Good discipline occurs when students behave in a responsible manner. Therefore, it is imperative that acceptable behavior be encouraged and that misbehavior be discouraged. Self-discipline is our goal. Self-discipline is the key to good conduct and proper consideration for other people. When a student exhibits unacceptable behavior, effort will be made to help the students see his/her error and if possible correct the misdeed. Disciplinary action, including corporal punishment, may be required for serious acts of misbehavior or after a series of minor acts. Parental options to corporal punishment are: (1) Parents may request to be notified after their student has received corporal punishment; and (2) Parents may request their child be suspended from school in lieu of corporal punishment. Forms for these options are available in the office. Peer mediation /conflict resolution procedures are explained to the students at the beginning of each year. We feel this will provide a life skill for students to peacefully resolve conflicts.
Incentive programs for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders are designed to promote positive school behavior and reward those that exhibit these behaviors within specified guidelines. There will be a letter outlining the guidelines for each grade level that should be sent to the parents during the first few weeks of school. Parent signatures are required.
The policies of Pansy Kidd Middle School provide for noon-time or after-school detention and possibly Saturday School for students who have excessive tardies or have committed minor breaches of discipline. Refusal to attend this detention hall constitutes a serious breach of discipline as it involves the defiance of the teacher’s or principal’s authority and failure to comply with school rules. Skipping detention hall may merit I.S.R. (In-school retention) or suspension. In accordance with Board of Education policy, the following activities are prohibited. Any student who engages in any of these activities is subject to discipline, which may include suspension for the remainder of the current semester and the succeeding semester. This policy applies to any student who is on school property, who is in attendance at school or at a school-sponsored activity, or whose conduct at any time or in any place interferes with or obstructs the missions or operations of the school district or the safety or welfare of students or employees.
1. Cutting, defacing, or in any way damaging property, real or personal, belonging to
the district, its employees, visitors, or other students.
2. Insubordination and/or Defiance of the authority of a teacher, principal, bus driver,
supervisor, or other school employee.
3. Stealing or forgery, or the attempt to do either.
4. Possession of any weapon, knife, gun, instrument or article (Including fireworks
and instruments of the martial arts) that might be injurious to a person or property.
Law now states that police must be notified.
5. Violation of the district's drug and alcohol policy.
6. Use or possession of tobacco products (including, but not limited to, snuff, dip,
chewing tobacco, cigarettes, cigars, pipe, tobacco, etc.).
7. Participating in any activity which interferes with or disrupts the educational
8. Physically assaulting or causing bodily injury to an employee of the district, a
visitor or another student. This includes nonconsensual touching and fighting.
9. Verbally assaulting or threatening an employee of the district, a visitor or another
10. Violation of public, criminal or civil law or district or building regulations.
11. Scholastic dishonesty which includes, but is not limited to, cheating on a test,
plagiarism, and collusion. This may result in being banned from NJHS and/or the
12. Throwing objects that can cause bodily injury or damage property unless done
as a part of supervised school activities.
13. Leaving school grounds when not permitted to do so.
14. Directing profanity, vulgar language, or obscene gestures toward other
students, school personnel, or school visitors.
15. Failing to comply with lawful directives or rules issued by school personnel or
school policies, rules and regulations.
16. Committing robbery or theft, or the attempt to do so, of any property belonging
to the district at any time or of any property.
17. Engaging in misconduct as defined by district policies and regulations, on
school buses, or at bus stops.
18. Committing extortion, coercion, or blackmail; i.e., obtaining money or other
objects of value from an unwilling person, or forcing an individual to act through the
use of force or threat of force.
19. Lying, willfully giving false information, either verbally or in writing, and/or
misinforming by remaining silent about a student or incident to a school employee.
20. Engaging in verbal abuse; i.e., name calling, ethnic or racial slurs, or
derogatory statements addressed publicly to others that may precipitate disruption
of the school program or incite violence.
21. Tampering with, changing or altering records or documents of the school district
by any method including, but not limited to, computer access or other electronic
23. Hazing is prohibited by individuals or organizations.
24. Engaging in immoral conduct. Immoral conduct is conduct which the Board of
Education determines is not in conformity with the accepted principles of right andwrong behavior and which is contrary to the moral standards of the community.
25. Gang signs, colors, or symbols are strictly prohibited. First referral to the office will be a warning. Subsequent referrals will result in ISR or suspension
26. The authority of administration to suspend or otherwise discipline a student is
not limited to the student’s on-campus conduct. Students may be suspended out-of
school or otherwise disciplined for off-campus conduct which is contrary to law or
which has an adverse impact on good order, discipline or the learning environment
at the school.
27. Fighting at school will result in the following:
1st fight = 5 days ISR and a ticket for fighting from the School Resource Officer,
2nd fight = 3 days home suspension and a ticket for fighting from the School Resource Officer
3rd fight = 5 days suspension and a ticket for fighting from the School Resource officer.
Additional fights will result in added days of suspension and a ticket for fighting from the School Resource officer.
28. Computer misuse will result in use privileges being taken away and may include other disciplinary action.
USE OR POSSESSION OF DRUGS OR ALCOHOL
To fulfill our responsibility to our students and community, we are prepared to assist in dealing with drug or alcohol related problems.
It is the responsibility of the faculty, as well as students, to report the suspected use or possession of drugs or alcohol. When a report is made to the principal, both the superintendent and the parents will be notified. In accordance with the search policy, the student and locker will be searched, if deemed necessary. The local police may be called.
Any student found possessing, using, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be disciplined according to the school policy.
The principal, counselor, and teachers are open to anyone wishing to seek help and every effort will be made to keep this information confidential.
USE OR POSSESSION OF TOBACCO
Students will not be permitted to use or possess tobacco products in any form. We will follow city ordinances, State Law, and ABLE Commission policies.
School rules have grown out of the democratic society in which we live and direct each of us into paths of approved behavior. In addition to the Board policy previously stated, the following guidelines should be followed:
Entering the Building. Students are encouraged to remain outside the building until the bell rings for the beginning of class, both in the morning and at noon. Students may enter the building at 7:30 a.m. or noon to take care of business in the office, go to the media center, or with permission and supervision of the teacher, to work in a classroom. During bad weather, students may enter the building at 7:45 and go directly to the media center or designated classroom and remain there until the bell rings for class. If it is necessary that a student go to a part of the building other than his/her assigned room, for rehearsals or to work on a project, he/she should secure a 'Hall Pass' from the teacher who will be in charge of the activity.
Vehicles. Park your bicycle or motorbike in the designated area where it can be taken care of during the day. Bikes should be locked and are not to be ridden on the school grounds. Middle School students are not to sit in parked cars before school or during the noon hour. No one is permitted to linger in the parking area.
Non-School Items. No wireless communication devices are allowed on school grounds. Water pistols, bean shooters, firecrackers, knives, and other such nuisance items which create disturbances and cause discomfort to others are not permitted in the school or on the playground. No walkmans or CD players, CD’s, mp3 players, computer software, electronic game devices, skateboards, heelies, or trading cards should be brought to school.
Drinks, Gum and Candy. Drinks, chewing gum and eating candy in the school building are prohibited.
Lost and Found. All lost and found articles should be taken to the principal's office. Students should check with the principal's office about lost articles. Students who lose textbooks, library books, locks or athletic gear will be charged five cents to redeem them. Items confiscated from students and lost and found items must be picked up by the end of the 1st week school is out. If not, those items may be donated to charity or destroyed.
Visitors. Since students are enrolled in and are actively participating in a class for every period of the day, student visitors are discouraged and are not permitted to visit classrooms during the school day. All visitors are to report to the office.
School and Work. Our schedule does not make it possible for anyone to be excused from any part of the school day for work outside the school.
Change of Address or Telephone. Inform the principal's office if you change your address or telephone number.
Dress. Students are expected to dress in clothing that is appropriate for school. Any attire which draws undue attention to the individual or in any way interferes with the educational process is not appropriate for school dress. Young ladies will have no low-cut tops exposing cleavage, nor should undergarments be exposed by either males or females. Tank tops, spaghetti straps, tube tops, or any other top that is less than 2.5 inches wide across the shoulder is not acceptable. See-through clothing, midriff tops, half shirts and tank tops, pajama pants, sagging pants, shorts and skirts shorter than five inches above the top of the kneecap (patella) are examples of unacceptable clothing. Items of clothing which advertise alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, drugs, weapons, or have vulgar, obscene or offensive messages are not appropriate for school. Holes or tears in clothing must be below 5 inches above the knee. Any tear or hole above this must be patched. Chains and spiked bracelets or necklaces are not allowed. For safety reasons, shoes MUST be worn at school. (No house shoes are allowed.) Note: Non compliance with the PKMS dress code will insure that the student be assigned after-school detention or ISR!
Textbooks. Textbooks are checked out to students during enrollment and are the student's responsibility. Students are required to write their name in ink in the front of each textbook issued to them. At the end of the year, the books are returned and, except for reasonable wear, should be in as good a condition as when they were assigned to you. Students will pay for lost, damaged, or destroyed books on a prorated basis. A second textbook will not be issued unless the original book is paid for.
Cell phones are not to be used before school and during the school day. Students need to turn the phones off and put them in their locker until the 3:05 bell. If a cell phone is seen, heard, or used during the school day it will be taken away. 1st offense – Students can pick up the phone after school. 2nd offense – A Parent must pick up the phone. 3rd offense –A Parent must pick up the phone and Detention and ISR will also be assigned to repeat offenders.
CARE OF SCHOOL PROPERTY
It is imperative that students learn to admire and respect all school properties. Students are encouraged to help accept the responsibility of keeping our school attractive and in good order. Acts of mutilating, marring or destroying school property should be reported to a teacher or the principal immediately. Damage to property will be in violation of good ethics, and the student will be expected to pay for the damage.
Students need to realize the vast amount of money invested in facilities at the Poteau Schools. The buildings and equipment are made available to the students of Poteau by the taxpayers of this state and district. Your parents and each of you are potential taxpayers of the present and future school facilities of this school district.
STATEMENT OF NON-DISCRIMINATION
Pansy Kidd Middle School was organized and facilities built for the purpose of providing an equal educational opportunity for all who attend here. Poteau Public School will provide equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, qualified handicap or veteran in its educational programs and activities.
Persons wanting additional information concerning the application of Title VI, Title IX, American Disabilities Act, and Section 504 or anyone needing assistance with a grievance procedure should contact Brenda Moquett, Program Coordinator, at 647-7700 or at 100 Mockingbird Lane, Poteau, Oklahoma 74953.
Grievance Procedure: Any student that wishes to file a grievance must follow board policy. If you wish to file a grievance for student harassment, please contact the principal.
SAFETY/HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES STATEMENT
Poteau Public School strives to provide a safe environment for our students, faculty and staff. In conformance with federal and state law, the district has developed a hazardous chemical and asbestos management plan to avoid and control any type of contamination that might occur. All schools have been inspected for asbestos. A copy of the management plan is available in the superintendent’s office.
FAMILY RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)
Parents of students currently enrolled and students 18 years of age currently enrolled have a right to inspect and obtain a copy of Poteau Public School's policy concerning family rights and privacy which is available in the Superintendent's and each of the principals' offices in Poteau. They also have the right to:
1. Inspect and review the student's education records
2. Request to amend the student's education records to ensure that they are not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student's privacy or other rights.
3. Consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that the Act and the regulations in this part authorize disclosure without consent.
4. File with the U.S. Department of Education a complaint concerning alleged failures by the agency or institution to comply with the requirements of the Act.
5. Have these rights translated / interpreted using their primary or home language.
6. The district will be free to release or use student information such as but limited to name, address, phone numbers, awards received, photos, and audio/visual recordings as appropriate without prior consent, unless notified in writing within 10 days of the date of receiving this handbook that any or all of the above information should not be released without consent. Directory information may be disclosed without prior consent in accordance with the provisions of FERPA and when requested by military recruiters in accordance with 10 U.S.C. SS503 (b).
It is the policy of Poteau School District that harassment of students by other students, personnel, or the public will not be tolerated. This policy is in effect while the students are on school grounds, in school transportation, or attending school-sponsored activities.
Harassment is intimidation by threats of actual physical violence; the creation by whatever means of a climate of hostility or intimidation; or the use of language, conduct, or symbols in such manner as to be commonly understood to convey hatred, contempt, or prejudice, or to have the effect of insulting or stigmatizing an individual. Harassment includes but is not limited to harassment on the basis of race, sex, creed, color, national origin, religion, marital status, or disability.
As used in the School Bullying Prevention Act, “harassment, intimidation, and bullying” means any gesture, written or verbal expression, or physical act that a reasonable person should know will harm another student, damage another student’s property, or insult or demean any student or group of students in such a way as to disrupt or interfere with the school’s climate limited to a gesture or written, verbal or physical act. Such behavior is specifically prohibited.
Harassment set forth above may include, but is not limited to, the following:
1. Verbal, physical, or written harassment or abuse;
2. Repeated remarks of a demeaning nature;
3. Implied or explicit threats concerning one’s grades, achievements, etc:
4. Demeaning jokes, stories, or activities directed at the student;
5. Unwelcome physical contact.
The Poteau Public Schools shall develop procedures and will be presented to the Poteau Board of Education:
1. Prompt investigation of allegations of harassment;
2. The expeditious correction of the conditions causing such harassment;
3. Establishment of adequate measures to provide confidentiality in the complaint process;
4. Initiation of appropriate corrective actions;
5. Identification and enactment of methods to prevent re-occurrence of the harassment; and
6. A process where the provisions of this policy are disseminated in writing annually to all staff and students.
A copy of this policy will be furnished upon request to each student and teacher in this school district.
If is student is not to receive corporal punishment at school, the parent needs to request the No Corporal Punishment Form from the school, sign it and return it to the school as soon as possible.
Parents and students will be notified if major changes to the handbook and school policies are necessary.