Juneau-Douglas High School
10014 Crazy Horse Drive
Juneau, Alaska 99801-8529 907-523-1501
Fax 907-523-1616 http://jdhs.juneauschools.org/ Physical Address:
1639 Glacier Avenue Juneau, Alaska 99801
Welcome to Juneau-Douglas High School, where students, teachers, administrators, support personnel and parents are dedicated to academic excellence. The mission of Juneau-Douglas High School is to develop a healthy community of learners and to prepare our culturally diverse student population for global citizenship.
We provide a comprehensive educational program, including prescribed competencies in communication, thinking skills and mathematics. We encourage students to become involved with our numerous (over 40) activities and athletic programs. Students are encouraged to attend the many school and community events that take place here at JDHS. We are PROUD to be Crimson Bears!
Mrs. Paula Casperson, Principal
Ms. Kim McNamara, Assistant Principal
Ms. Sandi Wagner, District Activities Director
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School Mascot: Crimson Bears School Colors: Crimson and Black
Main Office ..........................................523-1501 Main Office Fax ..................................523-1616 Activities Office ...................................523-1614 Attendance ...........................................523-1623 Auditorium ...........................................523-1619 Career Center........................................523-1606 Counseling Office.................................523-1613 Counseling Fax.....................................523-1640 Library ..................................................523-1621 Library Fax ...........................................523-1643 Registrar ...............................................523-1601 Registrar Fax ........................................523-1640 Teen Health Center...............................523-1634 Teen Health Center Fax........................463-2536
This handbook attempts to cover the basic expectations, rules, and policies governing the way students, staff, and others relate within the high school community. Our hope is to provide for the general welfare of all involved, while respecting the rights and aspirations of the individual.
In order for students to become effective citizens in a democratic society, they need to practice and understand their rights and responsibilities. One of those responsibilities is to be aware of school policies and procedures, as well as the consequences that may be a result of breaching them. The school staff and administration has the responsibility to ensure that all policies are administered fairly and equitably, and that all members of the school community have an opportunity to be heard. Through various advisory groups (student, parent, staff) this handbook will surely evolve and improve over time. We encourage students and parents to become familiar with the principles incorporated in this handbook.
Academic dishonesty or “cheating” does not allow for any type of true analysis and is not tolerated. Cheating includes, but is not limited to
Procuring, possessing, using, or distributing tests, quizzes, answer keys, teacher manuals, teacher textbooks and
Any attempt to tamper with or alter a teacher's record or grades;
Representing the work of others as one’s own work, whether the materials are plagiarized from another student, a
published work or some other source, such as an Internet site.
Making use of notes or other memory aids during testing, except for those notes a teacher specifically authorizes for
student use during a particular test or quiz, and;
Obtaining or offering unauthorized information regarding tests or assignments.
The academic penalty for all parties involved in cheating is a zero or failing grade for any copied or plagiarized assignment, exam, or quiz. Students will not be allowed to make-up the work. Also, the disciplinary penalty for cheating may include an office referral for disciplinary action. Possession and/or unauthorized distribution of testing materials or altering a teacher's records call for severe disciplinary consequences. Repeat offenses could result in loss of credit for an entire course.
Admission: A student who initially enrolls at Juneau-Douglas High School is required to provide: evidence of a current physical examination and immunizations; the name and address of the school the student last attended if any; and official copies of transcripts from previously attended schools (Board Policy #5310)
Responsibility to Homeless Students: No homeless child will be deprived of any of the opportunities or benefits offered by the district because of a family living situation. Provisions will be made to help homeless students continue to attend school. Transportation will be provided to homeless students comparable to that received by other district students. Additional information can be obtained by calling the Registrar’s Office at 523-1601.
Graduation Requirements: Students and their parents must be responsible for keeping track of the student's graduation requirements. They can request their counselor's assistance in determining the answers to particular graduation questions.
In order to earn a diploma from Juneau-Douglas High School:
1. A student must satisfactorily complete a prescribed program, which meets graduation requirements of 23 credits. 2. A student must take the SAT, ACT or WorkKeys exam.
Students who do not meet the graduation requirement of 23 or more credits will not graduate or be permitted to participate in the commencement ceremony. Students who do meet graduation credit requirements, but have not taken the SAT, ACT or WorkKeys may participate in the commencement ceremony and receive a certificate of Achievement.
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Grade Level Goals:
10th Sophomore 11th Junior
World History Government Alaska History U.S. History Physical Science Biology
Work Readiness Physical Education Fitness Concepts Health
3.5 – 6
6.5 - 12
12.5 – 18 credits 18+ credits
Freshmen Recommended Courses
Six Periods of Classes
_ English (1 credit) _ Algebra (1 credit)
_ Physical Science (1 credit)
_ Physical Education (.5 credit) _ Fitness Concepts (.5 credit)
_ Health (.5 credit)
_ Work Readiness (.5 credit) _*Elective (1 credit)
Sophomore Recommended Courses
Six Periods of Classes
_ English (1 credit)
_ Geometry (1 credit)
_ Biology (1 credit)
_ World History (1 credit)
_ Physical Education (.5 credit) _*Elective (1.5 credit)
_ consider Alaska History (.5 credit)
Junior Recommended Courses
_ English (1 credit)
_ American History (1 credit)
_*Electives to meet graduation requirements _ consider Alaska History (.5 credit)
_ Additional Science course
_ Additional Math course
Senior Recommended Courses
_ English (1 credit)
_ Government (.5 credit)
_*Electives to meet graduation requirements _ consider Alaska History (.5 credit)
_ Additional Science course
_ Additional Math course
Graduation Eligibility: If a student fulfills graduation requirements by the end of the last term of their senior year, they may participate in commencement ceremonies.
Commencement Ceremony Requirements:
1. Each participating student must attend commencement ceremony practice. Each student who participates will purchase or rent the proper cap and gown as designated by the school administration and the class advisors.
2. Caps and gowns will be worn in the proper manner as designated by the school administration and class advisor.
3. Each student who participates will be expected to cooperate with the class advisor and to participate in all parts of
the commencement ceremonies.
4. Participation in the ceremony of commencement is a privilege, not a right. Seniors who have been disruptive
in assemblies/activities, or who have been involved in vandalism/pranks may be denied participation in
graduation ceremonies. (Board Policy #1430).
5. Failure to comply with the above requirements will automatically forfeit a student’s privilege to participate in the commencement ceremonies.
Discrimination includes, but is not limited to, the exclusion of any person from participation in school activities, denying any student a benefit under any program, or granting any student discriminatory consideration or advantage on
any basis other than merit. Discriminatory harassment includes, but is not limited to, slurs, epithets, threats, derogatory comments, unwelcome jokes, teasing, stereotyping, sexual harassment, physical assault or other forms of verbal or physical harassment which adversely affect a student’s education. Students who believe they have been subject to discrimination, harassment, assault or abuse are encouraged to contact any school official with whom they feel comfortable discussing the matter. Students are encouraged to follow the procedures established under Board Policy #1120, Prohibition Against Harassment and Discrimination in Education. A copy of this policy may be obtained in the main office or from the District’s website.
Assembly programs will be conducted when there is a need or reason for the program. In the gymnasium students are required to sit by class, (e, g. seniors, juniors, etc.). In the auditorium students must remain sitting by the classroom teacher. Students are expected to attend all programs and conduct themselves in an appropriate manner and show courtesy and respect for others in the assembly. Disruption or inappropriate behavior during assemblies will result in disciplinary action.
The Board of Education of the Juneau School District requires that the students enrolled in the schools of this district attend school regularly. Successful educational advancement (both in terms of academic achievement and general socialization) is related directly to regular school attendance. Juneau-Douglas High School expects students to be in every class and on time in order to be both active learners and contributors in the educational process, who do not detract from the learning of others.
While the responsibility for regular attendance lies with the students and their parents/guardians, Juneau-Douglas High School also recognizes an obligation to promote and assure such attendance. This cooperative partnership between the home and the school will foster attendance and an accurate record of it. Working together we can create the best environment for student learning and success. It is the intent of this plan to encourage regular attendance and deter excessive absenteeism and tardiness of all students.
Juneau-Douglas High School students are expected to take six (6) classes per semester. Students on a shortened day must leave campus directly following their last class or report to the designated off-campus area. Off-campus students must abide by the passing time for all students. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of four (4) classes to be considered for honor roll and student activity participation such as non-traveling groups. For traveling activities, see the ACTIVITIES section under “Requirements to Participate”.
Minimum Attendance Requirements: While the goal is for every student to be on time and in every class, JDHS recognizes specific reasons when a student may be excused from school. Just as employees are allowed a set number of leave days, students have a maximum number of days they can be absent from class. Please note that all absences (excused or unexcused) count against the absence cap as noted below. Only the attendance office can enter excused absences so all excuses, notes, emails, calls, passes and arrangements with teachers need to come through attendance office to be entered into the system.
1. JDHS students may be absent no more than ten (10) days per semester whether excused or unexcused. An extension of eight (8) days maximum is given for pre-approved family-planned absences and/or school excused absences. Both of these absences require advance paperwork and place the responsibility on the student to get work in advance and complete it. (See below for further details.) Aggravated tardies, when a student comes into class more than 5 minutes late, are treated as absences. The administration may grant exceptions to the 10/18 absence limit, on a case-by-case basis, due to extenuating circumstances.
2. On the day of an unexcused absence, the school will attempt to notify parents/guardians through our automated telephone caller to inform them of the missed classes. Parents/guardians may designate which phone number the automated caller uses by contacting the attendance office. Parents/guardians are responsible for updating contact information if it changes. If a parent/guardian wishes to not be called, this request must be submitted in writing.
When a student first reaches three unexcused absences and/or aggravated tardies in at least one class, the parents/guardians will be notified by mail. The purpose is to alert parents/guardians if they have failed to excuse legitimate absences, correct any errors in attendance entries, and identify and correct patterns of unexcused absences before they become habits that hinder student success.
Following the seventh unexcused absence, the parents/guardians will be notified by mail their child is in danger of losing credits for the affected classes. Parents/guardians of students under 16 years old may be asked to attend an "Intervention Team" meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to assist the student and their parents/guardians in determining the reasons for the absences and developing strategies for improving attendance.
When the Absence Cap (10 absences or 18 including activity / family planned absence) is surpassed, JDHS administration may withhold credit from the affected class. Students may be allowed to remain in the affected class on an ATTENDANCE CONTRACT. Students and families have the right to request that the JDHS administration evaluate special and extenuating circumstances related to the absences, and credit status may be reinstated at the discretion of the school administration.
Most children get sick from time to time. However, under Juneau School Board Rules and Regulations, when absences due to illness are excessive, parents/guardians may be asked to provide a letter from their doctor to clear up any questions regarding their child’s health.
Disabled students may receive waivers on attendance requirements as detailed in their IEP or 504 plan. (See your counselor if there is a special medical need for accommodations.)
Daily Attendance Procedures: Just as employees are required to follow specific procedures in the workplace, students are expected to know and follow the JDHS attendance procedures. While parents are required to excuse students, it is good work-place preparation for a student’s future to learn and follow the attendance process as outlined.
For record keeping and parental information, parents may request that the following absences (which meet the state regulations and/or those approved by the Board of Education) be excused: illness/injury; medical, dental, or court appointments; death in the family; religious holidays; prearranged family-planned absences; school sponsored travel/activities; and emergency reasons. Please note that excessive absences, even when excused can negatively impact grades and credit. Examples of unexcused tardiness or absences include, but are not limited to, repetitive absences due to oversleeping, car problems, missing the bus, up too late, hectic morning, late lunch with friends, babysitting, missing a period to study in the library for another class.
In order to excuse absences, parents should call the attendance office by noon to report an absence at 523-1623 or email@example.com or should send a signed note the following day. The answering machine is always available so please feel free to leave a message if it is more convenient to call outside of school hours. Please provide the following information:
• Student name
• Student JDHS 5-digit I.D. number
• Date of absence (and time to be dismissed if applicable)
• Reason for absence in order to determine the code
• The name of the caller and relationship to the student • Daytime contact number in case there are questions
Parents have five (5) days to excuse an absence before the absence stands as unexcused. Students with excused absences are responsible to complete any missed work according to the teacher’s academic plan. Students with unexcused absences may lose the opportunity to receive credit for the work.
Tardies and Late Arrivals to School: Students who are not in school or in a class at the beginning of the period must sign in at the attendance office and receive a pass to be admitted into class. Students are considered tardy (D-excused or T-unexcused) if they are not in the classroom at the beginning of the class period. A student will be marked aggravated tardy (C) if the arrival is more than 5 minutes late. A student who is tardy for any reason should sign in at the attendance office and pick up a pass. Students who are out of class due to outside appointments or in-school visits
to the counseling, nurse, or main office, or Teen Health Center should stop by the attendance office to sign the log, receive a pass, and have the tardy or absence excused.
Early Departure Check-Out Procedures: Leaving school before the normal dismissal time for a valid reason listed above is permitted provided the parent/guardian contacts the attendance office in advance by phone, email or note. Students should sign out before leaving campus.
If students are ill, they are to check out with the nurse prior to leaving the building. The nurse will speak personally with a parent or guardian before excusing a student to go home.
Students who leave campus without checking out at the attendance office will have their absences marked "unexcused" and school will attempt to notify the parents by our automated telephone caller of the absence. Students who repeatedly disregard the procedures may remain unexcused, even if a parent/guardian calls.
Field Trip/Activities: Throughout the year students have a variety of opportunities to participate in field trips and school activities. In order for the absences to be included in the eight (8) day family travel/school activities category, students must secure prior teacher approval on the appropriate form:
1. The hosting field trip teacher provides students forms for securing teacher approval for all classes to be missed.
2. If there is no teacher signature, students will not be excused for that period.
3. If the field trip is such that the students cannot attend classes for part of the day and they have not received full release, the students are to attend the regular school day.
4. In order for parents to be informed as to their students' school activities and progress, the students are to secure parent signature after they have secured all teacher signatures prior to attending the field trip.
5. Hosting field trip teachers will collect all permission forms and submit them to the attendance office to be deducted from the students' family travel/school activities leave.
Activity Leave: Absences due to school sports or activities will be excused through the Activities Offices after the completion of a Pink Slip. (See the ACTIVITY section of this handbook.)
Family- Planned Absence: When students know they will be absent from school in advance for family travel, or other reasons such as extended medical or dental procedures, or club sport trips, they must complete a Family-Planned Absence form prior to the absence, regardless of the number absences. Students are allowed eight (8) additional absences in family travel or activities beyond the absence cap of ten (10). Where possible, families should plan extended travel during school breaks. If, due to circumstance, it is impossible to plan it during school breaks, families should check in with their child’s counselor and/ or teachers at the beginning of the semester or as soon as possible to see if it is realistic to complete the course with the absence. Extended absences may require a student to take correspondence courses or alter his/her schedule for that particular semester.
The Family-Planned Absence Process:
The student should being a note to the attendance office about one week prior to the departure. The note should state the dates of the absence, the reason for the request, the students’ and parents’ names, and contact information
1. Students present the note to the attendance office and pick up the form.
2. The student is responsible for getting the signatures of their teachers. Teachers will fill in the current grade and provide homework assignments.
3. Parents/guardians should sign the form after it has been completed by the teachers, acknowledging the student’s grade and the homework their child needs to complete. Excessive absences, even when excused, may negatively impact a student’s learning and grades.
4. The student then secures the signature of their administrator as listed on the form.
5. The completed form must be given to the attendance office prior to departure or the absence will be taken from the student’s absence bank of 10 days per semester.
Truancy: Students who are less than 16 years old and have five (5) or more unexcused absences in any class may be declared a habitual truant. A letter will be sent to the parents/guardians notifying them of this. Efforts will be made to work with the student and family to improve attendance, but students who persist in being truant/skipping class are subject to receive citations, which may result in court appearances and fines.
ATTENDANCE CODES ON POWERSCHOOL Blank =Present
D=Excused Tardy < 5 minutes
T=Unexcused Tardy < 5 minutes C=Aggravated Tardy > 5 minutes, treated as an
V=Activity-comes through the activity office, requires a
prior completed plink slip F=Family-planned absences--requires the prior
completion of a family-planned absence form X=Non-participation, may require a make-up period M=In school appointment: counseling, office S=ISS-in school suspension
P=OSS –out of school suspension
Y=Johnson Youth Center
. =No class held
Please observe performance and audience etiquette during any school performance. Performers who are not performing, but wish to enter the auditorium are asked to use the balcony to watch peers, friends and siblings in performances. Audience members are asked to enter the auditorium on time for performances and not leave until intermission, or until a performer has completed any monologues, ensemble or solo work. Please do not take flash pictures during performances. Applaud to show your appreciation at the end of a performance. Screaming, whistling, howling, unnecessary applause, and entering or exiting during a performance is strongly discouraged. Please turn off all cell phones before the performance begins. Please use the crying room or leave the auditorium when a child becomes disruptive. Please ensure that all children are seated during performances. Children under the age of 14 are prohibited from entering the balcony area without adult supervision.
Main Office ....................... 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Attendance Office.............. 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Activities Office ................ 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Counseling Office.............. 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Library ............................... 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
The JDHS building is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Classrooms are opened at 8:45 AM each morning. A member of the JDHS staff must supervise any student or group of students in the building before 8:00 AM and after 4:00 PM.
END OF DAY: All students should be off school grounds 45 minutes after the final bell, unless the student is involved in an extra-curricular activity that day and/or is under the direct supervision of a staff member. Students refusing to leave the building or re-entering the building without a valid reason may be subject to disciplinary action. Students waiting for rides must remain in the Commons area. All hallways are locked by 5:00 pm each day.
CELL PHONES / ELECTRONIC DEVICES
Cell phones, iPods, CD players, and other electronic devices are to be turned off and out of sight during class unless the teacher has given specific permission for their use. If an item is confiscated for violation of class rules, it may be retrieved from the teacher on the first offense (unless the academic discipline plan specifies an alternate procedure). For subsequent offenses, the item will be turned over to an administrator, for the retrieval of the item with the student and/or parent(s).
Class rank is determined from the student’s Cumulative Grade Point Average. When two or more students have the same cumulative grade point average they are awarded the same rank in class with the next number being dropped so that the last ranked number equals the number of students in the class. For example, if two students have a 4.00 G.P.A., they both will be ranked number one and there will be no number two rank.
Juneau-Douglas High School is a closed campus for freshmen, sophomore and junior students. Students who are found off-campus, without a valid contract (such as a note from the doctor, note from a parent, internship or community service arrangements) will be subject to school discipline.
Clubs may be formed at the request of students interested in a particular activity that is not related to instruction. Examples of such clubs include, but are not limited to:
Amnesty International Fellowship of Christian Athletes Gay-Strait Alliance
Student-organized clubs are expressly prohibited from interfering with the orderly conduct of the educational program, and activities of the school; promoting, encouraging, or sanctioning activities that are unlawful; or abridging the constitutional rights of any person. The school principal retains the right to prohibit activities and meetings and to disband clubs which engage in the above-listed conduct. The procedures and rules for club formation, operation and participation are listed below.
1. Students may organize clubs provided that the club formation and activities are student-initiated and voluntary.
2. Membership requirements shall not discriminate on the basis of any classification protected by law.
3. Parent or guardian permission is required before a student may participate in clubs that involve activities outside
school hours or off school grounds.
4. A student-organized club shall have a school monitor to help ensure compliance with school rules. The monitor may
not sponsor or participate in club activities except as a monitor.
5. Non-school persons (i.e., persons who are neither students nor employees of the District) shall not direct, control,
conduct, or regularly attend the meetings or activities of student-organized clubs.
6. Approved clubs may place announcements in the bulletin, hang posters and hold events on school grounds on the
same basis as school-sponsored clubs.
7. Students must apply to organize a student-led club by submitting a written request to the school principal.
Clubs, School Sponsored: School groups may be organized by the school for educational and school purposes. Examples of such clubs include, but are not limited to:
Auto Club Close-Up Home Builders Club
Model United Nations
COMPLAINT OR CONCERN
A student or parent who has a complaint or concern should follow the procedure outlined below:
1. Contact the staff member most closely involved or a guidance counselor to discuss the matter, except that complaints concerning harassment should be submitted directly to the principal or the Director of Human Resources.
2. If the outcome is not satisfactory, arrange a conference with an assistant principal or the building principal.
If the assistant principal or principal is unable to resolve a complaint to a student’s or parent’s satisfaction, the
complaint shall be processed in accordance with the procedures of Board Policy # 5710 – Student Grievance.
Juneau School District Policy states that credits earned by a student who has completed approved courses through Correspondence Study shall be applied to the student’s high school graduation requirements. Courses must be pre- approved by a student’s counselor with an “Alternative Credit Form” filled out and submitted to the Registrar.
COUNSELING AND GUIDANCE SERVICES
As part of a school counseling and guidance program, a complete student record is maintained beginning in kindergarten and continuing through high school. All grades, test scores, health records, personal data, and the like are included in this confidential record. All students are given nationally standardized tests. The objective evaluations of each student’s achievement assist the school in making decisions, which will help provide a more adequate program of instruction. In addition, career information is made available through online web sites, College/Career fairs, internships, and mentorships. JDHS offers a full service Career Center to coordinate these activities. The counseling office works closely with the Career Center advisor to make sure students are given the opportunity to explore post- secondary options. Each student who enters Juneau-Douglas High School is assigned a counselor, and that counselor is a professionally trained person in the areas of guidance and counseling and may be of assistance to students in the areas listed below:
1. Counseling - Counseling is a student-counselor relationship in which the student has the freedom to express his/her ideas and feelings. The student is encouraged to seek information and examine alternative courses of action. Counseling seeks to help the student assume responsibility for making educational plans and decisions. Student- counselor or student-teacher communications are generally confidential, but if a student reveals harm to self or others, by state law it must be reported to the appropriate authorities or agencies.
2. Student Appraisal - The counselor gathers and organizes information about students from grades, standardized tests, information forms, and conferences with parents, teachers, and students. The guidance counselor interprets this information to the student and his/her parents to help the student deal with needs and problems that may arise.
3. Referral - The counselor may refer students to specialists in the school system or in private and public agencies. Since counselors are not trained psychologists or psychiatrists, making referrals is a part of their work activity. Students are referred to a professional counselor in the community for help with more serious emotional and personal problems.
4. Educational & Occupational Planning - The counselor shows how interest, aptitudes, and abilities work together through various opportunities for post high school career opportunities. S/he provides facts about the many available technical schools, apprentice programs, and vocational programs. S/he assists students in college planning, selection of schools and applications for admission.
5. Counseling Assignments: Students are assigned counselors by alphabetical grouping. This is done in order to permit the counselor to work with a student and his/her family throughout high school. It is hoped that this format will help establish better communication between the home and school, and provide for better long range planning. Counselors can be reached by calling 523-1613.
COURSE CHANGE REQUESTS
To request a schedule change students must see their counselor. Schedule changes are made through a petition process. Decisions about schedule changes are made by the counseling administrator, with input from the student’s counselor. Changes are made for the following reasons only:
1. An error was made on the schedule.
2. A student failed a prerequisite, which no longer makes him/her eligible for a course.
3. A student has a medical condition verified by a physician, which prevent him/her from participating in a course.
4. Inappropriate placement: a course is not appropriate for a student due to personal ability or skills. Strong evidence
from the student, parent, school personnel, and/or cumulative record is required. 5. Requests for teacher changes are not considered.
Every year there are parents who become involved in a custody dispute over their children. School staff including teachers, principals, counselors, nurses and others is asked by one parent to keep the other parent from coming to school to see the child, from picking up the child after school, or from obtaining the child's school records. Under Alaska law, both parents have equal rights and access to their children and to participate in their child's education, unless there is a court order requiring something different. The Juneau School District and staff will not honor any request from one parent to keep the other parent from a child unless they are provided with a certified copy of a court order. The court order must clearly establish that the other parent is not allowed to have access to the child, or is restricted or limited in some way in exercising parental rights over the child.
School dances are designed to provide a healthy, safe, respectful and enjoyable environment for students to socialize. It is the responsibility of each student to read, understand and abide by the school dance policy. JDHS dances are held in the high school commons between the hours of 8:00 PM and 11:00 PM, unless there is a conflicting activity. The following procedures have been established to allow continuation of dances at JDHS and to ensure the enjoyment and safety of all students.
1. Students are only admitted into a dance during the first hour and a half of the dance.
2. Upon entry the student must show his / her current student identification card. No ID, no entry.
3. Students are required to leave coats, purses, bags etc. in the designated area. Students are encouraged to refrain
from bringing valuables to dances.
4. If a student leaves during the dance, he/she will not be allowed to re-enter the dance.
5. Regular high school behavior policies apply to all school dances as outlined in the JDHS Handbook and other
applicable policies. This includes the JDHS dress code.
6. The JDHS dance policy prohibits freaking / grinding, dancing from back to front, or any dancing styles that involve
touching of the breasts, buttocks, genitals, rubbing genitals against people or objects, removal of clothing on the dance floor, lap dancing, front to back dancing with legs up or legs intertwined or dancing that simulates sexual activity.
7. Any student or guest who does not abide by the dance policy will be taken to an administrator who will confiscate his / her ID, and return the ID the following school day. Students asked to leave school dances must leave school property. An attempt to notify parents will occur prior to returning the ID.
8. Any student on suspension may not participate in school dances.
Bringing a guest to a dance: JDHS students may invite a guest who is of high school age, or no older than 19. The following guidelines must be followed:
1. Register the guest with the activities office or building administrator and obtain a guest pass along with a copy of the
2. All guests must show a picture ID at the door. The ID must include a date of birth.
3. Invited guests are expected to arrive with and remain with their host while attending the dance.
4. Guests must follow all school rules.
5. Other JSD high school students may attend JDHS dances and bring a guest, provided they follow the JDHS dance
Role of Chaperone or School Administrator: Chaperones volunteer to help ensure the dance is a healthy, safe respectful environment where parents, school staff and students are assured that appropriate school behavior and the dance policy are enforced. Chaperones will refer students who violate the dance policy, or who are suspected of drug or alcohol use, to the designated staff.
Student directory information may be released at the discretion of the school unless the District has been notified in writing by the student or parent/guardian that some or all of this information shall not be designated as directory information. Directory information includes: student’s name, address, date of birth, dates of attendance, date of graduation, height and weight (for athletic team rosters). If you do not wish to have this information released, please contact the Counseling Office.
Students' dress and grooming must not disrupt the educational process, interfere with the maintenance of a positive teaching/learning climate, or compromise standards of health, safety, and decency for a public school. Students are not allowed to wear clothing, jewelry, buttons, haircuts, or other items with markings that display lewd messages or images. Clothing, jewelry, button, haircuts, or others items cannot be suggestive, indecent, associated with gangs, promote the use of alcohol or illegal drugs, encourage violence, or support discrimination of any kind. (See Board Policy 5511) Specifically, the following are prohibited at school, school activities, or school-sponsored events:
1. Clothing that advocates or advertises the use of tobacco, alcohol, or illegal substances;
2. Sexually provocative or revealing attire (i.e., bare midriff, spaghetti strap tops, low-cut/plunging neckline/revealing
tops, tube tops, halter tops, sagging pants, or any item showing undergarments);
3. Clothing that displays lewd or sexually suggestive messages or images;
4. Clothing that may damage school property or other persons or be readily used as a weapon (i.e., chains hanging
from pockets, spiked or studded necklaces/jewelry); 5. Clothing with graphics or wording that advocate or
6. Any items that are gang related or that display gang graffiti; 7. Eyewear that distorts or masks the pupils;
8. Sunglasses, except for health purposes;
9. Hoods worn inside the building.
Use of the school's elevators is restricted. Students who have disabling or temporary medical conditions requiring assistance between levels may check with the office for elevator privileges.
Art, Music, Metals/Woods and Family/Consumer Science have an established fee. These fees are due at the beginning of each semester. Under special circumstances these fees may be waived, or school-sponsored. Students with outstanding fees, fines, locks, library books or other materials will have grades, PowerSchool access, diplomas and/or transcripts withheld until the debt is cleared (Board Policy #5513).
FIRE ALARM PROCEDURES
At the sound of the fire alarm all students are to exit the building in an orderly fashion. The exit routes are posted in each room. Staff will remain with their class and take attendance. Students and staff are to re-enter at administrative direction.
FIRST AID & ILLNESS
Students who have been given written permission may go to the nurse’s office during class. If the nurse’s office is closed, and it is an emergency, students report to the main office. Students must have signed parental permission on file with the nurse in order to receive medications.
FOREIGN EXCHANGE PROGRAM
The foreign exchange experience for students being hosted in JSD high schools is intended as a cultural experience, not a route to earning a diploma. Foreign Exchange students will not earn a Juneau School District high school diploma but will receive a Certificate of Achievement at the year-end commencement ceremony. Official transcript of work completed at a JSD high school will be available upon request.
Grades are a measure of student accomplishment. Students will be evaluated fairly and consistently by the teacher based upon the achievement of specific course objectives. A copy of each course's academic plan, including grading requirements and expected student outcomes, is shared with students at the beginning of each course. JDHS academic/class grades are defined as follows:
A = 90-100%
Indicates the student’s excellent or outstanding performance. The subject matter is fully grasped, and the course objectives have been mastered.
B = 80-89%
Indicates the student has met all the objectives in the course and has shown an above-average grasp of the subject matter.
C = 70-79%
Indicates the student has met the requirements and objectives of the course satisfactorily and has grasped the subject matter at an average level of competency.
D = 60-69%
Indicates the student has met a minimum number of the course objectives to satisfy requirements for the course, but his/her grasp of the subject matter was below average.
F = 59%-and below
Indicates the student’s achievement is considerably below the average and has failed to complete classroom and outside assignments.
I = Incomplete
Indicates the student’s work is incomplete. This grade is to be used only when student work is incomplete because of illness or other extenuating circumstances. In such cases, the student must complete the work to a passing grade level, before the end of the following semester, in order to earn credit. After ten (10) days the Incomplete becomes an F, which may be changed by the teacher within the semester time frame. Failure to complete the required work to a passing grade level will result in an F grade and no credit, and will be computed in the grade point average.
P = Pass
Indicates the student has satisfactorily met the course objectives in a pass/fail system. The student will receive credit if they pass, but no grade will be computed in the grade point average. If the student does not pass, they will receive the grade of F which does compute in the grade point average.
Withdraw Fail (WF) - After the 5th day of the semester, any class dropped by a student will result in the grade of “WF” (regardless of the grade earned at the time of the drop). “WF” is calculated as an “F” in the student’s GPA. Books and materials must be returned to the teacher(s) of the class(es) being dropped or fines will be assessed and grades withheld.
Withdraw Pass (WP) – A student can petition for a withdraw pass (WP) if there are extreme extenuating circumstances surrounding why a student leaves a class before the end of a grading period (ex: death of immediate family member, hospitalization). The student must complete the appropriate JDHS form, which they can pick up from their school counselor. NOTE: To receive a withdraw pass (WP) a student must be passing at the time they withdraw from the class.
Audit – Indicates a student is auditing a course for his/her benefit. This does not count towards credit for graduation and must be approved prior to the 10th day of the class.
Changing Grades – All grade changes must take place within ten (10) days of the close of a semester. A grade change will only be allowed in the case of teacher error or for an Incomplete.
College Credit – JDHS students can receive credit for certain courses through accredited institutions of higher education. The student must submit an Alternative Credit Form before starting the class. College courses must be a three (3) credit course at the 100 level and above. For each three (3) credit course a student will receive .5 high school credit.
Repeating Classes - Students may repeat a class with the approval of their guidance counselor. All course work, grades and credits are shown on the official transcript. All grade entries remain on the student’s record, but only the highest grade earned will be calculated in the student’s grade point average. “RTK” will be noted beside the course being retaken. No course may be repeated twice for credit. The higher of the two grades will be used to calculate the Grade Point Average.
Quarter and semester grades are mailed home. Families and students will be notified, per board policy, if their student is in danger of failing prior to the semester end.
The cumulative grade point average (GPA) is computed at the end of each semester and is based on the semester grades of all “earned credit” course work beginning with the ninth grade. The total number of credits earned divides the total number of grade points earned. Each course grade shall be based on a numerical system as follows: A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1 (Board Policy # 5420). Graduating seniors achieving an overall grade point average of 3.5 or better shall be designated as Honor Graduates.
Students must be in class during class time. Whenever a student, including a teacher’s aide, is out of a classroom during a class period he/she must have a valid hall pass. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain a hall pass from the teacher before leaving the classroom. Student in the halls should expect school administration and other staff members to check their hall passes and should comply with those checks in a polite manner.
Alaska law requires students attending school to be appropriately immunized against the following vaccine- preventable diseases:
Diphtheria Polio Rubella Tetanus
Pertussis Measles Hepatitis A Hepatitis B
It is parent responsibility to have their child immunized and to provide the school with a medically verified, date and dose specific immunization record for all required immunizations prior to starting school. Immunizations are available from the Juneau Public Health Center and ALL Physician's offices. NO SHOTS, NO SCHOOL
The JDHS Library is open from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm each school day. The JDHS Library provides support for students and staff in many ways and has a wide variety of curriculum materials available to borrow. Students are welcome in the library with their class, with a pass from their classroom teacher or on their own time before school, during lunch or after school. The computers in the library are for students and staff who need to perform internet research or for word processing assignments. The library staff is available to work with individual students. Students may work, study, and read in the library, but socializing will be kept to a minimum. The library provides access to materials housed at JDHS and throughout the Juneau School District through an on-line computer system. Students must have a student ID in order to check-out materials.
Off-Campus Contract: Students who wish to visit the library during an "Off-Campus" period must complete a "Library Off-Campus Contract" at the beginning of each semester. Once the contract is signed by the student and parent the student's name will be added to the "Off-Campus" sign in sheet. Students are to check the date next to their name when they come to the library for that class period. It is expected that the Off-Campus student has school work to perform and will stay in the library the complete class period.
Lockers are assigned to students at the beginning of the school year. They can be accessed during the regular school day. Students are not authorized to change lockers without permission of school administration. Doing so may result in loss of locker privileges. Students are not permitted to share lockers. Students are responsible for the locker they are assigned and the contents in them. There will be a $15.00 charge to any student who fails to clean out their assigned locker at the end of the year. Juneau School District, JDHS and staff members are not responsible for articles lost or stolen from lockers. Students are responsible for the condition, security of lockers, combinations and general use of their assigned locker. Students will report any problems with their lockers or locker combinations to the counseling or main office. Students are to do this reporting before school, during lunchtime or after school, not during class. The school reserves the right to search lockers, which are defined as school property.
The locker rooms are for use by PE students and athletic team members only. Students enrolled in physical education classes may have a school-issued lock and small locker. Athletes, contact your coaches for school issued locks and lockers. DO NOT LEAVE BELONGINGS OUT ON BENCHES OR IN UNLOCKED LOCKERS. If a lock is missing, notify the teacher immediately. If the lock cannot be found, the student will be charged $10.00. Do not keep large sums of money or other valuables in lockers. Juneau-Douglas High School and staff members are not responsible for lost or stolen articles.
LOST & FOUND
The school cannot be responsible for lost items. Items turned in to the office that are clearly marked will be returned to the owner. Unmarked items will be placed in Lost and Found (located in the Commons). Please check with the main office if you have lost something. Unclaimed items are donated to charities at the end of semester/school year.
LOST OR DAMAGED INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS / TEXTBOOKS
Students who willfully refuse to return loaned materials or who deface or otherwise make unusable real or personal property will have their grades, diplomas, and transcripts withheld until the debt is cleared. (Board Policy #5513).
Students who have an excused absence from school will have the same number of days missed to complete makeup work.
The Board of Education recognizes that students may sometimes need to take medications during the school day in order to attend school without jeopardizing their health. Students will be permitted to take medications at school with parental authorization and upon presentation of appropriate medical documentation and releases of liability in accordance with this policy and the accompanying regulations.
For the purpose of this policy, medication includes both over-the-counter and prescription medications. Unless otherwise authorized by this policy and accompanying regulations, medication will be administered to students in school by the school nurse or by another staff member who has been appropriately trained and has been designated by the principal to dispense or administer medications.
Students who have received instruction in the self-administration of asthma or anaphylaxis medication shall be permitted to carry and self-administer the medication upon provision of written authorization and a release of liability from the student’s parent or guardian and required medical documentation as provided by law and the accompanying administrative regulations. Students may be permitted to carry other medications upon provision of appropriate medical documentation, parental authorization and a release of liability in accordance with the accompanying regulations. Parents/guardians shall be provided with written notification that the District and its personnel are not liable for any injury that may result from the administration or storage of medication that students have been authorized to self-administer.
Any student who misuses medication that the student has been authorized to carry, including sharing the medication with another student, is subject to disciplinary action, including suspension or expulsion, depending on the severity of the offense.
MESSAGES / DELIVERIES
Parents are requested not to call the school with messages for students unless it is an emergency. Flowers, balloons, birthday greetings and other items cannot be delivered to students at school. Please do not use the school as a delivery address for these items.
Students are encouraged to take full advantage of their public education opportunities. JDHS promotes the concept of students taking a full load of classes throughout their high school years. When a situation arises, however, in which a student does not take a full load, a parent signature is required which indicates that the student and the parent both understand the limitations placed on a student’s off-campus status. Students on a shortened day must leave campus as outlined above and must abide by the passing restrictions for hall traffic. There are times when a student who is assigned off-campus needs to use the library during the off-campus period. This is permissible if the student has a
signed library off-campus agreement. Students with Off Campus must be off campus 5 minutes after the last class/and no sooner than 5 minutes before the first class of the day.
Parking on school site parking lots is assigned only to JDHS staff, and visitor or handicapped vehicles. Space near the main entrance is reserved for handicapped and VISITOR vehicles. There are no student parking spaces. Vehicles not registered or not displaying the current year JDHS parking sticker may be issued a parking ticket and/or towed. Vehicles parked in assigned stalls or parked in the center lane of the upper main lot will receive a ticket and/or be towed. If towing occurs, it is at owner’s expense. THERE IS NO STUDENT PARKING ON SCHOOL
GROUNDS. Repeated parking violations may result in suspension. (Board Policy #5514)
JDHS assumes no responsibility for the damage, theft or loss of personal property on school grounds. Individuals are cautioned not to bring large sums of money or other valuables to school. Do not leave items, including backpack or clothing, unattended. Students who have items lost or stolen should notify the police.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
The Pledge of Allegiance will be said in school on a daily basis. Students may recite the following salute to the flag of the United States or maintain a respectful silence. “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
POSTERS AND FLYERS
All posters and flyers should be school-related, and will be subject to administrative approval prior to being placed or distributed in the school. Posters and flyers are expected to be in good taste and exhibit accurate spelling and grammar. One designated bulletin board in the main entrance is for non-school related posters and flyers.
Use of fragrances including perfumes, colognes, and hair sprays can cause difficulties for individuals who suffer from asthma or other respiratory illnesses. Students should minimize the use of fragrances and consider others when using these products.
The school "Safe Line" is a convenient and confidential means through which individuals may anonymously report unsafe or illegal activities on or around the school campus. The "Safe Line" affords individuals the opportunity to share information concerning drugs, graffiti, and threats of violence, weapons, theft, vandalism and any other safety security issues with school officials. 523-1555
SEARCHES AND SEIZURES
Under the Constitution, all citizens are protected from unreasonable searches and seizures. No student will be searched without his or her consent unless there is reasonable ground to suspect that a search will reveal evidence of a violation of law or school rules. In all searches, the means employed shall be reasonable under the circumstances.
Searches of a student’s person or possessions shall be authorized by the Principal. Student consent to the search shall be sought, but is not required. When practicable, the Principal shall notify the student's parent and consult with one or more of the student's teachers and/or another administrator before authorizing a search. Wherever reasonably possible, a search of a student's person will be conducted in the presence of the student’s parent or guardian, and a staff member in addition to the principal.
The following guidelines apply to searches of school property assigned to students (locker, desk, etc.):
1. Lockers and other school property may be searched anytime there is reasonable cause to suspect that the search will reveal evidence of a violation of law or school rules or anytime a search is necessary, in the judgment of school
officials, to protect the health, safety or welfare of the student body.
2. School authorities may seize illegal items or other possessions that are reasonably determined to be a threat to the safety or security of others.
3. Items that are used to disrupt or interfere with the educational process may be removed from the student's possession.
4. Search and seizure also may occur when there is reason to believe that a student has abandoned the use of an assigned locker.
5. School authorities may seize items for health and sanitation reasons.
SPECTATOR CODE OF ETHICS AND SPORTSMANSHIP
All students must realize their importance in good sportsmanship. This refers to students who may be spectators as well as to those involved in play. According to the Alaska School Activities Association High School Handbook, if a spectator or player is guilty of unsportsmanlike conduct, the school will take appropriate action that can include but is not limited to suspension and/or barring from future contests/events.
All spectators are expected to:
1. Remember that the game is for the players. They are here because they want to play and enjoy the experience. Good sportsmanship will enhance this educational experience.
2. Refrain from distracting the players during play.
3. Recognize and appreciate skill in performance regardless of affiliation. Applause for an opponent’s performance is a
demonstration of generosity and good will.
4. Treat the officials with respect before, during, and after a contest. A game cannot be played without officials as they
are an integral part of the game; they should be considered impartial arbitrators.
5. Display good conduct. Even though you paid admission, the management has the authority to remove any spectator
who does not conduct him/herself respectfully. Abusive language is to be avoided.
6. Remember the spectator’s view of the game could be quite different from that of the official. 7. Recognize the fact that spectators represent the school, as do the athletes.
8. Respect, cooperate, and respond enthusiastically to cheerleaders.
Students have rights of speech and expression that are protected at school. At the same time, the special needs of the school environment require some restrictions on student speech to protect the rights of others, to protect students’ safety and well-being, and to prevent disruption to the educational process. Student expression that materially disrupts instruction; creates a hostile environment or interferes with others’ instruction; bullies others; advocates the use of substances that are illegal to minors; incites violence; or urges the violation of law or school rules is specifically prohibited. Refer to Board Policies for more information including 1120, 5511, 5520, 5550, 5721, 5722, and 5560.
All Juneau-Douglas students will be issued a Student Identification Card during orientation. After orientation they can be issued at the Activities Office. Student ID’s are required to attend school dances and to receive a student discount for all athletic events during the school year. Lost or stolen IDs should be reported immediately to the Activities Office. A replacement fee of $5.00 will be charged.
Only 10th/11th/12th grade students are eligible to be aides. Students must complete the requirements of the student aide contract, which is done by the staff member who is requesting the aide. Attendance is a major part of the student’s grade. Grading is Pass/Fail only. The Principal may remove an aide at any time.
Textbooks are distributed to students at the beginning of each semester. Textbooks are either checked out from the JDHS Library on the student's account or classroom teachers will keep a record of the assignment of textbooks from their classrooms. The student must return the same textbook at the end of the year or pay the replacement cost of the book, which ranges from $10.00 to $150.00. Any student changing a subject after books have been issued must return the books already received for the subject being dropped. Textbooks and Library books are to be returned on or before
the last day of the semester or school year. Following Juneau School District Board Policy #5513 only students with clear Juneau School District accounts will receive grade reports or transcripts.
The transcript is the official record of all courses taken. It is maintained by the school and updated each semester. Semester grades, cumulative grade point averages are included on transcripts.
Transcript Request: Transcripts may be requested by completing the “Transcript Request form”. This information and a PDF of the form can be found online at jdhs.juneauschools.org/departments/counseling/graduation/transcripts. This form should be returned to the Registrar’s Office located in the Counseling Office or faxed to 523-1640. Please allow a 24 hour wait period for transcript issuance. To expedite your transcript request, please provide the following information in writing:
Full name at the time of graduation
Date of Birth
Mailing address transcript is to be sent to.
Transcripts can also be requested electronically by accessing parchment.com. ACT and SAT scores can be accessed at collegeboard.com. Call 523-1601 for additional information.
VISITORS / GUESTS
Individuals not currently enrolled at Juneau-Douglas High School must report to the main office upon entering the building. Failure to comply with this provision may result in prosecution for trespassing. Students from other schools, friends or siblings are not allowed to visit during school hours.
WITHDRAWAL FROM SCHOOL (EARLY)
Students who must withdraw early are required to have their parents contact the school for a parent conference. Transfer Procedures: Students who transfer from school ten or more school days prior to the last day of school will be transferred with grades earned to date. It is expected that the student will be enrolling in another school district and that final credit earned will determined at the new school. Credits will not be issued by Juneau-Douglas High School. Withdrawal Procedures: Students who withdraw less than ten school days prior to the end of the school year will be issued withdrawal grades and semester or year-long grades, as they apply. All work must be made up in advance before the student withdraws or credit will not be granted. The Principal must approve this early withdrawal.
Juneau-Douglas High School students produce the Totem. Orders for the yearbook are taken in the fall semester at the Activities Office. Seniors are responsible for getting their senior portraits to the Totem staff by the announced deadline. The yearbook is a student publication. Some errors or omissions will inadvertently occur.
Juneau School District - High School Discipline Plan
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
The Juneau School District has adopted rules for student conduct in order to promote safety and to protect the learning environment. Students are expected to exhibit acceptable behavior at all times while in school, on school property, traveling to or from school or activities, and at all school activities. A student’s behavior outside of school and school activities is also of concern to the District when that behavior has a substantial effect on the school community. Students are free to express their individuality and are encouraged to do so as long as their conduct does not infringe upon the rights of others. Students who fail to respect the rights of others or who interfere with or disrupt the educational process will face disciplinary measures.
Students are entitled to be treated fairly, with dignity and respect. Discipline should be treated as a teaching and learning experience for students. When a student is accused of violating a behavioral standard, the student is entitled to:
a) an explanation of the standard;
b) a description of the facts that cause school personnel to believe the student has violated the standard; and c) an opportunity to correct any factual misperceptions and to explain the student’s behavior.
The assignment of consequences begins with the teacher. Students who fail to fulfill teacher assigned consequences are referred to the administration. Teachers will contact parents to discuss behavior problems prior to referring students to an administrator, except when a severe violation of school rules requires immediate referral.
Academic dishonesty or “cheating” is defined in the student handbook. Students are subject to disciplinary action as well as academic penalties for engaging in acts of academic dishonesty. Severe acts of academic dishonesty are punishable as a Category I offense.
AIDING OR ENCOURAGING VIOLATIONS
Aiding or encouraging other students in misconduct is prohibited. Disciplinary actions range from administrative detention to recommendation for expulsion depending on the progression and severity of act(s) committed. The following behaviors are examples of behavior prohibited by this section:
1. Knowingly withholding information that endangers the health, safety, or welfare of others, withholding information resulting from the commission of a crime, or withholding information known beforehand that may prevent a criminal act from taking place.
2. Refusing to cooperate in an investigation, attempting to block or hinder a school official from carrying out his/her responsibilities, attempting to improperly influence an investigation, and attempting to divert attention to others to avoid detection.
3. Knowingly making a false report that another student has engaged in misconduct.
4. Acting as an accomplice, instigating, inciting, encouraging or otherwise participating in unacceptable behavior.
5. Passively participating as an onlooker in a fight, an act of hazing, initiation, harassment, or any other form of
misconduct that involves harm or the threat of harm to another person or property.
Tardies, unexcused absences from class and unexcused departure from campus during the school day may result in detention, In School Suspension or other disciplinary action in addition to academic penalties and exclusion from participation in activities.
Intentionally or recklessly causing or threatening physical injury to another person or placing another person in fear of immediate injury constitutes assault and is strictly forbidden. Depending on the severity of the offense, assault may result in suspension or a recommendation for expulsion.
Bullying includes acts that are undertaken to threaten, hurt, intimidate, humiliate, harass or frighten a person that harm the person or their property, interfere with a person’s education or job performance, disrupt the orderly operation of the school, or are so severe, persistent, or pervasive that they create an intimidating or threatening educational or work environment. Students involved in the bullying of others are subject to discipline, up to and including expulsion, as provided in Board Policy #5560.
DEFIANCE/FAILURE TO COMPLY
Refusal or failure to comply with a staff member’s reasonable directive or request is prohibited, and will subject a student to disciplinary action appropriate to the nature and severity of the offense.
DISRUPTIVE AND UNSAFE BEHAVIOR
Behavior that disrupts school programs, activities, the educational process, or the lawful activities of others is not permitted. Shoving, horseplay, spitting, running and screaming are some examples of disruptive behavior. Any action that jeopardizes the safety or welfare of one’s self or others is prohibited. Students who engage in disruptive or unsafe behavior will be subject to disciplinary action appropriate to the nature and severity of the offense.
Students who do not comply with the dress code will be requested to remove or cover offending items or to change clothes, as appropriate. Refusal to comply with a request to correct a dress code violation is grounds for disciplinary action. Repeated violations of the dress code following documented warnings may also result in disciplinary action.
DRUGS AND ALCOHOL
Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and the actual or attempted sale, use, possession or distribution of alcohol, drugs, drug paraphernalia, and counterfeit drugs while under the jurisdiction of the school is prohibited. Board Policy #5530 defines drugs to include all controlled substances, inhalants, and medications other than those for which a student can demonstrate legal possession and a medical need. Student use of authorized medications must occur in accordance with applicable board policies and school rules. Refer to Board Policies 5530 and 5330 for more information.
Cumulative Nature of Violations: Violations of the drug/alcohol policy in grades eight through twelve constitute prior offenses that carry over from year to year, subjecting the student to progressively more severe discipline for later violations.
FALSE REPORTS, FORGERY, MISREPRESENTATION
The following acts are prohibited:
1. Knowingly making a false report to a staff member regarding student misconduct or any other topic relating to school programs or operations.
2. Claiming to be someone else with the intent to deceive staff, students or other members of the school community.
3. Making, altering or possessing parental or official authorizations or documents relating to school or school activities that a student knows to be forged or false.
Students are not allowed to make physical or verbal threats, start fights, or use physical force against another person. If two students are involved in an altercation, both students may face disciplinary action, regardless of who started the fight. Students who encourage or otherwise passively participate in fights are also subject to disciplinary action.
Playing cards, dice or any game of chance for money or other items of value is prohibited on school grounds and at any school activity.
Any group of two or more persons who associate in whole or in part for the purpose of committing violent, illegal, threatening, or intimidating acts is considered a gang. Any student engaged in gang activities will be subject to suspension and/or expulsion from the Juneau School District pursuant to Board Policy # 5550.
Harassment includes, but is not limited to slurs, threats, derogatory comments, unwelcome jokes, teasing, sexual advances or requests for sexual favors, physical assault or abuse, and other harassing conduct that adversely affect a person's employment or educational opportunities, or has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's employment or education or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational or working environment.
Sexual harassment, in particular, may include, but is not limited to, the following types of behavior:
1. Verbal, written, graphic and non-verbal communications of a sexual nature that is offensive to the recipient or
2. Displaying sexually suggestive objects, photos, pictures and cartoons
3. Subtle pressure for sexual activity;
4. Inappropriate patting, pinching or other sexually-motivated and unwelcome touching;
5. Intentionally brushing against a person’s body, or blocking or impeding a person’s movements.
Harassment on any basis of any member of the school community is strictly prohibited. Any student subject to or witnessing harassment should report it immediately to an administrator or school counselor. Students who engage in prohibited harassment will be disciplined in accordance with Board Policy #1120.
Hazing is a form of bullying. Hazing includes any act that endangers the health or safety of a person or subjects that person to physical discomfort or embarrassment because of the person’s participation or membership in, or as a condition of attaining or maintaining membership in or a position with or affiliation with, any classroom, grade level or school-sponsored activity. Hazing will not be tolerated under any circumstances. Any student who witnesses bullying or hazing is required to report it immediately to any supervising adult, parent, coach, administrator, or counselor. Students involved in the hazing or bullying of others are subject to discipline, up to and including expulsion, as provided in Board Policy #5560.
Because of the risk that any form of initiation can escalate into an act of hazing, all forms of initiation by school or non-school sponsored groups are prohibited. An initiation is a ceremony, ritual, test or activity with which a group admits a member.
MISUSE OF TECHNOLOGY
Student use of technology provided by the district must comply will all applicable rules for such use. Technology may not be used in a manner that violates law, disrupts the educational program or district operations, or invades the rights of others. Use of computer technology must comply with the standards established pursuant to administrative regulation 1540R on computer use.Violations of rules concerning use of technology will subject students to discipline appropriate to the degree and severity of the violation, and may result in termination of the student’s privilege to use the technology.
MOTOR VEHICLE VIOLATIONS
Any misuse or irresponsible handling of a vehicle on school grounds is prohibited. Reckless driving that creates a serious risk of harm to a person or to property will be reported to police. Parking on all school campuses is regulated. Students may only park on the street or in designated student parking. Parking in any reserved parking spot, loading zone, or no-parking zone will be considered a parking violation. Repeated or serious motor vehicle violations are grounds for suspension.
OBSCENITY / PROFANITY
Students are to use discretion in their choice of language. Profane and/or inappropriate language and/or gestures will not be tolerated. Obscenities include spoken or written profanities and obscene or sexual messages (implicit or explicit).
SEXUAL BEHAVIOR, INAPPROPRIATE
Inappropriate sexual behavior includes, but is not limited to, de-panting, attempting to de-pant a student, indecent exposure of private body parts, entering an opposite sex locker or restroom facility, possession, transmission and/or display of lewd or sexually explicit material and excessive public displays of affection. Severe offenses include sexual contact, lewd touching of a person’s private body parts, lewd exposure of a person’s private body parts, and “sexting.” “Sexting” is defined as the transmission of pornographic or lewd images via a cell phone, email, or any other means of electronic data transfer. The taking, possession or transmission of pornographic or lewd images at school, school activities, or through use of the District’s equipment or technology, is prohibited, regardless of the medium used for the creation, storage or transmission of the image. Creation, possession or transmittal of such images may also constitute a crime.
Any student engaged in behavior prohibited by this rule is subject to appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion from school, and in some cases may also be subject to criminal prosecution.
SMOKING / TOBACCO
Smoking is not allowed on school grounds as specified in state statutes. Students are not allowed to use or possess tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, tobacco in a container and/or nicotine delivering devices such as e- cigarettes. Board Policy #5512 addresses use and possession of tobacco. Violations of this policy will result in student discipline as well as referral to the Juneau Police Department.
THEFT, FRAUDULENT ACTS
Theft, attempted theft, and possession of stolen property are prohibited. Obtaining money, property or any other benefit or privilege by means of force, a threat, or a fraudulent act is prohibited.
Threats to cause physical injury to others are a form of assault. A student who threatens to harm others is subject to disciplinary action, and may be removed from school pending the outcome of a risk assessment in accordance with appropriate due process procedures.
Creation or possession of unsafe materials, such as lighters, is prohibited. Use of unsafe materials is also prohibited. Depending on the severity of the threat to safety, use of unsafe materials may constitute a Category I offense.
Vandalism includes, but is not limited to, intentionally removing, misusing, destroying, defacing, or mutilating objects or materials belonging to the school, school personnel, or other persons. Pranks may be defined as a trick or practical joke that creates a substantial disruption. Students engaging in acts of vandalism or pranks are subject to disciplinary action appropriate to the nature and severity of the offense. Seniors engaging in acts of vandalism or pranks may be denied participation in graduation ceremonies, in addition to other disciplinary consequences.
Students bringing weapons or replicas of weapons of any sort into a school or on school grounds will be suspended or expelled in accordance with Board Policy #5540. The minimum penalty for violations involving guns is normally expulsion for one year. The minimum penalty for violations involving knives is normally suspension for thirty days.
Prohibited items include: guns, bombs, explosives, firearms, axes, clubs, bludgeons, knives, leathermans, artificial knuckles, slingshots, firecrackers or similar devices, mace, pepper spray, stun guns, air guns, pellet guns, and any item the purpose of which is to inflict bodily harm or to cause serious physical discomfort (laser pointers, bullets, etc.)
CATEGORY I HIGH SCHOOL DISCIPLINE GRID
Category I infractions include the most severe violations of policies and school rules. These violations constitute a significant danger to the health, safety and well being of people or property within the school community. The following acts are prohibited on school grounds or other district property at any time; in transit to or from school or a school-sponsored/sanctioned activity; at any school sponsored/sanctioned activity, or at any location or time in which a student’s act affects the school community. The presumptive minimum penalty for most Category I violations is from one to ten days of out of school suspension for a first offense. The minimum penalty for some weapon and drug offenses is higher. The maximum penalty for Category I offenses is permanent expulsion. Discipline will be imposed as appropriate in response to the nature and severity of an offense. Repeat offenses within the same year, and repeat offenses from one year to the next during middle school, or from one year to the next during high school, will normally result in higher penalties. Progressively severe discipline may also be imposed for weapon or drug offenses that are repeated between middle school and high school. Expulsion is the presumptive penalty for offenses that result in serious bodily injury, that involve a threat or attempt to cause serious injury or death, or that constitute a felony crime.
Board Policy 5610 defines expulsion as any exclusion from school that imposed by the school board.
1.01: Possession or use of a deadly weapon:
a. firearms (includes guns, bombs and other items as provided in BP 5540)
-recommend minimum one year expulsion
b. deadly weapons other than firearms (includes knives and other items as provided in BP 5540)
-minimum 30 day suspension
1.02: Possession or use of replicas, commercial defensive devices (mace, pepper spray, etc.) or other potentially dangerous items (laser pointers, bullets, etc.)
1.03: Misuse of Technology (severe) (may also
exceeds 30 days. Expulsion may only be
include loss of use privileges)
Assault/ fighting/attempt to do bodily harm
V andalism, destruction of personal property, graffiti, pranks
V erbal or physical harassment, hazing
or public bullying,
1.07: 1.08: 1.09:
Arson, attempted or committed
False alarm: fire, bomb threats, 911 calls
Academic dishonesty (severe) (may also include loss of academic credit)
Theft, attempted theft, possession of stolen property, fraudulent acts
Distribution of alcohol, drugs, or paraphernalia
-refer to Drug Use Discipline 5530R-2
1.12: Possession or use of alcohol, drugs, or
paraphernalia -refer to Drug Use Discipline
Multiple, repeated or severe Category II infractions
Aiding or encouraging infractions, providing false information or refusing to cooperate in investigation, passive or active participation in fights, hazing, or vandalism (severe)
Defiant behavior (severe)
Motor vehicle violation: reckless driving
1.13: Threats to students, staff, members of school
1.14: Unsafe, disruptive behavior (severe)
1.15: Inappropriate sexual behavior (severe),
including indecent exposure, sexual contact,
Category II infractions are violations of school rules, policies, or teacher discipline plans. The following acts are prohibited on school grounds or other district property during school hours; in transit to or from school or a school- sponsored/sanctioned activity in transportation provided by or arranged for by the district; or at any school sponsored/sanctioned activity. Discipline will be imposed as appropriate in response to the nature and severity of an offense. Category II offenses normally result in Detention of between 1 to 8 hours for a first offense. Repeat offenses within the same year will normally result in higher penalties, and repeat or multiple offenses may be treated as a Category I offense. In addition, out of school suspension may be imposed for a single infraction when the nature and severity of the infraction warrant such discipline.
2.01: Failure to follow safety procedures (shops, labs, etc.); creation or possession of disruptive or unsafe materials, including lighters
2.02: Failure to serve teacher-assigned detention
2.03: Failure to possess or use passes appropriately
2.04: Unauthorized presence in a restricted area
2.05: Unsafe, disruptive behavior, roughhousing,
pranks (non-Category I)
2.06: Littering, improper use of lockers
2.07: Refusal to identify self or to respond to staff
directive regarding behavior
2.08: False report, forgery, misrepresentation
2.09: Academic Dishonesty (non Category I) (may
also result in loss of academic credit)
2.10: Aiding or encouraging infractions (non
2.11: Misbehavior while substitute present
2.12: Profanity or offensive language; violation of
speech restrictions, including Board Policies
5511, 5520, 5550, 5721, 5722. 2.13: Excessive tardies
2.14: Misuse of technology (non-Category I)
2.15: Possession or use of tobacco
2.16: Truancy, skipping class, closed campus
2.17: Excessive display of affection or inappropriate
sexual behavior (non-Category I) 2.18: Theft (non-Category I)
2.20: Dress Code – failure to comply with request to
correct violation, repeated violations
2.21: Failure to comply with school rules relating to possession or use of legal medication (non-:
2.22 Defiant behavior (non-Category I)
2.23 Motor vehicle violation (non-Category I)
A. Category II offenses normally require the following actions:
An initial conference with the student and phone or written contact with parent or guardian.
Discipline appropriate to the severity and nature of the offense.
B. Additional actions: The following actions may be required in addition to or in lieu of other consequences:
Saturday detention (4 hours = 1 day) may be assigned for multiple infractions or for aggravated (extreme) infractions.
Confiscation of disruptive/unsafe materials.
Restitution/relevant community service.
Citation (tobacco offenses).
Participation in an education program (smoking cessation, anger management, etc.).
Loss of credit for offenses involving academic dishonesty.
Removal or suspension from an athletic team / activity
CATEGORY III EXTRACURRICULAR PARTICIPATION RULES
Category III infractions are violations of extracurricular participation rules that do not result in discipline other than exclusion from activities
3.01 Violation of extracurricular participation rules
GUIDELINES FOR IMPOSITION OF DISCIPLINE
Failure to comply with assigned consequences will result in increased penalties.
A penalty that is lesser or greater than the presumptive minimum or maximum established by this disciplinary
plan or by board policy or administrative regulation may not be imposed except by authorization of the school
principal or the superintendent. Expulsion may be imposed only by action of the Juneau School Board.
Administrators and teachers are expected to use sound judgment in ensuring that all consequences fit the degree, nature and other circumstances attending an infraction, including the disciplinary record of the student. Staff is charged with the duty to maintain consistency, fairness, and objectivity in all disciplinary matters, and
to demonstrate the same thorough, appropriate documentation in every case.
Administrators will enforce teacher referrals for infractions of approved individual teacher disciplinary plans.
Rules published in this handbook are subject to change as needed to ensure the effective operation of the schools and compliance with law. Changes made during a school year will be posted in classrooms and published on the district’s website. Not all rules of behavior can be written and inserted in a handbook; however, we expect students to follow reasonable rules and not violate the rights of others.
NOTE: If you are interested in obtaining copies any of the board policies mentioned in this handbook, please contact the District Office at 523-1700, or send your request in writing to Juneau School District, 10014 Crazy Horse Drive, Juneau, Alaska 99801. Board policies and administrative regulations are also published on the District’s website.
ACTIVITIES & ATHLETICS INFORMATION
The purpose of organized activities/athletics at Juneau-Douglas High School is to enhance academic achievement, to help meet the leisure, recreational, social, and emotional interests and needs of students, and to provide opportunities for students to build desirable qualities of character. Participation in activities/athletics is a privilege extended to students who are willing to adhere to rules and policies governing such participation. As a member school of the Alaska School Activities Association (ASAA) and Region V, the rules and regulations of these organizations govern us. For JUNEAU SCHOOL DISTRICT policies and rules governing activities see Board Policy 1430.
Academic Decathlon Alpine Club
Close-Up Debate/Forensics Drama Team Homebuilders Honor Band Honor Choir Interact
Metals Club Model UN
Baseball Basketball-boys Basketball-girls Cheerleading-BB Cheerleading-FB Cross Country Run Dance Team Football Soccer-girls Soccer-boys Softball Swim/Dive
Tennis Track& Field V olleyball
Spring Musical Student Government Video Club
REQUIREMENTS TO PARTICIPATE
1. Grade Eligibility (There are two levels)
LEVEL I: Students must pass 5 classes the previous semester with a 2.0 GPA. Be enrolled in 5 classes and maintain a 2.0 GPA checked quarterly. Seniors who are on track to graduate (begin the year with 17.5 credits) and have passed all parts of the HSGQE need only 4 classes. These include: Academic Decathlon, DDF, Dance Team, Softball, Football, Swim / Dive, MUN, Baseball, Soccer, Basketball, Hockey, Tennis, Cheerleading, Honor Music, Track & Field, Close Up, Volleyball, Cross Country & Wrestling.
LEVEL II: Students must be enrolled in 4 classes. If travel or absence from class is required, student must meet level I eligibility requirements. These include:
Alpine Club, Physics Club, Art Club, NHS, Metals Club, Spring Musical, Auto Club, Interact, Music Festival, Student Council, Home Builders Club,Video Club, Pep Band & World Language
Waiver requests for students not meeting grade eligibility requirements should be directed to the Activities Director. TRAVEL or ABSENCES: In order to travel or be absent from class for an activity, students must maintain a minimum of a “C” grade in 5 classes. Seniors who are on track to graduate (begin the year with 17.5 credits) and have passed all parts of the HSGQE need only 4 classes. Grade checks are done with a bi-monthly pink slip. Pink slips come out on Thursday and are due to the coach or advisor the following Tuesday. THEY WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER 8:00AM WEDNESDAY. Check due dates on the school calendar.
2. Parent Permission/Medical Release
Students must have on file in the activity office a parent/guardian signature that gives permission to participate in activities and consent to emergency medical treatment. This form must be signed by the student as well as the parent/guardian, and must contain accurate insurance information.
3. Participation Fee
Per school Board Regulations (1430R) students involved in activities may be required to pay a participation fee. The fee will be established annually. The fee may be adjusted or waived for students in financial need. For a fee schedule contact the activity office.
In order to participate in athletics, students must have a current physical (within the prior 12 months) on file in the activity office. Physicals can be performed by a physician, advance nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant. A student will not be permitted to participate in a practice session or represent the school in an athletic event until the physical is on file.
1. In order to practice or participate in an activity or athletic, a student must be in attendance a full day (all periods enrolled). Students with an aggravated tardy are considered absent. Events occurring on non-school days will require attendance for a full day on the last school day prior to the event. Exceptions may be granted by the Athletic Director
on a case-by-case basis for doctor appointments, funerals, or emergencies.
2. When traveling, students are expected to be in class until 1 hour prior to departure and 1 hour after returning to Juneau. Check with the activity office for exact dismissal times and expected return times.
Practice - All participants on athletic teams must have 10 separate days of physical practice prior to the first day of competition. In addition if a participant misses more then 2 weeks of practice for whatever reason, additional practices will be required before returning to competition (ASAA article 7 section 5).
College Eligibility - Students interested in participating in college Division I or II sport program must register with the NCAA Clearinghouse. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure he/she is eligible for participation. It is recommended that registration occur at the end of the junior year or fall of the senior year. To ensure eligibility, NCAA Division I or II worksheets are available in the Counseling Career Center. For more detailed information and on-line registration contact the NCAA directly at ncaa.clearinghouse.net.
Students may not use, possess, or be under the influence of tobacco, alcohol, or non-prescription controlled substances at any time, including evenings, weekends and holidays. Students also may not possess drug paraphernalia and are expected to disassociate themselves from situations where alcohol or non-prescription controlled substances are being illegally used. Students and parents must read and sign both the JSD Extracurricular Participation Agreement (Form #1430A) and the Alaska School Activities Association (ASAA) Controlled Substance Use Contract.
1. When traveling in Southeast Alaska JDHS students are housed with students from the host school. The host school makes all housing arrangements. Any housing request must be made with the host school prior to arrival; no housing changes will be made once the team has arrived.
2. Students are required to house students from other communities for home events. For more information on housing ask the activity office or coach/advisor.
There are 3 levels at which to receive an award, varsity, junior varsity and participation. At the varsity level a student receives a chenille letter, pin, bar, and certificate; at the junior varsity, a pin and certificate; and for participation, a certificate. Chenille letters are given once in the high school career; pins are given once for each activity. Any lost or stolen letters or pins must be replaced at the student’s expense. Each activity/athletic has its own criteria to earn an award, check with individual coaches/advisors for details.
1. For activities/athletics in which participation is limited, or determined by skill level, the decision as to who participates is vested in the coach or advisor, based on fair and equitable written criteria.
2. A district-approved coach/advisor evaluation form (Form #1430C) is available to students, parents and community members through the Activities Office for providing input on coaches/advisors’ performance.
3. The philosophy at JDHS is that students be allowed to participate in a variety of activities. Advisors/coaches may not require or restrict attendance or participation in activities or events outside of their season.
1. Students who travel as part of an organized activity/athletic event are viewed as representatives of JDHS and must conduct themselves accordingly. School rules shall apply to all students at all times while traveling. Students will be subject to disciplinary action for violation of travel guidelines and rules including curfews, housing assignments, and ferry policies, as well as for insubordination and violations of district and school policies or the law. Disciplinary action may include a student being sent home at the parent’s expense and restriction from further participation in organizational activities for the remainder of the season, or another period of time appropriate to the nature, severity and timing of the offense.
2. Students wishing to visit with friends or family while traveling must have written permission from their parent or legal guardian prior to leaving.
3. Students are required to travel both to and from events with the team or group. Exceptions will be made on a case- by-case basis with prior approval of the administration.
Juneau-Douglas High School
Weekly Bell Schedule 2014-2015
Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
5 Min Passing 9:15
Period 1 55
8:00 8:00 8:00 8:00
70 70 70 50
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9:10 9:10 8:50 8:45 5 Min Passing 5 Min Passing 5 Min Passing
Teacher Time 8:45 - 9:45
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Period 3 55
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11:05 11:05 11:05 11:10
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Period 4 75
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Period 2 75
Lunch Lunch 40
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Period 3 55
Period 2 75
Lunch Lunch 35
Lunch Lunch 40
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