School Parent Involvement Policy
Henry Ford Middle School realizes that parents play an intergal role in assisting their child’s learning. Parents will be encouraged to become full partners in their child’s education and will be included, as appropriate, in decision making and on advisory committees to assist in te education of their child. We will provisde the information in a language that parents can understand. We will provide opportunities for regular meetings at varied times for all parents particularly those with limited English proficiency, disabilities, and homeless and migratory concerns to make comments, formulate suggestions, and generate decisions on the spending of the 1% parent involvement allocation. We will respond to parent’s suggestions in a timely manner and notify parents of highly qualified and non-qualified instructors.
Henry Ford Middle School will take the following actions to build its own capacity and the parent’s capacity for strong parental involvement as defined and described in section 1118 of the ESEA and by the LDE(Louisisana Department of Education):
- Annual Title I/Open House Parent Meeting
- Staff Development on Building Home-School Partnerships
- Monthly School Improvement Team Meetings
- Monthly Title I Newsletter and School Eboard
- Quartetly Parent Meetings with Principal(Topics to include but not be limited to LDE content and academic achievement standards, academic and alternate assessments, the requirements of Title I Part A section 1116, monitoring student progress, and how to work with educators)
- Family Literacy and Technology Night
- Annual Parent Survey
- Annual Evaluation of the School Improvement Policy and Program
- Parent Conferences including October 21, 2014 and March 24, 2015
- Collaborations with the Feeder Schools, Receiving Schools, and Community Stakeholders
- National Alliance of Black School Educators Parent Summit
It is expected that all students will adhere to the established school policies. Actions have consequences. Students removed from classroom settings and/or sent to Pupil Services will be held accountable for failure to follow the rules of the JPPSS Pupil Policies and Procedures and the Henry Ford Student Handbook. Should you experience a problem within the school, contact a teacher or counselor. The Ford Administration, Faculty, and Staff are willing to help you.
Be to class on time with proper materials.
Eating food, chewing gum, or drinking in class is not allowed.
Be seated properly and wait for permission to speak or get up.
Be polite, and respond to directions immediately.
Individual classroom rules will be posted in every room.
Respect yourself and others, follow the school dress code, observe safety rules and follow routines and directions the entire day.
All Monetary Transactions must be made in cash, money order or cashier check.
All students must be present a minimum of 161 days to be eligible for credit for courses taken- this includes excused and unexcused days. A student cannot miss more than 12 unexcused days. Students with attendance problems will be referred to the Juvenile Court System. There are 2 types of absences: Excused absences are absences for which students are allowed to make up work and are granted only with a doctor’s note or proper documentation of a death in the immediate family. Unexcused absences are absences for which students may not make up work. It is the student’s responsibility to seek, prepare and schedule any and all make up work for an excused absence. (A doctor’s note will only be accepted within five (5) days of the absence).
Students are to be in designated areas before, during and after school. The designated yard area is between the main building and the gym and on the blacktop area on the Jamie Boulevard side of the gym.
Students are not allowed in the following areas: the front of the building (Jamie Blvd.) Marie Drive parking lot, around the cafeteria and behind or on the Pat Drive side of the gym. During class time no student is to be in the hall except with an authorized pass. All passes must consist of student name, departure time from class, destination and teacher signature. Exchange of passes are not allowed.
Clear or mesh booksacks are the only types that are allowed at school. No backpack purses may be carried. All other booksacks will be confiscated.
Students are expected to behave in the cafeteria and to leave their eating area clean and orderly.
Students may bring their own lunch but it must be eaten in the cafeteria.
Free and reduced lunches may be consumed only by approved students. Any attempt to use another student’s computer number is a serious offense and the guilty student will be referred to Pupil Services.
At the end of the meal, each student is to leave his eating area clean and deposit trays, utensils and litter in the proper place.
No food or drink may be taken from the cafeteria.
Drinks in cans or bottles and glass containers are not allowed in the cafeteria or on campus.
I.D.’s must be worn and will be confiscated if the lunch # given does not correspond with the I.D.
A school is a “place for teaching and learning”. No one at Henry Ford School will be permitted to interfere with the right of a teacher to teach and a student to learn. The rules and regulations outlined in the school’s policy provide the guidelines for students’ behavior. Any offense against these regulations shall receive prompt disciplinary action of probation, detention, suspension and/or expulsion. The severity of the consequence will depend on the seriousness and frequency of the misconduct.Students are reminded that Jefferson Parish School System Policy states that each student is strictly accountable for any disorderly conduct in school buildings or school premises, on school buses, while attending all school activities.
The following policy will apply to all students given an after school detention by the Administration.
The student will be given a detention notice which will specify the time, date(s), and reason for the detention(s). It is to be brought signed by the student’s parents or guardian and returned to the Dean of Student Services before first period on the day of detention.
If a student is absent on a day which he has detention, or the detention is postponed for any reason, he will make up that detention on the next day detention is held following his return. Not serving detention will result in suspension.
SCHOOL UNIFORM REQUIRED
Students are required to wear the official school uniform each day. The uniform consists of the LIGHT BLUE (6TH GRADE) or RED (7TH & 8TH GRADE) knit shirt with school logo, Navy Blue Dickey style pants (No Cargo or Cell phone pockets) or navy blue skirt (must touch knee), and blue or black belt. Uniform shirt must be tucked in at all times. Hooded jackets and sweatshirts are not allowed.
Replacement I.D.’s are $5.00 and must be purchased at the school. Temporary I.D.’s are $1.00 a day and may be purchased in the Pupil Services. I.D.’s are not to be written on, cut , or have stickers attached anywhere on them.
No article of clothing shall be worn which contains obscene or offensive wording or decoration or refers to any alcoholic or tobacco product or political related documentation.
Hair shall be neat, clean and well-groomed. Green, blue, yellow etc. hair is not acceptable.
Hats, head coverings, hooded jackets, sunglasses, large chains, name plates and belt buckels larger than 2 inches, earrings (larger than a quarter) and medallions can not be worn. BOYS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO WEAR EARRINGS.
Shoes with heels, shoes without restraining straps at the heel and shoes which expose the toes, or slippers of any kind (sandals) are NOT permitted.
Shorts and skorts are not allowed. Students improperly dressed will be referred to Pupil Services and written up on a uniform citation, 1st Offense- Detention, 2nd Offense -Saturday Detention and 3rd Offense – ISS. Continued violations of the Dress Code will result in suspension.
A fire drill plan is posted in each room. When the fire alarm sounds, students will leave the room quickly and quietly and remain with their teacher. Running is not permitted. The first to reach the outside doors will hold them open until all have left the building.
There are drink machines in the gym but students are not allowed to bring these back into the building or cafeteria.
P.E. teachers are not responsible for any money lost in the machines or providing students with change for the machines.
Counseling service is available to all students.
Any student not in his/her designated area must have a pass. The school agenda must be used. If a student loses his/her agenda, another one may be obtained from the office at the cost of $5.00. Teachers MAY NOT ISSUE A PASS WITHOUT THE SCHOOL AGENDA.
Homework is given to students at least 3 times per week in every subject except P.E. The amount of home study necessary may vary from class to class within a given grade. Homework is a part of the student’s grade and the student will be held responsible for turning it in.
Illnesses which are not emergencies are to be reported to the office by the student on a Student Request Form. The office will contact the parent and call the student from class when the parent arrives. A student will be released only to a parent or guardian designated on the emergency card.
During the fifth week of each marking period, an interim report will be issued to all students whose progress is satisfactory or unsatisfactory. However, if a situation arises that a student passing at the end of the fifth week should become a possible failure during the remaining weeks of the marking period, an interim report will be issued. A copy of the report will be filed in the student’s cumulative folder by the teacher.
LATE ARRIVAL TO SCHOOL
A Late Arrival Card will be utilized for recording a student’s tardiness to school. Excessive unexcused tardiness of students will be administered according to the following procedures:
1st and 2nd tardy in each semester –
Verbal warning to students with signature of student on Late Arrival Card.
3rd tardy in each semester – Student is issued punishwork and a referral will be made to the counselor.
4th to 5th tardy in each semester – School detentions or other disciplinary action and a referral to school counselor.
6 or more tardies in each semester –Suspension and notification to the Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance.
The library is open for use during the entire school day. Students wishing to go to the library at lunch time may do so but only with a pass from a teacher, librarian or administrator.
MARKING PERSONAL PROPERTY
In order to assist in the recovery of lost or stolen items, it is necessary that all students mark their property where it can be easily seen.NEVER LEAVE YOUR PROPERTY UNATTENDED.
A doctor and parent/guardian must complete medication forms and include all directions and special instructions. Forms andmedication must be brought to the Medication Assessment Office, then brought to Pupil Services by a parent/guardian. School personnel will not administer any type of injections. Students may not possess medication of any nature at any time, this includes aspirin, Tylenol, and cold tablets, etc. Forms and procedure directives are available in Pupil Services.
Students wishing to conduct business with the school’s office are to fill out and return to the office a Student Request Form. If the reason for the office visit is accepted, the student will be called to the office.
Students are not permitted to use the school phone. Arrangements should be made in advance for rides home, lunch money, uniforms, field trip permission slips, etc. The school’s office will call students’ homes only for illness or accidents. Students will not be called to the office for telephone messages.
The damaging or defacing of any school property is a suspendible matter. Restitution for property damaged or stolen will be required before a student will be permitted to return to school.
REPORT CARDS AND MARKING SYSTEMS
Report cards are issued at the end of each nine weeks marking period, four times a year. Interim reports are also issued four times a year – on the Friday of the fifth week of each marking period. Parents are urged to contact the teachers with any questions regarding the interims or report cards.
Restrooms are open between the changing of classes. Passes are found at the back of the agenda. NO PAPER PASSES ARE ACCEPTABLE. Restrooms are locked at 1:50 P.M. daily.
Students participating in any activity sponsored by the school will be under the direct authority of the teachers, and chaperons in charge. Students not present during the school day will not be allowed to participate in any after school event on that day. Students who owe a school dept will also not be allowed to participate in schools functions until the dept is cleared. School rules will be enforced at all events.
Students must be signed out through the school office. Students needing to leave the campus due to illness, doctor’s appointments, etc. will only be allowed to sign out with parent/guardians listed on the Student Emergency Card. Parents may submit new emergency cards periodically during the school year to update information. Students will not be allowed to sign-out if emergency card is not on file in the office. Anyone signing out a student must provide picture identification. Except for dire emergencies, students cannot sign out after 2:00 p.m.
TARDY TO CLASS PER SEMESTER
Students arriving to class after the tardy bell will be sent to the Tardy Desk, a behavior report will be issued for first offense, a detention for the second and a referral for every late arrival thereafter. This procedure will start over at the beginning of each semester.
THEFT AND POSSESSION OF MISSING ITEMS
Whenever a student finds any item which does not belong to him/her, it should be turned in to the discipline office or to a teacher immediately. Any students found in possession of a stolen item will be dealt with severely.
THREATS AND STUDENT CONFLICT
Each student has a right to attend Henry Ford free from the threats of physical or mental abuse from his fellow students. Any student who is made to fear for his personal safety, for any reason, is to report the incident to the administration or supervising teacher. Any incident which may ultimately lead to a fight and possibly cause student suspensions must be reported. Student conflict can always be resolved without physical confrontation.
Bus transportation is provided by the School Board for students attending Jefferson Parish schools. Problems with bus drivers or bus transportation should be directed to the transportation office of Jefferson Parish at 349-7727.
VISITORS TO THE SCHOOL
All guests must check in at the front office and secure a Visitor Pass.
Under no circumstances is a student to bring a visitor to the school.
PHYSICAL LIMITATIONS/ PROBLEMS
If a physical condition limits participation in class and other activities the student must get a signed statement from a doctor that points out the limitations and the period of time it is expected the student will need to limit or adjust activities while the student is in school. The doctor’s note must be brought to Pupil Services.
The following policy violations are subject to disciplinary action at the discretion of the administration. Students are encouraged to use good judgement when making these and other decisions about situations at school. Consequences to these actions can include loss of privileges, reprimand, detention, being put on contract, parental involvement, suspension, or even expulsion. A combination of suspensions can lead to a remainder of the year suspension for the child.
- Abusing hall and bathroom pass privileges.
- Bodily injury to students and/or faculty
- Classroom or hall disturbance
- Cutting class/ Leaving campus / Leaving class without pass
- Disrespect for authority
- Failure to sign in or out of school
- Fighting with students and/or faculty
- Immoral practices
- Indecent behavior
- Misbehaving on school bus
- Possession of Permanent Markers
- Possession and/or shooting fireworks
- Profane and/or obscene language, notes, pictures, etc.
- Radios, tape players, games, cards, yoyo’s, other toys etc.
- Sexual harassment
- Threatening students and/or faculty
- Unfounded charge against authority
- Willful disobedience
THE ADMINISTRATION RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE OR ADD TO THE POLICY LIST ANYTHING DEEMED HARMFUL TO A CHILD’S SAFETY AT SCHOOL.