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Effective: 6/27/1995

  • Revision: 9/8/2009
  • Reviewed: 12/10/2013

  1. Board Directive
    The Board recognizes that students with special health care needs are entitled to public education.  Therefore, the Board delegates to the Administration responsibility for developing policy to provide necessary health care services for students with special health care needs in accordance with state and federal law.  (See Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Utah Nurse Practice Act, the Nurse Practice Act Rules, and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1990.)
  2. Administrative Policy
    The Administration may provide accommodations to students with special health care needs who require individualized health-related services/interventions by Jordan School District and its personnel to enable their participation in the educational process.  This policy shall be administered within health and safety parameters according to the following administrative policy provisions:

    1. Definition of Special Health Care Needs
      Students shall be considered as having a special health care need if one or more of the following conditions applies:

      1. The student requires administration of medication during the school day in order to access his/her educational program.  (Note:  If the student's only special health care need is administration of medication during the school day, the student's services shall be administered according to Policy AS85—Medication in the School Setting and the provisions of this policy shall not apply.)
      2. The student requires administration of support procedures during the school day in order to access his/her educational program.
      3. The student uses a particular health care device that monitors or compensates for the loss of a body function.
      4. The student's health condition may require routine or emergency health care procedures.
      5. The student's health condition may require substantial, complex, or frequent health care services to avert death or further disability.
      6. The student's individual education program requires support health care services.
    2. Requesting Special Health Care Services/Interventions
      Procedures for requesting special health care services/interventions are as follows:

      1. The student's parent formally requests special health care services/interventions by completing the “Jordan School District Request for Special Health Care Services and Release of Confidential Information” form available online, or from the school principal.  This form must be submitted each year.
      2. The student's parent shall provide all of the forms and information necessary to enable the District nurse to make an initial assessment of the student's condition.  This may include:
        1. A statement from the student's primary health care provider which describes the special services/interventions required and how they are to be administered.
        2. Other health-related evaluations or information as requested by the District nurse.
      3. Except for students subject to IDEA or §504 of the Rehabilitation Act, expenses for health-related evaluations and assessments shall be the responsibility of the parent.  Parents who need financial assistance obtaining required health-related evaluations or information shall be advised to contact the Utah State Department of Health.
      4. The principal shall provide liaison services and facilitate communication with the parents, school nurse, primary health care provider, school staff, and other agencies as necessary.
    3. Responding to Requests for Services/Interventions
      The process for reviewing and approving or denying requests for special health care services/interventions shall be as follows:

      1. The school principal shall forward the “Jordan School District Request For Special Health Care Services and Release of Confidential Information” form to the school nurse for an initial health care assessment.
      2. The District nurse shall review the “Jordan School District Request for Special Health Care Services and Release of Confidential Information” form and all accompanying documents and evalua­tions to determine the following:
        1. What health care services/interventions are required; e.g., medications, special diet, school or classroom modifications, equipment, supplies, etc.
        2. Whether the requested services/interventions are necessary during the school day to enable the student to access his/her educational program.
        3. Whether the requested services/interventions can reasonably be accommodated by school personnel.
        4. Whether the requested services/interventions can legally be provided by school personnel who are not licensed nurses or health care practitioners.  (Note: Nursing activities not specifically addressed in the Utah Nurse Practices Act may be performed by a non-licensed individual provided the activity does not require exercising nursing judgment and the activity is delegated and supervised by a licensed nurse.)
        5. Whether the requested services/interventions constitute supportive rather than medical services.
      3. The District nurse shall report the findings of the initial health care assessment to the school principal with a recommendation to grant or deny the request for special services/interventions.
      4. The District nurse may organize a Health Care Team to develop an individual health care plan for the student if needed.
      5. The principal shall forward the request to the District Compliance Officer if any of the following conditions apply:
        1. The requested services are “medical” (services that can only be rendered by a physician) rather than “support” services.
        2. The requested special services/interventions cannot be provided by school personnel in accordance with the Utah Nurse Practice Act.
        3. The request for services is denied by the District nurse.
    4. District Review and Right of Appeal
      1. The District Compliance Officer shall notify the parents and District nurse in writing if the request for special services/interventions is denied.
      2. The parents shall be informed in writing that decisions of the District Compliance Officer may be appealed to a Health Services Panel composed of the Coordinator of Educational Support Services, the appropriate Administrator of Schools, and a designated District nurse.  Appeal procedures are as follows:
        1. A written appeal shall be submitted to the Superintendent of Schools within 10 days of the determination of the District Compliance Officer.
        2. The Health Services Panel shall review the findings of the District Compliance Officer and make a determination about the school's ability to provide the special health care services requested.
        3. Parents shall be notified of the Health Services Panel's decision in writing.
    5. Individualized Health Care Plans
      1. An individualized Health Care Plan shall be developed by the District nurse for all students who qualify for special health care services/interventions.
      2. Plans shall be developed prior to placement if the student's condition is life threatening or capable of causing serious injury to the student or to other students or staff members. Until a health care plan can be developed, the student may be placed in the Home and Hospital or other appropriate instruction program.  However, if the student is designated under either §504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act or receives education pursuant to an individualized education program, then the IEP team must be convened prior to any change in placement to address the health needs for school.
      3. Each individualized health care plan may include the following components:
        1. A description of the student's health condition.
        2. A description of the services/interventions to be performed with specific, detailed instructions from the student's health care provider.
        3. Written permission from the parents to administer any required medications or perform any required procedures.
        4. A list of the school personnel assigned by the school principal to perform the services/interventions.  If the parent, privately employed nurse, or other non-employee is to perform the service, parent must provide prior written permission.
        5. A description of any recommended safety precautions and/or signs of distress which could indicate the onset of a medical emergency.
        6. Instructions for emergency interventions including:
          1. Emergency numbers for family and alternative contacts.
          2. The preferred emergency room if requested by primary medical provider or parent.
          3. A list of school personnel who are acquainted with the student's condition and able to render emergency assistance.
          4. Evacuation procedures.
          5. Other information the District nurse deems necessary.
        7. Instructions for special transportation services, if applicable, including:
          1. The mode of transportation to and from school.
          2. The maximum recommended travel time each way.
          3. Equipment and adaptations necessary for transportation; e.g., lifts, wheelchair restraints, oxygen, etc.
          4. Special staffing or training required for transportation personnel.
        8. An implementation date.
      1. The completed individualized health care plan shall be maintained by the school as a "private" record in accordance with the Government Records Access Management Act.  Eligible students under IDEA or Section 504 must have health care plans attached to their IEP or 504 plan.
      2. Parents shall notify the principal in writing of any changes in the student's condition which may require a modification of the health care plan.  The health care team shall be reconvened, if necessary. The principal shall notify the District nurse of any changes in the student’s condition.
    6. Staff Assignments
      1. The school principal, in conjunction with the District nurse, shall assign staff members to perform special health care services/interventions outlined in the Individualized Health Care Plan.  Such assignments shall be within the limits of Policy AS85—Medication in the School Setting by school personnel, and the Utah Nurse Practices Act and other applicable statutes and regulations.
      2. The school principal shall see that staff members assigned to provide special health care services/interventions for students understand and use Universal Precautions Against Blood Borne Diseases.
      3. The school principal and District nurse shall cooperatively determine the in-service training necessary to enable the assigned staff members to successfully perform the required services/interventions.
      4. Following in-service training and prior to rendering special health care service/interventions, the District nurse shall verify the staff member's ability to safely perform the assigned duties.
      5. The District nurse shall advise the school principal regarding supervision of staff members assigned to perform special health care service/interventions.
      6. The school principal may notify other staff members of the student's need for special health care services/interventions within the limits of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Government Records Management Access Act (GRAMA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA).
      7. The school principal shall notify the District nurse and staff members assigned to provide special services/interventions of any changes in the student's condition that have necessitated changes in the Individualized Health Care Plan.
    7. Provisions for Health and Safety
      1. The school principal shall be responsible to see that all staff members receive training in the use of Universal Precautions Against Blood Borne Diseases.
      2. The school principal shall be responsible to see that the necessary equipment, materials and supplies are provided to staff members who are required to perform special health care services/interventions.
      3. Universal Precautions Against Blood Borne Diseases shall be used in handling and disposing hazardous materials.
      4. Upon the recommendation of the State Health Department or recommendation of a personal physician based on a staff member's special medical condition, the District shall pay for immunizations and/or related testing for staff members whose assignment to provide special health care services/interventions places them at increased health risk.
      5. Staff members shall not be required to perform special health care services or interventions if so doing places them in imminent danger or exposes them to serious health risk.
      6. If the safeguards outlined in this policy are not implemented, staff members may refuse to perform special health care services/interventions and shall appeal to the District Compliance Officer in accordance with the procedures outlined in Policy DP315 NEG—Grievance Procedures.

  • Effective: 4/29/1986
  • Revision: 2/25/2014

  1. Board Directive
    The Board recognizes  that staff and students may come in contact with bloodborne pathogens and/or communicable diseases during the school day and delegates the responsibility for developing appropriate policy for the protection of staff and students.
  2. Administrative Policy
    The Administration authorizes the following administrative policy provisions for protection from bloodborne pathogens to staff and students:

    1. Bloodborne Pathogens 
      Since body fluids may contain a variety of potentially infectious organisms, it is important for all school personnel to know how to clean them up properly to prevent the spread of infection to students, other school personnel, and to themselves.

      1. All employees of Jordan School District are required to participate in annual instruction in using Universal Precautions when dealing with cleanup of all blood or body fluids.
      2. The Universal Precautions must be observed in the cleanup of all blood or body fluids.  All employees will treat all blood and body fluids as if known to be infected with HIV, HBV, and other bloodborne pathogens.
    2. Communicable Diseases
      Communicable diseases are a leading cause of childhood morbidity and school absences.  Students and staff with communicable diseases, which can be transmitted directly or indirectly from one individual to another, require special consideration in the school setting.  The transmission of infectious disease may be prevented by all school staff using procedures of effective infection control.  In the school environment, the risk of exposure can be unpredictable, thus control measure that are simple and uniform across all situations have the greatest likelihood of compliance and success.

      1. The spread of infectious disease can be prevented or deterred if students and staff adhere to basic principles of good personal hygiene, cleanliness, and recommended use of any necessary personal protective measures.
      2. Schools are legally authorized to prohibit school attendance by students, if necessary, to prevent the spread of contagious disease.
      3. Case management will inhibit the spread of contagious illness in school and minimize excessive absences.  Activities include:
        1. Identification
        2. Potential exclusion of students and staff with communicable diseases.
        3. Appropriate follow-up to ensure treatments and prompt readmission to school.
      4. The state health agency is responsible for initiating measures to suppress or prevent the spread of disease and for implementing regulation relating to quarantine, isolation, and other control measures to protect the public.
      5. Children with chronic infectious disease are entitled to a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.  If a student will be absent from school due to an infectious disease, reasonable accommodation, which may include Home and Hospital program services, could be appropriate.
      6. Persons with suppressed immune systems run a higher than normal risk of severe complications from common communicable illnesses.
        1. Students with a suppressed immune system may need to be temporarily excluded from school when there is an outbreak of a communicable disease for their own protection.
        2. Students with a suppressed immune system should have an individual health care plan in place with specific guidelines that will be implemented in the event of an outbreak.
        3. The decision to exclude the student from school should be made by the District nurse in conjunction with the student’s parent(s), physician and local health department when necessary.
      7. The District nurses are responsible for providing schools with exclusion protocol.  The assigned District nurse is responsible to provide in-service education for the individual needs.
    3. Management of a Communicable Disease Program  
      Regardless of the specific disease, certain elements are critical to the management of a communicable disease program.

      1. All employees, including those with chronic infectious diseases, have a right to confidentiality and access to employment as well as other rights, privileges, and services provided by federal and state laws.
      2. All children, including those with chronic infectious diseases, have a right to confidentiality and a free and appropriate public education.  Students with chronic infectious diseases are eligible for all rights, privileges, and services provided by federal and state laws.
      3. Measures to isolate students with chronic infectious diseases are usually not necessary.  Irrational fears related to chronic infectious diseases can be mitigated through planned health education programs for school staff, students, and parents.  Education programs should include information regarding the mode of transmission and the methods of preventing the transmission of infectious diseases.
      4. The school should respect the right to privacy of the individual.  If a student has an infectious disease, such knowledge should be confined to those persons with a direct need to know.
        1. Those persons who are informed of the identity of an infected child should be made aware of confidentiality requirements.
        2. The identity of an individual with an infectious disease should not be revealed except as required by law for reporting purposes.
        3. Health records should be confidential.
      5. A student should never be discriminated against because of an infectious disease.
      6. In the event of an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease, in cooperation with the local department of health, all susceptible students (i.e., students with medical or religious exemption from immunization) must be excluded or immunized.
    4. Management by District Nurses
      Jordan School District nurses are the most appropriate persons to coordinate with the local health department.  They should be responsible for instituting measures to prevent or control the spread of communicable diseases.  Their knowledge and judgment are essential for the collection and interpretation of data related to infectious disease.  Jordan School District nurses should:

      1. Participate in the development and revision of infectious disease policies and procedures, and consult with local or state health department personnel as needed.
      2. Interpret infectious disease policies and procedures to school personnel, parents and students.
      3. Provide health information, and in-service programs regarding infectious diseases.
      4. Promote positive health practices for the school community.
      5. Develop individual health care plans for students with chronic infectious diseases.
      6. Recommend modification of the school program for infected students as needed.
      7. Monitor and assess students with infectious diseases
      8. Monitor and assess the school environment for the effective infection control standards.
      9. Make recommendations for purchase of proper equipment and supplies.
      10. Serve as an advocate for students with infectious diseases.
      11. Act as a liaison between the school, home, and medical/health agencies for the students with infectious diseases.
      12. Keep up with current information, rules and regulation, policies, and procedures related to infectious disease.

  • Effective: 5/23/1978
  • Revision: 10/27/2015

  1. Board Directive
    The Board recognizes that some teenagers become parents and take on the responsibility for supporting a child before they may be fully prepared to support themselves.  Teenage parents are called upon to guide their child's emotional and learning development while finishing their own education.  Therefore, the Board delegates to the Administration responsibility for providing a meaningful educational program to meet the special needs of teenage parents.
  2. Administrative Policy
    The Administration recognizes the need to provide a specialized educational program for teenage parents in order to assist both mothers and fathers toward high school graduation.

    1. Pregnant girls may elect one of the following options:
      1. Remain enrolled in traditional school
      2. Enroll in Valley High School
      3. Be referred for Home and Hospital Instruction
        To be on Home and Hospital instruction, a girl must have a letter from her doctor stating why she needs to be instructed at home and approval of the principal.
    2. Under the direction of Valley High School, a Teenage Parents' Program will be offered to all pregnant girls, married or unmarried, and to all qualifying teenage parents who reside in the District.
      1. Credits and grades will be issued through Valley High School.
      2. Students living outside the District and not already enrolled in a District school cannot be enrolled in the program.
    3. In all cases, final eligibility for entrance to the program will be determined by the principal of Valley High School and the Administrator of Schools.
    4. Upon request, a counselor will be available to provide guidance for students as needed.
    5. Students are required to furnish their own transportation to and from Valley High once their baby is born.
    6. Staff members will work closely with outside agencies that refer students to the Teenage Parents' Program in order to meet the unique needs of the participating students.

Revision history:  4/29/88

  • Effective: 5/23/1978
  • Revision: 2/25/2014

  1. Board Directive
    The Board of Education recognizes the importance of providing instruction to students who are confined to home or hospital.  The Board also recognizes the need to maintain contact between the school and the home during the time when these students are unable to attend school.  The Board, therefore, delegates to the Administration responsibility for developing policy for a Home and Hospital Instruction Program for students who are unable to attend school due to injury, illness or other extenuating circumstances.
  2. Administrative Policy
    The Administration shall establish a program to provide instruction to convalescing students in grades one through twelve to alleviate concern over academic work/credit, to maintain the skills necessary for returning to the classroom, and to assure ongoing home/school contact during the term of the illness, injury, or extenuating circumstances.  The District provides opportunities for short-term services through the student’s boundary school as well as long-term services for those students who may need extended out-of-school services.   The Home and Hospital Program will be administered according to the following administrative policy provisions:

    1. Qualifications for Services
      1. The student lives within the boundaries of Jordan School District and is enrolled in a Jordan District school.
      2. The student is confined at home or in a hospital due to physical or emotional illness, injury, handicap, complications of pregnancy, or extenuating circumstances.
      3. The student has missed or expects to miss ten (10) or more consecutive days of school.
      4. The student's condition will allow 50 percent or less attendance during the school day.
      5. Home and Hospital Instruction is recommended by the student's physician, medical professional, licensed clinical social worker, licensed psychotherapist, or legally directed services, and is requested by the parent(s)/guardian(s).
    2. Providing Services
      1. The parent will need to notify the administrator at the student’s school to inform them of the need for Home and Hospital services.  The school administrator will initiate the required procedures to begin the Home and Hospital services .  All required documentation will be submitted to the District prior to teacher reimbursement.
      2. The student's physician, medical professional, licensed social worker, or licensed psychotherapist shall be asked to estimate the length of time that Home and Hospital Instruction services will be needed.  Minimum duration of services is two weeks and maximum service is nine weeks without additional follow-up with referring medical provider.
      3. Short-term services will be initiated at the school by the building administrator.  The Request for Home and Hospital Instruction form, the Short-term Services Disclosure Statement, and the Professional Statement of Needs form need to be submitted to the District with the time sheet for the first month and the Monthly Teaching Record.
      4. Long-term services require the Home and Hospital Teacher Specialist to meet with the family and complete all required documentation to be submitted to the District Office with the time sheet for the first month and the Monthly Teaching Record.
      5. Home and Hospital Instruction services shall be provided for pregnant girls only when extenuating circumstances make it inadvisable or impossible for the student to participate at their boundary school or in the teenage parent program offered through Valley High School.
      6. Home and Hospital Instruction services may be denied or discontinued if it appears that the services are worsening the student's condition, increasing or prolonging school phobia or anxiety, or otherwise having a harmful impact upon the student.
      7. In most cases, the duration of services shall be determined by the administrator after consultation with the medical professional requesting Home and Hospital services per the medical release form.
      8. If it appears that the program is being abused by the parent or student, the administrator will initiate a formal review with the program consultant for Student Intervention Services or the District Administrator administering the Home and Hospital Program.
      9. Students attending schools that are on a year-round calendar will be provided Home and Hospital services only during the weeks when their assigned track is in session.
      10. Secondary students in grades 9-12 requiring long-term services of Home and Hospital (nine weeks or more) will be transferred to Valley High School.  The Home and Hospital instruction will be provided in the home or other designated public location (e.g., library, police or fire station) under the direction of the program consultant for Student Intervention Services.
      11. During the last two quarters of the school year, seniors who are on line for graduation and not involved in an extensive makeup program shall receive Home and Hospital services from their local school to enable the student to graduate from that school.
      12. Instruction for students who are expelled/suspended for drug and alcohol violations will be provided by the local school or Valley High School as specified in the District policies AS67— Discipline of Students  and AS90—Drugs and Alcohol.
      13. The District Appeals Committee may rule that some students will receive their education for a designated period of time through the Home and Hospital program as an alternative to their local school.  These services will be provided by either the local school or Valley High as directed by the Appeals Committee.
    3. Assignment of Teachers
      1. Short-term services:   Students shall be taught by teachers whenever possible, from the class and school in which they are enrolled.  When an appropriate teacher is not available, the administrator may arrange for a teacher from another school.
      2. School administrators shall make short-term Home and Hospital teaching assignments on the basis of teacher interest, availability, and curriculum qualifications.
        1. Teachers shall be reimbursed for providing Home and Hospital Instruction at their current hourly base rate.
        2. One half hour of preparation time is allowed for each two hours of actual instruction.
        3. Teachers shall receive a mileage reimbursement at the current district rate.  Mileage is based upon the distance from the school to the student's home or other designated public location (e.g., library, police or fire station) and to the instructor’s home.  If visiting multiple students on the same trip, mileage shall also be paid for the distance between students’ homes/locations when necessary. Time required for travel is not part of the two-hour instruction time.
        4. Teachers  shall submit the required documentation accessed online, each month prior to being reimbursed for services.
        5. The administrators shall submit time sheets for Home and Hospital Instruction along with the designated copy of the Home and Hospital Teaching Record Form signed by the parent to the Curriculum Office
      3. Long-term teacher assignment will be determined by the District Administrator over Home and Hospital  to meet individual student needs.
    4. Instruction
      1. Home Instruction
        1. Instruction shall be provided at the student's home or other designated public location (e.g., library, police or fire station) after regular school hours for short-term services and during the school day or after regular school hours for long-term services.  Generally, one two-hour instruction session shall be provided per week.  With administrator  approval, two one-hour sessions may be provided if it is deemed in the best interest of the student.  (One-hour sessions are generally only used with elementary-age students.)
        2. A parent or other responsible adult must be present in the home during the instruction session.  If the parent or guardian fails to provide proper chaperonage, the instruction session shall be canceled.
        3. Textbooks shall be furnished by the school where the student is enrolled. When appropriate. additional coursework will be provided through the Curriculum Department..
      2. Hospital Instruction
        1. Jordan District shall provide teachers, textbooks, and instructional materials for students confined to approved non-accredited facilities.
        2. Students enrolled in Jordan District and later assigned to hospitals with accredited educational programs shall be serviced in one of two ways:
          1. Withdrawn from Jordan School District and transferred to the accredited institution which will provide teachers, textbooks and instructional materials.
          2. Assigned to Valley High (Home & Hospital) but serviced at the facility by an accredited institution under a contract with Jordan School District based upon a daily pro-rated amount of the WPU.  Teachers, textbooks, and instructional materials shall be provided by the institution under contract.
    5. Grades and Credit for School Attendance
      1. Students who are receiving Home and Hospital Instruction shall be counted as attending school.
      2. Secondary teachers must prepare assignment sheets for students in their classes who are receiving Home and Hospital Instruction.  Teachers are accountable to provide Utah State Core curriculum educational services. Substitute assignments will be provided if the regular class activities cannot be completed at home.  Upon consultation with the school administration, the teacher can give the student an "incomplete" for the course when it cannot be appropriately taught through Home and Hospital Instruction.  In this case, the District would provide an opportunity for the student to make up the missed credit through an alternative class or program.  Because of limited instructional time, the Home and Hospital Instruction Program is designed to help students maintain credit.
      3. Middle school and high school students who receive Home and Hospital Instruction for five weeks or more during any one quarter shall receive attendance credit and grades for work completed from the Home and Hospital instructors, and the Home and Hospital specialist, in collaboration with the content classroom teacher.  Grades shall be awarded by the Home and Hospital teacher and specialist in collaboration with the classroom content teacher.

  • Effective: 1/27/1976
  • Revision: 2/25/2014

  1. Board Directive
    The Board recognizes that student discipline is essential to further the educational process and provide an environment conducive to learning.  The Board authorizes the Administration to take appropriate action to preserve order among the students and staff and to protect school property.  Acts of violence, use or possession of a weapon or facsimile, criminal behavior, and gang activity in or about District schools, property, or activities shall be dealt with in accordance with District policy and the law. (See Utah Code §53G-8-202 )
  2. Administrative Policy
    The Administration shall take appropriate disciplinary action when students engage in activities which disrupt the educational environment, threaten or harm persons or property, or disrupt school activities.  This policy shall be administered according to the following administrative policy provisions.

    1. Student Code of Conduct
      1. The school administrator shall develop a student code of conduct in cooperation with faculty, parents, and students.  The school code of conduct shall be consistent with this policy and with Policy AA419 – Student Conduct and Dress.
      2. Each school's policies and student code of conduct shall be reviewed by the appropriate Administrator of Schools and placed on file at the District Office.  A copy of the school policies and student code of conduct, as amended each year, shall be distributed to students and/or parents prior to or during the first week of school each year.  Students enrolling after the beginning of the school year shall be provided a copy of the school policies and student code of conduct at the time of registration.  Teachers will be given a copy of the student code of conduct prior to the beginning of the school year.
      3. The student code of conduct shall be posted in a prominent location in the school.
    2. Dangerous or Disruptive Conduct
      The following conduct is defined as "dangerous or disruptive conduct" and is prohibited on school property, at school-sponsored activities, or while traveling in school-funded or school-dispatched vehicles.

      1. Possessing (regardless of intent), using, selling or attempting to possess, use or sell any firearm, weapon, knife, explosive device, noxious or flammable material, firework, chemical weapon (i.e. mace, pepper spray), martial arts weapon or other instrument including those which eject a projectile or substance of any kind, or any replica or facsimile of any of the above, whether functional or nonfunctional, whether designed for use as a weapon or for some other use.
      2. Causing, or attempting, threatening or conspiring to cause damage to personal or real property, or causing or attempting, threatening or conspiring to cause harm to a person through:
        1. Possession or distribution of drugs or alcoholic beverages.  (See Policy AS90 – Drugs and Alcohol)
        2. Harassment – repeatedly communicating to another individual, in a demeaning or disparaging manner, statements that contribute to a hostile learning environment of the student.
        3. Retaliation – means an act or communication intended as retribution against a person for reporting bullying or hazing, or to improperly influence the investigation of, or the response to, a report of bullying or hazing.
        4. Sexual harassment or fabrication of sexual harassment charges with malicious intent to defame character.
        5. Arson—the willful and malicious destruction of any part of a building or its contents or occupants by use of fire or explosive.
        6. Burglary—breaking, entering or remaining in a structure without authorization during the hours when the premises are closed to students.
        7. Theft/Larceny/Stealing—the intentional unlawful taking and/or carrying away of property belonging to or in the lawful possession or custody of another.
        8. Criminal Mischief—willful or malicious injury or damage in excess of $300 to public property or to real or personal property belonging to another.
        9. Battery—the unlawful and intentional touching or striking of another person against his or her will.
        10. Assault—placing another person in fear or apprehension of a harmful or offensive touching, whether or not a touching is actually intended.
        11. Hazing—(See Policy AS95 – Conduct Related to School Activities)
        12. Vandalism—willfully defacing, cutting, marring, injuring, damaging, or losing school or staff property.  Student(s) may not participate in graduation exercises until the student or the student's parent(s)/guardian has paid for the damage or made appropriate restitution.
        13. Gang-related Activity—dangerous or disruptive activity, which may include but is not necessarily limited to the following:
          1. wearing, possessing, using, distributing, displaying or selling any clothing, jewelry, emblem, badge, symbol, sign or other things which evidence membership in a gang;
          2. using a name which is associated with or attributable to a gang; or
          3. designating turf or an area for gang activities, occupation, or ownership.
        14. Bullying—aggressive behavior that is intentional and that involves an imbalance of power or strength. A student is being bullied or victimized when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more students.  Student assessment of the prevalence of bullying in schools shall take place.  In addition, schools must provide bullying training to new participants in school-sponsored athletic programs, both curricular and extracurricular, and training every three (3) years for ALL participants.  “Participants” means students, employees, and coaches.  Training curriculum outlines, schedules, and participant lists must be maintained by each school and provided to the Administrator of Schools upon request.
          1. physical bullying:  hitting and/or punching
          2. verbal bullying:  teasing or name calling
          3. non-verbal or emotional bullying:  intimidation through gestures, social exclusion and relational aggression
          4. cyber-bullying:  sending insulting, threatening or harassing messages by phone or computer, or electronic messaging
        15. Involvement in any activity which violates federal, state or local law or regulation, disrupting normal school proceedings, or causing, or attempting, threatening or conspiring to cause other students to violate federal, state or local law or regulation or to disrupt school proceedings, or attempting, threatening or conspiring to do any of these.  These activities include, but are not limited to:  extortion, forgery, lewdness, and distributing obscene materials.
      3. Students with prior knowledge of dangerous or disruptive behavior have the duty to report such behavior to school administration.  Students that fail to report such behavior are subject to appropriate disciplinary sanctions.  False reports of bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, hazing, or retaliation are prohibited.
    3. Due Process Procedures and Disciplinary Action
      Due process is an administrative procedure followed when continued attendance of a student is in question.  Fairness and reasonableness in disciplinary actions are to be maintained in all proceedings.

      1. The following disciplinary actions shall be taken in response to any serious violation which threatens or does harm to school property, to persons associated with the school, or their property, that involves the possession, control, use, or threatened use of a real or look-alike weapon, explosive, noxious or flammable material, with intent to intimidate another person or to disrupt normal school activities, regardless of where it occurs (USC §53G-8-205 (1) (3)):
        1. Immediately suspend the student from school.
        2. As soon as possible following the incident, a local school administrator shall investigate and schedule a conference with the student and parent(s)/guardian.
        3. The school administration recommends a disciplinary sanction and interventions consistent with similarly situated students committing a similar violation of the code of conduct.  Should the disciplinary sanction include a removal from school for more than ten days, or a change of location, such sanction must be approved by the superintendent’s designee prior to imposing the sanction.
        4. The parent(s)/guardian shall be notified of the student's right to a due process hearing which shall be conducted according to the procedures outlined under item D. of this policy.
        5. The superintendent or the superintendent's designee shall review all one-year expulsions and prepare a report for the Board of Education annually.
      2. The following actions will be taken for other violations of this policy:
        1. Immediately remove the student from the scene of the violation.
        2. As soon as possible following the incident, a local school administrator shall investigate and document the charges and schedule a conference with the student involved.  At this conference, the student may be suspended pending the informal parent conference.
        3. If the issue cannot be immediately resolved, a local school administrator shall invite the parent(s)/guardian to an informal conference where information can be presented on behalf of the student.
          1. This informal conference shall take place at the first reasonable opportunity.  In most instances this conference should take place within three school days of the incident.
          2. At the informal conference, the charges shall be explained and supporting evidence reviewed.
        4. PARENTAL NOTIFICATION OF DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR
          If a student engages in disruptive behavior 1) three times not resulting in suspension, or 2) anytime a student is suspended, the parents shall be notified in person (or by certified mail).
          Following the informal conference and prior to suspending a student for repeated acts of disruptive behavior which are not of such a nature to warrant immediate removal, good faith efforts to implement a remedial discipline plan should be made. Should a disciplinary sanction be determined appropriate, alternatives to suspension should be considered before imposing a suspension from school attendance.  A local school administrator shall take appropriate disciplinary action which interventions and/or disciplinary sanctions may include one or more of the following:
        5. INTERVENTIONS
          Referral to:

          1. anger management/self-discipline classes;
          2. court/ law enforcement agency;
          3. school guidance specialist
          4. Jordan Family Education Center;
          5. First Offenders program; or
          6. Division of Family Services, Child Protective Services or other agency.
        6. SANCTIONS
          1. behavior contract;
          2. community or school service;
          3. inter-class timeout;
          4. in-school suspension;
          5. lunch/after-school detention;
          6. restitution for damage/harm;
          7. parent/guardian attending class with student (requires teacher permission).
        7. SUSPENSION
          1. Short-term suspension less than or equal to 10 days
            (a) One to two days suspension:  makeup homework shall be made available to students upon return to school.  Students will be given one week to complete the assignments and turn them in to the teacher.
            (b) Three to less than or equal to 10 days suspension:  parents can make arrangements for makeup work during the suspension period.
          2. Suspension to a District-level hearing (suspension from all school services and activities, including receiving homework).
          3. Students serving a suspension from school are prohibited from being on school property and participating in school-sponsored activities.
        8. CITATION FOR HABITUAL DISRUPTION
          If a student engages in disruptive behavior 1) six times not resulting in suspension, or 2) three times not resulting in suspension plus one time resulting in suspension, or 3) two times resulting in suspensions, the student will be issued a “Habitual Disruptive Student Behavior Citation” and shall be referred to the juvenile court for violation. Within five days after the day on which the citation is issued, the school administration shall provide documentation to the parent, of the efforts made by the school to attempt to resolve the students’ disruptive behavior.
      3. In accordance with state law, a local school administrator may suspend a student for up to 10 school days.  If a local school administrator recommends that the student be suspended for longer than 10 days, the administrator shall notify the parent(s)/guardian that they must request a District-level hearing to review the recommendation.
        1. If a District-level hearing is requested, the local school administrator shall promptly notify the District compliance officer.
        2. If requested, the hearing shall be conducted according to the procedures outlined under item D. of this policy.
        3. The parent(s)/guardian shall be notified of the right to appeal the decision of the District-level hearing to the Board of Education.
      4. A security or police officer may be invited to a due process hearing or any other phase of the student disciplinary action whenever a local school administrator or District administrator deems it necessary for safety.
      5. Students suspended to a District-level hearing shall be required to leave the school campus as soon as the local school administrator can transfer custody to the parent(s)/guardian or other authorized individual.
      6. Any student who has been expelled from a public school within a preceding 12-month period may be denied enrollment in Jordan School District.
      7. The policy for student disciplinary action and due process shall apply to students with disabilities only to the extent permissible under the law.
        1. Students with disabilities are subject to the one-year expulsion imposed for violations involving fire arms, explosives, and flammable materials (real, look-alike or pretended).
        2. Students with disabilities who are studying under an Individual Education Plan (IEP) may not be expelled or have their school placement changed without a hearing of the IEP  committee except for violations involving weapons, drugs or serious bodily injury (consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004).
    4. District-Level Hearings and Right of Appeal
      1. The parent(s)/guardian must contact the Student Intervention Office to schedule the hearing prior to the tenth day of the student suspension.
      2. The superintendent or the superintendent's designee shall appoint a District administrator to conduct the hearing.
      3. The District administrator shall schedule the hearing with the student and the parent(s)/guardian.
      4. The District administrator, with the assistance of one or two other designated staff members, shall conduct the hearing at the appointed time and place.  The District and the student may each be represented by a person of their choice. The school suspending the student shall be represented by an administrator and, when applicable, by a representative of the student's IEP team.
      5. At the hearing, each side may make statements and present evidence relevant to the issues.
      6. The hearing shall result in one of the following determinations:
        1. Any disciplinary action already imposed is rescinded and the student returned to school.
        2. The appropriateness of the school's disciplinary action is affirmed.
        3. The student is suspended for a total of 10 days and returned to school thereafter.
        4. The student is suspended from the current school for one or more semesters and may be transferred to another District school or to an alternative school assignment.
          1. Placement at a school other than the boundary school will be reviewed at the end of the school year or following one semester of suspension whichever comes first.
          2. A choice of two school assignments other than the current school shall be offered.
            (a) In the event the Superintendent of Schools is notified by the Juvenile Court that a student has violated Title 76, Chapter 10, Part 5, Weapons, the Superintendent shall notify the principal or a designee of such finding within five days.
            (b) In the event a student is transferred to another District school or an alternative school assignment because of acts constituting assault, possession of weapons, or gang behavior, the principal of the receiving school will be informed of the nature of the offense committed by the student.
            (c) All private information contained in a student file or maintained by the school district about a student shall be available for review only by the school district administrative personnel.  Notifications received from the Juvenile Court by the school district shall be forwarded to the principal of each school within five (5) days after receipt of such information. The principal may provide the information to school counselors who the principal deems to have a current need to know.  The principal may inform educators who will be teaching the student about any disciplinary action taken against such student for conduct that posed a significant risk to the safety or well-being of the student, other students, or other members of the school community.  The principal may inform educators who will be teaching the student about the student’s involvement in other dangerous or disruptive behavior, as defined in Section II B, C and D of this policy.
            (d) Any employee receiving information from the principal pursuant to this policy shall not disclose it to any other person.  Information regarding students may be disclosed only to persons authorized to receive it under the provisions of FERPA.  (See Policy AS61 – Student Records)
          3. Home instruction under Policy AS82 – Home and Hospital Instruction may also be offered as an alternative.
          4. The parent(s)/guardian shall select the student's school assignment from among the options offered.  If all options are declined, the Appeals Committee shall determine the student's school assignment.
          5. The student's school assignment cannot be appealed to the Board of Education.
        5. The student is suspended from all District schools for one or more semesters and transferred to home instruction as provided under Policy AS82 – Home and Hospital Instruction.
        6. The student is expelled from all District schools for up to one school year with no instruction provided by the District.
      7. The determination of the hearing shall be mailed to the student's parent(s)/guardian within five working days following the hearing.
      8. A record of all expelled students shall be kept and a notation of the expulsion attached to the individual student's grade transcript.
      9. In accordance with state law, if a student is suspended (or in the event of a Safe Schools violation, expelled) from a Jordan School District school for more than 10 school days, the parent(s)/guardian is responsible for undertaking an alternative education plan which will ensure that the student's education continues during the period of suspension or expulsion. Costs for educational services which are not provided by the District are the responsibility of the student's parent(s)/guardian.
    5. Appeals to the Board of Education
      1. The final determination, with the exception of the student's school assignment, may be appealed to the Board of Education.
      2. A written appeal must be submitted to the superintendent within 10 days of the day the determination of the hearing is mailed to the student.
      3. The Board shall review the determination, the evidence presented at the hearing, and documents submitted by the student's family. (An additional hearing shall not be held.)
      4. The Board may affirm the determination, amend the determination, or affirm the determination in part and amend in part.
      5. The Board's written decision shall be issued within 21 working days of receipt of the student's written appeal.