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Student Support : Discipline & Attendance

DISCIPLINE & ATTENDANCE

 

DISCIPLINE

It is the policy of the Jefferson Parish Public School System that discipline be defined as essential to the orderly operation of any school and the maintenance of an environment conducive to quality education. Discipline is behavior in accord with rules of conduct. A student is required to conduct himself/herself properly while under school supervision and to comply with all policies and regulations declared to govern pupil conduct. Each student shall be held strictly accountable for any disorderly conduct in school buildings, on school premises, on school buses, and at school-sanctioned events. Any violations of the code of conduct should be reported to the school administration.

ANY VIOLATION OF A CODE OF CONDUCT ARTICLE MAY RESULT IN DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS

Bullying

Statement of Policy: The Jefferson Parish School Board (“Board”) strictly prohibits bullying and/or harassment, as defined herein. The Board shall take reasonable steps to end bullying/harassment, to prevent its future recurrence and to prevent retaliation against any individual who reports allegations of bullying/harassment or cooperates in the investigation of an alleged violation of this policy. This policy applies to students on school grounds, while traveling to and from school, or a school-sponsored activity, and during school-sponsored events.

 

Detention

Before or after-school detentions of an hour or less or Saturday detentions may be assigned either by the teacher or administrator. The parent/legal guardian is notified by means of a detention notice at least one (1) day before the detention is to be served. Two (2) copies of the detention notice will be sent home with the student. One (1) copy is to be retained by the parent/legal guardian. One (1) copy should be signed by the parent/legal guardian and returned to school before the detention is to be served. The parent/legal guardian can legally refuse to allow the student to serve detentions. However, the student will be subject to suspension from school.

 

In-School Suspension

ISS allows students to remain under the school’s supervision during the suspension, to receive counseling related to specific behaviors, and to work on academic skills by completing assignments and/or general academic packets. After successfully completing the ISS, the student may return to the regular school/schedule and will be eligible to complete all missed assignments. The absence(s), according to state guidelines, is an excused absence.

 

Out-of-School Suspension

OSS removes student from the campus for a period not to exceed 10 consecutive school days. The student may return to the regular school after a conference is held with school administration and the parent or guardian and the time assigned has been completed. The student is eligible to complete all missed assignments and the absence(s), according to state guidelines, is a non-exempted absence.

 

Expulsion/Extended Expulsion

It is the policy of the Jefferson Parish Public School System that a student may be recommended for a remainder of the school year suspension by the principal after a Group 4 Major infraction has been committed or a habitual violations of Group 3 Major infractions. Alternatively educational programs will be provided in only those cases required by law.

It is the policy of the Jefferson Parish Public School System that a student may be expelled for a period of time that extends beyond the present school year upon the recommendation of the principal and the concurrence of the Executive Director of School Support for the serious offenses listed below:

  1. The possession or use of any implement which may be used as a weapon or that may result in bodily harm to an individual.
  2. Any malicious act which results in serious bodily harm to an individual.
  3. Commits any other serious offense or creates any serious disruption of a school education process.
  4. Distributing, manufacturing, intending to distribute alcoholic beverages, controlled dangerous substances in any form, mood altering chemicals, or any substances designed to look like or presented to be such a drug in school buildings, on school premises, on school buses, or at school sanctioned events.

SCHOOL SAFETY

Required Drills

Emergency Drills are required for safety preparations.

ATTENDANCE

Compulsory School Attendance/Compulsory Ages/Duty of Parent-Legal Guardian/Consent to Withdraw

In compliance with the Louisiana Revised Statute 17:221, the policy of the Jefferson Parish Public School System requires that every parent/legal guardian residing within Jefferson Parish, having control or charge of any child from that child’s seventh (7) birthday until his/her eighteenth (18) birthday, shall send such child to a public or private day school, or have him/her enrolled in an approved home study program, unless the child graduates from high school prior to his/her eighteenth (18) birthday. Any child below the age of seven (7) who legally enrolls in school shall also be subject to compulsory attendance provisions. Every parent/legal guardian responsible for sending a child to a public or private day

school under provisions of this section shall also assure the attendance of such child in regularly assigned classes during regular school hours established by the School Board.

 

Marriage of minors under the age of eighteen (18) years results in their emancipation; hence there is no person in charge or control of them

and no method or procedure by which their attendance in school can be compelled.

Types of Absences

  • Exempted and Excused: The student is allowed to make up missed work and the absence is not counted against attendance requirements. Examples are extended illness documented by a doctor or to celebrate religious holidays.
  • Non-Exempted and Excused: The student is allowed to make up missed work but the absence is counted against the attendance requirement.
  • Unexcused: The student is not allowed to miss work and the absence is counted against the attendance requirement. An example is skipping school
  • Out of school suspensions: The student is allowed to make up missed work but the absence is counted against the attendance requirement.

 

Attendance Requirements to Receive Carnegie Credit and Eligibility for Promotion

Elementary/Middle Schools:

According to the policy of the state of Louisiana, students must attend elementary or middle school for a total of 60,120 minutes to be

eligible for promotion. Based on a standard 360 minute instructional day, a student can miss no more than 10 days of school to be eligible for

promotion.

 

High School Students:

In order to receive grades for a semester/year, high school students must be in attendance for a minimum of 30,060 minutes in a semester or 60,120 minutes in a year for schools not operating on a semester system.

 

Based on a standard 360 minute instructional day, this means that students in a high school on a semester system can miss no more than 4.5 days in the 90-day first semester and 5.5 days in the 93-day second semester. Students in schools not on a semester system can miss no more than 10 days to be eligible for promotion Carnegie units based on minutes.

 

Attendance Requirements – Carnegie Credit

In addition to meeting overall attendance requirements, middle and high school students must also meet certain attendance requirements to receive Carnegie Credit for individual classes.

In order to earn one Carnegie Credit, students must be in attendance in a specific course for 7,515 minutes. The length of periods and courses varies by school, but as an illustration, if a school is on a 4X4 block schedule and has courses that are 90 minutes long, a student must attend at least 84 classes (7,515 divided by 90). If there were 89 course meetings, the student could miss a maximum of 5 courses (89-84) and still receive credit. For middle school students to earn Carnegie Credits, the same standards apply. Because schools in Jefferson Parish operate on different course calendars, students and parents are advised to check with their principal if they are concerned about the impact of absences on the ability to earn Carnegie Credit.

 

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