School Board Policy Manual

Nevis Public Schools

Independent School District 308

 
 

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School Board Policy 534

534 EARLY ENTRANCE INTO KINDERGARTEN

I. PURPOSE

The purpose of this policy is to provide information for parents who want their child to enroll in kindergarten prior to the legal entrance age of five (5) years on or before September 1st.

II. PROCEDURES FOR SELECTION

Initiation of interest for early admission will be initiated by the child's parent. Early entrance will be considered if space is available in the kindergarten classes.

III. RETESTING INTERVIEW

Knowledge of the school program is critical to making good decisions on early admissions. By knowing what type of program the school offers, it is possible to consider the prerequisite skills of the children for existing programs. An interview with the parents, child, school principal and kindergarten teacher will determine whether further testing is warranted. This interview will allow the school professionals to gather information from the parents and will allow a chance for professionals to observe the child.

IV. CRITERIA USED TO SELECT CHILDREN

Early admission to kindergarten will be considered for those children who will be five years of age after September 1. Requests for early admission must be submitted prior to April 1st of the preceding school year. No child whose birthday comes after November 1st will be considered for early admission.

In order to gain early entrance to kindergarten, the child must possess the following special abilities that permit early admission.

A. Emotional and Social Maturity

The emotional and social maturity of the child, as well as long term impact, will be considered. Assessment will be formal and informal.

B. Academic Skills

Language development and reading readiness will be considered.

C. Appropriate Pupil Behaviors

The following behaviors will be given consideration:

1. Ability to follow directions

2. Superior attention span

3. Interest in kindergarten-type activities, curiosity

4. Ability to relate in a test situation

5. Self-direction and independence

6. Ability to function in a group

7. Peer relations

8. Attitude toward school and learning

D. Preschool Experience

The parents will be asked whether the child had any previous experience in a nursery school, Head Start, Sunday school programs, Montessori school or day care.

E. Mental Age

An above average ability to learn will be required on an individual intelligence evaluation completed by a certified psychologist. The child must obtain a standard score on the psychological of 135 or above. This assessment is to be at the cost of the parent.

F. Method Used to Determine Early Admissions

After the individual evaluation is completed, the school principal, the school psychologist, and a kindergarten teacher will meet to discuss the results of the evaluation. Consideration will be given to all the criteria listed above.

G. Post-Testing Interview

A post-testing interview will be held with the parents and school professionals to inform the parents of their child's performance. The decision for early entry will be shared at this time.

H. When Child is Denied Early Admission

When early admission is denied a child, parents have the right to appeal the decision to the school board.

I. Fee

It is estimated that the total time involved for the evaluation and interview will be six hours. Because parents will be requesting early admission, the cost to the district to administer the tests and conduct interviews shall be the responsibility of the parents.

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School Board Policy 535

535 AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

I. PURPOSE

The school schedules a number of evening activities. Some of these activities are for the public. Other activities are for Nevis High School students only (e.g., practices, dances, etc.). Unless students are under the direct supervision of an authorized adult, they must be out of the building by 3:30 . A student is required to be in attendance at school during the day to attend after school activities.

II. DANCES

A. Time: Dances shall start no later than 9:00 p.m. and shall end no later than 11:30 p.m. Exceptions may be made for any special dance.

B. Chaperones:Faculty members and parents may chaperone. Each dance will have a minimum of 10 chaperones. The advisor and the principal must approve of the chaperones at least one week prior to the dance or party. Chaperones must receive written instructions from the advisor.

C. Doors: The doors close one-half hour after the start of the dance or party. No one will be permitted to leave and then re-enter. If a student leaves an activity early their parents may be notified. Students leaving the dance early will be reported to the supervisor. When students leave an activity they must leave the school grounds.

D. Lights: Advisors and chaperones will control the lighting.

E. Approval: Approval must be secured at least one week prior to the dance or party. Preliminary approval will come from the group advisor and final approval from the principal. Before final approvals the principal must have a list of the cleanup committee.

F. Guests: The administration will clear a guest list prior to the activity.

G. Behavioral Rules: Students and guests will follow all rules while attending the dance. The supervisor has the authority to require students and/or guests to leave the dance if school rules are violated.

1. Unacceptable behavior by students or guests will not be tolerated.

2.   Students or guests under the influence of alcohol or other drugs will be removed from the dance. They will be turned over to law enforcement officers for handling.

3. Once a student or guest leaves the dance they may not return.

4. The school reserves the right to shut the dance down.

5. Dress codes are in effect at dances.

III. ATHLETIC AND COMPETITIVE ACTIVITIES RULES

A. Conference/Sections

1. Nevis Football team is a member of the Great Northern South Conference and Section 6A, Volleyball team is a member of the Northwoods 7 Conference and Section 5A-north, Girls' Basketball team is a member of the Northwoods Conference and Section 6A-east, Boys' Basketball team is a member of the Northland Conference and Longbow Conference and Section 6A-east, Baseball team is a member of the Northland Conference and Section 6A-north, Softball team is a member of the Upper Mississippi Conference and Section 6A-north, the Track team is a member of the Northland (boys) Conference and Northwoods Six Conference (girls) and Section 8A-subsection 29, and Golf team is a member of the Northland Conference and Region 6A.

2. Students must know and understand the policies governing inter-scholastic athletics. Nevis High School adheres to the constitution and rules of the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL).  Complete rules may be obtained from the athletic director.

3. Category I activities include:  baseball, basketball, cheerleading, football, golf, gymnastics, softball, track, volleyball, wrestling, and Special Olympics.  Others may be added by agreement of the director, administration, and the approval of the school board.

4. Category II activities include:  FCCLA, knowledge bowl, math league, music activities, musical, National Honor Society, one act play, science fair, speech, spelling bee, Student Council, TARGET, and visual arts. Others may be added by agreement of the director, administration, and the approval of the school board.

B.   Nevis Extra-Curricular and Co-Curricular Participants Regulations:

1.  School time—no student may be excused from school for co-curricular events without the permission of the activities director, advisor/coach and principal.  A list must be given to the principal’s office for those leaving and the date, time, place, etc

2.  Dismissal from the activity--Any participant dismissed from the squad for the season for disciplinary reasons may participate in another sport that season.  In the event that the athlete is dismissed from the squad for disciplinary reasons, written notification of dismissal stating the reasons will be given to the parent with copies to the school board and/or administration.

3. Eligibility--To be scholastically eligible for co-curricular activities, students must be enrolled in the minimum number of courses prescribed by the school district, and must be making satisfactory progress toward graduation.

  1. Nevis eligibility rules apply to all activities.  Eligibility will be established at mid-term and term intervals.  Ineligibility will start on the day after grades are due in the office.
  2. Any student receiving a mark of F at the end of the term or midterm will be ineligible for a period of two weeks.  During this time all students should report to the teacher who gave them the F from 3:10 - 3:50 during the two weeks of ineligibility.  At 3:50 students may report to practice but may not compete in any competitions.  Fourth term ineligibility will be in effect until 8:30 on the 1st Monday of school in the following school year.  Students who are ineligible cannot be dismissed early from school to accompany the teams to competitions.  They are however, encouraged to attend all other competitions with the team.
  3. RISK PROGRAM - A RISK committee made-up of School/Home Interventionist, Alternative Room Supervisor and Principal will determine eligibility of any students involved in RISK situation, i.e. mental health concerns, personal trauma, or situations not within student's control.  RISK students who receive F's should report to the teacher who gave them the F from 3:10 - 3:50 during the two weeks of ineligibility.  (Special Education student's eligibility will be determined by the Special Education program staff.)

4.   Involvement in more than one activity--Students involved in more than one activity during a season must abide by the participation policy of the respective coaches or activities director.  If a conflict in practice or performance arises and the coaches/activities director are not able to resolve the conflict, the student must decide in which activity he/she will participate.

5.   Rules Meeting--Parents and participants must attend a rules meeting before any student is allowed to participate in any competitive event.

C.  Lettering:

All letter awards must be submitted to the activities director with evidence supporting that they have met the following (minimum) requirements.

1.  Award Requirements

  1. All sports: The athlete must play in one-half of the periods (innings, quarters) of the total regular season varsity games each year to receive an award that year.
  2. Band Policy: Students must earn 100 points each year to letter. Points can be earned as follows: pep band performances 10 points each; solo competition 40 points for an excellent rating; 60 points for a superior rating; small ensemble competition 40 points for an excellent rating and 50 points for a superior rating; jazz band 50 points; honor band 40 point.
  3. Choir Policy: Sectionals 5 points; individual vocal lessons 5 points; participating in honor choir 30 points; solo competition 30 points; small ensemble competition 30 points; and participating in the musical 30 points. A superior rating at either competition is an automatic letter.
  4. Drama Policy. Students who have a lead role in a main stage production or equal role in a competition piece will receive an automatic letter. Students in a supporting role or assisting in any other way (lights, sound, etc.) must participate in 3 cumulative productions to receive a letter.
  5. Academic Lettering. Nevis School uses the following criteria for academic lettering: 11th & 12th grade must have at least a 3.3333 cumulative GPA, 10th grade at least a 3.5000 cumulative GPA, 9th grade must have at least a 3.7500 cumulative GPA.
  6. Target Policy. Students who have participated for two years in the program will receive a letter.

2.  Injury, accumulative and “sequence” provisions below, apply to all sports. If injured during the season, the athlete must have met the award requirements based on that part of the season until the time of the injury. Thus a player injured in the third football game must have played in at least four quarters. The ability to participate again is in the jurisdiction of the physician attending the athlete.

3.  The first varsity award may be earned by accumulating from year to year enough playing periods or points to meet the requirements for one season.

4.  A “Service Award” may be earned by three years on the squad, including the senior year. This requires recommendation of the head coach and approval of the activities director and principal.

5.  Any Junior Varsity squad coach may award a certificate of participation.

6.  Participants who are dismissed from any activity for disciplinary reasons will not be eligible to receive an award for participation in that activity.

7.  Students who are under the direct care of a physician and are not able to participate in physical education will not be eligible to participate in sports related activities until the doctor releases the student.

D. Responsibilities of Activity Participants:

1.  MSHSL violations: All participants must follow MSHSL rules.

  1. 1st violation is two (2) weeks or two (2) events whichever is greater.
  2. 2nd Violation is three (3) weeks or six (6) events whichever is greater.
  3. 3rd Violation is four (4) weeks or twelve (12) events whichever is greater.

2.  Practice: All participants must attend practice sessions when in attendance in school unless excused in advance by the coach/advisor. A note from the parents must follow.

3.  Attendance:

  1. All participants will be in school all day on the day of practice, contest or event.
  2. Illness: Students who miss school due to illness during the day will not participate that night. Medical appointments will be excused at the principal's discretion and must be pre-excused before 8:30 a.m.
  3. Tardy: A student reporting to school tardy the day after competition or performance will not be eligible to compete in the next performance or contest. The only exception is if the student must be in attendance at a performance because the performance is part of their grade.

4. Team Travel: All participants will travel to the event/ contest with the team. A participant may travel home from the event with his/her parents ONLY with a written permission slip signed by the parents and given to the coach after the contest. Other transportation home from the contest must be pre-arranged by the participant through a written permission slip from the parent. The advisor/coach will verify this request during school hours prior to departure for the contest. The written request must include the telephone number where the parent can be contacted before permission is granted. While attending events, student participants are under the direct supervision of the coach/advisor. Students must remain with the coach/advisor and team at all times.

5.  Any violation of 1, 2, 3, or 4 listed above, may result in automatic suspension from the team for the next scheduled game/activity or performance. Except where the MSHSL may impose a more stringent penalty, in the event of suspension, the participant may not attend the contest with the team.

6.  Improper conduct, unbecoming a gentleman/lady participant either on the field, in the locker room, team bench area, or other team area will result in immediate suspension from the team. Following such improper conduct, the parent will be notified immediately by phone, with a letter to follow. This letter will set up a time and date for a conference with the parent, the participant under suspension, and the principal.

7.  Coaches, advisors, teachers and administrators may confer at any time to determine the eligibility status of students in a leadership position. Any questions should be directed to the activities director, coach/advisor, principal, and/or superintendent.

8.  Any athlete who does not participate in their physical education class on the day of competition or practice will not be eligible to perform in an athletic event that evening.

9.  Cell phones are not allowed in locker rooms at any athletic event or practice.

IV. NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY

Nevis students are eligible to apply to be a member of the National Honor Society if they meet the following requirements: 3.5000 cumulative GPA at the end of their 10th or 11th grade year and be active in volunteer service.

V. PROM RULES

A. Only Juniors & Seniors from Nevis School or other schools, graduates who have been invited and who have been out of school for one year, and invited sophomores may attend.

B. There will be one Prom Advisor(same person) for every year. Magazine sales done during Junior year will be used for Prom. No funds will be taken from the class fund.

C. Prom will be held at the school.

D. Dinner is on your own.

E. The dance will be done at midnight . If students leave during the evening they will not be allowed back in.

F. One (1) guest per person Junior/Senior student. Person and guest must be signed up and approved in the office. Also a Prom agreement must be read, signed and returned to the principal by anyone attending Prom.

G. Police will be called to the event if anyone is suspected of using any illegal substances.  Parents will be notified and the student will be turned over to law enforcement. Parents will be notified and asked to pick up any students not following the Prom agreement.

H. Chaperones will have full authority at Prom.

I. Students who are the recipient of disciplinary action will have future Prom attendance privileges reviewed by the principal.

VI. FAN BUS

Transportation to away athletic events may be provided.  A fee will be charged for fans.  Cheerleaders must ride the bus as directed by the coach or activities director.

When a fan bus is provided for away games, students must ride the bus to and from the games.  If students choose to ride home with their parents from an event, the parent should sign a note and give it to their student's supervisor.  If students wish to ride home from an event with someone other than their parents, they must give their parent note to the principal during the day, which will be approved/disapproved and given to the coach/supervisor.  There will be no exceptions.

Only students of Nevis School District may ride the fan bus except if there is extra room on the bus for others, and that these students or adults are pre-approved by the principal and have paid the correct fee.

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School Board Policy 536

536 STUDENT HEALTH

I. HEALTH

A. The elementary physical education teacher measures the student's height and weight twice each year.

B. Students in grades K-12 have a vision screening yearly. Hearing screening is conducted for students in grades K, 1, 3, 5, 8, 11, and 12 during the year.

C. The school has a speech correction service for students who have speech problems.

D. A Health and fitness evaluation is done by the physical education department.

E. Nevis School has a full time nurse on duty during school hours.

F. A scoliosis check is done yearly for students in grades 5, 7, 9.

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II. ACCIDENTS AND ILLNESS AT SCHOOL

All accidents, no matter how minor, must be reported to the teacher in charge or to the principal.  If a student becomes ill, the student should report to the nurse, call home at the nurse's recommendation, get a “permit to leave the building” pass, and have his/her parents come and get him/her.  The school is not responsible for student accident insurance.

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