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Handbook 2017-2018

PLAIN DEALING HIGH SCHOOL HANDBOOK 2017-2018

 

 

Dress Code Policy

The school has the responsibility of maintaining an atmosphere conducive to learning in which the student can achieve his or her maximum potential.  The Bossier Parish School Board, Plain Dealing High School, and the Dress Code Committee believe that each student should use good judgment in total appearance so that the attention of others is not distracted from the purposes of the school and so that the educational process is not disturbed.

Students should come to school neat in appearance. Uniforms need to be kept in good condition and fit appropriately. If a uniform piece should tear or become un-sewn, it must be repaired or replaced before being worn again. Student dress will not be considered proper if it detracts from or disrupts the classroom and/or school decorum. The principal shall make the final decision of what is considered proper or improper appearance in accordance with the guidelines in the student handbook. Students are required to wear uniforms to school and will be expected to wear uniforms the first day of school. Students who are not in dress code will not be allowed to enter class.  It is the responsibility of the parents and/or students to purchase only uniforms that meet all the requirements of the school’s dress code.

 

TOPS: Tops approved for daily wear include red, white, or black polo short/long sleeve shirts; red, white, black oxford short/long sleeve shirts; Polo and oxford shirts may have a small manufacturer label on them. Shirts must be tucked in at all times. Shirts must be long enough to stay tucked in when the arms are raised over the head. Undershirts may be short/long sleeve T-shirts or turtle necks with no writing on them.  Only approved spirit shirts and/or spirit uniforms may be worn.  All spirit shirts must be submitted by the school sponsor(s) and approved prior to being worn. All spirit shirts must originate from Plain Dealing High School and be purchased or issued from Plain Dealing High School. All other vendors’ spirit shirts are not approved to wear since the shirts did not originate at Plain Dealing High School.   

 

BOTTOMS: All students must wear only bottoms that are black or khaki in color. They should be a style worn at the waist and must have belt loops. Girls may also wear skirts, shorts, skorts, capris, and pants. Boys may wear shorts or pants. Pants must not drag the floor in a manner that destroys the pants by stepping or tripping on them or sag/fit below the hip bone. The length of skirts, skorts, and shorts must be no shorter than 4” above the kneecap. Absolutely no carpenter’s, painter’s, cargo, drawstring, corduroy, denim (or denim like), knit, “skinny” (tight fitting), or spandex bottoms are allowed.  When allowed to wear jeans on designated days, no skin should be showing.

 

BELTS:   All uniform bottoms must be worn with a belt.  Belts must be visible and buckled at all times.  Belts must fit all loops and no part of the belt may be hanging at any time.  Belts and belt buckles must not display any offensive wording or pictures.

 

SHOES: Style and color of shoes may be chosen by the student as long as they follow these guidelines: NO rubber, plastic, beach, shower shoes, or house shoes are allowed.  All shoes must have a secure back.  Shoes must be worn on campus at all times. Socks are not required; however, students may wear socks that coordinate with the uniform. Sock length can vary as long as they are at or below mid-calf.

 

JACKETS: Approved uniform jackets include the following: solid-colored navy jacket, solid-colored black jacket, solid-colored red jacket, “official” hoodie/jacket with school logo (sold by school only), approved spirit jackets, and letter jackets. Students may also wear solid navy, red, or black sweatshirts.  Approved hoodies and jackets that zip, button, or snap up may have a hood which can never be worn inside a building.  Coats or jackets may not exceed mid-thigh length.  Labels on jackets or coats cannot be larger than 2” X 2”. Uniform shirts must be worn under all outerwear. Non-uniformed jackets may not be worn inside the buildings.  Non-uniformed jackets worn inside will be confiscated and must be picked up from the school by a parent/guardian.  Students should not write on jackets, hoodies, and sweatshirts.

 

ADDITIONAL DRESS CODE POLICIES:

The following list is provided to assist in clarifying the dress code policy:

  1. Gang, sex, drug, and racist-related dress or symbols will not be allowed.
  2.  Items of apparel, jewelry, and cosmetics that detract from the instructional program or present a safety hazard are not allowed.
  3. Blankets are not approved or allowed for regular school activities.
  4. No caps, hats, stocking caps, sweatbands, visors, bandanas, doo-rags, or other head coverings are allowed. Do not bring these items on campus during school time.
  5. Students may not wear hair picks, combs, brushes, or hair rollers in their hair.
  6. No dental grills are allowed.
  7. Boys may wear stud earrings. 
  8. No sunglasses are allowed.
  9. No permanent or temporary inappropriate body piercing will be allowed at any time. This includes, but is not limited to, nose, tongue, eyebrow, and/or lip rings or studs. Students are not to wear straws or clear spacers to preserve the pierced hole nor will band-aids be allowed to cover the piercing.
  10. No detracting hairstyles or colors will be allowed.
  11. No exposed controversial tattoos are allowed.
  12. Boys may have facial hair as long as it is neatly trimmed and well-groomed. Boys are allowed to wear braids as long as braids are worn in a neatly groomed style.

 

Students are to be dress code compliant while riding on all school buses.

 

DRESS CODE VIOLATIONS:  The Administration reserves all rights of judgment on dress code violations.  Students who are out of dress code will be assigned lunch detention if the problem can be corrected immediately or sent to GASP until proper attire is brought to school. We are confident that uniforms have a very positive impact on our school.

                                                                                   

Student ID Cards

 

Students will be issued student ID cards at the beginning of the school year at no charge. Replacement cards are available for $5.00. ID cards are used in the cafeteria and library.  Students without ID cards will be sent to the end of the line.

 

High School Lockers

 

High School students are allowed to check out a locker on the first floor of the HS building.  Locks are allowed (combination type locks are suggested; combination shared with the assistant principal).  The administration has the right to open or remove any lock to gain access to the locker if deemed necessary.

 

Physical Education Uniform Requirements

 

All students must wear the required physical education uniform consisting of a solid red shirt, solid black gym shorts, and appropriate athletic/tennis shoes and socks.  Tank tops and sleeveless shirts are not allowed.  During cooler weather, black sweat pants and red sweatshirts only will be permitted.  Only athletic/tennis shoes will be allowed on the gym floor.  For safety reasons students will not be allowed to participate in bare or socked feet.

 

Uniforms may be purchased from any vendor.  Shirts and shorts must have at least two initials of the student name imprinted on the front left side of the garment in black or white letters.  Each student must have the required uniform with the letters imprinted by the end of the first week of school.

 

Students should never leave valuables in the dressing rooms.  The school will not be responsible for items taken from the dressing rooms.  The PE coach in charge of the class will provide safe lock-up for valuables during class time.  Contact the PE coach to report any incident involving theft in the dressing rooms.

 

Lunch Detention:

 

Students will report at the beginning of the lunch shift in the cafeteria and sit in the designated area.  Students will be released five minutes prior to the conclusion of the lunch shift to attend to personal needs (restroom, water, etc.)

 

After School Detention:

 

If the behavior incident warrants it students will be assigned After School Detention.  This is in the Library from 2:50 to 3:50.  The severity of the infraction will determine the number of days of After School Detention assigned. 

 

 

Guided Alternative to Suspension Program (GASP)

 

The purpose of GASP is to reduce the number of at-home suspensions.  A student who commits a serious violation of school rules or habitually violates school rules will be considered for placement in GASP.

 

The student will:

  • Remain in GASP for a length of time which will be determined by the offense and/or number of infractions.
  • Report directly to the GASP room when the first bell rings.
  • Bring all books and materials needed during the suspension term.
  • Have work monitored by the GASP monitor every 30 minutes and work in silence.
  • Stay on task.
  • Not be allowed to talk while in GASP.
  • Not be allowed to participate in regular bathroom breaks or lunch.  GASP students will eat together and will be given two scheduled bathroom breaks during the day.
  • Not write on the desks, tables, or surrounding area.
  • Clean his/her own area upon leaving GASP.
  • Not be allowed to participate in extra-curricular activities until assigned time is completed.
  • Earn extra time if he/she disturbs the environment or breaks the rules in the GASP room.
  • Severe Disruption of the GASP room environment will result in out-of-school suspension.

 

For Out-of-School Suspension and Expulsion, see the Bossier Parish School System Student Handbook.

NOTE: While on suspension (GASP, or out of school suspension) students are not to attend or participate in any school events including practice of any sport or competition. This includes the concluding school day of out of school suspension. No participation will be allowed until the following day. While expelled, students are barred from campus and any Plain Dealing High School activity for the entire time of the expulsion period.

 

For Searches—Students and School Property, Beepers, Radios, and Similar Devices, Student Use of Tobacco, Alcohol and Drug Use by Students, Threats and Bullying, Weapons, School Bus Conduct, Other Discipline Policies, Corporal Punishment, Sexual Harassment of and by Students and the School Resource Officer Program (SRO), see the Bossier Parish School System Student Handbook.

 

Policy on Fighting

 

I. Fighting will be defined as the intentional use of force upon the person of another. This includes, but is not limited to, a fistic encounter, wrestling, and violent pushing and shoving. Violent pushing and shoving occurs when there is an injury, or when the possibility of injury should have been foreseen.   Plain Dealing High School believes that students should inform authorities of a possible problem. Failure to report a problem that would clearly have prevented a fight will make the self-defense doctrine non-existent. Any students running to, instigating or participating in a fight will be subject to disciplinary action. Fighting will result in suspension for school. Students who fight may be banned from school activities until otherwise notified.

II. Under any of the following circumstances the participants of a fight will be criminally charged under Louisiana Revised Statutes 14:103, disturbing the peace:

a. if the fight is racially motivated

b. if the fight is gang related

c. if the fight is premeditated

d. if a participant is not authorized to be on campus

e. if the participants have to physically be separated by someone of authority

Louisiana Revised Statute 14:103 states whoever commits the crime of disturbing the peace shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars or imprisoned for not more than ninety days, or both.

Under any other circumstances, the administration will have the discretion to pursue criminal charges.

 

Fees

 

There will be a $30.00 technology fee assessed for each student to help curtail the expenses related to the use of technological equipment.  In order for students to receive any school awards or participate in graduation ceremonies, all holds for fees, fines, fundraiser monies, missing, lost, or damaged books, and athletic uniforms must be cleared.  All checks and money orders should be made payable to Plain Dealing High School.  Fees are non-refundable.

 

*****FEES ARE DUE AT THE OPENING OF SCHOOL.*****

Conferences

 

Parents may schedule conferences with teachers by calling either the middle or high school counselor during school hours.  Feel free to also contact the teacher directly through e-mail or by telephone.  If a parent needs to schedule a conference with an administrator, call the main office for the school at 759-2700.

Make-up Work

 

Regular daily attendance is essential.  A student must request missed assignments within three days of return from an excused absence.  Teachers assist with make-up work, but it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to take the initiative for making up work.  It is recommended that the student obtain assignments from Illuminate, the teacher, or other students in the class while absent from school.

 

Missing Assignments

 

Deadlines for all assignments and policies regarding late work will be at the discretion of the teacher.  All teachers will communicate their policy at the beginning of the school year.

 

Tardy Policy

 

Both middle and high school students are to report to their classes promptly.  Because the academic achievement of students is directly related to the amount of instructional time received, it is imperative that students get to class on time.  Tardies will accumulate for each nine-week period.  Students will report to the office to get their slip for being tardy.  Each student is given four (4) free tardies per nine-week period.  Punishment begins on the 5th tardy. 

 

Student Use of School Telephones

 

Students will not be allowed to receive personal phone calls at school.  All office phones are to be used for official business only.  Students will not be called out of class to the telephone.  Only in an emergency situation will a message be delivered to a student. Students are not to use the classroom telephone unless authorized by the teacher or the office.

 

Absences, Admit, Check-In, Check-Out Procedures

 

Upon returning to school after an absence, the student should bring documentation for the absence. If a student has an original doctor’s excuse or funeral documentation, they need to report to the office before school, during lunch shift, or upon checking in to school to get an “Excused” absence admit. Parents should understand that a note from home does not delete an absence. Students without a note or who have been suspended from school may makeup work; however, students may not receive full credit but should not receive less 75% of earned credit. (This is at the teacher’s discretion.) When a student is absent from school, he/she may not come back for after-school practices of any kind unless he/she has a doctor's excuse or the absence is otherwise excused through the office (i.e. school-sponsored field trip). Note: There are no authorized “skip days.”

 

Students arriving at school after school starts must sign in through the office.  All students who are tardy to school must be checked in by an authorized adult (as determined by the authorized check-out form filled by parents/guardians).  Failure to do so will result in the student being assigned after-school detention until a face-to-face conference is held by an administrator and a parent/guardian.  Other consequences assigned for excessive tardies remain in effect regardless of the fact that the student followed the above policy or not.  Students are then sent to class with a tardy or check-in slip. Parents will be called on every check-in.   After checking in, students should report immediately to class. Students will not be admitted to class without a tardy or check-in slip. Once a student comes on campus, he/she is officially at school and must follow checkout procedures through the main office to leave the campus.  Students who are absent or check out of school must bring a parent note or a doctor’s excuse when they return to school. If a parent allows his/her son/daughter to check out of school, he/she will only be allowed to check back into school in the same school day if the parent personally brings him/her back to school, he/she has a doctor’s excuse, or has documentation for attending funeral of a close relative. The parent/guardian must present a valid ID for student checkout.  Students are not allowed to check out at lunch time unless a parent/guardian physically checks his/her student out and also checks the student in when returning to the campus. Students cannot be checked out after 2:15 p.m. 

 

A request to provide an approved alternate bus stop location for a student due to a Family Hardship / Extenuating Circumstance can be made to the BPSB Transportation Family Hardship/Extenuating Circumstance Committee. The BPSB Transportation Department will convene the designated committee to consider the request with the understanding the student will continue to ride their originally assigned bus until the final decision is made by the committee.  Contact the principal regarding this policy in case of an emergency situation.

LEO Award

Each month, beginning in September, a LEO of the Month (one for high school and one for middle school) will be chosen by the faculty.  Students will be selected on the basis of their character, work ethic, discipline record, and attendance.   Winners will be honored with a certificate, free concessions, free entry into a home athletic event, and other incentives.  In May, a LEO of the year will be selected from both the middle school and high school; medals will be awarded.

 

Honor Roll

 

Each 9 week grading period, Honor Rolls will be announced for students earning all A’s (4.0), or A/B average (3.99 – 3.0). BUGS (students who bring up grades without dropping a grade) will be recognized after the second 9 week grading period.

 

Athletic Events                                                                                                                                

 

  1. Plain Dealing students are to sit on the home side of the football stadium (east side).  They are not to sit on the opponent’s side.
  2. During basketball games, students are not allowed to sit behind the opponent’s team to heckle or harass opponents.
  3. All school and parish rules apply at all athletic events.
  4. If a serious violation of school or parish rules occurs, the student will be banned from attending another event.
  5. A security guard will be on duty at each event.

 

Arriving On Campus and Leaving School

 

Students are not allowed to arrive on campus until 7:15 A.M.  This is also the time for school buses to release students.  Teacher and staff will be on campus at this time to provide appropriate supervision.  No students will be allowed in the building before school.  Students must leave the campus by 2:50 P.M. unless directly supervised by a professional staff member in an after-school activity.

 

Hall Passes

 

Students shall not leave the classroom without a hall pass, CMC lab pass, or office pass.  Office passes are only to be used if a student is called by an administrator.  Students who are called to check out do not require a hall pass.

 

 

Food and Drinks in Buildings

 

Students may not bring food or drinks into the classrooms at any time unless required by the curriculum.  All food and drink items must be placed in backpacks or lockers upon entering the building.  Water bottles are allowed as long as they do not cause a disruption.  Water bottles must be kept away from any computers or technology in the classroom.  No students will be allowed in the building at lunch time.

 

Parking Permits

 

Parking permits are issued by the SRO and should be displayed at all times.  Parking permits are $6. Misconduct may lead to revocation of parking privileges. 

 

Commercial Deliveries

 

The school cannot and will not deliver items during the school day.  This is especially true in regard to flowers, balloons, and gifts. Parent and acquaintances are NOT to bring any items to school for delivery.  Calls to classroom must be limited to emergencies and official school business. The front office with not sign for, nor accept, any items for delivery at school. 

 

Visitors

 

Visitors to our campus are welcome if they have received proper authorization from the Principal’s office.  For the protection of the students, the school, and the personnel, all loiterers or visitors without proper identification or a visitor’s pass should be reported to the office immediately.

 

 

CELLULAR TELEPHONES AND OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES

 

No student, unless authorized by the school principal or his/her designee, shall use, or operate any cellular telephone, personal computer, laptop, electronic instrument, iPad, iPod, tablet device, e-reader, or similar devices during the normal school hours of operation in any Bossier Parish school building, on the grounds thereof, or in any school bus. Normal school hours can include detention:  before, during, or after school. Violation of this policy shall be grounds for disciplinary action by the school, including, but not limited to, suspension and/or expulsion from school. 

 

The School Board shall not be responsible for any electronic devices, including cell phones, lost or damaged while on School Board property.

 

A properly authorized medical device worn by a student shall not be considered to be in violation of this policy.

 

 

BRING YOUR OWN TECHNOLOGY (BYOT)

 

The Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) program is designed to help students keep up with the demands of the 21st century. Helping students become responsible digital citizens would enhance not only what we do in the classroom, but also give students skills and experiences that will prepare them for college and career.

 

 

Bossier Schools recognizes that state standards require the inclusion of technology applications for a well-balanced curriculum to prepare students for learning in a global, digital society:

 

All students must have regular opportunities to use technology to develop skills that encourage personal productivity, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration in the classroom and in daily life. The technology standards promote the development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) literate students who learn, plan, produce, and innovate in a digital world. These standards foster ethical usage and digital citizenship for a competitive global society. (LaDOE Educational Technology Standards, 2008)

 

Therefore, to further support the Louisiana Pre K-12 Educational Technology Standards for Students which are based on the National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS-S), a modified version BPSB’s BYOT is being initiated.

 

 

BYOT POLICY (specific to Plain Dealing High School)

 

The Bossier Parish School Board (BYOT) initiative is available, at the principal’s discretion, in schools where eligibility requirements have been met. At Plain Dealing High School, in accordance with district policies and procedures (including excerpts from BYOT Handbook and the Acceptable Use Policy), students under the direction of the administration and staff may use personal mobile learning devices (e.g. laptops, iPods, iPads, smart phones, e-readers, and tablets) to further the educational and research mission of the school/district. School staff shall retain the final authority in deciding if, when, and how students may use personal electronic devices during the instructional day (classes).

 

1.   All computers/mobile learning devices shall be setup and maintained with connection to the Bossier Parish School Board Technology System domain for network administration and security. Removing a computer from the domain without the permission of a School Board technology support staff member shall be considered an act to circumvent district network security and is strictly prohibited.

2.   Mobile learning devices connected to the Bossier Parish School Board Technology System must be via wireless and must be equipped with up-to-date virus software, compatible network card and be configured properly. Connection of any personal electronic device is subject to all regulations and procedures of the Board.

 

While using personal devices, students shall be expected to follow the same acceptable use policies for conduct and ethics that are outlined in the Student Acceptable Use of Computers and Networks. In addition, policy states that bringing devices to school is optional, and each student is responsible for his/her own personal property. The School Board shall not be held accountable for the devices due to damage, loss, or theft. At the beginning of each school year, students shall be given a copy of the district’s acceptable use policy (found in the Student Handbook), and shall sign an agreement stating that they understand and agree to the rules of conduct.

 

 

 

Student Privileges

 

Classroom use of personal mobile learning devices is considered a privilege. Electronic devices can only be used in the classroom if required by the teacher as noted in lesson plans.  For example, students may not utilize apps, play games, make phone calls, text message, listen to music, or access Facebook, Twitter, or email unless the teacher has given permission in connection with enhancing teaching and learning. Students WILL NOT have the right to use their devices outside of the classroom (before school, transitions to class, lunch, restroom breaks, etc.).  Headphones and earbuds are only allowed in the classroom for academic purposes.  They should not be visible at any other time while on campus.  Headphones and earbuds that are confiscated for violation of this policy will be collected in the office and returned to a parent/guardian only.

 

Student Expectations

 

Students choosing to bring personal mobile learning devices to school must:

ensure that mobile learning devices are in working order, fully charged, and have 

     wireless capability.

connect the devices to the district’s wireless (not wired), filtered network.

take full responsibility for their personal mobile learning devices.

 

As stated in policy, “the School Board shall not be held accountable for the devices due to damage, loss, or theft.”   Additionally, students are responsible for management, trouble shooting, and technical support of their personal devices. The school/district is not responsible for technical support of, or repairs to, personal devices.

 

 

Student Violation Consequences

 

Students are expected to adhere to the school district's acceptable-use policy as well as the student code of conduct. Violations of BPSB’s policies concerning acceptable use of computers and networks, code of conduct, and classroom procedures established for the use of devices will result in the same disciplinary actions that would result from similar violations in other areas of BPSB life. If a student is causing a distraction, is off task, or is using a personal device inappropriately in the classroom and/or is using

his/her devices outside of the classroom (before school, transitions to class, lunch, restroom breaks, etc.) the administration/staff will follow the CELLULAR TELEPHONES AND OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES policy:

 

“… the [personal mobile device] will be confiscated and turned in to the appropriate administrator. At the first offense, the parents will be contacted and required to come to the school to retrieve the device. Upon subsequent offenses, students may only have their [personal mobile device] returned by paying the designated fines:

Second Offense:      $15 (the personal mobile device is kept until the fine is paid and the parent retrieves the personal mobile device from the school administration)

Third Offense:           $25 (the personal mobile device is kept until the fine is paid and the parent retrieves the personal mobile device from the school administration)

Fourth Offense:        The personal mobile device will remain in possession of the school until the end of the term.

Violation of this policy shall be grounds for disciplinary action by the school, including, but not limited to, suspension and/or expulsion from school. Refusal to relinquish a device shall constitute willful disobedience and shall be handled accordingly.

 

School Wide Discipline Plan

Plain Dealing High School has adopted a School Wide Discipline Plan.  This plan provides each student an opportunity to learn in an optimum academic environment.  The discipline plan is designed to curtail disruptions by students and make disruptive students accountable for their actions.

Listed below are violations that are addressed by the School Wide Discipline Plan.

Failure to:

  1. Be on time and prepared.
  2. Respect authority.
  3. Respect the rights of others.
  4. Respect property.
  5. Display a concern for learning.
  6. Display appropriate social skills.
  7. Display appropriate character.
  8. Follow all school rules as outlined in this Student Handbook.

 

 

The following consequences will occur for any of the above violations:

Discipline Steps:

 

  1. Warning:  The teacher contacts the parent/guardian of the student.
  2. Counselor referral:  The counselor and teacher both contact the parent/guardian of the student.
  3. After School Detention: The parent will be contacted with date.  The time for after-school detention is 2:50-3:50. The severity of the infraction will determine the amount of days the students receives after-school detention.   
  4. Upon referral to the office, the severity of the infraction will determine the disciplinary action which may include, but is not limited to the following:  GASP, suspension, or a recommendation for expulsion.