Notices, Policies & Supplemental Handbook

The following Annual Notices and Board Policies are required to be provided to students and parents on an annual basis.  These Notices and Board Polices are supplemental to the school student/parent handbook.  All parents and students must review these Annual Notices and Board Policies at the time of registration and/or enrollment.  

Some of these Annual Notices and Board Policies may also appear in a school's student/parent handbook

Table of Annual Notices & Board Polices:


Child Find

DPI Child Find

Upon request, the School District of Whitefish Bay is required to evaluate a child for eligibility for special education services.  A request for evaluation is known as a referral.  When the district receives a referral, the district will appoint an Individualized Education Program (IEP) team to determine if the child has a disability, and if the child needs special education services. The district locates, identifies, and evaluates all children with disabilities who are enrolled by their parents in private (including religious) schools, elementary schools and secondary schools located in the school district.

A physician, nurse, psychologist, social worker, or administrator of a social agency who reasonably believes a child brought to him or her for services is a child with a disability has a legal duty to refer the child, including a homeless child, to the school district in which the child resides.  Before referring the child, the person making the referral must inform the child's parent that the referral will be made.

Others, including parents, who reasonably believe a child is a child with a disability may also refer the child, including a homeless child, to the school district in which the child resides.


Student Attendance

Board Policy 431 Student Attendance

Board Policy 431 Rule 1 Student Attendance Procedures

Board Policy 431 Rule 2 Truancy

State Statute 118.15 Compulsatory School Attendance

State Statute 118.16  School Attendance Enforcement

The District shall abide by and implement student compulsory attendance laws.  State law requires each child between the ages of six and eighteen residing in the District to be in school attendance (religious holidays excepted) unless he/she:

  1. Is excused temporarily for physical or mental reasons;

  2. Has graduated;

  3. Has been authorized to attend an alternative educational program;

  4. Has been excused by his/her parent/guardian prior to an absence in accordance with state law; or

  5. Has been excused by the building principal or his/her designee.

Any violator of the compulsory school attendance law shall be subject to penalties outlined in state law.


Student Bullying

School Board Policy 411.3 Prohibition of Bullying

State Statute 118.46 Policy on Bullying

The School District of Whitefish Bay strives to provide a safe, secure and respectful learning environment for all students in school buildings, on school grounds, and school buses and at school-sponsored activities. Bullying has a harmful social, physical, psychological and academic impact on bullies, victims and bystanders. The school district consistently and vigorously addresses bullying so that there is no disruption to the learning environment and learning process.

Definition

Bullying is deliberate or intentional behavior using words or actions, intended to cause fear, intimidation or harm. Bullying may be repeated behavior and involves an imbalance of power. The behavior may be motivated by an actual or perceived distinguishing characteristic, such as, but not limited to: age; national origin; race; ethnicity; religion; gender; gender identity; sexual orientation; physical attributes; physical or mental ability or disability; and social, economic or family status.

Bullying behavior can be:

  • Physical (e.g. assault, hitting or punching, kicking, theft, threatening behavior)

  • Verbal (e.g. threatening or intimidating language, teasing or name-calling, racist remarks)

  • Indirect (e.g. spreading cruel rumors, intimidation through gestures, social exclusion and sending insulting messages or pictures by mobile phone or using the internet – also known as cyber bullying)

Prohibition

Bullying behavior is prohibited in all schools, buildings, property and educational environments, including any property or vehicle owned, leased or used by the school district. This includes public transportation regularly used by students to go to and from school. Educational environments include, but are not limited to, every activity under school supervision.  Events that occur outside of the school day and are not on district property are not within the scope of this policy unless the bullying event causes a material and substantial disruption to the learning environment as determined by the appropriate administrator.

Procedure for Reporting/Retaliation

All school staff members and school officials who observe or become aware of acts of bullying are required to report these acts to the appropriate building administrator.

Any other person, including a student who is either a victim of the bullying or is aware of the bullying or any other concerned individual is encouraged to report the conduct to the appropriate building administrator.

Reports of bullying may be made verbally or in writing and may be made confidentially.  All such reports, whether verbal or in writing, will be taken seriously and a clear account of the incident is to be documented. A written record of the report, including all pertinent details, will be made by the recipient of the report.

The school official receiving a report of bullying shall immediately notify the building administrator.

There shall be no retaliation against individuals making such reports. Individuals engaging in retaliatory behavior will be subject to disciplinary action.

Procedure for investigating reports of bullying

The building administrator or his/her designee shall conduct an investigation of the bullying report and collect whatever other information is necessary to determine the facts and the seriousness of the report.

The district shall maintain the confidentiality of the report and any related pupil records to the extent required by law.  The parent or guardian of each pupil involved in a bullying incident will be notified.

Sanctions and supports

If it is determined that students participated in bullying behavior or retaliated against anyone due to the reporting of bullying behavior, the school district administration and school board may take disciplinary action, including: suspension, expulsion and/or referral to law enforcement officials for possible legal action as appropriate. Pupil services staff will provide support for the identified victim(s).

Disclosure and Public Reporting

The policy will be distributed annually to all students enrolled in the school district, their parents and/or guardians and employees.  The school district will also provide a copy of the policy to any person who requests it.

Records will be maintained on the number and types of reports made, and sanctions imposed for incidents found to be in violation of the bullying policy.


Student Locker Searches

Board Policy 446.1 Student Lockers

State Statute 118.325 Locker Searches

The School Board retains ownership and possessory control of all student lockers. At no time does the District relinquish its exclusive control of lockers provided for the convenience of students. General inspection of lockers may be conducted by designated school authorities for any reason at any time, without notice, without student consent and without a search warrant.

The school officials, employees and agents who may conduct locker searches are designated as:

                        -Administrators, pupil services staff, and teachers holding a license issued by the state superintendent.

                        -The school liaison officer and other officers of the Village of Whitefish Bay Police Department working with school authorities. 

                        -Support staff, including secretaries, paraprofessionals, custodians, maintenance and food service employees, in the company 
                         of an employee designated above.

Searches of a student's personal property, or other items contained within a school locker, such as handbags or backpacks, may be conducted when, under the circumstances, school personnel have a reasonable belief that a student has an item that is in violation of the law and/or school rules.

Any unauthorized item found in a school locker may be removed and given to the parent/guardian of the student, returned to its rightful owner, or forwarded to law enforcement officials as the circumstances may warrant.


Nondiscrimination Statement

Board Policy 411 Equal Educational Opportunities

Board Policy 411 Rule Student Discrimination Complaint

Board Policy 411.1 Human Dignity

 Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1972

Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act

It is the policy of the School District of Whitefish Bay that no person shall, on the basis of age, sex, race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, medical condition or disease, or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program, including Career and Technical Education courses, activity, or employment.  This policy also prohibits discrimination as defined by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1972, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The district encourages informal resolution of complaints under this policy. The formal complaint regulation procedure is as follows:

Any complaint regarding the interpretation or application of the district's nondiscrimination policy shall be processed in accordance with the following grievance procedures:

  1. Any student, parent/guardian, resident, or employee of the School District complaining of discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional, of learning disability or handicap in school programs or activities shall report the complaint, in writing, to the Director of Special Education & Pupil Services.  The contact information for the Director of Special Education & Pupil Services is as follows:

Stacy Gahan, Ph.D., Director of Special Education & Pupil Services
School District of Whitefish Bay
1200 E. Fairmount Ave.
Whitefish Bay, WI 53217
(414) 963-3924

stacy.gahan@wfbschools.com

  1. Discrimination complaints relating to the identification, evaluation, educational placement or the provision of a free appropriate public education of a child with exceptional educational needs shall be processed in accordance with established special education appeal procedures.  (Chapter 115, Subchapter V, Wis. Stats.)

  2. Discrimination complaints relating to programs specifically governed by federal law or regulation shall be referred directly to the State Superintendent.

 

  1. The Director of Special Education & Pupil Services will provide a written acknowledgment within twenty (20) days of the receipt of the written complaint.  The Director of Special Education & Pupil Services will investigate with the building principal, or other appropriate persons, the facts comprising the alleged discrimination and prepare a written report of the facts.  Within fifty (50) days after receiving the complaint, the Director of Special Education & Pupil Services shall decide the merits of the case, determine the action to be taken, if any, and report in writing the findings and the resolution of the case to the grievant.

  2. If the grievant is dissatisfied with the decision of the Director of Special Education & Pupil Services, he/she may, within five (5) business days of such decision, appeal the decision in writing to the School Board.  The School Board shall hear the appeal at its next regular business meeting, or a special meeting may be called for the purpose of hearing the appeal.  The school board shall make its decision in writing within ninety (90) days after the School District's receipt of the complaint, unless the parties agree to an extension of time.  Copies of the written decision shall be mailed or delivered to the grievant and the Director of Special Education & Pupil Services.

  3. If the grievant is dissatisfied with the School Board's decision, he/she may within thirty (30) days appeal the decision in writing to the State Superintendent.

  4. Complainants are reminded that appeals may also be made to the Regional Director of the Office of Civil Rights for federal discrimination law violations. 

Any questions concerning this policy should be directed to the Director of Special Education & Pupil Services, School District of Whitefish Bay, 1200 E. Fairmount Ave., Whitefish Bay, WI 53217.


Student Religious Accommodations

Board Policy 323.1 Accomodating Sincerely Held Religious Beliefs

Board Policy 323.1 Rule Guidelines for Accomodating Sincerely Held Religious Beliefs

Board Policy 434.1 Released Time for Religious Instruction

Board Policy 434.1 Rule Guidelines for Released Time for Religious Instruction

State Statute 115.28(31) Accomodation of Religious Beliefs

WI Admin. Code Ch PI41 Accomodation of Religious Beliefs

Students’ sincerely held religious beliefs shall be reasonably accommodated with respect to academic activities and requirements, examinations, and other school and Recreation and Community Education Department activities which take place outside the classroom. The scheduling of academic activities, examinations, and school and Recreation and Community Education Department activities will be accomplished in such a manner as to be sensitive to and to minimize conflict with sincerely held religious beliefs.

A student shall be permitted to make up an academic, activity, or examination requirement at another time or by an alternative method, without prejudicial effect, in either or both of the following situations:

a.         There is a scheduling conflict between the student's sincerely held belief and meeting the academic, activity, or   
            examination requirement.

b.         Parents/guardians or students of legal age have given prior notification to the instructor of the specific days or
            dates on which the student will request relief from an academic, activity, or examination requirement.

The resulting make-up academic requirements, activity, or examination may be scheduled for full credit before or after the regularly scheduled requirement.

Instructors shall accept at face value the sincerity of the student’s religious beliefs.

Notification by parents/guardians or students of legal age to instructors and requests for relief shall be kept confidential.

Complaints of failure to provide reasonable accommodation of sincerely held religious beliefs as required by this policy may be filed following the procedures outlined in:

a.         Policy 411: Equal Educational Opportunities and 411-Rule: Student Discrimination Complaint Procedures

b.         Policy 870-Rule: Public Complaints Regarding Instructional Practices, Disciplinary Action, or School District
            Employees


Title I Programs

 

Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provides financial assistance to local educational agencies and schools with percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. Federal funds are currently allocated through formulas that are based primarily on census poverty estimates and the cost of education in each state. 

School districts that receive Title I program funds are required to notify parents:

  1. You have the right to request the professional qualifications of your child’s classroom teacher including the following: (a) whether the teacher has met state licensing criteria for the grade level(s) and subject area(s) taught; (b) whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or provisional status through which state licensing criteria have been waived; and (c) the undergraduate degree major of the teacher, and any graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, including the field of discipline of the certification or degree.

  1. You have the right to request the professional qualifications of paraprofessionals providing instructional-related services to your child.

School districts that receive Title I program funds are required to notify parents of their parent involvement.

Parent Involvement Compact

A parent involvement policy explains how the school supports the important role of parents in the education of their children. Every school/school district that receives federal Title I grant money must have a parent involvement policy. The policy describes how the school and parents will work together to help students achieve the district’s standards of learning. As partners in education, students, parents, educators and administrators work collaboratively toward the ultimate goal of student learning and success. To that end, we enter into the following compact.

STUDENTS WILL:  

  • Be on time and in school each day.

  • Complete all assigned school work.

  • Use school time wisely.

  • Be responsible for a positive attitude toward learning.

  • Show respect for all students, adults and property.

  • Use actions and language to promote a safe and orderly learning environment.

PARENTS WILL:    

  • Work to ensure your child is on time and in school each day.

  • Notify the school appropriately when a child must be absent.

  • Encourage your child to share what happens at school.

  • Be aware of your child’s mental and physical health and hygiene.

  • Provide time and an appropriate learning environment for homework.

  • Contact the appropriate person(s) at school with all questions, concerns and suggestions.

  • Enable your child to attend school with materials needed to learn and the desire to succeed.

EDUCATORS WILL:

  • Be organized and prepared to teach each day.

  • Use good judgment in making decisions affecting students.

  • Be aware of the needs and feelings of individuals in order to promote students’ security and confidence.

  • Cooperate to achieve school goals and expectations.

  • Set clear academic and behavioral expectations for students.

  • Work collaboratively with students, parents, colleagues and administrators.

  • Communicate with parents regarding their child’s progress, as well as about classroom and school activities.

  • Maintain a positive and alert demeanor while performing work duties.

ADMINISTRATORS WILL:

  • Serve as the instructional leader in the school.

  • Direct and support the education of all students in the school.

  • Uphold all state statutes and school board policies.

  • Maintain a safe learning and working environment for students and staff.

  • Communicate with students, parents, staff and other administrators regarding relevant issues regarding students, learning and school activities.

  • Supervise and evaluate staff members so that students receive optimum curriculum and instruction.

  • Work to ensure the physical, emotional and social health of all students will be monitored and promoted.


Curriculum Modification

In accordance with state law, the School District of Whitefish Bay may provide program and curriculum modifications for a child under certain guidelines.  The parent or guardian should first talk with the principal regarding the specific program or curriculum modifications requested.  The parent or guardian should then speak with the Director of Instruction if a solution is not obtained.  Finally, any child’s parent or guardian, or the child if the parent or guardian is notified, may request the school board, in writing, to provide the child with program or curriculum modifications. 

The school board shall render its decision, in writing, within 90 days of a request, except that if the request relates to a child who has been evaluated by an individualized education program team under s. 115.782 and has not been recommended for special education, the school board shall render its decision within 30 days of the request. If the school board denies the request, the school board shall give its reasons for the denial.

Any decision made by a school board or a designee of the school board in response to a request for program or curriculum modifications shall be reviewed by the school board upon request of the child’s parent or guardian. The school board shall render its determination upon review in writing, if the child’s parent or guardian so requests.

Please contact your child’s building principal if you would like more information or to make a request for modifications.


Meningococcal Disease Information 

Public health authorities recommend that teenagers and college-bound students be immunized against a potentially fatal bacterial infection called meningococcal disease, a type of meningitis.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other leading medical organizations recommend routine meningococcal immunization for adolescents during the preadolescent doctor’s visit (11- to 12-year-olds), adolescents at high school entry (15-year-olds) if they have not previously been immunized, and for college freshmen living in dormitories.

Meningococcal disease is a rare but potentially fatal bacterial infection that can cause severe swelling of the brain and spinal cord (meningitis) or a serious blood infection (meningococcemia).  Meningococcal disease strikes up to 3,000 Americans each year; nearly 30 percent of these cases are among teenagers and college students.

A meningococcal vaccine is available for use among persons aged 11 to 55 years, which provides protection against four of the five types of bacteria that cause meningococcal disease.  Many parents are unaware of the dangers the disease poses to their children and that a vaccine is available that may help to prevent up to 83 percent of cases among teens and college students.

Immunization is the most effective way to prevent this very serious disease.

About Meningococcal Disease

Meningococcal disease is often misdiagnosed as something less serious because early symptoms are similar to common viral illnesses.  Symptoms of meningococcal disease may include high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, confusion, exhaustion and/or a rash.

Meningococcal disease is spread through direct contact with respiratory and/or oral secretions from infected persons (for example, kissing or sharing drinking containers).  It can develop and spread quickly throughout the body, so early diagnosis and treatment are very important.  Even with immediate treatment, the disease can kill an otherwise healthy young person within hours of first symptoms.  Of those who survive, up to 20 percent may endure permanent disabilities, including brain damage, deafness and limb amputations.

Lifestyle factors common among teenagers and college students are believed to put them at increased risk of contracting meningococcal disease.  These lifestyle factors include crowded living situations (for example, dormitories, sleep-away camps), active or passive smoking and irregular sleeping habits.  Teens should avoid sharing eating utensils and drinking out of the same container, since infections may spread through this type of close contact.

To learn more about meningococcal disease, vaccine information, and public health resources visit the following web sites.


Use or Possession of Electronic Communication Devices

Board Policy 443.5 Student Use of Wireless Electronic Devices

 

Student use and/or possession of communication devices (e.g., cell phones, pagers) on school premises and/or at school sponsored activities can be disruptive to the educational environment and interfere with student learning. Therefore, no student shall be permitted to use or possess a two-way communication device on school premises, except as specifically outlined below or otherwise authorized by the District Administrator or his/her designeeStudents may carry communication devices on school premises provided they are switched off and remain off during the hours of the regular school day.  Students may use communication devices on school premises and at all school functions outside of the regular school day provided such use is not disruptive to the school environment/activity or management of the school, does not endanger the health or safety of self or others, does not invade the rights of others, or does not involve illegal activities. 

Use of cell phones or other communication devices with photographic capabilities is strictly prohibited where there is an expectation of privacy. This prohibition applies to activities on school premises and during school sponsored activities whether on or off school premises in all locations, including school locker rooms and restrooms. Use of such devices also is prohibited where photographic activities would be disruptive or where specific objections are present. 

Students violating this policy shall be disciplined in accordance with established procedure.


Equal Educational Opportunities

Board Policy 411 Equal Educational Opportunities

 

The School District is committed and dedicated to the task of providing the best education possible for every child in the School District for as long as the student can benefit from attendance and the student's conduct is compatible with the welfare of the entire student body.

 

The School District does not discriminate against pupils in the school-sponsored programs under 42 USC ss. 1751 et. seq. on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability or handicap.

 

It is the policy of the School District of Whitefish Bay that a student's sincerely held religious beliefs shall be reasonably accommodated with respect to all examinations and other academic and activity requirements. 

 

It is the policy of the Whitefish Bay School District that no qualified handicapped person shall, on the basis of handicap, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity conducted by the Whitefish Bay School District.

 

Complaints regarding the interpretation or application of this policy shall be referred to the District Administrator or the Director of Special Education & Pupil Services.

 

Notice of this policy and its accompanying complaint procedures shall be published at the beginning of each school year in the Whitefish Bay Herald and posted in each school building in the School District.  In addition, a student nondiscrimination statement shall be included on student and staff handbooks, course selection handbooks and other published materials distributed to the public describing school activities and opportunities.


 

Weapons

 

 

Board Policy 443.6 Weapons

 

Board Policy 443.6 Rule - Weapons Rule

 

Policy:  It is the goal of the School District of Whitefish Bay to provide a safe and healthy environment for all persons on its premises or attending any of its activities or functions.  To aid in reaching that goal, the District shall strictly enforce a policy that no person age 20 or less shall possess, use, or threaten use of a weapon,  or a look-alike weapon on school premises, on school sponsored vehicles, or at any school-related event; and that no person age 21 or more shall use or threaten use of a weapon, or a look-alike weapon, on school premises, on school sponsored vehicles, or at any school-related event.

 

Definition:  A weapon is defined as a firearm (loaded or unloaded), knife, razor, chemical irritant including pepper spray, martial arts device, explosive device, metal knuckle or any other object which, by the manner in which it is used, is capable of inflicting bodily harm.  A look-alike weapon is defined as a toy gun, non-working replica of a weapon, cap gun, starter pistol, or any other object which could reasonably be mistaken for an actual weapon regardless of whether it is manufactured for that purpose.

 

Violations: (a) Persons age 20 or less:  A Whitefish Bay school student who violates this policy (no person shall possess, use, or threaten use of a weapon, or a look-alike weapon, on school premises, on school sponsored vehicles, or at any school-related event) shall be subject to school disciplinary action, including suspension and/or expulsion, in accordance with state and federal laws and Board policies.  Disciplinary measures taken will be the responsibility of the building principal.  Circumstances involving a policy violation, including the age of the student, will be taken into consideration when disciplinary action is being determined.  Weapons will be confiscated by the District.  A weapon taken from a Whitefish Bay school student will be reported to the student's parents/guardians.  The building principal may also report confiscation of a weapon to the police.   A violator age 20 or less who is not a student in Whitefish Bay Schools will be subject to appropriate response by the District which may include referral to law enforcement officials.

 

(b) Persons age 21 or more: A person age 21 or more who uses or threatens use of a weapon or look-alike weapon on school premises, on school sponsored vehicles, or at any school-related event will be subject to appropriate response by the District which may include referral to law enforcement officials.

 

(c) All persons:  All persons are prohibited by state law from possessing a firearm on school premises, on school sponsored vehicles, at any school-related event, or within 1,000 feet from the grounds of the school.  A student who possesses a firearm while at school or under the supervision of a school authority shall be expelled from school for not less than one year.

 

(d) Exceptional Education Students: A student with exceptional educational needs who violates this policy shall be removed from school and placed in an interim alternative educational setting in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and state regulations while the case is proceeding in the District.

 

(e) The guidelines for students outlined in the attached rule for grades K-5 and 6-12 shall be considered before administrative action.  The list of weapons is illustrative only and is not intended to be an inclusive listing of all weapons or look-alike weapons as defined in this policy.  In all cases, administrative discretion will be used after reviewing the circumstances of the incident and these guidelines.  Action other than that suggested in the guidelines may be recommended dependent upon the actual facts surrounding the incident.

 

Exceptions:  The following are policy exceptions:

(a) Weapons under the control of law enforcement personnel; and

 

(b) Weapons authorized by the building principal that must be handled in a legal manner for the purpose of education.


Code of Conduct and Removal of Students from Class

 

Board Policy 443.7 Code of Conduct and Removal of Students from Class

 

Statement of Purpose

 

The School Board recognizes that all members of the community have rights and responsibilities in maintaining and supporting a safe and appropriate educational environment.  Setting and following rules of conduct are crucial if teachers are to teach effectively, and students are to learn.  All students in grades K-12 are expected to comport themselves at all times in a manner that is appropriate and conducive to their own learning, and to that of their classmates.

 

Students in the School District of Whitefish Bay are expected to

 

Demonstrate respect for people, property, and the learning environment

 

Show kindness and courtesy to others by treating them with dignity

 

Be in class on time ready to begin learning

 

Demonstrate effort by listening carefully and following instructions

 

Make positive contributions to the school learning environment

 

Follow all school rules

 

General Building Rules of Conduct

 

Each school in the School District of Whitefish Bay establishes General Building Rules of Conduct which are in compliance with School Board policies.  First, the General Building Rules of Conduct define behavior expectations which are expected to be followed in all areas of the school campus to include, but not limited to the hallways, lunchroom and playground areas.  Second, these General Building Rules of Conduct provide age appropriate consequences and procedures for parent notification for infractions of the General Building Rules of Conduct.  Third, they incorporate all School Board Policies regarding discipline and decorum.  Finally, these General Building Rules of Conduct apply to any school-sponsored activity.  In addition, Whitefish Bay High School complies with the WIAA Code of Conduct for extra-curricular eligibility standards.  Each school publishes the Building Rules of Conduct in their school handbook, and each school complies with and annually provides information to students and parents regarding the following School Board Policies:

 

Computer Network and Internet Use Guidelines

Equal Educational Opportunities

Student Discrimination Complaint Procedures

Harassment Policy

Human Dignity

Student Attendance

Student Attendance Procedures

Truancy Plan

Student Use of Electronic Paging Devices

Weapons

Student Lockers

Accommodating a Student's Sincerely Held Religious Beliefs

Public Complaints Regarding Instructional Practices, Disciplinary Action of School District Employees

 

Classroom Rules

 

Classroom Rules of Conduct are established by teachers to be age appropriate for elementary, middle and high school students

 

Reasons to Remove a Student from Class

 

Students who disrupt classes, distract their peers, create danger to anyone, or undermine their own education and that of others.  As a result, the School Board believes that the most effective discipline takes place in the classroom at the time the incident occurs.  Options such as detention, revocation of student privileges, parental contact or other appropriate measures are available to teachers.  In extreme or repeated cases, the teacher is expected to turn to the school building administration for assistance.

 

Consistent with the law and recognizing the principles and behavior expectations which promote a good learning environment, the School Board will allow students to be removed from classrooms if, through improper conduct they violate established building or classroom rules, disrupt classes, or distract classmates.  Such removal shall be governed by the Code of Conduct as follows:

 

A student may be removed from the classroom for conduct or behavior which is in

 

Violation of School Board policies regarding suspension or expulsion

 

School Board policies regarding suspension or expulsion are set forth as follows: Student Suspension 447.3; Student Expulsion 447.4; and Student Expulsion Procedures 447.4-Rule.  Decisions regarding suspension are made by the building administrator and recommendations for expulsion are made by the district's central administration.  Therefore, a teacher's decision to remove a student from class does not necessarily mean the student will be suspended or expelled.

 

Violation of School Board policies regarding dangerous acts

 

Actions which pose a danger to self or others will result in immediate removal from the classroom and parent notification.  Dangerous behaviors are addressed in the following School Board policies: Weapons 443.6; Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Use 443.4; Prohibition of the Use of Tobacco Products on School District Premises 832; and Vandalism, Burglary, Theft 731.1.

 

Weapons as described in School Board policy

Throwing dangerous objects

Fighting

Use of alcohol or other drugs

Dangerous use of equipment or supplies

Vandalism

 

Violation of building-wide and classroom rules

 

As set forth in student handbooks, disruptive or unruly student behavior which undermines, prevents or inhibits one's own education or that of others, includes behaviors which are consistently distracting to the general learning environment and interfere with the ability of the teacher to teach effectively.

 

The most effective discipline for disruptive or unruly behavior takes place in the classroom.

Discipline decisions made by the teacher are guided by the following processes:

 

Classroom defined consequences which comply with the following School Board policies: Equal Educational Opportunities 411; Human Dignity 411.1; Harassment Policy 411.2/511.1; and Student Rights and Responsibilities 440.  Parent notification.  Possible removal from class as determined by the teacher.

District defined consequences as set forth in the following School Board policies: Computer Network and Internet Use Guidelines 363.2; and Truancy Plan 431 (Rule 2).  Parent notification.  Possible removal from class as determined by the teacher.

 

In addition to classroom and district consequences, disruptive or unruly behaviors may result in a time out, a short term removal, or a long term removal from the classroom.  These behaviors include, but are not limited to the following: inappropriate distracting noises; use of vulgar or abusive language; harassment; inappropriate touching; talking out of turn; insubordination; defiance and disrespect of the teacher manifest in words, gestures or other overt behavior; repeated tardies to class; network violations; cheating/plagiarism; extended truancy from class; and other behavior likely or intended to sabotage or undermine instruction and learning.

 

Procedure for Removing a Student from a Class Activity or the Classroom

 

Time Out from Class Activity

 

The School District of Whitefish Bay recognizes that a student may impulsively create an inappropriate distraction in the classroom which does not require outside intervention.  It is the teacher's discretion to temporarily remove the student from a classroom activity for a short period of time in a “time out.”  The student will remain within sight and supervision of the teacher.  A repeated need for a “time out” for a single student can lead to a short or long term removal from class.  When the teacher believes the behavior is part of a sequence of unacceptable behaviors, or the behavior is sufficiently unacceptable, the teacher will notify the parent of the repeated need for a “time out” by phone or in writing within twenty-four (24) hours.

 

Short Term Removal from the Classroom

 

A teacher should generally warn a student that continued misbehavior may lead to temporary removal from class.  Students subject to short term removal may incur other disciplinary actions as determined by the building administrator.  A short term removal from the classroom generally extends over the duration of the class period or the activity.

 

Should removal be appropriate the teacher will:

 

·                     Send the student to the office and notify the office personnel by phone that he/she is on the way.

·                     Notify the building administrator or designee immediately of reason(s) for removal from class (telephone or note sent 
                         with another student, teacher or aide).

·                     Meet with the student and principal.

·                     Submit stated reason(s) for the removal to the building administrator or designee in writing within 24 hours of
                         removal.

 

The building administrator or designee will:

 

·                     Speak to the student to give an opportunity to explain the situation.

·                     Review IEP behavioral intervention plan if student has a disability.

·                     Determine if additional disciplinary actions are appropriate, such as but not limited to detention, suspension, and/or
                         service work.

·                     Notify the parent by telephone or in writing of the removal from class and the consequences.  (Normally such 
                         notification will take place before the end of the school day, but shall occur within 24 hours of the written notification
                         by the teacher.)

·                     Maintain a written log of attempts to notify parents.

·                     Maintain a written log of the removal from class and disciplinary actions taken.

·                     Provide supervision for the student while removed from class.

 

Long Term Removal from Class

 

Long term removal from a class is generally not based on one incident.  A teacher or a team of teachers may recommend long term removal by stating in writing the basis of the removal and recommended alternatives.  It is the decision of the building administrator to remove a student from a class long term.

 

Administrative Alternatives for Placement

 

·                     Contract with student and return to class.

·                     Collaborative Intervention Team referral (if not previously referred).

·                     Alternative educational placement as defined by law.

·                     Placement in another class in the school or in another appropriate place in the school.

·                     Placement in an out-of-school instructional setting.

 

 

Building Administrator or Designee Will:

·                     Notify parent/guardian in writing within 72 hours that the student is being reviewed for alternative placement and/or
                         long term removal from class.

·                     Review student behavior records, academic records, and written recommendations for removal.

·                     Meet with the referring teacher or team.

·                     Meet with the counselor, student and parent.

·                     Notify the parent/guardian of the decision made in a timely manner.

·                     Document which alternative is selected and the reasons.

Procedural Guidelines

 

·                     A student with a disability may be removed from class and placed in an alternative educational setting only to the
                         extent authorized by state and federal laws and regulations.

·                     Decisions to remove a student from class are nondiscriminatory on the basis of sex, race, religion, national origin,
                         color, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation or physical, mental, emotional, or
                         learning disability.

·                     Decision for alternative placement will be based on criteria such as costs, availability, location, space, and staff
                         resources, as well as related district policies and procedures and shall be consistent with applicable state and federal
                         laws and regulations.


Student Elector Registration Information

Congratulations on recently turning 18.  As you may know, the age of 18 brings with it both privileges and responsibilities.  One of the responsibilities deals with registering to vote.  In a democratic society, the voice of the people is heard through the election process.  For this reason, it is imperative that young adults like you take this responsibility seriously and vote on election days. 

If you do not live in Whitefish Bay, you should contact the City Clerk’s Office in the municipality in which you live for voter registration instructions.  Voting is a tremendous power that citizens have.  Without your participation in this process, your voice will never be heard in the political process.  Take this responsibility seriously both registering to vote and voting on election days.


Harassment Policy

Board Policy 411.1/511.1 Harassment Policy

Board Policy 411.2 Rule Harassment Complaint Procedure

Board Policy 411.2 Exhibit Harassment Reporting Form

State Statute 947.013 Harassment

The School District of Whitefish Bay is committed to an education environment that is free of harassment of any form.  It is therefore the policy of the District to:

 

1.         Prohibit and discourage any individual (employee, applicant for employment, parent, student or
            other individual doing business or having a relationship with the District) from harassing any
            other individual associated with the District;

                          2.         Provide a harassment-free educational environment;

 

3.         Address any instances of harassment in a timely manner;

 

4.         Provide on-going educational awareness of the problem of harassment in all forms; and

 

5.         Provide procedures for filing and pursuing claims of harassment.

 

The District will not tolerate any form of prohibited harassment and will take all necessary and appropriate action to eliminate it, including discipline or discharge of employees and suspension or expulsion of students.

 

DEFINITION OF PROHIBITED HARASSMENT

 

Harassment is prohibited if it is based upon a protected group status.  In that regard, no person shall be subject to harassment on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, age, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, arrest or conviction record, or physical, mental or emotional disability or any other basis protected by state or federal law.

 

Prohibited harassment may include, but is not limited to, the following:

 

1.         Verbal harassment, including epithets, kidding, derogatory comments, slurs or ethnic jokes;

2.         Physical harassment, including patting, pinching, or intentional brushing against another's
            body;

3.         Physical interference with movement, activities or work;

4.         Visual harassment, including derogatory cartoons, drawings or posters; and

5.         Demands for sexual favors, whether or not accompanied by implied or overt promises of
            preferential treatment or threats.

 

This policy applies to all District employees, applicants for employment, parents, students, and other individuals doing business or having any dealings with the District.

 

HARASSMENT COMPLAINT AND DISTRICT RESPONSE

 

A report of harassment and the subsequent investigation will be handled confidentially, to the extent possible.  No information regarding the initial report, the complaint, or the investigation will be released by the District unless required by law or, if necessary, for the purpose of taking corrective action.

 

Violations of the District's harassment policy will result in discipline of the individual involved.  In the case of an employee harassing a student, the discipline to the employee may range from a warning to termination, depending on the facts.  In the case of a student harassing another student, the discipline to the student may range from a warning to expulsion from school, depending on the facts.  In the case of other violations of the policy, appropriate action will be determined following the investigation process.

 

The District recognizes that false or fraudulent claims of harassment may be filed.  The District will treat all harassment claims as valid claims unless and until the District's investigation reveals that the complaint was filed falsely, fraudulently, or for an improper purpose.  The District reserves the right to discipline any person filing a false or fraudulent claim of harassment.  The discipline shall be determined based upon the facts and circumstances of the individual case.

 

The District forbids retaliation against anyone who reports an incident of harassment or files a complaint of harassment.

 

This policy applies to all District employees, applicants for employment, parents, students and other individuals doing business or having any dealings with the District.


Student Discrimination Complaint Procedures

Board Policy 411 Equal Educational Opportunities

Board Policy 411 Rule Student Discrimination Complaint Procedures

Any complaint regarding the interpretation of application of the School District's student nondiscrimination policy shall be processed in accordance with the following grievance procedures:

 

1.         Any student, parent/guardian, or resident of the School District complaining of discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional, of learning disability or handicap in school programs or activities shall report the complaint, in writing, to the Director of Special Education & Pupil Services.

 

A.         Discrimination complaints relating to the identification, evaluation, educational placement or the provision of a free appropriate public education of a child with an exceptional educational needs shall be processed in accordance with established special education appeal procedures.  (Chapter 115, Subchapter V, Wis. Stats.).

 

B.         Discrimination complaints relating to programs specifically governed by federal law or regulation shall be referred directly to the State Superintendent.

 

2.         The Director of Special Education & Pupil Services will provide a written acknowledgment within twenty (20) days of the receipt of the written complaint.  The Director of Special Education & Pupil Services will investigate with the building principal, or other appropriate persons, the facts comprising the alleged discrimination and prepare a written report of the facts.  Within fifty (50) days after receiving the complaint, the Director of Special Education & Pupil Services shall decide the merits of the case, determine the action to be taken, if any, and report in writing the findings and the resolution of the case to the grievant.

 

3.         If the grievant is dissatisfied with the decision of the Director of Special Education & Pupil Services, he/she may, within five (5) business days of such decision, appeal the decision in writing to the School Board.  The School Board shall hear the appeal at its next regular business meeting, or a special meeting may be called for the purpose of hearing the appeal.  The school board shall make its decision in writing within ninety (90) days after the School District's receipt of the complaint, unless the parties agree to an extension of time.  Copies of the written decision shall be mailed or delivered to the grievant and the Director of Special Education & Pupil Services.

 

4.         If the grievant is dissatisfied with the School Board's decision, he/she may within thirty (30) days appeal the decision in writing to the State Superintendent.

 

5.         Complainants are reminded that appeals may also be made to the Regional Director of the Office of Civil Rights for federal discrimination law violations.        

 

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