- District Policy & Procedures
- Citizenship Policy & Rubric
- Dress Code
- Deliveries for students
- Electronic Devices
- Emergency Preparedness
- Health related
- Honor Roll
- Student Expectations
DISTRICT POLICY & PROCEDURES
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 Junior High School will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Students, parents, or employees needing accommodations should contact their school ADA/504 Coordinator Rick Miller (402-0100), or you may contact the District ADA Coordinator, Midori Clough (402-5315). (TDD hearing impaired 402-5358).
CIVIL RIGHTS COMPLAINT PROCEDURE
NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION
Davis School District and Centennial Jr. High School do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, 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.
Inquiries or complaints regarding the non-discrimination policies may be directed to an individual’s principal or supervisor and/or the District Compliance Officer:
ADA (Employment Issues) Compliance Officer
Davis School District
70 East 100 North, P.O. Box 588
Race, Color, National Origin, or Religion in other than Athletic Programs
Davis School District
Title IX Coordinator
Gender in other than Athletic Programs
Davis School District
70 East 100 North, P.O. Box 588
Farmington, Utah 84025
Tel: (801) 402-5447
Title IX Compliance Officer
Discrimination in Athletic Programs
Davis School District
Farmington, Utah 84025
Physical Facilities Compliance Officer
Davis School District
20 North Main Street. P.O. Box 588
COMPULSORY EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
A parent or legal guardian having custody over a school age minor is required under State law to enroll and send a school age minor in 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. Frequent absences from classes disrupt the instructional process. Parents/guardians are encouraged to work with the school in promoting regular attendance of all students.
EQUAL EDUCATIONAL AND EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
It is the policy of the Davis School District and Centennial Junior High School to provide equal educational and employment opportunity for all individuals. Therefore, the District and Centennial Junior High School prohibit all discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status in its programs and activities, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other youth groups. This policy extends to all aspects of the district’s and Centennial Junior High School’s educational programs, as well as to the use of all district facilities, and participation in all District-sponsored activities.
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 children’s education records. These rights are:
1) Parents have the right to inspect and review all of their student’s education records maintained by the school within 45 days of a request for access.
2) Parents have the right to request that a school correct records believed to be inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.
a) 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.
3) Generally, the school must have written permission from the parent before releasing any information from a student’s record. However, the law allows schools to disclose records, without consent, to some parties. Such exceptions include, but are not limited to: school officials with legitimate educational interests; other schools that have requested the records and in which the student seeks or intends to enroll or where the student is already attending; individuals who have obtained court orders or subpoenas; persons who need to know in cases of health and safety emergencies; juvenile justice system; etc.
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 has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist). 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 listings of their students.
The Davis School District has designated the following information as directory information: 1) student’s name, 2) student’s address, 3) student’s telephone number, 4) date of birth, 5) participation in officially recognized activities and sports, 6) weight and height of members of athletic teams, 7) degrees and awards received, 8) photograph, 9) most recent educational institution attended by the student, 10) parent email address.
If you, as a parent, do not want Centennial Junior High School to disclose directory information from your child’s education records 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:
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.
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 contacting 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.
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:
1) Consent before students are required to submit to a survey that concerns one or more of the following protected areas:
2) 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.
3) Inspect, upon request and before administration or use of:
Davis School District has policies in place to protect student privacy as required by both state and Federal law. Centennial Junior High School 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:
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 school’s official neutrality regarding sectarian religious issues according to the constitutional principal of separation between church and state.
SAFE & ORDERLY SCHOOLS
It is the policy of the Davis School District and Centennial Junior High School 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, district disciplinary action as determined by the Department of Student Services Case Management Team, police referral, and/or prosecution. 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 record.
Weapons and Explosives - Automatic One-Year Expulsion - Any student who in a school building, in a school vehicle, on District property, or in conjunction with any school activity, possesses, controls, 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 Case Management Team determines on a case-by-case basis, that a lesser penalty would be more appropriate. The terms “weapon,” “explosive,” and “noxious or flammable material” include 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.
Drugs/Controlled Substances - Any student who possesses, controls, uses, sells, or arranges the sale of real, look-alike, or pretend illegal drugs or controlled substances, including alcohol, tobacco in any form, and electronic cigarettes, may be suspended, transferred to an alternative placement, tested for drugs, expelled, referred for police investigation, and/or prosecuted.
Serious Violations - Students 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 persons 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, harassment, hazing, rape, trespass, arson, theft, and vandalism, possession of pornographic material 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.
Harassment/Hazing/Bullying - 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, intimidation, initiation, or discrimination of any school employee or student at school or school-related activity regardless of location or circumstance, including but not limited to bullying, hazing, or sexual, racial, ethnic, religious, or disability-related harassment.
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 reason to believe that the search will turn up evidence that the student has violated or is violating a particular law or school rule.
Students have no right or expectation of privacy in school lockers. School lockers are the sole property of the Davis School District and Centennial Junior High School. Periodic general inspections of lockers, including the use of drug detecting canines, may be conducted by school authorities for any reason at any time, without notice, without student consent, and without a search warrant.
Extracurricular Activities - Participation in interscholastic athletics, cheerleading, band, student government, student clubs, ceremonies, and other extracurricular activities is not a constitutionally protected civil right. Therefore, students who are suspended, transferred to an alternative placement, or expelled, may lose the privilege of participation in all extracurricular activities during the period of discipline and will not be afforded due process procedures to challenge the denial of participation.
Disruption of School Operations - Students may be suspended, transferred to an alternative placement, expelled, referred for police investigation, and/or prosecuted for any school-related 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.
Due Process - When a student is suspected of violating Centennial Junior High School 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 or guardian that 1) the student has been suspended; 2) the grounds for the suspension; 3) the period of time for which the student is suspended; and 4) the time and place for the parent or guardian to meet with a designated school official to review the suspension.
Authority to Suspend or Expel - The school administrator 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.
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 a 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:
- Five or more unexcused absences in a term
- Four or more tardies in a term
- Disrespect for school authority
- Disrespect for school staff
- Use of vulgarity or profanity
- Public displays of affection and other inappropriate touching
- Direct and willful disobedience of school rules and policies
- Cheating - Cheating includes using someone else’s work as your own
- Theft of private or public property
- Property destruction
- Excessive absences or tardies
- Disruption of learning activities
- 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. When the citizenship credit is satisfactorily made up, the administration will restore the lost credit, the U will remain on the record.
DRESS AND GROOMING
The following standards for school dress and appearance have been set:
All students shall maintain themselves in a clean, groomed, and well-washed manner.
- Students shall wear shoes always- slippers are not allowed.
- Shirts shall cover the student’s entire upper torso. All shirts, tops and dresses are required to have sleeves. Bare midriffs and sheer fabrics are not allowed. Low necklines will not be allowed. Cold shoulder shirts are permitted.
- Length of skirts, dresses and shorts should be closer to the knee than to the top of the leg.
- 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 will not cover their heads in the building. (Hats, Hoodies)
- Pants should be worn high enough that underwear is not exposed.
- Any accessories, such as chains, which pose a threat to others or which become a nuisance to the school environment are not allowed.
- Any attire, hairstyle, hair color, piercing or makeup which can be considered extreme and 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 or In-school suspension may occur for repeat offenses.
DELIVERIES FOR STUDENTS
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.
In the term preceding athletic participation, students must have obtained a minimum GPA of 2.0 with no “F’s,” no U’s, and no more than one (1) N. If the end of the term falls in the middle of a season the participant must maintain eligibility based on the previously noted criteria or they will be subject to elimination from the team.
Students may appeal to the Standards Committee for further consideration of their standing.
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 make a personal contact with 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. Absences must be cleared within 3 days after returning to school from an absence. Five (5) unexcused absences will result in a citizenship U. To clear an absence the parent/guardian may either send a note with their student (to be turned in at the office), excuse the absence on your myDSD account or email the attendance secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 and your My DSD login 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.
- Parent conference may be required for students to return to school.
- 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
There is a standing cash reward for information that conclusively identifies individuals who have committed an act of vandalism at the school. 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 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.