Student Handbook

Greentown Intermediate (3-5)                                                                                                       Orchard Hill Intermediate (3-5)

3330 State Street N.W.                                                                                                                       1305 Jonathan Avenue S.W.

North Canton, OH  44720                                                                                                                 North Canton, OH  44720

(330) 497-5645-FAX: (330) 966-1603                                                                                                   (330) 497-5655-FAX: (330) 966-1701

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STUDENT CONDUCT CODE of NORTH CANTON CITY SCHOOLS

 The North Canton City Board of Education is committed to the proposition that students are entitled to basic civil liberties guaranteed to other citizens, including due process.  This has been reinforced by recent court decisions that indicate clearly that whatever may be their precise impact, neither the Fourteenth Amendment nor the Bill of Rights is for adults only.  It is further believed that the community is entitled to responsible action in the exercise of these liberties.  It is, therefore, the purpose of the North Canton City Schools not only to encourage the exercise of these liberties, but also to develop a sense of responsibility and good citizenship on the part of members of the student body.  Statements of policy pertaining to student government are formulated in order to facilitate achievement of these purposes.      

                                            

At the same time, it is recognized that the traditional role of the school official and teacher has been "in loco parentis" relative to the student.  The obligation of this role is that more mature and experienced judgment should be exercised than may normally be expected to prevail in relation to the less mature and less experienced judgment of the student.  Further, since school attendance is compulsory, a captive student group does exist, and school officials must often make decisions that protect the health and well being of all students while at the same time attempting to safeguard individual rights.

This Code of Conduct is in effect while students are under the authority of school personnel or involved in any school activity.  This includes, but is not limited, to school buses and property under the control of school authorities, and while at interscholastic competitions, extracurricular events, or other school activities or programs.  In addition, this Code of Conduct includes misconduct by a student that occurs off school property but is connected to activities or incidents that have occurred on school district property and misconduct by a student that, regardless of where it occurs, is directed at a district official or employee or the property of an official or employee.

A VIOLATION OF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING RULES MAY RESULT IN DISCIPLINARY ACTION, WHICH MAY INCLUDE DETENTION, EMERGENCY REMOVAL, OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION, AND/OR EXPULSION. STUDENTS MAY ALSO BE REFERRED TO LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES.

DETENTIONS:  Students are required to study quietly before or after school in a monitored session for thirty (30) minutes.

SATURDAY DETENTION:  Students are required to study quietly on Saturday morning from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in a monitored session.  Students are to pay $10.00 on the morning of the detention.  Students must bring school work or appropriate reading material.

EMERGENCY REMOVAL:  Students may be removed from a class and/or school at the discretion of an administrator.

OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION*:  Students are not permitted to attend classes, , get credit for class assignmenbe on school property, attend school functions, or attend school sponsored events for the determined length of time.  Students may be permitted to make up assignments, including tests, quizzes, etc. upon returning to school at the conclusion of the suspension.

EXPULSION*:  Following a formal hearing with the superintendent, the student is not to return to classes, be on school property or at school events, or participate in school functions for the determined length of time. 

*Out-of-School Suspension and Expulsion are governed by ORC 3313.66. The principal may suspend a student for a period of up to ten (10) days for violation of the Code of Conduct. The superintendent may expel a student from school for up to eighty (80) days and for certain violations up to an entire year.

 1.    Drugs of Abuse: Students shall not, at any time, possess, use, sell, offer to sell, deliver, conceal, consume, be under the influence of or show signs of consumption of any drugs of abuse including alcoholic beverages or any counterfeit or look-alike drugs of abuse on school property, at school-sponsored/related events off school grounds or during travel to and from school.  Counterfeit drugs of abuse include any substance that is directly or indirectly represented to be a drug of abuse.  Students shall not possess, use, sell, offer to sell, deliver, or conceal any instruments or paraphernalia (anything that could be used to smoke/ingest substances) for use with drugs of abuse.  Students, also, shall not possess any prescription or over-the-counter medication on school property, at school-sponsored events off school grounds, or during travel to or from school.

2.     Disruption of School: A student shall not cause disruption or obstruction of educational programs, whether curricular or extracurricular, by use of violence, force, coercion, threat, words, false alarms or demonstrations.  A threat against the welfare of the building may result in expulsion for a period of up to one (1) school year.

 3.    Damage of School Property: A student shall not be negligent, nor willfully or recklessly cause or attempt to cause damage to property owned by the North Canton City Schools Board of Education.  Students who are found responsible for damaged property shall be held liable for the cost of repair or replacement of damaged property.

 4.    Damage to Private Property: A student shall not willfully or recklessly cause or attempt to cause damage to private property on school premises, during a school activity, function, events off school grounds or during travel to and from school.

5.     Aggression: A student shall not fight, intimidate*, threaten, haze, assault, or commit battery upon any person on school property, or at school-sponsored events off school grounds, or during travel to and from school; nor shall a student behave in such a manner which could foreseeably cause physical or emotional injury to such persons at such places and times.

        *Intimidate shall include, but is not limited to, threats used to extort money or any other item of value from another student or person.     

 6.    Dangerous Weapons and Instruments:  A student shall not use, possess, handle, transmit, fail to report, or conceal dangerous weapons, substances, or instruments which include, but are not limited to, firearms, knives, mace, tear gas, firecrackers, explosives, incendiaries, or other similar devices, (e.g. cigarette lighter/matches) on school property, or at school-sponsored events off school grounds, or during travel to and from school, except as expressly authorized by the superintendent, principal, or their designees.  Possession of such weapons could lead to permanent exclusion from all Ohio schools.

 7.    Tobacco  (Complies with ORC 3313.751):  Use or possession of any form of tobacco product or any imitation tobacco product or paraphernalia (e.g. cigarette lighter/matches) in school, on school grounds, at school-sponsored activities, or within sight of the school is prohibited.

 8.    Obscenity:  A student shall not use obscenity, profanity, any form of racial or ethnic slurs, or other patently offensive language or gestures, nor shall a student be in possession of patently offensive material on school property, at school-sponsored events off school grounds, or during travel to and from school.

 9.    Truant:  A student shall not stay away from school or any assigned class, or activity without good and sufficient cause.  Truant students may be referred to juvenile court.

10.  Tardiness:  A student shall not be late to school or to class without good and sufficient cause. 

11.  Forgery/Falsification:  Students shall not fraudulently affix of have affixed parents' or other authorities' signatures on notes or official school forms nor shall students use passes, school forms or notes in an improper manner nor possess such documents.  Students may not add names to passes.  A student shall not misrepresent himself/herself as any adult either in oral or written form.

12.  Theft:  A student shall not wrongfully take, possess, carry away, or exercise dominion and control over property of others.

13.  Gambling:  Gambling shall not be permitted on school property or during school activities.

14.  Disobedience:  A student shall not be defiant, belligerent, disrespectful, or fail to comply with school rules or directions of teachers, substitute teachers, teacher aides, administrators, or other authorized school personnel during any period of time when the student is properly under the school jurisdiction.  Students have the responsibility to cooperate with and/or inform school authorities about dangerous or potentially dangerous situations involving school and/or student safety issues.

15.  Hazing (Complies with ORC 2307.44):  A student shall not plan, encourage, engage in or witness and fail to report any hazing activity.  Hazing is defined as doing any act or coercing another, including the victim, to do any act of initiation into any organization that creates a risk of mental or physical harm.  Hazing activities of any type shall be prohibited at all times on school property, or at school-sponsored events off school grounds, or during travel to and from school.

16.  Loitering:  A student shall not be permitted to remain in vehicles or be standing within sight of the building before or after school unless involved in a school-related activity.

17.  Harassment:  Harassment can take several forms: sexual, physical, racial and/or verbal.  Harassment may not be determined solely by the intent of the action or statement, but can also be determined by how it is perceived.  A student shall not make unwanted visual, written, verbal, or physical contact toward another student or a staff member on school property, at school-sponsored events off school grounds, or during travel to and from school, *it is not limited to where the harassment originates but also includes where it is communicated. 

Cyber-bullying:  Henrico definition approved by Richard Mann:  “Cyber-bullying-Abusive behavior including, but not limited to, taunting, threatening, stalking, intimidation, and/or coercion by one or more individuals against other students or staff, perpetrated with computers, cellular phones, internet websites, and/or any other electronic device.” 

        Students are encouraged to report problems or incidents or harassment to any of the following individuals: guidance counselor, teacher or principal.

18   Academic Integrity (Plagiarism/Cheating):  A student shall not use the ideas, words, phrases, and/or writings of others and pass them off as his/her own.  A writer’s ideas, words, and the way of expressing them are his/her property, and anyone using them without properly citing and crediting the original source is guilty of plagiarism.  (Reference Book 194).   Students are expected to be responsible for doing their own work, whether it is writing a paper, doing homework, or answering questions on a quiz or test.  Students will receive a zero for the assignments with no opportunity to receive credit for the work.  Subsequent cheating offenses could lead to loss of credit for the course.

19.  Inappropriate Action or Behavior:  Any action or behavior judged by school officials to be inappropriate in a school setting and not specifically mentioned in other sections shall be in violation of the Student Conduct Code.        Nothing in these policies, and specifically nothing in Sections 8, 14, 20, 21, 22, and 23 of this student Conduct Code, shall be construed to in any way prohibit, allow punishment, for, or limit students in their lawful right to express themselves on or off campus in a manner protected by the First Amendment.

20.  Student Expression:  The school recognizes the rights of students to express themselves.  With the right of expression comes the responsibility to do it appropriately.  Students must present materials to the principal for approval at least 24 hours prior to display or distribution.

        Materials may not be distributed or displayed if it:

        1.     is obscene to minors, libelous, indecent or vulgar;

        2.     advertises any product or service not permitted to minors by law;

        3.     intends to be insulting or harassing;

        4.     intends to incite fighting or present a likelihood of disrupting school or a school event.

        Material may not be displayed or distributed during class periods or during passing time between classes.  Permission may be granted to display or distribute during lunch periods or after school in designated locations, as long as exits are not blocked and there is proper access and egress to the building.

21.  Student Appearance Code (Complies with ORC 3313.665): Students shall comply with the following dress code that reflects the standards of our school and community.  The following restrictions are in effect as governed by the interest of safety, cleanliness, neatness and appropriateness; however, due to the fact that styles and fads change, it is impossible to anticipate and list all areas where a decision of acceptability must be made.  What may be appropriate at home or elsewhere may not be appropriate at school.  The determination about whether an item or style is objectionable under the student dress code is left to the judgment of the school administration. 

        ALL CLOTHING MUST BE OF PROPER FIT.  ALL CLOTHING MUST BE CLEAN AND NEAT – NO HOLES, NO HAND-FRAYS, NOT TORN NOR TATTERED, NOT IN NEED OF REPAIR.  

        The following is NOT ACCEPTABLE:

                a.     clothing or tattoos exhibiting words, logos, symbols, trademarks, or other references to alcohol, drugs, tobacco, sex, violence, profanity, cults, Satanism, or death; any garment or style of dress which displays any racial slurs, ethnic epithets, gang affiliations, sexist attitudes (including but not limited to such examples as Hooters, Co-Ed Naked, Bong, etc.) or terrorist messages;

b.       attire which creates undue distraction, including but not limited to tank tops, spaghetti straps, revealing necklines, off-the-shoulder tops, bare midriffs, backless attire;

(TOPS SHOULD BE LONG ENOUGH TO BE ABLE TO BE TUCKED IN AND STAY IN WHILE IN A SITTING POSITION.)

c.        shorts, cut-offs, skirts, dresses that are shorter than mid-thigh and/or revealing; (SHORTS, CUT-OFF, SKIRTS, DRESSES MUST BE AT LEAST FINGERTIP LENGTH) (SLITS IN SKIRTS/DRESSES MUST NOT END HIGHER THAN MID-THIGH.) (SHORTS MUST BE WORN UNDER TEAR AWAY PANTS.)

                d.     boxer shorts, athletic shorts used for school sports participation;

                e.     sleepwear (no pajama bottoms or flannel pants);

                f.     tights, leggings, or spandex not covered by another garment that reaches below one’s fingertips;

g.       shorts and pants that sag below the waistline;

h.       outdoor apparel, including but not limited to sunglasses, coats, outside jackets, outside vests, gloves, mittens, hats; (HATS SHOULD NOT BE WORN OR CARRIED TO CLASS.)  (STUDENTS MAY BRING A LIGHTWEIGHT SWEATER OR SWEATSHIRT TO PLACE IN THEIR LOCKERS SHOULD THEY GET COLD.)

                i.      slippers, dangerous footwear; (SHOES MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES.)              

                j.      headwear, head scarves, bandannas, sweatbands, visors; (THESE SHOULD NOT BE WORN OR CARRIED TO CLASS.)              

                k.     hazardous apparel; (CHAINS ATTACHED TO WALLETS OR ANY OTHER POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS APPAREL IS NOT PERMITTED.)              

l.         extreme hairstyles and/or hair color; (for example, mohawks, pink hair, green hair, etc.).

m.     visible piercings (including facial and tongue piercings; piercings covered by band aids, and clear plastic plugs.)

 (ONLY EAR PIERCING IS ALLOWED.)

                n.     clothing, styles, devices, paraphernalia, tattoos, or body piercing that makes a statement inappropriate for a school setting.

        NO BACKPACKS, BRIEFCASES, GYM BAGS, OR BOOK BAGS OF ANY TYPE ARE PERMITTED DURING THE SCHOOL DAY.  THESE ITEMS MAY BE USED TO TRANSPORT BOOKS AND MATERIALS TO AND FROM SCHOOL ONLY.

        Students who violate the appearance code may be referred to the Principal’s Office.  Attempts to secure appropriate clothing from home or borrow from the office may be made.  Violators of the appearance code may be assigned detention(s) and repeat violators may face more serious consequences. 

22.  Public Display of Affection:  A student shall not exhibit inappropriate display of affection in school buildings, on school property or at school-sponsored events off school grounds.

23:  Inappropriate Use of Technology:  Student use of the Internet on any computer or other electronic devices should be limited to those areas deemed appropriate by the administration.  Students shall not distribute or access inappropriate material or data either directly or indirectly using their technology system or using the school’s technology system, email, or voice mail.  Any material distributed by students must be approved by the principal prior to distribution.

        THERE IS NO EXPECTATION OF PRIVACY IN USING ANY EQUIPMENT AT SCHOOL, INCLUDING THE USE OF PERSONAL EQUIPMENT ON SCHOOL PROPERTY. 

        Inappropriate computer use includes but is not limited to the following:

                -damaging computers, computer systems or computer networks;

                -accessing unauthorized computers, sites or information databases;

                -displaying offensive messages or pictures;

                -accessing dangerous information that, if acted upon, could cause damage or present danger to others;

        -using the computer for recreational electronic communication; (e.g., e-mail, instant messaging, bulletin boards, social media sites such as Twitter/Facebook/etc. during school hours, etc.);

                -violating copyright laws and/or the district policy on plagiarism;

                -accessing inappropriate chat rooms or news groups;

                -using the Internet to buy or sell products;

                -interfering with the normal functioning of computers, computer systems or computer networks.

        STUDENTS WISHING TO USE A COMPUTER OR ELECTRONIC DEVICE AT SCHOOL MUST HAVE A COMPLETED ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY FORM ON FILE.  VIOLATION OF THE ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY MAY RESULT IN LOSS OF PRIVILEGES.

24.  Electronic Devices

        Electronic devices are classified as disruptive, non-disruptive, and mobile phone devices.  Permissibility of each type of electronic device is described as follows:

        Disruptive Electronic Devices

A.      Recording devices, radios, pagers, laser pointers, and other electronic devices are deemed distracting to the educational environment.  As such, these devices are not permitted.

=         Use of camera on non-disruptive devices and cell phones, to take still pictures or video, is not permitted on school grounds, including transportation, unless under the direction and supervision of the classroom teacher.

B.      The misuse of permissible electronic devices in a manner distracting to other students or school personnel is not allowed.

        The misuse of electronic devices includes, but it not limited to:

i)        Use of any electronic device in a classroom or other area of school not authorized by school personnel.

ii)      Violation of the North Canton City Schools’ Acceptable Use Policy.

iii)    Listening to video or audio without headphones or earbuds.

iv)     Use of headphones/earbuds at a volume level where others can hear.

        Non-disruptive Devices

A.      Non-disruptive devices are defined as electronic devices primarily used for education purposes, ie., school-issued

         Chromebooks.

B.    These devices may be used during classroom instruction as permitted and directed by school personnel.  If it is not the        school-issued Chromebook, then a permission form is required to use it.

Mobile Phones

A.      Use of mobile phones for any voice or text communication is not permitted during school hours.

B.      Mobile phones must be turned off and in students’ lockers during school hours.

        Tracking Devices, Smartwatches & Cell Phones

Tracking devices that look like watches are becoming poplar at this age level. There are several on the market; one example is the LG Gizmo Gadget. Some of these smartwatches allow parents to call the watch without the child and those around him knowing. Due to privacy issues of other children sharing the classroom and the safety procedures we have in place, we discourage the use of these devices at school. Children will be asked to leave these devices in their backpacks during the school day if they wear them. Cell phones will also stay in the backpacks during the school day if they are brought to school.

Consequences for inappropriate use of electronic devices

Violation of the appropriate use of electronic devices, as described above, (1) may result in detentions, Saturday detention, In-School Intervention, or Out-of-School Suspension; and (2) student may be required to turn the device over to school personnel and the student and/or parent may pick up the device from the Main Office at the end of the school day.

Internet Connection

Wireless Internet connection will be provided by the North Canton City Schools for students to connect their devices to the Internet.  Students must have a completed Acceptable Use Policy signed and on file.  Additionally, students may connect to the Internet using their Internet provider.  In this case, the student and family will be responsible for any Internet connection expense.

Lost or Damaged Device

North Canton Middle School assumes no responsibility for theft, loss, or damage of an electronic device brought to school.  Students bring these devices at their own risk.

25.  Bullying and Other Forms of Aggressive Behavior:  The Board of Education will not tolerate any known harassment, intimidation or bullying of any student on school property or at a school-sponsored activity.

        Harassment, intimidation or bullying is defined as an intentional, written, verbal or physical act that a student has exhibited toward another particular student more than once and the behavior both (1) causes mental or physical harm to the other student and (2) is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment for the other student.  Cyber-bullying is defined as abusive behavior including, but not limited to, taunting, threatening, stalking, intimidation, and/or coercion by one or more individuals against other students or staff, perpetrated with computers, cellular phones, internet websites, and/or any other electronic device.  Any student who believes s/he has been a victim of harassment, intimidation or bullying as defined above should report the incident(s) to the building principal, guidance counselor or teacher.

Date of original adoption: February 10, 1977

Revised:  January 24, 1991; September 9, 1993; December 9, 1993; June 23, 1994; May, 2001; June, 2002; August, 2005;

May, 2007; April, 2008; March, 2009; April, 2010; May 21, 2014; May, 2017; April, 2018

ATTENDANCE

The Ohio state Legislature made significant changes to Ohio’s school attendance laws through House Bill 410 that went into effect in 2017.  Tw areas that Ohio Revised Code now requires schools to address are absenteeism and truancy.  Below is how Ohio Revised Code defines the two types of absenteeism and the actions that will be initiated by your child’s school.

 

Excessive Absenteeism is when a student is absent with or without legitimate excuse for either of the following for 38 hours in one school month or 65 hours in one school year.  In these situations, state law requires the school to send a letter to the parents informing them of their child’s excessive absenteeism.  The school may develop an absence intervention plan for the purpose of improving the student’s attendance.

Chronic Absenteeism is when a student is absent with or without legitimate excuse for 10% of the school year.  In these situations, the school:

=         will inform the parent and schedule a meeting with the parent

=         may revise an absence intervention plan if one was previously created

=         will require medical documentation in order to excuse future absences

Habitual truancy refers to when a child is absent from school without a legitimate excuse for 30 consecutive school hours or 42 hours in one school month or 72 hours in one school year.  In these situations, state law requires the school to seek input from the parent in order to develop an absence intervention plan to improve the student’s attendance.  If attendance does not improve, the school will file charges with the court system.

Revised:  February 28, 2018

APPOINTMENTS

Written excuses from the parent for doctor and dental appointments shall be presented PRIOR to all appointments and confirmation from the doctor or dentist upon returning shall be presented to the office.   A student who is absent 2 hours or more will be counted absent for a half of a day.

 

BICYCLE RULES

1.       Pupils in any grade may ride bicycles to school. This is a parental decision.

2.       All bicycles should be parked in the racks provided by the school.

3.       Helmets, locks and licenses are suggested.

4.       Bicycles are to be walked on school property so that unnecessary injuries or accidents may be avoided.  Pupils not adhering to this rule will lose the privilege of riding a bicycle to school.  Parents will be notified.

 

BUS TRANSPORTATION

1.       Students must ride their assigned bus and board that bus at their designated stop.  Exceptions will be made only in emergency situations and only if a letter requesting this change is sent by the parent and approved by the bus garage.  A bus change form will then be issued.  The bus is not to be used so that students can ride home with friends for “play dates”. 

2.       Parents and students must assume that bus transportation is a privilege not a rightThis privilege will be withdrawn when the conduct of a student is unacceptable.

3.       Non-bus students are not permitted to ride to or from school for any reason.

4.       Parents are responsible for any damage to a bus by their children.

5.       Eating and littering are not permitted on buses.

6.       Nothing will be thrown out or extended from a bus.

7.       Noise will be kept to a minimum at all times to ensure safety of operation.

8.       Students are to sit, never kneel or stand, while the bus is in motion.

9.       Parents will be notified in writing or by phone of any problems concerning the conduct of their children while on the bus.

10.    The bus driver has the authority to enforce the above regulations.

 

CAFETERIA / FOOD SERVICE

=         Hot lunches are served each day.  The lunch menu is published monthly.  For those who pack a lunch, milk may be purchased.  Applications for free or reduced price lunch are available in the school office.

=         In case of emergency, lunch may be charged.  We try to impress upon the children that it is their responsibility to bring the money to school the next school day.

EATING LUNCH at SCHOOL

* Upon entering all North Canton City School buildings a valid photo I.D. is required*

  • Parents are welcome to pack a lunch or purchase a cafeteria lunch when joining their child for lunch.  Please let the school know in advance if you are buying a cafeteria lunch.
  • In accordance with the 2010 NCCS Strategic Planning Objectives on Student Health and Wellness, parents are NOT PERMITTED to bring in or drop off outside restaurant food or fast food to our cafeterias for student lunches.  (This includes food from Subway, Jimmy Johns, Pizza, Wendy’s, etc.)
  • Upon arrival, please sign in at the school office, give office staff your valid photo I.D. and receive a visitor’s badge.
  • Please remain in the front hallway until your child comes to the cafeteria.
  • In accordance with our school security procedures, parents are to refrain from going to the classroom or playground before or after lunch.

 

CHANGE OF ADDRESS

ANY change of address and/or telephone number during the school year is to be reported to the office.

CUSTODY CASES

  1. If a court order exists concerning the legal custody of a child, the school office must be made aware of who has access to the child during the school day.  We want to be sure that we release children only to the authorized adult.
  2. The custodial parent MUST provide the school with copies of the original custody agreement as well as any changes in the custody agreement that may occur.

 

EMERGENCY INFORMATION

1.       If your child has a medical condition which could require emergency attention, notify the school office by completing the appropriate portion of the EMERGENCY MEDICAL AUTHORIZATION form.  This form can be found on the school web page.  Every student is required to have a completed form on file in case of an emergency or disaster.

2.       Also on this form is a space for emergency numbers of people whom the office should contact in the event of an illness or other emergency if we cannot contact a parent or guardian.

3.       Parents must inform the office of ANY address and/or telephone changes.  

 

HEALTH INFORMATION

1.                   Immunizations:  All students must have current immunization records on file in the school office.  The immunization requirements for school age students are available by contacting the school nurse.

2.                   Illness or injury:  If an accident or sudden illness occurs at school, basic First Aid will be administered.  If, in the judgment of the principal, secretary or school nurse conditions warrant your immediate attention, you will be notified.  If you cannot be reached, we will contact the person listed on the Emergency Medical Authorization form.

Please keep your child home from school if:

  • They have a temperature of 100 degrees or more.  They may return to school when they have been fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication such as Tylenol or Advil.
  • They have been diagnosed with strep or any type of bacterial infection.  Your child must have received a full 24 hours of antibiotic treatment before returning to school.
  • They have vomited or had diarrhea within the last 24 hours.
  • They have had a persistent cough, chest congestion or discolored nasal drainage.
  • Have red, swollen eyes that itch with drainage.
  • Your child has been diagnosed with a communicable illness.  Please contact your physician and/or school nurse to discuss when your child should return to school.  Please provide the school with a “return to school” slip from your physician.

 

OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATION

  • We are NOT permitted to give cough drops, aspirin, throat lozenges, cough syrup, etc., to any child unless a parent has completed the OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATION FORM.
  • The OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATION form can be found on the school’s web page or by calling the school office. 
  • It is the parent’s responsibility to obtain this form. 
  • OVER-THE-COUNTER-MEDICATIONS MUST BE BROUGHT TO SCHOOL BY A PARENT IN THE ORIGINAL CONTAINER.
  • STUDENTS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO BRING OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATIONS ON THE BUS!
  • Board of Education Policy prohibits the dispensation of any medication unless the proper forms have been completed.

 

PRESCRIBED MEDICATION

  • We are NOT permitted to give prescribed medication unless the parent has had the student’s Physician complete THE PHYSICIAN’S ORDER FOR PRESCRIBED MEDICATION FORM OR AUTHORIZATION FOR STUDENT POSSESSION AND USE OF AN ASTHMA INHALER FORM.
  • The Physician’s signature must appear on the form
  • THE PHYSICIAN’S ORDER FOR PRESCRIBED MEDICATION form can be found on the school’s web page or by calling the school office. 
  • IT IS THE PARENT’S RESPONSIBILTY TO HAVE THE APPROPRIATE FORM COMPLETED AND SIGNED BY A PHYSICIAN.
  • PRESCRIBED MEDICATION MUST BE BROUGHT TO SCHOOL BY A PARENT IN THE ORIGINAL CONTAINER IN WHICH IT WAS DISPENSED BY THE PRESCRIBING PHYSICIAN OR LICENSED PHARMACIST. 
  • STUDENTS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO BRING PRESCRIBED MEDICATION ON THE BUS!
  • Board of Education Policy prohibits the dispensation of any medication unless the proper forms have been completed.

LOST AND FOUND

1.                   Parents are encouraged to label their student’s items.

2.                   Unidentified items which have been found are deposited in the lost and found box which both students and parents are encouraged to check frequently.

3.                   Any unclaimed items which still remain in June will be donated to a charity.

 

OUTSIDE RECESS

1.                   Recess is part of the daily schedule.  It is a parental responsibility to see that children are dressed appropriately for the weather.

2.                   Students will be going outside unless it is extremely cold, rainy or when icy conditions exist on the playground.

3.                   Students should remain indoors during recess only for emergency situations.  A note explaining the situation must be sent by the parent.  These requests should be kept to a minimum.  Exercise and fresh air improve academic performance.

4.                   In accordance with our school security procedures, parents are not permitted to go to the classroom(s) or playground before or after lunch.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

1.                   Physical education is an important part of the school curriculum.

2.                   Students are required to have clean gym shoes and they are required to participate in class.

3.                   If a student is unable to participate in the regular physical education class, a note from the parent is required.  For extended periods or frequent incidents, a note from a physician is required.

 

SCHOOL CLOSINGS

1.                   In the event of an emergency school closing or delayed starting time, the District’s School Messenger System will broadcast announcements as soon as possible.  Announcements will also be broadcast over all major TV stations, radio stations WHBC (1480 AM) Canton & WAKR (1590 AM) Akron and Channel 11.

2.                   Calls should not be made to the school office.  Decisions regarding closings are not made by the school office.  This decision is made by the Superintendent of Schools.

 

SCHOOL VISITATION

* Upon entering all North Canton City School buildings a valid photo I.D. is required*

1.             It is required that you check in at the office upon arrival at the building and obtain a “pass” before making any visits in the building.  At no time are unauthorized persons allowed to go to the classrooms.  This is a safety measure for students and staff.

2.            If you must get a message or deliver an item to your child, you must do so through the school office.  No one may go to the classrooms for any reason without authorization from the office.  Please limit these calls/visits to emergency situations only.  

TECHNOLOGY ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY FOR NCCS INTERMEDIATE STUDENTS

Students will be provided access to technology through their assigned computer.  Students must follow the established         guidelines for acceptable use of technology in order to maintain the privilege of access to technology.  Computers are the property of NCCS.  The school district has the right to inspect computers at any time as well as monitor all student activity on Chromebooks and other technology.

  • Students will use only their assigned computer and assigned username and password unless otherwise directed by a teacher.
  • Students will only use the computer with the teacher’s permission and for the purpose that the teacher has requested.
  • Students will not enter inappropriate or hurtful language into the computer.
  • Students will respect the school computer equipment.  Students will take good care of the equipment they use, and will not change any settings, controls, or anyone else’s files.
  • Students will only use email or Google chat if directed to do so by a teacher for a class project.  Any emails or chats will be viewable by the student’s teachers and school administration.
  • Students will only use the webcam for school-related purposes as directed by their teacher.

Students guilty of misusing the school’s technology will receive consequences according to the nature and severity of the misuse.  Consequences will include suspension and/or loss of computer or network privileges, before or after school detentions, suspension from school, and replacement and/or repair cost for damages.

 

TELEPHONE CALLS

1.                   Calls from school to home are made only on an emergency basis such as illness or other personal problems.

2.                   Calls may not be made if students have forgotten books, homework assignments, lunch money, band/orchestra instruments etc.

3.                   District Policy prohibits the use of cell phones at school or on the school bus.

 

VACATIONS

  1.         Vacation excuses should be presented to the office and homeroom teacher five days prior to the absence.
  2.         Every effort should be made to avoid vacations during OAA testing weeks.
  3.         Students who have excessive absences may not be excused for vacations.
  4.         Arrangements need to be made prior to the absence with each teacher in order to receive all required assignments.                                      

5.           Absences for vacations shall be counted as days absent.

WITHDRAWAL OF STUDENTS

1.                   When you are planning to move, it is essential that the school be notified as soon as possible. 

2.                   A district withdrawal form must be completed by a parent/guardian prior to the move.

3.                   A record-release form from the new school must be received before records will be released. 

4.                   Adequate notice is also needed so that the teacher can prepare reports which are forwarded to the receiving school.

5.                   All outstanding fees must be paid prior to withdrawal from school or release of records will not be granted.

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