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Student Responsibility

Introduction

The Board hereby adopts this policy as a code of conduct regarding suspension, expulsion, and removal. This policy specifies the types of misconduct for which a student may be suspended, expelled, or removed from school and sets forth the procedure to be followed for suspension, expulsion, or removal.

Student Code of Conduct

Students are expected to conduct themselves in such a way that they respect and consider the rights of others. Students of the District must conform with school regulations and accept directions from authorized school personnel. The Board has “zero tolerance” of violent, disruptive or inappropriate behavior by its students. Such behavior is punishable and will result in disciplinary action which may include suspension, exclusion or other forms of discipline.

A student who fails to comply with established school rules or with any reasonable request made by school personnel on school property and/or at school related events is subject to approved student discipline regulations.

Students and parents shall be provided annually (at the beginning of the school year or upon entering during the District), written information on the rules and regulations to which students are subject while in school and while participating in any school-related activity or event. The information provided shall include the types of misconduct for which a student is subject to suspension or expulsion from school or other forms of disciplinary action. The Board directs the administration to make all students aware of the student code of conduct and the fact that any violations of the student code of conduct are punishable.

If a student violates this policy or the code of conduct, school personnel, students or parents should report the student to the appropriate principal or assistant principal. The administration cooperates in any prosecution pursuant to the criminal laws of the State of Ohio and local ordinances.

Students’ basic constitutional rights to speak and express opinions, even if they are unpopular, will be respected. When misconduct occurs, each student will be accorded due process as adopted by the Board.

The teacher is the key figure in school discipline. He or she is expected to make every effort to personally handle the usual problems of maintaining classroom discipline. When a disciplinary problem becomes acute enough to involve the school principal or assistance principal, then the teacher should seek his/her assistance. Under these circumstances both the teacher and the principal are expected to accord the student his\or her due process rights (as required by law and Board Policy).

Serious Misconduct Code

A violation of any of the following school rules may result in disciplinary action, including suspension and expulsion. All rules under this section will be enforced on school grounds, during and immediately before or after school hours: on school grounds at any other time when the school is being used by any school group; off school grounds at any school activity, function, or event; and on school vehicles when students are being transported.

If a District or law enforcement investigation verifies that a student’s actions constitute a violation of the Serious Misconduct Code which warrants suspension, expulsion or removal from school, the principal or assistant principal shall send written notice to the parent or guardian of that student. The notice shall comply with the due process procedures set forth in this policy.

The Principal of each school shall maintain a list of all verified violations of the Serious Misconduct Code in the school. The list shall be limited to the number only of such verified violations in the school. The list shall not include any particulars of the verified violations and shall not include any personally identifiable student information, which is confidential information by law. The list of verified violations shall be reported to the Superintendent or designee.

  1. Disruption of School
    A student shall not by use of violence, force, noise, coercion, threat, intimidation, fear, passive resistance, or any other conduct intentionally cause the substantial and material disruption or obstruction of any lawful mission, process, or function of the school.

  2. Damage or Destruction of School Property
    A student shall not intentionally cause or attempt to cause damage to public property.

  3. Damage or Destruction of Private Property
    A student shall not intentionally cause or attempt to cause damage to private property, including that of other students, teachers, administrators, other school employees.

  4. Acts of Discrimination
    A student shall not cause, commit, or contribute to acts of harassment, retaliation, coercion, interference, or intimidation of any student, employee, or other participant in a school activity due to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, orientation disability. Any participant in a school activity who experiences such acts should report immediately to his or her immediate superior, to a teacher, to the building administrator, or the Director of Personnel and Student Services at the Board of Education Office.

  5. Assaults / Hazing / Bullying
    A student shall not harass, bully, retaliate against, coerce, interfere with, intimidate, inflict injury, cause another to inflict injury or behave in any way which could cause physical injury or mental anguish to another student, teacher or other school personnel.

    Fighting - Students caught fighting will face (3) days of suspension. If school personnel find it difficult to stop it, then more days will be added to the suspension with the possibility of criminal charges.

    For purposes of this rule, “bullying” is defined as an intentional written, verbal, electronic or physical act that a student exhibits toward another particular student more than once; and behavior both (1) causes mental or physical harm to the student, and (2) is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that a reasonable person under the circumstances should know will have the effect of:
    • (a) Placing a student in reasonable fear of physical harm or damage to the student’s property;
    • (b) Physically harming a student or damaging a student’s property; or
    • (c) Insulting or demeaning any student or group of students in such a way as to disrupt or interfere with the school’s educational mission or the education of any student.

  6. Verbal Assault Upon School Personnel
    A student shall not intentionally direct to a school employee words, phrases, or gestures which are vulgar, obscene, or degrading.

    Note: Infractions of this will result in a minimum suspension of 5 days and may increase based on aggravated circumstances.

  7. Weapons and Dangerous Instruments
    A student shall not possess, handle, transport, carry, use, conceal, or transmit any objects that can reasonably be considered a weapon, a firearm (including any object represented as a firearm or made, constructed, or altered so that, to a reasonable person without specialized training in firearms, the object appears to be a firearm), a knife, or other dangerous object of no reasonable use to the student.

    Any student who is determined to have brought to school a firearm or knife as defined below, shall be expelled for not less than one year, subject to reduction of this term by the Superintendent on a case-by-case basis. The Superintendent, in determining the term of expulsion on a case-by-case basis, shall consider all of the relevant facts and circumstances, including
    • (a) applicable Ohio or federal laws,
    • (b) the student’s disability, and
    • (c) extent of culpability of the student.

    The Superintendent shall notify the appropriate criminal justice or juvenile delinquency authorities of these determinations.

    • (i) This rule incorporates 18 USCS SS 921 et seq., which defines “firearm “as” (A) Any weapon (including a starter gun) which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; (B) the frame or receiver of any such weapon; (C) any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; or (D) any destructive device. (4) The term ‘destructive device’ means (A) (i) bomb, (ii) grenade, (iii) rocket having a propellant charge of more than four ounces, (iv) missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than one-quarter ounce, (v) mine, or (vi) device similar to any of the devices described in the preceding clauses.”

    • (ii) For the purpose of this rule, a “knife” is defined as any device consisting of a sharp blade three (3) inches or longer in length, whether or not fastened to a handle, designed or intended for use as a cutting instrument.

    • (iii) For the purposes of this rule, a “dangerous object” is defined as a device which is or may be used to cause harm to another person, including but not limited to a club, chain, razor or other sharp blade less than three (3) inches in length, metal knuckles, noxious irritants, chemicals, or explosive or incendiary device.

  8. Use of Tobacco
    Students shall not use or possess tobacco or any tobacco product such as cigarettes, cigars, dip, chewing tobacco, etc.

  9. Narcotics, Alcoholic Beverages, Drugs, and Counterfeit or Look-Alike Drugs.
    A student shall not possess and shall not receive, buy, or use, transmit, sell, or be under the influence of any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, alcoholic beverage, controlled substance, any illegal mind-altering substance, inhalant or intoxicant of any kind.

    A student shall not possess and shall not receive, buy, use, transmit, sell or be under the influence of any counterfeit controlled substance. A counterfeit controlled substance is any substance that is made to look like a controlled substance or is represented to be a controlled substance or that a student believes to be a controlled substance.

    Except as legitimately provided for in Chapter IX, a student shall not buy, sell, transfer, possess, or use any drug, medication, inhalant or other substance which can be taken internally where the student or students involved cannot show a legitimate health or other reason for the use of such substances.

    Use of a drug authorized by a registered physician and in accordance with his instructions, is not in violation of this rule.

    STUDENTS IN GRADES 7-12 FOUND TO BE IN VIOLATION OF this rule shall be expelled unless an alternative to expulsion is determined for a first-time offender pursuant to Board Policy 6507.

  10. Acts of Immorality
    1. Possession of pornographic matter is prohibited.
    2. Sexual acts on school property are prohibited.

  11. Gambling
    A student shall not participate in gambling.

  12. Stealing
    A student shall not steal or attempt to steal school property or private property of other students or school personnel.

  13. Dress Code
    Violations of the Lakota West Dress Code as adopted by the Lakota Board of Education are prohibited.

  14. Repeated Violations
    A student shall not repeatedly fail to comply with directions of teachers, student teachers, substitute teachers, teacher aides, bus drives, principal, or other authorized school personnel.

  15. Extortion
    A student shall not extort or cause others to extort money or personal property from other students or school personnel.

  16. Drug Paraphernalia
    Drug paraphernalia shall not be worn, carried, or brought to school or school events.

  17. Violation of Ohio Criminal, Traffic, or Juvenile Code
    Commission by a pupil of any crime in violation of the Ohio Criminal Code, Ohio Traffic Code, or Other Juvenile Code on or off school grounds, regardless if school related or not, that would, in the judgment of school officials, be a detriment to the ongoing education process and/or orderly administration of the school if the student were permitted to continue regular school attendance.

  18. Violation of the Network Acceptable Use Policy
    Students must have a signed Acceptable Use Agreement before gaining access to the District’s computer network. Students shall abide by the District’s Network Acceptable Use Policy and any school or classroom rules for network access, which include but are not limited to the following: Students shall not share passwords, abuse District hardware or software, create or transmit harassing, threatening, abusive, defamatory, or vulgar messages or materials, use the network for any commercial activities, transmit, download or copy any materials in violation of any Board Policies or any federal, state or local laws, materials in furtherance of criminal activities or terrorist act, threatening the District networks or use the District network to vandalize other computers, networks or web sites.

  19. Personal Electronic Communication Devices
    Personal electronic communication devices (cell phones, pagers, etc.) may not be activated during the instructional day.
    • a) Students may use personal communication devices before or after the instructional day as long as they are not activated on school buses.
    • b) Such devices may be housed in student lockers and cars, but students should not have them in their possession during the instructional day.
    • c) Violation of this policy, including inappropriate use of the device before or after the instructional day, may result in disciplinary action against the student. Disciplinary action may include, but is not limited to, confiscation of the device, detention(s), Saturday School(s) and out of school suspension(s).
    • d) Due to the potential for violation of student privacy rights and confidentiality, camera phones will be confiscated and only returned to a parent/guardian. The possession of a camera phone is strongly discouraged on school grounds at any time.
    • e) The district does not take responsibility for missing or lost personal electronic communication devices.

Other Misconduct Acts

Other misconduct acts listed below could result in disciplinary action. Usually these offenses would not result in expulsion or suspension; however, repeated occurrences may result in this action.

  1. Truancy
    Students shall not be truant from school.

  2. Excessive Absenteeism
    Students are to be in school regularly unless ill or excused by appropriate school official. Excessive absenteeism is defined, and additional consequences for excessive absenteeism are set forth, in Board Policy 6106.

  3. Cheating
    Students shall not cheat in school.

  4. Skipping Detention
    A student assigned to detention shall report on the designated day and at the designated time.

  5. Tardiness
    A student shall be prompt to school and to class according to his scheduled time.

  6. Student Drivers
    In order to promote safety and enable the school to effectively supervise students immediately before and immediately after school hours, only students who secure a valid permit that allows them to park on school property are permitted to drive to school.

  7. Miscellaneous Offenses
    Disciplinary problems such as not doing required homework, refusing to obey school personnel directions, throwing objects in school, using water guns, and other such offenses are prohibited and may result in disciplinary actions.

Board Policy, Section 641

  1. Gangs
    Students who participate in cases or events generally attributed to gangs which initiate, advocate, or promote activities threatening to the safety or well being of persons or disruptive to the school environment will not be tolerated by the district. Any student wearing, carrying, displaying, possessing, selling, or distributing gang jewelry, emblems, symbols, or other paraphernalia or exhibiting behavior, speech, gestures, handshakes, or criminal damaging acts which symbolize gang membership or causing and/or participating in activities which threaten, intimidate, solicit, incite or affect the attendance of another student will be subject to disciplinary action.

Board Policy, Section 641

  1. Smoking Penalty
    The use and/or possession of any tobacco product (cigarettes, dip, chewing tobacco, snuff, etc.) on school property is both a violation of Board Policy and the Ohio Revised Code. Additionally, matches, lighters, and other paraphernalia related to smoking is prohibited and will be treated with disciplinary action.

  2. Dress
    We are proud of the quality of dress worn by our students and the guidance given by parents. All clothing is expected to be in good taste, neat and clean and provide for a safe environment for students. The Lakota School District is committed to providing students a quality education in an environment that prepares them for life after graduation. These standards of dress have been established to ensure such an environment where learning and preparation for the future are the top priorities.

    Students will be permitted to wear apparel considered appropriate, reflecting ideals consistent with and promoting the realities of good education. The building administrator may exclude any student, when, in his/her judgment, the apparel is not consistent with the standards established below.

    Dress Code Standards

    1. Common courtesy dictates that hats, head coverings, bandanas, sweatbands, an sunglasses not be worn inside the building.

    2. Appropriate footwear must be worn and provide for safe and sanitary conditions. Examples of unacceptable footwear include slippers and loose fitting footwear that cannot safely and securely remain on the student’s feet.

    3. Shirts and tops must have high enough necklines to cover all cleavage. Shirt sleeves, sweater sleeves, and vests must not be so loose or decorative as to create a safety hazard in lab classes, etc. Sleeveless shirts, which completely cover the area from the base of the neck to the top of the arm, do not have oversized armholes or open sides and which do not expose undergarments or skin under the arm are acceptable. Examples of inappropriate apparel include by are not limited to: halters, midriff tops, crop tops, spaghetti strap tops, strapless tops, revealing and/or see-through tops, open mesh garments, garments with open sides which expose skin or undergarments, tank tops, and muscle tops (oversized arm holes).

    4. Lower garments are to be worn at the appropriate level and cannot drag the floor. Lower garments should not allow any portion of the buttocks or undergarments to be exposed when the student sits, stands, raises his/her hand, or bends over. No form fitting shorts of any kind may be worn unless worn completely under a shirt/dress. Examples include biking, spandex, and lycra-type shorts. If a belt is worn, it must be of proper length.

    5. No skin should be visible between a student’s top and bottom garment when the student sits, stands, raises his/her hand or bends over.

    6. Torn or tattered clothing is not to be worn.

    7. Patches, insignias, buttons, jewelry, clothing, or other items that include obscene, violence, gang, tobacco, drug or alcohol related writing or images are not acceptable. Items of clothing that belittle others may not be worn (i.e., race, religion, gender, etc.)

    8. Coats and jackets meant for outdoor wear, book bags and oversized bags must be kept in the school locker or other designated area during the day.

    9. Exposed chains, jewelry, dog collars, spikes, piercings and other articles judged to be potentially harmful to students are not permitted.

    10. Face painting is prohibited. Makeup or hairstyles that are disruptive to the educational process are prohibited.
    Exceptions
    Exceptions to the above dress code will be considered to provide for special events, cultural beliefs and to promote school spirit. Students and/or sponsors must have permission from the principal prior to the activity.
    Appeals
    Students, with parent permission, may elect to appeal above limitations described in the code. The administration will process student and parent requests for exceptions to the code as established. Personal parent conference is necessary for an appeal that may lead to the approval of an exception by the administrator.
    Review
    Building administrators are charged with reviewing this policy annually and establishing administrative guidelines that include common procedures and consequences pertaining to the adopted dress code.

  3. Passes
    Any student out of class must be under supervision of school personnel. A passbook is required to be out of class during regular class time. Students without passbooks should return to class and be referred for disciplinary action. Forging or misuse of passes or adding students’ names will result in disciplinary action.

  4. Search and Seizure
    1. General searches of school property may be conducted at any time by school authorities when there are reasonable grounds to fear for the welfare or safety of the school community.

    2. There shall be reasonable cause for school authorities to believe that the possession of certain items constitutes a violation of the law.

    3. Illegal items (firearms, weapons) or other possessions reasonably determined to be a threat to the safety or security of others shall be seized by school authorities.

    4. Items which are used to disrupt or interfere with the educational process will be removed from the student’s possession.

  5. Nuisance Items
    Radios, cassettes, personal stereos, skates, skateboards, playing cards, cellular phones, markers, light emitting objects including lasers are not to be brought to school. Students will receive disciplinary action for having these disruptive items.

  6. Fire and Tornado Drills
    1. Check the instructions in each classroom (they are posted) indicating how to leave the building in case of fire or tornado.
    2. Follow instructions of your teacher.
    3. Walk. No Talking. Move quickly and quietly to designated areas.
    4. Setting off a false alarm will result in disciplinary action.

  7. Class Cutting
    If a student cuts a class, he or she will be issued a “O” for work missed and disciplinary action will be taken by the respective administrator.

  8. Lockers
    Lockers are assigned on the opening day. Students may not share or trade lockers. Students are responsible for items in the locker, and the school will not accept responsibility for items missing. It is strongly recommended that students do not share their locker combinations. Lockers are the property of the school district. As property of the school, lockers maybe be inspected by school officials. Lockers are not to be used as bulletin boards by students. The cost of repairing any damage to a locker will be charged to the student.

  9. Textbooks
    Students are responsible for the textbooks issued to them. All books must be returned to the teachers on or before the last day of classes. NO CREDIT WILL BE GIVEN FOR TEXTBOOKS THAT ARE NOT RETURNED DIRECTLY TO THE TEACHER.

  10. Cafeteria
    The cafeteria will be open each day for four sessions. A clean cafeteria is necessary for health reasons and is also a reflection on the students and school. Sitting on tables or floor is not permitted. Students who fail to observe the rules may not be permitted to use the areas and are subject to disciplinary action.

  11. Transportation/Bus Conduct
    To insure safe and comfortable transportation, students must act responsibly when riding their bus. All school policies apply to conduct while on the bus. Failure to follow them may result in suspension and/or denial of school transportation.

  12. Insubordination-Respect-Profanity and Obscene Gestures
    1. A student shall not fail to comply with the directive of authorized school personnel during any period of time when the student is under the authority of the school.

    2. A student shall not use profane or obscene language, motions, signs or writing.

    3. Students shall report to all Detentions and Saturday schools as assigned.

  13. Driving Information
    Board Policy 610: Section 1, Letter B states: Rule 6 – Student Drivers In order to promote safety and enable the school to effectively supervise students immediately before and immediately after school hours, only students who secure a valid permit that allows them to park on school property are permitted to drive to school.
    1. Seniors and juniors will be allowed to drive, with administrative approval, based on available parking spots.

    2. Sophomores are eligible to apply for a parking pass.

    3. Students will complete an application form. When approved, the student will be issued a permit, assigned a space, and will pay a fee.

    4. The student must have a permit displayed in the car.

    5. Upon arrival students must report to the building. During school hours, no one is permitted in the parking area or sitting in/or on cars.

    6. Teachers and support staff will also be assigned parking space. Registered students must park in their designated space. No student is allowed to park in spaces that are assigned to teachers, support staff, handicapped people, or other drivers.

    7. As a student driver, you are expected to follow the school driving policies. This is a student’s privilege, not a right. This privilege may be revoked, for the remainder of the school year for the following violations, which include, but are not limited to:
      1. Tardiness to school
      2. Reckless driving on school grounds
      3. Not parking in assigned space
      4. Leaving school without permission
      5. Parking in crosswalks, handicapped areas, or places not marked for parking
      6. Driving an unsafe vehicle
      7. Repeated violations of school rules
      8. Transporting yourself or other students off school grounds without permission
      9. Being in a car during school hours

      Further offense may result in an underclass student's loss of student parking for the subsequent school year.

    8. Board Policy 623 Section H specifies that high school students possessing a valid high school parking permit cannot be guaranteed seating space on a regular high school bus route but may ride their regularly assigned bus if space is available. Lakota West High School reserves the right to adjust any parking assignments whenever necessary. A waiting list of students will be kept by the office comprised of students who applied and were unable to be placed in the original parking lottery. This list will be further comprised of late applicants who will be serviced in a first come, first serve basis.

      Any unauthorized vehicle will be towed at the owner’s expense.

      Be advised:
      School insurance coverage does not include motor vehicles parked on school property.

  14. Visitors
    Anyone entering Lakota West not enrolled as a student must check in at the Main Office. All visitors must receive approval from a building administrator and a pass. No student visitor is allowed in the building during school hours.

  15. Arson/Fires
    Attempts to set fire to anything on school grounds will be classified as arson and will result in suspension, possible expulsion, and contact with the proper authorities.

  16. Public Display of Affection
    Public display of affection is prohibited.

  17. Closed Campus
    Students reporting to school are to remain on school grounds and within supervised areas for the balance of their assigned day. Students are not permitted to leave for lunch. If a student cuts a class, he or she will be issued a “o” for work missed. Students in violation of closed campus also face disciplinary action by the respective administrator.
    Note: Students leaving or transporting others may suffer suspension/loss of driving privilege.

  18. Printed Material
    Any written material produced, posted, circulated, or otherwise distributed must be approved by the principal.

  19. Students 18 Years Old or Older
    Students who are 18 years old or older are required to follow all school practices and procedures as specified in this Code of Conduct. Lakota West High School only recognizes parental/guardian authority when dealing with school procedures such as mailings, grades, absences, early leaves, or any other similar documentation. Students who are 18 years or older may be withdrawn from school for excessive unexcused absences.

    Note: 18 year old emancipated students must see their respective building administrator to clarify additional responsibilities the student acquires upon emancipation.

  20. Non-Discrimination
    Lakota West High School does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Harassment, retaliation, coercion, interference, or intimidation of any student or other participant in district sponsored activities due to race, religion, color, national origin, sex or disability is strictly forbidden; and any student or other participant who experiences such activity should report it immediately to the principal, an assistance principal, or the Director of Personnel and Student Services, who is the district coordinator for compliance with this policy. This policy extends to all terms, conditions and privileges of employment as well as to the use of all school facilities and participation in all school-sponsored activities.

  21. Disruption of School or Interfering With The Orderly Process of School
    No disruptions of our educational program will be tolerated. This policy will be strictly enforced before, during and after school on all high school property. Disruptions or interferences include but are not necessarily limited to:
    1. Throwing water balloons
    2. Spraying shaving cream
    3. Running throughout the building
    4. Excessive littering – throwing papers and books on the floor at the end of school
    5. Throwing paper and trash out of school bus windows
    6. Throwing food in the cafeteria
    7. Willfully aiding another person to violate school regulations
    8. Giving false information to authorized personnel

    NOTE: ANYONE THROWING ANYTHING FROM MAIN STREET BACLONY WILL FACE DISCIPLINARY ACTION.

  22. Violation of the Network Acceptable Use Policy
    Students must have a signed Acceptable Use Agreement before gaining access to the Network. Students shall abide by the Network Acceptable Use Policy and any school or classroom rules for Network access, which include but are not limited to the following: students shall not share passwords, abuse district hardware or software, create or transmit harassing, threatening, abusive, defamatory or vulgar messages or materials, use the Network for any commercial activities, transmit, download or copy any materials in violation of any board policies or any federal, state or local laws, materials in furtherance of criminal activities or terrorist acts, threatening materials, or pornographic, sexually explicit or obscene materials, or vandalize the computers, networks, or websites.

  23. Loitering / Socializing
    Students are asked not to loiter/socialize in main street, locker bays, stairways, parking lots and other outside facilities. Because of safety reasons students are not permitted to sit on floors, railings, banisters, stairways and anywhere else that would restrict student flow. Those students found to be loitering in the parking lot will face insubordination for not entering the building with consequences including limited or loss of driving pass if repeated.

  24. Student Picture I.D.
    Once issued students must present their ID card upon request during the school day or at any school activity, function or event or on school vehicles. Failure to present the ID card may result in disciplinary action.

  25. Student Rights/Activism
    Although students have the right to express opinions or make suggestions, it is expected that they obey the policies of Lakota High School while working for the change. Students who willfully violate school rules, who defy reasonable instructions of staff, personnel, or who interfere with the normal operation of the school program may be suspended from school.

  26. Student Grievance Procedure
    A grievance is a complaint by a student that there has been a violation, misinterpretation, or unfair application of a written rule or policy found in the Board Policy or the Student Handbook. This grievance procedure may not be utilized regarding any subject matter which may be handed by any other procedure stabled by the Board Policy or State Law.
    1. The student shall first discuss the grievance with the person(s) with whom the grievance is concerned. This discussion must take place within two (2) days of the occurrence. The student, teacher or principal may bring another person to the conference to act as an observer.
    2. If the student is not satisfied with the results of the conference, he/she may submit in writing a grievance to the respective principal who will determine if it grounds for a grievance. The principal will confer with the involved parties and within three (3) days respond in writing and state through the parents the recourse action.
    3. If a student is not satisfied or if it involves two days a written grievance will be submitted to the Head Principal. The Head Principal will confer with the involved parties and make a written response in three (3) days.
  • Special Note
    All Students are strongly encouraged to record serial numbers for all school related valuables. It is also recommended that all items be labeled for easy identification.

General Information

Media Center and Computer Lab

In order for the media center and computer lab to be used to their full potential for the purpose for which it was intended, it is necessary to establish the following guidelines for the use of the facilities. If everyone follows these guidelines, all personnel and students will be able to derive maximum benefits from using the media center and computer lab.

Student Use:
Students are to demonstrate appropriate behavior while using the media center and computer lab. Students who are disruptive, loud, or damage the media center or computer lab will have their visitation privileges restricted.

Students must have their teacher sign them up electronically to use either the media center or computer lab during study hall. Teachers should send no more than (2) students per study hall period to the media center or computer lab. A student needs a pass during his/her lunch period from the teacher requesting the assignment. Students from lunch period must arrive before the regular tardy bell rings and remain the entire lunch period.

A student picture I.D. card must be used to check out media center materials. I.D. cards should be procured on picture day. Students may check out books for two weeks if the student does not have a fine or overdue books. Students are reminded to check the due date stamped in the back of the material. Materials marked as reference will not be circulated. Audio visual materials are available for overnight check out only.

A student picture I.D. card must be displayed on the computer to be able to work on the computers in the computer lab. I.D. cards should be procured on picture day. There will be a charge for a replacement I.D. card.

A fine of five cents per school day is issued for overdue materials from the media center. Lost and/or damaged materials must be paid for by the student borrowing the material. The current replacement price as found in Books in Print or the cost as denoted on the computer data base will be used to determine cost. If the material is no longer available for purchase, a fee of $20.00 for hardbound print or $10.00 for fiction paperback will be issued. Both the cost of the material’s replacement and the fine incurred on the material are the responsibility of the student.

In the computer lab and the media center it is the policy of Lakota West high School that a student can not interfere with the operation of school business. Unauthorized access, unauthorized entry of or alteration of school information, unauthorized entry or alteration of school programs, or unauthorized reproduction (forgery) of school information is strictly prohibited.

  • Students are not to have food or drinks in the media center or computer lab.
  • Students are not permitted to check out materials for teachers.
  • Students using materials designated as “Teacher” materials may do so only at the discretion of the classroom teacher.
  • Students are limited to two visits per week from study hall.

General Information

  • Administrative Detention
    An administrative detention is a disciplinary measure given to a student by an administrator. It will be conducted from 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. An administrative detention is considered an alternative to suspension. Any misbehavior, arriving tardy, or failure to serve an assigned detention may result in suspension.

  • Athletic Game Tickets
    Student pre-sale tickets for athletic events may be purchased at the Athletic Office during lunch or after school.

  • Bookbags
    Bookbags must be stored in the student’s assigned locker.

  • Building Use
    School calendar dates, buildings, and gym use are coordinated by Mr. Gerry Weisgerber. Groups or individuals interested in scheduling an event must contact Mr. Weisgerber at ext. 10404 or his secretary, Ms. Kim Sanford at ext. 10408.

  • Bus Problems
    Questions about bus routes, schedules, or procedures should be directed to the Transportation Department, 755-5820, for clarification. Concerns about student behaviors should be directed to building administrators.

  • Cashier (Fines/Fees)
    Students will be assessed fees for some courses. These fees should be paid to the cashier. Students who are assigned to a repair/replacement cost by their teacher should pay the teacher or the cashier. Textbooks must be returned to the teacher by students. NO CREDIT WILL BE GIVEN FOR THE TEXTBOOKS THAT ARE NOT RETURNED DIRECTLY TO THE TEACHER. Books that are left in lockers will be charged to students. Report cards will be withheld as well as driving permits at the end of each nine-week period until all outstanding fines/fees have been collected.

  • Clinic / Medication Policy
    When a student becomes ill, he/she is to report to the clinic which is located in the Student Services area. A student must get a pass from their classroom teacher prior to reporting to the clinic. If the student is unable to return to class, parents may need to pick up the student. Students will sign out to go home from the attendance office. Students will not be allowed to leave school unless a parent has been contact. The school nurse is Ms. Janet Den Herder. Students are not allowed to take medications unless they are distributed through our Clinic. Each student is given a School Medication Permit at the beginning of the year. Parents and physician should complete this form if medications are needed during the school day. This includes all “over-the-counter” medications. Please call Ms. Janet Den Herder at the Clinic if you have questions regarding this procedure.

  • Coats
    Coats must be stored in the student’s assigned locker.

  • Copy Machine
    A coin operated copy machine is available for student use in the Media Center. Please refer to the Media Center guidelines for the hours the Center is open.

  • Detention
    In an effort to correct behavior which is not consistent with Lakota West High School guidelines, detention may be assigned. Teachers may assign detentions for violations of classroom or school rules. Students are responsible for arranging transportation if they have to serve a detention. Employment or extra-curricular activities will not constitute an exemption from detention. Any student failing to serve detention will be assigned to an administrative punishment.

  • Due Process
    Due process for suspension, expulsion, and removal will be in accordance with section 3313.66 of the Revised Code of Ohio. Students are entitled to “due process” procedures when they are charged with misconduct in violation of rules or any act that may lead to suspension or expulsion from school. At the minimum, due process requires advising the student to give “his/her side of the story.” Parents or guardians who are dissatisfied with the administrative decision have the right to appeal to the building Principal first. Parents or guardians who are dissatisfied with the administrative decision of the building Principal in the matter of suspension or expulsion have the right to appeal to the Superintendent (or designee) as the Board of Education designee. Parents or guardians who are dissatisfied with the decision of the Superintendent or designee in the appeal of suspension or expulsion have the right to appeal to the Court of Common Please (ORC Chapter 2506).

  • Extracurricular Events
    Students are encouraged to attend and/or participate in extracurricular events at Lakota West High School. We are proud of our athletes, club members, and other organizational members. Lakota West High School students are expected to behave in a way that demonstrates that pride. Code of Conduct is in effect at all student extracurricular activities. Throwing objects at events, making unnecessary rude or offensive comments to officials, or acting in any way deemed inappropriate by school officials may result in disciplinary action or possibly in banning the student from attending future events. Students who are under a school suspension are not permitted to attend school sponsored activities/events.

  • Grade Level Assignments
    Students graduating in 1998 and thereafter must earn 21 credits to graduate. Grade level assignments will be determined as follows:
    • 11th grade – 10.0 credits
    • 12th grade – 15.0 credits

  • Hall Passes>
    Students wishing to move in the corridor areas during class periods must carry an official school pass that is assigned by the teacher, counselor, administrator, or other staff member.

  • Help Line
    Should students or parents be compelled to report any issue of concern they may call 1-800-6423 ext. 359.

  • Make-Up Work
    Students who will have an excused absence of more than 3 days may wish to request their assignments. Parents should contact their son/daughter’s guidance counselor to make this request. We require at least 24 hours to collect information and have it ready for parents. Students who will be absent for less than 3 days, are encouraged to contact a student in their class for assignments or other relevant information.

    Note: Students will be allowed adequate time to make up missed work. It is the responsibility of the student to seek missed work assignments during time of absence. Make up day(s) should reflect the number of excused absence day(s). As an example- a student misses two days of school and is excused, this student will have two school days to make up work.

  • Matches / Lighters
    Students found to be carrying matches and/or lighters when searched, will be assigned to Saturday school. Repeated violations during searches could result in more severe consequences.

  • Non-Discrimination and Reasonable Accommodation
    Lakota West High School does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Harassment, retaliation, coercion, interference, or intimidation of any student or other participant in district sponsored activities due to race, religion, color, national origin, sex or disability is strictly forbidden; and any student or other participant who experiences such activity should report it immediately to the principal, an assistance principal, or the Director of Personnel and Student Services, who is the district coordinator for compliance with this policy. This policy extends to all terms, conditions and privileges of employment as well as to the use of all school facilities and participation in all school-sponsored activities. Upon request to the activity sponsor, the district shall make reasonable accommodation for a person with a disability to be able to participate in events such as programs, meetings, contests, etc.

  • Ohio Graduation Test
    All sophomores must pass the Ohio Graduation Tests in order to graduate. Students will have multiple opportunities to take the tests during their high school careers.
    The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) encourages students and families to talk with their high school teachers and/or guidance counselors to find out more.
    Detailed information can also be found on the ODE website at www.OhioAcademicStandards.com and http://ode.state.oh.us/proficiency/OGT.

  • Passes For Administrative Offices
    Students will only report to administrative offices with a valid summons. All other visits must be arranged prior to or after school hours or with the knowledge of the classroom teacher.

  • Physical Education Excuses>
    There are times when a student may not be capable of participating in their Physical Education activities. When this occurs, a parent must submit a written reason for the non-participation to the teacher. Notes requesting exemptions of more than a day or two must be accompanied by a physician’s statement of estimated length of non-participation and specific limitations of activities.

  • Proficiency Testing Information
    Legislation, passed in July, 1987, provides for the establishment of a state wide high school proficiency testing program for Ohio’s high school students. Tests will be administered in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics, citizenship, and science. Lakota West High school students who plan to graduate by 2006 need to pass all 5 proficiency tests or all 5 Ohio Graduation Tests. Parents should direct any specific questions about the Proficiency testing program to their student’s guidance counselor.

  • Saturday School
    Saturday School is a disciplinary measure given to a student by an administrator. It will be conducted from 8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

    Saturday school is considered an alternative to suspension. Any misbehavior, arriving tardy, or failure to serve an assigned Saturday School may result in suspension.

  • Schedule Changes/Errors
    Occasionally there will be a need to change a student’s schedule. Students should go to the Guidance Office and complete a schedule change request form. Please note that schedule changes are very limited and the counselors will address them in priority order. Students are not excused from their classes to go to the Guidance Office to see their counselor without written permission from the teacher or counselor. Failure to do so could result in disciplinary action.

  • Throwing Items
    Students caught throwing items over the railing will be disciplined and could face criminal charges.

  • Unauthorized Transportation of Students
    Students who transport other students from school that are not authorized to leave will face consequences including limited or complete loss of driving pass if repeated.

  • Valuables
    Students are requested not to bring large amounts of money or anything of exceptional value to school. There is always the danger of these items being stolen. If, for demonstration purposes, a student must bring a valuable item, he/she should make special arrangements with their teacher to secure the item. Both hall lockers and gym lockers should be kept locked.

    The school is not responsible for students’ lost or stolen items.