Policies and Procedures
Fayette County School Corporation recognizes that regular attendance is necessary for proper educational growth. The development of responsibility and punctuality is a worthwhile lifetime habit and attitude. A student’s academic progress could be affected by unnecessary absences from school. State laws require punctual and regular attendance of all children. Below is the attendance policy of the Fayette County School Board (Policy 5.20).
The following are recognized as legal reasons for absence:
I. Illness or quarantine
II. Death in the immediate family
III. Mental or physical incapacity
IV. These absences are authorized, must be pre-arranged, and the student is not recorded as absent.
A. Service as a page in the Indiana General Assembly
B. Subpoenaed to appear in court
C. Attendance at weekly religious instructions with the condition that instruction not be more than 120 minutes per week. Permission can be granted for only one (1) year at a time.
D. Attendance at the Indiana State Fair on the day designated by the Indiana State Fair Board as Education Day or for exhibiting projects at the state fair
E. Religious holidays
V. These absences must be pre-arranged, and the student is recorded as absent.
A. Medical and dental appointments
B. Family travel—Students may be absent from school without sanctions for family travel under the following conditions:
1. The request must be made by the parent/guardian to the principal/director at least one week prior to the absence;
2. All school assignments must be completed within one week after the return to school. Requests for family travel must be approved by the building principal/designee. Appeals of the principal/designee’s decision shall be made to the superintendent and the superintendent’s decision shall be final.
VI. The principal/director may consider an absence excused, although not listed above, when, in his/her view, conditions and circumstances so warrant.
In regard to items IV and V, building administrators will determine if siblings from other buildings are involved with a similar request. If this condition exists, administrators will collaborate in rendering a decision.
Absences fall into one of three (3) categories.
I. Excused (Items I, II, III, and V above)
II. Pre-arranged (Item IV above)
III. Unexcused—any absence not listed above as excused.
Procedure for dealing with unexcused absences will be established by each level: elementary, middle school, and high school. Students who have excessive tardies or absences will be required to make up schoolwork.
All students must make up work missed during an excused or pre-arranged absence, and it is the student’s responsibility to contact each teacher concerning work missed. Parents/guardians of elementary students must make arrangements with their child’s teacher. Students will receive 100% credit for make-up work
In the case of a pre-arranged absence, a written request form the parent/guardian must be presented to the principal/director 7 days prior to the absence. The proper form may be obtained from the principal/director’s office.
I. Reporting Absences
Parents/guardians are requested to notify the school of the reasons for the student’s absence according to individual school rules.
II. Attendance Records
An accurate daily record of the attendance of all students enrolled shall be kept by the teacher and such record shall at all times be open for inspection by attendance officers and school officials.
III. Closed Noon Hours
Continuous sessions (or closed noon hours) are authorized for the high school and middle school. Students shall remain on school property from arrival until the dismissal of school.
IV. Extended Absences
If a student is unable to attend school for an extended period of time because of illness or injury, the principal/director should refer to Policy #4.13, Homebound Instruction.
F. Parents/guardians are expected to notify the school of the reason for student absences on the day the student is absent or within 24 hours after the student returns to school.
II. A student who is unable to attend school due to illness is not allowed to participate in extra-curricular activities on the day of the absence.
III. Students who are present any part of a half day are considered present for that half day.
IV. When a student accumulates three (3) unexcused absences, five (5) unexcused tardies, or a combined total of five (5) unexcused absences and/or tardies, a letter regarding the matter will be sent by the principal/director to the parent/guardian.
V. When a student accumulates a fourth unexcused absence, a letter will be sent to the parent/guardian. A copy will be sent to the Fayette County prosecutor.
VI. When a student accumulates a fifth unexcused absence, a final warning from the school will be hand-delivered to the parent/guardian or will be sent by certified mail. This warning will inform the parent/guardian that prosecution will be requested if a sixth unexcused absence occurs.
VII. When a student accumulates a sixth unexcused absence, the prosecutor will be asked to file criminal charges against the parent/guardian.
VIII. The parent will be notified when a student accumulates a total of 8 absences if the principal believes a student is absent from school without sufficient reason. The parent/guardian may be required to furnish a statement from a physician or furnish other acceptable evidence supporting the need for the absence. A statement verifying a visit to a physician will not be sufficient. Statements from physicians must state that the student was unable to attend school. If no doctor’s excuse is provided, the absences will be unexcused and a letter will be sent to the prosecutor.
IX. The parent/guardian will be provided a copy of the Fayette County School Corporation Attendance Policy and Procedures when they register their child/children for school.
The learning environment is an important part of the educational process. To help facilitate effective instruction, an orderly environment must be maintained. Students are expected to adhere to a code of good behavior not only for their own benefit, but also for the benefit of others as well. Students should conduct themselves in a manner that will be a credit to their school and ensure the safety of all students, personnel, parents, and patrons. The Fayette County School Corporation’s “Student Code of Conduct” is the basis for the expectations of behavior of students.
The plan for student behavior is intended to provide general guidelines by which students are to conduct themselves. This plan includes specific violation s/consequences listed below, but does not limit the disciplinary consequences that may be imposed by the administration. The primary goal of the school is to provide students with an education that will allow them the opportunity to be successful in life. In order to achieve this goal, there must be order and discipline in the school. Good behavior should be recognized and rewarded, and unacceptable behavior should have consequences to ensure that a few students do not interfere with the rights of others and with the normal functions of the school.
1. Students will be prompt for school.
2. Students will walk quietly in all areas of the building.
3. Students will follow all rules and regulations related to student behavior as recognized by the Fayette County School Corporation Student Code of Conduct.
4. Students will conduct themselves in an orderly manner.
5. Students will obey the instructions given by all school staff members.
6. Students’ behavior will not endanger themselves or others.
7. Students will demonstrate respect for themselves and others.
8. Students’ behavior will not interrupt the normal activities of the school.
9. Students will not practice extremes in dress or grooming which cause disruption, offend good taste, or reflect unfavorably on the school.
10. Students will not destroy/damage property that belongs to the school or others. They will use equipment in a safe and orderly manner.
11. Students will not bully others.
12. Students will not throw items such as snowballs, rocks, sticks, etc.
13. Students will remain in supervised areas of the school or school grounds.
14. Gum is not permitted at school or school functions.
15. Roller blades, roller skates/shoes, scooters, or skateboards are not permitted on school grounds at any time, whether during or after school hours.
16. Electronic devices (Game Boys, pagers, cell phones, CD and MP3 players, IPODS, cameras, etc.) and “toys” are not to be brought to school.
17. Taking or displaying inappropriate pictures (digital or otherwise) at school or at a school sponsored event or function, with or without the consent of the student or staff member, is a violation of school rules.
18. Carbonated drinks and fast food are NOT permitted in the cafeteria.
Each student is responsible for his/her own behavior. Throughout the day, situations arise in which he/she chooses how to act and respond. Each student will be held accountable for the choices he/she makes. To assist students in the development of self-discipline, a system of rewards and consequences will be implemented. When a student follows the rules of the school, he/she could receive a positive reward that may include any of the following:
1. Verbal compliment
2. Material reward (i.e. a smiley button or sticker)
3. Free time
4. Positive note home or phone call
5. Conference with principal
6. Reward from principal
7. Lunch with a staff member
8. Help teacher with special tasks
9. Citizenship Award
Likewise, when a school or classroom rule is not followed, the student will receive a consequence. The consequence may include one of the following listed below:
2. Time out
3. Missed recess
4. Note or phone call to parent
5. Removal from classroom
6. Parent to sit in on class
7. Student-teacher conference
8. Student-teacher-parent conference
9. Student-principal conference
10. Student-principal-parent-teacher conference
12. Behavior contract
15. Corporal punishment
16. Alternative learning environment
18. Referral to another outside agency
Student Obligation: Students have an obligation to inform school personnel of potential danger or threats. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action.
Bullying: Bullying by a student or groups of students against another student or staff member with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, or harm the other student/staff member through overt, repeated acts or gestures, including verbal, written, telephonic (including text messaging), electronic or computer (email, web page, blog, etc.) communications, and/or physical acts committed, or any other similar behavior is prohibited. Students engaging in such conduct may be disciplined in accordance with IC 20-33-8.
Habitual Offender :
A student who chronically exhibits disruptive behavior that interferes with an educational function or school purpose. A student who continues to choose inappropriate behaviors regardless of repeated discipline interventions. The consequence for the habitual offender could be suspension for up to 10 days and/or a recommendation for expulsion.
The Fayette County School Corporation believes that each student should be attired in such a way as to reflect credit to him/herself, his/her family, and the school. The attire a student wears to school should be neat, clean and in good taste. When helping your child select clothing appropriate for school, you should consider these guidelines:
Clothing that deviates from the normal to such a degree as to draw undo attention or to interrupt the educational process will not be permitted. Clothing should not contain words or pictures that communicate a negative message.
Special dress and appearance regulations will be recognized for special activities.
Students should always be dressed appropriately for prevailing weather conditions.
Students must wear shoes with a back. Flip-flops (beach thongs) are not appropriate for school.
Sunglasses and hats are not to be worn in the building.
Shorts and skirts need to be mid-thigh in length. A good test to determine appropriate length of shorts and skirts is to hold arms straight down at sides. If the shorts or skirt is not longer than the fingertips, the garment should not be worn to school. Shorts CANNOT be worn November through March.
Crop tops, muscle shirts, basketball jerseys (which expose the midriff and/or torso) are not appropriate and should not be worn.
Articles of clothing depicting hard rock groups that advocate the use of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, illicit sex or violence, or the confederate flag are not to be worn.
Body piercing jewelry must be limited to the ears. No jewelry should be worn in the eyebrow, nose, tongue, or other visible places. Any other piercing should be covered by clothing.
Hair may not be colored or styled in such a way that causes distractions at school.
Students may not wear makeup (with the exception of lip-gloss) while at school.