Handbook

Gunnison Valley Middle School
Student Handbook 

Elk

 

271 East 600 South
Gunnison, UT  84634
Telephone:  (435) 528-5337
Fax:  (435) 528-5397

ACCIDENTS

When an accident occurs, it must be reported at once to the teacher in charge, who will then report it to the principal and fill out an accident report form. Parents/Guardians will be immediately notified.

AFFECTION

Public display of affection will not be tolerated on the campus during school hours or at any after- hours school activity. Hugging, kissing, etc. are specifically not allowed. Holding hands is the limit. Those students violating this policy will be warned once in writing. Thereafter, suspension from activities will be added to the penalty.                        

ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, AND DRUGS

Possession or use of any illegal drug by students is prohibited on any school property or in any building owned or operated by the South Sanpete School District Board of Education or while representing Gunnison Valley Middle School in an activity, or in any activity while under the supervision of Gunnison Valley Middle School. Regardless of the student's age, it is illegal to use, or to have in possession alcohol, tobacco (including chewing), or illegal drugs. The penalty for possession or use of tobacco is a one day suspension, and a referral to Juvenile Court. Violations of alcohol and/or drugs will be turned over to the local civil authorities. Violators may also be expelled or suspended from school or placed on a Home School program. Non-tobacco snuff is not allowed on school property. It will be dealt with as though it were a tobacco product.

ASSEMBLIES

Assemblies are part of the curriculum and are designed to be educational as well as entertaining experiences. They provide one of the few opportunities in school to learn formal audience behavior. Regardless of the type of program, courtesy demands that the STUDENT BODY be respectful and appreciative. Yelling, screaming, whistling, etc., is appropriate only at pep assemblies. Students who misbehave during an assembly will be removed ‘immediately’ from that assembly, and will miss the next assembly, also. Attendance at assemblies is MANDATORY for all students and faculty members. Students who sluff an assembly will receive the same punishment as if they had sluffed a class.

ATTENDANCE POLICY

The school laws (53-24-1) of the State of Utah require children to attend school in sufficient quantity to insure the educational benefit of extensive class discussion, group work, and achievement. It is the responsibility of the parents In accordance with SSSD Policy, or legal guardians to insure that their school-age children attend on a regular basis. It is recognized that extenuating circumstances may arise which prevent a student from attending school. These absences, along with prior approved absences, are classified as excused. Utah law requires action by schools in matters of extreme absenteeism.

STEPS TO FOLLOW WHEN YOU ARE ABSENT

1.The parent or guardian should phone the school and inform the office of the absence.

2.If no phone contact has been made the date of the absence, the parent or guardian must send a signed, dated note or phone call excusing his/her child when the child returns to school. (A student will have one school day beyond his/her return to deliver a parental excuse note.) If contact has not been made by note or phone call, the absences will remain unexcused.

BOOK BAGS/BACKPACKS

Book bags and backpacks must be kept in lockers. They may be used to transport books, etc., to and from school.  But once the student arrives at school, the bag will be stored in the locker throughout the day. No backpacks are allowed in the classrooms during the day, ‘including seventh period’. Any bag or backpack used by a student must be able to fit in to the locker allowing the locker door to close without damages. Any bag or backpack that is too large to facilitate this may not be brought to school.

BULLYING

Bullying is defined as intimidation.  It can be verbal or non-verbal.  It comes in several forms, such as teasing, frightening, threatening, or physically hurting another individual.  It’s against the law and one of the major concerns of students in American today. 

Generally, boys who bully are physical in their actions; they may push or hit another person.  Often it is done for the laughter and attention the bully is seeking.  Bumping someone into a locker or pushing someone into another person are examples of bullying.

Almost every time it happens, the bully will say something to the effect that he was’ `only playing around ‘  or  ‘didn’t mean anything’ by it.  Those shallow excuses will not be accepted as valid for interfering with the education of others.

Girls usually bully in a different manner.  Girls tend to use rumors and vicious stories as their primary tool against another student.  Things are said that often have a devastating effect on the victim. Words can cause damage that will never be seen. Girls will use friendship and peer pressure to bully. Ostracism is a very common bullying technique among girls.  Obscene notes and letters passed around school are other  girls use against their victims.

If a bully doesn’t stop the tormenting  behavior,  it falls to the school under the law to do whatever is necessary to ensure it doesn’t continue.  These remedies can range from a brief to long term suspension.  If the problem is so severe that the school program is adversely affected, the offender may be suspended from the campus and a teacher will visit the home to provide education.

All it takes to avoid these problems is for students to treat each other with respect.  Be courteous to everyone.  Keep your hands to yourself and your words positive. The school resource officer handles bullying issues.

 

BUS RIDING RULES

All buses to field trips are scheduled by the school and each bus is under the direction of a faculty member. All students are required to return to the school on their assigned bus, unless prior arrangements have been made before ever leaving the school. (Students will be released only to parents; not to other students.) Fighting, throwing, yelling, vulgar language, or inappropriate gestures/behavior on any bus will not be tolerated. Violators will lose bus privileges and may be suspended from school. Vandalism on a school bus will result in a court referral for anyone involved.

CONSEQUENCES OF BUS RULE VIOLATIONS (Behavioral)

1st  Offense: Warning - seat may be assigned.

2nd Offense: Contact Principal, who will contact parents.

3rd Offense: Principal may revoke bus privilege for one or more days.

If the student goes through this procedure twice, the situation should be reviewed by the bus driver, the principal, and the parents to determine if the student should ride the bus in the future.

Keeping in mind that riding a school bus is a privilege, any or all of the above steps can be by-passed if the offense is one of a serious nature and presents a safety hazard to the driver or other students on the bus. Serious behavior  is when anyone is endangered. Any problem that threatens the  immediate safety of students on the bus will not be allowed. The individual

student (s )involved will be suspended from the bus.

CAFETERIA AND LUNCHROOM

If students choose to eat school lunch, they must abide by the cafeteria rules.  Students who throw food, litter, or don't dispose of food/trays properly will be denied services. Students who bring their own lunch to school must eat it in the lunch room. Arriving late to class after lunch hour, will not be tolerated.  Food/litter around a table is the responsibility of those who create the problem. Food and drink items may not be taken for the commons area during lunch.

CELL PHONES

Cell phones and other electronic devices (IPod’s, ect.) that are capable of text messaging or photography, are not allowed to be carried on a student during the school day.  The school day is defined as being from the time a student arrives on campus until the depart at the end of the day at 3:00 P.M. (On Friday’s, school lets out at 1:20 P.M.) Under SSSD policy, phones may be brought to school but they must remain in a locker. Phones that aren’t stored in a locker will be confiscated.  Any confiscated phone/ or device will only be turned over to the parent, in person, at the school.

Any communication device brought to school is subject to damage or theft and the school will not assume any liability for these items.

Cell phones have been misused in schools across the nation, resulting in court cases involving personal privacy issues, cheating, and electronic bullying.  Our goal is to ensure every student is safe from these harmful actions involving this technology.

Violations of the policy will result in the following:  First violation-Confiscation of the phone. Confiscated phones will remain in the office until the parent comes in and picks it up at the end of the day. Second violation- The school will hold the confiscated phone for three days. Parent(s) must pick the phone up from the office. Third violation- The phone will be held for five (5) days. In addition, there may be loss of activities and a possible suspension. Parents must pick up any confiscated phones. Non-compliance of the policy procedures will result in the immediate suspension of the student requiring a parent meeting between school officials and parents before the student may return.

 

CHEATING

Whether you give or receive information during an exam or an assignment, the offense is the same. You will receive a ZERO for the work. There is no make-up work in these cases, and a discipline report is issued.

CHEWING GUM

GVMS is a gum free school. Gum is not sold in our vending machines and it is not allowed to be chewed in school at any time, or on the campus during the school day. Students who are chewing gum will be warned once in writing. Any subsequent infractions will result in loss of activities. Gum is a maintenance issue and we will do all we can to keep the school as nice as we can, as long as we can.

CLASSROOM

Gum, candy, or pop are not allowed in classrooms. Any classroom activities involving food and drinks need to be held in the commons not the classroom. All students are expected to comply with requests of teachers regarding classroom control and discipline as well as academic work. No student is permitted to leave the classroom without permission of the teacher.

If a student does leave without permission, he/she will be given a sluff.   Only one student at a time is allowed to leave the classroom. Students who are kicked out of a class for improper behavior  will be sent directly to the office.  Teachers will document the incident by day's end. They will be dealt with in at least one of the following ways: 1) parents will be called. 2) the student will be suspended from school. 3)the student will not participate in the next dance, or activity. 4)the student will be put on an in-school suspension program. 5) the student will be placed on a home school program, etc.  Students should respect and obey the request of SUBSTITUTE teachers the same as their regular teachers. Failure to do so will result in loss of activities.

CLASSROOM INTERRUPTIONS

Students are not permitted to interrupt a classroom for another student without written permission from the office.  Students will not be taken out of classroom for a phone call unless it pertains to a family emergency.  Students are not allowed to have cell phones, iPods, or tablets in class. 

DINING AREA (Commons)

The dining area is reserved for those students eating lunch. Students who aren’t eating lunch are not allowed to sit at the lunch tables during the lunch period. They should locate somewhere else during that time.

Students who create a mess are expected to clean it up immediately. (Spilled milk, food, etc.) Taking food from the dining area is not permitted, at any time. Violating this policy will result in loss of activity. Food items thrown on the floor or left on or under the table will be cleaned up by those involved. An on-going problem will result in an assigned seating location for lunch. When the bell sounds ending the lunch period, all students must return to class.

DISCIPLINE PROBLEMS

Five discipline problems may/will result in the expulsion from school according to the State's Safe School Policy. All problems will be documented. Repetitive problems may/will result in a student being placed in an alternative setting. Students removed from a regular class, (one or more) are activity ineligible, and remain so until the problem is remedied. 

DRESS STANDARDS

South Sanpete Board of Education is committed to provide a safe, wholesome, healthy educational environment where academic learning, personal development, and a sense of pride and accomplishment can flourish. Understanding that dress and grooming can positively or adversely affect the educational goals and the attitudes of students, the Board hereby authorizes each school to implement and enforce the Dress and Grooming Standards outlined in this Policy.

In all dress and grooming choices, the Board encourages all students and parents to exercise good judgment, exhibit responsible behavior, and endeavor to reflect respect for themselves, their fellow students, their school, and their community.

1. Disruption

A disruption is a negative reaction by individuals to the clothing, grooming, or embellishment of a student or students that results in disruption of the instructional process, that creates student distractions, confrontations, or complaints or that adversely affects the health and safety of individuals; and that directly interferes with the operation of the school and school activities as judged by the school administration.

2. Foot Wear

Students are strongly encouraged to wear shoes that offer protection and safety of the feet during the school day.   Flimsy sandals similar to flip flops even with heel a strap should not be worn to school. Sandals that have material covering front of foot (toes) with back strap are acceptable.  Flip flops are not acceptable.

3. Gang

A gang is defined as any organization, association or group of three or more which has a unique name or identifiable signs, symbols, or marks, and whose members individually or collectively engage in criminal or violent behavior to persons or property, or who create an unreasonable and substantial disruption or risk of disruption of a class, activity, program, or other function of a school.

Policy:

The Dress and Grooming Standards of South Sanpete School District shall promote a positive educational environment for students, parents, visitors, and staff members. Dress and grooming which is substantially disruptive; compromises a persons health or safety; attracts undue or improper attention to ones self; distracts from learning process; interferes with the pedagogy and educational atmosphere in the classroom or building; or is so conspicuous, extreme, or odd will not be allowed at school or any school-sponsored activities.

The following dress and grooming standards have been adopted for the students in South Sanpete School District:

1.  Clothing

A.  All clothing must be clean and modest.
B.  Undergarments must be completely covered at all times. (Boys underwear should

      not be visible above the belt line)
C.  The length of shorts, skirts, etc., must be modest and close to the knee.
D.  Shirts, blouses, tops, dresses, and other such clothing shall be modest
     (not see-through) and
        1.  cover the midriff, back, sides, and undergarments at all times;
        2.  (as a guideline) have necklines that are not lower than a
            straight line from the top of the underarm across to opposite
             underarm;
        3.  have sleeves that cover the shoulders;
        4.  be worn correctly and buttoned properly                             

E.  No pants that are mutilated, cut off, frayed, have holes or nearly have holes

      except for threads  spanning the gap, or deliberately altered clothing.
F.  No pajamas or other sleeping attire, including house slippers.
G.  No excessively baggy clothing/apparel.
H.  No leggings, tight-fitting, spandex-type pants, biker shorts, tights,
     leotards, etc., may be worn as outer garments.                                                 
I.   Advertisements, pictures, references, writings, promotions of harmful

     or illegal substances (such as tobacco, drugs, alcohol, etc.), depictions
     or references to violent acts, and references to gangs are prohibited on
     all clothing and personal belongings.
J.  No obscene, lewd, sexual innuendos, racial, ethnic, indecent, vulgar,
    violent, or inappropriate sayings, writing, diagrams, or pictures are
    allowed on clothing or personal belongings, e.g., notebooks,
    backpacks, gym bags, water bottles, lockers, badges, patches 

2.  Head Gear

A.  No head coverings of any kind are allowed to be worn in school buildings during regular school hours. This includes all types of hats, bandanas, hooded shirts or coats, sweatbands, etc.
B.  Students may not wear sunglasses or permanently tinted glasses within the building during regular school hours.

3. Hair

A. Hair shall be clean, neatly groomed, off the eyes, free from obscuring the face and free from restricting vision.
B. Facial hair (beards, mustaches and sideburns) should be well-groomed, neat and clean.
C. Hair color shall be within the spectrum of natural hair colors.
D. Hair styles and colors that are so conspicuous, extreme, or odd shall not be allowed when they draw undue attention, distraction, disruption.

4. Footwear

A. Safe and appropriate footwear must be worn at all times to ensure personal safety and good hygiene.
B. Shoes, boots, and sandals (with back-straps or heels) are considered appropriate footwear.
C. No skate shoes, bedroom slippers, or bare feet are allowed at any time.

D. No sports cleats of any kind regardless of the material of the sole may be worn in the building at any given time.  Doing so would result in discipline.

5. Piercing and Tattoos

A. Conservative ear piercing is permitted.

B. No facial piercing, tongue piercing, gauging, or nose piercing.

C. Extreme piercing and accessories that interfere with the educational process or pose a health or safety issue must be removed, and disruptive, offensive tattoos must be covered.

6. Gang Clothing and Accessories

A. Students are prohibited from engaging in any form of gang activity on or about school property or at any school activity, including the wearing, possessing, using, distributing, displaying, or selling of any gang attire, symbols, signs, colors, names, bandanas, monikers, hats, and all other paraphernalia which are evidence of membership in or affiliation with, recruitment, or desire to be affiliated with, any gang.

B. As gang styles and clothing continually change, school officials shall determine what constitutes current gang clothing, attire, and other paraphernalia after consultation with law enforcement agencies and shall make changes as needed throughout the year.

C. The following items are not allowed:

1. Exaggerated, disruptive cosmetics;
2. Body or facial paint;
3. Dangerous attachments (spikes, bracelets, chokers, chains, long-hanging belts, dog collars, and other weaponry items);
4. Flagging (hanging bandanas or rags from belts, pockets, purses, back packs, etc.);
5. Clothing, hats, or apparel displaying Old English or graffiti style lettering;
6. Other clothing and/or a personal appearance that school officials have reason to anticipate would significantly disrupt class work, activities, or cause considerable disorder or invasion of rights of others.

D. The Safe School Policy (JH) may also be used to address gang issues and disciplinary measures.                                            

Authority:

The Board delegates to the school administration and all school staff members the responsibility to see that students adhere to the dress and grooming standards established in this Policy; therefore, all staff members have a shared responsibility in seeing that these standards are implemented and enforced in classrooms, in school buildings, on school grounds, on school buses, at school activities, and at other school-related functions. The principal or designee shall be the final judge about whether a students’ dress and grooming is appropriate.  

ELIGIBILITY TO PARTICIPATE

Everyone has something he/she can contribute to the success of our activities, and being a small school, we need this total commitment from the STUDENT BODY. In order for any student to participate and represent Gunnison Valley Middle School in any extra-curricular activity, he/she must adhere to the following rules:

1. No student shall be eligible to represent GVMS if he/she fails a class in the preceding quarter. An incomplete "I" grade is considered failing until it’s made up. (An incomplete needs to be made up within two weeks after the student receives the report card.) A "NG" grade is considered a Failing Grade. No student may represent the school with an "I" or an "NG" or an "F" on their report card. Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA to be eligible to represent GVMS.

2. Students attending any activity sponsored by the school must go and come back in the same vehicle. Any exception must be cleared before hand by the advisor, and /or principal.

3. Any student suspended, or who is on probation, will not participate in any activity for the duration of the suspension or probation.

4. Any student who sluffs will not be allowed to participate in at least one or more of the next scheduled activities at the discretion of the administration.

5. After-school activities that occur during the school year, that involve school facilities, require meeting eligibility requirements.

EMERGENCY DRILLS (Fire: Earthquake; Lock-down.)

Fire Drills- When the fire alarm sounds, students will evacuate the classrooms and building under teacher direction in an orderly and quiet manner and assemble outside at the designated location. Lights are to be turned off upon leaving the room and the classroom door closed. The green/red sign should be displayed in the door window before closing the door. Students are expected to stay in an orderly formation (Lines; a tight group; etc.) The teacher will call roll and send a designated person to report to the secretary who will be located in front of the main entrance to the school. (‘All present and accounted for’.)

 Earthquake Drills-When the rumbling begins, everyone will get under a desk or table and cover their head with their hands. In the event there is a physical problem with the procedure, the student should get down and cover against an interior wall, not the outside wall of the classroom that contains windows. Breaking glass would be an immediate danger in the event of an actual quake. This position is held until the rumbling stops. When the rumbling does stop, the class will immediately evacuate the classroom in an orderly and quiet manner and assemble outside in the designated location. The teacher will display the green/red sign in the door window to alert if there’s a problem. The teacher will take roll and send a runner to the secretary who will be located at the front of the school to record any missing students. When the ‘All clear’ is given, students may return to the building in an orderly and quiet manner under teacher direction.

Lockdown.  In the event of a ‘Lockdown’, the announcement will come from the office. At that time, the teacher will lock the classroom door and locate the students in a location that can’t be viewed from the hall door. Lights will be turned off and students will remain quiet until the ‘All clear’ is given. When the ‘All clear’ is given, the classroom will be evacuated in a safe and orderly manner and locate in the intercom-specified area away from potential danger. This may result in all students locating in the same general area outside. Example: North Lawn against the fence. West parking lot by the football field. East gravel parking lot.  In any event, teachers must keep their class together for the sake of safety and to eliminate chaos . (NOTE: It is a misdemeanor to set off a false fire alarm. Any person caught setting off a false fire alarm will be referred to juvenile court, fined $100 and suspended.)

 ENTRANCE FOYERS

Entrance foyers located around the school are not places to play or gather for social reasons. Students and others are expected to pass through the foyers and go to their classrooms. This is especially important before school, during lunch periods, and after school. Any student(s) chasing in and out of the doors, playing tag or engaging in horseplay will miss activities.  Anyone holding the exterior doors from opening will miss activities and may be charged with vandalism if the door mechanism is broken from its normal operating condition. Foyers are not places to loiter.

FIGHTING

Fighting is a dangerous practice that will not be tolerated in the building, on school grounds, or at activities. Students involved in fights will be suspended from school immediately and/or referred to Juvenile Court. In the event that an incident occurs between two students, and it is verified that only one of the two parties actually perpetrated hits, blows, slaps, etc., it will be up to the discretion of the school administration to determine whether to suspend one or both parties involved.

FLAMMABLE DEVICES

Cigarette lighters, matches, and other flame-producing devices are not allowed on campus. If any of these items are found in the possession of a student, the items will be confiscated and not returned. In addition, the student will be suspended from activities.

Items such as lighters or other flammable devices, or any substance that can affect the health of others is strictly forbidden. Loss of activities and/or other action may result if this policy is violated.

FUND RAISING

All fund raising and advertising (selling of ads) must be approved by the principal BEFORE advisors and/or students are allowed to use the school's name. Clubs and other organizations within the school are allowed to run only one fund raiser per school year.

HALLS

‘Running or other horseplay is not permitted in the halls at any time. Students are welcome to walk the halls before school and during lunch break when the weather is bad, but they must stay in their grade-appropriate halls and not enter those halls they are restricted from using.

HARMFUL MATERIALS

Anyone introducing a harmful agent into the school which results, or may result in physical problems relating to breathing or clean air shall be suspended and referred to juvenile court. People come to school expecting a safe, friendly environment. Some exposure to harmful agents can be life-threatening. Causing someone to sneeze, cough, choke, or suffer skin or eye irritation isn't funny. Neither is going to court to defend such actions.
Students may not be in the computer room alone at any time.

LIBRARY/COMPUTER LAB/INTERNET

Students may enter these rooms after the adult in charge opens them and is present.

No food or drink of any kind is allowed in the library or computer labs. To be in the library/lab during class time, a student must have a pass or written note from his/her teacher. Noisy, rowdy behavior will result in loss of privilege to use these rooms. Teachers must accompany their classes to the library/computer lab and supervise them. The technology specialist is not responsible for student supervision teachers are.  Parents may not excuse their son/daughter from school to work in the lab/library, etc... Students may not be in the computer room alone at any time. Students must sign an Internet agreement before being allowed to use it. Anyone violating the District internet Policy will be denied access.

LOCKERS

Valuables should not be kept in the school lockers. Lockers are rented to the students, and the administration reserves the right for periodic checks. Students are cautioned not to bring large amounts of money to school. No food or drinks are allowed in school lockers. Students who abuse their locker or do not keep it clean will not have a locker. Locks have been removed in the East hall due to physical damage of the lockers by students anyone wishing to have a lock installed should contact the office.  If a locker with a lock is abused by pounding kicking etc. the lock will be removed.  Adhesive stickers , labels, etc., are not permitted in lockers..

If the item doesn’t fit in the locker, leave it home. Classrooms and the office will not be used for storage of student property during the day. Violations of this will result in the loss of an activity. Athletic equipment used for after-school activities will be stored in a designated area, not in the office.    

LUNCH BREAK

When students finish lunch they need to go outside if the weather is good. Once outside, they shall stay until the bell rings ending lunch. 7th and 8th grade students shall re-enter the building at the east door by the kitchen area.  During winter, students may go outside but they may not run back and forth into the building. If the choice is made to go outside, they must stay out until the bell rings and then re-enter at the designated door. 7th and 8th graders are not allowed to go in the east hall during lunch due to other classes being held during that time. 

MONITORING DAILY ATTENDANCE

Students who are absent from a class without a proper excuse will be issued a sluff. Parents will be notified of a sluff by a phone call or a note sent home through the mail.

1.To monitor daily attendance, teachers enter attendance every period via computer.

2.Students are expected to be in class on time. Students who are habitually tardy will be handled by one or more of the following: 1) individually by the teacher, 2) referral to the principal by the teacher followed by a parent conference, 3) temporarily suspended from participating in extra-curricular activities and/or attending activities such as ball games, dances, etc. 4) arrange to make-up time either before or after school, 5) issued a sluff, 6) suspended, 7) making a class or schedule change.

MUSIC PLAYERS AND OTHER ENTERTAINMENT DEVICES

These items are not allowed in school. If someone disregards this policy and carries an electronic music device on their person or conceals such device for private entertainment during class, the device shall be confiscated and held in the office until school concludes in May. At that time the student may pick up the confiscated item from the office to take home. In the past, the intervention of well-meaning parents to circumvent the policy (i.e. appeal for the return of the confiscated item) has resulted in a repeat of the violation by the same student.

OBSCENE MATERIALS

Any material of an obscene nature is not permissible on the GVMS campus. Anyone having such material in their possession will face suspension and loss of activities.

Odyssey

The Odyssey program operates as an auxiliary component of the curriculum. Participation is determined by the recommendation of teachers and administrators, for academic or behavioral reasons. Any student placed in the Odyssey program for behavioral reasons, (one or more class periods) is activity ineligible.

PERSONAL HYGIENE

Our school is climate controlled through sophisticated computer equipment that monitors and delivers heating/cooling constantly. Various activities throughout the normal course of the day may cause perspiration on the body. Unless proper personal hygiene is practiced regularly (i.e. showers/bathing, etc.) the body begins to produce an offensive body odor that interrupts the school process. It is important that students practice proper health practices. Anyone guilty of not practicing proper personal hygiene will be suspended until the problem is alleviated. Masking the odor by means of perfumes or colognes does not solve the problem.

PHONE CALLS

A phone is located in the office for student use. Local phone calls to land numbers (not cell phones) are free. Cell phone calls are long-distance and a charge is required.

RADIOS, TOYS, ETC.

Skateboards, roller blades, IPod’s, hacky sacks, laser pointers, bouncy balls, scooters, and other toys are not allowed on campus. Confiscated items will not be returned until the final day of school. Students should not bring any of these items to school with the idea of storing them in lockers for use after school. Keep them home and avoid any problem.

Snowballs

Throwing snowballs on campus is not allowed violators will miss activities.  Second offense may result in suspension. 

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

South Sanpete School District has the following policy in place which addresses Sexual Harassment: Sexual Harassment may include, but not be limited to the following:

1. Verbal harassment or abuse (Stalking).

2. Inappropriate patting or pinching.

3. Intentional brushing up against another person.

4. Any unwelcome sexually motivated touching or language. Harassment complaints should be reported to the Principal or Vice Principal. All complaints will be documented in writing and one or more of the following disciplinary steps will be taken; Verbal warning, suspension from school, expulsion from school, referral to juvenile court, mandatory counseling, etc.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Many young people today spend hours and hours on the computer at home visiting with friends and others on ‘Facebook’ and other social sites such as ‘MySpace’. These sites are not accessible in schools, and aren’t included in school  curriculum. Regardless of that fact, the school is continually called upon to referee and solve social problems between students that develop over comments made on these social media sites. Calls from parents expecting the school can/should provide solutions to these home-grown issues between students involving home computers is wishful thinking.  Schools have no control over any student activity at home. The same is true regarding text messages and ‘Tweets’ that young people are constantly engaged in doing. The person(s) paying the internet and cell phone bills is the clear and obvious answer when it comes to fixing these  situations.  In order to maintain a climate conducive to learning, problems that develop outside of school must be dealt with by parents and the students directly involved in the conflict. Ultimately, the solution must be provided by parents, not the school.

 SPEECH

Lewd, vulgar, defamatory or otherwise disruptive language, either written or spoken, or any obscene gestures will result in suspension and referral to juvenile court. This written policy concerning such behavior shall constitute fair warning in the event of any such incident involving profanity, vulgarity, etc. There is a zero tolerance level at GVMS on this issue.

Students referred to juvenile court for profanity, (lewd, obscene, vulgar language) shall be charged with disorderly conduct. Such language is offensive, and draws attention away from the educational process.

The juvenile court shall treat the charge in a non-judicial manner, meaning that the person may have to pay a fine, do work hours, etc. The incident is not on a permanent record. If a person is charged a second, or more times, the court handles those repeat charges as Class B Misdemeanours, and they go on a permanent record.

STEALING

Any student who commits, or attempts to commit a theft, by breaking and entering a locker, room, or the school, will be suspended and or referred to civil authorities.

STUDENT OFFICERS

Student officers are sworn to uphold the school policies at all times. They should be an example of citizenship at all times, on campus, or off. Any student officer who fails to maintain the GVMS polices, or who fails to maintain the specified academic levels, shall be placed on probation,. For academics, the probation shall last through the end of the grading period the problem falls within. (1st, 2nd, 3rd , or 4th quarters)

If the probation is for rule violations, the length of time shall be determined by the student council, and approved by the administration. Any officer(s) on probation, shall not participate in any duties associated with their elected office, and may, in certain situations, be activity ineligible during the probationary period. Continual problems involving student officers may/will result in removal from the office under the GVMS Constitution.

SLUFFING (TRUANCY)

The following situations will be classified as sluff:

1.Absence from school without permission and/or knowledge of parents, guardian, or school.

2.When a student has been in attendance during the morning or afternoon session and leaves the campus without checking out through the office.

3.The cutting of an individual class.

4.Leaving class (without the teacher's permission) after the class has begun.

5.Leaving school without proper authorization from parent or guardian, (phone call or note).

6.Attending school until noon and then not returning fro the afternoon session.  Students must have "prior" permission to do this either by a note or phone call.  (Notes and phone calls will not be accepted at the end of the day or the next day.)

7.Obtaining a pass or permission to go a certain place and not reporting there.

8.Leaving the campus during an assembly, activity, etc. . . .

9.When a student has been absent the entire day and no note or phone call was received by the school within the one day "Grace" period.

DISCIPLINE FOR SLUFFING

Parents will be notified as soon as possible when a sluff occurs. (By phone if possible, if not, then by a letter.)

                                             

FIRST OFFENSE:

In addition to receiving no credit for the work missed in the class(es) sluffed, he/she will also be disciplined in the following ways:

1.Miss the next scheduled dance.

2.Can't make up work missed.

SECOND, THIRD, FOURTH, ETC. OFFENSES:

1.Each time a student sluffs, he/she will not be allowed to make up the assignments or tests missed.

2.The punishment for sluffing will increase for each additional time a student sluffs. The following disciplinary actions will be used for students who habitually sluff:

a. Parents will be required to meet with the principal before the student may return to school.

b. The student will be suspended for 1-5 days, depending upon number of sluffs. (School work can be made up during a suspension).

c. Participants in extra-curricular activities will be suspended from participating in the next two activities. (Habitual sluffing by a student who participates in extracurricular activities will result in being be dropped from the group, club, etc.)

d. Students not in extra-curricular activities will be suspended from two activities, etc... at the discretion of the administration.

e. The student could be placed on 5-10 days of HOME STUDY program. (In this program, the student is sent home to be in the custody of his parent/guardian. The student is permitted to do his school work, but under no condition may the student be on school property during this time.)

f. A change in class schedule.

g. In-school suspension.

h. Counseling.

I. The student and his parents/guardians must meet with the Superintendent before returning to school.

j. When all options to eliminate the sluffing have failed, the principal will recommend to the School Board that the student be expelled from school

TARDY

Any student who arrives at school after school has begun must report to the office before going to class. These students must account for their late arrival by a signed, dated note and /or a phone call home to the parent. This procedure has a double benefit: the parent is aware of the tardy, and the school knows that the parent is aware.  If a student arrives at school tardy and fails to follow this procedure, that tardy becomes unexcused and remains so. Students must take care of any tardy the day of the tardy incident. In some circumstances, a one day (24 hour) grace period is allowed due to extenuating circumstances. (Parents are out of town for the day, etc.) Punctuality is important. Some students are habitual when it comes to tardy. Our policy allows for a student who is legitimately late to school to take care of that in a timely manner.

 USE OF SCHOOL BUILDINGS

Students may not use the buildings or facilities before or after school hours (7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) unless accompanied and supervised by a teacher. Groups planning to use the gym, shop, auditorium, lights, sound system, stage props, or other facilities will arrange to do so through the faculty advisor and/or principal and use them under adult supervision..

Because a student can gain access to a building does not give him/her the right to do so, any more than if it would give him/her the right to enter a private home if it were not locked or properly secured. Unauthorized people in the building will be cited for breaking and entering.

VANDALISM

Vandalism of school or private property (lockers, books, equipment, etc.) will be dealt with by one or more of the following disciplinary actions:

1. Pay restitution

2. Suspension from school

3. Suspension from activities

4. Referral to Juvenile Court

VENDING MACHINES

Anyone abusing machines will be restricted from the vending room. The vending room will be open for students before and after school.

Mornings:   Open before school until 1st bell

After School:   Mon-Thur Open 3:00 P.M

Friday, after School : Open 1:25 P.M.

Pop, food, and candy are not allowed in the halls, in the classrooms, or in the lockers. All drinks and food items are restricted to the lunchroom, vending room, or outside the building.  Use of the vending machines is at the risk of the user. The school does not have access to the vending machines if money is lost. Use machines at your own risk.

VISITOR POLICIES

Student visitors to the school during the day are not allowed. All visitors must check into the office when they first arrive on campus. For safety reasons visitors who are in the school and who have not been cleared through the office will be viewed as trespassers.

WEAPONS

No weapons (guns, knives, etc.) are allowed on school property at any time. Weapons will be confiscated and not returned. Students who bring weapons on school property will be suspended or expelled (up to one year) and/or referred to juvenile court. (See Safe School Policy)

SAFE SCHOOL  (Adopted October 12, 1994)

I. Philosophy:

This policy is adopted by the Board of Education of South Sanpete School District pursuant to UCA 53A-11-901 through 907. It is the intent of the Board to provide every student in the district with the opportunity to learn in an environment which is safe, conducive to the learning process, and free from unnecessary disruption. Every student is expected to follow rules of conduct, and to show respect for others and to obey persons in authority at the schools.

II. Policy:

A. The Board hereby delegates its authority to expel/suspend students to principals and vice principals in each school in the District for up to ten days.

B. A copy of this policy shall be posted in each school and discussed with each student.

C. Conduct Resulting in Suspension/Expulsion: A student may be suspended/expelled from school for participation in any of the following prohibited conduct when it occurs in a school building, in or on school property, in conjunction with any school sponsored activity, or when it occurs in the presence of, or is directed at or against another student or a district employee:

1. Continued disobedience or open and persistent defiance of proper authority;

2. Destruction, injury, or defacing of school property;

3. Behavior, or threatened behavior, which poses an immediate and significant threat to the welfare, safety or morals of other students, or school personnel or to the operation of the school;

4. Behavior which unreasonably disrupts or interferes with the educational process for other students.

5. Sells, gives, delivers, transfers, possesses, controls, or distributes alcoholic beverages or tobacco products within 1000 feet of school property or any school sponsored event;

6. Under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or controlled substance within 1000 feet of any school property or school sponsored event.

D. Mandatory Expulsion/Suspension: Students must be suspended/expelled from school for participation in any of the following prohibited conduct when it occurs in a school building, in or on school property, or within 1000 feet of school property or within 1000 feet and in conjunction with any school sponsored activity, or when it occurs in the presence of or is directed at or against another student or a district employee.

GUNNISON VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL

Under Utah state law, students may be expelled or suspended for the following:

*Frequent disobedience

*Disruptive behavior

*Foul, profane, vulgar, or abusive language

*Destruction of school property

*Immediate significant threat to welfare, safety, or morals to students, school   

  personnel, or to operation of school

*Possession, control, or use of an alcoholic beverage

*Offenses against student or staff that occur off school premises.

 The following incidents require suspension or expulsion:

*Drug, weapon, or other serious offenses occurring at school activities

*Misdemeanor or felony class force or threatened force Weapon offenses require expulsion for a full calendar year unless modified by the district superintendent on a case by case basis.

NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT

It is the policy of the South Sanpete School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, handicap or any other condition as required by various State and Federal laws in any educational program or activity.

 

HABITUAL PROBLEMS

Any student who demonstrates behavior that causes an on-going disruption of the normal educational process will be subject to the penalties prescribed by Utah State Law. (Specific areas of unacceptable behavior are identified on page 14 of this handbook.)  It is policy of GVMS and the South Sanpete School District that all students are guaranteed the right to a quality education and shall not be denied that right by others who disregard state law, district policies, and school rules.

7TH-8TH GRADE CORE CLASSES

Students are required to pass their four core classes: math, science, English, and history. Students who fail them must make up the work through summer school or repeating the class.

PENALTIES FOR IMPROPER USE OF INTERNET

Any user violating these rules, applicable state and federal laws, posted classroom and district rules, particularly accessing pornographic materials, is subject to loss of network privileges and any other district disciplinary options. The first offense will get an automatic suspension from school for three days, the second offense will be a one year suspension from Internet. On the third offense, the student will lose Internet privileges for the remainder of the school career. Anyone using school computers must sign an acceptable use policy form.

I. In addition, pursuant to State of Utah law, any unauthorized access, attempted access, or use of any state computing and/or network system is a violation of the Utah Penal Code and/or other applicable federal laws, and is subject to criminal

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