Springs High School Handbook
The administration, faculty, and staff of Baxter Springs High School
extend a warm welcome to all students. We hope this handbook will assist
you in learning school policies while it also helps you in planning
and organizing your school day more efficiently. However, the handbook
is not all-inclusive. Therefore, the administration reserves the right
to amend any provision in this handbook that is deemed to be in the
best interest of the educational process. Furthermore, the administration
retains the right to issue penalties for acts not specifically addressed.
All visitors should report immediately to the office. Visitor permits
will be granted to those who have business to conduct in the school.
Persons requesting to relay messages to students or staff should make
arrangements in the office.
Announcements will be read by the first block teacher each morning
at the beginning of the first block. They will be posted on the student
bulletin board, and all teachers will have copies in their rooms. It
is the responsibility of each student to be aware of the contents of
the announcements. Items to be placed in the daily announcements must
be submitted by a member of the faculty in writing by 12:30 p.m. on
the day before publication.
The decision to close school is made by 6:30 a.m. and an announcement
will be broadcast by KMOQ–107.1 FM, KKOW, KGGF, KOAM, KSN, and
KODE. If school is cancelled, athletic events and practices will also
be cancelled unless approved by the administration.
Warning bells ring at 7:50 and 7:55. The tardy bell rings at 8:00.
Blocks 1 & 2---- 8:00 - 9:21
Morning Break---- 9:21 - 9:31
Blocks 3 & 4--- 9:31 - 10:52
Blocks 5 & 6---- 10:56 -12:48
Blocks 7 & 8 ----12:52 - 2:13
Reading/Channel 1----2:17 - 3:05
Red days - Blocks 1, 3, 5, & 7 meet.
White days - Blocks 2, 4, 6, & 8 meet.
Reading/Channel 1 will meet on Red and White days.
Lunch will be served during the time frame for blocks 5 & 6. Three
lunch periods will be served.
1st Lunch 10:56 – 11:26
2nd Lunch 11:29 – 11:59
3rd Lunch 12:02 – 12:32
A warning bell will ring 3 minutes before the students are required
to be in class. Students who return to class after the tardy bell rings
will accumulate tardies, just like arriving late at any other class.
If it becomes necessary for a student to take any form of medication
at school, a signed note from a parent/guardian must be presented to
the office along with the prescription. All medication will be dispersed
from the office.
Students may use the office phone only in an emergency with staff permission.
Phone calls for students should be handled between classes, during lunchtime,
or before and after school. Students are not allowed to carry cell phones
or pagers in the building during school hours.
All students outside the city limits may ride the school bus. Students
inside the city limits may catch the bus at the Baxter Springs Middle
On activity trips, students will be brought back to the high school
where parents are expected to pick them up. The district does not provide
bus service to the student’s home after activity trips.
Each student is provided a locker along with a lock for storage of
textbooks and student materials. These lockers are for the personal
use of the student and are not to be tampered with by other students.
Students should never leave money in their lockers. Lockers are the
property of the school and are subject to search with reasonable cause.
Student lockers are to be cleaned out before leaving school at the end
of the year and the locks should be turned into the office. Writing
on lockers is vandalism and will be treated as such.
EVACUATION OF INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES
Teachers will be responsible for assisting any disabled students in
their charge to the nearest accessible exit or safe refuge area. Disabled
occupants will be assisted to one of the following meeting places outside
the school: North parking lot, goal post south of school, yard west
of building, shelter house east of building.
LOST AND FOUND
All books or other articles found should be taken to the Lost and Found
in the main office. Students who have lost items should check in the
Lost and Found periodically for these items. It is recommended that
names be placed on all gym equipment. Students are discouraged from
bringing valuable personal items to school. Owners must accurately identify
lost items in order to reclaim them. Items left over thirty days will
be donated to charity.
Any injury obtained at school should be reported immediately to the
teacher, coach, or to the office.
USD #508 provides medical insurance coverage for students that is classified
as secondary coverage, which means that it takes effect on medical expenses
that are not covered by other medical insurance. Parents should contact
the school office for an explanation of benefits. Supplemental coverage
is provided by the school as follows:
1. All Students--classroom/bus/activities
2. Activity Students--KSHSAA Activities Treatment for injury and claim
must be filed within 90 days. Parents are ultimately responsible for
filing the claim and payment of treatment.
An optional school plan is also available to all students grades 9 through
12. Coverage to and from school and on school-sponsored activities is
available. Nine-month term of school and year-round coverage (24 hours
a day for the full year) is also available. The cost for these plans
varies yearly and will be determined prior to the opening of school.
Parents who desire to purchase student insurance should pay the fees
to the school at registration. All claims will be filed with the agency.
Athletic family passes are available that allows two adults and all
children in the immediate family to be admitted for all regularly scheduled
home athletic events during the entire school term. This does not include
tournaments or state-sponsored events that may be held at Baxter Springs
High School. Tickets used by any person other than the owner will be
revoked without refund. Family passes cost $65.00 and may be purchased
in the high school office or at any home games.
CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS
The faculty and administration encourage students to become involved
in clubs and extracurricular activities. Organizations available to
Pep Club Thespians
Science Club BPA (Business)
FCA Foreign Language Club
Scholars' Bowl BIAM (Industrial Arts)
Math League National Honor Society
In any institution the size of Baxter Springs High School, it is inevitable
that complaints will arise on a number of issues. When these arise,
part of the solution lies in following certain procedures. To register
a legitimate complaint, students should take the following steps:
1. Obtain a complaint form from the office.
2. Fill out the form describing the complaint in detail and return the
signed form to the office.
3. A reply from the principal regarding the complaint will be issued
within one week’s time.
4. A personal conference with the principal may be arranged if the issue
is still not resolved.
Students who drive to school must park in properly marked parking spaces.
Appropriate space must be left for delivery trucks, trash service vehicles,
and emergency access to the fire lanes. Students are not to be in their
cars at any time during the school day unless they are arriving late
or leaving early.
BIKES, BOARDS, & BLADES
Students who ride bicycles to school must park them in the designated
Bicycles should be locked while parked in the designated
The school is not responsible for any damage to bicycles
on school property.
Bicycles are to be parked immediately upon arrival
at school and not moved or used until school is out.
Bicycles are not to be ridden on school sidewalks
or at the bus loading area.
Bicycles, roller blades, skateboards, and other similar
devices are not permitted for use on school property, whether school
is in or out of session.
Baxter Springs High School does not accept any liability
for any person operating or using these devices.
Students are not allowed to leave the building once they get to school
unless they have a pass from the office and sign the sign-out book.
CLOSED NOON HOUR AND LUNCHES
Students will not leave the building during the noon hour. Baxter Springs
High School has a closed lunch period, and visitors are not to be invited
to school during this time.
Assemblies are offered to enhance the curriculum with information and/or
entertainment. Many times, members of the community, parents, and others
will visit our school to observe the program being presented. With this
in mind, we ask that student behavior is refined and courteous at all
Prior to a general assembly, students are to report to their classrooms.
Textbooks and supplies are to be left in the room, with the exception
of purses and other valuables.
ATTENDANCE AT HOME ACTIVITIES
Students who attend home activities must be seated in the gym, stadium,
etc. They are encouraged to actively participate in cheering for our
teams. All cheering is to be positive for our team with no negative
yells toward the other teams, team members, or referees. Students are
not allowed to wander around the halls during games.
A sponsor must be present at all activities, meetings, and practices.
Events are to be scheduled through the school office.
TRANSPORTATION TO ACTIVITIES
Students must ride school transportation to be eligible to represent
Baxter Springs High School as a member of a team, squad, or group. Spectator
attendance does not require school transportation. All students riding
in a school vehicle to an activity must return in a school vehicle.
Exceptions to this transportation policy must meet one of the following
The parent or legal guardian of a student must be
at the activity and personally take responsibility for the student
from the sponsor.
The parent or legal guardian of a student must come
to the school at least one day before the activity and sign a form
that permits the student to be released to another adult after the
activity. The adult must be out of high school, over the age of 18,
and personally take responsibility for the student in the presence
of the sponsor. Notes or telephone calls will not be accepted.
In extreme emergencies, the administration has the
authority to release a student without the one-day notice and signed
To participate in activities, students must be carrying five new subjects
and have passed at least five subjects the previous semester.
Number of Units Required for Graduation: 2003-2004 – 28 Credits
Required Courses for Graduation:
4 units of English-Language Arts
3 units of Social Science –
one unit of Kansas History
one unit of American History,
and one unit of Government,
2 units of Science - one of which must be a lab course
3 units of Mathematics
1 unit of Physical Education
1 unit of Freshman Core – Driver’s Ed./
Choices/Music Appreciation/ Health
1 unit of Computers (or demonstrate
competency in the use of computers)
1 unit of Fine Arts or Practical Arts
12 Units of elective credit for 2004, 2005
Reading Credit - All students will be required to have a semester of
reading credit for every semester of attendance at Baxter Springs High
School. This credit will be accomplished through participation during
reading period by reading Accelerated Reader (AR) books and earning
a minimum of 12 points (AR) per quarter. When AR requirements are fulfilled,
students will be required to read a book that is acceptable in an educational
setting or utilize their time to work on homework.
Students who do not successfully complete the reading requirement for
any semester will be placed in an extended school day program the following
semester. Failure to attend the extended school day program will result
in notification to the County Attorney.
Students who do not complete these requirements will not satisfy the
Baxter Springs High School graduation requirements and will not be awarded
a diploma or be allowed to participate in graduation.
Grade cards will be issued to students at the end of each nine-week
period. The grades used are:
A-----Superior 90 – 100%
B-----Above Average 80 – 89%
C-----Average 70 – 79%
D-----Below Average 60 – 69%
F-----Failing 0 – 59%
Incomplete Grades: A grade of incomplete is given at the end of any
marking term that the student has not submitted all required work. A
student has 10 school days to make up an incomplete. Failure to do so
will result in the grade permanently changing to a grade of F.
Progress Reports for all students will be mailed home during the fifth
week of each nine-week period.
Students will be assigned after-school remediation when they fall
into any of the categories listed below:
Is in danger of failing a class
Failing a test in any class
Missing homework or assignments
Flagged on State Assessment
FINALS AND EXEMPTION POLICY
Semester exams are required in all classes during the assigned schedule.
All students are required to take Final Exams unless they meet the following
exemptions in ALL classes:
2 absences and an A average
1 absence and a B average
0 absences and a C average
To be exempt from the final in a class, students must not have any
detentions in the class, nor may they have been assigned an ALC or OSS
during the semester.
School functions will not count as absences in the Final Exemption Policy.
This exemption policy will not apply to classes taken for dual credit
through Labette Community College
The spring enrollment is official. Classes cannot be changed after
this time. Students should plan carefully to make the desired choices.
DUAL CREDIT COURSES
Some classes will be offered through Labette Community College for
dual credit. High school students who meet the requirements may enroll
and receive credit at both the high school and college levels. Check
with the counselor for information concerning the courses offered.
If correspondence classes are to count toward graduation, the student
must have approval of the administration before enrollment.
Prior approval of the administration is required for an independent
study class to count toward graduation requirements.
Before summer school classes may be counted toward graduation, students
must have approval of the administration prior to enrollment.
A senior may enroll as a teacher's aide with prior approval of the
teacher and the administration. No credit will be issued.
HALL AND COMMONS BEHAVIOR
Public displays of affection are no more appropriate in the halls and
commons than in the classrooms. Students are not to embrace or kiss;
casual handholding is permitted. Teachers who witness inappropriate
behavior will warn the students involved and report those warnings to
the office. The second warning may result in a parent/student/administrator
The “hands-off” policy for students will be enforced at
Baxter Springs High School. “Hands-off” includes any display
of affection that goes beyond handholding in the school or on school
grounds. Teachers will warn students and report those warnings to the
office. The second warning may result in a parent/student/ administrator
A basic right of each student at Baxter Springs High School is the
right to learn, without interference of others’ behavior. Students
who disrupt the learning process will not be tolerated. Social adjustment
is the basic responsibility of the home. The basic responsibility of
the school is skill development and learning.
GENERAL CLASSROOM RULES
Students are to be on time to class or have a pass
explaining their tardiness. Unexcused tardiness is not permitted.
A student is considered tardy when he or she is not seated and prepared
for class when the tardy bell rings.
Always be polite. Extend courtesy to those around
you. Use words like “please” and “thank you.”
Never try to embarrass anyone.
Raise your hand to be acknowledged before speaking
Homework is due at the assigned time. Late work will
The teacher dismisses the class--not the bell.
Each student is responsible for cleaning the area
around his or her desk or workstation.
Whenever there is a guest in the room, whether an
adult or a student, the guest is to be treated with respect.
Students are in school to learn. If you do not understand
something--ask. Extra help will be available to anyone who wishes
it. Please see the teacher to arrange for extra help.
Students are responsible for asking teachers for
missed assignments or tests. Teachers are not expected to search for
you -- it is your responsibility to ask them.
The class will proceed in an orderly fashion; consequently,
there will be relative quiet unless otherwise instructed.
If you need to go to the lavatory or see the nurse,
go to the teacher’s desk and ask quietly. If you are sick (really
sick), you can quickly leave the classroom to save cleaning up a mess.
Obscene, profane or vulgar language, hitting others,
mocking, destroying property, cheating, or bad manners will not be
tolerated at any time. All of the rules of school property apply.
Students will normally not be excused from any classroom.
All books, papers, and writing utensils for class should be brought
at the beginning of the period. Possession of an Agenda will be required
to go anywhere from the classroom. Students should never be without
Students are not allowed to carry pagers or cell phones
in the school building during school hours. Students who bring pagers
or cell phones may have these items confiscated and taken to the office.
Parents may pick up the electronic devices from the office.
Behavior in the dining room should be based on courtesy and cleanliness.
This means leaving the area in good condition. Students are not to go
into the hallways during lunch period. Books and supplies for class
should be taken to the commons before first lunch. Students from other
lunch periods may leave supplies in their classrooms.
Baxter Springs High School has three lunch periods with approximately
one-third of the student body scheduled into each. Accordingly, it is
expected that all students conduct themselves properly during the lunch
periods, practice good table manners,and abide by the following:
Enter and leave the cafeteria at a walk.
Go through the serving line one time only.
Be seated and remain seated at your table until finished
Clean the eating area by disposing of trays and trash
Refrain from pushing, jostling, or throwing objects.
Conversation at lunch is desirable; however, loud
or boisterous talk, yelling, or screaming is not a form of acceptable
Credit on lunches will be extended to $10. No credit
is allowed for a la carte items.
School lunch program sheets with free and reduced
lunch forms attached will be provided for every student at enrollment.
Students are to pass quietly through the halls, always keeping to the
right. Proper conduct in the halls is expected of every student. Running,
pushing, and shoving are prohibited. Students are asked to refrain from
forming large groups in the hallways and hindering other students from
All aspects of dress and personal appearance are extremely important
in achieving the best atmosphere for educational attainment. Students
are expected to keep themselves well groomed and neatly dressed at all
times. Dress and appearance must not present health or safety hazards,
be indecent, disruptive, distracting, or inappropriate for the classroom.
The following are guidelines for students to follow:
All students must wear shoes, boots, or other types
of footwear. Spaghetti straps, halter tops, and tank tops, as well
as shifts or dresses that have thin straps that expose the shoulders,
chest, back, or midriff will not be permitted. Shirts must have sleeves.
All shirts must be able to be tucked in when the arms are extended
above the head.
Regardless of the size of the student, the length
of shorts, skirts, dresses, etc., must be mid-thigh.
No excessively baggy, loose, or tight clothing will
No hats or other head coverings, including bandanas,
are allowed within the building for boys or girls.
Wallet chains are not allowed.
Sunglasses are not allowed to be worn in the building.
Torn or cut up clothing that violates the mid-thigh
restriction and unstrapped overalls are prohibited.
Jeans, slacks, pants, and shorts that are worn below
the waistline are prohibited.
Facial, tongue, or body piercing (except for the
ears) will not be allowed.
Any clothing or accessory that promotes tobacco,
alcohol, or drug use or is found to reveal obscene or vulgar material
will not be permitted.
Extreme make-up, unnatural hairstyles or colors,
or the wearing of inappropriate accessories will not be allowed.
No clothing or accessories that can be perceived
as gang-related will be allowed.
Dress at school activities must be supportive of
the educational environment and follow rules of common decency.
Students are to have their own Agendas with them
during the school day.
Appropriate personal grooming is conducive to a desired learning environment.
Any practice judged distracting or disruptive will be dealt with on
an individual basis. The final decision concerning questionable dress
will be made by the administration. Any student who is in violation
of the dress code will be required to change clothes or return home
until that individual’s dress is in compliance with the school
Detention will be held after school from 3:10 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays during the school year. If a student,
at any time, has accumulated three or more detentions in one week, he
or she will be assigned to ALC. Detentions may be assigned for the following
1. Excessive tardies.
2. Activities which interfere with the teacher’s ability to teach
or other students’ opportunities to learn.
3. Any items included in the discipline consequences.
4. Other items deemed appropriate by the administration.
1. Students are to come prepared to work constructively during the
entire time. The teacher is there for supervision, not assistance.
2. Students are not to communicate in any way with anyone.
3. Students are not to sleep or rest their heads on the desks.
4. No food or drinks of any kind are permitted in detention.
5. The student and parents are responsible for transportation afterwards.
6. Any student who is late or is sent out of detention will be subject
to the discipline listed for “Cutting Detention” in the
Discipline Consequences section.
7. A 24-hour notice may be allowed in some individual cases if approved
by the administration.
This policy is not meant to replace or limit the teacher’s right
or responsibility for maintaining classroom discipline. The faculty
may choose to use other methods of classroom management.
ALTERNATIVE LEARNING CENTER (ALC)
Students who require a high degree of supervision and structure in
order to be educationally successful will be assigned to the Alternative
Learning Center (ALC). A certified supervisor will assist students in
completing assignments and improving behavior. The atmosphere within
the ALC will be purposely strict, and students will have to earn their
way back into the regular classroom. Students assigned to ALC will be
required to report at 8:00 a.m. and will be dismissed at 3:10 p.m. Students
will be allowed approximately 20 minutes for lunch under continuous
supervision. Any student dismissed from ALC will be suspended from school
for three (3) days, and then be required to finish the assigned ALC
time upon returning to school.
Parents/guardians will be notified concerning assignment to ALC.
Students may be assigned a Saturday workshop for misconduct, tardiness,
or truancy by the administration. Saturday workshops begin at 8:10 a.m.
The main entrance doors will be open at 7:45 a.m. Doors will be locked
at 8:15 a.m. Students arriving after 8:15 a.m. will not be allowed in
the building and will be subject to further disciplinary action. The
Saturday workshop may be from one to four hours and will end at 12:00
Students are to bring textbooks and other work that will keep them busy
for the full time. They may read library books, but no newspapers or
magazines will be allowed unless assigned, in writing, by a teacher.
If students do not bring an adequate amount of work, the supervising
teacher will provide work for these students to complete satisfactorily.
Students will not be allowed to sleep during Saturday workshops. No
food or drinks will be allowed. Students are to observe all school rules.
Students who fail to attend a Saturday workshop may be reported as truant
to the County Attorney’s office by the administration.
Acts of unacceptable behavior that may result in suspension or expulsion
upon the first offense, depending upon the severity of the infraction,
or that may result in suspension for repeated infractions, include but
are not limited to the following:
1. Possession, consumption, or sale of alcoholic beverages, tobacco,
narcotics, marijuana, addictive drugs, in any form, at school or any
school-sponsored events, regardless of location.
2. Possession or exchange of drug paraphernalia.
3. Possession, threat to use, or use of lethal weapons.
4. Vandalism or destruction of school property.
5. Theft of property and/or extortion of any type or amount.
6. Any illegal activity.
7. Failure to comply with reasonable requests from the administration,
faculty, or other school employees.
8. Fighting, intimidation, or threatening by word or deed (harassment).
9. Possession and/or ignition of any form of fireworks.
10. Excessive tardiness or absence.
11. Open defiance of authority.
12. Use of profanity or vulgarities.
13. Repeated violations of school regulations.
Any of the above infractions may result in the student being suspended
from school for up to ten (10) school days, placed in ALC, and/or attend
an expulsion hearing meeting to face possible expulsion from school.
A parent/guardian conference may also be required before the student
is allowed to return to school
Although no credit is given for required assignments missed during suspension,
it is recommended that students keep up with homework in order to minimize
the educational loss.
The decision of whether a student is to be placed in ALC or out-of-school
suspension is the sole decision of the administration.
A major part of the educational process occurs in the classroom and
students must be present in order to benefit from that important part.
Our school can not teach students who are not present. All students
enrolled at Baxter Springs High School are subject to all guidelines
of the attendance policy. This policy is intended to encourage students
to be regular in their attendance and applies to all BHS students —
regardless of age or marital status.
This policy designates five (5) absences per class for each semester
as the maximum allowed before credit is denied for the semester. The
five (5) absences are to accommodate:∑ Personal Illness
∑ Appointments that could not be scheduled outside the school
∑ Serious personal or family problems
Exceptions to this policy are as follows:
1. Students participating in school-sponsored trips, events, and activities
are counted as School Activities and not counted absent.
2. Absences of three (3) days for the death of a near family member
or of one (1) day for the death of other relatives are exempt.
3. Dual credit courses will follow the Labette County Community College
attendance policy, which allows a maximum of three (3) absences per
semester to receive college credit.
4. Students who feel exceptional or unique circumstances exist may appeal
to the administration, and then to the Appeals Board.
Absences verified by a parent note, even for illness, do not exempt
the absences from the attendance policy. The parent note does allow
the student to make up any work missed while absent.
Doctor appointments may or may not count against the student’s
five days. This will be determined at the discretion of the administration.
Students are encouraged to arrange these after school or at times that
do not affect any one class. Doctor notes must detail dates of the confinement
and presented within fourteen days of the end of the semester.
Students eighteen years old or older are NOT exempt from the attendance
It is extremely important that students understand that the 5 days for
necessary absences built into the attendance policy are not to be considered
Students leaving school grounds “MUST” first bring a note
from home and then sign out in the office before leaving. Failure to
sign out will result in an unexcused absence and will be treated as
a “skip” and punishment will be the same.
Truancy is defined as missing classes on a given day without parental
knowledge or approval and school official approval. Known truancy will
be handled according to our disciplinary grid.
Parents or Guardians are responsible for notifying the office when a
student is absent giving reason for absence. The reason for absence
will be recorded on the student’s daily attendance record.
THERE ARE NO APPROVED SKIP DAYS!
PROCEDURES AND GUIDELINES
When a student is absent or arrives late, the parent
or guardian must call the school on the day of the absence and state
the reason for the absence.
Any absence will be regarded as unexcused if the school
is not notified within two (2) days after the absence.
The school administration will determine whether
a student’s absence will be excused or unexcused. An absence
will be excused for:
a) Personal illness or injury
b) Personal family matters
c) Approved prearranged absences
The student will have one day for each day of excused
absence to make up work missed. It is the responsibility of the student
to request make-up work from teachers, successfully complete the missed
assignments, and turn in the work on time.
When a student has knowledge of a scheduled test
and misses the day of that test, the student must make up the test
on the first day back in class.
Students who plan to be absent are to notify the
principal and their instructors before the absence. Any work due the
date of the absence must be turned in prior to the absence; otherwise,
it will be considered late and will be subject to penalty.
Students and parents are asked to wait two (2) days
before asking for homework assignments for long-term absences.
Students who leave during the school day must check
out through the office. Students who leave without checking out will
be considered truant and will be subject to disciplinary action.
Students may not check out between 11:00 a.m. and
1:00 p.m. except for doctor or dental appointments. Any exception
must be cleared with the administration.
When a student returns to school from a professional
appointment, verification from the doctor or dentist must be turned
in to the office.
Students who are 18 years old and living at home
with their parents are required to have parents or guardians call
for absences and/or permission to leave the building. Students who
are married or are 18 and living independently may sign their own
In order to attend or participate in a school activity,
students must be in attendance one half day. Extenuating circumstances
will be handled by the administration. The parent or guardian should
notify the school office in these situations.
Absences for illnesses verified by a doctor’s
note detailing dates of the confinement are exempt from the attendance
policy. Notes must be presented within fourteen (14) days of the end
of the semester.
Absences verified by a parent’s note, even for illness, do NOT
exempt the absences from the attendance policy. Doctor appointments
count against the student’s allowed five (5) days. Students are
encouraged to arrange appointments after school or at times that do
not affect any single class. Any absence, for reasons other than those
listed in the excused absences, is considered to be unexcused, unless
prior written approval has been given by the administration. No make-up
homework assignments or examinations will be permitted for unexcused
absences. Out-of-school suspensions are considered to be unexcused absences.
GUIDELINES FOR RECEIVING
Students must satisfy two criteria to be awarded credit for meeting
1) Students must maintain a passing grade as established by the classroom
2) Students must meet the attendance policy requirements established
by the U.S.D. #508 Board of Education.
Students will receive the grade earned for the course work upon completion
of the first criterion. When both criteria are met by the student, credit
will be awarded and recorded along with their grade on their official
high school transcript to be applied toward meeting graduation requirements.
A review at the end of the semester by the Baxter High School Attendance
Review Committee, may be requested by a student or parent/guardian of
a student who lost credit during the current semester. The committee
will consist of four (4) staff members and a representative of the high
school site counsel. The committee will examine the conditions related
to each individual case. All requests must be in writing and presented
to the principal. The parents and the student must attend the hearing.
The committee may extend the absence limit or take such action as is
required. Parents or guardians will be informed in writing of the results
of such hearing.
Note: The state statute states that when a student is inexcusably absent
for three consecutive school days or five or more school days in any
semester then the student shall be considered not attending school as
required by law and the principal shall report all such cases who are
13 to 17 years of age to the County Attorney.
Note: Any student who violates the Baxter High School Attendance Policy
may be reported to the County Attorney for truancy.
Tardiness is defined as any appearance of a student after the scheduled
time a class begins. (Tardiness of more than twenty (20) minutes to
a class will be considered an absence.) Students that are tardy at the
beginning of a school day MUST have an Admit Slip from the office to
be admitted late to class. During the school day, students who are more
than ten minutes late for class will not be admitted unless they have
a note from the office.
Violation of the tardy policy by students shall be treated as follows:
4th, 5th and 6th tardy to one class per semester - one after school
7th and subsequent tardies thereafter to one class - ALC.
SPRINGS USD 508 ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY FOR COMPUTERS AND TECHNOLOGY BY
It is the policy of Baxter Springs USD 508 to encourage students in
the use of computers and other technologies in the pursuit of academic
excellence. However, certain guidelines and restrictions must be imposed
to assure that the technology is used in a responsible, efficient, ethical,
and legal manner to provide students with the best possible learning
atmosphere. Students are required to adhere to the provisions of the
policy. All students under the age of 18 must obtain parental permission
and have a signed form on file in order to access the district's network
and the Internet.Network/Internet.
The purpose of the Baxter Springs USD 508 computer
network is to promote the exchange of information to further education
and research and is consistent with the mission of Baxter Springs
USD 508. Access to the Internet will enable students to explore
thousands of libraries, databases, and websites throughout the world.
Parents should be warned that some materials accessible via the
internet contain items that are illegal, defamatory, inaccurate,
or potentially offensive to some people. While the intent of the
district is to make access available to further educational goals
and objectives, students may find ways to access other materials
as well. The district take all possible precautions to prevent such
access, but occasionally, sites are not blocked in time to prevent
Any use of the school network for illegal activity
Use of the Internet to access obscene, pornographic,
or dangerous material is prohibited. Students should immediately notify
their teacher in the event of accidental access to an inappropriate
Students are not allowed to access personal e-mail
accounts, chat-lines, or message boards from school.
The kind of program that harasses other network users
or infiltrates a computing system and/or damages the software is prohibited.
Users will make the most efficient use of network
resources to minimize interference with others.
Any use of the network that accesses outside resources
must conform to their “Acceptable Use Policy."
Users will respect the rights and property of others
and will not improperly access, misappropriate or misuse the files,
data, or information of others.
Users may not share their account with anyone or
leave the account open or unattended.
Users will keep all accounts and passwords confidential
and not accessible to others.
The district is not responsible for lost files saved
on the Student Server.
Users are responsible to take precautions to prevent
viruses on Baxter Springs USD 508’s equipment. Students may
not bring data on diskettes from home to use in school computers.
The illegal installation of copyrighted software
or files for use on district computers is prohibited. Students may
not bring files or programs to add to school computers, nor may they
access and download programs from the internet on school equipment.
This policy will remain in effect as long as you are a student of
Baxter Springs USD 508. Any abuse of on-line services such as accessing
pornography, illicit material, dangerous topics, or any material not
congruent with the mission of the district will result in the loss
of on-line privileges, and any destructive use of equipment may result
in criminal prosecution.