Table of Contents
Bell Schedule/Faculty List…………………………………………………….4
Student Services Department………………………………………………….5
Make up Work/College Visits/Transcripts/Grading Scale…………………..6
Cell Phone/DCSD Discipline Policies…………………………………..….7-10
Bus/Parking Policies/Search and Seizure………………………………..10-11
Dress Code/Before & After School Policies………………………………11-12
Internet Acceptable Use Agreement/Plagiarism…………………………14-15
Athletic & Student Activity Guidelines/Eligibility………………………15-18
Juvenile Court Liaison…………………………………………………………19
Student Health/Insurance/Service Fees……………………………………19-20
PE T-Shirt/Fee Waiver/Work Permit…………………………………………20
WELCOME TO NORTH HIGH SCHOOL!!
WE HOPE YOUR 2017-18 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 schoolwide behavior expecations. 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
BELL SCHEDULE FOR 2017-18
|BLOCK||Standard Schedule||Wed||Wed. 45 Min PAWS||2 Hour Late Start||2 Hour Early Out|
|Early Bird||7:00-8:00||7:00-8:00||7:00-8:00||No EB||7:00-8:00|
|PAWS/RTI||9:35-10:10||9:20-9:55||9:15-10:00||NO PAWS/S.B.||NO PAWS/S.B.|
|D||1:10-1:35||12:30-12:55||12:30-12:55||12:25-12:50||**Blocks 2 & 3 swap|
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. Katy 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, pre-requisite 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 2018-2020
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.
Student Report Cards
Mid-term reports will be given out eight times a year. Quarterly/final reports will be handed out to students during a PAWS period at the end of each term.
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 absenses 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 make up).
Work missed during unexcused absenses 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, holiday and 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.
Davenport Community Schools Grading Scale: Grades 9 – 12 All students in Grades 9 – 12 receive, for each subject area, one of the following letter grades: A, B, C, D, F, or I. Letter grades A through F denote achievement of grade/course-level benchmarks unless otherwise specified on the progress reports. All letter grades for students may be supplemented by a “+” or “-” to indicated performance that approaches another grade level.
|A||93 and above||Firm command of knowledge domain
High level of skill development
Exceptional preparation for later learning
|A–||90 – 92|
|B+||87 – 89||Command of knowledge beyond the basic concepts of knowledge
Advanced development of most skills
Has prerequisites for later learning
|B||83 – 86|
|B–||80 – 82|
|C+||77 – 79||Command of the basic concepts of knowledge
Demonstrates ability to use basic skills
Lacks a few prerequisites for later learning
|C||73 – 76|
|C–||70 – 72|
|D+||67 – 69||Lacks knowledge of some fundamental ideas
Some important skills not attained
Deficient in many of the prerequisites for later learning
|D||63 – 66|
|D–||60 – 62|
|F||59 and below||Most of the basic concepts and principles not learned
Most essential skills have not been demonstrated
Lacks most prerequisites needed for later learning
Does affect athletic eligibility
|I||The letter “I” indicates the student has not satisfactorily achieved the grade/course-level benchmarks and/or has missing work. “I” status is temporary up to two weeks after the end of the term and not a final grade. The letter “I” does affect athletic eligibility.|
|G||No grade given
Insufficient documentation to determine student achievement level
End-of-Term grade designation only
The letter “G” may affect athletic eligibility
|NC||No credit earned
End-of-Term grade designation only
The letter “NC” may affect athletic eligibility
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 is confiscated, it will be taken to the Attendance Office and will be returned to the student at the end of the day on the first offense. 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 repeated offenses will be determined by 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.
DCSD Discipline Policies
Davenport Community School Districts’ discipline policy is an attempt to encourage appropriate behavior. In general, it has been found that the parents/guardians of Davenport Community School District have been supportive in the discipline measures taken to modify their child’s behavior. The different climates and curriculum presented in each class offer diverse learning opportunities to meet the needs of each student. When guest teachers are in the building, exemplary conduct is expected of students. Any student sent to the office as the result of a behavioral referral from a guest teacher will be disciplined.
All teachers of the Davenport Community Schools have a uniform policy to handle discipline in their classrooms (see below). There are, however, general guidelines that will be used for classroom management: 1) All classroom teachers will conduct instruction in a positive environment. Each student is expected to behave in a respectful manner within that environment. 2) Each student is expected to act responsibly toward academic expectations and to strive to achieve his/her personal best. The administration will intervene as warranted.
DCSD Proactive Discipline Policy
Assault (verbal assault) on school employees or on the part of one student to another may result in an out-of-school suspension with possible referral to the appropriate ASC administrator for a Disciplinary Meeting 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.
Assault and Battery
Assault and battery on school employee(s) or on the part of one student to another will be dealt with firmly. Students engaging in this type of behavior will be subject to the discipline code of the school district, which will include an out-of-school suspension and a possible referral to the appropriate ASC administrator for a Disciplinary Meeting 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.
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. Any student engaging in this type of behavior may receive an out-of-school suspension with possible referral to the appropriate ASC administrator for a Disciplinary Meeting 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.
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://xblock.isafe.org/ Get the 411 on what i-SAFE has to offer. Here you’ll find links to the latest and greatest i-MENTOR news and programs.
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 unreasonable 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 with possible referral to the appropriate ASC administrator for a Disciplinary Meeting 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.
Drugs and Drug Paraphernalia
The Davenport Community School District will not tolerate the possession, distribution, sale, or use of tobacco, vapor pens, e-cigarettes, drugs or drug paraphernalia on school grounds. This would include alcohol and any look-alikes. In all cases of possession or use, the student will be removed from school. An out-of –school suspension may be warranted. In the event of a second offense of possession or use, the student will receive an out-of-school suspension and be referred to the appropriate ASC administrator for a Disciplinary Meeting 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.. Any student involved in the distribution or sale of drugs (illegal, prescription, or look-alikes) will receive an out-of-school suspension and be referred to the appropriate ASC administrator for a Disciplinary Meeting 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.
Fighting is considered a severe breach of school discipline. All students willingly participating in a physical confrontation (fighting) may receive an out-of-school suspension. In addition, there could possibly be a referral to the appropriate ASC administrator for a Disciplinary Meeting 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.
Gang-related activities growing out of the display of “colors,” symbols, signals, signs, etc., will not be tolerated on school grounds. Students in violation will receive an out-of-school suspension and may be referred to the appropriate ASC administrator for a Disciplinary Meeting 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.
The Davenport Community School District Board of Education intends to provide a safe environment in which students and staff can learn and work. The possession of any item designed to harm people, such as guns, knives, brass knuckles, martial arts weapons, chains, etc., is prohibited. Look-a-like items such as play toy guns, pellet guns, homemade knives and weapons, projectile objects, slingshots, etc. are also prohibited. Any student in possession of any of these items on school grounds will receive an out-of-school suspension and be referred to the appropriate ASC administrator for a Disciplinary Meeting 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 Discipline Information
In addition to the information listed above, the following needs to be noted. Students are not to:
- Vandalize, deface or destroy school property, to litter corridors or school grounds.
- Gamble with money or property.
- Carry oversized beverage containers, blankets, or any “baby” items such as pacifiers or sippy cups.
- Wear headphones or utilize electronic devices during the instructional day.
- Any student who participates in a fight or instigates a fight may be banned from the next major school dance
Smoking/Possession of Tobacco and/or Smoking Materials, Alcohol/Illegal Drugs and Drug Paraphernalia
Smoking is a major rule violation (State Law Code of Iowa—Chapter 279.9). Smoking will be defined as using smoking products (including electronic smoking devices and vapor pens) anywhere on school property. A citation may be issued to the student by our police liaison officer. School consequences may range from OCI to OSS. The use or possession of alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs and paraphernalia is a major violation of federal statutes, Iowa Codes, and the policies of the Davenport Community School District and North High School. The DCSD will not tolerate the possession, use or distribution of drugs including alcohol, look alike, and drug paraphernalia on school grounds. This includes prescription or over the counter drugs. Any prescription drugs to be taken by a student must be taken in the nurse’s office. The school must have written authorization from the attending physician to administer the medication, and the medication must be furnished in the original prescription container to the nurse or the administrative staff only.
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 8:10 a.m. to 3:02 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 8:10 a.m. to 3:02. 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. 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.
Search and Seizure/Locker Searches
State law allows school officials to condut periodic inspections of school lockers, desks, and other facilities or places owned by the school. School officials may search individual students if they have justified and reasonable grounds for suspecting that the search of the student will produce evidence that the student has violated or is violating either the law or a school rule or regulation. The search will be conducted in a manner which is reasonably related to the objectives of the search and which is not excessively intrusive in light of the age and gender of the student and the nature of the infraction. 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 another officer of the Davenport Police Department may be called upon to investigate. School authorities may seize any illegal, unauthorized, or contraband materials discovered in the search. Items of contraband may include, but are not limited to nonprescription controlled substances, marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, barbiturates, apparatus used for controlled substances, alcoholic beverages, tobacco, nicotine delivery systems, personalized vaporizers, non-FDA approved products for smoking cessation, weapons, explosives, poisons, and 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 present 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 may be used to check lockers and parking lots as a regular part of the substance abuse prevention program.
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.
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.
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 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
The following items are not to be worn at North High School: halter tops, tube tops, midriff tops, crop tops, sleeveless undershirts, oversized jeans or other apparel disruptive to the school. Undergarments of any type are not to be visible at any time. Shoes must be worn at all times. No slippers are allowed. No spiked jewelry, chains hanging from clothing or accessories or other items that pose a potential safety hazard may be worn. Hats, hoods, visors, bandannas, scarves, do-rags, hoods and sun glasses are not to be worn or carried in the building.
Hats or any inappropriate head coverings are subject to confiscation by staff members. The item(s) will be taken to the Attendance Office, and may be picked up at the end of the day. This is the procedure for a first offense. Consequences for repeated offenses will be determined by administration in cooperation with staff members.
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 7:30 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 3:15 p.m. each day—or after 2:15 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:
- No running
- No yelling, screaming, loud voices
- No physical altercations, slapping, shadow boxing, general horseplay, etc.
- No profanity
- No loitering
Please remember that others may be watching you, so show your Wildcat Pride 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 open blocks who wish to remain in the building for puposes 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. Should any problems arise, the student(s) may lose their open campus priveleges.
Visitor/Parents On Campus
All visitors to North are requried 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 lunch room. 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 replaced. Students who become ill are to check out through the nurse’s office. Failure to comply may result in suspension.
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. Students are not to contact parents regarding illness, as this phone call is the responsibility of the school nurse. 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 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 a 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.
3) Students will be assigned detentions for TARDINESS as follows:
- a) If a student is late unexcused to class by 10 minutes or less, s/he will be assigned 1 detention.
- b) Students who are over 10 minutes late to class will be sent to the attendance office for a pass.
- c) Students arriving late to school must go to the attendance office to get a pass to class.
4) Students will be assigned detentions for UNEXCUSED ABSENCES as follows:
- a) Students who miss class without an excuse will be assigned 5 detentions for the day.
- b) When a student accumulates excessive absences/detentions, 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—7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Students may come to the IMC:
- Before or after school
- During lunch
- 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.
Secondary Language Arts Department Procedure DCSD
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) will receive a zero — you cannot receive credit for work that is not your own.
- This zero will affect your quarter/term/semester grade. For example, if the paper is worth 100 points, you will not receive 100 points.
- 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 7:30 – 8:05 a.m. No breakfast items will be sold after the warning bell at 8:05 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 pric 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
Administrative Regulations 504.08A
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.
GOOD CONDUCT RULE
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:
- Inter-scholastic 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. Post season 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 under suspension or who have exhibited inappropriate behavior at a previous activity may be excluded from an acitivity or dance at the discretion of the administration. 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 DCSD does not assume responsibility for medical treatment during school hours.
The school nurse is available in the nurse’s office from 7:35 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. Students are not to go to the nurse’s office without a pass from a teacher, 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. Students are not allowed to call home to have parents call them out; 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 hour to be given, and the dates the medication is needed. Please use the Medication Administration Form for the prescribed medication. Forms are available from the nurse’s office. Whenever possible, the parent or guardian is the accepted person 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 upon receiving 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 that will be kept in the nurse’s office until the parent or nurse deem it unnecessary to continue administration. 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 to pick up all medication any time the medication is no longer in use. Please call the school nurse to make arrangements. 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
When students register, they are required to pay a service fee. Payments may be made for the entire year. Service fees are to be paid at the Activities Office. Students are responsible for all school owned textbooks, library books, athletic uniforms and equipment, etc. Students will be charged if materials are not returned in acceptable condition.
T-shirts are available through the Activities Office for $5.00. T-shirts do not have to be purchased every year, but each student is required to have one that is neat.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 weigh 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 inquires 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.
The Davenport Community School District (DCSD) provides equal educational and employment opportunities and will not illegally discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, ancestry, or actual or potential parental, familial, or marital status. DCSD will take affirmative action in recruitment, appointment, assignment, and advancement of women and men, members of diverse racial/ethnic groups, and persons with disabilities for job categories in which any of these groups of people are underrepresented.
Inquiries related to this policy may be directed to Erica Goldstone, DCSD Equity Coordinator, 1606 Brady Street, Davenport, IA 52803 or by phone at 563-336-3805. Inquiries may also be directed to the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, the Region VII Office of the United States Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, or the Region VII Office of Civil Rights, United States Department of Education.
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