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District Policy and Guidelines

EARLY DISMISSAL POLICY

Individual students are permitted an early dismissal only for very urgent reasons and only when a written parental request is received in advance and approved by a principal. An example of a 'very urgent reason' would be a doctor's or legal appointment which can only be kept during school hours. Early dismissal notes must be handed in to the office at the beginning of the school day. All pupils leaving early must sign out in the school office. We reserve the right to check the signature on the note or the validity of the request. Pupils are not excused from their regular class periods lightly. Pupils know their schedules and the great majority do not want to miss their class if it can be avoided.

In cases where the entire student body is dismissed early for reasons of weather or other emergency, the school informs WCOJ-Coatesville, WDEL-Wilmington, WILM-Wilmington, KYW-Philadelphia, WSTW-Wilmington, WJBR-Wilmington and Brandywine Cable Vision immediately and the information is broadcast as soon as possible. Parents and students may also check the UHS web site at: www. uhs..ucf.k12.pa.us for school closings. In cases where advance knowledge of school closing is available, it is announced in the building affected no later than the preceding day.

ABSENCE AND LATENESS REGULATIONS

The laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania permit pupil absences only for illness, quarantine, death in the immediate family, extremely bad weather, or a previously excused educational trip. Following an absence, an excuse for such absence must be signed by a parent or guardian and presented to the school authorities before such pupil may be readmitted to school. When such excuse indicates illness as the reason for absence, the school reserves the fight to request a doctor's excuse as supporting evidence, whenever the absence is prolonged or occurs with consistent frequency. School work missed because of unexcused absences may not be made up for credit.

The administration further reserves the right to send its authorized school representative to investigate any situation of absence.All pupils absent due to illness will be examined by the school nurse or doctor before readmission to class whenever it is deemed necessary to do so.

Since most of our pupils are transported, lateness other than that of the lateness of a bus is an individual responsibility. Missing the bus, oversleeping, or home chores are not excusable reasons for lateness or absence.

Excuses written by a parent or guardian and approved by the appropriate school principal or assistant are required for the following special situations:

1. In the event a parent wishes his child to ride on a bus other than the one normally used by a pupil. Examples might be when a pupil is to ride home with another pupil for an after school or evening visit.

2. In the event that a parent wishes a pupil to get off at a bus stop other than the one normally used by a pupil.

3. In the event that a parent approves a pupil's riding in private cars driven by other pupils or adults.

4. In the event that a parent approves a child's driving, or riding in, a private car in the performing of personal or school business off the school grounds.

5. All private cars driven to school must be registered in the school office and property identified.

BELL SCHEDULE

Your child is expected to be in school every day school is in session according to his schedule. Pupils meet in their respective home rooms every morning for opening exercises and announcements. Failure to be in his assigned seat at that time is considered lateness and unless excused is penalized as such. The following bell schedule will be in effect on August 30, 1999:

Elementary Schools:

Elementary Schools

Pupils grades 1-5

8:55 AM-3:25 PM

Pupils in Kindergarten

8:55 AM-11:25 AM and
12:55 PM-3:25 PM

Charles F. Patton Middle School

Pupils grades 6-8

7:35 AM-2:18 PM

Unionville High School

Pupils grades 9-12

7:35 AM-2:18 PM

Lunch is arranged so that pupils will eat at a time that meets the middle of the school day.

Vocational-Technical pupils will have lunch at the Vocational-Technical School.

DISTRICT EVALUATION STANDARDS

1. In establishing grades for individual marking periods, the achievement standards for grades 4-12 are: A = 92-100, B = 83-91, C = 73-82, D = 62-72, F = below 62; for grades 1-3, the evaluation is 0 = outstanding progress, G = good progress, S = satisfactory progress and N = needs improvement.

2. In grades K-Pre-first, the evaluation format shall be a checklist for that level, rather than letter grades.

3. In subjects where students are ability-grouped, grading shall be within the group and not across the entire grade level.

4. For a student to receive credit for have completed a course and/or grade, he/she shall have obtained a "D" or better and shall have met the promotion policies set for that level.

5. Completing a course or grade with a "D" does not automatically enable that student to move into advanced work in the same subject area. It merely means he/she has done the minimally acceptable amount of work to not repeat the work.

6. In order to move into advanced work in a specific subject, the student must fulfill prerequisites as determined by the school district.

DATES AND POLICIES ON REPORT CARDS

Academic Progress Reports- High School

Deficiency reports of unsatisfactory work by students are issued at regular intervals, usually during a marking period. Academic deficiencies should receive the immediate attention of both students and parents. Conferences are always welcome.

Although it is desirable that a deficiency be received prior to the issuance of a failing grade, it is not a requirement and, therefore, a failing grade can be issued even if a deficiency has not been received. The reporting periods end on the following dates and report cards will be issued shortly thereafter:

  • November 4
  • January 21
  • April 5
  • June 10

Please note on the report card that in addition to student grades there is an area of evaluation pertinent to your child's work. If there are no check marks, you should assume that your child is satisfactorily working to his measured capacity. If however, there is a check mark or marks, it is placed there as a guide for you to use in helping your child. Please insist on seeing your child's report card. Teachers welcome the opportunity to discuss your child's situation with you. Please request such a conference, when needed, through the building principal. He knows when teachers are free of school duties and personal obligations.

All financial obligations incurred by a student must be taken care of before a report card will be issued or any transcript or records can be sent to colleges, employers or any other school district.

COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP FUND

During the school year the District's parent organizations cooperate in establishing from among their respective memberships a separate organization representing the total community. Its purpose is to conduct a drive among all the citizens of the seven townships known as the Unionville-Chadds Ford School System. The funds collected are to be used to establish several scholarship grants to meritorious and deserving seniors for use in continuing their post-secondary schooling. To date over one hundred deserving pupils have received gifts of approximately $500 each from the community.

The criteria for selecting recipients of U.C.F.C.S.F. Scholarships is based primarily on academic achievement, school service, and the ability to communicate. It is the philosophy of this organization that talent in all areas - scholarship, music, athletics, and other similar activities - should be publicly recognized and rewarded without consideration of the financial status of the recipient or his family. Applications for these awards must be made by the student before March 15 of the year of graduation. Forms are available in the Guidance Office.

The committee responsible for organizing and administering the Community Scholarship Fund consists of the Vice President of the School and Home Association, or his/her designee, the Presidents of the various school parent organizations, or their designees, the President of the Board of School Directors, the Superintendent, the High School Principal, the Assistant High School Principals, and the High School Guidance Counselors.

Additional information on scholarships is available in the High School Student Handbook.

Students should be encouraged to use the assistance of their guidance counselors in applying for scholarships.

COURSE PLANNING PROCEDURES

Within the senior high school the selection of subjects to be studied is a serious responsibility affecting the future life of your son or daughter. All graduation requirements must be satisfied in order to participate in commencement exercises. Between January 1 and April 1 of each year the student is interviewed individually by the guidance department or some qualified staff member. He will bring you a copy of his schedule and request your signature. Please give this card thought and study. If you are uncertain and wish more information, call the Principal's office.

Once this schedule has been accepted, changes will be made only in the case of a failure at the end of the year or for a very urgent reason. In the latter case an interview with the parent will be requested. Conflicts in time and pupil accommodation may limit any change. Programs can be changed or courses added or dropped only by the written request of the parents and approval by responsible school officials and subject matter teachers.

STUDENT SEXUAL HARASSMENT

1. Purpose. It is the policy of the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District to maintain a learning and working environment that is free from sexual harassment.

2. Authority. This Policy is in compliance with and in furtherance of Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Regulations of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, and the Guidelines of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.

3. Definition. Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

(a) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or education; or

(b) submission to or subjection to such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for academic or employment decisions affecting such individual; or

(c) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's academic or employment performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive academic or employment environment.

Sexual harassment may include, but is not limited to, the following: verbal harassment or abuse of a sexual nature; demeaning sexual remarks directed to an individual; sexually explicit or offensive jokes or anecdotes; unwelcome sexual flirtations, advances, propositions, or requests for sexual activities; suggestions or demands for sexual activities accompanied by implied or expressed threats concerning an individual's employment or education; visual harassment by sexually offensive photographs, cartoons, drawings, posters, pictures, or objects; and physical harassment including assault and battery, unwelcome touching, and interference with movement or work.

4. Prohibition. Neither employees, nor students, shall engage in conduct which constitutes sexual harassment of any individual. This prohibition applies to an employee's or student's conduct at all times while on District premises or while participating in or attending a school-sponsored or school related activity.

5. Enforcement Procedure.

(a) Complaints: Students. Any student who believes that he or she has been subjected to sexual harassment by other students, teachers, administrators, or other employees should report such incident either orally or in writing to a teacher, school counselor, administrator, or other professional employee of the District within a reasonable time. Any individual who has received such report shall promptly notify his or her supervisor (unless such supervisor is the subject of the complaint), who shall notify the Superintendent (or his or her designee). If such supervisor is the subject of the complaint, the individual who has received such report shall promptly notify the Superintendent.

b) Complaints: Employees. Any employee who believes that he or she has been subjected to sexual harassment by students should try to report the incident to the Building Principal within fifteen (15) school days.

(c) Investigation. The Building Principal (or the Superintendent or his or her designee) shall investigate the complaint in a timely and confidential manner. Such investigation will customarily include individual conferences with the parties and any witnesses; and with the consent of the parties and the student's parents or guardians, joint conferences. The Superintendent (or his or her designee) may also request written statements from any parties or witnesses.

(d) Decision. At the conclusion of his or her investigation, the Building Principal or the Superintendent (or his or her designee) shall make a written determination as to whether sexual harassment has occurred. Copies of the decision shall be furnished to all parties and the parents or guardians of the student or students involved.

(e) Discipline: Student. If the Building Principal or the Superintendent (or his or her designee) has determined that sexual harassment has occurred, discipline may be imposed upon the responsible student in accordance with the procedures set forth in the Student Code of Conduct. Such discipline may include the student's permanent expulsion from school. In no way should this Policy be deemed to expand a students rights or liabilities beyond those given him or her by state or federal law.

(f) Discipline: Employees. If the Building Principal or the Superintendent (or his or her designee) has determined that sexual harassment has occurred, discipline may be imposed upon the responsible teacher, administrator, or other employee in accordance with the procedures set forth in the Board Policy manual (Sections 348, 448, 548), and any other pertinent policies. Such discipline may include a recommendation that the Board suspend or dismiss such employee. As established by State law, District Policy, and the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the employee may appeal or grieve the decision. In no way should the policy be deemed to expand an employee's rights or liabilities beyond those given him or her by state or federal law.

6. Confidentiality. To encourage the reporting of incidents of sexual harassment and to protect the reputation of any student or employee wrongfully charged, no information concerning the complaint of sexual harassment will be released by the District to anyone not involved with the investigation. Whenever a complaint of sexual harassment has finally been resolved in favor of any individual, all material concerning the matter shall be sealed and maintained by the District, subject to release only by direction of such individual or in accordance with laws

7. False Reports. As the Board is aware of the repercussions of sexual harassment, the Superintendent (or his or her designee) is empowered to initiate disciplinary proceedings against any employee or student who makes a false accusation of sexual harassment. A student who makes a false accusation of sexual harassment may be subject to suspension or expulsion; an employee who makes a false accusation of sexual harassment may also be subject to suspension or dismissal.

8. Superintendent as Party. It the Superintendent (or his or her designee) is a party concerning a sexual harassment complaint, the Board shall name a person to take his or her place in the administration of this Policy.

GENERAL INFORMATION

1. Locker Assignments

Each pupil is supplied with a locker WHICH SHOULD BE KEPT LOCKED AT ALL TIMES. Past experience indicates that pupils do "borrow" from each other when the whim or need arises. The school makes every effort to prevent the loss of personal property through pupil activity, but carelessness, although no excuse, is a reality in practice. Please help us to strengthen the integrity of our pupils by the elimination of carelessness about personal and school property.

II. Safeguarding Personal Property

1. It is strongly recommended that pupils identify all items of personal equipment such as gym shoes, athletics equipment and notebooks. Identification cards should be carried in wallets, glass cases, etc.

2. It is suggested that pupils carry enough money to meet their daily needs. Too often excessive sums are carried and, in some cases unfortunately, lost.

3. In gym classes valuables should be locked in gym lockers or turned over to gym teachers for safekeeping.

4.In the event that anything is lost or missing it should be reported immediately to the responsible teacher and to the school office.

5. Gym and regular lockers are to be kept locked at all times and locker combinations should not be revealed to other pupils. Students may supply their own locks if the combination or a duplicate key is left in the main office.

6. Lockers remain the property of the school and are loaned to the student for his use. The school reserves the right to check lockers at any time.

III. Cafeteria Services

Each of our cafeterias serves wholesome, nutritionally balanced meals according to the National School Lunch Program Regulations. Monthly menus are provided for each student. A traditional lunch in the elementary schools is $1.60. Lunches in the middle school and high school range from $1.80 to $2.30. A computerized debit system is in each of the schools enabling students to set up an account from which they may purchase lunch or a la carte items. Students may also pay cash for any item. All pupils are given ample time to eat. Those who carry lunches must eat their lunch in the cafeteria. No pupil is permitted to leave the school premises for lunch unless excused by the Principal of his building, and then only with parental permission in advance. All food must be eaten in the cafeteria.

IV. Health and Dental Examinations

1. Please call the school Nurse in your child's school any time you have a question or concern. We are fortunate to have a full time nurse in each building.

2. Students in all grades are required by Pennsylvania School Health Law to show proof of immunization before they may attend school. Any student without required immunizations will be excluded.

3. The Pennsylvania School Health Law requires a physical examination for children upon original entry into the Pennsylvania system in Kindergarten or grade 1, as well as in grades 6 & 11. Dental exams are required upon the original entry into the Pennsylvania system in Kindergarten or grade 1, and in grades 3 & 7. To provide continuity of care, parents are urged to have their children examined by their family physician and dentist. Pennsylvania physical and dental forms are provided by the school to be completed and returned to the nurse in your child's building.

Note: Students who are participating in middle school and high school interscholastic athletics are required to have a yearly sports physical and to return the completed PIAA athletic eligibility cards to the school Athletic Director prior to try-outs. The school physician will recertify PIAA athletes in subsequent seasons. See "Athletic Eligibility".

4. The school physician will examine students who do not see a p rivate physician. The school dentist will see students who do not see a private dentist. The school nurse must be notified in writing of any child to see the school physician or dentist.

5. Throughout the school year, students are screened for vision, hearing and growth. All 6th and 7th graders are also screened for scoliosis. recommendations for follow up are sent home to parents. It is important to your child's p rogress in school that these suggestions be effected as soon as possible.

6. Transferring students should have medical records sent from their last school. Pennsylvania and out of state transfer students are given health information and requirements at registration.

V. Pupil Accident Insurance

1. Pupils are urged to conduct themselves at all times in such manner as to avoid accidents. Running, shoving, pushing, and fighting lead to possible injury, sometimes to innocent persons, and are to be avoided.

2. Parents are encouraged to purchase individual school accident policies for all pupils if they do not have such protection.

3. In the event of an injury to a pupil during school hours, all accidents/injuries should be reported to the school nurse. Pupils who have a school accident insurance policy must report the accident immediately or as soon as possible to the school office where a claim may be prepared. It is not enough to report an accident to a teacher or to the nurse or to the family doctor. Upon reporting the accident to the office, proper instructions will be issued as to how medical, dental or hospital bills are to be processed and paid.

School Accident Insurance: There are two types of group accident insurance policies available to students. The first plan insures the pupil against accident and injury during school hours and while in transit to and from school within a period of one hour. The second plan provides 24-hour protection for the entire year. Many parents who have purchased the 24-hour 12-months policy recommend it highly for year round protection against school and non-school accidents. For the school year the cost for coverage is as follows:

1999-2000 VOLUNTARY-PRIMARY EXCESS-PLAN AA

$250,000 Accident Medical Expense: Grades K-12

Schooltime: $28 without dental, $44 with dental

24-Hour: $100 without dental, $116 with dental

The insurance is a direct contract between the insurer and the insured. The school merely makes insurance protection available and in no way is an agent nor does it act as an agent in any claim. The cost of the insurance is nominal. The terms of the policy are set forth in a brochure furnished by the insurance company and distributed to each student for discussion with parents. All pupils participating in athletics must carry such insurance or have other comparable insurance protection against athletic injuries. The distribution of materials and the collection of monies will be completed within the first two weeks of school. However, each student policy goes into effect on the day the application, signed by the parent, is returned to the homeroom teacher accompanied by the full cost of the policy. In the event of an accident to an insured pupil the accident must be reported to the child's school office and instructions for submitting the claim must be followed by parents and the injured students to assure prompt reimbursement of doctors, nurses, or hospitals. Such instructions are given to each injured pupil and parents are urged to comply promptly to assure prompt payment.

VI. Gym Uniforms and Towels

It will be the responsibility of the individual student to provide a towel for use following gym class. Gym suits can be purchased at the gym office at the Middle School.

EXTRA AND CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES Many colleges and employers are looking for young men and women who have proved themselves successful in the academic areas, at the same time serving themselves and the school in activities beyond the classroom. There are many opportunities for your child to broaden his horizons, meet his needs. and develop an a vocational interest in our extra and co-curricular programs. May we suggest that you encourage him to become a part of a club. association, group, or activity which can do so much to maintain his interest in school and to further develop his own personality.

Home Schoolers and Extra Curricular Activities

Students who are home schooled may participate in extra-curricular activities on the same basis as regular students, with certain restrictions.

Homework Guidelines : Elementary Schools

Homework is an effective technique for expanding classroom learning. Homework should stimulate voluntary effort, initiative, independence, responsibility and self-direction. It is one means of communication between home and school-requiring the cooperative efforts of both to be most effective. The following guidelines specify the roles of the teacher, student, and parents. The extent to which these guidelines are adhered to will determine the effectiveness of homework assignments in accomplishing their purposes.

The teacher should...

  • be certain that every assignment is clearly understood;
  • relate the assignment to the class instruction;
  • avoid unnecessary assignments;
  • consider individual differences;
  • vary the type of assignments;
  • consider special school activities; weekends and holidays;
  • provide immediate feedback when assignments are completed;
  • use homework as drill only after the skill or concept is understood;
  • use homework only as a means of contributing to the educational growth of the students;
  • remind students of assignments at the close of each day;
  • make reasonable assignments.

ACADEMIC HONESTY (High School) The faculty and administration of Unionville High School place premium value on academic honesty. It is of paramount importance in our curricular program. The honest accomplishment of academic endeavors is a foundation which students begin to build here at Unionville High School. This honesty is also something they will carry wit them into the future. Integrity of student work and effort embodies what is important in our mission here at Unionville High School.

Definition of Honesty: The word "honest" is defined in Webster's dictionary as being truthful and free from deception. Honesty also implies a refusal to lie, cheat or steal.

Definition of Academic Honesty: We expect that the work a student prepares at the request of a teacher is without question designed to reflect the skills, intellect, and efforts of that particular student. Assignments that require the student to present original work, such as papers, homework, classwork, answers on tests or quizzes, projects, oral presentations, and lab reports must not be compromised by including the work of another without proper citation.

Acceptable Student Behaviors

1. When taking exams, tests and quizzes, students will use only acquired knowledge or other resources specifically permitted by the teacher. Examples of other resources may include approved note cards and calculators.

2. Written assignments, including homework, should be original student work unless otherwise approved. If written information includes ideas or words quoted and paraphrased from other sources, those sources must be credited appropriately.

3. When collaborative work is assigned, students should clarify with the teacher how the graded work is to be completed.

Definition of Academic Dishonesty: Dishonesty occurs when as student attempts to enhance the substance or quality of original work by including material that is not generated specifically by honest effort and has not been credited to the appropriate source. Dishonesty also includes providing unauthorized assistance to another student(s).

Individual teacher expectations regarding collaborative work may vary because of the nature of the assignment and desired student performance. Teachers are instructed to preset all assignment expectations clearly to insure student compliance. Students are responsible for complying with teacher guidelines and for seeking clarification if needed. Violations of academic honesty will be considered serious infractions and will be handled according to p rocedures set forth in the student discipline policy.

Consequences:

1. First offense of cheating will result in a zero on the academic assignment and attendance at a Saturday detention.

2. Second offense in any course will result in a zero on the assignment and a three-day suspension. The second offense in the same course may result in the student being removed from the course and failing the course.

3. The Third offense in any course will result in a ten-day suspension. Should a third offense occur in any given course it will result in the student being removed from the course and failing the course.

4. Cheating in any form voids a student's opportunity for membership in the National Honor Society during the student's tenure at UHS.

A fundamental goal at Unionville High School is to prepare students to be contributing citizens of society. Honesty in academic work is vital component of citizenship development. Similar procedures will be followed in the Middle School.

Missed Examinations (Mid-terms & Finals)-High School

In order for a student to have permission to miss a semester examination (either a mid-term or final), it will be necessary for that student to present a letter, from his/her parent(s), to the assistant principal two weeks prior to the date of the examination(s) being missed, There will be no early make-up of exams.

Mid-term - The student will be required to make up all missed examinations within one school week (5 school days) of his/her return to school.

Final - The student will be required to make up all missed examinations on a make-up basis during a week designated for this purpose during the summer.

A missed mid-term or final exam will result in an incomplete examination grade being placed on the report card. For a semester course, a final course grade will not be received until the missed examination is made up. For a missed final examination (including a semester course) the final average and class rank will not be calculated until the final exam is taken, and at the time of the next calculation of these averages (final average-fall of next school year; rank in class-spring of next school year).

Example: if a student misses a final exam in June of 2000, and takes a make-up exam during the summer, the final grade for the course (and the removal of the "incomplete"), will take place in the fall of 2000 and the rank-in-class would be calculated in the spring of 2001.

The administration has the right to determine whether or not permission to miss the test can be granted. Parents should carefully consider the consequences of their youngster(s) missing examinations prior to requesting this permission.

CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT In accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Regulations of the State Board of Education, the Board of School Directors of the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District adopted this Code of Student Conduct on April 15, 1996.

REGULATIONS OF THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION CONCERNING STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

12.1.Free Education and Attendance.

(a) All persons residing in this Commonwealth between the ages of 6 and 21 years are entitled to a free and full education in the Commonwealth's public schools.

(b) Parents or guardians of all children between the ages of 8 and 17 are required by the compulsory attendance law to ensure that their children attend an approved educational institution, unless legally excused. Students who have not graduated may not be asked to leave school merely because they have reached 17 years of age if they are fulfilling their responsibilities as students. A student may not be excluded from public schools nor from extracurricular activities because of being married or pregnant.

12.2 Student Responsibilities

(a) Student responsibilities include regular school attendance, conscientious effort in classroom work, and conformance to school rules and regulations. Most of all, students share with the administration and faculty a responsibility to develop a climate within the school that is conducive to wholesome learning and living.

(b) No student has the right to interfere with the education of his fellow students. It is the responsibility of each student to respect the rights of teachers, students, administrators and all others who are involved in the educational process.

(c) Students should express their ideas and opinions in a respectful manner.

(d)It is the responsibility of the students to conform with the following:

1.Be aware of all rules and regulations for student behavior and conduct themselves in accord with them. Students should assume that, until a rule is waived, altered or repealed in writing, it is in effect.

2.Volunteer information in matters relating to the health, safety and welfare of the school community and the protection of school property.

3. Dress and groom so as to meet fair standards of safety and health, and not to cause substantial disruption to the educational processes.

4.Assist the school staff in operating a safe school for all students enrolled therein.

5.Comply with Commonwealth and local laws.

6.Exercise proper care when using public facilities and equipment.

7. Attend school daily and be on time at all classes and other school functions.

8. Make up work when absent from school.

9. Pursue and attempt to complete satisfactorily the courses of study prescribed by

Commonwealth and local school authorities.

10. Report accurately and not use indecent or obscene language in student newspapers or publications.

12.3 School Rules

(a) The school board has the authority to make reasonable and necessary rules governing the conduct of students in school. The rulemaking power, however, is not unlimited; it must operate within statutory and constitutional restraints. A school board has only those powers which are enumerated in the statutes of this Commonwealth, or which may reasonably be implied or necessary for the orderly operation of the school.

(b) School boards may not make rules which are arbitrary, capricious or outside their grant of authority from the General Assembly. Their rules must stand the test of fairness and reasonableness. A rule is generally considered reasonable if it uses a rational means of accomplishing some legitimate school purpose.

(c) Each board of school directors shall adopt a code of student conduct which shall include policies governing student discipline and a listing of student rights and responsibilities as outlined in this chapter. This conduct code shall be published and distributed to students and parents. Copies of the code shall also be available in each school library.

12.4 Discrimination

Consistent with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (43 P.S. 951-963), no student shall be denied access to a free and full public education on account of race, religion, sex, national origin, or handicaps.

12.5 Corporal Punishment

(a) Corporal punishment, namely physically punishing a student for an offense, may be administered by teachers and school officials to discipline students when authorized by, and in accordance with policies and guidelines established by, the board of school directors.

(b) Reasonable force may be used but under no circumstances shall a student be punished in such a manner as to cause bodily injury.

(c) Where corporal punishment is authorized, school authorities shall notify all parents of this policy. Corporal punishment may not be administered to a child whose parents have notified school authorities that such disciplinary method is prohibited.

(d) In situations where a parent or school board prohibits corporal punishment, reasonable force may still be used by teachers and school authorities under the following circumstances:

1. To quell a disturbance.

2. To obtain possession of weapons or other dangerous objects.

3. For the purpose of self-defense.

4. For the protection of persons or property.

(e) Corporal punishment should never be administered in the heat of anger. It should be recognized that corporal punishment always contains the danger of excessiveness. No disciplinary action should exceed in degree the seriousness of the offense. Students shall not be required to remove clothing when being punished.

12.6 Exclusions from School

(a) The board of school directors shall define and publish the types of offenses that would lead to exclusion from school. Exclusions affecting certain exceptional students shall be governed by 22 Pa. Code 14.35 (relating to discipline).

(b) Exclusion from school may take the form of suspension or expulsion.

1. Suspension is exclusion from school for a period of 1 to 10 consecutive school days.
(i) Suspensions may be given by the principal or person in charge of the public school

(ii) No student shall be suspended until the student has been informed of the reasons for the suspension and given an opportunity to respond. Prior notice of the intended suspension need not be given when it is clear that the health, safety, or welfare of the school community is threatened.

(iii) The parents and the superintendent of the district shall be notified immediately in writing when the student is suspended.

(iv) When the suspension exceeds 3 school days, the student and parent shall be given the opportunity for an informal hearing consistent with the requirements set forth in 12.8(c) (relating to hearings).

(v) Suspensions may not be made to run consecutively beyond the 10 school day period.

(vi) Students shall have the responsibility to make up exams and work missed while being disciplined by suspension and shall be permitted to complete these assignments within guidelines established by the board of school directors.

2. Expulsion is exclusion from school by the board of education for a period exceeding 10 school days and may be permanent expulsion from the school rolls. All expulsions require a prior formal hearing under 12.8.

(c) During the period prior to the hearing and decision of the board of education in an expulsion case, the student shall be placed in his normal class except as set forth in subsection (d).

(d) If it is determined after an informal hearing that a student's presence in his normal class would constitute a threat to the health, safety, morals or welfare of others and it is not possible to hold a formal hearing within the period of suspension, the student may be excluded from school for more than 10 school days, if the formal

1.The informal hearing is meant to encourage the student's parents or guardians to meet with the principal to discuss ways by which future offenses can be avoided.

2. The following due process requirements are to be observed in regard to the informal hearing:

(i) Notification of the reasons for the suspension shall be given in writing to the parents or guardians and to the student.

(ii) Sufficient notice of the time and place of the informal hearing shall be given.

(iii) A student has the right to question any witnesses present at the hearing.

(iv) A student has the right to speak and produce witnesses on his own behalf.

12.9 Freedom of Expression

(a) The right of public school students to freedom of speech was affirmed by the United States Supreme Court in Tinker v. Des Moines Community School District, 393 U.S. 503 (1969).

(b) Students have the right to express themselves unless the expression materially and substantially interferes with the educational process, threatens immediate harm to the welfare of the school or community, encourages unlawful activity, or interferes with another individual's rights.

(c) Students may use publications, handbills, announcements, assemblies, group meetings, buttons, armbands, and other means of common communication, provided that the use of public school communications facilities shall be in accordance with the regulations of the authority in charge of those facilities.

1. Students have the responsibility to obey laws governing libel and obscenity and to be aware of the full meaning of their expression.

2. Students have the responsibility to be aware of the feeling and opinions of others and to give others a fair opportunity to express their views.

(d) Identification of the individual student or at least one responsible person in a student group may be required on posted or distributed materials.

(e) School officials may require students to submit for prior approval a copy of all materials to be displayed, posted or distributed on school property.

(f) Bulletin boards shall conform with the following:

1. School authorities may restrict the use of certain bulletin boards.

2. Bulletin board space shall be provided for the use of students and student organizations.

3. School officials may require that notices or other communications be officially dated before posting, and that such materials be removed after a prescribed reasonable time to assure full access to the bulletin boards.

(g) School newspapers and publications shall conform with the following:

1. Students have a right and are as free as editors of other newspapers to report the news and to editorialize within the provisions in paragraphs (4) and (5).

2. School officials shall supervise student newspapers published with school equipment, remove obscene or libelous material and edit other material that would cause a substantial disruption or interference with school activities.

3. School officials may not censor or restrict material simply because it is critical of the school or its administration.

4. Prior approval procedures regarding copy for school newspapers shall identify the individual to whom the material is to be submitted and shall establish a limitation on the time required to make a decision. If the prescribed time for approval elapses without a decision, the material shall be considered authorized for distribution.

5. Students who are not members of the newspaper staff shall have access to its pages. Written criteria for submission of material by non staff members shall be developed and distributed to all students.

(h) The wearing of buttons, badges, or armbands shall be permitted as another form of expression within the restrictions listed in subsection (c).

(i) School officials may set forth the time and place of distribution of materials so that distribution would not materially or substantially interfere with the requirements of appropriate discipline in the operation of the school.

1. A proper time and place set for distribution is one which would give the students the opportunity to reach fellow students.

2. The place of such activity may be restricted to permit the normal flow of traffic within the school and at exterior doors.

j) School officials should adopt and publish guidelines for student use of school facilities and equipment.

(k) The constitutional right of freedom of speech guarantees the freedom of public school students to publish materials on their own.

1. The school has no responsibility to assist students or to provide facilities in the publishing of such materials.

2. The students themselves have sole responsibility for any statements published.

3. Approval procedures must be followed prior to distribution or display of materials on school property. See subsection (i).

12.10 Flag Salute and the Pledge of Allegiance

It is the responsibility of every citizen to show proper respect for his country and its flag.

(1) Students may decline to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and may refrain from saluting the Flag on the basis of personal belief or religious convictions.

(2) Students who choose to refrain from such participation shall respect the rights and interest of classmates who do wish to participate.

12.11 Hair and Dress (see revised dress code of 8/31/01)

12.12 Confidential Communications

(a) Use of a student's confidential communications to school personnel in legal proceedings is governed by statutes and regulations appropriate to the proceeding. See, for example, 42 Pa. C.S. 5945 (relating to confidential communications to school personnel).

(b) Information received in confidence from a student may be revealed to the student's parents, the principal or other appropriate authority where the health, welfare or safety of the student or other persons is clearly in jeopardy.

12.13 (Reserved)

12.14 Searches

School authorities may search a student's locker and seize any illegal materials. Such materials may be used as evidence against the student in disciplinary proceedings. Prior to a locker search the students shall be notified and given an opportunity to be present. However, where school authorities have a reasonable suspicion that the locker contains materials which pose a threat to the health, welfare and safety of students in the school, student lockers may be searched without prior warning.

12.15 (Reserved)

DISCIPLINARY POLICY The District's administration, teachers, and other authorized staff members will discipline students in accordance with this policy.

Types of Discipline Defined

  • Teacher Detention - Detention during school or after school assigned by a teacher (maximum of 45 minutes).
  • Regular Detention - After-school detention assigned by an administrator (45 min.).
  • Extended Detention - After-school detention assigned by an administrator (90 minutes).
  • Saturday Detention - Saturday detention assigned by an administrator (4 hours).
  • Suspension - Exclusion from school for a period of from one to ten consecutive school days.
  • Expulsion - Exclusion from school by the Board of School Directors for a period exceeding ten school days, which may be permanent expulsion from the school rolls.

Disciplinary Offenses Defined

The following offenses will lead to disciplinary action, which may include a student's exclusion from school by suspension or expulsion.

Level A Offenses. A student who commits a Level A Offense will receive a teacher detention.

1. Rough or boisterous behavior, including running, shoving, pushing, and shouting.

2. Causing a disturbance in a classroom (behavior that interferes with teaching and learning).

3. Failure to complete an assignment.

4. Failure to follow a direction by a teacher or other authorized staff member.

5. Lateness to class, study hall, or activity (less than ten minutes).

6. Intimate contact with another student, including kissing and embracing.

7. Wearing headwear (for instance, hats, hoods, and bandannas) inside school buildings.

8. Wearing clothing that promotes the use of tobacco, alcohol, drugs, sexual promiscuity, or constitutes a threat to the health, safety, morals, or welfare of others.

Level B Offenses. A student who commits a Level B Offense will receive a regular detention imposed by the administration.

1. Any Level A Offense that a teacher finds necessary to refer to an administrator.

2. Third unexcused lateness to school within a semester.

3. Failure to sign in at the building principal's office when late to school.

4. Profanity or other abusive language-not directed at administrator, teacher, or other staff member.

5. Causing a disturbance in a hallway, lobby, lavatory, or other common area (including lawns, sidewalks, playgrounds, athletic fields, and parking lots).

6. Unauthorized riding on an elevator or failure to return key. (Discipline will include loss of deposit.)

7. Unauthorized use of radio, tape recorder or player, camera, video camera, computer, disc player, or cellular telephone.

8. Cafeteria misbehavior, including rough or boisterous behavior and causing a disturbance.

9. Loitering in bathrooms, hallways, lobbies, or other common areas.

10. Failure to serve a teacher detention.

Level C Offenses. A student who commits a Level C Offense will receive one or more extended detention.

1. The commission of any Level A or B offense when a student has committed a Level B Offense within a school year.

2. Cutting class (absence from class, study hall, or activity of ten minutes or more); failure to sign into study hall.

3. Failure to follow a direction by an administrator.

4.Throwing food or other objects.

5. Failure to serve a regular detention.

6. Fighting - no punches thrown or no apparent injury.

7. Misbehavior on a bus (rough or boisterous behavior, causing a disturbance, or violating bus rules). (Discipline may include loss of riding privilege.)

8. Fourth unexcused lateness to school within a semester. (Discipline may include loss of driving privilege.)

9. Vandalism that can be cleaned and requires no expense for replacement or repair.

10. Presence in a lavatory stall with another student or students.

Level D Offenses. A student who commits a Level D Offense will receive a Saturday detention.

l. The commission of any Level A, B, or C offense when a student has committed a Level C Offense within a school year.

2. Profanity or other abusive language-directed at administrator, teacher, or other staff member.

3. Disrespect of an administrator, teacher, or other staff member

4.Vandalism causing damage that can be repaired for $100 or less. (Discipline will also include students payment of repair or replacement expenses.)

5. Possession or use of lighters or matches.

6. Fifth unexcused lateness to school within a semester. (Discipline may include loss of driving privilege.)

7. Unexcused lateness to school following second period.

8. Failure to bring a required doctor's note to school.

9. Cutting school, truancy (staying out of school without permission).

10. Leaving building or grounds without permission. (Discipline may include loss of driving privilege.)

11. Forging notes, excuses, or early dismissal slips.

12. Mooning, depantsing, or making obscene gestures.

13. Damaging a person's property or violating a person's right of privacy.

14. Reckless driving on school property. (Discipline may include loss of driving privilege.)

15. Failure to serve an extended detention.

16. Gambling (participating in any game or activity involving chance and the payment of money).

17. Violation of computer use guidelines.

18. Possession or use of pagers or beepers (except in accordance with the exceptions of Section 1371.1 of the Public School Code).

19. Verbal harassment, not including physical contact or threats of harm or sexual harassment (see Board Policy No. 248).

20. Cheating. (Discipline will also include a grade of "O' for the assignment; a second violation in the same course may result in failure of the course.)

GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING IN THE U-CF SCHOOLS The guidance

and counseling program in the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District is based on the beliefs that guidance and counseling should benefit all students; all students need individual attention; children have stress, conflict and times of crisis; and developmental guidance and counseling programs meet the needs of students more effectively and efficiently. The guidance and counseling program assumes that by the coordinated efforts of counselors, parents, administrators, and teachers, the students will benefit. A developmental program, addressing the needs of all students, will provide the greatest number of options to students upon graduation. Well-adjusted, responsible, self-directed students are the planned outcome of a well-organized guidance and counseling program.

The six goals of the K-12 Guidance Curriculum are as follows:

1. Self awareness, self understanding, and self esteem.

2. Understanding others including the family.

3. Effective communication skills.

4. Self respect and self direction.

5. Decision making, problem solving and coping.

The most recent list of counselors is available on the individual school websites.

POLICY ON SCHOOL TRIPS A form will be brought home by the student for parental signature two or three days before the trip. This is returned to the teacher sponsoring the event. If any class teacher feels that because of the pupil's conduct or poor scholarship in his class the pupil should not be excused, the teacher may report such information to the principal. (The principal reserves the right to review such teacher refusal.)

With the exception of the senior class trip, 'pleasure" trips are not permitted by the school. All field trips conducted during the school day are confined to related subject-area activity. Therefore, no club activity trip may be so planned as to cause pupil absence during regular class time.

SCHOOL BUS RULES OF CONDUCT WHEN BOARDING...

1. Students should ride only the bus they are regularly assigned. In order to board any bus other than the regularly assigned bus, the student must show the driver a note from the parents approved by the Principal.

2. No student will be picked up or discharged at any stop other than the assigned bus stop without a permission slip from his parent or guardian approved by the Principal and shown to the driver prior to discharge or pick up.

3. Students should remain in line a reasonable distance from the bus when it stops and should not move toward the bus until the door opens. Students who must cross the highway to board the bus should cross approximately 10 feet in front of the bus only after the bus has come to a complete stop and the driver directs them to cross.

4.The first few days of school, students should be at their bus stop at least 10 minutes before their scheduled time of pick-up. After that, at least 5 minutes before the scheduled time of pick up.

WHEN RIDING...

1. Students should refrain from any improper conduct which could distract the driver.

2. Students may not eat, drink, smoke or play radios on the school bus.

3. Students must not extend arms or heads out of the bus windows.

4. Students must remain seated while the bus is moving or if the bus is delayed on the road.

5. Students must not damage or deface any part of the bus and should assist the driver in keeping the bus clean.

6. Students are to sit in any assigned seat that the driver designates.

7. School bus seats are designed to accommodate 3 passengers in each seat. Pupils are to leave room for a third person, if necessary.

8. Students are to refrain from being loud, using abusive or vulgar language, or hitting others while on the bus.

9. Students are not to throw anything inside the bus or out of the window.

10. Students should not block the aisle, service door, or emergency door with musical instruments, lunch boxes, books or other possessions.