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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a truancy and how are they handled?

Truancy is defined as an act of skipping a period or part of a period, failure to report to an assigned area, being outside the building during the school day, or other similar actions where permission is not granted.

What happens if my student is tardy to a class?

Students are expected to be in their first period class at 8:00 a.m. Those students tardy to school must report to the security desk/main office to check in.

Students are expected to be in their classes when the bell rings. All faculty members are expected to require such behavior and to record tardies accordingly. Four tardies to a class will count as one absence. Tardies beyond 10 minutes will be recorded as an absence to that class.

 

Can we have a "planned absence"? "What if I need to take my child to an appointment or college visit?

PLANNED ABSENCES

When students and parents need to request a ―planned absence, the student must obtain a Planned Absence Form from the attendance secretary. Two weeks advance notice is recommended for signatures and proper approval.

Upon parent request, students may receive a maximum of two (2) days excused absence. Stu-dents may also obtain forms for trips of an educational nature to be completed and submitted to the administration. Upon approval, certain educational trips may be considered as field trips.

APPOINTMENT PROCEDURES

Before receiving permission to leave the building and before signing out, a student with an appointment must have a parent call the attendance phone number or attendance secretary. The student must then obtain an Appointment Form at the security desk. This form must be signed by the doctor, dentist, etc. at the time of the appointment and returned to the office when the student returns to school.  IN ORDER TO KEEP CLASSROOM INTERRUPTIONS TO A MINIMUM, PARENTS ARE REQUESTED TO CALL IN THE MORNING WHEN NEEDING A STUDENT RELEASED FOR AN APPOINTMENT. (665-2186)

If a student has an A.M. appointment and will not attend school before the appointment, the student must pick up the form on the day before the appointment from the attendance secretary.  Parents should also call the office to let attendance know the student will be arriving late to school.

COLLEGE VISITS

Seniors are permitted to visit colleges during the school day. These students must fill out a college visit form after contacting a college representative and turn the form in to the office one week in advance for this to be an exempt absence. Seniors are generally restricted to two college day visits during their senior year.

 

LEAVING/RETURNING TO SCHOOL

 

If, after arriving at school, it is necessary for a student to leave the school grounds for any reason, the student must receive permission and then sign out at the security desk. This includes arriving on the school bus or reaching school grounds by car. Students not doing this will be subject to disciplinary action.

 

Can my student drive to school? Are there any special parking permits required?

Driving to school is a privilege with great responsibility. Thus, it is for the benefit and protection of all students that certain rules be observed. Any violations will be cause for revoking the driving privilege. There is to be no loitering in the parking lot. Students are to enter the building immediately upon arrival. No students are to leave the building or school buses in the morning to go to the parking lot. Such violations will subject drivers to a loss of driving privilege.

Parking permits will be issued for the student parking and should be displayed at all times. Indiana traffic safety laws are to be observed. Students who park in unauthorized spaces or in the unauthorized faculty parking lots are subject to disciplinary action.

Any student found to be purposefully driving in the school lawn, at any time, will forfeit his/her driving privileges on school grounds for one calendar year from the date of occurrence. Any violation of such driving suspension will be grounds for suspension and/or expulsion. Payment of damages, as is routine for any school property damage, will be required. Reports will be filed with the City Police.

Other reckless driving reported in the parking area will be subject to driving privilege suspensions. Generally, a minimum one month suspension, and beyond, will be assigned according to the driving infraction. Excessive speeds, purposeful sliding and skidding are examples.

Angola High School and the MSD of Steuben County School Corporation will not be responsible for any damages to or loss of property, vehicles, or personal possessions on school grounds. Students may choose to drive vehicles and park them on school grounds at their own risk of loss or damage to the same, or their contents. In the interest of student safety and protection of student and staff property, surveillance cameras have been placed in parking areas and at main entrances.

How can my child take a medicine while at school?

Indiana Code 34-30-14-2 states: If compliance with sections 3 and 4 of this chapter has occurred, a school administrator, teacher, or other school employee designated by the school administrator, after consultation with the school nurse, who in good faith administers:

1. a nonprescription medication in compliance with the written permission of the pupil‘s parent or guardian, except in the case of a life threatening emergency;

2. a legend drug (as defined in IC 16-18-2-199 and including injectable insulin) in compliance with the:
          A. written order of a practitioner; and
          B. written permission of the pupil‘s parent or guardian, except in the case of a life threatening
              emergency

3. a blood glucose test by finger prick in compliance with the written order of a practitioner; or

4. any combination of subdivisions (1) through (3); to a pupil is not liable for civil damages as a result of the administration except for an act or omission amounting to gross negligence or willful and wanton misconduct. As added by P.L.1-1998, SEC.26.

The school will keep on file the written permission of a pupil‘s parent or guardian and the written order of a practitioner.

What this means is that no student may carry any medication or pills. All medication (even aspirin) must be brought to the nurse‘s quarters or office and be dispensed only from there.

1. Students needing ―over the counter medication (aspirin, Contact, etc.) must have the medication plus a note from their parent or guardian indicating their permission to take the drug, the amount, and how often it is to be taken.

2. Students needing to take prescription medication must have a note from their doctor, specifying the name of the student, the amount to be taken, and the time or frequency it is to be taken. This procedure is meant to protect both the students and the school.

3. A student who has an acute or chronic medical condition which may require medication on an emergency basis may possess and self-administer medication if the student‘s parent files an annual authorization that includes a written statement from the student‘s physician.

Will my student have a locker? Is it private?

Indiana Code (20-33-8-32) indicates that school lockers are the property of the school corporation and, therefore, students have no expectations of privacy in those lockers or their contents. The principal or other designated members of the administrative staff may inspect such lockers or their contents. All contents of the locker should be in keeping with the general guidelines of the school. Any locker damage will be assessed to the student responsible for the locker. Disciplinary action may result from such action as well.

Does Angola High School have a dress code?

DRESS CODE

Neat, clean and appropriately dressed students contribute greatly to the image which a school presents to the public. Students are expected to wear their clothing and manage their appearance in a manner which does not disrupt the learning process. There are many clothing items available at local stores that are not appropriate in a school setting. Parents should share the responsibility for having their students appear in an acceptable manner that will contribute to a positive school image and an optimal learning environment. General
  • All outdoor jackets and/or coats are to remain in lockers.
  • Clothing, pins or accessories which promote, advertise, or glorify vulgarity, illegal substances (including alcohol, tobacco, drugs or drug culture), profanity, sexual connotations and/or express double meanings are unacceptable. This includes shirts emblazoned with corporate or restaurant names that contain suggestive wording or logos.
  • Underwear and lingerie worn as outerwear, “see through” apparel and sleepwear (including bedroom slippers) are unacceptable.
Tops/Shirts
  • Shirts, blouses, and tops must have no visible cleavage.
  • Tank tops and shirts with spaghetti strapped tops are not allowed.
  • Tops and pants must meet at all times. This includes standing, sitting, and raising arms above the head. Pants and tops must come together at the waistline in a manner that does not allow undergarments or skin to show.
Jeans/Pants/Shorts/Skirts:
  • Jeans that have been cut, ripped, torn, or manufactured with holes are not acceptable.
  • Skirts, shorts, and dresses must be hemmed at an appropriate length (no more than 6 inches above the knee—dollar bill length). Cut-off shorts, boxer shorts, and biking/spandex shorts are not allowed.
  • Sagging or excessively baggy pants are inappropriate. The waistline of all pants must be at or above the hip bone.
Accessories:
  • Items that would be considered detrimental to the learning environment or potentially a safety issue are not permitted.
  • Chains and spiked jewelry are not permitted.
  • Sunglasses, hats, bandanas, and other similar headwear are not allowed during the instructional day. No dark or colored glasses are permitted unless prescribed by a physician or optometrist.
We believe students can dress comfortably within these guidelines. School administrators, faculty and staff reserve the right to determine if a clothing item or accessory is appropriate for school.

What is the Confined Classroom program? Are there special rules?

This in-school suspension program provides an alternative to out-of-school suspension for certain behavior problems. The student isremoved from classes but retained in a structured setting within the educational environment.

The Confined Classroom Program is meant to provide the school with a more effective means of dealing with student discipline. Traditionally, out-of-school suspension may not improve the attitude or behavior of the student. Further, it is felt that out-of-school suspension may have little direct relationship with the action that resulted in the suspension.

It is our intent that the Confined Classroom Program will promote a more positive attitude in the student and parents by retaining the problem student within the educational environment. One main objective is to instill a sense of responsibility for student actions.

The academic aspect of the program will be emphasized in a very structured and controlled manner. The school‘s efforts will be directed at changing negative attitudes and still keeping the student in school.

When out-of-school suspension is used, it is a signal of serious infractions.

Objectives of the Confined Classroom Program

1. To allow both time and place to focus constructively on the problem.
2. To promote a more positive attitude in the student.
3. To give those students who wish to be in school the opportunity to keep up with academic work.
4. To instill in the student the desire to return to the mainstream of school.
5. To promote good citizenship and responsibility for school and later adult life.

When a student is assigned to Room 214 for the third time, a parent conference will be requested. It is to advise parents that if the student is assigned to Room 214 for a fourth time during the school year, serious consequences may result. An officer of the juvenile court may be in attendance. The student may be kept from returning to classes until this meeting is held. Steps will be recommended to correct the behavior that caused the student to be assigned to Room 214. These recom-mendations may include, but are not limited to, a warning, an out-of-school suspension, counseling, a referral to juvenile probation, or a recommendation of expulsion. Further infractions of school rules will result in increasingly serious disciplinary measure, including a recommendation for expulsion. 

Rules of Confined Classroom:

1. A student will be assigned a seat and he/she is not to move from the seat without permission.
2. Talking with other students is done only with the permission of the supervisor.
3. The hand is to be raised if a student wishes to request permission for any type of activity. 
4. There is to be no eating or chewing gum while assigned to the CC Center except during the lunch period. 5. No work is to be done on anything except assignments made by the student‘s teacher or CC supervisor. 6. Writing materials, such as a pen, paper and pencils, will be furnished by the student. All written assignments are to be done in INK unless specified differently.
7. Assignments must be completed in a neat manner by the end of the student‘s required time at the center before the student is released to his regular schedule.
8. For lunch, all students assigned to the center may bring a sack lunch or one may be purchased from the cafeteria. In any case, the lunch will be eaten in the CC center.
9. A student assigned to the CC center is excluded from participation in any extracurricular activities during the instructional day. 

What should I do if my student is ill and will have to miss school? How many days can a student miss?

 

Regular and punctual attendance is vital to deriving maximum success from the instructional program and to developing habits of responsibility, punctuality, and self discipline. It is also a requirement under the laws of Indiana as expressed in the Compulsory Attendance Statute (I.C. 20-33-2). Insuring that students consistently attend class on a daily basis is a responsibility that is shared by students, school officials, parents/guardians, and the general community.

STUDENT ABSENCE FOLLOW-UP

When students are absent, a parent must call the attendance secretary by 8:45 a.m. on the date of the absence. (School begins at 8:00 a.m.) THE 24 HOUR ATTENDANCE PHONE NUMBER IS 665-2186 ext 2991.  The attendance line to the school is open by recording from 3:30 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. The attendance secretary will be at school after 8:00 a.m. The items to report when making a phone call to the attendance line include the following:
  1. Name of student.
  2. Grade level of the student.
  3. Specific reason for absence such as illness, doctor appointment, etc.
  4. Name, phone number, and relationship (to student) of person making the call.
Students not having a parental phone call by 8:45 a.m. on the day of absence are considered unexcused or tardy. No notes will be accepted. However, other arrangements may be made if parents do not have access to a phone. Parents should notify the attendance secretary accordingly. Parents not calling in will receive notification and reminders on the first instance. Second and successive instances may result in student disciplinary assignments. Parents who have questions regarding these procedures should contact the school office. VERIFICATION OF STUDENT ABSENCES The school attendance personnel will make a reasonable effort to verify a student’s unexplained absence from school during any part of the day, if any of the following conditions apply:
  1. The student or the student’s parent or guardian had not made prior arrangements for the student to be absent during the time not in attendance.
  2. No other known reason exists for the student to be absent, i.e., late bus arrival, approved late arrival.
  3. The student’s absence from school has not been verified through regular attendance procedures, i.e., no pre-approved absence from class such as a field trip.
  4. Enough time has elapsed that the student should be in attendance at school or in class other than reasons listed in 1 through 3.
When the above conditions apply, the attendance clerk or designee will attempt to contact the student’s parent or guardian by telephone at a daytime number and state why the contact is being made. During the conversation, it should be ascertained as to why the student is not at school. If contact is not made on the first attempt, a second and, if necessary, a third attempt will be made. Contact means actually speaking to the parent or guardian; it does not mean leaving a message on a machine, a beeper, a voice mail system, or a similar device. Leaving a message with an adult person is sufficient when it is apparent that the parent or guardian cannot be contacted personally. Our attendance officer/assistant principal will make personal contacts with parents whenever possible.

VERIFICATION OF STUDENT ABSENCES

The school attendance personnel will make a reasonable effort to verify a student’s unexplained absence from school during any part of the day, if any of the following conditions apply:

  1. The student or the student’s parent or guardian had not made prior arrangements for the student to be absent during the time not in attendance.
  2. No other known reason exists for the student to be absent, i.e., late bus arrival, approved late arrival.
  3. The student’s absence from school has not been verified through regular attendance procedures, i.e., no pre-approved absence from class such as a field trip.
  4. Enough time has elapsed that the student should be in attendance at school or in class other than reasons listed in 1 through 3.
When the above conditions apply, the attendance clerk or designee will attempt to contact the student’s parent or guardian by telephone at a daytime number and state why the contact is being made. During the conversation, it should be ascertained as to why the student is not at school. If contact is not made on the first attempt, a second and, if necessary, a third attempt will be made. Contact means actually speaking to the parent or guardian; it does not mean leaving a message on a machine, a beeper, a voice mail system, or a similar device. Leaving a message with an adult person is sufficient when it is apparent that the parent or guardian cannot be contacted personally. Our attendance officer/assistant principal will make personal contacts with parents whenever possible.

 



Absences which are counted “exempt”:

  1. 1.  Serving as a page in the Indiana General Assembly
  1. 2.  School sponsored events
    1. 3.  Serving at the polls on Election Day with prior approval of the principal;
All other types of absences will count within the 8 day total. Some absences will be categorized “excused” but count within the 8 day total. Short term illness is an example. Other absences may be considered “unexcused” and count within the 8 day total. Oversleeping is an example.

 

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