CHALLENGING ALL STUDENTS TO ATTAIN THEIR GREATEST POTENTIAL                                                               ...
CHALLENGING ALL STUDENTS TO ATTAIN THEIR GREATEST POTENTIAL                                                     CALEDONIA ...
LOWNDES COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT                                                LOWNDES COUNTY SCHOOL BOARDThe Board of Educ...
The policies and procedures in this brief booklet are the result of a concerted effort on the part ofstudents, faculty, pa...
TABLE OF CONTENTS                ‫٭‬An alphabetical index for this handbook begins after page 46‫٭‬I.   SCHOOL DISTRICT OR...
KINDERGARTEN AND FIRST GRADE ENROLLMENT (JBA)……………………………………...            21  COMPULSORY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE (JBA)…………………………...
SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION OF SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS (JDE)………………….   42  APPEALS………………………………………………………………………………………………….  ...
***SCHOOL DISTRICT ORGANIZATION***POLICY MANUALSThis student handbook contains abbreviated versions of policies and proced...
***BUSINESS MANAGEMENT***SMOKE FREE BUILDINGS (EB)Consistent with Public Law 103-227, 20 USC 6083, the Lowndes County Scho...
EMERGENCY CLOSINGS (EBBC)Upon approval of the School Board, the Superintendent may close any school because of an emergenc...
***INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM***HIGHLY QUALIFIED TEACHERSParents have the right to request the qualifications of teachers and p...
awarding of credit for successful course completion is determined by the principal or designee. Note:Students enrolled in ...
ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL PROGRAM (IDDG) 1.   An alternative program has been established at each elementary campus to serve stud...
Standard I                                        Standard I RequirementStudents in middle or high schools demonstrating  ...
c.      Students who have been suspended repeatedly or who have been expelled from the                 school district and...
c) Third offense – Phone will be held in the office for 60 days. Parent may pick up the phone for a fee of                ...
Example: 1st nine weeks average 91         2nd nine weeks average 87                                178        178 / 2 = 8...
The grade for any student receiving academic instruction within the special education program and not inthe regular educat...
established Board policy that defines criteria for the academic promotion/progression/retention of students.Such criteria ...
    Students who demonstrate academic deficiencies with social/behavior problems and who are at         least two years b...
REMEDIATIONAny student who fails to master basic skills will be provided with remediation through TST, classroomteachers, ...
   A statement explaining the student’s reasons for wanting to graduate                                    early.        ...
English              Math              Social Studies        Science  th 7 grade        Pre-AP English     Pre-Algebra    ...
CARNEGIE UNIT REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATIONCLASS OF 2012 and BeyondMississippi University Admissions Requirements (including...
higher than Algebra I are: Geometry, Algebra II, Advanced Algebra, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, AP Calculus AB, A...
INTERNET / NETWORK ACCEPTABLE USE (IJA)     Use of the Lowndes County School District’s network shall be solely for the pu...
The following are examples of other inappropriate activities related to The Lowndes County SchoolDistrict’s network, e-mai...
Furthermore, any awards, honors, etc., of any kind will be based solely upon merit, hard work, and abilityand shall have n...
LCSD student handbook 2012 2013
LCSD student handbook 2012 2013
LCSD student handbook 2012 2013
LCSD student handbook 2012 2013
LCSD student handbook 2012 2013
LCSD student handbook 2012 2013
LCSD student handbook 2012 2013
LCSD student handbook 2012 2013
LCSD student handbook 2012 2013
LCSD student handbook 2012 2013
LCSD student handbook 2012 2013
LCSD student handbook 2012 2013
LCSD student handbook 2012 2013
LCSD student handbook 2012 2013
LCSD student handbook 2012 2013
LCSD student handbook 2012 2013
LCSD student handbook 2012 2013
LCSD student handbook 2012 2013
LCSD student handbook 2012 2013
LCSD student handbook 2012 2013
LCSD student handbook 2012 2013
LCSD student handbook 2012 2013
LCSD student handbook 2012 2013
LCSD student handbook 2012 2013
LCSD student handbook 2012 2013
LCSD student handbook 2012 2013
LCSD student handbook 2012 2013
LCSD student handbook 2012 2013
LCSD student handbook 2012 2013
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LCSD student handbook 2012 2013
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  1. 1. CHALLENGING ALL STUDENTS TO ATTAIN THEIR GREATEST POTENTIAL   2012-2013 A Guide for Students and Parents STUDENT HANDBOOK
  2. 2. CHALLENGING ALL STUDENTS TO ATTAIN THEIR GREATEST POTENTIAL CALEDONIA NEW HOPEWEST LOWNDES   
  3. 3. LOWNDES COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT LOWNDES COUNTY SCHOOL BOARDThe Board of Education meets on the second Friday of each month at 11:00 a.m. The meeting is held in the boardroom of the Superintendent’s Office, 1053 Highway 45 South, Columbus, MS 39701 (662-244-5000). Members ofthe board are: Bobby Barksdale, Vice-President Brian Clark, Secretary Jacqueline Gray Jane Kilgore, President Jeff Smith, Attorney Michael Gibson CENTRAL OFFICE ADMINISTRATION Lynn Wright, Superintendent. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244-5005 Dr. Peggy J. Rogers, Assistant Superintendent. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244-5001 Dr. Robin Ballard, Assistant Superintendent. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244-5020 Lotis Johnson, Business Officer/Administrator. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244-5016 Andra Brown, Special Education Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244-5027 Percy Lee, Vocational & Tech Prep Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244-5008 Jeanise Andrews, Technology Coordinator. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244-5018 TBA, Elementary Coordinator. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244-5007 Veronica Hill, Human Resources. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244-5010 SUPPORT STAFF SUPERVISORS Betty Clinton, Director of Child Nutrition. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244-5021 Greg Wheat, Maintenance Supervisor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 434-6123 James Patrick, Transportation Supervisor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 434-6299 Dr. Yolander Jones, Social Worker/Positive Behavior Specialist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244-5026 Dawn Bradley, Referral-to-Placement Case Manager. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244-5024 Roger Gaudet, Network Manager. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244-5006 Jodie Dollar, School Psychologist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244-5025 Matthew Culpepper, Information Specialist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 356-2010 Jay Morrow, Information Specialist. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244-4724 Brandy Gardner, Safe & Drug Free Schools Educational Coordinator. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 329-7509 LOWNDES COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOOLSCaledonia Elementary School (K-5)………………………..………………………………..Roger Hill, Principal99 Confederate Drive, Caledonia, MS 39740………………………………..…Phone 356-2050 – Fax 356-2065Caledonia Middle School (6-8)…...………………………………………………….......Karen Pittman, Principal105 Confederate Drive, Caledonia, MS 39740……………………………….....Phone 356-2042 – Fax 356-2045Caledonia High School (9-12)……………………………………...……………………..Randy Barnett, Principal111 Confederate Drive, Caledonia, MS 39740.…………………..……………..Phone 356-2001 – Fax 356-2036New Hope Elementary School (K-5)……………………………………………………...…...Joe York, Principal199 Enlow Drive, Columbus, MS 39702………………………………………..Phone 244-4760 – Fax 244-4775New Hope Middle School (6-8)……………………………………………………………Sam Allison, Principal462 Center Road, Columbus, MS 39702………………………………………...Phone 244-4740 – Fax 244-4758New Hope High School (9-12)………………………………………………………………Matt Smith, Principal3419 New Hope Rd, Columbus, MS 39702……………………………………..Phone 244-4701 – Fax 244-4725West Lowndes Elementary School (K-5)……………………………………………….Robert Sanders, Principal1000 Gilmer-Wilburn Road, Columbus, MS 39701…………………………….Phone 244-5050 – Fax 328-2912West Lowndes Middle School (6-8)…………………………………………………..Cynthia McMath, Principal1380 Motley Road, Columbus, MS 39701……………………………………....Phone 244-5060 – Fax 327-4857West Lowndes High School (9-12)……………………………………………..……TBA, Principal644 South Frontage Road, Columbus, MS 39701……………………………….Phone 328-1369 – Fax 327-3353
  4. 4. The policies and procedures in this brief booklet are the result of a concerted effort on the part ofstudents, faculty, parents, and administration. This information has been carefully prepared tohelp you adjust to your school and become an integral part of this school district.The ultimate purpose of education is to help young people become effective citizens in ademocracy. Developing and accepting responsibilities and obligations of good citizenship leadto success in the world of tomorrow. We hope you will examine the many and varied activitiesin your school and participate in those activities that will prepare you to take your place in thiscomplex society. Remember, your success will be directly proportional to your efforts.Please let the principals know if they can help you in any way. Working together we can make adifference – not only in the lives of all students, but in the lives of everyone in this community,this country, and ultimately in the world.We welcome you all. . . .especially new students. Your educational experience can be whateveryou make it. Always strive to make it outstanding. VISIT THE LOWNDES COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT WEBSITE at www.lowndes.k12.ms.us FIND OUT ABOUT THE EXCELLENT LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES IN THE LOWNDES COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT! ►Links to each campus can be found at this site.◄ ►View the LCSD Student Handbook Online!!◄
  5. 5. TABLE OF CONTENTS ‫٭‬An alphabetical index for this handbook begins after page 46‫٭‬I. SCHOOL DISTRICT ORGANIZATION POLICY MANUALS……………………………………………………………………………………… 1 SCHOOL DAY (AE)……………………………………………………………………………………… 1 EXTENDED SCHOOL (AE) ……………………………………………………………………………... 1II. BUSINESS MANAGEMENT SMOKE FREE BUILDINGS (EB) ……………………………………………………………………... 2 SCHOOL SAFETY PLAN: SAFELINE (EBB)………………………………………………………… 2 CRISIS MANAGEMENT: DISASTER PLANS/DRILLS (EBBC)……………………………………. 2 EMERGENCY CLOSINGS (EBBC)...…………………………………………………………………. 3 CHANGE OF ADDRESS / PHONE NUMBERS………………………………………………………. 3 TELEPHONES (IL)………………………………………………………………….………………….. 3 LOST AND FOUND…………………………………………………………………………………….. 3 ELEMENTARY PARTIES……………………………………………………………………………… 3 ASBESTOS NOTIFICATION…………………………………………………………………………... 3III. INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM HIGHLY QUALIFIED TEACHERS ……....…………………………………………………….……… 4 CLASSROOMS…………………………………………………………………………………………... 4 HALLS……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 4 PARENT CONFERENCES / VISITS……………………………………………………….…………… 4 ELEMENTARY CLASS PLACEMENT………………………………………………………………… 4 PROGRAM CHANGES…………………………..………………………………….…………………... 4 DUAL ENROLLMENT/DUAL CREDIT………………………………………………………………... 4 MISSISSIPPI VIRTUAL PUBLIC SCHOOL……………………………………………………………. 4 DISTRICT MATH POLICY (ICBA)…………………………………………………………………...... 5 SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM (IDDF)………………………………………………………….. 5 ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL PROGRAM (IDDG) ……………………………………………………… 6 INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT SERVICES (IFB)………………………………………………………. 8 CELL PHONES (IFBB)………………………………………………………………………………….. 8 LIBRARY SERVICES (IFBD) ………………………………………………………………………….. 9 GRADING (IHA)…………………………………………………………………………………………. 9 ELEMENTARY ACCELERATED READER GRADING POLICY ………………………..…………. 10 REPORT CARDS (IHA)…………………………………………………………………………………. 10 GRADING FOR SPED STUDENTS (IHAA)…………………………………………………………… 10 TEXTBOOKS (ICFA)…………………………………………………………………..……………….. 11 EXEMPTIONS (IDAF)….. .……………………………………………………………………………. 11 PROMOTION POLICY (IHE)…………………………………………………………………………… 11 RETENTION (IHE)………………………………………………………………………………………. 13 REMEDIATION………………………………………………………………………………………….. 14 GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS (IHF) ……………………………………………………………... 14 CRITERIA FOR VALEDICTORIAN AND SALUTATORIAN (IHF) ……………………………….... 15 CEREMONIES, DIPLOMAS, AND CERTIFICATES (IHF)…………...………………..……………... 16 OPT OUT POLICY…………………………………………..…………...………………..……………... 16 CARNEGIE UNIT REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION FROM THE LCSD (IHF)……………… 17 ADMISSION TO INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER LEARNING (IHL) PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES IN MISSISSIPPI……………………….……………………………………………………………………... 18 INTERNET/NETWORK ACCEPTABLE USE (IJA)…………………………………………………… 19 ADMISSION OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS (IKA)……………………..………………….. 20IV. STUDENT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES MAJORITY TO MINORITY TRANSFER POLICY (JA)………………………………………………. 20 EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES (JAA)……………………………………………………. 20
  6. 6. KINDERGARTEN AND FIRST GRADE ENROLLMENT (JBA)……………………………………... 21 COMPULSORY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE (JBA)…………………………………………………….. 21 ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS (JBC)…………………………………………………………………. 22 HOME SCHOOL ADMISSION / TRANSFER STUDENT TESTING (JBCD)………………………… 22 ABSENCES (JBD)………………………………………………………………….…….……………… 23 MAKE UP WORK (JBD)………………………………………………………………………………… 23 PERFECT ATTENDANCE (JBD) ………………………………………………………………………. 24 WITHDRAWAL OR TRANSFER PROCEDURE (JBCD)……………………………………………... 24 STUDENT INSURANCE PROGRAM (JGC)…………………………………………………………… 24 MEDICAL EXAM FOR ATHLETES (JGD)……………………………………………………………. 24 ACCIDENTS/FIRST AID (JGFG)……………………………………………………………………..... 24 COMMUNICABLE DISEASES (JGCC)………………………………………………………………… 25 MEDICINE POLICY (JGCD) …………………………………………………………….……………... 25 ASTHMA MEDICATION POLICY (JGCDA)…………………………………………………………... 26 CHECK-OUT PROCEDURES (JGE)……………………………….…………………………………… 26 MIDDLE AND HIGH-SCHOOL EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES (JT)……………………......... 26 SCHOOL DELIVERIES/FUNDRAISING (JK)…………………………………………….…………… 27V. CODE OF CONDUCT REGULATIONS………………………………………………………………………………………….. 27 MISSISSIPPI SCHOOL SAFETY ACT OF 2001 (JC)………………………...……………….……....... 28 STUDENT CONDUCT (JCA)………………………………………………………………………….. 28 HARASSMENT (JCBCA)…………………………………………………………..…………………… 29 BULLYING (JDDA)………………………………………………………………………………….. 31 DUE PROCESS (JCAA)………………………………………………………………………………….. 31 DISCIPLINE PLAN (JDA)……………………………………………………………………….............. 32 DISCIPLINE SANCTIONS……………………………………………………………………………….. 32 CLASSROOM TEACHER DISCIPLINE…………………………………………………….…………... 32 GANG ACTIVITY POLICY (JCBB)…………………………………………………………….………. 32 DAMAGE OR DESTRUCTION OF SCHOOL BOOKS OR EQUIPMENT (JCBD)….………………... 33 DAMAGE OR DESTRUCTION OF SCHOOL OR PRIVATE PROPERTY (JCBD)……………….. 33 ASSAULT AND/OR BATTERY OF A SCHOOL EMPLOYEE (JCBE)…………………….………... 33 FIGHTING AND/OR ASSAULT/BATTERY OF ANOTHER STUDENT OR A PERSON NOT EMPLOYED BY THE SCHOOL (JCBE)…………..…………………………………………………… 33 CRIMINAL LAW VIOLATIONS (JCBE)…………………………………………………………….... 34 ARSON (JCBE)……..…………………………………………………………………………………… 34 CAUSING FALSE FIRE ALARMS………………………………………………….………………...... 34 USE OR POSSESSION OF NARCOTICS, STIMULANT DRUGS, ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, INTOXICANTS, OR CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES (JCDAC)……… 34 SMOKING/USE OF TOBACCO (JCDAC) ……………………………………………………………… 34 BUS CONDUCT (JCDAD) AND FIELD/ACTIVITY TRIPS (IFCB) ….……………………………..... 34 POSSESSION/USE OF WEAPONS AND/OR DANGEROUS INSTRUMENTS (JCDAE)……………. 36 INTENT TO USE WEAPONS AND/OR DANGEROUS WEAPONS (JCDAE)……………………… 36 CHEATING ………………………………………………………………………………………………. 36 INSUBORDINATION………………………………………………………………..…………………… 36 DISRUPTION AND/OR INTERFERENCE WITH SCHOOL…………………………………………… 36 GAMBLING ……………………………………………………………………………………………… 36 STEALING………………………………………………………………………………………………... 37 PROFANITY………………………………………………………………………………………………. 37 TARDIES (ELEMENTARY)………………………………………………………………………….... 37 TARDIES (MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL)……………………………………………………………… 37 DRESS CODE (JCDB) ………………………………………………………………………………..... 37 VIOLATION OF SCHOOL ATTENDANCE…………………………………………….…………….. 38 ELECTRONICS, TOYS, ETC………………………………..………………………………………...... 39 BUILDING AND PLAYGROUND RULES……………………………………………………………… 39 CORPORAL PUNISHMENT (JDB)……………………………………………………………………… 39 SUSPENSIONS (10 DAYS OR LESS) (JDD)…………………………………………………………… 39 EXPULSIONS OR SUSPENSIONS OF 11 DAYS OR MORE (JDE)…………………………………... 41
  7. 7. SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION OF SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS (JDE)…………………. 42 APPEALS…………………………………………………………………………………………………. 43 PROCEDURE FOR WAIVING APPEALS………………………………………………………………. 43 OTHER DISCIPLINARY HEARING REGULATIONS……………………………………………….... 43 AUTOMOBILE USE ON CLOSED CAMPUS (JGFF)………………………………………………… 44 CAFETERIA (JGHR)…………………………………………………………………………………… 44 SCHOOL WELLNESS POLICY…………………………………………………………………………. 45VI. PUBLIC RELATIONS STUDENT SUPPORT/PRIDE……………………..……………………………………………………… 46 VISITORS TO THE SCHOOLS (KM)….………………………………………………………………… 46 PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT (LA)…………………………..…………………………………………. 46 COLUMBUS AIRFORCE BASE SCHOOL LIAISON………..…………………………………………. 46
  8. 8. ***SCHOOL DISTRICT ORGANIZATION***POLICY MANUALSThis student handbook contains abbreviated versions of policies and procedures most relevant to thestudents, faculty, parents, and administrators of both elementary and secondary students. Divisions andpolicy codes are aligned with the Lowndes County School Board Policy Manual.Complete policies may be found in the Lowndes County School Board Policy Manual. There are copies ofthis manual in the Superintendent’s Office and in the Principal’s Office of each school.SCHOOL DAY (AE)The school day must provide at least 330 minutes of instruction per day or 27 ½ hours per 5-day week.Two 60% days per year are also allowed, excluding early release Wednesdays.School officials will not be held responsible for students on school campuses prior to the beginning of theschool day or after school is dismissed unless they are under the direct supervision of an authorized adult.No school in the district will participate in activities that require any student to miss more than 20 classperiods in courses for which grades and/or units of credit are issued during the school year.Instruction is the primary focus of the school day. Please help us keep interruptions to a minimum so thatstudents receive the maximum amount of instructional time.EXTENDED SCHOOL (AE)This district offers extended school for promotion to students in grades 6-12 who meet the district’srequirement for attendance. The district also offers extended school for enrichment to students in K-5 whenfederal funds are available. 1
  9. 9. ***BUSINESS MANAGEMENT***SMOKE FREE BUILDINGS (EB)Consistent with Public Law 103-227, 20 USC 6083, the Lowndes County School Board bans the use of alltobacco products in school buildings, on school property, and in school vehicles by all persons at all times.This ban extends to employees, students, and patrons attending school-sponsored athletic events/meetingsand to all school-owned or operated vehicles and facilities.SCHOOL SAFETY PLAN: SAFELINE (EBB)Students should call 329-7509 to report any information relating to the safety of students, personnel, andschools in this district. All calls will be anonymous.CRISIS MANAGEMENT: DISASTER PLANS/DRILLS (EBBC)1. Fire (Refer to the district’s Emergency Procedures Plan.) Alarm – The alarm will be a continuous blast of a fire horn. The schools that do not have a fire horn will sound repeated short rings of the bell. The principal will sound the alert for evacuation and call 911 and the school superintendent. Teachers and students will evacuate the building immediately and go to the designated/alternate school site. Evacuation routine: 1. Students will walk in a single file line to an authorized exit and go to a designated area. 2. Students will stay with their present class at all times. A teacher will check rest rooms. 3. Teachers will call roll in the designated area. 4. Everyone will wait for the “all clear signal,” which will be one long ring of the bell. 5. Students will re-enter their classes in an orderly manner. 6. Teachers will call roll.2. Tornado (Refer to the district’s Emergency Procedures Plan.) Alarm – The alarm will be repeated long rings of the bell. During severe weather, the principal will listen to the school radio for any weather alert. If emergency procedures are necessary, the following steps will be followed: 1. The principal will sound the alert. 2. Teachers and students will go to the designated area without delay. 3. Teachers and students will crouch with their arms placed on the side of their heads and their hands placed on the back of their necks until an all-clear signal is given. 4. When the danger is over, the signal will be sounded to return to class. A tornado watch is a situation in which weather conditions are favorable for a tornado. A warning is a situation in which a tornado or funnel cloud has been spotted. All persons should take cover immediately.3. Earthquake (Refer to the district’s Emergency Procedures Plan.) Alarm – The alarm will be repeated short-long-short-long rings of the bell.4. Other disasters (Refer to the district’s Emergency Procedures Plan.) All other major disasters shall be reported to the Civil Defense and school officials shall follow their procedures. Note: All disaster plans must be on file and the evacuation plan must be posted in the building. In the event of damages or injury, the principal will notify 911 and the superintendent. 2
  10. 10. EMERGENCY CLOSINGS (EBBC)Upon approval of the School Board, the Superintendent may close any school because of an emergencysituation. However, all schools so closed shall operate for the required full time after being reopenedduring the scholastic year. S37-13-65 (1987)During inclement weather or other emergencies, personnel should refer to the following media concerningschool closings:Television Radio Website ALERT NOWWCBI . . . 328-1224 WACR . . .328-1050 www.lowndes.k12.ms.us Parent Notification SystemWTVA. . . 327-6464 WSMS . . .328-7124 (Please keep your schoolWLOV. . . 494-8327 WKOR . . .327-1183 informed of changes to your cell phone number)CHANGE OF ADDRESS / PHONE NUMBERSParents should notify the school office when their addresses, telephone numbers, place of work, and/orwork telephone numbers change. It is extremely important that parents can be reached at all times in caseof an emergency.TELEPHONES (IL) The school office phone is to be used with the principal’s permission only. Students will not be called out of class to answer the telephone; however, messages will be forwarded to them. Students will not be allowed to call home to check out, except in an emergency. LOST AND FOUNDAll items found on campus should be turned into the office, including money. If the owner does not claimthe money within five days, it will be given to the finder. If a student loses an item, he/she should check inthe office to see if it has been turned in. Lost and found items will be turned over to charity if notpicked up by the end of the school year. Parents should write their child’s name in all his/her clothes andjackets. Each year a great number of clothing items are never claimed.ELEMENTARY PARTIESElementary parties will be limited to Christmas, Valentines, and Easter. Recess time will be utilized for theparties. No dancing will be allowed. Birthday parties for students and/or teachers are not allowed.However, parents may send refreshments for everyone to enjoy at recess.ASBESTOS NOTIFICATIONThe Asbestos Hazard Emergency Act of 1986 (AHERA) requires the inspection of all buildings in theschool district for asbestos. The district has complied with this act. A management plan documenting theseinspections is on file for public review. Upon request, this plan may be viewed in the Superintendent’soffice.The asbestos identified in the management plan will be checked regularly by a licensed asbestos companyand by Lowndes County School District staff to scrutinize any changes in the material which could cause ahealth hazard. Asbestos will be monitored according to EPA guidelines. If changes occur, the asbestoscoordinator will notify the appropriate people as prescribed by law. 3
  11. 11. ***INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM***HIGHLY QUALIFIED TEACHERSParents have the right to request the qualifications of teachers and paraprofessionals. Parents will benotified if a non-qualified teacher will be teaching their child for four or more consecutive weeks.CLASSROOMSStudents will be under the supervision of several teachers during the day. Each instructor will have his/herown rules/requirements that students must become familiar with and obey.For significant instructional activities to take place, the students must accept part of the burden ofresponsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, being on time to class and having the necessary tools forlearning. Some of the most important tools are pencils, paper, textbooks, and completed homeworkassignments. Schools may sell school supplies.HALLSMovement in the halls should be quiet and orderly. Students should walk to the right. “Ganging up” ortaking up the entire hall will not be permitted. Student movement in the hall is restricted to walking. Norunning is allowed.PARENT CONFERENCES/VISITSParents/guardians are encouraged to become actively involved in their child’s education. Parents are alwayswelcome but are asked to make an appointment through the teacher, counselor, or principal prior to a visitor conference with a teacher. Drop-in conferences/visits are discouraged because they are a disruptionto instructional time.PROGRAM CHANGESIn middle and high schools, schedule changes can be made or a course dropped only during the first fullweek of class if:1. The change is possible in terms of the student’s existing schedule and the change will not overload a particular class.2. The change results in a reasonable program of studies in terms of the established curriculum.3. The change is approved by parent/guardian, teacher, and counselor.4. Final approval is granted by the principal.DUAL ENROLLMENT/DUAL CREDITDual Enrollment/Dual Credit is a program that allows high school students to simultaneously earn collegeor vocational credit toward a postsecondary diploma at a Mississippi public institution that will also countas credit toward a high school diploma.Lowndes County School District encourages high school seniors to enroll in college courses. Students whowish to enroll in college classes should contact their principal or counselor.MISSISSIPPI VIRTUAL PUBLIC SCHOOLLowndes County School District has approved the Mississippi Virtual Public School (MVPS) as a web-based educational service offered by the Mississippi Department of Education to provide students withaccess to a wider range of course work, with more flexibility in scheduling, and with the opportunity todevelop their capacities as independent learners.High school students may enroll in courses through the Mississippi Virtual Public School with priorapproval from the principal or designee. MVPS is not a credit issuing or diploma-granting institution. The 4
  12. 12. awarding of credit for successful course completion is determined by the principal or designee. Note:Students enrolled in MVPS are limited to earning two (2) Carnegie units of credit during the academicyear and one (1) Carnegie unit of credit during the summer.Students interested in taking MVPS courses should contact their high school counselor or administrator.DISTRICT MATH POLICY (ICBA)Math instruction in the Lowndes County School District follows the local math curriculum guides that arealigned with the Mississippi Math Framework. Students progress according to grade level through thesixth grade. Beginning in the seventh grade, students are given course sequence options, based on districtpolicy. The options and specific requirements are as follows and are based on the Mississippi Departmentof Education Math Framework:Grade Level OPTION 1 OPTION 2 OPTION 3 OPTION 4 th th 7 7 Grade Math 7 Grade Math Pre-Algebra Pre-Algebra 8 Pre-Algebra Pre-Algebra Transition to Algebra I Algebra 9 Transition to Algebra I Algebra I Geometry Algebra 10 Algebra I Geometry Geometry Algebra II 11 Geometry Algebra II Algebra II Advanced Algebra, Trigonometry, or Elective 12 Algebra II Advanced Advanced Algebra, Pre-Calculus, Advanced Algebra, Trigonometry, or Placement Calculus, Trigonometry, or Elective Advanced Placement Elective Statistics, or Elective To be recommended for 7th grade Pre-Algebra, students  Must have an overall 90 average in 6th grade math,  Score 11 or higher on the AP screening rubic 8th grade Algebra I  Must complete Pre-Algebra with a minimum 85 overall averageIn grade 8, Pre-Algebra, Transition to Algebra, and Algebra I are eligible for a Carnegie unit and can countas one of the required maths. Only one Carnegie unit will be given for each of these courses. Effectivewith the eighth graders of 2008-2009, Geometry may be taken in the eighth grade for a Carnegie Unitcredit. If a student repeats a course after passing it, the second year’s grade will be used for credit/GPApurposes. Beginning school year 2007-2008 for all entering eighth graders, at least two of the four requiredmathematics courses must be higher than Algebra I.SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM (IDDF)The State Department of Education shall establish goals for the performance of children with disabilitiesthat will promote the purpose of IDEIA and are consistent, to the maximum extent appropriate, with othergoals and standards for children established by the Mississippi Department of Education.The educational programs and services provided for exceptional children shall be designed to provideindividualized appropriate special education and related services that enable a child to reach his/herappropriate and uniquely designed goals for success. 5
  13. 13. ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL PROGRAM (IDDG) 1. An alternative program has been established at each elementary campus to serve students K-4 attending Caledonia, New Hope, and West Lowndes schools. The students in the elementary alternative class may not co-mingle with other students at that school and they are not eligible to participate in extra curricular activities. Each student assigned to the alternative class is under the direct supervision of the principal, and it is the principal’s responsibility to assure that all requirements of this policy, state law, and the accreditation standards are met. It is also the principal’s responsibility to keep on file all required documents that prove his/her program meets all standards and requirements. 2. The elementary alternative program is an extension of the regular program through a tutorial program, supervised by an aide in conjunction with regular teachers. An individualized educational plan must be developed for each student referred to the elementary alternative class. The plan must reflect both academic and behavioral objectives. 3. The Lowndes County School District participates in a consortium outside the district to provide Alternative schooling. Elementary, middle, and high school students in grades 5-12 up to age 17 attend Alternative school at the designated site. Students are supervised by administrator in charge at the designated site. 4. To be placed in the alternative program, students must meet the criteria in MS Code 37-13-92, along with all selection standards established by the Mississippi Department of Education and/or the Mississippi Commission on School Accreditation. Any student may also be recommended for placement in an alternative program/class by his/her principal. In addition, pursuant to Mississippi Code 1972, Section 37-13-92, the alternative program shall be established, maintained, and operated for the following categories of compulsory-school age students: a. Any compulsory-school age child referred to the alternative program by any chancellor or youth court judge having jurisdiction in the district, including, but not limited to, nonviolent juvenile offenders confined in any youth court detention facility. b. Any compulsory-school age child who: (1) has dropped out in violation of the Compulsory School Attendance Law, (2) has been suspended nine or more days or expelled from school, or (3) has committed disciplinary infractions which will result in expulsion from school. c. Any compulsory-school-age child referred to the alternative program by the parent, legal guardian, or custodian of such child due to disciplinary problems. Admission to and release from the alternative class/program is determined by the Alternative School Program Admissions Committee. This committee is approved by the superintendent and consists of four (4) to six (6) members, with a 50/50 ratio of white/black individuals, if possible. Designated committee members are the district social worker, the safe & drug free coordinator, and the school principal or designee. In addition, there is at least one (1) regular school teacher or other district administrator or support staff on the committee. After initial placement of students at the beginning of the school year, the committee meets at the end of each nine weeks or as needed. Upon recommendation by the Alternative School Program Admissions Committee, participation is mandatory. Parent refusal will result in a recommendation for expulsion. Prior to any student identified as disabled (under IDEIA, 20 U.S.C SS1400, et seq., and any amendments thereto) being placed in the alternative program, the district will convene the student’s Individualized Educational Program (IEP) Committee to review the placement and will extend all due process required by IDEIA regarding the placement. 5. The alternative program is designed to address the needs of students in the Lowndes County School District. Requirements of Mississippi law and recognized district needs have necessitated the formation of this program. The specific standards to enter the program are described on the following table: 6
  14. 14. Standard I Standard I RequirementStudents in middle or high schools demonstrating Students meeting the requirements of Standard Iacademic deficiencies along with social/behavior must remain in the alternative class for a minimumproblems and who are at least two years below their of one complete nine (9) week grading period.appropriate grade are eligible for alternative school During this time they must show marked progress inplacement. Placement in the program/class is behavior and academics. Behavior improvementdetermined by the Admissions Committee. Students in will be determined by documented evidence ofthis program must have behavioral contracts completion of all parts of their behavioral contract.established by school staff and designed specificallyfor the individual student. Standard IA Standard IA RequirementStudents in elementary schools demonstrating Length of time in the elementary alternative classacademic deficiencies in combination with will be determined by the building principal and willsocial/behavior problems and who are at least two be based on the behavior exhibited by the student.years below their appropriate grade level are eligiblefor alternative school placement. Placement in theprogram/class is determined by the AdmissionsCommittee. Students in this program are required tohave behavioral contracts established by the schoolstaff and designed specifically for the individualstudent. Standards II & III Standard II & III RequirementsStandard II: Students who are elementary, middle, or Students meeting the requirements of Standard II orhigh school age who have committed severe or habitual III may remain in the alternative program for one (1)discipline violations according to the district’s “Code year. They may re-enter their regular class onof Conduct” in the student handbook are eligible for probation at the end of one year. Any violation ofalternative school placement. Behavior contract the “Code of Conduct” in the student handbook thatrequirements beyond those outlined in the “Code of results in suspension within the first grading periodConduct” in the student handbook will be established after re-entry may result in a return to the alternativeby the school staff and designed specifically for the program/class. Students exiting the alternativeindividual student. These requirements will be program/class will remain on probation for a perioddocumented and signed by the student, his or her of one (1) school semester. During this time,parent or guardian, and the alternative program/class students may not commit discipline offenses aboveprincipal. Breaches of the contract will result in a the minor offense level of the “Code of Conduct” inlengthening of the required stay or expulsion of the the student handbook. Violations may result in astudent. return to the alternative program. Re-entry to the regular school program is based upon approval of theStandard III: Compulsory age youth who have been Alternative School Program Committee. Theadjudicated by the court system (i.e., youthful building principal will determine the length of timeoffenders, returnees from the training center, minors in the elementary alternative class based on thewho have been adjudicated as adults) are eligible for behavior exhibited by the student.placement. Successful completion of a behavioralcontract is required to exit the program/class. 6. Due to the limited amount of space, students will be served in the order listed below. First order is to serve compulsory age students who have been adjudicated by the court system. These include, but are not limited to, the following: a. Those referred by any chancellor or youth court judge with jurisdiction in the school district, which may include any non-violent individuals in any youth court detention facility. b. Students who are returned to school from the court system. (i.e., youthful offenders or returnees from the training center) 7
  15. 15. c. Students who have been suspended repeatedly or who have been expelled from the school district and/or other districts. (The guidance counselor must verify the suitability of the students to the alternative class.) Students who have dropped out of school or have been expelled and have a history of behavior problems must re-enter school through the alternative class. d. Students referred to the principal by a parent, legal guardian, or custodian due to disciplinary problems. (The guidance counselor must verify the suitability of the students to the alternative class.) Second order is to serve elementary, middle, and secondary students who have committed severe or habitual discipline violations in accordance to the district’s “Code of Conduct” in the student handbook. a. Severe discipline violations may include, but are not limited to, the following that occur under the school’s jurisdiction:  A particularly vicious fight with another student  An attempt to cause a riot or severe disruption to the school operation  Repeated threats, intimidations, or attempts of extortion b. Habitual discipline violations are characterized as repetitive offenses that exhaust policies and procedures outlined in the “Code of Conduct” in the student handbook or that exhaust the principal’s behavior modification techniques as prescribed by district policies and procedures. Third order is to serve elementary, middle, and secondary students who are demonstrating academic difficulties in combination with social/behavior problems. A student who has failed at least two years at his/her present placement level (i.e., elementary, middle, or high school) and has repeated conflicts with the “Code of Conduct” in the student handbook may be referred by the principal to the Admissions Committee. 7. The focus of the alternative program shall be behavior/core courses. 8. A student assigned to the alternative program shall be required to participate in the program until he/she has met all requirements for removal. 9. Any referral of a student to the Admissions Committee should be accompanied by sufficient documentation of academic and/or behavior problems that would warrant placement. The principal, parent, or referring agency may also appear before the committee to offer additional information. The committee shall have the authority to make the appropriate placement. 10. The district administrative staff are authorized to develop and implement additional rules and regulations necessary for the implementation of this policy.INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT SERVICES (IFB)Students have access to student support services provided by a counselor, a social worker, a nurse, andother student support personnel.CELL PHONES (IFBB)Use of cell phones is prohibited during academic, instructional hours. This is from the time school begins inthe morning until classes are dismissed in the afternoon and includes class changes, breaks, lunch, busroutes to and from school, and after school detention. If seen or heard, cell phones will be collected andturned in to the office. The school prohibits the possession and/or use of any electronic device, includingcell phones and personal digital assistance devices, during the administration of scheduled statewide tests.(Mississippi Public School Accountability Standards, 2009.)The sanctions for violating this rule are as follows: a) First offense – Parent/legal guardian may pick up the phone at end of the day. b) Second offense – Phone will be held in the office for 30 days. Parent may pick up the phone for a fee of $25 before the 30 days. 8
  16. 16. c) Third offense – Phone will be held in the office for 60 days. Parent may pick up the phone for a fee of $50 before the 60 days.LIBRARY SERVICES (IFBD)Each school has a library-media center with an organized collection of materials and equipment thatrepresents a broad range of current learning media, including instructional technology.The library staff offers an organized program of service to students and staff by providing access to thematerials and equipment, by providing training/instruction in the use of materials/equipment, and byworking with teachers and other staff members to design/provide learning activities for the students.GRADING (IHA)In kindergarten, a skills checklist is used to measure progress. A parent/teacher conference is also requiredin February and as needed during the year.In grades 1-12, A, B, C, and D are passing. A indicates exceptionally fine work; B represents better thanaverage work; C indicates average work; D indicates poor work. A grade of F indicates failure. The gradegiven at the end of the semester is a cumulative grade for that semester and is the one that is recorded. Thenumerical equivalent is given below.Elementary Grading Scale (Grades K-5)  A = 94 -100  B = 85 - 93  C = 75 - 84  D = 70 - 74  F = 69 or belowMiddle and High School Grading Scale  A = 90-100  B = 80-89  C = 70-79  D = 60-69  F = 59 or belowIn grades 1-5, equal weight will be given to all grades, including daily grades, and unit tests. Daily gradesare defined as homework, pop quizzes, daily reports, and any other grade given in class on a daily basis.Unit tests are defined as weekly tests, chapter tests, projects, or other evaluative criteria that arecomprehensive in nature.No points or grades will be given for nonacademic class requirements.In grades 6-12, periodic grades will be given. They will consist of daily grades, homework grades, and unittest grades.For the 1st and 3rd nine weeks, the periodic average shall count 4/5 of the 9-week average and the 9-weektest shall count 1/5 of the 9-week average.Example: Periodic average 90 9 weeks test 94 Calculation 90 + 90 + 90 + 90 + 94 = 454 9 weeks average 454 / 5 = 91The 2nd and 4th 9-weeks average will be the periodic average, since 9-week tests are not given at these intervals.The semester average will be obtained by averaging the two nine-weeks averages and multiplying by 4,adding the semester exam grade, and dividing by five. (Semester exams will be comprehensive, coveringthe entire semester’s work.) 9
  17. 17. Example: 1st nine weeks average 91 2nd nine weeks average 87 178 178 / 2 = 89 89 356 x 4 + 77 (1st semester exam) 433 / 5 = 87 (1st semester average) 356 433The same applies to second semester.The yearly average shall be obtained by averaging the two semester averages. However, in order forstudents to receive credit, the first semester can pull up second semester, providing the second semesteraverage is no lower than 65.The semester and yearly average, in courses that receive academic credit, will be rounded to the nearesthundredth (example: 96.48). Grades will not be rounded to the nearest whole number.Yearly averages which exceed 100 are limited to those weighted classes listed under criteria forValedictorian and Salutatorian.No points or grades will be given for nonacademic class requirements.ELEMENTARY ACCELERATED READER GRADING POLICYAccelerated Reader (AR) is a supplemental reading practice program where students read library booksfrom a selected reading range according to each student’s independent reading level. This level isdetermined by a combination of the STAR assessment, teacher professional judgment, and previousperformance in the program. Point goals, which measure the amount of reading practice, are set accordingto the allotted practice time and the student’s individual reading level.Grades for AR make up 10% of the total periodic reading grade. One half of the AR grade comes from thecomprehension grade or percent correct made on cumulative quizzes and the other half is derived from thepercent of goal a student obtains. The remaining portion of the periodic reading grade (90%) pertains to thebasic reading curriculum at the particular grade level.REPORT CARDS (IHA) Report cards are issued on the Thursday after the nine-week grading period. Numerals are used to designate a student’s progress in grades 1-12. Letter grades are used to designate a student’s progress in Kindergarten. Absences will be recorded on report cards. Parents are encouraged to set up a conference with the teacher if they would like to discuss their child’s grades. Parents of elementary students must sign the report card and return it to the school the next day.Students who make all A’s in every subject taken will be on the Superintendent’s list. Students who makeall A’s and B’s in every subject taken will be on the Principal’s list.GRADING FOR SPED STUDENTS (IHAA)Any students resourced into the regular classroom for any academic subject will receive grades from theregular classroom teacher and from the special resource teacher. The grades will be averaged for eachnine-week grading period. The student’s regular classroom performance will reflect three-fourths (3/4) ofthe grade, and the student’s resource classroom performance will reflect one-fourth (1/4) of the grade. Thespecific criteria set forth for the averaging of the two (2) grades is as follows:The student’s individual education plan (IEP) must correlate directly with the goals and objectives of theregular classroom subject areas as determined by the district’s curricular frameworks. In grades 6-12, nine-weeks exams will be given at the end of the first and third nine-weeks grading periods. Semester examswill be given at the end of the second and fourth nine-weeks grading periods.Example: A student is enrolled in a regular class for mathematics. The competencies listed on the student’sIEP must correlate with the competencies required within the course outline of the regular classroom.If the stated criteria are not met, the grades will not be averaged together. The two (2) grades will then benoted separately on the student’s report card. 10
  18. 18. The grade for any student receiving academic instruction within the special education program and not inthe regular education program will be assigned by the special education teacher. These grades will be basedon the student’s performance at his present level of functioning according to his/her IEP and not on hisgrade placement. Grading for lower functioning special education students will be based on mastery of IEPobjectives, and the grades will be assigned based on an E, S, or U rating.TEXTBOOKS (ICFA)Textbooks shall be selected from the list adopted by the Mississippi State Textbook Purchasing Board.They shall be selected by a textbook selection committee appointed by the superintendent or his designee.The textbooks shall be distributed and loaned to the students for use in their courses. Students who lose ordamage a book must pay for it before any more books are issued. Students who refuse to pay book fineswill be referred to the School Board for possible disposition by the Youth Court.Book fines will be assessed according to the following schedule: Condition Condition Amount of Fine when issued when returned N E None N G 20% of contract price N F 40% of contract price N P 60% of contract price E G None E F 20% of contract price E P 40% of contract price G F None G P 20% of contract price*When books are lost, damaged beyond reading or repair, have missing pages, or have broken spines,the student will be assessed the full price of the book.EXEMPTIONS (IDAF)First Semester: All students are required to take first-semester exams in a full-year course. Students ingrades 9-12 may be exempt in a first-semester, half-credit class if they have an “A” average. Students mayalso be exempt if they have a “B” average and no more than three absences in the semester class. If a dayis missed because of school activities, it will be excused if the student has an excused absence slip from theoffice signed by the supervising teacher for the day of the activity.Second Semester: Students in grades 6-11 may be exempt if they have an “A” average in a class for theyear. In addition, all absences must be excused as defined by Mississippi Compulsory School AttendanceLaw. Written documentation is required to receive an excused absence.Students may also be exempt if they have a “B” average for the year and no more than five absences. If a day ismissed because of school activities, it will be excused if the student has an excused absence slip from the officesigned by the supervising teacher for the day of the activity.Students in grades 6 – 8 must complete all parts of the MCT2 in order to exempt any exam.Seniors may be exempt from exams with an average of at least 70 and no absences in a full-year orone-semester course. The average required for exemption increases by one point for each day that ismissed during the school year in that particular subject, with a maximum of 20 days. Days missed forschool activities will be excused as stated above.There will be no exemptions with any out-of-school suspensions. Principals will determine whenaverages and exemptions will be announced.PROMOTION POLICY (IHE)Promotion and retention shall be based upon the mastery of objectives identified in the curriculumframeworks. The district and the school conduct an annual analysis of student performance and take actionto improve the instructional delivery and/or evaluation components when the review of studentperformance indicates weaknesses in mastery of the curriculum’s objectives. The District follows an 11
  19. 19. established Board policy that defines criteria for the academic promotion/progression/retention of students.Such criteria prohibits the retention of students for extracurricular purposes.NOTE: This portion of the policy is jointly monitored and enforced by the Board of Education and theMississippi High School Activities Association.Elementary Promotion/Retention Policy (K-5)Student’s grades are based upon testing that reflects mastery of objectives at 70%.1. Kindergarten Promotion:Kindergarten students will be promoted by recommendation of the teacher and the principal based on thefollowing criteria  mastery of all standards in English, Language Arts and Math at 70% proficiency.  having scored at least 600 on STAR Early Literacy assessment.Process for retention of a kindergarten student will be: 1. Review of student yearly progress, growth, and promotion criteria 2. Documentation of parent notification 3. Recommendation of retention to school principal 4. Principal reviews and approves or denies retention2. First Grade Promotion:Students in first grade must master all standards in Language Arts (Reading, English, Spelling) and mathwith at least 70% proficiency to be promoted and meet one of the following requirements: 1. Pass end of year literacy assessment benchmarks, or 2. Score 682 or higher on STAR Early Literacy assessment3. Second Grade Promotion:Students in second grade must master all standards in Language Arts (Reading, English, Spelling) andmath with at least 70% proficiency to be promoted and meet one of the following requirements: 1. Pass the end of year oral fluency reading assessment with at least 70 words per minute, or 2. Score 2.5 or higher on STAR assessment4. Third Grade Promotion:Students in third grade must pass Language Arts (Reading, English, Spelling), math, science, and socialstudies, with at least 70% proficiency to be promoted. Students who score Minimal on any part of the thirdgrade Mississippi Curriculum Test, 2nd Edition (MCT2), will be referred to Teacher Support Team (TST) asspecified in guidelines of the Mississippi Department of Education. TST will maintain MDE MSISCompliance Reports.5. Fourth and Fifth Grade Promotion:Students in grades four and five must pass Language Arts (Reading, English, Spelling), math, science, andsocial studies with at least 70% proficiency to be promoted.There may be additional reading/language arts requirements in grades 1-3, as determined by the principal.Students must attend school a minimum of 160 days during the school year to be promoted, excluding daysfor discipline suspensions and state-defined excused absences.Note: The building principal has the authority to recommend exceptions to the above policy. Theprincipal’s recommendation will be reviewed by a panel consisting of the Lowndes County elementaryschool principals, who have the authority to approve/disapprove the recommendation of the principal. Anexample of an exception includes, but is not limited to, the following: 12
  20. 20.  Students who demonstrate academic deficiencies with social/behavior problems and who are at least two years below their appropriate grade levelMiddle-school Promotion/Retention Policy (Grades 6-8)Students in grades six, seven, and eight must pass all courses attempted to be promoted.Minimum competency requirements, as set by the state, will also be considered as criteria for promotion.Seventh-grade students who score at the Minimal level on any part of the MCT2 will be referred to theTeacher Support Team (TST) as specified in guidelines of the Mississippi Department of Education. TheTST will maintain MDE MSIS Compliance Reports.Elective courses, such as band, chorus, dance, P.E., or art will not be offered during the extended summersession. Therefore, if a student fails an elective (depending on which courses are offered at a particularschool), the student will not be allowed to make up the subject during the extended summer session.Students who have final class grades of 55 in English, math, or reading and score Basic or above on theMCT2 will be promoted in those subject areas and will be given a grade equivalent to a 60. Grades in allsubjects must be established through the instructional process and evaluations that render specific grades.Pass/fail grades cannot be considered.Gifted education is also an elective course for those that qualify.Students must attend 160 days in all credit classes to receive credit for the class. Days for disciplinarysuspensions and excused days, as defined by the state, will be excluded.Note: The building principal has the authority to recommend exceptions to the above policy. Theprincipal’s recommendation will be reviewed by a panel consisting of the Lowndes County middle schoolprincipals, who have the authority to approve/disapprove the recommendation of the principal. Examplesof exceptions include, but are not limited to, the following:  Students who demonstrate academic deficiencies with social/behavior problems and who are at least two years below their appropriate grade level  Students who pass all required academic courses but fail an elective course, such as band, physical education, chorus, dance, or art.High-school Promotion/Retention Policy (Grades 9-12)For a student to be promoted in grades 9-12, he/she must pass English and earn the number of Carnegieunits for each grade as indicated below: Sophomore – 5 units Junior – 10 units Senior – 15 unitsAny student who can graduate if he/she passes all of his/her courses will be classified as a senior.All students must also pass the state-mandated subject-area tests in Algebra I, English II, Biology I, andU.S. History from 1877.Students who have final class grades of 55 in the subjects of the SATP and make passing scores on theSATP will be given a unit of credit for the specific subject and a grade equivalent to a 60.Students will be graded in all classes based on evaluations that are correlated to the competencies/objectives from the curriculum frameworks.Students must attend 160 days or more to receive credit in a one-credit class or must not miss more thaneleven days in a half-credit class to get credit. Days missed due to disciplinary suspensions and daysexcused according to state law will be excluded.RETENTION (IHE)The objective of the Lowndes County School District is to provide all students with quality instruction andthus a quality education. It is in the best interest of some students that they be retained to achieve masteryof objectives at a minimal level. Any student who is retained in grades 7 or 8 will be ineligible for schoolactivities, as governed by the Mississippi High School Activities Association. 13
  21. 21. REMEDIATIONAny student who fails to master basic skills will be provided with remediation through TST, classroomteachers, and supplemented by Title I services in eligible schools.GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS (IHF) 1. Beginning school year 2008-2009 and thereafter, all entering ninth graders (seniors of school year 2011-2012 and later) will be required to have a minimum of 24 Carnegie units. District policies will determine specific requirements for students who transfer their senior year. At least two of the last four Carnegie units must be from the school granting the diploma. 2. Correspondence courses: When courses are not offered by the school district, they may be taken by correspondence if, and only if, the student is behind in his/her credits. A maximum of one unit may be earned by completing a correspondence course, and it must be finished before the next school year begins. To get credit, the student must obtain approval from the principal and adhere to the following:  The course must be approved by the Commission on School Accreditation.  The principal must certify that the student meets the requirements of the approved correspondence course. 3. Extended school: A maximum of two units may be earned during a single extended school session, and only six units may be earned in extended school and counted toward graduation. Courses may only be taken if a student has fallen behind in his/her credits. Students must also have a minimum average of 55 and approval from their principal to enroll. 4. Each student receiving a standard diploma must earn a passing score on each of the required high school exit examinations: Algebra I, English II, Biology I, U.S. History from 1877. 5. Seniors will not be allowed to take less than four subjects during any regular session except for fifth-year seniors. 6. Completion of a Senior Exit Project will be optional. 7. Each student who has completed the secondary curriculum for special education may be issued a special diploma or certificate of completion which states: “This student has successfully completed an Individualized Education Program.” 8. Students with disabilities receiving a Mississippi Occupational Diploma must have successfully completed all minimum requirements established by the State Board of Education. 9. Early Graduation: a. A student who applies for early graduation must meet the same standards as students who complete 4 years of high school. b. A student who plans to graduate early must file an application with the guidance department by the end of the semester prior to his/her year of graduation. c. The application will be reviewed by a committee comprised of the principal, the guidance counselors, and four classroom teachers. d. The committee will make the final decision regarding early graduation.  e. The following items will be used to render a decision:  Application form  Completion of three semesters immediately preceding graduation at the LCSD high school where the student is currently enrolled  An 85 or B average in all courses attempted at the LCSD high school. In the event of a special circumstance and a student does not have an 85 or B, the committee will make a determination of the validity of the request for early graduation. 14
  22. 22.  A statement explaining the student’s reasons for wanting to graduate early. f. A decision by the committee will be made by the end of the semester following the student’s application. g. If the application is denied, the committee will respond in writing to the parents/guardian of the student. h. In the event the student fails to meet the requirements for early graduation or withdraws from the program, he/she will enroll in the appropriate grade and complete graduation requirements. 10. Students who fail to meet the graduation requirements are not permitted to participate in the graduation exercises. GRADUATION REQUIREMENTSCRITERIA FOR VALEDICTORIAN AND SALUTATORIAN (IHF)The criteria for selection of the valedictorian and salutatorian will be based on all courses taken during thefour years of high school, excluding driver’s education and physical education. Transfer students’ gradesthat are letter, rather than numerical, will be averaged using the midpoint grade. Students graduating with a94 or better average in the IHL core courses will graduate “with special honors.” Beginning with the classof 2012, students who complete at least three advanced placement courses during their high school careerand have achieved the highest grade point average of eligible students will be eligible for valedictorian andsalutatorian. Fractions of points will be counted and not rounded off. Final averages will be rounded to thethousandths. Students within .005 of one another will share these awards.Advanced placement, honors classes, and higher level classes (see below) will receive a weighted value atthe end of each semester. Beginning with the Fall of 2012 students in Advanced Placement courses willreceive a weighted value of 5%. Students in Pre-AP/Honors courses will receive a weighted value of 3%.Weighted courses to be used in computing class rank include Advanced Placement English, AdvancedPlacement Calculus, Advanced Placement Physics, Advanced Placement Chemistry, Advanced PlacementBiology, Advanced Placement Statistics, Advanced Placement U.S. History, Advanced Placement WorldHistory, Advanced Placement Studio Art, Pre-AP English, Pre-AP Biology, Pre-AP Chemistry, Pre-APMississippi Studies, Pre-AP Introduction to World Geography, Pre-AP World History, Pre-AP Geometry,Pre-AP Algebra II, Pre-AP Biology, Pre-AP Chemistry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Pre-APTrigonometry, Pre-AP PreCalculus, Physics and Pre-AP Algebra I (8th Grade).Every other class final average (with the exception of physical education and driver’s education) will alsobe calculated to determine final overall grade point average. Fine Arts and Health are included asgraduation requirements; therefore, grades in these subjects will be calculated in the student’s GPA.Beginning with the class of 2012 and beyond, ½ semester of physical education will be included in theGPA since it is also a graduation requirement.Beginning with the class of 2011, students who complete three or more advanced placement courses duringtheir high school career with a 90 average and complete the College Board Advanced Placement exam willreceive recognition at graduation ceremonies by wearing a silver cord with their cap and gown. Studentswho take the College Board Advanced Placement exam for advanced placement classes have the option ofbeing exempt from the final exam if they have no behavior infractions and have approval from the subjectteacher and school administrator. 15
  23. 23. English Math Social Studies Science th 7 grade Pre-AP English Pre-Algebra Pre-AP Social Pre-AP Studies Science 8th grade Pre-AP English Algebra I Pre-AP Social Pre-AP Studies Science 9th grade Pre-AP English Pre-AP Pre-AP MS Pre-AP I Geometry Studies/Pre-AP Biology I Intro to Geography 10th grade Pre-AP English Pre-AP Algebra Pre-AP World Human Pre-AP II II History Anatomy and Chemistry Physiology 11th grade AP Language & Trigonometry/ AP U.S. History AP Biology or AP Composition Pre Calculus OR Physics I Chemistry AP Statistics 12th grade AP Literature & AP Calculus AP Physics Composition OR AP StatisticsCEREMONIES, DIPLOMAS, AND CERTIFICATES (IHF) 1. The time/date of high school graduation is set by the superintendent and approved by the Board. There is no middle school graduation. 2. Participation in formal graduation ceremonies is limited to senior students who have successfully completed prescribed secondary school graduation requirements. 3. Preparation for graduation ceremonies is scheduled in such a manner that graduating seniors are not absent from classes for more than three days prior to graduation. 4. This district will not give a diploma, or any substitute for a diploma, signed or unsigned, to a student who fails to meet the requirements for graduation. 5. Students who have satisfactorily completed the district’s secondary curriculum for special education may be awarded a high-school certificate or a diploma stating, “This student has successfully completed an Individualized Education Program.” This student may be permitted to participate in graduation exercises. The original decision regarding the type of diploma that the students will seek must be made prior to the 9th grade by the IEP Committee, and the decision will remain open. A copy of the parent information letter and the graduation policy provided to the parent and student prior to the IEP committee meeting must be sent to the parent with the applicable written prior notice.OPT OUT POLICYBeginning with the 2008-09 school year and thereafter, all entering ninth graders (seniors of the school year2011-12 and later) will be required to have a minimum of twenty-four Carnegie units as specified by theLowndes County School District Handbook and Mississippi Public School Accountability Standards,Appendix A-2, unless the student’s parent/guardian requests to opt the student out of Appendix A – 2requirements (24 Carnegie Units).Any student who is taken out of the requirements of Appendix A – 2 (24 Carnegie Units) will be requiredto complete the graduation requirements as specified in Appendix A – 1 (21 Carnegie Units and all othergraduation requirements).Any student who completes the minimum graduation requirements as specified by the Lowndes CountySchool District student handbook AND has achieved a passing score on each of the required high schoolexit examinations is eligible to receive a high school diploma. 16
  24. 24. CARNEGIE UNIT REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATIONCLASS OF 2012 and BeyondMississippi University Admissions Requirements (including Graduation Requirements):English 4.0 English I, English IIMath 4.0 Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and one of comparable rigor and content (e.g., Advanced Algebra, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Discrete Mathematics, Probability and Statistics, or AP Statistics) Two must be higher than Algebra I.Science 4.0 Biology I, Chemistry I, and any two Carnegie Units of comparable rigor and content (e.g. Physics, Physical Science, Biology II, Chemistry II, AP Chemistry, Physics II, AP Physics B, AP Physics C). One unit must be a lab- based Physical Science.Social Studies 4.0 World History, U.S. History, ½ Introduction to World Geography, ½ U.S. Government, ½ Economics, ½ Mississippi StudiesHealth and P.E. 1.0 ½ Comprehensive Health and ½ P.E., OR ½ Family and Individual Health and½ P.E.Business & Technology 1.0 1 Computer Discovery OR ½ Keyboarding and ½ Computer ApplicationsThe Arts 1.0 Art, Band, Music, DanceAdvanced Electives 2.0 Foreign Language I and II, Advanced World Geography and a Foreign Language I or any combination of English, mathematics, or lab-based Science courses of comparable rigor and contentComputer Applications .5Other Electives 2.5District Graduation Requirements – 24English 4.0 English I, English IIMath 4.0 Algebra I and Geometry (two must be higher than Algebra I-Geometry, Algebra II, Advanced Algebra, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Discrete Mathematics, Statistics, and AP Statistics)Science 4.0 Biology I – one must be a lab based Physical Science which may include Physical Science, Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Physics, and AP Physics BSocial Studies 4.0 1 World History, 1 U.S. History, ½ Geography, ½ U.S. Government, ½ Economics, ½ Mississippi StudiesHealth and P.E. 1.0 ½ Comprehensive Health and ½ PE, OR ½ Family and Individual Health and ½ P.E.Business and Technology 1.0 Computer Discovery or ½ Keyboarding and ½ Computer ApplicationsThe Arts 1.0 Art, Band, Music, DanceElectives 5.0In grade 8, Pre-Algebra, Transition to Algebra, and Algebra I (along with Computer Discovery) are eligiblefor a Carnegie unit. Survey of Math Topics, Compensatory Math, and any developmental math course maynot be included in the math courses required for graduation; however, they may be included in the requiredgeneral electives.Beginning school year 2008-2009 for all entering 8th graders, one unit must be a lab based physical science.The allowable lab-based physical science courses are Physical Science, Chemistry I, Chemistry II, APChemistry, Physics I, and Physics II.Beginning school year 2007-2008 for all entering 8th graders, at least two of the four required mathematicscourses must be higher than Algebra I. The allowable mathematics courses that can be taken which are 17
  25. 25. higher than Algebra I are: Geometry, Algebra II, Advanced Algebra, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Discrete Mathematics, Probability and Statistics, and AP Statistics. A student can earn a maximum of 4 Carnegie units (per course) in band, choral music, and physical education. Elective units in P.E. include participation in interscholastic athletic activities that meet the instructional requirements specified in the Fitness through Physical Education Framework and that are sanctioned by the Mississippi High School Activities Association. Evidence of proficiency in keyboarding and computer applications is accepted in lieu of the required courses if the student earns one unit in a course in the Business/Technology framework. Credit earned for a state/local government course in another state by an out-of-state transfer student who enters after the sophomore year can stand in lieu of Mississippi Studies. Requirements for Admission to Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) Public Universities in Mississippi - For graduates entering a public institution of higher learning BEGINNING in the summer of 2012. CURRICULUM COURSES UNITS AREAENGLISH 4MATHEMATICS Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and any Carnegie Unit of comparable rigor and content (e.g., Advanced Algebra, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Discrete Mathematics, 4 Probability and Statistics, or AP Statistics)SCIENCE Biology I, Chemistry I, and any two Carnegie Units of comparable rigor and content (e.g., Physics, Physical Science, Biology II, Chemistry II, AP Chemistry, Physics II, AP Physics B, AP Physics C- Electricity and 4 Magnetism, AP Physics C-Mechanics, Botany, Microbiology, or Human Anatomy and PhysiologySOCIAL World History, U.S. History, Introduction to World Geography, U.S.STUDIES Government, Economics, and/or Mississippi Studies. (Credit earned for a 4 state/local government in any other state may stand in lieu of Mississippi Studies).ARTS Any visual and/or performing arts course (s), meeting the requirements for high school graduation. 1ADVANCED Foreign Language I and II, Advanced World Geography and a ForeignELECTIVES Language I or any combination of English, mathematics, or lab-based science courses of comparable rigor and content to those required above. 2 Only a math credit beyond Algebra II will be considered an advanced elective.COMPUTER Computer ApplicationsAPPLICATIONS ½TOTAL UNITS 19 ½REQUIRED Requirements for Admission to Community Colleges High School Diploma ACT *Algebra I in the 8th grade will be accepted for admission provided the course content is the same as the high school course. 18
  26. 26. INTERNET / NETWORK ACCEPTABLE USE (IJA) Use of the Lowndes County School District’s network shall be solely for the purpose of facilitating the exchange of information for this district in the furtherance of education, research, and job-related activities. The network also supports the educational and instructional endeavors of students and employees of the Lowndes County School District.The Lowndes County School District’s network is a complex system of components structured to performspecific functions within the district. The network system requires centralized management to ensureseamless operation; consequently, no user shall be allowed to attach any peripheral to the network withoutprior written permission. This includes, but is not limited to, hubs/switches, network storage devices,network printers, servers of any kind, and computers not owned by this district.Anyone who uses the Lowndes County School District network must also abide by the guidelinesestablished in COPPA and CIPA. CIPA (Child Internet Protection Act 2000) states that filtering serviceswill be utilized on all computers accessing the Internet in the Lowndes County School District.COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act 1998) states that users will not disclose, use,disseminate, or give personal and/or private information about himself/herself, minors, or any otherpersons. In accordance, this district will provide filtering software for every Internet accessible computer,and no employee shall disclose personal information about students on the district or school websites. 19
  27. 27. The following are examples of other inappropriate activities related to The Lowndes County SchoolDistrict’s network, e-mail system, and the Internet. Failure to abide by any of the district’s Internet /network “acceptable use” regulations shall result in suspension of the Internet and email account.Violations are not limited to those listed below: Downloading, installing, or copying software of any kind onto a workstation or any network drive without approval of district technology personnel. Violating copyright laws. Damaging computer systems or computer networks. (This includes changing workstation configurations such as printers, BIOS information, passwords, etc.) Accessing inappropriate web sites (sites containing information that is violent, illegal, sexual, etc.). Plagiarism of materials that are found on the Internet. Sharing passwords. Broadcasting network messages by participating or sending chain mail. Intentionally wasting limited resources such as disk space and printing capacity. Listening to radio or television broadcasting on the Internet.All users should realize when they use the Internet, they enter a global world, and any actions taken bythem will reflect upon the Lowndes County School District as a whole. As such, all users must behave inan ethical and legal manner and abide by the netiquette rules of network.Each student utilizing the Internet and his/her parent shall sign the district’s “Internet/Network UsageAgreement Form” before being allowed to use the Internet or network. All employees and communityguests must also sign the district’s applicable form before using the Internet or network.ADMISSION OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS (IKA)Lowndes County Schools shall enroll without delay English Language Learners who may not have a socialsecurity number or birth certificate.Lowndes County Schools shall enroll English Language Learners pending immunization records if they arenot presented at the time of enrollment. Parents/guardians will have a 30 day grace period from the day ofenrollment to present documentation. Every attempt will be made to assist the family in procuring thesedocuments.Parents of English Language Learners must present required proof of residency documentation. ***STUDENT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES***MAJORITY TO MINORITY TRANSFER POLICY (JA)Students must attend the school that serves their resident area. Students who are of the majority race intheir home school may transfer to a school, within District, where their race is a minority.EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES (JAA)The Lowndes County School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex,disability, religion, or age in the admission to and provision of educational programs, activities, andservices or in employment opportunities and benefits.Every student in this district will have equal educational opportunities regardless of his/her race, color,creed, sex, handicap, religion, or marital status. No student shall be excluded on such basis fromparticipating in, or having access to, any courses, athletic teams, counseling, employment assistance, orextra-curricular activities. 20
  28. 28. Furthermore, any awards, honors, etc., of any kind will be based solely upon merit, hard work, and abilityand shall have no relationship to the person’s color, creed, or national origin.Any complaints should be directed to Dr. Peggy Rogers, 1053 Highway 45 South, Columbus, MS 39701(662-244-5001).KINDERGARTEN AND FIRST GRADE ENROLLMENT (JBA)Pre-registration for the following school year is held during the fourth week of April. The pre-registration isheld daily from 8:00 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. in the elementary school that the child will be attending. During thistime, parents must present all items required for admission.To be eligible for kindergarten, a student must be 5 years old on or before September 1st of the enrolling schoolyear. To be eligible for the first grade, he/she must be 6 years old on or before September 1st of that school year.COMPULSORY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE (JBA)According to the State of Mississippi law, all children who have attained or will attain the age of 6 yearsand who have not attained the age of 17 years on or before September 1st of the calendar year are“compulsory school-age children” and must be enrolled in school. An “unlawful absence” (MSIS Policy)is a school-day absence by a compulsory-age child that is not a valid excuse for temporary non-attendance.Days missed for suspension, expulsion, or other disciplinary action shall not be “excused” absences. Eachof the reasons listed below is a valid excuse for temporary non-attendance if satisfactory evidence isprovided to the superintendent or his designee.If a compulsory school-age child is not enrolled in school within fifteen (15) calendar days after the firstday of the school year or such child accumulates five (5) unexcused absences during the school year, theprincipal shall report such absences to the school attendance officer of the youth court. No report isrequired if the cause of the compulsory school-age child’s non-enrollment or absence is one or more of thefollowing reasons:1. The child is physically, mentally, or emotionally incapable of attending school as determined by the appropriate school official based upon sufficient medical documentation.2. The child is enrolled in or pursing a course of special education, remedial education, or education for handicapped or physically/mentally disadvantaged children.3. The child is being educated in a legitimate home-instruction program.4. The absence of the child results from illness or injury that prevents the child from being physically able to attend school.5. The absence of the child results from him/her being in isolation ordered by a county health officer or by the State Board of Health.6. The absence results from the death or serious illness of a member of the child’s immediate family or household.7. The absence results from a medical/dental appointment of the child that has been approved by the principal and is based upon verification from the doctor.8. The absence is a result of the child’s attendance at the proceedings of a court or an administrative tribunal if such child is a party to the action or under subpoena as a witness.9. The absence is excused by the superintendent because the child or his/her parents adhere to a religion that requires or suggests the observance of a religious event. The approval of such absence is within the discretion of the superintendent, but approval should be granted unless the religious observance is of such duration that it interferes with the education of the child.10. The absence is excused by the superintendent to allow the child to take advantage of a valid educational opportunity, such as a vacation or other family travel. Approval of such absences must be gained from the superintendent prior to the absence, and approval shall not be unreasonably withheld.11. The absence is excused by the superintendent for other valid reasons or conditions that he/she deems sufficient to warrant the child’s nonattendance. (S37-13-911, as amended by ERA, 1982) 21

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