WELCOME TO SYRACUSE JR./SR. HIGH SCHOOL
“EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE! EVERY STUDENT; EVERY DAY.”
On behalf of the USD 494 Board of Education, administration, and staff, let us welcome you to Syracuse Junior High School and Syracuse High School. We look forward to assisting you in fulfilling your educational goals and hope you will endeavor to take full advantage of the many academic and activity programs offered at Syracuse Schools. We will require nothing less than your best efforts and behavior, and we make no apologies for these expectations.
To accomplish our mission, our school must function under certain guidelines and regulations. This handbook has been prepared to assist in a general understanding of the policies, regulations, and expectations at Syracuse Schools. The information presented in this handbook cannot possibly anticipate every situation that may arise. A comprehensive policy manual is available in the office of the superintendent. Items not covered in this handbook will be addressed according to policy and at the professional discretion of school administration.
Please keep this handbook as a ready reference as we expect all students, parents/guardians, and patrons to understand and abide by our school’s policies, regulations, and expectations. All of the information contained in this handbook has been reviewed and approved by the USD 494 Board of Education.
Mr. Paul Zuzelski
Syracuse Jr./Sr. High School
P.O. Box 1187 (502 North Main Street)
Syracuse, Kansas 67878-1187
Office Phone: (620) 384-7446 Ext. 5
Office Fax: (620) 384-6686
Web Page: www.usd494.org
Unified School District 494, Syracuse, Kansas does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, disability, or age in admission or access to its programs or activities. Any questions regarding Syracuse Unified School District 494’s compliance may be directed to the Superintendent of Schools.
Honesty is an essential trait that will carry on through an individual’s entire life. Course work done by a student, no matter what the quality, is more valuable to that student’s learning process than work copied or done by someone else. A student submitting work that is not their own or cheating on any assignment or assessment is a violation of the values of Syracuse Schools. Academic dishonesty of any kind is unacceptable and will result in zero credit and a school suspension or Friday Morning Workday. Furthermore, providing or doing work for another student is also a violation of this policy and will result in the same consequence. Refer to the “Plagiarism Policy” section of this handbook.
Students are allowed the first, three days of the first semester and the first, two days of the second semester to change classes. Before a class change is finalized, the counselor will contact the student’s parent/guardian to receive approval for the change and the student will complete, and return, the “Class Change Form” to the counselor.
Students will be awarded course credit based on the semester grade. Completing a semester course with a passing grade will constitute a ½ unit of credit being posted to the student’s transcript.
Final exams will be given at the conclusion of each semester. Finals will not be given earlier than their scheduled times. Missing finals due to leaving school early for break will not be made up and zero credit will be factored into the student’s overall semester grade. Finals missed due to illness will be rescheduled with the teacher.
GRADE CARDS AND PROGRESS REPORTING
Student grade cards will be delivered at the conclusion of each semester. Reports concerning a student’s academic progress may take place at any time. Students will present their academic progress to their parent/guardian during Student Led Conferences that occur each semester.
The following grading scale will be used for all courses:
90% to 100% Letter Grade of “A” 4.0 Grade Points
80% to 89.99% Letter Grade of “B” 3.0 Grade Points
70% to 79.99% Letter Grade of “C” 2.0 Grade Points
60% to 69.99% Letter Grade of “D” 1.0 Grade Points
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT CLASSIFICATION
A student’s classification will depend on the number of credits earned by August 1st of each school year. Students with no completed credits to five completed credits will be classified as freshmen. Students with over five completed credits to eleven completed credits will be classified as sophomores. Students with over eleven completed credits to seventeen completed credits will be classified as juniors. Students with over seventeen completed credits will be classified as seniors.
HIGH SCHOOL COURSE LOAD AND SCHEDULE
Syracuse High School students are required to take a full, seven period schedule of classes each semester. In addition to the seven class periods, all high school students will be scheduled to a Seminar period, lunch, and Literacy/Intervention period.
Period 1 7:40 to 8:30
Period 2 8:34 to 9:24
Period 3 9:28 to 10:18
Period 4 10:22 to 11:12
Period 5 11:16 to 12:06
P6 Seminar 12:10 to 12:40
Lunch 12:40 to 1:10
Intervention 1:14 to 1:44
Period 8 1:48 to 2:42
Period 9 2:44 to 3:40
HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
The USD 494 Board of Education has determined that students must successfully complete a minimum of twenty-three (23) units for graduation including:
4 Units of Language Arts: English 9, English 10, English 11, and English 12 or English 12/Composition is required.
3 Units of Mathematics: A sequence of Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, and Geometry are required or a sequence of Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II are required.
3 Units of Science: Environmental Science or Physical Science and Applied Bio Chemistry or Biology is required.
3 Units of Social Sciences: Enrollment in Introduction to Economics and World History & Geography are required. U.S. History and U.S. Government are required.
1 Unit of Physical Education: P.E. 9/Health is required.
1 Unit of Fine Arts: is required.
½ Unit of Consumer Education: Enrollment is required.
7 ½ Units of Elective Courses
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT AIDE
If a student meets the criteria for being a student aide (and is needed), he/she will be allowed to be an aide for one class period per school year for a school department or teacher. The high school office will have aides scheduled throughout the school day before any other department or teacher will be assigned an aide. The privilege of being an aide may be revoked for inappropriate behavior issues. The following criteria will be reviewed by the principal and counselor in determining student aides:
1) Must be classified as a junior or senior.
2) Must be on the honor roll from the second semester of the previous school year.
3) Student leadership, attendance, and behavior will be taken into consideration.
4) Teacher recommendation will be taken into consideration.
5) Must maintain honor roll status after the first semester of current school year.
Homework Club is an after school intervention program held from 3:50PM to 4:30PM to assist students that are having difficulties with their academic course load. Homework Club allows students the opportunity to work directly with a teacher on class assignments and also receive instruction to improve their organizational and time management skills.
Honor Rolls will be based on the semester grade and will be published at the completion of each semester. Students with a 4.00 grade point average will be recognized on the Principal’s Honor Roll. Students with a grade point average between 3.50 to 3.99 will be recognized on the “A” Honor Roll. Students with a grade point average between 3.00 to 3.49 will be recognized on the “B” Honor Roll. Students that earn a failing grade during an honor roll period will not be recognized, regardless of their grade point average.
JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL COURSE LOAD AND SCHEDULE
Syracuse Junior High School students are required to take a full schedule of classes each semester. The junior high school schedule consists of a nine class period day and a lunch period.
Period 1 7:40 to 8:30 Exploration Courses
Period 2 8:34 to 9:24 Core Course
Period 3 9:28 to 10:18 Core Course
Period 4 10:22 to 11:12 Core Course
Period 5 11:16 to 12:06 Core Course
Lunch 12:06 to 12:36 Lunch
Period 6 12:40 to 1:10 Seminar
Period 7 1:14 to 1:44 Literacy/Intervention
Period 8 1:48 to 2:42 Vocal Music
Period 9 2:46 to 3:40 Physical Education
Late work will be accepted and credit given as per the Teacher’s Classroom Management Plan. The Teacher’s Classroom Management Plan will also include when late work will no longer be accepted resulting in zero credit.
It is the student’s responsibility to obtain make-up assignments from teachers following an excused or unexcused absence. Please refer to the “Absence Procedure For Students” section of this handbook.
NOT IN GOOD STANDING
When a student chooses to display a lack of effort in the classroom, has poor school attendance, or demonstrates negative behavior patterns as determined by the administration, the student will be considered “Not In Good Standing” at Syracuse Schools. When a student is “Not In Good Standing” with the school, they lose the privilege to attend any USD 494 extra-curricular activity whether the activity is hosted at Syracuse Schools or at a visiting school/location.
Plagiarism is the borrowing of ideas that are not one’s own without acknowledging the source and giving proper credit. All students will be taught about plagiarism and how to avoid it in their writing. Consequences for plagiarism will be identified in the Teacher’s Classroom Management Plan.
VALEDICTORIAN / SALUTATORIAN
The senior class valedictorian will be determined by the highest grade point average at the end of the seventh semester. All seniors tied with the highest grade point average will be recognized as valedictorian. The senior class salutatorian will be determined by the next highest grade point average at the end of the seventh semester. All seniors tied with the next highest grade point average will be recognized as salutatorian.
Academic performance and achievement is the number one priority for our students at Syracuse Schools. This weekly eligibility policy is designed to:
Help students recognize and maintain high academic goals and standards.
Formulate positive objectives to be attained by the student who is having academic difficulties.
Encourage student/teacher communication and relationship building in regards to the academic performance in every course a student is taking.
Encourage student/parent communication and relationship building in regards to weekly educational performance.
Encourage parent/teacher communication and relationship building in regards to their child’s educational performance.
Determine a student’s eligibility status for school activities each week of school.
For all 7-12 students:
For eligibility purposes, the “week” is defined as the period of time from Monday through Sunday. The eligibility policy begins the first day of school of each semester.
Teachers will have grades updated and recorded in the school’s student information system before the start of each school week by 7:30am.
Beginning at 7:30am of each school week, the school counselor will create an Eligibility Report that consists of all students that are failing courses. The school counselor will share the Eligibility Report with teachers, coaches, and sponsors.
It is the student’s responsibility to review the weekly Eligibility Report at the beginning of each school week with their seminar teacher and notify their parent/guardian of their eligibility status and the progress or lack of progress in their classes.
Students receiving a failing grade in one or more of their classes on the weekly Eligibility Report will be declared ineligible to participate in, or attend, any school activity for the week of eligibility. Students will be allowed to attend school sponsored activities that directly affect the student’s grade such as a vocal music concert.
Exception to #5: Students involved on an athletic team, cheerleading, drama/forensics, or Syracuse Singers, during the time the student is declared ineligible, they are allowed to practice and attend contests involving their activity as long as no part of the school day is missed. Students are not allowed to attend any other school related activity whether it is held at Syracuse Schools or at a school hosting Syracuse Schools.
Research shows the single greatest factor contributing to student achievement is regular attendance at school. The Board of Education, the administration, and the staff of Syracuse Schools believe that regular attendance is necessary to fully realize the benefits of the educational opportunity. The educational process requires a regular continuity of instruction, classroom participation, learning experiences, and study in order to reach maximum educational benefits for each student. Students that are frequently absent from regular classroom learning experiences disrupt the continuity of the instructional process. We realize there will be occasions when a student will be legitimately absent from school. However, every effort should be made by the parent/guardian and student to keep absences and tardiness to an absolute minimum.
ABSENCE DUE TO SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
Students will be marked at “School Activity” when absent from school due to their involvement in school sponsored activities. It is the responsibility of the student to inform their teachers in advance that they will not be in attendance due to involvement in a school activity and to make arrangements with their teachers in regards to missed assignments.
ABSENCE PROCEDURE FOR THE STUDENT
Upon returning to school from an absence, the student will report to the office where he or she will be given an Admittance Pass allowing them to return to class. The student will present this pass to the teachers of the classes they were absent from. It is the responsibility of the student to complete the absence procedure and be in their first period class before the 7:40AM tardy bell.
It is the student’s responsibility to obtain make-up assignments from teachers following an excused or unexcused absence. The student is responsible to meet and conference with the teacher on the day they return to school. During this conference, the requirements of missed class work and due dates will be communicated to the student.
As a minimum, students will be provided the number of days absent to make up their assignments. An example of this is if a student is absent on Monday, they are allowed Tuesday to complete their assignments which are due on Wednesday. Additional time may be granted by the teacher during the conference. Assignments made prior to the absence are due as required unless arrangements have been made with the teacher during the conference. Students are urged to use the school’s web site to view their assignments on their teacher’s homepage or email their teachers to receive their assignments.
ABSENCE VERIFICATION PROCEDURE FOR THE PARENT/GUARDIAN
When a student is absent from school, the parent/guardian will notify the school office (384-7446 Ext. 5) the morning of the absence between 7:15AM to 8:00AM stating the reason for the absence. The office has voicemail to assist in this process. A note written by the parent/guardian explaining the absence will be accepted if a phone is not available. Only phone calls and notes from the parent/guardian will be accepted. Please indicate when communicating with the office secretary if you wish your child’s assignments to be collected. Please plan to have these assignments picked up at the office between 3:45PM to 4:00PM.
All absences will be considered unexcused until the parent/guardian has provided the office with a valid reason for the absence. If a parent/guardian fails to contact the school office, the school secretary will attempt to make contact with the home. If contact with the office is not made within two days of the absence, the student will be considered unexcused. The principal will determine which absences will be excused and which will remain unexcused.
ATTENDANCE ON DAY OF SCHOOL ACTIVITY
Students will be in attendance the entire school day in order to attend, practice, or compete in activities that are held on that day of school. Students may attend, practice, or compete if an absence from school is due to doctor, dentist, or an appointment approved by the principal in advance.
As per K.S.A. 72-1111, if the student is under the age of eighteen (18) and has not attained a high school diploma or a general educational development (GED) credential, it is the responsibility of the parent /guardian to have their child regularly enrolled in and attend continuously each school year.
Students sixteen (16) or seventeen (17) years of age shall be exempt from the compulsory attendance requirements if:
1) The child is regularly enrolled in and attending an alternative educational program recognized
by the Board of Education;
2) The child and the parent/guardian attend a final counseling session conducted by the school
during which a disclaimer to encourage the child to remain in school or to pursue educational
alternatives is presented to and signed by the child and the parent/guardian. The disclaimer
shall include information regarding the academic skills that the child has not yet achieved, the
difference in future earning power between a high school graduate and a high school dropout,
and a listing of educational alternatives that are available for the child; or
3) The child is concurrently enrolled in a postsecondary educational institution, as defined by
Daily and prompt attendance at school is the responsibility of the parent/guardian and the student. In keeping with the philosophy of our four day school week, parent/guardians are charged to schedule appointments on Fridays. Trips and vacations are to be taken during the break periods that are scheduled on the USD 494 District Calendar.
Parents may excuse their child from school up to five absences each semester. Absences beyond five in a semester will be marked as unexcused. For extraordinary circumstances that extend beyond this limit, the parent/guardian may schedule a meeting with the Attendance Committee which will consist of the classroom teacher(s), counselor, and principal. Please refer to the “Unexcused Absences”, “Compulsory School Attendance”, and “Truancy” sections of this handbook for additional information.
EXCUSED / UNEXCUSED ABSENCES
Excused absences are:
Illness with parent/guardian verification or verification by the school nurse.
Death in the immediate family.
Dental or medical appointments (a doctor’s statement may be requested by office personnel).
Obligatory religious observances.
Participation in a district approved or school sponsored activity.
Any absence that the principal determines should be excused such as pre-arranged trips/experiences of educational value.
All absences that do not fall within the categories of excused absences will be considered as unexcused. Examples of unexcused absences are, but not limited to, hair appointments, sleeping in, shopping, staying home to do homework, leaving/missing school without permission, or accumulating more than five absences during a school semester. Students will not be allowed to participate in or attend any extracurricular activity on the day of the unexcused absence.
On the first unexcused absence, the student will serve detentions equaling the school time missed by being unexcused from school. The parent/guardian will be notified. On the second unexcused absence, the student will serve detentions equaling the school time missed by being unexcused from school and serve a Friday Morning Workday. The parent/guardian will be notified. Any additional unexcused absences during the school year may involve further detentions, additional Friday Morning Workdays, in-school suspensions, or out-of-school suspensions deemed necessary by the principal. Please refer to “Compulsory School Attendance” and “Truancy” sections of this handbook.
SIGN IN / SIGN OUT OF SCHOOL
During the school day, it is the school’s responsibility to know the whereabouts of all students at all times. If a student arrives more than ten minutes late to school, they will notify the office secretary and receive an admit slip to attend class. If a student finds it necessary to leave school for any reason, they will first come to the office and sign-out with the secretary. Students who leave school without signing out in the office will be marked as unexcused from school.
STUDENT SKIP DAYS
Syracuse Schools does not authorize or recognize any skip day, for any student, or for any group of students. Absences due to skip days will be marked as unexcused.
Students are expected to be on time to school and to arrive at all classes before the class period begins. Tardiness is defined as a student not in the classroom at the beginning of each class period and up to the first, ten minutes of class. After ten minutes of class time has elapsed, the student will be counted absent for attendance purposes. The only reason that a student might be late to a class is if he/she is detained by a staff member for educational purposes. If this should occur, the student will receive a pass explaining why the student was detained and no tardy will be recorded. Students are allowed three (3) tardies each semester without consequence. Students will receive a detention for a fourth, fifth, and sixth tardy during a semester. A Friday Morning Workday or in-school suspension will be issued beginning with the seventh tardy during a semester.
A student is inexcusably absent from school if they are absent for all or a significant part of a school day without a valid excuse acceptable to the principal. USD 494 defines a “significant part of a school day” as a student missing one or more class periods. A student will be considered truant from school when they are inexcusably absent on either three consecutive school days or five school days in any semester or seven school days in any school year, whichever occurs first. Students younger than thirteen years of age shall be reported to the Kansas Department for Children and Families and students over the age of thirteen shall be reported to the County Attorney’s Office. The parent/guardian will receive a letter notifying them of their child’s failure to attend school without a valid reason and their child being reported as truant.
CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE
With the support of the USD 494 Board of Education, administration, and staff, Syracuse Schools are available to serve those students who show by their conduct and study habits that they wish to attain a quality education. Student behaviors that disrupt, interfere, offend, and violate the rights of fellow students or school personnel will not be tolerated. These actions may result in suspension or expulsion from Syracuse Schools. Kansas State Law will be followed in dealing with students who do not abide by the policies of Syracuse Schools.
Every student at Syracuse Schools will be expected to adopt and practice a code of self-discipline that is in keeping with the standards and atmosphere of our school’s expectations. Students must urgently strive to be friendly, courteous, respectful, understanding, honest, and fair in all situations and at all times. Student will be expected to follow the basic rules of acceptable behavior, such as:
1) Make a sincere effort to do his/her best work at all times.
2) Develop standards of personal conduct that are reflected in socially approved behavior.
3) Respect the rights and property of others.
4) Comply with the authority of all school personnel.
5) Obey school rules and regulations.
6) Be regular and punctual in meeting all school obligations.
7) Help maintain school property free from damage and defacement.
Seniors are to sit in the first rows in the center section. Juniors are to sit behind the seniors in the center section. Sophomores are to sit behind the juniors in the center section. Freshmen are to sit behind the sophomores in the center section. Eighth grade students are to sit in the west section. Seventh grade students are to sit in the east section. Dismissal from the auditorium will begin with the seniors, then juniors, sophomores, freshmen, eighth graders, and end with the seventh graders. The student council president introduces all speakers at school programs. Traditionally, this area has been considered a "quiet zone" and the student body has given all speakers a standing ovation.
If a school official believes a student is under the influence of alcohol during the school day or while on school grounds, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department will be contacted to administer a Breathalyzer test. Students that test positive for alcohol will be turned over to Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department, and the student’s parent/guardian will be notified. If the student chooses not to take the Breathalyzer test, it will be assumed the student is under the influence of alcohol. Please refer to the “Major Behavior Infractions” section of this handbook.
BULLYING / HARASSMENT
All students are entitled to a positive and productive learning environment free from undue bullying or harassment. Any student who feels this right has been violated is encouraged to speak with a teacher, counselor, or administrator. Any bullying/harassment of a racial or sexual nature, by word or deed, by hazing (initiating), by threats, or by other actions that negatively impact another student or directed towards any school personnel will not be tolerated. USD 494 policies on bullying will be strictly followed and students found to be in violation of this policy may be subject to suspension or expulsion from school. Cases believed to be in violation of the law shall be reported to law enforcement authorities.
COMPUTER USAGE POLICY
School computers and technology are educational tools and will be treated as such. USD 494’s Technology Use Agreement will be followed by anyone who uses district technology. A signed copy of the Technology Use Agreement Form will be on file in the office before a student will be allowed to use district technology. Inappropriate usage and consequences are covered in the Technology Use Agreement.
Detentions will be served after school from 3:45PM to 4:15PM. The teacher assigning the detention is responsible for contacting the parent/guardian to explain why the student was assigned a detention. If transportation is available, the detention will be served the day of the infraction. Otherwise, the detention will be served the next school day with transportation being the responsibility of the student or parent/guardian. If a student fails to serve the assigned detention, the detention will be doubled. Any additional failure to serve assigned detentions may involve further detentions, additional Friday Morning Workdays, in-school suspensions, or out-of-school suspensions deemed necessary by the principal. Absences from an assigned detention due to illness will not relieve students from fulfilling the required time.
Because of the relationship between appearance and appropriate behavior conducive to learning, all students are expected to dress neatly and in attire appropriate for an educational environment. Personal appearance and hygiene are the responsibility of the student and the parent/guardian. The principal reserves the right to regulate the dress and grooming of students. The following guidelines apply to all Syracuse Junior High School and Syracuse High School students and are in effect for the school day and during school activities. Students who participate in interscholastic activities will be expected to adhere to the personal appearance standards developed by the sponsors or coaches of those activities and as approved by the principal.
All clothing must be neat and clean and must completely cover underwear items (bra straps and/or underwear of any kind).
Clothing or any items that describe in picture, word, or inference profanity, obscenity, violent acts, tobacco, alcohol, drugs, inappropriate double meanings, or anti-patriotism are prohibited.
Gang-related clothing or appearance is prohibited. USD 494 will use the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department as a reference and resource.
Shorts, skirts, and dresses are permitted as long as the length is around the student’s mid-thigh area.
Pants, shorts, skirts, etc. will be worn on the hips. No sagging.
Appropriate footwear (shoes, boots, or sandals) must be worn.
See-through clothing, revealing clothing, tube tops, halter tops, and swimwear are prohibited.
Girls may wear spaghetti strap tops and tank tops if a shirt with sleeves is worn underneath or over the top of it. Girls may wear (not tank tops) sleeveless polo’s, sleeveless crews, sleeveless sweaters, and sleeveless dresses.
Boys may wear tank tops if a shirt with sleeves is worn underneath or over the top of it. Otherwise, sleeveless shirts are prohibited.
Headgear and hoods are to be removed as the student enters the building and headgear is to be stored in the student’s locker during school hours. Headgear being carried in the school building will be confiscated and returned to the student during check-out on the last day of school. Students will be warned once to take off their hoods in the school building. A detention will be given on the second and third offense. Also on the third offense, students will be informed that they will not be allowed to wear clothing with a hood for the remainder of the school year.
Jackets and coats are allowed in the school and classrooms if the length is above the student’s fingertips, when the student is standing. All other jackets and coats (trench coats are prohibited) will be secured in the student’s locker at the beginning of the school day and will not be allowed in the classroom.
Jewelry such as choke chains, dog chains, or wallet chains of any length is prohibited. Bracelets, collars, etc. that have metal protruding spikes are prohibited. These items will be confiscated and returned to the student during check-out on the last day of school.
No sunglasses are to be worn in the school building.
No body piercing jewelry may be worn other than on the ears or one, small nose stud or ring.
Students in violation of the dress code will be given an opportunity to correct the inappropriate dress. If the student fails to comply, the parent/guardian will be informed that their child is being sent home. The time that the student is gone from school will be considered as an unexcused absence and disciplinary consequences will be administered accordingly. Please refer to “Unexcused Absences” section of this handbook.
FRIDAY MORNING WORKDAY
In an effort to keep students in their classes and receiving daily course content and instruction after violating certain policies in this handbook, a Friday Morning Workday will be issued. The workday will be from 8:30AM to 11:30AM on Fridays when school is not in session. Students will assist in cleaning and school service projects. Parents will be notified when their child has been issued a Friday Morning Workday.
HALL / BUILDING CONDUCT
Proper conduct in the school building is expected of every student. Running, pushing, shoving, talking loudly or yelling in the hallways are prohibited. It is imperative that appropriate behavior in the halls is demonstrated so one group of students does not interfere with the educational process of the other. High school students are not allowed in the junior high school and vice versa.
When dealing with inappropriate behavior issues, the principal reserves the right to double the disciplinary consequences for students who choose not to be truthful.
Students placed in ISS will not be in good standing during the time of their suspension. On the date of the suspension, the student is not allowed to attend, perform, participate, practice, or compete in any school activity within USD 494, or at any other school or site involving Syracuse Schools. Teachers will be notified of the suspension and classroom assignments will be requested. Students will be required to do their lessons during their stay in ISS and turn them in for credit. Failure to complete lessons will result in more ISS time. Absence from ISS due to illness or other emergency reasons will not relieve the student from fulfilling the required time.
K-9 DRUG DETECTION DOG
In partnership with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department, USD 494 will allow the K-9 Drug Detection Dog to randomly sweep the school buildings, grounds, and vehicles parked on school property. The canine will be accompanied by a qualified trainer who will be responsible for the dog’s actions. An indication by the dog that contraband is present on school property will be probable cause for a further search by school officials.
LAW ENFORCEMENT INTERACTION WITH STUDENTS
Law Enforcement Officers will not be allowed to conduct an interrogation and/or investigation of students during school hours unless an emergency is demonstrated. Please refer to BOE Policy JCAC-R, JCAC-R-2, and JCAC-R-3.
MAJOR BEHAVIOR INFRACTIONS
The following violations will result in automatic three to ten day out-of-school suspension with the possibility of a hearing to recommend long-term suspension or expulsion. This list of infractions is not all-inclusive. The principal may assign similar consequences for different types of major infractions.
Repeated breaking of school rules.
Physical attacks on or threats (by word or deed) of physical attack or physical violence to students, teachers, or other school personnel.
Manufacture, sell, distribute, possess, or use illicit drugs, controlled substances, or alcoholic beverages on school district property or at any school activity.
Possession of a weapon or facsimile of a weapon.
Minor infractions are behaviors such as, but not limited to, hallway disruptions, misbehavior in the cafeteria, dress code violation, and public display of affection. The principal may assign similar consequences for different types of minor infractions. Consequences for these violations normally progress as a warning, detention, ISS, OSS. However, the principal reserves the right to skip any or all of the steps in this progression depending upon the seriousness of the violation and the past history of the student's behavior.
The student is removed from attending classes during an out-of-school suspension and is under the direct supervision of the parent/guardian. Students have the opportunity to do their school assignments during the time of the out-of-school suspension. Assignments are due to the counselor by 7:30AM on the day the student returns from the suspension.
During the time of the out-of-school suspension, the student is not in good standing and will not be allowed to attend, perform, participate, practice, or compete in any school activity Syracuse Schools is involved in (at any location). The student is not allowed on school grounds during the time of suspension and trespassing charges may be filed with Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department if violated.
PUBLIC DISPLAY OF AFFECTION
There shall be no public display of affection by high school students other than holding hands while at school, at school activities, on school transportation, or on school grounds. There shall be no public display of affection by junior high school students including holding hands. There shall be no fraternization between high school students and junior high school students. Please refer to “Minor Behavior Infractions” section of this handbook.
SCHOOL SAFETY VIOLATIONS
SB 470 amends current law regarding school safety violations. If a pupil who is 13 years of age or older is found in possession of a weapon or illegal drugs at school or a school supervised activity, or has engaged in conduct that could result in serious bodily harm, the chief administrator of the school is required to make a report to the appropriate law enforcement agency. The report must be given to a law enforcement agency as soon as practicable, but not more than ten days from the date of the pupil’s act, excluding holidays and weekends. Upon receipt of the report, the law enforcement agency will investigate the incident and give written notice to the Division of Vehicles as soon as practicable, but not more than ten days after the receipt of the report. If notice is provided as required by law, the Division of Vehicles will immediately suspend the pupil’s driver’s license or privilege to operate a motor vehicle in Kansas for up to one year. Upon suspension of the pupil’s driver’s privileges, the Division of Vehicles will notify the pupil in writing.
SERIOUS BEHAVIOR INFRACTIONS
The following violations will result with an in-school suspension or an out-of-school suspension. A parental conference may be required for readmission. Conditions for reinstatement may be established and are not limited to, probationary status, time limits for restitution, or counseling. This list of violations is not all-inclusive. The principal may assign similar consequences for different types of serious infractions. Items that are prohibited at school will be confiscated and may be returned at the end of the school year.
Disorderly conduct by word or action which is likely to, or does, disrupt normal school activities or damage or destroy school property and/or student property.
Any act of vandalism.
Discriminatory insults, intimidation, or harassment. Students will be reprimanded and counseled to refrain from such conduct. If deemed necessary, additional disciplinary action may be taken.
Open defiance involving refusal to conform to school policies.
Forging names on notes from parents or school personnel.
Possession or use of tobacco products in any form.
Possession or use of Electronic Cigarettes/Vaporizers
Failure to obey a teacher’s request.
Students who choose not to correct their inappropriate behavior and continue to demonstrate conduct that disrupts the proper educational atmosphere at school may receive a long-term suspension or expulsion.
Throughout the school year, teachers will be absent due to professional development meetings, workshops, conferences, school activities, and illness. Substitute teachers will be hired by Syracuse Schools to continue the daily academic process. Consequences may be doubled for inappropriate behaviors while under the supervision of a substitute teacher.
Students shall not knowingly possess, handle, or transport any object that can reasonably be considered a weapon at school, on school property, or at a school sponsored event. This shall include any weapon, any item being used as a weapon or destructive device, or any facsimile of a weapon. Kansas State Law will be followed and Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department will be notified.
Syracuse Schools will follow all rules established by the Kansas State High School Activities Association. Each student representing Syracuse Schools, whether as a participant in an activity or as a fan, will behave in a manner that at all times reflect positively on themselves, the team, the school, and the community. Inappropriate behavior at extracurricular activities is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Students are expected to know and abide by school and team policies. Students who either quit or are removed from a team before the end of the season will not be allowed to join another activity during that same season.
All after school meetings and practices must finish by 8:00PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. On Wednesdays, activities must end by 6:45PM. School activities will end by 9:30PM. Exceptions to these times must be cleared with the principal in advance so that parents/guardians may be notified.
All first year varsity letter winners will receive the official school letter, "S". This letter will be awarded to the student at the awards assembly in the spring. A certificate of participation, a metal symbol and a metal bar will also be received. A certificate and a bar will be presented for each year of lettering after the first. Any awards presented by any activity group shall follow the guidelines established by the Kansas State High School Activities Association. Please refer to each particular activity handbook for lettering requirements.
DOUBLING IN ATHLETICS
Students are allowed to participate on two teams during the same season. An example of doubling is a female student participating in both cross country and volleyball during the fall season. Students will complete the Doubling Form with the activity director before the beginning of the seasons where they will declare a primary sport and a secondary sport. Coaches will be given a copy of the Doubling Form. If a student’s grade point average falls below a 3.00 or is receiving a failing grade in any of their classes, they will only be allowed to participate in their primary sport. Please refer to the “Activity Eligibility Policy” section on this handbook.
HIGH SCHOOL EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND CLUBS
Syracuse High School participates in football, volleyball, girl’s golf, and boys and girls cross country during the fall season. During the winter season, boys and girls basketball and scholar’s bowl take place. During the spring season, boy’s golf, boys and girls track, baseball, forensics, art, and music competitions take place. Other activities and clubs include cheerleading, Student Council, National Honor Society, drama, FACS, FFA, Syracuse Singers, world language, and weightlifting.
The insurance carried by the district covers the athlete while he/she is playing or practicing or traveling to or from an activity while under the supervision of school employees. It will pay what your insurance does not pay or if you have no insurance. A letter about insurance will be sent during the school year and the school nurse can answer questions. If a student becomes injured he/she is to notify the school nurse so a report of the injury can be made. Parents/guardians must fill out a claim form before any filing of a claim can occur.
JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND CLUBS
Syracuse Junior High School participates in football and volleyball during the fall season. During the winter season, boys and girls participate in basketball and scholar’s bowl. Boys and girls participate in track and music during the spring season. The junior high school also has an elected student council club.
Syracuse Jr./Sr. High School is a member of the Hi-Plains League. Other league members include Elkhart, Lakin, Stanton County (Johnson City), Southwestern Heights (Kismet/Plains), Sublette, and Wichita County (Leoti).
POLICY ON ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, E-CIGARETTES & OTHER DRUGS
During a season (includes all of that period of time covered by practice and competition of that particular activity at any time or any place) the student shall not use or possess, buy, sell, give away, or transfer marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, controlled substances, and non-prescription steroids. After confirmation of the first violation, the student shall be ineligible to participate for the remainder of the season and will be removed from the activity.
We’re loyal to you, Syracuse
To the Orange and Black we’ll be true
We’ll back you to stand
‘Gainst the best in the land
For we know you have sand, Syracuse Rah! Rah!
So crack out the ball, Syracuse
We’re backing you all, Syracuse
Our team is our fame protector
For we expect a victory from you, Syracuse
Fling out the dear, old flag of Orange and Black
Lead out your sons and daughters fighting for you
Like men of old, on giants placing reliance
Shouting defiance. Os-Ke-Wow-Wow!!!
Amid the broad green plains that nourish the land,
For honest labor and for learning we stand, and unto
Thee we pledge our heart and hand Dear Alma-Mater Syracuse.
Those who are in attendance at activities in which Syracuse Schools participates in will adhere to the Citizenship/Sportsmanship Rule 52 of the Kansas State High School Activities Association. Sportsmanship is a way of thinking and behaving. The KSHSAA mandates that all action is to be for, not against; positive, not negative or disrespectful. Participants, coaches, officials, staff, and fans are to be courteous to everyone at all times and display appreciation for good performance regardless of the team. All groups should know the rules, respect the official’s decisions, and permit only positive sportsmanlike behavior. Always win with character and lose with dignity.
Students will be held responsible for a high standard of sportsmanship. Those students not showing proper courtesy will be subject to suspension from attending school activities and other disciplinary actions.
The meal allowance is for school activity trips, not field trips. The first meal consumed away from home/school on an activity trip will be the responsibility of the student. All meals consumed by the student after the first meal away from home/school will be paid by USD 494.
EXCEPTION: Students involved in all post-season activities, USD 494 will provide payment for all meals from the time students leave for the activity until they return home.
There will be no practices or meetings scheduled for any school activities on Sundays except those approved by the principal in advance. These approved Sunday practices and meetings will be kept to an absolute minimum and parent/guardians will be notified by the coach or sponsor.
Students will ride to and from all activities on the transportation provided by the district. At the conclusion of the activity, a parent/guardian may take responsibility for their child after signing off on the Syracuse, USD 494 Transportation Release Form with the activity sponsor. This form allows the student to be transported by their parent/guardian only. Students will not be released after the conclusion of the activity to anyone other than their parent/guardian.
Students will ride to and from all practices held off campus on the transportation provided by the district. At the conclusion of the off campus practice, a parent/guardian may take responsibility for their child after signing off on the Syracuse, USD 494 Transportation Release Form with the activity sponsor. This form allows the student to be transported by their parent/guardian only. Students will not be released after the conclusion of the off campus practice to anyone other than their parent/guardian.
UNIFORMS & EQUIPMENT
The district will provide uniforms and equipment. These items will be checked out in good condition at the beginning of each athletic season. Students will check-in their uniforms in the same condition they received them at the conclusion of the season. The district will take into account that normal "wear and tear" does occur. While the student has the uniform it is to be treated with the utmost respect and care. If the uniform is lost or damaged while in the care of the student, it becomes the responsibility of the student to report this information to the coach or sponsor and replace the damaged or lost uniform at the conclusion of the season.
ARRIVAL TIME AND BUILDING HOURS
The cafeteria doors will open at 7:05AM for those students wishing to eat breakfast which will be served from 7:05AM to 7:30AM. All other students should arrive at school after 7:25AM to prepare themselves for the upcoming school day. First period classes begin at 7:40AM. School is dismissed at 3:40PM and students are to leave the building for the day in an orderly fashion. Students are not to be in the school building after 3:50PM unless they are meeting with a teacher, serving a detention, at Homework Club, or involved in a supervised activity. School doors will be secured at 4:30PM.
CELL PHONES, SCHOOL PHONES, & WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICES
Students will not use classroom phones without teacher permission and only for educational purposes. Except in the case of an emergency, students will not be summoned to the office to receive phone calls. Phone messages left with the office will be forwarded to the students at the earliest convenience.
It is prohibited to use a cell phone or any wireless communication devices to invade the privacy of, or cause embarrassment to, another person on school grounds or at school activities. Such actions will be treated as harassment and Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department will be notified if warranted. This policy is not intended to prohibit the use of a wireless communication device by a student in an emergency situation.
JUNIOR HIGH STUDENT CELL PHONES:
Students will turn their cell phones off and secure them in their hall locker before attending their first period class.
Students will not use their cell phone during the school day except if a teacher is using the cell phone as part of a lesson or students are calling their parent during Seminar.
Due to dismissing students for the school day from the gym, students will be allowed to transport their cell phone in their backpack as they attend their last period physical education.
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS CELL PHONES:
Students are allowed to carry their cell phones throughout the school day.
When entering a classroom, students will place their phone in the provided storage pouch.
Teachers may allow students to use their cell phone if it is part of a lesson or when students are calling their parent/guardian during Seminar.
CONSEQUENCES FOR CELL PHONE VIOLATIONS:
On the first cell phone violation, the student will volunteer one hour of school service to a teacher. This hour of service will be completed during the week of the violation or a Friday Morning Workday will be issued.
On the second cell phone violation, the student will serve a Friday Morning Workday.
On the third cell phone violation, the student will serve a Friday Morning Workday and lose cell phone privileges at school for the next twelve (12) school days.
For any additional cell phone violations, the student will receive an out-of-school suspension and lose cell phone privileges at school for the remainder of the school year.
COLLEGE VISITATION FOR SENIORS
Seniors who are on track to graduate will be allowed two days for college visitations. All arrangements will be made through the high school counselor’s office or the absences will be unexcused.
The services of the counselor are available to all students, parents, and teachers. Those services range from individual to group sessions to assist in personal, social, occupational, or educational development to plan educational or vocational programs upon graduation. All students, especially juniors and seniors, are encouraged to discuss their plans for advanced education with the counselor so that a smooth transition is possible. The counselor is available before and after school for conferences and performs the following duties:
Plans, organizes, and implements activities for senior high students and their parents in order to prepare them for movement to college, technical schools, the military, or the work field.
Designs and initiates activities aimed at assisting students to adjust to changes in school.
Makes contact and/or accepts appointments with students who have academic, personal, and educational problems or concerns.
Coordinates the referral process of Student Services at the building level.
Coordinates the testing program, administers appropriate individual tests, and interprets test results to students, parents, and staff.
Distributes relevant educational and career information to students and parents and provides assistance to students and parents as they make decisions regarding courses or programs.
Provides information and consultation services to staff regarding students and communicates student needs to the staff.
Works with parents, individually and in groups, in order to help them understand adolescence, the family system, parental roles, and to help them deal with areas of concern.
DANCES FOR HIGH SCHOOL
The student council will recommend calendar dates for dances to the principal for approval. The principal and/or sponsors may screen the music to be played and all dances will have at least three sponsors or the dance will be cancelled. Decisions made by sponsors and/or administration at dances are final. The following regulations will apply to all high school dances:
Dances will be limited to currently enrolled students of Syracuse High School that are meeting weekly academic eligibility requirements and guests approved by the principal. No junior high school students will be allowed to attend a high school dance.
A student may bring a guest to the dance. It is the responsibility of the student to have the Syracuse High School Guest Form filled out completely and on file in the office before 7:40AM on the day of the dance. Students are also personally responsible for their guest’s behavior at the dance.
A “guest” is defined as students currently enrolled in an accredited high school and is in good standing (no failing grades and not serving a suspension) or graduates of Syracuse High School from the past two school years and are in good standing with our community. In very special circumstances, the principal reserves the right to approve a guest that does not meet these criteria. A person twenty-one (21) years or older will not be allowed to attend any high school dance.
Student behavior will be in accordance with the policies and procedures of this handbook.
Students ineligible to attend the dance will not be on campus during the time of the dance.
Dress will be appropriate to the type of dance being held. Prom is a formal dance that requires males to wear tuxedos and females to wear evening gowns. Snowball is a semi-formal dance; no jeans, t-shirts, or hats are allowed.
A Breathalyzer test will be administered by Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department to all students and guests beginning 5 minutes before the dance to 30 minutes after the dance start time. No student or guest will be allowed into the dance without taking a Breathalyzer test. Students or guests who test positive for alcohol will not be admitted into the dance, will be turned over to Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department and the student’s parent will be notified. Please refer to “Breathalyzer” and “Major Behavior Infractions” sections of this handbook.
Students and guests will check their coats at the door and sign the check-in sheet upon entering and when leaving the dance.
During the dance, if sponsors believe a student or guest is under the influence of alcohol, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department will be contacted to administer a Breathalyzer test. Students or guests who test positive for alcohol will be turned over to Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department, and the student’s parent will be notified. If the student chooses not to take the Breathalyzer test, it will be assumed that the student is under the influence of alcohol. If the guest chooses not to be tested, he or she will be escorted off campus and not allowed to attend any future dances at Syracuse High School. Please refer to “Breathalyzer” and “Major Behavior Infractions” sections of this handbook.
During all dances, students and their guests will remain inside the school building area where the dance is taking place.
Students leaving the dance prior to its completion time will not be readmitted.
The student council will recommend calendar dates for dances to the principal for approval. The principal and/or sponsors may screen the music to be played. The following regulations will apply for all junior high school dances:
Dances will be limited to currently enrolled Syracuse Junior High School students who have met weekly eligibility requirements and sponsors authorized by the principal.
Student behavior will be in accordance with the policies and procedures of this handbook.
Students ineligible to attend a dance will not be on campus during the time of the dance.
Student dress will be appropriate to the type of dance being held. Snowball is a semi-formal dance; no jeans, t-shirts, or hats are allowed.
Students will check their coats at the door and sign the check-in sheet upon entering and when leaving the dance.
During all dances, students will remain inside the school building area where the dance is taking place.
Students leaving prior to the end of the dance will not be readmitted.
Decisions made by sponsors and/or administration at dances are final.
Students are responsible for taking care of all district property issued to them and if lost or damaged, the student is responsible for the cost of replacement or repair. Students are also expected to keep the inside and outside of the school building neat and clean. The tidiness and appearance of the school building during the day depends on each student’s cooperation.
EIGHTH (8th ) GRADE PROMOTION
The 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony is a short exercise to recognize those students who have successfully completed junior high school. Students will be awarded a certificate of completion of junior high school. Males will wear dress slacks, collared shirts, and appropriate footwear. Females will wear dresses, pant suits, dress slacks with a blouse, and appropriate footwear.
Parents/Guardians will provide the school office with emergency contact information in case they cannot be reached.
Drills will be conducted in accordance with state law and are done to ensure the safety of all students and staff members. To be effective, these drills should be treated as if they were real.
The nutritional guidelines of the Kansas Wellness Policy will be followed at Syracuse Schools. Water, non-caloric water, and sport drinks may be brought from home or purchased from the vending machine during the school day. The teacher’s classroom management plan will address food, drinks, and gum in their classroom. No food or drinks are allowed in the computer labs.
GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE / CHAIN OF COMMAND
Student or parent/guardian grievances will be addressed within the following chain of command:
First Step: The immediate teacher, coach or staff member
Second Step: The activities director and/or principal
Third Step: The superintendent of schools
Fourth Step: Appointment with the board of education at a scheduled monthly meeting
Good health is an important factor in the performance of students in school. If students are ill, they should not attend school. If students have a communicable disease, they will not be readmitted to school until they can present a statement from a physician indicating that they are well enough to return to school. The State of Kansas requires students to have certain immunizations before they can attend school. These are four (4) DPT, three (3) polio, two (2) MMR, two (2) Varicella, and one (1) TDAP.
HIGH SCHOOL COMMENCEMENT
Only students who have successfully completed the graduation requirements of Syracuse, USD 494 may participate in commencement exercises.
Students will wear the approved class gowns, caps, and tassels. Gowns and caps may be orange, black, or white. Tassels may be solid orange, solid black, or a combination of orange, black, and white.
The top of the cap may be appropriately decorated. Any items that describe in picture, word, or inference profanity, obscenity, violent acts, tobacco, alcohol, drugs, inappropriate double meanings, or anti-patriotism is prohibited.
Males will wear dress slacks, collared shirts, and appropriate footwear. Females will wear dresses, pant suits, dress slacks with a blouse, and appropriate footwear.
Students will not be allowed to participate in commencement if they are not properly groomed and attired.
Students will not act inappropriately during the commencement service. If a student chooses to act inappropriately, their diploma will be held until they meet with the USD 494 Board of Education at their scheduled June meeting.
LOCKERS & LOCKS
As property of USD 494, school officials may inspect student lockers at any time.
USD 494 will not be responsible for articles left at school, in lockers, or in school vehicles. Replacement cost for a lost school lock is $10. In compliance with the Kansas State Fire Marshall Safety Codes, lockers must remain closed when not in use. No clothing/coats may be hung on locker doors and no items may be stored or left on the corridor floors.
Each student will be assigned a hall locker and lock on the first day of school. Only locks assigned by USD 494 will be allowed on lockers. Locks will be used at all times or district property will be removed. A locker and lock will be assigned on the first day of school to students taking physical education courses and to students involved in sports.
The lunch period for students is closed except for seniors who qualify for open lunch privileges. Students are to remain in the cafeteria, the commons area, or just outside the east doors of the commons area. Students are not allowed outside the west doors of the commons area or in the student parking lot during the lunch period. The school lunch period is part of the school day and inappropriate behavior whether on or off school grounds will be addressed according to school policy.
The lunch period for seniors is open under the following conditions:
The student has completed 17 units of course work by the beginning of their senior year.
The senior is passing all classes during weekly eligibility checks.
The senior maintains an Honor Roll status. The senior’s second semester grades from their junior year will determine open lunch for the first semester of school. The senior’s first semester grades will determine open lunch for the second semester.
Seniors qualifying for open lunch privileges are not permitted to drive or be driven in a vehicle during the lunch period except with their parent/guardian. A senior will have their open lunch privileges revoked for the remainder of the school year on the first inappropriate behavior issue that results in ISS, OSS, and also inappropriate behavior issues in regards to driving, tobacco use, alcohol, drugs, fighting, harassment, or theft during the lunch period. Please refer to “Serious Behavior Infractions” and “Major Behavior Infractions” sections of this handbook.
In an effort to avoid past due accounts, a family meal account statement will be mailed home if the account balance falls below a positive $20.00 balance. Students will be allowed to participate in the school meal program until the family account balance reaches a negative $20.00 balance at which time the student’s meal privileges will be revoked until the family account has a positive balance. For the 2021-22 school year, breakfast and lunch are free for all students. Meal costs for staff is $3.50 for breakfast and lunch. Meal costs for guests is $4.00 for breakfast and lunch.
MEDICINE AND MEDICAL TREATMENT
In order to meet the requirements of the Nurse Practice Act (K.S.A. 1979 Supp. 65-113 et. seq.) the following guidelines and procedures will be in effect regarding the administration of medicine and medical treatment to students:
Administration of Non-Prescriptive Medicines- School personnel will supervise and/or administer non-prescriptive medicines (cough syrup, cough drops, etc.) only under the following conditions:
That such medication is provided by the parent/guardian.
That parent/guardian permission in writing is obtained.
That specific instructions related to the medication is provided.
That the supervision and/or administration of such medicine are for a specific length of time. No overall, yearlong permission will be granted.
Administration of Prescriptive Medicine- School personnel will supervise and/or administer prescriptive medicines only under the following conditions:
That an authorized prescription from the doctor is available.
Medication will not be dispensed unless in original container.
That parental/guardian permission in writing is obtained.
That specific instructions related to the medication is provided.
That the administration of such medicine is for a specific length of time. No overall, yearlong permission will be granted unless specified by a physician for a known chronic illness.
That all medications, prescriptive and non-prescriptive, must be brought to and housed in the school nurse's office.
Student Self-Administration of Medication- As used in this policy, medication means for the treatment of anaphylactic reactions or asthma which is prescribed by a physician licensed to practice medicine and surgery; an advanced registered nurse practitioner who has the authority to prescribe drugs; or a licensed physician assistant who has the authority to prescribe drugs pursuant to a written protocol with a responsible physician.
The self-administration of medication is allowed for students. To be eligible, a student shall meet all requirements of this policy. Parents/Guardians shall submit a written statement from the student’s health care provider stating:
1) The name and purpose of the medication;
2) The prescribed dosage;
3) The conditions under which the medication is to be self-administered;
4) Any additional special circumstances under which the medication is to be
The length of time for which the medication is prescribed.
The student shall provide written authorization from the student’s health care provider and parent/guardian stating the student has been instructed on self-administration of the medication and is authorized to do so in school. The student’s parent/guardian shall provide written authorization for the self-administration of medication. An annual renewal of parental authorization for the self-medication of medication shall/may be required.
The school district, and its employees and agents, which authorize the self-administration of medication in compliance with the provisions of this policy, shall not be liable in any action for the injury resulting from the self-administration of medication. The school district shall provide written notification to the parent/guardian of a student that the school and its employees and agents are not liable for any injury resulting in self-administration of medication.
The parent/guardian of the student shall sign a statement acknowledging that the school incurs no liability for any injury resulting from the self-administration of medication and agreeing to indemnify and hold the school, and its employees and agents, harmless against any claims relating to the self-administration of such medication.
Injections- School personnel will not administer any medication in the form of an injection with the exception of an EPI Pen in cases of an emergency.
First Aid Treatment- When a staff member sees a student who has been involved in an accident at school, on school property, or at a school sponsored event, the staff member shall follow the rules for the care of an injured student and report the incident to the building principal. If a student has an accident which appears to require medical treatment, no action shall be taken by an employee except to send for medical help and to make the student as comfortable as possible while waiting for medical assistance to arrive.
A school nurse is on duty full-time. If a student becomes ill while in school, they will obtain a pass from the office before visiting the school nurse. Students must also check out through the office before leaving school because of an illness.
OUT OF DISTRICT STUDENTS
Out of district students must apply for admission to USD 494 and be approved for admission by the principal and superintendent of schools. The incoming family must be, and remain in, good financial standing with USD 494.
Academic classroom time is very important and will be protected from distractions. Each classroom will be provided an identifiable pass that a student will carry when out of the classroom. Only one student will be allowed out of a classroom at a time and must carry the classroom pass. A pass issued to a student to see the school nurse must be processed through the office. Students wandering through the hallways during class time or going places other than where the pass indicates is unacceptable and may lead to the loss of privileges.
PROHIBITED DEVICES AT SCHOOL
Items such as laser lights, pocket knives, skateboards, and roller blades are not allowed on school grounds. Items of this nature will be confiscated and returned to the student during check-out on the last day of school.
PROM & PROMENADE
The Syracuse Junior/Senior Prom will be limited to the junior and senior classes of Syracuse High School and guests approved by the principal. Prom is a formal dance that requires males to wear tuxedos and females to wear evening gowns. All high school dance rules apply to prom. Only those juniors, seniors, and approved guests attending the prom will be allowed to participate in the promenade.
REMOVAL OF SCHOOL EQUIPMENT
School equipment is not to be removed from the school grounds for non-school purposes without advanced approval from the Superintendent of Schools, USD 494.
SCHOOL PARKING LOT
Students on the Principal’s Honor Roll, the “A” Honor Roll, and the “B” Honor Roll will select parking spaces at the beginning of each semester. Selections will begin with the senior class according to highest grade point average, followed by the junior class, and if spaces are still available, the sophomore class.
SCHOOL SAFETY HOTLINE
This hotline gives students the opportunity to anonymously report any potential violence. The Kansas School Safety Hotline Number is 1-877-626-8203.
With prior approval by the principal, students involved in school sponsored activities may solicit their fundraising programs in the JH/HS building. No other solicitation is permitted on school grounds.
USD 494 provides an accident insurance policy on all students enrolled. This policy is a supplemental policy to help when a family policy has a high deductible or co-insurance pay. This accident insurance should not be used as a primary source of insurance. If you do not have a family insurance policy on your child and are interested in receiving information, please contact the school nurse.
Students who order class rings, announcements, pictures, etc. are required to pay a deposit or full cost depending on the product at the time of the order payable to the company. Students will be notified when sales people will be at school to take orders. No merchandise will be given to the student until the complete purchase price has been paid.
All student vehicles must be parked upon arrival at school and are to remain parked throughout the school day except when a student has checked out through the office to leave the school grounds. Students will be supervised by a staff member if they need to go to their vehicle during the school day. Please refer to the “School Parking Lot” section of this handbook.
USD 494 will not provide towels to students taking physical education classes or involved in athletics. Students are responsible for providing their own towel to use after they shower. Students will not be allowed to return to class if they are not properly clean and neat.
Riding a school bus is a privilege, not a right. The bus driver is responsible for maintaining discipline on the bus. Students are expected to follow the driver’s requests and the rules of conduct on the bus. Violators will face disciplinary action and may be removed from district transportation. Bus routes may change each year due to graduation and new students moving into the school district. Bus routes can be fairly long so pick up and drop off times will be established. The bus drivers have been instructed not to wait on students that are not at their pick up points.
All visitors to Syracuse Junior High School and Syracuse High School will sign in at the office, recording the time and purpose of their visit. If approved by the principal, a numbered pass will be given to the visitor to wear while on school grounds to identify them as a welcomed guest. The visitor will return the pass and sign out in the office at the conclusion of the visit.
WITHDRAWAL FROM SCHOOL
Students withdrawing from Syracuse Jr./Sr. High School will obtain a check-out sheet from the office. The check-out sheet allows the student to obtain grades and clearance of school property in his or her care. When the check-out sheet is completed, the student is to return it to the office. The student must be in good financial standing with the district before transcripts will be sent to the new school.
WORKING AT THE CONCESSION STAND
Sponsors of school activity groups may sign up to work the concession stand at home activities. The activity group will receive 25% of the profit. Sponsors will supervise their students while working at the concession stand.
Students will have the opportunity to pre-order yearbooks at a cost of $33.00 a copy which includes tax. Due to the total cost of producing our yearbook, only the number of pre-ordered yearbooks will be ordered from the publishing company. If additional copies become available, they may be purchased on a first come, first serve basis for $50.00 a copy, plus tax.