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School Policies and Procedures

School policies for Lifeline Education Charter School students and their families are included with your complete enrollment packet. Each family will receive a Student Handbook upon admission.

You may also want to download the 2014-15 Student Parent Handbook here.

Fire Drills/Alarms/Extinguishers
 

Fire drills are held at various times throughout the year. Promptness and silence is required. In each classroom and in halls, an emergency evacuation plan showing emergency routes is posted. If an alarm sounds while students are passing in the halls, the students should proceed toward the exit in the section of the hall in which they are in at the moment. Students should remember that perfect order is an essential for complete safety. Unless directed otherwise, students should remain and return to the building with their assigned teacher. Violations of this are subject to disciplinary action.

Fire alarm equipment is governed by State and Federal Laws. Any student tampering with fire alarms / fire extinguishers will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion, arrest and prosecution.

Administration of Medication
 
A letter or authorization for each prescription must be submitted by the parent and physician and will be placed on file in the office. The letter from the physician must detail the name of the medication, the times for administration, and dosage.

 

If it is necessary for a student to take medication on a regular basis (for example:  allergy, headaches, etc.), permission must be on file from a physician and parent which will permit a student to come to the office and take medication when required. No student will be permitted to take any drug, even over the counter medications except in the presence of the school staff.Medications must be provided in a pharmacy prepared bottle with the student name, dose, and administration directions clearly appearing on the label.  All over-the-counter medications must be in its original container with the child’s name and administration instruction clearly written on the label.

 Medication, properly identified, must be given to the school staff in order to insure correct administration of the medication. Students may not carry medication with them at school unless authorized by the physician and parent and approved by the school.

For further information, please see the Administration of Medicine policy. 

Lockers
 

Lockers are issued to students for their individual use and storage of books and clothing. The lockers are the property of Lifeline, and as such, can be searched. – (See “Locker Search.”)  Students should not have any expectation of privacy for any items in the locker.  Please note that no lockers will be issued without a signed locker agreement form.

Lifeline is not responsible for the loss of any contents of the locker. Any problems with the operation of the assigned locker should be immediately reported to the Main Office so that the problem can be corrected.

The following are guidelines for student use of lockers:

Locker combinations should not be given to student’s friends; lockers are assigned to individual students.

Students will be held responsible for any damage to their assigned locker.

All materials are to be removed from the locker by the student prior to the closing of school in June; materials left in the locker will be discarded when the custodians clean the lockers.

Emergency School Closing
 
In case of emergency (storms, etc.) when school must be closed parents will be notified.  A message will be left on the school main phone number voicemail should the school be closed for an emergency.
School Responsibility for Personal Property
 

The School is not responsible for the loss of any personal items, of either a student or staff member, while the item is inside or on the premises of Lifeline Education Charter School’s (Lifeline) buildings or property. This includes loss that occurs as a result of lockers that are broken into or rooms that are entered illegally. Lifeline does not and cannot carry insurance to cover these losses.

Parents and staff members are advised, therefore, to obtain sufficient insurance to cover such valuable articles as jewelry, watches, etc., through their own homeowner’s insurance. It is possible for parents to obtain riders on these policies at a very minimal cost to cover belongings while they are outside of the household premises.

 Students are strongly discouraged from bringing valuables and large sums of money to school.

Lost and Found
 
Please do not bring valuable items to school or leave valuables of any kind in lockers, etc. Found articles should be brought to the main office where pupils who have lost them may claim them. Personal student items are not covered by school insurance.
Halls and Passes
 

The School is not responsible for the loss of any personal items, of either a student or staff member, while the item is inside or on the premises of Lifeline Education Charter School’s (Lifeline) buildings or property. This includes loss that occurs as a result of lockers that are broken into or rooms that are entered illegally. Lifeline does not and cannot carry insurance to cover these losses.

Parents and staff members are advised, therefore, to obtain sufficient insurance to cover such valuable articles as jewelry, watches, etc., through their own homeowner’s insurance. It is possible for parents to obtain riders on these policies at a very minimal cost to cover belongings while they are outside of the household premises.

Students are strongly discouraged from bringing valuables and large sums of money to school.

Public Displays of Affection
 
Students are to refrain from displays of affection in the halls including kissing and embracing. Parents will be contacted and disciplinary action will be taken when students refuse to cooperate.
Anti Bullying Policy/Fighting
 

Lifeline believes all students have the right to a safe and civil learning environment. Discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying are all disruptive behaviors which interfere with students’ ability to learn, negatively affect student engagement, diminish school safety, and contribute to a hostile school environment. As such, Lifeline prohibits any acts of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying related to school activity or school attendance. This policy is inclusive of instances that occur on any area of the school campus, at school-sponsored events and activities, regardless of location, through school-owned technology, and through other electronic means, consistent with this policy.

Definitions

 “Bullying” means any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or by means of an electronic act, and including one or more acts committed by a student or group of students which would be deemed hate violence or harassment, threats, or intimidation, which are directed toward one or more students that has or can be reasonably predicted to have the effect of one or more of the following:

  1. Placing a reasonable student (defined as a student, including, but is not limited to, a student with exceptional needs, who exercises average care, skill, and judgment in conduct for a person of his or her age, or for a person of his or her age with exceptional needs) or students in fear of harm to that student’s or those students’ person or property.
  2. Causing a reasonable student to experience a substantially detrimental effect on his or her physical or mental health.
  3. Causing a reasonable student to experience substantial interference with his or her academic performance.
  4. Causing a reasonable student to experience substantial interference with his or her ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by Lifeline.

 “Electronic Act” means the transmission by means of an electronic device, including, but not limited to, a telephone, wireless telephone, or other wireless communication device, computer, or pager, of a communication, including, but not limited to, any of the following:

  1. A message, text, sound, or image.
  2. A post on a social network Internet Web site including, but not limited to:
    1. Posting to or creating a burn page. A “burn page” means an Internet Web site created for the purpose of having one or more of the effects as listed in subparagraph (1) above.
    2. Creating a credible impersonation of another actual pupil for the purpose of having one or more of the effects listed in subparagraph (1) above. “Credible impersonation” means to knowingly and without consent impersonate a pupil for the purpose of bullying the pupil and such that another pupil would reasonably believe, or has reasonably believed that the pupil was or is the pupil who was impersonated.
    3. Creating a false profile for the purpose of having one or more of the effects listed in subparagraph (1) above. “False profile” means a profile of a fictitious pupil or a profile using the likeness or attributes of an actual pupil other than the pupil who created the false profile.
  3. Notwithstanding subparagraphs (1) and (2) above, an electronic act shall not constitute pervasive conduct solely on the basis that it has been transmitted on the Internet or is currently posted on the Internet.

 Reporting

All staff is expected to provide appropriate supervision to enforce standards of conduct and, if they observe or become aware of discrimination, intimidation, harassment, or bullying, to intervene as soon as it is safe to do so, call for assistance, and report such incidents. The Board requires staff to follow the procedures in this document for reporting alleged acts of bullying.

All other members of the school community, including students, parents/guardians, volunteers, and visitors, are encouraged to report any act that may be a violation of this document to the Director or designee.  While submission of a written report is not required, the reporting party is encouraged to use the report form available in the Main Office.  However, oral reports shall also be considered.  Reports may be made anonymously, but formal disciplinary action cannot be based solely on anonymous information.

Students are expected to report all incidents of discrimination, intimidation, harassment, bullying, teasing, or other verbal or physical abuse. Any student who feels s/he is a target of such behavior should immediately contact a teacher, counselor, principal, or staff person so that she/he can get assistance in resolving the issue consistent with this policy.

The Charter School acknowledges and respects every individual’s rights to privacy. To that end, consistent with legal requirements, all reports shall be investigated in a manner that protects the confidentiality of the parties and the integrity of the process to the greatest extent possible.

The Charter School prohibits any form of retaliation against any reporter in the reporting process, including but not limited to a reporter’s filing of a complaint or the reporting of violations of this policy. Such participation shall not in any way affect the status, grades or work assignments of the reporter.

 Investigation

Upon receipt of a report of harassment, intimidation, or bullying from a student, staff member, parent, volunteer, visitor or affiliate of the Charter School, the Director or designee will promptly initiate an investigation. At the conclusion of the investigation, the Director or designee will notify the complainant of the outcome of the investigation. However, in no case may the Director or designee reveal confidential student information related to other students, including the type and extent of discipline issued against such students.

Complaints shall be investigated and resolved within thirty (30) school days, unless circumstances reasonably require additional time.

All records related to any investigation of discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying will remain in a secure location in the Main Office of the Charter School.

In those instances when the complaint filed under this policy also requires investigation under the Uniform Complaint Procedures, such investigation will be undertaken concurrently.

 Appeal

Should the Complainant find the Director or designee resolution unsatisfactory, he/she may within five (5) school days of the date of resolution, file an appeal with the Designated Appeals Committee. In such cases, at least three (3) certificated School employees who are unfamiliar with the case and who have been previously designated and trained for this purpose shall be assembled to conduct a confidential review of the Complainant’s appeal and render a final disposition.

Consequences

Students who engage in discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension and/or expulsion, as outlined in the Student Discipline Policy of the Charter School.

Fighting

Lifeline does not tolerate fighting or bullying. Students who participate in fighting and/or bullying will be disciplined as stated in the Student Code of Conduct.

As used in this policy, “discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying” describe the intentional conduct, including verbal, physical, written communication, or cyber-bullying, that is based on the actual or perceived characteristics of disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.  In addition, bullying encompasses any conduct described in the definitions set forth in this document.

 To the extent possible, the Lifeline will make reasonable efforts to prevent students from being discriminated against, harassed, intimidated and/or bullied, and will take action to investigate, respond, and address any reports of such behaviors in a timely manner. Charter School staff who witness acts of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying will take immediate steps to intervene, so long as it is safe to do so.