The Ida B. Wells Community Academy

Students' and Parents' Handbook
on Student Rights and Responsibilities
 


 
 
 
 

novi quid ex Africa
"Everything new comes out of Africa"  Pliny




Letter from the IBWCA Advisory Board 
Why have a Statement of Rights and Responsibilities
Standards of Behavior
     The Nguzo Saba
     The Responsibilities of Walimu and Wanafunzi
     The Role and Responsibility of Faculty and Staff
Search and Seizure
Due Process
Consequences for Violating Standards of Behavior
How to Appeal
Table of Violations and Consequences
 


Why have a Statement of Rights and Responsibilities?

This Students' and Parents' Handbook was prepared as a summary and reference guide to assist students, parents and administrators in following the Ida B. Wells Community Academy's academic and behavioral regulations. The Statement of Rights and Responsibilities is provided as a guide and should always be referred to should you have any questions. The Statement of Rights and Responsibilities contains the rules of the IBWCA learning community and presents the Standard of Behavior for students, faculty and administrators are expected to follow. 

Standards of Behavior

To be a good student (and faculty member) at the Ida B. Wells Community Academy follows, among other things, a basic three-part set of rules. 

     Part I:  "Start of the School Day" Program 

     A. Students are required to participate in 

         1. singing the African American National Anthem, "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing," 

         2. participating in the daily ritual of "Paying Tribute to ing the Ancestors" and 

         3. reciting the IBWCA Pledge

     B. Students are required to practice at school, at home, at work and at play the values contained in 

The Nguzo Saba
The Seven Principles

  1. UMOJA (Unity)

  2. To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race. 
     
  3. KUJICHAGULIA (Self-Determination)

  4. To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves instead of being defined, named, created for and spoken for by others. 
     
  5. UJIMA (Collective Work and Responsibility)

  6. To build and maintain our community together and make our sister's and brother's problems our problems and to solve them together. 
     
  7. UJAMAA (Cooperative Economics)

  8. To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together. 
     
  9. NIA (Purpose)

  10. To make our collective vocation the building and developing our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness. 
     
  11. KUUMBA (Creativity)

  12. To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial then we inherited it. 
     
  13. IMANI (Faith)

  14. To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
      Part II:  Roles and Responsibilities of Teachers and Students 

The Roles and Responsibilities of Walimu and Wanafunzi

THE MWALIMU (TEACHER) MWANAFUNZI (STUDENT) relationship is of major importance and must be understood and adhered to if an atmosphere of learning, discipline, and respect is to be created. In the final analysis, we are all students, but some of us have been students longer and have acquired a body of knowledge that must be passed on to those who are just entering formal life-studies. We call the teacher MWALIMU and the student being introduced to knowledge, we refer to as MWANAFUNZI. No institutions can advance intellec- tually, culturally, or politically, unless there are dedicated and sincere WALIMU with an equally committed WANAFUNZI. The Mwalimu and the Mwanafunzi are equally responsible to each other and must develop an unbreakable trust between themselves.
The following points should be observed by all WALIMU (Teachers).

        1. Be the example of what you teach. Your personal contradictions can wipe out years of hard work. You must be direction for the young, be what you teach, exemplifying the Black Value System NGUZO SABA. 

        2. Always impart knowledge with an eye on reality. Pull your examples from the real world that we are involved in daily. High sounding philosophy belongs in philosophy classes that divorce themselves from life. Knowledge without understanding and practical application is like owning land without being able to cultivate it.

        3. Never tire of teaching. An instructor who believes in what he is teaching can teach anywhere and at anytime and is always prepared to teach; his lifestyle should be a lesson. Concentrate on the four ingredients for an African reality: to work, to study, to create, and to build.

        4. The developing of the moral, spiritual, and physical well-being of the students is of the uppermost imperative. A student should never be held back in fact, a teacher should be eager for his student to surpass him; this is a reward for doing his job well.

        5. In order to develop the communal spirit to the highest, the instructor must be conscious of and concerned about the student' s well being outside the classroom. Make sure that the student has all basic needs in order to develop his mind, body, and spirit .

        6. The student should be encouraged to investigate all areas of life-studies. The student should be given equal time and attention in accordance with his personal ability. Push the complimentary and cooperative aspects of learning and encourage involvement with man and nature, and independent study. Never betray a trust, and discipline should be strict, quick, and fair .

        7. All teaching should be based upon tradition and reason, and be taught theoretically and scientifically, the emphasis always on Afrikan man in relation to his community community-centered rather than man-centered; emphasizing the responsibility of the students to their community, organization, and family; always communal ism over commercialism.

The following points should be observed by all WANAFUNZI ( Students ):

        1. The student is the nation becoming. The good student never tires of learning. The secret of knowledge is that the good students can learn anything, anyplace, and any time.

        2. The good student is committed committed to the institution/organization, committed to his people, and committed to the acquisition of knowledge that will aid his people therefore aiding himself.

        3. The good student lives the Black Value System Nguzo Saba and is the example for the younger brothers and sisters .

        4. The good student knows that to move from black purpose to Afrikan Reality four ingredients are needed: Work, Study, Creativity, and Building.

        5. Remember that a student' s conduct outside the organization reflects the organization. To do in justice one day out of 365 days could wipe out the whole year' s work.

        6. The spirit of sharing and learning; must be with the student at all times. But if he does not know any thing there will be nothing for him to share.

        7. The student must develop good study habits, always show a willingness to learn, and always be respectful to the instructor. Address all male instructors with [Mr. or Doctor] and all female instructors with [Mrs., Ms. or Doctor.]

        8. Knowledge without understanding and practical application is useless if you do not understand something ask questions. One who continually asks questions does not show stupidity or ignorance he shows a thirst for knowledge. One who nits and absorbs everything without question is like a sponge with his head is full of water. Challenge your instructors to give you all the knowledge they have.



Excerpted from Haki Madhubuti. (1973). From Plan to Planet. Detroit: Broadside Press.
 

      Part III:  Precautions all Faculty, Parents and Staff Should Adhere to 

Role and Responsibility of Faculty, Parents and Staff

        1. Never be overawed by authority. Not at any time whatever, nor for any reason whatsoever, can any one with safety or profit permit his faculty-of-thought to take a "sabbatical," least of all when that individual's mind is exposed to the thoughts of other people.

        2. Be open to conviction, but refuse to be convinced until conviction becomes a necessity. In other words, do not imprison your mind in the padded cell of the comfortable rut of your own preferred beliefs, prejudices, biases, or egocentricity.

        3. Read little, think deeply and much. Avoid acquiring the grasshopper mind. Books are highly suggestive, therefore, choose your authors with care. Take time to think through the full implications and connotations of what you read, testing its validity from as many angles as you can. Even nourishing food leads to indigestion if swallowed whole. Avoid mental indigestion at all costs. It is not to be cured merely by going to the Drug Store!

        4. Seek TRUTH and pursue it, to the extent of remaking your own mind no matter what the cost, should it become necessary. Never forget that the "superstitions" of today were the "truths' of yesterday; the "truths" of today will be the "superstitions" of tomorrow. Do not allow them "permanent residence" in your mind. Seek not mere "knowledge" but UNDERSTANDING. Perchance WISDOM may follow. One thing is certain: Only when the rational mind is stilled can the ears of Understanding open to the voice of Wisdom.

        5. If you must lie, lie to others; they will find you out and know you for the fool that you are. But if you lie to yourself, you are a lost fool.

        6. Learn to "think beyond the thoughts of men that lean on things they see." Inevitably they become "obsessed by the perceptible to such an extent that, for them, thinking has become synoymous with repeating parrot-fashion the cast-off-thoughts of others, with less intelligence than the (so-called) "dumb" animals. On no account should you visit that Club, much less join it.

        7. Make it your golden rule, never to be broken, NOT under any circumstances to consult any author on any subject until you shall first have thought deeply about it meditative act and shall have reached some conclusions, no matter how tentative. Remember at all times: NOTHING BELONGS TO YOU EXCEPT YOUR MIND HAS HAD A HAND IN ITS FORMULATION. The moral is obvious: ensure by every means at your disposal, that your mind is actively functioning on oiled wheels, and that it functions as your servant and not your enslaver .

        8. Heed well the words of Herbert Spencer: "There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments, and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance: That Principle is contempt prior to investigation."


First drawn up by Chief Fela Sowande at Howard University, 1969, revised at the University of Pittsburgh, 1973, and restructured at Dartmouth College, July 1975. 

Faculty are also required to participate in "Standards of Behavior," Part I: A and B above. 

Standards of Good Student Behavior

IBWCA stresses also a comprehensive set of behavioral standards which include student rights, responsibilities, school rules and community standards. Students should treat others as they want to be treated. Students should be good citizens of the IBWCA learning community. A good citizen of the IBWCA community: 

  • is courteous, safe, and productive;
  • cares about learning; 
  • cares about him or her self; 
  • cares about his or her family, neighborhood and community;
  • strives to help his or her fellow students
  • cares about and thinks of others;
  • desires to excel in school, at home and in life;
  • cares about safety; 
  • follows IBWCA rules; 
  • cooperates with teachers and other IBWCA staff;
  • respects the differences of others; 
  • is responsible for his or her actions; 
  • respects the property of others; and
  • respects the IBWCA facility.
The IBWCA Preamble
  • Students have the right to learn and be safe, and in turn should show respect to others. 
  • Students who violate the rights of others to receive an education will face the consequences of their actions. Violating the rights of others includes being disruptive, harassing others, fighting, stealing and breaking other rules. 
  • Students with disabilities are expected to follow the rules. The Statement of Rights and Responsibilities document will not restrict the rights of these students as they relate to disability laws. 
     Parents/Guardians
  • Parents or guardians are responsible for making sure their children attend school every day, and arrive for school on time. 
     Teachers 
  • Teachers have a duty to teach. 
  • Teachers are responsible for student behavior in the classroom and to provide helpful, constructive direction. 
  • Teachers may remove students from a class or discipline students. Both of these actions, however, must not be done without clear and definite cause.
     The Principal
  • The principal or his or her representative is responsible for making sure students receive an appropriate education.
  • The principal or his or her representative may discipline, suspend and/or recommend students for expulsion for justified reason. 
     Where these rules apply
  • The Statement of Rights and Responsibilities applies at school and at school activities.
  • In addition, the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities applies to acts that start on the school's premises and are completed off school grounds; on school buses and at school bus stops; they also apply to acts that happen off school grounds but affect the school's reputation or the well-being, safety, or morals of the school's students. 
Attendance and Truancy 
  • Right: All students should start school at the same time to avoid classroom disruptions. 
  • Responsibility: Students must attend school every day during the school year unless excused. 
  • Parents are responsible for making sure students attend school every day and are at school on time. 
Unexcused Absences and Truancy 
  • Tardiness or absence from school without a parent's earlier permission, or for other unacceptable reasons, will not be excused. In addition, truancy violations may be reported to the police. 
Disruptive Behavior is Against the Rules: Cooperate with School Staff 
  • Right: Students have a right to receive their education without disruptive behavior from others. Students also have a right to a safe environment. 
  • Responsibility: Students have a responsibility to cooperate with school staff. Disruptive behavior interferes with school, other students' safety and with school activities. 
      Disruptive, unacceptable behavior includes: 
  • moving around the classroom without permission;
  • breaking classroom or school rules;
  • talking back in a disrespectful way; 
  • being defiant with school staff;
  • swearing, and other unacceptable language;
  • use of put-downs (unflattering gestures or speech); and
  • making an unsafe situation for others, which includes: 
          a. fighting; 
          b. roughhousing, hitting; 
          c. picking on, harassing, bullying; 
          d. making threats; 
          e. throwing objects such as snowballs, rocks, or food; 
           f. running, pushing, or horseplay in classrooms or halls. 

Identify Yourself to Faculty, Staff and Administrators

  • Right: Students have a right to feel safe by knowing that their parents can be contacted in an emergency and that school staff can identify unknown visitors to their school. 

  • Responsibility: Students and their parents are responsible for giving the school their correct name, address and telephone number. If asked, students must tell school faculty, staff and administrators who they are. 
Educational Research or Surveys of Students
  • Right: Parents must give written permission for students to answer IBWCA authorized surveys or educational research questionnaires that ask about personal or private family affairs that are not public information.
  • Responsibility: IBWCA will find it necessay to conduct professional educational research which uses students and/or their parents as respondents. Personal information gained during this research will be kept confidential.
Freedom of Speech 
  • Right: Students may speak their opinions as long as they do not interfere with others speaking their opinions. 
  • Responsibility: Swearing, slander, racial slurs and other unacceptable language is not allowed. 
Freedom of Assembly
  • Right: Students may meet together with the principal's permission. 
  • Responsibility: Demonstrations or meetings that interfere with learning are not allowed. 
Freedom to Publish
  • Right: Students may express their opinions in publications. Students may hand out fliers, leaflets and newspapers with permission from the principal. Sales of literature not authorized by the Advisory Board is not allowed on school property.
  • Responsibility: Students should use responsible journalism and good judgment in any publications they publish, as defined in the Canons of Journalism which will be available in the principal's office.
  • Right: Faculty also enjoy to right to publish their curriculum related ideas and lessons plans, scholarly articles, and research findings in profession and trade journals, newsletters, webpages, etc.
Freedom of Symbolic Expression: Student Dress Code
  • Right: Every student should have a safe environment in which to learn.
  • Responsibility: Students must wear clean clothes that are safe for the student and others, and are in good taste. 
  • The Advisory Board will prescribe a standard uniform dress code which all student will be required to wear. Parents will be advised of this dress code prior to the start of each school year.
  • Students may wear/display buttons, armbands, flags, decals or other badges unless such items break the IBWCA standard uniform dress code.
     Displays Identifying Restricted Organizations and Groups
    Exception: Groups which may threaten the safety of students or others will be defined as gangs and are not allowed. Clothes, jewelry, accessories or looks that might show membership in these and other restricted organizations are not allowed. Participation in restricted activities, including initiation, is not allowed. 
Discrimination and Harassment
  • Right: Students and staff have the right to a school that is free from discrimination, harassment, hazing or violence.
  • Responsibility: Students should respect the differences of others. Harassment is not tolerated. Harassment includes ridiculing, harassing, intimidating or threatening anyone. 
      Discrimination is not tolerated
  • Discrimination is showing prejudice by making mean remarks toward others, or using violence, or damaging someone's belongings because of their race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability or looks. Remarks not allowed include name calling, racial slurs or jokes or threats of harm. 
      Harassment is not tolerated
  • Harassment is when someone pesters, annoys, alarms, or abuses another person or group because of their race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability or looks. Harassment also includes being offensive and creating a hostile, abusive or unsafe school or work environment. 
      Sexual harassment is not tolerated
  • Sexual harassment is behavior that includes unwelcome advances, physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature, which includes but is not limited to: 

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    a. verbal harassment or abuse;
    b. inappropriate patting or touching. 

Reporting discrimination or harassment 
  • Students who believe they have been discriminated against or harassed should report it to their school principal. 
  • The IBWCA principal will investigate and inform the IBWCA's Board of Governors who act as its Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) office, and request their advice and adjudication of the incident. 
  • Students may also report the incident directly to an outside agency, such as the City of Akron Equal Rights Commission, the City Ombudsman, the State of Ohio Human Rights Commission, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or the Office for Civil Rights.
Don't Break these Laws: They may be Criminal Acts!
  • Right: Students and staff have the right to be safe. Students involved in crimes threaten the  safety of others in the school community. 
  • Responsibility: Students should avoid bad  situations. If students participate in unacceptable behavior, they must face the consequences of their actions including simple discipline, suspension or being expelled from school. 
  • Students who violate laws, including those listed below, may face additional consequences. This list does not include a definition of all crimes, and is only a summary. 
          a. Aiding and abetting: helping someone in any way commit a crime. 
          b. Arson: causing or starting a fire or setting off an explosion, including fireworks.
          c. Assault: injuring someone on purpose. 
          d. Attempt: taking action to commit a crime. 
          e. Burglary: entering an unauthorized room or building illegally, and planning to commit
              a crime.Criminal impersonation: identifying yourself as someone else and trying to
              be deceitful, or helping someone commit a fraud. 
           f. Criminal mischief: vandalism, including removing, damaging, destroying, defacing, or
              mutilating objects, materials, or property belonging to others. 

  Extortion or blackmail: threatening others to gain
  money, property, or to get them to do something
  for you. 

  Forgery: signing another person's name on a
  document, altering a document, or having a forged
  document. 

  Reckless endangerment: creating a risky
  situation that might cause injury to another
  person. 

  Robbery: stealing from another person by force or
  threatening force. 
                                      Selling and/or possessing alcohol or other drugs:
                                      selling, trading, using or possessing alcohol or
                                      illegal drugs. 

                                      Smoking and/or possessing tobacco products:
                                      using or possessing tobacco, including
                                      cigarettes, cigars, or tobacco in a container. 

                                      Soliciting: talking another person into committing
                                      a crime. 

                                      Trespass: entering or remaining on another
                                      person's property without permission, or refusing
                                      to leave if asked by the property owner. 

                                      Theft: stealing from another person. 

                                      Weapons and Guns/Firearms Policy: NO
                                      GUNS ALLOWED (Rights, 2)

                                      Students are not allowed to bring weapons or
                                      guns/firearms to school or school events. 

                                      Weapons that are not allowed at school include
                                      guns/firearms (a weapon designed to shoot or
                                      explode), pellet and BB guns, air guns, spring
                                      guns, zip guns, stun guns, shockers, bombs or
                                      other explosives, poison, dangerous or deadly
                                      gas, slingshots, bludgeons, throwing stars,
                                      knives, clubs, brass knuckles, or artificial
                                      knuckles of any kind, numchucks and throwing
                                      weapons. 

                                      Consequences for violating the weapons or
                                      guns/firearms policy: 

                                      Students found with any guns/firearms face
                                      expulsion and arrest. 

                                      Students found with weapons or look-alike
                                      weapons (see guns/firearms) of any kind face
                                      suspension, or expulsion, and arrest. 

                                      Searches and Confiscation

                                      Right: All searches should take place in the
                                      presence of the student and another person. The
                                      search will be done in a way that shows respect
                                      for the student and their belongings. (Rights, 13a)

                                      Searches of Lockers and Desks (Rights, 13b)

                                      The District owns and controls lockers and
                                      desks, and other property assigned to students. 

                                      The District may conduct random searches of
                                      student lockers or desks to find out if students
                                      are following laws and school rules. 

                                      Notices of the right to random searches are
                                      posted throughout the school, and students will
                                      be told at least once each semester that
                                      searches can happen at anytime, with or without
                                      advance notice. 

                                      Searches Based on Reasonable Cause
                                     (Rights, 13b,c,d)

                                      Searches occur for a justified reason. The school
                                      principal may inspect and search a student's
                                      locker or desk, vehicle, belongings and outer
                                      clothing if the principal believes the search will
                                      turn up evidence that the student has broken the
                                      law or rules of the school. Evidence that may be
                                      found in the area searched includes, but is not
                                      limited to, drugs, weapons, stolen goods or
                                      dangerous, illegal or prohibited matter. 
Part II:

The Anchorage School District Statement of
  Rights and Responsibilities constitutes School
  Board policy on matters pertaining to students'
  rights and responsibilities. In any case of conflict
  between the Statement of Rights and
  Responsibilities and any other District policy or
  procedure, the Statement of Rights and
  Responsibilities shall take precedence unless
  specifically limited by such other Board policy. 

  Due Process

  The constitutional rights assured to individuals
  includes the guarantee that no person shall be
  deprived of life, liberty or property without due
  process of law. Students are recognized as
  "Persons" under the constitution and a system of
  constitutionality and legally sound procedures
  has been developed for the administration of
  discipline in the schools. 

     1.The hallmark of the exercise of
       disciplinary authority shall be fairness. 
     2.Before the imposition of a disciplinary
       action, a student shall be given an
       opportunity to contest any alleged facts
       leading to the proposed disciplinary action
       and to present his or her version of the
       facts. 

  Preamble

     1.A primary responsibility of the District and
       its professional staff shall be the
       development of an understanding and
       appreciation of our representative form of
       government, the rights and responsibilities
       of the individual and the legal processes
       whereby necessary changes are brought
       about. 
     2.The school is a community and the rules
       and regulations of the school are the laws
       of that community. All those enjoying the
       rights of citizenship in the school
       community must also accept the
       responsibilities of citizenship. Among the
       responsibilities of school citizenship are
       respecting the laws of the community and
       the rights of other citizens and
       contributing to the fulfillment of
       educational purposes through cooperative
       conduct. 
     3.Young people in the United States have
       the right to receive a free public education,
       and deprivation of that right may occur
       only for just cause in accordance with due
       process of law. 
     4.Students have the rights of citizenship as
       defined in the United States Constitution
       and its amendments; and these rights
       may not be abridged, obstructed or in
       other ways altered except in accordance
       with due process of law. The First and
       Fourteenth Amendments to the
       Constitution of the United States prohibit
       states from unduly infringing upon the
       rights of speech and expression. In the
       school setting this restriction on state
       action limits the manner and extent to
       which schools may regulate the speech
       and expression of students. In order to
       curtail First Amendment rights, school
       authorities must show that the failure to
       do so would create a material and
       substantial disruption of school work and
       discipline. 
     5.Administrators and teachers also have
       rights and duties. The teacher is required
       by law to maintain a suitable environment
       for learning, and administrators have the
       responsibility for maintaining and
       facilitating the educational program. 
     6.The principal, or his or her designee, is
       authorized to recommend expulsion, and
       to suspend or discipline students for
       cause. The teacher has the authority to
       temporarily remove students from a class
       or discipline students for cause. The
       following rules, regulations and due
       process procedures are designed to
       protect all members of the educational
       community in the exercise of their rights
       and duties. 
                                         7.Students with disabilities are subject to
                                           and shall follow the rules and regulations
                                           set forth in this Statement of Rights and
                                           Responsibilities and shall be disciplined
                                           under these policies. The policies set forth
                                           in this Statement of Rights and
                                           Responsibilities shall not restrict the rights
                                           to which these students are entitled under
                                           the disability laws. Discipline under these
                                           policies shall not be in violation of the
                                           requirements of the Individuals with
                                           Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of
                                           the Rehabilitation Act, or any modifications
                                           of the school's disciplinary sanctions which
                                           are set out in individual IEPs. 
                                         8.Jurisdiction: The following rules apply on
                                           campus, at school activities on and off
                                           campus, on school buses and at school
                                           bus stops. School jurisdiction also applies
                                           to acts which start on school campus and
                                           are completed off school campus. In
                                           addition, criminal acts which occur
                                           completely off campus but which have
                                           direct and immediate affect either on
                                           school decorum or the welfare, safety or
                                           morals of students fall under the
                                           jurisdiction of the school. AS 14.30.045. 

                                      Rights, Responsibilities and
                                      Limitations

                                      Any conduct prescribed by the following
                                      statement of rights, responsibilities and limitations
                                      shall be subject to appropriate corrective action
                                      from simple discipline to expulsion: 

                                         1.Criminal acts: The following acts are
                                           among those crimes defined in detail under
                                           the laws of the State of Alaska. This list is
                                           not exclusive and a student convicted of a
                                           felony may be suspended or denied
                                           admission if the attendance of the student
                                           is determined to be against the welfare or
                                           education of other pupils. AS 14.30.045 

                                           Aiding and abetting - Assisting in the
                                           commission of a crime, with the result of
                                           being held criminally responsible for all
                                           crimes committed by others during the
                                           commission of the crime. AS
                                           11.16.100-130 

                                           Arson - Damaging any property by
                                           intentionally or negligently starting a fire or
                                           causing an explosion, or attempting to
                                           start a fire or cause an explosion. AS
                                           11.46.400- 450 

                                           Assault - Physically injuring or threatening
                                           to physically injure another person. AS
                                           11.41.200-230 

                                           Attempt - Preparation to commit a crime
                                           followed by a direct act in furtherance of its
                                           commission constitutes a substantial step
                                           toward the commission of a crime. AS
                                           11.31.100 

                                           Burglary - Entering unlawfully or remaining
                                           unlawfully with intent to commit a crime.
                                           AS 11.46.300-315 

                                           Criminal impersonation - Assuming a
                                           false identity and then engaging in conduct
                                           with the intent to defraud, or facilitating a
                                           fraud to be committed by another. AS
                                           11.46.570 

Criminal mischief - Willful property
       damage, tampering, or interfering with
       property rights. AS 11.46.480-486 

       Extortion or blackmail - Obtaining
       money, property, or actions by violence or
       threat of violence or untrue accusations or
       public ridicule. AS 11.41.520-530 

       Forgery - Falsely making or altering a
       written instrument or knowingly
       possessing a forged instrument. AS
       11.46.550 

       Reckless endangerment - Engaging in
       conduct which creates a substantial risk
       of serious physical injury to another
       person. AS 11.41.250 

       Robbery - Stealing from the person or
       another by force or threat of force. AS
       11.41.500-510 

       Sale, use, or possession of alcohol or
       illegal drugs, or sale or misuse of
       prescription drugs * 
       AS 4.16.050-060, 4.16.080,
       11.71.010-060, 17.13.080 

       * The school official in charge shall
       immediately remove from contact with
       other students anyone under the influence
       of alcohol or drugs and thereupon shall
       contact the parent/guardian and law
       enforcement officials. 

       Smoking - Students are not permitted to
       smoke on school property. Using, giving,
       selling, or possessing cigarettes or other
       tobacco products is prohibited. AS
       11.76.100-105 

       Soliciting - Soliciting another to commit
       a crime and being held legally
       accountable for the commission of the
       crime. AS 11.16.110 

       Trespass - Presence on another's
       property without permission and/or refusal
       to leave another's property upon request.
       AS 11.46.320-330 

       Theft - Theft without force or violence
       against another person. AS 11.46.100-220

       The commission of, or participation in,
       any criminal activity in school buildings,
       on school property, on school buses and
       at school bus stops, at school activities
       on and off campus, and acts which occur
       completely off campus but which have
       direct and immediate effect either on
       school decorum or the welfare, safety or
       morals of students is prohibited.
       Disciplinary action may be taken by the
       school regardless of whether or not
       criminal charges or prosecution result. 

     2.Weapons and firearms: Students shall
       not carry on their person, or place
       anywhere on school property, or in the
       vicinity of a school sponsored event, any
       firearms or other weapons, except as
       assigned to students for, and used during,
       a regular course of instruction. However, if
       in a regular course of instruction or during
       an authorized activity, a weapon is used
       in an unauthorized manner, the student
       will be in violation of this provision.
       Students found with any firearms* while
       subject to the jurisdiction of the school
       are subject to expulsion and arrest.
       Students found with weapons, or
       look-alike weapons of any kind, while
       subject to the jurisdiction of the school
       are subject to suspension or expulsion,
       and arrest. 

       Weapons include, but are not limited to,
       firearms*, pellet and BB guns, air guns,
       spring guns, zip guns, stun guns,
       shockers, bombs or other explosives,
       poison, dangerous or deadly gas,
       slingshots, bludgeons, throwing stars,
       knives, clubs, brass knuckles or artificial
       knuckles of any kind, numchucks and
       throwing weapons. 
                                           * A "firearm" is defined as: (1) any weapon
                                           (including a starter gun) which will or is
                                           designed to, or may readily be converted,
                                           to expel a projectile by the action of an
                                           explosive; (2) the frame or receiver of any
                                           such weapon; (3) any firearm muffler or
                                           firearm silencer; or (4) any destructive
                                           device. A "destructive device" is an
                                           explosive, incendiary, poison gas, bomb,
                                           grenade, rocket, missile, or any other
                                           similar device. 18 U.S.C. #164# 921. 
                                         3.Attendance: Daily attendance of all who
                                           are enrolled in the District schools is
                                           required in accordance with State law and
                                           School Board rules. Students will attend
                                           regularly scheduled classes unless
                                           officially excused. 
                                         4.Disruptive conduct: Disruptive behavior
                                           and/or appearance which interferes with the
                                           normal school program, the educational
                                           process, or the lawful activities of others is
                                           prohibited. 
                                         5.Cooperation with school personnel:
                                           Students must obey the lawful instructions
                                           of all school district personnel. 
                                         6.Self identification: All students in school
                                           buildings, on school grounds, or at
                                           school-sponsored events must, upon
                                           request, identify themselves to authorized
                                           school district personnel or their designee. 
                                         7.Off-campus events: Students at
                                           school-sponsored off-campus events shall
                                           be governed by school district rules and
                                           regulations and shall be subject to the
                                           authority of school district personnel. 
                                         8.Discrimination and harassment: It is the
                                           policy of the District to maintain a learning
                                           and working environment that is free from
                                           discrimination, harassment, hazing, and
                                           related violence. A learning environment
                                           must be structured to reflect diverse
                                           cultural traditions and contributions. The
                                           District has zero tolerance for any
                                           behaviors that ridicule, harass, intimidate,
                                           or otherwise threaten students, staff, or
                                           community members. Discrimination and
                                           harassment of employees and students will
                                           not be tolerated in the School District.
                                           School District includes School District
                                           facilities; School District premises, and
                                           non-school property if the student or
                                           employee is at any school-sponsored,
                                           school-approved, or school-related activity
                                           or function, such as field trips or social and
                                           athletic events where students are under
                                           the control of the School District or where
                                           the employee is engaged in school
                                           business. 

                                           It shall be a violation of this policy for any
                                           student to harass another student or an
                                           employee through conduct or
                                           communication of a discriminatory or
                                           sexual nature as defined by this policy. 

                                           It shall be a violation of this policy for any
                                           student to be sexually violent to a fellow
                                           student or to an employee. 

                                           The District will act to investigate all
                                           complaints, either formal or informal, verbal
                                           or written, of discrimination, sexual
                                           harassment, or violence and to discipline
                                           any student or employee who
                                           discriminates against or sexually harasses
                                           or is violent to a student, employee, or
                                           community member. 

                                           A false or frivolous accusation made under
                                           this policy shall result in disciplinary
                                           action. 
                                                Discrimination defined 

                                                Discrimination is the display of
                                                prejudice towards others. A student
                                                will be in violation of this
                                                non-discrimination policy if he or
                                                she: 
                                                   1.Makes demeaning remarks
                                                     directly or indirectly, such as
                                                     name-calling, racial slurs or
                                                     "jokes," or physically
                                                     threatens or harms an
                                                     individual on the basis of
                                                     race, color, religion, national
                                                     origin, sex, disability, or
                                                     physical appearance; 
2.Displays visual or written
                 materials or defaces property
                 or materials which demeans
                 the race, color, religion,
                 national origin, sex, disability
                 of an individual group, or
                 physical appearance; 
               3.Damages, defaces, or
                 destroys private property of
                 any person because of the
                 person's race, color, religion,
                 national origin, sex,
                 disability, or physical
                 appearance. 
            Harassment and sexual harassment
            defined 

            Harassment: Harassment is a
            single act or a course of conduct
            directed at an individual or a group
            that serves no legitimate purpose
            other than to annoy, alarm, or abuse
            that person or group due to their
            race, religion, national origin, age,
            disability, gender, or physical
            appearance. 

            Sexual Harassment: Sexual
            harassment consists of unwelcome
            sexual advances, requests for
            sexual favors, sexually motivated
            physical conduct or other verbal or
            physical conduct or communication
            of a sexual nature when: 
               1.Submission to that conduct
                 or communication is made a
                 term or condition, either
                 expressly or impliedly, of
                 obtaining or retaining
                 employment or of obtaining
                 an education; 
               2.Submission to or rejection of
                 that conduct or
                 communication by an
                 individual is used as a factor
                 in decisions affecting an
                 individual's employment or
                 education or participation in
                 other school activities; 
               3.That conduct or
                 communication has the
                 purpose or effect of
                 substantially or unreasonably
                 interfering with an individual's
                 employment or education, or
                 creating an intimidating,
                 hostile or offensive
                 employment or education
                 environment. 

            Examples of sexual harassment
            include, but are not limited to, the
            following: 
                 verbal harassment or abuse; 
                 subtle pressure for sexual
                 activity; 
                 inappropriate patting or
                 pinching; 
                 intentional brushing against a
                 student's or employee's
                 body; 
                 demanding sexual favors
                 accompanied by implied or
                 overt threats concerning an
                 individual's employment or
                 educational status; 
                 any sexually motivated
                 unwelcome touching; or 
                 sexual violence which is a
                 physical act of aggression
                 that includes a sexual act or
                 sexual purpose. 
            Reporting Procedures 

            Students who believe they have
            experienced an act of harassment
            by another student or an employee
            should report the matter
            immediately to a trusted staff
            member and then to their principal
            or designee. The school principal or
            designee shall investigate the issue
            and advise the EEO/AA Office. In
            addition, the students may also
            report the incident to the EEO/AA
            Office directly, or to an outside
            agency; i.e., the Municipality of
            Anchorage Equal Rights
            Commission, the Ombudsman, the
            State of Alaska Human Rights
            Commission, the U.S. Equal
            Employment Opportunity
            Commission, or the office for Civil
            Rights. 
                                         9.Prohibited Organizations and Groups 
                                                 Groups which initiate, advocate, or
                                                 promote activities which threaten
                                                 the safety or well being of persons
                                                 or property at school or at school
                                                 activities are determined to be
                                                 detrimental to the education
                                                 program of the school are
                                                 prohibited. Apparel, jewelry,
                                                 accessory or grooming which
                                                 implies or indicates that a person
                                                 is a member of a prohibited group
                                                 is prohibited at school or at school
                                                 activities. 
                                                 Participation in activities such as
                                                 initiation, hazing, intimidation or
                                                 activities designed to create group
                                                 affiliation that can cause bodily
                                                 danger, physical harm or mental or
                                                 emotional harm, are prohibited. 
                                                 Persons who display symbols of
                                                 prohibited groups or who
                                                 participate in activities identified
                                                 with prohibited groups or who
                                                 participate in activities which
                                                 intimidate another student are
                                                 subject to disciplinary action. 
                                                 Groups that behave in the manner
                                                 described in this section will be
                                                 defined as gangs. Gang behavior is
                                                 prohibited at school and school
                                                 activities. e. Inservice training will
                                                 be provided as required to develop
                                                 staff skills. Schools' staff will
                                                 promote participation in authorized
                                                 school activities as a positive
                                                 alternative to membership in these
                                                 groups. 
                                        10.Freedom of speech and assembly: 
                                                 Students are entitled to express
                                                 verbally their personal opinions in a
                                                 manner that does not interfere with
                                                 the freedom of others to express
                                                 themselves. Obscenity and slander
                                                 are prohibited. 
                                                 Students have the freedom to
                                                 assemble peacefully. There is an
                                                 appropriate time and place for such
                                                 assemblies. Meetings of
                                                 school-sponsored organizations on
                                                 school property shall be conducted
                                                 at times and places approved by
                                                 the principal or his/her designee.
                                                 Conducting demonstrations or
                                                 meetings which interfere with the
                                                 educational process or the lawful
                                                 activities of others is prohibited. 
                                        11.Freedom of symbolic expression: 
                                                 Student dress code: It is the goal
                                                 of the District to ensure that every
                                                 student has a safe environment in
                                                 which to learn. Each student shall
                                                 attend school clothed in a manner
                                                 which is clean, not hazardous to
                                                 the safety of him/herself or others,
                                                 and which does not detract from
                                                 the educational environment.
                                                 Clothing worn by students that in
                                                 the reasonable opinion of the
                                                 school administration is
                                                 inappropriate is forbidden. Such
                                                 clothing includes: 
                                                      clothing which promotes
                                                      gang affiliations; 
                                                      clothing which promotes
                                                      violence or the use of
                                                      tobacco, drugs, alcohol or
                                                      weapons; 
                                                      clothing which is revealing,
                                                      or which has comments or
                                                      designs that are obscene,
                                                      lewd, or vulgar; 
                                                      clothing that presents a
                                                      hazard to the student's
                                                      safety or the safety of
                                                      others; 
                                                      clothing that causes
                                                      distractions or inhibits the
                                                      learning process. 

                                                 Your individual school may have
                                                 other school rules/prohibitions that
                                                 are age appropriate. These school
                                                 rules/prohibitions for clothing will
                                                 be listed in your student handbook.
                                                 Students who do not follow the
                                                 rules will be excluded from school
                                                 until such time that they cease
                                                 wearing the clothing or items to
                                                 school or school events. 
Buttons and armbands: Students
            may wear or display buttons,
            armbands, flags, decals and other
            badges of symbolic expression,
            unless the manner of expression
            materially or substantially
            interferes with the orderly process
            of the school or the rights of
            others. Items that are associated
            with gangs are deemed in and of
            themselves to substantially
            interfere with the orderly process of
            the school. 
            Patriotic assembly: A student may
            abstain from the pledge or salute if
            he/she desires. 
    12.Freedom to publish: 
            Generally, the restrictions and
            regulations governing responsible
            journalism*, as defined by the
            American Society of Newspaper
            Editors, should be applied to
            District student publications with
            the clear understanding that school
            officials have the authority, indeed
            the duty, to provide for an ordered
            educational atmosphere free from
            constant turmoil and distraction.
            Material which promotes gang
            activity is prohibited. (Note School
            Board policy 490.1 Student
            Publications) 

            Prohibited material: Material which
            is libelous or violates the rights of
            privacy; obscene according to
            community standards; profane or
            vulgar slang language which would
            not be used by the local
            newspapers; advocating the
            breaking of school policy or law;
            critical, demeaning or attacks on
            any race, religion, sex, disability or
            ethnic group; commercial
            solicitation for products, i.e.,
            cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, or any
            product prohibited for any person
            18 years of age or younger;
            endorsements or solicitations
            regarding partisan causes, political
            candidates or ballot measures of a
            nature that it would cause a
            disruption of the school. (Note
            School Board policy 490.14) 
            Students are entitled to express in
            writing their personal opinions but
            are expected to exercise
            responsibility and good judgment.
            The distribution of such material
            may not interfere with or disrupt the
            educational process. A written
            expression of opinion must be
            signed by its author except that
            editorials representing a newspaper
            position may be printed without
            signature if all members of the
            editorial board are identified
            elsewhere on the paper. (Note
            School Board policy 490.13) 
            Students have the right to
            distribute leaflets, newspapers, and
            handbills at times and places as
            determined by the school principal
            or his/her designee. The students
            who edit, publish or distribute such
            leaflets, newspapers, and handbills
            among their fellow students
            assume the responsibility for the
            content of such publications. The
            school principal or his/her designee
            shall be entitled to predistribution
            examination of materials to
            determine whether these materials
            would disrupt the orderly
            educational process. 

            Non-school publications being
            distributed on school property may
            be seized by the school principal
            or his/her designee who has
            reasonable cause to believe that
            such publications contain libelous
            or obscene material. Seized
            publications must be returned to
            the student or made available to
            the parent/guardian at the end of
            the school day. 

            * Copies of the Canons of
            Journalism are available in the
            school office and the school
            library. 
                                                Commercial solicitation not
                                                authorized by the Superintendent or
                                                designee will not be allowed on
                                                school property at any time. An
                                                exception to this rule will be the
                                                sale of non-school-sponsored
                                                student newspapers published by
                                                students of the school district.
                                                Non-school newspapers may be
                                                distributed only at times and places
                                                as determined by the school
                                                principal or his/her designee. 
                                                Students have the right to do
                                                necessary research for articles,
                                                including public opinion polls, and
                                                shall have the responsibility not to
                                                abuse that right. Polls shall be
                                                authorized by the school principal or
                                                his/her designee if they interrupt
                                                class time, and the school principal
                                                or his/her designee shall be
                                                informed of polls taken during
                                                students' free time in school. 
                                        13.Search and seizure: The following rules
                                           shall apply to search and seizure
                                           pertaining to students and school property
                                           assigned to them (e.g., lockers, desks): 
                                                All searches, based on
                                                individualized suspicion described in
                                                this section, should take place in
                                                the presence of the student and a
                                                third person, if each, respectively,
                                                can be located. The search will be
                                                conducted in a respectful, organized
                                                manner which shows respect for the
                                                student and their possessions. 
                                                Lockers and desks: 

                                                Random Searches: The school
                                                administration retains control over
                                                lockers and desk space loaned to
                                                students. The District retains the
                                                right to conduct random searches of
                                                student lockers or desk space at
                                                any time. All lockers and/or desks
                                                may be searched, or a smaller
                                                number chosen by random selection
                                                may be searched. Notices of the
                                                right of District to conduct this type
                                                of search are posted in prominent
                                                locations in your school. In addition,
                                                students will be notified at least
                                                once each semester that such
                                                searches will be conducted at the
                                                discretion of the school principal.
                                                The District may or may not, at its
                                                discretion, give prior notice that a
                                                random search will take place. The
                                                purpose of such a search is to
                                                determine student compliance with
                                                school regulations, and local, state,
                                                and federal laws. The search will not
                                                be more intrusive than reasonably
                                                necessary to meet the objectives of
                                                the search. (AS 14.03.105) The
                                                search will be conducted in a
                                                respectful, organized manner
                                                showing respect for the student and
                                                their possessions. 

                                                Searches of Lockers and Desks
                                                Based on Reasonable Cause: The
                                                school principal or his/her designee
                                                has the right and duty to inspect
                                                and search a student's locker and
                                                desk, if there is reasonable cause to
                                                believe, upon information received
                                                from the police or otherwise, that
                                                drugs, weapons, dangerous, illegal,
                                                or prohibited matter, or goods stolen
                                                from the school or from members of
                                                the staff or student body, are likely
                                                to be found within the area
                                                searched. Reasonable cause to
                                                search will exist when, based on all
                                                the facts and circumstances known
                                                to the person, there is cause to
                                                believe that the search will turn up
                                                evidence that the student has
                                                violated or is violating the law or the
                                                rules of the school. No search
                                                based on individualized suspicion
                                                shall be conducted without
                                                attempting to secure the permission
                                                of the person possessing the
                                                property to be searched, except if
                                                the suspected possession poses
                                                threat to life or property. 
Automobiles: The school principal
            or his/her designee may search
            automobiles which are parked on
            school grounds if he/she wishes to
            establish whether drugs, alcohol,
            weapons, dangerous , or illegal
            matter, or goods stolen from
            members of the staff or student
            body are found therein. All students
            utilizing the privilege of parking on
            school grounds have consented to
            such a search under the terms and
            conditions of their Parking Permits.
            All student vehicles parked on
            school grounds, whether or not a
            permit has been obtained, may be
            searched when there is reasonable
            cause to believe that the items
            described immediately above may
            be found therein. 
            Possessions and outer garments:
            The school administration has the
            authority to inspect and search the
            possessions (e.g., purses, gym
            bags, instrument cases) and outer
            garments (e.g., jackets, coats,
            shoes or boots) of students when
            the school principal has reasonable
            cause to believe that drugs,
            alcohol, weapons, illegal or
            dangerous materials, or stolen
            goods are likely to be found. A
            search may be conducted if a
            school official has reasonable
            cause to believe that a violation of a
            school rule or local, state, or
            federal law has taken place. No
            probable cause or warrant is
            required before a search may be
            conducted. Any such search must
            be conducted in private by the
            school principal or an assistant
            principal, and witnessed by a staff
            person. School authorities will
            make a reasonable effort to contact
            the student's parent/guardian by
            telephone to obtain his/her consent
            prior to the search; parents/
            guardians will be given reasonable
            opportunity to be present during the
            search. Searches will be limited to
            the examination of the contents of
            a student's possessions and outer
            garments, although a student may
            be requested to empty pockets of
            all contents. 
            Search of a student's person:
            Should an administrator have
            reason to believe that a student has
            drugs, weapons, illegal or
            dangerous materials, or stolen
            goods concealed on his/her person,
            the administrator may conduct a
            search of the student's person. No
            such search may be undertaken
            unless, in the administrator's
            judgment, there is adequate
            information based on direct
            observation by school personnel or
            reliable information from third
            parties, that a student is likely to
            have prohibited material on his/her
            person. 

            Prior to commencing a search of a
            student's person, the student must
            be told the nature of the information
            against him/her, and reasonable
            efforts must be made by school
            authorities to notify the student's
            parent/guardian by telephone and
            permit the parent/guardian the
            opportunity to be present. The
            student, or the student's
            parent/guardian if present, will be
            asked for consent, the nature of the
            search will be specified, the rights
            of the student, and the possible
            consequences faced by the student
            will be explained. If consent is
            refused, the search procedure will
            be immediately halted, and the
            matter turned over to the police. 
                                                Initial searches of a student's
                                                person shall be confined to a
                                                pat-down search unless the student
                                                specifically requests that the
                                                search proceed with the removal of
                                                garments rather than a pat-down
                                                search. Male students will be
                                                searched only by men and female
                                                students only by women. During
                                                such a search, procedures to
                                                assure the privacy and dignity of the
                                                student will be followed. 

                                                Should a pat-down search provide
                                                reasonable cause to believe that the
                                                student has prohibited material
                                                concealed upon his/her person, the
                                                student will be requested to
                                                surrender the materials. If the
                                                pat-down search does not reveal
                                                any prohibited material, but based
                                                on information received, the
                                                administrator continues to have
                                                reasonable cause to believe there is
                                                a strong likelihood that prohibited
                                                material is concealed upon the
                                                student's person, the administrator
                                                may request the student to remove
                                                or adjust clothing to the degree
                                                necessary to ascertain whether the
                                                student does in fact possess
                                                prohibited material. Any such
                                                search will be conducted with the
                                                utmost respect for the student's
                                                privacy and dignity. 

                                                Should a student, or student's
                                                parent/guardian, at any point refuse
                                                permission to continue a search,
                                                the school authorities will
                                                immediately discontinue the search
                                                procedure. The student, and
                                                parent/guardian, will be informed
                                                that unless permission is granted to
                                                continue the search, the matter
                                                may be turned over to law
                                                enforcement officials. Should
                                                permission still be withheld, the
                                                student will be placed in a
                                                supervised area and the police
                                                called. 
                                                Emergency exception: For all types
                                                of searches described above, when
                                                an administrator has reasonable
                                                cause to believe, on the basis of
                                                information provided through direct
                                                observations by school personnel or
                                                others, that a student possesses
                                                any weapon or dangerous material
                                                which poses an imminent threat to
                                                life or property, he/she may
                                                authorize an immediate search of
                                                the student's person or
                                                possessions. In such a case, the
                                                student's parent/guardian will be
                                                notified by telephone of the search
                                                as soon as possible. No physical
                                                force may be applied during any
                                                search of the student unless there
                                                is an immediate threat of imminent
                                                danger to persons or property. 
                                                Seizure and surrender of items
                                                found: Unlawful, prohibited, or
                                                stolen matter found during the
                                                search may be turned over to the
                                                police and/or used in school
                                                disciplinary proceedings. Items
                                                which are used to disrupt or
                                                interfere with the educational
                                                process may be seized temporarily
                                                by school authorities. Such items
                                                shall, upon request, be returned to
                                                the student or parent or guardian at
                                                the end of the school day. 

                                                Illegal items (tobacco, alcohol,
                                                drugs, firearms, weapons) or other
                                                possessions reasonably determined
                                                to be a threat to the safety or
                                                security of others may be seized by
                                                school authorities and at the
                                                discretion of the school principal, or
                                                his or her designee, may be turned
                                                over to the police authorities. 

                                                All legal items seized shall, upon
                                                request, be made available to the
                                                parent or guardian or the student at
                                                the end of the school day. 
                                        14.Student surveys: Teachers or school
                                           administrators may conduct surveys of
                                           students for the purposes of study, the
                                           improvement of education, or class
                                           assignment. These surveys or
                                           questionnaires are governed by the
                                           following rules: 
A school district, principal or other person
       in charge of a public school, or teacher in
       a public school may not administer or
       permit to be administered in a school, any
       questionnaire or survey, whether
       anonymous or not, which inquires into
       private family affairs of the student not a
       matter of public record or subject to public
       observation unless written permission is
       obtained from the student's parent or
       guardian (AS 14.03.110). (Included in this
       restriction are surveys that seek
       information on the following): 
            political affiliations; 
            mental and psychological problems
            potentially embarrassing to the
            student or the student's family; 
            sex behavior and attitudes; 
            illegal, anti-social,
            self-incriminating and demeaning
            behavior; 
            critical appraisals of other
            individuals with whom the student
            has close relationships; 
            relationships that are legally
            recognized as privileged, such as
            those of lawyers, physicians, and
            ministers; 
            income (other than that required by
            law to determine eligibility for
            participation in a program or for
            receiving financial assistance under
            such a program); or 
            private family affairs not a matter of
            public record or subject to public
            observation. 20 U.S.C. #164# 1232
            (h)(b); AS14.03.110. 

       Surveys or questionnaires not seeking
       information in the categories described
       above may be administered to students
       without parental consent. In addition, it is
       appropriate to require students to
       complete these surveys. Inspection by
       Parents or Guardians of Survey Material:
       All instructional materials, including
       teacher's manuals, film, tapes, or other
       supplementary materials which will be
       used in connection with any survey,
       analysis, or evaluation as part of any
       applicable program shall be available for
       inspection by the parents or guardians of
       the children. 20 U.S.C. #164# 1232(h)(a) 

       Use of Information Gathered in Student
       Surveys: Information gathered in student
       surveys may be disclosed to
       organizations conducting studies to
       develop, validate, or administer predictive
       tests; administer student aid programs; or
       to improve instruction. This information
       may be disclosed without parental
       consent provided the study is conducted
       in a manner that does not permit personal
       identification of parents and students to
       individuals other than those conducting
       the study. Further, the information must
       be destroyed when no longer needed for
       purposes of the study. 34 C.F.R. #164#
       99.31(6)(I) 

  Types of Sanctions/Disciplinary
  Actions

     1.Simple discipline: Any disciplinary
       action against a student other than
       suspension or expulsion. No simple
       disciplinary action shall be taken in such
       manner as to prevent a student from
       accomplishing specific academic grade,
       level, or graduation requirement, provided
       that credit may not be granted for irregular
       attendance as described in the Secondary
       and Middle Level Administrative Manual.
       Simple disciplinary actions may include
       the denial of the privilege to participate in
       school sponsored extracurricular
       programs, social events and senior
       graduation ceremony. A student can be
       subject to such simple disciplinary
       sanctions in addition to suspension or
       expulsion. 
                                           Prior to the imposition of simple
                                           disciplinary action, the student will be given
                                           written or oral notice of the charges against
                                           him/her, and if he/she denies them, an
                                           explanation of the evidence the
                                           administrator has, and an opportunity to
                                           present his/her side of the case will be
                                           granted. This explanation and opportunity
                                           to present facts may occur immediately
                                           after notice of the charges is given to the
                                           student. 

                                           When simple discipline involves the denial
                                           of the privilege to participate in
                                           extracurricular programs, social events and
                                           senior graduation ceremony: The school
                                           principal shall endeavor to notify the
                                           parent/guardian of the student by telephone
                                           of the pending charges against the student
                                           prior to imposition of this type of simple
                                           disciplinary action. The decision of the
                                           school principal will be provided in writing
                                           to the student and his/her parent/guardian.
                                           Simple discipline involving the denial of the
                                           privilege to participate in extracurricular
                                           programs, including senior graduation
                                           ceremony, may be appealed as set forth in
                                           Section 5 below. 
                                         2.Short-term suspensions: Denial, without
                                           a formal hearing, of the right of school
                                           attendance either from a single class or
                                           any full schedule of classes for a limited
                                           period of time not to exceed five (5) school
                                           days. 
                                                Short-Term Suspension: A
                                                short-term suspension is a
                                                suspension ordered for any reason
                                                by the school administrator where
                                                the disciplinary action will not
                                                exceed five (5) school days. 
                                                Prior to a student being placed on
                                                short-term suspension, the student
                                                must be given written or oral notice
                                                of the charges against him/her, and,
                                                if he/she denies them, an
                                                explanation of the evidence the
                                                administrator has, and an
                                                opportunity to present his/her side
                                                of the case. This explanation and
                                                opportunity to present facts may
                                                occur immediately after notice of the
                                                charges is given to the student. 
                                                Notice to Parent/Guardian: The
                                                school administrator shall endeavor
                                                to notify the parent/guardian of the
                                                student of the pending suspension
                                                by telephone and in writing. The
                                                student and/or his or her
                                                parent/guardian shall be provided
                                                written and/or oral notice of the
                                                suspension prior to the time the
                                                suspension is to commence, unless
                                                notice is not possible prior to
                                                suspension because the student's
                                                presence poses an immediate or
                                                continuing danger to him/ herself or
                                                other persons or property, or an
                                                ongoing threat of disruption of the
                                                academic process. 

                                                     A student may appeal a
                                                     short-term suspension under
                                                     the process set forth in
                                                     Section 5 below. The
                                                     short-term suspension will be
                                                     enforced immediately and the
                                                     student shall remain away
                                                     from school unless or until an
                                                     informal hearing is requested.
                                                     Upon receipt of a hearing
                                                     request, the suspension will
                                                     be delayed and the student
                                                     shall be allowed back in
                                                     school pending the informal
                                                     hearing, except as set forth
                                                     in Section 5 below. 
                                                A student on short-term suspension
                                                is encouraged to contact his or her
                                                teachers regarding daily class
                                                reading and assignments. A student
                                                will be allowed to complete, for
                                                credit, class work and assignments
                                                missed during the short-term
                                                suspension. 
3.Long-term suspensions: Denial of the
       right of attendance from any single class or
       any full schedule of classes for a stated
       period of time greater than five (5) school
       days. The following limitations shall apply
       to all long-term suspensions: 
            No student shall be suspended from
            an elementary school for more than
            forty-five (45) consecutive school
            days. 
            No student shall be suspended from
            a secondary school for more than
            ninety (90) consecutive school
            days. 
            A student on long-term suspension
            is encouraged to contact his or her
            teachers or counselor regarding
            daily class reading and
            assignments. However, a student on
            long-term suspension is not allowed
            to make up graded work which is
            handed in or completed during
            class. 

            When the school administrator, the
            Superintendent, or their designee,
            recommends long-term suspension,
            a written notice shall be delivered by
            mail or in person to the student and
            his or her parent/guardian. An
            attempt at telephonic notification will
            also be made. This notice shall
            state: 
               1.the specific charges against
                 the student; and 
               2.the student's right to a
                 hearing; 
               3.the recommended sanctions.

            For students experiencing
            disabilities, the written notice shall
            also include a copy of the Parents'
            Rights Handbook: and, as soon as
            possible, a Multidisciplinary Team
            meeting will be held to determine if
            the student's behavior is related to
            the disability. 

            Within five (5) school days of receipt
            of this notice, the student and/or the
            student's parent/guardian may
            request a hearing in writing. If a
            request for hearing is not received
            within the five (5) day period, the
            student and his or her
            parent/guardian shall have waived
            his or her right to a hearing. If a
            hearing is requested, it shall be held
            as promptly as possible after receipt
            of the request, pursuant to the
            procedures set forth in Section 6
            below. The long-term suspension
            will be enforced immediately and the
            student shall remain away from
            school unless or until a hearing is
            requested. The submission of a
            written request for a hearing shall
            delay further imposition of any
            remaining portion of the suspension
            pending the hearing, except as set
            forth in Section 6 below. 
     4.Expulsion: The denial of the right of school
       attendance, either from a specific school or
       from the District, for an indefinite period of
       time. No student shall be expelled unless
       other means of correction have failed or
       would not be adequate in bringing about
       proper conduct. In addition, the matter of
       an expelled student's further education
       shall be referred to the appropriate
       Instructional Division Executive Director. 

       When the school administrator, or the
       Superintendent, recommends expulsion, a
       written notice shall be delivered by mail or
       in person to the student and his or her
       parent/guardian. An attempt to make
       telephone notification will also be made.
       This written notice shall state: 
            the specific charges against the
            student; and 
            the student's right to a hearing; 
            the recommended disciplinary
            actions. 
                                            For students experiencing disabilities, the
                                            written notice shall also include a copy of
                                            the Parents' Rights Handbook; and, as
                                            soon as possible, a Multidisciplinary
                                            Team meeting will be held to determine if
                                            the student's behavior is related to the
                                            disability. 

                                            Within five (5) school days of receipt of
                                            this notice, the student and/or the
                                            student's parent/guardian may request a
                                            hearing in writing. If a request for hearing
                                            is not received within the five (5) day
                                            period, the student and his or her
                                            parent/guardian shall have waived his or
                                            her right to a hearing. If a hearing is
                                            requested, it shall be held as promptly as
                                            possible after receipt of the request,
                                            following the procedures set forth in
                                            Section 6 below. The student shall remain
                                            away from school until a hearing is
                                            requested. The submission of a written
                                            request for a hearing shall delay further
                                            imposition of any remaining portion of the
                                            expulsion, pending the hearing, except as
                                            set forth in Section 6 below. 

                                            Students expelled from other school
                                            districts, as well as from the Anchorage
                                            School District, may apply for admission
                                            or readmission to the Anchorage School
                                            District by written application to the
                                            Anchorage School Board. 
                                                 Students must apply in writing and
                                                 must document that they have met
                                                 the conditions for return required by
                                                 the Anchorage School District. 
                                                 Additional conditions and
                                                 requirements may be set for
                                                 admission at the discretion of the
                                                 Superintendent, his designee, or
                                                 the School Board prior to
                                                 consideration for admission by the
                                                 School Board. 
                                                 Upon admission to school, written
                                                 conditions related to placement
                                                 and attendance will be formulated.
                                                 Continued permission to attend
                                                 school will depend on adherence to
                                                 these written conditions. 
                                         5.Appeal procedures for short-term
                                            suspensions and simple discipline:
                                            NOTE: These appeal procedures apply to
                                            short-term suspensions and all simple
                                            discipline except the denial of
                                            participation at a student's senior
                                            graduation ceremony. Simple discipline
                                            prohibiting a student's attendance at
                                            graduation may be appealed under the
                                            procedures set forth in Section 6 below. 

                                            After notification of the short-term
                                            suspension or simple discipline, the
                                            student or his/her parent/guardian may
                                            request an informal hearing. The request
                                            shall be in writing. The submission of a
                                            written request for a hearing shall delay
                                            further imposition of any remaining portion
                                            of the suspension, pending the informal
                                            hearing. However, a student will not be
                                            allowed back in school or allowed to
                                            participate in school related activities
                                            pending a hearing if, in the judgment of
                                            the school principal, the presence of the
                                            student poses an immediate or continuing
                                            danger to himself or herself, other persons
                                            or property, or is an ongoing threat of
                                            disruption to the educational process.
                                            Failure to submit a written request for a
                                            hearing until after the completion of a
                                            suspension shall constitute a waiver of
                                            any right to such a hearing. 

                                            The hearing shall be held as soon as
                                            possible after receipt of the written
                                            request and shall be before an individual
                                            or discipline committee other than the
                                            individual who imposed the suspension.
                                            No persons other than the student, the
                                            parents/guardians, and the individual who
                                            imposed the suspension may attend the
                                            hearing. However, the individual
                                            designated to hold the hearing may, in
                                            his/her sole discretion and considering
                                            issues of confidentiality, allow other
                                            persons to be present as requested by
                                            the student or administration. In addition,
                                            the individual holding the hearing may
                                            allow those with knowledge of facts
                                            relevant to the suspension/simple
                                            discipline to attend the hearing to
                                            describe their knowledge of the facts. The
                                            decision of the designated individual will
                                            be announced in writing within one (1)
                                            school day after the hearing ends and
                                            shall be final. There is no right of appeal to
                                            the School Board. 
A disciplinary action of simple discipline
       may be combined with a long-term
       suspension or expulsion. In such
       instances, the disciplinary actions are
       treated as separate and distinct and the
       simple discipline may only be appealed
       under the informal appeal procedures
       provided for in this section. This does not
       limit the right of a student to request a
       formal hearing for a long-term suspension
       or expulsion which is imposed in addition
       to the simple discipline. 
     6.Hearing and appeal procedures for
       long-term suspensions, expulsions, and
       simple discipline prohibiting
       attendance at a student's senior
       graduation ceremony: 
            Imposition of discipline pending a
            hearing and appeal: If a student
            and/or the student's parent/guardian
            requests a hearing in writing within
            five (5) school days, the suspension
            or expulsion shall be delayed
            pending the hearing and the student
            may return to school. However, the
            long-term suspension or expulsion
            shall not be delayed pending a
            hearing if, in the judgment of the
            school principal, the presence of the
            student poses an immediate or
            continuing danger to him or herself,
            other persons or property, or an
            ongoing threat of disruption of the
            educational process. In such
            instances, the student shall remain
            out of school, and related school
            activities, pending the hearing and
            appeal process. 
            The Hearing Officer: The Hearing
            Officer shall be appointed by the
            Superintendent or his designee and
            shall conduct the hearing in
            accordance with these rules. 
            The following procedural guidelines
            shall govern the hearing: 
                 The parent/guardian/student
                 may be present at the
                 hearing and the student may
                 be represented by legal
                 counsel or other
                 spokesperson/advocate. 
                 Prior to the hearing, the
                 District will provide to the
                 student all documentary
                 evidence upon which it
                 intends to rely. 
                 Both the student and the
                 District shall have the
                 opportunity to present their
                 versions of the relevant facts,
                 submit the evidence upon
                 which they rely, and question
                 witnesses. The student shall
                 be allowed to observe all
                 evidence offered against him
                 or her. However, the District
                 shall not be required to reveal
                 the names of student
                 witnesses or require student
                 witnesses to testify where to
                 do so would subject them to
                 a risk of retaliation or harm.
                 In addition, consistent with
                 federal and state law, the
                 District shall not disclose the
                 contents of other student's
                 records where such
                 disclosure has not been
                 authorized by the student's
                 parent/guardian, or by the
                 student if at least 18 years
                 old. 
                 The hearing need not be
                 conducted according to
                 technical rules relating to
                 evidence and witnesses. All
                 relevant, not unduly
                 repetitious, evidence shall be
                 accepted. 
                 All witnesses presenting
                 testimony before the hearing
                 officer shall be sworn to
                 testify truthfully. 
                 The hearing authority shall
                 make his/her determination
                 solely upon the evidence
                 presented at the hearing. 
                 A tape-recorded record shall
                 be made of the hearing by
                 the District. 
                 Within three (3) school days
                 after completion of the
                 hearing, the hearing officer
                 shall provide a written
                 decision upholding,
                 modifying, or rejecting the
                 recommended long-term
                 suspension or expulsion. The
                 student and his/her
                 parent/guardian shall be
                 provided a copy of the
                 decision within five (5) school
                 days after completion of the
                 hearing. 
                                                      If the Hearing Officer
                                                      upholds or modifies a
                                                      long-term suspension or
                                                      expulsion, so that
                                                      suspension time remains,
                                                      the suspension will be
                                                      enforced immediately upon
                                                      receipt by the student and
                                                      parent/guardian of the
                                                      Hearing Officer's decision.
                                                      However, the student shall
                                                      be entitled to return to
                                                      school if the student or his
                                                      or her parent/guardian
                                                      appeal the decision under
                                                      the procedures set forth in
                                                      Section 6(d) below.
                                                      Nevertheless, where the
                                                      presence of the student
                                                      poses an immediate or
                                                      continuing danger to him or
                                                      herself, other persons or
                                                      property, or an ongoing
                                                      threat of disruption to the
                                                      educational process, then
                                                      the student's suspension
                                                      shall not be delayed
                                                      pending an appeal. 
                                                 The student and his/her
                                                 parent/guardian shall have five (5)
                                                 school days after receipt of the
                                                 written decision to appeal the
                                                 decision to the School Board. The
                                                 request for appeal must be in
                                                 writing. The letter must describe
                                                 the reasons for appealing directly
                                                 to the Board. The letter must be
                                                 based on either a substantial and
                                                 significant misunderstanding of the
                                                 facts or that the student was not
                                                 given due process as specified in
                                                 this document. 
                                                 The following procedural guidelines
                                                 shall govern an appeal to the
                                                 School Board: 
                                                      The Board or its designee
                                                      will schedule and hold a
                                                      meeting to review the matter
                                                      as promptly as possible
                                                      after the receipt of such an
                                                      appeal. The Board shall
                                                      notify the student and
                                                      his/her parent/guardian at
                                                      least three (3) school days
                                                      prior to the scheduled
                                                      meeting. 
                                                      At that time, the student,
                                                      his/her parent/guardian or
                                                      spokesperson shall have the
                                                      right to present oral and/or
                                                      written argument.
                                                      Consideration by the Board
                                                      will be restricted to evidence
                                                      in the record submitted
                                                      during the hearing, although
                                                      the Board may consider, in
                                                      its sole discretion, any new
                                                      relevant evidence not
                                                      available at the time of the
                                                      hearing. The Board, in
                                                      deciding the appeal, shall
                                                      consider: 
                                                        1.Whether the decision
                                                           was arbitrary or
                                                           capricious; 
                                                        2.Whether the decision
                                                           was supported by
                                                           substantial evidence
                                                           in the record; and 
                                                        3.Whether the
                                                           disciplinary action
                                                           was fair and
                                                           reasonable in light of
                                                           all circumstances. 
                                                      The Board, or its designee,
                                                      shall issue a written
                                                      decision within five (5)
                                                      school days after the
                                                      meeting. The student and
                                                      his/her parent/guardian shall
                                                      be provided a written copy of
                                                      the decision, which shall be
                                                      final and binding. 
                                                 Application for re-admission: In no
                                                 circumstances shall either a
                                                 long-term suspension or expulsion
                                                 prevent a student from submitting
                                                 an application for re-admission
                                                 prior to the termination of the
                                                 sanction. Applications for
                                                 re-admission shall be submitted to
                                                 the Superintendent. 
 
 
 

                                            (Revised 6/97) 
 

               SCHOOL DAY 

7:30 - 8:15 - Breakfast served in cafeteria 

7:45 - All teachers are in their classrooms planning and providing extra help 

to those who need it. 

8:15 - Entrance bell to school 

8:20 - Announcements 

9:40 - 9:55 - A-wing Recess 

10:00 - 10:15 - B-wing Recess 

10:14 - 10:30 - Break/Channel 1 in C-wing 

10:50 - 11:45 - A-wing Lunch / Recess 

11:20 - 12:10 - B-wing Lunch / Recess 

11:52 - 12:37 - C-wing Lunch / Recess 

1:30 - 1:45 - A-wing Recess 

1:50 - 2:05 - B-wing Recess 

2:39 - Announcements 

2:43 - Dismissal of first bus students 

2:49 - Dismissal of walkers & second bus students 

                           This schedule may change. 

                                 FIRE DRILLS 

Fire drills will be held so that students will know the evacuation procedure. When you hear the 
fire alarm you should immediately walk out of the building according to the route designated 
in each room. Simply follow the arrows and room numbers. Once outside you are to stay with 
your group so that the teacher can check the attendance. 

                             HELP FOR STUDENTS 

If you find that you are having difficulty in any of your subjects, please ask for help from your 
teacher. See your teacher before school, after school or during recess. Don't wait too long 
before seeking help. 

                                 HOMEWORK 

In order to cover the subject matter expected of students, it is essential to assign homework in 
most of your subjects. Check with your teachers for the proper way to study their subjects. 
Learning to study will be the key to your success. 

                                 HONOR ROLL 

If a student, (grade 6 - 8), has an average of 85 or higher with no grade lower than a 77, his/her 
name is published on the Honor Roll. This list is posted after each nine-week ranking period. 
 
 

                           LOCKERS AND PADLOCKS 

Lockers are assigned to each student in grades six through eight at the beginning of the school 
year. These lockers remain the property of the School District. For good reason school officials 
have the right to inspect any or all lockers. If a student wishes to provide his/her own padlock, 
it is required that a duplicate key or the combination be on file with the homeroom teacher. 

                             LOST AND FOUND BOX 

A lost and found box is located in the front entrance. Students and parents are encouraged to 
check the box for lost items. 

                               MAKE-UP WORK 

When a student is absent, all work including tests and homework assignments must be made 
up on the student's own time. The normal time allotted for make-up is one day for each day 
absent. However, extenuating circumstances may require the teacher or administrator to grant 
a longer time period to complete make-up work. 

Any student receiving an incomplete on his/her rank card will have one week (7 days) after the 
day rank cards are issued to complete assigned work. However, extenuating circumstances 
may require the teacher or administrator to grant a longer time period to complete make- up 
work. (One week equals 7 calendar days.) 

                            PERSONAL BELONGINGS 

All students are personally responsible for their own possessions and belongings. Students are 
encouraged to mark all clothing (especially physical education material and equipment). 
Please do not leave any of your things lying around. Items such as radios, boom boxes, 
walk-man, radio controlled cars, roller blades, and skate boards should not be brought to 
school. 

                                ROOM PARTIES 

Students should not plan celebrations or parties without permission from the teacher and 
principal. 

                               SCHOOL DANCES 

School dances may be held periodically during the school year. These dances will be 
sponsored by the student council or another school organization, after receiving approval from 
the principal. Dances may be open to students of grades 6 through 8, or only 7 and 8, 
depending on the theme, and generally run from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

                       SCHOOL CLOSING DUE TO WEATHER 

Please listen to local television and radio stations. 

                              SCHOOL INSURANCE 

The district provides insurance forms from a private insurer for coverage at a very reasonable 
cost. Forms are distributed at school, but all premiums and claims are handled directly by the 
company. 

                        SCHOOL LUNCH AND BREAKFAST 

Collection of breakfast and noon lunch money will be on Monday mornings in the cafeteria 
(gym) from 7:30 until 8:15. Money brought in during the week should be brought directly to the 
office. All lunches and breakfasts must be paid in advance on a weekly basis. 

Forms regarding the school lunch program are distributed by the office. 

Breakfast is available for all students. 

                              STUDENT SUPPLIES 

Students are expected to have their own pens, notebooks, and paper for note taking. Student 
possessions should be marked with their name. 
 
 

                              STUDENT COUNCIL 

The Student Council was organized to promote better pupil-teacher and pupil-pupil relations. 
Members of the student council work on common concerns and various school projects. 

                              STUDENT VISITORS 

Students are allowed to bring visitors only if they have made arrangements with their 
teacher(s) and the principal at least one day in advance. Please do not bring a visitor to school 
without prior approval. 

                     TARDINESS & EXCUSES DURING THE DAY 

                                 Late for Class 

You are expected to arrive at class on time. Each teacher is responsible for insuring that 
students are prompt. If another teacher has detained you, you should secure a pass from 
him/her. 

                                Late for School 

Please report to the office where you will be marked tardy and a pass to enter class will be 
issued. 

                          Illness or Injury During School 

A student who is ill or injured should immediately report to a teacher or other adult who will 
take appropriate action. Every effort will be made to contact the parent or guardian but the 
school will secure emergency treatment if necessary. It is the parent or guardian 's 
responsibility to pay for any emergency services rendered. 

                                 TELEPHONE 

The telephone may be used by students only in case of emergency during the school day. 
Students will not be called from class to answer the phone. Messages will be taken by the 
office and delivered at times that do not interrupt classes. 

                             GUIDANCE SERVICES 

Elementary guidance services are available. Counselors provide services to all students. 
Through individual and group activities, students learn to improve their communication skills, 
acquire a better understanding of themselves, and learn better coping skills and problem 
solving behaviors. Counselors are also available as good listeners and play a supportive role to 
any student with concerns they wish to discuss. 

Private conversations with the counselor will be kept confidential. Any 

student can see a counselor by asking his/her teacher or by making an appointment at the 
office. 

                              LIBRARY SERVICES 

Library books may be taken out on a weekly basis. Students may go to the library with a 
teacher as part of a class or before school, during activity period, or after school, provided they 
have a pass from a teacher. 

Students will be required to pay fines for overdue books. 

                                 ALLIED ARTS 

Students in grades seven and eight are offered a variety of allied arts programs. Included in 
the curriculum are: home economics, technology ed., classroom music, instrumental music, 
physical education, and drama. 

                               SCHOOL NURSE 

The school nurse is available to help students with health needs Monday through Wednesday 
from 11:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. and Thursday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. 

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