FIRE, TORNADO, AND LOCK DOWN DRILLS
The school complies with all fire safety laws and will conduct fire drills in accordance with State law. Specific instructions on how to proceed will be provided to students by their teachers who will be responsible for safe, prompt, and orderly evacuation of the building. The alarm signal for fire drills consists of a continuous signal and strobe light until alarm is turned off.
Tornado drills will be conducted during the tornado season using the procedures provided by the State. The alarm signal for tornadoes is different from the alarm signal for fire and lock down drills and consists of a wail alarm. When the warning is give, students will walk quietly to the assigned area and remain there until an “all clear” is given. Extracurricular activities will be canceled when a tornado watch occurs.
Lock down drills in which the students are restricted to the interior of the classroom or school building and the building is secured, will occur a minimum of two (2) times each school year. The alarm system for a school lock down consists of an announcement over the PA stating, “This is a lock down; remain in your room until further notification.”
DRUGS & ALCOHOL
The School has a “Drug Free” zone that extends 1000 feet beyond the school boundaries as well as to any school activity and transportation. This means that any activity, possession, sale, distribution, or use of drugs, alcohol, fake drugs, steroids, inhalants, or look-alike drugs is prohibited. Attempted sale or distribution is also prohibited. The student caught in violation of the school’s policy will receive a 10-day suspension, and possible recommendation for expulsion. Law enforcement officials may be contacted. The principal may arrange for a breath test for blood-alcohol to be conducted on a student whenever s/he has individualized reasonable suspicion to believe that a student has consumed an alcoholic beverage. If the results indicate a violation of school rules as described in this handbook, the student will be disciplined in accordance with the disciplinary procedures described in this handbook. If a student refuses to take the test, s/he will be advised that such denial will be considered an admission of alcohol use with the consequent discipline invoked.
Arson is considered a felony. Anything, such as fire, that endangers school property and its occupants will not be tolerated.
The school believes that every individual deserves to be able to come to school without fear of demeaning remarks or actions. The harassment of other students or members of staff, or any other individuals is not permitted. This includes any speech or action that creates a hostile, intimidating, or offensive learning environment.
Conduct constituting harassment may take different forms, including but not limited to the following:
The making of written or oral sexual innuendoes, suggestive comments, jokes of a sexual nature, sexual orientation, sexual propositions, or threats to a fellow student, staff member, or other person associated with the District.
Causing the placement of sexually suggestive objects, pictures, or graphic commentaries in the school environment or the making of suggestive or insulting gestures, sounds, leering, whistling, and the like, to a fellow student, staff member, or other person associated with the District.
C. Physical Contact:
Threatening or causing unwanted touching, contact, or attempts at same, including patting, pinching, pushing the body, or coerced sexual intercourse, with a fellow student, staff member, or other person associated with the District
Written or oral innuendoes, comments, jokes, insults, threats, or disparaging remarks concerning a person’s gender, sexual orientation, national origin, religious beliefs, etc. toward a fellow student, staff member, or other person associated with the District.
Conducting a “campaign of silence” toward a fellow student, staff member, or other person associated with the District by refusing to have any form of social interaction with a person.
Placing objects, pictures, or graphic commentaries in the school environment or making insulting or threatening gestures toward a fellow student, staff member, or other person associated with the District. Any intimidating or disparaging action such as hitting, hissing, or spitting on a fellow student, staff member, or other person associated with the District.
Any intimidating or disparaging action such as hitting, hissing, or spitting on a fellow student, staff member, or other person associated with the District.
Any person who believes that he/she is the victim of any of the above actions or has observed such actions taken by another student, staff member, or other person associated with the District should take immediately the following steps:
- If the alleged harasser is a student, staff member, or other person associated with the District other than the student’s principal, the affected student should, as soon as possible after the incident, contact his/her principal.
- If the alleged harasser is the student’s principal, the affected student should, as soon as possible after the incident, contact the superintendent.
The student may submit a report in writing, by telephone, or in person. The reporting student should provide the name of the person(s) whom he/she believes to be responsible for the harassment and the nature of harassing incident(s).
The report shall be investigated in a timely and confidential manner. While a charge is under investigation, no information is to be released to anyone who is not involved with the investigation, except as may be required by law or in the context of a legal or administrative proceeding. No one involved will discuss the subject outside of the investigation.
If the investigation reveals that the complaint is valid, then appropriate remedial and/or disciplinary action will be taken promptly to prevent the continuance of the harassment or its recurrence
Given the nature of harassing behavior, the school recognizes that false accusations can have serious effects on innocent individuals. Therefore, all students are expected to act responsibly, honestly, and with the utmost candor whenever they present harassment allegations or charges.
Some forms of sexual harassment of a student by another student may be considered a form of child abuse, which will require that the student-abuser be reported to proper authorities.
Hazing by any school group, club or team is not permitted. This includes any form of initiation that causes or creates a risk of causing mental or physical harm, no matter how willing the participant may be.
Under no circumstances will the School threaten or retaliate against anyone who raises or files harassment complaints.
It is the policy of the District to provide a safe educational environment for all students. Bullying of a student at school is strictly prohibited. This policy shall be interpreted and enforced to protect all students and to equally prohibit bullying without regard to its subject matter or motivating animus.
A. Prohibited Conduct.
1. Bullying. Bullying of a student at school is strictly prohibited. For the purposes of this policy, "bullying" shall be defined as:
Any written, verbal, or physical act, or any electronic communication, that is intended or that a reasonable person would know is likely to harm one or more students either directly or indirectly by doing any of the following:
a. Substantially interfering with educational opportunities, benefits, or programs of one or more students;
b. Adversely affecting a student's ability to participate in or benefit from the District's educational programs or activities by placing the student in reasonable fear of physical harm or by causing substantial emotional distress;
c. Having an actual and substantial detrimental effect on a student's physical or mental health; or
d. Causing substantial disruption in, or substantial interference with, the orderly operation of the school.
2. Retaliation/False Accusation. Retaliation or false accusation against a target of bullying, anyone reporting bullying, a witness, or another person with reliable information about an act of bullying is strictly prohibited.
B. Reporting an Incident.
If a student, staff member, or other individual believes there has been an incident of bullying in violation of this policy, s/he shall promptly report such incident to the appropriate principal or designee, or the Responsible School Official(s), as defined below.
A report may be made in person, via telephone, or in writing (including electronic transmissions). If an incident of bullying is reported to a staff member who is not the appropriate principal or designee, or a Responsible School Official, the staff member shall promptly report the incident to one or more of the aforementioned individuals.
C. Complaints Against Certain School Officials.
Complaints of bullying by the building principal or designee may be reported to the Superintendent. Complaints of bullying by the Superintendent may be reported to the President of the Board of Education.
All reported allegations of a policy violation or related complaint about bullying shall be promptly and thoroughly investigated by the building principal or designee. A description of each reported incident, along with all investigation materials and conclusions reached by the principal or designee shall be documented and filed separately with similar materials in the District's central administrative office.
E. Notice to Parent/Guardian.
If the principal or designee determines that an incident of bullying has occurred, s/he shall promptly provide written notification of same to the parent/guardian of the victim of the bullying and the parent/guardian of the perpetrator of the bullying.
F. Annual Reports.
At least annually, the building principal or designee, or the Responsible School Official shall report all verified incidents of bullying and the resulting consequences, including any disciplinary action or referrals, to the Board of Education. The annual Board report may be given in writing, in person at a regular Board meeting, or as otherwise requested by the Board of Education.
G. Responsible School Official.
The Superintendent and/or designee ("Responsible School Official") shall be responsible for ensuring the proper implementation of this policy throughout the District. The foregoing appointment shall not reduce or eliminate the duties and responsibilities of a principal or designee as described in this policy.
H. Posting/Publication of Policy.
Notice of this policy will be: (a) annually circulated to all students and staff, (b) annually discussed with students, and (c) incorporated into the teacher, student, and parent/guardian handbooks.
I. Training and Educational Programs.
The Responsible School Official shall provide the opportunity for annual training for administrators, school employees and volunteers who have significant contact with pupils on preventing, identifying, responding to, and reporting incidents of bullying.
The Responsible School Official shall also periodically arrange or otherwise provide educational programs for students and parents/guardians on preventing, identifying, responding to, and reporting incidents of bullying and cyberbullying. The Responsible School Official may arrange for classroom teachers to address the foregoing issues within the classroom curriculum.
1. "At school" means in a classroom, elsewhere on school premises, on a school bus or other school-related vehicle, or at a school-sponsored activity or event whether or not it is held on school premises. "At school" also includes any conduct using a telecommunications access device or telecommunications service provider that occurs off school premises if the device or provider is owned by or under the District's control.
2. "Telecommunications Access Device" means that term as defined in Section 219a of the Michigan Penal Code, 1931 PA 328, MCL 750.219a, as may be amended from time to time. As of January 2012, "Telecommunication Access Device" is defined to mean any of the following:
a. Any instrument, device, card, plate, code, telephone number, account number, personal identification number, electronic serial number, mobile identification number, counterfeit number, or financial transaction device defined in MCL 750.157m (e.g., an electronic funds transfer card, a credit card, a debit card, a point-of-sale card, or any other instrument or means of access to a credit, deposit or proprietary account) that alone or with another device can acquire, transmit, intercept, provide, receive, use, or otherwise facilitate the use, acquisition, interception, provision, reception, and transmission of any telecommunications service.
b. Any type of instrument, device, machine, equipment, technology, or software that facilitates telecommunications or which is capable of transmitting, acquiring, intercepting, decrypting, or receiving any telephonic, electronic, data, internet access, audio, video, microwave, or radio transmissions, signals, telecommunications, or services, including the receipt, acquisition, interception, transmission, retransmission or decryption of all telecommunications, transmissions, signals, or services provided by or through any cable television, fiber optic, telephone, satellite, microwave, data transmission, radio, internet based or wireless distribution network, system, or facility, or any part, accessory, or component, including any computer circuit, security module, smart card, software, computer chip, pager, cellular telephone, personal communications device, transponder, receiver, modem, electronic mechanism or other component, accessory, or part of any other device that is capable of facilitating the interception, transmission, retransmission, decryption, acquisition, or reception of any telecommunications, transmissions, signals, or services.
3. "Telecommunications Service Provider" means that term as defined in Section 219a of the Michigan Penal Code, supra, as may be amended from time to time. As of January 2012, "Telecommunications Service Provider" is defined to mean any of the following:
a. A person or entity providing a telecommunications service, whether directly or indirectly as a reseller, including, but not limited to, a cellular, paging, or other wireless communications company or other person or entity which, for a fee, supplies the facility, cell site, mobile telephone switching office, or other equipment or telecommunications service.
b. A person or entity owning or operating any fiber optic, cable television, satellite, internet based, telephone, wireless, microwave, data transmission or radio distribution system, network, or facility.
c. A person or entity providing any telecommunications service directly or indirectly by or through any distribution systems, networks, or facilities.
EMERGENCY CLOSINGS AND DELAYS
If the School must be closed or the opening delayed because of inclement weather or other conditions, the District will notify the following radio and television stations:
|WWMT – Channel 3|
|WOOD – Channel 8/41|
|FOX - Channel 17|
Information is also available at www.gulllakecs.org on your computer for school closings and delays. Parents and students are responsible for knowing about emergency closings and delays.
Smoking and other tobacco uses are a danger to a student’s health and to the health of others. The School prohibits the sale, distribution, use, or possession of any form of tobacco during school time or at any school activity. This prohibition also applies when going to and from school and at school bus stops.
Students will not be denied their rights to freedom of expression, but the expression may not infringe on the rights of others. Disruption of any school activity will not be allowed. If a student (or students) feels there is need to organize some form of demonstration, he/she is encouraged to contact the Principal to discuss the proper way to plan such an activity.
A weapon includes conventional objects like guns, pellet guns, knives, or club type instruments. It may also include any toy that is presented as a real weapon or reacted to as a real weapon or an object converted from its original use to an object used to threaten or injure another. This includes, but is not limited to padlocks, pens, pencils, chairs, jewelry, and so on. Criminal charges may be filed for this violation.
Any object that is used to threaten or harm another may be considered a weapon. This includes but is not limited to padlocks, pens, pencils, laser pointers, jewelry and so on. Intentional injury to another can be a felony and/or a cause of civil action. Because the Board believes that students, staff members and visitors are entitled to function in a safe school environment, students are required to report knowledge of dangerous weapons or threats of violence to the principal. Failure to report such knowledge may subject the student to discipline.
No student shall engage in, or threaten to engage in, physical action upon an individual.
Physical assault at school against a District employee, volunteer or contractor which may or may not cause injury may result in charges being filed. Physical assault is defined as “intentionally causing or attempting to cause physical harm to another through force or violence.”
Any statement or non-contact action that a staff member, student, or other person associated with the District feels to be a threat will be considered a verbal assault as will profanity directed toward a staff member in a threatening tone. Use of profanity or vulgar language is not accepted.
Extortion is the use of threat, intimidation, force or deception to take, or receive something from someone else. Extortion is against the law. Gambling includes casual betting, betting pools, organized-sports betting and any other form of wagering. Students who bet on an activity in which they are involved may also be banned from that activity.
A false emergency alarm or report endangers the safety forces that are responding, the citizens of the community and the persons in the building. What may seem like a prank is a dangerous stunt.
Explosives, fireworks, and chemical-reaction objects such as smoke bombs, small firecrackers, and poppers are forbidden and dangerous.
Although schools are public facilities, the law does allow the school to restrict access on school property. If a student has been removed, suspended, or expelled, the student is not allowed on school property without authorization of the principal.
When a student is caught stealing school or someone else’s property, he/she will be disciplined and may be reported to law enforcement officials. Students are encouraged not to bring anything of value to school that is not needed for learning without prior authorization from the Principal. The School is not responsible for personal property.
School staff is acting “in loco parentis,” which means they are allowed, by law to direct a student, as would a parent. This applies to all staff, not just teachers assigned to a student. If given reasonable direction by a staff member, the student is expected to comply.
Vandalism and disregard for school property will not be tolerated.
POSSESSION OF A FIREARM
In compliance with State law, the board shall permanently expel any student who possesses a dangerous weapon in a weapon-free school zone or commits either arson or rape in a District building or on District property, including school buses and other school transportation.
A dangerous weapon is defined as “a firearm, dagger, dirk, stiletto, knife with a blade over three (3) inches in length, pocket knife opened by a mechanical device, iron bar, or brass knuckles” or other devices designed to or likely to inflict bodily harm, including, but not limited to, air guns and explosive devices.
Students receiving educational services under IDEA or Section 504 shall be expelled only in accordance to federal and state laws, as well as Board Policy #2461. It must be determined by an IEPC that the student’s behavior with a disability is not a result or manifestation of the student’s disability.
A student who has been expelled under this policy may apply for reinstatement in accordance with guidelines, which are available in the Principal’s office.