Student Handbook 2018-2019

              Sand Ridge
        Junior High School
2018-2019 Student Handbook

                    Welcome To…..
      Sand Ridge Junior High School
             Home of the Scorpions

                                     2075 W 4600 S Roy, UT 84067

                             Phone (801) 476-3520 Fax (801) 476-5359
                                       Educates to Promote Thinking,
                                 Strong Character, and Learning for Life

Provides a safe environment Encourages students to be responsible for their learning with support from parents, educators and the community.  Requires Students to meet high expectations in attendance, academics and behavior.  Promotes character development and life skills.  Engages students by emphasizing relevance and application. Utilizes a variety of teaching strategies and technologies.

Sand Ridge Junior High Desired Results for Student Learning Literacy, Character Counts, Critical and Creative Thinking, Belief Theme, Dignity, Privileges, Decisions, Fair, Connection

 Character Ed Calendar ~Click Here~

Student Responsibilities

ATTENDANCE POLICY

The student is responsible for being present in class and the "parent or guardian, or other person having control of any minor between six and eighteen years of age shall be required to send such minor to school during the regularly established school day in the attendance area of residence." Students are expected to be in school in each class, each day unless properly excused by the school and parent. Parents have 10 days to excuse an absence. After the 10 days, the absence will remain Unexcused.

To check out your student you will need to come in to the attendance office to sign out your student and show picture ID.  Students will no longer be able to be checked out over the phone or with a note, and they will not be able to meet you out front.

TARDY POLICY

Tardies will be handled through student conferences and/or contact with parents. If during the quarter a student accumulates four unexcused tardies in a class, he/she will receive a drop in a citizenship grade (“S” to “N”). Parents will be contacted on the fourth tardy and warned of possible suspension. Fifth tardy results in a drop in citizenship (“N” to “U”). A sixth tardy will result in a subsequent parent conference. Students who accumulate more than 15 tardies, counting all classes, may be suspended out of school and parent conference.

HALL SWEEPS/HALL PASSES

We want all Sand Ridge students to be on time. Each class starts when the bell rings and student engagement starts when class begins. We have asked that our teachers maintain class and not distribute the hall pass until after the first five minutes of class, or until the warm up activity to begin class has concluded. This means there should be no students in the hallways with a hall pass at the beginning of each class period as we want the halls cleared after pass times. We want to maintain the safety of exit routes and maintain the cleanliness of our building. Students who are in the hallways after the bell rings are considered tardy. Hall sweeps will be conducted to make sure our hallways are cleared as each class begins. Students caught in hall sweeps repeatedly may receive out of school suspension (see classroom behavior for hall sweep procedure).

TRUANCY/SLUFFING

Truancy/sluffing is defined as absent from any part of a class or day without proper permission from parent and school (Weber Board Policy 4170). When truancy is determined to have happened, a parent will be contacted and the student may be suspended. If the truancies continue, student will be suspended then put on a behavior contract. Failure to live up to the contract will result in the student being referred to the district office. Teachers of truant students will be notified of truancy. Teachers may use their discretion whether or not class work may be made up.

ADMINISTRATIVE POLICIES

1. Attendance will be taken in every class.

2. Every reasonable attempt will be made to contact parents when the student misses class. A record will be kept of this contact.

3. Parents may excuse students for illness and/or family emergencies. Administrators may require appropriate verification of absences. Inappropriate absences may result in loss of credit.

4. A student who is absent will provide the school with an excuse from the parents or guardian the day he/she returns to school.

5. Truancies will be referred to the administration for appropriate action and may result in loss of credit.

6. School excuses and prearranged education experiences will be approved by the administration on a case-by-case basis.

7. Tardies will be handled through student conferences and/or contact with parents. If during the quarter a student accumulates four unexcused tardies in a class, he/she will receive a drop in a citizenship grade (“S” to “N”). Parents will be contacted on the fourth tardy and warned of possible suspension. Fifth tardy results in a drop in citizenship (“N” to “U”). A sixth tardy will result in an In School Suspension and subsequent parent conference. Students who accumulate more than 15 tardies, counting all classes, may be suspended out of school and parent conference.

8. It is the student's responsibility to work with teachers in making up work for excused absences.

9. The teacher will be responsible for informing the student and the parent or guardian of any impending credit loss in sufficient time for corrective action to take place. Loss of credit may result in the student taking an online class or repeating the class.   

HALL PASS POLICY

If students are not in a classroom during class time, they must have an appropriate hall pass. Students are asked not to use the hall pass during the first five minutes of each class.

CLOSED CAMPUS

The policy of the Weber Board of Education requires junior high schools to maintain a closed campus. Students will be expected to remain on campus from 7:45 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. The Roy Recreation Complex is off limits during school hours. Students must check out at the Attendance office when leaving and check back in upon their return. The Roy City Police Department has recently enacted the daytime curfew ordinance which means that students who are not in their assigned classes and are not excused by a school authority or parent are liable to be given a citation. Parents and students will be required to appear in court as directed on the citation.

BUILDING HOURS

Building hours are from 7:15 A.M. until 3:15 P.M. Students must leave the building by 3:00 P.M. unless directly supervised by a teacher.   The main office is open from 7:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.  Bookkeeper hours are from 7 A.M. to 3 P.M.

CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR

Every effort is made to help students succeed in each class. Students are expected to comply with the following school rules as well as classroom rules:

  1. 1. Be in your seat, ready to work, before the tardy bell finishes ringing.
  2. 2. Follow the Hall Pass Policy.
  3. 3. Keep your hands, feet, books, and objects to yourself.
  4. 4. Show respect: no swearing, rude gesturing, rude teasing, or put downs.
  5. 5. Follow directions given by any staff member the first time.
  6. 6. Follow the school dress code.
  7. 7. Follow classroom rules. A loss of citizenship credit may occur as a result of violations of classroom rules as determined by the teacher.
  8. 8. Hall Sweeps will conducted periodically to encourage students to get to class on time.

1st Offense:  Warning

2nd Offense:  Phone call to parent.

3rd Offense:  Orchestrate a parent/guardian, student meeting.

4th Offense:  Suspension out of school.

CONDUCT

Students are expected to behave in a manner that will be a credit to themselves, their family and Sand Ridge Jr. High School whether at school or at school sponsored activities. They should take pride in their dress, language, and how they treat others. They are expected to be polite to other students and staff members, and avoid unruly or confrontational behavior. Abusive or verbal conduct toward students and staff members such as; verbal or physical threats, harassment, cyber harassment and/or threats (Bullying),  profanity, intimidation, gestures, or physical contact such as pushing, physically assaulting or fighting, or inappropriate displays of affection, will not be tolerated and could lead to suspension/removal from Sand Ridge Jr. High School.

EXTRACURRICULAR ELIGIBILITY STANDARDS

Students who participate in extracurricular activities are expected to maintain high standards of conduct. Advisors and coaches will check the citizenship and academic progress of participants. Students who do not meet academic and citizenship requirements or violate school policy may be prohibited from further activity or placed on probation during the season.   District and school extra-curricular standards are:  Earn and maintain a 2.0 GPA or better for the term prior to try-outs, no more than one “F” for previous and current term, and no more than one “U” or one “N” and one “U” or two “N’s” in citizenship for previous and current term. STING Advisory grade and citizenship does count towards eligibility. Behavior Standards: Students must maintain acceptable behavior standards while on an athletic team. Coaches and administration will determine if violations to school policy are serious enough to warrant removal or suspension from a team. Truancy, fighting, safe school violations, drug and alcohol violations, suspensions, etc. may be grounds for removal from a team. Students who wish to run for a student office or try out for cheerleader must have a 3.0 (B) grade point average. There are other requirements for membership.   Students not meeting these requirements may appeal to the Standards Committee. 

INSUBORDINATION

Students must comply immediately with any reasonable request or instruction from any adult in the school, including administrators, teachers, police officers, custodians, aides, secretaries, cafeteria staff, etc. Failure to comply immediately is insubordination and a suspension may occur.

STANDARDS COMMITTEE

The Standards Committee exists to consider student situations where eligibility requirements have not or are not being met. The role of the Standards Committee is to uphold student eligibility requirements and at the same time consider the individual case of each student. The committee will consider the following: (1) The student's current school status as it compares to the eligibility requirements of the particular activity, and (2) Circumstances presented to the committee which may have impacted the student's school status.

The circumstances considered should be those over which the student has no control. In the event the Standards Committee approves the student request to be eligible provisionally, the probation standards will be outlined by the committee to the student. In the event the Standards Committee denies the student request, the student and parent may appeal the decision in writing to the school principal. The following will be considered by the principal: (1) Procedures followed by the Standards Committee in reaching its decision, and (2) New information related to the original request but not presented to the Standards Committee.  

LOST AND FOUND

The lost and found is located in the attendance office. All lost and found articles should be turned in or reported missing immediately. Items must be accurately identified by the owner before being returned.

TELEPHONES

Office telephones are for official school business only. Office telephones are to be used only to facilitate school business or in case of an emergency or illness. Students and teachers will not be called to the phone while classes are in session; however, messages will be delivered promptly to those concerned. Students need to use the telephone on their own time (before or after school or at lunch time) and not during class time.

LOCKERS

Students will be assigned a locker at the time of registration. The locker remains the property of the school. Lockers will be inspected several times throughout the year. Lockers must be kept neat and clean. Students must not move from their assigned locker. Moving increases the possibility of theft and could result in the loss of locker privileges. Do not let other students know your locker combination. Do not keep money or expensive items in your lockers--they are not 100% secure. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Money or expensive items that must come to the school may need to be temporarily kept in the office. A $5.00 fee will be charged if a combination change is needed and approved by the administration.

DRESS CODE  ~Click Here~

The dress code at Sand Ridge is in compliance with WSD policy 5220. It has been adopted by student, parent, and community councils to promote safety, personal hygiene, and a proper academic environment.  Students are expected to maintain a type of dress that is clean, modest, and is not distracting to teachers or other students and not detrimental or disruptive to the educational process.

  1. Clothing not ordinarily worn in the workplace may not be worn at school. (i.e., robes, pajamas, house slippers, mutilated clothing, low cut and revealing tops, etc.).
  2. Mutilated clothing is defined as clothing having rips or tears in revealing places (i.e. jeans with tears/holes must be at dress code length (refer to dress code policy #4), seat of pants; shirts with tears across the front or back). Clothing with rips/tears must not be a distraction to the education process.
  3. Shoes must be worn at all times.  More restrictive shoe requirements may be required for safety reasons in some classes.
  4. Shorts and skirts must be mid-thigh length or longer and not present a distraction in the classroom or school (no mini-skirts, mini-dresses or short shorts). Leggings can be worn but must not be sheer or see through.  Items worn over leggings must meet the proper length requirements as stated above.
  5. Shirts and tops may not have bare midriffs or be revealing at the neck, stomach and/or arm holes. Shirts, tops, and dresses must cover the ball of the shoulder.  In turn, when wearing a sheer, knitted or see-through top the ball of the shoulder must be covered and a shirt or top that meets the above stated dress code must be worn underneath.  Tank tops, athletic undershirts, halter tops, and spaghetti strap shirts are not allowed at school.  Sagging pants must not reveal underwear even when arms are raised.
  6. Clothing with designs, printed words, or slogans that are suggestive, obscene, or are in poor taste, or that refer to a substance or activity which is illegal for a minor will not be allowed – clothing which refers to ales, beer, or other alcoholic beverages, smoked or smokeless tobacco, breweries, or illegal drugs may not be worn. Clothing with weapons or other inappropriate content may not be worn. Clothing or accessories with gang symbols, insignia, or other gang identifiers may not be worn. Rasta colors, t-shirts, bands, book bags, and hats are not allowed.
  7. Hats or other types of head covering, such as, visors, scarves, sweatbands, or bandanas, may not be worn in the building.
  8. Sunglasses may not be worn in the building.
  9. Makeup which is so conspicuous, extreme, odd in color or style that it draws undue attention, disrupts, or tends to disrupt or interfere with the learning atmosphere at school will not be allowed.
  10. Clothing attachments, jewellery, or accessories which could be considered weapons, which could pose a potential risk of injury to the wearer or others, or which could be considered to be disruptive to the educational process may not be worn. Chains are not allowed.
  11. All facial piercings shall not be a distraction. Spikes and sharp piercings are not allowed.
  12. Inappropriate and distracting tattoos may not be displayed.

AWARDS

A number of different awards are given to students during the year and at the end of the school year in recognition of academic and leadership excellence. These include by are not limited to the Three Term Honor Roll and Straight A Awards, first place or superior awards in band, choir, Spanish, German, math, and other academic areas; the Presidential Academic Award, Four Sport Award and Scorpion of the Month Awards. For further information, please visit our school counseling office.

DIGITAL MEDIA DEVICES

Because of the possibility of theft, or of disruption to the educational process, electronic devices such as cell phones, Ipods, Kindles, Ipads, mp3 players, radios, personal digital assistants, or electronic toys are brought to school at your own risk. These items may be used before school, in between classes, at lunch, or at the teacher’s discretion for educational purposes. Any and all digital devices are prohibited during school wide core assessment time periods.   Earbuds and/or headphones are not allowed in class. Laser pointers are not allowed at school. Students found in violation of the schools digital policy will be subject to the following:

CLASSROOM CELL PHONE/DIGITAL MEDIA DEVICE POLICY

1ST OFFENSE: Cell Phone/Digital Media Device is taken at the time of the violation.  At the conclusion of the class period, the Cell Phone/Digital Media Device is returned by the teacher to the student along with the teacher explaining to the student the school’s policy regarding Cell Phone/Digital Media Devices.
2ND OFFENSE: Cell Phone/Digital Media Device is taken at the time of the violation.  At the conclusion of the class period, the Cell Phone/Digital Media Device is returned by the teacher to the student along with the teacher explaining to the student the school’s policy regarding Cell Phone/Digital Media Devices.

3rd OFFENSE: Cell Phone/Digital Media Device is taken at the time of the violation.  Teacher explains to the student the school’s policy regarding Cell Phone/Digital Media Devices. Student is referred to administration.  Cell Phone / Digital Media Device is taken by the administration, parent is required to pick up Cell Phone / Digital Media Devise, and the student may be suspended.  

With the ever-increasing use of social media platforms (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram), it is imperative that students understand that they will be expected to adhere to appropriate standards regarding any posts (including photos), tweets, snap chats, etc.  Any use of social media platforms by students, on or off campus, may be monitored by the administration and disciplinary action may be taken if use is deemed inappropriate.  Standards related to appropriate use of social media platforms include, but are not limited to:  zero tolerance for cyber-bullying; harassment (all forms); lewd, suggestive, or sexually explicit posts/photos; discriminatory remarks/posts; posts/photos depicting or promoting illegal activities (alcohol, drugs, e-cigs), re-tweeting, re-posting and any/all of the above, etc. School district policies and State and Federal laws regarding illegal content of digital media devices will be strictly enforced. The school is not responsible for lost or broken digital media devices. Violations will be referred to law enforcement.

FEES FOR NEW ID CARDS AND LOCKER COM CHANGES

The daily safety of our students, staff and patrons is of the highest concern to the administration of Sand Ridge Junior High School. It is our goal to at a glance, immediately be able to identify everyone in our building. To make this goal possible, teachers, staff and visitors are required to wear identity badges. Students currently have identity badges for lunch purchases, book check out and to use the computer labs. We are asking that students display these badges by wearing them every day while at school. Lanyards will be given to students on their assigned picture day. Lanyards will hold the ID badges that students can wear around their neck. Students who repeatedly need to have their badges reprinted may incur a fee of $5 per card duplicated.  Students who also have repeated offenses for not wearing their badges may result in an out of school suspension. Badge checks will be done periodically throughout the school day and throughout the school year.

Locker coms may be changed at a charge of $5 which is paid at the main office.

GIFTS

It is against school board policy for teachers to accept gifts from students.  

CARE OF SCHOOL PROPERTY

Students should not mark school furniture, lockers, walls, ceilings, floors, equipment, or outside walls and roof of building with pen, pencil, paint or any other instrument. They will not tamper with the fire alarms, fire extinguishers, or electrical systems. Students who willfully destroy school property through vandalism, arson or larceny or who create a hazard to the safety of other students will be suspended from school or referred to the school district and be required to replace or restore the property. In many cases, referral to the police may be made.   

VIOLATION OF THE FOLLOWING MAY INVOLVE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS AND SUSPENSION

Weber School District’s Safe School Policy

Students at Sand Ridge Junior High School are expected to comply with the Weber School District’s Safe School Policy and with state and federal law.

Unsafe/Dangerous Conduct

Students are expected to act in a manner that would not bring foreseeable harm or injury upon another student.  Running, throwing objects and other conduct that could or does cause harm or injury to another student will not be tolerated.

Disobedience of School Policy

Continued willful disobedience or open and persistent defiance of proper authority or disruptive behavior including the use of foul, profane, vulgar or abusive language may be the subject of disciplinary action including being placed on school or district contract and/or suspension from school.

Theft

Any student involved in stealing either school property or personal property of school personnel or students may be referred to the local law enforcement officials and suspended from school.  Certain items are prime targets for theft, such as cell phones, IPods, IPads, Kindles, large amounts of cash, etc. and are not encouraged to be brought to school.

Fighting

Students are not allowed to fight on or near school grounds.  Violence and disruption of school will not be tolerated.  In case of a fight, the participants may be suspended for as many as ten (10) days, a conference will be held with their parents and the students may be referred to local law enforcement.  In the event of an injury, the incident will be investigated by law enforcement.

Shakedown/Extortion

Any student involved in taking money or anything from another student by force or coercion could be suspended from school.  A conference with the parents will be necessary in order for the student to be readmitted to school.

Weapons and Dangerous Instruments

The school will not permit a student bringing to school any weapon or dangerous object, substance or article which could endanger the student’s welfare or the welfare of other students, faculty, staff or patrons of the school.  Students found with weapons, facsimiles, or items which could be construed as a weapon will be suspended from school, referred to the district and local law enforcement and the weapon will be confiscated.  Suspension from school may be up to one year as per Utah State Law.

Tobacco

Any student who has e-cigarettes, e-liquid or tobacco in any form in his/her possession or control in the school building, on school premises or adjacent to school property will be suspended and given a citation to appear in Youth or Juvenile Court.  Students who repeat such actions could be referred to the District for alternative placement.

Drug and Alcohol Use/Abuse/Possession/Paraphernalia

Because of the detrimental effect of drug and alcohol use on youth, the Weber Board of Education has adopted a policy forbidding the use, possession and/or distribution of drugs or drug paraphernalia in any manner (except as medically prescribed and properly authorized to be administered in the school) and the possession of, distribution and/or drinking of alcoholic beverages during school hours, on school grounds, at school activities or on a school vehicle.  Students found in violation will be referred to appropriate law enforcement agencies and parents will be contacted.  The student will be suspended and referred for a drug and alcohol assessment through Weber Human Services.  If the use of alcohol, tobacco, e-cigarettes or other drugs impaired the education or social function of the student in the school, the student can be held out of regular school until the family can provide medical or agency verification substantiating that the student is not chemically dependent.  Contact the school office for further information regarding this policy.

SKATEBOARDS

Skateboards are not to be ridden on school property at any time. Any boards ridden to school will need to be stored in the counseling center during the day. Students storing their boards in the counseling center are doing so at their own risk and the school is not liable for any damage or thefts that may occur.  

SICK ROOM

Parental contact will be made if a student becomes ill. Students may sit outside the attendance office until their parents pick them up from school. The sick room is to be used only after receiving permission from the counseling office personnel.

CHANGE OF SCHEDULE

Classes are scheduled based on pre-registration. After schedules are printed, only necessary class changes will be made with approval of the parents and the school. A $10.00 class change fee will be assessed for student/parent initiated class changes. A request form is available in the counseling office.

VENDING MACHINES

The vending machines are in the school the convenience of students. Students must assume the responsibility for their use. All food and drinks are to remain in the cafeteria area at all times. Candy wrappers, cans, etc. are to be placed in garbage cans. Failure to do so may result in the machines being turned off. The office will not provide change needed for vending machine use.   Change will not be given in the office or cafeteria. All food must be eaten downstairs in the commons area, not outside, or upstairs.  They are use at your own risk, the office will not give money back for lost money in the machines.

CONDUCT ON THE BUS

Riding on the school bus is part of the regular day, and the usual rules of conduct apply. Misconduct can result in the loss of riding privileges. District policy allows only authorized regular bus students as passengers on their designated bus. Students are not allowed to ride a different bus or have a “friend” ride with them (Transportation Mandate).

TITLE IX

The Weber County School District complies with Title IX regulations. "No person in the United States shall on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance." Problems should be referred to the school administration or the school district.

CHILDREN AND YOUTH WITH DISABILITIES

It is the policy of the Board of Education of Weber County School District to provide a free, appropriate education to each student with disabilities within its jurisdiction. Our staff is available to assist you in understanding your rights and is available on request to provide you with any further explanation of these rights, as needed. It is the parents' responsibility to advise the school district of any known needs for a disabled student.

FEE WAIVER PROCEDURE

Fees, as established by the Weber School District Board of Education, will be waived in accordance with the Utah State Board of Education standards for students whose parents or legal guardians verify evidence of inability to pay. Inability to pay is defined as those who are in state custody, foster care, or receiving public assistance in the form of Aid to Families with Dependent Children, Supplemental Security Income, or those whose annual income falls below the level established by the state. (See state required forms).

NOTICE REGARDING STUDENT RECORDS

The parents and students have a right to inspect the student's education records, the right to request amendment to those records, and that personally identifiable information will be disclosed only upon consent.

NOTICE REGARDING SEXUAL HARASSMENT

The District strictly forbids any of its agents to engage in sexual harassment. Students and faculty are required to receive training on bullying and harassment (video, pre and post testing). The District wants to know immediately if a student believes he/she is being harassed. Please contact the principal, assistant principal, or a school counselor if you believe you have been sexually harassed. The district and school will make every effort to keep its investigation confidential and will promptly remedy any problem it finds.

IMMUNIZATIONS

Effective July 1, 1992, the Utah State Immunization Law mandates that student immunization records must be complete and on file at the time of registration in order for a student to attend school. Principals are not permitted to enroll pupils who are not in compliance. A grace period will no longer be allowed. Any person claiming an exemption to immunization shall complete the official Utah School Immunization Record with the required signatures which must be obtained from the Weber County health Department and/or the family physician. If you have questions concerning the immunizations, please contact the school nurse.

SECTION 504 

The District does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities. Contact Student Services at the Weber District Board Office with any questions or concerns.

SCHOOL CHOICE CONDITION

Students who wish to attend a school in the Weber School District other than their home school (non-resident school) must complete, return the proper application form to the requested school, and pay a $5 processing fee during the month of January. This one month window will be the only period that "option" registration will be authorized. Special needs may be reviewed without regard to the general guidelines. Forms are available from the schools or on the district website under Student Services (Forms & Information).

ASBESTOS STATEMENT

Federal regulations require that schools be inspected for the presence of asbestos, a toxic material that has been used in the construction industry for a number of years. This school has been inspected for asbestos containing materials and the results of the inspections are contained in the Asbestos Management Plan. The Asbestos Management Plan is available for your preview at the school, the District Office, or a copy of the plan can be provided to you for the cost of reproduction.

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS FOR MEETINGS

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals needing special accommodations (including auxiliary communicative aids and services) during a meeting should notify the principal at

(801) 467-5320 at least three working days prior to the meeting.  

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