Student and Family
METRO EAST WEB ACADEMY
A Gresham-Barlow Public Charter
August 4, 2016
Dear Parent/Guardian and Student:
It is with great pleasure that I welcome returning students back for the 2016-2017 school year. Our middle school, high school, GED, and early college option programs continue to grow and improve and it is through the hard work of our students that graduation rates and enrollments increase every year. Thank you for your hard work.
This year we have a few exciting new changes that will be implemented; we believe that these changes will continue to support and encourage our students toward further success.
New LMS: We will be transitioning from BUZZ to a new LMS this year: Canvas. This LMS has been accepted throughout Oregon and has become a common tool used in both virtual schools and brick and mortar schools. We are thrilled to be moving forward with this new learning management system.
New Staff: two new staff members will be joining us this year. Scott Halley will be joining us IT and Facilities Supervisor, and Jamie Dinsmoor will be joining our science team.
Returning students will attend an online training session with their mentors; please look for that email from your mentors and be sure to attend, as this will help smooth the transition to our new LMS.
MEWA will require students to stay caught up and stay on pace in their classes this year and constant communication concerning progress will be sent out. We will also be requiring face-to-face or virtual attendance in all classes at certain times throughout the course.
We are also going to ask our parents to continue to support the assignment requirement for their student(s) by acting as MEWA partner learning coaches. The involvement will require parents to make a short data entry into our system each week.
Communication continues to be a primary focus. Please download the MEWA app, check email messages, check phone calls and messages, and provide us with the most current contact information.
We are thrilled to become part of the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program. MEWA will begin an AVID class second semester of the 2016-2017 school year and students who are motivated, driven to attend college, looking for leadership opportunities, will be the right fit for this program and will receive an invitation to join the AVID crew.
Open registration will be Monday, August 22nd and Tuesday, August 23rd from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, and August 24th and August 25th from 12:00-3:00 pm. An evening will also be available for registration on Wednesday, August 31st from 12:00-7:00 pm.
check out computers if needed (if you qualify, please bring your Free/Reduced letter from your home school district or fill the form out at MEWA).
take pictures for ID cards (the school will take these)
parent and student handbook signature page (available online)
registration paperwork will need to be signed before turning it into our office
returning students please bring proof of residence such as a utility bill (phone bills are not accepted) or rental agreement.
In addition, please be prepared to bring the following
cell phone number that accepts text message
home, cell, and work phone numbers for each parent/guardian
emergency contact phone numbers for each student
Seniors on track to graduate will be asked to pay a fee of $50.00 to cover graduation costs such as the cap and gown and other graduation expenses.
A parent/guardian is required to attend registration for any student under the age of 18 in order to sign documents and complete computer check-out forms. Parents will also be asked to attend Canvas training as a support and guide for their student’s success at MEWA.
Lab times for specific disciplines and for open lab times will be made available in the next two weeks. Teacher hours, the school calendar, registration materials, and other helpful information can be found at our website: www.mewebacademy.org and on our new app. Also, join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/metroeastwebacademy.
If you have received this letter and will not be attending MEWA this year, please call 503-258-4790 and let us know of your plans, so we can facilitate a smooth transition.
David L. Gray, Ph.D.
Metro East Web Academy
Metro East Web Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, disability, marital status, sex, sexual orientation1 or age in providing education or access to benefits of education services, activities and programs in accordance with Title VI, Title VII, Title IX and other civil rights or discrimination issues; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; the Americans with Disabilities Act; and the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008.
A public charter school may not limit student admission based on race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, disability, the terms of an individual’s educational program, income level, proficiency in the English language or athletic ability, but may limit admission within a given age group or grade level.
The following have been designated to coordinate compliance with these legal requirements and may be contacted at the school office for additional information and/or compliance issues:
Dr. David Gray, Principal/CEO
Tonia Gebhart, Deputy Principal/Operations Manager
✦ Parents and students must acknowledge receipt of the Student Code of Conduct and the consequences to students who violate MEWA disciplinary policies. Parents objecting to the release of directory information on their student should notify the public charter school office within 15 days of receipt of the student handbook.
Parents must also give their signed and dated written permission for the school to release personally identifiable information.
The material covered within this student handbook is intended as a method of communicating to students and parents regarding general public charter school information, rules and procedures and is not intended to either enlarge or diminish any Board policy, or administrative regulation. Material contained herein may therefore be superseded by such Board policy, or administrative regulation. Board policies are available at the charter school administrative office and on the charter school’s website.
Any information contained in this student handbook is subject to unilateral revision or elimination from time to time without notice.
“Sexual orientation” is defined as an individual’s actual or perceived heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality or gender identity, regardless of whether the individual’s gender identity, appearance, expression or behavior differs from that traditionally associated with the individual’s sex at birth.
The Metro East Web Academy provides a technology-rich 21st century learning model that ensures student success in a rapidly evolving learning, work, and community environment.
MEWA DEDICATION TO STUDENTS
Metro East Web Academy provides a high-quality educational option for children who are not currently served by a public or private school. We estimate that, for a variety of reasons, several hundred school-age youth residing in the East Metro County are not enrolled in a district school or are pursuing other options. Some are home schooled or are homebound for medical reasons; others have simply stopped attending or have lost interest. We believe it is in the best interest of the young people and of our community to provide an educational option that offers a route to attainment of a regular high school diploma or a GED. The Web Academy provides alternatives using effective computer technologies, highly effective teaching staff and quality curriculum materials delivered online to reach students who would not otherwise have access to a traditional program of study that can lead them to a diploma or a GED.
Our philosophy of education is anchored in individualized student plans. Each of our students engages with curriculum materials that match their academic needs and interests, and student progress is tracked continuously throughout the learning program.
It is also our intent to provide strong, focused support for each student by delivering the feedback and encouragement needed to stimulate and sustain progress through the computer-based coursework. All of our teachers interact regularly with students in planning courses of study and monitoring progress. We know we must help parents engage in the vital role they play in mentoring and working with their children.
Every student at MEWA will be known and treated as an individual.
MEWA will provide learning experiences that are challenging, stimulating and relevant.
All MEWA students will be given individualized learning attention.
All MEWA students can be successful.
MEWA students will be assisted in developing a study schedule that suits their individual learning styles and that, if followed, will allow them to successfully complete their courses.
Self-motivation and responsibility are keys to success.
MEWA staff and students will show respect toward themselves, others, and school property.
MEWA staff and students will behave with integrity, honesty and accountability at all times.
MEWA staff and students will constantly reach for enrichment of the educational experience beyond what is provided through MEWA.
MEWA students will leave the Web Academy prepared and incentivized for their next educational experience.
MEWA STUDENT EXPECTATIONS
As a student in MEWA, you are expected to commit yourself fully to your own personal growth and learning.
Students will spend between 25 – 30 hours a week on their coursework, logging in every school day and completing a minimum of one assignment per day.
Students are required to complete the Mentor Seminar class. This is a course for the entire school year and students will earn 1 elective credit upon completion.
Students will seek out the help and support of their mentor teacher or other MEWA teaching staff if they are having trouble with their coursework.
Students who are organized and capable of taking educational initiatives are the most successful. Talk with your mentor about how you can make the most of this experience.
Students will participate in virtual class sessions as required by their teachers.
Students will be required to participate in state and local assessments as assigned.
Students will operate independently, thereby self-monitoring and working ethically as would occur were the student in a traditional classroom. .
Students will be required to complete a high school and beyond plan.
MEWA PARENT/GUARDIAN EXPECTATIONS
Parents/guardians should take an active role in their student’s school career. Research states that successful students, particularly in an online environment, must have involved parents.
Parents/guardians are required to monitor and log student progress weekly (parents will be trained on tracking and reporting student progress).
Parents/guardians should establish a consistent work schedule for their students.
Parents/guardians should provide a quiet study environment and ask if there is anything they can do to help with their student’s classes.
Parents/guardians should help assess the student’s personal strengths and weaknesses and encourage him/her not to avoid the subjects he/she finds to be the most challenging.
Parents/guardians should monitor homework, schoolwork and proper computer usage. (PE logs, daily reading, journaling, computer progress, note taking).
Parents/guardians are expected to be home during pre-arranged home visits.
Parents/guardians are expected to attend mentor/student meetings.
Important Academic Dates
September 5, 2016--Labor Day
September 6, 2016--First day of school
October 3, 2016--Last day to drop classes without penalty
October 14, 2016--Inservice Day
November 11, 2016--Veteran’s Day, no school
November 23-25, 2016--Thanksgiving Break, no school
December 19-30, 2016-Winter Break
January 2, 2017--New Year’s day observed, no school
January 16, 2017--MLK Day observed, no school
January 26, 2017--End of Semester 1- All classes will receive a grade
January 27-30, 2017--Inservice Days
January 31, 2017 --Semester 2 begins
February 20, 2017--President’s Day observed, no school
February 27, 2017--Last day to drop classes without penalty
March 27-31, 2017--Spring Break
April 14, 2017--No school
May 26, 2015--No school
May 29, 2017--Memorial Day, no school
June 13, 2017--Graduation (tentative)
June 15, 2017--All work due by 4:00pm
June 15, 2017--End of second semester
I consent as a parent and as a student to the responsibilities outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. I also understand and agree that myself as a student and as a parent, that my student shall be held accountable for the behavior and consequences outlined in the Student Code of Conduct at school during the regular school day, at any school-related activity regardless of time or location, and while being transported on school-provided transportation. I understand as a student and as a parent, that should my student violate the Student Code of Conduct he/she shall be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion from school and/or referral to law enforcement officials for violations of the law.
I understand I am or my student is required to participate in student assessments. Opting out is only permitted if the requirements of law are met, and I follow the procedures established by the charter school.
Regarding student education records, I understand that certain personally identifiable information about my student is considered directory information and is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released to the public. Directory information includes, but is not limited to: the student’s name, address (including electronic address), telephone listing, photograph, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended. I have marked through those types of directory information listed above that I wish the school to withhold.
I also understand that the school is required by law to release secondary students’ names, addresses and telephone numbers to military recruiters and/or institutions of higher education unless parents or eligible student's request that the public charter school withhold this information.
I understand that unless I object to the release of any or all of this information within 15 school days of the date this student handbook was issued to my student, directory information may be released by the public charter school for use in local school publications, other media and for such other purposes as deemed appropriate by the administrator. My secondary student’s name, address and telephone number will be released upon a request made by military recruiters and/or institutions of higher education. I also understand that certain student information is considered personally identifiable information and may be released only with prior notification by the school of the purpose(s) the information will be used, to whom it will be released and my prior written, dated and signed consent unless otherwise permitted by law.
Personally identifiable information includes, but is not limited to: the student’s name, the name of the student’s parents or other family member; the address of the student or student’s family; personal identifiers such as the student’s social security number or student identification number or biometric record; a list of personal characteristics that would make the student’s identity easily traceable such as their date of birth, place of birth and mother’s maiden name; information requested by a person who the public charter school reasonably believes knows the identity of the student to whom the educational records relates; or other such information that would make the student’s identity easily traceable.
Parent/Eligible Student (18 years of age or older) Signature Date
Student Signature Date
Table of Contents
Assignment of students to classes…………………………………………………………………….12
Clubs and organizations………………………………………………………………………………..12
Credit by examination…………………………………………………………………………………..17
Credit by proficiency…………………………………………………………………………………….17
Damage to school property…………………………………………………………………………….18
Distribution of material………………………………………………………………………………….18
Dress and grooming…………………………………………………………………………………….20
Drug, alcohol and tobacco prevention program……………………………………………………...20
Emergency medical treatment…………………………………………………………………………21
Emergency school closing information………………………………………………………………..21
Fees, fines and charges………………………………………………………………………………..21
Gender inclusive spaces……………………………………………………………………………….23
Harassment/intimidation/bullying/cyberbullying/teen dating violence………………………...…...27
Infection control/HIV, HBV and AIDS……………………………………………………………….…29
Lost and found…………………………………………………………………………………………..29
Media Access to students……………………………………………………………………………...30
Medicine at school (nonprescription/prescription)…………………………………………………...30
Optional learning opportunities………………………………………………………………………...31
Personal electronic devices and social media……………………………………………………….36
Promotion, retention and grade level placement of students………………………………………37
Reports to student and parents…..…………………………………....………………………………37
Student education records…………………………………..………....………………………………39
Student support/staff availability……………………………………....………………………………41
Supervision of students………………………………………………....………...……………………45
Transportation of students………………………………………………....………..…………………48
Vehicles/bicycles/skateboards on campus……………………………………………...……………48
Virtual session expectations …………………………………………………………………………..48
Plagiarism and Cheating Policy: MEWA students are expected to do their own work and cite the work of others as appropriate. Plagiarism is the willful presentation of someone else’s previously written, published, or copyrighted material as one’s own. Such material may include work that appears in print, online, or in audio or video formats. Copying work from another student may also be regarded as plagiarism if done without consent and if a citation is not given to the original writer. Penalties for plagiarism are listed below. MEWA will choose, at its discretion, to employ plagiarism-detecting software. Cheating is considered as bad as plagiarism and carries the same penalties.
PENALTIES/CONSEQUENCES for PLAGIARISM and CHEATING:
1st Offense – Zero for the assignment.
2nd offense – Loss of credit for the course.
Third offense requires the computer to be returned to the school and a suspension from school pending expulsion.
A student is, in addition, subject to consequences for violation of ANY policy or law through the use of the computer.
A student seeking enrollment in MEWA for the first time must meet all academic, age, immunization, tuition and other eligibility prerequisites for admission as set forth in state law, Board policy and administrative regulations. Students and their parents should contact the office for admission requirements. Counselors will review student information including, but not limited to: transfer grades, transcripts, assessments, and student file before making a determination of placement. Public charter school law requires student enrollment be voluntary. If the number of applicants exceeds the capacity, students shall be selected through a lottery process.
A public charter school may not limit student admission based on race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, disability, health, whether a student has an individual education program (IEP) or the terms of that IEP, identified as talented and gifted, income level, residence, proficiency in the English language, athletic ability, or academic records, but may limit admission within a given age group or grade level. Students expelled from Gresham Barlow School District will not be admitted. The charter school may deny regular school admission to students who are under expulsion from another school/district or charter school.
In courses including animal dissection, a student may request alternative coursework rather than participate in dissection activities on any animal. MEWA will provide alternative materials and methods of learning the course curriculum. A student will not be penalized for exercising this option for alternative instruction opposed to animal dissection.
MEWA has complied with the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) by having its buildings inspected by accredited inspectors and the development of a management plan for the control of this substance. The management plan is available for public inspection in the school office. The administrator serves as the school’s asbestos program manager and may be reached for additional information.
Board policy EB - Safety Program
Students are required to participate in at least three regular types of assessments, and non-participation may result in dismissal from the program:
Oregon Assessment Exams: Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)
Achieving a passing score is part of a student’s graduation requirement.
The student will be administered the SBAC tests at the MEWA campus, no exceptions.
Personalized Assessments: STAR 360 Tests
The teacher will instruct the student on when and how to complete the tests, and they may sometimes be completed off campus.
The STAR 360 tests will help to track the personal growth of each student.
Local Performance Assessments: Work Samples
This will be for the students in selected grades 6-12, for Math, Science and Language Arts on a regular basis.
The teacher/mentor will help facilitate the completion of work samples.
Metro East Web Academy will give Smarter Balanced tests during the spring. The tests are not timed so your child can take as long as he or she needs to fully demonstrate what he or she knows and can do. We know that an end-of-the-year test cannot possibly tell us everything about your child’s academic progress. However, the results do act as a snapshot of your child’s strengths and areas for improvement and can be used as a way to ensure he or she is getting the supports he or she needs. Additionally, the tests help MEWA’s efforts to equitably distribute resources and support student learning. When fewer students take the test, we are left with an incomplete and inaccurate picture of how our students are performing, and this limits our ability to address issues, better serve students, and continue to improve our educational system.
Should you wish to opt your child out, please submit the form to the main office. You can read more about your rights to opt-out here: http://tinyurl.com/OR-HB2655.
At MEWA, we are deeply committed to ensuring each and every student in our schools has the supports he or she needs to achieve at high levels and graduate prepared for his or her next steps. Our ultimate goal is to make sure that all students are set up to be successful from grade to grade and that will remain the focus of our district throughout the rest of the school year.
ASSIGNMENT OF STUDENTS TO CLASSES
Students are assigned to classes based on the individual needs of the student, staffing, and scheduling considerations. Requests to change a student’s assigned class must be directed to a counselor or administrator. Final decisions are the responsibility of the school administrator or designee.
Students are required to login and work on their coursework every school day and complete and submit assignments as they come due. Students are expected to work on coursework five to six hours per day to stay on pace. . Attendance must be met daily in each class by the following: assignments submitted, communication via text or email with teacher, face to face meeting or participating in online virtual sessions. Failure to meet these guidelines is means for dismissal from the program, as required by state law, unless previously arranged. MEWA requests that families schedule vacations or special programs so as not to conflict with school. In the case of a planned absence, the student must consult with his/her counselor ahead of time. MEWA will grant permission for absences if they are pre-approved by the administrator, the student is in good academic standing and the student continues the work while away, or makes up the work immediately, upon return.
In accordance of ORS 330.010, children between the ages of 7-18 regularly attend school. Students are expected to be engaged in school activities based on the following regulations:
Grades 4-8- 900 hours a year, 5 hours a day, 6 courses
Grades 8-12- 990 hours a year, 6 hours a day, 6 courses
A student who is absent from school without permission will be considered truant and will be subject to disciplinary action including detention, suspension, expulsion, ineligibility to participate in athletics or other activities and/or loss of driving privileges.
MEWA school’s valedictorian and salutatorian may be permitted to speak as a part of the school’s planned graduation program at the discretion of the administrator or designee. Titles and/or privileges available to or granted to students designated as valedictorian or salutatorian may be denied or revoked for violation of Board policy, administrative regulation or school rule.
CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS
Students with the desire and willingness to lead a club or organization will follow the procedures outlined through the Extended Study class. The student would propose the club, meet with a staff mentor, establish specific learning outcomes and guidelines, document the process, and put together a final two page paper on the experience. Depending on the length and involvement of the club, students would earn either .5 or 1.0 elective credit during the school year. Navigate to the Extended study form for additional information.
Parents of a student with a communicable or contagious disease are asked to telephone the front office so that other students who have been exposed to the disease can be alerted. A student with certain school restrictable diseases is not allowed to come to school while the disease is contagious. This restriction is removed by the written statement of the local health officer or a licensed physician (with the concurrence of the local health officer) that the disease is no longer communicable to others in the school setting. For those diseases indicated by an asterisk (*) below, the restriction may be removed by a doctor’s note. For head lice, indicated by a double asterisk (**) below, the restriction may be removed after the parent provides a signed statement that a recognized treatment has been initiated. These diseases include chickenpox*, cholera, diphtheria, measles, meningitis, mumps*, lice infestations**, whooping cough, plague, rubella, scabies*, staph infections*, strep infections*, tuberculosis and pandemic flu. Parents with questions should contact the school office. Students may continue to attend school virtually from home or another location outside of the school/office.
Students may be permitted to use the school’s electronic communications system only for school purposes. Personal use of school computers, including e-mail access for personal use is discouraged. In addition to official school business consistent with Board policy, the general use of electronic communications system is consistent with prohibitions/guideline/etiquette and other applicable provisions set forth in the computer use agreement.
The school’s electronic communications system meets the following federal Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requirements:
1. Technology protection measures have been installed and are in continuous operation to protect against Internet access by both adults and students to visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography or, with respect to the use of the computers by students, harmful to students;
2. Educating minors about appropriate online behaviors, including cyberbullying awareness and response, and interacting with other individuals on social networking sites and in chat rooms;
3. The online activities of students are monitored;
4. Access by students to inappropriate matter on the Internet and World Wide Web is prohibited;
MESD/CTA is our Internet Service Provider for all campuses and they provide the technology protection measures (filtering, etc.) to meet CIPA compliance. All our network traffic routes through their firewalls, web filters, etc., and their protection measures do meet CIPA requirements.
5. Procedures are in place to help ensure the safety and security of students when using electronic mail, chat rooms and other forms of direct electronic communications;
6. Unauthorized access, including so-called “hacking” and other unlawful activities by students online is prohibited;
7. Unauthorized disclosure, use and dissemination of personal information regarding students is prohibited;
8. Measures designed to restrict students’ access to materials harmful to students have been installed.
The school retains ownership and control of its computers, hardware, software and data at all times. All communications and stored information transmitted, received or contained in the school’s information system are the school’s property and are to be used for authorized purposes only. Use of school equipment or software for unauthorized purposes is strictly prohibited. To maintain system integrity, monitor network etiquette and ensure that those authorized to use the school’s system are in compliance with Board policy, administrative regulations and law, school administrators may routinely review user files and communications.
Files and other information, including e-mail, sent or received, generated or stored on school servers are not private and may be subject to monitoring. By using the school’s system, individuals consent to have that use monitored by authorized school personnel. The school reserves the right to access and disclose, as appropriate, all information and data contained on school computers and the school-owned e-mail system.
Students who violate Board policy, administrative regulations, including general system user prohibitions, shall be subject to discipline up to and including expulsion and/or revocation of school system access up to and including permanent loss of privileges. Violations of law will be reported to law enforcement officials. Student emails and chats in the MEWA system will be monitored and checked!
Students are responsible for conducting themselves properly, in accordance with the policies of the school and the lawful direction of staff. The school has the responsibility to afford students certain rights as guaranteed under federal and state constitutions and statutes.
Student Code of Conduct
The school has authority and control over a student at school during the regular school day, at any school-related activity, regardless of time or location and while being transported in school-provided transportation. Off campus conduct and outside of school time conduct that violates the school’s Student Code of Conduct may also be the basis for discipline up to and including expulsion if it has the potential to disrupt or impact the safe and efficient operation of the school or interfere with the rights of others.
Students will be subject to discipline including suspension, expulsion, denial and/or loss of awards and privileges and/or referral to law enforcement officials for the following, including but not limited to:
2. Hazing, harassment, intimidation or bullying, menacing, cyberbullying and teen dating violence, as prohibited by Board policy JFCF - Hazing/]Harassment/ Intimidation/Bullying/Menacing/Cyberbullying/Teen Dating Violence - Student, and accompanying administrative regulation,
4. Violent behavior or threats of violence or harm as prohibited by Board policy JFCM - Threats of Violence;
5. Disorderly conduct, false threats and other activity causing disruption of the school environment;
6. Bringing, possessing, concealing or using a weapon* as prohibited by Board policy JFCJ - Weapons in the Schools;
7. Vandalism, malicious mischief, theft, as prohibited by Board policies ECAB (TBA)- Vandalism/Malicious Mischief/Theft including willful damage or injury to public charter school property; or to private property on public charter school premises or at school-sponsored activities;
8. Sexual harassment as prohibited by Board policy JBA/GBN - Sexual Harassment and accompanying administrative regulation;
9. Use of tobacco**, alcohol** or drugs**, including drug paraphernalia as prohibited by Board policies JFCG/JFCH/JFCI - Use of Tobacco, Alcohol or Drugs JFCG/GBK/KGC - Tobacco Free Environment, JFCH - Alcohol and JFCI - Substance/Drug Abuse;
10. Use or display of profane or obscene language;
11. Disruption of the school environment;
12. Open defiance of a teacher’s authority, including persistent failure to comply with the lawful directions of teachers or school officials;
13. Violation of school transportation rules;
14. Violation of law, Board policy, administrative regulation, school or classroom rules.
Depending on the nature of the infraction and the student's past performance, any or all of the following consequences may be appropriate:
Student warning, oral or written.
The student is expected to resolve the problem or issue immediately.
Parent notification will include, but not be limited to: phone call, conference or written communication. It is expected that the problem or issue will be resolved in a timely manner. Parent notification may result in a contract or written commitment of the student to improve behavior or performance.
Infractions that are primarily academic in nature, such as non-participation in school work or plagiarized work, may result in students receiving a lower grade. Parent conference may be requested for a re-engagement meeting which may result in an agreement or contract.
After a proper investigation and hearing, a student may be dismissed from MEWA: Poor daily participation or lack of significant effort may eventually lead to dismissal but only after clear warning. It is possible to re-apply to MEWA for admission for the upcoming trimester; re-entry is at the discretion of the administrator.
These consequences will be handled on an individual basis.
* Under state and federal law, expulsion from school is required for a period of not less than one year for any student who is determined to have brought, possessed, concealed or used a firearm on school property or at a school sponsored event. The administrator may modify the expulsion requirement for a student on a case-by-case basis. Additionally, in accordance with Oregon law, any person who intentionally possesses a firearm, unless the person possesses a valid license under ORS 166.291 and 166.292, or other dangerous weapon in or on public charter school property or recklessly discharges a firearm in school is subject to criminal prosecution, a maximum five years imprisonment, $125,000 fine and forfeiture of firearm and/or other dangerous weapon or both. Any person 13 to 17 years of age convicted of intentionally possessing a firearm in a public building is subject to denial of driving privileges for 90 days.
** In accordance with Oregon law, any person under age 18 possessing a tobacco product commits a Class D violation and is subject to a court-imposed fine, as provided by ORS 167.400. Any person who distributes, sells or causes to be sold, tobacco in any form or a tobacco-burning device, to a person under 18 years of age commits a Class A violation and is subject to a fine, as provided by ORS 163.575. An unlawful drug is any drug not prescribed by a licensed medical practitioner. Unlawful delivery of a controlled substance to a student or minor within 1,000 feet of public charter school property is a Class A felony, as provided by ORS 475.999.
“Dangerous weapon” is defined by Oregon law as any weapon, device, instrument, material or substance which, under the circumstance in which it is used, attempted to be used or threatened to be used, is readily capable of causing death or serious physical injury. This includes, but not limited to: pocket knives, box cutters, chinese stars, brass knuckles, nunchucks.
“Deadly weapon” is defined as any instrument, article or substance specifically designed for and presently capable of causing death or serious physical injury.
“Firearm” is defined by federal law as any weapon (including a starter gun) which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive. This includes the frame or receiver of any such weapon or firearm, muffler or silencer, or any destructive device. This also includes replicas of firearms.
“Destructive device” is defined as any explosive, incendiary or poison gas component or any combination of parts either designed or intended for use in converting any device into a destructive device or from which a destructive device may be readily assembled. A destructive device does not include any device which is designed primarily or redesigned primarily for use as a signaling, pyrotechnic, line-throwing, safety or similar device (including, but not limited to fireworks).
In accordance with the federal Gun-Free School Zone Act, possession or discharge of a firearm in a school zone is prohibited. A “school zone” as defined by federal law means, in or on school grounds or within 1,000 feet of school grounds, including public charter schools.
Coordinate with Board policies ECAB (TBA) - Vandalism/ Malicious Mischief/Theft, JBA/GBN - Sexual Harassment, JFC - Student Conduct, JFCF - Hazing/Harassment/Intimidation/Bullying/Menacing/ Cyberbullying/Teen Dating Violence – Student, JFCG - Tobacco-Free Environment, JFCG/JFCH/JFCI - Use of Tobacco, Alcohol or Drugs, JFCJ - Weapons in the Schools, JFCM - Threats of Violence.
Student Rights and Responsibilities
Among these student rights and responsibilities are the following:
1. Civil rights – including the right to equal educational opportunity and freedom from discrimination, the responsibility not to discriminate against others;
2. Once admitted to MEWA, students are responsible to attend school regularly, and to observe school rules essential for permitting others to learn at school;
3. The right to due process of law with respect to suspension, expulsion and decisions which the student believes injure his/her rights;
4. The right to free inquiry and expression, the responsibility to observe reasonable rules regarding these rights;
5. The right to assemble informally, the responsibility to not disrupt the orderly operation of the educational process, nor infringe upon the rights of others;
6. The right to privacy, which includes privacy in respect to the student’s education records;
7. The right to know the behavior standards expected, the responsibility to know the consequences of misbehavior.
Board policy JF/JFA - Student Rights and Responsibilities
Students and parents may expect teachers to request a conference: (1) if the student is not maintaining passing grades or achieving the expected level of performance; (2) if the student is not maintaining behavior expectations; or (3) in any other case the teacher considers necessary.
MEWA encourages a student or parent in need of additional information or with questions or concerns to confer with the appropriate teacher, counselor or administrator. A parent who wishes to confer with a teacher may call the office for an appointment or contact the teacher directly through the individual teacher’s appointment calendar or request that the teacher call the parent to arrange a mutually convenient time.
Students may see a counselor for any reason including academic, career, or personal counseling. The counseling office and counselors work on an appointment system, but certainly will take walk in's when they are available. Counselors are available to all students by appointment unless it is an emergency at which point an appointment is not needed. To obtain an appointment, students need to visit the specific counselor assigned to that student, and make a phone call, or send an email to schedule an appointment.
CREDIT BY EXAMINATION
A student, who has had sufficient prior formal instruction, as determined by the school and on the basis of a review of the student’s educational records, may gain credit for a course by passing an examination designed to measure proficiency or mastery of identified standards (knowledge and skills). A student may not use credit by examination to regain eligibility to participate in extracurricular activities.
OAR 581-022-1131, Board policy-IKF-credit option
CREDIT FOR PROFICIENCY
In addition to credit by successfully completing classroom or equivalent work as in a course of at least 130 clock hours, a student may receive credit toward a diploma or a modified diploma based on any one or more of the following option levels in which the student demonstrates proficiency or mastery of recognized standards through:
Classroom or equivalent work that meets Common Curriculum Goals and academic content standard required by OAR 581-022-1210;
Classroom or equivalent work in class or out of class, where hours of instruction may vary;
Passing an appropriate exam including OAKS, Smarter Balanced and NWEA MAPS or STAR 360 in reading and math;
Providing a collection of work or other assessment evidence; and/or
Providing documentation of prior learning activities or experiences, (e.g., certificate of training, letters, diplomas, awards, etc.).
This method of earning credits will be described in a student’s personal education plan.
Board Credit Option Policy
World language credit by exam process: Students have the opportunity to earn world language credits by successfully completing a world proficiency exam. Acceptable assessments would follow the OUS (Oregon University System) guidelines. To earn two high school credits, students would demonstrate proficiency at the ODE Proficiency Stage 3 level. Students scoring at Proficiency Stage 2 will receive one high school credit. The assessment typically used through MEWA is FLATS and if students pass one part of the test, either composition or listening, they will receive one credit, and students who pass both parts of the test will receive two credits. (Other tests may also qualify as indicated by the GBSD World Language Process.) Grades below the proficiency level, or exams receiving non-passing grades, will not be transcripted. Students and student families are responsible for the test fee if the student does not attend the assigned test session.
MEWA prohibits any form of harassment, intimidation or bullying, through electronic means, which is known as cyberbullying. A student may be subject to discipline, up to and including expulsion, for a violation. A student may also be referred to law enforcement for a violation. Student or volunteers may report cyber bullying anonymously.
Board policy JFCF - Hazing/Harassment/ Intimidation/Bullying/Menacing/Cyberbullying/Teen Dating Violence – Students and the administrative regulation.
DAMAGE TO SCHOOL PROPERTY
A student who is found to have damaged school property will be held responsible for the reasonable cost of repairing or replacing that property. MEWA will notify students and parents of all such charges. If the amount due is not paid within 10 calendar days of receipt of the school’s notice, the amount will become a debt owed and certain penalties and/or restrictions may be imposed.
A student who violates the Student Code of Conduct shall be subject to disciplinary action. A student’s due process rights will be observed in all such instances, including the right to appeal the discipline decisions of staff and administrators. Discipline in the school is based upon a philosophy designed to produce behavioral changes that will enable students to develop the self-discipline necessary to remain in school and to function successfully in their educational and social environments. Student disciplinary sanctions will offer corrective counseling and sanctions that are age appropriate, and to the extent practicable, that use approaches that are shown through research to be effective. Disciplinary measures are applied, without bias, depending on the nature of the offense. The age and past pattern of behavior of a student will be considered prior to any suspension or expulsion. In addition, when a student commits substance abuse, drug or drug paraphernalia, alcohol- and/or tobacco-related offenses or any other criminal act, he/she may also be referred to law enforcement officials. Violations of the school’s weapons policy, as required by law, shall be reported to law enforcement.
Board policy JG - Student Discipline
A student whose conduct or condition is seriously detrimental to the school’s best interests may be suspended for up to and including 10 school days. A student may be suspended for one or more of the following reasons: a) willful violation of Board policies, administrative regulations or school rules; b) willful conduct which materially and substantially disrupts the rights of others to an education; c) willful conduct which endangers the student, other students or staff members; or d) willful conduct which endangers district property.
MEWA may require a student to attend school during non school hours as an alternative to suspension or may require a student to continue progress on coursework off-campus during the duration of the suspension. An opportunity for the student to present his/her view of the alleged misconduct will be given. Each suspension will include a specification of the reasons for the suspension, the length of the suspension, a plan for readmission and an opportunity to appeal the decision. Every reasonable and prompt effort will be made to notify the parents of a suspended student.
While under suspension, a student may not attend after-school activities and athletic events, be present on school property nor participate in activities directed or sponsored by the school.
Board policy JGD – Suspension
Students may be expelled for any of the following circumstances: a) when a student’s conduct poses a threat to the health or safety of students or employees; b) when other strategies to change the student’s behavior have been ineffective; or c) when required by law.
No student may be expelled without a hearing unless the student’s parent or the student, if 18 years of age, waives the right to a hearing, either in writing or by failure to appear at a scheduled hearing. An expulsion shall not extend beyond one calendar year. MEWA will provide appropriate expulsion notification including expulsion hearing procedures, student and parent rights as required by law. Prior to expulsion, the school will notify the resident district of the student of the impending expulsion.
Board policy JGE – Expulsion
Discipline of Students with Disabilities
When a student being served by an individualized education program (IEP) engages in conduct which would warrant suspension of more than 10 days or expulsion for a nondisabled student, the student’s parents will be notified immediately (within 24 hours) of the circumstances of the misbehavior and the time and location of the student’s IEP team meeting addressing the infraction and its relationship to the disability. The IEP team will determine whether the misconduct is a manifestation of the student’s disability. Should the IEP team conclude the misconduct has no relationship to the student’s disability, the student may be disciplined in the same manner as would other students. If the IEP team concludes the misconduct is a consequence of the student’s disability, the team may review and revise the student’s IEP and determine whether a change in placement is needed. The school may not suspend for more than 10 days or expel a student with a disability or terminate educational services for any behavior which is a manifestation of the disability. A student may be removed from the current educational placement to an appropriate interim alternative educational setting for the same amount of time that a student without a disability would be subject to discipline, but for not more than 45 calendar days in a school year for a drug or weapon violation as provided in the school procedures. Additionally, the district may request an expedited due process hearing to obtain a hearings officer’s order to remove a student to an interim alternative educational setting for not more than 45 days if the student is exhibiting injurious behavior. For the purpose of this request, “injurious behavior” is defined as behavior that is substantially likely to result in injury to the student or to others.
Board policy JGDA/JGEA - Discipline of Students with Disabilities, the administrative regulation and the sponsoring district.
DISTRIBUTION OF MATERIAL
All aspects of 6-8 school-sponsored publications, including web pages, newspapers and/or yearbooks, are completely under the supervision of the teacher and administrator. Students may be required to submit such publications to the administration for approval. Generally, high school student journalists have the right to exercise freedom of speech and of the press in school sponsored media. School sponsored media prepared by student journalists are subject to reasonable time, place and manner restrictions pursuant to state and federal law. Written materials, handbills, photographs, pictures, petitions, films, tapes or other visual or auditory materials may not be sold, circulated or distributed on school property by a student or a non student without the approval of the administration. Materials not under the editorial control of the school may be subject to administrative review, restricted or prohibited, based on legitimate educational concerns. Such concerns include whether the material is defamatory; age appropriate to the grade level and/or maturity of the reading audience; poorly written, inadequately researched, is biased or prejudiced; not factual; or not free of racial, ethnic, religious or sexual bias. Materials include advertising that is in conflict with public school laws, rules and/or Board policy, deemed inappropriate for students or may be reasonably perceived by the public to bear the sanction for approval of the school. MEWA may designate the time, place and manner for distribution. If material is not approved within 24 hours of the time that it was submitted, it must be considered disapproved. Disapprovals may be appealed by submitting the disapproved materials to the administrator; material not approved by the administrator within three days is considered disapproved. This disapproval may be appealed to the Board at its next regular meeting when the individual shall have a reasonable period of time to present his/her viewpoint.
DRESS AND GROOMING
The public charter school’s dress code is established to promote appropriate grooming and hygiene, prevent disruption and avoid safety hazards. Students who represent the school in a voluntary activity may be required to meet additional dress and grooming standards approved by the administrator and may be denied the opportunity to participate if those standards are not met.
Dress and grooming shall be in keeping with health, hygiene and safety practices;
When a student is participating in school activities or on campus, his/her dress and grooming shall not disrupt learning or constitute a health threat to the individual or other students;
Students shall not wear clothing, jewelry, tattoos, emblems, badges, symbols, signs or other things which are evidence of membership or affiliation in any gang;
Students shall not wear clothing with obscene, profane, alcohol, tobacco, illicit drug, derogatory and/or violence-related references.
DRILLS - FIRE, EARTHQUAKE, SAFETY THREATS AND OTHER EMERGENCY DRILLS
Instruction on fire and earthquake dangers and drills for students shall be conducted for at least 30 minutes each school month. At least one fire drill will be conducted each month for students in grades 6-12. At least one fire drill will be conducted within the first 10 days of the school year. At least two drills on earthquakes and two drills for safety threats for students will be conducted each year for students in grades 6-12. A map/diagram of the fire escape route to be followed is posted near all classroom doorways and reviewed with students. When the fire alarm is sounded, students must follow the direction of staff quickly, quietly and in an orderly fashion.
ORS 336.071 requires drills and instruction on safety threats, Oregon State Fire Marshall’s Code requirement
DRUG, ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO PREVENTION PROGRAM
The possession, selling and/or use of illegal and harmful drugs, alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited. This includes substance abuse and drug paraphernalia. This prohibition applies during the regular school day and/or at any school-related activity, regardless of time or location and while being transported on school-provided transportation. Student in violation of the school’s drug, alcohol and tobacco policy will be subject to disciplinary action and referral to law enforcement officials, as appropriate, in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. Since drug, alcohol and tobacco use is illegal for students and interferes with both effective learning and the healthy development of students, the school has a fundamental and ethical obligation to prevent drug, alcohol and tobacco use and to maintain a drug-free educational environment.
An aggressive intervention program to eliminate drug, alcohol and tobacco use has been implemented throughout the school. As part of this program, an age-appropriate drug, alcohol and tobacco prevention curriculum will be taught annually to all students. The program also includes staff training in school procedures for the identification and referral of students whose behavior is interfering with their potential success socially, emotionally, physiologically and/or legally as a result of illegal drug, alcohol and tobacco use. Parents are encouraged to contact the counseling office for information on school and community resources available to assist students in need.
Board policy IGAEB - Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Prevention, Health Education
EMERGENCY MEDICAL TREATMENT
A student who becomes ill or is injured at school must notify his/her teacher or another staff member as soon as possible. In the case of a serious illness or injury, the school shall attempt to notify parents according to information provided on emergency forms and submitted by parents to the school. Parents are encouraged to update this information as often as necessary. If the student is too ill to remain in school, the student will be released to the student’s parents or to another person as directed by parents on the student’s emergency form. School staff may administer emergency or minor first aid, if possible. The school will contact emergency medical personnel, if necessary, and will attempt to notify the student’s parents whenever the student has been transported for treatment.
Board policy EBBA - First Aid and the administrative regulation
EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSING INFORMATION
MEWA follows the Gresham-Barlow School District schedule of school closures and late starts. School Office closures or late starts necessitated by extremely bad weather are announced beginning at 6:00 am, sometimes earlier, on many radio and TV stations. Students and families are responsible to monitor the media for information. If there are no announcements concerning Gresham-Barlow schools, then the school is open and on a normal schedule. If schools are scheduled to start late, staff will report 2 hours after their normal scheduled time of arrival.
Please use this link: FlashAlert to sign up for notifications and emails regarding emergency messages, such as breaking news or weather closure information, and news releases from the district.
All students, regardless of their ability levels, are encouraged to take part in extracurricular activities and the many worthwhile learning experiences that involvement in student government, student clubs, organizations, athletics and other activities MEWA or their district school has to offer. Interested students should contact the office for additional information. MEWA students may participate in activities of the district in which the school is located if they meet district criteria. MEWA students are eligible to participate in extracurricular activities at their neighborhood schools at no charge to the Web Academy. MEWA students who participate in extracurricular activities of the District shall be subject to OSAA and the District’s rules regarding fees, eligibility and conduct.
FEES, FINES AND CHARGES
Materials that are part of the basic educational program are provided without charge to a student. A student is expected to provide his/her own supplies of pencils, paper, erasers and notebooks and may be required to pay certain other fees or deposits, including:
Materials for a class project the student will keep in excess of minimum course requirements and at the option of the student;
Personal physical education and athletic equipment and apparel;
Voluntary purchases of pictures, publications, class rings, graduation announcements, etc.;
Student identification cards;
Fees for damaged library books and school-owned equipment;
Field trips considered optional to the public charter school’s regular school program;
Admission fees for certain extracurricular activities;
Lab fees, art fees;
Computer laptop deposits.
Any required fee or deposit may be waived if the student and parent are unable to pay. Application for such a waiver may be made to the administrator.
The school may impose certain restrictions and/or penalties until fees, fines or damages are paid. All such restrictions and/or penalties shall end upon payment of amount owed. Fees, fines and charges owed to the public charter school may be waived at the discretion of the administrator or designee if:
1. The school determines that the parent of the student is unable to pay the debt;
2. The payment of the debt could impact the health or safety of the student;
3. The creation of the notice of the debt owed would cost more than the potential total debt collected relating to the notice;
4. There are mitigating circumstances as determined by the administrator or designee that preclude the collection of the debt.
A written notice will be provided to the student and his/her parent(s) of the school’s intent to collect fees, fines and damages owed. Notice will include the reason the student owes money to the school, and itemization of the fees, fines or damages owed and the right of the parent to request a hearing. The school may pursue possible restrictions and/or penalties through a private collection agency or other method available to the school.
Debts not paid within 10 calendar days of the school’s notice to the student and parent will result in possible restrictions and/or penalties, until the debt is paid and possible referral of the debt to a private collection agency or other methods available to the school. A request to waive the student’s debt must be submitted in writing to the administrator or designee. Such requests must be received no later than 10 calendar days following the school’s notice. MEWA may also seek reasonable attorney fees for any necessary court action to collect student debt.
MEWA cannot withhold grades or diplomas.
Field trips may be scheduled for educational, cultural or other extracurricular purposes. All students are considered to be “in school” while participating in school-sponsored field trips. This means students are subject to the school’s student conduct rules, applicable Board policy and such other rules as may be deemed appropriate by the field trip supervisor.
Student organizations, clubs or classes, athletic teams, outside organizations and/or parent groups may occasionally be permitted to conduct fund-raising drives. An application for permission must be made to the administrator at least 10 days before the event. All funds raised or collected by or for school-approved student groups will be receipted, deposited and accounted for in accordance with Oregon law and applicable public charter school policy and procedures. All such funds will be expended for the purpose of supporting the school’s programs. The administrator is responsible for administering student activity funds.
The presence of gangs, and the violent activities and drug abuse that often accompany gang involvement, can cause a substantial disruption of school, school activities and a student’s ability to meet curriculum and attendance requirements. A gang is defined as any group that identifies itself through the use of a name, unique appearance or language, including hand signs, the claiming of geographical territory or the espousing of a distinctive belief system that frequently results in criminal activity. In an effort to reduce gang involvement, MEWA encourages students to become involved with school-sponsored clubs, organizations and athletics and to discuss with staff and school officials the negative consequences of gang involvement and to seek the assistance of counselors for additional guidance and school and community resources that offer support to students and alternatives to gang involvement. No student on or about school property or at any school activity shall wear, possess, use, distribute, display or sell any clothing, jewelry, emblem, badge or any other such symbol evidencing gang membership or affiliation. No student shall use any speech, either verbal or nonverbal (gestures, handshakes, etc.) signifying gang membership or affiliation. No student shall solicit other students for membership in any gangs nor commit any other illegal act or other violation of public charter school policies. Students in violation of the school’s gang policy will be subject to discipline in accordance with the school’s Student Code of Conduct.
Board policies JFCM - Threats of Violence
GENDER INCLUSIVE SPACES
Oregon law defines sexual orientation as “an individual’s actual or perceived heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality or gender identity, regardless of whether the individual’s gender identity, appearance, expression or behavior differs from that traditionally associated with the individual’s sex at birth.” ORS 174.100(7). Under Oregon law, a school cannot discriminate against an individual because of their gender identity.
MEWA affirms the right of all people to use the restroom of the gender with which they identify. MEWA has two gender-inclusive restrooms in the building located across from classrooms 2 and 3.
Gender & first name changes
ODE maintains the expectation that legal name in the school record be consistent with the legal name of the student, in the case of transgender students it may be necessary to deviate from this policy to support and protect the student from being inadvertently outed and potentially exposed to bullying and harassment. Transgender students may replace the legal first name in the system with the student’s preferred name that corresponds with their gender identity. If the student's legal name appears in documents or records visible to others, the school can assist the student in not disclosing their gender by changing the legal name to the preferred name and using the legal name as the middle name. Transgender students and their parents can discuss this with the administrator.
After the ninth grade, students are classified by grade level according to the number of units of credit earned toward graduation.
Units of Credit Earned Grade Placement
6 10 (sophomore)
12 11 (junior)
18 12 (senior)
All final grades are to be determined by the course teacher, as student learning and mastery is assessed. For an explanation of general MEWA grading policies, read below:
CONTINUOUS PROGRESS GRADING: Students and parent should access electronically generated reports on a student’s progress. These reports will contain level of success of completed work and progress toward completing the course worked. Progress reports are not supplied, as the e-reports should suffice. Individual teachers have the option of how they will communicate student progress (or lack thereof) to the student or parent.
SUCCESS THRESHOLD: Students should be able to receive passing grades down to 60% or D. All threshold levels should be the same irrespective of the type of course. Weighting of course components (e.g. quizzes, projects, etc.) will vary with the subject matter.
A = 90%-100%
B = 80% -89%
C = 70%-79%
D = 60%-69%
N = COURSE IN PROGRESS
F = <59%
Students must maintain adequate academic progress as defined on the academic calendar. Students active in any course after the semester drop date will receive a final grade at semester end. Final grade is calculated by % progress x % performance pacing. For example, a student that completed 75% of the course with an 83% grade, will receive a 62.25% (83% x 0.75). Unless otherwise noted, all work in scheduled classes must be completed by the semester timelines. It is the student’s responsibility to understand and follow each individual instructor’s grading policies.
DROPPED COURSES: High school students will have two weeks from the beginning of their course to withdraw without prejudice. The course will appear on their transcript with a WP grade. Students withdrawing from a course after two weeks will be subject to either a special review or WF.
MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS EARNING HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT: MIddle school students who demonstrate an aptitude and work ethic for success in high school courses as demonstrated through coursework or testing scores will have the opportunity to earn high school credit by taking the appropriate high school course. The middle school student will be able to earn high school credit if an A or B is earned both semesters of that particular high school course and if completion of the course follows the high school course timeline. If the middle school student does not demonstrate proficiency in the high school course at the A or B level, or takes longer than is typical for completion of the course, the student will be placed back in that course as a freshman in high school to repeat the course and no penalizing grade will follow the student to high school.
SELECTED ELECTIVE COURSES ARE GRADED P/N/F:
Work Study- Students earn 0.5 credits for each 120 hours of documented work. Documented work is verified by the student's pay stub. Work hours are filled in on the Work Study Time Sheet. Work hours carry over from semester to semester. Babysitting and House Cleaning do not qualify for Work Study.
Community Service- Students earn 0.5 credits for each 100 hours of community service. Hours are kept track of on the Community Service timesheet and must be signed off by the agency where the work was completed.
Mentorship- Students mentoring other students can earn 0.5 credits. They complete a packet and turn it into the sponsoring teacher.
Teacher's Assistant- Students earn 0.5 credits. Work is under the direction of the sponsoring teacher.
Extended Study- Students earn 0.5 credits. Students work with a sponsoring teacher or counselor to come up with a plan to earn credit. Suggested extended studies are dance or music lessons, film or music critic, car mechanic, etc.
Students in good standing who have successfully completed the requirements for a high school diploma, a modified diploma, an extended diploma or an alternative certificate (GED included) may participate in graduation exercises. Students who have not met the school’s diploma or certificate requirements may, at the discretion of the administrator or designee be permitted to take part in the school’s graduation exercises. Additionally, students may be denied participation in graduation exercises for violation of Board policies, administrative regulations or school rules. The valedictorian(s), salutatorian(s) or others may be permitted to speak as part of the graduation exercise program at the discretion of the administrator or designee. All speeches will be reviewed and approved in advance by the administrator or designee. IKF - Graduation Requirements
The Board establishes graduation requirements for the awarding of a high school diploma, a modified diploma, an extended diploma and an alternative certificate which meet or exceed state requirements. A student may satisfy graduation requirements in less than four years. The school will award a diploma to a student fulfilling graduation requirements in less than four years if consent is received by the student's parent or guardian or by the student if they are 18 years of age or emancipated. Students will have onsite access to the appropriate resources to achieve a diploma, a modified diploma, an extended diploma or an alternative certificate at each high school. The school provides age appropriate and developmentally appropriate literacy instruction to all students until graduation. All students must be progressing towards graduation and participate in the program full time for the duration of their enrollment, unless approved by administration.
Language Arts*- 4.0 credits
Math* (Algebra I or higher) - 3.0 credits
Science* (at least 2 lab sciences 1 physical/1 life) - 3.0 credits
Social Studies*- 3.0 credits (suggested sequence below)
Physical Education - 1.0 credits
Health - 1.0 credits
Career & Technical Education/World Language*/Arts*- 3.0 credits
Electives - 6.0 credits
*= Must be taught by highly qualified teacher
Graduates- Must demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, and math.
The school will allow English Language Learner (ELL) students to demonstrate proficiency in the Essential Skills of Applied Mathematics, in a variety of settings, in the student’s language of origin for those students who by the end of their 11th grade year are:
1. On track to meet all other graduation requirements; and
2. Unable to demonstrate proficiency in the Essential Skills in English.
The public charter school will allow ELL students to demonstrate proficiency in Essential Skills other than Applied Mathematics, in a variety of settings, in the student’s language of origin for those students who by the end of their 11th grade year:
1. Are on track to meet all other graduation requirements;
2. Are unable to demonstrate proficiency in the Essential Skills in English;
3. Have been enrolled in a U.S. school for five years or less; and
4. Receive at least a level 3 (Intermediate) on the English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA).
The public charter school will develop procedures to provide assessment options as described in the Test Administration Manual, in the ELL student’s language of origin for those ELL students who meet the criteria above, and will develop procedures to ensure that locally scored assessment options administered in an ELL student’s language of origin are scored by a qualified rater.
The public charter school may not deny a student, who has the documented history of an inability to maintain grade level achievement due to significant learning and instructional barriers, or of a medical condition that creates a barrier to achievements, the opportunity to pursue a diploma with more stringent requirements than a modified diploma or an extended diploma for the sole reason the student has the documented history. MEWA may award a modified diploma or an extended diploma to a student only upon the written consent of the student’s parent or guardian. The public charter school shall receive the written consent during the school year in which the modified diploma or extended diploma is awarded. A student who is emancipated or has reached the age of 18 at the time the modified diploma or the extended diploma is awarded may sign the consent. A student shall have the opportunity to satisfy the requirements for a modified diploma, an extended diploma or alternative certificate in either four years after starting the ninth grade, or until the student reaches the age of 21, if the student is entitled to a public education until the age of 21 under state or federal law.
A student may satisfy the requirements for a modified diploma, an extended diploma or an alternative certificate in less than four years but not less than three years. In order to satisfy the requirements for a modified diploma, an extended diploma or an alternative certificate in less than four years, the student’s parent or guardian or a student who is emancipated or has reached the age of 18 must provide written consent which clearly states the parent, guardian or student is waiving the fourth year and/or years until the student reaches the age of 21. A copy of the consent will be forwarded to the school administrator who will annually report to the Superintendent of Public Instruction the number of such consents.
Beginning in grade five or after a documented history to qualify for an extended diploma has been established, the public charter school will annually provide to the parents or guardians of the student, information in this handbook about the availability of a modified diploma, an extended diploma and an alternative certificate. A student who receives a modified diploma, an extended diploma or an alternative certificate will have the option of participating in a high school graduation ceremony with the student’s class. A student who received a modified diploma, an extended diploma or an alternative certificate shall have access to individually designed instructional hours, hours of transition services and hours of other services that equals at least the total number of instructional hours that is required to be provided to students who are attending a public high school, unless reduced by the IEP team. MEWA will award to students with disabilities a document certifying successful completion of program requirements. No document issued to students with disabilities educated in full or in part in a special education program shall indicate that the document is issued by such a program. When a student who has an individualized education program (IEP) completes high school, the public charter school will give the student an individualized summary of performance.
Eligible students with disabilities are entitled to a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) until the age of 21, even if they have earned a modified diploma, an extended diploma, an alternate certificate or completion of a General Education Development document. The continuance of services for students with disabilities for a modified diploma, an extended diploma or an alternative certificate is contingent on the IEP team determining the student's continued eligibility and special education services are needed. Students and their parents will be notified of graduation and diploma requirements through the high school curriculum guide.
Board policy IKF - Graduation Requirements and the administrative regulation, OAR 581-022-0617, Test Administration Manual, Appendix L- Requirements for Assessment of Essential Skills, OAR 581-022-1133, OAR 581-022-1134, OAR 581-022-1135.
HARASSMENT/INTIMIDATION/BULLYING/CYBERBULLYING/TEEN DATING VIOLENCE
Harassment, intimidation, bullying, cyberbullying or teen dating violence, by students, staff or third parties toward students is strictly prohibited and shall not be tolerated in the school. Retaliation against any person who reports, is thought to have reported, files a complaint or otherwise participates in an investigation or inquiry is also strictly prohibited. False charges shall also be regarded as a serious offense and will result in disciplinary action or other appropriate sanctions. Students whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to discipline, up to and including expulsion. Staff whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to discipline, up to and including dismissal. Third parties whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy shall be subject to appropriate sanctions as determined and imposed by the administrator or Board. Individuals may also be referred to law enforcement officials. Staff will be reported to Teacher Standards and Practices Commission.
“Harassment, intimidation or bullying” means any act that substantially interferes with a student’s educational benefits, opportunities or performance, that takes place on or immediately adjacent to school grounds, at any school-sponsored activity, on school-provided transportation or at any official school bus stop, that may be based on but not limited to, the protected class of a person, having the effect of:
1. Physically harming a student or damaging a student’s property;
2. Knowingly placing a student in reasonable fear of physical harm to the student or damage to the student’s property;
3. Creating a hostile educational environment including interfering with the psychological well being of the student.
“Protected class” means a group of persons distinguished, or perceived to be distinguished, by race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, familial status, source of income or disability.
“Teen dating violence” means:
1. A pattern of behavior in which a person uses or threatens to use physical, mental or emotional abuse to control another person who is in a dating relationship with the person, where one or both persons are 13 to 19 years of age; or
2. Behavior by which a person uses or threatens to use sexual violence against another person who is in a dating relationship with the person, where one or both persons are 13 to 19 years of age.
“Cyberbullying” is the use of any electronic communication device to harass, intimidate or bully. Students and staff will refrain from using personal electronic devices or public charter school property to violate this policy. This includes but not limited to: social media such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, email, blogs, chats or any other forms of communication.
“Retaliation” means harassment, intimidation or bullying, teen dating violence and acts of cyberbullying toward a person in response to a student for actually or apparently reporting or participating in the investigation of harassment, intimidation or bullying, teen dating violence and acts of cyberbullying or retaliation.
The administrator or designee will take reports and conduct a prompt investigation of any report of an act of harassment, intimidation or bullying, teen dating violence and acts of cyberbullying. Any employee who has knowledge of conduct in violation of this policy shall immediately report his/her concerns to the administrator who has overall responsibility for all investigations.
Any student who has knowledge of conduct in violation of this policy or feels he/she has been harassed, intimidated or bullied, a victim of teen dating violence and acts of being cyberbullied in violation of this policy is encouraged to immediately report his/her concerns to the administrator who has overall responsibility for all investigations. This report may be made anonymously. A student may also report concerns to a teacher or counselor who will be responsible for notifying the appropriate school official. The school will incorporate age-appropriate education about teen dating violence into new or existing training programs for students in grades 7-12.
All complaints will be promptly investigated in accordance with the following procedures:
Step 1 Any harassment, intimidation or bullying, acts of cyberbullying and incidents of teen dating violence information (complaints, rumors, etc.) shall be presented to the administrator. Complaints against the administrator shall be filed with the Board. Complaints against the Board shall be filed with the board chair. Information may be presented anonymously. All such information will be reduced to writing and will include the specific nature of the office and corresponding dates.
Step 2 The school official receiving the complaint shall promptly investigate. Parents will be notified of the nature of any complaint involving their student. The school official will arrange such meetings as may be necessary with all concerned parties as soon as possible (for example, within approximately five working days) after receipt of the information or complaint. The parties will have an opportunity to submit evidence and a list of witnesses. All findings related to the complaint will be reduced to writing. The public charter school official(s) conducting the investigation shall notify the complainant and parents as appropriate, in writing, when the investigation is concluded and a decision regarding disciplinary action, as warranted, is determined. A copy of the notification letter or the date and details of notification to the complainant, together with any other documentation related to the incident, including disciplinary action taken or recommended, shall be forwarded to the administrator.
Step 3 If the complainant is not satisfied with the decision at Step 2, he/she may submit a written appeal to the administrator or designee. Such appeal must be filed within 10 working days after receipt of the Step 2 decision. The administrator or designee will arrange such meetings with the complainant and other affected parties as deemed necessary to discuss the appeal. The administrator or designee shall provide a written decision to the complainant’s appeal in a reasonable time period (for example, within approximately 10 working days).
Step 4 If the complainant is not satisfied with the decision at Step 3, a written appeal may be filed with the Board. Such appeal must be filed within 10 working days after receipt of the Step 3 decision. The Board shall, as soon as practicable (for example, within 20 working days), conduct a hearing at which time the complainant shall be given an opportunity to present the complaint. The Board shall provide a written decision to the complainant as soon as practicable (for example within approximately 10 working days) following completion of the hearing.
Direct complaints related to educational programs and services may be made to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights. Documentation related to the incident may be maintained as a part of the student’s education records. Additionally, a copy of all harassment, intimidation or bullying, acts of cyberbullying and incidents of teen dating violence complaints and documentation will be maintained as a confidential file in the public charter school office.
Board policy JFCF - Hazing/]Harassment/ Intimidation/Bullying[/Menacing/Cyberbullying/Teen Dating Violence - Student and the administrative regulation ORS 332.107
IMMUNIZATION, PHYSICAL EXAMINATION AND VISION SCREENING/EYE EXAMINATION
A student must be fully immunized against certain diseases or must present a certificate or statement that, for medical or religious reasons, the student should not be immunized. Proof of immunization may be personal records from a licensed physician or public health clinic. Any student not in compliance with Oregon statutes and rules related to immunization may be excluded from school until such time as he/she has met immunization requirements. Parents will be notified of the reason for this exclusion. A hearing will be afforded upon request. Students in grades 7 through 12 are to have physical examinations performed prior to participation in extracurricular sports. Students who continue to participate in extracurricular sports in grades 7 through 12 shall be required to complete a physical examination once every two years, thereafter.
INFECTION CONTROL/HIV, HBV AND AIDS
Although HIV, AIDS and HBV are serious illnesses, the risk of contracting the disease in school is extremely low and generally limited to situations where non-intact skin or mouth, eye or other mucous membranes would be exposed to blood or any body fluids contaminated with blood from an infected person. Since any risk is serious, however, the school requires that staff and students approach infection control using standard precautions. That is, each student and staff member is to assume all direct contact with human blood and body fluids is regarded as known to be infectious for HIV, AIDS, HBV and/or other infectious diseases.
Human Sexuality, HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Disease Instruction
An age-appropriate plan of instruction about Human Sexuality, AIDS, HIV, Sexually Transmitted Diseases has been included as an integral part of the school’s health curriculum. Any parent may request that his/her student be excused from that portion of the instructional program required by Oregon law by contacting the administrator for additional information and procedures.
HIV, HBV, AIDS - Students
A student infected with HIV1, HBV or AIDS is entitled to remain in a regular classroom setting and eligible for all rights, privileges and services as provided by law and Board policy. The district recognizes that a student (parent) has no obligation to report an HIV, HBV or AIDS condition diagnosis to the charter school or district. If the school is informed, the public charter school is also prohibited by law from releasing information unless the infected person or parent gives permission for such release.
Board policy JHCCA - Students - HIV, HBV and AIDS, Revisions of: Oregon Department of Education’s Oregon School Health Services Manual: Communication Disease. 1HIV - Human Immunodeficiency Virus; HBV - Hepatitis B Virus; AIDS - Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
All students are expected to have a learning coach at home to assist them in their educational career at MEWA. One or more parents usually fill this role. If a parent is unable to serve as a learning coach, another adult may perform this responsibility. Learning coaches are required to attend parent/learning coach orientation. Learning coaches are expected to spend 30 minutes a day with their student discussing their progress and coursework to help their student stay on pace. If a student is enrolled in middle school, the learning coach should expect to spend up to three hours a day assisting their student with their coursework at home.
LOST AND FOUND
Any articles found in the school or on school grounds should be turned in to the school office. Unclaimed articles will be disposed of at the end of the school year. Loss or suspected theft of personal or public school property should be reported to the school office.
Board policies ECAB (TBA) - Vandalism/Malicious Mischief/Theft and JN - Student Fees, Fines and Charges The school will hold students and their parents responsible for loss of, or damage to, public charter school property. The school may impose certain restrictions and/or penalties until fees, fines or damages are paid as described earlier in this Handbook under Fees Fines and Charges
MEDIA ACCESS TO STUDENTS
Media representatives may interview and photograph students involved in instructional programs and school activities, including athletic events. Information obtained directly from students does not require parental approval prior to publication. Parents who do not want their student interviewed or photographed should direct their student accordingly. School employees may release student information only in accordance with applicable provisions of the education records law and Board policies governing directory information and personally identifiable information.
Board policies JO/IGBAB – Education Records/Records of Students with Disabilities, JOA – Directory Information and JOB – Personally Identifiable Information
MEDICINE AT SCHOOL (NONPRESCRIPTION/PRESCRIPTION)
Students may be permitted to take prescription or nonprescription medication, and/or self medicate at school, at school-sponsored activities, only under the supervision of school personnel, in before- or after-school care programs on school-owned property and in transit to or from school or school-sponsored activities.
Premeasured Doses of Epinephrine
A premeasured dose of epinephrine may be administered by trained, designated staff to any student or other individual on school premises who the personnel believe, in good faith, is experiencing a severe allergic reaction, regardless of whether the student or individual has a prescription for epinephrine.
Requests for the school to administer medication shall be made by the parent in writing and shall include permission from the parent. Written instructions of the physician are required for all requests to administer prescription medication. Such instructions must include the following information: name of the student, name of the medication, dosage, method of administration, frequency of administration and any other special instructions. A prescription label prepared by a pharmacist at the direction of a physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner meets the requirements for written instructions from the physician, if the information above is included.
Written instructions with permission of the parent, which include the information above, are required for all requests to administer nonprescription medication.
All medication to be administered by the school is to be brought to school by the parent in its original container. Medication not picked up by the parent within five school days of the end of the medication period or at the end of the school year, whichever occurs first, will be disposed of by the school. In situations when a licensed health care professional is not immediately available, designated trained staff may administer to students, by means of injection, epinephrine, glucagon or other medications as prescribed and allowed by Oregon law (OAR 851-047-0030).
Students in grades K-12 are permitted to self-medicate prescription and nonprescription medication upon written request and permission of the parent and administrator permission, subject to age-appropriate guidelines. In the case of prescription medication, permission from the physician or other licensed health care provider is also required. Such permission may be indicated on the prescription label. An instruction for a student to self medicate with a prescription or nonprescription medication during school hours will include an assurance the student has been instructed in the correct and responsible use of the medication from the prescribing physician. Other students who must carry medication may also be permitted to self-medicate when the necessary permission form and written instructions have been submitted. All medication must be kept in its appropriately-labeled, original container. The student’s name is to be affixed to nonprescription medication. Students may have in their possession only the amount of medication needed for that school day. Except for manufacturer’s packaging that contains multiple dosages, the student may carry one package. Sharing or borrowing nonprescription or prescription medication of any kind is strictly prohibited.
For students who have been prescribed bronchodilators or epinephrine, staff will need to request from a parent, that the parent provide backup medication for emergency use by that student. Backup medication will be kept at the student’s school in a location to which the student has immediate access.
Students may be assigned to mandatory labs, such as English and Math labs. These labs are a requirement for attendance purposes and students are expected to attend from the start of the scheduled lab until the end of their scheduled time. Students must check in when they arrive at the check in kiosk and are required to check out when they exit the building for any reason. Students are supervised when they are in the building, but are not required to stay on site by MEWA staff during open/drop-in labs. Students have the ability to check out and leave on their own.
OPTIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Metro East Web Academy Early College Program is known as MEECA: Metro East Early College Academy
The Metro East Web Academy Early College Academy (MEECA) provides eligible 10th, 11th, and 12th grade high school students an opportunity to earn community college credits that apply toward their high school diploma.
Students must be on track to graduate with the following minimum high school credits (verified by official transcript):
Beginning 10th grade = 6.0 credits
Beginning 11th grade = 12.0 credits
Beginning 12th grade = 18.0 credits
(Credits must be in the required categories)
Students must have met college proficiency levels as determined by college placement tests.
Students must register for 12 college credits per term*. Courses must count toward the completion of the high school diploma. Unless previously discussed with the Early College advisor, students must attend courses on campus. Online courses at the Web Academy are permitted and can go toward high school graduation but do not count as college credit unless these courses are registered College NOW courses.
*Students attending the Center for Advanced Learning (CAL) and ACE Academy will be eligible for 50% of the amount paid by MEWA. These students will also register for an adjusted college credit load per term.
Standard Diploma Requirements
Language Arts 4.0 credits
Math 3.0 credits
(Algebra 1/Math 60 or higher)
Science 3.0 credits
(at least 2 lab sciences)
Social Studies 3.0 credits
Physical Education 1.0 credit
Health 1.0 credit
Fine Arts/Tech.Ed./Career 3.0 credits
Electives 6.0 credits
Total 24.0 credits
Personalized Learning Requirements (needed for a high school diploma):
Education Plan and Profile
Career-Related Learning Experiences
Career-Related Learning Standards
MEWA pays college tuition and fees (not including books) up to $1,350.00 each term: Fall, Winter and Spring (not to exceed 9 terms). The student/family is responsible for any tuition and fees in excess of the $1,350.00 amount. College courses elected for study must align with the required Oregon State diploma requirements.
If a student fails a class at the college level, and wants to retake the class, the family and/or student will be responsible for paying to take the same class a second time unless the student submits a petition to administration and administration approves school payment.
Roles and Responsibilities
Student Roles and Responsibilities:
Attend scheduled Early College meetings and college classes.
Create/review your education plan each term with an Early College advisor.
Provide the Early College secretary your Course and Fee Statement each term.
If this statement is not turned in to the secretary, you may be responsible for paying your bill at the college.
Your college account will be placed on hold.
Provide the Early College secretary your official transcript within 2 weeks after the end of each term.
If the transcript is not turned in to the secretary, your account at the college will be put on hold. This means that you will not be allowed to register for the next term until the official transcript is turned in.
Maintain community college GPA requirements. Failure to maintain this GPA will result in you being placed on academic probation for the following term. (see Academic Probation section)
Complete any state tests or other requirements as defined by the Web Academy and the State of Oregon for graduation purposes.
Obtain Early College advisor approval to drop/modify your class schedule. If you drop any classes without approval, your progress may be jeopardized including being placed on academic probation.
Communicate with the Early College advisor and college instructors to discuss progress and social/academic needs.
Communicate directly with any four-year colleges/universities to understand transfer policies.
Understand all community college policies and procedures that apply. Please refer to community college website for details.
Family Roles and Responsibilities:
Be familiar with student roles and responsibilities at both the Web Academy and the community college.
Assist student in accessing academic support services.
Communicate immediately with the Early College advisor to discuss any concerns.
Sign, understand, and follow the guidelines in the Metro East Web Academy Handbook.
Metro East Web Academy Early College Program Advisor Roles and Responsibilities:
Assist students in developing and monitoring an education plan.
Approve course selection each term.
Provide academic, career, and personal/social support to student and families.
Communicate important information and dates.
Troubleshoot and problem-solve issues with the community college.
Assist with the transition to university, career-technical, military etc.
Facilitate student support meetings.
Answer questions regarding school policy, rules and regulations.
Metro East WEb Academy Early College Program has established two standards that students must meet to demonstrate satisfactory academic progress. Students must achieve the following, which will be calculated each term:
Please note these standards are specific to the Early College program and students are still responsible to meet any academic progress standards established by the community college.
Grade Point Average:
Cumulative 2.0 or higher
Successful completion of two-thirds of attempted credits per term
Successful completion is defined as earning a “C” or better
If a student fails a class at the college level, and wants to retake the class, the family and/or student will be responsible for paying to take the same class a second time unless the student submits a petition to administration and administration approves school payment.
A summary of required interventions are outlined below:
Academic Good Standing
No action required
Did not meet standards first term
Students receive an account hold
Must establish an Academic Coaching Plan with your Early College advisor at the beginning of the term
Must attend scheduled meetings outlined in the Academic Coaching Plan
Failure to create and meet Academic Coaching Plan will result in the hold being maintained until requirements are met
Continued Academic Probation
Did not meet standards for a 2nd term but made progress on Academic Coaching Plan, as determined by the Early College advisor
Student receives a registration hold
Establish another Academic Coaching Plan and meet with the Early College advisor as established in plan
Did not meet standards for a 3rd term and did not meet with the Early College advisor to establish an Academic Coaching Plan as described above; OR
Student is suspended for one term and must apply for re-entry by stated deadlines stated in suspension letter
If the student has already enrolled in classes for the next term, the student will be dropped from those classes.
The student will receive a written letter notifying him or her of their academic suspension status.
The student will be suspended for one term from the Early College program.
If the student would like to appeal the decision, he or she should follow the process below.
Complete the appeal form, which can be obtained by contacting our Early College Office Administrator. The form must be completed and returned 10 days from receipt of form.
Make an appointment with the Early College administrator to discuss circumstances.
Education succeeds best when there is a strong partnership between home and school. As a partnership thrives on communication, the school asks parents to:
1. Encourage their students to put a high priority on their education and to commit themselves to making the most of the educational opportunities the school provides;
2. Keep informed on school activities and issues.
The Principal’s newsletter published weekly,
Open House nights in the fall and spring and
parent/booster club meetings provide opportunities for learning more about the school;
3. Become a school volunteer. For further information contact the front office;
4. Participate in school parent organizations. The activities are varied, ranging from graduation activities to the development and involvement in a building’s site council, with its emphasis on instructional improvement.
Parents of students may inspect any survey created by a third party before the survey is administered or distributed by the school to students. Parents may also inspect any survey administered or distributed by the school containing one or more of the following items:
1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent;
2. Mental or psychological problems of the student or the student’s parent;
3. Sex behavior or attitudes;
4. Illegal, antisocial, self-incriminating or demeaning behavior;
5. Critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondents have close family relationships;
6. Legally-recognized privileged or analogous relationships such as those of lawyers, physicians or ministers;
7. Religious practices, affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parents;
8. Income, other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance.
A student’s personal information (name, address, telephone number, social security number) will not be collected, disclosed or used for the purpose of marketing or for selling that information without prior notification. Student and student families will be given an opportunity to inspect any instrument used to collect such information and permission of the student’s parent(s) or the student, if age 18 or older must be given.
Personal information does not apply to the collection, disclosure or use of personal information collected from students for the exclusive purpose of developing, evaluating or providing educational products or services for, or to, students or educational institutions, such as college or other postsecondary education recruitment, or military recruitment; book clubs, magazines and programs providing access to low-cost literary products; curriculum and instructional materials used by elementary schools and secondary schools; tests and assessments used by elementary schools and secondary schools to provide cognitive, evaluative, diagnostic, clinical, aptitude or achievement information about students (or to generate other statistically useful data for the purpose of securing such tests and assessments) and the subsequent analysis and public release of the aggregate data from such tests and assessments; the sale by students of products or services to raise funds for school-related or education-related activities; or student recognition programs.
PERSONAL ELECTRONIC DEVICES AND SOCIAL MEDIA
Students may possess personal electronic devices school facilities during the school day. A “personal electronic device” is a device capable of electronically communicating, sending, receiving, storing, recording and/or displaying information and data. Students may not access social media websites using school equipment, while on school property or at school-sponsored activities unless the access is approved by a school representative. Please refer to the student code of conduct. Personal electronic devices brought to school may be used for appropriate/approved classroom or instructional related activities. Devices which have the capability to take photographs or record video or audio shall not be used for such purposes while on school property or while a student is engaged in sponsored activities, unless expressly authorized in advance by the school administrator. MEWA will not be liable for personal electronic devices brought to school property and school-sponsored activities. The school will not be liable for information or comments posted by students on social media websites when the student is not engaged in school activities and not using school equipment Students found in violation of the personal electronic device use and possession prohibitions of Board policy and rules as established by the administrator will be subject to disciplinary action. The device may be confiscated and will be released to the student’s parents.
The taking, disseminating, transferring or sharing of obscene, pornographic, lewd or otherwise illegal images or photographs, whether by electronic data transfer or otherwise (commonly called texting, sexting, emailing, etc.) may constitute a crime under state and/or federal law. Any person taking, disseminating, transferring or sharing obscene, pornographic, lewd or otherwise illegal images of photographs will be reported to law enforcement and/or other appropriate state or federal agencies, which may result in arrest, criminal prosecution and lifetime inclusion on sexual offender registries.
Board policy JFCEB - Personal Electronic Devices and Social Media and the administrative regulation, if applicable.
Signs, banners or posters that a student wishes to display must first be approved by the administrator. Signs, banners or posters displayed without authorization will be removed. Any student who posts printed material without prior approval shall be subject to disciplinary action.
Students may be excused from a state-required program or learning activity for reasons of religion, disability or other reasons deemed appropriate by the school. An alternative program or learning activity for credit may be provided. Students may be excused from statewide assessments only as permitted by law. All such requests should be directed to the administrator by the parent in writing and include the reason for the request and follow all other school procedures.
PROMOTION, RETENTION AND GRADE LEVEL PLACEMENT OF STUDENTS
A student shall be promoted from one grade to the next on the basis of academic, social and emotional development. Exceptions may be made when, in the judgment of the professional staff, such exceptions are in the best educational interest of the student involved. A decision to retain a student will be made only after prior notification and explanation to the student’s parents. The final decision will be made by the school administrators in consultation with the parent(s).
Students in grades 9-12 will be promoted or retained in accordance with state and school graduation requirements. Students will be placed in the grade level or course best suited to meet their needs, based on the school’s evaluation of the student’s transcript and/or other documentation, assessment, portfolio/work sample evidence, etc., as may be required by the school. If the student is unable to provide appropriate documentation, the administrator or designee will make the grade level or course determination placement based on school-administered assessment(s) as deemed appropriate.
Students will be enrolled in a credit recovery version of a course if they have previously been enrolled in,and subsequently failed the course. If credit recovery is not applicable for the course, re-enrollment will be at the discretion of the teacher, counselor and/or administrator.
REPORTS TO STUDENT AND PARENTS
Written reports of a student’s grades shall be issued to parents at least annually, informing parents of their student’s progress toward achieving the academic content standards. Parents will receive reports on their student’s absences. Letter grades will be used. Grades will be based on many factors including assignments, both oral and written; class participation; special assignments; progress toward completion, research activities and other identified criteria.
At the end of the first three weeks of a reporting period, the school will report the student’s progress to the student and parent when the student’s performance is below average or below the expected level.
Public charter school officials may search the student, his/her personal property and property assigned by the school for the student’s use at any time on school property or when the student is under the jurisdiction of the school. Such searches will be conducted only when there is reasonable suspicion based upon specific and articulated facts to believe that the student personally poses or is in possession of some item that poses an immediate risk or serious harm to the student, school officials and/or others at the school. Searches shall be “reasonable in scope”, that is, the measures used are reasonably related to the objectives of the search, the unique features of the official’s responsibilities and the area(s) which could contain the item(s) sought and will not be excessively intrusive in light of the age, sex, maturity of the student and nature of the infraction. Strip searches are prohibited by the school. School officials may seize any item which is evidence of a violation of law, Board policy, administrative regulation or school rule, or which the possession or use of is prohibited by such law, policy, regulation or rule. School officials may also search when they have reasonable information that emergency/dangerous circumstances exist. School-owned storage areas assigned for student use, such as lockers and desks, may be routinely inspected at any time. Students have no expectation of privacy regarding these items/areas. Such inspections may be conducted to ensure maintenance of proper sanitation, to check mechanical conditions and safety and to reclaim overdue library books, texts or other instructional materials, property or equipment belonging to the school. The student will generally be permitted to be present during the inspection. Items found which are evidence of a violation of law, policy, regulation or the Student Code of Conduct may be seized and turned over to law enforcement or returned to the rightful owner, as appropriate. Student vehicles parked on school property are subject to searches when reasonable suspicion based upon specific and articulated facts to believe that the student personally poses or is in possession of some item that poses an immediate risk or serious harm to the student, school officials and/or others at the school.
Should law enforcement officials find it necessary to question students during the school day or during periods of extracurricular activities, the administrator or designee will be present, when possible. An effort will be made to notify the parent of the situation. Parents are advised that when an Oregon Department of Human Services or a law enforcement official is questioning a child whom the investigating agent believes may have been a victim of child abuse, the investigator may exclude school personnel from the investigation and may prohibit personnel from contacting parents.
Coordinate with administrative regulation JHFE-AR(1) and (2) – Reporting of Suspected Abuse of a Child.
Bilingual Students [English Language Learners]
The school provides special programs for bilingual [English language learning] students. A student or parent with questions about these programs should contact the administrator.
In conjunction with the school’s language instruction educational program for limited English proficient and immigrant students, parents of limited English students identified for participation, or participating, in such a program will be informed of:
1. The reasons for the identification of their student as limited English proficient and in need of placement in a language instruction educational program;
2. The student’s level of English proficiency, how such level was assessed and the status of the student’s academic achievement;
3. The methods of instruction used in the program, in which their student is or will be participating, and the methods of instruction used in other available programs, including how such programs differ in content, instructional goals, and the use of English and a native language in instruction;
4. How the program, in which their student is or will be participating, will meet the educational strengths and needs of their students;
5. How such program will specifically help their student learn English, and meet age-appropriate academic achievement standards for grade promotion and graduation;
6. The specific exit requirements for the program, including the expected rate of transition from such program into classrooms that are not tailored for limited English proficient students, and the expected rate of graduation from secondary school for such programs;
7. In the case of a student with a disability, how such program meets the objectives of the individualized education program (IEP) of the student;
8. Parental rights that include written guidance:
a. Detailing the right to have their student immediately removed from such program upon their request;
b. Detailing the options that parents have to decline to enroll their student in such program or to choose another program or method of instruction, if available;
c. Assisting parents in selecting among various programs and methods of instruction, if more than one program or method is offered by the public charter school.
For those students who have not been identified as limited English proficient prior to the beginning of the school year, the school must provide parents with the required information within the first two weeks of the student being placed in a language instruction program.
Students with Disabilities
The district where the school is located provides programs and services for students with disabilities. A student or parent with questions should contact the administrator of the school.
STUDENT EDUCATION RECORDS
The information contained below shall serve as the school’s annual notice to parents of minors and eligible students (if 18 years of age or older) of their rights, the location and school official responsible for education records. Notice will also be provided to parents of minor students who have a primary or home language other than English. Education records are those records related to a student maintained by the school. A student’s education records are confidential and protected from unauthorized inspection or use. All access and release of education records with and without parent and eligible student notice and consent will comply with all state and federal laws. Personally identifiable information shall not be disclosed without parent or eligible student authorization or as otherwise provided by Board policy and law.
Permanent records are maintained in a minimum one-hour fire-safe place in the school office by the office staff and administration. Permanent records shall include:
1. Full legal name of student;
2. Name and address of educational agency or institution;
3. Student birth date and place of birth;
4. Name of parent/guardian;
5. Date of entry into school;
6. Name of school previously attended;
7. Course of study and marks received;
8. Data documenting a student’s progress toward the achievement of state standards and must include a student’s Oregon State Assessment results;
9. Credits earned;
11. Date of withdrawal from school;
12. Other information, i.e., psychological test information, anecdotal records, records of conversations, discipline records, IEP’s, and information determined by the school to be education records.
The school may also request the social security number of the student and will include the social security number on the permanent record only if the eligible student or parent complies with the request. The request shall include notification to the eligible student or the student’s parent(s) that the provision of the social security number is voluntary and notification of the purpose for which the social security number will be used.
Memory aids and personal working notes of individual staff members are considered personal property and are not to be interpreted as part of the student’s education records, provided they are in the sole possession of the maker.
Board policies JO/IGBAB - Education Records/Records of Students with Disabilities, JOA - Directory Information, JOB - Personally Identifiable Information, JN (TBA) - Student Fees, Fines and Charges and administrative regulations
Access/Release of Education Records
By law, both parents, whether married, separated or divorced, have access to the records of a student who is under 18 years of age unless the school is provided evidence that there is a court order, state statute or legally-binding document relating to such matters as divorce, separation or custody that specifically revokes these rights. Parents of a minor, or an eligible student (if 18 years of age or older), inspect and review education records during regular school hours.
Provision for Hearing to Challenge Content of Education Records
Parents of a minor, or eligible student (if 18 years of age or older), may inspect and review the student’s education records and request a correction if the records are inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy or other rights. If the school refuses the request to amend the contents of the records, the requester has the right to a hearing as follows:
1. Parents shall make request for hearing in which the objections are specified in writing to the administrator;
2. The administrator shall establish location for the hearing and a date agreeable to both parties;
3. The parents may be represented by anyone of their choosing, including legal counsel, at their own expense. c
3. The hearing shall be private. Persons other than the student, parents or guardians, witnesses and counsel shall not be admitted.
An individual,including an official from the school, who does not have a direct interest in the outcome of the hearing shall preside over the hearing. . He/She shall hear evidence from the staff and from the parents to determine the point or points of disagreement regarding the education records. The presiding official l shall make a determination after hearing the evidence and determine what steps, if any, are to be taken to correct the education record. Such actions are to be made in writing to the parents. If, after such hearing is held as described above, the parents are not satisfied with the recommended action, the parents may appeal to the board of directors where the action of the hearings panel may be reviewed and affirmed, reversed or modified. Procedure for appeal beyond the board follows the prescribed actions as set forth in federal regulations. The parent or eligible student may file a complaint with the Federal Family Compliance Office, United States Department of Education regarding an alleged violation of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. File complaints with the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, Washington D.C., 20202.
A copy of the school’s education records policy and administrative regulation may be obtained by contacting the office.
Requests for Education Records
MEWA shall, within 10 days of a student seeking initial enrollment in or services from the school, notify the public or private school, education service public charter school, institution, agency, detention facility or youth care center in which the student was formerly enrolled and shall request the student’s education record.
Student Restraint and Seclusion
The use of physical restraint and/or seclusion is permitted only as a part of a behavior support plan when other less restrictive interventions would not be effective and the student’s behavior poses a threat of imminent, serious physical harm to self or others. Except in the case of an emergency, only staff current in the required training in accordance with the school-designated physical restraint and seclusion training program will implement physical restraint or seclusion with a student. In an emergency, physical restraint and/or seclusion may also be used by a school administrator, teacher or other school employee or volunteer, as necessary, when the student’s behavior imposes a reasonable threat of imminent, serious bodily injury to the student or to others. The use of physical restraint or seclusion under these circumstances is only allowed so long as the student’s behavior poses a threat of imminent, serious physical harm to themselves or to, others. Any student being restrained or secluded within the school whether an emergency or as part of a plan shall be constantly monitored by staff for the duration of the intervention. Parents will be notified if their student has been restrained or secluded as described above.
Board policy JGAB - Use of Restraint and Seclusion and the administrative regulation
Transfer of Education Records
MEWA shall transfer originals of all requested student education records, including any ESD records, relating to a particular student to the new educational agency when a request to transfer such records is made to the school. The transfer shall be made no later than 10 days after receipt of the request. The school shall retain a copy of the education records that are to be transferred in accordance with applicable Oregon Administrative Rules. See Fees, Fines and Charges. Records requested by another public charter school or district to determine the student’s placement may not be withheld.
Discrimination on the Basis of Sex Complaints
A student and/or parent with a complaint regarding possible discrimination of a student on the basis of sex should contact the administrator.
Board policies JB - Equal Educational Opportunity, AC - Nondiscrimination and administrative regulations, for names of the Title IX compliance officer and the Section 504 coordinator
Education Standards Complaints
Any resident of the school or parent of a student attending the school may make an appeal or complaint alleging violation of the school’s compliance with an educational standard as provided by the State Board of Education. The complainant should first discuss the nature of the alleged violation with the individual involved. If the complainant wishes to pursue the matter further, he/she will be provided, upon request, a copy of all applicable school complaint procedures. After exhausting local procedures or if the school has not resolved the complaint with 90 days of the initial filing of a written complaint with the school (whichever occurs first), any complainant may make a direct appeal to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Instructional Materials Complaints
Complaints by students or parents about instructional materials should follow policy and administrative regulation KL- Public Complaints be directed to the administrator. The complainant may appeal the administrator’s decision to the Board, whose decision will be final.
Staff Sexual Conduct with Students
Sexual conduct by school employees as defined by Oregon law will not be tolerated. All school employees are subject to this policy.
“Sexual conduct” as defined by Oregon law is any verbal or physical conduct by a school employee that is sexual in nature; directed toward a kindergarten through grade 12 student; unreasonably interferes with a student’s educational performance; and creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment. The definition for sexual conduct does not include behavior that would be considered child abuse as outlined by Oregon law and public charter school Board policy JHFE and JHFE-AR – Reporting of Suspected Abuse of a Child.
MEWA will post in each school building the name and contact information of the person designated to receive sexual conduct reports, as well as the procedures the administrator will follow upon receipt of a report. In the event the designated person is the suspected perpetrator, the administrator shall receive the report. When the administrator takes action on the report, the person who initiated the report must be notified. The school will provide annual training to public charter school employees, parents and students regarding the prevention and identification of sexual conduct. Changes to the above procedure may be made if an administrator is named in the complaint or reported incident.
Board Policy JHFF – Reporting Requirements Regarding Sexual Conduct with Students
Students with Disabilities Complaints
A complaint or concern regarding the identification, evaluation or placement of a student with disabilities or the accessibility of the school’s services, activities or programs to a student, should be directed to the administrator.
Americans with Disabilities Act and the administrative regulation
Students with Sexual Harassment Complaints
Sexual harassment of or by staff, students, Board members, school volunteers, parents, school visitors, service contractors or others engaged in school business is strictly prohibited in school. School includes school facilities, school premises and non-public school property if the student or employee is at any school-sponsored, school-approved or school-related activity or function, such as field trips or athletic events where students are under the control of the school or where the employee is engaged in school business.
Sexual harassment of students means unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
1. The conduct or communication has the purpose or effect of demanding sexual favors in exchange for benefits;
2. Submission to or rejection of the conduct or communication is used as the basis for educational decisions affecting a student or employment or assignment of staff;
3. The conduct or communication is so severe, persistent or pervasive that it has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a student’s educational performance or with an employee’s ability to perform his/her job; or creates an intimidating, offensive or hostile educational or working environment. Relevant factors to be considered will include, but not be limited to, did the individual view the environment as hostile; was it reasonable to view the environment as hostile; the nature of the conduct; how often the conduct occurred and how long it continued; age and sex of the complainant; whether the alleged harasser was in a position of power over the student or staff member subject to the harassment; number of individuals involved; age of the alleged harasser; where the harassment occurred; and other incidents of sexual harassment at the school involving the same or other students or staff.
The administrators have responsibility for investigations concerning sexual harassment. All complaints and other reported incidents shall be investigated. The investigator shall be a neutral administrator having had no involvement in the complaint presented.
Step 1 Any sexual harassment information (complaints, rumors, etc.) shall be presented to the administrator. All such information shall be reduced to writing and will include the specific nature of the sexual harassment and corresponding dates.
Step 2 The school official receiving the information or complaint shall promptly initiate an investigation. He/She will arrange such meetings as may be necessary to discuss the issue with all concerned parties as soon as possible, for example within approximately five working days after receipt of the information or complaint. All findings of the investigation, including the response of the alleged harasser, shall be reduced to writing. The school official(s) conducting the investigation shall notify the complainant in writing when the investigation is concluded. The parties will have an opportunity to submit evidence and a list of witnesses.
A copy of the notification letter, the date and details of notification to the complainant, together with any other documentation related to the sexual harassment incident, including disciplinary action taken or recommended, shall be forwarded to the administrator.
Step 3 If a complainant is not satisfied with the decision at Step 2, he/she may submit a written appeal to the administrator or designee. Such appeal must be filed within 10 working days after receipt of the Step 2 decision. The administrator or designee will arrange such meetings with the complainant and other affected parties as deemed necessary to discuss the appeal. The administrator or designee shall provide a written decision to the complainant as soon as possible, for example within approximately 10 working days.
Step 4 If a complainant is not satisfied with the decision at Step 3, he/she may submit a written appeal to the Board. Such appeal must be filed within 10 working days after receipt of the Step 3 decision. The Board shall as soon as possible, for example within approximately 20 working days, conduct a hearing at which time the complainant shall be given an opportunity to present the appeal. The Board shall provide a written decision to the complainant within 10 working days following completion of the hearing.
Direct complaints related to employment may be filed with the U.S. Department of Labor, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries. Direct complaints related to educational programs and services may be made to the Regional Civil Rights Director, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Region X, 915 2nd Ave., Room 3310, Seattle, WA 98174-1099. Additional information regarding filing of a complaint may be obtained through the school administrator or compliance officer. Changes to the above procedure may be made if an administrator is named in the complaint or reported incident.
Confidentiality will be maintained. The educational assignments or study environment of the student shall not be adversely affected as a result of the good faith reporting of sexual harassment. Students or parents with complaints not covered by this student handbook should contact the administrator.
Board policy JBA/GBN - Sexual Harassment and the administrative regulation
STUDENT SUPPORT/STAFF AVAILABILITY
ONLINE SUPPORT: The staff at MEWA will be online daily (Monday through Friday) and will respond to inquiries within 24 hours (except weekends and holidays). Course assignments will be graded and returned within 48 hours (with the exception of rare circumstances, to be communicated by teachers). In addition, each teacher has a cell phone dedicated for students to call teachers at the Web Academy, which can be found on our website. Students are welcome to call the office (503-258-4790) if they are unable to reach their teachers.
ON CAMPUS SUPPORT: The drop in computer lab is located at the school building. Please refer to the website calendar for drop in computer lab hours. The computer lab is a drop in facility staffed by teachers. There is a two (2) hour time limit for each student visit to the drop in and/or open lab. Teachers will post their calendar of availability at the Web Academy (1394 NW Civic Dr., Gresham, OR 97030). Please check these postings on our website (www.mewebacademy.org) or at the office.
OFF CAMPUS SUPPORT: Teachers are available to assist students at home or public locations such as the library with prior arrangements. These appointments must be prearranged. Home visits occur with parent permission only. Parent(s) must be at home during the visit.
HOME VISIT PROTOCOL: When a teacher or the parent resource advocate (PRA) has arranged for a home visitation, it will be expected that:
The student is dressed appropriately, meaning the same type clothing that would be worn to the classroom (no pajamas, or loungewear, shirt on, etc.)
The student has a workplace set up and ready to receive instruction – computer turned on, school supplies out and ready, and a clear idea of courses with which they need assistance.
A parent or guardian must be present when the teacher arrives and remain present at all times while the teacher or PRA is in the home. The instruction must take place in a main living area of the house. In the event of an exception where the teacher or PRA and parents agree, a student may be taught in their room, but the door must remain open at all times.
The student and teacher or PRA will conduct themselves in the same manner as they would in the classroom; appropriate language will be used at all times (no swearing), the student will address the teacher by their surname unless the teacher or PRA requests otherwise, no electronic games, cell phones, iPods, or other electronic devices will be used during the instruction time.
If the parent or student needs to cancel the appointment, a call to the teacher or PRA to cancel is expected at least one hour ahead of time. Many teachers or the PRA will be traveling a number of miles to make the appointment.
IF A PARENT OR GUARDIAN IS REQUIRED TO LEAVE DURING A HOME VISIT, THE APPOINTMENT WILL BE IMMEDIATELY CANCELLED AND THE TEACHER OR PRA WILL LEAVE. THE APPOINTMENT MAY BE RESCHEDULED.
SUPERVISION OF STUDENTS
Adult supervision is provided to students during regular school hours, while traveling on school-provided vehicles to and from school and while engaged in school-sponsored activities.
Student conduct that tends to threaten or intimidate and disrupt the educational environment, whether on or off school property, will not be tolerated. The school prohibits student violence or threats of violence in any form. A student may not verbally or physically threaten or intimidate another student, staff member, or third party on school property. A student may not use electronic equipment belonging to the student or the school to threaten, harass or intimidate another. Additionally, false threats, including false threats to school property, will not be tolerated. Students in violation of the school’s threats policy will be subject to discipline under the Student Code of Conduct and may be subject to civil or criminal liability.
Board policies JFCM - Threats of Violence, JFCF - Hazing/Harassment/Intimidation/ Bullying/Menacing/Cyberbullying/Teen Dating Violence - Student and administrative regulations
Student possession, use, sale, including any smoking device is strictly prohibited. Any form of promotion or advertisement related to tobacco is also strictly prohibited. For the purposes of this policy, “tobacco” is defined to include any lighted or unlighted cigarette, cigar, pipe, bidi, clove cigarette, and any other smoking product, spit tobacco, known as smokeless, dip, chew, snuff, in any form, nicotine or nicotine delivering device, chemicals or devices that produce the physical effect of nicotine substances or any other tobacco substitute (e.g. e-cigarettes). This does not include FDA approved nicotine replacement therapy products used for the purpose of cessation.
Board policy JFCG/KGC/GBK – Tobacco-Free Environment
Transfer credits and attendance may be accepted or rejected at the discretion of the school consistent with Oregon Administrative Rules and established school policy, administrative regulation and/or school rules.
Board policy JECDA (TBA)- Transcript Evaluation and the administrative regulation
TRANSPORTATION OF STUDENTS
A student being transported on school-provided transportation is required to comply with the Student Code of Conduct. Any student who fails to comply with the student code of conduct may be denied transportation services and shall be subject to disciplinary action.
Web Academy students may obtain transportation through the student’s parent/guardian or existing public school bus lines. The District is responsible for providing transportation to Web Academy students along existing public school bus lines.
VEHICLES/BICYCLES/SKATEBOARDS ON CAMPUS
*Vehicles parked on school property are under the jurisdiction of the school. Students will be notified that as a condition of parking on school property, school officials may conduct searches of vehicles upon reasonable suspicion of a policy, rule and/or procedure violation as described at Searches. Parking privileges, including driving on school property, may be revoked by the administrator or designee for violations of Board policies, administrative regulations or school rules. Bicycles ridden to school by students must be parked in the designated area on school grounds and should be locked. Skateboards should not be ridden on the school campus site (Gresham Station) and or the adjacent parking lot and sidewalks. Students under the age of 16 must wear a helmet as required by law. MEWA assumes no liability for loss or damage to vehicles, skateboards, or bicycles.
VIRTUAL SESSION REQUIREMENTS
Students will be required to attend a minimum of four virtual sessions per term per course, although Credit Recovery courses are exempt from this requirement. If a student is unable to attend a virtual session, he or she will need to contact the teacher of the course for a make-up date and time. Virtual sessions may include any or all of the following elements:
Delivery of class content
Group work time
Higher order thinking skill development
An exit slip or quiz over the delivered content
Parents and other visitors are encouraged to visit the school. To ensure the safety and welfare of students, that school work is not disrupted and that visitors are properly directed to the areas in which they are interested, all visitors must report to the office upon entering school property. Photo ID of visitors may be requested. In the absence of photo ID, a visitor may be denied access to the school facility. The administrator will approve requests to visit, as appropriate. Students will not be permitted to bring visitors to school without prior approval of the administrator.