Student Handbook

SLDC Vision/Mission Statement:

South Lexington Developmental Center's mission is to prepare each student for a fulfilling adult life through the use of research-based instructional practices, communication strategies, social interaction, and daily life skills that foster continuous learning in natural settings.

Our Beliefs:

· We value our students, families, and community.

· We believe all people should be recognized for their worth and value to the community.

· We encourage our students to exercise their rights to make meaningful choices.

Accidents/Allergies

In the event of an accident or emergency, we will contact the Davidson County Ambulance Service to transport the student to the hospital and notify the parent or guardian. It is imperative that you keep the school informed of any change in address or telephone numbers so your child can be treated promptly. If your child has any known allergies, please let us know.

Admission to School

For admission to school the following must be provided:

1. Birth certificate

2. Physical examination

3. Immunization Record

4. 2 proofs of residence (ex: rent receipt, electric bill, telephone bill, Medicaid card)

5. Individualized Education Program (IEP)

6. Previous school records

Attendance/Absences

It is important that your child attends school every day possible. The school is required to notify you when your child misses 3, 6, and 10 days. Students must bring a written excuse from their parent or guardian stating the reason for the absence. Failure to do so will result in the absence being recorded as unexcused. When students have more than 10 unexcused absences, it is a violation of state Mandatory Attendance Law and parents can be taken to court. Attendance has been added to Lexington City Schools Promotion/Retention Policy, which can be found in the School Board Policy Section of this handbook. Please take note of the section on excessive tardies/early sign-outs on page 18.

Behavior and Discipline

To maintain a safe and orderly environment, it is important that all students follow basic school rules.

1. Respect the rights and property of others

2. Communicate with others in a kind way

3. Walk in the halls and on the sidewalks

4. Take control of their behavior

5. Try their best each day

Teachers have a plan in place to deal with most minor problems in the classroom. When problems are severe or students repeat the same behavior continuously, the teacher will send a behavior report to the office. Consequences of an office referral can include conference with an administrator, parent conferences, temporary placement in another class, out of school suspension in extreme circumstances, or other appropriate actions. In all of these situations, parents will be notified by phone. If parents can't be reached at any of the provided contact numbers, a written report will be mailed to the home address and another copy will be sent home with the child.

Birthday

If arranged with the classroom teacher, a parent may bring items to celebrate a student's birthday. All food items must be store bought rather than prepared at home. Students are not allowed to receive items such as balloons or gifts at school.

Breakfast

Breakfast is free to all students. Developmental Center students will be served breakfast when they arrive at school.

Bus

Students who ride the bus are expected to follow rules that will be discussed the first week of school. When a child breaks a bus rule, the bus driver will contract the parent & appropriate school personnel (teacher, administrator, transportation director). All reports will be investigated by an administrator. Consequences can include a warning, a parent conference, or a possible bus suspension. Riding the bus is a privilege that can be taken away from students who continuously misbehave, disrupt and cause an unsafe environment for themselves, passengers, and the driver. Parents will be notified in advance if severe misbehavior results in suspension or expulsion from the bus.

Calling the School

To maximize instructional time, teachers will not leave their classrooms to take phone calls except in emergencies. An office staff member will be happy to take a message for the teacher. We also encourage you to send notes or emails when possible. Children are not allowed to receive calls directly at school.

Cancellation of School

If bad weather prohibits the opening of school, an announcement will be made on the local radio station WKOQ-FM/WLXN-AM and on television stations WGHP Piedmont Channel 8, WXII Channel 12, WXLV Channel 45 and WFMY Channel 2. If it becomes necessary to close school during the school day because of bad weather, an announcement will be made on the local radio and TV stations as well. An Alert Now telephone call will also be made to inform parents of a cancellation or delay. This will also be posted on the district's website: www.lexcs.org

Car Riders

Morning: Morning car riders should line up on Federal Street and enter the lower parking lot. Students will be admitted to the building through the lower entrance from 7:30 to 8:00. After this time, students must be driven around to the front entrance and escorted to the office by a parent to receive a tardy pass.

Afternoon: Car riders will be dismissed at 2:00. Please line up on Federal Street at the entrance to the lower parking lot and stay in your car. Please pull up close to the curb. Staff members will assist with loading students into the vehicles.

Child Protective Services

State law requires any citizen who suspects a child is being abused or neglected make a report to Child Protective Services. Regardless of where a report is made, social workers are permitted to come to the school to interview children about various allegations. The school is not at liberty to discuss any reports made to Child Protective Services since all calls are confidential and many are anonymous.

Conferences

Conferences are scheduled on October 28th and March 28th. Parents are encouraged to make arrangements to attend these conferences. Conference times will be in 30 minute increments. Transportation and interpreters are available upon request. Additional conferences may be requested if your child is experiencing difficulty.

Contact Information

It is important that you give us several ways to reach you in case of an emergency. If your phone number is changed or disconnected, please give us the number of a friend or relative. If we can't reach you in the case of a true emergency (children left at school, medical emergencies, etc.), we will contact local law enforcement officials or Child Protective Services for assistance.

Dietary Needs and Restrictions

Students with special dietary needs and restrictions must complete the state's Feeding Order. A portion of this order must be completed by the child's physician. Please inform your child's teacher or contact Ericka Spencer, our occupational therapist, for more information and access to this order.

Dismissal

Buses will leave the lower parking lot at 2:00. If you decide to pick your child up please remember for safety reasons, students will not be dismissed from the bus lot area or from the bus line. You must come into the office, present picture identification, and sign your child out. It will count as an early dismissal if your child is signed out before 2:00.

Cars for the South Lexington students may not enter the lower parking lot until 2:20 to pick up the students.

*If you must call to make a change in how your child will go home, please do so before 1:00.

*Parents/legal guardians must send a note to the teacher if there is to be a change in the way a child is to go home. If a child does not have a note, he/she will go home in the usual manner. We will not take the child's word that he or she should make the change.

Early Dismissal

There will be 7 early dismissal days for students during the 2013-2014 school year.

September 27th, October 25th, December 6th & 20th, January 17th, February 14th, and

March 27th. Students at South Lexington Developmental Center will dismiss at 12:00 on those days.

Early Sign-Out

Developmental Center students who must leave school before 2:00 have to be signed out in the office by an adult unless pre-approved by the principal to sign out from the classroom due to medical & physical circumstances (i.e. outside therapy sessions). Signing students out of school early is a disruption of the instructional time, please do so only when absolutely necessary. Also, leaving early for an unexcused reason counts toward the tardy policy. 5 unexcused early sign-outs and/or unexcused tardies equal

1 unexcused absence.

Field Trips

Parents, guardians, and family members are invited to attend all specified field trips with students: swimming, bowling, Special Olympics. Some trips (example: Charity League Play) only allot a certain number of seats for students and staff. However, we invite you to enjoy the various outings during the school year. The more the merrier. (Please see the section on volunteers).

FTO

We are fortunate to have a Family Teacher Organization to work on behalf of our students. The FTO will meet quarterly and will sponsor other events during the year. We encourage you to be actively involved in the FTO because all of their efforts are for our students.

Grade Placement

According to NC state law, the principal is responsible for grade placement.

Graduation

Graduating students from SLDC are allowed to (at the parent request) be included in the Lexington Senior High School's graduation ceremony wearing the traditional cap and gown in LSHS school colors, our students will be afforded the same opportunity to order cap, gown, invitations, etc. at the beginning of the school year along with other graduating seniors. SLDC will continue to host a reception only in the graduate(s) honor here at the school site. A graduation ceremony will no longer take place at the school. The SLDC graduation committee will plan and execute the reception. As in the past, all celebratory events will incorporate the traditions and protocol as it reflects Lexington City Schools.

*Note: Mitigating factors will be considered to determine if the graduate will be able to participate in some portion or all of the graduation ceremony. Factors may include, but are not limited to, medical needs, behavioral concerns, etc. A decision will be determined upon review by administration, teachers, and parents of the graduate.

Health Problems

If your child has allergies, asthma, or other chronic medical problems that require special care, please provide the teacher with this important information. If medication is required, make sure to have a doctor fill out the long-term medication form (available in the office) in order for the school to give the medication. If your child is to be excluded partially or completely from physical education, we must have a written statement from the physician.

Health Services

A full time nurse is on staff with South Lexington Developmental Center. The nurse will contact the home when she feels medical attention is needed. Medical care is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.

Insurance

If you wish to purchase school insurance for your child, please contact the school office for more information.

Thursday Notebooks

Thursday notebooks along with a daily communication log will be sent home with your child.

Lice

Lice are parasites that live in the hair of human beings. They can be transmitted between children through direct contact with hair or clothing of an infested child. When a child is found to have lice, parents are called and the child is sent home for treatment. Students cannot return to school until they have been treated and are nit-free. This prevents a child from passing the lice to another child. Students are excused for one day to be treated. Absences after that point are unexcused.

*Regular shampoos have no effect on lice. Commercial products, such as Nix or Quell, must be used to shampoo the head. This kills the lice; however lice leave behind egg sacks called nits. The nits are attached to the hair shaft and may hatch into more lice even if the child's hair has been treated. Nits must be combed from the head with special combs. Some lice become resistant to treatment. The Health Department can also assist in ridding resistant lice.

*THE DAY AFTER A CHILD HAS BEEN TREATED FOR LICE; THE CHILD MUST BE BROUGHT TO THE OFFICE TO BE CHECKED BEFORE THEY CAN GO TO THEIR CLASSROOM. If all nits have not been removed, the child will be sent home again. Again, this is done for the protection of all children.

Lunch

We encourage you to allow your child to eat a hot lunch in our cafeteria daily. Your child may bring his/her lunch if you so choose. Lunch money for the week (including milk) is $8.00. Lunch money for the day is $1.65. Extra milk is $.25. Reduced and Free lunches are available to students who qualify. Reduced lunch is $.40 a day. Qualification is based on family size and income. Free lunches cannot be offered until the application has beenprocessed. Applications are sent home with all students during the first week of school, and you may also request one at any time during the school year. A new application is required each year. We encourage all parents to fill out a free/reduced lunch application, even if you don't think your child will qualify. Students must keep current on their lunch fees. *Please note that students are NOT allowed to have fast food, colas, or glass containers at school.

Adults will be charged per item for lunch.

Medications

When necessary, students can take prescription medication at school. All medications must be brought to the school and picked up from school by an adult. All medication must be brought to the front office of the school. Children are not allowed to carry medications. Prescription medications must have a complete label on the bottle. A copy of a medication form is in the back of this handbook, and must be filled out and handed into the office for any medication to be administered at school. Medication must be prescribed by a physician and provided by the parent.

*Parents/legal guardians must provide written consent with detailed directions for administration of non-prescription medicine.

*School Staff will not give any medications based on consent given over the telephone.

Parent Resource Center

A parent resource center is located in our school's media center and is available to all parents, guardians, and care takers of our students.

Personal Property

Please label all personal items (clothing, lunch boxes, etc) with your child's name. Lost items labeled with a name will be returned promptly. Unclaimed items will be kept in the lost and found near the office. At the end of the school year, unclaimed items will be donated to charity or discarded.

Problems or Misunderstandings

We want your child to have a wonderful educational experience at South Lexington Developmental Center. If you have any concernsg, please schedule a conference with your child's teacher. If the conference proves unsatisfactory, please contact the principal.

Progress Reports

Developmental Center students will receive daily progress reports in addition to the quarterly reporting period unless otherwise noted in a student's IEP.

Report Cards

Report cards are completed at the end of every nine weeks of school. Grading period ends October 25th and report cards are issued Nov.6th, grading period ends January 17th and report cards are issued January 29th, grading period ends March 27th and report cards are issued April 4th, grading period ends June 10th and report cards are issued June 20th. The first and third quarter report cards will be given to parents during conferences and the second and fourth quarter report cards will be mailed. (Subject to change due to inclement weather).

Restraint and Seclusion

Please see policy in the back of the handbook.

Safety Drills, Tornado, and Intruder

As required by law, we will have a minimum of one fire drill and one lockdown drill per month to make sure students are prepared to exit the building quickly and safely in the case of a true emergency. We will also practice severe weather drills. Please contact the school office if you have any questions.

School Day

South Lexington Developmental Center's school day officially begins at 8:00 and ends at 2:00. Students may enter the building at 7:30. Although students will not be tardy until 8:00, we would like students to be in their classrooms by 8:00 so they can begin their morning routine. Developmental Center students will receive breakfast when they arrive. Students arriving after 8:00 must be accompanied to the school office by an adult and be signed in. Students with medical or dental appointments may be excused early with a doctor's note and the permission of the principal. Remember to bring a note from the doctor.

School Property

School Board Policy states that students have a responsibility for proper care of all school property and buildings. Books, equipment, furniture, and supplies destroyed or damaged must be paid for by the person responsible for the damage.

School Improvement Team

The school improvement team (SIT) is the governing body by which decisions are made to contribute to the growth and development of the school. Its focus is on school improvement and student achievement. The school improvement plan (SIP) drives and supports the school's vision, mission, and beliefs. The team is comprised of staff and faculty members and a parent representative. The members are charged with representing their group's successes and concerns so that all stakeholders' voices are heard. The SIT members are elected positions. Each member serves a two-year term of their elected position. The SIT team meets on the 1st Monday of each month. *The school's vision/mission and beliefs statements are located at the beginning of this handbook. *

Tardy

Students are tardy when they arrive after the 8:00 bell. Please remember

every 5 unexcused tardies and unexcused early sign-outs will equal 1 unexcused absence. The absence will be added to other absences and will count toward the Mandatory Attendance Law and LCS Promotion Policy.

Telephones

Students are not permitted to make telephone calls. In emergency situations, parents will be contacted by the school office staff.

Toiletries and Daily Essentials

Parents are asked to send to school diapers, wipes, change of clothes, and any other essential items for the daily care of their child. Other items may include bottled water and Thick-It. Whatever regime you are accustomed to using at home and desire the school to continue while your child is in our care; please send those items to school. Please provide specific instructions for the desired regime or use of specific items, or you may schedule a conference to speak to your child's teacher. The school will not be able to purchase these items. Only in the case of an emergency and with principal approval will the school supply these items.

Transportation Changes

If your child needs to go home a different way than usual, please send a note to your child's teacher. If you need to make an emergency change please call the office before 1:45 to request a change. We ask that you keep changes to a minimum for your child's safety.

Visitors

Parents and other visitors are always welcome at school. Please report to the front office to sign in and receive a visitor's sticker. Any guest in the building without a sticker will be escorted to the office by a staff member to sign in properly. Conferences and classroom observations must be scheduled in advance. (See board policy

Volunteers

Volunteers are always welcome at our school. Lexington City Schools' first priority is to provide a safe and learning environment for students and staff. All volunteers will be asked to have a criminal background check completed prior to any volunteering activity, including, but not limited to, individual and/or small group tutoring, chaperoning field trips, etc. The fee for this screening, not to exceed $55.00, will be the responsibility of the applicant. If you are interested in volunteering at our school, please contact Mrs. Kathy Barker at the Lexington City Schools' central office located at 1010 Fair Street. For more information, please call Mrs. Barker at (336) 242-1527.

Web Site

Please check the Lexington City Schools Website at www.lexcs.org often for district and school news. Teachers will also have their own class web page that can be accessed through the system website.

*The information in this handbook was taken from LCS School Board Policy as of July 1, 2002. Any modifications to the policy since then have been made to the Policy Manual on the Lexington City Schools Web Site. You can view the updated policy at www.lexcs.org. or at South Lexington Developmental Center.

Promotion/Retention

The major criteria to be used in promoting, retaining, or placing a student shall be demonstrated pupil achievement. Retention should only be considered after all intervention strategies have been exhausted. The principal has the legal authority to grade and classify students.

Policy

The Lexington City Schools believes that all students should achieve success as they move through the K-12 continuum of school. All students are expected to meet the Student Accountability Standards for grades 3, 5, 8, and 12, the Gateways, as adopted by the North Carolina State Board of Education. In addition to these standards, the Lexington City Schools Board of Education has adopted local promotion standards for all other grade levels.

The following policy includes procedures of notification to parents, the development of intervention services, retesting procedures, and the review of student performance to ensure that students are treated fairly. This policy also recognizes the statutory authority of the principal to make promotion decisions.

Requirement for Promotion in Grades K-2

A. Kindergarten

* Meet local attendance requirements

* Perform at Level 3 or 4 on the kindergarten assessment in reading and mathematics

B. Grade 1

* Meet local attendance requirements

* Perform at Level 3 or 4 on the Grade 1 assessment in reading and mathematics

C. Grade 2

* Meet local attendance requirements

* Perform at Level 3 or 4 on the Grade 2 assessment in reading and mathematics

Requirements for Promotion in Grades 3

Note: In grades 3-8 students should score at a Level 3 or 4 on the reading and math End-of-Grade tests to be promoted to the next grade. However, results from these tests will also report that some Level 2 students scored within "1 SE" indicating that this student scored below but within one standard error of measurement of the Level 3 cutoff. LCS will allow students meeting End-of-Grade scores of "Level 2 with 1 SE" to be promoted if all other grade level requirements are met.

NCGateway 1: Grade 3

§ Meet local attendance requirements

§ Average grade of 70 or higher in both language arts and mathematics

§ Score at Level 3 or 4 on End-of-Grade tests in reading and mathematics

STUDENT ACCOUNTABILITY FOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

A. PURPOSE

The Lexington City Schools Board of Education believes that students should progress to the next level of study only after they are proficient in their knowledge and application of the current curriculum level. To the extent reasonably possible, students should be given as much time or as little time needed to become proficient at a particular level of study.

B. STUDENT ACCOUNTABILITY STANDARDS

1. Students in Grades K-2 The decision to retain a student in grades K-2 who is not meeting the LCS promotion standards (5.1.5.2) will be a site-based decision handled by the school level SSST (Student-Staff-Support Team) in accordance with the school principal. The classroom teacher of the student and the school principal must be in attendance at meetings where the student's possibility of retention is discussed. The SSST will make the decision for retention; however, the principal has the final decision regarding promotion. The parent(s) /guardian(s) of a student in grades K-2 will have the right to request a Waiver Review Committee hearing (as described in Section E) of the SSST/principal decision if either of the following three circumstances have occurred:

i. The student has met attendance requirements and has had satisfactory markings in the last two marking (3rd and 4th nine weeks) periods.

ii. The parent has not had prior notice from the school regarding the possibility of the student being retained.

iii. The school has not prepared a Personalized Education Plan (PEP) outlining the strategies that have been used during the school year to provide appropriate intervention strategies for the success of this student.

2. Students in Grades 3-5. Students in Grades 3-12 must achieve all requirements for either promotion to the next grade or to receive credit for an EOC course as stated in LCS Standards for Promotion subsection 5.1.5.1. Students who do not meet the promotion standards will be given remediation and two retesting opportunities as provided in subsection 5.1.5.3 below. Students who do not score at least an achievement level 2 with 1 SEM on state assessments after receiving remediation and retesting will not be promoted unless otherwise determined by the school principal in accordance with subsection 5.1.5.5 of this policy.

C. OPPORTUNITIES FOR RETESTING TO MEET STUDENT ACCOUNTABILITY STANDARDS

1. Grades 3, 4, and 5 Retest Opportunities The teacher will confer with the parent(s)/guardian(s) of students who meet attendance and teacher standards but not meeting EOG/EOG test standards within three working days of the teacher's receipt of test results whenever possible. The teacher will discuss with the parent(s)/guardian(s) the following remedial options:

i. Retest without remediation with principal and parent(s) written approval (first retest opportunity)

ii. Retest with remediation (first retest opportunity)

iii. Summer school for focused intervention and then retest (second retest opportunity)

iv. Grade retention

Students in grades 3-12 will be provided, minimally, five hours of remediation before retesting occurs. Students participating in the above remedial option(s) will be given the opportunity to retest on designated dates as provided in the LCS Testing Calendar. Retest scores serve to demonstrate test standard proficiency; however, the first test score is used in the NC ABC's reporting system.

2. Retention Decision Based on the Results of Retesting

Students will be retained if the test standard is not met. Students not meeting promotion standards and not meeting the demands of the review process as described in subsection 5.1.5.5 will be retained in their current grade for the following school year. These students will be provided with a personalized education plan (PEP) described in subsection 5.1.5.4 to be implemented at the beginning of the school year.

D. INTERVENTION FOR STUDENTS NOT MEETING PROMOTION STANDARDS

1. Intervention Strategies Intervention involves identifying strategies specifically designed to increase grade level proficiency. Strategies may include, but are not limited to, alternative learning models, special homework, smaller classes, extended school day, Saturday school, modified instructional programs, parental involvement, small or large group instruction, counseling sessions, summer school instruction, participation in or restriction of participation in extracurricular activities, individualized instruction or goals, remedial instruction, acceleration, or retention.

2. Intervention Plans Every student in grades 3 - 8 who does not meet the promotion standard in both reading and mathematics on any of the three EOG test administrations of the required accountability tests shall be given a PEP constructed by the student's teacher(s) whether the student is promoted or retained. Each plan shall include extended instructional opportunities, diagnostic evaluation, intervention strategies and monitoring strategies.

E. WAIVER OF STUDENT ACCOUTABILITY STANDARDS

1. Review Committee

A Review Committee shall be established to critique student waiver requests for the EOG/EOC test requirement portion of the Student Accountability Policy. The Review Committee shall be composed of teachers and/or principals from other schools and central office staff. Special education personnel shall be on the Review Committee if a student with a disability is being considered for a waiver. English as a Second Language (ESL) teaching staff shall be on the Review Committee if a student who is an English Language Learner (ELL) is being considered for a waiver. Upon request, the parent of any student being presented for review shall have the right to be a non-voting participant of the Review Committee and to speak on behalf of their child.

2. Review Eligibility The teacher and parents of students in Grades 3 - 12 who have a 70 or above average in the course and have met attendance requirements but do not meet the EOG/EOC test standard may jointly or separately appeal to have the test standard waived after the third administration of the test. The teacher must notify parents of these students as to whether or not an appeal will be made by the school before a decision to retain or not receive credit for a course is made. The review shall be based on the teacher and/or parent's ability to show through documentation that the student has mastered the standard course of study for the subject in question. This documentation will be presented in the Student Accountability Portfolio. This portfolio must minimally contain the following information/documentation:

 A completed Waiver Doc. Form

 The student's report card

 An attendance record

 A minimum of eight pieces of student work showing that the student is capable of doing grade-level work in the subject being challenged.

3. Review Committee Reporting Within 10 working days after receiving a waiver request, the Review Committee shall make a recommendation to the principal about whether the student should be promoted to the next grade or receive credit for a course, based on documentation provided by the student's teacher. Within five days after receiving the Review Committee's recommendation, the principal shall review the recommendation and decide whether to promote or retain the student or to give credit for a high school course. The K-8 principal shall consider the Review Committee's written findings and may promote the student if he/she determines that the student can reasonably be expected to be successful at the next grade level and/or that promotion is in the best interest of the student. The principal shall make written findings about why he/she believes the student should be promoted or retained. The high school principal shall, in like fashion, determine whether the student will receive credit for a course when the student has not met the testing standard. The principal shall promptly notify the student's parent(s) of his/her decision and provide the parent(s) with copies of his written findings and the review committee report.

4. Appeals

a. To the Superintendent Within 5 working days of receiving the principal's written decision, the student's parent(s) may appeal to the Superintendent. The Superintendent may overturn the principal's decision only upon finding that the principal's decision was arbitrary and capricious (i.e., without rational basis) or otherwise an abuse of discretion. The superintendent must render a decision within 10 working days of receiving the appeal. The superintendent may support the principal's decision, remand it back to the principal for consideration of additional issues, or reverse the decision. The superintendent's findings shall be in writing and shall be provided to parents.

b. To the Board of Education Within 5 working days of receiving the superintendent's decision, the parents may appeal to the board of education. The board will review the appeal at its earliest convenience, but not later than 30 days following receipt of the appeal request. The board will overturn a retention decision only upon finding that the decision was arbitrary and capricious or otherwise an abuse of administrative discretion. The board will provide the parents with a written decision.

F. STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

To the extent possible, all students with disabilities will be held to the same standards as all other students. All intervention and other opportunities, benefits from other resources that are made available to students without disabilities shall be made available to students who participate in the student promotion standards. Such opportunities will be in addition to the special education services provided to the student.

1. Exempt Students A student with a disability may be exempted from the statewide student accountability standards by the Individualized Education Plan ("IEP") Team, if it is determined by the IEP team that the student does not have the ability to participate in the State Standard Course of Study. However, such exempt students must be enrolled in a functional curriculum and demonstrate acceptable evidence of progress on alternate assessments. A student who is exempt from the student accountability promotion standards may receive a certificate of achievement, a graduation certificate, or an occupational diploma, if eligible.

2. Waiver Requests A student with a disability who takes the end-of-grade test(s) or end-of-course test(s) and who does not meet the test standard for promotion or course credit, may request a waiver of the accountability standards under the procedures provided in subsection 5.1.5.5.

G. Student Accountability Standards for English Language Learners (ELL) Students

To the extent possible, ELL students will be held to the same standards as all students. All intervention and other opportunities, benefits and resources that are available to other students shall be available to students with limited English proficiency who participate in the student promotion standards.

1. Exempt Students English language proficiency cannot be the factor that determines that a student has not met performance standards at each gateway. Thus, students who are exempt from statewide testing, in accordance with the Guidelines for Testing Students with Limited English Proficiency, shall also be exempt from the student accountability standards listed within this policy. To determine whether such exempt students are eligible to proceed to the next grade level, the student's teacher(s) must submit to the school level ESL team an instructional portfolio containing documentation of the students' English language proficiency and progress in all academic areas.

2. Waiver Requests ELL students in grades 3 through 12 who are no longer exempt from state accountability testing and whose English language proficiency is below "superior" (as provided in the Guidelines) may receive a waiver from the student accountability standards for a maximum of two years after the end of the state test exemption period. Such students may have the EOG/EOC test standard waived by the school level ESL team as described in the preceding paragraph. Students desiring a waiver must submit a request to the Review Committee. In addition to the procedures and findings required in subsection 5.1.5.5, the Committee will examine the student's instructional portfolio(s) to determine that:

· the student's English language proficiency is the cause of his/her inability to perform at grade level on the required test; and

· documentation indicates that the student is making adequate progress in all academic areas to be promoted to the next level.

3. Intervention for ELL Students The principal and teacher(s) of ELL students shall provide intervention for the students (up to age 21) until they have met the statewide promotion standards and high school graduation standards. In addition to other intervention strategies, the intervention shall involve extended, supplemental instruction opportunities which include assistance in the development of English language proficiency. The principal and teacher(s) of ELL students also shall create personalized education plans for each student. Each plan shall include diagnostic evaluation, intervention strategies and monitoring strategies.

H. Reporting Requirements

1. Superintendent's Report to Board At least on an annual basis, the superintendent will provide the board with the following information for each school.

· Aggregate student performance scores on state-mandated tests and any other standardized tests used by the school district;

· The proportion of students not meeting standards for grade level; and

· Remedial or additional educational opportunities provided by the school district and the

· success of these efforts in helping students to meet promotion standards.

2. Superintendent's Report to Department of Public Instruction

· The percent of students above grade-level proficiency;

· The percent of students who have moved from Level I to Level II to compare progress from year to year;

· The number and percent of students promoted by a school who did not score at Level III or above on the designated tests at the end of grades 3, 5, and 8 (reported by race, ethnicity, exceptionality and socio-economic status); and

· The levels of achievement of students in reading and mathematics at gateways 1, 2 and 3 (reported by race, ethnicity, exceptionality and socio-economic status);

I. Notification To Parents

The superintendent shall ensure that a copy of this policy is provided to all students and parents. In addition, the teacher(s) of a student who does not meet the accountability standards must notify the student's parents that the student has failed to meet the test standards and must provide the parents with information concerning retesting and intervention opportunities.

**SLDC students may remain until age 22. At that time a graduation certificate is awarded to the student, unless other arrangements are made by the IEP team.

Attendance Policy

North Carolina Compulsory Attendance Law:

Class attendance and participation are critical elements in the educational process. In accordance with North Carolina Public School Law General Statute (G.S.) 115-C-378, every parent, guardian or other person in North Carolina having charge or control of a child between the ages of 7 and 16 years (or) under age 7 who is enrolled in grades K-2 shall cause such child to attend school continuously for a period equal to the time which the public school to which the child is assigned shall be in session. No person shall encourage, entice, or counsel any such student to be unlawfully absent from school… The principal will notify parents and take all steps required by G.S. 115C-378 for excessive absences.

Lawful and Unlawful Absences

A. Lawful Absences

An absence that occurs due to any of the following circumstances shall be coded as lawful:

1. An illness or injury occurs which prevents the student from being physically able to attend school.

2. Quarantine is ordered by the local health officer or the State Board of Health to isolate a student from the general population.

3. A death in the immediate family (including, but not limited to, the grandparents, parents, brothers and sisters) of the student.

4. The absence is due to a medical or dental appointment.

5. The student is a part of a court proceeding or administrative tribunal if the student is a party to the action or under a subpoena as a witness.

6. The student participates in a religious or cultural tradition in accordance with local board policy and has prior approval from the principal/designee.

7. The student is involved in a valid educational opportunity. The absence and activity must have prior approval from the principal/designee.

B. Unlawful Absences

Unlawful absences are defined as:

1. A student's willful absence from school with or without the knowledge of the parent; or

2. A student's absence from school for any reason other than those listed above under "Lawful Absences".

Procedures for Returning after an Absence

The student shall, within three days of his/her return to school, submit appropriate documentation as to the reason for the absence(s). This documentation may include written notes/verification from parents, medical professionals, court officials or other such persons related to the absence. School officials may further specify documentation that they require. Failure to submit appropriate documentation will result in the absence being coded as unlawful.

Make-up Work

Students are permitted to make up all work missed during an absence(s). All work must be made up within one day for each day absent following the student's return to school unless the principal/designee determines that extenuating circumstances support an extension of this restriction.

Please note the following clarifiers of subsection 5.2.5.4:

· Students who are absent for lawful absences will be allowed to make up these absences.

· Students who are absent for unlawful absences will not be allowed to make up the time missed for attendance policy purpose.

· Absences due to suspensions will not be counted in the total for maximum number of absences.

Maximum Number of Absences

There will be a maximum of sixteen (16) absences allowed for students participating in year-long programs (all elementary and middle schools) and eight (8) absences allowed for students participating in semester length programs (high school). School imposed absences (suspensions) will not be counted in this total. Students who exceed these absence limits for any reason shall not receive grade/course credit or be promoted (if applicable) to the next grade level unless they:

A. Are granted a waiver from the attendance policy by the principal for an absence(s) that falls outside the previously stated guidelines (see Section 5.2.5.5) -or-

B. Attend and successfully complete a program to make-up time hour for hour and work missed due to absences in Grades 4-12. In Grades K-3, each school will devise and make available for parents a plan for students to make up time for lawful absences.

Waiver Procedure

A student/parent/guardian may apply to the principal for a waiver for lawful absences (excluding suspension-type absences) due to extenuating circumstances. This request may be submitted only after the student has reached twelve (12) absences for yearlong courses/programs and six (6) absences for semester-long courses/programs.

The principal/designee will review waiver requests on a monthly basis and provide written notification to the parent/guardian of the decision. Although the principal may appoint a waiver committee to review waiver requests and make recommendations for consideration, the principal or designee will make the final determination as to the appropriateness of the waiver request.

Promotion/Retention

Promotion of students in each grade K-12 shall be directly linked to the student's attendance records. Students exceeding the maximum allowance of 16 days absent from school/class will not be promoted to the next grade in Grades K-8 or receive a unit of credit for the course in Grades 9-12. Waivers and the make-up of seat time for lawful absences according to Section 5.2.5.4 and Section 5.2.5.5 will be the only allowable exceptions. Absences due to suspension do not count toward the maximum allowable absences per Section 5.2.5.5.

Excessive Tardies/Early Sign-Outs

Students are expected to arrive on time and remain in school the full day. Tardies and early dismissals cause students to miss important information and are strongly discouraged. Five unexcused tardies or five unexcused early dismissals, or any combination of five unexcused tardies or unexcused early dismissals will be equated to one day of absence for the purpose of this policy. All schools shall allow three tardies and/or early sign-outs each semester before denying a Perfect Attendance Award. The school principal is expected to deal appropriately with those students who are chronically tardy or who leave early. (Lawful tardies and lawful early dismissals will be for the same reasons as listed under Section 5.2.5.2 A and B.) Parents must realize that class time missed due to tardies and early sign-outs shall be considered as a factor in decisions regarding promotion and retention.

HEAD LICE - NO PEDICULOSIS (NO-NIT) REGULATION

To eliminate repetitive outbreaks and epidemics of head lice and constant reinfestations in our schools, Lexington City Schools has adopted a "NO-NIT" regulation.

A student, when found to have head lice, must receive treatment with an appropriate lice (pediculosis) shampoo and ALL NITS (eggs) must be removed before he or she returns to school. The child's head will be screened upon his or her return to school. If nits are found, parents will beexpected to pick up the child and keep him or her at home until ALL NITS are removed.

It is recommended that parents bring the child to school on the day of reentry and that they be present when their child's hair is rechecked. If nits are detected, the parent can see the nits that need to be removed. Parents are not required to be present at the recheck, it is only recommended.

Sexual Harassment

The Lexington City Board of Education believes that all students are entitled to learn in school-related environments that are free from sexual harassment. In addition to the provisions of Policy 3.21, the Board prohibits any actions on the part of students which constitutes sexual harassment and advises students that when sexual harassment by students is established, disciplinary action will be taken up to and including suspension for offending students. If the offending conduct violates any criminal law, violators may also be prosecuted. In applying this policy, due consideration shall be given to the age and maturity of the student involved, the circumstances surrounding the incident, and the past behavior of the student. This policy shall not be applied in the case of young students unless it clearly appears that there is an intent on the part of the student to engage in harassment of a sexual nature. In the absence of such intent, rules and policies which forbid other forms of personal contact or interference should be considered and applied if appropriate.

1. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when:

A. Submission to the conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's academic progress or involvement or participation in a school-related activity.

B. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a student's educational performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.

2. Examples of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to pressure for sexual activity; continued or repeated offensive sexual flirtations, advances, suggestive actions or propositions; unwelcome touching, such as patting, pinching or constant brushing against another's body; continued or repeated verbal remarks about an individual's body; sexually degrading words used toward an individual or to describe an individual; suggesting or demanding sexual involvement accompanied by threats or the display in the school environment of sexually suggestive objects or pictures. Sexual harassment does not include personal compliments welcomed by the recipient, or social interactions or relations freely entered into by students.

3. A student who believes that he/she has suffered or observed sexual harassment may report the matter to an educator who will notify the school principal. Failure by the educator to do so may subject him/her to disciplinary action. The matter will be investigated by the principal/designee and will be resolved in an expeditious and confidential manner. A written report will be submitted to the complainant within ten (10) schools days.

If for any reason the student is not satisfied with the decision, he/she may file an appeal with the principal. There may also be a further appeal with the superintendent/designee. Such an appeal should be filed within ten (10) school days of being informed of the principal's and/or designee's response to the complaint.

Student Conduct

Students shall be responsible for conducting themselves in a socially acceptable manner.

Rules Governing Student Behavior Rules governing student behavior will be set out in the student handbook of each school. The student handbook shall be developed by the school principal in accordance with the Policies of the Board of Education of the Lexington City Schools and is subject to the approval of the superintendent.

Appropriate Behavior in the Elementary Grades The K-5 educators shall attempt to teach our students appropriate ways to interact with peers. When inappropriate interactions occur between students, the teacher or principal will work with students and parents to help students understand the consequences of such behaviors. Due consideration shall be given to the age and maturity of the students involved, the circumstances surrounding the incident, and the past behavior of the students. The Lexington City Board of Education student-to- student sexual harassment policy (5.2.8) shall not be applied in the case of young students unless it clearly appears that there is an intent on the part of the students to engage in harassment of a sexual nature. In the absence of such intent, rules which forbid other forms of personal contact or interference should be considered and applied if appropriate.

Serious Student Misconduct The following are the policies which prohibit certain types of student conduct that constitute major offenses:

Disruption of School A student shall not by use of violence, force, noise, coercion, threat, intimidation, fear, passive resistance, defiance, or any other conduct willfully cause the substantial and material disruption or obstruction of any lawful mission, process or function of the school. Neither shall a student engage in such conduct for the purpose of causing the substantial and material disruption or obstruction of any lawful mission, process, or function of the school if such a disruption or obstruction is reasonably certain to result. Neither shall a student urge other students to engage in such conduct for the purpose of causing the substantial and material disruption or obstruction of any lawful mission, process, or function of the school if a substantial and material disruption or obstruction is reasonably certain to result from this urging. While this list is not intended to be exclusive, the following acts--when done for the purpose of causing a substantial and material disruption or obstruction of any lawful mission, process, or function of the school--illustrate the kinds of offenses encompassed here:

• Occupying any school building, school grounds, or part thereof with intent to deprive others of its use.

• Blocking the entrance or exit of any school building or corridor or room therein with intent to deprive others of lawful access to or from or use of the building or corridor or room.

• Setting fire to or willfully damaging any school building or property.

• Communicating or causing to be communicated to school personnel any threat or false report that school property may be damaged by an explosive or incendiary device or by any other means regardless or whether the communication originates on or away from school property.

• Prevention of or attempting to prevent by physical act the convening or continued functioning of any school, class, or activity or of any lawful meeting or assembly on the school campus.

• Preventing students from attending a class or school activity.

• Except under the direct instruction of the principal, blocking normal pedestrian or vehicular traffic on a school campus.

• Continually and willfully making noise or acting in any manner so as to interfere seriously with the teacher's ability to conduct his/her class.

Damage, Destruction or Theft of School Property A student shall not willfully cause or attempt to cause damage to school property or steal or attempt to steal school property.

Damage, Destruction or Theft of Private Property A student shall not willfully cause or attempt to cause damage to private property or steal private property either on school grounds or during a school activity, function, or event off school grounds.

Assault on a School Employee. A student shall not willfully cause or attempt to cause physical injury or behave in such a way as could reasonably cause physical injury to a school employee:

· On the school grounds at any time,

· Off the school grounds at a school activity, function or event.

Interference With a School Employee A student shall not willfully interfere with a school employee who is attempting to perform his or her duties.

Physical Abuse of a Student or Other Person Not Employed by the School. A student shall not willfully cause or attempt to cause bodily harm to any person:

· On the school grounds at any time,

· Off the school grounds at a school activity, function or event.

Consequences of Serious Student

Misconduct A student found to be in violation of any of the policies governing serious student misconduct may receive punishment as severe as a long-term suspension. The student shall be guaranteed the right to due process when alleged misconduct is being investigated that could result in corporal punishment, short-term suspension, in-school suspension, long-term suspension, or expulsion. Repeated violations of minor rules are equivalent to the violation of a single major rule or regulation.

In-School or Short-Term Suspensions

a. The principal has the authority (under G.S. 115C-391) to suspend for a period of ten (10) school days or less, any student who willfully violates the rules of conduct established by or in accordance with the policies of the Board of Education. A student who is suspended shall be given an opportunity to take any quarterly, semester or grading period examinations missed during a short-term suspension and to make up his or her work under guidelines established by the principal.

b. The student shall have been informed previously, either verbally or in writing, that the act of misconduct could result in a suspension.

c. The student shall be told of the alleged misconduct and the evidence against him or her.

d. The student shall be given the opportunity to present informally his/her knowledge of the facts and defense, if any, to the accusations.

e. The principal or a designee shall conduct such investigations as necessary to determine the truth of the accusations against the student.

f. If the principal or designee finds that the accusations(s) is/are true and that a suspension is warranted under the facts and circumstances, the student, parents and/or guardians shall be notified, in writing, of the reason for the suspension, the type of suspension (in-school or out-of-school) and the length of the suspension. In the event parents cannot be reached to arrange transportation home, the student may be given transportation or kept on school grounds until the end of the school day.

g. The parents or guardians shall also be notified that they may request a conference with the principal to discuss the suspension.

h. If more than ten (10) students are suspended at the same time for the same act(s) of misconduct, the principal shall notify the superintendent immediately.

Long-Term Suspension

a. The principal may recommend to the superintendent the suspension, for a period in excess of ten (10) school days but not exceeding the time remaining in the school year, of any student who willfully violates the rules of conduct established by or in accordance with the policies of the Board of Education. IF A STUDENT VIOLATES POLICY AND BRINGS A WEAPON, AS DEFINED IN G.S. 14-269.2(B) AND (G), ONTO SCHOOL PROPERTY, THE STUDENT WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR 365 DAYS AS PROVIDED BY G.S. 115C-391.

b. The student shall have been informed previously, either verbally or in writing, that the act of misconduct could result in suspension.

c. Before submitting a recommendation to the superintendent, the principal shall complete steps "c" through "e" in the procedures for short-term suspension.

d. If the principal or designee finds that the accusation(s) is (are) true and that a suspension is warranted under the facts and circumstances, the student, parents, and/or guardians shall be notified, in writing, either by personal delivery or by certified mail:

1. That the principal is recommending a long-term suspension;

2. That the student and his or her parents or guardians may request a hearing within ten (10) school days of the principal's recommendation before the superintendent;

3. The procedures for requesting a hearing.

e. Prior to the hearing, the student and his or her parent(s) or guardian(s) shall have the right to examine any exhibits or other evidence against the student.

f. The hearing shall be conducted in the following manner:

1. It shall be private and informal.

2. The legal rules of evidence will not apply.

3. The student may be represented by an attorney or a person of his or her choice.

4. The school officials and the student shall have the right to present evidence and cross-examine any witnesses presented.

5. A record shall be made of the hearing.

g. Within twenty-four (24) hours of the hearing, the superintendent shall render a decision on all factual issues based solely on the evidence presented at the hearing.

h. The superintendent shall notify the student and his or her parent(s) or guardian(s) within a reasonable time of the decision concerning the factual issues and the superintendent's decision concerning the suspension.

i. The student and his or her parent(s) or guardian(s) may appeal the decision of the superintendent to the Board of Education and have a new hearing.

Services will not be provided to a student who is placed on long-term suspension.

Corporal Punishment

The board prohibits corporal punishment, believing that other consequences are more appropriate and effective for teaching self-control. No employee, student teacher, or volunteer may use corporal punishment with any student. Reasonable force necessary to protect oneself or others is not considered corporal punishment.

Expulsion

(Refer to G.S. 115C-391 (d))

Summary Suspension. If the conduct of the student(s) poses a danger to persons or property or is an ongoing threat of disrupting the academic process, the student(s) may be suspended immediately for a period not to exceed two days. An investigation must follow within the two days of the summary suspension, and any further suspension shall follow due process procedures of short-term or long-term suspension.

Effect of Suspension of Student Upon

Extra-curricular Participation Any student who is suspended from school as punishment for violation of any rule or policy shall not be eligible to participate in any extracurricular activity for a period of seven consecutive days following the beginning of the period of suspension. Any student who is placed in in-school suspension as punishment for violation of any rule or policy shall not be eligible to participate in any extracurricular activity during the period they are in in-school suspension. For the purpose of this policy, extracurricular activity is defined as any school-sponsored activity or event other than normal classroom instruction.

Narcotics, Alcoholic Beverages, Stimulants and Other Drugs

The illegal use of chemical substances on the school campuses will not be tolerated. Any substance which is found on or under the control of a student and is suspected to be one that is prohibited under this policy shall be taken from the student and turned over to law enforcement authorities. Any student found to be in violation of this policy shall be guaranteed the right to due process when the alleged violation is being investigated that could result in suspension or expulsion. Due process shall be defined as in Lexington City Board of Education policies 5.3.4.2. and 5.3.4.3. Disciplinary action will be consistent with local, state, and Federal law. The Lexington Board of Education continues to endorse an age-appropriate, developmentally based curriculum for all students. A student assistance program and an employee assistance program have been established to identify and support all students and employees. These programs involve early identification, intervention, effective treatment, and support in maintaining a productive school environment. A student shall not knowingly possess, use, distribute, or be under the influence of any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, alcoholic beverage, malt beverage, inhalant or intoxicant of any kind or any controlled substance as defined in Chapter 90 of the General Statues; or use, possess or distribute any drug paraphernalia. For convenience, these items may be called "prohibited substances."

§ On the school grounds at any time,

§ Off the school grounds at a school activity, function or event.

Grades K-5 A student in the elementary grades found to be in violation of this section of the policy will be subject to the following for selling, distributing, possession, use, or being under the influence of prohibited substances: A conference with the parents/ guardians, building administrator, counselor, and teacher shall occur. A plan of action will be developed for the student. A recommendation to the CARE team and the Davidson County Inter-Agency Children's Council may be made. Further actions that may be taken contingent upon the, plan include the following:

A. Individual counseling through the school counseling service or a private counselor;

B. A recommendation for family counseling;

C. A referral to Social Services.

Selling or Distributing Prohibited Substances A student who sells or distributes any prohibited substance shall be recommended to the superintendent for long-term suspension or expulsion. Legal authorities shall be notified and a complaint shall be filed. The student will be referred to the STAY team who will recommend services for the student prior to and upon his/her return to school. All information concerning the student and his/her family is confidential.

Possession, Use or Under the Influence First Offense: The student will be suspended for four (4) days. Part of the four-day suspension will be an assessment by Davidson County Mental Health or a comparable program. A substance abuse assessment by the Davidson County Area Program's adolescent substance abuse counselor or other certified substance abuse counselor shall occur. Parental/Guardian notification and a conference shall be required. The student and parent/guardian must sign a no-use contract. It will also be recommended that the family attend and complete the SAFE (Substance Abuse Family Education) program or other approved family program. Referral to the STAY/CARE program will be automatic, and STAY/CARE's recommendations for further follow-up will be observed. If compliance is not upheld, a recommendation for long-term suspension may be made after staffing by the student assistance team and the building administrator. Second Offense: The student shall be recommended to the superintendent for long- term suspension.

Counterfeit Prohibited Substances (Grades K-12) A student shall not distribute or offer for distribution any substance which, although not a prohibited substance, is represented to be one of the substances which is prohibited by this policy. Punishment for violation of this section shall be within the discretion of the building administrator. Use or possession of a prohibited substance according to a proper medical prescription shall not be considered a violation of the policy when the drug is taken by or administered to the person for whom the drug was prescribed. Reductions in the length of suspension, or severity of punishment, may be revoked whenever a student fails to demonstrate compliance with the expectations of or satisfactory progress in the Student Assistance Program. The student and his/her family may accept or reject the recommendation of the STAY team. All information concerning the student and his/her family is confidential.

Tobacco The possession or use of tobacco products by students in school buildings, on school buses, and while participating in any school sponsored activity is prohibited. The use of tobacco products by students on school grounds from one-half hour before classes begin to one-half hour after classes end is also prohibited. A schedule of punishments to be imposed for violations of this policy will be promulgated by the principal of each school subject to the approval of the Superintendent. A tobacco education component will be included in the punishment schedule. This policy will be published and made available to students and parents each year. To obtain information regarding employee use of tobacco products, refer to Policy 3.16, Personnel/ Tobacco.

Weapons Policy


Zero Tolerance, Weapons, Bomb Threats, and Clear Threats to Safety

The board will not tolerate the presence of weapons, bomb threats or actions that constitute a clear threat to the safety of students and employees. Any student violating this policy will be removed from the classroom or school environment for as long as necessary to ensure a safe and orderly environment of learning. The superintendent is responsible for ensuring that consequences for prohibited behaviors are uniformly applied throughout the school district. Except where certain consequences for misbehavior are required by law, principals in the elementary grades are expected to use good judgment and reasonable discretion in determining the appropriate consequence for violation of board policies, school standards or rules.

A. Weapons and Weapon-Like Items

1. Prohibited Behavior Students are prohibited from possessing, handling, using, or transmitting, whether concealed or open, any weapon, or any instrument that reasonably looks like a weapon or could be used as a weapon according to G.S. 14-269.2. Weapons include all of the following: loaded or unloaded firearm, including a gun, pistol or rifle; explosives, including a dynamite cartridge, bomb, grenade or mine, nitroglycerin, trinitrotoluene (TNT), blasting caps and detonators and fuses for the explosion thereof; knife, including a pocket knife, bowie knife, switchblade, dirk or dagger; slingshot or slungshot; leaded cane; blackjack; metal knuckles; BB gun; air rifle or air pistol; stun gun or other electric shock weapon;icepick; razor or razor blade; fireworks; and any sharp pointed or edged instrument except instructional supplies, unaltered nail files and clips and tools used solely for preparation of food, instruction and maintenance. No student may knowingly or willfully cause, encourage or aid any other student to possess, handle or use any of the weapons or weapon-like items listed above. A student who finds a weapon or weapon-like item, who witnesses another student or other persons with such items, or becomes aware that another student or other persons intends to possess, handle or use such items, must notify a teacher or the principal immediately. This section does not apply to pupils who are members of the Reserve Officer Training Corps and who are required to carry arms or weapons in the discharge of their official class duties; nor does this section apply to weapons used in school-approved instruction or ceremonies.

If a student accidentally brings a weapon or object that can reasonably be considered a weapon to school, the student must do all of the following:

a. Upon discovery, leave it where he or she finds it. This may be a jacket pocket, book bag, or locker.

b. Do not show it to anyone.

c. Immediately notify the School Resource Officer or the first educator he or she sees. This may be a teacher, a teacher assistant, an administrator, a counselor, a secretary or a custodian.

d. Give the item to the educator.

A student must prove he or she did not knowingly or willfully bring the pocketknife or non-lethal weapon to school. The principal or assistant principal will investigate each case individually to determine if the zero tolerance weapons policy has been violated. The principal will determine whether the object will be destroyed or delivered to a parent or legal guardian of the student. This procedure does not apply to firearms, explosives or to any weapons defined under North Carolina Statute 14-269.

2. Consequences

a. General Consequences Violation of this section may result in long-term suspension, 365 days suspension or expulsion. The procedures for suspension or expulsion are provided in board policy 5.3.4.2, In-School or Short-Term Suspensions and 5.3.4.3, Long-Term Suspension, 365 Days Suspension, Expulsion. A determination of the appropriate consequence for firearms/explosives violations will be made in accordance with the provisions of those policies. Placement in an alternative educational setting may be made instead of suspension.

b. Consequences for Firearms/Explosives Violations As required by law (N.C.G.S. x 115C-391 (dl)), a student who brings or possesses a firearm or powerful explosive on school property or at a school-sponsored curricular or extracurricular activity must be suspended for 365 days, unless the superintendent recommends and the board approves a modification. A firearm includes any gun, rifle, pistol or other weapon used for firing a projectile by means of an explosive charge. A firearm does not include a BB gun, stun gun, air rifle, or air pistol. A powerful explosive includes, but shall not be limited to, any dynamite cartridge, bomb, grenade, mine, nitroglycerin, trinitrotoluene (TNT) blasting caps, and detonators and fuses for the explosion thereof. A student who brings a firearm or powerful explosive to school also shall be referred to the criminal justice or juvenile justice system.

B. Bomb Threats

1. Prohibited Behavior

Students are prohibited from making, aiding and/or abetting in making a bomb threat or perpetrating a bomb hoax against school district property by making a false report that a device designed to cause damage or destruction by explosion, blasting or burning is located on school property. No student may knowingly or willfully cause, encourage or aid another student to make a bomb threat or perpetrate a bomb hoax. Any student who becomes aware that another student or other person intends to use a bomb, make a bomb threat or perpetrate a bomb hoax must notify a teacher or the principal immediately.

2. Consequences

As required by law, the board shall suspend for 365 days any student who:

a. makes a false report that there is a bomb or bomb-like device located on school property or at a school-related or school-sponsored activity; or

b. conceals, places or displays a device on school property or at a school-related or school-sponsored activity with the intent to cause others to believe the device is a bomb.

Upon the superintendent's recommendation, the board may modify the suspension. A student who violates this section also will be referred to the criminal justice and/or juvenile justice system.

C. Clear Threats to Safety of Students and Employees

1. Prohibited Behavior Students are prohibited from engaging in behavior that constitutes a clear threat to the safety of other students or employees. Behavior constituting a clear threat to the safety of others includes, but is not limited to:

a. theft or attempted theft by a student from another person by using, or threatening to use, a weapon;

b. the intentional and malicious burning of any structure or personal property, including vehicles;

c. an attack, or threatened attack, by a student against another person wherein the student uses a weapon or displays it in a manner found threatening to that person;

d. an attack by a student on any employee, adult volunteer, or another student which does not result in serious injury but which is intended to cause or reasonably could cause serious injury;

e. an attack by a student upon another person whereby the victim suffers obvious severe or aggravated bodily injury such as broken bones, loss of teeth, possible internal injuries, laceration requiring stitches, loss of consciousness, significant bruising or pain, or the victim requires hospitalization or treatment at a hospital emergency room as a result of the attack;

f. any intentional, highly reckless or negligent act that results in the death of another person;

g. confining, restraining, or removing another person from one place to another, without the victim's consent, or the consent of the victim's parents, for the purpose of committing a felony, or for the purpose of holding the victim as a hostage or for ransom or for use as a shield;

h. possession of a weapon on any school property, including in vehicles;

i. the taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody or control of another person or persons, by force, threat of force, or violence, or by putting the victim in fear;

j. any unauthorized and unwanted intentional touching, or attempt to touch, by one person of the sex organ of another, including the breasts of the female and the genital areas of the male and female;

k. the possession, manufacture, sale, or delivery, or any attempted sale or delivery, of a controlled substance in violation of Chapter 90 of the General Statutes;

l. any behavior resulting in a felony conviction on a weapons, drug, assault or other charge that implicates the safety of other persons; and

m. any other behavior that demonstrates a clear threat to the safety of others in the school environment.

2. Consequences

a. General Consequences

Violation of this section may result in long-term suspension, 365 days suspension or expulsion. The procedures for suspension or expulsion are provided in board policy 5.3.4.3, Long-Term Suspension, 365 Days Suspension, Expulsion. A determination of the appropriate consequence will be made in accordance with the provisions of that policy. Placement in an alternative educational setting may be made instead of suspension.

Possession and Use of Simulated Weapons A student shall not at the times and places described in Policy 5.3.3.7 possess any object which a reasonable person might perceive to be a weapon and use that object in such a manner as to appear to be threatening harm to any other person so as to cause such person to be put in fear of bodily injury. Violation of this policy shall be as provided in Policy 5.3.4.

Possession of Electronic Communication Devices A student shall not knowingly possess, handle or transmit any device for electronic transmissions and reception of messages within any school building. All violations of this policy shall be punished in the discretion of the principal as provided by Policy 5.3.4.

Refusal of Student To Be Screened In the event that a student in the Lexington City School System is selected by an authorized employee of the Lexington City Board of Education or the school resource officer to be screened electronically to determine whether the student has in his/her possession a weapon in violation of the law, or rules and policies of the Lexington City Board of Education, if the student refuses to be searched or to produce the object, then this shall constitute serious student misconduct. The punishment for violation of this policy may be suspension from the Lexington City Schools for the remainder of the school year.

Reporting. The principal, assistant principal or acting principal of each school shall, upon learning facts indicating that a violation of this policy has occurred, refer these facts to the criminal justice or juvenile delinquency system of the City of Lexington and Davidson County, including the name and identity of any student who brings a firearm or a weapon to a school served by the Lexington City Board of Education. Such referral shall be made by written notification, with a copy to be retained in the records of the school.

ATTENDANCE AREA TRANSFER OF STUDENTS

Any parent or guardian may request a transfer for his/her child to another school zone for the following school year by filing the appropriate request form with the superintendent between January 15 and May 1. Available spaces in schools will be filled according to the order in which the request forms are received in the superintendent's office. If the parent/guardian is an employee of Lexington City Schools and requests to have his/her child released to a school outside his/her attendance zone, the transfer will be granted if space is available. Any parent or guardian who requests a transfer to another school zone for his/her child during the school year must file the appropriate request form with the superintendent. The superintendent will consider the request and make a determination based upon the best interest of the child, the orderly and efficient administration of the public schools, the proper administration of the school to which assignment is requested, and the instruction, health, and safety of the pupils there enrolled. Transportation will be provided only if existing transportation schedules will accommodate the request. Otherwise, the parent or guardian must provide transportation to the school outside the attendance zone for the remainder of the school year. Any parent or guardian who wishes for his/her child to remain in a school outside the attendance zone for the following school year must annually notify the superintendent in writing between January 1 and January 15. Priority will be given to those students when filling available spaces. Failure to meet the January 15 deadline will not prevent any parent or guardian from requesting a transfer for his/her child pursuant to the preceding paragraphs of this policy.

ACCEPTABLE INTERNET USE

The Lexington City Schools is pleased to provide Internet access to its students and staff. Internet services are consistent with the educational objectives of the State of North Carolina and the Lexington City Schools. Via the Internet, students and staff can explore thousands of libraries, databases, and bulletin boards while exchanging messages with people throughout the world. The Lexington City Schools supports the Library Bill of Rights and promotes intellectual freedom. Materials are selected for schools based on the age and educational level of the students as well as the curriculum. On a global network it is impossible to control all materials; however, Lexington City Schools personnel will make every effort to ensure appropriate materials are accessed.

Clientele School personnel shall have full access to the Internet. Students may use Internet resources independently if they are authorized to do so by teachers or administrators, and their parents or guardians have not requested in writing that the student not be permitted access to Internet.

Responsibilities of Users Use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and such use may be revoked at any time if the guidelines are not observed. Students are to sign a statement declaring that they will abide by the Internet policy. Therefore, the parents' signature states they have read and understand the Internet policy and that the parents have the option of having their child not participate by written notification to the school principal. These include (but are not limited to) the following:

Privacy Never trespass into another's computer folders or files. Respect others' privacy. Note that electronic mail (e-mail) is not guaranteed to be private. Those who operate e-mail systems have access to all mail and may report unethical or illegal activities to authorities.

Safety Do not reveal your school name and address, your personal address, or phone number to others while using Internet services.

Plagiarism Observe copyright laws when downloading information. Appropriate bibliographic citations must be given for all information obtained via the Internet.

Vandalism Vandalism is prohibited, e.g., deliberately damaging networks, computers, software, or data. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another user, Internet, or others. This includes the uploading or creation of computer viruses or distribution onto any network or any stand-alone computer.

Expected Behavior Be polite. Use appropriate language. Do not swear, use vulgarities or any other inappropriate language. Do not send or display messages or pictures that may be offensive to others.

Resource Utilization School-provided Internet services may not be used for commercial or political purposes. Users are not to use school- owned Internet accounts from any site other than the school campus.

Targeted Areas of Internet Students are to limit their pursuit of information through electronic sources to curriculum-related activities.

Remedies and Recourse Violations may result in a loss of access. Additional disciplinary action may be determined at the building level in line with existing practice regarding inappropriate use of resources or behavior. The system administrators will deem what is inappropriate use. Any illegal activity may result in permanent revocation of Internet privileges as well as legal action.