Student Handbook

DARLINGTON HIGH STUDENT GUIDE


EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENT CONDUCT

Darlington High School has enacted and intends to enforce a strong Code of Student Conduct designed to deter unacceptable behaviors and teach students to abide by the rules.  The basis of the strict code is the concept of RESPECT…respect for others, for property, for authority and for self. The code of student conduct also emphasizes PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY.  Each STUDENT is responsible for his/her own behavior and for knowing the rules of his/her school.  TEACHERS are expected to handle minor misconduct thus avoiding referral to the principal or the principal’s designee. PARENTS shall be involved early in the process by working directly with their child’s teacher, as well as the school administration.  The offenses and possible consequences listed are considered serious and will be enforced by school administration.

All discipline rules and regulations shall apply at all school functions including the regular school day, school sponsored events including extracurricular activities, student activity trips, and summer school sponsored activities.

OFFENSES AND POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCES 
Unacceptable behaviors are defined uniformly, but the consequences may vary depending on the degree of misconduct, the age and record of the student, any special services the student may be receiving, and the judgment of the principal or the principal’s designee.

All behaviors cannot be measured on an objective scale nor can such behaviors be attributed to the same motives.  Therefore, the consequence section of these expectations for student code conduct is established as a MINIMUM guide for school officials to follow.  The principal reserves the right to assess each offense on its individual merit, and on the basis of its severity, and may impose any reasonable consequence.

All discipline rules and regulations shall apply at all school functions including the regular school day, school sponsored events including extracurricular activities, student activity trips, and summer school sponsored activities.

Tardy Lockout: This is used to identify students that are tardy to class.  Tardy Lockouts are done at random at the discretion of the administration.  Students caught in a tardy lockout have an option of completing work detail or serving an out of school suspension.


OFFENSE

POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCES

      1. Cutting Class/School, Leaving Class/School without permission, Not following proper Sign-In or Sign-Out Procedures, or 10 minutes or more late for class.


- Level 1 or Level 2
*Loss of parking may occur on 1st offense

1st offense:  4 hours work detail or 1 day ISS

2nd offense:  8 hours work detail or 2 days ISS and referral to Guidance

3rd offense:  1 day OSS & loss of driving privileges.

4th offense:  2 days OSS, Parent conference. & contract

5th offense:  Administrative Hearing Request

      2. Being in unauthorized areas for       students.

This includes, but is not limited to, posted areas and vacant classrooms without adult supervision, off-limit areas during lunch, stairwells, etc.

 

- Level 1

1st offense: Warning or 2 to 4 hours of work detail or 1 day ISS

2nd offense:  4 hours work detail or 2 day ISS and referral to Guidance

3rd offense:  8 hours work detail or 1 day OSS

4th offense:  2 days OSS and loss of driving privileges

Repeated offenses will result in Level II consequences.

      3.  Profanity: (includes obscene gestures).

SEE BELOW FOR TYPES

Ø  Towards faculty / staff /adult in authority

- Level 2

1st offense:  2 day OSS / parent conference / loss of driving privileges and Referral to Guidance

2nd offense:  3 day OSS / parent conference / contract

3rd offense:  Administrative Hearing Request

Ø  Towards a student

- Level 1

1st offense:  2 to 4 hrs. work detail or 1 day ISS

2nd offense:  4-8 hrs. work detail or 2 days ISS and referral to Guidance

3rd offense:  1 day OSS/loss of driving privileges

4th offense:  2 days OSS/parent conf./contract

5th offense: Administrative Hearing Request

Ø  Between students (includes general profanity not directed at a person)

- Level 1

1st offense:  Warning/ISS/Work Detail

2nd offense:  Increase previous consequence and referral to Guidance

3rd offense:  1 day OSS/loss of driving priv.

4th offense:  2 days OSS/parent conf./contract

5th offense:  Administrative Hearing Request

4.  Refusal to obey School Personnel

School Personnel - includes any staff member or volunteer that is working in the school.  If visitors are on campus, this could include them also.

- Level 2

1st offense:  2 days ISS or 8 hours work detail, parent conference, and referral to Guidance

2nd offense: 1 day OSS

3rd offense: 3 days OSS

4th offense:  Administrative Hearing Request

      5.  Unauthorized presentation and/or distribution of a publication and/or unauthorized assembly.

- Level 1

1st offense:  1 day ISS or 2-4 hours. work detail and confiscation of inappropriate materials and referral to Guidance

2nd offense:  2 days ISS or 8 hours. work detail and parent conference/loss of driving privilege.           

3rd offense: 1 day OSS

4th offense:  2 day OSS/contract

5th offense: Administrative Hearing Request

5.  Failure to wear an ID around your neck where it is visible.

- Level 1

**Infractions will be treated as Insubordination**

- Students will be denied entry into the media centers.

- Students may be denied entry into the cafeteria.

6.  Trespassing/Loitering

SEE BELOW FOR TYPES

Ø  Being on campus when assigned OSS

- Level 2 or Level 3

1st offense:  Additional day OSS and a possible Trespassing complaint filed

2nd offense:  2 add. days OSS and Trespassing complaint filed

3rd offense:  Trespassing complaint filed and an Administrative Hearing Request

7.   Extortion:  Obtaining money, goods, or services through threats or intimidation.

1st offense:  Administrative Hearing Request/ notification of law enforcement.


      8.  Verbal Assault (threat to do harm)

Ø  Toward an adult in authority or their family

- Level 3

1st offense:  3 days OSS/Possible rec. for expulsion/possible criminal charges/contract and referral to Guidance

2nd offense:  Administrative Hearing Request

    Ø Toward a student

- Level 2 or Level 3

1st offense:  2-4 hours work detail or 1 day ISS

2nd offense:  8 hours. work detail, or 2 days ISS and referral to Guidance

3rd offense:  1 day OSS/loss of driving privilege

4th offense:  2 day OSS/parent conference/contract

5th offense:  Administrative Hearing Request

      10.  Horseplay:  Shoving, pushing, or tripping that could result in student injury or cause damage to property.

- Level 1 or Level 2

1st offense:  2 to 4  hours work detail or 1 day ISS

2nd offense:  4 hours work detail or 1 day ISS and referral to Guidance

3rd offense:  Treated as a FIGHTING OFFENSE

      11.  Fighting: (Includes inciting others to violence or provoking a fight) at any school sponsored activity on or off campus. 

- Level 2

1st offense:  5-10 days OSS/Remind parent of 2nd offense (expulsion from school)/contract/Law enforcement notified, and referral to Guidance

2nd offense: Administrative Hearing Request/Law enforcement notified.

       12.  Threatening, arguing, or encouraging a fight may be dealt with as a fight.
  
- Level 2

13.   Insubordination

§   Refusal to identify oneself or give false ID

§   Disrespectful language

§   Defiance of authority

§   Running from an adult

§   Lying to an adult

§   Failure to report to the ISS room or discipline office when given a referral (can be cutting)

§   Repeated dress code offenses

§   ***Failure to serve detention

1st offense:  2-4 hours work detail/1 day ISS

2nd offense:  4-8 hours work detail/2 days ISS/loss of driving privilege and referral to Guidance

3rd offense: 1 day OSS/parent conference

4th offense:  2 days OSS/contract

5th offense:  Administrative Hearing Request

***After the teacher has called home and doubled the detention, the administrator will handle as above.

      14.  Forging, changing, and/or destroying school or parental documents.

- Level 1 or Level 2

1st offense:  1 day ISS or 4 hours work detail

2nd offense:  2 days ISS or 8 hours work detail and referral to Guidance

3rd offense: 1 day OSS & loss of driving privileges

4th offense:  2 days OSS, parent conference & contract

5th offense:  Administrative Hearing Request

15. Classroom Disruption

- Level 1 or Level 2

1st offense: Warning or 2-4 hours work detail or ISS
2nd offense: 4 hours work detail or 1 day ISS and referral to Guidance

3rd offense: 8 hours work detail or 2 days ISS

4th offense: 2 days OSS and loss of driving privilege

5th offense: 2 days OSS, parent conference, and contract

6th offense: Administrative Hearing Request

16.   Dress code violation

- Level 1

1st offense:  change of clothes/turn clothes inside

out/cover with sweater, jacket, etc. or remain in ISS.

2nd offense: Treat as insubordination (see #13 offense) and referral to Guidance

17. Tobacco products and materials:

- Such as lighters, matches, papers, etc. Use, possession, and/or transmission of tobacco or look-a-like tobacco products.  This includes all smokeless tobacco products also.

- All smoking materials will be confiscated and destroyed by the school administrator.

- Level 1 or Level 2

***See District tobacco policy***

18. Failure to serve work detail.


- Level 1

1st offense:  1-4 hours = One day Out-of-School Suspension

2nd offense:  5-8 hours = Three days OSS and the student will not be given work detail as an option anymore for the school year.

      19.  Use of drugs/Alcohol/narcotics, Possession of paraphernalia normally associated with the use of controlled substances.

- Level 2 or Level 3

1st offense:  3 days OSS/confiscation of all illegal  items/possible criminal charges/contract and referral to Guidance

2nd offense:  Administrative Hearing Request 

      20.  Selling and/or distribution of drugs, alcohol, or narcotics (could include look-a-like substances).

- Level 3

1st offense:  Administrative Hearing Request/ criminal charges filed

      21.  Minor theft/destruction: (Value under $20).

- Level 2

1st offense:  2 days OSS/Parent Conf./pay restitution and referral to Guidance

2nd offense:  Administrative Hearing Request

      22.  Major theft/destruction: (Value over $20).

- Level 2 or Level 3

1st offense:  3 days OSS/Pay restitution/possible notification of law enforcement/contract and referral to Guidance

2nd offense:  Administrative Hearing Request

      23.  Internet violations,unauthorized use or inappropriate use of the computer or network system.

- Level 1 or Level 2

***Consequences will be in accordance with the Darlington County School District’s Internet Usage Policy.***

      24.  Weapons (on person, in lockers, in or on vehicles) - (includes possession, handling, transmission, use or attempt to use); shall include, but not limited to, guns of any kind, knives of any kind, bats, clubs, pipes, mace-like or pepper-like sprays, explosives of any kind, ice picks, slingshots, blackjacks, knuckles, razors or razor blades (except for shaving as on an overnight school sponsored trip).

- Level 3

1st offense:  Notification of law enforcement and Administrative Hearing Request

LOOK-A-LIKE WEAPONS CAN BE TREATED AS “REAL” WEAPONS.

      25.  Laser pointers, paging/communication, and

devices such as cellular telephones.

- Level 1

1st offense:  The visible or in-use device will be confiscated by the administration and returned to a parent within 30 days.

2nd offense: Returned at the end of the school year

      26.  Possession or discharging fireworks (other than those considered in the weapons section - non-explosive). 

- Level 1 or Level 2

1st offense:  Confiscate materials/Principal’s discretion/notify parents/possible law enforcement notification if endangerment is involved.

      27.  False fire alarm, bomb threats, or threats of arson.

- Level 3

1st offense:  Report to law enforcement officials/Administrative Hearing Request

      28.  Damage, destruction, or vandalism of school property.

- Level 2 or Level 3

1st offense:  Full restitution by payment or repair/discretion of Principal based on severity of offense/possible referral to law enforcement/ Administrative Hearing Request

29. Tardy for school/class

Students are expected to be in class on time.  Because tardies also result in a disruption to instructional time, repeated offences result in disciplinary actions.  The administration will conduct random tardy lockouts where students will be issued ISS or work detail for that offense.


**This is for tardy not addressed by the Tardy Lockout**

- Level 1 or Level 2

Tardies can lead to loss of credit

(1) Tardy: Teacher will call parent.

(2 and 3) Tardy: Detentions with the teacher before, school, after school or at lunch. (Failure to serve is ISS is in accordance with the detention policy.)

(4) Tardy: 1 Days ISS or 4 hours work detail/Parent contact by administrator and referral to Guidance

(6) Tardies: 2 days ISS and parent conference

(9) Tardies: 1 day OSS/parent conference/loss of driving privileges for the reminder of the year.

Level II Infraction for Disruptive Conduct

(12) Tardies:  2 days OSS/parent conference

(15) Tardies: 3 days OSS and a parent conference

(18) Tardies: Administrative Hearing Request

      30.  Sexual harassment: Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature.  Conduct of a sexual nature may include verbal sexual advances, including subtle pressure for sexual activity, physical contact including touching, pinching, patting or brushing against; comments regarding physical or personality characteristics of a sexual nature; sexually oriented kidding, teasing, or jokes.  Such conduct is specifically prohibited.

- Level 2 or Level 3

1st offense:  3 day OSS/parent

conference/contract/possible criminal charges filed.

2nd offense: Administrative Hearing Request and criminal charges will be filed

***Principal may use any step depending on the severity of the offense.

***All victims must report complaints directly to a teacher, counselor, or administrator in a timely manner.

      31.  Hat, Headbands, Do-rags, and any other headgear will not be worn in any building.

Any offense:  Headgear will be taken and not returned.

32.  Bus Infractions:

Any steps may be skipped due to the severity of the offense.

Fights associated with the bus will also be treated as a fight at school.

- Level 1 or Level 2

1st offense:  Warning unless severe case

2nd offense:  1 week conditional suspension with parent conference

3rd offense:  1 week suspension and referral to Guidance

4th offense:  2 week suspension

5th offense:  Recommended for a full year expulsion from the bus

30.  Cheating or Plagiarism

1st offense:  No credit for the assignment/disciplinary referral/loss of exam exemption if applicable for all classes/parent conference and referral to Guidance

2nd offense: same as above and 2 day ISS or 8 hours work detail

3rd offense:  same as 1st offense and 2 days 0SS, a parent conference and contract

4th offense: 4 day OSS 

5th offense: Administrative Hearing Request

      31.  Gambling: playing cards, dice, flipping coins, etc.

1st offense: Confiscate all materials, warning on a referral, and notify parent

2nd offense: 4 hours work detail or 1 day ISS/parent conference and referral to Guidance

3rd offense: 2 days ISS or 8 hours work detail/loss of driving privilege

4th offense: 1 day OSS/parent conference

Additional Infractions will be treated as a Level II.

      32. Displays of affection: Kissing, intimate touching, etc.



- Level 1 or Level 2

1st offense: warning on referral and notify parents

2nd offense: 1 day ISS or 4 hours. work detail/parent notification and referral to Guidance

3rd offense: 2 days ISS or 8 hours work detail/parent conference

4th offense: 1 day OSS/parent notification/parent conference/loss of driving privileges

5th offense: 3 day OSS/parent notification/contract

Additional Infractions: Administrative Hearing Request 

3    33. Littering: Intentionally discarding paper, GUM, food, drink containers, etc. on school property.


-  Level 1

1st offense: 4 hours work detail or 1 day ISS/use last 15 min. of lunch period to pick up trash either same day or next day.

2nd offense: Parent notification/8 hours work detail or 2 days ISS

3rd offense:  Discretion of principal/possible OSS/parent contact


COUNSELING SERVICES

Each student at DHS has valuable assets that can be strengthened. An effective counseling and guidance program can assist you in achieving personal and educational fulfillment through discovery, exploration, and development of your potential.

Procedures to see your counselor

Students must have a permit from their teacher to miss class time when seeing a counselor. Counselors will not issue permits. If you need to see your counselor, come by the guidance office and sign up on the sheets provided. Counselors will send for students at a later time.

MEDIA CENTER 

The media center is a quiet place for reading, browsing, and studying whether individually or with a class. It houses books for assigned and pleasure reading, reference materials, back issues of periodicals, current newspapers and magazines, and all audio-visual materials and equipment. It also offers access to the Internet, Online Periodical Databases, and other software programs.

Students have access to the media center for quiet study and reading without signed passes during all 3 lunches, 15 minutes before school Monday through Friday, and 30 minutes after school on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Students must be wearing an ID, and have a signed teacher pass to come to the media center from regular classes and from study hall. Signed passes are not required before school, during lunch, between classes, and after school. 

Books may be checked out for two weeks and may be renewed. A fine of 5 cents for each day school is in session will be charged for overdue books, up to the price of the book. Overnight reference books/magazines will cost $1.00 for each day overdue. The fine stops when the book is returned, whether the fine is paid at that time or not. However, all overdue books must be returned or paid for and all fines paid by the end of the semester, or students will not receive end of semester report cards.

In order to check out a book or use the computers in the media center, a student must have a current ID. An AUP sticker must be present on the back of a current ID for a student to use the Internet. The first AUP sticker is free, but replacements are 25 cents each.

HEALTH ROOM

A registered nurse staffs the health room on Thursdays and Fridays. It is available for students with an acute illness (with symptoms such as fever, moderate to severe pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea), first aid needs (such as foreign object in the eye, nose bleed, injury), blood glucose checks, or prescription medicine. To enter health room, students must have a pass or be accompanied by a faculty member. Unless it is deemed an emergency, students without a pass will be referred to an administrator for cutting class.

STUDENT MEDICINES AT SCHOOL

Generally, medication (including aspirin) will not be dispensed by the school or by any school personnel.  Students who bring medication to school must have written parental permission and approval from the principal.  At the discretion of the principal or her designee, medication will be either left in the office or maintained by the student.   There are forms that must be complete and on file in the school’s office in order for school personnel to dispense prescription medication.

SCHOOL DRESS POLICY

District board policy states that the board reserves the right to bar from school students whose personal appearance is disruptive to the educational process and orderly operation of the school.  Discretion to formulate reasonable dress codes is left to the school administration.  Parents are strongly urged to pay particular attention to the cleanliness, modesty and appropriateness of their child’s attire.  

In order to carry out this policy, Darlington High School has adopted the following guidelines regarding dress.  These rules should cover the vast majority of situations that might arise; however, the Darlington High School administration reserves the right to make decisions regarding the appropriateness of any item not specifically covered in this policy.  The provision of this policy applies to all students, regardless of gender. Shirt tails must be tucked in at all times.

The administration may waive any of these rules on special “dress-up days” by declaring special rules for that day.

CELL PHONES AND OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Secondary students are allowed to bring cell phones on campus but the devices must be turned off and kept out of sight from arrival until the dismissal bell at 3:05.  These devices also may not be used on a school bus before or after school.

Consequences:

1st Offense - phone will be confiscated and returned only to parent before or after school hours.  Phone contract will be signed at this time.

2nd Offense - phone will be confiscated and only returned to parent at the end of the school year.

If the offense occurs in a classroom, a discipline referral for class disruption will result in additional consequences.  1st Offense will result in one day of SWD or ISS.  2nd offense will result in at least one day of ISS and may result in OSS.  Additional referrals will result in OSS and may result in an administrative hearing with a recommendation for expulsion.

Refusal to turn over a cell phone to an administrator will result in an immediate suspension and a parent conference.  If the student agrees to turn over the phone at the time of the conference, the phone will be confiscated and held until the end of the school year.  If the student still refuses to turn over the phone, he or she will be recommended for expulsion.  Additionally, any student who initially refuses to turn over a phone to an administrator loses all rights to possess a cell phone as school for the remainder of the year so any additional referrals for violation of the cell phone policy will result in recommendation for expulsion.

DCSD Board Policy JICJ:  The school will not be responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged devices.  

***iPods and other MP3 players, video games, and other portable electronic devices are not covered under this policy.  These are considered toys and will be held until the end of the year if confiscated at any time on school grounds.

LOCKERS

Upper classmen are entitled to the service of a locker, but the school will not assume responsibility for its contents.  Students are required to have a combination lock before the homeroom teacher issues a locker. Key locks are not allowed.  Lockers must be kept locked!  Valuable articles should not be kept there.  Darlington High is not responsible for valuables that may be stolen from a locker.  However, efforts will be made to identify the thief.  Lockers may be inspected at any time to assure proper use and cleanliness.  No stickers, decals or graffiti are to be placed in or on the lockers.  Each student is responsible for the cleanliness of his/her locker.

Lockers are not to be shared.  Combinations should not be given to anyone else.  Items found in a student's locker will be considered his/her personal property.

***Lockers are the property of Darlington High School and can be inspected at anytime.


TEXTBOOKS

Students are responsible for upkeep and return of textbooks.  Textbooks must be returned to the teacher that assigned the book.  Students are required to pay full price for  textbooks not returned by the last day of the school year.


LOST AND FOUND

The receptionist in the main office operates the Lost and Found Department.  When a student finds an article, he/she should carry it to the main office.  These lost items may be reclaimed upon proper identification.  Students are asked to visit the main office for the purpose of claiming articles or books before and after school lunch or break time.  Do not come during class time.  Items not claimed will be turned over to a charitable organization periodically.

LUNCH PERIOD

At Darlington High it is necessary to have three lunch periods to accommodate our large student body.  During students' lunch period, they must not disturb the teachers and students who are in class.  Students are not allowed in any buildings, except the cafeteria or media center, during lunch periods.  Violators will face suspension.  Students may not bring food out of the cafeteria and food may not be delivered to campus during school hours.

VISITORS

In-district students will not be allowed to visit between schools of the district.  Students who do so may be charged with trespassing, and/or suspended, or recommended for exclusion from district schools.

Visitors who are on school business are welcome at Darlington High School; however, immediately upon entering the school grounds, all visitors will "check-in" at the principals' office and state the nature of their visit. 

Anyone failing to comply with the check-in procedure will be asked to leave the campus.  After a warning, the police will be called and the violators will be prosecuted.

With the permission of the principal, a parent may visit the classrooms at the time designated by the principal.

Students may not bring younger children to school.

SIGNING OUT OF SCHOOL

We request that parents only sign students out at the beginning or end of classes to alleviate classroom disruptions.  Students may only be signed out from 2:30 to 3:05PM in the case of an emergency. 

MESSAGES

Messages from a parent may be delivered to a student if the principal deems this necessary.  Such messages will be delivered at a time to avoid interruptions of a class.  Classes will not be interrupted unless it is an emergency.

HOLDING OFFICE/ or Representing school in other capacity

To hold an office, a student must:

(1)     have a GPA of 2.0

(2)     pass four subjects the previous year

(3)     not have been suspended for a major rule violation. A major rule violation may be ruled on at the discretion of the school administration.

(4)     Have all fees paid

JUNIOR-SENIOR PROM

Only students in junior and senior homerooms are eligible to purchase tickets to attend the prom.  Outside guests must be registered with the Prom Committee.  All fees must be paid to attend the prom. Students must attend all day on the day before the prom in order to attend the prom.

PROMOTION POLICY

There are no mid-year promotions.  If a student completes requirements needed for promotion at the end of the first semester, he/she will remain in the same homeroom until the end of the school year.  The only possible exception is for a student who will graduate.  Those changes are not guaranteed before April.

From 9-10

To be considered a sophomore, a student must have earned five units of credit to include:

One English credit

One mathematics credit

             A total of five units

From 10-11

To be considered a junior, a student must have earned 11 units of credit to include:

Two English credits

Two mathematics credits

A total of eleven units

From 11-12

To be considered a senior, a student must have earned 16 units of credit to include:

Three English credits

Three mathematics credits

A total of sixteen units

Note: Standardized test scores are not a factor in determining promotion at the high school level.

SEMESTER EXAM POLICY

State mandated End of Course (EOC) tests are given in designated math, English, science and eventually social studies classes.  These tests will measure the students’ achievement of the state standards.  In classes that have EOC tests, the EOC test may count as the exam grade.  In classes without EOC test, a regular teacher-made exam shall be given to ALL students EXCEPT SENIORS and Junior Marshals WITH AN "A" AVERAGE IN CLASSES WITHOUT END-OF-COURSE TESTS.  Seniors who have been suspended (ISS or OSS), or who have been caught cheating in any class, shall lose their exemption status in ALL classes.

First and second semester exams are to be announced (see the district calendar).  In the second semester, senior exams will be administered in advance of underclass exams in order to complete computation of final grades for graduation purposes.  Senior exam dates will be announced later. 

It is imperative that all students remain in class throughout the exam period.  Exams are designed for the ninety minutes in each class. Since the exam shall count as 20% of the final semester average, students are encouraged to fully utilize the allotted time. Students shall not be permitted to sign out of school due to early completion of exams.