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Jarvis Middle School Code of Conduct – Policies and Procedures

Academics

A. Five-Week Notices

At the mid-point of each 10-week marking period, students will receive a written report of academic status. The five-week notices will be given to students during Advisory. We ask that parents review the report with their children and help them to set academic goals. Parents are encouraged to contact staff with any questions regarding the academic progress of their child.

B. Report Cards

Report cards are distributed every ten weeks to notify students and parents of student progress.  Report cards will be distributed during Advisory for students to carry home.

C. Honors

To be eligible for Honor Roll, students must earn an 85 average for the marking period.  For High Honor Roll a 90 average is required.  Students that achieve an overall 95 average will be placed on the Principal’s List. Grades are not rounded; i.e. an 84.9 average does not make the honor roll.  These honor rolls are posted in the Middle School lobby and are published in the official school newsletter.  Incomplete or failing marks in pass/fail courses disqualify a student from Honor Roll.

D. Summer School Policy – grades 7 and 8 only

Each year, Jarvis School participates in a regional summer school program. If a student attends summer school, the student must achieve a passing grade derived from an average of the following four (4) sources:

  • Final school average
  • First 15-day average for summer school
  • Second 15-day average for summer school
  • Highest of the two final exams

To be eligible to attend summer school in Grades 7-8,  a student’s final class average for the failed course which he/she wishes to retake must be 50 or above.

Assembly Expectations

Assemblies are held periodically during the school year to educate and celebrate achievement.  For any assembly, students are expected to arrive with the classroom teacher that they are currently with and enter the assembly in an orderly manner.  There should be absolute silence when a speaker stands in front of the group to introduce the program.  At Jarvis, hand clapping is recognized as the only courteous form of applause.  Whistling, shouting and other noises are considered rude and discourteous.  The reputation of the school is jeopardized by discourteous students when guests are visiting our school.  When the program is over, please wait seated with your class until your classroom teacher instructs you to leave, and then exit in an orderly fashion.

Attendance

The New York State law requires that each minor from 6 to 16 years of age must attend school and remain in attendance through the end of the school year in which the students reaches 16 or graduation from High School. Students are expected to be in school on time each day.  The New York State Education Department guidelines that apply legal and illegal absences from school will also apply as guidelines to tardiness.

A. Absences

A student is legally absent from school when:

  • The parent has contacted the school to provide the legal reason for the absence and the parent follows with a written excuse to school upon the student’s return (in cases of long term illness, a doctors evaluation is required).
  • Legal reasons are illness, a doctor’s appointment, court appointment, death in the family, funeral, internship, religious observance, counseling appointment, probation or military obligation, field trip or on a school approved trip such as a college or workplace visit.

A student is illegally absent from school when:

  • The student does not attend school and no reason is provided to school.
  • The student is on a trip with their parents.
  • The parent keeps the student home for academic or safety reasons.
  • A student is truant.

B. Procedures

  • Any time you are absent, school should be notified. If you are legally absent, the day you return to school you must bring a written excuse to the attendance officer signed by your parent or guardian.  If you are absent for five days or more, a doctor’s certificate is necessary.
  • Students being excused for an appointment during school hours must bring their excuses to the Attendance Officer for verification and sign-outs.
  • If any time during the school day a student becomes ill, then the student should report to the nurse’s office. At no time should the student leave the building and go home on his/her own.
  • If a student is going to be absent from school, we recommend that the parent or guardian call the Attendance Aide that morning prior to 8:30 a.m. If no call is received, then the parent or guardian will be contacted by the school.
  • Students are responsible for all work and/or assignments when absent.
  • Students who are absent for any part of the day from school other than a verified appointment may not attend extracurricular activities or functions on the day of the absence as a spectator or participant.  This includes interscholastic athletics (practices and games), field trips, dances, club meetings, play rehearsals or any school-related activities etc.

C. Tardiness

All students are required to be in school on time, every day.  Students who are tardy are not permitted to participate in athletic practices or contests for that given day.

  • A pupil is expected to be in Homeroom/Advisory promptly at 7:35 a.m. when the bell is sounded to indicate the beginning of the school day. If a student arrives after that bell has rung, he/she should report directly to the Attendance Officer. Habitual tardiness will result in students staying in detention after school to make up for lost time.
  • If you are late for class, you must bring a pass from the teacher that detained you, or from the office. Stopping at your locker, getting a drink of water, etc. are poor excuses for being tardy and will not be tolerated.
  • It is a student’s responsibility upon return to see his/her teacher to see what work needs to be made up and establish a timetable with the teacher for its completion.

Backpacks

Drawstring bags ARE allowed to be carried throughout the school day. However, backpacks, satchels, and large bags will NOT be allowed to be carried throughout the school day. Students in grades 6-8 are to use their issued lockers for secure storage of their personal belongings. 5th grade students are to use the hooks provided outside their classrooms or appropriately designated space within their classrooms. Small purses, no larger than a regular 8 ½” X 11” sheet of paper, will be allowed.

Bicycles, Skateboards, Etc.

  • Bicycles must be parked in the racks provided.  Students coming to or leaving the school campus on bicycles or skateboards must obey all traffic rules.  All bicycles should be equipped with locks.  The school is not responsible for damage or theft of parts while bicycles are parked in the racks.
  • Any student who lawfully uses a skateboard to get to and from school may not use the skateboard on school property, including the roads and sidewalks.  It is the student’s responsibility to properly store their skateboard during school hours.
  • In line skates, wheeled sneakers, or any other recreational transportation aide may not be used anywhere at school without express approval from the administration. At no time may either bicycles, skateboards, or any other vehicle or mode of transportation be used on the school track or athletic fields.

Cafeteria

  • All students will enter the cafeteria and proceed to line up in order to purchase full lunch or food items. Students should remain in line after entering the cafeteria. Students should not “cut” in line.
  • All students will return food containers and/or trays to the lunch room collection window and will clean the area where they have eaten before they will be dismissed.
  • No open leftover food or drinks should be taken from the cafeteria after the lunch period has ended.
  • Students serving an office assigned lunch detention will head to the ISS room as soon as food has been received. Students serving a teacher assigned lunch detention should report to their teacher’s classroom.

Cell Phones & Headsets

Students are allowed to have cell phones; however, they are not to be used from the start of homeroom to the end of the school day.  Cell phones may be stored in lockers, clothing or purses provided they are not seen or heard during the school day so as not to interfere with the educational process. There will be NO cell phone use allowed during study halls!!! This same usage policy applies to headsets, ear buds, etc.

NOTE: Headsets or personal audio equipment such as ear buds MAY NOT be worn or used in the hallways.

Cell phones and/or headsets MAY be used at lunch or recess provided they are not a distraction. Administration reserves the right to revoke this privilege at any time dependent upon student behaviors.

Any cell phone that is vibrating, ringing, visible or in use during class time will be in violation of the code of conduct and become subject to immediate confiscation.

  • 1st violation – student will turn their phone over to the main office for the day, and will be able to get their phone back at the end of the day
  • 2nd violation – phone will be turned over to the main office and parent(s) will be notified
  • Subsequent violations will require that parent(s) come in to retrieve the phone and the student will serve detention.

Clubs and organizations

Jarvis Middle School believes in the value of extracurricular activities in order to develop and support well-rounded students. A variety of clubs and opportunities for involvement outside the school day will be offered to students in an effort to engage each child within the school community.

Drug-Free School Policy

Students and Central Valley School District employees are covered under district policy on substance use/abuse regulations as outlined in New York and federal regulations under the Drug Free Schools Act.

Electronic Devices

A student who possesses electronic devices does so at their own risk and the school is not responsible if they are broken or stolen. Use is never acceptable during class time. Audio devices, e-readers, etc may be used only before or after the academic day, in the cafeteria, or during recess time unless otherwise permitted at the professional discretion of the supervising staff member.

Evening Student Events

School sponsored dances are open only to those students who attend Jarvis Middle School.  The school dress code applies in all aspects. The only exception will be made for semi-formal dances and the width of dress straps. Administration reserves the right to approve all attire.

All rules and guidelines contained in the Code of Conduct apply at all dances.  A student may be prohibited from participation based on the student’s noncompliance with the school rules/regulations and will be prohibited from attendance if he/she is not in full legal attendance on the day of the dance (or Friday for Saturday dances).

Fire Drills

When the fire alarm sounds, all students will move at a rapid walk to the nearest exits designated and posted in each room. There must be no conversation or other unnecessary noise during fire drills.  This quiet will enable emergency instructions to be given for change in routes in case regular exits are blocked.  Students are to immediately listen to all emergency instructions from the staff in charge of you without question or argument.

Upon leaving the building, students will stay with the class they left the building with so teachers may take attendance if necessary. If you are out of the normal classroom when the alarm sounds, join the nearest class and exit the building in an orderly fashion. Once safely outside, notify the teacher in charge (Ms. Landry out front or Mr. Carey in back) that you are present.

Free Breakfast/Lunch

Be sure to check your eligibility for free or reduced price breakfast/lunch. Remember, your previous eligibility remains in effect only until September 30th of the current year. Your parents or guardian must reapply each year in September. If you have a question about this, check with the cafeteria management.  Obtaining a free lunch or reduced lunch when in actuality the student is not eligible will be considered theft of services.

Hall Passes

Students are expected to have a pass with them AT ALL TIMES while moving within the building except in the case of daily transitions from one class to another.

Hallway Conduct

No one is to be in the halls during class time without a pass signed by a teacher. When passing to classes, all traffic should walk on the right side of the corridors. Speak softly in the halls at all times. Running is unacceptable as it presents a safety hazard.

Interscholastic Athletic Code

We use athletics to encourage our students to become productive, responsible citizens in their community.  Interscholastic athletics offer the opportunity to teach our students skills and desirable character traits in a setting apart from the traditional classroom.  Our students can learn to be lifetime achievers by practicing self-discipline, loyalty, responsibility, respect for a healthy life-style, and commitment to team and others in a competitive setting.

Our entire community of students, parents, coaches, teachers, and administrators will work together to produce in our students an appreciation for those values, principles, and goals which produce a student athlete who is prepared for the challenge of today and tomorrow.  We will follow guidelines established by the Central Valley CSD Policies.

Library Procedures and Services

Jarvis Middle School has a 5-8 Library Media Center.  It opens at the start of the school day and remains open until 1 hour after the end of the school day, Monday – Friday.  Students may select books from the on-line catalog, borrow and return books, as well as use on-line databases and internet resources.  Students are encouraged to use the library media center before school, during Advisement, and after school.  Library passes are required during the Advisement or Study Hall periods.

Books will be renewed upon request.  All material should be returned on time.  Overdue notices will be sent to advisement teachers to remind students of overdue materials. Failure to return materials may result in the loss of library privileges.  If library materials are lost or damaged, students will be expected to pay for the cost of replacement.

Lockers

All students in grades 6-8 will be assigned a locker with a combination lock on it. Your advisory teacher, the main office, and you are the only ones who know the combination to said locker. You should memorize your combination and not disclose it to anyone, including friends. We cannot overemphasize the importance of keeping your locker combination secret. If you have trouble opening our locker, or if you forget your combination, see your Advisory Teacher. Your books, coat, and other valuables should be kept in your locker when not in use. The school assumes no responsibility for your losses.

Since lockers are permanent part of the building, students are expected to keep them clean and in good, usable condition. Designated school personnel have the right to search a locker.

Get study materials from your locker during appropriate times. No one should leave classes to go to their locker except with special permission.

Grade 5 students will not be assigned lockers. They will be provided an appropriate space to hang coats and/or backpacks. Students are encouraged not to bring items of value that cannot be stored on their person. If a student requires secure storage for an item, they should see their advisory teacher.

Lost and Found

All articles found are to be taken to the office immediately where they may be claimed during the school day.  Anyone who has lost anything in school should notify the office immediately and check the lost and found collection.

Music Lesson Policy

All music lessons are scheduled on a rotation basis. The lesson rotation will cause a student to miss an individual class as seldom as possible. Students are instructed to personally see their classroom teachers before attending each lesson. Students are responsible for all work and/or homework that are assigned during the class that day.

Students who are absent from a music lesson and not legally absent from school, are required to have a make-up lesson in order to receive a grade for that lesson.  Failure to make-up the lesson will result in a zero.  A student who schedules a make-up lesson and fails to attend for illegitimate reasons will also receive a zero.

Students who have a test or lab during a scheduled lesson should be allowed to attend their class once they have seen their music teacher to schedule a make-up lesson.  Make-up lessons may be granted at the discretion of the music teacher.

All make-up lessons should take place during the student’s free time (before school, study halls, lunch, or after school).  If this is not possible, the music teacher will make arrangements with the teacher of the class the students will miss in advance of the make-up.

Performance Attendance Policy

The most educationally fulfilling aspect of enrollment in a music performing group is participation in the various concerts and performances throughout the year.  As a result, the music department will require performance attendance as specified in the class syllabus.

Physical Education Class Policy

All students must participate in physical education. Exceptions to participating in class are as follows:

  • Written doctor’s excuse
  • Illness verified in writing by parent or nurse
  • Injury which is obvious

Participation means:

  • Comes to class
  • Dresses in clothing appropriate for physical activity including rubber soled shoes.
  • Changes clothing if required to do so
  • Participates in class activity

Failure to participate constitutes an incomplete grade and a student will make up that class (classes) or fail to complete the requirements in physical education.

Excuses for physical education classes should come through the school nurse. The use of skill and knowledge tests are encouraged and will be used to help determine individual report card grades. Students are not allowed in the gymnasium at any time unless a teacher is in attendance. The physical education department does not prescribe treatment other than first aid for injuries, illness, or orthopedic defects except upon direction of a physician.

Prescription Medicine

It is the recommendation of the N.Y. State Bureau of Health Service that no internal medication be dispensed or administered to any child by school personnel.  Under certain unusual circumstances, when it is necessary for a student to take medication during school hours, the school nurse may administer the medication if the parent submits a written request and it is accompanied by written request from a physician indicating the frequency and dosage of prescribed medication.  Such medication is to be brought to the School Health Office in its original container by the parent or guardian.

Services

A. Psychological Services

In addition to the Guidance Counselors, we have a School Psychologist and a School Social Worker to assist students with learning problems or personal problems, which interfere with their school success. Students may make an appointment with either of these people on their own, or the school staff, parents or other agencies with which the students may have contact may refer them.  ALL REFERRALS AND CONTACTS ARE KEPT IN COMPLETE CONFIDENCE.

We also have a Committee on Special Education to serve students with any kind of disability.

B. Health Services

One of the most important functions of school is our health program.  Students in grade seven are given an annual health appraisal, which would include the following:

  • A complete physical screening by our school physician
  • A vision examination by school nurse
  • A hearing examination by school nurse (Audiometer used)
  • All required immunizations will be enforced through the nurse

All members of our athletic teams are kept under constant supervision by the health department.  The School Nurse takes charge of any sickness or other emergency situation that might occur in school.  The School Nurse also works with the Attendance Officer in determining reasons for a student’s absence.  The School Nurse arranges clinics for students that might be beneficial to the child’s health (immunization or orthopedic clinics, for example).

Sexual Harassment Policy

The Board of Education is committed to safeguarding the right of all employees and students within the school district to a work/learning environment that is free from all forms of sexual harassment.

Any employee or student who believes that he/she has been subjected to sexual harassment should report the alleged misconduct immediately to his/her supervisor, so that appropriate corrective action may be taken at once.

Smoking and Tobacco Policy

In accordance with the Pro-Children Act of 1994, New York State Public Health Law and New York State Education Law, the tobacco use or smoking within district facilities or on district grounds is forbidden. For purposes of this policy, the term “indoor facility” shall mean a building that is enclosed.  The term “grounds” shall mean any outdoor property or surrounding outdoor grounds contained within the school district legally defined property boundaries as well as any vehicle used to transport children.

Sportsmanship and Courtesy

Visiting teams are our guests. We should be courteous hosts to players, coaches, and supporters. When playing away from home, we should leave the best possible impression regardless of the outcome of the game. Long years of friendly rivalry are desirable for many reasons. Each should do his part to promote such a condition. Officials running the game are performing a necessary service. They are competent individuals who know most about the rules and should be treated with respect at all times.

Study Halls

Upon entering a Study Hall, take your seat immediately and begin studying at once.  The Study Hall, as the name implies, is a place of study and a quiet atmosphere must be maintained at all times. NO cell phones or headsets are allowed during study hall time. Students are expected to sign-in and sign-out for wherever they go.  Privileges, such as going to the Library, Computer Lab, make up class, etc. may be withdrawn by the Study Hall teacher due to not properly using Study Hall, and none will be honored until attendance has been taken.   A student must receive permission from his/her Study Hall teacher to go anywhere outside the Study Hall. Leave the Study Hall in good condition at the end of each period.

Team Membership Tryouts

Tryouts will be held during each sports season in those areas where it is necessary to limit the size of the respective team. Eligibility, team membership, and other criteria for selection will be announced in accordance with regulations and policy developed by the Director of Athletics.

Technology,  Acceptable Use Policy

The purpose of the networks making up the Internet is to support research and education in and among academic institutions by providing access to unique resources and the opportunity for collaborative work. The use of your account must be consistent with the educational objectives of the Central Valley Central School District.  Transmission of any material in violation of any national or state regulation is prohibited.  This includes, but is not limited to copyrighted material and threatening or obscene material.

Computer use is conditional on the user employing appropriate safety and security measures at all times. The use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right.  Inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those privileges.  Student access to the Internet and e-mail is only with the permission of a supervising staff member and for educational purposes only. Determination of inappropriate use and the resulting consequences will be made in conjunction with the Central Valley CSD Acceptable Use of Technology Policy.

Trespassing

Students are not permitted in any school building other than the one they are registered to without permission from the administrator in charge of that building.  Students should not be at school or on school grounds outside of school hours unless they are here for extra help, participation or attendance at an extracurricular event, or other approved purpose.  Students suspended from school are not allowed anywhere on school grounds without the express permission from an administrator, and failure to keep off of school grounds may constitute a charge of trespassing being filed with the police.

Visitors

Visitors are defined as individuals not employed by the school district or not enrolled in the school district that are visiting in the buildings or attending school functions, either on or off school grounds.  All rules of the district Code of Conduct relative to dress, language, behavior and conduct will apply to all visitors.  Visitors in violation of the code will be warned, asked to leave and/or removed from the premises.  If necessary, law enforcement officials will be involved.  School officials retain the right to ban individuals from future school events or prohibit individuals from being on school property as circumstances warrant.

  • All visitors during the school day must report to the Attendance Officer upon arrival.  There they will be required to sign the Visitor’s Register and will be issued a visitor’s identification badge, which must be worn at all times while in the school or on school grounds.  The visitor must return the identification badge before leaving the building.
  • Visitors attending school functions that are open to the public, such as PTSO meetings or public gatherings are not required to register.
  • Teachers will not take class time to discuss individual matters with visitors.

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