PO Box 220
Corwith, Iowa 50430
Mike Bumgarner, Superintendent
James Rotert, Principal
Board of Education
Keith Hauswirth, President Lisa Lawson, President
Susan Burrs Tena Cunningham
Jonathan Chambers Brent Hefty
Tracy Studer Charles Legler
Kevin (Pete) Wilhite Karen McGregor
Table of Contents
District Mission ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ.. 1
Philosophy ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ 1
Introduction ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ. 1
Faculty and Staff ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ 2
Jurisdictional Statement ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ. 3
Attendance Information ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ 4
Excused Absences ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ.ÉÉ 4 - 5
Unexcused Absences ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ.... 5
Leaving School Early ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ... 6
Tardies ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ. 6
Truancy ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ 6
General Information ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ.. 6
Books ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ 6
Bus Conduct ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ.. 6 - 7
Care of School Property ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ.É. 7
Family Night ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ. 8
Closing of School ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ.. 8
Student Fee Waiver and Reduction Procedures ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ 8
Field Trips ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ. 8
Fire and Tornado Safety Drills ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ. 9
Fire Alarm ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ 9
Tornado Alarm ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ 9
Food, Gum, Candy, Juice and Pop Machine Rules ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ.ÉÉÉ. 9
Guidance Services ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ..ÉÉÉ.. 9
Insurance ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ 9
Lockers ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ 10
Lunch ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ.. 10
Medicine ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ. 10
Media Center ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ. 10
Parent/Teacher Conferences ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ 10
Radios ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ. 10
Reports to Parents ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ 10
School Spirit ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ.. 11
Sickness in School ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ...É 11
Student Dress ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ 11
Telephones ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ.. 11
Vehicle (Pop & Food Use) ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ.ÉÉÉÉÉ.. 11
Discipline and Student Conduct ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ..ÉÉÉÉÉ.. 12
Discipline ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ 12
Suspensions ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ.. 12
Student Good Conduct Policy ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ.ÉÉÉÉ 13 - 14
Due Process ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ..ÉÉÉÉ.. 15
Appeal Process ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ. 15
Supplementary Information ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ.. 15
Hazardous Chemical Risks Right to Know Law ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ.. 15
Multicultural and Non-sexist Equity Education Opportunity ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ. 15
Asbestos Notice ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ 16
Student Records ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ.. 16
Access to Records ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ..ÉÉ 16
Release of Information Outside the School ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ. 17
Use of Student Records ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ. 17 – 18
Students Taking Effective Measures (STEMS)ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ.ÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉÉ. 18
In partnership with parents and community,
the Corwith-Wesley-LuVerne Schools will provide educational opportunities that will:
*encourage productive membership in an ever changing world.
*promote life-long dedication to learning.
The ultimate purpose of education is to help each student become an effective citizen in a democracy. As students develop and accept the responsibilities and obligations of good citizenship, they begin to participate successfully in the world tomorrow. We hope that you will participate in our varied activities, and thus find things within our school, which will prepare you to live a better life and finally take your place in this complex society. Remember that your success in school or anywhere will be directly proportional to your efforts.
Welcome to Corwith-Wesley-LuVerne School! We hope that the 2009 –2010 school year will be productive and rewarding for you as a student and as a parent/guardian. Our staff looks forward to working with you in providing the best possible educational opportunities and outcomes. It is only through close cooperation between the home and the school that this educational opportunity can be successful.
Bumgarner, Mike Supt/Principal
Carroll, Kira Elem PE/Media
Coyle, Sandy Head Cook
Cunningham, Cherie Cook/Secretary
Cutshall, Linda Instrumental Music
Faber, Diane Title I/TAG Teacher
Fett, Zoe 5th Grade
Fish, Laura Bus Driver
Hefty, Virginia Computer Specialist
Heinen, Sharon Secretary
Henderson, Kay Cook
Kramer, Becky Special Ed/Preschool Aide
Krieps, Melissa 3rd Grade
Kruger, Vana Special Education Aide
Merkle, Linda Bus Driver
Pedersen, Ronda 6th Grade
Priebe, Carol 4th Grade
Roman, Karen Special Education Aide
Schmidt, Cindy Kindergarten
Schultz, Christine 2nd Grade
Short, Sherry Special Education
Thompson, Daryl Bus Driver
Thompson, Greg Custodian
Van DeWiele, Karen Preschool Wempen, LeAnn Board Secretary
Witte, Rayshel 1st Grade
Wubben, Molly Vocal Music
This handbook is an extension of board policy and is a reflection of the goals and objectives of the board. The board, administration and employees expect students to conduct themselves in a manner fitting to their age level and maturity and with respect and consideration for the rights of others. Students are expected to treat teachers, other employees, students, visitors and guests with respect and courtesy. Students may not use abusive language, profanity, or obscene gestures or language and should refrain from public displays of affection.
This handbook and school district policies, rules and regulations are in effect while students are on school grounds, school district property, or on property within the jurisdiction of the school district; while on school owned and/or school-operated buses or vehicles, or chartered buses; while attending or engaged in school activities; and while away from school grounds if the misconduct directly affects the good order, efficient management, and welfare of the school district, or involves students or staff. School district policies, rules and regulations are in effect 12 months a year. A violation of a school district policy, rule, or regulation may result in disciplinary action and may affect a student's eligibility to participate in extracurricular activities whether the violation occurred while school was in session or while school was not in session.
Students are expected to comply with and abide by the school district's policies, rules, and regulations. Students who fail to abide by the school district's policies, rules, and regulations may be disciplined for conduct which disrupts or interferes with the education program; conduct which disrupts the orderly and efficient operation of the school district or school activity, conduct which disrupts the rights of other students to obtain their education or to participate in school activities; or conduct which interrupts the maintenance of a disciplined atmosphere. Disciplinary measures include, but are not limited to, removal from the classroom, before or after school detentions, suspension, probation, and expulsion. Discipline can also include prohibition from participating in extracurricular activities, including athletics. The discipline imposed is based upon the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident and the student's record.
Students are expected to know the contents of the handbook and comply with it. Students or parents with questions or concerns may contact the school office for information about the current enforcement of the policies, rules, or regulations of the school district.
In order to maximize student learning potential and to empower our students to become confident, independent, productive citizens with good character, the Corwith-Wesley-LuVerne Schools believe that daily attendance is very important. The Corwith-Wesley-LuVerne attendance policy is based on the fact that something important happens in class everyday and that the activity or interaction with the teachers and students can never be exactly duplicated. Irregular attendance and tardiness both hinder the studentÕs own studies and interfere with the progress of those students who are regular and prompt in their attendance. Absences cause teachers to spend valuable class time to bring the absent students to a current status. The Corwith-Wesley-LuVerne School District expects its students, along with their parents/guardians, to put as a high priority the studentÕs education and this cannot take place without regular attendance and promptness.
The Corwith-Wesley-LuVerne Schools encourage students and their parents to make good sound educational decisions about school attendance, keeping in mind that attendance in school results in greater success. The following procedures have been developed to encourage good attendance and to establish early communication between teacher and student.
Students who receive 6 unexcused absences for any class period in a semester will not be eligible for credit for that period.
1. The following includes examples of excused absences but is not an all inclusive list.
á Personal illness when the parents contact the school the day of the absence.
(PhysicianÕs verification may be required.)
á Illnesses verified by doctorÕs statement.
á Death or serious illness in your family or household.
á Medical, dentist, lawyer, orthodontist, etc., - appointments which cannot be made other than during school time and for which verification of the appointment is presented before absences. If these appointments can not be scheduled any time other than during the school day, students are encouraged to use their lunch period or study halls so they do not miss out on instructional class time. Advance make-up work is required when possible.
á The funeral of a relative or close friend.
á Court appearances.
á Up to two college visitations for seniors and one for second semester juniors. Advanced make-up required.
á Placement in a treatment center.
á Participation in school sponsored activities. Advanced make-up required.
á Church related activities.
á Unavoidable occurrences beyone the control of the student/parents.
á Other reasons approved by the principal.
In the event that the principal or his designee determines that it is advisable to verify an excuse given for an absence, he may take appropriate steps to do so. When it is determined that an excuse is forged or misrepresents the facts, the principal may treat those instances of absence as unexcused. While most parents and students are honest with school officials, some are not. This provision gives the school administration the right to investigate absences, even when excuses are furnished by the parent, and to take appropriate action when it is determined the absence was, in fact, without good reason.
á Students fail to attend make-up sessions. These sessions are set by the teacher and not necessarily at the convenience of the student.
á Points or percentages for attendance and participation are used as a part of the studentÕs grade as outlined in the class syllabus.
á Students fail to complete make-up assignments in the allotted time.
3. The following absences from school will be considered unapproved which means that being absent for these reasons do not carry the stamp of approval of the school, but will be considered excused. We want to discourage students from being absent for these reasons unless it is an emergency situation, but generally there will be no disciplinary action taken when students are absent for these reasons. Abuses of unapproved absences will result in disciplinary action and/or the absences being unexcused. Advance make-up work required unless emergency situation as determined by the principal.
á Work at home.
á Family vacations with parents or with parental permission.
á Translation for non-English speaking parents or family members. To obtain a driverÕs license/permit. One time per year will be considered unapproved, but excused. Class time missed should be kept to a minimum. Students should make arrangements to use study hall or lunchtime whenever possible.
The following absences from school will be considered unexcused. The following are examples of unexcused absences but is not an all-inclusive list.
á Working for someone other than parent/guardian.
á Hair appointments.
á Tanning appointments.
á Missing the bus.
á Car trouble (unless an emergency situation).
á Leaving school without permission.
á Hunting/fishing trips.
á Senior picture appointments.
á Trips not approved in advance.
á Birthday or other non-religious celebrations.
á Attending concerts.
or unexcused. The State Department of Education has determined that the CWL School District has the right and authority to define by policy what absences will be excused. The principal will determine the decision of the absence being excused or unexcused.
LEAVING SCHOOL EARLY
A student wishing to be dismissed early must bring a signed excuse from his parent/guardian. (Parent/Guardian may also call.) Reasons for leaving school early should be for the following reasons: doctor or dental appointment, funeral, family emergency or business. Students must be signed out when they leave. If a student is leaving because of illness, the school secretary will telephone the parent/guardian before the student will be able to leave.
Being on time is a part of being a responsible, mature person. It is a habit that is important in school as well as in the work place. Not being on time causes disruptions in the classroom which in turn takes away from time on task by the teacher as well as the other students. While unexpected situations do occur, most tardies are avoidable. If a student is tardy in arriving to school, they are to report to the PrincipalÕs office for a pass to class. If a student is not in class when the bell rings, they will be considered tardy.
Truancy is defined as an absence from school without prior parental knowledge and/or consent. Penalties for truancy will be as follows:
1. First Offense: In-school suspension time equal to amount of truancy time missed from school.
2. Second Offense: In-school suspension time equal to twice the amount of truancy time missed from school. Parent/Guardian and student will be invited to meet with principal concerning truancy.
3. Third Offense: Principal will recommend to the Board of Education for student to be expelled from school for the remainder of the semester.
All textbooks and library books are either rented or loaned to you. Please treat them with care and make sure you turn in library books before they become overdue. Students may not be allowed to check out new books until previously checked out books are returned or restitution made.
Riding a school bus is intended to be a safe and enjoyable experience for all students. Rules of conduct are established for the safety of everyone.
Driving a school bus is a difficult task as it involves the responsibility for the safety of many students. The driverÕs attention must be on the driving conditions at all times. Anything that causes the driver to divert his/her attention endangers the safety of all the riders. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary that the students riding the bus conduct themselves in the best possible manner.
Bus safety rules must be observed while waiting at pick-up stops, while boarding and unloading, and while riding the bus. Violations of bus rules will result in disciplinary action. Failure to abide by the regulations may result in the student being denied the privilege of riding the bus for a period of time.
Since safety is important, the following bus rules must be observed:
1. Upon entering the bus, the student will go directly to his/her seat.
2. Students will not use profane language, obscene gestures, or spit while on the bus.
3. No fighting or wrestling.
4. No abusive body contact: slapping, hitting, poking, shoving, pulling hair, ect.
5. Students will not extend their hands, arms, or head through the windows; or open or close windows without permission from the driver.
6. Students will not throw objects in the bus or out the bus windows.
7. No unauthorized exit from the bus.
8. No standing or walking while the bus is moving.
9. Students will remain properly seated by facing the front and not blocking the aisle with feet, knees or books. The aisle must be clear at all times.
10. No yelling in the bus or yelling out the windows.
11. No throwing litter of any kind on the bus floor or out the bus windows.
12. Students will not vandalize the bus in any way.
13. All students are under the authority of the bus driver.
14. The bus driver has the authority to regulate the use of pop, food and candy. He/She can ban pop food and candy during the use of school transportation at his/her discretion.
The bus driver and/or school are not responsible for any items left on the bus.
Riding the bus is a privilege extended to students by the school district and is not a requirement by law. The bus discipline procedure is as follows:
1st Offense: Verbal warning and notice to parents/guardians by the bus
2nd Offense: Conference with the bus driver(s), student, principal/superintendent, and possible short-term suspension.
3rd Offense: Long term suspension from the bus riding privilege.
Please Note: Steps may be skipped depending on severity of the offense.
If a student is to ride a bus which they normally do not ride, he/she must present a note to the office. When a note is received at the office, the secretary will give the student a bus pass, which needs to be presented to the bus driver by the student.
CARE OF SCHOOL PROPERTY
Students are responsible for the proper care of all books, lockers, supplies, and furniture supplied by the school. Students who disfigure property, break windows, or do other damage to school property or equipment will be required to pay for the damage done or replace the item.
Wednesday night is designated as church night in the CWL School District. No school activities should be scheduled in the evening after 6:00 p.m.
CLOSING OF SCHOOL
When conditions are such as to make it necessary to close school for the day, you will be notified by an announcement by the following radio stations: KLGA-AM & FM in Algona, WHO-AM in Des Moines, KHBT-FM in Humboldt, KKEZ-FM and K97-FM in Fort Dodge, KIOW-FM (107.3) in Forest City, KLSS-FM and KLGO-AM in Mason City. Announcements will also be broadcast on the following television stations: WOI-TV5 and KIMT (Channel 3).
In the event that school is closed due to inclement weather conditions all activities/events for that day will be postponed or cancelled. All buildings will be closed for activities or planned events at the time of student dismissal.
On days that there is a late start due to inclement weather conditions all activities scheduled before the start of classes will be postponed or cancelled for that day.
A sheet listing all fees will be available at fall registration. Fees should be paid at this time. Second semester fees if necessary will be collected or refunded at parent-teacher conferences during the third nine weeks of school.
STUDENT FEE WAIVER AND REDUCTION PROCEDURES
Students whose families meet the income guidelines for free and reduced price lunch, the Family Investment Program (FIP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), transportation assistance under open enrollment, or who are in foster care are eligible to have their student fees waived or partially waived. Students whose families are experiencing a temporary financial difficulty may be eligible for a temporary waiver of student fees. Parents or students who believe they may qualify for temporary financial hardship should contact the SuperintendentÕs secretary or at registration time for a waiver form. This waiver does not carry over from year to year and must be completed annually.
In certain classes, field trips and excursions are authorized and may be taken as an extension of the classroom to contribute to the achievement of the educational goals of the school district. If a field trip is required for a course, students are expected to attend the field trip. Absences in other classes or school activities due to attendance on field trips or excursions are considered excused absences. While on field trips, students are guests and considered ambassadors and representatives of the school district. Students must treat employees, chaperones, and guides with respect and courtesy. Make-up work must be completed in advance. Prior to attending a field trip, students must return a note signed by the student's parents. Required fees must accompany the permission form. Students unable to afford the cost of the field trip should contact their teacher.
FIRE AND TORNADO SAFETY DRILLS
Fire and tornado drills are required by law to develop safety practices that will help students move quickly and in an orderly manner to predesignated safety areas during an emergency. It is essential that everybody obeys orders promptly and moves to the prescribed areas as quickly as possible. Running is not permitted. Explicit instructions will be posted in each room and should be reviewed regularly by students and teachers.
FIRE ALARM – Continuous Blast
In case of building evacuation, the first students to reach an outside door are to hold it open until all have left the building. Students should remain quiet and proceed at least 50 feet away from the building until the signal is given by an administrator or his authorized representative.
TORNADO ALARM – Intermittent Blast
During a tornado warning, students are to move quickly and quietly to designated areas, taking a hardback book with them. Upon arrival, students should sit in a kneeling position with the book shielding the back of the neck. NO ONE IS TO LEAVE THE BUILDING.
FOOD, GUM, CANDY, JUICE AND POP MACHINE RULES
Candy, gum & pop will not be allowed in the classrooms. The juice and pop machines will be turned off if cans are found lying around the school. Cans should be disposed of in the proper containers. All spills and messes should be cleaned up by the student (s) causing the accident.
The student personnel services in the CWL High School are based on the principle that guidance is a fundamental and integral part of the school program. Every staff member performs some of the many pupil personnel services, which are provided for all students. The principle functions, however, are centered in a counselor.
The responsibility of the counselor is to work with the student, his parents, and teachers to help him plan and carry out an educational program best suited to his needs. The counselor assists the student and his parents to interpret test data and other information about his abilities, interests, and achievements in order that he may grow in self-understanding. Problems which interfere with a studentÕs progress in school are examined and efforts are made to help him work out satisfactory solutions.
All students are given the opportunity to participate in a group accident insurance plan provided by an independent carrier. The fee is nominal and covers any accident enroute to and from school, on school grounds, during school-sponsored events, and intramural and interscholastic athletics,.
Each student may be assigned to a locker. Use only the locker assigned to you, and keep it clean. No pop or pop containers will be stored in lockers. For sanitary reasons, please put your empty pop cans in the appropriate boxes. Locker posters displaying drugs, alcoholic beverages, obscene, or suggestive materials are prohibited. All personal items and books, when not in use, are best kept in lockers. DONÕT LEAVE VALUABLE ARTICLES IN YOUR LOCKER. Although the school cannot be responsible, please notify the office immediately of any misuse or disappearance of locker items. If you feel that you would like to put a lock on your locker, please check with the office.
Although school lockers are temporarily assigned to individual students, they remain the property of the school district at all times. The school district has a reasonable and valid interest in insuring the lockers are properly maintained. For this reason periodic inspections of lockers is permissible to check for cleanliness and vandalism. Any contraband discovered during such searches will be confiscated and turned over to the proper authorities. Lockers may be searched when reasonable cause to do so has been established.
Each student will be provided a period for lunch. Some students may wish to bring lunch from home instead of buying one. No juice/pop is allowed during lunch. All students are required to eat in the lunch room.
Medicines, including aspirin, may not be administered by any member of the school staff with the exception; medication may be administered by the principalÕs secretary if there is a request form signed by the parent, guardian, or physician.
The Media Center has books, magazines, and pamphlets for assigned study and recreational reading. It is open for use during the entire school day, and a short time before and after school. Lost books and magazines will be charged to the student having checked them out.
Parent-Teacher conferences will be conducted at designated times through the year. The conferences will be unscheduled. Parents may see any of the staff members at that time. Parents are encouraged to call or visit the school at any time throughout the year.
Radios, walk-mans, or boom boxes are not allowed in school.
REPORTS TO PARENTS
Grade report cards are issued at the end of each nine-week period and at mid-point of each quarter. These grades will be mailed. The grades you make in CWL Schools form a part of your permanent records. Your records mean something –do the best you possibly can.
School Spirit may be divided into three categories:
1. Courtesy –toward teachers, fellow students, and the officials of school
2. Pride—in everything our school endeavors to accomplish and has
3. Sportsmanship—the ability to win and lose gracefully. School spirit means
loyalty to all functions of the school. A loyal student supports his school and
does his utmost to keep his scholastic and activity standards at the highest possible level.
SICKNESS IN SCHOOL
The sick room is located next to the principalÕs office. Students should report to the principalÕs office when sick. Parents will be notified by the principal or secretary if a student needs to go home because of illness. If the studentÕs parents cannot be reached they may stay in the sick bed, but they will be counted absent. Students are not to leave the building without the permission of the principal.
There appears to be a definite relationship between good dress habits, good work habits, and proper school behavior. When a studentÕs dress causes distraction from the normal school operation or presents a safety or health hazard, the principal has the authority to act. Students are expected to adhere to reasonable levels of cleanliness and modesty. Students are expected to wear clothing that is appropriate to their age level and that does not disrupt the school or educational environment.
The wearing of clothing bearing profane language, having pornographic overtones, or suggestive of drugs, alcohol, or tobacco is prohibited. Footwear is mandatory. Hats are not allowed during the school day. Pants with holes in the seat are also prohibited. Any mesh shirt worn, must be worn over another shirt.
The telephones located in the school offices are business phones are to be used for that purpose only. Messages and deliveries from home should be left in the office. Students will be called out of class only in an emergency. Parents calling the school should call by way of the school office number.
Cellular phone use is prohibited during school hours. If a student is found using a cell phone during school, the phone will be taken away. The first time this happens it may be picked up in the office by the student at the end of the school day. Every occurrence after the first will result in the cell phone remaining in the school office until a parent/guardian comes to pick it up.
VEHICLE (POP AND FOOD USE)
The bus driver has the right to regulate the use of pop and candy when using CWL transportation. He can ban pop and food during the use of school transportation at his discretion.
DISCIPLINE AND STUDENT CONDUCT
One of the most important lessons education should teach is discipline. While it does not appear as a subject, it underlies the whole educational structure. It is the training that develops self-control, character, orderliness, and efficiency. It is the key to good conduct and proper consideration for other people. With an understanding of the purposes of discipline in a school, you may form a correct attitude toward it, and not only do your part in making school an effective place of learning, but develop the habit of self-restraint which will make you a better person.
Failure by any student to maintain acceptable standards of self-discipline while in the building or at a school-sponsored event could result in one of the following actions being taken:
1. Detention before and after school for failure to assume certain school
2. Loss of Privileges: Students may lose any or all privileges because of
improper behavior. These privileges may include class/field trips, lunchroom, and commons privileges.
3. Suspension: A student who commits a serious breach of discipline either in a
classroom or at any school sponsored activity may be suspended for a number of days deemed appropriate by the principal; or
4. Expulsion: This procedure will follow Board Policy.
It may be necessary on occasions to suspend a student who cannot adjust properly to the policies of the CWL Schools. Students may be suspended for:
1. Using or possessing tobacco (including chew), alcohol, steroids, or other
controlled substances, or Òlook alikeÓ substances that appear to be tobacco, alcohol, steroids, or other controlled substances, by students on school property or at any school sponsored activities, on or off school property.
Use or possession of tobacco product or Òlook alikesÓ
-minumum 2 day suspension.
Use or possession of alcohol or other controlled substances
– minimum 5-day suspension.
2. Stealing or destruction of property.
4. Skipping School
5. Harassing other students based on gender, disability, or ethnic culture.
6. Other infractions as deemed necessary by administration.
STUDENT GOOD CONDUCT POLICY
Participation in school activities is a privilege. School activities provide the benefits of promoting additional interests and abilities in the students during their school years and for their lifetimes.
Students who participate in extracurricular activities serve as ambassadors of the school district throughout the calendar 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 which are illegal, immoral or unhealthy. Students fall under the guidelines of the Student Good Conduct Policy beginning with their first high school activity and ending after completion of their last high school activity.
Students who fail to abide by this policy and the administrative regulations supporting it may be subject to disciplinary measures. Students disciplined under the good conduct policy shall receive appropriate due process in concern with the nature of the misconduct. It shall be the responsibility of the principal to maintain a record of violations of the good conduct policy and supporting administrative regulations.
It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the principal, to form a committee (if necessary) to develop rules and regulations for school activities. Students wanting to participate in school activities must meet the requirements set out by the school district for participation in the activity.
Students must display habits and conduct which are worthy to represent the ideals, principles, and the
standards of this school district. Issues addressed under the CWL Student Good Conduct Policy
include, but are not limited to: use or possession of illegal substances, stealing, committing other illegal acts not involving drugs or alcohol (examples might include: damage to property, criminal mischief, assault, misuse of prescription or nonprescription drugs, possession or use of weapon, possession or use of tobacco, assault and battery, vandalism), and other acts that require law enforcement involvement. The good conduct policy applies on or off school property, 365 days a year.
Any student who confesses to or is found guilty of a violation of the Code of Iowa (except for minor violations such as minor traffic violations) and/or violation of the policies of the Board of Education and/or rules of the school, is in violation of the CWL Student Good Conduct Policy.
Any student who confesses to or is * seen consuming or possessing alcohol, tobacco or any other illegal substance, or who confesses to or is *seen in attendance at a party or gathering where alcohol or drugs are being illegally served or used and who fails to promptly leave the location of such party or gathering upon discovery that alcohol or drugs are being illegally served or used is a violation of the Student Good Conduct Policy. Attendance at a wedding reception, graduation reception, publicly sponsored celebration (such as a Town Day or July 4), public event, family gatherings, or being in a public establishment is not considered a violation, however, a student * seen consuming alcohol, tobacco, or any illegal substance while in attendance at such places or events is in violation of the Student Good Conduct Policy.
Ò*SeenÓ refers to a school employee, any resident of the Corwith-Wesley or LuVerne School Districts over the age of 21, or Law Enforcement Official, who is willing to attest to the fact in writing.
The Principal and/or teachers reserve the right to question any student under suspicion of his possible violation (before or after) of the Student Good Conduct Policy.
Consequences for violation of the Student Good Conduct Policy are as follows:
1st Offense – any student in violation of the student good conduct policy will not be allowed to participate in any public school performance /event for 6 calendar weeks beginning with the finding date that a violation occurred. Performances/events include but are not limited to: participating in athletic events, cheerleading, music performance that are not required to receive a grade, drama events, homecoming/winterfest royalty, and prom royalty. Students serving good conduct violations may not be elected to student offices during that time. The six weeks may be reduced to three by the following actions:
1. Attend a seminar or self help group meeting conducted by a trained
Professional (A.A., N.A., Alanon, ect.) Must be pre-approved by the Principal, AD and sponsor of the activity. The Principal may determine to allow community service as an alternative action.
2. Write a 5-page paper (double space, font no larger than size 12, half inch
margins) on how continued violations could affect life and health. Read and approved by Principal, AD, Sponsor, and Guidance Counselor. Any and all cost incurred to reduce the penalty is the responsibility of the violator.
2nd Offense - any student found in violation of the student good conduct policy a second time will not be allowed to participate in any public school performance/event for 6 weeks beginning with the date the violation is found. No reduction is possible.
3rd Offense – any student in violation of the student good conduct policy for a third time will not be allowed to participate in any public school performance/event for one (1) calendar year from the studentÕs next scheduled performance/event.
4th Offense – any student in violation of the student good conduct policy for a fourth time will not be allowed to participate in any school performance/event for the remainder of his/her high school year(s).
Any student who fails to notify the principal within one week of the offense (except minor violation) will be suspended from all activities for two (2) weeks in addition to the consequences of the current offense.
While a student is ineligible, he/she must continue to practice and attend activities, games, or performances and abide by all rules set up by the activity in which he/she is participating. Also, the student must finish the season or his ineligibility carries over into the next sports season. Students may not go out for a new activity to circumvent this rule.
Other training rules will be set and administered by the coach or instructor of an activity program. The coach or instructor shall set the rules that he feels are correct for that activity and enforce them with the punishments that he sees fit. These penalties may take the form of extra work, non-participation in practice and/or games and performances. In some cases, the participant may be told to leave the activity.
In cases of ineligibility, the student has the right to a hearing with representation and/or parent present, the right to who the witness (s) are, the right to ask questions of witnesses appearing against him, the right to present his own witnesses and testimony, the right to testify in his own behalf, and the right to a fair and impartial decision based on the evidence.
Following are the initial hearing and appeal steps relating to cases of ineligibility:
Student, principal, and parent (if desired), meet to discuss the alleged violation of the Student Good Conduct Policy. It is at this step that the principal will determine if a violation has occurred and if so, what the appropriate consequence will be, in accordance with the Student Good Conduct Policy.
If the student is dissatisfied with the judgment of the Principal, he may file a written appeal, within 2 school days, to the Superintendent of Schools. Duties and powers of the Board of Education will be as follows:
1. Review the evidence presented to the Superintendent.
2. Hear any new information presented by either side.
3. Review the decision by the Superintendent.
4. Confirm the decision of the Superintendent, dismiss the case, or due to unusual circumstances or of the case, special consideration be given the case and a lesser penalty be given.
5. The decision by the Board of Education must be rendered, in writing, within one (1) school day.
Appeal hearing must take place within three (3) days upon receipt of written appeal.
HAZARDOUS CHEMICAL RISKS RIGHT TO KNOW LAW
The Corwith-Wesley LuVerne Community School Districts are in compliance with this state-mandated law. The training of personnel, community right to know, and emergency responses have been worked on and are now in use.
MULTICULTURAL AND NONSEXIST EQUITY EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY
Enrolled children in the school district community shall have an equal opportunity for a quality public education without discrimination regardless of their race, creed, sex, marital status, national origin, ability, or disability.
The education program shall be free of such discrimination and provide equal opportunity for the participants. The education program shall foster knowledge of, respect, and appreciation for the historical and contemporary contributions of diverse cultural groups as well as men and women to society. It shall also reflect the wide variety of roles open to both men and women and provide equal opportunity to both sexes.
Inquires regarding compliance with Title IX, Title VI, or section 504 may be directed to the high school principal, Corwith, Iowa. Telephone # is 583-2304.
As a result of ongoing inspections of our school buildings, we have determined that our buildings contain friable and non-friable asbestos. The districts have developed written Asbestos Management Plans that detail the inspections, the results to include types and location of ACBM, and the districtÕs intended response actions. This plan is available for inspection by anyone in the SuperintendentÕs office during normal working hours.
Student records are defined to be all official records, files, and data directly related to children, including all material that is incorporated into each studentÕs cumulative record folder, and intended for school use or to be available to parties outside the school or school system; specifically including, but not limited to: indentifying data, academic work completed, level of achievement (grades, standardized test scores), attendance data, scores on standardized intelligence, aptitude, and psychological test, interest inventory results, health data, family background information, teacher or counselor ratings and observations, and verified reports of serious or recurrent behavior patterns.
The intent of this regulation is to establish procedures for granting requests from parents for access to their childÕs records, use of those data, and procedures for their transmittal within 45 days or sooner if practical.
written request to the offices of student personnel services, which maintain student records within this school system. The parent or guardian will, upon written request to the office of student personnel services, have the opportunity to receive an interpretation of the records, have the right to question the data, and if a difference of opinion is noted, shall be permitted to file a letter in the cumulative folder stating the dissenting personÕs position. If further challenge is made to the record, the normal appeal procedures established by school policy will be followed.
persons under contract to the school and directly involved in working toward either the affective or cognitive goals of the schoolÓ.
The following personnel have access to student records at the Corwith-Wesley-LuVerne Schools. They may have access to these records without obtaining permission from the Superintendent or Principal. All others must have the SuperintendentÕs or PrincipalÕs permission.
2. Social Worker
3. Special Ed. Teacher
7. PrincipalÕs Secretary
8. Learning Disabilities Consultant
9. Classroom Teacher
11. All appropriate AEA Personnel
1. To release student records to other school (s) in which the student intends to enroll,
the parents, legal guardian, or student if over the age of 18, must be notified of the transfer and the kinds of information being released. They will receive a copy of such information if it is requested in writing and shall have the opportunity to challenge that record as described below.
2. Student data may be released to official education and other government agencies only if the names and all identifying markings are removed to prevent identification if individuals, except in the case of an official Sate Department of Education audit.
3. To release student records to other persons or agencies, written consent shall be given
by the parent, legal guardian, or by the student if he/she is 18 years of age or older. This consent
form will state which records shall be released, to whom they shall be released, and the reason for the release. A copy of the specific records being sent will be made available to the person signing the release forms if he/she desires.
4. Student records will be furnished in compliance with judicial orders, or pursuant to any lawfully issued subpoena, if the parents, legal guardian, or student if he/she is 18 year old or older are notified in advance.
5. All authorizations for release of information will be filed in the studentÕs cumulative
folder and a record of such disclosures will be maintained in each studentÕs folder.
6. Director information may be disbursed by the administration following (1) proper
notification of student or guardian to request that the information not be disbursed. Any request restricting distribution will be honored.
NOTE: * If the student is 18 years old or older, only the student has the right to determine who, outside the school system has access to his records.
USE OF STUDENT RECORDS
An accurate record shall be maintained for all students attending the school district. All such records will be preserved, either in original form or on microfilm, as prescibed by law and district regulation.
School record data are designated to promote the welfare of the students. When parent (s) or guardian (s) and students fill out forms and give personal information about themselves, they have a right to expect that such information will be used in a professional manner and in the best interests of the students.
Parent (s) or guardian (s) of minor students have the right of access to information about their children in school record-keeping systems. Minor students accompanied by parent (s) or guardian (s), adult students, or former students of adult age (18 years old or older) have the same right of access to information about themselves. Parent (s) or guardian(s) of minor students, adult students, or former students of adult age (18 years or older) can receive copies of any folder information for the cost of copying same.
Appropriate school personnel have the right to view student records. Those other than appropriate school personnel may view or obtain copies of student records only after securing parental or adult student permission.
Parent (s), legal guardians (s), or adult students may challenge the content of these records to correct or amend alleged inaccuracies.
Surveys, questionnaires, and study proposals submitted to the district from outside organizations or individuals must be referred to the Superintendent for review, recommendation, and coordination.
The following information may be released to the public in regard to any individual student of the school district as necessity or desirability arises. Any student of age (18) or older, parent, or guardian not wanting this information released to the public must make objection in writing within fifteen days
of enrollment should enrollment occur after that date, to the principal or other person in charge of the school in which the student is attending. It is desirable to renew this objection at the beginning of each school year.
THIS INFORMATION INCLUDES:
3. TELEPHONE LISTING
4. DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH
5. MAJOR FIELD OF STUDY
6. PARTICIPATION IN OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED ACTIVITIES AND SPORTS
7. WEIGHT AND HEIGHT OF MEMBERS OF ATHLETIC TEAMS
8. DATES OF ATTENDANCE
9. THE MOST RECENT PREVIOUS SCHOOL OR INSTITUTION ATTENDED
10. DEGREES AND AWARDS RECEIVED
11. ANY OTHER SIMILAR INFORMATION
CWL STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (STEMS)
The purpose of STEMS, Students Taking Effective Measures, program is to provide early intervention for students whose behavior interferes with their own education, safety, or education and safety of others. The program is also designed to provide assistance to students troubled by physical, emotional, social, legal, sexual, medical, family, or substance use problems. In addition, the program is degigned to identify and maximize the use of school and community resources in assisting students and their families.