77 School Road
Locust Fork, Alabama 35097
Principal—Mr. Tommy Smitherman
School Begins 7:45 A.M.
School Dismisses 2:55 P.M.
Teachers on Duty 7:30 A.M—3:10 P.M.
Hail to dear
O’ Locust Fork
As we go to fight
May she ever be victorious
All through the night
She will always be the guiding light for you
Hail to dear O’ Locust Fork
She will aye be true!
STUDENT AGENDA POLICY
Organization and accountability are keys to success in the school environment. In order to help our students learn organization practices and stay organized, student agendas are required for all Locust Fork High School students in the
2015-2016 year. Student agendas contain the LFHS handbook and calendars. Additionally, agendas serve as student hall passes. Therefore, students must keep their agendas with them at all times. Students will not be allowed outside of class without a handbook/agenda.
*Lost or damaged agendas must be replaced, for a fee of $8.00.
Student Honor Code
As a member of the Locust Fork High School family, I recognize and accept my responsibility to the traditions of the school, to the students, to the faculty and staff, and to myself. Through my conduct, attitude, and effort, I will set the example for others to follow. I pledge to uphold these traditions and display the integrity and fortitude that makes our school great.
2015—2016 Student Fees
Students enrolled in the following courses are required to pay the following annual fees upon registration for each school year. Other courses may require additional fees.
Area Vocational Center Lab $40.00
Computer Lab $25.00
Family and Consumer Science $20.00
Vocational Agribusiness $20.00
Biology* Lab $15.00
Chemistry* & Botany Lab $10.00
Forensics* Lab $10.00
Driver’s Education $25.00
Automobile Parking Permits $12.00
Student Lockers/Agenda $18.00
Student Fees Subject to change. No fees will be reimbursed after the first two (2) weeks of school.
If your child is planning to participate in a school sponsored activity; all fees and/or related charges should be paid no later than 10 days prior to the activity. In the event that the sponsor of the activity agrees to accept payment at a later day, payment must be made in the form of cash or a money order. Personal checks will not be accepted.
Welcome to Locust Fork High School
We welcome you to Locust Fork High School. We hope your stay with us will be both pleasant and profitable. You will find this school has a friendly student body and a faculty willing at all times to help you. In this school, as in any school, you will find that success in your academic work, as in other phases of your life, depends, to a great extent, on the effort that you put forth in attaining success. We urge you to assume a positive attitude toward your schoolwork and devote considerable time to your studies. We also urge you to become interested and participate in one or more of the various extra-curricular activities of our school; such as, athletics, clubs, and other student organizations.
Locust Fork High School is noted for its fine school spirit and takes pride in the achievements of its present and former students. The outstanding record of students in academics, band and athletics, the high standards of sportsmanship, the friendly atmosphere on the campus and in the classroom have all helped to create and maintain “The Hornet Spirit.”
This is YOUR school. Keep it clean. Keep it productive and exciting. Be loyal to its traditions and standards. Attend it with PRIDE.
Your Success in school is directly proportional to the efforts you put forth.
Catch the Hornet Spirit!
Courtesy—Toward teachers, fellow students, and the officials of school activities.
Pride—In everything our school endeavors to accomplish and has accomplished.
Sportsmanship—The ability to win and lose gracefully.
The policies and procedures contained in this handbook are the results of a concerted effort on the part of the faculty and the dministration. This information has been carefully prepared and presented so that it will be of great value in helping you to adjust to our school and to become an important part of it.
The ultimate purpose of education is to help each student become an effective citizen in a democracy. The goal of Locust Fork High School is to help our student develop and accept the responsibilities and obligations of good citizenship. Doing so will prepare them to live a productive life in our complex society.
THE HISTORY OF OUR SCHOOL
The first school in the Locust Fork community was established in 1841. It was taught in a Methodist church called “The Tabernacle.” The next school was built in the area where Pine Bluff Church now stands. The school was called Pine Bluff School.
The first school on this site was built in 1923, and it was called Locust Fork School. Mr. James E. Pass was the first principal. In 1927, Mr. Homer Good operated the first school bus. On February 27, 1931, a delegation from Locust Fork met with the Blount County Board of Education to ask for a high school, but no action was taken until 1937. The class of 1938 was the graduating class of Locust Fork High School. Also, in 1938 our football team won the county championship. A communication system was installed in the school and on April 22, 1940, Mr. Blackwood, who was principal, informed the school that Locust Fork High had been fully accredited. In 1949, the Vocational Agricultural and Home Economics Departments were added to the campus.
Tragedy struck Locust Fork when it burned on January 10, 1961. Classrooms were set up in available chicken houses and other make shift areas. In the spring, graduation was held on schedule. The school was rebuilt and in the 1970’s several additions were made including a new gym, a new elementary wing, and the band room. The school also added two new high school rooms and four elementary rooms, which were completed in 1980. Eight additional classrooms were completed in 1998. Ten more classrooms were added in 2000. In 2006, major improvements were made to the campus including a new cafeteria, 7 new classrooms and a new science lab.
We, the faculty of Locust Fork High School, continue to believe that the major purpose of education is to prepare the student for life. As educators, we have a desire and responsibility to help each student grow intellectually, emotionally, socially, and physically. In addition to growth in these areas, we desire to instill within each student a hunger for knowledge, an appreciation of the aesthetic, the will to succeed, self-control, acceptable social and moral principles, and a true sense of patriotism. We believe that the fulfillment of these goals will help to insure that each student will attain a respectable place in society.
Realizing that the skills needed for placement in the ever-changing job market range from those of an academic nature to those of technology, commercial arts, and the many trades, the faculty will cooperate with the administration and community in providing courses with experience that reflect each student’s interests and goals.
Moreover, we are aware that an atmosphere within the school environment conducive to learning is a necessary factor in the growth process. Hence, the faculty will encourage students in the development of self-motivation and self-discipline. This growth process will be fostered by: encouraging students to express opinions: accept responsibility for decisions; respect the rights and opinions of others; and abide by the rules of the school and the laws of the land. A student behaves in a more socially acceptable manner when able to experience a feeling of self-worth and well being. Therefore, we will try to accommodate the various levels of interest and ability in each student. This will allow the student to achieve an optimum degree of success.
To implement our philosophy we shall endeavor:
- To periodically reassess and modify our curriculum and our teaching methods to meet the needs of students with their interests and capabilities.
- To foster critical thinking and problem solving skills in our students.
- To instill in students an appreciation of the fundamental dignity and worth of every individual.
- To provide a foundation in the basic skills and to make students aware of their own abilities so that, with the proper guidance, they will make a satisfactory adjustment to a rapidly changing society.
- To stimulate patriotism and loyalty to the American way of life by emphasizing the basic concepts of democracy.
Locust Fork High School Online locustforkhs.blount.k12.al.us
Students, parents, and teachers can communicate through class web pages and email. INOW Home Portal is available for parents to track their child’s progress. Valuable resources such as educational links, career opportunities, and scholarship opportunities are also available.
SCHOOL CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS
LFHS has various student clubs and organizations. Students are encouraged to explore their interests and enhance their educational experience by participating in these organizations.
Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America
Future Farmers of America
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Mu Alpha Theta
At LOCUST FORK HIGH SCHOOL
Herbert Spencer said, “Education has for its object the formation of character.” Thus, as we begin a new year of our Character Education program we continue to encourage parental and community involvement both inside, and outside the classroom to help develop the character of our students.
Character Education is necessary because:
- The next generation will be the stewards of our communities, nation and planet in extraordinarily critical times.
- The present and future well being of our society requires an involved, caring, citizenry with good moral character.
- People do not automatically develop good moral character; therefore, conscientious efforts must be made to instruct young people in the values and abilities necessary for moral decision-making and conduct.
- These core values transcend cultural, religious, and socio-economic differences.
- The character and conduct of our youth reflect the character and conduct of society; therefore, every adult has the responsibility to teach and model the core ethical values and every social institution has the responsibility to promote the development of good character.
This year we will continue with the Character Education Program entitled Character Builds! The administration, faculty and staff are committed to helping our students become young people of character; therefore, these qualities will be promoted and modeled on a daily basis in LFHS. For more information about this program, please visit www.locustforkhornets.com
The Six Pillars of Character are T.R.R.F.C.C.
Trustworthiness – Courage, Honesty, Punctuality, Loyalty
Respect – Respect for others, Self Respect, Courtesy, Tolerance
Responsibility – Self Control, Diligence, Patience, Perseverance
Fairness – Fairness, Sportsmanship
Caring – Kindness, Compassion, Generosity, Cheerfulness
Citizenship – Patriotism, Citizenship, Cooperation, School Pride, Creativity, Respect for the Environment
Good Character Builds Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, & Citizenship!
Blount County Board Of Education
Requirements for Graduation
Students must earn a minimum total of 24 units which must include 4 units each of Math, Science, English and History. The 24 units must also include one unit of L.I.F.E. Physical Education, one-half unit in Health Education, Fine Arts and Computer Applications. Beginning with the freshman class for the 2013-2014 school year and thereafter, one credit of Career Preparedness will be required. One-half unit of computer will no longer be required. Refer to the Blount County Handbook or the Alabama State Department of Education for additional diploma information.
- *Beginning with the freshman class for the 2013-2014 school year and thereafter, the Alabama High School Diploma will be the default diploma for all High School students. Beginning with the freshman class of 2013-2014 (graduating class of 2017) schools will recognize students who graduate with a 3.5 or higher GPA as graduation “With Honors.” The honors should follow these guidelines:
- 1. Overall GPA for credit-bearing courses should be used in the calculation.
- 2. 3.500 – 3.7999 = “With Honors, “3.800 – 3.999 = “With High Honors, “4.000 and above = “With Highest Honors”
- 3. An Honor Seal may be affixed to the Alabama High School Diploma
- 4. Students graduation with any level of “honors” should be recognized accordingly during the graduation ceremony.
- *Beginning with the entering ninth grade class of 2013-2014 (graduating class of 2017) all students will be considered for Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and Historian Awards based on semester grade point averages calculated from grades nine through eleven and the first semester of grade twelve. All subjects taken will be counted in calculating grade averages. Numerical grades will be based on a maximum of 100 points possible.
LOCUST FORK GRADUATION POLICY
- No student will receive their diploma until they have successfully met the requirements for graduation set forth by the State Department of Education and the Blount County Board of Education.
- No student will be allowed to order a cap and gown or invitations unless:
- They are scheduled to complete requirements for graduation on or before the last day of school during the regular school term.
- Students order caps and gowns, invitations, etc. from independent companies and not from the school. If a student fails and has already paid for the above items, it will be necessary for him to deal with the company as far as refunds are concerned. The school will not be able to make refunds on these items.
Seventh and Eighth Grades:
Students in grades seven and eight should have passed 4 of 5 major subjects (English, History, Math, Science and Language Arts) before being promoted to the next grade.
Students living in Blount County must enroll in the assigned school that serves the designated district where the student and parent or legal guardian resides. Students may transfer to another Blount County school only if there is a change in residence into another designated district by the parent or legal guardian or by approval of the receiving principal.
Alabama law requires that all children between the ages of six and seventeen be enrolled in and attend school. In addition, new state law amendments (AL. Codes 16-28-16, as amended by Act 1999-705) provide that all children who choose to enroll in school, even if not of compulsory school age, are subject to the school attendance and truancy laws of the state. All students should attend school regularly and be punctual for all classes in order to receive the greatest benefit from the instructional program and develop habits of punctuality, self-discipline, and individual responsibility. There is a direct relationship between poor attendance and class failure. Students who have good attendance generally achieve higher grades and enjoy school more. Attendance at school shall be one of the factors considered in determining the promotion of a student from one grade to another or in any given course.
According to the Alabama State Department of Education, excused absences are as follows:
- Student illness
- Death in the immediate family
- Emergency conditions as determined by the principal
- Legal quarantine
- Summons to court
- Prior permission of the principal as requested by parent or legal guardian
All other absences are unexcused and will be marked accordingly in the attendance register. If a student’s absences exceed five days in a nine weeks grading period and there is reason to believe the student was not too ill to attend school, the student may be required to submit a doctor’s statement verifying the illness in order for him/her to receive credit for the nine weeks grading period. No passing grade for nine weeks will be given to a student whose unexcused absences exceed three days. Additionally, no passing grade for a semester will be given to any student whose unexcused absences exceed five days for that semester.
Ten absences per semester shall be considered the maximum number of absences allowed for students to receive a passing grade in a class or course. A grade of zero will be received for work or tests missed on the day of an unexcused absence and for any absence past the tenth per semester without a doctor’s medical condition letter or principal’s permission. Attendance in each individual class will be counted to determine if the absence maximum has been exceeded for that class.
Students, who are absent from school, must bring a written note, specifying the reason for the absence, upon his/her return to school. This includes checking out of school early or checking into school late. A parent/guardian or a physician must sign the note. The dated and signed statement must contain the student’s name and a reason for the absence(s), date(s) of the absence(s), and must provide a phone number where the parent/guardian may be reached for verification purposes. The written statement will be presented to the student’s homeroom teacher or high school office upon the student’s return. The original excuse will be retained on file in the school office and recorded in the INOW student database. Each classroom teacher will record the status of each absence in the grade book. The student will be allowed to make up work only for excused absences. At the time the excuse is submitted, it is the student’s responsibility to inquire about any missed assignments and make arrangements for make-up work. No assignments will be made up for credit for unexcused absences. Students have three school days from the last day missed to bring in an excuse or the absence remains unexcused.
MAKE UP/ EXTRA COURSES
Students who plan to take extra courses during the year, i.e. credit recovery, must have prior approval of the administration.
MAKE UP WORK
For the first ten absences each semester, students will be eligible for make-up work, as long as the absence has been coded excused according to guidelines of this policy. After a tenth absence from school or class in any one semester, no make-up work will be given without a doctor’s medical condition letter or principal’s permission. Principal’s permission is to be used primarily for events beyond a student’s control (i.e., extended illness, family death, etc.).
If the student is eligible to make up missed work, he/she in cooperation with the teacher, must make arrangements for make-up work or tests. Such work or tests should be completed within a reasonable time as determined by the teacher and/or school administrator. (Note: This procedure shall also be followed for make-up work missed due to time away from school for approved school-related activities.)
A grade of zero will be received for work or tests missed on the day of any unexcused absence and for any absence past the tenth per semester without a doctor’s medical condition letter or principal’s permission.
Homebound services may be provided for qualified students, (as determined by the Board of Education) after a two (2) week absence for high school students.
Students may use a parent/guardian note for a maximum of five school days or portions of days (late check-ins or early heck-outs) per semester. Any additional absences must be accompanied by a doctor’s excuse or legal notice; otherwise the absence is unexcused and the student is considered truant. (Please note that unexcused absences accrue for the entire school year and do not start over at the beginning of second semester). Upon the first unexcused absence, the parent/guardian shall be notified by the school principal or his/her designee that the student was truant and the date of the truancy. After the third unexcused absence, students are referred to the Blount County Board of Education Attendance Officer and the parent/guardian will be contacted. If subsequent unexcused absences occur, the Attendance Officer may file a complaint with the Juvenile Probation Office. The parent/guardian will then be contacted to participate in the Early Warning Program provided by the juvenile court. If the student continues to incur unexcused absences, the Attendance Officer may file a petition against the child or a warrant against the parent/guardian, if appropriate.
Once a student arrives on campus, he/she may not leave school grounds during school hours without permission of the dministration. This includes going to his/her car for any reason. In the case of illness of a student during the school day, the administration may take appropriate measures as required.
CHECK-IN / CHECK-OUT PROCEDURE
Passes to leave school – Pupils shall not leave school grounds during school hours except for EXCUSED REASONS ONLY. This must be requested by a parent or guardian and must be approved by the administration. Parents must call or come by. Signing in or out will be completed in the office.
To School – After three (3) tardies, a student will be disciplined as deemed necessary by the administration.
To Class – Students who are late will be disciplined as deemed necessary by the teacher and/or administration.
No student is allowed to leave any classroom without a properly signed agenda by the teacher in charge. If a student needs to go to the office, he/she should go to the teacher first. Students must not leave a teacher’s room without an agenda properly initialed and filled out by the teacher in charge.
RESPECT AND COURTESY
Respect to teachers, school employees, other students and visitors is a tradition at our school. Each of us should strive to be considerate of others. Respect and obey the judgment of school officials with courtesy. Follow any request or directive given by teachers, even though you may or may not have them in class. Rudeness will result in disciplinary action.
Any teacher can and should correct any student at any place on campus, whether that student is assigned to that teacher or not.
WORK AND STUDY HABITS
We believe every student at LFHS has the right to learn and every teacher at LFHS has the right to teach. Students must be allowed to study and participate in a school/classroom environment conducive to the learning process at all times. Students who violate the rights of other students to learn by disrupting the teaching/learning process will be subject to disciplinary actions. Students are expected to come to class prepared to learn with the proper attitude, paper, pencil, books and other required supplies as requested by the teacher. Students are expected to fulfill all assignments given by the teachers and it is the student’s responsibility to ask questions of the teacher if an assignment is not understood.
ACADEMIC CONDUCT AND HONESTY POLICY
Locust Fork High School and the Blount County Board of Education have established a clear philosophical foundation for the expectation of integrity and authenticity for all student work. Teachers need to know exactly what each student is capable of doing in order to assess student proficiencies and progress. Therefore, we expect students to represent their own work honestly and accurately at all times.
Students should each assume personal responsibility for achieving their educational goals. High standards and expectations are set for all students. A climate of trust and respect is essential for an effective learning environment
Academic Honesty is…
Doing your own work, crediting others’ words, pictures, facts and ideas, keeping your eyes on your own paper, not copying, and using electronic sources with integrity.
Academic Dishonesty is…
Cheating—presenting as your own work something you did not do.
- Copying from someone else’s paper, using notes (unless expressly allowed by the teacher), altering an exam for re-grading
- Helping someone else cheat
- Obtaining an advance copy of an exam or obtaining an answer key to exams/assignments
- “Wandering eyes”—allowing one’s eyes to stray to another person’s work on quizzes or tests
- Re-writing another’s paper(s) and presenting it as your own work
- Copying assignments
- Talking during designated quiz and test time
- Plagiarism—stealing and using ideas and writings of another as one’s own work.
- Using another writer’s words without proper citation. When using another writer’s words you must place quotation marks around the quoted material and include proper documentation. When paraphrasing, proper documentation must always be included as well.
- Borrowing all or part of another student’s paper or using someone else’s outline to write your own paper.
- Using a paper writing “service” or having a friend write the paper for you. Regardless if it is a stranger or a friend, it is academically dishonest to hand in work that is not your own.
Any student who violates the academic honesty policy will be disciplined according to behavior policies and consequences as outlined in the student handbook.
Instruction should occur in an environment that is conducive to learning. Good order and discipline are basic elements of such an environment and contribute to an atmosphere in which students and school personnel work cooperatively toward mutually recognized and accepted goals.
As students progress through Locust Fork High School, they will be expected to assume greater responsibility for their actions as they age and mature. The procedures described in this Code of Conduct shall apply to all students in grades 7-12.
One of the most important lessons education should teach is discipline. While it does not appear as a subject, it underlies the whole educational structure. It is the training that develops self-control, character, orderliness, and efficiency. It is the key to good conduct and proper consideration for other people.
With an understanding of the purpose of discipline in a school, you may form a correct attitude toward it, and not only do your part in making your school an effective part of learning, but develop the habit of self-restraint which will make you a better person.
The students, faculty and administration look upon the following standards as a means of developing worthy habits of conduct through the enlightened use of self-discipline.
Every pupil is expected at all times to keep in mind that his/her conduct should not interfere with the rights of others, rather that it should be an example to others. Students guilty of the following offences are subject to suspension, expulsion, or other disciplinary action as deemed necessary by the administration.
POLICY AGAINST RELIGIOUS, RACIAL,
SEXUAL AND VIOLENT HARRASSMENT
Everyone at Locust Fork High School has the right to feel respected and safe. Therefore, we take our policy to prevent religious, racial, sexual and violent harassment of any kind very seriously. “Bullying”, “ Harassment”, “Cyberstalking”, “Cyberbullying”, and “Discrimination” of any kind will not be tolerated.
A harasser may be a student or an adult. Harassment or bullying may include, but is not limited to the following when related to religion, race, or gender.
- Name calling, jokes, or rumors
- Pulling clothing
- Notes or cartoons
- Unwelcome touching of a person or clothing
- Offensive or graphic clothing, posters, book covers, stickers, drawings
- Any words or actions that make you feel uncomfortable, embarrass you, hurt your feelings, or make you feel bad
If any words or actions make you feel uncomfortable or fearful, you need to tell a teacher, counselor, or the principal.
Your right to privacy will be respected as much as possible. All reports of religious, racial, sexual or violent harassment will be taken seriously and all appropriate actions will be taken.
SCHOOL WIDE DISCIPLINE PLAN
- Report to school and to all classes on time and be seated.
- Listen the first time instructions are given and obey these instructions.
- Respect individuals and their property. Keep your hands, feet, objects and inappropriate comments to yourself.
- Bring all books, materials, and planner to class everyday and participate in all learning activities as directed by the teachers.
- NO PROFANITY
If the student chooses to break a school-wide rule or a classroom rule, the student may be reprimanded according to the nature of the violation. Classroom teacher and/or administration discretion may be taken as deemed necessary.
Fighting is not how to settle an argument or a disagreement. Fighting will not be tolerated at Locust Fork High School. Students that feel harassed by students physically or verbally should report to their teacher, the counselor, or the school administration. Students involved in a fight will be suspended for two days after their first fight. Students involved in a second fight could be carried before the Blount County Board of Education for a disciplinary hearing and/or alternative school. Students encouraging fighting by cheering, taunting, or spreading false truths will be considered guilty of fighting as well as the participants of the fight.
Electronic Communication Devices
Board Policy 5.7 I. Electronic Communication Devices:
Effective at the beginning of 2015-2016 school year, the Blount County Board of Education will implement a Bring Your Own Device Policy(BYOD). Students may have electronic communication devices and other digital devices in their possession such as iOS devices(MacBooks, iPhones/smart phones, iPads, iWatches/smart watches, iPods), Kindles, Nooks, tablets, Androids, Blackberrys, MP3 players, and laptops to be used for instructional purposes. They must be turned off, charged, and only in use with permission. Students will not be allowed to bring chargers to charge devices. The principal, teacher, or supervising employee may approve the use of personal electronic devices for instructional purposes, after regular school hours, during medical emergencies, natural disasters, or under circumstances in which the use of the devices serves safety and convenience without disrupting academic or school operations. The principal, teacher, or supervising employee will also have the authority to further restrict the use of personal electronic devices by any student to prevent the misuse, abuse, or violation of school rules regarding the use of such devices. Electronic communication devices and other digital devices will not be allowed to be present in standardized testing situations based on State Department of Education Policy.
Students and Parents must sign a technology contract that outlines the terms of the policy prior to bringing any device. Neither the Blount County Board of Education nor local schools are responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items as this is a voluntary program. If students and parents do not agree to the terms, those students will not be allowed to participate in BYOD. Students will have basic technology available at school necessary to complete lessons and assignments as directed by the teacher.
The purpose of the BYOD initiative is to enhance instruction and assist students in developing communication, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills necessary to meet the College and Career Readiness Standards. All devices must use the Blount County Schools’ guest network through Wi-Fi enabled airplane mode rather than a cellular data plan in order to meet Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA) compliance. Appropriate authorized use may include the following: research, organization of information into tables and graphs, organization of tasks using calendars, sharing information documents, and making calculations. Examples of unauthorized use or misuse, for the purpose of this policy may include (but are not limited to) any of the following: having the device out in class, hallways, restrooms, or lunchrooms, texting, playing games, using apps, visiting websites, taking, posting, and/or sharing photographs and/or video on school campus or on the bus, without the supervising adult’s permission. The consequences for unauthorized use or misuse are outlined below:
Take up cell phone or other electronic device, hold for seven (7) school days, parents must pick up cell phone or other electronic device from administration AND (school administration) choice of Saturday School/Detention/Parent Conference.
Take up the cell phone or other electronic device, hold for nine (9) weeks of school plus automatic one-day suspension.
Take up cell phone or other communication device, hold for the remainder of the school year or up to one year plus (school administration) choice of two-day suspension or five to ten day Alternative School assignment.
Board Approved: April 7, 2008
- Head gear—i.e. sunglasses, hats, caps, toboggans, hoods, and bandannas
- Pajama Pants
- Playing cards
- Chewing gum
- Students may not have food/drink items delivered from local restaurants/stores by parents, friends or guests.
- Laser Pointers
- Radios/CD /MP3 players, Tape Recorders, TVs, Digital Cameras, IPODs, etc.
- Two-way Radios, Pagers, Cell Phones, Beepers, etc.
- Chains, bracelets, belts with spikes or studs, spurs on boots
- Duffel bags / carry bags other than clear or mesh backpacks
- ANY OTHER ARTICLE(S) WHICH THE ADMINISTRATION CHOOSES TO PROHIBIT.
ANY PROHIBITED ARTICLES TAKEN UP IN SCHOOL ARE NOT THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE SCHOOL AND MAY NOT BE RETURNED TO THE STUDENT.
Use or possession of tobacco in any form including vapor and/or electronic cigarettes is expressly prohibited on school premises and school buses or any school function.
Students are prohibited from bringing to the school campus, having in their possession, vehicles, or in their lockers any lethal weapons or facsimile including guns of any type, knives, bayonets, razors, razor blades, letter openers, ice picks, and chains. The Board may expel any student who is found guilty of having a lethal weapon.
DRESS AND DECORUM
The way you look and act is a reflection upon yourself, your family, your school, and your community. Therefore, it is important that you be concerned with your appearance and your behavior. Clothing that may disrupt the educational process or contain messages which promote violation of school rules is not acceptable on school premises. These may include: garments that display profanity, nudity, gang-related symbols, tasteless or obscene messages, gothic look or illegal substances. Students who wear disruptive clothing as per the above statement will be asked to change the offensive clothing or they will not be allowed to attend class.
Dress Code Regulations
- Students are expected to dress in neat, clean clothing which is suited for school activities. Students will be prohibited from wearing any apparel which is inappropriate or disruptive to the learning environment as determined by the principal or his/her designee.
- Students may not wear sleeveless garments, which do not adequately cover undergarments or the torso, this includes spaghetti strapped shirts. Students may not wear shirts with sleeves cut off at the shoulder. Students may not wear strapless attire or attire which exposes the midriff.
- All shorts must be no shorter than four inches above the kneecap. Students may not wear skirts or dresses shorter than four inches above the kneecap. Junior High and Varsity Cheerleaders may wear their uniforms on the day of the game and/or pep rally. Students who violate this policy will be punished by the administration as deemed necessary.
- Students may not wear clothing, patches or decals which are obscene, vulgar, and suggestive or offensive in any manner, or which promote the use of violence, drugs, gangs, or endorse alcohol or tobacco products. No caps/hats or sunglasses are allowed.
- Students must wear proper undergarments but should not wear undergarments as outerwear. Undergarments should not be visible.
- Pants are to be worn to fit the person’s body and are not to hang or sag on the student’s body. Pants are to be of the appropriate size in the waist and inseam and are to fit the body in the waist and not sag down off the waist and/or hips. Pants are not to touch the floor/ground and/or drag the floor/ground. Pants are to fit the person’s legs without being extremely loose or “baggy”. Pants are not to have oversized pockets. Baggy clothes of any type are not permitted, i.e. trench coats, coats, shirts, pants, etc. Clothing, cuts, slits, or tears in clothing should not exceed four inches above the knee. Leggings and other tightly fitting pants must be covered with clothing that meets the four inch standard stated above.
- Students must wear shoes or sandals.
- Students may not wear punk-style hair or dress that includes: hair dyed in multicolor, (hair dyed colors other than natural human hair colors, i.e. pink, green, etc.) spiked hair, shaven head areas, and shaven head patterns.
- Extreme facial make-up, painted in a distracting manner, will not be allowed. Male students shall not wear facial makeup.
- No body piercing (with the exception of female’s ears) is allowed. Male students shall not wear earrings. Females shall not wear nose rings.
- Heavy metal chains, spiked apparel, and similar items should not be worn on the body.
- Students may not wear pajamas and/or pajama pants.
- No writing on the back (seat) of pants, jeans, shorts, sweatpants, etc. for K-12th grade male and female students, including cheerleaders and athletes.Extremely tight clothing shall be prohibited.
- The use of backpacks is permissible. There are no restrictions on backpacks. Athletic or duffel bags for extracurricular activities should be presented to the coach or sponsor at the beginning of the day and locked in a central location. Students should not be allowed to visit these bags during the school day.
- ALL BLOUNT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION DRESS CODE RULES ALSO APPLY.
UNLESS THERE IS A MEDICAL OR OTHER COMPELLING REASON, THE PRINCIPAL OR HIS/HER DESIGNEE SHALL HAVE FINAL AUTHORITY IN DETERMINING ACCEPTABLE OR UNACCEPTABLE DRESS AND/OR GROOMING.
Hair must be clean and well groomed, not in the eyes or covering the eyes, and not of length dangerous around equipment (hair must be secured around equipment).
Behavior Violations and Consequences
The administrative staff of Locust Fork High School reserves the right to alter or advance through the procedures for any given violation as deemed necessary for the safety and well-being of the students and staff.
Each student attending Locust Fork High School will be held accountable for his/her behavior, unless specifically documented in the student’s individual education plan (IEP) or individual behavior plan. The following methods of punishment may be employed as disciplinary measures as deemed necessary by the faculty and administration.
Corporal Punishment will be used as an alternative discipline measure. Corporal punishment will only be administered by a Blount County Board of Education teacher/administrator and witnessed by a Blount County Board of Education teacher/administrator.
Morning Detention will be held at Locust Fork High School as an alternative disciplinary measure. Students may be assigned morning detention for school disciplinary offenses or classroom misconduct. Morning detention is held on Tuesday mornings from 7:00 until 7:40. Students who miss detention may be disciplined as deemed necessary by the Administration.
Students may be assigned community service in the form of projects or hours served.
SUSPENSION FROM SCHOOL
A student may be suspended for as many as five days per incident if other methods fail or the act is severe enough to warrant suspension. Any disciplinary action resulting in suspension will necessitate the student being accompanied by his/her parent or guardian to be readmitted to school. If a student is suspended, he or she will NOT be allowed to make-up work missed during the suspension.
IN SCHOOL SUSPENSION
Students may be placed in in-school suspension, or I.S.S., during the school day. These students will be allowed to continue with their studies while in I.S.S. Students will be isolated from the social aspect of school. Students will eat lunch in I.S.S. Students will be required to complete regular assignments given by their teachers and also complete written assignments given by the school administration.
Students may be assigned to the Blount County Alternative School when behavior or attendance becomes a problem. This also includes Saturday School.
Objectives of the Alternative Program
- To meet minimum state academic requirements
- To improve behavior of students
- To help students become more responsible
- To improve student self-concept
- To improve attendance
- To provide a highly structured and closely supervised environment
EXPULSION FROM SCHOOL
This can only be issued by the Board of Education. A recommendation to the Board must be made by the school administration.
VANDALISM AND PROPERTY DAMAGE
It is costly to purchase, construct, and maintain our school buildings, books, materials, and equipment. Students who destroy or vandalize school property will be required to pay for losses or damages. If students willfully destroy school property, community service, suspension and subsequent expulsion may be necessary. If you should happen to damage something by accident, you should report it to a teacher or the office immediately.
Students must have permission from the administration to use the telephone and use should be of an emergency nature. Office telephones are not for student use except with the permission of a school official.
CAFETERIA AND LUNCH HOUR
Student behavior in the dining room should be based on courtesy and cleanliness. Students will go through the cafeteria line and pay for their choice of food. Students are not allowed to charge lunches. Parents are encouraged to use Meal Pay. Students are to remain in the cafeteria until they have finished eating. Tables and floors must be free of trash and food spills when students depart the lunchroom. At no time are pupils allowed to take food outside of the cafeteria. Students are not to go into areas where classes are being held during their lunch. Students may not have food items delivered by parents or friends. Students are not allowed to have food delivered from restaurants such as Jack’s, Sub-way, etc. Students should show pride maintaining the cafeteria, by assisting the lunchroom staff, custodians, teachers and administration with keeping the area neat and clean. Students should always follow the five basic lunchroom guidelines:
- Follow correct Traffic Flow in a single file while in the serving line.
- All food is to be eaten in the cafeteria.
- Students will remain seated until dismissed.
- Students will talk quietly.
- Students will leave their area neat and clean.
RIDING THE SCHOOL BUS
From the moment you step on the bus in the morning, you must not leave the bus or the school grounds without going through proper channels. You cannot ride a bus other than your regular bus without special permission from the office. All notes must be signed before school is out for the day. If it is necessary to make any change in transportation plans, you must notify the office and obtain approval prior to 2:00 p.m., unless it is an emergency. Keep in mind that the bus driver is the person in authority and must be respected. Follow the driver’s instructions at all times. High school students should not tease, mistreat, or “pick on” elementary students in any manner. Drivers have the right to assign a student a seat. Distracting a driver so that it impairs his or her ability to drive safely will not be tolerated. Students should not fight or misbehave on a school bus. Riding the bus is a privilege which can be taken away.
A student driving an automobile to school must be a licensed driver, must have insurance on the vehicle in which he/she is driving, and must park in the place designated by the principal. All student vehicles will be required to have a valid parking permit issued by Locust Fork High School. Due to limited parking spaces, the school administration reserves the right to limit the number of parking permits sold. Any automobile parked on campus without a permit can be towed at the owner’s expense.
Vehicles are not to be moved during the school day without the permission of the administration and are not to be moved at the end of the school day until all buses are loaded and off the school grounds unless an exception is made by the principal. Students will not be allowed to loiter in or around parked cars during the school day.
School officials, standing in loco parentis, may search any vehicle brought on campus by a student when such officials have reason to believe the students may have possession of a substance, item, or material which could endanger the life or health of another student or could interfere with the educational process of the school.The speed limit on school grounds is 5 miles per hour.
The principal has the authority to designate faculty, employee, bus, student, and visitor parking zones if the need for such zones exists.
Any student who fails to abide by any of these regulations can be refused permission to drive a vehicle to school. Locust Fork High School is not responsible for theft or accidents which occur with the vehicles that are parked on the school campus.
A Parent/Prescriber authorization form must be completed and signed by the physician (prescriber) and the parent/guardian for all prescription medication to be dispensed at school. The parent/legal guardian is responsible for having the medication forms completed and delivered to the school.
The parent/guardian must provide the school with medication that is in a correctly labeled prescription bottle/container. The parent/guardian or the parent designated responsible adult shall deliver all medications to the designated school personnel. The school personnel will count and document all controlled substances in the present of the parent/guardian or parent designated responsible adult.
The parent must complete and sign the parent/subscriber authorization form. This medication must be in the original unopened container. Dosage will not exceed package directions for weight and or age. Non-prescription medication may not be kept “on person” during the school day.
A parent/guardian authorization for non-prescription medication is valid for nine weeks only. Parents/guardians have the option of submitting a new form at the end of nine weeks if warranted. After the nine week period is over, the parent/guardian must pick up the medication. If the medication is not picked up within two weeks after the parent/prescriber authorization expires, the medication will be discarded per federal guidelines.
On the last day of school, parents are responsible for picking up any remaining prescription or non prescription medication.
The school personnel will refuse to administer medication when there is any discrepancy, i.e. label is different from instructions, label is unclear, or label is torn. This medication will not be given until clarification is obtained.
Textbooks are furnished to students and are issued at the beginning of the year. A textbook rules form is given to each student to be read and signed by the student and parents. Students who lose or damage a book must pay for the book.
During the school year, all schedule changes must be cleared through the school administration.
The library is available for student use. The library has many resources that can be used for class work, independent study, or pleasure. Students must assume all responsibility for books checked out. Fines are charged for overdue, damaged or lost books. Library privileges will be taken away if library obligations are not cleared.
Guidance services/procedures are available for every student in the school. These services include assistance with educational planning, interpretation of test scores, occupational information, career information, study helps, help with home and school problems and/or any questions the student may feel he would like to discuss with the counselor.
Lockers are available to students for rent. Use only the locker you have rented and keep it locked at all times. Do not share your combination with anyone. Lockers may be inspected at anytime. Students are not allowed to share lockers. Students are expected to take care of their locker.
STUDENTS are not allowed to bring visitors to school. Visitors present a hardship on both teachers and students. PARENTS are always welcome but are encouraged to make an appointment to see a teacher, the principal, or to visit their children’s classes.
ALL VISITORS ARE REQUIRED TO CHECK IN AT THE OFFICE BEFORE PROCEEDING TO ANOTHER AREA OF THE SCHOOL.
STUDENT GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE
Level One- The resolution of a grievance through free and informal communications as close as possible to the point of origin is encouraged. A student with a grievance may first take it to his immediate teacher or principal. Both shall be consulted prior to further resolution procedures.
Level Two- In the event the aggrieved person is not satisfied with the disposition of his grievance at Level One, he may file an appeal in writing with the Superintendent or his designee. Within ten (10) days from receipt of the grievance, he shall request a conference with the aggrieved or render a written decision.
Level Three- In the event the aggrieved person is not satisfied with the disposition of his grievance at Level Two, he may request the Superintendent or his designee to schedule a brief hearing before the Board of Education at its next regular meeting.
The aggrieved person may select a representative to accompany him at each level, may ask such representative to state the facts in written form, and may request a written decision at each level outlined above.
The grievance procedure must be initiated at the level at which the grievance occurred, and all requirements specified must be observed by students and school officials.
For the discussion and consideration of a grievance, time and place will be selected which will not interfere with regular scheduled classes or school related activities. The faculty and administration shall make an honest effort to resolve student grievances as quickly as possible at the most immediate level of supervision.
- To the greatest extent possible, all complaints and/or grievances will be treated as confidential.
- Limited disclosure may be necessary to complete a thorough investigation. The school’s and district’s obligation to investigate and take corrective action may supersede an individual’s right to privacy.
- The complainant’s identity shall be protected, but absolute confidentiality cannot be guaranteed. The identity of the victim or a reported act shall be protected to the extent possible.
- Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, any form of intimidation, reprisal or harassment in connection with filing a complaint or assisting with an investigation.
- Retaliatory or intimidating conduct against any individual who has made a complaint or any individual who has testified, assisted, or participated, in any manner, in an investigation is specifically prohibited and as detailed in this policy shall be treated as an incidence of bullying or harassment.
- During the investigation, the principal/designee may take any action necessary to protect the complainant, other students or employees consistent with the requirements of applicable regulations and statutes.
No solicitation by students for any purpose other than school related activities should be allowed.
FIRE and TORNADO DRILLS
Fire—Continuous ringing of class change bell.
Tornado—Rapid short ringing of class change bell.
School insurance is available to all students. A packet will be available for each student on the first day of classes. Purchase of this program is optional. All athletes must provide signed evidence that they are covered by adequate insurance. All athletes may purchase the twenty-four hour plan.
Locust Fork High School complies with non-discrimination regulations under Title VI and Title VII, Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title XI, Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
It is the official policy of the Alabama State Department of Education, Blount County Board of Education and Locust Fork High School that no person in Alabama shall, on the grounds of race, color, handicap, sex, religion, creed, or national origin, be excluded from participating in, or denied the benefit of, or be subject to discrimination under any program, activity, or employment.
10.17 Physical Restraint and Seclusion
As a part of the policies and procedures of Blount County Schools, the use of physical restraint is prohibited in the system and its educational programs except in those situations in which the student is an immediate danger to himself/herself or others and the student is not responsive to less intensive behavioral interventions including verbal directives or other de-escalation techniques. Physical restraint is expressly prohibited when used as a form of discipline or punishment. The use of other physical restraint, chemical restraint, mechanical restraint, or seclusion is prohibited in the school system and its educational programs.The use of restraint may occur along with other emergency actions such as the school seeking assistance from law enforcement, School Resource Officers and/or emergency medical personnel which could result in a removal of the student by such personnel.