New school policies include eight period day

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The Rising Sun Ohio County School Board held a special meeting at 9:30 a.m. Friday, June19.

Among items discussed were changes to the ISTEP at the high school. It will not be given in Grade 9 but an alternative assessment test will be devised, according to superintendent Branden Roeder but will eventually move to ISTEP.

Grade 10 ISTEP+will be administered in the spring.

Roeder told the board to expect ISTEP scores statewide to drop. He expressed concern about the test administration as Rising Sun uses electronic drag and drop method while others do the test in writing

Rising Sun was one of 216 schools who sought a waiver to get out of the electronic test but were denied.

Roeder said it’s a very confusing time and called the testing part of a political battle.

Personnel

New hires included: high school special education aide- Becky Dilts; high school secretary treasurer- Tracy Stegemiller; middle school math- Carrie Lozier; speech teacher- Anela Nani Schwier.

Randy Scudder will be retiring from his janitor position Aug. 28.

A new preschool aide position will be posted also.

Becky Brown’s wages from high school to superintendent’s office as she changed positions while three vacation days were added to Roeder ‘s contract.

Elementary School , middle school and high school separate grading 6511-12-13

Handbook policy changes approved

Rising Sun students will have eight period days at middle school and high school.

Those times will be:

8:00 A.M. to 8:45 A.M. First Period

8:50 A.M. to 9:35 A.M. Second Period

9:40 A.M. to 10:25 A.M. Third Period

10:30 A.M. to 11:15 A.M. Fourth period

11:20 A.M. to 12:40 P.M. Fifth Period & Lunch (9-12)

11:20 to 11:50 HS Lunch A

12:10 to 12:40 HS Lunch B

12:10 to 12:40 MS Lunch

12:45 P.M. to 1:30 P.M. Sixth Period

1:35 P.M. to 2:10 P.M. Seventh Period (Plus Period)

2:15 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. Eighth Period

3:00 P.M. Bus Riders Grades (6-12) Dismissed

Car Riders/Walkers (9-12) Dismissed

3:05 P.M. Car Riders/Walkers (6-8) Dismissed

Cell phone policy

The following consequences will be followed if a student violates the guidelines for cell phone use :

First Offense: Student will have phone confiscated for the remainder of school day and student will receive warning

Second Offense: Student will have phone confiscated for the remainder of school day and be assigned one After-School Detention.

Third Offense: Student will have phone confiscated for the remainder of school day, parent will need to pick up phone and student will be assigned a Friday School Detention plus lose cell phone privileges for the remainder of the current semester.

Students must have passes

Every student who leaves a classroom must have a pass. Any student who is stopped in the hallways without a pass will be considered skipping that period. Teachers need to make sure that students have a pass when leaving the classroom.

Grades K-5- Teachers will have passes available for the students to use when leaving the classroom unsupervised.

Grades 6-8- Students will need to sign out/sign in on record sheet and use pass provided by the teacher when leaving the room unsupervised.

Grades 9-12- Each student will be given a student agenda book on the first day of school. These books will have places for passes in the back of the book. These passes are to be the only ones used by the student. If the student does not have the agenda book, he/she will not get a pass. The only exception will be passes from the offices.

Math requirement

Earlier this year, the school board eliminated the requirement of four years of math and offered a General Diploma.

The Department of Education has said that students must have some type of computation class each of the four years. Roeder said they are looking at creative ways to meet that requirement such as in economics.where students deal with budgeting.

Parents must sign off on students seeking a general diploma, according to high school principal Noel Bostic.

Attendance policy

RSHS (9-12)- A student is allowed six absences per class period in each semester. A student who accumulates seven or more absences during a semester will be subject to the following discipline:

First Offense- One Friday School Detention

Second Offense- Two Friday School Detentions

Third Offense- Three Friday School Detentions

Fourth Offense- One Day at ACDC or Suspension

Fifth Offense- Three Days at ACDC or Suspension

Sixth Offense- Five Days at ACDC or Suspension

Seventh Offense- Recommendation for Expulsion due to Habitual Attendance/ Truancy

Attendance waiver

High school administration consideration may be given when an extenuating circumstance would indicate that it would be in the best interest of the student or school. In such cases the administration will:

Review submitted attendance waiver applications and provided documentation.

Determine whether a waiver application should be approved or not approved.

Determine whether or not there are extenuating circumstances, which warrant modifications to the attendance policy for a particular student.

If a student has a serious medical condition or extenuating circumstance which make it impossible for him /her to adhere to the attendance policy, the student and parent/guardian may submit a request for an attendance waiver to the school attendance committee. A parent or guardian may obtain an attendance waiver form through a conference with the school attendance officer. Attendance waivers will be considered on a case-by-case basis and granted only in circumstances where the student and parent/guardian have done everything possible to maintain regular school attendance.

Attendance waivers are for extreme circumstances. Days missed due to general absences for illness or Dr. Appointments, in general, do not meet waiver guidelines and are what the six days of allowed absences are for.

Dress code

Among the changes addressed in the dress code policy were: All shorts and skirts must be at a minimum of a fingertip length when the arm is extended at the side of the student. Also, all shirts must be able to touch the top of the pants. Strapless shirts and low-cut, spaghetti tops are prohibited. OCEMS- All shirts must have a cap or sleeve. Tank tops are prohibited.

Board member Connie Smith reflected backwhen she was a student saying that Mr (Gerald) Johnson had girls get on their knees and their dress had to touch the floor.

Other policy issues

The policy now includes the banning of e-cigarettes.

A Medication Administration Policy was approved in accordance with state law.

Roeder discusses the complexity numbers which were once based on the free and reduced lunch then changed to the unreimbursed textbooks.

The state now will look at SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Foster care to determine poverty needs. This will be less money than under the textbook formula.

Thirty-nine percent of Rising Sun students are part of the free and reduced lunch program.

The change wil affect feeral money received.

Sports succes

Roeder complimented the athletic teams for their success. The boys won the all sports award (placing first in all spots in the conference with one second in basketball). The girls and boys received the combned all-sports award in the conference.

Bostic reported that Alix DeDreu was named the first Indiana All-star at Rising Sun.

Both softball and baseball teams were sectional champs while Austin Armstrong and Brady Murray advanced to the golf regional. Derrick Eldridge, Zach Martini, Claudio Gallegos and Whitney Chipman competed in the regional track.

The next board meeting will be on Friday, June 26. An executive session begins at 9 a.m. followed by public session at 10.