Student Handbook

Russell County Alternative Center

         

The alternative programs are available for students who are experiencing problems at their local schools and may be deemed at-risk of completing the requirements for a high school diploma or a GED certificate.  Most students have encountered difficulty following established school rules and regulations or may have displayed continuous disruptive and/or violent behaviors.  Admittance to any of the programs requires principal referral, permission from the Administrator of Alternative Education, and parental approval. 

            The staff of the Russell County Alternative Center recognizes that each student is a unique individual and as such comes to school with a different set of priorities, concerns, and problems.  In order to assist the At-Risk student, an educational program is designed to meet his or her particular situation since many of these students have had little if any success in the traditional school environment.  Each secondary student is recognized as a full participant in the discussion of alternative placement. The alternative education staff endeavors to understand the student's particular situation as well as the need for alternative placement.   It is important to the staff that the students be treated with respect, that the students learn to cope with adversity, and that a learning environment exists in which students feel free to discuss theories and ideas with the staff. 

The student's educational program may consist of either full or half day schooling, after school classes, or ISAEP classes during the day. Parents must attend preliminary meetings before a student is placed in any of the alternative programs.  Counseling is also available from Family Preservation Services or Cumberland  Mountain Community Services for a student placed in the secondary alternative or elementary day program.

            Russell County Schools operate a Secondary Alternative Day Program during the regular school term.  The students are bused from the three secondary schools in the county to the Russell County Alternative Center located at 1315E Main Street in Lebanon. Students may be placed at the alternative school for as little as six weeks or as long as a year depending upon the severity of school rules' violations. 

            Most students will work on two subjects at a time unless the student is returning to his/her home school before the end of the first semester or has been placed at the Alternative Center for only a six weeks period.  In such cases, the student’s assignments are sent from the home school.    Studying only two subjects at a time until finished has proven to help motivate the at-risk student because many students have not earned the credits necessary to be promoted to the next grade.  Students expecting to earn a high school diploma are expected to pass the required number of the Standards of Learning tests.

Secondary school students who have been placed in the Alternative Day Program or the ISAEP class have the opportunity to take one of the vocational classes offered at the Russell County Career and Technology Center. 

            The After School Program meets four evenings each week for two and a half  hour classes.  Seniors who are at-risk of dropping out of school and in need of no more than two classes in order to graduate are given first priority.  They are required to log 140 hours and complete all required material before being given credit for a subject.  This time schedule allows a student to complete one subject each semester.  Some of the students in the evening class are teen-age mothers with small children who have no sitter until an adult comes home from work in the afternoon.  These young girls also study one subject at a time; however, home assignments are made for additional work in other subject areas.   They may complete as many as three subjects each semester.   SOL tests are given in the fall and spring to all students who have completed subjects requiring SOL testing.

The ISAEP classes are available for those students who are 16 years of age and at least one full year behind in credits.  The classes are held at the Russell County Alternative Center and students attend class a total of fifteen hours a week on academic preparation and no less than 10 hours per week on CTE Skills development.  Students receive instruction on job skills, writing a resume, career planning, and being interviewed for a job as well as educational instruction in passing the GED test.

Russell County Schools operate an Elementary and Middle School Alternative Day Program during the regular school term.  The students are bused from the elementary or middle schools in the county to a facility on the campus of Lebanon Middle School.  Students may be placed in the day program for a period of six weeks or up to a year depending upon the severity of school rules' violations.  Assignments are sent from the student’s home school and counseling is available through Cumberland Mental Health in Lebanon, Virginia.  The program operates with an administrator from the Secondary Alternative Day Program and two certified teachers.

         The Russell County Alternative Center began in 1993 and has grown each year.  The program offers instruction as well as counseling for students in Grades K through 12. The staff consists of a director, an administrator,  six certified teachers, two aides, a counselor, and a secretary.  The elementary, middle, and secondary day programs average one hundred fifty students per year.  The after school program serves over fifty students at the three high school sites.

        The following pages contain the rules and regulations that apply to students enrolled/attending the Russell County Alternative Center.  The rules and regulations may often be more restrictive than those of Castlewood, Honaker, or Lebanon high schools.  All alternative students and parents are expected to read the student handbook in order that they are aware of the rules.

 

  

Mission

 

“Alternatives to Success”

 

Goals and Objectives

 

 

The goals and objectives of the faculty and staff at the Russell County Alternative Center are as follows:

1.                  To give every student an opportunity to excel academically.

2.                  To help every student be able to function in society by exhibiting appropriate social behaviors.

3.                  To help every student learn to accept and respect adult authority.

4.                  To help every student transfer the positive things they learn back into their families, to their friends, and to their communities.

 

The faculty and staff at the Russell County Alternative Center will make every effort to treat each student with respect while providing a safe, secure environment in which to learn.  All students are expected to attend school daily and to put forth their best effort. 

 POLICIES RELATING TO STUDENTS AT THE ALTERNATIVE CENTER

ALL students, including day, after-school, independent , or home bound, are expected to adhere to the rules and regulations as stated in the Russell County Student Conduct Code and the Russell County Alternative Center Handbook.   Being a student at the Alternative Center does not mean that the student is no longer required to conduct him or herself in a respectful manner. Certain privileges will be curtailed while a student at the Russell County Alternative Center.

ACCESS TO STUDENT RECORDS

Under State Board of Education regulations regarding management of student’s record (8VAC 20-150-370 {10}), it clearly states:… Records shall be disclosed to the parent or guardian of the student including a noncustodial parent, unless such parent’s parental rights have been terminated or a court of competent jurisdiction has restricted or denied such access until the student is 18 years of age or is enrolled in an institution of post-secondary education…

ATTENDANCE

The Russell County School Board recognizes that there is a positive correlation between regular school attendance and achievement.  Regular school attendance is required and is the primary responsibility of the student and his/her parents.

Russell County Public Schools Mandated Attendance Guidelines:

The following will be considered excused absences:

1.      A written excuse from the doctor or dentist presented to the school administration.

2.      A written excuse from a parent regarding the death of a family member or friend presented to the school administration.

3.      All-day appearance in court (with a written excuse from the Truancy Supervisor or court official).  Students who are in court for half days or less are expected to attend school the remainder of the day.

4.      Religious holidays (must be organized religion and student must provide documentation of holiday observances by that religion).

        The parent may verify the student’s inability to attend school due to illness.  The parent must call AND send a note to verify the absence.  The parent may verify no more than six absences because of  illness during a school year.  Beginning with the seventh absence, the student must present a doctor’s excuse.

        An attempt will be made to reach parent/guardian each day a student is not in class. A student who is not in class by 9:15 am will be considered tardy.  When a student has five unexcused absences, a conference will be held with the parent/guardian, student, principal, and truancy supervisor.  At this time the committee will try to resolve any issues concerning the student’s absences. 

        If the student continues to be absent from school without appropriate excuses, the student will be referred back to the truancy supervisor for court action.  The student and parent will be required to appear in court before the Russell County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge.

        In order for a student to receive credit for a full day of school attendance, the student MUST be in school more than one-half of the school day.

        Activities that require the student to be absent from school that have been approved by the student’s home school, the Alternative Center, or the Russell County Career and Technology Center are not considered absences. 

Reasons for excused absences are subject to approval by the principal.  Parents and/or guardians are strongly advised to make doctor and dental appointments after regular school hours.

        ACADEMIC ATTENDANCE GUIDELINES    

            According to the accreditation requirements of the Virginia Department of Education, the standard unit of credit for graduation will be based upon a minimum of 140 clock hours of instruction.  The classroom teacher will keep the appropriate documentation.  If a student is repeating a subject, 75 clock hours of instruction will be required.  A verified credit is given to a student upon completion of a passing grade in the class, passing the SOL test at the end of the course, and completion of the appropriate clock hours of instruction.

            It will be the responsibility of the student to make arrangements for the make-up work with the teacher following an absence from class.  If a student has two or more days of make-up work he/she has not completed in the specified amount of time, he/she will receive a grade of no higher than 65 at the end of the grading period, unless the average is lower than 65.  If the average is lower, the student will receive that average.

Any prolonged absence due to extenuating circumstances will be evaluated on an individual basis.

        EARLY DISMISSAL

Students checking out of school early will need to adhere to the following procedure:

  1. The student’s parent MUST notify the school either by phone or with a note that the student will be leaving early.  A telephone call may be made to the person who signed the release if questions or concerns arise about the validity of the signature.
  2. A student may be released to the enrolling parent, other custodial parent, guardian, or stepparent with whom the child lives or an adult individual listed on the emergency procedure card.
  3. Students will not be released into the custody of a non-custodial parent or guardian.  If questions arise, the custodial parent will be contacted by phone, if possible.
  4. A written notice is necessary if the parent requests that the student rides a different bus or goes to a different location.
  5. In divorce cases in which joint custody is granted, the school will release students to either of the custodial parents.
  6. Under no circumstances will teenagers, including but not limited to,  boyfriends and girlfriends be allowed to sign out a student.
  7. Emergency situations will be handled at the discretion of the principal.  Visitation schedules and custody orders do not control the principal’s decision to release a student to a parent or authorized individual.  The principal will refuse to release the child only if presented with a valid court order that specifically prohibits or limits the access of the parent or other authorized individual to the student.

CELL PHONES

Cell phones will NOT be permitted by any student while in attendance at the Russell County Alternative Center.  Cell phones must be turned in to Mrs. Helen Jessee or her designee each morning upon arrival at RCAC.  The cell phone will be placed in a locked filing cabinet and returned to the student when he or she leaves school for the day.  If the student is caught with a cell phone, it will be taken and later returned to a parent.  If a cell phone is taken from a student a second time, it will be kept until the end of school year.

ELECTRONIC  DEVICES

I-Pods, CD players, and MP3 players are allowed at the discretion of the teacher and in accordance with the Bring Your Own Device Policy on pages 33-34 in the Russell County Public Schools Student Conduct Code Booklet.  Use of the device cannot interfere with instruction or the learning process.  The above mentioned electronic devices cannot be shared. Paging devices, cameras, hand-held electronic games, and walkie-talkies are not allowed on school property.  Misuse of any of the above devices will result in the following: 

First Offense – Confiscation of device and parent required to pick up from administration.

Second Offense – The school administration will keep the device until the end of the school year.

CHEATING 

If a student is caught cheating during class, the student’s work will be taken by the teacher and the student will be given a grade of “O” for that assignment.  If a student is caught turning in assignments for credit that he/she did not complete, the student will not receive credit for the assignments.  Students caught cheating multiple times in the same course will receive a failing final grade in the course.

COMPUTER LAB

Teachers will be with the students in the lab and students are expected to comply with the following rules:

1.      Food and drinks are not allowed.

2.      Chewing gum is not allowed.

3.      Students are not allowed to check their email.

4.      Outside disks or CD’s of any kind are not allowed.

5.      Internet Agreement forms must be turned in before using the Internet

6.      Absolutely no on-line gambling.

        LAPTOP COMPUTERS

Laptop computers will be used in the classrooms for instructional purposes only.  Using the laptops to listen to music is not permitted.  Any music needs to be stored on personal devices and not streamed or downloaded while on the school network.  The students will be assigned a specific laptop to use each day and will be responsible for the care and use of it.  Students are not allowed to reformat, download, or change anything on the computers.  The same rules that apply to the computers in the lab also apply to the laptops.  Any negligent use of computers or damage to the computers will be the responsibility of the student or his/her parents.

        DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS

Russell County School Resource Officer may be notified if a student is suspected of the following:

  1.  Smoking or using any tobacco products
  2. Threatening or harassing a student
  3. Possessing or using drugs or alcohol
  4. Fighting
  5. Leaving school grounds without appropriate permission
  6. Using profane language (prohibited on school grounds and a student can be charged with a misdemeanor)
  7. Possessing a weapon (as defined in the Russell County Conduct Code)
  8. Blatant refusal to follow school rules.

PHYSICAL CONTACT

The law allows school employees to use reasonable physical contact to maintain order and control.  The law allows the use of reasonable and necessary force to quiet a disturbance or remove a student from the scene of a disturbance, which threatens physical injury to persons or damage to property.  The law also allows personnel to use reasonable and necessary force to prevent a student from harming himself/herself or others.  The school staff is also allowed by law to use reasonable and necessary force to take weapons, dangerous objects, drugs or items used for drugs from students.

AFTER-SCHOOL DETENTION

A student who continually misbehaves or refuses to complete assignments during the regular school day will be required to remain after school until 6:00 PM completing daily assignments. The teacher scheduled for the After-School Program will supervise the student. Parents will be notified by phone and asked to make arrangements for picking up the student at that time.  Castlewood High or Honaker High students will serve after-school detention at their home schools in order that parents may pick them up at the required time.

                                                                                        SUSPENSION

The Russell County Suspension and Expulsion Manual will be used as a guideline for suspension.  Students will be told what they have done and will be given a chance to tell their side.  The student’s parents will be notified that a suspension is to take place.  Parents, who feel that their children have been unjustly suspended, may request a review by the division superintendent.  If not satisfied with this review, the parents may request a hearing by the school board.

                                                                        DISRUPTIONS AND VIOLENCE

Due to the danger of injury, discipline problems caused by violence are the most serious.  It is extremely important that violent students be controlled.  Students’ who engage in violent behaviors or have weapons on school property will be disciplined and if warranted, charges will be filed with the Russell County Sheriff’s Department.

DISRUPTIONS DIRECTED TOWARD OTHER STUDENTS

Students shall not disturb other students by violence, force, threat, language, intimidation, or any other action at school, on the bus, at school-sponsored events, or while under school supervision.  Students who choose to engage in any of the above listed behaviors will be subject to disciplinary measures.  If such actions continue, the student may be removed from his/her present alternative placement.  The student may be placed in one of the after-school programs or homebound.

                                                                                                        CHRONIC DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR

Parents will be asked to attend school with their child if the student has been unwilling to behave in class, during break, during lunch, or continues to disturb other students after having been repeatedly disciplined.

HAZING

Hazing, recklessly or intentionally endangering the health or safety of a student or students or to inflict bodily injury on a student or students in connection with or for the purpose of initiation or admission into an affiliation with or as a condition for continued membership in a club, organization, association, fraternity, sorority, or student body regardless of whether the student or students so endangered or injured participated voluntarily in the activity, is not allowed and must be reported to the Russell County Sheriff’s Office.

COURTESY

Students and their parents must remember that behaving in a courteous and respectful manner toward others is to be desired in all areas of life.  Students who are rude and disrespectful to school staff and other students will be subject to disciplinary measures.

THREATS AND BULLYING (18.2-60)

Students, either individually or as a part of a group, shall not harass or bully others.  The following conduct is illustrative of bullying:

·         Physical intimidation, taunting, name calling, and insults.

·         Comments regarding the race, gender, religion, physical abilities or characteristics of associates of the targeted person.

·         Falsifying statements about other persons.

Students who attempt to intimidate or bully other students by mode of dress, body decorations, verbal threats or physical threats may be suspended or expelled. Students who threaten other students may also be reported to law enforcement officers.  If the threat is written, signed or unsigned, and contains a threat to kill or to do bodily injury to an individual or member of his/her family, it is a Class 6 felony.  If the communication is oral and contains a threat to kill or do bodily harm to any employee and occurs on a school bus, school property, or during a school-sponsored activity, it is a Class 1 misdemeanor.  The parents of the minor being threatened or bullied will be notified by school authorities.  

FALSE ALARMS

Calling in a bomb threat, misusing 911 services, making a false fire alarm, or any other false alarm is against the law.  Students who make false alarms will be referred to the local law enforcement officials for prosecution.

            STEALING

Taking money or property belonging to the school or to another student is illegal and immoral.  Students stealing money or property will be punished, and the stolen money or property will have to be returned or paid for by the student or his/her parents.  Students should not bring large amounts of money or items of great value to school.  Trading of items of any value, purchasing, or selling will not be allowed.  Students destroying the property of others will be expected to replace the destroyed property.  The Russell County Alternative Center will not be responsible for property or money that may be lost, stolen, or damaged.

WEAPONS

Students shall not have on their persons, in their lockers, in a vehicle, or among their possessions dangerous objects that may be used as weapons or for the destruction of property.  Students shall not have weapons on school property, at any school sponsored function, or extracurricular activity, or on any school bus.  Students bringing firearms or any object similar in appearance to a firearm, whether it is capable of being fired or not, will be reported to local law enforcement officials.  Be aware, the definition of “firearm” includes stun weapons, lasers, knives with a blade of three inches or longer, any flailing instruments such as nun chucks, slingshots, any explosive devices, any disc with pointed blades and any weapon in which ammunition or a projectile may be used or discharged by explosion or pneumatic pressure.  Students are not allowed to possess any type of knife, including pocket knives, while at the Alternative Center. 

Students are not to give or sell such objects to other students.

Students are not to buy or accept such objects from other students.

FIGHTING AND PHYSICAL INJURY

Students and parents need to be aware that attacking another student is a criminal offense.  Students may be criminally prosecuted for assaulting another student.  Students who purposely attack or hurt another student will be disciplined.  If it appears that an assault has occurred, local law enforcement officials will be notified.  Fights will be thoroughly investigated and parents will be notified immediately.  Students are expected to notify any member of the alternative staff about problems before a fight occurs.  Any person who commits battery against any member of the Alternative staff engaged in the performance of his/her duties will be prosecuted.   

            CARE OF SCHOOL PROPERTY

Each student must assume the responsibility for keeping the building and grounds clean and neat in appearance.  All trash is to be placed in the containers in every classroom.  Students must follow the instructions for cleanliness by the alternative staff.  The cleanliness of the restrooms is the responsibility of all students.  Vandalizing the restrooms will not be tolerated.  The student and/or his/her parents shall be required to pay for damaged or destroyed property.  The students will work in teams on a weekly basis to keep the lunch room area clean.

        LOSS OF PROPERTY

Students are expected to take care of school property and the property of other students.  Students who damage or destroy property will be punished, and they or their parents will be required to pay for any damage.

                EXTORTION

Tricking or scaring another student in order to take money or other property from him/her is a dishonest practice.  Students who commit acts of extortion will be punished, and they or their parents will be expected to restore the money or property to its owner.

                ARSON

Setting fire to school property or the personal property of someone else is against the law.  Students who commit acts of arson will be suspended and reported to the Russell County Sheriff’s Office.

                DAMAGE TO SCHOOL PROPERTY INCLUDING TEXTBOOKS

Students should treat all school property with respect.  Students and their parents must pay for any damage to school property including lost or damaged textbooks.

                DRESS CODE

Good taste, safety, and health determine the school’s policy on school dress.  The following dress code applies to the students at the alternative center:

  1. The principal has the discretion to declare attire or actions (other than those cited here) as disruptive to the school setting.  This includes whether garments are inappropriately tight or revealing.  Students wearing questionable attire will be required to change into clothing meeting dress code requirements. If the parent cannot be reached, the student will be required to change into appropriate tops and/or pants that will be available. In matters of opinion, the judgment of the principal will prevail.
  2. Shoes are required at all times for hygiene and safety reasons.  Rollerblade shoes are not allowed on school property.
  3. Male and female students will not expose underwear of any type.
  4. Students will not be allowed to wear industrial or pet chains, spikes or collars around the neck, wrists, or waist or chains attached to wallets or clothing.  They will be confiscated.
  5. Students will not be allowed to wear see-through clothing, bare midriffs tops, halters, tank tops, tube tops, spaghetti strap tops, low-cut tops, sundresses, pajamas, or sleepwear.
  6. Students will not be allowed to wear any clothing that bears sexually suggestive or obscene comments, that has the names, trademarks or symbols of alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, illegal drugs, or gang-related language/insignia.
  7. Students will NOT be allowed to wear pants or shorts with holes, rips, or tears above the knee. Pants and shorts must be worn at the waist and be size appropriate; no sagging where underwear or undergarments are exposed. Belts may be required if necessary.
  8. Students will  not be allowed to wear hats, bandanas, or any other  type of  head coverings such as hoodies in class.  All head coverings will be put away at the beginning of the day.
  9. No sunglasses may be worn or visible at any time during the day.
  10. The parent will be contacted if a student refuses to change to more suitable attire.

    BACK PACKS, ETC.

Bringing book bags, back packs, sports bags, duffel bags, purses, etc. is discouraged and   not necessary.  If a student chooses to bring any of the above, the item must be CLEAR PLASTIC OR CLEAR VINYL.  These bags will be deposited in a secure, designated area upon the student’s arrival and will be given to the student when he or she leaves RCAC at the end of the school day.

                DRINKS AND SNACKS

The Alternative Center does not have either a drink or snack machine.  Each classroom has a water cooler that is available for the students.  Healthy snacks are provided as part of the breakfast program.  Outside drinks are discouraged.  Students are not allowed to leave school property to purchase drinks or snacks. 

                ENERGY DRINKS

Energy drink possession is prohibited in Russell County Public Schools.  Energy drinks are beverages containing carbohydrates and caffeine/herbal ingredients acting as a stimulant.  These include, but not limited to, Red Bull, Rock Star, and Monster.  There is growing concern that consumption of energy drinks may be unsafe for adolescents.  The high level of caffeine elevates blood pressure and pulse rates to, in some cases, dangerous levels.  Since these drinks act as a central nervous system stimulant, the potential for significant medical and behavioral consequences exists.  These may lead to adverse side effects and potentially harmful interactions with prescription medication (particularly with stimulant medications used to treat ADHD).  These drinks are often consumed with some over the counter medications, such as diet supplements, and mixed with alcohol.  They can also lead to a positive drug tests.  There is no regulatory control over energy drinks, thus their content and purity cannot be insured.  All such drinks will be confiscated and destroyed when a student possesses energy drinks at school.

            DRIVING VEHICLES TO THE ALTERNATIVE CENTER

Students must have prior permission from the principal at the Alternative Center before driving to school.  Students who receive permission to drive may NOT bring other students to school or take other students home with them.  Students will lose the privilege of driving to school if they bring or take other students home with them.  Students will not be dismissed until all buses have cleared the parking lot.

DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE

Students and parents should be aware that the use of drugs and alcohol by students is illegal.  Students breaking the rules will be suspended and reported to local law enforcement officials. (See the Russell County Student Conduct Code.)

1.      Students should not use, possess, distribute, intend to sell/buy, sell or buy, or try to sell or buy drugs or any item that is portrayed to be drugs or alcohol by the student.

2.      Students will not be allowed to take drugs, drink alcohol at school and school-sponsored events, or be at school after taking drugs or drinking alcohol.

3.      Students will not be allowed to have, sell/buy or give away items that are used to take drugs, or items that look like they are used to take drugs at school or school events.

4.      See the Russell County Student Conduct Code.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

Students and parents need to be aware that prescription drugs will be treated as illegal drugs unless the following rules are followed: 

  1. The prescription must be in a prescription bottle bearing the patient’s name and the doctor’s name and a current date.
  2. Refills must be provided within one week of expiration.
  3. The prescription must be registered with the principal and a required prescription form must be signed by a doctor.
  4. A signed Russell County Public Schools Parental Consent and Licensed Prescriber Authorization Form must be on file in the principal’s office. (Consent form is located at the end of the student handbook)
  5. Students diagnosed with asthma may have and possess a self-administered inhaler during the school day.  The student must have written consent from a parent/guardian, written notice from a doctor or nurse practitioner that identifies the student, notes the diagnosis of asthma and approval to self-administer medication, specifications noting name and dosage of medication, frequency of administration, and a testament to the student’s ability to self-administer medication safely. Sharing of inhalers is prohibited. (Consent form is located at the end of the student handbook.)
  6. A member of the staff will supervise and document the taking of any prescription medication.
  7. The Alternative Staff is NOT allowed to give nonprescription (ex:aspirin, Tylenol, Benadryl) medication to students without parent permission. (Consent form is located at the end of the student handbook.)  The parent can bring nonprescription medication in an unopened bottle with the student’s name and dosage on the bottle to the school. The medication will be secured in a locked cabinet. Documentation will be kept when medication is given to the student.

                FIRE DRILLS

Evacuation plans are posted in each classroom.  The signal for evacuation of the building will be the fire alarm.  Teachers will instruct each class of the evacuation route.  Students will leave the building immediately without regard to personal items.  All students must remain with their classes in their assigned area until given permission to re-enter the building.

            GRADING SYSTEM

It is important that students and parents/guardians be informed of the student’s progress.  Report cards will be mailed to the parents/guardians at the end of each grading period.  Weekly assignments forms will be included with the report card in order that the parents/guardians may understand the subject being studied, and the work being completed during each grading period.  Parents are urged to contact teachers with any questions they may have concerning their child’s progress. 

   The numerical grade scale is as follows:

A = 100-94                  B =   93-86                  C =   85-78

D =   77-70                  F =   Below 70

KITCHEN      

The kitchen is off limits to students.  Students will not be allowed to use the refrigerator, microwave, or coffee pot in the kitchen.  Breakfast and lunch are provided daily for the students in the cafeteria area.

LUNCH TIME

The students’ meals are delivered from one of the surrounding schools.  All students are required to eat in the large designated area and remain there until they are excused.  Students who drive are not allowed to check out for lunch. 

A parent is allowed to take his/her child out for lunch; however, no food items shall be ordered from town and/or brought or delivered to any student during lunch.  The parent must sign out the student in the previously described manner in order to take the student to lunch.

Students have the responsibility for cleaning the lunch room area and disposing of all trash in the appropriate areas.  Teams of students may be assigned the responsibility of cleaning the tables and floor.

Students will be assigned silent lunch for any of the following violations of school policy:

1.      throwing food during breakfast, break, or lunch

2.      not completing daily classroom assignments

3.      distracting other students or disruptive behavior during class time

4.      rude or disrespectful behavior

During this time the student will be in an isolated area and have no contact with other students.  A parent may be asked to come to the Alternative Center during lunch to participate in silent lunch if the student’s misbehavior continues.  Following lunch, students attending class at Russell County Career and Technology Center will be bused to class. Other students will return to their respective alternative classes.

PARENT CONFERENCES

Parents may make appointments for conferences with teachers or principal by calling the Alternative Center at 889-6521 between the hours of 7:30 A.M. and 4:00 P.M.  Parents are encouraged to contact any member of the staff for information concerning a student’s grades, behavior, or progress.

PROFANITY

State law and local school law policy prohibit the use of profanity or obscene language at school.  The principal will be the judge of what constitutes profane or obscene language.  The School Resource Officer will be contacted when profane language is used and a determination will be made about bringing criminal l charges.  Profanity is a Class 3 misdemeanor.

RULES FOR RIDING THE SCHOOL BUS

Riding the school bus is a privilege given to students by the school board.  Students who do not behave properly while waiting for and riding the bus may have this privilege taken away.  Misbehavior on the bus can lead to accidents and injuries.  A list of school bus rules can be found in the Russell County Student Conduct Code Booklet. Students should study this list and follow them.   Students are expected to obey the bus rules. Vandalism of the bus will result in criminal charges being filed and restitution being made. 

STUDENTS SUSPENDED FROM RIDING THE BUS FOR MISBEHAVIOR ARE NOT SUSPENDED FROM SCHOOL.  Therefore, it is the responsibility of the parent to provide transportation for his or her child if a student is suspended from the bus.

            SEARCH AND SEIZURE

Students will be given their rights under the Fourth Amendment to be protected from unreasonable searches and seizures.  This does NOT mean that searches and seizures are not allowed.   School officials have the right to conduct searches if they have reason to believe that students may have drugs, weapons, alcohol, or other items that are not allowed at school.  If they have reasonable cause to believe that students may have any of the above-mentioned items, school officials may search a student’s purse, book bag, or other personal items.  School officials may search school property at any time including desks, cabinets, or other such property that is owned by the school.

 

Parking an automobile on school property is a privilege given to students by the school.  Students who are given this privilege are subject to having their automobile searched and are responsible for anything found in it.  School officials have the right to seize anything they find that is illegal, dangerous, disruptive, profane, or otherwise offensive.

Electronic devices (such as cell phones) are also subject to search and seizure by school officials if there is a reasonable suspicion by the school official that a violation of school rules or state or federal law has occurred while on school property.

AVAILABILITY OF INFORMATION IN THE SEX OFFENDER AND CRIMES AGAINST MINORS REGISTRY

In compliance with the Acts of Assembly and Senate bills 22.1-79 and 22.1-79.3, the Russell County School Board will provide to parents a link on the Russell County web site of the availability of information in the Sex Offender and Crimes against Minors Registry.  This site will give electronic notice of the registration of any sex offender within that school division pursuant to 79.2-914. 

STUDENT ILLNESS AND ACCIDENT

A clinic is NOT available at the Alternative Center.  A student who is ill should make arrangements to be picked up by a parent or guardian.  If the student is unable to secure transportation home, the student will be expected to remain in class until the end of the day.

            USE OF TELEPHONE

Students will be given permission to call home ONLY in the case of an emergency. Students need to bring all educational materials and supplies as well as lunch money to school every day.  Students will NOT be called out of class to take a phone call unless it is an emergency.  Parent and student need to make arrangements for after-school activities prior to the student leaving each day for school

            TOBACCO

Students and parents should be aware that it is against the law for students under eighteen (18) to possess or use any form of tobacco.  Students under the age of eighteen (18), who possess or use tobacco products of any kind on school property or at a school sponsored activity will be reported to the school resource officer or any other law enforcement agent and will be prosecuted in court.  Selling tobacco products is not permitted.

For any student eighteen (18) years old or older, the student will be punished as follows:

  1. Students caught smoking in the school building will be prosecuted in court. (for each violation)
  2. Students possessing tobacco products of any kind will be suspended one day.  (for each violation)
  3. Lighters, matches, or similar products will not be permitted on school property.

VISITORS

Students MUST NOT bring family and friends to school with them.  All visitors must report to the Alternative Center upon arrival on school grounds.  Visitors are not allowed to interrupt classes and will be required to abide by school policies while on school grounds.

            MOMENT OF SILENCE AND FLAG PLEDGE

Senate Bill 209, passed by the 2000 General Assembly, requires each school division to establish a daily observance of a moment of silence in each classroom.  This will afford students a moment of quiet reflection at the beginning of each day.  The pledge to the flag will follow the moment of silence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Russell County Alternative Center


Receipt of Handbook Form

 

 

I have read the handbook for the Russell County Center for Alternative Studies and understand all the policies and procedures.


 

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Student Signature                                                                   Date

 

 

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Parent/Guardian Signature                                         Date

 

 

 

If a medical emergency or accident should occur, you have my permission to give emergency treatment and to transport my child to a medical facility.



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Student Signature                                                                   Date

 

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Parent/Guardian Signature                                         Date

 




Alternative Time Schedule


 

8:45                                         LHS students arrive/Breakfast

9:10                                         HHS students arrive/Breakfast

9:15                                         CHS  students arrive/Breakfast                              

9:30                                         Morning Classes begin

10:30                                       Morning Break

10:45                                       Return to Morning Class

12:15                                       Lunch

12:45                                       Afternoon Classes begin

2:25                                         CHS & HHS Dismissed

2:30                                         LHS Dismissed

 

 

There is no afternoon break.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CELL PHONE POLICY

 

            I HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND THE CELL PHONE POLICY AT THE RUSSELL COUNTY ALTERNATIVE CENTER.  I UNDERSTAND THAT MY CHILD MUST TURN IN THE CELL PHONE EACH MORNING UPON ENTERING THE RCAC.  I FURTHER UNDERSTAND THAT THE PHONE WILL BE RETURNED AT THE END OF EACH SCHOOL DAY TO MY CHILD.  I UNDERSTAND THAT IF MY CHILD FAILS TO FOLLOW THIS POLICY THAT THE PHONE WILL BE TAKEN AND I WILL HAVE TO COME TO RCAC TO GET THE PHONE THE FIRST TIME.  I UNDERSTAND THAT IF THE PHONE IS TAKEN A SECOND TIME THE PHONE WILL BE KEPT UNTIL THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR AND THEN I MAY PICK UP THE PHONE.

 

Parent Signature:        __________________________

 

 

            I HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND THE CELL PHONE POLICY AT THE RUSSELL COUNTY ALTERNATIVE CENTER.  I UNDERSTAND THAT I MUST TURN IN THE CELL PHONE EACH MORNING UPON ENTERING THE RCAC.  I FURTHER UNDERSTAND THAT THE PHONE WILL BE RETURNED TO ME AT THE END OF EACH SCHOOL DAY.  I UNDERSTAND THAT IF I FAIL TO FOLLOW THIS POLICY THAT THE PHONE WILL BE TAKEN AND MY PARENT WILL HAVE TO COME TO RCAC TO GET THE PHONE THE FIRST TIME.  I UNDERSTAND THAT IF THE PHONE IS TAKEN A SECOND TIME THE PHONE WILL BE KEPT UNTIL THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR AND THEN MY PARENT MAY PICK UP THE PHONE.

 

 

Student Signature:      ___________________________

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RUSSELL COUNTY ALTERNATIVE CENTER

DRIVING PERMIT

 

 

DATE: ______________________

 

 

            ___________________________________  has permission to

                                    (student)

 

drive a vehicle to Russell County Alternative Center on __________________

                                                                                                            (date)

for the following reason:

 

1.  _____         school activity

 

2.  _____         doctor or dental appointment

 

3.  _____         working

 

4.  _____         all year

 

 

Student Signature:  __________________________________________

 

Parent Signature: ___________________________________________

 

Administrator Signature: ______________________________________

 

 

MAKE, COLOR, MODEL of VEHICLE: 

 

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(ex. 2009 red Ford Mustang)

 

 

This form must be completed, presented and signed by the  Russell County Alternative Center Administrator before it is valid.

 

(All cars are to be parked in the front parking lot where the buses load)

 

 

STUDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BRING STUDENTS OR TAKE HOME OTHER STUDENTS FROM THE ALTERNATIVE CENTER. THIS WILL RESULT IN THE PRIVILEGE TO DRIVE BEING TAKEN AWAY.