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School Handbooks – District Addendum

Addendum to Student Handbook
District Information
2018-19 School Year

Prescott Unified School District
300 E. Gurley St.
Prescott, AZ 86301

Mission, Vision and Belief Statements


Our mission is to strengthen our community by providing a dynamic and safe educational experience that challenges and encourages every student to succeed through a comprehensive program of academics, arts, and athletics.


Our vision is to be the most innovative, effective and respected educational organization in the Prescott area, fulfilling the public’s trust.


Because schools must provide experiences which will help students to lead lives that are personally satisfying, healthy and supportive of the society in which they live:

  • We believe there is a critical need for students to learn how to think, to understand concepts and ideas, to apply what they learn, to be able to pose questions and to solve problems.
  • We believe effective learning hinges on self-disciplined students actively engaged in constructing their own knowledge and understanding.
  • We believe that the school program should provide both training and education and that learning should be valued as a lifelong endeavor.
  • We believe that school should be a safe, clean, nurturing environment and should provide for the diverse needs of students, allowing them to attain their individual potential.
  • We believe that schools should provide a relevant, integrated curriculum with articulation across the disciplines.
  • We believe that assessment of student progress should be authentic and useful in guiding instruction to assure learning.
  • We believe the school environment should foster the values and principles of our democratic society, encouraging personal involvement, responsible citizenship, self-respect and respect for others.
  • We believe that our human resources are our most valuable asset. We encourage the development, enhancement, and recognition of the wisdom of people, and maximum utilization of time, material resources, and current appropriate technologies.
  • We believe that active partnerships between the school, family, and community are essential to the attainment of relevant educational goals.
  • We believe that each school environment and curriculum should foster an appreciation of global issues and cultural diversity.


As prescribed by the Arizona Department of Education, all students in grades K-4 are taught the core subjects of mathematics, reading, writing, language arts, science and social studies by regular classroom teachers. Additionally, each class receives weekly instruction by specialists in art, music, physical education, and computer literacy.

Each curriculum is based on the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards, as well as research-based methodologies. Each year a committee reviews an area of the curriculum and, in most cases, recommends new materials and/or textbooks. A 7-year cycle assures that all curricular areas are updated. The materials that are chosen enable teachers to match instruction with standards-based curriculum. Supplemental materials and programs are also reviewed and updated to provide more individualized instruction when needed.

The assessment of student achievement is continuous as teachers monitor students’ progress in skill development, knowledge of content, presentation of final products and exams. Currently, the Arizona State Board of Education mandates the administration of a norm-referenced, standardized achievement test in reading, math, and language at grades 2 and 9. In accordance with federal legislation, No Child Left Behind, the state also requires a test based on academic standards at 3rd through 8th grade levels and high school beginning at 10th grade in reading, writing, and mathematics.AZMerit meets this requirement. Furthermore, the State Board requires high school students to pass the AZMerit exams in order to graduate from high school.

Following are highlights of the grades K-5 curriculum for each subject area.


Skills are developed in language arts by teaching developmentally appropriate strategies for reading, writing, speaking and listening. The teaching of reading involves print concepts, phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. Writing instruction includes the teaching of the writing process, the Six Traits of Effective Writing and the following modes: expressive, expository, functional, persuasive, literary response and research writing. Developing speaking and listening skills are also part of the daily curriculum in an elementary classroom. PUSD employs reading specialists and English as Second Language (ESL) teachers to assist students who require more individual instruction. The Arizona Academic Standards in Language Arts are embedded in our language arts curriculum.


Basic mathematics procedures, as well as problem solving skills, are taught at all grade levels. Various teaching strategies are used to facilitate a move from concrete to abstract levels of mathematical thinking. Five applications of mathematics, as outlined by the Arizona Academic Standards, form the foundation of mathematics instruction in PUSD: Number Sense and Operations; Data Analysis, Probability and Discrete Math; Patterns, Algebra and Functions; Geometry and Measurement; and Structure and Logic.


The primary purpose of science education is to provide students with the opportunity to become actively engaged in inquiries that will help them to establish a knowledge base for understanding science and to develop science literacy. The major areas of science studied at all grade levels are: Inquiry Process, History and Nature of Science, Science in Social Perspectives, Life Science, Physical Science, and Earth and Space Science. Classroom instruction includes both textbook information and “hands-on” experiments.


The social studies curriculum in PUSD incorporates the disciplines of geography, history, economics, civics, and government. Critical thinking skills, problem solving, personal and intergroup skills and basic study skills are taught to provide a solid foundation on which students can learn and grow into contributing members of their community and society.


Education in music and visual arts seeks to increase knowledge and skill in creating art and music, understanding how art and music relate to historical and social conditions and developing an understanding of the universal concepts found in artistic and musical expression. PUSD employs specialized teachers for art and music education and the curriculum is aligned to The Art Standards as adopted by the Arizona State Board of Education and quality components set forth by the National Art Education Association.


Teachers and administrators in PUSD are working toward increasing technology instruction and integration. The use of technology can provide tools and strategies for solving problems, using information, increasing productivity and enhancing personal growth. PUSD’s computer literacy curriculum is based on state technology education standards. All elementary schools have computer labs and employ a computer technician at each lab. Computers are also available for student use in each classroom.


PUSD offers physical education to students in grades kindergarten through high school, taught by certified physical education teachers. Inter-scholastic athletic programs are offered at middle and high schools. The physical education curriculum is based on Arizona’s Comprehensive Health Standards. At the elementary level, instruction is based on the Robert Pangrazi model.


Special services in education means the adjustment of the environmental factors, modification of the school instructional program and adaptation of teaching methods, materials and techniques to provide educationally for those children who are gifted or have disabilities to such an extent that their needs are not met in the regular school program or need special education services in order to benefit.

The school district provides a wide range of services to meet these special needs of students. Such programs usually include services for students with physical disabilities, learning or emotional disabilities, reading and language difficulties or special talents and gifts.

The process by which an exceptional student is identified and placed into special education and/or related services is important. A variety of laws and regulations have been established at the local, state and federal levels. This is done to ensure appropriate placement and confidentiality, as well as sensitivity to the impact on the student’s educational life.

Teachers or other school personnel will contact parents/guardians if there appears to be a need for a special program for a child. Parents or students may also request information regarding these services by contacting their school or the Exceptional Student Services office at 928-717-3236.


Child Find is a component of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that requires states to identify, locate and evaluate all children with disabilities, aged birth to 21, who are in need of early intervention or special education services.In compliance with federal legislation, the Prescott Unified School District has established the following policies and procedures for Child Find purposes.

Prescott Unified School District Policy assures that:

  1. Prescott Unified School District will maintain documentation of the public awareness efforts to inform the public and parents within the district’s boundaries, including private and religious schools and the County School Superintendent’s Office regarding homeless and home-schooled children.
  2. Screen activities will be implemented for all newly enrolled students and those transferring in without sufficient
  3. The screening will be completed within 45 calendar days of school entry.
  4. The screening will include consideration of academic or cognitive skills, vision, hearing, communication,  emotional, motor and adaptive
  5. Review referral and follow-up will be done on screenings and documented in the child’s cumulative file, with back up data on the district’s Child Find Screening Log.
  6. Prescott Unified School District will maintain documentation and annually report the number of children with
    disabilities within each disability category that have been identified,  located and evaluated.
  7. For children and youth enrolled in private or religious schools, Prescott Unified School District will consult annually with those schools to determine the number of students identified as eligible for special education and related services regardless whether they are receiving services or not.
  8. Children participating in early intervention services who are expected to participate in preschool programs for children with disabilities will be assured a smooth and effective transition, including:
  • Transition conferences will be arranged for children between the ages of 2 years, 6 months and 2 years, 9 months;
  • By a child’s 3rd birthday, an IEP or IFSP will be developed and implemented to ensure a Free and Appropriate Public Education;
  • And, for children who turn 3 years of age during the summer, the IEP team will determine the date for initiation of services including eligibility for extended school year services.
  1. Prescott Unified School District will refer children aged birth through 2 years suspected of having a developmental delay to the Arizona Early Intervention Program to determine eligibility for early services, using the Child Find Tracking Form to ensure follow up within 30 calendar days of initial referral.


Each school has either a full-time registered nurse certified in school nursing or a health aide on campus to assist students when they become injured or ill and to perform comprehensive health screenings. Each nurse or health aide works with the administration, teacher, parent, physician and special education services toward the prime function of the school, the education of the whole child.

The health program in the school is concerned with helping your child become physically, mentally, emotionally and socially integrated. A child in ill health cannot learn to the maximum of his ability.

If health problems are suspected or uncovered during the health screenings, the parents will be notified and the child will be referred for diagnosis and/or treatment.

We would like to call your attention to a few areas of importance with regard to your child’s health:


An immunization history is required of EVERY child at the time of enrollment. In order to be in compliance with Arizona State Law regarding the immunization requirements for school enrollment, it is imperative that you immunize your child on a regular schedule in order to protect him/her from serious communicable diseases.

If your child has already received the necessary immunizations, bring his/her immunization records to the school. Records must show the child’s name, date of birth, the month, day and year that all doses were received and the name of the health agency or physician who administered the vaccine.

If your child has not received the necessary immunizations, take your child’s immunization record to your physician or health agency to get the required immunizations. Then bring the updated information back to the school’s office. By state law, your child will not be allowed to attend school until either a record of the immunizations or acceptable exemption statements (available from your school’s office) are submitted.


It is often very difficult to decide if your child is ill enough to be kept home from school. Sometimes there is reason to doubt, but in any case, please do not send your child to school if any of the following are present:

  • Fever with temperature of 100 degrees or more;
  • Severe cough, even without a fever;
  • Sore throat, if white spots can be seen in the back of the throat;
  • Vomiting or diarrhea during the evening or the night.

Do not allow your child to return to school until he/she has been free of fever for 24 hours.

Communicable Diseases: The control of communicable (catching) disease during the school year is a difficult problem. If you know or suspect your child has a communicable disease, please contact the school nurse or health aide before sending your child to school. Some of the most frequent communicable diseases among school-age children are chicken pox, pink eye, head lice, and streptococcal sore throat.

School Attendance and Communicable Diseases:

  • Chicken Pox: Exclude for one week after the first crop of vesicles appear and/or until all of the chicken pox lesions have scabbed themselves over.
  • Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye): Exclude until symptoms subside or effective antibiotic therapy is initiated and maintained for at least 24 hours.
  • Pediculosis (Head Lice): Exclude until treatment with a pharmaceutical lice shampoo treatment has been accomplished.
  • Strep Infections: Exclude for at least seven days from onset. Exclusion may be terminated 24 hours after adequate treatment has begun if therapy is continued for 10 days.

Medications (see school handbook)


Prescott Unified School District does not provide accident/injury insurance on your child. However, each year you will have the option of obtaining low-cost accident/injury insurance through an independent insurance company, offered through the school district. Information about this insurance will be sent home at the beginning of each year by school personnel. This form must be completed and returned to the school office if you wish to provide this for your child. Please remember that if you choose to participate in the insurance program, the claim transaction is between you and the insurance company. If your child is injured, a claim form may be obtained from the school health office. We encourage you to maintain an insurance policy of your choice for your child(ren).



Regular school attendance is required pursuant to Arizona’s compulsory attendance laws. Each student is expected to be in attendance every day that school is in session, except for illness or other unusual circumstances.

The education of each student is the joint responsibility of the home and the school. Only through cooperation can the student be assured of receiving all educational advantages available. Student participation in class activities, listening to presentations, clarification and explanations and attendance at school assembly programs are considered integral parts of the educational program. It is impossible to gain the full significance of any class experience thorough make-up work.


Attendance procedures are in accordance with ARS 15 and Prescott Unified School District for Board Policy J.2.6.

  1. Each school will plan and implement an incentive program to encourage regular attendance.
  2. Parent(s) or guardians(s) shall contact the school on the day of an absence, stating the reason for the absence. If the school does not receive prior notice of a student’s absence, efforts will be made to contact the parent(s) or guardian(s) of the absent student on the initial day of absence.
  3. On the first day of the student’s return to school, a note of explanation from the parent(s) or guardian(s) will be provided.
  4. According to district policy, after each ten days of absence, if it is determined those absences are affecting student progress; a conference will be scheduled to discuss concerns.


The Prescott Unified School District shall provide an educational environment that treats all students with dignity and respect. Every homeless student shall have access to the same free and appropriate educational opportunities as students who are not homeless. This commitment to the educational rights of homeless children, youth, and unaccompanied youth, applies to all services, programs, and activities provided or made available.

A student may be considered eligible for services as a “Homeless Child or Youth” under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act if he or she is presently living:

  • In a shelter, temporary shared housing, or transitional living program.
  • In a hotel/motel, trailer parks, campgrounds, abandoned in hospitals, or are awaiting foster care placement, or a similar situation due to a lack of alternatives.
  • At a bus station, park, car, or abandoned building, public spaces, substandard housing, or similar settings.
  • A primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.
  • Migratory students who qualify as homeless because the children are living in circumstances described above.

According to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Act, eligible students have rights to:

Immediate enrollment: Documentation and immunization records cannot serve as a barrier to the enrollment in school.

School Selection: McKinney-Vento eligible students have a right to select from the following schools:

  • The school he/she attended when permanently housed (School of Origin)
  • The school in which he/she was last enrolled (School of Origin)
  • The school in the attendance area in which the student currently resides (School of Residency)

Remain enrolled in his/her selected school for the duration of homelessness, or until the academic year upon which they are permanently housed.

Participate in programs for which they are eligible, including Title I, National School Lunch Program, Head Start, Even Start, etc.

Transportation Services: A McKinney-Vento eligible student attending his/her School of Origin has a right to transportation to and from the School of Origin.

Dispute Resolution: If you disagree with school officials about enrollment, transportation, or fair treatment of a homeless child or youth, you may file a complaint with the school district. The school district must respond and attempt to resolve it quickly. During the dispute, the student must be immediately enrolled in the school and provided transportation until the matter is resolved. The Homeless Liaison will assist you in making decisions, providing notice of any appeal process, and filling out dispute forms.

For more information, refer to: contact:

Paul Katan, Prescott Unified School District
300 E. Gurley St., Prescott, AZ 86301
(928) 445-5400

Alexis Clermont, M.Ed., State Coordinator for Homeless Education
Arizona Department of Education



A student who complains or grieves regarding constitutional rights, equal access to programs, discrimination, or personal safety issues may complain directly to a school administrator or to a school staff member within thirty (30) days of an alleged occurrence. The initial complaint or grievance should be made using form JII-EA, however, a verbal complaint or grievance may be made. When a school staff member receives the information, the staff member will immediately inform a school administrator. If the complaint or grievance involves a school administrator the staff member shall forward the complaint or grievance to the next administrative level.

Complaints and grievances related to student violence, harassment, intimidation or bullying are to be filed in accordance with Governing Board Policy JICK.

At a minimum the complaint or grievance shall contain the identifying information on the complainant and such specificity of names, places and times as to permit an investigation to be carried out. The written complaint or grievance should contain a requested solution and the submission should be signed and attested to by the complainant. However, an unsigned form will be processed in the same manner as a signed form.

The complaint or grievance will be investigated by a school administrator, a supervising administrator, or another person approved by the Superintendent. The student shall be contacted not later than the school day following the date the school administrator or the administrator’s immediate supervisor receives the information. The procedures to be followed are:

  • An investigation of the reported incident or activity shall be made within ten (10) school days when school is in session or within fifteen (15) days during which the school offices are open for business when school is not in session. Extension of the timeline may only be by necessity as determined by the Superintendent.
  • The investigator shall meet with the student who submitted the complaint or grievance at or before the end of the time period and shall discuss the conclusions and actions to be taken as a result of the investigation. Confidentiality of records and student information shall be observed in the process of making such a report.
  • The investigator shall prepare a written report of the findings and a copy of the report shall be provided to the principal and/or the Superintendent as circumstances warrant.
  • A confidential record of each complaint and grievance made pursuant to Policy JII shall be maintained at the District office. The record shall include a copy of the complaint or grievance filed by a student, findings of the investigation, and the disposition of the matter.
  • Unless a determination has been made by the appropriate investigating official that the reported incident actually occurred, the record shall not be used for the imposition of discipline.

Where disciplinary action is necessary, District policies shall be followed.

When District officials have a reasonable belief or an investigation reveals that a reported incident may constitute an unlawful act, law enforcement authorities will be informed.



The Governing Board believes it is the right of every student to be educated in a positive, safe, caring, and respectful learning environment. The Board further believes a school environment inclusive of these traits maximizes student achievement, fosters student personal growth, and helps students build a sense of community that promotes positive participation as members of society.

The District, in partnership with parents, guardians, and students, shall establish and maintain a school environment based on these beliefs. The District shall identify and implement age-appropriate programs designed to instill in students the values of positive interpersonal relationships, mutual respect, and appropriate conflict resolution.

To assist in achieving a school environment based on the beliefs of the Governing Board, bullying, harassment or intimidation as defined by this policy will not be tolerated.


Bullying: Bullying may occur when a student or group of students engages in any form of behavior that includes such acts as intimidation and/or harassment that

  • has the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm or damage to property,
  • is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that the action, behavior, or threat creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive environment in the form of physical or emotional harm,
  • occurs when there is a real or perceived imbalance of power or strength, or
  • may constitute a violation of law.

Bullying of a student or group of students can be manifested through written, verbal, physical, or emotional means and may occur in a variety of forms including, but not limited to

  • verbal, written/printed or graphic exposure to derogatory comments, extortion, exploitation, name calling, or rumor spreading either directly through another person or group or through cyberbullying,
  • exposure to social exclusion or ostracism,
  • physical contact including but not limited to pushing, hitting, kicking, shoving, or spitting, and
  • damage to or theft of personal property.

Cyberbullying: Cyberbullying is, but not limited to, any act of bullying committed by use of electronic technology or electronic communication devices, including telephonic devices, social networking and other Internet communications, on school computers, networks, forums and mailing lists, or other District-owned property, and by means of an individual’s personal electronic media and equipment.

Harassment: Harassment is intentional behavior by a student or group of students that is disturbing or threatening to another student or group of students. Intentional behaviors that characterize harassment include, but are not limited to, stalking, hazing, social exclusion, name calling, unwanted physical contact and unwelcome verbal or written comments, photograph,s and graphics. Harassment may be related, but not limited to, race, religious orientation, sexual orientation, cultural background, economic status, size or personal appearance. Harassing behaviors can be direct or indirect and by use of social media.

Intimidation: Intimidation is intentional behavior by a student or group of students that places another student or group of students in fear of harm of person or property. Intimidation can be manifested emotionally or physically, either directly or indirectly, and by use of social media.

Prohibitions and Discipline

Students are prohibited from bullying on school grounds, school property, school buses, at school bus stops, at school-sponsored events and activities, and through the use of electronic technology or electronic communication equipment on school computers, networks, forums, or mailing lists.

Disciplinary action may result for bullying which occurs outside of the school and the school day when such bullying results in a substantial physical, mental, or emotional negative effect on the victim while on school grounds, school property, school buses, at school bus stops, or at school-sponsored events and activities, or when such act(s) interfere with the authority of the school system to maintain order. All suspected violations of law will be reported to local law enforcement.

Reporting Incidents of Bullying

A student who is experiencing bullying, or believes another student is experiencing bullying, is to report the situation to the principal or another school employee. A school employee who becomes aware of or suspects a student is being bullied shall immediately notify the school administrator. School personnel shall maintain confidentiality of the reported information.

The initial notification of an alleged incident may be provided verbally. A detailed written description of the incident and any other relevant information must be provided on form(s) made available by the school and submitted to the principal within one (1) school day of the verbal report. Should the principal be the employee who observes, is informed of, or suspects a student is experiencing bullying the principal shall document the incident or concern in writing. Failure by an employee to report a suspected case of bullying may result in disciplinary action up to suspension without pay or dismissal pursuant to Board Policies GCQF and GDQD.

Reprisal by any student or staff member directed toward a student or employee related to the reporting of a case of bullying or a suspected case of bullying shall not be tolerated, and the individual(s) will be subject to the disciplines set out in applicable District policies and administrative regulations.

At the time a student reports alleged bullying the principal shall provide to the student who has allegedly been bullied a written copy of student rights, protections and support services available to the student and shall notify the student’s parent(s) of the report.

The principal shall investigate all reports of bullying. If the principal determines that bullying has occurred, discipline will be administered pursuant to Board Policies JK, JKD, and JKE. Regardless of the outcome of the investigation the principal will meet with the involved students to review the findings of the investigation. Subject to the restrictions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) set out in Policy JR, the parent(s) or guardian(s) of the involved students shall also be informed of the findings of the investigation.

Documentation related to reported bullying and subsequent investigation shall be maintained by the District for not less than six (6) years. In the event the District reports incidents to persons other than school officials or law enforcement all individually identifiable information shall be redacted. Restrictions established by FERPA on disclosure of personally identifiable student information must be observed at all times.

The Superintendent shall establish procedures for the dissemination of information to students, parents, and guardians. The information will include, but not be limited to, Governing Board policies, incident reporting, support services (proactive and reactive) and student’s rights. The dissemination of this information shall

  • occur during the first (1st) week of each school year,
  • be provided to each incoming student during the school year at the time of the student’s registration,
  • be posted in each classroom and in common areas of the school, and
  • be summarized in the student handbook and on the District website, and

the Superintendent shall establish procedures for the dissemination of information to District employees including, but not limited to

  • Governing Board policy,
  • preventive measures,
  • incident reporting procedures,
  • available support services for students (both proactive and reactive), and
  • student rights.

Information will be provided to staff members at the beginning of each instructional year and on the first day of employment for new employees.

The Superintendent shall establish procedures designed to protect the health and safety of students who are physically harmed as the result of bullying. These will include, when appropriate, procedures for contacting emergency medical services, law enforcement agencies, or both.

Knowingly submitting a false report under this policy shall subject the student to discipline up to and including suspension or expulsion. Where disciplinary action is necessary pursuant to any part of this policy, relevant District policies shall be followed.

Law enforcement authorities shall be notified any time District officials have a reasonable belief that an incidence of bullying is a violation of the law.



(To be displayed in school buildings and in student handbooks)

Students may present a complaint or grievance regarding one (1) or more of the following:

  • Violation of the student’s constitutional rights.
  • Denial of an equal opportunity to participate in any program or activity for which the student qualifies not related to the student’s individual capabilities.
  • Discriminatory treatment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, or disability.
  • Concern for the student’s personal safety.

Complaints and grievances related to allegations of student violence, harassment, intimidation or bullying are to be filed in accordance with Board Policy JICK.

Provided that:

  • The topic is not the subject of disciplinary or other proceedings under other policies and regulations of this District, and
  • The procedure shall not apply to any matter for which the method of review is prescribed by law, or the Governing Board is without authority to act.

The guidelines to be followed are:

  • The accusation must be made within thirty (30) calendar days of the time the student knew or should have known that there were grounds for the complaint/grievance.
  • The complaint/grievance shall be made only to a school administrator or a school staff member.
  • The person receiving the complaint will gather information for the complaint form.
  • All allegations shall be reported on forms with the necessary particulars as determined by the Superintendent. Forms are available in the school office.
  • The person receiving the complaint shall preserve the confidentiality of the subject, disclosing it only to the appropriate school administrator or next higher administrative supervisor or as otherwise required by law.

Any question concerning whether the complaint or grievance falls within this policy shall be determined by the Superintendent.

A student or student’s parent or guardian may initiate the complaint process by completing Exhibit JII-EA.

A complaint or grievance may be withdrawn at any time. Once withdrawn, the process cannot be reopened if the resubmission is longer than thirty (30) calendar days from the date of the occurrence of the alleged incident. False or unproven complaint documentation shall not be maintained.

Retaliatory or intimidating acts against any student who has made a complaint under the District policy and its corresponding regulations, or against a student who has testified, assisted or participated in any manner in an investigation relating to a complaint or grievance, are specifically prohibited and constitute grounds for a separate complaint.

Knowingly submitting a false report under this policy shall subject the student to discipline up to and including suspension or expulsion. Where disciplinary action is necessary pursuant to any part of this policy, relevant District policies shall be followed.

When District officials have a reasonable belief or an investigation reveals that a reported incident may constitute an unlawful act, law enforcement authorities will be informed.



(To be displayed in school buildings and placed in student handbooks)

There shall be no hazing, solicitation to engage in hazing, or aiding and abetting another who is engaged in hazing of any person enrolled, accepted for or promoted to enrollment, or intending to enroll or be promoted to schools within twelve (12) calendar months. For purposes of this policy, a person as specified above shall be considered a “student” until graduation, transfer, promotion, or withdrawal from the school.


“Hazing” means any intentional, knowing or reckless act committed by a student, whether individually or in concert with other persons, against another student and in which both of the following apply:

  • The act was committed in connection with an initiation into, an affiliation with or the maintenance of membership in any organization that is affiliated with an educational institution.
  • The act contributes to a substantial risk of potential physical injury, mental harm or degradation, or causes physical injury, mental harm or personal degradation.

“Organization” means an athletic team, association, order, society, corps, cooperative, club, or similar group that is affiliated with an educational institution and whose membership consists primarily of students enrolled at that educational institution.


It is no defense to a violation of this policy if the victim consented or acquiesced to hazing.

In accord with statute, violations of this policy do not include either of the following:

  • Customary athletic events, contests or competitions that are sponsored by an educational institution.
  • Any activity or conduct that furthers the goals of a legitimate educational curriculum, a legitimate extracurricular program or a legitimate military training program.

All students, teachers, and staff shall take reasonable measures within the scope of their individual authority to prevent violations of this policy.

Reporting/Complaint Procedure

Students and others may report hazing to any professional staff member. Professional staff members must report the incident to the school administrator or next higher administrative supervisor, in writing, with such details as may have been provided. A failure by a staff member to timely inform the school administrator or next higher administrative supervisor of a hazing allegation or their observation of an incident of hazing may subject the staff member to disciplinary action in accord with school policies. The staff member shall preserve the confidentiality of those involved, disclosing the incident only to the appropriate school administrator or next higher administrative supervisor or as otherwise required by law. Any instance of reported or observed hazing which includes possible child abuse or violations of statutes known to the staff member shall be treated in accord with statutory requirements and be reported to a law enforcement agency.

A person who complains or reports regarding hazing may complain or report directly to the school administrator or to a professional staff member. The professional staff member receiving the report/complaint shall retrieve sufficient detail from the person to complete the form designated for such purpose. At a minimum, the report/complaint shall be put in writing containing the identifying information on the complainant and such specificity of names, places and times as to permit an investigation to be carried out. When a professional staff member receives the information, the staff member will transmit a report to the school administrator or supervising administrator not later than the next school day following the day the staff member receives the report/complaint.

The report/complaint will be investigated by the school administrator or a supervising administrator. The procedures to be followed are:

  • An investigation of the reported incident or activity shall be made within ten (10) school days when school is in session or within fifteen (15) days during which the school offices are open for business when school is not in session. Extension of the timeline may only be by necessity as determined by the Superintendent.
  • The investigator shall meet with the person who reported the incident at or before the end of the time period and shall discuss the conclusions and actions to be taken as a result of the investigation. Confidentiality of records and student information shall be observed in the process of making such a report.
  • The investigator shall prepare a written report of the findings and a copy of the report shall be provided to the Superintendent.

All violations of this policy shall be treated in accord with the appropriate procedures and penalties provided for in School policies related to the conduct and discipline of students, staff, and others.



(Safety and use of Electronic Information Services)

Use of the electronic information services (EIS) requires that the use of the resources be in accordance with the following guidelines and support the education, research, and educational goals of the District. Filtering, monitoring, and access controls shall be established to:

  • Limit access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet and World Wide Web.
  • Monitor the safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communications.
  • Monitor for unauthorized access, including so-called “hacking,” and other unlawful activities by minors online.
  • Restrict access by minors to materials harmful to minors.

Content Filtering

A content filtering program or similar technology shall be used on the networked electronic information services (EIS) as well as on standalone computers capable of District authorized access to the Internet. The technology shall at a minimum limit access to obscene, profane, sexually oriented, harmful, or illegal materials. Should a District adult employee have a legitimate need to obtain information from an access-limited site, the Superintendent may authorize, on a limited basis, access for the necessary purpose specified by the employee’s request to be granted access.

Education, Supervision, and Monitoring

It is the responsibility of all District employees to be knowledgeable of the Board’s policy and administrative regulations and procedures related to the use of technology resources. Employees are further responsible, to the extent prudent to an individual’s assignment, to educate, supervise, and monitor student use of the District’s online computer network use. District, department, and school administrators shall provide employees with appropriate in-servicing and assist employees with the implementation of Policy IJNDB.

As a means of providing safety and security in direct electronic communications and to prevent abuses to the appropriate use of electronic equipment, all computer access to the Internet through the District electronic information services (EIS) or standalone connection shall be monitored periodically or randomly through in-use monitoring or review of usage logs.

Access Control

Individual access to the EIS shall be by authorization only. Designated personnel may provide authorization to students and staff who have completed and returned an electronic information services user agreement. The Superintendent may give authorization to other persons to use the EIS.

Acceptable Use

Each user of the EIS shall:

  • Use the EIS to support personal educational objectives consistent with the educational goals and objectives of the School District.
  • Agree not to submit, publish, display, or retrieve any defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, racially offensive, or illegal material.
  • Abide by all copyright and trademark laws and regulations.
  • Not reveal home addresses, personal phone numbers or personally identifiable data unless authorized to do so by designated school authorities.
  • Understand that electronic mail or direct electronic communication is not private and may be read and monitored by school employed persons.
  • Not use the network in any way that would disrupt the use of the network by others.
  • Not use the EIS for commercial purposes.
  • Follow the District’s code of conduct.
  • Not attempt to harm, modify, add, or destroy software or hardware nor interfere with system security.
  • Understand that inappropriate use may result in cancellation of permission to use the electronic information services (EIS) and appropriate disciplinary action up to and including expulsion for students.

In addition, acceptable use for District employees is extended to include requirements to:

  • Maintain supervision of students using the EIS.
  • Agree to directly log on and supervise the account activity when allowing others to use District accounts.
  • Take responsibility for assigned personal and District accounts, including password protection.
  • Take all responsible precautions, including password maintenance and file and directory protection measures, to prevent the use of personal and District accounts and files by unauthorized persons.

Each user will be required to sign an EIS user agreement. A user who violates the provisions of the agreement will be denied access to the information services and may be subject to disciplinary action. Accounts may be closed and files may be deleted at any time. The District is not responsible for any service interruptions, changes, or consequences.

Details of the user agreement shall be discussed with each potential user of the electronic information services. When the signed agreement is returned to the school, the user may be permitted use of EIS resources through school equipment.

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