GIPS Handbook


Vision

Students prepared to make positive contributions to society and thrive in an ever-changing world.

Mission

Every Student, Every Day, A Success! In educating students, we teach hearts as well as minds.

Student Commitments

Within the school district of Grand Island:

  • Every student will be taught to read, write and communicate effectively; solve problems; acquire and apply knowledge; and demonstrate mastery through performance to the best of the student’s abilities;
  • Every student will be treated with fairness and dignity;
  • Every student will experience a sense of belonging, contribution and success; and
  • Every student will develop responsibility and show respect for others as well as oneself.

In educating students, we teach hearts as well as minds.

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This handbook is to be used by students, parents, and staff as a guide to the rules, regulations, and general information about Grand Island Public Schools. Each student is responsible for becoming familiar with the handbook and knowing the information contained in it. Parents are encouraged to use this handbook as a resource and to assist their child in following the rules contained in this handbook.

Although the information found in this handbook is detailed and specific on many topics, the handbook is not intended to be all encompassing so as to cover every situation and circumstance that may arise during any school day, or school year. The administration reserves the right to make decisions and make rule revisions at any time to implement the educational program and to assure the well being of all students. The administration will be responsible for interpreting the rules contained in the handbook. Should a situation or circumstance arise that is not specifically covered in this handbook, the administration will make a decision based upon all applicable school district policies and state and federal statutes and regulations.

For a complete list of all GIPS policies, visit the Policy section.

Welcome to Parents

Dear Grand Island Parents:

The 2017-2018 school year is upon us and I am looking forward to a year filled with opportunities for all students in the Grand Island School District.

As a part of the efforts that take place at the beginning of the school year we have prepared for you and your student a resource that we hope you will find helpful, the 2017-2018 Student/Parent handbook. This publication contains information for students and parents regarding daily life in the Grand Island School District, as well as an overview of student rights and responsibilities.

I would also encourage you to visit the district website www.gips.org as it is a great way to find current information about specific events at your child’s attendance center. Additionally, the website contains all district policies and other help resources important to your child’s experience in Grand Island.

Every Student, Every Day a Success is the goal of the Grand Island School District and with that in mind it is my sincere hope that you and your family have a successful 2017-2018 school year.

Dr. Tawana Grover, Superintendent of Schools

Contents

School Business and Procedures {direct link}

  • School Hours
  • Arrival and Dismissal From School 
  • Signing A Child In And Out Of School 
  • Supervision at Dismissal 
  • Lunch and Open and Closed Campus 
  • Enrollment Information 
  • Emergency Situations 
  • Visitors
  • Smoke-Free Environment 
  • Care of School Property
  • Destruction of School Property
  • Student ID 
  • Lockers 
  • Searches 
  • Video Surveillance 
  • Use of Bicycles and Other Small-Wheeled Devices
  • Student Valuables 
  • Printed Materials for Display and/or Distribution 
  • Copyright and Fair Use Policy 

Fees {direct link}

  • Student Fees
  • Participation Fees 
  • Special Fees 
  • Student Fee Waivers 
  • Breakfast and Lunch Fees 

Attendance {direct link}

  • Attendance Codes 
  • Tardy 
  • Sign in Procedures 
  • School-Sponsored Activity Absences 
  • Withdrawal From School 

Academic Information {direct link}

  • Promotion and Retention 
  • Academic Integrity
  • Definitions of Academic Integrity 

Grading System {direct link}

  • Elementary School 
  • Middle School 
  • Middle School Honor Roll 
  • High School 
  • GISH Course Registration 
  • GISH Honor Roll
  • GISH Academic Letters 
  • GISH Graduation Requirements 
  • University Admissions Requirements
  • NCAA/NAIA Eligibility 
  • GISH Class Rank 

STUDENT SERVICES {direct link}

  • Special Education 
  • Individual Education Program (IEP)

Health Services {direct link}

  • Student Illness
  • School Health Screening 
  • Physical and Visual Examination 
  • Immunizations 
  • Guidelines for Head Lice 
  • St. Francis Wellness Center

Transportation {direct link}

  • Transportation To and From School 
  • Behavior on School Buses 
  • Safety Guidelines for Riding School Buses 
  • Grand Island Public Schools Transportation Rules 

POLICIES & GUIDELINES {direct link}

  • Safe and Drug-Free Schools - Parental Notice
  • Student Rights, Conduct, Rules and Regulations 
  • Forms of School Discipline 
  • Student Appearance 
  • Harassment and Bullying 
  • Dating Violence Prevention 
  • Hazing 
  • Suicide Awareness 
  • Weapons in Schools 
  • Conduct Resulting in Suspension, Expulsion
  • Interrogation and Searches 
  • Reporting Student Law Violations
  • Multicultural Policy
  • Notice of Nondiscrimination
  • Parent Rights 
  • Notification of Parental Rights Under FERPA 
  • Title 1 Parent Involvement Guidelines 
  • Homeless Students Policy 
  • Student Due Process Rights - Complaint Procedures 

Technology {direct link}

  • Student Use of Devices 
  • Access to Networked Information Resources
  • Electronic Device Voluntary Protection Plan

STUDENT INVOLVEMENT {direct link}
Extra-Curricular Activities 

  • Rights, Conduct, Rules, and Regulations 
  • Safety 
  • Warning for Participants and Parents 
  • Student Concussions 
  • Extracurricular Activity Code of Conduct
  • Grounds for Extracurricular Activity Discipline 
  • Violation determination 
  • Procedure Prior to Suspension 
  • Appeal Process 
  • Consequences specific to controlled substances 
  • Consequences for Violations 
  • Consequences for drug and alcohol 
  • Student Self-Report Option 
  • Letters and Post-Season Honors 
  • Attendance expectations for participants

Parents' Role in Activities {direct link}

  • Communicating with your children
  • Communicating with the coach 
  • Responsibilities of Spectators

School Dances {direct link}

  • Who can attend 
  • Prohibited Substances 
  • Appropriate Attire 
  • Behavior on the dance floor 

 

THE HANDBOOK

School Business and Procedures

School Hours

  • Preschool: A.M.: 8 - 11 a.m. P.M.: 12:20 - 3:20 p.m. (Wednesday dismissal 10 a.m./2:20 p.m.)
  • All Elementary Schools: 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Wednesday dismissal: 2 p.m.)
  • All Middle Schools: 8:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. (first Wednesday dismissal: 2:15 p.m.)
  • Grand Island Senior High: 8:15 a.m. - 3:35 p.m.  (first Wednesday dismissal: 2:15 p.m.)

Arrival and Dismissal From School

Students are expected to arrive at school no more than 20 minutes prior to the first class or school program in which they are participating. Prior to that time, the school is not responsible for supervision of the students. Students will not be permitted to enter earlier unless the principal determines it to be necessary due to inclement weather or other factors. Students are to enter through their assigned entrance and proceed to designated areas.

Upon dismissal, students are expected to be picked up or leave school grounds within 15 minutes of dismissal. The school is not responsible for supervision of students once the students are to have left school grounds.

Signing A Child In And Out Of School

Parents or guardians are required to sign their children in and/or out of school if they are entering after their first class or leaving prior to their final class or permission granted with administrator approval. The schools will only release children to adults designated by the parent in Infinite Campus or administrator approval. If there is a special circumstance, such as a court order limiting access to a student by a parent or guardian, affecting who a student can be released to, the parent must inform the principal and provide the principal with a copy of that order to maintain on file at the school.

Supervision at Dismissal

Parents or guardians of children in grades Pre-K to 5, where the child does not use district-provided transportation after dismissal, may request the school or program not release the child to walk home after dismissal unless the child is released to the parent or legal guardian or an escort designated by the parent or guardian. The parent or guardian may designate up to 2 escorts. Parents or guardians requesting their children only be released to the parent or guardian or a designated escort after dismissal must submit a completed written request with the principal to this effect.

Lunch and Open and Closed Campus

Juniors and Seniors have open lunch privileges with parent and administrative approval. Students must remain on campus at all other times. Underclassmen do not have open lunch privileges. Freshman and Sophomores will be scheduled in one of the two school cafeterias for lunch.

Enrollment Information

Students shall attend the neighborhood school in the attendance area in which they reside. Reassignment may be made when deemed in the student's best interest and based upon the capacity of the class, grade level, program, and school building to which he or she is applying. Capacities will be based upon class/program guidelines provided in Policy 7511–Open Enrollment. Special Education transfers will be allowed only when it is determined that educational needs as specified in the Individualized Education Plan cannot be provided in the neighborhood school.

The district has established procedures for requesting a transfer to an in-district attendance center other than the neighborhood school. Parents/Guardians should complete a transfer request application at their assigned neighborhood school. Applicants will be notified of approval or denial one week prior to the start of school. Policy 8332–Elementary and Middle School Within District Transfers

Emergency Situations

Representatives of the superintendent's staff will notify local news media and post to www.gips.org in emergency situations including weather events. Radio and television stations broadcast the information regularly and our district telephone system will be used to notify families. Parents are not to call media or school buildings during emergency situations. School officials will not release students from the school building during emergency situations.

Visitors

All visitors must report to the office upon entering the building. Students may not bring friends or relatives with them to school to attend classes.

Smoke-Free Environment

Grand Island Public Schools declares all of ours buildings and grounds to be smoke-free. All district-owned or operated facilities, grounds and vehicles, as well as district-sponsored events, will be designated tobacco-free. The use of any form of tobacco is prohibited. Policy 6232-Use of Tobacco on Premises by Staff members, Visitors, and Volunteers

Care of School Property

The Grand Island Public Schools believes students should respect school district property and assist in its preservation for future use by others. Students may be assessed fines, charges, or fees for damage beyond normal wear to the materials needed in a course, for overdue school materials, or for misuse of school property. The staff reserves the right to confiscate nuisance items or other objects that interfere with school purpose or otherwise constitute rule violations. Students may also receive disciplinary consequences for significant disruptions or repeated violations.

Destruction of School Property - Board Policy 8411

Any student who vandalizes or destroys school property will be assessed repair or replacement costs, and referred to the county attorney for prosecution. Students are asked to help protect the school by discouraging and reporting any vandalism.

The school appreciates student cooperation and responsible behavior.

Student ID: Middle School and High School

The student ID allows students free or reduced admission to various school activities. Students get their student ID card after they register. Students losing ID cards will be charged a fee for a duplicate.

Grand Island Senior High and Walnut students must wear their student issued ID at all times while in school. The ID must be worn on a lanyard around the neck. When the ID is lost, stolen, or forgotten, students must report to the office and purchase a temporary daily sticker or a replacement ID.

Lockers

For building security and student safety, the expectations for students' use of lockers are:

  • Students are responsible for the content and condition of their lockers.
  • The school assumes no liability for damage or theft of property.
  • Students are required to use only the locker furnished by the school.
  • Locker problems should be reported to the office

Searches of Lockers and Other Types of Searches

School administrators are authorized to conduct searches of students and their property as well as property of the district in order to enforce compliance with statutes, policies, and rules. A search may be conducted for reasons that include, but are not limited to, safety health, and discovery of the violation of a statute, policy, or rule.

Video Surveillance

The Board of Education has authorized the use of video cameras on school district property to ensure the health, welfare and safety of all staff, students, and visitors to district property, and to safeguard district facilities and equipment. Video cameras may be used in locations as deemed appropriate by the school administration. In the event a video surveillance recording captures a student or other building user violating school policies or rules or local, state or federal laws, the video surveillance recording may be used in appropriate disciplinary proceedings against the student or other building user and may also be provided to law enforcement agencies.

Student Use of Bicycles and Other Small-Wheeled Devices

Students who ride bicycles to school are requested to secure them in an orderly fashion at designated locations. Students are advised to provide bicycle locks for their personal bicycle. For safety reasons, riding bicycles or other small wheeled devices on school grounds during school hours will not be permitted. Students are discouraged from riding other small wheeled devices such as skateboards, in-line skates, roller skates, or micro-scooters to school. Principals may set forth additional regulations as necessary for individual attendance centers. The privilege of riding a bicycle to school will be withdrawn if rules and appropriate safety measures are not followed.

Student Valuables

Students, not the school, are responsible for their personal property. Students are cautioned not to bring large amounts of money or items of value to school. If it is necessary to bring valuable items or more money than is needed to pay for lunch, leave the money or valuables with a staff member in the school office for temporary safe-keeping. Students who find lost articles are asked to take them to the office where the articles can be claimed by the owner.

Printed Materials for Display and/or Distribution

The principal must approve all signs and announcements in the school building before they are displayed or read. The district office must approve all materials for distribution in all district facilities. Policy 9420

Copyright and Fair Use Policy

Grand Island Public Schools follow the federal copyright law. Students are reminded that, when using school equipment and when completing course work, they also must follow the federal copyright laws. The "fair use" doctrine allows limited reproduction of copyrighted works for educational and research purposes. Policy 5521

Fees

Student Fees

Teachers may request students to furnish minor personal consumable items, including but not limited to, pencils, paper, pens, erasers and notebooks, for courses and activities which count for graduation or advancement between grades, or in which participation is otherwise required by the Grand Island Public Schools. The request for such items shall be made in such a way that it is clear the furnishing of the same is voluntary. If a student is unable to provide the minor personal consumable item required, the school will supply the item to the student.

Participation Fees

Grand Island Public Schools will not charge student fees for participation in extra-curricular activities whether participation is as a member or spectator. High school students will receive an activity marked ID providing access to high school athletic events if their school is a competing school serving as either the home or away team in the contest.

GIPS may charge fees to recover the actual cost for the following items:

  • Uniform cleaning fees
  • Admission fees to events such as sports, drama, speech, music, dances, banquets, prom, after prom party
  • Student organization fees
  • Extracurricular activity facility charges such as greens fees, tennis court fees, bowling fees, pool fees
  • Extracurricular activity workshops co-sponsored by the district or at district facilities such as sports clinics, cheerleading clinics, band clinics, swing choir or chorus clinics, flag corps clinics
  • Science Fair entry fees
  • Sheet music charges

SEE COMPLETE LIST OF SUPPLIES FOR SCHOOL AND ACTIVITIES

GIPS fees for lost or damaged property is as follows:

  • Fees for late library materials: $1.00 (Per Day, $10.00 Maximum)
  • Fees for lost library materials: Actual replacement cost
  • Fines for damage to textbooks, lockers, or desks: Reasonable repair cost
  • Fee for replacement of Student ID: $5.00
  • Fees for lost materials: Actual replacement cost
  • Fees for lost or damaged Electronic Communication Devices Actual: replacement cost

Special Fees

  • GIPS will not charge any fees for post secondary education cost. However, students taking dual enrollment courses or other post secondary education course(s) will need to pay any dues, fees, tuition, and provide books and supplies associated with obtaining the necessary credit from their post secondary educational institution (e.g. Central Community College, UNL, UNO, UNK, etc.).
  • Copies of student files or records will be provided free of any fee or charge.
  • Before/after school programs and pre-kindergarten services, if offered, will be offered without any charge to the participant.
  • Summer school or night school programs, if offered, will be offered without any charge to the participant.
  • Certification tests.

Student Fee Waivers

An Application for Student Fees and Supplies Waiver Form must be completed by a child's custodial adult.

  • Families seeking a waiver based upon their status for participation in the United States Department of Agriculture child nutrition programs must complete, on an annual basis, an Application for Free and Reduced Priced Meals including Sharing Information with Other Programs.
  • Families or students who are automatically approved for participation in the United States Department of Agriculture child nutrition programs need not complete a new application. However, all other waiver requirements apply, including Sharing Information with Other Programs.
  • Participation in the United States Department of Agriculture child nutrition programs is not required.
  • Families must give permission to share information regarding their status with SDGI before a waiver will be considered.
  • Application for Student Fees and Supplies Waiver may be completed at any time during the school year.
  • Retroactive refunds of Student Fees and Supplies will NOT be made.

All Student Fees and Supplies may be waived in whole or part under the following circumstances:

  • A student is identified as being homeless.
  • Principal or assistant principal recommendation, based upon the student's or family's ability to pay.

Except as provided in Grand Island Public Schools Policy 8820–Student Fees and the accompanying 8820.1 Administrative Procedures, the Grand Island Public Schools shall not collect any other money pursuant to the Public Elementary and Secondary Student Fees Authorization Act.

Breakfast and Lunch Fees

Student Meal Fees

Elementary Breakfast – Full Priced $1.90
Elementary Breakfast – Reduced $0.30
Elementary Breakfast – Free $0.00

Elementary Lunch – Full Priced $2.45
Elementary Lunch – Reduced $0.40
Elementary Lunch – Free $0.00

Middle School Breakfast – Full Priced $1.90
Middle School Breakfast – Reduced $0.30
Middle School Breakfast – Free $0.00

Middle School Lunch – Full Priced $2.65
Middle School Lunch – Reduced $0.40
Middle School Lunch – Free $0.00

Senior High Breakfast – Full Priced $1.90
Senior High Breakfast – Reduced $0.30
Senior High Breakfast – Free $0.00

Senior High Lunch – Full Priced $2.75
Senior High Lunch – Reduced $0.40
Senior High Lunch – Free $0.00

Adult Meal Fees

Breakfast – $2.20
Lunch – $3.60
Chef Salad – $3.60

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individual who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877- 8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination
Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: https://www.ascr.usda.gov/filing-program-discrimination-complaint-usda-customer and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
Email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Attendance

8312 EXCESSIVE ABSENTEEISM

Regular attendance by the students at school is essential for students to obtain the maximum opportunities from the education program. Parents and students alike are encouraged to ensure an absence from school is a necessary absence. Students shall attend school unless excused by the principal, or principal’s designee, of their attendance center. This policy, developed in collaboration with the county attorney, is an attempt to address the problem of excessive absenteeism.

Excessive absenteeism is the failure to attend school for the minimum number of days established in the school calendar by the board. The Grand Island Public Schools sets the minimum number of days at 90% of days that the student’s school is open and in session.

The superintendent shall designate an attendance officer.  The attendance officer will investigate the report of any child who may be in violation of the state’s compulsory attendance statutes.

If any student has accumulated absences of a total of more than 10% of the days, or hourly equivalent, of the current required attendance days, the school shall render all services in its power to compel the student’s attendance. These services include but are not limited to the following:

1. Verbal or written communication by school officials with the person or persons who have legal or actual charge or control of any child; and

2. A meeting or meetings between the school attendance officer, school social worker (or school principal or a member of the school administrative staff, if the school has no social worker), the student’s parent/guardian and the student (if necessary) to develop a plan to solve the excessive absenteeism problem

The plan shall consider but not be limited to:

a. Determine if illness is related to physical or behavioral health of the child (verified by appropriate documentation);

b. Educational counseling to explore curriculum changes such as alternative educational programs to solve the excessive absenteeism problem;

c. Educational evaluation to assist in determining the specific condition(s) contributing to the excessive absenteeism problem, supplemented by specific efforts by the school to help remedy any condition diagnosed.

d. Investigation of the problem by a school social worker (or principal or administrative staff member) to identify conditions contributing to the excessive absenteeism problem.  If services for the student and student’s family are determined to be needed, the investigator shall meet with the parent/guardian and child to discuss any referral to appropriate agencies to remedy the conditions.

If the parent/guardian refuses to participate in such meeting, the principal shall place documentation of such refusal in the child’s attendance records.

Students are subject to disciplinary action for excessive absenteeism. Disciplinary action for students receiving special education services will be assigned in accordance with the goals and objectives of the student’s Individualized Education Program.

The school may report to the county attorney of the county in which the person resides when the school has documented the efforts to address excessive absences, the collaborative plan to reduce barriers identified to improve regular attendance has not been successful, and the student has accumulated more than twenty (20) absences per school year. The school shall notify the child’s family in writing prior to referring the child to the county attorney. Illness that makes attendance impossible or impracticable shall not be the basis for referral to the county attorney. A report to the county attorney may also be made when a student otherwise accrues excessive absences as herein defined.

The following reasons for absences from school will be recorded on the attendance record:

Code   Description Classification  Purpose

 AB

 Absent

Unexcused

Absent without contact with parents or student. 

 TR

Truant 

Unexcused

Parent or school staff do not know student's disposition. 

 PF

Office 

Exempt 

Office (Including nurse, counseling, guidance, wellness, etc)

 SA

School activity 

Exempt 

School activity/sport, whether in or out of the building 

 ISS

In School Suspension 

Exempt 

ISS assigned by administrator 

OSS 

Out of School Suspension 

Exempt 

OSS assigned by administrator 

MED 

Medical Event Documented 

Excused 

Doctor appointment/hospitalization/illness with documentation from a medical professional 

LTE 

Long Term Extension 

Exempt 

Student attending a medical treatment facility or alternative program 

Homebound 

Exempt 

Students who cannot attend at school 

Tardy 

Unexcused 

Late to class 

CV 

College Visit 

Exempt 

Two each year 

AD 

Administrator Excused 

Exempt 

Administrator discretion 

PR 

Parent Request 

Excused 

Multiple uses: Doctor appointment without documentation, funeral, weather, vacation 

Remember: Parents must Call the school for any absence. Policies 8310, 8312, and 8320

Tardy

Students may be considered tardy to school if they are not seated in their assigned class or ready and attentive in their assigned area at the beginning of their first period. Students may be considered tardy to class if they are not in their assigned classroom when at the start of the class, unless they have a pass from the staff member who detained them. Specific tardy guidelines once students are in the classroom doorway are at the discretion of the classroom teacher.

Sign in Procedures

K-8 students who arrive late to school are required to sign in at the office prior to attending class; Senior High Students report directly to the classroom. All teachers have the authority to deal appropriately with excessive tardiness to classes.

School-Sponsored Activity Absences

Students who are absent from class or school due to participation in a school activity must make up work in advance of the absence or have work missed ready to hand in the next class day.

Withdrawal From School

Pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. 79-202, a person who has legal or actual charge or control of a child who is at least sixteen years of age but less than eighteen years of age may withdraw such child from school before graduation and be exempt from the mandatory attendance requirement of section 79-202 if an exit interview is conducted and the withdrawal form is signed or if a signed notarized release form is filed with the Commissioner of Education. To begin the withdrawal process, the person with legal or actual charge or control of a child who is at least sixteen years of age but less than eighteen years of age submits a request to the school where the student is enrolled.

Academic Information

Promotion and Retention

Students normally progress annually from grade to grade. Exceptions may be made through the Response To Intervention process. Exceptions may include vertical acceleration, horizontal enrichment, mentoring, or other curricular method deemed in the best interest of students. 8730–PROMOTION, RETENTION, ACCELERATION

Academic Integrity

Students are expected to abide by the standards of academic integrity established by their teachers and school administration.

Definitions of Academic Integrity

"Cheating" means intentionally to misrepresent the source, nature, or other conditions of academic work so as to accrue undeserved credit, or to cooperate with someone else in such misrepresentation. Such misrepresentations may, but need not necessarily, involve the work of others. Cheating includes, but is not limited to:

  • Tests (includes tests, quizzes and other examinations or academic performances):
    • Advance Information: Obtaining, reviewing or sharing copies of tests or information about a test before these are distributed for student use by the instructor. For example, a student engages in cheating if, after having taken a test, the student informs other students in a later section of the questions that appear on the test.
    • Use of Unauthorized Materials: Using notes, textbooks, pre-programmed formulae in calculators, technological devices, or other materials while taking a test except as expressly permitted. For example, except for "open book" tests, a student engages in cheating if the student looks at personal notes or the textbook during the test.
    • Use of Other Student Answers: Copying or looking at another student's answers or work, or sharing answers or work with another student, when taking a test, except as expressly permitted. For example, a student engages in cheating if the student looks at another student's paper during a test. A student also engages in cheating if the student tells another student answers during a test or while exiting the testing room, or knowingly allows another student to look at the student's answers on the test paper.
    • Use of Other Student to Take Test: Having another person take one's place for a test, or taking a test for another student, without the specific knowledge and permission of the instructor.
    • Misrepresenting Need to Delay Test: Presenting false or incomplete information in order to postpone or avoid the taking of a test. For example, a student engages in cheating if the student misses class on the day of a test, claiming to be sick, when the student's real reason for missing class was because the student was not prepared for the test.
  • Papers (includes papers, essays, lab projects, and other similar academic work):
    • Use of Another's Paper: Copying another student's paper, using a paper from an essay writing service, or allowing another student to copy a paper, without the specific knowledge and permission of the instructor.
    • Re-use of One's Own Papers: Using a substantial portion of a piece of work previously submitted for another course or program to meet the requirements of the present course or program without notifying the instructor to whom the work is presented.
    • Assistance from Others: Having another person assist with the paper to such an extent that the work does not truly reflect the student's work. For example, a student engages in cheating if the student has a draft essay reviewed by the student's parent or sibling, and the essay is substantially re-written by the student's parent or sibling. Assistance from home is encouraged, but the work must remain the student's.
    • Failure to Contribute to Group Projects: Accepting credit for a group project in which the student failed to contribute a fair share of the work.
    • Misrepresenting Need to Delay Paper: Presenting false or incomplete information in order to postpone or avoid turning in a paper when due. For example, a student engages in cheating if the student misses class on the day a paper is due, claiming to be sick, when the student's real reason for missing class was because the student had not finished the paper.
  • Alteration of Assigned Grades. Any unauthorized alteration of assigned grades by a student in the teacher's grade book or the school records is a serious form of cheating.
    • "Plagiarism" means to take and present as one's own a material portion of the ideas or words of another or to present as one's own an idea or work derived from an existing source without full and proper credit to the source of the ideas, words, or works.
    • Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to:
    • Failure to Credit Sources: Copying work (words, sentences, and paragraphs or illustrations or models) directly from the work of another without proper credit. Academic work frequently involves use of outside sources. To avoid plagiarism, the student must either place the work in quotations or give a citation to the outside source.
    • Falsely Presenting Work as One's Own: Presenting work prepared by another in final or draft form as one's own without citing the source, such as the use of purchased research papers or use of another student's paper.
    • "Contributing" to academic integrity violations means to participate or assist another in cheating or plagiarism. It includes but is not limited to allowing another student to look at your test answers, to copy your papers or lab projects, and to fail to report a known act of cheating or plagiarism to the instructor or administration.
  • The following sanctions will occur for academic integrity offenses:
    • Academic Sanction. The instructor will refuse to accept the student's work in which the cheating or plagiarism took place, may assign a failing grade for the work, and require the student to complete a test or project in place of the work within such time and under such conditions as the instructor may determine appropriate. In the event the student completes the replacement test or project at a level meeting minimum performance standards, the instructor will assign a grade which the instructor determines to be appropriate for the work. Credit for the class may be withheld pending successful completion of the replacement test or project.
    • Report to Parents and Administration. The instructor will notify the principal of the offense and the instructor or principal may notify the student's parents or guardian.
    • Student Discipline Sanctions. Academic integrity offenses are a violation of school rules. The principal may recommend sanctions in addition to those assigned by the instructor, up to and including suspension or expulsion. Such additional sanctions will be given strong consideration where a student has engaged in a serious or repeated academic integrity offense or other rule violations, and where the academic sanction is otherwise not a sufficient remedy, such as for offenses involving altering assigned grades or contributing to academic integrity violations.

Grading System

District grading and reporting guidelines are accessible on the district website.

Elementary School

Report cards are issued at the end of each trimester. The report card is an appraisal of the child's scholastic, social and personal growth in terms of the school program.

Kindergarten – Performance By Curriculum Standard

  • Pro (Proficient): Demonstrate sufficient understanding and skills for mastery
  • NP (Not Yet Proficient): Does not yet demonstrate sufficient understanding and skills for mastery
  • NA (Not Assessed): Not assessed at this time

First - Fifth Grade – Performance by Curriculum Standard

  • Adv (Advanced): Consistently meet, and at times exceed, the grade level standards; demonstrate skilled performance
  • Prof (Proficient): Regularly meet the grade level standards; demonstrate acceptable performance
  • Dev (Developing): Starting to meet, and occasionally do meet, the grade level standards; approaching acceptable performance but have not achieved it
  • Beg (Beginning): Not meeting the grade level standards; not successful with performance opportunities
  • NA (Not Assessed): Not assessed at this time
  • * (Modified): Modified instruction

Middle School

Students will receive a grade for each class they are assigned based on their academic performance. Teachers also assess critical skills based on dependability, responsible interaction, self discipline, and work completion. Student attendance and punctuality in the class will also be on each student's report card. Progress reports are posted at 6 week intervals to notify parents of student progress. A student or parent who wants to know how a their student is doing in a certain class can access the parent portal via the web or contact the teacher. A report card is issued at twelve week intervals.

Grades for daily work and the grades on the report card are based on the following grading scale:

  • A: 90 - 100 Excellent
  • B: 80 - 90 Good
  • C: 70 - 80 Satisfactory
  • D: 60 - 70 Needs Improvement
  • F: Below 60 No Credit
  • Inc: Incomplete Work Not Completed

Middle School Honor Roll

To be on the honor students you must have all A's or B's in all courses assigning a letter grade. Students with an "INC" (incomplete) will not be considered for the academic honor roll.

High School

Grading at Grand Island Senior High differs from elementary and middle school grading. For the first time, in high school, students earn credits toward graduation. Those credits are based on passing high school core and exploratory courses. All courses at Grand Island Senior High School are graded on an A to F scale. Students who do not earn a passing grade do not receive credit for that course and may be in danger of not graduating.

Student letter grades are based on academic achievement, not behavior. The grades are based mostly on assessment scores (tests, performances, projects), with very little weight on daily practice or homework. The purpose of daily practice and homework is to learn, receive feedback, and have an opportunity to correct errors in thinking or understanding.

The focus on grading at Grand Island Senior High School, as it is at all levels, is to assign consistent, meaningful, accurate grades that support student learning. Students needing a copy of their transcripts can request one through the Naviance Family Connections or for $2 from the Grand Island Senior High registrar.

GISH Grading and Credit Information

Beginning in 9th grade, students must earn credits to graduate. Credits are earned by passing GISH courses. GISH uses a grading scale of A to F, and GPA (grade point average) is calculated on the transcript using a scale of 0.0 to 4.0. Grades are issued each 6-week grading period. Report cards are published at 9-week intervals.

  • A = (counts 4.0 in GPA) 90-100% Excellent
  • B = (counts 3.0 in GPA) 80-89% Good
  • C = (counts 2.0 in GPA) 70-79% Satisfactory
  • D = (counts in 1.0 GPA) 60-69% Passing but needs improvement
  • F = (counts in 0.0 GPA) Below 60% No Credit Granted
  • P = (not in GPA) Passing Credit Granted
  • NP = (not in GPA) Not Passing No Credit Granted
  • W = (not in GPA) Withdrew No Credit Granted
  • INC = (incomplete) Not Finished No Credit Granted
  • SI = Sheltered Instruction Course in ELA program.

No zeros for missing or incomplete work A score of zero will not be entered in the grade book. Instead, M or I will be entered to indicate that work is not yet complete. In grades 9-12, students will have five days beyond the assignment due date to complete Lesson Practice and Progress Checks, unless there are extenuating circumstances. An M (Missing) will be entered in the grade book until the work is turned in or until the end of the nine-week grading period. A late work penalty may be applied, up to a total of 10%. After five days and multiple teacher attempts to intervene with the student, the teacher will decide the priority of continuing to try to intervene regarding the missing homework. Work still not complete at the conclusion of the nine-week grading period will be designated as M, which factors into the final nine-week grade as a zero. In the Assessment portion of the grade book, teachers will enter missing assessment scores or projects as an Incomplete (I) until the work is completed or until the end of the semester. Multiple attempts will be made to intervene with and communicate to students and/or parents about incomplete work. When the work is completed it will be scored and recorded in the grade book, subject to late penalties (up to 10%). A high school student who has not completed major assessments or projects by the end of the semester may receive NC (No Credit) if the student has failed to demonstrate mastery or basic competency on essential learning goals. An NC marking will have a GPA value of zero on a five-point scale (A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0.)

GISH Course Registration

It is recommended that students take 30 credits per semester to graduate with their class in four years. Students who are credit deficient are identified as such and will not graduate with their class if graduation requirements are not met.

Students are credit deficient if they have not earned the following minimum hours of credit:

Grade level

Midterm

End of year 

Freshman 

30 credits 

60 credits 

Sophomore 

90 credits 

120 credits 

Junior 

150 credits 

180 credits 

Senior 

210 credits 

240 credits 

 

GISH Honor Roll

Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 25 credits and have a GPA of 3.0 the previous semester to be on the Honor Roll.

GISH Academic Letters

An academic letter will be earned in the following ways:

  • Freshmen – first semester cumulative GPA of 4.0
  • Sophomore – first semester cumulative GPA of 3.75
  • Junior – first semester cumulative GPA of 3.50
  • Senior – first semester cumulative GPA of 3.25GISH Grading and Credit Information

GISH Graduation Requirements

To graduate from GISH, students must earn a total of 240 credits: 140 core credits and 100 elective credits.

  • 40 credits of English (8 semesters)
  • 30 credits of Math (6 semesters)
  • 30 credits of Science (6 semesters)
  • 30 credits of Social Studies (6 semesters)
  • 10 credits of American History (2 semesters)
  • 10 credits of World History (2 semesters)
  • 5 credits of Economics (1 semester)
  • 5 credits of Government (1 semester)
  • Physical Ed 10 credits (2 semesters)

*Course descriptions can be found in the GISH Course Handbook online

University Admissions Requirements

  • Rank in top 50% or ACT score of 20
  • English: 4 years of College Prep
  • Math: 3 years (including Algebra 1,2,3,4 and Geometry)
  • Science: 3 years including one year of a lab science
  • Social Studies: 3 years
  • Foreign Language: 2 years of the same language
  • UNL requires one additional year of Math above Algebra 3-4
  • UNK and UNO require one additional year of an elective from any of the above areas.
  • State and Community Colleges also recommend college prep classes, but may have less rigorous admission standards.

NCAA/NAIA Eligibility (for college athletes)

  • Division I Core Courses: 16 Core Classes Required
  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher)
  • 2 years of natural/physical science (one must be a lab science)
  • 1 additional year of English, math, or science
  • 2 years of social studies
  • 4 years of additional core courses (from any area listed above, or from foreign language)

The approved GISH courses are indicated in the GISH Course Handbook and can be found on the clearinghouse web site under prospective student athletes.
*See the GISH Course Handbook online.

GISH Class Rank (for graduates through May 2019)

Class rank will be determined by using a class ranking point system. In order to rank #1 in the class, students must earn all A's and enroll in the prescribed number of AP and Honors courses. Students must also be enrolled in a minimum number of 25 credits each semester their senior year.

 

Honors courses 

Weighted in GPA 

To rank No. 1 

Grade 9 

English 1 Honors

Geometry Honors 

None 

All A's plus two semesters of Honors 

Grade 10 

English 2 Honors

Alegra 2 Honors

Chemistry Honors 

AP World History 

All A's plus four semesters of Honors or AP 

Grade 11 

Pre Calc Honors 

AP Macro (1 semester)

AP Government (1 semester)

AP US History

AP Lang & Comp

AP Physics 1 

All A's plus four semesters of Honors or AP 

Grade 12 

 

AP Lit & Comp

AP Calculus

AP Chemistry

AP Physics 1

AP Physics 2

AP US History 

All A's plus four semesters of honors or AP

(Must be enrolled in two semesters of AP second semester.) 

 

Academic Recognition (For Class of 2020 and beyond)

Students starting as freshman in the fall of 2016 will be recognized using the Latin system for Academic Recognition. All Advanced Placement (AP) courses will carry a weight of 5 and all other courses have a weight of 4.

Latin Designation – GPA – Recognition

  • Summa Cum laude – 4.0 and above – honors banquet, sash and medallion at graduation, identified in graduation program
  • Magna Cum Laude – 3.75 – 3.99 – Honors banquet, medallion at graduation, identified in graduation program
  • Cum Laude – 3.5 – 3.74 – Identified in graduation program

Special Education

What Does Special Education Mean?

Special education means specially designed instruction and related services adapted as appropriate to the needs of an eligible student with a disability. Special education is provided at no cost to the parent to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability.

Students Who May Benefit

A student verified as having autism, behavior disorders, deaf-blindness, developmental delay, hearing impairments, mental handicaps, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairments, other health impairments, specific learning disabilities, speech-language impairments, traumatic brain injury or visual impairments, who because of these impairments, need special education and related services.

How are Students With Disabilities Identified?

Referrals are made by teachers or parents to a Student Assistance Team. If the student assistance team or comparable problem solving team feels that all viable alternatives have been explored, a referral for multidisciplinary evaluation is completed. An evaluation is conducted to assist in the determination of whether a student has a disability and the nature and extent of the special education and related services the student needs. The evaluation is conducted only with written consent of a parent or guardian. A multidisciplinary evaluation team (MDT) will then meet to determine whether the student is eligible for special education.

Independent Evaluation

If a parent disagrees with an evaluation completed by the school district, the parent has a right to request an independent educational evaluation at public expense. Parents should direct inquiries to school officials to determine if the school district will arrange for further evaluation at public expense. If school district officials feel the original evaluation was appropriate and the parents disagree, a due process hearing may be initiated. If it is determined that the original evaluation was appropriate, parents still have the right to an independent educational evaluation at their own expense.

Reevaluation

Students identified for special education will be reevaluated at least every three years by the IEP team. The IEP team will review existing evaluation data on the student and will identify what additional data, if any, is needed. The school district will obtain parental consent prior to conducting any reevaluation of a student with a disability.

Individual Education Program (IEP)

Upon a student being verified as having a disability, a conference will be held with parents. At the conference, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) will be developed specifying programs and services which will be provided by the schools. Parent consent will be obtained prior to a student being placed for the first time in a program providing special education and related services or early intervention services to infant and toddlers. Once in place, the IEP is reviewed on an annual basis, or more frequently as needed. Parents are given a copy of the IEP.

Special Education Placement

The student's placement in a special education program is dependent on the student's educational needs as outlined in the Individual Education Program (IEP). To the maximum extent appropriate, students with disabilities are educated with students who are not disabled. Special classes, separate schooling, or other removal of children with disabilities from the regular educational environment occurs only when the nature or severity of the disability is such that education in regular classes with the use of supplementary aids and services cannot be achieved satisfactorily. Determination of a student's educational placement will be made by the IEP team.

Written notice shall be given to parents a reasonable time before the school district: (1.) Proposes to initiate or change the identification, evaluation, verification or educational placement of a child or the provision of a free appropriate public education; or (2.) Refuses to initiate or change the identification, evaluation, or educational placement of the child or the provision of a free appropriate public education to the child.

More Information

Anyone interested in obtaining a copy of the District's special education policy, the Parental Rights in Special Education brochure, or a copy of the Nebraska Department of Education Rule 51 (special education regulations and complaint procedures) or Rule 55 (special education appeal procedures) may contact the Grand Island Public Schools Office of Special Education.

Health Services

Student Illness

School health personnel will notify parents when a student needs to be sent home from school due to illness. Conditions that may require a student to be sent home include: Temperature greater than 100°F., vomiting, diarrhea, unexplained rashes, live head lice, or on determination by the school nurse that the child's condition prevents meaningful participation in the educational program, presents a health risk to the child or others, or that medical consultation is warranted unless the condition resolves.

Please include emergency daytime phone numbers on your child's registration form so that you can be reached if your child becomes ill or injured while at school. Please also inform your school health office staff of health related information you feel is important for your student's success in the classroom and/or safety at school.

Guidelines for Administering Medication

Whenever possible your child should be provided medications by you outside of school hours. In the event it is necessary that your child take or have medication available at school, the parents/guardians must provide a signed written consent for the child to be given medication at school. A consent form is available at the school health office or online via the Grand Island Public Schools website. If your child has asthma, seizures, or diabetes please contact the health office.

Medications must be provided to the school by the parent/guardian in the pharmacy-labeled or manufacturer-labeled bottle. Repackaged medications will not be accepted. The school nurse may limit medications to those set forth in the Physician's Desk Reference (PDR) and those approved by the FDA. Please limit the amount of medication provided to the school to a two-week supply.

School Health Screening

Health screenings may include vision, hearing, dental, scoliosis, height and weight and are performed at various grade levels each year. Parents who do not wish their child to participate in the school screening program must communicate this in writing to the school health office at the start of the school year. Because Nebraska statutes require school-age screening, parents who remove their child from the screening program must submit findings from an alternate medical provider to the school. (there is Legislative Bill 29 that may affect this segment regarding having a waiver form available)

Physical and Visual Examination

Evidence of a physical examination and a visual evaluation is required within six months prior to entrance into preschool or kindergarten and, in the case of transfer from out of state, to any other grade. A physical examination is also required prior to entrance into the seventh grade. The physical examination is to be completed by a physician, a physician's assistant, or an advanced practice registered nurse; the visual evaluation is to be completed by any of the foregoing or an optometrist. A parent or guardian who objects to the physical examination and/or visual evaluation may submit a written statement of refusal for his or her child. Waiver forms are available in the school health office. Additional physical examination requirements exist for students participating in athletic participation.

Immunizations

Students must show proof of immunization. A student who does not comply with the immunization requirements will not be permitted to continue in school. Students with medical conditions or sincerely held religious beliefs which do not allow immunizations must complete a waiver statement or affidavit. Unimmunized students may be excluded from school in the event of a disease outbreak. Forms are available in school health offices.

Summary of the School Immunization Rules and Regulations

Student age group and required vaccines:

  • Ages 2 through 5 years
    • enrolled in a school based program not licensed as a child care provider
    • 4 doses of DTaP, DTP, or DT vaccine,
    • 3 doses of Polio vaccine,
    • 3 doses of Hib vaccine or 1 dose of Hib given at or after 15 months of age, *Hib not required after child reaches 5 yrs of age
    • 3 doses of pediatric Hepatitis B vaccine,
    • 1 dose of MMR or MMRV given on or after 12 months of age,
    • 1 dose of varicella (chickenpox) or MMRV given on or after 12 months of age. written documentation (including year) of varicella disease from parent, guardian, or health care provider will be accepted.
    • 4 doses of pneumococcal or 1 dose of pneumococcal given on or after 15 months of age.
      *Pneumococcal not required after child reaches 5 yrs of age
  • Kindergarten through Grade 12
    • including all transfer students from outside the State of Nebraska and any foreign students
    • 3 doses of DTaP, DTP, DT, or Td vaccine, one given on or after the 4th birthday,
    • 3 doses of Polio vaccine,
    • 3 doses of pediatric Hepatitis B vaccine or 2 doses of adolescent vaccine if student is 11-15 years of age.
    • 2 doses of MMR or MMRV vaccine, given on or after 12 months of age and separated by at least one month,
    • 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) or MMRV given on or after 12 months of age. Written documentation (including year) of varicella disease from parent, guardian, or health care provider will be accepted. If the child has had varicella disease, they do not need any varicella shots.
  • Addition for 7th Grade Only
    • 1 dose of Tdap (must contain Pertussis booster)

Source: Nebraska Immunization Program, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, 2011.

For additional information, call 402-471-6423. The School Rules & Regulations are available online: http://www.hhs.state.ne.us/reg/t173.htm (Title 173: Control of Communicable Diseases - Chapter 3; revised and implemented 2011) Updated 1/2014

Guidelines for Head Lice

The following guidelines are in place to: better control a nuisance condition; reduce absenteeism due to head lice; and involve parents as partners with the school in control efforts:

  • Children may be sent home from school for live head lice.
  • Health office staff will provide written treatment information and instructions, including how to check and identify head lice.
  • A child who is sent home from school for head lice should miss no more than two school days.
  • A child who has been sent from school due to head lice must come to the health office for inspection before returning to class.
  • A child who returns to class with nits (eggs) will be checked again in 7-10 days.
  • Families are encouraged to report head lice to the school health office.
  • Classroom-wide or school-wide head checks will be conducted as needed in order to control the condition at school.

St. Francis Wellness Center

The Student Wellness Center operated by CHI-St. Francis is located next to the health office at Grand Island Senior High. Walnut and Grand Island Senior High Students with parental consent, regardless of ability to pay, may take advantage of services daily at Senior High. Diagnosis and treatment of minor acute illnesses is provided by a nurse practitioner under the direction of a medical doctor. Mental health and substance abuse services are provided by a licensed provider of mental health care.

Transportation

Transportation to and from school is provided to students in accordance with law and Board policy. Students may also be transported on field trips and when participating in school activities.

Transportation To and From School

The school district offers in-town transportation on a limited basis. In order to run routes in a predictable and timely manner, it is important for students to be at their designated stop several minutes in advance.

Behavior on School Buses

General student conduct rules apply. While riding school buses students are expected to follow the same student conduct rules which apply when they are on school property or attending school activities, functions or events.

Safety Guidelines for Riding School Buses

  • When exiting the bus at the designated location (this location must be consistent each day), students must exit the bus and walk in front of it so the driver can see all passengers, and only do so after the driver has signaled for students to cross the street.
  • Be on time to be picked up. As a general rule, students must get to the bus stop five minutes before their scheduled pick up time. Students who miss the bus, must immediately return to their home and tell their parents so they can get them to school.
  • While waiting for the bus, stay at least 5 feet away from the street, road or highway. Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before approaching the bus.
  • Students may exit the bus only at their approved destination (their school or their approved bus stop). Exit the bus as directed by the driver. Do not run.
  • Students needing assistance from the driver must wait until the bus is at a full stop. Students who are close enough, may tell the driver what they need. Students who are too far away for the driver to hear them must ask a student in front of them to get the driver's attention. If necessary, students may walk up to the driver, while the bus is at a full stop. Students in need of immediate assistance for an emergency, should take all action needed to safely get the help of the driver.

Parents are responsible for the supervision of their child until the student boards the bus and as soon as the child exits the school bus.

This transportation service is a privilege, and students will be expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with expected classroom behavior. Note the expected behaviors and consequences for inappropriate behavior listed below. Bus drivers will report all infractions to school principals, who will administer the discipline consequences. Following a verbal warning, students will lose their riding privileges for designated periods of time. Parents will receive written communication of any loss of privileges through a Transportation Discipline Report.

Grand Island Public Schools Transportation Rules

  • Treat all students and the driver with respect.
  • Keep hands, feet, and objects to self and inside the bus.
  • No teasing, harassment, bullying, or fighting.
  • Talk only with seat partner and in a quiet voice, using appropriate language.
  • Remain seated and facing forward in designated seat.
  • No food, drinks or illegal substances on the bus.

The consequences for not following any of the behavior rules will generally be as follows, with administrators having the option of applying more severe consequences whenever merited:

Elementary
First violation: Warning by the driver (this will be the only warning)
Second violation: Loss of privilege to ride bus for one week
Third violation: Loss of privilege to ride bus for two weeks
Fourth violation: Loss of privilege to ride bus for remainder of school year

Secondary 6-12
First violation: Warning by the driver and referral to principal (this will be the only warning)
Second violation: Loss of privilege to ride bus for remainder of school year

Policies and Guidelines

Safe and Drug-Free

Safe and Drug-Free Schools - Parental Notice - Board Policy 8570

The School District of Grand Island is concerned about the academic growth and the personal welfare of every person associated with the schools. The use of alcohol, tobacco, and other illicit drugs can seriously interfere with one's health and academic functioning.

It shall be the policy of the School District of Grand Island, in addition to standards of student conduct elsewhere adopted by Board policy or administrative regulation, to prohibit the possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs or alcohol, including displaying evidence of intoxication, on school premises or as a part of any of the school's activities. Further, the student use or distribution of tobacco shall be prohibited on school premises or during activities. This shall include regular school hours or after school hours at school sponsored activities on school premises, and at school sponsored activities off school premises.

For the purposes of this policy, “tobacco products” include, but are not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, cigarette paper, cigarillos, chewing tobacco, pipes, vapor products, alternative nicotine products, tobacco product look-alikes, and products intended to replicate tobacco products either by appearance or effect, or any similar product or device that can be used to ingest tobacco.

Authorized Use
Any student whose parent or guardian requests that he or she be given any prescription or nonprescription medicine, drug, or vitamin shall provide signed permission by parent or physician.

Disciplinary Sanctions

  1. Violation of this policy may result in suspension or expulsion. Prohibited substances will be confiscated and could be turned over to law enforcement authorities. The student may be referred for counseling or required to complete an evaluation related to drugs and alcohol. Parents or legal guardian will be notified.
  2. If the student is observed to be violating this policy, the student will be escorted to the principal's office immediately, or if not feasible, the principal will be notified. The student's parents or legal guardian will be requested to pick up the student. If it appears there is imminent danger to other students, school personnel, or students involved, the principal or such other personnel as authorized by the Administration, may have the student removed by authorized medical or law enforcement personnel.
  3. Parents and students shall be given a copy of the standards of conduct and disciplinary sanctions required and shall be notified that compliance with the standards of conduct is mandatory.

Intervention
The District does not have the authority or responsibility to make medical or health determinations regarding chemical dependency. However, when observed behavior indicates that a problem exists which may affect the student's ability to learn or function in the educational climate or activity, the school then has the right and responsibility to refer the student for a formal chemical dependency diagnosis based on behavior observed by school staff. The school will issue a statement to all students and employed staff that the use of illicit drugs and the unlawful possession and use of alcohol is wrong and harmful. The school shall make available to students and employed staff information about any drug and alcohol counseling, and rehabilitation treatment programs, which are available to students.

Administration
The administration is authorized to adopt such administrative rules, regulations or practices necessary to properly implement this policy. Such regulations, rules or practices may vary the procedures set forth herein to the extent necessary to fit the circumstances of an individual situation. Such rules, regulations and practices may include administrative forms, such as checklists to be used by staff to record observed behavior and to determine the proper plan of action.

Student Rights, Conduct, Rules, and Regulations

Forms of School Discipline

The Board of Education authorizes the administration of the Grand Island Public Schools to utilize emergency exclusion, short or long term suspension, expulsion, or mandatory reassignment for certain situations or conduct prohibited by the board's rules, standards established pursuant to the Student Discipline Act [§79-254 to §79-294] and applicable federal regulations. Policy 8453

Student Appearance

Students in Grand Island Public Schools are expected to dress in a way that is appropriate for a school setting. Students should not dress in a manner that is dangerous to the health and safety of anyone or interferes with the learning environment or teaching process in our school. Policy 8430, 8431

Any tattoo, or other body markings, or adornments that have the effect of causing a material and substantial interference with school operations or an infringement of the rights of others, or is vulgar, lewd, obscene or offensive, or which promotes or condones illegal drug use or other illegal activity, will be covered at all times at school or at school sponsored events.

Consideration will be made for students who wear special clothing as required by religious beliefs, disability, or to convey a particularized message protected by law. In the event a student is uncertain as to whether a particular item or method of grooming is consistent with the school's guidelines, the student should contact a building administrator for approval.

Any violation of student appearance or the dress code will be subject to disciplinary action.
The final decision regarding attire and grooming will be made by the administration.

Public Displays of Affection

Students are not to engage in inappropriate public displays of affection on school property or at school activities. Such conduct includes kissing, touching, fondling or other displays of affection that would be reasonably considered to be embarrassing or a distraction to others. Student will face disciplinary action as a consequence to the PDA.

Harassment and Bullying - Board Policy 8455

It shall be the policy of the Grand Island Public Schools to prohibit any form of bullying, including harassment or violence, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, age, sex or gender, sexual orientation, disability, or marital status, in all staff employment situations, academic offerings, and extra-curricular activities, including school-sponsored events away from school. Conduct which has the effect of creating, for a reasonable person, an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational or work environment will not be tolerated. Any act of bullying or harassment by either staff or students will result in disciplinary action.

It shall also be a violation of district policy for any teacher, administrator, or other school personnel of this district to tolerate bullying or harassment because of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, age, sex or gender, sexual orientation, disability, or marital status, as defined by this policy, by a student, teacher, administrator, other school personnel, or by any third parties who are participating in, observing, or otherwise engaged in activities, including sporting events and other extra curricular activities, under the auspices of the school district.

For the purposes of this policy school personnel shall include Board members, employees, students, agents, volunteers, contractors, or any other persons subject to the supervision and control of the district.

The school district will act to promptly investigate all complaints, either formal or informal, verbal or written, of bullying or harassment; to promptly take action to protect individuals from further bullying or harassment; and, if it determines that bullying or harassment occurred, to promptly and appropriately discipline any student, teacher, administrator or other school personnel who is found to have violated this policy and/or to take other appropriate action reasonably calculated to end the activity.

Dating Violence Prevention - Board Policy 8552

Grand Island Public Schools prohibits behavior that has a negative impact on student health, welfare, safety, and the school's learning environment. Incidents of dating violence will not be tolerated on school grounds, in district vehicles, or at school sponsored activities or school-sponsored athletic events.

Dating violence is defined as a pattern of behavior where one person uses threats of, or actually uses, physical, sexual, verbal, or emotional abuse to control his or her dating partner. Dating partner means any person, regardless of gender, involved in an intimate relationship with another person primarily characterized by the expectation of affectionate involvement whether casual, serious or long-term.

The district will provide appropriate training to staff and incorporate within its educational program age-appropriate dating violence education that shall include, but not be limited to, defining dating violence, recognizing dating violence warning signs, and identifying characteristics of healthy dating relationships.

Hazing - Board Policy 8454

Hazing activities of any type are prohibited. Hazing shall mean any activity by which a person intentionally or recklessly endangers the physical or mental health or safety of an individual for the purpose of initiation into, admission into, affiliation with, or continued membership with any organization of student members, including groups, clubs, organizations, grade levels, classes, teams, and other activities operating under the sanction of the Grand Island Public Schools.

Prohibited activities shall include, but not be limited to, whipping, beating, branding, forced and prolonged calisthenics, prolonged exposure to the elements, forced consumption of any food, liquor, beverage, drugs, or harmful substance not generally intended for human consumption, prolonged sleep deprivation, or any brutal treatment, or the performance of any unlawful act which endangers the physical or mental health or safety of any person. Such prohibited activities shall be irrespective of the willingness of the victim to participate, or whether they occur off or on school grounds.

Any person who believes he or she has been a victim of hazing or any person with knowledge of an activity which may constitute hazing shall report the activity to a building administrator. The building principal shall undertake or authorize an investigation into the alleged prohibited activities and take appropriate action. Such action may include, but not be limited to, verbal or written reprimand, suspension, expulsion, administrative transfer, termination, discharge, or referral to legal authorities.

Suicide Awareness - Board Policy 8555

The Grand Island Public Schools has adopted a suicide prevention policy which will help to protect all students through the following steps:

  • Students will learn about recognizing and responding to warning signs of suicide in friends, using coping skills, using support systems, and seeking help for themselves and friends.
  • The principal at each school is designated as the suicide prevention coordinator to serve as a point of contact for students in crisis and to refer students to appropriate resources.
  • When a student is identified as being at risk, they will be assessed by a school employed mental health professional who will work with the student and help connect them to appropriate local resources

Students will have access to national resources which they can contact for additional support, such as:

All students will be expected to help create a school culture of respect and support in which students feel comfortable seeking help for themselves or friends. Students are encouraged to tell any staff member if they, or a friend, are feeling suicidal or in need of help.

Students should also know that because of the life or death nature of these matters, confidentiality or privacy concerns are secondary to seeking help for students in crisis.

Weapons in Schools - Board Policy 8470

Students are forbidden to knowingly and voluntarily possess, handle, transmit or use any instrument in school, on school grounds or at school functions that is a firearm, weapon, or looks like a weapon as defined by the State of Nebraska Criminal Statutes, the federal laws found in Section 18 USCS Section 921 and in the administrative procedures for this policy 8470.

This policy shall cover any object or item which could be used to injure another person or whose clear intent is to resemble an item which could cause injury and which has no school-related reason for being in a school or on school grounds. Such items will be considered "weapons" for the purposed of this policy. Students who are in possession of the aforementioned articles will be subject to mandatory suspension or expulsion procedures.

Conduct Resulting in Suspension, Expulsion, or Reassignment

You have the opportunity to learn about being a good citizen by sharing some of the responsibility for creating a positive learning environment. To help maintain a quality instructional environment for everyone, students may be suspended, expelled or reassigned when any of the following actions occur on school grounds or during school functions:

  • Use of violence, force, coercion, threat, intimidation or similar conduct that constitutes interference with school purposes [79-4,180(1)]
  • Willfully causing or attempting to cause damage to private or school property, stealing, or attempting to steal property of substantial value, or repeated damage or theft of property [79-4,180(2)]
  • Causing or attempting to cause personal injury to a school employee, school volunteer, or student [79-4,180(3)]
  • Threatening or intimidating a student trying to get money or anything of value from the student [79-4,180(4)]
  • Possessing, handling or transmitting any object or materials generally considered a weapon [79-4,180(5) and Grand Island School Board Policy 8470–Weapons In School]
  • Unlawful possession, selling, dispensing, or use of a controlled substance, an imitation controlled substance, a substance represented to be a controlled substance, alcoholic liquor, or being under the influence of a controlled substance or alcoholic liquor [79-4,180(6)]
  • Public indecency (applicable to students ages twelve to nineteen) [79-4,180(7)]
  • Sexual assault or attempted sexual assault of any person if a complaint has been filed by a prosecutor in a court of competent jurisdiction alleging that the student has sexually assaulted or attempted to sexually assault any person, including sexual assaults or attempted sexual assaults which occur off school grounds not at a school function or event.
  • Engaging in any activity forbidden by law which activity constitutes a danger to other students or interferes with school purposes [79-4,180(9)]
  • Repeated violations of any established rule if such violation constitutes a substantial interference with school purposes [79-4,180(10)].

Interrogation and Searches - Board Policy 8460

School officials shall cooperate with law enforcement officials in pursuance of their official duties. School officials must, at all times, safeguard the legal rights of any student within the assigned school.

Any peace officer or firefighter, or Health and Human Services Representative, desiring to interview a student when the student is attending school shall inform the administrator of the school the student attends, stating the nature of the inquiry or investigation. Except for cases of suspected child or sexual abuse, It shall be the duty of the administrator to notify the parent or legal guardian of the student before the interview begins, in order that one of such persons can be present if he/she desires. If the parent or legal guardian cannot attend the interview the building administrator or designee will be present.

Any person seeking an interview with a student or students must present credentials and secure permission from the administrator.

School officials are permitted to search students or students' possessions, including personal electronic devices, when there is reasonable cause to believe, by the official, that the student has possession of illegal or dangerous items, or other items contrary to district policies or governing laws or when such search may be necessary for the welfare of students, protection of district property, or administration of district policy. Lockers, desks and storage areas, though assigned to students, are school property and may reasonably be inspected. Inspections for the location of items detrimental to health and safety may be regarded as reasonable purposes for inspection by school personnel.

The refusal of a student to consent to a reasonable search and/or to surrender objects or substances found as a result of such search may be grounds for discipline (Policy 8450–Student Discipline).

School records will be released to legal authorities only under conditions specified in Board Policy 8710–Student Files and Records.

Reporting Student Law Violations
Cases of law violations or suspected law violations by students will be reported to the police and to the student's parents or guardian as soon as possible.

When a principal or other school official releases a minor student to a peace officer (e.g., police officer, sheriff, and all other persons with similar authority to make arrests) for the purpose of removing the minor from the school premises, the principal or other school official will take immediate steps to notify the parent, guardian, or responsible relative of the minor regarding the release of the minor to the officer and regarding the place to which the minor is reportedly being taken. An exception applies when a minor has been taken into custody as a victim of suspected child abuse; in that event the principal or other school official shall provide the peace officer with the address and telephone number of the minor's parents or guardian.

In an effort to demonstrate that student behavior is always subject to possible legal sanctions regardless of where the behavior occurs it shall be the policy of the Grand Island Public Schools to notify the proper legal authorities when a student engages in any of the following behaviors on school grounds or at a school sponsored event:

  • Knowingly possessing illegal drugs or alcohol.
  • Assault.
  • Vandalism resulting in significant property damage.
  • Theft of school or personal property of a significant nature.
  • Automobile accident.
  • Any other behavior which significantly threatens the health or safety of students, staff or other persons or which is required by law to be reported.

Multicultural Policy - Board Policy 7180

The philosophy of the Grand Island Public Schools multicultural education program is students will have improved ability to function as productive members of society when provided with: (a) an understanding of diverse cultures and races, the manner in which the existence of diverse cultures and races have affected the history of our Nation and the world, and of the contributions made by diverse cultures and races (including but not be limited to African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans and European Americans) and (b) with the ability and skills to be sensitive toward and to study, work and live successively with persons of diverse cultures and races. The mission shall also include preparing students to eliminate stereotypes and discrimination or harassment of others based on ethnicity, religion, gender, socioeconomic status, age or disability.

Notice of Nondiscrimination - Board Policy 1310 (1310.2 Report Form)

Grand Island Public Schools (GIPS) is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination. Helping students to develop an awareness and appreciation for the achievements, problems, and aspirations of all people in our culturally diverse society is essential to this end. Our goal is to create a learning environment free of discrimination.

The district will establish and maintain an atmosphere in which all persons will exhibit the following:

  • Respect for the individual regardless of economic status, intellectual or physical ability, race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sex or gender, sexual orientation, marital status, or age,
  • Respect for cultural differences,
  • Respect for economic, political, and social lives of others, and
  • Respect for the right of others to seek and maintain their own identities.

The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Students: Associate Superintendent for Student Services, Kneale Administration Building, 123 South Webb Road, PO Box 4904, Grand Island, NE 68802-4904; 308-385-5900; rdexter@gips.org

Employees and Others: Director of Human Resources, Kneale Administration Building, 123 South Webb Road, PO Box 4904, Grand Island, NE 68802-4904; 308-385-5900; wstelk@gips.org

Complaints or concerns involving discrimination or needs for accommodation or access should be addressed to the appropriate Coordinator. For further information about anti-discrimination laws and regulations, or to file a complaint of discrimination with the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education (OCR), please contact the OCR at Office for Civil Rights, Kansas City Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, One Petticoat Lane 1010 Walnut Street, Suite 320 Kansas City, Missouri 64106, (816) 268-0550 (voice), or (877) 521-2172 (telecommunications device for the deaf), or ocr.kansascity@ed.gov.

Parent Right Afforded by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Section 504 requires that school districts provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to qualified students in their district who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability. Under Section 504, FAPE means providing regular or special education and related accommodations and services designed to meet the student's individual educational needs as adequately as the needs of nondisabled students are met.

Parents can request to meet with their students' education team for the purpose of discussing the need for a 504 Plan.

Notification of Parental Rights Under FERPA

The Grand Island Public Schools will support and facilitate parental access to information and involvement in educational practices affecting their children. It shall be the policy of the Grand Island Public Schools to provide full access at reasonable times to parents/guardians of School District of Grand Island students to review curricular materials, student records, and surveys as appropriate and lawful.

Parents/guardians will have access to student records as appropriate (Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. 1232 G, 79-4,157 R.R.S. and School District of Grand Island Policy: 8710–Student Personnel Files And Records. Parents have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the district to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20202-4605

The Grand Island Public Schools shall make provision to include parents in program planning; information dissemination; school improvement plan development, implementation, and evaluation; and with Title 1 parental involvement activities as specified by NCLB Act of 2001 (9110.1 Guidelines).

Notice Concerning Directory Information

Certain personal information on students may be made public from time to time. This information may include student name, major field of study, participation in sports and activities, weight and height (as members of athletic teams), degrees and awards received, most recent previous educational agency or institution attended, and other similar information. Notification that general information may be released will be in all student handbooks. Parents may ask to remove all or part of this general information.

Notice Concerning Disclosure of Student Recruiting and Tracking Information

The No Child Left Behind Act requires that the District provide military recruiters and institutions of higher education access to secondary school students' names, addresses, and telephone listings. Parents and secondary students have the right to request that the District not provide this information (i.e., not provide the student's name, address, and telephone listing) to military recruiters or institutions of higher education, without their prior written parental consent. The District will comply with any such request.

Notice Concerning Staff Qualifications

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 gives parents/guardians the right to get information about the professional qualifications of their child's classroom teachers. Upon request, the District will give parents/guardians the following information about their child's classroom teachers:

  • Whether the teacher has met State qualifications and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction.
  • Whether the teacher is teaching under an emergency or provisional teaching certificate.
  • The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher. Parents may also get information about other graduate certification or degrees held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree. The District will also, upon request, tell parents/guardians whether their child is being provided services by a paraprofessional and, if so, the qualifications of the paraprofessional. The request for information should be made to an administrator. The information will be provided to parents in a timely manner. Finally, Grand Island Public Schools will give timely notice to parents if their child has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who does not meet the requirements of the Act.

Title 1 Parent Involvement Guidelines - Board Policy 9110 and Guidelines 9110.1

The Grand Island Public School District intends to meet the expectations of the parental involvement guidelines in accordance with the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 through the following activities and when feasible, in a language that parents understand:

  • Involve parents in developing the Title I parental involvement plan
    • Plan parental involvement activities
    • Involve parents in activities
    • Build capacity for strong parent involvement
    • Coordinate an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the parental involvement guidelines
  • Each school that receives Title I Funds shall distribute these guidelines to parents of all students attending the school. The school shall:
    • Convene annual meeting(s) at convenient time(s) to which all parents of participating children shall be invited and encouraged to attend
    • The agenda will inform parents of their school's participation in the Title I program, explain what Title I is and the requirements associated with it
    • Involve parents in the planning, review and improvement of the school parent involvement plan
    • Provide parents with timely information regarding curriculum, instruction and assessment practices and proficiency levels
    • Provide opportunities for parents to participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children
    • Involve parents in the development and review of a school-parent compact that outlines shared responsibility for improved student achievement
    • Provide assistance, opportunities, and/or materials for helping parents to understand topics relating to their student's academic achievement in a format and when feasible, in a language that parents can understand
    • Parents of all students are welcome and encouraged to be involved in their child's education. Accommodations will be provided for parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory children

Homeless Students - Board Policy 8231

Grand Island Public Schools reaffirms its commitment to a policy of providing equal educational opportunities for all students commensurate with their needs, abilities and diverse cultural backgrounds. It shall be the policy of the Grand Island Public Schools to ensure that each homeless student has equal access to a free, appropriate public education as provided to all other students. Grand Island Public Schools will comply with the federal and state law related to homeless students. A "homeless child" for the purposes of this Policy is a student who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, as defined by applicable federal and state law related to homeless students. An "unaccompanied youth" is a student who is not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian. The following guidelines are detailed in 8231.1-Administrative Procedures for Implementation of 8231.

  1. Homeless Coordinator: The District's designated Homeless Coordinator is the Assistant Superintendent for Student Services and Homeless Education Liaison. The Homeless Coordinator may delegate the specified duties as the Homeless Coordinator determines to be appropriate. The Homeless Coordinator shall serve as the school liaison for homeless children and youth.
  2. Enrollment and Placement of Homeless Students: The enrollment and placement of homeless students shall be in compliance with federal and state law.
  3. Educational Services and Stigmatization or Segregation: It shall be the policy of Grand Island Public Schools that homeless students not be stigmatized or segregated on the basis of their status as homeless. Homeless students will be provided services comparable to services offered to other students in the school in which the homeless student has been placed, including the following: transportations services, educational services for which the student meets the eligibility criteria, such as services provided under Title 1, educational programs for students with disabilities, and educational programs for students with limited English proficiency, programs in vocational technical education, programs for gifted and talented students, and school nutrition programs.
  4. Transportation: Transportation will be provided to homeless students to the extent required by law.
  5. Dispute Resolution. The process to resolve disputes concerning the enrollment or placement of a homeless student is included in 8231.1-Administrative Procedures for Implementation of 8231.

Student Due Process Rights - Complaint Procedures - Board Policy 8420

It is the right and responsibility of both school officials and students to develop a functional and orderly procedure through which consideration of student problems and concerns can be discussed and resolved quickly and equitably.

In all matters of complaints the student shall first consult the member of the school staff most immediately affected. If a timely and agreeable solution is not reached at this level, further appeal may be made to the building level administrator, and hence to the superintendent or appointed representative. It is the goal of the board to resolve student complaints at the organization level in which it occurs.

All students will be afforded due process as guaranteed by constitutional provisions. Complaints involving student suspension, expulsion or mandatory reassignment will follow provisions of the Student Discipline Act. All other student and parent/guardian complaints are to follow the chain of command as outlined in district policies. Rules for student conduct and appeal procedures will also be published in the student handbook.

If the complaint cannot be resolved by a certified employee, the student and parent/guardian may discuss the matter with the principal within 10 days of the employee's decision. If the matter cannot be resolved the by the principal, the student and parent/guardian may discuss it with the superintendent within 10 days after speaking with the principal.

If the matter is not satisfactorily resolved by the superintendent, the student and parent/guardian may request a hearing with the Grand Island Public Schools Board of Education.

Technology

SEE ALSO: GIPS ONE-TO-ONE STUDENT/PARENT HANDBOOK

Student Use of Personal Electronic Communication Devices - Board Policy 8456

Electronic Communication Devices (ECDs) when used in support of student learning are allowed in Grand Island Public Schools according to the procedures included in this document. Students may bring personal technology, including computers, smart phones, network access devices, or other electronic communication devices to school provided that such technology is used for instructional purposes. Students shall abide by the instructions provided by teachers and other school staff in the use of such personal technologies. Access to the Internet or other district communication systems from personal technology is limited to wireless access points on the school campuses. Access to the Internet or to other district communication systems from personal technology is not available via hardwire connections. Video game systems, DVD players, and other devices, which serve no educational function, are prohibited.

Cameras and/or video recorders (other than those incorporated into ECDs) are not allowed in school buildings, on school-provided transportation, or at school-sponsored activities without the express authorization in advance by the building principal or designee. The use of any photographic or video equipment, including such equipment incorporated into ECDs, is prohibited without expressed administrative consent.

Personal ECDs are allowed on school property subject to the following:

  • Camera, video, and/or audio recorders will not be used while on school property, at school-sponsored activities, or while on school-provided transportation, without administrative consent.
  • Phones should be kept either turned off, or on silent following the rules specified by the classroom teacher.
  • Any ECD containing an integrated camera will be turned off (not simply on silent or vibrate mode) and kept stowed out of sight in locker/dressing rooms or on district provided transportation.
  • Personal ECDs are only allowed to connect to the filtered, unsecured wireless network in the district. Any attempt to circumvent technology protection measures such as network Internet access filtering by using an ECDs built-in cellular network is prohibited.
  • Students in grades 6-12 may use personal ECDs at school for instructional purposes. Guidelines for acceptable use will be shared with students and parents.
  • Students in grades Pre-K-5 are discouraged from bringing ECDs to school. Building administrators and staff will inform students and parents of opportunities to include ECDs as learning tools on an individual classroom basis.
  • Use of ECDs will follow the same network access guidelines as included in the Acceptable Use Agreement. Examples of behavior which is not tolerated includes but is not limited to:
    • cheating;
    • bullying or harassment;
    • displaying, accessing, or downloading obscene or pornographic materials; or
    • disruption of the learning environment.

The consequences for using ECDs in violation of the aforementioned rules, state or federal law, or school board policy are as follows:

  • 1st Offense: The ECD will be confiscated, turned in to the school office, and picked up by the student from the principal at the end of the school day, unless the device is needed longer for examination by school or district IT personnel.
  • 2nd Offense: The ECD will be confiscated, turned in to the school office, and picked up by the parent or guardian following a meeting with the principal.
  • 3rd Offense: The privilege to bring an ECD on to school property is revoked and the parent or guardian can pick up the ECD from the principal at the end of the semester.

The principal will decide when the student's privilege to bring an ECD to school is restored.

In addition to the above penalties, school officials may conduct a search of the ECD if they have reasonable suspicion that the student was using the ECD to violate the law, school board policies, or school rules. Depending on the nature of the violation, school officials may make a referral to law enforcement officials, and/or commence disciplinary action against the student such as expulsion, suspension, or reassignment. The possession of obscene or pornographic or other illicit material on an ECD will result in a referral to law enforcement officials.

Grand Island Public Schools will not be responsible for the loss, theft or damage to ECDs. Students who bring such devices onto school property do so at their own risk of loss and with the understanding that unclaimed devices will be disposed of by the school at the end of the semester.

Access to Networked Information Resources - Board Policy 7352

The Grand Island Public Schools recognizes that technologies dealing with information access can have a strong positive impact on instruction and learning. The use of networked information technology should be consistent with educational philosophy and the goals of the Grand Island Public Schools. All users, both student and staff, are required to follow Policy Guidelines 8457.1 and 8457.2

Internet Safety – Board Policy 8457

It is the policy of Grand Island Public Schools to comply with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA). Technology protection measures will be used to block and filter Internet access. These measures are in place to provide reasonable protection from the inadvertent access of obscene visual depictions or pornography, child pornography, or other content deemed harmful to minors. Grand Island Public schools shall:

  • prevent user access to, or transmission of, inappropriate material via Internet, electronic mail, or other forms of direct electronic communications;
  • provide for the safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communications;
  • prevent unauthorized access, including so-called "hacking," and other unlawful activities online; prevent unauthorized online disclosure, use, or dissemination of personal identification information of minors; and
  • implement measures designed to restrict minors' access to materials (visual or non-visual) that are harmful to minors.

In addition to technology protection measures, the Grand Island Public Schools will provide annual training for students at all grade levels addressing the following issues:

  • access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet and World Wide Web;
  • the safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms, social networking sites, and other forms of direct electronic communications;
  • unauthorized access including "hacking" and other unlawful activities by minors online;
  • unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding self or others; and
  • monitoring the online activities of minors and cyber bullying awareness and response.

Users who fail to abide by district Network Usage Agreement procedures shall be subject to disciplinary action, possible revocation of the user account, and legal action as appropriate. Potential consequences may include, but not be limited to:

  • restriction or loss of access to the network and Internet;
  • possible suspension, reassignment, or expulsion; and/or,
  • referral to law enforcement.

It shall be the responsibility of all members of the Grand Island Public Schools staff to supervise and monitor usage of the online computer network and access to the Internet in accordance with this policy and CIPA. Procedures for the disabling or otherwise modifying any technology protection measures shall be the responsibility of the superintendent or the superintendent's designees.

All district policies, including those addressing discrimination, harassment, and copyright issues, will apply to the use of networked resources.

Electronic Device Voluntary Protection Plan

The implementation of iPads and laptops as a learning resource represents a huge financial commitment on the part of the district. Students are financially responsible for any damages to their electronic device. In order to provide end-user protection and peace of mind, GIPS is offering a voluntary electronic device protection plan. If you choose to enroll, the financial burden of accidental damage or theft will be lessened.

Cost for Protection Plan:
The protection plan works on a yearly fee with a per-incident deductible:

5-12 Laptop:
Yearly Enrollment Cost = $10
1st Incident Deductible = $20
2nd Incident Deductible = $40
3rd Incident Deductible = $60 

Protection plan enrollment cost and deductibles will be adjusted as needed on an annual basis.

Students can enroll in the voluntary protection plan by visiting the Grand Island Senior High or Middle School Media Center. If there is an issue, the student should bring the device to the Media Center immediately to get a replacement while the device is being repaired.

STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

Extra-Curricular Activities

Rights, Conduct, Rules and Regulations

Extra-curricular programs enrich the curriculum of the school, and students are encouraged to participate in activities that interest them. There are intra-murals, fine arts activities, a wide variety of clubs, and interscholastic athletics. All extra-curricular activities are considered an extension of the school day, regardless of the location; therefore, regular school policies should dictate the student behavior. The Grand Island Public Schools will adhere to the rules and regulations set forth in Title IX guidelines on sex discrimination as well as other pertinent rules and regulations.

In order to represent a high school in interscholastic athletics/activities a student must abide by eligibility rules as set by the Nebraska School Activities Association. These rules include such items as: a student is ineligible if 19 years of age on or after August 1, of current school year; students must have been enrolled in school the immediate preceding semester and have passed a minimum of 20 hours that semester; students must be enrolled in 20 semester hours in the current semester. Consent forms and complete rules are available through the Activities Office.

Safety

The District's philosophy is to maintain an activities program that recognizes the importance of the safety of the participants. To ensure safety, participants are required to become fully familiar with the dangers and safety measures established for the activity in which they participate, to adhere to all safety instructions for the activity in which they participate, to inform their coach or sponsor when they are injured or have health problems that require their activities be restricted, and to exercise common sense.

Warning for Participants and Parents

The purpose of this warning is to bring your attention to the existence of potential dangers associated with athletic injuries. Participation in any intramural or athletic activity may involve injury of some type. The severity of such injury can range from minor cuts, bruises, sprains and muscle strains to more serious injuries to the body's bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, or muscles, to catastrophic injuries to the head, neck and spinal cord. On rare occasions, injuries can be so severe as to result in total disability, paralysis or death. Even with appropriate coaching, appropriate safety instruction, appropriate protective equipment and strict observance of the rules, injuries are still a possibility.

Student Concussions - Board Policy 8655

Concussion and brain injury information will be provided on an annual basis to students and the students' parents or guardians prior to such student initiating practice or competition. A student who has been removed from a practice or game as a result of being reasonably suspected of having sustained a concussion or brain injury shall not be permitted to participate in any school supervised team athletic activities involving physical exertion, including, but not limited to, practices or games until the student: (i) has been evaluated by a licensed healthcare professional, (ii) has received written and signed clearance to resume participation in athletic activities from the licensed healthcare professional, and (iii) has submitted the written and signed clearance to resume participation in athletic activities to the school accompanied by written permission to resume participation from the student's parent or guardian. It is recognized that coaches cannot be aware of every incident in which a student has symptoms of a possible concussion or brain injury. As such, students and their parents have a responsibility to honestly report symptoms of a possible concussion or brain injury to the student's coaches on a timely basis.

Extracurricular Activity Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct applies to all extracurricular activities. Extracurricular activities means student activities or organizations which are supervised or administered by the school district which do not count toward graduation or grade advancement and in which participation is not otherwise required by the school. The Code of Conduct also applies to participation in school sponsored activities such as school dances and royalty for such activities. A participant means a student who participates in, has participated in, or will participate in an extracurricular activity.

The Code of Conduct rules apply to conduct which occurs at any time during the school year, and also includes the time frame which begins with the official starting day of the fall sport season established by the NSAA and extends to the last day of the spring sport season established by the NSAA, whether or not the student is a participant in an activity at the time of such conduct.

The rules also apply when a student is participating or scheduled to participate in an extracurricular activity that is held outside the school year or the NSAA season. For example, if an FBLA student plans to participate in a conference in July and commits a Code of Conduct infraction in June, the student may be suspended from participating in the conference. Conduct during the summer months may also affect a student's participation under the team selection and playing time guidelines.

The Code of Conduct rules apply regardless of whether the conduct occurs on or off school grounds. If the conduct occurs on school grounds, at a school function or event, or in a school vehicle, the student may also be subject to further discipline under the general student code of conduct. A student who is suspended or expelled from school shall not be permitted to participate in activities during the period of the suspension or expulsion, and may also receive an extended activity suspension.

Grounds for Extracurricular Activity Discipline

The following conduct rules have been determined by the Grand Island Public Schools to be reasonably necessary to aid students, further school purposes, and prevent interference with the educational process. Such conduct constitutes grounds for suspension from participation in extracurricular activities and grounds for other restrictions or disciplinary measures related to extracurricular activity participation:

  • Willfully disobeying any reasonable written or oral request of a school staff member, or the voicing of disrespect to those in authority.
  • Use of violence, force, coercion, threat, intimidation, harassment or similar conduct in a manner that constitutes a substantial interference with school or extracurricular activity purposes or making any communication that a reasonable person would interpret as a serious expression of an intent to harm or cause injury to another.
  • Willfully causing or attempting to cause substantial damage to property, stealing or attempting to steal property, repeated damage or theft involving property or setting or attempting to set a fire of any magnitude.
  • Causing or attempting to cause personal injury to any person, including a school employee, school volunteer, or student. Personal injury caused by accident, self-defense, or other action undertaken on the reasonable belief that it was necessary to protect another person shall not constitute a violation.
  • Threatening or intimidating any student for the purpose of, or with the intent of, obtaining money or anything of value from a student or making a threat which causes or may be expected to cause a disruption to school operations.
  • Knowingly possessing, handling, or transmitting any object or material that is ordinarily or generally considered a weapon or that has the appearance of a weapon, or bringing or possessing any explosive device, including fireworks, on school grounds or at a school function or event, or in an manner that is unlawful or contrary to school activity rules.
  • Selling, using, possessing or dispensing alcohol, tobacco, narcotics, drugs, a controlled substance, or an inhalant; being under the influence of any of the above; possession of drug paraphernalia, or the selling, using, possessing, or dispensing of an imitation controlled substance as defined in section 28-401 of the Nebraska statutes, or material represented to be alcohol, narcotics, drugs, a controlled substance or inhalant. Use of a controlled substance in the manner prescribed for the student by the student's physician is not a violation.
  • Public indecency.
  • Sexual assault or attempting to sexually assault any person. Engaging in sexual conduct, even if consensual, on school grounds or at a school function or event.
  • Engaging in bullying, which includes any ongoing pattern of physical, verbal, or electronic abuse on school grounds, in a vehicle owned, leased, or contracted by a school being used for a school purpose by a school employee or a school employee's designee, or at school-sponsored activities or school-sponsored athletic events;
  • Engaging in any activity forbidden by law which constitutes a danger to other students, interferes with school purposes or an extracurricular activity, or reflects a lack of high ideals.
  • Repeated violation of any of the school rules.
  • Truancy or failure to attend assigned classes or assigned activities; or tardiness to school, assigned classes or assigned activities.
  • The use of language, written or oral, or conduct, including gestures, which is profane or abusive to a school employee, school volunteer, or student. Profane or abusive language or conduct includes, but is not limited to, that which is commonly understood and intended to be derogatory toward a group or individual based upon race, gender, national origin, or religion.
  • Dressing or grooming in a manner which is dangerous to the student's health and safety or a danger to the health and safety of others or repeated violations of dress and grooming standards; dressing, grooming, or engaging in speech that is lewd or indecent, vulgar or plainly offensive; dressing, grooming, or engaging in speech that school officials reasonably conclude will materially and substantially disrupt the work and discipline of the school or of an extracurricular activity; dressing, grooming, or engaging in speech that a reasonable observer would interpret as advocating illegal drug use.
  • Willfully violating the behavioral expectations for those students riding Grand Island Public School buses or vehicles used for activity purposes.
  • Failure to report for the activity at the beginning of the season. Reporting for one activity may count as reporting on time if there is a change in activity within the season approved by the coach or the supervisor.
  • Failure to participate in regularly scheduled classes on the day of an extracurricular activity or event.
  • Failure to attend scheduled practices and meetings. If circumstances arise to prevent the participant's attendance, the validity of the reason will be determined by the coach or sponsor. Every reasonable effort should be made to notify the coach or sponsor prior to any missed practice or meeting.
  • All other reasonable rules or regulations adopted by the coach or sponsor of an extracurricular activity shall be followed, provided that participants shall be advised by the coach or sponsor of such rules and regulations by written handouts or posting on bulletin boards prior to the violation of the rule or regulation.
  • Failure to comply with any rule established by the Nebraska School Activities Association, including, but not limited to, the rules relating to eligibility.

All terms used in the Code of Conduct have a less strict meaning than under criminal law and are subject to reasonable interpretation by school officials. Behaviors not covered in this handbook will be handled on an individual basis with disciplinary action determined by the appropriate administrator.

Violation determination

A violation of the Code of Conduct will be determined to have occurred based on any of the following criteria:

  • When a student is cited by law enforcement and school officials have a reasonable basis for determining that grounds for the issuance of the citation exist.
  • When a student is convicted of a criminal offense. Conviction includes, without limitation, a conviction, a plea of no contest and an adjudication of delinquency by a juvenile court.
  • When a student admits to violating one of the standards of the Code of Conduct.
  • When a student is accused by another person of violating one of the standards of the Code of Conduct and school officials determine that such information is reliable.
  • When school officials otherwise find sufficient evidence to support a determination that a violation has occurred.

Procedure Prior to Suspension

In the event that this policy is violated and a student is to be suspended from an activity, the following process shall be initiated:

  1. The student shall be notified of the alleged rule violation in a meeting with school officials. At that meeting, the student and the school officials will discuss the details of the alleged violation, and the ensuing consequences. The student shall have an opportunity to present information related to the incident.
  2. Parents of the student shall also be notified of the violation and consequences. School officials will summarize the details related to the incident and then advise the student and parents of the action that will be taken.
  3. The student and parents shall be afforded full opportunity to make any statements or request explanations related to the incident.
  4. The building principal shall issue a decision related to suspension.
  5. The student or student's parent/guardian may in writing an informal hearing before the superintendent within five days of the suspension notice. The superintendent may designate an administrator not responsible for the suspension decision as the superintendent's designee to conduct the hearing. The hearing will be held within ten calendar days of receipt of the request. Upon conclusion of the hearing, a decision will be rendered within five school days.
  6. There will be no stay of the penalty imposed pending completion of the due process procedures
  7. These due process procedures do not prevent the student or parent/guardian from discussing and settling the matter with the appropriate school officials at any stage.

Appeal Process

After a ruling of ineligibility resulting in suspension from activities has been made, a student and a students' parents may formally appeal the decision, in writing, to the superintendent of schools, provided an appeal is received five (5) days from the first day such ineligibility shall take effect.

Consequences specific to drugs, alcohol or other controlled substances

The student shall not be involved with alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs. During the school year, or in the summer whenever a student is representing Grand Island Public Schools at an activity, a student shall not, regardless of quantity, use, consume or have in their possession, alcohol, tobacco, or controlled substances. Students shall not buy, sell, or give away alcohol, tobacco products, controlled substances, or look-alikes.

Consequences for Violations

After confirmation of the violation, in addition to established state statutes and local school policies, the student shall be suspended from all school activities for a specified number of school calendar days starting from the date of the confirmation. Those students involved in a school-sponsored activity will be required to attend and participate in all practice sessions during the time of suspension. They may also be required to attend their scheduled activity.

Consequences for drug and alcohol violations are as follows:

  • First Violation – Fourteen-day (14) suspension from school activities. In addition, the student will be required to attend and complete an educational program endorsed by the school. The school may require the student to participate in a professional evaluation.
  • Second Violation – Twenty-eight-day (28) suspension from school activities. In addition, the student will be required to show evidence that s/he has sought and received counseling from a professional individual (i.e. school alcohol/drug counselor, psychiatrist, psychologist, etc.). The school may require the student to participate in a professional evaluation.
  • Third Violation – Suspension from school activities for one year. In addition, the student will be required to complete a professional evaluation and program for chemical dependency. Verification of completion of the chemical dependency treatment program must be provided in writing by the director or counselor of the dependency center prior to reinstatement of the student.

Consequences for tobacco violations are as follows:

  • First Violation – Seven-day (7) suspension from school activities. In addition, the student will be required to complete the In-House Educational Tobacco Packet.
  • Second Violation – Fourteen-day (14) suspension from school activities.
  • Third Violation – Twenty-eight-day (28) suspension from school activities.
  • Fourth Violation - Suspension from school activities for one year.

Consequences shall be cumulative grade 9-12 regardless of attendance center.

Student Self-Report Option

If the student "self reports" to the coach/sponsor or principal within three (3) school days of the rule violation, the suspension will be reduced to seven (7) days for the first drug/alcohol violation, and fourteen (14) days for the second violation. No self-report option will be available for a third drug/alcohol violation, or any tobacco violation.

Letters and Post-Season Honors

A student who commits a Code of Conduct violation is:

  • Eligible to letter, provided the student meets the criteria of the coach or sponsor.
  • Not eligible to receive honors during the sport or activity in which they are participating at the time of the offense and/or in sports or activities in which they have been suspended due to a code violation.
  • The coach/sponsor, with the athletic director's approval, may make an exception where the student has self-reported or otherwise demonstrated excellence in character allowing for such honors.

Attendance expectations for participants

Student participants are expected to meet the following attendance expectations:

  • Attend school regularly. Students who have "excessive absences" as determined under the school's attendance policy may be found ineligible to participate in extracurricular activity contests or performances.
  • Be on time for all scheduled practices, contests and departure for contests. In the event a participant is unable to attend a practice or contests the participant should contact the coach or sponsor in advance.
  • On the day of a contest, performance or other activity, be in attendance at least half of the school day. A student who is not in attendance for at least half of his/her scheduled classes is ineligible for the contest, performance, practice, rehearsal, or activity. Exceptions may be made for extenuating circumstances, such as doctor/dentist appointments or family emergencies. The exception must be approved by the principal or athletic director.

Parents' Role in Extracurricular Activities

Communicating with your children

Make sure that your children know that win or lose, scared or heroic, you love them, appreciate their efforts and are not disappointed in them. This will allow them to do their best without fear of failure. Be the person in their life they can look to for constant positive reinforcement.

  • Try your best to be completely honest about your child's athletic ability, competitive attitude, sportsmanship and actual skill level.
  • Be helpful but don't coach them. It's tough not to, but it is a lot tougher for the child to be flooded with advice and critical instruction.
  • Teach them to enjoy the thrill of competition, to be "out there trying," to be working to improve their skills and attitudes. Help them develop the feeling for competing, for trying hard, for having fun.
  • Try not to relive your athletic life through your child in a way that creates pressure. If they are comfortable with you win or lose, then they are on their way to maximum enjoyment.
  • Don't compete with the coach. If your child is receiving mixed messages from two different authority figures, he or she will likely become disenchanted.
  • Don't compare the skill, courage, or attitude of your child with other members of the team.
  • Get to know the coach(es). Then you can be assured that his or her philosophy, attitudes, ethics, and knowledge are such that you are happy to have your child under his or her leadership.
  • Always remember that children tend to exaggerate, both when praised and when criticized. Temper your reaction and investigate before overreacting.

Communicating with the coach

Communication you should expect from your child's coach includes:

  • Philosophy of the coach
  • Expectations the coach has for your child
  • Locations and times of all practices and contests
  • Team requirements
  • Procedure should your child be injured
  • Discipline that results in the denial of your child's participation

Communication coaches expect from parents:

  • Concerns expressed directly to the coach
  • Notification of any schedule conflicts well in advance
  • Specific concerns in regard to a coach's philosophy and/or expectations

Appropriate concerns to discuss with coaches:

  • The treatment of your child, mentally, and physically
  • Ways to help your child improve
  • Concerns about your child's behavior
  • Injuries or health concerns
    Report injuries to the coach immediately. Tell the coach about any health concerns that may make it necessary to limit your child's participation or require assistance of trainers. Students are sometimes unwilling to tell coaches when they are injured, so please make sure the coach is told.

Issues not appropriate to discuss with coaches:

  • Playing time
  • Team strategy
  • Play calling
  • Other student-athletes (except for reporting activity code violations)

Appropriate procedures for discussing concerns with the coaches:

  • Parents should always let the student and the coach work out any issues first before intervening. A goal of all our extracurricular programs is to develop our young people into responsible adults; part of that is being able to deal with adversity, and address any issues head on.
  • Call to set up an appointment with the coach.
  • Do not confront a coach before or after a contest or practice (these can be emotional times for all parties involved and do not promote resolution).

What should a parent do if the meeting with the coach did not provide satisfactory resolution?

  • Call the athletic director to set up a meeting with the activities director, coach, and parent present.
  • At this meeting, an appropriate next step can be determined, if necessary.

Responsibilities of Spectators Attending Extracurricular Activities

  • Show interest in the contest by enthusiastically cheering and applauding the performance of both teams.
  • Show proper respect for opening ceremonies by standing at attention and remaining silent when the National Anthem is played.
  • Understand that a ticket is a privilege to observe the contest, not a license to verbally attack others, or to be obnoxious.
  • Maintain self-control.
  • Do not "boo," stamp feet or make disrespectful remarks toward players or officials.
  • Learn the rules of the game, so that you may understand and appreciate why certain situations take place.
  • Know that noisemakers of any kind are not proper for indoor events.
  • Obey and respect officials and faculty supervisors who are responsible for keeping order. Respect the integrity and judgment of game officials.
  • Stay off the playing area at all times.
  • Do not disturb others by throwing material onto the playing area.
  • Show respect for officials, coaches, cheerleaders and student-athletes.
  • Pay attention to the half-time program and do not disturb those who are watching.
  • Respect public property by not damaging the equipment or the facility.
  • Know that the school officials reserve the right to refuse attendance of individuals whose conduct is not proper.
  • Refrain from the use of alcohol and drugs on the site of the contest.

School Dances

A school sponsored dance is a school activity subject to all provisions of the Extra-Curricular Activity Code, and is a privilege available to students meeting all requirements for participation. In addition to all rules of student conduct in the Student handbook, students attending dances shall adhere to the following rules of conduct:

Who can attend

  • Only students of Grand Island Public Schools and their guests may attend.
  • Students currently attending Grand Island Senior High School or another Nebraska high school who have not been restricted from attending extracurricular activities at Grand Island Senior High School or their own school and have completed the Outside Date Request Form are generally considered appropriate dates or invited guests.
  • Persons must be of high school age and not older than 20 years of age to attend GISH dances.
  • Some school dances may be restricted to students attending specified grades levels at Grand Island Public Schools. For any dances at the middle school level, only students attending Grand Island Public Schools in the grade(s) for which the dance is being held may attend.
  • Students who have been suspended from school or from extracurricular activities may not attend.
  • The school reserves the right to exclude persons who may or do cause a disruption or detract from the event. Dates or invited guests not attending our school are expected to follow the same rules of conduct which apply to our students.
  • Rules for dances may restrict students and their guests from leaving dance until the dance ends without written parental permission on a form provided.
  • Students or their guests who engage in inappropriate behavior, whether on or off of the dance floor, may be asked to leave.

Prohibited Substances

Alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, and tobacco are prohibited. Anyone using prohibited substances or showing the effects of use will not be allowed admission or, if discovered after admission, be removed from the dance. Their parents may be contacted.

Students and their dates may be required to submit to a breathalyzer test prior to gaining entrance. Those who choose not to submit to a breathalyzer will not gain entrance. Law enforcement will be contacted if there is reasonable suspicion that the student or a student's date is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Appropriate Attire

Students and their guests must meet the dress code requirements established for each dance. Teachers or administrators will make the final decision as to whether or not a student's attire is appropriate. Students will be asked to change unacceptable items, which may mean that the student may have to return home to change the inappropriate clothing. It is advisable to check in advance of the dance with the principal or staff sponsor for the event if you are uncertain about your attire.

Behavior on the dance floor

No "grinding" or sexually explicit dancing will be allowed. An initial warning for inappropriate dancing will be given to each student when s/he enters the dance. If the student chooses to 'grind' or dance inappropriately during the dance, s/he will be asked to leave, and parents will be called.