- District Policy & Procedures
- District Student Conduct & Discipline Policy
- Citizenship Policy
- Dress Code
- Deliveries for students
- Electronic Devices
- Emergency Preparedness
- Health related
- Honor Roll
- Student Expectations
NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION
Davis School District and Centennial Jr. High are committed to creating an environment free from harassment and discrimination, including addressing and correcting incidents of harassment and discrimination when they occur, ensuring that discipline is free from discrimination, and ensuring nondiscriminatory access to student groups. Students and employees may not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin religion, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law, in its programs and activities, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Policy 11IR-100 prohibits harassment and discrimination against students on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or disability (“Protected Class”).
Complaints of harassment or discrimination against students on the basis of a Protected Class should be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity.
Darrin Nash, Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity
Davis School District
45 East State Street, P.O. Box 588
Farmington, Utah 84025
tel: (801) 402-8701
Further information regarding student-on-student or staff-on-student harassment will be provided in a separate Notice of Non-Discrimination.
Employee requests for accommodations or complaints of harassment or discrimination against an employee should be directed to the Office of Human Resources at:
Steven Baker, Associate Director Human Resources
ADA (Employment Issues) Coordinator
Davis School District
45 East State Street, P.O. Box 588
Farmington, Utah 84025
tel: (801) 402-5315
Information regarding accommodations for disabilities should be directed to:
Midori Clough, District 504 Coordinator
Section 504 (Student Issues) Coordinator
Davis School District
Freeport Center West Building F3
Clearfield, UT 84015
tel: (801) 402-5180
Information or complaints about discrimination on the basis of sex in athletic programs may be directed to:
Tim Best, Healthy Lifestyles Coordinator
Title IX Athletic Compliance Coordinator
Sex Based Discrimination in Athletic Programs
Davis School District
20 North Main Street, P.O. Box 588
Farmington, Utah 84025
tel: (801) 402-7850
Information or complaints about discrimination on the basis of a disability in access to facilities may be directed to:
Rich Swanson, Director of Risk Management
Physical Facilities Compliance Coordinator
Davis School District
20 North Main Street, P.O. Box 588
Farmington, Utah 84025
tel: (801) 402-5307
ACCOMMODATIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES
In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Davis School District and Centennial Jr. High will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Students, parents, or employees needing accommodation should contact their school ADA/504 Coordinator Jordan Loo 801-402-0100, their principal or supervisor, or you may contact the District ADA Coordinator, Steve Baker (402-5315), for parent or employee accommodations; or Section 504 Coordinator, Midori Clough (402-5180) for student accommodations.
SAFE & ORDERLY SCHOOLS
It is the policy of the Davis School District and Centennial Jr. High to promote a safe and orderly school environment for all students and employees. Criminal acts or disruptive behavior of any kind will not be tolerated and any individual who engages in such activity will be subject to school disciplinary action as determined by school administrators, or District disciplinary action as determined by the District Case Management Team. Criminal acts that are a class B misdemeanor or above (including but not limited to drug possession or physical assault) may also be referred to law enforcement. In determining appropriate discipline, school officials will consider the totality of the circumstances, including the severity of the offense, as well as the individual’s age, disability status, intent, academic status, and prior disciplinary records.
WEAPONS AND EXPLOSIVES – UP TO ONE YEAR EXPULSION (Utah Code 53G-8-205)
Any student who in a school building, in a school vehicle, on District property, or in conjunction with any school activity, possesses, controls, sales, arranges for the sale of, uses or threatens use of a real weapon, explosive, noxious or flammable material, or actually uses or threatens to use a look-alike or pretend weapon with the intent to intimidate another person or to disrupt normal school activities, shall be expelled from all District schools, programs, and activities for a period of not less than one calendar year; unless the District Case Management Team determines, on a case-by-case basis, that a lesser consequence would be more appropriate. The terms “weapon,” “explosive,” and “noxious or flammable material” includes but are not limited to: guns, starter pistols, cap guns, knives, martial arts accessories, bombs, bullets and ammunition, fireworks, gasoline, or other flammable liquids, matches, and lighters.
Any student, who possesses, controls, uses, distributes, sells, or arranges the sale of an illegal drug or controlled substance (which includes alcohol, tobacco in any form, and electronic cigarettes, or electronic cigarette substance or product), an imitation controlled substance, or drug paraphernalia in a school building, in a school vehicle, on District property, or in conjunction with any school activity, may be suspended, transferred to an alternative placement, tested for drugs, expelled, referred for police investigation, and/or prosecuted.
SAFE SCHOOL VIOLATIONS
Any student may be suspended, transferred to an alternative placement, expelled, referred for police investigation, and/or prosecuted for committing any of the following school-related serious violations: 1) threatening or causing harm to the school, school property, or person associated with the school, or property associated with that person, regardless of where the conduct occurs; 2) committing any criminal act, including but not limited to: assault, hazing, rape, trespass, arson, theft, vandalism, possession or use of pornographic materials on school property; 3) engaging in any gang activity, including but not limited to flashing gang signs, displaying or spraying gang graffiti, wearing or displaying gang related clothing or apparel, or soliciting others for membership in a gang.
DISRUPTION OF SCHOOL OPERATIONS
Any student may be suspended, transferred to an alternative placement, or expelled for any conduct that creates an unreasonable and substantial disruption or risk of disruption of a class, activity, program, or other function of the school, including but not limited to frequent, flagrant, or willful disobedience; defiance of school authority; criminal activity; fighting; noncompliance with school dress code; possession of contraband (i.e., drug paraphernalia, pornography, mace, pepper spray, laser pen, chains, needles, razor blades, bats and clubs); or the use of foul, profane, vulgar, harassing or abusive language. Conduct that is a class B misdemeanor may also be referred to law enforcement. Conduct which is a class C misdemeanor, an infraction, a status offense on school property, or an offense that is truancy may not be referred to law enforcement or a prosecuting attorney unless a student refuses to participate in alternative restorative interventions offered at the time of the infraction, or the student has committed the same offense on two prior occasions and has been referred to alternative restorative interventions in each prior case.
NONDISCRIMINATION IN DISCIPLINE
The District will ensure that students are not discriminated against in the administration of discipline, including the duration and type of consequence, and in referrals to law enforcement.
When a student is suspected of violating Centennial Jr. High or District policy the school administrator must meet with and inform him/her of the allegations and provide the student the opportunity to give his/her version of the incident. If the school administrator determines sufficient evidence exists to impose discipline the school administrator shall notify the parent that 1) this student has been suspended; 2) grounds for the suspension; 3) the period of time for which the student is suspended; and 4) the time and place for the parent to meet a designated school official to review the suspension.
AUTHORITY TO SUSPEND OR EXPEL
The school administration has the authority to suspend a student for up to ten school days per incident. If the school administrator desires or contemplates suspending for longer than ten school days or expelling a student, the school administrator shall make a referral to the District’s Case Management Team.
A student may be suspended, transferred to an alternative placement, expelled, referred for police investigation, and/or prosecuted for engaging in any written, physical, or verbal aggression, intimidation, discrimination, or abusive conduct of any school employee or student at school or a school-related activities regardless of location or circumstance, including but not limited to bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, or retaliation.
District policy may be found at 5S-100 Conduct and Discipline. Centennial Jr. High's policy may be found lower on this same page or a copy may be obtained in the school office. For incidents of harassment (unwelcome conduct based on a protected class) and discrimination, please refer to 11IR-100.
SEARCH AND SEIZURE
School officials have the authority to search a student’s person, personal property, or vehicle while located on school property or at a school sponsored activity, when they have reasonable grounds to believe that the search will turn up evidence that the student has violated or is violating a particular law or school rule.
School Lockers, desks, or other storage areas are the sole property of the Davis School District and Centennial Jr. High. Periodic general inspections of school lockers may be conducted by school authorities randomly without notice, without student consent, and without a search warrant. Searches will be conducted in such a way as to be short in duration and not disrupt educational activities.
The District will ensure that students have an equal opportunity to participate in, create, and maintain student groups without regard to their race, sex, disability, or other protected classification.
However, students who are suspended, transferred to an alternative placement, or expelled, may lose the privilege of participation in all extracurricular activities, such as interscholastic athletics, cheerleading, student government, student clubs, graduation ceremonies, and other extracurricular activities, during the period of discipline and will not be afforded separate due process procedures to challenge the denial of participation in an extracurricular activity.
COMPULSORY EDUCATION REQUIREMENT
A parent having custody over a school-age minor is required under State law to enroll and send a school-age minor to a public or established private school during the school year in the district in which the minor resides. The process of education requires continuity of instruction, class participation and study. Parents are encouraged to work with the school in promoting regular attendance of all students.
FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT
Student Education Records
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law designed to protect the privacy of a student’s education records. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their student’s education records. These rights are:
Inspect and review all their student’s education records maintained by the school within 45 days of a request for access.
Request that a school correct education records believed to be inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.
Parents who wish to ask the school to amend a record should write the principal or appropriate school official, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed and specify why it should be changed. If the school decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent, the school will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment.
Provide consent before the school discloses personally identifiable information (PPI) from a student’s record, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. Such exceptions include, but are not limited to:
[a] school officials with legitimate educational interests;
[b] other schools to which a student is transferring;
[c] individuals who have obtained court orders or subpoenas;
[d] individuals who need to know in cases of health and safety emergencies;
[e] official in the juvenile justice system to improve education outcomes;
[f] a State agency or organization that is legally responsible for the care and protection of the student, including the responsibility to investigate a report of educational neglect;
[g] specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes; or
[h] organizations conducting studies for or on behalf of the District.
A school official is a person employed by the District as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving as a volunteer; a person serving on the District School Board; a person or company with whom the District has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist), or to whom the District has outsourced institutional services or functions.
A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
Student Directory Information
Directory Information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, may be released at the discretion of school officials, without consent, for appropriate reasons such as, school publications, newspaper articles, and to outside education related organizations. In addition, two federal laws require secondary schools to provide military recruiters, upon request, the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of their students.
The Davis School District has designated the following information as directory information:
1) student’s name, address, and telephone number; 2) student’s date and place of birth; 3) grade level and enrollment status; 4) student’s District email address; 5) student’s ID number that is displayed on a student ID badge; 6) parent email address; 7) participation in officially recognized activities and sports; 8) weight and height of members of athletic teams; 9) dates of attendance; 10) degrees, honors, and awards received; 11) most recent educational institution attended by the student; 12) student’s digital image.
The following shall be considered limited use directory information that may be disclosed only to other students enrolled in the same course (regardless of whether such students are enrolled in the same class section) that has been audio or video recorded by the District, for instructional and educational purposes only: 1) name to the extent it is referenced or captured during the audio or video recordings; 2) any photograph or image of the student captured during the audio or video recording; 3) any audio or video recording of the student participating in the course; and 4) any online chats or other recorded communications among participants in the course captured during the audio or video recording.
To protect the privacy of other students, parents/students are not permitted to make their own recordings of class sessions or to share or distribute District recordings of class sessions.
If you, as a parent do not want Centennial Jr. High to disclose limited directory information of your child without your prior written consent, you must notify the school in writing annually.
Parents who believe their rights have been violated may contact the school’s administration or file a complaint with:
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-5920
Complaints should be reported as soon as possible, but not later than 180 days from the date you learned of the circumstances of the alleged violation.
RIGHTS UNDER THE PROTECTION OF PUPIL RIGHTS AMENDMENT
The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) affords parents certain rights regarding the use of surveys or other school activities which may involve the collection or use of protected information.
These include the right to:
Consent before students are required to participate in any survey, analysis, or evaluation that reveals information, whether personally identifiable or not, concerning the student’s or any family member’s:
[a] political affiliations or beliefs;
[b] mental or psychological problems;
[c] sexual behavior, orientation, or attitudes
[d] illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;
[e] critical appraisals of others with whom the student or family have close family relationships;
[f] legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers;
[g] religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs; or
[h] income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.
Receive notice and an opportunity to opt a student out of activities involving collection, disclosure, or use of personal information obtained from students regarding any of the protected information areas.
Inspect, upon request and before administration or use of:
[a] protected information surveys designed to be administered to students; and
[b] instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum.
Davis School District has policies in place to protect student privacy as required by both State and Federal law. Centennial Jr. High will directly notify you of the specific or approximate dates of activities which involve the collection or use of protected information and provide an opportunity to opt your student out of participating in such activities.
Parents who believe their rights have been violated may contact the school’s administration or file a complaint with:
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-5920
Informal inquiries may be sent to FPCO via the following email address: PPRA@ED.Gov
For additional information please visit the SPPO website at the following address: https://studentprivacy.ed.gov/
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag shall be recited by students at the beginning of each school day in each public school classroom in the State, led by a student in the classroom, as assigned by the classroom teacher on a rotating basis. Participation in the Pledge is voluntary and not compulsory.
RELIGIOUS EXPRESSION IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
In compliance with existing federal and State law regarding religion and religious expression in public schools, the District or school may neither advance nor inhibit religion. It is the District’s policy to: 1) allow students and employees to engage in expression of personal religious views or beliefs within the parameters of current law; and 2) maintain the schools’ official neutrality regarding sectarian religious issues according to the constitutional principle of separation between church and state.
PARENTAL RIGHTS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION
The Davis School District and Centennial Jr. High shall reasonably accommodate ** a parent’s:
Written request to retain a student in kindergarten through grade 8 on grade level based on the student’s academic ability or the student’s social, emotional, or physical maturity.
Written request, prior to scheduled event, to excuse the student from attendance for a family event or a scheduled proactive visit to a health care provider. (Student agrees to make up course work for school days missed for the scheduled absence).
Written request to place a student in a specialized class, a specialized program, or an advance course. (In determining whether placement is reasonable, the District shall consider multiple academic data points).
Request to excuse the student from taking an assessment that is federally mandated, is mandated by the state, or requires the use of a state assessment system or software that is provided or paid for by the state.
Initial selection of a teacher or request for a change of teacher.
Request to visit and observe any class the student attends.
Request to meet with a teacher at a mutually agreeable time if unable to attend a regularly scheduled parent teacher conference.
Each accommodation shall be considered on an individual basis and no student shall be considered to a greater or a greater or lesser degree than any other student.
**Reasonably accommodate for purposes of this section means the District or school shall make its best effort to enable a parent to exercise a parental right specified here without substantial impact to staff and resources, including employee working conditions, safety and supervision on school premises and for school activities, and the efficient allocation of expenditures; while balancing: the parental rights of parents; the educational needs of other students; the academic and behaviorally impact to a classroom; a teacher’s workload; and the assurance of the safe and efficient operation of a school.
The parental rights specified here do not include all the rights or accommodations available to parents from the public education system.
MEAL CHARGES IN SCHOOLS
The purpose of these procedures is to establish consistent meal charging and collection procedures districtwide. The District’s goals are:
To maintain a positive experience for students during meal service.
To treat all students with dignity and respect.
To establish practices which are age appropriate.
To minimize meal charges and encourage parents to pre-pay for all meals.
To promote parents’ responsibility for meal payment and self-responsibility of the student.
Meal Accounts: Payment in advance for meals enables the District to achieve these goals. Personal checks and cash deposits are accepted daily at the schools. For convenience, deposits may also be made by credit/debit card through a parent’s myDSD account.
Emergency Meal Service: The Board of Education acknowledges that on occasion, students may forget or lose meal money. In such cases, the student’s statement of need shall be accepted, and a meal will be made available. School lunch employees shall not, withhold a meal, provide an alternate meal, pull a student from the line, ask the student to call his parent or friend, stamp the student’s hand, or otherwise call attention to the student who has forgotten or lost meal money. A school lunch employee may remind a student attending a secondary school that his account is in the negative. The cost of the unpaid meal will be charged to the student’s account.
Evaluate Individual Circumstances: When a student repeatedly comes to school without a meal from home or money to participate in the school meal program, school administrators should consider if circumstances in the home warrant contacting social workers or Child Protective Services. Frequent requests may indicate the family’s need for free- or reduced-price meals. School administrators may work with the family to apply for school meal benefits. All meals eaten before a free- or reduced-price meal application is processed and approved are the responsibility of the parent and must be paid for.
Repayment for Meal Charges and Bad Checks: Federal guidelines prohibit the Food and Nutrition operation from writing off bad debts as a result of charged meals. Every effort will be made to collect for unpaid meals. Unpaid meal charges may result in the following:
An automated telephone call to the parent.
An email sent to the parent.
A verbal reminder to student attending a secondary school.
School lunch manager contact parents by phone or notes in teacher mailboxes.
In case of significant delinquent payments, a letter will be sent home from the Food and Nutrition Department.
Parents are responsible to pay all their student’s meal charges. All unpaid charges will be added to the list of any outstanding fees or unpaid fines at the end of the school year. Uncollected meal charges shall be handled the same as other school debt.
The Davis County School District has instituted a citizenship policy that affects high school graduation. Ninth-grade students who receive citizenship U’s must make them up prior to high school graduation. Citizenship grades will be determined each term by the teacher. Students may work with a teacher to correct behavior during the term before the U is posted. District policy states that opportunities for students to make up the citizenship grade will be provided prior to the end of the term. The class citizenship grade is at the discretion of the teacher. The school administration can also issue a citizenship U for negative or inappropriate behavior. An unsatisfactory citizenship grade can result from serious negative behavior. Serious negative behavior may also result in appropriate administrative action, including suspensions and/or referral to Student Services for further action. Serious negative behavior might include but is not limited to, documented conduct such as:
1. Three or more unexcused absences in a term
2. Six or more excused absences in a term (not including school excused absences)
3. Four or more tardies in a term
4. Disrespect for school authority
5. Disrespect for school staff
6. Use of vulgarity or profanity
7. Public displays of affection and other inappropriate touching
8. Direct and willful disobedience of school rules and policies
9. Cheating - Cheating includes using someone else’s work as your own
11. Theft of private or public property
12. Property destruction
15. Disruption of learning activities
16. Vandalism of private or public property
In addition to receiving a citizenship U, many of the behaviors described above are considered Safe Schools violations (see the Safe and Orderly Schools section of this handbook).
To clear a U, a student must complete a school-approved project and pay a citizenship fee or work with their teacher. When the citizenship credit is satisfactorily made up, the administration will restore the lost credit, and the U may be changed unless there are other considerations.
Centennial Junior High strongly encourages all parents to support and encourage all students to practice good attendance habits, as there is a direct correlation between good attendance and academic success. Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing 10% (or 4.5 days per term) or more of class for any reason. Studies indicate that students who miss 10% of the class are at greater risk of not graduating from high school, and for each year a student is chronically absent, the likelihood of dropping out of school altogether continues to increase. When students fail to graduate, the entire school and community loses. Therefore, a student with excessive absences in a class during a term may be given a “U” for a citizenship grade. Excessive absences at Centennial Junior High School are three or more unexcused absences or six or more excused absences. School excused absences will not count towards a “U.” If extenuating circumstances cause a student to be absent more than six times during a term, then those will be handled individually between the teacher, student, and an administrator if necessary.
DRESS AND GROOMING
The following standards for school dress and appearance have been put in place to promote success at school:
All students shall maintain themselves in a clean, groomed, and well-washed manner.
- Students shall wear shoes at all times- slippers are not allowed.
- Shirts shall cover the student’s entire upper torso, back and sides. All shirts, tops and dresses are required to have straps wide enough so no undergarments, if worn, show (no spaghetti straps, tube tops, or halter tops). Bare midriffs (stomachs) and sheer fabrics are not allowed. The bottom of shirts must touch the top of the bottoms. Low necklines will not be allowed. In short, students must be covered from armpit to armpit all the way down to midthigh and their shirts must have straps.
- Length of skirts, dresses and shorts should be at least mid-thigh.
- No obscene or suggestive words or pictures shall be worn on clothing. Pictures and symbols of gang affiliation, drugs, alcohol, or tobacco products are not allowed as part of student attire.
- Students may wear school appropriate baseball style caps and beanies. Students covering their heads with hoodies is not allowed. Teachers reserve the right to ask students to remove their hats in class.
- Pants should be worn high enough that underwear is not exposed.
- Any accessories, such as chains or spikes, which pose a threat to others or which become a nuisance to the school environment are not allowed.
- Any attire and costuming which brings undue attention to the student, or disrupting the educational process, is not permissible.
- School officials may permit students to wear certain types of clothing for health or safety reasons, or, relating to certain specialized school-sponsored activities
Students who violate the dress code will be asked to correct the problem and will be required to review the school dress code. If continued problems occur, parents will be notified and asked to bring students clothes that do not violate the dress code. If a parent cannot be reached, students will be asked to put on clothes that may be available at school. A lunch detention, in-school suspension, or administrative U may occur for repeat offenses.
DELIVERIES FOR STUDENTS
The office will not accept items such as: balloons, flowers, stuffed animals, outside food, etc.
(Outside food needs to be given directly to students, parents will need to plan to have students meet them outside during the students’ lunch to drop it off.) A drop off table is available in the office for items that students need for class such as: Binders, books, assignments, projects, instruments, etc. (Home lunch may be dropped off, if forgotten.) Students will not be immediately called out of class to pick the items up. Students will be called to the office during the next break.
CELLULAR PHONES/ELECTRONIC DEVICES
Cell Phones and Electronic devices are not allowed during class. The only exception is if a teacher allows students to use their device for a guided educational activity. Students needing to use a phone may come to the office to request the use of the office phones. Parents are requested to not call or text their student(s) during the school day. If necessary, parents may call the office to get a message to their student. Phones shall not be used in a way that disrupts the educational process and/or threatens, humiliates, harasses, or intimidates school-related individuals, including students, employees, and visitors, or violates local, state, or federal law.
If a student violates this policy, his/her phone/device may be confiscated. When an employee confiscates an electronic device, he/she shall take reasonable measures to label and secure the device and turn the device over to a school administrator as soon as the employee’s duties permit. Any student violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action as follows:
- 1st violation: Review of policy with the student. Electronic device is available for the student to pick up after school.
- 2nd violation: Parent contacted, and PARENT picks up electronic device after school.
- 3rd violation: Parent contacted, Lunch detention issued. Possible parent conference with an administrator. PARENT picks up electronic device after school.
Content on Phones: While we will not routinely search confiscated electronic devices, if there is reasonable suspicion as to questionable content (the most common of which include texted threats and pornographic pictures) members of the administration may view the content. If inappropriate or illegal behavior is discovered, this will be treated according to the specific behavior.
Violation of this policy can result in discipline up to and including suspension or expulsion, and notification of law enforcement authorities. A student who violates this policy may be prohibited from possession of a phone at school and/or receive failing citizenship grades, or, lose the privilege of participating in extra-curricular activities.
Students shall be personally and solely responsible for the security of phones and all electronic devices including personal belongings. The school shall not assume responsibility for theft, loss, damage, or unauthorized calls made with a phone. If phones and devices are loaned to or borrowed and misused by non-owners, device owners are jointly responsible for the misuse or policy violations.
COMPUTER ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
All school computers and devices used by students are for instructional purposes. Prior to computer use, students and parents will sign an Acceptable Use Policy, which addresses issues related to the use of the Internet. Student misuse of school computers or devices will result in school discipline and a possible loss of computer privileges.
Student grades and attendance can be accessed on the Internet at the following Internet address under Student Information System: www.davis.k12.ut.us
Students desiring to participate in extracurricular activities must maintain the following standards:
Any student who seeks to run for student government must have maintained a minimum GPA of 3.0 in each of the three terms preceding elections. Additionally, students must not have received more than one F or more than one U total during the three terms preceding elections and no more than 1 N in any of the previous three terms.
Students elected to office shall maintain a 3.0 GPA with no “F’s,” no “U’s,” and no “N’s” while in office. Failure to comply with these standards shall result, first being placed on probation. If probation fails, the officer will be removed from office. Officers may refer to the Standards Committee for further consideration of their standing.
Any student who seeks to tryout for cheerleading must have maintained a minimum GPA of 3.0 in each of the three terms preceding tryouts. Additionally, students must not have received more than one F or more than one U total during the three terms preceding tryouts and no more than 1 N in any of the previous three terms. If a U citizenship grade was received during the three terms prior to tryouts, that U must be cleared before the first day of tryouts.
Students chosen as a cheerleader shall maintain a 3.0 GPA with no “F’s,” no “U’s,” and no “N’s”. Failure to comply with these standards shall result, first, in being placed on probation. If probation fails, the cheerleader will be removed from the squad. Cheerleaders may refer to the Standards Committee for further consideration of their standing.
The requirements for academic and citizenship eligibility are to be followed by each coach and athlete. Davis School District’s eligibility requirements are as follows: “Students must hold a minimum term grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in the preceding grading period. Students falling below the term 2.0 GPA will be ineligible to participate in the succeeding grading period. Mid-term progress reports do not apply. Students cannot fail more than one subject. Students receiving a ‘U’ will be subject to review by the School Standards Committee. At the discretion of the school principal and School Standards Committee, a student with one or more ‘U’s’ may participate when their credit has been restored.
Emergency evacuation drills are conducted monthly for the purpose of practicing safe and efficient exit of the building. Students should take each drill seriously and follow the exit routes posted in classrooms. Once outside, students should stay at least 30 feet from the building and close to their teachers. Once the drill is completed, teachers will lead students back into the building. Under no circumstance should students reenter the building on their own following an alarm.
Accidents and illnesses are to be reported to the office where immediate care can be arranged. Parents will be contacted before students will be allowed to check out of school with an illness or injury.
If a student is going to be homebound or hospitalized for more than ten consecutive school days, the parents should contact the school to apply for Home/Hospital services through the district student services department. A physician’s signature is required in order for the school to authorize Home/Hospital services.
A student who needs to take prescription medicine during the school day should only bring the prescribed dosage needed for one day. Parents desiring the school to dispense doctor prescribed medicine to their students should contact the office.
A student may achieve the Honor Roll in scholarship, citizenship and attendance. The requirements for being placed on the honor rolls are as follows:
- 4.0 Honor Roll - 4.0 GPA
- High Honor Roll - 3.70 - 3.99 GPA
- Honor Roll - 3.5 -3.69 GPA
- Citizenship - Six (6) H's
- Perfect Attendance - No absences or tardies (school excused excluded)
Students who make the Honor Roll or who have perfect attendance are recognized each term they qualify. Additionally, those students who maintain Honor Roll standards for the first three terms of the school year will be recognized at a special Honors Night held during the 4th term.
Absence - The parent must contact the school before a student will be excused during school hours. The school cannot release a student from school to anyone but the legal guardian or adult designated by the guardian. All activities during the school day are mandatory. Activities are planned for students’ educational value. All assemblies, dances, testing, etc., are an important part of the junior high school experience. In the event of an absence, all make-up work is the student’s responsibility. Five (5) unexcused absences will result in a citizenship U. When your student has an absence, we encourage you to excuse the absence on your myDSD (under attendance account) other options to clear an absence would be to send a note with your student (to be turned in at the office), email the attendance secretary at email@example.com or call the attendance telephone number #801-402-0106.
Prearranged Absence - Students who miss school for hospitalization, family trips, etc., should plan to make up the work that will be missed. When students arrange absences in advance, they stand a better chance of maintaining academic and citizenship standing.
Admit to Class - Admits will only be written for students who have been detained in the office. Admits do not excuse a student’s tardy unless so specified. Classroom teachers will determine the expectations for attendance in their individual classes.
Check-in/Check-out Policy - A student must check in through the office before going to class if he or she has arrived more than five minutes late to school. A student must be checked out in person through the office if he or she is going to leave school before the end of the school day. A student can only be checked out by a parent or designated person on the emergency contact list. Photo ID is required to check out your student.
Closed Campus Policy - Centennial Junior High School is a closed campus. Students are to remain on campus during school hours, including lunchtime. Students who choose to leave campus without checking out will be marked truant.
Tardiness (Unexcused) - Tardiness is disruptive to the orderly environment of a school. Students who are excessively tardy will receive reduced citizenship grades and will be subject to school discipline. Four (4) tardies are excessive in one term in any given class. After the 3rd tardy the students parent will be notified of an N in citizenship grade. After the 4th tardy the students parent will be notified that a U may be given. After the 5th tardy the student will be referred to the office to schedule a Lunch Detention for each subsequent tardy. Students that check in after 30 min. of class will be marked Absent.
Truant (Unexcused Absence) - Students are truant if they are not where they are supposed to be during school hours. Citations, unsatisfactory citizenship grades, school suspensions and alternate school placements are all possible consequences of truancy. According to District Policy, the following citations and fines will be issued as follows:
Truancy Citation Schedule- 1st Truancy= Warning, 2nd Truancy= $10, 3rd Truancy= $15, 4th Truancy=$20, and 5 or more Truancies= $25 each time.
Other Consequences of Truancy
- A U citizenship grade may be given in each class missed during truancy.
- An administrative U may be given each term for truancy.
- Teachers are not obligated to allow students to make up assignments or tests missed due to a truancy.
- In school suspension.
- Students who exhibit a pattern of excessive truancy will be referred to District Student Services.
Students must have a hall pass in order to be in the hall during class time. Each faculty member will have a hall pass. This pass will be given to any student leaving class and returning the same period. A hall pass can only be used by one student at a time. Class time is valuable and use of the hall pass will be limited to those situations where it is absolutely necessary.
Homework assignments can be obtained for students who have been absent from school on a teacher’s website. Teachers can be contacted through email or phone, if necessary, to clarify any questions concerning missed work.
LATE OPENING - NO SCHOOL
If a severe blizzard, heavy snowstorm, or ice storm occurs during the night, which makes driving hazardous, and such conditions are known by 7:00 a.m., or for any other emergency identified hazardous by the Superintendent either a “Late Opening” or a “No School” announcement will be made over local radio stations email and phone call. In the event that it is necessary to start school late, the predetermined starting time for “Late Opening” will be 10:10 a.m.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag shall be recited by students at the beginning of each school day in each classroom, led by a student in the classroom, as assigned by the classroom teacher on a rotating basis. Participation in the Pledge is voluntary and not compulsory. Students will be made aware that; 1) participation in the Pledge is voluntary and not compulsory; 2) it is acceptable for an individual to choose not to participate in the Pledge for religious or other reasons; and 3) students should show respect for individuals who participate and individuals who choose not to participate.
The office phones are for business purposes. Students using the student phone during class time should first obtain a hall pass from their teacher. Students who need rides after school, should plan in advance of school activities and arrange for transportation before they come to school. The office phone will be available for students needing to check out.
Because of the number of students in classes, we are unable to allow students from other schools or out of town to attend with a student in our school. Please arrange to have out of town guests entertained at home.
Visitors are required to check in at the main office upon entering the building. Only school personnel, parents or legal guardians are permitted to visit with students during school hours. Any exceptions to this policy must be cleared with the administration. High school students are not allowed on campus or in the Centennial designated parking areas. Trespassers will be referred to the police.
To insure safety, students must demonstrate responsible behavior while riding the school bus. All students being transported are under the authority of the bus driver and must obey driver requests. Students should follow these rules:
- Stay off the pavement as the bus approaches
- Enter the bus in an orderly manner
- Be seated and remain seated while the bus is in motion
- Maintain orderly and respectful behavior
- Obey bus driver’s directions immediately
- Do not place objects or body parts out the windows of the bus
- Do not eat or drink on the bus
- Do not litter or vandalize
- Do not open the emergency door or window except in case of emergency
- Do not carry any item which could cause a hazard to passengers
A school administrator will contact parents and/or the police in cases where students have engaged in disorderly conduct or behaviors that endanger passengers.
To find out if a student is eligible for busing, please do the following: Log on to the student myDSD account at http://mydsd.davis.k12.ut.us/studentinformationsystem/faces/login.jsp, go to the “Report Tools” tab, select the “Transportation Information” tab. Students without Internet access can ask a secretary for a printout of the same information. Do not ride the bus if you are not eligible.
All food purchased in the cafeteria must be consumed in the cafeteria/commons. The following behaviors are strictly prohibited:
- Running to get in line
- “Cutting in” or saving a place for others in line
- Throwing anything
- Leaving trash, trays, or food on the tables, ledges and floor
- Taking food out of the cafeteria/commons area. No food will be allowed on stairways or on the second level
All collaboration areas in each of the houses are closed during lunch. Students should be in the cafeteria, the commons area, or outside (West area) during lunch.
Students who have a need to use the elevator should contact the office for approval/to be issued a key and to be trained on its proper use. (Only one student helper may accompany the student at a time.)
Students may be suspended, transferred to an alternative placement, expelled, referred for police investigation, and/or prosecuted for engaging in any physical or verbal aggression, extortion, intimidation, initiation, or discrimination of any school employee or student at school or school-related activity, including but not limited to any form of gang-related activity, fighting, bullying, hazing, or sexual, racial, ethnic, religious, or disability-related harassment.
Response to Bullying/Harassment- Do not ignore bullying or harassment to you or others! Tell the bully you do not want them to harass you or the other person. Clearly tell them to “stop,” and name the form of harassment. For example, say, “Stop kicking me. That is harassment and I do not want you to do it.” If they harass or bully you again, report it to a teacher or an administrator. If the harassment is major, such as sexual or violent, report it immediately to an adult – we do not want it repeated and want to work with the student to change the behavior. Those observing another student being bullied or harassed are asked to not tolerate it and report it to a trusted adult at school for assistance. Parents, please help us become aware of any student concerns in order to establish a safe and enjoyable school climate.
Racial/Ethnic Harassment- “Racial/Ethnic harassment” includes, but is not limited to: racial name-calling, use of racial slurs, taunting, and wearing or displaying racially offensive symbols or messages.
Inappropriate Conduct of a Sexual Nature and Sexual Harassment- “Sexual harassment” means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, other physical or verbal conduct or communication of a sexual nature and any other gender-based harassment, whether initiated by students, school employees, or visitors. Examples of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Sexual displays of affection
- Sexually explicit jokes, notes, pictures, “ratings lists,” rumors, and graffiti
- Catcalls and whistles
- Unwelcome and offensive touching of clothing
- Sexually suggestive dancing
- Sexually suggestive or sexually degrading name-calling
- Profanity that is sexually suggestive or sexually degrading, implies sexual intentions, or is based on sexual stereotypes or sexual preference
- Sexual gestures
- Sexual jokes or skits
- Unwelcome leering and staring
- Clothing with sexually obscene or sexually explicit slogans or messages
- Possession or distribution of pornography (including sexually -explicit Internet sites) of any kind
- Harassment through phones, texting or e-mail
No form of sexual harassment by students, school employees, or visitors shall be tolerated. Immediately tell the person that their behavior is unwelcome and to stop. Victims of sexual harassment and persons with knowledge of sexual harassment are required to report the harassment immediately. Any criminal violation will be reported to the proper legal authorities.
No Retaliation. All complainants have the right to be free from retaliation of any kind. Retaliation may result in a referral to our School Resource Officer with possible legal consequences.
IN SCHOOL SUSPENSION (ISS)
In school suspension is designed to provide a place where students in violation of school policies may study. Students can be assigned to ISS by the administration.
During registration, each 7th grade student will be issued a locker. Lockers are optional for 8th and 9th grade students. Lockers are to be maintained in a neat and clean fashion. Any object, photo, or picture displaying alcoholic or tobacco substances, or other inappropriate material may not be hung in lockers. Students should not leave valuable items, such as money, in their lockers. The school will not be responsible for the theft of items taken from lockers. Combination locks are provided on all lockers. Upon request, the combination may be changed for a fee. Students should not give the combination to others. Individuals having problems with their locker should report to the office after going to class first and getting a hall pass.
PERSONAL BELONGINGS - TOYS, ETC.
Personal items that are brought to school should not interfere with the educational process. Such items may be confiscated. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen personal property.
Roller Blades and Skateboards may not be used on campus. If a student brings these items to school, they must be put in that student’s locker or the skateboard racks upon arrival.
Large amounts of cash and other expensive personal belongings are prime targets for theft. It is expected that students not bring articles to school that are not used in the educational program.
Centennial Junior High School has high expectations for exemplary student behavior at all activities. The following rules will help us maintain a high standard of behavior at athletic events:
- All spectators will remain in the stands before and after events
- Spectators are prohibited from having noisemakers of any kind such as whistles, cowbells, horns, etc.
- Megaphones and signs are also prohibited at athletic events
- Booing or contesting calls made by referees is not considered to be good sportsmanship and will not be allowed
- Students and community need to sit in the correct designated and marked areas
Students who know about or observe vandalism have the responsibility to report it to the administration. Our school is a nice place to be. Don’t allow a few students to ruin it for the rest.
Vending machines are provided in the commons area for the convenience of students and staff before, after school, and during lunchtime. Vending is not owned by the school and is use at your own risk. The school is not responsible for money lost in the vending machines. Students should be sure to place wrappers and containers in trashcans in order to ensure a clean school environment. Theft or damage to machines will have school disciplinary consequences and may result in a referral to the police.