INDIANA LIFE SCIENCES ACADEMY FAMILY HANDBOOK
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INDIANA LIFE SCIENCES ACADEMY FAMILY HANDBOOK
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Welcome statement
- Mission statement
- School colors, school mascot
- The 6 Measures of Excellence p. 1
- I. School Schedule 2
- II. School Closings/Two Hour Delay p.2
III. Attendance and Tardy Policies p. 2 – 4
- A. Attendance expectations 2
- B. Indiana Code 20-33-2 Compulsory attendance 2
- C. Regular Attendance 2
- Excused absences p. 2-3
- E. Unexcused absences 3
- F. Responses to unexcused absences 3
- Truancy p. 3
- Tardies p. 4
- I. Notifying the office of an absence 4
- I Internet and Technology Acceptable Use Policy p. 5-6
- A. Purpose and Types of Technology 5
- B. Definition of Technology “Users” 5
- C. Privilege 5
- Violations p. 5-6
- E. Network Security 6
- F. Public Law 96-517 -7(b) 6
- Consequences for Violations p. 6
- Visitors’ Policy p. 6-7
- A. Check in procedure 6
- B. Unauthorized persons 7
- VI. Progress reports 7
VII. Academic Integrity p. 7
- A. Cheating 7
- B. Consequences for Cheating 7
VIII. Homework p. 8
- I Parent Volunteer Hours p. 8
- Student Records p. 8
- A. Definition 8
- B. Transfer procedures 8
- C. Request for Transcript procedure 8
- XI. Parental Access Rights to Students‟ Records 9
- A. Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act 9
- B. Confidentiality 9
XII. School Health Services p. 9 – 12
- A. Medication Policy 9-10
- B. Student Possession and Self-Administration 10 – 11
- C. Transportation of Medication 11
- Health Services p. 11-12
XIII. Student Expectations/General Discipline Policies p. 12-16
- A. Purpose 12
- B. Right to Impose Consequences 12
- C. Proactive Disciplinary Plan/Positive Behavior Support 12-13
- Expectations: CARE p. 13
- E. Encouragement 13
- F. School Wide Behavior Expectations 13
- Reward/Panther Points Program p. 14
- Disciplinary Categories p. 14-15
- I. Minor Offenses 15
- J. Consequences/Enforcement for Minor Offenses 15
- K. Major Offenses 15-16
- L. Consequences/Enforcement for Major Offenses 16
- Due Process p. 16
- Due process steps p. 16
- Students with Disabilities p. 16
XIV. Confiscation of Electronic Devices at school p. 16
- XV. Bullying Policy 17- 19
- A. Adoption 17
- B. Right to respect and take disciplinary action 17
- C. Definitions 17
- Policy against bullying, cyber – bullying and
retaliation p. 18
- E. Reports of bullying, cyber-bullying or retaliation 18
- F. Responding to a report of bullying, cyber-bullying
or retaliation p. 19
- The goals of the investigation process p. 19
- The investigation process: interviews p. 19
- I. Notification 19
- J. Resolution 19
XVI. Drug and Alcohol Policy p. 20
- A. ILSA code, I.C. 35-48-4 20
- B. Sanctions 20
XVII. Policy on Search and Seizure p. 20
XVIII. Harassment Policy p. 21-22
- A. Definition
- Sexual Harassment
- Unwelcome Conduct
- Racial Harassment
- B. Complaint Procedure 22
XIX. Weapons, Firearms, Fireworks p. 22
- A. ILSA code, I.C. 35-47-9 22
- B. Gun Free Schools 22
- C. Definition of firearm 22
- Definition of destructive device p. 22
- XX. Emergency Drills 23
- A. Fire, Tornado, and Earthquake drills 23
- B. Teacher responsibility and Internal Response Team 23
- C. Evacuation procedure 23
XXI. Dress Code p. 23-25
- A. General overview 23
- B. Girls 24
- C. Boys 24
- Optional p. 24
- E. Unacceptable apparel 24
XXII. Transportation Policies p. 25-26
- A. Bus policies
- General Bus Information
- Bus Changes p. 25
- Unauthorized boarding of a school bus p. 26
- B. Car Rider Policies 26
- C. Walkers 26
INDIANA LIFE SCIENCES ACADEMY FAMILY HANDBOOK
Welcome to Indiana Life Science Academy
This handbook is written in an effort to communicate to the students and parents of Indiana Life Sciences Academy (ILSA) some of the basic services offered by the school that will help you achieve the best educational experience possible. Please keep this handbook readily available and feel free to ask any questions you may have.
Our hope is that you have a rewarding and successful school year!
Indiana Life Science Academy
SCHOOL COLORS: Purple/Gold
SCHOOL MASCOT: Eagles
CHARACTERISTICS OF AN IMAGINE SCHOOL
6 Measures of Excellence
Shared Values of integrity, justice, and fun allow every teacher, student, and parent associated with Imagine Schools to unite around common values that guide our collective behavior.
Parent Choice and satisfaction are the most reliable indicators of the quality of our
Academic Achievement is measured by student learning gains as well as proficiency.
We offer students challenging, content-rich curriculum that emphasizes science, social studies, the arts, writing, thematic projects, and critical thinking as well as mastery of reading and math skills.
Positive Character is a high priority in our school. We strive for growth in students’
character measured by positive changes in behavior and worldview. Forming a virtuous character is a central part of the educational experience for every student who attends an Imagine school.
Economic Sustainability means every school in our family is financially able to stand on
its own, which is the best indicator of that school’s ability to continue educating children over the long term.
New School Development enhances our ability to reach more children, more families, and more communities.
INDIANA LIFE SCIENCES ACADEMY FAMILY HANDBOOK
- I. SCHOOL SCHEDULE
The daily schedule at ILSA:
Students are allowed into the building for breakfast beginning at 8:30 AM. Classes start at 9:00 AM and end at 3:45 PM, Monday through Friday, unless noted differently on the 2014-2015 school calendar.
- II. SCHOOL CLOSINGS/TWO HOUR DELAY
ILSA Administration will refer to area school districts, such as IPS and Pike, for school closing due to snow and icy conditions only. The decision to delay or close will be made by 6:00 AM. Please watch for closings, early closings, or late arrival on television Channels 6, 8, 13, Fox 59 and radio stations WIBC 1070 AM, WENS 97.1, WFMS 95.5. WTLC-AM 1310 & FM 1067, Radio Latina 107.1 & La Que Buena 810 AM, WIBC 1070-AM/WENS 97.1 FM.
III. ATTENDANCE AND TARDY POLICIES:
- A. ILSA students are expected to attend all classes throughout the day, and to make every attempt to be consistent in attendance. It is difficult, if not impossible, to succeed as a student without consistent attendance in classes and in school.
- B. Indiana Code 20-33 Chapter 2 (IC-20-33-2) provides that every parent, guardian or other person having charge of any child of co mpulsory school age must send the child to a school which conforms to the minimum standards prescribed by the State Board of Education for the full time the school attended is in session: attendance must begin within the first week of the school term.
- C. Regular attendance is required of all students in Indiana Life Sciences Academy during the days and hours that the school is in session unless excused for one of the reasons listed under paragraph D: Excused absences.
- Excused absences: excused absences are defined as absences the school district regards as legitimate reasons for being out of school, as included in the district’s policy. The following is a list of absences that will be considered excused:
- Documented personal illness (medical concerns/emergencies) verified by a
note from a parent/guardian
- Personal illness verified by a note from a physician
- Health facilities verification note
- Death or loss in the immediate family
- Personal tragedy (administratively approved)
- Religious holidays
- Medical, Dental, or legal appointments (these should be made outside of school time
When possible. Appointment cards need to be turned in to school office upon the
student’s return to school)
- E. Unexcused absences: An unexcused absence is defined as any absence not covered under the school district’s definition of excused or exempt absence. Truancy is defined as absent without knowledge or permission of the parent/ guardian or school official. A student is allowed two (2) unexcused absences from school or from any class without penalty. Examples of unexcused absences include but are not limited to:
- Absence without permission or approval for appointments
- Vacation or trips during school days
- Responses to Unexcused Absences:
- On the third (3rd) unexcused absence from school and/or a class the parent will be called by the teacher and the student will be placed on a watch list. It is important that parents take this call seriously.
- On the fifth (5th) unexcused absence from school/and or a class the parent will be called by the teacher and referred to the parent liaison to set up a
conference call. The purpose of this call will be to discuss reasons for absences and/or tardies to school. This is the final contact that will happen before a family is referred to administration.
- On the seventh (7th) unexcused absence from school/and or a class the parent will be called by the teacher to inform them that a referral has been given to administration to conduct a conference regarding inconsistent attendance.
- On the tenth (10th) unexcused absence from school/and or class the parent will be called by teacher and principal, and the student will be suspended pending an expulsion hearing. Notification will also be made to the Marion County Prosecuting Attorney Juvenile Division and to the Department of Child Protection Services. By law, the student may attend school until their expulsion hearing has been held.
- Truancy: Truancy refers to situations where the student does not attend class as expected, or leaves the school without authorization, or willfully fails to attend school with or without the parent or guardian’s knowledge. The definition of a child who is designed as a habitual truant is a student who is chronically absent by having unexcused absences from school for more than ten (10) days in one school year.
- Tardies: Classes start at 9:00 AM and end at 3:45 PM.
- Students are considered tardy at 9:05 AM if they are not in their classroo All tardy students must have a pass to get into class.
- If students are tardy, parents are required to bring their student into the building through the main entrance and sign them into school at the reception desk.
. 3. The student and their parent must both be present to sign in.
- Notifying the office of excused or unexcused absence
- If a student is at home sick, parents should call the school at (317)
297-9100 by 9:30 AM for an excused absence.
- Upon return from an absence, the student must submit a written explanation signed by a parent/guardian to the front office.
- If the school does not receive a note, the absence will be classified as Unexcused.
- If there are excessive absences which could lead to dismissal from ILSA, the
student and his/her parent(s) or guardian must meet with school officials to address the issue.
- I INTERNET AND TECHNOLOGY ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
- ILSA provides technology to promote communication, support opportunity for educational research, and create opportunities for collaborative wor The use of technological equipment or technical resources includes but is not limited to:
- Computers and computer systems
- Public and private networks
- a. Internet
- b. Long-distance networks
- c. Cable networks
- Voice mail
- e. E-mail
- f. Telephone systems
- h. Fax Machines
- i. Audio-visual systems
- j. Similar equipment as may become available
- B. For the purpose of this policy, “users” include students, staff, or others using equipment at ILSA. Any user that is given access to our technology takes full responsibility for their actions. All terms and conditions as stated in this document are applicable to anyone using the technological equipment listed above. Please note: All students enrolled at ILSA will use the technology resources, including Internet access, unless the student’s parents indicate, in writing, that they are not permitting such use.
- The use of technology is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those privileges.
- Violations include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Using the schools access to the internet for any non-educational purpose;
- Gaining intentional access or maintaining access to materials which are
obscene, pornographic or whose dominant appeal is sexual arousal;
- Gaining access or maintaining access to materials which are
defamatory, abusive, threatening, harassing, racially offensive, dangerous, illegally discriminatory, or illegal;
- Downloading lyrics, images, games, music, copying music for non- educational purposes;
- Using the internet for illegal activity including gambling, computer hacking
and copyright plagiarism or intellectual property law violations;
- Accessing “chat rooms/instant messaging services”;
- Posting anonymous messages on the system;
- Electronic Forgery;
- Theft or vandalism of data, equipment, or intellectual property;
- Invading the privacy of individuals;
- Attempting to gain access or gaining access to student records, grades, or files;
- Introducing a virus to, or otherwise improperly tampering with the system;
- Degrading or disrupting equipment or system performance;
- Providing access to the school’s network to unauthorized individuals;
- Reposting a message that was sent to you privately without permission of the person who sent you the message.
- Posting private information about another person or cyber bullying.
*offsite cyber bullying can result in a loss of technology privileges on site.
- E. Security on our network is a high priority. ILSA will make good faith efforts to protect children from improper or harmful matter that may be on the internet. The school will be using a filtering system. The misuse of technology is subject to regulation and discipline. Anyone identifying a security problem on the network should immediately notify the technology administrator.
- F. All users of ILSA computer facilities and equipment are expected to adhere to the provisions of Public Law 96-517, Section 7(b) with regard to copyright software.
- Any violation of this policy and rules may result in:
- Loss of access to ILSA technology.
- Additional disciplinary action may be determined by the building school administration in keeping with existing procedures and practices.
- When and where applicable, law enforcement agencies may be involved.
- VISITORS’ POLICY
- All visitors, including parents, must enter the building through the main entrance door E5 and check in at the Main Offic Once a background check is performed, the visitor will be issued a Visitor’s Pass, which they must wear while on campus and return to the Main Office after their visit. If a visitor neglects to complete a background check, then they will not be permitted beyond the office for entry. All visitors will need an ID in order to successfully complete this check. Visitors are not allowed in classrooms during testing.
Visitors are expected to treat all teachers and staff with respect while visiting ILSA. If visitors violate these expectations, they will be asked to leave the premises.
- Unauthorized persons are not permitted in the school building or on school grounds. Any person observed in the building or not wearing a visitor badge should be reported to the Administration or a faculty member.
- VI. PROGRESS REPORTS
- Progress Reports will be sent to parents every 4th week of each grading period.
These will be prior to parent/teacher conferences that will be held at the end of a grading period.
VII. ACADEMIC INTEGRITY
- The goal of the ILSA Academic Program is to build skills and inspire interest that will develop the intellectual independence of each individual learner; consequently integrity towards academics is imperative for students to be successful. Violations include, but are not limited to the following:
- Cheating on tests, quizzes, or homework.
- b. Use of notes without permission.
- c. Copying from another student.
- d. Other forms of such dishonest behavior.
- B. CONSEQUENCES FOR CHEATING
- First Offense:
- Teacher informs parent(s) of the offense.
- b. Student receives a zero on the test, quiz, or assignment.
- Second Offense:
- a. Teacher informs parent(s) of the offense.
- b. Student receives a zero on the test, quiz, or assignment.
- c. Student receives an in-school suspension.
- Third Offense:
- a. Teacher request a conference with the parent(s).
- b. Student receives zero credit for the class for that semester.
- c. Student receives 3 days of out of school suspension and is put on Academic Probation for the remainder of the school year.
- Fourth Offense:
- a. Dismissal from Indiana Life Science Academ
- Students receive relevant, meaningful homework, which supports the concepts, skills and content addressed in the classroom. Homework should have impact on what the student is
learning and it is essential that students develop study techniques and academic discipline that ensure success. Each classroom and/or grade level will determine homework policies.
- I PARENT VOLUNTEER HOURS
- This year Indiana Life Sciences Academy is committed to partnering with parents to improve academic and character development for all our families. Parents may do their parent volunteer hours in the classroom, Title 1 events such as carnivals, sporting events, PTO meetings, and parent teacher conferences. Parents may split time with grandparents or other family members. Teachers will document the time that parents have volunteered.
- STUDENT RECORDS
- Student records consist of personal files and grade transcripts. ILSA maintains a personal file on each student enrolled. Each file contains the following records:
- Records from student’s former school
- Registration forms
- Immunization Records (Proof of immunizations is required by state law and must be on file for the student to remain in school)
- Student Transcripts (Records of a student’s grades, standardized test scores, and
attendance for the period of time he/she is enrolled at ILSA). Transcripts are
permanent records and are never destroyed.
- Other personal information that a student might acquire during his/her attendance at
- B. When a student transfers from ILSA to another school, a copy of his/her transcripts and proof of immunizations required by the Indiana Department of Health are necessary for enrollment. In order for a student to graduate, an official copy of the transcript must be on file at the new school. An official copy is one on which our school seal has been imprinted and a school official’s signature appears. Upon written request from the proper school authority, an official copy can be mailed or hand-carried in a sealed envelope if a parent/guardian has officially withdrawn the student from ILSA.
- Requests for transcripts should be directed towards the Registrar or person assigned to student records.
- XI. PARENTAL ACCESS RIGHTS TO STUDENTS’ RECORDS
- The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords any natural parent, guardian, individual acting as a parent in the absence of a parent or guardian of a student at ILSA, or a student who has reached eighteen (18) years of age or is attending an institution of post-secondary education certain rights with respect to the student’s education records, (unless the school has been provided with evidence that there is a court order, State statute, or legally-binding document relating to such matters as divorce, separation, or custody that specifically revokes these rights). These rights are:
- The right to inspect and review the student’s education records. Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect.
- The right to request amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or
eligible student believes is inaccurate or misleading. Parents or eligible students may ask the school to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the school principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the school will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment.
- The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in
the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure
- File with the United States Department of Education in complaint concerning alleged failures by the school to comply with the requirements of FERPA.
- B. Records are confidential and may be disclosed only as provided for in the Family
Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
XII. SCHOOL HEALTH SERVICES A. MEDICATION POLICY
In compliance with Indiana Code the guidelines for administering medication at school are as follows:
- No medication will be administered without written and dated consent of the parent.
- The parent’s written consent is valid only for the period specified on the consent form and never longer than the current school or program year. Forms will be provided for completion at the beginning of each school year.
- All medications shall be kept in the nurse’s office, and maintained in a secure location.
- The school nurse, secretary, principal or clinic volunteer will administer all medications.
All those listed will be trained and certified to administer medication. Students are not
allowed to medicate themselves at any time.
- All prescription medication to be administered during school hours must be in the original
prescription container marked with the student’s name, the name of the medication, the accurate dosage, when it is to be administered, and the name of the prescribing physician. Any dosage changes must have a doctor’s written statement (may be faxed) or a new prescription container. All prescriptions must be current within the year.
- For medications, such as antibiotics, that are ordered to be given 4 times a day and/or that require a dose to be given during school hours, please request an extra bottle from the pharmacist in order to provide the school with exactly the amount that will be needed thus avoiding having the student carry the medication back and forth to school each day.
- Non-prescription medications to be given must also be in the original container with written authorization from a parent/guardian detailing when the medication is to be given and the reason for giving it.
- If it becomes necessary to give a student medication that is not kept at school, a
parent/guardian may come to school and administer the medication. Please inform the school nurse beforehand.
- Benadryl for bee’s stings, Tylenol (acetaminophen), or Advil (ibuprofen) will be administered to your child, if necessary, with written parental permission via the
Medication Administration Permission Form that is filled out and signed at the beginning of the school year.
- Most medications can be given before the student comes to school and after the student returns home. Please select a medication schedule that does not require students to report to the clinic more than three times during a school day.
- The parent/guardian may, upon request, obtain a copy of the schoo’‟s policies and
procedures on medication administration.
- B. STUDENT POSSESSION AND SELF-ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICINE IN SCHOOL
- In accordance with Indiana State code, a student with a chronic disease or medical condition may possess and self-administer medication for the chronic disease or medical condition if the following conditions are met:
- The student’s parent/guardian had filed an authorization with the Principal in order for the student to self-administer the medicine; or a physician states in writing that the student has an acute or chronic disease or medical condition for which the physician has prescribed medication.
- ii. The student has been instructed on how to self-administer the medication;
iii. The nature of the disease or medical condition requires emergency
administration of the medication.
- The authorization and statement described above must be filed with the Principal
- TRANSPORTATION OF MEDICATION
- All medications, both prescription and non-prescription, must be transported into the nurse’s office by a parent/guardian OR an adult appointed by the students’ parent/guardian.
- HEALTH SERVICES
- 1. The following services are provided to the student by Indiana mandates:
- a. Vision Screening for all students suspected of having a visual defect.
- It is recommended that each child have an annual medical physical and dental check-up, as well as regular eye exams by a professional. All required immunizations must be up to date to avoid any suspension from school.
- According to the Indiana Department of Education a student should be temporarily excluded from school for:
- a. A temperature of 100 degrees F or higher. The temperature should be below this level for 24 hours before the student returns to school.
- b. Most inflammatory eye conditions, such as pink eye.
- c. Rashes that are known to be contagious or infectious.
- Head colds with persistent cough and/or nasal discharge.
- e. Sore or inflamed throat. If strep throat is diagnosed, the student must be on medication for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
- f. Discharge from the ears. g. Body lice, head lice.
- h. Vomiting i. Diarrhea
- Students who become ill should report their condition to their teacher prior to going to the nurse’s office. If the student is too ill to remain in school, school personnel will notify a parent or guardian. Arrangements must be made by the parent/guardian for transportation. A student will not be sent home unless the parent/guardian is notified.
- If injured at school, a student must report the incident to a teacher or school personnel immediately to obtain proper first aid. If an injury occurs during out -of-class time, a student must report directly to the nurse’s office.
- In the event of a serious accident during school hours, an attempt will be made to notify parents before any medical care is given. The student will be transported by ambulance, if necessary, to the hospital that is closest to the school. If the accident occurs during a field trip, the nearest medical care facility will be utilized.
- An Annual Student Health Survey form must be completed by a parent/guardian for each
student at the beginning of each school year, in order to update the student’s health file
with current pertinent information.
XIII. STUDENT EXPECTATIONS/GENERAL DISCIPLINE AND POLICIES
- The purpose of discipline in any community is to maintain order so that specific objectives can be reached. Discipline at ILSA is based on a whole child philosophy and the belief that any education worth pursuing is not only an academic but also an emotional and social endeavor. When entering ILSA, there is an understanding that both the student and his/her parent are willing to comply by the rules and regulations set forth by the school. Students learn self-discipline by living in a community that sets high moral and ethical standards, explains and teaches those standards, and models them for students. Students also learn self-discipline by accepting responsibility when they fail to meet the community’s standards of action.
- B. ILSA reserves the right to do what is necessary and proper and to impose consequences for student conduct on and off of school grounds. Inappropriate actions by a student or students have a detrimental impact on the student body, teachers, staff, and ILSA as a whole. If a violation of the State’s Criminal Code occurs in or on school property, near a school activity, or away from school and may affect the school’s reputation and/or climate, the principal may turn the investigation over to the local police authority.
- Imagine East Proactive Disciplinary Plan School Wide Positive Behavior Support
- Definition: School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) is a proactive, team-based framework for creating and sustaining safe and effective schools. Emphasis is placed on prevention of problem behavior, development of
pro-social skills, and the use of data-based problem solving for addressing existing behavior concerns. School-wide PBIS increases the capacity of schools to educate all students utilizing research-based, school-wide, classroom, and individualized interventions. (For more information visit the U.S. Department of Education Technical Assistance Center on PBIS at http://www.pbis.org/)
- The School Wide Behavior Team was formed over the summer of 2013 and will be the catalyst for changing the school’s culture by applying research based interventions and structure in the design and implementation of a School Wide Positive Behavior Support system. The SWBT set clear expectations for students and will successfully communicate to staff on progress and points of improvement in regards to student behaviors.
- The School Wide Management Plan consists of three components: Expectations, Encouragement, and Enforcement.
- Expectations EAGLES
- E. Encouragement
- Verbal Praise
- Individual Reward
- Class Reward
- School wide Reward (Eagle Tickets)
- Character Grade
- F. School Wide Expectations have been set for various locations throughout the school and signs will be strategically placed as a constant reminder for students to reference. (Refer to Appendix A: School Wide Expectations – Various Settings) Also, during the first couple of weeks of school the students will have the opportunity to practice
positive behavior during our “Expect-Stations” training. Each teaching station will be
led by a staff member who will demonstrate the expectations and highlight where the expectations signs are. The training will be conducted again following winter break for re-teaching purposes. A school wide assembly will be held for students to have the opportunity to be introduced to the school wide expectations and the school wide reward system.
- SCHOOL WIDE REWARD/EAGLE TICKETS PROGRAM
Token economies are excellent for motivating students to achieve and meet behavioral expectations (Mayer, Richard. The Promise of Educational Psychology. New Jersey: Merrill Prentice Hall, 2002). The students will have the opportunity to earn Eagle Tickets for meeting our school wide expectations. Eagle Tickets may be redeemed at the Eagle’s Nest Store where various prizes will be priced according to their value.
- DISCIPLINARY CATAGORIES
- Definition of Terms:
- a. Referral – Notification to the school administrator in charge of discipline by documentation that (a) student(s) has/have violated a school rule, regulation or policy.
- b. After School Detention – A student may be assigned after school detention from the Dean of students and/or behavior support team once a referral has been made (after multiple interventions). Detentions will be held on Wednesdays from 3:30pm – 5:30pm. Parents will be required to provide transportation for a student who has been given detention. Students will receive a notice at least 24 hours prior to the day on which the detention must be serve
- Out-of-school Suspension (OSS) – When the student is removed from the school and remains under the supervision of his/her parents or guardians for a period of time not exceeding ten (10) consecutive school days at one time.
- Social Probation – When the privilege of participating in or attending any extra- curricular activities of the school both on and off campus has been revoked for a specified period of time. Social probation issued to students will be determined by the Dean of students and behavior support team (when students have broken more severe rules and regulations listed in the school handbook).
- Expulsion – The permanent removal of a student from attendance at ILSA. The decision is made by the Principal based upon the recommendation of the Disciplinary Council.
- I. MINOR OFFENSES
Minor offenses include but are not limited to the following:
- Physical Aggression: Low intensity, but inappropriate physical contact occurred.
- Minor Theft: Taking an item of minimum value that may be easily replaced.
- Minor Property Damage / Vandalism: Misuse of property and/or minor
destruction that can easily be restored by the student.
- Teasing / Taunting: Disrespectful messages or gestures that do not include
serious threat or intimidation.
- Defiance / Disrespect: Brief or low intensity failure to respond to adult request.
- Disruption: Low intensity interference with instruction activity.
- Inappropriate Language – Low intensity instance of profanity or rude language.
- CONSEQUENCES/ENFORCEMENT FOR MINOR OFFENSES:
- Verbal Warning
- Loss of privilege
- Parent Contact
- Conference with Parent/Guardian
- Referral to the dean
- MAJOR OFFENSES
Major offenses include but are not limited to the following:
- Fighting / Serious Physical Aggression: High intensity involving serious attempted physical contact where injury was highly likely or executed.
- Theft: Student in possession of, having passed on, or being responsible for removing someone else’s property that has significant value and cannot be easily replaced.
- Abusive Language: Words used as serious threats or profanity directed towards another individual.
- Ongoing / Sever Bullying: Student delivered repeated messages to another person that included threats and intimidation, pictures, internet messages or written notes.
- Vandalism/ Property Damage: Substantial destruction of property that cannot easily be repaired.
- Severe Disruption: High intensity interference that could not be minimized after using intervention strategies over a period of time.
- L. CONSEQUENCES/ENFORCEMENT FOR MAJOR OFFENSES:
- Immediate referral to the Dean
- Parent Contact
- Consequences for major offenses will be assigned on a case by case basis in accordance with ILSA policies, and where pertinent, Indiana Code, State or Federal Law.
- DUE PROCESS
- Due process includes:
- Documentation provided to the Council describing the violation.
- An explanation of what the student is accused of being in violation of.
- An opportunity for the student, in the presence of the student’s parents, to respond to the accusations before the Council for the purpose of making a recommendation on the matter to the Principal.
- The Principal shall be responsible to make a final decision on all such matters and shall be final and binding on all parties.
- B. STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
It is imperative that, in addition to Imagine School’s policies and rules on student
discipline, the appropriate state and federal statutes and rules be followed when
disciplining a student with a disability. All Behavior Improvement Plans (BIP) will be followed by all the staff of the school. If there are questions about the appropriate procedures to follow, please contact the campus administrator/principal, assistant principal, or someone from the Special Education Department at (317) 297-9100.
XIV. ELECTRONIC DEVICES
- Mp3/music players, electronic paging devices, video games, laser pens or pointers, cell phones, etc. may not be used in the school building at any time during the school day. If students are caught using any of devices, the piece will be confiscated and the student will have to inform their parent to pick up the device from the school office.
XVI. BULLYING POLICY
All members of the ILSA community have a right to be treated with civility and respect. ILSA reserves the right to take disciplinary action when the consequences of behavior disrupt the educational process for any of its students.
- Bullying: Bullying is when someone repeatedly and on purpose says or does
mean or hurtful acts toward another person; thus creating an “imbalance of power” socially or physically. Cyber-bullying is bullying through the use of technology or electronic devices such as telephones, cell phones, computers, fax machines and internet.
- Hostile environment: A hostile environment is a situation in which bullying causes the school environment to be permeated with intimidation, ridicule, or insult that is sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter the conditions of a student’s education.
- Retaliation: Retaliation is any form of intimidation, reprisal, or harassment directed against a student who reports bullying, provides information during an investigation of bullying, or witnesses or has reliable information about bullying.
- Introduction In order to meet its mission, Imagine Indiana Life Sciences Academy East expects all members of our school community to treat each other with civility and respect. It is the Policy of ILSA to provide and maintain a learning environment that is free of bullying and any other verbal or physical misconduct that disrupts the learning environment or makes it unsafe. It is important that the Bullying Policy is well understood by all members of the ILSA community. The Principal is responsible for the implementation and administration of the policy. Questions and concerns related to this Policy should be referred to the Principal’s office.
- POLICY AGAINST BULLYING, CYBER-BULLYING AND RETALIATION
- The School will not tolerate any form of bullying or cyber-bullying, or the retaliation against any person who reports bullying or provides information during
an investigation of bullying, witnesses or anyone with reliable information about bullying. Bullying and cyber-bullying are prohibited on school grounds and at
school-sponsored events, activities, functions, programs and trips. Bullying and cyber-bullying are also prohibited at school bus stops, on school buses and other
vehicles used by ILSA and through the use of technology or electronic device owned, leased, or used by ILSA.
- Consequences may be assigned by ILSA for any bullying and/or cyber- bullying that takes place at a location, activity, function, or program that is not school-related or through the used of technology or an electronic device that is not owned, leased, or used by the school if such bullying:
- a. creates a hostile environment at ILSA
- b. infringes on rights of any student of ILSA
- c. disrupts the educational process or orderly operation of ILSA.
- E. REPORTS OF BULLYING, CYBER-BULLYING, OR RETALIATION
Any student who is the target of bullying or cyber-bullying or has witnessed an incident of bullying or cyber-bullying or otherwise has relevant information about bullying or cyber-bullying is strongly encouraged to promptly report the matter orally
or in writing to the school Principal or to any other faculty or staff member with whom
each student is comfortable speaking. Any student who is subject to retaliation in violation of this policy or who knows of another student who has been subject to retaliation is encouraged to report it as soon as possible.
- A parent of a student who is the target of bullying or cyber-bullying or of a student who has witnessed or otherwise has relevant information about bullying or cyber- bullying is strongly urged to promptly notify the Principal. A parent should also report any incident of retaliation in violation of this policy to the Principal. Parents should allow the school Principal to handle all matters of bullying or cyber-bullying. A parent who acts in retaliation against a student is considered to create a hostile environment. Such action could warrant expulsion of the parent’s child.
- Any member of the faculty or staff of ILSA who witnesses or otherwise becomes aware of bullying or cyber-bullying in violation of this policy or who becomes aware of retaliation against a student who reported information concerning a violation of this policy is required to report it immediately, without exception. Faculty and staff will not make reports anonymously, as this would impede the ability of the school to react quickly and effectively.
- F. Responding to a Report of Bullying, Cyber-bullying, or Retaliation
When a report of bullying, cyber-bullying, or retaliation is brought to the Principal’s
attention, an assessment is made as to whether any initial steps need to be taken to
protect the well-being of students and to prevent disruption of their learning environment while the investigation is being conducted. As appropriate, strategies may be implemented to prevent further bullying, cyber-bullying, or retaliation during an investigation.
- The goals of the investigation process are:
- to correct the situation to the extent that it is reasonably possible
- to take such steps as can be taken to prevent a repetition of the incident
- to prevent the student or students targeted and others who participated in the investigation from being subject to retaliation
- The investigation process includes interviews with the following:
- the person who made the complaint,
- the student who was the target of the alleged bullying,
- the person who or persons against whom the complaint was made
- any students, faculty, staff or other persons who witnessed or who may otherwise
have relevant information about the alleged incident.
- The Principal will consult with other teachers or staff, as appropriate, and at the
discretion of the School, in order to determine the next steps to be taken.
It is the policy of the School to notify parents of any student who is an alleged target of
bullying, cyber-bullying, or retaliation and the parents of any student who may have been accused of engaging in such behavior promptly after a complaint has been made.
Following the investigation, the Principal will determine whether and to what extent the allegation of bullying, cyber-bullying, or retaliation has been substantiated. If it is
determined that this Policy has been violated, the Principal will consult with the School deans, faculty, and staff to determine what disciplinary action and/or remedial action is appropriate and how it will be implemented. The Principal will meet with necessary students and parents to discuss the results of the investigation and the corrective measures or disciplinary actions to be implemented.
XVII. DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICY
- It is a violation of the disciplinary code of ILSA and Indiana Code 35-48-4 to possess, provide to another person, use, or be under the influence of any substance which is or contains amphetamines, alcohol, barbiturates, narcotic drugs, a stimulant, an intoxicant of any kind, marijuana, a depressant, a hallucinogen, or any illegal substance. Nonalcoholic beer and wine substitutes and drug look-alikes and substitutes are also in violation of school policy. This policy pertains to occurrences taking place in any of the following settings:
- On school grounds, immediately before, during, and immediately after school hours and at any other time when a school group is using the school.
- Off school grounds at a school-sponsored activity, function, or event.
- Traveling to or from a school activity, function, or event.
- B. SANCTIONS:
- The student will be subjected to up to a ten (10) day suspension from school.
- The student will be excluded from school and a conference will be set up with the parent/guardian and school administration.
- Based on the severity and number of occurrences, expulsion could be recommended.
XVIII. POLICY ON SEARCH AND SEIZURE
- ILSA recognizes that students maintain their rights of privacy while attending school and those rights include the right to be free from unreasonable searches by school personnel. These rights will not be disturbed unless it is necessary to do so to enforce the law or school rules. In all circumstances, students shall be treated with dignity and respect.
- General – Certified school personnel may search a student’s person, locker, book bags,
desk, or vehicle if there are reasonable grounds for that search.
- Search of Student’s Person – A search of a student’s person may occur only if reasonable
grounds exist for the search. Searches of a student’s person shall be limited to (1) searching the pockets of the student; (2) searching any object in the student’s possession such as a purse or book bag; (3) a “pat down” of the student’s clothing: this will be done with two (2) or more school officials present.
- Search of Student Lockers – All lockers/storage areas provided for student use on school premises remain the property of the school and are provided for the use and convenience of the students. The principal or a member of the administrative staff designated in writing by the principal may search a particular student’s locker and its contents if there are
reasonable grounds for that search. If possible, the student whose locker is searched shall be present at the time of search. This will be done with two (2) or more school officials present.
XIX. HARASSMENT POLICY (Sexual/Racial/Bullying)
- Harassment is defined as follows: unwelcome advances, inappropriate verbal comments or physical conduct of a threatening nature when made by any student(s) and/or faculty/staff to
another individual on school property or at any school-related function.
- Sexual Harassment
- a. Is defined as follows: unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and
other inappropriate verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when made by any student, faculty or staff to another individual.
- Unwelcome Conduct of a Sexual Nature
- a. Conduct of a sexual nature may include verbal or physical sexual advances and/or comments regarding physical or personality characteristics of a sexual nature.
- b. Verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when the allegedly harassed faculty/staff member or student has indicated, by his or her
conduct or verbal objection, that it is unwelcome.
- c. Any faculty/staff member or student who has initially welcomed such conduct by
active participation with another person must give specific notice to the other person(s) that such conduct is no longer welcome.
- Racial Harassment consists of unwelcome, derogatory, and/or inappropriate verbal or physical comments or conduct of a racial, ethnic or national origin nature („racial nature”) made by any employee to a student, by any student to another student, by any student to an employee, or by any volunteers and/or non-employees who are: acting on behalf of the school, on school property, at any school-related function or in any situation in which the school has jurisdiction. Examples of actions, and comments that may be considered racial harassment include but are not limited to the following:
- a. Submission to such comments or conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a
term or condition of an individual’s employment or education.
- b. Submission to or rejection of such comments or conduct by an individual is used as a basis for academic or employment decisions affecting that individual.
- c. Such comments and/or conduct have the purpose or effect of interfering with an individual’s academic or professional performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive employment or educational environment.
- Comments or conduct of a racial nature may include verbal or written comments or
physical gestures regarding physical or personality characteristics of a racial nature. e. Verbal or physical comments or conduct of a racial nature constitutes racial
harassment when the allegedly harassed employee had indicated, by his or her conduct or verbal objection that it is unwelcome.
- B. COMPLAINT PROCEDURE
- Any student(s) who alleges harassment by another student(s), faculty/staff and/or witnesses
such conduct in the school should file a complaint with the proper administrative authority. All reports will be kept in strict confidence.
- The proper administrative authority will thoroughly investigate all reports of alleged harassment.
- Any person who knowingly files false charges in an attempt to demean, harass, abuse or embarrass another individual will be subject to disciplinary action.
- XX. WEAPONS, FIREARMS, FIREWORKS
- Possession and/or use of weapons, to include knives of any kind, clubs, chains, or any device considered a weapon by the Imagine ILSA East Administration, firearms or fireworks is prohibited (I.C.35-47-9). Violation will result in immediate out-of-school suspension and a hearing with the discipline committee.
- B. Gun-Free Schools
- Students are prohibited from bringing firearms to school and school functions. Further, students are prohibited from possessing firearms on route to or from school or school
activities or on school property or busses. (Indiana Code 20-8.1-5-4(b) (1). A violation of this policy carries an automatic expulsion from school and dismissal from
ILSA. This penalty supersedes any penalty which may be attributed by
ILSA Student Handbook. Law enforcement authorities will be notified
immediately if a student brings a firearm or destructive device onto school property and/or busses or is in possession of a firearm or destructive device on school property and/or busses.
- For purposes of this policy the term “firearm” means:
- Any weapon (including a starter gun) which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive.
- The frame or receiver of any such weapon.
- Any firearm muffler or firearm silencer or antique firearm.
- E. For the purposes of this policy the term “destructive device” means:
- Rocket having a propellant charge of more than four ounces;
- Missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than one-quarter ounce; and
- Device similar to any of the devices described in the preceding clauses.
XXI. EMERGENCY DRILLS
- Fire and tornado drill procedures are posted in each classroom and will be practiced throughout the school year. Fire drills will be held monthly and tornado drills will be held three times a year. Our school will also participate in lockdown and earthquake drills this year to better educate and prepare our students and staff. These drills are for protective purposes, but more importantly, they give students and staff proactive knowledge on how to handle an emergency in a safe and calm manner.
- B. Teachers are responsible for safely putting their students in position during any of the drills listed above and our local fire and police department will assist in order to provide adequate feedback and improve our school’s protection of our students and staff. All drills will be conducted in a quiet, quick, and safe manner. All students are expected to comply during these times and any refusal to do so will result in a meeting with the student, parents, principal, and members of the Behavior Team. Team).
- As the year continues, please make sure that the school and teachers are given the most updated emergency contact information as possible. In the event of a school evacuation we need to be able to contact families efficiently. We value the safety of your students and need only a little extra help from you to make that successful.
XXII. DRESS CODE
- Uniforms must be purchased from our uniform vendor, School Zone. Black pants, shorts, skirts or jumpers are to be worn with a purple or yellow polo with the ILSA logo. All students are expected to adhere to the following standard of dress while on campus or while attending any off campus school sponsored activity. All final decisions regarding appropriateness of the uniform, headwear, shoes, hairstyle, or appearance in general is left to the discretion of the principal.
- Polo Shirts or Button-down Shirts with the ILSA logo (long or short sleeve) in
Purple or Gold.
- Skorts, Skirts, or Shorts (no more than 3 inches above the knee) in Black.
- Pants (no cargo or tight/skinny pants) in Black.
- Polo Shirts or Button-down Shirts (long or short sleeve) with the ILSA logo in Purple or Gold.
- Shorts (length not to be below the knee) in Black.
- Pants (no cargo pants) in Black.
- Sweatshirts with collared shirt underneath (solid colors with no writing, zippers,
no hoods and no logos other than the ILSA logo or the Imagine Schools logo.)
- Cardigan Sweaters, Sweaters and Turtlenecks (with no logos other than the
ILSA or the Imagine Schools logo.)
- THE FOLLOWING WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED:
- Hats or bandanas in school (The Principal will make exceptions on outdoors
- Beepers, cell phones, hand-held electronic devices, electronic games, and portable CD/MP3/tape players
- Shoes with heels over 1 inch, flip-flops, or shoes with wheels
- Tattoos or facial piercings (stud/post earrings only)
- Baggy pants or pants with hems dragging on the ground
- Oversized shirts or shirts that are “long hanging”
- Gum, unnatural hair color or hair styles
XXIII. TRANSPORTATION POLICIES A. BUS POLICIES
- 1. General Bus Information
- a. Parents/Guardians are advised to be at the bus stop 10 minutes early for drop off
(a.m.) and pick up (p.m.)
- b. Students in Kindergarten, First, and Second grade must be received by an adult at the bus sto Bus drivers will not release those students in grades K-1 unless an adult is present at the bus stop or they are accompanied by an older sibling.
- c. Students must follow all directions given by the bus driver, and all rules set forth
in the Bus Transportation Discipline Policy (Appendix B).
- Bus Changes
- a. During the first two weeks of school there will be no temporary bus changes. If
it is not possible for an adult to pick up the student from their assigned bus the parent/guardian may pick up their child from aftercare at ILSA.
- b. Parents/Guardians must call the office to make bus changes before 2:00 p.m.
notes or letters sent to school with students will NOT be accepted.
- c. Temporary bus changes should be limited to one change per week and must be made in person or via telephone by a parent or guardian. We are flexible in this area for emergency situations, however, there is a possibility that we may not be able to accommodate all temporary changes due to capacity limitations. Authorization for temporary changes from the Transportation Director is require Students who need to ride a bus other than their assigned bus must have a bus pass (authorized by the Transportation Director). A parent or guardian must call the office before 2:00 p.m. to make a bus change: written
letters will NOT be accepted. Passes will be authorized based on bus capacity. Bus changes may be denied if there is a lack of space.
- Permanent bus changes are generally accepted under the condition that there are seats available on the bus. Authorization from the Transportation Director is required for all bus changes.
- e. Parents/guardians may change their student’s stop location on the same bus as
needed. A phone call must be made by the parent/guardian to the school to verify the change. This particular change may be authorized by front desk personnel.
- UNAUTHORIZED BOARDING OF A SCHOOL BUS
Under Indiana Code 35-43-2-2 any individual who boards a school bus without possession of official authorization is considered to be trespassing on the school’s
property and is therefore committing a class D felony: this includes all parents, guardians, and family members who are not enrolled in the school as a student.
- B. CAR RIDER POLICIES
- PICK UP OF CAR RIDERS
- a. Student will be released at 3:50 from the doors facing the east parking lot.
- b. Parents/Guardians please place the “Number Tag” on your rear view mirror so
that we may recognize you and call your student in a timely manner.
- c. The “Number Tag” has two detachable numbers at the bottom that you may give to other adults who may pick up your studen The front office may issue you a replacement number tag if one is misplaced.
- We will enforce our “Number Tag” policy on Monday, August 22nd.
Parents/guardians who do not have a “Number Tag” visible will need to report
to the main office to pick up their student.
- CAR RIDER DROP OFF
- a. Students should be dropped off at the doors facing the east parking lot. The doors will open at 8:30 a.m. and close at 8:55 a.m.
- b. Parents/Guardians must keep their students in the car until the doors open.
- c. If you arrive after 8:55 a.m. you must accompany your student into the front
office in order to acquire a pass. (See section III Attendance and Tardies;
paragraph G Tardies.)
- All students must have written consent from their parent/guardian to walk home from school. Walker Forms are available at the front office.
- It is recommended that students in the second grade or lower be escorted by an older sibling and/or an adult.