Staff Handbook - Table of Contents
Activities in other schools
B Board of Education Meetings
C Care of School Property
(Unacceptable) Clothing in classrooms or learning areas
Code of student conduct
Courses/Curriculum, Developing New
D Detentions for Students
Dismissal of classes
E Employment, staff/coaches/student
F Use of school facilities
Fire drills and evacuations
G Grade changes
Grade point average and tie-breaker
H Hall monitors
Human growth and development
L Late start of school
Leaves of absence- Teachers
Leaving school during the day
Liability for school accidents
M Mailings and/or postage
P Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences
Posting student grades and information
Public relations- a teacher’s responsibility
R Roll call in classes and study halls
S School Closings
Sexual harassment, intimidation, abuse
Staff attendance at meetings
Staff supervision of hallways
Staff vehicle parking
Student evaluation (midterm) reports
Study hall pass procedures
Syllabus for courses
T Tardy students
Tornado drills and evacuation
V Vandalism, reporting
Video/TV, use of in classrooms
Voice mail, staff
W Weapons, reporting student possession
or threat of
Weekly staff bulletins
This handbook, for all staff and substitute teachers employed at Waupaca High School, is designed to be your guide to help answer common questions and to guide your conduct and behavior in common and routine business conducted in this building. It is designed to be straightforward and informative. If you have questions after reading this handbook, please see the principal.
The importance of being in school every day cannot be overstated. There is an old adage that goes "Your worst day here is better for students than having a substitute teacher." This is not to take anything away from our substitute teachers who do a great job, however only you can enhance a consistent environment of learning in your classroom.
We will follow this procedure for teacher absences:
- 1 If you cannot report to work, you must call Waupaca Middle School Office, 258-4140 ext. 7713 (Karen), between 6:00 and 6:45am. You must state your reason for your absence.
- When you return to school, complete the online absence information in Skyward ERMA found on the District Office website under Staff Resources.
- Teachers planning to be absent for reasons other than illness should clear the absence in advance with Mr. Becker.
- Advance notice absences require you to fill out the online absence information in
Skyward ERMA found on the District Office website under Staff Resources.
- Emergency absences during the school day will be taken care of by your principal. Call 1100 (Joy) to arrange a sub. (Call 1103-Julie , if no answer from Joy.)
- When you return to school complete the online absence information in Skyward ERMA found on the District Office website under Staff Resources.
- If you need to be gone a second day, call the middle and high school offices so the same substitute can be hired for the next day (if possible).
**Please have sub plans available in your room for advance notice absences, or leave them in the main office. If needed (illness/emergency), email copies of plans to Joy and Julie to print for the substitute. Call the High School office, 258-4131 ext. 1100, and leave a message with any other sub-related instructions/comments if needed.
ACTIVITIES IN OTHER SCHOOLS
When hosting or conducting activities in any of the School District of Waupaca's schools, please have the courtesy to ask the principal of that building if you may conduct these activities. Most activities that are wholesome, educational, and in the best interests of students will be approved when requested in an appropriate manner.
Students who are going to be absent from school must have their parents or legal guardian telephone Waupaca High School to give the reason for the absence.
Students who become ill during the school day and want to go home must go to the nurse’s office to sign out properly. The school will contact the parents before students will be permitted to leave. If a student goes home without signing out and before the office receives parental permission, the absence will not be excused. Do not allow students to use your classroom phones. Students should be sent to the nurse’s office if they are not feeling well.
Teachers will report student absences on an hourly basis using any networked computer in the high school on the Infinite Campus Attendance Program. This current attendance information is used on a daily basis as part of our student management practices. Attendance must be taken at the beginning of each hour. This is a requirement for all teachers.
BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETINGS
The seven member Board of Education for the School District of Waupaca holds a monthly meeting, generally the second Tuesday of each month, beginning at 5:45pm, in the business office building.
Board committee meetings are scheduled on an "as needed" basis, with meeting agendas, times, and locations posted in each building of the school district.
CARE OF SCHOOL PROPERTY
Students are responsible for the proper care of all books, supplies, and furniture provided by the school. Students who disfigure property, and/or deliberately damage school property will be required to pay for the damage. (see also: Vandalism-Reporting) Staff members will also be held to the same standard for damaged property.
With good supervision, periodic, classroom parties are acceptable.
The classroom is largely an individual teacher's responsibility, in so far as routines are concerned. However, there are some items that serve as guides for maintaining an orderly classroom:
1. All students are to be in their assigned rooms by the time the bell rings.
2. Teachers are to be with students assigned to them at all times. Teachers
are to accompany them through the halls if they move as a group to another
location in the school.
3. Teachers shall take attendance each hour. Do not assign this duty to a student.
4. Dismiss your classes on time. You, not the bell, will dismiss your class.
5. Do not make rules you cannot back-up or enforce.
6. See that the room is left in order for the next teacher who will use it, or at the close of
7. Please keep your classroom locked at all times. Be sure the door to your classroom is
locked at the end of the day.
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- Keep a sharp outlook to detect students who may be marking, cutting, or
destroying desks, chairs, textbooks, or learning materials. Practice Proximity
(UNACCEPTABLE) CLOTHING IN CLASSROOMS OR LEARNING AREAS
Teachers are to call students' attention to inappropriate items. Send students to the attendance office if in violation of the following dress code.
We take pride in the appearance of our students. All students are expected to dress and groom themselves neatly in clothing that is suitable for school activities. All shorts and skirts must be mid-thigh or longer (finger-tip length); all straps for tops will be a minimum of 2 inches; undergarments should be not be showing; no hats or hoods up allowed; no bulky jackets during class; no clothing with alcohol/tobacco/drug/sexual references or inappropriate slogans allowed; shoes must be worn at all times in the building; large chains, jewelry with sharp objects, etc. are not allowed to be worn in the school.
Remember, this is a place of education. It is the responsibility of the school to prohibit students from attending school when their personal appearance or attire is of a nature that interferes with the instructional purpose of the school or attracts undue attention that is detrimental to the normal operation of the school. See School Board Policy 443.1-011293, City/Town Ordinance. 9.06 #14-90; AM Ord. #17-97; 9.07 #12-96.
SCHOOL DISTRICT OF WAUPACA
WAUPACA HIGH SCHOOL AND
THE WAUPACA ALTERNATIVE HIGH SCHOOL
CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT
STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLE
The School District of Waupaca is committed to providing a healthy and safe environment where all students can learn and grow. Students of Waupaca High School have the right to an environment that is free of violence and promotes an educational framework where each student can reach his/her potential.
The School District of Waupaca has a legal obligation to make its schools as free as possible of the dangers of violence, weapons, drugs, and other behavior harmful to the educational environment. This duty is met through the District's policy on suspension and expulsion, which provides procedures by which students may be removed from the school community either temporarily, or in the case of certain expulsions, permanently. (District Codes: 443-446.R3)
Student behavior that is dangerous, disruptive, unruly, or interferes with the teacher's ability to teach effectively will not be tolerated. Any student who engages in such behavior may be subject to removal from class and placement as outlined below.
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Student Classroom Behavior
Students are expected to come to class ready to learn. Their behavior should be responsible, respectful, and honest. They should report to class on time, with the appropriate materials, and prepared to take a meaningful part in classroom instruction.
What are the grounds for disciplinary removal from class?
A teacher may remove a student from the classroom for any behavior that violates the District's policies regarding suspension or expulsion, or violates the behavior rules and expectations set forth in the student handbook.
Some examples of inappropriate behaviors include:
- Possession or use of a weapon or other item that might cause harm to persons in the classroom.
- Being under the influence of alcohol or other controlled substances, or otherwise in violation of the district drug and alcohol policies.
- Dangerous, disruptive or unruly behavior or behavior that interferes with the ability of the teacher to teach effectively.
- Wearing clothing, jewelry, and/or adornments that could cause injury or disruption, or that promotes or advertises cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, or inappropriate sexual acronyms, symbols, messages, and/or innuendo
- Intimidating, hostile, or offensive behavior.
- Disruption caused by gang or group symbols, gestures, or posturing.
- Inappropriate physical contact intended or likely to hurt, distract, or annoy others such as, but not limited to, hitting, biting, pushing, shoving, poking, pinching, or grabbing.
- Inappropriate verbal comments intended or likely to upset, distract, or annoy others, such as name calling, teasing or baiting.
- Repeated classroom interruptions or refusing to follow directions.
- Throwing objects in the classroom.
- Excessive or disruptive talking.
- Behavior that causes students or staff to fear physical harm.
- Physical confrontations or verbal/physical threats.
- Inciting other students to act inappropriately or to disobey the teacher or school or class rules, including inciting others to walk out.
- Behavior that may constitute sexual or other harassment.
- Willful damage or destruction of another student's or school property.
- Defiance of authority.
- Repeatedly reporting to class without bringing necessary materials to participate in class activities.
- Repeated use of profanity.
- Any other behavior that interferes with another student's work or ability to learn.
Removal is a serious measure and should not be imposed in an arbitrary, casual or inconsistent manner. Behavioral expectations are always more constructive and more likely to be followed when terms are communicated clearly to all students and staff. However, it is neither possible nor necessary to specify every type of improper or inappropriate behavior, or every inappropriate
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circumstance that would justify removal under this Code. A teacher's primary responsibility is to maintain an appropriate educational environment for the class as a whole. Therefore, notwithstanding the provisions of the Code, in every circumstance the teacher should be consistent and exercise his or her best judgment in deciding whether it is appropriate to remove a student temporarily from class. When a teacher removes a student from class they must contact the parents within 24 hours to explain why.
In ordinary circumstances and in practical terms, a teacher's decision to remove a student temporarily from class will stand. However, there may be circumstances when the building administrator may, after consulting with the teacher and exercising his or her discretion, return the student to the classroom.
What are the non-disciplinary reasons for removal of a student from class?
In some cases a teacher may believe that a student should be removed from class for the good of the student and in the best interests of the class as a whole. Such reasons may, but need not, be disciplinary in nature, and include for the purposes of illustration and without limitation, irreconcilable personality differences or issues between the student and other students, or in rare circumstances, between the student and the teacher.
Who may remove a student from class?
A teacher may temporarily remove any student from class under this Code. For the purposes of this Code, "student" means any student enrolled in the District, exchange student, or student visitor to the District Schools.
Any student may be removed on a long-term basis from a class, based upon the request of a teacher, as upheld and implemented at the discretion of the building principal or assistant principal.
For the purposes of this Code, "class" is any class, study hall, meeting, or activity, which students attend, or in which they participate while in or out of school under the direction of the School District of Waupaca.
What procedures must be followed in temporarily removing a student from class?
Except where behavior is extreme, a teacher should generally warn a student that the continued misbehavior might lead to removal from class. When a teacher determines that the removal is appropriate, the teacher should take one of the following courses of action:
- instruct the student to go to the attendance office for the remainder of the class hour. In such a case, the teacher should sign the student's agenda book stating his/her destination and time he/she left the classroom or notify the attendance office by telephone.
- obtain coverage for the class and escort the student to the attendance office.
- seek assistance from the office or other available staff. When the assistance arrives, the teacher or other adult should accompany the student to the attendance office.
When the student arrives in the attendance office, the building principal or assistant principal should give the student an opportunity to briefly explain the situation. If the building
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administrator or designee is not available immediately upon the student's arrival, the student should remain in the office, and the administrator or the designee will speak to the student as soon as practicable thereafter. The administrator may refer the student to a guidance counselor or resource teacher such as At-Risk or an EEN teacher to assist with the mediation of the concern or incident.
Within twenty-four (24) hours or one business day of the removal the teacher will submit to the building administrator(s) a short and concise written explanation of the basis for the removal. Remember you must contact the parents as well within 24 hrs. Use google discipline form.
WHAT ARE THE PLACEMENT PROCEDURES?
Removal is a serious matter and should not be taken lightly by either the teacher or the student. In most cases, a student will remain in the short-term removal area for at least the duration of the class or activity from which he/she was removed. Prior to allowing the student to resume his/her normal schedule, the building principal will speak to the student to determine whether the student is, or appears to be, ready and able to return to class without a recurrence of the behavior for which the student was removed. In the event it is not deemed appropriate to return the student to the regular class, the principal will either retain the student in a time-out room, success center, at-risk resource room, or EEN room or when necessary, appropriate, and practicable, and will take steps to have the student sent home.
Long-term removal from class is an extremely serious step, which should not be undertaken hastily or for less than compelling reasons. Such a step could have profound consequences for the affected student and could affect meeting academic graduation requirements. For these reasons, long-term removal should not ordinarily be considered or implemented except after a STAR (Student at Risk) referral and consultation, including a thorough consideration of alternatives between the teacher(s) and the building principal. For the same reasons, long-term removal should not ordinarily be considered on the basis of a single incident. Unlike short-term removal, the ultimate decision regarding long-term removal rests with the principal or assistant principal.
When a teacher believes that the best interests of the student and/or class require long-term removal, the teacher should notify the principal in writing. Such statements should set forth as clearly and completely as possible (a) the basis for the removal request; (b) the alternatives, approaches and other steps considered or taken to avoid the need for the removal; (c) the impact, positive and negative, on the removed student; and (d) the impact, positive and negative, on the rest of the class.
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Upon receipt of such a statement, the principal or assistant principal may, in his/her discretion,
consult with the teacher and affected student. In most cases, it is appropriate to inform and consult with the parent/guardian of the student, and the student involved in the request for long-term removal.
Following a consultation with the student's teachers, the building principal or assistant principal will place a student who has been removed from class by a teacher in one of the following alternative education settings:
- an alternative education program approved by the Waupaca Board of Education
- another class in the school
- another instructional setting
- a supervised room separate from the classroom
- the class from which the student was removed.
In any event, a student in a long-term removal must continue to receive an educational program and services comparable to, though not necessarily identical with, those of the class from which he/she was removed until a decision has been made in an expulsion hearing if expulsion is recommended. Such program need not be in the precise academic subject of the student's former class.
Long-term removal is an administrative decision not subject to formal right of appeal. However, the parent/guardian of the student, and/or the student, will have the right to meet with the principal or assistant principal and/or teacher(s) who made the request for removal. Where possible, such a meeting will take place within three (3) school days of removal. At the meeting,
the principal or assistant principal will inform the parent/guardian and/or student as fully as possible regarding the basis for removal, the alternatives available, and the basis for any decision. However, nothing in this Code will prevent the building principal or assistant principal from implementing a removal to another class, placement in an alternative setting prior to any meeting, and notwithstanding the objection of the parent/guardian or student.
How will the parent/guardian be notified of their child's removal from the classroom?
The teacher of a student, who is removed from class, will telephone the parents and send a letter home to the parent/guardian detailing the incident that lead to the student's removal from class, within twenty-four (24) hours after the student's removal from class. The telephone discussion and letter will include the reasons for the student's removal from the class and the subsequent placement decision. The building principal or assistant principal will also be informed of the incident within twenty-four (24) hours.
To what extent is removal applicable to students identified as disabled under IDEA or section 504?
Some different rules and considerations apply for students identified as requiring special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or Section 504. In particular, placement for such students is a decision of the student's Individual Education Plan team, subject to stringent procedural safeguards and cannot be made unilaterally by teachers or administration. In addition, most students covered by the IDEA should have a behavior plan, which will address (a) whether and to what extent the student should be expected to conform to the behavioral requirements applicable to non-disabled students; and (b) alternative
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consequences or procedures for addressing behavioral issues. It is highly advisable that all IEP teams address these issues, and this Code, at least annually, setting forth the consensus of the IEP team regarding behavioral expectations and consequences.
Notwithstanding these issues, students identified as requiring special education services under the IDEA or Section 504 may, in general, be temporarily removed from class under the same terms and conditions as non-disabled students.
If a staff member receives a letter, phone call or e-mail, your response should be no later than 24 hours.
COURSES/CURRICULUM, DEVELOPING NEW
The School District of Waupaca encourages staff to frequently review and revise curricula and course offerings on a recommended schedule. Staff shall be compensated for curriculum work in accordance with the master agreement.
When staff proposes new courses the following items should be taken into consideration:
1. New courses should be proposed no later than December 1st. This will allow time for discussion on planning, budgeting, staffing and scheduling the new course.
2. All new courses shall be approved by the board of education.
3. A course impact study shall be completed to determine what impact a new
course will have on current courses being offered.
DETENTIONS FOR STUDENTS
Teachers are encouraged to use a detention system for students who have been tardy or have unexcused absences. These detentions may not be completed or served during school hours, except you may have a student on detention over the student's lunch hour. Some disciplinary measure should occur that will deter students from being tardy or having unexcused absences.
You may not substitute a detention or other disciplinary action for your personal gain. Having students mow your lawn, move your household furniture or other similar student actions are not appropriate substitutes for student discipline.
DISMISSAL OF CLASSES
Staff members may not dismiss classes prior to the sound of the tone or bell. Students are to be kept in your classrooms, or instructional areas, away from the door, until the dismissal tone sounds. Unless staff are given instructions for students with disabilities or handicaps, no student may be in the halls fifteen (15) minutes prior to the tone sounding.
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Research indicates a strong correlation between respect for authority and the manner in which a person is dressed. Companies and businesses encourage their employees who meet the public to dress in a professional manner. Employees in public education should have equally high standards.
Staff members working in a typical classroom environment are encouraged to dress in a professional manner. Men are encouraged to wear dress shirts, ties, sweaters, and non-jean
trousers. Women are encouraged to wear dresses, non-jean trousers, blouses, and/or sweaters.
Staff members working in non-traditional environments (physical education, Technical Education, Art, etc.) are encouraged to dress in a manner that provides for their safety while maintaining a professional decorum.
Unless school programs (homecoming, winterfest, etc.) identify dress-down days, employees are reminded not to wear shorts, cut-offs, extremely worn sweatshirts or clothing that detracts from the respect you may be trying to command. Inappropriately dressed employees will be encouraged to be more considerate of their appearance.
All staff are required to wear their ID badges, with their pictures on it, while at school.
Anyone employed by the School District of Waupaca must complete an employment application, undergo a criminal records check, meet with the business office personnel to determine other employment requirements, proper tax and withholding information, and be approved by the Board of Education. Until all of these procedures are completed, the potential employee is not properly employed and shall not work with students.
FACILITIES, USE OF SCHOOL
The facilities, supplies, equipment, and materials, are provided for student use, by the entire community of Waupaca and the State of Wisconsin. As an employee of the School District of Waupaca, you are a supervisor and caretaker of these facilities and are charged with the responsibility to use them under specific rules and conditions.
You are encouraged to use the facilities for the advancement of student knowledge and learning. Certain rules of scheduling facilities or equipment may apply and you should always check with one of the principals to determine the correct procedures to follow when using the facilities with students.
If you wish to use these facilities, for personal use, you must request, through the principal's approval, the proper forms and conditions for use. Under no circumstances should you take home, without approval, any equipment, supplies, or materials, without first receiving written approval. See policies 742.1 and 742.1-R1.
You are also responsible for building security. (See "Security" later in this booklet.)
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Attendance at all scheduled faculty meetings is required, by definition through the master agreement, unless other arrangements have been made with the principal in advance. Communications will also be made to the staff via the weekly bulletin. All faculty meetings will begin on the scheduled time, so please provide reminders to you concerning these meetings. The 1st and 3rd Wednesday’s of the month will be reserved for staff meeting. All staff are expected to be at the 3:15 pm meeting unless other arrangements with an administrator have been made.
Students who are doing unsatisfactory work should not receive passing grades for the grading term. However, before a student is given a failing quarter/semester grade these conditions must be met:
- The teacher must arrange for a parent/student/teacher conference to discuss ways in which the student may pass the course.
- At least one student evaluation report (student progress report) must be sent home to parents during that grading term.
- The teacher shall consult with a guidance counselor to determine if there are any circumstances surrounding the student and his/her achievement.
- The student cannot fail a course based solely on absences and/or tardiness.
FIRE DRILLS AND EVACUATION
When the alarm sounds for a fire drill or an actual fire, follow the route posted in your classroom or area and proceed in an orderly manner. Do not take books, coats, or other personal belongings. Close your classroom door. Once outside of the building, instruct students to move away from the building and not block streets or areas that would hinder fire equipment from moving in an efficient manner. Do not re-enter the building until told to do so.
Since fire abatement equipment and the water reserve is located on the King Road side of the building, fire drills and evacuations from the building will evacuate primarily to the south, east and west sides of the building. In the event you evacuate to the King Road side, escort students to those sides of the building.
Each department is given school district budget support to provide most learning materials for students. Occasionally additional support is required and students may be asked to purchase and provide their own materials. Fundraisers should not be used to purchase instructional supplies.
Student fundraisers should not be used to purchase classroom instructional materials.
If you are organizing a student fundraiser, you are directed not to use classroom time to set it up. This should be done outside of school hours.
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GRADE POINT AVERAGE AND TIE-BREAKER PROCEDURE
Students' class rank will be determined by grade point average. Instances may occur where students are tied in grade point average. The following tie-breaking criteria, in order, will be used to break ties:
1. Student's commitment to attend college/technical school in the State
2. Highest composite score on the ACT test
3. Highest selection index percentile score on the PSAT test
4. Greatest number of credits earned in grade 9 through the first semester
of grade 12.
5. Vote of the entire faculty, by simple majority.
6. In the event of a tie vote, the principal shall cast tie-breaking vote.
Grade changes are allowed up to two weeks from the time a teacher turns in grades each quarter, by using the grade change form. If a teacher needs to go beyond the allowed time, documentation as to the reason(s) needs to be turned in to their principal.
Specific teachers and their respective locations have been assigned as hall monitors each hour. Teachers are expected to report to these areas at the beginning of each hour and are expected to monitor the halls in their general locations, monitor the restrooms in that area, and randomly ask to see passes from those students in the area. Class Hr # A=English area, B=Tech hall; C=Upper level; D=Commons/Main St; E=FACE/PE corner. Hall Monitors are allowed to walk the halls (roam) as well.
Request students to move quietly and quickly to their destinations. Students without passes should be escorted to their class.
The school nurse or health room aide is available at all times in the nurse's office. When sending students to the nurse's office, it is prudent to have another student accompany them to make sure they arrive safely and on a timely basis. If you believe a student is under the influence of drugs or alcohol notify the nurse’s office or administration or guidance. If you hear a student speak about harming themselves notify the nurse’s office or administration or guidance. Remember you are a mandatory reporter.
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HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
Board policy number 341.41 is specific about the requirements for student and parent notification about human growth and development topics. Students, who find topics of this nature offensive, against their religious beliefs, and/or unacceptable, should always have the option to do an alternative assignment, of the same depth and length without loss of grade points or credit.
LATE START OF SCHOOL
When inclement weather requires school to begin at a later time, a bell schedule will be designed so all classes will meet on that day. Teachers can expect a revised bell schedule in their email when they arrive at school.
Staff in-services using the late start have been identified through negotiations. Bell schedules will be designed so that all classes will meet on an even basis.
LEAVES OF ABSENCE - TEACHERS
The School District of Waupaca and the Waupaca Teachers Association have negotiated staff
absence procedures for many types of leaves. It is very important for you to clear all leaves of absence with the principal. Please refer to Article VII, Teacher Absences, in your master agreement for the specific language that must be followed.
LEAVING SCHOOL DURING THE DAY
All staff are expected to sign out when they leave the school building during school hours. There will be a sign out sheet in the main office. Upon return staff is expected to sign back in.
LIABILITY FOR SCHOOL ACCIDENTS
The prevention of school accidents is not only the teacher's ethical responsibility, but to a larger extent their legal obligation. Use reasonable and prudent judgment and care to prevent student and staff accidents. An understanding of potential liability for student casualties can help avoid court or legal action. An accident form must be completed in the office, as soon after an accident occurs as possible.
LESSON PLANS (for substitute teachers)
The copy the teacher retains should be kept in a sub folder kept in your desk. Your sub folder should contain the following:
1. A list of daily routines which a substitute can follow
2. A seating chart for each of your classes and study halls
3. A daily time schedule of classes
4. Attendance information and forms
5. Two lesson plans to assist the substitute teacher to keep students
- Class assignments or enrichment activities for each period.
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MAILINGS AND/OR POSTAGE
Use of school stationary, envelopes, and the district mail service should be limited to only pertinent information about school activities and/or instructional progress. Personal correspondence, fund raisers, and other related activities are not authorized to use school stationary, envelopes, or the district mail service. If you have a question about the appropriateness of using these materials please ask one of the principals. (See bulk mail information in teacher handbook) Personal mail with a stamp should not be dropped in the school mailing slot.
The building custodians are directly responsible for building maintenance. All requests for custodial assistance should be directed to them via using their mailbox. The formal request for assistance should be made on the WORK REQUEST FORM, which can be found online. Any dangerous condition in the building should be immediately called to the custodian's attention
using the telephone in your room by calling the office secretaries and asking them to inform the custodian on duty to report to your room or area. Please keep your room or area in top condition by informing the custodians immediately of any problems or concerns.
Parent/teacher/student conferences are regularly scheduled throughout the school year. Waupaca High School generally has a mid-first quarter conference date to allow you to share vital academic and satisfactory student progress information with parents while there is still time to correct any deficiencies. In addition, conferences are scheduled upon completion of first quarter and again mid-third quarter.
It is advised to use a student portfolio system to assemble academic information, actual samples of the students' work and other pertinent information. Keep your Infinite Campus grade book updated at all times.
We should always present a positive attitude and willingness to help and support the student and parents. Encourage the parents to call you at any time to exchange information and let the parent know you are genuinely concerned.
All teachers are to be in attendance for all Parent/Teacher/Student conferences. Teachers are expected to be on time for all conferences.
POSTING STUDENT GRADES AND INFORMATION
Never post students' grades with their names that other students can easily use to determine the identity of the student. Work out a system of codes that you may use when posting student
grades. Some examples might be the last four digits of the student's telephone number, the student's textbook number from your class, or another number or name the student is comfortable with. Remember that students are sensitive about wanting to know their grades or scores, and they are equally as sensitive about other students finding out that information.
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PUBLIC RELATIONS-A TEACHER'S RESPONSIBILITY
Simply stated, it is every staff member's responsibility to create positive public relations with students, parents, community and business personnel, and the general public. Many times we will receive a telephone call or have a parent or visitor drop-in to see us at our most inconvenient time, and although our schedule is hectic, we must present our most positive personality. When calling or taking calls from parents or community members, always ask, "How may I help you?" Always be considerate and if you do not have time to talk at that time, ask if you may call them back or ask if they could wait a few minutes until you can get things under control. No matter what the situation, never show an angry side. Be patient, caring, and understanding when dealing with the parents, students, and public.
PURCHASING CLASSROOM/INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS
Any item, whether supplies or equipment, for which the school pays, must be ordered through the office, by submitting a completed purchase order form (online requisition).
Purchases done without a purchase order may not be paid by the district.
Any bill presented to the office for payment from a club or organization funds must be endorsed in writing by the club or organization advisor.
Purchase order forms shall be used for every item, maintenance, or service to be purchased. Teachers are expressly prohibited from obligating the district financially in any way. No payment will be made or obligation assumed by the school district for any purchase or service charge incurred by any teacher unless an approved purchase order is sent to the vendor or service person by the business manager. Only those invoices bearing the purchase order number from an authorized signed purchase order will be honored for payment. Confirming purchase orders will be permitted only in extreme emergency circumstances. In such situations, the teacher must secure a purchase order number and verbal permission from the business manager prior to placing the order by telephone. Teachers shall not use school or school district addresses for purchase of items to be paid by the teacher.
ROLL CALL IN CLASSES AND STUDY HALLS
Each classroom teacher is obligated by school regulations and good common sense to keep a daily attendance log of attendance by students in his/her classes. Any teacher not completing accurate attendance records may be considered negligent in carrying out his/her school duties and responsibilities. Do not assume that a student has dropped from your class or study hall because s/he has not attended, or because s/he or another student
told you s/he had dropped. Continue marking him/her absent until you have verified the student's status, or you have been notified by student services.
If a student is not attending your class or study hall, check with the guidance counselors to determine the student's status. It is your responsibility to follow-up on non-attending students.
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Information on school closings, due to inclement weather, emergencies, and/or other reasons shall be made available to staff, students, and the public on WDUX radio or on one of the area news channel stations usually by 6:00 am or shortly after.
Each teacher shall be in his/her instructional area by 7:30am each morning, unless other wise assigned, to be available to help students and supervise the general area. The official school day is 7:30am-3:30pm.
School discipline is every adult's responsibility. One person cannot do this job alone. Infractions of rules and regulations should be called to the attention of the student at the time the incident happens. If everyone is alert to his/her responsibilities, a pattern is set and many infractions can be avoided or stopped at the early stages.
Cases that cannot be handled by the teacher should be reported to the administration and they will be handled from that office. This does not excuse you from being part of the solution. In most instances, you will be asked to come to the administrator's office as the incident is reviewed with the student.
Under no circumstances, should you threaten or swear at the student in any incident.
The only times you are permitted to use physical force is to protect yourself and/or another student from injury.
Under no circumstances are you to inform the student after a discipline incident that the student is banned from your classroom. You will be consulted and that decision will be made in the administrative or guidance offices. Rule of thumb: "Don't make promises you cannot keep."
If a student will not leave your classroom at your request, send another student to the office to get an administrator or use your classroom telephone to call the office. (It would be best to call one of the secretaries and they will relay the information to the appropriate administrator.) The student will be removed by one of the principals. DO NOT CALL the police liaison officer in these matters.
There are always at least three stories concerning a classroom discipline incident. There is the student's version, the teacher's version, and what actually occurred. It is important to note, that sometimes we as teachers and adults, force students into discipline problems by not leaving them with many good options. In nearly every case, as the teacher and adult in the classroom, you can see negative student behaviors or potential incidents developing and it is up to you to change your course of direction to avoid unnecessary student disruptions or confrontations. (Practice Proximity Control)
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Some discipline guides and practices that are recommended:
- Discuss the incident with the student and document what happened and what was done.
- Deprive the student of some privilege. (example: no passes.)
- Inform the parent or guardian and discuss possible ways of correction (phone conversation, note, or parent conference). Also inform the parent you will be discussing this matter with an administrator. Be sure you keep a record of what solution was mutually identified and what alternative will be utilized if this problem or concern is not corrected. Examples:
- Detention-inform parents at least one day in advance.
- Parent-teacher-student-administrator conferences.
- Despite what students say, they do not like to have their parents called about their negative classroom performance and behavior. Although we should respect this, we can also use this powerful motivating tool to help the student grow, learn, and behave in a more positive manner.
There are times when students and teachers need a time-out from each other. It is the teacher's decision whether to follow-up with a discipline referral to an administrator or if just a cooling off will correct the situation. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD A STUDENT BE DISMISSED FROM YOUR CLASSROOM OR AREA AND ALLOWED TO ROAM THE HALLS. ALWAYS SEND THE STUDENT TO THE OFFICE AND KEEP DOCUMENTATION ON EACH INCIDENT.
Unless there is an emergency, do not leave your classroom unattended. If necessary have a neighboring teacher cover your class until you return.
When in your room lock the door, when leaving your classroom for an extended period of time, please lock your room. Question all students who appear to be in unauthorized areas.
Your photo ID card gives you access to enter the building. The code contained on the card authorizes you to enter the building during specific days and times. Each time you attempt entry to the building, a computer records your attempts with a date and time stamp. Staff who attempt entry when not authorized may have disciplinary action taken against them.
For building security purposes, all staff are not authorized unlimited entry into the building.
The security cameras and motion detectors are armed when students and staff are not normally in the building. They are automatically armed each night and disarmed before staff arrives on scheduled school days. At all other times, electronic surveillance will record movement throughout the building and grounds.
High school administration, district administration, Waupaca Police Department, and the Waupaca Sheriff’s Department all have access to view the cameras twenty-four hours a day from any location.
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With the physical location of this building, we will attempt to provide maximum security while still allowing reasonable access for staff to work in this building.
It is imperative that all items of any value be locked and secured in the classroom or area when not in use. Staff must readily understand that it is hard to justify replacement of items from an area which is supposedly secure and where there is no evidence of a forced entry. Please be sure that your room or area is locked when you leave it unsupervised for periods of time, especially over lunch, prep periods, and/or when you leave in the afternoon or evening. The custodians will unlock the room for cleaning, but you should find it locked and secure when you arrive in the morning.
Staff may use one of two main entrances to this building. Those are the main and student entrances to the building from the Highway 22 side and the King Road side. Entry doors 1 and 14
Teachers are encouraged to have some type of semester evaluation to assess students' achievement. Historically, teachers devised comprehensive tests that were intended to assess students' overall achievement for the semester. However, with the current research relating to student learning styles and how each retains information, this tradition is no longer acceptable or appropriate.
Teachers are encouraged to devise a performance process at the end of each semester that allows students to use the information that was presented during the semester and apply the knowledge they have acquired, in the form of exhibits. These exhibits may be research or study projects, cooperative learning projects, presentations, and/or some other means to demonstrate mastery.
The total grade value of these exhibits shall not exceed that of 20% of the student's grade.
That is, a student should not be rewarded or penalized greater than 20% of the numerical value of the grade the student earned from each of the preceding quarters during that semester.
SEXUAL HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION, ABUSE
All staff should familiarize themselves with the Board of Education policy 113 and 113.R1, on sexual harassment, intimidation, and abuse. There are specific guidelines to follow if you believe you have been sexually harassed, intimidated, and/or abused. There are also guidelines to follow for filing grievances about these topics.
Staff are also reminded not to place themselves in compromising situations with students, parents, other persons regarding these topics. When meeting with an individual student, be conspicuous about the meeting location, the discussion about the student's concerns and the comments you make to the student. Never discuss items of a sexual nature with a student alone.
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You are encouraged to use community resource people in your coursework. Here are some guidelines to follow when having a guest speaker:
- Contact the person well in advance of the date you will be utilizing him/her. As a courteous reminder, be sure to follow-up a day or so before the date of the presentation.
- Inform the speaker of any guidelines s/he should follow. This would include class times, age of the students to whom s/he will be presenting, level of background information the students already have, and the level of appropriate language that shall be used. Be sure the utilization of a guest speaker's topic fits into our current board approved curricula in your area.
- Speaking on controversial, and/or unacceptable or highly volatile topics is not acceptable, also attempting to promote profit for personal business.
- Notify the front office when you have a speaker or guest so we can send a formal thank you for their time and expertise.
STAFF ATTENDANCE AT MEETINGS
All staff, unless excused for medical or emergency reasons, shall attend, for the duration, all scheduled meetings. Staff participation, input, evaluation is imperative to the successful disposition of student, staff, or school concerns. This directive includes STAR, M-Team, faculty, department, and/or other student/parent/teacher/administrator meetings which have been scheduled. (Refer to the master agreement)
STAFF SUPERVISION OF HALLWAYS
Please step into the hallways when classes are passing. Encourage students to:
1. Keep the corridors open to traffic by walking to the right.
2. Pass to classes quietly and orderly.
3. Pickup their trash and place in the containers provided.
- Be in their classrooms before the second bell rings.
STAFF VEHICLE PARKING
All staff are expected to enter the parking lot from the north/west entrance on the King road side. Staff shall park in the staff parking lot on the Highway 22 side, or the student parking lot. Do not park in the visitor lot or directly in front of the school building.
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Teachers shall keep an accurate and updated record in Infinite Campus of all graded work turned in by students. All teachers are to use the Infinite Campus Gradebook and update their grade books once a week. . Any teacher not using Infinite Campus Gradebook and updating their grade books may be considered negligent in carrying out his/her school duties and responsibilities.
Grades or points shall be recorded from each graded assignment and these shall be used to assign quarter or semester grades.
Frequently, teachers use other criteria to determine end of the term grades for students. All staff are reminded not to use discipline concerns as a criteria for assigning grades at the end of the term. The lines of student assessment and discipline should not be crossed and each should be independent of the other. EXAMPLE: Although student "A" is a continual disruption in class, s/he is mastering course material and achieving at a very high level. At grading time, the teacher takes into consideration the fact that this student has been a continual disruption and assigns a lower grade based on this discipline matter. This is clearly an example of using grades as a punishment. The grades should be assigned on his/her level of achievement of course objectives. The continual disruptions should be addressed through teacher conferences with the student, his/her parents, and/or through the discipline process involving the principals. Never lower a student's grades because of discipline matters.
STUDENT EVALUATION (MID TERM) REPORTS
Student evaluation reports will be mailed home through the office using this schedule:
Freshmen.-Seniors Once per quarter after the 4th week.
Teachers may send student evaluation reports home on their own, anytime a student is evaluated doing unsatisfactory work. (See grading/report card dates)
The universities in our area frequently request the placement of student teachers in our school. When such requests are made, the teacher with whom the student teacher will work, will always be notified and give his/her consent for the student teacher placement.
If you are assigned a student teacher, you are to remain in the classroom with him/her when classes are in session. You are to mentor the student teacher, so that s/he will learn all aspects of classroom instructional management. The student teacher will only briefly handle a full teaching load, after having a progressive class assigned on a periodic basis. Teaching a full load for the entire term is not good practice for the student teacher, classroom student, and Waupaca High School.
Having a student teacher allows the regular classroom teacher to monitor classroom students who may be experiencing learning or behavioral difficulties. Together, the regular classroom teacher and the student teacher can raise the achievement levels of all students.
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All staff members are urged to remember that according to state law, no staff member except the nurse, may supply or administer medication of any kind to any student. While you may have a humanitarian urge to share your aspirin or cold/flu pills with students, please refrain from giving students any medication.
Few things in our school routine cause as much difficulty as passes issued to students for some deviation from their normal school routine. If you keep these rules in mind, the situation can be handled efficiently:
- Require the use of student handbooks for all student pass purposes.
- A student is not to be out of his/her scheduled location unless s/he is carrying a signed, dated, and timed pass from a teacher, administrator, counselor, aide, secretary, etc.
- A student shall not be sent off campus for a teacher on class errands unless his/her parents give permission.
Every teacher shall work closely with students, parents, guidance counselors, and the principals in keeping our school's habitual truancy problems to a minimum.
Students who are considered habitual truants may not be prosecuted in a court of law until Waupaca County Human Services procedures are met. This includes providing documentation on student absenteeism and a timeline of meeting with parents, teachers, guidance counselors, and administration, along with the correct documentation forwarded to the district attorney. A form will be furnished to you, listing your responsibilities and timelines on each student who meets the truancy definition.
This matter will receive a high priority this school year as we cooperatively work to lower our habitual truant numbers.
STUDY HALL PASS PROCEDURES
Greater student accountability and teacher supervision of study halls is required. Therefore, students and teachers have been assigned specific study hall groups and rooms. Under no circumstances should these rosters, groups, or rooms be changed unless it is done through the office as a schedule change.
All students should report to their regularly scheduled study halls. After accurate attendance has been taken by the teacher that hour, students may leave the study hall for another destination, but must have a signed and dated pass. The students shall present their passes to the study hall teacher, the teacher shall sign, date, and time the pass and have the student sign-out from the study hall listing his/her name legibly written, his/her destination and time s/he left the study hall.
Study hall teachers are expected to compare their attendance and sign-out sheets to make sure the attendance report to the office is accurate. If a student reports late or tardy to the study hall after attendance has been taken, the study hall teacher shall report this change to the attendance secretary.
The Success Center will be used as another means of helping students stay current on their academic studies while keeping them in school. An instructional aide has been employed to supervise this room and will contact staff members for class assignments for their students who are assigned to the Success Center for the day. Staff is reminded they may never send a student directly to this room. One of the administrators may only assign students to the Success Center.
The Success Center and how it is operated is determined by the high school administration.
SYLLABUS FOR COURSES
Each teacher is expected to write a syllabus for each course taught, covered during one of the first days of class and given to each student. The syllabus should include a descriptive course outline, units covered, grading criteria, homework and or extra-credit allowed, importance of
class participation, quarterly projects, weight of semester exams, and other general course
Teachers should also include statements concerning how tardiness and unexcused absences will be dealt with. (Please see Detention of Students above, or Tardy Students below).
Do not allow students to come tardy to classes without some appropriate punitive measure.
Teachers should have a plan of action for tardy students. If students can be tardy to your class, WITHOUT consequences, that practice may continue. A part of your tardy policy should be a telephone call to the student's parents. If you detain students so they are tardy for your next class, write the student a pass, with the time and date so the student will not be penalized by his/her next hour's teacher.
NO STUDENT SHOULD BE IN THE HALLS WITHOUT A SIGNED AND DATED PASS IN THE STUDENT HANDBOOK FROM A TEACHER. THE PASS MUST HAVE THE TIME THE STUDENT LEFT CLASS.
Whenever possible, please make personal telephone calls from your home phone. If you make a long distance, (toll) call for school business, please make a record of the call in the event you are questioned about it later. There is a pay phone outside of the main office. Please try to limit your use of office telephones.
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TORNADO DRILLS AND EVACUATION
Specific evacuation routes and designated safe areas for tornadoes and drills, are posted in every classroom. If you are unsure of what to do call the office and we will explain what you need to do. When instructed to do so, move with your students to the safe designated areas. Stay away from glass areas, or doors that lead immediately outside.
If a storm or tornado is apparent, sit in a crouched position. Use your hands to shield your head or upper body. DO NOT PANIC. Remain calm and wait for the all clear to be issued.
We must supervise students in the corridors, restrooms, commons, locker room, and other less commonly supervised areas. When you notice vandalism such as writing on restroom walls or partitions, lockers, walls, etc., please contact the custodians to have it removed immediately. When things are broken or damaged as a result of vandalism and need repair, report this to one of the principals immediately.
VIDEOS/TV, USE OF IN CLASSROOM
Periodically videos may be shown in classrooms to supplement a curricular unit or topic. Only videos that support curricular content should be shown in the classroom. Teachers shall preview, screen, or have prior knowledge before showing the videotape to a class.
Board of Education Policy, No. 361.1, Use of Commercially Produced Videos/Movies, states "Videos rated "R" or stronger/greater/more graphic, shall not be shown." (This includes Shindler's List and Braveheart.) If a video is rated at this level, it contains something objectionable and perhaps should not be shown to impressionable students.
When in doubt, check with one of the principals as to the appropriateness of the video. In some cases (See Human Growth and Development - listed in this handbook) a notice may need to be given to students to take home to parents, stating the video contains objectionable or graphic details and that students will be given the opportunity to complete an alternative assignments.
Televisions shall only be used for educational purposes only.
VOICE MAIL and E-MAIL, STAFF
Each staff member has a mailbox for voice mail E-mail for messages. Please check this periodically throughout the day.
WEAPONS, REPORTING STUDENT POSSESSION OR THREAT OF
If while communicating with students, the topic of weapon possession, use, or threat arises, whether it is with this student, or about another student, it is each staff member's immediate responsibility to report this information to the police liaison officer or one of the principals. Each reported incident shall be thoroughly investigated.
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As a staff, we must be more responsive to comments made by students regarding the use of violence or weapons in the resolution of personal disputes or disagreements. This information shall be reported to the police liaison officer or one of the principals immediately.
WEEKLY STAFF BULLETINS
Weekly bulletins outlining up-coming activities and staff supervision responsibilities will be e-mailed to staff by Friday of each week. If you would like something placed in the bulletin, please notify the principal by Tuesday of that week.
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