Louisville Public School

Every Child -- Every Chance -- Every Day

Secondary Handbook

2012 - 2013

 

Louisville High School

Eiland Middle School

Louisville Elementary School

Fair Elementary School

Nanih Waiya Attendance Center

Noxapater Attendance Center

Winston-Louisville Career & Technology Ctr.

 

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Louisville Municipal School District Vision Statement

The Louisville Municipal School District provides educational opportunities to meet the needs of students with various backgrounds and abilities.

Louisville Municipal School District Mission Statement

The Louisville Municipal School District in collaboration with stakeholders is committed to providing a quality education that prepares students for a successful future.

Louisville Municipal School District Motto

"Every Child--Every Chance--Every Day"

Supporting Beliefs

 

  All students can learn.

  Student learning is the chief priority.

  A safe and supportive environment enhances student achievement.

  Students with special needs require individualized services and resources.

  Teachers, administrators, parents, and the community share the responsibility for advancing the district mission.

  The district is committed to continuous improvement.

  Professional development is an integral part of continuous improvement.

 

Pledge to the Flag

 

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands; one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

 

Board of Trustees

 

Bobby Moody, President

Cathy Edwards, Secretary

Claire Crowell, Assistant Secretary

Betty Byrd, Member

Brenda Johnson, Member

 

School District Administrative Staff

 

William C. Wade, Ed.D., Superintendent

Norma Jackson, Director of Federal Programs

Ken McMullan, Assistant Superintendent/Director of Transportation

Steve Eiland, Director of Special Education

Dr. Nola Bryant, Director of Testing

Penny Hill, Director of Curriculum/Common Core

Tracy Luke, Director of School Finance

Kyle Hammond, Principal, Louisville High School

James Brooks, Principal, Eiland Middle School

Tantaneshia Houston, Asst. Principal, Eiland Middle School

Ella Smith, Alternative School Director

Belinda Swart, Principal, Louisville Elementary School

Paulette Daily, Asst. Principal Louisville Elementary

Leigh Ann Hailey, Principal, Fair Elementary School

Chet Wilkes, Asst. Principal, Fair Elementary School/Ed Options Program Coordinator

Tantaneshia Houston, Assistant Principal, Fair Elementary School

David Luke, Principal, Nanih Waiya Attendance Center

Glenn Stevens, Principal, Noxapater Attendance Center

James Robert Webb, Director, Winston-Louisville Career & Technology Center

Jawana Young, Behavioral Plan Director

Jeffrey Woodward, Director of Technology

Tony Prior, Director of Maintenance

Shelia Reed, Director of School Food Service

Larry Hughes, Director of Security

 

School Admission Requirements

 

The State of Mississippi provides for a uniform system of free public schools for student enrolled in kindergarten through twelfth grade who have reached the age of five (5) on or before September 1 of the calendar year and have not reached the age of twenty-one (21) on or before September 1 of the calendar year.

 

"Compulsory-school-age child means a child who has attained or will attain the age of (6) years on or before September 1 of the calendar year and who has not attained the age of seventeen (17) years on or before September 1 of the calendar year; and shall include any child who has attained or will attain the age of five (5) years on or before September 1 and has enrolled in a full-day public school kindergarten program. Provided, however, that the parent or guardian of any child enrolled in a full-day public school kindergarten program shall be allowed to dis-enroll the child from the program on a one-time basis, and shall not be deemed a compulsory-school-age-child until the child attains the age of six (6) years." (Mississippi Code 37-13-91)

 

Entrance Requirements

  1. Any minor child who seeks to enroll in any school in the Louisville Municipal School District must be accompanied by the parent, natural or adoptive, who is legally responsible for said child, or by the guardian. (Mississippi Code 37-15-11)

  2. No child may enroll in any school in the Louisville Municipal School District who is not a resident of Winston County, Mississippi, unless such child has been lawfully transferred from the school district in accord with the statutes of this state and the transfer policy adopted July 20, 2012. However, those children whose parent(s) or legal guardian(s) are certified employees of the Louisville Municipal School District and live outside Winston County may, at such employee's discretion, enroll and attend the school or schools of their parent's or legal guardian's employment regardless of the residence of the child. (Mississippi Code 37-15-29)

  3. Any student transferring to a school in the Louisville Municipal School Distract from a private school or home instructional program within or outside of the State of Mississippi may be required to take a test to determine the grad and class to which the student shall be assigned. The principal or his/her designee shall administer the test or tests to the student within thirty (30) days after the filing of application for transfer. Notice of the giving of such test shall be given the applicant not less than five (5) days prior to the date of the administration of such test. No student shall be assigned to a grade and class more than three (3) grades above or below the grade or class that the student would have been assigned to had the student remained in the school from which the transfer is being made. (Mississippi Code 37-15-33)

  4. An enrollment form will be completed for a student entering the Louisville Municipal School District that contains the name, address, telephone number, date of birth from a certified birth certificate, social security number, parent or guardian, family doctor, emergency contacts and other pertinent data.

Residency Requirements

 

Each parent or guardian when enrolling a student in the Louisville Municipal School District must present documents that reflect the residence street or designated road address inside Winston County. No post office box address will be accepted.

 

When a student who lives with a custodial adult other than a parent enrolls in a school, the custodial adult must proved proof of permanent custody of the student.

 

Students in the Louisville Municipal School District are required to attend the school in the zone in which they reside as mandated by the federal court order of 1969.

 

Immunization

 

All student in grades K - 12 must have on file a Certificate of Compliance (original document) stating that the student has received the required inoculations. This form may be secured from the health department or a private physician. If the student has not had the inoculations, the health department or physician will issue a temporary certificate which is valid for ninety (90) days after issuance. If the series is not completed at the end of ninety (90) days, the student will be suspended from school until the inoculations are completed.

 

Full-Time Student

 

Any student enrolled in the Louisville Municipal School District must be a full-time student regardless of the number of Carnegie units earned. No student can leave school for hardship work release for other reasons that would prevent the student from being in attendance at lease seventy-five percent (75%) of the school day.

 

Grading Scale

 

A -- (100-90) C -- (79-70) F -- (59 and below)
B -- (89-80) D -- (69-60)  

 

In determining the nine weeks grade for a subject, the nine weeks examination counts 25% and the daily grades count 75%.

 

Honor Roll

 

Student achievement of academic excellence will be recognized as follows:

Honor Roll -- Overall average of 90 in all courses

Distinction -- Overall average of 93 in all courses

Special Distinction -- Grades of 93 or above in all courses

Note: Grades in Band, Driver Education, Journalism Lab, and Physical Education are not calculated in determining Honor Roll, Distinction, and Special Distinction.

 

Graduation Requirements Related to Carnegie Units

 

Each student graduating from high school must earn the required Carnegie units as specified in the following table.

 

Traditional Pathway Option

24 Credits Minimum

 

Curriculum Area

Carnegie

Units

Required Subjects
English

4

English I, English II
Mathematics 4 Algebra I
Science 4 Biology I
Social Studies 4

1 World History

1 U.S. History

1/2 Geography

1/2 U.S. Government

1/2 Economics

1/2 Mississippi Studies

Health and Physical Education 1

1/2 Comprehensive Health or

1/2 Family & Individual Health &

1/2 Physical Education

Business and Technology 1

1 Computer Discovery, ICT II, 9th STEM, or

Keyboarding and Computer Applications

The Arts 1  
Electives 5  
Total Units Required 24  

 

Career Pathway Option

21 Credits

 

Curriculum Area

Carnegie

Units

Required Subjects
English

4

English I, English II
Mathematics 3 Algebra I
Science 3 Biology I
Social Studies 3

1 U.S. History

1/2 U.S. Government

1/2 Mississippi Studies

Health and Physical Education 1/2

1/2 Comprehensive Health or

1/2 Family & Individual Health &

OR 1/2 Physical Education

Integrated Technology 1

1 Computer Discovery, ICT II, 9th STEM, or

Keyboarding and Computer Applications

Career and Technical Education Electives 4 From Students Program of Study
Electives 2 1/2  
Total Units Required 21  

 

Individual Career and Academic Plan (iCAP)

Each student in Mississippi Schools mush have an iCAP that is personalized to meet his or her educational and career goals. Students who choose the Career Pathway Option must complete 4 career and technical education units and 2.5 elective units specified in the student's iCAP.

 

Graduation Requirements Related to Subject Area Tests

 

In addition to earning the required Carnegie units for graduation, a student must also achieve the State Board of Education's required score on the Subject Area Tests.

 

Subject Area Tests Required for Graduation

 

(1) U.S. History from 1877

(2) English II

(3) Biology I

(4) Algebra I

 

Weighted Grades Policy

 

Carnegie unit courses in grades 9 - 12 will receive weighted grades for purposes of class ranking and Grade Point Average (GPA). Grades will be weighted using the following factors:

 

  • Dual Credit Courses

(Grade) x (1.20) = 20% Gain

  • Advanced Placement Courses

(Grade) x (1.20) = 20% Gain

  • Accelerated Courses

(Grade) x (1.10) = 10% Gain

  • Other Courses

(Grade) x (1.00) = No Change

 

The class ranking thus achieved through weighted grades and the consequent GPA will be reported on students' transcripts forwarded to colleges and universities. Weighted grades will not be shown on report cards or on grade sheets.

 

The following dual credit courses are offered at Louisville Municipal School District:

 

English Composition I

English Composition II

College Algebra

 

The following advanced placement courses are offered at Louisville Municipal School District:

 

Advanced Placement English III

Advanced Placement Calculus

Advanced Placement U.S. History

Advanced Placement Biology

 

The following courses are considered "accelerated" courses:

 

Accelerated English I, II

Human Anatomy and Physiology

Second Year Foreign Languages

Chemistry

Algebra II

Physics

Trigonometry (1/2 unit)

Pre-Calculus (1/2 unit)

 

Senior Exemption Policy

 

Seniors who are eligible to graduate in May of the current school year can be exempted from the final semester examination or fourth nine weeks examination in a course if the following criteria are met:

  1. Must have earned a grade average of at least ninety (90) during the last nine weeks term. If a senior has perfect attendance in this class, he/she may be exempted with a minimum grade average of eight-five (85) for the last nine weeks term.

  2. Must not have more than two (2) unexcused absences from this class during the last nine weeks term. Absences due to school-sponsored activities will not count and will be considered excused absences.

  3. Must not have been suspended from school or assigned in school suspension for disciplinary reasons that caused an absence in this class.

  4. Must not have more than three (3) unexcused tardies in the class during the fourth nine weeks term.

Classification of High School Students

 

Students will be classified as to Carnegie units earned.

 

Freshman -- Less than 5 units

Junior -- 11 units

Sophomore -- 5 units

Senior -- 17 units

 

Minimum Requirements for Promotion (Grades 7 & 8)

Credit Recovery Policy

 

Credit Recovery is a course-specific, skill based learning opportunity for students who have previously been unsuccessful in mastering content/skills required to receive course credit or earn promotion as defined by the Mississippi Department of Education. This policy for Credit Recovery was adopted by the Mississippi State Board of Education on May 19, 2008. (MS State Board, 2905)

 

The Louisville Municipal School District offers a credit recovery program to help struggling students graduate in an effort to increase the graduation rate and reduce the dropout rate. Students must go through an application process and be approved by the administration before participation will be allowed.

 

Students currently enrolled in high school must follow the criteria below.

 

A.     Admissions:

 

       A student must complete a Credit Recovery Application for admissions to the Program.

 

       Application Process:

  1. The application must include the name of course(s) to be recovered.

  2. The application must include parental approval for student participation in the Credit Recovery Program.

  3. The principal and/or counselor must confirm minimum criteria.

  4. The principal and/or counselor must verify approval of parental consent and approve the Credit Recovery course(s) for participation in the program.

  5. Once the application is completed and criteria verified, the application is approved or disapproved. A justification for disapproval is required, if the application is disapproved.

  6. If the applicant is approved, then student will be enrolled in 801000 one time per school year regardless of number of classes taken through Credit Recovery.

  7. If the application is approved, parent conference(s) outlining the objectives to master the Credit Recovery process will be held.

B.    Time Line:

 

      Upon approval of the Credit Recovery application, a time line will be set for the completion of the Credit Recovery class.

  1. A student who fails to make an effort to start the Credit Recovery course within three (3) days of the established time line must meet with the counselor.

  2. A student who fails to make an effort to start the Credit Recovery course within eight (8) days of the established time line will be counseled by the principal.

  3. A student who fails to make an effort to start the Credit Recovery course within ten (10) days of the established time line may be removed from the program.

  4. A student who fails to complete the established time line or application will be dismissed from the Credit Recovery Program, unless a waiver is approved for special circumstances by the administrator or curriculum director.

C.    Establishment of Minimum Criteria:

 

      A student must have a grade of at least fifty (50) in the course they are attempting to recover.

 

      Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Determination of student eligibility is made by a committee which consists of a teacher or counselor, TST Team, and District External Review Team.

  2. Students shall enroll in no more than two (2) Credit Recovery courses per summer session.

  3. Students must finish Credit Recovery course prior to fall school year.

  4. Seniors of current graduation year are given priority.

Instruction/Methodology:

 

The Louisville Municipal School District will use Ed Options for the Credit Recovery program. In the event that a needed course is not available from either of the providers, an accredited on-line course may be used following recommendation by the local counselor/principal and approval from the Curriculum Director or Superintendent. Students are assessed to determine weaknesses and strengths.

 

Content and Curriculum:

D.    Evaluation of Student Progress

E.    Grading

Hardship Work Release Policy

 

Hardship work release requests will be considered on a case by case basis for juniors and seniors only. The parent or guardian must proved information requested by the school to define the need for the work release. A student must at all times be in a program that will meet graduation requirements on time. Juniors can leave for hardship work release for no more that one (1) period , and seniors can leave school for hardship work release for no more than two (2) periods.

 

After receiving a request for hardship work release and obtaining information from the parent or guardian to justify the need for the work release, the principal will call a meeting of a Review Committee to make a final determination.

 

The Review Committee will be made up of at least the principal, the guidance counselor, two (2) teachers appointed by the principal, and a representative from the Central Office appointed by the superintendent.

 

The decision of the Review Committee may be reviewed by the Board of Trustees upon the request of the parent or guardian.

 

Student Absences from School

 

Students should attend school at all times if possible. Even though an absence may be with the approval of the parent or guardian, it is the responsibility of the school administration to determine if the absence is excused. Written notification must be given to school official the day prior to student's absence.

 

Twenty-one (21) absences will result in no credit for a one unit course, and eleven (11) absences will result in loss of credit in a one-half credit course. To be counted present, a student must be in attendance at least fifty (50) percent of a class period.

 

Readmission of Student to School after an Absence

 

For a student to be re-admitted to school after an absence, one of the following procedures must be followed:

Verification for an absence should be presented on the day of the student's return to school but no later than five (5) school days after the absence.

 

Notification of Parent or Guardian of Accumulated Absences

 

The parent will be notified when the student accumulates the following absences:

Student absences for the following reasons are excused:

Note: Absences for any reason (excused or unexcused) count toward the required attendance for granting credit. However, reasons for absences (such as illness) should be presented to the Review Committee if course credit is an issue.

Tardies

 

Punctuality is expected of all students. The principal or his/her designee will keep a record of the "unexcused" tardies in the office.

 

  • 1st Offense

Warning issued by teacher

  • 2nd Offense

Corporal punishment or 1 day ISS

  • 3rd Offense

1 day ISS

  • 4th Offense

2 days ISS

  • 5th Offense

3 days ISS

  • 6th Offense

4 days ISS

  • 7th Offense

5 days ISS

Continuous tardiness may result in additional action as determined by the Principal. The following are examples of acceptable excuses for tardiness for which no penalty will be imposed:

Tardiness Between Classes

 

Punctuality to each class on the part of the student is expected and required. If, upon a rare occasion, a teacher needs to detain a student beyond the regular class period, the teacher to whom the student is due to report must receive a written statement from the detaining teacher explaining the reason.

 

Permission to Leave School During the Day

 

No student will be allowed to leave the school campus for any reason without permission from the principal or assistant principal. If a student becomes sick while in school, he/she should report to the office for dismissal. Students dismissed from school because of illness will be sent home or to a doctor only after a parent or guardian has been contacted.

 

At some time prior to a student checking out of school, the parent or guardian must come to the school office stating the reason for the student leaving school. Notes will not be accepted for checking out of school.


An emergency contact person can approve a student leaving school but only in emergency situations. With the exception of immediate family members (i.e., mother, father, adult brother, adult sister, or grandparent), the emergency contact person must be someone other than a school employee and must be a legal adult. Before the student can leave campus with the signature of an emergency contact, school officials should attempt to contact the parent or guardian.

 

After receiving permission to leave school, the student will sign the check-out sheet in the office. When a student has properly check out, he/she must leave the campus immediately.

 

Make-Up Tests/Work

 

A student will be required to take a test on the appointed day if the test was announced prior to the student's absence. If the student is absent on test day, the student will be required to take the test on the day the student returns to school. In situations of extended illness, the student is responsible for working with the teacher(s) involved to establish a make-up test schedule for students to complete work after an absence.

 

Work missed as a result of an unexcused absence cannot be made up. If the absence is excused, it it the responsibility of the student to contact each teacher immediately upon returning to school to determine a time when the work will be completed.

 

Schedule for Students to Complete Work after an Absence

 

The following schedule should be followed for missed work with an excused absence. Work not completed on this schedule will result in a grade of zero; however, in some instances, the teacher may grant additional time for completing work.

 

  • 1 day absent

1 day to complete work

  • 2 days absent

2 days to complete work

  • 3 days absent
3 days to complete work
  • 4 days or more absent
Develop make-up schedule with teacher

Positive Behavior Support System

 

Be Safe:

Be Respectful:

Be Responsible:

Positive Rewards for all Rules:

Negative Consequences for Breaking any Rules:

School-Wide Rules: At all times I will......

Break Area Rules: When on the playground/break area I will....

Cafeteria Rules:

Restroom Rules: When in the restroom, I will....

Guidelines for Implementation:

Common Areas of Display for all rules, positive rewards and negative consequences:

Student Conduct and Discipline

 

Administrators and teachers shall hold students accountable for disorderly conduct during the regular school day, on the school bus, and at school related activities. Disciplinary action may consist of detention, corporal punishment, suspension, expulsion, or placement in Alternative Education.

 

The discipline program governing student behavior includes the following list of disruptions and the consequences that will follow. The student who engages in the misbehavior listed under "infraction" will be placed on the appropriate step in the discipline latter, with the consequences clearly listed.

 

Consequences for Disciplinary Infractions

On the Discipline Ladder

 

Infraction Consequences
  • Open defiance of a teacher
Step 1 - 5

 

  • Profanity or vulgarity (to include acts, gestures, or symbols directed at another individual)
Step 1 - 2
  • Possession of tobacco related products at school
Step 2 - 3
  • Possession of obscene materials at school or on the bus
Step 1 - 5
  • Smoking at or in the immediate vicinity of the school
Step 1 - 4
  • Use of, or possession of, alcohol or illegal drugs on or near school grounds
Step 4 - 6
  • Sale of alcohol or illegal drugs on or near school grounds
Step 6
  • Defacing or otherwise injuring property that belongs to the school district (to include restitution
Step 1 - 6
  • Fighting at school, on the school bus, or at school activities
Step 4 - 6
  • Use or possession of weapons other than firearms
Step 4 - 6
  • Use or possession of firearm
Step 6
  • Use or possession of water guns or other toy guns
Step 3 - 6
  • Use or possession of fireworks
Step 4 - 6
  • Improper behavior in cafeteria or on the campus
Step 1 - 6
  • Improper display of affection
Step 1 - 6
  • Stealing
Step 2 - 6
  • Cutting classes
Step 2 - 4
  • Leaving campus with authorization
Step 1 - 4
  • Gambling or possession of gambling devices
Step 2 - 4
  • Harassment, intimidation, or threatening of other students or teachers
Step 3 - 6
  • Refusal to identify oneself properly when requested to do so by a faculty or staff member
Step 2 - 5
  • Continuous disobedience or insubordination
Step 1 - 6
  • Other misbehavior as determined by the administration
Step 1

 

Discipline Ladder

 

Step 1
  1. Student conference/reprimanded
  2. Contact parent, or legal guardian
Step 2
  1. Contact parent or legal guardian
  2. Corporal punishment or in-school suspension
Step 3
  1. Contact parent or legal guardian (parent required to report for conference with the principal or his/her designee).
  2. In-school suspension or out-of-school suspension from one (1) to three (3) days
  3. Loss of all school privileges during time of suspension
  4. Multiple behavior referrals will constitute a referral to the behavioral specialist
Step 4
  1. Contact parent or legal guardian (parent required to report for conference with the principal or his/her designee).
  2. In-school suspension or out-of-school suspension three (3) to five (5) days.
  3. Loss of all school privileges during the time of suspension.
Step 5
  1. Contact parent or legal guardian (parent required to report for conference with the principal or his/her designee).
  2. In school suspension or out-of-school suspension five (5) to ten (10) days.
  3. Other terms as directed by District Discipline Appeals Committee/loss of privileges during time of suspension.
Step 6
  1. Recommendation for placement in Alternative Education Program.
  2. A student may be recommended for expulsion time if the principal feels that the student's actions warrant such recommendation.
  3. Criminal acts, acts of violence, and acts involving weapons will be reported and turned over to the proper law enforcement agency. In every case, an attempt on the part of the administration will be made to contact and inform the parent guardian of the students involved.

 

Explanation of Discipline Policy

A student may enter the Discipline Ladder at any step, depending upon the nature of the offense. Failure to complete the punishment as designed will result in escalation to the next step in the ladder.

 

A parent or guardian conference with an administrator is required before a student can return to school after an out of school suspension (Steps 3, 4, 5, and 6). Loss of privilege means that, during the time stated, the student cannot participate in assemblies or any school function designed as an extra activity, including athletic events, dances, plays, extracurricular programs, field trips, school sponsored activities, etc.

 

Severe Discipline Clause

 

Any behavior considered severe by the administration, including but not limited to fighting, violations of drug-alcohol-tobacco regulations, possession of a weapon on campus, or gross disrespect for a staff member, could warrant application of any of the steps three (3) through six (6) on the school-wide discipline plan.

 

Mississippi School Safety Act of 2001

(Senate Bill 2239)

 

This act passed by the 2001 Mississippi Legislature deals specifically with behavior of students that is so unruly, disruptive, or abusive that it seriously interferes with a teacher's ability to communicate with the students in the classroom and hinders their ability to learn. It also addresses consequences for students who exhibit "habitually disruptive behavior".

 

This law my require an amendment to the "Consequences for Disciplinary Infractions on the Discipline Ladder". If this is necessary, students will be give in writing any modification in the disciplinary procedures.

 

Corporal Punishment

 

Reasonable corporal punishment of a student is permitted as a disciplinary measure. Corporal punishment shall be administered only by a certified individual in the presence of the principal, assistant principal, or another certified staff member and shall not be administered in the presence of other students. If a parent or guardian does not want corporal punishment administered to a student as a means of discipline, then the principal shall be notified in writing that an alternate form of punishment is to be used.

 

Due Process for Students

 

Prior to suspending a student from school, the following procedures shall be followed:

  1. The principal shall advise the student orally or in writing of the charges against him/her.

  2. If the student denies the charges, the principal shall explain the evidence against the student and give the student an opportunity to present his/her side of the story.

  3. If, on the basis of this discussion, the principal believes the student to be guilty of the misconduct charge and determines that suspension is the appropriate punishment, the principal may suspend the student for ten (10) days or less.

When students are recommended for a suspension/expulsion from school that will exceed ten (10) days, the superintendent and/or principal will inform the student and his/her parent or guardian of additional due process rights. The District Discipline Appeals Committee will review all expulsion requests prior to consideration by the school board.

 

Hazing

 

Students shall not be placed in a situation or environment in which their self-image or their standing within the student population could be damaged. This includes personal ridicule or any form of hazing (i.e., to harass with meaningless, difficult or humiliating tasks or by placing practical jokes upon), which can be perceived as damaging to a student's sense of self-worth. This includes all school related activities both on and off campus.

 

Student Complaints of Bullying or Harassing Behavior

 

Students and employees in the Louisville Municipal School District are protected from bullying or harassing behavior by other students or employees. It is the intent of the Board and the administration to maintain an environment free from bullying and harassing behavior. This complaint procedure provides a process for filing, processing and resolving complaints of such conduct. Adherence to these procedures is mandatory. The failure of any person to follow these procedures will constitute a waiver of the right to pursue a complaint at any level, including review by the Board.

 

I.    Definitions

 

Bullying or harassing behavior is any pattern of gestures or written, electronic or verbal communications, or any physical act or any threatening communication, or any act reasonably perceived as being motivated by an actual or perceived as being motivated by any actual or perceived differentiating characteristic that (a) places a student or school employee in actual and reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or damage to his or her property, or (b) creates or is certain to create a hostile environment by substantially interfering with or impairing a student's educational performance, opportunities or benefits.

 

A "hostile environment" means that the victim subjectively views the conduct as bullying or harassing behavior and the conduct is objectively severe or pervasive enough that a reasonable person would agree that it is bullying or harassing behavior.

 

Bullying or harassing behavior will not be condoned or tolerated when it takes place on school property, at any school-sponsored function, or on a school bus, or when it takes place off school property when such conduct, in the determination of the school superintendent or principal, renders the offending person's presence in the classroom a disruption to the educational environment of the school or a detriment to the best interest and welfare of the pupils and teacher of such class as a whole.

 

II.    Procedures for Processing a Complaint

 

Any student, school employee or volunteer who feels he/she has been a victim of bullying or harassing behavior, or has witnessed or who has reliable information that a student, school employee or volunteer has been subject o bullying or harassing behavior shall report such conduct to a teacher, principal, counselor or other school official. The report shall be made promptly but no later than five (5) calendar days after the alleged act or acts occurred. The school official shall complete a "Bullying/Harassing Behavior" complaint form which shall include the name of the reporting person, the specific nature and date of the misconduct, the names of the victim of the misconduct, the names of any witnesses and any other information that would assist in the investigation of the complaint. The report shall be given promptly to the principal or superintendent who shall institute an immediate investigation. Complaints against the principal shall be made to the superintendent and complaints against the superintendent shall be made to the Board chairman.

 

The complaint shall be investigated promptly. Parents will be notified of the nature of any complaint involving their student. The District official will arrange such meetings as may be necessary with all concerned parties within five (5) working days after initial receipt of the complaint by the District. The parties will have an opportunity to submit evidence and a list of witnesses. All findings related to the complaint will be reduced to writing. The District official conducting the investigation is completed and a decision regarding disciplinary action, as warranted, is determined.

 

If the victim is not satisfied with the decision of the District official, he/she may submit a written appeal to the superintendent. Such appeal shall be filed within ten (10) working days after receipt of the results of the initial decision. The superintendent will arrange such meetings with the victim and other affected parties as deemed necessary to discuss the appeal. The superintendent shall provide a written decision to the victim's appeal within ten (10) working days.

 

If the victim is not satisfied with the decision of the superintendent, a written appeal may be filed with the Board. Such appeal shall be filed within ten (10) working days after receipt of the decision of the superintendent. The Board shall, within twenty (2) working days, allow the victim and parents as appropriate to appear before the Board to present reasons for dissatisfaction with the decision of the superintendent. The Board shall provide a written decision within ten (10) working days following the victim's appearance before the Board.

 

Sexual Harassment Policy

 

Students are protected from sexual harassment by Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972. This amendment to the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits sexual discrimination and sexual harassment in educational institutions that receive federal assistance.

 

Complaints concerning violation of this policy may be made to the Title IX Coordinator in the Central Office without fear or reprisal. If the complains are proven to be legitimate, the offending student shall be subject to disciplinary action.

 

Searches

 

The school administration and staff have a right to search a student's personal belongings when in the interest of the overall welfare of other students or is necessary to preserve good order and discipline in the school.

 

Electronic Surveillance of Students

 

Cameras and other surveillance equipment may be used to monitor students while on campuses or school buses.

 

Interrogations

 

School administrators, campus security, and teachers have the right to interrogate students regarding their conduct and/or the conduct of others. In regard to students' alleged actions, the right against self-incrimination does not exist unless the alleged action constitutes a criminal offense.

 

Student Lockers

 

Having a locker is a privilege for a student. Lockers are school property and are not the personal property of the student. No personal locks should be placed on lockers. Locks are available at the school office for a fee.

 

Lockers are subject to random searches. All evidence of a crime discovered during a locker inspection must be turned over the the appropriate law enforcement authorities. (Mississippi Code 37-11-29)

 

Student Illness or Emergencies

 

In case of illness, the student should come to the school office if possible. A medical emergency card, signed by the parent or guardian and listing individuals to be contacted, will be kept on file in the office.

 

The parent or guardian will be notified as quickly as possible of the illness or emergency. School authorities may decide that immediate medical attention is necessary. However, attempts will continue to be make to notify the parent or guardian of the situation.

 

Administering Medication to Students

 

The following policy concerning administering medication to students at school shall be used by all district schools:

A written permission form signed by the parent or guardian must be on file in the school office prior to administering any medication at school.

 

Grooming Standards

 

Students are expected to be clean and dress appropriately. Any extreme or unusual form of dress that is distracting to the learning process is prohibited. Appropriate dress is defined as that which properly covers the body and is in good taste.

 

Uniform Dress Code

 

Louisville Municipal School District students must wear clothing that is comfortable, clean, in good repair, and school appropriate. Clothing and other items that students wear to school must not disrupt the educational process nor create any form of school disturbance.

 

By action of the Louisville Municipal School Board, the following clothing and accessory requirements must be met for the 2012 - 2013 school year:

 

    Tops

    Bottoms

    Accessories

    Shoe Requirements

    Coat Requirements

    Special Note

    Spirit Day

Administrative Discretion

 

The building level Principal with prior approval from the superintendent may occasionally amend the school uniform policy as a reward for students or as a fundraiser for good causes. The Principal will define the appropriate dress for these special occasions. Failure to follow the guidelines set by the Principal will result in the student being placed on the appropriate step of the dress code compliance policy.

 

Uniform Dress Code Compliance Policy

 

It shall be the policy of the Louisville Municipal School District to create an atmosphere that is safe and unobtrusive for students to learn and teachers to teach. Since the enactment of the Uniform Dress Code, all students are to be in compliance. All students are expected to be in compliance the first day of school. However, new students who move into this district may not be aware of the Uniform Dress Code. Once these students have legally enrolled, a grace period of seven (7) school days will be granted to these students to become compliant with the Uniform Dress Code. Once the grace period has concluded, these students will not be allowed on campus until such time as they become compliant with the Uniform Dress Code. After the grace period, everyday missed will be unexcused. During the course of the school year, all students are expected to be in compliance with the Uniform Dress Code. If any student comes to school not in compliance with the Uniform Dress Code, then said student's parents would be notified. The student will be removed from class and picked up by his/her parent. When this occurs, the student will be considered absent from classes missed and will be unexcused. The student will be allowed to return to school and class only when he/she becomes compliant with the Uniform Dress Code. If this offense occurs a second time, then said student would be assigned in school suspension for one day or give one day out of school suspension followed by a parent conference. A third offense will result in a 3-day in school suspension or a 3-day out of school suspension followed by a parent conference. Any subsequent offense will result in a 5-day in school suspension or 5-day out of school suspension followed by a parent conference with the Superintendent or his designee. Additional suspension days and/or a recommendation for alternative school may result from said meeting.

 

Cafeteria Rules

 

Table manners should be as refined in the cafeteria as table manners at home. Students are expected to help keep the cafeteria clean, Strict adherence to the lunch schedule must be observed.

 

The following are specific rules to observe in the cafeteria:

Cafeteria Prices

 

Lunch Prices       Breakfast Prices  
Student $2.05    

Student

$1.25
Reduced $0.40     Reduced $0.30
Milk $0.35     Milk $0.30
        Juice $0.35

 

Library Media Center Regulations

 

The library/media center contains reference materials, newspapers, magazines, and a collection of books to supplement the school curriculum. Computers are available for students to use in researching topics. Students are expected to display good conduct while using the center and should adhere to the following regulations:

Internet Acceptable Use Policy

 

Introduction

 

It is the belief of the Louisville Municipal School District that the educational benefits to students and teachers through access to various Internet services exceed any potential disadvantages of such access. The Internet is a fluid, global environment in which information is constantly changing thereby making it impossible to predict, with certainty, what information students might locate. The ultimate responsibility of setting overseeing guidelines that students should follow when assessing the Internet and online services must lie with the parent(s) or guardian(s). To that end, the Louisville Municipal School District supports and respects each family's right to decide whether or not to apply for access.

 

The majority of the sites on the Internet can provide a wealth of educational opportunity to schools and students; however, some sites may contain information that is not consistent with the legitimate pedagogical goals of the district. The intent of the Louisville Municipal School District is to provide access to the Internet and to further its educational goals and objectives. Parents or guardians should be aware that students may have access to potentially unacceptable resources if they disregard the school's and school district's guidelines.

 

Overview

The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires schools and libraries to put into place Internet safety policies when receiving certain federal technology funding, including E-Rate discounts and Title III of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The Internet safety policy must include filtering or otherwise blocking access to "visual depictions" of obscene material, child pornography and material that is "harmful to minors" when minors are accessing the computer.

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) applies to online personal information of children. The Louisville Municipal School District will not disclose personal information about students on websites - such as their full name, home or e-mail address, telephone number, and social security number. The Louisville Municipal School District is both CIPA and COPPA compliant.

Acceptable Usage

Users are responsible for all actions and activities while accessing Louisville Municipal School District Network (LMSDNet) and Internet. The following usage guidelines must be followed:

A. Personal Safety

Users will not disclose, use, disseminate or divulge personal and/or private information about himself/herself, minors, or any others including personal information, etc. Users will immediately report to school authorities any attempt by other Internet users to engage in inappropriate conversations or personal contact.

B. Access

Users shall not access the Internet by any means other than the network connectivity provided by the district. Accessing the Internet on campus via the usage of cellular wireless air cards or other means which bypass district filtering and monitoring is strictly prohibited.

C. Illegal and/or Unacceptable Usage

D. System Resource Limits

E. User Rights

F. Consequences for Failure to Follow Terms and Conditions of AUP

There will be consequences for any user who fails to follow the Louisville Municipal School Distract and school guidelines and policies. The consequences may include paying for damages, denial of access to technology, detention, suspension, expulsion, or other remedies applicable under the school disciplinary policy, and state or federal law. At the discretion of Louisville Municipal School District, law enforcement authorities may be involved and any violations of state and/or federal law may result in criminal or civil prosecution.

SCHOOL BUS REGULATIONS

Students who live one (1) or more miles from the school are entitled to transportation at public expense. Students who ride buses are under the supervision of the driver while on the school bus. Inappropriate behavior will be reported to the principal for disciplinary action. Students are not permitted to ride the bus to school and then leave campus without permission.

Riding the school bus is a privilege that can be taken away if a student's conduct becomes a problem. Students who are suspended from riding his/her regular school bus for disciplinary reasons will not be allowed to ride any school bus during the time of suspension.

The following general instructions apply to students who ride buses:

DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES FOR MISCONDUCT ON SCHOOL BUS

The following procedures will be enforced whenever a student misbehaves on a bus:

The Discipline Ladder (step 4-6) will be applied to students who fight on a school bus. At the principal's discretion, a student's use of profanity or open defiance to a driver may result in more severe penalties than stated above.

Textbooks

 

Textbooks are the property of the State of Mississippi and the Louisville Municipal School District. Textbooks are loaned to the students at the beginning of each school term and are to be returned to the school district at the end of the school term. Each student that is issued textbooks will be help responsible for the books as required by law. Damages to textbooks will be assessed by the teacher who issued the books. If a fee has been collected for a lost book and the book is later found, a refund will be issued.

 

Textbook Fine Assessment

(To be used as a guide in assessing fines)

 

Condition When Issued Condition Returned Fines
New Good No Charge
New Fair 25% of Cost
New Poor 50% of Cost
New Bad 75% of Cost
Good Fair No Charge
Good Poor 50% of Cost
Good Bad 75% of Cost
Fair Poor No Charge
Fair Bad 25% of Cost

 

Note: The fee for a lost book is never less than 25% of the original cost of the book.

 

Telephones

 

Students will be called from class only in case of emergency. School telephones are for school business only, and students will not be permitted to use school telephones except in cases of illness or emergency.

 

Cellular Phones

 

Students are not to have in their possession cellular phones, pagers, or other electronic communication devices while at school.

 

Cell Phone Policy

 

A goal of the Louisville Municipal School District is to provide a safe and orderly school environment. The school board and administration realize that cell phones serve as a disruption and distraction for students during the school day.

 

This policy prohibits any student, from possessing a cell phone on school property. Only authorized personnel will be allowed to possess a cell phone, and it will be used for business purposes only. Authorized personnel will include administrators, maintenance, technology directory, and security.

 

If a cell phone is found in the possession of a student, the consequences will be as follows:

 

First Offense

The student will pay a fine of $30.00 or the phone will be held by the school for a period of thirty (30) days. The phone will be returned any time during the 30 days when fine is paid. During the time the phone is in possession of the school, the district will not be responsible for any contract or bill that must be paid to the carrier for service.

Second Offense

The student will pay a fine of $60.00 or the phone will be held by the school for a period of sixty (60) days. The phone will be returned any time during the 60 days when fine is paid. During the time the phone is in possession of the school, the district will not be responsible for any contract or bills that must be paid to the carrier for service.

Third Offense

Cell phone will be taken and kept by the school principal for one calendar year. During this time the school district will not be responsible for any contract or bills that must be paid to the carrier for service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student Exceptions:

  1. Cell phones may be kept in vehicles that are in school parking lots. The phones may not be brought into the school or in the vicinity of the school buildings during the regular school day.

  2. Cell phones may be used by students for after school activities (such as cheerleading, athletics, clubs, etc.) on condition that the parents bring the phones to the students after the regular school day. The sponsor, coach, or instructor should be notified if this is done.

  3. Cell phones may be voluntarily turned in to the office if a student realizes he/she has accidentally brought the phone to school. The principal may return the phone to a parent at the end of the school day. A limit of two accidental possessions will be allowed per year.

Policy for Drug/Alcohol Testing of Students in Extracurricular Activities

 

Policy Statement:

In an effort to help protect the health and safety of students involved in extracurricular activities, including, but not limited to, any club, athletic, band, choral, cheerleader, vocal program, and dance team from drug, and/or alcohol use and abuse; in an effort to help protect the health and safety of our whole student population, administration, faculty, staff and visitors from the potential dangers of being in contact with those who use and/or abuse drugs and/or alcohol; in an effort to prevent, deter and detect drug and alcohol use; and in an effort to reduce the use of drugs and alcohol, the Board of Education (the "Board") of the Louisville Municipal School District (the "District") adopts the following policy for drug and alcohol testing of all students in grades 7-12 who participate or seek to participate in extracurricular activities, including, but not limited to, any club, athletic, band, choral, cheerleader, vocal program, and dance team.

 

This policy applies to all students in grades 7 through 12 who are involved in extracurricular activities, including, but not limited to any club, athletic, band, choral, cheerleader, vocal program and dance team. Additionally, any parent or legal guardian of a student in grades 7 through 12 who is not otherwise covered by this policy may voluntarily agree to have this policy apply  to said student at parent cost in which case the parent would pay the testing agency directly.

 

I. PURPOSE

 

The Board, administration, faculty and staff of the District desire that no student use or possess alcohol, use or possess illegal or performance enhancing drugs or abuse prescription medication. However, the power of the District is limited and therefore, this policy governs the use and possession of alcohol and illegal or performance enhancing drugs and governs the abuse of prescription medication by students participation in extracurricular activities, including, but not limited to, any club, athletic, band choral, cheerleader, vocal program, and dance team.

 

The purpose of the Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy is to assist and help protect the student population, administration, faculty, staff and visitors of the District. It is not intended to be punitive or to bring hardship to the students. No student testing positive or otherwise being in violation of this policy will be penalized academically/ Specific goals of this policy are as follows:

  1. To create and maintain a safe, drug-free environment for students, administration, faculty, staff and visitors.

  2. To encourage any student with a dependency on, or addiction to, alcohol or other drugs to seek help in overcoming the problem.

  3. To help prevent alcohol and drug use by students of the District.

  4. To educate student about the serious physical, mental, and emotional harm cause by alcohol and drug use.

  5. To reduce the likelihood of injury, damage, illness and harm that may arise as a result of alcohol or drug use.

  6. To offer student school activities free of the effects of alcohol or drug use.

  7. To minimize the likelihood that school property will be used for illicit drug activities.

  8. To provide reasonable opportunities for treatment and counseling for any student who uses or abuses alcohol or drugs.

Because of genuine concern for the student population, administration, faculty, staff and visitors of the District, the District adopts the Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy effective the 2011-2012 school year.

 

II. DEFINITIONS

Contracting Agency - The laboratory designated by the Board to test the specimen used for alcohol or for one or more of the drugs listed in this policy.

 

Covered Student(s) - Any student in grade 7-12 who is involved in one or more extracurricular activities, including, but not limited to, any club, athletic, band, choral, cheerleader, vocal program, and dance team; and any other student who voluntarily participated in the Drug and Alcohol Testing program.

 

Designated School System Representative - The school district employee who has been designated by the Board of Education to receive all information from the Drug Testing Agency and Contracting Agency; including, but not limited to, test results and the names of students being tested.

 

Drug Testing Agency - The agency approved by the Board of Education to conduct the drug and alcohol testing of Covered Students.

 

Parent(s)/Legal Guardian(s) - Legal parents or guardians or custodians that are Court or Department of Human Services appointed.

 

Positive Test or Positive Result - A test result, which indicates the presence of alcohol or one or more of the prohibited drugs, which are enumerated in the "Substances to be Screened" section of this policy, in the student's specimen, or adulterated specimen, a substituted specimen or a refusal to produce a specimen.

 

Specimen(s) - A tissue or product of the human body chemically capable of revealing the presence of drugs or alcohol in the human body.

 

III. CONSENT

 

All covered students and their parents/legal guardians are required to sign a CONSENT TO TESTING OF URINE, BLOOD, HAIR, BREATH AND/OR SALIVA SAMPLES AND AUTHORIZATION FOR RELEASE OF INFORMATION AND RELEASE FROM LIABILITY. Additionally, all Covered Students are required to sign a STUDENT CONSENT FORM. In the event a Covered Student or their parent/legal guardian refuses to sign the required documents, that Covered Student will not be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities, including, but not limited to, any club athletic, band, choral, cheerleader, vocal program, and dance team.

 

IV. REASONABLE SUSPICION TESTING

 

Any student who by reasonable suspicion is believed to be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol shall be subject to being tested for drugs and/or alcohol. Reasonable suspicion must be based on specific and contemporaneous observation which are articulated concerning the appearance, behavior, speed or body odors of the student. Any student who receives a positive test result from a reasonable suspicion test or any student who refuses a reasonable suspicion test shall be subject to discipline pursuant to the District's Discipline Policy.

 

V. IMPLEMENTATION

 

All drug and alcohol screening shall be implemented in accordance with this Policy by the administration and/or faculty of the District with the advice and assistance of representatives from the Drug Testing Company. The Contracting Agency shall be approved by the District and conduct drug and alcohol testing according to nationally accepted standards and procedures.

 

All Covered Students will be tested for drugs and/or alcohol in a random initial testing to be arranged by the District. After the random testing, any person grades 7-12 who desire to participate in one or more extracurricular activities, including, but not limited to, any club, athletic, band, choral, cheerleader, and vocal program who tests negative may do so.

 

The names of all Covered Students will be placed on a random selection list. The District will conduct randomly, unannounced testing of up to 25% of all Covered Students during the course of each calendar year. The Drug Testing Agency will provide computerized random sample lists to the Designated School System Representative. The list of students in the random pool will be updated periodically. The number of activities in which a student is involved will not increase the student's chances of being chosen at a random test. Each Covered Student's name will be placed on the random list only one time regardless of the number of activities in which the student is involved.

 

All testing will be done pursuant to the Policy. A Covered Student may not use his or her own medical provider or other means of testing.

 

VI. PROCEDURES FOR TESTING

 

    Quality Control and Confidentiality Assurances:

Once the screening has begun any student in the random pool must submit a sample during that testing session before checking out of school. Any student who checks out of school without submitting a sample will be considered to refuse to submit a sample.

  1. School officials and/or a technician from the Drug Testing Agency shall be responsible for the collection and labeling of the specimens.

  2. Labels that include each student's testing number shall be used to identify the specimens.

  3. A minimum of (1) school official shall be present with a technician from the Drug Testing Agency when specimens are being collected.

  4. The student's initials listed adjacent to the student's testing number shall indicate that the number is correct and matches the number affixed to the specimen bottle or container.

  5. Specimen bottles or containers and packaging provided by the Drug Testing Agency shall be utilized to properly obtain and transport the specimens.

  6. Specimens shall be analyzed for one or more of the substances specified as Substances to be screened below in this policy by the Contracting Agency.

  7. The Superintendent and school officials shall assure that this policy is implemented in a fair and consistent manner.

  8. Any required drug counseling shall be provided by an approved agency at the student's expense.

  9. School officials will designate collection sites where individuals may provide specimens.

    Substances to be Screened

Covered Students will be subject to drug and/or alcohol screening to test for any of the following substances, the use of which is expressly prohibited:

 

Alcohol, amphetamines, Barbiturates, Benzodiazepines, Cannabinoids, Cocaine, Dextromethorphan, Inhalants, Methaqualone Methamphetamine, Marijuana, Methadone, Opiates, Phencyclidine, Propoxyphene, and Steroids.

    Drug Screening:

The drug screening shall consist of the collection of a specimen from the student by any assistant(s) from the Drug Testing Agency under the supervision of the District. The District reserves the right to utilize blood, hair, breath, saliva or urinalysis testing procedures. Each specimen shall be analyzed for the presence of one or more of the drugs identified above in this policy, by the Contracting Agency.

 

The Contracting Agency shall report all results to the principal. The principal will then schedule a conference between the student and parent(s)/legal guardian(s) to discuss the positive test results.

 

For purposes of this policy, a positive result shall mean a test result, which indicated the presence of one or more of the listed drugs in the "Substances to be Screened" section of this policy in the student's specimen, adulterated specimen, substituted specimen or a refusal to produce a specimen. The student and their parent(s)/legal guardian(s) shall be notified when a student tests positive. Effects of a positive result are outlined below.

VII. RELEASE OF TEST RESULTS

All information, interviews, reports, statements, memoranda and test results, written or otherwise, received by the District through its drug and alcohol testing program are confidential communications and may not be used or received in evidence, obtained in Court discovery or disclosed in any public or private proceeding except in the following:

  1. As directed by the specific, written consent of the student authorizing release of the information to an identified person;

  2. To the Superintendent or his/her designee, Designated School System Representative, school principal, school counselor, athletic director, band director, sponsor, choral director, vocal director, the head coach of any interscholastic sport in which the student is a team member and/or a drug counselor designated by the Superintendent or his/her designee;

  3. To the student's parent(s)/legal guardian(s); or

  4. As mandated and required by any Court or law after efforts have been made to quash any request.

All Covered Students will be required to execute a consent or release form permitting the District to release test results and related information to the school officials who have a need to know.

VIII. EFFECT OF POSITIVE RESULT

The school district will discipline (including suspension from activities) students for any violation of the policy, including refusing to submit to screening, to execute a release, or to cooperate an investigation or search by the administration. Any student with a signed consent form who refuses to submit to screening will be considered a positive test result.

 

All students who test positive in a confirmative substance test will be subject to discipline up to and including immediate suspension from all athletic activities. Any student's specimen that is found by the collection site, laboratory or testing agency to have adulterated or substituted will be considered equivalent to a positive test. All current students involved in extracurricular activities, who test positive for adulterants or a substituted specimen will be subject to discipline up to and including discharge.

 

For violations of using illegal drugs and alcohol that can be detected by a drug test, the following penalties, which will be cumulative from Grade 7 through 12 shall be administered:

 

First Violation

 

Upon the first violation, the student shall be suspended from participation in the activity in which he/she is currently participating for a minimum of two weeks, beginning no earlier than the opening game or even for that sport. If a student is not participating in an in-season sport, he/she will have a two-week suspension no earlier than the opening event of the next season in which he/she participates.

 

The violation related to the consumption or use of a prohibited substance, to the extent the substance is capable of being detected by a drug test, the student cannot be reinstated to the activity until he/she tests negative for the prohibited substance as a result of an approved drug test. In the discretion of the Principal, the student may be requested to undergo counseling. A school counseling staff member will be provided for counseling services. Any required drug counseling shall be provided by an approved agency at the student's expense.

 

A second option occurs when the parent chooses to seek a non-school agency for counseling. For this service, the parent will be responsible for paying the counseling agency, and shall have the agency furnish an appropriate report to the Principal.

 

Second Violation

 

Upon the second violation, the student will be suspended from participating in any activity for forty-five school days. The suspension shall preclude such student from participating in any other extracurricular activity during the forty-five day suspension period.

 

Before he/she can be reinstated to the activity, or otherwise be eligible to participate in any other activity, (I) he/she must test negative for that prohibited substance as a result of an approved drug test if the violation relates to the consumption or use of a prohibited substance and the substance is capable of being detected by a drug test, and (II) he/she shall have undergone mandatory counseling with the school district appointed counselor as may be reasonably necessitated by the circumstances in the discretion of the Principal. Any required drug counseling shall be provided by an approved agency at the student's expense.

 

A second option occurs when the parent chooses to seek a non-school agency for counseling. For this service, the parent will be responsible for paying the counseling agency, and shall have the agency furnish an appropriate report to the Principal.

 

Third Violation

 

Upon the third violation, the student will be suspended from participating in any activity for a period extending for a full calendar year.

 

Before he/she can be reinstated to the team, or otherwise be eligible to participate in any other activity, (I) he/she must test negative for that prohibited substance as a result of an approved drug test if the violation relates to the consumption or use of a prohibited substance and the substance is capable of being detected by a drug test, and (II) he/she shall have undergone mandatory counseling with the school district appointed counselor as may be reasonable necessitated by the circumstances in the discretion of the Principal. Any required drug counseling shall be provided by an approved agency at the student's expense.

 

A second option occurs when the parent chooses to seek a non-school agency for counseling. For this service, the parent will be responsible for paying the counseling agency, and shall have the agency furnish an appropriate report to the Principal.

 

Fourth Violation

 

Upon the fourth violation, the student will be indefinitely suspended or permanently barred from participating in any activity in the Louisville Municipal School District.

 

The school shall continue to offer the "barred" student counseling services as may be reasonable necessitated by the circumstances in the discretion of the Principal. Any required drug counseling shall be provided by an approved agency at the student's expense.

IX.   APPEAL PROCESS

The student is suspended from extracurricular activities, events, clubs, groups, etc., he/she has the right to appeal the decision to the Superintendent within five (5) business days for a final determination. Although the appeals process is informal, the student shall have the right to have an attorney or other person present at the student's own expense and the right to question witnesses.

Vehicles

 

All vehicles brought to school by students are to be parked in the area designated as student parking. Returning to vehicles during the school day is not allowed unless permission is given by the principal or his/her designee.

 

Students may not sit in a parked vehicle at any time after arrival to or near the school campus. Quick starts or speeding will not be tolerated on the school campus or in the school zone. Students are not to block in other vehicles and should park properly.

 

It is a privilege for students to bring a vehicle on the school campus. Vehicles are subject to searches when probable cause exists. Any evidence of a crime discovered during a vehicle inspection must be turned over to the appropriate law enforcement authorities. (Mississippi Code 37-11-29)

 

Solicitation by Students

 

The solicitation for donations and contributions by students shall be restricted to drives approved by the principal and superintendent. School organizations are restricted to one (1) fundraising activity per year that involves student solicitation. If unforeseen circumstances arise in which additional fundraising is needed for students to compete in state or national competition, then such needs must be explained in writing to the principal and superintendent.

 

No outside agency may conduct an authorized fund raising event on campus. Students are not allowed to sell items for personal gain on campus.

 

Visitors on Campus

 

All visitors must report to the principal's office. Student visitors are not allowed in classrooms.

 

Parent/Teacher Conferences

 

Two days during the school year are scheduled as parent conference days. Parents are encouraged to come to the school during designated hours for conferences with teachers and administrators. At other times during the school year, parents should schedule conferences when needs arise. Conferences can be scheduled by contacting the principal's office. Conferences with teachers must be scheduled during non-instructional time.

 

Delivery of Flowers and Balloons to Students

 

To prevent disruption of instructional time and to insure safety on school buses, the delivery of balloons, flowers, and other gifts to students at school is prohibited.

 

Mississippi High School Activities Association Requirements for

Participation in Extracurricular Activities

(Including Athletics, Band, JROTC, Cheerleading, Choir, Dance, Speech/Debate)

 

Participation by a student in extracurricular activities should be considered a privilege rather than a right. To be eligible for participation at the high school level, a student must meet the following minimum scholastic requirements at the end of a semester and at the end of the year.

An accredited summer school shall be considered as an extension of the second semester of the school session, and credits earned in such a school may be considered in determining the scholastic eligibility of students. Students may enroll in summer school with the approval of the principal to correct deficiencies as long as state accreditation standards regarding summer school are met.

 

Students who choose to participate in extracurricular activities must be classifies as full-time students and must work within the framework of four (4) consecutive years of eligibility after entering the ninth grade.

 

Exception to Mississippi High School Activities Eligibility Rule

 

An exception to the eligibility rule for participating in activities may be made by the Executive Director of the Mississippi High School Activities in the following cases:

Requirements for Participation in Extracurricular Activities

Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Grades

      Fall Eligibility Requirements

In order for a seventh, eighth, or ninth grader to participate in interschool activities, the student must have been promoted to his/her current grade level, must have passed the 4 core courses (English, Math, Science and Social Studies). The average of those 4 core courses must be a "C" or above.

 

Spring Semester Eligibility Requirements

 

Student does not have to be passing all 4 core courses (English, Math, Science and Social Studies), but the average of those 4 core courses must be a "C" or above.

Seventh graders must not have reached 14 years of age prior to August 1.

Eighth graders must not have reached 15 years of age prior to August 1.

Ninth graders must not have reached 16 years of age prior to August 1.

Valedictorian/Salutatorian/Honor Graduates

 

Grades will be averaged at the end of the first semester of a student's senior year. The average includes all semester grades except those earned in band, driver education, physical education, journalism lab, and chorus. The averages are computed to the nearest hundredth. If there is a tie, the average is carried to the nearest thousandth to break it.

 

The student having the highest average is declared valedictorian of the class, and the student having the second highest average is declared salutatorian. If a student has an average of ninety (90) or greater, he/she is declared an honor graduate.

 

Hall of Fame

 

The Hall of Fame will be chosen from the graduating seniors to recognize the most outstanding seniors. A faculty committee appointed by the principal will make the selection.

 

 

The Louisville Municipal School District complies with all federal and state laws and regulations in employment and in the delivery of educational services. The District does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marriage, or veteran status or disability. This applies to all educational programs and extracurricular activities. Inquires associated with Title VI, Title IX and/or accommodations for disabled employees, the public accessibility of facilities and programs should be directed to Norma Jackson, Assistant Superintendent, at 662-773-3411. Inquiries regarding the application of Section 504 Rehabilitation Act/Americans with Disability Act should be directed to the Director of Special Education, at 662-773-4010. This Act related to students with disabilities who are not eligible for Special Education. The individuals may be personally contacted at the Central Office located at 112 South Columbus Avenue. The mailing address is P.O. Box 909, Louisville, MS 39339