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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.

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