Table of Contents
Bell Schedule/Faculty List…………………………………………………….5
Student Services Department/ Report Cards………………………………..6
Make up Work/College Visits/Transcripts/Grading Scale…………………..7
Cell Phone/DCSD Discipline Policies…………………………………..….8-11
Search and Seizure………………………………………………………..…..12
School Procedures/Senior Open Blocks……………………………………..17
Internet Acceptable Use Agreement/Plagiarism…………………………19-20
Cafeteria/Vending/Athletics/Activities/Code of Conduct……………….20-23
Juvenile Court Liaison/Student Health/Insurance/Fees……………………24
Fee Waivers/Work Permits……………………………………………………25
WELCOME TO NORTH HIGH SCHOOL!!
WE HOPE YOUR 2019-20 SCHOOL YEAR IS FANTASTIC!
BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE!
Please take time to review the information contained in this handbook. We hope you will find it to be useful as we begin a new school year. Please see your PAWS teacher, counselor or grade level administrator if you have any questions or concerns. This handbook is not considered to be all inclusive regarding the discipline policies/procedures.
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports involves school wide behavior expectations. Here at North, that ecompasses Preparing All Wildcats for Success.
Preparing All Wildcats for Success
P – Positive Attitude
A – Always Prepared
W – Wise Choices
S – Show Respect
Official Calendar 2019-20
|North High School Bell Schedule
|WEDNESDAY||PAWS First||2 HOUR LATE
|2 HOUR EARLY
|Early Bird||7:25-8:25||7:25-8:25||7:25-8:25||NONE||7:25-8:25||DAY 1:
|2020-21 North High School Faculty|
|Art||Language Arts||Nurse||Social Studies||Exceptional Education|
|Michelle O’Brien||Elizabeth Christian||Pam Guzzo||Christopher Hall||Leah Arp|
|Mary Epping||William Josund***||Clay Baker|
|Heather France||Physical Education||Mark Matheis||Carol Christian|
|Business||Victoria Schons||Morgan Teel||Kyle McCreery||Jodi Tupper|
|Jeffrey Dietz***||John Howe||Adam Hite||Allison Newman||Karri Frank|
|Stephen Verdon||Leslie LaCorte||Tyler Holle||Jacob Pillard||Connie Gray|
|Peter Lamp||Kathryn Lucas||Evan Schenck||John Keith|
|Angela Reaves***||Anthony Terronez||Robert (Tyson) Long|
|Diversion Program||Cory Wachal||TAG||Adam Lyons|
|Marc Polite||Math||Christine Heisler||Andrea McGauley|
|Shannon Buckley***||Mychele Mack***|
|Family Consumer Science||Diann Herington||ROTC||Teacher Librarian||LeAnn Noack|
|Julia Evans||Sam Hunter||Gregory Livingston||Jason Douglas||John Pattschull|
|Jess Krusey||Mike Mickelson||Gary Porter||Kari Petersen|
|Guidance Counselors||Chad Patzner||World Languages|
|Patty Gibbs||Kathlynn Price||Science||Melissa Blanchard|
|Conrad Keibler***||Stephanie Schmid||Shawn Buettner||Ha Brown|
|Darcia Laird||Rachel Tharp||Robert Hingstrum||Karolyn Ingle||TLCS|
|Katherine Licht||Adam Voss||Laura McCreery***||Monica Jager||Scott Moore|
|Amy Wine||Philip Paulson||Paul Pitz||David Ross|
|Music||Lisa Sarvestaney||Tina Wallace***|
|IJAG||Suzanne Benhart||Steven Schlegel|
|Wendy Wenskunas||Elizabeth Lundine||Julie Tonn||ESL|
|Michele Ottesen||Erica Smigo|
|Industrial Technology||Ryan Riewerts||Student Built Home|
|Jacob Conner||Kaci Stirling||Craig Peekenschneider|
|Daniel Ziesmer||John Whitson|
|2020-21 North High School Staff|
|Jay Chelf||Keri Kramer||MaryAnn Beadle||Christopher Markham||Eric Box|
|Ed Veasey||Roberta Beadle||Deb Sadd||Tammy Carrillo|
|Julie Heller||Attendance Coach||Norma Berryhill||Robin VanKeulen||Paul Hedgecock|
|Jeremy Mosier||Ashley Meyer||Melodie Boyjiskey||Brandon Vice||Denise Jensen|
|Dave Shovlain||Vi Cassatt||Craig Leonard***|
|Gear-Up||Cindra Childe||Cheryl Webber||Rita Long|
|Secretaries||Matt Hoeppner||Lydia Dadaian||John (Al) Mosher|
|Terra Cozzens||Angela Dodd||Andrea Yates|
|Catherine Borcher||SSL: (SP ED)||Sandra Fischlein|
|Teri Hamerlinck||Robert Mason||Ruben Gonzalez||Security|
|Sharon Martin||Elizabeth Hartley||Justin Harper|
|Jodi Teel||Work Experience Liaison||Glen Humes|
|Linda Walton||Amy Meyer|
North High School – Student Services Department (formerly Guidance)
North High School has four counselors and a school social worker available to assist students through their high school years. Students are assigned alphabetically by their last name to a counselor or students may be assigned to the At-Risk counselor.
Counselor Students with last name beginning with:
Mr. Conrad Keibler A – G
Ms. Katie Licht H – O
Ms. Patty Gibbs P – Z
Ms. Darcia Mortiboy-Laird At-Risk Counselor
Ms. Amy Wine School Social Worker
Request to see a Counselor/Social Worker – Students may complete a “Request for Services” form in the Student Services Office if they would like to meet with their counselor. The counselor will then contact the student at their earliest opportunity. If it is a situation that needs immediate assistance, the student will be referred to the first available counselor/administrator.
Student Schedules – Student schedules are based on courses selected by students and parents during spring registration. Every effort is made to ensure student schedules are accurate; however, counselors may need to substitute classes based on availability, prerequisite needed, or replacement for a failed class.
According to school board policy, freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are required to be in attendance on a full-time basis. Seniors must be enrolled in at least two classes each term to be considered a full-time student and meet eligibility requirements.
Schedule Changes – The first Monday following mid-term, students are encouraged to review their schedule and request changes prior to the next term. Some requests may require a parent signature. Changes will be made based on availability and class sizes. Limited schedule changes will be made at the beginning of each term.
Graduation Requirements – Twenty-six units of credit are required to meet graduation requirements. Below are the requirements within the twenty-six units to be completed in grades nine through twelve:
Class of 2019-2020
Language Arts 4.0 units (8 terms)
Math 3.0 units (6 terms)
Science 3.0 units (6 terms)
Social Studies 3.0 units (6 terms)
Physical Ed. 1.5 units (3 terms)
Lifetime Fitness .5 units (1 term)
Technology .5 units (1 term)
Electives 10.5 units (21 terms)
Total 26 units
Class of 2021 and Beyond Graduates
Language Arts 4.0 units (8 terms)
Math 3.0 units (6 terms)
Science 3.0 units (6 terms)
Social Studies 3.0 units (6 terms)
Physical Ed. 2.0 units (4 terms)
Health .5 units (1 term)
Technology .5 units (1 term)
Electives 10 units (20 terms)
Total 26 units
Early Graduation – Seniors who complete their graduation requirements early may apply for early graduation in October, January, or March. An application is available in the Student Services Office indicating requirements for an approved early graduation. Early graduates are invited to attend the graduation ceremony at which time the diplomas are given.
Colleges/Military Visits – Seniors (and juniors, semester 2) are invited to meet with the many colleges and military representatives who visit North High School. Students may get a pass from the Student Services Office to meet with a representative. If a student requires a school day to visit a college campus, a parent will need to contact the attendance office to excuse their student from classes.
All students are required to take term final exams for all classes.
The responsibility for make up work lies with the student and parent. Make-up work is to be completed before the absence if possible or within a reasonable time after the absence. According to DCSD policy, work missed during excused absences may be turned in for full credit if received within the timeframe established by the classroom teacher. Generally speaking, a reasonable time is considered to be twice the length of the absence—(i.e. two days absent, four days for makeup).
Work missed during unexcused absences must be made up in order to obtain credit for assignments missed.
Students absent for three or more days may request make-up work through the Main Office. A twenty-four-hour notice is required. Teacher conferences for help shall be available.
Students are expected to use summer vacation time, holidays, semester breaks and weekends to contact and visit colleges. Seniors and juniors in their 2nd semester are invited to meet with college and military representatives who visit North. Students may get a pass from the guidance office to meet with a representative. If a student requires a school day to visit a college campus, a parent will need to contact the attendance office to excuse the child from classes.
Students may request transcripts through the Student Services office.
Cell Phones and Electronic Devices
The Board recognizes the potential need for our students to communicate with their families under certain circumstances while they are attending school. The District offers the use of school phones as the first means of communication if the need arises during school hours. We want to ensure that cell phones or other electronic devices do not interfere with classroom instruction or cause any other problems for students or staff while on District property. During instructional time, students may not use cell phones or other electronic devices unless given permission by the classroom teacher for educational purposes only. Students are permitted to utilize electronic devices during passing time and lunch, so long as usage does not cause a distraction to others.
Under no circumstances are cell phones or other electronic devices to be used to take photos or audio/video recordings of students in locker rooms, restrooms, or other private situations at school or at District sponsored activities. No student should be photographed or videotaped at any time without their permission. Phones are to be turned off and out of sight during instructional time. Phones are not allowed in the Attendance Office, OCI (in school suspension) or the Diversion Program. . Students who bring electronic devices or cell phones to school do so at their own risk.
At North High School, when an electronic device becomes a distraction to the educational environment, it will be confiscated. The device will be secured in the Attendance Office. Future incidents may result in the phone being held until an adult guardian (on record in Infinite Campus) can come in to claim the device. Consequences for all offenses will be determined by the administration in cooperation with staff members. Failure to relinquish the electronic device when directed by a staff member will result in further consequences. North claims no responsibility for items that are damaged, lost or stolen. Cell phones and electronic devices brought to school are subject to a reasonable search if suspicion arises that the device contains evidence of a violation of school policy or the law. Searches will only be conducted with the authorization of school administration and a school administrator will be present. Under certain circumstances the school resource officer or an officer of the Davenport Police Department may be called upon to investigate.
Board Policy 504.01
Student Conduct and Discipline Policy One of the purposes of education is to develop each student’s maximum potential in a democratic society. In order to accomplish this objective, public schools must provide and maintain a school atmosphere that encourages learning and helps students develop responsibility in accordance with what is appropriate, decent, just, respectful, and fair to others.
Good discipline begins in the home, and it is a parent/guardian’s obligation and responsibility to set an example to encourage students to develop the proper attitude toward school. Home and school must work together so that each student will develop into the best possible citizen.
The development of this policy is the result of the combined efforts of persons representing instructional and non-instructional staff, parents/guardians, pupils, and the Board.
- The Need for School Discipline
- School discipline may be imposed when necessary to guide the conduct of pupils in a way that permits the orderly and efficient operation of the school; i.e., the maintenance of a scholarly, disciplined atmosphere to allow for educational benefit for all pupils.
- General Statements Relating to Maintenance of School Discipline
- Carrying out school procedures necessary for maintaining a scholarly, disciplined atmosphere is the joint responsibility of the Board, its staff, the pupils, and their parents/guardians.
- The District strives to create a climate of mutual respect and understanding between students, parents/guardians, staff, and community.
- Students will conduct themselves in a manner fitting their age level and maturity and with respect and consideration for the rights of others while on school district property or on property within the jurisdiction of the school district; while on school owned and/or operated or chartered vehicles; while attending or engaged in school activities; and while away from school grounds if misconduct will directly affect the good order, efficient management, or welfare of the school district.
- Consequences for misconduct will be fair and developmentally appropriate in light of the circumstances.
- District staff has the authority to carry out school procedures, including the use of discipline and/or reasonable physical force to prevent and stop an act of interference with the scholarly, disciplined atmosphere of the school.
- Lockers and other school property are loaned to pupils for their use and are subject to periodic inspection by an administrator(s). Lockers may also be searched in accordance with Board Policy 504.03 for the safety and welfare of pupils and the school.
- To the extent a student, parent/guardian, staff member, or other individual has a concern regarding a student’s discipline, the concern should be addressed as follows: to teacher, then counselor, principal, Associate Superintendent, Superintendent, and then to Board.
- Discipline of special education students, including suspensions and expulsions, will comply with the provisions of applicable federal and state laws.
III. Breach of Discipline
Inappropriate student conduct includes but is not limited to conduct that disrupts or interferes with the education program or school environment; conduct that disrupts the orderly and efficient operation of the school district or school activity; conduct that disrupts the rights of other students to participate in or obtain their education; conduct that is violent or destructive; conduct that presents a threat to the health and safety of students, employees, and/or visitors on school premises; or conduct that interrupts the maintenance of a disciplined atmosphere.
Students who fail to abide by this policy, and any administrative regulations related to it, may be disciplined. The following conduct is prohibited and may result in disciplinary action:
- Criminal Acts
Criminal acts including but not limited to assault, battery, larceny, robbery, vandalism, malicious threats, and malicious use of communication technology (including cell phones) will result in disciplinary action by the District. In the event they are not present at the time, principals should be notified of the criminal act as soon as possible. The principal or acting building administrator will report criminal acts committed by students to the police department.
- Tobacco, Nicotine Delivery Systems (including Electronic Cigarettes or Similar Devices), Liquor, and Controlled Substances. The use, possession, manufacture, or distribution of:
- Nicotine delivery systems,
- Electronic cigarettes or similar devices,
- Personalized vaporizers,
- Products for smoking cessation,
- Alcoholic liquor or beer,
- Any controlled substance that is considered an illegal drug,
- Any controlled substance not prescribed to the particular student found in possession of the controlled substance,
- Any drug paraphernalia, and/or
- Any look-alike drugs (as defined in the Uniform Controlled Substances Act) by any student on school property or on property within the jurisdiction of the school district, while on school-owned or school-operated chartered vehicles, or while attending or engaged in a school function (either on or away from school property) is prohibited. The unauthorized use, possession, or distribution of prescription drugs is likewise prohibited.
- Assaults and Threats to School Personnel
A student who commits an assault against a school employee on school district property or on property within the jurisdiction of the school district; while on school-owned or school-operated chartered vehicles; or while attending or engaged in school district activities will be suspended for a time to be determined by the principal. The principal may also refer the student to the Discipline Hearing Officer.
Notice of the suspension will be sent to the Superintendent. The Superintendent will review the suspension and decide whether to impose further sanctions against the student, which may include recommending expulsion. In making his or her decision, the Superintendent shall consider the best interests of the school district, which shall include what is best to protect and ensure the safety of the school employees and students from the student committing the assault.
Assault for purposes of this section of this policy is defined as, when, without justification, a student does any of the following: An act which is intended to cause pain or injury to, or which is intended to result in physical contact which will be insulting or offensive to another, coupled with the apparent ability to execute the act; or
- An act which is intended to place another in fear of immediate physical contact that will be painful, injurious, insulting, or offensive, coupled with the apparent ability to execute the act; or
- Intentionally pointing a firearm towards another or displaying in a threatening manner any dangerous weapon towards another.
The act is not an assault when the person doing any of the above and the other person are voluntary participants in a sport, social, or other activity, not in itself criminal, when the act is a reasonably foreseeable incident of such sport or activity, and does not create an unreasonable risk of serious injury or breach of the peace.
- Gang Activities
The presence of gangs and gang activities has caused and continues to cause a substantial disruption of or material interference with school and school activities. A “gang” as defined in this policy, which reflects Iowa Code 723A, means any ongoing organization, association, or group of three or more persons, whether formal or informal, having as one of its primary activities the commission of one or more criminal acts, which has an identifiable name or identifying sign or symbol, and whose members individually or collectively engage in or have engaged in a pattern of gang activity. A “pattern of gang activity” means the commission, attempt to commit, conspiring to commit, or solicitation of two or more criminal acts, provided the criminal acts were committed on separate dates or by two or more persons who are members of, or belong to, the same criminal street gang.
By this policy, the Board prohibit the existence of gangs and gang activities as follows:
No student on or about school property or at any school activity:
- Shall wear, possess, use, distribute, display, or sell any clothing, jewelry, emblem, badge, symbol, sign, or other thing that is evidence of membership in or affiliation with any gang.
- Shall commit any act or omission or use any speech, either verbal or non-verbal (gestures, handshakes, etc.) showing membership or affiliation in a gang.
- Shall use any speech or commit any act or omission in furtherance of the interests of any gang or gang activity, including, but not limited to:
- Soliciting others for membership in any gangs;
- Requesting any person to pay for “protection” or otherwise intimidating or threatening any person;
- Committing any illegal act or violation of school district policies; or
- Inciting another student to act with physical violence upon any other person.
- Other Breaches of Discipline. Other breaches of discipline include but are not limited to the following:
- Intimidating or threatening behavior;
- Open defiance involving refusal to conform to rules and regulations; profane or obscene language; loud and boisterous conduct
that disturbs the orderly, efficient, and disciplined atmosphere and operation of the school; refusal to comply with the requests or
direction of teachers, administrators, or other school personnel or similar actions;
- Willful disobedience;
- Breaking of rules of the school;
- Physical attack and/or threats of physical attack, or physical violence to teachers, to the pupils, or to any other personnel;
- Personal misbehavior such as extortion, intimidation, or possession of dangerous objects;
- Display of overt bigotry or intolerance; or
- Libel or slander.
- School Authority
Disciplinary control of pupils may be exercised as follows:
- While on school property or on property within the jurisdiction of the school district;
- In certain circumstances, when traveling directly to or from school (see subsections E and F below);
- While on school buses or chartered buses for school related activities;
- While attending or engaged in school activities; and
- While away from school grounds if in the judgment of the Superintendent or the administration, an incident of student behavior
occurs that grew out of a school-sponsored activity.
- Incidents of student behavior that occur off school property, and do not grow out of school sponsored-activities, ordinarily are not
the responsibility of the school or its authorities, but may affect a student’s eligibility to participate in extracurricular activities,
including athletic teams, academic competitions, and clubs. In some circumstances, conduct that occurs while away from school
grounds may be disciplined if the misconduct will directly affect the good order, efficient management, or welfare of the school
Parent(s)/guardian(s) of pupils are responsible for the actions and conduct of their children on and off school premises at all times. Other agencies, such as the police department, juvenile department, and the courts, as well as other community agencies, have responsibilities, either defined by law or by purpose of the agency, to assist juveniles whenever possible.
- Actions in Disciplinary Cases
The following actions can be taken in cases of breach of school regulations and/or breach of discipline. The District does not require progressive discipline and any of the following can be imposed for discipline, without working from least punitive to most.
- Removal from the classroom – A student may be sent to the building principal’s office. It is within the discretion of the person in charge of the classroom to remove the student.
- Detention – A student subject to detention is required to attend school during non-school hours for disciplinary purposes. The student can be required to appear prior to the beginning of the school day, after school has been dismissed for the day, or on a non-school day. Whether a student will serve detention, and the length of the detention, is within the discretion of the licensed employee or the building principal disciplining the student.
- Denial of privileges – A student will be excluded from class or an activity(ies) for a period as determined by the licensed employee or the building principal disciplining the student.
- Suspension – A student may have to serve an in-school or out-of-school suspension, may be restricted from activities, or may lose eligibility to participate in activities. An in-school suspension means the student will attend school but will be temporarily isolated from one or more classes while under supervision. An out-of-school suspension means the student is removed from the school environment, which includes school classes and activities. A restriction from school activities means a student will attend school and classes and practice but will not participate in or be allowed to attend school activities. A loss of eligibility means a student is no longer able to participate in a particular activity for that season or school year.
The principal or superintendent has the discretionary authority to suspend a pupil from school and/or activities. The pupil and the pupil’s parent/guardian will be notified by phone or in writing of the suspension and the reasons for it. (The Board also has the authority to suspend a student, Policy 504.05.)
- Expulsion – Expulsion means an action by the Board to remove a student from the school environment, which includes, but is not limited to, classes and activities, for a period of time set by the Board. The Board also has the authority to suspend a pupil. The procedure for an expulsion hearing (which may result in expulsion or a long term suspension) is included at Policy 504.05.
- Corporal Punishment Barred
An employee of the District shall not inflict, or cause to be inflicted, corporal punishment upon a student. For purposes of this section, “corporal punishment” means the intentional physical punishment of a student. An employee’s physical contact with the body of a student is justified if it is reasonable and necessary under the circumstances, and is not designed or intended to cause pain, or if the employee uses reasonable force, as defined below, for the protection of the employee, the student, or other students; to obtain the possession of a weapon or other dangerous object within a student’s control; or for the protection of property.
VII. Reasonable Force
No employee is prohibited from:
- Using reasonable and necessary force, not designed or intended to cause pain, in order to accomplish any of the following:
- To quell a disturbance or prevent an act that threatens physical harm to any person.
- To obtain possession of a weapon or other dangerous object within a pupil’s control.
- For the purposes of self-defense or defense of others as provided for in Iowa Code section 704.3.
- For the protection of property as provided for in Iowa Code section 704.4 or 704.5.
- To remove a disruptive pupil from class or any area of school premises or from school-sponsored activities off school
- To protect a student from the self-infliction of harm.
- To protect the safety of others.
- Using incidental, minor, or reasonable physical contact to maintain order and control.
- Using restraint, which is considered the act of controlling the actions of a pupil when such pupil’s action may inflict harm
to said pupil or to others or to property, is not considered corporal punishment. Teachers, staff, and administrators must feel
free to use whatever reasonable means are appropriate at the moment if it is necessary to prevent a pupil from harming self
- Reasonable physical force should be commensurate with the circumstances of the situation. The following factors should be considered in using reasonable physical force for the reasons stated in this policy:
- The size and physical, mental, and psychological condition of the student;
- The nature of the student’s behavior or misconduct provoking the use of physical force;
- The instrumentality used in applying the physical force;
- The extent and nature of resulting injury to the student, if any; and/or
- The motivation of the school employee using physical force.
Iowa law prohibits firearms on school property. A person who goes armed with, carries, or transports a firearm of any kind on the grounds of a school commits a class “D” felony under Iowa law. This applies even if the person has a permit to carry. (An exception under the law is made for a peace officer, member of the armed forces or National Guard, or correctional officer carrying the weapon in connection with his or her duties or if the District specifically authorizes the person to bring the weapon onto school grounds.)
The Board believes weapons, other dangerous objects, and look-alikes on school property cause material and substantial disruption to the school environment and/or present a threat to the health and safety of students, employees, and visitors on school property. For purposes of this policy, the term “weapons and other dangerous objects” shall include any instrument designed or intended to be used in either offensive or defensive combat and “look-alikes” includes any object that looks like a weapon or dangerous object.
District facilities are not an appropriate place for weapons, dangerous objects, or look-alikes. Weapons and other dangerous objects and look-alikes will be taken from students and others who bring them onto the District property or onto property within the jurisdiction of the District or from students who are within the control of the District.
The parent/guardian of a student found to possess a weapon, dangerous object, or look-alike on school property will be notified of the incident. Possession or confiscation of a weapon, dangerous object, or look-alike will be reported to law enforcement officials, and the student will be subject to disciplinary action.
A student bringing a firearm to school or knowingly possessing a firearm at school will be expelled for not less than twelve months. The superintendent has the authority to recommend this expulsion requirement be modified for a student on a case-by-case basis. For purposes of this portion of this policy, the term “firearm” includes, but is not limited to, any weapon designed to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive, the frame or receiver of any such weapon, a muffler or silencer for such a weapon, or any explosive, incendiary, or poison gas, or otherwise as defined by applicable law.
Weapons under the control of law enforcement officials or other individuals specifically authorized by the Board are exempt from this policy.
The Superintendent, in conjunction with other administrators, may develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.
- Legal References: Improving America’s Schools Act of 1994, P.L. 103-382; 18 U.S.C. §921;Code of Iowa §§ 216.9, 279.8, 280.21, 280.21B, 282.3, 282.4, 282.5, 483A.27(11), 708.1, 724; 281 IAC 12.1; 281 IAC 12.3(6), 103; Davenport Municipal Code 2.58.125; and U.S. Code Annotate § 921 (defining weapons/firearms); Goss v. Lopez, 419 U.S. 565 (1975); Brands v. Sheldon Cmty. Sch. Dist., 671 F. Supp. 627 (N.D. Iowa 1987); Sims v. Colfax Cmty. Sch. Dist., 307 F. Supp. 485 (Iowa 1970); Bunger v. Iowa High School Athletic Assn., 197 N.W.2d 555 (Iowa 1972); Bd. of Dirs. of Ind. School Dist. of Waterloo v. Green, 259 Iowa 1260, 147 N.W.2d 854 (1967); Ingraham v. Wright, 430 U.S. 651 (1977); Tinkham v. Kole, 252 Iowa 1303, 110 N.W.2d 258 (1961); Lai v. Erickson, PTPC Admin. Doc. 83-12 (1983); 1980 Op. Att’y Gen. 275.
- Cross References: Board Policy 501.15 Attendance Policy; 504.02 Personal Appearance of Students; 504.03 Search and Seizure; 504.04 Substance Abuse; 504.05 Expulsion; 504.10 Anti-Bullying/Anti-Harassment: Students; 504.08 Good Conduct Rule
- By action of the Board 1/11/60; Revised 9/21/70, 4/28/71, 5/73, 5/74, 11/8/76, 12/13/76, 8/21/78, 4/11/83, 11/10/86, 12/12/88, 7/17/89, 10/14/91, 6/14/93, 11/14/94, 2/13/95, 11/11/96, 03/17/03, 09/29/08, 4/12, 10/27/14, 10/12/15; Revised 8/28/17
- Reviewed by Legal Counsel August 2015, June 2017
School Board Policy 504.03
Search and Seizure
District property is held in public trust by the Board. District authorities may, without a search warrant, search students, student lockers, personal effects including cell phones and/or other electronic communications on District provided equipment, desks, work are-as, or student vehicles based on a reasonable and articulable suspicion that a District policy, rule, regulation, or law has been violated. The search shall be in a manner reasonable in scope to maintain order and discipline in the schools, promote the educational environment, and protect the safety and welfare of students, employees, and visitors to the District facilities.
School authorities may seize any illegal, unauthorized, or contraband materials discovered in the search. Items of contraband may include, but are not limited to
- non prescription controlled substances,
- apparatus used for controlled substances,
- alcoholic beverages,
- nicotine delivery systems
- personalized vaporizers
- non-FDA approved products for smoking cessation
- stolen property
Such items are not to be possessed by a student while they are on District property or on property within the jurisdiction of the District; while on school owned and/or operated school or chartered buses; while attending or engaged in school activities; and while away from school grounds if misconduct will directly affect the good order, efficient management, and welfare of the District. Possession of such items will be grounds for disciplinary action as specified in Policy 504.01 Discipline Policy. The Board believes that illegal, unauthorized, or contraband materials may cause material and substantial disruption to the school environment or presents a threat to the health and safety of students, employees, or visitors on the District premises or property within the jurisdiction of the District.
Periodically a drug sniffing dog will be used to check lockers and parking lots as a regular part of the substance abuse prevention program. It shall be the responsibility of the Superintendent, or superintendent’s designee, in conjunction with the principals, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.
- Cross Reference: Board Policy 504.01 Discipline Policy; Board Policy 504.08 Good Conduct; 401.36 Safety Policy, Administrative Regulation 504.03A,Administrative Regulation 504.03B
- Legal References: U.S. Const. amend. IV; New Jersey v. T.L.O., 469 U.S. 325 (1985). Cason v. Cook, 810 F.2d 188 (8th Cir. 1987), cert. den., 482; U.S. 930 (1987). Iowa Code ch. 808A (1995). Iowa Code ch. 808A (Supp. 1995). 281 I.A.C. 12.3 (8).
- By action of the Board 10/13/96; Completely Revised 12/9/96; Revised 7/12/99; Revised 8/23/04; Revised 6/14/10
- Edited 8/04; 6/10; Revised 10/27/14; Revised 2/13/17; Revised 5/22/17
Students are permitted to park on school premises as a matter of privilege, not of right. The school retains authority to conduct routine patrols of the student parking lots. The interior of a student’s automobile on the school premises may be searched if the school authority has reasonable suspicion to believe that illegal, unauthorized or contraband items are contained inside.
Our district has an anti-bullying procedure to show to all children, parents/guardians, and staff that bullying, either physical or verbal, is not tolerated in school. A child is bullied when one or more children expose him or her repeatedly and over time to physical or verbal abuse or if there is a display of overt bigotry or intolerance of one child to another. The attacks or assaults need not necessarily be direct but may take a less visible and indirect form such as social isolation and exclusion from the group. Bullying knows no boundaries of age, gender, race, disability, or ethnic background.
Students are encouraged to report any incidents to a trusted adult. Our school counselors are exceptional resources for reporting and/or support through bullying issues
The following rules and regulations support Board Policy 504.10 Anti-Bullying/Harassment Policy: Students.
The District has adopted the state recommended Olweus anti-bullying program. The Olweus definition is: when someone REPEATEDLY and ON PURPOSE says or does mean or hurtful things to another person who has a hard time defending himself or herself. The key components of bullying behavior involves aggressive behavior, a pattern of repeated behavior over time and an imbalance of power or strength.
In cases of student to student bullying or harassment the following procedures apply:
- The principal or designee is the responsible investigator of an alleged incident of bullying or harassment.
- The Discipline Referral Form shall be used by administration to report cases of bullying or harassment resulting in out of
- Students who report incidents shall fill out a Bullying and Harassment Report Form when warranted.(Incident meets
- The investigator will assist the student with the complaint form and investigate the alleged incident(s).
- Following the investigation, the investigator will fill out the Bully/Harassment Administrative Report Form.
- Safety plans will be developed when deemed necessary.
In all cases of confirmed bullying and harassment the parents of both the perpetrator(s) and victim will be notified.
Factors for Determining Consequences
- Age, development and maturity levels of the parties involved
- Degree of harm
- Nature and severity of the behaviors
- Incidences of past or continuing patterns of behavior
- Relationship between parties involved
- Context in which the alleged incident(s) occurred.
Examples of Appropriate Consequences Based on Above Factors:
- Notification of parent/guardian
- Loss of privileges
- Temporary removal from classroom
- In school suspension during school week or weekend
- Out of school suspension
- District level disciplinary hearing
- Change in school assignment
- Involvement of law enforcement
Bullying Prevention Resources The District is committed to providing all students with a safe and civil school environment in which all members of the school community are treated with dignity and respect. To that end, the District has in place policies, procedures, and practices designed to reduce and eliminate bullying as well as processes and procedures to deal with such incidents when they occur. Following are the rules for students to follow:
- We will not bully others.
- We will try to help students who are bullied.
- We will try to include students who are left out.
- If we know that somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.
The following are web-based and local resources for parents/guardians and their students to learn more about preventing bullying and how to handle bullying should it be an issue for your child.
Web Resources for Teens and their Parents
http://www.tolerance.org/pt/ Tolerance.org promotes and supports anti-bias activism in every venue of life.
http://www.stopbullyingnow.com/ The links on this site will lead you through an exploration of interventions that work to reduce bullying in schools.
Books for Parents
Safe and Healthy Schools: Practical Prevention Strategies by Jeffrey R. Sprague and Hill M. Walker
Schools Where Everyone Belongs by Stan Davis
Mom, They’re Teasing Me: Helping Your Child Solve Social Problems by Michael Thompson
Harassment – Sexual, Racial, and Other
The District will not tolerate harassing, intimidating conduct, or bullying whether verbal, physical, or visual that affects the tangible benefits of education, that unreasonably interferes with a student’s educational performance, or that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment. Examples of prohibited conduct include name-calling, using derogatory slurs, causing psychological harm, threatening or causing physical harm, or wearing or possessing items depicting or implying hatred or prejudice. For the 504.07 Harassment Policy see //www.davenportschools.org/schoolboard/bpolicy/504.asp
Harassment is defined as anything a normal person would consider threatening, including continuous threats, teasing, put-downs, physical or verbal abuse based on race, gender, religion, socioeconomic status and sexual orientation. Examples of harassment include offensive contact, jokes, stories, pictures, or objects. Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s school performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive school environment. Students who believe they have suffered harassment shall report the harassment to the classroom teacher, counselor, or administration for investigation. Students who believe they have been the subject of harassment or have witnessed harassment are encouraged to discuss the matter with the Building Principal; Associate Building Principal; or DCSD Equity Coordinator, 1606 Brady Street, Davenport, IA 52803 or by phone at 563-336-3805 for appropriate action. Complaints will be kept confidential to the extent possible given the need to investigate. An investigation of the complaint will be undertaken promptly.
Chronic Breaches of the Discipline Policy
Repeatedly violating rules of the school that are necessary in carrying out the school’s purpose or an educational function is
considered a serious breach of discipline. Any student engaging in this type of behavior may receive an out-of-school suspension or to the DCSD Board of Directors for an Expulsion Hearing, where a recommendation for expulsion* could be made depending upon the severity and circumstances of the act.
* Only the Board of Education has the authority to expel a student…..The term “expulsion” is in reference to regular education students only. When a special needs student is referred to the Board because of a major breach of discipline, the term “exclusion” is used…..our district is required to provide some type of alternative educational services for students falling into the special needs category.*
Additional other consequences
Please note that this is NOT an all-inclusive list:
Dismissal from Class: If a student is dismissed from class because of improper conduct, he/she is to report immediately to the Attendance Office. Failure to do so may result in additional consequences. Dismissal from class may require a joint parent, counselor, teacher, administrator conference before being reinstated.
Out of Class Intervention (OCI): This is a controlled study room that runs from 8:35 a.m. to 3:27 p.m. Students assigned to the room may be excluded from all other school activities on these days. Refusal to serve your assigned OCI day(s) may result in formal out-of-school suspension.
Diversion Program: This is a controlled study room that runs from 8:35 a.m. to 3:27. Students assigned to the diversion program are not allowed in other parts of the building without an escort. While in the diversion program students will have the opportunity to make up school coursework and reflect upon the behaviors that led to their placement in the diversion program. The diversion program may also be used following an OSS to assist students in transitioning back to school. Successful completion of the assigned time in the Diversion Program is necessary for a student to return to their regular schedule.
Out of School Suspension (OSS): This is exclusion of the student from the school grounds and all Davenport Community School’s activities and grounds during the day(s) of suspension.
Expulsion: Expulsion is the removal of the student from attendance in the Davenport Community Schools District. The Board of Directors considers this action upon the recommendation of the administration.
Please note that due process will be followed in all cases in accordance with Board Policy. In addition, special procedures pertaining to the suspension or exclusion of special education students will be followed according to state and federal guidelines. Please contact the Director of Special Education for additional explanation.
Book bags, backpacks and oversized purses may not be carried during the school day or any school sponsored event i.e. athletic or fine arts events. These items should be placed in the student’s assigned hall locker at the beginning of the school day. Exceptions may be made for students with medical conditions/injuries with permission from an administrator.
For the safety of all North High students and staff, exterior doors are locked throughout the school day (with the exception of the main doors near the front office). Students may not open locked exterior doors to allow someone to enter the building. Doing so may result in a suspension.
All students are assigned a locker for use during the year at North High. Students are expected to use their own locker, keep it clean, neat and locked at all times. No stickers of any kind may be applied anywhere on or in a locker. The sharing of one’s locker with other students is not permitted. Students who write on lockers or deface them shall be subject to disciplinary actions. Any student assigned to a locker is responsible for its contents. Any problems with the lock or locker should be reported to the main office. Students will be expected to keep coats and bookbags in their assigned lockers.
The School Board and the Administration at North High promote a safe environment for all students and staff. To help insure this, the use of video security cameras at the school building is permitted in order to maintain a safe environment. North High will use security cameras both inside and outside the school building during the school year. North High will conform to Board Policy 305.22 adopted 3/11/96. This policy also allows the contents of computer-stored images to be treated as evidence in any disciplinary proceeding.
Students are prohibited from tampering with the video cameras on school buses or in school district buildings. Students found in violation of this shall be disciplined in accordance with the district policy and shall reimburse the school district for any repairs or replacement necessary as the result of tampering.
The Board promotes a safe and secure environment for all students and staff. To help ensure this, the use of security cameras in district buildings and vehicles used to transport students, including buses, is permitted in order to maintain a safe environment. Security cameras may be used in transportation to and from school, field trips, curricular events, and extra-curricular events. Cameras shall not be permitted in areas that would violate privacy such as restrooms, locker rooms, or other areas where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy.
Monitors in a building office area may be viewed by office staff and administration. However, only those persons with a legitimate educational purpose may view video content. In most instances, those individuals with a legitimate educational purpose may be the Superintendent or superintendent’s designee, A video recorded during a school-sponsored trip, such as an athletic event, may also be accessible to the sponsor or coach of the activity. A written log shall be kept of those individuals viewing the video stating the date, time and name of the individuals.
The content of this video shall be considered a student record subject to board policy and administrative regulations. The contents are confidential and will be retained in accordance with other student records. Video will only be retained if necessary for use in a student disciplinary proceeding or other matter as determined necessary by the administration. If the content of the video becomes the subject of a student disciplinary proceeding, it will be treated like other evidence in the proceeding. Parents may request to view video of their child if the videos are used in a disciplinary proceeding.
Determination of how and where security cameras are installed and used is the purview of the Superintendent or superintendent’s designee in consultation with the building principals and the transportation department. Tampering with security cameras is prohibited. Any person found in violation of this policy will be required to reimburse the District for any repairs or replacement necessary as a result of the tampering. Any student found tampering with a security camera will be disciplined in accordance with the District discipline policy.
The District will provide annual notification to parents and students of the use of video cameras on buses, District vehicles and property.
Driving on school property is a privilege. Students are expected to act responsibly and to drive in such a manner to ensure the safety of others. Speeding, reckless driving, and driving in areas other than designated roadways will not be tolerated. The administration may deny the privilege of driving on school property to violators. Automobiles on school premises are subject to search.
Parking in the North High Parking lots is by permit only. There is a limited amount of parking in the North High lots. There are not enough spaces for all students who wish to drive to school. For this reason, the following parking regulations are in effect:
- Applications may be picked up at registration or at the Activities Office. They are to be returned to the Activities Office.
- A $25.00 fee will be charged for parking stickers. Lost stickers will have to be replaced. The cost will be prorated.
- All parking permits will be recorded in the office and the person issued the sticker will be responsible for its use.
- Parking will be permitted only in designated spaces.
- Vehicles that are parked without a visible parking sticker (front rear view mirror) are in violation.
- Vehicles are to be parked between the lines and not on the lines.
- Parking stickers are the property of North High School.
- Violations of parking rules or driving in an irresponsible manner may result in discipline, up to and/or including the loss of driving privileges on North property.
- Students who do not exhibit good citizenship at North may lose their parking privilege and the sticker may be revoked.
- Students are to leave their vehicles after parking and enter the building. Loitering in the parking lot is a violation.
- Students may not leave the building to go to their car between classes or during the school day without an escort. Students that leave the property in a car during the day without proper authorization by the school will incur unexcused absences and the vehicle owner may lose the privilege of parking on school property. These students may be placed in OCI, sent home or suspended.
Rules and regulations for students riding school buses in the DCSD
Good student behavior contributes to the safe and the efficient operation of school buses. Proper behavior helps to avoid accidents, which may result from the distraction of the driver. It also reduces the number of accidents in which students injure themselves or each other. School buses are equipped with video cameras.The following list outlines the standards and procedures relative to student behavior while riding school buses. Violations of these standards will be reported to the school Principal, parents, and the transportation supervisor:
- Students will arrive at their assigned bus stop five minutes prior to the arrival of the bus and wait quietly off of the roadway.
- Students must board the bus in a single file line and present their bus permit card upon the driver’s request, go directly to a seat, remain seated and face forward at all times, and may talk quietly with the students near them.
- Students are not permitted to put their heads or arms out of the windows at any time.
- The following are not permitted on the bus at any time: shouting, swearing, eating, drinking, smoking or fighting.
- Students will get off the bus at their assigned bus stop only and will cross the road when the driver signals.
- The driver has the authority to assign seats to any or all students.
- Students must respond promptly to the driver’s instructions.
- Failure to follow these rules could result in suspension from the school bus.
The bus driver is responsible for the operation of the school bus, supervises immediate conduct of the students, and provides safe transportation for all passengers. Students must respond to the driver’s instructions and observe all rules.
The school Principal is responsible for the discipline of his/her students on the bus. Unacceptable behavior is reported to the Principal for his/her action. The Principal and/or transportation supervisor will contact the students’ parents. Notification regarding student misbehavior will be made to the students’ parents by the Principal. Parent notices will correspond with the Unacceptable Behavior Report submitted by the bus driver.
Parents may request a CitiBus pass by filling out a request form. Forms will be available from the main office and at registration here at North. Once the request has been processed, a CitiBus sticker will be placed on the student’s North High School I.D. card. (there will be a 2 week grace period at the start of school to allow time for students to access their I.D. and sticker). Students are expected to display their I.D. with the sticker in order to ride the CitiBus for free. Students will be expected to follow the same rules as those riding a school bus (see above) with the exception of assigned seats. The CitiBus pass is a privilege granted by the DCSD and is revocable. CitiBus may not exclude a student who pays a fare, even if the free ride privilege is revoked, except where the student is trespassed. CitiBus drivers may limit the number of people boarding the bus in order to maintain the safety of all passengers. The DCSD student privilege is intended to get students to and from school and not for taking multiple trips without apparent destination.The CitiBus driver has the right to have a student leave the bus if this occurs. Students who misbehave may have their privilege revoked and the CitiBus sticker will be removed for the appropriate amount of time as determined by their school administration. Students whose bus privileges are suspended on CitiBus are also suspended from school buses and vice versa. Students whose behavior is violent or otherwise sufficiently onerous may be ticketed or trespassed by the Davenport Police Department.
Personal Appearance of Students
(Board Policy 504.2) 8/2011 The Board believes inappropriate student appearance causes material and substantial disruption to the school environment or presents a threat to the health and safety of students, employees and visitors. While the primary responsibility for appearance lies with the students and their parents, appearance disruptive to the educational process will not be tolerated. When in the judgment of a principal a student’s appearance or mode of dress disrupts the educational process or constitutes a threat to health or safety, the student may be required to make modifications.
Students are expected to adhere to standards of cleanliness and dress that are compatible with the requirements of a good learning environment. The Board expects students to be clean and well-groomed and wear clothes in good repair and appropriate for the time, place, and occasion.
The following items are prohibited in school buildings:
- Any item of clothing that disrupts the learning process
- Clothing that promotes gang activity, illegal products, or acts (including those illegal to minors)
- Clothing that contains explicit violent or suggestive sexual content
- Clothing that is deemed obscene or profane
Teachers, counselors, and administrators will advise students of acceptable standards. In some cases students will be asked to go home and change to more suitable attire. Repeat problems may result in further consequences.
Students are not to be in the building before the cafeteria opens at 8:05 a.m.–unless they are under the supervision of a teacher and/or coach. Students arriving early for Early Bird, rehearsals, practices, or other activities to begin must do so quietly in a supervised area under staff supervision.
Students are not to be in the building after 3:40 p.m. each day—or after 2:40 p.m. on Wednesdays—unless they are under the supervision of a teacher and/or coach. Students waiting for rehearsals, practices, or other activities to begin must do so quietly in a supervised area or they will be asked to leave the building. Students waiting for a ride or the city bus following school dismissal should be waiting quietly in the front commons area.
North High School is visited daily by parents, volunteers, outside agencies and other guests. Our building is also used as a polling center. It is important for students to remember to act appropriately in the halls before school, after school, and during passing time. This means: Use your PAWS (Positive attitude, Always Prepared, Wise choices, Show respect_
- Greet others respectfully
- Have a signed pass and class materials
- Be on time
- Use polite language and follow directions
Please remember that others may be watching you, so show your P.A.W.S. and keep the hallways a welcome place for everyone!
Flowers/Gifts/Food/Drinks/Deliveries for Students
In an effort to maintain an educational climate, North High School does not deliver food, drinks, flowers, packages or gifts of any kind to students for individual special occasions. Parents and friends are encouraged to celebrate student accomplishments and special events through the home address of the student. Students may bring their own lunch with them to school or may choose to purchase lunch from the cafeteria. Food and/or drinks from outside businesses are not allowed in the cafeteria.
North High School does not have an open campus. Students may not leave the building (including going to the parking lot) during the day then return for other classes except by special permission (i.e. medical or dental appointments). Students leaving the building must have permission from the nurse, attendance secretary, or an administrator. They must sign out of the attendance office or the nurse’s office. Returning students must check in at the front door and then report to the attendance office. Any student who leaves the building without prior parental permission will be considered absent unexcused and may be subject to a search upon returning. Parents will be contacted and the student may be sent home for the day depending on the circumstances.
Senior Open Blocks
- Seniors who have open blocks will be issued a color-coded card at the onset of each term they are on a reduced schedule. Students must have the card available daily upon entering the building late or leaving early. Seniors with open third block may choose to attend either A or D lunch. This choice will be reflected on their colored pass and they need to present the card if asked by a staff member. Students with permission to leave the building early must be out of the building within ten minutes of their last class. This is a privilege for seniors only and should be treated as such. Seniors with openblocks who wish to remain in the building for purposes of study may sit in the library. Any misbehavior by a senior in the library may lead to exclusion from the building until their next scheduled class.
- Failure to leave the building will result in assignment to OCI.
- Appropriate behavior is expected of all North students while off campus during the school day. Should any problems arise, the student(s) may lose their open campus privileges.
Visitor/Parents On Campus
All visitors to North are required to sign in with the secretary in the Principal’s Office upon arrival in the building using the Raptor system. All visitors will be provided with a visitor ID tag. Parents who wish to meet with teachers should call and make an appointment with the teacher or counselor at least one day in advance of the visit. Teachers can not meet with parents when they are teaching. No visitors are allowed in the lunchroom. Visitors who fail to identify themselves or their business at school with the office will be directed to leave the campus immediately. Loitering on school campus or in a building or near a school campus is a misdemeanor and covered by Iowa Law.
North High is committed to the philosophy that every student should attend every class every day. Regular attendance and promptness are expected in all classes and are essential for success in school. Learning to participate in group discussions, developing an appreciation for the views and abilities of others, and forming the habit of regular attendance are legitimate objectives and expectations for any course. Learning that is lost due to absence can never be adequately regained. Students who become ill are to check out through the nurse’s office.
Excused Absence: Parents are to contact the NHS attendance office (563-723-5240 – 24 hour availability) to report that their student will be tardy or absent from school. This phone call should be made on or before the day of the absence. Examples of what is considered an excused absence:
- Student illness or serious illness in the immediate family
- Death in the family
- Required court appearances
- Approved college visits
- Approved family trip out of town
- Request for Special Absence
Unexcused Absence: Parents that have NOT contacted the NHS attendance office regarding the student’s absence from class(es). The unexcused absence is documented by the teacher and the attendance office.
Late Unexcused: Student arrived to class less than 10 minutes after the bell, without a pass from a staff member.
Late Excused: Student arrived to class less than 10 minutes after the bell, with a pass from a staff member.
North High School makes every effort to inform parents/guardians that their student was absent from a class.
1) Parents will receive a phone call from the attendance office, our Attendance Coach, or by an administrator notifying them of their student’s absence from class. It is important that the school have correct phone numbers for this notification.
2) Parents have internet access to “Parent Portal”, a software program, to access their student’s absences. This also allows parents to view student grades, assignments, demographic information, and fees. Parents may sign up for “Parent Portal” in the North High front office.
- b) When a student accumulates excessive absences/tardies, different/additional consequences may result at the
discretion of the administration.
5) Parents will be notified by the NHS Administration, counseling staff and/or the Attendance Coach requesting a conference with
the parent and student to resolve chronic absenteeism. The DCSD truant officer may also be contacted.
Absences: A count will start upon the first full-length school day of the semester. Attendance is tallied by individual block classes for the term. If a student has a schedule change, his/her attendance record in the prior class will carry over to the new class.
Transfers: For students transferring to North from another district high school, the attendance record from the previous school will be used.
Attendance and Participation
A student-athlete must be in attendance for one-half of her/his scheduled classes to be eligible for practice or game participation.
Instructional Media Center (IMC)
IMC hours—8:10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Students may come to the IMC:
- Before or after school
- During lunch, with a pass from a staff member
- When assigned by a teacher and then only for 30 minutes during any given block
The IMC is a quiet place for studying. Food/beverages are not allowed in the IMC. Inappropriate behavior or misuse of the facility will result in removal from the IMC for the remainder of the day. This includes students on passes to IMC. Repeat offenses may result in suspension of IMC privileges.
Checking out materials in the IMC—The student identification card must be presented when checking out IMC materials. Students with fines or overdue materials may not check out additional materials from the IMC until the fines and overdue materials are taken care of/resolved. All items checked out are the responsibility of the person who checks them out. If materials are lost or damaged, it is the responsibility of the student to pay the replacement or repair cost.
Loan Periods: Books may be checked out for a three-week period; however, Reserve Books may not be checked out and must remain in the IMC.
Internet Acceptable Use Agreement DCSD Policy
Davenport Community School District Computer Systems – Terms and Conditions
Technology is a vital part of the school district curriculum and appropriate and equitable use of computer systems and the Internet shall allow employees and students to access resources unavailable through traditional means. Internet access is coordinated through the Davenport Community Schools wide area network and the Mississippi Bend AEA 9 access to the Internet. To ensure the smooth operation of the network, end users must adhere to established guidelines regarding proper conduct and efficient, acceptable, ethical and legal usage. Employees and students shall be instructed on the appropriate use of the Internet prior to being allowed access through school facilities. Employees and students shall sign a form annually acknowledging they have read and understand the Internet Acceptable Use Agreement.
Acceptable Use: The use of district computer systems and the Internet – including the use of email, chat, or instant messaging – must be in support of education and research and consistent with the DCSD Strategic Plan, educational objectives, and the terms and conditions of this agreement. Use of other organizations’ networks or computing resources must comply with the rules appropriate for those networks. Transmissions that violate any district, state, or U.S. regulations are prohibited. These transmissions include but are not limited to copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material or material protected by trade secret. Use for commercial activities or political lobbying is prohibited.
Privilege: The use of district computer systems and the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use may result in cancellation of that privilege and possible additional actions.
Netiquette: (Network Etiquette) – You are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
Language – Do not be abusive in your messages to others. Use appropriate language. Do not swear, use vulgarities or any inappropriate language.
Privacy – Note: Electronic mail (e-mail) is not guaranteed to be private. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities may be reported to the authorities. Illegal activities are forbidden. This includes, but is not limited to, threats, harassment, stalking and fraud.
Disruption – Use of the network in such a way that you would disrupt or limit the use of the network by other users is prohibited. This includes distribution of jokes; lists, chain mail and other unauthorized uses of the system. Remain on the system long enough to get needed information, then exit the system.
Private Property: Assume that all communications and information accessible via the network are private property. Credit all sources and respect all copyright laws.
No Warranties. The Davenport Community School District makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the information or services provided through the network. The District will not be responsible for any damages. This could include loss of data or service interruptions. While the District maintains an Internet Filter to restrict access to inappropriate sites – including those with visual depictions that include obscenity, pornography, or are harmful to minors – no filter system is perfect. Ultimately, it is the users’ responsibility to comply with the terms and conditions of this agreement.
Security. Security on any computer system is a high priority, especially when the system involves many users. Do not use another individual’s account without written permission from that individual. Attempts to access the network as anyone other than your assigned User id may result in cancellation of user privileges. Any user identified as a security risk may be denied access to the district’s computer resources.
Vandalism. Vandalism will result in cancellation of privileges. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy hardware, software, or data of another user, or any of the above listed agencies or other networks. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creation of computer viruses or breaching security measures.
Safety. Do not reveal your personal (home) address or phone number or those of other students or colleagues.
References. Children’s Internet Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. §254(h). Iowa Code § 279.8(1995). Board Policy 605.06 Internet: Appropriate Use (Revised 5/28/02; Board Policies 101.01 Board-Community Relations; 101.02 Information Dissemination; 103.02 Use of District Communications Systems; 504.6 Parent and Student Rights and Responsibilities; 501.13 Attendance Records; 604.11 Professional and Curriculum Library; 605.13 Technology and Instructional Materials.
Plagiarism is the theft and “use of the ideas or writing of another as one’s own,” or the appropriation of “passages from another and use of them as one’s own” (American Heritage Dictionary 2001). Plagiarism also applies to students who allow others to copy their work.
Students are assigned writing assignments as a learning experience or as a method for them to demonstrate their understanding of their learning. Student written work is to be original. Plagiarism is not acceptable, and all participants are subject to consequences.
Careful documentation is required on all ideas or writing that students glean from their research. This involves the use of all printed text, including the Internet.
Consequences of Intentional Plagiarism and/or Cheating:
- The paper(s) may receive a zero — you cannot receive credit for work that is not your own.
- This zero will affect your quarter/term/semester grade.
- You will be given the option to write a different paper; you must provide proof of your own work at every stage of the writing process.
The cafeteria is used for the school dining area and it is expected that students will conduct themselves in a courteous manner while there. Upon completion of eating, students are asked to discard all paper in the receptacles and stack trays. Students are not permitted to leave the building during lunch periods. No food from an outside business is allowed in the cafeteria.
North High School participates in the Federal School Lunch Program, which includes breakfast and lunch. Breakfast is served from 8:05 – 8:30 a.m. No breakfast items will be sold after the warning bell at 8:30 a.m. to facilitate students prompt arrival to first block class. Breakfast prices are $1.60 for senior high students, $2.25 for adults; lunch prices are $3.00 for senior high students, $4.00 for adults. Milk is $0.55. The reduced price for breakfast is $0.30. Reduced price lunch is $0.40.
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If you receive federal assistance, you are entitled to one breakfast and one lunch meal per day at no charge or one reduced price breakfast and lunch. While no deposit is required for the meals at no charge, you may still wish to deposit money into the “cash” account for snack foods or second meals.
Vending machines are available outside the cafeteria and in the locker room areas. These machines are operational outside of school hours unless they are stocked with waters or juices. As machines may occasionally malfunction, students are cautioned to use these at their own risk. These machines are not school owned and lost funds will not be recovered through the school offices.
Athletics and Student Activities – Activities Office
The Activities Office is the center of the co-curricular programs at North High. The Assistant Principal of Athletics and Student Activities is in charge of the co-curricular programs. Any questions regarding clubs or athletics should be directed to the Activities Office.
You may purchase school supplies such as paper, pencils, and workbooks at the Activities Office window. The sales window is open before and after school.
The Activities Office must approve all signs placed in the North High School building before being posted. Signs without the proper authorization stamp will be taken down.
Athletic/Activity Spectator Expectations
Enjoying an athletic event is a privilege, not a right. The expectation at North High School is that all of our fans treat the players, opponents, opposing fans, and referees with dignity and respect. The use of foul or inappropriate language, abusive language toward officials, or behavior deemed inappropriate by the school administration will not be tolerated. Disciplinary action may be taken, up to and including being banned from future school and or Mississippi Athletic Conference events.
Be positive, cheer on the Wildcats, and have fun—BE A GOOD SPORT!!!
(Board Policy 505.05)
Students should be encouraged to participate in co-curricular activities including athletics, vocal and instrumental music, speech and other contests or events approved by the administration. Any such event must be directed or guided by professional school personnel. No student shall participate in an athletic practice or contest without filing a doctor’s certificate of good health and an approved parental/guardian exemption request.
The primary function of our district is to provide learning experiences for our students. The Board encourages students beginning seventh grade to enjoy the privilege of athletics and co-curricular activities and understand they must achieve certain standards as outlined in this policy.
High school students are required to have passing grades in all academic classes.
Scholarship Rule 36.15 (2)
- All contestants must be under 20 years of age.
- All contestants must be enrolled students in good standing. They shall receive credit in at least 2 subjects (blocks) during the time of participation.
- Each contestant shall be passing all coursework for which credit is given and shall be making adequate progress toward graduation requirements at the end of each grading period.
- If at the end of any grading period a contestant is given a failing grade in any course for which credit is awarded, the contestant is ineligible to dress for and compete in the next occurring interscholastic athletic contest and competition for a period of 30 calendar days.
- Remediation of a failing grade by way of summer school or other means shall not affect the student’s ineligibility. All failing grades shall be reported to any school to which the student transfers.
A student is eligible to participate for a maximum of eight (8) consecutive semesters, upon entering 9th grade for the first time.
Athletic Physical Examinations
The State Department of Education requires all interscholastic athletes to be examined annually by a licensed physician. Student athletes cannot practice or participate until the examination is completed and a signed Physical Examination form has been submitted.
State Eligibility Rules for Participation in Athletics
It is the responsibility of each student athlete to meet all eligibility requirements to participate in our interscholastic athletic program. No student shall be eligible to participate in any given interscholastic sport if the athlete has engaged in the sport professionally. In addition, you are not eligible if:
- You do not have a physician’s certificate of fitness issued this school year.
- You are twenty years of age or older.
- You have attended high school for more than eight semesters. Twenty days of attendance or playing in one contest constitutes a semester.
- You were out of school last semester or if you entered school this semester later than the second week of school.
- You have ever accepted an award for high school participation from an outside source other than an inexpensive, unframed, unmounted paper certificate of recognition, or if you received any money for expenses or otherwise for your participation in an athletic contest.
- You have competed on an outside school team (as a team member or as an individual) while out for a sport and during the sport season without previous written consent of your Principal (Example: While out for wrestling and during wrestling season you want to participate on an outside school wrestling team or as an individual, you need the written permission from your school Principal, or otherwise you could be declared ineligible).
- You have ever trained with a college squad or have participated in a college event.
- Your personal habits and conduct in and out of school are such as to make you unworthy to represent the ideals, principles, and standards of your school.
Academic eligibility is determined by passing all course work and by adherence to all other rules previously listed. If a student fails a course, he/she will be ineligible thirty calendar days beginning on the first day of competition or on the day after report cards are distributed.
A student must complete a sport for the ineligibility period to count. S/he must be on the squad from the beginning to the end of the season.
Rules of Eligibility
- All students shall be considered eligible in the fall of the start of their 9th grade year.
- Special education students, or students covered by a Section 504-B plan that is directly related to their course work, shall not be denied eligibility on the basis of scholarship if the student is making progress, as determined by the building special education team, towards the goals and objectives on the student’s IEP or accommodation plan.
- Expectations that need to be met and results if not while on academic probation:
- No serious discipline problems – truancy (from school or class).
- Attendance at all practice, team sessions.
- Consequences: applied during the time of the academic probation
- Unexcused absence from a study table, school, practice or team session: Warning of suspension from competition.
- If cited with a serious discipline problem: Warning of suspension from competition.
- On the second unexcused absence from a study table, school, practice or team session: one game or event suspension and parent notified.
- If cited with a serious discipline problem a second time: One game or event suspension and parent notified.
- On the third unexcused absence from a study table, school, practice or team session: suspension from the team; parent meeting required for reinstatement to the team.
- If cited with a serious discipline problem for the third time: suspension from the team. Parent meeting required for reinstatement to the team.
- The policy will be monitored by the building Activities Director, the activity supervisor or coach of each sport or co-curricular activity. The Activities Director from each building will submit a yearly report to the District Athletic Director detailing the progress of the policy. An academic component for athletics will be part of the evaluation of the Head Coach.
Good Conduct Rule
The Board believes participation in school activities is a privilege. School activities provide the benefits of promoting additional interests and abilities in the students during the school years and for a lifetime.
Students who participate in extracurricular activities** serve as ambassadors of the District throughout the year, whether away from school or at school. Students who wish to have the privilege of participating in extracurricular activities must conduct themselves in accordance with board policy and must refrain from activities that are illegal, inappropriate, or unhealthy.
Students who fail to abide by this policy and the administrative regulations supporting it may be subject to disciplinary measures.
To retain eligibility for participation in all Davenport Community School District High Schools and Intermediate Schools extracurricular activities, students must conduct themselves as good citizens both in and out of school at all times. Students who represent the school in an activity are expected to serve as good role models to other students and to the members of the community.
Definition of Terms:
Extracurricular – Any activity in which students are representing their school and the Davenport Community School District and where their participation does not directly impact an academic grade or the achievement of established standards and benchmarks.
Co-curricular – Any activity in which students are representing their school and the Davenport Community School District and where their participation has a direct impact on an academic grade or the achievement of established standards and benchmarks.
Curricular – Any course of study offered by a school that directly impacts an academic grade and the established standards and benchmarks.
Competition/Performance – A specific event that is a component of an extracurricular program whether it is a contest, a special activity, such as but not limited to prom or homecoming, or a school sponsored trip that is part of an extracurricular activity.
Applicable Activity Programs:
The Good Conduct Rule applies to all extracurricular activities, including but not limited to:
- Interscholastic sports (sanctioned or non)
- Dance Team
- Color Guard
- ROTC Drill Team
- Royalty Courts
- Elected Offices
- National Honor Society
- Extra curricular clubs (ex., Chess Club, Game Club)
- Class Officers and Student Senate
- Band and Choirs, including Show Choir
- Speech and Debate
- Any other activity where the student represents the Davenport Community School District outside the classroom
A student may lose eligibility under the Good Conduct Rule for any of the following behaviors:
- Possession, use or purchase of tobacco products, regardless of the student’s age
- Possession, use, or purchase of alcoholic beverages, including beer and wine. (“Use” includes having the odor of alcohol on one’s breath.)
- Possession , use or purchase of illegal drugs or the unauthorized possession, use or purchase of otherwise lawful drugs
- Engaging in any act that results in an arrest or citation in the criminal or juvenile court system, excluding minor traffic offenses. This includes harassment and/or hazing.
If a student transfers in from another Iowa school or school district and the student has not yet completed a period of ineligibility for a violation of a Good Conduct Rule in the previous school or school district, the student shall be ineligible if the administration determines that there is general knowledge in our school district of the fact of the student’s violation in the previous district. The period of ineligibility shall follow the guidelines of the DCSD penalties and will take into account the amount of the penalty already served at the previous school.
A student who transfers from one high school to another within the DCSD and had not yet completed the period of ineligibility at the first school for violation of the Good Conduct Rule will finish the period of ineligibility at the new school when it is determined the student would otherwise be eligible.
All reports and information from a reliable source will be investigated by school administration. Reliable information may include, but is not limited to student self-reporting, police reports, notification from juvenile court services, statements from adult witnesses, statements from student witnesses, or information from social networking sites such as Facebook. Anonymous reports will not be considered. Each school administration will determine the reliability of a reporting source and any information presented.
Determination of violation:
A student who is accused of violating the Good Conduct Rule will be notified of the alleged violation and attend a review of the information that supports the allegation. The school administration shall also contact the parents/guardian verbally and follow up in writing. A member of the school administration will conduct the review. The student will be given an opportunity to present his/her case in response to the alleged violation. The school administrator shall review all information and circumstances relevant to the allegation and shall make a decision regarding the alleged violation of the Good Conduct Rule.
Any student who, after a review before the administration, is found to have violated the Good Conduct Rule, during the school year or summer, is subject to a loss of eligibility as follows:
- First Offense: Suspension from one-third of the season’s allowed contests or performance dates
- Second Offense: Suspension from one-half of the season’s allowed contests or performance dates
- Third Offense: Suspension from athletic competition or participation in activities as outlined in the Applicable Activity Programs for 365 calendar days.
The number of contests or performance dates served on suspension is computed using the allowed number of games or completion dates as set by the IHSAA or IGHSAU for a season. Postseason competition are not part of this formula but will be used as part of the ineligibility period.
The period of ineligibility attaches immediately upon a finding of a violation if the student is currently engaged in an extracurricular activity and, if not, or if not completed during the current activity, is begun or carried over to the time the student seeks to go out for the next activity or contest. If the period of ineligibility is not completed with the current activity, the balance of the ineligibility will carry over to the next activity. If the student is involved in multiple activities at the time the ineligibility is to be served, the ineligibility shall apply to all applicable activity programs. However, if the period of time between a violation and an activity is 365 calendar days or more, the student shall not serve an ineligibility period for the violation.
Students are not allowed to join any sport after the official first competition date of the season and apply their ineligibility to that sport in order to avoid the consequence during another sport. A student must complete a season or sport in good standing for an ineligibility period to be accepted. If a student drops out of an activity prior to the completion of the period of ineligibility and season, the entire penalty will be applied to the next activity the student participates in, subject to the 12-month limitation above. An ineligible student shall attend all practices or rehearsals but may not “suit up” or participate in contests (any level) during the designated ineligibility period.
If the student is ineligible at the time of the violation of the Good Conduct Rule, the penalty for the violation of the Good Conduct Rule shall not begin until the student regains eligibility.
The penalties shall accumulate in intermediate school, and then the student will begin again at the start of ninth grade and the penalties will accumulate during grades 9-12. No partial games/events will be served. A fraction of a game/event will be rounded up. Example: one half of a basketball season is ten and one-half games. This would be rounded up to eleven games.
Reduction of Penalty:
On the first offense, if a student comes forward and reports within forty-eight (48) hours of the violation of the Good Conduct Rule (or in the event the student is unable to report the parent/guardian may) to a coach, administrator, or activity sponsor (or can prove a good faith effort was made to do so) the penalty may be reduced by the administration to one playing date. This reduction shall only apply to the first offense.
Suspension/Expulsion Under the Good Conduct Rule:
If a student receives a disciplinary out of school suspension or expulsion because of a violation of the Good Conduct Rule, the applicable penalty will include competitions/performances during the time of the suspension or expulsion. If the student is serving a suspension or expulsion when the Good Conduct Rule is violated, the applicable penalty will be applied at the end of the suspension or expulsion.
Any student who is found by the administration to have violated the Good Conduct Rule may appeal this determination. The appeal must be made in writing within three (3) school days of being advised of the penalty for the violation. A rationale for the appeal is to be included in the letter. This letter is to be sent to the Davenport Community School District Director of Athletics. Appeal is made to the Good Conduct Rule Appeal Committee, consisting of the assistant principals of athletics from the three high schools, the District Director of Athletics, and one disinterested high school administrator. A meeting of the Good Conduct Rule Appeal Committee will take place within five school days of the receipt of the letter of appeal during which the student, parent/guardian will have the opportunity to meet with the committee and present their case. Student and parent/guardian may obtain legal counsel. A decision will be made and communicated to the student and parent/guardian within three days of the committee meeting. The Good Conduct Rule Appeal Committee decision is final.
Revised July 2011
Special and Co-curricular Activities/Dances
Many activities are provided for North students during the year. Pep assemblies, dances, plays, concerts and other events will be on the school calendar. All dances require a student ID for the purchase of tickets and admittance to the dance. Non-North students invited to dances must have a Guest Registration Form completed and signed by their home high school prior to the purchase of tickets. Students who have been suspended during the current calendar year or who have exhibited inappropriate behavior at a previous activity may be excluded from an activity or dance at the discretion of the administration. A student’s attendance and academic standing may also be exclusionary factors. The major dances/events are Homecoming, Winter Dance and Prom.
Juvenile Court School Liaison
The Juvenile Court Liaison monitors students under the supervision of Juvenile Court Services. The liaison also performs duties as assigned to help prevent or reduce truancy and to prevent delinquency. The liaison receives referrals from juvenile court and school officials. The juvenile court liaison provides short-term counseling services and information is provided regarding juvenile crime and consequences to families whose children are experiencing attendance and/or delinquency activity. The liaison makes home and community visits as needed to insure compliance with school and probation programs as well as providing direct supervision in order to insure appropriate school behavior. Parents and students with questions about supervision, court assigned probation, legal implications, community service, counseling and other preventative programs are encouraged to contact the juvenile court liaison.
The school nurse is available in the nurse’s office from 8:05 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. Students are expected to have a pass from a teacher, when visiting the nurse’s office, except in an emergency. If students are not feeling well, they should report to their class, obtain a pass from the classroom teacher, and then report to the nurse. The pass indicates the student has reported to the class and is absent with the teacher’s knowledge and permission.
Students who have injuries that may require attention should go to the nurse’s office for first aid treatment. The nurse is restricted to giving first aid only (i.e. treating cuts or abrasions with antiseptic and applying bandages).
Students may not leave the school building during the day for illness without the permission of the nurse. The nurse is responsible for evaluating students and making a professional judgement. Students who have a doctor’s appointment must check out through the Attendance Office. The office staff may contact a parent/guardian or the doctor’s office for verification of the appointment.
Medication Policy If medication must be given at school, the parent must provide a written and signed doctor’s order stating the name of the child, the name of the medication, the time to be given, and the dates the medication is needed. Please use the Medication Administration Form for the prescribed medication. (Forms are available in the nurse’s office.) The parent or guardian should to bring the medication to the nurse. All controlled medication needs to be immediately counted by the nurse (or nursing office staff) and the person bringing in the medication.. Please DO NOT bring in more than 30 count of medication at a time. ALL medication must be received at school in the original prescription container.
If an over-the-counter medication needs to be given during school hours, the school nurse must receive the medication in the original container. Please check expiration dates before sending the medication. There is a Medication Over-The-Counter Consent Form that must be completed. Forms are available from the nurse’s office.
A student, with authorization from the health care provider and parent/guardian, may carry and self-administer an asthma inhaler and/or auto injectable epinephrine medication. The authorization consent, where the physician and parent/guardian need to sign, is on the bottom section of the Medication Consent Form. Forms are available from the nurse’s office.
Please make arrangements, with the nurse, to pick up all medication any time the medication is no longer in use. No medications will be kept over the summer months and proper disposal will take place following the last day of school before summer break. A new medication order from your physician is required for all medications and for each new school year.
The State of Iowa requires that each student be immunized against specific diseases before school attendance can be permitted. Verification of such immunization for each student must be on file in the school nurse’s office.
The school district does not carry accident insurance on students and will not have coverage for student injury.
The Davenport Community School District School Board makes it possible for pupils to participate in a voluntary school insurance program. A letter to parents which explains the insurance coverage and the enrollment blank will be given to each student to take home at the beginning of each school year or any time a student enrolls during the year. The Principal of your school will have a copy of the master policy in the office for your inspection
T-shirts are available through the Activities Office for $5.00. T-shirts do not have to be purchased every year.
A student shall be granted a waiver of fees if the student or the student’s family meets the financial eligibility criteria for free meals offered under the Child Nutrition Program, the Family Investment Program (FIP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) guideline, transportation assistance under open enrollment provided under 281 sub rule for 17.9(3), or if the student is in foster care. Applications are available in the Food Service/Café area.
Work Permits/Child Labor Forms
Effective June 1, 2015 school administrators will no longer be issuing Iowa Child Labor Work Permits. Youth, parents and employers complete a simplified form. The form and instructions are available on the Division of Labor website at www.iowaworkforce.org/labor/childlabor.htm. You may direct inquiries or request updated information to/from the Division of Labor at the following email address: email@example.com
Davenport Community School District may disclose designated Directory Information without prior written consent unless you have advised the District to not release this information.
The primary purpose of Directory Information is to allow Davenport Community School District to include information from your child’s education records in certain school publications. Examples include:
- A playbill, showing your child’s role in a drama production,
- The annual yearbook
- Honor roll or other recognition lists
- Graduation programs
- Sports activity sheets, such as for wrestling showing weight and height of team members
Directory Information, which is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent’s prior written consent. Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or publish year books.
Davenport Community School District has designated the following information as Directory Information:
- Student name
- Student address and telephone number
- Date of birth
- Years of attendance
- Grade level and school(s) attended
If you do not want Davenport Community School district to disclose Directory Information from your child’s education records without your consent you must notify your Principal in writing by September 1st of each school year.
Note: Recruitment/College Opt-Out forms are not applicable under Directory Information but are handled through the Record Services Office.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
All of our District buildings meet or exceed standards for asbestos management and are safe. The District is actively pursuing the removal of asbestos containing materials through the use of funding from the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy. A re-inspection by a certified asbestos inspector is required every three years. A copy of the asbestos management plan is available for review in each building office and at the Operations Center Office during regular business hours. All inquiries regarding the plan should be directed to: Marilyn Wolford 386-3351.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) specifies rights related to educational records. The Act gives the parent/guardian the right to: inspect and review his/her child’s educational records, make copies of these records at a reasonable cost unless the fee would effectively deny access to the records, receive a list of the individuals having access to those records, ask for an explanation of any item in the records, ask for an amendment to any report on the grounds that it is inaccurate, misleading or violates the child’s rights and a hearing on the issue if the school refuses to make an amendment.
Complaints Against School Personnel
Whenever a parent/guardian is displeased at the action of any employee, s/he may give information to the employee’s immediate supervisor. When you have a concern or complaint with a school district employee, it is always best to first discuss your concern with the employee involved. If this is either impossible or unsatisfactory, you may contact the employee’s supervisor. You may call Human Resource Services at 336-3813 to find out who the supervisor is, if you do not know. If the supervisor determines that your complaint requires further review, you will be asked to complete a Complaint Form designed to obtain the necessary information for reviewing complaints
Photo Release and Media Contact
As a public entity, the Davenport Community School District promotes an open-door philosophy that includes welcoming the news media to visit schools. News reporters and photographers frequently are invited to cover student and staff achievement as well as innovative programs in our schools. This is done so the community will better understand and support our important mission of education. The school administrator or a designee supervises all media visits to the school, ensuring they are conducted in a way that does not disrupt nor detract from classroom learning and student welfare. The best interests of students always are a top priority during such visits. Administrators will assist media representatives in choosing students to interview or photograph/videotape, being sensitive to obtain at least verbal parent/guardian permission if there is any question in mind that the parent/guardian may or may not approve of their student participating. To assist in this process, parents/guardians who do not want their students to be interviewed or photographed/videotaped at anytime or for any reason at school are encouraged to contact the school office at (list phone number here) so this fact can be recorded.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination against person with a disability in any program receiving federal financial assistance. In order to fulfill obligations under Section 504, the Davenport Community School District has the responsibility to avoid discrimination in policies and practices regarding its personnel and students. No discrimination against any person with a disability will knowingly be permitted in any of the programs, practices or activities sponsored by the school. The Davenport Community School District has responsibilities under Section 504, which included the obligation to identify, evaluate, and if the student is determined to be eligible under Section 504, to afford access to appropriate educational services. If the parent/guardian disagrees with the determination made by the professional staff of the school district, s/he has the right to a hearing.
The Iowa Department of Education has established rules providing for the reporting of suspected physical or sexual abuse of students by school employees. District employees are mandatory reporters. They do not investigate abuse allegations. If there is a suspicion of abuse, District employees are required to report the incident. If you wish to report the alleged abuse of a Davenport student by a school employee, please contact the school principal or the alternative investigator.
Unsafe School Option
Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, section 9532, each state receiving federal funds is required to establish and implement a statewide policy requiring that a student attending a persistently dangerous public elementary or secondary school or who becomes a victim of a violent criminal offense while in or on the school grounds of a public elementary or secondary public school that the student attends, will be allowed to attend a safe school within the district.
Inquiries regarding this policy can be made to: Bill Schneden, Executive Director, Davenport Community School District, 1606 Brady Street, Davenport, IA 52803. Telephone: (563) 336-5090.
Homeless Youth: McKinney Vento Homeless Education Act
Davenport Community Schools follows the McKinney Vento Homeless Education Act and has a designated homeless liaison for the entire district and a homeless point of contact in each school building. Homeless students must be given access to the same public education, including preschool education, provided to other children. The goal of the homeless program is to ensure every student, regardless of their living situation, is prepared to come to school every day and learn. The main focus of the McKinney Vento Act is to make sure a homeless students education is not interrupted due to moving, lack of transportation, or other barriers to their education. Referrals for homeless services can be made to Ellen Reilly, Homeless Education Liaison, Davenport Schools 563-336-3832. For more information on McKinney Vento Homeless Education Act, please visit the web at http://center.serve.org/nch
It is the policy of the Davenport Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact the district’s Equity Coordinator: Mr. Jabari Woods, Associate Director of Human Resources & Equity (563-336-5089) or Dr. Erica Goldstone, Director of Human Resources & Equity firstname.lastname@example.org (563-336-3812), 1606 Brady Street, Davenport, Iowa 52803.