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Required Assessments Information
Adequate Yearly Progress
The School will annually review the progress of the School using state academic assessments and other indicators described in the state plan to determine whether the School is making adequate yearly progress.
The School will publicize and disseminate the results of the School’s annual review to the parent of its students, teachers, the principal, and the community to enable the teachers, the principal, and the community to continually refine the program of instruction to help all children meet the state’s academic standards.
20 U.S.C. 6316(a)(1)(A); NCLB 1116(a)(1)(a)
20 U.S.C. 6316(a)(1)(c); NCLB 1116(a)(1)(c)
Anti-Harrassment, Intimidation and Bullying
The following policy must appear in any student handbook, and in any publications that set forth the comprehensive rules, procedures and standards for the School and students. Information regarding this policy must be incorporated into employee training materials.
The School prohibits acts of harassment, intimidation, or bullying (including cyber-bullying) of any student on school property or at school-sponsored events (any event conducted on or off School property, including School buses and other School related vehicles, that is sponsored, recognized or authorized by the Board). A safe and civil environment in the School is necessary for students to learn and achieve high academic standards. Harassment, intimidation and bullying, like other disruptive or violent behaviors, are conduct that disrupts both a student’s ability to learn and the School’s ability to educate its students in a safe environment. Since students learn by example, school administrators, faculty, staff and volunteers should be commended for demonstrating appropriate behavior, treating others with civility and respect, and refusing to tolerate bullying.
“Harassment, intimidation, or bullying” means either of the following: 1) any intentional, written, verbal, graphic, or physical act that a student or group of students has exhibited toward another particular student more than once and the behavior both causes mental or physical harm to the other student; and is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment for the other student; or 2) violence within a dating relationship. The definition of “harassment, intimidation or bullying” also includes the above described acts which are electronically generated, stored or transmitted.
The School reserves the right to discipline students’ off campus behavior which substantially disrupts the School’s educational process or mission, or threatens the safety or well-being of a Student or Staff member. Factors which may be considered in determining whether the behavior warrants discipline include, but are not limited to, the following: (1) whether the behavior created material and substantial disruption to the educational process or the School’s mission due to the stress on the individual(s) victimized or the time invested by Staff in dealing with the behavior or its consequences; (2) whether a nexus to on-campus activities exists; (3) whether the behavior creates a substantial interference with a Student’s or Staff member’s security or right to educate and receive education; (4) whether the behavior invades the privacy of others; or (5) whether any threat is deemed to be a true threat by the administration or Board, using factors and guidelines set out by the courts or by common sense, reasonable person standards.
Some acts of harassment, intimidation, bullying and cyber-bullying may be isolated incidents requiring that the school respond appropriately to the individuals committing the acts. Other acts may be so serious or part of a larger pattern of harassment, intimidation, bullying or cyber-bullying that they require a response either in the classroom, School building, or by law enforcement officials. Consequences and appropriate remedial actions for students who commit an act of harassment, intimidation, bullying or cyber-bullying range from positive behavioral interventions up to and including suspension or expulsion. Due process procedures for suspension and expulsion will be followed, as provided for under R.C. 3313.66. The disciplinary procedures and code of conduct of the School shall be followed and shall not infringe on any student’s First Amendment rights under the United States Constitution.
All school personnel, volunteers and students are required to report prohibited incidents of which they are aware to the Head administrator or his/her designee. All other persons may report prohibited incidents of which they are aware to the Principal or his/her designee. Anonymous communications, if necessary, may be made by telephone, electronic mail, or in writing. The Principal or his/her designee is then responsible for determining whether an alleged incident constitutes a violation of this policy. In so doing, the Principal or his/her designee shall conduct a prompt and thorough investigation of the reported incident, and prepare a report documenting the prohibited incident that is reported. Once an investigation is completed, if the reported incident has been substantiated, the Parent of any Student involved in the prohibited incident shall be notified. To the extent permitted by R.C. 3319 .321 and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (20 U.S.C. 1232g), Parents have access to any written reports pertaining to the prohibited incident, and, if the School has a website, the School shall post this summary of reported incidents on the School website. Semiannually, the Principal will provide the Board President with a written summary of all reported incidents. All School personnel, volunteers and Students shall be individually immune from liability in a civil action for damages arising from reporting an incident in accordance with this policy.
The School prohibits reprisal or retaliation against any victim or person who reports an act of harassment, intimidation or bullying. The consequence and appropriate remedial action for a person who engages in reprisal or retaliation shall be determined by the Principal or his/her designee after consideration of the nature and circumstances of the act, in accordance with School policies and procedures. The School shall implement the following strategy for protecting victims: supervise and discipline offending students fairly and consistently; provide adult supervision during recess, lunch time, bathroom breaks and in the hallways during times of transition; maintain contact with parents and guardians of all involved parties; provide counseling for the victim if assessed that it is needed; inform School personnel of the incident and instruct them to monitor the victim and the offending party for the indications of harassing, intimidating and bullying behavior. Personnel are to intervene when prohibited behaviors are witnessed; check with the victim daily to insure that there has been no incidents of harassment/intimidation/bullying or retaliation from the offender or other parties.
Harassment, intimidation and bullying behavior can take many forms and can vary dramatically in seriousness and impact on the targeted individual and other students. Accordingly, there is no one prescribed response to verified acts of harassment, intimidation and bullying. While conduct that rises to the level of “harassment, intimidation or bullying” will warrant disciplinary action whether and to what extent to impose disciplinary action (i.e., detention, in- and out-of-school suspension, or expulsion) is a matter left in the professional discretion of the Principal, The following procedure sets forth possible interventions for the Principal to enforce the prohibition against harassment, intimidation or bullying. Anonymous complaints that are not otherwise verified, however, shall not be the basis for disciplinary action.
1. Non-disciplinary Interventions
When verified acts of harassment, intimidation or bullying are identified and/or when such verified acts do not reasonably require a disciplinary response, students may be counseled as to the definition of harassment, intimidation or bullying, its prohibition and their duty to avoid any conduct that could be considered harassing, intimidating or bullying. If a complaint arises out of conflict between students or groups of students, peer mediation may be considered. Special care, however, is warranted in referring such cases to peer mediation. A power imbalance may make the process intimidating for the victim and therefore inappropriate. The victim’s communication and assertiveness skills may be low and could be further eroded by fear resulting from past intimidation and fear of future intimidation. In such cases, the victim should be given additional support. Peer mediation may be deemed inappropriate to address the concern at the discretion of the School administration.
2. Disciplinary Interventions
When acts of harassment, intimidation and bullying are verified and a disciplinary response is warranted, students are subject to the full range of disciplinary consequences. In and out-of-school suspension may be imposed only after informing the accused perpetrator of the reasons for the proposed suspension and giving him/her an opportunity to explain the situation. Expulsion may be imposed only after a hearing before the Board of Directors, a committee of the board or an impartial hearing officer designated by the Board of Directors in accordance with Board policy. This consequence shall be reserved for serious incidents of harassment, intimidation or bullying and/or situations where past interventions have not been successful in eliminating prohibited behaviors.
Nothing in this policy prohibits a victim from seeking redress under any provision of Ohio law that may apply.
The School may form a prevention task force and/or programs to educate students about this policy, such as holding an assembly on harassment, intimidation and bullying for Parents and Students, to raise the level of awareness and help prevent the prohibited conduct. The School may also provide training, workshops, or courses on this policy to Staff and volunteers who have direct contact with students.
R.C. 3313.666, 3313.667
See also Policy No. 271 Student Code of Conduct; Policy No. 273 Expulsion and Suspension; Policy No. 232 Technology and Internet Acceptable Use; Policy No. 234 Electronic Communication Devices; Policy No. 261 Student Expression; Policy No. 262 Student Bill of Rights/Responsibilities; and Policy No. 264 Sexual and Other Forms of Harassment.
Unlike traditional school, students enrolled in Townsend Community School may be completing their work independently or in the community, along with the traditional school setting for classroom assistance and tutoring. All students will be required to submit completed exams on a weekly basis to the School. Additionally, students must select a day of the week that their schoolwork will be submitted. It will be the student’s (if 18 years or older) or the parent’s/legal guardian’s responsibility to notify the School of absence or the need to submit work on an alternate day in any given week. Students who have called in absent are responsible for not only the assignments due the week they return, but also for the week in which they are absent. It will be at the Townsend Community School’s discretion, in accordance with the laws, whether an absence is excused or unexcused based on the reason given for the absence. Students are truant from school when they have no valid reason for missing school. Ohio law recognized the following as being valid reasons for being absent: personal illness, illness in the family, quarantine of the home, death of a relative, emergencies due to absence of parents or guardians, observances of religious holidays, other emergencies of a set of circumstances which constitute good and sufficient cause. All other absences will be considered unexcused and/or truant. Unexcused absences will be closely monitored and the following procedures will be maintained:
After twenty-one days of unexcused non-attendance, truancy charges may be filed and/or the student will be withdrawn from Townsend Community School in accordance with ORC Section 3314.03(A)(6)(b). The district of residence will be notified of the withdrawal.
Career Advising and Student Success Plans
This policy governs the School’s plan for advising students on career readiness and shall be reviewed at least once every two years. This policy must be made available upon request and placed prominently on the School’s website.
Academic Pathways: A designated and specific plan for secondary and post-secondary coursework, academic programs and/or learning experiences that a student will complete in order to earn a diploma or other related credentials.
Career Advising: An integrated process that helps students understand how personal interests, values and strengths may predict educational and career satisfaction and success and may relate to academic and career goals.
Career Connection Learning Strategies: Grade-level examples linking schoolwork to one or more career fields as defined by the Ohio Department of Education.
Career Fields: Groups of occupations and broad industries based on common characteristics as defined by the Ohio Department of Education.
Career Pathways: An overview of the various career options and the amount of education or training necessary for each option.
Early Warning System: Data indicators that help identify students who are at risk of dropping out of school.
Online Tools: OhioMeansJobs K-12, or another similar tool that provides resources, tools and information for students to determine individual career interests, explore career and education options and develop an individual plan for their future.
Student Success Plan: A formalized process that helps students develop goals and plans for success in their futures. The process is based on strategic activities and reflections in which students discover their interests, explore and evaluate options and make informed decisions.
Successful Transition and Postsecondary Destinations: Acceptance to and enrollment in a postsecondary education or training program at an institution of higher education, without remediation. This includes apprenticeship, cooperative education, certificate, associate, or bachelor’s degree; employment in a high-skill, high-wage career field; or, acceptance into the military.
II. Career Advising Plan
The School shall establish a school wide system of career advising. The School shall train staff to advise students on career pathways, including training and advising students to use online tools.
The School’s career advising program:
will provide career advising to students in grades 6-12 through a combination of formal scheduled meetings with each student, classroom instruction regarding possible career options and career advice provided by teachers;
shall provide grade-level examples linking a student’s schoolwork to one or more career fields by consulting the Career Connections Learning Strategies and/or any other career advising source the Principal of the School and/or the Board deems appropriate;
shall develop multiple academic pathways through high school that will allow a student to earn a high school diploma, including career technical programs and advanced standing programs;
will provide the supports necessary for students to transition successfully from high school to their post-secondary destination, including interventions and services necessary for students who need remediation in mathematics and English language arts; and
identify and publicize courses that can award students both traditional academic and career technical credit.
III. Documentation of the School’s Career Advising Program
The School shall document the career advising provided to each student for review by the student, the student’s parent, and future schools that the student may attend. The School shall not otherwise release any documentation of career advising provided to each student absent the written consent of the student’s parent or the written consent of the student if the student is at least eighteen years old.
IV. Students at Risk of Dropping Out of High School
The School shall identify students who are at risk of dropping out using one or more local, research-based methods, such as the Ohio Department of Education Early Warning System or any other method deemed appropriate by the School’s Principal or his/her designee or by the Board. The School shall consider the input of teachers and guidance counselors in identifying students at risk of dropping out of school.
Any student identified as at risk shall be provided a Student Success Plan. A Student Success Plan shall address the role of career-technical education, competency-based education, and/or experiential learning, and create a pathway to high school graduation. The School shall offer the student’s parent an opportunity to assist in developing the plan. If the student’s parent does not participate in the development of the plan, the School shall provide the parent (1) a copy of the Student’s Success Plan, (2) a statement of the importance of a high school diploma, and (3) a summary of the academic success pathways available to the student to succeed in graduation.
The School shall provide additional interventions and career advising for students who are identified as at risk of dropping out. Career advising shall be aligned with the student’s success plan.
R.C. 3313.6020. See Appendices 204.14-A Model Student Success Plan Invitation Letter to Parent and 204.14-B Model Letter to Parent After Development of Student Success Plan.
Code of Regulations
Section 1. Purpose. Townsend Community School (the "Corporation") is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law to operate as a community school in the State of Ohio.
Section 1. Membership. The Corporation shall not have Members. The Directors of the Corporation, in conformance with the procedures established for the Board of Directors and to the extent required by law, shall have the authority that is granted to and carry out the duties that are imposed upon the Members of a nonprofit corporation under Ohio law.
Section 1. Number. The number of Directors of the Corporation shall be at least three (3) and no more than eleven (11), or such greater number as may be subsequently determined by the Directors; provided however, in no case shall the number of Directors be less than five (5) once the Corporation has entered into a community school contract with a sponsor unless Ohio law is amended to allow the governing authority of an Ohio community school to be composed of less than five (5) Directors.
Section 2. Term. Each Director will serve a three-year term, which expires in July of the third year following the year of their election, and which may be renewed as many times as such Director is elected. The initial term of a Director may be staggered from one to three years in order to ensure overlap and continuity. Each Director shall hold office until that Director’s term expires, or until his or her successor is elected, or until his or her earlier resignation, removal from office, or death.
Section 3. Qualifications and Role of Directors. Once the Corporation becomes a public school, the Directors, in their capacity as Directors, shall be the Governing Authority of a public Ohio community school. The Directors shall have a strong interest in the welfare of the Corporation and in education. Each Director should be willing and able to attend all meetings, both regular and special, and also be willing to accept special assignments and serve on committees.
Section 4. Election of Directors. At the annual meeting of Directors that is held on or before the date that such term expires, the Board of Directors shall elect a successor to any Director whose term is set to expire. The remaining Directors shall fill any vacancy in the Board of Directors created by the resignation, removal or death of a Director at a regular or special meeting of the Board of Directors. The remaining Directors shall have the authority to fill any such vacancy despite the fact that the remaining Directors do not constitute a quorum of the latest number of Directors before resignation(s). Candidates for Director may be nominated by any Director.
Section 5. Meetings. The annual meeting of the Directors shall be held in July of each year on such date, at such time, and at such place as a majority of the Directors may determine. In the event the Board of Directors is unable to hold its annual meeting in June, it shall hold such annual meeting on a date and at a time and place determined by a majority of the Directors. Special meetings may be called at any time by the President or by any one (1) of the Directors. Provided however, once the Corporation becomes a public school, meetings relating in any way to the business or operation of the public school must be open to the public and posted, publicized or advertised as required by law and the policies of the Directors.
Section 6. Quorum and Voting. The presence of a simple majority of the total number of Directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at all meetings of the Board of Directors. Except as otherwise provided by law, the Corporation’s Articles of Incorporation, or this Code of Regulations, a vote of a simple majority of the Directors present at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall be required to effectuate action on all matters within the powers of the Board of Directors. In addition to those Directors who are actually present at a meeting, Directors shall for purposes of this section be deemed present and able to vote at such meeting if a conference telephone or similar communications equipment is used by which all persons participating in the meeting can simultaneously communicate with each other. Provided however, once the Corporation becomes a public school, the Directors must be physically present at a meeting in order to be counted as part of a quorum and to vote.
Section 7. Notice and Waiver. Any notice required to be given by this Code shall be in writing and shall be delivered personally or sent by telegram, telecopy, or electronic mail transmission or by United States mail, express mail, or courier service, with postage or fees prepaid. For any notice made by personal delivery, telegram, telecopy or electronic mail, notice shall be deemed to be given when delivered or transmitted. For any notice sent by United States mail, or courier service, notice shall be deemed to be given when deposited in the mail or with the courier service. Unless waived in writing, notice of each annual meeting communicating the day, hour, and place shall be given to each Director by the Secretary of the Corporation not more than sixty (60) days nor less than three (3) days before any such meeting. Unless waived in writing, notice of each special meeting communicating the day, hour and place, and the purpose or purposes thereof shall be given to each Director by the Secretary of the Corporation not more than sixty (60) days nor less than three (3) days before any such meeting. Notice of the time, place and purposes of any meeting may be waived in writing, either before or after the holding of such meeting, by any Director, which writing shall be filed with or entered upon the records of the meeting. The attendance of any Director at a meeting without protesting, prior to or at the commencement of the meeting, shall waive notice or lack of proper notice for that meeting. Nothing in this Section 7 shall alter, however, the duty of the Corporation to provide notice to the public of meetings, once the Corporation becomes a public school.
Section 8. Action by Written Consent. Any action required or permitted to be taken at any meeting of the Board of Directors or of any committee thereof may be taken without a meeting, if a written consent to such action is signed by all of the Board of Directors or all of such committee, as the case may be, and such written consent is filed with the minutes of proceedings of the Board of Directors or committee. Such a written consent may be signed by facsimile signatures which shall be construed as originals, and/or on separate but identical documents which shall be construed as one original. Provided however, once the Corporation becomes a public school, all actions must be taken at open and public meetings and action by written consent shall not be allowed.
Section 9. Committees of Directors. The Board of Directors may create an Executive Committee and such other committee or committees as the Directors may determine, the members of which committee or committees shall consist of not less than one (1) Director unless Ohio law allows otherwise in the future. A simple majority of the members of any such committee shall constitute a quorum, and the act of a simple majority of the votes cast at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the committee. In every instance, however, the final action on all committee business shall only be a recommendation to the Board of Directors with respect to such matter. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Section 9 however, once the Corporation becomes a public school, no permanent committee, nor any group of Directors which consist of a majority of the Board of Directors, shall meet in a prearranged manner to discuss school business, without proper notice to the public of a committee meeting. Only the actions of the Board of Directors shall be valid and binding.
Section 10. Other Advisory Councils. The Board of Directors may, at its discretion, also consider recommendations of associations, supporting organizations or advisory councils which are not part of the Board of Directors, such as parents associations.
Section 11. Removal of Directors. Any Director may be removed, with or without cause, at any time by the majority vote of the Board of Directors.
Section 12. Resignations and Vacancies. Any Director may resign by tendering a written resignation to the Board of Directors. The resignation shall be effective on the date of its receipt by the Board of Directors, and the receipt of the resignation shall require no further action to be effective. Vacancies in the Board of Directors shall be filled in accordance with Section 4 of this Article II.
Section 13. Powers of Directors. The policies of the Corporation shall be directed by the Board of Directors in accordance with the law, and when a public school, also in accordance with the Corporation’s Charter Contract. Subject to the provisions of Ohio law in general, the Ohio Nonprofit Corporation Law, the Articles of Incorporation and the Code of Regulations of the Corporation, the Board of Directors shall do and perform every act and thing whatsoever which it shall deem necessary, expedient or advisable to carry out the purposes of the Corporation.
Section 14. Honorary Directors. Any individual, whether an emeritus Director or not, who has provided extraordinary service to the Corporation over a period of time, may be honored with the title Honorary Director, at the discretion of the Board, by a majority vote of the entire Board. Honorary Directors are not voting members of the Board and are permitted but not required to attend meetings. The Board of Directors may remove an Honorary Director at any time, with or without cause, by a majority vote of the entire Board.
Section 1. Number, Title and Election. The officers of the Corporation shall consist of a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer, and may include such other officers and assistant officers as the Board of Directors shall deem advisable, each of whom shall be elected by the Board at the annual meeting of the Board. With the exception of the office of President, an individual may simultaneously hold two offices. Officers shall hold office for a term of one year, or until their successors are elected and qualified, except in the event of their earlier death, resignation or removal.
Section 2. Vacancies. A vacancy in any office because of death, resignation or removal of an officer shall be filled by the Board of Directors for the unexpired term of such office.
Section 3. Resignation or Removal of Officers. An officer of the Corporation may resign at any time by tendering his or her resignation in writing to the Board of Directors and such resignation shall become effective immediately upon its delivery to the Board. An officer of the Corporation may be suspended or removed at any time, with or without cause, by the Board of Directors. The election or appointment of an officer for a term of office shall not be deemed to create employment or other contractual rights.
Section 4. President. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Board and shall coordinate the activities directed by the Board of Directors and shall oversee the administration of the Corporation in all its activities subject to the policies and goals established by the Board of Directors.
Section 5. Vice President. The Vice President shall perform the duties of the President when the President is absent, and all other duties as may be assigned by the Board of Directors or the President.
Section 6. Secretary. The Secretary shall be responsible for providing notice of meetings to the Board of Directors where notice is required, and to the public for the matters concerning the public school, and shall keep a record of the proceedings of the Board of Directors, and shall perform other duties as may be required by the Board of Directors or the President. However, in all of the above responsibilities, subject to approval by a majority of the Directors, the Secretary’s responsibilities or parts thereof, may be contracted for by the Directors.
Section 7. Treasurer. The Treasurer shall act as the fiscal officer of the Corporation and shall have custody of the cash, securities, and other assets of the Corporation, and shall perform other duties as may be required by the Board of Directors or the President. The Treasurer shall receive contributions, bequests, revenues, and other assets to which the Corporation is entitled and disburse funds as directed by the Board of Directors, maintaining records thereof. The Treasurer shall maintain appropriate books of account and supporting records and shall prepare and file all returns and related reports required by federal and state statutes and regulations and by the Board of Directors. However, in all of the above responsibilities, subject to approval by a majority of the Directors, the Treasurer’s responsibilities or parts thereof, may be contracted for by the Directors. The Board may require a bond in any amount, at its discretion or as directed by law, and the cost of the bond or bonds shall be paid for by the Corporation.
Indemnification of Directors, Officers, Employees and Agents. Each person who at any time is or shall have been a Director, officer, employee or agent of the Corporation, or a Director member of the Governing Board of the school, and such person’s heirs, executors and administrators, shall be indemnified by the Corporation, both during and after their association with the Corporation terminates, for those acts or omissions concerning the Corporation, in accordance with and to the full extent permitted by the Nonprofit Corporation Law (Ohio Revised Code Chapter 1702) as in effect at the time of the adoption of these Regulations or as amended from time to time thereafter. The foregoing right of indemnification shall not be deemed exclusive of other rights of indemnification to which any Director, officer, employee, agent or other person may be entitled, in any capacity, as a matter of law or under any regulation, agreement, vote of Directors, or otherwise. As authorized by the Board of Directors, the Corporation may purchase and maintain insurance against liability on behalf of any such person to the full extent permitted by law in effect at the time of the adoption of these Regulations or as amended from time to time thereafter.
CONTRACTS BETWEEN CORPORATION AND RELATED PERSONS
To the greatest extent allowed by Ohio law and, while operating as a public Ohio community school specifically subject to the limitations and restrictions imposed on public officers, any contract or other transaction between this Corporation and one or more of its Directors, or between this Corporation and any entity of which one or more of this Corporation’s Directors are interested, whether such Director is a member of the Governing Board of the school or not, shall be valid for all purposes, notwithstanding the presence of such Director at the meeting at which the Board of Directors of the Corporation acts upon, or in reference to, such contract or transaction, and notwithstanding the participation of the Director in such action, if the fact of such interest shall be disclosed or known to the Board of Directors, and the Board of Directors nevertheless, authorize, approve or ratify such contract or transaction by a vote of a majority of the Directors present. Unless Ohio law otherwise prohibits or permits, the interested Director may be counted in determining whether a quorum is present, but may not be counted in voting upon the matter or in calculating the majority of such quorum necessary to carry such vote. This Article shall not be construed to invalidate any contract or other transaction which would otherwise be valid under the common and statutory law applicable thereto.
BOOK AND RECORDS
The Corporation shall keep correct and complete books, records and minutes of the Board of Directors’ meetings, and during the time when the Corporation is functioning as a public school, such books and records shall be public records. The Secretary of the Corporation shall keep an accurate list of the names and addresses of the Board of Directors.
The Code of Regulations shall be adopted and, from time to time, amended by a majority vote of at least two-thirds of the entire number of the Board of Directors.
College Credit Plus
College Credit Plus Program – Advanced Standing Program College Credit Plus. The School recognizes the value to Students and to the School for participation in programs offered by accredited colleges and universities and shall offer high school Students (grades 9 through 12) and middle school Students (grades 7 through 8) opportunities to earn academy credit for both high school and college. “College Credit Plus” (the “Program”) enables students to earn credit toward a degree from an institution of higher education while enrolled in high school.
Any high school Students (grades 9 through 12) and middle school Students (grades 7 through 8) may participate in the Program. A Student participating in the Program shall elect one of two basic tracks: Option A – Elect to receive only college credit, in which case the cost of attending the college courses is borne entirely by the Student and his/her parent; or, Option B – Elect to receive both college and high school credit, in which case the Student and his/her parent may elect for participation to either (1) be subsidized by direct payments to the college out of the School’s foundation funds or (2) be borne entirely by the Student and his/her parents. If the School provides its own transportation to Students, reimbursement for transportation costs may be available.
Prior to participating in the Program, a Student shall be provided with specific information and counseling designed to make the Student aware of the possible risks and benefits of the Program. The School shall provide information on the program to Students in the grades prior to the years of eligibility on or before March 1, at minimum, through a notice provided to Students annually (see Appendix 204.13- B). All communications sent to students and parents related to academic planning shall include information on the Program. Information shall also be made available on the School’s website. The School shall hold at least one informational session per year in conjunction with each participating college within a 30 mile radius of the School. If no participating colleges are within a 30 mile radius, the School shall partner with the closest participating college to offer an informational session.
A Student wishing to participate in the Program shall give notice to the School between February 15 and April 1. If notice is received after April 1, the Student must obtain the written consent of the Principal in order to participate. If the Principal refuses to give written consent, the Student may appeal the Principal's decision to the State Board of Education. Students wishing to participate in the Program during the summer term must also comply with the April 1 deadline for notice, but are strongly encouraged to give notice to the School in February in order to improve chances of meeting summer registration timelines.
Before actually enrolling, the Student and his/her parent shall sign a form stating (1) that they have received the required counseling from the School; (2) that they understand the responsibilities they must assume under the program; and (3) that the School provided them with following information:
1. Program eligibility;
2. The credit awarding process and maximum credit requirements;
3. Financial responsibilities, if any;
4. Transportation and parking responsibilities;
5. Academic support services;
6. Course scheduling;
7. Student participation options, including opportunities to participate during the summer term and deadlines pertinent to participation.
8. The designated point of contact at the School who is available for questions regarding the Program; and
9. Any other possible benefits and consequences of participation in the Program.
The School shall notify each Student participating in the Program of the total number of college credits he/she may earn in an academic year through the Program prior to the date the Student registers for a courses in a term at an enrolling college.
Upon receipt of a pre-term notice from an enrolling college specifying the admission of a Student and courses and credit hours for which the Student is registered, the School shall verify (1) that the Student is not taking more than 30 college credit hours during an academic year, which shall begin with the summer term, and (2) that the Student has not exceeded 120 college credit hours total through the Program. In the event that the number of credits conferred by a college course partially exceeds the maximum number of allowable credits, then the whole course shall be considered to exceed the maximum allowable credits. This review shall be based upon a review of all pre-term notices received for the Student. If a Student has exceeded the maximum number of allowable credits permitted by law, the School shall promptly notify the Student and give the Student the option of (a) adjusting his/her schedule to comply with the maximum allowable credit requirement for (b) self-paying for those credits above the maximum permitted by the Program.
Participating Students must enroll in any non-remedial and nonsectarian courses, so long as the courses apply to a degree or professional certificate. Students must be assessed using the same standard of achievement and held to the same grading standard as non-Program students enrolled in the college course. The School shall ensure that enrollment in the college course with an end-of-course exam does not circumvent the Student’s obligation to sit for any required end-of-course examinations.
The courses offered in the Program shall be the same courses that are included in the participating college’s regular course catalogue. High school credit for college courses taken under the Program shall be granted by the School. If a course comparable to one completed at a college is offered by the School, the School shall give comparable credit. If there is no comparable credit offered by the School, the School shall grant an appropriate number of “elective” credits. If there is a dispute as to what constitutes “comparable credit” or “appropriate credit” then the Student may appeal the School’s determination to the State Board of Education, the decision of which shall be final.
The School, in coordination with a participating college or university, may elect to provide Program courses at the School under the instructor of a qualified high school teacher. Such a course must follow the same college course syllabus, use the same textbook and other course materials, aspire to achieve the same course objectives and learning outcomes, and assess Students using the same methods as the corresponding college course delivered on a college campus. Students who are not enrolled in a college through the Program, but nonetheless are enrolled in a Program course at the School, shall be held to the same academic standards as those Students enrolled in the Program, but shall not receive college credit for the course. The School shall provide written notice to such Students and those Students' Parent(s) stating that the Student is not earning college credit and that the course would likely need to be repeated upon enrollment in any post-secondary institution.
All high school teachers providing college instruction through the Program at the School must meet the qualifications to be an instructor as set forth by the Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education. If thee School elects to offer colleges courses at the School, the development session per academic year and must conduct at least one three-hour professional development session per academic year and must conduct at least one full-period classroom observation of each Program course taught by each high school teacher during the first academic year the teacher instructs that course, and alternating academic years thereafter. Any observer must provide the School's Principal with at least 24 hours' advance written notice of each observation.
In coordination with at least one participating college, the School shall designate various course "pathways" which, amongst other things, may be based on major, career path, or core coursework. Pathways must provide Students with the Opportunity to either earn 15 credits or 30 credits. Pathways are merely guidance for Students as to the possible course of study that a Student may elect to pursue; however, Students are not precluded from participating in courses outside of any pathway. Pathways shall be included in the School's designated course offering book for Student references.
Student participation in the Program is based solely on the participating college’s established placement standards for college-level courses for which credit is awarded. A 7th, 8th or 9th grade Student seeking high school credit may not participate in the program for more than the equivalent of four academic school years. Likewise, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade Students seeking high school credit may not participate for more than the equivalent of three, two or one academic school year(s) respectively.
Students may participate in the Program during a summer term, unless the summer term begins during the Student's last quarter of high school or after the Student's anticipated high school graduation date. The Parent(s) of any Student electing to take summer courses through the Program shall be solely responsible for transportation to and from Program courses. Earned credit for summer courses shall be included on the Student's transcript for the coming school year.
Students wishing to take college courses at their own expense, and outside of regular school hours, may do so without participating in the Program. The School shall only recognize college course work that is successfully completed by a Student though the Program in full compliance with all Program requirements and restrictions, and count such completion toward graduation and subject area requirements. Student records shall indicate the successful completion of any college courses taken and include the name of the college at which the credits were earned. Grades earned from the post-secondary institution will be averaged into each Student’s high school and college grade point average. Students participating in the Program will receive the same preferential weighting in calculating their grade point average as those students who participate in other Advanced Standing Programs (e.g., Advanced Placement courses, International Baccalaureate courses, etc.).
If the Student receives a failing grade in any college course while participating in the Program, the Student and his or her parents may be held responsible to reimburse for the amount of state funds paid to the college on the Student’s behalf. Student’s receiving a failing grade may have grades and credits withheld by the School until reimbursement occurs. However, the School shall not seek reimbursement from any participating Student who is economically disadvantaged.
The expulsion of a Student from School may cause the Student to lose the privileges and benefits of the Program. Students who have been expelled from School may not apply for college enrollment under the Program during the period of expulsion. With respect to Students already enrolled in college at the time of the expulsion, the Board shall deny such Student’s high school credit earned in the CCP Program during expulsion Accordingly, the Board shall send written notice of the expulsion to the college at the time the expulsion is imposed and shall indicate that the School has adopted a policy denying high school credit for Program courses taken during an expulsion. The college may then withdraw its acceptance of the Student. If the college chooses not to withdraw its acceptance of the Student, the Student may continue in attendance for college credit only. In such circumstances, the Student is financially responsible for tuition and fees and must pay the college for any textbooks and materials that were previously supplied without charge.
Annually, the School and the participating college shall jointly submit the required data to the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents for any student participating in the Program by July 15.
Nothing in the “College Credit Plus” program shall preclude a student from also choosing to complete coursework in another Advanced Standing Program while enrolled in high school.
Advanced Standing Program. Students may earn credit toward a degree from an institution of higher education upon the student’s attainment of a specified score on an examination covering the coursework. Coursework in an Advanced Standing Program may include any of the following:
1. College Credit Plus;
2. Advanced placement;
3. International Baccalaureate courses;
4. Early college high schools.
R.C. 3313.6013; Chapter 3365; OAC Chapter 3333-1-65; OAC Chapter 3301-44.
See Appendix 204.13-A Letter of Intent to Participate in College Credit Plus and Appendix 204.13-B College Credit Plus Informational Sheet, and Appendix 204.13-C Sample Invitation Letter for Informational Sessions.
General Notice of Non-Discrimination Policy
The School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies:
Sam Collier, Special Education Coordinator
207 Lowell Street • Castalia, OH 44824
419-684-5402 ext 306
The language above will be posted on the School's website within two clicks of the home page; in all other School-related documents made available to students, parents, staff, and applicants (e.g., student newspapers, parent newsletters, student handbooks, employee handbooks, application forms, recruiting materials, etc.); and in a conspicuous place in the School building. This language will also be provided to parents, students, and employees prior to the start of each school year.
The designated individual will serve as the requisite coordinator for each of the following: Policy 221 (Access to Equal Education Opportunity), Policy 222 (Title IX Coordinator), Policy 228 (Section 504), Policy 264 (Sexual and Other Forms of Harassment), and Policy 305 (Nondiscrimination).
Online Education and Career Planning Tool
3313.89 Publication of information regarding online education and career planning tool.
Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, each public high school shall publish or provide, not later than the first day of April of each year, in its newsletter, high school planning guide, regular publication provided to parents and students, or in a prominent location on the school web site, information regarding the online education and career planning tool developed under section 6301.15 of the Revised Code. The information shall include the internet web site address for the planning tool and a link to that web site. The information also shall include a link to the OhioMeansJobs web site.
As used in this section, "OhioMeansJobs" has the same meaning as in section 6301.01 of the Revised Code.
Positve Behavioral Interventions and Supports, Seclusion, and Restraint
This policy governs the use of positive behavioral methods and emergency safety interventions including seclusion and restraint. Any use of emergency safety interventions that does not meet the requirements set forth below is prohibited.
Aversive behavioral interventions: an intervention that is intended to induce pain or discomfort to a student for the purpose of eliminating or reducing maladaptive behaviors, including interventions such as: application of noxious, painful and/or intrusive stimuli, including any form of noxious, painful or intrusive spray, inhalants or tastes.
Chemical Restraint: a drug or medication used to control a student's behavior or restrict freedom of movement that is not (A) prescribed by a licensed physician, or other qualified health professional acting under the scope of the professional's authority under State law, for the standard treatment of a student's medical or psychiatric condition; and (B) administered as prescribed by the licensed physician or other qualified health professional acting under the scope of the professional's authority under State law.
De-escalation techniques: are strategically employed verbal and non-verbal interventions used to reduce the intensity of threatening behavior before a crisis situation occurs.
Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA): is a collaborative problem-solving process that is used to describe the function or purpose that is served by a student's behavior. Understanding the function that an impeding behavior serves for the student assists directly in designing educational programs and developing behavior plans with a high likelihood of success.
Mechanical Restraint: (A) any method of restricting a student's freedom of movement, physical activity, or normal use of the student's body, using an appliance or device manufactured for this purpose; and (B) does not mean devices used by trained school personnel, or used by a student, for the specific and approved therapeutic or safety purposes for which such devices were designed and, if applicable, prescribed, including: (1) restraints for medical immobilization; (2) adaptive devices or mechanical supports used to allow greater freedom of mobility that would be possible without the use of such devices for mechanical supports; or (3) vehicle safety restraints when used as intended during the transport of a student in a moving vehicle.
Parent: (A) a biological or adoptive parent; (B) a guardian generally authorized to act as the child's parent, or authorized to make decisions for the child (but not the State if the child is a ward of the State); (C) an individual acting in the place of a biological or adoptive parent (including a grandparent, stepparent, or other relative) with whom the child lives, or an individual who is legally responsible for the child's welfare; (D) a surrogate parent who has been appointed in accordance with O.A.C. 3301-51-05(E); and (E) an person identified in a judicial decree or order as the parent of the child or the person with authority to make educational decisions on behalf of the child.
Physical Escort: the temporary touching or holding of the hand, wrist, arm, shoulder, waist, hip, or back for the purpose of inducing a student to move to a safe location.
Physical Restraint: the use of physical contact that immobilizes or reduces the ability of a student to move his/her arms, legs, body, or head freely. This does not include a physical escort, mechanical restraint, or chemical restraint, or brief, but necessary, physical contact for the following purposes: (A) to break up a fight; (B) to knock a weapon away from a student's possession; (C) to calm or comfort; (D) to assist a student in completing a task if the student does not resist the contact; or (E) to prevent an impulsive behavior that threatens the student's immediate safety.
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports: (A) a school-wide systematic approach to embed evidence-based practices and data driven decision making to improve school climate and culture in order to achieve improved academic and social outcomes and increase learning for all students, and (B) that encompasses a wide range of systemic and individualized positive strategies to reinforce desired behaviors, diminishes reoccurrences of challenging behaviors, and teaches appropriate behavior to students.
Positive Behavior Support Plan: design, implementation, and evaluation of individual or group instructional and environmental modifications, including programs of behavioral instruction, to produce significant improvements in behavior through skill acquisition and the reduction of problematic behavior.
Prone Restraint: physical or mechanical restraint while the student is in a face down position.
Seclusion: involuntary isolation of a student in a room, enclosure, or space from which the student is prevented from leaving by physical restraint or by a closed door or other physical barrier.
Student: a child or adult aged three to twenty-one enrolled in the school.
Student personnel: teachers, principals, counselors, social workers, school resource officers, teacher's aides, psychologists, bus driver or other School staff who interact directly with students.
Timeout: a behavioral intervention in which a student, for a limited and specified time, is separated from the class within the classroom or in a non-locked setting for the purpose of self-regulating and controlling his or her behavior. In a timeout, the student is not physically restrained or prevented from leaving the area by physical barriers.
II. Creation of Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support (PBIS)
The School shall establish an evidence-based school wide system of positive behavioral interventions and supports that will apply in all settings to all students and staff. The system shall include family involvement.
The School shall train staff to: (A) identify conditions such as where, under what conditions, with whom, and why specific inappropriate behavior may occur; and (B) conduct assessments which include: (1) a review of existing data; (2) interviews with parents, family members, and students; and (3) examination of previous and existing behavioral intervention plans.
Based on the assessment data, the School shall develop and implement preventative behavioral interventions that (A) modify the environmental factors that escalate the inappropriate behavior; (B) support the attainment of appropriate behavior; and (C) use verbal de-escalation to defuse potentially violent dangerous behavior.
III. Prohibited Practices
The following are prohibited under all circumstances, including emergency safety situations:
(A) Prone restraint;
(B) Corporal punishment;
(C) Child endangerment as defined in R.C. 2919.22;
(D) Seclusion or restraint of preschool students (if any);
(E) deprivation of basic needs;
(F) Restraint that unduly risks serious harm or needless pain to the student, including the intentional, knowing, or reckless use of any of the following;
(i) Any method that is capable of causing loss of consciousness or harm to the neck or restricting respiration in any way.
(ii) Pinning down with knees to torso, head and/or neck;
(iii) Using pressure points, pain compliance and joint manipulation techniques;
(iv) Dragging or lifting of a student's hair or ear or by any type of mechanical restraint;
(v) Using students or untrained staff to assist with the hold or restraint;
(vi) Securing a student to another student or to a fixed object; or
(vii) Using any other technique used to unnecessarily cause pain.
(G) Any physical restraint that impacts the student's primary mode of communication;
(H) Mechanical or chemical restraints;
(I) Aversive behavioral interventions; or
(J) Seclusion of student's in a locked room.
May be used only in a manner that is age and developmentally appropriate, when there is an immediate risk of physical harm to the student or to others and no other safe and effective intervention is possible, and, when performed by trained staff, except in the case of an unavoidable emergency situation. The physical restraint must not obstruct the student's ability to breathe.
(A) Be appropriately trained to protect the care, welfare, dignity, and safety of the student;
(B) Continually observe the student in restraint for indications of physical or mental distress and seek immediate medical assistance if there is a concern;
(C) Use verbal strategies and research based de-escalation techniques in an effort to help the student regain control;
(D) The least amount of force necessary should be used;
(E) Remove the student from physical restraint immediately when the immediate risk of physical harm to self or others has dissipated;
(F) conduct a de-briefing including all involved staff to evaluate the trigger for the incident, staff response, and methods to address the student's behavioral needs; and
(G) complete all required reports and document staff observations of the students.
Seclusion shall only be used if: it is a last resort for the student to regain control; it is age and developmentally appropriate; there is and immediate risk of physical harm to the student or others; and there is no other safe and effective intervention.
The room or area used for seclusion cannot be locked, and must provide for adequate space, lighting, ventilation, clear visibility, and the safety of students.
Seclusion shall not be used as: a substitute for an education program, less restrictive alternatives, inadequate staffing, staff training in positive behavior supports and crisis prevention and intervention; a form of discipline or punishment; a means to coerce, retaliate; or in a manner that endangers the students.
(A) Be appropriately trained to protect the care, welfare, dignity, and safety of the student;
(B) Continually observe the student in seclusion for indications of physical or mental distress and seek immediate medical assistance if there is a concern;
(C) Use verbal strategies and research based de-escalation techniques in an effort to help the student regain control as quickly as possible;
(D) Remove the student when the immediate risk of physical harm to self or others has dissipated;
(E) Conduct a de-briefing including involved staff to evaluate the trigger for the incident, staff response, and methods to address the student's behavioral needs; and
(F) Complete all required reports and document the observation of the student.
VI. Functional Behavioral Assessment
If the student repeatedly engages in dangerous behavior that leads to instances of restraint and/or seclusion, the School shall conduct a functional behavioral assessment (FBA) to identify the student's needs and more effective ways of addressing those needs. If necessary, this FBA should be followed by a behavioral intervention plan (BIP) that incorporates appropriate positive behavioral interventions. The use of an FBA or a BIP does not necessarily mean the student is a special education student in itself, but may be used for non-disables as well as differently-abled or special education students.
VII. Training and Professional DevelopmentThe School shall train all staff working with students annually on the requirements of this policy and shall keep written or electronic documentation of the type of training and the participants. The School shall have a plan on training staff working with students, as necessary, to implement PBIS on a system-wide basis. The School shall ensure that an adequate number of personnel in each building are trained in crisis management and de-escalation techniques and that their training is kept current.
VII. Required Data and Reporting
Staff must document each use of seclusion or restraint and report it to the building administration and the parent immediately. A written report of the incident must be created, given to the parent within 24 hours of the incident, and placed in the student's file. This report is subject to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
The School shall report information concerning its use of seclusion and restraint annually to, and as requested by, the Ohio Department of Education.
The School shall make this policy available to parents annually, and shall post this policy on its website.
IX. Monitoring and Complaint Procedures
The School shall establish a procedure for parents to submit written complaints regarding and incident of seclusion or restraint. The Principal or his/her designee must investigate every complaint and respond to the parent in writing within thirty (30) days of filing the complaint.
Parent(s) may choose to file a complaint with the Ohio Department of Education, Office of Exceptional Children, in accordance with the complaint procedures available concerning students with disabilities.
O.A.C. 3301-35-15; R.C. 3319.46.
Public Performance of Music
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Required Assessments Information
203.2 Title I - Parent's Right to Know
In accordance with the requirement of Federal law for each school receiving Title 1 Funds the School shall make sure that all parents of students are notified that they may request, and the Board will provide the following information on the student's classroom teachers:
A. whether the teacher(s) have met the State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas they are teaching;
B. whether the teacher(s) is teaching under any emergency or provisional status in which the State requirements have been waived;
C. the undergraduate major of the teacher(s) and the area of study and any certificates for any graduate degrees earned;
D. the qualifications of any paraprofessionals providing services to their child(ren).
In addition, the parents shall be provided:
E. information on the level of achievement of their child(ren) on the required State academic assessments;
F. timely notice if the student is assigned to a teacher who is not "highly qualified" as required, or if the student is taught for more than four (4) weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified.
The notices and information shall be provided in an understandable and uniform format, and to the extent practicable, in a language the parent(s) understand.
20 U.S.C. 6311; 34 C.F. R. Part 200 et seq.
See Appendix 203.2-A Parent's Right-To-Know letter; Appendix 203.2-B Letter to Parent Regarding Instruction Provided by Non-Highly Qualified Teacher.
Rights of Individuals with Disabilities
It is the policy of the School that no otherwise qualified person shall, solely by reason of his/her disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity sponsored by the School.
As used in this policy, “an individual with a disability” means a person who has, had a record of, or is regarded as having, a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Major life activities are functions such as caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working.
Notice of the School’s policy on nondiscrimination in employment and education practices shall be given in this Policy manual, posted in the School, and published in any School statement regarding the availability of employment positions or special education services.
No employee or candidate for employment shall be discriminated against in recruitment, employment, promotion, training, or transfer solely because of his/her disabling condition.
No candidate for employment shall be required to answer a question regarding a disabling condition and no such candidate will be discriminated against on the basis of a disabling condition that is not directly related to the essential functions of the position for which she/he has applied.
Reasonable modifications in scheduling and the allocation of duties, not directly affecting the instructional program, shall be made to accommodate employment conditions to the needs of individuals with disabilities.
Barrier free access to School facilities or an alternative means of providing services shall be provided as required by law so that no individual with a disability is excluded from participation in a School program solely by reason of his/her disability. The School will comply with the building, program and other accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable laws.
All reasonable efforts shall be made to serve the School’s special needs children eligible for special education and/or related services in accordance with the School’s Special Needs policy. A free appropriate public education shall be provided for each child determined to be in need of special education and/or related services. Such a program of special education shall be provided in the least restrictive environment and in barrier free facilities comparable to those provided for non-disabled students. To the maximum extent appropriate to the student’s disability, a disabled student shall be placed in an educational setting with non-disabled or less severely disabled students.
No student will be denied, because of his/her disability, participation in co curricular, intramural, or interscholastic activities or any of the services offered or recognitions rendered regularly to the students of the School.
The due process rights of disabled students and their parents will be rigorously enforced.
It is the intent of the School to ensure that students who are handicapped within the definition of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (29 USC 794), are identified, evaluated, and provided with appropriate educational services. Students may be identified as handicapped under Section 504 even though they are not eligible to receive services under the Individuals with Disabilities Act.
The Principal or his/her designee shall be the Section 504 Compliance Officer. A complaint regarding a violation of law and this policy in an employment decision shall be subject to a grievance procedure (Policy No. 228) that provides for the prompt and equitable resolution of disputes.
The School shall annually adopt procedures for the Education of Children with Disabilities as approved by the Ohio Department of Education Office of Exceptional Children in Appendix 227-A.
20 USC 1412; 34 CFR 300.220.
Student Time Log
If you have elected to earn credit(s) utilizing the credit flexibility option of demonstrated mastery, please be sure to complete the attached time log each week and remember to sign in and out when coming into a classroom or library location for instructional assistance.
Your individual time log should include all hours worked on your courses, including independently, in a classroom, or any alternate location (library, detention center, etc.) and any time when you are communicating with any school employee over the phone or electronically (for example, time taken to read/or write emails, texts, to teachers, etc.). These hours should be counted at all times, including during regular school hours, on weekends, and in the evenings. You may, and probably will, have more than one entry per day. Examples of time you should keep on your logs include:
Time spent in the TCS classrooms or allotted TCS library times
Time spent with TCS Instructors receiving instructional assistance
Time spent researching topics relevant to your courses
Group study hours
Time spent taking your exams
Time spent on Study Island, whether it be for OGT preparation or course supplement materials
If you are working toward CBI (work) credits, time spent on the job. You will still be required to submit paystubs to earn credit.
Time spent talking with the College Access Advisor or any school employee about your coursework or future goals
Time spent preparing for the ACT/SAT
Independent study time whether it be in your home, a detention center, Job and Family Services location, at the hospital, etc.
Your time spent each week on your schoolwork should total twenty-six (26) or more hours per week, if you are a full-time student with Townsend Community School. When completing credits using demonstrated mastery, time management is an important component. Be sure to budget your time wisely.
Please turn in your completed time log each week, along with your completed exam(s).
Completion and submission of your time log does not exempt you from the weekly
requirement of turning in completed exams.
Technology Acceptable Use
Townsend Community School is pleased to make available to each student access to interconnected computer systems, computer equipment, computer programs, the Internet, and other new technologies within the school (collectively, the “Network”).
Access to the School’s network is provided as a privilege and as an educational tool. In order to continue enjoying access to the Network, each student must take responsibility for appropriate and lawful use of this privilege. Students are responsible for their behavior on the Network just as they are in a classroom. While the school may make reasonable efforts to supervise student use of Network access, the ultimate responsibility for exercising and promoting responsible use of this access is that of the student, under the guidance of their parents.
This document shall constitute Townsend Community School’s Computer Network and Internet Acceptable Use Policy for students (“Policy”), and applies to all students who use or otherwise access the Network either on-site or remotely. A copy of this Policy shall be provided to students and their parents/guardians.
Each student is responsible for reading and abiding by this Policy. If you (parent or student) have any questions about the provisions of these policies, you should contact the building principal or the principal’s designee. Any use of your account that violates these policies may result in your access being withdrawn and/or additional disciplinary action. Violations of these policies are considered violations of the Student Code of Conduct and may result in disciplinary action up to and including suspension, expulsion, and/or referral to law enforcement if appropriate. The school reserves the right to seek reimbursement of expenses and/or damages arising from student violations of these policies.
01. Reporting Misuse of the Network
In addition to following the terms of this Policy, you must report any misuse of the Network to a teacher or to an administrator. Misuse means any violation of this Policy, such as commercial use of these resources, criminal activity, inappropriate content of an e-mail sent to you by someone, or any other use that is not included in this Policy but has the intent or effect of harming another or another’s property or that constitutes inappropriate conduct.
02. Term of the Permitted Use
Access to the Network is a privilege, not a right, and as such it may be suspended or revoked by the school at any time for any reason. The school may also limit access, at any time, without warning, and for any period of time. By accepting network access, users waive any and all rights of privacy in connection with their communications achieved through the use of school equipment, software or connectivity, including but not limited to protections provided by State and Federal laws.
Network resources are only for use by authorized users and access may not be shared or transferred. Students shall not share their passwords or otherwise allow anyone to gain unauthorized access to the Network or the Internet. If you think someone may know your password, tell a teacher or administrator immediately. A student is subject to disciplinary action for any violations of this Policy committed by someone else who, with the student’s express or implied permission or through the student’s negligence, accesses the Network with the student’s password.
04. Purpose and Use
The school is providing you access to its Network primarily to support and enhance your educational experience. Uses that interfere with normal school business or violate school policies are strictly prohibited, as are uses for the purposes or engaging in or supporting any kind of business or other profit-making activity. If you have any doubt about whether a contemplated activity is permitted, you must consult with a teacher or administrator to help decide if a use is appropriate.
05. Unacceptable Uses
Other prohibited uses and activities include, but are not limited to:
Creating, copying, viewing, transmitting, downloading, uploading or seeking sexually explicit, pornographic, obscene, violent, threatening, or other materials that would offend community standards.
Using inappropriate language, including swearing, vulgarities or other language that is suggestive, obscene, profane, abusive, belligerent, harassing, defamatory or threatening. This includes using the Network to make, distribute, or redistribute jokes, stories or other material that would violate this Policy or the school’s harassment or discrimination policies, including material that is based upon slurs or stereotypes relating to race, gender, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation or other protected characteristics.
Engaging in harassment, stalking, or other repetitive unwanted communication, or using the Internet in support of such activities.
Offering for sale or use or soliciting the purchase or provision of any substance the possession or use of which is prohibited by law or school policy.
Creating, copying, viewing, transmitting, downloading, or uploading any materials that include information for creating or obtaining an explosive device, dangerous ordinance, or any other materials useful in criminal activities or terrorist acts, or any other materials that violate or encourage others to violate the law or school policy.
Unauthorized copying, modifying, intruding, or attempts to copy, modify or intrude, into the folders, files, data, work, networks, passwords or computers of others, or intercepting and/or forwarding communications intended for others.
Copying, downloading, uploading or transmitting student information or other confidential information.
Uploading, downloading, copying, redistributing or republishing copyrighted materials without permission from the owner of the copyright. The school intends to strictly abide by the Copyright Laws of the United States. Any materials used that are covered by Copyright shall be used by permission or through “fair use” or other allowable methods created by the Copyright Act.
Soliciting political contributions through the Network from any person or entity or conducting any type of campaign business including creating or transmitting information in support of a school levy.
Hacking, altering, harming, destroying or interfering with the normal operation of software, hardware, data of another user, other Network resources, or the use of the Network to do any of the same acts on the Internet or outside Networks. This includes any attempt to go around school filters and other protection devices.
Degrading or disrupting the operation of the Network or engaging in other activities that waste limited computer, paper or telephone resources or that cause unnecessary traffic are prohibited. Even for non-commercial or apparently “harmless” purposes, they use up limited resources.
Installing or downloading software or hardware without the prior consent of a school administrator. Students may not repair, reconfigure, or modify Network equipment, computers or systems. Students shall not remove, alter or copy school software for their own personal use or for the use of others.
Supporting any kind of business or other profit-making activity. You may not sell or buy anything over the Internet, and you may not solicit or advertise the sale of any goods or services.
Engaging in general recreational web browsing.
Violating the standards of academic or personal integrity, including but not limited to plagiarism, disseminating untrue information about individuals or groups, or maliciously hiding your true identity.
Using cellular telephones or ECDs on school property or at a school-sponsored activity to access and/or view Internet web sites that are otherwise blocked to students at school.
06. Freedom of Speech
By giving users access to this system, the School District does not intend to create a limited or a public forum for the expression of opinion. The network exists as part of the function of the governmental mission of the school, and is operated solely in support of that mission. Neither the public, nor staff, nor students, are invited to use the network in expression of their opinion. The school fully supports the right of all students, staff and the public to express their opinion through legitimately established public and limited forums dedicated to that use.
Network access is provided as a tool for educational and administrative uses. The school reserves the right to monitor, inspect, copy, review and store at any time and without prior notice any and all usage of the Network and any and all materials, files, information, software, communications (including emails) and other content transmitted, received or stored in connection with this usage, and to use such content for any legal purpose. All such information, content and files shall be and remain the property of the school and you do not have any expectation of privacy regarding those materials. Network administrators may review files and intercept communications for any reason, including but not limited to purposes of maintaining system integrity and ensuring that users are complying with this Policy.
Websites created using the Network or the school’s equipment, or websites created as part of a classroom assignment or activity are the sole and exclusive property of the school. The school reserves the right to require that all material and/or links with other sites found objectionable be altered or removed. The school does not intend to open web pages for the expression of opinion, and specifically does not intend for its web pages to be a public or limited forum for students, staff or citizens. Web pages exist solely in support of the school mission as determined by the administration.
09. Failure to Follow Policy
If you violate this Policy, you may be subject to disciplinary action. You may lose your access to the Network, which the school may refuse to reinstate for the remainder of your time as a student at Townsend Community School. At the maximum, you may be suspended or expelled. You breach this Policy not only by violating the above Policy yourself, but also by failing to report any violations by other users that come to your attention. A violation of this Policy may also be a violation of the law and subject the user to criminal or civil investigation and prosecution. It is a violation of this policy to use any electronic technology, including but not limited to any software, hardware, or externally provided service, or to do any other act to disguise your network or internet activities.
10. Warranties and Indemnification
The school makes no warranties of any kind, either express or implied, in connection with its provision of access to or use of its Network. It shall not be responsible for any claims, losses, damages, or costs (including attorney’s fees) of any kind suffered, directly or indirectly, by any student arising out of the student’s use of, or inability to use, the Network. Each student is responsible for backing up his or her files, and the school is not responsible for the accuracy of information obtained through electronic information resources, and this information should be used at the student’s own risk.
By accessing the Network, you are agreeing to cooperate with the school in the event of the school’s initiating an investigation of use or access to the Network through your account, whether that use is on a school computer or on another computer outside of the Network. By accessing the Network, you are further agreeing to indemnify and hold the school and the data acquisition site and all of their administrators, teachers and staff harmless from any and all loss, costs, claims or damages (including attorney’s fees) resulting from access to and use of the Network through your account, including but not limited to any fees or charges incurred through purchases of goods or services by the user.
You may be asked from time to time to provide new or additional registration and account information to reflect developments in the law or technology, and you must provide this information in order for you to continue receiving access to the Network. If, after you have provided your account information, some or all of your information changes, you must notify the person designated by the school to receive this information.
The School believes that healthy students are more likely to successfully complete their formal education. The School recognizes that is plays an important role in the development of students’ health and nutrition habits by providing nutritious meals and snacks, supporting the development of good eating habits, and promoting increased physical activity.
The Board sets forth the following goals in an effort to enable students to establish good health and nutrition habits:
Nutrition Promotion and Educational Goals
The School shall provide for interdisciplinary, sequential skill-based health education that support hand-on classroom activities that promote health and reduce obesity.
Nutrition and healthy living skills shall be integrated into classroom curriculum when appropriate.
Students in grades pre-K-12 shall receive nutrition education that is interactive and teaches the skills they need to adopt healthy eating behaviors.
Nutrition education shall be offered and promoted in the School cafeteria as well as in the classroom with coordination between the foodservice staff and teachers.
Nutrition education and promotion information will be shared with parents and the community.
Physical Education and Activity Goals
Students shall be provided opportunities for physical activity during the School day through physical education classes, daily recess periods for elementary students, and the integration of physical activity in the classroom.
Physical Education classes shall street physical fitness, encourage healthy active lifestyles and consist of physical activities as part of the curriculum.
Physical activity will not be used as a form of discipline or punishment.
Physical activity and promotion information will be shared with parents and the community.
The School shall encourage parents and the community to support physical activity, to be physically active role models, and to include physical activity at events.
Other School Board Activities
School based activities shall promote student wellness and, if appropriate, shall encourage nutrition and physical education.
Nutrition shall be considered when planning school-based activities such as classroom snacks, fundraisers, etc.
The School will provide students with a clean and safe environment and adequate time for eating meals.
In accordance with the School’s Food Sale Standards Policy, the food service program shall comply with Federal and State regulations pertaining to the selection, preparation, consumption, and disposal of food and beverages in the school.
The food service program will provide all students affordable access to a variety of nutritious food.
Implementation and Evaluation
The Principal shall ensure that the School implements, complies with, and annually evaluates the Policy.
The School will consult with administrators, board members, parents, students, community members, school health professionals physical education teachers (if applicable), or representatives of the school food authority. The committee will be provided the opportunity to participate in the development, implementation, periodic review, and update of the Policy. In developing or updating goals, the committee will review and consider evidence-based strategies and techniques.
At least once every three years, the School will measure the implementation of this Policy, focusing specifically on the extent to which the School has complied with the Policy, the extent to which the Policy compares to model local wellness policies, and the extent to which the School has progressed toward achieving its stated goals in the Policy. The School will create a written assessment for each periodic measurement that it will disseminate to students, their families, and other members of the community or post on its website. The School will make appropriate modifications to this Policy, if necessary, base on this assessment.
At the start of each school year, the School will disseminate this Policy and information about its implementation to families of school children and other members of the community or post it on its website and will notify such individuals of changes to the Policy, and public dissemination of this Policy and any updates thereto.
42 U.S.C 1758b; 42 U.S.C. 1771; 7 CFR 210.30; R.C. 3313.814; R.C.3313.816; R.C. 3313817
See also Policy 455 Food Standards Policy; Appendix 455-A Nutritional Standards for Food and Beverages.