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EMPIRE
PUBLIC SCHOOLS

STUDENT AND PARENT


HANDBOOK
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“A Guidebook for Students, Faculty, and Patrons”

All students and parents are responsible for the information, regulations included in this
handbook and are subject to all rules, and regulations set forth by the Empire Board of
Education, State Department of Education, and Oklahoma Secondary School Activities
Association. Many of the guidelines and expectations are contained in this document.
However, it is not inclusive and is submitted as a guidebook only.

SCHOOL CONTACT NUMBERS

Web Page www.empireschools.org

Justin Smith, Superintendent of Schools 580-252-5392


justinsmith@empireschools.org

Jodie Roberts, High School Principal 580-255-7515


jroberts@empireschools.org

Josh Skiles, Elementary Principal 580-255-4150


jskiles@empireschools.org

Tony Roberts, Athletic Director 580-255-7515


troberts@empireschools.org

Anja McDonald, Counselor 580-255-7515


amcdonald@empireschools.org

Leah Wilkinson, Child Nutrition 580-251-9029


leahwilkinson@empireschools.org
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SECTION I - GENERAL INFORMATION


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE (recited daily)
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one
nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

MOMENT OF SILENCE
Under Oklahoma State Law, there will be a one-minute moment of silence following the Pledge of
Allegiance.

THE AMERICAN’S CREED


“I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people,
whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a republic; a sovereign
nation of many sovereign states, a perfect Union, one and inseparable, established upon those principles of
freedom, equality, justice and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes”.

EMPIRE MISSION STATEMENT


It shall be the mission of Empire Schools to provide an educational environment that will enable each student
to reach their full potential. “Whatever the Challenge, Whatever the Test, Whatever we are Striving for, We
Give It Our Best.”

SCHOOL CITIZENSHIP
*Do your work as well as you can.
*Do nothing, which will harm your school’s reputation.
*Be courteous, referring to teachers as Mr., Mrs., or Miss.
*Thank those who do you favors.
*Be considerate; make no unnecessary noise such as shouting, whistling or even heavy walking.
*Do not wrestle or punch one another. Walk, do not run.
*Work together to keep your school clean. Place all trash in containers provided.
*Remember that the patrons of Empire lend this school to us. We owe it to future students to hand it to
them as we found it.
*Be respectful. The Golden Rule a good rule. Others will act toward you as you act toward them.

SCHOOL COLORS SCHOOL MASCOT


Red and White Bulldog

BELL SCHEDULE
8:00…………………………….1st Bell
8:05…………………………….Tardy Bell
8:05-8:55……………………….1st Period
9:00-9:50……………………….2nd Period
9:55-10:45……………………...3rd Period
10:50-11:40…………………….4th Period
11:40-12:05…………………….Lunch
12:05-12:25…………………….Tutorial
12:30-1:20………………………5th Period
1:25-2:15………………………..6th Period
2:20-3:10………………………..7th Period
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SCHOOL CLOSING INFORMATION


School Closing will be posted on the school website and announced through School Messenger
and the following stations :
TV
KSWO Lawton – Channel 7
Channel 4, 5, & 9 – OKC

Late Start will also be announced by television and School Messenger. Breakfast will not be
served on these days.

Early Dismissal is not common at Empire Public Schools because of the many working parents.
Every effort is made to keep a normal afternoon schedule, but changes may be made due to unusual
circumstances. If early dismissal is warranted, an announcement will be made through School
Messenger.

VOCATIONAL – TECHNICAL SCHOOL


Vo-Tech classes are scheduled each day in cooperation with the Vocational Education Center in Duncan.
Students must attend Vo-Tec when it is in session whether Empire is in session or not. Conversely, when the
Vo-Tec is closed for any reason students do not come to the Empire campus except to attend their regularly
scheduled classes. Those missing Vo-Tech without a justifiable reason may receive disciplinary action at the
principal’s discretion. Excessive absences, as determined by the principal, may lead to student removal from
Vo-Tech classes and placement in regular school classes.

SCHOOL VISITORS
Visitors to school are discouraged. Students are not allowed to bring visitors with them to school unless prior
arrangements are made with the building principal.
This policy also applies during lunch. When is necessary for a student to have a meal brought to the school,
prior arrangements must be made with principal and the lunch room must be notified one day in advance. For
safety reasons, no student is allowed to talk to anyone who may be driving down the street or parked along
the road. Violations of this rule will result in disciplinary action.

STUDENT CARE/RELEASE/LEAVING CAMPUS


Students are only released to the parent/guardian and non-custodial parent (with written authorization of the
custodial parent and presentation of a legal document proving relationship to the student) or the custodial
parent’s designee. It is the responsibility of the custodial parent to notify the school of restrictions that relate
to the release of a child. No student may leave the school campus until the parent/guardian has been
contacted.

STUDENT ENROLLMENT INFORMATION


New students enrolling for the first time should have the following documents with them at the time of
enrollment:
1. Copy of birth certificate
2. Copy of Social Security Card
3. Immunization records
4. Transcript of grade from previous school
5. Withdrawal grades from previous school (if enrolling after school year has begun).

TRANSFER/NON-RESIDENT STUDENTS
All transfers will be reviewed by the administration at the end of each grading period. Transfers may be
denied or cancelled at any time due to discipline, poor attendance, poor grades, or any other factor in
accordance with board policy.
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ADMISSION OF FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENTS


Empire Public Schools will accept foreign exchange students participating in certified exchange programs.
Sponsoring agencies and families should contact the Counselor concerning enrollment.

STUDENTS ENTERING FROM HOME SCHOOL OR PRIVATE PAROCHIAL SCHOOL


Students entering Empire from private schools or home-schools will be tested and placed according to their
test results. Transcripts from accredited programs will be evaluated for possible course and grade credit.

MOVING INTO THE DISTRICT AFTER THE START OF SCHOOL


Any student entering Empire School as a transfer student or coming from another school will be placed in
subjects that correlate with those from the previous school. When this is not possible, the student will be
placed in the schedule that will best suit the student and school system. Students entering school at Empire
after 10 school days have passed during the current semester will be able to take a course on an audit basis
for the remainder of the semester. Although no credit is given for audited classes, the student is expected to
comply with all school policies. The student will also be on probationary status while auditing classes.
Exceptions to the above-mentioned policies such as medical emergencies, academic misplacement, etc may
be used at the discretion of the administration of Empire Schools.

CLASSIFICATION OF STUDENTS IN GRADES 9-12


Freshman: Students with 6 or less high school units
Sophomore: Students with 7 to 13 high school units
Junior: Students with 14 to 20 high school units
Senior: Students with 21 or more high school units

WITHDRAWAL
If a student withdraws from school he/she should check out in the office and pick up a withdrawal slip and
have all of his/her teachers sign it. This will clear the record so that it may be sent to the school in which you
are to enroll. Failure to do this often causes delay in sending records to the new school. No transcript will be
forwarded to another school until all fees and fines are paid. All legal parent or guardians must sign a
withdrawal form at the time of withdrawal.

ATHLETIC PARTICIPATION
Each student will have an athletic physical prior to participation. Parents will sign a concussion form and a
medical release form. The Empire Board of Education does not assume responsibility and is not liable for
any athletic injuries to students.

EMERGENCY CARE/EMERGENCY CONTACT


Parents are required to provide three (3) emergency numbers in case a student becomes ill or has an
accident at school. In case of injury, first aid will be applied and attempts made to contact parent/guardian as
soon as possible. Emergency medical services may be called if parents are unavailable. Expenses for
emergency care will be directed to the parents. It is critically important that parents update emergency
numbers when there are changes.

STUDENT WELFARE (CHILD ABUSE)


All employees are required by Oklahoma Law to report suspected cases of child abuse to the Child Abuse
Hot Line at 1-800-522-3511.

STUDENT RECORDS (F.E.R.P.A.)


Upon request, the official records of a student may be inspected and reviewed by the student’s parent or an
eligible student eighteen (18) years or older. Additionally, parents or eligible students have the right to;
request amendment of educational records to ensure that they are not inaccurate, misleading, or in violation
of the student’s privacy or other rights; consent to disclose education records, except where consent is not
required to authorize disclosure; file complaints concerning noncompliance with the U.S. Department of
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Education; obtain a copy of the local adopted policy at the Administration Building. The district complies
with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA 34 CFR 99.22). Records may be
inspected at the schools between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Complaints may be filed
in the Office of the Superintendent. Records may be withheld (except those required by FERPA) in the
following situations;
1. Unpaid financial obligations to the school
2. unresolved disciplinary actions

SEXUAL HARASSMENT/DISCRIMINATION
District policy prohibits unwelcome sexual advances, threats or reciprocal favors or actions, or other verbal
or physical conduct of a sexual nature including lewd or sexually suggestive comments, off-color language or
jokes of a sexual nature, gestures, slurs and other verbal, graphic, or physical conduct relating to and
individual’s sex; or displays of sexually explicit printed material. Any student who is a victim of sexual
harassment or harassment based on race, religion, or disability may file a complaint directly with the building
Principal or the Superintendent of Schools.

CLOSED CAMPUS
Students (PK-12) are required to remain on campus throughout the school day. Once you arrive at school, no
matter the mode of transportation, you cannot leave the campus. Breakfast and lunches are offered in the
school cafeteria.

FIRE AND TORNADO DRILLS


At different times throughout the school year, fire and tornado drills will be conducted. The fire drill will be
one long continuous ring of the bell. The tornado drill will be an intermittent ring. Students will exit the
building as instructed during fire drills. Students will proceed to their designated areas and follow
procedures during tornado drills.

DRUG FREE SCHOOL


It is district policy that no student shall possess, use, transmit or be under the influence of any prohibited or
controlled substance; low point beer; or transmit drug paraphernalia; counterfeit drugs; or under the influence
of any other chemical or product. This policy applies to all students before, during and after school hours, in
any school building, on the premises, in a school vehicle, at a school-sponsored event, or during any period
of time when students are subject to the authority of the school. Violation of this policy could result in out-
of-school suspension. Students attending Empire Public Schools will be drug tested according to the policy
adopted by the Empire Board of Education. Information regarding this policy will be included in the
enrollment packet. The policy, in its entirety, will be available in the principals’ offices or the office of the
superintendent.

GUN FREE SCHOOL


Any student who uses or possesses a firearm at any school activity at any time will be removed
from school for no less than one full calendar year.
Firearms are defined in Title 18 of the U.S. Code. Section 921, as;
A. Any weapon, or accessories to a weapon, (including a starter gun) which will or may be made
to expel a projectile.
B. Any device having a propellant charge to drive a projectile. (This includes paint ball guns)
All firearms and weapons will be confiscated and released to proper authorities.
TOBACCO FREE SCHOOL
Smoking or use of tobacco, in any form, shall be prohibited within a school building and on school grounds.
Tobacco is a controlled substance and students violating this policy can be suspended from school.
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HARASSMENT/HAZING/BULLYING
It is the policy of Empire School District that no student or district employee shall participate in or be
members of any secret organization on school property or at any school related event.
For the purposes of this policy, hazing is defined as an activity which recklessly or intentionally endangers
the mental health or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of initiation or admission into or
affiliation with any organization operating subject to the sanctions of the school district. Harassment is the
deliberate taunting of a student by means of language or physical contact in an attempt to degrade or
humiliate. Harassment exists when an individual student or an unorganized group of individuals who use(s)
rough practical jokes or cause(s) a student to perform meaningless, difficult, or humiliating tasks. Bullying is
defined as intentional, repeating, hurtful acts, words, or behaviors committedby one or more students against
another. Bullying may be physical, verbal, emotional , or sexual. Bullying, intimidation, or harassment
whether written, verbal, or emotional is not allowed in any school district. Behaviors that place another
student in fear of harm, insult, or demean any student or group such as mane calling, racial slurs, pushing,
crowding, hitting, pinching, threatening in any manner, shooting finger at anyone, telling mean jokes ,or
taking things without permission are not allowed.
No student in this district will be subject to hazing, harassment, persecution or any other form of bullying by
any student or employee at school or on school-sponsored activities.
District employees shall take necessary and appropriate disciplinary action toward any student or employee
who violates this policy. Disciplinary action may include suspension or expulsion for students and
employment termination for employees if in compliance with state law.

CLUB/GANG ACTIVITY POLICY


It is the policy of Empire Public Schools that membership in secret fraternities or sororities, or in other clubs
or gangs not sponsored by Empire Public Schools, established agencies or organizations, is prohibited. The
use of hand signals, graffiti, or the presence of apparel, jewelry, accessory or manner of grooming which, by
virtue of its color, arrangement, trademark, symbol, or any other attribute that indicates or implies
membership of affiliation with such a group, presents a clear and present danger to the school environment
and educational objectives of the community are forbidden. Any student wearing, carrying, or displaying
gang paraphernalia, or exhibiting behavior or gestures, which symbolize gang membership, or causing and/or
participation in activities, which intimidate or affect the attendance of another student will be subject to
disciplinary action including suspension and expulsion.

HEALTH CARE/DISTRIBUTION OF MEDS


At the beginning of school, parents should inform teachers of any problems that their child might have such
as asthmatic conditions, a restroom problem, a heart condition, or any other condition that the teacher should
be aware. This should be taken care of as soon as possible after the school year starts. If a change occurs in
the health of a child, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to notify the school. The school does not
supply any medication to students unless the parent provides the medication to the school with instructions.

IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS
Students may not enroll in Empire Schools unless they have received and are current with all immunization
requirements set forth by the State of Oklahoma.

SECTION II – STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES


COMPULSORY EDUCATION LAW
Oklahoma School Law, Section 10-1-5. It shall be unlawful for a parent, guardian, custodian, or other person
having control of a child who is over the age of seven (7) years and under the age of eighteen (18) years, and
who has not finished four (4) years of high school work, to neglect or refuse to cause or compel such child to
attend and comply with the rules of some public, private, or other school, unless other means of education are
provided for the full term the schools of the district are in session; and it shall be unlawful for any student
who is over the age of sixteen (16) years and under the age of eighteen (18) years, and who has not
finished four (4) years of high school work to neglect or refuse to attend and comply with the rules of some
public or other school, or receive an education by other means for the full term the schools of the district are
in session.
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ATTENDANCE POLICY
Regular class attendance is essential for students to achieve to the best of their ability. When a student is
absent from school, his/her parents are required to contact the office the morning of the absence to determine
the reason for non-attendance. If the school has to contact the parent, the absence will be recorded as
unexcused. Upon return to school all notes or supporting documents (doctor, dentist, and parent) must be
turned in to the office by 8:10 a.m. Supporting documentation will not be accepted after that time. Students
must attend 90% of the time. Students who are more than 15 minutes late to a class will be considered absent.
Students who check out of class 15 minutes before the end of the period will be counted absent. Students
who miss fifteen (15) minutes at any time during the class will be counted absent. Students with excessive
absences may be required to attend Saturday School.
NOTICE
Students may not receive credit for a class that they have been absent in more than 10% of the time per
semester. Students exceeding that limit may appeal the attendance policy to the School Principal. Reasons for
appeal must have supporting documentation. The principal will approve or not approve the absences. A “no”
approval will result in loss of credit for the class.

ABSENTEE POLICY
(1) EXCUSED ABSENCE:
These are absences from regular class work caused by school functions or absences due to funerals of
immediate family members that will include the mother, father, brother, sister, grandmother, grandfather or
legal guardian. Illness verified by a doctor’s note. Observance of religious holidays when requested by parents
or guardian; or legal matters.

(2) SCHOOL ABSENCE:


These are absences due to school functions such as field trips, etc. Students are allowed only 10 school
absences from any single class period per year. After missing the allowed number of times all students must
carry at least a “C” average in every class and have approval from the principal before participating in activities
that will cause their absence from class.

(3) REGULAR ABSENCE:


These will be absences when a student brings a legitimate note from home the next day saying they were too
sick to attend school, or that they were kept out by the parent or guardian for some reason acceptable by this
office. What is acceptable by the office will be at the principal’s discretion. The work missed on these days
may be made up by the student 1 day for each day absent.

(4) UNEXCUSED ABSENCE:


These are absences where a student does not have a note and/or has been playing hooky. A student with this
type of absence may receive punishment from the principal at their discretion and work missed on this type of
absence may not be made up.

MAKEUP WORK
When parents know in advance their children are going to be absent, they should notify the office. Students
are required to get a slip from the office to give to the teacher before they get their homework assignments.
Absences for school activities do not count against a student’s attendance. Students with excused absences
will be allowed to make up work. Each teacher will allow two days for each day missed upon the return of
the student for makeup work. If an assignment or test is planned while a student is present, it is the
responsibility of the student to have work ready or take the test on the first day returned to class. Make-up
work for excused absences will be given at the discretion of the teachers (noon, before or after school).
Students suspended out of school will be allowed to make up work for partial credit. Grading will begin at
70%. All work will be turned in before re-entering class. It is the students’ responsibility to obtain all makeup
work from their teachers. Students will not be allowed to do any makeup work without an admit from the
office.

STUDENT ENROLLMENT
Empire requires all students to be enrolled in school for a full day of classes. This may include classes at the
Vo-Tech school or Concurrent Enrollment courses at the local university.
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TARDY POLICY
Students not in the classroom when the bell rings are tardy. Students will not be permitted to enter class and
will be sent to the office for an admit. The admit or tardy slip will indicate whether the student will receive
an excused or unexcused tardy. The third, and every successive unexcused tardy will result in in-school
detention and/or other administered discipline.

TRUANCY
Oklahoma School Law holds the parent responsible for a child’s attendance at school. Parents can be fined if
they allow their children to remain absent from school. Parents are advised that the fifth consecutive
unexcused absence constitutes truancy. After ten (10) consecutive days absent a student will be dropped from
the register and the District Attorney for Stephens County will be notified.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Note: Students on the ineligibility list may not attend or participate in any school function unless
they are accompanied by and stay with their parents. Exceptions to this rule are Senior Prom, Senior
Trip, and other situations pre-arranged with the principal.

Participation in extra-curricular activities is as follows and pertains to all activities.


1. Student must be passing all subjects.
2. Student participating in competitive athletics must have accident insurance.
3. Students must have a current physical on file with the school.
4. Students must be in school the entire day of an activity unless prior arrangements for an
excused absence have been made with the building principal.

Empire Schools complies with all rules and regulations of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities
Association. The athletic director will have charge of all athletic contests and determine the eligibility of
players.
Scholastic eligibility for students will be checked beginning the third (4th) week of a semester.
Eligibility will be checked each week thereafter. A student must be passing in all subjects he/she is
enrolled in during a semester. If a student is failing any one or more classes at the end of a week, he/she
will be placed on probation for the next week period. If a student is still failing one or more classes at
the end of their probationary one-week period, he/she will be ineligible to participate during the next
one-week period.
PROCEDURES FOR DETERMINING ELIGIBILITY
1. Grades will be averaged from the beginning to the end of each term.
2. Eligibility will occur Monday through Sunday.
3. Teachers will turn in eligibility on Wednesday by Noon.
4. Eligibility sheets will reflect graded assignments or make-up work turned in from the previous
Thursday through Wednesday.
5. Students’ ineligible the week of Thanksgiving break or Spring Break will also be ineligible the
week after the two breaks.
(EXAMPLE: Eligibility sheets turned in on Wednesday, March 21 will represent
any graded work turned in from Thursday, March 14 through Wednesday, March 20.
Eligibility would then occur on Monday, March 25 through Sunday, March 31.)
Students must pass 5 out of 7 academic classes per term to be eligible for extra-curricular activities
during the first 6 weeks of the next term.

Students will not be allowed to participate in or attend school activities while on any type of
suspension.
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CONDUCT AT EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES


The conduct of students involved in activities at Empire High School is closely observed in many areas of
everyday life. The students should set the example for all students by following completely the policies set
forth by the administration and individual sponsors.

TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM AN ATHLETIC ACTIVITY


Any student going to a school sponsored activity must travel to and from the event on school provided
transportation. The only exception will be when the parent/guardian picks the student up at the activity or
permission in writing.

SPORTSMANSHIP AT AN ATHLETIC ACTIVITY


All students, whether spectator or participants, should remember that they are representing not only
themselves but their parents and Empire Public School as well. Every effort should be made by students to
show others that we are proud of our “Bulldog” tradition and that good sportsmanship is the cornerstone of
our activities program.

FINAL EXAMS
Teachers will administer comprehensive final examinations at the end of the semester periods. All students
will take final exams.

CARE OF SCHOOL PROPERTY/EXPECTATION OF PRIVACY


Students are responsible for the proper use and care of school property such as textbooks, library books,
desks, uniforms, and equipment. Any school property that is damaged is the responsibility of the student’s
parent. Failure to make restitution will result in withholding of student records including grades.
Additionally, Pupils shall not have any reasonable expectation of privacy in the contents of a school locker,
desk, bag, or other school property. School personnel shall have access to school lockers, desks, bags, and
other school property in order to properly supervise the welfare of pupils.

PERSONAL PROPERTY/COMMUNICATION DEVICES


Students are responsible for the care of their own personal property. Radios, CD Players, videos, beepers,
portable telephones, pagers, laser lights and other electronic devisees are not permitted at school.
Consequences for misuse include: 1) principal will take device and student will serve detention, 2) parent
will come pick up device and student will serve 2 days detention, 3)Student will be suspended from school
for one day.

TELEPHONE
Students will not be called from class to answer the telephone except in cases of emergency.
Students will not be let out of class to make phone calls. Phone calls by students will only be made in case of
emergency or permission of the principal. This will be done in the main office.

USE/MISUSE OF ONLINE COMPUTER SERVICES


Access to on-line computer services is provided for school students and staff for the sole purpose of
facilitating resource sharing and communication. Services may only be used for legitimate educational
purposes. Misuse includes but is not limited to obtaining inappropriate for sexually explicit material, illegal
copying or installation of software, using another’s password, producing, copying or attempting to introduce
any computer code designed to self-replicate, damage or destroy computer’s memory, cause a virus or to
otherwise hinder computer performance. Students found guilty of such behaviors are subject to loss of
computer privileges and an out-of-school suspension.

MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION


All student vehicles must have a parking permit from the office. To receive a parking permit a student must
complete a parking information sheet that includes all information on any vehicle they may be driving.
There will be a $5.00 fee to purchase a permit. Parking space is available in the parking lot across from the
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high school building. There will be no sitting in parked cars around the school. The cars will remain parked
from the time school starts until school is dismissed unless other arrangements are made with the principal.
During lunch and between classes the parking lot is off limits. The school is not responsible for vandalism or
other damage occurring on the school lot.

Violation of any of the above will result in disciplinary action that may result in the suspension of a student’s
right to drive to school. Improperly parked cars or unauthorized vehicles may be towed at the owner’s
expense.

CLASS OFFICERS AND MEETINGS


A student may not hold more than two elective offices at any time. A student has the option of resigning a
position in order to accept another.

STUDENT COUNCIL
High School and Junior High have active student government organizations. For information, contact the
building principal.

FUND RAISERS
All fundraisers must be submitted to the principal for board approval.

FIELD TRIPS
For each field trip, students must have a signed parent permission slip to attend, if their teacher does not have
a signed permission slip, that student will not be able to attend the field trip.
Students that do not attend the field trip and still attend school that day will be placed in another teacher’s
classroom for that time.
During field trips, all school procedures and policies are still enforced.
For a field trip, all students must ride the school bus to the destination, parents may sign students out after the
field trip so students may ride home with their parents/guardian; students may only be signed out by their
parent/guardian.
Due to limited space, only students and school sponsors can ride the bus.
In the event of an emergency, school personnel will call emergency services, then the school; the school will
then contact parents.
We ask that school age siblings not attend field trips; the field trips are special occasions for those kids. If
you decide to check a school age sibling out of school it will be counted as an unexcused absence.

BUS POLICY
Empire Public School and the Board of Education believe that riding a school bus is a privilege, a privilege
that Empire Public Schools and the Board of Education may remove and/or revoke for not abiding by state
and local district bus rider rules.

SCHOOL LAWS OF OKLAHOMA:


SECTION 170 – TRANSPORTATION OF PUPILS
A. Any school district may provide transportation for any child who is participating in any pre-
kindergarten or early childhood program operated by the school district or any child who is
participating in any head start program offered within the school district.
B. Any school district may provide transportation for each student who should attend any public
elementary or secondary school when, and only when, transportation is necessary for
accomplishment of one of the following purposes:

1. To provide adequate educational facilities and opportunities which otherwise would not be
available.
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2. To transport students whose homes are more than a reasonable walking distance, as defined by
regulations of the State Board of Education, from the school attended by such student.
Provided, that no state funds shall be paid for the transportation of a student whose residence is
within one and one-half (1-1/2) miles from the school attended by such student. (70-9-101)
‘District Buses cannot be used to transport students to parochial school. August 9, 1957
Board of Education cannot transport pupils to an Opportunity Center not supported by public funds, unless part of district’s education
program. May 30, 1972

School district has duty to provide a reasonably safe bus stop where children can wait for bus with reasonable safety. 640 P. 2d 1000

RULES AND REGULATIONS


STUDENT TRANSPORTATION

All students must have a completed bus information sheet on file in the high school office.
PREVIOUS TO LOADING –students should:
1. Be on time at the designated school bus stops – keep the bus on schedule.
2. Stay off the road at all times while waiting for the bus.
3. Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before attempting to enter.
4. Be careful in approaching bus stops.
5. Do not move toward the bus at the school loading zone until the bus has been brought to a complete
stop.
6. Respect people and their property while waiting on the bus.
7. Receive proper school official authorization to be discharged at places other than the regular bus
stop.

A. WHILE ON THE BUS – students should:


1. Keep all parts of the body inside the bus.
2. Refrain from eating and drinking on the bus.
3. Refrain from the use of any form of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs.
4. Assist in keeping the bus safe and clean at all times
5. Remember that loud talking and laughing or unnecessary confusion diverts the driver’s attention and
may result in a serious accident. (The life you save may be your own.)
6. Treat bus equipment as you would valuable furniture in your own home. Damage to seats, etc., must
be paid for by the offender.
7. You should never tamper with the bus or any of its equipment.
8. Maintain possession of books, lunches, or other articles, and Keep the aisle clear.
9. Help look after the safety and comfort of small children.
10. Do not throw objects in or out of the bus.
11. Remain in your seat while the bus is in motion.
12. Refrain from horseplay and fighting on the bus.
13. Be courteous to fellow pupils, and the bus driver
14. Remain in the bus during road emergencies except when it may be hazardous.
15. Remain quiet when approaching a railroad-crossing stop.

B. AFTER LEAVING THE BUS – students should:


Go at least ten (10) feet in front of the bus, stop, check traffic, wait for the bus driver’s signal, then cross
the road.
Go home immediately, staying clear of traffic.
3. Help look after the safety and comfort of small children.

The above rules and regulations should apply to all trips under the school sponsorship.
Use of tobacco in any form, using profane language, and horseplay of any kind will not be tolerated on
the bus at any time.
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DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES:
All school bus drivers for Empire Public Schools have the authority to maintain control and discipline of
their bus. Bus drivers will admonish students whose behavior is inappropriate while riding,
loading/unloading, or waiting for the bus. The driver will then complete a “School Bus Incident Report” for
the student to take home to his/her parents. Disciplinary action will be at the discretion of the principal and
be based upon the seriousness of offense and frequency of occurrence.

STUDENT DRESS CODE/PERSONAL APPEARANCE


The Empire Public School dress code is the result of a cooperative effort on the part of the students, teachers
and administration to work toward a well-groomed, clean, and pleasant student body.
1. No mid-riff shirts. Student’s stomach should not show when arms are lifted.
2. Students are to wear their hair well groomed and clean at all times.
Students are required to wear shoes during school hours and when participating in or attending any
school related function.
Casual/dress shorts and hemmed cut-off jeans will be allowed. Shorts must be fingertip length. Tennis
shorts and gym shorts that are not see-through and have no v-cut or slits on the sides will be
allowed.
Cut or torn clothing or night clothing will not be allowed.
Muscle shirts are not allowed.
Dresses/skirts must be fingertip length.
Revealing or see-through shirts or blouses are not permitted. The armholes of sleeveless blouses must
not be low cut. Sleeveless shirts must be at least three (3) fingers width across the shoulder. Low
cut dresses and shirts are inappropriate. Sundresses must be modest and discrete.
Students may wear school group sponsored shirts and/or coats to school. Others with writing on it must
be fully appropriate in a public school educational institute. Clothing with references to alcohol,
tobacco, sex, or rude cutting remarks are considered highly inappropriate.
Caps, bandanas or headwear of any kind will not be permitted inside the main building, classrooms,
lunch room or gymnasium.
All students on all school-sponsored trips and activities will wear appropriate dress. The sponsors and
the principal will determine appropriate dress.
Chains worn by students attached to clothing and excessive chains and excessive chains around the neck
are not allowed. Wearing of jewelry must be modest and not extreme.
Students sent home to change clothes will be given unexcused tardies or absences.
Hair color other than a natural color will not be allowed.
Blouses with thin straps that expose the bra strap are not allowed.
Wearing of jewelry in one’s nose, eyebrows, lips, or any other part besides the ears is not allowed.
Skate boards, roller skates, shoe skates are not allowed at school or on school grounds.

STUDENT CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE


Good discipline is a necessary part of a child’s education. Discipline not properly administered can lead to
discontent, and misunderstanding between the student, parent, and school. The policy at Empire High School
is outlined as follows:

OKLAHOMA SCHOOL LAWS


The Oklahoma School Law Code, Section 125, page 95 states “The teacher of a child attending a public
school shall have the same rights as a parent or guardian to control and discipline such child during the time
the child is in attendance or in transit to or from the school or an other school function authorized by the
school district or classrooms presided over by the teacher. Teachers have the responsibility to insure a
climate conducive to the safety and welfare of students and others in the school. They are further responsible
for the learning and development of students at school. Teachers are therefore vested with the necessary
authority to discharge these responsibilities. It should be understood that any teacher has this authority at any
time on school property or at school functions. One of the most serious offenses a student can commit is
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insubordination to a teacher and any such behavior will be dealt with most severely. Under no circumstances
will disrespectful or threatening behavior toward a teacher be tolerated! State law makes physical assault on
any school employee a felony.
Administration response to students’ misconduct is a matter directly influencing the morale of the student
body. As such, all students’ discipline should be based on a careful assessment of the circumstances
surrounding each infraction. (I.E. - the student’s attitude, the seriousness of the offense, and its potential
effect on other students.)

Examples of student’s behavior that will result in punishment in the Empire School System include but are
not limited to the following:
1. Unexcused tardies
2. Plagiarism and/or cheating
3. Public displays of affection
4. Disruption of class or assembly
5. Lunchroom misconduct
6. Bus misconduct
7. Possession and/or use of tobacco
8. Cutting class
9. Leaving school without permission
10. Truancy
11. Immoral or profane behavior
12. Possession, threat, or use of a dangerous weapon as defined by board policy
13. Physical or verbal abuse of other students or school personnel
14. Fighting
15. Student conduct or dress disruptive to the operation of the school
16. Conduct which jeopardizes the safety of others
17. The willful disobedience of the request of any school official in the performance of such school official’s
duty
18. Possession and/or distributing drugs and/or alcohol and/or tobacco in any form.
19. Students determined to be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
20. Deliberate refusal to attempt reasonable academic achievement
21. Student conduct out of school that has direct and immediate adverse effect on the discipline or welfare of
the school. Examples of this would be physical, verbal, or written attacks on school personnel, property,
or other student personnel.
22. Participating, inciting, encouraging, or promoting any other activity that interferes with the due process
of the education program of the school.
23. Flashing, etching, or displaying gang or cult signs or symbols.
24. Any acts of vandalism. (Writing names on school property)

POSSIBLE PUNISHMENTS
In administrating discipline, consideration should be given to alternative methods of punishment to insure
that the most effective discipline is administered in each case. In all disciplinary action, the administration
should be mindful of the fact that they are dealing with individual personalities. The administration should
consider consultation with parents on disciplinary measures that might prove effective in particular instances.
Methods of punishment include but are not limited to:

1. Written warning to students


2. Advise students
3. Temporary or permanent removal from class or group
4. Parents conference
5. In-school detention
6. After school detention
7. In school suspension
8. Loss of lunchroom privileges
9. Involve law enforcement
10. Financial restitution
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11. Refer to other social agencies


12. Probation period
13. Short-term suspension from school
14. Expulsion from school
15. Loss of driving privileges (temporary or permanent)
16. Loss of extracurricular activity privileges (temporary or permanent)
17. Any other disciplinary action deemed appropriate under the circumstances including corporal
punishment.

Students will accept the punishment or be suspended from school until a parent or guardian returns
with them for conference with the principal.

CORPORAL PUNISHMENT
Corporal punishment is authorized as a disciplinary tool at Empire Public Schools. If a parent/guardian
would like to veto the use of corporal punishment, he/she may do so. There will be a permission form in the
enrollment packet that is given to each and every student. Parents/Guardians who do not return the form will
be given a 2nd opportunity to fill out the permission form if an infraction occurs and corporal punishment is
being considered by the principal or assistant principal.
1. Corporal punishment will be used by administrators only. The principal or assistant principal will
only use corporal punishment if written permission is on file and verbal agreement has been given
by the parent/guardian over the phone or in person prior to the administration of the punishment.
2. Corporal punishment will not be the first method of punishment that is used. Other forms of
punishment such as verbal reprimands or warnings or after school detention will be used prior to
corporal punishment. There may be occasions where corporal punishment is requested by the
parent/guardian as an alternative to another form of punishment. In this case, corporal punishment
may be administered by the principal/assistant principal.
3. If a parent/guardian refuses to allow corporal punishment to be used with their child, then the
student will receive an appropriate suspension.
4. Students will receive a thorough explanation of what they have done wrong in front of a certified
witness. The principal or assistant principal will be responsible for the explanation and will make
sure that the child understands the explanation.
5. Students will never receive more than 3 swats on the buttocks with a paddle approved by the
superintendent of schools. The student must be appropriately clothed to receive a paddling.
6. Corporal punishment will be administered in the principal’s office with a certified witness present.
Corporal punishment will never be administered in front of other students. If a principal/assistant
principal is paddling a student of the opposite sex then the witness must be of the same sex as the
student.
7. Corporal punishment will not be administered to a student who is struggling and must be held down
to administer the punishment. If a student refuses to take swats, the student will be given an
appropriate suspension.
8. Students who have an IEP that specifically states that they should not receive corporal punishment
will not be administered corporal punishment.
9. A student who is in DHS custody for any reason will not be administered corporal punishment.
10. A brief written report will be kept in the student’s discipline file. The report will be signed by the
principal/assistant principal and the witness. This file may be a paper file and/or an electronic file.
11. After the fact, if a parent/guardian wants to discuss the paddling, he/she may do so with the
principal and/or assistant principal, the witness, and the superintendent in a meeting arranged
through the superintendent’s office.

OFFENSES PUNISHABLE BY SUSPENSION

Students that have been assigned in-school detention or out-of-school suspensions may not attend or
participate in any school related activity. This includes home and away activities.
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The principal will have the authority to suspend any pupil who is guilty of any of the following acts while in
attendance at school or in transit by school transportation or under supervision to or from school or at any
school function authorized by the school district or when present on any facility under the control of the
school district. The Empire Board in conjunction with the administration has established the following
guidelines and if not adhered to by the students in the Empire School system could result in suspension or
expulsion from school. The principal at his discretion may administer punishment.

1. Sexual misconduct and/or harassment


2. Theft/plagiarism
3. Vandalism. Students will be required to pay for damages and may be punished at the principal’s
discretion.
4. Use of profane or obscene language.
5. Physical or verbal abuse to other students or members of the faculty or staff on school property
or at any school functions.
6. Failure to observe detention or any form of discipline prescribed by the teacher unless duly
excused from said discipline.
7. Gambling
8. The use of, or bringing of, alcoholic beverages or drugs, drug paraphernalia on the campus is
prohibited. This includes the use of the same other than on the campus, and the attending school
or school function while under the influence of the above.
9. Use or possession of any form of tobacco at school at any home/away school functions.
10. Flagrant abuse of dress regulations.
11. Possession of dangerous weapons as described in Section 20-1 or Title 70; Oklahoma Statutes.
Pocketknives are not to be carried to school.
12. Improper, violent or unruly conduct on school property or at school functions.
13. Deliberate refusal to attempt reasonable academic achievement.
14. Refusal to follow a reasonable directive of a teacher or administrator will be considered
insubordination. Directives of teachers and administrators will be presumed to be reasonable
and therefore, the burden of proving the directive unreasonable will be upon the student.
15. Without limiting the foregoing acts, any persistent violations of regulations or duly constituted
school authority, and any conduct on school property or at school functions in violation of the
generally accepted moral standards of the community.
16. Disrespect or disobedience to any teacher, administrator, or support staff, or disregard for their
authority.
17. Flashing, etching or displaying gang or cult signs or symbols. Empire maintains a zero (0)
tolerance policy for gang and cult activity.
18. Creating False Emergencies. Any individual that pulls a fire alarm or causes a bomb threat is
disrupting the school program and endangering the health and welfare of all individuals in the
building and will therefore be suspended.
19. General harassment of non-certified personnel is prohibited. This includes secretaries, custodial
personnel, aids, cooks and bus drivers who are empowered by law to control students and do
jobs essential to the operation of the school.
20. Fighting by students is considered unacceptable conduct and is therefore prohibited.
21. Possession of stolen property.
22. Students may not possess an electronic device while on school premises or under the schools
authority. This includes radios, beepers, cell phones, and stereos with or without headphones.
23. Violating rules of computer use.
24. Violation of bus rules.
25. Bullying
26. Hazing
27. Vandalism

If a student is suspended from school or assigned In-School Detention, he/she may not participate in or
attend extra-curricular activities.
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Any student that receives more than two (2) suspensions during the year will forfeit their privilege to
participate in any of the class activities and projects.

SHORT TERM TEMPORARY SUSPENSIONS: Ten (10) days or less


The principal is authorized to invoke temporary suspension for up to ten (10) days. In cases of temporary
suspension, parents will be contacted immediately by phone or by written notification. As soon as possible, a
parent conference will be arranged and conducted. Before the principal assigns a short-term suspension, ten
(10) school days or less, the principal will afford the student the minimal elements of due process, which, in
most cases, can be satisfied by a discussion immediately following the misconduct. The student must be told
and shown in writing what he/she is accused of doing, the factual basis of the accusations and given the
opportunity to tell his/her version of the story.

LONG TERM SUSPENSION: More than ten (10) days


When the principal determines that a long-term suspension should be recommended, the principal will
implement a ten (10) day suspension and give written notice to the student’s parent or guardian of the
charges, the nature of the evidence supporting the recommendation, the students right to a hearing, and the
date and time set for the hearing. Failure to attend the hearing means the parents/guardian have waived all
right to further appeals.

The hearing will be presided over and conducted solely by the principal. It will be the responsibility of the
building principal to provide facts, witnesses, and evidence to support charges brought against the student
and to substantiate these charges by answering any questions submitted by the student and/ or parent.
The suspension will become effective following the evidentiary hearing, unless as determined by the
principal, there is reason to alter the charge and disciplinary action.

APPEAL OF STUDENT SUSPENSIONS

FIRST LEVEL OF APPEAL: SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS


Following an evidentiary hearing, any student that has been suspended in excess of ten (10) days will have
the right of appeal by making a written request, specifying the reasons for the appeal, to the Superintendent
of Schools. The superintendent shall then schedule an appeal hearing and notify the student and his/her
parent or guardian in writing as to the time, place and purpose for the hearing. Following the hearing the
superintendent shall state, within a reasonable time after the hearing, as to whether or not the disciplinary
action shall be revoked, affirmed or altered. A copy of the decision shall be filed in the office of the
superintendent.

SECOND LEVEL OF APPEAL: BOARD OF EDUCATION


If the parent/guardian or student desires to make further appeal, he/she has the right to make written request
to the Superintendent of Schools requesting a hearing before the Board of Education. The written request
shall specify the basis for the appeal. Upon receiving the written request for the hearing before the Board, the
superintendent will schedule a hearing before the Board of Education. The decision rendered in a hearing
conducted by the Board of Education shall become a final decision.

DISCIPLINE OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES


The discipline of students with disabilities will be in accordance the specifics outlined in the Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act of 1997. The student’s IEP team must convene prior to every disciplinary action,
which may impose a suspension. The team will decide if the behavior is a manifestation of the disability. The
IEP Team can consider a change in program or placement if appropriate.

If the determination is made that the behavior is not a manifestation of the student’s disability then the school
may suspend the student in accordance with the regular suspension procedures. However, the IEP team must
provide appropriate education and services to accordance with the IEP.
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EDUCATION PLAN
Any student that has been suspended for more than five (5) days will be placed on an education plan during
the suspension. The education plan will be designed by the student’s teachers and parents/guardian are
responsible for supervising the completion of the plan within the designated time period. The plan will be
designed to reintegrate the student into school when the suspension is expired. Only core curriculum courses
will be addressed by the plan. A copy of the plan will be given to the student and Parent/Guardian.

SECTION III - STUDENT EVALUATION AND GRADING


GRADING SYSTEMS GRADES 7-12
REGULAR
A 100 – 90 SUPERIOR 4.0
B 89 – 80 ABOVE AVERAGE 3.0
C 79 – 70 AVERAGE 2.0
D 69 – 60 PASSING 1.0
F 59 AND LOWER FAILING 0.0

Concurrent Enrollment (Grades 11-12)


A 100 – 90 SUPERIOR 5.0
B 89 – 80 ABOVE AVERAGE 4.0
C 79 – 70 AVERAGE 3.0
D 69 – 60 PASSING 2.0
F 59 AND LOWER FAILING 0.0

EMPIRE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

The following 25 credits are required to graduate:


English 4 Credits
Lab.Science 3 Credits
Math 3 Credits
Oklahoma History/Geography 1 Credit
U.S. History 1 Credit
Government 1 Credit
Spanish or Computer Science 2 Credits
Humanities or performing arts 1 Credit
Financial Literacy ½ Credit
Electives 8 ½ Credits

CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT
Students wishing to take college credit during high school can do so in the following ways:
Concurrent enrollment in college classes during their Junior and Senior years. Students will be given dual
credit at the high school level for any college credit earned. Concurrent courses will be transcripted on a
weighted 5.0 scale. However, colleges and universities do not accept weighted transcripts for college
entrance. Therefore, the weighted transcript will be used for the sole purpose of selecting the valedictorian
and salutatorian.

SELECTION OF VALEDICTORIAN AND SALUTATORIAN


The student or students with the highest cumulative Grade Point Average (grades 9-12) at the conclusion of
the third 9-week period of the senior year will be named Valedictorian. The student or students with the
second highest G.P.A. will be named salutatorian. This honor will not be final, however, until final senior
grades have been turned in at the conclusion of the school year.
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READING TEST
8th grade students take a reading test as part of state mandated tests. Students must score satisfactory on the
test to be eligible for an Oklahoma State Drivers License. Students that have not scored satisfactorily will be
given alternative tests twice each semester (dates to be determined). There is no cost for the first test. Any
subsequent test will cost $35.00 each.

PROFICIENCY TESTING
This program allows advanced students the opportunity to move forward by subject, course or grade level
based upon mastery of current state standards. The standards will be assessed by a teacher made or nationally
normed comprehensive exam over the particular subject or sets of subjects (grade level). Grade level testing
is available for students 1-8 and subject assessment is available for grades 9-12. Students must score at least
90 percent (90%) on the test/exam. Interested students should contact the School Counselor at 580-255-7515.

CRITERIA FOR STUDENT ACADEMIC RECOGNITION-HONOR ROLL


The Superintendent’s Honor Roll will be composed of students with no grade lower than an “A”. The
Principal’s Honor Roll will be composed of students with a “B” average and no grade lower than a “B”.

PROMOTION AND RETENTION


The decision of whether to promote a student to the next grade or to retain him or her in the current grade is a
decision that Empire Board of Education considers to be very important. Additionally, whether a student
passes or fails an individual class is also important. Therefore the process to make final determination of
such situations shall be as follows:
Students shall be placed at the grade level to which they are best adjusted academically, socially, and
emotionally. The education program shall provide for the continuous progress of students from grade to
grade, with students generally spending one school year in each grade. However, retention may be
considered in the following situation.
1. The student is achieving significantly below expected grade-level performance.

2. The student is in third grade and scores unsatisfactory in reading on the statewide third-grade
criterion-referenced test.

For those students who do not meet the academic requirements for promotion, a school district may promote
the student for good cause only. Good-cause exemptions for promotion shall be limited to the following:
1. Limited English proficient students who have had less than two (2) years of instruction in an
English language learner program;
2. Students with disabilities whose individualized education program (IEP), consistent with state law,
indicates that the student is to be assessed with alternate achievement standards through the
Oklahoma Alternate Assessment Program (OAAP);
3. Students who demonstrate an acceptable level of performance on an alternative standardized reading
assessment approved by the State Board of Education;
4. Students who demonstrate, through a student portfolio, that the student is reading on grade level as
evidenced by demonstration of mastery of the state standards beyond the retention level;
5. Students with disabilities who participate in the statewide criterion-referenced tests and who have an
IEP that reflects that the student has received intensive remediation in reading for more than two (2)
years but still demonstrates a deficiency in reading and was previously retained in kindergarten, first
grade, second grade, or third grade;
6. Students who have received intensive remediation in reading through a program of reading
instruction for two (2) or more years but still demonstrate a deficiency in reading and who were
previously retained in kindergarten, first grade, second grade, or third grade for a total (2) years.

If a third grade student can demonstrate that the reading deficiency has been remedied prior to starting
fourth grade by scoring at grade level on a State Board of Education approved assessment, that student
may be promoted to fourth grade.
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SECTION IV- AUXILIARY PROGRAMS/INFORMATION


ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION
The District goal is to provide quality education to every student. However, regular classroom settings may
not meet the needs of every student. Empire is under contractual agreement with an off-site Alternative
Education Program to provide services to the atypical student. Application is made through the high school
principal. The intent of the Empire Alternative Education Program is to supplement not replace the regular
educational process, thus, all students are enrolled in Alternative Ed. with the goal of successful return to the
home school.

MEDIA-CENTER RULES AND CIRCULATION POLICY


*The following rules will ensure that your time spent in the library will be productive and
pleasant.
1. Enter the library in an orderly manner. No running, pushing, or shoving will be tolerated.
2. Any student who comes to the library MUST have a library or hall pass signed by a teacher. Any
student who comes to the library without a pass will be sent back to the classroom or to the office.
3. No food or drink (this includes gum and candy of any kind) is allowed in the library without special
permission from the Library Media Specialist.
4. Students should be respectful and courteous to the Library Media Specialist and all Library Aides while
in the library.
5. Students should not talk and visit in the library. They should be working on class assignments, doing
reading, or quietly browsing.
6. Students must take care of all library materials, furniture, and equipment while in the library. No writing
(or defacing in any way) on books, furniture, or equipment.

**Anyone who does not follow these rules after being warned will be asked to leave the
library or referred to the Principal for disciplinary action.
Circulation Policy
Students may check out two books at a time for a two-week period (14 days), and may renew their books
twice.
With special permission from a Teacher and approval by the Library Media Specialist, students may check
out more books at a time for special projects on a temporary basis.
Students who do not return library materials on time will receive an overdue notice.
If the student fails to return the book after the overdue notice is received, the student will be billed for the
replacement cost of book.
After a student has received one bill for replacement of a library book, their library privileges will be
suspended or reduced, at the discretion of the Library Media Specialist, until the book is either
a) returned in good condition or b) the student pays for the book.
Reference books should be used in the library only. However, if necessary, these books may be checked out
to students on an hourly basis.
No Reference books should leave the school building for any reason.
Students who fail to return books on time or pay for lost books promptly will not receive their report cards
and their GRADES WILL NOT BE POSTED ON THEIR TRANSCRIPT until the book(s) is returned or
paid for. Students may also be referred to the Principal for disciplinary action, if necessary, due to the failure
to follow school rules and policies.
Teachers may check out books, videos, or other library materials when needed for a two-week period and
may re-check them twice.

Teachers may check out a group of books for use in their classroom for a two-week period and may re-check
them twice. The teacher accepts full responsibility for the prompt return of all of these books.
Teachers may check out reference books for classroom use for a period of one week may re-check them for
an additional week.
Teachers may check out VCR’s, film projectors and/or other library equipment as needed for use in their
classroom.
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Library Computer Use


All students who use the computers in the library must follow all school guidelines and regulations for the
use of the Internet. The library computers are not intended for e-mail or entertainment purposes.
The library computers may be used for:
*searching the library catalog
*research purposes
*specific class projects or assignments
*word processing
*other projects approved by the Library Media Specialist

MENTORING AND TUTORING PROGRAMS


Tutoring and mentoring programs are offered in the high school. The goal of all mentoring and tutorial
programs is to assist students who need additional help to become successful in a class. As with all mentoring
and tutorial programs, the student will not be successful unless they and their parent/guardian avail
themselves of the opportunity provided by the school.

COUNSELING
Qualified and experienced counseling is available to assist students during the entire school day. The
counselor may assist students with vocational, academic, personal, or emotional problems. Students should
call upon a counselor or any staff member when they feel assistance is needed.

CHILD NUTRITION SERVICES


Empire uses an automated meal accounting system. Lunch money is deposited in the student’s account.
Prepayment or payment at the time of services is required. MEAL CHARGES ARE NOT ALLOWED AT
ANY TIME. It is the desire of the school that no student goes hungry or undernourished. If it becomes
impossible for the parents to pay for a student’s meals, the parents should contact the superintendent who
will make proper arrangements to address the problem. Students have limited access to foods of limited
nutritional value. We have no vending machines and other access is strictly controlled.

SECTION V-SERVICES FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS


PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES
Parent Conference Days are scheduled annually and parents are expected to attend conferences with their
children’s teachers to check on academic progress. Parents should SCHEDULE a meeting before going to the
school for a meeting on conference days.

OPEN HOUSE
All schools have an annual Open House activity during the fall of each year. Parents and Patrons are
encouraged to attend. Schools will notify parents concerning the date and times of Open House.

SPECIAL REPORTS TO PARENTS


When students experience academic difficulty, it is imperative that parents and teachers work together to
address the issue.
1. Academic performance is reported the office weekly. Students failing classes are sent Notices of
Concern at that time.
2. Additionally, teachers send out progress reports on every student mid-way through each quarter.
3. Grade cards are sent out each quarter.
4. Teachers are also required to notify parents of any special circumstances that occur during the
course of the regular school day, including behavioral issues.

Parents are expected to work with the teacher to address the issue and resolve any situation that
causes students to perform to less than acceptable levels.
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PARENT COMPLAINT PROCEDURES


Any parent with a complaint must follow these procedures:
1) Contact the teacher to work to resolve the complaint.
2) If the complaint is not resolved, contact the building principal.
3) If the complaint is not resolved, contact the Superintendent of Schools.
4) If the parent is dissatisfied with the superintendent’s decision the parent may make written
application to the Clerk of the Board for a review of the situation. The Board’s decision is
final.

REQUEST FOR GRADE CHANGE


Empire Board of Education is legally responsible for ensuring proper assignment and recording of letter
grades for course work performed by students. This responsibility is initially delegated to the professional
personnel assigned to conduct instructional activities.
A student and/or parents or legal guardians and the administration have the right to request a review and
reconsideration of an assigned grade. A request for a reconsideration of an assigned grade must be made to
the building principal by the student/parents/legal guardians/school administration by the end of the 10 th
working day from the postmark of the report card. The request for reconsideration may be made on the
telephone, in person, or in writing. The building principal has 20 working days to make arrangements for a
conference with the teacher. If the teacher and the student/parents/ legal guardians/administration are unable
to resolve the matter, the parent may appeal in writing to the building principal (first), the superintendent
(second), and the Board of Education (third) for a decision.
If the teacher involved is unavailable, the principal and the superintendent shall make the decision in the
teacher’s absence. Any appeal of their decision should be made to the BOE in writing. The decision of the
Empire Board of Education is final. If there is no contact from the student/parents/ legal guardians/
administration by the end of the 10th working day, all students’ grades become a permanent part of the
students’ records or transcripts.

PARENT ORGANIZATIONS
Empire Public Schools encourages parents to become actively involved in the education of their children.
Parents are encourages to visit schools, attend school programs, and check on the progress of their children.
The district also encourages parents to become involved in parents support groups such as P.T.O., Band
Booster Club, and Athletic Booster Club.

SECTION VI- APPENDIX


A - ASBESTOS COMPLIANCE
To comply with the regulations of the EPA, 4OCFR, and the Oklahoma AHERA 1987,40CFR Part 763-
Asbestos containing materials in Schools, Empire Public Schools has been inspected and an Asbestos
Management Plan was developed outlining sampling analyses and response actions if necessary. The
Management Plan is available for viewing in the Empire Superintendent’s Office from 8:00am to 4:00pm
daily.

B - COMMON NON-VACCINE CONTROLLED ILLNESSES


CHICKENPOX (VACCINE REQUIRED FOR KINDERGARTEN AND FIRST GRADE)
Chickenpox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus and is passed by direct person-to-person contact or by
airborne respiratory secretions. The rash usually occurs 10 to 21 days after exposure. The child may have a
mild fever and/or loss of appetite 1 to 2 days before the rash appears. The rash appears at first as red pimples
(papules) and progresses to clear, oval (teardrop) vesicles. The vesicles usually become cloudy 24 hours after
eruption and break easily. This eruption of new papules to vesicles continue for 3 to 4 days. The child can
return to school when all of the vesicles are dry and crusted over. It is important to NEVER give aspirin or
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aspirin containing medication to children with a viral infection because of the increased risk in developing
Reye Syndrome.
HEPATITIS A (Vaccine required for Kindergarten and First grade)
Hepatitis A is a disease of the liver caused by the Hepatitis A virus. Symptoms of the disease range from
mild to severe and include fever, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, darkening of the urine, yellow eyes, and
yellow skin. Hepatitis A is passed from person to person by the fecal-oral route. Good personal hygiene,
careful hand washing with soap after each bowel movement, or handling soiled diapers, and before preparing
food are the most important measures to prevent the spread of this disease. Children must have signed
permission from their doctor to return to school.

FIFTH DISEASE

Fifth disease, erythema infectiosum, is a mild, moderately contagious disease. The spread may be airborne
from respiratory secretions. The incubation period from exposure to development of the rash is 4 to 20 days.
There is a marked red rash on the face (cheeks). A lace-like rash can occur on die trunk, arms, thighs, and
buttocks. The rash can last from two to 30 days and can recur later because of temperature or exposure to
sunlight. Children are not excluded from school because of this rash. Good hand washing with soap provides
the best control measure to prevent the spread of this disease.

Meningococcal Meningitis

The website below is a copy of the letter from the Oklahoma State Department of Education in reference to
Senate Bill 1467 which became effective November 1, 2006. All school districts are required to provide
information about the health risk of meningococcal meningitis to parents and/or guardians of students

The link below will provide you with valuable information regarding this health issue.

http://www.sde.state.ok.us/Schools/SafeHealthy/pdf/Meningitus/pdf

If you have any further questions, please contact your family physician.

HEAD LICE
Understand the problem before it becomes one.
1.) Lice are tiny insects that survive on human blood. They are about the size of a sesame seed. Lice eggs are
called nits.
2.) Nits are very small, yellowish or grayish white in appearance and tear drop shaped. They attach to
strands of hair and will not wash out or blow away.
3.) Lice do not jump or fly, they crawl. They are usually passed from person to person by shared combs,
brushes, hats
coats, sweaters, scarves, or other personal items.
4.) The most common sign of lice infestation is constant itching. If your child is constantly itching,
check the scalp for Lice. Live lice can be difficult to find. They move quickly and do not like bright
light. Use a bright light or bright natural light to check your child’s scalp. Check each strand of hair
for eggs (nits).
5.) If lice are found, use a lice-killing shampoo. Carefully follow the package directions. Be sure to apply
the shampoo to a dry scalp. No treatment will kill all of the eggs (nits). Nit removal is the key to
effective treatment. It is best to remove the eggs by combing the hair with a special nit comb.
6.) The affected child should be retreated 7-10 days after the first shampoo. Be sure to check all
members of the family during this period of time for additional infestations.
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7.) Personal items (combs, brushes, coats, caps, etc.) and household surfaces, combs, brushes,
headgear, and bed linens must be washed in hot water. Items that cannot be washed must be
sealed in plastic bags for 14 days. Carpets, sofas, mattresses must be vacuumed (including
corner, around seams, etc.). It is not necessary to buy special detergents or pesticides.
8.) It is a good idea to check your child weekly for any signs of a lice infestation.
9.) If a child is found to have head lice, he/she will be excluded from school. The child must be seen by
a health care professional and found to be free of lice and nits before reentry into school.

Remember, successful treatment must include removal of all nits. It just takes one nit, left on the hair to
hatch, to start another infestation. If you have any questions, please check with your local health care
professional.
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EMPIRE PUBLIC SCHOOLS


STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
CONTRACT

Parent/Guardian and Student:

The Empire Public School continues to set the highest of


expectations for student behavior and school safety. We
expect every student to come to school prepared to learn
and ready to treat themselves, and others, with respect. A
caring and responsible attitude is also an expectation we
have for children in our district. Because we care about the
physical and emotional safety of our students, the
inappropriate behaviors listed in the Student and Parent
Handbook will not be tolerated and will result in
disciplinary action from district staff members
.
After thoroughly reviewing the Code of Conduct listed in
the Student and Parent Handbook, please sign the
Student Code of Conduct Contract below, detach, and
return it to your child’s school no later than the end of the
first week of school.

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EMPIRE PUBLIC SCHOOLS


STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
CONTRACT

My child, ________________________________, and I have thoroughly reviewed the Empire

Public Schools Student and Parent Handbook. We understand the rules and consequences

established by the school district. We will cooperate with the school in fulfilling recommendations

made with the understanding that there is a due process procedure.

SIGNED:

Student ___________________________________

Parent __________________________ Date __________

This document must be submitted before the end of the first week of school to finalize
enrollment.

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Network Services and Internet User Acceptable


Guidelines Application
Please Read the following and sign the attached legal document

Network Communication and Data Management

The superintendent or designee shall implement, monitor and evaluate electronic communication
systems for instructional and administrative purposes.

It is the belief of the Empire Public School District (EPSD) that local and global electronic
networks should be integrated into our community in a way that supports the instructional program; assures
accountability; requires responsible and ethical use; encourages collaboration; provides diverse personal
and professional growth opportunities; establishes systemic processes for implementation and integration;
and uses cost-effective management and support processes so that all members in our community are
empowered to become skilled learners able to function technologically in the Information Age.

Access to the network shall be made available to students and employees exclusively for
instructional and administrative purposes only. Access to the network is a privilege not a right. All users
shall be required to acknowledge receipt and understanding of all administrative regulations governing the
use of the system and shall agree to the regulations and guidelines when using the EPSD network.

The superintendent or designee will revoke any user’s privileges if the said user does not comply
with all administrative guidelines and regulations.

Terms and Conditions

Acceptable Use: The purpose of EPSD network, Internet access, access to other online and electronic
functions is to support research and education among other academic institutions by providing access to
unique resources and the opportunity for collaborative work. The user of an account must be in support of
education and research and be consistent of the educational goals of EPSD. EPSD does not support the use
of district owned equipment for accessing commercial online services through non-EPSD accounts. All
network access using district equipment must comply with EPSD terms and conditions

Unacceptable Use: unacceptable usage of the EPSD network may include but not limited to the following:
Transmission of any material in violation of any U.S. or state law is prohibited. This includes, but not
limited to copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, or material protected by trade secret.

 Use of network for commercial activities, financial gain is not acceptable.


 Use of the network for product advertisement, political lobbying or other political activity is
prohibited.
 Use of the network for access to obscene or pornographic material.
 Use of the network for illegal activities
 Any activity that intentionally and maliciously disrupts the operation of the network.
 Vandalism to the network will result in cancellation of privileges. This includes but not limited to
the upload or creation of a computer virus, equipment damage, hacking etc.

Security: Security of any computer system is a high priority, especially when the system involves many
other users. Accounts are not transferable. Do not give a user password to any other individual. You will
be held accountable for any malicious or inappropriate act taken by a person while using your login
password. Giving out your password or network access will result in immediate revoking of your network
privileges.

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Reliability: The EPSD offers no warranties or guaranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for
the services provided. The EPSD will not be responsible for loss of data, services interruption. Any
information obtained in the EPSD network is the users own risk. The EPSD has no claim for the accuracy
or quality of information obtained through network services.

Internet Content: EPSD is not responsible for the action of the end user. Even though EPSD filters
internet content throughout the school, EPSD will not be responsible for a user’s in-appropriate access to
the World Wide Web. It is each user’s responsibility to abide by the guidelines and access only the
appropriate content while in the EPSD network.

Education & Monitoring: It is all staff members’ responsibility to educate students about appropriate
online behavior, including interactions with other individuals on social networking sites/chatrooms, and
cyber bulling awareness and response. It is also the responsibility of all staff members to monitor students’
online activity for appropriate behavior.

Cyber Bullying: Cyber bullying is when one or more people intentionally harm, harass, intimidate, or
reject another person using technology. This includes but is not limited to the following:

Sending mean or threatening messages via email, IM (instant messaging), or text messages.
Spreading rumors about others through email, IM, or text messages.
Creating a Website or MySpace (or other social-networking) account that targets another student or other
person(s).
Sharing Fake or embarrassing photos or video of someone with others via a cell phone or the Web.
Stealing another person’s login and password to send mean of embarrassing messages from his or her
account.
It shall be the policy of Empire Public Schools that cyber bullying will not be tolerated under any
circumstances. A student caught violating this policy will lose computer privileges and these actions may
result in further disciplinary action including suspension or expulsion from school of the student(s)
involved. In addition, violators and their parents/guardians may be subject to civil and/or criminal penalties
as specified by Oklahoma and/or federal law.

Internet Safety
1. General Warning; Individual Responsibility of Parents and Users. All student users and their
parents/guardians are advised that access to the electronic network may include the potential for
access to materials inappropriate for school-aged students. Every user must take responsibility for
his or her use of the computer network and Internet and stay away from these sites. Parents of
minors are the best guides to materials to shun. If a student or staff member finds that other users
are visiting offensive or harmful sites, he or she should report such use to the appropriate school
designee.
2. Personal Safety; Be Safe. In using the computer network and Internet, the user should not reveal
personal information such as the user’s home address or telephone number. The user should not
use his/her real last name or any other information, which might allow a person to locate the user
without first obtaining the permission of a supervising teacher. Do not arrange a face-to-face
meeting with someone “met” on the computer network or Internet without a parent’s permission
(if the user is under 18). Regardless of the user’s age, the user should never agree to meet a person
the user has only communicated with on the Internet in a secluded place or in a private setting.
3. “Hacking” and Other Illegal Activities; It is a violation of this policy to use the school’s
computer network on the Internet to gain unauthorized access to other computer systems, or to
attempt to gain such unauthorized access. Any action which violates state or federal law relating
to copyright, trade secrets, the distribution of obscene or pornographic materials, or which violates
any other applicable law or municipal ordinance, is strictly prohibited.
4. Confidentiality of Student Information; Personally identifiable information concerning
students may not be disclosed or used in any way on the Internet without the permission of the
parent or guardian, or if the student is over 18, the permission of the student. Users should never
give out private confidential information about themselves or others on the Internet, particularly
credit card numbers and Social Security numbers. A supervising teacher or administrator may

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authorize the release of directory information, as defined by law, for internal administrative
purposes or approved educational projects and activities.
5. Active Restriction Measures; The school, either by itself or in combination with the Data
Acquisition Site providing Internet access, will utilize filtering software or other technologies to
prevent users from accessing visual depictions that are (1)obscene, (2)pornographic, or (3)harmful
to minors. We are using the NewNet 66 Cipa Compliant Filter for our technology protection
measure (internet filtering software) to ensure that users are not accessing such depictions or any
other material inappropriate for minors. Internet filtering software to other technology-based
protection systems may be disabled by a supervision teacher or school administrator, as necessary,
for purposes of a bona fide research or other educational projects being conducted by students age
17 and older. The term “harmful to minors” is defined by the communications Act of 1934 (47
USC Section 254 [h] [7], as meaning any picture, image, graphic image file, or other visual
depiction the-taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a prurient interest in nudity,
sex, or excretion;-depicts, describes or represents, in a patently offensive way with respect to what
is suitable for minors, an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual contact, actual or simulated
normal or perverted sexual acts, or a lewd exhibition of the genitals;-taken as a whole, lacks
serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value as to minors.
6. All students will be educated about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with
other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms and cyber bullying awareness
and responsibilities.
Privacy Network and Internet access is provided as a tool for the user’s education. The school district
reserves the right to monitor, inspect, copy, review, and store at any time and without prior notice any and
all usage of the computer network and Internet access and any and all information transmitted or received
in connection with such usage. All such information files shall be and remain the property of the school
district and no user shall have any expectation of privacy regarding such materials.

Failure to Follow Policy


The user’s use of the computer network and Internet is a privilege, not a right. A user who violates this
policy, shall at a minimum, have his or her access to the computer network and Internet terminated, which
the school district may refuse to reinstate for the remainder of the student’s enrollment or the staff
member’s employment in the school district. A user violates this policy by his or her own action or by
failing to report any violations by other users that come to the attention of the user. Further, a user violates
this policy if he or she permits another to use his or her account or password to access the computer
network and Internet, including any user whose access has been denied or terminated. The school district
may also take other disciplinary action in such circumstances.

Warranties/Indemnification
The school district makes not warranties of any kind, either express or implied, in connection with its
provision of access to and use of its computer networks and the Internet provided under this policy. It shall
not be responsible for any claims, losses, damages, or costs (including attorney’s fees) of any kind suffered,
directly or indirectly, by any user (or his or her parent or guardian) arising out of the user’s use of its
computer networks or the Internet under this policy. By signing this policy, users are taking full
responsibility for their own use ,and the user who is 18 or older or the parent or guardian of a minor student
are agreeing to indemnify and hold the school, the school district, the Data Acquisition Site that provides
the computer and Internet access opportunity to the school district and all of their administrators, teachers,
and staff harmless from any and all loss, costs, claims, or damages resulting from the user’s access to its
computer network and the Internet, including but not limited to any fees and charges incurred through the
purchase of goods and services by the user. The user or the parent or guardian or a minor student agree to
cooperate with the school in the event of the school’s initiating and investigation on a school computer or
on another computer outside the school district’s network.
Updates
Users, and if appropriate, their parent/guardian, may be asked form time to time to provide new or
additional registration and account information or to sign a new policy reflecting developments in the law
or technology or changes in the district’s policy. Such information must be provided by the user (or his/her
parent/guardian) or such new policy must be signed if the user wishes to continue to receive service. If
after account information is provided, some or all of the information changes, the user must notify the
person designated by the school to receive such information.

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Student Contract and Application for EPSD Network Access

DIRECTIONS: After reading the Network Services and Internet User Acceptable
Guidelines Application, please read and complete the following. The signature of a
parent or guardian is required.

Student Contract

School:

Student:

Grade:

Student: I have read the Network Services and Internet User Acceptable Guidelines
Application. I understand and will abide by the stated terms and conditions for the EPSD
network. I further understand that by not complying by the terms and conditions my
privileges will be revoked.

Student Signature: Date:

Parent or Guardian: If the applicant is under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must
read and sign this agreement.

As the parent or guardian of this student, I have read the terms and conditions of the
Network Services and Internet User Acceptable Guidelines Application. I understand
that this access is designed for educational purposes. I also recognize the restriction to
access of all controversial materials is not possible. I will not hold the district responsible
for the materials acquired on the network. I herby give my permission to issue an
account for my child and certify that the information contained on this form is correct.

Parent or Guardian:

Signature:

Date:

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August 8, 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians:

In accordance with the Every Students Succeeds Act/PARENTS' RIGHT-TO-KNOW,


this is a notification from Empire Public Schools to every parent of a student in a Title 1
school that you have the right to request and receive in a timely manner:

A. Information regarding the professional qualifications of your student's classroom


teachers. The information regarding the professional qualification of your student's
classroom teachers shall include the following:

• If the teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade
level and subject areas taught;
• If the teacher is teaching under emergency or temporary status in which the
state qualifications and licensing criteria are waived;
• The teacher's baccalaureate degree major, graduate certification, and field of
discipline; and
• Whether the student is provided services by paraprofessionals, and if so, their
qualifications

B. Info1mation regarding any State or local educational agency policy regarding student
participation in any assessments mandated by section 1l l l(b)(2) and by the State or local
educational agency which shall include a policy, procedure, or parental right to opt the child out
of such assessment, where applicable.

C. In addition to the above information you will be notified if your student has been
taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who does not meet the
applicable state certification for licensure requirements at the grade level and subject
area in which the teacher has been assigned.

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to

contact the school principal. Josh Skiles (580) 255-4150


Jodie Roberts (580) 255-7515

Sincerely,

.
Vicki Davison

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EMPIRE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL-PARENT COMPACT


It is important that families and schools work together to help students achieve high
academic standards. Through a process that included teachers, families, students, and
community representatives, the following are agreed upon roles and responsibilities
that we as partners will carry out and to support student success in school and in life.

As a STAFF MEMBER, I will provide your child with every opportunity to learn and grow by:
• Maintaining a quiet and organized workplace;
• Having a high expectation of myself and my students;
• Giving instruction and assignments appropriate for the skill and development
required by state and district standards;
• Monitoring student work on a daily basis to ensure success and progress; and
• Reporting regularly to parents with returned work, written notices, and c o n f e r e n c e s .

As a STUDENT, I will keep my focus on what is important in meeting my goal of learning


by:
• Being in class on time, every day, with my homework in hand and prepared to work;
• Allowing the teacher to teach and everyone in class to learn;
• Completing my work on time and accurately;
• Keeping my hands, feet, objects, and comments to myself; and
• Respecting others and their property.

As a PARENT/GUARDIAN, I will support Empire Public school's programs and activities that
give my child the optimum opportunity for learning by:
• Expecting my child to complete daily homework assignments independently and
discuss his/her results for improved learning, and check for a timely return to school;
• Accentuating the positive events at school and help my child resolve issues of concern
and conflict;
• Supporting the discipline policy and reinforcing the highest expectations of the school
staff;
• Reading to and listening to my child read daily as a way of building a lifelong
interest and joy of reading;
• Seeing that my child gets adequate rest and is in school on time with a positive outlook;
• Attending conferences to discuss my child's progress and attending events which
showcase my child's work and learning experiences; and
• Providing and maintaining accurate information on my child's records for contact.

Parent/Guardian: Date:
Student: Date:
Teacher: Date:
Principal: Date:

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