2024 - 2025 Student Handbook

1000 Grant St. Terre Haute, Indiana 47802   812-462-4381

“Where We ARE Winning Every Day!”

Mission Statement
Where Hope Is Inspired, Talent Is Trained,  and Potential is Developed!

 

Administrative Staff

The Administration of Sarah Scott Middle School cordially invites you to contact the school office.

 – Principal Rachel Cox – Assistant Principal
 – Dean of Students Jeff Burress – Instructional Coach & Athletic Director
Nichelle Campbell-Miller – School Social Worker  – School Counselor
Nisa Coleman – Behavioral Interventionist Angela Grant – Behavioral Interventionist

 

To the tune of “Hey look us over”.
Hey look us over..like what you see. We’re all from SCOTT and happy as can be….we carry the banner of the orange and the white…We’re proud of our team and the way they fight, because they always do it right!!….S.C.O.T.T.I.E is our yell…Highlands win so ring the victory bell….it’s so easy to see we’re the greatest team from here, and near, and far!…look us over ..here..we..are! .
To the tune of “Stars and Stripes Forever”.
An army of students we are
We play and we work together
We’re proud of our school
And we aim
To make it in fair and foul weather
We know in hearts and we say
That Sarah Scott will never die but live forever
To the tune of “Notre Dame Fight Song”.
(Verse 1)
In halls of learning, strong and bright, Stands Sarah Scott, our guiding light, With colors bold, Orange and White, Our Scotties march with all their might.
(Chorus)
Cheer, cheer for Sarah Scott’s pride, In knowledge and friendship, side by side, With hearts united, we’ll stand tall, Forever true, we’ll heed the call.
(Verse 2)
Teachers and students, hand in hand, Exploring futures, we’ll understand, Through challenges we’ll strive and fight, With Scottie spirit, shining bright.
(Chorus)
Cheer, cheer for Sarah Scott’s pride, In knowledge and friendship, side by side, With hearts united, we’ll stand tall, Forever true, we’ll heed the call.
(Bridge)
In every triumph, big or small, We’ll rise together, stand so tall, With courage fierce, we’ll face each test, With unity, we’re truly blessed.
(Chorus)
Cheer, cheer for Sarah Scott’s pride, In knowledge and friendship, side by side, With hearts united, we’ll stand tall, Forever true, we’ll heed the call.
(Outro)
So let our voices ring with glee, In Sarah Scott’s legacy, With Orange and White, forever strong, We’ll carry on, our school song.

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Partners in Education

Sarah Scott Middle School believes parental and community involvement is critical to the school. Mutual respect between the home, school and community is essential.  Support and participation in the following will ensure your child’s success:

  • Reading all information sent home from the classroom teacher and the office.
  • Participating in the Parent Booster Club.
  • Attending school functions.

 

2023-2024 VCSC Calendar 

August 8 & 9, 2023 Tuesday & Wednesday Teacher Work Days

August 10, 2023 Thursday First Student Day

August 29, 2023 Tuesday Two-Hour Delay

September 4, 2023 Monday Labor Day

October 3, 2023 Tuesday Two-Hour Delay

October 13/16 Friday/Monday Fall Break

November 10, 2023 Friday Veteran’s Day

November 22-24, 2023 Wed-Fri Thanksgiving Break

December 19, 2023 Tuesday Early Release

December 20-Jan. 2 Wed-Tues Winter Break

(Begins at close of school December 19 and classes resume Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2024)

January 15, 2024 Monday Martin Luther King Day

January 23, 2024 Tuesday Two-Hour Delay

February 19, 2024 Monday President’s Day

March 8, 2024 Friday Early Release

March 25-29, 2024 Monday-Friday Spring Break

April  8, 2024 Monday E-Learning Day (Solar Eclipse)

May 21, 2024 Tuesday Last School Day

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Student instructional days…………………………………………………….. 180

All student days are full days unless noted.  Any snow days will be considered remote learning days and will not need to be made up.

Early dismissal days: 

Secondary at 2:30 p.m. This meets State guidelines for instructional time.

 

Regular Schedule 2 Hour Delay Schedule
1st Period 8:05 – 8:52 9th Period 10:04-13:35
2nd Period 8:56 – 9:42 4th Period 13:39-11:10
3rd Period 9:46 – 10:32 5th Period 11:14-11:45 6th Lunch
4th Period 10:36 – 11:22 6th Period 11:49-12:20 7th Lunch
5th Period 11:26 – 11:56 (6th Grade Lunch) 7th Period 12:24-12:55 8th Lunch
5th Period 11:26 – 12:12 (7th & 8th Grades) 8th Period 12:59-1:30
6th Period 12:00 – 12:46 (6th Grade) 1st Period 1:34-2:05
6th Period 12:16 – 12:46 (7th Grade Lunch) 2nd Period 2:09-2:40
6th Period 12:16 – 1:02 (8th Grade) 3rd Period 2:44-3:15
7th Period  12:50 – 1:36 (6th & 7th Grades)
7th Period  1:06 – 1:36 (8th Grade Lunch)
8th Period 1:40 – 2:26
9th Period 2:30 – 3:15

 

School Visitation

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, visitors will be discouraged from coming to the building. We will not accept lunches or food at the schools. Students that forget their lunch will eat school lunch. If students have an appointment, parents should call in or provide a note prior to picking up the student. The student will walk out to the car waiting outside of the school. 

 

Special Testing and Diagnostic Services

Psychometrists visit schools for testing children.  Special testing is available by referral from the classroom teacher or principal with parent consent.  A parent may also request testing when a child is experiencing difficulties, warranting special testing.  A team of teachers will review and make suggestions for instructional changes during a twenty-day interim period before a determination to request testing is completed.  If special testing is to be considered, a conference will be set up by the school involving the parent, psychometrist, classroom teacher, principal, and others deemed necessary.

 

Absences

Regular attendance at school is necessary for the best growth and development of your child.  If your child misses school you must contact the main office prior to 10:00 a.m. on the day of the absence and state the reason for the absence.  Failure to call will result in the school calling you at home or work to verify the child’s absence.  See attendance policy by clicking on the link below.  VCSC Updated Attendance Policy..

 

Tardiness

Children are tardy after 8:05 a.m.  A five minute warning bell rings at 8:00 a.m..  It is very important that students are in class on time.  Excessive tardiness could result in disciplinary action.

Release of Students

Students will only be released to leave school grounds if picked up by a parent or other designated adult who has parent permission.  The parent should notify the school if there is a change in the child’s normal routine, such as, being picked up by someone other than their parents or usual ride.  Students are released only through the office.  All parents should come directly to the School Protection Officer (SPO) desk upon entering the building.  Visitors will be instructed where to proceed from the SPO desk.  Classroom instruction will not be interrupted.

Need To Get A Message To Your Student?

If you would like to get a message to your student during the school day, please be sure to phone us no later than 2:45 p.m. to ensure delivery.

Walkers

Children who walk to and from school should not arrive in the morning earlier than 7:00a.m. Students are required to walk directly to school in the morning and directly home after school.  Walkers may enter the building at the entrance #19, located on the southeast side of the building (by cafeteria).  

Car Pick-up/Drop-off

For safety purposes, all students will enter the building by the cafeteria doors (#19) prior to 7:55 a.m. and the main entrance doors (#1) after 7:55 a.m.  Please drop your child off at these doors in the morning. At 3:15 p.m., bus riders will exit the building by the main entrance (#1) doors, and students who walk or are being picked up will exit the building by the cafeteria (#19) doors.  Only buses will be allowed in the parking lot at this time.  You may pick up your child on 9th street, 10th ½ street, or Grant Street. 

MORNING PROCEDURES
  1. Students are requested to arrive between 7:00 a.m. and 7:55 a.m.
  2. Students must enter the building by the cafeteria doors, #19.  
  3. Student arriving after 7:55 a.m. must enter the building by the main office doors, #1  
  4. Upon arriving at the school, students must wear an appropriate mask and remain seated in the designated gymnasium section.
  5. Breakfast will be served from 7:30-7:55 a.m.
  6. Students will be released to go to their lockers at 7:55 a.m. 
  7. Students are required to be in their first period class by 8:05 a.m.
AFTER SCHOOL PROCEDURES
  1. Student who ride the bus will exit the building though exit #1 by the main office.
  2. Students who walk or are picked up will exit the building through exit #19 by the cafeteria.
  3. All students should be out of the building by 3:30 p.m. unless they are supervised by a teacher or a coach.  
  4. Only buses will be allowed in the main parking lot from 3:00-3:30 p.m.  Students can be picked up on 10 ½, 9th & Grant Streets.
  5. Students should not loiter on adjacent properties when coming to or leaving school. 
  6. The same policies or rules will apply as if the students were on the school grounds.
Drills

Fire, tornado, and earthquake drills are practiced through the year.  Bomb threats and code drills are also practiced.  These drills are mandated by the state and should be taken seriously by all involved.

Telephone

Students may use the office telephone only in emergencies.  Students must notify their teacher and gain permission to come to the main office to use the phone.  

Money

Students should only bring money to school for lunch, extra milk, pencils and pads, or special events.  The money should be kept in a purse or pocket for older students or an envelope with the child’s name for younger students.

Change of Address and Employment Procedures

To keep records up to date, any change in address, phone number, or employment must be reported to the school office or updated on Skyward.

Transfer and Withdrawal Procedures

When a student transfers within Vigo County or withdraws to another corporation, notify the school office so the student’s records, textbooks, and library books can be checked in and/or prepared to move with the student.

Photography and Media Coverage

If you DO NOT want your child photographed or included in media coverage for school successes, be sure to fill out the Media Release form on Skyward under required forms.  

Hallways and Passing Periods
  • The Passing Periods are 4 minutes.  This is the standard time, but may be changed due to COVID-19 procedures.
  • Students are to wear masks at all times during passing periods.
  • All students will treat other students, adults, and school property with respect. Name calling, making fun of others, inappropriate language, horse play, fighting, etc. will not be tolerated.
  • Students will follow all directions or requests by adults in the hallways and during passing periods.
Cafeteria 

The school cafeteria provides breakfast and lunch to all children.  Extra menu items may be purchased at lunch time.  Charges are strongly discouraged, but at times unavoidable. 

  1. Each student will have a 30 minute lunch period.
  2. Appropriate steps will be made to ensure social distancing is maintained during lunch.  
  3. Students may buy or bring lunch.  Lunches will not be allowed to be delivered to students during the school day.  If a student forgets to bring their lunch, he or she will eat school lunch.    
  4. Food must be eaten in the cafeteria or designated area unless a school-sponsored event is scheduled.  
  5. Students waiting in the cafeteria line are to be 6 feet apart, quiet and orderly.  
  6. Everyone is expected to assist in keeping the tables and floors clean.  
  7. Loud talk or boisterous behavior will not be permitted.  
  8. Students are to remain in the cafeteria unless permission is received from the lunch supervisor.
Nurse/Health Service

Sarah Scott has a nurse who visits once a week to help children with health problems or for routine checkups such as eye exams and hearing checks.  On days when the nurse is not present a health assistant will be in the nurse’s office.

Accidents and First Aid

If the parent, guardian, or relative cannot be contacted in case of severe illness or injury, or the name of the family physician is known but cannot be reached, the service of the police will be enlisted.  In this event, the school will make the decision whether or not to contact   an ambulance and transport the student to the nearest hospital.

Medications

Students needing prescribed medication during the school day should have a “Taking  Medication at School” form on file in the nurse’s office.  Parents should try to arrange the time of taking medication so that only one dose will be administered at school. Medicines that need to be refrigerated will be accommodated.  A note indicating this need must accompany the medication.  Parents must transport medicine to and from school.  Children may not carry medication.  If a parent chooses to send the medication on the bus with a child, Vigo County School Corporation will not be liable.  The parent assumes all responsibility. The school nurse or designee may make Tylenol available to the student if the parent or guardian has granted written consent.

Emergency Health Card Information

Each child must have an emergency health card on file in Skyward.  All information must be filled out and current.

Immunization Record Sheet

Public Law requires that all children in middle school furnish the corporation with an immunization record that shows they have been fully immunized against diphtheria, whooping cough, and tetanus (DPT), polio, measles, rubella, and mumps.

Sick Child

When a child becomes ill, parents are notified.  If the parents can’t be reached, the person(s) listed on the emergency card is/are called. The student will remain in the nurse’s office until someone is reached or the student is sent home on the bus if they are able.  For COVID-19 related symptoms, we will follow the procedures outlined in the Vigo County School Corporation’s School Re-Entry and COVID-19 Mitigation plan.

 

In May of 2006, the Vigo county School Corporation adopted a Wellness Policy designed to benefit both the students and the staff of the VCSC.  The policy consists of four major components and two appendices:

  1. Nutritional Component

The Vigo County School Corporation recognizes the need for adequate and nourishing food for growth, learning, and the maintenance of good health.  It further recognizes the existence of significant research which indicates that a positive relationship exists between adequate nutrition, good emotional and mental health, academic success, and good behavior.  During activities throughout the school day where food is sold, a nutritional choice should be offered (e.g. fresh fruit or vegetables).  Also, celebrations involving food should encourage the use of healthy foods and should take place at a time that will least interfere with students eating a nutritious lunch.

  1. Physical Activity Component

The Vigo County School Corporation recognizes the link between food intake, energy expenditure (physical activity/exercise) and good physical health.

  1. Educational Component

The Vigo County School Corporation has taken a proactive role in the area of health, nutrition, and wellness.  We encourage our teachers, faculty, and staff members to promote good health practices, and to encourage our students to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to lead healthy and productive lives.

The Vigo County School Corporation promotes a quality health and physical education program, K-12.  A quality health and physical education program includes a documented, planned, and sequential curriculum for students in kindergarten through high school.  Teachers follow the Indiana Academic Standards for Health and Physical Education, as they present the curriculum in their classrooms.  The standards provide a flexible framework of health-related content and skills that the Vigo County School Corporation can use to develop, implement, and assess curricula designed to provide students with the knowledge that they need.  We will strive to meet and/or exceed the goals of the Indiana Health and Physical Education Standards.  The standards are general and apply to all levels of health and physical education from kindergarten through high school.  (Please see Appendix B for the current list of the Indiana Standards for Health and Physical Education.)

In addition to using these standards as a guide for our elementary teachers and our middle and high school health and physical education teachers, the Vigo County School Corporation works very closely with a number of community agencies, who provide supplementary resources and materials relating to health and physical education.  Every year we plan a Health-Issue In-service to provide our teachers with a professional development opportunity to help them become aware of the abundance of community resources in the area of health and physical education.  We also encourage our teachers to seek out other professional development opportunities that will help them strengthen their knowledge and teaching strategies.

It is our hope that through many initiatives, students, faculty, staff, and the entire school community becomes more aware of the importance of good health, nutrition, and wellness.  Quality health and physical education programming includes the involvement of parents, health professionals, and other concerned community members.

 

To access the V.C.S.C Wellness Policy in its entirety please go to:  http://www.vigoschools.org

To access the V.C.S.C. School Re-Entry and COVID-19 Mitigation plan in its entirety please click on the link that follows.  COVI-19 School Re-Entry Plan.

Secondary School Cell Phone Guidelines (Revised 2023)

 

Student Discipline Rules:
  1.   Possessing or using an electronic device (e.g. cellular phone, tablet computer, pager, digital camera, electronic equipment) in a manner which constitutes an interference with a school purpose or educational function, an invasion of privacy, or an act of academic dishonesty, or is profane, indecent, or obscene. In addition to being disciplined, students who use an electronic device in a manner which is inconsistent with this rule may have the device confiscated by school administration. Such devices will be returned to the parent.
  2. Possessing or using on school grounds during school hours an electronic device, a cellular telephone, or any other telecommunication device, including a look-a-like device, in a situation not related to a school purpose or educational function or using such device to engage in an activity that violates school rules. This rule is not violated when the student has been given clear permission from a school administrator or a designated staff member to possess or use one of the devices listed in this rule. In addition to being disciplined, students who use an electronic device in a manner which is inconsistent with this rule may have the device confiscated by school administration. Such devices will be returned to the parent.

The VCSC encourages and appreciates appropriate use of cell phones and wireless communication devices (WCD).  Inappropriate use of a cell phone or wireless communication device (WCD) may qualify a student for suspension or expulsion from school.  Examples of inappropriate use include, but are not limited to, using the cell phone/ WCD to take pictures or videos at prohibited times, displaying inappropriate images or websites, using inappropriate language in text messages, emails, or other forms of communication or using the device for bullying, harassment or intimidation.  Inappropriate use also includes sending, sharing, viewing, or possessing pictures, text messages, emails, or other material of a sexual nature in electronic or any other form on a cell phone, WCD, or other electronic device.

  1. Students may possess a cell phone or WCD in school, on school property, at after school activities, and at school related functions, provided that it is silent and not in use during normal class hours, or as may be requested by staff members.
  2. Students are permitted to use cell phones/ WCD on school property up to the bell signifying the start of the school day. Students are also permitted to use cell phones / WCD during lunch and following the final dismissal bell.  Middle school students MAY NOT use cell phones/ WCD during passing periods.  High school students MAY use cell phones/ WCD during passing periods.  Headphones/ earbuds are permitted before school, at lunch and after school.
  3. Phones are silent and out of sight.  Exemptions can be given by the classroom teacher and /or administration.
  4. Students shall not use cell phones or WCD to take pictures or videos during regular school hours while on school property. Cell phones / WCD may only be used to take photographs and/or videos at after school events and activities unless otherwise directed by staff.
  5. Cell phones/ WCD use is prohibited in restricted areas such as restrooms and locker rooms.
  6. When directed by a staff member to put a cell phone or WCD away, the student must comply or face disciplinary action. Students will be sent to the office with their cell phone. The cell phone will be confiscated for the remainder of the day. Consequences will be assessed.
  7. A student possessing a cell phone or WCD shall be responsible for its care and safe keeping. The Vigo County School Corporation shall not be responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged cell phones and/or WCD.
  8. School Bus Rules Cell phones or WCD shall be permitted on the bus as long as they are kept in a no volume status that cannot be heard by others and the student possessing the device can still hear emergency directions. Cell phones/ WCD may be used in silent mode responsibly on the school bus.  If using headphones, one ear must be exposed in the event the driver needs to relay directions or directives.  Any inappropriate use of a cell phone or WCD will result in disciplinary action as outlined in the Student/ Parent Guide and the School Cell Phone/ WCD Policy.  Examples of inappropriate use are provided in the opening paragraph of this policy.
Social Media

Social media and websites such as Instagram and YouTube have made it very easy to post photos and information online.  To protect the privacy and safety of our students and employees, we discourage individuals from publicly posting pictures taken at school events that could identify others.  We advise you to get consent of the individual(s) photographed before posting them and to exercise caution about revealing personal details including names.  The Vigo County School Corporation cannot be responsible for information posted online in violation of these guidelines.

Electronic Devices

Electronic devices that are strictly for entertainment are not allowed during the regular school day without Administrative approval.  Example:  Nintendo Switch, etc

First Offense – Warning

On the first offense, the cell phone/ WCD will be confiscated until the end of the day.  

Second Offense – Before School Detention

On the second offense, the cell phone/ WCD will be confiscated and the parent must come to school to pick it up. 

Third Offense – Extended Day Detention/Alternative Education Plan (AEP)

The phone is no longer allowed to be brought to school.

Appropriate dress in school influences the attitude of a student toward school and schoolwork.  Let us always dress in a fashion that will reflect the pride we feel in our school. Students are encouraged to use sound judgment and reflect respect for themselves and others in dress. In keeping with the goals of the school to provide a safe, healthy and nondiscriminatory environment for educating students for maximum academic and social development, the following guidelines shall be followed.

  1. Clothing must cover areas from one armpit across to the other armpit, down to approximately 3 to 4 inches in length on the upper thighs (see images below).  Tops must have shoulder straps wider than spaghetti straps.  Shirts should meet the top of pants. Rips or tears in clothing should be lower than 3 to 4 inches in length. No sheer articles of clothing or mesh garments are to be worn without appropriate coverage underneath. 
  1. No winter coats, blankets, sunglasses or hoods up on sweatshirts are to be worn in the building between the first and last bell. 
  2. Backpacks must be placed in student lockers when entering the building and/ or with principal discretion.
  3. Head coverings with no brim that don’t conceal your identity are permitted. 
  4. No article of clothing or accessory will be allowed that promotes, encourages, or advertises alcohol, drugs, tobacco products, violence, gang-related activities and/or sexual content. T-shirts that display the Confederate Flag or read “Interstate 420” are examples of inappropriate attire.
  5. Chains, bracelets, and belts with spikes are not permitted, as well as pocket and wallet chains.
  6. Specialized courses may require specialized attire.
  7. Appearance must not be considered a disruption to the educational process, cause a distraction, or interfere with school purposes. The administration reserves the right to review dress in a fair and equitable manner to determine if something is appropriate or inappropriate as well as the prerogative of handling the situation as deemed necessary. 

Please see the VCSC Attendance policy by clicking on the link.

  Updated VCSC Attendance Policy.

The Vigo County School Corporation’s mission is to equip students with lifelong learning skills and prepare them to become productive and responsible citizens. Toward that end, the School Corporation desires to use progressive discipline of students in an effort to avoid interruption or disruption within educational programs and activities while also pursuing restorative goals that seek to avoid exclusionary punishment, if possible. In accordance with Indiana law, administrators and staff members may take the following actions:

 

  1. CLASSROOM CONSEQUENCE: A teacher may prescribe appropriate classroom-level correction to encourage compliance with expectations and policies.
  2. REMOVAL FROM CLASS OR ACTIVITY – TEACHER:
  3. A middle or high school teacher may remove a student from the teacher’s class or activity for a period of up to 1 school day if the student is assigned regular or additional work to be completed in another school setting.
  4. An elementary teacher may remove a student from the teacher’s classroom or activity for a period of up to one (1) school day if the student is assigned regular or additional work to be completed in another school setting.
  5. If a teacher removes a student from class under a) or b) above, the principal may place the student in one of the following settings: another appropriate class, another appropriate setting, or in-school suspension. The student may not be placed back into the original class until the principal has a meeting with the teacher, the student, and the student’s parents to determine an appropriate behavior plan for the student. If the parents do not attend this meeting within a reasonable time, the principal may place the student in another class or educational setting.
  6. A student may also lose bus transportation privileges as a consequence. (NOTE: Loss of bus transportation for students under an IEP or Section 504 plan may be considered equal to an out of school suspension.)

 

  1. ALTERNATIVE PLACEMENT/SUSPENSION FROM SCHOOL – PRINCIPAL: A school principal (or designee) may place the student in an alternative learning environment, which is the preferred consequence, or deny a student the right to attend school and/or take part in any school function for a period of up to 10 school days.

 

  1. EXPULSION: A student may be expelled from school for a period no longer than the remainder of the current semester plus the following semester.

 

NOTE: Students under IEPS or Section 504 shall receive separate considerations and may not be eligible for some forms of discipline.

 

GROUNDS FOR SUSPENSION OR EXPULSION:

 

The grounds for suspension or expulsion listed in Section A below apply when a student is:

 

  1. On school grounds immediately before, during, and immediately after school hours and at any other time when the school is being used by a school group (including summer school);

 

  1. Off school grounds at a school activity, function, or event; or

 

  1. Traveling to or from school or a school activity, function, or event.

 

A school activity, function, or event includes e-Learning, virtual instruction, and remote learning days.

 

A violation by a student listed in Sections A and B below is subject to a range of disciplinary consequences imposed by teachers or administrators intended to be progressive in nature and move to a more serious consequence with each violation of the same or similar rule. In recognizing that violations of certain rules and the resulting consequences will be dependent upon the age of the student, the number of prior violations and the severity of the violation, the principal of each building level shall develop the minimum and maximum consequences for each rule for their building that is to be approved by the board annually and published in the student handbook for each building. The appropriate consequence should be the least severe that will adequately address any danger to the student and other persons, prevent further disruption of activities, and promote student achievement.

 

  • Student Misconduct and/or Substantial Disobedience

 

Grounds for suspension or expulsion are student misconduct and/or substantial disobedience. The following rules define student misconduct and/or substantial disobedience for which a student may be suspended or expelled:

 

  1. Using violence, force, noise, coercion, threat, intimidation, fear, passive resistance, or other conduct constituting an interference or disruption with school purposes or urging other students to engage in such conduct. The following enumeration is only illustrative and not limited to the type of conduct prohibited by this rule:

 

  1. Occupying any school building, school grounds, or part thereof with intent to deprive others of its use.

 

  1. Blocking the entrance or exits of any school building or corridor or room therein with intent to deprive others of lawful access to or from, or use of the building, corridor, or room.

 

  1. Setting fire to or damaging any school building or school property.

 

  1. Prevention of or attempting to prevent by physical act the convening or continued functioning of any school or education function, or of any meeting or assembly on school property.

 

  1. Intentionally making noise or acting in any manner so as to interfere with the ability of any teacher or any other person to conduct or participate in an education function.

 

  1. Engaging in any kind of aggressive behavior that does physical or psychological harm to another person or urging of other students to engage in such conduct. Prohibited conduct includes coercion, harassment, hazing, or other comparable conduct.

 

  1. Engaging in violence and/or threat of violence against any student, staff member, and/or other persons. Prohibited violent or threatening conduct includes threatening, planning, or conspiring with others to engage in a violent activity.

*Zero tolerance if directed toward school staff

 

  1. Causing or attempting to cause damage to school property, stealing or attempting to steal school property.

 

  1. Causing or attempting to cause damage to private property, stealing or attempting to steal private property.

 

  1. Causing or attempting to cause physical injury or behaving in such a way as could reasonably cause physical injury to any person. Self-defense or reasonable action undertaken on the reasonable belief that it was necessary to protect oneself and/or another person is not a violation of this rule.

 

  1. Threatening or intimidating any person for any purpose, including obtaining money or anything of value.

*Zero tolerance if threat or intimidation is directed toward school staff

 

  1. Threatening (whether specific or general in nature) injury to persons or damage to property, regardless of whether there is a present ability to commit the act.

*Zero tolerance if threat is directed to school staff

 

1 Zero Tolerance: The Board of School Trustees hereby adopts a policy of Zero Tolerance for those specific acts of misconduct identified in this policy by an asterisk (*). All middle and high school principals who have preliminarily found that a student has committed one or more of those specific acts of misconduct shall suspend such student from school in the manner provided hereinafter in this policy and by Indiana law, unless the student’s disabilities require a different procedure. The principal shall file a written charge with the Hearing Officer requesting that the student be expelled from school for the maximum period permitted by Indiana law. All elementary principals may exercise their individual discretion whether or not to exercise this action regarding filing an expulsion request for all rules, with the exception relative to possession of a firearm or destructive device. When filing an expulsion request, the principal shall forward a written charge requesting the Hearing Officer to expel the student from school for the maximum period permitted by Indiana law.

 

  1. Failing to report the actions or plans of another person to a teacher or administrator where those actions or plans, if carried out, could result in harm to another person or persons or damage property when the student has information about such actions or plans.

 

  1. Possessing, handling, or transmitting a knife or any object that can reasonably be considered a weapon, is represented to be a weapon, or looks like a weapon.

 

  1. Possessing, using, transmitting, or being affected by any controlled substance, prescription drug, narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, alcoholic beverage, intoxicant or depressant of any kind, or any paraphernalia used in connection with the listed substances. Also prohibited is the consumption of any of the stated substances immediately before attending school or a school function or event. [Low THC Extract products as defined by state law are included in this rule and/or violations of the school corporation administration of medication policy are included in this rule.] [Low THC Extract products as defined by state law are excluded from this rule.]

*Zero Tolerance Rule

 

  1. Exception to Rule 11: a student may possess and self-administer prescribed medication for the disease or condition if the student’s parent has filed a written authorization with the building principal. The written authorization must be filed annually. The written authorization must be completed by a physician and must include the following information:

 

  1. The nature of the student’s disease or medical condition shall or may require administration of the prescribed medication during the school day.
  2. The student has been instructed in how to self-administer the prescribed medication.
  3. The student is authorized to possess and self-administer the prescribed medication.

 

This exception, however, does not apply to use of prescribed medication by anyone other than the individual to whom the prescription is written, nor does this exception permit the unlawful distribution of prescribed medication.

 

  1. Possessing, using, or transmitting any substance which is represented to be or looks like a narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, alcoholic beverage, stimulant, depressant, or intoxicant of any kind.

*Zero Tolerance Rule

 

  1. Possessing, using, transmitting, or being affected by caffeine-based substances other than beverages, substances containing phenylpropanolamine (PPA)*, stimulants of any kind, or any other similar over-the-counter products.

*Zero Tolerance issue if the substance contains PPA

 

  1. Possessing, using, distributing, purchasing, or selling tobacco or nicotine- containing products of any kind or in any form. These products include e- cigarettes, vaping devices, any type of look-alike products or other related products or devices associated with tobacco or nicotine use or electronic nicotine delivery systems.

 

  1. Offering to sell or agreeing to purchase a controlled substance or alcoholic beverages.

*Zero Tolerance

 

  1. Failing to comply with directions of teachers or other school personnel during any period of time when the student is properly under their supervision, where the failure constitutes an interference with school purposes or an educational function.

 

  1. Failing to completely and truthfully respond to questions from a staff member regarding school-related matters including potential violations of the student conduct rules or state or federal law. (NOTE: If the staff member is a uniformed law enforcement officer, the student may have the right to be silent under the U.S. and Indiana Constitutions.)

 

  1. Falsely accusing any person of sexual harassment, or of violating a school rule, and/or a state or federal law.

 

  1. Engaging in any activity forbidden by the laws of Indiana that constitutes an interference with school purposes or an educational function.

 

  1. Aiding, assisting, agreeing or conspiring with another person to violate these student conduct rules or state or federal law.

 

  1. Engaging in academic dishonesty, including cheating, intentionally plagiarizing, wrongfully giving or receiving help during an academic examination, and wrongfully obtaining test copies or scores.

 

  1. Taking, recording, displaying and/or distributing pictures (digital or otherwise), video or audio recordings of a student or staff member without the consent of that student or staff member.

 

  1. Possessing sexually related materials which include images displaying uncovered breasts, genitals, or buttocks.

 

  1. “Sexting” or using a cell phone or other personal communication device to possess or send text or email messages containing images reasonably interpreted as indecent or sexual in nature. In addition to taking any disciplinary action, phones will be confiscated, and any images suspected to violate criminal laws will be referred to law enforcement authorities.

 

  1. Engaging in pranks or other similar activity that could result in harm to another person.

 

  1. Using or possessing gunpowder, ammunition, or a flammable substance.

 

  1. Violating any board policy or administrative rules that are reasonably necessary in carrying out school purposes or an educational function, including, but not limited to:

 

  1. engaging in sexual behavior on school property;

 

  1. engaging in sexual harassment of a student or staff member;

 

  1. disobedience of administrative authority;

 

  1. willful absence or tardiness of students;

 

  1. engaging in speech or conduct, including clothing, jewelry or hair style, that is profane, indecent, lewd, vulgar, or refers to drugs, tobacco, alcohol, sex, or illegal activity;

 

  1. violation of the school corporation’s acceptable use of technology policy or rules;

 

  1. violation of the school corporation’s administration of medication policy or rules;

 

  1. possessing or using a laser pointer or similar device.

 

  1. Possessing or using an electronic device (e.g. cellular phone, tablet computer, pager, digital camera, electronic equipment) in a manner which constitutes an interference with a school purpose or educational function, an invasion of privacy, or an act of academic dishonesty, or is profane, indecent, or obscene. In addition to being disciplined, students who use an electronic device in a manner which is inconsistent with this rule may have the device confiscated by school administration. Such device will be returned to the parent.

 

  1. Possessing or using on school grounds during school hours an electronic device, a cellular telephone, or any other telecommunication device, including a look-a- like device, in a situation not related to a school purpose or educational function or using such device to engage in an activity that violates school rules. This rule is not violated when the student has been given clear permission from a school administrator or a designated staff member to possess or use one of the devices listed in this rule. In addition to being disciplined, students who use an electronic device in a manner which is inconsistent with this rule may have the device confiscated by school administration. Such device will be returned to the parent.

 

  1. Any student conduct rule the school building principal establishes and gives notice of to students and parents.

 

  1. Bullying

Bullying another student will be grounds for disciplinary action ranging from correction, suspension, or expulsion.  Bullying is defined as overt, repeated acts or gestures, including verbal or written communication transmitted; physical act committed; or any other behaviors committed by a student or group of students against another student with intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, or harm the other student.

  1. Bullying committed by students toward other students is strictly prohibited. Engaging in bullying conduct described in this rule by use of data or computer software that is accessed through any computer, computer system, computer network, or cellular telephone or other wireless or cellular communication device, is also prohibited.

 

  1. For purposes of this rule, bullying is defined as overt, unwanted, repeated acts or gestures, including verbal or written communications or images transmitted in any manner including electronically or digitally, physical acts committed, aggression, or any other similar behaviors that are committed by a student or group of students against another student with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, or harm the targeted student and create for the targeted student an objectively hostile school environment that:

 

  1. places the targeted student in reasonable fear of harm to the targeted

student’s person or property;

 

  1. has a substantially detrimental effect on the targeted student’s physical or

mental health;

 

  1. has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student’s

academic performance; or

 

  1. has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, and privileges provided by the school.
  1. This rule may be applied regardless of the physical location of the bullying behavior when a student committing bullying behavior and the targeted student attend a school within the school corporation and disciplinary action is reasonably necessary to avoid substantial interference with school discipline or prevent an unreasonable threat to the rights of other students to a safe and peaceful learning environment.

 

  1. Any student or parent who has knowledge of conduct in violation of this rule or any student who feels he/she has been bullied in violation of this rule should immediately report the conduct to the principal or designee who has responsibility for all investigations of student misconduct including bullying. A student or parent may also report the conduct to a teacher or counselor who will be responsible for notifying the principal or designee. This report may be made anonymously.

 

  1. The Principal or designee shall investigate immediately all reports of bullying made pursuant to the provisions of this rule. Such investigation must include any action or appropriate responses that may be taken immediately to address the bullying conduct wherever it takes place. The parents of the bully and the targeted student(s) shall be notified on a regular, periodic basis of the progress and the findings of the investigation and of any remedial action that has been taken.

 

  1. The Principal or designee will be responsible for working with the school counselors and other community resources to provide information and/or follow-up services to support the targeted student and to educate the student engaging in bullying behavior on the effects of bullying and the prevention of bullying. In addition, the school administrator and school counselors will be responsible for determining if the bullying behavior is a violation of law required to be reported to law enforcement under Indiana law based upon their reasonable belief. Such determination should be made as soon as possible and once this determination is made, the report should be made immediately to law enforcement.

 

  1. False reporting of bullying conduct as defined in this rule by a student shall be considered a violation of this rule and will result in any appropriate disciplinary action or sanctions if the investigation of the report finds it to be false.

 

  1. A violation of this rule prohibiting bullying may result in any appropriate disciplinary action or sanction, including suspension and/or expulsion.

 

  1. Failure by a school employee who has a responsibility to report bullying or investigate bullying or any other duty under this rule to carry out such responsibility or duty will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from employment with the school corporation.

 

  1. Counseling, corrective discipline, and/or referral to law enforcement will be used to change the behavior of the perpetrator. This includes appropriate intervention(s), restoration of a positive climate, and support for victims and others impacted by the bullying.

 

  1. Educational outreach and training will be provided to school personnel, parents, and students concerning the identification, prevention, and intervention in bullying.

 

  1. All schools in the corporation are encouraged to engage students, staff and parents in meaningful discussions about the negative aspects of bullying. The parent involvement may be through parent organizations already in place in each school.

 

  1. The superintendent or designee will be responsible for developing detailed administrative procedures consistent with the Indiana Department of Education guidelines for the implementation of the provisions of this rule.

 

  1. Possessing A Firearm or A Destructive Device

 

  1. No student shall possess, handle or transmit any firearm or a destructive device on school property.

 

  1. The following devices are considered to be a firearm under this rule:

 

any weapon that is capable of expelling, designed to expel, or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by means of an explosion.

 

  1. For purposes of this rule, a destructive device is:

 

an explosive, incendiary, or overpressure device that is configured as a bomb, a grenade, a rocket with a propellant charge of more than four ounces, a missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than one-quarter ounce, a mine, a Molotov cocktail or a device that is substantially similar to an item described above,

 

a type of weapon that may be readily converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or other propellant through a barrel that has a bore diameter of more than one-half inch, or

 

a combination of parts designed or intended for use in the conversion of a device into a destructive device.

 

A destructive device is NOT a device that although originally designed for use as a weapon, is redesigned for use as a signaling, pyrotechnic, line throwing, safety, or similar device.

 

  1. The penalty for possession of a firearm or a destructive device: suspension up to 10 days and expulsion from school for at least one calendar year with the return of the student to be at the beginning of the first semester after the one-year period. The superintendent may reduce the length of the expulsion if the circumstances warrant such reduction.

 

  1. The superintendent shall immediately notify the appropriate law enforcement agency when a student engages in behavior described in this rule.

 

  1. Possessing A Deadly Weapon

 

  1. No student shall possess, handle or transmit any deadly weapon on school property.

 

  1. The following devices are considered to be deadly weapons for purposes of this rule:

 

a weapon, taser or electronic stun weapon, equipment, chemical substance, or other material that in the manner it is used, or could ordinarily be used, or is intended to be used, is readily capable of causing serious bodily injury;

 

an animal readily capable of causing serious bodily injury and used in the commission or attempted commission of a crime; or

 

a biological disease, virus, or organism that is capable of causing serious bodily injury.

 

  1. The penalty for possession of a deadly weapon: up to 10 days suspension and expulsion from school for a period of up to one calendar year.

 

  1. The superintendent may notify the appropriate law enforcement agency when a student engages in behavior described in this rule.

 

  1. Unlawful Activity

 

A student may be suspended or expelled for engaging in unlawful activity on or off school grounds if 1) the unlawful activity may reasonably be considered to be an interference with school purposes or an educational function, or 2) the student’s removal is necessary to restore order or protect persons on school property. This includes any unlawful activity meeting the above criteria that takes place during weekends, holidays, other school breaks, and the summer period when a student may not be attending classes or other school functions.

 

  1. Legal Settlement

 

A student may be expelled if it is determined that the student’s legal settlement is not

in the attendance area of the school where the student is enrolled.

 

LEGAL REFERENCES: I.C. 20-33-8 I.C. 35-31.5-2-86

I.C. 35-47.5-2-4 I.C. 35-47-1-5

 

SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION PROCEDURES

 

SUSPENSION PROCEDURE

 

When a principal (or designee) determines that a student should be suspended, the following procedures will be followed:

 

  1. A meeting will be held prior to the suspension of any student. At this meeting the student will be entitled to:

 

  1. a written or oral statement of the charges;

 

  1. if the student denies the charges, a summary of the evidence against the student will be presented; and,

 

  1. the student will be provided an opportunity to explain his or her conduct.

 

  1. The meeting shall precede suspension of the student except where the nature of the misconduct requires immediate removal. In such situations, the meeting will follow the suspension as soon as reasonably possible following the date of the suspension.

 

  1. Following the suspension, the parent or guardian of a suspended student will be notified in writing. The notification will include the dates of the suspension, describe the student’s misconduct, and the action taken by the principal.

 

  1. During the suspension, the student is required to complete all school work assigned during the suspension. The principal or designee will ensure the student receives notice of all assignments due during the suspension and will provide teacher contact information to the student so the student may contact the teacher if the student has any questions about the assignments. For any assignments and/or school work completed by the student during the student’s suspension period, credit will be given to the student to the same extent and in the same manner as students who are not suspended receive.

 

EXPULSION PROCEDURE

 

When a principal (or designee) recommends to the superintendent (or designee) that a student be expelled from school, the following procedures will be followed:

 

  1. The superintendent (or designee) may conduct an expulsion meeting, or may appoint one of the following persons to conduct the expulsion meeting:

 

  1. legal counsel

 

  1. a member of the administrative staff who did not expel the student during the current school year and was not involved in the events giving rise to the expulsion.

 

  1. An expulsion will not take place until the student and the student’s parent are given notice of their right to appear at an expulsion meeting conducted by the superintendent or the person designated above. Failure to request and to appear at this meeting will be deemed a waiver of rights administratively to contest the expulsion or to appeal it to the Superintendent.

 

  1. The notice of the right to an expulsion meeting will be in writing, delivered by certified mail or by personal delivery, and contain the reasons for the expulsion and the procedure for requesting the meeting.

 

  1. At the expulsion meeting, the principal (or designee), will present evidence to support the charges against the student. The student or parent will have the opportunity to answer the charges against the student, and to present evidence to support the student’s position. The student or student’s family has no right to counsel during an expulsion meeting.

 

  1. If an expulsion meeting is held, the person conducting the expulsion meeting will make a written summary of the evidence heard at the meeting, take any action found to be appropriate, and give notice of the action taken to the student and the student’s parent.

 

  1. The expulsion examiner shall provide to the student and parent the school corporation list of alternative education programs located in the county or in an adjacent county and of virtual charter schools in which the student may enroll during the student’s expulsion at the expulsion meeting. If no expulsion meeting is held or the student or parent do not attend the expulsion meeting, the expulsion examiner shall mail the list to the student and parent to the student’s residence.

 

Option 1 for school boards that hear all student expulsion appeals:

 

RIGHT TO APPEAL

 

The student or parent has the right to appeal an expulsion decision to the school board within 10 days of the receipt of notice of the action taken. The student or parent appeal to the school board must be in writing. If an appeal is properly made, the school board at the appeal hearing will consider the written summary of the expulsion meeting and the arguments of the school administration and the student and/or the student’s parent. The School Board will then take any action deemed appropriate.

 

Option 2 for school boards that have voted not to hear student expulsion appeals:

 

NO RIGHT TO APPEAL

 

The student or parent has no right to appeal an expulsion decision to the school board as the school board has voted not to hear student expulsion appeals.

 

LEGAL REFERENCE: I.C. 20-33-8-18

I.C. 20-33-8-19

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Report Cards

The school year is divided into four grading periods.  Report cards are issued to students at the earliest possible date following each nine-week grading period.  Semester grades are reported on permanent records, and credit is recorded at the end of the semester.  The final report card will be available on Skyward.  The marks used are as follows:

Grade Value

A (Superior) 4.00 C+ 2.33 D- .6

A- 3.67 C (Average) 2.00 (Failure) .00

B+ 3.33 C- 1.67 W (Withdrawn)

B (Above Average) 3.00 D+ 1.33 N (No Grade)

B- 2.67 D (Below Average) 1.00

Honor Roll Classifications

Students having a D, D+, D-, F, or Incomplete for a given grading period are excluded from the honor roll for the grading period only.  The semester honor roll will be based on semester grades only.

Exceptional Honor Roll:  3.85 – 4.00

High Honor Roll:  3.50 – 3.84

Regular Honor Roll:  3.00 – 3.49

Midterm Reports

Progress reports will be sent in the interim of the nine week grading periods of each semester.  Parents can see student progress at any time during the school year by logging on to their parent Skyward account.  To learn how to log on and/or receive login information, please call the school at 812-462-4381.

Awards and Scholarships

Academic and non-academic awards are presented to middle school students each year.  Students may earn recognition by excelling academically, improving classroom performance significantly, having perfect attendance, successfully completing a sport, or by serving the school in one method or another (library assistant, office helper, etc.).

Physical Education

Students are required to dress appropriately for physical education classes.  Athletic shorts/pants, t shirts, and athletic shoes are required.

Sports are an important part of school life.  However, athletics should not inhibit your academic career in any way.  Vigo County School Corporation has adopted academic standards that must be met in order for students to participate in extracurricular activities.  Students must be passing in five classes or equivalent.  Students must also have a physical examination form on file prior to the beginning of the first sport practice in which they participate.  The form must be an official ISHAA physical form that is available in the Main Office or on our website.  In the fall, students may participate in cross country, boys’ tennis, or girls’ volleyball. Basketball will be offered in the winter. Spring sports include track and girls’ tennis.  A dance team and cheerleading are offered through all seasons.  .  All athletic events begin at 5:00 PM.  There is a charge for spectator entrance into all volleyball, basketball and track events.  Cost for entry is $4 for adults and $2 for students in grades 6-12.  All children under in 5th grade or less will be admitted free.  Bus transportation is not provided to or from middle school athletic events.  It is the responsibility of the student/parent to make arrangements for transportation for both home and away athletic events.

 

Athletic Seasons

Fall Sports Cross Country, Boy’s Tennis, Volleyball First Practice in August

Winter Sports 1 6/7 Boys Basketball Try-outs early October

Winter Sports 2 8th Grade Girls & Boys Basketball Try-outs late October

Winter Sports 3 6/7 Girls Basketball Try-outs early December

Winter Sports 4 Swimming & Wrestling Try-outs early January

Spring Sports Track & Girl’s Tennis First Practice March

 

Athletic Event Student Rules
  1. Students will not be allowed to leave the building at any time during the game unless accompanied by the parent or the guardian. If students leave, they will not be allowed to return.  
  2. Students are to remain in their seats/assigned area during the event.  (SARAH SCOTT STUDENTS ARE TO BE SEATED ON THE BLEACHERS ASSIGNED INDICATING THE SARAH SCOTT STUDENT SECTION OF THE GYM ONLY, UNLESS ACCOMPANIED BY PARENT.) 
  3. Regular school rules are in effect and will be enforced. 
  4. Students expelled, on school probation, or violated school or rules are not allowed to attend athletic events.   
  5. Students are to remain in the specific area that is supervised by the faculty member in charge.
  6. ALL RIDES MUST BE PRESENT NO LATER THAN 10 MINUTES AFTER THE EVENT TO AVOID POSSIBLE EXCLUSION FROM FUTURE EVENTS.

The policy of the Vigo County School Corporation is that there will be no discrimination made on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or handicap in the educational services or activities which it supports.

The School Corporation does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities. The School Corporation will comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973(“Section 504”), 29 U.S.C. §794, and its implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part I 04, or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“Title II”), 42
U.S.C. §§ 12131-12134, and its implementing regulations at 28 C.F.R. Part 35, in the operation of its schools and facilities.

Questions regarding implementation of this policy or regarding 504 or Title II should be directed to the School Corporation’s Section 504/Title II Coordinator:

For Students, please contact:
Dr. Tom Balitewicz
Director of Student Services Vigo County School Corporation 501 W Olive St,
West Terre Haute, IN 47885

For Employees please contact: Michael Cox
Chief Human Resource Officer
Vigo County School Corporation 501 W Olive St, West Terre Haute, IN 47885

For Title IX infonnation please contact: Matthew McClendon
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, and International Exchange Program
Vigo County School Corporation 501 W Olive St, West Terre Haute, IN 47885