Blackhawk High School
500 Blackhawk Road, Beaver Falls, PA 15010
Phone: (724) 846-9600
FIVE DAY CYCLE
This high school operates on a five-day cycle schedule. Each day is alphabetized from A to E rather than identified by the weekday name. This scheduling method has several advantages. It permits more efficient use of the special classroom facilities and guarantees the continuity of days despite the Monday holiday calendar or use of snow days. Under the cycle schedule, the holiday or snow day will not affect the program since the next regular day follows automatically. The day of the cycle is always announced in the daily bulletin and over the public address system.
TO OUR STUDENTS AND PARENTS/GUARDIANS:
WELCOME to Blackhawk High School. The faculty and staff look forward to another exciting and challenging school year. As you pass through this school, you will meet many other adults. Like your parents, they are all interested in you. They are especially concerned that you…
…get along with your classmates, teachers and aides
…try your best
…obtain the best possible education.
The recognition of rights and assurance of equal opportunity is intended for every citizen. We have laws in our society designed to protect our rights. In order for the law to effectively work, everyone must know the law, and everyone must respect and obey the law. When the laws of society break down, the rights of the individual are in jeopardy. Rights and responsibilities are inseparable. The purpose of this booklet is to clarify those rules and regulations established to protect you. The rules concerning conduct in this book are not to be considered an exhaustive list of violations. They are, however, examples of the type of conduct that cannot be accepted so that we may provide for you a safe environment conductive to learning.
Also included in this booklet are many of the services and activities available to you. It is our hope that as you avail yourself of these opportunities, you can further develop your own abilities, talents, and positive personality to their fullest potential.
We ask that parents/guardians sign the card (see insert) indicating they have read the handbook and have their son/daughter return the card to his/her homeroom teacher.
Have a great school year!
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
STATEMENT OF STUDENT BEHAVIOR
Proper student behavior is characterized by each student developing the desire and ability to live as a responsible citizen in a free society. The most worthy goal for each of us is self-discipline; we do what is right because we know it is right, and it is our habit to do what is right. Therefore, discipline will always seek to develop self-discipline.
Referral of a student to the assistant principle is used as a last resort after teachers have exhausted all other appropriate, preventive, and corrective measures. Once a student reaches the assistant principal’s office, the seriousness of the case will speak for itself. The case will be dealt with as rapidly, firmly, and as fairly as possible. In many instances, the parents will be contacted. When a student is suspended, the parents are required to contact the assistant principal as soon as possible in order to establish a conference appointment. After the student and his/her parents have conferred with the assistant principal, the student may be readmitted to school. It is understood that during an out-of-school suspension, the student will remain at home and may not attend classes, participate in school activities, or visit the school grounds. Discipline characterized by self-discipline is not to be confused with punishment. Webster defines discipline as, "training that develops self-control, character, or efficiency." The same dictionary defines punishment as a "penalty imposed on an offender." From time to time, punishment becomes necessary for those who find it difficult to control themselves. Willful or consistent violation of society’s rules and laws results in punishment. The same hold true for schools, which in effect, are small societies.
ALCOHOL AND ILLEGAL DRUG USAGE – The use, possession, sale, or furnishing of alcohol, illegal drugs, prescription drugs, and nonprescription drugs during school hours, to and from school, on school property, on school-sponsored trips, or at school-sponsored activities is prohibited. The principal may immediately suspend a pupil who uses, possess, sells, or aides in the procurement of alcohol, narcotics, or restricted drugs, or any material or paraphernalia purposed to be such during a time school is in session, to and from school, on school grounds, or anywhere during a school activity. The principal may also the proceed with the necessary steps provided in the school Code for expelling a student from the school system for this act, upon proper notification of the police authorities and positive identification of the material involved in the case as alcohol (including look alike beer), a narcotic, or a restricted drug.
ASSEMBLY PROGRAMS – Periodic programs will be scheduled for student growth and enjoyment. The following should be observed at all programs: applause is the only way to show approval for a good performance; booing will never be a part of the action at Blackhawk High School.
ATTENDANCE – SEE ALSO THE ATTENDANCE POLICY OF THIS HANDBOOK! – Regular school attendance is vital to both high school and one’s record for college and job hunting. You are expected to be present and punctual for school and your classes. NOTE: The high school administration neither approves nor condones skip days of any nature. Students must be in attendance for ½ of the school day in order to participate in school-sponsored activity or school-related event such as athletics, talent show, field trips, etc. (see RE: Athletic Guidelines).
BUS CONDUCT – A majority of our students ride buses to and from school each day. The safety of each student is our primary concern and to this end, students must assume responsibility for knowing and observing the code of conduct that follows in this section. The drivers must focus their energies and attention to driving the bus and should not be placed in a situation that asks them to divert their attention from driving in a safe manner.
Students should be on time at the designated school bus stops and should wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before attempting to board. Be courteous and exercise safety while waiting for the bus.
While on the bus, students should keep hands and head inside the bus at all times. Remember that loud talking, laughing, and throwing of objects divert the driver’s attention and make safe driving difficult. Horseplay is not permitted on or around the school bus. The bus is an extension of the school which means all school rules apply on the bus, and the bus driver is in charge at all times.
Bus riders should never tamper with the bus or with the emergency equipment
Do not leave books, lunches, or other articles on the bus.
Bus students must immediately enter the building when their buses arrive at school and remain in the cafeteria until the 7:05 a.m. bell rings.
Do not throw anything out the window
Bus riders are not permitted to leave their seats while the bus is in motion.
Bus riders are expected to be courteous to fellow pupils and to the bus driver.
Be absolutely quiet when approaching a railroad crossing.
Smoking or the use of any tobacco, alcohol, illegal drug or inhalants is prohibited on the bus.
The rear door is an emergency exit only. In case of an emergency, remain in your seat, be calm, and listen for the instructions from the bus driver or student helper.
For safety, never go back and pick up anything that you have left on the ground near the bus stop.
Report to the office any strangers acting suspiciously at or around the bus stop until the bus moves out.
The PA School Code mandates that two (2) bus evacuation drills be conducted per year. Students must participate in this instruction.
Students are assigned to a bus to and from school and are to ride the appropriate bus unless permission to ride an alternate bus is granted by the office or bus driver.
Violation of any of the aforementioned code of conduct may result in an assigned seat on the bus, detention, suspension from school, or having bus-riding privileges suspended.
CAFETERIA AND LUNCH REGULATIONS – Students may either purchase their lunch in the school cafeteria or carry their lunch to school. Students carrying their lunch may purchase milk and additional items permitted by the school. Students are to remain in the cafeteria areas unless returning to the serving line. Students are expected to:
Pay for their lunch – no credit
Stand in line and wait their turn
Eat in the cafeteria
Keep the table areas clean
Return trays and place refuse in appropriate containers
Use good table and eating manners
Put chairs back in place
Snacking or eating is not permitted during homeroom or class time or in the halls during class changes
Students may be assigned seats at the discretion of the cafeteria monitors or the principal
There are two separate lines on each side of the halls, depending on needs: one is for the Type A meals and the other is for the a la carte items. Students are not to leave the school grounds during lunch. Disciplinary action will result if this rule is not followed. Food is not permitted to be eaten in any other place other than the cafeteria due to the problem of proper sanitation.
CARE OF SCHOOL PROPERTY – It is the obligation of every student to avoid damaging or defacing buildings, property, furniture, and books. If students are outspoken in their disapproval of such damage, they can become a positive influence among their fellow students, thereby helping to save tax dollars for the district
Supplies of permanent or semi-permanent materials, (e.g. texts and equipment) which are distributed to individual students must be returned in good condition at the end of the semester/year. Students who destroy, deface, or lose such will not be given report cards or diplomas until payment is received.
Any student responsible for damage to school property will be required to pay for the damage. Suspension from school may also result from damage to property. Current law provides that a person convicted of destroying school property may be fined up to $1,000. The Blackhawk Board of Education will reward up to $1,000 to anyone providing information aiding in the conviction of a person or persons destroying or damaging any Blackhawk School District property including cars. Information may be given to the superintendent and will be held in the strictest confidence.
CLASS CUT – SEE ALSO THE ATTENDANCE POLICY OF THIS HANDBOOK!
A class cut is considered and illegal absence from class and subject to the attendance policy requirements. A class cut will result in a Saturday detention; a second class cut will result in two Saturday detentions; persistent class cutting will result in a suspension.
COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE – SEE ALSO RE: "ATTENDANCE" AND THE ATTENDANCE POLICY OF THIS HANDBOOK! The term "compulsory school age" means the period in a student’s life from the time he/she enters school, which shall not be later than the age of 8, until the age of 17. Kindergarten is not included in the compulsory school law, although regular attendance is expected of kindergarten students.
When a student is absent from school for three or more days and the absences are determined to be unlawful, the authorities will serve the parent/guardian with the "Attendance Notice – First Offense." A subsequent absence, if not considered legal, shall constitute a second notice. A second notice will be forwarded to the parent/guardian by a district justice. Any further absences of an unlawful nature will be directed to the Juvenile Services Division.
CONDUCT AT ATHLETIC EVENTS – Students are expected to exhibit proper behavior at both home and away games. This includes no fighting, no booing or heckling, no throwing or dropping of refuse, and no loitering in the immediate area before or after a game. School policies prohibiting the use or possession of drugs, inhalants, and alcohol (as well as look alike beer), and weapons (as well as look alike weapons), apply at all athletic events in which the school is involved, regardless of the site.
CORPORAL PUNISHMENT – Corporal punishment shall not be considered a desirable technique for disciplining students. A principal, assistant principal, or teacher in accordance with Board Policy 3500 may administer corporal punishment.
CRIMINAL MISCHIEF – Act 17 of 1994 amends the Crimes Code to define defacing public and private property with spray paint or indelible markers as "criminal mischief." The act also provides the court with a community service sentencing option in lieu of jail time for such an offense (See RE: - Graffiti Crimes).
DEFINITION – Alcohol/other drugs/mood altering substance shall include any alcohol or malt beverage, any drug listed in Act 64 (1972) as a controlled substance, chemical abused substance or medication for which a prescription is required under the law and/or any substance which is intended to alter mood, mental, and/or physical functions. Examples of the above include, but are not limited to, beer, wine, liquor,marijuana, hashish, chemical solvents, glue, look-alike substances, inhalants, and any capsules or pills not registered with the nurse, annotated within the student’s health record and given in accordance with school district policy for the administration of medication to students in school.
DETENTION HALL – A computerized record of all detention is maintained. A list of students scheduled for detention will be posted daily outside the high school office and in each cafeteria before lunch. Students who are legally absent on scheduled/selected detention dates will automatically have their detention(s) rescheduled. It is the responsibility of the student to check and be aware of detention date(s). Detention will be held in Room 101 four days a week from 2:25 to 3:20 p.m. Repeated failure to report to Detention Hall or failure to comply with detention requirements will result in a suspension from school.
The first missed after school detention will result in making up the original detention and serving another detention.
The second missed after school detention will result in a rescheduled detention and a Saturday detention.
The third missed after school detention will result in a rescheduled after school detention and on day suspension.
The fourth missed after school detention will result in a rescheduled after school detention and three day suspension.
The fifth missed after school detention will result in a rescheduled after school detention and a five day suspension – upon receiving the third suspension, the student will be scheduled for a discipline hearing with the Assistant Superintendent.
The first missed Saturday detention will result in a one-day suspension and a rescheduled Saturday detention.
The second missed Saturday detention will result in a three-day suspension and a rescheduled Saturday detention.
The third missed Saturday detention will result in a five-day suspension and a rescheduled Saturday detention. Upon the third suspension the student and parent(s) will meet with the Assistant Superintendent for a discipline hearing.
DETENTION REQUIREMENTS ARE: promptness, no talking, and school related work. Any violation will result in an additional detention.
DISRESPECT – Disrespect to teachers or any school employee may range from a suspension to a recommendation to the school board for expulsion from school. Profanity, either spoken or written, will be considered a form of disrespect.
DRESS – The appearance of any young person is primarily the responsibility of that individual and his/her parents. We expect students to maintain an appearance that is not distracting to teachers or other students to the detriment of the educational process of the school. When a student’s appearance is felt to be distracting or unsafe, he/she will be asked to alter his/her appearance. Thongs and metal cleats are not to be worn. Sunglasses are permitted only when prescribed by a physician and when the prescription is on file in the office. Blue jeans will be permitted if not adorned with suggestive signs or symbols and must be in good repair. No hats or headbands are to be worn while in the building. No outerwear will be worn to classes or to study halls. (EXCEPTION: Coats may be worn when the teacher determines that the room is extremely cold). Clothing with profane or suggestive slogans is unacceptable dress for school. No jams, no spandex, gym-type shorts, no cut-offs with frayed ends, including cut-off sweats, no ripped or torn clothing, no bare midriffs, no tank tops, no transparent or mesh clothing, no shirts which promote alcohol or tobacco products, necklines must be respectable, no cut-off sleeves or shirts with open sides may be worn. No underwear may be showing. All clothing must be worn in the manner it was designed. Shorts may be worn in September and May only. The shorts issue is subject to change if abuse persists. This dress code applies to all social events including school dances.
EATING, THROWING PAPER, ETC. – Eating food, throwing paper, etc. in the halls is not permissible. Any student caught eating or throwing items in the halls will clean the area in which he/she threw the object and/or receive detention. Also throwing objects, e.g. stones, snowballs, property, etc., is prohibited. Open containers are not permitted in the high school building. Examples of open containers include: water bottles, plastic bottles of any kind, glass bottles, etc.
ENTERING THE BUILDING – Student’s entering the building prior to 7:10 a.m. are to report to the cafeteria areas and remain there until the 7:10 homeroom bell rings. Students entering the building after 7:30 a.m. are to report to the office to receive an admit pass to homeroom/class. Students or visitors must enter the building through the auditorium entrance, report to the office, and sign in. After 7:30 a.m. other remaining doors will remain locked.
EXPULSION – Students may be expelled as a result of a serious or repeated violation of school rules. A formal hearing with the school board will precede expulsion from school.
FIELD TRIPS – All field trips must have Board approval, and students must submit parental permission slips to the sponsor. All school rules are in effect during the school-sponsored field trip.
FIGHTING – Any student engaging in fighting or who is part of threatening or violent behavior that creates a hazardous physically offensive condition is subject to a three-day out-of-school suspension. Also, disorderly conduct charges will be filed with the District Justice (District 3-2).
Assault and/or Battery
A student shall neither intentionally, nor recklessly cause, nor attempt to cause, nor threaten to cause injury, nor intentionally place another in fear of bodily harm or injury, nor conduct him/herself in such a way as could reasonably cause physical injury to any student.
Information will be filed with civil authorities, and the student will be subject to a three-day out-of-school suspension.
GENERAL INFORMATION – Section 1317 – Pennsylvania School Code states; Authority of Teachers, Vice Principals, and Principals over Pupils. Every teacher, vice-principal, and principal in the public schools shall have the right to exercise the same authority as to conduct and behavior over the pupils attending his school, during the time they are in attendance, including the time required in going to and from their homes, as the parents, guardians, or persons in parental relation to such pupils may exercise over them. (Amended July 25, 1963, P. L. 315)
GRAFFITI CRIMES – Act 16 of 1994 amends the Crimes Code to expand the offense of "institutional vandalism" to include carrying aerosol spray-paint cans, broad-tipped indelible markers, or similar marking devices into an institution, such as a school building, with the intent to vandalize. (See RE: Criminal Mischief).
GUM CHEWING – careless disposal of gum in drinking fountains, furniture, and floors presents sanitation and cleaning problems and perhaps costly repair. This is especially true in the carpeted areas of the building. Students are urged to use discretion in the disposal of chewing gum.
HALL PASSES – Students must have a teacher’s written permission or their agenda book hall pass signed by a teacher to be in the halls when classes are in session. Except for the change of classes, all students who are in the halls must have a hall pass. Students who are constantly in the halls will have their hall pass privileges revoked.
LATE TO CLASS – The following detention schedule will be in effect for late to class.
One late to class – warning
Two lates to class – warning
Three lates will constitute one hour of after school detention
Four lates will constitute one hour of after school detention
Five lates will constitute one hour of after school detention
Six lates will result in two hours of detention
Seven lates will result in two hours of detention
Eight lates will result in two hours of detention
Nine lates will result in one Saturday detention
Ten lates will result in one Saturday detention
Eleven lates will result in one Saturday detention
Twelve lates will result in two Saturday detentions
Thirteen lates will result in two Saturday detentions
Fourteen lates will result in two Saturday detentions
Continued lateness will result in further disciplinary actions. If a student has less than three lates to class at the semester break, he/she will begin at zero lates at the start of the second semester
LEAVING SCHOOL WITHOUT PERMISSION – No student may leave the building without specific written permission from a principal or the nurse. If the student leaves without permission, he/she will be suspended, and the parents will be notified.
PAGING DEVICES – Paging devices, laser pointers, cell phones, walkmans or any such device (e.g. scanner, walkie-talkie) that can disturb or potentially disturb the educational environment are prohibited on school property, at a school activity, or in a school vehicle and will be confiscated by school staff.
PARKING LOTS AND STUDENTS DRIVING TO SCHOOL
Students are not permitted in the parking lot s during the school day without a pas. Violation of this regulation will result in suspension from school. Students driving to school will be dismissed on the second bell at the end of the school day. School buses have first priority in leaving school at dismissal time.
Students may park their vehicles on school property only in areas designated for student parking. The standard rules of proper use of an automobile will apply at all times. Students who endanger others by improper use of their vehicles will be denied parking privileges. NO STUDENT IS TO USE THE AREAS SET ASIDE FOR FACULTY PARKING, CENTRAL OFFICE PARKING, OR VISITOR PARKING. A student must apply to the assistant principal for permission to park a vehicle in the student lot. The application forms are available in his office. The application also lists the requirements that a student must meet in order to obtain a parking tag. Students who drive a motor vehicle to school must know and obey the following rules:
Each student must register the vehicle each school year. Registration blanks may be obtained from the office.
Each student must display a parking tag as prescribed for the current school year (remember to remove parking tag while driving to and from school.
Each student must park in assigned parking areas either in the track or front lots.
Driving from the grounds is not permitted during school hours.
Speeding or careless driving on school grounds is not permitted. The speed limit on school property is 15 M.P.H.
Sitting in cars during the school day is not permitted.
Students must leave their cars immediately upon arriving at school.
Students may not enter their cars during the school day unless permission is obtained from the office.
Drivers who are consistently late for school will lose their driving privileges.
Failure to comply with the above rules will cause students to lose their driving privileges.
Students will only be given permission to go to their car during the school day in an emergency. An administrator or staff member must accompany the student.
Students driving to school will be dismissed on the second bell at the end of the school day.
Students may not give, switch, sell, or lend their parking pass to another student. The parking pass is only to be used by the student it has been assigned.
Parking passes must be on display upon entering the school premises.
Lost parking passes will cost $5.00 to replace the tags.
Registration for parking passes will be scheduled in May.
ALL PERSONS DRIVING ON SCHOOL GROUNDS!
Please observe the "one way" traffic pattern around the school building.
Be advised that no vehicles may enter or leave school grounds via the Dillon Street exit between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The only exception will be several designated school buses. Chippewa police will enforce this policy. Student drivers will receive suspensions of school driving privileges for violations.
Buses have first priority in leaving school grounds at dismissal time, and any student who hurries to leave before the buses will lose his/her driving privileges.
PUBLIC DISPLAY OF AFFECTION – Blackhawk High School is a public high school and is to be used and enjoyed by all the students enrolled in this building. One of the objectives of the administration of the high school is to teach students the type of behavior that is socially acceptable in our society. Therefore we ask that students refrain from holding hands, hugging, kissing, etc. while on the high school campus. This type of behavior is not acceptable, and it is embarrassing to fellow students and faculty. Public display of affection does not give a favorable impression of our high school to visitors and members of the community. Also, parents will be contacted and made aware of this problem.
REST ROOMS – Students may use the rest rooms before and after school, between class period, and during lunch periods. Students are expected to keep them clean. Do not loiter, smoke, write on the walls, or damage the facilities in anyway. If a student is feeling ill, he/she should report to the nurse’s office after obtaining a health office pass from his/her teacher. Student should not remain in the rest rooms. Students are to refrain from asking for a rest room pass during class time except for emergencies.
SCHOOL TOBACCO CONTROL – Act 145 of 1996 amends the crimes code to prohibit students from both possessing and using tobacco products in school buildings, on school busses and on school property at any time.
A student who possess or uses tobacco in a school bus or on school property owned by, leased by or under the control of a school district commits a summary offense.
A student who commits an offense under this act shall be subject to prosecution and shall upon conviction, be sentenced to pay a fine of $50.00 and to pay court costs.
The definition of tobacco as defined in the act is a lighted or unlighted cigarette, cigar, pipe or lighted smoking product and smokeless tobacco in any form.
This act became effective on Monday, February 3, 1997
Refer also to Level II of the Disciplinary Code of this handbook. VIOLATION – THIS OFFENSE WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE DISTRICT JUSTICE (District 3-2).
STEALING – A student who steals school possessions or another student’s property may be suspended or may be recommended for expulsion. Restitution for unrecovered or damaged items must be made by those responsible for the theft.
STUDENTS’ RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILTIES – Blackhawk School District policy in part states:
"The board has the authority and responsibility to establish reasonable rules and regulations for the conduct and deportment of students of the district. At the same time, no student will be deprived of equal treatment and equal access to the educational program due to process, a presumption of innocence, and free expression and association in accordance with these guidelines. Attendant upon the rights established for each student are certain responsibilities, which include respect for the rights of others, obedience to properly-constituted school authority, and compliance with rules and regulations of this district."
A copy of the Student’s Rights and Responsibilities Policy is available in the office and library and can be found in another section of this student handbook.
STUDY HALLS – During unassigned class time, students will be scheduled for study halls. All students are assigned to quiet study halls. Students must remain in the cafeteria area unless excused by a teacher in writing or with a hall pass. CARD PLAYING, USE OF RADIOS, TAPE PLAYERS, etc. IS NOT PERMITTED IN STUDY HALL. Cafeteria areas are to be kept free of litter during and after study halls. Students must take books/work to all study halls. If a student habitually reports to study hall without books, the study hall teacher can assign detention. There will be no sleeping in study halls.
II. SUSPENSION –SEE ALSO THE ATTENDANCE POLISY OF THIS HANDBOOK! In case of suspension, the student will be told not to report to school for one or more days and parents will be notified of the decision. Also, the student will not be permitted to participate in any school activity during the period of suspension. In many cases, a parental conference will be required. The student is expected to remain at home during the regular school day. Board Policy 3511 (a) requires that any student receiving three suspensions in a single school year be automatically recommended to the superintendent for possible expulsion. VoTech students suspended for any reason will also be suspended from attending Blackhawk. A Blackhawk suspension also means a suspension form VoTech. SUSPENSION IS CONSIDERED AN ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL AND SUBJECT TO THE ATTENDANCE POLICY REGULATIONS.
TARDIES TO SCHOOL – The detention schedule below will be followed for tardiness to school.
Tardy: 3 times – warning
6 times – one hour after school detention
9 times – two hours after school detention and one week suspension of driving privileges, if applicable
12 times – one Saturday detention
15 times – two Saturday detentions and two week suspension of driving privileges, if applicable
18 times – three Saturday detentions and six-week suspension of driving privileges, if applicable.
21 times – one day out of school suspension and driving privileges revoked, if applicable
24 times – two days of out of school suspension
27 times – three days out of school suspension
Upon receiving the third suspension, the student will be scheduled for a discipline
hearing with the Assistant Superintendent.
If the student has less than six lates to school at the semester break, he/she will begin at zero lates at the start of the second semester.
TARDINESS – SEE ALSO THE ATTENDANCE POLICY OF THIS HANDBOOK!
If a student arrives late during homeroom period, he/she should report directly to homeroom where the homeroom teacher will mark him/her tardy. If the student arrives after homeroom period, he/she should report to the office to sign in and receive a late pass. Lateness, as well as absences, are recorded daily in the main office. Car problems, oversleeping, and inexcusable personal reasons will be unacceptable.
TRUANCY – SEE ALSO THE ATTEDANCE POLICY OF THIS HANDBOOK!
One day of truancy will result in two Saturday detentions. A second truancy will result in three Saturday detentions. Habitual truancy will result in suspension from school. When a student is truant, he/she is not permitted any make-up privileges. ***TRUANCY IS AN ILLEGAL ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL AND IS SUBJECT TO THE ATTENDANCE POLICY REGUALTIONS.
WEAPONS – Blackhawk District policy states, "any student found in possession of or transporting a weapon during school hours or activities on school property, regardless of intent, will immediately be reported to the local police, scheduled for an informal hearing, cited for ten-day out-of-school suspension, and be presented to the School Board for a formal expulsion hearing in accordance with Pennsylvania School Code." Act 167 enacted in Pennsylvania in 1980 provides for criminal penalties for carrying weapons on school property.
A "weapon" is defined as any loaded or unloaded firearm (including any pellet guns, B.B. guns, and look-alike firearms); an explosive device of any kind ; any Bowie knife, Dirk knife, lock-blade knife, hunting knife, or similar knife; or any other tool or instrument that is not reasonably related to education such as chains, brass knuckles, night sticks, ax handles, etc. A student is deemed to be in possession of any illegal and/or banned item(s) under this policy when such item(s) is found on the person of the student, or under his/her control, on property being used by the school or at any school function, or activity, or any school event held away from the school, or while the student is on his/her way to or from school. A person possessing a weapon commits a misdemeanor of the first degree.
WORK DONE ON OBJECTS BROUGHT INTO THE SCHOOL BY OUTSIDERS (ADMINITRATIVE GUIDELINES) – It shall be the practice of Blackhawk High School that anyone wishing to have work done on objects not belonging to the high school must secure and fill out a release form from the principal’s office. This form clearly spells out the conditions under which this school will do outside work. When students or faculty members wish to have shop work done, they must make arrangements with the shop instructors. All outside work should be relevant to the curriculum being taught at that time.
BLACKHAWK SCHOOL DISTRICT
Misbehavior on the part of the student which impedes orderly classroom procedures or interferes with the orderly operation of the school.
There is immediate and consistent intervention by the teacher who is supervising the student or observes the misbehavior. The teacher maintains an anecdotal record of the offenses and disciplinary action. The teacher may wish to discuss the misbehavior with the parent, administrator, and/or support personnel.
Cheating or lying
Eating in unauthorized areas
Horseplay or scuffling
Inappropriate wearing apparel (hats, thongs, shorts, tank tops, etc.)
Loud, boisterous noise
Minor defacing of school property (writing on desks, walls, books, etc.)
Possession/use of non-instructional items (audio devices, squirt guns, playing cards, etc.)
Public display of emotion or affection
Running in classrooms, halls, cafeterias, locker rooms, etc.
Tardiness to school, class, or study hall
Throwing objects (pencils, erasers, snowballs, etc.)
Sleeping in class/study hall
Violation of classroom procedures established by teacher
Use of candy/pop machines
Harassment of fellow students
Use of obscene language and/or gestures
Special seating within classroom (as per building guidelines)
Withdrawal of privileges
Detention (as per building guidelines)
Telephone call or written communication with parents
Student handbook for each building
NOTE: LEVEL I EXAMPLES AND DISCIPLINARY OPTIONS /RESPONSES ARE NOT LIMITED TO THOSEPROVIDED OR AS MODIFIED IN STUDENT HANDBOOK AT BUILDING LEVEL
BLACKHAWK SCHOOL DISTRICT
These infractions often result from the continuation of Level I misbehavior(s) and require the intervention of personnel on the administrative level because the use of Level I disciplinary responses/options has failed to correct the situation.
Also included in this level are misbehavior(s)whichtendto disrupt the orderlyclimate and conductof the school. They are serious enough to require corrective action on the part of administrative personnel.
Referral to administrator
Administrator meets with student and/or teacher to determine the most appropriate response
The teacher is notified of the administrator’s action
Parents are notified of the student’s misbehavior
A proper and accurate record of the offenses and disciplinary action is maintained by the administrator
Continuation of unmodified Level I misbehaviors
Acting in an insubordinate manner
Cutting class/study hall
Dressing in such a manner as to cause disruption in the educational process
Failure to complete assigned detentions
Falsification of records, excuses, passes, schedules
Leaving school without permission
Loitering in unauthorized areas of school buildings/grounds
Misbehavior at a school-sponsored activity
Possession of obscene materials
Showing flagrant disrespect to school personnel in word and/or gestures
Possession and/or use of tobacco products
Dissemination of unauthorized materials that are in violation of school rules, i.e., printed materials, buttons, etc.
Withdrawal of privilege
In-school suspensions of one to three days (when available)
Out-of-school suspension of one to three days
Student handbook for each building
Basic Fire Prevention Code
Referral to outside agency
Confiscation of objectionable items
District attendance policy
NOTE: LEVEL II EXAMPLES AND DISCIPLINARY OPTIONS/RESPONSES ARE NOT LIMITED TO THOSE PROVIDED OR AS MODIFIED IN STUDENT HANDBOOK AT BUILDING LEVEL
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These infractions sometimes result from the continuation of Level II misbehaviors.
These acts are more serious because their consequences have a lasting and detrimental effect on an individual or may pose a threat to the health and safety of others in the school. While some might be considered criminal acts, most Level III misbehaviors can be handled by responses available to school personnel. However, in some cases, law enforcement officials may have to be contacted or notified.
The administrator initiates disciplinary action by investigating the infraction, and if necessary, conferring with the teacher about the consequences.
The administrator meets with the student and confers with the parent about the student’s misconduct and appropriate disciplinary responses.
The administrator maintains an accurate record of offenses and disciplinary actions.
If appropriate, the principal contacts law enforcement officials.
Continuation of unmodified Level II misbehaviors
Attempting to break into another student’s locker or actually doing so
Assault and/or battery of another student
Dissemination of unauthorized inflammatory/inappropriate materials that are in violation of school policy
Intimidation: verbal or physical threat to student(s) and/or school personnel
Creating a school disturbance
Theft/possession/sale of another’s property/possessions
Temporary removal from class
In-school suspension of one to five days (when available)
Out-of-school suspension for one to five days
Withdrawal of privileges
Restitution of property and damages
Referral to outside agency
NOTE: LEVEL III EXAMPLES AND DISCIPLINARY OPTION/RESPONSES ARE NOT LIMITED TO THOSE PROVIDED OR AS MODIFIED IN STUDENT HANDBOOK AT BUILDING LEVEL.
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Disciplinary action under Level IV could result from the continuation of lower level offenses. Also included: acts resulting in violencetoperson(s) or property which pose a direct threatto the safety andwelfare of others in school. These acts are clearly criminal in nature and are so serious that they always require administrative action resulting in the immediate removal from the school. The intervention of law enforcement authorities and/or action by the Board of School Directors may also be required.
The administrator verifies the offenses and, if necessary, confers with the teacher involved before meeting with the student.
The student is immediately suspended from school and parents are notified. Law enforcement officials may also be contacted.
A complete and accurate report is submitted to the superintendent for possible action by the Board of School Directors.
In the event of expulsion, the student receives a full due process hearing before the Board of Education.
Continuation of Level III misbehaviors
Assault and/or battery on school personnel
Engaging in conduct prohibited by the criminal code or ordinances of the Commonwealth/community on school grounds or at school activities
Engaging in conduct so disruptive as to interfere with the orderly operation of school or which creates a clear and present danger to the health and welfare of the school community
Harassment of school personnel
Possession/use/furnishing/selling of controlled substances (alcohol or drugs, including look-alike beer)
Possession/use/transfer of dangerous weapons or explosives
Setting off incendiary devices (firecrackers, smoke bombs, etc.)
Unwarranted pulling of a fire alarm
Major vandalism of school property or personal property of school personnel
Maximum ten days out-of-school suspension with an informal hearing
Referral to appropriate enforcement agencies
Referral for Psychological services
Referral for alcohol/drug rehabilitation
Basic Fire Prevention Code
Referral to outside agency
Informal hearing for out-of-school suspension
NOTE; LEVEL IV EXAMPLES AND DISCIPLINARY OPTIONS/RESPONSES ARE NOT LIMITED TO THOSE PROVIDED OR AS MODIFIED IN STUDENT HANDBOOK AT BUILDING LEVEL.
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SUMMARIZATION OF ALCOHOL AND ILLEGAL DRUG USAGE ADMINISTRATIVE GUIDELINES
SITUATION/CATEGORY IMMEDIATE ACTION INVESTIGATION NOTIFICATION DISPOSITION DISCIPLINARY
PARENT*/POLICE** OF SUBSTANCE ACTION/RESPONSE
1. A student is suspected of The student is informed of Staff member is encouraged * N/A None - Referral to Student
possible drug or alcohol use. available help and is to contact a SAP member **N/A Assistance Program
There is no violation or encouraged to seek and principal for assistance. Limited to behaviorial
physical evidence. assistance. problems.
2. A student contacts a staff The student who contacts a Staff member may contact a *N/A N/A None - Possible referral to
member in regard to illegal staff member is encouraged SAP member and principal for **N/A Student Assistance Program.
drug or alcohol use and asks for to have the student with a assistance.
help. problem seek assistance.
3. A student volunteers in- The student is informed of Staff member contacts SAP *Inform parents N/A None- Referral to Student
formation about personal drug available services and is member and principal for if student is Assistance Program.
or alcohol use and asks for encouraged to seek assistance. agreeable.
help. assistance. **N/A
4. The student has a drug- School nurse, principal, and The principal will *Inform parents Substance If there is evidence of further
or alcohol-related medical parents will be summoned investigate the incident. immediately. turned over violation, see appropriate
emergency. immediately. Student may be This may include a search **Inform police. to police. situational category. Referral
transported to nearest of the students, locker, and to Student Assistance Program.
medical facility. Parents other possessions (may
responsible for medical include vehicle if on school
5. A student possesses drug- Paraphernalia is confiscated The student, his/her locker, *Phone contact Substance Referral to Student Assistance
related paraphernalia but no by administration. Staff and other possessions (may with parents. turned over Program.
evidence of use. member writes an anecdotal include vehicle if on school **Inform police. to police.
report of the incident. property) will be searched at
the discretion of the
6. A student possesses, uses Adminstration summoned. Administrator responsible to *Parent conference Substance Informal hearing. 5-10 day
or is under the influence of Staff member writes an anec- search locker and other arranged as soon turned over out-of-school suspension.
drugs or alcohol, first dotal report of the incident. possessions (may include as possible. to police. Mandatory referral (through
offense, possession (including Superintendent/designee vehicle if on school property). **Inform police. SAP) for assessment by a
look-alike beer) cooperative contacted. Collection of substance and licensed drug & alcohol
behavior. collection of pertinent data. facility. Student must comply
with recommendation of the
facility's assessment. Student
subject to probation
7. A student possesses, uses, Administration is summoned. Adminstrator responsible to *Parent requested Substance Informal hearing. 10
or is under the influence of Staff member writes an anec- search locker and other to come to the turned over days out-of-school
drugs, or alcohol (including dotal report of the incident. possessions (may include school as soon to police. suspension. Referral for
look-alike beer). First Superintendent/desinee vehicle if on school as possible. possible formal hearing.
offense (uncooperative behavior).contacted. property.) Confiscation of **Inform police. Referral to SAP. Student
substance and collection of must comply with
pertinent data. recommendation of the
Student subject to probation
8. A student possesses, uses Chaperon will contact group The student and his/her *Parent notified Substance The student may be sent
or is under the influence of advisor and/or principal as possessions (may include as soon as turned over home, escorted by the
drugs or alcohol (including soon as possible. vehicle if on school property) possible. to police. legal authorities or de-
look-alike beer) at a school- Confiscation of substance. **Inform police. tained until a parent/
related activity on or off Superintendent/designee guardian can accompany
school property. contacted. the student home. Further
discipline as provided by
the appropriate situational
category will be
administered following the
9. A student is caught again Administration is summoned. The student, his/her locker, *Parent requested Substance Informal hearing. 10 days
during probationary period, Staff member writes an anec- and possessions (may include to come to the turned over out-of-school suspension.
in possession, use, or under dotal report of the incident. vehicle if on school property) principal's to police. Referral for formal Board
the influence of drugs or Superintendent/designee are searched. Confiscation of office immediately. hearing for expulsion after
alcohol (including look-alike contacted. substance. **Inform police. referral to SAP.
10. A student is distributing Administration is summoned The student, his/her locker, *Parent is requested Substance Informal hearing. 10 days
a drug, alcohol, or controlled Staff member writes an anec- and possessions (may include to come to the turned over out-of-school suspension.
substance (including look- dotal report of the incident. vehicle if on school property) principal's office to police. Referral for formal Board
alike beer). are searched. Confiscation of immediately. hearing for expulsion after
substance. **Inform police. referral to SAT.
ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES - All athletes are students first and are subject to the same rules as all students at Blackhawk High School. The athletic program is an extracurricular part of our school program. Our first and foremost interest is the personal educational program of each student; thus, it is mandatory he/she maintains satisfactory grades. An athlete will be considered ineligible if he/she receives two or more "F" marks on the weekly grade rating. The period of ineligibility will begin Monday following the rating and remain in effect through the following Sunday. The student is not to be present or participate in practice sessions or in interscholastic competition. An athlete may not participate in a game or practice on a day when he/she is not present in school, nor may he/she participate if he/she has been dismissed early (before 11 a.m.) from school due to illness. All athletes must be in attendance for one-half (1/2) of the school day to participate in a game or practice. The school district provides transportation for all athletic teams, and each participant will be required to ride school transportation to and from any athletic activity scheduled away from Blackhawk premises. Exception to this policy may be granted by the high school principal or athletic director.
HOME SCHOOLING - Inquiries regarding home schooling are to be directed to Mr. Bert Robinson, Assistant Superintendent, 846-6600, ext. 235. Blackhawk High School is under no obligation to issue a high school diploma to a student being home schooled.
HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS DURING ABSENCE - If you know you will be absent for several days, it is possible for homework assignments to be sent home by calling the Homework Hotline (846-9600 Ext.444). Homework requested one day will be available the next day.
HONOR ROLL - This is determined by using the 4.0 college grade point system. All courses are counted for determining honor roll. The following grade point average must be attained for honor roll status: 3.750 - 4.000 - High Honor; 3.000 - 3.749 - Honor Roll. A grade "D", "E", or "I" eliminates a student for consideration for Honor Roll. You must have a minimum of four credits to be eligible for Honor Roll consideration.
INCOMPLETE GRADE POLICY - An incomplete on a report card must be completed within two weeks following the end of the marking period. If not completed, the grade in question becomes a failing mark. A long-term illness will be treated separately. Any unusual incomplete grade affects passing or failing of the subject for the year , shall be reviewed by the teacher and the administration.
INTERIM REPORTS - Interim reports will be sent to all students at the midpoint of each nine-week grading period. Interim's will be distributed to students in homeroom. Students are expected to bring interim's home with them and deliver them to parents.
MAKEUP WORK - Any student absent from classes for legal reasons, including suspensions, is required to make up all work missed. However, it is the responsibility of the student to see his/her teacher to obtain the work and help, if needed, to make up the work. Only in cases of prolonged absence will more than one week be permitted for work to be made up, unless permission is granted by the principal. A student will be given one day for each day of legal absence with a limit of two weeks to make up missed work. A day's absence does not excuse a student from responsibility for school assignments and work on the day of his/her return. In case of prolonged absence, two weeks will be permitted for work to be made up.
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY - Selection into the Blackhawk Chapter of the National Honor Society is a great accomplishment. It is an honor that few people realize. Students are considered for membership in their junior or senior year of school. The following four (4) areas are considered and reviewed when determining a studen't admittance to the Honor Society.
Scholarship - Any junior or senior student with a 3.4 cumulative QPA or higher the first nine weeks is eligible.
Character - Each student will be rated by the staff in the following areas: responsibility, courtesy, tolerance, honesty, and relationships (with peers and teachers). Each area will be rated with a 1 (poor), 2 (average), 3 (above average). Scores will then be totaled and averaged.
Service - All activities that a student has participates for the grades 9-12 will be considered. Activities outside of school will also be considered provided documentation of participation is provided (after school jobs do not count).
Leadership - Any office(s) a student has held, including outside activities as well, will be counted.
Each of these four areas will be considered equally by a faculty committee consisting of (5) members of the staff. All decisions are final, and no appeals will be heard.
PROMOTION AND GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS - All students will be taking academic related classes and physical education each year at Blackhawk High School. The issuance of a high school diploma to students will be contingent upon the fulfillment of the Board of Education and Pennsylvania State Department of Education requirements:
A minimum of 5 credits is necessary to obtain sophomore standing.
A minimum of 10 credits is necessary to obtain junior standing.
A minimum of 15 credits will be necessary to obtain senior standing.
All students must successfully earn a minimum of 22 credits in grades 9-12 to qualify for graduation.
Beginning with the class of the year 2000, diplomas will only be awarded to students that have met all graduation requirements prior to the graduation date. Students who do not meet graduation requirements by that date will not participate in commencement exercises and will not receive a diploma until such date that requirements are met.
HIGHEST HONORS/HONORS GRADUATES - The five seniors with the highest cumulative quality point average are designated to "Highest Honors Graduates". The next 10% of the class (based upon cumulative quality point average) are designated as "Honors Graduates". "Honors Graduates" must have achieved a cumulative quality point average of 3.75 or above. The top five seniors will be designated as "Highest Honors Graduates" providing their cumulative quality point average is 3.75 or above.
GRADUATION WITH DISTINGUISHED HONORS -
A senior will graduate with Distinguished Honors by achieving a cumulative quality point average of 4.0 or above.
ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE - Students in grades 9, 10, and 11, can achieve "Academic Excellence" recognition by maintaining a cumulative quality point average that places them in the top 15% of the total number of students in their class. Quality point averages will be calculated following the third nine weeks.
REPORT CARDS - Report cards will be issued each nine weeks. Grades will be based on your test scores, projects, homework, and classroom performance.
A - Superior achievement
B - Work is consistently above the average quality expected
C - Average achievement
D - Achievement is below average
E - Achievement is not acceptable, has not met the requirement
I - Incomplete work
Note: Gym classes and driver's education classes will be graded once each semester using a letter grade.
BOARD POLICY PROVIDES THAT A STUDENT WHO DOES NOT COMPLETE ALL COURSE WORK MAY BE GIVEN AN INCOMPLETE FOR A FINAL GRADE.
REPORT PUPIL PROGRESS - An interim report will be sent to the parent or guardian at the midpoint of each nine-week grading period. Teacher/parent conferences are valuable and encouraged throughout the school year. Appointments can be made with your child's teacher by calling the Guidance Office.
SCHEDULED CHANGES - Action leading to a withdrawal from a full-year course may be initiated with the counselor during the week following the end of the first nine weeks. For a semester course, action must be initiated also during the week following the end of the first nine weeks of the semester. A student desiring to withdraw from a course must discuss this matter with a guidance counselor. The counselor will confer with the teacher of the course in question and with the parents of the student. If it is agreed that withdrawal is desirable, the guidance counselor will make such a recommendation to the principal. If a student secures permission to withdraw from a course in the prescribed time period, the grade earned for that nine weeks will appear on the student's report card. For all remaining grading periods as well as for the final grade, the student will receive a "W". Withdrawal from class other than during the prescribed period will result in a failing grade.
SEMESTER TESTS - Semester tests will be given in January and June for students in grades 9-12. A special exam schedule will be created to accommodate test time. Fianl tests in grades 8 will be optional. Tests stress retention of knowledge and prepare students for similar life-experiences that they would face in college and in the work world. Tests should include an essay component that requires students to use thinking skills.
STANDARDIZED GRADING SCALE -
64 or below E
WITHDRAWAL AND TRANSFER - The procedure for withdrawal from Blackhawk High School or transfer to another school is as follows:
1. Secure authorization withdrawal or transfer note from your parent or guardian
2. Obtain appropriate forms from the guidance office
3. Have the forms filled out by the teachers,: return all school books and property, and make sure all fees are paid
4. Take completed forms to the guidance office for final clearance
ACCIDENT INSURANCE - The Blackhawk School Board has adopted an insurance policy, which affords protection for the students during the time they are traveling to school, while they are at school, while they travel back home, and at other school-related events. This policy is offered for a very reasonable premium. Parents are urged to give the policy careful consideration. Options to buy include coverage for school-time hours and 24-hour coverage. Students participating in athletics must have some form of insurance.
CLASS RINGS - The Blackhawk ring was specially designed to reflect the Blackhawk history and tradition. The green stone and gold band represent school colors. The eight sides on the stone and the eight-link chain dividing the keystone honor the eight districts that merged to form Blackhawk. The keystone symbolizes Pennsylvania, while the winged foot shows activities. The torch stands for learning. Note that the flame of the torch forms B.H. for Blackhawk. Our cougar mascot is shown on one side while his "paw" prints appear on the top of the ring. Wear your ring proudly……it reflects a proud tradition.
GUIDANCE SERVICES - Guidance counselors meet with students individually during the school year as needed to assist them in planning their academic program. The guidance counselor helps students select the most appropriate program of studies to ensure success in high school and to plan for the years after graduation. The variety of opportunities for college, Professional/technical School, and post high school employment increases every day. All students are invited to explore the various reference materials on the occupational training, colleges, financial aid, and scholarship in the guidance office. Students who wish to make an appointment with their guidance counselor should see Mrs. Pander, the guidance secretary, or complete the Request to See a Counselor Form in the guidance office.
HEALTH SERVICES - The administration and faculty at our school consider this one of the most important sections of your student handbook. Good health is a prerequisite to learning; as a matter of fact, good health is essential to most successful activities. The following are a few simple regulations which help to maintain safety and health for all students:
STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES - The school nurse is available for any student who feels ill or is injured during the school day. A student should report to his/her classroom or shop and then be dismissed to the nurse's office with a Health Office Pass.
INJURIES AND INSURANCE - The school is responsible only for immediate first aid. The Board of Education does not pay any medical or hospital bill incurred as a result of accident to the pupil at school. The parent or guardian is responsible for the payment of such bills. We urge you to avail yourself of the protection afforded through school insurance. You will be give information regarding various insurance plans during the first week of school. In case of injury, no matter how minor, the student should report that injury to the teacher immediately. In case of a severe injury or acute illness, emergency care will be given, and the parents will be notified.
MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION - It is the responsibility of the parents to provide transportation and further care of the student if the student becomes ill or injured on school property. Students may not be sent home without parental approval, and no student may drive when excused for medical reasons unless parental consent has been given.
ILLNESS OR ACCIDENT INFORMATION - In order that we conform to the wishes of parents, emergency cards must be filled out for each student and returned to the nurse's office for use in emergency situations. If a student has a known medical problem, please complete that section. It is important that the nurse is aware of all known medical problems. If you are evaluated by a physician, please have him/her write the medical diagnosis and submit it to the health office. This information is necessary in order to give immediate and proper treatment.
COMMUNICABLE DISEASES - Students returning to school after recovering from a communicable disease must be readmitted through the school nurse's office (communicable diseases include German measles, measles, mumps, chicken pox, scarlet fever, conjunctivitis(pink eye), mononucleosis).
Students must not leave the building without permission because of illness. If the nurse is not it, students are to report to the office. Students are not to call parents or friends from the pay phones to come pick them up. Students are reminded that treatment by school personnel is limited to first aid measures, and any illness or injury requiring more extensive treatment will be referred to the family doctor. No medicines of any kind will given to students (this includes aspirin). If a student has some type of allergy or negative reaction to some medicines, report this information to the school nurse in a confidential manner. No student is permitted to have in his or her possession any medication, this includes over-the-counter and prescription medication. If a student needs medication during school hours it must be kept and dispensed in the health office. ALL medication must be delivered directly to the school nurse, health aide or to a building administrator by a parent or guardian. The physician and parent/guardian must complete the forms. This form can be obtained from the health office.
HOMEBOUND INSTRUCTION - Homebound instruction is provided for students who are unable to attend school in accordance with the rules and regulations prescribed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. (Length of absence must be for 20 or more school days) Requests for homebound instruction are to be directed to Mr. Hugh MacDonald, Guidance Counselor.
LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER PROCEDURES - The library media center is available to all students for use during the school year. The following procedures have been established for students while using the library media center:
1. The library media center is available to all students for use during the school day and for one hour after school.
No passes will be given at the door.
Students who have been assigned a research project and need to use the library media center during a study hall are to get a pass from that subject teacher. Please report directly to the library media center. DO NOT REPORT TO STUDY HALL. Students who have a subject study hall pass will have priority over the general study hall pass for computer usage.
Research may not be done during homeroom period. Students may come to the library media center to return and/or check out a book, pay a fine, or make Xerox copies during homeroom period.
Students may word process and/or print documents during their study halls. No word processing and/or printing is to be done during homeroom. Only those students possessing the knowledge of Microsoft Word and the school computer system will be permitted to work with the word processing system. Student may not save to the hard drive only to disk. Disks may be purchased for .25 cents. Please ask at the circulation desk.
The library media center may not be used as a social gathering place.
Any student arriving after the late bell on a subject research pass will not be permitted to enter.
Students are not permitted to use the Internet system for personal research. The Acceptable Use Policy states that the Internet is to be used for curriculum related research only.
Students are not permitted to e-mail (Hot mail, Yahoo mail, et.) or to use chat rooms. Pornographic sites or sites deemed inappropriate are strictly forbidden.
Student using the Internet must have Acceptable Use Policy signed and display his/her ID card with proper tag. Any student who has forgotten their ID card may receive a temporary ID for the class period. The temporary ID will be issued twice to a student.
Students must sign in at the circulation desk when using a computer. The student is responsible for that computer while using it. The student should check his/her name off the list when finished.
Backpacks will not be permitted in the library media center. An area will be designated for backpacks.
ENTRANCE AND EXIT
1. Entrance to the library media center is from the 8th grade hallway
2. Students will exit through the doors by the orange cafeteria.
3. No student is permitted to use the library media center as a shortcut to the orange cafeteria
4. All study hall passes, subject and general are to be deposited in the basket at the circulation desk.
The following information should appear on all subject study hall passes: date, student's name, study hall location, period, subject to be studied and signature of subject teacher.
General study hall passes will be filled out by the study hall teacher.
Five students per study hall teacher will be permitted to come to the media center on a general study hall pass. Entrance will be based upon availability of the media center. Students who need to return and/or select a book, pay a fine, make copies, read a newspaper or magazine should use this type of pass. Students will not be permitted to come to the media center everyday on this type of pass.
Only one student's name should appear on each subject pass.
Students may be denied entrance to the library media center due to conditions such as class usage, overcrowding, and behavior.
1. The use of the library media center during a student's study hall is an extension of quiet study hall
Students are to work independently
Only two students per table (unless otherwise specified by Mrs. Welesko or Mrs. Alexander).
Students are not to walk around the library media center for the entire period. Please select you materials and be seated. If you need help, please ask.
Students are to select books independently - not in groups. Please ask at the circulation desk if you need help.
Students are to remain in their seats until the bell rings. Under no circumstances should anyone be standing at the door.
Talking, running around or other disruptive behavior will result with the following discipline:
Student(s) will be asked to stop the disruptive behavior
Student(s) will be moved to another seat
Student(s) will be sent back to study hall
Continued misbehavior will result in loss of library privileges for a specified time and detention
No student will be denied scheduled library class time for subject area research.
Any student who leaves the library media center without permission will not be permitted to use the library media center during their study hall(s) the remainder of the year. The student will also be reported to the office for cutting class.
1. Students must present his/her ID card in order to check out materials. A Rolodex file housing pictures and barcode numbers of the students in grades 8 through 10 is kept for emergency situations
2. Do not loan your ID card to anyone. Remember you are responsible for materials checked out in your name.
3. Loan period for materials are:
Books - 2 weeks
Reference books - Overnight-due before 1st period the next day
Vertical files - Overnight-due before 1st period the next day
A. V. Materials - Overnight-due before 1st period the next day
All materials that have been loaned for a 2-week period are to be returned to the two book depositories. One book depository is located in the eighth grade hallway (outside the library media center) and the other is on the side of the circulation desk
Overnight materials are to be returned to the circulation desk. PLEASE DO NOT RETURN THESE ITEMS VIA THE BOOK DEPOSITORIES.
Any materials not returned on time will be considered overdue and a fine will be charged.
Overnight materials must be returned before the bell rings for 1st period.
Fines will be charged for any materials due after the due date.
Fines are charged for each day school is in session.
Students will be charged a fine for late materials even if the student is absent.
If a student is absent the library materials should be sent to the school.
If library materials are in the student's locker, the Guidance Office should be notified
All fines must be paid or the student will not be permitted to participate in school activities and/or receive their report card.
The student is responsible to pay for lost material.
2 week material .05 cents a day
Overnight material .50 cents a day
Overdue notices are sent to the student's homeroom twice a week.
Students will be given an ID card as they enter the high school for the first time.
Lost or stolen ID cards will be replaced at a cost of $2.00.
If your ID card is lost or stolen please report it to the library media center immediately.
ID cards are used for the following reasons: entrance into school functions, to check out library material and for internet usage identification.
Printed materials: books, magazines, vertical files, may be copied on the Xerox machine by the student.
Microfiche: information can be copied from any microfiche form. Please ask at the circulation desk for the library staff to make copies.
Microfilm: information can be copied from the microfilm. Please as at the circulation desk for the library staff to make copies.
The cost per page is .10 cents.
Copies from microfiche and microfilm forms will not be made during homeroom.
Students may make copies on the Xerox machine during homeroom.
LOST AND FOUND - The Office is the area designated for lost and found articles. Anyone who finds a lost or misplaced article should take it to this area as soon as possible. Students looking for lost possessions should check in the Office. If the lost and found articles are not claimed within a reasonable amount of time, they will be discarded.
PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES - The school psychologist provides in-depth diagnosis and help in student placement and in individualization of the educational program. He/she is knowledgeable with respect to physical, social, and emotional development and confers regularly with parents, teachers, and outside agencies to acquaint them with student needs. Counselors, teachers, administrators, and parents can request the help of the psychologist.
SCHOOL CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS - School clubs and organizations can be formed by interested groups of students provided there is a faculty member who is willing to serve as an advisor. Information about forming clubs may be obtained from the principal's office. Information about club offerings will be distributed at the beginning of the school year.
TUTORING - Additional help can be obtained by asking your counselor to assist you in finding a peer tutor through the National Honor Society or possibly an adult tutor in math or science through our VIP program (VIP Contact: Dr. Judy Mack, 846-9600).
WORK PERMITS - If you are under 18 years of age, you must obtain a work permit in order to accept employment. The law has certain requirements concerning the type of work you may do, the hours, and under what conditions you may work. Application and all necessary information may be obtained at the office. To obtain an application for the work permit, you must provide your birth certificate or baptismal certificate as proof of age. Good judgement must be exercised when accepting a job. Schoolwork is your primary job. If a job conflicts with study time and participation in school activities, you may not be able to maintain a satisfactory school record.
INFORMATION STUDENTS SHOULD KNOW
ACTIVITY PERIOD - One of the purposes of an activity period is to give the various clubs an opportunity to meet. It also provides the administration with a definite time schedule to plan for various assemblies. With this activity period schedule, time need not be taken away from the regular class schedule. Any student not scheduled for a club during activity period must report to his/her assigned homeroom for a study hall.
CARE OF BOOKS - Each student is entrusted with various supplies for study. These consist of textbooks, paperbacks, lab manuals, etc. On the inside cover of each book are the school stamp and the book number. Every student should make a record of these numbers, and, in case the book is lost, report it immediately to his/her teacher. If the book is not returned or found, the following charges will be made to the student:
Books are lost or badly damaged and are in their first or second year of use, full price will be charged.
Books that have already been used two years, half price will be charged.
Books that are damaged in such a way as to require rebinding, but still leave the book intact and usable, a $7.00 rebinding fee will be charged (fee may be subject to change without notice).
CHANGE OF ADDRESS - It is necessary and important for the office to have an accurate record of the home address of all students. We ask that you accept the responsibility for reporting any change of address to the office.
CORRIDOR COURTESY AND HALL TRAFFIC - Students are not to stand in the hallway and block traffic. No shouting is permitted and neither trash nor debris is to be thrown on the floor. Help keep the hallways clean and neat! The hallways are narrow and become crowded when classes are changing. Observe the following: Walk, do not run or push; walk on the extreme right when changing classes; do not loiter, spend time visiting with a friend, etc. Ample time has been provided for changing classes. All students should be in class on time.
COURT ORDERS - The school district will direct all communication to the students' natural parents or guardians. When custodial rights are changed from both natural parents to another arrangement of guardianship or custodial care, the school should be presented with legal documentation. Court orders of this nature should be registered with the high school administration.
DANCES - Only Blackhawk students may attend school dances. The only exceptions to this rule are the Prom, Homecoming, and Christmas dances. For these students can ask a junior or senior from another school or a person under the age of 21. Eighth grade students are permitted to attend scheduled eighth grade dances only (eighth grade dances include after game dances).
PROM RULES -
Age - Junior/Senior Prom. Sophomores permitted to attend only if asked by a Jr. or Sr. Blackhawk student.
Dress Code - Standard (school) function. Dress code applies
There will be NO EARLY DISMISSAL from the Prom or After-Prom. Time -- 8 p.m. - 5 a.m.
Non-Blackhawk Students must fill out and return proper form in order to attend. The guest must be Jr. or Sr. and/or no older than 21 years of age.
Prom committee and Co-Chairpersons. Please no appointments before 1:30 p.m. day of the Prom (example - nails, hair, tan, etc.).
DISSEMINATION OF MATERIAL - No material of any type may be displayed, posted, or passed out on school property or on the school bus without permission from a principal.
EARLY DISMISSAL - SEE ALSO THE ATTENDANCE POLICY OF THE HANDBOOK! - Occasionally, a student may have to leave school before 2:20 p.m. due to certain situations, e. g., medical appointments or family emergencies. A call from the office may be made to verify this request.
The procedure to follow is:
A NOTE from home MUST be brought to the principal's office before homeroom period the day the student is to leave early.
At this time, if appropriate, the student will be given a form to be signed by the doctor or dentist visited.
This form is to be returned immediately upon your return to school. Failure to do so will result in a detention assignment.
Students must sign out before leaving the building; failure to do so will result in two (2) hours of detention. Students must sign when they return from leaving for an appointment.
In case illness develops during the day, the school nurse will issue an early dismissal.
Students should take their driver's test on Saturdays, or if necessary, they may be excused in the afternoon in time to complete the examination on testing days.
In every instance of leaving early, students are responsible for completing any missed class work, homework, and/or tests. If the reason for leaving is valid, the teacher will set a reasonable period of time to complete work. Leaving early due to illness does not excuse the student from making up missed work. Students are not to leave school without permission. This action will result in a suspension from school. Students are encouraged to make doctor and dentist appointments for out-of-school hours and non-school days.
EARLY DISMISSALS FOR WORK - SEE ALSO THE ATTENDANCE POLICY OF THIS HANDBOOK! - Since the high school dismissal is at 2:20, and we do not have a distributed education program, we do not encourage student requests to be dismissed early for work. If for some reason you need to be dismissed early, you are to speak with a counselor and get the proper forms. The principal must approve each early dismissal. Only seniors are eligible for work release. The earliest a student may leave is at the end of sixth period.
FIRE DRILLS - Fire drills at regular intervals are required by law and are an important safety precaution. It is essential that when the fire alarm is given, everyone obeys promptly and clears the building by the prescribed route as quickly as possible. The teacher in each room will give the students additional instructions concerning the fire drill. Every person must leave the building during a fire drill.
GUIDELINES FOR EFFECTIVE HOME-SCHOOL COMMUNICATION - We would like to take this opportunity to encourage cooperation in following a few basic guidelines to effectively communicate with school personnel:
Parents/Guardians should communicate first with teachers regarding classroom problems.
Appointments for private conferences with teachers should be made in advance by contacting the teacher.
All visitors are requested to report to the office to sign the register and inform the office personnel of the scheduled appointment.
Problems, which cannot be resolved during the parent/teacher conferences, should be taken to the high school administration.
LOCKERS - Each student will be assigned a hall locker with separate units for books and outer clothing which is opened with by a single combination lock. LOCKERS SHOULD ALWAYS BE LOCKED WHEN NOT IN USE. DO NOT GIVE YOU COMBINATION TO ANYONE ELSE. DO NOT LEAVE MONEY OR VALUABLES IN YOU LOCKER. LOCKERS ARE NOT SAFES. Periodic inspections will be made by the homeroom teacher or principal to see that they are being kept neat and orderly. Use only the locker assigned to you. Do not tamper with another locker. If your locker combination is not working properly, or if you are having trouble opening your locker, please turn your name into the office, and a custodian will make the necessary repairs. Lockers are the property of the school and are subject to search. A student may request an assigned locker and lock in the gym dressing room. These are to be cleaned out regularly and be kept neat and orderly. Keep these lockers locked at all times. Lockers should be visited only prior to homeroom, before lunch, and at dismissal. Being late to a class due to going to a locker may not be a legal excuse. Loitering around lockers is not permitted at any time during the school day.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION (LOCKER AND VALUABLES) - Students are reminded of their options in protecting personal property during physical education class. It is important for students to understand that there is a small percentage of students who does not respect the property of others and will seek out those who do not take precautions to ensure the safety of their possessions. While we attempt to eliminate as many of the variables as possible, we remind you…..
DO NOT LEAVE MONEY OR VALUABLES IN YOUR LOCKER. GIVE YOUR VALUABLES (WALLETS/PURSES, KEYS, LOOSE ITEMS OF VALUE) TO YOUR INSTRUCTOR.
USE A LOCK ON YOUR GYM LOCKER TO PROTECT PERSONAL PROPERTY NOT TURNED IN. REMEMBER TO REMOVE THE LOCK AT THE END OF THE GYM CLASS.
DO NOT GIVE YOUR COMBINATION TO ANYONE ELSE.
NO STUDENT IS TO BE IN THE LOCKER ROOM AT ANY TIME OTHER THAN HIS/HER ASSIGNED GYM CLASS WITHOUT ADVANCED PERMISSION FROM A PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHER. VIOLATORS WILL BE DISCIPLINED. (See also Section RE: - Student Valuables)
STUDENTS ARE TO REMAIN IN THE LOCKER ROOM AFTER PHYSICAL EDUCATION CLASS UNTIL THE BELL RINGS.
SELECTION/GENERAL INFORMATION (BAND, CHEERLEADERS, MASCOT, COLOR GUARD, FEATURE TWIRLER, COUGAR KITTENS)
GRADES - The academic requirements will be in accordance with the eligibility requirements of the high school for its athletes. Students will be considered in eligible if he/she receives two or more "F" marks on the weekly rating.
TRY-OUTS - All cheerleaders, mascots, color guard, feature twirler, and cougar kitten must try-out each year. Tryouts will be preceded by several instructional clinics prior to the actual selection date. Each student planning to try out will attend instructional clinics at which he/she will receive a list of rules, regulations, and selection procedures.
SELECTION - The band director and cheering sponsor will form selection committees made up of qualified outsiders. Names of successful candidates will be announced following selection.
ELIGIBILITY - Students must maintain eligibility during the season by following the rules and regulations prescribed by the cheerleader constitution and band policy as well as by meeting the weekly eligibility requirement.
SIGNS - No signs may be placed anywhere inside or outside of the building without the permission of a principal.
STUDENT ABSENCES FOR TRIPS - SEE ALSO THE ATTENDANCE POLICY OF THIS HANDBOOK! - Students who are planning to accompany their parents on trips, tours, or vacations during the school year must secure a "REQUEST FOR EXCUSED ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL FOR A PREPLANNED EDUCTIONAL TOUR OR TRIP" form and return it to the school principal. These forms are available in the office and should be completed and returned at least two weeks before the trip. Students are responsible for completing schoolwork missed during the absence.
STUDENT DEBTS - Students are expected to pay any debts/obligations in a timely fashion. With the beginning of the 1998-99 school year, all debts/obligations must be settled by Friday, September 18, 1998. If these have not been settled by this date, the student will be prohibited from participating in any school activity, social or athletic, until the obligation has been met. Debts/fines owed the high school must be paid before report cards or diplomas will be issued. ANY DEBTS INCURRED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR MUST BE SETTLED PRIOR TO STUDENT PARTICIPATION IN ANY SOCIAL ACTIVITY OR ATHLETIC EVENT.
There will be a $25.00 charge for each student that elects to take the in-the-car-driving component of driver education. This fee must be paid in the high school office
The cost of materials for project work in the practical arts has risen considerably over the past two years. Costs for required student projects in the practical arts area will be borne by the school district; however, the costs for materials for projects voluntarily undertaken by students must be borne by the student.
The lab fee for the computer classes will be the cost of a diskette and must be paid by the student.
STUDENT VALUABLES - Students are cautioned not to bring large amounts of money, radios, electronic items, or phonographs to school, and if they wear glasses or watches, they are to keep track of them at all times. Students, not the school, are responsible for their personal property. If it is necessary to bring more money than needed to pay for lunch, leave it at the office for safekeeping. Do not leave valuables or money in your hall or gym locker. (see also Section RE: - Physical Education Classes)
TELEPHONES - Public telephones are available for use by students before school, during lunch, and after school. All office phones are reserved for business purposes. Students will not be called out of class to the telephone. Only in an emergency situation will a message be delivered to a student. Pay phones are located in the hallway between cafeterias and in the pool lobby for student emergency use. Pay phones are available for student use before school, the last ten minutes of lunch, and after school.
VISITORS - School policy is to accept only those visitors who have legitimate school business at the school. Visitors and guests must register in the high school office immediately upon entering the building. Parents are always welcome to visit. We do ask, however, that all parents register in the office when they enter. It is usually best to call ahead for an appointment with the administrator, teacher, or counselor with whom you want to meet. Student visitors during the school day are discouraged; the only Beaver County students permitted to visit when school is in session is those students officially representing their school. Only persons of high school age will be given permission to visit, and no young children or babies are to be brought to school.
WEATHER EMERGENCIES, CANCELLATIONS, AND RELATED STARTINGTIME - Announcements concerning adjustments in the school schedule will be made between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. over the following radio stations: WBVP..1230; WKST..1280; WKBN..570; KDKA..1020; KQV..1410; WFEM..92FM; WWKS..107FM. There are times, however, when it is not possible to contact one or more of these stations, so it is suggested that others be monitored if you do not hear school announcements on the station to which you normally listen. When severe weather or road conditions threaten the safety of children, classes will be canceled for the entire day. In the event of uncertainty regarding such matters exist, a delay schedule will be announced. Children should report to their bus stops at the end of the delay period unless additional announcements are heard prior to departure time.
Emergencies may occur which will necessitate closing the school after students has arrived. Students will be dismissed under these circumstances, and we urge you to have your own emergency plan for your child(ren).
WHO OWNS THIS SCHOOL? - Surprisingly, YOU do! Your parents and all tax payers are legally required to pay taxes that build and maintain the public school system. Everyone pays taxes in one form or another. Therefore, any damage done to this building, equipment, busses, or books must be paid for with your family's money! It is not enough that you should refrain from doing anything to increase this cost to your parents, neighbors, and to yourself; you must help protect the schools by discouraging or reporting such activity by any other. REMEMBER: Most trouble starts as fun.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
BLACKHAWK SCHOOL DISTRICT
One of the greatest difficulties facing our school today is the high rates of absenteeism. According to Pennsylvania State Law and Student Rights and Responsibility Regulations (Student Rights and Responsibility Section 12.200), all students are expected to attend school regularly to benefit from the instructional program and to develop habits of punctuality, self-discipline and responsibility. In a society such as ours, attending school is not only a privilege, it is an obligation. A democratic society cannot function without an educated and enlightened citizenry.
School attendance is the responsibility of the student and his/her parents. When a student is absent from school, it is the duty of the parents or guardian to furnish promptly a written explanation of the student's absence. It is also the responsibility of the school to inform parents when their children are absent from school.
Classroom teacher's responsibility
Keep daily attendance records on each assigned student
Obtain and keep a record of each assigned student's name, address, and telephone number.
Student Attendance Requirements
Kindergarten-7th Grade - If a student is absent from any class for more than twenty-four days, the student will not be granted credit and will receive an "F" in that course.
Grades 8-12 - If a student is absent from any class for more than twelve days in a semester or twenty-four days in a full year, the student will not be granted credit and will receive an "F" for that course.
All absences are either excused or unexcused* and will be considered class absences under paragraph D hereof
Reasons for excused absences are:
Death in the family
Recognized religious holidays and services
School board sanctioned absences
Emergency reason (at the discretion of the principal)
Note: The high school administration neither approves nor condones skip days of any nature.
*With the exception of School Board approved trips
A note from parent/guardian must be brought to the homeroom teacher within three school days upon student's return to school, and the school will spot check absentees by calling parents at home or work.
The following reasons are illegal and unexcused in accordance with the Pennsylvania State Attendance Laws:
Missing the school bus
Trips not approved in advance
Hunting, fishing, attending sport events
Birthdays or other celebrations
Excuses saying "personal or needed at home"
Any other reason not listed in the legal excuse grouping
If no excuse is received from the student within three school days upon his/her return.
All unexcused absences are class cuts.
No written work or tests can be made up by a student who is truant or cuts class.
A student wil receive an "F" in each class he fails to attend because of a truancy or class cut. The "F" will be averaged with all grades during that grading period.
Procedures for handling Class Absences
Upon the eighth student absence from a semester class or 12th student absence from a year long class, the teacher will notify the parents by use of Form A.
On the 12th student absence from a semester class or 18th student absence from a year long class, the teacher will notify the parent(s) by phone and by use of Form A-2. The principal will then be notified by the classroom teacher and given copies of Form A and Form A-2.
When the twelfth student absence from a semester class or the 24th from a yearlong class occurs, the classroom teacher will notify the parent(s) by phone and use of Form A-3. The teacher will also request a conference with the student, parent(s), and principal. A copy of Form A-3 will be give to the principal.
If the student exceeds twelve absences for the semester or 24 absences for a yearlong course, the student will receive a grade of "F" for the semester in which the attendance regulations were not met. The decision will be based on the number of unexcused absences as well as the nature of the excused absences.
The principal will notify the parent(s) of the student's failure to meet the attendance regulations and the grad of "F". Also, the letter will contain an explanation of the appeal process and appeal procedures.
If the student reports to class twenty minutes late or longer, the student will be marked absent from class.
For non-semester or yearlong courses the above procedures will be followed on a proportional basis.
Correspondence will be sent to parent/guardians by certified/registered mail.
Grade results relating to academics and attendance
If a student fails to meet the academic requirements of a course (grade of "D" or better), the student's attendance record becomes irrelevant. The student will receive an "F" for academic failure and has no right of an appeal before the Appeals Committee.
If a student fails to meet the attendance requirements as stated in Section B.1 of the POLICY, the student will receive an "F" on the student's official records. A notation will also indicate the "F" grade was a result of the student's failure to meet attendance regulations.
A doctor's certificate may be required for absence due to illness for three or more consecutive days or for a shorter period if requested by the principal.
MEDICAL AND DENTAL APPOINTMENTS
Medical and dental appointments should be avoided during school hours, and should be scheduled after school hours or on a Saturday.
In the event that an appointment must be made during school hours, the following rules must be adhered to:
The student prior to upon return from his appointment must present the medical appointment card to the Principal's Office. This card will contain the time the student left the doctor's office and the signature of the doctor or his representative.
The student will be responsible for all classroom work that is missed for an excused absence.
Note: A student is to use only District Excuse Forms provided by the homeroom teacher.
A student missing three hours of the school day will be marked one half day absent
Three school days will be given to bring in an excuse before it is marked as an unexcused absence.
If over seventeen years of age with twenty-four or more days of absence, the student will be removed from the school rolls and withdrawn.
ORGANIZATION OF APPEALS COMMITTEE
The Appeals Committee will consist of the building principal or the principal's designee, a nurse (non-voting), two classroom teachers, and the student's guidance counselor. Any teacher involved in the policy violation(s) will not be part of this committee.
Present at the Appeals Committee hearing should be the student, parent(s), classroom teachers, the student's guidance counselor, and the principal or the principal's designee. Scheduling for the hearing will be in a mutually agreeable time and within a one week period, when possible.
To initiate the review procedure, the student must:
Currently be earning a passing grade in the course at issue
Follow the procedures required to file an appeal
PROCEDURES TO FILE AN APPEAL
The purpose of an appeal hearing before the Appeals Committee for Attendance is to grant the student and parent(s) the opportunity to show cause why the student should receive academic credit for a course in which the student has not met the attendance requirements. If a hearing is granted by the Appeals Committee, the student and parent(s) will be notified as to the hearing date, time, and location. Burden of proof falls upon the student and parent(s) or guardian.
Step 1: After 12 absences for the semester or 24 absences for the year, the parent(s) may request Form B (Request for Attendance Related Hearing) form the principal.
Step 2: Once the principal receives Form B completed by the parent(s), the appeals procedure begins.
Step 3: The principal submits Form B to the chairperson of the Appeals Committee for Attendance.
Step 4: Using information from Form B and Forms A, A-2, and A-3 from the files, the Appeals Committee will notify the student and parent(s) as to whether the hearing is granted or denied. If granted, all parties will be notified of the date, time, and location of the hearing.
Step 5: The Appeals Committee will use Form C (Action Taken by the Appeals Committee) to notify the student, parent(s), and teacher of the action taken by the Appeals Committee.
The school solicitor has reviewed these regualtions
The principal has informed the parent(s) and students of the regulations
Attendance guidelines for grading have been incorporated into the Student Handbook.
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF PENNSYLVANIA
(Approved September 13, 1974; Section 12.31 and 12.32 approved July 14, 1971 and amended July 15, 1977; Chapter amended March 10, 1983 - effective February 18, 1984)
STUDENTS RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Section 12.1 Free education and attendance
Exclusions from school
Exclusions from classes-in-school suspension
Freedom of expression
Flag salute and the Pledge of Allegiance
Hair and dress
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Elements of the plan
Section 12.1 Free education and attendance
All persons residing in this Commonwealth between the ages of 6 and 21 years are entitled to a free and full education in the Commonwealth's public schools.
Parents or guardians of all children between the ages of 8 and 17 are required by the compulsory attendance law to ensure that their children attend an approved educational institution, unless legally excused. Students who have not graduated may not be asked to leave school merely because they have reached 17 years of age if they are fulfilling their responsibilities as students. A student may not be excluded from the public schools nor from extracurricular activities because of being married or pregnant.
Section 12.2 Student responsibilities
Student responsibilities include regular school attendance, conscientious effort in classroom work, and conformance to school rules and regulations. Most of all, students share with the administration and faculty a responsibility to develop a climate within the school that is conductive to wholesome learning and living.
No student has the right to interfere with the education of his fellow students. It is the responsibility of each student to respect the rights of teachers, students, administrators, and all others who are involved in the educational process.
Students should express their ideas and opinions in a respectful manner
It is the responsibility of the students to conform with the following:
Be aware of all rules and regulations for student behavior and conduct themselves in accord with them. Students should assume that, until a rule is waived, altered or repealed in writing, it is in effect.
Volunteer information in matters relating to health, safety and welfare of the school community and the protection of school property.
Dress and groom to meet fair standards of safety and health, and not cause substantial disruption to the educational process.
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Assist the school staff in operating a safe school for all students enrolled therein.
Comply with Commonwealth and local laws.
Exercise proper care when using public facilities and equipment.
Attend school daily and be on time at all classes and other school functions.
Make up work when absent from school.
Pursue and attempt to complete satisfactorily the courses of study prescribed by commonwealth and local school authorities.
Report accurately and not use indecent or obscene language in student newspapers or publications.
Section 12.3 School Rules
The school board has the authority to make reasonable and necessary rules governing the conduct of students in school. The rulemaking power, however, is not unlimited; it must operate within statutory and constitutional restraints. A school board has only those powers which are enumerated on the statutes of this Commonwealth, or which may reasonably be implied or necessary for the orderly operation of the school.
School boards may not make rules which are arbitrary, capricious or outside their grant of authority from the General Assembly. Their rules must stand the test of fairness and reasonableness. A rule is generally considered reasonable if it uses a rational means of accomplishing some legitimate school purpose.
Each board of school directors shall adopt a code of student conduct, which shall include policies governing student discipline and a listing of student rights, and responsibilities as outlined in this chapter. This conduct code shall be published and distributed to students and parents. Copies of the code shall also be available in each school library.
Section 12.4 Discrimination
Consistent with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (43 P. S. Sections 951-963), no student shall be denied access to a free and full public education on account of race, religion, sex, national origin, or handicap.
Section 12.5 Corporal Punishment
Corporal punishment, namely physically punishing a student for an offense, may be administered by teachers and school officials to discipline students when
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authorized by, and in accordance with policies and guidelines established by, the board of directors.
Reasonable force may be used but under no circumstances shall a student be punished in such a manner as to cause bodily injury.
Where corporal punishment is authorized, school authorities shall notify all parents of this policy. Corporal punishment may not be administered to a child whose parents have notified school authorities that such disciplinary method is prohibited.
In situations where a parent or school board prohibits corporal punishment, reasonable force may still be used by teachers and school authorities under any of the following circumstances:
To quell a disturbance
To obtain possession of weapons, or other dangerous objects
For the purpose of self-defense
For the protection of persons or property
Corporal punishment should never be administered in the heat of anger. It should be recognized that corporal punishment always contains the danger of excessiveness. No disciplinary action should exceed in degree the seriousness of the offense. Students shall not be required to remove clothing when being punished.
Section 12.6 Exclusions from school
The board of school directors shall define and publish the types of offenses that would lead to exclusion from school. Exclusions affecting certain exceptional students shall be governed by 22 PA Code Section 13.62 and Section 341.91 (relating to right to education and disciplinary exclusions of certain handicapped students from special education placement).
Exclusions from school may take the form of suspension expulsion.
Suspension is exclusion from school for a period of 1 to 10 consecutive school days.
The principal or person in charge of the public school may give suspensions
No student shall be suspended until the student has been informed of the reasons for the suspension and given an opportunity to respond. Prior notice of the intended suspension
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need not be given when it is clear that the health, safety or welfare of the school community is threatened.
The parents and the superintendent of the district shall be notified immediately in writing when the student is suspended.
When the suspension exceeds 3 school days, the student and parent shall be given the opportunity for an informal hearing consistent with the requirements set forth in Section 12.8 (c) (relating to hearings).
Suspensions may not be made to run consecutively beyond the 10 school day period.
Students shall have the responsibility to make up exams and work missed being disciplined by suspension and shall be permitted to complete these assignments within guidelines established by the board of school directors.
Expulsion is exclusion from school by the board of education for a period exceeding 10 school days and may be permanent expulsion from the school rolls. All expulsions require a prior formal hearing under Section 12.8 (relating to hearings).
During the period prior to the hearing and decision of the board of school directors in an expulsion case, the student shall be placed in his normal class except as set forth in subsection (d).
If it is determined after an informal hearing that a student's presence in his normal class would constitute threat to health, safety, morals or welfare of others and it is not possible to hold a formal hearing within the period of a suspension, the student may be excluded from school for more than 10 school days, if the formal hearing is not unreasonably delayed. Any student so excluded shall be provided with alternative education, which may include home study.
Students who are less than 17 years of age are still subject to the compulsory school attendance law even though expelled, and they must be provided an education
The initial responsibility for providing the required education rests with the student's parents or guardian, through placement in another school, through tutorial or correspondence study or through another educational program approved by the district's superintendent.
If the parents or guardian are unable to provide for the required education, they must within 30 days submit to the school district written evidence so stating. The district than has the responsibility to make some provisions for the student's education. If 30 days pass without the district receiving satisfactory evidence that the required education is
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being provided to the student, it must recontact the parent and, pending the parents' or guardian's provisions of such education, the district must make some provision for the student's education or proceed under paragraph (3) or do both.
If the approved educational program is not complied with, the school district my take action in accordance with Chapter 63 of the Juvenile Act (42 PA C. S. Sections 6301-6308), to ensure that the child will receive proper education. See Section 12.1 (b) (relating to free education and attendance).
Section 12.7 Hearings
Education is a statutory right, and student's must be afforded all appropriate elements of due process if they are to be excluded from school. In a casse involving a possible expulsion, the student is entitled to a formal hearing, which is a fundamental element of due process.
A formal hearing is required in all expulsion actions. This hearing may be held before the board of school directors or a duly authorized committee of the board, or a qualified hearing examiner appointed by the board. Where a committee of the board or a hearing examiner, a majority vote of the entire school board, conducts the hearing is required to expel a student.
The following due process requirements are to be observed with regard to the formal hearing:
Notification of the charges shall be sent to the student's parents or guardian by certified mail.
Sufficient notice of the time and place of the hearing must be given.
The hearing shall be held in private unless the student or parent requests a public hearing.
The student has a right to be represented by counsel
The student has the right to be presented with the names of witness against the student, and copies of the statements and affidavits of those witnesses.
The student has the right to request that any such witnesses appear in person and answer questions or be cross-examined.
The student has the right to testify and present witnesses on his own behalf.
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A record must be kept of the hearing, either by a stenographer or by tape recorder. The student is entitled, at the student's expense, to a copy of the transcript.
The proceeding must be held with all reasonable speed.
Where the student disagrees with the results of the hearing, recourse is available in the appropriate court of the Commonwealth. If it is alleged that a constitutional issue is involved, the student may file a claim for relief in the appropriate Federal district court
The purpose of the informal hearing is to enable a student to meet with the appropriate school official to explain the circumstances surrounding the event for which the student is being suspended or to show why the student should not be suspended.
The informal hearing is meant to encourage the student's parents or guardian to meet with the principal to discuss ways by which future offenses can be avoided.
The following due process requirements are to be observed in regard to the informal hearing:
Notification of the reasons for the suspension shall be given in writing to the parents or guardian and to the student.
Sufficient notice of time and place of the informal hearing shall be given.
A student has the right to question any witnesses present at the hearing.
A student has the right of the student to speak and produce witnesses on his own behalf.
The district shall offer to hold informal hearing within the first 5 days of the suspension.
Section 12.9 Freedom of expression
The right of public school students to freedom of speech was affirmed by the United States Supreme Court in Tinker v. Des Moines Community School District, 393 U. S. 503 (1969)
Students have the right to express themselves unless such expression materially and substantially interferes with the educational process, threatens immediate harm to the welfare of the school or community, encourages unlawful activity, or interferes with another individual's rights.
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Students may use publications, handbills, announcements, assemblies, group meetings, buttons, armbands, and other means of common communication, provided that the use of the public school communications facilities shall be in accordance with the regulations of the authority in charge of those facilities.
Students have the responsibility to obey laws governing libel and obscenity and to be aware of the full meaning of their expression.
Students have the responsibility to be aware of the feelings and opinions of others and to give others a fair opportunity to express their views.
Identification of the individual student or at least one responsible person in a student group may be required on any posted or distributed materials.
School officials may require students to submit for prior approval a copy of all materials to be displayed, posted or distributed on school property.
Bulletin boards shall conform with the following:
School authorities may restrict the use of certain bulletin boards.
Bulletin board space shall be provided for the use of students and student organizations
School officials may require that notices or other communications be officially dated before posting, and that such materials be removed after a prescribed reasonable time to assure full access to the bulletin boards.
School newspapers and publications shall conform with the following:
Students have a right and are as free as editors of other newspapers to report the news and to editorialize within the provisions in paragraph 4 and 5.
School officials shall supervise student newspapers published with school equipment, remove obscene or libelous material and edit other material that would cause a substantial disruption or interference with school activities.
School officials may not censor or restrict material simply because it is critical of the school or its administration.
Prior approval procedures regarding copy for school newspapers shall identify the individual to whom material is to be submitted and shall establish a limitation on the time required to making a decision. If the prescribed time for approval elapses without a decision, the material shall be considered authorized for distribution.
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Students who are not members of the newspaper staff shall have access to its pages. Written criteria for submission of material by non-staff members shall be developed and distributed to all students.
The wearing of buttons, badges, or armbands shall be permitted as another form of expression with the restrictions listed in subsection (c).
School officials may set forth the time and place of distribution of materials so that distribution would not materially or substantially interfere with the requirements of appropriate discipline in the operation of the school.
A proper time and place set for distribution is one which would give the students the opportunity to reach fellow students.
The place of such activity may be restricted to permit the normal flow of traffic within the school and at exterior doors.
School officials should adopt and publish guidelines for student use of school facilities and equipment.
The constitutional right of freedom of speech guarantees the freedom of public school students to publish materials on their own.
The school has no responsibility to assist students or to provide facilities in the publishing of such materials.
The students themselves have sole responsibility for any statements published
Approval procedures must be followed prior to distribution or display of materials on school property. See Subsection (i).
Section 12.10 Flag Salute and the Pledge of Allegiance
It is the responsibility of every citizen to show proper respect for his country and its flag.
Students may decline to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and may refrain from saluting the Flag on the basis of personal belief or religious convictions
Students who choose to refrain from such participation shall request the rights and interests of classmates who do wish to participate.
Section 12.11 Hair and dress
Students have the right to govern the length or style of their hair including facial hair. Any limitations of this right shall include evidence that the length or style of hair causes disruption of the educational process or constitutes a health or
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safety hazard. Where length or style of the hair presents a problem some types of covering should be considered.
School officials may not impose limitations on dress unless the attire causes the disruption of the educational process or constitutes a health or safety hazard.
Students may be required to wear certain types of clothing while participating in physical education classes, shops, extra-curricular activities, or other situations where special attire may be required to insure the health or safety of the student.
Students have the responsibility to keep themselves, their clothes, and their hair clean. School officials my impose limitations on student participation in the regular instructional program where there is evidence that the lack of cleanliness constitutes a health hazard.
Section 12.12 Confidential communications
Statutes govern use of student's confidential communications to school personnel in legal proceedings and regulations appropriate to the proceeding. See, for example, 42 PA C. S. Section 5945 (relating to confidential communications to school personnel).
Information received in confidence from a student may be revealed to the student's parents, the principal or other appropriate authority where health, welfare or safety of the student or other persons is clearly in jeopardy.
Section 12.13 (Reserved)
Section 12.14 Searches
School authorities may search a student's locker and seize any illegal materials. Such materials may be used as evidence against the student in disciplinary proceedings. Prior to a locker search students shall be notified and given an opportunity to be present. However, where school authorities have a reasonable suspicion that the locker contains materials, which pose a threat to the health, welfare and safety of students in the school, students' lockers may be searched without prior warning.
Section 12.15 (Reserved)
Section 12.31 General requirements
The governing board of every school district, intermediate unit and are vocational-technical school, shall adopt a plan for the collection, maintenance and dissemination of pupil records and submit the same to the Department for approval
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Copies of the approved plan shall be maintained by the local educational agencies and updated as required by changes in State or Federal law. Copies of the updated plan shall be submitted to the Department only upon the request of the Secretary.
Section 12.32 Elements of the plan
The plan for pupil records shall conform to Section 12.33 (relating to the guidelines), except that a school district may modify Section 12.33 with the approval of the Secretary, to conform to local policy.
The plan shall establish policies on pupil records consistent with the minimum requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (20 U. S. C. Section 1232 g) and in 34 C. F. R. Part 99 (relating to privacy rights of parents and students).
Section 12.33 Guidelines
The full text of the Guidelines for the Collection, Maintenance, and Dissemination of Pupils Records appears at 4 PA B. 1092.
Portions of Guidelines for the Collection, Maintenance, and Dissemination of Pupils Records are attached hereto as Exhibit A and made part of this regulation.
USE OF INTERNET
The purpose of the access to the Internet is to support research and education in and among academic institutions in the U. S. by providing access to unique resources and the opportunity for collaborative work.
Use of the system must be in support of education and research and be consistent with the educational objectives of the Blackhawk School District. Use of other organizations' networks or computing resources must comply with the rules appropriate for that network.
Transmission of any material in violation of any U. S. or State regulation is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, or material protected by trade secret. Use for commercial activities and by for-profit institutions is not acceptable. Use for product advertisement or political lobbying is also prohibited.
All persons who access the Internet must conduct themselves in a responsible, ethical, and polite manner while using the network. On the Internet, however, there are many resources that are inappropriate or not designed for use with elementary and secondary education. Use of the Internet shall be limited to educational and instructional purposes related to the class curriculum of the particular user and for no other purpose.
Use of the Internet shall be subject to the policies of Blackhawk School District governing student expression and permissible uses of the school district facilities generally. Blackhawk School District reserves the right to update the list and definition of non-permitted Internet uses from time to time.
The use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those privileges. Each student with access to the Internet will be part of a discussion with a Blackhawk School District faculty member pertaining to the proper use of the network.
The system administrators will deem what is in appropriate use, and their decision is final. Also, the system administrators may deny access any time as required by Blackhawk School District. The administration, faculty, and staff of Blackhawk School District may request the system administrator to deny, revoke, or suspend specific users.
Users are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include, but are not limited to the following
Be polite. Do not get abusive in messages to others.
Use appropriate language. Do not swear, use vulgarities or any other inappropriate language. Illegal activities are strictly forbidden.
Do not reveal personal address or phone numbers of students or colleagues.
Note that electronic mail (e-mail) is not guaranteed to be private. People who operate the system do have access to all mail. Messages relating or in support of illegal activities may be reported to the authorities.
Do not use the system in such a way that would disrupt the use of the system to other users.
All communications and information accessible via the system should be assumed to be private property.
Blackhawk School District makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it is providing. Blackhawk School district will not be responsible for any damages users suffer. This includes loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, misdeliveries, or service interruptions caused by its own negligence or user error or omissions. Use of any information obtained via Blackhawk School District is at users' own risk. Blackhawk School District specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its services.
Security on any computer system is a high priority, especially when the system involves many users. If user feels he/she can identify a security problem on the Internet, he/she must notify a system administrator. Do not use another individual's account without permission from that individual. Do not seek information on, obtain copies, or modify files, other data, or passwords belonging to other users, or misrepresent other users on the system. Attempts to log in to the Internet without proper authorization will result in cancellation of user privileges. Any user identified as a security risk or having a history of problems with other computer systems may be denied access to the Internet.
Vandalism will result in cancellation of privileges. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another user, Internet, or any of the above listed agencies or other networks that are connected to the Internet. This includes, but is no limited to, the uploading or creation of computer viruses.
The illegal use of copyrighted software is prohibited.
Subscriptions to Listservers must be pre-approved by Blackhawk School District.
Disk Space Use
Diligent effort must be made to delete mail daily from all personal mail directories to avoid use of disk space.
Exception of Terms/Conditions
All terms and conditions as stated in this document are applicable to the Blackhawk School District. These terms and conditions reflect the entire agreement of the parties and supersede all prior oral or written agreements and understanding of the parties. These terms and conditions shall be governed and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the United States of America.
The Blackhawk School District is an equal opportunity educational institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, sex and handicap in its activities, programs, or employment practices as required by Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504.
For more information regarding civil rights and grievance procedures, contact Jerry Wessel, Business Manager, Title IX Coordinator, and Section 504 Coordinator at 500 Blackhawk Road, Beaver Falls, PA 15010 (724-846-6600 ext. 241).