MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

 Dear Student and Parent,

 Welcome to the home of the Cougars! Journey continues to build a reputation of academic improvement and a positive alternative learning environment. This handbook is your guide to the rights and responsibilities of the students of Journey Junior/Senior High School. It is critical that you read the information contained in this handbook and understand both the privileges and expectations you have as a student and parent. If this handbook does not clearly address an issue that you’re concerned with, or if you have any questions about the information in this handbook, you should contact me, a teacher, a LRP staff person, or the secretary for help.

The state requirements for high school graduation changed in 2007. This will also affect Journey. If we want to continue to grow and provide a quality education in this community, we must meet these new requirements. This will be done while maintaining the positive characteristics that give Journey its unique identity. Although you may have faced different hardships, we believe that each one of you has the ability to learn. Push yourself towards continued growth, and remember that the staff of Journey is committed to helping you be successful. 

I invite you to take part in extra-curricular activities and represent our school in the community. Take advantage of programs like the Leadership Resiliency Program and Reconnecting Youth. These are not programs that are available in many other learning environments. I challenge you to hold yourself to the highest standards of conduct. Take pride in yourself and your school community. 

Have a great school year!

Mr. Jamie Bandstra

Principal

Journey Junior/Senior High School

 

MISSION AND VISION STATEMENTS

Journey’s mission is...

To provide safe, caring, learning environment.

 It is our vision that…

Students exhibit a clear understanding of themselves and a direction towards a desired career pathway, positive social skills and emotional health, and proficiency in standardized testing.

 Culture and Values

 Clearly defined rules and behavioral expectations

  • Allowance for flexibility to address individual student needs
  • Teamwork, collaboration, and respect
  • A consistent and safe learning climate
  • Ongoing professional learning communities
  • Research-based, student focused instruction
  • A curriculum aligned with state standards

 BASIC SCHOOL INFORMATION

Journey Junior/Senior High School

1916 W. US 10

Scottville, MI 49454

 

Main Office (231)757-5700   Fax (231)757-9744

Jamie Bandstra-Principal (231)757-5700 Ext. 5

Brenda Anderson-Office Administrator (231)757-5700 Ext. 2

Leadership and Resiliency Program (231)757-5700 Ext. 4

Main Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 

 

STAFF DIRECTORY

James Bandstra            Principal

Brenda Andersen          Secretary

Robert Brintnall            HS Math Teacher

Kerry Foote                 HS English Teacher

Lynne Mattice              HS Social Studies Teacher

Deb Plowe                   Middle School Teacher

Don Schwass               HS Science Teacher

Jeff Tuka                      HS Social Studies Teacher

Jason Steiner                HS Math/Science Teacher

David Gibbs                 LRP Counselor

Sue Boon                     In-School Suspension

 

SCHOOL INFORMATION SOURCES

Journey offers a variety of ways to keep up with important news and information on our school:

Web site: Mason County Central hosts a web site www.mccschools.com which offers a wealth of information about the school including school. This web site will not be updated with 2007-2008 information until September 12, 2008, but after this point will contain accurate and updated information. Check this out regularly!

Monthly newsletter: Journey will provide a monthly newsletter that will include a calendar and highlight important events in the life of the school. This newsletter will be available at the front desk and will also be posted on our web site.

SCHOOL CLOSINGS

In the event of inclement weather, school delays and closings will be posted on local television stations (channels 7 and 9) and radio stations (FM Channels 102.7 and 106.3). Journey will be closed if either Ludington or Mason County Central have been closed due to weather.

 ATTENDANCE

SCHOOL SCHEDULE

The school is in session from 7:38 a.m. until 3:03 p.m., but students from Ludington and Mason County Central have staggered start times. Students arriving before 7:15 a.m. are to wait in either the cafeteria or main lobby areas. No student should be in any other area of the building without permission prior to 7:15 a.m. Please reference Journey’s Schedule for 2008-2009 in the back section of this handbook under Appendix A.

TRANPORTATION

The Ludington bus leaves from Washington Avenue near the north end of Ludington High School at 7:15 a.m., and arrives at Journey at 7:30 a.m.   The bus from Mason County Central leaves from Maple Street near the north end of Mason County High School at 8:15 a.m., and arrives at Journey at 8:25 a.m. The Ludington bus will leave Journey at 2:25 p.m. and will arrive at LHS at 2:40 p.m. The MCC bus will leave Journey at 3:05 p.m. and arrive at MCH at 3:15 p.m. All times listed are approximate, but students should be prepared at these times.

GENERAL ATTENDANCE INFORMATION

If a student is absent from school, a parent must call the office to inform the school of their student’s absence. Without this notification, the school will contact the parents by an automated phone call to inform them of the student’s absence.

The following conditions may excuse a student from school attendance if both parent and outside verification notes are provided upon the student’s return:

1)   Personal illness or injury (a medical verification note will be required by the

school principal)

2)   Family illness - an emergency situation requiring the student to be absent from school

3)   Quarantine of the home by local health officials

4)   Death of a relative (limited to three days unless reasonable cause can be shown for a longer absence)

5)   Observance of a religious holiday consistent with student’s established creed or belief

 Students returning to school after all absences must bring a written note from their parent or guardian stating:

1)   The dates of absences

2)   The reason for the absences

3)   The parent or guardian signature and phone number

 The parent and outside verification note will be taken to the front desk upon return to school. The student must then fill out an absence form which will be attached to the parent or medical verification. Upon completion, students will be given an admit slip, that will allow them to return to class. Students who do not follow this process will be asked to leave class and take care of their attendance at the front desk prior to returning to class.

Absences documented with medical verification notes for each date absent will be excused and will not count toward the Four Day Rule. Students leaving school because of illness or other excused reason must sign-out and still submit a written verification upon their return to school.  Admit slips for absences should be obtained before school begins. Failure to follow Attendance Guidelines may result in school discipline. It is the responsibility of the school to report all attendance concerns to the Mason County Juvenile Court. A court officer will follow procedures to ensure the regular attendance of all students.

ABSENCE/TARDY GUIDELINES

·        Tardy – Up to fifteen minutes late to class

·        Double Tardy – Fifteen to fourty-five minutes late to class

·        Single Class Absence – Fourty-five minutes late to the end of class, or not attending class at all

·        Half-Day Absence – Attendance for less than two full classes in a single morning session, or attendance for less than two full classes in a single afternoon session.

·        Full-Day Absence – Attendance for less than four full periods in one day

·        Extra-Curricular Participation – In order for a student to participate in any extracurricular activity, the student must be in school at least four full periods prior to that event.  This does not include lunch period.

 

Three tardies = one single class absence and three single class absences = one full day absence.

·        Doctor Appointments/Court Appearances – Under normal circumstances, no

more than one-half day will be excused for medical appointments or court

appearances. Medical appointments should be scheduled outside the school day

when possible.

·        Students should never leave the building without permission or without signing out in the Attendance Office. Students have the same number of days to get make-up assignments as they have been absent from school (i.e., if a student is absent three school days, he has three days to talk with his teachers and get the work assigned while he was gone). Work missed due to an unexcused absence may be made up for ½ credit. Students who fail to bring documentation for absences may be assigned school discipline for truancy.

 Students will track their own attendance in their homeroom period. This is done to enable students to be more aware of their attendance and improve attendance habits. An Attendance Monitoring Tool for your use is located in the back of this student handbook under Appendix B.

 ILLNESS WHILE AT SCHOOL

If you should become ill or are injured during school, ask your teacher for a pass to the

office. The school must obtain parental permission in order for a student to be released

from school due to illness. Prior to leaving the office, students and parents must sign out.

A parent note must be presented upon return. If, at the principal’s request, you are sent

home from school for medical reasons, the absence for that school day will be counted as

excused.

FOUR CLASS PERIOD RULE

At the high school level, this policy designates four class periods as the maximum number of absences to be permitted in any one course during a six week grading period. If this number is exceeded, the student will receive a grade of “F” in that class for the trimester grading period.

Exceptions to the Four Class Period Rule (these absences do not count against the total):

·        Personal Illness or injury, verified by medical documentation for each date absent

·        Observance of a religious holiday consistent with student’s established creed or belief

·        Death in the immediate family, limited to three days unless extenuating

circumstances exist and absence is approved by the principal, with documentation

·        School-related absence – participation in a school-related activity (such as a field trip)

·        Court appearance, with documentation

·        Emergency circumstances, with principal’s approval

·        In-School Suspension (ISS)

·        College visits , with principal’s approval

 ATTENDANCE FAILURE

The school will notify parents after the student has been absent from class four times in a trimester grading period, but it is the student’s responsibility to be aware of the number of days he or she has missed in each class. Upon the fifth absence, the school will notify parents that their child has missed five class periods and will fail for the six-week grading period, unless the absences are made-up. Grades earned in a course that a student has failed due to attendance will be replaced with a grade of “F” (59%). Students earning a grade lower than 59% will retain that lower grade upon failure due to attendance. For our Friday PE credit, a student will lose credit on their third absence. As with our prior attendance policy, outside verification of absences will enable us to excuse the absence. 

 ATTENDANCE MAKE-UP

Unexcused absences can be made-up by serving Saturday school at Ludington High School or arranging a make-up time at Journey Friday afternoon between 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Friday afternoon make-up is subject to staff availability and may not always be an option. These unexcused absences must be made-up hour for hour (one hour of class time must be made-up by one hour of extra attendance on Friday afternoon or Saturday). Students are responsible for their own transportation and must be picked up by 3:00 p.m. during Friday afternoon make-up. All make-up periods must pre-arranged and sign-up in the school office is necessary by the end of the day Thursday. Make-up days must take place prior to the last day of the current six week period. If make-up takes place after that point, it cannot be counted toward absences in that six week period. 

SKIPPING

If a student skips a class or classes, they will need to serve an hour of in-school suspension for every hour skipped. Skipping will be defined as an absence that occurs without excuse after being present in the school prior to the absence. 

REVIEW PANEL

Parents or students may request that a review panel examine their case, if in their opinion, there were extenuating circumstances that caused the student to exceed four absences in a class. The request for review must be received no more than five days after the end of the grading period.

EARLY DISMISSAL

Students must never leave the school building without permission and/or without signing out in the office with parent approval. Failure to follow this procedure may result in school discipline.

Legitimate reasons for early dismissal from school will be accepted provided a note signed by a parent is presented at school.

Students seeking an early dismissal should report to the office with a parent note stating the reason and time to be excused. The student must sign out on the “sign-out log.” The student will be given a pass that is to be shown to the classroom teacher before leaving. The student must sign out at the front desk before leaving the building. Failure to sign out may result in school discipline.

The reason for early dismissal must be explicit in order to be considered excused.

INCENTIVE PROGRAMS

The objectives of the incentives are to decrease tardiness, increase attendance and improve students’ grades.

TARDINESS - Students who are not tardy to school during a grading period will be awarded a “Cougar Card” which entitles them to two “free tardies” to school and can be used in any single or double tardy situation. The “Cougar Card” is not transferable to another student.

ATTENDANCE - Students who have perfect attendance during a grading period will be awarded a “Cougar Card” which entitles them to one “half day absence.”

The following restrictions apply to the use of the “Cougar Card”:

1.   Students must have their parent’s permission in writing.

2.   The card is not transferable to another student.

3.   The cards may not be used during the last week of a six week period.

4.   Cards must be used within the same school year, except for those earned during the last six weeks of school. 

 STUDENT BEHAVIOR

 POSTITIVE BEHAVIOR SUPPORT

In establishing behavior expectations, the staff of Journey Junior/Senior High has chosen to focus on a system of Positive Behavior Support. This involves working to be proactive by communicating specific behavior guidelines and equipping students to respond in a desirable manner. PBS recognizes that following the codes of conduct can be a process, and leaves room for growth. The staff will work continually to provide clear behavioral expectations in every area of the school, and will look for opportunities to encourage students in a positive manner when they illustrate success in this manner. The four main ideas of PBS are; identify behavioral expectations, teach those expectations, monitor if proactive support is working, acknowledge when expected behavior occurs.

 CODE OF CONDUCT

The image a school portrays is often determined by the behavior of its students and the physical appearance of the building. We must all - students, teachers, administrators, support staff and parents- show pride by doing our share to make the school a better place in which to learn and work. One of the main goals of the school staff is to develop a strong sense of respect in all students.

The following rules apply while on school premises, school buses or any other school

property during school activities at or away from school, or off the school grounds if

the situation is initiated at school. Students shall be given due process before a

disciplinary action is taken. Any student conduct that would constitute criminal conduct

under Michigan law is also a violation of the Code of Conduct. The rules also apply to

any form of student misconduct directed at a district official or employee or the property

of a district official or employee, at any place, at any time. A violation of any rule may

result in discipline including, but not limited to:

 

·        In-School Detention (ISS)

·        Out-of-School Suspension (OSS)

·        Court referral

·        Expulsion

·        Compensatory payment of damages

·        Loss of bus privileges

·        Loss of credit for assigned work or tests

·        Assigned work related to the offense

Notice to students: The use of video surveillance equipment may be used in the investigation of violations of the Code of Conduct. Students may receive discipline as a result of what is recorded.

1)      Disruption of School Students shall not, by the use of violence, force, coercion, threat or any other means, cause disruption or obstruction to the normal operation of this school or any other school or school district.

 2)   Harassment Students shall not harass other students, school employees, persons

that are guests of the school or persons conducting business for the school. This

category also applies to remarks or actions of a sexual, racial, ethnic or religious

nature that are deemed offensive.

3)   Threats Students shall not, through verbal, written, technological or any other

means, make statements that state that physical or emotional harm may come to

another person or to an institution. Bomb threats will likely result in expulsion from school, and prosecution by law enforcement.

4)   Use of Obscene Language/Materials Students shall not use obscene, vulgar or profane language, make inappropriate gestures or possess vulgar materials. (Refer to Swearing and Put-Down Policy on page 22.)        .

5)   Attendance No student shall fail to comply with state attendance laws including, but not limited to, truancy or tardiness from a specific class or school. No student shall leave school property or an assigned educational location once he or she has come under the supervision of a school employee, prior to specified dismissal times, without official permission.

6)   Forgery Students shall not misrepresent a signature on any document.

7)   Damage of Property Students shall not cause or attempt to cause damage of

school property, including buses and bus seats, or personal property. Students

shall not touch or handle another person’s property without their authorization.

Students must pay for any damages they cause to school equipment, materials or

facilities and may be subject to additional disciplinary action.

8)   Assault Students shall not act or threaten to act in such a way as to cause physical injury to other students, any school employee or other persons. Specific violations include but are not limited to:

a)   Fighting/Violence

b)   Serious Bodily Injury

c)   Threats of fighting, violence, or serious bodily injury (see #3 – Threats)

9)   Failure to Obey Instructions/Insubordination/Disrespect No student shall fail to comply with any lawful instructions or requests of teachers, student-teachers, principals or other authorized personnel during any period of time when he or she is properly under the authority of such school personnel. No student shall fail to provide information, or supply false information, when it is requested.

10) Dangerous Weapons and Instruments Students shall not possess, handle,

transmit or conceal any dangerous weapon or instrument on school property, in a

school vehicle or at any school-sponsored activity. It is likely  that

building administrators will recommend the expulsion of students in violation of said policy. Firearms (including starter pistols), objects that are indistinguishable

from and/or represented as firearms, explosives, incendiary devices and knives

(any object with a blade and a handle) are considered dangerous weapons. Other

instruments/devices may also be defined as dangerous weapons depending on

their use or intended use. Should a student have knowledge of a weapon or

dangerous instrument on school property, in a school vehicle or at a schools

sponsored activity and not report it to a school employee, the student may be held to the same disciplinary measures as that of the perpetrator. Specific violations include but are not limited to:

a)  Use, Possession, Sale or Distribution of a Firearm

b) Use, Possession, Sale or Distribution of Any Explosive, Incendiary or

            Poison Gas

c)   Use, Possession, Sale or Distribution of a Dangerous Weapon Other Than a Firearm or Explosive, Incendiary or Poison Gas (including knives and any other object with a blade and a handle)

d)   Use, Possession, Sale or Distribution of objects that are indistinguishable from and/or represented as firearms, explosives, incendiary devices and knives.

11) Narcotics, Alcoholic Beverages and Drugs Students shall not possess, use,

transmit, conceal, make arrangements to sell or purchase, or use the aforementioned items immediately prior to or during school or a school function. Look-alike drugs and drug paraphernalia are included and will be dealt with accordingly. (See Alcohol And Other Drug Use And Abuse Policy, page 15.)

Specific violations include but are not limited to:

a)   Use, Possession, Sale or Distribution of Intoxicating Alcoholic Beverages

b)   Use, Possession, Sale or Distribution of Drugs Other Than Tobacco or

Alcohol

12) Tobacco Tobacco, in any form, shall not be carried or used by any student on school property or at school events, who is under the age of 18. Paraphernalia used for the consumption of tobacco products is prohibited. Administrators will refer violators of the tobacco policy to the Mason County Juvenile Court.

13) Theft Students shall respect the personal ownership rights of others. The

principal may exercise the prerogative of reporting thefts to local authorities.

14) Cheating/Plagiarism Students shall not give or receive unauthorized information

regarding class work or class activities, misrepresent the results of researched or

laboratory assignments, or give or receive unauthorized assistance on

assignments. Repeated violations may result in failure of academic subjects.

15) Dress Code (Refer to the Dress Code, page 22.)

16) Inappropriate Display of Affection Students shall refrain from inappropriate displays of affection. Students are not to take part in prolonged hugging or kissing, or sit on the lap of another student.

17) Unauthorized or Unsupervised Areas Students may not be in areas for which they have not been authorized or areas that are unsupervised.

18) Hazing (Initiations) Initiations of any sort are prohibited. Initiations and/or

hazing are those activities into which students are coerced in order to become part of a group or activity or to avoid harm.

19) Computers Computers/technology is provided for student use for teacher assigned work in courses or programs, and may be used for other purposes during free time. Students may not use the computers for email or any type of chat room. (See Computer Use Guidelines, page 26.)

20) Violation of Bus Rules Students must follow all Bus Rules outlined on page 23.

21) General Misconduct Students shall refrain from throwing objects or being abusive or excessively noisy in their behavior. Respect the rights and feelings of others.

22) Gross Misconduct Repeated violations of the Code of Conduct

23) Other violations Other conduct violations not covered in the above rules

24) Driving: Students driving a vehicle on school property shall follow the rules and regulations established for this privilege. (See Driving Regulations, page 25).

SCHOOL’S RIGHT TO SEARCH

Lockers, desks or storage places provided for student use are, and remain at all times, property of Journey Junior/Senior High School. These areas and the contents, therefore, are subject to a random search at any time. Administrators are authorized to conduct reasonable inspection of school property or of students and items brought upon school grounds, including vehicles, when there is reasonable cause to believe that a student may be in possession of evidence that a law or a school rule has been violated. In addition, the contents of a cell phone may be searched if there is a reasonable suspicion that it may have been used in an activity prohibited by the Code of Conduct.

SECURITY VIDEOTAPES

Journey Junior/Senior High may record security videotapes on school property. These videotapes, which are made for the protection and welfare of the school community, typically contain images of many students, as well as school employees and other persons.

Security videotapes contain personally identifiable information about students. State and federal laws generally prohibit the release of this information, and the school has not designated the videotapes as “directory information” that may be disclosed without the prior written consent of the students’ parents or guardians.

Security videotapes, and the personally identifiable information contained on the videotapes, will be disclosed only when authorized by law or when the disclosure is made to school officials with legitimate educational interests. The videotapes otherwise will not be disclosed to any person.

APPEAL

Students should be afforded the right to explain the situation that has possible disciplinary consequences and the opportunity to know what the consequences may be. Should a student or parent not agree with a disciplinary action, please start the appeal process where it originated (i.e., If a teacher assigns a detention, discuss it with the teacher. If the principal recommends expulsion, discuss it with the principal.) The chain of command to appeal, in general, is: teacher, principal, and superintendent or superintendent’s designee.

IN-SCHOOL SUSPENSION (ISS)

ISS is a place where students are sent when they are having difficulty following the Code

of Conduct that is a part of Journey Junior/Senior High School. It is rehabilitative in

nature and gives students a chance to process what has occurred so that they can make

changes in their behavior. ISS also gives the student time to cool down so that they are

better equipped to handle situations in the classroom. When a student is sent from a

classroom to ISS, they will stay in ISS for the remainder of that hour, will miss the

following break, and resume normal attendance beginning with their next hour class. In

some cases, students may be assigned ISS for a number of consecutive days as an

alternative to an out-of-school suspension. This will be done under contract and these

students will be given periodic breaks throughout the day.

 ISS is designed using a three step process. When a student is sent to ISS, they arrive on

step one. Failure to follow established codes of conduct will result in a student moving to

step two. If a student is placed on step two they will be given a written notice of this

action. The principal or principal’s designee will be notified and will meet with the

student to discuss the situation. At this point, strong intervention to assist student success

will be made by Journey staff. 

 Continued failure to follow established codes of conduct will result in a student being

moved to step three. The student will again be given written notice of this action. Step

three results in a mandatory one day suspension. The principal or principal’s designee

will be notified and a parent will be called. The parent must arrange quick

transportation for the student to get home. The student will stay home for the remainder

of the school day and may return to school the next day unless further disciplinary action

is necessary as a result of continued failure to follow Journey’s Code of Conduct. If a

student is placed on step three any time after lunch, they will be required to stay home the

remainder of the afternoon on that day and the following school day.

 1) Students serving In-School Suspension shall be permitted to make up and receive      credit for assignments during the first hour of In School Suspension.

2)   Students are responsible to resolve the situation that resulted in their removal from class, prior to leaving In-School Suspension. Students will be retained in In-School Suspension until they are able to do so.

3)   In-School Suspension hours will not apply toward the Four Class Period Rule.

 Goals of In-School Suspension

·        That the number of out of school suspensions (OSS) be reduced, and that OSS be used as a last resort, when safety or the learning environment is being compromised.

·        Improved student ability to deal with conflict in a healthy manner.

·        Increased responsibility by students for poor choices.

Student Goals

·        Recognition of the incident that caused their removal from class and why this behavior was not acceptable.

·        Control of emotions and behavior.

·        Implementation of an acceptable resolution.

  

In-School Suspension Student Process 

1) Students will complete a behavior processing tool.

a) Written form (Forms will be kept on file in ISS.)

-Prompts with multiple choice and an open ended question

            b) Computer based (Ripple)

 

2) Students will be expected to resolve the incident (responsibility).

            a) Questions or conversation

            b) Written or verbal apology

 

 3) Development of an exit plan will be the final component. 

a) This could be a simple agreement to take action with regard to the desired      resolution.

b) Behavior Contract

c) Individual Resiliency Plan

 Although school work is important, it will not be the focal point of ISS.

OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION (OSS)

1)   Parents will be notified of the suspension and may be asked to take the student home. The student may not attend school through the length of the suspension.

2)   Students will be permitted to make up classroom work or tests missed while

serving Out of School Suspension for ½ credit.

3)   Suspensions may cross trimester lines and may be carried from one school year to the next.

4)   All Out-of-School Suspensions will apply to Eight Class Period Rule.

5)   Students may not attend any school functions, home or away, while serving OSS.

COURT REFERRAL

Referral to the Mason County Juvenile Court may be used when other disciplinary actions have not been effective. The two most common reasons for referral are truancy and unruliness. The parents will receive a warning notice that students are going to be referred and notice when they are referred.

EXPULSION

If all other attempts to modify student behavior are unsuccessful, or a serious violation of the Code of Conduct is committed, the student may be recommended for expulsion from school. If a student is expelled, the length of the expulsion may be up to one hundred and eighty school days and may extend into the following trimester or school year. Schoolwork missed as a result of expulsion may not be made up.

ALCOHOL, AND OTHER DRUG USE/ABUSE POLICY

OVERVIEW

Journey Junior/High School acknowledges the fact that the use and abuse of alcohol and  

other mood-altering chemicals is harmful for any student. Use and abuse of mood-

altering chemicals has become a huge problem for many youth. Use of such chemicals disrupts the maturation process alters physical and emotional well being and interferes with performance capabilities of the user. Journey Junior/Senior High School believes that every child should have the opportunity to live, grow and develop free of mood-altering chemicals. We believe that the most desirable goal for our students is to remain totally abstinent from such use of chemicals. Further, Journey strongly supports programs that are designed to raise awareness, to prevent involvement with alcohol and other drugs, to assist and support those who are involved and affected and to work cooperatively with those who are willing to seek help. Journey also recognizes the need to clearly establish a disciplinary policy regarding alcohol and other drugs and a procedural guideline for the school.

INTRODUCTION

It is the primary objective of Journey Junior/Senior High School to assure that the

education of all students proceeds in an orderly and non-disruptive manner. Possessing,

using, buying, selling or supplying of mood-altering chemicals or look-alike substances or paraphernalia on school premises is an obstacle to that objective and an interference with the rights of other students to receive quality academic instruction. While student drug education and referral to counseling resources will continue to be made available, such measures should be viewed as instructional or rehabilitative and will not ordinarily be considered as an alternative to the disciplinary measures specified in Section 9.

1) STATEMENT OF POLICY REGARDING STUDENTS

Students of Journey shall not possess, use, buy, sell, supply or attempt to do so with a mood-altering chemical of any kind prior to or during the school day, at any school-sponsored activity or event or at any time while on school premises.

a)   Definitions

i)    “Possession” includes, without limitation: holding in the student’s

hand, retention on the student’s person or in purses, wallets, lockers,

desks or any other personal possessions, or vehicles parked on school

property or at school functions.

ii)   “Use of mood-altering chemical”: is defined as manifesting signs of

chemical misuse such as staggering, reddened eyes, odor of chemicals,

nervousness, restlessness, memory loss, abusive language, falling

asleep in class or any other behavior not normal for that particular

student, or a preponderance of evidence that a student has used a

mood-altering chemical.

iii)   “Tobacco”: includes any product containing tobacco or nicotine that is

smoked, chewed, inhaled or placed against the gums.

iv) “Mood-altering chemical”: Includes, without limitation, alcohol,

marijuana, inhalants, ecstasy or other club drugs, depressants,

stimulants, hallucinogens, narcotics, over-the-counter medications

(including any over-the-counter pain medications containing aspirin,

acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or any other pain relievers, any cough or

cold medications, etc), substances such as White Out, glue, toxic

markers and caffeine pills. Prescription drugs are included in this,

unless authorized by a medical prescription from a licensed physician

and kept in the original container that states the student’s name and

directions for proper use, according to school policy. This list is intended for example only and not as an exclusive list. (See Medication in section 7 of this policy.)

2) DRUG PARAPHERNALIA

Drug paraphernalia or instruments such as pipes, roach clips, syringes,

hypodermic needles, cocaine spoons or kits, nitrous oxide paraphernalia, rolling

papers, water pipes and any other items normally or actually used for the packaging, conveyance, dispensation or use of mood-altering substances will not be permitted on any school property or vehicle and will be subject to confiscation. Possession of drug paraphernalia will be treated the same as possession of a mood-altering substance. Addiction to an illegal substance may not be used as an excuse for a violation.

3) STAFF RESPONSIBILITIES

All Journey staff members have the responsibility to report all suspected cases of drug and/or alcohol use, misuse or abuse by students to the principal or principal’s designee.

4) RESPONSIBILITIES OF SCHOOL OFFICIALS

Except for the persons directly involved in the students’ education and except as otherwise provided herein, all matters concerning reports of drug or alcohol abuse shall be and remain confidential.

When a school official has reason to believe that a student is in violation of the

drug/alcohol policy, the following action will be taken:

 a)   The student will be informed of the alleged offense, the evidence to support

the allegations and the disciplinary action that may apply.

b)   If the student is in need of medical attention, the local emergency resources will be notified to give medical attention.

c)   The parent or guardian of the student will be notified and asked to meet

with the school officials. Only in the case of medical emergency or if the

parent(s) cannot be reached will the person on the student’s emergency call

list be notified.

d)   School officials will cooperate fully with law enforcement agencies and report to them any information that would be considered beneficial in their efforts to stop the use of illegal drugs and alcohol.

e)   Notification to the local law enforcement agency shall be in accordance

with the provisions under each offense. When reported, a written record

shall be made of the incident to the law enforcement official who, at their

discretion, may conduct an investigation.

5) SEARCHES

If the school official has reason to believe that mood-altering or controlled substances drug paraphernalia or instruments are concealed in a school locker, on a student, in a purse, wallet, book bag or in a student’s vehicle, the following applies:

 a)   Locker Search: A school locker may be searched. The normal procedure is

for the school official to accompany the student to his locker and require the

youth to show the official the contents. Whenever possible, a second staff

person will observe.

b)   Personal Searches: The school official may ask a student to reveal any

illegal or dangerous item(s) suspected of being on his person, in a purse,

wallet or book bag. If the student refuses, the school official may ask the

student or the student’s parent for permission to conduct a search. The

school official, at their discretion, may call the local law enforcement

agency to investigate.

c)   Student Vehicle: When illegal or dangerous items are suspected to be in a

student’s vehicle on school property, permission of the driver or owner will

be secured to search the vehicle. If permission to search the vehicle is

denied, the local law enforcement agency may be called to search the

vehicle.

6) STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY

All students are responsible for understanding the Journey Drug And Alcohol Use Policy and the counseling services available to them.

7) MEDICATION

The school wishes to cooperate fully with students, parents and the medical profession to assure that any student receives required medication during the normal school day at the time the student needs it. It is preferred that medications be taken by students at home, however, it is recognized that certain circumstances may necessitate taking medications during school hours. Guidelines have been established to maintain control of authorized drugs within the schools and to ensure the health and welfare of the students.

Prescription medications must be kept locked in the front office and administered by

school personnel. In rare instances, a student may be allowed to carry certain prescription

medications (e.g. asthma inhalers). If the physician deems it medically necessary for the

student to carry a medication with him or her. Students are permitted to carry a one days

supply of non-prescription medication in these cases.

8) PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES

Journey recognizes that the effectiveness of this drug and alcohol policy will be assisted by the cooperative effort of the family. Parents are responsible for understanding the Journey Drug And Alcohol Use Policy

9) OFFENSES AND DISCIPLINARY ACTION

The actions set forth below will be considered routine disciplinary measures for each category and occurrence of offense. It is intended that the penalties delineated below shall be considered the standard penalty to be imposed for the offenses described. In incidents where extreme violations occur, the specified actions may be waived by the school official in favor of stronger measures such as longer suspensions (not to exceed nine days), expulsion or other appropriate action.

Following are the offenses that are prohibited and the consequences that will result

from the student’s decision not to abide by the school policy. VIOLATIONS ARE

CUMULATIVE

10) CONSEQUENCES

a)   Possession, use or application of any mood-altering chemical, as defined

above:

i)    First Offense:

(a) The rapid eye movement test may be administered for

screening purposes. If the screening is positive, it will be

recommended that the parents seek professional guidance

with a certified chemical dependency counselor. Also, an

investigation will be conducted as to the source of the drug.

(b) Parent/guardian (hereafter referred to as parent) will be notified immediately and the student will be removed from classes or the school event for the remainder of the day.

(c) Law enforcement officials may be notified and, at their

discretion, conduct an investigation. In any instance in

which it is illegal for a school official to possess or dispose

of a mood-altering drug, law enforcement will be notified.

(d) Parents will meet with the principal or the principal’s

designee that day.

(e)    Students will be required to take part in Journeys In-Lieu of Suspension     Program and will miss outside breaks for three days. This will be done under signed contract with students and parents. The following criteria will be implemented upon the student’s return to school:

 ·        Student reports to first available ILS class.

·        Student misses all outside breaks for the next three days on which the student attends school.

       Deviation from the above stipulations:

 ·        An unexcused absence from one of ILS classes or failure to remain inside for all required break times results in an automatic two-full day suspension. The student will be sent home immediately and the suspension itself will begin on the next full day. Upon his/her return the student will miss six days of outside breaks (no credit given for time served). 

·        This process is cyclical, with an additional three days being added to the total days’ breaks lost. This process continues until the student has successfully abstained from the required number of days’ breaks without incident. If excessive deviation in this area occurs the principal or principal’s designee will deal with the student in an individualized manner.

(f)   The principal will suspend the student for not more than

five days.

ii)   Second Offense:

(a) The rapid eye movement test may be administered for

screening purposes. If the screening is positive, it will be

recommended that the parents seek professional guidance

with a certified chemical dependency counselor. Also, an

investigation will be conducted as to the source of the drug.

(b) Parent/guardian (hereafter referred to as parent) will be notified immediately and the student will be removed from classes or the school event for the remainder of the day.

(c) Law enforcement officials may be notified and, at their

discretion, conduct an investigation. In any instance in

which it is illegal for a school official to possess or dispose

of a mood-altering drug, law enforcement will be notified.

(d) Parents will meet with the principal or the principal’s

designee that day.

(e) Students will be required to take part in Journeys In-Lieu of Suspension     Program and will miss outside breaks for six days. This will be done under signed contract with students and parents. The following criteria will be implemented upon the student’s return to school:

 ·        Student reports to first available ILS class. Classes are offered on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday during 0 and 6th period. 

·        Student misses all outside breaks for the next six days on which the student attends school.

       Deviation from the above stipulations:

 ·        An unexcused absence from one of ILS classes or failure to remain inside for all required break times results in an automatic two-full day suspension. The student will be sent home immediately and the suspension itself will begin on the next full day. Upon his/her return the student will miss nine days of outside breaks (no credit given for time served). 

·        This process is cyclical, with an additional three days being added to the total days’ breaks lost. This process continues until the student has successfully abstained from the required number of days’ breaks without incident. If excessive deviation in this area occurs the principal or principal’s designee will deal with the student in an individualized manner.

(f)   The principal will suspend the student for not more than

seven days.

iii)   Third Offense:

(a) The rapid eye movement test may be administered for

screening purposes. If the screening is positive, it will be

recommended that the parents seek professional guidance

with a certified chemical dependency counselor. Also, an

investigation will be conducted as to the source of the drug.

(b) Parent/guardian (hereafter referred to as parent) will be notified immediately and the student will be removed from classes or the school event for the remainder of the day.

(c) Law enforcement officials may be notified and, at their

discretion, conduct an investigation. In any instance in

which it is illegal for a school official to possess or dispose

of a mood-altering drug, law enforcement will be notified.

(d) Parents will meet with the principal or the principal’s

designee that day.

(e) Students will be required to take part in Journeys In-Lieu of Suspension       Program and will miss outside breaks for nine days. This will be done under signed contract with students and parents. The following criteria will be implemented upon the student’s return to school:

 ·        Student reports to first available ILS class. Classes are offered on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday during 0 and 6th period. 

·        Student misses all outside breaks for the next nine days on which the student attends school.

       Deviation from the above stipulations:

 ·        An unexcused absence from one of ILS classes or failure to remain inside for all required break times results in an automatic two-full day suspension. The student will be sent home immediately and the suspension itself will begin on the next full day. Upon his/her return the student will miss twelve days of outside breaks (no credit given for time served). 

·        This process is cyclical, with an additional three days being added to the total days’ breaks lost. This process continues until the student has successfully abstained from the required number of days’ breaks without incident. If excessive deviation in this area occurs the principal or principal’s designee will deal with the student in an individualized manner.

(f)   The principal will suspend the student for not more than

nine days. This action could also be accompanied by a request for expulsion.

The principal may waive a portion of the out-of-school suspension in offenses one, two, or three, provided the student gets an appointment for an assessment with a certified chemical dependency counselor within the suspension time-frame, and notifies the principal or the principal’s designee of the appointment. The student must participate in the assessment process (the cost of any and all assessments will be the responsibility of the student and/or parents) and follow the counselor’s recommendations to completion. If treatment or counseling is recommended, it must be with a certified chemical dependency counselor. The student must waive his or her rights of confidentiality so that verification of this assessment and a written report can be given to the principal or the principal’s designee. It is the responsibility of the student and parents to keep the principal or the principal’s designee apprised of the student’s progress throughout this entire process.

 

b)   Actual or attempted transmitting, selling, supplying or purchasing of mood-altering chemicals, counterfeit or look-alike substance or paraphernalia is a serious offense.

i)    First Offense and Subsequent Offenses:

(a) Will follow the process described in first offense situations (excluding step (e)) and receive a nine day suspension with a request for expulsion.

12) TOBACCO

a)   Use or possession of tobacco, nicotine or paraphernalia used to consume

tobacco products by students under the age of 18 :

i.    First Offense:

(a) Law enforcement will be called.

(b) The student shall be assigned to one day of Saturday School.

(c) The student will miss outside breaks for three days.

ii.    Second Offense:

(a) Law enforcement will be called.

(b) The student shall be assigned three days of Saturday School.

(c) The student will miss outside breaks for six days.

iii.   Third and Subsequent Offenses:

(a) Law enforcement will be called.

(b) The student shall be assigned four days of out of school suspension.     

(c) Provided that the student, within five days, provides verification of

enrollment in a tobacco education/cessation program approved by the

principal or the principal’s designee the above-mentioned discipline may be reduced as follows:

ii.                   Three days of Saturday School reduced to one.

iii.                  Four days Out-of-School Suspension reduced to two.

(d) Upon their return, the student will miss outside breaks for nine days.

 

In all cases, parents must sign a release of information to the principal or principal’s  

designee so that the student’s progress in the program can be monitored and written

verification of completion must be given to the principal or principal’s designee. The

student must complete the education/cessation program or receive the original

disciplinary consequence.

SWEARING AND PUT DOWNS

The use of profanity toward and/or putting others down will not be tolerated. A student may not call another student a name in an effort to hurt or belittle them. It is important in any school environment, but at Journey Junior/Senior High School the importance of protecting one another and the culture of our school is elevated even more. This is part of a safe and caring learning environment. In cases where a student addresses another student with any verbal insult, without apology, the student who makes the insult will be asked to go to ISS. This request is not done to get back at the student who has made the insult. This policy is intended to protect the safety of all Journey students.

 The response above will also be used in the case where a student addresses a staff person with any verbal insult including but not exclusive to swearing. The only difference in these situations is that the student will automatically be placed on step two upon their arrival to ISS.

DRESS CODE

Journey Junior/Senior High School is committed to providing a safe, caring

learning environment for its students. Attire is not only a reflection of the individual

student, but also of the general learning environment. Therefore, students have the

responsibility to wear clothing that projects a positive attitude of respect in self, school

and the community. Students are required to wear appropriate, comfortable and safe

clothing

Building administrators have the final decision as to the appropriateness of all clothing and attire. Following are guidelines for students:

1)   Vulgar, illegal (including alcohol, drugs, tobacco) and/or sexually oriented

statements or suggestions on clothing are not permitted. Any dress or statement

that may cause a hostile, intimidating, degrading, offensive, harassing or

discriminatory environment is prohibited.

2)   Shorts and skirts will be no shorter than the middle of the thigh.

3)   See-through clothing and clothing that has excessive rips, tears or holes is not

permitted. All undergarments are to be covered.

Failure to comply with the Dress Code guidelines is considered to be an insubordinate act and will be treated as such. Following are the procedures for violations of the high school Dress Code:

1)   First Offense: The student will be sent to the front office. Student will change clothes or will be sent home to change his/her clothes. If the student is sent home, this absence will be treated as an unexcused absence. Any class work missed during an unexcused absence may be made up for ½ credit. Student may be placed in ISS until appropriate clothing can be obtained.

2)   Second Offense: Same as 1st offense. In addition, the student may be assigned to ISS or a Saturday School. Parents will be contacted.

3)   Further Offenses: The student may be suspended from school.

BUS RULES

Notice to students: The use of video surveillance equipment may be used in the investigation of violations of the Code of Conduct.

Students may receive discipline as a result of what is recorded. The following bus

regulations are considered recommended guidelines to correct behaviors that could create

an unsafe environment. Administrative responsibility prior to the first written conduct

report: Building administrators will assure that each student receives a copy of the

Student Handbook (with Bus Rules included) at the beginning of each school year or

upon enrollment of a new student. It is our privilege and pleasure to furnish students with the safest transportation possible as they travel between home and school and on school related trips. In order to protect all students riding Journey school buses, safety precautions are a must!

Your help is needed because safety is everyone’s responsibility!

All students are to understand that the bus driver is in charge of the bus at all times. Any student who repeatedly violates the safety precautions and/or conduct rules may be denied the privilege of riding the bus and is subject to other disciplinary action to be determined by the Principal and/or Transportation Director. To that end, the following conduct rules are called to your attention:

1)   Students must follow school codes of conduct while waiting at bus stop.

2)   Students must go directly to an available or assigned seat.

3)   Students must remain seated, keeping aisles and exits clear.

4)   Students must observe classroom conduct. All school rules apply on the bus.

Obey the driver promptly and respectfully.

5)   Students must be courteous and respectful to fellow students and to the bus

driver.

6)   Students must not engage in loud obnoxious talking or laughing, excessive horseplay, or fighting.

7)   Students must not use profane or abusive language.

8)   Students must refrain from eating and drinking on the bus.

9)   Students must not use tobacco, or related products, on the bus.

10) Students must not have alcohol or drugs in their possession on the bus except for prescription medication required for student.

11) Students must not throw or pass objects on, from or into the bus.

13) Students must treat bus equipment with respect. Vandalism will not be tolerated.

Keep the bus clean and sanitary.

14) Students must not extend any part of their bodies out of the bus windows.

16) Students must leave or board the bus at locations to which they have been

assigned unless they have written parental and administrative authorization to do otherwise.

 Driver’s responsibility prior to the first written conduct report:

1)      Drivers will confer with the student and/or change the student’s seating assignment.

2)      Drivers are strongly urged to contact the building principal who will contact the                      parents (doing so is a proven, effective way of managing student behavior).

Level I (Minor Infractions): Level I behaviors are those that disrupt the driver’s           concentration, or behavior that may cause harm to the student or others. Some other Level I infractions are:

·        Loud  obnoxious talking (at any time)

·        Moving around the bus/out of the seat

·        Pushing/touching/disrupting others

·-        Disrespect to other students or the driver

·        Harassment of other students

·        Not following the reasonable request of the driver

·        Use of profanity

·        Eating or drinking on the bus

·        Tampering with emergency equipment or doors

·        Littering/throwing objects from the bus

·        Any other infraction of the building’s student behavior code

Consequences for Level I (Minor Infractions)

First Written Report:

1)   The administrator holds a student conference (the conference may include

any or all of the following: the driver, the parent/s, an intervention

specialist/s, the director of transportation or the assistant transportation

supervisor).

 

2)   The building principal informs the parent/s of the disciplinary infraction if they

have not yet been informed.

3)      The administrator assigns the consequence in connection with the director of transportation, and advises the student and parent/s that the next infraction may result in the loss of bus privileges.

 

Second Written Report:

1) The latter three actions taken as a result of the First Written Report

2)   Loss of bus privileges, one to three days

 

Third Written Report:

1)   The latter three actions taken as a result of the First Written Report

2)   Loss of bus privileges, three to five days

 

Fourth Written Report:

1) The latter three actions taken as a result of the First Written Report

2)   Loss of bus privileges, five to nine days, and possible suspension from school.

Fifth and Subsequent Written Report:

1)         The latter three actions taken as a result of the First Written Report

2)         Suspension of up to nine days and/or expulsion of up to eighty days from the bus.

 

Follow-up Communication – It is the director of transportation’s responsibility to inform the driver of the disciplinary action taken.

Level II (Major Infractions): Level II behaviors are those that are severe in nature or that directly or indirectly endanger the student or other students, the driver, or the public. Some examples are:

·        Minimum of five repeated Level I offenses (Minor Infractions)

·        The threat of violence to the driver or other school employees

·        The use of profanity directed to the bus driver

·        Igniting a match or lighter

·        Possession of an incendiary device (smoke bomb, fire cracker, sparkler, etc.)

·        Fighting/assault

·        Possession of a weapon

·        Vandalism or arson

·        Theft

Consequences for Level II (Major Infractions)

First and Subsequent Written Report:

Suspension up to nine days or expulsion up to eighty days from the bus.

DRIVING REGULATIONS

In the interest of student safety, provisions have been made to provide bus transportation for all students to and from school. Those students granted permission to operate a vehicle should understand that driving their vehicles to school is a privilege that may be revoked by the school authorities in the event a student violates any of the guidelines pertaining to the Driving Regulations.

Journey Junior/Senior High assumes no responsibility or liability for injuries to persons or for damage to or loss of contents from any vehicle while on school property.

Any student wishing to drive to school must abide by the following rules:

1)   Students must drive no more than 5mph while on the school grounds.

2)   Students must park in designated student parking on the west side of the building, or in overflow parking which is located in the cleared lot to the east of the school. Students may not access the overflow lot from US 10.

3)   Students may not park in faculty parking located just to the east of the school, or directly in front of the school building.

5)   School buses have the right-of-way at all times.

6)   Students may not be in their cars during the school day, except when leaving campus for lunch. 

7)   Driving privileges may be denied for violation of Attendance Policies (to include absences, tardies and/or leaving school without permission).

9)   Students are not allowed to move their cars without permission from the office.

10) Students are to complete a Pupil Driving Permit Registration and Agreement form, available at the front office. Upon completion and return of this form, a high school permit will be issued. 

11) Violation of these rules may result in suspension of driving privileges for a period of time to be determined by the principal or principal’s designee.

12) Students are not to loiter in their cars.

CAFETERIA RULES

The following common courtesies are expected of our students during lunch:

·        Moving ahead of others in the lunch line is unacceptable.

·        Loud obnoxious talk and noise are not appropriate behavior.

·        Throwing food, paper or other items is unacceptable.

·        All trash/trays in your area must be disposed of properly.

 

Students may only eat in the cafeteria, in a classroom with teacher permission and supervision, or outside in the student recreation area. Failure to obey this rule may result in school discipline.

COMPUTER ROOM GUIDELINES

Computer equipment is fragile and expensive and must be handled in a manner that will protect its use. Students will be held accountable for broken items on the computer that are the result of improper use. When using the computer room students must understand and follow the guidelines established for this area: 

·        Must have a pass specifically for the computer lab and be assigned a computer.

·        Turn computers off quickly at a staff person’s request.

·        Resist banging computers, moving plugs, and locking screens.

·        Refrain from chat room or email operations.

·        No food or drink in the lab.

 

CELL PHONES

Cell phones are a great way for you to communicate with your children and visa versa, but students are required to have cell phones turned off during class. Students are not allowed to take calls or text messages during this time. At breaks, students may turn their phones back on and check messages that may have been left during class time. Cell phones may be used in the building, but only on breaks. If you need to reach your child in an emergency situation, please call the school office. If they need to reach you for an emergency, they must obtain approval from the front office and we will allow them to use a school phone. If students are using cell phones outside of the specified guidelines, they will be asked to turn their phone into the front office for the remainder of the day. If misuse persists, they may lose the privilege of having a cell phone in the building at all. 

GENERAL EXPECTATIONS

VISITORS

All persons who are not regular members of the school personnel must

report to the front office and state their reason for being on school grounds or in

the building. As to whether the person can remain is entirely up to the principal. This is for the protection of students and staff and will be enforced.

Bringing visitors to school is discouraged. However, if there is a valid reason why a visitor must come to school with one of our students, this will be considered by the principal or principal’s designee. The student must gain the permission two days prior to the visit and must be responsible for the behavior of the visitor while at school. All visitors are to wear a visitor’s pass from the office.

POSTERS/ANNOUNCEMENTS

The principal will approve only those posters/announcements publicizing school

events. A community bulletin board may be used by the community groups,

businesses, etc., upon obtaining the approval of the principal. All announcements must have an administrator’s signature and be approved ahead of time.

VALUABLE PERSONAL PROPERTY

Personal property including, but not limited to, lasers, radios, recorders, CD, MP3 and tape players, pagers, cellular phones, expensive jewelry and electronic games, etc., are to be turned off, kept out of sight, and not used during the school day (see Cell Phones on page 25). Violation of this rule will result in disciplinary action and confiscation of the item(s). Confiscated items will be returned to the owner at the end of the day, provided there are not concerns with the contents of the items. On a second violation, the item(s) will be confiscated and returned only to a parent. The privilege to carry the item may also be revoked.

TEXTBOOKS

Journey furnishes textbooks for some classes. For identification, each book is numbered. Each student is responsible for all textbooks loaned to him/her and is expected to return each book at the end of his/her participation in the course or pay for any book lost, destroyed, stolen or mutilated. No report card, records, transcripts or diplomas will be issued until all books are turned in and/or fees paid. Lost textbooks should be returned to the appropriate teacher.

RETURN TO STANDARD PUBLIC SCHOOL

Journey is a place designed to encourage healthy growth and development of students. In attending Journey, students and parents are agreeing to our return policy. This policy states that for students to return to the standard public school environment they will need to demonstrate sufficient growth in each of the following areas: 1) Behavior

2) Attendance 3) Academic Achievement. If sufficient growth in each of these areas has not been demonstrated, then a student may be denied return to a standard public school environment. Sufficient growth will be measured and reported by Journey staff and may include such items, but are not limited to; report cards, progress reports, attendance reports, and behavior referrals.

 

If it will meet the needs of the student, students are encouraged to eventually transition back toward a standard public school education. Students who think they are close to this transition point are encouraged to discuss this option with the building principal and design a plan for their return. 

LOCKERS

Journey provides lockers for any student who would like a secure place to keep their belongings. Lockers are assigned by the front office. Students who use a locker will also be provided with a combination padlock. Personal padlocks may not be used.

EMERGENCIES

In the case of a student emergency, do not try to handle it alone! Secure the aid of a teacher RIGHT AWAY and then report the emergency to the front office at once. The office staff knows how to deal with an emergency situation and can secure aid sooner if they are informed properly and promptly.

ACADEMICS

GRADE CLASSIFICATION

Assignments to grade level classifications are made on the basis of credits accumulated according to the following:

·        Freshman must have completed 8th grade.

·        Sophomore must have 6.25 credits.

·        Junior must have 12.50 credits.

·        Senior must have 18.75 credits

 

GRADING SCALE AND POLICIES

Following is the regular grading system at the high school:

A = 93-100 = 4.000                 C = 73-76 = 2.000

A- = 90-92 = 3.670                 C- = 70-72 = 1.670

B+ = 87-89 = 3.330                D+ = 67-69 = 1.330

B = 83-86 = 3.000                    D = 63-66 = 1.000

B- = 80-82 = 2.670                 D- = 60-62 = 0.670

C+ = 77-79 = 2.330                F = 59-Below = 0.000

ADEQUATE ACADEMIC PROGRESS

The staff of Journey Junior/Senior High School believes that every student should be held to the standard of adequate academic progress. This is an individual standard developed in connection to the individual abilities and circumstances of each student. This philosophy assumes that a student is responsible for making continual academic progress. Students are required to consistently give their best effort. When a student loses their willingness to show continued improvement, it is grounds for them to be removed from the program. 

DROP/ADD POLICY

Occasionally, students are enrolled in a class that does not match their academic needs. In this case, a student has five school days to initiate a change in their course schedule. This is done by getting a class transfer sheet through the front office (this must be done no later than the end of the fifth day of that six week period). The form should be completed and returned to the front office. Upon administrative approval, a student will be allowed to make the requested change in a scheduled class.   

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

ATHLETICS

Athletic activities are available to high school students who meet eligibility requirements. Students should be alert for announcements of meetings for these activities. Journey participates in a regional alternative athletics league. Boys sports offered include flag football and basketball. Girls’ sports are volleyball and softball. These activities are a privilege for Journey students and are provided at no extra cost.  

ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY

Students may be removed from athletic activities for violations of the Code of Conduct and for failure to meet adequate academic progress. Any player who is suspended or put on step-three in any class will not be eligible to play that week. A student in this situation may practice with the team, but in not eligible to play in any game until the following week.

LEADERSHIP RESILIENCY PROGRAM

The Leadership Resiliency Program is huge asset to the culture of Journey Junior/Senior High School. It gives students much needed social and emotional support and provides students will have the opportunity to take part in high adventure and service learning activities in our community. Students also attend weekly resiliency groups held in the LRP lounge. Students at Journey are required to attend LRP, and it is incorporated into their homeroom. Parent permission to participate in LRP is given through signing enrollment papers for Journey.