Student Handbook 2021-2022

WELCOME

We are pleased that you are a student of Cimarron Junior/Senior High School! It is our hope that you will have a positive and productive school year. Please take time to read this handbook, as it contains important information for you and your parents. The policies and procedures outlined are to assist you in knowing your responsibilities, privileges, and freedoms. Become familiar with this information. It will help you to guide you to a successful year at Cimarron Junior/Senior High School

MISSION STATEMENT

Preparing students to be responsible, productive citizens.

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS FOR USD #102

Cimarron Junior/Senior High School 620-855-3323

High School Fax 620-855-3219

Superintendent/Board of Education 620-855-7743

Cimarron Grade School 620-855-3343

Bus Garage 620-855-3327

CALENDAR

2021-2022


Teacher In-Service August 16, 17, 18

Teacher Work Day (10 am – 4 pm) August 19

First Day of School August 20

No School (Labor Day) September 6

No School (Collaboration/In-Service day) October 1

Career Advisement Night – Cimarron Jr/Sr High only. ……………… October 4-5

No School (Collaboration/In-Service day) October 22

Parent-Teacher Conferences - Cimarron Elementary only……..…...October 25, 26

No School October 29

No School (Thanksgiving Break) November 22-26

No School (Christmas Break) December 20-December 31

No School (Collaboration ½ day, work day ½ day) January 3

Student Opportunity Day January 4

First Day of Second Semester January 5

No School  (Martin Luther King Day) January 17

No School (In-service/Collaboration Day) February 21

No School  (Collaboration/In-Service day) February 25

Parent-Teacher Conferences – Cimarron Elementary only…… February 28, Mar 1

Career Progress Night – Cimarron Jr/Sr High only………………. .… ..March 7, 8

No School March 11

No School (Spring Break) March 14 – 18

No School (Easter Break) April 15 & 18

No School (Collaboration/In-service) April 21 

Seniors Last Day…………………………………………………..……...….May 5

Commencement (Sunday at 3:00 pm) May 8

8th Grade Promotion…………………………………………………….....…May 9

Student Last Day May 11

Teacher In-Service & Work Day & Student Opportunity Day May 12








Individual Plan of Study (IPS)


As students progress through Cimarron High School and prepare for career and college, it is imperative that students set educational goals and create a roadmap for success in high school and beyond. This roadmap, or individual plan of study, includes development of a flexible career focus and an education path that is clearly defined, rigorous, and relevant to assure a successful and efficient transition to postsecondary education and/or the workforce. The foundational elements of the individual plan of study are the career interests identified by the student through an authentic career interest survey using Xello. An IPS is then generated based on each student’s interests and strengths cooperatively with the student, family members and the student's teacher advisor.  The teacher advisor assigned to an individual student at each grade level will monitor that student.  Other parts of the IPS include recent academic benchmarks, graduation requirements, and developmentally appropriate, work-based learning experiences. The plan is reviewed twice annually and is continually updated.  At each grade level 7th through 12th students will participate in activities that will address a range of employability skills.  


MAP Testing 

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) is a state-aligned computerized adaptive assessment program that provides educators the information they need to improve teaching and learning and make student-focused, data-driven decisions.  Students in grades seven through eleven are tested in math, reading and language usage.

Student MAP testing results are reported in RIT scores (short for Rasch Index Unit).  A RIT score is an estimation of a student’s instructional level and also measures student growth over time.   The RIT scale is an equal-interval scale that works much like  increments on a yardstick and is used to show academic growth from year to year. We expect to see the RIT score increase over time. 

MAP scores will indicate growth over time and are considered a better measure of student learning.  MAP scores can be used to predicate future ACT scores beginning as early as 3rd grade.  More information is available from student advisors or in the principal’s office.

All students 7th through 11th grades will take the MAP test in the fall.  Students who are below or far below grade level may also test in the winter and spring.  MAP testing is mandatory for all students as MAP is an integral part of developing our IPS.  

Students are encouraged to put out their best effort for all testing!

Recent research in education has consistently demonstrated that students who have ‘grit’ are more successful that those students who possess high IQ’s and a small degree of perseverance. As Winston Churchill has stated, “Success is not final; failure is not final. It is the courage to continue that counts.”
















ACADEMIC POLICIES AND GUIDELINES


GRADING SCALE

A: 90 – 100

B: 80 – 89

C: 70 – 79

D: 60 – 69

F: 0 – 59


STUDENT CLASSIFICATIONS

Students are classified as freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior based upon the number of credits they have earned at the conclusion of each school year. The following criteria will be used with classifying students:

  • Freshman: 0 – 6 credits

  • Sophomore: 7 – 12 credits

  • Junior: 13 – 18 credits

  • Senior: 19 – 24 credits


GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

The following courses are required for graduation from Cimarron High School:

  • Language Arts – 4 credits

  • Math – 3 credits

  • Social Science – 3 credits (including Amer. History, Amer. Govt., and Economics)

  • Science – 3 credits (one must be a lab science – Biology, Chemistry, or Physics)

  • Health  - ½ credit

  • P.E. – ½ credit

  • Speech – ½ credit

  • Fine Arts – 1 credit


Students who are enrolled in Cimarron High School as a Freshman will take a ½ credit Character Ed. class.


Non-required credits or electives can be used to fill out the remaining required 24 credits for graduation. One semester is equivalent to one-half credit. Students may not withdraw with credit from full year courses without the permission of the instructor, counselor, and principal. College bound students should include maximum preparation in math, science, social science, and language arts.


Any exception of the eight-semester attendance policy would be reviewed and ruled on by the Board of Education. Diplomas will not be given to graduating seniors until all financial obligations to the school are paid, courses are completed, and books/materials are returned to the appropriate teachers. Seniors must have completed the graduation requirements before being allowed to participate in the graduation ceremonies.


A senior checkout sheet will be used to document that each senior has taken care of these responsibilities. This sheet must be returned to the high school office after each of the students’ teachers has signed the form.


GRADE CARDS AND HONOR ROLL

Progress reports are given to students at Career Advisement Nights or mailed to the parent. The honor roll for both junior high and senior high students will be based on a grade point average of 3.17 or higher each semester. Students with a grade point average of 2.84 – 3.16 will be designated as Honorable Mention. The following scale will be used to compute grade point averages:  A = 4.00; B = 3.00; C = 2.00; D = 1.00; 

F = 0.00.




A-TEAM HONORS BANQUET

An annual banquet is held to honor all high school students who maintain a 3.80 grade point average on a 4-point graduated scale for the first semester of the current school year.


VALEDICTORIAN AND SALUTATORIAN


Valedictory and salutatory awards are given for 8th grade and the 12th grade at Commencement. These awards are figured on grade point average for two (Junior High) or four (High School) years of work (using the same system that generates the Honor Roll). If multiple valedictorians are appointed, then there will be no salutatory award given.


Each student’s Grade Point Average (GPA) is computed and checked by the principal, counselor, and secretary. Transfer students are eligible for the valedictorian and salutatorian awards only of they are in attendance at Cimarron during their entire twelfth grade (senior high) or eighth grade (junior high).


In addition, the top two grade earners (more if there is a tie) will be given the honor of providing the Commencement speeches during the senior graduation ceremony. These students must have successfully completed 12 of the 14 Kansas State Board of Regents recommended course and have the highest grade point averages from their entire course work.


High school students will be recognized for their academic achievements using the cum laude system:

  • Cum Laude: 3.50 – 3.69 GPA

  • Magna Cum Laude: 3.70 – 3.84 GPA

  • Summa Cum Laude: 3.85 – 4.0 GPA


KANSAS ASSESSMENTS

Students will take Kansas State Assessments in the following areas:

  • Mathematics

  • Reading

  • Social Studies

  • Science



COLLEGE CLASSES

Seniors may attend college classes during and up to half of the school day. 

  • The student will meet all requirements for graduation by attending high school classes for a half day (i.e. four class periods.)

  • The student has maintained an attendance average of 85% for the freshman through junior years.

  • The student has to pass the Accuplacer or have the required ACT score per college requirement.

  • The student must be enrolled in 7 classes with a combination of high school and college classes. (See KSHSAA Rule 13)

  • If a student wished to attend a technical program, the criteria will be reviewed on an individual basis.

  • If a student withdraws from a college class for any reason, they are required to be enrolled in a class at CHS during that time period. 

  • Students will be required to sign a ‘Waiver of Confidentiality’ prior to enrolling in a college class.  The purpose of this requirement is to allow the dual credit advisor and/or administration to openly communicate with college personnel.


If all the above criteria are not met, the principal may grant an exception. If an exception is made, permission to attend college classes will be on a semester basis. 


DUAL CREDIT

Beginning in the 2013 – 2014 school year, Cimarron High School has entered into an agreement with Dodge City Community College whereby students can earn dual credit for particular courses.  In short, while the student completes coursework at Cimarron, they will be earning credit at both Cimarron and Dodge City Community College provided our instructors meet all DCCC teaching requirements.


For the 2019 – 2020 school year, five courses will be offered for dual credit. They are:

English Composition I Public Speaking

English Composition II Calculus

College Algebra Trigonometry 

College Statistics


For additional information concerning Dual Credit opportunities with Dodge City Community College, please contact the school principal and/or school counselor.



COLLEGE VISITATION

Juniors and Seniors may be excused to visit a college of their choice provided that they bring proper authorization from their parents or have made prior arrangements with the school counselor. Juniors are allowed one college visit per semester and Seniors are allowed two visits per semester. No more than three students will be excused in any one-day unless special arrangements are made and permission is given.


CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION PATHWAYS

The state of Kansas has created a set of sixteen pathways for Career and Technical Education courses. Within these sixteen pathways, there are numerous programs of study. Cimarron School District currently has twelve programs of study.


Those programs are:  1) Agriculture Science, 2) Production (i.e. drafting), 3) Construction (i.e. cabinetmaking), 4) Business Finance, 5) Restaurant and Event Management, 6) Family and Community Services, 7) Power, Structural, and Technical Systems, 8) A/V Communications, 9) Education and Training, 10) Agri Business, and 11) Health Science.


In an effort to assist students and parents with planning and course selection, we have designed a rubric by which a person can determine what courses are available for each program of study. They are:


Construction & Design Family, Community & Consumer Services

Introduction to Technology 8 Career & Life Planning 

Drafting/CAD Consumer Economics/Personal Finance 

Woodworking Principles Culinary Essentials

Furniture/Cabinet Fabrication Family Studies 

Remodel & Building Maintenance Human Growth and Development

Advanced Materials Technology Community Connections

Carpentry I Career Connections

Carpentry II


Manufacturing Restaurant & Event Management

Introduction to Industrial Technology Business Essentials

Introduction to Welding Career & Life Planning

Drafting/CAD Intro to Family & Consumer Science

Advanced Drafting/CAD Baking & Pastry I

Mass Production I Baking & Pastry II

Mass Production II Culinary Arts

Culinary Essentials

Nutrition & Wellness 

Entrepreneurship

Career Connections 

Community Connections 


 

Comprehensive Agriculture Science Business Finance

Exploring Agriculture 8 Business Essentials 

Agri-Science Entrepreneurship

Agribusiness Accounting 

Animal Science Advanced Accounting 

Research in Agriculture Consumer Economics Personal Finance 

Finance- Workplace Experience 



Power, Structural & Technical Systems Digital Media Pathway

Exploring Agriculture 8 Business Essentials

Ag Welding I Computer Apps

Ag Welding II 21st Century Journalism 

Ag Mechanics Photo Imaging 

Research in Ag Digital Media Design & Prod 

Agricultural Fabrication Sports and Entertainment Marketing 

Agri Science Digital Media Project Management

Advanced Ag Mech Audio/Video Production

Agribusiness Principles of Marketing 

Video Production 

Graphic Design 

Digital Media Tech 

Media & Public Relations 


Web and Digital Communications Health Science

Computer Apps Biology

Computer Programming Chemistry

Computer Graphics Anatomy and Physiology

Game Design Nutrition and Wellness

Graphic Design Certified Nursing Assistant

Particular Topics in Media Technology  Intro to Health Care

Medical Terminology

Certified Med Aide 

Phlebotomy Technician 

Pharmacy Technician 

Care of Athletes  

Teaching & Training

Career & Life Planning

Intro to Family & Consumer Science 

Family Studies 

Human Growth & Development

Teaching Profession 

Teaching Internship 


If you have any questions about enrolling in Career & Technical Education classes, please contact the principal or counselor at 855-3323.


SCHEDULE CHANGES

Since a great deal of effort goes into scheduling of classes, once a student has enrolled and course selections are finalized, schedule changes will not be allowed. The only exceptions will be initiated by the building principal or counselor.


DROPPING A STUDENT FROM SCHOOL ROLLS

If a student is absent for ten (10) or more consecutive school days and all reasonable efforts to ascertain the student’s whereabouts are unknown or the reasons for such absences are unknown, the student shall be dropped from the school rolls. All efforts to re-establish student status must come through the school administrator’s office as a re-enrollment, with class assignment to be at the discretion of the school administrator.


FINALS POLICY

At the conclusion of each semester, all high school students will be administered a semester final. The final will be an accumulation of the standards taught in each class for the given semester. The final can be given as a test, presentation, or project, but must incorporate all standards taught in the given semester.


Semester finals will be given at the end of each semester and will be administered over a two-day period. Early Finals will only be permitted if prior arrangements are made between the teacher and student.. It is the responsibility of the student to contact their teacher to reschedule a missed final.


ACADEMIC DETENTION AND SUMMER SCHOOL

If a student is failing in two or more core classes at the time of progress reports, he/she will receive academic after-school detention for a one-week minimum or until the grade is passing.


If a junior high student fails one or more core classes at the end of the first or second semesters, he/she will be required to attend summer school (if offered) to make up those required credits. Refusal to report to summer school will result in a recommendation for retention of the student. In addition, any student who fails three or more core courses (math, language arts, science, and social studies) each semester will be retained in the same grade the following year.


If a high school student fails a core class, they are required to retake the class during the summer school session if the class is offered.


INCOMPLETES

Teachers will not issue a grade of ‘Incomplete’ without the permission of the principal. All ‘Incompletes’ shall be addressed within five school days. Note: The awarding of an ‘Incomplete’ grade shall only be utilized on the most dire circumstances (e.g. student in hospital, etc.)


USE OF THE LIBRARY

The resources and services of the library media center are a fundamental part of the total educational process. Books are checked out for three weeks and may be renewed. 


Permission must be granted to check out more than two reading items. Materials needed for major written assignments, such as research papers, are due when the assignments are due. Students who lose a book or damage it beyond repair will be charged the cost of replacing the book.


STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES

The student support coordinator’s office has an “open door” policy. The student support coordinator provides a service to help with questions or problems about classes, educational plans, future occupational plans, and personal concerns. There are times when tests—aptitude, interest, and personality—will be given to provide you valuable information. These tests and other records in the counseling office help the student support coordinator assist you. They will receive all the scholarship information and applications. If you are interested in applying for scholarships, please make arrangements through the Student Support Coordinator’s office.


STUDENT PRIVACY RIGHTS

Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)

By law, the local school district is required to provide student contact information to military recruiters and college institutions if the student is a junior or senior. In addition the school desires to publish photos, honor roll names, scholarships, graduation information and such that will possibly state the student’s name, and/or show a photo of the student. If you do not want this information released for your child, please contact the school principal and request the Notice of Release of Student information form.



STUDENT TRANSCRIPTS

A Cimarron High School transcript will show a record of all course work completed while enrolled at Cimarron High School. Should a student need to retake a class or desire to retake a class, the second attempt at the course will be the second entry on the transcript. The first attempt at the course also remains on the transcript. Both grades would be calculated in determining the grade point average for the student. 


Concerning courses that are taken to meet certain graduation requirements, if two attempts in a course result in passing grades, one will be counted toward the curricular graduation requirement and the other will be counted as an elective toward the total number of credits needed to graduate. 


Seniors are responsible for getting their transcripts from DCCC or any other college and sending them to the college of their choice. Cimarron High School does not have access to college transcripts.


SENIOR CLASS EXTRA FUNDS TRANSFER

At the end of each school year, it is necessary for the senior class to vote on how to disburse the funds that are still in the senior class account. The following options are available for senior class fund transfers:


  1. The Education Fund

The Educational Fund services areas such as the reading parties, school speakers, Christmas goodie bags, perfect attendance awards, students awards such as all around boy and girl, valedictorian/salutatorian, etc. 


  1. Scholarship Account

Funds here provide scholarships for students who are selected to continue their education. 


  1. School Gift

The senior class could purchase a “gift” for the school. The building around the school bell is an example of a past gift.


  1. The Activities Account

This would be put into the activities account to help upgrade concession stand equipment.  Items such as a cheese dispenser, popcorn machines, roasters, mats, etc. have been purchased with these funds. 


  1. A combination of one or more of the options referenced above

The senior class could vote to split this money up amongst one or more of the options listed above. 


EMERGENCY SAFETY INTERVENTIONS (Seclusion & Restraint)

As of April 19, 2013, the Kansas State Board of Education adopted policies concerning the Emergency Safety Intervention (i.e., Seclusion and Restraint). Under normal circumstances, the Cimarron-Ensign school district strongly discourages the use of seclusion and restraint. However, if it appears that seclusion and/or restraint are needed to secure the safety of the student, other students, and/or staff, all caution and prudence will be exercised. 


At both the grade school and the high school, selected staff members have been trained in the Mandt system. Mandt is an intervention system in which students can be restrained in a safe manner that minimizes the possibility of injury and/or other medical conditions.


For a complete copy of the policies concerning Emergency Safety Interventions (i.e., seclusion and restraint), please contact the building principal and/or superintendent.




ACTIVITIES/ATHLETIC POLICIES

ELIGIBILITY Requirements

Cimarron Junior High and Cimarron Senior High Schools are members of the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA). Therefore, the following eligibility standards apply to students representing the junior and senior high interscholastic competition.


  1. They are bona fide, undergraduate students in good standing with regular attendance at the Cimarron Jr/Sr High School. 

  2. Their conduct and standards of sportsmanship are satisfactory and do not bring discredit to themselves or their school.

  3. They are not 19 years of age (16, 15, or 14 for junior high students) on or before September 1 of the school year in which they compete. 

  4. They have not completed 8 semesters of high school attendance (included total attendance beginning with the ninth grade). Their last two semesters of possible eligibility must be consecutive. 

  5. They have not completed 8 semesters of competition nor more than 4 seasons in one sport (includes grades 9 through 12).

  6. They must be in attendance at least ½ school day on the day of the event unless approved by the activities director.

  7. They have passed in 6 subjects of unit weight or the equivalent their last semester in attendance in high school and have passed 5 subjects of unit weight or the equivalent (this does NOT include junior high study hall/PE) their last semester in attendance in junior high school.

  8. They do not engage in outside competition in a sport recognized by the KSHSAA (football, cross country, soccer, basketball, wrestling, gymnastics, swimming, volleyball, track, baseball, softball, tennis or golf) during a season in which they are representing their school (including cheerleading). Consult the coach or Athletic Director before allowing them to participate individually or on a team in any game, training session, contest, or tryout conducted by an outside organization.

  9. They have not participated in training sessions or tryouts held by colleges or other outside agencies or organizations in the same sport while a member of a school athletic team.

  10. They have passed an adequate physical examination given by a physician and have the written consent of their parents or legal guardian after May 1st of the previous school year. 

  11. They have met the requirements of the Transfer Rule if they are transfer students. Contact the Athletic Director concerning this regulation.

  12. They are not a member of any fraternity or other organization prohibited by law or by the rules of the KSHSAA.

  13. They have not competed under a false name or for money or merchandise of intrinsic value and have observed all other provisions of the Amateur Rule.

  14. Students are covered by a liability catastrophic policy while practicing for, participating in a traveling, to or from any inter-school activity under jurisdiction of the KSHSAA. This is a catastrophic policy paid for by the school district through KSHSAA. Contract your Athletic Director for statement of coverage and other details. 

  15. Student’s appearance in activities will be governed by the KSHSAA and each individual sponsor can set certain standards for his/her own activity.

  16. Students will need to have all school bills paid before the beginning of the year in order to participate in any extracurricular activity.


ACTIVITY TRANSPORTATION

Activity transportation will be provided by the district for all extracurricular activities. Students are prohibited from driving personal vehicles to district-sponsored activities. All students on the school-furnished transportation shall return on the same transportation unless they are dismissed to their parents by the coaching staff or activity sponsor. Unforeseen circumstances will be dealt with by the administration. 


Students must observe the rules and regulations adopted by the board governing student transportation. Students will be subject to the school’s behavior code while riding activity transportation. The board may suspend or revoke the transportation privilege or entitlement of any student who violates any rules or regulations adopted by the board.


LETTER AWARDS

CHEERLEADER Requirements

A cheerleader must have passed six units during the first semester, and must be passing in six units at the time of tryouts. If a cheerleader is not able to cheer due to illness, injury, or participation in sports, that game will not count against her and the required time of cheering will be proportioned accordingly. A cheerleader must cheer in over half of the quarters (of the games for which she is responsible) in order to receive a letter. The sponsor, athletic director, and principal will make final decisions.


FORENSICS Requirements

To letter in Forensics, a student will have:

  • Competed at no fewer than 75% of the tournaments the squad has entered.

  • Competed at regional if the student has not already qualified in one event for State.

  • No unexcused absences or tardies from previously scheduled practices or from tournaments or festivals; no canceled entries due to reasons other than illness.

(Invalid if students arranges an acceptable substitute)

  • Displayed behavior in accordance with CHS rules at tournaments, festivals and occasions outside of school where squad members may be invited to perform.

  • Completed at least one of the following:

    • Qualified for State Festival of Championship

    • Made finals in two or more tourneys

    • Double-entered at 50% or more the tourney's squad enters.


Any students earning 2 1’s at a State competition will automatically letter. Coaches may, in special cases and with the consent of the activities director, present letters to individuals not meeting the requirements set forth for earning a letter.


INSTRUMENTAL Requirements

The purpose of the instrumental music letter is to reward students who excel and work beyond the required activities. In order to letter in instrumental music, a student must have a semester grade of “B” (or higher) for both semesters and meet of the following:

  1. Must participate in an activity outside of the required group commitments such as:

    1. Solo

    2. Small Ensemble

    3. District Honor Band

  2. You may letter as a junior if you have participated in band for three years of high school or four years as a senior.


SCHOLARS’ BOWL Requirements

The following criteria must be met to earn a letter in Scholars’ Bowl:

  • Participate in one more than one-half of the tournaments scheduled in which they are qualified to participate. (Varsity)

  • Attend 80% of the practice sessions with the team during regularly scheduled times. It is the responsibility of the students to notify the coach when he/she cannot attend.

  • Assist in the readiness and operation of the Cimarron Invitational Scholars’ Bowl.

  • The original recognition is a school letter and a Lamp of Learning pin to be worn on the letter. For each additional year, a gold bar will be awarded.


VOCAL Requirements

The letter has been established to reward those students who put additional effort into the pursuit of musical excellence outside of the classroom. In order to letter, each candidate must fulfill the requirement each year. Points are not carried over from year to year.

  • First year- chenille letter and bar

  • Second year- bar

  • Third year- bar

  • Fourth year- bar


Basic Requirements:

Audition of KMEA 20

Participate in District V KMEA Honor Choir 20

Participate in State KMEA Honor Choir 20

Perform a solo with school choir 10

Accompany a solo, ensemble or choir at contest   5 each

Attend previous summer vocal camp 20

Audition for Summer Choral Institute 20

Participate in Summer Choral institute 20

Lead role in musical 50

Minor role in musical 25

Chorus or tech persons in musical 10

Solo or Ensemble at Regional, League or State 

I= 30

II= 20

III= 10

Regional or State Piano Festival I= 30

II= 20

III= 10


ATHLETIC REQUIREMENTS

The senior high varsity award for proficiency in athletics is the chenille letter “C”, 7 inch block “C” in Colombian blue for boys and a 6 inch manuscript “C” in white for girls. In order to participate, a student must meet the eligibility requirements listed in this handbook. Any player on the varsity team that goes to State will letter.


In order to letter in junior high football, volleyball or basketball, the participant must play in one more A team quarter than A team games played. In track, the student must participate in at least three meets and score at least one point. The student must participate at the league track meet if entered as an entry by the coach. 


Athletes must finish the season in good standing with Cimarron Jr/Sr High School in order to earn a letter. Any athlete that quits the team will not letter.


Basketball: An athlete must play at least 1 quarter more then half of the varsity quarters played plus general requirements.

Track: The athlete must score at least 5 points during the year or score 1 point at the league or regional meet or their relay places 3rd or better. Athletes will not letter by placing in a Freshman/Sophomore or Junior Varsity meet. Placing with a Freshman 4x100 or 4x400 meter relay at a varsity meet will count if the host school includes the points. Weight relay teams will not meet lettering requirements. The athlete will not letter if they refuse to run at the league or regional track meets. Lastly, the athlete must work all meets assigned by the coaching staff. This includes the JH Invitational, Cimarron Invitational, and any other meet where the athlete does not compete. If the athlete fails to work any meet as assigned, he or she will not earn a letter.

Cross Country: An athlete must run in at least more than one-half of the regular season Varsity races.

Wrestling: A wrestler must complete in 10 varsity matches, or place in the top 4 at a varsity tournament.

Golf: The lettering system shall be left to the discretion of the coach.

Tennis: A tennis player must compete in 5 varsity matches and complete the season in good standing.

Volleyball: Each girl should play in one match then one-half of the matches in the season. If the required number of matches is met in the subsequent seasons, a bar will be given. Any athlete who receive a provisional letter and does not complete the following season will not receive a senior letter in volleyball, if that is her only sport, nor will the volleyball inscription be put on her senior letter earned in another sport.

Baseball: An athlete must play in at least one inning more than half of the varsity innings played plus general requirements.

Softball: An athlete must play in at least one inning more than half of the varsity innings played plus general requirements.

Football: The athlete must play in at least 12 varsity quarters during their regular season. Any player, regardless of quarters played that suits up for the sub-state play-offs will earn a letter at the discretion of the head coach. 


General lettering requirements:

  1. A student will not earn a letter for a sport if he or she quits before the end of a season or is dismissed from a sport for disciplinary reasons.

  2. A student who participates in a sport for four years and does not earn a letter will be eligible to receive a senior letter for that sport is he/she completes that sport the senior year.

  3. A student who sustains a long-term injury while participating in a sport may earn a letter for that sport by remaining with the team as a “student in good standing”

  4. A student who cannot participate because of illness or injury may have his or her requirements for lettering adjusted accordingly.

  5. Uniforms and equipment must be accounted for before earning a letter.

  6. Varsity sports letter awards regulations-Varsity letter and bar hardware. Second time in same sport or first time in a second sport - bar and hardware if appropriate.


Athletic Rules:

During the season each coach may establish other rules that are specific to his/her respective activity. Absences from practices, tardy to practices, disrespect for coaches, and other infractions could warrant disciplinary action. If a violation of the team rules results in other disciplinary action, a conference will be held with the Athletic Director, coach, parents, and athlete.

  1. The coach shall require squad members to make a neat personal appearance.

  2. All KSHSAA rules and guidelines will be followed.


POLICY ALCOHOL, DRUGS, TOBACCO

The activities/athletic program of Unified School District 102 includes any athletic team, club activity, program, class office or group that represents our school district. These programs are considered to be a privilege rather than a right for the participants involved; a principle that has been upheld in numerous decisions.


The participants are highly visible representatives of their school and community. Because of these facts coaches and sponsors are allowed to set more stringent codes of conduct, dress, and responsibilities for participants than are required of students in the regular academic setting.


The Cimarron Junior / Senior High School Activities Policy is designed to create a positive, healthy, drug-free atmosphere for athletics and activities. The use of alcohol, tobacco, other illegal drugs and controlled substances and nonprescription steroids are prohibited. This policy is not designed to invalidate or supersede any of the present policies of USD 102.


DEFINITION: A “season” shall include all of that period of time covered by practice, preparation, performances, games, and competition for participants in athletics and activities. 


RULE: During the season the student shall not: 1) Use or possess a beverage containing alcohol 2) Use or possess, buy, sell, give away, or transfer tobacco, marijuana, cocaine, nicotine, controlled substances, non prescription steroids. It is not a violation of this policy to possess and use controlled substances specifically prescribed for the student’s own use by his or her physician. It is the responsibility for the student to tell the head coach or a sponsor of his or her use of the prescription drugs and to timely provide a written statement from a physician. This policy shall provide and include the use, possession or transfer of substances in any form and at any time or place during the season.


For the purpose of this policy, the following violations will accumulate through the current school year. The policy is in effect during the summer months when students are representing Cimarron High School.



  1. VIOLATION AND PENALTIES

  1. First Violation:

  1. After confirmation of the violation, the student shall be ineligible to participate in 10% of his or her season’s athletic events, commencing with the next scheduled event after confirmation. The student will miss one activity event, commencing with the next scheduled event he / she is in after confirmations.

  2. The student will continue to practice and prepare.


  1. Second Violation:

  1. After confirmation of the violation, the student shall automatically and immediately be suspended from participation in any athletic or activity events for the remainder of the school year.


II. CONFIRMATION OF VIOLATION:

  1. A violation is confirmed by personal observation by a member of the faculty or administration of USD #102 or coaching staff. This includes other forms of verification including Breathalyzer and /or other tools.

  2. Confirmation can also occur if a person or parent of the involved student provides a signed written statement regarding the violation by a student. The reliability and validity of a source other than faculty members, sponsors, coaches, coaches aides, and administrators shall be determined by a majority vote of a panel consisting of the High School Principal, Activities Director and all sponsor/coaches involved with the student. 

  3. Law enforcement.


III. SELF-REFERRAL

The intent of this is not to avoid consequences of the violation, but to assist the student or parent who feels there is a problem and are seeking assistance and support. Self-Referral only refers to when the student or parent of the student expresses a concern. Self-referral cannot be used as the result of legal involvement with law enforcement officials, or other insinuating circumstances.


The validity of the Self-Referral will be determined by a majority vote of a panel consisting of the Principal, Activity Director, Coach and Sponsors of the activities the student is involved with during the “season’. Should the panel determine this was not a Self-Referral, violation one penalties will be enforced.


IV. ENFORCEMENT

This policy and enforcement of other policies of USD #102 pertaining to possession, use, buying, selling, transferring, or being under the influence of substances on the school grounds during, or after school hours; on school grounds when the school is being used by any school personnel or school group; and off the school grounds at a school activity function or event, shall apply to all students.


Any additional times as outlined in this policy shall apply to athletes and participants in those activities as sanctioned by the Kansas State High School Activities Association. Activities like, including but not limited to, Forensics and Music, will not mandate a grade deduction, but suspension and all other consequences will be enforced. 


Athletic/Activities sponsored by the KSHSAA in which Cimarron Junior/Senior High School participates, and other activities of Cimarron Junior/Senior High School covered by this policy are:


Football Track NHS

Volleyball Speech/Forensics SADD

Tennis FFA KAY

Cross Country Scholars Bowl FCCLA

Basketball Vocal Music Inst. Music  Cheerleading Wrestling Golf Student Council Softball Baseball


V. APPEALS PROCESS

The parent/guardian has the right to request, in writing and within 20 days, a hearing on the suspension by the activities director or his designee. Such review will be held and the decision rendered within five (5) days of the request. 


ORGANIZATIONS

Student’s appearance in activities will be governed by the KSHSAA and each individual sponsor can set certain standards for his/her own activity. No student may be President of more than one organization in any given year, this would include class presidency as well.


Family, Career, Community Leaders of America (FCCLA):

Purposes:

  1. To improve personal, home, school and community living. 

  2. To stimulate and further interest family and consumer science.

  3. To provide opportunities for leadership among its members.

  4. To promote outstanding scholarship and high standards of attainment in both group and individual activities.

  5. To cooperate with other FCCLA organizations and with the State and National FCCLA.


Requirements for membership: The student must have completed one semester or one course in home economics.

Activities:

  1. Service Projects: local, district and national

  2. Money making project

  3. Trip to State FCCLA meeting (if eligible).


FFA: The Cimarron FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of its members by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education, The Cimarron FFA is an affiliate of the Kansas FFA Organization and the National FFA Organization, members will have the following opportunities during their active membership: Leadership by a student officer team, travel opportunity, “learning by doing”, participate in Career Development Events that take classroom learning and apply it to real life situation and public speaking. Members have the opportunity to gain recognition at the local, district, state and national levels.


KAY: the Kansas Association of Youth (KAY) is a character building, leadership-training program directed by the Kansas State High School Activities Association. This is a nationally acclaimed organization that focuses on service projects and volunteer work for our school, our community, our nation and world.


Objectives:

We, the youth of Kansas, interested in becoming adult citizens worthy of the democratic traditions of our country, will endeavor to fulfill the six objectives of the Kansas Association of Youth.

  1. Character (Laugh, Love, Lift)

  2. Health (Physical and Mental)

  3. Service (School, Community, Nation, World)

  4. Appreciation (Friends, All Races, Self)

  5. Recreation (Relaxation, Rest, Re-creation)

  6. Leadership (Citizenship and Caring)


Privileges:

  • As a youth in the years of decision, I believe these rights and privileges are mine:

  • To love and to be loved

  • To think creatively

  • To seek the truth

  • To appreciate and respect all races

  • To enjoy fun and laughter

  • To share with my family and friends

  • To strive to be a good citizen

  • To live a healthy lifestyle

  • To give myself to a cause

  • To take the long look


Requirements for memberships:

Student must be a part of the following activities:

  1. Service projects: school, community, national, and world service. 

  2. Service fundraisers

  3. Conference attendance (unit and regional)


National Honor Society (NHS): The objectives of this chapter shall be to create an enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire for rendering service, to promote worthy leadership, and to encourage development of character in all students of Cimarron High School. Election to our chapter is based on scholarship, character, service, and leadership.


A five-member Faculty Council determines membership. A 3.5 cumulative grade point is necessary for an invitation to apply for membership. Current NHS members must maintain a 3.33 grade point average. Possible activities include an annual educational trip for juniors and seniors, participation in fundraising activities, leadership conference and service activities. Students are expected to participate in any school-sponsored events designed for National Honor society. 


For a complete packet of information concerning the National Honor Society, please contact the NHS sponsor and /or school administration or visit the NHS Page on the school website. 


STUCO: the purpose of the student council is centered on three general goals. 

  1. To enhance the atmosphere for learning in the school and make it as meaningful as possible for all students. 

  2. To contribute to the development of good citizenship.

  3. To serve as the crucial link between the student body and the administration.


Council membership is made up of students from the four classes and a representative from each of the clubs within the school. The following criteria are used in selecting council membership:

  1. Each member must be aware of his/her duties.

  2. Each member must have and maintain a “C” Average.

  3. Each member must be selected by the class or organization he/she represents.


By being involved in student council, the individual student is given an opportunity to expand his /her learning beyond the classroom. The activities of the student council are many, varied and are aimed at meeting the above stated objectives. Such activities involve:

  1. Welcoming and orientation of all new students to the school.

  2. Promoting a feeling of good will between the community and school by becoming involved when possible in community activities. 

  3. Serving as a sounding board in administrative policy making which affect the students.


SADD: SADD is a peer leadership organization dedicated to preventing underage drinking and drug use by focusing attention on the potentially life threatening consequences of destructive decisions involving issues such as not wearing a safety belt, smoking, steroid use, violence, sexually transmitted diseases, and suicide. The mission of SADD is to provide students with the best prevention/intervention tools possible to deal with underage drinking, drunk driving, drug abuse and other destructive decisions.



CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT

The Code of Student Conduct applies at all times while students are on or about school district property or areas of adjacent thereto, which shall include:  Any district property being used for an official school activity, property not owned by the district being used for school-sponsored activities or events, and any vehicle, including school buses, while such vehicle is being used to transport students for the district. This Code of Student Conduct also applies to any student whose conduct at any time or place has a direct and immediate effect on maintaining order and discipline in the schools.


BEHAVIOR AND ATTENDANCE POLICIES

A student is considered in attendance and subject to school rules from the time he/she arrives on the school property (including a bus to and from the attendance center.)


TO MAINTAIN A SAFE ENVIRONMENT

Behaviors are not allowed that are intended to cause another individual physical or mental harm and/or are illegal. Examples include but are not limited to the following:  

  • Weapons (possession or use of); statutes require and expulsions of 189 school days

  • Theft

  • Fighting

  • Gang affiliation

  • Violence towards adults/students; assault

  • Intimidation/extortion/threats towards a person or property

  • Aggravated abuse of a school employee

  • Insubordination (failure to comply with a reasonable request)

  • Tobacco/Alcohol/Drugs (possession/use/disbursement of)

  • Sexual harassment of any kind

  • Arson

  • Explosive devices (possession or use of)

  • Possession of unnecessary items

  • Inciting to fight (including hand signs, mock fighting, graffiti, physical confrontation, stare downs, etc.)


EXPECTED CONSEQUENCES

  • Out-of-school suspension (short-term)

  • Long-term suspension

  • Expulsion for the remainder of the year

  • Expulsion for 189 school days

  • Cooperation with police and/or Juvenile authorities


A student suspended for fighting a second time will receive a notice of formal hearing, to take place within ten days, seeking long-term suspension or expulsion.


TO MAINTAIN AN ORDERLY ENVIRONMENT

Behaviors are not allowed that are intended to cause physical or mental harm to another individual and/or may be illegal. Examples include but are not limited to the following:


  • Verbal abuse of teachers/staff/student (including malicious teasing)

  • Disruptive behaviors in hallway, cafeteria, before/after school, at school activity

  • Unverified absences/tardiness/truancy

  • Gambling

  • Solicitation (selling unauthorized items at school)

  • Destruction or defacement of property – vandalism

  • Inappropriate display of affection

  • Dress code violations

  • Defiance of authority

  • Inciting to fight/contributing to a disruptive situation

  • Use of inappropriate language

  • Misuse of technology (laser pointers, phones, pagers, Internet, etc.)

  • Setting off an alarm falsely


EXPECTED CONSEQUENCES

  • Proximity control

  • Verbal correction/informal talk

  • Isolation

  • Counselor referral

  • Teacher-parent conference

  • Principal-teacher-parent conference

  • Office referral/detention

  • Restitution

  • Suspension from school-related activities

  • Removal from bus

  • Referral to local agencies

  • Out-of-school suspensions

  • Cooperation with police and/or Juvenile authorities


TO MAINTAIN A PRODUCTIVE CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT

Behaviors are not allowed that occur in the classroom that interfere with learning. Examples include but are not limited to the following:

  • Failure to follow reasonable request of a teacher

  • Talking out

  • Horseplay

  • Disturbing another student

  • Showing disrespect/defiance

  • Improper use of equipment

  • Educational nuisance

  • Cheating


EXPECTED CONSEQUENCES

  • Isolation

  • Looking/Walking in the vicinity of the misbehavior

  • Verbal correction/informal talk

  • Teacher-parent conference

  • Teacher-student conference/documentation

  • Office referral

  • Principal-teacher-parent conference

  • Detention

  • Suspension


TO MAINTAIN A PRODUCTIVE PERSONAL ENVIRONMENT

Classroom behaviors are not allowed which negatively affect the misbehaving student. Examples include but are not limited to the following:

  • Not having appropriate equipment and materials 

  • Sleeping

  • Being off task, but not disturbing others

  • Failing to turn in homework/failing to complete assignments

  • Failing to dress out for Physical Education


EXPECTED CONSEQUENCES

  • Proximity Control

  • Verbal response

  • Informal talk

  • Teacher-student conference/documentation

  • Isolation

  • Teacher-parent conference 

  • Detention 


CONSEQUENCES FOR VIOLATIONS DEFINED

DETENTION:  An extension of the regular classroom used to help students who have used class time unwisely in such a way that time is needed to correct a situation. Detentions may be assigned for tardiness, failure to do class work, classroom interruptions, etc.


Students who fail to report to detention as directed by the teacher will be referred to the office for counseling, and additional detention time.  Students are not to be held in detention for more than thirty minutes before school or after school is dismissed for the day.


When the total detention time accumulates to 90 minutes or more, the student shall serve detention every day until the time is completed. After school detentions will run from 3:50 to 4:20 p.m. and morning detentions will run from 7:25 – 7:55 a.m. Lunch detention will be served during that student’s lunch period.  Students must complete the entire detention at one time to receive credit. Students are to bring schoolwork or a book and work on it during the entire time. Food and drink are not allowed. Students are not to visit or use cell phones during the detention period.


IN-SCHOOL SUSPENSION:  In-school Suspension (ISS) is assigned whenever deemed necessary by the administration. In-School Suspensions are normally assigned from one to three days. The purpose of In-School Suspension is to address those concerns that warrant a stronger consequence than detention, but less than an out-of-school suspension.


SHORT TERM OUT OF SCHOOL SUSPENSION:  Out of School Suspension (OSS) is assigned for major behavior and attendance infractions. This may involve anywhere between one to ten days. All procedures and policies related to OSS are included in the U.S.D. 102 Board of Education Policy. Absences because of OSS are considered unexcused, but school work may be completed while absent for full credit.


If a student is suspended from school, the student must complete the suspension period (school days) before being allowed to participate in school activities. Students are not to represent CHS in any activity or sporting event on the day, or days, they are serving a suspension. The student becomes eligible again for participation at 8:00 a.m. the next school day after the suspension has been served.


LONG-TERM OUT OF SCHOOL SUSPENSION:  A long-term suspension extends the period of exclusion from school to a term exceeding 10 days, but not beyond 90 school days. Such action may result in loss of credit for the affected semester. Parental notification is mandatory.


EXPULSION:  An expulsion extends the period of exclusion for up to one calendar year. Such action may result in loss of credit. Parental notification is mandatory.


PARENTAL NOTIFICATION/NOTICE

Parental notification is the act of giving notice or reporting to the parents or guardian the consequential or disciplinary action that has been imposed either by telephone or by written notice. In the case of short-term suspension, long-term suspension, and expulsion, written notice is required by Kansas statutes and shall be mailed to the residence of the parents or guardians at the address on file in the school records or by personal delivery. K.S.A 72-9802(g)


CORPORAL PUNISHMENT

No teacher or administrator shall use physical force or physical contact against or strike a student as punishment for a violation of the Code of Student Conduct. However, nothing in this policy shall be construed to impair teachers or administrators from using reasonable and necessary physical force to restrain a student in order to protect themselves or other persons, prevent the destruction of property, or to prevent any illegal overt act on the part of the student. 


DRESS CODE

Students will not be permitted to remain at school-sponsored functions in attire that draws such attention to them that it disrupts general decorum, interferes with the intended function of the school or school activity, or creates potential health or safety hazards to themselves or other students.


Parents/guardians are expected to illustrate concern, provide guidance, and have knowledge of what their child is wearing to school. Below are the guidelines for students to help them avoid attire that interferes with the learning environment. Examples include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Clothing that is revealing or is suggestive may not be worn. Appropriate lengths for shorts, skirts and dresses will be determined by building principals. Midriffs, spaghetti straps, tube tops, backless shirts, or raglan (large armhole) T-shirts may not be worn.

  2. Tails of shirts will hang below the waist even when arms are raised. No undergarments, backs or stomachs will be exposed. Shirts and tops will be conservative in nature and not be too tight, low cut or revealing.

  3. Shorts will be conservative in nature and not be too tight, short, or revealing. Pants or shorts must be worn on or above the hips (i.e. ‘sagging’ is not allowed.) 

  4. No clothing imprinted with advertisements for alcoholic beverages, breweries, bars where alcohol is sold, tobacco products or obscene messages will be worn. This also includes double meaning messages.

  5. Headgear may not be worn in the building. Hats, caps, and hairnets will not be permitted during the school day. 

  6. Sunglasses and dark glasses, unless prescription, are considered inappropriate attire. Proper footwear will be worn at all times. Extreme hairstyles will not be permitted. Decisions concerning these matters will be at the discretion of the building administrators.

  7. Gang related attire such as “colors” or bandannas are not to be worn. Examples: overall straps must be worn over the shoulders, no sagging pants. No excessive oversized clothing, head bandannas, exposed boxer shorts, or long pocket chains. The district will use Cimarron’s juvenile officer for references.

Administrators will make individual evaluations to determine if other similar items are likely to be disruptive or to create a potential health/safety problem (such as laser lights/pens, etc.) in the particular instance. Exceptions may be made in the case of appropriate team uniforms, special school events, and other specific activities.


ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Cell phones, digital music devices (IPod, MP3 players, etc.), hand operated electronic games, and/or other items determined by a school employee are to be on silent mode and concealed during class. Electronic devices, including phones, need to stay in the classroom when the students leave the classroom during class time. Classroom teachers may have additional guidelines regarding electronic devices and students are to be respectful of and responsible for following those.


Headphones are not allowed during school hours. Earbuds are allowed per teacher approval although, for safety reasons, students are only allowed one earbud in during school hours.


All students may use their cell phones and/or other personal electronic devices while on lunch period and during passing periods unless an administrator revokes the privilege for a particular student. 


The school is not responsible for the theft of laptops, cell phones, digital music devices (IPod. MP3, etc.), and hand operated electronic games brought to school.  Laser light/pens are not allowed in school under any circumstances.


EXPECTED CONSEQUENCES

First offense, students will be asked to turn off the device and put it away.  If there is a second offense, the item will be confiscated and a referral will be issued to the student citing ‘inappropriate use of technology.’ The item(s) confiscated will only be released to the student at the end of the school day. The device will only be returned before school begins or after school ends. Subsequent offenses will be viewed as insubordination resulting in detentions, short-term suspension, or other loss of privilege determined by the building administrators.


TEXTBOOKS-SCHOOL PROPERTY

Textbooks are rented to students in order to keep costs down, as costs have risen in the past years. Books remain the property of U.S.D. 102 and must be paid for in the event they are misplaced or destroyed. Teachers will record each book checked out to a student so costs can be prorated on the basis of use or returned to the proper student if books are found.

LOCKS AND LOCKERS

Lockers are assigned. You are to keep the locker assigned to you unless permission is granted for you to change. (Only the principal can grant permission.) Locks for hall lockers are available in the office. Students may be in the commons area before the first bell in the mornings. Junior High students should not be anywhere else in the building in the mornings or in the afternoon without faculty permission and supervision.


Lockers are considered property of the school and are subject to search at any time. Any lock other than a school-supplied lock will be removed. Do not keep money or other valuables in your locker. No food, drink or candy will be allowed in lockers. All signs must be approved by the principal before posting. There are bulletin boards provided in the hallways. Do not tape signs on walls or doors.


DRUG DOGS AND SEARCH

As has been the practice in the past, the Gray County Sheriff’s Department will be bringing drug dogs into the high school building at different times throughout the course of the school year. The dog will also work at the parking lots since they are located on school property.


SEARCH AND SEIZURE

Principals are authorized to search property if there is reasonable suspicion that district policies, rules or directives are being violated. In addition, all lockers shall be subject to random searches without prior or reasonable suspicion. All searches shall be carried out in the presence of another adult witness. For a copy of the complete policy, please contact the building principal or superintendent.


INTERROGATION AND INVESTIGATIONS

Building administrators and others designated by the superintendent may conduct investigations and question students about infraction of school rules or the student conduct code.


If there is reason to believe a violation of a criminal law has been committed, the principal shall notify the appropriate law enforcement agency and may request further investigation of the alleged violation. School administration shall/may meet periodically with local law enforcement officials to discuss the district’s policies and rules regarding law enforcement contact with the district. For a copy of the complete policy regarding interrogation and investigations please contact the building principal or superintendent.


VEHICLES AND STUDENT PARKING

Students will not be permitted to drive or ride in cars during the school day. Any exception must be cleared by the principal’s office. 


Students are to park in such a manner as to be in compliance with city ordinances and state law, as to not block other students’ cars and park within the spaces provided. Students will use caution when driving in and around the school premises; failure to do so may result in the suspension of driving privileges on the school premises. Students will park in the north parking lot only unless an administrator grants permission otherwise.


Students will not leave the building or campus without the permission of the office. The student must sign the checkout sheet and notify office personnel he/she is leaving. Failure to do this will result in a consequence.


TELEPHONE

Only in emergencies will you be called out of class to take phone calls. If it is necessary for your parents to call you, we will try to make arrangements to call between classes.


DRINKS IN CLASS

Students are only allowed to bring drinks in class that are in a metal or plastic container with a metal or hard plastic lid. Drinks must not be on the table or desk when electronic devices are in use. Each classroom teacher has different rules so be respectful of individual classroom rules. Pop is not allowed during the school day for students.


ATTENDANCE POLICY

Belief Statement

Regular and punctual attendance affects the quality of work performed by each student. It is difficult for the student, teacher and parents to maintain proper interest and morale if the attendance is irregular. Irregular attendance almost invariably leads to inferior work and frequently to failure, dropouts or suspensions.


Truancy

The principal of each attendance center is designated by the Board of Education as the person responsible to report cases of truancy to the juvenile court. A child is truant if he/she is subject to the compulsory attendance laws, but is not enrolled in a public or nonpublic school, or is enrolled in school but is inexcusably absent for three consecutive days or five or more days in any semester or seven in a year.


Absences

A student is considered as ‘absent from class’ if they are absent from the classes for ten (10) minutes or more.


Absences are of two kinds: excused and unexcused. When a student is absent from school, parents are to call the school by 9:00 a.m. to inform the school of the reason for the absence. If no call is made, the school will attempt to make contact with the parents. If the school is unable to reach the parent, a signed note is required from the student’s parents stating the reason for the absence. If the parent does not send a signed note and has not made contact with the school to excuse an absence within 48 hours, the absence will be counted as unexcused.


Examples of excused absences are: illness, funerals, student doctor and dental appointments (when they cannot be scheduled during non-school hours), and so forth. Examples of unexcused absences would include ‘skipping’ school, working, shopping, vacations, oversleeping, hair appointments, working on schoolwork, and so forth.


For ‘unexcused’ absences, the student will make up time for each class missed. However, if the student demonstrates a pattern of excessive absences, a higher degree of consequences will be assigned.


Students are to report to the office for an admit slip when they return to school. Absences will be recorded by the office and on the student’s report card at the end of the nine-week grading period. Excessive absences are recorded on the student’s permanent record.


Tardiness

A student is considered ‘tardy to class’ if they are absent from class for less than ten minutes.


Tardiness of two kinds – excused and unexcused and will be judged on an individual basis. Most tardiness is considered unexcused and will be assigned consequences. Teachers will record tardiness for every period. The student will be allowed only two (2) ‘free’ tardies (i.e. without consequences) for each block per semester. Beginning with the third tardy, the teacher will write an office referral. The principal (or their designee) will assign detentions or other determined consequences. However, if the student demonstrates a pattern of excessive tardiness, a higher degree of consequences will be assigned.


Leaving the School During the Day

If it is necessary for a student to leave the school premises for any reason, the student must check out through the office. Before releasing a student during the school day, the building principal, or designee, shall be responsible for verifying the identity of the person seeking release of the student. The student’s release can be refused.


Students shall not be allowed to run personal errands during the school day. This regulation includes the noon break when a student is not planning to return to afternoon classes.

Misc. Information

Any part of the school day missed is defined as either absence or tardy. Tardy is defined as being absent from class for less than ten minutes. If a student is ten or more minutes late to class, it shall be considered an absence.


For state attendances records, a student will be counted in attendance for a full day if he/she is present for five full periods. One half-day attendance will be recorded if a student attends three full periods.  However, ‘perfect attendance awards’ will be computed using a ‘period’ attendance method. To receive a ‘perfect attendance award,’ the student must not have any tardiness or absences.


When a student is absent for any planned activity, school related or not, the student is responsible for making-up assignments prior to the absence. Makeup work due to absence is your responsibility. A good practice would be to get the assignment at the beginning of class and turn it in by the specified time.


MAKE-UP WORK POLICY

If the student is absent for any reason, the class work missed must be made up. Each teacher will have his or her own policy for making up missed work. The policy will be given to the student at the beginning of the class and a copy will be kept in the office.


Any absence due to an authorized school activity or doctor or dentist appointment requires assignments due prior to the absence. However, a teacher may allow assignments to be handed in late if prearranged. Check with your teacher before the absence, not after. Assignments and make-up work may be denied and loss of credit may result.


Make-up work is strictly the responsibility of the student. It should also be understood that students who are absent are responsible for make-up work. Teachers have the authority to grade students for classroom participation.


LEAVING THE BUILDING

If students must leave the building for any reason other than those associated with school programs or activities, they are to check out with the secretary before leaving the building. In all cases, parental/guardian permission is required before we can release you from our jurisdiction. If a student leaves the building without properly checking out, he/she will be subject to a consequence. 


WEATHER POLICIES

Listen to local radio and television for weather announcements concerning school closings because of weather. Many times, decisions on whether or not to hold school have to be made quickly. Radio stations used by the school are KGNO (1370 AM), KOLS (95.5), KBUF (1030 AM), Q97, KYBD (98.1), KIUL (1240 AM), KJIL (99.1). Television stations are KWCH (CBS), KSNW (NBC), and KAKE (ABC).


In addition, the Cimarron school district has the capability to announce school closing and other important information via the TextCaster system. This system allows administration to notify parents and students by sending a text to a person’s cell phone. If you would like to sign up for this free service, please go to www.cimarronschools.net or contact Mr. Neil Bailey. The First National Bank of Cimarron is underwriting the costs for this program.


POLICY REGARDING THE GIVING OF MEDICINE AT SCHOOL

A written request from the parent/legal guardian must accompany all prescription, over-the-counter medications, and homeopathic remedies to be administered at school. A signed and dated written authorization from a primary care provider or specialist (M.D., D.O., D.D.S., A.R.N.P., or P.A.) must accompany any prescription medication to be administered at school. The written request for both OTC and prescription medication is prescribed, times to be administered, and duration of administration.


The written requests for medication administration must be renewed annually. The school reserves the right to limit the duration of parent/legal guardian requested medications and to require doctor authorization for continued use.


All medications must be in the original container. All medication will be kept in the school health office and administered by the school nurse or office designee. Exceptions to this could include but are not limited to epinephrine pens, inhalers, and diabetic medications. The parent and doctor must sign a written request stating the child has been trained and is proficient in the self-administration of his/her medication in the case of these exceptions. 


BUS RULES

Bus transportation is provided for students who live more than 2 ½ miles from the school. Information regarding pickup points and time schedules are available from the transportation department (855-3327). Students are expected to comply with the rules of conduct established by the district and monitored by the bus driver. Students will be issued a warning for the first offense and may be suspended from the bus for conduct violations after the warning. The district may use video cameras to monitor student activity. The tapes are the sole property of the school district and can become part of a student’s permanent record.


When the district provides transportation to an activity, participating students are prohibited from driving personal automobiles to and from district-sponsored activities held during or after the school day.


Regular Bus Students  

Once a student has boarded, the student shall be delivered to their home or school unless they are released by the driver to an adult member of the family. Students shall not be delivered to another residence on the bus route except with a written note from the parents. Students will have five minutes to be on the bus after school is dismissed unless previous arrangements have been made with the bus driver.


Students Not On Bus Route  

If it is necessary for a student that is not a regular bus rider to ride a bus, the parent will send a note to the principal of the school and make a phone call to the bus driver to verify that there is room on the bus that particular trip for the extra student. The principal will sign a copy of the note and give it to the bus driver. The district will not deliver students to residences that are not on a bus route.


LUNCHROOM

The Cimarron school is proud to offer a hot lunch program for all grades. The Cimarron school utilizes a lunch card system to maintain an accurate record of school lunch balances.


Other important information concerning meal tickets is as follows:


  • At the time of registration, parents and students will be advised of the school’s policy regarding missing meal tickets and of the students’ responsibility for their tickets.

  • If you forget your lunch card, you will be required to go to the end of the line. In addition, if you don’t have your lunch card and desire to pay cash for your meal, you are still required to go to the end of the line. 

  • Two ticket replacements will be allowed to each student within each school year. The school will maintain a list of students who have reported missing original ticket(s) in the current school year and the number of occurrences for each student. Meals will always be provided for any disabled student who may be unable to take full responsibility for a meal ticket.

  • Students are not permitted to remove food from the lunchroom. Students are not allowed to eat food from another student’s lunch.


Students will NOT be allowed to have a negative lunch payment balance. The student will be notified when his/her balance is $10.00 or less and it will be the responsibility for the student to keep their balance updated.


MODIFIED CLOSED LUNCH

All students will eat lunch inside the commons area unless otherwise designated by the adult monitor. Students can either purchase the school lunch or bring their own packed lunch. Special arrangements must be made through the office BEFORE outside restaurant food is allowed to be brought in and must be eaten in a designated area. Following lunch the students will be restricted to the commons area or the walking track with permission from the monitor. 

  1. Junior High or High school students may walk home for lunch provided they adhere to the following guidelines:

  • The parent or legal guardian must make personal contact with the administrator and have a permission slip on file with the office, prior to receiving permission to leave the building.

  • Students will only be allowed to go to their homes.

  • Students cannot “invite” a friend to go with them.

  • Students will walk home. No driving will be allowed.

  • Students who are tardy two times while walking home for lunch will have their home lunch privileges suspended until reinstated by the administration.

  1. Students will be allowed to leave during the lunch hour if a parent or legal guardian picks them up.

  2. There will be no errands run at lunchtime or at any time during school hours. The only exception would be for an emergency, which would have to be cleared through the administration. 

  3. Students will be allowed to attend Food and Fellowship when scheduled.


ASSEMBLY RULES

Put books and other articles in your locker before coming to assemblies. Be prompt and courteous. Do not bring pop/drinks or food into the auditorium and cell phones are to be on silent. All students are to attend all assemblies. High school will sit in the center section. Seventh grade will be in the north section and eighth grade in the south section.


IMMUNIZATIONS

The revisions of Senate Bill 575 became effective upon publication in July 1994. The revisions are as follows:

  • Medical exemptions are signed annually.

  • On or before May 15th, the school shall notify the parents or guardians of the following school year’s immunization requirements. Therefore, the 90-day notification period will be effective over the summer break and children will present current immunization histories before entering school in the fall.

  • If the student transfers from one school to the other, immunization records must transfer with the transcripts to the school to which the child transfers.

  • Local Health Departments may provide immunizations on a sliding fee scale for administrative charges with the exception that no child may be denied immunizations for inhabit to pay an administrative fee.

  • The schools shall utilize the reporting form adopted by the secretary for documentation of immunizations. (Kansas Certificate of Immunization)


SCHOOL PARTIES AND SCHOOL DANCES

Not more than one party per semester will be authorized for the Junior High and High School. The party must not conflict with any school event already scheduled and must have the approval of the class sponsor and the principal. Buses will not be used for parties or dances.


Rules for all school dances for Junior and Senior High students:

  • All high school dances must be over by 12:00 a.m. (midnight) and junior high by 10:00 p.m. Once you leave the dance, you will not be admitted again.

  • There will be no drinking of alcohol, nicotine or tobacco use at or before dances.

  • Jr. High dances will be for 7th and 8th grade students only, while Sr. High dances will be for grades 9 – 12 and their dates.

  • High School students who bring a date who is not a high school student at Cimarron must register their guests in the high school office by the stated deadline. A check will be made to ensure the guest is in good standing with their school. In addition, a date may be someone who graduated from Cimarron High School, but is under the age of 21.

  • Coats, bags and caps or hats will be placed in a designated area determined by the sponsors.

  • The parent(s) of any student who comes to the dance in an intoxicated condition will be contacted and the student will be refused admission to the dance. 

  • Students and guests attending dances must adhere to our school dress code. It is the responsibility of the Cimarron student to notify their guest of our school policies.

  • All dancing must be conservative in nature. There will be no dancing that in the opinion of the sponsor(s) is in poor taste. Students will be warned if they are dancing in poor taste. Should the dancing persist, the couple will be escorted from the dance and the students will notify their parents. If a student is escorted from a dance, they shall be prohibited from attending the next scheduled school-sponsored dance. The guideline of ‘face-to-face with a little space’ shall be used to determine if dancing is appropriate.


SCHOOL DANCE POLICY

It is the goal of USD 102 to provide dances for the students of USD 102 for the development of social skills and for the students to have a fun activity in which they can come together as a student body. It is the responsibility of the administration to provide a safe, alcohol and drug free environment for the students.


As with all extra-curricular school activities, student attendance at a school dance is voluntary. Upon entering the dance, all students and guests, in order to gain admittance, shall agree to the following policy and the guidelines set forth by USD102 or otherwise are denied access to the dance.


  1. All students, and guests, wishing to gain admittance to the dance, must follow the handbook rules in the student handbook.

  2. All students, and guests wishing to gain admittance to the dance, will be tested for alcohol by USD 102 administration its designee by utilizing the ‘wand test’ before being allowed to enter.

  3. Any student or guest who tests positive on the wand test will be subject to observation and additional testing by the Gray County Sheriff’s Department, using the “PBT” test.

    1. If the student or guest tests negative on the subsequent test, the student is allowed into the dance.

    2. If the student or guests test positive on the PBT test, their parent(s) will be notified. The student will not be allowed to enter the dance and must be picked up by their parent(s) or legal guardian(s). They will not be allowed to drive.

    3. If, at any time, the student or guest becomes disruptive and refuses to take the PBT test, the Gray County Sheriff’s Department will then escort the student to the sheriff’s offices for further disciplinary action. Their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) will be notified at this time. 

    4. For any positive test on the PBT, school rules will be followed.

    5. For any positive test, the student or guest will not be allowed to attend the next school-sponsored dance.

  4. Any student, or guest, may withdraw his/her request for admittance into the school dance and avoid the initial “wand test”, and thereupon, shall immediately leave the premises.

  5. Any person suspected of illicit drug use will be turned over to the Gray County Sheriff’s Department for evaluation and any necessary testing deemed necessary by the law enforcement officers.


CRISIS PLANNING

District level and building level crisis plans have been developed to provide for an organized planned response to crises. Crisis situations are inevitable; thoughtful rational crisis management is the only defense.




OTHER SELECTED POLICIES

SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION OF PUPILS

The Board of Education of Unified School District 102 may suspend or expel, or by regulation authorize any certificated employee or committee of certificated employees to suspend or expel, any pupil guilty of any of the following.

  • Willful violation of any published, adopted student conduct regulation;

  • Conduct which substantially disrupts, impedes or interferes with school operation;

  • Conduct which endangers the safety or substantially impinges on or invades the rights of others;

  • Conduct which constitutes the commission of a felony;

  • Conduct which constitutes the commission of the misdemeanor;

  • Disobedience of an order of a school authority if the disobedience results in disorder, disruption or interference with school operations; and

  • Possession of a weapon at school, on school property or at a school-sponsored event.

INTERNET ACCESS POLICY

The district’s computer systems, including software, networks, electronic mail, and Internet access, are for educational use only. Students are expected to abide by the guidelines and principles in the district’s “Acceptable Use Policy” (AUP), and have a signed “Parents/Student Agreement” on file with the district prior to using these systems.


Students shall have no expectation of privacy when using district computers, electronic mail, and/or related systems. These systems shall be used for educational purposes only. Students are to use appropriate language at all times and are to conduct themselves according to guidelines approved by their teachers and administration.


Cimarron High School

Acceptable Use Policies for Internet Access


  • Users will not use district technology to access, view, upload, download, story, print, or distribute pornographic or obscene images.

  • Users will not use district technology to transmit or receive obscene, abusive, inflammatory, threatening, or sexually explicit language or discriminatory (hate) literature.

  • Users will not use district technology to engage in any illegal act or violate any local, state, or federal statute or law.

  • Users will not post personal contact information about themselves or others. Such information includes address, telephone number, credit card information, and picture.

  • Users will not alter or damage any part of the district network, including software, hardware, and other technology, and will not attempt to bypass security or Internet filtering. This includes adding administrative access to district computers.

  • Users will not use districts technology to violate copyright laws or licensing agreements, or use another person’s property without the prior approval of the owner or proper citation, including the downloading or exchanging of pirated software or copying software to or from any school computer, and will not plagiarize works found on the Internet.

  • Users will not access another user’s account, or modify or damage another user’s data.

  • Users will not reveal their password. Any activity (Internet or other) on a user’s account becomes the responsibility of the user. 


Cimarron High School reserves the right to monitor and/or log Internet use. Use of CHS Internet access indicates the user’s agreement to abide by the above listed guidelines.


Any electronic mail, computer application, or other information in district computer systems is subject to monitoring by staff and administration. The district retains the right to duplicate any information in these systems, including from any storage media (i. e. hard disk drive, etc.) Students violating these guidelines are subject to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension from the school.


USD 102 ALCOHOL/SUBSTANCE ABUSE POLICY

The unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illegal drugs and alcohol by students or school employees on school premises or as a part of any school activity is prohibited. This policy is required by the 1989 amendments to the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act. P.L. 102-226. 


Philosophy

Maintaining drug free schools is important in establishing an appropriate learning environment for the district’s students. The unlawful possession, use, sale, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students on the school premises or as part of any school activity is prohibited. This policy is required by the 1989 amendments to the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, P.L. 102-226, 103 St. 1928. 


Student Conduct

As a condition of continued enrollment in the district, students shall abide by the terms of this policy. Students shall not unlawfully manufacture, distribute, dispense, possess or use illicit drugs, controlled substances or alcoholic beverages on school district property, or at any school activity. Any student violating the terms of this policy will be reported to the appropriate law enforcement officials, and will be subject to any one or more of the following sanctions:


Consequences for first, second and third offenses:

  1. First Offense. A first time violator will be subject to the following sanctions:

    1. A punishment up to and including short-term suspension;

    2. Suspension from all district activities for a period of not less than one month. 

  2. Second Offense. A second time violator shall be subject to the following sanctions:

    1. A punishment up to and including long-term suspension;

    2. Suspension from all district activities for the remainder of the school year. 

    3. A student placed on long-term suspension under this policy may be readmitted on a probationary status if the student agrees to complete a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. Name(s) of acceptable programs are on file with the board clerk.

  3. Third and Subsequent Offenses. A student who violates the terms of this policy for the third time, and any subsequent violations shall be subject to the following sanctions:

    1. A punishment up to and including expulsion from school for the remainder of the school year;

b.   Suspension from participation in and attendance at all school activities for the year.

c.   A student who is expelled from school under the terms of this policy may be readmitted during the term of the expulsion only if the student has completed a drug and alcohol education and rehabilitation program at an acceptable program.


Students who are suspended or expelled under the terms of this policy will be afforded the due process rights contained in board policies and Kansas statute, K.S.A. 72-8901, et seq. nothing in this policy is intended to diminish the ability of the district to take other disciplinary action against the student in accordance with other policies governing student discipline.


Drug and alcohol counseling and rehabilitation programs are available for students of the district. If a student agrees to enter and complete a drug education or rehabilitation program, the cost of such a program will be borne by the student and his or her parents. A list of available programs along with the names and addresses of contact persons for the program is on file with the board’s clerk. Parents or students should contact the directors of the programs to determine the cost and length of the program.


CONFIDENTIALITY

The practice of confidentiality is essential to the effectiveness of any substance abuse prevention/intervention program. Information about student drug use, drug treatment, or other personal problems should be shared only with those staff members who “need to know” because of their involvement or relationship with the student. The “need to know” basis is best determined by the principal.


The concept of limited confidentiality should always be shared with the students involved. Limited confidentiality is the sharing of information that will be held in confidence by the listener with the expectation of information that could result in danger to the student or to someone else. Documentation of substance abuse violations shall be maintained in the student’s file.


SEXUAL HARASSMENT

District employees shall not sexually harass, or knowingly permit sexual harassment of a student by another employee, student, non-employee or non-student on school premises or at school-sponsored activities. Neither shall a student sexually harass another student or students.


Violation of this policy shall result in disciplinary action, including but not limited to possible termination of an employee, or disciplinary action against the violator(s) involved. Supervisors who fail to follow this policy or who fail to investigate complaints shall be in violation of this policy. If the principal is the object of a harassment complaint, the student may bypass the principal and report directly to the superintendent. The board shall hear complaints against the superintendent. Retaliation against anyone who participates in an investigation shall not be knowingly permitted.


Definitions

Sexual harassment may include, but not be limited to:

  • Unwelcome sexually oriented communications;

  • Subtle pressure or requests for sexual activity;

  • Persistent unwelcome attempts to change a professional relationship into a personal, social-sexual relationship;

  • Creating a hostile school environment, including the use of innuendoes or overt or implied threats;

  • Unnecessary touching of an individual, e.g. patting, pinching, hugging, repeated brushing against another person’s body;

  • Requesting or demanding sexual favors accompanied by an implied or overt promise of preferential treatment with regard to a student’s grades or status in any activity; or sexual assault or battery as defined by current law.


Sexual Harassment

Any student who believes he/she has been subjected to sexual harassment should immediately discuss the problem with the principal, or another certified staff member. Initiation of a sexual harassment complaint will not cause any adverse reflection on the security/status of an employee/student until a finding of fact determines that improper conduct occurred. Confidentiality shall be maintained throughout the complaint procedure.


The state of Kansas has adopted significant changes to Title IX regulations. Our local school board has adopted all up-to-date policies and those are on our school website. For additional information, please contact the district office.


NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION

The Cimarron-Ensign U.S.D. #102 School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or handicap in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in its programs and activities. If you have questions or wish to lodge a complaint regarding the above, please contact:

U.S.D. #102 (Title IX Coordinator) 855-7743

Jara Wilson, U.S.D #102 (High School Principal) 855-3323


BULLYING

The State of Kansas required that each school establish a district-wide policy on the topic of ‘Bullying.’ The Cimarron School District #102 has established a policy concerning ‘bullying’ and it is available on our school website.


ASBESTOS

This notification is to make you aware that our school facilities are in compliance with the Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act of 1986. As per AHERA, our facilities undergo mandatory six-month surveillance and a mandatory three-year re-inspection of all asbestos material to assess condition. All inspections, operations and maintenance of the material is conducted by a certified Inspector/Management Planner, as required and the records of all activity are available in the management plan binder, located in the School District Central Office.


PLAGIARISM

“To use another person’s ideas or expressions in your writing without acknowledging the source is to plagiarize.”         The Modern Language Association Handbook


“To use and pass off as one’s own (the ideas or writings of another).”

The American Heritage Dictionary


“Plagiarism [is] taking someone else’s intellectual work and presenting it as one’s own.” 

Fort Hays State University


Plagiarism is also—using another’s paper or (part of a paper) as one’s own, handing in a paper purchased from an individual or agency, or using another’s ideas as one’s own.


Students do research in many high school classes. They are required to give credit for this research 1) when they use words directly from sources or 2) when they use a source’s ideas.


Armed Forces Recruiting Opt Out Form


Each district is required by statute to provide military recruiters the same access to high school students as is provided generally to higher education institutions, community colleges, and prospective employers.


Unless the parent otherwise requests, the District must provide upon request by military recruiters access to high school student’s names, addresses and telephone listings.


Either the high school student or the parent of the student may request that the student’s name, address and telephone listing not be released without the prior parental consent.  Schools are required to notify parents of this option to make a request and shall comply with the request.  


Opt out forms will be provided during enrollment and will also be available in the office upon request.