
    7. School Personnel -- any principal, teacher, substitute teacher, student teacher, instructional assistant, supervisor, director, coordinator, administrator and all other personnel paid or unpaid working under the supervision and direction of the Harnett County Schools.
    8. School Property - any public school building, school campus, school facility, bus, other vehicle, grounds, recreational area or athletic field owned, leased or used by the school system or otherwise in the charge of the principal or school personnel.
    9. School System - the Harnett County School System

     

    1. CONDUCT RULES

    All students shall comply with all rules and regulations governing behavior and conduct.  Students shall be informed by local school rules or school personnel of any infraction not listed in this Code that may result in short-term or long-term suspension or expulsion.

     

    RULE 1 Compliance with Directions of School Personnel

    Students shall comply with the directions of school personnel who are authorized to give such directions during any time when students are subject to the authority of school personnel; and/or at any time when the student's behavior has a direct and immediate effect on maintaining order and discipline and protecting the safety and welfare of students and staff.

    A violation of this rule is deemed a minor violation and is subject to all of the consequences for minor violations as set forth in this policy.  Aggravating circumstances, however, may justify treating an otherwise minor violation as a serious violation.

     

    RULE 2 Integrity and Civility; Cheating

    All students are expected to demonstrate integrity, civility, responsibility and self-control.  In addition to any standards or rules established by the schools, the following behaviors are specifically prohibited as violation of the standards of integrity and civility:

    • cheating, including the actual giving or receiving of any unauthorized assistance or the actual giving or receiving of an unfair advantage on any form of academic work;
    • plagiarizing, including the copying of the language, structure, idea and/or thought of another and representing it as one's own original work;
    • providing verbal or written statements of false information;
    • violating copyright laws, including unauthorized reproduction, duplication and/or use of printed or electronic work, computer software, or other copyrighted material;
    • willfully, directly or indirectly accessing or causing to be accessed any computer, computer network or any part thereof without proper authorization or otherwise violating policy 3225/4312, Technology Acceptable Use.
    • cursing or using vulgar, abusive or demeaning language towards another person; and
    • playing abusive or dangerous tricks or otherwise subjecting a student or personnel to personal indignity.

    A violation of this rule is deemed a minor violation and is subject to all of the consequences for minor violations as set forth in this policy.  Aggravating circumstances, however, may justify treating an otherwise minor violation as a serious violation.

     

    RULE 3 Disruptive Behavior

    An orderly environment is critical for teachers to be able to teach and students to be able to learn.  Students are encouraged to participate in school efforts to create a safe, orderly and inviting environment.  Students also are encouraged to exercise their constitutional rights to free speech as a part of a stimulating, inviting educational environment.  A student's right to free speech will not be infringed upon; however, school officials may place reasonable, constitutional restrictions on time, place and manner in order to preserve a safe, orderly environment.

    Students are prohibited from disrupting teaching, the orderly conduct of school activities, or any other lawful function of the school or school district.  The following conduct is illustrative of disruptive behavior and is prohibited:

    • occupying any school building, school grounds, school buses or part thereof with the intent to deprive others of its use;
    • intentional verbal or physical acts which result or have the potential to result in blocking access to school functions or facilities or preventing the convening or continuation of school-related functions;
    • participating in any boycott of any lawful school function, mission or process or participating in any sit-in or any walkout which causes or results in the disruption of any lawful function, mission or process of the school district or of any school in the school district;
    • engaging in any protest, march, picketing or similar activity (on or off school premises) that causes or results in the disruption of any lawful function, mission or process of the school district or of any school in the school district;
    • preventing students from attending a class or school activity;
    • except under the direct instruction of the principal, blocking normal pedestrian or vehicular traffic on school premises;
    • intentionally making noise or acting in any manner so as to interfere with any teacher's ability to conduct his or her class or to carry on any school activity;
    • possessing or distributing literature or illustrations which significantly disrupt the educational process or which are obscene or unlawful;
    • engaging in behavior which is immoral, indecent, lewd, disreputable or of an overly sexual nature in the school setting;
    • failing to observe established safety rules, standards and regulations, including on the bus and in hallways; and
    • interfering with the operation of school buses, including delaying the bus schedule, getting off at an unauthorized stop, and willfully trespassing upon a school bus.

    A violation of this rule may be deemed a serious violation and is subject to all of the consequences for minor and serious violations as set forth in this policy.

     

    RULE 4 Student Dress Code

    The board prohibits appearance or clothing that does the following:

    • violates a reasonable dress code adopted and publicized by the school,
    • is substantially disruptive,
    • is provocative or obscene, or
    • endangers the health or safety of the student or others.

    A violation of this rule is deemed a minor violation and is subject to all of the consequences for minor violations as set forth in this policy.  Aggravating circumstances, however, may justify treating an otherwise minor violation as a serious violation.

     

    RULE 5 Misconduct on a School Vehicle

    The following conduct is specifically prohibited on a school vehicle:

    • stopping, impeding, delaying or detaining a bus or school vehicle;
    • throwing or launching objects on the bus;
    • disturbing the peace, order or discipline on a bus or school vehicle;
    • refusing to obey the driver's instructions;
    • refusing to meet the bus at the designated stop;
    • tampering with or willfully damaging the bus or school vehicle;
    • getting off a bus at an unauthorized stop;
    • distracting the driver's attention by participating in disruptive behavior while the vehicle is in operation;
    • failing to observe established safety rules and regulations;
    • willfully trespassing upon a school bus or school vehicle;
    • fighting, smoking, using profanity, possession or using drugs or intoxicating beverages, or otherwise violating any other board policy or school rule while on a school bus or other school vehicle; and
    • any other behavior that may endanger lives or property.

    Any complaints of drivers, parents or student that are not specified in the above list should be reported promptly to the school principal.

    A violation of this rule may be deemed a serious violation and is subject to all of the consequences for minor and serious violations as set forth in this policy.  Upon request and when deemed appropriate, a principal may use his/her discretion and restore a student's bus privileges if the principal, bus driver, student and parent agree to a written behavior improvement agreement that includes specific steps and consequences for future inappropriate behavior.

    It is a criminal offense to unlawfully and willfully stop, impede, delay or detain a school or activity bus or to disturb the peace, order or discipline on a school or activity bus.  Students who engage in such activities may be subject to criminal charges.

    The bus driver may not remove students from the bus in route.

     

    RULE 6 Tobacco Products

    In support of the board's commitments and state and federal law, students are prohibited from using or possessing any tobacco product (1) in any school building, school vehicle or on the school grounds at any time; (2) at any school-related activity, including athletic events; or (3) at any time when the student is subject to the supervision of school personnel, including school trips. For the purposes of this policy, the term "tobacco product" means any product that contains tobacco and is intended for human consumption, including all lighted and smokeless tobacco products.

    Nothing in this policy prohibits the use or possession of tobacco products for an instructional or research activity conducted in a school building, provided such activity is conducted or supervised by a faculty member and the activity does not include smoking, chewing or otherwise ingesting tobacco.

    The administration will consult with the county health department and other appropriate organizations to provide students with information and access to support systems and programs to encourage students to abstain from the use of tobacco products.  The school district may, from time to time, provide free non-smoking programs and services to be offered to students in the schools.

    Students will be provided notice of this rule through student handbooks or other means identified by the principal.  In addition, the principal will post signs in a manner and locations that adequately notify staff, students and visitors about prohibitions against the use of tobacco products on school grounds and in school buildings.

    A violation of this rule is deemed a minor violation and is subject to all of the consequences for minor violations as set forth in this policy.  Aggravating circumstances, however, may justify treating an otherwise minor violation as a serious violation. In providing consequences for violation of this rule, school officials are encouraged to identify programs or opportunities for students to gain a greater understanding of the health hazards for the tobacco user, the hazards of secondhand smoke and the impact of tobacco use on efforts to provide a safe, orderly, clean and inviting school environment.

     

    RULE 7 Drugs and Alcohol

    The Harnett County School District believes that it is in the best interests of the community to take steps to promote, enhance and maintain a drug-free school system and student body, and that along with parents and other segments of the community, the school system has a role in helping students to remain drug free.  The Harnett County School District, therefore, endorses a comprehensive program in the area of substance abuse.  Alcohol and drug education will be taught to all grade levels and assistance will be offered to students who are having alcohol or drug related problems.

    Students are prohibited from possessing, using, transmitting, selling or being under the influence of any of the following substances:

    • narcotic drugs;
    • hallucinogenic drugs;
    • amphetamines;
    • barbiturates;
    • marijuana or any other controlled substance;
    • any alcoholic beverage, malt beverage or fortified wine or other intoxicating liquor; or
    • any chemicals or products procured or used with the intention of bringing about a state of exhilaration or euphoria or of otherwise altering the student's mood or behavior.

    Students also are prohibited from possessing, using, transmitting or selling drug paraphernalia or counterfeit (fake) drugs.  Students may not in any way participate in the selling or transmitting of prohibited substances, regardless of whether the sale or transmission ultimately occurs on school property.  Beepers and portable phones may not be used by students unless specifically authorized by the principal.

    Possession or use of prescription and over the counter drugs are not in violation of this rule if possessed and used in accordance with board policy 6125, Administering Medicines to Students.  The principal may authorize other lawful uses of substances otherwise prohibited by this rule, such as for approved school projects.

    A violation of this rule is deemed a serious violation and is subject to all of the consequences for minor and serious violations as set forth in this policy.

    As required by board policy 4345, Criminal Behavior, the principal must report to the appropriate law enforcement agency any student who has used or possessed the substances prohibited by this policy.

     

    RULE 8 Theft and Damage to Property

    Students are prohibited from stealing or attempting to steal school or private property, and/or from knowingly being in possession of stolen property.  Students also are prohibited from damaging or attempting to damage any school property or private property at any time when board policies are applicable as defined in this code.

    A violation of this rule may be deemed a serious violation and is subject to all of the consequences for minor and serious violations as set forth in this policy.

     

    RULE 9 Trespass

    Students are prohibited from trespassing on school property.  A student will be considered a trespasser and may be criminally prosecuted under any of the following circumstances:

    • a student who is on the campus of a school to which he or she is not assigned during the school day without the knowledge and consent of the officials of the school the student is visiting;
    • any student who loiters at any school after the close of the school day without specific need or supervision; or
    • any student who has been suspended from school who appears on the property of any school during the suspension period without the express permission of the principal.

    A violation of this rule is deemed a minor violation and is subject to all of the consequences for minor violations as set forth in this policy.  Aggravating circumstances, however, may justify treating an otherwise minor violation as a serious violation.

     

    RULE 10 Assaults and Physical Injury

    Students are prohibited from assaulting, physically injuring, attempting to injure or intentionally behaving in such a way as could reasonably cause injury to any other person.  Assault includes engaging in a fight.

    A minor physical altercation that does not involve a weapon or an injury is a minor violation and is subject to all of the consequences for minor violations as set forth in this policy.  Aggravating circumstances, however, may justify treating an otherwise minor violation as a serious violation.

    A serious physical altercation that involves a weapon or injury is considered a serious violation and is subject to all of the consequences for minor and serious violations as set forth in this policy.

     

    RULE 11 Threats

    Students are prohibited from directing toward any other person any language which threatens force, violence or disruption, or any sign or act which constitutes a threat of force, violence or disruption.

    A violation of this rule may be deemed a serious violation and is subject to all of the consequences for minor and serious violations as set forth in this policy.

     

    RULE 12 Harassment

    Students are prohibited from engaging in or encouraging any form of harassment, including bullying, against students, employees or any other individuals on school grounds or at school-related functions.  Harassment is unwanted, unwelcomed and uninvited behavior that demeans, threatens or offends the victim and results in a hostile environment for the victim.  The hostile environment can be created through pervasive or persistent misbehavior or a single incident if sufficiently severe.  Harassment is further defined in policy 1710/4021/7230, Prohibition against Discrimination, Harassment, and Bullying.

    A violation of this rule may be deemed a serious violation and is subject to all of the consequences for minor and serious violations as set forth in this policy.

     

    RULE 13 Bullying

    Bullying is conduct that subjects a student to insults, taunts or challenges, whether verbal or physical in nature, which is likely to intimidate, cause emotional distress or provoke a disorderly response from the student being treated in this manner.  Bullying usually involves intentional, repeated and harmful acts, words or behavior directed to a particular student or group of students.  Bullying may include, but is not limited to, name calling, threatening, social alienation, spreading rumors, spitting, pushing or punching.

    Any student with a complaint about bullying should report it to the principal or assistant principal.  In addition, any employee who has witnessed or has reliable information that a student has been subjected to bullying should report it immediately to the principal or assistant principal.

    Complaints of harassment will be investigated pursuant to policy 1720/4015/7225, Discrimination, Harassment, and Bullying Complaint Procedure.  A violation of this rule may be deemed a serious violation and is subject to all of the consequences for minor and serious violations as set forth in this policy.

     

    RULE 14 Hazing

    Hazing by any individual or group associated with the school system is prohibited and will not be tolerated.  Hazing is defined as subjecting another student to physical injury or assault as part of an initiation or as a prerequisite to membership into any organized school group, including any athletic team, club, society or similar group.  Hazing includes, but is not limited to, requiring any student to wear abnormal dress or costume on campus; playing abusive or ridiculous tricks on a student; frightening, scolding, beating or harassing a student; or subjecting a student to personal indignity.

    The board of education reserves the right to disband any extracurricular club or athletic team due to hazing, if the circumstances merit such action.

    A violation of this rule may be deemed a serious violation and is subject to all of the consequences for minor and serious violations as set forth in this policy.

     

    RULE 15 Weapons

    Students are prohibited from possessing, handling, using or transmitting, whether concealed or open, any weapon, or any instrument that reasonably looks like a weapon or could be used as a weapon.  Weapons include all of the following:

    • loaded or unloaded firearm, including a gun, pistol or rifle;
    • explosives, including a dynamite cartridge, bomb, grenade or mine;
    • knife, including a pocket knife, bowie knife, switchblade, dirk, dagger or machete;
    • slingshot or slungshot;
    • leaded cane, loaded cane or canesword;
    • blackjack;
    • metal knuckles;
    • BB gun;
    • air rifle or air pistol;
    • stun gun or other electric shock weapon;
    • ice pick;
    • razor or razor blade (except solely for personal shaving);
    • fireworks; and
    • any sharp pointed or edged instrument except unaltered nail files and clips and tools used solely for preparation of food, instruction and maintenance.

    No student may knowingly or willfully cause, encourage or aid any other student to possess, handle or use any of the weapons or weapon-like items listed above.  A student who finds a weapon or weapon-like item, who witnesses another student or other persons with such items, or becomes aware that another student or other persons intends to possess, handle or use such items, must notify a law enforcement officer or a school employee as soon as practical.

    This rule does not apply to pupils who are members of the Reserve Officer Training Corps and who are required to carry arms or weapons in the discharge of their official class duties; nor does this section apply to a firearm that was brought onto educational property for activities approved and authorized by the Board of Education.

    A violation of this rule may be deemed a serious violation and is subject to all of the consequences for minor and serious violations as set forth in this policy.  As required by law, a student who brings or possesses a firearm or destructive device on educational property or at a school-sponsored event off educational property shall be suspended for 365 days.  The superintendent may modify the required 365 day suspension for an individual student on a case-by-case basis.  A student who brings a firearm or powerful explosive to school also shall be referred to the criminal justice or juvenile justice system.

     

    RULE 16 Bomb Threats

    Students are prohibited from making, aiding and/or abetting in making a bomb threat or perpetrating a bomb hoax against school district property by making a false report that a device designed to cause damage or destruction by explosion, blasting or burning is located on school property.

    No student may knowingly or willfully cause, encourage or aid another student to make a bomb threat or perpetrate a bomb hoax.  Any student who becomes aware that another student or other person intends to use a bomb, make a bomb threat or perpetrate a bomb hoax must notify a law enforcement officer or a school employee as soon as practical.

    A violation of this rule may be deemed a serious violation and is subject to all of the consequences for minor and serious violations as set forth in this policy.  A student who violates this rule also shall be referred to the criminal justice or juvenile justice system.

     

    RULE 17 Terrorist Threats

    Students are prohibited from making, aiding, conspiring and/or abetting in making a terrorist threat or perpetrating a terrorist hoax against school district property by making a false report that a device, substance or material designed to cause harmful or life-threatening injury to another person is located on school property.

    No student may knowingly or willfully cause, encourage or aid another student to make a terrorist threat or perpetrate a terrorist hoax.  Any student who becomes aware that another student or other person intends to use a device, substance or material designed to cause harmful or life-threatening illness or injury to another person, make a terrorist threat or perpetrate a terrorist hoax must notify a law enforcement officer or a school employee as soon as practical.

    No student shall:

    1. make a false report that there is a device, substance or material designed to cause harmful or life-threatening illness or injury to another person located on school property or at a school-related or school-sponsored activity;
    2. conceal, place, disseminate or display a device, machine, instrument, artifact, letter, package material or substance on school property or at a school-related or school-sponsored activity with the intent to cause others to believe the device is a substance or material capable of causing harmful or life-threatening illness or injury to another person;
    3. threaten to commit on school property or at a school-related or school-sponsored activity an act of terror that is likely to cause death, with the intent to cause a significant disruption to the instructional day or school-sponsored activity or which actually causes such disruption;
    4. make a false report that there is about to occur or is occurring on school property or at a school-related or school-sponsored activity an act of terror that is likely to cause serious injury or death, with the intent to cause a significant disruption to the instructional day or school-sponsored activity or which actually causes such disruption;
    5. conspire to commit any of the above-described acts.

    A violation of this rule may be deemed a serious violation and is subject to all of the consequences for minor and serious violations as set forth in this policy.  A student who violates this section also will be referred to the criminal justice and/or juvenile justice system.

     

    RULE 18 Gang-Related Activities

    The presence of gangs and gang activities can cause a substantial disruption of or material interference with school and school activities.

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

    1. wear, possess, use distribute, display or sell any clothing, jewelry, emblem, badge, symbol, sign or other things which are evidence of membership or affiliation in any gang, as identified by school personnel;
    2. commit any act or omission, or use any speech, either verbal or non-verbal (gestures, hand-shakes, etc.) showing membership or affiliation in any gang;
    3. use any speech or commit any act or omission in furtherance of the interests of any gang or gang activity, including, but not limited to:
    4. soliciting others for membership in any gang;
    5. requesting any person to pay protection or otherwise intimidate or threaten any person;
    6. committing any other illegal act or other violation of school district policies; and
    7. inciting other students to act with physical violence upon another person.

    School administrators are responsible for compiling and updating a list of prohibited gang attire or symbols and publicizing it to students.

    A violation of this rule may be deemed a serious violation and is subject to all of the consequences for minor and serious violations as set forth in this policy.

     

    RULE 19 Criminal Behavior

    Criminal or other illegal behavior is prohibited.  Any student who the principal reasonably believes to have engaged in criminal behavior on the school premises or at school activities will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action as stated in applicable board policies and may be criminally prosecuted as well.  For the purposes of this section, "school premises" includes any public school building, bus, public school campus, grounds, recreational area, or athletic field, in the charge of the principal.

    School officials will cooperate fully with any criminal investigation and prosecution.  School officials will independently investigate any criminal behavior that also violates school rules or board policy.

    STUDENTS CHARGED WITH OR CONVICTED OF CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR

    If necessary, the superintendent and principal may take reasonable measures to preserve a safe, orderly environment when a student has been charged or convicted with a serious crime, regardless of whether the alleged offense was committed on school grounds or related to school activities.  Depending upon the circumstances, including the nature of the alleged crime, the child's age, and the publicity within the school community, reasonable efforts may include changing a student's classroom assignment or transferring the student to another school.  Transfer to the alternative school may be made in accordance with the criteria established in board policy 3470/4305, Alternative Schools.  The student will continue to be provided with educational opportunities unless and until the student is found to have violated board policy or school rules and is suspended or expelled in accordance with procedures established in board policy.

    REPORTING CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR

    The principal must report immediately to law enforcement officers and the superintendent the following acts when the principal has personal knowledge or actual notice from others that such acts occurred on school property, regardless of the age or grade of the perpetrator or victim:

    • assault resulting in serious personal injury;
    • sexual assault;
    • sexual offense;
    • rape;
    • kidnapping;
    • indecent liberties with a minor;
    • assault involving the use of a weapon;
    • possession of a firearm in violation of the law;
    • possession of a weapon in violation of the law;
    • possession of a controlled substance in violation of the law;
    • assault on school officials, employees and/or volunteers;
    • homicide, including murder, manslaughter and death by vehicle;
    • robbery; or armed robbery;
    • theft from the person;
    • theft of property valued over $75.00
    • breaking or entering of a school;
    • theft from a motor vehicle(s);
    • theft of a motor vehicle;
    • arson;
    • possession of stolen property;
    • vandalism over $200.00.

    A violation of this rule is deemed a serious violation and is subject to all of the consequences for minor and serious violations as set forth in this policy.

     

    RULE 20 Attendance

    Students must comply with attendance requirements as outlined in board policy 4400, Attendance.

    A violation of this rule is deemed a minor violation and is subject to all of the consequences for minor violations as set forth in this policy.  Provided, however, a student shall not be subject to a suspension of more than two days for a violation of this policy.

     

    1. ENFORCEMENT

    The superintendent is responsible for supervising the enforcement of the Code of Student Conduct to ensure that school disciplinary policies are uniformly and fairly applied throughout the school system.

    Legal References:  G.S. 115C-47, -276(r), -288, -307, -390.1, -390.2

    Cross References:  Goals and Objectives of the Educational Program (policy 3000), Counseling Program (policy 3610), Domicile or Residence Requirements (policy 4120), Student Behavior policies (4300 series)

    Adopted:  April 4, 1977

    Revised:  August 5, 1991; January 10, 1994; April 3, 2000; October 4, 2004; October 6, 2008, February 8, 2010, July 13, 2011; September 10, 2018

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    PROHIBITION AGAINST DISCRIMINATION,

    HARASSMENT, AND BULLYING                                                                             Policy Code:          1710/4021/7230

     

     

     

    The board acknowledges the dignity and worth of all students and employees and strives to create a safe, orderly, caring, and inviting school environment to facilitate student learning and achievement.  The board prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age and will provide equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups as required by law.  The board will not tolerate any form of unlawful discrimination, harassment, or bullying in any of its educational or employment activities or programs. 

     

    1. Prohibited Behaviors and Consequences

     

    1. Discrimination, Harassment, and Bullying

     

    Students, school system employees, volunteers, and visitors are expected to behave in a civil and respectful manner.  The board expressly prohibits unlawful discrimination, harassment, and bullying.

     

    Students are expected to comply with the behavior standards established by board policy and the Code of Student Conduct.  Employees are expected to comply with board policy and school system regulations.  Volunteers and visitors on school property also are expected to comply with board policy and established school rules and procedures.

     

    Any violation of this policy is serious and school officials shall promptly take appropriate action.  Students will be disciplined in accordance with the school’s student behavior management plan (see policy 4302, School Plan for Management of Student Behavior).  Based on the nature and severity of the offense and the circumstances surrounding the incident, the student will be subject to appropriate consequences and remedial actions ranging from positive behavioral interventions up to, and including, expulsion. 

     

    Employees who violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, up to, and including, dismissal.  Volunteers and visitors who violate this policy will be directed to leave school property and/or reported to law enforcement, as appropriate, in accordance with policy 5020, Visitors to the Schools.

     

    When considering if a response beyond the individual level is appropriate, school administrators should consider the nature and severity of the misconduct to determine whether a classroom, school-wide, or school system-wide response is necessary.  Such classroom, school-wide, or school system-wide responses may include staff training, harassment and bullying prevention programs, and other measures deemed appropriate by the superintendent to address the behavior.

     

    1. Retaliation

     

    The board prohibits reprisal or retaliation against any person for reporting or intending to report violations of this policy, supporting someone for reporting or intending to report a violation of this policy, or participating in the investigation of reported violations of this policy. 

     

    After consideration of the nature and circumstances of the reprisal or retaliation and in accordance with applicable federal, state or local laws, policies, and regulations, the superintendent or designee shall determine the consequences and remedial action for a person found to have engaged in reprisal or retaliation.

     

    1. Application of Policy

     

    This policy prohibits unlawful discrimination, harassment, and bullying by students, employees, volunteers, and visitors.  “Visitors” includes persons, agencies, vendors, contractors, and organizations doing business with or performing services for the school system. 

     

    This policy applies to behavior that takes place:

     

    1. in any school building or on any school premises before, during or after school hours;

     

    1. on any bus or other vehicle as part of any school activity;

     

    1. at any bus stop;

     

    1. during any school-sponsored activity or extracurricular activity;

     

    1. at any time or place when the individual is subject to the authority of school personnel; and

     

    1. at any time or place when the behavior has a direct and immediate effect on maintaining order and discipline in the schools.

     

    1. Definitions

     

    For purposes of this policy, the following definitions apply:

     

    1. Discrimination

     

    Discrimination means any act or failure to act that unreasonably and unfavorably differentiates treatment of others based solely on their membership in a socially distinct group or category, such as race, ethnicity, sex, pregnancy, religion, age, or disability.  Discrimination may be intentional or unintentional.

     

    1. Harassment and Bullying

     

    1. Harassment or bullying behavior is any pattern of gestures or written, electronic, or verbal communications, or any physical act or any threatening communication that:

     

    • places a student or school employee in actual and reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or damage to his or her property; or

     

    • creates or is certain to create a hostile environment by substantially interfering with or impairing a student’s educational performance, opportunities, or benefits or by adversely altering the conditions of an employee’s employment.

     

    “Hostile environment” means that the victim subjectively views the conduct as harassment or bullying and that the conduct is objectively severe or pervasive enough that a reasonable person would agree that it is harassment or bullying.  A hostile environment may be created through pervasive or persistent misbehavior or a single incident, if sufficiently severe. 

     

    Harassment and bullying include, but are not limited to, behavior described above that is reasonably perceived as being motivated by any actual or perceived differentiating characteristic or motivated by an individual’s association with a person who has or is perceived to have a differentiating characteristic, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, socioeconomic status, academic status, gender identity, physical appearance, sexual orientation, or mental, physical, developmental, or sensory disability.  Examples of behavior that may constitute bullying or harassment include, but are not limited to, verbal taunts, name-calling and put-downs, epithets, derogatory comments or slurs, lewd propositions, exclusion from peer groups, extortion of money or possessions, implied or stated threats, assault, impeding or blocking movement, offensive touching, or any physical interference with normal work or movement, and visual insults, such as derogatory posters or cartoons.  Legitimate age-appropriate pedagogical techniques are not considered harassment or bullying.

     

    Harassment, including sexual or gender-based harassment, is not limited to specific situations or relationships.  It may occur between fellow students or co-workers, between supervisors and subordinates, between employees and students, or between non-employees, including visitors, and employees or students.  Harassment may occur between members of the opposite sex or the same sex.

     

    1. Sexual harassment is one type of harassment. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when:

     

    • submission to the conduct is made, either explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of an individual’s employment, academic progress, or completion of a school-related activity;

     

    • submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting the individual, or in the case of a student, submission to or rejection of such conduct is used in evaluating the student’s performance within a course of study or other school-related activity; or

     

    • such conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an employee’s work or performance or a student’s educational performance, limiting a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or environment, or creating an abusive, intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment.

     

    Sexually harassing conduct includes, but is not limited to, deliberate, unwelcome touching that has sexual connotations or is of a sexual nature, suggestions or demands for sexual involvement accompanied by implied or overt promises of preferential treatment or threats, pressure for sexual activity, continued or repeated offensive sexual flirtations, advances or propositions, continued or repeated verbal remarks about an individual’s body, sexually degrading words used toward an individual or to describe an individual, sexual assault, sexual violence, or the display of sexually suggestive drawings, objects, pictures or written materials.  Acts of verbal, nonverbal, or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on sex, but not involving sexual activity or language, may be combined with incidents of sexually harassing conduct to determine if the incidents of sexually harassing conduct are sufficiently serious to create a sexually hostile environment. 

     

    1. Gender-based harassment is also a type of harassment. Gender-based harassment may include acts of verbal, nonverbal, or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on sex or sex-stereotyping but not involving conduct of a sexual nature.

     

    1. Reporting and Investigating Complaints of Discrimination, Harassment, or Bullying

     

    Employees are required to report any actual or suspected violations of this policy.  Students, parents, volunteers, visitors, or others are also strongly encouraged to report any actual or suspected incidents of discrimination, harassment, or bullying.  All reports should be made in accordance with policy 1720/4015/7225, Discrimination, Harassment, and Bullying Complaint Procedure, and reported to one of the school officials identified in that policy.  Reports may be made anonymously, and all reports shall be investigated in accordance with that policy.

     

    1. Training and Programs

     

    The board directs the superintendent to establish training and other programs that are designed to help eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, and bullying and to foster an environment of understanding and respect for all members of the school community.  Information about this policy and the related complaint procedure must be included in the training plan.

     

    As funds are available, the board will provide additional training for students, employees, and volunteers who have significant contact with students regarding the board’s efforts to address discrimination, harassment, and bullying and will create programs to address these issues.  The training or programs should (1) provide examples of behavior that constitutes discrimination, harassment, or bullying; (2) teach employees to identify groups that may be the target of discrimination, harassment, or bullying; and (3) train school employees to be alert to locations where such behavior may occur, including locations within school buildings, at school bus stops, on cell phones, and on the Internet.

     

    1. Notice

     

    The superintendent is responsible for providing effective notice to students, parents, and employees of this policy and of the procedures for reporting and investigating complaints of discrimination, harassment, and bullying established in policy 1720/4015/7225, Discrimination, Harassment, and Bullying Complaint Procedure.  The superintendent must ensure that each school principal provides a copy of this policy and policy 1720/4015/7225 to students, employees, and parents or other responsible care givers at the beginning of each school year.  In addition, both policies must be posted on the school system website, and copies of the policies must be readily available in the principal’s office, the media center at each school, and the superintendent’s office.  Notice of the policies must appear in all student and employee handbooks and in any school or school system publication that sets forth the comprehensive rules, procedures, and standards of conduct for students and employees.

     

    1. Coordinators

     

    The superintendent has appointed the following individuals to coordinate the school system’s efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under federal non-discrimination laws.  These responsibilities include investigating any complaints communicated to school officials alleging noncompliance with Title VI or Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination Act, and/or the Boy Scouts Act, or alleging actions which would be prohibited by those laws. 

     

    1. Title IX Coordinator

    Name:  Jermaine White

    Office Address:  1008 South 11th Street, Lillington, NC 27546

    Phone Number: 910-893-8151, ext. 419

     

    1. Section 504 Coordinator

    Name: Lauren Cappola

    Office Address: 1008 South 11th Street, Lillington, NC 27546

    Phone Number: 910-893-8151, ext. 463

     

    1. ADA Coordinator

    Name:  Tina Tasker

    Office Address: 1008 South 11th Street, Lillington, NC 27546

    Phone Number: 910-893-8151, ext. 457

     

    1. Age Discrimination Coordinator

    Name: Jermaine White

    Office Address:  1008 South 11th Street, Lillington, NC 27546

    Phone Number: 910-893-8151, ext. 419

     

    1. Coordinator for Other Non-discrimination Laws

    Name:  Jermaine White

    Office Address:  1008 South 11th Street, Lillington, NC 27546

    Phone Number: 910-893-8151, ext. 419

       

     

    1. Records and Reporting

     

    The superintendent or designee shall maintain confidential records of complaints or reports of discrimination, harassment, or bullying.  The records must identify the names of all individuals accused of such offenses and the resolution of such complaints or reports.  The superintendent also shall maintain records of training conducted and corrective action(s) or other steps taken by the school system to provide an environment free of discrimination, harassment, and bullying. 

     

    The superintendent shall report to the State Board of Education all verified cases of discrimination, harassment, or bullying.  The report must be made through the Discipline Data Collection Report or through other means required by the State Board.

     

    1. Evaluation

     

    The superintendent shall evaluate the effectiveness of efforts to correct or prevent discrimination, harassment, and bullying and shall share these evaluations periodically with the board.

     

    Legal References:  Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, 29 U.S.C. 621 et seq., 34 C.F.R. pt. 110; Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq., 28 C.F.R. pt. 35; Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. 705(20), 794, 34 C.F.R. pt. 104; Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000d et seq., 34 C.F.R. pt. 100; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000e et seq., 29 C.F.R. pt. 1604; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. 1681 et seq., 34 C.F.R. pt. 106; Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act, 20 U.S.C. 7905, 34 C.F.R. pt. 108; Racial Incidents and Harassment Against Students at Educational Institutions; Investigative Guidance, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (1994); Revised Sexual Harassment Guidance:  Harassment of Students by School Employees, Other Students, or Third Parties, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (2001); Notice of Non-Discrimination, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (2010); Dear Colleague Letter, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, (October 26, 2010), available at http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-201010.pdf; Dear Colleague Letter, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, (April 4, 2011) available at http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-201104.pdf; Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services, 523 U.S. 75 (1998); G.S. 115C-335.5, -407.15 through -407.18; 126-16; State Board of Education Policy SSCH-000

     

    Cross References:  Discrimination, Harassment, and Bullying Complaint Procedure (policy 1720/4015/7225), Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disabilities (policy 1730/4022/7231), Prohibition Against Retaliation (policy 1760/7280), Equal Educational Opportunities (policy 4001), School Plan for Management of Student Behavior (policy 4302), Visitors to the Schools (policy 5020), Community Use of Facilities (policy 5030), Recruitment and Selection of Personnel (policy 7100), Professional Employees: Demotion and Dismissal (policy 7930), Classified Personnel: Suspension and Dismissal (policy 7940)

     

    Adopted: 12/07/2009

     

    Revised:  02/22/2012; 12/07/2015; 03/05/2018

     

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    DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT, BULLYING                                                           Policy Code:  1720/4015/7225

    AND CYBERBULLYING COMPLIANT PROCEDURE    

     

     

    The board takes seriously all complaints of unlawful discrimination, harassment, and bullying. The process provided in this policy is designed for those individuals who believe that they may have been discriminated against, bullied, or harassed in violation of policy 1710/4021/7230, Prohibition Against Discrimination, Harassment, and Bullying, Prohibition Against Discrimination, Harassment, and Bullying or policy 1730/4022/7231, Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disabilities. Individuals who have witnessed or have reliable information that another person has been subject to unlawful discrimination, harassment, or bullying also should report such violations to one of the school system officials listed in subsection C.1. of this policy, or online through the school system's online reporting system. Reports may be made anonymously.

     

    1. DEFINITIONS

     

    1. Alleged Perpetrator

    The alleged perpetrator is the individual alleged to have discriminated against, harassed, or bullied the complainant.

    1. Complaint

    A complaint is an oral or written notification made by a person who believes he or she is the victim of unlawful discrimination, harassment, or bullying.

    1. Complainant

    The complainant is the individual complaining of being discriminated against, harassed, or bullied.

    1. Days

    Days are the working days, exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays, vacation days or holidays, as set forth in the school calendar. In counting days, the first day will be the first full working day following receipt of the complaint. When a complaint is submitted on or after May 1, time limits will consist of all weekdays (Monday – Friday) so that the matter may be resolved before the close of the school term or as soon thereafter as possible.

    1. Investigative Report

    The investigative report is a written account of the findings of the investigation conducted in response to a complaint.

    1. Investigator

    The investigator is the school official responsible for investigating and responding to the complaint.

    1. Report

    A report is an oral or written notification that an individual, other than the reporter, is a suspected perpetrator or victim of unlawful discrimination, harassment, or bullying.

    1. REPORTING BY EMPLOYEES OR OTHER THIRD PARTIES

     

    1. Mandatory Reporting by School Employees

    Any employee who witnessed or who has other reliable information or reason to believe that an individual may have been discriminated against, harassed or bullied in violation of policy 1710/4021/7230  or policy 1730/4022/7321 must report the offense immediately to an appropriate individual designated in subsection C.1., below.  An employee who does not promptly report possible discrimination, harassment, or bullying shall be subject to disciplinary action.

    1. Reporting by Other Third Parties

    All members of the school community including students, parents, volunteers and visitors are also strongly encouraged to report any act that may constitute an incident of discrimination, harassment or bullying.

    1. Anonymous Reporting

    Reports of discrimination, harassment or bullying may be made anonymously but formal disciplinary action may not be taken solely on the basis of an anonymous report.

    1. Investigation of Reports

    Reports of discrimination, harassment or bullying will be investigated sufficiently to determine whether further action under this policy or otherwise is necessary, and school officials shall take such action as appropriate under the circumstances, regardless of the alleged victim’s willingness to cooperate. At the option of the alleged victim, the report may be treated as a formal complaint by the alleged victim under this policy.

     

    1. COMPLAINTS BROUGHT BY ALLEGED VICTIMS OF DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT OR BULLYING

     

    1. Filing a Complaint

    Any individual who believes that he or she has been discriminated against, harassed or bullied is strongly encouraged to file a complaint orally or in writing to any of the following individuals:

    1. the principal or assistant principal of the school at which either the alleged perpetrator or alleged victim attends or is employed;
    2. an immediate supervisor if the individual making the complaint is an employee;
    3. the assistant superintendent of human resources if the alleged perpetrator or alleged victim is an employee of the school system (or the superintendent if the assistant superintendent of human resources is the alleged perpetrator);
    4. the Title IX coordinator for claims of sex discrimination or sexual harassment or (See policy 1710/4021/7320 for contact information)
    5. the Section 504 coordinator or the ADA coordinator for claims of discrimination on the basis of a disability (see policy 1710/4021/7230 for contact information); or
    6. for claims of other forms of prohibited discrimination, the applicable civil rights coordinator as established in policy 1710/4021/7230.
    7. Time Period for Filing a Complaint

    A complaint should be filed as soon as possible but no later than 30 days after disclosure or discovery of the facts giving rise to the complaint. Complaints submitted after the 30-day period may be investigated; however, individuals should recognize that delays in reporting may significantly impair the ability of school officials to investigate and respond to such complaints.

    1. Informal Resolution

    The board acknowledges that many complaints may be addressed informally through such methods as conferences or mediation. The board encourages the use of informal procedures such as mediation to the extent possible; however, mediation or other informal procedures will not be used to resolve complaints alleging sexual assault or sexual violence, complaints by a student of sexual harassment perpetrated by an employee, or when otherwise inappropriate. Informal procedures may be used only if the parties involved voluntarily agree.

    If an informal process is used, the principal or other designated personnel must (1) notify the complainant that he or she has the option to end the informal process and begin formal procedures at any time and (2) make a copy of this policy and other relevant policies available to the complainant. Any informal process should be completed within a reasonable period of time, not to exceed 30 days unless special circumstances necessitate more time.  If informal procedures fail to resolve the matter in a reasonable period of time or are inappropriate. If the complainant requests formal procedures, the complaints will be investigated promptly, impartially, and thoroughly according to the procedures outlined in the remainder of this policy.

    1. Other Resources

    Individuals may also contact the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education:

    4000 Maryland Ave, SW

    Washington, DC 20202-1475

    Telephone: 202-453-6020  TDD: 800-877-8339

    Fax: 202-453-6021              Email: OCR.DC@ed.gov

     

     

    1. PROCESS FOR ADDRESSING COMPLAINTS OF ALLEGED INCIDENTS OF DISCRIMINATION OR HARASSMENT BULLYING

     

    1. Initiating the Investigation
    2. Whoever receives a complaint of discrimination, harassment, or bullying pursuant to subsection C.1. shall immediately notify the appropriate investigator who shall respond to the complaint and investigate. The investigator of a complaint is determined as follows:
    3. If the alleged incident occurred under the jurisdiction of the principal. The investigator is the principal or designee, unless the alleged perpetrator is the principal, the assistant superintendent of human resources, the superintendent, or a member of the board. If the alleged perpetrator is any other employee, the principal or designee shall conduct the investigation in consultation with the assistant superintendent of human resources or designee.
    4. If the alleged perpetrator is the principal, the assistant superintendent of human resources or designee is the investigator.

    iii.   If the alleged incident occurred outside of the jurisdiction of a principal (for example, at the central office), the assistant superintendent of human resources or designee is the investigator unless the alleged perpetrator is the assistant superintendent of human resources, the superintendent or a member of the board.

    1. If the alleged perpetrator is the assistant superintendent of human resources, the superintendent or designee is the investigator.
    2. If the alleged perpetrator is the superintendent, the board attorney is the investigator. (In such cases, whoever receives a complaint of discrimination, harassment or bullying shall immediately notify the assistant superintendent of human resources who shall immediately notify the board chair. The board chair shall direct the board attorney to respond to the complaint and investigate.)
    3. If the alleged perpetrator is a member of the board, the board attorney is the investigator. (In such cases, whoever receives a complaint of discrimination, harassment or bullying shall immediately notify the superintendent who shall direct the board attorney to respond to the complaint and investigate. Unless the board chair is the alleged perpetrator, the superintendent shall also notify the board chair of the complaint.)
    4. As applicable, the investigator shall immediately notify the Title IX, Section 504, ADA coordinator, or other relevant coordinator of the complaint, and, as appropriate, may designate the coordinator to conduct the investigation.
    5. The investigator shall explain the process of the investigation to the complainant and inquire as to whether the complainant would like to suggest a course of corrective action.
    6. Written documentation of all reports and complaints, as well as the school system's response, must be maintained in accordance with policy 1710/4021/7230.
    7. Failure to investigate and/or address claims of discrimination, harassment, bullying, or cyberbullying shall result in disciplinary action.
    8. Conducting the Investigation
    9. The investigator is responsible for determining whether the alleged act(s) constitutes a violation of policy 1710/4021/7230 or policy 1730/4022/7231. In so doing, the investigator shall impartially, promptly, and thoroughly investigate the complaint. The investigator shall interview (1) the complainant; (2) the alleged perpetrator(s); and (3) individuals identified as witnesses by the complainant or alleged perpetrator(s); (4) any other individuals, including, other possible victims, who may have relevant information. The investigation will include a review of all evidence presented by the complainant or alleged perpetrator.
    10. The complaint and investigation will be kept confidential to the extent possible. Information may be shared only with individuals who need the information in order to investigate and address the complaint appropriately and those with a legal right to access the information. Any requests by the complainant for confidentiality will be evaluated within the context of the legal responsibilities of the school system. Any complaints withdrawn to protect confidentiality must be recorded in accordance with policy 1710/4021/7230.
    11. The investigator shall review the factual information gathered through the investigation to determine whether, based on a preponderance of the evidence, the alleged conduct constitutes discrimination, harassment or bullying, giving consideration to all factual information, the context in which the alleged incidents occurred, the age and maturity of the complainant and alleged perpetrator(s), and any other relevant circumstances. The investigator shall submit a written investigative report to the superintendent and as applicable, to the Title IX, Section 504, ADA, or other coordinator.
    12. Notice to Complainant. Alleged Perpetrator
    13. The investigator shall provide written notification to the complainant of the results of the investigation within 15 days of receiving the complaint, unless additional time is necessary to conduct an impartial, thorough investigation. The investigator shall specify whether the complaint was substantiated and, if so, shall also specify:
    14. reasonable, timely, age-appropriate, corrective action intended to end the discrimination, harassment or bullying and prevent it from recurring;
    15. as needed, reasonable steps to address the effects of the discrimination, harassment or bullying, on the complainant; and

    iii.   as needed, reasonable steps to protect the complainant from retaliation as a result of communicating the complaint.

    1. If required by law, information regarding specific disciplinary action imposed on the alleged perpetrator(s) will be given to the complainant such as, when the information relates directly to the complainant (e.g., an order requiring the perpetrator not to have contact with the complainant). School officials are encouraged to consult with the superintendent and board attorney before releasing such information, however.
    2. If the investigator determines that the complaint was substantiated, the perpetrator(s) shall be subject to discipline or other corrective steps, as described in policy 1710/4021/7230. If the corrective steps involve actions outside the scope of the investigator's authority, the superintendent will be notified so that responsibility for taking the corrective steps may be delegated to the appropriate individual.
    3. Appeal
    4. If the complainant is dissatisfied with the results of the investigation, he or she may appeal the decision to the superintendent (unless the alleged perpetrator is the assistant superintendent of human resources or the superintendent, in which cases the complainant may appeal directly to the board in accordance with the procedure described in subsection D.4.b below). The appeal must be submitted in writing within five days of receiving the notice of the results of the investigation. The superintendent may review the documents, conduct any further investigation necessary or take any other steps the superintendent determines to be appropriate in order to respond to the complaint. The superintendent shall provide a written response within 10 days after receiving the appeal, unless further investigation is needed.
    5. If the complainant is dissatisfied with the superintendent's response, he or she may appeal the decision to the board within 5 days of receiving the superintendent’s response. The board will review the documents, direct that further investigation be conducted if necessary, and take any other steps that the board determines to be appropriate in order to respond to the complaint. Upon request of the complainant, the board will hold a hearing pursuant to policy 2500, Hearings Before the Board. The board will provide a written response within 30 days after receiving the appeal, unless further investigation is necessary or the hearing necessitates that more time be taken to respond.

     

    1. TIMELINESS OF PROCESS

     

    The number of days indicated at each step of the process should be considered a maximum. Every effort should be made to expedite the process.

     

    If any school official charged with investigating the complaint or reviewing the investigation fails at any step in the process to communicate a decision within the specified time limit, the complainant will be entitled to appeal the complaint to the next step unless the official has notified the complainant of the delay and the reason for the delay, such as the complexity of the investigation, review, or report. The school official shall make reasonable efforts to keep the complainant apprised of progress being made during any period of delay. Delays that interfere with the exercise of any legal rights are not permitted.

     

    Failure by the complainant at any step in the process to appeal a complaint to the next step within the specified time limit will be considered acceptance of the decision at that step, unless the complainant has notified the investigator of a delay and the reason for the delay and the investigator has consented in writing to the delay.

     

    1. GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

     

    1. No reprisals or retaliation of any kind will be taken by the board or by an employee of the school system against the complainant or other individual on account of his or her filing a complaint or report or participating in an investigation of a complaint or report filed and decided pursuant to this policy, unless the person knew or had reason to believe that the complaint or report was false or knowingly provided false information.
    2. All meetings and hearings conducted pursuant to this policy will be private.
    3. The board and school system officials will consider requests to hear complaints from a group, but the board and officials have the discretion to hear and respond to complainants individually.
    4. The complainant may be represented by an advocate, such as an attorney, at any meeting with school system officials.
    5. Should, in the judgment of the superintendent or designee, the investigation or processing of a complaint require that an employee be absent from regular work assignments, such absences shall be excused without loss of pay or benefits. This shall not prevent the superintendent or designee from suspending the alleged perpetrator without pay during the course of the investigation.

     

    1. RECORDS

     

    Records will be maintained as required by policy 1710/4021/7230.

     

    Legal References:  Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, 29 U.S.C. 621 et seq., 34 C.F.R. pt 110; Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq., 28 C.F.R. pt. 35; Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. 1232g; Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. 705(20), 794, 34 C.F.R. pt. 104; Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000d et seq., 34 C.F.R. pt. 100; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000e et seq., 29 C.F.R. pt. 1604; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. 1681 et seq., 34 C.F.R. pt. 106; Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act, 20 U>S>C> 7905, 34 C.F>R pt. 108; Racial Incidents and Harassment Against Students at Educational Institutions; Investigative Guidance, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (1994); Revised Sexual Harassment Guidance:  Harassment of Students by School Employees, Other Students, or Third Parties, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (2001); Notice of Non-Discrimination, United States Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights (2010); Gebser v. Lago Vista Independent School District, 524 U.S. 274, (1998); Davis v. Monroe County Board of Education, 526 U.S. 629 (1999); G.S. 115C-407.15 through -407.1810

     

    Cross References: Prohibition Against Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying (policy 1710/4021/7230), Student and Parent Grievance Procedure (policy 1740/4010), Hearings Before the Board (policy 2500), Assaults, Threats and Harassment (policy 4331)

     

    Adopted: December 7, 2009

     

    Revised: February 22, 2012; May 5, 2014; March 5, 2018

     

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    HARNETT COUNTY COMPLIES WITH FEDERAL

    REGULATIONS, ENCOURAGES PARENTS TO STUDY THE FOLLOWING STATEMENTS

     

    In compliance with federal law, Harnett County Schools administers all state and federally operated educational programs, employment activities, and admissions without discrimination because of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, color, age, military service, disability or gender except where exemption is appropriate and allowed by law. Inquiries or complaints should be directed to Tina Tasker (ADA-Americans with Disabilities Act), Lauren Cappola (Section 504), or Jermaine White (Title IX) at:

     

    Harnett County Board of Education

    1008 South 11th Street, Lillington, NC 27546

    Telephone: (910) 893-8151 - Fax: (910) 893-8839

     

    STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

     

    It is expected that most students with disabilities be tested just as students without disabilities are tested. However, some students have needs as a result of their disabilities that require their nonparticipation in the Standard Course of Study and for that reason will not participate in the statewide student accountability standards. For these students, the IEP Team makes the determination that the students will be exempted from the statewide student accountability standards. Students with disabilities who participate in the statewide student accountability standards must be given the same opportunities as students without disabilities who score below Level III, including retesting, focused intervention, and waiver considerations.

     

    • To the extent possible, all students with disabilities shall participate in the statewide student accountability standards for elementary, middle, and high school levels.
    • Students with disabilities may be exempt from the statewide student accountability promotion standards by the Individualized Education Program Team, including the principal or school district representative, if it is determined by the team that the students do not have the ability to participate in the State Standard Course of Study. However, they shall be enrolled in a functional curriculum and demonstrate acceptable outcomes on the alternate assessments. These students may receive a certificate of achievement or graduation certificate.
    • All interventions/remediation and other opportunities, benefits and resources that are made available to students without disabilities shall be made available to students with disabilities who participate in the student promotion standards. All services offered are in addition to the special education services provided to the student.

    Questions or concerns related to Students with Disabilities should be referred to Tina Tasker, Director of Programs for Exceptional Children, telephone: (910) 893-8151 or by email: ttasker@harnett.k12.nc.us

     

    TITLE IX

     

    Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and is the guideline to remove all unfair sex discrimination practices. 

     

    Questions or concerns related to Title IX should be directed to Jermaine White, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services, telephone: (910) 893-8151 or by email:jwhite1@harnett.k12.nc.us   

     

    Section 504

     

    Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination on the basis of handicap in education programs.

     

    Any individual who has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of his/her major life functions may qualify for identification for services under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.  Identification and services are made available through the local school Assistance Team.  Questions may be directed toward the local school principal or classroom teacher.

     

    Questions or concerns related to Section 504 should be directed to Lauren Cappola, Director of School Counseling, telephone: (910) 893-8151 or by email: lcappola@harnett.k12.nc.us

     

    An Assistant Superintendent has been appointed to hear cases dealing with non-compliance with Section 504 regulations.  The office is located in the Board of Education Annex, 1008 11th Street, Lillington, phone number: 910-893-8151.  (Re:  Federal Register Vol. 45, No. 92, May 9, 1980, Page 30939, Section 104.7 and 194.8).

     

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    ANTI-HARASSMENT STATEMENT

    Harnett County Schools (HCS) acknowledges the dignity and worth of all students and employees and strives to create a safe, orderly, caring and inviting school environment to facilitate student learning and achievement. HCS does not tolerate any form of harassment, including harassment based on disability, in any of its educational or employment activities. Anyone who has been the victim of acts of harassment, or who has reliable information about others having been the victim of acts of harassment, is encouraged to report those acts to Jermaine White, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, by email at jwhite1@harnett.k12.nc.us, or by telephone at 910.893-8151. HCS considers harassment a serious offense, and is committed to promptly, thoroughly, and impartially investigating all reports of harassment. Individuals found to have violated HCS policy prohibiting harassment are subject to the following discipline: students may be suspended or expelled; employees may be dismissed; and volunteers may be removed from campus and face criminal charges. HCS is committed to eliminating harassment from its schools, and encourages employees, students, parents, and volunteers to work together to prevent acts of harassment of any kind.

     

    DECLARACIÓN EN CONTRA DEL HOASTIGAMIENTO

    Las Escuelas del Condado de Harnett (HCS) reconocen la dignidad y el valor de todos los estudiantes y empleados, y se esfuerza por crear un ambiente escolar seguro, ordenado, atento y acogedor para facilitar el aprendizaje y el rendimiento de los estudiantes. HCS no tolera ninguna forma de hostigamiento, incluyendo el hostigamiento por discapacidad, en ninguna de sus actividades educativas o de empleo. Se le pide a cualquier persona que haya sido víctima de actos de hostigamiento, o que tenga información confiable acerca de que otros hayan sido víctima hostigamiento, a que reporte estos actos a Jermaine White, Asistente del Superintendente de Servicios Estudiantiles, por correo electrónico a jwhite1@harnett.k12.nc.us o por teléfono al 910-893-8151. HCS considera que el hostigamiento es un delito grave, y se compromete a una  investigación rápida, exhaustiva e imparcial de todas las denuncias de hostigamiento.  Las personas que hayan violado la política de HCS que prohíbe el hostigamiento, están sujetos a la siguiente disciplina: los estudiantes pueden ser suspendidos o expulsados; los empleados pueden ser despedidos; y los voluntarios pueden ser removidos de la escuela y  pueden enfrentar cargos criminales. HCS se ha comprometido a eliminar el hostigamiento de sus escuelas, y ánima a los empleados, estudiantes, padres, y voluntarios a que trabajen juntos para prevenir actos de hostigamiento de cualquier  tipo.

     

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    STUDENT AND PARENT GRIEVANCE PROCDEDURE                                        Policy Code:  1740/4010

     

     

     

    1. OPTIONS FOR RESOLVING COMPLAINTS

     

    The board strives to resolve concerns and complaints whenever possible.  To this end, the board has provided opportunities for students and parents to express their concerns through processes established in board policies.  Policy 1742/5060, Responding to Complaints, identifies these different processes and provides a mechanism for resolving complaints in an informal manner.

     

    While the board encourages resolutions of complaints through informal means, it recognizes that, at times, a formal process may be necessary for certain types of complaints or if an informal process did not produce satisfactory results.  This policy provides a complaint procedure that may be used as described below.

     

    Any parent or student who has questions about the options for proceeding with a complaint or concern may contact the principal or the superintendent for further information and copies of all applicable board policies.

     

    1. DEFINITIONS

     

    1. Days

     

    Days are working days, exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays, vacation days or holidays, as set forth in the school calendar.  In counting days, the first day shall be the first full working day following the receipt of the grievance.  After May 1, time limits will consist of all weekdays (Monday - Friday) so that the matter may be resolved before the close of the school term or as soon thereafter as possible.

     

    1. Final Administrative Decision

     

    Final administrative decision is a decision of a school employee from which no further appeal to a school administrator is available.

     

    1. Grievance

     

     A grievance is a formal complaint regarding specific decisions made by school personnel that alleges that such decisions have adversely affected the person making the complaint. A grievance includes, but is not limited to, circumstances such as when a student or parent believes that board policy or law has been misapplied, misinterpreted or violated. The term "grievance" does not include any matter for which the method of review is prescribed by law, for which there is a more specific board policy providing a process for addressing the concern, or upon which the board is without authority to act. Claims of discrimination harassment or bullying must be processed under policy 1720/4015/7225, Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying Complaint Procedure

     

    1. Grievant

     

    The Grievant is the parent, student or group of parents or students submitting the grievance.

     

    1. Official

     

    The Official is the school system employee hearing and responding to the grievant.

     

    1. TIMELINESS OF PROCESS

     

    The number of days indicated at each step of the grievance process should be considered a maximum, and every effort should be made to expedite the process.

     

    Failure by the official at any step to communicate a decision within the specified time limit will permit the grievant to appeal the grievance to the next step unless the official has notified the grievant of the delay and the reason for the delay, such as the complexity of the investigation or report.  The official shall make reasonable efforts to keep the grievant apprised of progress being made during any period of delay.  Delays that interfere with the exercise of the grievant’s legal rights are not permitted.

     

    Failure by the grievant at any step of the process to appeal a grievance to the next step within the specified time limit will be considered acceptance of the decision at the current step, unless the grievant has notified the official of a delay and the reason for the delay and the official has consented in writing to the delay.

     

    1. GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

     

    1. No reprisals of any kind will be taken by the board or by an employee of the school system against any grievant or other student or employee because of his or her participation in a grievance filed and decided pursuant to this policy.

     

    1. All meetings and hearings conducted pursuant to this policy will be private.

     

    1. The board and school system officials will consider requests to hear grievances from a group of grievants, but the board and officials have the discretion to hear and respond to grievants individually.

     

    1. The grievant may have a representative, including an attorney, at any stage of the grievance.  However, if the grievant intends to be represented by legal counsel, he or she must notify the appropriate school official in advance so that school personnel also will have the opportunity to be represented by legal counsel.

     

    1. PROCESS FOR GRIEVANCE

     

    1. Filing a Grievance

     

    1. Whenever a student or parent or guardian believes that he or she has been adversely affected by a decision of a school employee, the student or parent or guardian may file a grievance as provided in this policy.

     

    1. A grievance must be filed as soon as possible but no later than 30 days after disclosure or discovery of the facts giving rise to the grievance.  For a grievance submitted after the 30 day period that claims a violation, misapplication or misinterpretation of state or federal law, the superintendent or designee shall determine whether the grievance will be investigated after considering factors such as the reason for the delay; the extent of the delay; the effect of the delay on the ability of the school system to investigate and respond to the complaint; and whether the investigation of the complaint is necessary to meet any legal obligations.  However, students and parents and guardians should recognize that delays in filing a grievance may significantly impair the ability of the school system to investigate and respond effectively to such complaints.

     

    1. A student or parent or guardian who has a grievance must provide the following information in writing to the principal:  (1) the name of the school system employee or other individual whose decision or action is at issue; (2) the specific decision(s) or action(s) at issue; (3) any board policy, state or federal law, state or federal regulation, or State Board of Education policy or procedure that the parent or guardian or student believes has been misapplied, misinterpreted or violated; and (4) the specific resolution desired.  If there is not a specific decision or action at issue and no concern that state or federal law has been misapplied, misinterpreted or violated, then the procedure established in board policy 1742/5060 is appropriate and the principal shall address the concern following that policy.

     

    1. Even if the principal is the employee whose decision or action is at issue, the student must submit the grievance first to the principal in order for the principal to address the issue within the formal process.  If, however, the grievance claims that a state or federal law has been misapplied, misinterpreted or violated, the student may submit the grievance directly to the superintendent or designee.

     

    1. If a student wants to initiate a formal grievance regarding a decision by the superintendent that directly and specifically affects the student, the general process described in this policy will be used, except that the grievance will be submitted to the assistant superintendent of human resources, who shall forward the grievance to the board chairperson.

     

    1. Investigation

     

    1. The principal shall schedule and hold a meeting with the student and/or parent or guardian within five school days after the grievance has been filed with the principal.  The student may be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or other person who is in a position of loco parentis to the student.

     

    1. The principal shall conduct any investigation of the facts necessary before rendering a decision.

     

    1. Response by Principal

     

    1. The principal shall provide a written response to the written grievance within 10 days of the meeting.  The response will include the principal's decision regarding resolution of the grievance and the basis for the decision.  In responding, the principal may not disclose information about other students or employees that is considered confidential by law.

     

    1. A copy of the grievance and the principal's response shall be filed with the superintendent.

     

    1. Response by Superintendent

     

    1. If the grievant is dissatisfied with the principal's decision, the grievant may appeal the decision to the superintendent.  The appeal must be made in writing within five days of receiving the principal's decision.

     

    1. The superintendent may review the written documents and respond, or the superintendent may schedule and hold a conference with the grievant, principal, and any other individuals the superintendent determines to be appropriate within five school days after receiving the appeal.  The student may be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or other person who is in a position of loco parentis to the student.

     

    1. The superintendent shall provide a written response within 10 days after receiving the appeal.  In responding, the superintendent may not disclose information about other students or employees that is considered confidential by law.

     

    1. Appeal to the Board

     

    If the grievant has alleged a violation of a specified federal or state law, federal or state regulation, State Board of Education policy or procedure, or local board of education policy or procedure, the grievant will have the right to appeal a final administrative decision to the board of education (see subsection E.5.a, Mandatory Appeals, below).  If a grievant has not alleged such specific violations, he or she may request a hearing before the board, which the board may grant at its discretion (see Discretionary Appeals below).

     

    1. Mandatory Appeals

     

    1)    If the grievant is dissatisfied with the superintendent's response to his or her grievance and has alleged a violation of a specified federal or state law, federal or state regulation, State Board of Education policy or procedure, or local board of education policy or procedure, the grievant may appeal the decision to the board within five days of receiving the superintendent's response.

     

    2)    A hearing will be conducted pursuant to board policy 2500, Hearings Before the Board.

     

    3)    The board will provide a final written decision within 30 days of receiving the appeal unless further investigation is necessary or the hearing necessitates that more time be taken to respond.

     

    1. Discretionary Appeals

     

    • If the grievant is dissatisfied with the superintendent's response to his or her grievance but has not alleged a violation of a specified federal or state law, federal or state regulation, State Board of Education policy or procedure, or local board of education policy or procedure, then within five days of receiving the superintendent's response, the grievant may submit to the superintendent a written request for a hearing before the board of education.

     

    • If the full board will be meeting within two weeks of the request for a hearing, the board will decide at that time whether to grant a hearing. Otherwise, the board chair will appoint a three-person panel to review the request and determine to (1) deny the appeal; (2) review the superintendent’s decision on the written record only; or (3) grant a hearing. The panel will report the decision to the board.  The board may modify the decision of the panel upon majority vote at a board meeting.

     

    • If the board denies the appeal, the decision of the superintendent will be final and the grievant will be notified within five days of the board’s decision.

     

    • If the board decides to grant a hearing, the hearing will be conducted pursuant to board policy 2500.

     

    • The board will provide a final written decision within 30 days of the decision to grant an appeal, unless further investigation is necessary or the hearing necessitates that more time be taken to respond.

     NOTICE

     

    The Superintendent or designee is responsible for providing effective notice to students, parents and school system employees of the procedures for reporting and investigating grievances.

     RECORDS

     

    Appropriate records shall be maintained in accordance with state and federal law.

     NOTICE

     

    The superintendent or designee is responsible for providing effective notice to students, parents and school system employees of the procedures for reporting and investigating grievances.

     

    Legal References:  G.S. 115C-45C; 126-16 150B-43 et seq.

     

    Cross References:  Prohibition Against Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying (policy 1710/4021/7230), Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying Complaint Procedure (policy 1720/4015/7225. Responding to Complaints (policy 1742/5060), Sexual Harassment Complaint Procedure for Students (policy 1745/4027), Hearings Before the Board (policy 2500), Student Discipline Policies (4300 series)

     

    Adopted:  May 4, 2009

     

    Revised:  March 5, 2018

     

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    NOTIFICATION OF RIGHTS UNDER FAMILY EDUCATIONAL

    RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)

     

    The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the student's educational records. They are:

     

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

     

    (2) The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Parents or eligible students may ask Harnett County Schools to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should make a written request to the school principal which clearly identifies the part of the record they want changed and specifies why it is inaccurate or misleading. If Harnett County Schools decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the District will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

     

    (3) The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the Harnett County Schools as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement personnel); a person serving on the Harnett County Board of Education; a person or company with whom Harnett County Schools has contracted to perform a special task (such as a therapist, auditor, medical consultant, or attorney); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Upon request from officials of another school district in which the student seeks or intends to enroll, Harnett County Schools will forward education records without consent from the parent or eligible student.

     

    Schools may disclose directory information without consent.  The District has designated the following as directory information:  a student’s name; address; telephone listing; photograph; date and place of birth; participation in officially recognized activities and sports; weight and height of members of athletic teams; dates of attendance; grade level; diplomas, certification, and awards received; and most recent school or education institution attended by the student.  Directory information does not include the telephone number and actual address of a student who is or whose parent is a participant in the North Carolina Address Confidentiality Program. 

     

    *** Any parent or eligible student many request that such directory information not be disclosed by submitting a written request to the principal of the school that the student attends.  ***

     

    As required by law, the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of secondary school students shall be released, upon request, to military recruiters and institutions of higher learning.  A parent or eligible student, however, may request that this information not be released without prior written consent by submitting a written request to the principal of the school that the student attends.

     

    (4) The right to file a complaint with the U. S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Harnett County Schools to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:

     

    Family Policy Compliance Office

    U.S. Department of Education

    400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.

    Washington, DC 20202-4605

     

     

    ATTENDANCE                                                                                                                                            Policy Code:  4400

     

     

     

    Attendance in school and participation in class are integral parts of academic achievement and the teaching-learning process.  Through regular attendance, students develop patterns of behavior essential to professional and personal success in life.  Regular attendance by every student is mandatory.  The State of North Carolina requires that every child in the State between the ages of 7 (or younger if enrolled) and 16 attend school.  Parents and legal guardians are responsible for ensuring that students attend and remain at school daily.

     Attendance Records

    School officials shall keep accurate records of attendance, including accurate attendance records in each class.  Attendance records will be used to enforce the Compulsory Attendance Law of North Carolina.

     Excused Absences

     

    When a student must miss school, a written excuse signed by a parent or guardian must be presented to the student’s teacher on the day the student returns after an absence.  Absences due to extended illnesses may also require a statement from a physician.  An absence may be excused for any of the following reasons:

     

    1. personal illness or injury that makes the student physically unable to attend school;

     

    1. isolation ordered by the State Board of Health;

     

    1. death in the immediate family;

     

    1. medical or dental appointment;

     

    1. participation under subpoena as a witness in a court proceeding;

     

    1. a minimum of two days each academic year for observance of an event required or suggested by the religion of the student or the student’s parent(s);

     

    1. participation in a valid educational opportunity, such as travel or service as a legislative or Governor’s page, with prior approval from the principal;

     

    1. pregnancy and related conditions or parenting, when medically necessary; or

     

    1. visitation with the student’s parent or legal guardian, at the discretion of the superintendent or designee, if the parent or legal guardian (a) is an active duty member of the uniformed services as defined by policy 4050, Children of Military Families, and (b) has been called to duty for, is on leave from, or has immediately returned from deployment to a combat zone or combat support posting.

     

    In the case of excused absences, short-term out-of-school suspensions, and absences under G.S. 130A-440(for failure to submit a school health assessment form within 30 days of entering school) the student will be permitted to make up his or her work.  (See also policies 4110, Immunization and Health Requirements for School Admission, and 4351, Short-Term Suspension.)  The teacher will determine when work is to be made up.  The student is responsible for finding out what assignments are due and completing them within the specified time period.

     School-Related Activities

    All classroom activities are important and difficult, if not impossible, to replace if missed.  Principals shall ensure that classes missed by students due to school-related activities are kept to an absolute minimum.  The following school-related activities will not be counted as absences from either class or school:

     

    1. field trips sponsored by the school;

     

    1. job shadows and other work-based learning opportunities, as described in G.S. 115C-47(34a);

     

    1. school-initiated and -scheduled activities;

     

    1. athletic events that require early dismissal from school;

     

    1. Career and Technical Education student organization activities approved in advance by the principal; and

     

    1. in-school suspensions.

     

    Assignments missed for these reasons are eligible for makeup by the student.  The teacher will determine when work is to be made up.  The student is responsible for finding out what assignments are due and completing them within the specified time period.

     Excessive Absences

    Class attendance and participation are critical elements of the educational process and may be taken into account in assessing academic achievement.  Students are expected to be at school on time and to be present at the scheduled starting time for each class.  Students who are excessively tardy to school or class may be suspended for up to two days for such offenses.

     

    The principal shall notify parents and take all other steps required by G.S. 115C-378for excessive absences.  Students may be suspended for up to two days for truancy.

     

    If a student is absent from school for five or more days in a semester, the principal or a committee established by the principal shall consider whether the student’s grades should be reduced because of the absences.  The principal or committee shall review other measures of academic achievement, the circumstances of the absences, the number of absences, and the extent to which the student completed missed work.  A committee may recommend to the principal and the principal may make any of the following determinations:

     

    1. the student will not receive a passing grade for the semester;

     

    1. the student’s grade will be reduced;

     

    1. the student will receive the grade otherwise earned; or

     

    1. the student will be given additional time to complete the missed work before a determination of the appropriate grade is made.

     

    Students with excused absences due to documented chronic health problems are exempt from this policy.  In addition, for students experiencing homelessness (see board policy 4125, Homeless Students), school officials must consider issues related to the student’s homelessness, such as a change of caregivers or nighttime residence, before taking disciplinary action or imposing other barriers to school attendance based on excessive absences or tardies.

     

    Excessive absences may impact eligibility for participation in interscholastic athletics.  See policy 3620, Extracurricular Activities and Student Organizations.

     

    Legal References:  McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 11431, et seq G.S. 115C-47, -84.2, -288(a), -375.5, -378 to -383, -390.2(d), -390.2(l), -390.5, -407.5; 130A-440; 16 N.C.A.C. 6E .0102, .0103; State Board of Education Policies ATND-000, -003, NCAC-6E.0104

    Cross References:  Extracurricular Activities and Student Organizations (policy 3620), Education for Pregnant and Parenting Students (policy 4023), Children of Military Families (policy 4050), Immunization and Health Requirements for School Admission (policy 4110), Short-Term Suspension (policy 4351)

    Adopted:

    Revised:  September 10, 2018

     

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    STUDENT SEARCHES                                                                                                                            Policy Code:  4342

     

    School officials have the authority to conduct reasonable searches and seize students’ unauthorized materials for the purposes of maintaining a safe, orderly environment and for upholding standards of conduct established by the board or school.  Any searches or seizures must be conducted in accordance with the standards described in this policy and any other applicable legal requirements. All school officials carrying out a search or seizure are expected to be knowledgeable about the constitutional rights of students and the appropriate procedures for conducting the search or seizure. A search must be justified at its inception and permissible in scope.  School officials shall make reasonable, good faith efforts to investigate allegations of misconduct before a student search is conducted.

     

    This policy applies to searches conducted on school grounds, in school facilities, or at school-sponsored events.

     

    Policy 3225/4312/7320, Technology Responsible Use, not this policy, applies to the search of school system-owned technological resources and the data located on school system-owned electronic equipment.

     SEARCHES BASED ON INDIVIDUALIZED REASONABLE SUSPICION

     

    A student or the student’s possessions may be searched when a school official has reasonable suspicion that the search will turn up evidence that the particular student has violated or is violating a law or a school rule. This reasonable suspicion must be based upon specific and articulable facts, which have been acquired through reliable and/or corroborated information from employees, students, law enforcement officers, or other credible sources, or upon visual or other evidence (e.g., the smell of alcohol or marijuana, an alert from a metal detector or drug dog) viewed in light of the totality of the circumstances and the school official’s professional judgment.  The scope of the search and the methods used to conduct the search must be reasonably related to the objectives of the search and not excessively intrusive in light of the age and sex of the student and the nature of the infraction.  Reasonable suspicion is not required if a student freely, voluntarily and knowingly consents and agrees to the search of his or her person or personal effects.

     

    In accordance with the standards described above, the board authorizes the following types of searches based on reasonable suspicion.

     Searches of Personal Effects

     

    School officials may search a student’s desk, locker, and/or personal effects, including but not limited to purses, book bags, and outer clothing.  Policy 4318, Use of Wireless Communication Devices, addresses the circumstances under which searches of student cell phones and other electronic devices may be conducted.

     Searches of Motor Vehicles

     

    School officials may search the interior of a student’s motor vehicle.

     “Pat-down” Searches

     

    A school official may conduct a frisk or “pat-down” search of a student’s person.  The search must be conducted in private by a school official of the same gender with an adult witness present.

     More Intrusive Personal Searches

     

    More intrusive personal searches are discouraged and are to be used only in very limited circumstances.  A personal search is more intrusive when it extends beyond a student’s personal effects and outer clothing and potentially exposes intimate body parts and/or undergarments.  Such intrusive personal searches will be permissible only if:  (1) the school official has reasonable suspicion that a search of a particular student will yield dangerous contraband (e.g., drugs or weapons); and (2) the school official has reasonable suspicion that the student has hidden the contraband in his or her undergarments.  This search must be conducted in private by a school official of the same gender, with an adult witness of the same gender present, and only with the prior approval of the superintendent or designee, unless the health or safety of students will be endangered by the delay that might be caused by following these procedures.  Body cavity searches and searches that require a student to completely disrobe are strictly prohibited.

     Metal Detector Searches

     

    Except as provided in Section B.2, below, a metal detector may be used to search a student’s person and/or personal effects.  The search must be conducted by a school official and will be done in private, when feasible.

     PERSONAL SEARCHES

     

    A student's person and/or personal effects (e.g., purse, book bag, etc.) may be searched whenever a school authority has reasonable grounds for suspecting that the search will turn up evidence that the student has violated or is violating a law or a school rule.

    If a frisk or "pat down" search of a student's person is conducted, it must be conducted in private by a school official of the same gender and with an adult witness present, when feasible.

    If the school official has reasonable grounds for suspecting that the student has on his or her person an item imminently dangerous to the student or to others, a more intrusive search of the student's person may be conducted.  Such a search may be conducted only in private by a school official of the same gender, with an adult witness of the same gender present, and only upon the prior approval of the superintendent or designee, unless the health or safety of students will be endangered by the delay that might be caused by following these procedures.

     USE OF METAL DETECTORS

     

    A metal detector may be used to search a student's person and/or personal effects whenever a school official has reasonable grounds for suspecting that the student is in possession of a weapon.  The search must be conducted by a school official.  The search will be conducted in private, when feasible.

    A school official is authorized to conduct general searches of students and other persons and their personal effects with a metal detector before the person may gain entry to the school campus or any school-sponsored extracurricular activity.  The search must be conducted in accordance with procedures established by the superintendent or designee.  Prior to conducting general searches, school administrators must: (1) demonstrate to the superintendent the need for general searches based upon a pattern or expectation of violence or disruption; and (2) provide written notice, if feasible, to students and parents of the school policy governing general searches, but not of specific times when or places where searches will be conducted.  Any search conducted pursuant to this policy must be conducted by a school official.

     DESK AND LOCKER SEARCHES

     

    Student desks and lockers are school property and remain at all times under the control of the school.  However, students are expected to assume full responsibility for the security of their desks and lockers.  Student desks and lockers may not be used to store illegal, unauthorized or contraband materials.  Inspections of desks and lockers may be conducted by school authorities for any reason consistent with board policies or school rules at any time, without notice, without consent, and without a search warrant.  A student's personal effects found in a desk or locker, such as backpacks, gym bags or purses, may be searched only pursuant to guidelines for personal searches described above.

     SEARCHES OF STUDENT MOTOR VEHICLES

     

    Students are permitted to park on school premises as a matter of privilege, not of right. School officials have authority to patrol student parking lots at all times to maintain safety in the parking lots.  The interior of a student's motor vehicle parked on the school premises may be searched if a school official has reasonable grounds for suspecting that the search will turn up evidence that the student has violated or is violating a law or a school rule.

     USE OF TRAINED DOGS IN CONDUCTING SEARCHES

     

    With the prior approval of the superintendent, school officials may use trained dogs in inspections for illegal materials in school facilities, on school grounds and in school parking lots.  All dogs must be accompanied by a qualified and authorized trainer who is responsible for the dog's actions and who is able to verify the dog's reliability and accuracy in sniffing out illegal material.  Trained dogs may sniff lockers, student motor vehicles and other inanimate objects.  Such inspections are not considered searches and do not require notice or consent.

     

    Dogs may not be used for random searches of students or other persons.  If a school official has reasonable suspicion that a student possesses illegal material on his or her person, a dog may sniff the air near the student.  Such a search will be conducted in private with the school official and an adult witness present, when feasible.

     

    Legal References:  U.S. Const. amend. IV;  G.S. 115C-47, -288, -307, -391

    Cross References:  School Plan for Management of Student Behavior (policy 4302), School Level Investigations (policy 4340)

    Adopted:  January 11, 1988

    Revised:  January 10, 1994; October 4, 2004; March 29, 2010; September 10, 2018

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    SMOKING AND TOBACCO PRODUCTS                                                                       Policy Code:             5026/7250

     

     

    The board of education promotes the health and safety of all students and staff and the cleanliness of all school facilities.  The board believes that the use of tobacco products on school grounds, in school buildings and facilities, in or on any other school property owned or operated by the school board, or at school-related or school-sponsored events is detrimental to the health and safety of students, staff, and school visitors.  To this end, and to comply with state and federal law, the board adopts this tobacco-free policy that prohibits smoking and the use of tobacco products as follows.  For the purposes of this policy, the term “tobacco product” means any product that contains or is made or derived from tobacco and is intended for human consumption, including all lighted and smokeless tobacco products, as well as electronic cigarettes, vaporizers, and other electronic smoking devices even if they do not contain tobacco or nicotine.

     

    1. All employees and other persons performing services or activities on behalf of the school system, including volunteers, and contractors, as well as students and visitors, are prohibited from using any tobacco products at any time in any school building, in any school facility, on school campuses, and in or on any other school property owned or operated by the school board.

     

    1. In addition, persons attending a school-sponsored event at a location not specified in subsection 1 above are prohibited from using tobacco products when (a) in the presence of students or school personnel, or (b) in an area where use of tobacco products is otherwise prohibited by law.

     

    1. Nothing in this policy prohibits the use of tobacco products for an instructional or research activity conducted in a school building, provided that such activity is conducted or supervised by a faculty member and that the activity does not include smoking, chewing, or otherwise ingesting tobacco.

     

    1. The administration will consult with the county health department and other appropriate organizations to provide employees with information about support systems and programs to encourage employees to abstain from the use of tobacco products. The school system may, from time to time, provide free non-smoking programs and services to employees of the school system after the regular school day.

     

    1. The principal of each school and other school personnel responsible for school facilities shall post signs in system facilities in a manner and location that adequately notify staff, students, and visitors that the use of tobacco products by any person is prohibited at all times in or on school property.

     

    1. The superintendent and designees shall ensure that adequate notice of this policy is provided to students, parents, school personnel, and the public.

     

    1. All school personnel are required to adhere to and enforce this policy and other policies, rules, or regulations addressing the use of tobacco products.

     

    Legal References:  Pro-Children Act of 1994, 20 U.S.C. 6081 et seq.; 21 U.S.C. 321 (rr); G.S. 14-313; 115C-47(18), -407

    Cross References:  Tobacco Products – Students (policy 4320)

    Adopted:  12/05/2004

    Revised:  01/12/2004; 10/27/2008; 04/08/2013; 12/07/2015

     

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    TECHNOLOGY ACCEPTABLE USE                                                                               Policy Code: 3225/4312

     

     

    1. Expectations for Use of School Technological Resources

    The use of school system technological resources is a privilege not a right. Individual users of the school system’s technological resources are responsible for their behavior and communications when using those resources.  Responsible use of school system technological resources is use that is ethical, respectful, academically honest, and supportive of student learning.  Each user has the responsibility to respect others in the school community and on the Internet.  Users are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette.  General student and employee behavior standards, including those prescribed in applicable board policies, the Code of Student Conduct, and other regulations and school rules, apply to use of the Internet and other school technological resources.

     

    In addition, anyone who uses school system computers or electronic devices or who accesses the school network or the Internet using school system resources must comply with the additional rules for responsible use listed in Section B, below.  These rules are intended to clarify expectations for conduct but should not be construed as all-inclusive.

     

    Before using the Internet, all students must be trained about appropriate online behavior as provided in policy 3226/4205, Internet Safety.

     

    All students and employees must be informed annually of the requirements of this policy and the methods by which they may obtain a copy of this policy.  Before using school system technological resources, students and employees must sign a statement indicating that they understand and will strictly comply with these requirements and acknowledging awareness that the school system uses monitoring systems to monitor and detect inappropriate use of technological resources.  Failure to adhere to these requirements will result in disciplinary action, including revocation of user privileges.  Willful misuse may result in disciplinary action and/or criminal prosecution under applicable state and federal law.

     Rules for Use of School Technological Resources

     

    1. School system technological resources are provided for school-related purposes only. Acceptable uses of such technological resources are limited to responsible, efficient, and legal activities that support learning and teaching. Use of school system technological resources for commercial gain or profit is prohibited. Student personal use of school system technological resources for amusement or entertainment is also prohibited.  Because some incidental and occasional personal use by employees is inevitable, the board permits infrequent and brief personal use by employees so long as it occurs on personal time, does not interfere with school system business, and is not otherwise prohibited by board policy or procedure.

     

    1. Under no circumstance may software purchased by the school system be copied for personal use.

     

    1. Students and employees must comply with all applicable laws, including those relating to copyrights and trademarks, confidential information, and public records. Any use that violates state or federal law is strictly prohibited. Plagiarism of Internet resources will be treated in the same manner as any other incidents of plagiarism, as stated in the Code of Student Conduct.

     

    1. No user of technological resources, including a person sending or receiving electronic communications, may engage in creating, intentionally viewing, accessing, downloading, storing, printing or transmitting images, graphics (including still or moving pictures), sound files, text files, documents, messages or other material that is obscene, defamatory, profane, pornographic, harassing or considered to be harmful to minors.

     

    1. The use of anonymous proxies to circumvent content filtering is prohibited.

     

    1. Users may not install or use any Internet-based file sharing program designed to facilitate sharing of copyrighted material.

     

    1. Users of technological resources may not send electronic communications fraudulently (i.e., by misrepresenting the identity of the sender).

     

    1. Users must respect the privacy of others.  When using e-mail, chat rooms, blogs, or other forms of electronic communication, students must not reveal personal identifying information or information that is private or confidential, such as the home address or telephone number, credit or checking account information, or social security number of themselves or fellow students.  For further information regarding what constitutes personal identifying information, see policy 4705/7825, Confidentiality of Personal Identifying Information.  In addition, school employees must not disclose on school system websites or web pages or elsewhere on the Internet any personally identifiable, private, or confidential information concerning students (including names, addresses, or pictures) without the written permission of a parent or guardian or an eligible student, except as otherwise permitted by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) or policy 4700, Student Records.  Users also may not forward or post personal communications without the author’s prior consent.

     

    1. Users may not intentionally or negligently damage computers, computer systems, electronic devices, software, computer networks, or data of any user connected to school system technological resources.  Users may not knowingly or negligently transmit computer viruses or self-replicating messages or deliberately try to degrade or disrupt system performance.  Users must scan any downloaded files for viruses.

     

    1. Users may not create or introduce games, network communications programs, or any foreign program or software onto any school system computer, electronic device, or network without the express permission of the technology director or designee. 

     

    1. Users are prohibited from engaging in unauthorized or unlawful activities, such as “hacking” or using the computer network to gain or attempt to gain unauthorized or unlawful access to other computers, computer systems, or accounts.

     

    1. Users are prohibited from using another individual’s ID or password for any technological resource without permission from the individual.  Students must also have permission from the teacher or other school official.

     

    1. Users may not read, alter, change, block, execute, or delete files or communications belonging to another user without the owner’s express prior permission.

     

    1. Employees shall not use passwords or user IDs for any data system (e.g., the state student information and instructional improvement system applications, time-keeping software, etc.) for an unauthorized or improper purpose.

     

    1. If a user identifies a security problem on a technological resource, he or she must immediately notify a system administrator.  Users must not demonstrate the problem to other users.  Any user identified as a security risk will be denied access.

     

    1. Teachers shall make reasonable efforts to supervise students’ use of the Internet during instructional time. 

     

    1. Views may be expressed on the Internet or other technological resources as representing the view of the school system or part of the school system only with prior approval by the superintendent or designee.

     RESTRICTED MATERIAL ON THE INTERNET

    The Internet and electronic communications offer fluid environments in which students may access or be exposed to materials and information from diverse and rapidly changing sources, including some that may be harmful to students.  The board recognizes that it is impossible to predict with certainty what information on the Internet students may access or obtain.  Nevertheless, school system personnel shall take reasonable precautions to prevent students from accessing material and information that is obscene, pornographic, or otherwise harmful to minors, including violence, nudity, or graphic language that does not serve a legitimate pedagogical purpose.  The superintendent shall ensure that technology protection measures are used as provided in policy 3226/4205, Internet Safety, and are disabled or minimized only when permitted by law and board policy.  The board is not responsible for the content accessed by users who connect to the Internet via their personal mobile telephone technology (e.g., 3G, 4G service).

     PARENT CONSENT

    The board recognizes that parents of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards their children should follow when using media and information sources.  Accordingly, before a student may independently access the Internet, the student’s parent must be made aware of the possibility that the student could obtain access to inappropriate material while engaged in independent use of the Internet.  The parent and student must consent to the student’s independent access to the Internet and to monitoring of the student’s Internet activity and e-mail communication by school personnel. 

    In addition, in accordance with the board’s goals and visions for technology, students may require accounts in third party systems for school related projects designed to assist students in mastering effective and proper online communications or to meet other educational goals.  Parental permission will be obtained when necessary to create and manage such third party accounts.

     PRIVACY

    Students, employees, visitors, and other users have no expectation of privacy in anything they create, store, send, delete, receive, or display when using the school system’s network, devices, Internet access, email system, or other technological resources owned or issued by the school system, whether the resources are used at school or elsewhere, and even if the use is for personal purposes.  Users should not assume that files or communications created, transmitted, or displayed using school system technological resources or stored on servers or on the storage mediums of individual devices will be private.  The school system may, without notice, (1) monitor, track, and/or log network access, communications, and use; (2) monitor and allocate file server space; and (3) access, review, copy, store, delete, or disclose the content of all user files, regardless of medium, the content of electronic mailboxes, and system outputs, such as printouts, for any lawful purpose.  Such purposes may include, but are not limited to, maintaining system integrity, security, or functionality, ensuring compliance with board policy and applicable laws and regulations, protecting the school system from liability, and complying with public records requests.  School system personnel shall monitor online activities of individuals who access the Internet via a school-owned device.

    By using the school system’s network, Internet access, email system, devices, or other technological resources, individuals consent to have that use monitored by authorized school system personnel as described in this policy.

     USE OF PERSONAL TECHNOLOGY ON SCHOOL SYSTEM PROPERTY

    Each principal may establish rules for his or her school site as to whether and how personal technology devices (including, but not limited to smart phones, tablets, laptops, etc.) may be used on campus.  Students’ devices are governed also by policy 4318, Use of Wireless Communication Devices.  The school system assumes no responsibility for personal technology devices brought to school.

     PERSONAL WEBSITES

    The superintendent may use any means available to request the removal of personal websites that substantially disrupt the school environment or that utilize school system or individual school names, logos or trademarks without permission.

     

    1. Students

    Though school personnel generally do not monitor students' Internet activity conducted on non-school system computers during non-school hours, when the student's online behavior has a direct and immediate effect on school safety or maintaining order and discipline in the schools, the student may be disciplined in accordance with board policy (see the student behavior policies in the 4300 series).

     

    1. Employees

    Employees’ personal websites are subject to policy 7335, Employee Use of Social Media

     

    1. Volunteers

    Volunteers are to maintain an appropriate relationship with students at all times. Volunteers are encouraged to block students from viewing personal information on volunteer personal websites or online networking profiles in order to prevent the possibility that students could view material that are not age-appropriate. An individual volunteer’s relationship with the school system may be terminated if the volunteer engages in inappropriate online interaction with students.

     

    Legal References:  U.S. Const. amend. I; Children's Internet Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. 254(h)(5); Electronic Communications Privacy Act, 18 U.S.C. 2510-2522; Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. 1232g; 17 U.S.C. 101et seq.; 20 U.S.C. 7131; G.S. 115C-325(e), (applicable to career status teachers), -325.4(applicable to non-career status teachers

    Cross References:  Curriculum and Instructional Guides (policy 3115), Technology in the Educational Program (policy 3220), Internet Safety (policy 3226/4205), Copyright Compliance (policy 3230/7330), Web Page Development (3227/7322), Student Behavior Policies (all policies in the 4300 series), Student Records (policy 4700), Confidentiality of Personal Identifying Information (policy 4705/7825), Public Records - Retention, Release and Disposition (policy 5070/7350), Use of Equipment, Materials and Supplies (policy 6520), Network Security (policy 6524), Staff Responsibilities (policy 7300), Employee Use of Social Media (policy 7335)

    Adopted: January 4, 1999

    Revised: September 8, 2003, October 3, 2005, July 7, 2009, July 13, 2011, February 22, 2012, June 30, 2015, May 14, 2018

     

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    STUDENT MEMBERSHIP & PARTICIPATION IN EDUCATIONAL WEBSITES

    Students enrolled in Harnett County Schools will have access to several web-based resources that will enhance their educational experience. Examples of such resources are Google Apps (including Gmail), Edmodo (www.edmodo.com), DropBox (www.dropbox.com) and EverNote (www.evernote.com).

     

    Some websites require that children under 13 years of age have parental consent for membership in these sites. YOUR SIGNATURE OF THE STUDENT HANDBOOK INDICATES YOUR CONSENT FOR YOUR CHILD TO HAVE MEMBERSHIP IN THE WEBSITES THAT ARE APPROVED AND ENDORSED BY HARNETT COUNTY SCHOOLS. (The approved list can be found on the Harnett County Schools website.)  Classroom teachers may seek consent for other websites not covered under this agreement. Such consent will be sought on a case-by-case basis by the individual teacher. Each parent/guardian will be offered the opportunity to “opt out” of such resources.

     

     

    IF YOU DO NOT WISH FOR YOUR CHILD TO HAVE MEMBERSHIP IN THESE APPROVED SITES, PLEASE COMPLETE THE FORM BELOW AND RETURN IT TO YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL.

     

     

     

    I DO NOT wish for my child to participate in any online web resources that are approved by Harnett County Schools.

     

                                                                                                                                                                                                   

    Student’s Name                                                                                                   Homeroom Teacher

     

                                                                                                                                                                                                   

    Parent/Guardian Name (Printed)                                                                      Parent/Guardian Signature

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    NETWORK SECURITY                                                                                                                              Policy Code:  6524

     

     

     

    The school system computers, networks and other technological resources support the educational and administrative functions of the school system.  Because employees and students depend on these systems to assist with teaching and learning and because sensitive and confidential information may be stored on these systems, system integrity and security is of utmost importance.

     NETWORK AND INFORMATION SECURITY

     

    The school system information technology systems are valuable assets that must be protected.  To this end, school technology personnel shall evaluate each information technology asset and assign protective controls that are commensurate with the established value of such assets.  Appropriate security measures must be in place to protect all information technology assets from accidental or unauthorized use, theft, modification or destruction and to prevent the unauthorized disclosure of restricted information.  Network security measures must include an information technology system disaster recovery process.  Audits of security measures must be conducted annually.

     

    All personnel shall ensure the protection and security of information technology assets that are under their control.

     SECURITY AWARENESS

     

    The technology director or designee shall provide employees with information to enhance awareness regarding technology security threats and to educate them about appropriate safeguards, network security and information security.

     MALWARE PROTECTION

     

    Malware detection programs and practices must be implemented throughout the school system.  The superintendent or designee is responsible for ensuring that the school system network includes current software to prevent the introduction or propagation of computer malware.

     TRAINING FOR USE OF TECHNOLOGICAL RESOURCES

     

    Users should be trained as necessary to use technological resources effectively and in a manner that maintains the security of the network infrastructure and ensures compliance with state and federal law and regulations.  Such training should include information related to remote access, virus protection, the state student information and instructional improvement system applications, network and information security, and other topics deemed necessary by the superintendent or technology director.  Training may be conducted as part of the technology-related professional development program (see policy 3220, Technology in the Educational Program).

     ACCESS TO INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS

     

    Access to the school system’s information technology assets will be controlled and managed to ensure that only authorized devices/persons have access.

     

    1. User ID and Password

     

    All users of information technology systems must be properly identified and authenticated before being allowed to access such systems.  The combination of a unique user identification and a valid password is the minimum requirement for granting access to information technology systems.  Depending on the operating environment, information involved and exposure risks, additional or more stringent security practices may be required as determined by the superintendent or technology director.  The technology director or designee shall establish password management capabilities and procedures to ensure the security of passwords.

     

    1. Student Information System

     

    The technology director or designee shall ensure that all school system computers with access to the state student information system application pursuant to State Board of Education Policy SBOP-018 adhere to relevant standards and requirements established by the State Board of Education, including provisions related to the user identification, password and workstation security standards.  Employees must follow such standards when using any computer to access the student information system, including when using the employee's personal computer.

     

     

    1. Remote Access

     

    The superintendent and technology director may grant remote access to authorized users of the school system's computer systems.  The technology director or designee shall ensure that such access is provided through secure, authenticated and carefully managed access methods.

     

    Legal References:  G.S. 115C-523, -524; State Board of Education Policy SBOP-018

     

    Cross References:  Professional and Staff Development (policy 1610/7800), Technology in the Educational Program (policy 3220), Technology Acceptable Use (policy 3225/4312/7320), Internet Safety (policy 3226/4205), School Improvement Plan (policy 3430), Use of Equipment, Materials and Supplies (policy 6520)

     

    Other References:  State of North Carolina Statewide Information Security Manual (Enterprise Security and Risk Management Office), available at http://it.nc.gov/document/statewide-information-security-manual

     

    Adopted:  July 9, 2009

     

    Revised:  July 13, 2011; February 4, 2019

     

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    USE OF WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICES                                                                   Policy Code:  4318 

     

     

    The board recognizes that cellular phones have become an important tool through which people communicate with their children.  Therefore, students are permitted to possess such devices on school property so long as such devices are not activated, used, displayed or visible during the instructional day or as otherwise directed by school rules or school personnel.  Wireless communication devices include, but are not limited to, cellular phones, electronic devices with internet capability, paging devices, two-way radios and similar devices.

     AUTHORIZED USE

     

    Administrators may authorize individual students to use wireless communication devices for personal purposes when there is a reasonable need for such communication.  Teachers and administrators may authorize individual students to use the devices for instructional purposes provided that they supervise the students during such use.

     

    Although use generally is permitted before and after school, use of cellular phones and other wireless communication devices may be prohibited on school buses when noise from such devices interferes with the safe operation of the buses.  In addition, elementary and middle school students who participate in after-school programs are prohibited from using wireless communication devices for the duration of such programming.

     CONSEQUENCES FOR UNAUTHORIZED USE

     

    School employees may immediately confiscate any wireless communication device that is on, used, displayed or visible in violation of this policy.  Absent compelling and unusual circumstances, confiscated wireless communication devices will be returned only to the student's parent or guardian.

     

    The disciplinary consequences for violations of this policy will be consistent with section D of policy 4300, Student Behavior Policies. The superintendent or designee shall list in the Code of Student Conduct the specific range of consequences that may be imposed on a student for violations of this policy. The following factors should be considered when determining appropriate consequences whether the wireless communication devices was used: (1) to reproduce images of tests, to obtain unauthorized access to school information or to assist students in any aspect of their instructional program in a manner that violates any school board policy, administrative regulation or school rule;  (2) to bully or harass other students  (3) to send illicit text messages (4) to take and/or send illicit photographs; or (5) In any other manner that would make more severe disciplinary consequences appropriate.

     LIABILITY

     

    Students are personally and solely responsible for the security of their wireless communication devices.  The school system is not responsible for the theft, loss or damage of a cellular phone or any other personal wireless communication device.

     

    Legal References:  G.S. 115C-36, -390.2

     

    Cross References:  School Plan for Management of Student Behavior (policy 4302) Student Behavior Policies (policy 4300), Disruptive Behavior (policy 4315) Student Searches (policy 4342)

     

    Adopted:  July 7, 2009

     

    Revised:  September 10, 2018

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    Student Health

     

    Health Assessment

    Within 30 calendar days of the first day of school entry, all kindergarten students and all students entering public schools for the first time, regardless of grade level, must provide to the principal a completed Health Assessment Transmittal (HAT) form pursuant to G. S. 130A-440.

    • A student who fails to meet this requirement will not be permitted to attend school until the completed health assessment has been presented.
    • The assessment must include a medical history and physical examination with screening for vision and hearing and, if appropriate, testing for anemia and tuberculosis.
    • The health assessment must be conducted no more than 12 months prior to the date of school entry. The health assessment shall be conducted by a physician licensed to practice medicine, a physician’s assistant as defined in G.S. 90-18.1(a), a certified nurse practitioner, or a public health nurse meeting the Department’s Standards for Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment Screening.
    • Exceptions to the health assessment requirement will be made only for religious exemption.

    The NC Health Assessment Transmittal for may be downloaded from HCS website- available in English and Spanish.

    Immunizations

    North Carolina requires immunizations for every child present in the state (listed below). Every parent, guardian, or person in loco parentis is responsible for ensuring that his or her child receives the required immunizations. Proof (e.g. immunization record) of the immunizations required for entry into pre-K, Kindergarten, and 7th grade must be submitted by the parent/guardian to the school within 30 calendar days of attendance. Students who do not comply with this regulation will not be allowed to attend school until the designated, age-appropriate immunization requirements are met and the immunization record is submitted.

    You may contact your child’s school nurse or visit: http://www.immunize.nc.gov/schools/k-12.htm

    Requirements for Initial Entry – Kindergarten

    • Within 30 calendar days of his or her first day of school attendance in the school system, each student must show evidence of age-appropriate vaccination in accordance with state law and regulation, including the following vaccines:
    • Varicella – 2 doses- The 2nd dose is now required before entering school for the first time.
    • Polio- 4 doses-The fourth dose must be administered after the 4th birthday. 3 doses if the third dose was administered after the 4th birthday and at least 6 months after the 2nd dose. 
    • Measles, Mumps, Rubella- 2 doses of MMR- The second dose must have been given after 12 months of age.
    • Diphtheria, Pertussis (whooping cough), Tetanus (Tdap)- 5 doses. If the 4th dose was given after the 4th birthday, the 5th dose is not required.
    • Hepatitis B – 3 doses - the third dose must not have been given before 24 weeks of age.
    • Haemophilus influenza Type b (Hib) 3-4 doses-Not required if 5th birthday has passed.

    Additional Requirements – Student entering 7th Grade (Tdap and MCV)

    • Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis/Whooping Cough) – One dose is required for individuals who have not previously received it and are entering 7th grade or by 12 years of age whichever comes first.
    • Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MCV) – One dose is required for individuals who have not previously received it and are entering grade 7 or by 12 years of age whichever comes first.

    Recommended Immunizations – All children, according to CDC guidelines

    • Influenza – 1 dose per year
    • Hepatitis A - 2 doses
    • Human papillomavirus (HPV) Gardasil 9 – 3 doses

    Certificate of Immunization

    • Evidence of immunizations must be shown in the form of a certificate furnished by a licensed physician or by the health department. A student who received immunizations in a state other than North Carolina must present an official certificate that meets the immunization requirements of G.S. 130A-154(b).
    • Principals are required to refuse admittance to any child whose parent or guardian does not present a medical certificate of proper immunizations within the allotted time. Additional days are may be allowed in order to obtain required immunizations if requested in writing from a physician or according to vaccine schedules as defined by CDC.

    Parent/Guardian Responsibility

    • Submit proof of immunizations (record) within 30 calendar days of school entry to the principal.

    Health Conditions

    It is our goal to identify and safely care for students with acute and chronic health conditions while at school. A health history form should be completed annually at the beginning of each school year and will be reviewed by staff. Parents/legal guardians must contact the school nurse if an individualized health plan and/or emergency action plan needs to be developed and implemented.

    Medication administration authorization forms are available for students needing daily, as needed, and/or emergency medications administered during the school day. Parents/legal guardians are responsible for having the medication form completed by the health care provider and supplying the medication and/or supplies to the school. Please contact the school nurse or staff for health forms and if additional information or assistance is needed.

    Garrett’s Law

    Garrett’s Law mandates that schools provide parents/legal guardians with information about meningococcal meningitis, influenza, and the human papillomavirus (HPV) and vaccines that protect against these diseases. This information may be found on the district web page under Health Services and is always available from the school nurse. Students and staff are reminded throughout the school year on communicable disease preventions measures and protective practices. Good hand washing, receiving age appropriate immunizations, staying home when ill and complying with medical treatments/medications as ordered by the healthcare provider are all key components in prevention of communicable diseases.

    Student Illness

    It is sometimes difficult to know when to keep an ill student home from school.  The following guidelines are available to assist in this decision. A student who is ill needs to be away from school to allow for rest, proper recovery and to also prevent the spread of illness to other students and staff. A visit to a healthcare provider may also be needed for proper evaluation and treatment. Parents/legal guardians will be called and are responsible for picking up students who present or become ill at school.

    Temporary exclusion is recommended when the child has any of the following conditions:

    1. The illness prevents the child from participating comfortably in activities.
    2. The illness results in need for care that is greater than staff can provide without compromising the health and safety of other children.
    3. A severely ill appearance –this could include lethargy/lack of responsiveness, irritability, persistent crying, difficulty breathing or having a quickly spreading rash.

     

    Updated Guidelines for Inclusion/Exclusion from School

    Adapted from: Aronson, S.S., T. R. Shope, eds. 2017. Managing Infectious Diseases in child care and schools: A quick Reference Guide, pp. 43-48. 4th Edition. Elk Grove Village, Il: American Academy of Pediatrics.

    Condition

    When to keep a child home / Exclude from school

    Fever

    Temperature 101°F or greater

    Diarrhea

    Exclude if:

    Bowel movements (stool) is not contained in the diaper, for diapered children

    ·         Diarrhea is causing “accidents” for toilet trained children

    ·         Stool frequency exceeds 2 stools above normal for that child during the school day

    ·         Stool contains blood or mucus

    Vomiting

    Vomiting more than two (2) times in the previous 24 hours, unless the vomiting is determined to be caused by a non-infectious condition and the child remains adequately hydrated.

    Rash

    A visit to healthcare provider is required for rashes that are blistered, draining or appear infectious. Exclude rash with fever or signs/symptoms of infection and/or illness until the primary care provider has determined that the illness in not an infectious disease.

    Conjunctivitis (Pinkeye)

    Conjunctivitis (pink eye) may be thought of as a cold in the eye. Exclusion is no longer required for this condition.

    Impetigo

    This condition requires medical treatment. Exclude if the child has not been treated after notifying family at the end of the prior school day. (Note: if lesions can be covered, exclusion is not necessary before the end of the day)

    MRSA          (methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureas)

    Child with lesions suspicious of MRSA must see a healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment. Exclude if child has not been treated, if MRSA is confirmed. Lesions must be kept covered while at school. NCHSAA guidelines must be followed for student athletes diagnosed with MRSA.       Note: MRSA carriers should not be excluded

    Pediculosis (head lice)

    Students with head lice need to receive treatment. Exclude if child had not been treated after notifying the family at the end of the prior school day. Exclusion is not necessary before the end of the school day

    Streptococcal Infection – Strep throat, Scarlet fever, etc.

    Strep infection requires a prescription medication. Exclude until the child has had two doses of antibiotic. (Note: one dose may be taken the day of exclusion and the second before returning the next day)

    Varicella        (chicken pox)

    An evaluation by a healthcare provider is needed to ensure accurate diagnosis. Exclude until all lesions have dried or crusted (usually 6 days after onset of rash and no new lesions have appeared for at least 24 hours.

    Abdominal pain

    Exclude if abdominal pain continues for more than two hours or intermittent pain associated with fever or other signs or symptoms of illness.

    Active Tuberculosis

    Exclude until the child’s primary doctor or local health department states the child is on appropriate treatment and can return.

    Cough

    Exclude if cough associated with fever, rapid or difficult breathing, wheezing, or cyanosis (blueness of skin or mucus membranes).

    Fifth Disease

    Exclude if contagious. Usually safe to return to school once the rash appears.

    Hepatitis A virus infection

    Exclude until one week after onset of illness or jaundice if the child’s symptoms are mild or as directed by the health department. (Note: Health department staff will investigate to ensure all who are exposed receive proper treatment)

    Measles

    Exclude until five days after the onset of rash

    Mumps

    Exclude until after five days after onset of parotid gland swelling

    Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

    Exclude until five days of appropriate antibiotic treatment.

    Ringworm

    Treatment with anti-fungal medication is required. Excluded if child has not been treated after notifying the family at the end of the prior school day. (Note: Exclusion is not necessary before the end of the school day)

    Rubella

    Exclude until 7 days after rash appears.

    Medication Administration at School

    Please make every effort to give your child medication at home. School staff may administer medication, prescription and non-prescription (over the counter), only upon receiving the HCS medication form completed and signed by a healthcare provider and the parent/legal guardian. Non-prescription medication should be in the original manufacturer’s container and unopened.

    Provisions are available for students to self-administer emergency and/or rescue medications. However, medications classified as narcotic, stimulant or controlled substance may not be self-administered or carried at school by any student at any grade level. Medications for ADHD/ADD that are classified as a controlled substance must be kept, stored, and given to your child only by school personnel trained by the school nurse. Self-administration of some over-the-counter medication may be allowed and must include parent/guardian permission with the proper physician signed forms. The parent/legal guardian is responsible for bringing the medication to school and for picking-up any remaining unused medication. Unclaimed medication will be properly disposed, according to the medication procedure.

    Individual Health Plans (IHP) / Emergency Action Plan (EAP)

    The Individual Health Plan (IHP) / Emergency Action Plan (EAP) is valid for one school year. These plans are available on the HCS webpage under the “Health Services” tab. Plans are available to address concerns such as asthma, diabetes, anaphylaxis, seizures, sickle cell anemia, cardiac, etc. You can also contact your child’s school nurse by email on this page. Parents/legal guardians are responsible for notifying school staff of changes in their child health status, condition or treatments.

     

    Students with Special Health Care Needs / Skilled Procedures

    Forms and health plans are also available for students with special heath care needs requiring procedures, treatment, and/or medications to be administered at school. The parent/legal guardian is responsible for providing medications and/or supplies needed during the school day. These forms and plans are available on our district webpage under Health Services or from school staff. Parents/legal guardians are responsible for notifying school staff of changes in their child health status, condition or treatments.

     

    Screening

    Your child may participate in screenings in an effort to identify suspected barriers to learning. Screenings may include vision, dental, blood pressure, height/weight, nutritional and health status as deemed appropriate.  Our audiologist, with the assistance of trained staff, conducts hearing screenings for students who are referred and routinely for all students in first grade. If your child is identified to need further evaluation by another medical professional, you will be notified by means of a written referral. Parents/legal guardians are responsible for responding to the referral by seeking care as appropriate from an appropriate health care provider. The school nurse will follow-up on all screening referrals. Please contact the school nurse or social worker if you need assistance in securing care for your child.

    Student Health Advocacy / Resources

    The school nurse is an advocate for your child’s health, safety, and well-being in the academic setting. Please contact your child’s school nurse for questions, assistance, and resources. 

    Parents may choose to enroll their student(s) in the Voluntary Student Accident Insurance Program.  To purchase coverage directly online go to https://www.kandkinsurance.com/sites/K12Voluntary/Pages/Home.aspx 

     


    Student Health

    Health History – All Students

     

    Student Name:

    DOB:

    Parent

    Legal Guardian

    School :                                                                                  

    School Year:                                                                           Bus _____

    Grade____ Homeroom Teacher:

    Cell Phone

    Work Phone

    Home Phone

    Alt. Contact:                           Ph. No.:

     

    Health Insurance for Student:      Medicaid       HealthChoice        Private Insurance      No Health Insurance

    Please check any/all boxes below regarding your child’s health condition(s). This information will be shared with appropriate school staff to better care for your child during the school hours.

     My child does not have a current medical condition.

     My child has suffered a head injury / concussion during the past year.

    Please check medical conditions(s) your child has NOW:

    List all medications  your child takes NOW:

    Medication(s) to be given at school this year

     ADHD

     

     

     Allergic to:  Wasp  Beesting   Mosquito

     

     Epinephrine    antihistamine

     Allergic to: _________________ Food

     

     Epinephrine    antihistamine

     Allergic to Latex

     

     Epinephrine    antihistamine

     Allergic to ______________ Medicine

     

     

     Allergic to Seasonal / Environmental:    pollen    dust     cat     dog     smoke

    Zyrtec     Claritin     Allegra

     Nasal Spray

     

     Asthma

    Inhaler:     Preventive       Rescue

     Nebulizer Used:_______________

    Rescue inhaler needed for PE

    Nebulizer needed at school

     Diabetes

    diet     oral med.     Insulin           pump

    diet    glucometer    insulin

    pump

    Heart Condition, describe:

    Sickle Cell           Trait Only

     

     

    Seizures / Epilepsy

    Date of last seizure: _________________

    Diastat    Midazolam                     Oral Medication: ______________

    Diastat         Midazolam                    

    Stomach Problems

     Reflux  IBS  Crohn’s  Other:____________

     

     

     Hearing Problems

     Deaf:   R     L             Hearing Aid:  R      L                     FM System

    Vision Problems

    Glasses                             Best Correction                    Contacts

    Visually Impaired           Blind:   R    L                           Color Blind

    Other Medical Conditions:

    Special Diet Needs at School

    See school nurse for required Diet Order form (to be signed by healthcare provider)

    Diet modifications: _____________________

    _____________________________________

    _____________________________________

    Reason for modifications: ________________

    _____________________________________

    _____________________________________

    Special Devices

    Wheelchair

    Walking Aid –describe: ____

    _________________________

    Special lift device (bathroom 

           assistance)

    Other: _________________

    _________________________

     

    Skilled Procedures

    See school nurse for Skilled Procedure(s) Form (to be signed by Healthcare provider)

     

    Tube Feeding

    Catheterization ___Self ___ Staff

    Tracheostomy Care   ___ Suction Mach.

    Ileostomy          Colostomy

    Other, please describe:____________

    _______________________________

    My child has a medical condition which substantially limits one or more bodily functions that may impact a major life function.  I would like to pursue 504 eligibility accommodations for my child. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibit discrimination against any individual on the basis of a disability.

     

    Parent/Legal Guardian Signature:                                                                                                                       Date:      /     /

             

     

     

    The Academy @Lillington

    Parent-Student Handbook

    2019-2020

    Mrs. Christy Thomas, Principal, Ext 442

    Ms. Alice Price, Administrative Assistant, Ext.  296

    Ms. Lesley Wood, Teacher/Facilitator, Ext 275

    Mr. Robert Carver, Academic Support Center Coordinator, Ext. 296

    Lillington Education Complex, 2nd Floor                                                                  

    900 S. 11th Street                                                                                     .

    Lillington, NC 27546                                                                                   

    Phone:  910-893-8151                                             

    Fax:      910-893-2053                                                                                                                                         

     

     

     

    “OPTIMIZE STUDENT LEARNING….

    A SECOND CHANCE TO SUCCEED”

     

    Dear Parent and Student,

    Let me begin by stating that we are proud that you and your family is part of our program.  The Academy team is pleased to be a part of your educational journey.   The Academy @ Lillington will give you the opportunity to earn your high school diploma by attending and being a student of our alternative graduation program. Earning your high school diploma will open the door for further education, job opportunities, and positive life experiences.  Our program’s success depends upon our teamwork, dedication, and willingness to complete your requirements.  Please review this handbook and refer to it as needed throughout the school year.  We encourage all students to live up to their potential and to dedicate your efforts and time to your education. 

    Yours in Education,

    Christy D. Thomas

    Principal 

     

    Table of Contents

    Daily Schedule

    Classroom Expectations

    Classroom Supplies

    General Information

    Academics/Courses

    Academy Honor Code

    Dress Code

    Attendance/Tardy Policy

    Internet Policy

    Transportation

     

    Daily Schedule

                                           ARRIVAL/Breakfast/HOmeroom                7:30-7:45

                                                                                              1st Period                7:45-9:02

                                            Break               9:02-9:07                 

                                                                                             2nd PerioD                9:07-10:20

                                                                                             3rd Period                10:20-11:59

                                                                           Lunch/Restroom                11:15-11:35        

                                                                                             4th Period                11:59-1:17

                           BREAK                1:17-1:22

                                                                                             5th Period                1:22-2:35

                                                                                       dISMISSAL             2:35       

     

    Classroom Supplies

    It is the responsibility of the student to provide their own school materials.  It is also the student’s responsibility to make sure they bring these items to school each day.  Students will need a composition book or notebook paper to take notes for coursework.  They will also need pens, pencils, and highlighters.  Students must make sure they bring and carry supplies from one class to another.  They will not be released to go to another classroom to get supplies they have forgotten.

    Classroom Expectations

    Behavioral Expectations:

    • Student is expected to be on time, be prepared for and on task in all assignments
    • Student is expected to show evidence of being motivated at all times in both online and in other classroom assignments
    • Student is expected to use mature communication skills at all times
    • Student is expected to respect himself/herself and others at all times
    • Student is expected to have transportation arrangements made with parents prior to attending the program each day

    Academic Expectations:

    • Student is expected to set goals and show evidence of working to achieve those goals
    • Student is expected to participate in completing assignments for the purpose of maintaining academic performance
    • Student is expected to attend regularly…Absences may warrant the removal from the program so that this opportunity may be offered to another student
    • Student is expected to have a desire to be successful academically

     

    General Information

    The Academy @ Lillington is located only on the second floor of the Lillington Education Complex.  Students will remain upstairs throughout the day except for breakfast, lunch, classes at STAR, and other designated activities.  Students must stay with their teacher anytime they leave the Academy hallway.  Students are reminded that they are NOT to enter the downstairs hallway at any time for any reason.  Students may not enter any other building on this campus, unless directed by a staff member. 

    Arrival

    Students need to arrive at school to school at 7:40. All students must enter through the cafeteria.  Students should be appropriately dressed in uniform before entering the building.  Upon arrival students will immediately go through the metal detector and through student search procedures.  The Academy students will then get their breakfast and report upstairs directly to the designated classroom for breakfast and homeroom.  There will be no hanging out in the hallways or bathrooms.

    Breakfast

    The Academy students will bring breakfast upstairs to be eaten in the classroom. However, if your first period class is in the STAR Academy building you will eat in the cafeteria.  Students arriving late are not allowed to bring breakfast in the building with them.  Eating should be done prior to coming to school.  If you arrive before 8:30 you may be able to get a breakfast from the cafeteria.  Anytime a bus arrives late breakfast will be available for riders at that time.

    Hallway

    When in the hallway students are expected to continue to follow all rules.  At no time should a student disturb another classroom or teacher by stopping by to peak in or say hello to anyone, including the teacher.  Phones, headphones, and/or any other electronic devices should not be in use or visible in the hallways. 

    Classroom

    Students will remain in the assigned classrooms for the entire period unless otherwise directed by the teacher or administration.  Students may not leave classrooms for any reason without permission from the teacher. Food and drinks are not allowed at/on the computer workstations or visible on the floor or tablesEating and/or drinking is not allowed at or on computer tables and counters.  Snacks must be kept in book bags at all times. Teachers will direct you regarding individual classroom procedures. 

    Cafeteria

    The Academy students will eat lunch in the school cafeteria.  Students must use good manners and respect others while at lunch.  There will be designated tables in the cafeteria for The Academy students.  Students must remain at these tables during lunch and are not to be moving about the cafeteria without permission from a staff member.  Students may not leave the cafeteria until it is time to return to the classrooms.  No food, drinks, cups, or ice will be taken from the cafeteria following lunch.  All food must be eaten before leaving the cafeteria. 

    Bag lunches are permissible, but please be aware that there is no microwave and/or refrigerator access for students in the classrooms.  Students may use the microwave in the cafeteria.  Any beverage brought to school MUST NOT HAVE THE SEAL BROKEN.  Any beverage container with a broken seal may be checked for contents.  Please refrain from bringing in fast food or ordering food from outside restaurants.

    Bathrooms 

    Students will take personal restroom breaks during class with teacher permission. Students should only use the upstairs restrooms.

    Buses and Dismissal

    Upon dismissal, The Academy staff will accompany students from classes to the bus area.  Please use the walkways and steps when going to the buses.  Students are to go directly to the buses or to their cars if they are driving.  Students must not enter STAR Academy or any other building.   All rules apply upon students leave the school campus, including parking and bus lots.  Students who do not follow procedures may have their driving privileges on campus suspended.

    Academics

    The Academy students will have the opportunity to complete more than the standard eight classes per year and are required to complete twenty- two credits instead of the standard twenty-six credits in order to meet the requirements of the alternative graduation program. 

    English, Science, and Social Studies classes are taken online with the Academy Facilitator.  Students may complete these courses at their own pace, however they must be completed by the end of the semester.  This will be monitored with the implementation of “hard” deadlines.  Also, there may be expectations when students may take various courses face-to-face with a teacher if the administration deems it necessary.  It is possible for a motivated student to complete these courses in less than a semester allowing time to complete another online course, making it possible to graduate at an earlier date.   Students will also be required to complete required state assessments and local assessments deemed necessary to fulfill the course requirements.

    Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes needed for graduation will be full semester courses. Several of these courses will offer credentialing after successful completion of a designated pair of courses.  Students will be able to graduate with a basic certification level which will allow them to immediately apply for various entry level jobs. These courses are taught next door by the STAR Academy- CTE teacher.  Students will participate in state CTE testing at the end of the course.

    Math classes are semester long courses and will be taken with the math teachers at STAR Academy.  Students will participate in regular classroom and state math testing at the end of the course.

    Students needing other courses will conference with administration/guidance to develop a plan of action. There may be some instances when a student may take their math course online if it is a credit recovery course and approval is granted by administration/guidance.

    Pearson-online courses

    Students will be using Pearson Connexus this year to complete coursework required for graduation. 

    Students are allowed to work on Connexus lessons at home in the evenings and weekends.  All students will need to do work at home in order to complete the course by the end of the semester.    All pre, post, and review tests will be completed only while at school under the supervision of the Academy facilitator. Unauthorized work completed at home is subject to disciplinary action which may include dismissal from the Academy @Lillington.

    Students taking a Connexus course for credit recovery will receive a “P” for passing or an “F” for failing on report cards and transcripts.  Students taking a Connexus course for initial credit (a course they have not taken before—noted also as credit accrual) will receive the earned grade from the average of post and review tests. Credit accrual courses must be approved prior to entering the course.

    STATE TESTING

    State EOC testing does apply to Connexus courses.  EOC courses are English II, NC Math I and Biology.  NCFE (North Carolina Final Exam) are not required for Connexus courses.  The Review test will serve as the Exam Grade. 

    THE ACADEMY @ LILLINGTON HONOR CODE

    The Academy as part of the Harnett County School System promotes academic excellence in all of our students.  It depends heavily upon your motivation to learn the material and to do so with honesty.  As a student, you must agree to the Honor Code below and any additional terms specific to a class or course.

    By enrolling in the Academy @ Lillington courses, I agree that I will:

    • Not give my username and/or password to anyone.
    • Submit only my original work.
    • Not use plagiarism.
    • Complete all the assigned work and will honestly report my progress.
    • Complete all pre-tests, post-tests and review tests with my own work and only my own work. I will not submit the work of any other person.
    • Not discuss the contents of any exam with anyone. I will not post answers to problems that are being used to assess student performance.
    • Not copy or print all, or part, of any exam. “Copy” encompasses any form of reproduction including, but not limited to, transcribing, printing, photocopying, photographing, and using the print screen tool.
    • Not engage in any activity that would dishonestly improve my results, or improve or hurt the results of others.
    • Report any infraction of the Honor Code observed.

    I understand that I will be held accountable for failure to comply with all aspects of this honor pledge as outlined in the Academy @ Lillington Parent-Student Handbook and the Harnett County Schools Student Code of Conduct.  Any violations by a student enrolled in our courses may be denial of future enrollment in online courses made available from the Academy @ Lillington and Harnett County Schools.

    Dress Code

    Students must be in proper attire at the time they arrive on campus and enter the cafeteria.  They must remain that way throughout the day and while they board the bus or car to leave.  Apparel will not display vulgar language, ideas, or pictures.  Gang related attire is not permitted. 

    Various dates throughout the school year will be designated as Career Days, therefore, all students should dress professionally so we can hold our interviews, participate in special presentations, job shadowing, and welcome guest speakers into the school.  Prior notice will be given.

    The dress code is as follows:

    Shirts

    • Shirts must be a solid purple, collared shirt which will be provided by the Academy. Your uniform shirt MUST be VISIBLE at all times. (Up to three shirts will be provided) 
    • Shirts are required to be tucked in at all times.
    • No hoodies at all, even in jacket form.

    Pants

    • Students will be allowed to wear their own pants. (black, navy, or khaki)
    • If dress code becomes a problem, then students will be issued uniform pants by the Academy.
    • Pants must be worn on waist line at all times and must not sag or be baggy.
    • Pants should fit so that other pants or undergarments do not show when seated or at any other time.
    • No shorts.
    • Pants must be completely free of holes, cuts, rips that show any skin.
    • No jeans. Jeans will be designated for special privileges or rewards.
    • Pants not allowed include leggings, jeggings, spandex, pajamas, sweatpants, skinny jeans, cut-offs, or others of this type. This list is not all inclusive and subject to administrative/staff determination.
    • Belts are optional, but encouraged.
    • Students wearing inappropriate pants will be given a pair of black pants to wear for the day and refusal to change will warrant suspension from school as well as privilege to stay in program.
    • Students not in uniform or breeching dress code will be subject to disciplinary action.

    Shoes

    • No flip-flops, shower shoes, high-heels, or bedroom shoes are permitted. These could cause potential accidents.  Sneakers are preferred.

    Headgear, Accessories, and Handbags

    • Headgear and other accessories are not permitted on the school grounds. (i.e. baseball hats, scarves, hairnets, do rags, headbands, sunglasses, etc.).
    • If any of the above items are confiscated, they will be turned in to the Principal for a parent to pick up.
    • Students my wear jackets as needed during class time, however hoods are not to be worn on any part of the head in class, halls, cafeteria, etc.

     

    Care of uniform shirts:  Students are expected to wash and care for their shirts on a regular basis.  Dirty uniform shirts are not an excuse for being out of uniform.  If you don’t meet the dress code, contact will be made home and someone will need to bring you the required uniform shirt and/or appropriate clothing.  Again, student is subject to disciplinary action if the dress code is not followed.

    Administration/staff reserves the right to revise or determine if a students’ dress at any given time is appropriate.

    Attendance and Tardy Policy

    Attendance at The Academy is for the purpose of obtaining an education. This requires full attendance in all classes, coming to class on time, and using every minute productively.  According to county policy, after seven (7) absences an automatic failing grade of FF (failure due to attendance) is assigned at the end of the semester. 

    • All absences are automatically marked as unexcused in PowerSchool on a daily basis. When a note is physically returned the absence can be coded as needed.  Per county attendance policy guidelines, students only have 3 days to return notes to be accepted as a possible excused absence.                                                                                                                
    • Only absences for the following reasons may be coded as
      • Doctor Notes/Waived
      • Court notes/Waived
      • Funeral verifications approved by principal/Waived
      • Parent notes stating the student/student’s child was sick/Excused
    • All other absences must be marked as UNEXCUSED. Examples:  missed the bus, family emergency, 
    • Some excused absences may be waived at the end of the school year at the discretion of the program coordinator. Appropriate documentation must be on file with the homeroom teacher (i.e. doctor appointments, court appearances, funeral attendance).  If you wish to appeal your absences you must submit an appeal request, in writing, to the program coordinator.

    PARENT NOTIFICATIONS

    Ø  Following the accumulation of excessive absences, a Harnett County Attendance letter will be mailed home and parents/guardians will be contacted by phone.

    Ø  A parent conference will be initiated following 7 absences.       

    Ø  Home visits regarding attendance will be determined as needed by the Program Coordinator, Coach, and/or Dropout Prevention Counselor.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Tardies interrupt classes and if left unchecked may establish bad attendance habits.  If you are tardy you may miss valuable information needed for the day.  A tardy is identified as not being in your seat and working at the beginning of each class period.  Students who accumulate tardies will be referred to the program coordinator.  Any student who drives to school may lose driving privileges if excessive tardies occur.

    If a student arrives to school late or needs to leave school early, he or she will report to the administrative office to sign in/out.  Parent permission must be given as well as an early dismissal note should be approved by the principal at the beginning of the day.

    *******IMPORTANT********

    It is a policy of The Academy @ Lillington that all students, regardless of age and including those students over the age of 18, who must leave campus during the school day, must present to the administrator a written parental/guardian note stating the reason and granting their permission.   This information should be presented at the beginning of the day and is subject to approval upon administrator/staff verification.  In some circumstances when a note is not possible, the administrator or teacher may contact a parent/guardian over the phone for permission.

    Internet Policy

    The Harnett County Internet Policy clearly states that the use of the internet is only for educational purposes as directed by the classroom teacher.  If you violate the policy, you will lose access to the internet.  Students at the Academy rely on the computer to complete courses for graduation.  Violation of the internet policy may result in your dismissal from the Academy.

    Here are some key points:

    • There is no privacy on the county internet. The school system can and will check behind you.
    • No Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, or any other social networking/media sites.
    • No access to non-related school sites by going through another website (i.e. proxy sites).
    • You may not download music from the internet or any other device.
    • You may not plug any personal device into a county computer for any reason unless it is teacher directed for educational purposes.

     

    When completing coursework on Connexus you must have internet access.  However, this does not mean you are allowed to access other internet sites.  “Googling answers” is a form of cheating and is not permitted.

    Electronic Devices Policy

    Personal cell phones and other personal electronic devices of any kind are not permitted for usage during the school day in the classrooms and halls unless given permission by teachers/staff.  Devices include headphones, ear buds, iPods, MP3 players, CD,s DVD’s, blank CD’s, Kindles, Nooks, other reading devices, or flash drives to use on school computers or any other device not mentioned which may be deemed to be an electronic device by school staff. If any of these items become a problem during the school day in any location they may be turned over to the program coordinator and remain in a secure location until it is returned to the student at the end of the day or until a parent can come by the school to pick up the item.  Violation of this policy may also result in a disciplinary action.

    All devices, including headphones and ear buds, must remain in bags, pockets or purses.  They must not be visible during the times and places indicated unless permission is granted by the classroom teacher, staff or administration.   Walking around the buildings with these visible in hallways is not permissible.

    You may use your own headphones or earbuds to access the online tutorials ONLY.  Headphones are available at the school.  

    STUDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO LISTEN TO MUSIC AT ANY TIME ON SCHOOL COMPUTERS unless deemed by the teacher or administrator.

    No personal devices may be connected to any part of a school computer or computer work area for charging or any other purpose.  Teachers may designate a location to charge phones within the room but permission must first be granted.

    HARNETT COUNTY SCHOOLS

    TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT

    Bus Transportation Guidelines and Procedures

    Harnett County Schools (HCS) provides transportation for children to and from their residence or

    pre-determined location (by school administration). As such the following rules and procedures shall apply:

    1. All students are expected to be prepared to board the bus 10 minutes prior to the scheduled arrival time.
    2. All students are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with Policy Code: 4300 Code of Student Conduct. Discipline, as a result of violations of policies, will be the responsibility of each individual school.
    3. Students will be transported to and from their residence or predetermined approved location to the school in the district in which they reside each school day. (Grades K-12)
    4. Students who attend school out of district at the parent’s request do not qualify for transportation. (Grades K-12)
    5. If an emergency situation occurs in your home beyond your control and it becomes necessary for your child to be discharged at a location other than one previously approved, a written request must be provided to the child’s Principal in advance. The request must meet HCS board policy 6321 and contain the following information to be considered: (Grades K-12)
    6. Address of temporary discharge/pickup location
    7. Name of responsible adult receiving your child
    8. Telephone number of temporary address
    9. Your telephone number during the emergency
    10. The length of time of the request is to be honored
    11. Bus drivers and administrators have the authority to return students to the school in the event of safety or disciplinary circumstances. The parent or legal guardian is then responsible for picking up their student(s).

     

    Parents of children with Pre-School Disabilities, Exceptional Children’s Program students needing special

    transportation in accordance with their IEP, and all K-2 students are required to provide supervision at the bus

    stop for drop-off and pickup. (This applies to all early release and inclement weather days as well.)

    The Academy @ Lillington Transportation Guidelines

    In addition to the Harnett County guidelines and procedures for bus transportation, The Academy has additional policies related to transportation by bus, personal vehicle, or walking.  The following apply to all students enrolled in the program regardless of age.

    1. Student drivers may not transport other students without written permission from both sets of parents/legal guardians and approval by the program administrator.
    2. Any change in regular transportation must come as a written request from the parent and be approved by the program administrator.
    3. Students riding a bus will report to the bus parking lot as soon as school is dismissed. Students driving cars will report to their designated parking area as soon as school is dismissed.  Students being picked up by a parent/legal guardian or other approved person should stay in the designated car rider area until picked up.  These areas will remain separate, as should students. 
    4. Students planning to drive to school will have to provide The Academy a copy of their driver’s license, proof of insurance. If for any reason the student continues to be tardy or abuse this privilege a bus assignment will be provided.

     

     

     

    Any student who fails to follow transportation policies and procedures may be subject to losing the privilege to ride a Harnett County school bus or drive their personal car on campus.

     

     

     

     

    The Academy @ Lillington

    Program Agreement

    2019-2020

     

    Lillington Education Complex, 2nd Floor                                      Mrs. Christy Thomas, Principal, Ext 442

    900 S. 11th St. Lillington, NC 27546                                           Ms. Lesley Wood, A@L Teacher/Facilitator, Ext 275

    Phone: (910) 893-8151

    Fax: (910) 893-2053

     

    Please initial beside each topic to indicate you have been made aware of our program guidelines.

     

    _____ Daily Schedule                                                                                        _____ Dress Code

     

    _____ Classroom Supplies                                                                _____ Attendance/Tardy Policy

     

    _____ Classroom Expectations                                                        _____ Internet Policy

     

    _____ General Information                                                                              _____ Electronic Devices Policy

     

    _____ Academics                                                                                _____ Transportation Policy

     

    _____ Honor Code

     

    I have read all of the information in the Academy’s Handbook. My signature below indicates that I understand what is expected and I agree to follow these guidelines in order to complete my education.

     

    Student Printed Name: ___________________________________________________________

     

    Student Signature: _________________________________________ Date: ________________

     

    Cell Phone Number: ________________________________________

     

    I have read all of the information in the Academy’s Handbook. My signature below indicates that I understand what is expected of my student. As an Academy parent, I agree to support these guidelines and encourage my student to succeed and graduate.

     

    Parent Printed Name: ____________________________________________________________

     

    Parent Signature: __________________________________________ Date: ________________

     

    Cell Phone Number: ________________________________________

    Student Signature: _________________________________________ Date: ________________

     

    Cell Phone Number: ________________________________________

     

    I have read all of the information in the Academy’s Handbook. My signature below indicates that I understand what is expected of my student. As an Academy parent, I agree to support these guidelines and encourage my student to succeed and graduate.

     

    Parent Printed Name: ____________________________________________________________

     

    Parent Signature: __________________________________________ Date: ________________

     

    Cell Phone Number: ________________________________________