2013-2014 Student Handbook - York County Schools

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2013-2014 Student Handbook - York County Schools

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2013-2014 School CalendarSeptember 20133 All Students Report18 4x4 Interim Reports Issued (YRA only)October 20134 Early Dismissal/Student Assessment Day10 Interim Reports Issued10 Hybrid AB Interims/4x4 Report Cards Issued (YRA only)18 4x4 Interim Reports Issued (YRA only)November 20135 Election Day – Student Holiday.5 Student Assessment Day.5 Professional Development6 Second Quarter Begins11 Veterans’ Day – Student HolidayElementary – Parent ConferencesSecondary – Professional Development14 Report Cards Issued27 Early Dismissal28-29 Thanksgiving Holiday*December 20132 All Students Report13 Early Dismissal/Student Assessment Day19 Interim Reports Issued19 Hybrid AB Interims/4x4 Report Cards Issued (YRA only)20 Early Dismissal (Last Day before Winter Break)23-31 Winter Break*January 20141 Winter Break*2 All Students Report8 4x4 Interim Reports Issued (YRA only)20 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday*21-23 Early Dismissal/Exams(YRA only – no exams on 21 st )24 Semester Break – Student/Teacher Holiday27 Student HolidayRegional and Division-wide Professional Development28 Third Quarter BeginsFebruary 20146 Report Cards Issued11 4x4 Interim Reports Issued (YRA only)17 Presidents’ Day Holiday*28 Early Dismissal/Student Assessment DayMarch 20146 Interim Reports Issued6 Hybrid AB Interims/4x4 Report Cards Issued (YRA only)14 4x4 Interim Reports Issued (YRA only)April 20144 Early Dismissal/Student Assessment Day7-11 Spring Break*14 Schools Reopen/Fourth Quarter Begins21 Holiday*24 Report Cards Issued24 4x4 Interim Reports Issued (YRA only)May 20149 Early Dismissal/Student Assessment Day15 Interim Reports Issued15 Hybrid AB Interims/4x4 Report Cards Issued (YRA only)23 4x4 Interim Reports Issued (YRA only)26 Memorial Day Holiday*June 201410-12 Early Dismissal/Exams(YRA only – no exams on 10 th )12 Last Student Day12 Graduation (YRA)13 Graduation (BHS, THS, YHS, GHS)/Student Assessment Day19 Report Cards IssuedTentative High School Examination ScheduleJanuary 17January 21January 22January 23June 6June 9June 10June 11June 12Period 2ABPeriods 1A & 1BPeriods 3A & 3BPeriods 4A & 4BPeriod 4A (Seniors Only)Period 2AB &Period 4B (Seniors Only)Periods 1A & 1BPeriods 3A & 3BPeriods 4A & 4B4x4 Block (YRA only)January 22 Periods 1 and 2January 23 Periods 3 and 4June 11 Periods 1 and 2June 12 Periods 3 and 4January 21January 22January 23June 9June 10June 11June 12Virtual High School12:30-4:00 p.m.12:30-4:00 p.m.12:30-4:00 p.m.2:30-4:30 p.m.12:30-4:00 p.m.12:30-4:00 p.m.12:30-4:00 p.m. (if needed)Tentative Graduation ScheduleJune 12, 20146:00 p.m. York River Academy James Weldon JohnsonAuditorium @ YorktownMiddle SchoolJune 13, 20149:00 a.m. Bruton High School William & Mary Hall12:00 p.m. Tabb High School William & Mary Hall3:30 p.m. York High School William & Mary Hall7:00 p.m. Grafton High School William & Mary Hall*Schools and Offices Closed


York County School Division iiiHomebound Instruction ......................................................................................................................................................... 12Homeless Children & Youth .................................................................................................................................................. 12Homework Policy .................................................................................................................................................................. 12Guidelines ....................................................................................................................................................................... 12Evaluation ....................................................................................................................................................................... 13Suggested Time Standards ............................................................................................................................................ 13Honor Roll ............................................................................................................................................................................. 13Elementary and Middle School ....................................................................................................................................... 13High School .................................................................................................................................................................... 13Hotline Number ..................................................................................................................................................................... 13Insurance ............................................................................................................................................................................... 13Instructional Materials ........................................................................................................................................................... 13Interscholastic Athletics ......................................................................................................................................................... 14Library Media Center ............................................................................................................................................................. 14Lost and Found ..................................................................................................................................................................... 14Lunches ................................................................................................................................................................................. 14Minute of Silence ................................................................................................................................................................... 14Network Services/Internet Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) ..................................................................................................... 14Division Staff Responsibilities ......................................................................................................................................... 15User Privileges ................................................................................................................................................................ 15User Responsibilities ...................................................................................................................................................... 16Non-Custodial Parents' Rights .............................................................................................................................................. 17Non-Instructional Materials, Distribution of ........................................................................................................................... 17Nondiscrimination .................................................................................................................................................................. 17Notification of Rights Under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) ................................................................. 17Open Enrollment ................................................................................................................................................................... 18Out-of-Zone Attendance ........................................................................................................................................................ 18Parent Resources ................................................................................................................................................................. 18Parent Universities ................................................................................................................................................................ 18Plagiarism .............................................................................................................................................................................. 18Pledge of Allegiance and Patriotic Songs ............................................................................................................................. 18Portable Communication & Privately Owned Electronic Devices ......................................................................................... 18Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) ............................................................................................................................. 19General Rules ................................................................................................................................................................. 19Privately Owned Electronic Device Security Risks ......................................................................................................... 20Private Transportation ........................................................................................................................................................... 20Promotion Policy ................................................................................................................................................................... 20Records ................................................................................................................................................................................. 20Release of Students .............................................................................................................................................................. 23School Closings .................................................................................................................................................................... 23New Horizons Regional Education Center ..................................................................................................................... 24School Report Cards ............................................................................................................................................................. 24School Safety and Emergencies ........................................................................................................................................... 24Search and Seizure ............................................................................................................................................................... 24Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 ....................................................................................................................... 24Sex Offender Registry Notification ........................................................................................................................................ 24Sexual Misconduct, Discrimination & Harassment (Title IX) Policies ................................................................................... 25School Board’s Title IX Policy ......................................................................................................................................... 25Sexual Harassment Defined ........................................................................................................................................... 25Gender Discrimination Defined ....................................................................................................................................... 25Special Education ................................................................................................................................................................. 29Early Childhood Special Education Preschool Program ................................................................................................ 29Special Education Advisory Committee.......................................................................................................................... 29Parent Resource Center ................................................................................................................................................. 30Student Property ................................................................................................................................................................... 30Telephone Notification System ............................................................................................................................................. 302013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


iv York County School DivisionTelephone Use ...................................................................................................................................................................... 30Testing and Assessment ....................................................................................................................................................... 30Standards of Learning .................................................................................................................................................... 30ACCESS for English Language Learners (ELLs) ........................................................................................................... 30Stanford Achievement Test (SAT 10) ............................................................................................................................. 30College Entrance Examinations ..................................................................................................................................... 31PSAT/NMSQT ................................................................................................................................................................ 31Advanced Placement (AP) Tests .................................................................................................................................... 31International Baccalaureate (IB) ..................................................................................................................................... 31Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Test Battery (ASVAB) .......................................................................................... 31State Testing ................................................................................................................................................................... 33Division Testing .............................................................................................................................................................. 33Transportation ....................................................................................................................................................................... 34Schedules ....................................................................................................................................................................... 34Kindergarten Transportation ........................................................................................................................................... 34Requesting Bus Change ................................................................................................................................................. 34Bus Stop Behavior .......................................................................................................................................................... 34Bus Drivers ..................................................................................................................................................................... 34Misconduct ...................................................................................................................................................................... 34School Bus Safety Rules ................................................................................................................................................ 34Non-Students on Buses and/or Field Trips .................................................................................................................... 35Transportation to Special Instructional Programs .......................................................................................................... 35Video Surveillance ................................................................................................................................................................ 35Volunteers ............................................................................................................................................................................. 35Visiting Schools ..................................................................................................................................................................... 35Walking to School ................................................................................................................................................................. 35Withdrawals ........................................................................................................................................................................... 35Work Permits ......................................................................................................................................................................... 36y-Line (Email Notification System) ........................................................................................................................................ 36Elementary SchoolsElementary Instructional Program ......................................................................................................................................... 37English: Reading ............................................................................................................................................................. 37English: Writing ............................................................................................................................................................... 37Mathematics ................................................................................................................................................................... 37History/Social Sciences .................................................................................................................................................. 37Science/Health ................................................................................................................................................................ 37Resource Classes ........................................................................................................................................................... 37Fine Arts Magnet - Waller Mill Elementary ............................................................................................................................ 37Math, Science & Technology Magnet - Yorktown Elementary .............................................................................................. 38Middle and High SchoolsAcademic Programs and Recognition ................................................................................................................................... 39Community Service Program .......................................................................................................................................... 39Honors Program ............................................................................................................................................................. 39Middle School Arts Magnet ............................................................................................................................................. 39International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme .................................................................................................. 39International Baccalaureate Programme ........................................................................................................................ 40School of the Arts ........................................................................................................................................................... 40Virtual Learning Program ................................................................................................................................................ 40York River Academy ....................................................................................................................................................... 40Academic Achievement ......................................................................................................................................................... 40Clubs & Activities .................................................................................................................................................................. 41Driving and Parking ............................................................................................................................................................... 412013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


York County School Division vGraduation Requirements ..................................................................................................................................................... 42Diploma Options and Virginia Graduation Requirements............................................................................................... 42Requirements for a Special Diploma .............................................................................................................................. 43Requirements for a Certificate of Program Completion .................................................................................................. 43General Education Development (GED) Certificate ....................................................................................................... 43General Achievement Diploma (GAD) ............................................................................................................................ 43Expectations ................................................................................................................................................................... 43Verified Credits ............................................................................................................................................................... 43Additional Information ..................................................................................................................................................... 43Diploma Seals ................................................................................................................................................................. 44Social Networking and the Use of Web Resources .............................................................................................................. 45Uniforms ................................................................................................................................................................................ 45Student Conduct CodeA Word to Parents ................................................................................................................................................................. 47Student Rights ....................................................................................................................................................................... 48Student Responsibilities ........................................................................................................................................................ 49Citizenship ............................................................................................................................................................................. 50Parental Rights and Responsibilities .................................................................................................................................... 51Conduct Code Violations and Consequences ...................................................................................................................... 52Introduction ..................................................................................................................................................................... 52Consequences for Offenses ........................................................................................................................................... 52Mandatory Reporting to Law Enforcement ..................................................................................................................... 53Expulsion of Students Under Certain Circumstances .................................................................................................... 53Table of Offenses and Range of Consequences .................................................................................................................. 54Introduction ..................................................................................................................................................................... 54Table of Offenses and Range of Consequences ........................................................................................................... 55Procedures for Dealing with Violations and Right of Appeal ................................................................................................ 68Due Process ................................................................................................................................................................... 68Dispositions .................................................................................................................................................................... 68Suspension ..................................................................................................................................................................... 69Due Process - Suspensions ........................................................................................................................................... 69Expulsion ........................................................................................................................................................................ 70Due Process - Expulsions .............................................................................................................................................. 70FormsAnimal Dissection .................................................................................................................................................................. 71Family Life Education ............................................................................................................................................................ 71Release of Information .......................................................................................................................................................... 71Directory Information ...................................................................................................................................................... 71Military Recruiters ........................................................................................................................................................... 71Media/Web Sites/Division Publications .......................................................................................................................... 72Student Network Services/Internet Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) ........................................................................................ 72Parental/Acknowledgement Release Form ........................................................................................................................... 73Family Life Education Form .................................................................................................................................................. 75Student/Parent Technology Usage Form .............................................................................................................................. 772013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


vi York County School Division2013-2014 Revisions/AdditionsPlease refer to the appropriate page for the new or revised text.PageType ofRevisionHandbook Sectioni Revision Hours of Operationi Update Early Dismissal and Exam Day Schedules8 Revision Gifted Education, Grades K-2, Grades 3-7 and Gifted Education Advisory Committee11 Addition Grading, Non-York County School Division Courses12 Revision Health Services, Epinephrine Guidelines19 RevisionPortable Communication & Privately Owned Electronic Devices, Bring Your Own Technology(BYOT), Paragraph 1, Paragraph 2 and General Rules, Item 632 Update ACT, SAT, IB Programme and ASVAB Examination and Testing Schedules33 Update State Testing, Standards of Learning, and Division Testing38 Revision Elementary Schools, Math, Science & Technology Magnet – Yorktown Elementary42 Revision Graduation Requirements53 AdditionConduct Code Violations and Consequences, Expulsion of Students Under CertainCircumstances54 Addition Table of Offenses and Range of Consequences, Introduction55-67 Revision Table of Offenses and Range of Consequences71 Revision Forms, Family Life Education, Paragraph 273 Revision Forms, Parental Acknowledgement/Release Form75 Revision Forms, Family Life Education Form77 Revision Forms, Student/Parent Technology Usage FormSpecial Note:Under many subject headings in this Handbook is a notation citing a section or sub-section of School Board Policy. These notations areprovided to give parents and students background information about each topic. The full text of all division policies is available via theweb at yorkcountyschools.org. Click on the “School Board” link and then the “Policy” link to access the information.Parents and/or students with specific questions regarding any policy or procedure listed in this Handbook should first address theirconcerns to school staff. Teachers, school counselors, assistant principals and principals are responsive to questions and concerns andare readily accessible in the school building.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


York County School Division 1Student HandbookAlternative ProgramsReference: School Board Policy 9.1.1 and 9.2.9The York County School Division utilizes severalalternative programs. A student may be assigned toan alternative program subject to the approval orrecommendation of the division superintendent.At the secondary level, a student may have theopportunity to participate in Virtual High School, inclasses at Enterprise Academy, or alternative offeringsthrough the adult education program. Studentscompleting graduation requirements at EnterpriseAcademy receive their high school diploma throughthe York County School Division.AttendanceReference: School Board Policies JEA, JEC, JEDand 9.15.1The Code of Virginia § 22.1-254 requires every parent,guardian or other person in the Commonwealthhaving control or charge of any child who will havereached the 5 th birthday on or before September 30of any school year and who has not passed the 18 thbirthday shall, during the period of each year the publicschools are in session and for the same number ofdays and hours per day as the public schools, sendeach child to a public school or to a private denominationalor parochial school or have such child taughtby a tutor or teacher of qualifications prescribed bythe Board of Education and approved by the divisionsuperintendent or provide for home instruction ofsuch child.To comply with the Code of Virginia § 22.1-254,students are expected to attend school every dayand be on time unless there is illness or death in theimmediate family. Doctor, dental or personalappointments should be made on days off, half days orafter school hours when possible. Parents/Guardiansare responsible for providing the school with a note(within 24 hours) indicating the reason(s) for theabsence. Legitimate reasons for absences are:illness, death in immediate family, doctor or dentalappointment (not possible to be scheduled on nonschooltime), and/or exceptional circumstances asdetermined by the building principal. Standards ofLearning tests are federally mandated in conjunctionwith the No Child Left Behind Act.Absences occurring on these pre-determined testdates should be avoided and will only be consideredexcused under extreme extenuating circumstances.For any other reason, the absence is unexcused. Ifthe student accumulates excessive (10) absences, aphysician’s note may be required. At least one daywill be allowed for make-up work for every day ofexcused absence. If a student is absent due to theobservance of a religious holiday, the absence will berecorded as excused on the student’s attendancerecord. That student cannot be deprived of any awardor eligibility or opportunity to compete for any awardor of the right to take an alternate test or examination,for any time missed due to the observance of areligious holiday.When requesting make-up work, parents should giveteachers 24 hours notice to have the child’s assignmentsprepared for take home work. At least one daywill be allowed for make-up work for every day ofexcused absence. Failure on the part of the studentto complete make-up work on time will result in thestudent receiving a lowered grade on the assignment.Students are not allowed to make up any daily workor quizzes missed during unexcused absences orunexcused tardies. Students may be given credit forextended assignments with a due date that occursduring an unexcused absence. Extended assignmentsinclude, but are not limited to, researchpapers, essays, book reports, projects, tests andsemester exams. To comply with the Code of Virginia§ 22.1-258, the school will attempt to telephone astudent’s home to verify absences. Parents areencouraged to notify the school when a student isabsent or tardy.Evidence of a court appearance or a medical appointmentshould be presented to the principal for administrativereview upon the student's return to school.To comply with the Code of Virginia § 22.1-258,having more than six unexcused absences couldresult in a complaint being filed with the York CountyJuvenile and Domestic Relations Court. Court actioncould result in suspension of the driver’s license ofany minor who has had 10 or more unexcusedabsences from public school on consecutive schooldays (Code of Virginia § 46.2-334.001).2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


2 York County School DivisionIn accordance with state regulations, 15 days of consecutiveabsence will result in withdrawal of thestudent from the attendance roll.Parents/Guardians will receive written notificationfrom the school when a student has accumulated fiveunexcused absences. An accumulation of five unexcusedabsences will result in a referral to the schooldivision attendance officer, and, if an additional unexcusedabsence occurs, the attendance officer andparents will be required to participate in the developmentof a plan to improve the student’s attendance.Continued unexcused absences may result in a referralof the parent/guardian to court.Parents/Guardians should discuss with the schoolprincipal any absence which the parent/guardianbelieves constitutes exceptional circumstances. In suchevent, the principal shall make the final decision as towhether the absence is excused or unexcused.Tardiness to School - Students are expected to be intheir first class on time. Students should bring a notefrom a parent or guardian indicating the reason forthe tardiness, sign in and secure a tardy slip from theattendance office. The determination of whether thetardy is excused or unexcused will be determined byschool administration.Early Dismissal - Students should bring a note from aparent or guardian indicating the reason for the earlydismissal, sign out in the office, and sign back inwhen they return. Parents/Guardians should report tothe school office to sign a student out of school duringregular school hours.Effects of Absence on High School CreditsBLOCK CLASSES• Absences that exceed 8 days from one class areconsidered excessive.• When absences in a class reaches 5 days (or2 days in a half-credit class), the school will mailnotification to the parent or guardian.• When absences in class reaches 8 days (or 4 daysin a half-credit class), a second notification will bemailed to the parent or guardian.• Makeup work for absences in excess of 8 days willbe permitted only if extenuating circumstances aredocumented. The following are considered to beextenuating circumstances:1. Prearranged absences approved by the principal.2. Natural disaster affecting home (e.g., fire, flood).3. Recent death in immediate family.4. Serious illness or illness in immediate family asdocumented by a physician's note.• The inability to make up work based on excessiveabsences may result in a failing grade anddenial of high school credit.• Three unexcused tardies to the same class equalsone unexcused absence.SINGLE PERIOD (NON-BLOCK) CLASSES• Absences that exceed 15 days from one class areconsidered excessive.• When absences in a class reach 10 days (or 4 daysin a semester class), the school will mail notificationto the parent or guardian.• When absences in class reach 15 days (or 7 daysin a semester class), a second notification will bemailed to the parent or guardian.• Make-up work for absences in excess of 15 dayswill be permitted only if extenuating circumstancesare documented. The following are considered tobe extenuating circumstances:1. Prearranged absences approved by the principal.2. Natural disaster affecting home (e.g., fire, flood).3. Recent death in immediate family.4. Serious illness or illness in immediate family asdocumented by a physician's note.• The inability to make-up work based on excessiveabsences may result in a failing grade anddenial of high school credit.• Three unexcused tardies to the same class equalsone unexcused absence.Awards and RecognitionsAll elementary students have the opportunity to gainrecognition during the school year by achievement inclassroom, grade-level, school, county, local, stateand national activities. Appropriate announcementsare made in each classroom about activities, programsand competitions throughout the school year. Studentsare recognized at award assemblies in each school.The Presidential Award for Educational Excellence isgiven to 5 th grade students who are being promoted tomiddle school. The criteria for receiving this awardinclude a G.P.A. of 3.5 and a total achievement scoreat the 85 th percentile or higher on a standardizedachievement test.At the secondary level, outstanding student achievementis encouraged and recognized by an awardsystem in each school and in the division. Performanceof high quality in academics, the visual andperforming arts, career/technical areas, citizenship (orleadership), and athletics is recognized throughcertificates, medals, trophies, letters, pins, diplomaseals and/or similar awards. Announcements,assemblies or banquets are conducted to notespecial student achievement. Scholarships are2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


York County School Division 3actively sought for graduating seniors who planpost-secondary education. Programs, activities andcompetitions are specified and announced in eachschool. The following list includes examples of awardsand recognitions:• Academic Challenge• Mathematics Competitions• Great Computer Challenge• Scholarship Competitions• National Honor Society• Odyssey of the Mind• Career & TechnicalEducation Competitions• Athletics• Art Contests• Forensics• Science Fairs• Governor’s School• Debate• One-Act Plays• Boys State/GirlsStateBicyclesThe York County School Board permits, but does notadvocate, the riding of bicycles to school by students.The riding of bicycles is permitted at Bethel ManorElementary, at Coventry Elementary and at Tabb Middleonly if parents have provided written permissionto the principals of these schools.Child AbuseThe law protects children up to 18 years of age fromextreme mistreatment at home. It requires that “...anyteacher or other person employed in a public orprivate school...” report cases of suspected childabuse and neglect. School employees must report thefamily to Child Protective Services. Social workersthen investigate the home. If Social Services find thatparents are not adequately caring for their children,they provide assistance to try to correct the situation.It is important for students and parents to know thisprocess because the main purpose of the law is toprevent the abuse and neglect of children rather thanto punish anyone. Students should report what theybelieve to be cases of abuse or neglect to a counselor,teacher or principal.Children’s Internet ProtectionAct (CIPA)The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) is afederal law enacted to address concerns aboutaccess to offensive content over the Internet onschool and library computers. This law applies to allschools that receive e-rate funds from the U.S.Department of Education. YCSD has software inplace designed to filter inappropriate content from theInternet that may be harmful to minors.Children’s Online PrivacyProtection Act (COPPA)The Children’s Online Protection Act (COPPA) is afederal law enacted in 1998 and applies to the onlinecollection of personal information of children under 13years of age. Selected web resources may require userinformation for YCSD student participation. COPPAdetails what a website operator must include in a privacypolicy, when and how to seek verifiable consentfrom a parent or guardian, and what responsibilitiesan operator has to protect children’s privacy andsafety online including restrictions on solicitation tothose under age 13.Contact LensesTo help ensure eye safety for contact lens wearers, itis imperative that the school be notified if studentsuse contact lenses. Parents should notify schoolclinic personnel in writing at the time of registrationfor new students, during the first week of school forreturning students, or as soon as a student begins towear contact lenses.Counseling ServicesReference: School Board Policy 9.7The York County School Board affirms that parentsare a student's first teachers and that public schoolsshould serve to strengthen family and parental support.The York County School Division offers guidanceand counseling services to all students in gradeskindergarten through 12. Counselors work closely withparents and school personnel to find and removebarriers to student learning. Parents are encouraged tocontact a school counselor to discuss any concernsabout their child’s school experience or about childrearingissues. School counselors provide services inthree major areas: academic guidance, career guidanceand personal/social counseling.Academic CounselingGuidance helps students and parents learn aboutavailable curricula choices, plan a program of studies,arrange and interpret academic testing, and seekpost-secondary academic opportunities.All 10 th grade students in the York County SchoolDivision are encouraged to take the PreliminaryScholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit ScholarshipQualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The test is administeredon a regular school day to students who haveregistered and paid the appropriate fee. The PSAT/2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


4 York County School DivisionNMSQT provides excellent feedback on personalachievement in mathematics and verbal skills andprovides a free score report for students to evaluatethemselves in these important subject areas. ThePSAT/NMSQT score does not count when takenduring the sophomore year. Students will also havethe opportunity to pay required fees, register andretake the PSAT/NMSQT during their junior year.Students who achieve strong scores on this examduring their junior year are eligible for the NationalMerit Scholarship Program, a corporate-sponsoredprogram that provides college scholarships tocollege-bound students. NMSQT semifinalists canreceive finalist recognition and scholarship awardsbased on an application and their SAT scores, whichmust be comparable to their PSAT/NMSQT scores.For more information regarding this program or toregister for these examinations, contact middleschool or high school counselors.Career CounselingCounseling services help students acquire informationand plan action about work, apprenticeshipsand post-secondary educational and career opportunities.Students in grades 6-11 will participate in avariety of career exploration activities and completeinterest inventories and career assessments. Additionally,opportunities will be provided for students toexplore career options. Emphasis will be placed onhelping students make connections between academicstrengths and career goals.• Career Mentorship is one of several opportunitiesoffered as a class to high school juniors and seniorswho wish to gain experience in the world ofwork. The mentorship program matches qualifiedstudents with community members who work in anarea of career interest to the student. The nonpaid,work-based experience allows students toapply knowledge, develop skills and see a strongwork ethic in practice. The mentorship experienceis coordinated by a high school teacher.Personal/Social CounselingCounseling assists students in developing an understandingof themselves, the rights and needs ofothers, how to resolve conflict, and how to defineindividual goals that reflect their interests, abilitiesand aptitudes. Such counseling may be providedeither in groups in which generic issues of socialdevelopment are addressed or through structuredindividual or small-group, multi-session counselingwhich focuses on the specific concerns of participant(s).Throughout the year parents/guardians may contacttheir child's school to review materials and discussservices provided by guidance staff. During the schoolyear, requests by parents/guardians to change theirchild's participation in personal/social counseling servicesmust be provided in writing to the principal ofthe student's school.Documents of General InterestAvailable at Schools/Online• Policy Manual (yorkcountyschools.org)• Gifted Education Plan (yorkcountyschools.org)• Program of Studies (yorkcountyschools.org)• Family Life Education (York County School Division)• Accreditation Report (yorkcountyschools.org)• Asbestos Inspection Report and ManagementPlan - AHERA 40 CFR, Part 763 (School)• School Improvement Plan (School)• Hazard Communication Standard (School)• Approved Annual Budget (yorkcountyschools.org)• Capital Improvement Budget (yorkcountyschools.org)• Integrated Pest Management on School Property,Code of Virginia § 22.1-132.2 (School)• Radon Testing for Schools, Code of Virginia§ 22.1-138 (School)All of these documents are available to the public uponrequest.Enrollment RequirementsReference: School Board Policy JECA parent or other adult having custody of a studentmust provide two documented proofs of residence inYork County. The Code of Virginia § 22.1-264.1 statesthat a parent or guardian can be charged with aClass 4 misdemeanor for knowingly making a falsestatement concerning the residency of a child in a particularschool division or school attendance zone if thepurpose is to avoid tuition or to enroll the student in aschool outside the attendance zone in which the studentresides.1. Any student entering the York County SchoolDivision for the first time is required to provide:A. Proof of birth (original Birth Certificate or fornon-US citizens, other substantiating documents)B. Social Security number. The student’s SocialSecurity number should be presented at thetime of registration or within 90 days. (Codeof Virginia, § 22.1-260C, amended by the1988 General Assembly)C. Documentation of a comprehensive physicalexamination is required before entry to prekindergartenand elementary school (Code ofVirginia, § 22.1-270). The physical must becompleted no earlier than one calendar year2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


York County School Division 5before entry to public pre-kindergarten, kindergartenor elementary school. The physicalexam must be performed by a licensedphysician, a licensed nurse practitioner orlicensed physician assistant acting under thesupervision of a licensed physician.A School Entrance Physical and ImmunizationForm (MCH 213 G revised 10/2010) maybe obtained from any York County SchoolDivision school, the Peninsula Health Department,any family practice medical office, militarymedical clinic, or the YCSD web site:yorkcountyschools.org.D. Documented proof of adequate immunizationwith the prescribed number of doses of eachvaccine as required by Virginia law. Listedbelow are the minimum acceptable immunizationlevels:1) 4 doses of DTP or DTaP for all new childrenenrolling (kindergarten-12 th grade)(one of the four must have been administeredon/after the 4 th birthday).2) 4 doses of Polio (OPV/IPV) for all newchildren enrolling (kindergarten-12 th grade)(one of the four must have been administeredon/after the 4 th birthday). Note: 4 thdose not necessary if 3 rd dose administeredat 4 years of age or older and at least6 mos. following previous dose.3) *2 doses Measles (first dose on/after12 mos. of age).4) *1 dose Rubella (on/after 12 mos. of age).5) *2 doses Mumps (first dose on/after12 mos. of age).6) 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine (2 doses ofMerck adult formulation if given between11–15 years of age).7) 2 doses of Varicella to susceptiblestudents (first dose on/after 12 mos. ofage; second dose prior to enteringkindergarten).8) Tdap – booster dose of Tdap required forall children entering 6 th grade, if at least 5years since last tetanus-containing dose.All rising 6 th , 7 th , 8 th , 9 th and 10 th graderswill be required to have the Tdap vaccine.*Note: Measles, Mumps, Rubella requirementsalso met with 2 MMR – firstdose on/after 12 mos. of age; seconddose prior to entering kindergarten.A child whose immunizations are incompletemay be admitted conditionally, as specified inthe Code of Virginia 22.1-271.2.B, providedthe parent or guardian has documentation atthe time of enrollment indicating that the childhas received at least one dose of the requiredimmunizations and has a writtenschedule for completing the remaining doseswithin 90 calendar days of enrollment. If theparent has not provided the required documentationby the end of the 90 th day, thestudent will be withdrawn. The 90-day graceperiod does not apply to the Tdap boosterrequirement because Tdap is a single dosevaccine, not a series.E. Exemptions for physicals and immunizations:1. A medical exemption is a physician’s writtenstatement that immunizations wouldbe detrimental to the child’s health at thattime and future immunization complianceis planned.2. A religious exemption is a parent signedand notarized document entitled “Certificateof Religious Exemptions,” FormCRE-1.F. Documented proof that parent or other adulthaving custody of the child is a resident of YorkCounty. Documents that verify York Countyresidency include utility company statement,bank statement, major credit card statement,auto/homeowner/rental insurance policy, rentalcontract or rent receipt, notarized letter fromhomeowner, property tax bill, mortgage verification,close of escrow. Two (2) of the listeddocuments are required as specified on theParent Information Form-Residence Verification.Any person who knowingly makes a falsestatement concerning the residency of a child,as determined by § 22.1-3 of the Code ofVirginia, in a particular school division or schoolattendance zone, for the purposes of (i) avoidingthe tuition charges authorized by § 22.1-5or (ii) enrollment in a school outside the attendancezone in which the student resides, shallbe guilty of a Class 4 misdemeanor and shallbe liable to the school division in which the childwas enrolled as a result of such false statementsfor tuition charges, pursuant to § 22.1-5,for the time the student was enrolled in suchschool division.G. Students identified as homeless will beadmitted into the York County School Divisionin accordance with the provisions of theMcKinney-Vento Act of 2001. Assistance inobtaining registration documents will be provided.H. Students who are visiting the United Statesthrough a sponsoring exchange agency maybe admitted to York County schools with theappropriate paperwork. The U.S. Departmentof Homeland Security requires that otherforeign students who wish to attend school inthe United States must be registered with2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


6 York County School DivisionBureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement(ICE). Please contact the Departmentof School Administration (833-7001) for specificinformation.I. Pursuant to the Code of Virginia § 22.1-3.4, astudent who has been placed in foster careby a local social services agency shall beimmediately enrolled, even if the placingsocial services agency is unable to producethe documents required for enrollment. Insuch cases, the person enrolling the studentshall provide a written statement that, to thebest of his/her knowledge, sets forth (i) thestudent's age; (ii) compliance with the requirementsof § 22.1-3.2 of the Code (student’sschool status); and (iii) that the student is ingood health and is free from communicableor contagious disease.J. On July 1, 2009, Virginia entered into the InterstateCompact on Educational Opportunityfor Military Children (§ 22.1-360 of the Code).This compact facilitates the timely enrollmentof children of military families and ensuresthat they are not placed at a disadvantagedue to difficulty in the transfer of educationrecords from the previous school district(s) orvariations in entrance requirements. Accordingto the compact, children of military families,without documentation of immunizations,should be immediately enrolled and shall haveup to 30 days from the date of enrollment to obtainany immunization(s) required by thereceiving state. The compact does not waivethe physical examination requirement forthese children.2. Students entering kindergarten must havereached their 5 th birthday on or before September30 th of the year in which they enroll.3. Affidavit of Prior School Expulsions. § 22.1-3.2 ofthe Code of Virginia requires, upon registration, asworn statement or affirmation indicating whetherthe student has been expelled from schoolattendance at a private or public school for anoffense relating to weapons, alcohol or drugs, orfor the willful infliction of injury to another person.Family Educational Rights andPrivacy Act (FERPA)The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act(FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g: 34 CFR Part 99) is afederal law that protects the privacy of student educationrecords. The law applies to all schools thatreceive funds under an applicable program of theU.S. Department of Education.FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect totheir children’s education records. These rightstransfer to the student when he or she reaches theage of 18 or attends a school beyond the high schoollevel. Students to whom the rights have transferredare “eligible students.” However, a school may disclosethe scholastic records to the parents of aneligible student who is age 18 or over and who isconsidered a dependent student under section 152 ofthe Internal Revenue Code of 1954 without the consentof the eligible student. A parent of a child with adisability who is 18 may retain his or her rights providedthat the child has been determined to be legallyincompetent or legally incapacitated.Family Life EducationA Family Life Education program designed to reachgoals established by the Virginia Department ofEducation is offered in grades K-12. The program isavailable for review by parents in both school andpublic libraries. Parents who wish to exclude theirchildren from any or all Family Life Education lessonsmay do so by completing the form included in thishandbook.FeesReference: School Board Policy JN• INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB)EXAMSFee determined by the International BaccalaureateOrganization.• ART COURSEFull Year ($15), Semester ($7.50) — No RefundNine Weeks ($5), Middle School ONLY — NoRefund• DRAMA COURSESMiddle School ONLY — Full Year ($15), Semester($7.50), Nine Weeks ($5) — No Refund• CAREER/TECHNICAL EDUCATIONFull Year ($15), Semester ($7.50)Nine Weeks ($5) — No Refund• INSTRUMENT RENTALMiddle and High Schools ($30) — No Refund(NOTE: Middle School Only — To be paid AFTERinstructions from Band Director)• BAND UNIFORMHigh School ($20) — No Refund2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


8 York County School DivisionPhotographs and Related ItemsSale of photographs and related items to students isconsidered to be an internal fund raising activity aswell as a service to students and their parents.Advertisement for competitive proposals must bemade, and proposals must be properly accepted in aconfidential manner. The contract may be awardedaccording to the quality of service as well as price,but no vendor shall be designated as the “officialsupplier.” An affirmative and complete disclosuremust be made by the school to students and parentsthat the project is a fund raising activity, and that theymay purchase the goods elsewhere, if they desire.The disclosure must include the amount that will beretained by the school and the use to be made ofthese funds.PublicationsYearbooks, newspapers, journals or other school publicationsrequire a charge to pay for the cost of thepublication. Cost will vary from school to school. Ifadditional charges are added to the basic publicationcost, the project must be considered a fund raisingactivity. In that case, adherence to School Board policyconcerning such activities is required.Gifted EducationReference: School Board Policy 9.1.7The York County School Division identifies studentsin grades K-12 who have potential and/or demonstratedabilities and who exhibit high performancecapabilities in the area of general intellectual ability.Grades K-2Gifted students are identified in the spring of thekindergarten year and throughout grades 1-2. Identifiedstudents may participate in the Primary EnrichmentProgram (PEP). Kindergarten PEP studentsattend special seminars each spring during theschool day at the division's gifted education center.First and 2 nd grade PEP students travel from theirhome schools one day each week to attend PEPclasses at the EXTEND Center. The PEP teacherprovides interdisciplinary activities and enrichmentopportunities for identified students.Grades 3-7Third through fifth grade students who are intellectuallygifted travel from their home schools one day eachweek to attend the EXTEND Program located at theEXTEND Center on the Dare Elementary School campus.Gifted students in grades 6-7 meet weekly with agifted education teacher in their home schools. For allidentified gifted students, learning is “extended” asthey participate in interdisciplinary units of study andresearch activities which emphasize abstract thinkingand independent learning.Grades 8-12Intellectually gifted students in grades 8-12 who meetprerequisite criteria have the opportunity to participatein various advanced courses of study includingthe Honors Program, the Pre-International BaccalaureateProgramme, the International BaccalaureateProgramme, Advanced Placement courses, the Governor'sSchool for Science and Technology and theSchool of the Arts. In addition, concurrent enrollmentin cooperation with local colleges, seminars and enrichmentactivities are available to these studentsthroughout the school year.Gifted Education Advisory CommitteeThe Gifted Education Advisory Committee advises andassists the York County School Division on variousaspects related to gifted education services. Informationabout regularly scheduled meetings is postedon the York County School Division web site andschool division TV channel, and the gifted centernotifies parents about these meetings. Parents areencouraged to attend and share information on issuesand concerns regarding gifted education in YorkCounty. Each meeting contains a public commentperiod. For information about this committee, contactone of the committee members. This contact informationis listed on the division’s website, yorkcountyschools.org. Anyone interested in serving as a schoolrepresentative on the Gifted Education AdvisoryCommittee should contact their child’s principal.Questions regarding referrals for gifted services,timelines, and other eligibility criteria should be directedto the gifted education contact at your child'sschool. The school-based contact may also provideassistance regarding transfer students who were identifiedas gifted in another division.GradingReference: School Board Policy 9.12Student performance is reported to parents everynine weeks. Interim reports are issued at the midpointof each grading period.The numerical grading scale was revised to amodified 10-point grading scale for grades 3-12effective September 2012. The new grading scale isas follows:A = 90-100B = 80-89C = 70-79D = 64-69F = 0–63Note: Student transcripts and transcript supplements willdenote both the old and new grading scales andthe implementation date for the new grading scale.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


York County School Division 9Interim ReportsBeginning with the 2012-2013 school year, all middleand high school interim grade reports will be sent toparents and students electronically via their activatedEdline accounts. Those with inactive accounts maycontact their child’s school office for more informationregarding activating their accounts. Paper copies ofinterims will be provided for parents upon request andgiven to students to take home. Elementary school interimgrade report distribution will not change. Parentswill receive paper copies.RoundingIn grades 3-12, when the cumulative grade is within.5 of the next higher letter grade, the grade will berounded on the interim report/report card as follows:RoundedCumulativeAverageCumulativeAverage89.5 – 89.9 90 A79.5 – 79.9 80 B69.5 – 69.9 70 C63.5 – 63.9 64 DLetterGradeThe default setting for the electronic grade book willbe set to round the cumulative grade that is calculatedwhenever a report is viewed or printed.Elementary SchoolAt the end of the first quarter, parents will be invitedto come to school for a conference with the student’steacher to discuss his/her progress. In addition, writtenevaluations will be sent home at the end of eachquarter. Should a conference be requested at anyother time during the year, parents should contact theteacher or telephone the office for an appointmentthat will be mutually convenient to both parent andteacher. The grading scale for elementary students isas follows:Grades K-2 Grades 3-5S = SatisfactoryA (90-100) = ExcellentP = ProgressingB (80-89) = GoodN = Needs improvement C (70-79) = AverageV = Not EvaluatedD (64-69) = PoorF (0-63) = FailingMiddle and High SchoolThe evaluation of student work is a vital part of theeducational process. Students should be aware oftheir progress as they proceed with their studies.1. Quizzes and TestsA. All papers (quizzes and/or tests) should bereturned to students corrected and/or with directionsfor corrections.B. Quizzes should be returned to students withina 3-day period.C. Tests should be returned to students within a5-day period.D. All quizzes and tests should be evaluated.2. Written Assignments (e.g., homework, make-upwork)A. Required work should be received by theteacher.B. Required work should be corrected by thestudent prior to grading.C. Required work should be evaluated.D. Required work should be returned within an8-day period, depending on the type of work.E. Failure of the student to turn in an assignmenton time may result in the student receivinga lowered grade on the assignment.3. Procedures and Regulations: Grading, Averagingof GradesTeachers use numerical scores in determiningletter grade.The procedure for determining final grades is asfollows:Semester Courses - Credit Bearing:First or Third Quarter Grade = 40%Second or Fourth Quarter Grade = 40%Semester Exam = 20%Semester Courses - Middle School Only:First or Third Quarter Grade = 50%Second or Fourth Quarter Grade = 50%Year-Long Courses:First Semester Grade = 50%Second Semester Grade = 50%(Semester grades in a year-long course aredetermined in the same manner as grades in asemester course.)Transfer Student: Letter grades from a previousschool division will be converted to the YorkCounty School Division’s four-point gradingscale. Grade Point Average (GPA) will be calculatedbased on conversion results.End-of-Course SOL Test ExemptionReference: Superintendent Regulation 9.171. There will be an end-of-course exam exemptionfor any student who passes the SOL end-ofcoursetest.2. Students who pass the SOL test and still wish totake their regular exam may do so.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


10 York County School Division3. An automatic A/100 on the regular exam will beprovided for any student who scores in the advancedcategory on the SOL end-of-course test.4. If the SOL end-of-course test scores are not receivedprior to the beginning of the examschedule, students will have to take the regularexam. Once SOL scores are received, studentseligible for SOL exam exemption will have theirgrades recalculated using the option that is mostbeneficial to the student:A. If the regular exam grade benefits the student’ssemester and final average, then theexam grade would be used and no gradechange would be made.B. If the SOL exemption (either an exemptionfor pass proficient or a grade of 100 for passadvanced) benefits the student’s semester orfinal average, then the SOL exemption wouldbe used to re-calculate the semester andfinal grade for the course.Senior ExemptionReference: Superintendent Regulation 9.17To be exempt from a second semester exam in a onecredit course, a senior must have good citizenship inthe class, receive no disciplinary notices during theschool year, have no unexcused absences from theclass, and have an “A” average in the course.NOTES:1. There is no exemption for exams in VirtualVirginia courses, semester courses or coursestaken in Summer Academy.2. Good citizenship is determined by the teacher.3. An "A" average will be determined as follows:First semester grade x 2 = _______Third quarter grade = _______Fourth quarter grade = _______Total_______Total 4 _______ = Average4. To report an exemption, the letter "N" (No Exam)shall be recorded for the semester exam grade.Class RankingReference: School Board Policy 9.141. All courses taught in York County middle andhigh schools are assigned grade-point values asfollows:Grade Quality PointsA4 pointsB3 pointsC2 pointsD1 pointF0 pointsHigh school class ranking within the York CountySchool Division is based upon the grades earnedin courses for which high school credit is awarded.The following formula is used for computing fullyearGPA for class rank:{Regular GPA Part} + {Bonus Part} = GPASum of Quality Points Sum of Weighted Course Credits Attempted GPASum of Credits Attempted7XWhere: Quality Points are the points assigned fora letter grade earned in a course:A = 4 points D = 1 pointB = 3 points F = 0 pointsC = 2 points I = 0 pointsWhere: 7 represents the number of periods in aregular school day and X represents the unit oftime in high school:1 = end of 9 th grade2 = end of 10 th grade cumulative3 = end of 11 th grade cumulative4 = end of 12 th grade cumulativeNote: A weighted course is an advanced placement,advanced or other course in which credit is increasedby reason of the rigor of the curriculumand quality of work accomplished.2. Class rank is to be determined by assigning thehighest grade point average a rank of numberone (1); the second highest, the rank of numbertwo (2); etc. In cases where more than onestudent has the same grade point average, allstudents with that average will be given the samerank. The next highest average will assume therank position which will indicate the number ofstudents having higher rank.3. Class rank shall be computed at the end of the11 th grade, at the completion of the first semesterof the 12 th grade, and at the end of the senioryear. Class ranking reports to colleges shall bebased on the most recent computation. Classrank at the end of the first semester of the senioryear shall be used for purposes related to graduation.4. Students entering the 9 th grade and their parents/guardians will be advised, in writing, of themethod of calculating class rank and grade pointaverage. Transfer students will receive this informationat the time of registration.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


York County School Division 11Non-York County School Division CoursesHigh school students who wish to take courses at collegesor other institutions outside the York CountySchool Division must have those courses approved inadvance by the principal for high school credit to beawarded. Such courses cannot be offered by theYork County School Division or the New HorizonsRegional Education Center except under limited circumstancesand must be compatible with local andstate regulations. Written approval must be securedfrom the principal prior to enrollment in the course.With the exception of the methodology used to calculatetransfer credits, weighted credit will not beawarded for coursework taken outside of the YorkCounty School Division.Grounds and Facilities, Use ofReference: School Board Policy KGSchool grounds and facilities may be used afterschool hours for purposes and activities which havebeen authorized by the School Board. Forms to requestthe use of facilities are available in eachschool. Forms to request the use of grounds at elementaryand middle schools are forwarded via theprincipal to the Division of Recreational Services.Fees may be charged for facility use.Unlicensed vehicles are unlawful on school propertyat all times. Unauthorized motorized vehicles are notpermitted on school grounds at any time.Health ServicesSchool clinics are staffed by registered nurses,licensed practical nurses or trained aides.Notice of Student ScreeningReference: Code of Virginia § 22.1-273All students (kindergarten through grade 12) enrollingin a Virginia public school for the first time shall bescreened by school health personnel in the areas ofvision and hearing within 60 business days from theday of initial enrollment. Additionally, the vision andhearing of all students in grades 3, 7 and 10 shall bescreened during the school year.Students in grades 5, 7 and 9 will be screened forscoliosis. Scoliosis informational letters are senthome to parents of 6 th , 8 th and 10 th grade students. Inreference to the above-mentioned screenings, parentswill be notified if needed.Head LiceConsistent with the Virginia School Health Code(Code of Virginia § 22.1-272), students identified withhead lice will not be allowed to remain at school andwill not be readmitted to school until they have beentreated and are free of all evidence of head lice andnits, as determined by school clinic personnel.Illnesses/AccidentsStudents with infectious or contagious conditionssuch as conjunctivitis (pink eye), impetigo, head lice,ringworm or scabies may be sent home until treatmentis initiated. The Virginia Department of Healthguidelines are followed by the school nurse regardingcommunicable diseases. Your child may be senthome, or asked to remain at home, if any of the followingsigns or symptoms are present: fever of 100°For more, vomiting, repeated diarrhea, inflamed ordraining eyes/ears, persistent cough/sore throat, skineruptions/draining sores. If you know your studentis ill, please keep him/her at home. Working together,the spread of illnesses can be minimized.If a student has an accident or becomes ill during theschool day, clinic staff will assess their condition andprovide appropriate care. The parents will be contactedimmediately if they need to go home or needfurther treatment. In case of emergencies, clinic staffwill provide care until the student can be transportedto a hospital. It is important that clinic staff bemade aware of current telephone numbers, emergencycontacts, changes in health status and studentmedications, and that emergency contactslive locally.MedicationParents should try to schedule medication, includingover-the-counter medication, before and after school.However, if a student has to take medicine during theschool day, it must be brought to the school by theparent/guardian in the original container with the prescriptionlabel intact. It will not be accepted unless inits original container. Over-the-counter medicationneeded during school hours must be in the original,sealed, unused container. Medication is to be left inthe clinic. A signed parental YCSD medication permissionform must be completed for medication to begiven at school. The medication will be administeredas directed per the container label. The clinic cannotaccept phone permission for medication dispensing.This includes all over-the-counter medication. Theabove procedures are designed to help ensure thatstudents receive the appropriate medication anddosage. Cough drops are discouraged at school.Concussion GuidelinesConcussion Definition – a brain injury that is characterizedby an onset of cognitive and/or physical functioning,and is caused by a blow to the head, face orneck, or a blow to the body which causes a suddenjarring to the head. A concussion can occur with orwithout a loss of consciousness.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


12 York County School DivisionThe 2010 Virginia General Assembly passed theStudent-Athlete Protection Act (SB 652) to ensurethat student-athletes who suffer a concussion aregiven a proper diagnosis, given adequate time toheal, and are not allowed to return to sports participationuntil they are symptom free and cleared by theappropriate licensed health care provider. The licensedhealth care provider must be a physician,physician assistant, osteopath or athletic trainer licensedby the Virginia Board of Medicine; a neuropsychologistlicensed by the Board of Psychology; ora nurse practitioner licensed by the Virginia StateBoard of Nursing.The full text of the Virginia Board of Education Guidelinesfor Policies on Concussions in Student-Athletescan be found at: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/boe/guidance/health/concussions_in_student_athletes.pdf.Epinephrine GuidelinesBeginning with the 2012-2013 school year, all publicschool systems in Virginia will be required to haveepinephrine available in each school for the emergencytreatment of anaphylaxis. Each school will berequired to have at least two employees trained in theadministration of epinephrine. The York CountySchool Division will follow the guidelines on epinephrineas set forth by the Virginia Department ofEducation.Seizure Management GuidelinesSeizure Definition – temporary change in behaviorresulting from a sudden, abnormal burst of electricalactivity in the brain. Depending on where the electricaldisturbance occurs in the brain constituteswhether the seizure is partial or generalized.Recognizing that students with a history of seizuresattend public school, every effort is made to accommodatethe student in the school setting. York CountySchool Nurses follow the Seizure ManagementGuidelines as set forth by the Virginia Department ofEducation at: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/healthmedical/index.shtml.Managing a seizure in the school setting consists ofprotecting the student, observing the student, andadministering medical assistance when needed. TheSeizure Action Plan should be used with studentsbeing treated for a seizure disorder and contains vitalinformation which may assist if a seizure occursduring the school day.Should you have questions or concerns, pleasecontact your child’s school clinic directly.Homebound InstructionReference: School Board Policy 9.1.8Homebound instruction will be made available toeligible students who are confined at home or in ahealth care facility for periods that would preventnormal school attendance. Contact the school’s mainoffice for information and necessary forms.Homeless Children & YouthThe McKinney-Vento Act of 2001 ensures that homelessstudents have access to the same, free, appropriatepublic education provided to other children andyouth. Students identified as homeless will be enrolledin the York County School Division and assistancein obtaining registration documents will beprovided. Services for homeless students may includetransportation to their school of origin or to theschool in the district in which they live, as well asreferral to local service agencies.Homework PolicyReference: School Board Policy 9.13GuidelinesHomework assignments will depend upon the ageand ability levels of students. In making homeworkassignments, teachers will adhere to the followingguidelines:1. Homework should be valuable to students. Itshould be reasonable in length and related tospecific goals. For example, if a student cancorrectly multiply 10 three-digit decimal problems,there is little validity in assigning more. Such anassignment becomes busy work and has littleeducational value.2. With the exception of reading, all homework willbe practice and application of previously taughtconcepts.3. Clear, specific directions with step-by-step exampleswill be given when the assignment is made.To minimize confusion about the specifics of anassignment, the homework assignment will bedisplayed in a strategic place for students tocopy. The homework assignment will include aconcise description of expectations for completionand evaluation.4. Homework expectations will be communicated tostudents and to parents. Evaluation procedures,the part homework will play in determining students’grades and other information that mayhelp avoid confusion will be clearly stated.5. Time will be provided for students to completeassignments requiring access to technology. Forsuch assignments, a reasonable completion dead2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


York County School Division 13line will be set that permits all students equal accessto school resources. Teachers will makeevery effort not to make assignments that requiresignificant financial contribution from students orparents. Teachers will inform parents of resourcesavailable through the school.6. In support of differentiated instruction, teachersmay vary homework assignments.7. Homework will never be used for disciplinary purposes.EvaluationWritten homework assignments will be explained,evaluated and returned in a timely manner to students.“Evaluation” does not necessarily require the“grading” of each assignment. Check marks, stickersfor reinforcement and written comments are examplesof how assignments can be graded. The message thatstudents should receive is that homework is importantenough to be monitored. Non-written assignmentssuch as reading assignments may be monitored byassessing student participation in class discussion orby written assessment on the previously read material.Standards for the weighting of homework are indicatedbelow:Grades K-8Grades 9-12not to exceed 10% of markingperiod grade (except highschool credit courses)not to exceed 20% of markingperiod gradeSuggested Time StandardsThe amount of homework assigned should be appropriateto the needs of students. While it is recognizedthat homework assignments may vary in length, thefollowing daily homework maximum standards arerecommended.Grades K-1Grades 2-5Grades 6-8Grades 9-1230 minutes, including reading45 minutes, including reading75 minutes*30 min. per class*/***Students in grades 6-12 who are enrolled inadvanced, honors and AP courses may be assignedadditional homework.**Because of the alternating-day block schedule inhigh schools, a maximum of 30 minutes of homeworkshould be assigned for each class meeting. Example:• Class meets 2 times week #1 = 60 minuteshomework per week• Class meets 3 times week #2 = 90 minuteshomework per weekHonor RollElementary, middle and high school students are eligiblefor Honor Roll status based on specific criteria:Elementary and Middle School• Will consist of “All A” and “A-B” honor rolls.• Will be based on quarter grades.• Will be based on core classes in elementaryschools.• Will be based on all classes in middle schools.• Will not include citizenship as criteria.High School• Will be based on Grade Point Averages (HighestHonors 3.75 or above and Honors 3.25 to 3.7499).Hotline NumberThe division has an emergency HOTLINE number forthe purpose of allowing students, parents and membersof the community to anonymously report actualor suspected threats to the safety of students, divisionpersonnel or facilities (e.g., bomb threats, fights,possession of drug paraphernalia).Reports to this HOTLINE will be retrieved daily andinvestigated by the proper authorities. All calls areconfidential.HOTLINE NUMBER: 890-1096InsuranceReference: School Board Policy JHCAccident and dental insurance are offered at thebeginning of the school year. Information regardingthe available plan is sent home with all students. Nomonies for insurance will be collected at school.The York County School Board carries liability insuranceonly. This insurance does not include medicalcoverage for students in the event of accidents.Instructional MaterialsReference: School Board Policy 9.311. A multi-text approach may be used in someclasses. Textbooks may be issued for part of orthe entire year.2. The following procedures are to be used for textbooks:A. The teacher issuing the text to a student willwrite the following in ink:1) student’s name2) date issued3) condition when issued - N(New),G(Good), F(Fair), P(Poor)2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


14 York County School DivisionB. Individual copies of classroom sets may beissued to a student overnight. The student,however, must sign the book out on an overnightissue sheet and sign it back in the nextday.C. Periodic checks for lost and damaged bookswill be made by the teacher. If a studentloses or damages a book, he/she is not to beissued another book until damages are paidor until the book is replaced.D. If a student loses or damages a textbook, thestudent will be required to pay the replacementcost of the book. Students may bedenied parking privileges as well as participationin extracurricular activities to include, butnot limited to, athletics, clubs, non-curriculartrips, dances and graduation ceremonies untilthe cost of lost books or materials has beenpaid in full.Interscholastic AthleticsReference: School Board Policy JFCBInterscholastic activities may not be conducted in theelementary grades. Middle school students in grades7 and 8 have the opportunity to participate in interscholasticathletics. At the high school level, studentparticipation in interscholastic athletics is governedby VHSL (Virginia High School League) rules.Library Media CenterEach Library Media Center is a dynamic extension ofthe classroom that provides students with opportunitiesto read, research, study and explore areas ofinterest. The library blends traditional print materials,books, reference materials and periodicals, with digitalmultimedia research resources delivered via thewide-area network and the Internet. Web-basedsubscription resources support and enhance exemplarycontent area instruction.Students are expected to use all resources knowledgeablyand should demonstrate an understanding ofthe ethics and fair use of materials. Every studentmust have a signed Network Services/InternetAcceptable Use Agreement on file with the school priorto accessing any electronic resource.Lost and FoundThe school cannot accept responsibility for lost articles.Lost and found articles may be claimed in theschool’s office or other designated area. Unclaimedarticles are disposed of periodically.LunchesReference: School Board Policy EFStudents may pay for lunches in advance by makingdeposits in their school lunch account. Parents canalso use their credit cards to make payments to theirchildren's lunch accounts using mylunchmoney.com(www.mylunchmoney.com). Information on mylunchmoney.com can be found on the division website atyorkcountyschools.org. Lunch prices are posted inthe cafeteria. Free or reduced price lunches areavailable (upon application and approval) to studentswhose family income falls within federally establishedguidelines. Only approved food and drink items willbe sold to elementary school students. Neither thecafeteria nor the school can accept lunch charges.Students may not leave school grounds during lunch.Minute of SilenceThe York County School Division, in compliance withthe Code of Virginia § 22.1-203, shall establish adaily observance of one minute of silence in eachdivision classroom.Network Services/InternetAcceptable Use Policy (AUP)York County School Division network servicesprovide access to an extensive array of Local AreaNetwork/Wide Area Network (LAN/WAN) and webbasedservices and applications to staff and students.These network and Internet resources support thedelivery of the division’s program of studies, theVirginia Standards of Learning, and also assist withand enhance innovative instruction and educationalexcellence. Instructional staff evaluates the validityand appropriateness of all network and Internetresources used in instruction.Students and staff are provided with instruction onsocial and ethical issues of Internet use includingcopyright, fair use and plagiarism, and Internet safetyand security. Additionally, students and staff areprovided with instruction on the use of portablecommunication or privately owned electronic devicesin the classroom. These devices include, but are notlimited to: laptops, netbooks, tablets, iPads, cellphones, PDAs, e-readers and hand-held gamingdevices.Training includes:• Internet safety review for secondary students• Internet safety lessons integrated into instruction byclassroom teachers and library/media specialists2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


York County School Division 15• Multimedia reminders of Internet safety and ethicalbehavior including safe use of portablecommunication or privately owned electronicdevices used for instructionUnder the terms and conditions stated in this AcceptableUse Policy (AUP), all authorized users have accessto:• Productivity and instructional applications via theLocal Area Network (LAN)• Virtual classroom instruction via distance learningservices• Web-based electronic research and instructionalservices via the Wide Area Network (WAN)• Internet access to news, university and publiclibrary access to print and multimedia assets, andcontent-rich activities available from sites acrossthe World Wide Web• Electronic communication locally, regionally andglobally, including but not limited to electronic discussiongroups, email, video conferences andwhite-board communications• Public domain multimedia files1. Every division student who wishes to use YCSDnetwork services, web-based resources and theInternet must have a parent/guardian signatureon this AUP form and return the form to school.2. Every division student will receive Internet safetyinstruction. Parents/guardians may opt out astudent by indicating that choice on the signatureform.3. Any parent who wishes to revoke permission for astudent’s access to all network services may signa “Removal of Permission for Network Services”form which is available at every YCSD school.4. Parents may reinstate permission for studentaccess to all computer, network and Internet servicesat any time by signing a Network Services/Internet Acceptable Use Policy. This form is alsoavailable at all YCSD schools.Use of network services and the Internet is aprivilege, not a right. System users have no right ofprivacy nor an expectation of privacy for any activitiesconducted on any division computer system or thenetwork, including but not limited to email or materialssent, received and/or stored on any divisionsystem. Division officials reserve the right to monitorand record all user activity. Should there be anyevidence of violation of this AUP, School Board policyor regulations, Student Conduct Code or any local,state or federal law, division network personnel willprovide such evidence to division administrators orto law enforcement officials, as appropriate, fordisciplinary action and/or criminal prosecution.Division Staff ResponsibilitiesThe Division staff will:• Monitor and evaluate all Internet safety instructionfor staff and students and update as needed• Evaluate annually the division’s technologyinfrastructure and the network, Internet and datasecurity procedures in place• Remain cognizant of the latest developments inInternet vulnerabilities, legal issues and capabilitiesrelated to instruction and impact on divisionstudents• Provide professional development for all staff onthe social and ethical issues of Internet use includingcopyright, fair use and plagiarism, and Internetsafety and security• Evaluate the effectiveness of the division AUP andupdate annually as needed• Assess the need for community outreach related toInternet use and safety issues• Provide frequent information related to Internetsafety and security to parents and the communityvia the division web site, y-Line, Channel 47, otherdivision public news conduits and the York CountyCouncil of PTAsUser Privileges1. Students and staff may make use of all districttechnology, software and network services forapproved instructional purposes such as research,communication and production only. Projects andassignments may be posted electronically andcould include personally identifiable information thatmay be classified as an educational record underFERPA (Family Education Rights and Privacy Act).Efforts will be made to restrict the amount ofpersonally identifiable information when communicatingelectronically over the Internet. Assignmentsand activities conducted online may receive teachercomments, grades or evaluations; under no circumstanceswill comments, grades or evaluations beposted publicly.2. Email accounts will be assigned to teachers andstaff on a continuing basis. Email accounts forstudents will be assigned only for the duration ofteacher-directed projects.3. Students and staff may access information fromoutside resources via the Internet that facilitatesor supports learning and educational activities.Student Internet use must occur in a supervisedenvironment.4. Students and staff may download and transferdata files necessary and approved for daily instructionover the network provided that suchactivity does not violate copyright or other laws, nofees are incurred, and/or no freeware, shareware,games or other executable files are placed onnetwork stores.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


16 York County School Division5. Students may use portable communication or privatelyowned electronic devices for instructionalactivities as directed by school staff and as setforth in this handbook.User Responsibilities1. Any user under age 18 must have a parent/legalguardian sign this agreement prior to first use ofany network service or Internet access. Users age18 or older must sign this agreement prior to firstuse of any network service or Internet access.2. Users must maintain the privacy and security ofpasswords and accounts. Users shall not attemptto learn another user’s password, access anotheruser’s account or impersonate another user onthe network.3. Users may not operate any division technologyfor commercial use, personal gain or productadvertisement.4. Users shall not be connected by cable to theschool division network using any portable communicationor privately owned electronic device.5. Users shall respect the property of others. Usersshall not access, modify or delete any networkfiles, documents, applications or data files belongingto others. Vandalism, defined as amalicious attempt to harm or destroy anotheruser’s data or network service, will result incancellation of privileges and disciplinary action.6. Users shall not attach equipment to the cableplant that serves the data and voice systemswithout express authorization in writing from theDirector of Information Services or his designee.(Televisions and VCRs may be attached to thecable TV distribution system without expressauthorization.)Data connection prohibitions include but are notlimited to computer workstations, laptops/notebooks/tabletPCs, fileservers, printers, networkablescanners, network switches or hubs, routers,PDAs, PDA/cell phone combination units and allother wired or wireless devices. This prohibitionincludes connecting to the network via a wirelessconnection.Voice connection prohibitions include but are notlimited to analog telephones, ISDN (digital) telephones,FAX machines and modems.7. Users shall utilize proper network and emailetiquette. Harassment, discriminatory remarks,hate mail and threats, obscene or vulgarlanguage, and conduct prohibited by the StudentConduct Code, School Board policy, federal orstate law are prohibited in email or other electroniccommunications.8. Users shall properly use and care for all hardwareand ancillary computer and network equipmentavailable for use at any division site. Vandalism ordestruction of any technology or related componentwill result in cancellation of privileges, disciplinaryaction and restitution to the school division.9. Users shall be responsible for all material inhis/her network account and agree to maintainthe account free from pornographic, undesirableor inappropriate materials, files or emails and toprevent such materials from entering the networkvia the Internet or other source. Personal softwaremay not be installed on any division hardware.Users shall adhere to the Copyright Act of1976 and the Fair Use provisions as related toeducation. Transmission of any material in violationof federal or state law or regulation is prohibitedand will be dealt with according to criminalstatutes and the Student Conduct Code.10. Any staff member or student who gains access toinappropriate or undesirable Internet materialsbecomes aware of a network or hardware securityproblem, copyright or fair use infringement, orany Internet safety issue shall immediately notifythe Manager of Network Services or Departmentof Instruction for assistance.The York County School Division will take precautionsto restrict access to undesirable or inappropriatematerials using firewalls, encryption schematics andfiltering applications and other security measures aswell as provide error-free, dependable access toelectronic resources via the LAN. All division teachersand staff will monitor all user activity in classrooms,labs and libraries and will pursue appropriatedisciplinary actions based on the Student ConductCode or criminal statutes as appropriate for anyviolations of this AUP. Appropriate, safe and valuableuse of the Internet is the responsibility of students,parents and York County School Division staff.Parents can assist school division staff by: monitoringstudent Internet use at home; establishing rules foron-line behavior at home; and reinforcing the division’sInternet safety instruction by encouragingdiscussion of the positive and negative aspects ofInternet use.The York County School Division makes no warrantiesof any kind, expressed or implied, for the networkservices it provides. YCSD is not responsible for anydamages users may incur, including loss of data dueto delays, non-deliveries, mis-deliveries, equipmentfailures or service interruptions. Due to the vast,diverse, unmanaged character of the Internet, YCSDwill not be responsible for the accuracy, nature orquality of information gathered from the Internet.YCSD is not responsible for personal property usedto access division hardware or networks or the Internetor for any financial obligations resulting fromInternet access provided by the division.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


York County School Division 17The York County School Division Network Services/Internet Acceptable Use Policy complies with all local,state and national telecommunications rules andregulations. The York County School Division NetworkServices/Internet Acceptable Use Policy is availablefor review at yorkcountyschools.org/technology/techResource/. Please contact the Office of Instruction withcomments or questions at 833-2215.Non-Custodial Parents’ RightsThe Code of Virginia § 22.1-4.3 states that unlessthere is a court order to the contrary, non-custodialparents can be denied neither access to academicrecords nor the opportunity to participate in school activitiessuch as lunch breaks, parent-teacher conferencesand extracurricular activities. If there is a courtorder denying specific access, it is the responsibility ofthe custodial parent to provide a copy of the order tothe school. Non-custodial parents will be listed asemergency contacts unless a copy of a court orderdenying access is provided to the school.Non-Instructional Materials,Distribution ofReference: School Board Policy KFThe distribution of all non-instructional materials foroutside organizations, both non-profit and for-profit,must be approved by the division’s Community andPublic Relations Coordinator through an online applicationavailable on the division’s website at yorkcountyschools.org/MaterialDistribution.NondiscriminationReference: School Board Policy Manual, Section JBThe President and the Congress of the United Statesand the General Assembly of Virginia have enactedlaws and issued directives affirming their intent toprotect and grant equal opportunities to employeesand students. Also, the federal government andVirginia have enacted and enforced laws regardingthe quality and equality of opportunities in education.In the York County School Division, students will beadmitted, retained, dismissed, assigned and/or transferredand be allowed to participate in all programsand activities in the York County School Divisionwithout regard to race, color, creed, sex, nationalorigin, political affiliation, age, disability or belief,except as permitted by state or federal law.The division superintendent shall take appropriatesteps to implement and oversee this policy in accordancewith federal and state laws and regulations,including:• designating Title IX and Section 504 Coordinatorsand giving notice to parents/guardians, studentsand employees of their identity;• establishing procedures for dealing with complaintsand grievances alleging violations of this policy asreported by any employee, student or third party;• training of employees on the policy and complaintprocedures; and• publicizing this policy and the procedures for dealingwith reported violations to the general public, toparents, to students and to all employees.Noreen Becci, Title IX Coordinator302 Dare Road, Yorktown, VA 23692898-0349, nbecci@ycsd.york.va.usLisa Pennycuff, Ed.D., Section 504 Coordinator302 Dare Road, Yorktown, VA 23692898-0455, lpennycuff@ycsd.york.va.usNotification of Rights Under theProtection of Pupil RightsAmendment (PPRA)Parental consent must be obtained for a child to participatein any student survey, analysis or evaluationthat concerns one or more of the eight areas of protectedinformation. Parents must also consent to thecollection, disclosure or use of student information formarketing purposes and certain physical exams andscreenings.The eight areas of protected information are:• political affiliations or beliefs;• mental or psychological problems;• sex behavior or attitudes;• illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating or demeaningbehavior;• critical appraisals of others;• illegally recognized privileged relationships;• religious practices, affiliations or beliefs; and• income other than required by law.Parents/guardians and eligible students have theright to be notified of, to inspect, and to opt out of participationin any of the above surveys, analyses, orevaluations as well as any survey that is sponsored/funded by sources other than the U.S. Department ofEducation.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


18 York County School DivisionOpen EnrollmentReference: School Board Policy JCBased on capacity and program offerings, studentsmay enroll in middle and high schools other thanthose in their assigned attendance zone. Applicationsand additional information may be obtained from anyelementary or secondary school main office or theSchool Board Office.Out-of-Zone AttendanceReference: School Board Policy JCStudents may apply to attend an elementary schooloutside their attendance area for documented familyneed. Applications will be reviewed on a case-bycasebasis. Applications and additional informationmay be obtained from the elementary school office orSchool Board Office.Out-of-zone attendance for certain secondaryschools is permissible based on the availability ofspace, completion of an application and the approvalof the division superintendent or his/her designee.Out-of-zone high school students, with the exceptionof rising freshmen who choose to transfer under the“non-resident policy” will be ineligible to compete inVirginia High School League-sponsored athletic orscholastic activities for 365 consecutive calendardays after being enrolled in the new school.Students must maintain good attendance and behaviorto remain in the out-of-zone placement. Attendanceand discipline problems could result in revocation ofthe out-of-zone attendance approval.Parent ResourcesCurriculum information, reading lists, writing requirementsand helpful web addresses are posted on theYork County School Division web site (yorkcountyschools.org). Parents may obtain a paper copy of thisinformation by contacting their child’s school.Parent UniversitiesThe York County School Division recognizes that astudent’s family is his or her first and most importantteacher. Our mission is to provide learning opportunitiesfor parents that may serve their needs asparents. Parent Universities may include such topicsas Family Math, Family Literacy, Technology Nights,Parent Skills, Homework Help and College andCareer Nights. Each school will publicize ParentUniversities in August or September Back-to-Schoolnewsletters as well as in other school newsletters orwith special announcements throughout the year.PlagiarismBy simple definition, plagiarism is literary theft – theact of appropriating the work of another without givingcredit to the original creator of the work. The YorkCounty School Division requires all division studentsto respect the intellectual property of others by practicingappropriate academic integrity and attributingmaterial with cites to the originators (e.g., words,ideas, data or digital products).The school division employs a web-based service,turnitin.com (www.turnitin.com) to prevent instancesof plagiarism in student work at the high schoollevel. This web service is a tool designed to detectpotential instances of plagiarism and allow dialogbetween students and teachers to address anyproblems. All students will submit work to turnitin.comas instructed by classroom teachers. Intentionalplagiarism is not tolerated and offenses will be addressedaccording to the consequences outlined inthe Conduct Code.Pledge of Allegiance andPatriotic SongsSection 22.1-202 of the Code of Virginia states thateach school board shall require the daily recitation ofthe Pledge of Allegiance in each classroom of theschool division. No student shall be compelled torecite the pledge if he, his parent or legal guardianobjects on religious, philosophical or other grounds.Students not reciting the pledge must sit or standquietly and make no display that disrupts or distractsothers who are reciting the pledge. Students will beafforded the opportunity to sing the national anthemand other patriotic songs. Principals are charged withthe responsibility to see that each classroom is furnishedwith an American flag.Portable Communication &Privately Owned ElectronicDevicesTo avoid disruption of the instructional process,students shall not display, use or activate portablecommunication devices or other electronic devicesduring the instructional day, during after-schoolactivities or on the school bus with the exception ofstructured Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT)instructional activities supervised by a classroomteacher (see BYOT below). The instructional dayincludes, but is not limited to, lunch breaks, classchanges and other structured instructional activitiesthat occur during the normal school day. Studentsmust ensure that such devices are turned off and outof sight during the instructional day, during after-2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


York County School Division 19school activities and on the school bus. Items thatdisrupt instruction may be confiscated by schoolpersonnel. Confiscated items will only be returned toparents at the end of the school day.Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT)Third and fourth graders are allowed to bring privatelyowned e-Reader devices to school for the purpose of“Independent Reading” during appropriate instructionaltimes as designated by the teacher. Studentsmay not use these devices to access the Internetusing any WiFi or private 3G or 4G subscriptionsthrough their own Internet provider.Students in grades 5 through 12 are allowed to useprivately owned electronic devices to access theYCSD wireless network. This wireless access byprivately owned electronic devices is to be used as ameans to enhance the students’ classroom educationalexperience. All students will have the opportunityto participate in the instructional activity, regardless ofwhether they provide their own personal devices.Permission to bring and use privately owned devices iscontingent upon adherence to the following guidelines.Failure to comply with the guidelines established willresult in disciplinary action.General Rules1. Each student has the privilege of requesting thattheir privately owned electronic “Internet ready”device(s) be added to the YCSD wireless networkby completing and submitting the Student/Parent Technology Usage form to the school’sfront office staff.2. Requests to connect a privately owned electronicdevice may be denied if it is determined thatthere is not a suitable educational basis for therequest and/or if the demands on the school’snetwork or staff would be unreasonable.3. No privately owned electronic device may beattached to any YCSD network without priorapproval to do so.4. All information related to the privately ownedelectronic device(s) that is requested by theStudent/Parent Technology Usage form will besubmitted by the student prior to any approval.5. No privately owned electronic device shouldever be connected by cable to the schoolsystem network. Network access is provided viaWi-Fi wireless connection only. No one isallowed to connect a privately owned electronicdevice to the network by an Ethernet cableplugged into a data jack in the school. Violationwill result in disciplinary action and revocation ofaccess to the network.6. Teacher permission is necessary for student useof a privately owned electronic device duringclassroom instruction or the class period. Voice,video, and image capture applications may onlybe used with teacher permission and for specificinstructional purpose(s).7. The use of the privately owned electronic deviceis solely limited to support the instructional activitiescurrently occurring in the instructionalenvironment and must be turned off and putaway if requested by the teacher.8. All sound should be muted unless the teachergrants permission for use of sound associatedwith instructional activities.9. No student shall be directed to share a privatelyowned electronic device with another student.10. No student shall knowingly attempt to gainaccess to any computer, computer system, computernetwork, information storage media, orperipheral equipment without the consent ofauthorized school or division personnel.11. No student shall install division-owned licensedsoftware on their privately owned electronicdevice.12. No student shall establish a wireless Ad-hocnetwork using his/her electronic device or anyother wireless device while on school grounds.This includes, but is not limited to using aprivately owned electronic device as a cabled orwireless hotspot.13. No student shall use any computer or device toillegally collect any electronic data or disruptnetworking services. Students may not engagein any malicious use, disruption or harm to theschool network, Internet services, or any otherelectronic device owned by the school, anyschool personnel and/or student.14. Students may not attempt to, or use any software,utilities or other means to access Internetsites or content blocked by Internet filters.15. Students have no expectation of privacy in theiruse of a privately owned electronic device(s)while at school. The school reserves the right tosearch (Code of Virginia § 22.1-279.6) a privatelyowned electronic device in accordancewith applicable laws and policies if there isreasonable suspicion that the student has violatedthe laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia,YCSD policies, administrative procedures orschool rules, or engaged in other misconductwhile using the computer.16. Division software does not filter inappropriatecontent for devices accessing the Internetthrough private subscriptions. Parents are encouragedto have their own security and filteringcontrols on these devices.17. Students using cell phones and other devicesthat have access to cellular service and Internetthrough private subscriptions must be responsi-2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


20 York County School Divisionble and aware of data plan limitations. The YorkCounty School Division is not responsible forany financial obligations resulting from calls, Internetaccess, application downloads, ormessaging services not provided by the divisionPrivately Owned Electronic Device Security RisksLaptops and other portable electronic devices are especiallyvulnerable to loss and theft. These items maybe targeted in school, on school grounds, parking lotsand on buses. If a privately owned electronic device isstolen, the theft must be reported immediately to abuilding administrator. In the event that a student believesthat his/her password has been compromised,he/she should immediately reset his/her password usinga school division computer.The student must be responsible and aware of allrisks. The York County School Division will not acceptresponsibility for loss, damage, theft or non-workingpersonal property. Students who bring privately ownedelectronic devices on school property must assumethe total responsibility of these items. The schooldivision and division personnel cannot attempt torepair, correct, troubleshoot, or be responsible formalfunctioning personal hardware or software. Laptops,netbooks, and all other portable electronicdevices should NEVER be left unattended for ANYperiod of time by the owner. When not in use theyshould be at the student’s side or in a secured locationsuch as a school locker when applicable. If a privatelyowned electronic device is found unattended, it will beturned into the school administration.Private TransportationStudents who are brought to school by private meansof transportation should arrive no earlier than 15minutes before the start of the school day. Teachershave assigned responsibilities prior to the beginningof classes. Responsibility for the supervision of studentswho arrive earlier will not be accepted by theschool. All students who go home by means ofprivate transportation must be picked up at the appropriatedismissal time. Private vehicles are notpermitted in areas designated for the loading and unloadingof school buses. Please observe signs thatare posted at school entrance ways. Private vehicleson School Board property can be searched if there isa cause to suspect violation of School Board Policy.Promotion PolicyReference: School Board Policy 9.15In the elementary and middle schools, pupils arepromoted from grade to grade primarily based uponachievement in English (reading and language arts)and mathematics as well as performance on stateassessments. Achievement in other academic areasmay be taken into consideration when determining astudent’s grade level placement. Elementary andmiddle school students may be placed in the nextgrade level without being promoted when factorsother than academic achievement are considered.In the high school, promotion is based upon achievementreflected by the number of credits earned. Thegrade level designations will be determined as follows:Grade 10: 5 credits minimumGrade 11: 10 credits minimumGrade 12: 15 credits minimumStudents will not be retained in a grade if they havemet the requirements for promotion to the next grade.RecordsReference: School Board Policy JO1. Accurate and complete individual, permanent andcumulative records are maintained for eachstudent in the York County School Division. Alldata maintained on an individual student isconsidered to be the scholastic record. The contentof the scholastic record is limited to dataneeded by the school to assist the student inhis/her personal, social, educational and vocationaldevelopment and in his/her educationaland vocational placement. Scholastic records aremaintained in the school that the student attendsor last attended while enrolled in the York CountySchool Division.2. The principal of the school in which the scholasticrecord is held is responsible for maintaining therecord. Additionally, the principal is responsiblefor maintaining a record log of parties to whomdata has been disclosed and the purpose of disclosure.3. The policies and procedures for reviewing andexpunging scholastic records are included inSchool Board Policy Manual Sub-Section 10.7.10and Superintendent's Regulation 10.7.10. TheSchool Board Policy Manual is available forreview in each school library of the York CountySchool Division.4. Parents/Guardians and eligible students maychallenge the content of scholastic records andmay request the amendment of inaccurate ormisleading information. If the request for amendmentis denied by school officials, the parents/guardians or eligible students will be advised ofthe right to a hearing. Parents/guardians oreligible students also have the right to File with theFamily Education Rights and Privacy Act Office acomplaint concerning an alleged failure of the York2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


York County School Division 21County School Division to comply with 20 U.S.C.1232g.5. Parents/Guardians and eligible students may becharged a fee for copying scholastic record data.That fee may not exceed the cost of reproduction.6. Parents/Guardians and eligible students mayobtain, upon request, a copy of the written policyand procedure on the management of and locationof scholastic records.7. MaintenanceA. Students' scholastic records are underdirect supervision of the school principal.B. Pursuant to the Family Education Rightsand Privacy Act (Title 20, U.S. Code, §1232g, 1986) procedures are establishedfor inspecting, viewing, challenging and/or releasing personally identifiable datacontained in students' scholastic records.C. Every student shall have a student scholasticrecord that contains some or all ofthe following:1) Identifying data: name, birth date, latestaddress2) Parent/Guardian name and address3) Scholastic work completed, level ofachievement (grades)4) Results of standardized achievement andability tests required by the state5) Attendance data6) Health, physical examination report,immunization certificate7) Type of diploma8) Permission for testing9) Reports of initial and periodic assessment10) Special education information11) Individualized Educational Program (IEP)12) Legal, psychological, medical reports,social history13) Record of sensitive physical problems14) Verified reports of recurrent, atypicalbehavior15) Reports from agencies such as juvenilecourt, probation, welfareALL DATA IN A STUDENT'S SCHOLASTICRECORD ARE REGARDED AS CONFIDEN-TIAL.8. AccessA. The school presumes that both parentshave the authority to inspect and reviewrecords relating to the student unless theschool has been advised that both parentsdo not have the authority under applicablestate law governing such matters as guardianship,separation and divorce.B. Parents or eligible students may inspect andreview scholastic records relating to the studentwhich are collected, maintained or usedby the school division. The school will complywith a request without unnecessary delayand in no case more than 14 calendar daysafter the written request has been received.Parents and eligible students will be notifiedof the time and place where records may beinspected.C. The school division will comply with a requestto inspect and review scholastic recordsbefore any meeting regarding an IndividualizedEducation Program or hearing relating tothe identification, evaluation or educationalplacement of a student or provision of a free,appropriate public education.D. Those persons within the school who are involveddirectly in the supervision or instructionof students have access to records. Theseinclude building principals, assistant principals,teachers, supervisors, School Boardmembers, and related service providers, e.g.,occupational and physical therapists. Permissionfor certain other parties requestingaccess, e.g., law-enforcement officials, personswith whom the school has contracted toperform a special task (such as an attorney,auditor, medical consultant or therapist), or aparent or student serving on an officialcommittee, such as a disciplinary or grievancecommittee, or assisting another school officialin performing his or her tasks may be grantedin accordance with the Guidelines for theManagement of Student’s Scholastic Recordin Virginia Public Schools.E. The right to inspect and review scholasticrecords includes:1) The right to a response from the schoolto reasonable requests for explanationsand interpretations of scholastic records;2) The right to request that the school providecopies of scholastic recordscontaining the information if failure toprovide the copies would effectively preventthe parent from exercising the rightto inspect and review scholastic records;and3) The right to have a representative of theparent inspect and review the scholasticrecords.F. The school will keep a record of partiesobtaining access to scholastic records collected,maintained or used.G. If any scholastic record includes informationon more than one student, parents of those2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


22 York County School Divisionstudents will have the right to inspect and reviewonly the information relating to theirchild or to be informed of that specific information.H. When requested, the school will provide parentsor eligible students with a list of thetypes and locations of scholastic records collected,maintained or used by the school.I. All parental rights regarding student recordswill pass to the child upon reaching age 18 orwhen attending an institution of postsecondaryeducation, unless a specific statuteor court decision directs otherwise.9. DisclosureA. When a request for disclosure of scholasticrecord data is made, such a request will begranted immediately, if practical, but in nocase more than five administrative workingdays after the date of the request. If theschool determines that it is practically impossibleto provide the requested records or todetermine whether they are available withinfive administrative working days, the schoolwill inform the requesting party and will havean additional seven administrative workingdays to provide the requested records.B. A school may disclose, upon student transfer,information from scholastic records toanother school or school division withoutparental consent, unless prohibited by otherapplicable law. Scholastic information mayalso be provided to an institution of postsecondaryeducation to which a studentseeks to enroll.C. The school will keep permanently with thestudent’s scholastic file a RECORD DATADISCLOSURE FORM showing:1) the parties who have requested and/orobtained scholastic record data disclosure,with the exception of adult clericaland professional personnel within theschool division; the parent or eligiblestudent; and the parties receiving directoryinformation;2) the agency or institution represented, ifappropriate;3) the date of the disclosure;4) the specific legitimate interest of suchdisclosure and the purpose for which thedata will be used;5) and the signature of superintendent’sdesignee.D. When personally identifiable information concerninga student with a disability is no longerneeded, it must be destroyed at the requestof the parents (except that the student'sname, address, telephone number, grades,attendance record, classes attended, gradelevel completed and year completed may bemaintained without time limitation). If parentsdo not request the destruction of the personallyidentifiable information, it may beretained permanently.E. The record data disclosure form will be availableto parents or eligible students, to schoolofficials responsible for record maintenanceand to authorized parties.F. Personally identifiable information from scholasticrecords, with the exception of directoryinformation will be disclosed to a third partyonly on the condition that said party will notredisclose such information without the writtenconsent of the parent or eligible student.Such disclosure will be accompanied by awritten statement explaining the above statedcondition. If a third party is an institution,agency or organization, the disclosed personalinformation may be used by its officers,employees and agents, but only for thepurpose for which the disclosure was made.G. A listing of parties to whom scholastic recorddata will be disclosed, upon request, and theconditions of such disclosures is available ineach school in the Policy Manual Sub-Section 10.7.10 and Superintendent's Regulation10.7.10.H. The principal or his designee may discloseidentifying information from a pupil’s scholasticrecord for the purpose of furthering theability of the juvenile justice system to effectivelyserve the pupil prior to adjudication. Inaddition to those agencies, the principal orhis designee may disclose identifying informationfrom a pupil’s scholastic record toattorneys for the Commonwealth, courtservices units, juvenile detention centers orgroup homes, mental and medical healthagencies, state and local children and familyservice agencies, the Department of JuvenileJustice and to the staff of such agencies.Prior to disclosure of any such scholasticrecords, the persons to whom the recordsare to be disclosed shall certify in writing tothe principal or his designee that the informationwill not be disclosed to any otherparty, except as provided under state law,without the prior written consent of the parentof the pupil or by such pupil if the pupil is 18years of age or older.I. When parental consent is required in order torelease a student's scholastic record data,and the parent refuses to give such consent,the LEA (Local Education Agency) must useinformal means to secure the consent. If the2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


York County School Division 23parent continues to refuse to give consent,the LEA must provide written notification tothe person/agency requesting the informationthat parental consent is required and hasbeen refused. If the LEA wishes to discloseinformation and has been unable to securethe necessary consent through informalmeans, the LEA may use more formalmeasures, as appropriate, to effect release ofinformation.10. Directory InformationA. Data considered to be directory information isas follows:1) name of student in attendance or nolonger in attendance;2) address;3) date and place of birth;4) telephone listing;5) dates of attendance;6) participation in officially recognized activitiesand sports;7) height and weight, if member of athleticteam;8) awards and honors received; and9) other similar information.B. Parents or eligible students may refusepermission to disclose directory informationby notifying the principal in writing within 15administrative working days that any part ofor all such information shall not be disclosedwithout prior consent.C. In the absence of parent or eligible studentrequest for nondisclosure, the school divisionwill disclose directory information in accordancewith school division policy.D. The school is not required to maintain a recordof the disclosure of directory information.11. Destruction of Non-Permanent RecordsYork County School Division destroys nonpermanentrecords (not scholastic records) of allstudents including special needs students inaccordance with the Code of Virginia and the guidelinesprovided by the State Board of Education andthe Library of Virginia. These records must beretained five years after the student graduates orwithdraws from York County School Division ortransfers to another school division. Should thisinformation be needed for social security benefits orother purposes, the student (or parent, if the formerstudent is less than 18 years of age) may obtain acopy of his/her records by calling 898-0314 no laterthan 5 years after the student has withdrawn orgraduated from the York County School Division.Release of StudentsReference: School Board Policy JEDNo student will be permitted to leave school prior todismissal at the request of or in the company of anyoneother than a duly authorized school employee, alaw enforcement officer, a court official, or the parentor guardian who has custody of the child unless writtenpermission is first received from the parent orguardian of the student.If a student is to be dismissed early, the parent, guardianor an adult approved by the parents must sign thechild out from the office. For the student’s own protection,he/she will not be permitted to meet adults at acar, wait outside the building or walk home. Studentsmay not be picked up directly from classrooms. Parentsare required to supply the school with writtennotification when their student is left in someone else’scare.School ClosingsIn the event of school closings, a phone message willbe delivered via the division’s telephone notificationsystem to all phone numbers on file for each student.In most instances these calls will begin at 5:30 a.m.on the morning of the school closing.For additional school closing information, watch cablechannel YCSD TV-47 (only available in York County)or check our on-line emergency announcements atyorkcountyschools.org. Parents may also sign up forthe y-Line to receive email notifications of schoolclosings. The school division has no oversight of localradio and television stations and cannot guaranteethe broadcast or accuracy of closure announcementson these stations.In accordance with Section 22.1-98 of the Code ofVirginia the following provisions are required:When severe weather conditions or other emergencysituations have resulted in the closing of a school orthe schools in a school division for less than fivedays, the school or the schools in the school divisionshall make up such days as may be required by theBoard’s regulations; however, the required make-updays shall not exceed the missed teaching days;When severe weather conditions or other emergencysituations have resulted in the closing of a school orthe schools in a school division for 5 days, but nomore than 15 days, the school or the schools in theschool division shall make up the first 5 days plus1 day for each 2 days missed in excess of the first 5,up to a maximum of 9 make-up days;2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


24 York County School DivisionWhen severe weather conditions or other emergencysituations have resulted in the closing of a school orthe schools in a school division for more than15 days, the school or the schools in the school divisionshall make up at least 10 days; orWhen severe weather conditions or other emergencysituations have resulted in the closing of any schoolin a school division and such school has been unableto meet the 180 teaching day or 990 teaching hourrequirement, the school division may make up themissed teaching days by providing its students withinstructional hours equivalent to such missed teachingdays.New Horizons Regional Education CenterWhen the majority of the five school divisions on thePeninsula are closed for inclement weather, NewHorizons Regional Education Center will be closed.Announcements will be made on local radio andtelevision stations.School Report CardsThe Virginia Department of Education’s SchoolReport Cards provide information on student achievement,accreditation, safety and attendance. Thisinformation for the York County School Division, aswell as for individual schools, is available through ourtesting page. The URL is: yorkcountyschools.org/aboutUs/testing/.School Safety and EmergenciesReference: School Board Policies EB and EEThe division has established specific policies whichoutline procedures for students and staff to follow incase of emergencies such as bus accident, fire,injury, illness, intruder, tornado and violent orthreatening behavior.School administrators will review these procedureswith students and staff before the end of the firstweek of school. School safety and emergency informationwill also be shared with parents throughschool newsletters and at Back-to-School nights.Search and SeizureLockers and other storage facilities are the propertyof the School Board and are lent to the student forhis/her use during school hours. School officialshave the authority to open and inspect any and allstorage spaces.School officials also have the right to search anystudent and/or a student’s personal effects (e.g.,purse, book bag) when there is reasonable suspicionto believe that the student possesses an item whichviolates the law, school policies and regulations, orwhich may be harmful to the school or its students.Such searches will be conducted by the administrationwith another person present. In no event willstrip-searches of students be conducted.The school administration has the authority to conductroutine patrols of student parking lots. Automobileson school property are subject to searchwhenever a school administrator has reasonablesuspicion to believe that illegal or unauthorized materialsare contained in or on an automobile.Random searches may be conducted on schoolproperty using metal detectors or dogs capable ofdetecting drugs, bombs and firearms. Thesesearches may be conducted by school administratorsor by law enforcement officers in coordination withschool administrators. Canines shall not be used tosearch students.Weapons of any nature on school property or atschool functions are prohibited by policy and statelaw. The school administration has the authority touse stationary or mobile metal detectors to ensurethat weapons and other dangerous objects are notbrought onto school property or to school-sponsoredfunctions.School authorities may seize any illegal, unauthorizedor contraband items or materials discovered onschool grounds.Section 504 of theRehabilitation Act of 1973Services for students who have been determined eligibleunder Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of1973 are available in each school. Contact the buildingprincipal for information and referral procedures.Sex Offender RegistryNotificationThe York County School Division recognizes thedanger sex offenders pose to student safety. Therefore,to protect students while they travel to and fromschool, attend school, or are at school-related activities,each school in the York County School Divisionshall request electronic notification of the registrationor re-registration of any sex offender in the same orcontiguous zip codes as the school. Such requestsand notifications shall be made according to the procedureestablished by the Virginia Department ofState Police.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


York County School Division 25Sexual Misconduct,Discrimination & Harassment(Title IX) PoliciesIn 2011, Virginia Department of Education adopted the“Guidelines for the Prevention of Sexual Misconductand Abuse in Virginia Public Schools”. Theseguidelines were designed to assist school divisions inthe development of policies and procedures thatestablish clear and reasonable boundaries forinteractions between students, teachers, other schoolboard employees and volunteers.The York County School Board acknowledges theimportance of creating a safe learning and teachingenvironment for students that is free from adult misconductand has adopted a policy on the preventionof sexual misconduct and abuse. Division regulationsset guideline boundaries for interaction and communicationwith students by division staff and othervendors, set guidelines for training relating to the policyand establish procedures for reporting suspectedviolations of the policy. This policy and correspondingregulations are in addition to the division’s policy onthe prevention of unlawful harassment and discrimination.Division staff and vendors providing services to thedivision and/or students are obligated to observeprofessional staff/student relationship boundaries thatare consistent with the legal and ethical duty of carethat school personnel have for students. A boundaryinvasion is an act, omission or pattern of behaviorthat does not have an educational purpose, thatviolates such professional staff/student boundaries,and that has the potential to abuse the staff/studentrelationship. Such boundary invasions can createan actual impropriety or the appearance of animpropriety.All division staff are required to report suspectedabuse to local or state social service agencies or tothe building principal, or his/her designee. In addition,the principal of each school shall, through meetingsheld with staff members, ensure that all building-levelstaff are aware of their obligation to report suspectedmisconduct to the principal or his/her designee. Thesuperintendent has designated an administratorwithin the division’s school board office to receiveand investigate reports of alleged sexual misconduct.That administrator is the Title IX Coordinator.The superintendent shall notify the Virginia superintendentof public instruction within 10 business daysof a licensed employee resigning or being dismisseddue to a conviction of a barrier offense or a foundedcase of child abuse and further requiring the superintendentto provide the school board with documentationof the notification.The School Board’s Title IX PolicyPursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of1972, “No person in the United States shall, on thebasis of sex, be excluded from participation in, bedenied the benefits of, or be subjected to discriminationunder any education program or activity receivingfederal financial assistance.” Using the guideline ofTitle IX, the York County School Board is committedto providing students with a learning environment freefrom sexual harassment or gender discriminatorybehavior.It shall be a violation of policy for any student,teacher, administrator, school personnel, agents,volunteers, or third parties subject to the supervisionand control of the School Board to harass ordiscriminate against a student based upon sex. Actsof sexual harassment or inappropriate employeestudentrelations or student-peer relations are prohibitedat all times during the school day including whileon school-sponsored transportation, during observationor participation in after-school activities, andduring school-related functions such as sportingevents, social activities or field trips.Sexual Harassment DefinedSexual harassment is any unwelcome conduct of asexual nature that is sufficiently severe, persistent, orpervasive as to create an intimidating, hostile or abusiveeducational environment; or substantially orunreasonably interfere with an individual’s education;or limit an individual’s ability to participate in or benefitfrom the education program. Such conductincludes, but is not limited to:verbal harassment or abuse; pressure for sexualactivity; sexually motivated or inappropriatehugging, kissing, patting, massages or pinching;sexual behavior or words, including demands forsexual favors; implied or overt threats accompaniedwith demand for sexual favors; remarks of asexual nature about a person's clothing or body;fondling or grabbing; spreading sexual gossip;subjecting someone to sexual materials; andsexual assault or rape.Gender Discrimination DefinedGender discrimination occurs when different treatmentor consideration takes place due to the sex orgender of the individual rather than individual merit.The behavior complained of must be directed towarda specific gender and free from any reasonable justification.Under the regulation of Title IX, the York2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


26 York County School DivisionCounty School Board prohibits gender discriminationin areas including, but not limited to:educational assistance, i.e., tutoring; after-schoollearning; counseling services; receiving collegepreparation materials; receiving preparatorymaterials for school testing; physical educationand athletics; student rules and policies; andextracurricular activities.The School Board is committed to providing bothgenders with a positive learning environment and willenforce that all individuals, regardless of gender,receive equitable treatment and benefits.Any student who believes he or she has been thevictim of harassment or discriminatory behavior mustimmediately report such behavior to the Title IXCoordinator. The Title IX Coordinator will then notifythe school principal of the alleged acts. Complaintsshould be directed to: Noreen Becci, Title IXCoordinator, 302 Dare Road, Yorktown, Virginia,23692; 898-0349.1. Reporting and Investigating of Harassment orDiscriminatory BehaviorA. ReportingAny student who believes he/she has beenthe victim of harassment or discriminatorybehavior by another student, teacher, administrator,school personnel, agent, volunteer orthird party is to immediately report thealleged conduct. A student need not fill out aformal complaint when reporting allegedharassment or discriminatory behavior. Thereporting of harassment or discriminatoryacts can be informal or made orally to theTitle IX Coordinator or another designatedauthority. Generally, a report should be madewithin 45 days of the conduct or act givingrise to the complaint.A student shall report harassment or discriminatoryacts without fear of any retaliatoryaction regarding educational assistance, receivingtesting and college preparationmaterials, counseling services, physical education,athletics, or participation in extracurricularactivities. If the student subsequentlyreceives unfair treatment as a result of thecomplaint, he or she is to report such behaviordirectly to the superintendent or his/herdesignee.1) Reports Made in School BuildingAny assistant principal, school administratoror staff member who receivesnotice that a student has, or may havebeen the victim of harassment or adiscriminatory act, is to immediatelyreport the alleged conduct to the Title IXCoordinator. The Title IX Coordinator willdocument the complaint and immediatelynotify the principal. The principal or his orher designee will provide a written reportof the facts alleged (regardless ofwhether initial complaint was written ororal) and forward as soon as practicableto the superintendent or his/her designee.An investigation will not begin bythe School Board until the superintendentor his/her designee has received thewritten report of the alleged acts. Failureto forward any harassment or discriminatorybehavior report or complaint asprovided herein will result in disciplinaryaction against the principal.2) Reports Made to the School BoardThe student, parent or guardian is notprevented from first notifying the designatedauthority of the School Board of allegedharassment or discriminatoryconduct. If the complaint involves theschool principal, the complaint shall bemade or filed directly with the designatedauthority of the School Board. Upon thereceipt of all complaints made to theSchool Board, the designated authoritymust provide a written report of the allegationsto the superintendent, the principal,and the Title IX Coordinator beforean investigation can begin.B. InvestigationThe School Board will act to investigate allcomplaints, formal or informal, verbal orwritten, of sexual harassment or otherdiscriminatory acts and will discipline or takeappropriate action against any student,teacher, administrator, school personnel,agent, volunteer, or a third party who is foundto have violated this policy. The SchoolBoard will respect the privacy of thecomplainant, the individual(s) against whomthe complaint is filed, and the witnesses asmuch as possible, consistent with the SchoolBoard’s legal obligations to investigate, totake appropriate action, and to conform toany discovery or disclosure obligations.The investigation may include, but is not limitedto reviewing documentation, conductingphone conferences, on-site observations, orpersonal interviews with the complainant, theindividual(s) against whom the complaint is2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


York County School Division 27filed, individuals who may have knowledge ofthe alleged incident(s) or circumstances givingrise to the complaint.In determining whether alleged conduct constitutesa violation of this policy, the SchoolBoard should consider the surrounding circumstances,the nature of the behavior, pastincidents or past or continuing patterns ofbehavior, the relationships between the partiesinvolved and the context in which thealleged incidents occurred. Whether a particularaction or incident constitutes a violationof this policy requires a determination basedon all the facts and surrounding circumstances.A preponderance of evidence standard ofproof will be applied to all situations involvingcomplaints and grievances alleging harassmentand discriminatory acts.The investigation by the School Board will becompleted within 10 school days. If theinvestigation should take longer than theallotted 10 days, all parties involved willreceive written notice of the estimated datefor the investigation to be completed. At alltimes during the investigation, the SchoolBoard designee will keep all matters confidentialwhen applicable. At the conclusion ofthe investigation, the School Board designeewill provide a written report to the superintendent.The report shall include a determinationof whether the allegations have beencorroborated and found to be factual. Generally,the report will be submitted to theSuperintendent within a period of 15 days.If at any time during the investigation thecomplaint is deemed to include false reportsprovided by a student or any school employee,the individual will be subjected to disciplinaryaction that includes, but is not limited tosuspension, expulsion, or termination of employment.All students subjected to sexual harassmentor discriminatory behavior will be provided allavailable support services from counselors,school psychologists, and school social workersto receive adequate emotional andphysical support. No reprisals will be takenagainst any complainant on account of anycomplaint made in good faith and subsequentlydecided as a result of an investigation.2. Student Grievance PolicyProcedures and TimelinesThe party asserting the grievance may elect tohave an informal or formal grievance.A. Informal Grievance1) Alleged Acts not involving the principal ormember of School BoardThe student may elect to have an informalgrievance when the nature of the grievanceconcerns the behavior of any peer orschool employee (other than the principalor member of the School Board). It is notrequired that a student have an informalgrievance.Step One: Within 5 days following theevent or condition that is the basis for thegrievance, the complainant may requesta meeting with the student or employeewith whom they disagree, members ofthe grievance committee, and the Title IXCoordinator (the principal may or maynot be present during this first meeting ofthe informal grievance process).Step Two: Within 5 days following theconference request, the student or employeemay elect to confer with thecomplainant under the supervision of theTitle IX Coordinator and attempt toresolve the grievance through an oralresponse.Step Three: If the complainant is not satisfiedwith the student or employee's oralresponse, the informal grievance will advanceto the principal in the event thatthe original grievance did not involve theprincipal. The principal will take the notesprovided by the Title IX Coordinator andschedule another meeting in an attemptto resolve the conflict between the complainantand the student or theemployee. At the conclusion of the meeting,the principal shall then consider theinformal grievance and provide an oral orwritten response to the complainant within5 days.Step Four: In the event that the complainantis still not satisfied with theoutcome of the grievance, he/she mustfile a formal grievance within 5 days ofthe oral or written response of the principalor the grievance will be deemedabandoned.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


28 York County School Division2) Alleged Acts Involving the principal ormember of the School BoardIf the nature of grievance involves themisconduct of the principal or any boardmember of the School Board, the complainantmust first contact the Title IXCoordinator.Step One: The complainant has 5 daysto request an appointment with the TitleIX Coordinator following the event orcondition.Step Two: Serving as mediator, the TitleIX Coordinator will then schedule anappointment with the complainant, theprincipal or board member designee.Before the conclusion of the meeting, theprincipal or the board designee mustattempt to resolve the grievance verbally.If the complainant is not satisfied with theverbal response, he/she must file aformal grievance within 5 days of theverbal response or the grievance isdeemed abandoned.B. Formal GrievanceA student may elect to first participate in theformal grievance procedure.Step One: Under the formal grievance,generally, the complainant should submithis/her complaint in writing within 45 days.The Formal Grievance Form (a copy of theform is located in the administrative office ofeach school) may be used, but is notrequired. The student should address theform to the principal or his/her designee, whowill then present a copy of the form to theperson who is the nature of the grievance.The complainant must provide the followinginformation in order to be consideredcomplete:1) name of the person against whom thegrievance is against;2) the specific nature of the grievance;3) date, time, and place of the event orcondition that caused the grievance;4) witnesses present during the allegedact(s);5) the name and title of the third partyrepresentative (if applicable) of thecomplainant;6) the action requested to resolve the grievance;and7) the signature of the complainant.Step Two: The principal may schedule ameeting with the complainant and the personwho is the subject matter of the grievance.The person(s) whom the grievance is againstshall respond to the complainant in writingwithin 5 days of the meeting and present it tothe principal. The principal will make a copyof the response and submit it to the complainant.Step Three: In the event that the complainantis not satisfied with the response, theprincipal will begin an investigation and willschedule another meeting with the complainantwhere the principal will explain the natureof the investigation and provide an approximatetimeline for the investigation. At theconclusion of the investigation, the principalmay schedule a meeting with the complainant,the person whom the grievance isagainst, and a Board designee. The Boarddesignee will serve as mediator and attemptto resolve the conflict. Within 5 days of themeeting, the Board designee will provide thecomplainant with a written response outlininghis/her decision about the complainant’sgrievance.3. Student Appeals ProcessIf the complainant is still not satisfied with theresult of the formal grievance process, he/shemay appeal the decision within 30 days ofreceipt.Step One: The complainant must direct all notificationsof appeal to the attention of the superintendent.The student must provide reasons for theappeal and provide such justification on theFormal Grievance Form. Within 10 days ofreceiving the Formal Grievance Form, thesuperintendent will then review any documentationleading to this event, and present his/her responsein writing to the complainant.Step Two: If the complainant is not satisfied withthe response of the superintendent, he/she has 5days to submit a written request to the membersof the School Board to schedule a grievancehearing. The Board will provide the complainantwith at least 2 days notice of the grievancehearing. The complainant, parents/guardians,third party representative (if applicable), and theperson whom the grievance is against are askedto be present at the hearing.Step Three: The complainant or any party representingthe complainant, as well as the opposingparty, will be allowed to present a 5-minuteopening statement. Each side will then have nomore than 30 minutes to present their position.Following the presentation of positions, each sidewill have no more than five minutes to present aclosing statement. During any part of the2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


York County School Division 29presentation, each party may present the SchoolBoard with any copies of documentation to aidthe Board in its review. It is required that eachboard member receive at least three copies of allmaterials presented.Step Four: Upon the conclusion of the presentations,the School Board will convene privately tomake a decision and verbally present the decisionto the parties. Each party will also receive awritten response from the School Board within5 days of the grievance hearing.This completes the School Board’s formal grievanceprocess.LEGAL REFERENCES:Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title VII, CivilRights Act of 1964, as amended by the EqualOpportunity Act of 1972; Executive Order 11246,as amended by E.O. 11375; Title IX, EducationAmendments of 1972; 34 C.F.R. Sect. 106.41 ofthe Title IX Regulation; Section 504, RehabilitationAct of 1973; Education for all Handicappedchildren Act of 1975; Age Discrimination Act of1975, P.L. 94-135; 15CFR8.aSpecial EducationReference: School Board Policy 9.1.6In accordance with the Individuals with DisabilitiesEducation Improvement Act (IDEA), special educationand related services are provided at no cost to eligiblestudents with disabilities ages 2 through 21. Amultidisciplinary team, including the parents or theadult student, determines eligibility for services basedon evaluations conducted by school division andappropriate outside agencies. Disabilities includeautism, deaf-blindness, developmental delay, hearingimpairment including deafness, mental retardation,multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, otherhealth impairment, emotional disturbance, severedisability, specific learning disability, speech orlanguage impairment, traumatic brain injury, or visualimpairment including blindness.If your child was identified for special education inanother locality or another state, please provide theschool with that information either upon enrollment oras soon as possible. For more information aboutspecial education and the services provided, contacteither your school principal or the director of studentservices. To make a referral for special educationconsideration, please contact your school principal.The Early Childhood Special Education PreschoolProgramReference: School Board Policy 9.1.6The Early Childhood Special Education Program(ECSE) is Part B of IDEA in Virginia and providesservices for children from age two to kindergartenage who qualify according to state and federal law.The ECSE Program provides early intervention servicesfor children who have delayed functioning;manifest atypical development or behavior; or havebehavioral disorders that interfere with the acquisitionof developmental skills.Preschoolers may be found eligible for ECSE servicesunder one or more of the 14 disability categories whichare defined in federal and state regulations. The goals,settings, and related services that are needed to assistidentified children’s development are individualized.School personnel working collaboratively with thechild’s family develop an individualized plan with goalsand objectives to meet the child’s developmentalneeds.A limited number of preschool classrooms are part ofthe Integrated Preschool Outreach Program (IPOP).IPOP is a language-based, preschool environmentoffering a wide variety of enriching activities in aneducational setting which serves both students whoare typically developing and those with specialneeds. The curriculum places emphasis on socializationand readiness skills. Students are involved in allschool-wide activities including library, art and musicclasses.Special Education Advisory CommitteeThe Special Education Advisory Committee advisesand assists the York County School Division onvarious aspects related to special education services.Information about regularly scheduled meetings isposted on the YCSD web site and school division TVchannel, and the schools notify their parents aboutthese meetings. Parents are encouraged to attendand to share information on issues and concernsregarding special education in York County. Eachmeeting includes a public comment period. Forinformation about this committee, contact theDepartment of Accountability & Instructional Servicesat 898-0308 or contact one of the committeemembers. This contact information is listed on thedivision’s website, yorkcountyschools.org.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


30 York County School DivisionAnyone interested in serving on the Special EducationAdvisory Committee should submit a letterstating his or her qualifications and reasons for wantingto serve as a committee member to the director ofstudent services.Parent Resource CenterThe Parent Resource Center (PRC) was establishedas a part of the York County School Division to helpparents become effective partners in planning andimplementing appropriate special education programsfor their children. The PRC providesassistance to parents who need help finding informationand resources for their children. Assistance isalso available to parents in the areas of special educationprocess, current issues and support.Assistance may be provided individually, in smallgroups or by providing workshops on various topics.Student PropertyStudents should be cautious with valuable personalitems to prevent loss. In addition, students should notcarry large amounts of cash. Schools are not responsiblefor lost items or theft of student property.Possession of items forbidden in the Conduct Codeor items that disrupt instruction may be confiscatedby school personnel. In some cases confiscateditems will be returned only to parents. Illegal or contrabandmaterials shall be turned over to the properlegal authorities for ultimate disposal.Telephone Notification SystemThe telephone notification system enables divisionadministrators to reach parents immediately in theevent of a division or school-wide emergency and tocommunicate important school or division information.The system can deliver up to 3,000messages within minutes ensuring that parentsquickly know what is going on in the case of anemergency.To receive these messages, the school must haveyour up-to-date contact information. If you move,change jobs or obtain a new cell phone number, besure to provide your child’s school with the new contactinformation so you won’t miss a singlenotification message.Telephone UseThe telephone is an essential instrument for schooloperation. Therefore, students will be allowed to usethe phone only in the event of unusual circumstances.Parents should limit requests for delivery ofreminders or messages to students to only those ofan urgent nature. Emergency or time-sensitive messagesshould be called into the front office and notleft on classroom voice mail.Testing and AssessmentReference: School Board Policy 9.1.8Standards of LearningBy emphasizing the Virginia Standards of Learning(SOL) throughout the instructional process, YCSDprovides its students with a sound instructionalprogram and prepares them for state-mandated SOLtesting that occurs in the spring. SOL tests areuntimed. In elementary and middle schools, studentstake the following SOL tests: English (Reading &Writing), History/Social Science, Math and Science.End-of-Course SOL tests are given to studentsenrolled in the following subjects taken for highschool credit: English: Reading & Writing (two testsgiven in grade 11 cover English 9-11 SOLs),Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, World History I,World History II, World Geography, U.S. History,Earth Science, Biology and Chemistry.All students are required to earn a certain number ofVerified Credits to be eligible for a Standard orAdvanced Studies high school diploma. VerifiedCredits for graduation are based on a passing scoreon the required End-of-Course SOL tests or stateapprovedsubstitute tests. Intervention plans areavailable for students who do not achieve apass/proficient rating on SOL tests. Test accommodationsmay be provided for identified students withdisabilities as documented in an IndividualizedEducation Program (IEP) or 504 Management Planand as appropriate. Students identified as LimitedEnglish Proficient (LEP) are also eligible for testaccommodations as described in their LEP Plan.Students and families are strongly encouraged tospeak with the guidance staff at their school forinformation about fees, schedules, deadlines andrelated topics. More specific information for SOL testsis available on-line at www.doe.virginia.gov.ACCESS for English Language Learners (ELLs)In accordance with the requirements of the No ChildLeft Behind (NCLB) Act, Limited English Proficient(LEP) students in grades K-12 must participate inlanguage proficiency testing. The ACCESS for ELLstest assesses speaking, listening, reading and writingskills of LEP students.Stanford Achievement Test (SAT 10)The Stanford Achievement Test is a nationally normreferencedtest that assesses reading, math andlanguage. Students in grade 5 are tested in the fall,and students in grade 2 are tested in the spring.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


York County School Division 31College Entrance Examinations• Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) I: Reasoning Test• SAT II: Subject Tests• American College Test (ACT)Most degree-granting colleges require an admissionexamination of some kind, as specified in their bulletinsor catalogs. Most colleges and sponsors offinancial aid programs ask students to take either theACT or the College Entrance Examination Board(CEEB) Tests. The fall dates of either program arerecommended for seniors. The spring dates are recommendedfor juniors who plan to apply under anearly decision plan or to military academies. The ACTand SAT are administered at Grafton High School.The ACT measures ability to perform types of intellectualtasks typically required of college students.Subjects covered are English, Math, Social Studiesand Natural Sciences.The SAT I: Reasoning Test is a 3-hour test of criticalreading, writing and mathematical abilities. Informationbooklets are available in guidance offices.The SAT II: Subject Tests are one-hour tests in specificsecondary school subjects. Colleges that requirethese tests of applicants specify the subjects anddates in their catalogs.PSAT/NMSQTTenth grade students are encouraged to take thePreliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National MeritScholarship Qualifying Test. This test is administeredat all York County high schools, in October, to studentswho have registered and paid the requiredfees.The PSAT/NMSQT is a shortened version of the SATwhich measures critical reading, writing and mathematicalabilities important in college work. Whilesophomores are encouraged to take the PSAT/NMSQT, the test is also recommended for juniorswho plan to continue their education beyond highschool. Taking this test in the junior year is the firststep in entering the National Merit ScholarshipProgram and the National Achievement ScholarshipProgram for Outstanding Negro Students.Advanced Placement (AP) TestsStudents enrolled in AP courses are encouraged totake AP Exams. Many colleges offer advancedplacement, college credit or both to students who obtainsatisfactory scores. These tests are administeredat all York County high schools.International Baccalaureate (IB)International Baccalaureate examinations are administeredto students who complete each of the six IBcourses: Language A (English), Language B (Frenchor Spanish), Biology (HL) or Physics (HL or SL), IBHistory of the Americas, Mathematics (HL), Mathematics(SL) and Geography (SL). College credit maybe offered to students who achieve satisfactorygrades on these examinations and/or AdvancedPlacement exams. These exams are administered atYork High School.Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Test Battery(ASVAB)This test is primarily for juniors and seniors. Itmeasures aptitude in various vocational areas toprovide assistance in determining possible life-longwork-study goals. It provides an opportunity to viewmilitary service as a potential career option whileexamining alternative civilian options. The test’sscores are combined to form five aptitude job clusters.The job reference guide lists civilian job categoriesand military job specialties for which one of thefive aptitudes is most relevant. Information regardingthe ASVAB can be located in high school guidanceoffices. The ASVAB is administered at all YorkCounty high schools on an “opt-in” basis with parentpermission. High schools in the York County SchoolDivision will not release test results to the military,unless requested by the student.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


32 York County School DivisionACT Testing DatesSeptember 21, 2013October 26, 2013December 14, 2013February 8, 2014April 12, 2014June 14, 2014SAT Testing DatesOctober 5, 2013November 2, 2013December 7, 2013January 25, 2014March 8, 2014May 3, 2014June 7, 2014ACT and SAT registration materials are available inthe guidance offices at all high schools.IB Programme Examination ScheduleMay 5, 2014 English HL Paper 1May 6, 2014 English HL Paper 2May 7, 2014 Physics HL & SL Paper 1 & 2May 8, 2014 Physics HL & SL Paper 3May 9, 2014 Biology HL Paper 1 & 2May 12, 2014 Biology HL Paper 3May 13, 2014 Math HL & SL Paper 1May 14, 2014 Math HL & SL Paper 2May 14, 2014 History HL Paper 1 & 2May 15, 2014 History HL Paper 3May 15, 2014 Math HL Paper 3May 16, 2014 Geography SL Paper 1May 19, 2014 Geography SL Paper 2May 21, 2014 French SL Paper 1 and 2May 23, 2014 Spanish SL Paper 1 and 2ASVAB Testing DatesOctober 4, 2013October 4, 2013 and February 28, 2014November 14, 2013 and April 16, 2014November 14, 2013To Be AnnouncedYork High SchoolTabb High SchoolBruton High SchoolGrafton High SchoolYork River Academy2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


York County School Division 33State TestingDate Standards of Learning Grade/Subject*July 15-18, 2013 English: Writing EOCJuly 23, 2013 Summer School Non-Writing EOCSeptember 10-11, 2013 Regular Summer Non-Writing EOCSeptember 18-19, 2013 Summer Expedited EOCOctober 21-25, 2013 English: Writing 11January 7-8, 2014 Fall Non-Writing EOCJanuary 16-17, 2014 Expedited Retakes EOCFebruary 3, 2014 Work Keys EOC TGFebruary 10-28, 2014 ACCESS for ELLs (LEP) K-12March 3-6, 2014 English: MC & SP Writing Paper/Pencil 5,8,11March 10-19, 2014 English: MC & SP Writing ONLINE 5,8,11April 17, 2014 VAAP Collection of Evidence 3-8 & 11April 23-24, 2014 Term Graduate EOCMay 5-6, 2014 Work Keys EOC TGMay 12-28, 2014 Elementary School Non-Writing 3-5May 15 – June 4, 2014 Middle School Non-Writing EOC & 6-8May 19-27, 2014 High School Non-Writing EOCMay 27-28, 2014 High School Non-Writing YRAJune 5-6, 2014 Expedited Retakes Online EOCDivision TestingDate Test Grade/Subject*September 23- 26, 2013 Stanford 10 Reading, Math, Language 5October 16, 2013 PSAT 10December 5-12, 2013 Gifted 1-12February 3-7, 2014 Gifted KFebruary 24-28, 2014 Gifted 1-12April 22-25, 2014 Stanford 10 Reading, Math, Language 2April 28 – May 2, 2014 Gifted K-12May 5 – May 16, 2014 Advanced Placement Tests 9-12*EOC = End of CourseStandards of Learning tests (SOLs) are federally mandated in conjunction with the No Child Left Behind Act.Absences occurring on these pre-determined test dates should be avoided and will only be considered excusedunder extreme extenuating circumstances.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


34 York County School DivisionTransportationReference: School Board Policy EEABSchedules1. The transportation department determines busroutes, bus and driver assignments, bus stopsand pick-up times.2. Secondary students can be required to walk up to.4 mile and elementary students .25 mile to a busstop. Bus stops for after-school activities canrequire some secondary students to walk up to1 mile.3. Bus services will not be provided on dead-endstreets or roads that are less than .25 mile from aprincipal road or street. Also, bus service will notbe provided on those roads which have not beenaccepted by the Virginia Department of Transportationfor maintenance. Additionally, elementarystudents living in some neighborhoods zoned forBethel Manor, Coventry and Mt. Vernon arerequired to walk to and from school.4. A copy of bus rider safety, emergency exit drilland behavior rules, along with an acknowledgmentform, shall be sent to parents at thebeginning of the school year. Acknowledgmentforms must be completed by parents and returnedto the school by the end of the first weekof school.A. In addition, pursuant to the Code of Virginia,§ 22.1-16, § 22.1-177 and § 22.1-178, initialpupil rider safety training at the Pre-K-1grade levels shall occur during the first weekof school with additional training on a periodicbasis during the year.B. Emergency exit drills shall be practiced by allpupil riders during the first 30 instructionaldays and the second in the second semester.5. Any other information needed in reference toschool division transportation should be directedto the transportation department at 898-0344.Kindergarten TransportationKindergarten students are transported to and fromschool with students in grades 1 through 5 who live inthe same neighborhood. At the end of the school day,kindergarten students are dropped off at the bus stopwith other students who are exiting the bus. If a kindergartenstudent is the only child at the bus stop, aparent (or other adult with permission to care for thechild) must be present at the bus stop or the child willbe returned to school.Parents who do not want their child to be dropped offwith other students must complete and sign theappropriate form at the elementary school their childattends.Requesting Bus ChangeRequests from parents for a student to occasionallyride a bus different from their regular bus for specialactivities must be in writing. A permanent bus changemust be in writing and forwarded to the AssociateDirector of Vehicle Maintenance and Transportation.If a student is going home with another student, parentsof both students must send a note requestingthe change. Generally, school buses operate atcapacity; therefore, permission may be given forbaby-sitting purposes but not necessarily for otheractivities (e.g., parties, visiting to play).Bus Stop BehaviorStudents should arrive at the bus stop no more than15 minutes and no less than 10 minutes prior to thetime for them to be picked up. Parents or theirdesignee are encouraged to accompany their youngchildren to and from the bus stop and remain until thebus has loaded or unloaded. Students are expectedto stand quietly in line while waiting for the bus and toremain out of the street. Unavoidable bus delaysoccasionally occur; therefore, students should remainat the bus stop for at least 15 minutes beyond normalpick up time.Bus DriversStudents who attend the York County School Divisionare provided free transportation. At the same time,students have the responsibility to maintain the samelevel of discipline and behavior as they would in theclassroom. The school bus driver has been trained incare, maintenance and safety factors involved in theoperation of a school bus, and the driver isresponsible for administering these instructions. Heor she is in charge of the school bus. Safe busoperation depends on student’s proper behavior.MisconductReference: School Board Policy EEAThe behavior of students, whether on the bus or atthe bus stop, is the responsibility of the school administrator.Students who violate rules of conduct will bedisciplined by a school administrator. Consequencesalso apply to students who misbehave while goingfrom home to the bus stop or from the bus stop tohome.School Bus Safety RulesThe School Bus Safety Rules include, but are not limitedto the following:1. Students must obey the instructions of the busdriver at all times.2. Students must wait for the bus at the designatedbus stop—off the roadway.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


York County School Division 353. Students must enter the bus in an orderly mannerand take a seat.4. Students must remain seated at all times.5. Students must not bring animals, aerosol cans,glass objects, balloons or any other item whichcompromises the safe operations of the bus.6. Students must keep arms, legs and head insideof the bus.7. Students must not shout at pedestrians or peoplein other vehicles.8. Students must not throw objects in the bus or outof the windows.9. Students must not tamper with the emergencydoor or other bus equipment.10. Students must keep seats, aisles and exits clear(large musical instruments and other oversizedobjects may not occupy seat space if it is neededto accommodate students).11. Students must not bring food or drinks onto thebus—unless in back pack or lunch box.12. Students must not use cell phones on the schoolbus at any time.Non-Students on Buses and/or Field TripsInsurance regulations prohibit any child not enrolledin the York County School Division from riding schoolbuses. Note: This includes the children of parents whochaperone field trips on school buses.Transportation to Special Instructional ProgramsThe York County School Division will allow studentsto enroll in instructional programs in schools otherthan their home schools and will provide transportationfor one of the following reasons:1. Enrollment in an instructional program that is notoffered in the student’s home school during the 4years in which he/she is scheduled to attend thatschool. Note: High school students may not enrollin an instructional program if it is offered virtuallyin their home school.2. Enrollment in a YCSD magnet program or in theGovernor’s School.Video SurveillanceVideo surveillance equipment will be used to monitorsecurity and student behavior in high traffic areas ofthe schools or on school buses. Surveillance equipmentmay or may not be monitored at any time. Videorecordings may be used for disciplinary purposes.Law enforcement representatives may view video recordingspertaining to criminal investigations.VolunteersVolunteers play a vital role in each of our schools.Volunteers assist in the front office, in the classroomand on field trips. Volunteers also may act as mentorsto students in our schools. If you would like tovolunteer, or if you have questions about a school’svolunteer program, please contact your child’s schoolfor more information.Visiting SchoolsReference: School Board Policy KKAll visitors must report to the office where they will beissued a visitor’s pass. Proper identification may berequired before a visitor’s pass is issued.Students from other schools inside or outside thecounty are forbidden to come on the campus of anotherschool without a specific reason (e.g., to pickup a brother or sister, tutoring).Parents wishing to visit classes should contact theschool principal in advance of the proposed visit andarrange an appropriate visitation schedule. They alsomust obtain a visitor's pass prior to going into classrooms.Passes must be visibly displayed throughoutany visit to the school.Walking to SchoolWalking to school is discouraged except in neighborhoodsfor which no transportation is provided.Students must have written permission from parentsand the approval of the school to walk from neighborhoodsin which transportation is provided. Walkersshould not arrive at school more than 15 minutesbefore the beginning of the school day. Walkers mustwait until buses have departed before leaving schoolgrounds.Following are the schools with neighborhoods designatedas walking zones:• Bethel Manor Elementary School – part ofattendance area• Coventry Elementary School – part of Coventrysubdivision• Dare Elementary School – Grafton StationApartments• Mt. Vernon Elementary and Tabb Middle Schools –Kings Villa and Plantation Acres• Queens Lake Middle School – Creekside Landingsubdivision• Grafton Middle and Grafton High Schools – GlenLaurel and Grafton Woods subdivisionsWithdrawalsParents are requested to notify the school officeand the teacher at least one week in advance ofwithdrawing students from school so that therewill be adequate time to prepare records.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


36 York County School DivisionIf a student withdraws prior to the last 15 days ofschool, grades to date will be given, but no indicationof promotion/retention will be made on the reportcard. If a student withdraws within the last 15 days ofthe school year, final grades and grade placement forthe next school year will be indicated.Upon request, parents may hand carry their child’srecords to the new school. Parents must pick upthese records in person and sign a release form forthem. If records are to be sent directly to the receivingschool, a release form should be signed by theparent. Parents may review their child's records bycontacting the school to schedule an appointment.Work PermitsWork Permits may be obtained in high school offices.y-Line(Email Notification System)Parents may sign up to receive York County SchoolDivision information via email. School-specific informationwill be emailed through the schools. Go to theYCSD website, yorkcountyschools.org. Once yousubscribe, you'll receive email messages based onyour interests, including:• Emergency Notifications• Budget Information• Boundary (school attendance area) Changes• Calendar Updates• Special Education• Gifted Education• School Board News• Adult and Continuing Education2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


York County School Division 37Elementary SchoolsElementary InstructionalProgramThe elementary instructional program is based ondevelopmentally appropriate practices for children inkindergarten through grade 5. Within the learningenvironment, the intellectual, social, emotional andphysical growth of students are considerations in dailyinstruction. The program offers opportunities for thelearning of meaningful content, individual developmentand cooperation with others. The Virginia Standards ofLearning are the foundation of each content area.English: ReadingReading is the core of the elementary program. Comprehension,phonics, word patterns, structure and otherstrategies are taught. The reading program uses the richlanguage of literature and ideas from other content areassuch as history and science to expand vocabulary,meaning and interest for the learner. Skills are developedas students read for understanding. Utilization of awide variety of instructional materials such as textbooks,literature (prose and poetry), library books, referencematerials, magazines, computer software and newspapersenhance the English program.English: WritingWriting, speaking and listening are important communicationskills closely linked to the reading program.Students are encouraged to express ideas and shareinformation through the writing process. Compositionskills of grammar, spelling and mechanics are developedby drafting, editing, rewriting and publishing. Journals,stories, poems, essays, letters, reports, presentationsand dramatizations are among the ways students aretaught to communicate effectively.MathematicsConcepts, computation and problem solving provide thefoundation for a mathematics program designed todevelop skill and competency in each student.Manipulative materials are used extensively in mathematicsinstruction to promote student understandingand ability to apply mathematical principles.History/Social SciencesThe study of families, communities, the Commonwealthof Virginia, the United States and ancient world culturesreveals an ever-expanding vision of the world for the elementarystudent. Exploration of history, cultures,customs, geography, economics and current events arekey components of history/ social science instruction.Science/HealthIn the elementary program, the study of science andhealth includes experiments, field experiences and"hands-on" investigations designed to provide meaningfullearning about the physical and biological world.Textbooks, laboratory materials, trade books and scientificequipment are used to develop scientific literacy.Resource ClassesIn addition to the core content areas, elementarystudents also receive instruction in physical education,the fine arts and library skills. Physical education iscomposed of five instructional elements: physical fitnessand conditioning; movement exploration; rhythmicactivities and dance; stunts, tumbling and gymnastics;and game skills. Fine arts instruction includes activelearning in the visual arts and music, as well asperformance and exhibit opportunities. In the libraryresource class, students engage in research andreference activities.Fine Arts Magnet - Waller MillElementaryAt the Fine Arts Magnet, students in grades 1 through 5receive enrichment and instruction in choral/ exploratoryinstrumental music, drama, visual arts and dance. Youngartists work together to prepare performances andcreate exhibitions that display their appreciation of thearts, develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills,and enhance self-esteem. In addition, specific activitiesdevelop creativity and critical thinking, and studentsbenefit from partnerships with community fine artsgroups and organizations. Excellence in the arts is botha natural extension of the academic program and anintegral part of the core curriculum.The curriculum for this magnet program integrates thefine arts into core academic areas (e.g., history: a studyof the music and art of a particular time period as a reflectionof the culture and society of that era). Theinterdisciplinary focus of this arts and academics programprovides students with core instructional hourssimilar to those of non-magnet school students and preparesthem for the Standards of Learning tests. Readingand technology instruction continue as appropriate at allgrade levels. Please call 220-4060 for additional information.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


38 York County School DivisionMath, Science & TechnologyMagnet - Yorktown ElementaryThe Yorktown Elementary Magnet Program provides studentsin first through fifth grade with enriched instructionalopportunities with an emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology,Engineering, and Math) topics designed toencourage critical thinking and prepare students for globallyrelevant careers. As young mathematicians, scientists, andengineers expand their educational horizons, they developcollaborative problem-solving skills, critical thinking, and aninterdisciplinary approach to learning.Students participate in a wide variety of math, scienceand technology activities that facilitate the developmentof scientific inquiry skills. They also benefit from mentoringby real-world mathematicians and scientists. STEMdesign briefs, transformative learning experiences, andhands-on “Exploratoriums,” delivered in a resource setting,integrate instructional technology and focus onvarious aspects of science and mathematics.The Math Science & Technology Magnet integrates mathand science into the other academic areas of English,reading, and social studies through the use of technologyand multi-disciplinary activities. This integrated approachprovides students with traditional hours in all academicareas and prepares them for the Standards of LearningAssessment. Students participate in the traditional resourceareas of physical education, music, art, and librarywith the addition of math and science resource classes.Please call 898-0358 for additional information.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


York County School Division 39Middle and High SchoolsAcademic Programs andRecognitionCommunity Service ProgramThe York County School Division Community ServiceProgram offers recognition for students who perform150 or more hours of community service duringgrades 9–12. The optional program began withstudents who entered ninth grade during the 2011-12school year. After the 2011-12 school year, studentswho transfer into the York County School Division thesummer before or anytime during grades 10-12 arerequired to complete a prorated number of hours.Students who successfully complete the CommunityService Program are recognized with the CommunityService Seal on their diplomas.Honors ProgramThe York County School Division Honors Program isdesigned to provide students in grades 8-12 with theopportunity to complete a rigorous academic program.Eligible students choosing to participate in thisprogram are required to complete courses prescribedby the Honors Program, maintain a specific gradepoint average and complete 20 hours of communityservice outside of school. For going beyond thestate’s requirements for an Advanced Studies Diploma,students who successfully complete the HonorsProgram are recognized with the Honors Seal ontheir diplomas and have the opportunity to be consideredfor special awards and scholarships.Middle School Arts MagnetThe Middle School Arts Magnet (mSAM) providesstudents in grades 6-8 with a creative and challengingarts experience. Interested middle schoolstudents may apply for this program at Queens LakeMiddle School (QLMS). Learning activities encouragestudents to work independently and collaboratively todevelop their appreciation of the arts as well asdevelop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.Literary Arts, Theatre Arts and Rhythmic Arts classesare delivered at the School of the Arts (SOA) atBruton High School; students complete the remainingcore and elective middle school courses at QLMS. Allstudents participating in mSAM are enrolled atQLMS. For additional information on mSAM, pleasecontact the QLMS principal at 220-4080.International Baccalaureate Middle YearsProgrammeYorktown Middle School (YMS) is authorized by theInternational Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) as anIB World School. As such, YMS offers the MiddleYears Programme (MYP) to York County SchoolDivision students. Beginning with the 2012-2013school year, all sixth grade students zoned for YMSwill be enrolled in the MYP for the duration of theyears they study at YMS. York County SchoolDivision students not zoned for Yorktown MiddleSchool may apply for placement in the Middle YearsProgramme and enrollment at Yorktown MiddleSchool.All MYP courses are taught by instructors trained inMYP instruction at workshops and on-line trainingsessions conducted by the International BaccalaureateOrganization (IBO) and/or York County SchoolDivision staff. The courses are designed to developstrong writing and critical thinking skills and to promoteinternational-mindedness and responsiblecitizenship. Through five Areas of Interaction (approachesto learning, community and service, humaningenuity, environments, and health and social education)students focus on connections among thedisciplines and between subject content and the realworld.The Middle Years Programme provides students witha thematic approach to learning through interdisciplinaryunits of study in core and elective courses.Students take courses in eight MYP subject groups:Language A (English), Humanities (social studies),Mathematics, Sciences, Physical Education, LanguageB (Spanish or French), Arts, and Technology.Learning in certain subject groups, including Technology,is integrated across the curriculum. Studentscomplete the MYP with an individual culminating project.Additionally, students accepted into the MYP areexpected to engage in community service activitiesduring each year in which they are enrolled in theProgramme. For additional information on the MYP,contact the IB Programme coordinator at 890-5014.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


40 York County School DivisionInternational Baccalaureate ProgrammeThe International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme is acollege preparatory course of study for academicallytalented students in grades 11 and 12. Admission tothe York High Pre-Diploma Programme for grades 9and 10 is by application, and the program preparesaccepted students for participation in the IB DiplomaProgramme in their junior and senior years. All IBcourses are taught by instructors trained in IBinstruction at workshops conducted by the InternationalBaccalaureate Organization (IBO). Thecourses are designed to develop strong writing, timemanagement,and critical/higher order thinking skillsin students. In addition, through these courses, eachstudent is exposed to the interdisciplinary nature ofthe IB liberal arts curriculum.Students who complete the York High Pre-Diplomacourses in grades 9 and 10 may enroll in the IBcourse of study that spans grades 11 and 12. IBcourses marked SL (Standard Level) require a minimumof 150 instructional hours with some weightedcourses. Courses marked HL (Higher Level) require240 instructional hours and carry weighted credit. Inaddition to courses from six areas, the following arerequirements of the IB Programme: a Theory ofKnowledge (ToK) course, 150 hours of Creativity ActionService (CAS), and an Extended Essay (4,000words of original research). Students who completethe full requirements of the IB Programme (minimumGPA of 3.4, TOK, CAS, Extended Essay) in grades11 and 12 and who pass six IB examinations (3 at theHL level and 3 at the SL level) are eligible to receivethe IB diploma (issued by the IBO) in addition to theappropriate York County School Division diploma.Students who complete the IB course componentsand who pass fewer than six IB examinations are eligibleto receive IB certificates for the IB examinationspassed with their York County School Division diploma.Students with demonstrated financial need mayrequest a waiver of the IB examination fee from theprincipal.Students in grades 11 and 12 who have not been acceptedto the full International BaccalaureateProgramme may enroll in an IB course (either SL orHL) with teacher recommendation provided there isspace available, no AP course is offered addressingthe same subject and/or content, the students receivestwo teacher recommendations, and all coursespecificprerequisites have been met. Studentschoosing to enroll in an IB course must take the IBexamination following the course of study. Certificatestudents are responsible for the costs associated withthe examination and the IB registration.Applications for the YCSD fully-accredited IB Programme,which is housed at York High School, maybe obtained from the guidance department at eachmiddle and high school. Please contact the IB Programmecoordinator at 890-5014 for additionalinformation.School of the ArtsThe York County School of the Arts (SOA) is designedto provide high school students with enrichedand challenging fine arts educational opportunities inliterary arts, theatre arts and rhythmic arts. SOA islocated at Bruton High School and is open to studentsin grades 9 through 12 in the York CountySchool Division. Admission to SOA is determined byapplication/audition. Students must maintain a specifiedGPA each semester to continue in SOA. Pleasecontact the School of the Arts coordinator at 220-4095 for additional information.Virtual Learning ProgramThe goal of the Virtual Learning Program is to offeranytime, anywhere education to secondary students(grades 6 through 12). Additionally, various AP andelective courses are offered online through the VirtualAdvanced Placement School sponsored by theVirginia Department of Education. Courseworkoffered online by highly qualified teachers providesstudents with opportunities for expanded courseselection, solutions to course conflicts and summeracademic online courses. For information, contact theCoordinator of Online Learning at 898-0454 and visitthe division web site, yorkcountyschools.org.York River AcademyYork River Academy (YRA), a charter school operatedby the York County School Division on the campusof Yorktown Middle School, is designed toprovide selected students in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12with an innovative academic and career-preparatoryeducation in core subject areas with emphasis oncomputer repair/cabling and web design. Applicationsfor YRA may be obtained from the guidance departmentin each middle and high school. Please contactthe YRA principal at 898-0516 for information.Academic AchievementMiddle schools recognize outstanding academicachievement as follows:• Honor Roll posted.• Certificates for all “A’s.”2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


York County School Division 41High schools recognize outstanding academic achievementas follows:• Awards will be made based on achievement at theend of the third quarter. Each award will be basedon the previous year’s fourth quarter and the firstthree quarters of the current year.• Students with a cumulative 3.75 grade point averageor above for four quarters will be awarded aschool letter, an honors pin and a certificate. Duplicationin following years will be recognized asdetermined by the individual school.• Students with a cumulative 3.25-3.749 grade pointaverage for four quarters will be awarded an honorspin and a certificate. Duplication in followingyears will be determined by the individual school.• Upon receipt of an academic letter, the student isentitled to purchase a letter jacket.Note: High schools compute GPAs for outstanding achievementaccording to class ranking practices.Clubs & ActivitiesThe policy governing membership in school clubsand organizations, and the duties and responsibilitiesof these groups, is basically the same at all divisionmiddle schools and high schools. Information concerningmembership privileges and responsibilitiesmay be obtained from sponsors. With certain specifiedexceptions, high school students are required topass a minimum of five subjects, or the equivalent,during the semester prior to participation in extracurricularactivities. Credit for summer school work mustbe applied to the immediate preceding semester.Driving and Parking1. Only those students in work-study programs, inmentorships and practicums, with medical excuses,or with special permission of the principalhave permission to have vehicles on schoolproperty.2. Driving/parking permits are issued by the principalor his/her designee.3. Violators are subject to loss of permits, suspensionand/or removal of vehicles.4. All vehicles parked on school property must belocked.5. Students who drive vehicles onto school propertyare responsible for any and all contents in thevehicles.6. All vehicles on school property are subject tosearch.7. All students will be charged a parking fee of $50per semester for a total of $100 for an academicyear. A $5 fee will be charged to the following:• Career Mentoring, Marketing, Business andHuman Services students participating in workstudyprograms for credit• Governor's Science and Technology Magnetstudents participating in the Mentorship Programfor credit• School of the Arts students participating in apracticum for credit8. All fees are non-refundable.9. Temporary permits may be issued by the principalor his/her designee.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


42 York County School DivisionGraduation RequirementsReference: School Board Policy 9.16The Standards for Accrediting Schools in Virginia, adopted by the Virginia Board of Education, establish high school graduationrequirements and certain diploma seal recognitions. In addition, the York County School Division and theInternational Baccalaureate Programme offer additional academic recognitions.Diploma Options and Virginia Graduation Requirementsfor Students Entering 9 th Grade in 2013-14 and LaterType of Diploma: Advanced Studies* Standard*StandardUnits ofCreditStandardUnits ofCreditModified Standard**(Only available for studentswith disabilities who entered9 th grade in 2012 or earlier)VerifiedVerifiedContent AreaCredits*Credits#English 4 2 4 2 4Mathematics A 4 2 3 1 3Science B 4 2 3 1 2History & Social Studies C 4 2 4 1 2World Language D 3Health & Physical Education 2 2 2Economics and Personal Finance 1 1Fine Arts or Career/Technical Education 1 1World Language, Fine Arts, or Career/TechnicalEducation EElectives F 3 3Student-Selected Test 1 1Virtual Course GCareer/Technical Education Credential H2Standard Units ofCreditTotal Number of Credits Required 26 9 22 6 20For more information, visit the High School Graduation link on the Virginia Department of Education’s website atwww.doe.virginia.gov.AMathematics: For the Advanced Studies Diploma, credits shall include at least four different course selections from among Algebra I,Geometry, Algebra, Functions and Data Analysis (AFDA), Algebra II, or other mathematics courses above the level of Algebra II. AFDA mustbe taken prior to Algebra II for credit towards the advanced studies graduation requirement; if out of sequence, the course will count as amath elective. For the Standard Diploma, three credits must be earned at or above the level of Algebra I and shall include at least twodifferent course selections from Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra, Functions and Data Analysis, Algebra II, or other mathematics courses abovethe level of Algebra II. Computer Mathematics may be used in conjunction with Algebra I and Geometry to satisfy mathematics graduationrequirements if the student also completes a career and technical concentration. For the Modified Standard Diploma, credits must be fromamong applications of Algebra, Geometry, Personal Finance and Probability and Statistics courses.BScience: For the Advanced Studies Diploma, credits must be from at least three different science disciplines: Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry,or Physics or completion of the sequence of science courses required for the International Baccalaureate Diploma. For the StandardDiploma, credits must be from at least two different science disciplines. For the Modified Standard Diploma, credits must include at least twoof the following: Applications of Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics.CHistory & Social Studies: For the Advanced Studies Diploma, credits must include World History to 1500 AD or AP Human Geography,World History from 1500 AD to the Present or AP European History, Virginia and U.S. History, and Virginia and U.S. Government. For theModified Standard Diploma, credits must include Virginia and U.S. History and Virginia and U.S. Government. The Superintendent or superintendent’sdesignee may waive specific local course requirements for transfer students or students moving out of the IB Diploma Program,as long as all requirements set forth by the Code of Virginia and State Board of Education are met.DWorld Language: For the Advanced Studies Diploma, credits must include three years of one language or two years of two languages.EWorld Language, Fine Arts, or Career/Technical Education: At least one of the two credits must be Fine Arts or Career/ Technical Education.FElectives: For the Standard and Modified Standard Diplomas, credits must include two sequential electives.GVirtual Course: Students shall successfully complete one virtual course, which may be a noncredit-bearing course, or may be a course requiredto earn this diploma that is offered online.HCareer/Technical Educational Credential: Students shall earn a career and technical educational credential approved by the Board of Educationthat could include, but not be limited to, the successful completion of an industry certification, a state licensure examination, anational occupational competency assessment, or the Virginia workplace readiness assessment.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


York County School Division 43* An Advanced Studies or Standard Diploma terminates the York County School Division’s obligation to provide free appropriatepublic education to a special education student.** Students must meet the 8 th grade SOL literacy and numeracy cut scores established by the Virginia Board of Education toqualify for a Modified Standard Diploma. End-of-Course SOLs are approved as substitute assessments for the literacy andnumeracy competency requirements. Students receiving a Modified Standard Diploma are eligible to receive special educationservices through age 21.# A verified unit of credit in a course is awarded when a student passes an end-of course SOL test.Requirements for a Special DiplomaIn accordance with the requirements of the Standardsof Quality, a student with disabilities who completesthe requirements of his or her Individualized EducationProgram (IEP) and does not meet the requirements forother diplomas shall be awarded a Special Diploma.Students receiving Special Diploma are eligible toreceive special education services through the age of21.Requirements for a Certificate of ProgramCompletionThis certificate option is for students who have sufficientcredits for a Standard, Modified Standard orAdvanced Studies Diploma, but who have not met allof the requirements of those diploma options (i.e. verifiedcredits).General Education Development (GED) CertificateThe GED Battery includes five tests that measure theskills considered to be the major outcomes of a highschool education. The tests focus on the major use ofskills and concepts rather than upon recall of specificfacts. The questions focus on the general abilities toanalyze, evaluate and draw conclusions. The subjectareas of the tests are as follows:Test 1 – Language Arts – WritingTest 2 – Language Arts – ReadingTest 3 – ScienceTest 4 – Interpreting Literature and the ArtsTest 5 – MathematicsGeneral Achievement Diploma (GAD)For additional information, contact a School Counselor.ExpectationsThe York County School Division expects that studentsenrolled in a York County high school for atleast the last two years of high school will:1. successfully complete course work in preparationfor higher education and/or be a vocational completer,2. earn an Advanced Studies Diploma, a StandardDiploma or a Modified Standard Diploma, or3. receive a Special Diploma/Special Certificate.A. Certain students identified with disabilitieswho complete the requirements of theirIndividualized Education Programs shallbe awarded Special Diplomas by the localschool board.B. Certain students who have completed a prescribedcourse of study as defined by thelocal school board shall be awarded certificatesby the local school board if they do notqualify for diplomas.Notes:• Electives must be approved by a school counselorand must be in accordance with the educationalcareer plan of the student.• Courses with low enrollment or requiring specialfacilities may not be offered at all locations or notoffered during a given school year.• Courses taken by high school students at collegesor other institutions outside the York County SchoolDivision must be approved in advance by theprincipal for high school credit to be awarded.Credit toward requirements for graduation may beaccepted from an accredited two-year or four-yearcollege if the student secures written approvalfrom the principal prior to enrollment in thecourse. The principal may award weighted creditbased on the content of the course.Verified CreditsAll students are required to earn verified credits bypassing a specific number of End-of-Course SOLtests in certain subject areas prior to high schoolgraduation.Additional Information1. Only those students completing requirements forgraduation during the summer, fall or first semesterwill be eligible to participate in commencementexercises the succeeding spring. Foreign studentswho complete the requirements for graduation intheir respective countries will be allowed to participatein York County commencement exercises atthe school that they attended.2. In order for a student to participate in commencementexercises, it is required that thestudent be present and participate in practice forthe event.3. Students who do not participate in commencementexercises are to be handed their diploma by2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


44 York County School Divisiona member of the school administration as soonas practical following the regular commencement.4. Graduation is a formal affair and one that will beremembered by students for the rest of theirlives. The attire of cap and gown worn at graduationis very formal and the clothing worn underthe gown should reflect the formality of theoccasion. Exceptions or additions to therecommended attire must be approved by theprincipal.A. The recommended attire for the young manis a white or light colored shirt with tie andtrousers or slacks of dark color. In addition,dress shoes and dark socks will be worn.Jeans and tennis shoes are not formal attireand will not be worn.B. The recommended attire for the young lady isan appropriate colored dress or light coloredblouse with slacks of dark color under thegown plus appropriate footwear.C. Students must meet all requirements forgraduation in order to participate in the graduationceremony. Students not abiding by theabove regulations or who have been deniedthis privilege by the principal will not be allowedto participate in graduation exercises.Diploma Seals• State Board of Education Seal – Students whoearn the Advanced Studies Diploma or the StandardDiploma with an average grade of “A” or betterwill receive the State Board of Education Seal.• Governor’s Seal – Students who entered 9 th gradein 2005 or earlier who earn the Advanced StudiesDiploma with an average grade of “B” or better andcomplete at least one Advanced Placement (AP),International Baccalaureate (IB), or college-levelcourse for credit will receive the Governor’s Seal.Students who entered 9th grade in 2006 or laterwho earn an Advanced Studies Diploma with a “B”average or better, and who successfully completecollege-level coursework to earn nine transferablecollege credits in Advanced Placement (AP), InternationalBaccalaureate (IB), dual enrollment (EarlyCollege Scholars) or college-level courses for creditwill receive the Governor’s Seal• State Board of Education Career & TechnicalEducation Seal – Students who earn the Standardor Advanced Studies Diploma and complete a prescribedsequence of courses in a career/technicaleducation concentration and maintain a “B” averagein those courses or pass a certificationexamination or acquire a professional license willreceive the State Board of Education Career &Technical Education Seal on the diploma.• State Board of Education Seal of AdvancedMathematics & Technology – Students who earnthe Standard or Advanced Studies Diploma andsatisfy all of the mathematics requirements for theAdvanced Studies Diploma and maintain a “B”average in those courses and either pass acertification examination from a recognizedindustry, trade or professional organization oracquire a professional license in a career/technicalarea or pass an exam approved by the Board thatconfers college-level credit in a technology orcomputer science area will receive the State Boardof Education Seal of Advanced Mathematics &Technology on the diploma.• State Board of Education Seal for Excellence inCivics Education – Students who earn the Standardor Advanced Studies Diploma and completeVirginia and U.S. History and Virginia and U.S.Government with a grade of “B” or higher, andcomplete 50 hours of voluntary participation incommunity service or extracurricular activities (e.g.,volunteering for an organization that provides servicesto the poor, sick, less fortunate or participatingin: Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and similarorganizations; NJROTC; political campaigns orgovernment internships, Boys State, Girls State,Model General Assembly; and/or school-sponsoredextracurricular activities that have a civic focus) orenlist in the United States military prior to graduationand have good attendance with no disciplinaryinfractions as determined by local School Boardpolicy, receive the State Board of Education Sealfor Excellence in Civics Education on the diploma.• York County School Division CommunityService Seal – Beginning with the graduating classof 2015, students who complete requirements forYork County School Division’s Community ServiceProgram will receive the Community Service Sealon the diploma in addition to other applicable seals.• York County School Division Honors Seal –Students who complete the course of study for theYork County School Division Honors Program willreceive the Honors Seal on the diploma in additionto other applicable seals.• International Baccalaureate Diploma – Studentswho complete the course of study and exams forthe International Baccalaureate Programme will receivethe IB Diploma in addition to the appropriateYork County high school diploma with applicableseals.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


York County School Division 45Social Networking and the Use ofWeb ResourcesThe World Wide Web’s portability and access to mobiletechnologies has increased active engagementand learning in the classroom. Social networking enableslearners to connect, collaborate and formvirtual communities. Students and teachers are ableto use various web-based tools including, but not limitedto blogs, wikis, podcasts and social networkingapplications solely to support instruction. Teacherswill monitor and educate students about online safetyand responsible use of social networking applications.UniformsUniforms for cheerleaders, majorettes and otherschool marching or performing units may beprescribed as part of the requirements ofmembership. Purchase, rental or cleaning costs arethe responsibility of unit members and their parents.Gym suits are available for purchase, but studentsare not required to buy them. Proper gym attire,suitable for exercise, is required of every student andwill be explained by physical education instructors.Requirements may be different for middle and highschool students depending on the physical demandsof the program.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


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York County School Division 47Student Conduct CodeA Word to Parents“A child’s education cannot merely be turned over to the public schools.”Kenneth EbleA PERFECT EDUCATIONDear Parents/Guardians:Schools do the best job of educating your children when they can concentrate on teaching and not onmaintaining order. We must all work together. Both the home and the school must support the propositionthat students have responsibilities as well as rights.When you think we are right, back us at home. When you think we are wrong, come to school anddiscuss it with us. That is a reasonable course for people who have the same goal – a good education foryour child in a well-disciplined environment.You can begin by reading this conduct code, discussing it with your son/daughter and returning theattached statement.Thank you for your support.YORK COUNTY SCHOOL BOARDBarbara S. Haywood, District 1Cindy Kirschke, District 2Mark A. Medford, District 3R. Page Minter, District 4Robert W. George, District 52013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


48 York County School DivisionStudent RightsA right is a privilege to which one is justly entitled.Students in the York County School Division have both rights and responsibilities.It is the obligation of the school division to protect those rights and insist upon those responsibilities.ALL STUDENTS HAVE THE RIGHT TO:1. EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITYThe schools must provide all students a chanceto get an education. This means free admissionto the schools and the right to attend school untilthe age of 18 or graduation from high school.Students will not be denied participation in anycurricular or extracurricular activity because ofrace, color, creed, sex, national origin, politicalaffiliation or belief except as permitted by state orfederal law.Students have the right to equal educationalopportunity without interference from other studentsand from trespassers on School Boardproperty.Students who fail to graduate or who fail toachieve the number of verified credits requiredfor graduation have the right to a free publiceducation until the year in which the studentsreach their 20th birthday on or before August 1.Students for whom English is a second languagehave the right to a free public education throughthe age of 21. (Code of Virginia § 22.1-253.13:4C)2. FREE EXPRESSIONStudents are entitled to express their opinionsboth verbally and in writing. This right does notentitle them to misinform, slander and/or displaypornography.No form of expression shall interfere with theright of others to express themselves or with theconduct of school and classroom activities.3. FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLYStudents, with the approval of the principal, mayhold meetings at a time, place and in a mannerwhich does not disrupt or disturb classroominstruction.4. DUE PROCESSStudents facing disciplinary action are entitled tofair procedures to determine if they are at fault.Students are entitled to appeal decisions resultingin disciplinary action such as suspension, expulsion,exclusion or transfer to another school.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


York County School Division 49Student ResponsibilitiesA responsibility is an obligation one has because it is right.ALL STUDENTS HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITYTO:1. PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS TOSTUDY AND LEARNParents/Guardians send their children to schooland students attend school for an education. Anindividual may decide not to take advantage ofthat opportunity. However, no one has the rightto interfere with the education of others.2. ATTEND SCHOOL DAILY UNLESS ILL ORLEGALLY EXCUSEDIn Virginia a student is required by law to attendschool until the age of 18. Schools cannoteducate students who do not attend class, andschools will not promote or allow to graduatethose who do not attend. Parents are encouragedto call the school when their child will beabsent or tardy.3. BE ON TIME FOR ALL CLASSESStudents who enter a classroom after a lessonhas begun are interfering with the rights ofothers to learn and study. Punctuality is a habit.Future employers are not going to take the timeto teach it.4. ABIDE BY STUDENT CONDUCT CODEThe Conduct Code is designed to allow a schoolto meet its obligation to educate students. Theschools cannot achieve this task if school personnelmust spend much of their time maintainingorder.5. VOLUNTEER INFORMATION ANDCOOPERATE WITH SCHOOL STAFF INDISCIPLINARY CASESEvery community depends upon the willingnessof citizens to play a part in upholding the rules. Itis wrong to expect help when your rights havebeen violated but refuse to help others protecttheirs.6. COMPLETE ALL IN-CLASS ANDHOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS AND MEETDEADLINESThe full responsibility for learning cannot betransferred from the student to the teacher.There can be no effective education whenstudents are free to decide whether or not theywill do the assigned work. Everything that mustbe learned cannot be accomplished during theschool day.7. RESPECT PUBLIC PROPERTY ANDCAREFULLY USE AND RETURN ALLMATERIALS AND EQUIPMENTSchools are a community’s gift to its youngpeople. It is wrong to abuse that gift. It forces thepeople to spend additional money in order toprovide the same opportunities for those studentswho come after you.8. COME TO CLASS WITH NECESSARY BOOKSAND MATERIALSA teacher should not have to delay starting classbecause a student has come unprepared tobegin work. This is interfering with the rights ofothers to learn and study.9. SEE THAT SCHOOL CORRESPONDENCE TOPARENTS REACHES HOMEEducation requires a partnership between theparent/guardian and the school. For a partnershipto work, everyone must know what is happening– good and bad. Sometimes students are askedto be the messenger. Often, students are told tomeet their responsibility to be honest and not interceptand destroy progress reports, attendanceinformation and other communication sent fromthe school to parents.10. DRESS APPROPRIATELY FOR SCHOOL• Student dress and appearance is to be neat,clean and conducive to the educationalprocess. The principal reserves the right todetermine what dress and appearance isappropriate for the learning environment.• Non-religious head coverings and sunglassesmay not be worn.• Clothing that is too tight, too short or toorevealing may not be worn.• Clothing that may be disruptive to the normaloperation of the school or promotes a violationof school rules may not be worn.• Examples of inappropriate clothing or attireinclude, but are not limited to:– halter tops, tank tops, spaghetti straps– clothing which exposes the midriff– tight or suggestive clothing– clothing which promotes drugs or alcohol– clothing which leaves undergarmentsexposed– non-religious head coverings– shoes with rollers• Additional guidelines may be issued by individualschool principals.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


50 York County School DivisionCitizenshipCitizenship is more than not breaking the rules.A major goal for the division is to join with parents inhelping students develop responsible attitudes and behaviorsand prepare them for adult citizenship as wellas for work and further education. For this reason it isas important for the school to teach and evaluatecitizenship as it is to teach and evaluate academicwork.The instructional program will be organized to supportthe tenets of good citizenship.CITIZENSHIP GUIDELINESExamples of criteria to be used in evaluating astudent’s citizenship are:1. Attends class regularly except for excusedabsences2. Comes to class on time3. Comes to class with necessary materials4. Completes homework assignments5. Meets deadlines6. Does his/her own work when independent work isrequired7. Participates in class activities and discussions8. Exercises reasonable care of school property9. Shows respect for others10. Does not disrupt class; exercises good conductTeachers are required to discuss these standards withtheir students and explain their expectations.For students who receive “unsatisfactory” evaluations,the following privileges may be withdrawn:Middle Schools1. Athletics2. After-school recreation3. School clubs4. Student government5. Public performance of music, dance, drama, cheerleadingand speech6. Special field trips not a part of regular classroomwork7. School dances and assembliesHigh Schools1. Athletics2. School clubs3. Student government4. Public performance of music, dance, drama, cheerleadingand speech5. Special field trips not a part of regular classroomwork6. School dances and assemblies7. Graduation ceremony2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


York County School Division 51Parental Rights and ResponsibilitiesParental involvement is the key to a successful educational experience.The Code of Virginia § 22.1-279.3 contains provisionsaddressing parental responsibility and involvement thatare intended to promote proper student conduct.Through the enactment of this legislation, the GeneralAssembly has asserted its position that parents do notrelinquish their responsibility for disciplining or managingtheir children while they are attending public schools.Rather, parents must work in partnership with schooladministrators to maintain a safe and orderly schoolenvironment.Requirements of this section of the code are listedbelow:1. Each parent has a duty to assist the school in enforcingthe standard of student conduct andattendance in order that education may be conductedin an atmosphere free of disruption and threat topersons or property, and supportive of individualrights.2. The School Board will provide opportunities for parentaland community involvement in each school.3. Within one calendar month of the opening of school,the School Board must, simultaneously with anyother materials customarily distributed at the time,send to the parents of each enrolled student:A. a notice of the requirements of the Code ofVirginia § 22.1-279.3;B. a copy of the School Board’s standards of studentconduct: andC. a notice to the parents that by signing the statementof receipt, parents shall not be deemed towaive, but to expressly reserve their rights protectedby the constitutions or laws of the UnitedStates or the Commonwealth and that a parentshall have the rights to express disagreementwith a school’s or school division’s policies ordecisions.4. Parents must sign and return a statement acknowledgingreceipt of the School Board’s standards ofstudent conduct and the notice of the requirementsof the Code of Virginia § 22.1-279.3.5. Each school must maintain records of the signedstatements. The school principal may request thatthe student’s parents meet with the principal ordesignee to review the standards of student conductand the parent’s responsibility to participate with theschool in disciplining the student and maintainingorder, and to discuss improving the student’sbehavior and educational progress.6. The school principal may notify the parent when astudent violates a School Board policy that couldresult in a suspension, whether or not theadministration has imposed such disciplinary action.The notice shall state the date and particulars of theviolation, the parents’ obligation to assist the schoolin improving the student’s behavior, and that if thestudent is suspended the parents may be required toaccompany the student to meet with school officials.7. Suspended students may not be readmitted to theregular school program until the student and parentmeet with school officials to discuss improving thestudent’s behavior, unless the principal or designeedetermined that readmission, without the parent conference,is appropriate for the student.If parents fail to comply with these requirements, theSchool Board may petition the juvenile and domesticrelations court to proceed against the parents for willfuland unreasonable refusal to participate in efforts toimprove the student’s behavior.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


52 York County School DivisionConduct Code Violations and ConsequencesIntroductionSchool officials are authorized to suspend or expel studentsfor sufficient cause. It should be understood thatthe list of offenses that follows includes only the mostcommon infractions of school and bus rules. School officialsare authorized to utilize any and all of thedisciplinary actions permitted by Virginia state law.1. School authorities are required to report any incidentswhich may “constitute a criminal offense” tothe local law enforcement agency. The followingacts must be immediately reported to the local lawenforcement agency: any illegal conduct involvingfirebombs, explosive materials or devices, or hoaxexplosive devices or chemical bombs on a schoolbus, on school property, or at a school-sponsoredactivity. In addition, school authorities must reportthreats or false threats to bomb made against schoolpersonnel or involving school property or schoolbuses.2. In accordance with the Code of Virginia § 16.1-260(G), the Department of Juvenile Justice will notify theYork County School Division when a student hasbeen charged with an offense relating to one ormore of the laws of the Commonwealth involving:A. a firearm offense;B. homicide;C. felonious assault and bodily wounding;D. criminal sexual assault;E. the manufacture, sale, gift, distribution or possessionof a Schedule I or II controlledsubstance;F. the manufacture, sale or distribution of marijuana;G. arson and related crimes;H. burglary and related offenses;I. robbery;J. prohibited street gang participation or activity; orK. the recruitment of other juveniles for criminalstreet gang activity;L. an act of violence by a mob.The term “charged” means that a petition or warranthas been filed or is pending against the student.3. In accordance with the Code of Virginia § 22.1-277.2:1, a school board may require any student whohas been (i) charged with an offense relating to theCommonwealth's laws, or with a violation of schoolboard policies, on weapons, alcohol or drugs, orintentional injury to another person, or with an offensethat is required to be disclosed to the superintendentof the school division pursuant to subsection G of§ 16.1-260; (ii) found guilty or not innocent of anoffense relating to the Commonwealth's laws on2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Codeweapons, alcohol, or drugs, or of a crime that resultedin or could have resulted in injury to others, or of anoffense that is required to be disclosed to thesuperintendent of the school division pursuant tosubsection G of § 16.1-260; (iii) found to havecommitted a serious offense or repeated offenses inviolation of school board policies; (iv) suspended; or(v) expelled, to attend an alternative educationprogram. Any such assignment shall be accomplishedin accordance with the procedures set forth inthe Code of Virginia § 22.1-277.2:1 (B).4. Teachers shall have the initial authority to remove astudent from class for disruptive behavior. Disruptivebehavior is defined as a violation of School Boardregulation governing student conduct that disrupts orobstructs the learning environment.5. Because other forms of misconduct are not listeddoes not mean they will be permitted.Consequences for Offenses1. Consequences apply to offenses occurring on anyYork County School Division property, during anyschool-sponsored activity, on any York Countyschool bus, designated school bus stops, and tostudents moving from home to a bus stop or from abus stop to home.2. Any student found in violation of the rules and regulationsas listed in the table of offenses will bedisciplined per the level of the offense as shown.The levels of consequences are defined as:Level ILevel IIConference (with student and/or parent)Intervention (disciplinary action as determinedby administrator) or Alternative toSuspension (ATS)Level III Short Term Suspension from 1 to 10school daysLevel IV Long-Term Suspension from 11 to 364days, Alternative Education Placement,or ExpulsionConsequences may also include:A. WarningB. Parent contactC. ConfiscationD. RestitutionE. DetentionF. Loss of privilege to ride a school bus or hold aparking permitG. Social probationH. Loss of privilege to participate in extracurricularactivities including academic clubs, athletics,school dances or proms


York County School Division 53I. Court referralJ. Drug screeningK. Psychological evaluation and/or counseling3. Virginia state law permits disciplinary actions includingsuspensions and expulsions.4. Certain violations may have a consequence ofplacement in alternative education and the loss ofthe privilege to attend or participate in York CountySchool Division sponsored activities including, butnot limited to: athletics, academic clubs, graduationceremonies, school dances, school proms, andafter-prom activities for 60 schools days. With analternative education program placement, the socialprobation may be more than 60 school days.5. Placement in an alternative education program shallresult in the loss of the privilege to attend or participatein York County School Division sponsoredactivities, including, but not limited to: athletics,academic clubs, school dances, school proms, andafter-prom activities during the time frame of the alternativeplacement. Students placed in alternativeeducation shall not be allowed on school property.6. In cases involving exceptional circumstances, parentsmay appeal in writing the loss of the privilege toparticipate in graduation ceremonies.7. Repeat offenders will face the possibility of otherdisciplinary actions based on their individual disciplinaryrecord.8. Students may be asked/required to participate indrug screening, psychological evaluation and/orcounseling as a consequence of a violation of theCode of Conduct.Mandatory Reporting to Law EnforcementAll criminal activity that comes to the attention of theprincipal or school staff shall be reported immediately tothe SRO or in their absence the SHERIFF. The followinglists certain incidents which school officials mustimmediately report to local law enforcement in accordancewith Virginia Code § 22.l-279.3:1 (A):1. the assault or assault and battery, without bodily injury,of any person on a school bus, on schoolproperty, or at a school-sponsored activity with middleschool aged children and above;2. the assault and battery that results in bodily injury,sexual assault, death, shooting, stabbing, cutting, orwounding of any person, or stalking of any personas described in Virginia Code § 18.2-60.3, on aschool bus, on school property, or at a schoolsponsoredactivity;3. any conduct involving alcohol, marijuana, syntheticcannabinoids as defined in Section 18.2-248.1:1, acontrolled substance, imitation controlled substance,or an anabolic steroid on a school bus, on schoolproperty, or at a school-sponsored activity, includingthe theft or attempted theft of student prescriptionmedications;4. any threats against school personnel while on aschool bus, on school property or at a schoolsponsoredactivity;5. the assault or assault and battery of any school personnelwhile on a school bus, on school property orat a school-sponsored activity;6. the illegal carrying of a firearm, as defined in VirginiaCode § 22.1-277.07, onto school property;7. any illegal conduct involving firebombs, explosivematerials or devices, or hoax explosive devices, asdefined in Virginia Code § 18.2-85, or explosive orincendiary devices, as defined in Virginia Code§ 18.2-433.1, or chemical bombs, as described inVirginia Code § 18.2-87.1, on a school bus, onschool property, or at a school-sponsored activity;8. any threats or false threats to bomb, as described inVirginia Code § 18.2-83, made against school personnelor involving school property or school buses;or the arrest of any student for an incident occurringon a school bus, on school property, or at a schoolsponsoredactivity, including the charge therefor.The School Resource Officer (SRO) is a sworn York-Poquoson Deputy Sheriff assigned to provide the lawenforcement expertise and resources to assist schoolstaff(s) in maintaining safety, order and discipline withinthe assigned school. The SRO will be considered an activemember of the administrative team in his/herassigned school.Expulsion of Students under Certain CircumstancesIn compliance with the federal Improving America'sSchools Act of 1994 (Part F - Gun-Free Schools Act of1994), a school board shall expel from school attendancefor a period of not less than one year any studentwhom such school board has determined, in accordancewith the procedures set forth in this article, to have possesseda firearm on school property, or in vehicles onschool property, or at school activities as prohibited by§ 18.2-308.1 of the Code of Virginia; to have possesseda firearm or destructive device as defined in subsectionE of the Code of Virginia, a firearm muffler or firearm silencer,or a pneumatic gun as defined in subsection E of§ 15.2-915.4 of the Code of Virginia on school property,or in vehicles on school property, or at school activities.A school administrator, pursuant to school board policy,or a school board may, however, determine, based onthe facts of a particular situation, that special circumstancesexist and no disciplinary action or anotherdisciplinary action or another term of expulsion is appropriate.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


54 York County School DivisionTable of Offenses and Range of ConsequencesViolations of rules must be followed by consequences.IntroductionThe York County School Division believes in a preventive approach to improper behavior.Students, staff and parents are encouraged to share in the responsibility for a safe and orderly school environment. Informationabout drugs, weapons, bullying and cyber bullying behaviors or other factors which may be harmful to the schoolenvironment should be reported. Reports may be made to a teacher, to a school administrator or to other staff. Anonymousreports may also be made by placing a call to the Division’s Hotline at 890-1096. Students should also immediatelycontact an administrator, teacher or counselor if they have been the victim of discrimination, harassment, or other violationsof the Code of Conduct. Any retaliation for the reporting of Conduct Code violations shall be addressed byappropriate disciplinary measures.If a student discovers something in his or her possession which is not permitted at school, that student should immediatelyreport it to an administrator or other staff. Staff responsible for initiating follow-up action shall take into account that thestudent voluntarily brought the matter to the attention of staff.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


York County School Division 55Table of Offenses and Range of ConsequencesTable of Offenses and Range of ConsequencesRange ofConsequencesOffenses Grade Min Max1. Alcohol – Use, Possession, and/or Sale/DistributionViolating laws or ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation,possession, or consumption of intoxicating alcoholic beverages or substances representedas alcohol is forbidden. Students are forbidden to be under the influence of, to distribute, attemptto or conspire to distribute, to sell alcoholic beverages, or have such items on schoolproperty, in vehicles on school property, or at school activities. A consequence for the violationof this offense shall be the loss of the privilege to participate in extracurricular activities,including academic clubs, athletics, school dances or proms for 60 school days. With an alternativeeducation program placement, the social probation may be more than 60 schooldays.AC1Alcohol Use*K-12IIIIIIAC2Alcohol Possession*K-12IIIIIIAC3Alcohol Sale or Distribution*2. ArsonUnlawfully and intentionally damaging or attempting to damage any school or personalproperty by fire or incendiary device is forbidden. Students who are found responsiblefor this offense shall be held liable for the cost of the damages.K-12IVIVAS1Arson: Actual*K-12IIIIVAS2Arson: Attempted*K-12IIIIVAS3Lighted Firecrackers, Cherry Bombs or Stink-bombs that Contribute to aDamaging Fire*3. Assault/Battery on Students or StaffIntentional verbal or physical abuse by a student on another student or on staff is forbidden.Intentional physical abuse by a student on another student or on staff that involves afirearm, knife, stun weapon, laser and/or other devices constructed for the purpose of beingused as a weapon, including self-defense weapons such as mace, pepper spray, etc.,is also forbidden. Exceptions may result when the evidence clearly supports that a studentis assaulted and then acted solely in self-defense after having made previous efforts toavoid such confrontations and/or reporting concerns to teaching or administrative staff.K-12IIIIVBA1Assault/Battery with a Firearm or Other Weapon Against Staff*K-12IVIVBA2Assault/Battery with No Firearm or Other Weapon Against Staff*K-12IIIIVBA3Assault/Battery with a Firearm or Other Weapon Against Student*K-12IVIVBA4Assault/Battery with No Firearm or Other Weapon Against Student**K-12IIIIVBA5Assault/Battery – Malicious Wounding Without a Weapon*K-12IVIVLevel ILevel IILevel IIILevel IVConference (with student and/or parent)Intervention (disciplinary action as determined by administrator) or Alternative to Suspension (ATS)Short Term Suspension from 1 to 10 school daysLong Term Suspension from 11 to 364 days, Alternative Educational Placement or Expulsion* The Code of Virginia § 22.1-279.3:1D and/or the York County School Division require principals to report violations of this offense to law enforcement.**Middle and High Schools: violations of this offense will be reported to law enforcement.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


56 York County School DivisionTable of Offenses and Range of ConsequencesRange ofConsequencesOffenses Grade Min Max4. Attendance – Tardiness, Truancy and/or Failure to Report to ClassViolating state, school division or school policy relating to attendance is forbidden. The failureto attend school without a legitimate excuse (e.g., illness, doctor appointment, funeral inthe immediate family, administrative approval) or the failure to report to class on time or for aportion of the day without a legitimate excuse is forbidden.A1TAttendanceK-12IIIATO02Class CuttingK-12IIIATO03TruancyK-12IIIATO04Brought to School by PoliceK-12IIIATO05Leaving School Grounds without Permission5. Bullying and Cyber BullyingUsing repeated negative behaviors intending to frighten or cause harm and targeting aspecific victim is forbidden. Bullying may occur when there is an unfair match between thestudents and may include, but is not limited to, physical intimidation, taunting, name calling,insults, falsifying statements about other persons and/or comments regarding therace, gender, religion, physical abilities or characteristics of associates of the targetedperson. Cyber bullying is defined as using information and communication technologiessuch as cell phone text messages and pictures, email, social networking web sites, defamatorypersonal web sites, and defamatory online personal polling web sites to supportdeliberate, hostile behavior intended to harm others.K-12IIICyber bullying which occurs off school grounds and or does not involve the use of theYork County School Division network or computers may result in disciplinary actions if itcauses a substantial disruption to the operation of a school or the School Division, if itthreatens the safety and mental or physical well-being of students or staff, or if it threatensthe safety of school buildings or school property.Students and parents are encouraged to report incidents of bullying or cyber bullying toteachers or school administrators. Anonymous reports may also be made by placing acall to the Division’s Hotline at 890-1096.BU1BullyingK-12IIVBU2Cyber Bullying*6. BurglaryUnlawfully entering or attempting to enter a building or other structure with intent tocommit a crime is forbidden.K-12IIVBK1Burglary: Actual*K-12IIIIVBK2Burglary: Attempted*K-12IIVLevel ILevel IILevel IIILevel IVConference (with student and/or parent)Intervention (disciplinary action as determined by administrator) or Alternative to Suspension (ATS)Short Term Suspension from 1 to 10 school daysLong Term Suspension from 11 to 364 days, Alternative Educational Placement or Expulsion* The Code of Virginia § 22.1-279.3:1D and/or the York County School Division require principals to report violations of this offense to law enforcement.**Middle and High Schools: violations of this offense will be reported to law enforcement.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


York County School Division 57Table of Offenses and Range of ConsequencesRange ofConsequencesOffenses Grade Min Max7. Disorderly Conduct/InsubordinationUnwillingness to submit to authority or refusal to respond to a reasonable request is forbidden.Any act that intentionally disrupts the orderly conduct of a school function isalso forbidden. Students are required to obey school rules and submit in a respectfulmanner to the authority and directions of teachers and other school personnel. No studentmay assist another student in the breaking of a school rule. The followingbehaviors that substantially disrupt the orderly learning environment are considered tobe disorderly conduct.a) Cursing or using offensive language, including remarks intended to demean a person’s race,religion, sex, national origin, disabling condition or intellectual ability. This includes actions ordisplays of an obscene nature, the wearing of clothing or adornments which themselves conveysexually suggestive messages, or any materials that are obscene or sexually suggestive.Cursing or violent abusive language that provides a breach of the peace is considered a Class3 misdemeanor (Code of Virginia § 18.2-416).b) Students shall not engage in conduct that is or is intended to be disruptive of any school activity,function or process of the school, is dangerous to the health or safety of students or others,or results in destruction of property. Noise, activity or possession of items including, but notlimited to: toys, laser pointers, stink bombs, skateboards, radios, beepers, and unauthorizedphotographs and video recordings which disrupt the peaceful and normal operation of theschool and/or which threaten the student’s own safety or the safety and activities of others isforbidden. Violations may be cited for actions in any part of the building, on school grounds, onthe school bus or at other school activities.c) To avoid disruption of the instructional process, students shall not display, use, or activateportable communication devices during the instructional day, during after-school activities oron the school bus. The instructional day is to include, but is not limited to, lunch breaks, classchanges and other structured instructional activities that occur during the normal school day.Students must ensure that such devices are turned off and out of sight during the instructionalday, during after-school activities and on the school bus. Note: Certain instructional activitiessupported by portable communication devices or cell phones may occur during the schoolyear. Use of such devices in opposition to the above referenced instructions will be directlysupervised by a teacher.d) Public Display of Affection (PDA) - Students may be disciplined for kissing, touching, huggingand other public displays of affection.D1CDisrespect/Walking AwayK-12IIVD2CDefiance/Refuses RequestK-12IIVD3CDisruptive DemonstrationsK-12IIVD4CPossession of Obscene or Disruptive LiteratureK-12IIVD5CClassroom or Campus DisruptionK-12IIVD6CUsing Obscene or Inappropriate Language or GesturesK-12IIVD8CMinor InsubordinationK-12IIVLevel ILevel IILevel IIILevel IVConference (with student and/or parent)Intervention (disciplinary action as determined by administrator) or Alternative to Suspension (ATS)Short Term Suspension from 1 to 10 school daysLong Term Suspension from 11 to 364 days, Alternative Educational Placement or Expulsion* The Code of Virginia § 22.1-279.3:1D and/or the York County School Division require principals to report violations of this offense to law enforcement.**Middle and High Schools: violations of this offense will be reported to law enforcement.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


58 York County School Division8. Drug ViolationsStudents are forbidden to:Table of Offenses and Range of ConsequencesRange ofConsequencesOffenses Grade Min Maxa) be under the influence of, or have on school property, or in vehicles on school property, or atschool activities, illegal drugs, synthetics, or paraphernalia including anabolic steroids.b) use and/or distribute prescription drugs in a non-prescribed manner.c) unlawfully use, distribute, sell, solicit, purchase, possess, transport, or import over-the-countermedication.d) distribute, possess and/or be under the influence of, or have on school property, or in vehicleson school property, or at school activities, inhalants or noxious chemicals.e) distribute, attempt or conspire to distribute or to sell illegal drugs, synthetics or controlled substances.A consequence for the violation of this offense shall be the loss of the privilege to participatein extracurricular activities, including academic clubs, athletics, school dances orproms for 60 school days. With an alternative education program placement, the socialprobation may be more than 60 school days.D4GD5GD6GD10D11D12D15D16D17D19D20DG1DG2DG3DG5DG6DG7DG8DG9DR3Over the Counter Medicine UseOver the Counter Medicine PossessionOver the Counter Medicine Sale or DistributionOther Drug Use/Overdose*Other Drug or Paraphernalia Possession*Other Drug Sale or Distribution*Possession of InhalantsUse of InhalantsUse or Possession of Substances Represented as Drugs (Look-alikes)*Anabolic Steroid Sale or Distribution*Anabolic Steroid Use or Possession*Schedule I & II Drug Use*Schedule I & II Drug Possession*Schedule I & II Drug Sale or Distribution*Synthetic Marijuana Use or Possession*Synthetic Marijuana Sale or Distribution*Marijuana Use*Marijuana Possession*Marijuana Sale or Distribution*Attempted Theft or Theft of Prescription Medication*K-12K-12K-12K-12K-12K-12K-12K-12K-12K-12K-12K-12K-12K-12K-12K-12K-12K-12K-12K-12IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIVIVIVIVIVIVIVIVIVIVIVIVIVIVIVIVIVIVIVIVLevel ILevel IILevel IIILevel IVConference (with student and/or parent)Intervention (disciplinary action as determined by administrator) or Alternative to Suspension (ATS)Short Term Suspension from 1 to 10 school daysLong Term Suspension from 11 to 364 days, Alternative Educational Placement or Expulsion* The Code of Virginia § 22.1-279.3:1D and/or the York County School Division require principals to report violations of this offense to law enforcement.**Middle and High Schools: violations of this offense will be reported to law enforcement.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


York County School Division 59Table of Offenses and Range of ConsequencesRange ofConsequencesOffenses Grade Min Max9. Electronic DevicesThe use of electronic devices that are deemed inappropriate in an educational setting isforbidden.C1MBeepersK-12IIIC2MCellular TelephonesK-12IIIC3MElectronic Devices10. ExtortionExtortion is defined as unlawfully obtaining or attempting to obtain something of valuefrom another by compelling the other person to deliver it by the threat or eventual physicalinjury or other harm to that person or person’s property. The use of threats, physicalforce or weapons for the purpose of obtaining money or possessions is forbidden.K-12IIIET1Extortion: ActualK-56-12IIIIIVIVET2Extortion: Attempted11. Fighting/ConflictMutual participation in a fight involving physical violence where there are no or minorinjuries or a confrontation, tussle or verbal/physical aggression that does not result in injuryis forbidden. Any fight involving the following circumstances is forbidden:K-56-12IIIIIVIVa) two or more individuals in which no individual sustains serious injury (e.g., scrapes, minorbruising).b) two or more individuals in which one or more individuals sustains an injury requiring immediate,professional medical attention (e.g., bullet or stab wound, fractured bones, concussion,cuts requiring stitching, profuse bleeding, etc.).Engaging in a physical fight, regardless of which participant is the aggressor, is definedas fighting. This includes luring others to a fight, instigating a fight, encouraging othersto fight and/or cheering on a fight.Exceptions may result when the evidence clearly supports that a student is assaultedand then acted solely in self-defense after having made previous efforts to avoid suchconfrontations and/or reporting concerns to teaching or administrative staff.FA2Fighting with No or Minor InjuryK-56-12IIIIIVIVF1TAltercation or Confrontation with No InjuryK-56-12IIIIIVIVLevel ILevel IILevel IIILevel IVConference (with student and/or parent)Intervention (disciplinary action as determined by administrator) or Alternative to Suspension (ATS)Short Term Suspension from 1 to 10 school daysLong Term Suspension from 11 to 364 days, Alternative Educational Placement or Expulsion* The Code of Virginia § 22.1-279.3:1D and/or the York County School Division require principals to report violations of this offense to law enforcement.**Middle and High Schools: violations of this offense will be reported to law enforcement.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


60 York County School DivisionTable of Offenses and Range of ConsequencesRange ofConsequencesOffenses Grade Min Max12. GamblingMaking, placing, or receiving any bet or wager of money or other thing of value dependentupon the result of the game, contest, or any other event with uncertain outcome isforbidden.G1B Gambling K-12 I III13. Gang ActivityA street gang is defined as any ongoing organization, association, or group of three ormore persons, whether formal or informal, that has as one of its primary objectives oractivities to commit one or more criminal or non-criminal gang activities. This includesarticles of clothing that symbolize association, rituals, or activities identified by groups ofstudents (Code of Virginia § 18.2-46.1-3). Gang-related activity will not be tolerated.Symbols of gang membership are expressly prohibited (i.e., clothing that symbolizesassociation, hand gestures or signs, graffiti, rituals associated with, or activities by anidentified group of students).GA1 Gang Activity K-12 I IV14. HarassmentRepeatedly annoying or attacking a student or a group of students or staff which createsan intimidating or hostile educational or work environment is forbidden.HR1 Harassment K-12 I IV15. HazingCommitting an act or acts against a student or coercing a student to commit an act thatcreates risk of harm to a person in order to be initiated into groups such as, but not limitedto, student organizations, athletic teams or classes is forbidden. Hazing is a Class 1misdemeanor (Code of Virginia § 18.2-56).H1Z Hazing K-12 I III16. HomicideCausing the death of a student or staff member from the use of a firearm or other weaponis forbidden.HO1Homicide Against Staff with a Firearm*K-12IVIVHO2Homicide Against a Student with a Firearm*K-12IVIVHO3Homicide Against Staff with Other Weapon*K-12IVIVHO4Homicide Against a Student with Other Weapon*K-12IVIVLevel ILevel IILevel IIILevel IVConference (with student and/or parent)Intervention (disciplinary action as determined by administrator) or Alternative to Suspension (ATS)Short Term Suspension from 1 to 10 school daysLong Term Suspension from 11 to 364 days, Alternative Educational Placement or Expulsion* The Code of Virginia § 22.1-279.3:1D and/or the York County School Division require principals to report violations of this offense to law enforcement.**Middle and High Schools: violations of this offense will be reported to law enforcement.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


York County School Division 61Table of Offenses and Range of ConsequencesRange ofConsequencesOffenses Grade Min Max17. Inciting a RiotUnlawful use of force or violence that seriously jeopardizes the public safety, peace ororder is forbidden. Intentionally making derogatory comments and/or racial or ethnicslurs is also forbidden. Actions, comments or written messages intended to cause othersto fight or which may result in a fight is forbidden. This includes luring others to afight, encouraging others to fight and/or cheering on a fight. Three or more people actingtogether can be considered as inciting a riot.RG1Inciting a RiotK-12IIVRG2Attempting to Incite a Riot18. KidnappingUnlawfully seizing, transporting, and/or detaining a person against his/her will, or a minorwithout the consent of his/her custodial parent(s) or legal guardian is forbidden. Thisincludes hostage taking.K-12IIVKI1 Kidnapping K-12 IV IV19. Other ViolationsConduct that is inappropriate for school, including but not limited to the following, is forbidden.a) Cheating - includes the actual giving or receiving of any unauthorized aid or assistance or the actual givingor receiving of unfair advantage on any form of academic work.b) Plagiarism - includes the copying of the language, structure, ideas and/or thoughts of another and representingit as one’s own original work.c) Falsification - includes the verbal or written statement of any untruth and/or the misrepresentation of person,official record or other document.d) Promotion of alcohol or other illegal substances – includes the promotion or display of the use of alcoholand/or other illegal substances through, but not limited to, clothing, jewelry, pictures, buttons, bumperstickers or other paraphernalia.e) Unauthorized sale, purchase or distribution of items – includes attempting to sell, purchase or distributeanything which is against school rules or not authorized by school personnel.f) Violation of the law/criminal charges – includes conduct which is a violation of the law on or off schoolgrounds will be a violation of the law on school grounds. An additional consequence for the violation of thisoffense will be the loss of the privilege to participate in extracurricular activities, including academic clubs,athletics, school dances or proms for 60 school days. With an alternative education program placement,the social probation may be more than 60 school days.g) Repeated violations and other conduct – includes continual violations of the Conduct Code. In addition tothese specific standards, students shall not engage in any conduct which materially and substantially disruptsthe ongoing educational process or which is otherwise in violation of federal, state or local law.S1VS2VS3VInappropriate Personal Property (i.e., dress code violation or possession of other items not appropriatefor the school environment)Misrepresentation (i.e., lying, cheating, plagiarism and/or falsification)Other School Code of Conduct Violation Not Otherwise Included (i.e., promotion of alcohol orother illegal substances; unauthorized sale, purchase or distribution of items; violation of thelaw/criminal charges; and repeated violations and other conduct)K-56-12K-56-12K-56-12IIIIIIIIIVIIIIVIIIIVIIIIVLevel ILevel IILevel IIILevel IVConference (with student and/or parent)Intervention (disciplinary action as determined by administrator) or Alternative to Suspension (ATS)Short Term Suspension from 1 to 10 school daysLong Term Suspension from 11 to 364 days, Alternative Educational Placement or Expulsion* The Code of Virginia § 22.1-279.3:1D and/or the York County School Division require principals to report violations of this offense to law enforcement.**Middle and High Schools: violations of this offense will be reported to law enforcement.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


62 York County School DivisionTable of Offenses and Range of ConsequencesRange ofConsequencesOffenses Grade Min Max20. RobberyTaking, or attempting to take, anything of value owned by another person or organizationunder confrontational circumstances by force or threat of force or violence and/orputting the victim in fear is forbidden.RB1Robbery: Actual*K-12IIIIVRB2Robbery: Attempted*21. School ThreatExpression of the intention to inflict misfortune, danger or harm upon persons or propertyvia a bomb reportedly placed on School Board property is forbidden. Summoning an ambulanceor fire-fighting apparatus or activating a manual or automatic fire alarm withoutjust cause is forbidden. Intentionally setting off or causing to be set off any apparatus capableof producing smoke or foul odor is also forbidden.K-12IIIIVBO1Bomb Threat*K-12IIIIVBO2Chemical or Biological Threat*K-12IIIIVBO3Terrorist Threat*K-12IIIIVBO4Setting off False Fire Alarm*K-12IIIIVLevel ILevel IILevel IIILevel IVConference (with student and/or parent)Intervention (disciplinary action as determined by administrator) or Alternative to Suspension (ATS)Short Term Suspension from 1 to 10 school daysLong Term Suspension from 11 to 364 days, Alternative Educational Placement or Expulsion* The Code of Virginia § 22.1-279.3:1D and/or the York County School Division require principals to report violations of this offense to law enforcement.**Middle and High Schools: violations of this offense will be reported to law enforcement.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


York County School Division 63Table of Offenses and Range of ConsequencesRange ofConsequencesOffenses Grade Min Max22. Sexual Misconduct OffensesSexual misconduct is forbidden. Sexual offenses may include but are not limited to thefollowing actions:a) Indecent Exposure - the uncovering of any personal or private area of one's body, including"mooning."b) Consensual Sex - any activities involving any act of consensual sex between two persons onSchool Board property.c) Sexual Harassment - unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other physicalor verbal conduct or communication of a sexual nature, including gender-basedharassment. Sexual harassment shall be understood to be: any action or statement which createsan intimidating, hostile or offensive school environment (i.e, exposure, gestures). Allcomplaints of sexual harassment by a student, whether the alleged perpetrator is another studentor an adult, will be handled in accordance with the School Board’s Procedure for StudentComplaints of Sexual Harassment or Other Types of Discrimination.d) Sexual Battery - any unwanted touching of a person’s intimate areas or clothing covering suchareas. Sexual battery includes, but is not limited to, an offensive or intentional threat, intimidation,deception or physical helplessness of sexual abuse.e) Forcible Assault – penetration without consent.f) Improper physical contact – any unwanted touching that is offensive, undesirable, and/or unwanted.SB1Sexual Battery against Staff*K-56-12IIIIIVIVSB2Sexual Battery against a Student*K-56-12IIIIIVIVSX0Sexual HarassmentK-12IIVSX1Offensive Sexual Touching against StaffK-56-12IIIIIVIVSX2Offensive Sexual Touching against a StudentK-56-12IIIVIVIVSX3Forcible Sexual Assault against Staff*K-12IVIVSX4Forcible Sexual Assault against a Student*K-12IVIVSX5Attempted Forcible Sexual Assault against Staff*K-12IVIVSX6Attempted Forcible Sexual Assault against a Student*K-12IVIVSX7Sexual Offense without Force*K-56-12IIIIIVIVSX8Aggravated Sexual Battery of a victim less than 13 years of age*K-12IVIVLevel ILevel IILevel IIILevel IVConference (with student and/or parent)Intervention (disciplinary action as determined by administrator) or Alternative to Suspension (ATS)Short Term Suspension from 1 to 10 school daysLong Term Suspension from 11 to 364 days, Alternative Educational Placement or Expulsion* The Code of Virginia § 22.1-279.3:1D and/or the York County School Division require principals to report violations of this offense to law enforcement.**Middle and High Schools: violations of this offense will be reported to law enforcement.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


64 York County School DivisionTable of Offenses and Range of ConsequencesRange ofConsequencesOffenses Grade Min Max23. StalkingEngaging in conduct directed at another person with the intent to place that person inreasonable fear of death, criminal sexual assault, or bodily injury is forbidden.ST1 Stalking* K-12 III IV24. Technology Use ViolationsThe York County School Division provides access to an extensive array of LAN/WANand web-based services and applications. Use of all of these services is a privilege nota right. Students will be held accountable for misuse or abuse of division hardware,software, and network or Internet services. Students who are found responsible for lost,stolen, or damaged equipment due to misconduct or negligence shall be held liable forthe cost of replacement of the lost, stolen, or damaged equipment. Violations include,but are not limited to:a) Unauthorized use of, revealing, sharing or transferring any user password.b) Uploading or downloading unauthorized files including but not limited to: any instant messengersoftware and companion files, MP3 or other audio files, any video clips, files or full-lengthmovies not approved for instructional use by a teacher.c) Accessing files using division hardware or network resources without a signed Network Services/InternetAcceptable Use Policy.d) Intentionally altering or damaging files, applications or standard hardware or network configurationsettings.e) Intentionally introducing viruses or other destructive executables to computer or network resources.f) Unauthorized use of portable communication and/or privately owned electronic devices.T1CUnauthorized Use of Technology or InformationK-12IIVT2CCausing or Attempting to Cause Damage to Computer Hardware, Software or FilesK-12IIVT3CViolations of Acceptable Usage PolicyK-12IIVT4CViolations of Internet PolicyK-12IIVLevel ILevel IILevel IIILevel IVConference (with student and/or parent)Intervention (disciplinary action as determined by administrator) or Alternative to Suspension (ATS)Short Term Suspension from 1 to 10 school daysLong Term Suspension from 11 to 364 days, Alternative Educational Placement or Expulsion* The Code of Virginia § 22.1-279.3:1D and/or the York County School Division require principals to report violations of this offense to law enforcement.**Middle and High Schools: violations of this offense will be reported to law enforcement.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


York County School Division 65Table of Offenses and Range of ConsequencesRange ofConsequencesOffenses Grade Min Max25. TheftThe taking of the property of others without permission is forbidden. (This violation maybe reported to law enforcement.)TF1Theft of School PropertyK-56-12IIIIVIVTF2Theft of Staff PropertyK-56-12IIIIVIVTF3Theft of Student PropertyK-56-12IIIIVIVTF4Possession of Stolen PropertyK-56-12IIIIVIVTF6Theft or Attempted Theft of a Motor Vehicle26. Threats Against Students and StaffUnlawfully placing a staff member or student in fear of bodily harm through physical,verbal, written or electronic threats which immediately creates fear of harm without displayinga weapon or subjecting the person to actual physical attack is forbidden.K-12IIIIVTI1Threats Against Staff*K-56-12IIIIIVIVTI2Threats Against a Student (This violation may be reported to law enforcement.)27. Tobacco OffensesStudents are forbidden to use, distribute or sell tobacco products, including smokelesstobacco, or have on school property, in vehicles on school property, at school activities,or on school transportation. The promotion or display of the use of tobacco and/or otherillegal substances on clothing, jewelry, pictures, buttons, bumper stickers or other itemsis also forbidden.K-56-12IIIIIVIVTC1Tobacco UseK-12IIIIITC2Tobacco PossessionK-12IIIIITC3Tobacco Sales or DistributionK-12IIIIIT4BTobacco Paraphernalia28. TrespassingEntering or remaining on a public school campus or school board facility without authorizationor invitation and with no lawful purpose for entry, including students undersuspension or expulsion and unauthorized persons who enter or remain on a campus orschool board facility after being directed to leave is forbidden.K-12IIIIITR1 Trespassing K-12 I IVLevel ILevel IILevel IIILevel IVConference (with student and/or parent)Intervention (disciplinary action as determined by administrator) or Alternative to Suspension (ATS)Short Term Suspension from 1 to 10 school daysLong Term Suspension from 11 to 364 days, Alternative Educational Placement or Expulsion* The Code of Virginia § 22.1-279.3:1D and/or the York County School Division require principals to report violations of this offense to law enforcement.**Middle and High Schools: violations of this offense will be reported to law enforcement.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


66 York County School DivisionTable of Offenses and Range of ConsequencesRange ofConsequencesOffenses Grade Min Max29. VandalismDamage or destruction of school property or property of others is forbidden. This includes,but is not limited to, arson, graffiti, theft, vandalism, destruction of computerhardware, modification of installed software, modifications to the LAN/WAN networkconfigurations and/or installation of unauthorized software, including viruses. Studentswho are found responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged equipment due to misconduct ornegligence shall be held liable for the cost of replacement of the lost, stolen, or damagedequipment.VN1Vandalism of School PropertyK-12IIVVN2Vandalism of Private PropertyK-12IIVVN3GraffitiK-12IIVLevel ILevel IILevel IIILevel IVConference (with student and/or parent)Intervention (disciplinary action as determined by administrator) or Alternative to Suspension (ATS)Short Term Suspension from 1 to 10 school daysLong Term Suspension from 11 to 364 days, Alternative Educational Placement or Expulsion* The Code of Virginia § 22.1-279.3:1D and/or the York County School Division require principals to report violations of this offense to law enforcement.**Middle and High Schools: violations of this offense will be reported to law enforcement.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


York County School Division 67Table of Offenses and Range of ConsequencesRange ofConsequencesOffenses Grade Min Max30. WeaponsStudents are forbidden to have weapons or to use weapons or to use other objects as weapons on school property, invehicles on school property, or at school activities. Claims of self-defense do not constitute a valid defense for thepossession of a weapon on school property or at any school-sponsored activity. The Code of Virginia (§ 22.1-277.07)requires expulsion for not less than one year for certain students whom the School Board determines have broughtfirearms to school.Examples of weapons shall include but are not limited to the following:a) handgun or pistolb) shotgun or riflec) any item designed to expel a projectile or that may be readily converted or modified manufactured guns to expel aprojectile by the action of an explosive device.d) knife with a blade of three inches or moree) any other item that will or is designed to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive. This includes firearms notmentioned previously (operable or in-operable, loaded or unloaded) such as, but not limited to, a zip or startergun.f) any item, instrument, or object that is designed or may be readily converted to inflict harm on another person(i.e., golf club, baseball bat, chains, nunchukus, or billy club).g) pneumatic gun or rifle that is air powered (i.e., BB, paint ball, or pellet gun)h) any weapon that explodes or is designed to or may be readily converted to explodei) any weapon that is designed to explode with the use of a triggering device or by a chemical reaction that causesan explosionj) ammunitionk) look-alikesl) any substance used as a weapon to include mace, tear gas or pepper spraym) knife less than three inches, razor blades, box cutters, fireworks, firecrackers, stink bombsn) taser or stun gunW1PW2PW3PW8PW9PWP0WP1WP2WP4WP5WP6WP7WP8WP9WS1WT1Level ILevel IILevel IIILevel IVPossession of AmmunitionPossession of a Chemical SubstancePossession of a Toy or Look-alike WeaponPossession of Razor Blades, Box Cutter, or a Knife (less than three inches)Possession of Fireworks, Firecrackers, or Stink BombsPossession of a Pneumatic Weapon*Possession of a Handgun or Pistol*Possession of a Shotgun or Rifle*Possession of Any Weapon that Expels a Projectile*Possession of a Knife (three inches or more)*Possession of an Explosive Device*Use of a Bomb or Explosive Device*Possession of Other Firearms*Possession of Other Weapons*Possession of a Stun Gun*Possession of a Taser Gun*Conference (with student and/or parent)Intervention (disciplinary action as determined by administrator) or Alternative to Suspension (ATS)Short Term Suspension from 1 to 10 school daysLong Term Suspension from 11 to 364 days, Alternative Educational Placement or Expulsion* The Code of Virginia § 22.1-279.3:1D and/or the York County School Division require principals to report violations of this offense to law enforcement.**Middle and High Schools: violations of this offense will be reported to law enforcement.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct CodeK-56-12K-12K-56-12K-56-12K-56-12K-12K-12K-12K-12K-12K-12K-12K-12K-12K-12K-12IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIVIVIVIVIVIVIVIVIVIVIVIVIVIVIVIVIVIVIVIVIVIVIVIVIVIVIVIVIVIVIV


68 York County School DivisionProcedures for Dealing with Violationsand Right of AppealProcedures for Dealing with Violations and Right of AppealFair rules should not be unfairly enforced and must be enforcedin accordance with existing laws and regulations.Due ProcessNo student may be punished for alleged misconduct withoutdue process.A student is entitled to an oral or written notice of thecharges, an explanation of the evidence and an opportunityto present his/her side of the story.DispositionsStudent Conference: The first line of discipline is withthe classroom teacher. Formal and informal conferencesare held between the student and teacher. If problemsbecome more serious, the administrator will hold a conferencewith the student in an attempt to improvebehavior. Many times the student’s counselor will alsobe included in the conference. Where appropriate, thestudent may be given a warning that a particular behavioris unacceptable and that repetition of such behaviorcould result in more severe consequences. Parents willnot necessarily be contacted before administrators discussan incident with students who are involved or whoare witnesses.Parent Contact: The most effective person in dealingwith student discipline problems is the parent. Teachers,counselors and administrators will contact parents byphone or letter in an effort to keep parents informed ofstudent conduct.School Conference with Parent/Guardian: Parentsare encouraged to set up an appointment with anyteacher, counselor or administrator to discuss their son’sor daughter’s progress or problems. In a time of suspension,a parent may be asked to come to school to reinstatethe student.Confiscation: Any student’s property which disrupts thelearning environment will be removed from that student’spossession.Restitution: The replacement of or payment for propertylost, damaged, destroyed or stolen will be required.The Code of Virginia § 22.1-280.4 provides that a SchoolBoard may take action against a pupil or the pupil’s parent(s)for any actual loss, breakage, destruction or failureto return property.Detention: Detention requires a student to spend additionaltime at school or denies a student access to a classor activity. This is a method of discipline that may be employedby any teacher or administrator to keep a studentbeyond school hours in the hope of correcting inappropriatebehavior. Parents/guardians must be notified, anddetention generally should not exceed two hours. Studentsmay be assigned a detention on Saturdays for amaximum of four (4) hours.Searches and Seizures: Lockers and other storagefacilities are the property of the School Board and arelent to the student for his/her use during school hours.School officials have the authority to open and inspectany and all storage spaces.School officials also have the right to search any studentand/or a student’s personal effects (e.g., purse, book bag)when there is reasonable suspicion to believe that thestudent possesses an item which violates the law, schoolpolicies and regulations, or which may be harmful to theschool or its students. Such searches will be conductedby the administration with another person present. In noevent will strip-searches of students be conducted.The school administration has the authority to conductroutine patrols of student parking lots. Automobiles onschool property are subject to search whenever a schooladministrator has reasonable suspicion to believe thatillegal or unauthorized materials are contained in or onan automobile.Random searches may be conducted on school propertyusing metal detectors or dogs capable of detectingdrugs, bombs and firearms. These searches may beconducted by school administrators or by law enforcementofficers in coordination with school administrators.Canines shall not be used to search students.Weapons of any nature on school property or at schoolfunctions are prohibited by policy and state law. Theschool administration has the authority to use stationaryor mobile metal detectors to ensure that weapons andother dangerous objects are not brought onto schoolproperty or to school-sponsored functions.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


York County School Division 69School authorities may seize any illegal, unauthorized orcontraband items or materials discovered on schoolgrounds. Illegal or contraband materials shall be turnedover to the proper legal authorities for ultimate disposal.Interrogations: Law enforcement officials will be permittedto question students while they are under the authorityof the school. The following provisions will be met:1. In most cases, the student’s parent or guardian willbe called and be present if the parent or guardiandesires; in case the parent cannot be contacted, aprobation officer of the juvenile court solicited by thelaw enforcement official or a school administrator willbe present;2. The interrogation will take place in a school with aschool administrator present;3. Information derived from questioning will be kept instrict confidence by school officials unless legal procedureswill require otherwise.Students are not to be released into the custody of otherswithout establishing the fact that the personassuming custody is the parent or legal guardian or aperson designated by same. Students will not be releasedinto the custody of legal officers unless the officerpresents proper identification.Loss of Privilege to Ride a School Bus: This is amethod of discipline which may be employed by an administratorin the hope of correcting inappropriatebehavior on the school bus.Parents must be notified when their child will not be permittedto ride the bus. If bus privileges are denied, parentsare responsible for providing transportation to andfrom school.Court Referral: Warrants or petitions will be filed forunlawful conduct. In case of a drug offense, assault orother violation of the Code of Virginia, a student may betaken to court. The plaintiff may be either the school orthe victim.Social Probation and Loss of Privilege to Participatein Academic Clubs or Athletics: This is a method ofdiscipline employed by administrators as a consequencefor inappropriate behavior and for Level II, III or IV violationsof the conduct code. Length of exclusion fromextracurricular activities, including academic clubs,graduation activities or athletic participation, may extendto the end of the academic year.SuspensionShort-Term Suspension of Students: A short-termsuspension is any disciplinary action whereby a studentis not permitted to attend school for a period not to exceed10 days of school.Long-Term Suspension of Students: A long-term suspensionis any disciplinary action whereby a student isnot permitted to attend school for more than 10 schooldays but less than 365 calendar days.Students with disabilities may be suspended for a maximumof 10 days in accordance with state and federalregulations. Short-term suspension does not constitute achange in placement.A student under suspension is not to enter onto any YorkCounty School Division property or bus in York Countynor is he/she to participate in or attend any school-sponsoredactivity in which a York County school is involved.To do so is considered trespassing.A suspension is considered an unexcused absence. Studentsare not allowed to make-up any daily work orquizzes missed during unexcused absences or unexcusedtardies. However, credit shall be given forextended assignments with a due date that occurs duringan unexcused absence. Extended assignmentsinclude, but are not limited to, research papers, essays,book reports, projects, tests and semester exams.Due Process - Suspensions1. Student’s Right to a Hearing:The principal or designee shall meet with the studentfor the purpose of:a) Presenting oral or written notice of the charges,b) Giving an explanation of the evidence, andc) Giving the student an opportunity to presenthis/her side of the story.If it is determined that the student is responsible fora violation of school rules, the student may be suspendedfor no more than 10 consecutive schooldays.2. Parent/Guardian Conference:When a student is suspended, the principal or designeewill make multiple efforts to contact andinform the parent or guardian by phone or by email.Parents and guardians are asked to ensure that contactinformation is correct.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


70 York County School DivisionIn addition, within one school day, the principal ordesignee will send a notice to the parent/guardiancontaining the following information:a) A statement of the facts leading to the decisionto suspend.b) The date and time when the student will be allowedto return to school.c) A statement of the parent’s or student’s right tohave access to the student’s records.The parent/guardian is required to respond to anyrequest from school officials to attend a conferenceregarding their behavior.3. Parent/Guardian Right of Appeal:A review of a less than 10-day suspension may berequested of the principal within 5 days of the incident.The decision of the principal may be appealedto the superintendent or his designee within 5 daysof the principal’s decision. The decision of the superintendentor his designee is final.A review of a 10-day or more suspension may berequested of the Superintendent or his designeewithin 5 days of the incident. Thereafter, the decisionof the Superintendent or his designee may be appealedfurther to the School Board within 5 days ofreceipt of the Superintendent's decision. The Boardhas the ability to increase or decrease the consequence.ExpulsionAn expulsion is any disciplinary action imposed by theSchool Board whereby a student is not permitted to attendschool within the school division and is ineligible forreadmission for 365 calendar days after the date of theexpulsion.A student with a disability may be recommended for expulsiononly after an IEP committee has determinedwhether or not a causal relationship exists between thedisabling condition and the misconduct.Due Process - ExpulsionsHearing:1. Expulsion requires a formal hearing before membersof the School Board.2. Parent/Guardian must receive written notice that arecommendation for expulsion has been made regardinga student. An administrative hearing will beheld by the Superintendent or his designee prior tothe recommendation for expulsion being forwardedto the School Board for formal action. Parent/Guardian must receive written notice that the SchoolBoard will thereafter consider expulsion. This noticewill include the date, time, place of the hearing andthe specific charges.3. The student and his/her parent/guardian (or a legalrepresentative) has the right to call witnesses, questionschool officials, and present information onbehalf of the student.4. Administrative Review:A review of a 10-day or more suspension may beconducted by the Division Superintendent or hisdesignee to further assess the recommendationsmade by school administration regarding thestudent. Thereafter, any recommendation for expulsionshall be forwarded to the School Board inaccordance with the policies contained herein.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


York County School Division 71FormsAnimal DissectionIn compliance with state law, the York County SchoolDivision offers students alternatives to animal dissectionin relevant course work if their parents choose to optthem out of the animal dissection portions of a particularcourse. Dissection is defined as “the manipulation ofproperly preserved animals or animal parts for scientificstudy, which includes incising and may be followed byinspecting, touching, handling, and mounting.”Alternatives to animal dissection may include, but arenot limited to: computer programs, Internet simulations,plastic models, videotapes, digital videodiscs, andcharts. Alternatives to animal dissection techniques areavailable in biological science classes that incorporatedissection exercises. Alternative to dissection techniquesare designed to provide the student, through meansother than dissection, with knowledge similar to thatexpected to be gained by other students in the coursewho perform, participate in, or observe the dissection.Opt out forms are available from science teachers.Family Life EducationThe instructional program of the York County SchoolDivision includes a Family Life Education curriculum ingrades kindergarten through 12. Parents/guardians areurged to become familiar with its contents. Currentthemes include child abuse, family and communityrelationships, human sexuality, human growth anddevelopment, human reproduction, sexually transmitteddiseases, substance abuse, positive self-concept,communication skills, decision-making skills and peerrelationships. Each school provides orientation duringthe first two weeks of the school year. Throughout theyear parents/guardians may continue to review printedand audiovisual materials of the Family Life Educationprogram at the York County Public Library, the BethelManor Air Force Library and in the school libraries byappointment with the school librarian. Printed materialsalso are available for review at the WilliamsburgRegional Public Library.Parents who wish to remove their children from selectedlessons or all of the Family Life Education program forthe current school year must do so by completing theappropriate form and returning it to the school bySeptember 13, 2013. If the parent/guardian does notcomplete and return this form, the pupil willparticipate in the entire program at his/her currentgrade level.During the school year requests by parents/guardians tochange the extent of their child’s participation in FamilyLife Education must be provided in writing to the principalof the pupil’s school.Release of InformationUnder no circumstances will information concerning astudent's test data or other information of a personalnature be released without written consent of the parent,guardian or student (if 18 years of age or over).Discipline information will be released to other schools.Copies of the division's written policy concerning themanagement of student scholastic records in the YorkCounty School Division may be obtained by contactingthe principal’s office.The division releases other information based on parentpermission:Directory InformationDuring the school year, the York County School Division,upon request, provides student directory information toappropriate organizations and publishes student informationin yearbooks, extra-curricular and athletic programs,and on graduation lists and honor rolls.Such directory information, as defined by the Code ofVirginia, § 22.1-287.1 (amended 1983), may include thestudent’s name, sex, address, telephone listing, dateand place of birth, major field of study, participation inofficially recognized activities and sports, weight andheight of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance,degrees and awards received, and other similarinformation.Military RecruitersThe No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act requires schooldivisions to provide military recruiters with informationabout high school juniors and seniors. Parents may optto not provide this information by checking the applicablebox on the Parental Acknowledgement/Release Form.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


72 York County School DivisionMedia/Web Sites/Division PublicationsThe local news media cover education in York Countyand are interested in stories involving students and staffin the division. The school division also highlights studentand staff activities on the division’s cable channel(YCSD TV-47), web site (yorkcountyschools.org) and indivision publications and videos.Examples of information that could be released to themedia or presented on division outlets include: honorroll, graduation lists, curricular and extra-curricularstudent achievement, involvement in division programs,athletics or activities, special events, etc. While thedivision, within the scope of the media release form,allows members of the media to interview, photograph orvideotape our students, the division does not allow newsmedia access to students that would interrupt theinstructional day or for interviews during a crisis or anemergency.Additionally, the division’s web site is created and monitoredby division personnel with an emphasis on sharingsuccesses while keeping in mind student security issues.Once a child enters the York County School Division,parents are asked to complete a media release formindicating their preference regarding the release of informationto media and through division communicationsoutlets. This form is valid for the duration of your child’sattendance in the York County School Division, but maybe modified at any time by submitting a written requestto the school office.Student Network Services/InternetAcceptable Use Policy (AUP)This form is signed by a parent/guardian at registration.This form is on file with the student’s records.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


York County School Division 73PARENTAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT/RELEASE FORM(Applicable to all students)RETURN THIS FORM TO THE SCHOOL BY SEPTEMBER 6, 2013Student’s Name: _________________________________________________ DOB: __________________________School: ___________________________ Homeroom Teacher: ___________________________ Grade: ________Acknowledgement of Parental ResponsibilityPlease complete and sign this form to acknowledge that you have received and have had the opportunity to review and todiscuss with your child the important documents contained in the York County School Division Student Handbook andConduct Code.I have received and reviewed each of the following with my child:1. Student Conduct Code (pages 41-57); and2. Compulsory Attendance Law - Code of Virginia § 22.1-254 (page 1); and3. Virginia Procedural Safeguards Notice (IDEA; P.L. 108-446; 20 USC § 1400 et seq) (Parents of students withdisabilities only).Notice to Parents/GuardiansPlease be advised that by returning the signed form acknowledging receipt of this Handbook and reading and discussingit with your child, you do not waive any of your rights. Under Virginia law, parents, in signing the acknowledgment, expresslyreserve rights protected by the constitutions and laws of the United States and the Commonwealth of Virginia.Furthermore, a parent/guardian has the right to express disagreement with a school's or the York County School Division'spolicy or decision, despite having acknowledged reading and discussing the Handbook.Please complete and sign this form to acknowledge that you have received and reviewed the important documents containedin the York County School Division Student Handbook and Conduct Code.Print Parent/Legal Guardian Name: ____________________________________________________________________Signature of Parent/Legal Guardian: __________________________________________ Date: ___________________Signature of Student Age 18 or Above: ________________________________________ Date: __________________Release of Information to Military RecruitersParents of high school juniors and seniors: The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act requires school divisions to providemilitary recruiters with information about high school juniors and seniors. Parents may opt to not provide this informationby checking the box below.I DO NOT give permission for ANY student directory information on my child to be released to militaryrecruiters.Print Parent/Legal Guardian Student Name: _____________________________________________________________Signature of Parent/Legal Guardian: __________________________________________ Date: __________________Please return this form to your child’s homeroom teacherno later than Friday, September 6, 2013.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


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York County School Division 75FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION FORM(Applicable ONLY IF YOU ARE OPTING YOUR CHILD OUT OF FAMILY LIFE)RETURN THIS FORM TO THE SCHOOL BY SEPTEMBER 13, 2013_______________________________________________________________________________________Last Name First Name Grade LevelSchool: _______________________________________ Homeroom Teacher: _________________________________Removal of a Pupil from Family Life Education – Grades K-12Removal of a Pupil from Family Life Education – Grades K-12The purpose of this form is to give a student’s parent/guardian the opportunity to remove a student from selected lessonsor the entire York County Program of Family Education during the 2013-2014 school year. Please complete and sign thefollowing ONLY if the student is to be REMOVED from selected lessons or the entire program.Choice 1 Removal from the entire Family Life Education Program: 2013-2014 school yearCheck this box if your child is to be REMOVED from all lessons of the Family Life program for his/her current grade.Choice 2 Removal from selected lessons of Family Life Education Program: 2013-2014 school yearCheck this box if your child is to be REMOVED from selected lessons of Family Life for his/her current grade. Indicatebelow those lessons from which your child is to be removed.Lessons: ________________________________________________________________________________________Please check the appropriate boxes listed below if applicable.I have reviewed the Family Life Education Curriculum Guide.I have reviewed printed/audio-visual materials not bound in the Family Life Education Curriculum Guide.I attended a Family Life Education Orientation Program.If you wish to REMOVE your child from Family Life Education, please sign date below.__________________________________________________________Signature of Parent/Guardian____________________________DatePlease return this form to your child’s homeroom teacherno later than Friday, September 13, 2013.2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


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York County School Division 77STUDENT/PARENT TECHNOLOGY USAGE FORM(Applicable to all students)RETURN THIS FORM TO THE SCHOOL BY SEPTEMBER 6, 2013Last Name First Name Student ID# Grade LevelSCHOOL ___________________________________________ TEACHER ___________________________________STUDENT NETWORK SERVICES/INTERNET ACCEPTABLE USE POLICYI give permission for my child to use Network Services and Internet services provided by the York County SchoolDivision.I give permission for my child to use ONLY Network Services provided by the York County School Division.I DO NOT give permission for my child to use any Network Services provided by the York County School Division.I DO NOT give permission for my child to receive Internet Safety Instruction.STUDENT/PARENT PERMISSION TO USE A PRIVATELY OWNED ELECTRONIC DEVICEI give permission for my child to use a privately owned electronic device (applies to grades 3-12 only).I DO NOT give permission for my child to use any privately owned electronic device.POSTING OF STUDENT WORK ELECTRONICALLYI DO NOT give permission for my child’s projects and assignments to be posted electronically.I/We understand that these permissions may be changed at any time during a school year by contacting the school andsubmitting the appropriate forms.I agree to the terms and conditions contained in this Network Services/Internet Acceptable Use Policy and Permission foruse of a Privately Owned Electronic Device. I/We understand that any misuse or abuse of these terms and conditions willresult in the suspension or revocation of those privileges, disciplinary actions up to and including expulsion from the YorkCounty School Division and/or appropriate legal action.I/We acknowledge that while it is the policy of the division that students not provide personal information to a website oron-line service while using division property, applications used for instructional activities may require this student information.I/We have discussed this with my/our child.I/We understand that projects and assignments may be posted electronically and could include personally identifiableinformation that may be classified as an educational record under FERPA (Family Education Rights and Privacy Act).Efforts will be made to restrict the amount of personally identifiable information when communicating electronically overthe Internet. Assignments and activities conducted online may receive teacher comments, grades or evaluations; underno circumstances will comments, grades or evaluations be posted publicly.Student Signature: ____________________________________________Parent/Guardian:______________________________________________Date:____________________________Date:____________________________Please return this form to your child’s homeroom teacherno later than Friday, September 6, 2013.(Applicable to all students)2013-2014 Student Handbook and Conduct Code


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DIRECTORYBethel Manor Elementary School 867-7439Elizabeth Poulsen, Ed.D., Principal1797 First StreetLangley AFB, VA 23665Coventry Elementary School 898-0403Paula Sasin, Principal200 Owen Davis BoulevardYorktown, VA 23693Dare Elementary School 898-0324Lindsey W. Caccavale, Principal300 Dare RoadYorktown, VA 23692Grafton Bethel Elementary School 898-0350Karen Grass, Ed.D., Principal410 Lakeside DriveYorktown, VA 23692Magruder Elementary School 220-4067Jane Core Yatzeck, Principal700 Penniman RoadWilliamsburg, VA 23185Mt. Vernon Elementary School 898-0480Mary Lugo, Principal310 Mt. Vernon DriveYorktown, VA 23693Seaford Elementary School 898-0352Christina Head, Principal1105 Seaford RoadSeaford, VA 23696Tabb Elementary School 898-0372Cheryl Parr, Principal3711 Big Bethel RoadYorktown, VA 23693Waller Mill Elementary Fine Arts 220-4060Magnet SchoolJennifer Goodwin, Principal314 Waller Mill RoadWilliamsburg, VA 23185Yorktown Elementary Math, Science & 898-0358Technology Magnet SchoolKaren Washington, Principal131 Siege LaneYorktown, VA 23692Grafton Middle School 898-0525Karen Cagle, Ed.D., Principal405 Grafton DriveYorktown, VA 23692Queens Lake Middle School 220-4080Scott Meadows, Principal124 West Queens DriveWilliamsburg, VA 23185Tabb Middle School 898-0320Antonia Fox, Principal300 Yorktown RoadYorktown, VA 23693Yorktown Middle School 898-0360Susan Hutton, Ph.D., Principal11201 George Washington HighwayYorktown, VA 23692Bruton High School 220-4050Alexis Swanson, Ed.D., Principal185 East Rochambeau DriveWilliamsburg, VA 23188Grafton High School 898-0530Royce Hart, Principal403 Grafton DriveYorktown, VA 23692Tabb High School 867-7400Angela Seiders, Principal4431 Big Bethel RoadYorktown, VA 23693York High School 898-0354Kendra Crump, Ed.D., Principal9300 George Washington HighwayYorktown, VA 23692York River Academy 898-0516Walter Cross, Principal11201 George Washington HighwayYorktown, VA 23692York County School Board Office302 Dare RoadYorktown, VA 23692Switchboard 898-0300FAX 855-878-9063Community & Public Relations 898-0492Accountability & Instructional Services 898-0308Adult Education 898-0469EXTEND Center 898-0389International Baccalaureate Programme 898-5014Knowledge Learning Corp./ChampionsChild Care 833-8294New Horizons Regional Education CenterButler Farm Road 766-1100Children's Center (Kiln Creek) 886-7958Woodside Lane 874-4444School of the Arts 220-4095Transportation 898-0344


York County School DivisionEric Williams, Ed.D.Division Superintendent898-0310Carl L. James, Ed.D.Chief Operations Officer898-0466School BoardBarbara S. Haywood, District 1593-9071Cindy Kirschke, District 2812-8992Mark A. Medford, District 3898-7348R. Page Minter, District 4898-5604Robert W. George, D.D.S., District 5897-1925Dennis R. Jarrett, CPA, CPFOChief Financial Officer898-0449Stephanie Guy, Ed.D.Chief Academic Officer898-0366InstructionLisa Pennycuff, Ed.D.Director of Accountability and Instructional Services898-0455Candi SkinnerDirector of Elementary Instruction898-0450Kipp Rogers, Ph.D.Director of Secondary Instruction898-0409AdministrationCatherine L. Jones, Ed.D.Director of School Administration833-2182To contact School Board office staff via e-mail, visit yorkcountyschools.orgDivision HOTLINE Number: 890-1096The York County School Division does not discriminate on the basis of race (Title VI), color, religion, national origin,sex (Title IX), age or disability (Section 504 and Title II) in its educational programs, activities or employment.For more information, contact:Noreen BecciTitle IX Coordinator302 Dare RoadYorktown, VA 23692(757) 898-0349

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