Dr. Andy Adams ~ Mr. Richard Wylie ~ Mr. Gary Greene ~ Mrs. Gina Adams~ Mrs. Natalie Cook
Superintendant HS Principal MS Principal Special Ed. Director Counselor
Mrs. Janet Brooke ~ Mrs. Cleo Chambers ~ Mrs. Brenda Hutton
HS Secretary HS Secretary MS Secretary
School Website: mansfieldschool.net
A Message from the High School Principal Dear Lions family,
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the 2012-2013 school year at Mansfield High School. It is an honor to be serving as your Principal. At the core of the MHS culture you will see staff, students, parents, and community members working collaboratively to implement effective strategies at Mansfield High School that will create a safe and effective learning environment promoting academic achievement and fostering personal growth.
Our daily efforts will emphasis academic rigor, relevance, and relationships. Relevance and relationships are the means that get us to the destination of rigor. What happens in our classrooms has to be understood and linked to student dreams and aspirations. It is my expectation that all teachers will engage students in rigorous and relevant classroom instruction.
The work ahead is challenging and at times daunting, but as Dr. Martin Luther King once said, “Only in the darkness can you see the stars.” We have many bright lights among us, and I welcome the challenges and look forward to celebrating the successes we will attain in our quest to improve student outcomes at Mansfield High School. I encourage all students to make the most of their high school experience by taking advantage of our programs, getting involved, and making this a great year.
This handbook has been carefully prepared to provide you with needed information to be a successful student. Please take time to read and to become familiar with our rules and information. Please keep this handbook as a reference and be sure to share it with your parents/guardians.
Richard W. Wylie
Mansfield High School
Table of Contents A+ Program 7
Academic Letters 7
Activity Calendar 8
Activity Guidelines/Policy 9
Participation In School Activities 10
Missouri State High School Activity Association (MSHSSA)
Standards for Activity Participation ……………………..………………………………………11
Administrative Responsibility 13
Alternative School Program 15
Athletic Lettering 16
Cross Country 16
Athletic Physicals 17
Attendance Policy and Guidelines 17
Compulsory Attendance 17
Excessive Absences 18
Attendance Appeal Process 20
Steps To Follow When Absent From School 21
Unexcused Absence 21
Leaving School 21
Part Time Attendance (PTA) 21
Bell Schedule 22
Calendar (2012-2013) 23
Changing Class Schedules 23
Classification of Students by Credits 23
Classroom Expectations 24
District Standards 24
School Song 24
School Colors 24
Educational Philosophy 24
Table of Contents (cont.) Dress and Appearance 25
Driving Privileges 25
Dropping Out of School 26
Electronic Devices and Cell Phones 27
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) 27
Final Exams 27
Flyers, Posters, and Advertisements 27
Class Rankings 27
Grade Definitions 28
Grade Scale 28
Deficiency Notices 28
Grade Point Average 28
Non-Weighted Grades 29
Transfer Grades 29
Weighted Grades 29
Weighted Classes 29
Participation In The Graduation Ceremony 29
General Behavior 29
Removal Process 31
Graduation Requirements 31
Graduation Goals 32
Goal One 32
Goal Two 32
Goal Three 32
Goal Four 33
Communication Arts 33
Social Studies 34
Fine Arts 34
Health and Physical Education 35
Honor Cords 35
Non-Graduating Seniors Policy 35
Applying for Eighth Semester Option 35
Mid-Year Graduating Policy 35
Guidance Services 36
Health Services 36
Board of Education Policy 36
Illness or Injury 37
Medication Administration 37
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 37
Prescription and Non-Prescription Medicine 37
Table of Contents (cont.) Daily Medication 38
District Rights 38
Prevention and Control of Disease 39
Illness at school 39
Head Lice Policy 40
Student Health Assessments 40
Vision Screening 40
Hearing Screening 40
Dental Screening 41
Speech Screening 41
Missouri School Immunization Requirements 41
Doses Required by Grade 42
Hotline Help 43
Interscholastic Activities 43
In-School Suspension (ISS) 43
Late To School 44
Library Visitation 44
Lockers and School Property 44
Lunch Rules 44
Non-Discrimination Policy 44
Out-of-School Suspension (OSS) 44
Parent Conferences 45
Parental Consent 45
Plagiarism Policy 45
Definition of plagiarism 45
The different types of plagiarism 45
Avoiding plagiarism 45
Citing sources 46
The consequences plagiarism 46
Example of works cited 46
Pledge of Allegiance 47
Project Graduation 47
Re-Admission Following Suspension 47
Search and Seizure 48
School Dances 48
Homecoming Dance 49
Prom Royalty 49
Special Honors 49
National Honor Society 49
Table of Contents (cont.)
Selection Process 50
Residency Requirements 47
Staff Members and Positions 52
Spirit Squad 53
Student Behavior 53
Special Education Students 55
Other Considerations 55
Due Process 56
Discipline Code Abbreviations 56
Student Government 56
Class Officers 56
Student Insurance 58
Student Safety 58
Safety and Drills 58
Earthquake Drill 58
Fire Drill 58
Severe Weather Drill 59
Surveillance Cameras 59
Textbook Deposits 59
Transportation Policy 60
Withdrawal and Transfer 60
Student Code of Conduct and Discipline Policies
Bus Discipline Procedures 61-70
Other Offenses 68
Corporal Punishment 70
What are the goals of an A+ School?
To ensure that all students graduate from high school.
To ensure that all students complete a selection of high school studies that is challenging and has identified learning expectations.
To ensure that all students proceed from high school graduation to a college, a post-secondary vocational or technical school, or a high- wage job with workplace skill development opportunities.
What are the student benefits?
Money for tuition to attend a public community or technical college.
Opportunity to learn about jobs at the place of business, as well as in the
College credits while still in high school.
Tutoring and mentoring experience.
Career pathways to prepare for an occupation, with additional training upon graduation.
Encouragement to attend school regularly and work hard.
Experience using computers and other modern equipment to solve
What are the student’s responsibilities?
To be eligible, each student must enter into a written agreement with the school prior to high school graduation, and meet the following requirements:
Attend a designated A+ Missouri School for three consecutive years prior to high school graduation.
Graduate from high school with a grade point average equivalent to 2.5 points or higher on a 4-point scale (6.875 on an 11-point scale).
Have at least a 95 percent attendance record for all four years of high school.
Perform 50 hours of unpaid tutoring or mentoring.
Maintain a record of good citizenship and avoidance of the unlawful use of drugs and/or alcohol.
Score proficient or Advanced on the Algebra I End-of-Course Exam.
What about other responsibilities after graduation?
To maintain eligibility, each participating student must during the four-year period of incentive availability do the following:
Have enrolled and attend on a full-time basis a Missouri public community college or vocational-technical school.
Maintain a GPA of 2.5 points or higher on a 4-point scale.
For additional information on the A+ Schools Program, refer to the A+ Handbook.
The following criteria shall be achieved in order to receive an academic letter.
The cumulative grade point average achieved, based on each nine weeks, shall be in the range of 9.0 to 11.0 using a 0.00 to 11.0 grading system.
Students shall carry the 9.0 to 11.0 cumulative grade point average three out of the four quarters. Students who fall below the required average will be on probation for the following quarter. This is for informational purposes only so that students are made aware they must regain the required cumulative grade point to maintain letter status.
The time period for determining letter recipients will be based on a school year - August to May. Letter honorees will be decided using the first three school quarters of each school year. The following factors will be implemented.
Students who achieve the required grade point during the first, second, and third quarters of the school year will receive an academic letter at the spring awards assembly.
Students who achieve the required grade point during two of the first three quarters will be recognized at the awards assembly. These students, however, will not receive an academic letter until they earn the required grade point during the fourth quarter.
Students who earn an award will receive a letter the first year and bars the succeeding years honored. Students will also receive pins indicating their area of achievement.
Students will receive their letters at an awards ceremony. At this event, the new National Honor Society students selected for the year will be inducted into their organization in a candlelight ceremony.
A student must carry five hours of which at least three hours are carried in different departmental areas - i.e. math, English, science, business, social studies, etc. This shall also include seniors.
Transfer students shall attend MHS for three quarters to be eligible for an academic letter.
The letters to be awarded will be distributed as follows: Sports letters white; Pom-pon and music letters – gold; Academic letters - maroon. Students who letter in more than one area will choose their area of preference for a large letter, and any subsequent letters they may earn will be 4-inch letters.
ACCIDENTS AND INJURIES
Any accident (especially those resulting in an injury) shall be reported immediately to the teacher, coach, school nurse, or the administrative office.
Your parents shall be notified and arrangements for transportation home or for medical attention shall be handled through the principal's office. The teacher in charge shall fill out an accident form within 24 hours and place the report on the principal's desk. Prevention is the best policy in dealing with accidents or injury, so be careful.
The activity calendar is located in the principal's office. All school activities shall be cleared with the principal and then posted on the calendar. If you or your group are planning an activity, your sponsor must turn in a REQUEST FOR A DATE ON THE CALENDAR SLIP TWO WEEKS IN ADVANCE OF THE REQUESTED DATE to the
principal and check the calendar before making a commitment.
The purpose of the extracurricular program is to provide experiences which enable the student to achieve established educational objectives. Outlined below are some of the desirable educational goals to be achieved throughout the competitive programs.
To develop for the student:
Mental and physical strength, endurance, vitality, and neuromuscular skills.
Activities that meet the needs, interests, and potential of the student.
Mental acuity, resourcefulness, and good sportsmanship.
Emotional control and development of character.
Acceptable social patterns of individual and group conduct.
To develop for the school:
A program of extracurricular activities as an integral part of the school curriculum.
A high standard of school loyalty, student morale, and school spirit.
Appreciation of extracurricular activities as intelligent and appreciative spectators.
C. To develop for the community:
An understanding that the extracurricular activities for pupils have been promoted under conditions which demonstrate to the participant and to the public the best traditions in sportsmanship and citizenship and a beneficial school/ community relationship.
Participation in extracurricular activities means much more than two teams trying to win a contest. Extracurricular activities give the student opportunities to develop as a complete human being. Here at Mansfield we have specific objectives for our activity program, and we as sponsors/ coaches dedicate ourselves to reaching these objectives. By the time a young participant graduates from Mansfield High School we want him/her to be able:
to work cooperatively with others.
to learn from constructive criticism.
to have self-control in stressful situations.
to discipline himself /herself.
to feel proud of the Mansfield tradition.
to teach skills to younger participants.
to respect teamwork, organization, and unity.
to appreciate parents, teachers, coaches, and administrators.
to represent Mansfield Middle or High School in a positive way.
to evaluate his / her abilities realistically.
to have a positive learning attitude toward all tasks.
to value hard work and what it accomplishes.
to seek help from others when a problem arises.
to develop lasting relationships with others.
to praise others who do a good job even though they may be opponents.
to be physically fit and healthy.
to respect the rules and the officials who enforce the rules.
to feel good about himself/herself as a person.
to be dependable when given a job to do.
to value participation and the importance of community.
Participation in School Activities
Students who are absent from school on the day of an activity may not be allowed to practice, participate in, or attend that activity unless PREVIOUSLY ARRANGED through the principal's office. YOU MUST ATTEND ONE-HALF OF THE SCHOOL DAY AND BE EXCUSED FOR THE ABSENT PORTION TO BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE OR ATTEND.
Missouri State High School Activity Association (MSHSSA)
Mansfield's extracurricular activities operate within the guidelines of the Missouri State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Missouri State High School Activities Association, the Summit Conference, and also the policies, rules, and regulations of the Mansfield R-IV School District.
Be a good citizen in your school and community.
Any student who represents his/her school in interscholastic activities must be a credible citizen and judged so by the proper school authority certifying the list of students for competition. A student whose character or conduct is such as to reflect discredit upon himself/herself or his/her school is not considered a credible citizen. His conduct shall be satisfactory in accord with the standards of good discipline.
A student who misses class on the date of a contest without being excused by the principal shall not be considered eligible on that date.
Each individual school has the authority to judge its students under those standards.
Be enrolled in courses that offer 3.0 units of credit and have earned 3.0 units of credit the preceding semester or made standard progress in special education.
Have entered school within the first 11 days of this semester. Entering school is interpreted as enrolling and attending classes.
Not have received or competed for any award of any kind other than that given by your school for your services as an athlete in the sports in which you are competing. Competing for awards having a utilitarian value such as cash, jackets, or merchandise will make you ineligible.
Not have reached your 19th birthday prior to July 1 of this school year
Not have competed under an assumed or false name.
Not transfer schools without a corresponding change of residence of your parents unless you meet an appropriate exception of the transfer standards. Always check with your principal before transferring.
Not have graduated or received an early release from a four-year high school or its equivalent.
Attend your eighth semester immediately following your seventh semester. High school students are eligible only during the first eight semesters of attendance.
Not have competed at any time as a member of a junior college or senior college team.
Not compete on an outside team or in individual match competition during the season you are representing your school in the same sport, nor practice or play for a school team in the same sport. These restrictions begin on the first day of the current sports season. A school sports season is defined as beginning with the date of the school's first practice held on a school day and ending with the school's last contest, including the district and the state tournament contests.
Not transfer from one school to another because of being influenced to do so.
Not attend for more than two weeks a specialized camp for any one sport.
Every participant and his or her parent or guardians will be responsible for reading and following the Mansfield Middle School and High School Activity Policy. The student participant and his or her parents or guardians will be required to sign this copy of the document in the space provided to indicate that they have read the activities policies. Student participants in the Mansfield Middle School and High School will be required to abide by the rules and regulations established by the Missouri State High School Activities Association and Mansfield Middle School and High School. The signed policy must be returned and will remain in effect for one school year.
Standards for Activity Participation
In order to maintain the highest possible standards for participants in the Mansfield School System, the following minimum requirements are established for all the students participating in the activity program.
Participants are required to attend school the day of a contest, unless prior arrangements have been made with the principal.
The use of or possession of tobacco, alcohol, or non-prescription drugs is prohibited.
Use or possession of tobacco:
First offense: suspension for 10 percent of the games, meets, field trips, and / or contests.
Second offense: suspension for 20 percent of the games, meets, field trips, and / or contests.
Use or possession of alcohol or non-prescription drugs:
First offense: suspension from 20 percent of the games, meets, field trips, and / or contests.
Second offense: suspension from all games, meets, field trips, and / or contests.
Regardless of the time of year and/ or quantity involved, a student shall not use a beverage containing alcohol, or use or consume, have in possession, buy, sell, or give away any substance (marijuana, cocaine, anabolic steroids, and other non-prescription drugs) defined by the law as a drug or which is an imitation of a drug.
It is not a violation for a student to be in possession of a legally defined drug specifically prescribed for the student's own use by his / her physician.
All participants representing Mansfield Middle or High School in extracurricular activities must conduct themselves in accordance with the standards of good school discipline. Individual behavior on all trips and contests must reflect favorably upon his/her school and community.
Involvement in more than one program during the punishment period will result in suspension from each activity.
Any participant on suspension from school is not eligible to participate in activities.
A practice or game should not be missed unless previously excused by the coach or sponsor of that particular activity. If the student is sick, the coach or sponsor should be notified by the parents. Any student violating this standard may be ineligible to participate in the succeeding contest.
Participants are responsible for equipment that is lost or damaged. All equipment or uniforms that are not returned must be paid for.
Violation of the law: The student must complete his/her sentence before he/she is eligible to participate (example: fine must be paid/community service must be completed).
Because an arrest is not evidence of a violation of law, if a participant is arrested for a misdemeanor or a felony, the participant will be allowed to represent the school in interscholastic activities pending the outcome of the case. However, if there is an admission of guilt by the participant, or, if after reviewing the case, school officials feel there is strong evidence (ex. witnesses), which indicates probable guilt, then the principal may restrict the participant from participation before the legal outcome of the case.
All athletes will be transported to and from respective games, meets, etc. via school transportation. Parents or guardians may transport their own athlete home from a school activity after talking with the coach or sponsor.
Due process: Athletes shall have the opportunity to express their side of any incident in which they may be involved. If the athlete is dissatisfied with any decisions, he / she has the right to appeal through channels in the following order:
Board of Education
Before a student may participate in any activity for Mansfield Schools, he/she must have on file in the office the following:
MSHAA parent permission form
A signed copy of the MMS/MHS Activity Policy Participant form In addition, athletes must have on file the following:
The administration reserves the right to take reasonable action to make rules and administer them as they may judge necessary to maintain general school discipline,
school safety, or the educational benefit of the student and/or the student's schoolmates.
The Advisory period provides an opportunity to further enhance classroom instruction and learning. There are typically many activities which can take away from the student's academic learning time. With few exceptions, these activities will take place during the Advisory period. Listed below are appropriate Advisory activities. (Items 1-5 take priority over items 6-12.)
Character ed. meetings and Guidance Services presentations
State mandated testing
Use of library/media center
Curricular club meetings and grade-level class meetings
Distribution of information
College rep visits
Counseling support groups
A+ tutoring and other similar projects
Teacher request(s) take priority over a student attending a club meeting. Teachers are expected to require a student to stay in the classroom during Advisory for help, make-up work, etc. This will require good communication should a particular teacher have a sponsorship obligation. Good communication will also allow for students to be requested should another teacher need to work with them.
It is of the utmost importance that all teachers be consistent in following the Advisory guidelines. While there will be many activities occurring during Advisory, one of the top priorities of this time is for teachers to work with students in their classes for help/tutoring. Students are expected to have something to work on, a book to read or to be participating in one of the above mentioned activities. Teachers are expected to establish an Advisory classroom environment which is conducive to enabling students to work on their assignments. To aid in this students will receive a pass/fail grade and teachers will be provided guidelines to accomplish this.
ATTENDANCE: All students are required to report to their Advisory so that attendance can be taken and the advisory teacher can determine if that student is eligible to attend any scheduled meetings. Teachers, please check attendance at the beginning of class. Any late student who does not have a have a pass is to receive an unexcused tardy. Students attending meetings during advisory time should be kept for the duration of advisory (until 12:20) in the meeting.
CLUB MEETINGS: All club meetings are to be scheduled through Mrs. Brooke in the Main HS Office. Each club will have the opportunity to meet once per month during Advisory. Each club meeting should keep students for the duration of the advisory time (until 12:20).
USE OF MEDIA CENTER DURING ADVISORY
Students must pre-sign up in the Media Center. They may begin pre-signing one week in advance
Students must have work to do or they will be sent back to their Advisory class
No group projects should be worked on in the Media Center during Advisory
Drop-in’s for quick book check in/out or photocopying is permitted
STUDENTS VISITING OTHER ADVISORY CLASSES: If a student is to report to another teacher during Advisory for help, make-up work, etc., the advisory teacher is to give the student an "Advisory Pass" which the student will show to the Advisory teacher in order to be excused. The student should remain with that teacher until the end of advisory time (12:20).
All students not in good academic standing will remain Advisory
Advisory teachers who are club sponsors are to contact Janet Brooke at least
one week in advance if a relief teacher is needed to cover your Advisory
during your club meeting
Any student in the hall during Advisory should have a pass
No food or drink is allowed in Advisory, unless essential to the learning objective established by Advisory teacher.
Students will be taught to appreciate and understand what it means to be successful and how goal-setting plays a part in that success
Students will work with their Advisory teacher each year until their graduation, maintain good academic status, honing their program of study, developing good character and citizenship, and constructing meaningful goals for both secondary and post-secondary
INSTRUCTIONS: In order to accomplish the learning objectives above, please be prepared to know how your advisory students are doing in their classes. Be sure to foster class discussions/conversations about career readiness, academic success, and achievement.
Important…please take the following suggestions and outline and mold it to your teaching style. Use some or all of the ideas presented here. Use some of your own ideas. The important thing here is to get the students in the mindset of what it means to be successful so that they can understand how goals—specifically those related to a strong work ethic—can help them be successful in school and in life. Note: Supporting resources will be provided by Mrs. Cook and she will be scheduling time to meet regularly with your students.
Alternative education at the Mansfield R-IV School District is a credit recovery program for academically at-risk students. A committee of the administrator, counselor, subject teacher, alternative teacher, student's guardian, and any other person necessary to properly place the student will determine student enrollment in this program. The primary goal of the alternative program is to assist enrolled students to obtain the requirements for graduation. Success toward this goal will benefit both the student and the district. Failure toward this goal will cause re-evaluation and other interventions for the student.
Students enrolled in the alternative program will fulfill the same Course Level Expectations as students in traditional classes with the exception of completing their work in the alternative classroom. The subject teacher, with the assistance of the alternative teacher, will develop all of the curriculum material, such as handouts, worksheets, and tests. The alternative teacher will administer and access the curriculum with assistance from the subject teacher as required. The student's responsibility to the curriculum must satisfy the subject teacher.
The alternative teacher will facilitate the specialized curriculum completely, using the subject teacher for special or unusual circumstances. The alternative students will complete the required curriculum objectives independently of all others. Students will work on only one subject curriculum until it is complete with at least and eighty-five percent (85%) level of mastery. Certificates of completion will be placed in the alternative student's permanent records to show credit recovery numbers.
Alternative School Credit
Since the goal of the alternative program is credit recovery, students participating may accumulate more credits than traditional students. Some alternative students will be enrolled in as many as ten credits within a typical school year. The numbers will be based upon the amount needed for graduation. The time line for each alternative student to earn credits will start at the beginning of the regular school year and end after summer school of that same year.
As a general rule, morning announcements will begin at 8:20. Students should be quiet and respectful during the morning announcements. The Pledge of Allegiance will be recited over the intercom system each morning after the daily announcements. Special announcements will be read as necessary in the morning and/or afternoons.
Daily bulletin information will be available on the district website, handed out to teachers, in the HS office, and posted on the north wall of the main building of the high school. Announcements for the daily bulletin should be submitted to the office at least one day in advance.
Several times during the year we have the opportunity to present people with special talents for your education and enjoyment. These people presenting the programs are
our guests and should always be respected with our best manners. Students shall be dismissed to assemblies with the class of that period. The teacher of that group is responsible for them and their behavior. After the assembly, students shall return to that class and be dismissed from there to the next period. Everyone is expected to be courteous and respectful at all assemblies. Disruptive behavior by students during assemblies may result in disciplinary action including loss of the privilege of attending assemblies for the remainder of the year and a writing assignment apologizing to the presenter.
ATHLETIC LETTERING REQUIREMENTS
Finish the season in good standing with the school and the coaching staff.
Be eligible to compete in MSHAA district play.
Compete in one inning per varsity contest scheduled.
Attend practices and games.
Show good sportsmanship and good conduct in the classroom, on the practice field, on the game field, and in the community.
The coaching staff may award a letter at their discretion to a player who makes a significant contribution to a successful season but does not meet the required number of innings.
Have a positive influence at practices and games.
Be a good representative for Mansfield High School, demonstrating good sportsmanship and conduct at all times.
Play in one half of the games.
Players can also receive a letter at the discretion of the coaching staff for extenuating circumstances.
Finish the season in good standing with the coach
Compete in at least six of the in-season matches
Be a good representative for Mansfield High School, demonstrating good sportsmanship and conduct at all times.
Maintain a “varsity attitude” throughout the season. A varsity attitude is demonstrated by an above-average commitment to the team’s goals, to the sport and to one’s individual improvement.
Finish the season with a 2.5 GPA
Don't quit. Quitting for any reason prior to the end of the season will disqualify an athlete from a letter
Have a positive attitude.
Make a significant contribution to the team.
Attend all practices unless excused by the coach.
Must play in one third of the varsity matches.
Display good sportsmanship on the field, in the classroom, and in the community.
If the girl is a member of the team during the year and does not meet the playing requirements, then the coach can use his own discretion in lettering her.
An athlete must earn a scoring place in any track meet Six (6) times.
In order to letter, you must display a Commitment to the Sport and to the Team. This means working hard in practice, being a positive role model and supporting fellow teammates during competition.
Athletes who work multiple meets s volunteer workers will be awarded a letter
Attend all practices unless excused by the coach.
Display good sportsmanship on the field, in the classroom, and in the community.
Finish the season with a 2.5 GPA
All athletes must complete the season in good standing with the team, coaches, and school administration. An athlete who quits the team once they have met the other requirements will forfeit any claims to a varsity letter
Everyone participating on an athletic team shall be required to have a doctor's physical exam and a slip signed by their parents or legal guardians giving permission to participate. THE SLIP MUST BE IN THE POSSESSION OF THE COACH BEFORE THE FIRST PRACTICE.
Mansfield High School exists to improve lives through education. The Mansfield R-IV School District seeks to enroll and educate all resident children in the community, as required by law and district policy. It is the purpose of this attendance regulation to improve student learning, raise student achievement, and maximize the learning potential of all students at Mansfield High School. Students having an IEP, 504 Plan, or other documented medical diagnosis that allows for excessive absences will be exempt from the excessive absence appeal process; if the student’s plan addresses reduced attendance.
Compulsory Attendance—Missouri State Law requires all children between 7 and 17 years of age to regularly attend a public, private, parochial, parish, home school or a combination of such schools for the duration of the entire school term. Parents, guardians or other persons having legal custody of a student may obtain a court order requiring the student to attend school until the student receives a high school diploma or its equivalent, or reaches the age of 18. In addition, the Mansfield R-IV School District provides educational programming for all students between the ages of five (5) and seven (7) and beginning at the age of three (3) for students qualified for special education services. The district may also provide preschool and adult education programs. Once enrolled in the district, the district expects the student to attend regularly and for the student’s parent or guardian or other adult having charge, control or custody of the student to communicate regularly and honestly with the district regarding the student’s absences. Because the Mansfield R-IV School District Board of Education and district staff strongly believe that regular attendance is important in gaining the most from the educational experience and because state law requires district staff to report all instances of abuse and neglect, including educational neglect, the district will make every effort to ensure students are attending school as required by law.
Excessive Absences—Students will be permitted a maximum of nine (9) total absences per class per semester, including both excused and unexcused absences. Students who are absent for more than nine (9) class periods during the semester will not be eligible to earn credit for that course.
Procedures—Students will be given a student handbook upon enrollment in Mansfield High School. The handbook shall contain the written attendance regulation. The High School office will record each student’s absence by course period.
When a student has accrued four (4) total absences (excused or unexcused) in a class during the semester, the school will send a letter to the parent or guardian informing the parent or guardian that, in accordance with the published policies and regulations of the Board of Education, the student is in danger of not earning credit for the class due to excessive absences during the semester.
When a student has accrued six (6) total absences (excused or unexcused) in a class during the semester, school personnel will make all reasonable efforts to contact either the student, or his or her parent or guardian to discuss the student’s excessive absences, the possible ramifications, and methods to prevent the loss of credit. However, if the parent or guardian cannot be reached, the school administration will enforce the policy as written.
When a student has accrued ten (10) total absences (excused or unexcused) in a class during the semester, the student will not be eligible to earn credit for that class.
The school will notify the parent or guardian by certified mail that the student has accrued the ten (10) total absences and is not eligible to earn credit for the class. Such notification shall include an Attendance Appeal Form. A student who has accrued ten (10) absences retains the option of receiving a grade of N (No grade, No credit). The student must maintain a passing grade during the grading period to receive a grade of N. If the student has not maintained a passing grade during the semester, the student will earn an F (Failure).
A student will not be denied an education at Mansfield High School even though he or she will not earn credit for the class as a result of having missed a substantial portion of the instructional program during the semester.
Exceptions— Approved, school sponsored, out-of-school activities (field trips, sporting events, etc.) will not be counted as absences for purposes of the excessive absence regulation. Absences resulting from significant, acute or chronic medical conditions may provide the basis for an exception as approved by the administration or an appeal. Therefore, all such conditions should be verified in writing by a physician or other health care official.
Attendance Appeal Process—IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PARENT TO INITIATE THE APPEAL PROCESS.
Upon the parents or guardian’s request and submission of the appeal form, the Attendance Policy Committee shall meet to consider appeals regarding exceptions to the excessive absence regulation and the denial of credit pursuant to this regulation.
The committee shall include, but is not limited to, the High School principal, another district administrator, the counselor, and at least two (2) teachers. Other persons may be designated to serve as deemed appropriate.
Students who, pursuant to this excessive absence regulation, have accrued ten (10) total absences (excused or unexcused), or who anticipate accruing ten (10) or more total absences attributable to illness or other valid reasons, may appeal to the Attendance Policy Committee for the purpose of requesting one (1) or more of the following:
An exception to this excessive absence regulation for unavoidable absence due to illness or other valid reasons;
An extension of the number of absences that shall accrue before credit will be denied; and/or
Other accommodation within the contents of this excessive absence regulation and that which is allowed by law and/or school district policy.
The committee will consider all the facts under the circumstances of each case in deciding whether to grant or deny the appeal. Relevant factors may include, but are not limited to the following:
The reason(s) for the accrued or anticipated absences;
The extent to which the reasons for each absence were documented at the time the absence occurred and/or at the time of appeal;
The distribution of absences during the semester, i.e., whether scattered throughout the semester or occurring as consecutive absences;
The duration of each period of absence;
The pattern of attendance prior to the accrual of absences in question;
Whether all class work has been satisfactorily completed; andThe extent to which class essential learning outcomes have been mastered for that course.
A parent or guardian who anticipates his or her child missing ten (10) or more class sessions of any class due to hospitalization, prolonged illness, or other valid reason may request an exception to the excessive absence policy in writing prior to the accrual of the ten (10) absences. If the parent or guardian does not submit such request prior to the date on which the ten (10) absences have accrued, the parent or guardian should request an appeal of the automatic denial of credit in the same manner as for any other appeal under the excessive absence regulation.
The appeal committee will take into consideration valid absences that include any of the following:
Doctor, dental, counseling, or other healthcare appointments.
Hospitalization or placement in a healthcare facility.
Absences related to a student’s disability or medical condition (per an IEP, 504 Plan, IHP or other documented medical diagnosis that does not already allow for excessive absences by addressing reduced attendance).
Family emergencies as approved by the administration.
College or other school visits.
Deployment or return from deployment of a parent or guardian to a combat zone or combat support posting, at the discretion of the school administration.
Absences for any other valid reason that are pre-arranged and/or approved by the administration.
The parent or guardian of a student who has accrued ten (10) total absences may submit an appeal to the Attendance Policy Committee requesting credit for the courses in question. Such appeal shall be in writing and must be submitted within seven (7) calendar days following the date on which the parent or guardian received notice of the accrual of the tenth absence from class.
The appeal may be submitted on the district’s Attendance Appeal Form provided to the parent or guardian, or in other written or typed form that provides the following information:
Date of appeal.
A complete explanation of the reason(s) why the appeal should be granted.
Any and all appropriate documentation.
Signature of the parent or guardian.
Within one (1) week of the Appeal Committee’s final decision, the student, parent or guardian will be notified. If the parent or guardian does not agree with the final decision of the Appeal Committee, he or she may appeal the matter to the superintendent or designee for further review and consideration.
Steps To Follow When Absent From School—Please make sure you read and understand the following information as it requires parents, guardians and students to be accountable for notifying the school regarding student absences.
A parent or guardian should notify the High School office on the day of (or before) the absence (417-924-3236). If the office secretary is on another line, it is acceptable and desired that the message be left on voice mail. The messages are given prompt attention.
The High School office should be contacted prior to known doctor, dental, and family appointments. A student must sign out before leaving school, and sign in upon returning to school.
If it is impossible to call, the parent or guardian must write an excuse giving names, dates, and reason for absence.
Students will be allowed two (2) days for every day missed to complete make-up work.
Students whose absences are unexcused will have the same ratio of (2) days for every day missed to complete an assignment(s). However, the total point value of the assignment(s) will be reduced by 25%.
Students absent for authorized school activities are responsible for making up all work missed. An absence for an authorized school activity simply allows the student to make up the work using the same ratio of (2) days for every day missed.
Students who attend school, but leave early for another school activity, may be required by their teacher to turn in any assignment due that day.
Unexcused Absences—Include but are not limited to:
Truancy, skipping class, cutting class
Shopping, visiting sporting events, non-medical appointments, or non-emergency reasons
Missed bus, car failure, oversleeping
Other absences not listed as justifiable above
Leaving School—In order to leave school you must:
Present a note written by your parents to the principal or secretary stating when and why they want you to leave.
If a note is not presented, a phone call from parents will be required.
ONLY THE SECRETARY OR PRINCIPAL can give you permission to leave.
Your absence may still be unexcused by the principal even if you have received permission to leave if it is an unjustified reason for leaving (meaning that you will not be allowed to make up any work which was missed).
Leaving school without permission to leave will result in disciplinary action.
Children of single parent families will be released only on request of the custodial parent; that is, the parent whom the courts hold directly responsible for the child and is identified as such on school records. Additional precautions may be taken by the school administration appropriate to the age of students and as needs arise.