• 2018-19 CASSIA JR/SR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT HANDBOOK

    OUR MISSION:  NO EXCUSES - SUCCESS STARTS HERE!

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    PLEASE READ CAREFULLY.  YOU HAVE SIGNED A CONTRACT STATING THAT YOU WILL FOLLOW ALL SCHOOL RULES.    PLEASE KEEP THIS COPY OF THE RULES FOR YOUR REFERENCE.

     

    WELCOME!  Cassia Jr/Sr High School is the alternative secondary school for the Cassia School District #151. 

     

    Our High School operates on a six block schedule. A block lasts 6 weeks and allows for our students to earn up to 18 credits per year towards graduation. During each block students are scheduled to take three classes and are assigned into a grade level Advisory class.

     

    Our Jr High operates on a four block schedule with each block lasting 9 weeks.  In our Jr. High we emphasize math, language arts, and reading skills to help our students be prepared for their High School opportunities.

     

    ADMISSION INTO CASSIA JR/SR HIGH SCHOOL is established through an application/interview process. Our school has an enrollment cap of 135 students which requires all students to follow this admission process. First, all prospective students and their parent(s) or guardian(s) complete an application, are placed on our interview waitlist, and are given an interview date and time. Second, students (and parents/guardians) then come in and participate in a scheduled interview with Cassia Jr/Sr High School faculty and staff. Finally, if a student is approved to attend Cassia Jr/Sr High School they may be scheduled into classes immediately if a vacancy is available, or placed on our waitlist until a vacancy opens, or possibly scheduled into classes at the start of a new block. Students on the waitlist may have to opportunity to be enrolled into online after school classes in credit recovery and/or independent study classes until a position opens.

     

    Please Note! Students who drop out, or are dismissed from Cassia Jr/Sr High School for attendance or discipline problems, are required to re-apply and interview to be re-admitted into our school.

    STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    1. RELEASE OF STUDENT DIRECTORY INFORMATION

    The district may disclose directory information to military recruiters, institutions of higher education, etc.  after giving written public notice annually to parents.  A parent may deny the release of student information by notifying the school in writing within 30 days of the receipt of this notice.

     2. ATTENDANCE POLICY

      1. A parent must call the school before 8:30AM to report an absence. A message should be left on the school attendance line voice mail. (878-6690 Ext 1) The school will verify all unreported absences.  Parents should notify the school by phone or in writing within 24 hours of the last day of the absence. (Please use the attendance line option and NOT the individual voice mail of administration or teachers.)
      2. Because of the condensed block schedule, every day of class time is crucial. Students missing more than three days in a class will be required to petition the attendance committee for a hearing to remain in class. Students who violate the attendance policy may be dropped from CHS, or dropped from that class and moved into a credit recovery course, and/or have a truancy filed with Cassia Juvenile Court, and/or placed on suspension. 
      3. Absences that count against the attendance policy include: Excused (parent, court, doctor, dentist, etc.), Unexcused (truant), and OSS (out of school suspension). Absences that don’t count against the attendance policy include: School excused activities and Juvenile Detention. If there isn’t a credit recovery class that a student would be eligible to take, the student will be placed into a study skill building course.
      4. Students over the age of sixteen with chronic attendance problems could be dismissed from school.
      5. APPEAL PROCESS: Students with excessive absences (more than three) will have an option to appeal for a hearing with the attendance committee to be able to stay in the class. This committee, under the direction of school administration, will meet to review all appeals. Each case will be evaluated on an individual basis.
      6. Credits denied because of attendance will receive an F grade in the course they were enrolled in.
      7. Tardies – Attendance will be taken at the first of class. A tardy will be issued for missing up to the first fifteen minutes of class.  After that, the student will be marked absent.  Students signing in late will require a tardy slip to be admitted into class.  When a student has accumulated three tardies in any class it will count as one absence in that class.
      8. Excessive absences for students under the age of sixteen will result in school officials pursuing a truancy petition (Idaho Code 33-207).

    3. TESTING, ASSESSMENTS, AND GRADUATION REQUIRMENTS

    Students at CHS are required to take a variety of assessments throughout the school year in each enrolled course.  It is the expectation that students will do their best efforts to demonstrate their knowledge and skill level on these assessments/tests.

    • End of Course Assessments: EOCA’s measure a student’s progress in a course. This grade is calculated into a student’s final course grade.
    • District Language Benchmark Assessment: The DLBA is given twice a year to measure a student’s progress in language arts skills.
    • Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT): This test is given once a year to all 11th grade students. It is required that all 11th grade students take this test and is paid for by the State of Idaho. Students must score at or above 850 to pass this graduation requirement. Students failing to meet this score may retake the test at a later date or pass an online SAT remediation course in credit recovery to earn credit.
    • Civics Test: All students must pass this exam in order to graduate. (Idaho Code §33-1602.7)
    • Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT): These tests are given to students in the spring of each school year and used to determine student progress and proficiency.
    • Students at CHS must earn 46 credits to graduate. A full list of these required and elective classes is available with the school counselor.

     4. OPEN ENROLLMENT/DUAL ENROLLMENT – Policy no. 630

    • A student’s designated attendance area shall be based upon the county in which the student resides. To request an open enrollment application, contact the Cassia County Schools District Office enrollment secretary for appropriate forms.  Applications will be reviewed by the building principal.  Per district policy, we will not accept students out of county on an IEP without an official review of the request.
    • The board is committed to providing educational opportunities for the school-age students residing within its boundaries. Taking into account the legislative intent and language of the dual enrollment statute, this board adopts the following policy.
    1. DEFINITIONS
    • Dual Enrollment: A dually enrolled student residing within the boundaries of this district who is legitimately enrolled in a private, parochial, or home school, charter school or other alternative public school program, or at a post-secondary institution, and who is also dual enrolled in a traditional public school in this district and has not graduated from high school.
    • Dually enrolled Student: A student who receives educational instruction outside a traditional public school classroom. Such instruction can include, but is not limited to, a private, online, parochial, or home school, charter school or other alternative public school program, or a post-secondary institution.
    • Primary Education Provider: The person or entity providing the dually enrolled student’s educational instruction outside the traditional public school programs or activities, such as the private, parochial, or home school or other alternative public school program, charter school or post-secondary institution.
    • Program and Activity: The terms “program” and “activity” include any program in the traditional public school available to other students. This includes any regularly scheduled course of study, student government, or any regularly scheduled interscholastic activity recognized or sanctioned by the Idaho High School Activities Association.
    1. ENROLLMENT
    • A dually enrolled student wishing to enroll in this school district for academic and/or extracurricular programs or activities must:
    • Provide the same documentation and information required of all other students enrolling in the district, including evidence of residence in this district, acceptable evidence of date and place of birth, evidence of immunizations required by the State of Idaho (or a suitable waiver); and
    • Comply with the registration procedures required by the district and gain admission to a school in this district. In addition to routine procedures required for registration, a student’s parent/guardian must provide a complete record of the student’s academic history, as well as all other student records and testing information necessary to qualify for admission as a dually enrolled student and to identify appropriate placement for the student. Such registration and admission procedures are required even if a student is requesting dual enrollment status only for participation in an interscholastic or nonacademic activity.
    • If enrollment in a specific class or program reaches the maximum for the program, priority for enrollment will be given to a student who is enrolled full time in the traditional public school class or program. If a class or program is full and includes a part-time dually enrolled student when a regular full-time student transfers into the school during the semester, the district’s normal enrollment procedure will remain the same, and the dually enrolled student may not be dis-enrolled to provide space for the full-time student. Regular full-time students will be given priority for enrollment at the start of each semester.
    • Any student, including a dually enrolled student, who lives in a school’s attendance zone or who has been accepted to a school through the open enrollment process, is eligible to participate in any program or activity available at that school.
    1. REGULATIONS AND POLICIES
    • A dually enrolled school student who is participating in this district’s programs and activities will be given the same rights as all other students enrolled in this district. Dually enrolled school students will also be subject to compliance with the same rules and requirements that apply to full-time students.
    1. PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITIES
    • This district’s responsibility for any dually enrolled student extends only to the time that the student is attending the program or activity for which the student is enrolled in the district’s school. The parent or guardian of the student is responsible for the care and supervision of the student during all other times.
    1. MIXED CURRICULUM
    • Dually enrolled students are welcome to participate in classes or grades with a merged or integrated curriculum as long as space is available.
    • If a dually enrolled student wishes to attend activities or programs in a particular discipline in a class or grade where the curriculum is merged or integrated, such request must be made in writing particularizing the subject matter presentment that the student desires to attend (e.g., art instruction in the third grade). The teacher and principal of the school will, upon request, provide scheduling information to the dually enrolled student. It will be the dually enrolled student’s responsibility to contact the district and ascertain when such subject matter will be presented. Where certain subject matter is integrated into a mixed curriculum, no change in the presentation need be made because of a dually enrolled student’s request for attendance. It is also the intent of this policy to ensure that the teacher’s right to integrate disciplines and be flexible in planning and modifying the daily classroom presentations will not be hindered or restricted in any way.
    1. IDEA/SECTION 504/ADA STUDENTS
    • A dually enrolled school student’s parent/guardian who wishes to enroll the child in special programs, or who desires special accommodations consistent with the child’s disability, must meet the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
    1. GRADUATION
    • Dually enrolled students must meet all graduation requirements of the state and this district in order to graduate, to take part in the commencement ceremony, and to obtain a diploma from this district. Dually enrolled students must be enrolled in a program approved by the school during their last semester.
    1. TRANSPORTATION
    • A dually enrolled student may ride a school bus on a regularly scheduled route so long as the student is eligible for transportation and space is available. No alterations of routes or new bus stops will be established. If a dually enrolled student attends part time, the student may receive transportation at the regularly scheduled time closest to the time period for which the student is enrolled.
    1. INTERIM PERIODS
    • If a dually enrolled student is dual enrolled in classes or activities that are not contiguous in time (e.g., a first period and a fourth period class), the student must not be on the school premises other than when the program or activity for which the student is enrolled is taking place. The district will not be responsible for the care or supervision of the student in any form for periods before, in between, or after the programs or activities for which the student is properly enrolled. Any transportation needs for such students not provided for otherwise under this policy during the school day will be the sole responsibility of the student and his or her parent/guardian.
    1. EXTRACURRICULAR NONACADEMIC ACTIVITIES
    • A dually enrolled student involved in an extracurricular activity is subject to the same eligibility standards and participation requirements as a regular full-time student.
    • Oversight of academic standards relating to participation in nonacademic public school activities is the responsibility of the Primary Education Provider of each dually enrolled student.
    • A dually enrolled student must meet or exceed the testing requirements established by the State Board of Education before the student may participate in nonacademic public school activities. The testing is at the parent’s/guardian’s expense, and the test results are valid for twelve (12) months from the release date. The student must achieve a minimum composite score of the fifth stanine or higher to be eligible for dual enrollment each year admission is requested in nonacademic program.

     5. ADMINISTERING MEDICATION

    All medication prescription and non-prescription will be dispensed from the office.  Please see office staff for parent permission forms to dispense medication.

    6. ALLERGY ACCOMMODATIONS

    A parent must notify the principal when a child has a severe allergy so that appropriate accommodations can be made.

    7. BULLYING, HAZING, HARASSMENT, SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND DISCRIMINATION

    CHS staff is committed to maintaining an educational environment that protects and promotes dignity, individual worth, and mutual respect for each individual, and is free from harassment. 

    Students who bully, haze, harass, sexually harass, discriminate against others, falsely accuse others or retaliate against those investigating or reporting such behavior may be suspended or expelled.

    Definition of Bullying – repeated aggressive behavior or frightening of others with an apparent malicious intent to dominate.  Bullying may include, but not be limited to physical (hitting, pushing, or attacks on property); verbal (name-calling, obscene gestures, malicious teasing, or electronic threats); or indirect attacks (intentional exclusion from groups, anonymous hurtful notes, or spreading false rumors.)  Bullying is NOT playful teasing between relatively equal individuals.

    Definition of Hazing – subjecting a person to bodily danger, physical harm, severe emotional harm, extreme embarrassment or personal degradation; or the likelihood of any of the above.  The term hazing is limited to initiation into or affiliation with any group or organization.  Activity described in this definition shall be presumed “forced” activity, regardless of the willingness of an individual to participate in such an activity.

     Definition of Harassment – any verbal, written, graphic, or physical conduct by an individual or group which is sufficiently severe, persistent, pervasive and offensive to:

    (1) Create a hostile environment; (2) substantially interfere with a person’s performance; or (3) adversely affect a person’s educational opportunities.

    Definition of Sexual Harassment – any unwelcome sexual conduct that limits a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from his or her education or a pattern or such conduct that creates a hostile environment.  Sexual harassment may include: 

    (1) Unnecessary touching, including patting, pinching and repeated brushing against another person’s body; (2) cornering or blocking of normal movements; (3) sexual comments, gestures, and jokes; (4) displaying, wearing or distributing sexually suggestive pictures or written materials; (5) unwanted teasing about an individual’s ability to succeed in a certain class because of gender

    8. FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND ASSEMBLY

    1. Expressing Grievances to School Officials -  Students have the right to express grievances before school officials.  However, school officials may govern the time, place and manner of any such activity which would distract from the educational process, is slanderous, invades or threatens to invade the rights of others, or presents a reasonable likelihood of substantial disorder.
    2. Student Publications – The principal is entitled to regulate the contents of school publications or any posted material in the school.
    3. Distribution of Materials – Permission of the school principal is required before students, staff, or other members of the community may distribute or display on designated student accessed bulletin boards, materials from sources outside the school.

     9. SEARCHES BY SCHOOL OFFICIALS

    If a school official reasonably suspects that a student possesses something illegal, dangerous or against school rules, a search may be conducted.  The search may include the individual, personal belongings, desk, and car.  The extent of the search depends on the situation, including the age and conduct of the student and the welfare of other students.  Detection dogs may be used in certain circumstances.

    10. TECHNOLOGY

    Acceptable and prohibited uses of technology – The use of school technology is a privilege and not a right.  Prohibited uses of technology include, but are not limited to:

    1.  Sending, receiving, displaying, or accessing obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, racially offensive, harassing, or illegal materials.
    2. Any attempt to harm or destroy data of another user.
    3. Logging into the system using another user’s account or password
    4. Leaving an account open or unattended
    5. Altering computer equipment

    The school reserves the right to:  monitor all activity on the internet, block any material, deny access to technology, and remove inactive accounts over 30 days.

    11. SCHOOL DRESS CODE

    • School polo shirt or sweatshirt with school emblem required
    • School uniform must be visible while students are inside the school building. Coats, non CHS sweatshirts, and jackets are to be removed so that the uniform is visible.

     UNDERSHIRT

    • Plain undershirts - black, white, or grey If long sleeve – black only
    • Undershirts must be tucked in - no color showing below school shirt

    SWEATSHIRT/SWEATER/COAT

    • Black Cassia High sweatshirt or solid black sweatshirt
    • All black (Colored brand logos under the size of a silver dollar allowed.)

    PANTS

    • Khaki dress slacks (Capri length acceptable – no shorts allowed.)
    • No extra tight pants (leggings/jeggings)
    • Pants must be worn on waist – no underwear showing above belt
    • Skirts – khaki/knee length
    • NO JEANS (Exceptions made for special activity days – prior notice will be given.)
    • Belts – no inappropriate symbols on buckles

    SHOES                                                                                                          

    • No solid red or blue shoes or red/blue shoe laces
    • No slippers - shoes must have a hard sole

    SPORTS/CLUB UNIFORMS

    • Game day only (must provide a game schedule to the office – once a week limit)
    • School khaki pants must be worn with uniform or club shirt.

    OTHER

    • No symbols or colors identified as gang or drug related
    • Pointed/sharp face piercings or earrings – not allowed
    • Tattoos displaying content or text that is offensive, gang related or inappropriate must be covered while in school. Writing on skin or clothes with markers or ink is not allowed.
    • No fingerless gloves
    • No hats, bandanas, hoods or other head coverings are allowed
    • Cinch book slings are allowed for high school students only. No backpacks or purses.

     STUDENTS WITH DRESS CODE VIOLATIONS WILL BE REMOVED FROM CLASS UNTIL THE INFRACTION IS CORRECTED. TIME MISSED FROM CLASS BECAUSE OF A DRESS CODE VIOLATION WILL COUNT AS AN ABSENCE.

     12.  STUDENT CONDUCT

    1.  STUDENT CONDUCT - Assault and/or battery 
      Students must avoid these kinds of physical contact: (1) Excessive physical contact, such as fighting; (2) inappropriate displays of affection; (3) any type of physical contact that is against the law.
    2. GANGS - Students may not create or participate in a secret organization.  They may not possess, use, distribute, display, or wear gang-related clothing, emblems or objects.  They may not use symbols, signs, gestures, codes or dress predominately in a color associated with a gang.
    3. WEAPONS Students may not possess, use or store guns, knives, explosives or any other weapons.  They may not use or threaten to use anything as a weapon, including hands, feet or any other part of the body. 
    4. ABUSE OF DISTRICT PROPERTY Any stealing, destroying, or defacing of school property is prohibited.  Students and/or their parents may be billed for damages. 
    5. CELL PHONES AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES will be turned off and out of view during class unless authorized by the teacher.   Students may use these devices before school, during breaks and at lunch.  Students using cell phones or other electronic devices in class, without permission, will have the items confiscated and held by the teacher until the end of class.  For a repeat violation the teacher will turn the device into the front office to be held until the end of the day.  The first time this happens the phone will be returned at the end of the day to the student.  Continual offenses will require a parent to come and pick up the device the next day. Administration may choose to ban electronic communication devices and/or portable music players at anytime during the school year for the remainder of the year
    6. CHEATING of any kind is prohibited.  Examples of cheating include, but are not limited to, copying another student’s work, using notes during an exam, allowing another student to copy your work and plagiarism.  Students involved will be given a zero on the assignment. 
    7. DRUG/ALCOHOL POLICY 
      CHS is a drug-free school.  No drugs, alcohol, or tobacco allowed at school.      Students and vehicles may be searched at anytime. Drug use is involvement with drug paraphernalia, controlled substances, or drugs, including alcohol and tobacco, in any of the following ways: (1) Attempting to secure or purchase; (2) Using or being under the influence; (3) possessing; (4) Intending or attempting to sell or distribute; (5) selling or giving away (6) knowingly present in any of the above instances.   Possession or use may result in a recommendation for expulsion.  If necessary, Law Enforcement will be called and parents notified. 
    8. OUTSIDE DRINKS – Not allowed in school.  Students will not bring outside drinks into the building.  This includes coffee, cocoa, energy drinks, etc. 
    9. BATHROOM BREAK POLICY – Use the bathrooms during break time.  No time is allowed out of class - with the exception of emergencies.  A student will be accompanied by an adult if it is deemed necessary to leave the classroom.  At no time will students be allowed in the halls unsupervised.  Teachers have been given these instructions.  Please do not ask them to make exceptions.

     13. GRADES - CREDITS

    • A student needs to earn 46 credits, a passing grade on their senior project, pass the Civics exam, and a passing score on the SAT to graduate from CHS. Students must also have taken the ISAT exams during their high school years.
    • Students consistently failing all classes could be dropped from school or moved into a credit recovery program. Students who are dropped may be re-enrolled in the regular alternative school depending on their place on our waiting list and their success in Credit Recovery.
    • Check regularly with our school counselor for graduation progress. All Cassia School District required classes must be completed with passing grades to graduate from CHS.

    14. FIRE ALARMS – Activation of the school fire alarm without the event of an emergency will be grounds for immediate dismissal.

    15. UNAUTHORIZED LEAVING SCHOOL GROUNDS - Students will not be allowed to leave the school grounds during class time or for lunch.

    • Parents may drop off sack lunches but no fast food or deliveries.

     16. HOW TO RETURN TO YOUR REGULAR SCHOOL – Students should have good behavior, attendance, and grades for a school recommendation to return to your regular school.  However, attending our school is a privilege.  CHS gives students a chance to catch up and have more individualized help than a regular high school.  Students who do not wish to be here will not be kept here against their will.  They can apply for re-admission at their home school at anytime.  Please realize that most schools will not allow new enrollment until semester break.

    17. PARTICIPATION IN SPORTS – A student with good grades (C or better), good attendance, and no discipline problems could be eligible to participate with their “home” school.  Eligibility rules from the home high schools apply.  Students referred from a DDRC hearing will have their eligibility to play determined at the hearing.  It is possible that students could be out one or two semesters depending on the gravity of the offense.  Ask Dr. Shumway for more information if you are interested.

    18. STUDENT PARKING – Student parking is on 17th Street in assigned stalls.  If you intend to drive to school, you must receive a parking permit with a specific stall assignment. This is obtained through the CHS secretary. Do not park in any other assigned stalls, between the buildings or have your parents drop you off there.  Students are not allowed access to their vehicles during the school day unless given specific permission by a staff member. Parking permits must be returned at the end of the school year or the student will be charged a $10 replacement fee.

    19. RESPECT: Teachers, substitute teachers, and all district employees deserve and will be treated with respect at all times.  Any verbal or nonverbal refusal to comply with a lawful direction given by staff will result in an administrative sanction.

    20. USAGE OF SCHOOL PHONE – Students should make after school plans for rides, etc. before school. The school phone is for student emergency use only. 

    In the event of a school emergency – Parents, please do not call into the school for information.  All school lines must remain open for emergency authorities.  Students will use cell phones to contact parents.

    21. TRESPASS NOTICE - Students may not be on any other school campus during regular school hours 7:00AM – 4:00PM without prior approval of all school administration involved.  Students in violation will be given a trespass citation by law enforcement. Students may attend ball games and other activities after school hours unless it becomes a problem.  At that point a student may be banned from other schools on an individual basis.

    22. VISITORS – All visitors must check in at the office. For purposes of school safety, we ask that you please bring an ID for verification.

     

    NOTICE OF COMPLIANCE

    FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT OF 1974

    In accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, the Cassia County Joint School District, #151, of Cassia hereby gives notice to all parents, legal guardians, and students eighteen years of age attending the Cassia County School District schools, that the following information is categorized as directory information:  the student’s name and photograph; address; telephone listing; date and place of birth; photographic images of the student participating in regular classroom or school authorized activities; participation in officially recognized activities and sports; weight and height of members of athletic teams; dates of attendance; degrees and awards received; and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student.

    Directory information will be published and released by the District without prior consent of the parents, legal guardian, or student 18 years of age or older, unless the parent, legal guardian, or student 18 years of age or older notifies the District that the above mentioned directory information should not be released without prior written consent of the parent, legal guardian, or student 18 years of age or older.