Morrow County Elementary Schools Parent/Student Handbook

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Students are responsible for conducting themselves properly, in accordance with the policies of the district and the lawful direction of staff. The district has the responsibility to afford students certain rights as guaranteed under federal and state constitutions and statutes.

The teachers and staff at Sam Boardman Elementary School believe that students have the right to a safe, pleasant environment in which to learn. It is important that students be encouraged to conduct themselves in a manner that will maintain such a climate that everyone is given the greatest opportunity to achieve and succeed. When every person in a school is doing their best, the school becomes an exciting and warm place where every person is learning new things every single day.

In the classrooms, hallways, commons, or on the playground or field, students make behavioral choices every day. At Sam Boardman Elementary School the teachers and staff believe that people move toward personal maturity as they make good behavioral choices and take responsibility for their actions. Behavioral choices that are mature and responsible deserve acknowledgment.

The district has authority and control over a student at school during the regular school day, at any school related activity, regardless of time or location and while being transported in district-provided transportation.

Code of Conduct

At Sam Boardman Elementary, we have a Code of Conduct which centers around three concepts:

Be Respectful – Be Responsible – Be Reliable

This Code of Conduct is further defined, but not limited to the following:

Be Respectful

  • Address all adults formally. Mr. Mrs. Ms, etc.

  • Talk and move quietly in the building.

  • Pick up litter when you see it.

  • Say kind things about others.

  • Use all equipment for its intended purpose: chairs for sitting, desks for writing, etc.

  • Look for people who look like they need a friend, and be one.

  • Accept and follow playground game rules.

  • Keep hands/feet to yourself.

  • Follow directions promptly and politely.

  • Use appropriate table manners and eat only your own food.

  • Welcome all players to playground games.

Be Responsible

  • Do all your school work.

  • Turn in class work promptly.

  • Be on time for school daily.

  • Come to school everyday.

  • Bring a note to school following every absence.

  • Turn off lights if you are the last one to leave a room.

  • Take care of all school equipment; especially school books.

  • Be safe in all of your activities.

  • If you borrow something, return it.

  • If you open something, close it.

  • If you take something out, put it away.

  • If you break something, fix it or report it to an adult.

  • Leave all electronic devices at home; including (but not limited to), cell phones, pagers, beepers, Ipod, MP3 players, CD players and software.

  • Learn from your mistakes.

  • Settle disagreements calmly and peacefully. Ask for adult help if needed.

Be Reliable

  • Come to school every day ready to learn.

  • Be committed to doing your best.

  • Arrive at school on time.

  • Get plenty of rest, exercise, and eat right so you are ready to learn.

  • Report anything that is not safe to the teacher or principal immediately.

  • Stand up for what is right.

  • Act with honesty.

  • Practice integrity.

  • Complete what you start.

  • Always tell the truth.


  • Recognition at Student Body Assemblies

  • Participate in field trips

  • Positive phone calls to your parents

  • Positive notes sent home

  • Consideration for involvement in school clubs and after school program

  • Enrollment at Sam Boardman Elementary School


  • Warning

  • Apologize or clean-up

  • Problem Solving session with principal

  • Office Time-out

  • Parent contact

  • Detention time

  • In School suspension

  • Out-of-school Suspension

  • Expulsion

Severe Misbehavior

Students will be subject to discipline including detention, suspension, expulsion, denial and/or loss of awards and privileges and/or referral to law enforcement officials for the following, included but not limited to:

1. Assault;

2. Hazing, bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, intimidation, or menacing;

3. Coercion;

4. Violent behavior or threats of violence or harm;

5. Disorderly conduct, including disruption of the school environment;

6. Bringing, possessing, concealing or using a weapon;

7. Vandalism/Malicious Mischief/Theft, including willful damage or injury to district property; or to private property on district premises or at school-sponsored activities;

8. Sexual Harassment;

9. Use of tobacco, Alcohol or drugs, including drug paraphernalia;

10. Use or display of profane or obscene language;

11. Open defiance of a teacher’s authority, including persistent failure to comply with the lawful directions of teachers or school officials;

12. Violation of district transportation rules;

13. Violation of law, Board policy, administrative regulation, school or classroom rules.

School Board policy gives the principal the authority to discipline students for misbehavior and misconduct, and school board and school handbook policy define what constitutes misbehavior and misconduct. The principal has the authority to change the management plan when the situation merits it. The principal has the authority to suspend a student even when the student and/or parents disagree with the principal. Appeals must be made to the district office.

To Access District Ppolicies: Go to the district website at

Then to School Board – District Policies – Board Policies Online

Then type in Search Box: JFC

Behavior of Disabled Students

A student being served by an Individualized Education Program (IEP) who engages in conduct which would warrant suspension for a non-disabled student may be suspended for up to and including ten consecutive school days for violations of the Student Code of Conduct.

When a disabled student is suspended more than ten consecutive school days or for more than ten cumulative school days during a school year or is being expelled, the student’s parents will be notified immediately (within 24 hours) of the circumstances of the misbehavior and the time and location of the student’s IEP team meeting addressing the infraction and its relationship to the disability.

The IEP team will determine whether the misconduct is a manifestation of the student’s disability. Should the IEP team conclude the misconduct has no relationship to the student’s disability; the student may be disciplined in the same manner, as would other students.

If the IEP team concludes the misconduct is a consequence of the student’s disability, the team may review and revise the student’s IEP and determine whether a change in placement is needed. The district may not suspend for more than 10 days or expel a disabled student or terminate educational services for any behavior, which is a manifestation of the disability.

A student may be removed from the current educational placement to an appropriate interim alternative educational setting for the same amount of time that a student without a disability would be subject to discipline, but for not more than 45 calendar days in a school year for a drug or weapon violation as provided in district procedures. Additionally, the district may request an expedited due process hearing to obtain a hearings officer’s order to remove a student to an interim alternative educational setting for not more than 45 days if the student is exhibiting injurious behavior. For the purpose of this request, “injurious behavior” is defined as behavior that is substantially likely to result in injury to the student or to others.


Students may ride bicycles to school. They are to be taken directly to and parked in the bicycle stand in front of the school. It is recommended that the bikes be locked to the rack with a chain or cable. With the heavy congestion of bus and car traffic at school, students riding a bicycle need to be extra careful. Bicycles are not to be ridden on school grass or sidewalks. After school, bikes are to be ridden directly off school property in a safe manner. By law, students must wear protective helmets when riding to and from school. If a student rides to school without a helmet, their bicycle will be held until they bring a helmet. The district assumes no responsibility or liability for loss or damage to bicycles.


All basic textbooks are loaned to students for their use during the school year. Library books and textbooks are to be kept clean and handled carefully. Students will be required to pay for lost or damaged books. Students that have lost books will be required to pay the replacement cost. An administrator will determine the fine for damage to text or library books. Failure to pay fines or damages causes a student to fall from good standings as a member of the Student Body and their report card held for payment.

Bus Regulations

The Morrow County School District provides bus transportation to all students in Morrow County living more than one mile from school. The local administrator or the bus supervisor establishes bus routes. Any request for a route change must be made to the bus supervisor, as the driver does not have the authority to alter the bus route.

Bus students must go home on their regular bus unless the office has a note from the parents requesting otherwise. The note must be brought to the office before school so we have time to verify the parent’s signature. Parents are asked to place their phone number on the note. This note must be approved by an administrator and given to the driver. Students and parents should understand that riding the bus is a privilege, not a right, and this privilege may be denied if the student chooses not to follow the Oregon Board of Education Regulations, the district guidelines, and/or our school’s Student Code.

The state regulations governing students while riding school buses are posted on each school bus. Any violation of these rules may cause loss of bus privileges.

Transportation Rules

The following rules shall apply to student conduct on district transportation:

  1. Students being transported are under authority of the bus driver.

  2. Fighting, wrestling or boisterous activity is prohibited on the bus.

  3. Students will use the emergency door only in case of emergency.

  4. Students will be on time for the bus, both morning and evening.

  5. Students will not bring firearms, weapons or other potentially hazardous material on the bus.

  6. Students will not bring animals, except approved assistance guide animals on the bus.

  7. Students will remain seated while bus is in motion.

  8. Students may be assigned seats by the bus driver.

  9. When necessary to cross the road, students will cross in front of the bus or as instructed by the bus driver.

  10. Students will not extend their hands, arms or heads through bus windows.

  11. Students will have written permission from an administrator to leave the bus other than for home or school.

  12. Students will converse in normal tones; loud or vulgar language is prohibited.

  13. Students will not open or close windows without permission of the driver.

  14. Students will keep the bus clean and must refrain from damaging it.

SPECIAL NOTE TO PARENTS: The transportation policy has been discussed with your son or daughter. An administrator will make the final decision regarding consequences for inappropriate behavior. Students who have been denied bus-riding privileges due to abuse of bus rules must still attend school. Parents are required by law to get students in this situation to school.

Bus Citation

A bus citation, usually issued by the bus driver to the student before the student leaves the bus, informs the student, parents, and the school that the student’s misbehavior on the bus or at a bus stop has been referred to the office for administrative action. We believe all students can behave appropriately and safely while riding on a school bus, and we will tolerate no student stopping drivers from doing their job or preventing other students from being transported safely.

To Access District Policies: go to the district website at

Then to School Board - District Policies - Board Policies Online

Then type is Search Box: EEA/EEACC

Child Abuse

Oregon law requires school employees to report any suspected child abuse (any physical injury which has been caused by other than accidental means, neglect, or sexual molestation) to the Services to Children and Families Agency, who alone may notify parents of an investigation of the suspected abuse.

Therefore, if a student is accidentally injured in such a way as to even resemble possible child abuse, parents are advised to notify an administrator and explain the injury before the school reports that injury as required by Oregon Law.
To Access District Policies: Go to thedistrict website at

Then to School Boards – District Policies – Board Policies Online

Then type in Search Box: JHFE
Complaints: Student or Parent

District Personnel Complaints

A student or parent who has a complaint concerning a classroom/teacher issue should first bring the matter to the appropriate teacher. If the outcome is not satisfactory, a conference with the principal can be requested within five days following the conference with the teacher. If the outcome of this conference is not satisfactory, the student or parent may file a written, signed complaint with the superintendent, who will investigate the complaint and render a decision within 15 calendar days. If the complainant is dissatisfied with the decision of the superintendent, he/she may appeal to the Board in care of the superintendent within ten calendar days following receipt of the superintendent’s decision. The superintendent will provide the complainant with necessary Board appeal procedures. Board decisions are final. A copy of the district complaint forms is available in the office.

To Access District Policies: Go to the district website at

Then to School Board – District Ppolicices – Board Policies Online

Then type in Search Box: KL

Discrimination on the Basis of Sex Complaints

A student and/or parent with a complaint regarding possible discrimination of a student on the basis of sex should contact the principal.

Education Standards Complaints

Any resident of the district or parent of a student attending district schools may make an appeal or complaint-alleging violation of the district’s compliance with an educational standard as provided by the State Board of Education. The complainant should first discuss the nature of the alleged violation with the individual involved. If the complainant wishes to pursue the matter further, he/she will be provided upon request a copy of all applicable district procedures.

After exhausting local procedures or 45 or more days after filing a written complaint with the district (whichever occurs first), any complainant may make a direct appeal to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Instructional Materials Complaints

Complaints by student or parents about instructional materials should be directed to the principal. Should the student or parent, following initial efforts at informal resolution of the complaint, desire to file a formal complaint, a Reconsideration Request Form for Re-evaluation of Instructional Material may be requested from the school office. The principal will be available to assist in the completion of such forms as requested. All Reconsideration Request Forms must be signed by the complainant and filed with the superintendent. A reconsideration committee, comprised in accordance with Board policy, will review the material and forward a recommendation to the superintendent for appropriate action and notification to the complainant. A copy of the committee’s recommendation and justification will be forwarded to the complainant together with the superintendent’s written decision. The complainant may appeal the superintendent’s decision to the Board, whose decision will be final.

Placement/Enrollment of Homeless Student’s Complaints

In the event a dispute arises over school selection or enrollment of a student in a homeless situation, the student will be immediately admitted to the school in which enrollment is sought pending resolution of the dispute. The student/parent may appeal the school’s written decision in accordance with established district procedures. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the district’s liaison for students in homeless situations.

Programs and Services Complaints

Individuals with complaints regarding the appropriateness of programs or services provided for talented and gifted students should complete the talented and gifted Standards Complaint form available through the school office. All complaints will be reported to the superintendent who will arrange for a review committee to meet within two days of receiving the written complaint to review all pertinent information. A recommendation will be submitted to the superintendent within ten school days of receiving the original complaint. The superintendent will report the recommendation to the Board whose decision will be final. The complainant may file an appeal with the State Superintendent of Public Instruction if dissatisfied with the decision of the Board or 45 or more days have elapsed since the original filing of a written complaint alleging a violation of standards with the district. An appropriate copy of the Oregon Administrative Rule will be provided upon request.

Students with Disabilities Complaints

A complaint or concern regarding the identification, evaluation or placement of a student with disabilities or the accessibility of the district’s services, activities or programs to a student, should be directed to the director of programs for MCSD:

Mr. Jack Johns

240 Columbia Lane

Irrigon, OR 97844



Parents are encouraged to become involved in the education of their children, and are always welcome at our school. We are happy to arrange a conference with a parent whenever necessary during the school year. Scheduled Parent-Teacher conferences will be held following the first and third nine weeks of school. These conferences provide the teacher the opportunity to share progress and grade reports; and the student, samples of the quality of work and an explanation from their perspective of their progress. For safety reasons, all parents and other non-school personnel must check in at the office before going to a classroom.

Counseling Services

Morrow County School District provides a variety of counseling supports for students. This may include in-classroom guidance lessons, presentations, one-on-one and group counseling for social/emotion issues, career counseling, etc. These services may be provided by school counselors employed by MCSD, and/or by school-based mental health counselors contracted by MCSD. If you do not wish your student to receive these services, please inform the school, in writing, of your wishes.

Custody Issues

The school does not wish to pry into personal matters, but please discuss with an administrator any guardianship matters that may concern a student. This is especially important if there is a possibility of custodial problems. The parent who has custody of a son or daughter should note that the non-custodial parent (the ex-spouse) has a legal right of access to the son or daughter at school and to his/her school records, unless there is a court order preventing this. A copy of such an order must be filed with the school if the school is to deny any access to the student or to the student’s records. Please notify the school immediately of changes that occur during the school year.

Morrow County School District does not discriminate on the basis of perceived or actual race, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, mental or physical disability, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, familial status, economic status, veterans’ status or genetic information in providing employment, education, or access to benefits of education services, activities and programs in accordance with Title VI, Title VII, Title IX and other civil rights or discrimination issues; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; the Americans with Disabilities Act; and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008.
To Access District Policies: Go to the district website at

Then to School Board – District Policies – Board Policies Online

Then type in Search Box: AC-AR
Questions or complaints about this nondiscrimination policy, you should be submitted to the principal or by contacting:

Mrs. Erin Stocker – Title IX Coordinator

Morrow County School District

490 SE Wyoming

Irrigon, OR 97844

(541) 922-2421

Dress and Grooming

The district’s dress code is established to promote appropriate grooming and hygiene, prevent disruption, and avoid safety hazards. In addition to the district policy on dress and grooming, dress issues often constitute conflicts with district policy on sexual harassment and gangs. Such dress can, at times, for some students, create a hostile school environment. The following dress code seeks to create a more logical and useful set of guidelines for students and parents. Students in PE and Weight Lifting classes must be in compliance with the clothing policy.

Clothing Policy

In general, students should dress in neat, clean appropriate clothing that does not disrupt the educational process and protects the rights of others. This specifically includes the following.

  1. No bare midriffs (pants & shirt must meet when seated) open backs, racer-back, spaghetti straps (less than 2”) large armhole openings, low-cut tops or anything that shows cleavage or underwear.

  2. Clothing worn under see-through tops must follow the above criteria.

  3. Shoes must be worn at all times. Sandals that are secured to the foot are permitted. Flip-flops are not allowed.

  4. No clothing advertising/symbolizing/insinuating alcohol, tobacco, drugs, guns, knives or weapons of any sort, sexual or discriminating messages.

  5. Shirts and/or tops must be worn at all times

  6. Dresses, skirts (& clothing with slits), and shorts must be mid-thigh (at the finger tips when hands are placed at their side.) They cannot be cut-off or rolled up. No boxer shorts worn on the outside of clothing. Clothing must fit (see district policy). "Saggies", “Slouchies", or extremely oversized clothing is not to be worn. Torn or otherwise damaged clothing is not appropriate for school.

  7. Coveralls/overalls must be completely fastened. Chains and other noisy or dangerous items attached to clothing are not allowed and must be removed for safety purposes.

  8. Stocking hats knotted in back, bandannas, headbands, hairnets, and hanging belts are not allowed.

  9. No personalized messages or inappropriate nicknames on clothing and no "In memory of..." or "Smile now, cry later" logos are permitted.

  10. Hats or any other headgear are not to be worn inside of the school building.

Students found to be in violation of these guidelines will be asked to conform immediately and will be subject to disciplinary action according to the student management policy. Be aware; however, that violations of guidelines 6, 8 & 9 may be a violation of the District's secret society/gang activity policy and could result in severe disciplinary action.

Law and school district policy prohibit the possession, use, sale or source of supply of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal/habit forming drugs on or near the school grounds or at any time students are going to or from school or while being transported to any school sponsored activity. (See Medication Policy.) For a first time violation for use/possession of any narcotic, hallucinogenic, or intoxicating drug or alcohol, students will undergo voluntary assessment and be suspended from school. A parent or guardian conference is required. Parents must agree to psychological counseling and/or informational seminars for the student. A second violation will result in the student being recommended to the Morrow County School Board for expulsion. Law Enforcement will be contacted in all drug/alcohol/tobacco incidents.

Students pretending to have, sell, supply, use, or are under the influence of narcotics, habit forming drugs, or alcohol will be subject to disciplinary action commensurate with the seriousness of the act.
Drug-Free Workplace
The distric t is committed to do all that it can to foster and maintain a drug-free workplace and all district employees are expected to recognize that, as adults with extensive contact with students as part of their jobs, they must conduct themselves as appropriate role models for students at all times. To that end, the unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession of alcohol and/or use of a controlled substance(s) (drugs) as defined by Schedules 1 through V of the Controled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. Section 812) and as further defined by regulation 21 CFR 1308.11-1308.15; and ORS 475.005 through 475.285 and prohibited drug paraphernalia as defined in ORS 475.525, regardless of quantity, is prohibited in our workplace except as prescribed by a physician and used as directed.
To Access District Policies: Go to the district website at

Then to School Board – District Policies – Board Policies Online

Then type in Search Box: GBEC

Due Process

A student who violates the Student Code of Conduct shall be subject to disciplinary action. A student’s due process rights will be observed in all such instances, including the right to appeal the discipline decisions of staff and administrators.

The district’s disciplinary options include using one or more discipline management techniques including counseling by teachers, counselors, and administrators, detention, suspension, expulsion, and removal to an alternative education program. Disciplinary measures are applied depending on the nature of the offense. The age and past pattern of behavior of a student will be considered prior to any suspension or expulsion. In addition, when a student commits drug, alcohol and/or tobacco-related offenses or any other criminal act, he/she may also be referred to law enforcement officials.
Educational Records

The information contained below shall serve as the district’s annual notice to parents of minors and eligible students (if 18 or older) of their rights, the location and district official responsible for education records. Notice will also be provided to parents of minor students who have a primary or home language other than English.

Education records are those records related to a student maintained by the district. As student’s education records are confidential and protected from unauthorized inspection or use. All access and release of education records with and without parent and eligible student notice and consent will comply with all state and federal laws.

Personally identifiable information shall not be disclosed without parent or eligible student authorization or as otherwise provided by Board policy and law.

Education records are maintained in a minimum one-hour fire-safe place in the office by the principal.

Permanent records shall include:

  1. Full legal name of student

  2. Name and address of educational agency or institution

  3. Student birth date and place of birth

  4. Name of parent/guardian

  5. Date of entry into school


The following fees will be charged to Sam Boardman Elementary students:

Student Body fee $5.00

Materials that are part of the basic educational program are provided without charge to a student. A student is expected to provide his/her own supplies of pencils, paper, erasers and notebooks.

Any required fee may be waived if the student and parent are unable to pay. Application for such a waiver may be made to the principal.

The District will withhold the grade reports; diploma and records of any student who owes a debt unpaid school fees, and/or lunch charges. All such materials shall be released upon payment.

A written or oral notice will be provided to the student and his/her parent(s) or guardian of the district’s intent to collect fees, fines & charges owed. Notice will include the reason the student owes money to the district; the amount; if not paid, the district will withhold the grade reports, diploma & records of the student until the debt is paid; and that the district may pursue the matter through a private collection agency or other method available to the district.
Field Trips

Field trips may be scheduled for educational, cultural, or other extracurricular purposes. All students are considered to be in school while participating in district-sponsored field trips. This means students are subject to the school’s student conduct rules, applicable Board policy and such other rules as may be deemed appropriate by the field trip supervisor. Parents who want to help chaperone field trips must have an approved Volunteer form filled and given to the office two weeks before the field trip.


The section on “Intimidation or harassment” is very clear about what will not be allowed. If a student is being harassed or intimidated, he/she or another student must report it to a teacher or an administrator immediately, rather than fighting. Parents who encourage their youngster to stand up for him/herself become responsible for injury to their own child or someone else’s child. The only intelligent, acceptable self-defense if someone is trying to start a fight is to walk away and reports it as a competent adult would do. Students involved in a fight will be suspended from school from one to five days. In some cases, police may cite students. Any student(s) encouraging or “egging on” any fight in any manner will also be considered as being guilty. So, just being at a fight will get one into trouble and may result in a suspension from school. “Fooling around,” or “We were just playing,” is not an acceptable explanation of physical or disruptive verbal behavior between students.

Flag Salute

Students will be provided an opportunity to salute the United States flag at least weekly by reciting The Pledge of Allegiance.

Fire/Earthquake/Evacuation/Shelter-in-place Drills

Practice drills will be held on a monthly basis. Students will exit the building by the plan for each room. The first students to come to an outside exit are to hold the doors open until all occupants have cleared the building. All students will report to assigned location. In the event of an evacuation, parents should wait for notification before attempting to pick up their student. In order to ensure the safety of all your cooperation is of the utmost importance.

Food and gum in the school

Gum is not allowed at any time for any reason at school.

Food, candy, and beverages (except for water in a bottle with a cap) are not generally allowed. Students may bring food or snacks to eat in the cafeteria at lunch, but they must be kept in a bag or lunch sack while they are in the classroom before lunch. Students can not share their food with other students. There are three classroom/holiday parties during the school year where students are asked to bring food to celebrate.
These rules are put in place due to the high cost of both cleaning and pest control should spilled food or soda lead to an infestation of ants, mice, etc.
Freedom of Expression

Students are entitled to express their personal opinions in a lawful and orderly manner that does not disrupt the conduct of school. The use of profane or obscene language and threats of harm to persons or property are prohibited. Willful disobedience or open defiance of a teacher or school official’s authority is not freedom of expression and is sufficient cause for suspension from school.

Gang Activity/Secret Societies

It is the policy of this district that participation in secret fraternities or sororities in other clubs not sponsored by established agencies or organization or in gangs is prohibited on district property or at school functions.

Gangs which initiate, advocate or promote activities which threaten the safety or well-being of persons or property on district grounds or which disrupt the school environment are harmful to the educational process. The use of hand signals, graffiti or the presence of any apparel, jewelry, accessory or manner of grooming which, by virtue of its color, arrangement, trademark, symbol or any other attribute which indicates or implies membership or affiliation with such a group, presents a clear and present danger to the school environment and educational objectives of the community are forbidden.

Incidents involving initiations, hazing, harassment, menacing, bullying, intimidation and/or related activities of such group affiliations which are likely to cause bodily danger, physical harm or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm to students are prohibited.

Any student wearing, carrying or displaying gang paraphernalia or exhibiting behavior or gestures which symbolize gang membership, or causing and/or participating in activities which intimidate or affect the attendance of another student will be subject to disciplinary action including suspension and expulsion.

Harassment Guidelines

  1. Forms of Harassment (unfair)

  1. General Harassment: General work/school-related harassment is a form of offensive treatment or behavior, which to a reasonable person creates a hostile, intimidating or abusive work/school environment.

  2. Offensive Treatment

  1. Mistreatment is being cruel or thoughtless toward a person.

  2. Rudeness us to disregard.

  3. Rudeness is control through invalidation.

  4. Unfocused Rudeness: Generic comments, looks, or sounds

  5. Conflict isan expressed struggle between at leat two interdependent parties

  1. Harassment, Intimidation and bullying (unlawful)

  1. “Harassment, intimidation or bullying” means any act that:

  1. Substantially interferes with a student’s educational benefits, opportunities or performance;

  2. Takes place on or immediately adjacent to school grounds, at any school-sponsored activity, on school-provided transportation or at any official school bus stop;

  3. Has the effect of:

  1. Physically harming a student or damaging a student’s property;

  2. Knowingly placing a student in reasonable fear of physical harm to the student or damage to the student’s property; or

  3. Creating a hostile educational environment, including interfering with the psychological well-being of a student; and

  1. May be based on, but not limited to, the protected class status of a person.

  1. “Protected class” means a group of persons distinguished, or perceived to be disguished, by race, color, marital status, familial status, source of income or disability.

  1. “Cyberbullying” means the use of any electronic communication device to harass, intimidate or bully.



  • Mocking; name calling

  • Teasing about clothes/things

  • Tesing about appearance

  • Verbal threats of aggression against things

  • Verbal threats of violence or bodily harm


  • Pushing, kicking

  • Stealing

  • Physical acts that are demeaning/humiliating

  • Physical violence

  • Threatening with weapon


  • Taking possessions

  • Extortion

  • Threats of coercion against family/friends

  • Coercion


  • Gossiping

  • Spreading rumors

  • Public humiliation

  • Malicious exclusion

  • Threatening with isolation from total peer group

  • Threatening to reveal personal information

Ways to know the difference between bullying and normal conflict:

  • The student doing the bullying:

  1. Picks on their target day after day (repetition).

  2. The bully wins because their target is smaller, younger or less socially able to cope (power imbalance).

  3. The bully enjoys seeing their target afraid and upset (intent to harm).

Health Services

The Morrow County Health Department is available to administer immunizations, assist in clinics, distribute health materials, and to meet with discussion groups.

Head Lice

Head lice (pediculosis capitus) is highly contagious condition. The parents of students found to have live lice, will be immediately contacted and asked to pick up their child from school. The child may not return to the classroom.

Upon returning to school, the following procedure must be followed:

  • An adult must accompany the child.

  • The adult must describe what treatment was done.

  • The child must be checked and deemed free of all live lice before granted reentry into the classroom.

  • If live lice are found, the child must leave school until condition is remedied.

Students may return to school only after being screened by the office.  The principal will make the final determination about head lice.
To Access District Policies: Go to the district website at

Then to School Board – District Policies – Board Policies Online

Then type in Search Box: JHCCF-AR

Homeless Students

The district provides full and equal opportunity to students in homeless situations as required by law, including immediate enrollment. School records, medical records, proof of residence or other documents will not be required as a condition for admission. A student is permitted to remain in his/her school of origin for the duration of his/her homelessness or until the end of any academic year in which he/she moves to permanent housing.

Transportation to the student’s school of origin will be provided, at the request of the parent, or in the case of an unaccompanied student, at the request of the district’s liaison for homeless students. If there is an abrupt situation in your housing, please let the school know. It may qualify you under the condition of “Homeless” even if you have a temporary place to stay.
Marie Shimer – Homeless Liaison

Morrow County School District

240 Columbia Lane

Irrigon, OR 97844

541-922-4016 x 2370

Homework gives each student a chance to practice and reinforce things learned in class. The amount assigned will vary depending upon the teacher and the grade level of the student. Parents should provide a quiet place at home for homework. We ask parents to reinforce good study habits, help students prioritize homework, and communicate with teachers when questions come up about homework or academic achievement. When students are absent, requests for homework should be done by 8:00 am to allow teachers time to collect the work to be in the office for 3:30 pickup. We will collect assignments for students that been absent for two or more days upon the request of a parent.

Infection Control for HIV, HBY, HCY and AIDS

Although HIV, AIDS and HBV are serious illnesses, the risk of contracting the disease in school is extremely low and generally limited to situations where non-intact skin or mouth, eye or other mucous membranes would be exposed to blood or any body fluids contaminated with blood from an infected person.

Since any such risk is serious, the district requires that staff and students approach infection control using standard precautions. That is, each student and staff member is to assume all direct contact with human blood and body fluids is regarded as known to be infectious for HIV, AIDS, HBV and/or other infectious diseases.
Infection and Disease Instruction

An age-appropriate plan of instruction about infections/diseases including AIDS, HIV, and HBV has been included as an integral part of the district’s health curriculum. Any parent may request that his/her student be excused from that portion of the instructional program required by Oregon law by contacting the principal for additional information and procedures.

Student of parents with questions about the district’s AIDS, HIV, HCV and HBV health education program should contact the school principal.


The Morrow County School District has arranged to make student insurance coverage available with a private carrier at a very reasonable cost. The insurance is available to all students on a voluntary basis. Although care is exercised to prevent accidents, neither the school board nor the school can assume responsibility for accidents or injuries to students participating in school work in the classrooms, laboratories, shop, locker rooms, physical education activities, on the stage, or at any school sponsored activity at home or away. If you need an insurance application, please see the office secretary.

Integrated Pest Management

Morrow County School District adopted IPM ORS 634.700-634.750. 9/10/2012. This plan ensures the health and safety concerns of students, staff, and community members by using low-impact pesticides for use within the IPM plan. For further information on this plan you can view our policy EBB on our website at

Intimidation, Bullying, Cyber-Bullying or Harassment

No student shall intentionally bully, harass, annoy, or alarm another person, subject another person to offensive physical contact, publicly insult another person by abusive or obscene words or gestures, or otherwise conduct him or herself in a manner likely to provoke annoyance, alarm, or a violent or disorderly response. This can happen on or off school grounds, or during other off campus school related activities which affects the educational environment of students related back in school. No student shall intentionally attempt by word, act, or conduct, to place another person in fear of imminent bodily injury; to recklessly engage in conduct which creates a substantial risk of bodily harm or injury to another person; or to intentionally cause or attempt to cause bodily pain or injury to any person. “Fooling around” or “Just playing” is not an acceptable explanation and/or excuse for this type of behavior. Any student seen harassing and/or using intimidation on any person must be reported to a teacher or an administrator immediately. This misbehavior will not be tolerated and may result in a suspension or expulsion. Sometimes harassment constitutes a citation for violation of the law in areas such as assault, disorderly conduct, menacing, etc.

To access this policy: MCSD board policy GBNAA/JFCFA – Cyberbullying can be accessed through the district website: >School Board>District Policies>Board Policies Online – then type in the search box: Cyberbullying

Bullying Behavior Chart

Physical Bullying

Harm to someone’s body or property

Emotional Bullying

Harm to someone’s self-esteem or

feeling of safety

Social Bullying

Harm to someone’s group acceptance








  • Expressing physical superiority

  • Blaming the victim for starting the conflict

  • Making threatening gestures

  • Defacing property

  • Pushing/shoving

  • Taking small items

from others

  • Insulting remarks

  • Calling names

  • Teasing about

  • possessions,

  • clothes, physical appearance

  • Giving dirty looks

  • Holding nose or other insulting gestures

  • Gossiping

  • Starting or spreading rumors

  • Teasing publicly about clothes, looks, relationships with boys/girls, etc.

  • Ignoring someone and excluding them from a group

LEVEL TWO (some of these behaviors are against the law)

  • Threatening physical harm

  • Damaging property

  • Stealing

  • Starting fights

  • Scratching or biting

  • Pushing, tripping, or causing a fall

  • Assaulting

  • Insulting family

  • Harassing with phone calls

  • Insulting your size, intelligence, athletic ability, race, color, religion, ethnicity, gender, disability, or sexual orientation

  • Defacing school work or other personal property, such as clothing, locker, or books

  • Saying someone is related to a person considered an enemy of this country.

  • Ostracizing using notes, Instant Messaging, e-mail, etc.

  • Posting slander in public places (such as writing derogatory comments about someone in the school bathroom)

  • Playing mean tricks to embarrass someone

Bullying Behavior Chart (continued)

Physical Bullying

Harm to someone’s body or property

Emotional Bullying

Harm to someone’s self-esteem or

feeling of safety

Social Bullying

Harm to someone’s group acceptance

LEVEL THREE (most of these behaviors are against the law)

  • Making repeated and/or graphic threats (harassing)

  • Practicing extortion (such as taking lunch money)

  • Threatening to keep someone silent: “If you tell, it will be a lot worse!”

  • Destroying property

  • Setting fires

  • Physical cruelty

  • Repeatedly acting in a violent, threatening manner

  • Assaulting with a weapon

  • Harassing you because of bias against your race, color, religion, ethnicity, gender, disability, or sexual orientation

  • Destroying personal property, such as clothing, books, jewelry

  • Writing graffiti with bias against your race, color, religion, ethnicity, gender, disability, or sexual orientation

  • Enforcing total group exclusion against someone by threatening others if they don’t comply

Source: US Department of Education. Exploring the Nature and Prevention of Bullying. Washington, DC: Office of Safe & Drug Free Schools.


No student will be allowed to enroll or continue school attendance without first presenting evidence of compliance with Oregon Revised Statutes and Oregon Administrative Rules requiring immunization.

The building administrator/designee is authorized to exclude any student from school attendance for noncompliance with the statutes and rules. The building administrator/designee will notify the parent in writing of the reason for the exclusion, stating that the student will continue to be excluded until the student has complied with the requirements. The notice will also inform the parent that a hearing will be afforded upon request.

The district will comply with the Oregon Health Services rules related to the district’s immunization registry and the associated tracking and recall systems. This compliance shall include the waiver of the requirement of consent for release of information from or providing information to and the waiver of issues of confidentiality in regard to immunization records.

The policy is in effect for all students not exempted for religious or medical reasons.
Library Procedures

The library is here as an aide to student learning and as a source of leisure reading materials. The librarian makes every effort to help the students, but she needs their cooperation, too. Students may have two books checked out at any time. If they need more books, or other materials, they are to check with the librarian. Books are checked out for two weeks. Students are to check out books, magazines, etc. only in their own name, and they are to return them by the due date. Reference books are not checked out. Current magazines are to stay in the library. Students should return books and magazines to their proper place or to the circulation desk. The student is responsible for the care of all library material checked out. The student will be charged the replacement cost of lost or damaged materials. Report cards and/or grade transcripts will be held until payment is made.

Lost and Found

Articles found in and around the school should be turned in to the office immediately. The owner may claim the property by going to the office and identifying it. Any property not claimed by the end of the year will be disposed of. Keeping “found” property might be considered theft.


Meal payment has changed for this coming school year. Our school will be participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) during the 2018-19 school year. What that means is there will be NO CHARGE for enrolled IES students who receive a healthy breakfast and/or lunch from the school. Parents will not need to fill out or submit a free or reduced application for your child/children who attend IES.

Breakfast: Free to all students Adults - $2.40

Lunch: Free to all students Adults - $3.65

Milk: $.60
Students are not permitted to share food or give it away. Parents wishing to join a student for a meal should buy a meal ticket in the school office. Soda pop is not allowed as a meal time beverage. Students bringing a lunch from home should bring a beverage other than soda pop, or purchase a milk or juice.

Food is not permitted out of the cafeteria area except for the following exceptions: Students with noon detention may be required to eat in the detention area, and/or classroom teachers may make special arrangements for class activities.

To Access District Policies, go to the district website at

Then to School Board – District Policies – Board Policies Online

Then type in Search Box: EFAA-AR

Medication Policy

When a student is required to take prescription and/or nonprescription medicine at school, these requirements must be met:

1. The school receives a written parental request asking the school to comply with the physician’s order.

2. The school receives prescription medicine from the doctor indicating the student’s name; name of the medication, dosage, route, and time interval the medication is to be taken. A prescription label meets the requirements for written instructions from the physician, if the information above is included.

3. All medication to be administered by the district is to be brought to school by a parent in its original container. Medication not picked up by a parent within five school days of the end of the medication period or at the end of the school year, whichever occurs first, will be disposed of by the district.

4. For nonprescription medication, written instructions are required from a parent, which include the information above.

5. For prescription and nonprescription medications, the student may not have those medications in his/her possession. All medications must be taken to the office.

6. A parent should contact an administrator for details when a student must carry medication such as an inhaler for use at school or at school-sponsored activities.

To Access District Policies: Go to the district website at

Then to School Board – District Policies – Board Policies Online

Then type in Search Box: JHCD/JHCDA and JHCD/JHCDA-AR

Meetings, Assembly of Students, Distribution of Material

Students shall be permitted to hold meetings on school property only under certain conditions. All meetings must be approved by an administrator and scheduled in advance. She/He will explain the other policy requirements. All aspects of school-sponsored publications, including newspapers and/or yearbooks, are completely under the supervision of the teacher and principal. Students may be required to submit such publications to the administration for approval.

Written materials, handbills, photographs, pictures, petitions, films, tapes or other visual or auditory materials may not be sold, circulated or distributed on district property by a student or a non-student without the approval of the administration.

Materials not under the editorial control of the district must be submitted to the principal for review and approval before being distributed to students. Materials shall be reviewed based on legitimate educational concerns. Such concerns include whether the material is defamatory; age appropriate to the grade level and/or maturity of the reading audience; poorly written, inadequately researched, biased or prejudiced; not factual; or not free of racial, ethnic, religious or sexual bias. Materials include advertising that is in conflict with public school laws, rules and/or Board policy, deemed inappropriate for students or may be reasonably perceived by the public to bear the sanction or approval of the district.

Migrant Education

Morrow County School District has the supportive services of Migrant Students Title I-C services. Parents of students new to Sam Boardman Elementary will be called by the district Migrant Recruiter and asked if they have newly moved to Morrow County and if they have sought work in a qualifying agricultural occupation. Migrant services to children will include:

  1. Medical accidental insurance

  2. Free Lunch program

  3. Migrant educational support services during school

  4. Summer School supports

  5. Other parent programs supported by district Migrant Educational services

The district Migrant Director is Mrs. Marie Shimer, who can be called at (541) 922-4016.

Modified/ Extended Diplomas & Alternative Certificate

Our school district offers other graduation diploma programs. Parents also must consent to these programs for their student. Parents must notify the district in writing that they wish for their student to be entered in a modified diploma program. Students who are 18 years or older can make this decision on their own. Starting at the fifth grade, the schools must let parents know that there are other modified diploma opportunities other than the regular diploma program. You can contact the principal or the high school principal in town if you want more information on modified diplomas.

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