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Elementary Handbook

"The mission of the Newton School Community is to

prepare our students to be capable, contributing

participants in a changing world."

 

We believe that:

  • The educational needs of each student must be met.
  • The needs of students drive decision making.
  • Education is an active partnership involving students, families, schools, and community.
  • Motivation, opportunity, and effort are critical to success.
  • High expectations foster quality performance.
  • The right to education conveys both privilege and responsibility.

 

Newton USD 373 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability,

or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated

youth groups.  Persons having inquiries concerning the District’s non-discrimination policies and

compliance therewith may contact the school district’s Compliance Coordinator at

 308 E. 1st  Newton, Kansas, 67114-3846 or call 316-284-6200.

 

 

Accidents and Health Insurance

 

  • Parents will be notified as appropriate when students are involved in accidents occurring on school property.  In general, we recommend that students are to be taken to their physician for treatment by the parent or other designated persons.
  • The school district does not purchase accident insurance to cover injuries incurred by students at school.
  • We encourage all families to have accident coverage on their students prior to participation in any school-sponsored activity.
  • Health insurance is available to qualified families through Health Wave, a state insurance program. Information may be obtained in the office.

Asbestos

 

It is our intent to not only comply with, but exceed federal, state, and local regulations concerning asbestos.  We plan on taking whatever steps are necessary to ensure that your children and our employees have a healthy, safe environment in which to learn and work .  Some of the elementary buildings may have asbestos.  Documentation can be found in the school office.

Attendance

 

  • Regular attendance at school is important for a student’s success.  Students are expected to be at school every day and report to class on time.
  • Children should arrive at school no earlier than ten minutes before starting time.  Supervision is not provided for students prior to this time. 
  • Students should not play on school grounds before or after school.  Latchkey services are available at most schools for students who must arrive early or stay late.  Latchkey information may be attained in the office.
  • Parents of students who walk to school should plan the safest route to school and review safety rules regularly.  Parents delivering or picking up students should have their child exit the vehicle in such a way that the student will not cross traffic. 
  • Students must always use the crosswalk and obey the crossing guard.
  • All absences must be called into the school office by 9:00 a.m.  If in the event you do not call, a school representative will call and check the reason for the absence. 
  • If your student will be leaving school early, please call the office or send a note to the teacher.  Parents are to report to the office when picking students up for appointments during school hours. Please notify the office if someone else will be picking up your student. 
  • When a student is not in attendance in school, it is understood that classroom instruction will continue, and work will be expected to be made up by the student missing the instruction.  This applies to all excused absences, including Weekday Bible School.
  • Reasonable time to make-up work will be allowed by instructors, and each case will be treated individually.  It is the responsibility of the student to inquire about assignments missed and make arrangements for missed work to be made up.

 

The definition of excused absences includes:

  • Personal illness and professional appointments;
  • Serious illness or death of a member of the family;
  • Emergencies calling for the student's services or presence at home;
  • Obligatory religious observances;
  • Participation in a district-approved or school sponsored activity;
  • Court-ordered appearances;
  • Absences prearranged by parents and approved by the principal;
  • Students of active duty personnel may have additional excused absences at the discretion of the District for visitations relative to leave or deployment.

 

All absences which do not fit into one of the above categories would be considered an unexcused absence.  A student serving a period of suspension or expulsion from the district shall not be considered inexcusably absent.

Truancy Policy (JBE)

 

The building principal or designee shall report students who are inexcusably absent from school to the appropriate authority.

Truancy is defined as any three consecutive unexcused absences, any five unexcused absences in a semester or seven unexcused absences in a school year, whichever comes first.  School year means the period from July 1 to June 30.  Students who are absent without a valid excuse for a significant part (reference policy JBD) of any school day shall be considered truant.

Prior to reporting to either the Department for Children and Families (if the student is under 13) or the county or district attorney (if the student is 13 or more years of age but less than 18 years of age), a letter shall be sent to the student’s parent(s) or guardian notifying them that the student’s failure to attend school without a valid excuse shall result in the student being reported truant.

Waiver of Compulsory Attendance Requirements

Students 16 or 17 years of age may be exempt from compulsory attendance regulations if the parent(s) or person acting as parent attend(s) the counseling session required by law and signs the appropriate consent and waiver form; if the student earns a GED; or if the student is exempt from compulsory attendance requirements pursuant to a court order.

Involvement of Law Enforcement

Law enforcement officers may return truant children to the school where the child is enrolled, to the child’s parent or guardian or to another location designated by the board to address truancy issues.

Reporting to Parents

If a truant child is returned to school by a law enforcement official, the principal shall notify the parent or guardian.

Dual Enrollment Students

Eligible students who are enrolled in a board-approved dual enrollment program shall not be considered truant for the hours during the school day they attend classes at a Regent’s university, community college, technical college, vocational educational school or Washburn University.

                                                                                 Revised:  9/2012 , 9/28/2015

Bicycles

 

  • Bicycles may be ridden to school and parked and locked in racks.
  • Improper use of one's bicycle may mean that the student will be asked to leave his bike at home.
  • Students are to walk bicycles while on school property.
  • Students are encouraged to wear helmets and follow bicycle safety rules.  

Board Policy

 

Board policies are regularly reviewed and revised. Any policy printed in this handbook is accurate as of the printing date. Should policies change, the most recent adopted policy of the Board of Education will be followed regardless of what is printed in the handbook.

Bullying Policy (JDDC) and Bullying Plan

 

See Appendix A of the handbook.

Crisis Information

 

Crisis information will be relayed through the automated parent notification system (see Emergency Information section below) or at the district website, www.usd373.org.

District Website

 

The school district’s website is www.usd373.org.  Parents can access the website to find pertinent information and ask questions about their school, the school district, and the district calendar. 

Dress Code

 

Clothing should be appropriate for the weather.  Shoes with “CLEATS” on the soles should not be worn to school.   Clothing should not cause distractions from the learning process.  Shorts may be worn during hot weather provided they modestly cover the child.   Clothing that distracts from learning should not be worn to school.  School board policy prohibits the presence of any apparel, jewelry, accessory, or manner of grooming which, by virtue of its color, arrangement, trademark, symbol, message, or any other attribute, which implies membership or affiliation with gangs; promotes drug, tobacco, and/or alcohol use; or includes vulgar, profane, lewd, or sexually charged images or messages at school, on school property, or at school sponsored activities, programs, or events.

Drug-Free Policy

 

See Appendix C of the handbook.

Electronic Devices

 

Electronic devices such as cell phones, CD players, MP3 players, games, etc. may be used with supervision or after the school day has ended.  These items should remain in lockers or backpacks during the day.  If used inappropriately, these items may be confiscated and future privileges denied.  Interruptions of class caused by cell phones will be considered inappropriate behavior.

 

Students who bring and/or parents who send personal electronic devices to school with their student do so at their own risk.  The district shall not be liable for any personal electronic devices which are lost, stolen, or damaged while at school, in school vehicles, or at school sponsored events.



Emergency (Crisis) Information

You must provide your school with emergency phone numbers in the event your student becomes ill or is injured at school and requires your presence.

 

USD 373 uses an automated parent notification system (Connect5) to send out a message to notify parents of important events such as school delays or cancellations due to weather, power outages, or other reasons.  The system also keeps parents informed during emergency situations such as a school lock-down or student relocation.  In the event of a school closing or emergency, parents will receive phone and/or e-mail messages, according to the emergency contact information provided on the student enrollment form.  Parents are strongly encouraged to make sure their emergency contact information is kept up-to-date.  Phone number and e-mail address changes should be reported to the school secretary.

 

An Emergency Operation Plan has been developed for emergency situations.  Each building has an emergency response team available in the event of such an emergency.  Emergency plans include monthly fire drills, tornado drills (3 in a year) and lock down drills will be conducted throughout the year.

Enrollment Regulations

 

State law requires that every student who enrolls in school for the first time must provide proof of identity within 30 days after enrollment.

  • Kindergarten enrollees or first graders who have not attended kindergarten, must provide one of the following: 
    • A certified copy of the birth certificate or birth registration card (hospital certificate will not be accepted.)
    • A certified copy of a court order placing the student in custody of the Department for Children and Families.
  • Students in grades 1 through 4 who are enrolling for the first time may use a certified transcript or approved student record from the school previously attended.  If you have a problem obtaining the proper identification, parents should contact the school principal.
  • According to State statutes: Students must be five (5) on or before August 31 to attend kindergarten.

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

 

The educational records of your child are covered under law.  As a parent you have rights regarding these records. On November 19, 1974, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 became law.  Under this law, the parents and students enrolled in any educational institution receiving federal funds are given certain rights concerning the educational records of their children.

 

1.  Types of Educational Records Maintained: The types of educational records regularly maintained and directly related to each student include, but are not limited to, the following:

      a.  medical and health information;

      b.  date of school entry;

      c.  school grades and credits;

      d.  transcripts from previous schools attended;

      e.  school-wide test results.

 

2. Parent or Eligible Student Access to Records: You are entitled to have access to the educational records for your inspection and review.

 

3. Access to Records:  The following persons, organizations, agencies or institutions who have a legitimate interest may have access to the educational records of each student:

 

Access/Purpose

a. School Staff With Legitimate Educational Interests in Records/Educational, social, personal development

b.  Other Schools/Student seeks or intends to enroll in the schools

c. Authorized representatives/Fulfillment of legal requirements of Federal and State Agencies and performance of audits and evaluations of programs

d.   Authorized persons of Institutions or agencies/In connection with financial aid for student

         State and local officials/Information required to be reported by    

        state statute

f.   Accrediting organizations/Accreditation

g.   Parents of a dependent student/Parent information

h.  Courts and parties to legal action/To comply with subpoena or judicial order of the law

i.  Organizations conducting studies for educational agencies/developing, validating, or administering students’ tests or programs

j.  Appropriate Persons/Knowledge of info is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or others in an emergency

k.  Child Welfare Agency Representatives/If such agency is legally responsible for the care and protection of the student

 *ELIGIBLE STUDENT MEANS A STUDENT WHO HAS ATTAINED EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE, OR IS ATTENDING AN INSTITUTION OF POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION.  THE PARENT OR GUARDIAN MUST NOTIFY THE SCHOOL OF ANY CHANGE IN THE STUDENT’S DEPENDENCY.

Fees

 

Payment for all textbook fees are due at the time of enrollment, and payment for all other student fees are due at the time of purchase.  USD 373 is contracted with RECHECK Inc. of Wichita, Kansas, to handle collections on unpaid accounts.  Unpaid fees may include balances owed for school meals, textbook fees and materials, pay-for-participation fees, lost or damaged books, and other miscellaneous fees.  Additional charges will apply to accounts submitted for collection.  Parents contacted by RECHECK Inc. regarding past due accounts should correspond with RECHECK Inc. at 888-794-7325 to resolve account balances.  For general information and/or questions regarding the collection of past due accounts, contact Kim Fiessinger at 316-284-6217.

Field Trips

 

In connection with our educational program, your written consent to take your student on trips during the school year is required.  This consent form is provided to parents through Infinite Campus Online Registration. This authorization will eliminate the need for special permission before each excursion. 

Parents will be informed of each trip.  If you do not wish your student to participate, you as a parent must send written notification to the teacher before the trip. 

Consent to participate in the field trip also includes consent to allow video taken on the district’s school buses and at other locations that may include your student to be viewed by other students, parents and appropriate officials as deemed necessary in the administration of the school system and its disciplinary procedures.  You may view any video containing student records of your child that is kept by the District upon written request to the Superintendent.

Grading Policy

 

Teachers will assign grades based on academic performance (daily work, homework, participation and assessments).  The performance scale will be based on 4 = The student has surpassed the grade level standard; 3 = The student has met the grade level standard; 2 = The student is making acceptable progress toward the grade level standard; 1 = The student needs extensive support at school and home to meet the grade level standard; and Blank = Item not evaluated for that term.

Health Issues

 

  • Students exhibiting symptoms of contagious disease or illness will not be allowed in school. 
  • Students must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • The school must have up-to-date medical information regarding chronic health problems. 
  • If your student has asthma, food allergies, diabetes, a seizure disorder or is taking medication regularly, please notify the school nurse.
  • In some cases, a release of information that allows the nurse to communicate with the student’s doctor in the event of an emergency or to provide feedback about a medication’s effectiveness may be requested.
  • All medications, including inhalers, must be left with the school nurse and in their original containers except under special circumstances. Prescription medications must have signed permission slip by the prescribing physician. Over-the-counter medications may be given with signed permission from parents. (Forms available in school office.)
  • Medications are dispensed and documented by trained professionals.
  • Hearing, vision, speech and language screenings are done regularly at selected grades.  If screening results indicate a concern or problem, parents will be notified.   

Instructional Materials

 

Enrollment and Instructional Materials Fee Schedule

Week                                                  Kindergarten – gr. 4

1-9                                                        $65.00   (100%)

10-18                                                  $52.00     (80%)

19-27                                                  $39.00     (60%)

28-36                                                  $26.00     (40%)

 

Textbook Rental Fee REFUND Schedule

Week                                                  Kindergarten – gr. 4

1-9                                                        $52.00   (80%)

10-18                                                  $39.00   (60%)

19-27                                                  $26.00   (40%)

28-36                                                  $  0.00     ( 0%)

 

Students who lose or damage library books or instructional materials will be charged a fine and/or replacement fee.

Meal  Program

 

Breakfast and lunch will be offered at each school starting the first day.  If you have a child with a special diet, please contact the school as special diets are prepared separately for students in these cases.  A doctor’s note will be required.

 

Online Payment – Using the RevTrak store link located on the district website, parents are able to make online payments for student meals and fees.  Credit cards and debit cards will be accepted.  Using RevTrak eliminates the need to send cash or checks with a student to school and provides parents with a simple way to monitor school lunch accounts.  Parents may check lunch balances by logging in to their RevTrak account.  To access the account, parents should click on the RevTrak icon in the upper left area of the district website at www.usd373.org, and follow the prompts.

 

A portal account is required to enable parents to pay for meals and/or fee payments online via the RevTrak store.  To obtain a parent portal account, please contact your child’s school office.  See Parent Portal on page 9 for additional information.

 

Free & Reduced Meal Applications – Free & Reduced Meal Applications are available to download and print on the district website at www.usd373.org, or can be picked up at any school office.  Forms are also available  at McKinley Administrative Center.

 

Cash or Check

  • Checks should be made payable to USD 373.
  • Money or checks should be sent to the school in an envelope marked with your child’s name and classroom teacher’s name printed on the front.
  • Charges are limited to 2 meals (including breakfast & lunch) per student.

Network and Internet Access

 

 

Newton USD 373 Student Acceptable Use Policy

for Network Access & Internet Safety  - SY 2016-17

 

  1.  All use of Network & Internet services or electronic devices must be in support of education and research, being consistent with the purposes of Newton Public Schools, USD 373.
  2.  Any use of the network resources or electronic devices to facilitate illegal activity, for commercial, political, or for non USD 373 profit purposes is prohibited.
  3.  Network accounts are to be used only by those authorized to use that account.
  4.  Students shall have no expectation of privacy on any network resources, email accounts, or district owned devices.  Student use of the district’s network and equipment is subject to monitoring by district staff at any time.
  5.  Use of network resources, district, or personally owned devices shall not disrupt the use of the network by others.  This includes but is not limited to mobile hot spots, wifi tethering, etc.
  6.  District hardware and software shall not be modified, or abused in any way.
  7.  Students must abide by all local, state, and national copyright laws
  8.  Use of network resources and district owned devices to access obscene, objectionable, or pornographic materials is prohibited.
  9. Users will report misuse and breaches of network security.
  10. Users shall not disclose confidential information about themselves or others.
  11. Users shall not install, use or reproduce unauthorized or unlicensed software on district resources.
  12. Students shall not disable or attempt to disable Internet filtering software.

Newton USD 373:

 

• Reserves the right to log and view Internet use and to monitor file server space utilization by users.

• Reserves the right to remove a user from the network to prevent further unauthorized activity.

• Provides Internet filtering.

• Does not allow unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding minors.

 

Parent Portal Access

 

Infinite campus is the student information system used by Newton USD373 schools.  One of the features of Infinite Campus is the parent portal.  Using a school-issued activation code, legal parents/guardians can access student attendance, grades, assignments, household information, and school information on a daily basis via the internet.  Parents must have an Infinite Campus Parent Portal to have access to student accounts on RevTrak, which is used for payment of student fees and meals.  One portal may be shared by authorized family members, or separate portal accounts may be created upon request.  The Infinite Campus Parent Portal is accessed through the Newton USD 373 website at www.usd373.org > Infinite Campus > Infinite Campus Portal Link.  A tutorial is available at the Infinite Campus Portal Link with instructions on how to use the portal.  For information on how to obtain a portal activation code, or if you have an existing parent portal account and need assistance, please contact your child’s school office.

 

Physical Education Shoes

 

  • The physical education department recommends any soft-soled shoe that fits snugly around the foot be worn for physical education. 
  • Shoes that are not acceptable for PE include cowboy boots, hiking boots, snow boots, sandals, jellies, flip flops, dress shoes with hard slick soles, etc.
  • Students without appropriate shoes will not be allowed to participate in activities that may be a safety hazard without appropriate shoes.

Pets

 

Students are requested not to bring pets to school unless previous arrangements have been made with the teacher. 

Racial and Disability Harassment Policy - JGECA

 

See Appendix E of the handbook.

Safe Routes to Schools

 

A brochure outlining safe walking and biking routes to the elementary schools in Newton can be found on the district website under the Parents > Health & Wellness tab or on each schools website.

 

Safe School Hotline

 

Safe School Hotline is a tool that provides students, parents, and educators a confidential means of reporting unsafe conditions that may imperil students and staffs in a totally anonymous, non-threatening way.  It can give school officials the information they need to enhance safety and improve the quality of education. Students or parents with something important to report can call the Safe School Hotline 24 hours a day with complete assurance of confidentiality.  The Safe School Hotline Number is: 877-626-8203. (Your Name is Never Asked.)

Severe Weather

 

The following procedures are planned if bad weather conditions require us to dismiss early, to delay the starting time, or to close all or part of the schools for the day.  Every attempt will be made to announce the decision by 7:00 a.m. if school is not held, or if the starting time is delayed.  Using our automated notification system, parents will receive phone and/or e-mail messages according to the emergency contact information provided on the student enrollment form.  Phone number and e-mail address changes should be reported to the school secretary promptly.  Area radio and TV stations will be notified as well as posting on the district website at: www.usd373.org .

 

Schools will not generally be dismissed because of storms arising during the school day, as long as students and teachers can remain at school in safety.  The primary reason for this is to avoid the dangers of sending students home when the parent is absent.  If a school is dismissed prior to the regular dismissal time, every possible attempt will be made to notify the parents or guardians to be aware that the students are coming home.  During threatening weather parents should take care to supply to the school an alternate name or destination to be used in case the parent cannot be reached.

 

If a tornado warning occurs during the hours that your student is in school, he/she will remain at school until the all-clear signal has been announced by radio or TV.  Regular tornado drills are scheduled and students are instructed by their teachers as to the safest location in school. 

Sexual Harassment Policy - JGEC

 

See Appendix F of the handbook.

Site Councils

 

All district schools have site councils made up of school personnel, parents, and community members.  Site councils are responsible for providing advice and counsel regarding school improvement activities. Contact your school if you are interested in joining your school’s site council.

Special Education Referral

 

All elementary schools in Newton USD 373 have access to the services of the Harvey County Special Education Cooperative.  Assistance in meeting the educational and developmental needs of all students is available upon request.  Requests for assistance may be initiated by school personnel, parents, or guardians, or any community agency.  Further information may be obtained from any of the school offices.  Students who are identified as exceptional shall have equal access to nonacademic and extracurricular activities.

 

For Hearing/Speech Disabled TDD Users, dial the Kansas Relay Center toll free number 1-800-766-3777.  Calls handled by the Relay Center are strictly confidential.  The Relay operator will voice to the hearing person the TDD User's message, then types back to the TDD user the hearing person's words.

 

A copy of Procedural Safeguards and Parent's Rights in Special Education is available through the building principal or the Harvey County Special Education Cooperative. The Harvey County Special Education Cooperative provides services to children with disabilities from ages birth through 21.  For more information call (316) 284-6580.  It is the policy of the Harvey County Special Education Cooperative to forward education records on request, to a school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.

Telephone (also see Electronic Devices)

 

  • Parents may call the school concerning any matter dealing with their students. 
  • Teachers and students should not be asked to come to the telephone during class. 
  • Students' after-school arrangements should be made prior to the school day.

Transportation Policy JGG

 

Bus transportation shall be provided to and from school for those students who qualify.  Transportation may be provided by the district for all school activities.  Transportation may be denied to students who are detained after school for disciplinary reasons.

                                                     

Students who use school-provided transportation shall be under the jurisdiction of the vehicle driver while in the vehicle.  Students shall be subject to the district's student behavior code and other regulations developed by the superintendent and approved by the board.

                                                     

Bus drivers shall report violations of the rules to the building prin­cipal who may discipline students. The principal may suspend or revoke the transportation privilege of a student who violates any rule or regulation.

                                                     

When the district provides transportation to an activity, participating students are prohibited from driving personal automobiles to and from district-sponsored activities held during or after the school day unless authorized in writing by the student’s parent or guardian.

                                                     

All rules shall be published in the student handbook. (See Appendix H for Pupil Conduct)

 

                                                                                                            Revised:  9/28/2015, 2/24/2016         

Visiting the School

 

Parents and community members are encouraged to visit our school.  Please arrange your visit by calling the office or your student’s teacher and checking into the office when you come.  To make the most of your visit, plan for a day in which you can make arrangements for someone else to care for any young children.  When you visit, please remember that teachers will be involved in teaching and supervising children.  They will probably not be able to visit with you at this time, but they may put you to work!  We value an extra pair of hands.

 

Parents wanting to eat lunch with their student need to notify the office before 9:00 a.m. to ensure enough lunches have been ordered.

Weapons

 

A student shall not knowingly possess, handle, or transmit any object that can reasonably be considered a weapon on the school grounds or off the school grounds at a school activity, function or event.  Specific guidelines for the district policy can be found in the Appendix G of this handbook.

Withdrawals and Transfers

 

When a student is moving, parents are to contact the school office in advance for proper withdrawal procedure.  If the student transfers within the district, the student's records will be transferred from his/her present school to the receiving school.  Any student leaving the district prior to the beginning of the last nine weeks of the school year is entitled to a pro-rated refund of any paid rental fee.

 

 

 


►APPENDIX


A.  Bullying Policy (JDDC) and Bullying Plan

B.  Discipline Plan

C.  Drug-Free Letter and Policies

D. Emergency Safety Interventions Policy

E.  Racial and Disability Harassment Policy

F.  Sexual Harassment Policy

G.  Weapons Policy

H. Transportation – Pupil Conduct

Appendix A

 

Bullying – JDDC

 

      The board of education prohibits bullying in any form either by any student, staff member, or parent towards a student or by a student, staff member, or parent towards a staff member on or while using school property, in a school vehicle, or at a school-sponsored activity or event.  For the purposes of this policy, the term “bullying” shall have the meaning ascribed to it in Kansas law.

         The administration shall propose, and the board shall review and approve a plan to address bullying as prohibited herein.  The plan shall include provisions for the training and education of staff members and students and shall include appropriate community involvement as approved by the board. 

         Students who have bullied others in violation of this policy may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension and/or expulsion.  If appropriate, students who violate the bullying prohibition shall be reported to local law enforcement.                                Approved:  9/08, 8/26/13, 5/12/14, 9/28/2015

 

 

USD 373 Bullying Plan

 

Bullying means:  Any intentional gesture or any intentional written, verbal, electronic, or physical act or threat either by any student, staff member, or parent towards a student or by any student, staff member or parent towards a staff member that is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment that a reasonable person, under the circumstances, knows or should know will have the effect of:

  • Harming a student or staff member, whether physically or mentally;
  • Damaging a student’s or staff member’s property:
  • Placing a student or staff member in reasonable fear of harm; or
  • Placing a student or staff member in reasonable fear of damage to the student’s or staff member’s property.

Bullying also includes cyberbullying.  "Cyberbullying" means bullying by use of any electronic communication device through means including, but not limited to, e-mail, instant messaging, text messages, blogs, mobile phones, pagers, online games, and websites.

Additionally, bullying means any form of intimidation or harassment prohibited by the board of education of the school district in policies concerning bullying adopted pursuant to K.S.A. 72-8256 or subsection (e) of K.S.A. 72-8205, and amendments thereto.  USD 373 will not tolerate these actions by students, staff, or parents.

For the purposes of this plan and its authorizing policies, “parent” includes a biological, adoptive, or step-parent; guardian; custodian; or other person with authority to act on behalf of a student.

Similarly, a “staff member” means any person employed by the district.

Any act of bullying by either an individual student or group of students towards a student or staff member of the district is prohibited on or while utilizing school property, in a school vehicle, or at school-sponsored  activities, programs, and events.  This policy applies to students who directly engage in an act of bullying, to students who, by their behavior, support another student’s act of bullying, and to all staff members and parents who engage in similar behaviors.

Training concerning identifying, reporting, investigating, and preventing bullying behaviors as outlined in district policies and this plan shall be provided to students and staff members using district resources available for such purpose and shall be provided through school assemblies, staff development, or other appropriate forums at least annually.

The board or the district administration on behalf of the board may seek student, staff, parent, and/or community input on the adoption, revision, and/or implementation of the board’s bullying policies or plan as directed or approved by the board.

No teacher, administrator, or school district employee shall engage in, permit, or tolerate bullying.

Retaliation against a victim, good faith reporter, or a witness to bullying is prohibited. A student or staff member who engages in an act of bullying, reprisal, retaliation or false reporting of bullying, shall be subject to discipline in accordance with school district policy and procedures.  The district administration and/or board may take into account the following factors when determining an appropriate disciplinary action for such prohibited conduct:  the ages of the parties involved; the developmental and maturity levels, special education needs of the parties involved, and the severity of the behavior.

For the purposes of this Plan, and its authorizing policies, district administration includes building and district level administrators.

Discipline guidelines for student bullying may be found in student and employee handbooks.  Offenses over time or single offenses which are severe in nature may result in discipline up to and including suspension and/or expulsion or termination from employment.  Parents participating in prohibited bullying conduct aimed at district students and/or staff members may jeopardize their access to district facilities; district property; school sponsored activities, programs, and events; and/or district students and/or staff members through the district’s communication systems.  As appropriate, reports to local law enforcement will be filed to report criminal bullying behaviors.  (See Policies EBC, GAAC, GAACA, GAAE, JDDC, JGEC, JGECA and KN)

 

Revised: 9/2008, 1/2010, 5/2014, 4/25/2016

Appendix B

 

Discipline

 

Philosophy – We Believe...

  • That it is the school's responsibility to provide a positive climate for learning.
  • That the schools should emphasize positive incentives and recognition which promote self-discipline.
  • That discipline is an essential part of education.
  • That students have rights and responsibilities.
  • That school rules should be established and understood by parents, teachers and students.
  • That parents should be deeply involved in the discipline of their children.
  • That parents, teachers, and administrators should help students work toward self-discipline, self-control, and self-responsibility.
  • That disciplinary action should be in accordance with the policy of the Newton Board of Education and as stated in the State of Kansas laws.

 

POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCES FOR INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIORS:

Students and their parents must be aware that inappropriate behaviors result in consequences to be determined by the principal in consultation, if necessary, with the teacher involved.  The consequences may include, but may not be limited to, one or more of the following:

  • Conference with the principal or teacher
  • Conference with principal, teacher, student, and parent
  • Written notification to parent
  • Referral to counselor/social worker and/or building team
  • Peer group mediation
  • After-school detention
  • In-school suspension
  • Alternative Educational Placement
  • Out-of-school suspension
  • Possible police involvement if deemed appropriate for any offense
  • Specific consequences agreed upon by principal, parent, and teacher
  • Long-term suspension or expulsion from district schools
  • Long-term suspension or expulsion is possible for extreme or multiple behaviors regardless of the guidelines in the discipline plan

 

 

NEWTON USD 373 DISCIPLINE PLAN

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

 

The following are general guidelines for disciplinary actions with regard to specified behaviors.  Please note that district administrators retain the authority to modify any of the stated consequences based on the severity of the behavior under the totality of the circumstances, including consideration of the student’s previous disciplinary record as necessary to determine a progressive disciplinary response.  Similarly, this is not an exhaustive list of actions which may lead to discipline, and the board authorizes its administrators to assign appropriate disciplinary consequences to student behaviors as necessary for the efficient, lawful, and respectful operation of the school.

 

Alcohol (sale, distribution, use, or possession)

Any Offense – The parent will be given the opportunity to meet with the principal and any other school staff the principal selects to discuss the incident.  Consequences will be decided by the principal following timely input and/or consultation with the parents and teacher. 

 

Behavior:  Disruptive/Inappropriate

Minimum response - Conference with the principal

Maximum response - Up to 5 days out-of-school suspension

 

Behavior:  Possession of Dangerous Devices (Includes, but not limited to:  knives with a blade over 2 ½ inches, explosive devices such as firecrackers, stink bombs, etc.)

Minimum response - Conference with the principal

Maximum response - Up to 5 days out-of-school suspension

 

Definition: Dangerous device means an article that is not per se a dangerous weapon that is used for the purpose of inflicting bodily harm upon a person or is used to cause a person to be placed in fear of bodily harm.  Examples include, but are not limited to belts, combs, pencils, files, compasses, chains, and scissors.

 

Bomb Threat

Any Offense - The parent will be given the opportunity to meet with the principal and any other school staff the principal selects to discuss the incident.  Consequences will be decided by the principal following timely input and/or consultation with the parents and teacher. The student will be referred to the counselor or social worker, and reports will be made to law enforcement as required by law.  A long-term suspension and/or expulsion may result.

 

Drug/Drug Look-Alike (sale, distribution, use, or unauthorized possession)

Any Offense - The parent will be given the opportunity to meet with the principal and any other school staff the principal selects to discuss the incident.  Consequences will be decided by the principal following timely input and/or consultation with the parents and teacher.   Suspension should be considered as part of the punishment.  The student should be referred to the counselor and an age appropriate referral for chemical dependency assessment should be strongly considered.  Along-term suspension and/or expulsion may result.

 

Endangerment

1st Offense - A student may be given 1 to 3 days out-of-school suspension.  If a suspension is used, contact must be made with either law enforcement or other social agencies.  The child will also be referred to the school counselor and building team.

 

Subsequent Offenses - A student may be given up to 5 days out-of-school suspension with a possible long-term suspension and/or expulsion.  A police report must be filed.

 

Extortion

Minimum response - Conference with the principal

Maximum response - Up to 5 days out-of-school suspension

 

Fighting

Minimum response - Conference with the principal

Maximum response - Up to 5 days out-of-school suspension

 

Fire Alarms / Other emergency alarms

Minimum response - Conference with principal

Maximum response - Up to 5 days out-of-school suspension

 

Forgery

Minimum response - Conference with principal

Maximum response - Up to 5 days out-of-school suspension

 

Gang Indicia

Minimum response - Conference with principal

Maximum response - Up to 5 days out-of-school suspension

 

Harassment (Includes, but not limited to:  sexual/racial/disability harassment)

Minimum response - Conference with principal

Maximum response - Up to 5 days out-of-school suspension

 

Insubordination

Minimum response - Conference with principal

Maximum response - Up to one day in-school suspension and notify parent

 

Language:  Inappropriate

Minimum response - Conference with principal

Maximum response - Up to 5 days out-of-school suspension

 

Language:  Inappropriate toward staff

Minimum response - Conference with principal

Maximum response - Up to 5 days out-of-school suspension

 

Physical Assault:  School Employee

Minimum response - Conference with principal

Maximum response - Up to 5 days out-of-school suspension

 

Physical Assault:  Student / Battery

Minimum response - Conference with the principal

Maximum response - Up to 5 days out-of-school suspension

 

Possession of Stolen Property

Minimum response - Conference with the principal

Maximum response - Up to 5 days out-of-school suspension

 

Possession of Weapons and Destructive Devices

Any Offense - One calendar year expulsion unless modified by the superintendent, notify police and/or other social agencies if deemed appropriate.

 

As used in policy JCDBB, the term “weapon” and/or destruction device shall include, but shall not be limited to:

(1) any weapon which will or is designed to or may be readily converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive;

(2) the frame or receiver of any weapon described in the preceding example;

(3) any firearm muffler or firearm silencer;

(4) any explosive, incendiary, or poison gas bomb, grenade, rocket having a propellant charge of more than four ounces, missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than 1/4 ounce, mine, or similar device;

(5) any weapon which will, or which may be readily be converted to, expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or other propellant, and which has any barrel with a bore of more than ½ inch in diameter;

(6) any combination of parts either designed or intended for use in converting any device into any destructive device described in the two immediately preceding examples, and from which a destructive device may be readily assembled;

(7) any bludgeon, sandclub, metal knuckles or throwing star;

(8) any knife, commonly referred to as a switch-blade, which has a blade that opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, spring or other device in the handle of the knife, or any knife having a blade that opens or falls or is ejected into position by the force of gravity or by an outward, downward or centrifugal thrust or movement;

(9) any electronic device designed to discharge immobilizing levels of electricity, commonly known as a stun gun.

 

 The term "weapon" does not include within its meaning (1) an antique firearm; (2) any device which is neither designed nor redesigned for use as a weapon; (3) any device, although originally designed for use as a weapon, which is redesigned for use as a signaling, pyrotechnic, line throwing, safety, or similar device; (4) surplus ordinance sold, loaned, or given by the secretary of the army pursuant to the provisions of section 4684(2), 4685, or 4686 of title 10 of the United States Code; (5) class C common fireworks.

 

Theft

Minimum response - Conference with principal

Maximum response - Up to 5 days out-of-school suspension

 

Tobacco (Use or possession)

Minimum response - Conference with principal

Maximum response - Up to 5 days out-of-school suspension

 

Trespass USD Property

Minimum response - Conference with principal

Maximum response - Up to 5 days out-of-school suspension

 

 

Unexcused Absence

Any offense - Notify parent and follow state truancy guidelines when appropriate

 

Vandalism

Minimum response - Conference with principal

Maximum response - Up to 5 days out-of-school suspension

 

Verbal Assault:  School Employee

Minimum response - Conference with principal

Maximum response - Up to 5 days out-of-school suspension

 

Verbal or Written Assault: Student/Threat (includes, but not limited to, intimidation, verbal abuse, written, or other)

Minimum response - Conference with principal

Maximum response - Up to 5 days out-of-school suspension

Appendix C

 

 

Drug-Free Letter and Policies IDAB, JDDA, LDD

 

Dear Student, Parents and Guardians:

 

The Newton USD 373 Board of Education on August 6, 1990, adopted revised policies concerning drug-free schools.  These policies are mandated in order for the district to continue to receive federal funds as provided in the 1989 amendments to the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, P.L. 102-226,103 St. 1928.  Copies of the policies follow this letter.

 

The board of education and staff members are committed to this concept and have already incorporated drug education units as part of our curriculum.  We feel it is important for parents to read and discuss these policies with their children.

 

The district is also required to provide you with a list of drug and alcohol counseling, treatment and rehabilitation programs.  The following list was compiled from information provided by the Kansas Department for Children and Families.

 

Prairie View Mental Health                                                  Mirror Inc.

Substance Abuse Treatment Program                              PO Box 711 – Newton KS

PO Box 467 - Newton KS                                                        (316) 283-6743

(316) 284-6400

 

IDAB      Support Programs

 

Support program information approved by the board shall be filed with the clerk and made available to staff as needed.

         •  Drug Education - All students shall be made aware of the legal, social and health consequences of drug and alcohol use.  Students shall be instructed on effective techniques for resisting peer pressure to use illicit drugs or alcohol.  Students shall be informed that the use of illicit drugs and the unlawful possession and use of alcohol is both wrong and harmful.

      The board's comprehensive drug and alcohol abuse and prevention program shall be included as part of the district's curriculum.  The curriculum at each grade level shall be age-appropriate and developmentally based.

         A student who voluntarily seeks assistance, advice or counseling from school personnel regarding drugs or drug abuse shall not be disciplined by school authorities because the student sought assistance.

         •  Student Mental Health – The superintendent may develop and implement a student mental health awareness program. The superintendent shall identify community or area mental health agencies able to provide assistance.

         •  Dropout Prevention – The programs to prevent students from dropping out of school, or to encourage dropouts to return to school shall be: Jobs for America’s Graduates, Railer Academy and the Virtual Program.

         The staff shall incorporate the philosophy and goals of this policy into the schools’ programs.

         •  At-Risk Students – The superintendent shall be responsible for developing a program for identifying and working with at-risk students.

         •  Guidance - The guidance program shall be organized to serve all students. Counselor(s) shall provide guidance services consistent with district philosophy, job descriptions and board policies.

         •  Homebound Instruction -      If a child is unable to attend school because of lengthy

illness or injury, homebound instruction may be provided if:

         The parent makes the request for homebound instruction; and

         The Superintendent or principal, the student’s IEP or a section 504 team recommends homebound placement based on information indicating homebound instruction is medically necessary.

         The principal shall be responsible for obtaining a teacher for the student. When appropriate, the director of special education is responsible for filing the necessary papers with the Division of Student Support Services, State Board of Education.                                                                                                    Revised: 8/10/2015     

                 

JDDA      Drug-Free Schools

         Maintaining drug-free schools is important in establishing an appropriate learning environment for the district's students.  Unless otherwise specified in this policy, the possession, use, sale, distribution, and/or being under the influence of illicit drugs, controlled substances, and/or alcohol by students at school, on or in school property, or at school sponsored activities or events is prohibited. The possession, use, sale, or distribution of drug paraphernalia or drug lookalikes is similarity prohibited.

         Possession, use, and/or being under the influence of a controlled substance by a student for the purposes of this policy shall only be permitted if such substance was:

  1. Obtained directly from, or pursuant to a valid prescription or order, issued to such student from a person licensed by the state to dispense, prescribe, or administer controlled substances;
  2. In the case of use or possession, approved and administered, if administered at all, in accordance with board policy JGFGB and/or board policy JGFGBA; and

3.  Used, if at all, in accordance with label directions. 

         Student Conduct

         As a condition of continued enrollment in the district, students shall abide by the terms of this policy.

         Students shall not manufacture, sell, distribute, dispense, possess, use, and/or be under the influence of illicit drugs, controlled substances, or alcoholic beverages at school, on or in school district property, or at any school activity, program, or event; nor shall they be in possession of, use, sell, or distribute drug paraphernalia or drug lookalikes in such locations. Any student violating the terms of this policy will be reported to the appropriate law enforcement officials, and will be subject to district discipline which may include suspension and/or expulsion.

         Students who are suspended or expelled under the terms of this policy will be afforded the due process rights contained in board policies and Kansas statutes, K.S.A. 72-8901, et seq.  Nothing in this policy is intended to diminish the ability of the district to take other disciplinary action against the student in accordance with other policies governing student discipline.  If a student agrees to enter and complete a drug education or rehabilitation program, the cost of such program will be borne by the student and his or her parents.

         A list of area drug and alcohol counseling and rehabilitation programs, along with names and addresses of contact persons for the programs, is on file with the board clerk.  Parents or students should contact the directors of the programs to determine the cost and length of the program.

         A copy of this policy will be provided to all students and the parents of all students.  Parents of all students will be notified that compliance with this policy is mandatory.

                 

Revised: 9/2008, 9/2012, 2/24/14, 2/24/2016

Reviewed: 9/28/2015               

           

 

LDD        Federal Government-Drug Free Schools                 

         The unlawful possession, use, sale or distribution of illicit drugs and the possession, use, sale, or distribution of alcohol by students or school employees at school, on or in school property, or at school sponsored activities or events is prohibited.  This policy, and any curriculum used in conjunction with it, shall be evaluated periodically using criteria developed by the superintendent and approved by the board.  The board shall receive a report after each of these reviews is conducted.

                                                                       

Revised: 9/2008, 9/2012, 11/9/2015

Appendix D

 

Emergency Safety Interventions Policy – GAAF

 

The board of education is committed to limiting the use of Emergency Safety Interventions (“ESI”), such as seclusion and restraint, with all students.  Seclusion and restraint shall be used only when a student's conduct necessitates the use of an emergency safety intervention as defined in the policy. The board of education encourages all employees to utilize other behavioral management tools, including prevention techniques, de-escalation techniques, and positive behavioral intervention strategies. Please refer to the complete policy listed on the USD 373 website at http://usd373-ks.schoolloop.com/boe/policies.htm

Appendix E

 

Racial and Disability Harassment Policy – JGECA

 

         The board of education is committed to providing a positive and productive learning and working environment, free from discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of race, color or national origin or disability.  Discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color or national origin (“racial harassment or on the basis of disability (“disability harassment”) shall not be tolerated in the school district.  Racial or disability  harassment of employees or students of the district by board members, administrators, certificated and support personnel, students, vendors, and any others having business or other contact with the school district is strictly prohibited.

         Racial harassment is unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin under Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Kansas Acts Against Discrimination.  Disability harassment is unlawful discrimination on the basis of disability under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disability Act.  All forms of racial or disability harassment are prohibited at school, on school property, and at all school-sponsored activities, programs or events.  Racial or disability harassment against individuals associated with the school is prohibited, whether or not the harassment occurs on school grounds.

         It shall be a violation of this policy for any student, employee or third party (visitor, vendor, etc.) to so harass any student, employee or other individual associated with the school.  It shall further be violated for any employee to discourage a student from filing a complaint, or to fail to investigate or refer for investigation, any complaint lodged under the provisions of this policy.

         Prohibited conduct under this policy includes racially or disability-motivated conduct which:

          

  • Affords a student different treatment, solely on the basis of race, color, national origin, or disability in a manner which interferes with or limits the ability of the student to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or programs of the school;

 

  • Is sufficiently severe, pervasive or persistent so as to have the purpose or  effect of creating a hostile academic environment; or

 

  • Is sufficiently severe, pervasive or persistent so as to have the purpose or effect of interfering with a student’s academic performance or ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or programs of the school.

 

         Racial or disability harassment may result from verbal or physical conduct or written graphic material. 

         The district encourages all victims of racial or disability harassment and persons with knowledge of such harassment to report the harassment immediately.  The district will promptly investigate all compliance of racial or disability harassment and take prompt corrective action to end the harassment.

         Any student who believes he or she has been subject to racial or disability harassment or has witnessed an act of alleged racial or disability harassment, should discuss the alleged harassment with the building principal, another administrator, the guidance counselor, or another certified staff member.  Any school employee who receives a complaint of racial or disability harassment from a student shall inform the student of the employee’s obligation to report the complaint and any proposed resolution of the complaint to the building principal.  If the building principal is the alleged harasser, the complaint shall be reported to the district compliance coordinator.  The building principal shall discuss the complaint with the student to determine if it can be resolved.  If the matter is not resolved to the satisfaction of the student in this meeting, the student may initiate a formal complaint under the district’s discrimination complaint procedure.

         Complaints received will be investigated to determine whether, under the totality of the circumstances, the alleged behavior constitutes racial or disability harassment under the definition outlined above.  Unacceptable student conduct may or may not constitute racial or disability harassment, depending on the nature of the conduct and its severity, pervasiveness and persistence.  Behaviors which are unacceptable but do not constitute harassment may provide grounds for discipline under the code of student conduct.  The discipline of a student for violation of any provision of the code of student conduct may be enhanced if the conduct is racially or disability motivated.

         An employee who witnesses an act of racial or disability harassment shall report the incident to the building principal.  Employees who fail to report complaints or incidents of racial or disability harassment to appropriate school officials may face disciplinary action.  School administrators who fail to investigate and take appropriate corrective action in response to complaints of racial or disability harassment may also face disciplinary action.

         When a complaint contains evidence of criminal activity or child abuse, the compliance coordinator shall report such conduct to the appropriate law enforcement or DCF authorities. 

         To the extent possible confidentiality will be maintained throughout the investigation of a complaint.  The desire for confidentiality must be balanced with the district’s obligation to conduct a thorough investigation, to take appropriate corrective action or to provide due process to the accused.

         The filing of a complaint or otherwise reporting racial or disability harassment shall not reflect upon the student’s status or grades.  Any act of retaliation against any person who has filed a complaint or testified, assisted, or participated in an investigation of a racial or disability harassment complaint is prohibited.  Any person who retaliates is subject to immediate disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion for a student or termination of employment for an employee.

         False or malicious complaints of racial or disability harassment may result in corrective or disciplinary action against the complainant.

         A summary of this policy and related materials shall be posted in each district facility.  The policy shall also be published in student, parent and employee handbooks as directed by the district compliance coordinator.  Notification of the policy shall be included in the school newsletter or published in the local newspaper annually, if applicable.

                                                                        Approved: 5/12/14, 9/28/2015

Appendix F

Sexual Harassment Policy – JGEC

         The board of education is committed to providing a positive and productive learning and working environment, free from discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment.  Sexual harassment shall not be tolerated in the school district.  Sexual harassment of employees or students of the district by board members, administrators, certificated and support personnel, students, vendors, and any others having business or other contact with the school district is strictly prohibited.

         Sexual harassment is unlawful discrimination of the basis of sex under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Kansas Acts Against Discrimination.  All forms of sexual harassment are prohibited at school, on school property, and at all school-sponsored activities, programs or events.  Sexual harassment against individuals associated with the school is prohibited, whether or not the harassment occurs on school grounds.

         It shall be a violation of this policy for any student, employee or third party (visitor, vendor, etc.) to sexually harass any student, employee or other individual associated with the school.  It shall further be a violation for any employee to discourage a student from filing a complaint, or to fail to investigate or refer for investigation, any complaint lodged under the provisions of this policy.

         Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other inappropriate oral, written or physical conduct of a sexual nature when made by a member of the school staff to a student or when made by any student to another student when:  (1) submission to such conduct is made, explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of the individual's education; (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for academic decisions affecting that individual; or (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with an individual's academic or professional performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive academic environment. 

         Sexual harassment may result from verbal or physical conduct or written or graphic material.  Sexual harassment may include, but is not limited to: verbal harassment or abuse; pressure for sexual activity; repeated remarks to a person, with sexual or demeaning implication; unwelcome touching; or suggesting or demanding sexual involvement accompanied by implied or explicit threats concerning a student's grades, participation in extra-curricular activities, etc.

         The district encourages all victims of sexual harassment and persons with knowledge of such harassment to report the harassment immediately.  The district will promptly investigate all complaints of sexual harassment and take prompt corrective action to end harassment.

         Any student who believes that he or she has been subjected to sexual harassment should discuss the alleged harassment with the building principal, another administrator, the guidance counselor, or another certified staff member.  Any school employee who receives a complaint of sexual harassment from a student shall inform the student of the employee’s obligation to report the complaint and any proposed resolution of the complaint to the building principal.  If the building principal is the alleged harasser, the complaint shall be reported to the district compliance coordinator.  The building principal or district compliance coordinator shall discuss the complaint with the student to determine if it can be resolved.  If the matter is not resolved to the satisfaction of the student in this meeting, the student may initiate a formal complaint under the district’s discrimination complaint procedure in policy KN.

         Complaints received will be investigated to determine whether, under the totality of the circumstances, the alleged behavior constitutes sexual harassment under the definition outlined above.  Unacceptable student conduct may or may not constitute sexual harassment, depending on the nature of the conduct and its severity, pervasiveness and persistence.  Behaviors which are unacceptable but do not constitute harassment may provide grounds for discipline under the code of student conduct.

         If discrimination or harassment has occurred, the district will take prompt, remedial action to prevent its reoccurrence.

         An employee who witnesses an act of sexual harassment shall report the incident to the building principal.  Employees who fail to report complaints or incidents of sexual harassment to appropriate school officials may face disciplinary action.  School administrators who fail to investigate and take appropriate corrective action in response to complaints of sexual harassment may also face disciplinary action.

         When a complaint contains evidence of criminal activity or child abuse, the building coordinator or district coordinator shall report such conduct to the appropriate law enforcement or DCF authorities. 

         To the extent possible, confidentiality will be maintained throughout the investigation of a complaint.  The desire for confidentiality must be balanced with the district’s obligation to conduct a thorough investigation, to take appropriate corrective action or to provide due process to the accused. 

         The filing of a complaint or otherwise reporting sexual harassment shall not reflect upon the individual’s status or grades.  Any act of retaliation against any person who has filed a complaint or testified, assisted, or participated in an investigation of a sexual harassment complaint is prohibited.  Any person who retaliates is subject to immediate disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion for a student or termination of employment for an employee.

         False or malicious complaints of sexual harassment may result in corrective or disciplinary action against the complainant.

         A summary of this policy and related materials shall be posted in each district facility.  The policy shall also be published in student, parent and employee handbooks and the district website as directed by the district compliance coordinator.  Notification of the policy shall be included in the school newsletter or published in the local newspaper annually.                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                              Approved:  8/26/13, 5/12/14, 9/28/2015

Appendix G

Weapons Policy - JCDBB

         A student shall not knowingly possess, handle, or transmit any object that can reasonably be considered a weapon at school, on school property or at a school-sponsored event.  This shall include any weapon, any item being used as a weapon or destructive device, or any facsimile of a weapon.

         Weapons and Destructive Devices

         As used in this policy, the term “weapon” and/or destruction device shall include, but shall not be limited to:

 

  • any weapon which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive;
  • the frame or receiver of any weapon described in the preceding example;
  • any firearm muffler or firearm silencer;
  • any explosive, incendiary, or poison gas bomb, grenade, rocket having a propellant charge of more than four ounces, missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than ¼ ounce, mine, or similar device;
  • any weapon which will, or which may be readily converted to, expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or other propellant, and which has any barrel with a bore of more than ½ inch in diameter;
  • any combination of parts either designed or intended for use in converting any device into a destructive device described in the two immediately preceding examples and from which a destructive device may be readily assembled;
  • any bludgeon, sand club, metal knuckles, or throwing star;
  • any knife, commonly referred to as a switchblade, which has a blade that opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, spring or other device in the handle of the knife or any knife having a blade that opens, falls, or is ejected into position by the force of gravity or by an outward, downward or centrifugal thrust or movement;
  • any electronic device designed to discharge immobilizing levels of electricity, commonly known as a stun gun.

 

         Penalties for Weapon Violations

         Possession of a firearm or other weapon listed under the “Weapons and Destructive Devices” heading above shall result in expulsion from school for a period of one calendar year, except the superintendent may recommend this expulsion requirement be modified on a case-by-case basis. 

         Possession of, handling of, and/or transmitting a weapon of a type other than described under the “Weapons and Destructive Devices” heading above, an item being used as a weapon or destructive device, or a facsimile of a weapon may result in disciplinary action up to and including suspension and/or expulsion. Expulsion hearings for weapons violations shall be conducted by the superintendent or the superintendent’s designee. 

         Students violating this policy shall be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency(s) and if a juvenile, to the Secretary for DCF or the Secretary of KDOC as appropriate.   

        

Revised:  5/2012, 1/13, 5/12/14, 9/28/2015

Appendix H

Transportation - Pupil Conduct

 

To achieve the goal of providing a safe ride for everyone, we need the cooperation of everyone involved. There are times when some students do things that require a reprimand. We hope there are minimal reprimands, but there have to be rules and consequences for breaking the rules. The following instructions apply anytime the pupil is riding a school bus either on regular routes or on an activity or field trip.

 

  1. The driver is in charge of the pupils and the bus. Pupils must obey the driver promptly and cordially.
  2. Pupils must be on time! The bus cannot wait for those who are tardy.
  3. Bus riders must conduct themselves in a safe manner while waiting for the bus. They should never stand in the roadway. They should stand single file in an orderly manner and board in like manner.
  4. Students must not move toward the bus until the service door is opened. The bus will stop at least 6 ft. from the nearest student. If a student must cross the road, the student should check traffic, then make eye contact with the driver or watch for the driver's signal to cross.
  5. The driver must assign a seat to each student. Students in less desirable seats may move to a second assigned seat for added comfort after the passenger load is lightened if permission is first obtained from the driver and the bus is NOT in motion.
  6. Passengers must remain seated while the bus is in motion.
  7. Classroom conduct is to be observed by pupils while on the bus. Only low conversational volume levels are acceptable. Unnecessary conversation with the driver is prohibited.
  8. Absolute quiet is necessary when approaching a railroad crossing stop.
  9. Passengers must not throw anything out of bus windows. Pupils must also not throw paper or other items on the floor of the bus. Riders are to help keep the bus clean and sanitary at all times.
  10. Pupils must not at any time extend their arms, heads, or any other part of the body out of the bus windows.
  11. Passengers must never tamper with the controls or the equipment on the bus. Any damage to the bus is to be reported to the driver at once or at the time the rider leaves the bus.
  12. Riders must keep books, packages, coats, feet, musical instruments, and all other objects out of the aisle.
  13. STUDENTS SHALL NOT BE ALLOWED TO OPEN, EAT, AND/OR DRINK ANY FOOD OR BEVERAGE ON THE SCHOOL BUS. Violation of this rule shall be considered as a disciplinary infraction and handled as such.
  14. No glass containers, live animals, pets, balls, bats, balloons, skate boards, or weapons are allowed. If seating arrangements do not allow room for large items to be safely stored without blocking aisle or exit, the students will be asked to make other arrangements for transporting these items. This includes pillows, sleeping bags, instruments, and fundraiser items.
  15. If a pupil's conduct endangers the safety of others, or they commit acts of vandalism, swear, or use obscene language, unacceptable signs, or commits moral offenses, this will warrant a disciplinary write-up with consequences.
  16. Smoking or possession of liquor or illegal drugs is prohibited and shall be reason         for suspension of transportation privileges.
  17. Fighting or scuffling on the bus or at the bus stops could warrant a suspension of transportation privileges.
  18. When leaving the bus, cross the road at least ten feet in front of the bus. Observe the directions of the driver, and then look to be sure no traffic is approaching from either direction. If not crossing the road, move clear of the bus immediately and stay clear, wait away from the road before checking the mailbox or doing any activity near the road. NEVER CROSS BEHIND THE BUS.
  19. No pupil shall board a bus unless the driver is present.
  20. Stay behind the yellow line at Chisholm loading area.
  21. STUDENTS ARE ADVISED TO LISTEN TO THEIR HOME RADIO STATION FOR STORM WARNINGS AND SHOULD NOT ATTEMPT TO REACH SCHOOL WHEN SO FOREWARNED. (Unsafe conditions include heavy snows, floods, extreme wind-chill.)
  22. NO rider shall be allowed to disembark at any designated bus stop other than their assigned stop without prior notification to the Transportation Department Office. Non-qualify riders MUST obtain approval to ride any route prior to doing so with the Transportation Office. Both of these may be by a phone call to 284-6506 or by mail PRIOR to that route. NOTES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Newton Public Schools USD 373 Schools and Offices

 

 

Northridge Elementary School                                                                         

1900 Windsor Dr. Newton KS 67114                                                                 316 284-6540

Principal:  Amy Wells                                                              Email Address:    amy.wells@usd373.org

 

Slate Creek Elementary School                                                                          

901 E 4th   Newton KS 67114                                                                                    316 284-6550

Principal:  Tenae Alfaro                                                         Email Address:    tenae.alfaro@usd373.org

                                                                       

South Breeze Elementary School                                                                     

1020 Old Main  Newton KS 67114                                                                      316 284-6560

Principal: Jan Plummer                                                          Email Address:    jannan.plummer@usd373.org

 

Sunset Elementary School                                                                                    

619 Boyd  Newton KS 67114                                                                                  316 284-6570

Principal:  Debbie Watson                                                     Email Address:    debbie.watson@usd373.org

 

Walton Rural Life Center                                                                                      

502 Main  PO Box 140  Walton KS 67151                                                        620-837-3161

Principal: Jason Chalashtari                                                Email Address:    jason.chalashtari@usd373.org

Santa Fe 5/6 Center                                                                                                  

130 W Broadway  Newton KS 67114                                                                 316 284-6270

Principal: Jenifer Smith                                                          Email Address:    jenifer.smith@usd373.org

Assistant Principal:  Jana Bohling                                    Email Address:    jana.bohling@usd373.org

Chisholm Middle School                                                                                        

900 E 1st    Newton KS 67114                                                                                 316 284-6260

Principal:  Bobbi Jo Grieb                                                       Email Address:    bobbijo.grieb@usd373.org

Assistant Principal: Jenny King                                          Email Address:    jennifer.king@usd373.org

 

Newton High School                                                                                                 

900 W 12th   Newton KS 67114                                                                              316 284-6280

Interim Principal:  Lisa Moore                                             Email Address:    lisa.moore@usd373.org

 

Cooper Early Education Center                                                                        

816 Oak  Newton KS 67114                                                                                    316 284-6510

Principal: Sarah Livesay                                                        Email Address:    sarah.livesay@usd373.org

 

Harvey County Special Education Cooperative

308 E 1st  Newton KS 67114                                                                                  316 284-6580

Director:  Reagan Seidl                                                           Email Address:    reagan.seidl@usd373.org

 

District Office                                                                                                               

308 E 1st  Newton KS 67114                                                                                  316 284-6206

  Superintendent:  Dr. Deborah Hamm                       Email Address:    deborah.hamm@usd373.org

 

  Asst. Superintendent for Human & Fiscal Services:                            316 284-6212

   Dr. Russell Miller                                                                    Email Address:    russell.miller@usd373.org

 

  Director of Instructional Services:                                                                                 316 284-6203

   Sheila Wendling                                                                     Email Address:    sheila.wendling@usd373.org

 

 

BOE Approved 6/27/16

Table of Contents

Accidents and Health Insurance

Asbestos

Attendance

Bicycles

Board Policy

Bullying

Crisis Information

Discipline Plan

District Website

Dress Code

Drug-Free Policy

Electronic Devices

Emergency Information

Enrollment Regulations

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Fees

Field Trips

Grading Policy

Health Issues

Instructional Materials

Meal Program

Network and Internet Access

Parent Portal (Infinite Campus)

PE Shoes

Pets

Racial/Disability Harassment Policy

Safe Routes to School

Safe School Hotline

Severe Weather

Sexual Harassment Policy

Site Councils

Special Education Referral

Telephone

Transportation

Visiting the School

Weapons

Withdrawals and Transfers

APPENDIX

A.  Bullying Policy 

B.  Discipline Plan

C.  Drug-Free Letter and Policies

D.  Emergency Safety Interventions Policy

E.  Racial and Disability Harassment Policy

F.  Sexual Harassment Policy

G.  Weapons Policy

H. Transportation