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Good luck to everyone on your 6th & 7th period exams today. Grades 6-8 must go to their 7th period exam area for a break from 10:45-10:55 and will then go to lunch.  Grades 9-12 will either go to lunch at 1:00 or leave campus, you must either be in the lunchroom or leave campus.

 

Attention students and teachers ~ Tutoring will officially begin Tuesday, Jan. 9th.  Please remember all students must have returned their tutoring letter back to Ms. Gabriel in order to attend.  Teachers who are tutoring, please ensure that you have checked the email in regards to this.

 

High school juniors who have Central Florida Electric Power Company as their utility provider are invited to apply for the Capital Youth Tour program in Tallahassee on February 7th and 8th. Applications are available in the guidance office and can be picked up from Mrs. Bennett or Mrs. Ridenour.

 

Congratulations to Ms. Philpot’s 1st period class!! You won the food drive and breakfast!  Ms. Rivera and Mrs. Geiger’s classes will also receive a treat for their generous donations!

 
 
 
 
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Contact Us
Williston Middle High School
350 Robert Philpot Way
350 SW 12th Ave.
Williston, FL 32696
 
Phone: (352) 528-3542
Fax: (352) 528-2723
 
Clinic Fax: (352) 528-2150
 
 

Mission Statement

Our mission at Williston Middle High School is to build character, advance knowledge, and strengthen our community.

Williston Middle High School Vision

Every student, every day, college, career, and community ready.

PBIS

A – Attendance

A – Achievement

A – Attitude

BELIEFS

We believe that to accomplish the goals of Williston Middle High School the following objectives and goals of our new School Improvement Plan, be our guide. We believe that:

·          All students can learn.

·          Each student is a valued individual with unique intellectual, physical, social, and emotional needs.

·          Students will accept responsibility for their actions.

·          Continuous effort to improve is necessary in order to become confident, self-directed, life-long learners.

·          Each student should strive to develop problem-solving skills.

·          Each student should make an effort to create quality work.

 

Curriculum Philosophy

We believe that each student must obtain basic skills essential to functioning in our rapidly changing society. At Williston Middle High School, we acknowledge that periodical review and modification of the curriculum is necessary to maintain a program that is relevant to the needs of today’s students and community. WMHS believes that a school should provide for student’s varied abilities and interest. We seek to establish and conduct a comprehensive educational program. This academic program includes college preparatory, vocational interests, general and special education, and a variety of electives to choose from.

Administrative Policies

Williston Middle High School rules and regulations are based on the laws of the State of Florida, policies of the School Board, the Superintendent and the administration of the school with input from the School Advisory Committee. They are designed to promote the general health, welfare, and safety of the student body and ensure the orderly and efficient functioning of the school.

Williston High students are to respect and follow directions of the instructional staff not only in the classroom but on all areas of the campus at any time. When a teacher requires assistance with a continual or an immediate rule infraction, the student involved will be sent to the Assistant Principal/Dean’s office with a written referral.

In the Assistant Principal/Dean’s office, the student will be given the opportunity to explain his or her view of the problem. After considering all sides, it will be the responsibility of the Principal’s designated representative to render a fair, impartial decision on the infraction and to determine an appropriate course of action. The following interventions are incorporated in our discipline plan: social probation, counseling, parental conference, behavioral contracts, detention, corporal punishment, in-school-suspension, out-of-school suspension and expulsion. Students may also be denied participation in extracurricular activities for discipline reasons. WMHS is permitted and encouraged to develop rules, procedures, and expectations for student conduct. While these may not conflict with direction provided in the district-wide Code of Student Conduct and Student Rights and Responsibilities, broad latitude in dealing with local school problems shall be afforded to each school so that student discipline may be responsive to particular problems in each individual school. School Board policies may be revised throughout the school year and the latest revision may supersede any previous established guidelines.

 

STATEMENT OF NONDISCRIMINATION

No student enrolled in Williston Middle High School shall, on the basis of race, religion, age, national background, gender, marital status or disability, be excluded from participation in or be subjected to discrimination under any curricular or any other school sponsored activity. This rile shall apply to all present and future course offerings and to all other school sponsored activities in which students are eligible to participate. Complaints or grievances regarding discrimination should be reported to the principal.

ADULT EDUCATION

WMHS students will be allowed to attend adult education courses offered by the SBLC to fulfill graduation requirements as prescribed by the Pupil Progression Plan.

TEEN PARENT PROGRAM

The Teen Parent Program at Levy Learning Academy provides a specialized curriculum with the flexibility to allow new parents to spend time with their families while still completing coursework required for graduation.

Section 1: ATTENDANCE POLICIES

The following policies are congruent with the legal requirements that students are obligated to punctual and regular attendance.  Ref. FS 1003.21

Attendance taken for each period:

Teachers will take attendance each period and will post the names of the students who are absent from their classrooms via the computer.

Absence Categories:

Absences because of personal sickness of an immediate family member, or injury, or doctor’s appointment that is attested to by a licensed practicing physician shall be considered an excused absence. Insurmountable conditions approved by the principal, as well as absences due to religious instruction, when approved in advance are also excused absences. At any grade level, students shall be given the opportunity to make up all work missed during the period of excused absences up to the limits prescribed below. It shall be the responsibility of the student to make arrangements to make up the work. Insurmountable conditions are defined as extreme weather conditions such as, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, or other acts of God which make it inadvisable or impractical for the safety of the students to attend school; communicable disease outbreaks such as measles or chicken pox which the state health officer or county medical director indicates a student should be excluded from school for health and safety, and local conditions as determined by the district which make attendance impractical. (6A-1.09513)

 

ALLOTHER ABSENCES SHALL BE UNEXCUSED

1.        Truancy will result in parent notification of visitation be school personnel, referral to the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, or Court action.

A.       As prescribed in F.S. 1003.24, unexcused absences, with or without parent permission or knowledge that is not justifies may result in truancy procedures being initiated.

B.       Student absences shall be excused for observances of a religious holiday or because the tenets or his/her religion forbid secular activity at such time. The school principal shall implement this provision on an individual basis pursuant to section 1003.21, Florida Statutes, and State Board of Education Rule 6A.1.09514. No adverse or prejudicial effects shall result to any student who avails himself/herself to the provisions of this rule.

 

2.        All students returning from absence will have (3) days to present proper written verification to receive an excused absence/ If the student or parent fails to present such documentations, the absence will be unexcused and the student will receive no credit for the time missed.  For every day or excused absence, a student will be given (1) day to make up work beginning when the student returns to school. Excused notices must be given to homeroom teachers.

 

3.        Grades 9-12:

A.       A credit for high school graduation is defined as a minimum of 150 hours of instruction in a designated course, which contains student performance standards as provided in Florida Statutes. The hourly requirement for one-half credit is defined to be one-half the requirement for full credit.

B.       When a student accumulates any combination of (5) absences in one (1) or more courses within a semester, the principal or designee shall notify that their child may be danger of losing credit(s). A copy of the attendance policy shall be included in the notification.

C.       When a student accumulates ten (10) absences in one (1) or more courses in a semester, credit shall be withheld. However, provided the child does not exceed fifteen (15) absences, the student may take a county approved examination to demonstrate mastery of the student performance standards for that course. ID the examination is passed (60 or above), the examination grade and any approved projects will be averaged with the two (2) none-week grades to determine the semester average. However, if the student makes a failing grade (59 0r below), the students shall receive an “F” for the semester.

4.        A student in grades 9-12 shall not be considered absent when participating in an instructional activity away from the school site. However, to receive credit the student must meet the requirements of 5.04(8) of the regulations.

 

Field Trips and Attendance:

Students who are involved in field trip activities should NOT be marked absent during official attendance registers or class rolls.

 

Admitting Students who have been absent:

Upon returning from an absence, students must submit a written parental excuse for the absence to the attendance officer before school or turn in to their homeroom teacher. A list of returning absentees having administratively approved excused absences will be prepared and be available upon teacher request. This list will indicate the date and class periods, which are excused. If a returning student’s name is not on this list, the teacher must assume that the absence is unexcused and assess the standard penalty. A copy of this list will be provided daily to each teacher. Ref. FS 1003.21.  

 

Tardies:

1.        Students who are tardy to school must check in at the attendance office before being admitted to class. Since prompt arrival to school is the responsibility of the student and parent, late arriving students will receive an unexcused tardy. Students who are tardy to class (after the beginning of the day, first period) will be marked tardy by the teacher who will retain a daily record of tardy students. Students have sufficient time to get to class; therefore, when the tardy bells rings, no student is to be admitted without being marked tardy. Tardiness is compiled cumulatively by each class. On the third incident and thereafter of tardiness in each 9 weeks for each class, disciplinary action will occur.

2.        If a student misses more than ten (10) minutes of a class, the student will be considered absent.

  

      Excusing students from class:

       No teacher shall excuse a student from their entire class without approval from the Principal.

 

Passes:

      Hall passes:

During School hours a student must have an approved hall pass when out of class.

 

Vehicle Passes:

Students must have written approval by administration to go to their vehicle during school        hours.

 

Releasing Students to go to another class:

Students may not be released from their assigned class by another faculty member, unless prior written permission is given by the teacher to whom the student is assigned from that particular period.

 

Students leaving school during the day:

Students who need to leave school during the school day must have their parent come into the office and sign them out. Parents will need to show an approved government I.D. (i.e. driver’s license) and must report to the office at the designated time to sign the student out. Upon returning to school, students who have followed the above procedures must bring an approved note from their appointment (i.e. physician, court document, obituary) in order to be excused for the time out of school. Once a student enters school property he/she is considered to be “in school” for that day. Students who need to leave campus after entering the premises must follow the procedures outlined above or they will face disciplinary action even if he/she leaves prior to the start of the official school day. This includes the student drop off areas and parking lots.

Bus Notes:

Students who ride and bus and require to be dropped off from their designated location are required to have a bus note. The note must contain the student’s name, the address to be dropped off, parent(s) name printed, signature, and a telephone number they can be reached. The bus note must be turned into the attendance office before school. The attendance office requires confirmation by telephone from the parent before authorization of the request. The student will receive a copy of the note with authorization to be handed to the bus driver.  

Visitors:

Williston Middle High School welcomes parental visits. Parents who wish to observe teaches are required to proved the teachers with a 24 hour notice, and all visits must be approved in advance by administration. Former students cannot visit teaches or students during the school hours. All visitors must sign in at the front office.

 

Section II: Discipline Policies & Procedures

 

Discipline Plan:

In accordance with the provision of the School Board of Levy County Code of Student Conduct and Student Rights and Responsibilities and School Board Policies, the following offenses (whether on campus, school bus, school bus stop, a school sponsored function, or whenever the student is under the control of school officials) are breaches of conduct that shall mandate strong positive disciplinary action in a “progressive manner” to change undesirable behavior throughout the year. Parents will be contacted, and closure of discipline issues will be determined by the administration.

 

Infraction

Discipline Action

Tardies

Verbal Warning

Parent Letter

Lunch Detention

Dress Code Violation

Warning, Parent Contact (Change Attire)

Lunch Detention

1 – 3 days In-School Suspension

3 – 10 days Out-of-School Suspension

Skipping Class

3 days In-School Suspension

Failure to Follow Class Procedures

Warning, Parent Contact and/or 1 day In-School Suspension

Lunch Detention

1 – 3 days In-School Suspension

3 – 10 days Out-of-School Suspension

Insubordination

Warning, Parent Contact and/or 1 day In-School Suspension

Lunch Detention

1 – 3 days In-School Suspension

3 – 10 days Out-of-School Suspension

Gross Insubordination

10 days Out-of-School Suspension

Public Displays of Affection

Warning, Parent Contact and/or 1 day In-School Suspension

Lunch Detention

1 – 3 days In-School Suspension

3 – 10 days Out-of-School Suspension

Sexual Offenses

10 days Out-of-School Suspension, Possible Expulsion

Inappropriate Use of Computer

Lunch Detention

1 – 3 days In-School Suspension

3 – 10 days Out-of-School Suspension, Possible Revocation of Privileges and Report to SRO 

Use of Electronic/Wire Devices/Cell Phones

1 – 3 days In-School Suspension

Lunch Detention

3 – 10 days Out-of-School Suspension

Disruption of the Learning Environment

Warning, Parent Contact and/or 1 day In-School Suspension

Lunch Detention

1-3 days In-School Suspension

3-10 days Out-of-School Suspension

Profanity/Inappropriate Language

Warning, Parent Contact and/or 1 day In-School Suspension

Lunch Detention

1 – 3 days In-School Suspension

3 – 10 days Out-of-School Suspension

Profanity Toward School Board Employee

10 days Out-of-School Suspension

Possession or Use of Tobacco

Warning, Parent Contact and/or 1 day In-School Suspension

Lunch Detention

1 – 3 days In-School Suspension

3 – 10 days Out-of-School Suspension Under 18 , plus citation from SRO, Levy Count Sheriff’s Department

Theft

1 – 10 days Out-of-School Suspension

Destruction of School Property/Vandalism

Warning, Parent Contact and/or 1 day In-School Suspension

Lunch Detention

1 – 10 days Out-of-School Suspension, Possible Arrest

Inciting a Fight

1-10 days Out-of-School Suspension, Possible Expulsion

Fighting

1-10 days Out-of-School Suspension, Possible Expulsion

Assault or Battery

1 – 10 days Out-of-School Suspension, Possible Expulsion and/or Arrest

Bullying (Verbal, Physical, Cyber, or Sexual Harassment)

1-10 days Out-of-School Suspension, Possible Expulsion

Forgery/Cheating

Lunch Detention

1-3 days In School Detention

3-10 days Out of School Detention, Possible Arrest

Possession or Use of Alcohol/Drugs/Mood Altering Substances

10 days Out-of-School Suspension, Possible Expulsion and/or Arrest

Possession or Use of Weapons

10 days Out-of-School Suspension, Possible Expulsion and/or Arrest

 

Note:

1.        Excessive referrals (to be determined by administration) may result in loss of parking privileges.

2.        Extra-curricular activities at Williston Middle High School are seen as a privilege afforded to the students who attend Williston High School. For this reason, any student receiving eleven (11) or more suspension days in one semester (in school or out of school or a combination) will be banned from attending or participating in any extra-curricular activities for that semester.

Student/Parent Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights:

When student conduct reaches the point of corporal punishment, removal for class, suspension, expulsion, alternative placement or Second Chance School, the student shall:

1.        Be advised of the reason for the punishment

2.        Have an opportunity to present his “side” of the charge

3.        Have an opportunity to submit names of witnesses who may assist in presenting his views.

 

Student Responsibilities:

1.        Attend school/classes daily and be punctual in attendance.

2.        Prepare for class with assigned work and appropriate materials.

3.        Account for one’s own work.

4.        Dress in a neat, clean and well groomed manner.

5.        Show respect for and consideration to all individuals and property.

6.        Abide by the rules and regulations established.

7.        Seek change in an orderly acceptable manner.

 

Parents Rights and Responsibilities:

Parents may expect to be contacted in all but minor incidents and will be expected to assist the school in correcting the problem. Parents may elect to suggest disciplinary action or agree to apply disciplinary action themselves. Such will be added to the record. Parent of students who have reached the age of eighteen (18) may expect a courtesy contact if the student still resides in the parent’s household. This courtesy contact will have no bearing on the final authority in any applicable situation.

 

Conduct Pledge:

Each Student at WMHS will be required to follow the conduct pledge.

(a)      I will be respectful and obedient at all times.

(b)     I will not hurt another person with my words or my acts, because it is wrong to hurt other.

(c)      I will tell the truth, because it is wrong to tell a lie.

(d)     I will not steal, because it is wrong to take someone else’s property.

(e)      I will respect my body, and not take drugs.

(f)      I will show strength and courage, and not do something wrong, just because others are doing it.

(g)      I pledge to be nonviolent and to respect my teachers and fellow classmates.

(Ref FS 1003.31)

 

Cell Phones/Wireless Communication Devices

As cell phones are not permitted during the school day, students will be allowed to use the office as need arises. However, to protect time in the classroom and keep our phone lines open, students are encouraged to use the office phone between classes and to keep phone calls to a minimum.

Students may use cell phones in school lunch time only. It must be powered-off and out of sight during instructional time. If a cell phone is seen or in use, it will be confiscated and students will be disciplined. Please refer to the discipline policy for consequences.

 

Please refer to the Levy County School Board: Student Code of Conduct regarding student rights and responsibilities.

 

Search and Seizure:

The school administration reserves the right to search any school property (i.e. lockers, book bags) for suspected contraband (i.e. drugs, weapons, etc.) when reasonable suspicion or evidence exists. Students’ clothing and/or vehicles may also be searched for contraband when reasonable suspicion or evidence exists. Contraband will be confiscated.  

 

Cheating:

One or all of the following can occur when a student is caught and reported for cheating:

1.        An “F” grade on the activity or test on which the cheating occurred along with Parental contact and record of the incident.

2.        A one year suspension from meritorious organizations (i.e. National Honor Society) from the date of infraction.

3.        Forfeiture of any meritorious awards during the periods of suspension or expulsion from meritorious organization.

 

Medication at School:

As per School Board Policy, the Williston Middle High School Health Clinic is the designated location for the administration of prescription and non-prescription medications. No medication will be administered to a student without the following item:

1.        Signed consent form from the parent or legal guardian of the student.

2.        Reason the medication has to be administered during school hours.

3.        Original container with the name of the medication, student’s name, name of prescribing physician, dosage, and time to be given.

 

Lunchroom Procedures:

1.        Students must remain in the lunchroom and designated area during their respective lunch period. This applies to all students, whether they eat lunch or not.

2.        Each student is expected to assume responsibility for keeping the lunchroom and courtyard area clean.

3.        Students are expected to take their place at the end of the line and remain in the proper place until served, conducting themselves in an orderly fashion.

4.        Students must display appropriate behavior and talk in a moderate voice.

5.        Each student is responsible for placing plates and silver in the proper place immediately after lunch.

6.        Students need written permission to leave the cafeteria holding area.

7.        Students must be in the lunchroom or designated area prior to the second bell or they may receive a tardy.

8.        School lunch is provided free to all students daily at WMHS. Students may purchase available Al La Carte items. Charges are prohibited.

9.        Students must remain seated in the lunchroom, unless deposing their trays or purchasing items.

10.     Food delivered during school hours will be eaten in the attendance office area. Students will remain in this area until the period is over.

 

Dress Code:

“The School Board of Levy County recognizes that clothing fashions and fads come and go, but distinctions still need to be made as to what is acceptable attire for educational purposes. Some clothing that is appropriate in other settings would be completely inappropriate and disruptive to the learning atmosphere in a school setting. These guidelines shall not infringe upon any student’s religious beliefs. The principal, or his/her designee, is responsible for interpreting and clarifying the Student Dress Code upon student or parent request. The principal, or his/her designee, is the final authority for interpreting and applying the Student Dress Code related to special events conducted at the school. Students will dress in attire which does not distract from the learning process or the educational environment.” (SBLC Code of Conduct pages 13&14)

·          Students may not wear net or see through clothing, tank tops, halter tops, low-cut tops, or tops which expose the midriff. Spaghetti straps and oversized arm holes are not permitted. Shoulder straps must be a minimum of three (3) inches in width.

·          Clothing shall cover all undergarments.

·          Belts shall be buckled and all clothing shall be appropriately buttoned.

·          Shorts, skirts, or pants shall be worn at the natural waistline.

·          Attire (including body tattoos) shall not illustrate, enhance or depict tobacco/alcohol/drugs nor have offensive racial, satanic, gang-related, sexually suggestive, obscene, or violent messages.

·          Shoes shall be worn at all times.

·          Skirts, shorts, dresses, and slits in dresses shall be at least fingertip length or longer.

·          Skirts, shorts, and dresses that are too tight shall not be permitted (e.g. bicycle shorts, aerobic shorts, etc.).

·          Items covering the head (i.e. hats, caps, hoodies) are not permitted to be worn inside any building.

·          Pajamas, bedroom slippers, and sleepwear are nor permissible.

·          The School Board of Levy County recognized that jewelry which pierces the skin can give rise to safety concerns and cause unnecessary injury in the event of a physical confrontation between students, or in athletics, or in the use of machinery or equipment, or in the crowded environment which can exist in school hallways. In the interest of safety, no student shall wear any earring or other jewelry, which pierces the skin which is visible outside of the clothing of the students with the exception of earrings located in the ear.

·          Boxer shorts are not considered shorts. They are considered an undergarment and shall be worn in this manner. Females must wear proper undergarments. Male students cannot unbutton shirts below the second button.

 

Food and Beverages:

Consumption of food or beverage is a discretionary measure of each individual teacher.

 

Discipline Records:

The School Board of Levy County Policy 5.11 provides for the expulsion from school any student that had been suspended from school 15 days in one semester or 20 days in one school year. Included in that policy are provisions relating to students entering a Levy County school after the school year has commenced. For your convenience, the appropriate language from board policy has been included:

“Any student enrolling in a Levy County School from another district, private school, or state shall include any days they may have been suspended during that school year at any previous school. Alternative placement may be recommended by the Board. Upon receipt of discipline information from schools your child has attended this year, a determination will be made by the school administration according to this policy. If it is determined your child is violating this policy, a recommendation of expulsion will be made.”

 

Section III: GUIDANCE & COUNSELING

 

Guidance Department Services:

The guidance and counseling program at Williston Middle High Schoolhas the purpose of being at your service. Specifically, the guidance counselors will assist students in the following areas:

1.        Academic counseling (schedule, schedule changes, college planning, and test information)

2.        Personal counseling (anger management and conflict resolution, study habits, poor performance, etc.)

3.        Small group counseling (orientations, registration, test interpretation, and special concern groups).

4.        Classroom/large group presentations (scholarships, financial aid, and selection of courses).

5.        Vocational counseling (job references, dual enrollment, GED and exit interviews).

6.        Individual assessments (individual testing, exceptional education, behavioral interventions, etc.)

7.        Awards, scholarship opportunities, and college recommendations

8.        Conferencing (parents, teachers, and outside agencies).

 

Class Schedule Changes:

Schedule changes may occur only during the first week of each semester. Thereafter, such changes will result in loss of credit in the dropped and added classes, unless administratively authorized. Schedule change request forms must be completed and submitted to guidance for approval or denial.

 

Grades and Grading Procedures:

The Florida Legislature had adopted a statewide grading scale. This scale is to be used in determining report card averages, honor roll candidates, National Honor Society, Valedictorian and Salutatorian and all other student activity eligibility outlined in the FHSAA by-laws.

 

A             90-100                     4.0

B              80-89                       3.0

C              70-79                       2.0

D             60-69                       1.0

F              0-59                         0.0

 

At the end of each semester the parent of each secondary student who has a Cumulative GPA of less the .5 of a point above the GPA required for graduation shall be notified that the students is at risk.

 

Valedictorian & Salutatorian:

Requirements for the valedictorian and salutatorian will be as stated in the School Board of Levy County School Board Policies 5.35.

 

Progress Reports:

A progress reports will be available online for each student during a midway point of each nine-week grading period. If parents have limitations to electronic communication, they may stop by the WMHS campus and use a parent access computer. For a printed report, a parent may request a report from the classroom teachers or from the data entry office. Additionally, parents may request a weekly progress form to be completed by contacting the guidance office.

 

Withdrawal of Students:

A student must secure a withdrawal slip from the guidance office. This slip is to be presented to each of the student’s teachers for signature and indication of the return of failure to return all textbooks. The slip must be returned to the guidance office by the student.

 

Section IV: Media Center & Technology

 

Media Center:

Students may use the Media Center for research, reference, and reading. Teachers should notify the librarian of plans for class groups to visit the library; in such cases, the teacher must accompany the student group. If a student goes to the library unaccompanied by a teacher, a hall pass signed by the teacher to whom the student is responsible for that period is required. Arriving at the library, the student must present the hall pass at the desk; before returning to the classroom, a hall pass must be completed by the library personnel. Students causing disturbances in the library will be sent back to class or to the office. Students wishing to attend Media Center during their lunch period should have prior written approval from the library personnel with administrative approval.

 

Technology:

It is a privilege to use the electronic technology. Responsible used may use the technology to research assigned classroom projects and send electronic mail (e-mail) to other users.

 

Responsible users may use the technology for legal purposes and original work.

Responsible users communicate with polite and respectful language.

Responsible users follow the rules of common sense and etiquette.

Responsible users make corrections or change files that belong to the user.

Responsible users send or get copyrighted materials with proper permission.

Responsible users refrain from visiting/attempting to visit internet sires deemed inappropriate by the school and or county administration.

 

If the rules are not followed, use of technology will be canceled for the remainder of the project time in the core classes. Failure to adhere to the policy and guidelines may result in suspending or revoking the offender’s privilege of access. If a student damages any equipment, he/she will pay for the repair or replacement of the item(s)/

 

Additionally, students who do not have signed Technology Authorization form on file with the school will not be able to use technological tools such as iPads, Nooks, Student Response Systems, etc. for the completing of assignments in any classroom. 

SECTION V: TRANSPOTATION & STUDENT LOCKER POLICIES

 

Student Locker Rules and Agreement:

All lockers made available for student use on the school premises are the property of the School Board of Levy County. These lockers are made available for student use in storing school supplies and personal items necessary for use at school, but the lockers are not to be used to store items which cause, or can reasonably be foreseen by state law or school rules. The student’s use of the locker does not diminish the School Board of Levy County’s ownership of control of the locker. The School Board of Levy County retains the right to inspect the locker and its contents to insure that the lockers is being used in accordance with its intended purpose and eliminate fire of other hazards, maintain sanitary conditions, attempt to locate lost or stolen materials and to prevent the locker being used to store prohibited or dangerous materials such as weapons, illegal drugs or alcohol. (Florida Statute 1006.09 – Duties of school principal relating to student discipline and school safety)

Locks:

Only Williston Middle High School locks may be used, they must be leased from Administration for $2.00. All lockers must have a WMHS lock. All lockers must be locked at all times. Do not give your lock to combination to another student. The School Board of Levy County will retain access to student lockers by keeping a master list of combination and retaining a master key. Students may not use their own locks to prevent access to lockers by school officials. Any unauthorized locks may be removed without notice and destroyed.

Use of Lockers:

Lockers are to be used to store school supplies and personal items necessary for use at school. Lockers shall not be used to store “contraband” which are items that cause, or can reasonably be foreseen to cause an interference with school purposes, an educational function, or which are forbidden by state law or school rules, such as drugs, drug paraphernalia, beverage containing alcohol, weapon, any volatile substance, fireworks, bomb or explosive device, any acid or pungent or nauseous chemical, food items for more than a day, or any stolen items, etc. Students will be expected to keep their lockers in a clean and orderly manner. No one should share a locker unless it had been approved by Administration. Don’t switch lockers. Don’t put stickers or write graffiti on the lockers. Students will be charged for any damage to lockers to locks and may face disciplinary action. Anyone caught violating these rules may lose his/her locker privilege.

Bus Transportation:

1.        Stand off the roadway while waiting for the bus.

2.        Keep your seat always when the bus is moving.

3.        Keep arms and head inside bus windows.

4.        Walk 10 feet in front of the bus. Wait for the driver to signal before crossing the road.

5.        Unnecessary conversation with the driver is dangerous. Please remain quiet.

6.        Outside ordinary conversation, classroom conduct is to be observed.

7.        Absolute silence is required at all railroad crossings.

8.        The driver is in full charge of the bus and students. Pupils must obey the driver.

9.        The driver has the right to assign pupils to seats if necessary to promote order.

10.     No eating, drinking or smoking allowed on the bus.

11.     Pupils must be on time. When the last bell rings in the afternoon, students have five (5) minutes to get to the bus at which time the bus will leave.

12.     To ride a bus other than a student’s regularly assigned bus, a note must be provided and signed by the parent and approved by an authorized school official.

13.     Riding the bus is a privilege. DO NOT ABUSE IT. Violation of these rules will be reported to the Principal who has the authority to suspend temporarily or permanently from riding the bus.

 

Vehicle Transportation and Parking:

Driving and parking on the Williston Middle High School campus is a privilege. To participate in parking on the WMHS campus, students who are enrolled in 9th through 12th grade for the 2016-2017 school year must maintain a 2.0 GPA or above in the preceding semester or maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA. If the cumulative GPA falls below 2.0, the student must enter into an academic contract to bring the cumulative GPA back to a 2.0. Failure to bring the cumulative 2.0 GPA up will result in suspension of parking privileges on campus. If the cumulative 2.0 GPA is not 2.0 when the student enters 12th grade, they will not be allowed to park on the WMHS campus until such time as it is raised to 2.0 or above. The following regulations must be observed in order to continue driving a vehicle to school.

 

1.        It is the responsibility of all students who drive to school to be fully aware of the expectations they must adhere to during the operation of vehicles on the school grounds. Student drivers must abide by the rules and regulations established for the safety of the student body. All students who drive to school must park in the parking lot designated for students.

2.        All student vehicles parked on school grounds must have a parking permit with registration number displayed.

3.        Permits must be purchased in the designated area at a time to be specified. When the student parking lots are filled to capacity, permits will no longer be issued. Permits must be displayed according to instructions published by the school.

4.        The cost of a parking permit is $20.00. Students who have completed the SBLC safety course can purchase a permit for $15.00. Once purchased, there will be no refunds.

5.        Students must exercise extreme caution when entering and exiting the parking areas. The maximum speed limit on school grounds is five miles per hour.

6.        The school is not responsible for damages or theft to any motorized vehicle (including motorcycles and bicycles). Furthermore, the school is not responsible for damages to or theft of contents of these vehicles. Remove valuables from your vehicle and lock it.

7.        Automobiles illegally parked or parked without a parking permit may be towed away at the owner’s expense.

8.        Upon arrival to school, students are to leave their vehicles in a timely fashion. If a student must be asked to get out of vehicle, he/she will be subject to disciplinary action. Do not spin up the parking lots. Violators will lose parking privileges.

9.        Parking privileges may also be revoked if the student has exceeded 15 or more absences in a semester and/or exceeded 10 or more tardies in a semester.

10.     No student is permitted to park his/her vehicle on the Williston Elementary School campus. Students who park on the elementary school campus will have disciplinary action and may lose parking privileges.

 

IT IS THE POLICY OF THE SCHOOL BOARD OF LEVY OUNTY THAT ANY MOTOR VEHICLE PARKIN IN A PARKING AREA ON WHICH STUDENTS OR VISITORS ARE PERMITTED TO PARK OR WHICH DESIGNATED AS A STUDENT OR VISITOR PARKING AREA MAY BE SEARCHED BY THE SITE ADMINISTRATOR OR DESIGNEE WITHOUT A WARRANT UNDER THE FOLLOWING CIRCUMSTANCES:

 

1)       WHERE WEAPONS INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO GUNS, KNIVES, OR CLUBS, ARE IN PLAIN VIEW WITHIN THE MOTOR VEHICLE, OR

2)       WHER THE STUDENT OR OTHER PERSON HAS ORALLY CONSENTED TO THE SEARCH OF THE MOTOR VEHICLE, OR

3)       WHERE THERE IS REASONABLE SUSPICION TO BELIEVE THAT THE CONTENTS OF A MOTOR VEHICLE CONTAINS ARTICLES WHICH SCHOOL PERSONNEL ARE AUTHORIZED TO SEIZE, OR

4)       WHERE THERE IS REASONABLE SUSPICION TO BELIEVE THAT THE MOTOR VEHICLE WAS USED IN THE COMMISSION OF A CRIME, OR

5)       WHERE THERE IS REASONABLE SUSPICION TO BELIEVE THAT THE MOTOR VEHICLE IS CARRYING A PROHIBITED OR STOLEN OR ILLEGALLY POSSESSED SUBSTANCE OR OBJECT.

 

THE SITE ADMINISTRATOR OR DESIGNEE MAY REQUIRE THE STUDENT TO SURRENDER POSSESSION OF ANY KEY TO A MOTOR VEHICLE PARKED IN A STUDENT PARKING AREA AS DESCRIBED HEREIN FOR THE PURPOSE OF OPENING THE MOTOR VEHICLE. FORCED ENTRY INTO A MOTOR VEHICLE WHICH IS LOCKED SHALL NOT BE PERMITTED.

 

THE SITE ADMINISTRATOR SHALL PERMIT THE STUDENT TO BE PRESENT DURING THE SEARCH OF THE MOTOR VEHICLE. ANY ITEM FOUND IN OR ON THE MOTOR VEHICLE WHICH IS PROHIBITED BY LAW OR RULES OF THE SCHOOL BOARD MAY BE IMPOUNDED. WHERE APPROPRIATE, SUCH ITEMS MAY BE RELEASED TO A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER WHO SHALL BE REQUIRED TO SIGN A RECEIPT.

 

IN THE EVENT THAT ANY PROVISION OF THIS POLICY, IF STRICTLY CONSTRUED, WOULD RESULT IN DANGER TO ANY PERSON BY REASON OF A)APPARENT EMERGENCY OR B) BY ADVERSE CONDUCT OF A STUDENT OR ANOTHER PERSON, ANY PERSON ACTING UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THE SCHOOL BOARD OF LEVY COUNTY PURSUANT TO THIS POLICY IS AUTHORIZED TO TAKE ANY REASONABLE ACTION.

 

Upon arrival to school:

1.        All students must wait in the designated area behind the school. High School students will wait between the cafeteria and vocational wing. Middle School students will wait between the gymnasium and cafeteria. The cafeteria opens at 8:15am.

2.        On rainy days, students may go to the cafeteria.

 

Upon dismissal from school:

1.        All students who are picked up after school must wait in the pick-up/drop-off area in front of the school.

2.        Students must leave campus within 30 minutes of dismissal unless involved in a supervised activity.

 

Notice of limited supervisory times:

Williston Middle High School will provide supervision to students during the time they are attending school and during the time they are on school premises participating with authorization in a school-sponsored activity, and during a reasonable time (30 minutes) before and after students are on the premises for attendance at school or for authorized participation in a school-sponsored activity. Students and parents should not rely on additional supervision. Florida Statute 1003.31

 

Closed campus:

Williston Middle High School is a closed campus, to comply with state law and school board requirements for supervision of students. All visitors to campus must sign in through the main office and wear a visitor’s pass at all times while on campus.

 

SECTION VI: EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES & ATHLETICS

 

School Activities:

Participants in ALL activities that are school related must remember to conduct themselves per the school rules and regulations or participation in these activities will be denied.

 

Debts:

Students who accumulate financial debts may be restricted from extracurricular activities and/or suspension of parking privileges until the debt is paid. In addition, any remaining debts must be cleared before graduation. Teachers should notify the School’s Bookkeeper in the event that a student owes money and there has been difficulty in collecting it.

 

Textbooks:

When a textbook, book, or any other school supplied printed or electronic material is lost or damaged beyond normal usage, the student shall pay the cost of replacement or the amount assessed for damage. No additional library books or textbooks will be issued until the matter is resolved. In the case of a lost book or a book damaged beyond use, the amount to be charged shall be determined as follows:

1.        New Book (issued first time) – total purchase price.

2.        A book in use less than two years – 75% of purchase price.

3.        A book in use for more than two years and suitable for distribution and in current adoption – 50% of purchase price.

4.        Where a book has been damaged beyond normal usage and above rules do not apply, the principal shall assess the amount of damages on the basis of the book’s condition at the time issuance.

 

Student Sports/Club Activities Insurance:

In the event that your child’s sports/club activity injury requires medical treatment, insurance coverage is provided by the School Board. While the School Board is pleased to be able to provide coverage, the responsibility for filing a claim, and providing the necessary supporting documents, belongs to the parents or guardians. Please stop by the WMHS front office to pick up a letter explaining the additional details with contact information.

 

Participating in Homecoming

Homecoming is open to WMHS students. Non-Students may attend the Homecoming dance on an individually approved basis by an Administrator. WMHS students must fill out a non-student attendance form prior to ALL school functions. Williston Middle High School reserves the right to deny any non-student. All participants in Homecoming must have a 2.0 GPA and must be in the appropriate grade level. Guests cannot be middle school students. Guests must be younger than 21 to attend.

 

Participating in Grad Night, and Jr./Sr. Prom:

Grad Night and the Jr./Sr. Prom are open to WMHS students. Non-Students may attend the Homecoming dance or Prom only on an individually approved basis by an Administrator. WMHS students must fill out a non-student attendance form prior to ALL school functions (i.e. Homecoming and Prom). Williston Middle High School reserves the right to deny any non-student. All participants in Homecoming must have a 2.0 GPA and must be in the appropriate grade level. Guests cannot be middle school students. Guests must be younger than 21 to attend.

 

Club and Class Officer Requirements:

a.        To run for office a 2.0 average in academic subjects during the previous semester is required.

b.        A 2.0 average in academic subjects must be maintained during term in office.

c.        Display good conduct.

d.        Violations subject to probation and/or removal by sponsor.

e.        Required GPA’s may vary based on club by-laws.

Note: Special elections may be held if removal is invoked.

 

Athletics:

The following sports are tentatively scheduled for the 2016-2017 school year for boys: football, cross country, basketball, track, baseball, and weightlifting. The following sports are tentatively scheduled for the 2016-2017 school year for girls: cheerleading, weightlifting, soccer, cross country, volleyball, track, and softball. Students interested in being a participant must contact the athletic director. Any sport that does not have sufficient team members to compete is subject to being dropped.

 

Athletic Physical Examinations:

Athletic physicals will be arranged for all athletes. Athletes may have to pay for minimal fee for these physicals. Students must see the Athletic Director for scheduling of these physicals.

 

Athletic Academic Eligibility:

To participate in athletics all students must meet the eligibility requirements of the FHSAA and those set forth by the Legislature.

 

Eligibility for extracurricular and co-curricular activities:

All competitive activities beyond the school level, which include, but are not limited to athletics, band FFA, FHA, FBLA, High-Q, must meet current FHSAA rules concerning scholastic eligibility. It is the responsibility of the club sponsor to check and certify the eligibility of those students who will participate in competitive activities beyond the school level.

 

Grade Point Average for participation in all clubs and extracurricular activities shall be 2.0 – 4.0 for the 2016-2017 School Year.

 

Non-school organizations and activities:

Students must have prior approval from the school administration before participating in non-school affiliated organizations/activities during the regularly scheduled school day.

 

Student activities outside school hours:

All School-sponsored student activities must have a faculty sponsor or approved sponsor supervising the activity. Procedures to follow: Secure the required form from the district office, have it signed by the respective faculty sponsor supervising the activity, and return it to the Assistant Principal.

 

Valuables:

Students are encouraged not to bring valuables to campus. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that any valuables brought on campus are properly secured. Williston Middle High School will not be responsible for any property lost or stolen.