Minico Spartan Student Handbook 2022-2023
Minico High School
292 West, 100 South
Rupert, Idaho 83350
Fax # (208)436-3266
Principal: Mrs. Kimberley Kidd 436-5355 ext. 3100
Assistant Principal: Mrs. Laurie Copmann 436-5355 ext. 3003
Assistant Principal: Mr. Terry Merrill 436-5355 ext. 3006
Athletic Director: Mr. Brady Trenkle 436-5355 ext. 3007
Attendance: Mrs. Brandi Perez 436-4721 ext. 3002
Receptionist: Ms. Jessica Grimsman 436-4721 ext. 3005
Financial Secretary: Mrs. Kris Christensen 436-4721 ext. 3004
Registrar: Mrs. Dawna Reddington 436-5355 ext. 3008
School Resource Officer: Mr. Bob Higens 436-5355 ext. 3163
Mrs. Nikki Sayer A-G 436-5355 ext. 3149
Mr. Kent Chandler H-O 436-5355 ext. 3150
Mrs. Mikea Alexander P-Z 436-5355 ext. 3151
FOR A COMPLETE PHONE DIRECTORY LIST CALL 436-5355
Message from the Principal
We are excited to have you as students at Minico High School!
We believe you are going to have a rewarding and successful school year.
We are all committed to supporting and assisting you as you participate in everything high school has to offer. We encourage you to get involved and pursue the many opportunities Minico offers, it is an amazing high school!
This handbook is designed to assist parents and students to better understand the policies and procedures of our high school and school district. Parents and students should review the contents together for a better understanding. Please remember to reference the handbook throughout the school year, should you have any questions.
We look forward to working with you as we pursue a wonderful, as well as productive school year.
We appreciate our students, parents and community. We live in a truly wonderful place!
Let’s continue to work together, making this a great school year.
Every day counts! #SpartanStrong!!
Kimberley M. Kidd
Principal, Minico High School
The Minidoka County School District is dedicated to developing the whole child in an atmosphere of excellence, characterized by mutual respect, shared responsibility for learning, academic rigor, and technology, which facilitates success in all aspects of life.
Empowering Students for Success
Minico High School Mission Statement
Learn from yesterday, succeed today, excel tomorrow.
Minico High School Motto 2022-23
Together We Are Spartan Strong and Every Day Counts!
Come on and fight, Spartans fight.
Come on and let's win this game.
Let's go on to victory,
Let's fight 'em fair and play 'em square.
So fight, Spartan's, fight!
Come on and let's win this game.
Just one more score, and then the
game is ours. Let's win this game!
M - I - N - I - C - O
FIGHT SONG (historical version)
Oh, when those mighty Spartans fall in line,
We’re going to score every time.
Let's go on to victory, And we will yell, yell, yell, for Minico,
Our Alma Mater. We will sing our praises high
And when they go, go, go for another score,
We will cheer, cheer, cheer, them all the more.
For we are Spartans of the red and gold,
Red and gold, fight team fight!
Minico High School has adopted a theme to promote positive decision-making and help students develop healthy relationships. The theme identifies six areas to assist students in building positive behaviors and attributes.
Daily Bell Schedule
Students will not have food/drinks, flowers, plants, or other gift deliveries brought to individual classrooms. Students will be notified at noon or at the end of the day if such items are waiting for them in the main office. Balloons are not allowed at school or graduation.
All visitors to the school must sign in with their driver’s license at the main office and be assigned a visitors pass.
The library/media center opens at 7:45 a.m. and remains open until 3:30 p.m. Students are encouraged to use the library before school, at lunch, and after school. Students may also use the library during class time if there is room available and if they receive a pass from their instructor.
Books and most library materials are checked out for a six-week period. Magazines and periodicals can be checked out on a weekly basis. Fines are assigned for overdue materials.
Binding is available for reports and other materials.
Individual users of the Internet have the ultimate responsibility to use Internet resources appropriately. Students accessing any computers at the high school must sign a district Internet Usage Agreement and follow rules specifically outlined in the student handbook. Violation of network security or any school/district rules may result in the following disciplinary actions:
Students may lose all access to computers in the district for one calendar year from the date of the infraction.
If enrolled in a computer class, the student may receive a failing grade in that class.
Students may be subject to school disciplinary action.
SAFETY DRILLS/EVACUATIONSEach month Minico High School will practice an evacuation from the building in the form of a fire drill. Students will also be involved in at least one other practice evacuation as well as be involved in a practice “Lockdown” and several “Hall Check” drills throughout the year. During any practice or safety drill, students are expected to go to their assigned area with their teacher and be on their best behavior and comply with drill rules and guidelines. In the case where there is an actual school wide evacuation due to a safety issue, Minico High School students will be taught to evacuate to the Elks Lodge/Golf Course where they will be reunified with their parents. In an actual emergency evacuation where students would need to leave the premises, many may get into their own or someone else’s car to escape to safety. It is important that parents communicate with their student(s) regarding the protocols and expectations with such an occasion.
A complete copy of the student handbook is located on the internet at the Minico High School home page (https://www.minidokaschools.org/domain/4107).
At registration time, we encourage all students to purchase an activity card ($40.00) which entitles them to attend all activities and assemblies sponsored by the student body. The fee includes all home events, as well as national school assemblies held during the school year. This fee does not cover specified dances during the school year. All students involved in any extra-curricular activities are required to purchase this activity card. Students who do not buy an activity card will have to pay the regular admission fee to all activities.
Activity Card............................ 40.00
Annual .................................... 50.00
Class activity/project fees……………………….Must be paid prior to the fifth (5th) school day of the semester. Failure to pay the fee may result in a mandated class change.
**Annuals will not be available for purchase after the first semester (December) and will not be available for purchase at the end of the year.**
ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS (including Dual Enrollment and Open Enrollment)
Minico High School is a four-year high school. Full time students at Minico are expected to have a full schedule and be in attendance for a minimum of ninety percent (90%) of each class.
All students who enroll at Minico High School, including dual enrollments, shall be subject to all the same policies, regulations and school rules. All students must present proof of immunization before being enrolled. Legal guardianship must also be shown if they do not reside with their parent(s). Students may be required to provide proof of residence if there is a question of resident status. Students who reside outside of District 331 must provide their own transportation and complete an open enrollment form, which must then be approved by the Board of Trustees. With permission from the administration, students who withdraw from a school may re-enroll during a school year.
Dual enrollment requirements are found in Minidoka County School District # 331 Policy NO: 304.00
Minidoka County School District requires that prior to consideration of a request for transfer, an Open Enrollment application must be submitted to Minico High School by the student’s parent/guardian or appropriate designee.
A partial schedule, which must be completed by the first day of the semester, must be for five consecutive classes during the semester and to which all school rules will apply. Furthermore, such student with a partial schedule cannot be on campus during the time they do not have scheduled classes or school activity.
CREDIT RECOVERY COURSES
Priority for enrollment in credit recovery classes will be given to students in their Junior and Senior years. Sophomore and freshmen students who fail a core class will be referred to the District Summer School Program for recovery of lost credits.
ACTIVITY POLICY: GRADE ELIGIBILITY
A student desiring to represent Minico High School in extracurricular activities must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and must be passing all classes.
Grades will be checked every two weeks and students who have a grade of less than 60% in no more than two classes will be placed on a probation plan and will either meet the requirements of the probation plan or will become ineligible. ***
After grade checks, a student who is not passing at least five classes will have one week to reach the minimum standard of five passing classes. If the student does not meet the minimum standard, he/she will be declared ineligible for participation until the standard is met.
Activity Probation Plan***
In order to encourage students who might otherwise not be allowed to participate, and to provide incentive for improvement, students who are unable to meet the 60% requirement, in the above circumstances, and is passing at least five of seven classes, may be allowed to practice, participate, or compete under the following circumstances:
The student must meet with administration and teacher to determine if the student can be placed on academic probation.
If approved, the student will remain on academic probation each week thereafter until a satisfactory grade report is achieved at which time, they will be declared eligible to participate until the next grade check.
A student who has an unsatisfactory grade report or is declared ineligible to participate must continue to meet weekly with the administration to discuss current grades and an improvement plan.
Failure to meet the guidelines set forth in the improvement plan set by teacher, student, and administrator will result in the student being declared ineligible to participate for the remainder of the season.
Students must attend all required practices and perform all required training activities during the probationary period. Students who have been declared ineligible for the remainder of the sport season will not be allowed to practice or participate following the declaration of ineligibility.
Activity advisors will be responsible for grade check and eligibility requirements.
Students not meeting grade requirements will not participate in activities.
All school activities will be under this policy.
Only administration may waive any requirement.
Parents should be notified (phone call, e-mail, letter, etc.) when the student has earned three zeros in the class.
The fourth zero in a class could result in content specific remediation being assigned.
Any zero after four will result in increased time spent in remediation and the assignment of after school math and writing labs and possible Saturday School.
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS & DIPLOMAS (Policy # 601.00)
It is the philosophy and expectation to have each student who graduates from Minico High School to be College and Career Ready, therefore, the following are the expectations of all seniors.
To receive a diploma from Minico High School, students must complete all of the State and District requirements for graduation and complete a total of forty-eight (48) credits as identified below and all school fees must be paid in full. Additionally, senior students must attend MHS during their final semester of high school*, must meet the attendance policies, and they must pass all of their senior year classes in order to participate in MHS’s graduation exercises and receive a Minico High School Diploma.
In order to graduate early, a student must comply with the district’s policy Early High School Graduation #280.00. Students desiring to finish their course early (after semester one of their senior year) and graduate must meet with their counselor and parent together during the prior year of the intended graduation date to ensure a plan for accomplishment.
COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES PARTICIPATION POLICY
Students who have met the necessary academic and attendance requirements required for graduation and do not owe a fine are eligible to participate in commencement exercises. Students who have not completed all graduation requirements for the current school year will be allowed to participate in the commencement exercises of the following year provided they meet all the requirements for graduation at that time and they have filed a graduation request on or before November 1 of the school year in which they intend to participate in the commencement exercises.
GRADUATION DRESS CODE
Students proper dress attire. (No Levi’s or flip flops.)
NO sunglasses (depending on the location of the commencement) .
NO additional decorations to cap or gown.
NO party items (silly string, beach balls, water guns, firecrackers, etc).
All other school rules will be in effect.
Guidelines By Content /Subject Area
Secondary Language Arts and Communication- Nine (9) credits are required. Eight (8) credits of instruction in Language Arts. Each year of Language Arts shall consist of language study, composition, and literature and be aligned to the Idaho Content Standards for the appropriate grade level. One (1) credit of instruction in communications consisting of oral communication and technological applications that includes a course in speech, a course in debate, or a sequence of instructional activities that meet the Idaho Speech Content Standards requirements.
Mathematics- Six (6) semester credits are required: two (2) credits of Algebra I or courses that meet the Idaho Algebra I Content Standards as approved by the State Department of Education; two (2) credits of Geometry or courses that meet the Idaho Geometry Content Standards as approved by the State Department of Education; and two (2) credits of mathematics of the student’s choice. Two (2) credits of the required six (6) credits of mathematics must be taken in the last year of high school.
Science- Six (6) credits will be required. Secondary sciences include instruction in the following areas: biology, physical science or chemistry, and earth, space, environment, or approved applied science. Two (2) credits of these courses must be laboratory based.
Social Studies- Seven (7) credits are required, including government (two (2) credits), United States history (four (4) credits), and economics (one (1) credit). Courses such as geography, sociology, psychology, and world history may be offered as electives, but are not to be counted as a social studies requirement.
Humanities- Two (2) credits are required. Humanities courses include instruction in visual arts, music, theatre, dance, or world language aligned to the Idaho content standards for those subjects. Other courses such as literature, history, philosophy, architecture, or comparative world religions may satisfy the humanities standards if the course is aligned to the Idaho Interdisciplinary Humanities Content Standards.
Health/Wellness- One (1) credit is required. Courses must be aligned to the Idaho Health Content Standards.
Content Standards- Each student shall meet locally established subject area standards (using state content standards as minimum requirements) demonstrated through various measures of accountability including examinations or other measures.
College Entrance Examination- A student wanting to be considered for Valedictorian/Salutatorian must take the SAT examination. Students must take and pass a Civics Exam in accordance with Idaho State Department of Education requirements
Senior Project-A student must complete a senior project by the end of grade twelve (12). The project must include a written report and an oral presentation. Additional requirements for a senior project are at the discretion of the school district.
Middle School- If a student completes any required high school course with a grade of C or higher before entering grade nine (9), and if that course meets the same standards that are required in high school, then the student has met the high school content area requirement for such course. However, the student must complete the required number of credits in all high school core subjects, as identified herein, in addition to the courses completed in middle school.
Special Education Students- A student who is eligible for special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) must, with the assistance of the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) team, refer to the current Idaho Special Education Manual for guidance in addressing graduation requirements.
Foreign Exchange Students- Foreign exchange students may be eligible for graduation by completing a comparable program as approved by the school district.
Students will need to meet the following diploma requirements:
Minico High School Diploma
All Juniors (11th graders) who are not enrolled in a general math class during their Junior year will be enrolled in an Math Strategies class for one semester. Completing and passing the Math Strategies class with a C- or higher may be counted as a math credit. Completing the course with any D grade in will be counted as an elective credit.
Taking Fine Arts classes, Practical Arts classes, or Performing Arts classes may satisfy the Humanities requirement.
Computer Technology credit may be earned anytime during high school.
Four (4) credits of the science courses must be laboratory based.
Two of the six required mathematics credits must be taken the last year of high school, and two credits in each of the areas of Algebra I and Geometry standards must be taken.
School-To-Work credits will be accepted as elective credits up to a limit of 4 total credits.
P.E. Credits will not be earned through participation in athletics.
SELECTION OF VALEDICTORIAN & SALUTATORIAN
The following requirements shall be considered in the selection of Valedictorian and Salutatorian:
Complete all requirements of the Diploma
Complete a minimum of 15 credits of honors or dual credit courses.
The student with the highest overall GPA in grades nine through twelve, including the final term of the senior year will be eligible for Valedictorian. If more than one student meets the criteria, valedictorian and salutatorian will be determined by the highest SAT score.
Grades will be pulled after the completion of the first nine weeks of the second semester. These grades will determine placement of Valedictorian, Salutatorian and the top ten scholars.
In the event a grade is disputed, that issue shall be resolved by the end of the term the course is taken.
Students being considered for Valedictorian or Salutatorian must have attended Minico High School full time for all of their senior year
Students being considered for Valedictorian or Salutatorian shall not have repeated any classes
Graduates with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher will be recognized at graduation with an honor cord.
The Idaho Department of Education authorizes individual high schools to grant credit for each subject a student takes and passes in the public schools. At Minico High School, credit will be granted on a semester basis. This means that the grade a student earns at the end of each
Percentage Letter Grade GPA Rating
93 - 100% A 4.0
90 - 92% A- 3.67
87 - 89% B+ 3.33
83 - 86% B 3.00
80 - 82% B- 2.67
77 - 79% C+ 2.33
73 - 76% C 2.00
70 - 72% C- 1.67
67 - 69% D+ 1.33
63 - 66% D 1.00
60 - 62% D- 1.00
Below 59% F 0.00
Pass/Fail P/F ------
Students transferring into Minico High School will receive the equivalent grade from their previous school. Students with weighted grades shall receive a one-grade increase from the listed grade if this does not exceed the weighing given by the previous school. EXAMPLE: A student transfers into Minico from a school that gives a 20% (two grade) increase. This student shall receive a one grade increase. A student transfers in from a school that gives a 5% increase. The student shall receive a 5% increase. At no time shall the student receive more than a 4.0 for a credit.
The Renaissance Program at Minico High School will recognize students who are making positive choices and excelling in academics. Students who achieve a semester GPA using the following criteria and have purchased an activity card will receive a sticker that will entitle them to benefits at local businesses:
Gold: 3.75-4.0 (all A’s); Silver: 3.25-3.74; White: 2.75-3.24.
In addition, they will receive coupons that may allow them to retake exams, redo assignments and exempt assignments. Use of the coupons is up to the discretion of the teacher.
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
National Honor Society is the front runner of organizations that promote appropriate recognition for students who reflect outstanding accomplishments in the areas of academics, character, leadership, and service. Thousands of schools are chartered in the U. S., and the Minico Chapter is the second oldest in Idaho. Instead of fund-raising activities, NHS concentrates on public service, school, and social activities.
College admissions offices often look for National Honor Society membership as a valid indicator that the applicant will succeed at the collegiate level. Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher are invited to join.
Non-resident credit will be accepted as listed:
If a student has attended secondary school (grades 9-12) four years and is short 1-4 credits for graduation.
Credit will be accepted from any accredited college, university, or high school independent study course.
Credit will be accepted for a summer school and/or high school program at an accredited college, university, or high school.
Workshops and seminars approved by the State Department of Education will also be accepted.
Resident credit will be accepted upon receipt of an official transcript from the previous school. Credit will be accepted for work completed in grades 9-12.
SENIOR /JUNIOR COLLEGE VISITS
Senior and Junior students with an overall GPA of 2.0 or better may take one day from school to visit the college, university, or military organization of their choice, as long as the student's grades remain with an overall GPA of 2.0. No penalty for this absence will be applied under the 90% attendance policy. Students requesting this privilege must get a pre-excused form from the counselor in charge of seniors. This form must be filled out, verified by the counselor, and signed by each individual teacher at least twenty-four hours in advance. The completed form must be returned to the attendance secretary before the student leaves school for the visit.
GUIDANCE & COUNSELING DEPARTMENT
The school counselors work with students as they make plans for the present and future. The counselors evaluate educational and vocational information and relate that information to the student's abilities and interests. They also help students to evaluate study time and techniques in the organization of school work.
Students are to discuss vocational and scholastic problems with their assigned counselor, but may talk with any of the three counselors for help dealing with personal problems. Student-counselor conferences are kept in the strictest confidence. When a student desires to see the counselor, he/she must make an appointment and secure a pass, clearing the absence with their classroom teacher in whose class will be missed BEFORE going to see the counselor.
Violations of this procedure will lead to the student being considered truant from classes missed while in the counseling center.
A student/parent may request a change of classes within the first week of classes. Changes will be left to the discretion of the counselor or administrator based on class sizes, and if the changes jeopardize the student’s educational progress the counselor or administrator may need to discuss the issues with the student and/or parent.
If parent(s) are requesting a teacher change, a meeting with an administrator is necessary before the request may be granted.
Only junior and senior students may be a teacher aide one time per semester. All other circumstances must be approved by the administration.
ALL STUDENTS PROHIBITED FROM WALKING ACROSS HWY 25
To ensure a safe environment free from hazards that may be dangerous to students, staff, and patrons it is necessary to adhere to the following:
Students are PROHIBITED from crossing Idaho State Highway 25 at any time from Minico High School.
Once students arrive on school grounds they cannot walk across the highway for any purpose. Also, at the end of the school day a student cannot leave the school grounds by walking across Idaho State Highway 25 without expressed consent from parents and has received administration approval. Supervised and approved activities such as cross country are exempt.
Students referred to the office for violation will receive appropriate consequences, which may include detention, Saturday School, or out of school suspension.
WITHDRAWAL FROM SCHOOL
If it becomes necessary for students to withdraw from school, they must obtain a "student withdrawal" form from the attendance office. The withdrawal form, textbooks, class materials, laptop computer (along with charging cord and case), etc. must be presented to each teacher for clearance signatures. This form is to be returned to the Attendance Office for final approval. Students who withdraw from school are not to be on school grounds at any time during the school day without permission or they will be considered trespassing.
STUDENT ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS AND PROCEDURES (refer to District Policy #320.00 for additional information)
Students are expected to be in attendance to school and to be to their classes on time and attentive when the bell rings.
ABSENCE VERIFICATION PROCEDURE
Parents should notify the school of a student’s absence by phone at 436-4721 Ext. 3002 or by written notice.
Upon return to school, after any absence, a student must check in with the attendance secretary at the attendance office.
Students who arrive 12 minutes late to school or any class must enter school through attendance office and will be marked absent either by the teacher or the attendance secretary. Again, the expectation is that each student be to class on time.
MAKE-UP TIME WILL NOT BE OFFERED DURING THE 2022-23 SCHOOL YEAR!!
All students will be required to be in attendance in each class no less than 90% of the total days each semester. Currently, students who miss more than seven days of any class per semester will be in dire jeopardy of failing to receive credit for the class.
*All absences will count against the 90% attendance requirement (see exceptions below).
*Exceptions include: Absences due to attendance to school activities, attendance to funerals, visits to doctor’s offices verified with a note from the doctor, mandated/recommended stay at home orders, and other “extenuating circumstances” as described in District Policy 266.00.
Students who leave the area with migrant parents or due to legal requirements and plan to return to MHS are expected to meet with and give administration at least a one-week notice prior to departure in order to make arrangements for alternative work/grades and advancement.
Unexcused absences include those absences which are not verified by a parent/guardian or by an administrator and are used to determine Habitual Truancy.
Students with excessive absences and/or who have a history of frivolous or unexcused absences in any class will not receive credit for the class, and the grade will be marked as FA (Failure due to Attendance) on their transcript. Additionally, the students may become ineligible for participation in extracurricular activities until the end of the next grading period. Any student with an FA will have to enroll in a credit recovery class or re-enroll in an equivalent class to receive the credit.
Students (and parents) have the responsibility to check and know their attendance situation. Under extremely rare circumstances (refer to Policy #320) a student with excessive absences who receives an FA may appeal for the credit. For an appeal to be considered by the principal, the student must first meet with an administrator during the semester at risk to explain and discuss the circumstance(s)/cause(s) of the excessive absences. The student must also complete an Appeals Form, in a timely manner, as established by the school administration.
Truancy: This is an absence that is unauthorized or illegitimate in the opinion of the administration. Students who are out of their assigned classroom/area without a hall pass or without their teacher’s permission may be considered truant. Any student absence which is not pre-cleared, is without the knowledge of parents or administration, or is not of an emergency nature may be considered If a student is truant, parents will be contacted and students may be issued a lunch academy, in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension, and/or Saturday School.
Habitual Truancy shall be defined as receiving four truancies, or three unexcused absences, and attendance below 90% current attendance mark during the course of a single school year.
Students who are habitually truant may be suspended, expelled and/or may be referred to Juvenile Court for further action.
CHECKING OUT OF SCHOOL
If it becomes necessary for a student to leave school during school hours other than at lunch time, he/she must check out through the attendance office with parental/guardian permission BEFORE leaving school grounds. Students who fail to follow this procedure will be considered truant.
EXTENDED ABSENCE REQUEST
Students leaving for an extended period of time will need to fill out a form listing the days they will be gone, along with signatures from their teachers and get administrative approval. This form must be returned to the attendance office prior to leaving. Students who intend to be absent from school for 10 or more school days for unapproved reasons, will be withdrawn from Minico High School. Students who wish to return to Minico the following term will need to make arrangements with the school administration before the start of the new semester.
MAKE UP WORK
Excused Absences: Students will be allowed two days to make up any homework given on the day(s) of absence. Assignments, test, quizzes, and/or projects assigned before the day(s) of absence are due when the student returns to school or on the assigned due date.
School Business: Student work may be required to be completed prior to the activity.
TARDY VIOLATIONS PROCEDURES
A student is tardy if he/she comes to class after the tardy bell rings. Students who are more than 12 minutes late to class will be considered absent. A teacher has the right to implement consequences for each tardy and/or a more severe tardy policy.
Classroom teachers are responsible for disciplinary action for their classroom students.
A fourth tardy in any class will result in a Lunch Academy Detention that will be assigned by the teacher. The teacher will also call the parent(s)/guardian of the student.
When four additional tardies are accumulated (equaling a total of eight), the student will be assigned three days of Lunch Academy Detention. Again, the expectation is for students to be on time to class.
Lunch Academy is detention that is served during the student lunch period. Students will be permitted to get food from the cafeteria and then must report to the appointed room for the detention.
Any subsequent tardies (nine or more in one class) will result in an additional parent contact/meeting and the student will be assigned to attend Saturday School. If the problem persists, additional consequences will be assigned, which may include suspension, and/or expulsion. If a student accumulates more than 15 tardies collectively in a semester, the student will meet with an administrator and be assigned to Saturday School.
Extenuating circumstances may be defined as one-time occurrences, absences, or needs for absences which would not normally occur on any type of regular basis. In order to be considered for extenuating circumstances, please contact the Minico High School office for conditions and guidelines.
EXCEPTION: Serious illness or accident for an extended period of time certified by a medical doctor (see HOMEBOUND).
STATE OF IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION "HOMEBOUND" PROGRAM
Students who are out of school for extended illness or accident may petition for HOMEBOUND status so that the days absent will not affect their credit. In order for a student to be considered for the HOMEBOUND program, they must be absent from school for ten (10) consecutive days and apply through the Special Services director (436-7415) so that a HOMEBOUND teacher can be assigned.
SEMESTER EXAMS/ATTENDANCE RULES
Students who miss all or any of the last day(s) of the semester for any excuse, with the exception of illness verified by a valid physician's statement or death in the family, or for other extenuating/exceptional circumstances approved by administration, will be responsible to take any required semester exams after they return to school. Only those students who have approved extenuating circumstances will be allowed to make up exams or take exams prior to the specified semester test dates assigned by the school administration. Students who do not meet these requirements will receive a grade of zero for each of the required exams until the student comes back to school and takes the examinations. It shall be the responsibility of the student to contact the teacher immediately upon returning to school for any/all work that needs to be made up.
RECOVERING FAILED CREDITS: OPTIONS
Minico High School students also have the following options available to complete grade level requirements: Repeat the course in person, attend Summer School, enroll in Idaho Digital Learning Academy (IDLA), enroll in IDLA credit recovery (IDLA credit recovery has a cost $75 per credit), or attend Mount Harrison night classes, Correspondence Classes, and Independent Study.
STUDENT BEHAVIOR & DISCIPLINE POLICY
It is the intent of the Minico High School administration to support teachers in the area of classroom behavior and student discipline. It is our belief that students must be responsible for all their actions while in attendance at school and school activities.
Each teacher has a set of classroom rules that are necessary to maintain a positive learning environment. Students who violate these rules may be assigned detention at lunch, after school learning, or sent to the vice principal’s office. Detention may be assigned up to one hour per teacher’s discretion. All behaviors that need further discipline are to be dealt with by the principal or assigned assistant principal.
Students referred to the office for violation of school rules will receive appropriate consequences, which may include Lunch Academy Detention, Saturday School, in school or out of school suspension, community service, restitution, and /or expulsion. Any action by a student which violates any law or statue will be referred to law enforcement authorities for further action.
A hierarchy of consequences will apply to frequent or repeat offenders.
NOTE: Many teachers assign students to serve detention with the teacher at lunch or after school for minor violations of classroom rules or for academic support. Students who are assigned detention of this nature are expected to serve the assigned time. Teachers may assign detention to students in alignment with classroom rules.
CONSEQUENCES FOR INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR
Lunch Academy Detention: Students may be assigned to a Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday lunch detention in the assigned detention room. The use of PED’s/cell phones is prohibited while serving Lunch Academy.
Saturday School: Students who are required to attend Saturday School will be assigned as follows:
Written notice will be given to students.
Saturday School starts promptly at 8:00 a.m. as doors will
be locked at this time. Students will serve on the assigned day. There will be no exceptions for employment, inconvenience, prior commitments, etc.
The first failure to attend an assigned Saturday School will result in a parent contact, one day of in-school suspension (PASS Room), and the student will be reassigned to attend Saturday school.
Additional failures to attend Saturday School will result in two-days of suspension or additional Saturday Schools.
Teachers also have the discretion to assign students to academic Saturday School. Students who are assigned academic Saturday School must adhere to all of the rules of Saturday School. However, when the student finishes their homework, they are free to leave.
In-School Suspension/Positive Alternative to Student Suspension (P. A. S. S.)
Minico High School maintains an in-school suspension program which may be used by the administration to remove a student during a class if there is a need. The administrator may also assign a student PASS for one or two days, and the student is not allowed to attend after school activities during the time of the PASS.
Suspension: Students who are suspended, are not to be present at or be on the school grounds for any reason whatsoever, including all evening activities, until after the day following the completed suspension. Students who violate this rule will be subject to additional suspension from school.
Major discipline problems are referred to assistant principal, principal or designee for possible warning, detention, suspension, referral to the District Discipline Referral Committee (DDRC), and or referral to Minidoka County School Board for expulsion. The procedure for handling major discipline problems is stated below; however, any step(s) may be skipped and action initiated at a subsequent step or suspension invoked if the seriousness of the problem warrants. Such is the instance of fighting. Upon the second offense of fighting, the student may be referred to the DDRC. The following are minimal procedures/consequences for offenses and major offenses:
Step 1 Offense or first major offense
The assistant principal, principal or designee will hold a personal conference with the student. This will result in a verbal warning or further disciplinary action.
Step 2 Offense or second major offense
Step one will be repeated and appropriate disciplinary action will occur.
Step 3 Offense or third major offense
The student will attend a Saturday School or suspension.
Step 4 Offense or fourth major offense
The student will be assigned two Saturday Schools or suspension. Parents will be contacted for a conference with an administrator.
Step 5 Offense or fifth major offense
The previous steps may be repeated. Students could have up to 5 days of in school or out of school suspension. Parents will need to come in for a conference. At this time the student will be put on a behavioral contract.
Step 6 Offense or sixth major offense
A student will be assigned 5 days out of school suspension and will be referred to the DDRC.
Two occurrences of a major violation and/or continuous violation of school rules in a single school year constitute grounds for possible expulsion from Minico High School.
VIOLATION OF RULES RESULTING IN SUSPENSION OR EXPULSION
Due Process will be utilized to address these serious violations:
POSSESSION OF WEAPONS: Minico has zero tolerance for students who bring weapons including laser pointers, to school or have in their possession at school, on the way to or from school, on school property, in school transportation vehicles, or at any school sponsored activities, weapons or other objects/substances which are a threat to the health and safety of other students, staff members or visitors, or are a disruption to the educational process. Weapons are defined as implements capable of inflicting serious bodily damage (District Policy #952.00)
The possession of a firearm of any sort on school property is prohibited by Gun Free Schools Act. Students found in possession of a firearm on property or at any school-sponsored activity, will be immediately suspended from school for those days permitted by law and referred to the DDRC for expulsion. Students expelled under the Gun Free School Act will not be allowed to return to school for a period of 365 days from the date of expulsion.
Additionally, any person found in possession of a weapon will be referred to law enforcement personnel for appropriate action. A student who inadvertently brings a weapon to school and immediately upon arrival surrenders to a staff member may be excluded from some of the requirements of the policy.
PROHIBITION OF GANGS AND HATE GROUPS: Gangs, hate groups, and similar organizations or groups which advocate hatred or discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, ancestry, national origin, or handicap are inconsistent with the fundamental values of the educational environment.
The activities of such groups and their members are prohibited on school property and at all school sponsored functions.
Bullying, Coercion, Cyberbullying, Discrimination, Gang Activity, Harassment, Hazing & Intimidation (District Policy No. 372.00)
Bullying, coercion, cyberbullying, discrimination, gang activity, harassment, hazing and/or intimidation of students and/or employees is prohibited and will not be tolerated. Bullying, harassment and/or intimidation is generally characterized by aggressive or intentionally harmful behavior carried out over time in an attempt to exercise control over the victim. Cyberbullying is a digital form of bullying that utilizes any electronic communication device to convey a message in any format (audio, video, text, graphics, photographs, or a combination of these) that intimidates, harasses, or is otherwise intended to harm another individual. Coercion is using force or control to get another person to do something against their will that involves negative outcomes, behaviors, or emotions. Hazing is any act that is intended to cause humiliation, embarrassment, intimidate, demean, or endanger the mental or physical health of a person as a condition of membership to any district-sponsored group or organization. Gang activity includes wearing, possessing, using, distributing, banging, displaying or selling any clothing, jewelry, emblem, badge, symbol sign, gesture, codes, or other things that suggest gang membership. Behaviors that are prohibited under District Policy No. 372.00 include, but are not limited to: physical abuse; verbal abuse; psychological abuse; intentional gestures or any intentional written, verbal, or physical acts or threats against another that causes harm, damage to property, fear of harm or fear of damage to property; inappropriate touching (patting); implied sexual favors; suggested sexual activity; verbal harassment; or abuse that is gender oriented.
Anyone who believes he or she has been a victim of bullying, coercion, cyberbullying, discrimination, gang activity, harassment, hazing and/or intimidation should report the alleged acts immediately to a teacher, counselor, supervisor, principal or the superintendent. Complaints will be investigated following the procedures of District Policy No. 372.00P.
DANGEROUS & ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOR (District Policy No. 340.60)
Students will receive up to 5 days suspension for bullying, fighting, gang activity, harassment, or any other dangerous or anti-social behavior, including hazing or initiations. Any further violation will be grounds for expulsion from school. If it has been determined that a criminal act has been committed the incident will be referred to law enforcement.
DISRUPTION OF SCHOOL: A student shall not disrupt (or encourage disruption) of school by use of violence, force, noise, coercion, disrespect, threat, intimidation, harassment, bullying, hazing, cyber bullying, discrimination, passive resistance, or/and other similar conduct. Students found in violation of this policy will be subject to discipline up to, and including expulsion.
THEFT OR DESTRUCTION OF SCHOOL PROPERTY: A student shall not intentionally cause or attempt to cause substantial damage to valuable property of the school including defacing property of the school or of others, or steal or attempt to steal property of the schools or of others. Restitution may be sought under the laws of the State of Idaho. Students should refrain from bring large quantities of money to school and should lock their valuables in a locker. Lockers are available in the school and in the locker room. Students will need to bring their own locks and lock their lockers. Minico High School is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
ASSAULT/BATTERY ON A SCHOOL EMPLOYEE, STUDENT, or OTHER PERSON: A student shall not threaten through actions or words, intentionally cause or attempt to cause physical injury or intentionally behave in such a way as could reasonably cause physical injury to a school employee, student, or any other person at the school or at any school activity.
DRUGS, ALCOHOL, AND TOBACCO USE: (District Policy 342.20) A student shall not use, possess, sell, buy, or distribute drugs, including alcohol, tobacco (including smokeless or electronic cigarettes or look-alikes), controlled substances or related paraphernalia or over –the-counter medications (except as per Policy 370.20) on school premises.
NOTE: Idaho State law prohibits the use of tobacco on public school property. This includes students, visitors, and school personnel, whether or not school is currently in session. Minico High School complies fully with this law.
Proper conduct by the students is expected and contributes to the safety of the pupil transportation program. Refer to District Policy #378.20P for transportation discipline procedure.
Each passenger will maintain appropriate behavior while loading, riding, and unloading.
Throwing rocks, ice, snowballs or other projectiles that might injure others or damage property may result in suspension from school.
Students are not to access the roof of any building at Minico High School. Doing so will result in appropriate discipline and possible suspension.
Under no circumstances is there to be hazing or initiation of students at Minico High School. Violations may result in suspension from school.
Students are not to bring articles to school that are not deemed appropriate for a school setting. Articles such as laser pointers, skateboards, razor scooters, water guns, lighters and/or matches, etc. are prohibited during school hours. Violations of this policy may result in loss of the article and possible suspension from school.
- Students are permitted to use PED’s, including cell phones during:
- Passing times between classes
- Before and after school
Consequences for the Possession or Misuse of PEDs:
At the beginning of each school year an acceptable use policy letter will be sent home with students, to be signed and returned, which outlines expectations and consequences regarding having a cell phone or PED at school in accordance with District Policy No. 362.00 and Minico High School expectations and policies.
Students need to be respectful of those around them and are expected to speak and act responsibly. Use of profanity is unacceptable and students will be disciplined accordingly.
Minidoka County School District #331 Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace (District Policy 342.20 and 524.00)
The Minidoka County School Board and Minico High School is committed to meeting its legal and moral responsibilities to safeguard the health, character, citizenship, and personal development of students. It is recognized that certain offenses, including those of alcohol and drug abuse, are barriers to the positive development of the citizenry and can lead to the illness of alcoholism and other chemical dependencies.
The board of trustees hereby notifies all employees and students of Joint School District No. 331 that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, sale, possession, consumption or use of any illicit drug or alcoholic beverage at the work place, on the Minidoka County School District premises, or on school assignment and/or activities is absolutely prohibited. The board further notifies all employees and students that to be under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or any intoxicating substance at the work place, on the school district premises, or on school assignment and/or activities is absolutely prohibited. Compliance with this policy is mandatory.
Violation of these policies by any employee or student will be cause for disciplinary action up to and including termination or expulsion.
All employees and students in violation of this policy will be referred to local law enforcement authorities. Students’ parents or guardians will be notified immediately.
Administrators and supervisors are to review this policy with employees and students annually.
STANDARD OF DRESS
As fashions change, developing a dress standard for school is challenging. Students and staff understand that certain forms of dress are appropriate for particular settings both in and out of school, but are not appropriated as attire in the general school setting i.e. a wrestling singlet is appropriate for wearing during a wrestling match/practice, but nowhere else during the school day, or a swimsuit is appropriate at the pool, but not as attire for regular school business. Therefore, boundaries of appropriateness have been set for attire at school. Minico High School students are expected to dress appropriately and to show proper attention to personal cleanliness, neatness, and conservative standards of dress and appearance for the safety and education of the student and all others in the school. In order to ensure academic excellence, ethical behavior and personal responsibility, dress will be of a nature that sets a school-wide tone of caring about personal pride, school pride, and the courteous customs of the society in which we live. The purpose of this policy is to model and promote a safe, productive, and professional environment for students, staff and the community. This policy will apply equally and without bias based on race, color, religion, national origin, disability, and/or age. This policy will apply equally to all genders.
GENERAL RULES FOR ATTIRE: Clothing should always be clean, mended, suitable to body size, and in good taste.
CLOTHING: Pant/slacks are to be worn at the waist. Belts are not required, but if worn, must be in loops and are not to hang down. Pants that cannot be held up without a belt or those with holes above mid-thigh are prohibited. Bib type overalls/coveralls shall be worn in an appropriate, safe, fastened manner. Extreme tight-fitting clothing, clothing which is unduly revealing, or attire which detracts in any way from the educational mission of the school’s instructional program, is unacceptable. Stretch pants (yoga pants, leggings, tights. i.e.) are discouraged. See-through fabrics (including those for yoga pants, leggings, and tights), mesh, and/or fishnet fabrics are prohibited. Clothes must conceal undergarments at all times. Shirts must have a modest neckline and be long enough to cover the midriff (front and back). Halter tops, spaghetti straps, off-the-shoulder or low-cut tops, bare midriffs, and skirts and shorts shorter than finger-tip length are prohibited.
INSIGNIA: Clothing and accessories that contain insignia are unacceptable at any time and in any form if they contain messages, writing, graffiti, and or insignia which advertise, endorse, and/or promote drugs, tobacco products, alcohol, profanity, illegal activities, racially derogatory or hate group references, Satanism, death or destruction, violence, shock-rock, sadism, gangs, racial separatism, and sexual innuendo.
HEAD COVERINGS AND HATS: Out of courtesy, respect and for safety/identification reasons, during school hours, all head coverings including caps, visors, sweatshirt/hoodie hoods are unacceptable for all students with the exception of head coverings for medical purpose or religious observance. Under special occasions hats may be worn with authorization by administration with specific guidelines. See District Policy 344.00
Belts must be in the belt loops and are not to be hanging from the waist.
Accessories having studs or spikes (including metal) are prohibited.
All pet paraphernalia is prohibited.
Chains, including wallets which have a chain attached are prohibited.
Jewelry, which could inflict bodily harm, used for drug paraphernalia, or construed as a weapon is prohibited.
Shoes must be worn at all times.
Students may be expected to remove certain jewelry deemed unsafe during Physical Education classes.
No gang-related, profane or vulgar language, symbols or insignias etc. are to be cut into hair or tattooed or cut into skin. All offensive permanent marks must be covered.
Bandannas are prohibited as attire in the school building.
** Violation of the dress code is subject to suspension.
The Board of Trustees believes that students and employees of the Minidoka
County School District #331 have the right to learn and work in an atmosphere which is conducive to the achievement of their fullest potential. Sexual harassment of students or employees whether verbal or physical and whether engaged in by employees of the District or students, is prohibited and will not be tolerated.
The School District will investigate all complaints of sexual harassment whether the complaint is formal, informal, verbal or written, and discipline any student or employee who sexually harasses a student or employee of the School District.
Sexual harassment consists of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical conduct or other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature.
Any person who believes he or she has been the victim of sexual harassment should report the alleged acts immediately to an appropriate teacher, counselor, supervisor, principal or superintendent.
PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION
Inappropriate showing of affection in halls, classroom, or on school grounds will not be tolerated. Examples would be hugging, kissing, extensive physical contact, etc. that would offend other people. Violation could result in detention and/or suspension from school.
Any student giving or receiving unauthorized help in any exam, quiz, written work, distributing photos of tests or projects and plagiarism of any kind will receive the minimum of a zero for that assignment. Example of dishonesty/cheating: A student copying or giving copies of an assignment or test that defy the teacher’s expectations. This student may also be referred to the administration for further disciplinary action, including detention or suspension.
Any repeated offenders in the course of a semester grading period may receive a failing grade for that semester.
DRIVING TO SCHOOL/PARKING LOT REGULATIONS **
Driving to school and parking in the school’s parking lot is a privilege; please treat it as such. Due to safety and trespassing issues, student parking is closely monitored and student cooperation is expected and appreciated. Parking spaces are limited and, with the exception of “Senior” and “Staff Only” spaces, parking is on a first come, first served basis. The Minidoka County School District assumes no responsibility for the theft or damage to vehicles parked or driven on school grounds. In an effort to protect your car and other possessions, we require the following of our students:
Do not be in the parking lot during any class period unless you have a hall pass from a member of the faculty or administration. Students found in the parking lot during class time without permission will be considered TRUANT from class and disciplined accordingly.
Do not loiter in the parking lot when your school day is completed.
Students are expected to drive courteously, carefully, and responsibly on school property. Inattentive, reckless, or irresponsible driving on school grounds will not be tolerated. Violations of rules concerning parking lot and driving behavior may result in the loss of privileges for a period of time.
Minico High School Parking Passes: Students and parents/guardians will complete the Student Parking Permit form and pay for the Parking Pass. The parking permit must be displayed while the vehicle is parked on campus. The parking permit may be used in multiple vehicles. Failing to display the parking permit or parking in unauthorized areas will result in the consequences listed below. Students will park only between solid yellow lines in the designated parking areas Students are required to park in student parking spots and prohibited from parking in staff spaces, senior class parking areas, handicap parking areas, bus lanes, or designated fire lanes. Students are prohibited from having too many passengers in their vehicles to include the beds of pickup trucks. Reckless driving and/or other infractions could result in the loss of parking privileges on campus. Loss of privilege will be subsequent to a hearing with administration and school resource officer, if necessary.
Parking Consequences include:
Other offenses: Citation/Towed/Loss of Parking privilege.
After three offenses, or a severe safety risk to others has occurred, the student and parent/guardian will have a hearing with administration for the possible revocation of the permit.
Parking fees and fines
$10.00 to purchase a Parking Pass/year.
$5.00 will be assessed for a lost, late, or stolen permit.
$15 fine for each citation to be paid at the office.
$25 fine for parking in a handicapped space and/or fire lane.
All visitors parked on school grounds must report immediately to the office to check in and register themselves and may be asked to provide their vehicle information.
FOOD IN SCHOOL/LUNCH TIME EXPECTATIONS
Students are expected to help keep the hallways, outside lawns, and parking lots clean at all times. Failure to keep hallways clean could result in loss of privilege to eat in the halls during lunch. When in the halls during lunch time, students should converse quietly as to not interrupt classes that are in session.
SEARCH & SEIZURES
While on school grounds, the administration and resource officers reserve the right to both search and seize any materials in violation of school policy. This search and seizure can include a student's personal vehicle, locker, backpack, gym bag, purse, etc.
This can be done at any time there is reason to believe a student may be in violation of school policy. No prior warning is needed. Search warrants are not necessary to perform this action in a school setting. Any violation of school policy found during any such search will be disciplined accordingly.
THEFTS/REPORTING A LOSS
Students are reminded to secure vehicles, valuables, and lockers--BOTH hallway and PE lockers. In case of theft, the school accepts no responsibility for personal articles and property left in the building or on school grounds.
Internet Policy for Students (District Policy No. 502.97)
Individual users of the Internet have the ultimate responsibility to use Internet resources appropriately. All Internet users are expected to use the network for purposes appropriate to the educational environment at all times. Users must refrain from any use that is not consistent with the policies, purposes, or objectives of the Minidoka County School District. Minico requires every student and parent to sign for Internet use in accordance with District Policy No. 502.97.
All students who attend extra-curricular events are expected to show the highest levels of citizenship and sportsmanship. Vulgar language toward anyone, including officials, will not be tolerated!
Any student spectator expelled from an event by the administration, police department, or game official may be suspended from school up to five days and may not be allowed to attend any other extra-curricular function for up to a period of six weeks.
A second violation of this sort during the course of the school year may result in expulsion from all school activities for the remainder of the school year and suspension from school for five days.
Any student who is released from any sport or club because of failure to follow the sport/club rules/regulations/grade requirement may have his/her name deleted from any pictures or other recognitions.
Rules & regulations governing participation in ALL extra-curricular activities
Improper behavior (including before, during, and after the event) may result in loss of participation in school activities. Proper behavior while in competition representing the well-being and reputation of Minico High School is expected and required.
Training Rules and Substance Abuse Policies
Participation in extra-curricular activities is a privilege extended to the students of this school. Students participating in activities shall not use or possess tobacco, alcohol,
ordrugs or other substances found in District Policy 342.20. Students doing so will be subject to the disciplinary actions of the Drug and Alcohol Policy for Extracurricular Activities Code of Conduct that each participant must read and sign prior to participation.
Attendance Rules and Regulations for Participation in Extra-Curricular Activities
Students must be in attendance one-half of the day of an activity or they will not be permitted to participate in that activity.
If the student is attending a doctor's appointment during the course of the day, in which case a doctor's note must be shown to the attendance office upon return to school.
If the student must stay home because of a serious illness in their family which has been pre-excused through the attendance office.
A death in the family.
Personal reasons or illnesses that are cleared by the administration in advance of missing school.
Students who are assigned in-school suspension can compete that day if their activity takes place after the assigned detention. In-school suspension will not be scheduled around extra-curricular activities under any conditions.
Those students participating in any extra-curricular activity come under the jurisdiction of the Idaho High School Activities Association regulations. In addition to these requirements, the participant must meet the following regulations outlined in the Minidoka School District policy:
Students participating in any activity covered by the I.H.S.A.A. must have and maintain a 2.0 grade point average. The grades will be calculated initially from the previous semester grades for students transferring to Minico from other schools. Grade point averages figured from the previous semester grades will determine eligibility for the following semester.
No student is to take part in interscholastic athletics unless the student has completed the required Physical Examination/Interim Questionnaire approving participation, and a Consent Form is signed by the parents.
No student is to take part in interscholastic athletics unless the student has taken out athletic insurance through the school or is able to show proof that he or she is covered by a health insurance policy.
Students participating in extra-curricular activities must purchase an activity card. This includes participation in competitive events as approved by the Idaho High School Activities Association. (A complete copy of the Spartan Pride Athletic Handbook is located on the internet at the Minico High School home page –http://www.minidokaschools.org/domain/342).
Any person needing special accommodations to participate in school activities should contact Minico High School one (1) day prior to the activity at 292 West 100 South, telephone number 208-436-4721.
MINICO SCHOOL DANCES:
Dances sponsored by Minico High School are for our students and their guests. Guest forms may be picked up in the school office the week prior to the dance or are available on-line and must be received by the office by the Wednesday before the dance. Students will be notified of approval/denial by the end of the school day on Thursday. Students are fully responsible for their guest’s actions. Students leaving a dance or activity will not be readmitted to that activity. Students and guests will be required to have a dance contract on file to attend dances.
Dancing and dance attire is expected to be appropriate for the type of activity. Provocative styles of dance and/or dress are not allowed and may lead to removal from the dance.