Upton Student Handbook

Contents

 Policies & Procedures

ANTI-BULLYING POLICY

It is the policy of the St. Joseph Public School District to provide a safe educational environment for all students. Bullying of a student at school is strictly prohibited. This policy shall be interpreted and enforced to protect all students and to equally prohibit bullying without regard to its subject matter or motivating animus.

A. Prohibited Conduct.

1. Bullying. Bullying of a student at school is strictly prohibited. For the purposes of this policy, "bullying" shall include anything that might also be identified as hazing or harassment.

This prohibition includes any written, physical, verbal, electronic communication, or psychological abuse, including hazing, gestures, comments, threats, or actions to which cause or threaten to cause harm to one or more students, either directly or indirectly by doing any of the following:

A. Substantially interfering with educational opportunities, benefits, or programs of one or more students;

B. Adversely affecting a student's ability to participate in or benefit from the District's educational programs or activities by placing the student in reasonable fear of physical harm or by causing substantial emotional distress;

C. Having an actual and substantial detrimental effect on a student's physical or mental health; or

D. Causing substantial disruption in, or substantial interference with, the orderly operation of the school.

2. Retaliation/False Accusation. Retaliation or making intentionally false accusations against a target of bullying, anyone reporting bullying, a witness, or another person with reliable information about an act of bullying is strictly prohibited.

B. Reporting an Incident. If a student, staff member, or other individual believes there has been an incident of bullying in violation of this policy, s/he shall promptly report such incident to the appropriate building Principal, Assistant Principal, or Dean of Students. The student may also report concerns to a teacher, counselor, or staff member who shall be responsible for promptly notifying the appropriate building administrator or designee.

C. Complaints Against Certain School Officials. Complaints of bullying by staff members or volunteers may be reported to the building principal. Complaints of bullying by the building principal or designee may be reported to the Superintendent. Complaints of bullying by the Superintendent may be reported to the President of the Board of Education.

D. Investigation. All reported allegations of a policy violation or related complaint about bullying shall be promptly and thoroughly investigated by the building principal or designee. The investigation should be completed within three (3) school days after a report or complaint has been made to the building principal or designee. If an investigation requires more than three school days, the superintendent shall be notified on the third day of the investigation.

A description of each reported incident, along with all investigation materials and conclusions reached by the principal or designee shall be documented and filed within the district's student information system accessible to the District's central administrative office.

E. Notice to Parent/Guardian. If the principal or designee determines that an incident of bullying has occurred, s/he shall promptly notify the parent/guardian of the victim of the bullying and the parent/guardian of the perpetrator of the bullying. A record of the time and form of notice or attempts at notice shall be kept in the investigation file.

F. Annual Reports. At least annually, the building principal or designee, or the Responsible School Official shall report all verified incidents of bullying and the resulting consequences, including any disciplinary action or referrals, to the Board of Education. The annual Board report may be given in writing, in person at a regular Board meeting, or as otherwise requested by the Board of Education.

G. Responsible School Official. The Superintendent shall be responsible for ensuring the proper implementation of this policy throughout the District. The foregoing appointment shall not reduce or eliminate the duties and responsibilities of a principal or designee as described in this policy.

H. Posting/Publication of Policy. Notice of this policy will be: (a) annually circulated to all students and staff, (b) posted in conspicuous locations in all school buildings and departments within the District, (c) annually discussed with students, and (d) incorporated into the teacher, student, and parent/guardian handbooks.

The superintendent shall annually establish an Anti-Bullying Committee made up of at least one representative from each building, whose task it shall be to recommend speakers, activities, programs, initiatives or other educational programs for students and parents/guardians on preventing, identifying, responding to, and reporting incidents of bullying and cyberbullying.

I.  Definitions

1. "At school" means in a classroom, elsewhere on school premises, on a school bus or other school-related vehicle, or at a school-sponsored activity or event whether or not it is held on school premises." At school" also includes any conduct using a telecommunications access device or telecommunications service provider that occurs off school premises if the device or provider is owned by or under the District's control.

2. "Telecommunications Access Device" means that term as defined in Section 219a of the Michigan Penal Code, 1931 PA 328, MCL 750.219a, as may be amended from time to time.As of January 2012, "Telecommunication Access Device" is defined to mean any of the following:

a. Any instrument, device, card, plate, code, telephone number, account number, personal identification number, electronic serial number, mobile identification number, counterfeit number, or financial transaction device defined in MCL 750.157m (e.g., an electronic funds transfer card, a credit card, a debit card, a point-of-sale card, or any other instrument or means of access to a credit, deposit or proprietary account) that alone or with another device can acquire, transmit, intercept, provide, receive, use, or otherwise facilitate the use, acquisition, interception, provision, reception, and transmission of any telecommunications service.

b. Any type of instrument, device, machine, equipment, technology, or software that facilitates telecommunications or which is capable of transmitting, acquiring, intercepting, decrypting, or receiving any telephonic, electronic, data, internet access, audio, video, microwave, or radio transmissions, signals, telecommunications, or services, including the receipt, acquisition, interception, transmission, retransmission or decryption of all telecommunications, transmissions, signals, or services provided by or through any cable television, fiber optic, telephone, satellite, microwave, data transmission, radio, internet-based or wireless distribution network, system, or facility, or any part, accessory, or component, including any computer circuit, security module, smart card, software, computer chip, pager, cellular telephone, personal communications device, transponder, receiver, modem, electronic mechanism or other component, accessory, or part of any other device that is capable of facilitating the interception, transmission, retransmission, decryption, acquisition, or reception of any telecommunications, transmissions, signals, or services.

3. "Telecommunications Service Provider" means that term as defined in Section 219a of the Michigan Penal Code, supra, as may be amended from time to time. As of January 2012, "Telecommunications Service Provider" is defined to mean any of the following:

a. A person or entity providing a telecommunications service, whether directly or indirectly as  a reseller, including, but not limited to, a cellular, paging, or other wireless communications company or other person or entity which, for a fee, supplies the facility, cell site, mobile telephone switching office, or other equipment or telecommunications service.

b. A person or entity owning or operating any fiber optic, cable television, satellite, internet based, telephone, wireless, microwave, data transmission or radio distribution system, network, or facility.

c. A person or entity providing any telecommunications service directly or indirectly by or through any distribution systems, networks, or facilities.

St. Joseph Public Schools

Date Adopted: April 30, 2012

DISTRICT EQUAL EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY & NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT

In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disability Act of 1990, and the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act of 1977, it is the policy of the St. Joseph Public School District that no person shall, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, disability, height, weight, or marital status be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to, discrimination during any program, activity, service or in employment. The Board of Education designates the following individuals as the District's "Compliance Officers":

Craig Hubble, Principal                                  Denise Reisig

Brown Elementary School                              Director of Special Education

269-926-3100                                              269-926-3100

3275 Lincoln Avenue                                     3275 Lincoln Avenue

St. Joseph, MI 49085                                    St. Joseph, MI 49085

chubble@sjschools.org                                   dreisig@sjschools.org

 

COMPLAINT PROCEDURES FOR NONDISCRIMINATION

Section I

Any person who believes that s/he has been discriminated against or denied equal opportunity or access to programs or services may file a complaint, which may be referred to as a grievance, with the District’s Civil Rights Coordinator, Director of State/Federal Programs, 3275 Lincoln Avenue, St. Joseph, MI 49085, 269-926-3100.

Section II

A person who believes s/he has a valid basis for a complaint, may discuss the matter informally and on an oral basis with the District’s Civil Rights Coordinator, who will investigate the complaint and reply with an answer to the complainant. If the information procedures do not resolve the matter to the complainant’s satisfaction, or s/he skips the informal process, s/he may initiate formal procedures according to the following steps:

Step 1

Investigation by the District Civil Rights Coordinator: A person may initiate a formal investigation by filing a written complaint with the District Civil Rights Coordinator. The complaint must contain the name and address of the individual or representative filing the complaint, be signed by the complainant or someone authorized to sign in sufficient detail to inform the Civil Rights Coordinator of the nature and date of the alleged violation, and propose a resolution. The complaint must be filed within thirty (30) calendar days of the circumstances or even giving rise to the complaint, unless the time for filing is extended by the Civil Rights Coordinator for good cause. The Civil Rights Coordinator will conduct an impartial investigation of the complaint. As part of the investigation, the Civil Rights Coordinator shall interview any witnesses and review other evidence provided by the complainant. The investigation shall be completed within ten (10) business days of the written complaint being filed. The Civil Rights Coordinator will notify the complainant in writing of his/her decision and will maintain the District’s files and records relating to the complaint.

 

Step 2

If the complainant is not satisfied with the Civil Rights Coordinator’s Step 1 decision, s/he may submit in writing, a signed statement of appeal to the Superintendent of Schools within five (5) business days after receipt of the Coordinator’s response. The Superintendent shall meet with all parties involved, formulate a conclusion, and respond in writing to the complainant within ten (10) business days of receiving the written appeal.

Step 3

If the complainant remains unsatisfied, s/he may appeal through a signed written statement to the Board of Education within five (5) business days of his/her receipt of the Superintendent’s response in Step 2. In an attempt to resolve the complaint, the Board shall meet with the concerned parties and their representative within twenty (20) business days of the receipt of such an appeal. A copy of the Board’s disposition of the appeal shall be sent to each concerned party within ten (10) business days of this meeting.

 

Section III

PROHIBITION AGAINST RETALIATION

The Board will not discriminate against, coerce, intimidate, threaten or interfere with any individual because the person opposed any act or practice made unlawful by any Federal civil rights law, or because that individual made a charge, testified, assisted or participated in any manner in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing under those laws or because that individual exercised, enjoyed, aided or encouraged any other person in the exercise or enjoyment of any right granted or protected by those laws.

The complainant may be represented, at his/her own cost, at any of the above-described meetings/hearings.

The right of a person to prompt and equitable resolution of the complaint shall not be impaired by the person’s pursuit of other remedies such as the filing of a Complaint with the Office of Civil Rights or the filing of a court case in the appropriate Federal District Court. Use of this internal complaint procedure is not a prerequisite to the pursuit of other remedies.

The individual may also, at any time, contact the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil
Rights, Cleveland Office, 600 Superior Avenue East, Suite 750, Cleveland, Ohio 44114-2611; Telephone: (216) 522-49790; Fax: (216) 522-2573; TDD: (216) 522-4944; E-mail: ocr.cleveland@ed.gov; Web: http://www.ed.gov/ocr 

ATHLETIC CODE

The purpose of this code is to establish and maintain high standards of conduct for Upton Middle School athletes. The athletic department recognizes that pressures and problems can and do arise at home, at school, in social settings, and among team members. The athletic code is intended to guide and help the student and the parents understand the conduct expected of student-athletes at Upton Middle School and also to understand the seriousness with which infractions of the code provision are viewed. It is hoped that this code will avoid the need for disciplinary action.

Upton Middle School will provide the best in coaching, equipment, and facilities to help the athletes perform their best. In turn, the athlete is expected to respect and be responsible to those seeking to help him or her learn the skills to be a winner.

Because athletes are representatives of our school, their conduct on school property, in public places, or elsewhere must comply with the highest standards of personal integrity and morality. The student-athlete shall obey the rules listed in this code and shall not commit any criminal infractions of the community, state, or elsewhere. Any conduct not consistent with the conduct expected of our student-athletes as specified in this athletic code may result in suspension of the privilege to participate.

Athletes are expected to exhibit a competitive spirit and show good sportsmanship in competition. The athlete has a responsibility to demonstrate loyalty to the school and to his or her teammates. If the athlete verbally or physically behaves in a manner that brings disgrace or disrespect to the school or his/her teammates, or that affects team morale, the athlete will face disciplinary action.

When questions come up concerning training rules, the athlete is responsible for discussing these matters with the coach.

Athletic Eligibility Criteria:

Participation in athletics at Upton Middle School is a privilege. A student-athlete is required to maintain academic standards while participating. The following is a guideline to ensure those standards are met.

  • Athletes must maintain a C- (1.667) average.  Eligibility will be checked weekly with coaches and athletes notified on Friday that an athlete will be ineligible the following Monday through Saturday.
  • If a student-athlete is academically ineligible three times in a season, s/he is removed from the team for the duration of the season.
  • On the day of competition, the student-athlete must be in school three full class periods, and absences during 4th through 6th hours must only be for an approved reason (medical appointment, funeral, etc.).

Affected Sports:

  • Basketball,
  • Cheerleading,
  • Cross Country,
  • Football,
  • Pompoms,
  • Tennis,
  • Track,
  • Volleyball, and
  • Wrestling

Athletic Physicals & Participation Fee:

Any student participating in interscholastic athletics is to have a physical examination completed after April 15 of the previous school year. A fee is charged for participation. This fee does not guarantee playing time.

General Athletic Rules:

The following rules are to be adhered to by all Upton athletes. These rules are in effect 12 months a year. Any infraction of these rules, or serous unethical conduct on the part of the athlete, may result in suspension or termination of athletic privileges for that particular athlete at Upton Middle School. These rules are cumulative and not independent in their application of either a second or third offense.

A. Substance Use, Abuse, or Misuse

1. Students shall not smoke, chew, or possess tobacco products;
2. Students shall not consume, possess, conceal, distribute, sell, purchase, or abuse any product or substance containing alcohol;

3. Students shall not illegally use drugs or possess illegal drugs. This includes the misuse of legal drugs, or use of stimulants, steroids, counterfeit drugs, the possession, concealment, distribution, sale, or purchase of these substances.

B. Penalties for Violation of the Substance Rules

1. First offense:

Off-Season Infraction – Suspended from the scheduled athletic events for one-third (1/3) of the season. A more severe penalty may be invoked. The penalty may only be applied to a sport in which, during the past year, the athlete had participated. A 7th-grade athlete may apply his or her suspension to the next sport in which he or she participates.

In-Season Infraction – Once the athlete has begun a sport (defined as the first official practice), he or she will be suspended for the entire season. A suspended athlete may continue to practice with the team during this period of suspension if the coach wishes the athlete to do so.

2. Second offense:

Ineligibility for one (1) calendar year from the effective date of the decision. An 8th grade athlete will be ineligible through the end of the 8th grade school year. During this suspension the athlete may, with the coach’s permission, practice until suspension has been lifted.

3. Third offense:

Termination of athletic privileges at Upton Middle School until the conclusion of the student’s middle school career. If there are extenuating circumstances, the penalty may be less than termination.

C. Self Referral

A student who:

1. Has voluntarily sought assistance for a substance abuse problem and has been admitted to a hospital-based substance abuse program; and

2. Has voluntarily notified the school of his or her admission to such a program prior to being charged with a violation of the athletic code may be exempt from any penalty.

Any violation following the admission to a substance abuse program will result in an athletic penalty.

D. Transferring Student - A transferring student-athlete carries violation consequences of the previous school’s athletic code.

E. Rules of Conduct

An athlete may face immediate suspension from competition depending on the severity of the infraction.

1. Students shall not commit any theft of goods, equipment, or property belonging to the school or to others.
2. Students shall not commit any vandalism or illegal destruction of property.
3. Students shall not engage in any serious unethical conduct.

4. Students shall obey all laws of the community, state, or otherwise and shall not engage in illegal activities.

F. Penalties for Violating Rules of Conduct

The coach and athletic director will determine an appropriate penalty commensurate with the seriousness of the infraction, giving due consideration to the nature of the offense and the student’s past record. The penalty may include reprimand, suspension from athletic participation, or termination of athletic privileges altogether.

G. Procedures for Violations of General Athletic Rules

Student athletes are expected to display honesty and integrity, and whenever a violation of these rules is suspected, they are expected to cooperate with coaches and administrators who investigate the charges. Whenever a violation of these rules is suspected, the athletic director, assistant principal, and the coach will conduct an investigation and will notify the student-athlete of the nature of the charges and provide him or her an opportunity to discuss the matter. Where it is determined that an offense has occurred, the coach and the athletic director will assess the penalty. Parents will be notified within five (5) days after the penalty is imposed.

H. Appeal Process

Even though participating in athletics is a privilege and not a right, a process of appeal is available when an athlete feels that an unfair decision has been made concerning a violation of the athletic code. The athlete will follow these steps:

     1) Appeal the decision to the middle school principal within four (4) calendar days of receiving the penalty.
     2) A second appeal may be made to the superintendent of schools, within four (4) calendar days of the principal’s response.

     3) A final appeal may be made to the St. Joseph Board of Education. Request must be made within four (4) calendar days of the superintendent’s response. 

The Board’s decision will be final.

Failure to appeal within the time limits will result in a waiver of any further appeal. The purpose of each step in the appeal process is to provide the responsible and affected parties with a full disclosure of the facts and a full opportunity to discuss the issues involved. All meetings will be informal and will be attended only by those immediately affected.

I.  Rules for Participation

An athlete issued a detention is required to serve that detention prior to attending practice or game. In the event of a detention, it is the student/athlete’s responsibility to notify his/her coach. It is also the student/athlete’s responsibility to discuss an alternative detention with the staff member who issued the detention, should the detention occur on the date of an away game. This should be done prior to the day of the game.

If a student-athlete is suspended from school, he or she will not be eligible to participate in athletics during the suspension period. An athlete is expected to set an example of responsibility. When school is in session the day following an evening athletic contest, the participating athlete is expected to be in school.

When school is in session, it is mandatory that an athlete is in attendance the day an athletic event or practice is scheduled in which the athlete will participate. “Skipping” class or being unexcused on a game day will disqualify the athlete from participation in that game or practice. Excessive skipping could result in the suspension of that athlete for an extended period of time. In order for an athlete to be eligible to practice or play in a game when ill from school, he must be in attendance at school during the 4th through 6th hours (Doctor appointments, dentist appointments, funerals, etc., are not considered an illness).

II. Coaches’ Rules

The Athletic Code of Conduct is a set of minimum standards of responsibilities for all athletes in Upton Middle School. Coaches may set additional rules and standards for athletes in their respective sports. These rules will be printed and given out to students.

Additional rules set by coaches must be cleared through the athletic director. Once set, these rules are binding and student-athletes must follow these in addition to general athletic rules. In the event that a student-athlete is disciplined by a coach for violations of coaching rules, the coach will notify parents by phone or mail within five (5) school days. The athlete or parent may appeal a coach’s decision to the athletic director. The athletic director’s decision will be final.

III. Travel Requirements

Students are expected to ride buses home when provided. A student may ride home with his or her parent only upon coach’s receipt of signed note from parent.

Athletes are to bring their books, coats, and other belongings to practice with them. The gates may be down and your locker may be inaccessible when practice is over. The coach will issue a gym locker and a lock to the athlete if the student is not a physical education student during that particular sports season.

If you are to be picked up after practice, have your ride pick you up PROMPTLY in the back of the gym area. The athletic bus will pick you up in the same area.

TECHNOLOGY ACCEPTABLE USE AND SAFETY POLICY--GRADES 6-8

The following document is intended for all student technology users at Upton Middle School. The use of our district’s technology is a privilege, not a right. Technology users will be held responsible for their actions while accessing technology resources.

Educational Purpose

The purpose of all district technology is not to simply provide students with general access to the Internet; rather the use of district networks is specifically limited to educational purposes. These purposes include use of the system to promote educational excellence, to conduct research, to complete assignments, for classroom activities, and to facilitate personal growth in the use of technology. Users are expected to exercise self-control while using the network to further educational and personal goals. Uses that might be acceptable on a user’s private personal account on another system may not be acceptable on the school’s network. If a student is uncertain whether or not something is inappropriate, s/he should consult an adult.

Usage Guidelines

Intentional or repeated misuse of the district technology will result in consequences. These consequences could include suspension of technology privileges, payment of damages, discipline under other appropriate school policies, or appropriate legal action. Students are responsible for all use of their accounts. The district reserves the right to inspect any material stored on the district network and will edit or remove any materials that do not comply with this usage policy.

Not permitted:

  • Sharing your password or login, or the use of another’s password or login
  • Using obscene/objectionable language
  • Accessing, distributing, displaying, or printing offensive messages and/or pictures
  • Giving out personal information – yours or others
  • Harassing, insulting, threatening, or attacking others
  • Damaging, disabling, or trying to modify school equipment
  • Attempting to conceal activities while using technology
  • Violating copyright laws
  • Accessing game sites, IM, and other non educational sites
  • E-mail that is not used strictly for educational purposes
  • Practical jokes with files or equipment
  • Downloading games, music, or other files without teacher permission
  • Inappropriate use and naming of files

The district utilizes filtering systems and software to block inappropriate sites in compliance with the Children’s Protection Act. Students are required to notify an adult if they access a site that is inappropriate so the site can be blocked from future use.

Disks and flash drives are acceptable; however, the district is not liable for any negative results from their usage.

Due Process

In the event there is an allegation that a user has violated the District Technology Acceptable Use & Safety Policy, the user will be provided with a written notice of the alleged violation.If the violation is a criminal activity the police will be notified.

Consequences include:

  • Administrative Conference & Written Warning
  • Parental Contact & Detention
  • Loss of Technology Privileges – Temporary or Permanent
  • Suspension
  • Expulsion
  • Financial Restitution for Damages

STUDENT INFORMATION FOR PUBLICATION

The Education Department of the United States requires local school districts inform parents of information that will occasionally and periodically be provided to the news media and on our school district’s web site. These and other publications will include such items as athletic programs and achievements, school yearbook, honor rolls, scholarship winners, names and photos of students participating in programs, award winners, National Honor Society membership, and listing of students’ names and photos for other reasons.

If for any reason, a parent or guardian would wish to exclude their child’s name and photo from any of these items, the school district should be informed in writing. A statement of this policy may be found in any of the school offices.

St Joseph Public Schools Breakfast/Lunch Charging Procedures 

Purpose 

The goal of the St Joseph Public Schools is to provide students with healthy meals each day.  However, unpaid charges place a large financial burden on our Food Services Department. The purpose of this policy is to insure compliance with federal reporting requirements for the USDA Child Nutrition Program, and to provide oversight and accountability for the collection of outstanding student meal balances. 

The intent of this policy is to establish uniform meal account procedures throughout St. Joseph Public Schools. The provisions of this policy pertain to regular priced school breakfast and lunch meals only. While the USDA Child Nutrition Program does not require that a student who pays for regular priced meals be served a meal without payment, the St Joseph Public Schools provides this policy as a courtesy to those students in the event that they forget or lose their lunch money. 

Policy 

Full Pay Students – Elementary, Middle School and High School Students will pay for meals at the district’s published standard rate each day. A student will be allowed to charge a maximum of five (5) meals to their account after the balance reaches zero. Once a student has charged those five meals, he/she will not be allowed to charge a la carte item, however he/she will be offered a designated menu alternate. Sample: Soy butter and jelly sandwich, veggie sticks, fruit and milk. This designated menu alternate will be charged to the child’s meal account at the standard rate. 

Free Meal Benefit - Free status students will be allowed to receive a free breakfast and lunch each day. To make ala carte purchases students must have cash or funds in they’re lunch account. 

Reduced Meal Benefit- Reduced status students will be allowed to receive a breakfast for $.30 and lunch for $.40 each day. A student will be allowed to charge a maximum of five (5) meals to their account after the balance reaches zero. Once a student has charged those five meals, he/she 

will not be allowed to charge a la carte items, however he/she will be offered a designated menu alternate. Sample: Soy butter and jelly sandwich, veggie sticks, fruit and milk. This designated menu alternate will be charged to the child’s meal account at the reduced rate. 

There is a no charging policy for Adult lunch sales. 

Students/Parents/Guardians - pay for meals in advance via www.sendmoneytoschool.com, by cash or with a check payable to SJPS Food Service. Funds should be maintained in accounts to minimize the possibility that a child may be without meal money on any given day. Any remaining funds for a particular student will be carried over into the next school year. 

All school cafeterias possess computerized point of sale/cash register systems that maintain records of all monies deposited and spent for each student and said records are available by setting up an account at www.sendmoneytoschool.com or by speaking with the Food Service Director. 

Weekly reminders for low and negative balances can be sent electronically to parents when they sign up to www.sendmoneytoschool.com. Letters from the Food Service Office will be sent home with the student biweekly. 

Refunds - for withdrawn, and graduating students; a written request for a refund of any money remaining in their account must be submitted. An 

 

e-mail request is also acceptable. Students who are graduating at the end of the year will be given the option to transfer to a sibling’s account with a written request. 

 

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