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Student/Parent Handbook

This student handbook was developed to answer many of the commonly asked questions that you and your parents may have during the course of a school year. This handbook summarizes many of the official policies and administrative guidelines of the Board of Education and the District. To the extent that the handbook is ambiguous or conflicts with these policies and guidelines, the policies and guidelines shall control. If any policy or administrative guideline referenced herein is revised after June 1, the language in the most current policy or administrative guideline prevails. This handbook supersedes any prior student handbook and other written or oral statements regarding any item in this handbook.

Because the handbook also contains information about student rights and responsibilities, each student is responsible for knowing its contents. Please take time to become familiar with the following information and keep the handbook available for your and your parents’ use. It can be a valuable reference during the school year and a means to avoid confusion and misunderstanding when questions arise. Should you have any questions that are not addressed in this handbook, contact your principal.

Printable Student/Parent Handbook (PDF)

Rights and Responsibilities

Equal Education Opportunity/Anti-Harassment

It is the policy of the District to provide an equal education opportunity for all students. The right of a student to be admitted to school and to participate fully in curricular, extra-curricular, student services, recreational or other programs or activities shall not be abridged or impaired because of a student’s sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital status, parental status, sexual or transgender orientation, physical, mental, or emotional status, learning disability, or other protected characteristics as well as place of residence within District boundaries, as well as social or economic background.

Student Records

Policy 8330 STUDENT RECORDS

In order to provide appropriate educational services and programming, the Board of Education must collect, retain, and use information about individual students. Simultaneously, the Board recognizes the need to safeguard students’ privacy and restrict access to students’ personally identifiable information.

Student "personally identifiable information" includes those items identified by statute, but is not limited to: the student's name; the name of the student's parent or other family members; the address of the student or student's family; a personal identifier, such as the student's social security number, student number, or biometric record; other indirect identifiers, such as the student's date of birth, place of birth, and mother's maiden name; other information that, alone or in combination, is linked or linkable to a specific student that would allow a reasonable person in the school community, who does not have personal knowledge of the relevant circumstances, to identify the student with reasonable certainty; or information requested by a person who the District reasonably believes knows the identity of the student to whom the education record relates.

The Superintendent is responsible for the records of all students who attend or have attended schools in this District. Only records mandated by the State or Federal government and/or necessary and relevant to the function of the School District or specifically permitted by this Board will be compiled by District employees. The District shall maintain student records for the legal duration required by Wisconsin State law.

Student records shall be available only to students and their parents/guardians, eligible students, designated school officials who have a legitimate educational interest in the information, or to other individuals or organizations as permitted by law.

The term "eligible student" refers to a student who is eighteen (18) years of age or older.

All parents/guardians shall have equal access to student records unless stipulated otherwise by court order or law. In the case of eligible students, parents/guardians may be allowed access to the records without the student's consent, provided the student is considered a dependent under section 152 of the Internal Revenue Code.

A school official is a person employed by the District as an administrator, supervisor, teacher/instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the Board; a person or company with whom the District has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, or medical consultant); a contractor, consultant, volunteer or other party to whom the District has outsourced a service otherwise performed by District employees (e.g. a therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his/her tasks (including volunteers).

"Legitimate educational interest" is defined as a "direct or delegated responsibility for helping the student achieve one (1) or more of the educational goals of the District" or if the record is necessary in order for the school official to perform an administrative, supervisory, or instructional task or to perform a service or benefit for the student or the student's family. The Board directs that reasonable and appropriate methods (including but not limited to physical and/or technological access controls) are utilized to control access to student records and to make certain that school officials obtain access to only those education records in which they have legitimate educational interest.

Types of Student Records

Types of Records

Behavioral records means those pupil records which include psychological tests, personality evaluations, records of conversations, any written statement relating specifically to an individual pupil’s behavior, tests relating specifically to achievement or measurement of ability, the pupil’s physical health records and any other pupil records which are not progress records.

Progress records means those pupil records which include the pupil’s grades, a statement of the courses the pupil has taken, the pupil’s attendance record and records of the pupil’s school extracurricular activities.

Directory data includes name, address, and phone number and other general information listed more specifically in the student handbooks.

Pupil physical health records include basic health information about a pupil such as immunizations, emergency health cards, and routine screening results.

Patient health care records include more confidential information usually provided by nurses and physicians and other health care providers. See Wisconsin Statutes 118.125 for specific contents, level of confidentiality and length of time each type of record will be maintained.

  1. Educational records shall be forwarded within 5 working days of receipt of a request, to a school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
  2. Pupil records need not be maintained for more than five years after completion, but confidential records of students in special education programs are destroyed one year after the student graduates or last attended a school within the district.
  3. Confidential records of students in special education will be maintained by the District for up to 5 years at the written request of the parent or the student who is over 18 years of age.

The following rights are accorded to parents of students and students over 18 years of age:

  • The right to inspect and review and give others the right to inspect and review student records.
  • An opportunity to challenge the content of such records, to ensure that the records are not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the privacy or other rights of students, and to provide an opportunity for the correction or deletion of any such inaccurate, misleading or otherwise inappropriate data contained therein.
  • An opportunity to insert into such records a written explanation of the content contained in them and to have records or this notice interpreted into the native language.
  • Student records will not be released to others without prior written consent except for such releases to others which are authorized by the state or federal law to be made without such consent.

Records of Students and Parents of Students over 18 Years of Age

The following rights are accorded to students and parents of students over 18 years of age.

  • The right to inspect and review and give others the right to inspect and review student records.
  • An opportunity to challenge the content of such records, to ensure that the records are not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the privacy or other rights of students, and to provide an opportunity for the correction or deletion of any such inaccurate, misleading or otherwise inappropriate data contained therein.
  • An opportunity to insert into such records a written explanation of the content contained in them and to have records or this notice interpreted into the native language.
  • Student records will not be released to others without prior written consent except for such releases to others which are authorized by the state or federal law to be made without such consent.

Records of Students with Disabilities

By law, it is the District’s responsibility to identify, locate, and evaluate all resident children with disabilities. Referrals for possible evaluation usually start with a discussion with the Executive Director of Student Services, one of the building principals, or one of the student services or special education staff. With signed parent permission, information regarding a child’s performance is then gathered through observation, review of records, discussion with persons knowledgeable about the child, screening, and/or testing, and reviewed in a team meeting to determine eligibility and possible services.

A copy of the school board policy on access to public records can be obtained from the office of the superintendent or online. Complaints regarding possible noncompliance with the federal records law may be filed with the superintendent. Questions regarding specifics of this notice should be directed to the executive director of student Services. Most of the legal references can be found in Wisconsin Statute 118.125 and FERPA.

Directory Information

Only "directory information" regarding a student shall be released to any person or party, other than the student or his/her parent, without the written consent of the parent, or, if the student is an eligible student, without the written consent of the student, except to those persons or parties stipulated by the Board's policy and administrative guidelines and/or those specified in the law.

Directory information shall only be provided for educational purposes. It shall not be provided for commercial, political or advertising purposes.

The District can provide directory information to Parent Teacher Organizations only for educational purposes. Directory information, family or student contact information shall not be used for commercial, political or advertising purposes by these groups or anyone who has access to the information.

Each year the Superintendent or designee shall provide public notice to students and their parents of the District's intent to make available, upon request, certain information known as "directory information." The Board designates as student "directory information": a student's name; address; telephone number; (date and place of birth; major field of study; participation in officially-recognized activities and sports; height and weight, if a member of an athletic team; dates of attendance; date of graduation; or awards received.)

Parents and eligible students may refuse to allow the Board to disclose any or all of such "directory information" upon written notification to the Board within fourteen (14) days after receipt of the District Administrator's annual public notice.

In accordance with Federal and State law, the Board shall release the names, addresses, and telephone listings of secondary students to a recruiting officer for any branch of the United States Armed Forces or an institution of higher education who requests such information. A secondary school student or parent/guardian of the student may request in writing that the student's name, address, and telephone listing not be released without prior consent of the parent(s)/guardian(s)/eligible student. The recruiting officer is to sign a form indicating that "any information received by the recruiting officer shall be used solely for the purpose of informing students about military service and shall not be released to any person other than individuals within the recruiting services of the Armed Forces." The District Administrator is authorized to charge mailing fees for providing this information to a recruiting officer.

Whenever consent of the parent(s)/guardian(s)/eligible student is required for the inspection and/or release of a student's health or education records or for the release of "directory information," a parent/guardian may provide such consent unless agreed to otherwise in writing by all parents/guardians or specifically stated by court order. If the student is under the guardianship of an institution, the Superintendent or designee shall appoint a person who has no conflicting interest to provide such written consent.

The District may disclose "directory information," of former students without student or parent/guardian consent, unless the parent/guardian or eligible student previously submitted a request that such information not be disclosed without their prior written consent.

The District shall not permit the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information collected from students for the purpose of marketing or for selling that information (or otherwise providing that information to others for that purpose.

Inspection of Information Collection Instrument

The parent/guardian of a student or an eligible student has the right to inspect upon request any instrument used in the collection of personal information before the instrument is administered or distributed to a student. Personal information for this section is defined as individually identifiable information including a student or parent's first and last name, a home or other physical address (including street name and the name of the city or town), or a telephone number. In order to review the instrument, the parent/guardian or eligible student must submit a written request to the building principal at least one (1) business day before the scheduled date of the activity. The instrument will be provided to the parent/guardian or eligible student within one (1) business day of the principal receiving the request.

A. college or other postsecondary education recruitment, or military recruitment

B. curriculum and instructional materials used by elementary and secondary schools

C. tests and assessments used by elementary and secondary schools to provide cognitive, evaluative, diagnostic, clinical, aptitude, or achievement information about students (or to generate other statistically useful data for the purpose of securing such tests and assessments) and the subsequent analysis and public release of teh aggregate data from such tests and assessments

D. student recognition programs

Harrassment

Policy 5516 Harassment and Other Prohibited Behavior

The Mequon-Thiensville School District is committed to an educational environment that is free of harassment of any form. As a District we will not tolerate any form of harassment and will take all necessary and appropriate action to eliminate it, including suspension or expulsion of students and disciplinary action against any other individual in the school district community. Additionally, appropriate action will be taken to stop and otherwise deal with any third party who engages in harassment against our students.

For purposes of this policy, "School District community" means individuals subject to the control and supervision of the Board including, but not limited to, students, teachers, staff, volunteers, and Board members. "Third party" means individuals outside the School District community who participate in school activities and events authorized by the Board including, but not limited to, visiting speakers, participants on opposing athletic teams, students and parents from other schools, and vendors doing business with, or seeking to do business with, the District.

Harassment Defined

Harassment means behavior toward a student or group of students based, in whole or in part, on their sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual or transgender orientation or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability or any other characteristic protected under State, Federal or local law, which substantially interferes with the student’s school or academic performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive school environment. Harassment may occur student-to-student, student-to-staff, staff-to-student, male-to-female, female-to-male, male-to-male, or female-to-female. Examples of conduct that may constitute harassment include:

A. Graffiti containing offensive language

B. Name calling, jokes or rumors

C. Threatening or intimidating conduct directed at another person

D. Notes or cartoons

E. Slurs, negative stereotypes, and hostile acts

F. Written or graphic material containing comments or stereotypes which is posted or circulated and which is aimed at degrading individuals or members of protected classes

G. A physical act of aggression or assault upon another

H. Other kinds of aggressive conduct such as theft or damage to property.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment deserves special mention. Any person engages in sexual harassment whenever they make sexual advances, requests sexual favors and/or engage in other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual or sex based nature that has the purpose or effect of:

A. Substantially interfering with the student’s education environment

B. Creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment

C. Depriving a student of education aid, benefits, services or treatment

D. Making submission to or rejection of such conduct the basis for academic decisions affecting a student

Sexual harassment may include, but is not limited to:

A. Unwelcome verbal harassment or abuse

B. Unwelcome pressure for sexual activity

C. Unwelcome, sexually motivated or inappropriate patting, pinching or physical contact, other than necessary restraint of students by teachers, administrators or other school personnel to avoid physical harm to persons or property

D. Unwelcome sexual behavior or words including demands for sexual favors, accompanied by implied or overt threats concerning an individual’s educational status

E. Unwelcome sexual behavior or words, including demands for sexual favors, accompanied by implied or overt promises of preferential treatment with regard to an individual’s educational status

F. Unwelcome behavior or words directed at an individual because of gender

Sexual harassment examples include, but are not limited to:

1. Repeatedly asking a person for dates or sexual behavior after the person has indicated no interest

2. Rating a person’s sexuality or attractiveness

3. Staring or leering at various parts of another person’s body

4. Spreading rumors about a person’s sexuality

5. Letters, notes, telephone calls or materials of a sexual nature

6. Displaying pictures, calendars, cartoons or other materials with sexual content

It is further the policy of the District that a sexual relationship between staff and students is not permissible in any form or under any circumstances, in or out of the school, in that it interferes with the educational process and may involve elements of coercion by reason of the relative status of a staff member to a student.

If you wish to report harassment, please contact the Complaint Coordinator Rachel Fellenz at 262-238-8501 or rfellenz@mtsd.k12.wi.us.

A copy of the School’s Harassment Policy (5516-Harassment and Other Prohibited Behavior), including the reporting, investigation, and resolution procedures, is available on the district website.

Bullying

Aggressive behavior toward a student is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. This prohibition includes physical, verbal, and psychological abuse.

Aggressive behavior is defined as inappropriate conduct that is repeated enough, or serious enough, to negatively impact a student's educational, physical, or emotional well-being. This type of behavior is a form of intimidation and harassment, although it need not be based on any of the legally protected characteristics.

Bullying is defined as a person willfully and repeatedly exercising power or control over another with hostile or malicious intent (i.e., repeated oppression, physical or psychological, of a less powerful individual by a more powerful individual or group). Bullying can be physical, verbal, electronically transmitted, psychological (e.g., emotional abuse), through attacks on the property of another, or a combination of any of these.

Hazing

Hazing is illegal and is prohibited.

Hazing is defined as performing any act or coercing another, including the victim, to perform any act of initiation into any class, group, or organization that causes or creates a risk of causing mental, emotional, or physical harm. Permission, consent, or assumption of risk by an individual subjected to hazing shall not lessen the prohibitions contained in this policy.

If hazing or planned hazing is discovered, the students involved shall be informed by the discoverer of the prohibitions contained in this policy and shall be ordered to end all hazing activities or planned activities immediately.

General Provisions for all Classifications in this Policy

All allegations will be investigated as appropriate.

If an investigation finds an instance has occurred, it will result in prompt and appropriate remedial and/or disciplinary action. This may include up to suspension or expulsion for students, up to discharge for employees, exclusion for parents, guests, volunteers, and contractors, and removal from any official position and/or a request to resign for Board members. Individuals may also be referred to law enforcement officials and may be held personally liable for civil or criminal penalties.

The District will discipline or take appropriate action against any individual who retaliates against any person who reports an incident, is thought to have reported, files a complaint or otherwise participates in an investigation or inquiry concerning allegations prohibited by this policy. Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, any form of intimidation, reprisal, or harassment. Retaliation shall be considered a serious violation of District policy and independent of whether a complaint is substantiated.

Submission of a good faith complaint or report of harassment will not affect the complainant's or reporter's grades or learning environment. However, the District also recognizes that false or fraudulent claims of harassment or false or fraudulent information about such claims may be filed. The District reserves the right to discipline any person filing a false or fraudulent claim of harassment or false or fraudulent information about such a claim.

The District will respect the privacy of the complainant, the individual(s) against whom the complaint is filed, and the witnesses as much as possible, consistent with the District’s legal obligations to investigate, to take appropriate action, and to conform to any discovery or disclosure obligations. All records generated under this policy and its related administrative guidelines shall be maintained as confidential to the extent permitted by law.

To the extent appropriate and/or legally permitted, confidentiality will be maintained during the investigation process. However, a proper investigation will, in some circumstances, require the disclosure of information.

On the district website in the footer on all website pages you can access a Bullying Reporting Form that can be completed and will notify the school and the district.

Nondiscrimination of Transgender or Nonconforming Youth

The Mequon-Thiensville School District is committed to the education of all students. When an issue or concern arises that is not adequately addressed by this policy, the needs and concerns of each student will be assessed on an individualized basis with consultation with parents/guardians where appropriate.

Definitions
The definitions below are not intended to label students but rather to assist in understanding this policy and the expectations of staff in complying with District policies and legal requirements. Students might or might not use these terms to describe themselves.

a. "Transgender" describes people whose gender identity is different than their biological sex assigned at birth.

b. "Gender identity" is a person's deeply held sense or psychological knowledge of their own gender, regardless of the biological sex they were assigned at birth. Everyone has a gender identity.

c. "Gender nonconforming” describes people whose gender expression differs from stereotypical or prevailing social expectations, such as "feminine" boys or "masculine" girls, or those who are perceived as androgynous.

d. "Gender expression" refers to the way a person expresses gender, such as clothing, hairstyles, activities or mannerisms.

Discrimination, Harassment, and Bullying

The District prohibits all forms of discrimination against any transgender student or any student who does not conform to gender role stereotypes. Further, existing District policies that prohibit the harassment and bullying of students apply to any such actions that are based on a student's actual or perceived transgender status or gender nonconformity. This includes ensuring that any incident or complaint of discrimination, harassment, or bullying is given prompt attention, including taking appropriate corrective and/or disciplinary action. Complaints alleging discrimination, harassment or bullying based on a person's actual or perceived transgender status or gender nonconformity is to be handled in the same manner as other discrimination, harassment, and bullying complaints.

Student Privacy, Names and Pronouns, and Official School Records

Certain records and personally-identifiable information related to the student's gender status or biological sex may be protected not only as an education record, but also as a confidential medical or patient health care record. The District further recognizes that a student may have a strong individual interest in maintaining the privacy of his/her transgender status or his/her gender nonconforming presentation at school. Accordingly, in addition to adhering to all legal standards of confidentiality, school personnel with knowledge of any student's transgender status or gender nonconforming presentation are expected to treat that information as being particularly sensitive, even internally among school staff and school officials. District employees are expected to refer any questions they may have about student privacy and possible disclosures of a student's transgender or gender nonconforming status to the Superintendent or designee. The District strongly encourages transgender and gender nonconforming students and their families to maintain ongoing communication with school employees who are working directly with the student in order to address, among other issues, relevant privacy concerns and privacy preferences. When referring to students at school and in connection with school activities, school personnel will normally use the student's legal name and the pronouns that correspond to the student's biological sex assigned at birth. However, an adult student or the parent/guardian of a minor student may determine the name and gender pronouns that school employees will use to address the student at school and in connection with school-related activities.

A court-ordered name change or medical treatment or medical procedure is not required to initiate such a request. Upon being informed that a student intends to regularly use a particular name and/or prefers to be addressed using particular pronouns that correspond to the student's gender identity, school personnel are expected to respect that decision.

The District's approach of respecting a student's decision to regularly use a name and the pronouns that correspond to the student's gender identity is not a commitment to change all existing school records in order to reflect those preferences. Further, there may be situations where the District is required to use or report the legal name or biological sex of the student as that data is reflected in the District's official records. The extent to which official records of the District are modified will depend on a case-by-case evaluation of the information that the District receives and the type(s) of school records affected by the information that is received. For example, when a student changes his/her legal name and that change is sufficiently substantiated, the District will issue a high school transcript under the student's new legal name.

Restroom and Locker Room Accessibility

In most cases, a student who is transgender will be permitted to access the men's/women's segregated restrooms that correspond to the gender identity that the student consistently asserts at school and in other social environments, but this determination should be made on a case-by-case basis, taking into account all of the circumstance and documentation. It may be appropriate to ask the student and/or parents for additional information, such as a written statement from the student, parents, and/or health care professional, confirming the student’s consistent gender identity and expression.

Any student who has a need or desire for increased privacy, regardless of the underlying reason, may be provided with access to a single-access restroom where such a facility is reasonably available, but no student shall be required to use such a restroom because of the student's transgender or gender nonconforming status. If a separate facility is not available or acceptable to the student, the District will also explore other options to increase privacy (e.g., a changing area separated by a curtain or alternate changing schedule).

If a transgender student makes any request regarding the use of locker rooms or any similar type of changing area, the request shall be assessed on a case-by-case basis with the goals of: (a) facilitating the transgender student's access to the District's physical education curriculum and other relevant programs; (b) ensuring adequate student privacy and safety; and (c) minimizing stigmatization of the transgender student. The physical layout of the facility and the degree of undress required when changing for the applicable activity are examples of factors that will be considered in making the arrangements.

There is no absolute rule that, in all cases, will require a transgender student to access and use only the locker rooms and other changing areas that correspond to the biological sex that the student was assigned at birth. However, all students have the option of consistently accessing the facilities that correspond to the biological sex that the student was assigned at birth. Accordingly, the District's willingness to address individualized concerns and requests that relate to restroom and changing area access does not mean that any student is required to establish an individualized arrangement or plan with the school.

Participation in Physical Education Classes and Sports Activities

A student who is transgender shall be permitted to participate in physical education classes and intramural sports in a manner consistent with the gender identity that the student regularly asserts at school and in other social environments. Students who are transgender shall be permitted to participate in interscholastic athletics in a manner consistent with the requirements and policies of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletics Association (WIAA).

Dress Codes

Within the constraints of the District's dress code policy and dress codes adopted by the school, students may dress in accordance with their gender identity. School personnel shall not enforce a dress code more strictly against transgender and gender nonconforming students than other students.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

This policy states that the school district provides an appropriate range of accommodations and services necessary for qualifying students to learn in public education programs and activities, in accordance with Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act.

The District shall follow all the provisions under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which provides that "no otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall, solely by reason of his/her disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." [29 U.S.C. Sec. 794]

The District is committed to identifying, evaluating, and providing a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to students within its jurisdiction who are disabled within the definition of Section 504, regardless of the nature or severity of their disabilities. The District recognizes and acknowledges that students may be disabled and eligible for services under Section 504 even though they do not qualify for or require special education and/or related services pursuant the IDEIA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act). Students eligible for services under the IDEIA will be served under existing special education programs.

If a student has a physical or mental impairment that significantly limits his/her learning, but does not require specially designed instruction to benefit educationally, the student will be eligible for reasonable, but more than standard, accommodations and/or modifications of the regular classroom or curriculum in order to have the same access to an education as students without disabilities. Such accommodations and/or modifications will be provided pursuant to a Section 504 Accommodation Plan.

Parents/guardians are invited and encouraged to participate fully in the evaluation process. If the parents/ guardians disagree with the determination made by the District's professional staff, the parents/guardians may request a hearing with an impartial hearing officer.

The District does not discriminate in admission or access to, participation in, or treatment, or employment in, its programs or activities. The District’s policies and practices will not discriminate against employees and students with disabilities, will provide equal opportunity for employment, and will make accessible to qualified individuals with disabilities its facilities, programs, and activities. No discrimination will be knowingly permitted against any individual with a disability on the sole basis of that disability in any of the programs, activities, policies, and/or practices in the District.

As used in this policy and the implementing administrative guidelines, "an individual with a disability" means a person who has, had a record of, or is regarded as having, a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Major life activities are functions such as caring for one's self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working.

The Compliance Officer is responsible for coordinating the District's efforts to comply with and fulfill its responsibilities under Section 504 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA"). A copy of the Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, including copies of their implementing regulations, may be obtained from the Compliance Officer. The Compliance Officer can be reached at:

Rachel Fellenz, Executive Director of Student Services/Compliance Officer
5000 W. Mequon Road
Mequon, WI 53092
262-238-850
262-238-8520 FAX

Notice of the Board's policy on nondiscrimination in employment and education practices and the identity of the District's Section 504/ADA Compliance Officer will be posted throughout the District, and published in the District's recruitment statements or general information publications.

The District will provide in-service training and consultation to staff on the education of persons with disabilities, as necessary and appropriate.

The District will adopt a system of procedural safeguards that will provide for prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging violations of Section 504/ADA. Due process rights of students with disabilities and their parents under Section 504 will be enforced.

Rights and Responsibilities of Noncustodial Parents

If you are a non-custodial parent, you have the same rights to student records, progress reports, school mailings, school visits, and parent-teacher conferences as a custodial parent unless a court order restricts such rights. In cases where a court order is in place, the custodial parent must provide a copy to the principal.

It is your responsibility as a non-custodial parent to give the school your address and contact information if you want to be consulted regarding your child and to be placed on school mailing lists.

Only the custodial parent can remove a child from school or give permission for the child to be removed from school by another adult.

Rights of Foster Parents
As a foster parent, you have many of the same rights as custodial parents or legal guardians for the duration of the child’s placement in your home. In some cases, however, these rights are restricted by law. One such case is the authorization of an Individualized Education Program (IEP) evaluation for the child. A foster parent cannot authorize an IEP evaluation unless either all attempts to contact the biological parent or legal guardian have failed, or the biological parents’ rights have been terminated. If you have questions or concerns about your rights as a foster parent, please contact the Executive Director of Student Services.


Mandatory Reporting Student Abuse and Neglect

Any District employee who has reasonable cause to suspect child abuse or neglect shall be responsible for reporting immediately every case, whether ascertained or suspected, of abuse or neglect resulting in physical or mental injury to a student by other than accidental means.

The District employee shall immediately report to his/her supervisor who shall, in turn call the local office of the Child Welfare Department or local law enforcement agency and shall secure prompt medical attention for any such injuries reported. In addition, the District employee is required to contact the Student Services Office to report the incident.

The identity of the reporting person shall be confidential, subject only to disclosure by consent or court order. A reporting staff member shall not be dismissed or otherwise penalized for making a report of child abuse or neglect.

Information concerning alleged child abuse is confidential. Any unauthorized disclosure by an official or employee of the District is a violation of the law and may subject the disseminator to civil liability for resulting damages and disciplinary action.

Each Principal should be mindful of the possibility of physical or mental abuse being inflicted on a student by a staff member. Any such instances, whether real or alleged, should be dealt with in accordance with the language of this policy.

If you have specific questions regarding child abuse, neglect policies and/or procedures in MTSD, please contact the school social emotional coach.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

The rules and procedures of Mequon-Thiensville School District are designed to allow each student to obtain a safe, orderly, and appropriate education. Students can expect their rights to freedom of expression and association and to fair treatment as long as they respect those rights for their fellow students and the staff. Students will be expected to adhere to staff’s expectations at all times and obey all school rules. Certain expectations and standards of conduct are necessary for the safe and orderly operation of district schools. Students will be held accountable for their actions. Disciplinary procedures will comply with the requirements of State and Federal law.

Parents have the right to know how their child is succeeding in school and will be provided information on a regular basis and as needed, when concerns arise. Many times it will be the responsibility of the student to deliver that information. If necessary, email, hand delivery or a hard copy via mail may be used to ensure contact. Parents are encouraged to build a two-way link with their child’s teachers and support staff by informing the staff of suggestions or concerns that may help their child better accomplish his/her educational goals.

Students must arrive at school on time, prepared to participate in the educational program. If, for some reason, this is not possible, the student should seek help from the School Social Worker.

Adult students (age eighteen (18) or older) are expected to follow all school rules. If residing at home, adult students should include their parents in their educational program.

Homebound Instruction

Homebound instruction is designed to serve students during the time they are physically and/or emotionally incapable of attending school for a period of thirty (30) days or more or when a medical condition leads to frequent but intermittent absence as documented by a physician.

Homebound Instruction is available to students as the need develops and is designed to help the students maintain educational progress during the time they are confined to home, hospital or other convalescent center. Homebound instruction is considered an alternative service to be provided only during specific periods of time when the student cannot attend school. It shall be provided within the limits as prescribed by State law.

The goals of Homebound Instruction are to assist the student to maintain academic functioning at as normal a level as possible during the time s/he is unable to attend school and to promote communication between the student and the school so that s/he continues to feel part of the school community.

Homebound Instruction will be arranged by each building principal/designee in collaboration with Student Services through the Superintendent or designee. Parents should contact the principal regarding procedures for such instruction.

Homeless Students

McKinney-Vento is the primary piece of federal legislation dealing with the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness in U.S. public schools. It was reauthorized as Title X, Part C, of the No Child Left Behind Act in January 2002.

Children who meet the Federal definition of “homeless” will be provided a free and appropriate public education in the same manner as all other students of the District and will not be stigmatized or segregated on the basis of their status as homeless.

No homeless student will be denied enrollment based on a lack of proof of residency.No Board policy, administrative guideline, or practice will be interpreted or applied in such a way as to inhibit the enrollment, attendance, or school success of homeless children.

A homeless child lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. A homeless child is defined as one:

• Whose family has lost housing due to economic difficulties and is living with other people

• Who is living in a hotel, motel, campground, temporary trailer park, or shelter due to the lack of other adequate accommodation

• Who has been abandoned at a hospital

• Who is awaiting foster care placement

• Who has a nighttime residence in a place not normally used for housing

Homeless students will be provided services comparable to other students in the District including:

A. Transportation services

B. Educational services for which the homeless student meets eligibility criteria including services provided under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, educational programs for children with disabilities, and educational programs for students with limited English proficiency

C. Programs in vocational and technical education

D. Programs for gifted and talented students

E. School nutrition programs: For more information on the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, please contact the school emotional coach.

Student Conduct

Dress and Appearance

The Board of Education recognizes that each student’s mode of dress and appearance is a manifestation of personal style and individual preference. The Board will not interfere with the right of students and their parents to make decisions regarding their appearance, except when their choices interfere with the educational program of the schools.

Accordingly, the Superintendent shall establish guidelines as are necessary to promote discipline, maintain order, secure the safety of students, and provide a healthy environment conducive to academic purposes.

Such guidelines shall establish the dress requirements for members of the athletic teams, bands, and other school groups when representing the District at a public event.

Students who violate the foregoing rules will not be admitted to class and may be suspended from school. If the clothing cannot be removed, the student may be sent home after contact is made with the student’s parent/guardian.

Middle and High School Dress

As a student in the Mequon-Thiensville School District, you are expected to dress in a manner that is most appropriate for a positive learning environment. Behavior in dress which is disruptive, discriminatory, or endangers the health or safety of yourself or others is not acceptable. If a student’s clothing is deemed to be inappropriate, the student will be asked to change or call home for a change of clothes. Lake Shore Middle, Steffen Middle and Homestead High School have developed specific guidelines for appropriate dress and grooming. The specific guidelines are listed below:

• One-shoulder, halter, tube, spaghetti strap, midriff or low-cut tops/blouses or anything that exposes undergarments are not acceptable

• Excessively short shorts, skirts or dresses are not acceptable (as deemed by administration)

• Exposed or bare midriff is not permitted

• Pants worn lower than the hips is not permitted

• Headgear, including but not limited to hats, caps, headbands, hoods and bandannas are not to be worn in school during the regular school day

• Clothing that has any display of obscene, profane, or suggestive lettering or pictures, or serves as an advertisement for alcohol, drugs or weapons is not acceptable

• Any attire that is too revealing or provocative will be considered inappropriate, and students will be asked to remove, change or cover this clothing

• Students may not wear chains on or hanging from their clothing or wallets. Jewelry that signifies drug related topics is not permitted

• Clothing that causes a disruption or is deemed inappropriate within the learning environment by administration

Note: The Physical Education Department requires students participating in physical education classes to wear certain types of clothing during class. Students will be advised by their instructors what is acceptable apparel.

Prohibited Substances

The District recognizes that the misuse of alcohol and other controlled substances is a serious problem with legal, physical, and social implications for the entire school community.

The District prohibits the use, possession, concealment, or distribution of any substance and drug paraphernalia at any time on District property, in school buildings, in school vehicles, at any school event or activity, or at any District-related event. Disciplinary sanctions, up to and including expulsion and referral for prosecution, will be imposed on students who violate the school’s drug abuse guidelines.

In addition to instituting disciplinary procedures, school officials will also deny attendance at any program or function to students who appear to be under the influence of, or in possession of, alcohol or other prohibited substances

For purposes of this policy, “substance” shall mean:

  • All controlled substances as so designated and prohibited by Wisconsin statute
  • All chemicals which release toxic vapors
  • All alcohol or synthetic alcohol
  • Any prescription or patent drug, except those for which permission to use in school has been granted pursuant to Board policy
  • “Look-alikes”
  • Anabolic steroids
  • Any other illegal substances so designated and prohibited by law

Parents/guardians of students involved in substance use and/or abuse violations shall be contacted and, if the conduct involves a violation of law such as abuse, possession, or being under the influence, the students shall be referred to the police and immediately suspended and are subject to expulsion.

Use of Tobacco

Pursuant to Wisconsin Statute 120.12 (19) prohibiting the use of tobacco on school property, the use of tobacco or simulated tobacco products or any product containing nicotine on premises owned or rented by or under the control of the Mequon-Thiensville School Board is prohibited.

Restrictive Behavioral Intervention

The District is committed to an orderly and safe classroom environment that is conducive to teaching and learning. Every member of the school community - staff, students and parents - is expected to cooperate in establishing and maintaining this positive environment.

The procedures outlined in this policy set forth a process for removing a disruptive student from class pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 118.164 and 120.123.

Removal is a serious measure and will not be imposed in an arbitrary, casual or inconsistent manner. However, a student may be removed from class for conduct that violates the Code of Student Conduct set forth in the Student Handbook. While it is neither possible nor necessary to specify every type of improper conduct or circumstance that would justify removal under the Code of Student Conduct, in every circumstance the teacher will exercise his/her best judgment in deciding whether it is appropriate to remove a student from class.

Students who are removed by their teachers will remain in the school office or in another location determined by the principal or designee for a period of time determined by the principal or designee.

If not already sent to the school office with the student, within twenty-four (24) hours following the removal from class, the teacher shall submit to the principal or designee a written explanation of the basis for the removal on a form provided by the principal.

When the student arrives at the school office, the principal or designee will give the student an opportunity to explain the situation. If the principal or designee is not available immediately upon the student's arrival, the student will remain in the office or other designated area, and the principal or designee will speak to the student as soon as practicable. The administrator, exercising his/her discretion, may return the student to class. As soon as practicable after invoking this policy, the teacher and/or principal or designee shall inform the student's parents that the student was removed from class and sent to the office. Such notice may be by telephone. The parents of the student may also be sent written notice of the removal. Such written notice shall specify the class from which the student was removed, the duration of the removal, and the basis for the removal. A meeting between the teacher, student, parent(s) and/or principal may also be held as a way to further address the issue that led to the student's removal from class.

Each year, the principal and teachers will review this policy and the school's Code of Student Conduct. It is important that efforts be made to apply the Code consistently. However, there may be differences between the needs and practices at elementary, middle and high school levels that may result in some variance in the application of this policy at each of those school levels.

Students identified as requiring special education services under the IDEA or Section 504 may, in general, be temporarily removed from class under the same terms and conditions as non-disabled students.

Definitions

Student

“Student” means any student enrolled in the District, an exchange student, or a student visitor to the District’s schools.

Teacher

“Teacher” means a person holding a license or permit issued by the State Superintendent whose employment by a school district requires that he or she hold that license or permit.

Class or Classroom

“Class” or “classroom” means any class, meeting or activity which students attend, or in which they participate while in school under the control or direction of the District. This definition of “class” includes, without limitation, regular classes, special classes, resource room sessions, labs, library time, counseling groups, assemblies, study halls, lunch, or recess. “Class” also includes regularly scheduled District-sponsored extracurricular activities, either during or outside of school hours. Such activities include, by example and without limitation, District sponsored field trips, after-school clubs, and sporting activities.

Discipline Policy Guidelines

Most disciplinary offenses will generally fall into one or more of the categories on this chart. The chart is intended to be used only as a guideline by Administrators. The administrator is responsible for determining the appropriate action based on the circumstances of the particular incident and other relevant information including but not limited to the student's behavioral record. This chart does not include any academic consequences that may be issued for violations of school District policies regarding academic performance. In addition, the guidelines pertain to behavior that occurs on District property or at District sponsored activities or behavior that occurs off of school property but endangers the property, health or safety of others.

Suspension and Expulsion

The Board of Education recognizes that exclusion from educational programs of the School District, by suspension or expulsion, is a substantial sanction and that such action must comply with the student's due process rights.

Suspension

For purposes of this policy, "suspension" shall be the short-term exclusion of a student from a regular District program. The Superintendent, the principal, or a teacher designated by the Superintendent may suspend a student for up to five (5) school days or, if a notice of expulsion hearing has been sent, for up to fifteen (15) consecutive school days, or ten (10) consecutive school days for each incident if the student is eligible for special education services under Chapter 115, Wis. Stats.

The suspension must be reasonably justified based upon the grounds authorized under Sec. 120.13, Wis. Stats., which include, but are not limited to: noncompliance with school rules or Board rules; knowingly conveying any threat or false information concerning an attempt or alleged attempt being made or to be made to destroy any school property by means of explosives; conduct by the student while at school or while under the supervision of a school authority that endangers the property, health, or safety of others; conduct while not at school or while not under the supervision of a school authority that endangers the property, health, or safety of others at school or under the supervision of a school authority; or conduct while not at school or while not under the supervision of a school authority that endangers the property, health, or safety of any employee or School Board member of the District in which the student is enrolled.

The Superintendent, the principal, or a teacher designated by the School Superintendent shall suspend a student if the student possessed a firearm, as defined in 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(3), while at school or while under the supervision of a school authority. The parent of a suspended minor must be given prompt notice of the suspension and the reason for the suspension. The student's suspension from school shall be entered in the student's record as required by the rules adopted by the Board concerning the content of the student records. The suspended student or the student's parent or guardian may, within five (5) school days following the commencement of the suspension, have a conference with the Superintendent, who shall be someone other than a principal, administrator or teacher in the suspended student's school, to discuss removing from the student's records reference to the suspension. Reference to the suspension on the student's school record shall be removed if the Superintendent finds that: the student was suspended unfairly or unjustly; the suspension was inappropriate, given the nature of the alleged offense; or the student suffered undue consequences or penalties as a result of the suspension.

A suspended student shall not be denied the opportunity to take any quarterly, semester, or grading period examinations or to complete course work missed during the suspension period. Such work shall be completed pursuant to the procedures established by the Board.

In the event a student is classified as Homeless, the building principal shall consult with the Homeless Coordinator to determine whether the conduct is a result of homelessness. The Homeless Coordinator will assist administration and the student's parents or guardian in correcting conduct subject to disciplinary action that is caused by homelessness.

In School Discipline

In school restriction, in school suspension and detention are progressive discipline options that the principal may use to improve attendance and/or to modify student behavior and monitor the student’s behavior during the disciplinary process.

Students who have violated any section of the Code of Conduct may be assigned to in-school restriction, in-school suspension, and detention by the principals.

Detention

  1. Lunch-Time Detention: The principal (or faculty member) may designate an area in which the student must remain during the lunch period. Failure to report to or remain in the area may lead to in-school restriction, in-school suspension, or out-of-school suspension.
  2. After-School Detention or Early Arrival: The principal (or faculty member) may require a student to remain after school or arrive at school early providing the parents have been given at least one (1) day notice and have agreed to be responsible for their child’s transportation at the beginning or end of the detention period. If the student is a bus rider and the principal cannot verify that the parents agree to be responsible for the student’s transportation, before or after –school detention should not be used. The principal shall also ensure that there is adequate supervision of the student until such time as arrives. Failure to report for or to complete the detention may result in:
    • An in-school restriction
    • In-school suspension
    • An out-of-school suspension

Any assignment to in-school or out-of-school suspension or alternative program requires that due process (notification, hearing, suspension or assignment notice, appeal) be followed.

In-School Suspension

It is the purpose of this policy to provide an alternative to out-of-school suspension. The availability of in-school discipline options is dependent upon the financial ability of the Board of Education to support such a program.

In-school discipline will only be offered at the discretion of the principal for offenses found in the Student Code of Conduct. No student shall be refused transportation services until the parent has been notified and other suitable transportation arrangements have been made. Notification to the parent is the responsibility of District personnel and should be made prior to the departure of school buses. If a parent cannot be contacted, the child should be detained on another day.

The Superintendent is to establish administrative guidelines for the proper operation of such programs and to ensure that appropriate due-process procedures are followed as applicable.

Expulsion

Under this policy, expulsion shall mean the Board will not permit a student to attend school at all for a specified period of time. If the student is expelled, the Board will determine the length of the expulsion period, which may extend at a maximum to the student's 21st birthday.

The Board may expel a student only when it is satisfied that the interest of the school demands the student's expulsion and only when the student: repeatedly refused or neglected to obey the rules established by the School District; knowingly conveyed or caused to be conveyed any threat or false information concerning an attempt or alleged attempt being made or to be made to destroy any school property by means of explosives; engaged in conduct while at school while under the supervision of a school authority that endangered the property, health, or safety of others; engaged in conduct while not at school or while not under the supervision of a school authority that endangered the property, health, or safety of others at school or under the supervision of a school authority or endangered the property, health, or safety of any employee or Board member of the School District in which the student is enrolled; or was at least sixteen (16) years old and had repeatedly engaged in conduct while at school or while under the supervision of a school authority that disrupted the ability of school authorities to maintain order or an educational atmosphere at school or at an activity supervised by a school authority and that such conduct did not otherwise constitute grounds for expulsion. For purposes of this policy, conduct that endangers a person or property includes making a threat to the health or safety of a person or making a threat to damage property.

The School Board shall expel a student from school for not less than one (1) year whenever it finds that the student brought a firearm to school or, while at school or while under the supervision of a school authority, possessed a firearm, as defined in 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(3), unless the Board finds that the punishment should be reduced based upon the circumstances of the incident. Any such finding by the Board shall be in writing.

The District shall refer any student who brings a firearm (as defined in 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(3)) or a weapon to school to the criminal justice or juvenile delinquency system. The term "weapon" means any object which, in the manner in which it is used, is intended to be used, or is represented, is capable of inflicting serious bodily harm or property damage, as well as endangering the health and safety of persons. Weapons include, but are not limited to, firearms (including, but not limited to, firearms as defined in 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(3)), guns of any type whatsoever, including air and gas-powered guns (whether loaded or unloaded), knives, razors, clubs, electric weapons, metallic knuckles, martial arts weapons, ammunition, and explosives.

As required by 20 U.S.C. 7151, the Superintendent will ensure that the following information is sent to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction: a copy of this policy; a description of the circumstances surrounding any expulsion(s) for violating the above-stated firearms policy; the name of the school; the number of students expelled; and the types of firearms involved.

Prior to expelling a student, the Board shall provide the student with a hearing. Prior written notice of the hearing must be sent separately to both the student and if the student is a minor, to his/her parent(s) or guardian(s). The notice must be sent at least five (5) days prior to the date of hearing; not counting the date notice is sent. The notice must also satisfy the requirements of Sec. 120.13(1)(c)4, Wis. Stats.

An expelled student or, if the student is a minor, the student's parent(s) or guardian(s) may appeal the Board's expulsion decision to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. An appeal from the decision of the Department may be taken within thirty (30) days to the circuit court for the county in which the school is located.

In the event a student is classified as Homeless, the building principal shall consult with the Homeless Coordinator to determine whether the conduct is a result of homelessness. The District will not expel a homeless student for conduct that is caused by the student's homelessness. The Homeless Coordinator will assist administration and the student's parents or guardians in correcting conduct subject to disciplinary action that is caused by homelessness. If the conduct in question is determined not to be caused by the student's homelessness, the District shall proceed with expulsion proceedings as outlined in this policy.

ADMINISTRATIVE GUIDELINES

The Superintendent shall develop administrative guideline to implement this policy, which shall include, at a minimum:

  1. strategies for providing special assistance to students who are in danger of being expelled and are not achieving the goals of the educational program;
  2. procedures that ensure compliance with State and Federal law including, but not limited to, due process rights;
  3. provision for completing school work when appropriate.

SUSPENSION/EXPULSION OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

In matters relating to the disciplining of students with disabilities, the Board of Education shall abide by Federal and State laws.

The Superintendent shall establish administrative guidelines and ensure they are properly used when disciplining any student with disabilities

By state law (State Statute 120.13(1) (f )), no school district is required to enroll a student who has been expelled from another district during the time the expulsion is in effect.

Use of Physical Restraint

School officials, in some situations as allowed by law, may use physical force. Examples include stopping a disturbance, preventing injury, protecting property, or removing a disruptive student from school or school-related activities.

Search and Seizure

The Board of Education has charged school authorities with the responsibility of safeguarding the safety and well-being of the students in their care. In the discharge of that responsibility, school authorities may search school property such as lockers used by students or the person or property, including vehicles, of a student, in accordance with the following policy.

The Board directs that the searches may be conducted by the Superintendent, building principals, assistant principals, Police Liaison Officer, Athletic Activity Director, teachers; and/or other persons designated by the Superintendent.

Student Person and Possessions

The Board recognizes that the privacy of students or their belongings may not be violated by unreasonable search and seizure and directs that no student be searched without reasonable suspicion that the search will turn up evidence that the student has violated or is likely to violate either a particular law or a particular rule of the school. Any search under this paragraph must be reasonable in scope and reasonable in the manner in which it is conducted. The extent of the search will be governed by the seriousness of the alleged infraction, the student's age and gender, and any other relevant circumstances or information.

This authorization to search shall also apply to all situations in which the student is under the jurisdiction of the Board.

Permission for a student to bring a vehicle on school property shall be conditioned upon written consent of the search of the vehicle and all containers inside the vehicle by a school administrator with reasonable suspicion to believe the search will produce evidence of a violation of a particular law, a school rule, or a condition that endangers the safety or health of the student driver or others.

Except as provided below, a request for the search of a student or a student's possessions will be directed to the principal. S/He shall attempt to obtain the freely-offered, written consent of the student to the inspection; however, provided there is reasonable suspicion pursuant to the above paragraphs, s/he may conduct the search without such consent. Whenever possible, a search will be conducted by the principal in the presence of the student and a staff member other than the principal. A search prompted by the reasonable suspicion that health and safety are immediately threatened will be conducted with as much speed and dispatch as may be required to protect persons and property.

Search of a student's person or intimate personal belongings shall be conducted by a person of the student's gender, in the presence of another staff member of the same gender, and only in exceptional circumstances when the health or safety of the student or of others is immediately threatened.

Use of Dogs

The Board authorizes the use of specially-trained dogs to detect the presence of drugs and devices such as bombs on school property under the following conditions:

A. The presence of the dogs on school property is authorized in advance by the Superintendent or is pursuant to a court order or warrant.

B. The dog must be handled by a law enforcement officer or certified organization specially trained to safely and competently work with the dog.

C. The dog is represented by the Sheriff or Chief of the law enforcement agency providing the service as capable of accurately detecting drugs and/or devices.

D. Dogs may be used for random searches

The principal shall be responsible for the prompt recording in writing of each student search, including the reasons, if any, for the search; information received, if any, that established the reason for the search and the name of informant, if any; the persons present when the search was conducted; any substances or objects found and the disposition made of them; and any subsequent action taken. The principal shall be responsible for the custody, control, and disposition of any illegal or dangerous substance or object taken from a student.

The Superintendent or Designee may request the assistance of a law enforcement agency in implementing any aspect of this policy. Where law enforcement officers participate in a search on school property or at a school activity pursuant to a request from the Superintendent or Designee, the search shall be conducted by the law enforcement officers in accordance with the legal standards applicable to law enforcement officers.

Anything found in the course of a search pursuant to this policy which constitutes evidence of a violation of a particular law or school rule or which endangers the safety or health of any person shall be seized and utilized as evidence if appropriate. Seized items shall be returned to the owner if the items may be lawfully possessed by the owner. Seized items that may not lawfully be possessed by the owner shall be destroyed.

Student Valuables

Students are encouraged not to bring items of value to school. Items such as jewelry, expensive clothing, electronic equipment, and the like, are tempting targets for theft and extortion. The School cannot be responsible for their safekeeping and will not be liable for loss or damage to personal valuables.

Weapons

The Board of Education prohibits students from possessing, storing, making, or using a weapon in any setting that is under the control and supervision of the District for the purpose of school activities approved and authorized by the District including, but not limited to, property leased, owned, or contracted for by the District, a school-sponsored event, or in a District vehicle without the permission of the District Administrator.

The term "weapon" means any object which, in the manner in which it is used, is intended to be used, or is represented, is capable of inflicting serious bodily harm or property damage, as well as endangering the health and safety of persons. Weapons include, but are not limited to, firearms (including, but not limited to, firearms as defined in 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(3)), guns of any type whatsoever, including air and gas-powered guns (whether loaded or unloaded), knives, razors, clubs, electric weapons, metallic knuckles, martial arts weapons, ammunition, and explosives.

The Superintendent is authorized to establish instructional programs on weapons and reporting and dealing with violations of this policy.

The Superintendent will refer any student who violates this policy to the student’s parents or guardians and to the criminal justice or juvenile delinquency system. The student may also be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion.

Policy exceptions include:

A. Weapons under the control of law enforcement personnel
B. Items pre-approved by the building principal as part of a class or individual presentation under adult supervision, if used for the purpose and in the manner approved (working firearms and any ammunition will never be approved as part of a presentation)
C. Theatrical props used in appropriate settings

Technology

Wireless Electronic Devices

The Board recognizes the advancement of technology. However, the Board wants to assure that wireless electronic devices do not interfere with the learning experience or school environment.

Students are generally prohibited from using or displaying in plain sight electronic communication devices (ECDs) including, but not limited to, cell phones, pagers and recording devices during the school day, in school buildings and vehicles, and at all school sponsored activities, and such devices should be turned off during these times. However, the Board of Education recognizes the value of students maintaining communication with their parents/guardians and other appropriate persons for health, safety, vocational and educational purposes.

Therefore, use of ECDs may be permitted if use by the student is determined to be for a medical, school, educational, vocational, or other legitimate use. Students may use personal wireless electronic devices (WED) before or after school and during the school day in study halls, cafeteria, and hallways. Because of their potential for increasing student learning, they may be used in the classroom at the discretion of the teacher. With teacher permission, these devices must be used for educational purposes only.

Students who possess such items do so at their own risk. Items lost, unlocked in a locker, and/or stolen items will not be the responsibility of the District. At no time shall the District be responsible for preventing theft, loss or damage to any WED.

Possession or use of a WED may not, in any way:

A. Disrupt the educational process in the School District

B. Endanger the health or safety of the student or anyone else

C. Invade the rights of others at school

D. Involve illegal or prohibited conduct of any kind

Possession of WED is a privilege, which may be forfeited by any student who fails to abide by the terms of this policy or otherwise engages in misuse of this privilege.

Violations of this policy may result in disciplinary action against the student, up to and including expulsion.

The use of a WED in a locker room, rest room or other areas where privacy is an issue is prohibited.

Cross Reference:

“Sexting” is prohibited at any time on school property or at school functions. Sexting is the electronic transmission of sexual messages or pictures, usually through cell phone text messaging. Such conduct not only is potentially dangerous for the involved students, but can lead to unwanted exposure of the messages and images to others, and could result in criminal violations related to the transmission or possession of child pornography. Such conduct will be subject to discipline, referred to the police liaison/ department and possible confiscation of the ECD.

Policy 7540 - Access & Use of Technology Resources, Technology Networks, and the Internet

Policy 7540.03 - Student Network and Internet Acceptable Use and Safety

Legal 118.258 Wis. Stats.

Student Network and Internet Acceptable Use and Safety

Students are encouraged to use the school’s computers/network and Internet connection for educational purposes. The District will monitor and shall filter online activity of students to restrict access to child pornography and other material that is obscene, objectionable, inappropriate and/or harmful to minors. Nevertheless, the District recognizes that it is impossible to guarantee students will not gain access through the Internet to information and communications that they and/or their parents/guardians may find inappropriate, offensive, objectionable or controversial. Parents/guardians assume risks by consenting to allow their child to participate in the use of the Internet. Use of such resources is a privilege, not a right. Students must conduct themselves in a responsible, efficient, ethical, and legal manner. Unauthorized or inappropriate use, including any violation of the school’s policies and administrative guidelines, may result in cancellation of the privilege, disciplinary action consistent with the school’s rules, and civil or criminal liability. Smooth operation of the school’s network relies upon users adhering to the school’s policies and administrative guidelines.

The District reserves the right to monitor, inspect, copy, review and store at any time and without prior notice any and all usage of the computer network and Internet access and any and all information transmitted or received in connection with such usage. All such information files shall be and remain the property of the District and no user shall have any expectation of privacy regarding such materials.

Use of the network to engage in “cyberbullying” is prohibited. “Cyberbullying” involves the use of information and communication technologies such as e-mail, cell phone text messages, instant messaging (IM), defamatory personal web sites or Facebook accounts, and defamatory online personal polling web sites, to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group that is intended to harm others.

Cyberbullying includes, but is not limited to the following:

A. Posting slurs or rumors or other disparaging remarks about a student or school staff member on a web site or on weblog

B. Sending e-mail or instant messages that are mean or threatening, or so numerous as to drive up the victim’s cell phone bill

C. Using a camera phone to take and send embarrassing photographs/recordings of students or school staff members or posting these images on video sharing sites such as YouTube

D. Posting misleading or fake photographs of students or school staff members on web sites

To the extent permitted by the First Amendment, instances of cyberbullying off school grounds that disrupt the school environment or interfere with the learning process will be considered violations of the Student Code of Conduct.

MyTech Purpose:

The purpose of the MyTech wireless service is to provide a 21st Century learning environment that mirrors students’ off-campus world while maximizing instructional time and tools, creating collaboration and networking opportunities, and meeting the learning styles and needs of students.

Service:

Students, staff, and guests to Mequon-Thiensville School District buildings (Homestead High School, Lake Shore Middle School, Steffen Middle School, Donges Bay Elementary School, Oriole Lane Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School, the District Office, and Range Line) are able to bring in their own technology devices and access the district’s wireless network.

Terms of Use:

MTSD is providing wireless connectivity as a guest service and does not guarantee that use of the wireless connection is secure or that privacy can be protected when using the wireless connection. Use of the MTSD wireless network is entirely at the risk of the user, and the Mequon-Thiensville School District is not responsible for any loss of any information that may occur from the use of the wireless connection or for injury or damages resulting from the use of the wireless connection. The District’s Acceptable Use Policy, Agreement, and Guidelines bind all users of the Mequon-Thiensville School District’s network. By entering the network, users are agreeing to all of the above cautions and policies as they pertain to non-district devices.

Access:

Students, staff, or guests who do not accept the terms of service, will not be able to access the MTSD network.

The MTSD has 2 (2) wireless networks:

MTSD2 - for district-owned equipment only, on district data network, will work in any MTSD building.

Any unauthorized access/use of this network will result in disciplinary consequences.

MTSD Wi-Fi - for staff, students, and guest access. This network is for personal equipment Internet access only - no access to District printers or network server accounts.

Once on the MTSD2 or MTSD Wi-Fi wireless networks, all users will have filtered Internet access, just as they would on a District-owned device. All users will be filtered at the student level when using personal technology devices.

Security Suggestions for Students:
  • Always make sure your technology device is in a secure location.
  • If you have a locker, make sure it is locked. Pull on the lock and the door to make sure it is locked.
  • Etch or put some other identifier on your technology device.
  • Record your technology device’s make, model, and serial number. Store the record at home where you will be able to find it if needed.
  • Enable your technology device’s GPS locator (if it is equipped with one).
  • Password protect your technology device.
  • Immediately notify administration if your technology device is missing or stolen.

Video Surveillance and Electronic Monitoring

The Board of Education has authorized the use of video surveillance and electronic monitoring equipment at various school sites throughout the District and on school buses. Any person who takes action to block, move or alter the location and/or viewing angle of a video camera shall be subject to disciplinary action.

Video surveillance/electronic monitoring equipment may be placed in common areas in school buildings (e.g. Hallways, entryways, the front office where students, employees and visitors are permitted to freely come and go, gymnasiums, cafeterias, libraries), the school parking lots and other outside areas, and in school buses.

Except in extraordinary circumstances and with the written authorization of the Superintendent/designee, video surveillance/electronic monitoring equipment shall not be used in areas where persons have a reasonable expectation to privacy such as restrooms, locker rooms and changing areas.

Notice shall be placed at the main entrance to buildings and in the areas where video surveillance/electronic monitoring equipment is in use to notify people that their actions/behavior are being monitored/recorded.

Any information obtained from video surveillance/electronic monitoring systems may only be used to support the orderly operation of the School District's schools and facilities, and for law enforcement purposes, and not for any other purposes. As such, recordings obtained through the use of video surveillance/electronic monitoring equipment may be used as evidence in any disciplinary proceedings, administrative proceeding or criminal proceeding, subject to Board policy and regulations. Further, such recordings may become a part of a student's education record or staff member's personnel file.

Ordinarily video surveillance/electronic monitoring equipment will not be used to make an audio recording of conversation occurring on school grounds or property.

Recordings of students will be treated as confidential. Consequently, because the Board is bound by Wisconsin Pupil Records Statute and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), copies of video recordings containing personal identifiable information about students shall not be released except to school officials with legitimate educational interests. Parents or guardians of minor students, and students who are eighteen (18) years of age or older, who are charged with disciplinary violations may view relevant portions of any video recording related to the charge, upon written request to the building principal, provided that viewing the recording does not violate State and/or Federal law (i.e. the privacy rights of any other students whose images appear on the recording). Likewise, school personnel may view relevant portions of any video relating to any disciplinary charge against them, upon written request to the building principal, provided that viewing the recording does not violate State and/or Federal law (i.e. the privacy rights of any students whose images appear on the recordings). Otherwise, such confidential recordings shall only be released through subpoena or court order.

Enrollment and Registration

How to Enroll

Students generally enroll in the district in which they live. However, the Board of Education may release a resident student who is accepted as a student in another school district under that district’s open enrollment program.

Students that are new to the District are required to enroll with their parents or legal guardian unless eighteen (18). When enrolling, the parents will need to bring:

A. Student’s original birth certificate or passport

B. Custody papers from a court (if appropriate)

C. Proof of residency (lease/rental agreement, closing statement or tax bill )

D. Proof of immunizations and/or an appropriate waiver

In some cases, a temporary enrollment may be permitted from the District office. If that is done, the parents will be told what records are needed to complete the enrollment process.

Students enrolling from another accredited school will have their courses and grades evaluated by the Counseling Department. The office staff will assist parents in obtaining the official records from the other school.

Homeless students who meet the Federal definition of homeless may enroll and will be under the direction of the Homeless Liaison with regard to enrollment procedures.

Adult students (eighteen (18) years of age or older) may enroll themselves, but if residing with their parents, are encouraged to include them in the process. Adult students do carry the responsibilities of both the student and parent and are expected to follow all school rules.

Entrance Age

The District shall establish student entrance age requirements which are consistent with Wisconsin Law and sound educational practice and which ensure equitable treatment.

A. Four Year Old Kindergarten

A child is eligible for four year old kindergarten when s/he attains the age of four (4) on or before September 1st of the year in which s/he applies for entrance and meets residency requirements The child may not be placed in an alternative program without permission of the parent.

B. Five Year Old Kindergarten

A child is eligible for five year old kindergarten when s/he attains the age of five (5) on or before September 1st of the year in which s/he applies for entrance and meets residency requirements The child may not be placed in an alternative program without permission of the parent.

C. First Grade

A child that meets residence requirements must be six (6) years of age on or before September 1st in the year in which s/he enrolls

D. Early Admission

The District shall prescribe procedures, conditions and standards for early admission to kindergarten and first grade under Policy 5112.01

E. Older Students

A person who is a resident of the District and over twenty (20) years of age may enroll providing the Superintendent does not think his/her enrollment will interfere with the education of other students.

Open Enrollment

The School District will participate in the Wisconsin Public School Open Enrollment Program in accordance with applicable law and the relevant policies and rules of the District, all as amended from time-to-time.

The District will determine a formula that will be utilized to determine the number of available seats through the Open Enrollment program for each grade level.

The District will review all Resident student applications seeking enrollment in a non-resident district. The District shall establish criteria to analyze enrollment approvals or rejections.

The Board shall review its Open Enrollment Program annually. The Board will vote on the number of open seats prior to the first Monday in February.

Student Fees, Fines, and Charges

The Board of Education may levy fees in accordance of the law. If the District determines that a student is in serious financial need, it may choose to provide any or all such materials free of charge.

Fines

When school property, equipment, books or supplies are damaged, lost, or taken by a student, a fine will be assessed. The fine will be reasonable, seeking only to compensate the school for the expense or loss incurred.

Any fees or fines collected by members of the staff are to be turned in to the school office within one business day after collection.

The District may withhold privileges from a student who has unpaid fees and fines.

In the event the above course of action does not result in the fee being collected, the Board authorizes the Superintendent or designee to take additional action.

Nothing in this policy restricts the right of access of a parent or student to school records or to receive copies of such records, as required by Federal and State laws.

Withdrawal from School

No student under the age of eighteen (18) will be permitted to withdraw from school without the written consent of his/her parents or the approval of the District Administrator and completion of any required forms.

Promotion, Placement & Retention

The Superintendent or designee shall determine whether a student has satisfied the criteria in this policy and any other District policy applicable to grade advancement. The Superintendent or designee shall also inform students and their parents/guardians of the requirements of this policy and of the student's progress toward meeting these requirements.

Definitions

Promotion

Occurs when a student is doing the caliber of work (grade level) that indicates the student has met established criteria.

Placement

Occurs when a student is not doing the caliber of work that indicates the student should be promoted to the next grade. However, the Student Intervention Team recommends and the building administrator concurs, that it is in the student’s best interest to move to the next grade.

Retention

Occurs when a student is not doing the caliber of work that indicates the student should be promoted to the next grade based on the recommendation of the Student Intervention Team with the concurrence of the building administrator.

Grades 4K - 8

A. Criteria:

Retention should be considered only if two or more of the following factors are present:

1. Achievement levels are significantly below grade level expectations in both literacy and mathematics as demonstrated on District standardized assessments

2. Emotional or behavioral maturity is significantly below that of classmates as observed and documented by school staff

3. The student would benefit more from continuation at the same grade rather than from the program offered at the higher level based on the information from Criteria1 and 2.

B. Process:

The building principal is responsible for establishing a team approach to the retention decision-making process and for supervising all aspects of the retention process and decision. A Student Intervention Team is to be appointed by the principal each year to consider situations in which students may not be promoted to the next grade or may not graduate. Such a team should include:

1.Classroom teacher(s),
2.Counselor(s) or other support staff,
3.Building Principal,
4.Parents

C. Special Considerations:

1. Knowledge of English and the child’s primary language, reference Policy 2260.02 – English Language Proficiency

2. Physical size, age, gender, behavior/emotional problems, history of delinquency, experiential background, number of schools previously attended, school attendance, present levels of academic achievement, student and parent attitude about possible retention, motivation to complete school tasks, estimate of ability, and others as appropriate.

3. Some students with disabilities, including those with IDEA or 504 plans may demonstrate satisfactory progress on the majority of the IEP goals specifically aligned to core content area benchmarks. The special education teacher and the IEP team will determine satisfactory performance.

For those students who are not promoted, an individualized plan will be developed and implemented in consultation with the parent(s)/guardian. Generally, retention will not occur for students beyond Grade 2. A student is eligible to be retained no more than one time throughout the 4K-12 experience.

Timeline:

A. Early diagnosis of individual needs and communication of concern to the parent and, if appropriate, to the child are very important.

B. The teacher should prepare the documentation of each special case and notify the principal no later than the end of February/early March if it seems wise to retain the child in the grade.

C. A final decision will be no later than May of that year.

Grades 9- 12

Student progress records will be reviewed at the end of each academic year to determine which students are credit deficient or who have not earned the required number of credits for grade advancement/placement. Students earning less than the required number of credits (credit deficient) for grade advancement/placement will be monitored by staff in the Counseling Services Department. Specific guidelines will be developed by the Administration that outlines a process for assisting students who have been identified as credit deficient.


Medication, Health & Wellness

Health Examinations and Immunizations

The Board will comply with all requirements for health examinations in order to support the safe participation in school and school based activities.

All students, prior to enrollment in the District, are strongly encouraged to have a health examination performed by a licensed practitioner. In addition, students are expected to adhere to all state and federal laws regarding medical examinations and immunization.

Immunization information shall be provided by the parents in writing to the school and be recorded in the Student Information System. These requirements may be waived according to state statute for an individual student for health (with a physician’s signature), personal or religious reasons. Notification of immunization waiver must be provided to the school in writing.

Failure to comply with requirements of the statewide immunization program, according to State Statute 252.04, may result in a follow-up or fine by the county District Attorney directly to the parent of the student. The District shall report to the County District Attorney the names of any students who have not completed the immunization requirements or submitted a written waiver within sixty (60) days of admission. (form 5320) Exclusion may also occur for non-immunized students in the event of an outbreak.

Parents have the responsibility to inform the school authorities of all physical impairments and medical concerns that a student has that may interfere with his/her participation in a complete school program. A Student’s health history and current physical and medical concerns shall be recorded and updated annually during the registration process, or when changes to a student’s health occur. Parents will be responsible for providing medical verification to the District of all life-threatening health conditions at least annually, or as changes occur.

The Rules of Eligibility of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA), Article VII – Health and Behavior – requires a current physical fitness form for attesting to current physical fitness for a student to practice for or participate in interscholastic athletics. This information is available at the administrative office in each school building for WIAA events.

The standards are also available at the Department of Health Services website.

Emergency Care

Students having the need for emergency medical care shall be referred to the nurse or other authorized personnel who shall administer first aid when deemed necessary/appropriate. Parent/guardian or other persons listed by the parent/guardian shall be notified when deemed necessary by nurse/designee. If the parent/guardian or persons as designated on the District emergency form cannot be reached in cases of serious illness or injury, an emergency vehicle will transport the student to a medical facility. All appropriate reporting shall be followed by the appropriate personnel.

Pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade students sent home for illness or injury shall be accompanied by the parent/guardian, designee or the principal and must be left with the parent/guardian or other adult designated by the parent/guardian. At the high school level, with parent/guardian or designee permission, students may leave the school independently.

The District will distribute annually to parents or guardians of all students the Emergency Medical Authorization Form. In the event emergency medical treatment for a student is necessary, the District will adhere to the instructions on the authorization form.

Any time a student or a group of students is taken out of the District to participate in a school event, the staff in charge of the event must take the Emergency Medical Forms for those students. This does not include student spectators at events.

Whenever it is necessary for staff members to use emergency procedures in order to care properly for a student, they are to follow the procedures described in the Superintendent's administrative guidelines and are not to abide by any "Do Not Resuscitate" (DNR) agreement that may exist for a student, unless ordered to do so by a court of law.

Any staff member or volunteer who, in good faith, renders emergency care to a student is immune from civil liability for his/her acts or omissions in rendering such emergency care. Such immunity does not apply to non-staff health care professionals.

Administration of Medication (Prescription and Over-the-Counter)

In those circumstances where a student must take prescribed medication during the school day, the following guidelines are to be observed:

  1. Parents should, with their physician’s advice, determine whether the medication schedule can be adjusted to avoid administering medication during school hours.
  2. The Medication Request and Authorization Form 5330 F1b, Form 5330 F1a, and Form 5330 F1 must be filed with the school nurse before the student will be allowed to begin taking any medication during school hours. The forms are available in the School office.
  3. All medications to be administered during school hours must be registered with the Principal’s office.
  4. Medication that is brought to the office will be properly counted and then secured. Medication may be conveyed to school directly by the parent, with no more than a 30 day supply. Parents will be notified by the school that your child is running out. Medication MAY NOT be sent to school in a student’s lunch box, pocket, or other means on or about his/her person, except for emergency medications for allergies and/or reactions.
  5. A log for each prescribed medication shall be maintained which will note the personnel giving the medication, the date, and the time of day. This log will be maintained along with the practitioner’s written request and the parent’s written release.
  6. For each prescribed medication, the container shall have a pharmacist’s label with the following information:
    • Student’s name
    • Practitioner’s name
    • Date
    • Pharmacy name and telephone
    • Name of medication
    • Prescribed dosage and frequency
    • Special handling and storage directions

Any unused medication unclaimed by the parent will be destroyed by administrative personnel when a prescription is no longer to be administered or at the end of a school year.

Non-prescribed (Over-the Counter) Medications

  1. All over-the-counter medications must be in the original container. Students in grades 9-12 may be allowed to possess and self-administer an over-the-counter medication (in the original container) upon the written authorization of the parent. The parent must complete Form 5330 F1a – Authorization for Non-prescribed Medication and Treatment and submit it to the school office for filing in the student’s records. Under no circumstance can we administer ANY medication at school without a properly filled out DPNM form. MTSD is a soap and water district.
  2. If a student is found with a medication in his/her possession, his/her record should be checked to determine if the proper authorization is on file. If not, the matter is to be reported to the principal for possible disciplinary action. The principal may take one or more of the following actions, depending on the particular situation:
    • Contact the parent and arrange for the parent to submit Form 5330 F1a as soon as possible.
    • Take the medication from the student and keep it in the school office until the completed form has been submitted.
    • Discipline the student, up to and including expulsion.
  3. Dispensing non-authorized, over-the-counter medication by District employees to students served by the District is prohibited.
  4. Over-the–counter medication will only be administered per the recommended dosage on the original container. If your child requires a different dosage it must be per written physician approval.

Asthma Inhalers and EpiPens

Students, with appropriate written permission from the physician, parent and school nurse may possess and use a method dose inhaler or dry powder inhaler to alleviate asthmatic symptoms. Inhalers and Epinephrine (Epi-Pen) can be administered only in accordance with conditions confirmed by the school nurse and updated annually.

Communicable Diseases

All District personnel shall be responsible for reporting suspected or confirmed communicable diseases, of both employees and students, to the Ozaukee County Health Department. Records and information on students and staff with a suspected or confirmed communicable disease shall be confidential and subject to federal law, state law, and Board policy.

The parent/guardian of a student suspected of having a communicable disease will be notified by the principal or other designated personnel. The student will be isolated and sent home for purposes of diagnosis and/or treatment. A medical release from a doctor may be required before the student returns to class.

There are occasions when the presence of a suspected or confirmed communicable disease will be communicated to all parents/guardians. However, records and information (both oral and written) of individual students with suspected or confirmed communicable disease are confidential and handled in accordance with state law and Board policy regarding student records.

Life-threatening Allergies

The District will, upon written request from the parent or guardian of a student with a life-threatening allergy and receipt of a physician's report, consider reasonable and appropriate steps to provide a safe educational environment for the student. Because each student's allergy and situation is different, an individualized plan of action may be created for some students. It is expected that all school personnel and students will demonstrate an understanding and tolerance of students with life-threatening allergies.

In implementing this policy, the District will comply with all applicable State and Federal laws, including but not limited to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

Guidelines for When a Child is Too Sick for School

  • Child has a fever of 100.0 degrees or higher without medicine
  • Has been vomiting or has had diarrhea without medicine
  • If you child’s eye is red with cloudy/yellow/green drainage or has matted eyelids after sleep

Your child can return to school when they have been fever free, vomit/diarrhea free for 24 hours without medication. Colds can be contagious for at least 48 hours.

Schedules and Attendance

Trimester Schedule

School Start and End Times


4 Year-Old Kindergarten

9:00 – 11:45 am; 1:15-4:00pm

Elementary School Day

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Middle School Day

7:55 a.m. – 3:20 p.m.

High School Day

Late Start*

* as indicated on the calendar

7:25 a.m. – 2:37 p.m.

9:45 a.m.

Superintendent Attendance Guidelines

The Superintendent shall develop administrative guidelines concerning the attendance of students which:

A. Ensure a school session which is in conformity with the requirement of the law

B. Ensure that students absent for an excusable reason have an opportunity to make-up work they missed

C. Govern the keeping of attendance records in accordance with State law

D. Facilitate implementation of the truancy plan

E. Identify the habitual truant, investigate the cause(s) of his/her behavior and consider modification of his/her educational program to meet particular needs and interests

F. Ensure that any student who, due to a specifically identifiable physical or mental impairment, exceeds or may exceed the District's limit on excused absence is referred for evaluation for eligibility either under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Chapter 115, Wis. Stats.;

G. Provide that a student's grade in any course is based on his/her performance in the instructional setting and is not reduced for reasons of conduct. If a student violates the attendance or other rules of the school, s/he should be disciplined appropriately for the misconduct, but his/her grades should be based upon what the student can demonstrate s/he has learned;

H. Ensure that all parents and students are informed of the District's Attendance Policy and related guidelines;

I. Enable the School Attendance Officer to perform his/her duties under State law and this policy; and

J. Address unexcused absences

Attendance

The School requires all students to attend school regularly in accordance with the laws of Wisconsin. The school’s educational program is predicated upon the presence of the student and requires continuity of instruction and classroom participation. The regular contact of students with one another in the classroom and their participation in a well-planned instructional activity under the guidance of a competent teacher are vital to this purpose.

In accordance with state law, all children between six (6) and eighteen (18) years of age shall attend school regularly during the full period and hours, religious holidays accepted, that the school is in session. All students must attend until the end of the term, of the school year in which the child becomes eighteen (18) years of age unless they fall under an exception under State law, this policy or Administrative Guidelines.

Written Excuse

The Superintendent or designee may require, from the parent or guardian of each student or from an adult student, who has been absent for any reason a written, signed, dated statement stating the reason for the absence and the time period covered by the absence. The District reserves the right to verify such statements and to investigate the cause of each:

A. Prolonged absence

B. Repeated unexplained absences and tardiness

Each school shall designate a staff member to act as School Attendance Officer who will discharge their duties according to Wisconsin State Statute 118.16.

All teachers shall submit to the School Attendance Officer daily reports of the attendance of the students under their charge. Enforcement of student attendance policies and truancy procedures shall be a shared responsibility among the school, students, parent/guardian, social service agencies, and law enforcement officials.

Notice of Truancy

The School Attendance Officer shall notify a truant student's parent or guardian of the student's truancy and direct the parent or guardian to return the student to school no later than the next day on which school is in session or to provide an excuse for the absence. The notice under this paragraph shall be given before the end of the second school day after receiving a report of an unexcused absence. Notice shall be made by personal contact or telephone call, if possible, and a written record of this notice shall be kept. If such notice is not effective, notice shall be made by mail. This notice must be given every time a student is truant until the student becomes a habitual truant.

Excused Absences

A student shall be excused from school for the following reasons:

A. Physical or Mental Condition: The student is temporarily not in proper physical or mental condition to attend a school program. Medical verification may be required.

B. Emergency or Crisis: An emergency that requires the student to be absent because of familial responsibilities or other appropriate reasons.

C. Attendance at a Funeral

D. Medical Appointments: Appointments with medical professionals. Such appointments are to be made, whenever possible, when school is not in session. When emergencies arise, appointments as early or as late in the school day as possible are recommended. Verification of appointments may be required.

E. Travel with Family: The intent of this statement is to provide opportunity for students to accompany their parent/ guardian on an out of town trip, which cannot be reasonably scheduled when school is not in session. A parent/ guardian shall notify the building principal/ designee prior to leaving on the trip, of the pending absence for the purposes of attendance maintenance and for reviewing the potential impact to the student’s attendance record and academic standing.

F. Obtaining Religious Instruction: To enable the student to obtain religious instruction outside the school during the required school period (see Policy 5223-Release Time for Religious Instruction)

G. Religious Holiday: Students’ sincerely held religious beliefs shall be reasonable accommodated with respect to academic activities, examinations, co-curricular activities, special events (e.g. dances). For observance of a religious holiday consistent with the student’s creed or belief, see Policy 5223.01-Accommodating Sincerely Held Religious Beliefs

H. Permission of Parent or Guardian: The student has been excused by his/her parent or guardian before the absence for any or no reason. A student may not be excused for more than ten (10) days in a school year under this paragraph and must complete any course work missed during the absence

I. Suspension or Expulsion: The student has been suspended or expelled

J. Program or Curriculum Modification: The District has excused the student from regular school attendance to participate in a program or curriculum modification leading to high school graduation or a high school equivalency diploma as provided by State law.

K. High School Equivalency-Secured Facilities: The District has excused a student from regular school attendance to participate in a program leading to a high school equivalency diploma in a secured correctional facility, a secured child caring institution, a secure detention facility, or a juvenile portion of a county jail, and the student and his/her parent or guardian agree that the student will continue to participate in such a program.

L. Child At Risk: The student is a "child at risk" as defined under State law and is participating in a program at a technical college on either a part-time or full-time basis leading to high school graduation, as provided under State law.

M. Quarantine: Quarantine of the student's home by a public health officer.

N. Illness of an Immediate Family Member: The illness of an immediate family member.

Make-up Course Work and Examinations

Excused Absences

A student, whose absence from school was excused, except for an expelled student, shall be permitted to make-up course work and any examinations missed during the absences when they return to school. It is the student's responsibility to contact his/her teachers to determine what coursework and examinations must be made-up. Teachers shall have the discretion to assign substitute coursework and examinations. Teachers shall also have the discretion to specify where and when examinations and course work shall be completed, including outside regular school hours. The time for completing the work shall be determined through alignment of grade level academic expectations by school level administration.

Unexcused Absences

Unexcused absences demonstrate a deliberate disregard for the educational program and are considered a serious matter.

Credit in a course or subject shall not be denied solely because of a student's unexcused absences from school.

Students with unexcused absences may be permitted to make-up course work and any examinations missed during the absence if the student is at risk of receiving no credit in a course or subject if the work is not made up.

Subject to the immediately preceding two (2) paragraphs, credit may, but is not required to be given for the completion of make-up work. Further, credit for makeup work may be given only after the student has satisfied consequences imposed for unexcused absences. The extent to which make-up credit is given shall be determined on a case-by-case basis by the principal and the respective teachers.

If make-up work has been assigned, it is the student's responsibility to contact his/her teachers to determine what coursework and examinations must be made up. Teachers shall have the discretion to assign substitute coursework and examinations. Teachers shall also have the discretion to specify where and when examinations and course work shall be completed, including outside regular school hours. The time for completing the work shall be commensurate with the length of the absence, unless extended by the principal based upon extenuating circumstances.

Truancy and Truancy Plan

A student will be considered truant if s/he is absent part or all of one (1) or more days from school during which the principal or designee has not been notified of the legal cause of such absence by the parent or guardian of the absent student. A student who is absent intermittently for the purpose of defeating the intent of the Wisconsin Compulsory Attendance Statute Sec. 118.15, Wis. Stats., will also be considered truant.

A student will be considered a habitual truant if s/he is absent from school without an acceptable excuse for part or all of five (5) or more days on which school is held during a school semester.

If habitual truancy occurs, the Principal shall communicate with the proper authorities under State law, the Board’s policies and procedures, and applicable provisions of State law. The District will review and, if appropriate, revise a Truancy Plan at least once every two (2) years.

Notice of Habitual Truancy

When a student initially becomes a habitual truant, the School Attendance Officer shall provide a notice to the student's parent or guardian, by registered or certified mail according to state statute.

Truancy cases will be referred to the District Attorney as provided in statute. The School Attendance Officer will ensure that appropriate school personnel have complied with District procedures before referral to the District Attorney.

Late Arrival and Early Dismissal

The District recognizes from time-to-time circumstances require that a student be late to school or dismissed before the end of the school day and this policy provides guidance for those occurrences.

The District requires that the school be notified in advance of such absences by written or personal request of the student's parent or guardian, which shall state the reason for the tardiness or early dismissal.

No student shall be released to anyone who is not authorized such custody by the parents or guardians.

If one parent has been awarded custody of the student by the courts, the parent of custody shall provide the school with a copy of the custody order and inform the school in writing of any limitations in the rights of the noncustodial parent. Absent such notice, the school will presume that the student may be released into the care of either parent.

No student who has a medical disability which may be incapacitating may be released without a person to accompany him/her.

Emergency Closing and Delays

Keeping our school communities safe and secure is of the utmost importance to all members of the Mequon-Thiensville School District. To that end, in the unlikely occurrence of a fire, weather-related crisis situation or other situation that requires that action is taken to ensure student and staff safety, protocols are established and all adults in our buildings are trained in best-practice responses. Additionally, we have trained staff and we have established protocols to prevent situations of crisis from occurring.

We invite you to review our Safety and Security Information for Parents, found at www.mtsd.k12.wi.us/safety, which provides background information on our safety and security protocols. This additionally outlines what information and by what means parents can expect to receive information—email, phone call or SMS (text) message—in the unlikely event of an emergency situation.

In case of severe weather, mechanical breakdown, or some other type of emergency requiring the closing of school(s), you will most likely be notified between 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. The announcement of the school closing will also be placed on the District’s website, Facebook and Twitter accounts, and announced on local television stations.

Student Attendance at School Events

The School encourages students to attend as many school events held after school as possible, without interfering with their school work and home activities. Enthusiastic spectators help to build school spirit and encourage those students who are participating in the event.

However, in order to ensure that students are properly safe-guarded, the Board recommends that all elementary and pre-high school students be accompanied by a parent or adult chaperone when they arrive at the event and throughout its duration.

In addition, student spectators are held to the same code of conduct guidelines as if they were in a school setting.

Volunteers and Visitors in Schools

Volunteers

The Board of Education recognizes that certain programs and activities can be enhanced through the use of volunteers who have particular knowledge or skills that will be helpful to members of the professional staff responsible for the conduct of those programs and activities.

The Superintendent shall be responsible for recruiting community volunteers, reviewing their capabilities, and making appropriate placements. S/He shall not be obligated to make use of volunteers whose abilities are not in accord with District needs.

The Superintendent is to inform each volunteer that:

A. He or she shall agree to abide by all Board policies and District guidelines while on duty as a volunteer

B. The District cannot provide any type of health insurance to cover illness or accident incurred while serving as a volunteer, nor is the person eligible for workers compensation

C. In accepting the role of a volunteer, agrees to verification that a satisfactory background check may be conducted through appropriate State agencies or other applicable means

The Superintendent shall also ensure that each volunteer is properly informed of the District’s appreciation for his/her time and efforts in assisting the operation of the schools.

Volunteer candidates are to complete the required volunteer form available at each of the District schools or online. Volunteer candidates need to complete this to volunteer for the Special Education Early Childhood program, 4K Community Partner sites as well as all district buildings.


Visitors in Schools

The Board of Education welcomes and encourages visits to school by parents, other adult residents of the community and interested educators. In order for the educational program to continue undisturbed when visitors are present and to prevent the intrusion of disruptive persons into the schools, it is necessary to establish visitor guidelines.

The Superintendent or the principal has the authority to prohibit the entry of any person to a school of this District or to expel any person when there is reason to believe the presence of such person would be detrimental to the good order of the school. If such an individual refuses to leave the school grounds or creates a disturbance, the principal is authorized to request from the local law enforcement agency whatever assistance is required to remove the individual.

Non-staff access to students, classes, and school buildings must be limited and only in accordance with a schedule which has been determined by the principal after consultation with the teacher whose classroom is being visited. Classroom visitations must be non-obtrusive to the educative process and learning environment and should not occur on an excessive basis.

The Mequon-Thiensville School District uses a visitor management system called Raptor. This software allows the District to track visitors’ and volunteers’ entry into our schools. It also screens for registered sex offenders. This system does require all first time visitors to produce a valid Driver’s License or other state issued ID. When a visitor checks in at a schools’ front office, a visitor’s badge will be produced and the visitor will be expected to wear the badge for the duration of their visit. Visitors are expected to check out at the school’s front office when they conclude their visit.

Parent concerns about any aspect of his/her child’s educational program should be presented through the procedure set forth in Board Policy 9130 - Public Requests, Suggestions or Complaints. The complete policy may be found online at www.mtsd.k12.wi.us in the Board of Education policy manual.

The Superintendent shall promulgate such administrative guidelines as are necessary to protect students and employees from disruption to the educational program or the efficient conduct of their assigned tasks.

Individual Board members who are interested in visiting schools or classrooms on an unofficial basis shall make the appropriate arrangements through the Office of the Superintendent. In keeping with Board bylaws, such Board member visits shall not be considered to be official unless designated as such by the Board.

The Board member shall be visiting as an interested individual in a similar capacity of any parent or citizen of the community. These visits should not be considered to be inspections nor as supervisory in nature.

If, during a visit to a school or program, a Board member observes a situation or condition which causes concern, s/he should discuss the situation first with the principal as soon as convenient or appropriate. Such a report or discussion shall not be considered an official one from the Board.

If the Board member believes the situation or condition is serious enough, s/he may wish to also inform the Superintendent.


Student Activities

Student Publications and Productions

The student newspaper and yearbook, the school and District website, all classroom newspapers and other official, school-sponsored publications and performance productions and other forms of expression that the public may reasonably perceive to be endorsed by the District shall serve as educational tools, as media for reporting school events, as means of expression of students, as forums for discourse of issues, and as sources of entertainment and enlightenment.

While student publications are protected by the First Amendment that protection is not without limitations. The Superintendent, and/or the administrative staff of the particular school where publication occurs, reserve the right to prevent publication of certain prohibited material (as outlined below), as well as to take disciplinary actions subsequent to publication of prohibited material.

Expression in school publications is subject to editorial control by the District and/or school designee over the style and content so long as the District’s actions are reasonably related to legitimate editorial control.

These actions may include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. ensuring that participants learn whatever lessons the activity is designed to teach;

2. ensuring that readers or listeners are not exposed to material that may be inappropriate for their level of maturity;

3. ensuring that the views of the individual speaker are not erroneously attributed to the school;

4. ensuring that the school is not associated with any position other than neutrality on matters of political controversy;

5. ensuring that the sponsored student speech cannot reasonably be perceived to advocate conduct otherwise inconsistent with the shared values of a civilized social order;

6. ensuring that the school is not associated with expression that is, for example, ungrammatical, poorly written, inadequately researched, biased or prejudiced, vulgar or profane, or unsuitable for immature audiences.

7. ensuring that the publication is held to the same standards and expectations of any other journalistic outlet.

The standards of objectivity, integrity, and ethics are subject to administrative analysis and review. The final authorizing party shall be the administrative team of the District.

The Superintendent may develop guidelines concerning what the District considers prohibited material. Those guidelines shall, at a minimum, prohibit the publication of:

A. material obscene to minors;

B. profane, lewd, indecent or offensive, including slurs or related expression based on race, religion, gender, disability, or any other legally protected class;

C. defamatory material;

D. material that presents a clear and present likelihood that it will cause “a material and substantial disruption of the proper and orderly operation of the school or of school activities;”

E. material that invades the privacy of another person or endangers the health or safety of another person.

The Board also prohibits publications that:

A. fail to identify the student or organization responsible for distribution;

B. solicit funds for commercial interest or non-school organizations or institutions when such solicitations have not been approved by the Superintendent;

C. promote, favor, or oppose any candidate for election to the Board or the adoption of any bond issue, proposal, or question submitted at any election.

Students will be permitted to distribute publications at school as follows:

1. Physical distribution will not occur during class hours.

2. Publications may be distributed in locations so as not to interfere with the normal flow of traffic within the school hallways, walkways, entryways and parking lots. Distribution will not impede entrance to or exit from school premises in any way.

3. No one will induce or coerce a student or staff member to accept a student publication.

The decision to publish or produce something shall be made by the advisor with appeal to the school principal and then the Superintendent.

Advertising may be permitted in school publications as determined by the Superintendent.

Co-curricular Activities

Goals of Co-curricular Program

Co-curricular activities are an integral part of our educational curriculum. They provide opportunities for learning experiences difficult to duplicate in other school activities. Co-curricular activities have the following goals:

1. To develop leadership skills, integrity, and responsibility

2. To show team spirit, encourage others and contribute to good morale

3. To develop positive attitudes of team work, discipline and cooperation

4. To practice self-discipline and gain the emotional maturity to make decisions under pressure

5. To experience a variety of activities, to offer an outlet for a wide variety of students’ abilities and interests

6. To treat all persons respectfully regardless of individual differences; to show respect for legitimate authority (e.g. coaches, officials, captains)

7. To accept the responsibility to set a good example for teammates, peers, younger students, fans and school community

8. To understand the necessity of abstaining from the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs in order to achieve the positive benefits of co-curricular participation

9. To generate a sense of pride and unity in co-curricular programs for students, staff and community

10. To help students realize that participation in co-curricular athletics is a privilege with accompanying responsibilities

Responsibilities

It is important to understand that participating in co-curricular activities is a privilege and not a right. You are also expected to share in the responsibility for such an opportunity that is provided, that shall include:

Responsibilities to You: The most important of these responsibilities is to broaden and develop strength of character. You owe it to yourself to derive the greatest benefit from your high school experiences, to live a healthy lifestyle and to respect your health both physically and mentally at all times.

Responsibility to Your Academic Studies: Your academic studies and your participation in other co-curricular activities prepare you for your life as an adult. Co-curricular activities, while very important to young people, are only a small part of life.

Responsibilities to Your School: Another responsibility you assume as a team member is to your school. Homestead High School cannot maintain its position as an outstanding school unless you do your best in the activity in which you are engaged and are a good role model. Other students and faculty are watching you. They know who you are and what you do. Make them proud. Be an example. Do not do anything to let them down.

Responsibility to Your Community: The community and school tax monies make this co-curricular activity experience possible. For that reason, we must remember that we hold a clear and paramount responsibility to our community. You assume a leadership role when you are involved with a co-curricular activity. The student body and citizens of the community know you. You are visible with the spotlight on you. The student body, the community and other communities judge our schools by your conduct and attitude, both on and off the field. Because of this leadership role, you can contribute significantly to school spirit and community pride. Our desire is that our students are a class act, not for the fact that we win rather that we are known as a program of character and excellence. Make Homestead proud of you and your community proud of your school by your consistent demonstration of these ideals.

Responsibility to Others: As a team member you also bear a heavy responsibility to your home. If you never give your parents anything to be ashamed of, you will have measured up to that ideal. When you know in your heart that you have lived up to all of the training rules, that you have practiced to the best of your ability every day and that you have participated in the activity “all out”, you can keep your self-respect and your family can be justly proud of you, win or lose.

Responsibility to Younger Students: Younger students are watching the elder. They know who you are and what you do. The who are co-curricular participants are role models for the young students that will come after you. Be an example. They will copy you in many ways. Set good examples for them.

Participant Expectations

Dress: Every co-curricular participant is expected to maintain appropriate standards of dress and grooming while representing their school or team.

Equipment: Co-curricular participants are responsible for any uniforms and/or equipment issued to them. Each co-curricular participant is financially responsible for all lost, damaged (through negligence), or unreturned items issued by school officials in that student’s name. A student will not be allowed to participate, practice, or compete in another sport until he/she has returned or paid for all uniforms and equipment that was issued in a previous season.

Quitting: A student who quits or is dropped from a team/activity for disciplinary reasons is not eligible to compete in another activity for the same season without the mutual agreement by both advisors/coaches and the Activities Director. A student who quits does not receive credit for serving a suspension. Any student who is cut from an activity may compete/participate in another activity during that season.

Transportation: All students participating in co-curricular activities are expected to ride the bus to and from competitions. Students may ride home with a parent/guardian if the parent/guardian provides the advisor/coach alternate transportation arrangements in writing; however, it is the advisor/coach’s decision to accept or deny a parental written notice. Students are NOT permitted to ride home with another student, sibling or any other person under the age of 18.

Injury: Every participant in athletics is required to report any injury to the coach at the time it occurs. The coach and/or athletic trainer will fill out an accident report form.

WIAA Guidelines for Athletic Participation

1. An athlete must meet school and DPI requirements defining a full-time student.

2. An athlete must remain in good academic standing in order to compete in any sport.

3. An athlete must be an amateur in all recognized sports of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association in order to compete in any sport.

4. An athlete may not receive reimbursement for play in the form of salary, cash or merchandise.

5. An athlete may not accept merchandise awards such as jackets, sweaters, watches, rings, billfolds, balls, etc.

6. An athlete may not permit the use of his/her name, picture, or personal appearance, as an athlete, in the promoting of any commercial endeavor.

7. An athlete may not play in a contest under a name other than his/her own.

8. An athlete may not play in a non-school contest at the same time that he/she is a member of a school team in that sport.

9. An athlete shall be suspended from interscholastic athletics (competition) for acts at any time (including summer (a) involving buying, selling, use and/or possession of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs.

10. An athlete may not compete if she/he becomes nineteen (19) before August 1 of any school year.

Note: A complete list of WIAA guidelines and procedures for review are available in the Activities Office or at www.wiaawi.org.

Co-curricular Code of Conduct Standards

This code of conduct program is not designed to be a punishment but a deterrent to your becoming involved in risky and dangerous behaviors. It helps to insure that you have the best possibilities to succeed in your activity and to learn the valuable lessons that co-curricular activities can teach. Because your mental and physical well-being is essential to your success we want you to reach your full potential. Therefore, we ask you to become an active part of the solution, not to become part of the problem. The following standards will apply to each co-curricular participant and will be in effect on a year-round (12 month) basis in all locations, including non-school activities.

Academic

A student must be enrolled as a full-time student and pass all classes to be eligible to compete/perform/participate in co-curricular activities. If a student receives a grade of “F” in any class at the end of the trimester grading term, he/she will be ineligible to compete/perform in co-curricular events for a minimum of 15 days. An incomplete grade will be considered an “F” until the work is completed. A student who becomes academically ineligible may regain eligibility on the 16th scheduled school day by meeting the academic standards (passing all his/her classes), following the period of 15 scheduled school days and nights of ineligibility. After the 15th school day if the student has any failing grades he/she will remain ineligible until all grades are passing. In addition, students who receive a failing grade on their 20 day progress report will have five days to raise their grade(s). If they have not raised all their grades to passing after the five days they will become ineligible to compete in any games/events/ or performances until all their grades are passing.

Attendance

Behavior and Conduct

I.Respect, courtesy, manners and good sportsmanship are basic to good citizenship and shall form the basis for all behavior. Since co-curricular participants represent the school in public, their behavior frequently determines the opinion outsiders have of the school and community. It is expected that the conduct of co-curricular participants will be exemplary at all times. For students who do not comply with the behavior expectations the Activities Director reserves the right to impose a penalty as deemed appropriate by the severity/frequency of the infraction which may include suspension from practice and/or competition(s) up to two competitions. A progressive discipline approach will be used for students who commit multiple violations in a single academic school year. Below is a list of examples that are considered behavior unbecoming of a co-curricular participant, but is not an exhaustive list:

Academic dishonesty

Bullying/cyber bullying/harassment

Vandalism or property destruction

Poor sportsmanship including name calling, obscene gestures, and/or fighting

Being suspended from school

Hazing/initiation ceremony: Homestead High School will not permit, nor will any co-curricular participant stage, any type of “initiation ceremony” or hazing for co-curricular participants at any time and on any level. This prohibition includes locker/shower pranks, etc.

Engaging in or being an accomplice to any other immoral or unacceptable conduct contrary to the philosophy of the Co-Curricular Code; the regulations within WIAA; or the ideals, principles and standards of Homestead High School.

Co-curricular Code of Conduct Rules

The following rules will apply to each co-curricular participant and will be in effect on a year-round (12 month) basis in all locations, including non-school activities. The rules are in place to encourage co-curricular participants to make healthy and ethical decisions. Failure to adhere to the criminal behavior and illegal chemical rules will result in a violation of the code and lead to consequences as stated below.

Criminal Behaviors

An athlete who participates in activities resulting in his/her arrest or formal charges being filed in a court of law. If the school district has adequate and competent evidence that the student participated in the offense for which he or she is charged, a penalty may be imposed pursuant to this code prior to completion of the criminal proceeding. If the school district does not have such evidence and the student is convicted of a crime (misdemeanor or felony), the penalty pursuant to this code will be imposed upon conviction. In the latter case, the athlete may continue to participate in his/her sport until resolution of the matter by the judicial system. Violations will result in result in disciplinary action ranging from a game/event/performance suspension to dismissal from the team dependent upon the nature and/or frequency of the offense as determined by school administration and/or the Activities Director. Violations are cumulative beginning with a student’s initial participation in any co-curricular activity. A progressive discipline approach will be used for students who commit multiple criminal violations.

Illegal Chemicals

Co-Curricular participants should not possess, use, supply, sell, buy, or attempt to use, sell, or buy alcohol, tobacco, drugs or drug paraphernalia. This includes; all tobacco products, electronic cigarettes, products containing alcohol, illegal drugs (including ‘look a-like drugs’), performance- enhancing drugs, and/or medications without a prescription or use not in accordance to prescription directions.

Violations to the chemical use rule will lead to the following consequences:

  • First Violation: Automatic suspension from the competitive team for 30% of that competitive season’s scheduled contests. If a co-curricular participant receives a violation due to alcohol or drug related issues, the co-curricular participant will be required to receive an alcohol/drug assessment. The school offers the Mequon-Thiensville Intervention Program (M-TIP) as an option for assessment.

Honesty Clause— a student may self-report their first violation to the Activities Director prior to an investigation starting. By self-reporting a violation and fully cooperating with the investigation a student may receive a reduced suspension for the first offense, causing him/her to be ineligible for 20% of the number of the WIAA game/meet maximums or actual games/meets/performances scheduled. We believe it is valuable to allow students to acknowledge mistakes and learn from them. By self-reporting a student is taking ownership of a bad decision, we may acknowledge that ownership by reducing the consequence.

  • Second Violation: Automatic suspension from the competitive team for 50% of that competitive season’s scheduled contests. If a co-curricular participant receives a violation due to alcohol or drug related issues, the co-curricular participant will be required to receive an Alcohol/Drug Assessment. The school offers the Mequon-Thiensville Intervention Program (M-TIP) as an option for assessment.

  • Third Violation: Automatic suspension from all co-curricular activities for one calendar year. If a co-curricular participant receives a violation due to alcohol or drug related issues, the co-curricular participant will be required to receive an Alcohol/Drug Assessment. The school offers the Mequon-Thiensville Intervention Program (M-TIP) as an option for assessment.

Cyber Image

Any identifiable image, photo or video that implicates a co-curricular participant to have been in possession or alcohol and/or drugs or portrays actual use, or out of character behavior or crime, shall be confirmation of a violation of the code. Since there is no way for school administrators to establish when or where the image was taken, the co-curricular participant assumes that responsibility. It must also be noted that there may be persons who would attempt to implicate a co-curricular participant by taking such images, attempting to place him/her in violation of this code standard. This is our rationale for demanding that our co-curricular participant not place themselves in such environments.

Imposing Penalties for Code of Conduct Violations

The penalty for that season will be imposed immediately following the violation.

When calculating the number of contests to be forfeited for a chemical health violation any amount that results in a decimal remainder will be rounded to the next whole number.

The student will be ineligible for all activities during the period of suspension and prior to a reinstatement request.

During the period of the activities code suspension, the student is required to attend team meetings and practices and must participate in every team/group activity, but may not compete.

For sporting activities in which the number of contests forfeited is greater than the number that remains in the season, the remainder will be carried over to the next sporting season in which the athlete participates. Number of performances may vary yearly. The actual penalty will be determined using the actual schedule for the current school year. The number of contests forfeited will be recalculated when the forfeiture involves two different sports, allowing a prorated penalty to take effect.

A student who quits or is dropped from a team/activity for disciplinary reasons is not eligible to compete in another activity for the same season without the mutual agreement by both advisors/coaches and the activities director. A student who quits does not receive credit for serving a suspension.

Code of Conduct Violations

All students who commit chemical health or criminal behavior violations must seek reinstatement to regain eligibility.

The student must attend all practices/meetings and be present at all competitions while under suspension.

A written request for reinstatement must be submitted by the student to the activities director. Letter should include the understanding of why suspended, how to plan to remain in good standing and the benefits for the student to return to competitive performance.

Must make a verbal apology to team and resign the code of conduct contract.

HONESTY EXPECTATIONS

The co-curricular participant shall be truthful.

The co-curricular participant shall be forthcoming with information.

The co-curricular participant shall be cooperative.

If a Homestead High School Administrator or the Activities Director has a reasonable suspicion that a specific co-curricular participant may have violated the district’s code of conduct, he/she may question that student about a possible violation. In responding to any such questioning about his/her personal actions, it is expected that the student shall answer truthfully. During the questioning process, a student may not attempt to mislead or misrepresent himself/herself, which may impede the investigation. If a student’s answer is subsequently found to be untrue, disciplinary action/penalty may be increased to as much as double the original penalty (ex. 25% of season would be increased to 50%).

CODE OF CONDUCT VIOLATIONS APPEAL PROCESS

An appeal will be directed to the building principal within one month of receiving written notification of the violation from the Activities Director. The appeal then will be referred to the Extra-Curricular Activity Council. The student and a parent(s) and/or guardian must be present for the appeal hearing. The Extra-Curricular Activity Council is the building level appeal body designated by the school principal. The council will consist of five members and each will have a vote.

* Two representatives from the athletic coaches

* One representative from the fine arts area

* One representative to be appointed from at-large co-curricular advisors

* One teacher-at-large

The student and/or parent/guardian may appeal the decision of the Extra-Curricular Activity Council to the Superintendent of Schools. The Superintendent of Schools will establish a hearing panel that will consist of the high school principal, a district level administrator and the superintendent. The ruling of this panel will be final.

CODE OF CONDUCT VIOLATIONS REPORTING PROCEDURE

A violation of the co-curricular code of conduct must be reported to an administrator in the district (including the activities director) within the school year of the alleged violation. The report should indicate the nature, date and time (if appropriate) of the violation. An alleged violation during the summer months must be reported in writing or by phone to a school administrator or the activities director within the first fifteen (15) school days. The name of the reporting witnesses will be kept confidential if possible.

Contact:

Erich Hinterstocker, Athletic Director
Mequon-Thiensville School District
5000 West Mequon Road
Mequon, Wisconsin 53092
ehinterstocker@mtsd.k12.wi.us
262-238-5634

Sports and Gender Equity

Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 prohibits institutions that receive federal funding from gender discrimination in education program activities and promotes gender equity in middle and secondary school sports programs. Mequon- Thiensville School District is committed to providing the best educational program activities that make it possible for every child in the district to benefit from all opportunities offered.

The District encourages parent and students to informally resolve complaints of gender discrimination as defined by Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972. However, if a resolution cannot be reached, a formal complaint procedure is used. Questions and complaints concerning the non-discrimination policy can be directed to:

Mequon-Thiensville School District

Rachel Fellenz
Executive Director of Student Services

5000 West Mequon Road
Mequon, Wisconsin 53092
(262) 238-8501
rfellenz@mtsd.k12.wi.us


Transportation and School Nutrition

Transportation

To provide policy for the transportation of District students to and from school. The bus schedule and route is available by contacting Riteway Bus Company.

The Superintendent or designee shall have the overall responsibility for the transportation program, to see that it operates efficiently at all times and fulfills all requirements stipulated by the State of Wisconsin.

The principals or designees shall be responsible for the overall supervision of the transportation of students to and from their schools. They shall be responsible for making all necessary arrangements for extracurricular trips, such as field trips for instructional purposes, interscholastic events or meets, or club/activity group trips.

The District shall contract for transportation services in accordance with Policy 8680 for the transportation of resident students between their home areas and the schools of the District to which they are assigned.

The Board authorizes the installation of video cameras on District buses to enhance student safety and well-being. Transportation for private school students shall, if required by law, be provided on the same basis as for District students. Transportation of eligible students with exceptional educational needs or attending a technical education program shall be arranged through cooperation with other districts, through commercial carriers, and/or by other means in the most efficient and economical manner.

Transportation privileges may be revoked if the student's conduct is in violation of the District's administrative guidelines or the Code of Conduct pertaining to student transportation. Such revocation shall be in accord with statutorily-required procedures.

The cost of all transportation, other than to and from school, shall be charged to the activity, club, organization, or students being transported except where such transportation is regularly approved by the Superintendent or designee, as a field trip consistent with the purpose of the subject for which the field trip is planned.

School vehicles are purchased or leased for school and school district purposes only. These vehicles may not be used for the personal use of employees. All requests for use of school vehicles must be made through the building principal or appropriate administrator. No student shall be permitted to drive a school-owned or leased vehicle. School District employees shall not permit students to operate staff members' personal vehicles as a part of any school-sanctioned activity.

Surveillance on School Buses

In accordance with Board policy, the transportation agency may install the appropriate equipment for video-recording the interior of the buses while transporting students and monitoring student behavior.

Any disciplinary action resulting from the use of video recording devices shall be determined in conjunction with the appropriate building principal who shall ensure that due process is provided to the students involved, in accordance with Board policy and administrative guidelines relating to discipline. Any use of photographs obtained through the use of video tapes shall be in accordance with Federal and State law.

The principal shall be responsible for reviewing the tapes for the purpose of assuring that bus safety procedures are being followed properly and the buses are being operated in accord with District guidelines and State law.

Special Services

In compliance with Board policy, the transportation services may be provided for field trips, co-curricular trips, and extra-curricular trips, including athletics.

Transportation may be provided on weekends and holidays to District students who are participating in approved District programs which are under the supervision of professional staff members.

Penalties for Infractions

A student who engages in misconduct on a bus shall be subject to discipline and may be deprived of the privilege of riding on the bus.

School Nutrition

The Mequon-Thiensville School District participates in the National School Lunch Program offering a variety of healthy meal options to students every day. Lunch is provided through a private contractor, Aramark Corporation. The cost for K-5 students is $2.30 and 6-12 students is $2.55, including a carton of milk. Menus are posted on the district website. For students choosing to bring a bag lunch from home, milk is available to purchase for $.30/carton.

The district utilizes a “ticketless” lunch system. Students access their lunch account by entering their student identification number assigned to them upon enrollment in school. Food service personnel have a list of students and their identification number to assist younger students.

To participate in the school lunch program, a food service account should be established. Money may be deposited into student accounts online through myschoolbucks.com or by sending money to school in an envelope marked with your child’s name and student identification number.

Students desiring a meal and who are unable to pay at meal time will be provided a regular meal (excludes a la carte items) and grace period by which to satisfy the debt before an alternative meal is substituted. Grace periods for each level are as follows:

  • Elementary - Up to five (5) meals of unpaid meal charges.
  • Middle School - Up to three (3) meals of unpaid meal charges.
  • High School - Unpaid meal charges are not allowed.

The alternative meal offered once the grace period expires will meet the USDA guidelines. This alternative meal will be offered until the unpaid meals have been paid and account brought current, or an application for free or reduced meals has been approved. The application is available on the district website or at the school and must be renewed annually. Those students who have received free or reduced meals in the previous school year will receive a grace period of 30 school days by which to submit a new application. Once the application has been processed, the student’s new eligibility status will take effect.

For additional food service information please call 262-238-5648.

Public Requests, Suggestions or Complaints

Requests or Suggestions

Any individual(s), having a legitimate interest in the staff, programs and operations of this District shall have the right to present a request, suggestion, or complaint to the District. At the same time, the District has a duty to protect its staff from inappropriate harassment. This policy shall not be construed to create an independent right to a hearing before the Board.

Requests or Suggestions

Requests or suggestions, reaching the Board or Board members shall be referred to the Superintendent for consideration.

Requests or suggestions are best submitted directly to the staff or administrator responsible for the program or operation. Responses should be provided within ten business days.

Complaints

Complaints Regarding a Staff Member

The Board believes that complaints and grievances are best handled and resolved as close to their origin as possible and that the staff should be given every opportunity to consider issues and attempt to resolve problems prior to Board involvement. Therefore, the proper channeling of complaints will be at the following levels:

A. Teacher or staff member (First Level)

B. Principal and /or other School Administrator (Second Level)

C. Superintendent or Schools / his or her designee (Third Level)

The District will only act on complaints that have not been explored at the appropriate level. All formal complaints made to the Principal, Superintendent, or Board shall bear the name/signature of the complainant and can be submitted electronically or in writing. Forms can be obtained upon request from the District office.

Discussion with the staff member may not be appropriate in some situations including, for example, where the matter involves suspected child abuse, substance abuse, or any other serious allegation that may require investigation or inquiry by school officials prior to approaching the staff member.

After discussion with the complainant, the staff member shall report the matter and whatever action may have been taken to the supervisor.

If the matter has not been satisfactorily addressed at the Second level, the complainant may submit a written request for a conference to the Superintendent. This request should include:

A The specific nature of the matter and a brief statement of the facts giving rise to it;

B The respect in which the complainant has been, or will be affected;

C The reason that matter was not able to be resolved with the Superintendent;

D. The action which the complainant wishes taken and the reasons why it is felt that such action should be taken.

The Board, after reviewing the request, may grant a hearing before the Board, refer the matter to a closed session, take formal action on the matter, or take other appropriate action to deal with the matter.

The Board will confirm to the complainant that the issue has been addressed within ten business days of board discussion

Complaints Regarding District Services or Operations

If the matter relates to a District procedure or operation, it should be addressed, initially, to the appropriate supervisor and then in subsequently higher levels as prescribed in "Guidelines for Complaints Regarding a Staff Member."

Complaints Regarding the Educational Program

If the matter relates to a District program it should be addressed, initially, to the principal and then in subsequently higher levels as prescribed in "Matters Regarding a Staff Member."

Complaints Regarding Instructional Materials

The Superintendent shall prepare administrative guidelines to ensure that students and parents are adequately informed each year regarding their right to inspect instructional materials used as part of the educational curriculum and the procedure for completing such an inspection.

Challenged Materials

Occasional objections to the selection of material may occur, despite the care taken to select valuable materials for student and teacher use. No materials shall be removed from an Instructional Media Center's or an individual classroom collection until a final decision on the request for reconsideration has been reached. While under reconsideration, access to questioned materials can be denied only to the child or children of those making the complaint.

If a complaint is made, the following procedure will be followed:

The principal of building Instructional Media Center (IMC) director will meet with the complainant and attempt to solve the problem informally through discussion of philosophy, aims and objectives of the school media center

If this meeting does not serve to resolve the problem, the complainant will be given a packet of materials which will include the District's selection/reconsideration policy; goals and objectives, and a standard form which must be completed and returned before the complaint will be considered

The completed form will be given to the building IMC director who will inform the building principal

A committee for reconsideration will be formed by the principal.

The committee will consist of:

A. Three (3) parents; one of who will represent the PTO or PTSO of the school

B. The building principal

C. A building level IMC director

D. The Assistant Superintendent

E. A teacher from each grade level and/or subject area specialists in the building

F. As appropriate, a student/students from the building

The committee will be chaired by the Assistant Superintendent

A. The material in question, along with the complaint, will be circulated among the committee members who will read/see the material in its entirety.

B. The reconsideration committee will meet within one (1) month of the receipt of a written reconsideration form to decide whether the challenged material will remain in the IMC's collection.

C. The Assistant Superintendent will inform the complainant of the committee's decision and send a report to the Superintendent.

D. If the complainant is still dissatisfied, s/he may ask the Superintendent to present an appeal to the Board of Education for a final decision. The Board will hear an appeal within ten business days or nearest opportunity to that time frame when a quorum can be achieved.

No challenged material may be removed from the curriculum or from a collection of resource materials except by action of the Board, and no challenged material may be removed solely because it presents ideas that may be unpopular or offensive to some. Any Board action to remove material will be accompanied by the Board's statement of its reasons for the removal.