OJH Student Handbook

Table of Contents

Welcome to the online version of the 2018 - 2019 Oakwood Junior High School Student Handbook.  You can find all of the following sections by scrolling down throughout the pages or you can click on a section in the Table of Contents and go directly to that section.

Directory

Kyle B. Ramey, Ed.D.
Tim Badenhop
Paul Stone
Paul Stone
Lissa Fickert
Dawne Roeckner
Barbara McCray
Sue Scocozzo
Betsy MacDonnell
Amy Samosky
Joan Bline
Melissa Tinker
Tina Detamore
Matt Sproat

Superintendent
Principal
Attendance Director
Athletic Director 
Guidance School Counselor
Administrative Assistant
Attendance Secretary
Athletic Secretary
Speech Therapist
Psychologist
Prevention/Intervention Counselor
Mental Health Therapist
Nurse
Technology Coordinator

Phone Numbers

Attendance Office
Junior High Office
Athletic Office
OHS Guidance Office
Senior High Office
Board of Education

297-5330
297-5328
297-5342
297-5326
297-5325
297-5332

Contact Information

Civil Rights Compliance Officer
EMAD Coordinator
Liaison for Homeless Children         
    
          Mrs. Allyson Couch, Director of Educational Services 
          Oakwood City School District
          20 Rubicon Road, Dayton, OH 45409
          (937) 297-7802
          couch.allyson@oakwoodschools.org

OSHA Safety Director
Prevailing Wage Coordinator
Public Records Training Designee
Toxic Hazard Preparedness Officer

          Dr. Kyle Ramey, Superintendent
          Oakwood City School District
          20 Rubicon Road, Dayton, OH 45409
          (937) 297-5332
          ramey.kyle@oakwoodschools.org

Anti-Harassment Complaint Coordinator
          Dr. Kyle Ramey, Superintendent
          Oakwood City School District
          20 Rubicon Road, Dayton, OH 45409
          (937) 297-5332
          ramey.kyle@oakwoodschools.org

Anti-Harassment Complaint Investigator
Coordinator of Records:

          Oakwood High School: Mr. Paul Waller, Principal
          1200 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, OH 45419
          (937) 297-5325
          waller.paul@oakwoodschools.org

          Oakwood Junior High School: Mr. Tim Badenhop, Principal
          1200 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, OH 45419
          (937) 297-5328
          badenhop.tim@oakwoodschools.org

          Harman Elementary School: Mrs. Sarah Patterson, Principal
          735 Harman Avenue, Dayton, OH 45419
          (937) 297-5338
          patterson.sarah@oakwoodschools.org

          Edwin D. Smith Elementary School: Mrs. Traci Hummer, Acting Principal
          1701 Shafor Boulevard, Dayton, OH 45419
          (937) 297-5335
          hummer.traci@oakwoodschools.org

          Lange School: Frank Eaton, Principal
          219 W. Dorothy Lane, Dayton, OH 45429
          (937) 299-8730
          eaton.frank@oakwoodschools.org

Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment
          Dr. Kimbe Lange
          Oakwood City Schools
          20 Rubicon Rd., Dayton, OH 45409
          (937) 297-5332
          lange.kimbe@oakwoodschools.org

OJH Vision

 The Oakwood Junior High School community educates students to become ethical decision-makers who achieve their life goals, take responsible risks, and contribute to the greater good of the world. Oakwood Junior High School students are prepared for their future pursuits, proud of their Oakwood education, and poised to lead and serve.

OJH Mission

Doing what is best for students is our guiding principle.  To this end, the Oakwood Junior High School community commits the resources, support, expertise, and experiences needed for all students to achieve.

OJH STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

The educational program of Oakwood Junior High School is designed and developed to provide for a common education in basic knowledge and skills; stimulate diversified interests; assist students in making intelligent decisions concerning their future; meet the various individual needs of the students; provide satisfactory developmental social experiences; and provide a gradual transition from preadolescent education to learning experiences suited to the needs and interests of young adults.

Calendar

Aug. 8
10
10
14
15
16
20
31
Sept. 3
13
19
26
Oct. 12
16
17
19
22
25
26
Nov. 9
14
21 – 23
Dec. 5
17, 18, 19
19
20 – Jan. 1
Jan. 2
16
18
18, 19
21
28
29
30
Feb. 1
7
11
12
14
15
18
19-22
25
March 6
15
22
25-29
April 1
12
27
May 1
3
7
13
13
14
15
22
23
27
28,29,30
30
31
 

 

                     

                     

                     

 

 

Fall Sports Player/Parent Meeting at 7:00 p.m
7th Grade Orientation at 9:00 a.m
New 8th Graders Orientation at 1:00 p.m 
School Opens
7th Grade Class Meeting  at 8:15 a.m
8th Grade Class Meeting at 8:15 a.m
Jr. High Open House at 7:00 p.m.
1/2 District PD Day, Dismissal at 11:43 a.m
Labor Day, No School
Picture Day
Full District PD Day, No School
Parent Conferences from 5:00 – 8:30 p.m.  
End of 1st Grading Period
Orchestra Concert at 7:00 p.m.  
Blue Shirt Day
Picture Retake Day
Jr. High Dance
Jr. High Fall Sports Recognition
Choir Concert
Conference Exchange Day/No School
1/2 District PD Day, Dismissal at 11:43 a.m.
Band Concert at 7:00 p.m.
Winter Sports Player/Parent Meeting at 7:00 p.m Thanksgiving Break/No School
1st Semester Success Breakfast
End of 2nd Grading Period
Holiday Break Begins
Classes Resume
Jr. High Play Cutting during Take 5 
1/2 District PD Day, Dismissal at 11:43 a.m.
Jr. High Play at 4:00 and 6:00 p.m.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day/No School
Visit Harman for Scheduling at 1:30 p.m. 
Visit Smith for Scheduling at 9:30 a.m.
6th Grade Parent Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
Jr. High Dance, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Parent Conferences from 5:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Jr. High Winter Sports Recognition at 7:00 p.m 
Choir Concert at 7:00 p.m 
Winter Band/Orchestra Concert at 7:00 p.m.
Full District PD Day/No School Monday, February President’s Day, No School
Winter Break Begins
Classes Resume
Band Concert at 7:00 p.m.
Spring Sports Player/Parent Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
End of 3rd Grading Period
Full District PD Day/No School
Spring Sports Player/Parent Meeting at 7:00 p.m. 
Spring Break Begins
Classes Resume
Jr. High Dance, 7:00-9:00 p.m. 
A Cappella Concert, 7:00 p.m.
1/2 District PD Day, Dismissal at 11:43 a.m.
Cherry Pie Concert at 7:00 p.m.
2nd Semester Success Breakfast at 7:15 a.m. 
Jr. High Spring Sports Recognition at 7:00 p.m.  
Harman to Visit at 9:30 a.m.  
Smith to Visit at 9:30 a.m.
Spring Choir Concert  at 7:00 p.m.
Choir Concert at 7:00 p.m.
Jr. High Awards Ceremony at 7:00 p.m.
Memorial Day/No School 
Last Day of School for Students
Last Staff Day

ACADEMIC Terms

                                Quarter 1                        Quarter 2                              Quarter 3                      Quarter 4
Begins                      08/14  13                              10/15  14                                  01/02 06                           03/18  16                                                
Ends                        10/12 11                                 12/19  20                                   03/15 13                           05/30 28

*Semester Exams: December 17, 18, 19 & May 28, 29, 30  December 18,19,20 and May 26,27,28

daily time schedule

Regular Schedule

Period 1 ............................................................ 8:15 - 9:03 a.m.
Period 2 ............................................................ 9:07 - 9:55 a.m.
Period 3 .............................................................9:59 - 10:51 a.m.
Period 4 ............................................................. 10:55 - 11:43 a.m.
Lunch ................................................................ 11:43 – 12:43 p.m.
Period 5 ............................................................. 12:43 - 1:31 p.m.
Period 6 ............................................................. 1:35 - 2:23 p.m.
Period 7 ............................................................. 2:27 - 3:15 p.m.

Take 5 Schedule

Period 1 ..................................................... 8:15 - 9:00 a.m.
Period 2 .................................................... 9:04 - 9:49 a.m.
Homeroom ............................................... 9:53 - 10:14 a.m.
Period 3 ................................................... 10:18 – 11:03 a.m.
Period 4 ................................................... 11:07 - 11:52 a.m.
Lunch ...................................................... 11:52 – 12:52 p.m.
Period 5 ................................................... 12:52 - 1:37 p.m.
Period 6 ................................................... 1:41 - 2:26 p.m.
Period 7 ................................................... 2:30 - 3:15 p.m.

Early Dismissal

Period 1 .................................................................... 8:15 - 8:41 a.m.
Period 2 ................................................................... 8:45 - 9:11 a.m.
Period 3 ................................................................... 9:15 - 9:43 a.m.
Period 4 ................................................................... 9:47 - 10:13 a.m.
Period 5 ................................................................... 10:17 - 10:43 a.m.
Period 6 ................................................................... 10:47 - 11:13 p.m.
Period 7 ................................................................... 11:17 - 11:43 p.m.

One-Hour Delay

Period 1 .................................................................... 9:15 - 9:53 a.m.
Period 2 ................................................................... 9:57 - 10:35 a.m.
Period 3 .................................................................. 10:39 - 11:20 a.m.
Period 4 .................................................................. 11:24 - 12:02 a.m.
Lunch ..................................................................... 12:02 – 1:-02 p.m.
Period 5 .................................................................. 1:02 - 1:43 p.m.
Period 6 .................................................................. 1:47 - 2:29 p.m.
Period 7 ................................................................... 2:33 - 3:15 p.m.

Two-Hour Delay

Period 1 .................................................................... 10:15 - 10:46 a.m.
Period 2 .................................................................... 10:50 - 11:21 a.m.
Period 3 .................................................................... 11:25 - 11:59 a.m.
Lunch ....................................................................... 11:59 - 12:59 p.m.
Period 4 .................................................................... 12:59 - 1:30 a.m.
Period 5 .................................................................... 1:34 - 2:05 p.m.
Period 6 .................................................................... 2:09 - 2:40 p.m.
Period 7 .................................................................... 2:44 - 3:15 p.m.

For questions, whom do i contact?

If you have a specific inquiry relating to your son or daughter’s schoolwork or activities, or a general question about the school program or one of its facets, don’t hesitate to contact your junior high student’s counselor or principal. This staff member will either be able to answer your question or will refer you to the appropriate member of the faculty who should have an answer.

Gifted Identification and Services

The Oakwood Board of Education has adopted a policy, in accordance with "Ohio Revised Code 3324.01 - 3324.07" and "Ohio Administrative Code 3301-51-15", for identifying children who are gifted. The state mandates that all students have the opportunity to be assessed for possible “giftedness” based on the state’s specific definition of giftedness, which follows:

Children who perform or show potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment and who are identified in the areas of superior cognitive domain, specific academic domain (math, science, social studies, reading/writing), creative thinking domain, and/or visual/performing arts domain (visual arts, music, dance, drama). The district uses an approach of assessment and identification to identify students who perform, or show potential for performing, at high levels of accomplishment in these domains.

To be identified as “gifted” a student must achieve the requisite cutoff score on an assessment instrument authorized by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), which sets cutoff scores. Children may participate in either whole-grade assessment or referral-based assessment. Whole-grade level assessment occurs at grades 2, 4, and 6 in Oakwood City School District. For referral-based assessment, children may be referred for possible gifted identification on an ongoing basis based upon child request (self-referral), teacher recommendation, parent/guardian request, child referral of peer, or other referral. Referral forms are available in the school offices, Gifted Intervention Specialists’ offices, and counselors’ offices. While the State of Ohio requires that students have the opportunity to be assessed for giftedness, it does not require districts to provide services for students who are identified as gifted. Through local tax dollars, Oakwood employs three (3) Gifted Intervention Specialists (GIS) who assist teachers at Lange, Harman, Smith, and the Junior/Senior High Schools in working with students identified as gifted.

The gifted services revolve around instructional activities for students who have been identified in each of the four domains of giftedness defined by the state of Ohio. The district ensures equal opportunity for all students identified as gifted to receive services offered by the district. Additionally, students who participate in gifted services are guided by the development and implementation of Written Education Plans (WEPs) that document student data, goals, and progress. Differentiated instruction in the classroom is the linchpin of the program. Differentiated instruction requires modifying process, content, or product according to student need, readiness, and interest and it is often performed in consultation with the Gifted Intervention Specialist. Our instructional program at all levels continues to evolve in order to meet the needs of our learners, and annually revised gifted services matrices are available from the Gifted Intervention Specialists.

At the secondary level, we offer services to students identified as gifted through curricular offerings, including enrichment electives, honors and Advanced Placement courses, cluster-grouping, co-teaching models, and educational options. For more information regarding this program, contact the Gifted Intervention Specialist at 297-5328.

Oakwood City School District

Vision

The Oakwood School community educates students to become ethical decision-makers who achieve their life goals, take responsible risks, and contribute to the greater good of the world.  Graduates are prepared for their post-secondary pursuits, proud of their Oakwood education, and poised to lead and serve.

Mission

Doing what is best for students is our guiding principle.  To this end, the Oakwood School community commits the resources, support, expertise, and experiences needed for all students to achieve.

Core Values

EXCELLENCE:  Excellence is our commitment to superior standards in all that we do.  We pursue continued growth and strive to achieve the highest levels of performance in all endeavors.

COMMUNITY:  Community describes a commitment to our students that is shared by our citizens, families, faculty and staff.  Our students thrive when relationships and a sense of common purpose are focused towards making a positive difference in their lives.

TRUST:  Trust is the confidence we place in one another to act with integrity and in the best interests of our students.

RESPECT:  It is important that we seek ways to demonstrate our understanding of and appreciation for differences among us.  All of our students deserve to experience the excellence Oakwood offers in ways that complement their individual strengths and needs.

ACCOUNTABILITY:  Accountability is the commitment to examine all endeavors with a constructive and critical eye in order to take responsible and dynamic action.

SERVICE:  Going beyond self and giving back to the broader community are essential experiences for personal growth.

TRADITION:  We celebrate our history by appreciating our traditions.  A shared sense of belonging to a special place inspires commitment to quality.

FUTURE:  We honor our history by embracing the future.  This requires leadership at all levels that is forward thinking and informed by divergent perspectives.

History of Oakwood Jr./Sr. High School

For over 150 years, the Oakwood School system has served its community through several stages of expansion and development. In 1846, district Number Seven, Van Buren Township, was the first elementary school established in the area. In 1909 it was moved to the northwest corner of Harman and Dixon Avenues where a barn was purchased and converted into a school building. Soon after Harman Avenue School moved out of its first building, “The Barn”, into a new brick structure; plans were made to establish a high school in Oakwood.

High school classes were organized and met in rooms at the elementary school during the designing and construction of the high school. In 1922 the Board of Education acquired a ten-acre farm on Far Hills Avenue in the geographical center of Oakwood. A high school building was designed in the style of an English country manor by the architectural firm of Schenck and Williams. Oakwood High School was completed for the 1923-1924 school year, and of the 125 students in attendance, eight seniors were graduated that spring. The building quickly became a “must” for visiting educators to see, as its beauty and atmosphere were unusual in a school building. The art room was one of the first fully equipped facilities in the country. An additional 5.5 acres were purchased to complete the site in 1924. A field house was built in 1929 and by 1932 this first expansion which also included a junior high school with a library, shop and band room was completed. Stadium construction was approved in 1936.

A new part of the building was created between 1959 and 1961 by passing a science wing through the courtyard, and the guidance offices came from the remodeling of a large classroom in 1961. Next came construction of the second floor addition above the science wing in 1967. Major remodeling included the instrumental music room, auditorium and library. In 1990, the building was made accessible to the handicapped by adding an elevator and a new hallway to connect the senior hall and the freshman hall.

Beginning in 2003, the school underwent major updating primarily to the north end of the building including the addition of five classrooms, a faculty work area, new restrooms, and a second elevator. In addition, the locker rooms were modernized and expanded and a new “colonnade” façade was added to the “Pit” entrance on the east side. Classroom renovations were completed in September 2005.

Lane Stadium is Oakwood’s newest symbol of the broader community’s support for and investment in its children, and it represents a shared vision for future generations. Finished in 2017, this new athletic complex is the home of Oakwood’s soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, and track and field teams.

Today’s appearance of Oakwood High School from Far Hills Avenue is nearly identical to the drawing from a 1920’s brochure published before the school was built. Inside changes help provide students with the facilities needed for education in the new millennium.

Attendance Procedures

Ohio Revised Code, Section 3321.01:
All children between ages six (6) and eighteen (18) are of compulsory school age and must attend school.

Ohio Revised Code, Section 3321.03:
It is the parent’s responsibility to cause the child to attend school.

Although the compulsory attendance laws of Ohio and State Board of Education regulations on attendance require rigorous enforcement by the school administration and faculty, of far greater significance to the student should be the fact that his attendance record is frequently instrumental in determining his future.

Absenteeism also affects a student’s ability to function at an optimum level. Some work that is missed in the classroom cannot be adequately made up. Sometimes absenteeism can have a major impact on the final grade a student receives for a given subject.

Attendance Personnel

The attendance office and the principal are responsible for attendance matters and conduct follow-up work regarding all attendance discrepancies, including class cuts, truancies, and excessive tardiness. The attendance secretary maintains attendance records and assists with attendance matters and contacting parents/guardians.

ATTENDANCE LINE (937) 297-5330

Reporting and Monitoring Student Absences

  • It is the obligation of the parent/guardian to report the child’s absence or tardy each day the student is absent.
  • The parent/guardian should phone the high school attendance office before the beginning of the school day and before the start of the afternoon session each day the student is absent.  The attendance line is monitored throughout the day.
  • A student who has been absent 38 or more hours in one school month with or without legitimate excuse; or absent 65 or more hours in one school year with or without legitimate excuse, will receive a letter stating the number of absences and explaining the truancy laws, guidelines and consequences.
  • A school logged parent/guardian phone call received by the attendance office, on each day of the student’s absence, for any excused absences below, is sufficient to excuse the student’s absence. A student who is absent 38 or more hours in one school month with or without legitimate excuse; or absent 65 or more hours in one school year with or without a legitimate excuse shall provide written documentation from a treating physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant stating the day(s) absent and reason for such absence.   If within two (2) school days after returning to school following an absence, written documentation has not been received, the absence will be “unexcused.”
  • The parent/guardian (and not the school) maintains responsibility to make certain the telephone call and/or absence note was submitted to the proper school attendance authority in a timely fashion.
  • If the parent/guardian fails to contact the school and school personnel have to initiate contact with the parent/guardian via phone call and they DO NOT make direct contact with a parent/guardian the absence will be considered unexcused until a parent/guardian makes direct contact with the attendance office on the day of the student’s absence.  After that date, the student must submit a written parent note within two (2) days to excuse the absence. 
     

Excused Absences

  • Personal illness
  • Illness in the familyDeath of a relative
  • Medical or dental appointment
  • Observance of religious holiday
  • Trips on which the student is accompanied by his/her parent(s) and about which advanced written notice has been given to the school
  • An emergency or situation, which in the judgment of the administration constitutes a good and sufficient case.

Documentation of Absence/Tardy

Generally, a parent/guardian phone call may be used to document a student who is absent less than 38 or more hours in one school month with or without legitimate excuse; or absent 65 or less hours in one school year with or without a legitimate excuse.  Absences in excess of this may not be excused by a parent and shall require documentation by the child’s treating physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant – unless an absence is otherwise excused by the principal due to an unusual circumstance.

Application of these general guidelines may be waived by school officials where circumstances indicate that its application does not serve the student’s best interest. 

Nothing contained in this attendance regulation is intended nor should be construed as restricting the discretion of school officials to make such inquiries and request such verification/documentation as is reasonably necessary to determine if an absence/tardy is for any of the reasons identified in this regulation as “Excused Absences.” 

Unexcused Absences and Truancy

Truancy is defined by Ohio Revised Code, Section 3313.609, as “any absence that is not excused.” 

Consequences for Excessive Tardiness – This policy renews itself at the beginning of each grading period.
1st and 2nd Offense – No penalty
3rd, 4th, 5th Offense – One detention each
6th, 7th, 8th Offense – One Saturday School each

The building principal may assign alternative forms of discipline to match the intended consequence for tardiness and truancy, including referral to Montgomery County Juvenile Court.

Truancy Charges Filed in Court- Truancy charges may be filed against students who become chronic or habitual truants. “Contributing” charges may be filed against the parent(s)/guardian(s).

Habitual Truancy = Absent 30 or more consecutive hours without legitimate excuse; Absent 42 hours or more in a month without legitimate excuse; Absent 72 hours or more in 1 school year without legitimate excuse

Excessive Absences = Absent 38 or more hours in one school month with or without a legitimate excuse; Absent 65 or more hours in one school year with or without a legitimate excuse

Student Vacations During the School Year

Whenever a proposed absence-for-vacation is requested, parents must discuss it with the building administrator in advance. The length of absence should be made clear, and those involved should have an opportunity to express their views on the potential effects of the absence.

The District will only excuse a student’s absence for a vacation when the principal has been informed in advance and the student will be in the company of his/her own parent or other family relatives, or if there are extenuating circumstances deemed appropriate by the principal.

If the principal does not excuse the absence, the student’s absence will be considered unexcused and subject to truancy regulations.

If the absence is excused, the student may be given approximate assignments and materials and pages to be completed, based upon applicable due dates (per student handbook).

Revised 9/24/2012, © Neola 2011

Appointments During the School Day

If your child/student has a dental, medical, or other professional appointment, he should report to the attendance office with a parental note before the morning or afternoon session of the absence. He/she will be given an excuse slip, which will excuse him/her from classes at the appropriate time. Please make prior arrangements for pick up location.  Alternatively, feel free to call the attendance line, or leave a message, throughout the day if your student needs an early dismissal for an appointment.

Attendance and After-school Activities

Students in all activities are required to be present at least one-half of any day in which they will be performing or participating in an event after school hours. A senior sign out counts as being in attendance. Exceptions to this rule require advance administrative approval.

Make-up Work

Excused absences and tardies allow students to make-up all missed class work, tests, and assignments.  The general rule is the length of make-up opportunity is equivalent to the length of the absence.  Students may not make-up class work, tests, and assignments due to unexcused absences or tardies.

However, if a student is absent when an assignment is due for which the student had prior knowledge, and for which the reason for the absence would not preclude completing it, the assignment is due on the day the student returns to school.

Policy for Collecting Make-up Work

If your child is out three or more days sick, work can be collected for pick up by contacting teachers via email or contacting their guidance counselor.  If your child is out less than three days we ask that they do what they can by checking the teacher websites.

General Information

Curriculum

OJH offers a full spectrum of curricular offerings. Core area courses such as math, science, social studies, and English make up the majority of the school day. To view the entire set of course offerings go to www.ojh.oakwoodschools.org and find the Program of Studies.

Schedule Changes

Schedule changes will be considered on an individual basis and require approval of the student’s parents and the principal.

Honors Courses

Honors courses are offered in mathematics and English in the 7th and 8th grade. These courses involve enriched and advanced work, rigorous grading standards, and selective admissions. Factors used in selection include class performance, achievement, and ability as measured by standardized tests, and teachers’ recommendations.

Adjusted Curriculum

In some cases, regular and appropriate normal adjustments in course content will not be sufficient for a student to function successfully in a classroom. In cases when the adjustments are to be major, a committee shall be formed to discuss if the student should participate in an adjusted curriculum. The committee, composed of the teacher(s), principal, counselor, and school psychologist, will conduct a case review and determine if the student needs an adjusted curriculum. If the student is to be offered an adjusted curriculum, the parents will be contacted and asked to provide their written permission. “AC” will be placed on the transcript next to the title of any adjusted curriculum course.

Special Education Programs and Services

Oakwood Junior/Senior High School offers a continuum of program options under the umbrella of IDEA and ADA for students with special needs as outlined in their Individualized Education Plan (IEP’s) or 504 Plans. All students with disabilities are included in general education classes as much as appropriate. Supports and services for students with identified needs are offered in the general education classroom, resource room, and through community-based learning designed to teach skills leading to adult independence. The OJHS/OHS Intervention Specialists serve in several capacities for identified students: as a coordinator for vocational training within the community, as resource room teachers to provide direct instruction to qualifying students, and as collaborative teachers present with a general educator in the classroom to provide necessary modifications and accommodations for students. Resource classes in math, English, science, social studies, and academic transitions, are available for students with IEPs. Academic transitions instruction is provided through a Transitions Learning Center, a semester class where students can earn a .5 elective credit. Class instruction focuses on one’s transition goals outlined in his/her IEP to include: identifying learning styles, study skills, organizational strategies, memory skills strategies, goal setting, beginning the career assessment process, etc. Students will also be given the opportunity to complete homework, and study for tests/quizzes.

Speech and language services, hearing intervention services, vision intervention services, orientation and mobility services, adaptive physical education, physical therapy and occupational therapy are also available for students with identified needs. In addition, oral interpreters and aides assist students when appropriate. Support services that best meet the needs of limited English proficient (LEP) students are available to English Learner (EL) students whose primary or home language is other than English who need special language assistance in order to effectively participate in school instructional programs. Students must be evaluated and qualify as limited English proficient (LEP) and needing special language help and services through an assessment process.

Upon enrollment, families complete a Home Language Survey. Students whose home language is other than English are assessed by the English as a Second Language (SL) Instructor. Results are shared with families, and EL support is offered if the student qualifies. For more information concerning special education programs and services, contact our Special Education Supervisor at 297-7803.

Student Well-Being

Student safety is the responsibility of both students and staff.  Staff members are familiar with emergency procedures such as evacuation procedures, fire and tornado drills, safety drills in the event of a terrorist or other violent attack, and accident reporting procedures.  If a student is aware of any dangerous situation or accident, they must notify a staff person immediately.

State law requires that all students have an emergency medical authorization completed and signed by a parent or guardian on file in the school office. Students with specific health care needs should deliver written notice about such needs, along with physician documentation, to the school office.

Examinations

Semester examinations are given at the conclusion of each semester.

Properly constructed and carefully administered semester examinations, together with the related activities of review, provide students with many opportunities for educationally valuable learning experiences. In addition, a well-prepared exam can be a good evaluative tool for the teacher in measuring the effectiveness of instruction.

At the 7th and 8th grade levels, examinations are given a weight of only one-seventh of the semester average. The intent is to expose younger students to the discipline of a comprehensive review and test administration, but with a lesser risk involved than at the senior high school level.

An examination is given in all “core” subjects including world language. Arts and activities classes have exams at the discretion of the teacher. Examinations for classes meeting fewer than five times per week are administered during the last regular class meeting of the semester.

If a student has three examinations scheduled on one day, he may arrange to have his schedule adjusted by contacting his teachers. All other requests for modifications in individual examination schedules must be submitted to the counselor for approval.

The examination schedule currently in use was originally developed through the cooperative efforts of both faculty and students in an attempt to give each student an optimum opportunity to prepare adequately for each examination. Students should be encouraged to use the time for comprehensive review. A quiet, supervised study area will be provided at school for those students who wish to study in the school environment.

Grade Reporting to parents

The classroom teacher enjoys a great deal of flexibility in determining his procedure for grading and in arriving at a grade for the individual student. The most important consideration for the teacher must be, “Is the grading procedure I use educationally sound, and does it yield valid and fair results?”

Progress Book Parent Viewer For Grades: Grades are available online in real time through our grading program, ProgressBook. Please realize that it takes time for the teachers to input grades into their grade books. Allow up to two weeks for major assignments to be recorded. Username and password information remain the same as previous years. If you should have a problem with your username and password please contact the technology office at (937) 297-1513.

Grade Reports: Formal grade reports will be mailed home during the school year at the conclusion of each quarter. June report cards will also be mailed home, unless an outstanding debt is owed.

Yearly Averages: Generally, the yearly average is an average of the two semester averages, in many cases adjusted either upward or downward according to the student’s grade “trends.”

Grading Scale:  
                           92-100: A
                           83-91: B
                           74-82: C
                           65-73: D 
                           below 65: F

Computing Grade Point Averages For Honor Roll: In the computation of grade point averages, the letter grades are assigned the following quality points: A = 4 points; B = 3 points; C = 2 points; D = 1 point; F = 0 points.

Sample Student Grade Calculation

Class Periods Grade Quality Total Points
English 5 A 4 20
Social Studies 5 B 3 15
Mathematics 5 A 4 20
Science 5 B 3 15
World Language 5 C 2 10
Home Economics 5 A 4 20
Chorus 2 B 3 6
Keyboarding 2 B 3 6
TOTAL 34     112

112 total points ÷34 total periods=3.3 GPA

Honor Roll Recognition: Students will receive honor roll recognition based on their quarter grades in all subjects. Any grade of “incomplete” will disqualify a student from honor roll placement. Eligible students will be listed by grade level on one of two lists.
High Honors - All students with a GPA of 3.750 or above.
Honors - All students will a GPA of 3.00 or above but less than 3.750.

Promotion and Retention

At the 7th and 8th grade levels, students will be permitted to progress with their cohort if they fail no more than one of the four “core skill” courses of English, mathematics, science, and social studies.

If a 7th or 8th grade student fails two or more of the “basic skill” units, s/he will be required to complete remedial work in one or more of the following ways:
1) Participation in a recognized junior high or middle school summer program provided by a school – whether traditional or online – chartered by the Ohio Department of Education or a recognized educational agency of another state.
2) Private tutoring provided by a properly certified teacher; the equivalent of one year of make-up work in one subject will be granted for twenty (20) hours of one-to-one tutoring and forty (40) hours of homework activities; successful completion of a final examination in that subject as prescribed by the principal.

Parents who secure private one-to-one tutoring should be aware of the following:

  1.   The tutor must be approved in advance by the principal.

  2.  The tutor must possess a valid intermediate or secondary certificate or a valid elementary certificate with teaching experience in the intermediate grades in the subject in question.3.

  3.   All tutoring time and homework time must be formally logged by the tutor and submitted on a form provided by the school.

  4.   The student will be expected to complete successfully a proficiency examination administered by the school.

    *All students should obtain prior approval from the principal before enrolling in another district’s summer school program in order to be assured that the make-up work can be accepted.

A student must eliminate all but one of the subject area deficiencies before he will be permitted to progress with his class.

Athletics and Activities

Listed below are the extracurricular activities normally available to Oakwood Junior High Students.  Click on the activity title for more information.  For more specific details concerning a specific program, contact the Athletic Office at 297-5342 or the principal at 297-5328.  The interscholastic program is organized as a four-year senior high school and two-year junior high school.

PLEASE NOTE:  Curricular activities such as Band, Chorus and Orchestra will take priority over extracurricular activities when scheduling conflicts occur.

Athletic Eligibility Requirements and Interpretation

All members of interscholastic athletic squads (boys and girls), cheerleading squads, and managers must meet specific eligibility requirements. By-law 4, Section 4 of the constitution and By-Laws of the Ohio High School Athletic Association states the following regarding scholastic requirements.

A student enrolling in the seventh grade for the first time will be eligible for the first grading period regardless of previous academic achievement. Thereafter, in order to be eligible, a student in grade 7 or 8 must be currently enrolled and must have been enrolled in school the immediately preceding grading period and received passing grades during that grading period in a minimum of five of those subjects in which the student received grades.

A student enrolled in the first grading period after advancement from the 8th grade must have passed a minimum of five of all subjects carried the immediately preceding grading period in which the student was enrolled.

If a student’s failure to meet the requirements of this bylaw are due to an “incomplete” given in one or more courses which the student was taking during the grading period in question, the student may have his/her eligibility restored by the Commissioner’s office once the “incomplete” has been changed to a passing letter grade. Tutoring or examinations to complete the preceding grading period requirements is permissible provided that privilege is accorded to every student and the inability to complete required work on time is due to illness or accident verified by a physician.

The Commissioner’s office may waive the enrollment requirements of this by-law provided the student has been withdrawn or removed from school because of circumstances due to personal accident, illness or family hardship. An appeal for such a waiver must come from the principal of the school and be in writing. The appeal for waiver shall contain documents with school and medical supporting evidence.

Board of Education Policy (Effective July 1, 1998) Scholastic Eligibility Requirements for Participation in Interscholastic Extracurricular Activities

A student in grades 7-12 must receive a minimum GPA of 1.75 for each grading period in order to be eligible for an “interscholastic extracurricular activity” for the ensuing grading period.  “Interscholastic extracurricular activity” means a pupil activity program that the school sponsors or participates in and that includes participants from more than one school or school district.  “Interscholastic extracurricular activity” does not include any activity included in the school district’s graded course of study. 

A student who fails to achieve the 1.75 minimum GPA requirement will be placed on academic probation for the next grading period.  During academic probation, the student will be permitted to participate.  Academic probations are limited to one per school year. 

A student enrolling in the 7th grade for the first time is eligible for the first grading period regardless of previous academic achievement.  A student who receives a failing grade may participate if he/she otherwise meets eligibility requirements.  Students in interscholastic athletics must also meet the minimum Ohio High School Athletic Association requirements in order to be eligible for participation.  No students can be exempted from this policy.

Student Participation and Physical Examination Form

1. Athletic participation forms for high school participants shall be signed by a physician, the participant and by a parent or guardian and must be on file with the administrative head before any candidate for a team may participate in a practice. These forms necessitate the physician’s certification of the individual’s physical fitness no less than once each year.

2. If a student-athlete transfers to another school, the physical examination forms shall be transferred to the new school.

3. Section 3313.712 of the Ohio Revised Code reads in part as follows: “This section does not require any school child to receive a medical examination or receive medical treatment whose parent or guardian objects thereto.” A form certifying this objection shall be signed by the parent or guardian and attached to the Parental Approval Form.

4. Students participating in the interscholastic athletic program are protected by the OHSAA catastrophic insurance policy.

5. Parents/Guardians are required to sign an acknowledgement of receipt of the Ohio Department of Health Concussion Information Sheet for interscholastic athletics and have on file with the athletic office.

6. Any new student to Oakwood should meet with the Director of Athletics and Student Activities upon enrollment to determine if additional paperwork is necessary to establish eligibility.

Please Note:  Scholastic Eligibility Requirements must be followed per Board of Education Policy noted above. The following activities as well as all Interscholastic Athletics fall under this policy: Academic Team, Cheerleaders, Debate Team and NFL members.

Athletic Passes 

Prepaid:  Junior High family passes are available for a nominal charge. The family pass will admit the parents and all pre-junior high age children to all junior high athletic events.

Athletic tickets for all senior high and junior high athletic events are available to junior high students for a fee that represents a significant discount off the price of admission tickets when purchased individually. As the year progresses, the cost of the athletic ticket is reduced. Information concerning these tickets is available from the Athletic Office (297-5342).

Misuse: Season Athletic Tickets are issued to an individual student and are nontransferable. Any student who is found to misuse his own ticket by passing it on for duplicate use will forfeit his ticket and receive no refund.

School insurance

The Ohio High School Athletic Association sponsors a catastrophic insurance policy to cover all junior high athletes, who participate in interscholastic programs. The policy is designed to cover cases of severe injury that results in prolonged hospitalization and doctor’s care. Protection does not begin until costs exceed $25,000. Please contact the Junior High Athletic Director for questions regarding the school insurance.

Recognition and Awards

At the conclusion of each athletic season, an awards program is held during which awards of participation and presented to each athlete. Parents are invited to the evening programs.

Athletic awards

At the conclusion of each athletic season an awards program is held during which awards of participation are presented to each athlete. Parents are invited to the evening programs.

  1. A team member in good standing for the entire season will receive a junior high award.

  2. The junior high award will be a 4" felt “O” with a Swiss sport insert. A metal grade level insert and a certificate will also be awarded.

  3. A junior high award will be presented in each sport the first year it is earned. In subsequent years, if another junior high award is earned in the same sport, a grade level insert and certificate will be issued.

Extracurricular Activities Code of Conduct

Preamble

The District expects that all students at Oakwood High School and Junior High School will abide by the laws of the United States, the State of Ohio, and the City of Oakwood; will observe the lawful policies and administrative procedures and guidelines enacted by the Board of Education and the school administration, and will adhere particularly to the principles of the Student Code of Conduct.  This Extracurricular Activities Code of Conduct is a specific statement, within the broader expectations, as to that behavior expected of those whose participation in school-sponsored activities causes them to interact with the public and thus represent the school district.  Participation in extracurricular activities is a privilege earned by adhering to the expected standards.

We intend to provide a strong incentive for students representing the Oakwood City Schools to demonstrate high personal standards and good citizenship at all times, and especially while participating in school-sponsored activities and athletics.  We intend to encourage honesty and personal integrity in our students as a preeminent value.   We intend for those who do not meet such standards to receive early and appropriate intervention and support, to help those who desire it, and to deny the privilege of participation to students unwilling to meet the commitments that the school district expects and articulates in this Policy.

Definitions

  1. Participating Student means any student attending Oakwood High School or Oakwood Junior High School during any Covered period.
  2. Prohibited Substance means any substance, including alcohol, tobacco, e-cigarettes, or drugs, if the sale, use, possession or transfer of such substance is prohibited by law or school policy for such student.
  3. Covered Period means academic year and other periods during which a student is participating in an extracurricular activity.
  4. Day means a calendar day.
  5. Contest means any regular season or tournament competition, but excludes scrimmages.
  6. Family Education and/or Individual Assessment means that program of rehabilitation counseling determined to be necessary by the Director of Athletics and Student Activities, after consulting with the Guidance Chairman and the Prevention/Intervention Counselor.  The selected program may be conducted by the staff of the Oakwood City School District or by an outside agency or professional acceptable to the Director of Athletics and Student Activities at Oakwood High School.
  7. Extracurricular Activity means any athletic or non-athletic activity recognized as such by the Board of Education and for which academic credit is not granted.  Extracurricular activities include athletics, speech and debate, student council, class officers, academic team, project support, etc.
  8. Curricular Activity means any activity for which a student receives a grade.
  9. Co-curricular activities are activities related to academic courses, but are not required to earn credit in the course (i.e., French Club, Spanish Club, etc.)
  10. Involvement means being penalized for a violation of either Policy A: Substance Abuse, or Policy B: Serious Misconduct, under this Student Code of Conduct.  Involvements are cumulative during a student’s attendance at the junior high/senior high school, whether Policy A or Policy B is violated.

Policy A: Substance Abuse

No participating student shall use, possess, give, sell or otherwise transmit, or be under the influence of a prohibited substance.

Police B: Serious Misconduct

A participating student shall not engage in serious misconduct.  Any behavior which could reasonably be expected to result in harm to one’s self or to another person, which is destructive of property, which disrupts school activities, or tends to conflict with the respect inherent in this basic principle, is prohibited.  This may include, but is not limited to drinking and driving, physical assault, destruction of property, stealing, inappropriate use of social media, etc. 

First Involvement

For the first involvement, the participating student shall be denied participation in extracurricular activities for 10% of the season.  (10% is based on the number of regular season contests scheduled.  The penalty will include post-season contests.  If less than 10% of the season remains, the balance of the penalty will be carried over to the participating student’s next season).  However, any participating student who sells or otherwise distributes any prohibited substance may be denied participation in all extracurricular activities, including athletic contests, for all or any portion of the participating student’s tenure at the junior high school or high school, as the case may be.  Additionally, the student must complete a Family Education and/or Individual Assessment Program and comply with the recommendations.

Second Involvement

For the second involvement, the participating student shall be denied participation in extracurricular activities for one (1) calendar year. (However, any participating student who sells or otherwise distributes any prohibited substance may be denied participation in all extracurricular activities, including athletic contests, for all or any portion of the participating student’s tenure at the junior high school or high school, as the case may be.) A student will forfeit any leadership positions and any opportunity to hold a leadership position in an extracurricular, co-curricular, and/or curricular activity for the remainder of the student’s tenure at the junior/senior high school, as the case may be.  Additionally, the student must complete a Family Education and/or Individual Assessment Program and comply with the recommendations.

Third Involvement

For the third involvement, the participating student shall be denied participation in extracurricular activities for the remainder of the student’s tenure at the junior high school or high school, as the case may be.

Additionally, the student must complete a Family Education and/or Individual Assessment Program and comply with the recommendations. 

Self/Peer Referral

Participating students may take advantage of a self-referral or peer-referral procedure to seek information, counseling, guidance or assessment from qualified professionals.  A self-referral is for students to obtain assistance in dealing with a substance abuse problem.  The self-referral (conferences with counselors, coaches, athletic directors, or principals) cannot be used by the student to avoid consequences of this code.  Voluntary self-referrals or peer referrals are not considered a violation of this code, assuming the student complies with the recommendation of the referral, including any intervention.  Failure to comply would be considered a violation of the code.

Self-Referral/Peer Referral may be initiated only by the participating student; or a fellow student, team member, activity member; or a member of the participating student’s immediate family.

Self-Referral/Peer Referral must be made to the Director of Athletics and Student Activities, the Principal of the Oakwood Senior High School, the Principal or Athletic Director of the Oakwood Junior High School, any member of the guidance staff, or any coach or advisor for any activity in which a participating student participates.

Each participating student who uses Self-Referral/Peer Referral must complete Family Education and/or Individual Assessment within ten (10) days after the Self-Referral/Peer Referral and comply with the recommendations.

First Involvement

For the first involvement, the participating student shall be denied participation in extracurricular activities for 10% of the season.  (10% is based on the number of regular season contests scheduled.  The penalty will include post-season contests.  If less than 10% of the season remains, the balance of the penalty will be carried over to the participating student’s next season). The Director of Athletics and Student Activities, the Senior High Principal and the Junior High Principal may determine conduct to be serious enough whether or not any criminal or delinquency charge has occurred.  A participating student involved in serious misconduct may be denied participation in all extracurricular activities, including athletic contests, for all or any portion of the participating student’s tenure at the junior high school or senior high school, as the case may be.

Second Involvement

For the second involvement, the participating student shall be denied participation in extracurricular activities for one (1) calendar year.  A student will forfeit any leadership positions and any opportunity to hold a leadership position in an extracurricular, co-curricular, and/or curricular activity for the remainder of the student’s tenure at the junior/senior high   school, as the case may be. The Director of Athletics and Student Activities, the Senior High Principal and the Junior High Principal may determine conduct to be serious enough whether or not any criminal or delinquency charge has occurred.  A participating student involved in serious misconduct may be denied participation in all extracurricular activities, including athletic contests, for all or any portion of the participating student’s tenure at the junior high school or senior high school, as the case may be.

Third Involvement

For the third involvement, the participating student shall be denied participation in extracurricular activities for the remainder of the student’s tenure at the junior high school or high school, as the case may be.

Application and Duration

This policy applies to each participating student.  Infractions of this Policy accumulate during the participating student’s enrollment in Oakwood Junior High School, and again during the participating student’s enrollment in Oakwood Senior High School.  The Junior High School accumulation ends June 30 and Senior High School accumulation begins on July 1, between the participating student’s eighth and ninth grade years.

Discretion Retained by Coaches and Advisors

Neither this Policy nor the procedures provided shall impair the discretion of any coach or advisor to determine and enforce other rules of conduct and discipline for the participants in the activity for which such person is the coach or advisor.

Distribution

The Extracurricular Activities Code of Conduct shall be published in the Student Handbook that is distributed annually to all students.

student code of conduct

General Statement: All Oakwood Junior High School students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner reflecting a basic belief in the worth and dignity of every person. Therefore, any behavior which could reasonably be expected to result in harm to one’s self or to another person, which is destructive of property or any school employee’s personal property, which disrupts school activities, or which tends to conflict with the respect inherent in this basic principle, is prohibited.

The rules of conduct listed herein apply to all school sponsored activities, on and off campus, The list of school sponsored activities will include, but not be limited to, the following: band camp, all band trips and contests, all athletic events, all dances, after play parties, graduation rehearsal and ceremony, all banquets sponsored by school organizations, all intramural contests and practices, and all field trips. 

Expected Behaviors

Students are expected to (1) act courteously to adults and fellow students; (2) be prompt to school and attentive in class; (3) work cooperatively with others when involved in accomplishing a common goal regardless of the other’s ability, gender, race, or ethnic background; (4) complete assigned tasks on time and as directed; (5) help maintain a school environment that is safe, friendly, and productive; (6) act at all times in a manner that reflects pride in self, family, and in the school. 

Code of Conduct Violations

1. Fighting or assaulting another person while under the jurisdiction of the school; i.e., from the time students leave their home for school until they return home after school, is prohibited. This includes the entire lunch period.
2. While under the jurisdiction of the school, any behavior, which could result in harm to one’s self or another, damage of school property, or damage to the property of another, is prohibited.
3. Bomb threats or similar kinds of threats are forbidden and will be treated as most serious violations of school rules.
4. All forms of cheating are forbidden. This includes, but is not limited to, plagiarism, copying or downloading information without crediting the source, copying from another person or any circumstance in which academic credit is obtained dishonestly. No credit will be given for an assignment for which a student is found to have violated this rule. In addition, other academic and/or disciplinary penalties may be imposed.
5. The writing of graffiti on corridor walls, student lockers, classroom desks, walkways, trees, vehicles, or other school property is prohibited.
6. No student may cause another to be intimidated, bullied, pestered, harassed, or hazed (including “initiations”). No student shall use racial, religious, sexual orientation, or other derogatory slurs.
7. Students may not possess articles, e.g., guns, knives, chains, explosives, fireworks, etc., which would clearly have an adverse effect on the welfare of the school.
8. Students may not use, possess, transmit, buy, sell, or be under the influence of any mood-altering chemical, nor possess any drug paraphernalia while under the jurisdiction of the school, including any activity, function, or event, whether on or off campus.
9. The possession or use of tobacco products including e-cigarettes on the school premises or at any school-related activity is prohibited.
10. Stealing in any form and by whatever name is prohibited.
11. Extortion is prohibited. No student may, through use of force, suggestion, or threats, take items from another person.
12. No student shall knowingly cause harm to an Oakwood School District employee in any manner. This prohibition applies at all times and in all places.
13. No student may verbally or physically threaten or show disrespect to another student or staff member, disobey a staff member’s legitimate directive, flaunt the rightful authority of a school official, use profanities and/or obscenities, either verbal or non-verbal, or repeatedly violate school rules.
14. Truancies from school and unauthorized or unexcused absences from classes are in violation of the compulsory attendance laws and are not permitted.
15. Disruption of any class or school activity or any inappropriate behavior that could have an adverse effect on the welfare of the school is prohibited.
16. Running, roughhousing, throwing objects (including snowballs), or any other potentially dangerous behaviors are prohibited on school property at all times.
17. Public displays of affection are inappropriate on school premises and are not permitted.
18. During the time that school is in session, students may not leave the school premises without specific permission from the principal or his designee.
19. The sale of any commodity during school hours and upon school property without prior permission of the principal is prohibited.
20. Distribution or posting of non-school printed material while on the school premises without permission of the principal is prohibited.
21. The consumption of foods and beverages is limited to the student cafeteria area at noon and at other times, except when such consumption is a part of a recognized class activity under the direct supervision of the teacher. Students may eat lunch in other locations permitted by the school administration as long as the students clean up after themselves.
22. Gambling on school property is prohibited.
23. For the purpose of supervision, all sidewalks and streets adjacent to school property are considered under the supervision of school employees during school and extracurricular activities.
24. Unauthorized entry to school premises, including athletic facilities, is prohibited.
25. All school regulations shall apply to students during any school activity, function, or event, regardless of location.
26. The use of headphones is prohibited in the classroom during the school day, unless requested by the teacher for educational purposes.
27. Wireless communication devices are permitted in the building and may be used in the classroom when requested by the teacher for educational purposes. If not approved by the teacher, wireless devices should be turned off in the classroom.
28. Spraying of perfumes, colognes and body sprays in hallways or classrooms is prohibited.
29. “Sexting” is prohibited at any time on school property or at school functions. Sexting is the electronic transmission of sexual messages or pictures, usually through cell phone text messaging. Such conduct not only is potentially dangerous for the involved students, but can lead to unwanted exposure of the messages and images to others, and could result in criminal violations related to the transmission or possession of child pornography. Such conduct will be subject to discipline and possible confiscation of the WCD.
30. “Cyberbullying” is prohibited at any time on school property or at school functions. Cyberbullying includes, but is not limited to the following: (1) posting slurs or rumors or other disparaging remarks about a student or school staff member on a website; (2) sending email or instant messages that are mean or threatening, or so numerous as to drive up the victim’s cell phone bill; (3) using a camera phone to take and send embarrassing photographs/recordings of students or school staff members or post these images on video sharing sites such as You Tube; (4) posting misleading or fake photographs of students or staff members on websites. To the extent permitted by the First Amendment, instances of cyberbullying off school grounds that disrupt the school environment or interfere with the learning process will be considered violations of the Student Code of Conduct.

Disciplinary Action

The following represents the range of responses available to school personnel in dealing with violations of rules and regulations. Disciplinary actions will be at administrative discretion. Depending upon severity/frequency, suspension may occur immediately.

1. Teacher-student counseling
2. Referral to counselor
3. Verbal reprimand and/or logical consequences consistent with the infraction
4. Detention before or after school
5. Written reprimand
6. Referral to principal
7. Conference with parent(s)
8. In-school isolation from a class
9. Removal from a class or activity
10. Lunch restriction
11. Saturday School/Friday Evening School
12. Suspension from school for as many as ten days
13. Referral to Oakwood Safety Department
14. Referral to Montgomery County Juvenile Court
15. Referral to other community resources
16. Expulsion from school for a maximum of 80 school days
17. Permanent expulsion from all Ohio public schools
18. Expulsion from school for one calendar year for bringing a knife or firearm to school, or being in possession of a knife or a firearm

Dress Code

Oakwood Junior High School is dedicated to creating a respectful environment that promotes an atmosphere conducive to learning and teaching.  Proper attire fosters positive behavior and proper demeanor.  Therefore, the following dress expectations will be enforced:

1.  Clothing and accessories should not:
a.      Be distracting or disruptive
b.     Present danger to the student’s health or safety
c.      Reference or promote the use of alcohol, controlled substances, tobacco or drugs
d.      Disrespect or discriminate against ethnic, cultural, gender, sexual or religious differences.
e.      Be vulgar, suggestive or offensive

2.  The following are not appropriate for the school setting:
a.      Any top which does not appropriately cover the upper torso 
b.     Bare midriffs (no skin shall be visible between the blouse or shirt and the item covering the lower body)
c.      Extremely short skirts or shorts
d.      Exposed undergarments (bra straps, boxer shorts, etc.)

3. Except as may be necessitated by medical, physical, or established religious reasons, hats and head coverings are not to be worn inside the school buildings during school days. 

4.  Shoes must be worn at all times in the classrooms and hallways.

The Board of Education has adopted a policy governing the suspension, expulsion and removal and permanent exclusion of pupils from the schools of the Oakwood City School District.  That policy is incorporated by reference into this handbook as is fully rewritten herein.  A copy of the Board's policy is posted at the Board Office or available online at www.oakwoodschools.org, in the student handbook and will be made available to any pupil upon request.  See BOE policy 5610 and 5610.01 for the definitions of Emergency Removal, Suspension, Expulsion and Permanent Exclusion.

Breath/Saliva Drug Tests

Oakwood City Schools reserves the right to require students to submit to the administration of a breathalyzer/saliva drug test both as a condition for admission/attendance/ participation at school activities – including activities off campus – and at any other times deemed necessary by school or district officials.

substance abuse

The administration shall establish rules and regulations which combine disciplinary action for violation of student code, with incentives for self-improvement. Disciplinary action for student use, possession, distribution, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol or drug paraphernalia shall conform to the Board of Education Policy.

First Offense

  1. Parent(s)/legal guardian will be notified immediately and the student will be removed from school for the remainder of the day.

  2. The police may be notified of the incident.

  3. The clinic will be notified and the emergency squad called if necessary.

  4. Consultation with parent(s)/legal guardian and the student emphasizing available services for referral will be conducted.

  5. The student intervention assistance team will be notified.

  6. The student will be suspended from school for ten (10) school days.

  7. The student will be suspended for five (5) school days if the student has initiated within such five (5) day period, an assessment by a trained chemical dependency counselor approved by the school and agrees to follow the recommendation of the assessment. All cost or expense incurred as a result of assessment and/or recommendations will be covered by parent(s)/legal guardian. A written copy from the evaluator will be requested by school officials including findings and recommendations for the student.

  8. If the student fails to follow the recommendation of the assessment, the remaining five (5) school days of suspension will be reinstated in accordance with Ohio Revised Code.

Second and Subsequent Offenses

1. Parent(s)/legal guardian will be notified, and the student will be removed from school for the remainder of the day.

  1. The police may be notified and the emergency squad called if necessary.

  2. The clinic may be notified and the emergency squad called if necessary.

  3. Consultation with parent(s)/legal guardian and the student, emphasizing available counseling and treatment, will be conducted.

  4. The student intervention assistance team will be notified.

  5. The student shall be suspended for ten (10) school days and may be recommended for expulsion for up to eighty (80) school days.

  6. Student, parent(s)/legal guardian will have a readmission conference.

Transaction and/or Possession

Any transaction (selling/distributing/purchasing/receiving) or possessing any bulk amount as defined by Ohio Revised Code 2925.37 involving intoxicants, illegal drugs, controlled substance, or counterfeit controlled substance will be subject to the following:

  1. Parent(s)/legal guardian will be notified and the student shall be removed from school for the remainder of the day.

  2. The police will be notified of the incident.

  3. Consultation with parent(s)/legal guardian and the student emphasizing available services for referral, will be conducted.

  4. The student intervention assistance team will be notified and the intervention procedure initiated.

  5. The student will be suspended for ten (10) days from school and recommended for expulsion for up to eighty (80) school days.

  6. A readmission conference will be required.

  7. The student may be considered for permanent exclusion from school.

HAZINg

In accordance with Ohio law (Revised Code section 2903.31) all forms of hazing are prohibited. This refers to any act of initiation that might subject a student to physical risk or emotional and mental abuse in any school-sponsored activity.

Hazing

In accordance with Ohio law (Revised Code section 2903.31) all forms of hazing are prohibited. This refers to any act of initiation that might subject a student to physical risk or emotional and mental abuse in any school-sponsored activity.

Board Policy on Prohibition Against Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying

Harassment, intimidation, or bullying behavior by any student in the Oakwood City School District is strictly prohibited, and such conduct may result in disciplinary action, including suspension and/or expulsion from school. Harassment, intimidation, or bullying in accordance with R.C. 3313.666 means any intentional written, verbal, graphic, or physical act including electronically transmitted acts i.e., Internet, cell phone, personal digital assistant (PDA), or wireless hand-held device, either overt or covert, by a student or group of students toward other students, including violence within a dating relationship, with the intent to harass, intimidate, injure, threaten, ridicule, or humiliate. Such behaviors are prohibited on or immediately adjacent to school grounds, at any such school-sponsored activity, on school provided transportation, or at any official school bus stop that a reasonable person under the circumstances should know will have the effect of:

A. Causing mental or physical harm to the other students including placing an individual in reasonable fear of physical harm and/or damaging of students’ personal property; and

B. Is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for the other students.

Cyberbullying:  "Cyberbullying" is prohibited at any time on school property or at school functions.  Cyberbullying includes, but is not limited to the following:  (1) posting slurs or rumors or other disparaging remarks about a student or school staff member on a website; (2) sending email or instant messages that are mean or threatening, or so numerous as to drive up the victim's cell phone bill; (3) using a camera phone to take and send embarrassing photographs/recordings of students or school staff members or post these images on video sharing sites such as YouTube; (4) posting misleading or fake photographs of students or staff members on websites.  To the extent permitted by the First Amendment, instances of cyberbullying off school grounds that disrupt the school environment or interfere with the learning process will be considered violations of the Student Code of Conduct.

Complaint Procedure: The School District will take action against anyone who harasses, intimidates, or bullies another. Any parent, student, staff, or community member may report suspected harassment, intimidation, or bullying. Verbal reports made to any staff member will be forwarded to the supervising administrator and recorded. Written reports will be submitted to the supervising administrator and investigated. Building administrators and the Superintendent are responsible for conducting investigations. The investigator(s) shall be a neutral party having had no involvement in the complaint presented. 

Students are encouraged to talk with a counselor, principal or another adult within the school if they feel uncomfortable about the behavior of an adult inside or outside the academic environment.

suspension, Expulsion & Exclusion

Please refer to Oakwood City Schools Policies 5610 through 5611 for expanded definitions and due process rights regarding suspensions, expulsions, and permanent exclusion.

Emergency Removal shall be the exclusion of a student who poses a continued danger to District property or persons in the District or whose behavior presents an ongoing threat of disrupting the educational process provided by the District.

Suspension shall be the temporary exclusion of a student by the school principal, superintendent, or other designated administrators of the District from the District's program for a period not to exceed ten (10) school days. A school day is defined as a day school is in session. If school is cancelled during a suspension, the suspension will be applied to the next day school is in session. Students suspended from school shall incur the loss of credit for all classes missed during the days in which a suspension has been imposed. Major tests and/or projects may be made up for full credit. Any assignment or assessment that constitutes 10% or more of a student’s grade during a quarter may be made up.

Expulsion shall be the exclusion of a student from the schools of this District for a period not to exceed eighty (80) school days or the number of school days remaining in a semester or term in which the incident that gives rise to the expulsion takes place, unless the incident involves a knife or firearm. If a student brings a knife or firearm to school or onto any other property owned or controlled by the Board, including a school vehicle, he shall be expelled for one (1) year unless the Superintendent reduces the punishment for reasons related to the specific circumstance. (See Board Policy 5610 for complete definition) Permanent Exclusion - See Board Policy 5610.01 for definition.

Suspension

Students will be automatically suspended out-of-school for the following offenses:
1. Possession, use, transmission, and/or concealment of narcotics, alcoholic beverages, and/or drugs.
2. Transmission, concealment, creation, handling, and/or use of dangerous weapons and/or instruments.
3. Disruption and/or obstruction of the educational curricular or extracurricular process by use of violence, force, coercion and/or threat, or excessively disruptive behavior.
4. Repeated violation of school rules and policies including failure to serve assigned Saturday Schools and detentions.
5. Serious misconduct in violation of any school rule.

Suspension/Loss of Leadership Positions

A suspended student may forfeit any leadership position and any opportunity to hold a leadership position in an extracurricular, co-curricular activity for one (1) calendar year for a first suspension, and for the remainder of the student's tenure at OJH for a second or subsequent suspension.

Suspension/Expulsion Procedures

Please refer to Oakwood City Schools Policy 5611 about due process rights regarding:
1. Verbal notice that student may be suspended/expelled.
2. Written notice of intent to suspend
3. Hearing with building administrator
4. Written notice of suspension
5. Verbal/written notice of right to appeal

Notice

The Board of Education has adopted a policy governing the suspension, expulsion, removal and permanent exclusion of pupils from the schools of the Oakwood City School District. That policy is incorporated by reference into the handbook as it is fully rewritten herein.  A copy of the Board's policy will be made available to any pupil upon request.

Saturday School/Friday Evening School

A Saturday/Friday Evening School program is available as a possible alternative to "out of school" suspension.  It is intended to assist students in understanding that certain consequences exist for inappropriate behavior.

Saturday School or Friday Evening School sessions are held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday or 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, under the supervision of Oakwood faculty members.  Students are required to study during the three-hour sessions.

Certain major infractions, e.g. possession, use, transmission or concealment of mood changing substances; possession of dangerous weapons; the use of violence, force, coercion, or threat, may be of such seriousness as to make Saturday School/Friday Evening assignment an unacceptable alternative to suspension or expulsion.

Miscellaneous Information

Academic Lab

Located in the LMC and open seven periods a day, the Academic Lab is available to all students interested in receiving support in various academic subjects from a teacher assigned to the lab. Students may be assigned to meet regularly in the lab or may drop in for help.

Announcements

Each morning announcements are delivered over the school P.A. system to inform the students and faculty of upcoming events and the results of completed activities. To have an announcement read, a group must have it authorized by the advisor and email to announcements@oakwoodschools.org. You may also register to receive district-wide and junior high information through our eNotify mailing list.

Awards for Excellence

An awards ceremony, “In Pursuit of Excellence,” is conducted in May to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of certain students in various phases of school life. In addition to the specific awards issued by several of the academic disciplines and activity sponsors, three general awards are issued:

Citizenship and Faculty Awards – These awards recognize excellence in citizenship, leadership, character, and service. Students receiving three faculty nominations shall receive the Citizenship Award. Students receiving more than three nominations shall be awarded the Faculty Award.

President’s Award - Recipients of the President’s Award for Educational Excellence must carry a 3.75 GPA during any three of the four quarters of 7th grade and each of the first three quarters of 8th grade, and have scored in at least the eightieth percentile in the verbal and mathematical sections of their most recent standardized testing.

1st Year Principal’s Award - presented to students who have excelled in scholarship with a grade point average of 3.75 or higher in each of the first three quarters of the current school year.

2nd Year Principal’s Award – presented to 8th grade students who have excelled in scholarship with a grade point average of 3.75 or higher in each of the first three quarters of 7th grade and each of the first three quarters of 8th grade.

Bicycle Parking

Riders of bicycles and skate/long boards should park them in the area under the south end of the stadium. Although a security camera monitoring system is used in the bike rack area, it is important that you always securely lock your bike or board. Students are expected to lock their bicycles/boards with their own individual locks to provide security of their bicycles/boards.

BOE Policy on Drug-Free Schools

In accordance with Federal law, the Board of Education prohibits the use, possession, concealment, or distribution of drugs by students on school grounds, in school or school-approved vehicles, or at any school-related event. Drugs include any alcoholic beverages, anabolic steroid, dangerous controlled substance as defined by State statute, or substance that could be considered a “look-a-like” controlled substance. Compliance with this policy is mandatory for all students. Any student who violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, in accordance with due process and as specified in the student handbooks, up to and including expulsion from school. When required by State law, the District will also notify law enforcement officials.

The District is concerned about any student who engages in alcohol or drug abuse and will facilitate the process by which he can receive help through programs and services available in the community. Students and their parents should contact the school principal or counseling office whenever such help is needed.

Building Hours and Security

Students, except those with supervised groups, must vacate the building by 4:00 p.m. Unsupervised students may not be in the building on weekends. Athletic team members should not return to the main sections of the building after practice, but should exit through the nearest exit. All books and clothing should be taken to the locker room area after school.

The doors by the junior high office and the doors by the senior high office will be unlocked at 7:00 a.m. and remain unlocked until 8:30 a.m. The door by the computer lab and the door by the south staff parking lot on the second floor will be unlocked at 7:45 a.m. and locked at 8:15 a.m. Doors will be unlocked during the lunch hour, but locked when 5th period begins. All other doors will remain locked at all times. All visitors to the building must check in to the junior high or high school office and wear a visitor badge. Staff is expected to question people in the building whom they do not recognize and who are not wearing a building pass, and to question people who are “hanging around” the building after hours. Students and staff are expected to immediately report to a teacher or administrator any suspicious behavior or situation that makes them uncomfortable.

Cafeteria

OJH has an open lunch policy. Students are free to leave campus during the lunch hour. However our food service provides an ala Carte menu from 11:45 a.m. to approximately 12:15 p.m. each school day for the students who do stay for lunch. Students should not be in the Junior High hall at lunch until after 12:30 p.m.

College Credit Plus

PSEO and Dual Enrollment have been combined and are now known collectively as College Credit Plus. As with PSEO and Dual Enrollment, students taking College Credit Plus courses will earn both high school and college credit. Under College Credit Plus, students will apply to take designated courses that will earn transcripted college credit. Previously, under Dual Enrollment this option was offered to students for a fee from the college. There is no fee charged to the family for College Credit Plus courses and credit. Details and course offerings are still being negotiated with local universities, and as more information is available it will be shared with students and parents.

Communications

Oakwood Junior High School provides information to parents, students, and the community through a variety of sources. The LINX is emailed to OJH families on a regular basis and is posted on our web page. Our web page provides information about all phases of OJH operations, the junior high school calendar of events, our program of study, and our student handbook. In addition, links on the OJH web page direct users to guidance services, our athletic homepage, and many other useful items. In addition, parents can access their children’s grades, attendance records, and other data through a link to ProgressBook that can be found on the OJH web page. You can also follow Oakwood Junior High on Twitter @oakwoodjuniorhs or find the link on the OJH webpage. Our junior high school’s web page address is: ojh.oakwoodschools.org. Parents are encouraged to subscribe to Oakwood email list(s) to receive district and school communication. The eNotify link can be found on the front page of the district or OJH website. Each student is assigned an email account with Oakwood Schools. Our guidance department and teachers communicate with students through their assigned Oakwood email accounts. Finally, the school may be contacted at 297-5328 from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. weekdays.

Computer Labs

The computer labs are available for student use throughout the school year but only when a teacher is present. There are two computer labs available, with 25 computers in each. Lab hours are posted on the door outside the lab. The lab is open before and after school for students who make special arrangements.

Students may only visit the lab for academic purposes (research, typing papers, etc.); homework is to be done in study hall. The Internet is only available to students doing research; general “surfing” during the school day is not permitted. Students wishing to use the computer lab during classroom hours must 1) have permission to be in the lab by the teacher whose class is in the lab and 2) have a pass from their classroom teacher.

An Internet Student User Agreement Form, signed by both the student and parent, is kept on file in the junior high and senior high offices. Computers may not be used without this parental consent. Lab rules and regulations are posted in each lab.

Confidentiality of Records

Parents may review the academic and official records of their children. These records have both non-classified and classified information included therein. The directory data (part of the non-classified information) includes the student’s name, parent’s name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of member of athletic teams, attendance record, and most recent school attended. Classified information includes test results, grades, evaluations, etc. The school secretaries are responsible for the maintenance of academic records. The remaining non-classified data and all classified data remains confidential except to the student, the parent, or the staff member who has a responsibility for the educational program of that student. For the classified contents of a record to be released, the parent must sign a waiver. In the examination of records, any materials determined to be inaccurate, misleading or inappropriate shall be corrected, deleted, or a written explanation inserted by the parent. Records are first challenged to the person responsible for their maintenance, then to the principal, and then to the Superintendent of Schools.

Directory Information

Each year the Superintendent shall provide public notice to students and their parents of the District’s intent to make available, upon request, certain information known as “directory information.” The Board designates as student “directory information”: a student’s name; address; telephone number; date and place of birth; photograph; major field of study; participation in officially-recognized activities and sports; height and weight, if a member of an athletic team; dates of attendance; date of graduation; awards received; honor rolls; scholarships, telephone numbers only for inclusion in school or PTO directories or email addresses. Directory information shall not be provided to any person or organization for profit-making purposes. Parents and adult students may refuse to allow the District to disclose any or all of such "directory information" upon written notification to the principal.

In accordance with Federal and State law, the Board shall release the names, addresses, and telephone listings of secondary students to recruiting officers for (1) any branch of the United States Armed Forces and (2) any institutions of higher education who request such information. A secondary school student or parent may request in writing that the student’s name, address, and telephone listing not be released without prior consent of the parent(s)/adult student.

Note: The Board may disclose “directory information” regarding former students without student or parental consent.

Educational Records

Because personal privacy is important, each year the Oakwood Schools maintain and publish policies that outline district procedures for the collection and use of student cumulative records. Federal law also governs these policies. Please call the school principal if you have any questions.

Definition:

"Educational Records" include any records which contain information directly related to a student and are maintained by Oakwood City Schools or by a person acting for the Oakwood City Schools. However, "educational records" do not include: 1) records which are maintained by school personnel and which are not accessible or revealed to any other person except a substitute, or 2) records maintained in the normal course of business which relate exclusively to the student as an employee of Oakwood City Schools.

Access to Student Records:

1. Student records shall be available only to students and their parents, designated school officials, and designated school personnel, who have a legitimate educational interest in the information, or to other individuals or organizations as permitted by law. An individual will have a “legitimate educational purpose” if the record is necessary in order for the school official/employee to perform an administrative, supervisory, or instructional task or to perform a service or benefit for the student or the student’s family.

2. Parents and students may meet with a professional staff member to review the contents of the records.  Requests for a records review conference must be in writing and will be scheduled within 45 days.

Release of Student Records:

1. Student records may be released to officials of other schools or school systems in which the student intends to enroll, without written permission, upon condition that a reasonable attempt is made to notify the student’s parents of the transfer, of their right to receive a copy of the record if desired, and of their right to have a hearing to challenge the content of the record.

2. No information may be furnished in any form to any other persons than listed above unless in compliance with a judicial court order or subpoena or by written parental consent specifying records to be released, the reasons for such release, and to whom. In such cases, parents and students have the right to receive a copy if desired.

3. All persons, agencies, or organizations desiring access to records shall be required to sign a written form specifically indicating the legitimate educational or other interest each has in seeking information.   This form shall be kept permanently with the file of the student.

4. Both parents shall have equal access to student records unless stipulated otherwise by court order or law. In the case of adult students, parents may be allowed access to the records without the student’s consent, provided the student is considered a dependent under Section 152 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Right to Challenge:

1. Parents and students have the right to inspect all school records kept on the individual student and have the right to an explanation and interpretation of the records.

2. Parents and students have the right to a hearing to challenge the contents of cumulative records. A request to amend information in a record may be made if the information is deemed to be inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the student's privacy or other rights.

3. If, as a result of the hearing, the school district decides the challenged information is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student's rights, the district shall amend the record and inform the parent and/or student in writing.

4. If, as a result of the hearing, the school district does not agree to an amendment of the records, parents and/or student shall have the right to place in the student's records a statement commenting upon the challenged information and/or setting forth any reasons for disagreeing with the district's decision.

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Any parent or student who believes that the School District has failed to comply with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) or the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), may file a complaint directly with the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20202-5920.

Fees

Certain courses require additional fees for consumables, workbooks, supplemental reading books and /or equipment specific to the course. These fees are collected during the first week of the school year. Fees can be paid by cash, check made payable to OJH, or through our online payment system, EZpay.

Field Trips

Field trips are conducted from time to time under the direct supervision of a faculty member. However, no student may participate on such a school-sponsored field trip without the specific written permission of the parent. The permission form lists the destination of the field trip, the faculty sponsor who will accompany the group, the approximate time of departure and return, and the mode of transportation.

Fines

Fines are charged for overdue library books and lost or damaged textbooks. Failure to pay fees and fines results in the refusal of the school to issue any transcripts and permanent grade information until all debts are settled. Students are reminded of their outstanding financial obligations and written notices are mailed home with grade cards. Payment can be made in the OJH Office or through our online payment system, EZpay.

Fire Drills, Tornado Drills, Lockdown Drills

As required by law, periodic instruction and drills are given to the student body with regard to fires and severe weather, and other dangerous situations. These are coordinated with the Oakwood Police.

Guidance and Counseling Services

Professional school counselors are certified/licensed professionals with a masters' degree or higher in school counseling or the substantial equivalent and are uniquely qualified to address the developmental needs of all students. Professional school counselors deliver a comprehensive School Counseling program encouraging all students' academic, career and personal/social development and helping all students in maximizing student achievement.

The Oakwood Junior High School guidance staff includes a counselor and the services of the school psychologist and the prevention/intervention counselor. Consultation with other pupil services, such as the speech and hearing therapist, attendance office, nurse, and tutors, supports the counselor in providing the student with a successful school experience.

Counseling:  Includes personal, group, educational and career counseling. Specialized counseling is made available to student/parents on request or referral.

Group Guidance: Includes orientation meetings, parent and teacher conferences, career exploration, curriculum planning sessions, career education opportunities, post-secondary educational opportunities, and test interpretation.

Confidentiality:  The relationship between the student and counselor is a confidential one. The student client is entitled to privacy about personal matters. However, there are limits to confidentiality, which include situations where there is risk of danger. If there is suspicion that the student could harm himself, is in danger of being abused or neglected, or could be of risk to others, the counselor is legally and ethically bound to report this to the proper adults to investigate and take protective action if warranted. Because many of our students are minors, parents or legal guardians are entitled to general information about the nature of the problem and counseling interventions. Since many of the concerns brought to counseling by a student relate to situations where teacher or caring adults in the child’s life need to be involved in making changes to benefit the student, permission to involve these adults is frequently requested and received.

Health Services

Oakwood Junior High School is serviced by registered nurses during the school day. The nurse’s office/clinic is located in the Junior High Office suite near the southeast entrance to the building. Additional health services are provided by a certified athletic trainer.

Emergency Medical Authorization
Emergency Medical Authorization forms are mailed each fall to all parents. Section 3313.12. Ohio Revised Code states, in part: Annually the board of education...shall...have provided to the parent of every pupil an emergency medical authorization form...

If a parent does not wish to give such written permission, he shall indicate in the proper place on the form the procedure he wishes school authorities to follow in the event of a medical emergency involving his child.

Even if a parent gives written consent for emergency medical treatment, when a pupil becomes ill or is injured and requires emergency medical treatment while under school authority, or while engaged in an extracurricular activity authorized by the appropriate school authorities, the authorities of the school shall make reasonable attempts to contact the parent or legal guardian before treatment is given. The school shall present the pupil’s emergency medical authorization form or copy thereof to the hospital or practitioner rendering treatment.

24-Hour Guideline
If your child has a high fever and/or vomiting, allow 24 hours of normal temperature and no vomiting/diarrhea before sending the child back to school. Certain effects of illness remain after the temperature is normal.

Food Allergy Guidelines
Visit the District Clinic Page for detailed guidelines.

Medication Policy
When possible, the administration of medication to a student should be scheduled outside of school hours. If special circumstances require the administration of prescription medication during school hours, all medication (with the exception of emergency medication, such as inhalers or Epipens) will be administered by an authorized staff member. All medication administered by authorized school personnel or emergency medication taken by a student requires written authorization by a parent and a physician on a school form available from the school nurse. The parent/guardian is responsible for providing the medication in the original container from the pharmacy, bringing the medication to the school clinic, picking up any remaining medication, and notifying the principal or school nurse of any changes in the original order or change of doctors. According to Board of Education Policy 5330, “medication” shall include all medicines including those prescribed by a licensed health professional authorized to prescribe drugs and any non-prescribed (over-the-counter) drugs, preparations, and/or remedies.

Information Update

A change in address, telephone, email address or parental custody must be submitted in writing to the junior high office. Proof of residency is required when notifying the office of an address change.

Instructional Materials

Upon request, parents have the right to inspect any instructional material used as a part of the educational curriculum for their student. See Board Policy 2416 for the procedures for making such a request.

Library Media Center (LMC)

The mission of the Library Media Center is to encourage students to be responsible and ethical information users by providing instruction and equitable access to information and technology in order to prepare them for the post-secondary world.  The library media program also strives to promote reading by maintaining a current and diverse collection that reflects students’ curriculum needs and interests. The LMC endeavors to meet the needs of students and staff by affording the following: reference, professional, fiction and nonfiction books, audio books, and videos that supplement the curriculum; magazine subscriptions; databases for research; 36 computers for class and drop-in use; information literacy instruction; events to promote reading for pleasure; and assistance with technology and multimedia.

Hours of Operation:  8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (exceptions posted outside the LMC)

Attendance Procedure: Students should have a pass from a classroom teacher and must check in with the study hall teacher before reporting to the LMC. Students must sign in to the LMC upon arrival and sign out when leaving.

Borrowing Procedures: Students may borrow up to 10 items at a time. All materials circulate for three weeks and may be renewed up to three times each by bringing the materials to the LMC. A fine of $0.05 per school day will be charged for each overdue item. Reference items may be checked out after school and returned prior to 8:15 a.m. the next school day.

Behavioral Expectations: Students should visit the LMC with an academic purpose: studying, reading, researching, checking out or returning a book, etc. Students who misuse the facility or its resources may have their use of the facility limited, according to the established guidelines.

Lockers

Each student is provided access to a hall locker for the safe keeping of his books and personal belongings. Students are to use assigned lockers only, and are responsible for the upkeep of the locker and the security of the locker combination given to them. There is a service charge for honoring a request to change a student’s locker combination. Students should not leave money or valuables in their lockers; they are not safes. All lockers remain the property of Oakwood City Schools. The school reserves the right to inspect lockers for reasonable cause.

Lost and Found

Lost and found facilities are located in the Attendance/Athletic Office and Junior High Office.

Lost Books

A student who loses a textbook during the year may obtain a replacement book by paying its purchase price. If the student finds the original book, the full purchase price will be refunded. A student who desires to purchase a replacement textbook should inquire at the Junior High Office.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

The Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation and transgender identity), disability, military status, ancestry, age and genetic information in its program, activities or employment. Further, it is the policy of this District to provide an equal opportunity for all students, regardless of race, color, creed, age, disability, religion, gender, ancestry, national origin, place of residence within the boundaries of the District, or social or economic background, to learn through the curriculum offered in this District. Oakwood Schools’ Civil Rights Compliance Officer is the Director of Educational Services, (937) 297-7802.

Parent Conferences

In addition to two scheduled evenings set aside for teacher- or parent-requested conferences, any parent may request a conference with an individual teacher or group of teachers at any time during the school year.  To request a conference, please contact the teacher(s) and/or the guidance school counselor.

Privileged Communications

Effective October 10, 1994 the Ohio General Assembly extended the concept of privileged communications to communications made by students to guidance school counselors.  This privilege extension is intended to assist guidance school counselors since students may be more willing to discuss their problems if the communications are privileged; however, the privilege will also create problems since statements made by students to counselors will now be privileged, and may not be disclosed to anyone, including teachers, administrators or parents except under certain circumstances defined by law.

PTO

Our PTO makes possible and supports many of our student activities. All parents are welcome to join the OJH/OHS Parent Teacher Organization. Go to our PTO website for more details.

Response to Intervention (RTI)

The RTI Team is a committee of faculty that meets to intervene on behalf of students needing assistance for academic, social, or “at-risk” issues. Students may be referred to this team by parents, teachers, or self-referral. Contact the high school guidance office for referral information.

Safety and Security

The doors by the junior high office and the doors by the senior high office will be unlocked at 7 a.m. and remain unlocked until 8:30 a.m.  The door by the computer lab and the door by the south staff parking lot on the second floor will be unlocked at 7:45 a.m. and locked at 8:15 a.m.  Doors will be unlocked during the lunch hour but locked when 5th period begins.  All other doors will remain locked at all times.  All visitors to the building must check in to the junior high or senior high school office and wear a visitor badge.  Staff is expected to question people in the building whom they do not recognize and who are not wearing a building pass, and to question people who are "hanging around" the building after hours.  Students and staff are expected to immediately report to a teacher or administrator any suspicious behavior or situation that makes them uncomfortable.

Search and Seizure

Lockers and desks supplied by the school and used to the students are the property of Oakwood City Schools.  Student lockers, desks, etc and their contents are subject to search at anytime and without warming if there is a reasonable suspicion that the students is in violation of school rules.  Furthermore, a search may also be conducted to protect the safety of others. 

Social Activities/OJH Dances

Grade-level social activities are available during the year for junior high students. Students in grades seven and eight are not permitted to attend senior high school sponsored dances. Only OJH students may attend OJH sponsored dances. The dances usually run from 7:00-9:00 p.m. and students must arrive by 7:30 p.m. Students are not allowed to leave early without parental permission, and approval by the school. No non-Oakwood student is permitted at OJH dances. Students are required to be present at least one-half of the day on which the dance falls, just as required in the attendance policy for after school activities. Exceptions to this rule require advance administrative approval. Suggestive or “dirty” dancing is not permitted.

Student Council

Student Council officers and representatives are elected by ballot made available by the Student Council Advisor.

Surveillance Cameras

Students are duly informed that their behavior may be monitored on school property and/or adjacent property by security cameras.

Surveys

The Board of Education respects the privacy rights of parents and their children. No student shall be required, as a part of the school program or the District’s curriculum, without prior written consent of the student, (if a student is an adult, or an emancipated minor or parents), to submit to or participate in any survey, analysis, or evaluation that reveals information concerning:

A.   The student’s or parents’ political affiliation(s);
B.   Mental or psychological problems of the student or his/her family;
C.   Sex behavior or attitudes;
D.   Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating or demeaning behavior;
E.   Critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondents have close family relationships;
F.   Legally recognized privileged and analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians, and ministers;
G.   Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or his/her parents; or
H.   Income (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such a program).

Upon request, parents have the right to inspect a survey created by a third party before the survey is administered or distributed by the school to its students. See Board Policy 2416 concerning the procedures for making such a request.

Tutoring

Learning Disability Teachers (Grades 7-8): Certified Learning Disability teacher/tutors are available to aid students having difficulty in acquiring and using information or essential skills in listening, thinking, speaking, reading, writing, spelling, or arithmetic.

Based on observation by staff along with formal and informal testing, a learning disability exists when there is a significant discrepancy between the individual’s performance levels and his potential. For more information concerning this program, please contact the counselor.

Peer Tutoring: Peer tutoring is available to students who may need extra academic help in a class. OHS National Honor Society students tutor other students in grades Kindergarten through twelve. There is no charge for the student receiving tutoring. For more information about this program, contact Mrs. Lissa Fickert through the Junior High Office (297-5328).

Visitors

Visitors, particularly parents, are welcome at the school. Visitors must report to the office upon entering the school to sign in and obtain a pass. Any visitor found in the building without signing in or obtaining a pass shall be reported to the principal. If a person wishes to confer with a member of the staff, they should call for an appointment prior to coming to the school in order to schedule a mutually convenient meeting time. Students may not bring visitors to school without prior written permission from the principal.

Waiver of Fees

Parents or guardians who are unable to meet the payments of student fees should schedule an appointment with the principal to discuss their situation. Arrangements will be made on an individualized basis.

Wireless Communication Devices

Wireless communication devices are permitted in the building and may be used in the classroom when requested by the teacher for educational purposes. If not approved by the teacher, wireless devices should be turned off in the classroom.

“Sexting” is prohibited at any time on school property or at school functions. Sexting is the electronic transmission of sexual messages or pictures, usually through cell phone text messaging. Such conduct not only is potentially dangerous for the involved students, but can lead to unwanted exposure of the messages and images to others, and could result in criminal violations related to the transmission or possession of child pornography. Such conduct will be subject to discipline and possible confiscation of the WCD.

Student Network and Internet acceptable use and safety policy

Advances in telecommunications and other related technologies have fundamentally altered the ways in which information is accessed, communicated, and transferred in society.  Such changes are driving the need for educators to adapt their means and methods of instruction, and the way they approach student learning, to harness and utilize the vast, diverse, and unique resources available on the Internet.  The Board of Education is pleased to provide Internet services to its students.  The District’s Internet system has a limited educational purpose.  The District’s Internet system has not been established as a public access service or a public forum.  The Board has the right to place restrictions on its use to assure that use of the District’s Internet system is in accord with its limited educational purpose.  Student use of the District’s computers, network and Internet services (“Network”) will be governed by this policy and the related administrative guidelines, and the Student Code of Conduct.  The due process rights of all users will be respected in the event there is a suspicion of inappropriate use of the Network.  Users have no right or expectation to privacy when using the Network (including, but not limited to, privacy in the content of their personal files, emails, and records of their online activity while on the Network).

The Board encourages students to utilize the Internet in order to promote educational excellence in our schools by providing them with the opportunity to develop the resource sharing, innovation, and communication skills and tools that are essential to both life and work.  The instructional use of the Internet will be guided by the Board's policy on instructional materials.

The Internet is a global information and communication network that provides students and staff with access to up‑to‑date, highly relevant information that will enhance their learning and the education process.  Further, the Internet provides students and staff with the opportunity to communicate with other people from throughout the world.  Access to such an incredible quantity of information and resources brings with it, however, certain unique challenges and responsibilities.

First, and foremost, the Board may not be able to technologically limit access, through the Board's Internet connection, to only those services and resources that have been authorized for the purpose of instruction, study and research related to the curriculum.  Unlike in the past when educators and community members had the opportunity to review and screen materials to assess their appropriateness for supporting and enriching the curriculum according to adopted guidelines and reasonable selection criteria (taking into account the varied instructional needs, learning styles, abilities, and developmental levels of the students who would be exposed to them), access to the Internet, because it serves as a gateway to any publicly available file server in the world, will open classrooms and students to electronic information resources that have not been screened by educators for use by students of various ages.

Pursuant to Federal law, the Board has implemented technology protection measures, which protect against (e.g. filter or block) access to visual displays/depictions/materials that are obscene, constitute child pornography, and/or are harmful to minors, as defined by the Children’s Internet Protection Act.  At the discretion of the Board or the Superintendent, the technology protection measures may be configured to protect against access to other material considered inappropriate for students to access.  The Board also utilizes software and/or hardware to monitor online activity of students to restrict access to child pornography and other material that is obscene, objectionable, inappropriate and/or harmful to minors.  The technology protection measures may not be disabled at any time that students may be using the Network, if such disabling will cease to protect against access to materials that are prohibited under the Children’s Internet Protection Act.  Any student who attempts to disable the technology protection measures will be subject to discipline.

The Superintendent or Technology Coordinator may temporarily or permanently unblock access to sites containing appropriate material, if access to such sites has been inappropriately blocked by the technology protection measures.  The determination of whether material is appropriate or inappropriate shall be based on the content of the material and the intended use of the material, not on the protection actions of the technology protection measures.

Parents are advised that a determined user may be able to gain access to services and/or resources on the Internet that the Board has not authorized for educational purposes.  In fact, it is impossible to guarantee students will not gain access through the Internet to information and communications that they and/or their parents may find inappropriate, offensive, objectionable or controversial.  Parents assume risks by consenting to allow their child to participate in the use of the Internet.  Parents of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children should follow when using the Internet.  The Board supports and respects each family's right to decide whether to apply for independent student access to the Internet.

Pursuant to Federal law, students shall receive education about the following:

a.  Safety and security while using email, chat rooms, social media, and other forms of direct electronic communications

b.  The dangers inherent with the online disclosure of personally identifiable information

c.  The consequences of unauthorized access (e.g., "hacking") cyberbullying and other unlawful or inappropriate activities by students online, and

d.  Unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding minors

Staff members shall provide instruction for their students regarding the appropriate use of technology and online safety and security as specified above.  Furthermore, staff members will monitor the online activities of students while at school.

Monitoring may include, but is not necessarily limited to, visual observations of online activities during class sessions; or use of specific monitoring tools to review browser history and network, server, and computer logs.

Building principals are responsible for providing training so that Internet users under their supervision are knowledgeable about this policy and its accompanying guidelines.  The Board expects that staff members will provide guidance and instruction to students in the appropriate use of the Internet.  Such training shall include, but not be limited to, education concerning appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms and cyberbullying awareness and response.  All Internet users (and their parents if they are minors) are required to sign a written agreement to abide by the terms and conditions of this policy and its accompanying guidelines.

Students and staff members are responsible for good behavior on the Board's computers/network and the Internet just as they are in classrooms, school hallways, and other school premises and school sponsored events.  Communications on the Internet are often public in nature.  General school rules for behavior and communication apply.  The Board does not sanction any use of the Internet that is not authorized by or conducted strictly in compliance with this policy and its accompanying guidelines. 

Students shall not access social media for personal use from the District’s network, but shall be permitted to access social media for educational use in accordance with their teacher’s approved plan for such use.

Users who disregard this policy and its accompanying guidelines may have their use privileges suspended or revoked, and disciplinary action taken against them.  Users granted access to the Internet through the Board's computers assume personal responsibility and liability, both civil and criminal, for uses of the Internet not authorized by this Board policy and its accompanying guidelines.

The Board designates the Superintendent and Technology Coordinator as the administrators responsible for initiating, implementing, and enforcing this policy and its accompanying guidelines as they apply to students’ use of the Network.

P.L. 106-554, Children's Internet Protection Act of 2000
47 U.S.C. 254(h), (1), Communications Act of 1934, as amended (2003)
20 U.S.C. 6801 et seq., Part F, Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (2003)
18 U.S.C. 1460
18 U.S.C. 2246
18 U.S.C. 2256
20 U.S.C. 6777, 9134 (2003)
76 F.R. 56295, 56303
Adopted 5/14/2012