Tippecanoe School Corporation

Student Handbook

2017-2018 Student Handbook

WMS Mustang head

Wainwright Middle School


2017-2018 Handbook
7501 E 700 S
Lafayette, IN 47905
http://wms.tsc.k12.in.us/
Dr. Neal McCutcheon, Principal

School Vision / Mission Statement / Expectations

Wainwright Middle School Vision

To respond to all students educational and developmental needs.


Wainwright Middle School Mission Statement

WE are preparing students for their future in an academically-focused, engaged, and

positive learning environment.


EXPECTATIONS

1. Morning entrance to school is through the north doors only.

2. Normal exit from the building at the close of school is through the north doors only.

3. All students must have authorized passes to be out of classes.

4. All students are expected to be quiet and walk orderly and responsibly in the halls.

5. All students are expected to dress and groom themselves neatly in clothes that are suitable for school activities.

6. Students are expected to conduct themselves with courtesy to others and obedience to teachers.

7. Students are to maintain an atmosphere in the cafeteria of quietness and calmness, as befits the “family style” setting of our cafeteria.

8. Students are expected to care for and maintain all school property in the condition in which it was issued or its use was permitted.


School Song

We sing the praise our colors raise.

Of white and navy blue;

You can rely on Wainwright,

The Mustangs will pull through.

With ready men, we’re out to win

A victory tonight.

So proudly fly our colors high,

The navy blue and white.

W-A-I-N-W-R-I-G-H-T

With ready men, we’re out to win

A victory tonight.

So proudly fly our colors high,

The navy blue and white.

Position Statement of the Board of School Trustees

Student Participation in School Sponsored Activities

Tippecanoe School Corporation (TSC) is highly supportive of educational opportunities that athletics, performing arts, and other academic-related programs contribute toward accomplishing the stated mission of the school district. These activities assist students to develop confidence, competence, and the ability to deal with success and adversity. We acknowledge the need for reasonable limitations to the time and resources that the school district devotes to such pursuits. As the elected representatives for our school patrons we endorse the following principles:

1. Successful completion of the approved course of study is a primary objective for each TSC student.

2. We will not compromise our integrity to gain a competitive advantage.

3. We will follow the rules and guidelines of the Indiana High School Athletic Association and the Indiana Division of Student Activities. Proposed participation in activities not endorsed by either of these organizations will be given great scrutiny.

4. We will attempt to be a supportive partner to those non-exclusionary community organizations that provide meaningful educational opportunities to our resident students. First priority for use of school district resources and facilities will be given to school-sponsored programs.

5. The school corporation will not promote student activities sponsored by “for profit” groups.

6. Co-curricular programs will focus on providing a well-rounded and cultural experience rather than inter-school competition.

7. High school sports teams are competitive by nature. Selection of student participants is a subjective process. Final selection and assignment of team members is the purview of the coach.

8. Interschool athletic competition will begin at Grade 7.

9. Academic expectations, student enrollment numbers, and available staff and other resources limit the number of athletic and other activity programs TSC can reasonably sponsor.

10. The school district will, whenever possible, employ faculty members to serve as sponsors and coaches.

11. Participation in any extra-curricular activity is a privilege. Staff members, students, and parents are expected to demonstrate exemplary behavior and to maintain the highest integrity.



HOMEROOM ACTIVITIES SCHEDULE

Homeroom is an opportunity to provide enrichment activities. Students may be given time to work on interventions, accelerated reading, homework, and current events There may also be activities pertaining to the school improvement goals, character education, ISTEP, and study skills scheduled. (Subject to change)

Hall Passes

Hall passes are to be issued by teacher and used each time a student is in the hall.

It is teacher’s discretion for sending students back to their locker for any materials. If students are habitually unprepared coming to class then they are failing to comply with classroom rules. Office referral may be completed for habitual failures to comply.


Rules and Responsibilities

Teachers and the administration of Wainwright Middle School expect students to come to school prepared to learn. When circumstances prevent a student from concentrating on learning, the staff of Wainwright will seek ways to help the student. However, it is expected that the student will cooperate and want to improve his/her performance or behavior.

Behavior expected of all students includes:

1. Respect for the rights of other students.

2. Respect for the authority of all staff.

3. Respect for school property.

4. Being on time for class.

5. Being prepared for class.

6. Electronic Listening devices are allowed on bus, but must be in locker during school day.

School Profile

Mrs. Fay Wainwright donated thirty acres of land for the purpose of establishing Wainwright High School. Wainwright opened its doors for the first time in the fall of 1965 to students in the 9-12 grades. With the opening of McCutcheon in 1975, the Wainwright building became a Junior High, housing grades 7,8,9. In the fall of 1985, Wainwright became a middle school, housing grades 6,7,8 with the reorganization of the Tippecanoe School Corporation.

We have a teacher/administrative staff of 20, with a student enrollment of approximately 300. Our school has 1:1 computer instructional and an online instruction delivery system (Canvas). Tutoring and Enhancement programs are available for those students not meeting the Indiana Academic Standards.

Seventh and eighth grade students participate in sports such as football, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, cheerleading and track. Intramural athletics are available for sixth graders. Students participate in many extracurricular activities such as band, choir, FCA, yearbook, speech team, spell bowl, Science Olympiad, recycling club, art club, drama club, Wainwright Honor Society and student council.

Student Rights

1. Each student shall have the right to be treated with dignity and respect.

2. Each student shall have the right to expect a building and classroom atmosphere that is conducive to learning.

3. Each student shall have the right to expect his/her classroom teacher to do everything under his/her power to provide the student with a quality education.

4. Each student shall have the right to attend school each day without the fear of threat, intimidation or interference from other students.

5. Each student shall have the right to be afforded all rights and treatments as described pertaining to students’ rights in Indiana Code 20-8.5-1 through-16 and policies and bylaws of the school board.

Student Sales

Students shall not be permitted to conduct any form of sales activities (i.e. Girl Scout Cookies, summer recreation programs, church programs, etc.) on school premises, other than those officially sponsored by the school, without the Principal’s permission.

Attendance

Attendance Policy

The process of education requires continuity of instruction, classroom participation, learning experiences, and study in order for a student to attain his/her maximum educational potential. The interactions of pupils under the tutelage of a competent teacher are vital to this purpose. Accordingly, it is incumbent upon the Tippecanoe School Corporation to encourage attendance by every student. (TSC Board Policy 5200) Absenteeism creates difficulties for Wainwright Middle School Students. Materials discussed in class can never be made up. Participation in activities with other students is lost when a child is not at school.

Parents are expected to contact the school before 8:30 AM on the day of their child’s absence, followed by a note to the office on the day of the student’s return.

In order to be considered for promotion to the next grade level, a student must be present in class 90% of the enrollment days. 9 days a semester and 18 days for the school year is considered excessive absenteeism.

The following absences are not counted against the student when determining the 90% attendance requirement:

A. Illness with physician verification.

B. Immediate family member funeral with verification. Immediate family is defined as student’s parent/guardian, brother, sister, grandparents, spouse, children, corresponding step relatives or corresponding in-laws.

C. Judicial appointments with verification.

D. Out-of-school suspension.

TSC Board Policy 5200 Attendance

Attendance shall be required of all Corporation students, except those exempted under provisions of State law, during the days and hours that the school is in session. For any of these exceptions a student shall not be recorded as absent from school. Exceptions to compulsory attendance that shall be recognized by the school corporation as provided by state statute are:

1. service as a page or honoree of the general assembly (I.C. 20-33-2-14

2. service on a precinct election board or helper to a political candidate on the date of an election (I.C. 20-33-2-15)

3. subpoena to appear in court as a witness in a judicial proceeding (I.C. 20-33-2-16)

4. service in active duty with the National Guard for not more than ten (10) days (I.C. 20-33-2-17)

5. participating as a member of the Indiana wing of the civil air patrol for not more than five (5) days (I.C. 20-33-2-17.2)

6. participating in an educationally related non-classroom activity which is consistent with and promotes educational philosophy and goals of the school corporation, facilitates the attainment of specific educational objectives, is part of the goals and objectives of an approved course or curriculum, represents a unique educational opportunity, cannot reasonably occur without interrupting the school day, and is approved in advance by the school principal (I.C. 20-33-2-17.5)

Truancy

AN ABSENCE FOR WHICH NO PARENT/GUARDIAN CONFIRMATION IS RECEIVED AND/OR IS WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE PARENT/GUARDIAN.

Truancy is an unexcused absence. Although they are encouraged to complete work missed, students will not receive academic credit for daily work missed due to truancies.

Indiana law mandates compulsory attendance as stated in Section 20-8.1-3-17 Indiana Code. Any student who demonstrates excessive absences / tardies and is in violation of the stated school attendance policy will be referred to Truancy Mediation. Truancy Mediation will determine what court action is warranted.

Wainwright Middle School averages around 96% attendance each year. All parents should teach their child the responsibility of good attendance. On those days your child cannot make it - call the school. Try to schedule appointments and vacations during non-school time. Letters and phone calls will be utilized to notify parents of attendance concerns.

Make-Up Work

• In cases of extended illness (three days or more) assignments may be requested through the secretary.

• Student work can be obtained via the online portal.

• Failure by the student to turn this work into the teacher will result in the discontinuance of services.

• Students will have the number of days they missed to make-up the work once they return to school.

• For missing work, the student is responsible for checking the online portal and following up with the teacher.

Sign-In and Sign-Out

Parents must sign their child in at the front counter if child is arriving later than 7:50. Parent must sign out when taking their child away from school. Students who miss the bus must make an effort to go to school. Parent should notify school when this happens. A consequence could occur if there are multiple occurrences. All doors, except the front, will be locked.

Tardiness

TARDINESS

Being on time at the start of the school day and being in each class on time is important. Excuses for tardies follow the attendance excuse policy. For a tardy to be excused, a doctor’s note or funeral verification must be submitted at the time of the tardy. Please note that oversleeping and/or missing the bus are not excused tardies.

If a student is tardy to school he/she, along with the parent/guardian, must report to the office to sign in. After three unexcused tardies to school, a lunch detention or after school detention may be assigned. Continuing tardies may result in an after school detention, in-school suspension, and so on. Continuous tardies may result in ineligibility for academic, athletic, and / or social activities.

Indiana Law mandates compulsory attendance as stated in IC 20-8-3-17. Any student who demonstrates excessive absences/tardies and is in violation of that stated school attendance policy will be referred to Truancy Mediation. Truancy Mediation will determine what court action is warranted.

Cafeteria & Lunch Procedures

You may bring your own lunch from home or purchase lunch. Cafeteria lunch is a service provided by the Corporation for the benefit of the students. At the beginning of the school year, all students will be assigned a Personal Identification Number (PIN) to be used in the lunch lines. Students will prepay for their lunches by bringing a check to their first hour class on Monday mornings. When they go through the lunch line, they simply enter their PIN and their meal cost is deducted from their balance. You will find the meals nutritional and reasonable in cost. Students wishing to purchase ala carte items, such as baked chips, bottled water, juice and other similar items, will be able to do so only after purchasing a nutritional lunch or bringing a sack lunch from home. All students in lunch will remain in the cafeteria. The lunch period will be closed for all grades. All students are to remain on campus during the lunch period. Students must dispose of all waste materials in the trash receptacles as they leave the tables. If a student spills a drink, they must clean it up immediately. The cafeteria supervisors may require students to pick up waste material at any time. All students have the responsibility to cooperate with cleanup and proper disposal of all waste materials if we are to have a safe and sanitary school. Visitors must be pre-approved by the administration. No food should be carried in by parents, such as fast food, birthday cakes, etc.

Schools shall return monies collected, but unspent, to families when the amount is equal to or greater than $5.00. This return shall be in the form of a check; no cash is disbursed.

• All books and classroom materials will be taken to the lockers before entering the cafeteria.

• Walk to the lunch line.

• All students eating lunch at school must eat in the cafeteria.

• One student per cafeteria seat. Everyone should be in a seat during lunch.

• Before leaving the cafeteria, please return your tray, sack lunch and other papers to the trash containers.

• After lunch you should not go to your lockers until the bell rings.

• Return quietly to your classroom.

Bus Discipline

The transportation of your students by bus to and from school is an important job. Drivers have the responsibility of making sure that students respect the driver and other students. The bus driver must have solid evidence that the referral was accurate. The parents who teach their children how to behave around adults and other children, will assist the driver traveling down the road taking students to school and home.

When a student breaks a bus rule and receive a bus conduct referral, the following consequences will be enforced.


6th graders who are given a bus referral

1st offense= 1-day suspension

2nd offense =1-day suspension

3rd offense = 3-day suspension

4th offense = 5-day suspension

5th offense = 2-week suspension (principal decision)


7th graders who are given a bus referral

1st offense = 1-day suspension

2nd offense = 3-day suspension

3rd offense = 5-day suspension

4th offense = 2-week suspension (principal decision)


8th graders who are given a bus referral:

1st offense = 3-day suspension

2nd offense = 5-day suspension

3rd offense = 2-week suspension (principal decision)


Cellular Phones/Beepers/Other Electronic Devices

RRR – G13 Students may not possess or use on school grounds during school hours an electronic paging device, handheld portable telephone, electronic storage or recording devices, similar electronic devices , or IPOD (MP3 player) in a situation not related to a school purpose or an educational function. Any student needing to place a telephone call during school hours should request permission to use a school telephone or use a payphone during pass period. Parent(s)/Guardian(s) allowing students to carry electronic devices to school, implies permission to the school to have access to any or all information on the device if confiscated for disciplinary or investigative purposes. Information contained on devices is subject to inspection. The above may be considered grounds for expulsion (IC 20-8.1-5).

Students who refuse to turn over their cell phone or other electronic device to a staff member when asked are insubordinate and failing to comply with a request from a staff member. If the student refuses to turn over the cell phone or other electronic device to an administrator the result is five days of Out of School Suspension. Cell phones are not the responsibility of the school. If stolen or lost, a student assumes the responsibility.

Students may use cell phones before or after school. At all other times between 7:50 A.M. and 2:30 P.M., these devices are to be turned off and placed out of sight when school is in session. Failure to comply with this policy may result in disciplinary penalty and the item being confiscated and returned only to the parent or guardian.


Additionally, students are not to use on school ground during school hours any electronic paging device, hand-held portable telephone, electronic storage or recording devices, or other similar electronic devices in a situation not related to a school purpose or an educational function. In addition, students are not to have laser lights or pointers at school. Any student needing to place a telephone call during school hours should request permission to use a school telephone in office.

Any student that uses a cell phone to possess and/or show the following:

A. picture

B. drawing

C. photograph

D. negative image

E. undeveloped film

F. motion picture

G. videotape

H. digitized image

I. or any pictorial representation

that depicts or describes sexual conduct by a child who the person knows is less than 16 years of age will be charged a Class D

felony. Wainwright Middle School prohibits picture taking and other video recordings with cell phones or other digital devices.


Cheating/Academic Dishonesty

Cheating is a violation of the core principles of education. The student involved loses self-respect and the grades of other students may be affected. During the school year, taking tests and quizzes, writing papers and completing projects will measure student learning. The grades received for these efforts should inform students how much has been learned from the course. We recognize that there are some students who may try to improve their grades by cheating. Some, but not all, examples of cheating are listed below:

• Obtaining a copy of a test or scoring device

• Accepting a copy of a test or scoring device

• Copying another student’s answers during an examination

• Providing another student with answers or copies of examination questions

• Using notes or other un-permitted materials during “closed book” examinations

• Duplicating another student’s project for submission as one’s own work

• Having someone other than the student prepare the student’s homework paper, project, lab report, or take-home examination for which credit is given

• Permitting another student to copy the student’s homework, project, computer program, lab report, or take-home examination other than for a teacher-approved collaborative effort

• Any other action intended to obtain credit for work not one’s own

• Electronic tampering or other misuse of computer equipment in the academic setting will be considered a form of cheating

Students are expected to be honest. Whether you give or receive information during an examination or on certain assignments, the offense is the same. You will receive a zero for the work and your parents will be notified. Cheating, lying, plagiarism and forgery are unacceptable forms of behavior. The maximum penalty for such behavior is expulsion from school for the balance of the semester.

Information Systems, Computer Networks, and the Internet

Tippecanoe School Corporation provides a comprehensive and well- rounded educational experience for all students.

Students use computer networks, information systems, and the Internet as part of the standard curriculum.

An Acceptable Use Policy (AUP), adopted by the Board of School Trustees, guides the use of these networks and is available on the district website ( www.tscschools.net ) and in each school office.

Due Process

In 1995 the Indiana General Assembly enacted legislation re-defining students’ rights and responsibilities. The law requires the school to make a “good faith effort to disseminate to students or parents generally the substance of any rule or standard.” The TSC Student Rights Rules and Responsibilities pamphlet is designed to accomplish that “good faith effort.” Complete copies of the law, its procedures and related forms are available in the principal’s office and library of Wainwright Middle School.

Gang Activity

The Corporation prohibits criminal gang activity and similar destructive or illegal group behavior on Corporation property, on buses owned by the Corporation or used to transport Corporation students, and at school-sponsored functions. The Corporation prohibits reprisal or retaliation against individuals who report criminal gang activity and similar destructive or illegal group behavior or who are victims, witnesses, bystanders, or others with reliable information about an act of criminal gang activity and similar destructive or illegal group behavior. The Corporation has adopted Policy 5840 pursuant to State law in order to address the detrimental effects of criminal gangs and criminal gang activity on its students, demonstrate its commitment to preventing and reducing criminal gang membership and eliminating criminal gang activity, educate Corporation students, employees, and parents about criminal gangs and criminal gang activity, and comply with State and Federal laws and regulations.

Incentives (if in place for the current school year)

An integral part of the middle school concept is a behavior plan that gives students the opportunity to earn nine weeks incentives for staying on task during the school year. Our Mustang Expectation system is used by the team of teachers in each grade to acknowledge students for completing work on time, coming to class prepared, and maintaining a positive attitude.

Each 9 weeks there will be an incentive for students who meet certain requirements.

Requirements:

1.) The student cannot receive an D’s or F’s for the 9 week grading period.

- Will be tracked through the office.

2.) The student must have at least 70% homework completion in each of their classes.

- Each student is assumed to have 100% homework completion unless a teacher justifies a student has not met that.
Example–Student A only turned in 50% assignments for the 9 weeks, a teacher dings this student from the incentive by not meeting the homework completion % in the particular class. At the end of the 9 week – names that do not meet this certain criteria can be submitted to office.

3.) ISTEP and Acuity effort will be taken into consideration. Each student must give their full effort into these tests in order to take part in the incentive.

- Each student is assumed to have given effort in these tests unless a teacher justifies a student has not met this category.
A student should not meet the incentive if the student is being insubordinate and failing to comply regarding given an attempt to the test. Grade will not be a factor on the test; solely effort will be taken into consideration.

4.) Tardies

- The office will keep track of tardies through PowerSchool. The student will not meet the incentive if they are tardy to class at least 5 times total during the course of the 9 weeks.

- The student will also receive an additional consequence every 5th tardy after the first 5. Example – On 5th tardy – student cannot attend incentive. On 10th tardy – student receives ISS.

5.) ISS or OSS

- No student that has an ISS or OSS for that 9 week period will be allowed to attend the incentive.

Each 9 weeks the incentive/student accountability model resets itself. If a student does not meet requirements for 1st 9 week incentive, they start with a fresh slate the first day of 2nd 9 weeks.


Gum

Gum will still not be allowed in school. Teachers can deal with gum as if they see it in the rooms. If it becomes a habitual problem write a referral for the student.

Student 1:1 Initiative

Each student will be provided with a personal computing device as an additional education resource. Students are expected to come to class prepared each day, which includes bringing a charged / working school provided device. If the student is unprepared for class by not having a working device, the teacher or school’s discipline plan may be referenced. Students are responsible for the well-being of their device and are also expected to respect devices and technology equipment outside of their possession. All other expectations while using a device are included in teacher classroom expectations. For more information regarding the 1 to 1 initiative’s expectations and guidelines, please refer to the TSC 1 to 1 Initiative Webpage at: https://sites.google.com/a/tsc.k12.in.us/tsc-1-to-1-initiative/home.

Seclusion and Restraint

A student will not be subject to seclusion or restraint unless the student's behavior poses an imminent risk of injury to the student or others. However, significant violations of the law, including assaults on students and staff, will be reported to the police. As soon as possible after any use of seclusion or restraint, the student's parent or guardian will be informed and provided with a detailed account of the incident, including the circumstances that led to the use of seclusion or restraint.

Progressive Discipline Steps

The judgment of the teacher and/or team constitutes a warning, and these warnings will be cumulative throughout the school year.

Each teacher and team will establish and maintain rules for desirable student behavior.

• Once an informal warning has been ignored, a formal verbal warning will then be given. If the formal verbal warning is ignored, the student will receive a written conduct report. The student may then be removed from class, and parents/guardians will be notified.

• Two written conduct reports in any combination of classes or school activities will result in the loss of lunchroom privileges and a notice being sent home to parents/guardians.

• Three written conduct reports in any combination of classes or school activities will result in a detention and a notice being sent home to parents/guardians.

• Four written conduct reports in any combination of classes or school activities will result in a one day in-school suspension.

• Five or more written conduct reports will result in additional in-school or out-of-school suspensions.

• With the fifth written conduct report, a conference with the parent, student, and school administration will be required prior to the student returning to class. It will be the responsibility of the student and/or parent to schedule this conference.

Severe Clause

The student will be sent directly to the administration and, upon judgment of the administrator, some negative behaviors may be deemed so severe that some, or all, of the preliminary steps may be bypassed, and in or out-of-school suspensions may be imposed.

Detention System

Detentions at Wainwright Middle School will be served during or after school. Afternoon detention is offered on select days as assigned by the administration. Students should bring materials for study during the detention period. The student will be notified ahead of time as to when to serve the detention. The following are some examples of behavior that may result in a detention:

Profanity and/or profane gestures

Disrespectful or insubordinate behavior

Name calling and/or threatening other students

Passport card signed five times per 9-week period

Skipping Class

Chewing gum

Excessive tardiness to class

Refusal to follow teacher’s instructions

Rowdy behavior such as shoving, pushing, or throwing objects

Failure to cooperate and/or comply with substitute teachers

Truancy

Note writing

Out-Of-School Suspension

Students who are suspended out-of-school for three to ten days may be referred to the SOAR Program.

Students who are suspended and sent to the SOAR Program will report to a designated place where they will be supervised with academic lessons. No TSC bus transportation is provided to the SOAR Program. Students who are suspended out-of-school will be placed on social probation and are not able to attend any extra-curricular activities/events for the remainder of the school year.

Excessive Conduct Reports/Referrals To The Office

Students whose behavior results in continued referral to the office for discipline during the school year, may be subject to the following after 10 or more office referrals: ten days out-of-school suspension (SOAR Program) and recommendation for expulsion (SOAR Program).

** Acts that commit a crime will be reported to the local law enforcements. (example includes fighting / battery) The principal reserves the right to issue a consequence that is appropriate for the offense. The principal may take action if the offense occurs while on the school bus, at school activities or in areas outside the school (if the offense involves school personnel). The TSC schools and the sheriff’s office work very closely together during the investigative process. Consequences will follow the parameters set forth in the TSC School Board Policy Manual and the Rule, Rights, and Responsibility guidelines.

Drug and/or alcohol possession

Smoking and/or tobacco possession

Gangs / Gang Activities

Bullying

Weapon possession

Swearing/Harassment/Physical contact/Threats

Habitual misbehavior

In 2005, Senate Enrolled Act 285 (SEA 285) was passed which prohibits bullying. Bullying is defined by the Act as “overt, repeated acts or gestures, including verbal or written communications transmitted; physical act committed; or any other behaviors committed by student or group of students against another student with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, or harm the other student.” Please refer to the Tippecanoe School Corporation Rules, Rights, and Responsibilities for more information.


Dress Code

The dress code guidelines for TSC apply at Wainwright Middle School. Public school education is considered formal education, and students should dress appropriately for success. Appearance, including make-up, dress, and hairstyles, within the prevailing rules of modesty, decency, safety, and health, are the responsibility of the student and his/her parent.

Student appearance, including dress, make-up, and hairstyles, must conform to the requirements of law and must be conducive to the educational process.

It is expected that students will wear clothing that is neat and clean while attending classes and school functions. Appearance, including dress, make-up, and hairstyles, may be regulated by the school when the health or safety of a student is endangered; the appearance is disruptive, and thus, distracting to the educational process; or there is an existing ordinance or law. Teachers, administrators, coaches, and activities sponsors may take disciplinary action against students whose appearance is not consistent with expectations of school officials.

In keeping with the above philosophy, and in order to reduce misunderstanding, inappropriate school wear includes, but is not limited to, the following:

1. Shoes must be worn at all times. Slippers or shoes with “wheels” are not permitted.

2. Jackets, coats, hats, and other headgear are not to be worn inside the school building before, during, or after school hours by male or female students without prior administrative approval.

3. No piercing may be worn except in the ears.

4. Appearance, including dress, make-up, and hairstyles, deemed disruptive to the educational process will not be permitted. No torn, ripped, frayed, or unsewn clothing may be worn at any time. Hair color must be a natural color, and will not include any designs or markings shaved or colored into the hair. Natural color is defined as brown, black, natural red/auburn, or blonde.

5. It is expected that while at school or at school functions or activities, students will not wear, possess, use, distribute, display, or sell any clothing, jewelry, emblems, badges, symbols, signs, graffiti, wallet chains, or other items deemed to be evidence of membership or affiliation with a gang.

6. Shorts, miniskirts, or the slit in skirts or dresses may not be shorter than the lowest point of the extended fingertips when the student’s arms are placed at his/her sides.

7. Clothing that could be considered pajamas, including sweat pants or “tear away” pants, are not permitted.

8. Clothing items with wording or pictures that, in the opinion of the building administrator(s), tend to undermine the educational atmosphere are not permitted. Clothing with demeaning language, depicting violence, or which advertise tobacco or drug products is not allowed. Students are not to write on or decorate their clothing (unless it is a school supervised activity).

9. Clothing with low necklines, sheer, strapless, bare midriff or back design, or any sleeveless shirts or dresses will not be worn. Any clothing item, such as a camisole, considered by the administration to be “underwear” will not be visible.

10. Body-fitting clothing, including leggings and any other similar tight-fitting materials, will not be worn unless covered by dress – code appropriate clothing.

11. The waistband of pants must be worn on the waist and if necessary secured with a belt. The legs of pants must not drag the floor.

12. Shirts must completely cover the midriff and come below the top of the pants, shorts, or skirt. The administration may require that a student wear a tucked in shirt if this is a persistent issue with a student.

** The Faculty, Staff, and Administration will react to the following if they deem it a distraction, disrespectful to another student, or excessive: Hair Style (ex: Mohawk, too much unnatural color, shaved designs), Current Fad / Style, Facial Piercing, Facal Makeup.

Failure to cooperate with the dress code policy will result in one or more of the following:

1. Change of appropriate clothing of the student’s or from the school’s collection.

2. Parent notification to bring appropriate clothing to school.

3. Disciplinary consequence.

*** Book bags are not permitted in the classroom. They are to remain in the student locker.

Drug Testing

Middle Schools in Tippecanoe School Corporation may test any student based on individualized, reasonable suspicion of alcohol, other drugs, or intoxicant usage. For middle school students, the consent of a custodial parent/guardian shall be obtained prior to testing. Documented physical symptoms, behaviors, or information implicating the use of alcohol, other drugs, or intoxicants may qualify as reasonable suspicion. Final authorization of a test shall be made by the principal or by the designee of the principal. Complete contents of the Tippecanoe School Corporation policy are located in the principal’s office.

Emergency Procedures

CANCELLATIONS

When the schools are closed or dismissed early for weather or emergency reasons, all school-sponsored activities and programs will automatically be canceled or postponed. This includes social events, club meetings, and sports events at home or away, practices, and adult education programs.

Parents and/or students can find more information regarding cancellations or delays on the following locations:

• Sign up for e notifications via the website

• Listen to WASK, WAZY, WKHY, or WGLM

• Watch Insight Cable or Channel 18

FIRE AND STORM DRILLS

Fire, Storm, and Lockdown drills are held to acquaint all personnel and students with the necessary emergency procedures. A Fire drill will be conducted each month of school, Storm drills four times during the year, and Lockdown drills will be held one time per semester. Each teacher will instruct their students on the procedures to be followed in case of an emergency; such directions are posted in each classroom.

WETIP HELPLINE

When you spot any activity that hurts students or our school, call 1-800-78-CRIME (1-800-782-7463). Your name is never asked. Keep our school a safe place to learn.

Extra-Curricular Activites

ACADEMIC COMPETITIONS

Math Counts, Spelling Bee, Spell Bowl, Speech Team, Science Olympiad are available to all students.

CLUBS

The following clubs may be available to all students. There is a possibility that more clubs will be formed (based on student interest).

Art ClubDrama ClubScience OlympiadDance Team
Speech Team FCA Intramurals Math Counts


ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

For the purposes of determining athletic eligibility, grade verifications will be conducted on the predetermined dates listed below. Students must have a passing grade in all subjects. If, during the grade verification, a student is not passing all classes, they will be ruled ineligible. During the first two-week period of ineligible status, athletes are still required to attend all team functions. Students will be able to earn an eligible status only during the next scheduled verification check. If a student is ruled ineligible for a second time during any one sport, they will be removed from the roster and must turn in their equipment.

Any student participating in an after-school activity will be included during the season of their participation. Events that shall be included (but not limited to) are football, volleyball, golf, cross-country, basketball, wrestling, track, tennis, intramurals, dance, and cheerleading.

GRADE CHECKS

Grade checks will take place every other week and are posted on the Athletic website. All assignments are due the Friday prior to the grade check date. Grades will be pulled on grade check date. Student-athletes will be notified that day if they are suspended or no longer eligible to be on the team. Exceptions may be made for students who are absent on the last day to turn in assignments of the grade check.

The school principal reserves the right to declare any student ineligible to participate for disorderly or unregulated behavior that exceeds reasonable limits. If a student is unable to participate in Physical Education class during the school day, then that student will be ineligible to participate in extracurricular athletic practices or contests that evening. School disciplinary measures such as in-school suspension or out-of-school suspensions will result in the student-athlete being ineligible to participate in practices and contests during suspension.

Special Cases

Drugs, alcohol and weapons violations Removal from team

Multiple in-school discipline problems Discretion of the principal


Athletic Transportation

School Buses may be used to transport participants to school-sponsored athletic events. Students are expected to ride the bus when transportation is provided. Student Behavior and Expectation Standards will be followed. Written notification must be provided by parent if student is not returning on bus. Parent may be required to provide identification when picking student up.


HOME GAME EXPECTATIONS

Athletic contests with other schools are held in our gymnasium and on the football field.

Visitors from other schools participating in these events are our guests, and the student body is expected to show courtesy to our visitors.

1. No “booing,” derogatory comments, gestures or noises should be made during the games.

2. Remain seated during the time the games are in session.

3. Do not throw paper or other articles from your seat during the games.

Let’s support our school teams in a positive manner!

HONOR SOCIETY

Wainwright Middle School has an Honor Society chapter. This is one of the highest honors that can be conferred upon any student. It signifies excellence in the Middle School years and indicates promise for the future. Membership will be based on scholarship, service, leadership and character. It is open to seventh and eighth grade students.

PARTICIPATION ATTENDANCE

Day of Contest: In order to participate in extra-curricular activities the student must be in attendance by 9:00am unless the Principal grants an “excuse of participation.” (i.e. - attend a funeral).

PHYSICALS

All athletes must have a signed physical clearing him / her to play sports turned into the athletic director. The physical must be less than one year old before the first day of any sport’s practices or tryout.

Athletics

Wainwright Middle School offers many opportunities for students to participate in athletics. Competitive teams include basketball, football, track, volleyball, and wrestling. Boys’ and girls’ intramurals are played throughout the year. Wainwright is a member of West Central Junior Conference. Sixth graders have intramurals as an available option.

STUDENT COUNCIL

The student council is composed of one representative from each homeroom and the president and vice-president.

The responsibility of the council is to aid in the operation of the school, to give the student body a direct voice in the school government, and to help with the formulation of certain school policies, and to sponsor student activities. Each year the Student Council uses the money it raises through its’ activities to create and/or purchase something for the school. The students, through their Student Council representative, choose what the gift to the school will be.

Family Educational Rights And Privacy Act of 1984

Tippecanoe School Corporation complies with the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1984. In broad outline this policy provides for the following:

1. The Act concerns the student records of both elementary and secondary schools.

2. The parents’ right under this Act extends until the student is 18 years of age, or is enrolled in a post-high school institution; hereafter, only the student may exercise the rights.

3. Parents have a right to examine their child’s records at reasonable times and, in certain circumstances, in accordance with school policy, to purchase a copy of such records.

4. The parent has a right to have a record corrected if it is “inaccurate, misleading, or is otherwise in violation of the privacy or other rights of the student.”

5. If as a result of a hearing, the school decides that the information is not “inaccurate, misleading, or is otherwise in violation of the privacy or other rights of the student” parents have the right to place in the education records of their child a statement commenting upon the information in the education records and/or setting forth any reasons for disagreeing with the decision of the school to leave the contested information in the student’s record.

6. A record must be kept with each student record showing who examined it, the date on which it was examined, and the purpose of the examination. School officials of this district who have a “legitimate education interest” are exempted from this requirement by the Act.

7. Certain persons may examine student records without a parent’s consent. These include school officials, including teachers who have “legitimate education interest”; officials of other schools or school systems where a transfer is made; and certain representatives of the state and federal government with various limitations.

8. Any person may receive the records, if the parents execute a written consent specifying the records to be released, the reasons for such release, and the person to whom they are to be released. A copy will be sent to the parents in such case if requested. The parent may also request and receive a copy of any student record forwarded to another school or school system with a transfer.

9. Certain “directory information” including the student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, major field of study participation in officially recognized activities and sport, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, awards received, and other similar information may be released without parental consent unless the parent notifies the school in accordance with the Students Records Policy that they do not want certain designated directory information released without prior consent.

Grades/Academic Guidelines

GRADING SCALE & SYSTEM

Grades that may appear on a student’s grade card will include:

A = 100-90 B = 89-80 C = 79-70 D = 69-60 F = 59 and below

Reporting to parents is one of the jobs for which the school feels most responsible. The following list is just a minimum. We are always glad to talk with the student or the parents.

1. Each 9 weeks, a report card will be available on the parent portal. A hard copy can be requested through the main office.

2. Grades will be maintained online and will be current each week.

3. Parents may be called at any time the school feels they can help or should be brought up-to-date on student’s conduct.

4. Parents are encouraged to contact the school with any concerns or questions about the student grades.

HONOR ROLL

An honor roll will be compiled of those students who have outstanding work during a 9-week period, and at each semester’s end. All students are urged to do work that is equal to their ability and strive to make the honor roll.

The Tippecanoe School Corporation believes in the academic success of all of its students. To recognize the academic success of the TSC student body each school will establish an Honor Roll. Honor Roll recognition will take place at the conclusion of each nine-week grading period. Students with A’s and B’s will be recognized with the Honor Roll distinction. At the middle and high school levels an additional level of Distinguished Honor Roll exists. To qualify for this advanced level, a student must have no less than 6 A’s with remaining grades of B.

Guidance Services

CURRICULUM

6th grade

7th grade

8th grade

English

English

English

Math

Math

Math

Science

Science

Science

Social Studies

Social Studies

Social Studies

Art (Semester)

Art (Semester)

FACS(Semester)

FACS (Semester)

Tech Ed (Semester)

Tech Ed (Semester)

Wellness (year long)

Wellness (year long)

Wellness (year long)




Choose one of the following:



Band – elective (year long)

Band – elective (year long)

Band – elective (year long)

Choir – elective (year long)

Choir – elective (year long)

Choir – elective (year long)

General Music (year long)

General Music (year long)

General Music (year long)


GUIDANCE

Every student will have contact with the counselor for educational planning. At any time during the year, when a student needs to talk with the counselor, the student may get a pass from the counselor or a teacher. The student may also write a request and leave it in the main office. From time to time there may be opportunities for small group experiences. Parents may always contact the guidance department with concerns.

student grades / parent portal access

All parents will have access to their child’s grades and attendance through the TSC Parent Portal. Parents will be given a user name and password to gain access via the internet. If there is a family that does not have access to the internet, they are able to obtain student grades per their request to the main office.

WORK PERMITS

To obtain a work permit you must:

  1. Be 14 years old
  2. See guidance counselor
  3. Have better than 90% attendance
  4. Have low behavior referrals
  5. Not have 3 or more deficiencies
  6. Not have 1 F and 2 D’s or 2 F’s in all classes

Harassment

TSC HARASSMENT POLICY

It is the policy of the Tippecanoe School Corporation to maintain a learning environment that is free from sexual harassment. It shall be a violation of this policy for any employee of this Corporation to harass another employee or student through conduct or communications of a sexual nature. The use of the term “employee” also includes non-employees and volunteers who work subject to the control of school authorities.

DEFINITIONS OF HARASSMENT

A. Types - Sexual harassment shall consist of unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual favors, and other inappropriate verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when made by an employee to a student, when made by an employee to another employee, or when by a student to another student or employee when:

1. Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individuals employment or education;

2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for academic or employment decisions affecting that individual;

3. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s academic or professional performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive employment or educational environment;

4. Denial of an employment or educational opportunity occurs directly because an employee or a student submits to unwelcome requests for sexual favors made by a supervisor or teacher which results favorable for that particular employee or student;

5. Such conduct is engaged in by volunteers and/or non-employees over whom the school corporation has some degree of control of their behavior on school property.

B. Unwelcome Conduct of a Sexual Nature:

1. Conduct of a sexual nature may include verbal or physical sexual advances and/or comments regarding physical or personal characteristics of a sexual nature;

2. Verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when the allegedly harassed employee has indicated by his or her conduct a verbal objection, that it is unwelcome;

3. An employee who initially welcomed such conduct by active participation must give specific verifiable notice to the alleged harasser that such conduct is no longer welcome in order for any such subsequent conduct to be deemed unwelcome.

C. Examples of Sexual Harassment

1. Verbal harassment or abuse;

2. Repeated remarks to a person with sexual or demeaning implications;

3. Unwelcome touching;

4. Pressure for sexual activity;

5. Suggesting or demanding sexual involvement accompanied by implied or explicit threats concerning one’s grades, job,
promotion, and/or salary increase.

D. Specific Prohibitions

1. Administrators and Supervisors

a. It is sexual harassment for an administrator or supervisor to use his or her authority to solicit sexual favors or attention from subordinates when the subordinate’s failure to submit will result in adverse treatment, or when the subordinate’s acquiescence will result in a preferential treatment.

2. Non-Administrative and Non-Supervisory employees

a. It is sexual harassment for a non-administrative and non-supervisory employee to subject another such employee to any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. Employees who engage in such conduct shall be subject to disciplinary actions.

COMPLAINT PROCEDURES

A. Any person who alleges sexual harassment by an employee or student in the school corporation may use the complaint procedure or may complain directly to his/her immediate supervisor, building principal, or the Title IX complain designee of the school corporation. Filing of a complaint or otherwise reporting sexual harassment will not reflect upon the individual’s status nor will it affect future employment, grades, or work status.

B. The right of confidentiality, both of the complainant and of the accused, will be respected consistent with the school corporations’ legal obligations and the necessity to investigate allegations of misconduct and to take corrective action when this conduct has occurred.

C. Reporting Sexual Harassment - All reports of sexual harassment shall be handled in the following manner:

1. Reports must be in writing on forms supplied by the Corporation (if a verbal complaint is made, the school official should file a written report);

2. Reports must name the person(s) charged with sexual harassment and state the facts;

3. Reports must be presented to the building principal where the alleged conduct took place. The building principal shall inform the superintendent, or his/her designee, of all filed reports;

4. The building principal who receives a report shall thoroughly investigate the alleged sexual harassment;

5. The report and the results of the investigation will be presented to the superintendent, and then to the Board of School Trustees in executive session by the superintendent;

6. The Board of School Trustees will take whatever action it deems appropriate. The alleged victim’s name will not be released to the public unless required by law.

7. The report and the results of the investigation will be presented to the superintendent. The superintendent shall review the report and make a recommendation to the Board of School Trustees and any action he/she deems appropriate;

8. The Board of School Trustees may consider the report and the superintendent’s recommendation in executive session. The Board may take any action it deems appropriate. The alleged victim’s name will not be released to the public unless required by law.

SANCTIONS FOR MISCONDUCT

A. A substantial charge against an employee in the school corporation shall subject such employees, to disciplinary action including but not limited to reassignment, suspension, or discharge;

B. A substantial charge against a student in the school corporation shall subject that student to disciplinary action including suspension and/or expulsion consistent with the Student Conduct Code.

FALSE REPORTING

Any person who knowingly files false charges against an employee in the school corporation or a student in an attempt to demean, harass, abuse, or embarrass that individual, shall be subject to disciplinary action consistent with school policy and the Student Conduct Code.

NOTIFICATION OF THIS POLICY

Note of the policy will be circulated to all schools and the departments of the Tippecanoe School Corporation.

Health Services

ILLNESS

Students with vomiting, diarrhea, undiagnosed skin rashes, eye infections, or fever over 100º should not attend school. Students should not return to school until symptoms have resolved, or are fever free for 24 hours. Students being treated with antibiotic medications should receive the medication for 24 hours before returning to school. Students will be sent home from school with temperatures over 100º, vomiting, diarrhea, skin rashes, eye infections, or other symptoms of illness.

A health room is available in the main office for students who are ill and wish to lie down rather than sign out and go home. A pass from a teacher is necessary and students will be marked absent from class and must make up any work that is missed. Students may stay in the health room, at the discretion of the nurse, unless you have a fever.


IMMUNIZATIONS

According to Indiana Code 20-8.1-7-10.1(c) (1) when a student enrolls for the first time in a school corporation, a statement of the student’s immunizations that shows that the student has received at least the minimum number of immunizations for the student’s age will be supplied to the school by a parent or guardian. A student may not be permitted to attend school beyond the first day. Student Immunization Records will be maintained in the State immunization website (CHIRP), unless the school corporation is notified in writing.

INJURY

The corporation physician provides standing orders for health care for TSC students. The following medications and supplies are being used as first aid measures within TSC schools: Contact lens solution, eye irrigations, topical antiseptics, topical analgesics, throat lozenges, band aids, bandages, elastic wraps, heating pads, and ice packs. Diphenhydramine (an oral antihistamine) may be used for severe allergic reactions. It is the parent or guardians responsibility to notify the school if they prefer that these products not be used when treating their child.

INSURANCE

Information will be distributed concerning an optional insurance program. All parents of students who are participating in athletics are asked either to take the school insurance or send the school a note explaining that the student is covered by the insurance carried by the parents. Insurance coverage for students is the responsibility of the parents.

MEDICINE – Student Medication form Required (CAN BE FOUND ONLINE OR AT THE SCHOOL)

1. All prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medication must be FDA approved and will be kept in the school office, unless a student has authorized permission to possess and self-administer the medication according to IC 20-8.1-5.1-7.5.

2. Written instructions from the parent/guardian are required for all prescription and OTC medication. The instructions must include: name of medication, reason for medication, amount to administer, and time to be given. (OTC medication must be in age appropriate dosages as per product label)

3. Prescription and OTC medication must be in the original container affixed with a current pharmacy or package label.

4. Medication ordered three times a day or less should be given before and after school or at bedtime. Prescription medication with a specific time listed that is during school hours will be given as directed.

5. As directed in IC 20-8.1-7-22, No medication of any type may be sent home with a student in grades K-8. Medications must be picked up in the school office, and will be released to the parent or a designee who is at least 18 years old with written permission from the parent. OTC or non-controlled medication may be retuned home by the student with written permission by the parent. Controlled substances (stimulants, prescription pain medications, anxiety medications etc.) can NOT be sent home with a student.

SCREENINGS

Head lice. Students found to have live lice or nits close to the scalp will be sent home. A parent or designee must accompany the child to the school office for confirmation of treatment and removal of all lice and nits from the student’s hair before re-admission to school.

Vision screening is done with all students in grades K, 1, 3, 5, and 8.

Hearing screenings are completed with grades 1, 4, 7, and 10.

Parents or guardians will be notified by a referral letter if a concern is identified during the screening process. Referrals are based upon Indiana State referral recommendations. Further medical evaluation should be obtained. Questions regarding these procedures should be directed to your child’s school nurse.

Lockers

Lockers are provided for each student, and unless it is necessary, students are not to share lockers. Books, jackets, backpacks, and other permissible items should be kept in the lockers until they are needed. The lockers remain the property of the school and school corporation, and they may be searched in accordance with TSC policy. Each locker has a built-in combination lock, and students should not give the combination numbers to other students. It is recommended that any money or other valuables not be kept in lockers. No decorations are to be placed on the outside of the student’s locker without permission of the principal. There is to be no food or drinks stored in lockers.

Hall and Locker Decorations

The decoration of lockers for birthdays, sporting events, or otherwise is not permitted without the prior approval of the Principal. Any hall decoration or advertisement not approved by the Principal will be removed immediately. All locker decorations must be removed in an appropriate time frame. Students who bother or alter decorations on lockers will be referred to the Principal for disciplinary consequences.

Library/Media Center

Your school library/media center is the designed for your use and to maximize reading, research and learning. There are books, magazines, audio-visual materials, and electronic links to connect you with information on many topics.

For your reading pleasure there are great books selected for their high interest to the middle school student. IT’S ALL HERE IN YOUR SCHOOL LIBRARY!

Two-Week Check Out:

Standard fiction and nonfiction books are checked out to Wainwright students in good standing for a two-week period. They may be returned any time within that period or renewed for an additional two weeks. Students do not have weekly visits in the library, instead, they visit the library with their English classes or any other subject class using the library for research. At all other times, students must have a pass from their teacher. Students receive overdue notices weekly in their English classes. Students may not check out books, if they have overdue books. Students are fined for replacement costs once material has been overdue for three weeks. Fines are removed if books are returned.

Any material (s) removed from the library without being properly scanned and checked out can be considered stolen.

Computer Use:

Library computers are used primarily for research and completing homework assignments. All use of the internet on library computers, and anywhere in the building, must be supervised by a teacher.

Mustang Network

The Mustang Network is our Parent Organization. This group helps out at events such as Open Houses, Hearing Screenings, Dance Chaperones, Awards Program, Office Help, and other school volunteer opportunities that arise throughout the school year. We encourage all parents to participate in the four nightly meetings, held each nine weeks throughout the school year.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism, as defined by the Random House Dictionary, is “to steal (the language, ideas, or thoughts) from (another) representing them as one’s own original work.” Intentional or not, when a student fails to acknowledge the source of words and ideas that are not his or her own, the result is plagiarism, that is, theft. Plagiarism is not tolerated in the Tippecanoe School Corp.

There are several kinds of plagiarism:

1. Copying word for word or incompletely paraphrasing a phrase, sentence, group of phrases, group of sentences, or whole paragraphs from another source without crediting that source. This kind of plagiarism can be quantified as the copying, at a minimum, of six words or more in a row, including a, an, and the, from another source without citing the source.

2. Giving a speech or submitting a paper, poster, project, or any other assignment that has been written completely or partially by someone else.

3. Cutting and pasting material found on the Internet or in other electronic databases into one’s own paper, speech, poster, project, or other assignment without crediting the source.

4. Downloading entire texts and presenting them as one’s own work.

5. Presenting ideas from another source as one’s own original thoughts. These can be ideas taken from textual sources or from speeches, lectures, television programs, or other forms of oral language.

6. Improperly citing sources with the intent of misleading the reader (e.g., making up citations) as to the source of the information presented.

A student who is unsure of how to cite (credit) the source of material he or she has copied has the responsibility to check with a teacher and/or consult Writer’s Inc. or the MLA Handbook.

Penalties – Middle School

The classroom teacher will impose a penalty for plagiarism and file the incident document with the principal. The first offense is fifty percent off and the student will review teacher lessons on ethics. The second offense will be a zero on the assignment. The third offense will be a zero on the assignment plus a detention. The fourth offense will be a zero on the assignment and an in school suspension (ISS). The fifth offense will be a zero on the assignment and an out of school suspension (OSS). Offenses do not accumulate beyond the academic year.

Recycling Philosophy

The Tippecanoe School Corporation believes good stewardship of our natural resources and our environment is an essential part of students’ civic responsibility. The TSC is committed to establishing an educational environment for students that models active participation and teaches responsible waste reduction and recycling. The TSC’s recycling efforts will be coordinated by the Director of Buildings and Grounds.

School Dances/{arties

The school or organizations within the school may sponsor dances each year. The dates are made in conjunction with the school calendar and with permission of the principal. Dances are immediately after school 2:30-4:30. Shoes and other footwear that may be harmful to the gymnasium floor may not be worn. Once the student leaves the building he/she will not be able to return.

Special Education Services

GREATER LAFAYETTE AREA SPECIAL SERVICES (GLASS) conducts a yearly search for all children with disabilities from birth through age twenty-one. The purpose of the search is to ensure that every child with a disability, who resides within Tippecanoe County, is receiving the special education and related services that are his/her right under state and federal law. If you are aware of any child suspected of having a disability, regardless of the severity, please contact the GLASS office (765-771-6006) or your school principal for information regarding referral procedures.

GLASS is a cooperative effort sponsored by Lafayette School Corporation, Tippecanoe School Corporation and West Lafayette Community School Corporation. The GLASS office is at 2300 Cason St., Lafayette, IN 47904.

Transportation Guidelines

TSC Policy is very specific about riders changing routes, stops, or having friends ride. You need to be familiar with the procedures and policy given below. Students are allowed to ride a bus to homes other than their own regular bus routes, providing a slip signed by parents are presented to the Principal a day in advance, or in an emergency, a phone call is made to him/her. If space permits, students may be allowed to ride buses other than their own provided a “transportation change request” slip is secured from the principal’s office in advance. Examples of approvable requests are illness, employment, necessary parental absence from the home, or other situations deemed to be necessities by the Principal or Transportation Director. Examples of non-approvable requests include parties and overnight visits, which are mere social conveniences.

Transportation

Free transportation to school is furnished. Drivers will assign seats on the bus and the designated students must use those assigned seats. Drivers are instructed to report any student who does not behave properly on the bus. Repeated misbehavior may result in transportation privileges being withdrawn. Students who ride any extra-curricular bus must abide by the same transportation rules as students on any regular bus.

INSTRUCTIONS TO SCHOOL BUS RIDERS

School bus rules are under the jurisdiction of the school bus driver unless the Board of Trustees has designated another adult to supervise the riders.

  1. Be on time at the designated bus stop; help keep the bus on schedule.
  2. Stay off the road at all times while waiting for the bus.
  3. Be careful in approaching the place where the bus stops. Do not move toward the bus until the bus has been brought to a complete stop.
  4. Do not leave your seat while the bus is in motion.
  5. Be alert to a danger signal from the driver.
  6. Remain in the bus in the event of a road emergency until the driver gives instructions.
  7. Keep hands and head inside the bus at all times. Do not throw anything out of the bus windows.
  8. Remember that unnecessary confusion diverts the driver’s attention and could result in a serious accident.
  9. Be absolutely quiet when approaching a railroad crossing.
  10. Treat bus equipment as you would value furniture in your own home. Never tamper with the bus or any of its equipment.
  11. Assist in keeping the bus safe and sanitary at all times.
  12. Do not eat or drink on the bus.
  13. Carry no animals on the bus without the permission of the school Transportation Director and the Superintendent or Principal.
  14. Keep books, packages, coats, and all other objects out of the aisles.
  15. Leave no books, lunches, or other articles on the bus.
  16. Be courteous to fellow pupils and the bus driver.
  17. Help look after the safety and comfort of smaller children.
  18. Do not ask the driver to stop at places other than the regular bus stop. The driver is not permitted to do this, except by proper authorization from a school official.
  19. Observe safety precautions at discharge points. Where it is necessary to cross the highway, proceed to a point at least 10 feet in front of the bus on the right shoulder of the highway where traffic may be observed in both directions. Wait for a signal from the bus driver permitting you to cross.
  20. Observe the same rules and regulations on other trips under school sponsorship as you observe between home and school. Respect the wishes of the chaperone appointed by the school.
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