Student Handbooks

The Pickerington Schools Board of Education approves student handbooks annually. These handbooks contain most of the rules, regulations, and policies of the district as they relate to our students.

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Parent and Student Responsibilities

The 2018-19 student handbooks have been approved by the Board of Education and can be reviewed and downloaded at the links below.

The district does not print handbooks. Parents must confirm that they have reviewed the handbooks when filling out back-to-school forms. Students in grades 5-12 sign a similar acknowledgment once school starts.

High School and Junior High School Handbook

 

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2019-20 School Year

Pickerington High Schools and Junior High Schools Student Handbook and Code of Conduct

Lakeview Jr. High
12445 Ault Road
Pickerington, OH 43147
(614) 830-2200

Ridgeview STEM Jr. High
130 Hill Road South
Pickerington, OH 43147
(614) 548-1700

Pickerington HS Central
300 Opportunity Way
Pickerington, OH 43147
(614) 548-1800

Pickerington HS North
7800 Refugee Road
Pickerington, OH 43147
(614) 830-2700

Pickerington Local School District

Vision: We aspire to be the school district of choice, improving our community and society by opening doors and providing opportunities for every child, every day.

Mission: Our mission is to provide an engaging, innovative and holistic experience that empowers all students to become responsible, productive citizens.

Student Rules of Conduct First Warning

Your acknowledgement of these rules constitutes a first warning. You will be given no further warnings. It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with these rules and the consequences of violating them. The rules herein apply to all students when on all school premises, at all school-sponsored activities, and when aboard a school bus or other Board-owned vehicle. The application of the policies in this handbook applies to all Pickerington Schools activities.

Availability of the Student Code of Conduct

In addition to being posted on the District’s website, our Code of Conduct can be found in the Main Office, the Guidance Office, the Media Center, and classrooms.

Availability of Board of Education Policies

The Board of Education has established policies and procedures that pertain to students, staff, and school operations. These policies and procedures can be found via links on the District website.

Academic Integrity / Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports

Academic Integrity/PBIS Background: In Pickerington Schools, we believe the students, staff, and community are stakeholders in the climate and culture of our schools. The schools were founded on the belief that all students can and must learn in order to achieve success in our society. The community and staff further believe that success begins with personal and academic integrity, which are grounded in honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility.

School Culture – The values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility are worthy of our pursuit in Pickerington Schools. The parameters of academic integrity include these five values, which we hope to embrace and adjust to our environment. We strive to ensure success, exhibit integrity, and serve humanity through these five essential values. Any lapse in exhibiting these values by any stakeholder does not condone misconduct of another stakeholder.

Honesty – Honesty is the foundation of teaching, learning, research, and service. It is the prerequisite for full realization of trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility. Pickerington Schools uniformly deplore cheating, lying, fraud, misrepresentation, theft, and other forms of dishonest behaviors that jeopardize the rights and welfare of our learning community.

Trust – Mutual trust is formed in an academic community that celebrates the free exchange of ideas. Trust enables us to reach our full potential as human beings. We believe people respond to consistent honesty with trust. Only with trust can our learning community believe in the social value inherent in academic inquiry, scholarship, and integrity.

Fairness – Fairness evolves from predictability, clear expectations, consistency, careful listening, and just responses to dishonesty. All students and staff have a role in ensuring an environment that embraces fairness.

Respect – Respect is one of the rich rewards of an environment built on fairness. Teaching and learning demand active engagement and mutual respect. Students and faculty must respect their individual roles in order to appreciate diversity, learn and test new skills, build community, and grow from failures. The antithesis of respect is being rude, sarcastic, demeaning, or disruptive to others.

Responsibility – Responsibility requires that each stakeholder protects the integrity of the learning climate. Each person in the Pickerington Schools community must be responsible for his/her own honesty and personal responsibility, and for encouraging positive conduct by others.

Acceptable Use Policy

Pickerington Schools provide students with access to computer equipment, programs, systems, email, internet, and other technologies.  Each student must take responsibility for appropriate and lawful use of this access. Students shall not use the school district’s equipment, systems, or network for activities that cause harm to others or damage to their property; or that violate the law, Board policy, or the Student Code of Conduct. The board or authorized district officials will make a good-faith judgment as to which materials, files, information, software, communications, and other content and activities are permitted and prohibited under the particular circumstances based on the following guidelines. Uses and activities that are considered unacceptable and constitute a violation of this policy include, but are not limited to: illegal activities, accessing inappropriate material, inappropriate or insensitive communication, violating copyright laws, copying software, plagiarism, misuse of equipment, passwords or software, malicious use or vandalism, and unauthorized access to the internet. The district and its staff reserve the right to filter and monitor district devices and district internet usage at all times. (24/hours, 365/days a year)

Please review policy 7540.03 in its entirety on the district website for additional details.

Accident Protection Policy

The Pickerington Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent to make accident insurance covering children available to parents at a nominal premium. Covering a child in the program is at the discretion of the parents. The insurance covers accidents that occurs during school, on the way to and from school, and while attending school functions.

Activities

Mock Trial, Fall Play, Spring Musical, Chorale, Science Olympiad, Robotics, In the Know, Marching Band
To be eligible a student must:

A.     Maintain a grade point of 1.750 or better per grading period.

  1. Eligibility for each grading period is determined by the grades received the preceding grading period. An athlete will be eligible or ineligible for the next grading period beginning with the fifth school day after the end of each grading period. Eligibility or ineligibility will remain until the fifth school day after the end of the next grading period.
  2. For eligibility purposes, new ninth-grade students will have established their GPA if they took any junior high school course(s) for high school credit (e.g., if a student took Spanish only and received a “C”, their ninth-grade GPA for eligibility purposes would be 2.0).
  3. All beginning ninth-grade students must have passed 75 percent of subjects in which enrolled and must have earned a 1.75 GPA the preceding grading period (last grading period of eighth-grade year) to be eligible for fall activities.

B. All students’ grades are to be checked at mid-term and at the end of the grading period. Students in grades 9-12 must be passing in at least 5.0 credits or the equivalent at each check.

See your advisor/board policy for more specific details.

Alcohol and Drugs

The distribution, possession, use, or evidence of consumption of alcohol or a drug substance is prohibited and will be dealt with severely. This includes extra-curricular events both home and away. This policy also applies to vaping devices, caffeine tablets or powder, look-alike substances and any other item represented to be a drug. Ohio Revised Code 3321.13 and board policy require schools to report drug- or alcohol- related suspensions of any student to the Division of Motor Vehicles. These individuals may have their driving privilege revoked. Please refer to board policy 5512.

Athletics

The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) mandates a student must be passing five (one-credit) courses or the equivalent each grading period.  Changes in athletic eligibility will become effective on the start of the fifth school day after the end of the grading period and will last until five days after the next grading period ends. Summer school is not included.

For clarification, contact the athletic administrator or the assistant principal. Students on an IEP should consult the athletic administrator if they have eligibility questions.

All Pickerington Schools athletes must maintain passing grades during the school year.

  1. All student athletes’ grades are to be checked at the time of interim grades and at the end of the grading period.
  2. Students must be passing in at least 5.0 credits or the equivalent at interim. Those students declared ineligible at interim will be ineligible on a week-to-week basis, with grade(s) monitored weekly. Should the grade(s) improve to passing at the end of one week of ineligibility, the student athlete will be ruled eligible. Those students declared ineligible by OHSAA at the end of a grading period will lose eligibility for the next grading period plus five school days.
  3. Students must maintain a 1.75 GPA per grading period. Students must be passing five (5) classes (grade 7-8) at interim and end of grading period. Refer to the Athletic Handbook for detailed eligibility requirements. There is one probationary period permitted for this standard.

Requirements for Participation (Athletic Handbook)

  1. A physical examination is required and an Ohio High School Athletic Association physical form must be completed and on file in the athletic office. Physicals are valid for one school year. We encourage all potential student athletes to get their physical during the summer months.
  2. The student athlete and at least one parent must sign the student athlete data sheet, the athletic responsibility acknowledgment card, and the emergency medical card.

Students must follow the standards set forth by the Ohio High School Athletic Association, the Ohio Capital Conference, the Pickerington Board of Education, and the Pickerington athletic department.

Borrowing Money

Pickerington Schools has a no-cash policy; therefore, the office cannot loan money to students.

Cafeteria / Commons

The school operates a cafeteria, which offers students hot, nutritious lunches each school day. Students who bring lunches from home may purchase milk in the cafeteria. Students are not permitted to go out for lunch and then return to the building to attend classes. In addition, student’s may not have outside food delivered to the building by a parent or delivery service.

The computerized cash register system allows parents to prepay for their child’s lunches in advance. The amount of the lunch and any other items purchased will be deducted from this account. This system was designed to help speed up the lunch process and works best when parents prepay for lunches. Parents may monitor and add funds to their students’ accounts.

Students are required to report to the cafeteria for lunch during their scheduled lunch period. Lunch can be carried (brown bag) or purchased. Purchased lunches can be class A tray type lunch or a la carte.

The cleanliness of tables is the responsibility of all who sit there. Any lunchroom disruption including theft, leaving trash, or throwing food/trash items could be grounds for disciplinary action.

Change of Address

Any change of address must be reported to the District’s Welcome Center at 614-920-6180. Any home phone number and/or parent work phone number change should be made by going to the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.

Child Custody Regulations

In cases of divorce/separation, a copy of the final agreement of the divorce decree/separation agreement that stipulates the custodial provisions must be provided to the school. Any subsequent changes to the court order or decree must also be provided to school officials. Proper identification may be requested to address custody/student issues with building staff.

Closings and Delays

Occasionally, Pickerington Schools closes or delays school start times or, on rare occasions, closes school early, based on inclement weather or other reasons. These decisions are made for the safety of our students. While we strive to make these decisions by 5:30 a.m., there are times that is not possible.

We recommend that families establish family emergency plans for potential closings. Such plans should include teaching your child where to go (home, baby sitter, neighbor’s house, etc.) if the district must close school earlier than normal.

If Pickerington Schools close for any reason, the district will communicate with parents via our Infinite Campus parent notification system, website, and social media. (See “Communication” for details.)

We also will provide information to the following local TV stations: WCMH-TV (Channel 4), WBNS-TV (Channel 10), WSYX-TV (Channel 6), and FOX-TV (Channel 28).

For complete information on our approach to closings and delays, visit our Calamity Days page.

Co-Curricular and Extra-Curricular Code of Conduct

A co-curricular and extra-curricular code of conduct has been board adopted for students participating in non-athletic extra-curricular activities. See your advisor for more specific details. (refer to policy 2432.03)

Communication

The district and individual schools use a variety of tools and tactics to communicate with parents and the community. These tools include, but are not limited to:

Website: The primary source of District information is our PLSD website.

Parent notification system (emails and phone calls): Pickerington Schools uses an e-communication and telephone service through Infinite Campus to contact large groups of households for special announcements and emergencies, such as calamity days. This system sends emails, phone calls, and text messages to the addresses and phone numbers parents have identified as their contact preferences in Infinite Campus.

Parents and guardians are automatically enrolled as subscribers based on the contact information we have on file through Infinite Campus. For that reason, it is important for parents to ensure their contact information in Infinite Campus is correct. This can be done by logging in to the online parent portal or by checking with your child’s building secretary to ensure we have your most up-to-date phone numbers and email addresses.

Parents may also log on to this system to change their email and telephone contact preferences, as well as to opt-out of notifications. These messages include, but are not limited to, information about snow/calamity days.

Social media: Parents are encouraged to follow the district and their child’s school on Facebook and Twitter. Links to all available accounts can be found by clicking here.

Newsletters: The district and many school principals produce periodic newsletters for parents. Depending on the school, these may be posted to the building website, on social media, or emailed via the parent notification system.

Parent-Teacher Conferences: These are held twice each year and are a valuable opportunity for parents to communicate directly with their child’s teacher and building administrators.

Busing Information: Up to date Bus Routing Information is made available through our Elink parent portal. Each student automatically has an account created within 24 hours after creation of the six digit student ID# assigned by Infinite Campus. The username and password are the student ID#. This portal is also used for all bus stop change requests. Once logged in to Elink you can choose the “Parent Communication” tab to access the communication form for this purpose.

Concerns/Questions

The district encourages parents to first work with their child’s teachers to address concerns or resolve conflicts. If you have further concerns, after meeting with the teachers, contact the school’s administration.

Conduct

Proper behavior is as much a part of a quality education as anything else. While at school and school events, we expect our students to behave properly, i.e., in a manner that brings credit to themselves and their school. A complete copy of the Code of Conduct is available in the main office and by visiting the district website.

Courtyard

The courtyard’s purpose is to allow students to relax during lunch and to use going to and from classes. No food, drink, or games of catch are permitted in or through the courtyard. Students should not use the courtyard doors to enter the hallways before the period dismissal bell rings. If students desire to be outside, they may only use the courtyard.

Deliveries to Students

School related items, such as books, projects, lunch money, etc., may be left with the office or person at the greeter’s table for delivery to your student. No deliveries will be accepted for food, balloons, flowers, etc. The schools cannot assume responsibility for deliveries made to students at the building.

Directory Information (O.R.C. 3319.321)

The district designates the following personally identifiable information contained in a student’s education record as “directory information.” It discloses that information without prior written consent, except for a profit-making plan or activity. Such information includes:

  1. student’s name;
  2. student’s grade level;
  3. student’s address;
  4. telephone number(s);
  5. student’s date and place of birth;
  6. major field of study
  7. participation in officially recognized activities and sports;
  8. student’s height and weight, if a member of an athletic team;
  9. dates of attendance (“from and to” dates of enrollment);
  10. date of graduation; and
  11. awards received.

Parents may contact the school counselor’s office to request that the school not release any of the above information about the student.

Senate Bill 26 requires Ohio Public Schools to release directory information on sophomores, juniors, and seniors to armed forces recruiters. However, a student’s parent/guardian/custodian may submit a written request to the school district that the information not be released.

Please review Policy 8330 Student Records for more information on directory information and student records.

Dress Code

In general, dress styles and grooming should be moderate in nature and should not cause undue attention to the student and/or disrupt a positive learning atmosphere.

  1. Clothing must fit appropriately. No sagging pants. No exposure of undergarments. Undergarments must be worn under clothing. Skirts, shorts, and dresses must be of a reasonable length.
  2. Pajamas and/or slippers are not considered appropriate school attire.
  3. The torso must be appropriately covered (i.e. no bare midriff, excess exposure of cleavage, cut-off T-shirts)
  4. Students are not permitted to wear halter tops, spaghetti strap tops, or backless shirts/tops.
  5. Shoes are required at all times. House slippers are not considered appropriate school attire.
  6. No sunglasses are to be worn in the school building unless directed by an eye doctor or other health care provider.
  7. No hats and hoods of any kind are to be worn in the building. “Hat Days” may be designated by the administration.
  8. Safety precautions may dictate certain types of dress for some classes.
  9. When students take trips on behalf of the school, whether to athletic contests or on field trips, they should dress properly to present a positive image.
  10. Jewelry/clothing promoting drug/alcohol/tobacco use or suggestive clothing shall not be permitted. No inappropriate slogans or items depicting a double meaning.
  11. Clothing with group marking or clothing associated with a group or gang and/or clothing with targeted hate messages, will not be permitted, i.e., Confederate flag, bandanas, shirts, sweats or coats, etc., of the same color or markings. This includes students who choose to dress alike in gang- associated colors/markings.
  12. Blankets are not permitted in the school building.
  13. All teachers should check their students for dress code violations and send them to the office if there is a problem.
  14. Administrators shall have the right to modify specific items in these regulations as school situations and activities merit.
  15. In situations where a disagreement exists as to whether or not the attire is appropriate, the building administrator shall have the final decision.

Obvious violators may be sent home or assigned further discipline.

Drop Outs (O.R.C. 4510.32)

Students who drop out of school will have their names turned over to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to have their driver’s license revoked.

Elevator Usage

Students will not use the elevator without permission from the office. Usually, students need access to the elevator for a limited time period due to health concerns, surgery, or an accident. Students with handicaps may choose one person to ride the elevator with them to assist with their needs. An elevator key will be issued to the student for the duration of this need. The key is the property of the school and may be revoked at any time for misuse. A fee may be charged for issuing the key. A fee will be assessed if it is lost, stolen, or not returned in a timely manner.

Emergency Medical Forms

Accidents can and do happen. It is essential that we are able to contact a parent/guardian or a reliable neighbor in the event of an emergency. Please return the emergency medical authorization form to the school immediately. If an emergency arises during school hours due to an illness or injury to a student, school personnel will attempt to notify parents. If not successful, one of the telephone numbers listed on Infinite Campus will be called.

During the school year, there may be changes in addresses and telephone numbers. Please update your information on the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.

Emergency Removal of Student

If a student’s presence poses a continuing danger to persons or property or an ongoing threat of disruption in the academic process, taking place either within a classroom or elsewhere on school premises, the student may be removed from the curricular, extra-curricular, or co-curricular activity or school premises on an emergency basis as dictated by board policy.

Equal Opportunity

Pickerington Schools believe in the worth of every individual. We pledge to provide equal opportunity for students regardless of sex, race, or national origin. Students who believe they have been denied such equal opportunity should inform the principal.

Fees/Fee Waiver

On an annual basis, the District Board of Education adopts rules and regulations establishing a schedule of fees for materials used in our courses of instruction. Consumable materials become the student’s property. Families who are financially unable to pay for necessary materials should refer to board policy for fee waivers. Applications are available in the school office. Failure to pay school fees will result in school records (i.e., grades and credits) being held until payment is received.

Field Trips

Students’ participation in a field trip requires submission of a field trip permission statement signed by an authorized adult and a completed emergency medical form (completed online), appropriate student behavior, and appropriate attire that presents a positive image of the school. The student code of conduct needs to be followed on all field trips. A student’s participation on a field trip may be restricted based on grades and attendance.

Parent’s attending field trips must follow the board policy for volunteers and visitors.

Food

Foods and drinks are to be consumed only in the cafeteria/commons area. No food or drink is to be taken into hallways, classrooms, courtyard, or outside. Students may drink water in class. No food items are to be delivered to the schools (i.e. fast food/pizza).

Grade Point Average/Class Rank

An accumulative grade point average (G.P.A.) is maintained in the guidance office for each student. All graded courses are used in the calculating the G.P.A. The accumulative G.P.A. will be used to determine class rank. G.P.A. is calculated at the conclusion of each semester/trimester.

Grading Scale

Seventh and eighth grade students will receive report cards each trimester (12 weeks)

Ninth through twelfth grade students will receive report cards each quarter (9 weeks)

Trimester/semester and yearly averages are computed on a four-point scale.

(A+ will not be used, allowing A to be a perfect score)

 

9/12 Weeks Grade Trimester/Semester/Year
Percent

Letter Grade

Value

Range When Averaging Letter Grades

Sem/Yr Final Grade

100-93 A 4.00 4.00-3.88 A
92-90 A- 3.75 3.87-3.50 A-
89-87 B+ 3.25 3.49-3.13 B+
86-83 B 3.00 3.12-2.88 B
82-80 B- 2.75 2.87-2.50 B-
79-77 C+ 2.25 2.49-2.13 C+
76-73 C 2.00 2.12-1.88 C
72-70 C- 1.75 1.87-1.50 C-
69-67 D+ 1.25 1.49-1.13 D+
66-63 D 1.00 1.12-.088 D
62-60 D- 0.75 0.87-0.67 D-
Below 60 F 0.00 0.66-0.00 F

 

Weighted Grade System

Weighted credit is determined by multiplying regular credit by the following factors: Honors 1.125, articulation agreements 1.1875, and AP/CCP 1.25.

 

Weighted Grade System (High School Courses Only)
 

Letter Grade

 

Regular Course

 

Honors

 

Articulation Agreements

 

CCP, Advanced Placement

A 4.00 4.50 4.75 5.00
A- 3.75 4.22 4.45 4.69
B+ 3.25 3.66 3.86 4.06
B 3.00 3.38 3.56 3.75
B- 2.75 3.09 3.27 3.44
C+ 2.25 2.53 2.67 2.81
C 2.00 2.25 2.38 2.50
C- 1.75 1.97 2.08 2.19
D+ 1.25 1.41 1.48 1.56
D 1.00 1.13 1.19 1.25
D- 0.75 0.84 0.89 0.94
F 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00

 

Definitions:

Standard courses are aligned to Ohio’s learning standards.

Honors level courses align to Ohio’s learning standards and extend student learning through extended learning experiences.

Articulation Agreements are written agreements between high schools and colleges that allow students to earn college credit for high school courses that align with the content of college courses. Articulation Agreements stipulate the course of action for students to obtain transcripted college credit.

College Credit Plus (CCP), formerly Post Secondary Education Options Program (PSEOP), courses offer students who meet the postsecondary institution’s criteria the opportunity to participate in college courses on a college campus or taught by high school faculty in the high school setting. Students receive both high school and transcripted college credit. CCP students who earn an F or fail to complete the course will be required to reimburse the District at full cost. Students dropping CCP or dual credit courses will adhere to the policies of the postsecondary institution, which may include consequences for course withdrawal after a published deadline.

To ensure accurate reporting of student progress in CCP courses while maintaining fidelity to the district’s postsecondary partners, student grade reporting for interim periods within academic quarters and for the mid-semester report card will be reported on a pass/fail basis, with a rounded sixty (60) percent considered passing. Such reporting will contain a notification that final grades are cumulative for the semester.

Advanced Placement is a program run by College Board that allows you to take courses in high school in which you can earn college credit and/or qualify for more advanced classes when you begin college.

They are designed to give you the experience of an intro-level college class while you’re still in high school. You can get college credit for the class if you can pass the AP exam.

Advanced Standing Programs (ASP) are college credit bearing courses and include College Credit Plus (CCP) and Advanced Placement (AP).

Graduates in the top ten of their class will be recognized as “Decem Decori” (10 with honor). Graduates with a 4.0 or higher in their class will be recognized as “Optima Supra” (above the best).

Graduation Exercises
Commencement is an extra-curricular ceremony conducted by Pickerington Schools to honor its graduating students. Participating in the commencement exercise is a privilege and not a right. Students are expected to behave in a manner befitting the dignity and importance of this event. Those not wishing to conform to behavioral expectations may desire to receive their diploma in an alternative setting.

Undergraduates who misbehave during the graduation ceremony will be subject to school discipline. Misbehavior at commencement exercises violates the Code of Conduct.

To graduate from a Pickerington high school the student must:

1. Complete the school year of the year in which they graduate. (Attend until the last scheduled regular school day unless other arrangements have been made or otherwise approved by District administration.)

2. If the student has no outstanding unserved discipline, including but not limited to in-school study, out-of-school suspension and expulsion, the Superintendent, in his/her discretion, has the authority to waive this graduation requirement regarding student (senior) attendance until the last regularly scheduled school day.

3. Successfully complete the curriculum of the high school or the Individualized Education Program (IEP) developed for the student pursuant to State law. Successful completion of the curriculum or IEP includes completion of the school year in the year which the student is to graduate and having serving any outstanding discipline that has been ordered by school personnel.

4. Have all outstanding fees and/or debts paid to the school in order to receive their diploma.

Graduation Approved Regalia (board policy 5460.02)

In keeping with the tradition of recognizing academic excellence at graduation, the approved lists of regalia (cords, medals, stoles, and administrator approved pins) are the only items that will be permitted to adorn the graduation gown. Any additional items worn by students will result in the student being asked to remove those items prior to the ceremony in order to participate.

The following is the approved lists of cords, medals, and stoles:

Decom Decori – purple (North)/white (Central) cord, red cord & medal

Optima Supra – red cord & medal

Distinguished Scholar – medal only

National Honors Society (NHS) – Gold Cord

National Art Honors Society – Rainbow Cord

National Spanish Honor Society – Red/Yellow Cord Student Council – Stole

Class Officer – Stole

Pins for school programs/organizations are permitted. (All pins must be approved by school administration prior to graduation.)

Graduation Requirements

Students must earn 20 credits to graduate. Specific requirements for subject areas are outlined in board policy. To receive a diploma, students must meet the testing and curriculum requirements in effect at the time they completed the high school curriculum. Date of diploma indicates graduation requirements in effect at that time. This will apply unless modified by state law.

Hall Passes

A student who needs to move about the building is expected to have a proper hall pass from his/her teacher and move immediately to the designated area.

Health Concerns

If your child has a health concern please provide the school nurse medical documentation from your child’s physician. Mutual understanding about health concerns will help us to better care for your child. Please update your student’s information as necessary.

School personnel will provide basic first aid and care for injuries and illnesses that occur at school. If an emergency arises during school hours due to an illness or injury, school personnel will attempt to notify the parent/guardian. If unsuccessful, one of the telephone numbers listed on the Emergency Medical Authorization form and/or information listed in Infinite Campus will be called. The student must be picked up within a reasonable amount of time. Any changes in information (telephone numbers/addresses) can be made by logging on to the Infinite Campus Parent Portal on the district website.

Nurse / Clinic
The school health clinic is available to students who may become ill or injured. Students should not contact parents on their own if they are ill. Students with symptoms of possible communicable diseases should not attend school. Please keep your child home if signs of illness including: vomiting, diarrhea, or elevated temperature (100.0 or above) occur. Your child will be sent home with symptoms of illness and must be fever and symptom-free for 24 hours before returning to school.

Screenings
Vision screenings will be provided in grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 and 11. Hearing screenings will be provided in grades K, 1, 3, 5, 9, and 11. Parent/guardian will be notified if their child fails the screening.

Immunizations
State law and district policy require written proof of every student’s immunization status. Any student who does not meet the minimum state-required immunizations or exemptions within the first 14 days of school attendance will be excluded per Ohio Law.

Medication
Medication prescribed by a physician: District policy for grades K-12 requires that for prescribed medications, the appropriate form must be completed by the physician, signed by the parent/guardian, and given to the school clinic staff before the medication can be given. This form is available in our school clinic and on our website. Additionally, the medication must be presented to school personnel by the parent or guardian in its original container and labeled with the pharmacy label that includes the child’s name, doctor’s name, name of the medication, dosage to be given, and time to be taken. Any change from the original order must be provided in writing from the student’s prescribing physician.

FDA-approved non-prescription medication: If non-prescription medications are required to be given at school, they must be in the original container and accompanied by a form with the child’s name, name of the medication, amount to be given, time to be given, date to be started, and date to be discontinued.

This form must be signed by the student’s parent or guardian. All medication (including cough drops) must be stored in the clinic. Dosages exceeding manufacturer’s recommendations must be accompanied by a physician’s order as described above.

All medications are to be delivered to school by the parent or guardian. Prior to the end of the school year, the parent or guardian must pick up any unused medications or the medications will be discarded.

Honors Diploma

High school students can gain state recognition for exceeding Ohio’s graduation requirements through an honors diploma. Students challenge themselves by taking and succeeding at high-level coursework and in real-world experiences.

For more information please visit: Ohio Department of Education – Honors Diploma Information Applications are available to students online: Honors Diploma Student Application.

Honor Rolls

We recognize academic achievement with three honor rolls:

Distinguished Honor Roll     3.750 – 5.000

High Honor Roll                    3.250 – 3.749

Honor Roll                             3.000 – 3.249

The yearlong G.P.A. will be an arithmetic average of the student’s G.P.A. in each of the first three (3) grading periods that school year.

I.D. Cards

Replacement I.D. Cards are available at a cost of $5.00 to the student.

Incompletes:

  1. When computing final GPAs and end of the grading period GPAs, all incompletes will compute to an F. If all work is not submitted within 10 school days after the end of the grading period, incompletes will automatically convert to an F.
  2. Students who do not make-up work missed will receive an “I”, which will be changed to the appropriate grade when the work is or is not completed.
  3. All students with incompletes will be omitted from the nine-week/twelve-week honor rolls.
  4. After the due date, any grading period incomplete will result in a final grade and a semester average of incomplete at the end of the course. In the case of a final grade incomplete, the following will happen.

A. The teacher will provide information to counselors and administrators regarding resolution of the incomplete work and deadlines for submission.

B. A comment will be made on the grade card.

C. After the allotted time, the final grade of incomplete will be changed to an F.

Interim Reports

Interim reports will be available half way through each grading period. The Parent Portal of Infinite Campus enables parents to access their child’s grades. It is available to all parents by using their user name and password; therefore, paper interims are not distributed. If parents do not have Internet access, they may request a paper interim. Parents may contact their teacher to request a progress report. The teacher will then print a progress report and give it to the student. The interim report may be in writing, in conference, or by telephone.

Lockers (O.R.C. 3313.20)

School lockers may be available for every student. The lockers are school property and are provided to students for the safekeeping of school items and personal items necessary for school. No other items are to be kept in the lockers. Lockers and the contents of the locker are subject to random searches at any time by school personnel and/or law enforcement officers. Students are urged to keep their lockers locked at all times and not give their combination to anyone. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen articles. Students may not decorate their lockers with drug/alcohol/tobacco advertisements, slogans, inappropriate pictures, or anything that is difficult to remove or a violation. Fees may be charged for damage to lockers.

Loitering

Students shall not remain in the school or on school property after the conclusion of the school day unless he/she is under the direct supervision of a staff member or coach. Students must exit the building no later than 30 minutes from the end of the school day. If a student fails to exit the building after a request by a staff member, he/she may be disciplined for insubordination.

Make-Up Work

Students will be permitted to receive credit for make-up work. Students who are absent on the day before a pre-announced quiz, test, or project will be required to take the quiz/test or present the project on the scheduled date unless new material was covered during the absence. Homework assigned before the absence is due upon the student’s return. The amount of time permitted to complete make-up work will be determined cooperatively by the teacher and student, but will not exceed the number of absent days. Students having in-school study (I.S.S.) and out-of-school suspension (O.S.S.) will be permitted to make-up all work missed.

Parents may request homework assignments for their child on the second day of an absence. In order for the office to have the necessary lead-time to acquire these assignments, the request must be made before 10:00 a.m. Homework will be ready for pick-up at the end of the day. Parents must be aware of the individual homework request policy for their child’s teachers. This policy may vary somewhat by school.

Media Center

The media center is open during most school hours. Students wishing to visit the media center during their study halls will be permitted to do so. However, the media specialist will determine the number of students permitted to attend each period based on the media center’s schedule of classes. There are many resources found in the media center including books, Internet access, periodicals, and newspapers. The online card catalog gives students the availability of materials at all school buildings in the district. The availability of materials at Pickerington Public Library, as well as Columbus Public Library, can also be checked through the on-line gateway catalog.

The library media center rules are made so that students will respect the rights of others, and so that it is an educational area of learning. The use of the media center is a privilege.

Non-School Sponsored Publications

Students who edit, publish, and/or wish to distribute non-school-sponsored handwritten, printed, or duplicated material(s) to their fellow students must secure permission in advance from the school principal.

Parking 

The board recognizes that students might desire to drive their own vehicles to school. In compliance with state law, student drivers under age 17 are not permitted to transport more than one person who is not a family member unless the driver is accompanied by his/her parent, guardian, or custodian. Students are discouraged from transporting other students to and from student activities, events, and programs.

Licensed student drivers who elect to drive to school must secure a parking permit. A fee is required. If a student loses a pass, a replacement fee of one-half the regular fee will be charged. Only one (1) replacement permit will be issued per school year. Students will occupy only one parking spot (no angle parking). Faculty and visitors must park in their designated areas. Handicapped areas are clearly marked. Students going to the parking lot during the school day without permission from the office may receive discipline. Discipline may be issued to students who park in unauthorized or handicapped parking areas.

Having an automobile on school property is considered consent by the student to a search of his/her vehicle by school officials if there is reasonable suspicion to believe that the automobile contains items that may be a threat to the safety or security of the student, others, or property. The police and drug dog may be used for assistance in this area.

The school is not responsible for damage, theft, or vandalism to vehicles parked in the lot. Students who park in areas designated as visitors, staff, and/or handicapped without prior permission, or students who are not driving properly, may be subject to discipline. Parking passes can be revoked by an administrator when deemed necessary. Students who violate parking registration procedures may have their car impounded at owner’s expense.

Pass/Fail

Students in grades 7-12 may take elective courses on a pass/fail basis based on the following guidelines. Courses eligible for the pass/fail option are identified on the pass/fail registration form. The student, his/her parent, and the teacher must complete and sign a pass/fail registration form. Interested students may secure this form in the Counselor’s office.

  1. “Electives” are defined on the pass/fail registration form that students must complete.
  2. Students in grades 9-12 may take up to one (1) elective credit per year as Pass/Fail (in addition to P.E.) in all areas excluding core classes and foreign languages. PE classes may always be taken pass/fail and may be an additional pass/fail class beyond the student’s pass/fail course selection.
  3. Foreign Languages will only be considered an “elective” and eligible for pass/fail if, after a student has completed at least two years of a foreign language and wants to attempt a different foreign language.
  4. Registration for a pass/fail course must be made during the first four (4) weeks of a course. Should a student decide later to take the course as a grade option (A, B, C, D, F), he/she must do so by the end of the final grading period. For students choosing the grade option (A, B, C, D, F), only the final grade will be changed. If a student elects to change a pass/fail course to a letter grade, this will count as his/her one pass/fail selection for the school year.
  5. The procedure for adding or dropping a course shall also apply to pass/fail courses.
  6. A grade of satisfactory (pass) or unsatisfactory (fail) will be given for progress in each grading period. The teacher should record all letter grades as usual in his/her grade book. Pass/fail will be recorded only on grade cards and permanent record cards.
  7. Given extenuating circumstances, pass/fail grading may be utilized in grades 6-8 as determined by the building principal in consultation with the teaching staff and by approval of the Superintendent/designee for all classes that are not for high school credit.
  8. English Learners (EL) students (K-12) may take any class pass/fail as long as recommended by the appropriate teaching staff and by approval of the Superintendent/designee.

Personal Items

Students are discouraged from bringing valuable items to school. If brought to school, these items remain the responsibility of the student. Such items can be lost or damaged. The school cannot assume responsibility for losses or damages. Skateboards, scooters, and roller blades/skates are not permitted.

If a student finds an item that does not belong to him/her, he/she must immediately turn it in to a staff member.

Physical Education Dress

Students in physical education classes are required to wear appropriate attire: shorts, sweat suit, gym shoes, etc. Failure to dress for class may result in failing the class. The physical education teacher will distribute information regarding appropriate attire, and course requirements, at the beginning of each semester. Students may opt to take physical education as a pass/fail course and must follow the guidelines as established by the Physical Education Department. Students are responsible for their clothes and personal items. A combination lock is needed for physical education lockers. The school will not be responsible for lost or stolen items.

Publicizing Great Things About Our Students

The district frequently has the opportunity to celebrate accomplishments of our students, including award recipients, participants in unique classroom projects, involvement in fine arts programs, athletics, and other activities worth recognizing and promoting.

Sometimes, this recognition appears on district and school websites, in print publications, and in district-controlled social media, including Facebook and Twitter feeds. This recognition may include photos of students, as well as their names, school, grade and teacher’s name. It also may include pictures or other representations of students’ artistic work, including visual and written pieces. We also occasionally will have members of the local media visiting our buildings to cover special events and unique approaches to education being offered by our teachers. Media access to students does not happen within our schools without district knowledge and supervision, and we do not provide direct access to students when the media is covering stories or topics that might be considered controversial or negative.

Most parents enjoy seeing their children included in the day-to-day celebration of all the great things happening in our schools. For that reason, default consent and release for this type of recognition is granted to the district. However, we know there are a few parents who prefer that their children be excluded from such acknowledgement and recognition.

Action is only required by parents who wish to deny this consent. We require those parents to inform us, in writing, of their desire to have their children excluded from district-managed recognition by downloading a form available on the district website, filling it out, and returning it to their child’s school. Parents are asked to do this by September 1 each fall to ensure we have a current list of students whose activities should not be publicly acknowledged by the district on the website, on social media, or in other public forums.

Quiet Study Time / Detention

The schools operate a quiet study time (Q.S.T.)/detention program. This discipline option is used is at the discretion of the principal or his designee. Proper behavior is required of those who are assigned; it is after school time period of quiet study — all students are expected to have ample schoolwork to do. If a student is late to Q.S.T., he/she may not be permitted to stay and may receive additional consequences. If a student fails to serve Q.S.T. assigned hours, more discipline may result.

Restrooms

Students must use the restroom closest to the classroom from which they are excused. Students feeling ill must report to the clinic or office and not remain in the restroom. Disciplinary action may result if proper procedures are not followed.

Safety

Please report all safety issues to the office. Students who feel uncomfortable reporting this information to the office may see a teacher or a counselor. Additionally, concerns can be reported to the Ohio SaferSchool Hotline by calling 1-844-SAFEROH. Calls to the Ohio SaferSchool Hotline can be made anonymously.

Safetly Drills

Several types of emergency/safety drills are conducted throughout the year, including fire, tornado, medical and school intruder drills. These drills are held to acquaint students with proper emergency/safety procedures and evacuation routes. Each student will be instructed of his/her responsibilities during these drills.

Sales

Only school-approved fundraisers are permitted at school. No personal sales are permitted. All school fundraisers must have prior administrative approval.

Schedule Changes

Students are expected to make all schedule adjustments prior to the opening of school. Student/parent initiated schedule changes made after school begins may be made with parent permission and only during the first ten (10) school days. When a course is dropped within this timeframe, the course will be deleted from the student’s transcript.

Schedule changes made after the first ten days of school must be approved by the parent, teacher, counselor, and building administrator. Please see the board policy on Grading & Assessment for additional information.

Not attending a class while a student is trying to drop it will be considered a class cut. All classes (including study hall and commons) listed on a student’s schedule must be attended until it is dropped with a counselor’s permission and all paper work is completed. Students dropping a class will be assigned to a class. There are penalties for withdrawing from a class after 10 days has passed in each semester.

There will be no schedule changes for the purpose of changing instructors.

School Counseling Department

School counselors offer classroom guidance, as well as skill and support groups for study skills, grief, friendship, fear, anxiety, stress, anger management, and separation/divorce.

They also offer individual counseling to help students manage both academic and emotional issues, as well as provide mediation in resolving peer conflicts. Students can obtain a pass from their teachers or self-refer to schedule a time to meet with a school counselor. See your schedule for your counselor’s name.

School-Sponsored Events

Student behavior at school-sponsored events relates directly to the individual, the entire student body, and the community. Students with inappropriate behavior at school-sponsored events will be subject to school disciplinary action (student handbook applies).

Students from other schools are permitted to attend dances at the high schools as a guest, with an approved form signed by the guest’s school administrator and parent. Students leaving the dance will not be permitted to return. Students are not permitted to remain in the parking lot or outside the building while dances are going on.

Dances/Teen Nights – While most after-school activities are open to the general public, junior high school dances/teen nights are for RV/LV students only. The following rules apply to teen nights and dances:

  1. Attire should be in good taste. The torso must be appropriately covered (i.e. no bare midriff, excess exposure of cleavage, sleeveless/cut-off T-shirts, sleeveless undershirts). Also, students are not permitted to wear halter-tops, spaghetti strap tops, or backless shirts/tops. School dress standards apply for all school activities. The administrators will decide what is and is not appropriate. Costumes and/or masks/face painting of any type are not permitted at any teen night.
  2. School rules apply during teen night. Failure to abide by school rules may result in disciplinary action and removal from future dances.
  3. Students are not permitted to leave without being signed out by an adult.
  4. Teen Night – Students are expected to have transportation home at that time. Students found waiting for transportation after a reasonable time period of 15 minutes will be excluded from attending the next scheduled dance. Repeat offenders will be excluded from remaining dances scheduled during the school year.
  5. High school students are not permitted to attend junior high teen night dances.
  6. Junior high students are not permitted to attend high school dances.
  7. Any student who has been assigned OSS or ISS may be excluded from attending.

Searches (O.R.C. 3313.20)

 School authorities are charged with the responsibility of safeguarding the safety and well-being of the students in their care. In the discharge of that responsibility, school authorities may search the person or property, including any district-owned technology, vehicles of a student, with or without the student’s consent, whenever they reasonably suspect that the search is required to discover evidence of a violation of law or of school rules. The extent of the search will be governed by the seriousness of the alleged infraction and the student’s age. Any unattended belongings will be searched to determine ownership and to confirm the item or its contents are not dangerous. Please refer to board policy for additional details.

Skateboards / In-Line Skates / Hover Boards / Scooters

For safety reasons, students are not permitted to bring skateboards, hover boards, scooters, or in-line skates to school. They may not be used on school property.

Social Media For Students

Although social media can be useful for many purposes, care must be taken to maintain an atmosphere of respect consistent with the behavior expected of students in school as outlined in federal and/or state law, Board policy and school rules. Social media is defined as any form of online publication or presence that allows end users to engage in multi-directional conversations in or around the content on the Internet. Students are personally responsible for the content they publish online. Because digital content lives in perpetuity, anything you publish will be public for a long time. Use common sense and adhere to the social media for students policy when posting content online. The Social Media for Students Policy applies to the use of social networking in the classroom as well. The same rules and policies that govern student conduct at school apply to social networking activity when social networking is used in conjunction with a class assignment or other school activities.

Please review the policy in its entirety on the District website.

Study Hall

Study hall is a place for quiet study. Students are expected to take material to work on during study hall. Attendance in study hall is the same as a class. Students who drop a class may be assigned to a study hall instead of lunch and/or commons period.

Suspensions

There are two types of suspensions used in the buildings: in-school suspension (I.S.S.) and out-of-school suspension (O.S.S.). Students assigned to I.S.S. are removed from the mainstream of the student population. It shall be used within the structure of the disciplinary code and the nature of the offense.

This study time is to be served in a designated area. Academic work may be made up provided the student abides by the rules and completes the work assigned. Failure to serve I.S.S. and/or to follow established guidelines will result in an Out-of-School Suspension. A tardy to I.S.S. is a violation of I.S.S. rules and may result in an O.S.S. A student assigned to I.S.S. must attend as instructed. Any un-served days due to an excused absence will be made up upon the student’s return.

A student suspended out-of-school will be permitted to do make-up work and receive 100% credit for work completed during their suspension. Students will not be penalized for missed work that cannot be duplicated outside of the classroom. Teachers may use a different assignment to determine mastery of the missing assignment. Suspended students are not to be on any Pickerington Schools property or to attend/participate at school events (home or away) on the days they are suspended. If school is cancelled during a suspended day, the suspension is extended by the number of days missed.

Surveillance Cameras

Surveillance cameras are mounted in and around various locations throughout the building. Students may be recorded at any time. Please refer to policy 7440.01 on the district’s website for additional guidelines on video and electronic monitoring.

Title IX and Section 504

If you believe you have been discriminated against, please inform the principal. Then, if not satisfied, the complaint should be forwarded to the district’s Title IX and/or Section 504 Coordinator, who can be reached at 614-833-2110 or 90 East Street, Pickerington, Ohio. If not satisfactorily settled at this level, the complaint may be made to the Superintendent, who will act as the district’s final mediator. Please refer to the district’s policy on discrimination for additional guidance.

 

Transfer of Rights

Under Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the rights accorded to a parent, which would include permission and consent, transfer to a student who turns 18 or enters an institution of post- secondary education. This would include all dual enrollment classes offered by the district in cooperation with a college or university. Parents still maintain the right to access student records as long as the student is a dependent student for tax purposes.

Eighteen-year-old students are accountable for their own behaviors and actions. Compliance with the rules of the school including attendance will be addressed directly with the 18-year-old student.

Correspondence from the school will be sent directly with the 18-year-old student.

It is the expectation of the student to keep his/her parent informed. If you have any questions about the transfer of rights, please contact your building principal.

Visitors

Visitors, particularly parents/guardians, are welcome at school. To properly monitor the safety of students and staff, each visitor must report to the school office upon entering the building to sign in and provide proper identification to receive a visitor’s badge. Any visitor without a visitor/volunteer badge will be asked to return to the office. If parents wish to meet with a staff member or observe a classroom, they should call to schedule an appointment. Appointments must be made at least 24 hours in advance by contacting the school office. Parents are welcome to visit our school for special programs and class observations. Students are not permitted to invite friends or relatives to school during the school day.

Students are not to invite visitors to see them at school at any time. The student may only have a visitor to school if that visitor is accompanied by their parent(s). All visitors to any school must first stop at the office, sign in and pickup a visitor’s pass that they must keep with them at all times while in the building. Do not report directly to the classroom, lunchroom, or playground during school hours. This is done for the safety of all students. Additional guidelines regarding visitors in school can be found on the district website under policies: 9150 and 9150 AG.

Vocational Programs

It is the policy of the Pickerington Board of Education that all vocational programs are available to students without regard to race, religion, sex, economic status, national origin, age, handicap, or sexual orientation.

Volunteering in Pickerington Schools

All persons volunteering within Pickerington Schools must submit a Volunteer Application and sign a Volunteer Code of Conduct form. These forms are available in all of our school offices and on the district website. All volunteers (both new and current) having unsupervised access to children on a regular basis must have a background check. 9150: School Visitors and administrative guideline 9150 AG: School Visitors for additional details.

Withdrawing From School

Please notify the school office before withdrawing a child from school. Office personnel will explain the procedures that must be followed. Please refer to board policy 5130: Withdrawal of School and administrative guideline 5130: Withdrawal/Transfer from School for additional details.

Year-End Awards Assembly

All awards must be picked up in the guidance office by the student’s last day or they will be discarded.

Attendance Policy

We believe that regular, punctual attendance to school is essential if our students are to receive maximum benefit from the educational program we offer. Success in school is directly related to attendance habits, and developing a regular pattern of good attendance is crucial for future success.

Our Board of Education policies on student attendance and absences from school follow all statutes and regulations of both the Ohio Administrative Code and the federal Missing Child Act. Together, our local policy and these pieces of legislation outline each aspect of your child’s attendance to school.

First and foremost, it is the responsibilities of the parents to ensure their children have regular school attendance. Additionally, in the event a student is absent from school for any reason, it is the responsibility to notify the school. The specific policies related to our elementary and middle school attendance program are described below. Questions should be addressed to your school’s office.

Absences

When a child will be absent from or tardy to school, parents must notify the school no later than 10:00 a.m. the morning of the absence. An answering machine is available 24 hours a day for reporting a student absence or tardy. If school office personnel have not been notified of an absence, we will place a telephone call either to the home or to the parent’s place of employment.

Absences from school are classified as either excused or unexcused. Students will be permitted to make up and receive credit for work missed. The State of Ohio permits us to excuse a child’s absence for the following reasons:

  1. Illness (doctors excuse may be required)
  2. Illness inside the immediate family that necessitates the presence of the child
  3. Death of a relative (limited to 3 days)
  4. Observation of religious holidays consistent with his/her religious beliefs (Notification must be submitted at least one day prior to the absence )
  5. Medical or dental appointment (usually a partial day)
  6. Quarantine for contagious disease (as verified by a medical professional)
  7. College visitation (three approved days allowed)
  8. Emergency circumstances (eg. court appearance, required meeting with social services agency, student required to travel with parent.)
  9. Absences due to a student’s placement in foster care or changes in foster care placement or any court proceedings related to their foster care status
  10. Absences due to circumstances impacted by homelessness

All other absences will be counted as unexcused. Excessive absences may result in a phone call from school, written notification from school, or a referral to the District attendance/truant officer. In addition, further absences illness may result in the child being placed on Needs Medical Excuse status. Students placed on N.M.E. restrictions must produce a note from their physician for the absence to be excused. Without this medical note, the absence will remain unexcused.

Early Dismissal

Once a student gets to school, he/she is expected to stay the entire day or until that student is dismissed. Each student leaving school property during school hours will be required to have written communication from the parent or guardian. Please note that for security purposes, students will NOT be dismissed to parents following school events held during the regular school day. Parents wanting to take their child out of school early must follow the regular sign out procedures. Any student leaving early will be counted absent for that portion of the day.

Vacations

 Vacation days are noted in the annual school calendar. It is the expectation of the Board that families do everything possible to plan their vacations during these times. If this is not possible, arrangements must be made in advance through the attendance office. All work missed must be completed and turned in on the day of return to school. Scheduling family vacations during established testing windows is strongly discouraged. Family vacations are not considered an excused absence.

Please refer to policy 5200 on attendance for information on habitual absences, tardies, preplanned absences, and procedures for addressing truancy.

Bus Transportation

Student Conduct on Buses

Free transportation is a service provided by the Pickerington Board of Education, which should be regarded as a privilege by students. It is expected that those who ride the school buses will conduct themselves as good passengers at all times. All students who ride a school bus are subject to these regulations while riding to and from school or on special trips.

Student Regulations

The superintendent or his/her designee is authorized to deny transportation to a student. A student must be given a written notice of the intended suspension. The student shall have the opportunity to appear informally before the superintendent or superintendent’s designee before the suspension is imposed.

Students are also subject to emergency removal from the bus for other discipline. If emergency removal is imposed, a hearing will be held within three (3) school days of the initial removal. The notice shall also include the reasons for removal. Students may be suspended for up to one (1) year.

1.Parents are responsible for the safety of their student before pick up and after drop off.

2. Students will be at designated bus stops before bus arrival time in the morning and in the evenings when school is dismissed. Students must be at the designated bus stops five (5) minutes before arrival time. In the evenings when school is dismissed students have seven (7) minutes to board their assigned bus. After the bus drivers have been notified that it is clear to leave, they are instructed to close the bus doors. No students will be allowed to board after the bus doors have been closed.

3. Students must cross approximately ten (10) feet in front (only) of the bus. Students must follow the driver’s hand signals when crossing the street.

4. Improper behavior at bus stops, including physical aggressiveness and property destruction, will not be tolerated.

5. Students must go directly to an available or assigned seat so the bus may safely resume motion.

6. Students must remain seated at all times, keeping aisles and exits clear. Students shall not change from seat to seat. Drivers are encouraged to assign seats to all students.

7. No standing on the seats or sitting on the backs of seats.

8. Unauthorized touching or hitting is the act of physically touching or hitting, or making physical threats to a student or bus driver or any other person. Unauthorized touching, shoving or tripping will not be permitted; it will generally result in a suspension for a minimum of three (3) days.

9. A student shall not use abusive, obscene, profane, or offensive language, gestures, or signs toward the bus driver, bus monitor, another student, school employee, or adult.

10. Students are not permitted to smoke, otherwise use, possess, buy, sell, attempt to sell, distribute, or burn tobacco in any form, including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, clove cigarettes, chewing tobacco, snuff, and any other form of tobacco. Ohio law prohibits pupils from smoking and/or using and/or possessing tobacco in any area under the control of the school district or at any activity supervised by any school in that district.

11. Students are not permitted to use matches or cigarette lighters. A student shall not burn or attempt to burn any part of any school bus or objects therein, or any other property belonging to another person or to the Pickerington Schools.

12. Eating, drinking, and gum chewing on the bus is not permitted at any time, except as required for medical reasons.

13. Students will ride only on assigned buses and are not permitted to get off other than at the assigned bus stop. Parents may request a deviation from this rule by completing a “Change of Bus Stop” form. It will go into effect after it is approved by the transportation supervisor.

14. Throwing litter on the bus or out the windows, or throwing anything at the bus, is prohibited.

15. Students will keep all parts of the body inside the bus.

16. At no time are students allowed to tamper with the emergency door. A suspension will be given.

17. Vandalism of buses, such as cutting seats, poking holes, etc., shall not be permitted. Parents will be financially responsible for any damage done by their children.

18. Students must promptly obey the bus driver’s instructions the first time they are given and refrain from talking back. If a student fails to comply with reasonable requests or directives of any school employee or bus driver, it will be considered insubordination. The bus is an extension of the classroom with equal expectations for behavior.

19. Absolute quiet must be maintained at all railroad crossings until the bus is across the tracks and at other points of danger as specified by the bus driver.

20. Spitting is not permitted.

21. Except as required by state or federal disability laws, animals of any size will not be transported on a school bus.

22. A student is not permitted to possess, transmit, or conceal a dangerous weapon, dangerous instrument, or “look-alike” counterfeit weapon or instrument. Look-alike weapons could include, but are not limited to, starter pistols, stun guns, or any object a reasonable person might consider, under the circumstances, to be a weapon or dangerous instrument such as firearms, ammunition, explosives, fireworks, or knives.

23. A student is not permitted to possess, solicit, use, conceal, sell, offer to sell, be under the influence of, show evidence of consumption, supply, or transmit narcotics, other illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, alcoholic beverages, counterfeit controlled substances or “look-alike” controlled substances. A look- alike controlled substance could include but is not limited to anything that a reasonable person would believe to be a controlled substance because of its similarity in shape, size, color, marking, labeling, packaging, distribution, or the price for which it is sold or offered for sale. Possession includes, but is not limited to, retention on the student’s person, or in a purse, wallet, locker, desk, or vehicle on school property or vehicle used for school purposes. Included in the prohibition are any substances represented as a controlled substance, such as non-alcoholic beers, steroids, tobacco products, e- cigarettes/vaporizers, and drug paraphernalia.

24. Noise on the bus shall be kept to a minimum at all times to ensure safety of the operation of the bus.

25. Students wishing to ride a different bus for one trip must have a note signed by the parents and by the building principal/designee. This will be done only in emergencies, not for convenience.

26. Students may carry on the bus only objects that can be held in their laps. Absolutely no glass containers or aerosol cans will be permitted on any school bus. Balloons, lacrosse sticks, hockey sticks, basketballs, and skateboards are not permitted on the bus. Baseball bats, tennis rackets, and athletic equipment are permitted when transported in appropriate bags/covers.

27. Students may possess wireless communication devices (WCDs) on the school bus. Students may use WCDs while on the school bus. However, distracting behavior that creates an unsafe environment will not be tolerated. The bus driver or District staff member (e.g. teacher, activity sponsor, advisor, coach) has the right to ask any student to turn off his/her device. Students are prohibited from using WCDs to capture, record, or transmit the words (i.e. audio) and/or images (i.e., pictures/videos) of any student, staff member, or other person without express prior notice and explicit consent for the capture, recording, or transmission of such words or images.

28. Students must comply with all provisions and requirements of the Student Code of Conduct. Students who have been given a misconduct slip must have said slip signed and returned to their bus driver the next time they board the bus. Failure to do so may result in a bus suspension until the signed misconduct slip has been returned.

Grades 7-12 Student Code of Conduct

 Good conduct is based on respect and consideration for the rights of others. Students are expected to conduct themselves in such a way that the rights of others are not violated. Pickerington Schools students will conform with school regulations and accept directions from authorized school personnel. The Pickerington Board of Education will not tolerate violent, disruptive, or inappropriate behavior by its students and will vigorously enforce related policies and the Ohio Revised Code.

A student who fails to comply with Student Code of Conduct, established school rules, or with any reasonable request made by school personnel when subject to the authority of the Board of Education will be subject to the approved student discipline regulations. The superintendent or his/her designee shall develop regulations that establish strategies to address student misbehavior. Strategies shall encompass efforts ranging from prevention to intervention.

Each year (or when entering during the year), students and parents will receive information on where to access the rules and regulations to which they are subject. These discipline regulations apply to conduct while school is in session; at school-sponsored activities; on school premises; off school premises at any interscholastic competition, extracurricular activity, or any other school program or activity that is not located in a school or on property that is owned or controlled by the Board of Education; in any vehicle whose use is controlled or organized or arranged by the school; when the student is within the school district’s off-premises institutional authority; or at any time when the student is subject to the authority of the Board of Education or school personnel.

In addition, a student may be subject to school disciplinary action, including suspension or expulsion for harassment, vandalism, physical abuse, or other harmful or disruptive behavior toward school personnel during non-school hours. The information will include the types of conduct that will make them subject to suspension, expulsion, removal from school, or other forms of disciplinary action. The Board directs the administration to make all students and parents aware of the Student Code of Conduct, which is designed to encourage positive appropriate behavior, and the fact that any violations of the Student Code of Conduct are subject to the consequences outlined therein.

If a student violates this policy or the Code of Conduct, school personnel, students, or parents should report the student to the appropriate principal. The administration cooperates in any prosecution pursuant to the criminal laws of the state of Ohio and local ordinances.

Student attendance at after-school co-curricular events is a privilege. Any pupil may be removed from such events for engaging in disruptive conduct, for violation of the Student Code of Conduct, or for conduct posing a danger to persons or property. Any student removed from co-curricular events may be barred from attendance at future events for the remainder of the school year.

During the time of suspension (not to include in-school study), expulsion, or removal, the parent, guardian, or custodian of the student (or the student if age 18 or older) is responsible for the student. While suspended, expelled, permanently excluded, or removed from school, students are not permitted to attend curricular or extracurricular activities or to be on school premises for any reason unless a prior appointment has been made with school officials.

The Board may seek the permanent exclusion of a student age 16 or older who is either convicted in criminal court or adjudicated delinquent by a juvenile court of any of the following offenses that occur on school grounds or at a school function:

  • illegal conveyance or possession of a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance, carrying a concealed weapon, aggravated trafficking, trafficking in drugs, trafficking involving the possession of a bulk amount of a controlled substance or the sale of a controlled substance; and/or
  • aggravated murder, murder, voluntary or involuntary manslaughter, felonious or aggravated assault, rape, gross sexual imposition or felonious sexual penetration, if the victim is a District employee.

Disciplinary Action

In the event of student misconduct, one or more of the following procedures may be administered or other discipline imposed as deemed appropriate by the school administration.

Conference: A conference involving any combination of student(s), parents, teachers, counselor, and administrator.

Detention: A thirty (30) minute period before or after school. Detentions must be served within two school days. If not, the student may be issued a second detention. Failure to serve that detention could lead to a school suspension.

Office time out: Students may be assigned an amount of time to be spent in the office or other designated area.

Emergency removal: Students may be removed from class/school as per board policy and the ORC.

In-school study: In-school study shall be used within the structure of the Student Code of Conduct, depending upon the nature of the offense. Students assigned to in-school study are removed from the mainstream of the student population to a designated area. Academic work may be made up provided the student abides by the rules and completes the work assigned.

Out of school suspension/Expulsion: When students are suspended out-of-school or expelled, they have the opportunity to complete all work assigned and receive full credit. Students will not be penalized for missed work that cannot be duplicated outside of the classroom. Teachers may use a different assignment to determine mastery of the missed assignment. Suspended or expelled students may not be on school property or attend/participate school events, home or away, on the days they are suspended/expelled. Additional guidance regarding discipline can be found in district policies located on the district’s website.

Discipline of Students With Disabilities

The suspension and expulsion of students with disabilities will be in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, the Ohio Revised Code, and the 2008 Operating Standards for Ohio Educational Agencies serving Children with Disabilities (Rules 3301-51-01 to 3301- 51-09 and 3301-51-11 of the Ohio Administrative Code).

Infractions

1.Conviction of a Felony or Other Violation of Law

A student shall not commit any act not listed herein that constitutes a felony, misdemeanor, or violation of an ordinance.

2. Alcohol and Drugs

For purposes of this section of the Code of Conduct, the term “Substance” shall include, but not be limited to the following: alcohol; illegal drugs; un-prescribed drugs; narcotics; hallucinogens; amphetamines; barbiturates; marijuana; steroids; caffeine tablets; K2, spice, posh, “legal weed”, or any other marijuana substitute; look-alike drugs; or any substance that is represented to be, to contain, to mimic, or be used to produce the same or similar effects as illegal drugs, narcotics, hallucinogens, amphetamines, barbiturates, marijuana, alcohol, stimulants, depressants, or other intoxicants; or any other controlled substance as defined under the laws of Ohio or federal law.

A student shall not possess, solicit, use, conceal, sell, offer to sell, purchase, be under the influence of, show evidence of consumption, supply, distribute, or transmit any substance, or otherwise violate Board Policy.

“Possession” includes, but is not limited to, retention of a Substance on the student’s person or in a purse, wallet, locker, desk, or vehicle. Included in this prohibition are the possession of drug paraphernalia, which includes, but is not limited to rolling papers, and other items use to inject, inhale, administer, deliver, ingest or otherwise consume a substance.

3. Counterfeit Substances

No student shall possess any counterfeit “Substance,” as the term is defined under “Alcohol and Drugs,” nor shall any student make, sell, offer to sell, give, package, conceal, supply, transmit, or deliver a counterfeit Substance. Possession is defined under “Alcohol and Drugs.”

No student shall directly or indirectly represent a counterfeit Substance as a Substance that is prohibited by the Code of Conduct by describing, either with words or conduct, its effects as being the same or similar to the physical or mental effects associated with the use of a Substance.

No student shall directly or indirectly represent a counterfeit Substance as a Substance that is prohibited by the Code of Conduct.

a. Any Substance that bears, or whose container or label bears, a trademark, trade name or other identifying mark used without authorization of the owner or rights to such trademark, trade name, or identifying mark;

b. Any unmarked or unlabeled contraband that is represented to be a Substance prohibited by the Code of Conduct, which is manufactured, processed, packaged, or distributed;

c. Anything that is represented to be a Substance prohibited by the Code of Conduct but does not fall within the definition of a “Substance.”

d. Anything that a reasonable person would believe to be a Substance prohibited by the Code of Conduct because of its similarity in shape, size, color, markings, labeling, packaging, distribution, or the price for which it is sold or offered for sale.

4. Possession or Use of Weapons or Dangerous Instruments

A student shall not possess, transmit, or conceal a dangerous weapon, dangerous instrument, or “look-alike” counterfeit weapon or instrument. Such items include, but are not limited to, explosives, bullets, fireworks, mace, firearms, knives, BB or pellet guns or any object that can reasonably be considered a dangerous instrument. Look-alike weapons include, but are not limited to, any object a reasonable person might consider, under the circumstances, to be a weapon or dangerous instrument.

Additionally, O.R.C. Sec. 2923.122 makes it a felony for any person to knowingly convey, attempt to convey, or possess any deadly weapon or dangerous ordinance onto or on any property owned by or controlled by, or to any activity held under the auspices of, a school. A violation may result in the student being expelled for a period of one calendar year. Violators of the Code of Conduct may be referred to civil authorities. Whenever a student is suspended, expelled, or permanently excluded from school for a Code of Conduct violation involving a firearm, knife, or other weapon, the student may lose or be denied a driver’s license.

5. Inducing Panic (ORC 2917.31)

No student shall induce panic, i.e., cause the evacuation of any school building or otherwise cause serious public inconvenience or alarm, by:

  1. Initiating or circulating a report or warning of an alleged or impending fire, explosion, crime or other catastrophe, knowing that such a report or warning is false. Examples include, but are not limited to, pulling a fire alarm when you know there is no fire, making a bomb threat when you know there is no bomb, and making a fake “hit list”.
  2. Threatening to commit an offense of violence, as that term is defined in O.R.C. Section 2917.31. Examples include, but are not limited to, threatening to kill, assault, kidnap, rape or rob someone, to commit extortion, to provoke a riot, to commit arson, or to discharge a firearm at or into the school.
  3. Committing any offense with reckless disregard of the likelihood that its commission will cause serious public inconvenience or alarm. For purposes of this policy, reckless disregard means perversely disregarding a known risk that your conduct is likely to cause serious public inconvenience or alarm, and being heedlessly indifferent to the effects of your actions on others.

Any student who violates this rule will be subject to school discipline, in accordance with board policy and the Code of Conduct. In addition, any student who violates this rule may be referred to the authorities. Under Ohio law, any person who “induces panic” is guilty of a felony, regardless of whether anyone is hurt or the school suffers economic harm.

Students may be expelled for one calendar year. (See ORC Section 2917.31)

6. False Alarms and Reports

A student shall not initiate a fire alarm or initiate a report warning of a fire, bombing, bomb threat, or other catastrophe or emergency without cause, or give false information or falsely report school incidents. A violation may result in the student being expelled for a period of up to one calendar year.

7. Damage to School Property

A student shall not knowingly cause or attempt to cause physical harm to any school building or school property or private property of another, including the private property of school employees on school property. Parents, guardians, or custodians shall be held financially responsible for any such property damage, by their child, pursuant to O.R.C. 3109.09, 2307.70, and any other applicable sections of law. A student could be expelled for up to one calendar year. The building administrator will determine the extent of the damage and will assign discipline.

8. Extortion

A student shall not commit an act of extortion, threatened extortion, or threaten reprisals in order to secure an object, benefit, or service from another person.

9. Unauthorized Touching or Hitting or Throwing

This is the act of physically touching or hitting, or making physical or verbal threats to a student or employee of the school system, or any other person while on school property or at a school event. Charges may be filed in the event of an assault. A violation may result in the student being expelled for a period of up to one calendar year.

10. Violence or Disruption

A student shall not disrupt, attempt to disrupt, or urge others to disrupt the educational process, normal school operations, or any school or school-sponsored activity by violence, force, noise, coercion, threat, intimidation, fear, passive resistance, or other disorderly conduct.

11. Unauthorized Fires

A student shall not burn or attempt to burn any part of any building or objects therein, or any other property belonging to another person or to the Pickerington Schools.

12. Theft or Possessing Stolen Property

A student shall not steal or attempt to steal property. If a student finds an item that does not belong to him/her, they must immediately turn it in to a staff member. A person commits a theft when he/she:

  1. obtains or exerts unauthorized control over property of the owner (including computer software or copyrighted material); or
  2. obtains by deception control over property of the owner; or
  3. obtains by threat control over property of the owner; or
  4. obtains control over stolen property, knowing the property to have been stolen or under circumstances as would lead him/her to reasonably believe that the property was stolen, and he/she:
    1. intends to deprive the owner of the use or benefit of the property; or
    2. knowingly uses, conceals, or abandons the property in such a manner as to deprive the owner of such use or benefit; or

uses, conceals, or abandons the property, knowing such use, concealment, or abandonment probably will deprive the owner of such use or

13. Bullying and Hazing (Harassment and Intimidation)

Harassing, hazing, intimidating, bullying and/or dating violence behavior by any student/school personnel in the District is strictly prohibited, and such conduct may result in disciplinary action, including suspension and/or expulsion from school. Harassment, hazing, intimidation, bullying and/or dating violence means any intentional written, verbal, electronic, graphic or physical acts, including electronically transmitted acts, either overt or covert, by a student or group of students toward other students or school personnel with the intent to haze, harass, intimidate, injure, threaten, ridicule or humiliate. Such behaviors are prohibited on or immediately adjacent to school grounds, at any school-sponsored activity; in any District publication; through the use of any District-owned or operated communication tools, including but not limited to District e-mail accounts and/or computers; on school-provided transportation; or at any official school bus stop.

 

Hazing, harassment, intimidation, bullying, or dating violence can include many different behaviors. Examples of conduct that could constitute prohibited behaviors include, but are not limited to:

  1. physical violence and/or attacks;
  2. threats, taunts and intimidation through words and/or gestures;
  3. extortion, damage or stealing of money and/or possessions;
  4. exclusion from the peer group or spreading rumors;
  5. repetitive and hostile behavior with the intent to harm others through the use of information and communication technologies and other web-based/online sites (also known as “cyber bullying), such as the following:
    1. posting slurs on web sites, social networking sites, blogs or personal online journals;
    2. sending abusive or threatening e-mails, web site postings or comments and instant messages;
    3. using camera phones to take embarrassing photographs or videos of students and/or distributing or posting the photos or videos online and
    4. using web sites, social networking sites, blogs or personal online journals, e-mails or instant messages to circulate gossip and rumors to other
  6. excluding others from an online group by falsely reporting them for inappropriate language to Internet service

14. Sexting

The possessing, taking, disseminating, transferring, or sharing of nude, obscene, pornographic, lewd, or otherwise illegal images or photographs, whether by electronic data transfers or otherwise (commonly called texting, emailing, or sexting, etc.) may constitute a crime under state and/or federal law. Any person possessing, taking, disseminating, or sharing nude, obscene, pornographic, lewd or otherwise illegal images or photographs may be punished under this Code of Conduct and may be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agencies.

15. Sexual misconduct

Students shall not engage in inappropriate sexual misconduct on school grounds or at school sanctioned events.

16. Disrespect

A student shall not use abusive, obscene, profane, or offensive language, gestures, or signs toward another student, school employee, or adult.

17. Smoking or Use of Tobacco

Ohio law prohibits pupils from smoking and/or using and/or possessing tobacco in any area under the control of the school district or at any activity supervised by any school in that district.

Therefore, a student shall not smoke, otherwise use, possess, buy, sell, attempt to sell, distribute, or burn tobacco in any form, including, but not limited to, cigarettes, electronic cigarettes/vaporizers, cigars, clove cigarettes, chewing tobacco, snuff, and any other nicotine products. Students may be assumed to be smoking if any one of the following conditions exists;

  1. odor of smoke present,
  2. more than one person in a restroom stall,
  3. or refusing to come out of the stall if asked.

18. Forgery and Falsification

A student shall not falsely represent, attempt to falsely represent, or lie concerning any information to be used by or given to school officials, use the name or identity of another person, forge any school forms or information.

19. Distribution of Unauthorized Material

A student shall not distribute or sell any material that has not been authorized by an administrator.

20. Insubordination

A student shall not fail to comply with reasonable requests or directives of adults or school employees.

21. Over-the-Counter Substances

A student shall not knowingly make, sell, or offer to sell, receive, or distribute any substance that is available to purchase without a prescription.

22. Presence in an Unauthorized Area/Trespassing

A student shall not be in any unauthorized area of school grounds or any Pickerington Schools building without permission.

23. Repeated Violations

A repeated violation of any rule in the Code of Conduct is subject to additional penalties.

24. Truancy

Refer to the attendance section of the handbook and the Pickerington Schools board policy 5200

25. Tardiness

  • Tardiness to School: Refer to the attendance section of the handbook and the Pickerington Schools board policy 5200.
  • Tardiness to Class: If a student arrives late to class without a pass or excuse, the student will be considered tardy to class and may be referred to the office for additional discipline.

26. Class Cuts (unexcused absences from individual class periods)
If a student fails to attend an assigned period without an excuse, the absence will be counted as unexcused and may result in school discipline.

27. Hall Passes

Students shall have a pass from an instructor or an escort to be in the halls during class time.

28. Public Display of Affection (P.D.A.)

Students may show only affection that is within the boundaries of good taste while at school. Students that do not show good taste will be dealt with accordingly.

29. Gambling

Students may not gamble anywhere on school grounds.

30. Prepared for Class

Students are to bring to class those items identified by the instructors as needed to participate in the class or laboratory activity. This would include proper dress or uniform, books, manuals, notebook, and pencil or pen.

31. Driving Regulations/Use of Auto/Illegal Parking

Students may not leave school without permission, park without the proper permit, park in designated staff, visitor and/or handicapped spaces, or improperly use an automobile to and from school and on school property, or be in violation of the parking code. Students may lose their parking privileges if these rules are broken.

32. Office Phones

Office/school phones may be used with the permission of a staff member on a case-by-case basis.

33. Loitering

Students may not use the rest rooms as a place for loitering or as a “student lounge.” Students shall not remain in the school or on school property after the conclusion of the school day unless under the supervision of a staff member or coach.

34. Use of Property

Students may not use any school-owned property or another student’s property without permission.

35. Unserved Discipline Hours

If a student fails to serve discipline, additional discipline will be issued.

36. Profanity

A student shall not use profanity in class, halls, or on school grounds.

37. Bus Behavior

A student shall not violate the bus rules listed in “Bus Transportation”. All bus discipline will be reported to the transportation supervisor at Peterman Bus Company. All students may be removed from riding the bus for up to 1 year. (Refer to the Bus Transportation section)

38. Cheating/Plagiarism on Tests or Other School Work

A student shall not cheat or use unauthorized materials on tests or other schoolwork. In addition to the loss of a grade, discipline may be assigned.

39. Creating a Safety Hazard

A student may be removed for creating a safety hazard.

40. Off School Grounds Without Permission

A student shall not leave school grounds without permission. A loss of privileges may result.

41. Possession of Laser Pens/Lighters/Matches/Stink Bombs

Students may not possess the above items, and they will be confiscated.

42. Outside Building Without Permission

A student shall not be outside the building without permission.

43. Failure to Sign In/Out of School

All students must sign in when arriving after the bell or sign out before school is dismissed.

44. Dress Code Violation

A student shall not violate the dress code. (Refer to the Dress Code section)

45. Food/Drink/littering in Building, Outside Cafeteria

All food and drink must be kept in the cafeteria during school hours unless special permission has been granted. Students are not to litter anywhere on school grounds.

46. Failure to Clean Up Lunchroom Table/Area

Students are responsible for leaving their area clean.

47. Possession/Use of Electronic Equipment by Students

Please refer to the acceptable use board policy for personal communication devices (PCD). All electronic devices may be searched if there exists a reasonable suspicion that it may have been used in an activity prohibited by the Code of Conduct.

48.  Inappropriate Material

Students are not to possess, bring, make, transmit, conceal, sell, or offer to sell inappropriate material or items. Example: pornographic or obscene material.

49. Disturbance/Horseplay/ Inappropriate Behavior

A student shall not be involved in any type of inappropriate behavior, including but not limited to excessive noise and blocking/loitering in hallways, which will also include excessive noise for electronic devices and/or speakers.

Disturbances: Students causing disturbances on school premises (i.e. insubordination to teachers or other school employees or possession of firecrackers, smoke bombs, etc.) or having possession of, or threatening with, any type of weapon may be suspended from school.

50. Instigation
A student shall not participate in any activity considered by the administration to be a direct or indirect instigation.

51. Acceptable Use Policy

Each student must take responsibility for appropriate and lawful use of this access. Please refer to the reference regarding board policy.

52. Social Media

Care must be taken on social media to maintain an atmosphere of respect consistent with the behavior expected of students in school. Please refer to board policy.

Middle School and Elementary School Handbook

 

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Pickerington Local School District
2019-20 School Year

Pickerington Elementary and Middle Schools Student Handbook and Code of Conduct

Fairfield Elementary
1300 Coventry Avenue
Pickerington, OH 43147
Phone: (614) 834-7600
Fax: (614) 834-7610

Heritage Elementary
100 East Street
Pickerington, OH 43147
Phone: (614) 833-6385
Fax: (614) 833-6415

Pickerington Elementary
775 Long Road Pickerington, OH 43147 Phone: (614) 548-1400
Fax: (614) 548-1410

Sycamore Creek Elementary
500 Sycamore Creek Street Pickerington, OH 43147 Phone: (614) 834-6200
Fax: (614) 834-6210

Toll Gate Elementary
12183 Toll Gate Road Pickerington, OH 43147
Phone: (614) 834-6300
Fax: (614) 834-6310

Tussing Elementary
7117 Tussing Road
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Phone: (614) 834-2600
Fax: (614) 834-2610

Violet Elementary
8855 Education Drive
Pickerington, OH 43147
Phone: (614) 548-1500
Fax: (614) 548-1510

Diley Middle
750 Preston Trails Drive
Pickerington, OH 43147
Phone: (614) 830-2900
Fax: (614) 830-2910

Harmon Middle
12410 Harmon Road
Pickerington, OH 43147
Phone: (614) 835-2000
Fax: (614) 835-2010

Toll Gate Middle
12089 Toll Gate Road
Pickerington, OH 43147
Phone: (614) 834-6400
Fax: (614) 834-6410

Important District-Wide Information

District Office 614-833-2110
District Website

 

https://www.pickerington.k12.oh.us/
Petermann Transportation

 

(614) 837-8525
Food Services

 

(614) 833-3645
Student  Food Accounts

 

https://www.mypaymentsplus.com/welcome 1-866-711-7341
Treasurer’s Office (614)833-2112

 

Pickerington Local School District

Vision: We aspire to be the school district of choice, improving our community and society by opening doors and providing opportunities for every child, every day.
Mission: Our mission is to provide an engaging, innovative and holistic experience that empowers all students to become responsible, productive citizens.

General Information

Parents and guardians, thank you for reviewing the contents of this handbook with your child. We look forward to partnering with you to provide the best possible educational experience for your child. Using and understanding this handbook will help ensure everyone in our schools have a safe, productive and fulfilling school year.

This handbook is not an all-inclusive list of policies and procedures for our district/schools. If you have questions about a school matter, please contact your student’s teacher or building administrator.

Acceptable Use Policy
The Pickerington Local School District provides students with access to computer equipment, programs, systems, email, internet and other technologies. Each student must take responsibility for appropriate and lawful use of this access. Students shall not use the school district’s equipment, systems or network for activities that cause harm to others or damage to their property; or that violate the law, board policy, or the Student Code of Conduct. The board or authorized district officials will make a good faith judgment as to which materials, files, information, software, communications and other content and activities are permitted and prohibited under the particular circumstances based on the following guidelines. Uses and activities that are considered unacceptable and constitute a violation of this policy include, but are not limited to, the following: Illegal activities, accessing inappropriate material, inappropriate or insensitive communication, violating copyright laws, copying of software, plagiarism, misuse of equipment, passwords or software, malicious use or vandalism and unauthorized access to the internet. The district and its staff reserve the right to filter and monitor district devices and district internet usage at all times. (24/hours, 365 days a year)

Please review this policy 7540.03 in its entirety on the district website for additional details.

Accident Protection Policy
The Pickerington Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent to make accident insurance covering children available to parents at a nominal premium. Covering a child in the program is at the discretion of the parents. The insurance covers accidents that occurs during school, on the way to and from school, and while attending school functions.

After-School Events
Students must be picked up promptly at the time the event is to end. If the student is not picked up on time, he/she may not be allowed to attend the next activity without a parent/guardian/chaperone. It is the parent’s responsibility to provide transportation home after school activities.
1. All after-school activities are a privilege. Students must be in attendance at school to participate/attend.
2. All school rules and procedures apply during the activity.

Birthdays
 The staff recognizes that birthdays are very special days for children. We want to help your child celebrate this special occasion; however, to protect students with health concerns including food allergies and to comply with board policy, please follow these guidelines:
1. Limit your treats to non-food items such as stickers, pencils, etc.

2. Refrain from sending flowers, balloons, or other special gifts to children during school hours.

To avoid hurt feelings, party invitations will not be distributed at school.

Bicycles
Students are permitted to ride bikes to school with their parents’ approval. The school will not be responsible for bikes damaged or stolen while on school property. We recommend that only students who live in the immediate vicinity ride bikes to school. Students must walk their bicycles while on the sidewalks in front of the school. Bicycles must be parked in the bike racks and remain parked during school hours.

Change of Address
 Any change of address must be reported to the District’s Welcome Center at 614-920-6180. Any home phone number and/or parent work phone number change should be made by going to the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.

Child Custody Regulations
 In cases of divorce/separation, a copy of the final agreement of the divorce decree/separation agreement that stipulates the custodial provisions must be provided to the school. Any subsequent changes to the court order or decree must also be provided to school officials. Proper identification may be requested to address custody/student issues with building staff.

Closings and Delays
 Occasionally, Pickerington Schools closes or delays school start times (or closes school early) based on inclement weather or other reasons. These decisions are made for the safety of our students. While we strive to make these decisions by 5:30 a.m., there are times that it is not possible.

We recommend that families establish family emergency plans for potential closings. Such plans should include teaching your child where to go (home, baby sitter, neighbor’s house, etc.) if the district must close school earlier than normal.

If Pickerington Schools close for any reason, the district will communicate with parents via our Infinite Campus parent notification system, website, and social media. (See “Communication” for details.)

We also will provide information to the following local TV stations: WCMH-TV (Channel 4), WBNS-TV (Channel 10), WSYX-TV (Channel 6), and FOX-TV (Channel 28).

For complete information on our approach to closings and delays, visit our Calamity Days webpage. 

Communication
The district and individual schools use a variety of tools and tactics to communicate with parents and the community. These tools include, but are not limited to:

Website: The primary source of District information is our website, http://www.pickerington.k12.oh.us.

Parent notification system (emails and phone calls): Pickerington Schools uses an e-communication and telephone service through Infinite Campus to contact large groups of households for special announcements and emergencies, such as calamity days. This system sends emails, phone calls, and text messages to the addresses and phone numbers parents have identified as their contact preferences in Infinite Campus.

Parents and guardians are automatically enrolled as subscribers based on the contact information we have on file through Infinite Campus. For that reason, it is important for parents to ensure their contact information in Infinite Campus is correct. This can be done by logging in to the online parent portal or by checking with your child’s building secretary to ensure we have your most up-to-date phone numbers and email addresses.

Parents may also log on to this system to change their email and telephone contact preferences, as well as to opt-out of notifications. These messages include, but are not limited to, information about snow/calamity days.

Social media: Parents are encouraged to follow the district and their child’s school on Facebook and Twitter. Links to all available accounts can be found here.

Newsletters: The district and many school principals produce periodic newsletters for parents. Depending on the school, these may be posted to the building website, on social media, or emailed via the parent notification system.

Parent-Teacher Conferences: These are held twice each year and are a valuable opportunity for parents to communicate directly with their child’s teacher and building administrators.

Busing Information: Up to date Bus Routing Information is made available through our Elink parent portal.  Each student automatically has an account created within 24 hours after creation of the six digit student ID# assigned by Infinite Campus. The username and password are the student ID#. This portal is also used for all bus stop change requests. Once logged in to Elink you can choose the “Parent Communication” tab to access the communication form for this purpose.

Concerns/Questions The district encourages parents to first work with their child’s teachers to address concerns or resolve conflicts. If you have further concerns after meeting with the teachers, contact the school’s administration.

Conduct

Proper behavior is as much a part of a quality education as anything else. While at school and school events, we expect our students to behave properly, i.e., in a manner that brings credit to themselves and their school. A complete copy of the Code of Conduct is available in the main office and by visiting the district website.

Deliveries

We ask that parents do not have things delivered to students at school such as balloons, flowers, and food items.

Directory Information (O.R.C 3319.321)

The district proposes to designate the following personally identifiable information contained in a student’s education record as “directory information”; it discloses that information without prior written consent, except that not even directory information is not released for a profit-making plan or activity. Such information includes:

1. student’s name;
2. student’s grade level;
3. student’s address;
4. telephone number(s);
5. student’s date and place of birth; 6. major field of study
7. participation in officially recognized activities and sports;
8. student’s height and weight , if a member of an athletic team;
9. dates of attendance (“from and to” dates of enrollment);
10. date of graduation; and
11. awards received.

Parents may contact the school counselor’s office to request that the school not release any of the above information about the student.

Senate Bill 26 requires Ohio Public Schools to release directory information on sophomores, juniors, and seniors to armed forces recruiters. However, a student’s parent/guardian/custodian may submit a written request to the school district that the information not be released.

Please review Policy 8330 Student Records for more information on directory information and student records.

Dismissal Procedures

Please notify your child’s teacher about the daily routine your child should follow at dismissal time. If there is any change in a student’s normal dismissal routine, a note stating the change must be written to the student’s teacher; otherwise, students will be dismissed according to their regular routine. We request that any changes to your child’s transportation be made no less than one hour prior to school dismissing to ensure that the proper notification can be made to appropriate people.

Dress Code

Dress must be appropriate for school and should not disrupt the learning environment. Bare midriffs, spaghetti strap shirts, tank tops, and T-shirts with suggestive, drug-related, alcohol-related, or violent imprints are prohibited. Skirts and dresses are to be of reasonable length. Shorts, skorts, and split skirts are permitted; however, cut-off sweats, biker shorts, short-shorts, etc., are not. Students may not wear hats, caps, or bandanas inside the school building. The principal reserves the right to make judgment as to what is appropriate.

Emergency Medical Forms

Accidents can and do happen. It is essential that we are able to contact a parent/guardian or another reliable adult in the event of an emergency. Please return the emergency medical authorization form to the school immediately. If an emergency arises during school hours due to an illness or injury to a student, school personnel will attempt to notify parents. If not successful, one of the telephone numbers listed on Infinite Campus will be called.

During the school year, there may be changes in addresses and telephone numbers. Please update your information on the Infinite Campus Parent Portal .

Emergency Removal of Student

If a student’s presence poses a continuing danger to persons or property or an ongoing threat of disruption in the academic process, taking place either within a classroom or elsewhere on school premises, the student may be removed from the curricular, extra-curricular, or co-curricular activity or school premises on an emergency basis as dictated by board policy.

Equal Opportunity Pickerington Schools believe in the worth of every individual. We pledge to provide equal opportunity for students regardless of sex, race, or national origin. Students who believe they have been denied such equal opportunity should inform the principal.

Fees/Fee Waiver

On an annual basis, the District Board of Education adopts rules and regulations establishing a schedule of fees for materials used in our courses of instruction. Where applicable, the cost of the student planners will be included in school fees. Consumable materials become the student’s property. Families who are financially unable to pay for necessary materials should refer to board policy for fee waivers. Applications are available in the school office. Failure to pay school fees will result in school records (i.e., grades and credits) being held until payment is received.

Field Trips

Students’ participation in a field trip requires submission of a field trip permission statement signed by an authorized adult and a completed emergency medical form (completed online), appropriate student behavior, and appropriate attire that presents a positive image of the school. The student code of conduct needs to be followed on all field trips. A student’s participation on a field trip may be restricted based on grades and attendance.

Parent’s attending field trips must follow the board policy for volunteers and visitors.

Grading and Reporting

Grading with report cards is a system of communication between teacher, students, and parents. The system is designed to reflect achievement in respect to ability and progress in relationship to expectation and effort.

Grade cards are issued four times a year. These grade cards are the parent’s copy and do not have to be signed or returned.

We will use the following percentages to compute nine-week grades.

Semester and yearly averages are computed on a four-point scale.

(A+ will not be used, allowing A to be a perfect score.)

*For grade levels not using a standards-based achievement record.

Grading Scale (6th Grade Only)
9 Weeks Grades Semester/Year
 

Percent

 

Letter
Grade

 

Value

 

Range When Averaging Letter Grades

 

Sem./Year Final Grade

100-93 A 4.00 4.00-3.88      A
92-90 A- 3.75 3.87-3.50      A-
89-87 B+ 3.25 3.49-3.13      B+
86-83 B 3.00 3.12-2.88      B
82-80 B- 2.75 2.87-2.50      B-
79-77 C+ 2.25 2.49-2.13      C+
76-73 C 2.00 2.12-1.88      C
72-70 C- 1.75 1.87-1.50      C-
69-67 D+ 1.25 1.49-1.13      D+
66-63 D 1.00 1.12-0.88      D
62-60 D- 0.75 0.87-0.67      D-
Below 60 F 0.00 0.66-0.00      F

Achievement Records
Kindergarten through fifth-grade students will receive standards-based report cards each nine weeks. These documents will be based on grade-level standards. Grade levels are in bands, which are K-2 and 3-5.

Student levels of achievement are:

 

N No Progress Student is making no progress towards meeting end of year grade level standards with extensive support.

 

L Less than expected progress Student is making less than expected progress toward meeting end of year standards with increased support.
P Progressing towards mastery Student is making expected progress toward meeting the year-end grade level standards.
M Mastery  

Student is meeting the year-end grade level standard and may be ready to work at greater depth.

 

Sixth-grade students will receive report cards each nine weeks. While grading is based on mastery of the standards, students will receive a report card with letter grades.

Health Concerns

If your child has a health concern, please provide the school nurse medical documentation from your child’s physician. Mutual understanding about health concerns will help us to better care for your child. Please update your student’s information as necessary.

School personnel will provide basic first aid and care for injuries and illnesses that occur at school. If an emergency arises during school hours due to an illness or injury, school personnel will attempt to notify the parent/guardian. If unsuccessful, one of the telephone numbers listed on the Emergency Medical Authorization form will be called. The student must be picked up within a reasonable amount of time. Any changes in information (telephone numbers/addresses) can be made by logging on to the Infinite Campus Parent Portal on the district website.

Nurse / Clinic

The school health clinic is available to students who may become ill or injured. Students should not contact parents on their own if they are ill. Students with symptoms of possible communicable diseases should not attend school. Please keep your child home if signs of illness including: vomiting, diarrhea, or elevated temperature (100.0 or above) occur. Your child will be sent home with symptoms of illness and must be fever and symptom-free for 24 hours before returning to school.

Screenings

Vision screenings will be provided in grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 and 11. Hearing screenings will be provided in grades K, 1, 3, 5. 9 and 11. Parents will be notified if their child fails the screening.

Immunizations

State law and district policy require written proof of every student’s immunization status. Any student who does not meet the minimum state-required immunizations or exemptions within the first 14 days of school attendance will be excluded per Ohio Law.

Medication

Medication prescribed by a physician: District policy for grades K-12 requires that for prescribed medications the appropriate form must be completed by the physician, signed by parent/guardian, and given to the school clinic staff before the medication can be given. This form is available in our school clinic and on our website. Additionally, the medication must be presented to school personnel by the parent or guardian in its original container and labeled with the pharmacy label that includes the child’s name, doctor’s name, name of the medication, dosage to be given, and time to be taken. Any change from the original order must be provided in writing from the student’s prescribing physician.

FDA-approved non-prescription medication: If non-prescription medications are required to be given at school, they must be in the original container and accompanied by a form with the child’s name, name of the medication, amount to be given, time to be given, date to be started, and date to be discontinued. This form must be signed by the student’s parent or guardian. All medication (including cough drops) must be stored in the clinic. Dosages exceeding manufacturer’s recommendations must be accompanied by a physician’s order as described above.

All medications are to be delivered to school by the parent or guardian. Prior to the end of the school year, the parent or guardian must pick up any unused medications or the medications will be discarded.

Homework

Homework should help students learn by providing practice in the mastery of skills, experience in data gathering, and integration of knowledge, and an opportunity to remediate learning process. Parents are encouraged to set aside a regular time each evening to talk with their child about the day’s events. Although homework may not be assigned each night, time should be spent reading, writing, studying math facts, reviewing for tests, etc. Teachers may offer specific suggestions for evening activities. For additional information, please refer to board policy 2330: Homework

Honor Roll (6th grade only) Recognition will be awarded based on grade point average (GPA) for each nine-week period as follows:

• “A” Honor Roll: A student must maintain at least an “A-” average in all academic subjects for a particular grading period (3.750-4.000).

• Honor Roll: A student must maintain at least a “B” average in all academic subjects for a particular grading period (3.000-3.749).

Yearly recognition will be granted to students who maintain an average grade of 3.750-4.000 or 3.000- 3.749 for the first three nine-week grading periods. Year-end honor roll awards will be based upon the average of the student’s first three nine-week grading periods only.

Make-Up Work / Request For Homework

Students will be permitted to receive credit for make-up work. Students who are absent on the day before a pre-announced quiz, test, or project will be required to take the quiz/test or present the project on the scheduled date unless new material was covered during the absence. Homework assigned before the absence is due upon the student’s return. The amount of time permitted to complete make-up work will be determined cooperatively by the teacher and student, but will not exceed the number of absent days.

Parents may request homework assignments for their child on the second day of an absence. In order for the office to have the necessary lead-time to acquire these assignments, the request must be made before 10:00 a.m. to ensure that it will be available for pickup the same day. Parents must be aware of the individual homework request policy for their child’s teachers. This policy may vary somewhat by school.

Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO)

Each of our schools extends an invitation to each family to join their parent-teacher organization. Please check notices sent home with your child concerning the various activities the PTO will conduct throughout the school year.

Parent Conferences

You are encouraged to schedule a conference at any time to discuss your child’s progress. This is perhaps one of the best means of communication for the child, the parents, and the school personnel.

Preplanned parent-teacher conferences are held in the fall and winter. These conferences are very important to both parents and teachers. Parents will have the opportunity to know and understand more fully the progress of your child in school. The conference enables teachers to better understand each child and parents’ expectations. Parents are urged to make every effort to schedule a conference during the scheduled days. Information regarding conferences is sent home with students approximately three weeks before the conference dates.

Parent Visitation

Visitors, particularly parents/guardians, are welcome at school. To properly monitor the safety of students and staff, each visitor must report to the school office upon entering the building to sign in and provide proper identification to receive a visitor’s badge. Any visitor without a visitor/volunteer badge will be asked to return to the office. If parents wish to meet with a staff member or observe a classroom, they should call to schedule an appointment. Appointments must be made at least 24 hours in advance by contacting the school office. Parents are welcome to visit our school for special programs and class observations. Students are not permitted to invite friends or relatives to school during the school day. Additional guidelines regarding visitors in school can be found on the district website under policies: 9150 and 9150 AG.

Personal Items

Students are discouraged from bringing valuable items to school. If brought to school, these items remain the responsibility of the student. Such items can be lost or damaged. The school cannot assume responsibility for losses or damages. Skateboards, scooters, and roller blades/skates are not permitted.

Phone Calls

Students must have the approval of their teacher, principal or office staff before making a telephone call. Telephone calls should be limited to emergency situations unless approved otherwise. All student calls should be made from the classroom or office phone.

Publicizing Great Things About Our Students

The district frequently has the opportunity to celebrate accomplishments of our students, including award recipients, participants in unique classroom projects, involvement in fine arts programs, athletics, and other activities worth recognizing and promoting.

Sometimes, this recognition appears on district and school websites, in print publications, and in district-controlled social media, including Facebook and Twitter feeds. This recognition may include photos of students, as well as their names, school, grade and teacher’s name. It also may include pictures or other representations of students’ artistic work, including visual and written pieces.

We also occasionally will have members of the local media visiting our buildings to cover special events and unique approaches to education being offered by our teachers. Media access to students does not happen within our schools without district knowledge and supervision, and we do not provide direct access to students when the media is covering stories or topics that might be considered controversial or negative.

Most parents enjoy seeing their children included in the day-to-day celebration of all the great things happening in our schools. For that reason, default consent and release for this type of recognition is granted to the district. However, we know there are a few parents who prefer that their children be excluded from such acknowledgement and recognition.

Action is only required by parents who wish to deny this consent. We require those parents to inform us, in writing, of their desire to have their children excluded from district-managed recognition by downloading a form available on the district website, filling it out, and returning it to their child’s school. Parents are asked to do this by Sept. 1 each fall to ensure we have a current list of students whose activities should not be publicly acknowledged by the district on the website, on social media, or in other public forums.

Recesses

Children are required to go outside unless prohibited by weather conditions or health reasons. Indoor recess will be held on days of inclement weather or when the wind chill factor is below 25 degrees. On these “indoor” days, students will remain indoors and participate in classroom games and/or activities. If your child has a medical problem and must remain indoors or have limited activity, please provide the school office with a written note. A physician statement must accompany any request for extended excuse from recess. Parents will not be permitted to attend recess unless it is approved in advance by the principal.

Safety

Please report all safety issues to the office. Students who feel uncomfortable reporting this information to the office may see a teacher or counselor. Additionally, concerns can be reported to the Ohio SaferSchool Hotline by calling 1-844-SAFEROH. Calls to the Ohio SaferSchool Hotline can be made anonymously.

Safety Drills

Several types of emergency/safety drills are conducted throughout the year, including fire, tornado, medical, and school intruder drills. These drills are held to acquaint students with proper emergency/safety procedures and evacuation routes. Each student will be instructed of his/her responsibilities during these drills.

School Counseling Services

School counselors offer classroom guidance, as well as skill and support groups for study skills, grief, friendship, fear, anxiety, stress, anger management, and separation/divorce.

They also offer individual counseling to help students manage both academic and emotional issues, as well as provide mediation in resolving peer conflicts. Students can obtain a pass from their teachers or self-refer to schedule a time to meet with a school counselor.

School Property

Lockers/cubbies, textbooks, and district-owned technology (including Chromebooks) are school property. If school officials have reason to believe a locker/cubby or other school property is being used inappropriately, school personnel may search the school property without permission of the student. Students who share lockers/cubbies must be respectful of one another’s property. Students are responsible for their textbooks and district-owned technology devices. Textbooks and literature books that are lost or excessively damaged beyond normal usage shall be the responsibility of individual students. Replacement costs and/or fees will be assessed accordingly.

Students also are responsible for any library materials they borrow.

The school and other equipment in the building must be treated with respect. Damage and marking on walls, doors, or other surfaces will not be tolerated.

School Lunches

The school operates a cafeteria, which offers students hot, nutritious lunches each school day. Students who bring lunches from home may purchase milk in the cafeteria.

The computerized cash register system allows parents to prepay for their child’s lunches in advance. Parents may monitor and add funds to their students’ accounts.

School Time Schedule

Check our school or district website for information on daily start and stop times for typical days and days for which a two-hour delay occurs.

Searches (O.R.C. 3313.20) School authorities are charged with the responsibility of safeguarding the safety and well-being of the students in their care. In the discharge of that responsibility, school authorities may search the person or property of a student, including any district-owned technology, with or without the student’s consent, whenever they reasonably suspect that the search is required to discover evidence of a violation of law or of school rules. The extent of the search will be governed by the seriousness of the alleged infraction and the student’s age. Any unattended belongings will be searched to determine ownership and to confirm the item or its contents are not dangerous. Please refer to board policy for additional details.

Signing In Visitors To School / Picking Up Your Child

All visitors to any school must first stop at the office and sign in. Do not report directly to the classroom, lunchroom, or playground during school hours. This is done for the safety of all students. If you need to pick up your child, you must come to the office with proper identification to sign your child out and wait there for the office personnel to get your child for you. All students arriving late must first report to the office to sign in and obtain an office pass before returning to class.

Social Media For Students

Although social media can be useful for many purposes, care must be taken to maintain an atmosphere of respect consistent with the behavior expected of students in school as outlined in federal and/or state law, board policy and school rules. Social media is defined as any form of online publication or presence that allows end users to engage in multi-directional conversations in or around the content on the Internet. Students are personally responsible for the content they publish online. Because digital content lives in perpetuity, anything you publish will be public for a long time. Use common sense and adhere to the social media for students policy when posting content online. The Social Media for Students Policy applies to the use of social networking in the classroom as well. The same rules and policies that govern student conduct at school apply to social networking activity when social networking is used in conjunction with a class assignment or other school activities.

Please refer to board policy 7540.03A Social Media Policy (Students)

Student Planners (Third/Fourth grade students only) Elementary school students may receive a student planner. Those students receiving planners should use planners each day in class by writing all of their assignments down for each subject. Planners should be taken home each night to be reviewed by parents. It is the responsibility of the student to make parents and teachers aware of messages for which responses are needed. Students who lose their student planners are expected to purchase a replacement.

Surveillance Cameras

Surveillance cameras are mounted in and around various locations throughout the building. Students may be recorded at any time. Please refer to board policy 7440.01 on the district’s website for additional guidelines on video and electronic monitoring.

Title IX And Section 504

If you believe you have been discriminated against, please inform the principal. Then, if not satisfied, the complaint should be forwarded to the district’s Title IX and/or Section 504 Coordinator, who can be reached at 614-833-2110 or 90 East Street, Pickerington, Ohio. If not satisfactorily settled at this level, the complaint may be made to the superintendent, who will act as the district’s final mediator. Please refer to the district’s policy on discrimination for additional guidance.

Volunteering In Pickerington Schools

All persons volunteering within Pickerington Schools must submit a Volunteer Application and sign a Volunteer Code of Conduct form. These forms are available in all of our school offices and on the district website. All volunteers (both new and current) having unsupervised access to children on a regular basis must have a background check. Please refer to board policy 9150: School Visitors and administrative guideline 9150 AG: School Visitors for additional details.

Withdrawing From School

Please notify the school office before withdrawing a child from school. Office personnel will explain the procedures that must be followed. Please refer to board policy 5130: Withdrawal of School and administrative guideline 5130: Withdrawal/Transfer from School for additional details.

Attendance Policy

We believe that regular, punctual attendance to school is essential if our students are to receive maximum benefit from the educational program we offer. Success in school is directly related to attendance habits, and developing a regular pattern of good attendance is crucial for future success.

Our Board of Education policies on student attendance and absences from school follow all statutes and regulations of both the Ohio Administrative Code and the federal Missing Child Act. Together, our local policy and these pieces of legislation outline each aspect of your child’s attendance to school.

First and foremost, it is the responsibilities of the parents to ensure their children have regular school attendance. Additionally, in the event a student is absent from school for any reason, it is the responsibility to notify the school. The specific policies related to our elementary and middle school attendance program are described below. Questions should be addressed to your school’s office.

Absences

When a child will be absent from or tardy to school, parents must notify the school no later than 10:00 a.m. the morning of the absence. An answering machine is available 24 hours a day for reporting a student absence or tardy. If school office personnel have not been notified of an absence, we will place a telephone call either to the home or to the parent’s place of employment.

Absences from school are classified as either excused or unexcused. Students will be permitted to make up and receive credit for work missed. The State of Ohio permits us to excuse a child’s absence for the following reasons:

A) Illness (doctor’s excuse may be required)
B) Illness inside the immediate family that necessitates the presence of the child
C) Death of a relative (limited to 3 days)
D) Observation of religious holidays consistent with his/her religious beliefs (Notification must be submitted at least one day prior to the absence.)
E) Medical or dental appointment (usually a partial day)
F) Quarantine for contagious disease (as verified by a medical professional) College visitation (three approved days allowed)
G) Emergency circumstances (eg. court appearance, required meeting with social services agency, student required to travel with parent.)
H) Absences due to a student’s placement in foster care or changes in foster care placement or any court proceedings related to their foster care status
I) Absences due to circumstances impacted by homelessness

All other absences will be counted as unexcused. Excessive absences may result in a phone call from school, written notification from school, or a referral to the District attendance/truant officer. In addition, further absences illness may result in the child being placed on Needs Medical Excuse status. Students placed on N.M.E. restrictions must produce a note from their physician for the absence to be excused. Without this medical note, the absence will remain unexcused.

Early Policy

Once a student gets to school, he/she is expected to stay the entire day or until that student is dismissed. Each student leaving school property during school hours will be required to have written communication from the parent or guardian. Please note that for security purposes, students will NOT be dismissed to parents following school events held during the regular school day. Parents wanting to take their child out of school early must follow the regular sign out procedures. Any student leaving early will be counted absent for that portion of the day.

Vacation

Vacation days are noted in the annual school calendar. It is the expectation of the Board that families do everything possible to plan their vacations during these times. If this is not possible, arrangements must be made in advance through the attendance office. All work missed must be completed and turned in on the day of return to school. Scheduling family vacations during established testing windows is strongly discouraged. Family vacations are not considered an excused absence.

Please refer to policy 5200 on attendance for information on habitual absences, tardies, preplanned absences, and procedures for addressing truancy.

Bus Transportation

Student Conduct on Buses

Free transportation is a service provided by the Pickerington Board of Education, which should be regarded as a privilege by students. It is expected that those who ride the school buses will conduct themselves as good passengers at all times. All students who ride a school bus are subject to these regulations while riding to and from school or on special trips.

Student Regulations

The superintendent or his/her designee is authorized to deny transportation to a student. A student must be given a written notice of the intended suspension. The student shall have the opportunity to appear informally before the superintendent or superintendent’s designee before the suspension is imposed. Students are also subject to emergency removal from the bus for other discipline. If emergency removal is imposed, a hearing will be held within three (3) school days of the initial removal. The notice shall also include the reasons for removal. Students may be suspended for up to one (1) year.

1. Parents are responsible for the safety of their student before pick up and after drop off.
2. Students will be at designated bus stops before bus arrival time in the morning and in the evenings when school is dismissed. Students must be at the designated bus stops five (5) minutes before arrival time. In the evenings when school is dismissed students have seven (7) minutes to board their assigned bus. After the bus drivers have been notified that it is clear to leave, they are instructed to close the bus doors. No students will be allowed to board after the bus doors have been closed.
3. Students must cross approximately ten (10) feet in front (only) of the bus. Students must follow the driver’s hand signals when crossing the street.
4. Improper behavior at bus stops, including physical aggressiveness and property destruction, will not be tolerated.
5. Students must go directly to an available or assigned seat so the bus may safely resume motion.
6. Students must remain seated, at all times, keeping aisles and exits clear. Students shall not change from seat to seat. Drivers are encouraged to assign seats to all students.
7. No standing on the seats or sitting on the backs of seats.
8. Unauthorized touching or hitting is the act of physically touching or hitting, or making physical threats to a student or bus driver or any other person. Unauthorized touching, shoving or tripping will not be permitted; it will generally result in a suspension for a minimum of three (3) days.
9. A student shall not use abusive, obscene, profane, or offensive language, gestures, or signs toward the bus driver, bus monitor, another student, school employee, or adult.
10. Students are not permitted to smoke, otherwise use, possess, buy, sell, attempt to sell, distribute, or burn tobacco in any form, including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, clove cigarettes, chewing tobacco, snuff, and any other form of tobacco. Ohio law prohibits pupils from smoking and/or using and/or possessing tobacco in any area under the control of the school district or at any activity supervised by any school in that district.
11. Students are not permitted to use matches or cigarette lighters. A student shall not burn or attempt to burn any part of any school bus or objects therein, or any other property belonging to another person or to the Pickerington Schools
12. Eating, drinking, and gum chewing on the bus is not permitted at any time, except as required for medical reasons.
13. Students will ride only on assigned buses and are not permitted to get off other than at the assigned bus stop. Parents may request a deviation from this rule by completing a “Change of Bus Stop” form. It will go into effect after it is approved by the transportation supervisor.
14.Throwing litter on the bus or out the windows, or throwing anything at the bus, is prohibited.
15. Students will keep all parts of the body inside the bus.
16. At no time are students allowed to tamper with the emergency door. A suspension will be given.
17. Vandalism of buses, such as cutting seats, poking holes, etc., shall not be permitted. Parents will be financially responsible for any damage done by their children.
18. Students must promptly obey the bus driver’s instructions the first time they are given and refrain from talking back. If a student fails to comply with reasonable requests or directives of any school employee or bus driver, it will be considered insubordination. The bus is an extension of the classroom with equal expectations for behavior.
19. Absolute quiet must be maintained at all railroad crossings until the bus is across the tracks and at other points of danger as specified by the bus driver.
20. Spitting is not permitted.
21. Except as required by state or federal disability laws, animals of any size will not be transported on a school bus.
22. A student is not permitted to possess, transmit, or conceal a dangerous weapon, dangerous instrument, or “look-alike” counterfeit weapon or instrument. Look-alike weapons could include, but are not limited to, starter pistols, stun guns, or any object a reasonable person might consider, under the circumstances, to be a weapon or dangerous instrument such as firearms, ammunition, explosives, fireworks, or knives.
23. A student is not permitted to possess, solicit, use, conceal, sell, offer to sell, be under the influence of, show evidence of consumption, supply, or transmit narcotics, other illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, alcoholic beverages, counterfeit controlled substances or “look-alike” controlled substances. A lookalike controlled substance could include but is not limited to anything that a reasonable person would believe to be a controlled substance because of its similarity in shape, size, color, marking, labeling, packaging, distribution, or the price for which it is sold or offered for sale. Possession includes, but is not limited to, retention on the student’s person or in a purse, wallet, locker, desk, or vehicle on school property or vehicle used for school purposes. Included in the prohibition are any substances represented as a controlled substance, such as non-alcoholic beers, steroids, tobacco products, e-cigarettes/vaporizers, and drug paraphernalia.
24. Noise on the bus shall be kept to a minimum at all times to ensure safety of the operation of the bus.
25. Students wishing to ride a different bus for one trip must have a note signed by the parents and by the building principal/designee. This will be done only in emergencies, not for convenience.
26. Students may carry on the bus only objects that can be held in their laps. Absolutely no glass containers or aerosol cans will be permitted on any school bus. Balloons, lacrosse sticks, hockey sticks, basketballs, and skateboards are not permitted on the bus. Baseball bats, tennis rackets, and athletic equipment are permitted when transported in appropriate bags/covers.
27. Students may possess wireless communication devices (WCDs) on the school bus. Students may use WCDs while on the school bus. However, distracting behavior that creates an unsafe environment will not be tolerated. The bus driver or District staff member (e.g. teacher, activity sponsor, advisor, coach) has the right to ask any student to turn off his/her device. Students are prohibited from using WCDs to capture, record, or transmit the words (i.e. audio) and/or images (i.e., pictures/videos) of any student, staff member, or other person without express prior notice and explicit consent for the capture, recording, or transmission of such words or images.
28. Students must comply with all provisions and requirements of the Student Code of Conduct. Students who have been given a misconduct slip must have said slip signed and returned to their bus driver the next time they board the bus. Failure to do so may result in a bus suspension until the signed misconduct slip has been returned.

Grades K-6 Student Code Of Conduct

The code complies with the due process requirements of Ohio law. In general, it outlines offenses for which a student may be suspended and/or expelled from school. Students are responsible for knowing the rules and regulations of the code. If you have questions or concerns about the school Student Code of Conduct policy, please contact any Principal or Assistant Principal.

It is impossible to list or categorize all the various types of disciplinary violations; thus, the administration reserves the right to administer discipline as the facts of the case dictate.

The administration will make every attempt to communicate to parents all necessary information concerning discipline or attendance problems. Parents and guardians should feel free to contact them for assistance.

Notwithstanding the discipline guidelines, a student may, at any time, for any violation of the Student Code of Conduct, be suspended, removed and/or expelled from school, and/or be subjected to other disciplinary action for committing any one or more of the acts listed below.

These discipline regulations apply to conduct while school is in session; at school-sponsored activities; on school premises; off school premises at any competition, extracurricular activity, or any other school program or activity that is not located in a school or on property that is owned or controlled by the Board of Education; in any vehicle whose use is controlled, organized, or arranged by the school; when the student is within the school district’s off-premises institutional authority; or at any time when the student is subject to the authority of the Board of Education or school personnel.

During the time of suspension (not to include in-school study), expulsion, or removal, the student’s parent, guardian, or custodian is responsible for the student. While suspended, expelled, or removed from school, students are not permitted to attend curricular or extracurricular activities or to be on school premises for any reason unless a prior appointment has been made with school officials.

Copies of the Student Code of Conduct and relevant board policies are available in the office, upon request, to students and parents. The Student Code of Conduct may change during the school year. Please consult the posting in the office for the current policies. Disciplinary action will follow the Board of Education approved Student Code of Conduct.

Disciplinary Action

In the event of student misconduct, one or more of the following procedures may be administered or other discipline imposed as deemed appropriate by the school administration.

Conference: A conference involving any combination of student(s), parents, teachers, counselor, principal, and assistant principal.

Loss of Recess: Students may lose recess time. The amount of time lost will be determined by the school administration.

Detention: A thirty (30) minute period before or after school. Detentions must be served within two school days. If not, the student may be issued a second detention. Failure to serve that detention could lead to a school suspension.

Office time out: Students may be assigned an amount of time to be spent in the office or other designated area.

Emergency removal: Students may be removed from class/school as per board policy and the ORC.

In-school study: In-school study shall be used within the structure of the Student Code of Conduct, depending upon the nature of the offense. Students assigned to in-school study are removed from the mainstream of the student population to a designated area. Academic work may be made up provided the student abides by the rules and completes the work assigned.

Out of school suspension/Expulsion: When students are suspended out-of-school or expelled, they have the opportunity to complete all work assigned and receive full credit. Students will not be penalized for missed work that cannot be duplicated outside of the classroom. Teachers may use a different assignment to determine mastery of the missed assignment. Suspended or expelled students may not be on school property or attend/participate school events, home or away, on the days they are suspended/expelled. Additional guidance regarding discipline can be found in district policies located on the district’s website.

Discipline of Students with Disabilities

The suspension and expulsion of students with disabilities will be in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, the Ohio Revised Code, and the 2008 Operating Standards for Ohio Educational Agencies serving Children with Disabilities (Rules 3301-51-01 to 3301- 51-09 and 3301-51-11 of the Ohio Administrative Code).

Rules of Conduct

These rules are intended to promote maximum safety, develop a positive climate for living, encourage courtesy and respect, maintain a good atmosphere for learning, and protect the rights and property of school and others. Any violation of the following rules may result in disciplinary action being taken by the school.

1. Conviction of a Felony or Other Violation of Law

A student shall not commit any act not listed herein that constitutes a felony, misdemeanor, or violation of an ordinance.

2. Alcohol and Drugs For purposes of this section of the Code of Conduct, the term “Substance” shall include, but not be limited to, the following: alcohol; illegal drugs; un-prescribed drugs; narcotics; hallucinogens; amphetamines; barbiturates; marijuana; steroids; caffeine tablets; K2, spice, posh, “legal weed”, or any other marijuana substitute; look-alike drugs; or any substance that is represented to be, to contain, to mimic, or be used to produce the same or similar effects as illegal drugs, narcotics, hallucinogens, amphetamines, barbiturates, marijuana, alcohol, stimulants, depressants, or other intoxicants; or any other controlled substance as defined under the laws of Ohio or federal law.

A student shall not possess, solicit, use, conceal, sell, offer to sell, purchase, be under the influence of, show evidence of consumption, supply, distribute, or transmit any substance, or otherwise violate board policy.

“Possession” includes, but is not limited to, retention of a Substance on the student’s person or in a purse, wallet, locker, desk, or vehicle. Included in this prohibition are the possession of drug paraphernalia, which includes, but is not limited to, rolling papers and other items used to inject, inhale, administer, deliver, ingest or otherwise consume a Substance.

3. Counterfeit Substances

No student shall possess any counterfeit ” Substance,” as the term is defined under “Alcohol and Drugs,” nor shall any student make, sell, offer to sell, give, package, conceal, supply, transmit, or deliver a counterfeit Substance. Possession is defined under “Alcohol and Drugs.”

No student shall directly or indirectly represent a counterfeit Substance as a Substance that is prohibited by the Code of Conduct by describing, either with words or conduct, its effects as being the same or similar to the physical or mental effects associated with the use of a Substance.

a. Any Substance that bears, or whose container or label bears, a trademark, trade name, or other identifying mark used without authorization of the owner or rights to such trademark, trade name, or identifying mark;

b. Any unmarked or unlabeled contraband that is represented to be a Substance prohibited by the Code of Conduct, which is manufactured, processed, packaged, or distributed;

c. Anything that is represented to be a Substance prohibited by the Code of Conduct but does not fall within the definition of a “Substance.”

d. Anything that a reasonable person would believe to be a Substance prohibited by the Code of Conduct because of its similarity in shape, size, color, markings, labeling, packaging, distribution, or the price for which it is sold or offered for sale.

4. Possession or Use of Weapons or Dangerous Instruments

A student shall not possess, transmit, or conceal a dangerous weapon, dangerous instrument, or “lookalike” counterfeit weapon or instrument. Such items include, but are not limited to, explosives, bullets, fireworks, mace, firearms, knives, BB or pellet guns, or any object that can reasonably be considered a dangerous instrument. Look-alike weapons include, but are not limited to, any object a reasonable person might consider, under the circumstances, to be a weapon or dangerous instrument.

Additionally, ORC Section 2923.122 makes it a felony for any person to knowingly convey, attempt to convey, or possess any deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance onto or on any property owned by or controlled by, or to any activity held under the auspices of, a school. A violation may result in the student being expelled for a period of up to one calendar year. Violators of the Code of Conduct may be referred to civil authorities. See board policy.

5. Inducing Panic

No student shall induce panic, i.e., cause the evacuation of any school building or otherwise cause serious public inconvenience or alarm, by:

a. initiating or circulating a report or warning of an alleged or impending fire, explosion, crime, or other catastrophe, knowing that such a report or warning is false. Examples include, but are not limited to, pulling a fire alarm when you know there is no fire, making a bomb threat when you know there is no bomb, and making a fake “hit list.”

b. threatening to commit an offense of violence, as that term is defined in ORC Section 2917.31. Examples include, but are not limited to, threatening to kill, assault, kidnap, rape, or rob someone; to commit extortion; to provoke a riot; to commit arson; or to discharge a firearm at or into the school.

c. committing any offense with reckless disregard of the likelihood that its commission will cause serious public inconvenience or alarm. For purposes of this policy, reckless disregard means perversely disregarding a known risk that your conduct is likely to cause serious public inconvenience or alarm, and being heedlessly indifferent to the effects of your actions on others.

Any student who violates this rule will be subject to school discipline, in accordance with board policy and the Code of Conduct. In addition, any student who violates this rule may be referred to the authorities. Under Ohio law, any person who “induces panic” is guilty of a felony, regardless of whether anyone is hurt or the school suffers economic harm. Students may be expelled for one calendar year. See ORC Section 2917.31.

6. False Alarms and Reports

A student shall not initiate a fire alarm or initiate a report warning of a fire, bombing, bomb threat, or other catastrophe or emergency without cause, or give false information or falsely report school incidents. A violation may result in the student being expelled for a period of up to one calendar year.

7. Damage to School Property

A student shall not knowingly cause or attempt to cause physical harm to any school building or school property or private property of another, including the private property of school employees on school property. Parents, guardians, or custodians shall be held financially responsible for any such property damage, by their child, pursuant to O.R.C. 3109.09, 2307.70, and any other applicable sections of law. A student could be expelled for up to one calendar year. The building administrator will determine the extent of the damage and will assign discipline.

8. Extortion A student shall not commit an act of extortion, threatened extortion, or threaten reprisals in order to secure an object, benefit, or service from another person.

9. Unauthorized Touching, Hitting, or Throwing

This is the act of physically touching or hitting, throwing objects at, or making physical threats to a student or employee of the school system, or any other person, while on school property or while at a school event. A violation may result in the student being expelled for a period of up to one calendar year.

10. Violence or Disruption

A student shall not disrupt, attempt to disrupt, or urge others to disrupt the educational process, normal school operations, or any school or school-sponsored activity by violence, force, noise, coercion, threat, intimidation, fear, passive resistance, or other disorderly conduct.

11. Unauthorized Fires

A student shall not burn or attempt to burn any part of any building or objects therein, or any other property belonging to another person or to Pickerington Schools.

12. Theft or Possessing Stolen Property

A student shall not steal or attempt to steal property. If a student finds an item that does not belong to him/her, they must immediately turn it in to a staff member. A person commits a theft when he/she:

A. Obtains or exerts unauthorized control over property of the owner (including computer software or copyrighted material); or

B. Obtains by deception control over property of the owner; or

C. Obtains by threat control over property of the owner; or

D. Obtains control over stolen property, knowing the property to have been stolen or under circumstances as would lead him/her to reasonably believe that the property was stolen, and he/she:

1. intends to deprive the owner of the use or benefit of the property; or

2. knowingly uses, conceals, or abandons the property in such a manner as to deprive the owner of such use or benefit; or

3. uses, conceals, or abandons the property, knowing such use, concealment, or abandonment probably will deprive the owner of such use or benefit.

13. Bullying and Hazing (Harassment and Intimidation)

Harassing, hazing, intimidating, bullying, and/or dating violence behavior by any student/school personnel in the District is strictly prohibited, and such conduct may result in disciplinary action, including suspension and/or expulsion from school. Harassment, hazing, intimidation, bullying, and/or dating violence means any intentional written, verbal, electronic, graphic, or physical acts, including electronically transmitted acts, either overt or covert, by a student or group of students toward other students or school personnel with the intent to haze, harass, intimidate, injure, threaten, ridicule or humiliate. Such behaviors are prohibited on or immediately adjacent to school grounds, at any school-sponsored activity; in any District publication; through the use of any District-owned or operated communication tools, including but not limited to District e-mail accounts and/or computers; on school-provided transportation; or at any official school bus stop.

Hazing, harassment, intimidation, bullying, or dating violence can include many different behaviors. Examples of conduct that could constitute prohibited behaviors include, but are not limited to:

a. physical violence and/or attacks;

b. threats, taunts, and intimidation through words and/or gestures;

c. extortion, damage, or stealing of money and/or possessions;

d. exclusion from the peer group or spreading rumors;

e. repetitive and hostile behavior with the intent to harm others through the use of information and communication technologies and other web-based/online sites (also known as “cyber bullying), such as the following:

i. posting slurs on web sites, social networking sites, blogs, or personal online journals;

ii. sending abusive or threatening e-mails, web site postings, or comments and instant messages;

iii. using camera phones to take embarrassing photographs or videos of students and/or distributing or posting the photos or videos online; and

iv. using web sites, social networking sites, blogs, or personal online journals, e-mails or instant messages to circulate gossip and rumors to other students.

f. excluding others from an online group by falsely reporting them for inappropriate language to internet service providers.

14. Sexting

The possessing, taking, disseminating, transferring, or sharing of nude, obscene, pornographic, lewd, or otherwise illegal images or photographs, whether by electronic data transfers or otherwise (commonly called texting, emailing, or sexting, etc.) may constitute a crime under state and/or federal law. Any person possessing, taking, disseminating, or sharing nude, obscene, pornographic, lewd, or otherwise illegal images or photographs may be punished under this Code of Conduct and may be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agencies.

15. Sexual Misconduct Students shall not engage in inappropriate sexual misconduct on school grounds or at school sanctioned events.

16. Disrespect

A student shall not use abusive, obscene, profane, or offensive language, gestures, or signs toward another student, school employee, or adult.

17. Smoking or Use of Tobacco

Ohio law prohibits pupils from smoking and/or using and/or possessing tobacco in any area under the control of the school district or at any activity supervised by any school in that district. Therefore, a student shall not smoke, otherwise use, possess, buy, sell, attempt to sell, distribute, or burn tobacco in any form, including, but not limited to, cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars, clove cigarettes, chewing tobacco, snuff, and/or any other nicotine product. Students may be assumed to be smoking if any one of the following conditions exists;

1. odor of smoke present,

2. more than one person in a restroom stall,

3. or refusing to come out of the stall if asked.

18. Forgery and Falsification

A student shall not falsely represent, attempt to falsely represent, or lie concerning any information to be used by or given to school officials; use the name or identity of another person; or forge any school forms or information.

19. Distribution of Unauthorized Material

A student shall not distribute or sell any material that has not been authorized by an administrator.

20. Insubordination

A student shall not fail to comply with reasonable requests or directives of adults or school employees.

21. Over-the-Counter Substances

A student shall not knowingly make, sell, or offer to sell, receive, or distribute any substance that is available to purchase without a prescription.

22. Presence in an Unauthorized Area/Trespassing

A student shall not be in any unauthorized area of school grounds or any Pickerington Schools building without permission.

23. Repeated Violations

A repeated violation of any rule in the Student Code of Conduct is subject to additional penalties.

Other Misconduct

In addition to the rules previously listed in the Code of Conduct, students may be disciplined for violations of the following rules. A violation of these rules normally will not result in suspension or expulsion, but repeated violations could result in suspension or expulsion. The law has defined habitual and chronic truancy with referrals to juvenile court. See board policy.

24. Truancy

Refer to the attendance section of the handbook and the Pickerington Schools board policy.

25. Tardiness

Refer to the attendance section of the handbook and the Pickerington Schools board policy.

26. Class Cuts (Unexcused Absences From Individual Class Periods)

If a student is more than five minutes late to class, he/she may be considered unexcused from the class. If a student fails to attend an assigned period without an excuse, it will be dealt with more severely than if he/she shows up late.

27. Hall Passes

Students shall have a pass from an instructor to be in the halls during class time.

28. Public Display of Affection (P.D.A.)

Students may show only affection that is within the boundaries of good taste while at school. Students that do not show good taste will be dealt with accordingly.

29. Gambling

Students may not gamble anywhere on school grounds.

30. Prepared for Class

Students are to bring to class those items identified by the instructors as needed to participate in the class or laboratory activity. This would include proper dress or uniform, books, manuals, notebook, and pencil or pen.

32. Phone Use

Office/school phones may be used with the permission of a staff member on a case-by-case basis.

33. Loitering

Students may not use the rest rooms as a place for loitering or as a “student lounge.”. Students shall not remain in the school or on school property after the conclusion of the school day unless under the supervision of a staff member or coach.

34. Use of Property

Students may not use any school-owned property or another student’s property, without permission.

35. Unserved Discipline Hours

If a student fails to serve discipline, additional discipline will be issued.

36. Profanity

A student shall not use profanity in class, halls, or on school grounds.

37. Bus Behavior

A student shall not violate the bus rules listed in “Bus Transportation”. All bus discipline will be reported to the transportation supervisor at Peterman Bus Company. All students may be removed from riding the bus for up to 1 year. (Refer to the Bus Transportation section)

38. Cheating/Plagiarism on Tests or Other School Work

A student shall not cheat or use unauthorized materials on tests or other schoolwork.

39. Creating a Safety Hazard

A student may be removed from class for creating a safety hazard.

40. Off School Grounds Without Permission

A student shall not leave school grounds without permission.

41. Possession of Lighters/Matches/Stink Bombs

Students may not to possess any of these items and they will be confiscated.

42. Outside Building Without Permission

A student shall not be outside the building without permission.

43. Failure to Sign In/Out of School

A parent, guardian, or custodian must sign a student in, when arriving after the bell, or sign a student out before school is dismissed.

44. Dress Code Violation

A student shall not violate the dress code. See board policy.

45. Food/Drink/Littering in Building, Outside Cafeteria

All food and drink must be kept in the cafeteria during school hours, unless special permission has been granted. Students are not to litter anywhere on school grounds.

46. Failure to Clean Up Lunchroom Table/Area

Students are responsible for leaving their area clean.

47. Possession/Use of Electronic Equipment by Students

Please refer to the acceptable use for wireless communication devices (WCD’s). All electronic devices may be searched if there exists a reasonable suspicion that it may have been used in an activity prohibited by the Code of Conduct.

48. Inappropriate Material

Students are not to possess, bring, make, transmit, conceal, sell, or offer to sell inappropriate material or items. Example: pornographic or obscene material.

49.Disturbance/Horseplay/Inappropriate Behavior

A student shall not be involved in any type of inappropriate behavior, including but not limited to excessive noise and blocking/loitering in hallways, which will also include excessive noise for electronic devices and/or speakers.

Disturbances: Students causing disturbances on school premises (i.e. insubordination to teachers or other school employees or possession of firecrackers, smoke bombs, etc.) or having possession of, or threatening with, any type of weapon may be suspended from school.

50. Instigation

A student shall not participate in any activity considered by the administration to be a direct or indirect act of instigation.

51. Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) Each student must take responsibility for appropriate and lawful use of this access. Please refer to the reference regarding board policy.

52. Social Media

Care must be taken on social media to maintain an atmosphere of respect consistent with the behavior expected of students in school. Please refer to board policy.

Note: This is a representative listing of rules and violations. It is not a complete listing of all acts of misbehavior that may require disciplinary action. The Pickerington Schools administration reserves the right to take disciplinary action as the situation warrants.

In addition to these items, a student may be subject to school disciplinary action, for misconduct that occurs off school property to the extent that the misconduct, regardless of when it occurs, is directed at a district official (or employee or the property of such official or employee.) Such action is deemed appropriate by the Board of Education because disrespectful acts could negatively affect student behavior at school and thereby cause deterioration in the learning environment. See ORC 3313.661(A).

Certain violations of the Code of Conduct involving firearms, knives, bomb threats, or serious physical harm to persons or property can result in the student being expelled for a period of up to one calendar year or being permanently excluded from school. See board policy.

Given a specific set of circumstances, charges may be filed against anyone who has violated the law in addition to school punishment.

The Code of Conduct shall apply to conduct not specifically set forth herein which substantially and materially disrupts or interferes with good order, discipline, or operation of the academic or educational process taking place in the school, or which substantially and materially is, or poses a threat to, the safety of persons or property.

Pickerington Schools comply with all requirements of state and federal law in regard to the discipline of disabled students.

All Student Handbook policy references were current at the time of publication. Policies are subject to change as the Board of Education updates policies throughout the year. All discipline and policy enforcement will be based on current Board of Education policy located on the District website and/or at http://www.boarddocs.com/oh/plsd/board.nsf/public. Please refer to board policies online for the most recent version.

Pickerington Alternative School Handbook

2019-20 Pickerington Alternative High School Handbook

2019-20 Pickerington Alternative School Student Handbook (RTF)

The Following Text is for a Test Only. Please Disregard.

2019-20 Student Handbook and Code of Conduct

7800 Refugee Road-Door Q
Pickerington, Ohio 43147
Phone: (614) 830-2797

Office Hours
PAS hours are 7:00am to 3:00pm
Times for students will be scheduled with the PAS administrator.

Notice: Any area not addressed in this handbook will be governed under the Pickerington Local School District’s policies and administrative guidelines.

Student Rules of Conduct First Warning

Your possession of these rules constitutes a first warning. No further warnings will be given to you. It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with these rules and the consequences of violating them. The rules herein apply to all students when on all school premises, at all school-sponsored activities and when aboard a school bus or other Board-owned vehicle. The application of the policies in this handbook applies to activities at all PLSD schools.

Availability of the Student Code of Conduct

The code of conduct can be found on the district’s website and in each classroom.

Availability of Board of Education Policies

The Board of Education has established policies and procedures that pertain to students, staff, and school operations. These documents may also be viewed on the district website.

Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity PBIS Background – In the Pickerington Local School District, we believe the students, staff, and community are stakeholders in the climate and culture of our school. The schools were founded on the belief that all students can and must learn in order to achieve success in our society. The community and staff further believe that success begins with personal and academic integrity, which are grounded in honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility.

School Culture – The values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility are worthy of our pursuit in the Pickerington schools. The parameters of academic integrity include these five values, which we hope to embrace and adjust to our environment. We strive to ensure success, exhibit integrity, and serve humanity through these five essential values. Any lapse in exhibiting these values by any stakeholder does not condone misconduct of another stakeholder.

Honesty – Honesty is the foundation of teaching, learning, research, and service. It is the prerequisite for full realization of trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility. Policies of Pickerington schools uniformly deplore cheating, lying, fraud, misrepresentation, theft, and other forms of dishonest behaviors that jeopardize the rights and welfare of our learning community.

Trust – Mutual trust is formed in an academic community that celebrates the free exchange of ideas. Trust enables us to reach our full potential as human beings. We believe people respond to consistent honesty with trust. Only with trust can our learning community believe in the social value inherent in academic inquiry, scholarship, and integrity.

Fairness – Fairness evolves from predictability, clear expectations, consistency, careful listening, and just responses to dishonesty. All students and staff have a role in ensuring an environment embracing fairness.

Respect – Respect is one of the rich rewards of an environment built on fairness. Teaching and learning demand active engagement and mutual respect. Students and faculty must respect their individual roles in order to appreciate diversity, learn and test new skills, build community, and grow from failures. The antithesis of respect is being rude, sarcastic, demeaning, or disruptive to others.

Responsibility – Responsibility requires that each stakeholder protect the integrity of the learning climate. Each person in the Pickerington Schools community must be responsible for his/her own honesty and personal responsibility and to encourage positive conduct by others.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Pickerington Alternative School (PAS) is to provide its students a customized and personalized educational experience leading to high school graduation and meaningful post high school employment, or successful transition to post high school education. This School will provide educational opportunities for learners in the areas of academic development, civic leadership, and a lifetime of creative work. This mission will be accomplished by (1) developing partnerships between PAS and area businesses, contractors, government agencies, cultural and civic organizations, and local post-secondary institutions; and (2) by engaging students in a curriculum that is specifically designed for students 16-21, at risk for not completing high school, and (3) by using resources available within the economic corridors of the Pickerington/Reynoldsburg/Columbus communities, and (4) by having each student complete an Individual Career and Graduation Plan.

Philosophy

The alternative high school seeks to provide an academic environment that focuses on the individual strengths and interests of each high school student. PAS will personalize and customize the needs of each individual student to help them graduate and reach their future goals.

Type of School

PAS is designed as a dropout prevention/credit recovery high school. The school will provide to its students, grades 9-12, a meaningful teaching and learning opportunities. The focus will be on helping each student attain high school graduation requirements and career and technical community workforce involvement.

Academic Calendar

PCS students begin on Wednesday, August 15, 2019 and conclude on Friday, May 22, 2020. Students in need of high school credit recovery can continue to take courses as well as Ohio Air Remediation Intervention Assistance classes through the summer of 2020 as approved by the administration.

Academic Goals

The academic goals of Pickerington Alternative School are:

  • To promote a standard of education for all students, encouraging them to reach their fullest learning potential.
  • To assist students in achieving academic mastery across a variety of subject areas.
  • To promote students’ independent performance and personal responsibility for learning
  • To promote an alignment with community partnerships.
  • To enhance students’ communication skills.

Academic Reports 

Teachers will generate weekly academic reports throughout the school year. Academic reports are designed to give students and parents helpful information that can serve as an individual academic performance guide. In addition, teachers and staff will meet frequently to assess individual student progress. The areas discussed in these meetings include: academic performance, effort, ability to work independently, attendance, and professional skills. Please Note: Our academic provider “Apex” generates a weekly academic report through registered parent(s) and/or guardian(s) email accounts every Sunday for parents to review.

Acceptable Use Policy

Pickerington Schools provide students with access to computer equipment, programs, systems, email, internet and other technologies. Each student must take responsibility for appropriate and lawful use of this access. Students shall not use the school district’s equipment, systems, or network for activities that cause harm to others or damage to their property; or that violate the law, Board policy, or the Student Code of Conduct. The board or authorized district officials will make a good faith judgment as to which materials, files, information, software, communications, and other content and activities are permitted and prohibited under the particular circumstances based on the following guidelines. Uses and activities that are considered unacceptable and constitute a violation of this policy include, but are not limited to: illegal activities, accessing inappropriate material, inappropriate or insensitive communication, violating copyright laws, copying software, plagiarism, misuse of equipment, passwords or software, malicious use or vandalism, and unauthorized access to the internet. The district and its staff reserve the right to filter and monitor district devices and district internet usage at all times. (24/hours, 365/days a year)

Please review the policy 7540.03 in its entirety on the district website for additional details.

Accident Protection Policy

The Pickerington Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent to make accident insurance covering children available to parents at a nominal premium. Covering a child in the program is at the discretion of the parents. The insurance covers accidents that occur during school, on the way to and from school, and while attending school functions.

Admissions Policy

PAS adheres to the following Admissions Policies and Procedures pursuant to Section 3314.06 of the Ohio Revised Code.

All students enrolled at PAS will come through referrals and collaborated discussions with administrators from the Pickerington Local School District. Several factors are considered when determining admission into PAS.

Activities

PAS students are able to participate in clubs and extra-curricular activities in their home building and must follow all guidelines and rules as stated in the PLSD Junior High / High School handbook.

Alcohol and Drugs

The distribution, possession, use, or evidence of consumption of alcohol or a drug substance is prohibited and will be dealt with severely. This includes extra-curricular events both home and away. This policy also applies to vaping devices, caffeine tablets and powder, look-alike substances and any other item represented to be a drug. Ohio Revised Code 3321.13 and board policy requires schools to report drug or alcohol related suspensions of any student to the Division of Motor Vehicles. These individuals may have their driving privilege revoked at the states discretion. Please refer to board policy 5512.

Apex Learing – Introduction

Apex Learning digital curriculum enables student-centered instruction, changing the role of the teacher from lecturer to learning facilitator, data analyst, and instructional interventionist. Apex Learning digital curriculum provides opportunities for students to take courses for credit recovery and original credit in non-traditional environments including blended learning, distance learning, and competency-based course acceleration. Digital curriculum is also used in supplemental and remediation programs. Students using a digital curriculum may complete assignments from any computer with internet-access, including school-based labs and from computers outside of school.

The following programs are enabled through the use of Apex Learning digital curriculum:

  1. Credit Recovery
  2. Unit Recovery
  3. Original Credit
  4. Distance Learning
  5. Homebound
  6. Alternative Education
  7. Remediation (Literacy Advantage)
  8. Supplemental Resources
  9. Tutorials

Assessment of Student Learning

PAS establishes high academic standards for each student. We believe in mastery-based learning establish standards in each for students to meet. We will use the following measures to assess success at PAS:

  1. Individual graduation and career plan.
  2. Classroom performance data.
  3. Attendance rate.
  4. Graduation rate.
  5. Performance on the state required assessments.
  6. Disciplinary referrals.
  7. Career Based Intervention
  8. Surveys; one-on-one student interviews; evaluations by community partners.
  9. Stated Assessments

Student who are accepted into PAS who have not met the minimum scores for the end of course assessments are subject to mandatory remediation.

Athletics

The Ohio High School Athletic Association (O.H.S.A.A.) mandates a student must be passing five (one-credit) courses or the equivalent each grading period. Changes in athletic eligibility will become effective on the start of the fifth school day after the end of the grading period and will last until five days after the next grading period ends. Summer school is not included.

For clarification, contact the athletic administrator or the assistant principal. Students on an I.E.P. should consult the athletic administrator if they have eligibility questions.

All Pickerington Schools athletes must maintain passing grades during the school year.

A. All student athletes’ grades are to be checked at the time of interim grades and at the end of the grading period.

B. Students must be passing in at least 5.0 credits or the equivalent at interim. Those students declared ineligible at interim will be ineligible on a week-to-week basis, with grade(s) monitored weekly. Should the grade(s) improve to passing at the end of one week of ineligibility, the student athlete will be ruled eligible. Those students declared ineligible by O.H.S.A.A. at the end of a grading period will lose eligibility for the next grading period plus five school days.

C. Students must maintain a 1.75 GPA per grading period. Students must be passing five (5) classes (grade 7-8) at interim and end of grading period. Refer to the Athletic Handbook for detailed eligibility requirements. There is one probationary period permitted for this standard.

Requirements for Participation (Athletic Handbook)

  1. A physical examination is required and an Ohio High School Athletic Association physical form must be completed and on file in the athletic office. Physicals are valid for one school year. We encourage all potential student athletes to get their physical during the summer months.
  2. The student athlete and at least one parent must sign the student athlete data sheet, the athletic responsibility acknowledgment card, and the emergency medical card.

Students must follow the standards set forth by the Ohio High School Athletic Association, the Ohio Capital Conference, the Pickerington Board of Education, and the Pickerington athletic department.

Bus Transportation

Transportation will be provided to students on a limited basis. A bus shuttle will be provided from Central to North for session one. A shuttle will leave Ridgeview Junior High at approximately 7:15 am to get students living in the Central boundaries to North High School where PAS is located. Students will need to arrange transportation to their work site. PLSD will only be providing transportation from PAS to home for Central students in session one. Students in the North HS boundaries who need transportation will be scheduled into the second session. These students will be picked up from their homes and dropped at PAS. These students will take the regularly scheduled North buses back home. The same students who went/or need to attend session one have the option of following the regular North bus. Students are required to follow the Pickerington Schools and Petermann Bus Company rules and regulations. Any student riding a PLSD bus must follow all rules as defined in the PLSD handbook.

Change of Address

Any change of address must be reported to the district’s Welcome Center at 614-920-6180. Any home phone number and/or parent work phone number change should be made by going to the Infinite Campus Portal.

Career Based Intervention (CBI)

CBI is a program for students at risk for graduation. Through the cooperation of the school and the business community, students attend their scheduled classes for part of the day and then are excused to go to their paid training stations for a minimum of fifteen hours per week. Students receive elective credit for both classroom time and time spent on the job. Emphasis is on graduation and becoming productive citizens through instruction and application of employability, occupational, and academic skills.

Hours Worked Credits Earned
90 hours .5
180 hours 1.0
270 hours 1.5
360 hours 2.0
450 hours 2.5
540 hours 3.0

Elective credits are earned by accumulating 180 hours of work and/or volunteer work per credit with a maximum of 3 credits. It is the student’s responsibility to bring in documentation of work/volunteer hours. Please Note: Student(s) may have their CBI credits revoked due to unexcused absences from school. Student not participating in CBI are required to attend 5.1 hours daily at the PAS facility unless other arrangements have been made by the PAS administrator.

Cell Phones

Students may possess cell phones during school hours. Cell phones should be used on a limited basis while at school. Students should not be using cell phones during times designated specifically for instruction. Students are required to put away their phones while taking a test. Refusing to put away a phone when asked by the teacher or administrator may lead to discipline.

Child Custody Regulations

In cases of divorce/separation, a copy of the final agreement of the divorce decree/separation agreement that stipulates the custodial provisions must be provided to the school. Any subsequent changes to the court order or decree must also be provided to school officials. Proper identification may be requested to address custody/student issues with building staff.

Class Schedule & 2 Hour Delay Schedule

Session I (4-Hour Rule for Employed Students)

  • Report Time = 6:45 to 7:15 am
  • Tardy to School = After 7:15 am (unless an arrangement has been made with the PAS administrator)
  • Tardy to School = After 7:15 am (unless an arrangement has been made with the PAS administrator)
  • Students that DO NOT participate in CBI will attend school for 5.1 hours
  • 2-Hour Delay Schedule – 9:00 to 12:00 pm

Session II (4-Hour Rule for Employed Students)

  • Report Time = 10:45 to 11:15 am
  • Tardy to School = After 11:15 am (unless an arrangement has been made with the PAS administrator)
  • Dismissal Time = 3:00 PM
  • Students that DO NOT participate in CBI will attend school for 5.1 hours
  • 2-Hour Delay Schedule – 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Closings and Delays

Occasionally, Pickerington Schools close or delay school start times, or on rare occasions, close school early, based on inclement weather or other reasons. These decisions are made for the safety of our students. While we strive to make these decisions by 5:30 a.m., there are times that is not possible.

We recommend that families establish family emergency plans for potential closings. Such plans should include teaching your child where to go (home, baby sitter, neighbor’s house, etc.) if the district must close school earlier than normal.

If Pickerington Schools close for any reason, the district will communicate with parents via our Infinite Campus parent notification system, website, and social media. (See “Communication” for details.)

We also will provide information to the following local TV stations: WCMH-TV (Channel 4), WBNS-TV (Channel 10), WSYX-TV (Channel 6), and FOX-TV (Channel 28).

For complete information on our approach to closings and delays, visit our Calamity Days website.

College Credit Plus (CCP)

Students who are participating in the CCP program will be working with our PAS Counselor in regards to scheduling of classes, both at PAS and at the respective colleges. College Credit Plus students are responsible for staying up to date with the deadlines and the every day events at PAS. Students should check the school’s website and the Naviance Family Connection website frequently to stay current on important dates, deadlines and events throughout their senior year.

College Entrance Exams

To register for the ACT EXAM: http://www.actstudent.org

To register for the SAT EXAM: http://www.collegeboard.com

Communication

The district and individual schools use a variety of tools and tactics to communicate with parents and the community. These tools include, but are not limited to:

Website: The primary source of District information is our website, http://www.pickerington.k12.oh.us

Parent notification system (emails and phone calls): Pickerington Schools uses an e-communication and telephone service to contact large groups of households for special announcements and emergencies, such as calamity days. This system sends emails and phone calls to our addresses and phone numbers on record.

Parents and guardians are automatically enrolled as subscribers based on the contact information we have on file through Infinite Campus. For that reason, it is important for parents to ensure their contact information in Infinite Campus is correct. This can be done by logging in to the online parent portal at http://www.pickerington.k12.oh.us/parent-portal/ or by checking with your child’s building secretary to ensure we have your most up-to-date phone numbers and email addresses.

Parents may also log on to this system to change their email and telephone contact preferences, as well as to opt out of notifications. These messages include, but are not limited to, information about snow/calamity days.

Social media: Parents are encouraged to follow the district and their child’s school on Facebook and Twitter. Links to all available accounts can be found at http://www.pickerington.k12.oh.us/follow-ourschools-on-social-media/

Newsletters: The district and many school principals produce periodic newsletters for parents. Depending on the school, these may be posted to the building website, on social media, or emailed via the parent notification system.

Parent-Teacher Conferences: These are held twice each year and are a valuable opportunity for parents to communicate directly with their child’s teacher and building administrators. Anytime a parent of a PAS student would like to discuss their student, a phone or in-person conference can be scheduled by contacting the building administrator or school counselor.

Busing Information: Up to date Bus Routing Information is made available through our Elink parent portal: http://elink.nationalexpresscorp.com/ElinkPickeringtonOH/Login.aspx Each student automatically has an account created within 24 hours after creation of the six digit student ID# assigned by Infinite Campus. The username and password are the student ID#. This portal is also used for all bus stop change requests. Once logged in to Elink you can choose the “Parent Communication” tab to access the communication form for this purpose.

Co-Curricular and Extra-Curricular Code of Conduct

Students who are residents of Pickerington Schools may participate at their home building for all co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. Students are required to follow the Pickerington Schools Code of Conduct and guidelines/rules set forth in the Student Athletic Handbook and PLSD school board policies.

Concerns/Questions

The district encourages parents to first work with their child’s teachers to address concerns or resolve conflicts. If you have further concerns, after meeting with the teachers, contact the school’s administration.

Conduct

Proper behavior is as much a part of a quality education as anything else. While at school and school events, we expect our students to behave properly, i.e., in a manner that brings credit to themselves and their school. A complete copy of the Code of Conduct is available in the main office and by visiting the district website at: http://www.pickerington.k12.oh.us

Deliveries to Student 

No deliveries will be accepted for food, balloons, flowers, etc.

Directory Information (O.R.C. 3319.321)

The district designates the following personally identifiable information contained in a student’s education record as “directory information.” It discloses that information without prior written consent, except for a profit-making plan or activity. Such information includes:

  1. student’s name;
  2. student’s grade level;
  3. student’s address;
  4. telephone number(s);
  5. student’s date and place of birth;
  6. major field of study
  7. participation in officially recognized activities and sports;
  8. student’s height and weight, if a member of an athletic team;
  9. dates of attendance (“from and to” dates of enrollment);
  10. date of graduation; and
  11. awards received

Parents may contact the school counselor’s office to request that the school not release any of the above information about the student. Senate Bill 26 requires Ohio Public Schools to release directory information on sophomores, juniors, and seniors to armed forces recruiters. However, a student’s parent/guardian/custodian may submit a written request to the school district that the information not be released. Please review Policy 8330 Student Records for more information on directory information and student records.

Disturbances

Students causing disturbances on school premises (i.e. insubordination to teachers or other school employees or possession of firecrackers, smoke bombs, etc.) or having possession of, or threatening with, any type of weapon may be suspended from school. Student caught roaming in unassigned areas may be subject to discipline.

Dress Code

In general, dress styles and grooming should be moderate in nature and should not cause undue attention to the student and/or disrupt a positive learning atmosphere.

  1. Clothing must fit appropriately; A) No sagging pants; B) No exposure of undergarments; C) Undergarments must be worn under clothing. Skirts, shorts, and dresses must be of reasonable length.
  2. Dress shorts will be permitted at the high school under the following guidelines; A) Must extend to at least one half the length between the hip and the knee; B) No spandex or biker shorts are permitted.
  3. Pajamas and/or slippers are not considered appropriate school attire.
  4. The torso must be appropriately covered (i.e. no bare midriff, excess exposure of cleavage, cut-off t-shirts, cut-off sleeveless t-shirts, sleeveless undershirts).
  5. Students are not permitted to wear halter-tops, spaghetti strap tops, or backless shirts/tops.
  6. Shoes are required at all times.
  7. No sunglasses are to be worn in the school building unless directed by an eye doctor or other health care provider.
  8. Hats may only be worn at the approval of the building administrator.
  9. Safety precautions may dictate certain types of dress for some classes.
  10. When students take trips on behalf of the school, whether to athletic contests or on field trips, they should dress properly to present a positive image.
  11. Jewelry/clothing promoting drug/alcohol/tobacco use or suggestive clothing shall not be permitted. No inappropriate slogans or items depicting a double meaning.
  12. Clothing with group marking or clothing associated with a group or gang and/or clothing with targeted hate messages, will not be permitted, i.e., Confederate flag, bandanas, shirts, sweats or coats, etc., of the same color or markings. This includes students who choose to dress alike in “gang” associated colors/markings.
  13. All teachers should check their students for dress code violations and send them to the office if there is a problem.
  14. The Administrator’s shall have the right to modify specific items in these regulations as school situations and activities merit.
  15. In situations where a disagreement exists as to whether or not the attire is appropriate, the building administrator shall have the final decision.

Obvious violators may be sent home or assigned further discipline.

Drop Outs 

Students who drop out of school will have their names turned over to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to have their driver’s license revoked.

Emergency Medical Forms

Accidents can and do happen. It is essential that we are able to contact a parent/guardian or a reliable neighbor in the event of an emergency. Please return the emergency medical authorization form to the school immediately. If an emergency arises during school hours due to an illness or injury to a student, school personnel will attempt to notify parents. If not successful, one of the telephone numbers listed on Infinite Campus will be called. During the school year, there may be changes in addresses and telephone numbers. Please update your information on the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.

Emergency Removal of Student

If a student’s presence poses a continuing danger to persons or property or an ongoing threat of disruption in the academic process, taking place either within a classroom or elsewhere on school premises, the student may be removed from the curricular or co-curricular activity or school premises on an emergency basis as dictated by board policy.

Entering/Leaving Building 

Students are not to leave the building during school hours without permission from the PAS staff. Phone calls or notes to excuse the student after the student has left the building will not be accepted. Students are only to enter PAS in the assigned areas. Students are not to enter the classroom through any other entrances in the building unless previously approved by PAS staff.

Equal Opportunity

Pickerington Schools believe in the worth of every individual. We pledge to provide equal opportunity for students regardless of sex, race, or national origin. Students who believe they have been denied such equal opportunity should inform the building administrator.

Fees/Fee Waiver

On an annual basis, the District Board of Education adopts rules and regulations establishing a schedule of fees for materials used in our courses of instruction. Consumable materials become the student’s property. Families who are financially unable to pay for necessary materials should refer to board policy for fee waivers. Applications are available in the school office. Failure to pay school fees will result in school records (i.e., grades and credits) being held until payment is received.

Field Trips

Students’ participation in a field trip requires submission of a field trip permission statement signed by an authorized adult and a completed emergency medical form, appropriate student behavior, and appropriate attire that presents a positive image of the school. The student code of conduct needs to be followed on all field trips. A student’s participation on a field trip may be restricted based on grades and attendance.

Parent’s attending field trips must follow the board policy for volunteers and visitors.

Food and Drinks

Food and drink items consumed in the facility needs to be approved by the building administrator. No food items are to be delivered.

Graduation Exercises

Commencement is an extra-curricular ceremony conducted by Pickerington Schools to honor its graduating students. Participating in the commencement exercises is a privilege and not a right.

Students are expected to behave in a manner befitting the dignity and importance of this event. Those not wishing to conform to behavioral expectations may desire to receive their diploma in an alternative setting.

Undergraduates who misbehave during the graduation ceremony will be subject to school discipline. Misbehavior at commencement exercises violates the Code of Conduct.

To graduate from a Pickerington high school the student must:

  1. Complete the school year of the year in which they graduate. (Attend until the last scheduled regular school day unless other arrangements have been made or otherwise approved by District administration.)
  2. If the student has no outstanding un-served discipline, including but not limited to in-school study, out-of-school suspension and expulsion, the Superintendent, in his/her discretion, has the authority to waive this graduation requirement regarding student (senior) attendance until the last regularly scheduled school day.
  3. Successfully complete the curriculum of the high school or the Individualized Education Program (IEP) developed for the student pursuant State law. Successful completion of the curriculum or IEP includes completion of the school year in the year which the student is to graduate and having served any outstanding discipline that has been ordered by school personnel.
  4. Have all outstanding fees and/or debts paid to the school in order to receive their diploma.

Graduation Approved Regalia (board policy 5460.02)

In keeping with the tradition of recognizing academic excellence at graduation, the approved lists of regalia (cords, medals, stoles, and administrator approved pins) are the only items that will be permitted to adorn the graduation gown. Any additional items worn by students will result in the student being asked to remove those items prior to the ceremony in order to participate.

The following is the approved list of cords, medals, and stoles:

Decom Decori – purple (North)/white (Central) cord, red cord & medal Optima Supra – red cord & medal Distinguished Scholar – medal only National Honors Society (NHS) – Gold Cord National Art Honors Society – Rainbow Cord National Spanish Honor Society – Red/Yellow Cord Student Council – Stole Class Officer – Stole

Pins for school programs/organizations are permitted. (All pins must be approved by school administration prior to graduation.)

Graduation Requirements

Students must earn 20 credits to graduate. Specific requirements for subject areas are outlined in board policy. To receive a diploma, students must meet the testing and curriculum requirements in effect at the time they completed the high school curriculum. Date of diploma indicates graduation requirements in effect at that time. This will apply unless modified by state law.

Hall Passes

A student who needs to move about the building is expected to have a proper hall pass from his/her teacher and move immediately to the designated area.

Health Concerns

If your child has a health concern, please provide the school nurse medical documentation from your child’s physician. Mutual understanding about health concerns will help us to better care for your child. Please update your student’s information as necessary.

School personnel will provide basic first aid and care for injuries and illnesses that occur at school. If an emergency arises during school hours due to an illness or injury, school personnel will attempt to notify the parent/guardian. If unsuccessful, one of the telephone numbers listed on the Emergency Medical Authorization form and/or information listed in Infinite Campus will be called. The student must be picked up within a reasonable amount of time. Any changes in information (telephone numbers/addresses) can be made by logging on to the Infinite Campus Parent Portal on the district website.

Nurse / Clinic

The school health clinic is available to students who may become ill or injured. Students should not contact parents on their own if they are ill. Students with symptoms of possible communicable diseases should not attend school. Please keep your child home if signs of illness including: vomiting, diarrhea, or elevated temperature (100.0 or above) occur. Your child will be sent home with symptoms of illness and must be fever and symptom-free for 24 hours before returning to school.

Screenings

Vision screenings will be provided in grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7,9, and 11. Hearing screenings will be provided in grades K, 1, 3, 5, 9 and 11. Parent/guardian will be notified if their child fails the screening.

Immunizations

State law and district policy require written proof of every student’s immunization status. Any student who does not meet the minimum state-required immunizations or exemptions within the first 14 days of school attendance will be excluded per Ohio Law.

Medication

Medication prescribed by a physician: District policy for grades K-12 requires that for prescribed medications the appropriate form must be completed by the physician, signed by the parent/guardian, and given to the clinic staff before the medication can be given. This form is available in our school clinic and on our website. Additionally, the medication must be presented to school personnel by the parent or guardian in its original container and labeled with the pharmacy label that includes the child’s name, doctor’s name, name of the medication, dosage to be given, and time to be taken. Any change from the original order must be provided in writing from the student’s prescribing physician.

FDA-approved non-prescription medication: If non-prescription medications are required to be given at school, they must be in the original container and accompanied by a form with the child’s name, name of the medication, amount to be given, time to be given, date to be started, and date to be discontinued. This form must be signed by the student’s parent or guardian. All medication (including cough drops) must be stored in the clinic. Dosages exceeding manufacturer’s recommendations must be accompanied by a physician’s order as described above.

All medications are to be delivered to school by the parent or guardian. Prior to the end of the school year, the parent or guardian must pick up any unused medications or the medications will be discarded.

Loitering

Students shall not remain in the school or on school property after the conclusion of their school day unless he/she is under the direct supervision of a staff member or coach. Students must exit the building no later than 30 minutes from the end of the school day. If a student fails to exit the building after a request by a staff member, he/she may be disciplined for insubordination.

Lunch

PAS does NOT provide a school lunch program. However, students may bring food items from home. Staff at PAS will decide when and where food and drinks can be consumed. Note: PAS does not have facilities for students to store, cook, or heat up food. Students that attend longer than the scheduled 4 hour session may have the opportunity to receive lunch from the building’s cafeteria.

Parent / Student Assistance

A Parent and/or student can contact our staff to inquire about academic progress, curriculum assistance, set parent-teacher conferences and overall student concerns.

Parking

The board recognizes that students might desire to drive their own vehicles to school. In compliance with state law, student drivers under age 17 are not permitted to transport more than one person who is not a family member unless the driver is accompanied by his/her parent, guardian or custodian. Students are discouraged from transporting other students to and from student activities, events and programs. Students must park in the designated areas next to the baseball fields.

Handicapped areas are clearly marked. Discipline may be issued to students who park in unauthorized or handicapped parking areas.

Having an automobile on school property is considered consent by the student to a search of his/her vehicle by school officials if there is reasonable suspicion to believe that the automobile contains items that may be a threat to the safety or security of the student, others, or property. The police and drug dog may be used for assistance in this area.

The school is not responsible for damage, theft, or vandalism to vehicles parked in the lot. Students who park in areas designated as visitors, staff, and/or handicapped without prior permission, or students who are not driving properly, may be subject to a detention and/or Q.S.T. There shall be administrative discretion in regard to student parking privilege when deemed necessary. Students who violate parking registration procedures may have their car impounded at owner’s expense.

Personal Items

Students are discouraged from bringing valuable items to school. If brought to school, these items remain the responsibility of the student. Such items can be lost or damaged. The school cannot assume responsibility for losses or damages. Skateboards, scooters, and roller blades/skates are NOT permitted. If a student finds an item that does not belong to him/her, he/she must immediately turn it in to a staff member.

Privacy

Online postings and conversations are not private. Anything you post can be forwarded or shared with many others in just a few clicks. There are, however, steps you can take to safeguard your own privacy and that of others.

  1. Exercise care with your privacy settings and profile content.
  2. Be aware that people are not always who they claim to be. Many people provide false information about themselves and their backgrounds online. Therefore, students should not post confidential information or specific information about themselves or other students online. Students should not disclose any information online that could help someone contact them in person. Such information includes the student’s last name, home address, phone numbers, email address, school name, schedules, photos, or videos.

Publicizing Great Things About Our Students

The district frequently has the opportunity to celebrate accomplishments of our students, including award recipients, participants in unique classroom projects, involvement in fine arts programs, athletics, and other activities worth recognizing and promoting.

Sometimes, this recognition appears on district and school websites, in print publications, and in district-controlled social media, including Facebook and Twitter feeds. This recognition may include photos of students, as well as their names, school, grade and teacher’s name. It also may include pictures or other representations of students’ artistic work, including visual and written pieces.

We also occasionally will have members of the local media visiting our buildings to cover special events and unique approaches to education being offered by our teachers. Media access to students does not happen within our schools without district knowledge and supervision, and we do not provide direct access to students when the media is covering stories or topics that might be considered controversial or negative.

Most parents enjoy seeing their children included in the day-to-day celebration of all the great things happening in our schools. For that reason, default consent and release for this type of recognition is granted to the district. However, we know there are a few parents who prefer that their children be excluded from such acknowledgement and recognition.

Action is only required by parents who wish to deny this consent. We require those parents to inform us, in writing, of their desire to have their children excluded from district-managed recognition by downloading a form available on the district website, filling it out, and returning it to their child’s school. Parents are asked to do this by September 1 each fall to ensure we have a current list of students whose activities should not be publicly acknowledged by the district on the website, on social media, or in other public forums.

Restrooms

Students must use the designated restroom closest to the PAS facility. Students may be required to have an escort at the discretion of the PAS administrator. Students feeling ill must report to the clinic or office and not remain in the restroom. Disciplinary action may result if proper procedures are not followed.

Safety

Please report all safety issues to a teacher, counselor, or PAS administrator. Additionally, concerns can be reported to the Ohio SaferSchool Hotline by calling 1-844-SAFEROH. Calls to the Ohio SaferSchool Hotline can be made anonymously.

Safety Drills

Fire exits for each classroom are prominently posted. Students are expected to know the exit routes from each classroom and exit procedures. Periodic drills are held throughout the school year. Students are to leave all books and personal effects (except purses) in the classroom. Students are expected to take all drills seriously and exit the building in an orderly manner. All students must stay with the adult in charge. Leaving the reporting area (i.e. sitting in cars or leaving the property, etc.) will result in disciplinary action.

Several types of emergency/safety drills are conducted throughout the year, including fire, tornado, and school intruder drills. These drills are held to acquaint students with proper emergency/safety procedures and evacuation routes. Each student will be instructed of his/her responsibilities during these drills.

Sales

Only school-approved fundraisers are permitted at school. No personal sales are permitted. All school fundraisers must have prior administrative approval.

School Counseling Department

School counselors offer classroom guidance, as well as support groups as the need is seen.

They also offer individual counseling to help students manage both academic and emotional issues, as well as provide mediation in resolving peer conflicts.

School Environment

Students are required to clean up their assigned work areas. This gives the student a sense of pride and respect for their own environment.

Searches

School authorities are charged with the responsibility of safeguarding the safety and well-being of the students in their care. In the discharge of that responsibility, school authorities may search the person or property, including any district-owned technology, vehicles of a student, with or without the student’s consent, whenever they reasonably suspect that the search is required to discover evidence of a violation of law or of school rules. The extent of the search will be governed by the seriousness of the alleged infraction and the student’s age. Any unattended belongings will be searched to determine ownership and to confirm the item or its contents are not dangerous. Please refer to board policy for additional details.

Social Media

Although social media can be useful for many purposes, care must be taken to maintain an atmosphere of respect consistent with the behavior expected of students in school as outlined in federal and/or state law, Board policy and school rules. Social media is defined as any form of online publication or presence that allows end users to engage in multi-directional conversations in or around the content on the Internet. Students are personally responsible for the content they publish online. Because digital content lives in perpetuity, anything you publish will be public for a long time. Use common sense and adhere to the following rules when posting content online. The Social Media for Students board policy applies to the use of social networking in the classroom as well. The same rules and policies that govern student conduct at school apply to social networking activity when social networking is used in conjunction with a class assignment or other school activities.

Please review the policy 7540.03A in its entirety on the District website.

Surveillance Cameras

Surveillance cameras are mounted in and around various locations throughout the building. Students may be recorded at any time.

Suspensions

Suspended students are not to be on any Pickerington Schools property or to attend/participate at school events (home or away) on the days they are suspended. If school is cancelled during a suspended day, the suspension is extended by the number of days missed.

Title IX and Section 504

If you believe you have been discriminated against, please inform the principal. Then, if not satisfied, the complaint should be forwarded to the district’s Title IX and/or Section 504 Coordinator, who can be reached at 614-833-2110 or 90 East Street, Pickerington, Ohio. If not satisfactorily settled at this level, the complaint may be made to the superintendent, who will act as the district’s final mediator. Please refer to the district’s policy on discrimination for additional guidance.

Transfer of Rights

Under Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the rights accorded to a parent, which would include permission and consent, transfer to a student who turns 18 or enters an institution of postsecondary education. This would include all dual enrollment classes offered by the district in cooperation with a college or university. Parents still maintain the right to access student records as long as the student is a dependent student for tax purposes.Eighteen-year-old students are accountable for their own behaviors and actions. Compliance with the rules of the school including attendance will be addressed directly with the 18-year-old student. Correspondence from the school will be sent directly to the 18-year-old student. It is the expectation of the student to keep his/her parent informed. If you have any questions about the transfer of rights, please contact your building principal.

Visitors

Visitors, particularly parents/guardians, are welcome at school. To properly monitor the safety of students and staff, each visitor must report to the school office upon entering the building to sign in and provide proper identification to receive a visitor’s badge. Any visitor without a visitor/volunteer badge will be asked to return to the office. If parents wish to meet with a staff member or observe a classroom, they should call to schedule an appointment. Appointments must be made at least 24 hours in advance by contacting the school office. Parents are welcome to visit our school for special programs and class observations. Students are not permitted to invite friends or relatives to school during the school day. Students are not to invite visitors to see them at school at any time. Students may only have a visitor to school if that visitor is accompanied by their parent(s). Visitors must report to the office for a visitor’s pass and must have it with them when they are in the building.

Additional guidelines regarding visitors in school can be found on the district website under policies: 9150 and 9150 AG.

Volunteering in Pickerington Schools

All persons volunteering within Pickerington Schools must submit a Volunteer Application and sign a Volunteer Code of Conduct form. These forms are available in all of our school offices and on the district website. All volunteers (both new and current) having unsupervised access to children on a regular basis must have a background check. 9150: School Visitors and administrative guideline 9150 AG: School Visitors for additional details.

Withdrawing from School

Please notify the school office before withdrawing a child from school. Office personnel will explain the procedures that must be followed. Please refer to board policy for additional details. 5130: Withdrawal of School and administrative guideline 5130: Withdrawal/Transfer from School for additional details.

Attendance Policy

 

We believe that regular, punctual attendance to school is essential if our students are to receive maximum benefit from the educational program we offer. Success in school is directly related to attendance habits, and developing a regular pattern of good attendance is crucial for future success.

Our Board of Education policies on student attendance and absences from school follow all statutes and regulations of both the Ohio Administrative Code and the federal Missing Child Act. Together, our local policy and these pieces of legislation outline each aspect of your child’s attendance to school.

First and foremost, it is the responsibilities of the parents to ensure their children have regular school attendance. Additionally, in the event a student is absent from school for any reason, it is the responsibility to notify the school. The specific policies related to our elementary and middle school attendance program are described below. Questions should be addressed to your school’s office.

Absences

When a child will be absent from or tardy to school, parents must notify the school no later than 10:00 a.m. the morning of the absence. An answering machine is available 24 hours a day for reporting a student absence or tardy. If school office personnel have not been notified of an absence, we will place a telephone call either to the home or to the parent’s place of employment.

Absences from school are classified as either excused or unexcused. Students will be permitted to make up and receive credit for work missed. The State of Ohio permits us to excuse a child’s absence for the following reasons:

A. Illness (doctor’s excuse may be required)
B. Illness inside the immediate family that necessitates the presence of the child
C. Death of a relative (limited to 3 days)
D. Observation of religious holidays consistent with his/her religious beliefs (Notification must be
submitted at least one day prior to the absence.)
E. Medical or dental appointment (usually a partial day)
F. Quarantine for contagious disease (as verified by a medical professional)
G. College visitation (three approved days allowed)
H. Emergency circumstances (eg. court appearance, required meeting with social services agency,
student required to travel with parent.)
I. Absences due to a student’s placement in foster care or changes in foster care placement or any court
proceedings related to their foster care status
J. Absences due to circumstances impacted by homelessness

All other absences will be counted as unexcused. Excessive absences may result in a phone call from school, written notification from school, or a referral to the District attendance/truant officer. In addition, further absences illness may result in the child being placed on Needs Medical Excuse status. Students placed on N.M.E. restrictions must produce a note from their physician for the absence to be excused. Without this medical note, the absence will remain unexcused.

PAS follows the district’s attendance policy. However, a parent meeting will be requested after five (5) unexcused absences.

Early Dismissal

Once a student gets to school, he/she is expected to stay the entire day or until that student is dismissed. Each student leaving school property during school hours will be required to have written communication from the parent or guardian. Please note that for security purposes, students will NOT be dismissed to parents following school events held during the regular school day. Parents wanting to take their child out of school early must follow the regular sign out procedures. Any student leaving early will be counted absent for that portion of the day.

Vacations

Vacation days are noted in the annual school calendar. It is the expectation of the Board that families do everything possible to plan their vacations during these times. If this is not possible, arrangements must be made in advance through the attendance office. All work missed must be completed and turned in on the day of return to school. Scheduling family vacations during established testing windows is strongly discouraged. Family vacations are not considered an excused absence.

Please refer to policy 5200 on attendance for information on habitual absences, tardies,
preplanned absences, and procedures for addressing truancy.

Bus Transportation

Student Conduct on Buses

Free transportation is a service provided by the Pickerington Board of Education, which should be regarded as a privilege by students. It is expected that those who ride the school buses will conduct themselves as good passengers at all times. All students who ride a school bus are subject to these regulations while riding to and from school or on special trips.

Student Regulations

The superintendent or his/her designee is authorized to deny transportation to a student. A student must be given a written notice of the intended suspension. The student shall have the opportunity to appear informally before the superintendent or superintendent’s designee before the suspension is imposed. Students are also subject to emergency removal from the bus for other discipline. If emergency removal is imposed, a hearing will be held within three (3) school days of the initial removal. The notice shall also include the reasons for removal. Students may be suspended for up to one (1) year.

  1. Parents are responsible for the safety of their student before pick up and after drop off.
  2. Students will be at designated bus stops before bus arrival time in the morning and in the evenings when school is dismissed. Students must be at the designated bus stops five (5) minutes before arrival time. In the evenings when school is dismissed students have seven (7) minutes to board their assigned bus. After the bus drivers have been notified that it is clear to leave, they are instructed to close the bus doors. No students will be allowed to board after the bus doors have been closed.
  3. Students must cross approximately ten (10) feet in front (only) of the bus. Students must follow the driver’s hand signals when crossing the street.
  4. Improper behavior at bus stops, including physical aggressiveness and property destruction, will not be tolerated.
  5. Students must go directly to an available or assigned seat so the bus may safely resume motion.
  6. Students must remain seated at all times, keeping aisles and exits clear. Students shall not change from seat to seat. Drivers are encouraged to assign seats to all students.
  7. No standing on the seats or sitting on the backs of seats.
  8. Unauthorized touching or hitting is the act of physically touching or hitting, or making physical threats to a student or bus driver or any other person. Unauthorized touching, shoving or tripping will not be permitted; it will generally result in a suspension for a minimum of three (3) days.
  9. A student shall not use abusive, obscene, profane, or offensive language, gestures, or signs toward the bus driver, bus monitor, another student, school employee, or adult.
  10. Students are not permitted to smoke, otherwise use, possess, buy, sell, attempt to sell, distribute, or burn tobacco in any form, including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, clove cigarettes, chewing tobacco, snuff, and any other form of tobacco. Ohio law prohibits pupils from smoking and/or using and/or possessing tobacco in any area under the control of the school district or at any activity supervised by any school in that district.
  11. Students are not permitted to use matches or cigarette lighters. A student shall not burn or attempt to burn any part of any school bus or objects therein, or any other property belonging to another person or to the Pickerington Schools.
  12. Eating, drinking, and gum chewing on the bus is not permitted at any time, except as required for medical reasons.
  13. Students will ride only on assigned buses and are not permitted to get off other than at the assigned bus stop. Parents may request a deviation from this rule by completing a “Change of Bus Stop” form. It will go into effect after it is approved by the transportation supervisor.
  14. Throwing litter on the bus or out the windows, or throwing anything at the bus, is prohibited.
  15. Students will keep all parts of the body inside the bus.
  16. At no time are students allowed to tamper with the emergency door. A suspension will be given.
  17. Vandalism of buses, such as cutting seats, poking holes, etc., shall not be permitted. Parents will be financially responsible for any damage done by their children.
  18. Students must promptly obey the bus driver’s instructions the first time they are given and refrain from talking back. If a student fails to comply with reasonable requests or directives of any school employee or bus driver, it will be considered insubordination. The bus is an extension of the classroom with equal expectations for behavior.
  19. Absolute quiet must be maintained at all railroad crossings until the bus is across the tracks and at other points of danger as specified by the bus driver.
  20. Spitting is not permitted.
  21. Except as required by state or federal disability laws, animals of any size will not be transported on a school bus.
  22. A student is not permitted to possess, transmit, or conceal a dangerous weapon, dangerous instrument, or “look-alike” counterfeit weapon or instrument. Look-alike weapons could include, but are not limited to, starter pistols, stun guns, or any object a reasonable person might consider, under the circumstances, to be a weapon or dangerous instrument such as firearms, ammunition, explosives, fireworks, or knives.
  23. A student is not permitted to possess, solicit, use, conceal, sell, offer to sell, be under the influence of, show evidence of consumption, supply, or transmit narcotics, other illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, alcoholic beverages, counterfeit controlled substances or “look-alike” controlled substances. A look-alike controlled substance could include but is not limited to anything that a reasonable person would believe to be a controlled substance because of its similarity in shape, size, color, marking, labeling, packaging, distribution, or the price for which it is sold or offered for sale. Possession includes, but is not limited to, retention on the student’s person, or in a purse, wallet, locker, desk, or vehicle on school property or vehicle used for school purposes. Included in the prohibition are any substances represented as a controlled substance, such as non-alcoholic beers, steroids, tobacco products, e-cigarettes/vaporizers, and drug paraphernalia.
  24. Noise on the bus shall be kept to a minimum at all times to ensure safety of the operation of the bus.
  25. Students wishing to ride a different bus for one trip must have a note signed by the parents and by the building principal/designee. This will be done only in emergencies, not for convenience.
  26. Students wishing to ride a different bus for one trip must have a note signed by the parents and by the building principal/designee. This will be done only in emergencies, not for convenience.
  27. Students may possess wireless communication devices (WCDs) on the school bus. Students may use WCDs while on the school bus. However, distracting behavior that creates an unsafe environment will not be tolerated. The bus driver or District staff member (e.g. teacher, activity sponsor, advisor, coach) has the right to ask any student to turn off his/her device. Students are prohibited from using WCDs to capture, record, or transmit the words (i.e. audio) and/or images (i.e., pictures/videos) of any student, staff member, or other person without express prior notice and explicit consent for the capture, recording, or transmission of such words or images.
  28. Students must comply with all provisions and requirements of the Student Code of Conduct. Students who have been given a misconduct slip must have said slip signed and returned to their bus driver the next time they board the bus. Failure to do so may result in a bus suspension until the signed misconduct slip has been returned.

Grades 7-12 Student Code of Conduct

Good conduct is based on respect and consideration for the rights of others. Students are expected to conduct themselves in such a way that the rights of others are not violated. Pickerington Schools students will conform with school regulations and accept directions from authorized school personnel. The Pickerington Board of Education will not tolerate violent, disruptive, or inappropriate behavior by its students and will vigorously enforce related policies and the Ohio Revised Code.

A student who fails to comply with Student Code of Conduct, established school rules, or with any reasonable request made by school personnel when subject to the authority of the Board of Education will be subject to the approved student discipline regulations. The superintendent or his/her designee shall develop regulations that establish strategies to address student misbehavior. Strategies shall encompass efforts ranging from prevention to intervention.

Each year (or when entering during the year), students and parents will receive access to information on where to find the rules and regulations to which they are subject. These discipline regulations apply to conduct while school is in session; at school-sponsored activities; on school premises; off school premises at any interscholastic competition, extracurricular activity, or any other school program or activity that is not located in a school or on property that is owned or controlled by the Board of Education; in any vehicle whose use is controlled or organized or arranged by the school; when the student is within the school district’s off-premises institutional authority; or at any time when the student is subject to the authority of the Board of Education or school personnel.

In addition, a student may be subject to school disciplinary action, including suspension or expulsion for harassment, vandalism, physical abuse, or other harmful or disruptive behavior toward school personnel during non-school hours. The information will include the types of conduct that will make them subject to suspension, expulsion, removal from school, or other forms of disciplinary action. The Board directs the administration to make all students and parents aware of the Student Code of Conduct, which is designed to encourage positive appropriate behavior, and the fact that any violations of the Student Code of Conduct are subject to the consequences outlined therein.

If a student violates this policy or the Code of Conduct, school personnel, students, or parents should report the student to the appropriate principal. The administration cooperates in any prosecution pursuant to the criminal laws of the state of Ohio and local ordinances.

Student attendance at after-school co-curricular events is a privilege. Any pupil may be removed from such events for engaging in disruptive conduct, for violation of the Student Code of Conduct, or for conduct posing a danger to persons or property. Any student removed from co-curricular events may be barred from attendance at future events for the remainder of the school year.

During the time of suspension (not to include in-school study), expulsion, or removal, the parent, guardian, or custodian of the student (or the student if age 18 or older) is responsible for the student. While suspended, expelled, permanently excluded, or removed from school, students are not permitted to attend curricular or extracurricular activities or to be on school premises for any reason unless a prior appointment has been made with school officials.

The Board may seek the permanent exclusion of a student age 16 or older who is either convicted in criminal court or adjudicated delinquent by a juvenile court of any of the following offenses that occur on school grounds or at a school function:

  • illegal conveyance or possession of a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance, carrying a concealed weapon, aggravated trafficking, trafficking in drugs, trafficking involving the possession of a bulk amount of a controlled substance or the sale of a controlled substance; and/or
  • aggravated murder, murder, voluntary or involuntary manslaughter, felonious or aggravated assault, rape, gross sexual imposition or felonious sexual penetration, if the victim is a District employee.

Disciplinary Action

In the event of student misconduct, one or more of the following procedures may be administered or other discipline imposed as deemed appropriate by the school administration.

Conference: A conference involving any combination of student(s), parents, teachers, counselor, and
administrator.

Detention: A thirty (30) minute period before or after school. Detentions must be served within two school days. If not, the student may be issued a second detention. Failure to serve that detention could lead to a school suspension.

Office time out: Students may be assigned an amount of time to be spent in the office or other designated area.

Emergency removal: Students may be removed from class/school as per board policy and the Ohio Revised Code.

In-school study:In-school study shall be used within the structure of the Student Code of Conduct, depending upon the nature of the offense. Students assigned to in-school study are removed from the mainstream of the student population to a designated area. Academic work may be made up provided the student abides by the rules and completes the work assigned.

Out of school suspension: When students are suspended out-of-school or expelled, they have the opportunity to complete all work assigned and receive full credit. Students will not be penalized for missed work that cannot be duplicated outside of the classroom. Teachers may use a different assignment to determine mastery of the missed assignments. Suspended or expelled students may not be on school property or attend/participate school events, home or away, on the days they are suspended/expelled. Additional guidance regarding discipline can be found in district policies located on the district’s website..

Discipline of Students with Disabilities

The suspension and expulsion of students with disabilities will be in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, the Ohio Revised Code, and the 2008 Operating Standards for Ohio Educational Agencies serving Children with Disabilities (Rules 3301-51-01 to 3301- 51-09 and 3301-51-11 of the Ohio Administrative Code).

Infractions

1.Conviction of a Felony or Other Violation of Law

A student shall not commit any act not listed herein that constitutes a felony, misdemeanor, or violation of an ordinance.

2.Alcohol and Drugs

For purposes of this section of the Code of Conduct, the term “Substance” shall include, but not be limited to the following: alcohol; illegal drugs; un-prescribed drugs; narcotics; hallucinogens; amphetamines; barbiturates; marijuana; steroids; caffeine tablets; K2, spice, posh, “legal weed”, or any other marijuana substitute; look-alike drugs; or any substance that is represented to be, to contain, to mimic, or be used to produce the same or similar effects as illegal drugs, narcotics, hallucinogens, amphetamines, barbiturates, marijuana, alcohol, stimulants, depressants, or other intoxicants; or any other controlled substance as defined under the laws of Ohio or federal law.

A student shall not possess, solicit, use, conceal, sell, offer to sell, purchase, show evidence of consumption, supply, distribute, or transmit any Substance, or otherwise violate Board Policy.

“Possession” includes, but is not limited to, retention of a Substance on the student’s person or in a purse, wallet, locker, desk, or vehicle. Included in this prohibition are the possession of drug paraphernalia, which includes, but is not limited to rolling papers, and other items use to inject, inhale, administer, deliver, ingest or otherwise consume a substance.

3.Counterfeit Substances

No student shall possess any counterfeit “Substance,” as the term is defined under “Alcohol and Drugs,” nor shall any student make, sell, offer to sell, give, package, conceal, supply, transmit, or deliver a counterfeit Substance. Possession is defined under “Alcohol and Drugs.”

No student shall directly or indirectly represent a counterfeit Substance as a Substance that is prohibited by the Code of Conduct by describing, either with words or conduct, its effects as being the same or similar to the physical or mental effects associated with the use of a Substance.

No student shall directly or indirectly represent a counterfeit Substance as a Substance that is prohibited by the Code of Conduct.

A. Any Substance that bears, or whose container or label bears, a trademark, trade name or
other identifying mark used without authorization of the owner or rights to such trademark,
trade name, or identifying mark;
B. Any unmarked or unlabeled contraband that is represented to be a Substance prohibited by
the Code of Conduct, which is manufactured, processed, packaged, or distributed;
C. Anything that is represented to be a Substance prohibited by the Code of Conduct but does
not fall within the definition of a “Substance.”
D. Anything that a reasonable person would believe to be a Substance prohibited by the Code of
Conduct because of its similarity in shape, size, color, markings, labeling, packaging,
distribution, or the price for which it is sold or offered for sale.

4.Possession or Use of Weapons or Dangerous Instruments

A student shall not possess, transmit, or conceal a dangerous weapon, dangerous instrument, or “look-alike” counterfeit weapon or instrument. Such items include, but are not limited to, explosives, bullets, fireworks, mace, firearms, knives, BB or pellet guns or any object that can reasonably be considered a dangerous instrument. Look-alike weapons include, but are not limited to, any object a reasonable person might consider, under the circumstances, to be a weapon or dangerous instrument.

Additionally, O.R.C. Sec. 2923.122 makes it a felony for any person to knowingly convey, attempt to convey, or possess any deadly weapon or dangerous ordinance onto or on any property owned by or controlled by, or to any activity held under the auspices of, a school. A violation may result in the student being expelled for a period of one calendar year. Violators of the Code of Conduct may be referred to civil authorities. Whenever a student is suspended, expelled, or permanently excluded from school for a Code of Conduct violation involving a firearm, knife, or other weapon, the student may lose or be denied a driver’s license.

5.Inducing Panic (O.R.C. 2917.31)

No student shall induce panic, i.e., cause the evacuation of any school building or otherwise cause
serious public inconvenience or alarm, by:
A. Initiating or circulating a report or warning of an alleged or impending fire, explosion, crime
or other catastrophe, knowing that such a report or warning is false. Examples include, but
are not limited to, pulling a fire alarm when you know there is no fire, making a bomb threat
when you know there is no bomb, and making a fake “hit list”.
B. Threatening to commit an offense of violence, as that term is defined in O.R.C. Section
2917.31. Examples include, but are not limited to, threatening to kill, assault, kidnap, rape or rob someone, to commit extortion, to provoke a riot, to commit arson, or to discharge a
firearm at or into the school.
C. Committing any offense with reckless disregard of the likelihood that its commission will
cause serious public inconvenience or alarm. For purposes of this policy, reckless disregard
means perversely disregarding a known risk that your conduct is likely to cause serious
public inconvenience or alarm, and being heedlessly indifferent to the effects of your actions
on others.

Any student who violates this rule will be subject to school discipline, in accordance with board
policy and the Code of Conduct. In addition, any student who violates this rule may be referred to the
authorities. Under Ohio law, any person who “induces panic” is guilty of a felony, regardless of
whether anyone is hurt or the school suffers economic harm. Students may be expelled for one
calendar year.

6.False Alarms and Reports

A student shall not initiate a fire alarm or initiate a report warning of a fire, bombing, bomb threat, or other catastrophe or emergency without cause, or give false information or falsely report school incidents. A violation may result in the student being expelled for a period of up to one calendar year

7.Damage to School Property

A student shall not knowingly cause or attempt to cause physical harm to any school building or school property or private property of another, including the private property of school employees on school property. Parents, guardians, or custodians shall be held financially responsible for any such property damage, by their child, pursuant to O.R.C. 3109.09, 2307.70, and any other applicable sections of law. A student could be expelled for up to one calendar year. The building administrator will determine the extent of the damage and will assign discipline.

8.Extortion

A student shall not commit an act of extortion, threatened extortion, or threaten reprisals in order to secure an object, benefit, or service from another person.

9.Unauthorized Touching or Hitting or Throwing

This is the act of physically touching or hitting, or making physical or verbal threats to a student or employee of the school system, or any other person while on school property or at a school event. Charges may be filed in the event of an assault. A violation may result in the student being expelled for a period of up to one calendar year.

10.Violence or Disruption

A student shall not disrupt, attempt to disrupt, or urge others to disrupt the educational process, normal school operations, or any school or school-sponsored activity by violence, force, noise, coercion, threat, intimidation, fear, passive resistance, or other disorderly conduct.

11.Unauthorized Fires

A student shall not burn or attempt to burn any part of any building or objects therein, or any other property belonging to another person or to the Pickerington Schools.

12.Theft

A student shall not steal or attempt to steal property. If a student finds an item that does not belong to him/her, they must immediately turn it in to a staff member. A person commits a theft when he/she:

A. Obtains or exerts unauthorized control over property of the owner (including computer
software or copyrighted material); or
B. Obtains by deception control over property of the owner; or
C. Obtains by threat control over property of the owner; or
D. Obtains control over stolen property, knowing the property to have been stolen or under
circumstances as would lead him/her to reasonably believe that the property was stolen, and
he/she:

1. intends to deprive the owner of the use or benefit of the property; or
2. knowingly uses, conceals, or abandons the property in such a manner as to deprive the
owner of such use or benefit; or
3. uses, conceals, or abandons the property, knowing such use, concealment, or
abandonment probably will deprive the owner of such use or benefit.

13.Bullying and Hazing (Harassment and Intimidation)

Harassing, hazing, intimidating, bullying and/or dating violence behavior by any student/school personnel in the District is strictly prohibited, and such conduct may result in disciplinary action, including suspension and/or expulsion from school. Harassment, hazing, intimidation, bullying and/or dating violence means any intentional written, verbal, electronic, graphic or physical acts, including electronically transmitted acts, either overt or covert, by a student or group of students toward other students or school personnel with the intent to haze, harass, intimidate, injure, threaten, ridicule or humiliate. Such behaviors are prohibited on or immediately adjacent to school grounds, at any school-sponsored activity; in any District publication; through the use of any District-owned or operated communication tools, including but not limited to District e-mail accounts and/or computers; on school-provided transportation; or at any official school bus stop.

Hazing, harassment, intimidation, bullying, or dating violence can include many different behaviors. Examples of conduct that could constitute prohibited behaviors include, but are not limited to:

a. physical violence and/or attacks;
b. threats, taunts and intimidation through words and/or gestures;
c. extortion, damage or stealing of money and/or possessions;
d. exclusion from the peer group or spreading rumors;
e. repetitive and hostile behavior with the intent to harm others through the use of information
and communication technologies and other web-based/online sites (also known as “cyber
bullying), such as the following:

i. posting slurs on web sites, social networking sites, blogs or personal online journals;
ii. sending abusive or threatening e-mails, web site postings or comments and instant
messages;
iii. using camera phones to take embarrassing photographs or videos of students and/or
distributing or posting the photos or videos online and
iv. using web sites, social networking sites, blogs or personal online journals, e-mails or
instant messages to circulate gossip and rumors to other students.

f. excluding others from an online group by falsely reporting them for inappropriate language to
Internet service providers.

14.Sexting

The possessing, taking, disseminating, transferring, or sharing of nude, obscene, pornographic, lewd, or otherwise illegal images or photographs, whether by electronic data transfers or otherwise (commonly called texting, emailing, or sexting, etc.) may constitute a crime under state and/or federal law. Any person possessing, taking, disseminating, or sharing nude, obscene, pornographic, lewd or otherwise illegal images or photographs may be punished under this Code of Conduct and may be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agencies.

15.Sexual Misconduct

Students shall not engage in inappropriate sexual misconduct on school grounds or at school sanctioned events.

16.Disrespect

A student shall not use abusive, obscene, profane, or offensive language, gestures, or signs toward another student, school employee, or adult.

17.Smoking or Use Tobacco

Ohio law prohibits pupils from smoking and/or using and/or possessing tobacco in any area under the control of the school district or at any activity supervised by any school in that district.

Therefore, a student shall not smoke, otherwise use, possess, buy, sell, attempt to sell, distribute, or burn tobacco in any form, including, but not limited to, cigarettes, electronic cigarettes/vaporizers, cigars, clove cigarettes, chewing tobacco, snuff, and any other nicotine products. Students may be assumed to be smoking if any one of the following conditions exists;

1. odor of smoke present,
2. more than one person in a restroom stall,
3. or refusing to come out of the stall if asked.

18.Forgery and Falsification

A student shall not falsely represent, attempt to falsely represent, or lie concerning any information to be used by or given to school officials, use the name or identity of another person, forge any school forms or information.

19.Distribution of Unauthorized Material

A student shall not distribute or sell any material that has not been authorized by an administrator.

20.Insubordination

A student shall not fail to comply with reasonable requests or directives of adults or school employees.

21.Over-the-Counter Substances

A student shall not knowingly make, sell or offer to sell, receive, or distribute any substance that is available to purchase without a prescription.

22.Presence in an Unauthorized Area/Trespassing

A student shall not be in any unauthorized area of school grounds or any Pickerington Schools building without permission. This includes misuse of the Elevator Usage guidelines.

23.Repeated Violations

A repeated violation of any rule in the Code of Conduct is subject to additional penalties.

24.Truancy

Refer to the attendance section of the handbook and the Pickerington Schools board policy 5200.

25.Tardiness

  • Tardiness to School: Refer to the attendance section of the handbook and the Pickerington Schools board policy 5200.
  • Tardiness to Class: If a student arrives late to class without a pass or excuse, the student will be considered tardy to class and may be referred to the office for additional discipline.

26.Class Cuts (unexcused absences from individual class periods)

If a student fails to attend an assigned period without an excuse, the absence will be counted as unexcused and may result in school discipline.

27.Hall Passes

Students shall have a pass from an instructor or an escort to be in the halls during class time.

28.Public Display of Affection (P.D.A.)

Students may show only affection that is within the boundaries of good taste while at school. Students that do not show good taste will be dealt with accordingly.

29.Gambling

Students may not gamble in the buildings or on the school grounds.

30.Prepared for Class 

Students are to bring to class those items identified by the instructors as needed to participate in the class or laboratory activity. This would include proper dress or uniform, books, manuals, notebook, and pencil or pen.

31.Driving Regulations/Use of Auto/Illegal Parking

Students may not leave school without permission, park without the proper permit, park in designated staff, visitor and/or handicapped spaces, or improperly use an automobile to and from school and on school property, or be in violation of the parking code. Students may lose their parking privileges if these rules are broken.

32.Office Phones

Office phones may be used with the permission of a staff member on a case-by-case basis.

33.Loitering

Students may not use the rest rooms as a place for loitering or as a “student lounge.” Students shall not remain in the school or on school property after the conclusion of the school day unless under the supervision of a staff member or coach.

34.Use of Property

Students may not use any school-owned property or another student’s property without permission.

35.Unserved Discipline Hours

If a student fails to serve discipline, additional discipline will be issued.

36.Profanity

A student shall not use profanity in class, halls, or on school grounds.

37.Bus Behavior

A student shall not violate the bus rules listed in “Bus Transportation”. All bus discipline will be reported to the transportation supervisor at Petermann Bus Company. All students may be removed from riding the bus for up to 1 year. (Refer to the Bus Transportation section in the Student Planner.)

38.Cheating/ Plagiarism on Tests or Other School Work

A student shall not cheat or use unauthorized materials on tests or other schoolwork. In addition to
the loss of a grade, discipline hours and points may be assigned.

39.Creating a Safety Hazard

A student may be removed for creating a safety hazard.

40.Off School Grounds Without Permission

A student shall not leave school grounds without permission. A loss of privileges may result.

41.Possession of Laser Pens/ Lighters/ Matches/ Stink Bombs

Students may not possess the above items, and they will be confiscated.

42.Outside Building Without Permission

A student shall not be outside the building without permission.

43.Failure to Sign In/ Out of School

All students must sign in when arriving after the bell or sign out before school is dismissed.

44.Dress Code Violation

A student shall not violate the dress code. (Refer to the Dress Code section in the Student Planner)

45.Food/ Drink/ Littering in Building, Outside Cafeteria

All food and drink must be kept in the cafeteria during school hours unless special permission has been granted.

46.Failure to Clean Up Lunchroom Table/ Area

Students are responsible for leaving their area clean.

47 Possession/Use of Electronic Equipment by Students

Please refer to the Acceptable Use board policy for Personal Communication Devices (PCD). All electronic devices may be searched if there exists a reasonable suspicion that it may have been used in an activity prohibited by the Code of Conduct. Any violation of the policy may result in discipline.

48. Inappropriate Material

Students are not to possess, bring, make, transmit, conceal, sell, or offer to sell inappropriate material or items.

49.Disturbance/Horseplay/Inappropriate Behavior

A student shall not be involved in any type of inappropriate behavior, including but not limited to excessive noise and blocking/loitering in hallways, which will also include excessive noise for electronic devices and/or speakers. DISTURBANCES: Students causing disturbances on school premises (i.e. insubordination to teachers or other school employees or possession of firecrackers, smoke bombs, etc.) or having possession of, or threatening with, any type of weapon may be suspended from school.

50.Instigation

A student shall not participate in any activity considered by the administration to be a direct or indirect instigation.

51.Acceptable Use Policy:

Each student must take responsibility for appropriate and lawful use of this access. Please refer to the reference regarding board policy.

52.Social Media

Care must be taken on social media to maintain an atmosphere of respect consistent with the behavior expected of students in school. Please refer to board policy.

STUDENT CONDUCT (ZERO TOLERANCE)

Students are expected to conduct themselves in such a way that they respect and consider the rights of others. Students must conform to school regulations as well as accept directions from authorized school personnel. The Board has “zero tolerance” of violent, disruptive or inappropriate behavior by its students.

A student who fails to comply with established school rules or with any reasonable request made by school personnel on school property and/or at school-related events is subject to approved student discipline regulations. The Superintendent/designee develops regulations, which establish strategies ranging from prevention to intervention to address student misbehavior.

Students and parents annually receive, at the beginning of the school year or upon entering during the year, written information on the rules and regulations to which they are subject while in school participating in any school-related activity or event. The information includes the types of conduct, which are subject to suspension or expulsion from school or other forms of disciplinary action. The Board directs the administration to make all students aware of the student discipline code and the fact that any violations of the student discipline code are punishable.

If a student violates this policy, or the discipline code, school personnel, students or parents should report the student to the appropriate administrator. The administration cooperates in any prosecution pursuant to the criminal laws of the State of Ohio and local ordinances.

In addition to these items, a student may be subject to school disciplinary action, for misconduct which occurs off school property to the extent that the misconduct, regardless of when it occurs, is directed at a district official or employee or the property of such official or employee. Such action is deemed inappropriate by the Board of Directors because disrespectful acts could negatively affect student behavior at school and thereby cause a disruption in the learning environment. (O.R.C. 3313.661(A))

Certain violations of the Discipline Code involving firearms, knives, bomb threats, or serious physical harm to persons or property can result in the student being expelled for a period of up to one calendar year or being permanently excluded from school.

Students who violate school rules may be punished under the Handbook and Co-curricular and Extra Curricular Activities Policy (PLSD) in addition to receiving school punishment.

Certain violations of school rules may result in the loss of a student’s driver’s license. (O.R.C. 4510.32). Students violating certain school rules may be permanently excluded from attendance in any school in Ohio. (O.R.C. 3313.662)

The Discipline Code shall apply to conduct not specifically set forth herein which substantially and
materially disrupts or interferes with good order, discipline, or operation of the academic or educational
process taking place in the school, or which substantially and materially is, or poses a threat to, the safety
of persons or property.

Emergency Removal – Students may be removed from class/school.

Given a specific set of circumstances, charges may be filed against anyone who has violated the law, in
addition to school punishment.