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    HARRISONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL HANDBOOK

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    Harrisonville High School

    1504 E. Elm

    Harrisonville, MO 64701

    (816) 380-3273

    Fax: (816) 380-5853

    Attendance Line: (816) 380-3273, ext. 6221

    Harrisonville High School Web Site:

    www.harrisonvilleschools.org

       

    BUILDING ADMINISTRATION

    Mark Wiegers, Principal

    Dr. Jason Farnsworth, Assistant Principal of Academic Services/A+ Coordinator

    Mark Rorvig, Assistant Principal of Student Services

    Brent Maxwell, Activities Director

    Stacey Warren, SPED Process Coordinator

     

    DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION

    Paul Mensching, Superintendent

    Jason Eggers, Assistant Superintendent of HR and Operations

    Dan Erholtz, Assistant Superintendent of Academic and Student Services

    Kristi Meeks, Elementary Curriculum Coordinator

    Annie Knox – Director of Special Services

    Jill Filer, Director of Communications

    Mike Diggs, Director of Technology

    Kathy VanGorkom – Director of Business Services

     

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    BOARD OF EDUCATION…………………………………………………..…………………………………………....……………………………………………….…...

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    STAFF LIST…………………………………………………………………..…………………………………………………………………...……………………..……

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    PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION………….……………………………………………………………...…………………………………………………………..………

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    MISSION, VISION, AND BELIEF STATEMENTS…………………………………..………………………………………………….…………………………………..

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    ACADEMICS (SECTION I)

     

    General Recommendations and Exceptions…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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    Credit……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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    Student Course Load……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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    Course Changes/Schedule Problems………………………………….……………………………………………………………………………………….

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    Classification……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………....

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    Activity Eligibility…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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    Correspondence Work……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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    Summer School…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...

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    Credit Recovery…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...

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    Graduation Requirements………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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    Weighted Courses………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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    Honor Graduate…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...

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    Academic Excellence…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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    Meaning of Grades……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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    Honor Roll………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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    Academic Letter…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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    Required Semester Finals……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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    GENERAL POLICIES (SECTION II)

     

    Student Records……………………………...…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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    Harassment and Discrimination...……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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    Bell Schedule……….……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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    Lunch Schedule….……………………………………………………….……………………………………………………………………………………….

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    Closed Lunchroom Policy………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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    Academic Integrity……………………………………………………….……………………………………………………………………………………….

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    Extra Curricular Activity Code…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...

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    Freshmen Mentoring Program…...……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...

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    Assemblies…….…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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    Lockers………………………...…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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    Lost and Found Articles………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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    Poster Policy………...…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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    Procedures for Hall Passes……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...

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    Dress Code………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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    School Newspaper………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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    Yearbook……………………………………...…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...

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    School-Sponsored Trips...……………………………………………………………………....……………………………………………………………….

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    Privilege System/Wildcat Cards…………..…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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    Advisory and Wildcat Hour…..…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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    Lunchroom Procedures and Rules………..…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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    School Dances.…….……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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    Prom……………...……………………………………………………….……………………………………………………………………………………….

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    Telephone Calls……………...……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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    Student Activities………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………....

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    Student Employment……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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    Visitors to School Property/Events..…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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    Parent Link....……….……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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    Use of Building...……………………………...…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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    ATTENDANCE (SECTION III)

     

    Attendance Behaviors……..……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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    Attendance Policy…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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    Communication to Parents……..………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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    ATTENDANCE (SECTION III) - CONTINUED

     

    Appeal Process……...……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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    Student Absences and Excuses…….…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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    How to Excuse an Absence…..…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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    Absences Due to School-Sponsored Activity……...…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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    Activity Attendance Eligibility…………….………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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    Checking out of School During the Day………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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    Late Arrival……...…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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    Reporting to School…....…..……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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    Attendance Codes..………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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    College Visits……..…………………………...…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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    Tardiness………..…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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    Truancy and Cutting Class……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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    GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING SERVICES (SECTION IV)

     

    Student Support Groups…..……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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    Co-Curricular Policy………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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    College Credit Courses…..……..………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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    Early Dismissal.……...……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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    Early Graduation………………..…….…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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    Program Changes………….…..…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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    Transferring from School……………………..……...…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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    Withdrawal from Classes……..………….………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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    ACT Testing Information………………..………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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    SAT Testing Information.…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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    A+ GRANT PROGRAM (SECTION V)

     

    Eligibility………………...…..……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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    A+ Handbook……...………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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    LIBRARY AND MEDIA CENTER SERVICES (SECTION VI)....................................................................................................................................................

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    TECHNOLOGY (SECTION VII)..................................................................................................................................................................................................

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    TRANSPORTATION (SECTION VIII)

     

    Bus Service……………..…..……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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    Bus Rules and Regulations…...…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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    Bus Conduct Notice….…..……..………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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    Video Cameras.……...……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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    Students Riding an Alternative Bus……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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    Driving and Parking Regulations.…..……...……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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    DISCIPLINE (SECTION IX)

     

    Student Discipline Policy…..…..……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….………………..

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    Safe Schools Act Violations......…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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    Safe Schools Law…...……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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    Discipline Belief Statement………..……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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    Behavior Expectations…………..…..……...……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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    Disciplinary Conduct Definitions………………………………………………………………………….……………………………………………………..

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    Disciplinary Consequences………………………………………………………………………….…………………………………………………………..

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    Discipline Consequence Chart…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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    Tardy Consequence Chart……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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    Student Alcohol/Drug Abuse…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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    Cell Phone Usage………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...

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    Unnecessary Articles……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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    Hazing and Bullying……...……..………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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    Bullying/Harassment Report Form……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...

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    PARENT/STUDENT NOTIFICATIONS (SECTION X)

     

    School Board Policies…..…..…..…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….………………..

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    ESSA - Parents Right to Know

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    Notice of Nondiscrimination.......………………………………………………………...………………………………………………………………………

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    Testing Program………......……..………………………………………………………………...……………………………………………………………..

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    Weather Emergencies.……………………………………………………………………………………...……………………………………………………

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    BOARD OF EDUCATION

    Tina Graef

    Doug Alexander

    Doug Meyer

    Chris Bell

    Bing Schimmelpfenning

    Gina Smith

    Nancy Shelton

    School Board Policies for the Cass R-IX School Board are available for

    review on the district website. Please contact the building principal should you need a copy. Further

    explanation of our entire policy regarding all nondiscrimination policies including

    sexual harassment may be accessed online at harrisonvilleschools.org

     

    ADMINISTRATIVE DISCRETION/DISCLAIMER

    This student handbook has been prepared for your information to help you understand the philosophy of our building and school district, as well as understand our rules and regulations. It is virtually impossible to have everything included in this manual, but we have tried to list those things of greatest importance. Any other items that you would have questions about should be covered in the Board of Education Policies and Regulations, with any questions regarding these being brought to the attention of the building administrator. The District Board Policy can be found on the web at, http://policy.msbanet.org/harrisonville or a paper version is in each building’s office. Thank you for your interest, and please do not hesitate to contact us to clarify any of your concerns.

    http://policy.msbanet.org/harrisonville

     

    HHS ALMA MATER

    Mid the hills of old Missouri Stands a school we love so true.

    Harrisonville, our Alma Mater, Hail, all hail, the white and blue.

    Here the gates of knowledge beckon. Here shines the star of honor bright.

    See, along the road to glory, Harrisonville, our guiding light.

    Harrisonville, though we may leave thee, In the years that come along

    Still our hearts shall turn unto thee, With our Alma Mater song.

    VICTORY SPECIAL - FIGHT SONG

    Let’s give a big “HOORAY!” for Harrisonville

    We’re gonna be number one in the land,

    Let’s give a big “O-Kay” for Harrisonville,

    We’re gonna be number one because we can

    We’re gonna Fight! Fight! Fight For the Blue and the White

    Fight! Fight! Fight! On a V-I-C-T-O-R-Y, a big “HOORAY! For Harrisonville

    We’re gonna win the victory

    We’re gonna win the victory

     

    2018-2019 HIGH SCHOOL STAFF

    STAFF

    TEACHING AREA

    STAFF

    TEACHING AREA

    Adams, Mandy

    Special Education

    Lockard, Jan

    Library Computer Aide

    Anderson, Layne

    Social Studies

    Lockett, Gideon

    ISS/Physical Education

    Arthur, Joe

    Juvenile Center

    Lyons, Cheyanne

    Physical Education

    Bathgate, Megan

    Art

    Magoffin, John

    Science

    BeBout, Josh

    Math

    Mather, Kristin

    Special Education

    *Bliss, Brian

    Communication Arts

    Mathew, Kip

    Vocal Music

    *Bliss, Kari

    Counselor

    Maxwell, Brent

    Activities Director

    *Bristow, Heather

    Family and Consumer Science

    McKinnis, Jake

    Personal Finance

    Bruns, Becky

    Art

    McNeely, MacKenzie

    Math

    *Chaney, Melissa

    Art

    Meeks, Tom

    Physical Education

    Chenoweth, Brenda

    HCATS/Dual Credit

    Mercer, Todd

    Wildcat Academy

    Coleman, Dan

    Physical Education

    Michon, Susan

    French

    Crutchfield, Kyle

    ELL

    Middleton, BryAnn

    Social Studies

    Culpepper, Michael

    Special Education - Wildcat Academy

    *Moore, Lisa

    Business

    Dearing, Melanie

    Wildcat Academy

    Morehead, Chad

    Wildcat Academy

    *DeVenney, Eric

    Social Studies

    *Osborne, Cheryl

    Principal Secretary

    DeVenney, Virginia

    Communication Arts

    Phelan, Tim

    Science Classroom Aide

    Diehl, Cassie

    Attendance Secretary

    Potter, Nicole

    Special Education - Career Skills

    Eckert, Kathy

    Accompanist

    *Rhoney, Jennifer

    Science

    Ellsworth, Valarie

    Communication Arts

    Rice, Stacey

    Math Classroom Aide

    Farnsworth, Jason

    Assistant Principal/A+

    Roe, Sherry

    A+ / Assistant Principals’ Secretary

    Fields, Becky

    Registrar/Student Services Secretary

    Rorvig, Mark

    Assistant Principal

    Fossey, Ambyr

    Communication Arts

    Rudell, Elizabeth

    Communication Arts

    Garrett, Robin

    Activities Secretary

    Schaeffer, Emily

    Band

    Gibbs, Audrey

    Science

    Sharp, Justin

    Math

    Gibbs, Shawn

    Social Studies

    Shelman, Jessica

    Math

    Ginther, Carrie

    Special Education - Life Skills

    Skwiot, Lauren

    Communication Arts

    Greife, Samantha

    Head Custodian

    Smith, Justene

    Counselor

    Hake, Annie

    Spanish

    Steinbrook, Rebecca

    Library Media Aide

    Hipp, Linda

    Nurse

    Stout, Beth

    Special Education

    Hix, Dave

    Physical Education

    Sullins, Eric

    Social Studies

    Hoffman, Rosenn

    Science

    Terwilliger, Emily

    Social Studies

    Jacobs, Jeremiah

    School Resource Officer

    Warren, Stacey

    Special Education Process Coordinator

    *Johnson, Ben

    Instrumental Music

    Wearing, Jeannie

    Library Media Center

    Joseph, Pam

    Math

    Whiting, Terri

    SPED Aide

    Kates, Samantha

    MCAC Advisor

    *Wickstrom, Jennifer

    Spanish

    *Kay, Bill

    Math

    Wiegers, Mark

    Principal

    Keith, Beth

    Theatre/Speech & Debate

    Willson, Allison

    Math

    Kocher, Denny

    Science

    Wilson, Amy

    SPED Aide

    *Kohl, Jake

    Technology

    Zaring, Julie

    Counselor

    Kump, Amy

    Science

       

    Lasure, Leland

    Special Education

       

    Lineberry, Shannon

    Communication Arts/Yearbook

       

     

    *Denotes Department Chair

    PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION

    The primary concern of Harrisonville High School is the education of students. Considering students are unique individuals, the school must take them from where they are and help them advance as far as their interests and abilities permit. To accomplish their goal, educational alternatives must be offered. These alternatives provide a variety of learning situations and opportunities for students to maximize their intellectual, moral, social, and physical development. As a result, our students will be responsible, considerate young people. They will understand the world and mature deeply enough to live in it as contributing members of society and their roles in life will be filled with dignity and grace.

    HIGH SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT

    The mission of Harrisonville High School is to ensure our students learn and to empower their success.

    HIGH SCHOOL VISION STATEMENT

    The vision of Harrisonville High School is to create a high-performing school that empowers lifelong learners to pursue academic excellence, intellectual curiosity, and social responsibility.

    HIGH SCHOOL BELIEFS

    At Harrisonville High School We Believe . . .

    • In a culture that values continuous learning among students, staff, and community.
    • In our students’ abilities to learn, given sufficient support.
    • Learning should be relevant, challenging students to be critical thinkers and problem-solvers.
    • Students have a shared responsibility in their own learning.
    • In a collaborative environment among students, staff, and community.
    • In modeling positive character traits and promoting appropriate social behaviors.
    • In building healthy, caring relationships with all students while maintaining mutual respect.
    • Our school is a safe and supportive environment.






    SECTION I: ACADEMICS

    GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS AND EXCEPTIONS:

    1. All students in consultation with the counseling staff should select a four year program during their freshman year.
    2. Recommendations: All students should be encouraged to attend school on a full time basis for eight semesters of high school work.

     

    CREDIT

    Academic credit will be granted on the semester concept. A course, which meets once per day for 18 weeks, will grant 1/2 unit of credit.

     

    STUDENT COURSE LOAD

    Students in the high school must enroll in seven classes per semester with the exception of 5th-year seniors, married students and hardship situations.

     

    COURSE CHANGES/ SCHEDULE PROBLEMS

    The classes listed on your student’s schedule are the classes your student chose during spring enrollment conferences. Our master schedule is built based on those choices.  As a result, it would be very difficult to make a schedule change without seriously upsetting the schedule and course balances.

     

    Schedules will only be changed for the following reasons and with Administrator approval:

    • The class is necessary to meet graduation requirements
    • Mistakes made by the HHS staff
    • Changes needed as a result of failing classes the previous semester
    • Medical excuses or other documented reason

     

    Student wishing to have a schedule change considered need to complete a Class Change Form located in the SSO.

     

    The first few days of school the counselors will not schedule appointments with students unless it concerns new enrollment, incomplete schedule, or changes needed for graduation requirements

     

    Counselors will make appointments as time permits for students requesting schedule changes.

    Student-initiated or disciplinary drops from a class beyond the 5th class day of the semester will result in a failing grade for the semester.

     

    CLASSIFICATION

    For grade classification purposes, in order to advance to the next higher grade, to enter the tenth grade, a student must complete a minimum of six (6) units of credit. To enter the eleventh grade, a student must complete a minimum of twelve (12) units of credit. To enter the twelfth grade, a student must complete a minimum of eighteen (18) units of credit

     

    • 10th grade Min. 6 Units
    • 11th grade Min. 12 Units
    • 12th grade Min. 18 Units

     

    ACTIVITY ELIGIBILITY

    For a student to be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities they must:

    1. Be enrolled in 7 classes or the equivalent of 3 1/2 credits.
    2. Passed 6 classes or earned 3 credits the preceding semester.
    3. Must be in attendance a full day on the day of the activity.
    4. Must meet the citizenship requirement as defined by MSHSAA and Harrisonville High School Activity Handbooks
    5. Students may count up to 1 credit from summer school toward establishing Athletic/Activity eligibility for the fall semester.

    CORRESPONDENCE WORK

    All correspondence work for potential graduating seniors must be completed by May 1 of each year. A student will not be permitted to drop a class in which credit is being earned to receive correspondence credit after March 1 in any given year. No more than 2 credits may be earned through correspondence work.  Administrative discretion will be used in special circumstances.

    SUMMER SCHOOL

    Health and Personal Finance will be offered as an online course for a ½ unit of credit in the summer. In addition, opportunities to recover credits will be available during summer school.

     

    CREDIT RECOVERY

    Each student failing a core class will be required to complete credit recovery through the online Odysseyware system. Students will have 3 options for completing credit recovery:

    1. 4th Hour Credit Recovery
      1. Any student with credit lag that jeopardizes graduation status will be enrolled in the online Odysseyware program. This will include all students that fail a core course.
      2. Students will have the opportunity to work on this program during their Study Center class in Wildcat Hour.
    2. Summer School
      1. Will meet from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM each day for 4 weeks in the month of June.
      2. There will be content specific teachers available to aid students with coursework during this time.
    3. HCATS
      1. HCATS will only be offered to students in severe credit lag.
      2. This will be placed in a normal course schedule in place of an elective class.

     

    Students will have 1 full year (2 semesters and summer school) to complete their failed courses on Odysseyware. Any student that is unable to complete their online credit recovery during this time will be re-enrolled in the course in place of an elective.

    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

    The following represents the minimum credit requirements for graduation from Harrisonville High School for all students in grades 9-12.

    • 4 Units of communication arts including three credits of English, plus the additional year of English or one unit may be a combination of speech or debate.
    • 3 Units of Social Studies (including American History 1 unit and Government .5 units)
    • 3 Units of Mathematics
    • 3 Units of Science
    • 1 Unit of Fine Arts
    • 1 Unit of Practical Arts
    • 1 Unit of Physical Education
    • .5 Units of Personal Finance
    • .5 Unit of Health
    • 8.5 Units of Elective Courses
    • 25.5 Total Units Required

    *Note: Many universities have additional credit requirements for admission.

    *Note: Passing both US and MO constitution tests are graduation requirements.

    *Note: All graduating seniors are required to attend all practices for graduation unless specifically excused by the principal or they will not be allowed to participate in the graduation activities.

     

    WEIGHTED COURSES

    Harrisonville High School has a weighted course system. This system is designed to place more value on certain courses when grade points are calculated. The scale for weighted courses is listed under “Meaning of Grades:

    The courses that are given weighted course classification are determined by a principal, chairperson council, and approved by the Board of Education on a yearly basis. The following guidelines must be met for weighted course classification:

    1. Must require at least 5 hours/week outside of class work.
    2. Must require a major term paper, project or combination of projects that require original research per semester.
    3. Must be taught on an advanced and academically rigorous level.

    HONOR GRADUATE

    The “Honor Graduate” of Harrisonville High School will be awarded to the senior student at graduation with the highest accumulative grade point average over their four year high school career. This student must also meet the following criteria:

    1. Attend HHS four full semesters in their junior and senior years.
    2. Meet all requirements for the College Preparatory Certificate issued by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and meet the requirements for graduation as set forth by the Harrisonville Cass R-9 Board of Education.
    3. Earn the maximum number of credits available (28) to the student over their four years of high school in a regular school day.  Summer school, correspondence courses, “zero hour” classes, and courses for college credit not taught by HHS faculty do not count in this total.

     

    ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

    The top 15% of each class for that year will be honored each year by the Harrisonville Education Foundation. A student must maintain a minimum of 2.5 credits each semester to be eligible for recognition.

     

    MEANING OF GRADES

     

    Grade

    Point Percentage

    Regular Course Grade Point

    Weighted Course Grade Point

    A

    95-100

    4.00

    5.00

    A-

    90-94

    3.66

    4.66

    B+

    87-89

    3.33

    4.33

    B

    83-86

    3.00

    4.00

    B-

    80-82

    2.66

    3.66

    C+

    77-79

    2.33

    3.33

    C

    73-76

    2.00

    3.00

    C-

    70-72

    1.66

    2.66

    D+

    67-69

    1.33

    1.33

    D

    63-66

    1.00

    1.00

    D-

    60-62

    0.66

    0.66

    F

    Below 60

    0.00

    0.00

     

    Grading periods are eighteen weeks long. Students also receive a mid-semester evaluation at the end of each nine-week period.

     

    HONOR ROLL

    • An honor roll will be prepared at the close of 1st semester and 2nd semester.
    • To be eligible for the HONOR ROLL, a student must have earned at least two and a half credits and have a 3.2 grade point average.
    • To be eligible for the PRINCIPAL’S HONOR ROLL, a student must have earned at least two and a half credits and have a 3.7 grade point average.

    ACADEMIC LETTER

    Harrisonville High School students have an opportunity to letter in academics. The Academic Booster Club developed the lettering system in March of 2004 and revised those requirements in 2009. The requirements for lettering are as follows:

    • Non-cumulative, weighted grade point average of 3.5 or higher
    • Be enrolled in at least six graded courses
    • Have no D’s, F’s, or withdrawals from classes in either semester

     

    A certificate for a letter will be given to all students meeting these qualifications. Additionally, the following will be awarded:

    • Students with a non-cumulative, weighted grade point average of 3.75 – 3.99 will receive a Lamp of Learning pin.
    • Students with a non-cumulative, weighted grade point average of 4.00 or higher will receive, in addition to a Lamp of Learning pin, a Wildcat Scholar pin for the first year and a bar for each subsequent year with a 4.00 or higher.



    Seniors who qualify will be given their certificates at the Senior Awards Ceremony.

    Underclassmen will receive their award during the following school year at the Academic Awards Assembly.

     

    REQUIRED SEMESTER FINALS

    All students shall take a final or complete a final project. The final test or project will be worth 10% of the student’s semester grade.



    REQUIRED END OF COURSE EXAMS

    Per state standards, upon successfully completing Algebra 1, Biology 1, English 2, and Government, students will complete an End of Course (EOC) exam.  Students who complete Algebra 1 in middle school will take the Algebra 2 EOC.















































    SECTION II: GENERAL POLICIES

    STUDENT RECORDS

     

    In order to provide students with appropriate instruction and educational services, it is necessary for the district to maintain extensive and sometimes personal information about students and families. These records must be kept confidential in accordance with law, but must also be readily available to district personnel who need the records to effectively serve district students.

    The superintendent or designee will provide for the proper administration of student records in accordance with law, will develop appropriate procedures for maintaining student records and will standardize procedures for the collection and transmittal of necessary information about individual students throughout the district. The superintendent and building principals will develop a student records system that includes protocols for releasing student education records. Principals are responsible for maintaining and protecting the student education records in each school. The superintendent or designee will make arrangements so that all district employees are trained annually on the confidentiality of student education records, as applicable for each employee classification.

    DEFINITIONS

    Eligible Student – A student or former student who has reached age 18 or is attending a postsecondary school.

    Parent – A biological or adoptive parent of a student, a guardian of a student, or an individual acting as a parent or guardian in the absence of the student's parent or guardian.

    Student – Any person who attends or has attended a school in the school district and for whom the district maintains education records.

     

    HEALTH INFORMATION

    Student health information is a type of student record that is particularly sensitive and protected by numerous state and federal laws. Student health information shall be protected from unauthorized, illegal or inappropriate disclosure by adherence to the principles of confidentiality and privacy. The information shall be protected regardless of whether the information is received orally, in writing or electronically and regardless of the type of record or method of storage.

    PARENT AND ELIGIBLE STUDENT ACCESS

    All parents may inspect and review their student's education records, seek amendments, consent to disclosures and file complaints regarding the records as allowed by law. These rights transfer from the parent to the student once the student becomes an eligible student; however, under the Missouri Sunshine Law, parents maintain some rights to inspect student records even after a student turns 18. The district will extend the same access to records to either parent, regardless of divorce, custody or visitation rights, unless the district is provided with evidence that the parent's rights to inspect records have been legally modified.

    If a parent or eligible student believes an education record related to the student contains information that is inaccurate, misleading or in violation of the student's privacy, the parent or eligible student may use the appeals procedures created by the superintendent or designee to request that the district amend the record.

    The district will annually notify parents and eligible students of their rights in accordance with law.

     

    DIRECTORY INFORMATION

    Directory information is information contained in an education record of a student that generally would not be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed without the consent of a parent or eligible student. The district will designate the types of information included in directory information and release this information without first obtaining consent from a parent or eligible student unless a parent or eligible student notifies the district in writing as directed. Parents and eligible students will be notified annually of the information the district has designated as directory information and the process for notifying the district if they do not want the information released.

    Even if parents or eligible students notify the district in writing that they do not want directory information disclosed, the district may still disclose the information if required or allowed to do so by law. For example, the district may require students to disclose their names, identifiers or district e-mail addresses in classes in which they are enrolled, or students may be required to wear, publicly display or disclose a student identification card or badge that exhibits information that is designated as directory information.

    The school district designates the following items as directory information.

     

    General Directory Information – The following information the district maintains about a personally identifiable student may be disclosed by the district to the school community through, for example, district publications, or to any person without first obtaining written consent from a parent or eligible student:

    Student's name; date and place of birth; parents' names; grade level; enrollment status (e.g., full-time or part-time); student identification number; user identification or other unique personal identifier used by the student for the purposes of accessing or communicating in electronic systems as long as that information alone cannot be used to access protected educational records; participation in district-sponsored or district-recognized activities and sports; weight and height of members of athletic teams; dates of attendance; degrees, honors and awards received; artwork or course work displayed by the district; schools or school districts previously attended; and photographs, videotapes, digital images and recorded sound unless such records would be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy.

    Limited Directory Information – In addition to general directory information, the following information the district maintains about a personally identifiable student may be disclosed to: school officials with a legitimate educational interest; parent groups or booster clubs that are recognized by the Board and are created solely to work with the district, its staff, students and parents and to raise funds for district activities; parents of other students enrolled in the same school as the student whose information is released; students enrolled in the same school as the student whose information is released; governmental entities including, but not limited to, law enforcement, the juvenile office and the Children's Division (CD) of the Department of Social Services:

    The student's address, telephone number and e-mail address and the parents' addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses.

     

    LAW ENFORCEMENT ACCESS

    The district may report or disclose education records to law enforcement and juvenile justice authorities if the disclosure concerns law enforcement's or juvenile justice authorities' ability to effectively serve, prior to adjudication, the student whose records are released. The officials and authorities to whom such information is disclosed must comply with applicable restrictions set forth in federal law.

    If the district reports a crime committed by a student with a disability as defined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the district will transmit copies of the special education and disciplinary records to the authorities to whom the district reported the crime as allowed by law.

     

    Law enforcement officials also have access to directory information and may obtain access to student education records in emergency situations as allowed by law. Otherwise, law enforcement officials must obtain a subpoena or consent from the parent or eligible student before a student's education records will be disclosed.

    CHILDREN’S DIVISION ACCESS

    The district may disclose education records to representatives of the CD when reporting child abuse and neglect in accordance with law. Once the CD obtains custody of a student, CD representatives may also have access to education records in accordance with law. CD representatives may also have access to directory information and may obtain access to student education records in emergency situations, as allowed by law.

    MILITARY AND HIGHER EDUCATION ACCESS

    The district will disclose the names, addresses and telephone numbers of secondary school students to military recruiters or institutions of higher education as required by law unless the parent or student notifies the district in writing not to disclose the information to those entities.




    PROHIBITION AGAINST DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT AND RETALIATION

     

    GENERAL RULE

    The Harrisonville Cass R-IX School District Board of Education is committed to maintaining a workplace and educational environment that is free from discrimination and harassment in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs, services, activities and facilities. In accordance with law, the district strictly prohibits discrimination and harassment against employees, students or others on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law. The Harrisonville Cass R-IX School District is an equal opportunity employer.

     

    The Board also prohibits:

    1. Retaliatory actions including, but not limited to, acts of intimidation, threats, coercion or discrimination against those who:
      1. Make complaints of prohibited discrimination or harassment.
      2. Report prohibited discrimination or harassment.
      3. Participate in an investigation, formal proceeding or informal resolution, whether conducted internally or outside the district, concerning prohibited discrimination or harassment.
    2. Aiding, abetting, inciting, compelling or coercing discrimination, harassment or retaliatory actions.
    3. Discrimination, harassment or retaliation against any person because of such person’s association with a person protected from discrimination or harassment in accordance with this policy.

    All employees, students and visitors must immediately report to the district for investigation any incident or behavior that could constitute discrimination, harassment or retaliation in accordance with this policy. If discrimination, harassment or retaliation that occurs off district property and that is unrelated to the district's activities negatively impacts the school environment, the district will investigate and address the behavior in accordance with this policy, as allowed by law.

     

    CONSEQUENCES AND REMEDIES

    If the district determines that discrimination, harassment or retaliation have occurred, the district will take prompt, effective and appropriate action to address the behavior, prevent its recurrence and remedy its effects.

    Employees who violate this policy will be disciplined, up to and including employment termination. Students who violate this policy will be disciplined, which may include suspension or expulsion. Patrons, contractors, visitors or others who violate this policy may be prohibited from school grounds or otherwise restricted while on school grounds. The superintendent or designee will contact law enforcement or seek a court order to enforce this policy when necessary or when actions may constitute criminal behavior.

    Students, employees and others will not be disciplined for speech in circumstances where it is protected by law.

    In accordance with law and district policy, any person suspected of abusing or neglecting a child will be reported to the Children’s Division (CD) of the Department of Social Services.

    Remedies provided by the district will attempt to minimize the burden on the victim. Such remedies may include, but are not limited to: providing additional resources such as counseling, providing access to community services, assisting the victim in filing criminal charges when applicable, moving the perpetrator to a different class or school, providing an escort between classes, or allowing the victim to retake or withdraw from a class. The district may provide additional training to students and employees, make periodic assessments to make sure behavior complies with district policy, or perform a climate check to assess the environment in the district.

    DEFINITIONS

    Compliance Officer – The individual responsible for implementing this policy, including the acting compliance officer when he or she is performing duties of the compliance officer.

    Discrimination – Conferring benefits upon, refusing or denying benefits to, or providing differential treatment to a person or class of persons in violation of law based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law, or based on a belief that such a characteristic exists.

     

    Grievance – A verbal or written report (also known as a complaint) of discrimination, harassment or retaliation made to the compliance officer.

     

    Harassment – A form of discrimination, as defined above, that occurs when the school or work environment becomes permeated with intimidation, ridicule or insult that is sufficiently severe or pervasive enough that it unreasonably alters the employment or educational environment.

     

    Behaviors that could constitute illegal harassment include, but are not limited to, the following acts if based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law or based on a belief that such a characteristic exists: graffiti; display of written material, pictures or electronic images; name calling, teasing or taunting; insults, derogatory remarks or slurs; jokes; gestures; threatening, intimidating or hostile acts; physical acts of aggression, assault or violence; theft; or damage to property.

    Sexual Harassment – A form of discrimination, as defined above, on the basis of sex. Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct that occurs when a) benefits or decisions are implicitly or explicitly conditioned upon submission to, or punishment is applied for refusing to comply with, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or conduct of a sexual nature; or b) the school or work environment becomes permeated with intimidation, ridicule or insult that is based on sex or is sexual in nature and that is sufficiently severe or pervasive enough to alter the conditions of participation in the district’s programs and activities or the conditions of employment. Sexual harassment may occur between members of the same or opposite sex. The district presumes a student cannot consent to behavior of a sexual nature with an adult regardless of the circumstance.

     

    Behaviors that could constitute sexual harassment include, but are not limited to:

    1. Sexual advances and requests or pressure of any kind for sexual favors, activities or contact.
    2. Conditioning grades, promotions, rewards or privileges on submission to sexual favors, activities or contact.
    3. Punishing or reprimanding persons who refuse to comply with sexual requests, activities or contact.
    4. Graffiti, name calling, slurs, jokes, gestures or communications of a sexual nature or based on sex.
    5. Physical contact or touching of a sexual nature, including touching of intimate parts and sexually motivated or inappropriate patting, pinching or rubbing.
    6. Comments about an individual's body, sexual activity or sexual attractiveness.
    7. Physical sexual acts of aggression, assault or violence, including criminal offenses (such as rape, sexual assault or battery, and sexually motivated stalking) against a person's will or when a person is not capable of giving consent due to the person's age, intellectual disability or use of drugs or alcohol.
    8. Gender-based harassment and acts of verbal, nonverbal, written, graphic or physical conduct based on sex or sex stereotyping, but not involving conduct of a sexual nature.

     

    Working Days – Days on which the district's business offices are open.

     

    COMPLIANCE OFFICER

    The Board designates the following individual to act as the district’s compliance officer:

    Assistant Superintendent of HR & Operations

    Harrisonville Cass R-IX School District

    503 S. Lexington

    Harrisonville, MO 64701

    Phone: 816-380-2727

    Fax: 816-380-3134

    In the event the compliance officer is unavailable or is the subject of a report that would otherwise be made to the compliance officer, reports should instead be directed to the acting compliance officer:

    Superintendent of Schools

    Harrisonville Cass R-IX School District

    503 S. Lexington

    Harrisonville, MO 64701

    Phone: 816-380-2727

    Fax: 816-380-3134

    The compliance officer or acting compliance officer will:

    1. Coordinate district compliance with this policy and the law.
    2. Receive all grievances regarding discrimination, harassment and    retaliation in the Harrisonville Cass R-IX School District.
    3. Serve as the district’s designated Title IX, Section 504 and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) coordinator, as well as the contact person for compliance with other discrimination laws.
    4. Investigate or assign persons to investigate grievances; monitor the status of grievances to ensure that additional discrimination, harassment and retaliation do not occur; and recommend consequences.
    5. Review all evidence brought in disciplinary matters to determine whether additional remedies are available, such as separating students in the school environment.
    6. Determine whether district employees with knowledge of discrimination, harassment or retaliation failed to carry out their reporting duties and recommend disciplinary action, if necessary.
    7. Communicate regularly with the district's law enforcement unit to determine whether any reported crimes constitute potential discrimination, harassment or retaliation.
    8. Oversee discrimination, harassment or retaliation grievances, including identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems and reporting such problems and patterns to the superintendent or the Board.
    9. Seek legal advice when necessary to enforce this policy.
    10. Report to the superintendent and the Board aggregate information   regarding the number and frequency of grievances and compliance with this policy.
    11. Make recommendations regarding changing this policy or the implementation of this policy.
    12. Coordinate and institute training programs for district staff and supervisors as necessary to meet the goals of this policy, including instruction in recognizing behavior that constitutes discrimination, harassment and retaliation.
    13. Perform other duties as assigned by the superintendent.



    PUBLIC NOTICE

    The superintendent or designee will continuously publicize the district’s policy prohibiting discrimination, harassment and retaliation and disseminate information on how to report discrimination, harassment and retaliation. Notification of the district's policy will be posted in a public area of each building used for instruction or employment or open to the public. Information will also be distributed annually to employees, parents/guardians and students as well as to newly enrolled students and newly hired employees. District bulletins, catalogs, application forms, recruitment material and the district’s website will include a statement that the Harrisonville Cass R-IX School District does not discriminate in its programs, services, activities, facilities or with regard to employment. The district will provide information in alternative formats when necessary to accommodate persons with disabilities.

    REPORTING

    Students, employees and others may attempt to resolve minor issues by addressing concerns directly to the person alleged to have violated this policy, but they are not expected or required to do so. Any attempts to voluntarily resolve a grievance will not delay the investigation once a report has been made to the district.

    Unless the concern is otherwise voluntarily resolved, all persons must report incidents that might constitute discrimination, harassment or retaliation directly to the compliance officer or acting compliance officer. All district employees will instruct all persons seeking to make a grievance to communicate directly with the compliance officer. Even if the potential victim of discrimination, harassment or retaliation does not file a grievance, district employees are required to report to the compliance officer any observations, rumors or other information regarding actions prohibited by this policy. If a verbal grievance is made, the person will be asked to submit a written complaint to the compliance officer or acting compliance officer. If a person refuses or is unable to submit a written complaint, the compliance officer will summarize the verbal complaint in writing. A grievance is not needed for the district to take action upon finding a violation of law, district policy or district expectations.

    Even if a grievance is not directly filed, if the compliance officer otherwise learns about possible discrimination, harassment or retaliation, including violence, the district will conduct a prompt, impartial, adequate, reliable and thorough investigation to determine whether unlawful conduct occurred and will implement the appropriate interim measures if necessary.

     

    STUDENT ON STUDENT HARASSMENT

    Building-level administrators are in a unique position to identify and address discrimination, harassment and retaliation between students, particularly when behaviors are reported through the normal disciplinary process and not through a grievance. The administrator has the ability to immediately discipline a student for prohibited behavior in accordance with the district’s discipline policy. The administrator will report all incidents of discrimination, harassment and retaliation to the compliance officer and will direct the parent/guardian and student to the compliance officer for further assistance. The compliance officer may determine that the incident has been appropriately addressed or recommend additional action. When a grievance is filed, the investigation and complaint process detailed below will be used.

    INVESTIGATION

    The district will immediately investigate all grievances. All persons are required to cooperate fully in the investigation. The district compliance officer or other designated investigator may utilize an attorney or other professionals to conduct the investigation.

    In determining whether alleged conduct constitutes discrimination, harassment or retaliation, the district will consider the surrounding circumstances, the nature of the behavior, the relationships between the parties involved, past incidents, the context in which the alleged incidents occurred and all other relevant information. Whether a particular action or incident constitutes a violation of this policy requires a determination based on all of the facts and surrounding circumstances. If, after investigation, school officials determine that it is more likely than not (the preponderance of the evidence standard) that discrimination, harassment or other prohibited behavior has occurred, the district will take immediate corrective action.

    GRIEVANCE PROCESS OVERVIEW

    1. If a person designated to hear a grievance or appeal is the subject of the grievance, the compliance officer may designate an alternative person to hear the grievance, or the next highest step in the grievance process will be used. For example, if the grievance involves the superintendent, the compliance officer may designate someone outside the district to hear the grievance in lieu of the superintendent, or the grievance may be heard directly by the Board.
    2. An extension of the investigation and reporting deadlines may be warranted if extenuating circumstances exist as determined by the district's compliance officer. The person filing the complaint will be notified when deadlines are extended. If more than twice the allotted time has expired without a response, the appeal may be taken to the next level.
    3. Failure of the person filing the grievance to appeal within the timelines given will be considered acceptance of the findings and remedial action taken.
    4. The district will investigate all grievances, even if an outside enforcing agency such as the Office for Civil Rights, law enforcement or the CD is also investigating a complaint arising from the same circumstances.
    5. The district will only share information regarding an individually identifiable student or employee with the person filing the grievance or other persons if allowed by law and in accordance with Board policy.
    6. Upon receiving a grievance, district administrators or supervisors, after consultation with the compliance officer, will implement interim measures as described in this policy if necessary to prevent further potential discrimination, harassment or retaliation during the pending investigation.

     

    GRIEVANCE PROCESS

    1. Level I – A grievance is filed with the district's compliance officer. The compliance officer may, at his or her discretion, assign a school principal or other appropriate supervisor to conduct the investigation when appropriate.
      1. Regardless of who investigates the grievance, an investigation will commence immediately, but no later than five working days after the compliance officer receives the grievance. The compliance officer or designee shall conduct a prompt, impartial, adequate, reliable and thorough investigation, including the opportunity for the person filing the grievance and other parties involved to identify witnesses and provide information and other evidence. The compliance officer or designee will evaluate all relevant information and documentation relating to the grievance.
      2. Within 30 working days of receiving the grievance, the compliance officer will complete a written report that summarizes the facts and makes conclusions on whether the facts constitute a violation of this policy based on the appropriate legal standards. If a violation of this policy is found, the compliance officer will recommend corrective action to the superintendent to address the discrimination, harassment or retaliation; prevent recurrence; and remedy its effects. If someone other than the compliance officer conducts the investigation, the compliance officer or acting compliance officer will review and sign the report. The person who filed the grievance, the victim if someone other than the victim filed the grievance, and any alleged perpetrator will be notified in writing, within five working days of the completion of the report, in accordance with law and district policy, regarding whether the district's compliance officer or designee determined that district policy was violated.
    2. Level II – Within five working days after receiving the Level I decision, the person filing the grievance, the victim if someone other than the victim filed the grievance, or any alleged perpetrator may appeal the compliance officer’s decision to the superintendent by notifying the superintendent in writing. The superintendent may, at his or her discretion, designate another person (other than the compliance officer) to review the matter when appropriate.
      1. Within ten working days, the superintendent will complete a written decision on the appeal, stating whether a violation of this policy is found and, if so, stating what corrective actions will be implemented. If someone other than the superintendent conducts the appeal, the superintendent will review and sign the report before it is given to the person appealing. A copy of the appeal and decision will be given to the compliance officer or acting compliance officer. The person who initially filed the grievance, the victim if someone other than the victim filed the grievance, and any alleged perpetrator will be notified in writing, within five working days of the superintendent's decision, regarding whether the superintendent or designee determined that district policy was violated.
    3. Level III – Within five working days after receiving the Level II decision, the person filing the grievance, the victim if someone other than the victim filed the grievance, or any alleged perpetrator may appeal the superintendent’s decision to the Board by notifying the Board secretary in writing. The person filing the grievance and the alleged perpetrator will be allowed to address the Board, and the Board may call for the presence of such other persons deemed necessary. The Board will issue a decision within 30 working days for implementation by the administration. The Board secretary will give the compliance officer or acting compliance officer a copy of the appeal and decision. The person who filed the grievance, the victim if someone other than the victim filed the grievance, and the alleged perpetrator will be notified in writing, within five working days of the Board's decision, in accordance with law and district policy, regarding whether the Board determined that district policy was violated. The decision of the Board is final.

     

    CONFIDENTIALITY AND RECORDS

    To the extent permitted by law and in accordance with Board policy, the district will keep confidential the identity of the person filing a grievance and any grievance or other document that is generated or received pertaining to grievances. Information may be disclosed if necessary to further the investigation, appeal or resolution of a grievance, or if necessary to carry out disciplinary measures. The district will disclose information to the district’s attorney, law enforcement, the CD and others when necessary to enforce this policy or when required by law. In implementing this policy, the district will comply with state and federal laws regarding the confidentiality of student and employee records. Information regarding any resulting employee or student disciplinary action will be maintained and released in the same manner as any other disciplinary record. The district will keep any documentation created in investigating the complaint including, but not limited to, documentation considered when making any conclusions, in accordance with the Missouri Secretary of State's retention manuals and as advised by the district's attorney.

     

    TRAINING

    The district will provide training to employees on identifying and reporting acts that may constitute discrimination, harassment or retaliation. The district will instruct employees to make all complaints to the district's compliance officer or acting compliance officer and will provide current contact information for these persons. The district will inform employees of the consequences of violating this policy and the remedies the district may use to rectify policy violations. All employees will have access to the district's current policy, required notices and complaint forms. The district will provide additional training to any person responsible for investigating potential discrimination, harassment or retaliation.

     

    The district will provide information to parents/guardians and students regarding this policy and will provide age-appropriate instruction to students.

     

    BELL SCHEDULES

    REGULAR BELL SCHEDULE

     

    COLLABORATION BELL SCHEDULE

    1st Period

    7:40 - 8:25

     

    1st Period

    7:40 - 8:25

    2nd Period

    8:30 - 9:15

     

    2nd Period

    8:29 - 9:14

    3rd Period

    9:20 - 10:05

     

    3rd Period

    9:18 - 10:03

    4th Period

    10:10 - 11:30

     

    4th Period

    10:07 - 11:07

    5th Period

    11:35 - 12:20

     

    5th Period

    11:11 - 11:56

    6th Period

    12:25 - 1:10

     

    6th Period

    12:00 - 12:45

    7th Period

    1:15 - 2:00

     

    7th Period

    12:49 - 1:34

    8th Period

    2:05 - 2:50

     

    8th Period

    1:38 - 2:23

     

    LUNCH SCHEDULE

    REGULAR LUNCH SHIFTS

     

    COLLABORATION LUNCH SHIFTS

    1st Shift

    10:15 - 10:40

     

    1st Shift

    10:07 - 10:27

    2nd Shift

    10:45 - 11:05

     

    2nd Shift

    10:27 - 10:47

    3rd Shift

    11:10 - 11:30

     

    3rd Shift

    10:47 - 11:07

     

    CLOSED LUNCHROOM POLICY

    Milk, juice and other breakfast items are available in the lunchroom before school each day until 7:35 a.m.

     

    A hot lunch program is available for students each school day.  Therefore, no student may leave the building without permission from the administration. Students will not be allowed to order from area restaurants or fast food restaurants or to have food delivered without permission from administration. Food or drink should be purchased in the lunchroom during the student’s lunch shift and should not be taken from the lunch room.

     

    **The food service staff will not accept bills larger than $20.

    ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

    Academic integrity is an important part of the development and growth of every student. A violation of this is an act which could deceive, cheat, or defraud so as to promote or enhance one’s academic standing. This also includes knowingly or actively assisting any person in the commission of a violation. Violations could include, but are not limited to:

    • PLAGIARISM – failure to use original, unique yet informed ideas, thoughts, works, images, or products, with the intent to claim the work of others as one’s own
    • CHEATING – willful intent to use sources improperly for personal gain
    • FORGERY/FALSIFYING DOCUMENTS – counterfeiting documents for personal advantage in terms of grades, testing, academic standing/recognition, post-secondary placement/eligibility, and privileges

    EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITY CODE

    The HHS sportsmanship council believes that fans play an integral part in the extracurricular activities of this school district. However, it is important that some basic guidelines be laid out in order to maintain a high standard of sportsmanship at our school.

    1. The use of profanity will not be tolerated and is strictly prohibited.
    2. Coming to events under the influence of an intoxicant or other such substances is strictly prohibited.
    3. Profane gestures toward the opposing team or crowd are prohibited.
    4. After the conclusion of the game, attempts to distract or degrade participants are prohibited.
    5. No acts, which are intended to provoke physical violence with the opposing crowd, will be allowed.
    6. Displays that draw attention away from the game (wrestling, horseplay, etc.) are prohibited.

     

    FRESHMAN MENTORING PROGRAM (FMP)

    The FMP is a comprehensive transition program that provides each freshman with a support group that consists of FMP Student Mentors, a faculty advisor and an academic advisor. Student mentors are “trusted guides” to freshmen. They provide an ongoing orientation process that enables freshmen to become familiar with policies, procedures, programs and traditions at HHS. Academic progress will be monitored continuously by the academic advisor and opportunities for character building and service learning will be plentiful.

     

    ASSEMBLIES

    As everyone during his lifetime will be a member of many varied audiences, we feel that the school assembly offers an opportunity for the development of appropriate attitudes and conduct that will be of value throughout life. In all situations of this nature, common courtesy demands that a student listen with respect and an appreciative attitude. Behaving courteously toward performers, speakers and guests, and applauding sensibly are responsibilities which every individual must assume. Behavior such as booing, heckling, and taunting shows a lack of courtesy and is not appropriate. All regularly scheduled assemblies shall be attended by all students.

     

    Permission to be absent from an assembly must be granted through the office. Students disrupting assemblies will be removed from the assembly and may be subject to detentions, suspensions and permanent removal from any remaining assemblies.

    LOCKERS

    At the beginning of each school year, a student will be assigned a locker. These lockers are for the purpose of providing storage space for coats and school supplies. It is not intended that they be a storage space for valuables. Please keep your locker locked at all times that it is not in immediate use. If you have a defective lock or locker, report it to the office at once. No student may change lockers without permission of the office. Damage to a locker will be charged to those students assigned to that locker during each semester and the privilege of using a locker may be withdrawn. Lockers are school property and can be opened and inspected at any time by school personnel.



    LOST AND FOUND ARTICLES

    The lost and found department is located in the general office. Students are to report to the office secretary those articles that they may have lost. Please report lost or found articles to the office as soon as possible.

     

    POSTER POLICY

    Posters advertising club meetings and fund-raisers will be posted in a central location in the cafeteria. Posters may also be placed in classrooms, with the classroom teacher’s permission. No posters may be placed in the hallway without administrative approval. All posters should be neatly done. Absolutely no duct tape or electrical tape can be used.

    PROCEDURES FOR HALL PASSES

    1. Student must have their ID card and a classroom pass.
    2. When leaving the school building, the attendance office will issue a pass after proper checkout procedures are complete.



    DRESS CODE

    STUDENT DRESS GUIDELINES

    The staff and students of Harrisonville High School believe that clothing styles and specific articles of dress directly affect the educational atmosphere and order of the school.  We are proud of our school and believe that pride in one’s self is reflected in his/her own concern for appearance and grooming. We encourage all students to use good judgment and dress appropriately for school.

     

    When a staff member deems a student’s appearance or mode of dress disrupts the educational process, or constitutes a threat to health or safety, the student will be referred to administration.

     

    **Hats, hoods, bandanas, or “do-rags” are not to be worn in the hallways and classrooms in the school building.**

     

    Extremes in wearing apparel or personal appearance which disrupt the learning process or interfere with the intended function of the school are not acceptable.  Examples of inappropriate dress include, but are not limited to the following:

    • Clothing that does not cover undergarments, chest, belly buttons, torsos, and barebacks while standing or sitting.
    • Clothing and accessories that display statements, signs, or pictures with alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, weapons, violent themes, sexual innuendo, inappropriate language, inappropriate slogans, or references to gang affiliations will not be permitted.
    • Pants, shorts and skirts that are not worn at waist level.
    • Any item that presents a safety concern (chains, spikes, dangerous jewelry, safety pins, etc.) is prohibited.

    The administration has a right to amend this code without prior knowledge to students.

     

    SCHOOL NEWSPAPER

    The Pride is the official newspaper of Harrisonville High School and is issued during the school year. A complete record of activities is presented through its pages and recognition is given to students in special news features.

    YEARBOOK

    The high school yearbook is published annually. The yearbook class has the responsibility of this publication. The publication gives a complete pictorial record of activities during the school year.

     

    SCHOOL-SPONSORED TRIPS

    All school sponsored trips must be cleared through the office and conform to the Activities Handbook. Students on school-sponsored trips must GO AND RETURN in the transportation designated by the school. Parents must request permission from the Principal or Activities Director to transport their children upon returning from an activity where they traveled to the event in a school sponsored bus or vehicle. This must be done in person or in writing one day PRIOR TO THE EVENT. Students are subject to all rules and regulations of the school while going to, during, and returning from a school-sponsored trip. Only Cass R-IX enrolled students or parents of enrolled students may ride on a school-sponsored bus.



    STUDENT ID’S

    All students will be issued an ID card at the beginning of the year. ID cards are to be on the student’s person during the school day. Students will be expected to show their ID card at any time, when prompted by staff. Replacement cards (lost or stolen) will be $5.

     

    POSITIVE DISCIPLINE / PRIVILEGE SYSTEM

    The purpose of the HHS positive discipline/privilege system is to proactively incentivize student behavior with relevant privileges that are meaningful. In order to earn these privileges, students will be required to display academic success, compliance with school-wide rules and expectations, and maintain a strong attendance record. The privileges will be reviewed and subject to change on a regular basis.

     

    Data will be reviewed at the beginning of each semester to determine privileges. Below are the privileges students could earn and the requirements to earn each privilege:

     

     

    Privilege

    Requirement(s)

    Academic

    Flex Time

    • Please see the WILDCAT HOUR section on Page 20 of the student handbook to view the requirements for Flex Time

    Attendance

    Finals Opt Outs

    • 100 % Attendance = 3 Finals Opt Outs
    • 97.5 % Attendance (2 or fewer absences) = 2 Finals Opt Outs
    • 95 % Attendance (4 or fewer absences) = 1 Final Opt Out

    ** The only absences that will be exempted from this are Field Trips and College Visits. All other absences will count against your attendance percentage**

     

    ADVISORY

    The Advisory program at HHS is used to provide support for our students. Advisory classes are determined by a student’s grade level.  Students will stay in the same Advisory, with the same teacher and student group, for the entirety of their high school career. Students will meet with their Advisory each Thursday from 10:07-11:07. Thursday Advisory time will be used for advisors to provide academic guidance. In addition to the academic guidance they receive, the advisory program will provide students an adult who knows them well and who can offer advocacy and support in difficult social and academic situations. Much of the time in advisory will be used for relationship building between the students and advisor.

     

    WILDCAT HOUR

    Wildcat Hour is Harrisonville High School’s flexible intervention period. Wildcat Hour takes place Monday through Wednesday, and Friday during fourth period. Wildcat Hour is intended to provide academic support to those in need of it and a flexible time period for those who have earned it. During Wildcat Hour students will be scheduled into one of 3 areas:

     

    Flex Time

    Students will be scheduled into Flex Time if they meet the following criteria:

    1. GPA Requirements
      1. Sophomores - Seniors must carry a GPA of 2.66 GPA (B- Average) or higher from the previous grading term.
      2. Freshmen will not be eligible for Flex Time until 2nd Semester. To receive Flex Time privileges, they will be required to carry a GPA of 3.5 (A- Average) or higher from the previous semester.
      3. Grades will be checked at the end of each quarter to determine eligibility for Flex Time. At quarter and semester, students will have the opportunity to move to Flex Time, provided the above requirements are met.
    2. Student is required to earn grades of C - or higher from the previous term.
    3. Student is not allowed to carry a current grade of D+ or lower during 3 week grade checks.

    In “Flex Time”, students will be allowed roaming access of the West side of the building (200 Hallways). A teacher in each core subject area will be made available to provide tutoring and help with academic material. The auxiliary gym, commons’ area, select classrooms, and the hallways will all be made available for students to use. Students are expected to stay in the designated Flex Time areas and follow all of the rules and expectations of teachers and administrators during this time. An inability to do so will result in removal from Flex Time at administrative discretion.

     

    Study Center

    Students that do not meet the requirements for “Flex Time” will be placed in a Study Center. Study Center is a quiet study period that gives students time to complete their work and receive remediation when needed. Students will be allowed to visit other classrooms, provided they receive a pass from the teacher wishing to see them. Students from Study Center will not be allowed in Flex Time area without specific permission.

     

    LUNCHROOM PROCEDURES AND RULES

    1. Supervisors will be stationed at each of the doors in the MPR. Before leaving the lunchroom, students will be asked to display their Student ID.
    2. Students are responsible for cleaning their own area.
      1. Each student shall return their own plates and silverware to the dish washing area.
    3. Excessive disruptions will be dealt with on an individual basis.
    4. Students may expect any or all of the following consequences if they violate lunchroom procedures and rules:
      1. Lunchroom clean up
      2. Assigned seating
      3. After School Detention
    5. The restrooms on each side of the East side of the LMC (100 Hallway) will be available for use during lunch.
    6. Vending machine use will not be allowed during lunch.

    SCHOOL DANCES

    School dances will normally be scheduled on Friday or Saturday nights.

    1. Dances are open only for HHS students and their dates.
    2. Dates must be in 9th grade or older.
    3. No guests will be allowed at or above the age of 21. . . no exceptions.
    4. Outside dates must be enrolled in high school and in good standing at their home school, or an HHS graduate.
    5. Outside dates are to be signed up in the office one week before the dance. They must arrive at the dance with their HHS date.
    6. All dates not currently attending a high school must submit to a background check and administrative discretion will be used to determine eligibility
    7. Students must present valid photo ID card to be permitted into the dance and be with their HHS date upon arrival.
    8. A student will not be allowed to re-enter the dance upon leaving.
    9. No alcoholic beverages or other drugs are to be allowed in the building or on the school grounds. No student under the influence of such drugs or alcohol will be allowed to attend a school dance.
    10. School dress codes apply with supervisors using some discretion for formal dance attire.
    11. Any student absent from class on the day of any game, concert, or dance shall not be eligible for participation in those events on that day unless excused by the building principal or designated representative. Unscheduled school days shall be considered an extension of the previous school day.

     

    PROM

    1. PROM is an activity for Junior and Senior students and their dates.  Underclassmen may attend the PROM only in the company of a Junior or Senior HHS student.
    2. PROM is open only for HHS students and their dates.
    3. All guests must be under 21 years of age.
    4. Outside dates are to be signed up in the office one week before the prom. They must arrive at the dance with their HHS date.
    5. All dates not currently attending a high school must submit to a background check and administrative discretion will be used to determine eligibility
    6. Students must present their valid photo ID card to be permitted into the dance.
    7. A student will not be allowed to re-enter the dance upon leaving.
    8. Formal dress code applies to the PROM.
    9. Any student absent from class on the day of any game, concert, or dance shall not be eligible for participation in those events on that day unless excused by the building principal or designated representative. Unscheduled school days shall be considered an extension of the previous school day.



    TELEPHONE CALLS

    The office telephones are for office use and for school business only. Students will not be called from class except in a family emergency. The office staff will take messages from those listed on the student’s emergency card only.

     

    STUDENT ACTIVITIES

    Baseball

    Cheerleading

    Academic Club

    Basketball

    Dance

    Art Club

    Cross Country

    Drama (Fall & Spring Plays)

    FBLA

    Football

    FIRST Robotics

    FCA

    Golf

    Jazz/Pep Band

    FCCLA

    Swimming

    Music Makers

    National Honor Society

    Tennis

    NFL (Forensics)

    Pride

    Track

    Scholar Bowl

    Quill & Scroll

    Volleyball

    Student Council

    Science Club

    Wrestling

    Vocal Music

    SADD

     

    STUDENT EMPLOYMENT

    HHS recognizes that, in addition to school responsibilities, many students hold regular or part-time jobs. The school views these as positive as long as they do not interfere with school work. With this in mind, it is recommended student employment be limited to 20 hours or less a week. In cases of conflict between work and school, the student’s education should always come first. Work and school activities are no excuse for incomplete school work.

    VISITORS TO SCHOOL PROPERTY/EVENTS (See MSBA Policy KK)

    School Property

    Parents and patrons of the school district may visit district schools and join the Board in improving the instructional program. However, all visitors during the regular school day, including Board members, shall sign or check in at the building office prior to proceeding elsewhere in the building. For safety and security purposes for our students and faculty, any visitor who wishes to gain access to any school building will be required to show their photo ID at the buzzer check-in area at each building doorway prior to entering the building. This same photo ID will also need to be shown in the front office in order to gain access to a student.

     

    The Board and administration will not tolerate any person or persons whose presence disturb classes or school activities, or hinders the instructional process. If such persons will not leave the school premises upon request, the superintendent, building principal or designee may contact the proper legal authorities, file a report or sign a complaint on behalf of the district.

     

    The Board discourages using the school as a site for parents without custody to visit their children. The principal may deny the parent without full or joint legal or physical custody the opportunity to deliver packages, gifts, messages, etc., to the child and/or to see the child during the school day without the approval of the custodial parent or legal guardian.

    School Events

    The Harrisonville Cass R-IX School District believes that school events are a vital part of the total educational program and should be used as a means for developing wholesome attitudes, positive social interaction, good sportsmanship and appropriate behavior, in addition to knowledge and skills. Well-organized and well-conducted programs contribute to the morale of the student body, and strengthen school-community relations. To this end, the Board encourages district patrons to exhibit good sportsmanship, citizenship, ethics and integrity at all district events. The district will work with the MSHSAA and other organizations to promote good behavior by the patrons at athletic and other events. The Board will work with parents, alumni associations and other local organizations to keep appropriate behavior a top priority. The superintendent will establish procedures for crowd control at district events consistent with this policy. In the event that a visitor’s or spectator’s conduct becomes disruptive, threatening or violent, the administration or designee may request the visitor to leave and may then contact the proper legal authorities if necessary. In extreme situations the administration may inform a visitor that he or she is not welcome back on school property. If the visitor returns to school property, the administrator or designee may file a trespassing charge on the district’s behalf. A visitor denied access to school property may request an informal hearing before the Board on the matter. However, no authorized person will be denied access to the campus for the following reasons:

    • Parent/Teacher conferences
    • Posted public meetings
    • Dropping off or picking up students for school or school activities
    • Scheduled appointments with school staff

    PARENT LINK

    The Harrisonville Cass R-IX School District now offers Parent Link, an on-line resource for parents. Through Parent Link, you can access attendance information, lunch account balances, and discipline records for your child (ren).

    • You will access your child(ren)’s records by entering the school district website, www.harrisonvilleschools.org <http://www.harrisonvilleschools.org> and clicking on Parent Link on the home page.
    • In order to use Parent Link, the school district must have your e-mail address in our student database. Therefore, if you wish to participate, please print and fill out the Parent Link Enrollment form, which may be obtained on our district homepage. Please note that parents with more than one child in the district only need to fill out one form.
    • Once you’ve completed the form, please send it to school with your youngest child. A user ID and password will be sent to you via e-mail by Parent Link once we’ve entered your information into our system.
    • Upon entering Parent Link through the district website, you will be asked to enter your user ID and password, so please keep this information on file. Also, please note that it will be your responsibility to keep this password private. We cannot issue any passwords via phone and passwords will not be issued to school children.
    • Information on Parent Link will run one school day behind the current date. For example, if a parent sends in $10 on Jan. 25 to be applied to a student’s lunch balance, that credit will not show on Parent Link until Jan. 26. The same applies to attendance and discipline records. However, each building will be e-mailing attendance notices each morning for those students who are not in attendance and whose absence has not been verified by a parent/guardian. If the e-mail is not returned, the school will then call the parent/guardian.

     

    USE OF BUILDING

    The building shall not be used for any unscheduled activities by students or faculty, as groups, after the building has been closed by the custodians in the evening or on weekends. All students that are not accompanied by a sponsor must vacate the building by 3:30 p.m. Sponsors of activities must notify the office of scheduled meetings. Sponsors must be present when an organization is having a meeting and/or activity.





























    SECTION III: ATTENDANCE

    ATTENDANCE BEHAVIORS

    We know that sometimes it is necessary for a student to be absent, but we also know that absences should be kept to an absolute minimum. Studies show there is a direct connection between good attendance and good grades. We feel the most valuable benefits of high school are found in daily classroom attendance. Making up work is, at best, less than an adequate substitute for a true teaching-learning experience, which can only take place when the student is present in the classroom.

     

    In dealing with attendance, as well as in all other areas, it is important that parents and the professional staff of Harrisonville High School work together as partners.

    ATTENDANCE POLICY

    EXTRA-CURRICULAR ATTENDANCE Procedures -

    When a student’s attendance falls below 90%: The student will become ineligible for dances, field trips,  for participation in school sponsored activities, and involvement in graduation ceremonies.

     

    Attendance letters will be mailed to the address provided in SIS to update parents/guardians on their student’s attendance and eligibility. Excessive absences may/will require a conference with parents/guardians to resolve the attendance issues.

     

    GRADUATION EXERCISES ATTENDANCE Procedures -

    Students must maintain a cumulative 90% attendance record while attending Harrisonville High School in order to participate in graduation ceremonies.  (Students not able to participate will still graduate and receive their diploma)

     

    **ONLY doctor’s notes with dated absences, or funeral notices will exempt an absence toward the school’s 90% attendance policy.**

     

    Implementation:

    Class of 2019 - 90% or better for their Senior year only

    Class of 2020 - Average of 90% or higher for Junior and Senior year

    Class of 2021 - Average of 90% or higher for Sophomore, Junior, and Senior year

    Class of 2022 and Beyond - Average of 90% or higher for all four years of High School.

     

    COMMUNICATION TO PARENTS FROM THE ATTENDANCE OFFICE

    Student attendance is updated daily in Parent Link and parents are encouraged to check frequently to keep track of their student’s attendance.  When a student has missed five days, excused and/or unexcused, in any class in a semester, a letter will be mailed from the Attendance Office. The purpose of the letter is to inform the parent about the absences and the impact these absences may have on the student’s status.  Additionally, the student will be notified of their attendance by a school official.

    When a student reaches his/her ninth (9) absence, excused or unexcused, in any class in a semester, an official letter will be sent to the parent/guardian by certified mail.  This letter will serve as notification that their student has missed 9 days in any one class and is subject to denial of credit. A copy of the student’s attendance record and appeal form will be included in this mailing.  In addition, the parent/guardian will be contacted by a school official.

    If problematic attendance continues, administrative contact will occur which may result in notification to the Department of Family Services (DFS), Cass County Juvenile Offices for students not yet 17 years of age,  and/or removal from enrollment at Harrisonville High School.

    APPEAL PROCESS

    If the student or parent feels that justifiable or extraordinary circumstances have contributed to reaching the eight-day limit, the student and parent may appeal to the Attendance Review Committee. An appeal form must be completed and filed with the Attendance Office by the end of the semester the absences occurred in. The review by the Attendance Review Committee shall be held within a reasonable time following the end of the semester. If no appeal request form is received by the end of the semester, then credit is denied.

     

    The Attendance Review Committee will consist of at least one administrator, counselor, and teacher.

    In reviewing the denial of credit, the Attendance Review Committee will consider the reasons for all the student’s absences, not only those absences above the eight days allowed. The committee will consider all relevant information including whether:

    • the appeal form was returned to the office by the end of the semester in which the absences occurred
    • the student has supplied reasons for each absence with appropriate documentation
    • all semester course work was completed as determined by the teacher
    • the student earned a minimum grade in the course of 60% (D-) and all class objectives have been met

    There are three possible outcomes from an appeal to the Attendance Review Committee:

    • denial of credit
    • credit is awarded
    • the student is placed on probation for the next semester, with credit held pending satisfactory attendance during the probationary period

    The credit denied outcome from the Attendance Review Committee will be sent to the parents by certified mail. All other outcomes will be mailed to the parents, noncertified. Upon receipt of the outcome of the appeal, the student and his/her parents may contact the Attendance Review Committee for a personal appeal review. It is mandatory that both student and parent be in attendance at this appeal review. Where the committee upholds the denial of course credit based on excessive absences, the student and parent/legal guardian may appeal the committee decision to the Assistant Superintendent.  Parties who desire to appeal the decision of the Attendance Review Committee must notify the principal within ten (10) days of the decision. Failure to make a timely request for an appeal will result in the loss of credit as affirmed by the Attendance Review Committee. Procedures for an appeal shall be the same as provided for in any student disciplinary matter and are available upon request.

    STUDENT ABSENCES AND EXCUSES - EXCUSED, UNEXCUSED, AND EXEMPT ABSENCES

    As indicated below, excused and unexcused absences will count toward the eight (8) day limit per semester and by class. A student's absence will be officially considered unexcused if no contact about the absence occurs. Unexcused absences may be treated as truancy and the student may be assigned a day of ISS. Exempt absences do not count toward the eight (8) day limit per semester.

     

    The following excused absences are “examples” of absences that will count toward the eight-day limit:

    • oversleeping
    • family vacations
    • going “out of town”
    • missing the bus
    • no ride to school
    • needed at home
    • personal business
    • car trouble
    • dental/orthodontist appointments
    • doctor’s appointments
    • activity camps
    • temporary illness which does not necessitate hospitalization
    • district/state contests or other school related activities in which student is not a participant
    • “Senior Skip Day”
    • other absences excused by parents

    The following absences are considered exempt and will not count toward the eight-day limit with proper documentation:

    • hospitalization/doctor visits for unscheduled medical issues
    • death in the family
    • school suspensions
    • mandatory court dates
    • verified school counselor/office appointments
    • two college visits per year for juniors and two college visits per year for seniors with verification from college
    • school-related activities in which the student is a participant
    • religious observance
    • history of chronic health problems, provided that proper documentation is filed with the Attendance Office

    HOW TO EXCUSE AN ABSENCE:

    When a student is absent from school with the parent’s permission, it will be necessary for the parent to call the school office in order for the absence not to be considered unexcused. This can be done by calling the high school attendance line at 380- 3273, ext. 6221.  Parents are urged to call before 10:00 a.m. on the day of the absence or on the FIRST DAY of an absence that will last more than one day (notes will be accepted and may require verification by a school official). If the call is being made outside of school hours (7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.), a message may be left that includes:

     

    • Caller’s name and relationship to the student
    • Student’s name and spelling of last name
    • Grade of the student
    • Reason for absence
    • Date of absence

     

    ABSENCES DUE TO SCHOOL-SPONSORED ACTIVITIES

    If a student is absent due to a school-sponsored activity students are expected to make prior arrangements with their teachers.

    ACTIVITY ATTENDANCE ELIGIBILITY

    Any student absent from classes on the day of any activity shall not be eligible for participation in the event on that day unless excused by the building principal or designated representative from missed classes by the time of the commencement of such activity. Unscheduled school days shall be considered an extension of the previous school day.

    CHECKING OUT OF SCHOOL DURING THE DAY

    1. After a student has reported to school, he/she is not to leave at any time except after reporting to the office and receiving permission.
    2. Permission will not be granted unless the student presents a written request from the parent or a parent contacts the school by phone indicating that their child be allowed to leave school.
    3. Failure to follow the proper procedure when leaving the building will result in a disciplinary referral for truancy.
    4. Daily and special bulletins will carry announcements of students who are excused to take part in special activities.
    5. Leaving school for a prearranged and legitimately scheduled reason such as Work Release, Volunteer Work, Career Center Classes, etc., does not require a pass from the office. All other situations do.
    6. If a student becomes ill during the school day, he/she may not leave the building without checking out through the school nurse and parental contact.

     

    RETURNING TO SCHOOL FOLLOWING AN ILLNESS

    In order to ensure the health and wellness of all, students should not be at school when they have a fever, vomiting, and/or other physical ailments.  For a student to return to school following an illness the student will be without fever (not on acetaminophen or ibuprofen) and/or vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours.

    LATE ARRIVAL

    Students arriving at school after 7:45 a.m. must report to the attendance office to verify their absence, sign in, and receive an admit slip.

    REPORTING TO SCHOOL

    The building is open for students from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Students who are on the school grounds during that time are to immediately enter the building and remain in the building during these hours unless given permission to leave by school authorities.

    ATTENDANCE CODES

    Student attendance may be coded in the following ways:

     

    Attendance Code

         Meaning

    Attendance Code

         Meaning

    +

    Exempt-In/Out Minutes

    I

    In-School Suspension

    /

    Student Present First Day in Attendance Use Only

    K

    Truant (off-campus)

    Attendance Code

         Meaning

    Attendance Code

         Meaning

    ^

    Exempted Absence

    L

    Late to School

    A

    Unexcused/Unverified Absence

    N

    Nurse’s Office

    B

    School Bus Delay

    O

    Out of School Suspension

    C

    Cut (on campus)

    Q

    Late/Early Excused

    D

    Administrative/Staff Delay

    S

    School Activity (on campus)

    F

    Field Trip

    T

    Tardy

    G

    College Visit

    U

    Shut Down (Focus Room)

    H

    Homebound (or on hold)

    X

    Excused Absence

     

    COLLEGE VISITS

    A college visit must be approved by the administration prior to the visit. Approval is based on completion of the Prearranged College Approval Form which can be obtained from the Attendance Secretary. Students must also provide verification of visit to the administration upon returning to school or the absence will not be waived.  Juniors and seniors receive two college visits per year. Additional visits will only be considered with building principal approval.

     

    TARDINESS

    TARDY DEFINITION

    The student is not in his/her classroom when the tardy bell rings.

     

    Punctual and regular attendance is necessary in a well-ordered school, both for proper training of the individual student and to avoid disruption of classroom activities. The pupil who is tardy wastes not only his own time, but also the time of the other students who are members of the class that the late pupil distracts upon entry. To discourage the practice of being tardy, tardies are generally considered to be unexcused unless the student has a hall pass from a teacher or the office.

     

    Excessive tardiness can affect the student’s grades because he will miss important classroom work.

    PARENTS CANNOT EXCUSE A TARDY.

     

    PROCEDURE FOR EXCESSIVE TARDIES

    Tardies will be tracked and accumulate across all classes over the course of a semester. The tardy count will be reset at the beginning of each semester.

     

    Each teacher’s tardy policy will be outlined in their syllabus. Failure to meet the disciplinary consequences outlined in the teacher’s syllabus will result in administrative action. Please see discipline chart for consequences for tardies.

    TRUANCY and CUTTING CLASS

    Truancy is defined as follows:

    1. Not attending school after leaving home to do so.
    2. Leaving school without permission from the office and parents.
    3. Being absent without parent notification to school.
    4. When neither the school nor your parents know your whereabouts

    Cutting Class is defined as follows:

    1. Not attending a class the student is enrolled in or assigned to without a legitimate pass excusing the student from that class.
    2. Leaving class without permission.

    All Attendance will be recorded by class hour.

     

    SECTION IV: GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING SERVICES

    KARI BLISS, COUNSELOR

    JUSTENE SMITH, COUNSELOR

    JULIE ZARING, COUNSELOR

    SAMANTHA KATES, MCAC ADVISOR

    BECKY FIELDS, SECRETARY

    Office Hours: 7:10 a.m. – 3:10 p.m.

    It is the goal of the guidance department to meet the educational, vocational and personal needs of all students at Harrisonville High School. Some needs that students often have during their high school years include improving study habits, making career plans, assistance with course selection and long-range course planning, preparing for college or other post-secondary training, adjustment to home and school life, dealing with frustrating or disturbing situations, plus basic information on graduation requirements, grades and test scores. In short, counselors are educators with special training to assist you with your concerns and needs. In counseling, a special relationship exists between the student and the counselor. It is a private conversation, held in strict confidence, designed to help the pupil to better understand and accept him or herself. HHS counselors see every student as a unique individual. They are interested in assisting the student to recognize, feel and know those things that are important to him/her and to help make decisions concerning them.

    Counselors work with other people in connection with school in addition to students. Parents may make use of guidance services for information or insight related to their son or daughter’s education. Teachers often refer students to the guidance office or consult with a counselor when they feel a student needs extra attention or assistance with his school work or personal concerns. The guidance department welcomes discussion with interested parents or teachers and encourages them to come by or telephone.

    IEP students desiring changes in their educational plan may work through their guidance counselor, but must have approval from their IEP team. Students, parents and teachers are invited to make use of the guidance services at Harrisonville High School, whether it’s for information or a crisis situation.

    STUDENT SUPPORT GROUPS

    Support Groups are a student assistance program designed to assist students toward success in school. Any student, friend of student, or family member may join a support group. A support group will furnish information, support, and a place to talk in a confidential and caring atmosphere.

    Everyone is invited to visit or join a group at any time. For more information concerning support group leaders, days and times of meetings, etc., please contact a counselor in the Student Services Office.

    CO-CURRICULAR POLICY

    Debate/Forensics, Theatre Production, vocal music and instrumental music have been designed Co-Curricular in the Harrisonville Cass R-IX School District. Co-Curricular activities have graded performance content as performance activities are considered a vital extension of the classroom.

    COLLEGE CREDIT COURSES

    A semester book fee will be required which will be established by the university offering the credit.

    EARLY DISMISSAL—HIGH SCHOOL

    Students Eligible

    1. Students 16 years of age or older and senior standing.
    2. Students having met state and local graduation requirements and/or students enrolled in present courses sufficient to meet state and local graduation requirements.
    3. Students making application no later than the ninth week of the preceding semester unless waived by the principal.
    4. Students must have attended seven semesters of school.

    For what program can a student have early dismissal?

    1. Enrolled in and attending accredited institution of higher learning.
    2. Enrolled in and attending a recognized vocational institute.
    3. Acceptance into an institution of higher learning or vocational institute must be secured prior to or within the first five (5) days of school or the student be rescheduled into additional class work.

     

    What is required for early dismissal?

    1. Parents’ written permission for students.
    2. A written statement from the accredited institution of higher learning or recognized vocational school that fees have been paid; the student is duly enrolled with a copy of their schedule of classes indicating the starting and ending times for each class.
    3. Administrative discretion will be used in special circumstances.
    4. In the event the student does not complete the approved program for early dismissal, he/she will be enrolled in additional classes for credit.
    5. Early dismissal students are subject to all school rules.

     

    *Any early dismissal student should report to the office upon returning to school during the day.

    EARLY GRADUATION—HIGH SCHOOL

    A student who wishes to graduate from high school in less than the ordinary eight-semester, grade 9-12 sequence, may request permission to complete graduation requirements on an alternate schedule. The student and parents/guardians will consult with high school guidance personnel to develop a graduation plan. The student's intention to accomplish this shall be stated in writing to the principal.

     

    The student completing requirements in less than the eight semesters of attendance may be waived under the following conditions:

    • Completion of requirements in a regular school program, including dual credit courses offered by accredited colleges and universities, but excluding and earning no more than one credit total through summer school, night school, correspondence school, etc.  or online classes outside of the school day.(See policy IKF.)
    • Completion and approval of an "Application for Senior Early Graduation (available in the guidance office). This should be done by October 15 of the senior year.
    • Score in the advanced or proficient ranges of the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) in all core areas.

     

    The student who chooses early graduation will be allowed to participate in the spring graduation ceremonies. In all other school activities the early-out graduate will be treated as a graduated student.

     

    Students who request and select early graduation will not be eligible for the following senior honors: Honor Grad, Boy of the Year and Girl of the Year.

     

    * Students may appeal to the building principal for waiver of this criterion in cases where hardship can be demonstrated.

     

    PROGRAM CHANGES

    A student is advised in late spring to select carefully those courses, which will prepare them for their objectives. Teachers and counselors are ready to give assistance. The only changes that will be addressed by the guidance counselors will be students with partial schedules, seniors attempting to meet graduation requirements, and new enrollees.

    TRANSFERRING FROM SCHOOL

    A student should notify the office a few days in advance of transferring from school. A transfer form will be completed for the student to take with him or her. When all books and materials are turned into the office and all fees paid, the transfer will be authorized and a transcript will be sent.

    WITHDRAWAL FROM CLASSES

    Students are not allowed to drop classes without the permission of their parents and the school administration. Students with failing grades in a yearlong class may drop with teacher approval at the end of first semester. Students withdrawing from a college credit course are unlikely to receive a refund. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the college regarding a refund. Students withdrawing from a class will receive the grade earned during that class if approved for withdrawal.

    ACT TESTING INFORMATION

    Harrisonville Code #261-345

    To choose Harrisonville High School as a Testing Site: Code #175-890

     

    *See Testing and Registration Schedule in Student Services Center

     

    ACT WORKSHOPS FOR HHS STUDENTS

    Harrisonville High School offers ACT test preparation support for students. Contact the HHS Student Services Office for more information. Sign up for ACT Workshops in the Library Media Center.

    *See Testing and Registration Schedule in Student Services Center

    *Dates could be adjusted depending on make-up snow days

     

    SAT TESTING INFORMATION

    Harrisonville Student Code #261-345

    Check registration deadline dates and enroll for testing online at www.collegeboard.com/reg. Subject tests are not administered in March.

    OTHER TESTING INFORMATION:

    PSAT: (Juniors and interested Sophomores) – (TBA)

    ASVAB: CAREER EXPLORATION – (TBA)

    END OF COURSE EXAMS: - (TBA)

    NCAA CLEARINGHOUSE-INFORMATION FOR COLLEGE BOUND PROSPECTIVE STUDENT ATHLETES

    The NCAA Clearinghouse provides services of support to college bound prospective student-athletes.

    • NCAA Clearinghouse website: www.ncaaclearinghouse.net. You may access the Clearinghouse Home Page directly or through links from the NCAA’s Website at www.ncaa.org.

    General Information on the NCAA Clearinghouse Website:

    • Links to the NCAA website
    • Core-course listings for high schools.
    • Online version of NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student-
    • Athlete
    • Online information about Division I and Division II initial-eligibility requirements.
    • Online Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

    College bound prospective student-athletes are encouraged to discuss their course schedules yearly with their guidance counselor and coaches to review meeting core-course requirements. Contact the HHS Guidance Office or HHS Athletic Director for more information.

















    SECTION V: A+ GRANT PROGRAM

    ELIGIBILITY

    To be eligible for the A+ Program scholarship (paid tuition and general fees), a student must be certified as an A+ student by Harrisonville High School. To qualify for certification, the student must meet the following criteria:

    • Enter into a written agreement (Statement of Intent) and have attended an A+ high school for 3 years prior to graduation
    • Graduate from high school with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher, (no rounding is allowed)
    • Have at least a 95% cumulative attendance record (approx. 8 days per year)
    • Perform 50 hours of unpaid tutoring or mentoring of younger students through a school-sponsored program
    • Beginning with the high school senior class of 2015, have achieved a score of proficient or advanced on the Algebra I end of course exam
    • Maintain a record of good citizenship both on and off campus and avoidance of the unlawful use of drugs and alcohol; and
    • Make a good faith effort to secure all available federal post-secondary student financial aid funds that do not require repayment. Financial need is not a requirement for A+ eligibility, however, all students must complete the FAFSA form available in the HHS guidance office. (This process can also be completed electronically) This should be processed in January of the senior year. A copy of the Student Aid Report (SAR) should be given to the A+ Coordinator when received.

    A+ HANDBOOK

    For a full version of the HHS A+ Handbook and all related forms please visit the school’s website under the Student Services tab.




































    SECTION VI: LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER SERVICES

    JEANNIE WEARING, LIBRARY MEDIA SPECIALIST

    REBECCA STEINBROOK, LIBRARY MEDIA AIDE

    JAN LOCKARD, LIBRARY TECHNOLOGY AIDE

     

    The function of the Library Media Center is to provide a wide range of resources to support, complement and enhance the curriculum of Harrisonville High School. These resources include books, encyclopedias, magazines, newspapers, media, and electronic databases. Current information on a wide variety of subjects is provided. Reading is promoted with a wide range of fiction. The fiction collection also supports the reading program in the Communication Arts classes.

     

    The LMC provides electronic databases for student research. These databases provide information needed by students for class papers, projects, and speeches. On-line sources such as the EBSCO periodical databases, SIRS Researcher, and the Internet have greatly expanded the information available in the LMC. The LMC staff helps students and teachers learn the skills necessary to use technology effectively for learning. During school hours, the LMC provides a place for students to research, study, and read. Students need their student ID to check out resources. LMC resources need to be returned promptly so other students can use them. Students need to return LMC resources promptly so other students can use them. Students may not bring food into the LMC.

     

    The Library Media Specialist provides information literacy skills instruction to all Communication Arts classes and other classes as requested. Informal instruction is provided to individual students daily.  The LMC is open from 7:15 to 3:10 each school day.




































    SECTION VII: TECHNOLOGY

    ACCEPTABLE USE OF TECHNOLOGY (See MSBA Policy EHB and EHB-R)

    The purpose of providing computer networks and Internet access is to support and enhance learning and teaching by providing access to unique resources and the opportunity to do collaborative work. The use of the network and the Internet must be activities resulting from specific tasks and assignments which support learning and teaching and promote the school district’s goals and objectives. Email use during class time must be authorized by the classroom teacher and must be for educational purposes.

    The opportunity to use computer networks and the Internet brings with it a number of responsibilities. Your access to the computer network and resources within Harrisonville High may be revoked for abusive conduct. The following activities are examples that are considered abusive conduct:

    • Damaging or vandalizing the HHS network, connected networks or computer equipment.
    • Attempting to break the security system
    • Uploading of computer viruses
    • Trespassing in another’s folder, files, etc.
    • Attempting to harm or destroy data or files of another user
    • Misrepresenting other users on the network
    • Intentionally modifying passwords belonging to other users
    • Using obscene, abusive, degrading, threatening, harassing, inflammatory, inappropriate, offensive or otherwise objectionable language or images in either public or private files or messages
    • Intentionally accessing pornographic materials or inappropriate text files or graphics files
    • Violating copyright laws: i.e. using someone else’s work for one’s own or downloading/copying copyrighted software
    • Placing of unlawful information on or through the computer system
    • Using the network to facilitate illegal activity or engage in any illegal acts
    • Using the network for commercial purposes or product advertisement
    • Using the network to enter billable areas or to purchase products/ services
    • Accessing chat rooms or chat groups
    • Using finite resources wastefully; i.e. downloading excessive information, excessive printing, monopolizing Internet resources, playing games, etc.

    Students and all other users of the district’s computer resources are responsible for respecting and adhering to local, state, federal and international laws governing usage of the available technology. Any attempt to violate the provisions of the district’s rules and regulations governing usage may result in revocation of user privileges, suspension, or other disciplinary action appropriate to the circumstances.



















    SECTION VIII: TRANSPORTATION

    Transportation Office Contact #: (816) 380-2028

    BUS SERVICE

    (See MSBA Policy JFCC)

    Bus service is provided by the school district through the Durham School Services. All kindergarten students are entitled to free bus transportation to and from school. All other students living one mile or more from their school will be entitled to free bus transportation to and from school. It is important that your child ride the bus consistently. We are required to keep an account of the actual days a pupil rides the bus.

    PLEASE OBEY ALL REQUESTS OF THE DRIVER AND LATER SEEK HELP IF YOU FEEL YOU WERE TREATED UNFAIRLY.

    BUS RULES AND REGULATIONS

    • The driver is responsible for the safety of the passengers.
    • The student shall be at the designated loading point before the bus arrival time. Students will be notified of the approximate pickup time.
    • Eating, drinking, and the use of tobacco products of any kind are prohibited.
    • Knives, firearms, weapons, or facsimiles thereof are prohibited.
    • Respectful communications among riders and driver shall be observed at all times.
    • Riders shall observe the rule of “quiet” when the bus is approaching and crossing railroad tracks.
    • Students must wait for the bus at their designated stop.
    • A student who must cross the roadway to board or depart from the bus shall pass in front of the bus no closer than ten (10) feet, look in both directions, and proceed to cross the roadway only on signal from the driver.
    • All students shall be received and discharged through the right front entrance door. The EMERGENCY door is for EMERGENCY USE ONLY.
    • A student will depart from the bus at the designated point unless written permission to get off at a different scheduled point is given to the driver by the parents/guardians or school authorities. The appropriate school office must initial the permission notice.
    • The driver may assign a student to a seat.
    • Riders shall remain in a normal, seated position while the bus is in motion. Books and other belongings shall be kept out of the aisles.
    • Permission to open windows must be obtained from the driver. All articles and objects shall remain within the walls of the bus until the student departs.
    • The riders provide waste containers on all buses for use. Putting trash on the floor of the bus is prohibited.
    • Quiet talk and subdued laughter will help prevent the diversion of the driver’s attention, thus averting the possibility of an unnecessary and serious accident.
    • A student who damages seats or other equipment will be expected to pay the cost for repair and/or replacement.
    • Throwing objects, standing while the bus is moving, putting trash on the floor, placing any part of body out of windows, scuffling, loud talking, screaming, shouting, or examples of inappropriate behavior on the bus will not be permitted.
    • Animals, glass containers and balloons are not permitted on buses. ALL balls must be inside a bag or backpack.

    BUS CONDUCT NOTICE

    First (1) Conduct Notice: Conference with student and/or contact with parent/guardian by bus driver or bus supervisor.

    Second (2) Conduct Notice: Bus riding privileges suspended by the bus supervisor for ten (10) days and notification to parent/guardian.

    Third (3) Conduct Notice: Bus riding privileges suspended by the bus supervisor for the remainder of school year and notification to parent/guardian.

    Excessively dangerous behavior will result in suspension of first occurrence, i.e.

    • Fighting
    • Abusive language or action toward the bus driver
    • Physical damage to the bus
    • Any action that keeps the bus driver from operating the bus safely

    **Please call Durham School Bus Services at 380-2028 with concerns and questions on School Bus Conduct.

     

    VIDEO CAMERAS

    Video cameras will be rotated on buses transporting students to and from school or extra-curricular activities. Students will not be notified when a recording device has been installed on their bus.

    STUDENTS RIDING AN ALTERNATE BUS

    Some buses are loaded to capacity and cannot accept extra passengers. Please check with the transportation service before requesting permission for your child to ride an alternate bus. Upon approval from the transportation service, a parent/guardian must send a written note to the school office stating the alternate bus number and the address where the student will be going. Office personnel must approve all notes received.

    The Administration has the right to apply administrative discretion and apply our rules and regulations to the conduct and discipline of students that ride Cass R-IX district buses.

    DRIVING AND PARKING REGULATIONS

    1. All automobiles operated by students on the high school grounds must be properly licensed and adhere to all state regulations. All vehicles must also be registered with the office. Automobile registration permits are available from the SRO and are $20.00 for the school year. Parking permits must be displayed at all times during school hours. If the permit is lost or forgotten, the student must let the SRO or the office know immediately.
    2. Students must park in the student parking lot ONLY. Parking on the south, east and north are reserved for faculty, staff, and cooks and are not to be used for student parking.
    3. Students may not park or drive on any service roads. No driving behind the high school.
    4. Parking must be only in assigned parking spaces. Due to the many minor accidents caused by students backing into parking spaces, vehicles must be parked in a “nose in,” forward position only.
    5. Drivers must maintain a safe and reasonable speed and at no time exceed 10 miles per hour.
    6. Visitors and those wishing to drop off/pick up students may use the front drive only.
    7. All accidents must be reported to the office as soon as possible.
    8. The east front driveway (bus lane) is closed to all traffic between 2:30 pm and 3:10 pm (or until all bus traffic is cleared)
    9. No driving between the Career Center and high school unless permission is received from the Career Center and the high school administration.
    10. Once a student arrives at school and parks, he/she must exit the parking lot and enter the school in a reasonable amount of time. If a student enters the parking lot and leaves without permission, the student will be considered truant.
    11. On occasion, when a student drives a vehicle on a one-day basis, he/she will see the School Resource Officer to obtain a one-day temporary permit. This will be displayed on the dash of driver’s side. There is no charge for this one-day permit. Once a student enters the parking lot or enters school property, the use and/or possession of tobacco or any other contraband will be prohibited. Disciplinary actions for these offenses are found in this handbook.














    SECTION IX: DISCIPLINE

    CASS R-IX STUDENT DISCIPLINE POLICY

    The Board of Education has the legal authority to make all needed policies, rules and regulations for organizing and governing the school district. This includes the power to suspend or expel a student for conduct that is prejudicial to good order and discipline in the schools or impairs the morale or good conduct of the students. These policies, rules and regulations will apply to all students in attendance in district instructional and support programs, as well as at school-sponsored activities and events. Please refer to Board Policy for further information.

    Building principals are responsible for the development of rules and regulations regarding student conduct needed to maintain proper behavior in schools under their supervision. Principals, subject to appropriate due process procedures, may summarily suspend any student for up to ten (10) days for violation of these policies, rules and regulations. Notice of suspension shall be given immediately to the parent or guardian, and to the superintendent. Flagrant disregard for policies, rules and regulations, or continued truancy may result in suspension by the superintendent, or expulsion by the Board, both subject to appropriate due process procedures. The superintendent may suspend a student for up to one hundred eighty (180) days; however, expulsion of students is a function only of the Board of Education.

    Teachers shall have the authority to make and enforce necessary rules for the internal governance in the classroom, subject to the review by the building principal. The Board expects each teacher to maintain a satisfactory standard of conduct in the classroom. Anytime a referral that warrants formal disciplinary action is submitted, a reasonable effort will be made by the principal to either contact the parent/guardian by written notice delivered by the student, through the mail or by direct telephone.

     

    SAFE SCHOOLS ACT VIOLATIONS - REPORTING TO LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS

    Any crime listed in this section, or any act that if committed by an adult would be a crime listed in this section, that is committed on school property, on any school transportation or at any school activity must be reported by the appropriate school administrator to the appropriate law enforcement agency as soon as reasonably practical. The following acts are subject to this reporting requirement:

     

    1.           First or second degree murder under §§ 565.020, .021, RSMo.
    2.           Voluntary or involuntary manslaughter under § 565.023, .024, RSMo.
    3.           Kidnapping under § 565.110, RSMo.
    4.           First, second or third degree assault under §§ 565.050, .060, .070, RSMo.
    5.           Sexual assault or deviate sexual assault under §§ 566.040, .070, RSMo.
    6.           Forcible rape or sodomy under §§ 566.030, .060, RSMo.
    7.           Burglary in the first or second degree under §§ 569.160, .170, RSMo.
    8.           Robbery in the first degree under § 569.020, RSMo.
    9.           Possession of a weapon under chapter 571, RSMo.
    10.         Distribution of drugs under §§ 195.211, .212, RSMo.
    11.         Arson in the first degree under § 569.040, RSMo.
    12.         Felonious restraint under § 565.120, RSMo.
    13.         Property damage in the first degree under § 569.100, RSMo.
    14.         Child molestation in the first degree pursuant to § 566.067, RSMo.
    15.         Sexual misconduct involving a child pursuant to § 566.083, RSMo.
    16.         Sexual abuse pursuant to § 566.100, RSMo.
    17.         Harassment under § 565.090, RSMo.
    18.         Stalking under § 565.225, RSMo.

     

    In addition, the superintendent shall notify the appropriate division of the juvenile or family court upon suspension for more than ten (10) days or expulsion of any student who the school district is aware is under the jurisdiction of the court.

    All employees shall immediately report to the principal any incident that constitutes a crime, including any incident in which a person is believed to have committed an act that if committed by an adult would be first, second or third degree assault, sexual assault or deviate sexual assault against a student or school employee, while on school property, school transportation or at school activities. The employee shall also inform the principal if a student is discovered to possess a controlled substance or weapon in violation of the district’s policy. The principal shall immediately report these offenses to the appropriate law enforcement agency and the superintendent.

    SAFE SCHOOLS LAW

    In accordance with Missouri House Bills 1301 and 1298, the “Safe Schools” legislation provides the following safeguards for the local school district. The act establishes the crime of “assault while on school property” if the person:

    1. Knowingly causes physical injury to another person; or
    2. With criminal negligence, causes physical injury to another person by means of a deadly weapon; or
    3. Recklessly engages in conduct which creates a grave risk or serious physical injury to another person; and the act occurred on school or school district property, or in a vehicle at the time of service to the district, or arose as part of a school district sponsored activity. Assault while on school property is a class D felony.

    Additionally, school administrators are required to report acts of school violence to the proper authorities. When a pupil allegedly commits an assault, possesses controlled substances, or weapons, the incident must immediately be reported to the police and the school superintendent.

     

    The school board is authorized to immediately remove through suspension or expulsion a pupil upon finding by a principal, superintendent, or the school board that such pupil poses a threat of harm to self or others, based upon the child’s prior conduct. No school board is permitted to readmit or enroll a pupil suspended or expelled for having committed certain felonies.

    This student handbook has been prepared for your information to help you understand our rules and regulations, as well as the philosophy of our building and school district. It is virtually impossible to have everything included in this manual, but we have tried to list those things of greatest concern. Any other items that you would have questions about should be covered in the Board of Education Policies and Regulations, with any questions regarding these being brought to the attention of the building administrator. Thank you for your interest, and please do not hesitate to contact us to clarify any of your concerns.

     

    DEFINITION OF DISCIPLINE

    A process designed to teach, model, and use appropriate consequences to bring about the responsible behaviors necessary to ensure a safe, orderly, and productive learning environment by helping to change unacceptable behavior to acceptable behavior.

    DISCIPLINE BELIEF STATEMENT

    1. Teaching and learning of the intended curriculum for all students is the highest priority. Therefore, the misbehavior of one student:
      1. will not be allowed to interfere with the learning opportunities of other students.
      2. will not be allowed to interfere with the teacher’s duty to teach all students.
      3. will not excuse the misbehaving student from successfully completing the learning objectives
    2. Self-discipline is the expected outcome.
    3. Every discipline situation is an opportunity to teach expected behavior.
    4. Teaching and modeling appropriate behavior, along with implementing consequences for inappropriate behavior, is the best way to help change unacceptable behaviors to acceptable behaviors.
    5. In the handling of unacceptable behaviors, the focus will be on judging the behavior of the student, not on judging the student.
    6. Parents have a responsibility to ensure their children’s behaviors do not take away from a safe and positive learning environment for others.

     

    BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS

    1. Students will demonstrate self-respect, respect for others, and respect for all things in their environment.
    2. A safe and productive learning environment will be maintained for all individuals at school and at school-related activities.
    3. Conflicts will be handled without the use of violence or threats of violence and with respect for the rights of all.
    4. Students will be expected to be on task at all times while in the classroom or at other learning activities.
    5. Staff will provide learning opportunities for misbehaving students with support from parents and/or guardians.
    6. Staff, students, and parents will assist misbehaving students to change their unacceptable behavior to acceptable behavior.

     

    DISCIPLINARY CONDUCT DEFINITIONS

    Academic Dishonesty – Cheating on tests, assignments, projects or similar activities; plagiarism; claiming credit for another person's work; fabrication of facts, sources or other supporting material; unauthorized collaboration; facilitating academic dishonesty; and other misconduct related to academics.

     

    Arson – Starting or attempting to start a fire or cause an explosion in an attempt to destroy property.

     

    Assault - Using physical force, such as hitting, striking or pushing, to cause or attempt to cause physical injury; placing another person in apprehension of immediate physical injury; recklessly engaging in conduct that creates a grave risk of death or serious physical injury; causing physical contact with another person knowing the other person will regard the contact as offensive or provocative; or any other act that constitutes criminal assault in the third or fourth degree.

     

    Automobile/Vehicle Misuse – Uncourteous or unsafe driving on or around district property, unregistered parking, failure to move vehicle at the request of school officials, failure to follow directions given by school officials or failure to follow established rules for parking or driving on district property.

     

    Bullying and Cyberbullying – Intimidation, unwanted aggressive behavior, or harassment that is repetitive or is substantially likely to be repeated and causes a reasonable student to fear for his or her physical safety or property; that substantially interferes with the educational performance, opportunities or benefits of any student without exception; or that substantially disrupts the orderly operation of the school. Bullying includes, but is not limited to: physical actions, including violence, gestures, theft or property damage; oral, written or electronic communication, including name-calling, put-downs, extortion or threats; or threats of reprisal or retaliation for reporting such acts. Cyberbullying is a form of bullying committed by transmission of a communication including, but not limited to, a message, text, sound or image by means of an electronic device including, but not limited to, a telephone, wireless telephone or other wireless communication device, computer or pager.

     

    Bus or Transportation Misconduct – Any offense committed by a student on transportation provided by or through the district shall be punished in accordance with the transportation conduct guidelines. In addition, transportation privileges may be suspended or revoked.

     

    Cutting Class - Not attending a class the student is enrolled in or assigned to without a legitimate pass excusing the student from that class.

     

    Dishonesty – Any act of lying, whether verbal or written, including forgery.

     

    Disrespectful or Disruptive Speech or Conduct – Verbal, written, pictorial or symbolic language or gesture that is directed at any person that is in violation of district policy or is otherwise rude, vulgar, defiant, considered inappropriate in educational settings or that materially and substantially disrupts classroom work, school activities or school functions. Students will not be disciplined for speech in situations where it is protected by law.

     

    Dress Code Violation – Personal appearance that attracts undue attention to the extent that it may become a disruptive factor in the education process and/or disruptive to good school climate and does not reflect good standards of health, safety and decency.

     

    Drugs/Alcohol

    1. Possession, sale, purchase or distribution of any over-the-counter drug, herbal preparation or imitation drug or herbal preparation.
    2. Possession of or attendance while under the influence of or soon after consuming any unauthorized prescription drug, alcohol, narcotic substance, unauthorized inhalants, counterfeit drugs, imitation controlled substances or drug-related paraphernalia, including controlled substances and illegal drugs defined as substances identified under schedules I, II, III, IV or V in section 202(c) of the Controlled Substances Act.
    3. Sale, purchase or distribution of any prescription drug, alcohol, narcotic substance, unauthorized inhalants, counterfeit drugs, imitation controlled substances or drug-related paraphernalia, including controlled substances and illegal drugs defined as substances identified under schedules I, II, III, IV or V in section 202(c) of the Controlled Substances Act.

     

    Extortion – Threatening or intimidating any person for the purpose of obtaining money or anything of value.

     

    Failure to Care for or Return District Property – Loss of, failure to return, or damage to district property including, but not limited to, books, computers, calculators, uniforms, and sporting and instructional equipment.

     

    Failure to Meet Conditions of Suspension, Expulsion or Other Disciplinary Consequences – Violating the conditions of a suspension, expulsion or other disciplinary consequence including, but not limited to, participating in or attending any district-sponsored activity or being on or near district property or the location where a district activity is held.

     

    False Alarms – Tampering with emergency equipment, setting off false alarms, making false reports; communicating a threat or false report for the purpose of frightening or disturbing people, disrupting the educational environment or causing the evacuation or closure of district property.

     

    Failure to Comply - Refusal or neglect to obey classroom & school-wide expectations.

     

    Fighting – Mutual combat in which both parties have contributed to the conflict either verbally or by physical action.

     

    Gambling – Betting on an uncertain outcome, regardless of stakes; engaging in any game of chance or activity in which something of real or symbolic value may be won or lost. Gambling includes, but is not limited to, betting on outcomes of activities, assignments, contests and games.

     

    Harassment (including Sexual Harassment)

    1. Use of material of a sexual nature or unwelcome verbal, written or symbolic language based on gender, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. Examples of illegal harassment include, but are not limited to, racial jokes or comments; requests for sexual favors and other unwelcome sexual advances; graffiti; name calling; or threatening, intimidating or hostile acts based on a protected characteristic.
    2. Unwelcome physical contact of a sexual nature or that is based on gender, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. Examples include, but are not limited to, touching or fondling of the genital areas, breasts or undergarments, regardless of whether the touching occurred through or under clothing; or pushing or fighting based on protected characteristics.

     

    Hazing – Any activity that a reasonable person believes would negatively impact the mental or physical health or safety of a student or put the student in a ridiculous, humiliating, stressful or disconcerting position for the purposes of initiation, affiliation, admission, membership or maintenance of membership in any group, class, organization, club or athletic team including, but not limited to, a grade level, student organization or district-sponsored activity. Hazing can occur even when all students involved are willing participants.

     

    Incendiary Devices or Fireworks – Possessing, displaying or using matches, lighters or other devices used to start fires unless required as part of an educational exercise and supervised by district staff; possessing or using fireworks.

     

    Intimidation – Verbal, written, pictorial or symbolic words or gestures meant to harass or injure another person including threats of bodily injury or death.

     

    Nuisance ItemsPossession or use of items such as toys, games, and portable media players that are not authorized for educational purposes.

     

    Obscene Language, Gestures and/or Profanity – Verbal, written, pictorial or symbolic words or gestures that describe sexual conduct which, considered as a whole, appeal to marked interest in sex, portraying sex in a manner offensive to community standards and do not have a serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value.

     

    Open Defiance to a Staff Member – Openly refusing to obey the reasonable direction or request of any school employee including refusal to identify one's self when requested.

     

    Public Display of Affection – Physical contact or display of affection beyond limits of holding hands while in school or at any district activity on or off district property.

     

    Sexting and/or Possession of Sexually Explicit, Vulgar or Violent Material – Students may not possess or display, electronically or otherwise, sexually explicit, vulgar or violent material including, but not limited to, pornography or depictions of nudity, violence or explicit death or injury. This prohibition does not apply to curricular material that has been approved by district staff for its educational value. Students will not be disciplined for speech in situations where it is protected by law.

     

    Sexual Activity – Consensual acts of sex or consensual simulations of sex including, but not limited to, intercourse or oral or manual stimulation.

     

    Tardiness – Arriving after the expected time class or school begins, as determined by the district. Tardiness becomes an absence when it exceeds ten minutes.

     

    Technology Misconduct

    1. Attempting, regardless of success, to: gain unauthorized access to a technology system or information; use district technology to connect to other systems in evasion of the physical limitations of the remote system; copy district files without authorization; interfere with the ability of others to utilize district technology; secure a higher level of privilege without authorization; introduce computer viruses, hacking tools, or other disruptive/destructive programs onto or using district technology; or evade or disable a filtering/blocking device.
    2. Using, displaying or turning on pagers, phones, personal digital assistants, personal laptops or any other personal electronic devices during the regular school day, including class change time, mealtimes or instructional class time, unless the use is part of the instructional program, required by a district-sponsored class or activity, or otherwise permitted by the building principal.
    3. Violations, other than those listed in (1) or (2) above, of Board policy EHB, procedure EHB-AP1 or any policy or procedure regulating student use of personal electronic devices.
    4. Use of audio or visual recording equipment in violation of Board policy KKB.

     

    Theft – Theft, attempted theft or knowing possession of stolen property.

     

    Threats or Verbal Assault – Verbal, written, pictorial or symbolic words or gestures that create a reasonable fear of physical injury or property damage.

     

    Tobacco

    1. Possession of any tobacco products, electronic cigarettes, or other nicotine-delivery products on district property, district transportation or at any district activity. Nicotine patches or other medications used in a tobacco cessation program may only be possessed in accordance with district policy JHCD.
    2. Use of any tobacco products, electronic cigarettes, or other nicotine-delivery products on district property, district transportation or at any district activity. Nicotine patches or other medications used in a tobacco cessation program may only be used in accordance with district policy JHCD.

     

    Truancy – Absence from school or class without the knowledge and/or consent of parents/guardians and the school administration; leaving school during any session without the consent of the staff and administration; excessive non-justifiable absences, even with the consent of parents/ guardians.

     

    Unauthorized Entry – Entering or assisting any other person to enter a district facility, office, locker, or other area that is locked or not open to the general public; entering or assisting any other person to enter a district facility through an unauthorized entrance; assisting unauthorized persons to enter a district facility through any entrance.

     

    Unsafe Behavior/Physical Aggression – Conduct that creates substantial risk of physical injury to any other person (examples – pushing, shoving, fight promotion, throwing objects, horseplay, etc.)

     

    Vandalism (see Board policy ECA) – Willful damage or the attempt to cause damage to real or personal property belonging to the district, staff or students.

     

    Verbal Abuse to Staff – Disrespectful or abusive language to a staff member.

     

    Weapons

    1. Possession or use of any weapon as defined in Board policy, other than those defined in 18 U.S.C. § 921, 18 U.S.C. § 930(g)(2) or § 571.010, RSMo.
    2. Possession or use of a firearm as defined in 18 U.S.C. § 921 or any instrument or device defined in § 571.010, RSMo. or any instrument or device defined as a dangerous weapon in 18 U.S.C. § 930(g)(2).
    3. Possession or use of ammunition or a component of a weapon.



    DISCIPLINARY CONSEQUENCES

    Students shall be expected to assume their share of responsibility in maintaining an atmosphere conducive to effective teaching-learning situations in all classes and activities in which they participate under the sponsorship of the school. Students may be disciplined for violations of school district policies, building handbook rules or classroom policies. In general, minor problems will be handled by a teacher assigned detention.

     

    The provisions of detention, ISS or OSS for student violations of policies, rules and regulations shall provide principals with additional alternatives for dealing with disciplinary problems that occur in the schools. When one of these alternatives is appropriate, students will be assigned to serve a specific time period with (a) Detention; (b) Loss of Privileges; (c) ISS - In-School-Suspension; (d) OSS - Out of School Suspension. These assignments, and the determination of the time period for them, shall be determined by the principal or his/her designee.

    When a student is sent to the office for disciplinary action, parents will be notified of disciplinary action at the discretion of the administrative staff. Failure of the student to come to the office on request may cause suspension from school. All students must secure admit slips upon and before returning to their classes. Below are listed possible disciplinary consequences and short explanations of each disciplinary consequence:

     

    PRINCIPAL/STUDENT CONFERENCE - A conversation between administrator and student discussing ways to change behavior and remedy the situation that resulted in an office visit.

     

    CONFISCATION - In accordance with School Board Policy JG-R1, teachers and administrators are allowed to confiscate personal items that are considered a disruption or disturbance to the learning environment. All confiscated items will be released to either the student or a parent/guardian at the end of the school day.

     

    LOSS OF PRIVILEGES - This level of discipline is tied to anything at Harrisonville High School that is considered a privilege and not a lawful right. This could include Wildcat Hour and finals exemption privileges, computer usage, or participation in an extracurricular activity among other privileges. This will be determined at the discretion of the building level administration.

     

    TEACHER ASSIGNED DETENTION - Teachers have the authority to assign students to a detention for inappropriate classroom behavior. Students assigned to a detention by a teacher will be required to attend detention in that teacher’s classroom. Detentions will be served either before school (7:15 AM - 7:40 AM)  or after school (2:55 PM - 3:20 PM) as determined by the teacher and student. During this time, students will be expected to work at the direction of the teacher.

     

    WEDNESDAY/AFTER SCHOOL DETENTION - Will take place Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday of each week during the school year. During this time, students are expected to bring classwork to complete or a book to read. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, detention will start at 3:00 and end at 4:00. On Wednesday, detention will start at 3:00 and end at 6:00. Students will be scheduled between one and three hours of detention time and are expected to stay for the amount of time scheduled by administration. If a student does not arrive on time, they will not be admitted and it will be counted as a missed detention. Students who are unable to abide by detention rules will be asked to leave and it will be counted as a missed detention. Transportation will not be provided by the school for detentions. Detentions can only be rescheduled by a parent contacting administration.

     

    IN-SCHOOL-SUSPENSION (ISS) - Students assigned to ISS will report to the ISS classroom by 7:40am. Students must bring work appropriate for school and remain busy studying or reading during ISS time (7:40 am- 2:50 pm). Assignments from each student’s teachers will be emailed or sent to the ISS instructor for the students to complete during the day. All work must be completed by the end of the ISS assignment to allow the student to be readmitted to regular classes. All assignments count for class credit. If a student is removed from ISS, they will be assigned OSS.

     

    SUSPENSION SCHOOL (SS) - The district’s suspension school will be housed at the Wildcat Academy, which is located at 402 Eastwood Road. Students assigned to suspension school will report to the Wildcat Academy by 7:40am. Students must bring work appropriate for school and remain engaged studying or reading during the school day. All work must be completed by the end of the suspension school assignment to allow the student to be readmitted to the high school. If a student is assigned suspension school, they will not be allowed to compete or be in attendance at school sponsored functions until the next school day. If a student is removed from suspension school, they will be assigned OSS.

     

    OUT-OF-SCHOOL-SUSPENSION (OSS) - Students will be removed from the regular school setting. They will not be allowed to attend classes, be on school grounds, or attend or participate in any school-sponsored functions while suspended. Students will be allowed to make up for full credit any school work missed due to OSS.  This work must be turned in on the day of return from suspension at a re-entry conference with a school administrator unless other arrangements have been made ahead of time.

     

    LONG TERM SUSPENSION REFERRAL - Per School Board Policy, building level administrators are only allowed to suspend students out of school up to 10 days. However, certain behaviors or actions call for disciplinary consequences exceeding those 10 days. In these circumstances, building level administrators will refer students to the Assistant Superintendent of Student Services to determine whether or not the conduct requires more disciplinary action.

     

    DISCIPLINARY CONSEQUENCES CHART

    Each disciplinary situation that is dealt with by staff and administration is unique. With this in mind, discipline will be tailored to the circumstances of the offense and in accordance with Board Policy JG-R. The following will be considered when determining the disciplinary action taken:

    • Severity of the offense
    • Previous offenses
    • Honesty with staff and administration regarding the situation
    • Restoration of justice for the victim

     

    The “level” of the offense (e.g. first or subsequent offense) will generally be based upon the total number of discipline referrals accumulated by a student for a particular type of conduct during the current school year. However, offenses involving drugs, weapons, or other acts of physical violence will accumulate throughout secondary school (grades 9-12). Assault and fighting will accumulate as one, however the definition of assault and fighting are different. Below you will find a chart lining out the possible disciplinary actions that could be levied in accordance with Board Policy JG-R

     


    Offense/Behavior

    Possible Disciplinary Actions

    X = First Offense , O = Subsequent Offenses

    Confiscation

    Principal/Student Conference

    Loss of Privileges

    Detention

    ISS

    OSS

    Long-Term Referral

    Academic Dishonesty

     

    XO

    XO

    XO

    XO

       

    Arson

     

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    XO

    Assault

             

    XO

    XO

    Automobile /Vehicle Misuse

     

    XO

    XO

    XO

    XO

    XO

     

    Bullying/Cyberbullying

     

    X

    X

    X

    X

    XO

    XO

    Bus or Transportation Misconduct

     

    XO

    XO

    XO

    XO

    XO

     

    Cutting Class

     

    XO

    XO

    XO

    XO

       

    Dishonesty

     

    X

    X

    XO

    XO

    XO

    O

    Disrespectful/Disruptive Speech or Conduct

     

    X

    XO

    XO

    XO

    XO

    O

    Dress Code Violation

     

    X

    O

    O

    O

    O

     

    Drugs/Alcohol

    XO

    X

    X

       

    X

    XO

    Extortion

     

    X

    X

    X

    XO

    XO

    O


    Offense/Behavior

    Possible Disciplinary Actions

    X = First Offense , O = Subsequent Offenses

    Confiscation

    Principal/Student Conference

    Loss of Privileges

    Detention

    ISS/SS

    OSS

    Long-Term Referral

    Failure to Care for or Return District Property

     

    X

    X

    XO

    XO

       

    Failure to Meet Conditions of Disciplinary Consequences

     

    X

    X

    X

    XO

    XO

    XO

    False Alarms

     

    X

    X

    X

    XO

    XO

    XO

    Failure to Comply

     

    XO

    XO

    XO

    XO

    XO

    XO

    Fighting

     

    X

    X

     

    XO

    XO

    XO

    Gambling

     

    XO

    XO

    XO

    XO

    XO

    O

    Harassment (including Sexual Harassment)

     

    X

    X

    X

    XO

    XO

    XO

    Hazing

           

    X

    XO

    XO

    Incendiary Devices

    XO

    XO

    XO

    XO

    XO

    XO

    O

    Intimidation

     

    XO

    XO

    XO

    XO

    XO

    XO

    Nuisance Items

    XO

    XO

    XO

    XO

    XO

    O

     

    Obscene Language, Gestures, and/or Profanity

     

    X

    X

    X

    XO

    XO

    O

    Open Defiance to a Staff Member

     

    X

    X

    X

    X

    XO

    O

    Public Display of Affection

     

    X

    XO

    XO

    XO

    O

     

    Sexting or Possession of Explicit Material

    XO

    X

    X

    XO

    XO

    XO

    XO

    Sexual Activity

     

    XO

    XO

    XO

    XO

    XO

    XO

    Tardiness

     

    XO

    XO

    XO

    O

       

    Technology Misconduct

    XO

    XO

    XO

    XO

    XO

    XO

    XO

    Theft

     

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    XO

    Threats or Verbal Assault

     

    X

    XO

    X

    X

    X

    XO

    Tobacco

    XO

    XO

    XO

    XO

    XO

    O

     

    Truancy

     

    X

    XO

    XO

    XO

       

    Unauthorized Entry

     

    X

    X

    X

    X

    XO

    XO

    Unsafe Behavior/Physical Aggression

     

    X

    X

    X

    XO

    XO

    O

    Vandalism

     

    X

    X

    X

    X

    XO

    XO

    Verbal Abuse

     

    X

    X

    X

    X

    XO

    O

    Weapons

    XO

    X

    X

    X

    X

    XO

    XO



    HHS TARDY CONSEQUENCE CHART

    TARDINESS

    At Harrisonville High School, a tardy is defined, as the student not being in his/her classroom when the tardy bell rings.

    Punctual and regular attendance is necessary in a well-ordered school, both for proper training of the individual student and to avoid disruption of classroom activities. The pupil who is tardy wastes not only his own time, but also the time of the other students who are members of the class that the late pupil distracts upon entry. To discourage the practice of being tardy, tardies are generally considered to be unexcused unless the student has a hall pass from a teacher or the office. Excessive tardiness can affect the student’s grades because he will miss important classroom work.

    Tardies will be tracked and accumulate across all classes over the course of a semester.

    TARDY #

    CONSEQUENCE

    1-3

    Teacher Notification

    4

    Administrative Conference and Warning

    5-7

    1 Hour Wednesday Detention for each Tardy

    8-9

    2 Hour Wednesday Detention for each Tardy

    10

    3 Hour Wednesday Detention and Parent Notification

    11-14

    1 Day of ISS for each Tardy

    15 +

    Meeting w/ Parent to Develop Tardiness Plan

     

    STUDENT ALCOHOL/DRUG ABUSE

    The Harrisonville Cass R-IX School District is concerned with the health, welfare and safety of its students. Possession of alcohol, drugs, drug paraphernalia or any illegal contraband is prohibited on school property or while attending a school-sponsored activity. The use, sale, transfer, distribution, possession or being under the influence of unauthorized prescription drugs, alcohol, narcotic substances, unauthorized inhalants, controlled substances, illegal drugs, counterfeit substances and imitation controlled substances is prohibited on any district property, in any district-owned vehicle or in any other district-approved vehicle used to transport students to and from school or district activities. This prohibition also applies to any district-sponsored or district-approved activity, event or function, such as a field trip or athletic event, where students are under the supervision of the school district. The use, sale, transfer or possession of drug-related paraphernalia is also prohibited.

    For the purpose of this policy a controlled substance shall include any controlled substance, counterfeit substance or imitation controlled substance as defined in the Narcotic Drug Act, § 195.010, RSMo., and in schedules I, II, III, IV and V in section 202(c) of the Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. 812(c).

    Students may only be in possession of medication as detailed in Board policy JHCD.

    Searches of persons reasonably suspected to be in violation of this policy will be conducted in accordance with Board policy.

    Any student who is found by the administration to be in violation of this policy shall be referred for prosecution and subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension, expulsion or other discipline in accordance with the district's discipline policy. Strict compliance is mandatory. The school principal shall immediately report all incidents involving a controlled substance to the appropriate local law enforcement agency and the superintendent. All controlled substances shall be turned over to local law enforcement.

    Students with disabilities who violate this policy will be disciplined in accordance with policy JGE.

     

    CELL PHONE USAGE

    Students are extended the privilege of using cell phones during passing periods and during their assigned lunch shift. Whenever class is in session, cell phones may not be used and/or visible to staff without staff permission. The inappropriate use of telecommunication devices capable of taking and/or transmitting digital media can create a risk factor in locker rooms, restrooms, private areas, and other locations where students and/or staff have a reasonable expectation of privacy.

     

    If a student does not follow the expectations set forth, the following consequences will apply:

     

    First Offense:  Cell Phone Confiscation and held for the remainder of the hour. Classroom Warning and Parent Phone Call.

    Second Offense: Cell Phone Confiscation and held in the office for remainder of the day. Administrative Conference and Parent Phone Call

    Third Offense: Cell Phone Confiscation and parent must pick up. 3 Hour After School Detention.

    Fourth Offense: Cell Phone Confiscation until parent picks up. 1 Day of ISS.

    Fifth Offense: Cell Phone Confiscation w/ parent meeting. 3 Days of ISS.

     

    If a student fails to comply with the confiscation of their cell phone, they will be referred to the office for Failure to Comply and will receive disciplinary consequences, regardless of the offense number.

     

    UNNECESSARY ARTICLES

    Any article deemed unnecessary and/or inappropriate by the administration will be confiscated and may be picked up in the office after school.  Repeated violations of possessing these items may result in disciplinary action.  Any violations will be subject to penalties, which may include detentions, suspensions, and/or loss of the article.

    HAZING AND BULLYING

    General

    In order to promote a safe learning environment for all students, the Harrisonville Cass R-IX School District prohibits all forms of hazing, bullying and student intimidation. Students participating in or encouraging inappropriate conduct will be disciplined in accordance with JG-R. Such discipline may include, but is not limited to, suspension or expulsion from school and removal from participation in activities. Students who have been subjected to hazing or bullying are instructed to promptly report such incidents to a school official. A bullying incident form can be found in the main office or a copy can be found on page 47 of the student handbook.

    In addition, district staff, coaches, sponsors and volunteers shall not permit, condone or tolerate any form of hazing or bullying or plan, direct, encourage, assist, engage or participate in any activity that involves hazing or bullying. District staff will report incidents of hazing and bullying to the building principal. District staff who violate this policy may be disciplined or terminated.

     

    The principal shall promptly investigate all complaints of hazing and bullying and shall administer appropriate discipline to all individuals who violate this policy. Upon receipt of a written report describing the behavior, building administration will initiate an investigation within 2 school days. The investigation will be completed by administration within 10 school days after the receipt of the written report.

    The superintendent will provide for appropriate training designed to assist staff, coaches, sponsors and volunteers in identifying, preventing and responding to incidents of hazing and bullying.

    The district shall annually inform students, parents, district staff and volunteers that hazing and bullying is prohibited. This notification may occur through the distribution of the written policy, publication in handbooks, presentations at assemblies or verbal instructions by the coach or sponsor at the start of the season or program.

     

    Definitions

    Hazing – For purposes of this policy, hazing is defined as any activity, on or off school grounds, that a reasonable person believes would negatively impact the mental or physical health or safety of a student or put the student in a ridiculous, humiliating, stressful or disconcerting position for the purposes of initiation, affiliation, admission, membership or maintenance of membership in any group, class, organization, club or athletic team including, but not limited to, a grade level, student organization or school-sponsored activity.

    Hazing may include those actions that subject a student to extreme mental stress including, but not limited to, sleep deprivation, physical confinement, forced conduct that could result in extreme embarrassment or criminal activity, or other stress-inducing activities. Hazing may also include, but is not limited to: acts of physical brutality; whipping; beating; branding; exposing to the elements; forcing consumption of any food, liquor, drug or other substance; forcing inhalation or ingestion of tobacco products; or any other forced physical activity that could adversely affect the physical health or safety of an individual.

    Hazing may occur even when all students involved are willing participants. Hazing does not occur when a student is required to audition or tryout for an organization when the criteria are reasonable, approved by the district and legitimately related to the purpose of the organization.

    Bullying – Intimidation or harassment that causes a reasonable student to fear for his or her physical safety or property; substantially interferes with the educational performance, opportunities, or benefits of any student without exception; or substantially disrupts the orderly operation of the school. Bullying may consist of, but is not limited to, physical actions, including gestures, or oral, cyberbullying, electronic, or written communication, and any threat of retaliation for reporting of such acts. Bullying by students is prohibited on school property, at any school function, or on a school bus. "Cyberbullying" means bullying as defined in this subsection through the transmission of a communication including, but not limited to, a message, text, sound, or image by means of an electronic device including, but not limited to, a telephone, wireless telephone, or other wireless communication device, computer, or pager.”




























     

    HARRISONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL

    BULLYING/HARASSMENT REPORT FORM

     

    CURRENT DATE: _____________________________________   CURRENT TIME: ______________________________

     

    NAME OF INDIVIDUAL FILLING OUT FORM: ______________________________________________________________

     

    NAME OF VICTIM(S)

    NAME OF STUDENT(S) BULLYING

    NAME OF WITNESSES/BYSTANDERS

    ________________________________

    ________________________________

    ________________________________

    ________________________________

    ________________________________

    ________________________________

    ________________________________

    ________________________________

    ________________________________

     

    LOCATION OF INCIDENT:

    ⃞  Hallway

    ⃞  Classroom

    ⃞  Restroom

    ⃞  Lunchroom

    ⃞  Gym/Weight Room

    ⃞  Locker Room

    ⃞  Parking Lot

    ⃞  CCC / CCC Trail

    ⃞  Bus/Bus Stop

    ⃞  Text/Social Media

    ⃞  Other: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________

    If there is any specific information about the location, please list it here (ex.  Math Hallway, Restroom by Commons’ Area, etc.)


    _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

     

    BULLYING BEHAVIOR:

    ⃞  Teasing

    ⃞  Intimidation

    ⃞  Physical Violence

    ⃞  Demeaning Comments

    ⃞  Taunting/Ridiculing

    ⃞  Staring/Leering

    ⃞  Damaged/Stole Possessions

    ⃞  Writing/Graffiti

    ⃞  Inappropriate Touching

    ⃞  Cyber-Bullying

    ⃞  Other: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

     

    FREQUENCY OF BULLYING:

    Have these aggressive and/or hostile behaviors happened on more than one occasion?

      YES, and it was reported       YES, but it was not reported       NO

     

    DESCRIBE THE INCIDENT (What did the alleged offender say or do?):

    ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

     

    Student Signature: ______________________________________________ Date: ___________________

    Received By: __________________________________________________ Date: ___________________

    SECTION X: PARENT/STUDENT NOTIFICATIONS

    SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES

    All Board of Education policies can be found on the Harrisonville Cass R-IX School District’s website: www.harrisonvilleschools.org

    1.   Student Complaints and Grievances (Policy JFH Critical)
    2.   Nondiscrimination and anti-Harassment (Policy AC Critical)
    3.   Nondiscrimination and Anti-Harassment Compliance Grievance Procedure (Policy AC-R)
    4.   Distribution of Non-Curricular Student Publications (Policy IGDBA)
    5.   Health Policies (Policies JHC, JHCB, JHCC, & JHCD)
    6.   Corporal Punishment (Prohibited) (Policy JGA Critical)
    7.   Community Use of School Facilities (Policy KG)
    8.   Programs for Students with Disabilities (Policy IGBA)
    9.   Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (Policy JO)
    10. Student Records (Policy JO)
    11. Surveying, Analyzing or Evaluating Students (Policy JHDA)
    12. Interrogations, Interviews and Searches (Policy JFG)
    13. Crisis Response Plan (Policy EBCA)
    14. Disaster Drills (Policy EBC)
    15. Student Discipline (Policies JG and JG-R)
    16. Student Transportation Services (Policy EEA Critical)

    ESSA - PARENTS RIGHT TO KNOW

    At the beginning of each school year, a local educational agency that receives funds under this part shall notify the parents of each student attending any school receiving funds under this part that the parents may request, and the agency will provide the parents on request (and in a timely manner), information regarding the professional qualifications of the student’s classroom teachers, including at a minimum, the following:

    Whether the student’s teacher—

      1. has met State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction;
      2. is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived; and
      3. is teaching in the field of discipline of the certification of the teacher.
      4. Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications

     

    NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION

    Any person having inquiries concerning Harrisonville Cass R-IX School District’s Compliance with the regulations implementing Title IX is directed to contact the district’s Assistant Superintendent of HR and Operations. This person has been designated by Harrisonville Cass R-IX School District to coordinate the institution’s efforts to comply with the regulations implementing Title IX. Any person having inquiries concerning Harrisonville Cass R-IX School District’s compliance with the regulations implementing Section 504 is directed to contact the District Director of Special Services, 503 S. Lexington, Harrisonville, MO 64701 (telephone 816-380- 2727). This person has been designated by Harrisonville School District to coordinate the institution’s effort to comply with the regulations implementing Section 504. Any person may also contact the Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, regarding the institution’s compliance with the regulation implementing Title VI, Title IX or Section 504.)

    TESTING PROGRAM

    The testing program in this district consists of standardized achievement, performance assessment, readiness and intelligence tests. It also includes published tests that accompany textbook series and teacher-made tests. End of Course Exams will be given to students enrolled in designated testing areas.

    Aptitude Testing—Students will take the differential aptitude test (DAT) in grade 9.

    Optional Testing—other tests are available to interested students in the fall each year including the Preliminary SAT for college bound juniors and the PLAN for college bound sophomores.

    WEATHER EMERGENCIES

    •        Schools will not be open when it is considered too dangerous for buses to travel.
    •        Announcements will be made through the courtesy of radio and television stations if schools will be delayed 1 hour or closed.
    •        Please listen to area radio stations and/or local and area television stations for 1 hour delayed start or school closings.
    •        No announcements will be made if schools ARE to be in session. All schools have direct radio communication with the authorized Civil Defense agency for severe weather warnings.
    •        Please DO NOT call the school, but listen to your radio or television for announcements concerning dismissal for weather emergencies.
    •        Parents should make arrangements for their child in case school has to be dismissed without prior notification. Your child should know what to do and where to go should this occur.