Academics - Affirmative Action - Americans with Disabilities (ADA) - Assistance for Students - Athletics - Code of Conduct - Grievance Procedures - Guidance - Programs & Activities - School Rules - Staff & Faculty
Purpose of the Orono High School Student/Parent Handbook and Planner:
VISITORS TO THE SCHOOL
The school encourages the active interest and involvement of parents and citizens at Orono High School. In order to avoid interruption of the instructional program and to promote the safety of students and staff, the following procedures have been adopted.
The term "visitor" applies to any person on school grounds or in school buildings who is not an employee or student of the school department. All visitors are to report to the main office upon arrival at the school.
All visitors who wish to visit classrooms, observe aspects of the instructional program or meet with staff members are expected to schedule those visits in advance. Teachers or other staff may not use instructional time to discuss individual matters with visitors.
The building administrators have the authority to refuse entry to school grounds or buildings to persons who do not have legitimate school related business or who may disrupt the operations of the school.
Student visitors: Students who wish to visit OHS are asked to have their parent(s) contact the guidance office to arrange the visit at 866-2319.
TERMINOLOGY USED IN THE STUDENT-PARENT PLANNER HANDBOOK
In this planner handbook the word "parent" also means guardian; "principal" also includes his designee; the term "school facilities" includes all school sponsored or approved activities whether they are held on or off school grounds.
In the event that there is a conflict between this handbook and school policies, the policies will govern decisions.
Everything in this handbook that applies to students 17 years of age and younger also applies to students who are age 18 and over. There are no special immunities dispensed upon a student's eighteenth birthday.Back to Top
Orono High School's regional technical center is open to all juniors and seniors. Students have an opportunity to enroll in any one of fourteen courses, for which they earn three credits per year. Students attending UTC attend classes at Orono High School half the school day and the regional center for a half school day. All students are bused to and from the regional center.
Students returning from UTC are to enter the building in a quiet manner and go to their assigned class, study period, or designated waiting area to avoid disruptions to other learners.
Activities offered to students are: drama, musicals, stage band, student council, yearbook, school newspaper, school literary magazine, Key Club, A.F.S., math team, diversity team, art club, history club, speech, debate, student leadership and chess club.
Check with the main office if you want more information about these activities or meeting times and names of advisors. Students are encouraged to participate in co-curricular activities.
National Honor Society
The Orono High School chapter of the National Honor Society is a duly chartered and affiliated chapter of the national organization.
Membership is open to those students who meet the required standards in four areas of evaluation: scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Standards for selection are established by the national office of NHS and have been revised to meet our local chapter needs.
Students are selected to be members by a five member Faculty Council, appointed annually by the principal, which bestows this honor upon qualified students.
Students in the 11th and 12th grades who have attended OHS for at least one semester are eligible for membership. For the scholarship criterion, a student in the class of 2010 must have a cumulative GPA of 85 or better, students who are in the class of 2011 and beyond must have a cumulative GPA of 90 or better.
Those students who meet this criterion are invited to complete a Student Information Dossier that provides the NHS Faculty Council with information regarding the candidate’s history of leadership experiences and participation in school or community service is required.
To evaluate a candidate’s character, the NHS Faculty Council uses two forms of input. First, school disciplinary records are reviewed. Second, members of the general faculty are solicited for input regarding their professional reflections on a candidate’s service activities, character, and leadership.
These forms and the Student Information Dossier are carefully reviewed by the NHS Faculty Council to determine membership. A majority vote of the Council is necessary for selection. A formal induction ceremony is held to recognize all the members.
Once inducted, new members are required to maintain the same level of performance (or better) in all four criteria that led to their selection. This includes regular attendance at chapter meetings held during the school year, and participation in the chapter service projects(s).
For additional information please visit the OHS NHS webpage under the co-curricular section of the school website or the national organization at http://www.nhs.us.
In order to be eligible for interscholastic athletics, students must meet all the requirements set by the Maine Principals Association as well as those of Orono High School. Orono High School adheres to all eligibility requirements of the Maine Principals Association. Students may participate for eight consecutive semesters. Students may participate until they reach their 20th birthday.
Students must earn passing grades in at least four subjects in order to maintain eligibility in athletics and other co-curricular activities.
Students participating in interscholastic athletics and co-curricular activities must sign a compliance form that indicates that they will abide by the rules and procedures governing the program. In addition, students participating in interscholastic athletics must provide the athletic director with a medical certificate, insurance information and emergency data prior to participation.
CONFLICTING SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
Any time a student finds him/herself in a time conflict with school activities, he/she should talk with the teachers, coaches and directors involved for advice. If the conflict cannot be resolved, the student must make the decision as to which activity to participate in and is not to be penalized in the activity not chosen.
ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY FOR ATHLETICS
It is expected that students participating in interscholastic athletics and co-curricular activities will be working to their capacity in each of their academic courses.
A student not passing at least five full time courses at the end of a ranking period will have his/her athletic eligibility suspended for the rest of the next ranking period unless he/she initiates a process called ELIGIBILITY ACTION PLAN (EAP). This process provides the student/athlete with a set of concrete actions (conditions) designed to improve academic performance while allowing the student to continue participation in co-curricular activities.
This process contains the following steps:
1.The student submits a written request to the athletic director for involvement in the EAP process.
2.The student and the coach or activity advisor organize an EAP meeting and notify the following people: the AD, the guidance counselor, and, as appropriate, the parents, the teachers, and/or other special personnel.
3.The EAP meeting will be attended by the student, the coach or activity director, the AD and other appropriate people.
At the meeting:
A. An Eligibility Action Plan for the student will be collaboratively developed that identifies and addresses the particular issues which led to his/her ineligibility. Final decisions are the responsibility of the AD.
B. An EAP contract will be completed and signed by the student, the coach or activity director, the AD, the parent, and the guidance counselor. Copies will be distributed to the appropriate people.
4. Upon completion of the first three steps, the student will be allowed to participate in practices, meetings, or rehearsals.
5. After two full weeks of compliance with the EAP, the student will be granted probationary eligibility and may then participate in performances and competitions.
6. The student's eligibility will be monitored weekly for the duration of the eligibility period through the completion of a probationary eligibility verification form. The student will have this form signed by all his/her teachers, the coach or activity director, and other special personnel. The student will then turn in the form to the AD for approval and signature. A copy will be sent to the parent/guardian.
Compliance with the EAP contract will be determined by the athletic director:
A. As long as the student is meeting the conditions of the EAP, he/she will retain his/her probationary eligibility.
B. If a student fails to meet the conditions of the EAP, he/she will be ineligible until the next quarter.
Grades will be checked on the day that posting is completed with any suspensions occurring immediately thereafter.
Students who do not meet the minimum standard during the fourth quarter need to consult school administration regarding summer school options.Back to Top
In an attempt to most effectively meet the needs of our students, the following guidance office procedures have been established:
1. Appointments may be scheduled with the guidance counselors during study hall periods or before and after school. To save time, it is best that students schedule an appointment ahead of time. Emergency appointments are always given priority.
2. The student will be given a guidance pass indicating the time and date of the appointment.
3. Before going to the guidance appointment, the student will first go to class and have his/her pass signed by the teacher. A teacher may refuse to send a student if he/she wishes.
4. When the student is finished in the guidance office his/her pass will be signed, the time recorded and the student will return to his/her class.
5. The guidance office will have group meetings with students. Lists of the studentsÕ names and times of the meetings will be given out in advance so teachers may plan special class activities around these meetings.
IMPORTANT TEST DATES, 2009–10
The school nurse is generally in the building at 8:00 a.m. The nurse's hours will be posted on the nurse's office door. Students waiting to see the nurse should wait in the guidance office or near the bench outside the nurse's door. She can be reached at any time in case of emergency by contacting the front office.
The administration of prescribed medication to a student during school hours is permitted only when failure to take such medicine would jeopardize the health of the student or the student would not be able to attend school if the medicine were not made available during school hours.
When a student must take medications during school hours, written authorization and instructions must come from both the parent and the prescribing physician. Medicine must be delivered to the school in its original container by the pupil's parent/guardian. The written order of the physician or dentist must include the dosage, time and special circumstances under which the medicine is to be administered, the length of time for which the medicine is prescribed, and any possible side effects of the medication.
Student Assistance Team
The Orono High School Student Assistance Team is a group of concerned educators assisting students who are having problems that cause disruption in their lives. The team assists students who are experiencing such concerns as academic decline, frequent absences or tardiness; health problems; out of school issues affecting school performance; or drug and alcohol involvement. There are two kinds of referrals, self referral and concerned person referral. Referrals are held in absolute confidence.
Ask any teacher, administrator, coach, or counselor for information. The guidance office can give you a copy of a brochure that further describes the Student Assistance Team.
Special Education Services
Orono High School offers a wide range of services to any student who is identified as having a disability. Parent(s) who suspect that their child has difficulty learning should, first, discuss their concerns with the student's teachers. If the concerns are not resolved, parents or the student may discuss referral for special education services with the classroom teachers. Students may also refer themselves through these procedures. Information about referral procedures and programs may also be obtained from Sharon Brady, Director of Special Services, at 866-7110.Back to Top
The Orono School Department is in compliance with the rules and regulations pertaining to nondiscrimination on the basis of sex established under Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972. This grievance procedure applies to real or alleged complaints, violations, interpretations, or the application of Title IX rules and regulations, and is intended to allow for the quick and smooth resolution of issues.
Students and employees of the Orono School Department are eligible to participate in the grievance procedure. The resolution of real or alleged violations shall be motivated toward a solution that is satisfactory to the student or employee, the administration, and the school committee.
Level One Procedure
The student or employee who has a complaint may address the complaint, in writing, to the Affirmative Action Coordinator who shall:
1. Investigate the complaint within one week following receipt.
2. Render a decision, within two weeks following receipt of the complaint and notify the complainant in writing.
3. Provide the complainant one week to respond to the decision before it becomes final.
The complainant may accept the decision in writing addressed to the Affirmative Action Coordinator, or disagree with the decision, in writing, addressed to the Affirmative Action Coordinator. If there is disagreement, a level two procedure will be initiated.
Level Two Procedure
1. The Affirmative Action Coordinator shall request that the complaint be heard by the School Committee at the first regular meeting of the Committee following receipt of notice of disagreement with the decision at Level One.
2. A hearing shall be conducted by the School Committee. Participants shall include the complainant and the Affirmative Action Coordinator.
3. The School committee shall make a decision within one week following the hearing. The decision shall be final and shall be in writing to the complainant and the Affirmative Action Coordinator. The Affirmation Action Coordinator shall maintain copies of all correspondence for a period of three years from the date of notification in Level One.
Grievance forms may be obtained from the Principal of each school or from the Affirmative Action Coordinator.Back to Top
It is the policy of the Orono School Department to insure equal employment/educational opportunities/affirmative action regardless of race, sex, color, national origin, marital status, religion, age or handicap in accordance with all federal and state legislation.
Inquiries and/or grievances can be made to Affirmative Action/TitleIX/504 Coordinator, Guidance Office, Orono High School, Orono, Maine 04473, telephone (207) 866-2319, or to the Director, Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education, Washington, D.C.
A portion of this policy on access to course offering is included for your information:
1. The Orono School Department does not provide any course or otherwise carry out any of its educational activities separately on the basis of: sex, color, creed, handicap, marital status, national origin, or socioeconomic status. No student is denied a course offering on the basis of her/his career or educational goals.
2. The Orono School Department does not exclude on the basis of sex, color, creed handicap, marital status, national origin or socioeconomic status any person from admission to our vocational education program.
3. Course descriptions are reviewed annually to see that students are not discouraged from taking certain courses on the basis of their gender.
Integrated Pest Management Notification
Within the first two weeks of every school year, notice shall be given by all schools to all school staff and parents or legal guardians of students advising them that a school integrated pest management policy exists and that it can be reviewed at the office of the superintendent of schools.
Pesticides may periodically be applied in school buildings and on school grounds. Applications will be noticed in accordance with sections 4 (B-D) hereof. This notice shall also state that a report of prior pesticide applications and information about the pesticides used and a copy of the pesticides in schools regulation (CMR 01-026 chapter 27) are available for review.Back to Top
A primary task of the school is to create a stimulating learning climate for all students. Such a climate includes broad exposure to the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a democratic society. The school environment should afford opportunities for students to exercise their rights and assume their responsibilities for citizenship.
The rights of an individual are preserved only by the protection and preservation of the rights of others. Students are responsible for the manner in which their rights are exercised and must accept the consequences of actions that extend beyond the legitimate boundaries of those rights.
The school believes that the best discipline is self-discipline and that the school environment should allow students, as far as practical, to make responsible decisions about their behavior. The school believes that giving students the opportunity to practice self-discipline in school will lead to their making more responsible choices when not in school.
Students Rights and Responsibilities
Students have the right to a free public education in a safe environment and the responsibility to attend school regularly and not to interfere with or threaten the education of others.
Every student has the right to express opinions either verbally or symbolically as long as that expression does not infringe upon the rights of others.
Students have the right to determine their patterns of dress and grooming provided that such dress and grooming conform to the Orono high school dress code policy and does not interfere with the health and safety of themselves or others and do not interfere with the educational process of the school.
Except in extraordinary circumstances, no suspension shall be enforced against any student until that student has been afforded due process.
The Orono School Committee is committed to maintaining a supportive and orderly school environment in which students may receive and staff may deliver a quality education without disruption or interference and in which students may develop as ethical, responsible, and involved citizens.
To achieve this goal, the Orono School Department has established a set of expectations for student conduct. These expectations are based on the values identified by the community as essential to ethical and responsible behavior.
The Orono School Committee believes that each member of the school community should take responsibility for his/her own behavior. To that end, the Orono School Committee recognizes the need to define unacceptable student conduct, identify the possible consequences for unacceptable conduct, and ensure that discipline is administered fairly, promptly, and appropriately.
The Code applies to students who are on school property, who are in attendance at school or at any school-sponsored activity, or whose conduct at any time or place directly interferes with the operations, discipline, or general welfare of the school.
STANDARDS FOR ETHICAL AND RESPONSIBLE BEHAVIOR - OUR VALUES IN ACTION
General Rules of Conduct
This code establishes rules of student conduct that have been deemed necessary by the school committee for the successful accomplishment of the mission of the schools. All school committee policies included in the Code of Conduct are available through the principal's office. General rules of student conduct and administrative procedures for use in the schools shall be based upon but not limited to the following:
A. No student shall intentionally threaten, assault, or cause physical injury to other students or any school personnel.
B. No student shall steal or intentionally damage any school or private property either on school premises, on any school bus, or during any school-sponsored activity.
C. A student shall not knowingly buy, sell, possess, use, transmit, or be under the influence of any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant of any kind. So called "look alike" drugs and drug paraphernalia are included in this prohibition.
D. No student is allowed to use tobacco in the building or on the school grounds. In addition, possession of tobacco products by students is forbidden on school property.
E. A student shall not by use of violence, force, noise, coercion, intimidation or any other conduct cause disruption of any school function; nor shall any student urge others to engage in any such disruptive conduct.
F. A student shall not possess, handle, or transmit a knife, razor, gun or any other object that reasonably can be considered a weapon on school grounds, on any school bus, or during any school sponsored activity.
G. No student will engage in any form of harassment of another person.
H. As students pursue their freedoms of speech, press, and assembly, they shall refrain from libel, slander, obscenity, personal attacks, or incitement of illegal action(s).
I. Hazing of any type is inconsistent with the educational process and shall be prohibited at all times.
Discipline and Behavior Related Offenses and Consequences
Good discipline in the schools is essential for the school program so that students can realize their greatest opportunities for growth. Good discipline is fair, dignified, and in good temper. Discipline should not be used to deprive students of any academic materials.
When behavior-related offenses do occur, the following range of consequences should apply in most circumstances. In unusual or extreme cases, this range may not be appropriate. For cases involving absence, truancy, class cutting, tardiness to school or class, the intention is not to remove the student from the school or the classroom setting except in extreme circumstances. All attendance related offenses must be dealt with in accordance with the Orono School Department's attendance policy.
|Staff/Administrative Response||Parent/Guardian Involvement||Reallocation of Student's Time||Temp. Exclusion form Normal School Activities||Long–term Expulsion|
* Verbal Reprimand
* Time-out or out of classroom
* Loss of privileges
* Teacher/administrator, conference with student
* Contact with Counselor
* Contact with parent
* Required mediation
* Phone call to parent/guardian
* Written notification
* Conference with parent/guardian
|Unexcused Absence||An absence for a day or any portion of a day for any reason other than those cited as excused in school policy or absence without parental permission.||I to IV|
Possession or use of any alcoholic substance; including possession with intent to sell, give, deliver, or distribute.
Attempting to, aiding in, or setting fire to a building or other property.
Any violation of school system policy or bus driver rules or policy occurring on a school bus.
I to V
Copying, plagiarizing, altering records, or assisting another in such actions.
I to IV
|Discrimination||Use of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, physical or mental disability, age, gender, marital status, physical traits, or sexual orientation as a basis for treating another in a negative manner.||II to V|
Disrespect Toward Adults
Inappropriate comments or physical gestures to teachers, staff members, or other adults in the school community
I to IV
II to V
Refusing to follow reasonable directions of teachers, staff, administration, including failure to identify self.
Detention may be assigned by individual teachers or the administration. Detention is to be served on the day assigned unless other arrangements have been approved. Detention starts at 2:15 and students are required to bring study materials. Failure to bring sufficient work or disruptive behavior by a student while in detention will result in the student being assigned another detention. Any student who fails to attend or to complete the assigned detention will be assigned 2 hours of Friday detention. The administration will contact the parents in cases where students are chronically being assigned detention. If an assigned detention has not been served, the student will not be eligible to participate in co-curricular/athletic practices or events.
SUSPENSION OF STUDENTS
The following rules and policies apply to any student who is on school property, who is in attendance at school or at any school-sponsored activity, or whose conduct at any time or place directly interferes with the operations, discipline, or general welfare of the school.
Due process consists of giving the student oral or written notice of the charge(s) against him or her, giving an explanation of the evidence forming the basis for those charges, and giving the student an opportunity to present his/her side of the case. Students whose presence pose a continuing danger to persons or property or an ongoing threat of disrupting the academic process may be immediately removed from school. In those cases the notice of charges, explanation of evidence and the student's opportunity to explain his/her side of the story shall be arranged as soon as practical after the student's removal from school.
A suspended student may not be present on school property or attend school activities during the period of suspension. After a suspension students and parents must meet with an administrator before being readmitted to school.
The principal is authorized to make exceptions to rules when justice so requires.Back to Top
Consistent and regular school attendance is essential for students to make satisfactory academic progress. Whenever a student misses class, he or she has lost an important aspect of education that can not be duplicated. In order to promote good school attendance and maximize learning opportunities, OHS adheres to the following attendance guidelines:
1. Accurate records of student attendance including absence, tardiness and dismissal are maintained by the principal's office. Reasons for absence, and tardiness are verified and recorded as either excused or unexcused. Excused absences are determined by state law and school committee policy as listed in number 3.
2. If a student is absent from school, parents are to telephone the school office at 866-4916 between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. to notify the school of the absence or leave a message on the machine by calling the school earlier.
3. Excused absences, tardiness and dismissals as determined by state law and school committee policy are:
A. Absence due to personal illness. In the case of illness or suspected truancy, a doctor's statement may be required;
B. Appointments with health professionals that cannot be made outside of the regular school day;
C. Observance of recognized religious holidays when the observance is required during the regular school day;
D. Planned absences for personal/educational purposes that are approved in advance by the principal or assistant principal. A planned absence requires the completion of a Planned Absence Form;
E. Absence due to emergency family situations.
4. All unexcused absences will be dealt with through the school's disciplinary policy and may result in loss of class credit for the time missed as well as detention, Friday detention and/or suspension.
5. Any student who accumulates five absences from school or a class in a semester, for any reason, will have his/her case reviewed by the assistant principal. The assistant principal may determine that absences are clearly explained and further action is not necessary, or he may refer the case to the Student Attendance Committee.
The School Attendance Committee, composed of the assistant principal, the chair of the student assistance team, a guidance counselor, and at least one of the student's classroom teachers, will:
A. Meet with the student and parents;
B. Discuss and recommend remedial action including possible referral to other school and community resources.
Since class/school attendance is a key to learning, the Student Attendance Committee is authorized to make recommendations to the principal for further action including possible loss of credit for excessive absence.
Individual teachers have attendance guidelines for their classes that are described on the course syllabi.
Students absent from school will not be permitted to participate or practice in any cocurricular event that day.
TARDINESS TO SCHOOL
Accurate records of tardiness to school will be kept. Unexcused tardiness will result in the following action.
A. Students who have been tardy 5 times per semester will be assigned detention. Detention will also be assigned for each additional tardy per semester.
B. Unexcused tardiness to school will result in having detention, or restricted lunch time, or loss of driving privileges if transporting self to school.
C. Excused tardiness is defined under number 3 above.
D. In order to participate in an after school athletic or other co-curricular activity, students must be in school no later than 9:00 on the day of the activity. Exceptions to this rule may be made for unusual circumstances by the principal or assistant principal.
Once a student arrives at school he/she is expected to stay on school grounds until dismissal. This also applies during lunch period.
Any student leaving school before the regular dismissal time must obtain permission from the main office and a parent or guardian. The student must provide the office with a note from a parent or guardian indicating the reason for early departure. This note must be brought to the office before school on the day of the dismissal. Any dismissal which has not been arranged in advance will require approval of the school administration.
Seniors who have permission for early dismissal and leave early are to not return during the remainder of the school day.
Whenever a student is absent from school and the reason does not meet the approved criteria for an excused absence, parents will be notified and Friday detention assigned. Students with unexcused absences will not recieve credit for work missed during that time. Teachers may request, however, that the work be completed and turned in.
CLASS ATTENDANCE POLICY
Students are required to attend all classes and teachers are asked to keep accurate attendance records for all classes. The following procedures are used in matters relating to unexcused absences from a class:
First offense- Parents will be contacted and the student will be assigned detention or a Friday detention.
A student who exhibits a pattern of behavior concerning unexcused absence from class will be held accountable through the schools discipline policy. Unexcused absence from class is a serious misbehavior and will not be tolerated.Back to Top
After any absence from school, a student is expected to make up all missed work. It is the student's responsibility to contact the teacher the day he or she returns to get the missed assignments. If the student fails to make these arrangements upon return to school, no credit will be given for that work. Teachers' office hours are listed on each class syllabus. If a student is absent for one to three days, it is advisable to call a classmate for assignments. If a student is absent for three or more days due to illness, it is advisable to call guidance to obtain homework assignments.
Students are encouraged to use the library to access research materials and information. The librarians are prepared to help you find reference material. The library is not a study hall or social meeting place. Students must be prepared to use the library for research purposes or report writing. Students will be asked to return to their study hall if they are not being productive and library privileges may be restricted.
CARE OF SCHOOL PROPERTY
Students are expected to take proper care of all school property including the building, school grounds, athletic fields, equipment and books. Students are responsible for returning all books, materials, equipment and uniforms issued to them in usable conditions. Students are held financially responsible for any lost or damaged property.
LOST BOOKS AND SUPPLIES
School books and supplies issued to students become the student's responsibility. Students will be charged if school equipment or books are not returned or if they are not in reasonable condition at the close of the year.
Students and their parents are asked not to present gifts to school department employees.
Access to telephones is limited at OHS. Students use of office telephones, therefore, is restricted to calling parents to discuss dismissal from school due to illness. All other calls by students are to be made from the pay phone in the lobby before or after school or during lunch.Back to Top
Members of the senior class are assessed class dues to help pay for the cost of some graduation expenses.
Fund raising by school-sponsored organizations shall be carried out with the approval of the principal. Groups or teams intending to fund raise must complete a fund raising form available from the front office and receive the written approval of the principal. The full fund raising policy is attached to the fund raising form.
School lockers are school property and are assigned to students at the beginning of the school year for the safe keeping of books, clothing and other school supplies. Students are expected to keep their locker locked at all times and to not share their combinations with others. For convenience, students should record their locker combination in a notebook or other safe place.
Students may not bring, possess, or store at school any items or substances which are prohibited by law, School Committee policies, school rules, or that interfere with the operations, discipline, or general welfare of the school.
School officials retain the right to inspect and have access to student lockers. School administrators are authorized to search students and personal property in the student's immediate possession when in their judgment there are reasonable grounds to suspect that a student has violated or is violating school committee policies, school rules, or federal/state laws.
Students are not to take their backpacks into the cafeteria during lunch due to the limited space in the room.
CARE OF PERSONAL ITEMS
The school cannot safeguard the personal belongings of students. Students should not bring valuables and sums of money to school or to school sponsored events. If bringing a valuable item to school is unavoidable, please bring it to the office for safe keeping. P.E. students and athletic participants are required to secure personal valuables in their lockers or to leave them with their teacher or coach
SKATEBOARDS, IN-LINE SKATES AND SCOOTERS
Students who bring skateboards, scooters, or in-line skates to school are expected to keep them in their lockers until the end of the school day when they leave. If they are used during the day, they will be kept by the administration and returned at a later date.Back to Top
STUDENT USE OF THE BUILDING
There are many activities offered at Orono High that students are encouraged to take part in. Students are not to remain in the building at the end of the school day unless they are involved in an organized activity. When it is necessary to wait for a ride after a practice or event, students are expected to remain in the school lobby.
The teachers' room is off limits to students at all times.
Students may not bring guests to school unless they have received administrative permission at least three days in advance of the visit and the guest is considering enrollment at Orono High School. Student visitorÕs arrangements are to be made through the guidance office.
The Orono School Committee recognizes that the responsibility for the dress and appearance of students rests primarily with individual students and their parent(s) or guardian(s). The Committee will not interfere with this responsibility unless the personal choices of students create a disruptive influence on the school program, cause a serious distraction to the learning environment, or affect the health and safety of students. It is also expected that clothes meet a reasonable standard of cleanliness. Students are encouraged to use sound judgment and reflect respect for themselves and others in dress and grooming. In keeping with the goal of the school to provide a safe. healthy, and non-discriminatory environment, the following restrictions on dress will be enforced on school grounds, at school functions or on school sponsored transportation:
A. Articles of clothing which promote the use of tobacco, alcohol, or other illegal activity may not be worn.
B. Articles of clothing with displays that are sexual, vulgar, lewd, indecent, or include insulting words or gestures are not permissible.
C. Articles of clothing with displays that are racially inflammatory or violate the school committeeÕs discrimination or harassment policies are not permissible.
D. Clothing that is destructive of school property (e.g., cleats, pants with metal inserts that scratch furniture) is not permitted.
E. Clothing, footwear, insignia, or accessories that are intended to identify the wearer as a member of a particular gang are prohibited.
F. Clothing worn in such a manner as to reveal underwear or bare skin between the upper chest and mid thigh is not permissible. Clothing not permitted would include, but not be limited to, one-shoulder strap shirts, low-cut tops, spaghetti straps, halters, midriff tops, very short skirts, and muscle shirts.
G. Tattoos that violate any of the provisions of the student dress code must be covered at all times in school and at school sponsored activities.
H. Students must wear shoes (sneakers, sandals, etc.) at all times.
I. Students are not allowed to wear hats inside the building or in the classrooms.
The school administration may require special clothing for health and safety reasons for students participating in physical education, certain extra curricular activities, and specific academic activities.
RADIO, WALKMAN, BEEPER, CELL PHONE, LASER LIGHT
Radios, walkmen, cell phones, head phones, laser lights, and beepers are not to be used during the school day. If such an item is used during the school day, it will be confiscated and returned to the parent upon reassurance that it will not be used at school.Back to Top
HARASSMENT OF STUDENTS
The Orono School Department recognizes the right of all pupils to a learning environment that is free of intimidation, ridicule and offensive statements or behaviors. Discrimination against and harassment of students because of race, color, sex, religion, ancestry or national origin, or disability are prohibited. In addition, in accordance with Orono Town Ordinances, discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation is prohibited. Examples of prohibited harassment include:
1.Unwelcomed sexual advances, gestures, comments or contact
4.Ridicule, slurs, derogatory actions or remarks.
Some of the above acts may also constitute illegal discrimination under state and federal laws.
Students who believe that they are victims of harassment should report such occurrences to a teacher, counselor, or administrator who will in turn report it to the complaint manager, Curriculum Coordinator, Meredith Higgins. The confidentiality of both the complainant and the accused will be respected consistent with the Orono School Department's legal obligations to investigate allegations and to discipline perpetrators when misconduct has occurred. A full copy of the reporting procedures is available from the principal, Mrs. Knox; the assistant principal, Mr. Sinclair; or the guidance director, Mrs. Lechner.
Maine statute defines injurious hazing as "any action or situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health of a student enrolled in a public school."
It is the policy of the Orono School Committee that injurious hazing activities of any type, either on or off school property, by any student, staff member, group or organization affiliated with the Orono schools, are inconsistent with the educational process and shall be prohibited at all times.
No administrator, faculty member, or other employee of the Orono Schools shall encourage, permit, condone, or tolerate injurious hazing activities. No student, including leaders of student organizations, shall plan, encourage, or engage in injurious hazing activities.
Persons not associated with the Orono Schools who fail to abide by this policy may be subject to ejection from school property and/or other measures as may be available under the law.
Administrators, faculty members, students and all other employees who fail to abide by this policy may be subject to disciplinary action which may include suspension, expulsion, or other appropriate measures.Back to Top
BEHAVIOR AT SCHOOL FUNCTIONS AND ASSEMBLIES
Students are expected to behave in an appropriate manner at all school functions. Courtesy, respect and good sportsmanship should guide behavior.
BEHAVIOR ON SCHOOL-SPONSORED TRIPS
Students are subject to Orono High School rules at all times on school-sponsored trips. Any student violating school rules will be subject to disciplinary action upon return to school. All students will follow the chaperones’ instructions. Any student who disregards either school rules or a chaperone’s directive may be sent home at the family’s expense.
FOOD AND DRINK
Teachers may prohibit gum, food and drinks from their classrooms. Selections from a juice machine and snack machine are available before and after school and between classes. Students must arrive at their classes by the time the tone rings. Between Blocks 1 and 2, students may purchase a snack from the food service stand. Students are not to leave class to go to the vending machines or the kitchen.
Bringing a car to school is a privilege that carries with it some important responsibilities. All student cars must be parked in the lot behind the building. OHS registration stickers are required and are issued by the assistant principal, Mr. Ingraham. Once on school property, students are expected to park their cars and enter the building immediately. Cars are off limits during the school day including lunch time. School administrators retain the authority to patrol parking lots. An assigned parking space may be required if a student has had restrictions placed on his/her driving privileges.
Students must drive cautiously and be especially aware of pedestrians. Car privileges will be revoked for reasons of reckless or discourteous driving and violations of the off limits regulation.
If school administrators have a reasonable suspicion that a vehicle, which a student has parked at school, contains evidence that the student has or is violating a federal/state law, or there is a substantial threat to the welfare and safety of the schools, law enforcement authorities will be asked for assistance in compliance with school committee policy.
STUDENTS WHO ARRIVE EARLY
Students arriving at school before 8:00 A.M. are to enter the building by the bus entrance and report to the cafeteria. Students are expected to abide by all bus rules.
If a teacher asks a student to leave a classroom because of inappropriate behavior, the student must report directly to the office. To be reinstated in the class, the student must confer with an administrator and detention will be assigned. Parents will be informed.
If a second referral occurs from the same class, a conference involving student, parent, teacher and administrator may be held.
If a third referral occurs in the same class, the student will be suspended from school until a decision is made regarding the student's continuing in the class.
Honesty is the foundation of a good reputation. If you tell the truth and take full responsibility for your actions, you will be consistently respected as a strong individual. If, on the other hand, you lie and try to avoid responsibility, your weakness will place doubts in the mind of everyone you deal with. It is a harsh fact of life that, once you damage your good reputation, it is hard to regain people's confidence.
A reputation based on honesty is of great importance. Accordingly, the school will do its best to help you protect it. If you should act dishonestly, the school, through disciplinary action and counseling, will work with you to try to repair the damage you have done to your relationships with the community.
All forms of cheating and plagiarism are prohibited. Behavior that is unacceptable includes but is not limited to:
1. copying another student's homework;
2. sorking with others on projects that are meant to be done individually;
3. looking at or copying another student's test or quiz answers;
4. allowing another student to look at or copy answers from your test or quiz;
5. using any other method to get/give test or quiz answers;
6. taking a test or quiz in part or in whole to use or give to others;
7. copying information from a source without proper attribution; and
8. taking papers from other students, publications, or the internet.
Violators of this policy will be disciplined on a case–by–case basis depending upon the seriousness of the violation, prior violations, and other factors. Disciplinary measures include, but are not limited to, redoing assignment/retaking test, receiving a failing grade on a project/test, receiving a lower overall grade in the class, detention, suspension, or expulsion.Back to Top
ELECTRONICS COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK/ACCEPTABLE USE
Orono High School seeks to maximize the use and benefits of the electronic communications network for students and staff while acknowledging the potential risks that exist. The school department promotes a proactive role in informing and educating students and staff on the educational and ethical use of the network.
The Orono School System supports and respects the family's right to deny access. Students and staff are required to adhere to the following rules and responsibilities for computer and network use.
Be polite. Use appropriate language, do not swear. No messages should contain obscene comments or sexually explicit materials. This would include sending, downloading, storing, or printing of such content.
Do not harass anyone via electronic mail. Harassment is a violation of both school policy and law. No hate mail or discriminatory remarks are acceptable.
When using the network, do not reveal personal information such as names, addresses, or phone numbers. Pictures and personal information will not be published to the web unless they meet compliance guidelines.
Electronic mail is not totally private. School personnel who operate the system have access to all mail. Messages relating to illegal, commercial, or money making activities are not acceptable and will be reported to the appropriate authority.
If you have a password, do not give it out to anyone. Do not access or attempt to access any other e-mail account.
If you receive messages that are mean, inappropriate, or make you feel uncomfortable in any way, do not respond to them. Report them immediately to a teacher or an adult of your choice.
Do not copy software or information that is copyrighted. This is against the law.
Vandalism of hardware or software is prohibited. Deliberate attempts to degrade or disrupt the system's performance or attempting to bypass virus protection will be viewed as a violation of school policy and dealt with accordingly.
Use school computers conscientiously; they are intended for educational purposes and are to be shared on an equitable basis. Recreational use for games or recreational Internet chats are inappropriate uses of the school's technology resources and are not allowed. This does not apply to formal chats sponsored and monitored by teachers.
Initiating or perpetuating chain letters is not an acceptable use of school network resources.
Failure to follow these rules may result in loss or restriction of computer privileges in the Orono Schools and/or other appropriate disciplinary action in accordance with school policy.
A complete Acceptable Use policy is available from Mrs. VanArsdale, librarian, and all users are required to sign the Electronic Resources Use Access Agreement before accessing electronic resources.
STUDENT DISTRIBUTION OF LEAFLETS, BROCHURES, OR OTHER WRITTEN FORMS OF EXPRESSION
OHS policy permits students to distribute leaflets, pamphlets, brochures and other written forms of expression on school grounds provided that neither the content nor the means of distribution violates the standards of this policy.
No paper is to be distributed on school grounds unless each copy bears the names of the publishing organization and principal officers and unless a copy of the paper together with notice of where it is to be distributed, and by whom, is furnished to the school principal or designee.
The distributors are to be guided by the following standards:
1. Obscene or libelous material shall not be distributed nor circulated.
2. Material which can be reasonably predicted a substantial disruption or interference with school activities will not be circulated.
3. Material that advocates unlawful conduct will not be circulated or distributed.
Students may engage in the distribution of material in accordance with the following principles:
1. There will be no substantial disruption or interference with or delay of classroom activity or other school functions. Distributions is prohibited whenever the participants are in classes, study halls, or other school duties.
2. There is to be no safety or health hazard or littering of school premises caused by students engaged in the distribution of papers.
3. The rights of students to refuse to accept such papers and materials are to respected.
Violations of these terms will be handled on an individual basis by the administration and could result in disciplinary action including possible suspension and/or expulsion.
STUDENT PRODUCED AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIALS
Students at Orono High School frequently produce videos or Power-Point presentations for classes or co-curricular events. Any such material must bear the names of individuals responsible for the production. The producers and distributors are to be guided by the following standards:
1. Obscene or libelous material shall not be shown nor distributed nor circulated.
2. Material that can be reasonably predicted to cause a substantial disruption or interference with school activities may not be distributed or shown.
3. Material that advocates unlawful conduct may not be shown or distributed.
Violations of these terms will be handled on an individual basis by the administration and could result in disciplinary action including possible suspension and/or expulsion.
The following rules and regulations will be in effect in all study halls:
1. Students scheduled for study hall are to report on time with sufficient materials to work for the entire period.
2. Students are to be seated prior to the tone and work quietly throughout the period
3. Students with pre-signed passes may sign out after attendance is taken.
4. Students, at the discretion of the teacher, may be granted permission to study together. Each teacher has one pass that a student may use to leave the room for a reasonable purpose.
5. Students who violate study hall rules will be assigned detention, temporarily be denied privileges and, if necessary, referred to administration.
6. Library use:
A. When signing out, students are to go directly to the library. If a student leaves the library, she/he is to go directly back to study hall.
B. The library is to be used for quiet research work, report writing, or reading.
C. If a students loses a library privilege, the following will result: First offense- 5 school days loss of library privilege; Second offense-10 school days loss of library privilege and administrative referral.Back to Top
TOBACCO USE OR POSSESSION
The use of tobacco products is prohibited in school buildings, on school property and adjacent town property which is under the supervision of the Orono School Department. This prohibition applies to students, employees, and members of the public. Students in school or at school sponsored activities may not use, possess, sell, buy, or give tobacco products.
First offense tobacco use during school or school related event-three day suspension and student must meet with substance abuse counselor, guidance counselor, or support group as directed by administrator.
Second offense tobacco use-five day suspension and student must meet with substance abuse counselor, guidance counselor, or support group as directed by administrator.
Third offense tobacco use-five day suspension and student must meet with substance abuse counselor, guidance counselor, or support group as directed by administrator. The police will also be notified.
POSSESSION OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS
The following penalties are for any student regardless of age when possession of tobacco products occurs on school property or at school related activities:
First offense possession-three day suspension.
Second offense possession-five day suspension.
Third offense possession-five day suspension. The police will also be notified.
SUBSTANCE USE AND ABUSE BY STUDENTS
The Orono School Department recognizes that the use of chemical substances is a significant health problem for students that often results in negative effects on behavior, learning, and the total development of each individual. While student health problems are primarily the responsibility of the home, the school shares in the responsibility because chemical health problems often are associated with learning and development. As a result, the Orono School Committee is committed to offer a comprehensive chemical health program that addresses both primary and secondary prevention.
1. Primary prevention includes those activities that focus on chemical health education, self-esteem, chemical-free alternatives, decision making and coping skills.
2. Secondary prevention includes early intervention, referral, follow-up and support services, and when necessary, disciplinary action for student’s substance use or abuse problems.
The Orono School Committee recognizes the need to seek a balance between aid to students with substance abuse problems and the protection of other students, property, and the school learning environment. This substance abuse policy includes firm standards and prohibitions. At the same time, students are to be assured that the school will assist them in confronting and overcoming chemical abuse problems.
It is the policy of the Orono School Committee that a student on school property or at a school related activity shall not use, have in possession, buy, sell, or give a beverage containing alcohol (regardless of the quantity); or use, have in possession, buy,sell, or give marijuana or other substance defined by law as a drug or a look-alike drug; or be under the influence of any chemical substance, or possess drug paraphernalia.
INVOLVEMENT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS
School administrators have the discretion to request the assistance of law enforcement authorities in accordance with school committee policy.
WEAPONS IN THE SCHOOL
In an effort to ensure a safe environment for students and employees, all persons are prohibited from the following conduct at all times on school premises, in any school vehicle, or at any school sponsored activity:
A.The possession or use of articles commonly used or designed to inflict bodily harm and/or to intimidate other persons. Examples of such articles include, but are not limited to: firearms, ammunition, explosives, "brass" knuckles, switchblades, butterfly knives, chains, clubs, and Kung Fu "stars."
B.Use of any object as a weapon, although not necessarily designed to be a weapon, to inflict or to threaten bodily harm and/or to intimidate, coerce or harass. Examples of such objects include, but are not limited to: belts, other articles of clothing, combs, pencils, files, compasses, scissors, and replicas of weapons.
Administrators will confiscate any article described in this policy and, if appropriate, submit it to the appropriate local law enforcement agency. As required by the federal Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1994, students who are found to have brought a firearm to school shall be expelled by the school board for a period of not less than one year and referred to the appropriate local law enforcement agency.
SEARCHES OF STUDENTS AND PERSONAL PROPERTY IN STUDENTS’ IMMEDIATE POSSESSION
Student use of all school storage facilities, including but not limited to lockers, desks, and parking lots, is a privilege granted by the school. All storage facilities are school property and remain under the control and supervision of the school. School administrators have the authority to inspect and search storage facilities and their contents on a random basis, with or without reasonable suspicion, and without notice or consent.
If a search produces evidence that a student has violated or is violating the law, School Committee policies or school rules, the evidence may be seized and impounded by school administrators and appropriate disciplinary action may be taken. Evidence may be forwarded to law enforcement authorities as required by law or as deemed appropriate by school administrators.
School administrators are authorized to search the students and personal property in the students' immediate possessions when, in their judgment, there are reasonable grounds to suspect that a student has violated or is violating the School Committee Policies, school rules, or federal/state laws.
Searches which disclose evidence that a student has violated school committee policies or school rules will be addressed through school disciplinary procedures. Evidence of violation of federal/state laws may result in school disciplinary action and will be forwarded to law enforcement authorities for possible investigation/prosecution.Back to Top