SECTION JA-JE: STUDENT

JA
JAA

JB
JB-R
JB-1-E
JB-2-E
JB-3-E

JC

JD*

JE*
JEA
JEB
JEC
JECA
JECAA
JECB
JECBA
JECBA-R
JECBB
JECBC
JECBD
JECBD-R
JECC
JECD
JECE
JED
JED-R
JED-E
JEDA
JEDB
JEE
JEF*
JEFA*
JEFB
JEG
JEGA

Student Policies Goals
        Student Policies Priority Objectives

Equal Educational Opportunities
Equal Educational Opportunities
Formal Grievance
Informal Conference Record With Responsible Administrator
Formal Grievance

School Attendance Areas

School Census

Student Attendance
        Compulsory Attendance Ages
        Entrance Age (Mandatory Kindergarten)
        School Admission
               Admission of Resident Students
                        Admission of Homeless Students
               Admission of Nonresident Students
                        Admission of Exchange Students
                        Admission of Exchange Students
                        Admission of Interdistrict Transfer Students
                        Admission of Students from Nonchartered or Home Schooling
                        Intradistrict Open Enrollment
                        Intradistrict Open Enrollment
               Assignment of Students to Schools
               Assignment of Students to Classes
               Student Withdrawal from School (Loss of Driving Privileges)
       Student Absences and Excuses
       Student Absences and Excuses
       Out of School Make-up Work Form
               Truancy
               Student Dismissal Precautions
       Student Attendance Accounting (Missing and Absent Children)
       Released Time for Students
               Open Campus
               Released Time for Religious Instruction
        Exclusions and Exemptions from School Attendance
               Permanent Exclusion

 * These topics are not currently covered by Board policy.

 

 

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File:  JA

STUDENT POLICIES GOALS

The Board advocates the following goals to:

    1.    enhance equal educational opportunities for all students;

    2.    instill in all students the ability to be critical thinkers and to strive for lifelong
           learning;

    3.    promote faithful attendance;

    4.    ensure that the Constitutional rights of all students as citizens in a democracy
            have practical meaning and application;

    5.    develop in students a deep sense of personal responsibility for their actions;

    6.    attend vigorously to matters of student safety, health and welfare;

    7.    deal justly and constructively with all students in matters of discipline and

    8.    help all students feel that they are valued as individual persons in the school
           environment.


[Adoption date:  October 21, 2004]

LEGAL REFS.:    Ohio Const. Art. II
                               ORC    3313.48

 

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File:  JAA

STUDENT POLICIES PRIORITY OBJECTIVES

Miamisburg City Schools encourages each student to:

    1.    achieve a feeling of self-worth;

    2.    accept the worth and dignity of all people;

    3.    be creative in his/her selected fields of endeavor;

    4.    develop a positive attitude toward the rights and privileges of participating
           citizenship and an understanding of the responsibilities involved;

    5.    grow as a responsible member of his/her family and to recognize the family as
           the basic social unit;

    6.    attain and preserve good physical and mental health;

    7.    plan for and appreciate the wise use of leisure time;

    8.    develop skills and abilities to communicate ideas and feelings;

    9.    acquire habits of analytical thinking and problem solving;

 10.    achieve his/her potential in the basic academic areas;

 11.    develop skills necessary to utilize all available educational resources;

 12.    understand the American economic system and its relationship to a productive
           life;

 13.    realize the role of vocations in society and to understand the changing
          opportunities open to him/her and

 14.    utilize guidance and counseling services to help him/her with vocational
          planning.

[Adoption date:  October 21, 2004]

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EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

All students of the District have equal educational opportunities.

Students have the right to be free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, citizenship status, religion, sex, economic status, marital status, pregnancy, age or disability in all decisions affecting admissions; membership in school-sponsored organizations, clubs or activities; access to facilities; distribution of funds; academic evaluations or any other aspect of school-sponsored activities.  Any limitations with regard to participation in a school-sponsored activity are based on criteria reasonably related to that specific activity.

[Adoption date:  October 21, 2004]

LEGAL REFS.:    Civil Rights Act, Title VI; 42 USC 2000d et seq.
                               Civil Rights Act, (Amended 1972), Title VII; 42 USC 2000e et seq.
                               Executive Order 11246, 1965, amended by Executive Order 11375
                               Education Amendments of 1972, Title IX, Pub. L. No. 92-318 (1972)
                               Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
                               Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504
                               ORC    3313.64
                               OAC    3301-35-02(a)(2)
                               Americans with Disabilities Act; 42 USC 12112 et seq.

CROSS REFS.:    AC, Nondiscrimination
                                ACA, Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex
                                ACB, Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability
                                GBA, Equal Opportunity Employment
                                IGBA, Programs for Students with Disabilities
                                IGBB, Programs for Gifted and Talented Students
                                IGBI, English as a Second Language (Limited English Proficiency)
                                IGBJ, Title I Programs
                                JFA, Student Due Process Rights

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EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Designation of Equal Educational Opportunities Officers

    1.    The Director of Pupil Services/Federal Programs is the designated E.E.O.
            Officer for monitoring and ensuring the District’s compliance with Title IX,
            Education Amendments of 1972 pertaining to student recreational and athletic
            activities, student guidance and counseling services, and student curricular and
            extracurricular educational experiences.

    2.    The Director of Pupil Services/Federal Programs is the designated E.E.O.
            Officer for monitoring and ensuring the District’s compliance with P.L. 94-142
            and P.L. 93-112, Section 504, relating to students with disabilities, and for all
            other state and federal statutes or regulations pertaining to students with
            disabilities.

Notification of Name, Position, Address and Telephone Numbers of E.E.O. Officer

    1.    The name, position, address and telephone number of each E.E.O. Officer is
            published in the District Annual Report, together with a brief description of the
            complaint procedure and appeal process.

    2.    All appeals shall be processed in accordance with Section 504, P.L. 93-112 or
           with Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972, and shall include both informal
           and formal appeals, with final internal appeal to the Superintendent.

(Approval date:  October 21, 2004)

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File:  JB-1-E

FORMAL GRIEVANCE
P.L. 94-142 and Section 504
P.L. 93-112 and Title IX Regulations

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File:  JB-2-E

INFORMAL CONFERENCE RECORD WITH REPONSIBLE ADMINISTRATOR
P.L. 94-142
504 AND TITLE IX REGULATIONS

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File:  JB-3-E

FORMAL GRIEVANCE
P.L. 94-142 and Section 504
P.L. 93-112 and Title IX Regulations

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File:  JC

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE AREAS

The Board determines attendance areas for the various schools of the District.  The Superintendent recommends boundary lines, taking into consideration the best use of school facilities, the equalization of enrollments in classrooms, natural barriers and traffic hazards and patterns.  Except as the foregoing factors influence boundary lines, the area established should permit each student to attend the school nearest his/her place of residence.

Students are expected to attend the schools in the areas in which they live; individual exceptions may be made within Board policy or may be made in the best interests of the student and/or the schools.

[Adoption date:  October 21, 2004]

LEGAL REFS.:    ORC    3313.48; 3313.64; 3313.65; 3313.97
                                            3319.01

CROSS REFS.:    JECBD, Intradistrict Open Enrollment
                                JECC, Assignment of Students to Schools

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File:  JEA

COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE AGES

Under law, children between the ages of six and 18 are of compulsory school age.  Every person of compulsory school age must attend a school which conforms to the Minimum Standards prescribed by the State Board of Education until one of the following occurs.

    1.    The person receives a diploma granted by the Board or other governing
           authority indicating such student has successfully completed all state and local
           requirements.

    2.    The person is excused from school under standards adopted by the State
            Board of Education pursuant to State law.

The parent(s) of any person that is of compulsory school age must send such person to school unless he/she is exempt as listed above.

[Adoption date:  October 21, 2004]

LEGAL REFS.:    ORC    3321.01 et. seq.
                                            3331.02
                               OAC    3301-35-02

CROSS REFS.:    IGBG, Home Bound Instruction
                               JEB, Entrance Age (Mandatory Kindergarten)
                               JEG, Exclusions and Exemptions from School Attendance
                               JFE, Pregnant Students

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ENTRANCE AGE
(Mandatory Kindergarten)

Each child who is five years of age on or before August 1 shall be eligible to enroll in kindergarten. Each child who is six years of age on or before August 1 and who has successfully completed kindergarten shall be eligible to enroll in the first grade. 

When a request for early entrance to kindergarten is received, the building principal interviews the parent(s) and child and arranges for the testing. The child’s fifth birthday must fall between August 2 and December 31 of the year requested for early entrance.

[Adoption date: October 21, 2004]

[Revision date: February 16, 2017]

LEGAL REFS.:    ORC   3321.01
                              OAC   3301-35-03(F)(1)

 CROSS REF.:       JEA, Compulsory Attendance Ages
                              JEBA, Early Entrance to Kindergarten

 

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EARLY ENTRANCE TO KINDERGARTEN
 
State law establishes minimum age requirements for admission to kindergarten.  A child who does not meet the age requirements for admittance to kindergarten or first grade, but who will be five or six years old, respectively, prior to January 1 of the school year in which admission is requested, shall be evaluated for early admittance in accordance with District policy upon referral by the child’s parent or guardian, an educator employed by the District, a preschool educator who knows the child or a pediatrician or psychologist who knows the child.  Following an evaluation in accordance with such a referral, the Board decides whether to admit the child. 
 
If a child, for whom admission to kindergarten or first grade is requested, will not be five or six years of age, respectively, prior to January 1 of the school year in which admission is requested, the child is admitted only in accordance with the District’s acceleration policy adopted under State law. 
 
 
 
[Adoption date:  March 20, 2014]
 
 
LEGAL REFS.: ORC 3314.06
3314.08
3321.01
3324.01 et seq.
OAC 3301-51-15
 
 
CROSS REFS.: IGBB, Programs for Gifted and Talented Students
                             IKEB, Acceleration
                            JEB, Entrance Age (Mandatory Kindergarten)
 

File:  JEC

SCHOOL ADMISSION

The District provides free education to District residents, ages of three to five for identified / qualified pre-school and five through 21 for those who do not possess a diploma.

A student is considered a resident of the District if he/she resides with a parent or a person or government agency with legal custody whose place of residence is within the boundaries of the District.

New entrants at all grade levels are required to present at the time of enrollment a birth certificate or other document as evidence of birth, a certified copy of any child custody order or decree, proof of having received or being in the process of receiving required immunizations and copies of those records pertaining to him/her which are maintained by the school most recently attended.

In addition, students released from the Department of Youth Services (DYS) just prior to requesting admission to the District, may not be admitted until the Superintendent has received all required documents provided by DYS. Forwarded documents are:
1.    an updated copy of student’s transcript
2.    a report of the student’s behavior in school while in DYS custody
3.    the student’s current individualized educational plan (IEP) if developed, and
4.    a summary of the institutional record of the student’s behavior

DYS has 14 days to send the documents to the Superintendent.

[Adoption date:  December 16, 2004]
[Revised date:    June 28, 2007 ]

LEGAL REFS.:    ORC    3313.48; 3313.64; 3313.67; 3313.671; 3313.672
                                            3317.08
                                            3319.321
                                            3321.01
                                            3301.51096E
                               OAC    3301-35-03(F)

CROSS REFS.:    AFI, Evaluation of Educational Resources
                                JEE, Student Attendance Accounting (Missing and Absent Children)
                                JHCB, Inoculations of Students

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File:  JECA

ADMISSION OF RESIDENT STUDENTS

Designated Attendance Areas for Resident Students

All resident students residing within the boundaries of the District shall attend the school designated for the student’s particular area of residency, unless variance has been approved.  Such a variance may be granted when the welfare of the student may be affected.  Transportation of the student becomes the responsibility of the parent.

Determining Resident Status

The following conditions shall constitute residency for which tuition will not be charged:

    1.    the custodial parent(s)/guardian(s) reside in the District;

    2.    the parents are separated or divorced, but both parents reside in the District;

    3.    the parents are legally separated or divorced and the custodial parent resides
           in the District;

    4.    the child is placed in a foster home, or moves to another home in the District
           and the parent(s) reside in the District;

    5.    the student (under 18 years of age) is married and lives with a resident spouse;

    6.    the student is 18 years of age but not more than 21, resides in the District, lives
           apart from his/her father and mother and supports himself/herself by his/her own
           labor or

    7.    the student is a foreign exchange student recommended by an approved
           service or educational organization.

[Adoption date:  October 21, 2004]

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ADMISSION OF HOMELESS STUDENTS

The Board believes that all school-aged students, including homeless students, have a basic right to admission in the District schools and equal educational opportunities.  Accordingly, the District must enroll each homeless student in the District in the school determined to be in the student’s best interest.  A homeless student or individual is defined as an individual who lacks fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence and who has a primary nighttime residence and includes those who are:

    1.    sharing the housing of other persons because of loss of housing, economic
           hardship or a similar reason;

    2.    living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds because of the lack of
           alternative adequate accommodations;

    3.    living in emergency or transitional shelters;

    4.    awaiting foster care placement;

    5.    living in a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not
           designed for or ordinarily used as regular sleeping accommodations for human
           beings;

    6.    living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing,
           bus or train stations, or similar settings or

    7.    living in a migratory situation that qualifies as homeless because a child lacks a
           fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence.

In compliance with the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, the District must enroll a homeless student in either:

    1.    the school of origin for the remainder of the academic year or, if the student
           becomes homeless between academic years, for the following academic year
           or

    2.    the school which he/she would attend if he/she were a resident of the District.

The Board ensures that:
    1.    it reviews and revises Board policies and regulations to eliminate barriers to
           the enrollment, retention and success in school of homeless students;
    2.    it appoints a District liaison who ensures that homeless students enroll and
           succeed in school and
    3.    homeless students are provided with transportation services that are at least
           comparable to the service provided to non-homeless students.

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ADMISSION OF HOMELESS STUDENTS

The Board believes that all school-aged students, including homeless students and unaccompanied youth, have a basic right to equal educational opportunities. Accordingly, the District must enroll each homeless student or unaccompanied youth in the District in the school determined to be in the student’s best interest. A homeless student is defined as an individual who lacks fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence including:

       1.     sharing the housing with other people due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason;

       2.     living in a motel, hotel, trailer park or campground due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations;

       3.     living in emergency or transitional shelters;

       4.     abandonment in hospitals;

       5.     a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;

       6.     living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations or similar settings;

       7.     migratory students. living in circumstances described above and

       8.     an unaccompanied youth who is homeless and not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian.

In compliance with the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, the District must make school placement determinations on the basis of the best interest of the student. The District presumes that keeping the homeless child or youth in the school of origin is in the child or youth’s best interest, unless doing so is contrary to the request of the student’s parent or guardian, or the unaccompanied youth. When considering the school of best interest, the District considers student centered factors related to the homeless child or youth’s best interest including factors related to the impact of mobility on achievement, education, health and safety of the child or youth and gives priority to the homeless child or youth’s parent or guardian or the unaccompanied youth.

The District complies with a request made by a parent(s) regarding school placement regardless of whether the student lives with the homeless parent(s) or is temporarily residing elsewhere.

The Board ensures that:

       1.     it reviews and revises Board policies and regulations to eliminate barriers to the identification, enrollment, retention and success in school of homeless students including barriers to enrollment and retention due to outstanding fees or fines, or absences;

       2.     the District does not segregate homeless children or youth into separate schools or separate programs within a school, based on the student’s status as homeless;

       3.     it appoints a District liaison, able to carry out their duties, who ensures that homeless students are identified and enroll and succeed in school and ensures the liaison is trained in compliance with law;

       4.     it provides training opportunities for staff on identifying and serving homeless students;

       5.     homeless children or youth are immediately enrolled even if the child or youth is unable to produce records normally required for enrollment such as previous academic records, records of immunization and other required health records, proof of residency of other documentation, or if the student has missed application or enrollment deadlines during any period of homelessness;

    6.4.     homeless children or youth are provided with education, nutrition and transportation services that are at least comparable to the services provided to non-homeless students. and

       7.     homeless students and unaccompanied youth meeting the relevant eligibility criteria do not face barriers to accessing academic and extracurricular activities including: magnet school; summer school; career and technical education; advanced placement; online learning and charter school programs.

The liaison carries out all duties required by law, ensures compliance with the sub-grant and coordinates services for homeless students with local social service agencies and programs, including those funded under the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act.

A student who ceases to be homeless may continue to receive services until the end of the period of time for which the service was originally intended to be provided, which may be the end of the school year or the end of a program cycle.

Information about a homeless child or youth’s living situation is part of the student education record and is not considered directory information.

The District complies with the Ohio Department of Education’s Plan and State and Federal laws for the education of homeless students.

[Adoption date: October 21, 2004]

[Revision date: December 15, 2016]

LEGAL REFS.:  The Elementary and Secondary Education Act; 20 USC 1221 et seq.

                            42 USC Sections 11431 et seq.
                                 ORC  9.60 through 9.62
                                         3313.64(F)(13)
                                 OAC  3301-35-02; 3301-35-04; 3301-35-06
CROSS REFS.:   AC, Nondiscrimination
                         JB, Equal Educational Opportunities
                        JEC, School Admission
                        JHCB, Immunizations
                        JO, Student Records

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ADMISSION OF HOMELESS STUDENTS
(Enrollment Dispute Resolution Process)

The District is committed to facilitating the timely resolution of disputes regarding the educational placement of homeless children and youth. The process may address issues concerning: eligibility, enrollment, transfer of records, transportation, comparable services, guardianship, medical records, residency, school of origin/school of choice issues along with any related homeless education concerns.

Should a dispute arise over school selection or enrollment in a school, the parents, guardians and unaccompanied youth may initiate the resolution process directly at the school they choose or with the District homeless liaison. Written and/or oral communication may be provided to support their views. Students are provided with all services for which they are eligible while the dispute is being resolved.

Disputes should be resolved at the District level, rather than the school level. The District makes the resolution process as informal and accessible as possible, allowing for impartial and complete review.

Written documentation from the District is complete, as brief as possible, simply stated and provided in a language the parent, guardian or unaccompanied youth can understand.

The following steps are taken when a dispute arises over school selection or enrollment in a school:

       1.     The District provides the parent/guardian or unaccompanied youth with a written explanation of the school’s decision regarding school selection or enrollment.

       2.     The District informs the parent/guardian or unaccompanied youth in writing of their right to appeal the decision.

       3.     Should the dispute continue, the District refers the parent/guardian or unaccompanied youth to the District homeless liaison who shall review the complaint and issue an opinion in writing to the parent/guardian or the unaccompanied youth.

       4.     Should the dispute continue, the District homeless liaison assists the involved parties in presenting the situation to the Ohio Department of Education homeless education coordinator.

       5.     The state homeless education coordinator recommends a decision for distribution to the parent/guardian or unaccompanied youth, local Superintendent and District liaison.

       6.     Should the dispute continue, the final appeal is made to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction for review and disposition.

(Approval date: December 15, 2016)

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ADMISSION OF NONRESIDENT STUDENTS

The Board will not accept (tuition) students who are neither residents nor entitled to receive a free public education in this District.  Residence is defined as being physically present and living as a householder during significant parts of each day and night.  Indicators of residency include such activities as sleeping, working, eating and receiving mail at the householder’s address.  This Board recognizes that students who are in the joint custody of divorced parents are entitled to attend school tuition free in the district of residence of either parent.

In order to be eligible for a free public education in the District’s schools, a student must be the child of a resident of the District.  If legal or permanent custody or legal guardianship of the student has been granted by a court to a resident of the District or a government agency within the District, the student is entitled to attend District schools and tuition is paid in compliance with State law. 

In compliance with State law, students are exempt from paying tuition when:
    1.    an adult resident of the District submits a sworn statement that he/she has
           begun legal custody proceedings for the student (maximum 60 days permitted);
    2.    the student is at least 18 but not yet 22 years of age and resides in the District,
           lives apart from his/her parent(s), supports himself/herself by his/her own labor
           and does not possess a high school diploma;
    3.    the student is under 18 years of age, resides in the District and is married,
           regardless of the residence of the parent(s);
    4.    the student has a medical condition which may require emergency attention and
           his/her parent is employed in the District;
           (The parent(s) of such child must submit to the Board a statement from the
           child’s physician certifying that the child’s medical condition may require
           emergency medical attention.)
    5.    the student resides with a person other than his/her parent(s) and such student
           has a parent serving outside Ohio in the U.S. Armed Services;
           (The student’s parent(s) must file an affidavit with the Superintendent stating (1)
           that the parent is serving outside the state in the U.S. Armed Services, (2) that
           the parent intends to reside in the District upon returning to the state, and (3) the
           name and address of the person with whom the student is living while the parent
           is outside the state.  This tuition exemption may be granted only for a period of
           up to 12 months.)
    6.    the student resides with a parent who is planning to either have a home built or
           has purchased a home in the District and is waiting for the closing date of the
           mortgage loan;
           (The student’s parent(s) must provide the Superintendent with a sworn
           statement revealing the location of the house and the parent(s)’ intention to
           reside there.  The parent(s) must also provide a statement from a homebuilder,
           real estate broker or bank officer confirming that the house construction is
           planned or is awaiting approval of the mortgage loan.  The period for tuition-free
           attendance in these cases may extend up to 90 days or as established by the
           Superintendent.)

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    7.    the student resides with his/her parent(s) under the care of a shelter for victims
           of domestic violence;
    8.    This District does not accept students on the basis of the grandparent issue/act.
    9.    the student is under the age of 22 and his/her parent(s) moved from the District
           following the commencement of classes during the student’s senior year, for the
           remainder of the school year and for one additional semester, provided the
           Board has approved such a procedure;
  10.    the student is under the age of 22 and because of the death of a parent resides
           in a new school district;
           (The student is entitled to finish the current school year in the District upon
           approval of the Board.)
  11.    the student is under the age of 22 and the superintendent of the district in which
            the student is entitled to attend (the student’s district of origin) enters into a
            contract with the Superintendent of this District (the district into which the
            student wishes to enroll) consenting to the attendance of the student in this
            District;
            (The Superintendent of this District specifies that the purpose of such
            attendance is to protect the student’s physical or mental well-being or to deal
            with other extenuating circumstances deemed appropriate by the
            Superintendent.)

The following conditions shall constitute non-residency and parent(s)/guardian(s) of students attending District schools under these conditions shall be required to pay tuition:

Children placed in a foster home by a private agency or by a governmental agency such as court of appropriate jurisdiction or the Welfare Department.  Approval shall be obtained from the Pupil Personnel Director and written assurance of tuition payment must be obtained by the Treasurer from the student’s resident district.

The Board does not waive the payment of tuition, except:

    1.    when agreements have been established with other boards of education to
           serve their students in vocational or special education classes on a cooperative
           basis, as permitted by law or

    2.    when foreign exchange students, sponsored under an approved exchange
           program, reside in the District temporarily.

In all cases, specific Board permission to waive tuition must be obtained for each individual case.

The District may temporarily deny admittance to any student who is otherwise entitled to be admitted to the District, if the student has been expelled from the schools of another district and if the period of expulsion has not expired.  The student and parent(s) will have an opportunity for a hearing before the Superintendent/designee to determine the admittance or non-admittance of the student.

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File:  JECB

[Adoption date:  October 21, 2004]

LEGAL REFS.:    ORC    3311.211
                                           3313.64; 3313.644; 3313.65
                                           3317.08
                                           3327.04; 3327.06
                              OAC    3301-35-03; 3301-42-01

CONTRACT REFS.:    Teachers’ Negotiated Agreement
                                       Classified Staff Negotiated Agreement

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File:  JECBA

ADMISSION OF EXCHANGE STUDENTS

The Board believes that one of the most effective vehicles for improving international understanding is communications among the individuals of various nations. Accordingly, the Board endorses the involvement of high school students and their families in recognized foreign exchange student programs.  The Superintendent and administrative staff are responsible for developing regulations to direct the involvement of the high school with such programs.

Exchange students are not responsible for tuition if sponsored under an approved exchange program while temporarily residing in the District with a host family.  Exchange students must meet the regulations and expectations of local students, including immunization requirements. 

Exchange students are encouraged to participate in all student activities, provided they meet the academic requirements. 

The Board reserves the right to limit the number of exchange students in any given year.

Foreign exchange students not enrolled in a state-approved educational or exchange program must be legally adopted by a resident of that school district in order to be eligible for athletics.

[Adoption date:  October 21, 2004]

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File:  JECBA-R

ADMISSION OF EXCHANGE STUDENTS

School Admissions:  Foreign Students

Students who are residents of a foreign nation may be admitted to schools in the District provided they are recommended as a foreign exchange student by an approved service or educational organization.  Generally, such organizations must be listed in the Council on Standards for International Education Travel advisory list of international educational, travel and exchange programs.  Additionally, the sponsoring agency must not charge the student or their family a participation fee which exceeds the cost of travel expenses, insurance and minimal spending money.  The total number of exchange students in the school during any semester shall be determined by the Superintendent.  First priority will be given to the Rotary Exchange, AFS Exchange and Owen Sound Sister City Exchange Student program.

It is expected that the sponsoring family will contact the District’s pupil service’s office as soon as they determine that an appropriately sponsored exchange student will be placed with them.  As a minimum, all exchange students must enroll and be registered for classes at least two weeks (10 working days) prior to the start of the school year.  Appropriate placement and the development of the exchange student’s course(s) and daily schedule are contingent upon prior notification.  Failure to provide notification will preclude placement of the exchange student in a District school.

Students admitted as foreign exchange students will be expected to participate in community enrichment activities such as speaking engagements, in-school cultural presentations and extracurricular school activities.

Students shall be admitted as residents and are expected to be able to perform satisfactorily in speaking and writing of the English language.  The District will not be responsible for providing individual tutoring for foreign students either in English as a second language or for individual courses.  Students who are unable to perform satisfactorily in the speaking and writing of English may be admitted.  However, they shall receive no credit for classes and shall receive only a certificate of attendance

(Approval date:  October 21, 2004)

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ADMISSION OF INTERDISTRICT TRANSFER STUDENTS

The Board does not participate in an open enrollment program for students from other districts and does not accept such students.

[Adoption date:  October 21, 2004]

LEGAL REF.:    ORC    3313.98

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ADMISSION OF STUDENTS
FROM NONCHARTERED OR HOME SCHOOLING

Students seeking admission into the District’s schools who have been enrolled in non-chartered schools or home schooling programs may be required to take competency examinations.  The purpose of these examinations is to determine the proper grade placement for these students.

In making a placement decision, the Superintendent may consider:

       1.     the student’s most recent annual academic assessment report;

       2.     whether to require the student to take any or all of the nationally normed, standardized achievement tests that are regularly scheduled for District
               students of similar age and

       3.     other evaluation information that may include interviews with the student and the parent.

Resident students attending a chartered or non-chartered nonpublic school are permitted to participate in the District’s extracurricular activities at the school to which the student would be assigned if the non-chartered nonpublic school the student is enrolled in does not offer the extracurricular activity.  Students must be of the appropriate age and grade level as determined by the Superintendent and must fulfill the same academic, nonacademic and financial requirements as any other participant.

Resident students receiving home instruction in accordance with State law are permitted to participate in District extracurricular activities at the school to which the student would be assigned.  Students must be of the appropriate age and grade level as determined by the Superintendent and must fulfill the same academic, nonacademic and financial requirements as any other participant.

Home-schooled students must be enrolled in the District for a minimum of 22 credit hours in order to be selected as valedictorian or salutatorian for graduation purposes.

[Adoption Date: October 21, 2004]

[Revision Date:  September 19, 2013]

LEGAL REFS.:  ORC  3313.535; 3313.537; 3313.5311; 3313.5312; 3313.664

                                       3321.04

                            OAC  3301-34

 

CROSS REFS.:   IGBG, Homebound Instruction

                            IGCF, Home Instruction

                            IGD, Cocurricular and Extracurricular Activities

                            IGDK, Interscholastic Extracurricular Eligibility

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INTRADISTRICT OPEN ENROLLMENT

Students should be permitted to attend their school of choice within the District.  The Board permits students to apply for attendance at their school of choice based upon criteria established by the school administration.  The specific criteria are consistent with State law and include application procedures, including deadlines for application and notification of students and principals of alternative schools, whenever a student’s application is accepted.  Only students wishing to attend a school other than their assigned school need apply.

[Adoption date:  October 21, 2004]

LEGAL REFS.:    ORC    3313.64; 3313.65; 3313.97

CROSS REF.:    JECC, Assignment of Students to Schools

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INTRADISTRICT OPEN ENROLLMENT

The Board believes that students should be permitted to attend their school of choice within the District.  The Board will permit students to apply for attendance at their school of choice based upon criteria established by the school administration.  The specific criteria shall be consistent with State law and shall include:

    1.    Students assigned by attendance area to a specific school building will be
           given first priority.

    2.    Transfers may not create a racial imbalance.

    3.    Grade level and program balance must be maintained.  The following will be
            used to determine eligibility for intradistrict open enrollment:

            A.    Kindergarten – 20 students per class
                    (When a request for intradistrict will take the school’s student teacher ratio
                    for kindergarten to 20.1 to 1 or above, that request shall be denied.)

            B.   Grades 1-5 – 23 students per class
                   (When a request for intradistrict will take the school’s student teacher ratio
                   for that grade level to 23.1 to 1 or above, that request shall be denied.)

    4.    With the exception of those requests approved prior to April 25, 2002,
           intradistrict transfer requests will be approved for one school year only.  Annual
           re-application will be required.  (Per previously adopted policy, intradistrict
           transfer requests approved prior to April 25, 2002 shall remain in effect for the
           remainder of the child’s K-5 school career.)

    5.    Students receiving special education services are required to attend the school
           within the District where the services specified on the student’s IEP are currently
           available.

    6.    The parent of each student must apply in writing to the building principal of
            choice for intradistrict placement NLT June 15 each year.  The school principal
            will determine if the criteria for eligibility can be met.  Each application will be
           date/time stamped upon receipt.  Selection for consideration will be rank
           ordered by lottery from the applications received on/before the deadline.

    7.    The building principal of choice will provide the Director of Pupil Services
           recommendation for or against granting the intradistrict transfer request.  In
           accordance with the above stated standards, the Director of Pupil Services will
           make the final decision whether to grant or to deny the intradistrict transfer
           request.

    8.    The Director of Pupil Services will notify the parents when action has been
            taken on their request.

    9.    Transportation shall be the responsibility of the parent.  Bus transportation will
            be available from an existing stop that serves the requested school.

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   10.    The student, once reassigned, will remain in the school of choice for that school
             year.

  11.    Once the school year has commenced, any elementary student who changes
            residence to another elementary attendance area may stay in their original
            elementary school.

(Approval date:  October 21, 2004)

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ASSIGNMENT OF STUDENTS TO SCHOOLS

The Board approves attendance areas.  Students attend the school that serves the attendance area in which their parents reside or, upon acceptance, the student may attend another school pursuant to the District’s intradistrict open enrollment policy.

The Superintendent has authority to assign students to schools.  The Superintendent or his/her designee is authorized to make exceptions on the basis of hardship and student need and to assign a student to a school outside his/her own attendance area.

[Adoption date:  October 21, 2004]

LEGAL REFS.:    ORC    3313.49; 3313.64; 3313.65; 3313.97
                                            3319.01

CROSS REFS.:    JC, School Attendance Areas
                                JECBD, Intradistrict Open Enrollment

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ASSIGNMENT OF STUDENTS TO CLASSES

Grade placement shall be the responsibility of the principal and shall be based on general achievement, consideration being given to the mental, physical, emotional and social maturity of the student.  In general, students transferring into the system will be placed in the same grade level as in the school from which they transferred, but students transferring, as well as continuing students, may be retained or advanced in grade at the principal’s discretion.

[Adoption date:  October 21, 2004]

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STUDENT WITHDRAWAL FROM SCHOOL
(Loss of Driving Privileges)

When the Superintendent receives information that a student of compulsory school age has withdrawn from school, the Superintendent must, within two weeks after the withdrawal, notify the registrar of motor vehicles and the county juvenile judge.  Notification is not necessary if a student has withdrawn because of a change of residence; the student is enrolled in and attending, in accordance with District policy, an approved program to obtain a diploma or its equivalent and is regularly employed.

Notification to the registrar of motor vehicles and the county juvenile judge must comply with State and Federal law.

After receiving such information from the Superintendent, the registrar of motor vehicles is required to suspend the temporary instruction permit or driver’s license of the student who is the subject of the notice.  If a temporary permit or license has not been issued to that student, the registrar is prohibited from issuing a temporary permit or a license.  Any denial of driving privileges would remain in effect until the student reaches 18 or until the denial of driving privileges is terminated for another reason allowable under State law.

In compliance with State law, a student whose driving privileges have been denied can file a petition seeking his/her reinstatement with the juvenile court in whose jurisdiction he/she resides.

[Adoption date:  October 21, 2004]

LEGAL REFS.:    ORC    3319.321
                                            3321.13
                                            4507.061
                               Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act; 20 USC 1232g

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STUDENT ABSENCES AND EXCUSES

Attendance

Pursuant to the Compulsory Attendance Law as defined by the Ohio Revised Code, all students enrolled in the District will be expected to attend school daily and attend all scheduled classes for the time period designated as the “school year” by the District. The District believes there is a direct correlation between a student’s academic success and attendance.  Frequent  absences from school disrupts the educational process and as a result, the benefit of regular classroom instruction is diminished.

Procedures

This attendance policy shall be administered as follows:

    1.    Absence Calls

           If a student must be absent from school for one of the excused/authorized
           reasons, the parent or guardian will call the school involved on the day of the
           absence, no later than 8:30 a.m. (6-12) or 9:30 a.m. (K-5) to notify the
           attendance office and explain the nature of the absence and its duration.  Each
           school shall maintain an accurate log of all such calls.  As a minimum, the log
           shall include name of student, person (parent or guardian) making the call, date
           and time of call, reason (see excused/authorized code) for absence and the
           name of the person taking the call.  This log shall be maintained for a minimum
           of five years.  Upon returning to school, the student needs to provide a note
           stating the reason for the absence.

    2.    Make-up Work

           When a student knows he or she is going to be out from school they will be
           required to use the “out of school make-up work form” to inform the teachers of
           his or her absence.  If teachers are able to get the work together prior to the
           student being out, students can take the work with them.  If teachers are not able
           to gather the work ahead of time, the student will be presented with the work
           upon their return. There may be some classroom or laboratory work which, due
           to its nature, may not be able to be made up.  When this issue arises, an
           alternative assignment may be given in place of this classroom or laboratory
           work.  The number of consecutive days of absences, excused and unexcused,
           plus one day, equals the time allocated for make-up of missed work.  The
           obligations for approaching his/her teacher for make-up tests, quizzes,
           assignments and homework is solely the student’s.  Failure to complete
           make-up work in the prescribed number of days or within the period of time
           mutually agreed upon by the teacher and student (in special cases) will result in
           the loss of credit for the make-up work. 

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    3.    Excused/Authorized Absences

           Excused/authorized absences will be defined as an absence from school or a
           scheduled class due to one of the following reasons:

            A.    personal illness;
            B.    illness in the immediate family;
            C.    quarantine of the home;
            D.    death of a relative;
            E.    observance of recognized religious holidays*;
            F.    emergency or set of circumstances which in the judgment of the
                   Superintendent constitutes a good and sufficient cause for absence from
                   school;
            G.    medical or dental appointment;
            H.    college visitation.

            *Absences for religious holidays will not affect a student’s perfect attendance
             record.

             The explanation of each past absence shall be made by the parent or guardian
              to the Superintendent or to the person designated by the Superintendent to
              approve or disapprove absences for each school in the District.

     4.     Unexcused/Unauthorized Absences

             Unexcused/unauthorized absences are defined as those student absences not
             meeting the criteria for excused/authorized absences.  Some examples of
             unexcused/unauthorized absences are:

             A.    shopping;
             B.    oversleeping;
             C.    missing bus/ride;
             D.    non-school athletic events;
             E.    haircuts or hair appointments;
             F.    individual student trips;
             G.    vacation;
             H.    hunting;
               I.    fishing.

             Parental permission shall not make an absence excused/authorized if it does
             not meet the criteria set forth above.  Unexcused/unauthorized absences will
             be treated as truancy from school at the discretion of the school principal.

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    5.    Tardy to School

            All students arriving late to school anytime during the day will be considered
            tardy.  All such students will report to the attendance secretary or principal in
            charge of attendance immediately upon entering the building.  They will receive
            an admit slip and their tardiness/absence will be recorded before they are sent
            to class.  No one will be admitted to a class without an admit slip.  These
            tardies as well as tardies throughout the day to individual classes will be
            reasons for a student to receive discipline and incur the sanctions as
            prescribed by civil and legal rights and responsibilities, conduct, due process,
            sanctions and Miamisburg City Schools’ sanctions.

    6.    Early Dismissals

           All students who must leave school during the day for an appointment must
           submit a request for an early dismissal to the attendance office or principal in
           charge of attendance prior to the first period of the day of the appointment.  This
           written request must include the student’s name, the time for early dismissal and
           the reason for requesting the early dismissal.  This note must be signed by a
           parent or guardian and include a phone number where they can be reached that
           day.  No early dismissals will be granted without fulfillment of the above
           requirements.  The student will pick up his/her early dismissal slip prior to
           leaving school, sign out with the attendance secretary, and sign back in
           immediately upon return.

    7.    Ill Students

           All students who feel ill must report to the principal in charge of attendance or
           the attendance office before reporting to the clinic or going home.  Permission
           is required from an administrator to be admitted to the clinic.  Duration of stay in
           the clinic should not exceed 30 minutes.  If a determination is made that a
           student is unable to complete the school day due to illness, a parent or guardian
           will be called to grant permission for that student to be sent home.  All students
           leaving the building for any reason will have in their possession an appropriate
           pass and sign out in the attendance office.

    8.    Period Attendance

           Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes.  
           Unexcused/unauthorized absence from a scheduled class will result in
           disciplinary action in accordance with civil and legal rights and responsibilities,
           conduct, due process, sanctions and Miamisburg City Schools’ sanctions. 
           Referrals of such students will be made to the attendance office by the teacher
           on the Daily Attendance Sheet.

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           Students found to be in violation or disregard of the provisions and
           prescriptions contained in the above Attendance Policy will incur disciplinary
           action or sanctions as authorized by civil and legal rights and responsibilities,
           conduct, due process, sanctions, and Miamisburg City Schools’ sanctions.

[Adoption date:  October 21, 2004]
[Revised:            August 17, 2006 ]
[Revised:            October 10, 2007]
[Revised:            January 15, 2009]

LEGAL REFS.:    ORC    3321.01; 3321.04; 3321.13; 3321.14; 3321.38
                                           4507.061
                               OAC    3301-35-02; 3301-35-03
                                           3301-51-13
CROSS REF.:    JHC, Student Health Services and Requirements

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STUDENT ABSENCES AND EXCUSES

Students Habitually Absent – Loss of Driving Privileges

When the Superintendent receives information that a student of compulsory school age has been absent  without legitimate excuse for more than 10 consecutive days or a total of at least 15 days in any term or semester, the following procedure applies.

1.       Superintendent notifies, in writing, the student and his/her parent(s) and states
          that information regarding the student’s absences has been provided to the
          Superintendent, and, as a result of that information, the student’s driving
          privileges are denied. This notification also states that the student and his/her
          parent(s) may appear before the Superintendent/designee to challenge the
          information provided to the Superintendent.

2.       The notice from the Superintendent to the student includes the scheduled time,
           place and date of the hearing, which is scheduled between three and five days
           after the notification is given. Upon the request of the student or parent(s), an
           extension may be granted by the Superintendent. The Superintendent must then
           notify the student and the parent(s) of the new hearing time, place and date.

3.        At the hearing before the Superintendent/designee, the student has an
           opportunity to present evidence that he/she has not be habitually absent without
           legitimate excuse. State law defines “legitimate excuses” for absence from
           school to include, but not be limited to:

           A.     enrollment in another school or school district in Ohio or another state;

           B.    Possession of an age and schooling certificate (GED);

           C.    a bodily or mental condition that prohibits attendance or

           D.    participation in a home instruction program.

4.       If a habitually absent student does not appear at a hearing before the
          Superintendent or designee, or if the student does not convince the
          Superintendent or designee that the absences were legitimate, the
          Superintendent must notify the registrar of motor vehicles and the juvenile judge. 
          Such notification must be given to the registrar and the juvenile judge within two
          weeks of the receipt of the information regarding habitual absences or, if the
          hearing for the student is held, within two weeks after the hearing.
 
           Notification to the registrar of motor vehicles and the county judge must comply
           with State and Federal law.

           The registrar of motor vehicles is required to suspend the temporary instruction
           permit of driver’s license of the student who is the subject of the notice. If a
           temporary permit or license has not been issued for that student, the registrar is
           prohibited from issuing a temporary permit or a license.

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            Denial of privileges remains in effect until the student reaches age 18 or until
            the denial is terminated for another reason allowed by State law. In accordance
            with State law, a student whose driving privileges have been denied can file a
            petition seeking their reinstatement.

(Approved date:  October 21, 2004)

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MIAMISBURG CITY SCHOOLS
"OUT OF SCHOOL MAKE-UP WORK FORM"

Pursuant to the Compulsory Attendance Law as defined by the Ohio Revised Code, all students enrolled in the District will be expected to attend school daily and attend all scheduled classes for the time period designated as the “school year” by the District. The District believes there is a direct correlation between a student’s academic success and attendance.  Frequent absences from school disrupt the educational process and as a result, the benefit of regular classroom instruction is diminished.

When a student knows he or she is going to be out from school they will be required to use the “out of school make-up work form” to inform the teachers of his or her absence.  If teachers are able to get the work together prior to the student being out, students can take the work with them.  If teachers are not able to gather the work ahead of time, the student will be presented with the work upon their return. There may be some classroom or laboratory work which, due to its nature, may not be able to be made up.  When this issue arises, an alternative assignment may be given in place of this classroom or laboratory work.  The number of consecutive days of absences, excused and unexcused, plus one day, equals the time allocated for make-up of missed work.  The obligations for approaching his/her teacher for make-up tests, quizzes, assignments and homework is solely the student’s.  Failure to complete make-up work in the prescribed number of days or within the period of time mutually agreed upon by the teacher and student (in special cases) will result in the loss of credit for the make-up work. 

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To The Teacher(s) Of:__________________________________________


The above mentioned student will be absent from your class from _______________

to _______________________.  Please provide this student with missed work either

prior to the absence or after the absence.  Please sign the form in the appropriate

area on the back side of this sheet to verify your recognition that you have been

notified of this absence.

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TRUANCY

The Board endeavors to reduce truancy through cooperation with parents, diligence in investigating the causes of absence and use of strict guidelines in regard to tardiness and unexcused absence.

When the Board determines that a student has been truant and that the parent, guardian or other person having care of a child has failed to ensure the child’s attendance at school, State law authorizes the Board to require the parent to attend a specified educational program.

On the request of the Superintendent, or when it comes to the attention of the school attendance officer or other appropriate officer of the District, the designated officer must investigate any case of supposed truancy within the District and must warn the child, if found truant, and the child’s parent in writing of the legal consequences of being a “habitual” or a “chronic” truant.

A “habitual truant” is any child of compulsory school age who is absent without a legitimate excuse for five or more consecutive school days, seven or more school days in one month or 12 or more school days in a school year.

A “chronic truant” is any child of compulsory school age who is absent without legitimate excuse for seven or more consecutive school days, 10 or more school days in one month or 15 or more school days in a school year.

The parent is required to have the child attend school immediately after notification.  If the parent fails to get the child to attend school, the attendance officer or other appropriate officer, if directed by the Superintendent or the Board, must send notice requiring the child’s parent to attend a parental education program.

For the correction of the “habitually truant” unruly child, the courts may now order the Board to require the child to attend an alternative school if one has been established.

The courts may order the “habitually truant” child not to be absent without legitimate excuse from school for five or more consecutive days, seven or more school days in one school month or 12 or more school days in a school year.

Regarding “habitual truants,” the Board must take as an intervention strategy any appropriate action contained in the Board policy, or the Board may file a complaint in juvenile court jointly against the child and the parent. The complaint must state that the child is an “unruly child” by virtue of being a “habitual truant” and that the child’s parent violated the School Attendance Law.

Regarding “chronic truants,” if the parent fails to get the child to school and the child is considered a “chronic truant,” the Board must file a complaint in the juvenile court jointly against the child and the parent. The complaint must state that the child is a “delinquent child” by virtue of being a “chronic truant,” and that the parent has violated the School Attendance Law.

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The Board directs the administration to develop intervention strategies that may include the following:

    1.    providing a truancy intervention program for a habitual truant;

    2.    providing counseling for a habitual truant;

    3.    requesting or requiring a parent having control of a habitual truant to attend
           parental involvement programs;

    4.    requesting or requiring a parent of a habitual truant to attend truancy prevention
           mediation programs;

    5.    notification to the registrar of motor vehicles or

    6.    taking appropriate legal action.

[Adoption date:  October 21, 2004]

LEGAL REFS.:  ORC    3313.663
                                         3321.03-04; 3321.07-09; 3321.22; 3321.38

CROSS REF.:    JED, Student Absences and Excuses

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STUDENT DISMISSAL PRECAUTIONS

Permission for a student to leave school when school is in session requires approval by the principal or a person specifically designated by him/her to exercise that authority.  In evaluating requests for this permission, he/she gives primary consideration to the best interests of the student and/or public welfare.  Requests are not approved without a parent’s permission.  When a request originates from a person other than the parent(s), the school official in authority contacts the parent(s) to obtain permission.  An exception may be made in the case of the student who is 18 years of age or older, who may make requests on his/her own behalf.

[Adoption date:  October 21, 2004]

LEGAL REF.:    ORC    3313.20

CROSS REFS.:    JED, Student Absences and Excuses
                                JEE, Student Attendance Accounting (Missing and Absent Children)

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STUDENT ATTENDANCE ACCOUNTING
(Missing and Absent Children)

The Board believes in the importance of trying to decrease the number of missing children; therefore, efforts are made to identify missing children and to notify the proper adults or agencies.

At the time of initial entry into school, a student shall present to the person in charge of admission an official copy of a birth certificate and copies of those records pertaining to him/her which were maintained by the school which he/she most recently attended.  In lieu of a birth certificate, birth documentation may include:

    1.    a passport or attested transcript thereof filed with a registrar of passports at a
           point of entry of the United States showing the date and place of birth of the
           child;

    2.    an attested transcript of the certificate of birth;

    3.    an attested transcript of the certificate of baptism or other religious record
           showing the date and place of birth of the child;

    4.    an attested transcript of a hospital record showing the date and place of birth of
           the child or

    5.    a birth affidavit.

If the student does not present copies of the required documents, the principal shall call the school from which the student transferred and request the information.  If that district has no record on file of the student or if that district does not send the records within 14 days, the principal shall notify the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction in the area where the student resides of the possibility that the student might be a missing child.

The primary responsibility for supervision of a student resides with his/her parent(s).  The staff provides as much assistance as is reasonable to parents with this responsibility.

Parents must notify the school on the day a student is absent unless previous notification has been given in accordance with school procedure for excused absences.  The principal or his/her designee is also required to notify a student’s parent(s) when the student is absent from school.  The parent(s) or other responsible person shall be notified by telephone or written notice, which is mailed on the same day that the student is absent.  Parents or other responsible persons shall provide the school with their current home and/or work telephone numbers, home addresses and any emergency telephone numbers.

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[Adoption date:  October 21, 2004]

LEGAL REFS.:    ORC    109.65
                                            2901.30
                                            3313.205; 3313.672; 3313.96
                                            3319.321; 3319.322
                                            3321.12
                                            3705.05

CROSS REFS.:    JEC, School Admission
                               JEDB, Student Dismissal Precautions
                               JHF, Student Safety

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RELEASED TIME FOR RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION

The Board permits students to be released from school for religious instruction consistent with law.  Absence during the school day for religious instruction is permitted, provided the student’s parents or guardians submit a written request to the building principal.

Regular classroom instruction missed as a result of a student’s absence for religious instruction will not be made up.  The District neither aids, assists or enforces attendance in a religious instruction program, nor discriminates against students who participate in such a program.

Individuals providing religious instruction are not permitted to promote student participation by directly contacting students on school premises or by encouraging students in the program to recruit their friends.  All promotional activities for such instruction must be conducted off school grounds.

[Adoption date:  October 21, 2004]

LEGAL REFS.:    U.S. Const. Amend. I
                               ORC    3321.04
                               OAC    3301-51-13

CROSS REFS.:    IGAC, Teaching About Religion
                                JED, Student Absences and Excuses

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EXCLUSIONS AND EXEMPTIONS FROM SCHOOL ATTENDANCE

A child of compulsory school age residing in the District may be legally excused from public school attendance by:

    1.    holding a full-time age and schooling certificate and being regularly employed;

    2.    receiving approved home education;

    3.    attending a private or parochial school or

    4.    having graduated from an approved high school.

The District may temporarily deny admittance to any student who is otherwise entitled to be admitted to the District if the student has been suspended or expelled from the schools of another district in the state of Ohio or an out-of-state district and if the period of suspension or expulsion has not expired.  The student and parent(s) will have an opportunity for a hearing before the Superintendent/designee to determine the admittance or nonadmittance of the student.

[Adoption date:  October 21, 2004]

LEGAL REFS.:    ORC    3321.02; 3321.03; 3321.04; 3321.07

CROSS REFS.:    IGCF, Home Education
                               JEA, Compulsory Attendance Ages
                               JECE, Student Withdrawal from School (Loss of Driving Privileges)
                               JEGA, Permanent Exclusion
                               JHCC, Communicable Diseases
                               JK, Employment of Students

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PERMANENT EXCLUSION

The Board may seek the permanent exclusion of a student 16 years of age or older who is either convicted in criminal court or adjudicated delinquent by a juvenile court of any of the following offenses that occur on school grounds or at a school function:

    1.    illegal conveyance or possession of a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance,
           carrying a concealed weapon, aggravated trafficking, trafficking in drugs,
           trafficking involving the possession of a bulk amount of a controlled substance
           or the sale of a controlled substance and/or

    2.    aggravated murder, murder, voluntary or involuntary manslaughter, felonious or
           aggravated assault, rape, gross sexual imposition or felonious sexual
           penetration, if the victim is a District employee.

In addition, complicity in any of the above acts may be the basis for permanent exclusion.

Any building administrator witnessing, or having knowledge of, one of these acts must report the incident to the Superintendent within 24 hours, whether or not the student is over 16 years of age.

If the Superintendent receives notification that a student has been found guilty of or is adjudicated delinquent for any of the listed offenses, a determination must be made whether the student’s continued attendance endangers the health and safety of other students or employees or whether the student’s attendance poses a danger of disruption to the graded course of study.  If the Superintendent determines that either danger exists, he/she may recommend that the Board adopt a resolution requesting the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to permanently exclude the student from attendance in any Ohio school.  Written notice of the Superintendent’s recommendation for permanent exclusion is provided to the student and his/her parent(s).

The Board acts upon the Superintendent’s recommendation within 14 days.  Among the items the Board considers is information on:

    1.    academic and extracurricular activity record of the student;

    2.    disciplinary record of the student;

    3.    social history of the student;

    4.    response to prior discipline and sanctions;

    5.    seriousness of the offense and any aggravating circumstances;

    6.    any mitigating circumstances;

    7.    evidence regarding the possible danger to other students and employees if the
           student remains in the District;

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    8.    evidence regarding the probable disruption of the graded course of study and

    9.    availability of less serious sanctions that would permit the student to stay in the
            District without conflict with either (7) or (8).

The Board may allow for the hearing of witnesses and the presentation of additional evidence.

If the Board adopts the resolution to permanently exclude the student, the Board:

    1.    forwards the written resolution, together with the adjudication or conviction and
           a copy of the student’s entire school record, to the State Superintendent;

    2.    promptly designates a representative to present the District’s case for
           permanent exclusion to the State Superintendent and

    3.    forwards a copy of the resolution to the student and his/her parent(s).

If the State Superintendent rejects the resolution, the student shall be re-admitted to the District’s schools.

No employee shall knowingly admit, or cause by inaction to be admitted, any student who has been permanently excluded.

Re-admission

If the Superintendent determines that a permanently excluded student no longer represents either a danger to the health and safety of other students or staff, the Superintendent may recommend the re-admission of the student.

On the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Board considers a resolution requesting the State Superintendent to revoke the permanent exclusion.  If the Board adopts the resolution, it is forwarded to the State Superintendent, together with the reasons for the resolution and any relevant information.

Probationary Admission Following Permanent Exclusion

Under State law, a student permanently excluded from school may request probationary admission for 90 days in any public school district.

If a student requests consideration of probationary admission into this District, the Superintendent may enter into discussions with the student and his/her parent(s) to develop a probationary admission plan designed to meet the educational needs of the child and the disciplinary requirements of the District.

If a satisfactory plan is developed, the Superintendent recommends that the Board allow the student to attend classes according to the terms of the plan.  The Board acts on the recommendation within 14 days.

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If a student violates the terms of the re-admission plan, the Superintendent may immediately remove the student, pending action by the Board.  The Board’s action must take place within five days from receipt of the Superintendent’s recommendation to revoke the re-admission.

A student in compliance with his/her probationary re-admission plan may request either an extension of the plan for an additional 90 days or for the Superintendent to recommend that the permanent exclusion be revoked.

[Adoption date:  October 21, 2004]

LEGAL REFS.:    ORC    3313.66; 3313.661; 3313.662

CROSS REFS.:    JFCJ, Weapons in the Schools
                                JGD, Student Suspension
                                JGE, Student Expulsion

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